The Thursday after work event at KCPA is back for another season and it get rolling tonight at Krannert on the University of Illinois campus. The Uncorked at Krannert show (and drinks) start at 5p in the spacious lobby and its free. The series extends through the school year each Thursday afternoon.
Tonights kickoff group is The James Jones Trio is traditional blues band from nearby Danville. James Jones will whail away as you sip wine after work–don’t miss it!
It was a first ever for Memorial Stadium at the U of I–a lightning delay. There were few fireworks on the field, just a few from the corners as the Illini scored, but lots of lightning in the skies. As the tailgaters gathered into Memorial Stadium, a few clouds formed in the west–a harbinger of a long afternoon–and evening!
NCAA regulations require that when lightening occurs within 6 miles there must be a delay of 30 minutes. University of Illinois regulations set it at 8 miles, so for almost 2 hours the Texas State game was delayed. Here are some photos from our cub reporter:
This weekend Illinois plays Nebraska in Lincoln and rain is forecasted–lets hope no lightning!
There are some great options for seeing forworks all around Champaign County and here are some of the favorites:
Tonight at Lodge Park near Monticello. This is a neat little show and gets rolling at dusk. Bring a blanket and get there early!
The show at the State Farm Center in Champaign is just a part of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration. Things are rolling all day in the area…a 5K run, parade, music and food00be there! The main stage is on Kirby between1st and Oak Streets.
The U of I Flash Index for May is up a bit fron April, and that means good news for the Champaign Urbana area economy. In April the figure descended to 106, falling for the fourth month in a row. Still any number above 100 is considered a positive economic situation for Champaign County. The figure for May is 106.2.
This economic stat is important for the Champaign Urbana real estate market because the price of homes and the CU real estate tempo in general is closely related to the factors that go into this index.
One true strength of the Fighting Illini sports programs is the tennis teams–both mens and womens. Over the past 20-30 years there have been some excellent coaches and players through Champaign Urbana and we have been treated to some high level local tennis. The NCAA regionals were even hosted here two years ago
Local Tennis Camps
Now your child can benefit from this UIUC resource by taking in the Nike Tennis Camps at the University of Illinois. There are both Junior overnight as well as day camps and the location at the U of I Atkins Tennis Center is so convenient. The director is U of I women’s tennis coach, Michelle Dasso and her skilled camp team.
All skill levels are welcome and there is even a section for high school tennis players.
There are two sessions coming up soon. One on June 22-26 and the other July 20-24.
Today is the day as 21,000 runners take to the streets of Champaign Urbana for the running of one our area’s biggest events. Tons of info is available on the race website and you can even watch updates on local TV WCIA. it is called “The Extra Mile“.
If you are new to race day here are some pointers:
If you want to watch downtown Champaign is a good spot or just go to Memorial Stadium on the U of I campus
Watch out in traffic and relax. Look for a Illinois Marathon map and avoid those areas
Make a note to volunteer next year. The marathon site has an interactive map so you can volunteer in or near your neighborhood.
This week is it all about saxaphones- it is an ALLIANCE of the saxes actually- and all week starting tonight KCPA will be full of them. They call it NASA and this year NASA honors the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax and the 20th anniversary of the first NASA biennial conference.
The days will be packed and the public is welcome to enfloy the woodwinds at Krannert as well as other University of Illinois venues. One way to keep up is to follow on twitter. Use #NASA2014 or follow @NASA2014.
One of the organizers is local jazz icon, Chip McNeill. Here is what the NASA site says about him:
In addition to his position with the University of Illinois School of Music, Professor Chip McNeill is Musical Director and Jazz Tenor Saxophonist for Grammy award-winning recording artist, Arturo Sandoval. He has toured with and recorded the compact discs (CDs) Americana and Hot House with Arturo Sandoval. In 1998, Hot House won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz recording.