All University Apartment residents are invited to participate in programs at Orchard Downs. See below for more information.
Family Movie Night: Tuesday, November 15
Join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a family movie night! All residents are welcome to join us as we watch a kid-friendly movie in our PAJAMAS! Popcorn will also be served.
If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthday Bingo: Friday, November 18
Were you born in November? Then we have a birthday party for you! Join us on Friday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center to celebrate all November birthdays. All residents are welcome to come enjoy birthday cake and bingo, with prizes for the winners.
Winter Safety & Survival: Sunday, November 20
Join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. for an informational hour about the upcoming winter: how to prepare mentally and physically for the snow and cold weather! Speakers from McKinley will be available to ask your weather-related questions. If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Hickey at email@example.com.
Karaoke Night: Tuesday, November 22
Do you enjoy singing? Please come share your voice at the first Karaoke night of the year at the Orchard Downs Community Center! The event will be on Tuesday, November 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. This event is free and open to residents so please come take advantage of this opportunity to share your favorite songs with us! Questions please contact Mel Cardoso firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sewing Room Temporarily Closed
The Sewing Room, located in the Learning Resource Center (2044-A Orchard St.) will be temporarily closed until a new Sewing Room monitor can be found. The Sewing Room monitor is responsible for opening the Sewing Room each Saturday at 9:00 a.m., monitoring activity and providing assistance to residents using the sewing machines and then closing the Sewing Room at 10:30 a.m. The Sewing Room monitor is a volunteer position which provides a very appreciated service to all of our Family & Graduate Housing residents. If you are interested in applying for the Sewing Room monitor position, please contact a Family Housing Council member or the Family & Graduate Housing office.
Come play and learn with us! Parent-Child Playgroup will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (1834-A). Caregivers and children ages five and under participate in fun and educational activities, such as crafts, music, story time, and snacks. Contact Candace Brahm at email@example.com with any questions.
Welcome to the World
Babies are a sign of hope and bring much joy to our lives. At Family & Graduate Housing we would like to welcome your newborn to our community with a small gift. This is our way of saying, “Welcome to the World!” If you have recently welcomed a new baby into your family, please contact Candace Brahm at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656.
Women’s Support Group
Come join us for tea and conversation. The Women’s Support Group is a comfortable space for women to bond and learn new skills while supporting each other. There will be weekly workshops on a variety of topics such as art, cooking, stress-management, parenting, and more. This group will meet Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Family Resources Center (Orchard Downs apartment 1834-A). Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Candace Brahm at email@example.com.
International Women’s Connection
The International Women’s Connection (IWC) is a friendship & cultural exchange group that was started in 1987. Since then hundreds of women have had the opportunity to practice English, make friends and learn about American culture. Starting on September 7, the group will meet every Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. for a free English class and from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for various activities to help you adjust to American life. The location for the meetings is Twin City Bible Church, on the corner of Lincoln & Michigan Avenue, Urbana (approximately 6 blocks northwest of Orchard Downs). The IWC welcomes women of all nationalities or religious background and any level of English fluency. Childcare is also provided. For more information, visit www.iwc-tcbc.weebly.com or email Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org.