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What’s going on? It’s a busy week as we near the end of the semester, and a fun one!

Monday-Wednesday, April 1-3, 2019

The first art show this week has to do with the amateurs in the area that have the opportunity to display their art, maybe you have a friend in the show? This would be a good event to share, local small artists have difficulty getting their name out, it would show compassion and love from all of us!

“Springer Cultural Center hosts annually the Town & Country County Amateur Art Show.  These shows are held throughout the state to encourage amateur artists to experiment with the visual arts.  It’s an opportunity for youth and adults who are not professionally trained in drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, printmaking, digital media, pottery and crafts to have an opportunity to display their talent in this show.  The show is jurored by a professional in the area of arts.  There are two divisions to enter, youth and adult. Those who receive a blue ribbon or Best of Show are eligible to enter the State Town & Country Amateur Art Show in the fall.”

Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, 2019

Not stopping there, we have the critically acclaimed Boneyard Arts Festival! I’ve actually participated in this event, keep your eyes open for artwork made by local artists, both professional and amateur, in multiple venues! If you explore to the far reaches of Champaign County you can find art in places like St. Joseph or Mahomet, it’s quite the experience! This is such a great and definitely worth spending the time to go and explore both new areas and new art.

“Presented annually every spring by 40 North | 88 West, the Boneyard Arts Festival is a four-day event showcasing the broad range of creative activity flourishing in our community. Its goal is to bring together local artists, businesses and organizations for a special event showcasing the art of Champaign County.

More than a traditional arts walk, the Boneyard is a unique countywide celebration that takes place in a wide variety of venues (over 90!) — both traditional (theaters, cafes, galleries & museums) and non-traditional (salons & retail stores) — and features the work of literally hundreds of artists. Sculptors, weavers, painters, photographers and other visual artists join musicians, actors, dancers, poets and performers of all kinds in sharing their creativity throughout Champaign, Urbana, U of I Campus, Rantoul, Homer, Mahomet, St. Joseph and Sidney.

The festival stimulates cultural, economic, social and educational growth by providing an opportunity for people of every age, background and interest to participate.

Goals:
*provide opportunities for artists of all disciplines, media and levels of expertise to share and sell their work with the greater community and its visitors
*demonstrate the value of collaboration among individuals, organizations and businesses
*illuminate the economic impact of the arts on local business
*demonstrate the effectiveness of utilizing art to increase foot traffic in and around participating venues, as well as to enhance the environment in public and private spaces
*promote the cultural vibrancy of our community — a great place to live and visit * bring students, residents and visitors together through the arts
*provide an occasion, through the arts, to both express and reflect upon who and what we are as individuals and as a community
*celebrate the many unique cultural traditions within Champaign County”

Friday, April 5, 2019

Hey! It’s another famous country artists, this time it’s at… the same exact venue! The State Farm Center! It’s been over a decade plus four years since Kenny Chesney has performed in Champaign, so if you haven’t bought tickets, do so now!

“After 14 years, Kenny Chesney returns to Champaign for a show at State Farm Center! With David Lee Murphy and Caroline Jones.”

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Participating in events that raise your cultural horizons is a wise idea, and the Makanfest is a great way to accomplish that goal! It’s a food festival, so this is definitely an exciting opportunity and would provide you with an ample distraction Saturday night.

“The annual Singaporean food festival, Makanfest is coming up on 6 April 2019! We will be serving three main dishes, 1 dessert, and 1 drink. Each main dish will cost $3, the dessert will cost $2.

Get your tickets now at https://tinyurl.com/makanfest2019
$1= 1 ticket”

Sunday, April 7, 2019

It’s time for the TEDxUIUC 2019: Emerge and it’s taking place at Krannert! I have copied the ENTIRE information, so you can take a look at the speakers that they are bringing and find out what kind of opportunities are provided to you. Definitely a grand time to gain knowledge and learn about professionalism and great ideas!

“Every year, TEDxUIUC hosts an event on the University of Illinois campus to bring together passionate thinkers in our community and inspire each other to learn and discuss “Ideas Worth Spreading”. This year, we would like to invite you to our main conference of the year, TEDxUIUC 2019: Emerge!

Our theme this year aims to highlight the importance of standing out, changing perspective, and building off our successes and failures to pursue our passions. Whether it be developing emerging technology, revolutionizing the fashion industry, or even receiving an Olympic medal, our speakers embrace diverse ideals and share how they emerged through the many obstacles of life.

Announced Speakers so far:

Lee Adams: Lee Adams is a Washington DC native and Brooklyn based journalist and documentary filmmaker currently working with VICE as an on air correspondent and Creative Producer. He’s the host and producer of the VICE digital series ‘Minority Reports’ which has over 11 million views on Youtube, and will join the roster of correspondants on the VICELAND cable network live show called VICE Live. Before joining the digital arm of VICE, Adams was a producer of the VICELAND Emmy-nominated docu-series Weediquette and started his career in non-fiction media at National Geographic and NBC News.

Katie Hoff: Katie is a current American Record holder in the 400m IM, 2 time Olympian (2004,2008), 3 time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Throughout the years, Hoff earned USOC Sportswoman of the Year in 2005 and 2007. She also has 8 World Championship Gold Medals to her name from 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Katie retired in 2014 after making a comeback for 2016 due to Pulmonary Embolism in her lungs. She is currently working and living in Chicago with her husband, Todd and French Bulldog, Ally.

Dona Sarkar: Dona Sarkar is a software engineer that works as the chief #NinjaCat of the Insider Program at Microsoft, writing fiction and non-fiction, designing fashion, and coaching entrepreneurs in emerging markets. She was recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Productive People.

Majd Mashharawi: Majd Mashhawari is the 25-year-old CEO of GreenCake, a Gaza Strip-based startup that designs and manufacturers bricks made from recycled local materials.

Jack Fusco: Jack Fusco is an astrophotographer whose work has been featured at the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch with NASA, on BBC News, and with Forbes.

Elizabeth Lombardo Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo has been a featured guest expert speaker all over the world. You may have seen her work on shows including the TODAY Show, Dr. Oz, The Steve Harvey Show or CNN or read her advice in Wall Street Journal, Forbes or Better Homes and Gardens, etc.

Cole Bennett: is an American director and producer. He is known for creating music videos, mainly of the ″Hip Hop″ genre. He has gained popularity from his work with artists such as Lil Xan, Lil Pump, and Ski Mask The Slump God. Gaining his fame on Youtube, he now has over 3.2 million subscribers.

Ananya Cleetus: Ananya Cleetus is the founder of Anenome and helped run Reflections|Projections, the largest student-run technology conference in the Midwest. She also developed my own low cost 3d-printed robotic prosthetic arm for leprosy victims in India, and has a day named after her in the city of Pittsburgh.

Iman Crosson (Alphacat): Better known by his stage name Alphacat, Iman is an American actor, impressionist and YouTube personality and is known for his impersonations of former U.S. President Barack Obama and his starring role in independent film Along the Roadside.

Evangelo Bousis: Evangelo Bousis is an image director and the co-founder of Dundas, a women’s fashion brand.

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This is Springtime which means Spring Fails! What I love about this FailArmy title is specifically how punny it is, Spring is Here, look at all those pogo sticks! Who still pogos? That’s a pretty specific item to attempt tricks on, something I definitely won’t be trying after watching this video…

Spring is Here (March 2019) | FailArmy - YouTube

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From professional headshots to foraging in the wild, STYX in the State Farm Center to half-off adoption fees for puppers, you have so much to do this week and they’re all unique and provide opportunities to learn and experience.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

If you are approaching graduation and you are looking for your career, or you are looking for an internship or even a job that is reliable, then you need a great headshot! There is a group of students who are volunteering, I’m sure it’s a class project, I’ve done this before, and you can get your free headshot and they get to build their portfolio! This is a great deal, but remember to dress for the job you want! If you want to be lumberjack don’t wear a suit, wear flannel, and if you want to work as a paper salesman in Scranton, Pennsylvania, wear a suit. Oh, ITS FREE!

“Do you want to have a professional photo on LinkedIn and Handshake? The Career Center will provide a no-cost professional headshot booth. A student group called Champaign Photography Association will volunteer as photographers.

Dress code: business formal or business casual would be recommended. The Career Center will prepare some jackets in case.
Registration: no need to RSVP but encouraged so that we can prepare for the event better.
A bonus: you can get your resume reviewed during this event!”

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Family Trees can be important in the process of learning where you came from and sometimes impact where you are going! We found out in my family that we had a regular ol’ female cowboy who travelled Eastern Colorado delivering mail for the Pony Express, pretty exciting! This event teaches you how to the elusive and intimidating ancestry.com program which makes that money commitment less daunting when you know how to use the program. Should be a grand time!

“When Your Family History Meets Technology
Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought. What should be the first steps when considering a DNA test? What does a DNA test tell you about yourself?

We will hear from local speakers William Reger, a Russian History professor at ISU and at Parkland, and Sharon McFarland who will answer these questions and more! The March luncheon will highlight the basics of using ancestry.com and how to use Ancestry Family Tree.

Register by March 22nd to get the early registration fee of just $15 At the door it is $22 Fantastic meal catered by Dish Passionate!”

Saturday, March 30, 2019

This is exciting! STYX is performing at the State Farm Center and they’re playing the classics! It’s a journey across the states together and they’re stopping in little ol Chambana! If you love classic rock this is an event you want to be at.

“‘An Evening with Styx’ is set to include the band performing an extended set and many classic hits, including ‘Renegade,’ ‘Come Sail Away,’ ‘Too Much Time On My Hands’ and many more. They will also perform songs from their newest album ‘THE MISSION.'”

“After more than a decade together on the road, this incarnation of Styx is looking forward to performing as many shows as it can as long as it can. “It all comes back to the chemistry,” says bassist/vocalist Ricky Phillips. “The legacy of this band will be that it brought joy to millions of people,” notes drummer Todd Sucherman. Observes keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, “We’ve always tried to explain why this is this happening. It’s obviously a multitude of factors, but the main one is that our show is really good! And if it’s really good, they’re going to come to see it again.” Styx hopes it’s a wave that never crests. “Every night, we go on that magic carpet ride together,” observes original bassist Chuck Panozzo, who joins the band on tour as often as he can. “Music is this amazing force that comes from a higher place. I’m humbled for this band to have the great success that it has,” says co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young. “We just want to keep on doing this,” asserts Tommy. “We want to let life take its course and let this music continue to be the soundtrack to it. And this band will continue to evolve as long as we live and play this music.” The jig is up, the news is out: The Esprit de Styx is alive and well, and now it’s time to see for yourself. Welcome to the Grand Evolution.”

Sunday, March 31, 2019

You need a dog.

Let me tell you why, these dogs don’t have a home, and they need one. Some CPM apartments are pet-friendly, and yes dogs are a commitment and are a financial sacrifice, but let me ask you this, do you really need to order pizza, buy coffee, or go see Captain Marvel for the fifth time? No, you need a dog, who will provide you with positive energy, who wants to be with you and to spend all of it’s time getting to know you better. That’s my dog, and she always makes me feel wanted and her wanting to be wanted is just too dang cute. Get a dog, the adoption fee is half-price and you can check out the animals you have ahead of time.

“Join CCHS for our ‘Bark Madness’ adoption event! All animals will be available for half their normal price for anyone that fills out an application on Sunday. Don’t miss your chance to adopt a MVP (MOST VALUABLE PET)!

Check out CCHS’s website at cuhumane.org to see the available animals. Call the shelter at 217-344-7297 if you have further questions.”

Sunday, March 31, 2019

We are always trying to save money as a college student financial commitment to surviving. Learn how to forage and collect mushrooms and plants that you can spice your salads with and season your meals, what’s safe and what’s utterly decimating to your body, this will help you be cooler too. Are popularity contests still a thing? This will bump you up the ranks.

“Ever stared at an unidentified plant and wondered, “can I eat that?” Often dismissed as childhood folly, such notions are actually a deeply human impulse. Curious? Join us for the kickoff meeting of CU Wild Food Club, a new community group dedicated to study and promotion of local wild food resources. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Foragers Unite!

First Meeting: Sunday, March 31st 2pm in Common Ground Food Co-op Flatlander Classroom, led by JP Goguen, Co-op Owner & Wild Food Enthusiast

Discussion Topics will include: local food systems, ethnobotany, invasive ecology, nutrition science, traditional skills, sustainable landscapes, community building, agronomy, resiliancy, culinary arts”

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Writing first began as a way to share stories, we gained hope from tales of conquests and marvellous feats as well as gleaned life lessons from warnings of demise and defeats. What kind of writing are you working on? As students, most often we are completing research papers and expressing ourselves through texts, yet there is a vastness to writing that should be shared and expressed. This blog post will bring in sources that mayhaps you know of, and perhaps you don’t know of, as well as bring in a creative element so that self-expression and self-care may be more accessible.

1. Purdue OWL

As a Psychology major, I began in MLA7 in high school and while I went to Parkland MLA8 was released, and after I transferred out I had to learn APA and forgot about MLA format completely, to top this off my Photography classes require MLA8 format, I was lost. Purdue OWL is, perhaps, the greatest resource to writing out there when learning a new format. It summarizes, gives the basics, and afterwards if you still have questions find a tutor or ask your professor for specifics. Every major has their own style and each professor has specific ideas about how to implement it. Learn the style then learn the professor! Here is a link to Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab.

2. Blogging

This blog started off real rough, let me tell ya.  I was looking through some of the first posts and golly, they were sucky. Still great content though, that will never change. Aside from this blog post I have written blogs on Photography, personal storytelling, and Psychology, I also partake in a podcast and assist other organizations in email blasts and writing their content. Is blogging the format for you? It’s a serious question, and if you think you have it in you, you should probably read the writersdigest.com Do’s and Don’t’s.

3. Creative Writing

Whoowhee this is a big un’! Creative Writing covers Novels to Poetry, Songwriting to Screenwriting, some consider blogging and journaling to be Creative Writing but for the sake of spacing out topics, I decided to focus in this section on Fiction and Poetry. A great source of information is oxforddictionaries.com that outlines several tips and tricks that are extremely useful!

  • First off, Fiction. What are some ways to get the creative juices running, how do you create an entirely new world with characters who have lives, memories, hopes, and dreams? There are many different ways to start this off, and the recommendation seems to focus on writing from your own experience first. In a way, journal, but don’t journal. Let’s say I was to write a story on a pharmacist who was trying to stop a disease. That’s ridiculously difficult, what would I even call the drugs? I would have to spend hours of research just to start the short story. Instead, I should write about a group of individuals in the backcountry, they’re lost, they’re hungry, and they’re scared, I know a great deal about camping so that’s perfect! “Write about what you know” then later, “write about what you don’t know”.
  • Now Poetry, do you need to rhyme? NO! You don’t! Again, “write about what you know”! Think of a song, the words themselves have a rhythm to them, follow that rhythm, express your own heartbeat, feel the keyboard or pen as your fingers write, there’s a tempo, a beat, a meaning. You are communicating your story, you are expressing your feelings, you are using metaphors and examples, shorten them, lengthen them, use the lines to break apart the sentences, punctuation to extenuate the flow, and the length of each line to draw the eyes of the reader down. Maybe Jerz’s Literacy Weblog may have some more tips and explanations for you to take  a look at though!
4. Journaling

Why Journal? There are benefits to journaling like processing, emotional maintenance, and mental well-being that affects sleep patterns, mood, and reduce negative symptoms. The postivepsychologyprogram.com has an entire article on the topic that is supported by studies that may convince you better than my word can.

Journaling requires the application of the analytical, rational left side of the brain; while your left hemisphere is occupied, your right hemisphere (the creative, touchy-feely side) is given the freedom to wander and play (Grothaus, 2015)! Allowing your creativity to flourish and expand can be cathartic and make a big difference in your daily well-being.”

See that? Let loose the right hemisphere! Give it freedom and independence, allow it’s voice to burst forth in all of its glory. Stand tall readers! Your Right Hemisphere approaches and it has some thoughts for you!

5. Grammarly

Need I say more. Here’s a link: https://app.grammarly.com/

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Hey, it’s the last week before a much-needed Spring Break! Remember the post about all the local coffee shops that rock? Make sure to check that blog out for your daily caffeine addiction fixes, it’s good for the soul.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Speaking of coffee, here is a shop that I haven’t heard of! I’ve posted about Everyday Kitchen, but this is a bit different! Apparently, they have 1/2 coffee drinks that taste great! This happens everyday 5PM-7PM.

“Join us for happy hour, featuring ½ price coffee and tea daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Think you’re funny, eh? I certainly do, I’m hilarious. You know JD from Scrubs how he always laughs at his own jokes? That’s me, so I feel like I should signup and appear as a star guest. One time I thought to myself “I should do a standup some time” and my roommate burst into my room and shouted “NO” then slammed the door and left. Not really funny as much as weird, like how did he know… Anyway if you don’t want to perform you can definitely show up and just watch! There’s also drink specials, not complaining there.

“C-U Comedy’s Open Mic Stand Up Comedy inside The Clark Bar in downtown Champaign at 9PM – No Cover

Mix of first timers, U of I students, local performers, and even comedy club acts stopping in. 5 minute sets – fast paced show!

To get on the list contact: jesse@cucomedy.com

Wed: (SPOTS STILL OPEN): Kadyn Jones, Jesse Tuttle, Sandy Ott, Justin Tuttle, Kedar Kelkar

THURS (SIGN UPS FULL) – Jon Murphy, Alexa Harmon, Matt Brown, Matt Plumf, Ryan Smith, Ryan Hays, Jakob Jager, Kenny Smallhorn, Kadyn Jones, Jesse Tuttle, Justin Tuttle

Live music from 6-9, full food menu, great drink specials.

Website: http://www.cucomedy.com
Facebook: Champaign-Urbana Comedy
Group Page: C-U Comedy Shows
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cucomedy/
Twitter: @CUComedy”

Thursday, March 14, 2019

There is a constant supply of Community involvement events that are featured in this blog, and this one is even more involved where you get to voice your concerns about the safety in the community, and ideas that you may have. Signup and get involved in the local community!

“Elevate our cities with your voice. Join your fellow CU residents for dinner and conversation about what local public officials should prioritize in order to decrease violence, particularly gun violence, in our communities and increase safety and equity.

What does a safe community (psychologically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc) look like to you, and what answers do you need from local leadership about how to achieve it?

5:30-6:00: Dinner with your fellow community members
6:00-7:15: Guided small and large group discussions
7:15-8:00: Co-create a questionnaire for Champaign City Council and mayoral candidates in anticipation of the April 2 local elections. Illinois Public Media reporters will send the questionnaire to candidates and publish answers on our website and social media.

Make sure your leadership knows your needs! And eat and talk with CU residents who love their cities as much as you. This is a non-partisan event.

NOTE: You must RSVP for this event. When the event fills, we will start a wait list to track interest. We will send wait list members a survey about their thoughts on community safety so that everyone can be involved. Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracy-in-cu-lets-talk-solutions-to-community-violence-tickets-57116734691?ref=estw

If you know people who would like to attend who do not have access to a computer, please tell them to RSVP by calling Kristin at WILL’s newsroom 217-244-2629.

Hosted by Illinois Public Media, CU Area Project, Champaign County Voters Alliance, Illinois Newsroom, League of Women Voters of Champaign County.”

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Okay for those of you still hiding out on campus over break, these last two events are for you. Nooky Jones will be playing and there is a $7 cover charge at the door or $5 if you RSVP as going on Facebook. This event is taking place at The Canopy Club and it’s been awhile since they’ve been featured on here, if you’re bored this Saturday then hitup the event and enjoy the show!

“Nooky Jones

“Equal parts Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, and Prince… Guaranteed to move heart and booty.”
-NPR

Saturday, March 16th
The Canopy Club (Urbana, IL)
Feat. New Souls + Karena Tse
18+ show, $7 cover
$5 cover for anyone that RSVPs to this event as “going”!

“UGH, STUDENTS, ARRRRRRGH.”
–Never fear, it’s Spring Break!

“UGH, PARKING, UGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH”
–Don’t worry! There’s a whole underground lot below Krannert!”

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Birdwatching is a relaxing, community way to show your maturity, and this is the 75th year of Sunday Morning Bird Walks and that sounds like a big deal! It’s free and if you have a camera, binoculars, or a bird book then bring it a long and enjoy the wealth of knowledge that they have to share with you!

“Sundays starting March 3rd to May 26th from 7:30am-9am
Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot
FREE! All ages – under 15 with adult

Join the Champaign County Audubon Society for their 75th year of birding!
Birding is an adventure for any age. Walk with CCAS leaders and search for birds in Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park. Learn and practice basic bird watching and identification techniques. Bring a pair of binoculars if you have them or you may borrow one from the Anita Purves Nature Center with a refundable credit card deposit of $15 (pick up Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm).**

**On Sundays April 7th to May 12th from 7:15am-9:45am, the nature center will be open to the public for Birds, Binoculars and Beverages, a program in celebration of the nature center’s 40th anniversary where you can enjoy FREE coffee and light snacks before or after the Sunday Morning Bird Walks.”

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Spring break is around the corner, and here we are with ideas floating around our head that it may be warmer, and we need someplace to be. Here’s an assortment of locations that provide adventure and the outdoors! These are great locations outside of Spring Break as well.

Camel Rock

Garden of the Gods is a beautiful location with vast, wonderful amounts of land to explore. It’s part of the Greater Shawnee National Forest that contains a few other locations that will be included in this blog post. Camel Rock is that rock off to the right, it does resemble a camel! I’ve been there, and there are just so many fun activities around and places to climb it’s unreal! Click here for more details.

“Over the years, the elements have sculpted some of the most stunning and extraordinary rock formations known to man. This garden of sandstone sculptures and vast untouched wilderness was fittingly named Garden of the Gods.

The park contains a variety of plant and animal life, adding to the scenic beauty of the Shawnee Forest. Garden of the Gods covers more than 3,300 acres of forest throughout the Southeastern Illinois counties of Saline, Pope and Hardin. There are also plenty of trails for backpacking and horseback riding, allowing nature lovers a welcome tour of what the lively environment has to offer.”

Giant City

Giant City is awesome because of the large walls of a natural stone formed over the years. It wasn’t an actual city but it looks like it might have been one for giants! This is also in Shawnee National Forest, but you should click here for the information on this one.

“With its breathtaking natural beauty and unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation, a trip to Giant City State Park near Carbondale is sure to delight visitors of all ages. From camping and horseback riding to fishing and rappelling, it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise. Visitors will marvel at the many hiking trails. Especially popular is the Giant City Nature Trail, home of the “Giant City Streets” – huge bluffs of sandstone formed 12,000 years ago.

Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park was named for the unique impressions made by its massive sandstone structures and a landscape like none other, with lush garments of fern, moss, flowering mints, hundreds of species of wild flowers and more than 75 varieties of towering trees.

The Giant City Visitor Center provides interpretive displays on the geology, plants, animals and history of the park, and regional tourism information.”


Cache River State Natural Area

This has been a growing location in popularity for many reasons, primarily it has Cypres trees older than 1,000 years old. You are able to canoe and kayak around the entire area and see the state champion tree! Enjoy the waters and the multiple species of birds around the Cypress Grove, and click here for all the details.

“Cache River State Natural Area is situated in southernmost Illinois within a floodplain carved long ago by glacial floodwater of the Ohio River. When the Ohio River adopted its present course, it left the Cache River to meander across rich and vast wetlands. Among the outstanding natural features are massive cypress trees whose flared bases, called buttresses, exceed 40 feet circumference. Many are more than 1,000 years old, including one that has earned the title of state champion bald cypress because of its huge trunk girth, towering height and heavily branched canopy.”


Apple River Canyon State Park

Oh this one is quite a joy! Apple River Canyon State Park is full, and I mean full of amazing views from Cliffsides to Riverviews, it’s a somewhat more secret location for people to visit. I really would like to recommend this one for it’s unique qualities and unknown nature, click here for more.

“Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River.

The park was established by the State of Illinois in 1932, and today consisting of 1,907 acres. Several other sites within Jo Daviess County are managed as part of the Apple River Canyon State Park Complex: Thompson and Salem Units, Iris and Jack Witkowsky Wildlife Area, Tapley Woods Natural Area, Hanover Bluff Natural Area, Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Wards Grove Nature Preserve, McKeague Unit Nature Preserve, Rall Woods Natural Area, and Apple River Canyon – Winston Tunnel Unit.”

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Castle Rock

The campsite is only accessible by canoe or kayaking (or paddle boarding), which is spectacularly amazing! This is such a fabulous idea and remote area, only those who are truly committed to camping. In the area there is a walkway onto the top of Castle Rock and you can view the area around you and the vasts forests. Click here for more information.

“Castle Rock State Park is located along the west bank of the Rock River in Ogle County, three miles south of Oregon, on Ill. Rt. 2. The park is centrally located in the Rock River Hills region of Illinois, and its rolling topography is drained by the Rock River. The park is representative of the Rock River Hills area with rock formations, ravines and unique northern plant associations. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, has given the park its name. ”

Chain O’ Lakes

With walkways, trails, and lakes, Chain O’ Lakes is a wonderful spot to go boating or a picnic. Look at the multiple waterways as it is near to the suburbs and exceedingly flush with greenery when it warms up! Click here for more info.

“Located in the heart of Illinois’ largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O’Lakes State Park is a water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers.

The park borders three natural lakes – Grass, Marie and Nippersink – and the Fox River that connects the other seven lakes (Bluff, Fox, Pistakee, Channel, Petite, Catherine and Redhead) that make up the Chain. In addition, the park contains a 44-acre lake within its boundaries. With nearly 6,500 acres of water and 488 miles of shoreline, Chain O’Lakes State Park is the heart of a water wonderland.”

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is open with countless waterfalls for you to see, now if Spring Break is still freezing then this is an apt location for you to visit as you will be able to walk around on the rivers and see frozen waterfalls, but make sure to be careful and keep your balance, better yet get some ice spikes for your shoes. Click here for more info.

“Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 4 miles south of Utica and 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities, make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for an outing.”

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Unofficial is officially over, which means some calm could be the best medication for you! Here are some interesting and fun events to try out as you take a step back from the craziness.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Music music music, go to Houlihan’s and have some live music that relaxes you and soothes you into a stupor. This happens every Teusday so keep this in your back pocket! When it warms up they will move from the lounge onto the patio.

“Join us each Tuesday evening for live, local music in the lounge! It’s the warmer, cozier counterpart to our Patio Play series for the colder months. Don’t miss hearing our local talent or the chance to try a new wine, ALL wine by-the-bottle is available 1/2 off starting at 4pm. Head on over to Open Table and make a reservation https://www.opentable.com/houlihans-reservations-champaign?rid=38587&restref=38587 or call us at 217-819-5005.

Current Line-up:
(additional dates being added)

February 19 Joey Glassman – Musician
February 26 Two and a Third (formerly Rick Kubetz & Terry Bush)
March 5 Chris Hartley
March 12 “Joey Glassman – Musician
March 19 Vinny Santanelli Music

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Here is an educational event on Agriculture! This applies to multiple majors as business and engineers can learn on how Agricultural Technology is advancing, even Graphic Design Majors can see how individuals market themselves, beneficial for all to learn!

“The University of Illinois is uniquely positioned where agriculture, engineering and technology intersect, and is on its way to becoming a hub of agricultural entrepreneurship and activity. Modern agriculture is being transformed by a confluence of advancing technologies. As a result, record-breaking investments in the sector are supporting new ventures. This year’s 2019 AgTech Summit will include panels and discussions about the landscape of AgTech Investment, the future of digital agriculture featuring collaborations between startups and large corporations and much more.

Register Today: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8672101

Please join us on Tuesday evening March 5 for a welcome reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Enterprise Atrium and the summit will be held at the I-Hotel & Conference Center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. March 6.

If you are interested in sponsoring or speaking at this event, please reach out to Laura at lwbleill@illinois.edu.
Please direct any additional inquiries to Stephanie at shalvors@illinois.edu

This event is co-hosted by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois.”

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Here is another cultural event, this one takes place at the Krannert Art Museum and you will hear music, view art, and experience dance performers as they share their culture from Northern India. This event will have multiple performers so you will get to see a variety of styles! This is an exciting opportunity!

“Join us for a music and dance performance in the classical Indian tradition, inspired by artwork on view in “From Hand to Hand: Painting and the Animation of History in Northern India” at Krannert Art Museum.

Krannert Art Museum welcomes students from the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (Spicmacay Illinois), who have created original music and dance that relates to the stories and paintings on view at KAM. Visitors will enjoy vocal and dance performances as well as a variety of instrumental performances, including on the violin, bamboo flute, tabla and mridangam. The students will showcase various forms of Indian Classical Art Forms including both Carnatic and Hindustani styles as well as live music for the dance performances.

Performers include Janani Comar, Anwesa Choudhuri, @Pranav Ghatraju, Vedhus Hoskere, Manohar Karigerasi, Arjun Raghavan, Aniket Ravan, Aravind Sagar, Maitreyee Sharma, and Sathvik Tejaswi.

About Spicmacay Illinois
Our organization is dedicated to bringing world class Indian Classical Music/Performing arts to the campus community. Indian Classical Music, both North Indian and South Indian, Vocal and Instrumental and Classical Arts. Artists are invited to perform for the benefit of the students and community members of UIUC and Urbana-Champaign. In order to increase the outreach of SPICMACAY, the members organize jam sessions every alternate Saturday from 2-5 PM in Illini Union and everyone is welcome. To initiate enthusiastic students in Indian Art Forms, members trained for over a decade organize workshops every Saturday which is also open to all. Apart from this, SPICMACAY organizes student concerts and performances in collaboration with other Centers on campus to promote these arts. The SPICMACAY facebook page is very active and all the events are always up to date.

This event is co-sponsored by the India Studies Fund, administered by the Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

Friday, March 8, 2019

Still not sure who Bach is but apparently his Lunch Concerts are awesome because you can either bring a box lunch or you can go buy a box lunch! That’s fun! Definetely something to check out for the live music and to get more involved with the Champaign Parks events!

“Bring your lunch or purchase a box lunch through us from Michael’s Catering. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the music. If you are interested in a lunch, please place your order by noon on the Wednesday prior to a performance at 217-398-2376.

View the lunch menu: https://champaignparks.com/bachs-lunch/

January 11
Jaybirds
Jazz, Blues, Pop & Rock
Amy Hassinger, vocals
Josh Houchin, bass & vocals
Young Kim, guitar
Steve Meadows, drum & vocals

February 8
The Virtual Jazz Orchestra
with Mark Smart
Haken Continuum Guitar, Keyboard, Bass

March 8
Samba Soul Band
Brazilian / Latin Music
Chip McNeil, saxophone
Ricardo Flores, drums
Armand Beaudoin, bass
George Turner, guitar
Vivian Felicio, vocals

April 26
Charlie & The Possibly Wilds
Rock
Isiah Asplund
Jon Faw
Charlie Maybee”

Saturday, March 9, 2019

ROBOBRAWL! YEAHHHHH!!!!! ROBOTS FIGHT ROBOTS, IT’S EPIC, IT’S FIERCE, IT’S EVERYTHING YOU WANTED! Seriously though this is something you should check out and enjoy the robots that have been designed by multiple engineering groups and see how they fight each other in the ring, only one Robo can win the Brawl!

“• What: Robobrawl 2019
• Location: Graziano Plaza (open space between UIUC Engineering Hall and Everitt Laboratory, across Illini Union)
• Time: Engineering Open House March 8th to March 9th 2019
• Contact Email: Robobrawl2019@gmail.com
• Website: http://robobrawl.illinois.edu/

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Robobrawl is an annual combat robotics event that takes place each year during the Engineering Open House on the University of Illinois campus. The event consists of a double elimination tournament over the two days of Engineering Open House (3/8/2019 – 3/9/2019) where each team battles for dominance. The current format consists of 30 pound combat robots fighting in a 16′ x 16′ arena.

Our event encourages inter-disciplinary engineering collaboration in order to challenge all comers in both design and manufacturing skill. Through this challenge, participants will grow and develop the skills necessary to become well-rounded engineers.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to message our page or send an email to Robobrawl2019@gmail.com.”

Engineering Open House

Engineering Open House is a favorite here in the Champaign-Urbana area, you know why? It isn’t because it has cool designs, it’s because you have the opportunity to see new and wonderful things like you would never believe! From the infamous Tesla Concert to a concrete smasher you have no lack of fun and fascinating events to keep you entertained. Make sure to click on the title “Engineering Open House” to see the calendar of events and information!

“Engineering Open House is an annual student-led STEM fair featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited to come and experience the atmosphere of innovation and creativity.”

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Campus Property Management | CPM by Daniel Shoemaker - 3M ago

Hopefully, all of you are having a wonderful time and are staying safe! I realized most of the funny videos shared on here related to dogs, and that seemed a bit shortsighted seeing as we have cat fans in the house! So whether you’re out in the town or home in your apartment with all 26 locks in full-effect, this video is sure to bring a bit of joyinto your life. Cats can be silly, really silly, ridiculously silly…

It's TIME for SUPER LAUGH! - Best FUNNY CAT videos - YouTube

View in your browser to see the video in all of its glory!

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It’s Unofficial time! As a townie, this is when we would barricade ourselves and lock our doors and put on a show like Phineas and Ferb and hope for the best, but as U of I students, this is an opportunity to have fun! Quite the different experiences, I know! Something to be aware of is how to drink safely, not just because of your blood alcohol content, but to also be careful of who you are with, the plans you have, and to avoid situations that can cause irreversible damage, it’s a BLAST to have fun!

Wear Green, Especially CPM Green

Your first tip is to wear green! Unofficial began in 1996 and the premise is that the University of Illinois scheduled Spring Break during St. Pattrick’s Day, and Unofficial began as a substitute! This is where you get to pinch people who haven’t worn green that night, and you can find some pretty awesome Unofficial apparel! Of course, Campus Property Management came out with a green t-shirt specifically for the event! See the clovers in the t-shirt and the type-font? Pretty Unofficial isn’t it? These T-shirts are being given away at our Main Office tomorrow, Thursday 2/28/2019 as long as supplies last so make sure to stop by early and grab that CPM T-shirt! Oh, it’s FREE!

Make a Plan

Making a plan has quite a few benefits, you get to plan who you are with, where you are going, how many drinks you are having, travel plans, these are all good ideas to go through. Thankfully, www.drinksmart.com/ helps with making those plans, follow that link and scroll down to the bottom. They also have resources that explain alcohol facts and ways to make the night more enjoyable!

Carry a Checklist

This website may seem a bit judgemental but it makes sense, make a checklist. This is similar to making a plan but it can be a card with reminders such as “drink water every other drink” or “don’t accept drinks from strangers”. Also, one thing they point out is to avoid triggers and this is such a great tip! Triggers can make us forget our rules and plans, and cause what is supposed to be a fun night into one you can’t remember clearly, and that’s no fun! Click here for the checklist website. And click here for some more tips and tricks to safe drinking.

Responsible Drinking

Okay not much to say, this website is just amazing because of its aesthetics and the amount of  resources that it has available for the general public. www.responsibledrinking.org/ definitely makes safe drinking look more fun with it’s colors and stock imagery, just saying.

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit

This is a bit of a difficult topic to approach, basically, we know that alcohol isn’t the only substance that goes around on big party nights, and it’s important to know what is happening and going on around you to make sure that you stay safe and don’t suffer consequences beyond your ability to manage. Don’t listen to me though, read the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) article on it. This is good information for everyone as it helps to know emergency services and numbers, as well as how you can help. Click here for the pdf information.

Champaign-Urbana Local Resources

CPM has its own list of resources from the Police Department, Fire Department, City of Champaign, and more. Be aware of the fines and penalties and know some more safety tips such as balconies and more. This link will help you to know more about Champaign-Urbana and how the Townies treat Unofficial. We all enjoy being liked, so be kind to your town and respect the rules to help keep you and your friends safe. https://cpm-apts.com/general-info/unofficial-safetyandfine-precautions/

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