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Welcome Back to School!
Urbana Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin speaks to you, the City of Urbana, from Thomas Paine Elementary School. "Urbana School District has a proven record of excellence and innovation. We're looking forward to working with the district in the coming year," Mayor Marlin said.
A Message from Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin
The Stephens Family YMCA is looking at options for expansion in the Champaign-Urbana area. They are considering the possibility of expanding at their current location as well as EXPANDING INTO URBANA.

In order to better consider the needs of the community, the YMCA is conducting a Community Needs Assessment. They would greatly appreciate your input. This assessment will help guide the YMCA board and staff to determine the programs and services that are most needed to help our community and where they should be located.

The survey link will take you to a short on-line survey. Responses are not individually tracked and are kept confidential. There is an English version and a version in Spanish. The assessment should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

I urge Urbana residents to participate in the survey and share with friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We would welcome the Stephens Family YMCA to our community!

This survey will close August 23rd.

Want to help a child start off the school year right?

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 needs your help in making sure every kid has all of the supplies needed for success by hosting a Backpack/School Supply drive! Please consider purchasing items on this list and placing them in the blue plastic donation tote located in the lobby of the Urbana Police Department. All items will go to kids in the Urbana School District elementary grades. Donations will be accepted until Aug. 11.

"It takes a village to raise a child" -African Proverb

Urbana School District #116 staff have collaborated to come up with a new look for the new year (and new beginnings), but they want you to make the final decision! Click here, then, "like" your favorite logo on the district's Facebook page, and share the album to help your favorite logo win! The school district will reveal the winner on August 19th!
Urbana's Market at the Square is celebrating National Farmer's Market Week, August 4-10, 2019! Make sure you get on over to #MyUrbanaMarket this Saturday-and every Saturday-though October. To get all the latest specials and features delivered weekly directly to your inbox, subscribe to Market Mail. Go here to subscribe.
Follow our Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for highlights and events at #MyUrbanaMarket!
Solar Urbana-Champaign Reaches 50 Kilowatt Benchmark

The Solar Urbana-Champaign group-buy program is gaining momentum as it surpasses its first goal of 50kW with six properties going solar. Now in its fourth iteration, the City of Urbana, Prairie Rivers Network, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) launched this solar group-buy program in May, bringing the grassroots program-that combines volume purchasing with community education-to make solar more accessible and affordable for area property owners. Go here to read more on this important program!

Urbana Sweetcorn Festival August 23 & 24
When it's August in Urbana, that can only mean one thing: The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is around the corner! Corny and the Urbana Business Association welcome you to the grandest festival in Champaign County, held in beautiful Downtown Urbana. Go here for more, and go here to volunteer! Follow the latest developments on Facebook, and follow Corny on Twitter!
Katie the Corn Whisperer Visits with Corny
Downtown Get Down August 24
Urbana's Downtown Get Down has been the place to be this summer 2019! If you haven't experienced this great event, or even if you have, you know you don't want to miss our finale, coupled with the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, August 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. The City of Urbana Public Arts Program, Urbana Park District, 40 North 88 West, the Champaign County Arts Council, The Urbana Free Library, and the Urbana Business Association are proud to sponsor the Downtown Get Down. Go here to see more on this exciting Urbana event series!
August 14 & 29, 2019
The Urbana Arts and Culture Program and The Urbana Free Library, in partnership with Kanopy, will be screening another movie for Urbanalove Summer Movie Nights on August 14 at the Boneyard Creek Crossing, featuring Loving Vincent, a biopic created out of 65,000 oil paintings. On August 29, venture to Broadway Food Hall for the award-winning, Kedi: The Cats of an Ancient City. Go here for more details.
August 10, 2019
In honor of National Farmer's Market Week, join the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Program and Market at the Square for another Art at the Market. There will be live art-making by The Common Mind, and live music. See you at the Market!
August 20, 2019
The Urbana Business Association, First-Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana and Dish Passionate Cuisine are excited to bring you Connections Over Coffee, a get-you-started-in-the-morning networking event. August's coffee is generously hosted by Reynolds Towing Service. Go here for more details.
August 3, 2019
The Urbana Park District, in partnership with 40 North, the Champaign County Arts Council, are thrilled to announce the inaugural Crystal Lake Park Art Fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 3, 2019. Go here for more details.
The City of Urbana has many opportunities for employment. If you wish to be notified of future vacancies, please sign-up for electronic posting alerts that will sent directly to your email address. Complete the form by going here. To see all current vacancies, please go here.
A Visit to Megan's Garden
Come hear how the mater gardeners transformed The Urbana Free Library's Megan's Garden on August 2, from 4 to 5 p.m. The window well mural by Glen Davies outside the Children's Room now has a living garden to also enjoy.
Andy Charles Retires
The City  of Urbana, the Urbana Police Department, and residents of Urbana thank Sergeant Andy Charles for 30 years of dedicated service, great leadership, and his solid commitment to the community. We wish him well! Go here to view his last sign-off.
Mark Clapp Retires
The City of Urbana and the Urbana Fire Department bids Lieutenant Mark Clapp farewell after over 26 years serving the citizens of Urbana. We thank Lt. Clapp for his dedication, his service, and his camaraderie with City staff. To see his retirement photos, go here.

What do you love most about your neighborhood? What needs to be improved? Bridget Broihahn talks with the City of Urbana's Alyssa Jaje about the Urbana HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan Community Survey. Click here to take the survey. Thank you for your help.

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