Events & Activities

Fall 2017 Leaf Collection Dates

Date: 
November 13, 2017 - 6:00am to November 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The City of Urbana will provide leaf collection to all residents for three (3) weeks this fall: Leaf Image

Weeks of:

  • October 30 - November 3
  • November 13 - 17
  • November 27 - December 1 

Please follow these guidelines for collection:

  1. Place leaves in 30-gallon paper lawn & garden bags - Plastic bags NOT accepted
  2. Paper bags must be placed at the street curb or along the roadway edge before 6:00 a.m. on your U-Cycle collection day
  3. Only leaves & non-woody plant material will be collected - NO brush, tree limbs or garbage accepted 

Questions may be directed to (217) 384-2416

Car Seat Recycling

Date: 
September 10, 2017 - 8:00am to September 23, 2017 - 11:00pm

Target in Champaign, along with TerraCycle, will be offering car seat recycling in store starting Sunday, September 10, 2017 - September 23, 2017. 

If you have an old car seat to recycle this is the only opportunity locally. 

More information can be found here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/contests/target-trade-in

 

 

Urbana to Host Ribbon Cutting for Completion of the Bradley Avenue Bike Lanes Project

Date: 
September 8, 2017 -
2:30pm to 3:00pm

The design update of a portion of Bradley Avenue in Urbana is complete. The Bradley Avenue Bike Lane Project, proposed in the 2016 Urbana Bicycle Master Plan, extends west on Bradley Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to the western city limit of Urbana.

Previously, Bradley Avenue was a forty-foot, two-lane road that posed safety concerns for all roadway users. A key component of the updated layout on Bradley Avenue includes narrowing of the travel lanes and the addition of a six-foot wide buffer and four-foot bike lane on the eastern portion of the roadway. The western portion of the roadway now includes narrowed and shared parking/biking lanes. The shared lanes will accommodate not only bicyclists, but also the pedestrian and vehicular traffic occurring on Bradley Avenue.

According to Urbana Public Works Director Bill Gray, “The bike lanes and two-lane pavement striping have added clear definition of the driver’s and bicyclist’s space, which will result in less confusion and greater safety for all users.”

Electronics Recycling Event

Date: 
October 14, 2017 - 8:00am

*REGISTRATION IS FULL*  PLEASE CALL U-CYCLE (217) 384-2302 TO BE PLACED ON A WAITLIST

The fall 2017 electronics recycling event for participating* communities will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Parkland College, Champaign.  All households MUST register online to attend the event.  

Online registration opens on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.  This event is the only opportunity locally to recycle CRT (or 'tube') TVs.  There is a limit of 2 TVs per household.  Other electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, DVD players, cameras and more will be accepted at the event, with a 10 item limit of electronic devices per household accepted.  A complete list of acceptable items can be found here.  

Kickapoo Rail Trail Connectivity Public Workshop

Date: 
September 7, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm

Weaver Park & East Urbana KICKAPOO RAIL TRAIL Connectivity Study

Public Workshop:
Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Champaign County Highway Department
1605 East Main Street, Urbana

Hosted by:  Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Urbana Park District, Champaign County Forest Preserves and the City of Urbana

Join us to:

  • Provide ideas about connecting the Kickapoo Rail Trail (KRT) to Weaver Park;
  • Provide input on what trailhead features you want to see at Weaver Park; and
  • Learn more about the KRT section opening between Urbana and St. Joseph on August 25, 2017

More Information:  KickapooRailTrail.com

Solar Eclipse Party at the Urbana Free Library

Date: 
August 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Solar Eclipse Party for Children
Monday, August 21 • 11:00 - 11:45 AM

Today is the day! Come celebrate the arrival of the solar eclipse with stories, songs, and a craft. For children of all ages.

Solar Eclipse 2017 Party
Monday, August 21 • 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM

The Library invites the community to experience one of the marvels of nature at a solar eclipse viewing event. We won’t see a total eclipse in Urbana but we expect 93% coverage of the Sun, which should occur at 1:20 PM.

Bring your lawn chair and watch the solar eclipse outside on Cherry Alley. The Library available a limited number of free eclipse glasses (maximum of three pairs per family).

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. For more information, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

Electronics Recycling Event - Registration Opens September 5

Date: 
September 5, 2017 - 8:00am

The next residential electronics recycling event for participating* communities will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Parkland College, Champaign.  All households MUST register online to attend the event. 

Online registration opens on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.  This event is the only opportunity locally to recycle CRT (or 'tube') TVs.  There is a limit of 2 TVs per household.  Other electronic devices such as computers, monitors, printers, cameras and more will be accepted at the event,  with a 10 item limit of electronic devices per household accepted.  Households that register will be mailed a postcard that must be brought to the event for entry.   Please see the attached postcard for a complete list of electronic devices accepted at the event.

Enjoy our Natural Lawn!

Date: 
September 16, 2017 - 10:00am

Starting in the spring of 2018, the City of Urbana Public Works will manage grass on the City Building’s south lawn free of environmental and health concerns for children, pets, and wildlife by not applying synthetic lawn pesticides and fertilizers. 

“The City of Urbana strives to keep our community a healthy place for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Diane Marlin. “Helping residents reduce use of synthetic lawn pesticides and fertilizers provides a safer environment for people, pets, and our rivers and streams.”

Paper Shredding & Mini Recycling Fair at the Urbana Free Library

Date: 
August 19, 2017 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

To raise awareness of and help prevent consumer fraud and identity theft, The Urbana Free Library and State Senator Scott Bennett will be offering a paper shredding event for Urbana-Champaign residents.

Experts recommend shredding bank statements, credit card offers, and credit card convenience checks, canceled credit cards, canceled checks, pay stubs, and old photo IDs that are more than three years old. The shredding event is for residential paper shredding only with a two box per person limit. Please plan to take empty boxes home with you.

You also can bring old batteries, used cell phones, eyeglasses, metal keys, and inkjet cartridges to the Mini Recycling Fair, which is scheduled at the same time as the shredding event.

For more information about the Shredding & Mini Recycling Fair, contact Senator Bennett’s office at 217-355-5252 (http://www.senatorbennett.com/) or The Urbana Free Library (http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/) at 217-367-4405.

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival To Emphasize Local Bands, Vendors

Date: 
August 26, 2017 - 11:00pm

sweetcorn logoThe Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is going back to its local roots.

Paris Baldarotta says she’s been thinking about ways to make the event more local for years, even before she was hired as executive director by Urbana Business Association in October 2015. The UBA organizes the festival.

“It occurred to me before I ever started at UBA,” she said. “When I attended, I wondered ‘Where are the local businesses and vendors?’ There were a lot of carnival vendors.”

This year, the local emphasis is front and center for the Aug. 25-26 festival. 

Instead of tired headline bands that had a hit song or two in the 1980s, the Sweetcorn Festival this year will feature popular local bands as headliners, including the Boat Drunks from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday night (Aug. 25) and Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue from 10:15 to 11:15 p.m. on Saturday night (Aug. 26).