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The Oak Street High Density Storage Facility is literally very cool

The University of Illinois’ Oak Street High Density Storage Facility holds over four million items — four million! That’s a lot of archival material (including maps, film, books, and more). It’s all kept at a cool 50 degree Fahrenheit, and a delightfully crisp 30% humidity. It’s basically my ideal winter climate. 

You can read more about the facility in this 2019 Illinois News Bureau article, and on the U of I website

Here’s a video of the shelving being installed. 

 

Top image by Fred Zwicky.

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Support Krannert Art Museum and celebrate the art and life of Sandra Batzli

Krannert Art Museum is holding a fundraiser benefiting the Sandra Batzli Endowment Fund, which provides unrestricted support for the museum. Sandra Batzli was a longtime C-U resident, artist, supporter of the arts, and president and archivist of the Krannert Art Museum Council who passed away in 2020. 

At “Reflections on Life Through Art: A Celebration of Artist Sandra Batzli,” you’ll be able to purchase Batzli’s artworks (proceeds benefit the museum). The fundraiser is Thursday, August 25th at 5:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Please RSVP here. Additional information is available on the Facebook event page

Top photo from the Facebook event page.

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Enlighten yourself on renewable energy at this upcoming Solar Power Hour

This Thursday, August 11th, home and business owners of the greater Champaign County community are invited to a Solar Power Hour at Papa Del’s Pizza Factory. The free educational presentation is hosted by grassroots program Solar Urbana Champaign. Their mission, led by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, is to make solar energy in C-U more accessible and affordable. Learn more here.

Top image by Solar Urbana Champaign.

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Celebrate Irish Fest at Allerton Park on August 12th

You can enjoy Irish music on the evening of August 12th at Allerton Park. Irish Fest will feature two bands: opening act Broken Brogue and headliner Téada. Broken Brogue, a Decatur-based band playing traditional Irish and Scottish music takes the stage at 6 p.m. and Téada follows at 7:40 p.m.

Per the press release: 

A donation of $5 per person, $10 per family is suggested for Irish Fest, part of the Allerton Concert Series Presented by the Ayers Family. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for the outdoor venue.

Food will be available from Mama D’s Smokehouse and BBQ, Watson’s Food Truck and Jimmy John’s. Allerton’s Greenhouse Café will also be open until 6 p.m. for pre-concert food purchases. Concert goers can also bring their own food.

A cash bar will also be available. Those wishing to stay overnight on the Allerton grounds can find information at www.allerton.illinois.edu or by calling 217-333-3287.

For additional information, visit the Allerton website

Top image of Téada by Damien Stenson and courtesy of Allerton Park.

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Ashanti Files among 2022 American Poet Laureate Fellows

The Academy of American Poets has announced its list of 22 2022 fellows and Ashanti Files is among them. This fellowship will allow Files, the second Urbana Poet Laureate, to continue the Writers of Oya program, and to offer free fall classes at the Urbana Free Library, the Champaign Public Library and the Cesear Chavez Library in Arizona.  Get more information here

Photo from the Academy of American Poets Facebook page. 

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Explore African American oral histories at the Doris K. Wylie Hoskins Archive this month

Presented in partnership with the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Champaign County African American Heritage Trail, and the Champaign Park District, Exploring African American Oral Histories will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, as part of C-U Days in the Park. This opportunity to explore the Doris K. Wylie Hoskins Archive will dive deep into "the lived experiences of African Americans in Champaign County." Community leaders will be on hand to share conversation and help contextualize these historical treasures. Find out more here.

Photo from the Champaign Public Library Facebook page.

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Royal Donut is reopening August 9th

Per reporting in the News-Gazette (and a post on Facebook), Danville’s beloved Royal Donut will reopen under new ownership on Tuesday, August 9th. The donut shop closed in 2021; earlier this year it was announced that it came under new ownership

 

Royal Donut’s donuts are excellent, and worth the 45 minute drive to Danville.

Royal Donut
911 N Vermillion
Danville

Top image by Jessica Hammie.

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Nominate an organization for Common Ground’s Round Up For Good

Common Ground Food Co-op is accepting nominations for the Round Up For Good grant program. The program allows shoppers to round up the cost (say, from $12.45 to $13), and all of that extra money is donated to whatever organization is featured that month. This year, Urbana Free Library, Planned Parenthood, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and Immigrant Services of CU, among eight others, have been or will be featured. 

You can email the Common Ground Board with your nominations; voting takes place August 1-14. 

Oh, and did you know that you can apply to run to be on the co-op’s Board? Additional information and application materials are available on the website

Top image from the Common Ground Food Co-op Facebook page.

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Station Theatre announces its 50th season lineup

The Celebration Company at the Station Theatre recently announced its 50th season lineup and it's full of productions you won't want to miss. Whether you're looking to mark your calendar for theatre dates or prepare for upcoming casting calls, you'll definitely want to check the list out here

Top photo from the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre's Facebook page.