Events & Activities

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:

City Council Tour

August 11, 2014 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Urbana City Council will tour Public Works and Development Project Sites on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m.

This is an informal tour; not a meeting or a fact-finding session, and does not require a public audience, but public is welcome.

Seating is limited to first come, first serve.

Walk with the Mayors

September 28, 2014 - 8:00am

Champaign-Urbana Walk with the Mayors

Walk for Health and Fitness with the Champaign and Urbana Mayors

Urbana, IL - On Sunday, September 28th, a Walk with the Mayors event will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Crystal Lake Park (206 W. Park St., Urbana). 

The walk will start with an address by Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing at Crystal Lake Park.  The group will then walk to Champaign, through King Park, to Douglass Park.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard will address the walkers at Douglass Park.  The group will then walk back the same route to Crystal Lake.  The walk is approximately 3 miles, and it will be at a leisurely pace.  The walk is free and open to the public, including children.

The purpose of the walk is to encourage community health and physical activity.  The mayors will lead the group to share their commitment to wellness, and to inspire the community through healthy role modeling. 

2014 Motor Fuel Tax Resurfacing Project Open House

July 29, 2014 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

The City of Urbana will hold a Public Open House on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Urbana Civic Center, located at 108 East Water Street, to provide information concerning the upcoming 2014 Motor Fuel Tax Resurfacing Project.

The Open House will be conducted on an informal basis; no formal presentation is planned. Exhibits, plans, and aerial photography of the proposed improvements will be available for viewing during the entire time. Staff from the City of Urbana Engineering Division will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. All persons interested in this project are invited to attend this meeting.

The City of Urbana has contracted with Cross Construction to perform milling and resurfacing work on portions of Washington Street, Broadway Avenue, Race Street, Illinois Street, Coler Avenue, Busey Avenue and Iowa Street. Weather permitting, work is expected to begin on Washington Street and Broadway Avenue this week, and work on the remaining streets is expected to begin later in August.