Events & Activities

Public Safety Career Expo

November 12, 2014 -
11:00am to 2:00pm

American flag2014 Public Safety Career Expo

For veteran and active duty military members, guard and reserve members,  and military spouses/partners

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Schedule of Events:
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Firefighter Workshop (testing in Summer 2015)
12 - 1 p.m.  Public Safety Open House
1 - 2 p.m.  Police Officer Workshop (testing in January 2015)

Why attend?
What you need to know for Public Safety 2015 testing
Application and interview tips
Hear from veterans currently on the departments

Download the flyer:Public Safety Career Expo 2014 flyer

Summer Movie Nights Features UP- sponsored by the Urbana Public Arts Program

September 12, 2014 -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us on Friday, September 12 at 8pm at the Busey Bank Parking Lot in Urbana for the final Summer Movie Night of 2014. @urbanalove and the Urbana Public Arts Program present UP, the animation classic by Pixar. A feisty septuagenarian teams with a fearless wilderness ranger to do battle with a vicious band of beasts and villains in this beloved computer-animated adventure. Carl Fredricksen is a 78-year-old balloon salesman. His entire life, Carl has longed to wander the wilds of South America. Then, one day, the irascible senior citizen shocked his neighbors by tying thousands of balloons to his home and finally taking flight. But Carl isn't alone on his once-in-a-lifetime journey, because stowed away on his front porch is an excitable eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. UP appeals to kids and adults alike. Come out and enjoy a groundbreaking film and let your imagination take flight under the stars.

Light the Night: Bike Light Distribution Campaign

September 11, 2014 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Do you ride your bike at night? Then you gotta have a light!Light the Night Flyer

Stop by one of the locations below with your bicycle without a light, and teams of volunteers will install a set free of charge. Light sets will only be installed on bicycles without lights; lights will not be given to individuals . A reflector will also be provided if your bicycle does not have one.


WRIGHT AND GREEN (near the Alma Mater)

LINCOLN & ILLINOIS (near the Hallene Gateway)

LIFECYCLE BIKE SHOP (79 Beardsley Ave, Champaign)


Brought to you by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, City of Urbana, City of Champaign, the University of Illinois, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Champaign Cycle, Champaign County Bikes, The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, and Planet Bike.


UHS Presents the Stars and Stripes Game

September 26, 2014 - 5:30pm

The Urbana High School Tigers Football Program and the UHS Echo are hard at work planning the activities for the 2014 Stars and Stripes Game on September 26, 2014.

The Tigers will play the Hampshire High School Whip-Purs at the UHS McKinley Field Athletic Complex with the Junior Varsity game beginning at 5:30pm, followed by Varsity at 7:30pm.

This event is aimed at honoring the Illinois National Guard and their commitment to their community, and is offering a formal invitation to VFW and Legion, but as always veterans will get in free with their DD-214 or military ID. The game will feature special jerseys with core values of the National Guard on the back in place of the name plate.

In addition, the Stars and Stripes from the USS Missouri will be carried by the UHS Tiger Football Team. American Legion Post 71, ING, and the local VFW will be present as the Tigers take the field, and the coin toss will be done using a liberty coin from Seal Team 7. During halftime, a scoreboard video will provide spectators more information about the National Guard, and they will have an informational table set up throughout the game.

Skip the Clip! USD #116 Hosting Fundraiser for Greg Chew Scholarship

August 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Urbana School District #116 will host a Skip the Clip! Learn to tie a bow fundraiser to benefit the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship at Urbana High School on Monday, August 25 at 7pm at UHS.

Just in time for National Bow Tie Day on Thursday, August 28, Superintendent Donald Owen will be the instructor for the fun-filled and educational evening. He will provide a short, irreverent history of the bow tie and also lead the lesson on how to tie your own. Participants much bring their own tie-able bow tie. Very light refreshments will be provided.

There is a suggested donation of $50 and reservations are required. To RSVP, please email before Monday, August 25 at 12noon. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship.

Mr. Chew was an English teacher, along with speech and theatre, at Urbana High School for 35 years. During his tenure with the District, he became the director of the UHS drama program and made a lasting impression on the many students who joined the program. Mr. Chew passed away in May of 2014 after a battle with cancer.

September Proclaimed as "Library Card Sign-Up Month"

September 30, 2014 (All day)

Proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Urbana, Illinois

WHEREAS, the library card is the most important school supply of all; and

WHEREAS, libraries are an essential service for the nation's children; and

WHEREAS, libraries bridge the digital divide by providing a full range of information and services to children and adult learners; and

WHEREAS, libraries offer free access to important educational resources for all ages and types of learners; and

WHEREAS, libraries continue to evolve and expand their services in ways that bring value to their communities; and

WHEREAS, a free library card is the "smartest card" you can own.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Laurel Lunt Prussing, Mayor of the City of Urbana, proclaim September 2014 as LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH in the City of Urbana and encourage everyone to sign up for the "smartest card"@ your library.

Laurel Lunt Prussing, Mayor

Urbana Middle School Hosts the President's Own United States Marine Band in Free Concert

September 8, 2014 - 7:30pm

On Monday, September 8, 2014, Urbana Middle School will play host to The President’s Own United States Marine Band in a free concert. The concert is at 7:30pm in the UMS Gymnasium.

The concert, sponsored by the Urbana School District #116 and the Urbana Band Boosters, is free to the public, however, attendees must have a ticket to enter. There is no reserved seating and space is limited. Tickets can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: ATTN: Marine Band Concert – Darren Hicks, Urbana High School, 1002 S. Race St., Urbana, IL 61801. Tickets are limited to 4 per request. The ticket request form can be found on the Urbana Band Boosters web page at: