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Donate food, drink coffee, get extra punches at Kopi

Here's another spot where you can bring Thanksgiving food donations over the next week. Bring in non-perishable food items to Café Kopi, and when you purchase your tasty beverage you can get double punches on your drink card.

The promotion lasts through Thanksgiving weekend. 

Today they have their Café Caramel on special for $3, which sounds quite heavenly on a day like today. 

Café Kopi
109 N Walnut
Champaign
7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Photo from Facebook

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Hill Street parking deck will have free parking during the month of December

To encourage you to frequent Downtown Champaign businesses during the upcoming holiday season, the City of Champaign is once again offering free parking (for up to 2 hours) in the Hill Street parking deck from December 1-31. Here's what they have to say about it:

Visitors parking in the Hill Street Parking Deck will receive up to two (2) hours of free parking. Visitors parking longer than two hours will receive a 2-hour discount off their parking fee. Though the City encourages visitors to support Champaign’s local businesses, there is no need to provide any proof of purchase from a restaurant or business to receive this discount. As always, parking in the parking deck and at metered spaces is free on Saturdays and Sundays.

The City-owned Hill Street Parking Deck is located at the corner of Hill and Randolph Streets and has more than 300 visitor parking spaces, making it easy and convenient to visit Downtown Champaign during the holidays. More information about the Hill Street Parking Deck is available on the City’s website at champaignil.gov/parking.

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Do the Turkey Trot before you eat all the food

I'm pretty sure that if you start your day off with a one mile run/walk, then it will keep you from absorbing all of the calories later in the day. It's science. 

Urbana Park District is having their annual Turkey Trot at Crystal Lake Park at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 22nd. Since it's just one mile, it's something your whole family can participate in together. The first 800 to cross the finish line will get a ribbon, and everyone will get hot chocolate. 

While the race is free, they will be accepting donations to support the UPD Scholarship Fund. This helps offer free and reduced-price summer camp prices to families who need it.

Photo from the Facebook event page

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McKinley Foundation is showing Good Night, and Good Luck tonight

McKinley Foundation recently added a theater for the purpose of showing films that address important issues facing our community and society as a whole. Tonight's Movie at McKinley is quite timely, as it addresses the topics of free speech and the importance of a free press. Here's the movie synopsis, if you're not familiar:

In the mid-1950’s Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program “See It Now,” Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.

The movie begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), and you are encouraged to stay after for a post-film discussion facilitated by Dr. Janice M Collins, Assistant Professor of Journalism in the College of Media.

McKinley Foundation is located at 809 S. Fifth at the corner of Daniel in Campustown.

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Larry Kanfer Gallery’s Holiday Open House is November 15-18

There's a Holiday Open House coming up this week through the weekend at Larry Kanfer's photography gallery on South Neil Street in Champaign. Check out the details below via the Facebook event (and see the sale that's happening as well):

Larry Kanfer Gallery

Holiday Open House

Thursday – Sunday, November 15th – 18th

Open House Hours: Th – Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-4

Start your holidays at the Larry Kanfer Gallery’s Holiday Open House. Enjoy gorgeous artwork, festive décor and complimentary hot apple cider.

Amidst the holiday decorations, you’ll see New Prairiescapes artwork showcasing our dramatic spring storms and the vivid colors of fall. Revisit the Off the Beaten Path: Ireland Collection while you’re there. With four galleries of artwork to enjoy, there is something for the whole family. Free to the public and family friendly.

www.kanfer.com, gallery@kanfer.com 217-398-2000 or find us on Facebook 

25% off all artwork, including custom orders during the Larry Kanfer Gallery Holiday Open House.

Larry Kanfer Gallery
2503 S. Neil St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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Phoenix Botanical is having a food drive this month

The folks at Phoenix Botanical are putting the "can" in cannabis through the month of November, and will be collecting non-perishable food items at 1704 S. Neil Street C in Champaign. If you bring in at least two items (and have a valid medical cannabis card) you can get a free 25mg gummie. If you don't have a card, you can still bring in donations, and maybe take the opportunity to learn more about what medical cannabis is all about while you're there!

If you want to keep up with all of the promotions and events that are happening at Phoenix Botanical, you can sign up for their monthly newsletter by emailing team@phoenixbotanical.net.

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Last call for local artists: Your art can help save local pets

Art can open minds, create conversation, and spark heated debate. And thanks to the good folks at Art Coop, it can help support local shelter pets.

Now in it's ninth year (one for each of a cat's nine lives), the Annual Art Coop $50 Art Show to Benefit the Champaign County Humane Society is accepting work from local artists up until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14th.

Work in any media is welcome. All donations must be small, original, two-dimensional, and ready to be hung. As the title suggests, all pieces are sold for $50 and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Champaign County Humane Society. 

So get your art to the Art Coop, help save a pet, and score a coupon for 25% off any one time purchase at the store. Art Coop is located in Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana. 

The Grand Opening will be held on Friday, November 16th, from 7-9 p.m. The show will close on December 15th.

Image courtesy of Art Coop social media. 

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Rick’s Bakery permanently closes Philo Road location

Rick's Bakery has opened in Downtown Urbana, in the space formerly occupied by Mirabelle. It was a first unclear whether or not the Philo Road loaction would remain open, but, alas, it has been permanently closed. 

The new location in Downtown looks great, and those baked goods are still as delicious as ever

Rick's Bakery
124 W Main St
Urbana
M-F 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sa 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Top photo by Jessica Hammie

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See an original Isaac Newton manuscript at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library this week

November 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. will be one of only two opportunities for public viewing before the manuscript is sent off for preservation.

From the Facebook event:

Join The Rare Book & Manuscript Library for a public viewing of Sir Isaac Newton’s “Opus Galli Anonymi.” This exciting manuscript, acquired through a generous gift from Library Friends Jim and Lionelle Elsesser, is Newton’s Latin translation of a French work on making the philosopher’s stone, with corrections and notes by the mathematician based on his own scientific work. The digital version of the manuscript will also be unveiled and remarks given from Gregory S. Girolami, The William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemistry, at this special event.

Lecture will begin at 5:45 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

You can read more about the famed philosopher's stone here, and find more event information here.

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Crudo Wine Bar will be hosting regular burlesque shows

"Our goal is to reshape C-U nightlife," says owner Dario Vullo. This will be the second burlesque show they've hosted, and they are hoping to make this a monthly occurrence.

This Saturday will feature two performers from Chicago:

Photo from Ms. B La Rose's Facebook page

Ms. B La Rose

"Known as The Glittering Goddess with a Heart of Gold, Ms. B LaRose is a internationally touring burlesque entertainer known to combine stylized dance technique with emotive sexual fluidity, bringing in a raw sultry, mischievous stage presence that has been captivating audiences across the U.S. and Europe. Based in Chicago, she recently won the "Biggest Tease" Award at the 2018 Latin Hispanic Burlesque Fest."

Photo from Sally Marvel's website

Sally Marvel

"Sally Marvel is a Chicago-based sideshow and burlesque performer. She is 1 of only a few known female sword swallowers world wide! Sally performs all across Chicagoland and the US. She previously toured with the world renowned Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue. Sally has made appearances on WGN-TV and as a fire dancer on FOX’s Empire in the episode Sound & Fury."

The show begins at 9:30 p.m., and there is no cover. However, tables are by reservation only, and there are only a few left. The cost to reserve is $100 minimum spending for a booth of six people (about 2 drinks per person). To reserve you can contact Riley.mcculley@crudowine.com. 

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Aroma Café has Thanksgiving dinner in a sandwich and I am here for it

Thanksgiving food is my favorite. It's warm and comforting and generally full of carbs and it makes me happy. Also, one of the best parts about Thanksgiving is eating Thankgiving leftovers. 

This week Aroma Café has a Thanksgiving leftovers inspired lunch special entitled: Not Your Mama's Leftover sandwich, and it's amazing. It's a "turkey sandwich with housemade bacon stuffing, brie cheese, and cranberry compote." Then it's toasted, with a healthy amount of butter (you can see evidence of that in this photo).

It is surely not low calorie, but it's okay to live a little. The flavors meld nicely, and the meltiness of the brie makes it the perfect addition to the traditional items on the sandwich. 

The special is $10.95 for a substantial sandwich, a side, and a drink. 

Pro tips: Best to wear stretchy pants if you're going to consume this, and probably also best to clear your afternoon of all responsibilities because frankly, this one has the potential to be a day-ender.

Aroma Cafe
118 N Neil St
Champaign
M-F 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sa + Su 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Photo by Julie McClure

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Pour Bros. has weekly trivia

Last week, Pour Bros. began a weekly trivia night. It's free, it'll be on Thursday nights at 7 p.m., and you can be a team of anywhere from 1 to 8 players. 

This week will be a good one to try it out, as they are also having a Maplewood Brewery Tap Takeover and Bubble Hockey Tournament

So if you haven't tried Pour Bros. yet, maybe this Thursday is a good time to do so — a little trivia, a little bubble hockey, and a lot of tasty beers to try. There might even be prizes.

Photo by Jess Hammie