Events & Activities

Grand Opening of the Bee & Butterfly Garden & Little Free Library

September 22, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Members of the community are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of the Bee & Butterfly Garden and Little Free Library.

Thursday, September 22 • 4:00 - 5:00 PM
203 West Green Street (across the street from the Library)

The Library thanks Anna Merritt, The City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Manager Scott Tess, the Urbana Park District, the Landscape Recycling Center, the Friends of The Urbana Free Library, City of Urbana Operations Manager William John Collins, Tom and Jen Teper, and the children of the 2016 Urbana Park District Construction Camp.

2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference

September 29, 2016 - 8:00am to October 1, 2016 - 2:00pm

Please consider attending the 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) which will be held in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, September 29-October 1. This is the 30th anniversary of this grassroots conference and it is a great opportunity for neighborhood leaders and government employees to learn new practices, network with colleagues, and exchange ideas on how to accomplish our shared goals of improving our communities and fostering healthy and strong neighborhoods.

The host cities of Champaign and Urbana have put together a great selection of workshops, field tours, and fun events. More information can be found on the conference website at

Registration is only $125 and includes extensive workshops, mobile tours, and a networking event at the Colonnades Club on the University of Illinois campus .

We are looking for great local representation at this regional conference, so please help us spread the word!

Champaign County Residential Electronics Recycling Collection - Registration Now FULL

October 15, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

*Registration for the upcoming electronics recycling event on October 15, 2016 is now FULL. We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please call the Recycling Coordinator at (217) 384-2302 with any questions as local recycling options exist for certain electronic devices.  Local governments have compiled a listing of local retailers, recyclers and non-profit organizations that will accept certain electronic devices for recycling or reuse.  See Where Do I Recycle It?

The next FREE Countywide Residential Electronics Collection Event will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Parkland College (2400 W. Bradley Avenue) in Champaign (you must use the Duncan Road entrance).

THERE IS A TWO (2) TV LIMIT PER VEHICLE, with a 10 item total limit. All types TVs will be accepted at this event. You MUST be a Champaign County resident to attend this event.

2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards - September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016 - 5:45pm

Cuiha logoThe cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Committee have selected the recipients of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards.  The award recipients will be honored on Thursday, September 8th, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign.  A receiption will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the dinner program will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

This year, two organizations and three individuals will be honored: 

Individual Awards:

Dr. Omar Al-Heeti - Humanitarian Relief

DoMonique Arnold - Human Rights

Leanna Cossman - Humanitarian Relief 

Organizational Awards:

Mi Raza Community Center - Hospitality

Walking With Angels - Research & Education 

C-U Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

August 7, 2016 - 12:00am to August 13, 2016 - 1:00pm

National Farmers Market Week will take place from August 7-13, 2016, and Urbana’s Market at the Square and The Land Connection’s Champaign Farmers’ Market are joining forces to celebrate local food, local farmers and the power of shopping local. To celebrate the Urbana and Champaign farmers market will offer a “tic-tac-toe” card to participants to complete. A completed card submitted to the Champaign and/or Urbana farmers market will offer the participant a chance to win a gift basket worth over $300 in local goodies. In addition, each farmers market will offer various activities at their respective farmers markets: National Farmers Market Week

The Champaign Farmers’ Market events will take place throughout the market on Tuesday, August 9 from 4-7pm in the lot at the corner of Neil & Main in Downtown Champaign and include:

Art at the Market

October 8, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square! Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm. All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed. 

From 8:00am to 12pm, come freestyle with local artist Carol Farnum. She will bring plywood sheets, spray paint, quarts of paint and brushes/rollers, markers, and stencils to let visitors freestyle however they want. All materials will be safe to use, and visitors of all ages are welcome. Carol will provide direction and technical knowledge, and draw images out for anyone to paint.

Support The Urbana Free Library at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair

July 30, 2016 - 9:00am

Come out to Barnes & Noble to support The Urbana Free Library! This all-day Bookfair will begin on Saturday, July 30, and end in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 31, with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at midnight. A percentage of what you purchase will benefit The Urbana Free Library.

Barnes & Noble
Marketview Shopping Center
65 East Market View Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Can’t attend the Bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit to support the Library online from 7/30/16 – 8/4/16 (Bookfair ID# 11883097).

For more information contact Lora Fegley at or by phone at 217-367-4405.

Information provided by the Urbana Free Library.

2016 Illinois Green Infrastructure Conference: Stormwater in the Urban Ecosystem

September 15, 2016 -
8:00am to 3:30pm

Join us at the i-Hotel Conference Center in Champaign for this one-day free event featuring Dan Christian with Tetra Tech and Steve Zimmerman with Applied Ecological Services.  Topics to be covered: green infrastructure design principles, show to use native plants in an urban area, and how to plan for community concerns such as mosquitos and geese. Your registration also guarantees your spot on a free tour of green infrastructure practices in the community.  

Professionals will be able to earn 5 PDH and 5 CEU.

Lunch is free.

Register online at:

This event is presented by the MS4 working group:

Art at the Market

September 10, 2016 -
8:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 for music and arts activities at Urbana’s Market at the Square. Find us at the Northwest corner of the market between 8:00am and 12:00pm.

All programs offered are free, and no registration is needed.From 8:00am to 12pm,  Judiee will teach visitors how to do sun-prints, or you can make your own button using a button-making equipment. Both activities are simple and for all ages.

Artist of the Corridor Opening Reception: Mini Masterpainters

July 14, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join the Urbana Public Arts Program for the opening reception of Mini Masterpainters, an exhibition by Judy Lee. This reception will take place on Thursday, July 14, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Urbana City Building (400 S. Vine Street). Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.

Judy is an artist and designer based in Urbana. After graduating from art school, Judy briefly worked as a graphic designer before taking on a post as a preschool art teacher, where she rediscovered her love for art and stories. She is currently working on a picture book series about artists, along with other creative projects. She is currently the featured Artist of the Corridor.