Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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This is for those of you that aren’t afraid of the cold and love to cycle! This specific adventure takes you to view all the beauties across Candelstick Lane, where the amount of lights that you will view are unimaginable!

“Join us for an urban ride through campus to east Urbana to view the lights on Candlestick Lane. This will be 12 mph or so ride and we recommend all bike styles for the ride.”


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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There are so many Yoga events and the like in Chambana, but this event is paired with CoreLife Eatery and it offers a cheaper meal than their usual costs! If you haven’t had a meal at this location, then you need to experience it when they’re offering it at a cheaper cost!

“CoreLife Eatery and the Stevens Family YMCA bring you a FREE 30-minute yoga, tai chi and Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm!

Controlled breathing, concentration, and the carefully structured series of stretches, moves, and poses creates a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance. Receive 25% off your lunch immediately following the class.”


Thursday, December 20, 2018

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Spurlock has been bringing their A game lately with some spectacular learning opportunities! This specific one is about some of the individuals related to the University of Illinois that interacted with the hobo culture and participated in it. Through writing and other work interests this proved to be a valuable life choice and you get to learn all about it!

“The Spurlock Museum presents the talk “The Depression-Era Hobo Experiences of UIUC Students and Faculty: On the Road with Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch.” During the Great Depression thousands of men and women rode the rails to survive. Among them were at least two University of Illinois graduates and one future University of Illinois faculty. All three were be deeply impacted by their experiences and drew upon them in their later artistic endeavors.

Nelson Algren, William Attaway, and Harry Partch reshaped American literature and music in the mid-20th century. As Depression-era students at UIUC, Algren and Attaway struggled to get by and took to the road in search of work and opportunity, experiences later documented in their fiction. Partch, a UIUC music professor in the late 1950s and early 1960s, transformed his life as a hobo into innovative and influential musical performances.

Drawing on published and unpublished work by all three men, University of Illinois PhD candidate Nathan Tye (History at Illinois) uncovers their lives on the road and the lasting legacy of the Great Depression on the University of Illinois.
This event is part of the Spurlock’s Third Thursday Series highlighting University history and is held in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum’s temporary exhibit Knowledge at Work: The University of Illinois at 150. This exhibit explores the history of campus as a community of educators, researchers, and students engaged in learning, research, and public service. Learn about the contributions of a wide variety of people and groups to campus history and ways the University has changed how it relates to the people it serves. The exhibit runs through December 21, 2018.

Images: Harry Patch (left) and Nelson Algren (right). Courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives.”


Friday & Saturday, December 21-22, 2018

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Woo! Old Town Market is one of the last chances for some affordable and high quality Christmas gifts! Art, Handmade objects, and creative thought processes went into the items that will be availible at this special event! It is a two day event that starts Friday at 4PM and Saturday at 11AM, which means you have no excuse if you’re still in town!

“Come and enjoy the coziest shopping ever with your favorite local artists! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list from a selection of fine art, handmade body care products, quilts, fiber art, pottery, and more…Friday Dec. 21 from 4-8 pm and Saturday Dec. 22 11 am – 3 pm. We will save you some hot chocolate!

– Artists –

The Simple Palette – Beautiful handmade greeting cards, note cards, tea towels

Old Town Flowers – Body care products including soaps and tinctures

Piper Pottery – Handmade pottery including bird and leaf dishes, cups/vases, ornaments, and tiny houses!

Sunshine Design – Hand painted modern art and jewelry

The Quirky Quiltress – Handmade and hand dyed quilts, home decor and accessories

Mrs. Emily – Handmade and original hats, scarves, shirts, and skirts

Lollieeepop Weaving – Handmade woven wall art and earrings

Tracks on Wax – Music-inspired soy candles

Crass Stitching – Needlewerks for jerks

Caroline No – Hand-lettered and illustrated art and accessories

Summer Sweets – Sweets, y’all!”


Sunday, December 23, 2018

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This location is fairly new and is already in full swing operation with creative events and amazing reviews! Everyday Kitchen Restaraunts and Bar has an ambiance that is evident in its photos that is a must go to! This appears to be an ongoing event so no worries if you aren’t in town this Sunday, check out their Facebook page and see what they have going on when you get back!

“Looking for a great place to get together with friends this season? We offer a cozy Sunday brunch from 10:30-2:00 with a full menu of sweet and savory items! Pictured here are the Stuffed Blueberry French Toast Toppers, Avocado Toast, Waffles Rancheros, and Veggie Frittata alongside locally roasted coffee, Rosé mimosas, and our full cocktail menu. Join us!”


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