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Support One People’s Summer Arts Camp at Guido’s June 30th

Guido's is already known for it's trivia nights, but on June 30th you get the chance to show off what you know, and support a good cause. One People's Summer Arts Camp is a youth-centered and community-based arts education camp for kids ages 9-14. 

All the money raised on the 30th will go towards the camp, happening July 10-14.

For the event, it's $10 a person and teams up to 8 are allowed, or you can be placed in a team upon arrival. To register your team in advance and learn more about One People's Summer Arts Camp, click here.

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Illinois Football just offered a scholarship to a 10 year old

We can't make this one up, folks - word on the street (and on MaxPreps.com) is that Illinois Football has just offered a scholarship to 10 year old Bunchie Young.

Yes, you read that right: 10 years old.

I'm not so sure about this recruiting thing anymore, folks, but apparently he's the fastest 10 year old in the country, for what that's worth.

Watch his full highlight video here, and see the tweet confirming the signing below:

 

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Triptych Brewing announces new, Matrix-inspired beer

Nowadays it's becoming more and more apparent that we're living in a computer simulation. Even Elon Musk thinks that we might.

Point being, Triptych Brewing has unveiled the perfect beer to match these trying times. "Wake Up, Neo..." is a new, double IPA that has some of the best packaging I've ever seen in a beer, clearly inspired by The Matrix. Here's to hoping it tastes just as good.

For more information on how you can get yours, and to see a picture, check out Triptych's Facebook post below:

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Help the butterflies at Champaign Park District’s Summer Kick Off this Saturday

This Saturday at Spalding Skate Park in Champaign, the Champaign Park District's horticultural booth will be giving away free butterfly milkweed plants, which are crucial to the continued existence of Illinois' Monarch Butterfly population (which is currently endangered).

Outside of the free plants, the Summer Kick Off will feature live art, popsicles, and much more. For more information, check out the description from the Facebook Event below:

Summer Kick Off at Spalding Skate Park
Saturday, June 24, 12-2pm

Let’s kick off the summer with an art explosion! Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch to watch local artists paint murals on the skate park. Also, enjoy free face painting and inflatables, pollinator plant giveaways, cold treats from The Pop Stop, Inc , and more. Don’t miss this free event at Spalding Park, located by Franklin Middle School on Harris Ave.

Call to artists! We’re looking for people interested in painting murals during this event! If interested, please email Zoe Stinson with a brief summary of your experience: zoe.stinson@champaignparks.com.

Seeking Volunteers! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/summerkickoffvolunteers

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Is the U of I getting a NCAA hockey team?

Now, I'm not one for rampant speculation, but when it comes to University of Illinois athletics, I'm always down for a good fantasy, because more times than not, it's better than reality.

Anyway, word on the street is that Illini AD Josh Whitman is headed to an NHL (National Hockey League) conference in Chicago tomorrow "in support of college hockey."

It sure would be odd for an AD of a Big Ten school that does not field an NCAA hockey team to go to a meeting of the most powerful league in the hockey world and advocate for college hockey, which could lead one to believe that we may see some changes soon at the University of Illinois.

Here's an interesting take on the topic from The Champaign Room, which goes extremely in-depth on the idea of fielding a varsity hockey team at the U of I.

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C-U wins "Best Midwest Food Town" competition in Midwest Living

Earlier this year, Midwest Living hosted a competition around their "Best Midwest Food Town", and Champaign-Urbana was a part of that discussion.

It was announced yesterday that Champaign-Urbana had recieved the most votes in the competition, being awarded the victory. Check out the press release from Visit Champaign County, and their Facebook post below that:

MIDWEST LIVING MAGAZINE READERS VOTE CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILLINOIS

THE WINNER OF THE GREATEST FOOD TOWN

Winner To Be Featured in the September/October 2017 Issue

DES MOINES, IA (June 21, 2017) – After months of town nominations and thousands of online votes, Midwest Living’s readers have named Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, the Greatest Food Town in the Midwest.  To celebrate, Champaign/Urbana will be featured in the September/October 2017 issue of Midwest Living, and the magazine will host a celebration event in Champaign-Urbana in late summer.

From May 1-31, 2017, readers voted on their favorite town to take top prize. The finalists, one from each Midwest state and all under 750,000 population, were chosen for their strong offerings of local chefs, innovative restaurants, nearby food producers and diversity of culinary offerings. The finalists include: Champaign-Urbana, IL (winner); Bloomington, IN; Des Moines, IA; Lawrence, KS; Ann Arbor, MI; Duluth, MN; Springfield, MO; Lincoln, NE; Fargo, ND; Toledo, OH; Sioux Falls, SD and Madison, WI.

Sponsors of the program include Mahatma Rice and Roth Cheese. For more information, including complete terms, please visit MidwestLiving.com.

ABOUT MIDWEST LIVING
Midwest Living magazine (www.midwestliving.com), published by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), is a regional publication that celebrates the richness of life in the Midwest. Founded in 1987, the magazine is dedicated to providing its readers with a wealth of region-specific information and inspiration, focusing on travel and events, food and dining, and home and garden, as well as other editorial content categories. Midwest Living magazine, which reaches 4 million readers, is published bi-monthly and has a rate base of 950,000.

CONTACT: Lindsey von Busch, 732.284.9089, Lindsey.vonBusch@Meredith.com
Visit Champaign County Media Contact: Terri Reifsteck, 217-351-4133, terrir@visitchampaigncounty.org

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Common Ground Food Co-op hosting ice cream social benefit this Sunday

This coming Sunday from 12-3 pm, Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana will be hosting an ice cream social, with gelato provided by Prairie Fruits Farm. The event won't just feature treats, though - there will also be live music and activities for kids.

For more information, RSVP to the Facebook event here, and read the description below:

 

 

Common Ground is hosting its annual Ice Cream Social Sunday, June 25 from 12-3 pm on the porch in front of the store! There will be delicious Prairie Fruits gelato and Kilgus ice cream to top with any of the items in the buffet.

We will also have face painting for kids (and kids-at-heart), live music performed by Sambolo and Jason Reinglass, and more (stay tuned!).

There is no admission fee, but all donations benefit Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which is working to alleviate hunger in the area by providing food to local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Learn more at https://eifoodbankorg.presencehost.net/. Our goal is to raise 10,000 meals on this Sunday afternoon. We'd love to see you there!

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U of I postpones south end zone renovations at Memorial Stadium

According to The Champaign Room, earlier today Josh Whitman announced that the proposed, $132 million renovations to Memorial Stadium's south end zone and horseshoe section would be postponed for the foreseeable future.

Instead, a new project (costing half as much) will take place at the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility, and add a new performance center.

As of right now, there's not any reason why resources were re-allocated, but I'm guessing a $132 million price tag was maybe too much to swing for an underwhelming football team in a state that has no budget, but that's just me.

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