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One Community Together Concerts and Children’s Activities

From the event page:

In the spirit of bringing communities together the 2012 Sweet Corn Festival, in collaboration with the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, and the Urbana Business Association, is again producing a series of short concerts and special children's activities at the Urbana-Champaign-University of Illinois One Community Together stage to celebrate the close of the summer season.

In addition the One Community Together program will be reaching out to our local communities of Urbana, Champaign, and the University of Illinois to collect vegetable seeds. These seeds will be sent to the women of the east Zambia community of Musalila to help them become more self-sustainable as a community.


August 24

6:00–6:45 – Briggs-Houchin Jazz Duo

7:00–7:45 – Traditional Jazz Orchestra

8:00–9:00 – Bruiser and the Virtues

August 25

12:00–1:15 – Bow-Dacious String Band and the Mo’ Betta Jazz Band

1:15–1:30 – Centro Livre Como Vento Capoeira

1:30–1:45 – Korean Drums

1:45–2:00 – Chinese Dancers

2:00–2:15 – Conjunto Folklorico Patiperros-Chile

2:15–2:45 – Del Sur

3:00–3:45 – Robert E. Brown Center for World Music featuring Brazilian Berimbau and Balinese music

4:00-4:45 – Marching Illini Drum Line

5:00-6:15 – Centennial, Central, and Urbana High School Marching Bands

Children's Activities

August 24

6:00–7:00 – Art Quiz sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum

7:00–8:00 – Pinwheel craft sponsored by the Pollinitarium

8:00–9:00 – Telescope Star Gazing sponsored by the Planetarium

August 25

12:00–5:00 – Instrument Petting Zoo sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Planting and Playing with Nature’s Gardens sponsored by Champaign’s Prosperity Gardens, and What Vegetable and Fruit Am I? sponsored by the Common Ground Food Co-op

12:00–1:15 – Early American Toys and Corn Snake Craft sponsored by the Anita Purves Center and the Museums of the Grand Prairie

12:45–1:15 – World Pasacalle or Parade

1:15–2:15 – Museums at the Crossroads Passport Program Winners Announced

2:00–3:00 – Didjerido Instrument Making sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, and Science activity sponsored by the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum

3:00-4:00 – Paper Airplane Making sponsored by the Spurlock Museum and the Chanute Air Museum

For more information, and to view the entire schedule go here. Or you can call or email Scott W. Schwartz (217-244-9309).


Local news headlines for Friday, August 17

·         Champaign cleanup of Aug. 9 storm to last through end of month” (N-G)

·         New Technology Focus of Agronomy Day” (WILL)

·         Fake Postal Money Order Scams Hit Central Illinois” (WAND)

·         SJO school district nearing end of rebuilding process after fire” (N-G)

·         Illinois Unemployment Edges Up Again in July” (WILL)

·         Hearing Held on Storing PCBs Near Mahomet Aquifer” (WILL)

·         The man who became the face of the homeless community has died” (WCIA)

·         New Terms to Hire Firefighters” (WICD)

·         Graduate Workers Negotiate for Parents’ Rights” (WILL)

·         Woman Helping Kids Get School Supplies Through Facebook” (WCIA)

·         Strong Winds Leave Central Illinois In A Mess” (WAND)


Will September 8 be designated LGBT Pride Day? Nope.

On September 8, 2012, the UP Center of Champaign County will host C-U's third annual Pride Festival.

The UP Center's Robert Michael Doyle recently proposed a proclamation to the Champaign County board, asking them to "designate Sept. 8 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day in Champaign County."

The board responded with a big, fat no:

County board Democrats opted earlier this month to keep the resolution off the agenda for tonight's committee of the whole meeting...

County board Chair C. Pius Weibel said Monday that only three of approximately 12 Democrats at a recent party caucus meeting favored placing the resolution on tonight's agenda.

More information, plus snarky commentary, here.


Weekly Irish music session returns

Champaign-Urbana's longest-running weekly Irish music session will resume on Wednesday evenings beginning August 8, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Dublin O'Neil's in Champaign. Jake Schumacher, who leads the session, said

We want to thank Dublin O'Neil's for making the Wednesday evening session a welcome addition to their music line-up. The genial and cozy Irish pub atmosphere should provide a great listening experience for old and new fans of Irish traditional music. And we want to thank Bentley's pub for their support of the weekly session over the last decade.

The session focuses on the dance music of Ireland — jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas, marches, and more — played on authentic Irish instruments including fiddle, button accordion, concertina, piano, pipes, and tenor banjo. Throughout the evening occasional songs are sung and stories are told as well. Musicians with some experience in playing Irish music are welcome, and those with an interest in learning to play Irish music are encouraged to come and listen, as well as all who enjoy Irish and Irish-American culture, food, and drink.

For more information, contact Jake Schumacher.


Today on SP Radio: The Electric Bitters

This evening on Smile Politely Radio, members of the Electric Bitters join us on the eve of a benefit concert for Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Electric Bitters are one of three bands playing (The Curses are bringing an acoustic set to open the show, and The Acme Principle will close out the evening), with a suggested donation of $5 at Mike 'n' Molly's Saturday night. The band will drop by with a CD in hand to preview some tracks, talk about the charity and the benefit concert, and just generally bring the rock 'n' roll to our humble studio. Check out the radio show this evening for the preview, and have plenty of time to prepare for the benefit concert tomorrow night.

McKayla may not be impressed, but you will be. Tune in.


Illinois to play Washington at Soldier Field in 2013


Illini Will Host Washington at the Home of the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced that the Fighting Illini will play the Washington Huskies at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept. 14, 2013. It will mark Illinois' second game at the historic home of the Chicago Bears.

"This is a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the most historic football venues in the nation," Thomas said. "Soldier Field is in an incredible location that will allow our fans in the Chicagoland area and from around the state an opportunity to watch the Fighting Illini take on an outstanding Pac-12 opponent in Washington."

Illinois' only other game at Soldier Field was against current Pac-12 member Washington State on Sept. 1, 1994, a 10-9 victory for the Cougars. The 2013 contest against Washington will be Illinois' first in the city of Chicago since the 48-27 victory over Northwestern at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20, 2010.

The Illinois-Washington game at Soldier Field is being organized by RPPI (Russ Potts Productions, Inc.), which has organized and promoted more than 750 sporting events since 1982. Russ Potts was vice president of the Chicago White Sox in 1981-82.

Ticket information for the Illinois-Washington game at Soldier Field will be announced a later date.


Buvons hosts pop-up ceviche dinner

On August 16, from 4 - 9 p.m., Buvons will host Punchy's Ceviche Pop-up. "Punchy," otherwise known as Leslie Bettridge, created the menu below. Cost will be between $4 to $10 per item, and of course, Buvons will pour wine pairings. The menu:

  • Corvina de Purgatorio: Traditional mild, sweet fish brightened with fresh chiles and sweet potato chips
  • Hamachi Nisei: Peruvian: Japanese style with home-grown shiso, furikake, and shrimp chips
  • Tuna Sandía: Cerviche moderne combining pole-caught Ahi and local watermelon, with crumbled rice cake
  • Blue Moon: John's cherry tomatoes, seabeans, and seaweed salt
  • Simlin: Summer squash, basil, lemon oil, and veggie puffs

We're not sure who John is, or who will pole-catch the Ahi, for that matter, but we expect this event to be worth getting out for—no matter how hot it is that day.


Carmon’s Bistro closing August 26

Sad news from one of the best restaurants in town via their Facebook page today:

We regret to inform the public of such terrible news, but as of August 26th, we will be closing. It was a great run, with great employees and great customers! Our hours will stay the same until then, so please come send us off, and stay tuned for what we will be doing next. Thank you all for all of your support over the last year!




Orange Krush Grant applications now available

Orange Krush, the student support group of the Fighting Illini basketball team, has earned national acclaim for its work as a charity foundation. Each fall, Orange Krush distributes the money it raised from the previous basketball season. In 2011, the Orange Krush Foundation allocated a total of $180,500 across 63 charities and toward the endowment of Lou Henson Coaching Development Fund. Since its inception in 1988, the Orange Krush has donated over $2 million to charity.

Orange Krush is still accepting grant applications for this fall, with a deadline of Friday, Aug. 10. Any organization that qualifies as a 501C-3 is eligible to apply. Interested organizations should visit to download the grant application, or email McKennon Biers for more information.


Nichole Millage Paralympic Games Benefit

Local Paralympic Athlete, Nichole Millage, is on the USA National Sitting Volleyball Team. Nichole brought home the silver medal at the Beijing Paralympics and is competing for the Gold in London.

This Saturday, Po'Boys Restaurant is hosting a benefit for Nichole's parents, Dave and Philomena Schnepper, to help lessen their costs when they travel to London to cheer her on.

Nichole, of course, is training and won't be able to attend. But one of the raffles will be for an autographed team volleyball and jersey.


Date: August 4th
Time: 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Po' Boys Restaurant
Menu: Pulled pork, sliced beef sandwich, or polish sausage with fries and a soft drink
Cost: $10
More information


List of local competitors in 2012 London Paralympic Games

Champaign-Urbana plays home to some of the world's most dominate athletes. From the very inception of paralympic sports, the University of Illinois has been an absolute POWER HOUSE  — our legacy is quite literally unrivaled. 

Illinois' dominance is evident in the fact that the university has sent 31 athletes from six different countries to compete in London. Absolutely amazing.

Track and Field
Adam Bleakney (marathon)
Ryan Chalmers (400m, 800m, 1500m, marathon, 4x400m relay)
Anjali Forber-Pratt (100m, 200m, 400m)
Jessica Galli (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m)
Josh George (200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, marathon, 4x400m relay)
Ray Martin (100m, 200m, 400m)
Tatyana McFadden (100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, marathon)
Amanda McGrory (800m, 1500m, 5000m, marathon)
Aaron Pike (800m, 1500m, 5000m marathon, 4x400m relay)
Christina Ripp-Schwab (5000m, marathon)
Susannah Scaroni (marathon)
Brian Siemann (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m)
Amberlynn Weber (100m, 400m, 800m)
Tony Iniguez - Coach Wheelchair Track


Wheelchair Basketball

Dylan Alcott (Australia)
Patrick Anderson (Canada)
Matt Buchi (USA)
Sarah Castle (USA)
Shelley Chaplin (Australia)
Jennifer Chew (USA)
Tracey Ferguson (Canada)
Helen Freeman (Great Britain)
Bridie Kean (Australia)
Hiroaki Kozai (Japan)
Adam Lancia (Canada)
Grant Mizens (Australia)
Edina Mueller (Germany)
Steve Serio (USA)
Brandon Wagner (Canada)
Will Waller (USA)

Sitting Volleyball

Kari Miller (USA)

Centennial Graduate Nichole Millage (USA)


If you know of any other local Olympians, please let me know and I'll update the list.