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Officials confirm the first case of the Monkeypox virus in Champaign County.
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Pictured Above: A Monarch butterfly enjoys a local flower. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Go here to read more. 
Seen here is Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin (with family and friends) in the Champaign County Freedom Fest Parade this past July 4, 2022. She is riding in a beautiful 1966 Chevy C-10 Pickup that is owned by the Marcus Harris family. The entry also won First Place in the Judges Choice category.  
The following is a statement from Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin that was written on July 4, 2022. 

"I was in this parade. My family and friends were in this parade. Florida Avenue and Lincoln Avenue were lined with hundreds of people: all ages, and all ethnicities, who simply wanted to celebrate our nation’s independence after a 3-year hiatus. Volunteers worked hard to pull it together, to decorate floats and vehicles, and to walk in the hot sun. Our police, firefighters, emergency medical, and public works personnel were on duty, just like they are every year.

This annual rite took place all across America today, including in Highland Park.The same joy we saw along the route in Urbana was shattered in that community.

There have been 308 mass shootings so far this year. The victims taken to one hospital today were 8-85 years years old. I grieve for them and with their loved ones. And I’m furious that Congress has failed us again. Mayors cannot stop the flow of guns into our communities. We need action in Washington."

- Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin
Did you miss the recent Urbana City Council meeting, or are you looking forward to attending a future meeting? Do you want to attend other Urbana Board or Commission meetings? The answer is right here. You may also contact YOUR City Council here
We need you to help make a difference in our community. Go here to read more and to fill out the application. 
The Urbana City Council passed an ordinance approving a Special Use Permit for the Champaign County Jail Consolidation Plan. Go here to see the ordinance. Go here to watch the City Council meeting.
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The Urbana Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Program wants you to get to know your neighbors across the street, become acquainted with those folks living right behind you, and introduce yourself to your neighbors that live on either side of you. Check on them, talk with them, and be neighborly with them. BUT, if you see something that isn't quite right, SAY SOMETHING. Call us at 217-384-2320 for non-emergency concerns, call 9-1-1 for emergencies, or reach out to CRIME STOPPERS if you would like to remain totally anonymous. We can take back our community! It starts with YOU!

HOME-ARP

The Urbana HOME Consortium, which consists of the City of Urbana, City of Champaign, and Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, has received $2,970,773 in HOME funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (HOME-ARP) This grant is intended to provide funding to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across Champaign County. 

The draft Allocation Plan will be available for public review from June 30, 2022 through July 29, 2022. Reasonable accomodations will be provided for individuals with disabilities. Read more here

What is the Commercial Signage Grant Program?
The Commercial Signage Grant Program provides matching grant funds to businesses to enhance their store fronts with the addition or improvement of commercial signage.Properties eligible for this program must be located in a TIF District or the Philo Road Business District. Go here to read more and apply!
The 2022 Illinois Solar Tour will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in a hybrid format! Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public and share their passion, knowledge, and experience of owning, maintaining, and living with renewable energy. Go here for more. 
How to Participate
  • Attend a zoom Geothermal Power Hour.
  • Schedule a site assessment and get a proposal.
  • Accept or decline the proposal.
Visit Urbana. Come shop, play, dine, and stay!
Read more about this here
YOU can have a BIG LIFE in our SMALL CITY. #SmallCityBigLife
Congratulations Toast to Tourism Winners
Community Ambassador Award:
Harry Buerkett - Salt Kettle Tourism Information Center
Tourism Impact Award Winners:
Kayla Brown - Fire Doll Studio
*Jon L. Seydl - Krannert Art Museum
Syl Keller - Monticello Railway Museum
*Michael McDonald - Wood N’ Hog Barbecue
*Riggs Family - Riggs Beer Company
And our newest Illinois Made Maker: CBPB Popcorn Shop
*Urbana locations
Thank you to all who joined us for Urbana Arts and Culture Program's Cinema & Sound event featuring Pina (2011) and live performances from Urbana Dance Company! Go here to read more about the Urbana Arts & Culture Program. 
Operation ART EVERYWHERE Continues 
This mural created by Spanish artist Rafael Blanco showcases one of many colorful paintings that now blanket buildings across town.“Rafael’s approach is very community driven,” said Rachel Lauren Storm, the city’s arts and culture coordinator. Blanco’s “Urbana Enlightened” adorns the side of the new Urbana Adult Education Building on Vine Street and celebrates those who return to complete their education. The colorful portrait spans the building’s exterior and features detailed depictions of five students at the school on a colorful background utilizing all the colors of the rainbow. -- Excerpt from the News-Gazette. Read the full article here. Photo by Dr. Rachel L. Storm
Bandoneon: The Soul of the Argentine Tango
Saturday, July 30, 2022
2 to 4 p.m. - Two sessions: in Spanish at 2 p.m.; in English at 3 p.m..
Lewis Auditorium


Hear the beauty of Argentine tango music as played on the instrument that creates its signature sound: the bandoneon! The performance features world-renowned Argentine bandoneonist Hugo Satorre along with Winnie Cheung (bandoneon and piano).
Audience members of all ages will also have the opportunity to touch and play this unique instrument. Please click here

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Urbana Arts and Culture program.
FUN. SAFE. AND JUST PLAIN AWESOME. Go here for more information. 
FREE! FREE! FREE! 
Gratis, falas, doan, besplatno, senza, volny, uvolnit, tasuta, ingyenes, gratuito, saor, wolny, livre, gratuit, b'xejn, an-asgaidh, gratiz, безкоштовно, свободно. No matter how you say it, The Urbana Free Library is FINE FREE!  

It is back! After a two-year hiatus, the Urbana Park District is excited to once again offer Neighborhood Nights - a free concert in one of our parks. Neighborhood Nights is every Wednesday (rain date is the following Thursday) from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

URBANA SCHOOLS REGISTRATION: Online Registration for returning USD families is underway now through July 25. All returning families need to register by that deadline. There is more information here.
Families should log on to Skyward Family Access to register. Please call for assistance: 
  • English:  217-384-3526
  • Spanish:  217-419-0029
  • French: 217-418-9053
Registration for NEW students will be held July 27, 2022, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and July 28, 2022, from 2-5 p.m. at Urbana Middle School. This is for NEW families only. 

Students entering the Early Childhood program, kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grades must complete a physical exam by the first day of school. Students entering twelfth grade have a vaccine requirement. Students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades also need a dental exam. Physicals, dental services, and more are available at the Urbana School-Based Health Center, located adjacent to Urbana High School. To schedule an appointment, please call (217) 239-4220.
 
The C-U Black and African Arts Festival will be held September 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Hurry, because early bird sign-up ends soon! Go here
Food shouldn’t be hard to find. Search by zip code to find food pantries, summer meal sites, and grocery stores or farmers markets that accept SNAP (LINK), WIC, and senior food benefits in your area. Go here
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR ENERGY BILL?
The Ameren Illinois Clearinghouse can help with low-income rate assistance. Go here to see the programs that are available. 
The Urbana School District #116 now has a community newsletter! Want to stay informed with what is happening in the U? Sign up today! The district hopes to connect with more of our Urbana residents, so ANYONE is welcome to subscribe: https://bit.ly/USDCommunityNewsletter
We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic! Let's end this. Go here for more information. 
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