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Ashton Woods Access: February 2017
 
Ashton Woods Access Sign-Up
 

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 February events calendar.

 
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. We anticipate the University Housing Apartment monthly rates will stay the same for the next year. The goal of University Housing continues to be the availability of affordable housing for any resident who would like to make Family & Graduate Housing their home.

 
February Traditions
 

Valentine’s Day – February 14

St. Valentine's Day is an annual festival to celebrate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every year on February 14, people celebrate this day by sending messages of love and affection to partners, family and friends. Couples send Valentine's Day cards and flowers and spend special time together to honor their love for each other. Valentine's Day is named after one of three Christian saints by that name that were all martyred on February 14 in different years. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today. There was also a Roman pagan fertility celebration called Lupercalia that took place in February. In the 5th centrury, the Catholic Church abolished this festival and declared it a Catholic feast day. In the 14th century, Shakespear and Chaucer bother romanticized the holiday in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Europe. From the Middle Ages through the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards on the day were common in England and spread to the colonies. In 1913, Hallmark began mass producing cards and the day became an opportunity for card sales.

Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly called “Lunar New Year”, because it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means “Year-pass Eve”. It is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbors, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction. These include Koreans (Seollal), Tibetans and Bhutanese (Losar), Mongolians (Tsagaan Sar), and Vietnamese (Tết). The Year of the Rooster  begins on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and celebrations last through February 15.

Black History Month

The University of Illinois’s annual Black History Month celebration involves a number of activities that honor the history and heritage of African Americans. For a complete schedule of events, visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/black-history-month-2017

Super Bowl Sunday – February 5

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the world. The game culminates a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some as an unofficial American national holiday is called "Super Bowl Sunday". It is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. The Super Bowl is also among the most-watched sporting events in the world, almost all audiences being North American, and is second to soccer's UEFA Champions League final as the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.

 
Ashton Woods Events
 

Ashton Woods Lunar New Year Celebration: Friday, February 3

Please come by the Ashton Woods Community Building at 6:00 p.m. for this event. We will be serving dumplings and sharing a fun activity.

Ashton Woods Movie Night: Friday, February 17

Join us at the Ashton Woods Community Building from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for a movie night! As always, we will be showing a family friendly movie J A snack will be served, and we encourage you all to wear pajamas and bring blankets. Please email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu with any questions.

Trip to Bloomington, IL

The Bloomington Bus Trip will be on Saturday, March 4. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13. We will be attending the Children’s Discovery Museum and go to the local Eastland Mall for shopping. The link to register is http://go.illinois.edu/BloomingtonBusTrip2017.

 
Programs at Orchard Downs
 

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

Valentine’s Day Party

Come on out to the Orchard Downs Community Center on Saturday, February 11 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day. There will be crafts and activities, snacks, and decorate-your-own cookies! All residents are welcome to join in on the fun. Email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu with any questions.

Parent’s Night Out

Bring your kiddos out to the Orchard Downs Community Center on Sunday, February 19 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for a Parent’s Night Out! Volunteers will host kid-friendly activities and we will watch a movie together. In order to participate, children MUST be registered; children not registered will not be allowed to attend. Capacity will depend on the number of available volunteers. Please use this link to sign up by Sunday, February 12: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/433317 If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinios.edu

Birthday Bingo

Were you born in February? If yes, please come celebrate your birthday at the monthly Birthday Bingo on Monday, February 21 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 February Babies! 

Exploration of Self-Love Through Creative Arts

Join us on Thursday, February 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center for a special workshop. Theresa Benson from the Counseling Center will explore concepts of self-confidence and self-love through the creation of visual arts, such as collages and journaling. We invite all residents to come out for a fun and relaxing night of self-discovery! Childcare will not be provided for this event, but parents may bring small children as we will have coloring sheets available during the program. Small snack will be provided. Email Jenna Hickey at jhick3@illinois.edu with any questions.

Taste of Africa

Join us on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center. Come enjoy some amazing authentic food prepared by our own resident chefs. If you would like to sign up to cook, contact Mel at bcc2@illinois.edu 

 
Community Programs
 

Free Nutrition Workshops for Families with Kids

Learn how to plan meals on a budget and prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Come for free food, incentives, recipes, and to earn a certificate from the U of I Extension Office. This 9-week course will occur on Mondays from March 6 through May 8 from 3:30­–4:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (2044-A Orchard Street). Please sign up to participate at http://tinyurl.com/FGHNutritionclass (space is limited and registration is required). Contact Candace Brahm at brahm2@illinois.edu with questions.

Sewing Room

The Sewing Room is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 2044-A). Sewing machines and other equipment including scissors, pins, measuring tape, and thread are available for residents to use. The Sewing Room monitor is Patricia León (email: paleonfotografia@gmail.com).

Parent-Child Playgroup

Come play and learn with us! 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 and Meditation Happy Hour

Join us for Yoga on Mondays from 6:00­–7:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center, 510 George Huff Drive. The Art of Living - UIUC Chapter has been a registered student organization at UIUC since 2014. Its aim is to promote the mental, emotional and physical well-being of members of the campus community with the help of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. This is based on the belief that a stress-free individual builds a stress-free and violence-free society. The Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour will be a fun-filled session where you will practice yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to help the overworked mind settle down and let your inner peace shine through. Come, be happy!

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, February 3 & Friday, February 17 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 2307 will be inspected during February. 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