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Common Ground’s 2017 turkey pre-order is now available

Common Ground has opened up pre-orders for the 2017 holiday season, and it is turkey time.

Check out the pre-order page on their website — they have Triple S Turkeys in a variety of options, which you can read below:



Stan's Triple S Turkeys are Broad Breasted Bronze Heritage breed, Organic Pasture-Raised, Local, & Delicious!

Prices per pound (before discount):

$5.49/lb for 10-13.9 lb turkeys

$4.79/lb for 14-17.9 lb turkeys

$4.19/lb for 18-25+ lb turkeys


Just $20 reserves your holiday turkey from Triple S Farm!

And, because we love holiday pre-orders so much, we have some great rewards for you if you pre-order:

  • Everyone who pre-orders automatically saves 50 cents a pound.
  • If you pre-order by November 2, 2017, you will be entered in a drawing to receive your turkey for free (your $20 deposit will be refunded).
  • A coupon for $2 off the purchase of any whole pie (valid Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017 available at the front registers)
  • A coupon good for a future shopping trip--$2 off when you spend $25 or more, $5 off $50 or more, and $12 off $100 or more (valid Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2017 available at the front registers)  

Note: Due to state regulations, our turkeys must remain frozen until they get to you. Please allow ample time for thawing in your refrigerator when selecting your pick up date.

All pre-orders must be completed by Nov 9, 2017

Please use the form below to pre-order your 2017 Triple S Farms holiday turkey. 

  • Items with red asterisks are required.
  • Because your order cannot be processed without payment you will be taken to a page to pay via Paypal after you complete the order form below.
  • You do NOT need a Paypal account to pay. You can pay with your chosen credit card.
  • If you do not want to pay online, please complete a paper pre-order form with with our Front of House staff at the registers in-store. 

Photos from Common Ground


Allerton hosting tree care and pruning workshop Saturday, October 21st

If you want to learn how to properly prune and maintain your trees — this is a good opportunity heading into the fall.

Allerton is hosting a workshop (which only costs $5) with their Park Attendants and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger about this very subject this Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Check out the ticketing link, and the info on their website:

Join Allerton Park’s Park Attendants and Certified Arborist Peter Lichtenberger for a workshop in tree care and pruning. Attendees will learn tips and tricks in planting, mulching, site selection, and species selection, among other basics for trees around your home. Proper pruning techniques will also be discussed as Peter leads you through Allerton’s gardens.

Park in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please meet outside the Visitor Center

$5/person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Top photo from Allerton's website.


WILL premiering Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois this Saturday, October 21st

WILL is premiering a radio documentary called Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois on Saturday, October 21st at 3 p.m. You'll be able to hear it on WILL-AM 580

There's a page on their website which serves as a catch all for locally-created content in regards to the Vietnam War, and its impact throughout the region, which is worth checking out if you're interested in learning more about this topic. That, and some more amazing vintage local content they've put together about this war — interviews, book discussions, and others things, to go with the documentary. Check it out.


Neutral Cycle doing free Bicycle Clinic Series for quick repairs and tune ups

This looks like a great option for all your cyclers out there to get a quick and free tune up of your bike from Neutral Cycle. Check out the Facebook event info below, as they are kicking off their Bicycle Clinic Series this weekend at the Urbana Market:

Does your bike need some TLC? Bring your bicycle over and let Neutral Cycle FREE Bicycle Clinic series do it for you!

As part of the giving back to the community, Neutral will provide FREE quick repairs, check-ups, and tune-ups for your bicycle on site.

Bring out your commuter, your kids' bikes, your speed wagon.....let us have a look!

You can catch us at following places:

10/14 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
1PM - 3PM Orchard Downs Community Center (International Food Festival)

10/21 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
10AM-3PM Urbana Boulders (Boulder Cup)
1PM - 3PM Orchard Downs Community Center (Pumpkin Carving Event)

10/28 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market
3PM - 5PM Orchard Downs Community Center (Before the Halloween Party)

11/4 7AM - 11:30 PM Urbana Farmers' Market


Urbana Park District celebrating America Recycles Day on November 4th

Urbana Park District is celebrating America Recycles Day, which is Saturday, November 4th. Check out the information below via their website:


Sa, Nov 4, 11am-3pm

Anita Purves Nature Center

All Ages (under 15 with adult)

How can you Recycle, Reuse and Reduce waste in the bathroom—the most overlooked room when it comes to recycling? Join us to learn what to do with boxes, bottles and containers from the bathroom.

  • A drop-box will be available where you can recycle toothbrushes (including electric) and empty tubes of toothpaste (squeeze out all of the toothpaste first!).
  • Bring your own empty toothpaste tube and transform it into a coin pouch during the event!
  • Donations of new/unopened toiletries such as toothpaste, soap, and shampoo will be accepted during the event and donated to C-U at Home.

Make your own creation from reused or repurposed materials at home before the event, and to win an award in the fourth annual Creative Reuse Competition. Visit to sign up. The entry deadline is October 28.

Call 217-384-4062 for more information.


U of I alum, Tatyana McFadden, wins 2017 Chicago Marathon

Tatyana McFadden has won the Chicago Marathon for the seventh (!) consecutive time and eighth overall, taking home the victory earlier today up north. She's an alum of the University of Illinois.


C-U Folk & Roots Festival looking for volunteers

C-U Folk & Roots Festival is coming up — taking place November 2-4 in Urbana. You can check out the whole lineup at their website, and if you're interested, you can be a volunteer for the festival.

Check out all the information below, which was sent out via the CUFRF newsletter:

It’s time to sign up to help out your favorite community festival! A mere four hours of volunteering gets you a free full-festival wristband and a festival t-shirt. Come out, help make the festival happen, AND listen to some great music while you do it!

Click here to check out the wide variety of volunteer tasks available November 2-4, 2017.

To make sure you feel prepared and comfortable volunteering at the festival, we are offering two different Volunteer Orientation Meetings this year, either October 25 or November 1. After selecting your volunteer shifts, please sign up for one of these meetings by clicking on this link.

The all-volunteer Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is truly a grassroots effort, from steering committees to ticket collectors. Come and join our community and make friends, have fun, and support the folk arts!

Check out our review of 2016's installment of the festival.

Photo by Daniel Shoemaker


City of Champaign launches PlanOurPlaza for public input for Downtown plaza

PlanOurPlaza is the new initiative from the City of Champaign to gather public input about the plaza space in Downtown Champaign, which is under the microscope for redevelopment into a different and more useful space.

A parking lot, as it exists now, is not the best use of the space. So, this is happening.

Here are the basics, per their website:

The City of Champaign and MKSK have partnered to explore the possibilities of a new urban space for Champaign’s downtown core. The future Neil Street Plaza is perfectly positioned to become a dynamic space that will attract a diverse range of people throughout all seasons. We will provide a framework for a Plaza that is vibrant, comfortable, and well-used on a daily basis, while also providing flexibility for larger gatherings and events.

Your opinions are critical to the success of this project, as we aim to create a plaza that is both inviting and exciting for all residents and visitors of Champaign. Sign up for project updates and participate in our events and online activities!

I used this map for the Hotel VIB SPlog post, so I'll repost it here — as you might guess, the plaza being developed is the triangular lot next ot the Orpheum, east across Neil Street from where Hotel VIB will exist.

If you have input, go to the link above and check out how you can participate as a citizen of Champaign.