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Events for week of Jan. 9 by Carletta Donaldson

Events this week from Carletta J. Donaldson. Contact her at


UC2B Neighborhoods meeting

On Monday, January 9, 2012 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil, the City of Champaign is hosting the first focus group meeting for future UC2B subscribers.  The purpose of the meeting is to engage attendees in a lively conversation about gigabit speed intranet and internet access and what that means for you as a potential subscriber to UC2B services.  The meeting will be facilitated by industry experts who will help us inventory those things we use the internet for today, e.g. Skyping with family and friends, emailing for personal and business uses, or listening to music, etc.  Then we will move on to learning about what becomes possible for us with this new high speed infrastructure, e.g. telemedicine, smart energy use, attending church services from your living room and more.

The input that you provide will help us evaluate the community needs, potential demand drivers and market opportunity and be used then to help UC2B develop partnerships with others to begin to deliver on these possibilities.  Please RSVP your attendance for this focus group meeting to or by calling 217/403-8943

Thank you for your interest in UC2B and the opportunities it will afford our communities!  We look forward to meeting with you on Monday!


Champaign Community Schools will hold the first of three informational forums to discuss the Schools of Choice Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10 at Temple Baptist Church, 1100 Broadmoor Drive in Champaign.

Elementary school parents and guardians are encouraged to attend to hear more about Schools of Choice and the registration process. 

Registration for our Magnet Schools (Booker T. Washington, Garden Hills and Stratton) begins on January 23 for grades K-5, and Kindergarten registration takes place during the month of March. 

We encourage you to share with those you know who might be interested. See press release and flyer for more information.

Choir Rehearsals

ML King Choir and Celebration Efforts for 2012 Rehearsals

Attention All Interested Singers:
 Because of the Holidays, we still have room for singers in the Campus/Community Choir.  There are two more rehearsals  before the Sunday, January 15, 2012 Celebration in the Krannert Great Hall beginning at 4:30 pm.  The last rehearsal is on Saturday, January 14, at the Salem Baptist Church, 500 E. Park Street, Champaign, where C. Todd Taylor is the Director, and Rev. Dr. Claude E. Shelby is the Senior Pastor.

We encourage all interested singers who enjoy singing African American Gospel Music,  to come and participate, regardless of ethnicity. 

More information here


2012 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration
You are cordially invited to attend 11th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration Friday, January 13, 2012 Hilton Garden Inn 1501 S. Neil Street - Champaign

Program:  4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Reception:  Immediately following the program

This event is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is: "Striving for Genuine Brotherhood"

"The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold."

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  (Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1964)

Award Recipients:

~ Alfred Anderson - Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award
~ Donna Camp - James R. Burgess, Jr. - Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award
~ Carlos Donaldson - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award

Click for MLK event calendar - page one and page two