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14th Annual Center City Parade of Lights

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.
The holiday season can't begin until Santa makes his way through the streets of Downtown Champaign. The Champaign Center Partnership is once again thrilled to bring you the 14th annual Parade of Lights!
This community favorite features floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus himself. The event concludes with the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree in the One Main Plaza immediately following the parade.
Pre-parade entertainment begins at 5 p.m.

Champaign Fall Yard Waste Collection

Fall 2014 Yard Waste Collection
The City of Champaign 2014 Fall Yard Waste Collection has been scheduled and will start with the Orange Zone on Monday, October 6, 2014.  The Blue Zone collections will begin on Monday, October 13, 2014.  Please see the map below to locate your collection zone and day of the week that your yard waste will be collected.

Urbana Fall Leaf Collection

Fall Leaf Collection 2014
The City of Urbana will collect leaves and non-woody plant materials the following weeks this autumn on your U-Cycle collection day.
Fall Leaves
December 1 - 5
*Leaves (or non-woody plant material) must be set in paper lawn & garden bags for curbside collection by 6 AM on your U-Cycle collection day.  No tree branches or brush is accepted.

CIRPP Member is honored by making Forty under 40 List

Central Illinois Business magazine, published by The News-Gazette, has announced the winners of its seventh annual Forty Under 40 Awards.
The awards recognize young professionals for their achievements, experience, innovation, leadership and community involvement. The magazine solicited nominations from the community, and an independent panel of judges reviewed the nominations and chose the 40 winners, including a Woman of the Year and Man of the Year.

Urbana Restaurant Week

Second Annual Urbana Restaurant Week
Date:  March 3, 2014 - March 9, 2014
Taking place March 3 – 9, the second annual Urbana Restaurant Week is a seven-day celebration of Urbana’s restaurant scene. Prix-fixe menus will be provided at each of the participating restaurants. Offering a combination of $10, $20, and $30 options, the menus give diners a chance to try dishes they've never had before and enjoy old favorites for a great value.

Shop Local

Spending money in your own community is a powerful way to improve your local economy. Did you know that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 stays in your community. That same $100 spent at a big box store  only retains $43 locally and nothing remains when your purchase is made online.