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Have you gone to Urbana Park District Neighborhood Nights yet?

If you haven't, your next chance is tonight! Neighborhood Nights give you the opportunity to explore and enjoy Urbana parks while listening to live music. The events are free, and include free popcorn and lemonade. Some weeks will feature an appearance by KOOP Adventure Play. Here are the remainder of the performances for the summer:

July 11 - Painkiller Blues Band @ Victory Park
July 18 - Church Street Ramblers @ AMBUCS Park
July 25 - The Live Jukebox Band @ Crestview Park
August 1 - Wildwood String Band @ Larson Park
August 8 - New Souls @ Prairie Park
August 15 - Surreal Deal @ Meadowbrook PrairiePlay

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your chairs.

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American Airlines is adding Charlotte flights at Willard Airport

After some disappointing news about United withdrawing service from C-U, here's a bit of good news for the community and for Willard Airport. Here is their official statement:


Starting with one flight daily from Willard Airport

SAVOY, IL (July 11, 2018) – Getting to the east-coast from Central Illinois is about to get a lot
easier. American Airlines announced today they will add new service from University of IllinoisWillard Airport (CMI) to American’s hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) starting December 19, 2018.

“This is exciting news for the airport and all of Champaign County,” says Willard Airport
Executive Director Gene Cossey. “The Charlotte to Champaign route is the first new hub
available to the region in more than ten years and it is what our whole team has been working
towards for quite some time. Passengers can expect dozens of new one-stop destinations and easier connections to the southeastern and northeastern states.”

“American Airlines is proud to serve our customers in Central Illinois with this new service to
Charlotte, our second largest hub,” says Billy Glunz, American’s Director – State and Local
Government Affairs. “From Charlotte, customers will be able to take advantage of 674 daily
flights to 160 destinations in 25 countries.”

The service will start with one early morning flight from Willard Airport and a return flight from
Charlotte in the evening. Customers will be able to start booking their flights to Charlotte on
Saturday, July 14.

“This is welcome news for Champaign County residents and University of Illinois-Willard
Airport,” says Sen. Dick Durbin. “This new route will open up countless more travel options
for Illinoisans, and help the airport keep up with increased demand.” The additional route to Charlotte will add to the five daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and two daily flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). “This new connection to Charlotte is another acclamation of the strength of the Champaign County economy, the University of Illinois, and the dedication of the people who fly their hometown airport,” says Cossey.

“Adding this new route is testament to Champaign-Urbana’s strong economy and will
provide even more opportunities for residents throughout Central Illinois,” says
Congressman Rodney Davis. “I applaud Gene Cossey and his team at Willard Airport for
all their hard work in securing this additional route. Willard is a great example of how
important regional airports are to our rural communities and why we must protect and
improve federal programs critical to ensuring rural residents have access to air service.”


Go see Mary Poppins Jr. presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre

Mary Poppins Jr. is the next Champaign Park District Youth Theatre offering, and it's coming up July 19-21 at the Virginia Theatre. The popular story will be brought to life by group of 63 5th through 8th graders. Since this is exactly the age range where both of my children fall, I've had the opportunity to check out of few of these shows in support of their friends (Elf was a personal favorite), and it's really pretty amazing how hard these kids work and how much budding talent there is here in C-U. A few fun facts about the show:

The actors represent 24 area schools.

Each actor has two or more roles.

The show will feature over 200 costumes and over 100 props.

Your favorite songs are included (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Let's Go Fly a Kite, and Feed the Birds, to name a few) but there are also original numbers that are only featured in the stage version of the show.

Check out showtimes and purchase tickets here.


Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus) opening new location in August

Champaign Outdoors, formerly known as Champaign Surplus, has announced the opening of their new location at 2017 S. Neil Street in Champaign will open in August. Their Rugged Outdoors online store is open now, so if you can't wait until August, check that out for now.

Champaign Surplus announced the closing of their previous location in January, and announced they would be opening new locations in March.

From the newsletter:

Hi everybody! We've missed you all during this transitional time for our business, and wanted to reach out with the latest update on our progress with the new stores and our Company.

We’ve been incredibly busy with construction, interior design and the many exciting plans we have for our new Champaign Outdoors and Rugged Outdoors retail locations. We know many of you are getting anxious to see the new stores completed — we are, too! We are getting close to locking down our reopening date, so keep your eyes out for a date announcement coming soon.

Rugged Outdoors Store- Opening July 2018
Champaign Outdoors Store- Opening August 2018

We’ve had many requests to shop with us while we are closed. If you are in need of some outdoor gear and still want to shop e-local, we are always open at and on the Amazon marketplace currently under our Champaign Surplus seller. Our Internet team is happy to help, and we'll ship the items directly to your front door!

Thank you all for being so patient with us through the inevitable delays that come with building two entirely new stores. We're so lucky to have the best customers in Central Illinois!

We're all moved into our new headquarters!

The Champaign Surplus, Inc. corporate headquarters and the Rugged Outdoors internet warehouse are officially settled into their new home on Mercury Drive. We couldn't be more excited about our new bigger warehouse, new offices, and new staff members joining our team!


Common Ground Food Co-op is hosting a pancake breakfast

Common Ground Food Co-op is collaborating with Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains for a pancake breakfast on July 22nd. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by Common Ground's Flatlander Classroom for pancakes made with grains from Funks Grove, bacon from Moore Family Farm, and coffee from Page Roasting Company

Reservations are not required. Pancakes are $1 each; a side of bacon is $2. Additional information is available on Facebook. 

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Rattle the Stars is hosting a movie screening on July 25th

Rattle the Stars, a local organization focused on fostering awareness about depression and other mental illnesses in teens and young adults, will be hosting a screening of Suicide: The Ripple Effect at the Savoy 16 on July 25th at 7:30 p.m. Here's the movie description from their Facebook event:

"At age 19, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Seventeen years later, he still struggles with many of the same symptoms that led him to attempt to take his life, but he is on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. Kevin has also been one of the key catalysts in helping end a nearly 80-year long fight to construct suicide prevention net on the iconic San Francisco bridge.

Kevin takes a journey to better understand the ripple effects his suicide attempt had on his family, friends, and the first responders who helped save him. He’s also working to shine light on inspirational individuals, families, and organizations who are using personal pain to help others find the hope they need to heal." 

You can purchase tickets in advance here. There will not be ticket sales at the door. The film is appropriate for ages 10 and up. There will be mental health resources available to take home, as well as time for discussion following the screening.


You can go listen to some music at Avionics next week

Flying Machine Avionics is hosting three acts on Wednesday, July 18th from 7 to 10 p.m., one local and two visiting. There's a $10 suggested ticket price, and it's open to all ages. Here are the band descriptions from the Facebook event:

Sam Moss - Boston
Sam Moss is a musician living in Boston. His discography ranges from early recordings of instrumental folk guitar to more recent lyrically centered efforts, including 2018’s Neon, which has been acclaimed by NPR and The Boston Globe. Since 2014 he has been regularly on tour, performing in all manner of venues: pubs, galleries, abandoned silos, living rooms, and the Newport Folk Festival. Moss is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Marble House Project.​

Her Crooked Heart - Minneapolis
HER CROOKED HEART is the new music of Rachel Ries – multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, rock & roll choir director, sideman, singer. Her Crooked Heart’s debut EP, To Gentlemen, and forthcoming album, To Love To Leave To Live, feature members of Bon Iver, Shane Leonard and string arrangements by the inimitable Rob Moose.

Along with numerous and diverse collaborators through the years – including Hadestown mastermind, Anaïs Mitchell – Rachel has proven herself ever-curious to expand her sound, her scope, and sail on past the confines of ‘singer-songwriter.’ After all, sometimes what the heart wants is poetry and a syncopated horn line; a string section and a bass synth – all leaving exultation and devastation in their wake.

Cpt. Captain - Champaign/Urbana
Kevin Smith and Shirley Rogiers are the two front teeth of indie-country band Cpt. Captain, a band influenced as much by their roots in old-school country music as by the sprawling branches on their family tree of Chicago contemporaries.

"Call us old fashioned, but Cpt. Captain still believes in the basics that built country music: three chords and the truth. Now, we might get fanciful with either (or both) of those building blocks in the course of any given tune, but they still hold up strong as ever. "

Photo of Her Crooked Heart from Facebook


Caffe Paradiso is hosting Board Game Night all summer

Caffe Paradiso is hosting Board Game Night each Friday through August 24th. From 6 to 10 p.m. each Friday night, you can drop in (for free) and play some games (you'll need to bring them). Perhaps you'll meet some like-minded individuals, or use the outing as a way to sharpen your competitive edge with strangers (and keep your friends). 

If you can handle late-night caffeine, more power to you. Otherwise, consider grabbing something without the stimulant. Paradiso's baked goods and pastry always look amazing.

More info is available on Facebook.

Photo from Facebook. 


Krannert Center is hosting PechaKucha Night CU Vol. 27 on July 28th

Mark your calendar for the 27th installment of PechaKucha. Local creators, organizers, innovators, and more sharing 6 minutes and 40 seconds worth of their ideas. Here's are the details from the Facebook event:

Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open at 7:20 pm, show at 8:20 pm
Admission: FREE
Music by DJ Brian Mertz
Photography by Anna Longworth

Featuring nine presentations by:

Skyler Alan Crank
Debra Domal
Jared Fritz
JoAnne Geigner
Jenette Jurczyk
Cheryl Mitchell
Pete Ondish
Hailey Pick
Katie Snyder (Katekatie Katee) & Shannon Percoco
...and starring Joanna Machen as our emcee for the night!

Featured designer for Volume 27: Scott Barber of Scobar!


The Land Connection offers several SNAP benefits at the Champaign Market

In an effort to make fresh, local food more accessible to all, The Land Connection has three different ways to maximize SNAP benefits at the Champaign Farmers Market, which is a pretty great thing. 

1. Every week, Link card holders can swipe their card for tokens that can be spent at the Champaign Farmers Market, and The Land Connection will double their purchase up to $20 in vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables.

2. On the second Tuesday of every month, they offer Triple Link Tuesday (that's this Tuesday: July 10). That means they'll match up to $20....and then they'll match again. SNAP recipients can get up to $40 extra to spend of fresh produce!

3. On the last Tuesday of the month, they're offering a new End-of-Month Bonus. Swipe your Link card for any amount, and not only will they double the amount, they'll add an extra $10 to spend on fruits and veggies.

All tokens and vouchers are good all season long at the Tuesday afternoon Champaign Farmers Market.

The Champaign Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday throughout the summer through the first week of November from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Neil and Main.