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The Orpheum has some archaeological opportunities coming up

Saturday, July 28th, from 1 to 5 p.m. is the 2nd Annual Orpheum Kid's Archaeology Day at the museum. From the press release:

Orpheum Kid’s Archaeology Day is a fun and educational event that introduces families in Champaign-Urbana to the interdisciplinary and fascinating field of archaeology. Archaeology Day features several hands-on activities for kids of all ages to engage with, from excavating and reconstructing artifacts to exploring real prehistoric tools. In addition, families can make baskets and ceramics, investigate bone tools, and learn about how familiar animals are represented in different cultures. Archaeology Day is sponsored by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, Spurlock Museum, and Archaeology Student Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event also marks the anniversary of the grand opening of the Archaeology Field Station exhibit, which was designed and constructed by the Archaeology Student Society in 2016

All ages are welcome, and it's just $5 for admission (free for members). 

If you're a grown up and want to learn more about some archaelogical finds here in our area, check out Science for All later that evening. Dr. Jacob Skousen, Visiting Research Archaeologist from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey at UIUC, will be presenting a talk about recent discoveries at Allerton Park. The event is free, and will begin at 7 p.m. 

During this talk, Dr. Skousen will discuss the little-known pre-Columbian history of the Sangamon River valley in central Illinois. Recently, Dr. Sousen has led archaeological investigations at Robert Allerton Park and Retreat Center as part of a long-term collaborative project between the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Parkland College. These investigations have revealed that Native Americans have lived in or visited the valley for millennia. His talk focuses on what has been learned about Late Woodland (~400-1000 A.D.) groups in the area. The ongoing investigations aim to shed more light on these Late Woodland groups as well as identify, interpret, and preserve archaeological sites and artifacts within Allerton Park and continue to help reconstruct the history of the Sangamon River valley.

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Don’t forget: Krannert Center tickets go on sale this Saturday

Back in May, Krannert announced the line up for their 2018-2019 season, the beginning of a two-season celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Tickets for this season go on sale this Saturday, July 14th, at 10 a.m. You can purchase tickets online, by phone, or in person at the ticket office. 

Check out our overview of the season to peruse the offerings and make your plans.

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Champaign Public Library’s 3rd Annual Food Truck Rally is August 8th

Champaign Public Library's 3rd Annual Food Truck Rally will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8th. 

The annual event has expanded each year, with more food trucks participating and more activities for families. The event is free to attend, and generally an all-around good time.

This year's food and music line up looks great:

FOOD TRUCKS include:
Cool Bliss Popped Bliss
Cracked: The Egg Came First
Dragon Fire Pizza
Fernando's
Fired
Fusilli Tony's Italian Food
Kona Ice of Champaign
NitroCup
Smoked Food Truck
The Snack Shack

ENTERTAINMENT includes:
Chase Baby – Hip-hop
Janelle Orcherton – Jazz
The Katie Flynn – Vintage vocals
Michael Moxie – Juggling
Schlomo & The Schleptet – Klezmer
Timbalú – Salsa

PLUS:
Joyfulbubbles
Face painting by Wild Style Design Company

Mark your calendars, make plans with the kiddos and some friends. 

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Circles Boutique is celebrating 25 years

25 years is a long time to maintain a small business in this transient town, so what Circles owner Danelle Jameson has accomplished is pretty impressive. Circles is one of just a handful of non-chain, non-mall clothing options in the area where you can go find unique, hand-picked items for your wardrobe. We profiled Jameson and her store a few years back.

Circles will be having a 25th anniversary celebration Wednesday, July 25th from 2 to 7 p.m. Stay tuned to the Facebook event for details.

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Have you gone to Urbana Park District Neighborhood Nights yet?

If you haven't, your next chance is tonight! Neighborhood Nights give you the opportunity to explore and enjoy Urbana parks while listening to live music. The events are free, and include free popcorn and lemonade. Some weeks will feature an appearance by KOOP Adventure Play. Here are the remainder of the performances for the summer:

July 11 - Painkiller Blues Band @ Victory Park
July 18 - Church Street Ramblers @ AMBUCS Park
July 25 - The Live Jukebox Band @ Crestview Park
August 1 - Wildwood String Band @ Larson Park
August 8 - New Souls @ Prairie Park
August 15 - Surreal Deal @ Meadowbrook PrairiePlay

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your chairs.

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American Airlines is adding Charlotte flights at Willard Airport

After some disappointing news about United withdrawing service from C-U, here's a bit of good news for the community and for Willard Airport. Here is their official statement:

AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS NEW SERVICE TO CHARLOTTE

Starting with one flight daily from Willard Airport

SAVOY, IL (July 11, 2018) – Getting to the east-coast from Central Illinois is about to get a lot
easier. American Airlines announced today they will add new service from University of IllinoisWillard Airport (CMI) to American’s hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) starting December 19, 2018.

“This is exciting news for the airport and all of Champaign County,” says Willard Airport
Executive Director Gene Cossey. “The Charlotte to Champaign route is the first new hub
available to the region in more than ten years and it is what our whole team has been working
towards for quite some time. Passengers can expect dozens of new one-stop destinations and easier connections to the southeastern and northeastern states.”

“American Airlines is proud to serve our customers in Central Illinois with this new service to
Charlotte, our second largest hub,” says Billy Glunz, American’s Director – State and Local
Government Affairs. “From Charlotte, customers will be able to take advantage of 674 daily
flights to 160 destinations in 25 countries.”

The service will start with one early morning flight from Willard Airport and a return flight from
Charlotte in the evening. Customers will be able to start booking their flights to Charlotte on
Saturday, July 14.

“This is welcome news for Champaign County residents and University of Illinois-Willard
Airport,” says Sen. Dick Durbin. “This new route will open up countless more travel options
for Illinoisans, and help the airport keep up with increased demand.” The additional route to Charlotte will add to the five daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and two daily flights to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). “This new connection to Charlotte is another acclamation of the strength of the Champaign County economy, the University of Illinois, and the dedication of the people who fly their hometown airport,” says Cossey.

“Adding this new route is testament to Champaign-Urbana’s strong economy and will
provide even more opportunities for residents throughout Central Illinois,” says
Congressman Rodney Davis. “I applaud Gene Cossey and his team at Willard Airport for
all their hard work in securing this additional route. Willard is a great example of how
important regional airports are to our rural communities and why we must protect and
improve federal programs critical to ensuring rural residents have access to air service.”

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Go see Mary Poppins Jr. presented by Champaign Park District Youth Theatre

Mary Poppins Jr. is the next Champaign Park District Youth Theatre offering, and it's coming up July 19-21 at the Virginia Theatre. The popular story will be brought to life by group of 63 5th through 8th graders. Since this is exactly the age range where both of my children fall, I've had the opportunity to check out of few of these shows in support of their friends (Elf was a personal favorite), and it's really pretty amazing how hard these kids work and how much budding talent there is here in C-U. A few fun facts about the show:

The actors represent 24 area schools.

Each actor has two or more roles.

The show will feature over 200 costumes and over 100 props.

Your favorite songs are included (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Let's Go Fly a Kite, and Feed the Birds, to name a few) but there are also original numbers that are only featured in the stage version of the show.

Check out showtimes and purchase tickets here.

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Champaign Outdoors (formerly Champaign Surplus) opening new location in August

Champaign Outdoors, formerly known as Champaign Surplus, has announced the opening of their new location at 2017 S. Neil Street in Champaign will open in August. Their Rugged Outdoors online store is open now, so if you can't wait until August, check that out for now.

Champaign Surplus announced the closing of their previous location in January, and announced they would be opening new locations in March.

From the newsletter:

Hi everybody! We've missed you all during this transitional time for our business, and wanted to reach out with the latest update on our progress with the new stores and our Company.

We’ve been incredibly busy with construction, interior design and the many exciting plans we have for our new Champaign Outdoors and Rugged Outdoors retail locations. We know many of you are getting anxious to see the new stores completed — we are, too! We are getting close to locking down our reopening date, so keep your eyes out for a date announcement coming soon.

Rugged Outdoors Store- Opening July 2018
Champaign Outdoors Store- Opening August 2018

We’ve had many requests to shop with us while we are closed. If you are in need of some outdoor gear and still want to shop e-local, we are always open at ruggedoutdoors.com and on the Amazon marketplace currently under our Champaign Surplus seller. Our Internet team is happy to help, and we'll ship the items directly to your front door!

Thank you all for being so patient with us through the inevitable delays that come with building two entirely new stores. We're so lucky to have the best customers in Central Illinois!

We're all moved into our new headquarters!

The Champaign Surplus, Inc. corporate headquarters and the Rugged Outdoors internet warehouse are officially settled into their new home on Mercury Drive. We couldn't be more excited about our new bigger warehouse, new offices, and new staff members joining our team!

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Common Ground Food Co-op is hosting a pancake breakfast

Common Ground Food Co-op is collaborating with Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains for a pancake breakfast on July 22nd. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., stop by Common Ground's Flatlander Classroom for pancakes made with grains from Funks Grove, bacon from Moore Family Farm, and coffee from Page Roasting Company

Reservations are not required. Pancakes are $1 each; a side of bacon is $2. Additional information is available on Facebook. 

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