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A new season, a new donation campaign

This week we announced our third donation campaign. Yep that’s right, we are asking for your support again.  Last fall, after much consideration, we decided that asking our readers to contribute to our work on a quarterly basis …

Dixon Graphics is selling Team Emu merch

Are you a fan of The Emu? We sure are! Recently a Facebook page was established as a spot for all who are following the intrepid voyager as it journeys through East Central Illinois. They …

Write for Arts at Smile Politely

Whether it’s visual or performance art, literature or film, C-U has always nurtured a vibrant arts community, and this is your opportunity to be a part of it. You can see shows before they debut, talk …

Instagram Story Takeover with Sinfonia da Camera

This Saturday, March 23rd, we’re handing our Instagram stories over to the Elizabeth Churchya, executive director of Sinfonia da Camera. As the chamber orchestra prepares to wrap up their 40th season with “From Ukraine to …

Three questions with Sweet Megg

This week’s participant is Sweet Megg from Nashville, via Paris, via New York. Her varied influences ranging from jazz, to blues to country, are the basis of her unique sound and will be on display …

Pekara is celebrating 20 years today

Ruzica (Seka) Cuk, a Serbian immigrant and original co-owner, began baking and selling bread wholesale in C-U after deciding that American bread was not cutting it, and eventually opened Pekara Bakery & Bistro on Neil …

Sidney Dairy Barn is open for ice cream season

The roadside ice cream shop Sidney Dairy Barn is now open for the season. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, Sidney Dairy Barn offers ice cream cones, bowls, pints, quarts, shakes, and signature tornadoes. Last …

Namken Nutrition’s Urbana location is closing

Namken Nutrition, the meal prep business based out of Decatur, will permanently close their Urbana storefront next Friday on March 29th. Namken Nutrition at The Pines opened last summer with a menu of smoothies, yogurt …

Okay, I’ll try to be excited about spring

The vernal equinox is upon us, falling on Tuesday, March 19th this year. Honestly, I don’t love spring. It seems like a season I should love. It’s supposed to be about things growing, temps getting warmer, days …

The Land Connection is hosting a book club

The Land Connection is partnering with Healthy Champaign County for a book club featuring Building Community Food Webs by Ken Meter. Meter was recently on campus, speaking about building equitable local food systems. There will …

Three questions with TyJon Charlie

This week, we catch up with TyJon Charlie of the Unemployed Architects, as well as his solo appearances. You can catch TyJon this Friday at Pour Bros. Craft Taproom in Champaign.  Smile Politely: In an …

Chong Qing House has closed on Green Street

Chong Qing House’s location on Green Street is permanently closed. The Campustown restaurant offered unlimited hot pot at the corner of Green and Fourth in the space that was once Lai Lai Wok. I am …

Prairie Fruits Farm has a new CSA

Prairie Fruits Farm has now set up a Farm Share Subscription, where you can get fresh cheese, bread, and other seasonal items for $20 per week. From their Facebook page: Each week our chefs will …

Prepare for Pi Day on March 14th

Have you made all the necessary preparations for Pi Day? Tomorrow is March 14th, and it is tradition on the date of 3/14 to consume pie, thanks to Larry Shaw. He first celebrated the day …

Makerspace is back 

Makerspace is a workshop full of art and technology supplies that can help you in your creative endeavors. The lab, located in the Independent Media Center basement, has sewing machines, 3d printers, circular saws, and …

Sign up for our Smile Politely Digest

Are you receiving our twice-weekly emails? If so, hooray! Thank you for signing up. If not, we forgive you and we’re giving you this opportunity to do so. We will not spam your inboxes. Instead, …

There are new stop signs at John and McKinley

There are new stop signs at the intersection of John Street and McKinley Avenue in Champaign, making the intersection a four-way stop. This is the third traffic adjustment in the area; in October the intersections …

Three questions with Garden Girl

This week in we caught up with Garden Girl, ahead of their show at The Canopy Club on Thursday night. Smile Politely: If each band member were an actual garden plant, which one would they …