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Pictured Above: The Mayoral Recognition Program 2022 had 41 UHS students that completed 2,374 hours of community service!!! Thank you, Urbana Tigers for doing good things in Urbana! Photo provided by Kanittha Faye
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Learn more about this important holiday here.
June is "budget season" at the City of Urbana. Go here to see the budget presentation at the City Council meeting. An input session will be held June 27, 2022.
More on the budget: Go here to read the complete proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. You may give input at a public hearing on June 27, 2022, or at any City Council meeting
The Urbana City Council Committee of the Whole unanimously approved the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and the Urbana School District to keep two Student Resource Officers (SROs), Michelle Robinson and Chad Burnett in the Urbana Middle School and Urbana High School, respectively. The City Council will do a final approving vote this coming Monday, June 13,2022 at the City Building. Go here to read a comprehensive story that appeared in the News-Gazette, earlier this week. SRO Burnett is seen here with Urbana High School students, who showed great support for the SROs at the Urbana City Council meeting Monday night. Photo provided by the News-Gazette
Urbana is ranked number one in Realtor.com's article: 10 Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford To Buy a Home, 2022
From the article: "A record-high number of individuals (53%) participated in outdoor recreational activities in 2021 largely due to necessity, according to a recent Outdoor Industry Association survey. Not only do open-air spaces sport lower COVID-19 transmission rates, but they also carry psychological benefits many realized they needed dearly. Let’s face it, strolling beneath real trees is far more Zen than staring at virtual greenery (or frantic studio cycling instructors) on a Peloton screen—no contest." Read more here
The Atkins Golf Club at the University of Illinois held a grand opening June 3, 2022. Urbana is grateful for the vision and generosity of the Atkins family, the leadership of Department of Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman, the University of Illinois women's and men’s golf teams, and the collaboration with the University of Illinois Foundation. The course, the restaurant, and the store are open to the public. Go here to read more and book a tee time. 
Photo courtesy of the UI Athletic Department
Contractors connected when the City of Urbana with the assistance of Mariah Madison, owner of HeadStart Marketing, hosted the Contractors and Connections Morning Mixer at Phillips Recreation Center. The program included the Urbana Park District, Champaign County, and the City of Urbana sharing information on the upcoming projects: Health & Wellness Facility, County Plaza, and two Fire Stations. This was a way for contractors to connect with sub-contractors to strengthen the use of businesses owned by women, racial/ethnic minorities, veterans, and other identified socially disadvantaged groups. 
Urbana's Urbana Utility Box Mural Program recently launched by the City of Urbana's Arts and Culture Program invites the vibrant work of local artists to be installed on select utility boxes throughout the city--turning the ordinary into extraordinary works of art. The full collection of Urbana Utility Box Murals includes Greenhouse II by Megan Hind; Convergent Revolution by EKAH; Guilt Trip by BLACKMAU; and Quiet Mend 3 by Lisa Kesler. 
Urbana Commemorates Juneteenth
To commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, the City of Urbana will celebrate and acknowledge Juneteenth as an official holiday. The City of Urbana will raise the Juneteenth Official Flag on Friday, June 17, 2022, at noon in front of the City Building. Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin will also read a proclamation. The City of Urbana will celebrate Juneteenth as a holiday for City offices that support non-continuous operations. This year, because Juneteenth occurs on a Sunday, the holiday will occur on Monday, June 20, 2022. All City offices that do not support continuous operations will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022. The City Council Committee of the Whole meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  
Celebrate Juneteenth with HVNT!
HVNT's 40 Days of Peace will begin at 2 p.m. on June 18, 2022, at Crestview Park in Urbana. This kick-off will also be a Juneteenth Celebration. The City of Urbana will be there with a Mayoral Juneteenth Proclamation and Future Mayors' Photo Booth where kids can get their picture taken with Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin. There will be vendors, food, activities, music, dancing, the list goes on! 
Join The Urbana Free Library for Summer Reading fun! Read Beyond the Beaten Path this summer and win prizes for your reading!  There's a reading program for all ages from newborns to adults.  Everyone can track their reading online with Beanstack, or younger readers can keep track by coloring a paper reading log available at the Library. Not sure what to read? Library staff love giving book recommendations and can create a Personalized Reading List for you! 
The Summer Reading Program is generously supported by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library.
FUN. SAFE. AND JUST PLAIN AWESOME. Go here for more information. 
Play Days in the Park is back! Join Urvana Mobile Recreation Unit for free activities, games and fun for all ages and abilities! For more info on where you can find Urvana this year, see: bit.ly/38QYI7R
Photo courtesy of the Urbana Park District
Mark your calendar for the 24th Annual MLK Jettie Rhodes Neighborhood-Day, June 25, 2022, from 12 - 4 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King Park in Urbana. Over 60 vendors, FREE food, raffles, prizes, entertainment, and a photo booth at the City of Urbana tent! Go here for more. 

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.

All Uniting Pride June Programing is FREE! Go here to see more events this month. Thank you to all our generous donors and partners for allowing us to offer this programming at no charge! Want to help? Click HERE to donate!
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.
 
Local votes matter! Your vote makes a difference! Register to vote here. Check your voter registration here. Research the candidates 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. 
Make sure you check out the First Responder Recruitment Fair on July 9 at Parkland College. Lots of career opportunities available in one place. Go here for more information. 
Urbana's Economic Development Division is proud to announce that Brow Arch Salon is a recipient of a Business Opening Grant and a Business Development Grant. The salon is located at 501 South Vine Street, Urbana. 
How to Participate
  • Attend a zoom Geothermal Power Hour.
  • Schedule a site assessment and get a proposal.
  • Accept or decline the proposal.
THINK it's expensive to build in Urbana? THINK again! Go here for more. 
 What is a Curbana? The City of Urbana is excited to announce that four Curbanas are available to be requested per an application process and fee for downtown Urbana businesses. A Curbana is an enclosed raised deck structure next to the sidewalk to provide outdoor seating for the public. Called a parklet in other communities, Curbanas are specially named for Urbana. Here is the Curbana Application
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
Tracy Edwards of the City of Urbana's Arbor Division makes sure that plantings are getting in for the growing season. A focus on hearty pollinators has helped the division's planting strategy this year. 
To learn more go here to Imagine Urbana!
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