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Ashton Woods Access: January 2017
 
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Leaseholders automatically receive the Access each month. If another member of your household is interested in receiving the newsletter, he/she can sign up online. The newsletter is also available at www.housing.illinois.edu/access.

 
Community Calendar
 

See what's going on in your community with the January events calendar.

 
Holiday Office Hours
 

The Family & Graduate Housing office will be closed on Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, Tuesday, December 27, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 for Winter Break. Office hours will be adjusted for Wednesday, December 28 through Friday, December 30, 2016. Regular hours will resume on January 3.

 
Lease Renewal
 

Residents interested in returning to their apartment for the 2017-2018 academic year will be able to renew their lease during April 2017. More information about lease renewal will be coming in the February 2017 and March 2017 newsletters.

 
Apartment Survey
 

An email survey was recently sent to you asking questions about your experience living in the University apartment community. If you have not had a chance to complete this survey, we would greatly appreciate you taking 15 minutes to do so. The information you provide to the University apartments office is critical to maintaining and improving programs and services.

 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Events
 

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, please join us for a day of service at Urbana High School on Monday, January 16. Email bcc2@illinois.edu for more information.

Additionally, the University of Illinois celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a week of family-friendly events. Events begin Friday, January 13 and conclude on Saturday, January 21. Join us to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and examine how Dr. King’s message has been used to shape civil rights over the past 50 years. To find a full list of events, visit http://www.diversity.illinois.edu/MLK/index.html

 
Orchard Downs Pre-School and After-School
 

WINTER BREAK CLOSING:
The Orchard Downs Pre-School and After-School programs Jr. Club and Kids’ Club will be closed for the Winter Break. The Pre-School, Jr. Club, and Kids’ Club will reopen Tuesday, January 17, 2017. For questions or additional information, contact Sara Jenkins at jenkins@illinois.edu.

OPENINGS FOR SPRING:
The Orchard Downs Pre-School has a few openings for the spring semester. The Pre-School maintains a high-quality, low-cost education for 3 to 5 year olds. Children must be toilet trained. The Pre-School is a diverse and stimulating environment providing many activities to enhance the social, physical, and emotional growth of each child. Located in the Orchard Downs Community Center, the Pre-School offers a half day program from 9:00–12:00 p.m. and full day program from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. The Jr. Club after-school program extends child care hours until 5:30 p.m. For further information, please contact the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656 or the Pre-School office at (217) 333-3497.

 
Ashton Woods Events
 

Ashton Woods Movie Night: Wednesday, January 11

Come on out to the Ashton Woods Community Building from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a movie night and hot chocolate bar! We will watch a kid-friendly movie, so feel free to wear your favorite pajamas and bring a blanket! If you have questions, please contact Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu

Tuscola Bus Trip

Join us for winter shopping at Tuscola on Saturday, January 14. There will be plenty of after Christmas sales on already discounted prices. The trip is from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Adults and Children pay $5. Please register at http://go.illinois.edu/Tuscola2017. If you have any questions, please contact Mel at bcc2@illinois.edu.

 
Programs at Orchard Downs
 

All University Apartment residents are invited to participate in programs at Orchard Downs. See below for more information.  

Family Story Hour

January story hour will be on Wednesday, January 18 at the Orchard Downs Community Center from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We will have a snack and a short craft as we read about the joys of starting a new year! Let’s welcome 2017 together!

If you have any questions, please email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu.

Family Movie Night

Join us on Friday, January 20 at the Orchard Downs Community Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a Family Movie Night! We will serve popcorn and show a kid-friendly movie. Bring your comfy clothes, a blanket, and your family out to the ODCC for the night! If you have any questions, please email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu.

Chili Night

January is one of the coldest months of the year. We will be hosting a Chili Night at the Orchard Downs Community Center on Wednesday, January 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please come enjoy a bowl of meaty chili or veggie chili!

Leap into the New Year

Come on out to the Orchard Downs Community Center on Saturday, January 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. as we celebrate the New Year and new semester! We especially welcome new residents to the Orchard Downs community to come meet the graduate assistants and community aides. Join us for pizza, decorating cupcakes, and music. If you have any questions, please email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu.

Birthday Bingo

Were you born in January? If yes, please come celebrate your birthday at the December Birthday Bingo on Monday, January 30 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center! We will have cake and prizes for the winners! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you January Babies! 

 
Community Programs
 

Parent-Child Playgroup

Come play and learn with us! New days for the Spring semester will start January 18! New days are Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs 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 brahm2@illinois.edu 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 brahm2@illinois.edu 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 1834-A). Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Candace Brahm at brahm2@illinois.edu.

Yoga

Join us for Yoga on Mondays starting January 16, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center, 510 George Huff Drive. If you have any questions, please contact Puja at goyalp@illinois.edu.

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. The group meets 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 ruth.krehbiel@gmail.com. 

 
Resident Resources
 

DANIELS HALL DESK

The Daniels Hall Desk, located at 1010 West Green Street, has various equipment available for residents to use free of charge. Need a vacuum cleaner to tidy up your room? Need a bicycle pump to fill up your tires? Then stop by the Daniels Hall Desk, open 24 hours a day to check out any of the following equipment: vacuums, bicycle pumps, a battery charger, a tool box and snow shovels.

ZIPCARDS AT ORCHARD DOWNS

Grab a Zipcar for a few hours to run errands, the whole day for a local shopping or sightseeing trip or a few days for a vacation getaway.  Every trip includes gas, insurance and 180 free miles per day. One Zipcar is parked at Orchard Downs in the North Laundry Parking Lot and the second is parked at the South Laundry Parking Lot. Join Zipcar for $15.00 at https://members.zipcar.com/apply/

You don't need to be an expert to be a volunteer in the Sewing Room!

The Sewing Room is a Family Housing Council and Family Graduate Housing facility located in the Learning Resource Center at 2044-A Orchard Street. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others with their sewing skills. Volunteers will open and close the facilities, and monitor the use of the available materials. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ahmed Orabi at aorabi@illinois.edu.

 
MultiCultural Health Center
 

The MultiCultural Health Center (2040-A Orchard Street) hosts a free medical clinic every Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a walk-in clinic staffed by volunteer medical students and supervised by a licensed medical professional. For several years, HeRMES has operated in partnership with area health clinics that serve the uninsured and underserved of Illinois.

Clinic Hours

Please call (217) 265-6267 to make an appointment during the scheduled hours listed below.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

Wednesday      4:00–6:00 p.m.
Thursday         5:00–8:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Robert King at rking10@illinois.edu.

HeRMES: Every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. 

WIC Hours: Friday, January 6 & Friday, January 20 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

CCCHC Services: Champaign County Christian Health Center is a non-profit clinic in our community located at Presence Community Resources Center on Wright St. on the Presence Hospital Campus, with a satellite office at the MultiCultural Health Center by appointment only. Please contact CCCHC through the appointment line, (217) 402- LOVE (5683), if you need assistance with primary care. For more information, visit http://ccchc2003.org.

Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Services: WIC services are provided for women, infants and children and are offered by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Services for WIC participants include supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling, screenings and referrals to other health services, welfare and social services, and immunizations for children. (Note: Clients who are receiving coupons can only pick up their coupons from the MCHC office on the 6th and 12th months. The coupons sent on the first 3 months and the 9th month must be picked up at the C-UPHD office. Clients must also make sure to register on the WIC website in order to make themselves eligible to pick up WIC coupons when available at the MCHC prior to pick up so it can be delivered to the MCHC for pick up.)

For stress-management consultation email klamber4@Illinois.edu.

 
Maintenance Requests
 

http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance

 
Pest Control
 

Ashton Woods buildings 2215, 2217, 2219, 2301, 2303 and 2305 will be inspected during January. Treatment will be provided only as needed; twenty-four-hour advanced notice will be given prior to treatment. To request treatment, visit http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance.

Pet Owners: please put your dogs in the small bedroom between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. after we post a dated notice on your door. We need to enter your apartment to inspect for pests and change your monitors. We will be at pet apartments Monday and Tuesday during your posted time to prevent your dogs from being locked up all week. Thank you for your cooperation!

 
Important Contacts
 

Ashton Woods Office phone: (217) 244-7551

Complex Director

CJ Holterman
Phone: (217) 333-5656
Email: cjholt@illinois.edu

Community Aide

Rachel Pharris
rpharrs2@illinois.edu

Dario Acosta & Alejandra Jimenez Alcala
acostaa2@illinois.edu & ale.jimenezalcala@gmail.com

Other Contacts

Family & Graduate Housing Office: 333-5656
Emergency: 9-911
U of I Police (non-emergency): 333-1216
McKinley Health Center Dial-A-Nurse: 333-2700
Student Insurance: 333-0165