Events & Activities

The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Fall Book Sale

November 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to November 23, 2015 - 1:00pm

You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season, the Friends of The UFL Fall Book Sale. Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening, November 19 (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night). Treasures available for purchase at the November book sale include a huge variety of coffee table books---perfect for holiday gifts!

November 19 - 23 - Lewis Auditorium

UHS Presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

November 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to November 15, 2015 - 2:30pm

When planning a season of shows for Urbana High School Theatre, director Tim Broeker sometimes thinks first about what audiences will love. For other shows, his primary goal is to challenge his student actors. And then there are some shows, like this year’s fall musical, that he expects will surpass both goals.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee might not be widely known by the general public, Broeker said, but audiences everywhere tend to fall for it—often returning to see it again the next night. “It covers some very serious, real-life themes around families and growing up, but it’s also very witty in a way that really engages audiences,” Broeker said.

While the show’s humor will keep everyone engaged, four audience members at each performance will be drawn in on an entirely different level: They’ll be invited to join the cast on stage as characters for part of the show.

Urbana Schools Adds Shuttles to Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 29, 2015 -
4:00am to 8:00pm

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All Urbana elementary schools, the middle school, high school, and early childhood school will be hosting parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, October 29 and Thursday, November 5. As a service to the district and community, First Student will provide free shuttle transportation for Urbana families during the conference times.

The parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursday, November 5 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the early childhood school, each of the elementary schools, UMS, and UHS. First Student will provide shuttle transportation in a continuous loop on both evenings.

The stops include:

Silver Beat Seminar: Information on Fraud Scams and More

October 19, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Silver Beat Seminar

Scott Bennett, Illinois State Senator 52nd District, presents a FREE seminar for seniors.

  • How you can protect yourself, your friends and family, from scam artists and fraudulent businesses

  • How to avoid identity theft

  • How to check your credit report

  • How to file a consumer fraud complaint

The seminar will be held at the Urbana Free Library in the Lewis Auditorium, 210 West Green Street, Urbana.

For more information and to register, please visit or call 217-355-5252. District Office: 45 E. University, Suite 206, Champaign, IL 61820.

America Recycles Day 2015: Clothing the Loop

November 14, 2015 -
11:00am to 3:00pm

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Join U-Cycle and the Urbana Park District to celebrate America Recycles Day 2015: Clothing the Loop! 

Enter the Creative ReUse Competition, make crafts from recycled items, view cloth and textile creations from local artists and bring select items to be recycled!  This is a FREE, all ages event!

  • Enter the second annual Creative ReUse Competition - View the attached file for competition guidelines.  Make your own artwork/creation from repurposed clothes/textiles prior to the event and enter to win the Creative ReUse Competition!

  • View textile creations made from local artists

  • Participate in U-Cycle games and activities

  • Create your own artwork at the craft table

Items accepted for reuse at the event and donated to those in need include: