Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Lincoln Square Mall Food Court, Urbana

On Tuesday, December 1 C4A will host TWO FREE Christmas Sing-Along events: one oriented toward families, and another with a more adult feel. Both are free--our “give back” to the community on Giving Tuesday. YOU are invited to join the fun, and--- if you feel inspired-–do a little giving of your own to help C4A with its mission to cultivate community through experiences with music. We’ll make it easy for you to donate online, on your phone, or using the old-fashioned cash or check method. (We are a 501 c3 organization, and your donation may be deductible.) The family event will be from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the food court at Urbana’s Lincoln Square Mall. Join us for singing, playing, face painting, and crafts. Everyone is welcome to help us decorate our life-sized Gingerbread House! Rick Murphy will lead the music: singers and instruments welcome! Our friendly elves will assist the kids at stations for coloring, making snowflakes, and creating your own Christmas cards. A relaxed event for grown-ups will follow from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at The Iron Post (at the corner of Race and Elm in downtown Urbana). Rick Murphy will lead from the piano for
this session, too. All singers and instrumentalists are invited to join in. Paul will serve his special eggnog. We have set up a dropbox with FREE downloadable Christmas music. Please email us at if you would like us to send you the link.
For details please visit our website: or on Facebook “C4A’s Christmas Sing-Along”


Phone: 217.384.5150.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

"Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert" Benefit for Giertz Gallery at Parkland College
Take home a handcrafted cup, enjoy delicious food and beverages, traditional Irish music, and silent auction!

Select from among a stunning array of handcrafted ceramic cups and enjoy music and bakery-fresh desserts during “Coffee and Tea: Cups and Dessert,” Giertz Gallery’s biennial fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the gallery lounge at Parkland College.

Ticket includes selecting a beautiful handmade ceramic cup generously donated by Parkland College Ceramics program faculty and students. The benefit features delicious desserts baked fresh by the Parkland College Hospitality program, hot tea and freshly brewed coffee provided by Columbia Street Roastery, and traditional Irish music by Fair Play.

Perfect for holiday gifts (or for yourself), a silent auction rounds out the event’s festivities. Guests may place bids on various artworks donated by students and teachers of the Art and Design program. These works of art include vases, bowls, teapots, handmade jewelry, and a photograph donated by Craig McMonigal.

Tickets to the gallery benefit are $30 or two for $50, with advanced purchase recommended; cups will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis. To purchase tickets, please contact the Giertz Gallery office at 217/351-2485, visit our website at or stop by the Giertz Gallery. Many of the silent auction pieces may be viewed ahead of time on the Giertz Gallery website. All proceeds will support the Giertz Gallery.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 3:30pm to 10:00pm
Orpheumm Children's Science Museum

Benefiting the Orpheum Childrens Science Museum and the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Tickets are $5

All Ages
Performance pumpkin carving
Pumpkin Cookie Decorating
Pumpkin Auction
Tricks, Treats & Eats
Face Painting & Mask Making
Airbrush Tattoos

Live music & DJ Belly
Costume Contest
Craft potions & brews
After dark performers
Tarot readings
Piato Food Truck 

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
University YMCA - Latzer Hall (1001 S Wright St. Champaign, IL. 61820)


Enjoy Uplifting Music. Help Lift Up a Person.

Join us for a benefit concert on Saturday, June 27th.
Doors open at 6 PM. Concert starts at 7 PM.

Tickets on sale at the door for $10.

*All proceeds will benefit the Humanitarian Fund of the Congolese Community of Champaign County, which is an emergency fund that provides local Congolese people with an emergency fund for food and clothes.*

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 6:00pm
Mike & Molly's, 105 N. Market St., Champaign

On Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7pm, the Champaign/Urbana Singer-Songwriter Collective and Nightjar Promotions will present a special tribute to one of the most beloved American singer-songwriters of all-time, Dolly Parton, at Mike & Molly's, 105 N. Market Street in Champaign. The special show will be presented as a benefit for Community Radio 90.1 WEFT-FM, and, in addition, WEFT-FM will be broadcasting the event live on WEFT.

This show represents the fifth of such undertakings from the producers, following the successful Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash!, Dylan Redux, and The Johnny Cash Celebration. The show will feature up to two dozen local musicians performing Dolly's massive hits like "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You," "Here You Come Again," "Two Doors Down," "9 to 5," "Islands in the Stream," and dozens of others. Among the artists scheduled to appear are Angie Heaton, Gloria Roubal & Paul Sabuco, John Coppess & Suzanne Warner, Fiona Kimble, Kevin Elliott, Ginny Menzer, Lori Bernard, Anne Clements, Marten "Chachi El Bandido" Stromberg, Julia Diane Degler, Jake Tatar, Zac Eitel, Paul Kotheimer, Cliff & Kristy Stoker, and many others.

Admission will be $10 - all proceeds will benefit Community Radio 90.1 WEFT-FM. Representatives from the station will also be accepting memberships and will be selling t-shirts to support the station.

That's Saturday, June 27th at Mike & Molly's, 105 N. Market St., in Champaign. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm.

For more information, please contact Christopher Todd Durnil at or see the Facebook event page at

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 1:00pm
1301 Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, Illinois

120th Anniversary & Homecoming Celebration

Sunday, July 26th at Cunningham Children's Home campus in Urbana, Illinois

11 am – 1 pm - Alumni Event including plenty of time to reconnect with friends and staff as well as brunch, tours, and a brief program.

1 pm - 4 pm - Community Open House including a panel discussion, tours, and time to visit with old and new friends.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Celebration in Chapel of Hope

Join us on Facebook and check back often for details as they become available!

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00am
Cunningham Children's Home

11th Annual Festival of Quilts
April 10 & 11, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily

Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center
1301 N. Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802

Over one hundred beautiful handcrafted quilts will soon be on display at Cunningham Children’s Home for the 11th Annual Festival of Quilts. The Festival features a show, an auction and boutique of beautiful quilts - many you can take home with you. The gift shop, bake sale, and Patchwork Café offer unique hand crafted gift items and delicious and affordable food items.

The Festival of Quilts is a special tradition at Cunningham, every young person that comes to Cunningham is given a hand-made quilt to enjoy and treasure forever.

Admission is $5.00. All proceeds benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

Want to know more? Visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Figure One, 116 N Walnut St, Champaign

Join us on Friday, February 20th, for our Hap·pen·stance Winter celebration! Come enjoy a night of poetry, dance, music, and art! This evening's lineup includes:

Poetry and prose by John Dudek, Sara Fan, Roya Khatiblou, and Calgary Martin.
Dance performances by Hadley Smith, Lailye Weidman, and Jessie Young.
Music by After-party at Venanzio's and Markomaneis.

Hap·pen·stance is a community engagement program designed to bring visitors together at Figure One for seasonally resonant events such as dances, performances, live music, and more. Tickets sold in advance are $5 for students and $10 for the general public. Entry at the door is $10 students and $15 for the general public.

Ticket sales directly benefit Figure One programs and exhibitions. Ticket reservations and inquiries should be directed to Alternatively, RSVP at

Future Hap·pen·stance dates: April 17, 2015; and July 17, 2015.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
Insitute 4 Creativity, 111 S. Walnut St (2nd floor), Champaign, IL

Join us for a Friday the 13th Happy Hour with an Opening Reception for a photography exhibit by talented naturalist and photographer Lance Merry (www.

Enjoy a photographic journey examining natural treasures off the beaten path. Within this 30+ image exhibit, you can dive underwater to witness fish interactions rarely seen, wade through bogs to see the best of orchid flora, and discover the complicated lives of salamanders. The exhibit will run through the end of the month.

Free admission. All ages.
Beverages will be available for donation.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, IL

The public is cordially invited to attend the Orpheum Wine Gala presented by Art Mart to be held on Friday, January 30th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, IL from 5pm-8pm. Cozy up with the warmth of good friends, spectacular surroundings, and samplings from a variety of vendors representing select vineyards from around the world. $20 for general admission gets you access to all samplings and a commemorative wine glass.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is located at 500 South Goodwin Avenue in Urbana, IL. More information is available online at, or by calling (217) 352-5895. You can purchase your tickets at the Orpheum, Art Mart, by calling (217) 352-5895, or online at All proceeds including a percentage of wine sales directly benefit our community through funding programs at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum. Must be 21 years or older to enter.


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