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Tonight on SP Radio: Matt Duco

Join us tonight on Smile Politely Radio as we chat with Matt Duco, an attorney and Mayor Don Gerard's campaign manager, about the Champaign mayoral race, the City of Champaign, and other local political races to be decided on November 4th.

Smile Politely Radio airs each Friday at 5:30 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign and is available as a podcast the following week. You can find our past episodes here.  


The Y’s Dump & Run Garage sale this weekend

Truly garage sale prices, folks. From furniture to bikes to many other reusable, quality household items, find great stuff at a fraction of the cost and support one great cause.

$2 admission. U of I International students get in free.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: $3 bag sale and 1/2 price furniture

The University YMCA's Dump and Run keeps multiple semi-trailers worth of used, but quality goods out of Champaign-Urbana’s dumpsters and landfills each year. This project reduces litter and consumer waste, saves space in landfills, lowers dumping costs for certified housing and apartments, provides inexpensive items for folks to purchase in the fall - and acts as a major fundraiser for the University YMCA.

The Y: Working For Social Justice; Protecting Our Environment; Encouraging Faith in Action; and Promoting Global Engagement.



JSM announces Fall 2015-16 Open Leasing dates

Mark your calendars: Open leasing for Fall 2015-16 is only a few weeks away! Don't miss your chance to lease a great apartment for next year. Please see open leasing dates below for each corresponding apartment category. For more information visit www.jsmliving.com or call JSM's leasing office at 217-359-6108. 


The Big Fat Ugly eating contest coming to Campustown on Quad Day

The Champaign Center Partnership is thrilled to partner with Fat Sandwich in Campustown to bring you the First Annual Big Fat Ugly Eating Contest on Sunday, August 24th at 4 p.m. at Fat Sandwich located on John Street in Campustown.

“We were absolutely devastated when a huge storm blew through the area during our Summer Stage event at the end of July causing us to cancel the eating contest that was scheduled for the evening and the concert as well,” Executive Director Erin Lippitz said. “Our staff and event committee really wanted to see this contest happen and give that area of Campustown some attention with this event so we’re making a second attempt at it.”

The contest will take place on Quad Day to encourage the students exploring Campus that day to stop by the restaurant to watch the contest and even participate in it.

“Our goal is to introduce that part of Campustown to the students, especially the freshman and transfers,” Lippitz said. “There are great businesses on John Street, as well as Daniel just one street over, that we really want our student population to discover. And this contest gives them one more fun event to participate in that day.”

Contestants will be asked to attempt to eat the 7-pound Big Fat Ugly sandwich in 15 minutes or under. Contestants do not necessarily have to finish the sandwich to win the contest. The three contestants that get the closest will be awarded prize bags containing gift cards and swag from Campustown businesses.

Up to 10 contestants may enter the contest and space still remains. Interested contestants should contact Erin with any questions at erin@champaigncenter.com or visit the website champaigncenter.com and click on the eating contest entry button on the homepage. Contestants must fill out an entry form in order to participate.


O’Brien Auto giving away car to UHS student “In Good Standing”

From the press release:

O'Brien Auto Park of Urbana to donate vehicle to Urbana High School for student "In Good Standing"

Urbana – As part of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Urbana High School, O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana is partnering with UHS for their “In Good Standing” program.  This program will have eligible students in a drawing for a car donated by O’Brien Auto Park at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana will donate a vehicle ($5,000 value) at the end of the year to a student who has met the criteria set by Urbana High School, to be considered “In Good Standing”.  “We are excited to be a part of a program that supports Urbana High School students and works to reward positive behavior,” said Jim Turner, President of O’Brien Auto Park.  “We believe that encouraging and rewarding this kind of upstanding behavior will lead to those students making better choices in the years to come. Encouraging productive and positive citizens is a win for both the students and the community in which they reside.”

“We are very excited to have O’Brien Auto Park as a community partner with us to help celebrate 100 years and also help reward our students for doing things that will help make them successful now and in the future,” said UHS Principal Matt Stark.

“In Good Standing” is a new designation that all students at Urbana High School are eligible to achieve. On a weekly basis, if a student is passing at least 5 classes, have no unexcused absences, have no delinquent detentions, and no referrals for the previous week, they are “In Good Standing.”  Recognition and other rewards will be provided to these students on a monthly basis, cumulating with the end-of-year drawing for the O’Brien Auto Park donated-vehicle. “In Good Standing is a pulling together of academic, behavioral, and attendance data, things that we have always emphasized with our students,” explained Principal Stark.  “This program tracks those behaviors and it gives our students a pro-active stance on positive outcomes.  Our hope is, by pulling this together, we can assist students in staying in good standing.”

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit www.usd116.org. You can find us on Facebook at Urbana School District #116 or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.

About O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana

Situated on 42 sprawling acres, O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana is Central Illinois’ largest volume dealer.  We have new car franchises for Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Scion, Toyota, and Volkswagen. With over 2,000 new and used vehicles in stock, and two state-of-the-art automotive service departments, we guarantee an exceptional experience each time you visit us.  We have been in business in Champaign-Urbana since 1990.  We employ 200 individuals from the surrounding communities, many of whom have been with our company since the year we opened.  This year we donated to over 50 local and national charities and organizations. We bleed Orange and Blue and show our love for the Illini by supporting the University of Illinois to a high level each year.  We continuously receive some of the highest customer service ratings from all of our manufacturers.  At O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana, “We Stand By You.”  Contact us at 217-367-1222 or urbana@obrienteam.com for more information or visit us on the web at obrienautoparkurbana.com


Upcoming workshops from The Land Connection

Today is the last day to register for the Basics of Beekeeping and Honey Extraction workshop offered by The Land Connection, which will take place this Saturday, August 23.

Here's more about the workshop:

Arvin Pierce, an expert in treatment-free beekeeping, will present a detailed slideshow on what it takes to start keeping bees using his own photography and extensive experience. He will also demonstrate honey extraction and open one of his hives to show off the nitty-gritty details of his craft. Attendees will leave with knowledge of the basics of beekeeping and be ready to pursue the craft on their own property.

A Seed Saving Workshop will be offered on September 27th at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery.


UPTV receives national awards

The City of Urbana is pleased to announce that Urbana Public Television (UPTV) has won two national awards at the Alliance for Community Media’s annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. Each year the Alliance’s Hometown Media Awards competition recognizes and honors the best community-access television programs in the United States.

UPTV won Best in Radio Programming for their partnership with community radio station WEFT (90.1FM) in producing a television version of the weekly radio show WEFT Sessions. UPTV volunteer Diamond Robinson was recognized for her camera work on this project, and UPTV intern Caleb Seripinas for his video post-production work. Each week, a local musician or group is featured in live performance on WEFT Sessions, which airs as a radio program on WEFT Monday evenings at 10 p.m. The video edition of the show airs Saturdays at 9pm on UPTV, and is repeated the following Thursday evening at 11 p.m. The winning program can also be seen on UPTV’s YouTube channel.

UPTV member Raymond Morales also won the award for Best Music Video for his ILL Poets Society: Chi City Youth. This project was also partially funded the Urbana Public Arts Program.

“We are delighted that the outstanding work of UPTV’s volunteers and staff has been recognized on a national level by the Alliance for Community Media,” said UPTV Station Manager Jake Schumacher. “As our area’s only public-access television facility, UPTV provides a remarkable outlet for the local community to document itself, and for citizens to express themselves in a creative and artistically significant way — we are, in fact, constantly engaged with the community on a daily basis in producing what is essentially public art. The talent and tireless dedication of our Production Coordinator Jason Liggett, and the support of the City of Urbana staff, have played a huge role in making UPTV a nationally-known center for community-access video production.”

UPTV is the City of Urbana’s Public, Education and Government access television station. It is available locally on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, and streams live worldwide at urbanapublictelevison.org

For more information please contact UPTV at 217/384-2452 or uptv@urbanaillinois.us.


Audition announcement for CU Ballet's The Nutcracker

From a CU Ballet press release:

Kids age 5 and up are invited to audition for Champaign Urbana Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Champaign Ballet Academy, 2810 W. Clark Road in Champaign.

Previous dance training is not required to audition but children must have been born before September 6, 2009.

Participants should pre-register for the audition at www.cuballet.com by 5pm Tuesday, September 2nd.  Information about the audition process, attire, fees, and rehearsal schedule is also available at cuballet.com. Questions may be directed to CU Ballet at (217) 355-7317 or emailcuballet@gmail.com.

Boys and girls age 6 should arrive at 9:15 a.m.

Boys and girls age 5 at 9:45 a.m.

Boys age 7 through 10 at 10:15 a.m.

Girls age 7 at 12:15 p.m.

Girls age 8 and 9 at 12:45 p.m.

Experienced dancers age 10 and over should contact CU Ballet Company Manager Kay Greene at cuballet@gmail.com.

For over a decade, CU Ballet has performed The Nutcracker at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  This holiday tradition continues with six performances from Thursday, December 4, through Sunday, December 7.


Busey to give students Supplies for Success

Busey is pleased to announce the return of Supplies for Success. The social media initiative, which will be held August 18-25 in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, will benefit select public school projects in central Illinois and southwest Florida. From helping a Jefferson Middle School teacher purchase science supplies to teach mummification to getting tablet technology in the hands of students at Kenwood Elementary School, Busey makes it easy to support the needs of local schools.

Busey will donate $3 when you engage with them August 18-25:

Once a project meets its fundraising goal, DonorsChoose.org will ship the requested materials and resources directly to the school. If the project does not meet its goal by August 25, Busey will provide a DonorsChoose.org gift card in the amount of funds raised through Supplies for Success.

With the help of local communities, Busey donated more than $2,000 last year, and their goal is to provide even more in 2014. To participate in Supplies for Success, visit http://www.busey.com/home/resourcecenter/socialmedia or to learn more about the social media initiative, stop by any Busey location or call 1.800.67BUSEY.