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Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm
2000 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL
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Join us on the grounds of Japan House and the University Arboretum for Japanese food and drink, taiko drum performances, martial arts demos, yukata and cosplay dressing, bubbles and face painting, a chance to try on Samurai armor, tea ceremonies, Ikebana displays and Bonsai demonstrations! Rain or shine. While all performances and demonstrations are free, tickets for food and drink and are available now for purchase. Each ticket is worth $1 and food and drink will cost between $1-10. Tickets will also be required for participation in some activities such as yukata dressing, photo booth, face painting and tea ceremonies. You can purchase your tickets on the day of Matsuri or you can purchase in advance and pick them up at the "Will Call" booth the day of the event. Please go to go.illinois.edu/matsuritix to purchase your tickets in advance! There will be fireworks at dusk to top off the day of fun!

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.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820

Prairie Rivers Network is excited to bring one of the largest environmental film festivals to Illinois. THE WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL is a collection of films from the annual festival held in Nevada City, CA, now in its 15th year! The festival focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet, and it gives PRN an opportunity to inspire the public to affect environmental change here in Illinois. The festival offers ways for our members, supporters, and friends to get energized and empowered to work to protect clean water, wildlife habitat, and our rich natural landscapes.

When: April 4, 2017; 5 pm doors open, film program 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Art Theater, 126 W Church St, Champaign, IL 61820
Tickets: $10 General Admission, $30 General Admission With PRN Membership

Proceeds from this event are going to support clean water initiatives.

More information is available at http://prairierivers.org/wsff

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/.

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