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August 2015

August 2015

  • March 6, 2013 - December 31, 2015

    Animal Encounters at the Orpheum

    Wednesdays & FridaysCome learn about the Orpheum’s animals! The Orpheum Education Team will talk to visitors about our animals, followed by an animal feeding time. Participants will take a closer look at our aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons, and corn snake. 

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St, Champaign , IL
  • July 1, 2014 - June 24, 2016

    Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014

    Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature.  The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • August 19, 2014 - August 3, 2015

    Professor Harding and the Illinois Bands During WWI

    As war enveloped much of Western Europe in 1914 and 1915 our country struggled to justify its involvement in this conflict and our national leaders overwhelmingly favored peaceful negotiation as the only logical way to end Europe’s war.  However by 1916 Germany’s military had devastated large portions of Belgium and France, and presented a serious threat to Great Britain as well as commercial shipping across the north Atlantic. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • October 27, 2014 - September 25, 2015

    Many Voices: The Great War in America's Songs

    When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • February 11, 2015 - January 15, 2016

    The Red Cross: A Soldier’s Best Friend

    Clara Barton, who earned recognition as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her humanitarian service during America’s Civil War, founded the American Red Cross in May 1881 as an associate relief organization of the International Committee of the Red Cross Organization.  However, unlike its international associate, the American Red Cross devoted most of its early service efforts to provide relief for those individuals from the United States affected by natural disasters, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.  During Americ

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1103 South 6th Street, Urbana, IL
  • March 31, 2015 - December 31, 2015

    Orpheum Toddler Tuesday

    Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.

    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 346 North Neil , Downtown Champaign , IL 61820, IL
  • May 6, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Homer Farmer's Market

    Every Wednesday from May 6th to September 16th, 5-7pm, you can find fresh produce, homemade treats, and handmade items for sale in downtown Homer.  A great way to eat healthy and support your local growers.  If you would like to participate please contact Susan Forsyth in the evenings at 896-8004, or email her at

    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 500 E. Second St., Homer, IL
  • May 21, 2015 - September 3, 2015

    Patio Play

    Join us for Patio Play at Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar every Thursday through September 3. Enjoy the beautiful weather with dinner and live music from local performers on our patio. Patio Play will take place every Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: 1902 S 1st St, Champaign , IL
  • May 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

    Sounds at Sunset

    Sundays from May 24 - August 30

    The Champaign Park District is coming to your neighborhood! This summer gather your friends, family, and neighbors as they host the Sounds of Sunset events throughout Champaign. Each events will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables and more! Best of all – these events are free! Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. 

    May 24: 6:30p-8p; Hessel Park; Big Bluestem String Band

    May 31:  6-8p; Robeson Park; Upshot

    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign, IL
  • May 26, 2015 - October 27, 2015

    Downtown Champaign Land Connection Farmers Market

    Tuesdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

    The Land Connection Champaign Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for Champaign-area residents to purchase locally-produced fruit, vegetables, dairy, and baked goods. The Market takes place every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 27 in Parking Lot M at 310-330 N. Neil, in Champaign, Illinois. Shoppers will have the chance to buy all kinds of great food in season from a variety of local producers. The Market also provides an opportunity for people to buy great locally-produced food during the work week.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: Neil and Main, Champaign, IL
  • May 27, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery Summer Farm Open House

    Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Want to visit the farm this summer? Can’t make the Saturday farmers’ markets and want to buy our cheese and gelato and some locally grown produce? Well, we have the solution for you. We host a farm open house-on-farm sale every Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 PM from mid May through early September. The first open house of 2015 is Wednesday, May 13th.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: 4410 N. Lincoln Avenue, Champaign, IL
  • May 28, 2015 - October 22, 2015

    Sustainable Student Farmers Market

    Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Shop local produce grown right here at the University of Illinois. The Sustainable Student Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operated within the Crop Sciences Department. Shop fresh seasonal produce on the quad! 

    Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location: 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • May 28, 2015 - August 20, 2015

    13 Thursdays in Campustown

    Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    The Champaign Center Partnership is proud to once again make Thursdays your best day of the week with 13 Thursdays in Campustown all summer long. Enjoy great discounts every Thursday between graduation and the return of students in August. Participating businesses have rolled out the best deals you’ll find anywhere in CU! This year we are very excited to add live entertainment and activities to 13 Thursdays giving you even more reasons to visit Campustown, explore and return the following Thursdays! 

    Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 616 E. Green Street, Champaign, IL
  • June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

    Playscape Mondays

    Every Monday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., June 1 through August 31

    Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

    Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Natural Playscape, Homer, IL
  • June 13, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Yoga in the Park

    Saturday at 9:00 a.m. — June 13-August 29 (excluding July 1)

    Come outside to experience the joy of yoga! Join the Urbana Park District, your community, and a variety of talented yoga instructors as we take to beautiful Meadowbrook Park for yoga in the open-air.

    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Vine Street and Windsor Road, Urbana, IL
  • June 15, 2015 - August 24, 2015

    Museum Mondays at Lake of the Woods

    Every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for Museum Mondays at the Museum of the Grand Prairie! Each Monday bring the kids out for an educational and hands-on activity. Each Monday focuses on a new and different topic, all of which have some connection to the museum. This is a great way to get out and spend time with other young folks during the summer! 

    Time: 10:30 am
    Location: Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet, IL
  • June 26, 2015 - August 28, 2015

    Summer Prairie Skies

    A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard in this traditional planetarium show. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • July 10, 2015 - April 29, 2016

    Transient Journeys: The Life and Music of Harry Partch

    Harry Partch (1901-1974) was a composer, music theorist, instrument maker, and performer whose vagabond nature inspired him to explore the musical roads less travelled by his contemporaries.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • July 11, 2015 - July 16, 2016

    D.I.Y. Weekend Wizards

    Grab your wizard hat and bring a friend to make, create and collaborate on do-it-yourself art projects and science experiments every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St. , Champaign, IL
  • July 15, 2015 - October 31, 2015

    MAC 'n' Cheese

    The 11 members of Champaign County’s Museums at the Crossroads Consortium—often called MAC—invite you to have a “MAC ‘n’ Cheese” experience this summer. Joining in on the selfie phenomenon, MAC museums encourage visitors to take a picture of themselves in all of the museums between July 15 and October 31, 2015 and post them to their Facebook pages.

    Time: 8:30 am
  • July 30, 2015 - August 9, 2015

    "Guys and Dolls" Champaign Urbana Theatre Company

    Guys and Dolls is "Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway." This 1950's show filled with great lines and familiar music will be running at the Harold and Jean Miner Theatre at Parkland College opening on Thursday, July 30, 2015. The performances are July 30-August 1 and August 6-8 at 7:30 PM with matinee performances August 2 and 9 at 2:30 PM. Tickets prices are: Adults $14, Seniors (55+), Students $12, and Children 12 and under $8. For tickets call 217.352.4085 or at

    Time: 7:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • August 6, 2015

    Global Leadership Summit

    You’ve been given the gift of influence—in your family, school, workplace, organization, community or church—in which people are depending on you to lead.

    Through The Global Leadership Summit, you have access to a world-class faculty that brings incredible depth and breadth of leadership talent, perspective and insight. You will be encouraged, your skills will be honed and sharpened, your motivation to lead will be renewed and you’ll be challenged in ways you cannot imagine.

    Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Location: 1500 N Lincoln, Urbana, IL
  • August 6, 2015

    Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Escobar's Restaurant

    Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Champaign-Urbana. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

    For more information visit or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563,

    Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 6 E Columbia Ave, Champaign, IL, IL
  • August 6, 2015

    Central Illinois Bridal Bash

    You are cordially invited to Central Illinois Bridal Bash!

    The Central Illinois Bridal Bash is hosted by the Fluid Event Center August 6, 2015 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Our guests will have a chance to spend the evening meeting many vendors such as photographers, limousine services, jewelers, catering companies and many more!

    This event will feature several catering samples, specialty drinks and custom cocktails provided by area liquor distributors, fashion trends, etc. This event is FREE for guests! So, invite your friends and family to tag along and enjoy this one of a kind event!

    Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: 601 N Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL, IL
  • August 6, 2015

    LinkUP Networking Mixer for Today's Professionals

    LinkUP is Champaign-Urbana's fastest growing after work mixer for today's professionals taking place every first Thursday of the month at Boltini Lounge. 
    211 N. Neil St.
    Downtown Champaign
    No Cover
    Drink Specials 
    Complimentary Food 
    Notable DJ 

    Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Location: 211 N. Neil Street, Champaign, IL
  • August 7, 2015

    Folk and Roots Friday

    Join the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk & Roots Festival on the first Friday of each month this summer for some great FREE live music!

    We're bringing back music at lunchtime. We’ll have boating and drink/snack specials, just bring your lunch and enjoy an afternoon lunch break on the lake. Enter your name into our raffle at each concert to win a free Lake House rental in 2015.

    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Location: 206 W. Park St., Urbana, IL
  • August 8, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Summer Used Book Sale

    The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library will be having a Summer Used Book Sale. The book sale will begin Monday, August 3rd and run until Thursday, August 27th during normal library hours. The books will not have a set price - make a donation of what you want to pay!

    There will be adult fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, adventure, biographies, crafts and cookbooks as well as children’s fiction, non-fiction picture books and picture books. There are DVDs, videos, audiobooks and large print books.

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: 201 N. Third, PO Box 259, St. Joseph, IL
  • August 8, 2015

    Nashville (N-G Film Series)

    The 2014-2015 Virginia Season closes out with the extraordinary 1975 epic musical drama directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is generally considered to be one of Altman’s best films. The movie takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 203 W. Park Ave., Champaign, IL
  • August 15, 2015

    The 20th Annual Mahomet Half Marathon, 5k and Youth Run

    The 20th Annual Mahomet Half Marathon, 5K, and Youth Run, which benefits the Mahomet Area Youth Club, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15th. This flat and fast race is held on village streets and country roads. All races start and finish at the Mahomet-Seymour High School. For more information about the race including awards, chip timing, packet pick-up and parking, visit our website at

    Time: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Location: 302 State Street, Mahomet, IL
  • August 15, 2015

    Backyard Bash! at Orpheum Children's Science Museum

    (Champaign, Illinois – July 24, 2015) – The Orpheum is having a Field Day! Join the museum as we celebrate summer on our final days before school starts. In addition to our regular museum space, we will be opening our theatre to give kids extra room for fun activities from community partners such as Dr. G’s Brainworks and Scinch! In addition to extra activities, we will officially debut a new exhibit in our courtyard, created in partnership with Joyful Bubbles! Plan to spend one of your last Saturdays of the summer at the Orpheum on August 15th from 1-5 PM.

    Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil, Champaign, IL
  • August 15, 2015

    PENS TO LENS Student Screenwriting Competition

    2pm & 6pm

    PENS TO LENS Student Screenwriting Competition

    Tickets: $12 pass/$8 ticket On Sale Now

    A project of the Champaign Urbana Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers and Champaign Urbana Design Organization. Pens to Lens invites East Central Illinois K-12 students to write and submit original screenplays which are then made into short films by local filmmakers, while original movie posters are created by the local design community.

    Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: 203 West Park Avenue , Champaign , IL
  • August 18, 2015 - August 20, 2015

    Airport (1970) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

    8/18/2015 & 8/20/2015

    Airport (1970) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

    Tickets: $4 On Sale Now

    Rated PG (137 min) A suicidal bomber, an airport nearly closed by snow, and a cast including Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster and Jacqueline Bisset. The originator of the modern disaster film, Airport earned over 100 million dollars at the box office and garnered Helen Hayes an Academy Award.

    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign , IL
  • August 20, 2015

    Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Big Grove Tavern

    Now you can find farm-fresh meals at your favorite restaurants during Local Flavors 2015! Participating restaurants will prepare a fresh, seasonal meal with produce sourced from local farmers. One lunch and one dinner will be held each month, June through October, at different restaurants across Champaign-Urbana. Fresh, Healthy, Delicious, Good for you, Good for the Community, and Good for the Environment.

    For more information visit!local-flavors-champaign-urbana/cxgx or contact Molly Gleason at 217-528-1563,

    Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Location: ONE MAIN ST., Champaign, IL, IL
  • August 21, 2015 - August 22, 2015

    Taste of Champaign-Urbana

    Taste of CU is the area’s premiere outdoor summer festival featuring delicious menu items from CU’s best restaurants, frosty beer from local breweries, lovely arts and crafts from local artists,  Time: (All day)
    Location: 400 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL

  • August 22, 2015


    The last time you saw Brushville at Fat City Bar and Grill, it was probably jam packed with too many people for comfort. Now there is no reason to worry about that anymore.

    Time: 9:30 pm
    Location: 505 S. Chestnut, Champaign, IL
  • August 25, 2015 - August 27, 2015

    Earthquake (1974) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

    8/25/2015 & 8/27/2015

    Earthquake (1974) - BEST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS: Disaster Edition

    Tickets: $4 On Sale Now

    Rated PG (123 min) With a score by John Williams and a screenplay Mario Puzo helped write, Earthquake was conceived after two disparate events: the 1971 San Fernando earthquake and the financial success of 1970's Airport. In this film, Los Angeles is destroyed by a monster quake, but Charlton Heston is on hand, so...

    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign , IL
  • August 28, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

    Now in its 40th year, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course———all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2015 festival will run Friday, August 28 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Time: (All day)
    Urbana, IL
  • August 28, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Sangamon River Music Festival


    5:00 pm - 10:00pm Carnival Rides, $20 Armbands

    5:00 pm - 11:00pm Booth Vendors & Food Court

    6:00 pm - 11:00pm Free Shuttle Rides across from IGA in grass area to  Festival

    5:00 pm - 11:30pm Lion's Club Beer Tent Opens

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm National Anthem & Festival Welcome

  • August 30, 2015

    Bones For Life Workshop

    Wellness Through Movement Intelligence
    Bones For Life

    With Ann L. Chan, MEduc, MSW

    Bones for Life® (BFL) is a program created by senior Feldenkrais Method® Trainer Ruthy Alon as a natural movement based approach for improving bone health. You will learn and experience how to Move with Power and Confidence.

    In this workshop we will explore gentle movement exercises on the floor that stimulate your brain for good alignment, improve your posture, strengthens your muscles and protects your vulnerable joints.

    Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: 212 South First Street, Champaign, IL

August 2015