Well quite a bit of you have left our grand town, and us townies (plus some) are still leftover for the summer. Don’t worry though, there are many events that are worth pursuing, all grand and wonderful!

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Yes that’s right, the Champaign Farmers Market is back! Get your fresh produce and make some delicious, hopefully healthy, meals. Every Tuesday from May 15th until October 30th you can find the market open at 3:30 until 6:30! Take a gander at the link, visit the market, and enjoy the food!

“Join your local farmers, beekeepers, bakers, coffee roasters, and pizza makers every Tuesday for fresh, local food in the heart of Downtown Champaign. From 3:30-6:30 you can pick up veggies, fruits, honey, flowers, baked goods, coffee, and more, all grown, raised or produced within 150 miles of Champaign.

Get a taste of the market each week at the Sampling Tent, and meet your local organizations and businesses in the Community Tent. You’ll also find our seating area where you can hang out and enjoy the atmosphere, music, and let the little ones play at our kids’ table. Market Seedlings, our monthly kids’ program returns on the last Tuesday of the month with activities with Common Ground Food Co-op and the Champaign Public Library.

We’ll also offer SNAP matching once again. Swipe your Link card at the Land Connection tent for tokens you can spend at the market, and we’ll match your purchase up to $20 EVERY WEEK. Plus, at the second Market of every month, we’ll offer an additional match–that’s up to $40 extra to spend on fresh, seasonal produce.”

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Durango Mendoza is presenting his artwork at the Urbana Public Arts Program tomorrow from 4:30PM-6:00PM. His work will be on display to May 11th until June 30th. If you want to see more info to see more of this art then see this link!


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It’s the 5th Annual Roots Walk! Wowza, this has been going on for 5 years? Pretty impressive, basically it’s a nice day to walk in the park with free roots music! I haven’t gone yet but maybe this year I’ll make it out, hopefully you do too! The root to all of this information is this link!

“This year’s roster:
Grass Roots Revival
Rebekah Songer
The Young and the Fretless
Bones Jugs
Matt Stewart + Doug Schroer Duo
Strings Attached
The Firetones

Listen to live blues, roots, folk and Americana music while strolling past the mature trees of our oldest park. This sunset event, brought to you by the Urbana Park District and the C-U Folk and Roots Festival, features a selection of soloists and small combos scattered along the walks of Crystal Lake Park.

Parking is available at the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center; the musicians will be along the park road, close to the North Woods Pavilion. Call the Park District Rainout Line for relocation information: 217-367-9575. The rain location will be at the Anita Purves Nature Center.”

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At Arcadia – A Lumen Cafe on Saturday 9:30AM-1:30PM there’s an Open House with all sorts of stuff to eat and drink. This is a delicious opportunity to discover a new place with yummy opportunities! Check the link for the coffee drink.

“Come out and join us for our OPEN HOUSE! We’re going to showcasing our specialty coffee drinks, pastries from Lucky Pierre Bakery, and feature our event packages and programming calendar.

Join in the celebration and break croissants with friends while your kids serve up a tea party!”

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“Tennis in the Parks – Free
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Not sure about signing up for tennis classes? Enjoy a free introduction to tennis at Sunset Ridge Park!

3-3:30p Adult Beginner (ages 16+)*
3:30-4p Pre-Teen Future Stars (ages 10-12)*
4-4:30p Young Future Stars (ages 6-9)

*It appears we omitted an age group! Interested players ages 13-15 are welcome at either the Pre-Teen Future Stars class or the Adult Beginner Class.

Sunset Ridge Park
4102 Boulder Ridge Dr
Champaign, IL 61822”

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