4th Annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition Accepting Submissions

Press Release Submissions to the Champaign-Urbana Film Society’s (CUFS) 4th annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting Competition are now being accepted. February 1st also marks the beginning of the 2nd Annual Pens to Lens Student Film Festival, which encourages local K-12 students to write, direct, and produce their own short films. Students have until February … [Read more...]

Art Mart Opens at New Champaign Location

By Kelly Youngblood Art Mart has been offering locals a unique place to shop and eat for the last 38 years at Lincoln Square in Urbana. Starting this weekend, the eatery and specialty store will serve its customers from a brand new location in Champaign. After closing the doors at Lincoln Square last Thursday, Art Mart will reopen this weekend at 1705 S. Prospect Ave., … [Read more...]

WHERE TO: Find Paczki in Champaign-Urbana

Take a look at the calendar and you might be surprised to see that next week is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. Which reminded us that this is the time of year when people look for paczki. What are paczki? It is a Polish pastry - similar to a donut - that "feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or … [Read more...]

Zika Virus a ‘Minimal Concern’ for Champaign County Residents

By Kelly Youngblood While reports of the Zika virus spreading globally are running rampant throughout the news media, local health officials tell us the risk isn't very high closer to home. “There is minimal concern at this time for residents of Champaign County,” said Awais Vaid, an epidemiologist at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Although the chances … [Read more...]

Stomach Virus Hits Champaign-Urbana Area Schools

By Kelly Youngblood Were you or your child sick with a horrible stomach bug last week? If not, chances are you know someone who was. At least one preschool in Urbana, which had half of its students out sick due to vomiting and diarrhea, considered closing for a day. And at least one Champaign elementary school reportedly had about half of its kindergarten students … [Read more...]