Champaign Center Partnership

Champaign County Area Restaurant Week

January 25 – February 2, 2019

Start saving your calories! The third annual

Champaign County Area Restaurant Week returns January 25–February 2, 2019. This nine-day celebration of local food will leave you craving more! Whether you crave authentic Italian dishes, Asian-inspired cuisine, or juicy chicken sandwiches, Restaurant Week will satisfy all your hunger pangs. Check out prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus here:

C-U at Home

Friday, February 1, 2019

34 E Green Street Champaign, IL 61820

It’s officially One Winter Night season! C-U at Home will host their annual community awareness event, One Winter Night on Friday, February 1st. It provides a powerful opportunity for our community to learn about homelessness, raise awareness for our friends without an address, and experience what it might be like to spend the night outside overnight. You can get involved by participating as a box dweller, volunteer, business sponsor or by donating. For more info, please visit


Urbana Park District

Free Events & Activities in January

iPad101: Session 1 – Jan 10 & 17

4:30-5:20pm, Phillips Recreation Center, Age 50+

Pre-K Fridays – Jan 11, 18 & 25

9am-12pm, Anita Purves Nature Center,
Up to Age 6

Self Care & Maintenance – Jan 23

12-1pm, Phillips Recreation Center, Age 15+

iPad101: Session 2 – Jan 24 & 31

4:30-5:20pm, Phillips Recreation Center, Age 50+

Connections Café

Fridays, 10am-12pm, Various Locations, Age 50+

Knitting Drop-In Days

Saturdays, 10am-3:30pm, Phillips Recreation Center, Age 21+

For more information on Free Events and Activities, please see pages 8&9 of the January-April 2019 Program Guide.


2019 Best in Show Photographic Print Competition

On Display: February 9-17

Lincoln Square Mall

All Ages are welcome to participate

Entry Deadline: January 30

Submit your photos to our annual photo competition! Early Bird rate on entry fee is $5 for the first print and $3 each for the next four. The regular entry fee is $10 for the first print and $3 each for the next four.

All entry forms are due to the Phillips Recreation Center by Wednesday, January 23 at 6pm to get Early Bird rate on entry fee! Regular entry deadline is Wednesday, January 30 at 6pm. For more information and registration forms, visit


Magic Mixtures (1992) – Fees start at $7

Saturday, Jan. 2019; 10-11:30am

Ages 6 and under with adult (Parents free with registered child)

Come join in the magic and fun as the Master Mixer leads you in experiments and discovery using household materials. Be prepared to get slimy! For more information visit


NEW! Wellness Workshops

FREE! Self-Care and Maintenance: Pre and Post Marathon

Wednesday, January 23, 12-1pm

Phillips Recreation Center

Age 15 and Up

Join UPD staff for this FREE ultimate runner’s workshop regarding stretching. Warming up and cooling down is vital for anyone who runs or plans to run. Stretching exercises are paramount to protect your hips, ankles, knees, and feet to stay injury free. In this workshop, you will learn how to stretch the right muscles without straining your joints and effectively build muscle to maintain endurance. You will also learn how to use an efficient warm up and cool down routine each time you run to help you stay injury free and keep running for many years to come. For experienced runners, you will learn techniques to build up your competitive advantage if racing is your game.



The Silk Road of Pop


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 7pm

Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL

Directed by Sameer Farooq. Co-directed by Ursula Engel. Produced by Stijn Deklerck.

2013. 53 minutes.

Post-screening discussion with Liwei Zhang

Department of Political Science, Jilin University, China and VASP Scholar, UofI.


The Silk Road of Pop sketches a unique portrait of the vibrant pop music scene among the Uyghur Muslims in North-West China. Featuring traditional musicians, hip-hop crews, rock stars and dynamic music fans, this documentary taps into the rhythmical zeitgeist of what it means to be young and Uyghur in China, showing how music becomes a liberating element for a minority trying to assert its identity within a repressive environment.


View a trailer of the film here.

The Silk Road of Pop website

Distributed by Smoke Signal Projects.