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Friday, December 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Main Library-Room 346, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana
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Come one and all to the RBML Frost Fair; our river won’t be frozen but we’ll celebrate like it is!

(Please feel free to come dressed the part; some of us will be in Regency period attire for the festivities.)

Drop by and meet our new department head, Lynne M. Thomas, enjoy fresh cider, holiday treats, and rare and wonderful books with us as we celebrate the year’s frostiest holidays and Jane Austen’s birthday.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Foellinger Auditorium (on the U of I quad)

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this concert of original music will feature vocalist Wendy Marck and a composition for narrators and chamber orchestra that recounts the story of Bahá’u’lláh, Founder of the Bahá’i Faith. It was composed and will be directed by University of Illinois School of Music graduate Dr. Halim Beere.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Staerkel Planetarium - Parkland College - 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this event features a talk by Steve Sarowitz, tech entrepreneur (founder of Paylocity), philanthropist, and Executive Producer of the important new documentary film about the Báb, the Prophet Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. Mr. Sarowitz will show clips from his film on the planetarium dome as he tells the dynamic story of the making of the film and shares his motivation for its creation. The entire film will be aired on ABC in May. A full-dome sky show will precede the talk.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
Bahá’i Center - 807 E. Green Street, Urbana

A part of the world-wide Bahá’i Light of Unity Festival, this family-oriented afternoon will feature story-telling about the birth and life of the Founder of the Bahá’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, with lots of fun, games and crafts--something for every child and every child at heart. A nursery with care givers and activities for small children will be provided.

This event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 11:00pm
Downtown Urbana IL
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The CU Folk and Roots Festival brings together national, regional, and local artists for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities in and around downtown Urbana IL. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song circles, family activities, story telling, and much more. The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local histories and traditions. The festival starts on Thursday night at Krannert Center, then moves to downtown Urbana on Friday and Saturday. Find all the information you need at http://www.folkandroots.org

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Champaign Public Library

Young artists are invited to a special before-hours collage workshop at the Champaign Public Library with Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe. This event requires pre-registration and is limited to kids in grades 2-5. Registration can be completed at champaign.org/events, over the phone 217-403-2030, or in person at the Champaign Public Library or Douglass Branch Library. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Champaign Public Library

Join us at the Champaign Public Library for an afternoon with author and artist Javaka Steptoe, who is this year's winner of the highest honor for children's picture books - the Caldecott Medal. He will talk about his recent book, "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" which also won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. A book signing will follow.

Doors open at 1:30 pm for refreshments and book sales. Jane Addams Book Shop will be on site selling Javaka Steptoe's books.

Part of The Pygmalion Festival and the Great Authors at the Library series. Made possible with support from the Library Friends.

For more information visit champaign.org/events

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.

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