Art Hooha: December Art Tour

Art Hooha: December Art Tour
Shop for art and fine crafts throughout Urbana at open studios, home shows and galleries!
Art Hooha 2009Art HooHa 2009 will feature art and fine crafts for show and sale by both professional artists and art students who have joined to schedule open studios, home shows, and special gallery hours on the same weekend. This year the artists will be raffling off a fabulous art-ful gift bundle of delight worth over $500 (it's at Heartland Gallery right now if you want to see it). 100% of the proceeds will be donated to A Woman's Place.
Friday, December 4, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 pm 
Saturday, December 5, 2009
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2009
11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Throughout Urbana at Open Studios
Click here for house, studio and gallery locations

Holiday Market at Lincoln Square Village

Santa pictures, gift wrapping and holiday decorations this week!
Holiday MarketThis week the Holiday Market will offer Santa Pictures! Pictures are a $6 donation to the Urbana High School Choir Santa for those who have been nice and naughty on December 5, December 12, and December 19 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Gift wrapping will be available in the West wing for a donation by the WECEP organization through the Urbana High School. Also, check out Jerry Rhoads' wood turning and John Coppess with his Limping Cowboy Leather booth is going to be selling guitar straps, and will bring his guitar along to play! Keep in mind that some vendors have moved locations this week, so look around for them! 
For more information, call (217) 344-3872!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lincoln Square Village
300 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana
Candy Cane Christmas Trees
Holiday crafts and programs that ring in the New Year, come join us!
Candy Cane Christmas TreesMake a delicious candy Christmas tree to take home. We'll also listen to stories and sing songs. This program is for children of all ages and their families. There's no place like The UFL for the holidays - especially for our youngest library fans and their families! This December we'll have several events sure to get everyone in the spirit. From holiday stories to crafts and programs that ring in the New Year, come join us!
For more information, click here!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
11:00 - 11:45 am
The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium
210 West Green Street, Urbana
Urbana-Champaign IMC Launches 10th Anniversary
Historic dedication of post office lobby and IMC history talk!
UC-IMC Celebrates 10 YearsThe global indymedia movement began 10 years ago this month.  Since then, IMCs have sprouted up around the world, with more than 200 on 6 continents. Please join us in kicking off a year of celebration with media & art workshops, historic dedication to post office lobby,  Indymedia history, and dance party. All events are free and open to the public. 
For more information, click here!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Workshops: 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Panel: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
 Live Music: 8:00 pm
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center
202 South Broadway #100, Urbana
H2O Salon Presents: The Gift
A happy and healthy Holiday Fashion/Hair Show!
H2O Salon Presents: The GiftEnjoy a spectacular fashion/hair show with music by the University of Illinois Dance Department, and dinner at V. Picasoo (included in ticket price). Proceeds from the show will benefit Hope Community Health Center and will sponsor 3 families in need of holiday support, giving everyone a healthy Christmas! Gifts or monetary donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. 

For more information or to buy tickets, contact:
H2O Salon - (217) 337-1480
Bella Mia Boutique - (217) 352-2222
V. Picasso - (217) 328-0122
Sunday, December 6, 2009
8:00 - 10:00 pm
V. Picasso
214 West Main Street, Urbana
Patrick Ball Concert
"A richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance"!
Patrick Ball Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist.
In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create "a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance."
Ticket reservations available by calling (217) 337-4767.
Monday, December 7, 2009
7:30 - 9:30 pm
$20 Adults ($12 for Students/Seniors)
Heartland Gallery
112 West Main Street, Urbana
Tango Espejo at V. Picasso
Classic tangos and Piazzolla passion!
Tango Espejo at V. PicassoTango Espejo, the premiere tango quintet of the Midwest, will be performing classic tangos and works by Astor Piazzolla. Tango Espejo is comprised of artists George Turner (guitar) Jonathon Kotulski (bandoneón), Brian Gehrich (violin),  Lara Driscoll (piano) and Garold Fowler (acoustic bass). Dance to your favorite classic tangos and listen to the passion of Piazzolla.  
For more information, click here!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
 V. Picasso
214 West Main Street, Urbana
UBA December Networking Event
Take a peak into the Magic Motors Collection!

Magic Motors Collection

The Urbana Business Association and Allen Strong, owner of Silvercreek Restaurant and Courier Cafe, invite you to join in our end of the year final. Don't miss this exciting oppurtunity to meet and mingle among the best kept secret in Urbana, Allen Strong's private collection of classic cars, vintage art and clothing! Bring a guest and enjoy wine and appetizers at this world-renown private showroom. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Monday.
For more information, call (217) 344-3872!
Wednesday, December 9, 2008
5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Magical Motor Car Show Room
1710 Willow Rd, Urbana, IL
Morris Ardoin Quartet at Iron Post
Enjoy some Creole & Cajun music! 

Morris Ardoin QuartetRobert Krumm will be playing Creole & Cajun music next Thursday at the Iron Post in downtown Urbana as part of the Morris Ardoin Quartet.  From Duralde, Louisiana, Morris is in his 70's and a terrific Creole accordion player and fiddler. The Ardoin family is the first-family of Creole and Zydeco music in Louisiana.  Morris is the oldest son of the legendary Creole accordionist Bois Sec Ardoin, and he rarely plays outside of Louisiana. Start time will be 8:00 pm and the players will include Dennis Stroughmatt on fiddle/accordion, Matt Turino on guitar and Robert Krumm on bass.

For more information, call (217) 840-4901.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
8:00 pm
Iron Post
120 South Race Street, Urbana
Uptown Fridays in Downtown Urbana
Late night shopping, fire pits, smores, carriage rides and Santa! 
Uptown Fridays in Downtown UrbanaFrom 6 to 9 pm, enjoy making s'mores by the warm fire pits and browing the shops in downtown Urbana. Carriage rides, $3 per person, will start from the South Entrance of the Lincoln Square Mall. At 6:30 pm, Santa Claus will arrive at the South Entrance of the Lincoln Square Mall and from 6:45 to 7:15 pm, the whole family can enjoy a meet and greet with Santa.
For more information, call (217) 344-3872 or click here!
Friday, December 11, 2009
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Main, Broadway, Race & Vine Street
Downtown Urbana
In This Issue
1 - Art Hooha
2 - Holiday Market
3 - Candy Cane Christmas Trees
4 - UC-IMC 10th Anniversary
5 - H2O Salon Presents: The Gift
6 - Patrick Ball Concert
7 - Tango Espejo
8 - Magic Motors Collection
9 - Morris Ardoin Quartet
10 - Uptown Fridays
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Urbana's Top Five Hidden Secrets

Katie Hansen
Katie Hansen
Special Events Coordinator for the UBA gives her Top Five Urbana Favorites:
1. La Gourmadise iced coffee to get my days started!
2. Carriage Rides in downtown Urbana for $3/person! Experience them for yourself on December 11th!
3. Sangria evenings with friends at V. Picasso.
4. Doggie treats for my puppy at the Holiday Market!
5. Free parking during the Holidays all around downtown!
New UBA Members

The UBA Welcomes:

V. Picasso
Victor Fuentes
214 West Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 328-0122
Po' Boys BBQ & Pizza
Jean Rasner
1901 South High Cross Rd
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 367-2255

Wrap it Up!

 Wrap It Up! Holiday Sale
 Holiday Sale of scarves and accessories
Friday, December 4, 2009
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Morning Cup & More
202 North Race Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Winter Wear for all ages
(Scarves, Hats, Socks, Mittens, and even a Sweater). Local Fiber Artists have donated their fabulous one-of-a-kind scarves and accessories for children and adults,
just in time for Winter and holiday gifts. There will be a fashion show, music
and Anne's famous Gelato. The event will benefit 100% the Campus Middle School for Girls
For more information
(217) 344-2123 [email protected]

Free Downtown Holiday Parking!

 Free Downtown Holiday Parking Survey
The City of Urbana is offering 2 hours free parking at holiday bagged meters in downtown Urbana. 2 Hour limit per vehicle per day on-street and in these select lots:
Lot 1 (Race & Water St)
Lot 2 (Water St)
Lot 11 (Main St)
Lot 16 (Green St - TWP Building)
Lot 17 (Library)
Lot 22 (Vine St)

Boneyard Arts Festival 2010 Signature Image

 2010 Boneyard Arts Festival Signature Image
40 North | 88 West, Champaign County Arts, Culture and Entertainment Council invites local artists to submit work to be considered for the signature image of the 2010 Boneyard Arts Festival. All works submitted will be juried by a community panel of local arts professionals. The Boneyard signature image is used on registration materials, posters, billboards, print advertising, and on the cover of the Boneyard Arts Festival Map - the festival's official guide that is distributed throughout the county.
Artists are asked to submit three digital images of recent, original work along with an entry form. The form and image files (on disc) can be mailed, emailed or dropped by the 40 North offices:
40 North | 88 West, Boneyard Signature Image, 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 201, Champaign, IL 61820
The deadline for submission is
Monday, December 7, 2009, by 5pm.
For more information or to download the entry form, click here!

2010 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

 Eastland Suites Holiday Parties
Plan your
Holiday Party at
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center!
Call (217) 367-8331 today!
Eastland Apartments

2010 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

 2010 Urbana Sweetcorn Festival
The 35th Urbana Sweetcorn Festival will take place:
Friday August 27th & 
Saturday, August 28th
in Downtown Urbana!
Do you see yourself as a vendor? Applications will be available in January! Sponsorship opporutinities are available today and offer your business high visibility at this beloved summer festival. If you are interested or have any questions, please call (217) 344-3872.
Free $5 Gift Certificate
Receive a free $5 gift certificate with a $25 V. Picasso gift certificate purchase. For each $25 worth of gift certificates purchased, receive a complimentary $5 gift certificate. Give them for birthdays, holidays, or as a thank you to friends or co-workers! V. Picasoso is located at 214 West Main Street in Urbana.
Offer Expires: Thursday, December 31, 2009
Free Deep Conditioning
Start your Friday night with Happy Hour at H2O Salon & Spa. Get a free deep conditioning treatment with purchase of a haircut or blowout with Ethan or Carly. H2O is located at 109 North Broadway Avenue in Urbana.
Offer Expires: Thursday, December 31, 2009