Events & Activities

UHS Sundae 5K and Junior Sundae 1K

October 2, 2016 - 8:00am

Urbana High School will host their 4th annual UHS Sundae 5K Run and Walk and Junior Sundae 1K on Sunday, October 2. The race will begin at 8 am, with a 7 to 7:45am race day check-in.

The race will begin at Broadway and Washington in the UHS parking lot and traverse through the state-street area of West Urbana. Street Closing Information

There will also be a Sundae Junior 1K run that day. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the UHS athletic department.

Snacks and treats will be available for all participants and there will be raffle giveaways at the finish of the race in the McKinley Athletic Complex. The top three male and female finishers in the 5K Run and Walk will receive gift certificates from Body ‘n’ Sole. All participants in the Junior 1K will receive a ribbon. You must be 10 years of age and younger to participate in the Junior 1K.

Volunteer opportunities exist to help out with the race. More information or to register for the event, please contact the Athletic Department at Urbana High School, 217-384-3505 or visit one of the following:

UBA Business and Breakfast

September 27, 2016 -
7:00am to 10:00am

The Urbana Free Library is celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month! Members of the Urbana Business Association and the community are invited to join the UBA and The UFL for this special event at Cherry Alley.

Find out how Libraries are helping to transform lives and what helpful resources and opportunities may be available to local business owners and their customers.

Urbana Public Arts Program and UCIMC are accepting applications to Open Scene

December 1, 2016 (All day)

Open Scene Announces Call for Participants:

Now taking applications for stakeholders and youth to join in community collaboration. 

Urbana, IL – The City of Urbana and the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) are thrilled to announce the start of the first phase of Open Scene: Debuts of Youth’s Views in Downtown Urbana. 

Light the Night: Free Bike Light Distribution

September 22, 2016 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Light the NightDo You Have Lights On Your Bicycle So You Can Ride At Night?

Illinois Rules of the Road requires that every bicycle, when in use at nighttime, must be equipped with a lamp on the front able to emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet AND a red reflector on the rear visible from 100-600 feet.

Come by with your bicycle during the annual “Light the Night” and we’ll install a free front light, rear light and rear reflector on your bike while supplies last. Light sets will only be installed on bicycles without lights.

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: