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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor) at The Urbana Free Library

Bones Jugs presents an eclectic spin on American styles from bluegrass to ragtime. The band may feature xylophone, banjo, guitar, upright bass, jug, bones, clarinet, kazoos, whistles, horns, and washboard.... Good for listening, dancing, and foot tapping!

Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Common Ground Co-op, Lincoln Square Mall, 300 S Broadway, Urbana

Around April 1st, bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world gather to celebrate the book arts and the (literal!) ingestion of culture. Participants create an "edible book," which can be inspired by a favorite tale, involve a pun on a famous title, or simply be in the shape of a book (or scroll, or tablet, etc). All entries will be exhibited, documented, then EATEN!

For more information, please visit http://go.illinois.edu/ediblebooks or https://www.facebook.com/CUEdibleBooks.

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cunningham Children’s Home - Spiritual Life Center, 1301 N. Cunningham Drive, Urbana, IL

Cunningham Children’s Home’s Festival of Quilts joins the Boneyard Arts Festival this spring as one of more than 90 galleries showcasing the arts in Central Illinois. This year Cunningham is excited to present a collection of show quilts that creatively blur the lines between conventional quilt making and fine art. The 13th annual Festival of Quilts will also include a silent auction and quilt boutique as well as a gift shop, bake sale and the Patchwork Café.

The Boneyard is a four-day event which brings together area businesses, organizations, and artists while promoting the cultural vibrancy of our community. As the Festival of Quilts has grown and the quilts submitted for viewing have evolved it became obvious to all who help with the event that many of our local artists are sharing their artwork through quilts.

We invite you to join us on Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy the colorful and diverse exhibit as well as the silent auction.

This year’s event features two guest speakers. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., Deborah Fell will present stories of hope that inspire her work. Fell, a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium, is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and Art Quilt Network. Well-known quilt teacher and lecturer Sherry Fourez Sollers will present her miniature quilts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sollers is a competitive quilter throughout the Midwest.

Tickets are available at the door and are a $5.00 donation. All proceeds benefit children and youth served by Cunningham.

Visit our website cunninghamhome.org or find us on Facebook to learn more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill, 61801

St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
2-4 pm
Sylvia’s Irish Inn Bed & Breakfast, 312 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
http://www.sylviasirishinn.com/
Join us for a relaxing afternoon tea at
Sylvia’s Irish Inn
Price $25.00 – This includes a glass Champaign
Punch on arrival and traditional tea sandwiches
and desserts.
Enjoy beautiful, live Celtic music
and storytelling.
Call 217-384-4800 for reservations as seating is limited

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana, IL

A whole afternoon of performances! During WorldFest, the Museum celebrates the wonderful variety of performance arts practiced around the world and offers hands-on activities for everyone. The event is held from 12:30-4:00 PM.
Suggested donation: $5.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
SoDO theater, 111 S. Walnut, Champaign

Zoo Improv is hosting it's 8th Annual C-U Improv Festival. We are very excited to welcome teams from Chicago, Indiana, University of Illinois, and around the Midwest. Come join us on Friday and Saturday night for an unbelievable amount of fun.

Saturday afternoon we will be offering workshops for adults and children and host a youth showcase from 6-7pm. Check the website for more details. Fun for all ages!!

Check out http://zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.com for more information.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
SoDo Theater, 111 S Walnut, Champaign, IL 61820

Ever wanted to try out improv? How about with some awesome coaches from the Chicago improv scene? How about pizza? You like pizza? Then come and find your inner improviser at Zoo Improv's 8th Annual Improv Festival Workshops. We will provide lunch from 12-1pm and then from 1-4pm you will learn improv skills you can immediately put into practice.

A kids and youth workshop will be held from 4-5:45pm with a showcase for those participating at 6pm.

See http://zooimprov.com or email contact@zooimprov.com for more details.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Avenue, Urbana

The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music is again sponsoring a series of free family performances as part of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival. The performers and special activities include a noontime concert by the Cielito Lindo Family Band, a family dance lead by Neal Schlein and the Thursday Night Lincoln Square Jam music ensemble, a sing along with Cielito Lindo performing a wonderful variety of Mexican and American folk songs, Irish set dancing with Daniel Flora, and English and Scandinavian dance instruction with Jon and Sue Hanson. All of this programming is free and open to the general public during this year’s wonderful Folk and Roots Festival. For further information either call 217-333-4577 or visit http://folkandroots.org/.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 3, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 16, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (All day), Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 5, 2016 (All day), Sunday, September 25, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 16, 2016 (All day), Thursday, September 29, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 17, 2016 (All day), Friday, September 30, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 1, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 9, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, October 27, 2016 (All day), Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, October 29, 2016 (All day), Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, October 30, 2016 (All day), Thursday, October 13, 2016 (All day) to Monday, October 31, 2016 (All day), Friday, October 14, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All day), Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day) to Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (All day), Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:00am to Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00pm, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Sylvia's Irish Inn. 312 W Green St, Urbana Ill 61801

Come & join us for a night of Greek food and music.
MENU
Appetizers
Spanakopita
Greek Salad
Tzatziki, Hummus, Eggplant Dip & Grilled Pita Bread.

Main Course
Roast Lamb
Roast Potatoes
Stewed Green Beans

Dessert
Spiro's Home made Secret
$40.00/person
Saturday October 1st, 2016 @7Pm
Please call for reservation @ 217 384 4800
312 West Green St
Urbana, Il 61801

Saturday, August 13, 2016 (All day)
The Urbana Free Library

Saturday, August 13

Join us for an all day Comic Con: from dungeon crawling D&Ders to Death Note loving otakus to gamers who just want one more hour of Minecraft or Super Smash Bros, and hardcore Supernatural fans who makes memes for every situation, we embrace all fandoms. So dress up in your favorite cosplay and prepare for a day full of all the pop-culture and geeky things you love.

Talkies

Comic Scholar, Carol Tilley, talks Wonder Woman & other Great Women in Comics 4 p.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Animator, Nina Paley, on creating animation + clips of her latest work 1 p.m. Auditorium. Adult

Comic artist, Damian Duffy, on how to turn all kinds of stuff into comics 11 a.m. Auditorium. Teen/Adult

Comic Artist Panel q-and-a on drawing and getting published. 2 p.m. Busey Reading Room. All Ages

Game makers, Volition, on making video games 1 p.m. Busey Reading Room. Teen/Adult

Events

LARP – Medieval combat demonstration. After the demonstration there will be a chance to ask questions and try it yourself! 10 a.m. Cherry Alley. All Ages

Speed Drawing Contest – In a limited time, draw an original character or create your very own one page comic. Prizes for the winners! 3 p.m. Auditorium. All Ages

Costume Parade – What Comic Con would be complete without cosplay? Come dressed as your favorite character and strut through the library to show it off. Ends with the opportunity to parade on bikes through downtown Urbana. 5:00 p.m. meet in auditorium. All Ages

Fabulous with the Fablab – CU’s very own Fablab has crafts and tech for you to see how to build the cosplay of your dreams or just create something worthy of a hero (or villain). 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Children’s room. All Ages

Board Games – Play with the library’s collection of board games or set up your own RPG campaign with our D&D and other role playing guides. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. by Café. All Ages

Video Games – Smash Brothers and more. Replay your favorite games or discover new ones. Press Start to continue. 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Conference Room. All Ages

Offsite/Events at Large

Art Show – Come to the Art Coop in Lincoln Square Mall for a showing of local artists. Let us know which is your favorite. All Day. All Ages

Steve Bryant – Comic creator of Ghoul Scouts Night of the Unliving Undead will be signing at Action Jackson Comics. 1 p.m. All Ages

My Neighbor Totoro – Once the sun is down, the library and Urbana Love will be showing My Neighbor Totoro outside in the Busey Bank drive-through. 8:30 p.m. All Ages

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