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Great ARTdoors Artists in Dialogue series launches September 22nd

The Urbana Arts and Culture Program and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures will be co-hosting a two-part dialogue series inspired by the work of The Great ARTdoors Project. Participating artists will discuss how their work was "inspired by nature, the environment, the complex lives of everyday people," and how they celebrate "human creativity, resiliency, and community."

While they will include an in-person option, you can also enjoy the events as they are live streamed on Spurlock's YouTube channel.

The Great ARTdoors Artists in Dialogue
September 22nd and October 7th, 7 p.m.
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
600 S Gregory St, Urbana

Top photo of Charlie Wisseman's Prayer Wheels from 40 North's Facebook page.

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Save the date for the U of I Vet Med Open House

The University of Illinois Vet Med Open House is Sunday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual event celebrates creatures, of course, but also the science and the humans that treat them. Most of the demos and exhibits will be outdoors this year. A map of where to go and park is available here. The event is free and open to the public. 

From the Facebook event page:

Come one, come all! Explore your love for animals at our student-run event which hosts lots of exhibits and activities, animals, and learning opportunities! Vet Med Open House showcases the animals, science, and diverse opportunities that all fit within a veterinary career. Whether you’re interested in becoming a veterinarian, love being around animals, or are just a curious cat in general, come out to the Vet Med Open House!

To protect public health, many exhibits will be located outside in tents. The usual "Kids Tent" activities have been suspended this year to avoid extended close proximity of individuals.

Top image from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Facebook page.

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The Ribcage is a new BBQ place in St. Joe

The Ribcage officially opens today, September 21st, in St. Joseph. The new restaurant's menu includes fried cheese curds, smoked chicken wings, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken sausage, turkey, and a double brisket burger.

Check out some photos of the food from The Ribcage's Facebook page.

On a black grill, there is a huge piece of meat, smoked and darkened. Photo from The Ribcage's Facebook page.Photo from The Ribcage's Facebook page.

Elbow noodles in a cheesy yellow sauce with bits of jalapeno fill the image. Photo from The Ribcage's Facebook page.Photo from The Ribcage's Facebook page.

There are five barbeque sauces on the menu: sweet, Texas, Alabama white, Carolina, and bourbon peach. The sides include macaroni, coleslaw, pit beans, hashbrown casserole, fries, potato salad, macaroni salad, cottage cheese, and apple sauce. 

The Ribcage also has a kids' menu, family packs, and a catering menu.

The Ribcage
208 N Main St
St Joseph
11 a.m. to midnight, daily

Top image from The Ribcage's Facebook page.

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Anyone can register for this anti-domestic violence summit on September 30th

Courage Connection is hosting and the Community Coalition is sponsoring “The Courage to be Part of the Change Summit: Reducing Domestic Violence in CU,” an anti-domestic violence summit from 3 to 7 p.m. on September 30th. 

The event is free and at Cityview Banquet and Meeting Center in Downtown Champaign. You can register here

More about the event is below:

This summit, hosted by Courage Connection and sponsored by the Community Coalition, will bring together local service providers, first responders, and community stakeholders for education and collaboration. Together we will map a path to enhance resources, reduce stigma, and provide long-term solutions for change. Our goal is to create a safe space free of violence for everyone in our community, by instituting a coordinated response that addresses the barriers and needs of those affected by domestic violence.

To Register Visit: http://courageconnection.org/summit/

Cityview Banquet & Meeting Center

45 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL

All COVID protocols recommended by the CUPHD will be observed, and masks are required at this event.

Top image from the Courage Connection Facebook page.

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Busey opens call for art for Urbana location

40 North and Busey Wealth Management have announced their call for "the third rotation of local art to be selected for display on the walls of Busey's headquarters in Downtown Urbana." 

Selected pieces will remain on display from October 2021 through July 2022.  Submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 27th. Find out more here.

Top image, cropped, from 40 North's Facebook page. 

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Spend an evening star gazing at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

Homer Lake Interpretive Center and the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society are hosting an evening of star gazing on Saturday, October 2nd at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve. From 6:30 to 11 p.m., you’ll have an opportunity to view the sky and stars at a designated Dark Sky Park. There will be telescopes on hand so you can get a better view. Meet at the activity center for an introduction, then you'll make your way outside to view the stars.

The event is free and open to the public. Check the Facebook event page for more details. 

StarWatch
Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
3343 County Road 2700 E
Penfield
Sa Oct 2nd 6:30 to 11 p.m.
Free

Top image from the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve Facebook page.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this SPlog incorrectly indentified the meeting location. We apologize for this error.

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Thriving Together art installation opens September 14th at the IDEA Store

Thriving Together, a community art installation honoring National Immigrant Welcoming Week, will be unveiled at noon on September 14th at the IDEA Store in Lincoln Square Mall. A combined effort by the Urbana Arts and Culture Program, The New American Welcome Center, and the IDEA Store, the display will feature paper butterflies assembled by community members.

Photo of two young people holding handmade paper butterflies. Photo from the University YMCA New American Welcome Center.
Photo from the University YMCA New American Welcome Center.

Get more information here.

Top photo from the University YMCA's website.

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Flour & Fire, a new food truck, is coming to C-U this fall

Specializing in wood-fired pizza, Flour & Fire Pizza is a food truck that will open this fall. The new food truck says on its website that they pride themselves on "tasty, artisanal pizza made with quality ingredients."

Take a look at this pizza photo from the pizza truck.

On a wooden cutting board, a pizza with lots of sauce and curled pepperoni sits uncut. Photo from Flour & Fire Pizza's Facebook page.Photo from Flour & Fire Pizza's Facebook page.

The menu is available online. Pizza options include classics like Margherita and supreme and also interesting, new ones like the Second City pizza which has spicy pork sausage, hot giardiniera, cheese blend, and San Marzano tomato sauce. Vegetarians can rejoice as there is a veggie supreme pizza on the menu and a funghi pizza with fresh mushrooms, herbs, cheese, white sauce, and truffle oil. There's also an option to build-your-own pizza.

Follow the new food truck on Facebook or Instagram for updates.

Flour & Fire Pizza

Top image cropped from Flour & Fire's Facebook page.

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Sweat it up at Beer Camp this Sunday

What is Beer Camp? It's a boot camp style workout followed by a beer at Riggs Beer Company. Two C-U personal trainers Ali Kreider and Jessica Schluter will give a customizable outdoor workout for all levels at 11 a.m. this Sunday, September 12th. Participants should bring a water bottle and a mat to the 45 minute workout. The class finishes with a beer (or wine or soda) of your choice from the Riggs bar.

Two white women in a grayscale photograph smile in front of a glass wall of squares. The writing on the bottom is navy blue and reads, Photo from Beer Camp's Facebook event page.

Check out the Facebook event here. Tickets are $10, and a portion of the ticket will be donated to Feeding Our Kids.

Top image by Riggs' Facebook page.

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Live your best 19th century life at this Prairie Stories event on September 11th

The folks at the Museum of the Grand Prairie invite you step back into life on the prairie circa 1800s East-Central Illinois. Prairie Stories is an all-day event featuring artisan demonstrations (including blacksmithing featuring work from local blacksmith shops) and outdoor cooking. Try your hand at candle dipping and butter churning, both of which start at noon. In addition to textile making demos and schoolhouse activities, Prairie Stories will also feature live American folk music and dancing with the Central Illinois English Country Dancers, plus a special concert from the 33rd 33rd Volunteer Illinois Regiment Band from 2 to 4 p.m. 

This event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and may be cancelled due to weather or COVID-related concerns. Find out more here

Prairie Stories is a collaboration between Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Champaign County Museums Network and Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Top image from the Museum of the Grand Prairie's Facebook page.

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The Twin City Theatre Company takes on Doubt: A Parable

On September 18th, the Twin City Theatre Company will open its production of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable. Shanley's gripping exploration of moral certainty offers a strong start to TCTC's season. The production, which will be held at the Company's temporary home in Monticello, will run September 18th, 19th, and 24th through 26th. Learn more or get ticket information here

Top image from the Twin City Theatre Company's Facebook page.