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Ashton Woods Access: May 2017
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Community Calendar

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

Orchard Street Road Replacement Project Begins May 1

The entire Orchard Street road from Florida Avenue to George Huff Drive will be replaced between May and mid-September. The first phase of the road project will close Orchard between Florida and Orchard Place. We expect that Phase One will last between May 1–26, 2017. If there are weather delays, we may have to extend the timeline.  

Residents can access current road construction updates on the University Housing website-  In addition, Family & Graduate Housing staff will be available to answer any questions about this project during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).

During this time, access to the Family & Graduate Housing office during the month of May will be different. Please review these important points regarding travel from your apartment complex to the Family & Graduate Housing office:

  • Access to Orchard Place apartments and the Family & Graduate Housing office will be available on foot from anywhere in Orchard Downs or from the bus stop at the intersection of Florida and Orchard.

  • Access to the Family & Graduate Housing office will be available by car from the south only. During Phase One, signs will be posted alerting drivers to this detour route to the Family & Graduate Housing office. Take Florida to Race, go south on Race to George Huff, turn west onto George Hugg and then north onto Orchard. Cars will then continue north on Orchard until Orchard Place where you will make a right hand turn to access the office. Lot A, located at the end of Orchard Place, will be available for parking. 

Additionally, MTD bus service will be affected.

  • All bus stops on Orchard Street from Florida to George Huff will no longer be in service as of May 1, 2017. All three bus shelters currently located on Orchard will be removed by MTD the last weekend in April.  The bus shelter currently located on George Huff (OD South Bus Shelter) will remain. 
  • Bus stops will be available to residents at the following locations: Florida and Orchard (SW & NW corners); Florida and Race (SW & SE corners); Race and Meadow (NW & SE corners); Race and Montclair (NW & SE corners); Race and Mumford (NW & SE corners); Race and George Huff (NW & SW corners); and George Huff and Orchard (OD South Bus Shelter). Please consult the MTD bus website ( for a map and daily time schedule for each of these locations. 

  • The Race Street bus stops can be reached by using the sidewalks that run between Orchard Downs buildings #1962 and #1970; #2006 and #2010 and #2024 and #2030.
Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Fun Day Camp
“Deep Sea Adventures” will take place July 10–14 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. every morning at the Orchard Downs Community Center. This free program is open to any child entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will include Bible stories, fun games, interesting crafts, Beautiful songs, delicious snacks, and special prizes! Also, a free celebration lunch for all the families will be held Friday, July 14. To register online go to If you have questions you can email Ruth at This event is open to children of all nationalities and religious backgrounds.

Kids’s Club Summer Program
Registration takes place Monday, June 5 from 5:00–6:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center. There is a $25.00 registration fee for new students.

The summer session will begin Monday, June 12 and continue until Friday, August 4.

Kids’ Club is a free program for children who are residents of University Apartments. Children must be 5 years of age and entering kindergarten in the fall. The program is held Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 5:30 PM at the Orchard Downs Community Center. The after school program offers social, recreational, and educational activities for the children. Children also participate in swimming field trips. The swimming fee is $3.00 per field trip. New families are encouraged to register. Kids’ Club is a great way to make new friends!  For additional information please contact the Children’s Programming Director Sara Jenkins at 333-5656 or

Ashton Woods Events

Final Fling 2017
Saturday, May 13
at noon
Celebrate the end of the semester at the Orchard Downs Community Center and kick off summer and new adventures. Our space-themed event will have music, games, free lunch, prizes, and fun for everyone. We hope to see you there!

Commencement Brunch
Saturday, May 13 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in SDRP Ikenberry Commons
If you are graduating this year, celebrate 2017 Commencement with a memorable gourmet brunch. Reserve a spot for you and your guests online by May 5 at Tickets are $15 per person (tax included). 

Bus Trip to IndianapolisSaturday, May 27
Registration will begin Monday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. Adults are $15. Children are $10. We will be going to Circle Centre Mall and the Children’s Museum. The link to register is

Bus Trip to ChicagoSaturday, June 17
Registration will begin Monday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m. Adults are $15. Children are $10. We have one drop off and pick up location at Museum Campus. The link to register is

Programs at Orchard Downs

All University Apartment residents are invited to participate in programs at Orchard Downs. All programs are in the Orchard Downs Community Center, 510 George Huff Drive unless noted. See below for more information.  

Birthday Bingo
Thursday, May 4
from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of games and prizes. Also, do not forget about birthday cake! Happy Birthday to May babies!

Mother’s Day Luncheon
Saturday, May 6 from noon–2:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating our mothers with food, crafts, and activities such as making Mother's Day cards! All residents are welcome. Contact David and Meredith Riddle ( with any questions.

Family Housing Council Social Night
Saturday, May 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Please join the Family Housing Council (FHC) for our monthly resident social. Suggestions for future social themes are appreciated! 

Mother’s Day Tea
Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
As a belated Mother’s Day celebration, everyone is welcome to celebrate the mothers in our community. There will be a variety of teas, bite-sized sandwiches, and snacks for everyone to enjoy along with crafts and activities. Please come out and appreciate all the mothers!

May Flowers Story Time
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m.
This month we will have a reader from the Center for Children’s Books, who will read about the magic of summer and show the kids various songs and rhymes about May. We will also do a small craft, and snacks will be provided. All families welcome; children must be supervised.

Throwback Movie Night
Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.
The movie will be a classic, family-friendly favorite that children and adults can both enjoy. A popcorn bar will be provided, and the movie will be shown on the projector!  We encourage residents to bring blankets and pillows to lay on, and come early to find a spot on the floor.

Family Soccer/Football Tournament
Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The tournament will take place at the soccer field behind the Orchard South Apartments (near the gardens.) We will warm up and practice from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and play from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  All ages and abilities welcome!  Send any questions to

Family Housing Council Social Night
Saturday, May 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Please join the Family Housing Council (FHC) for our monthly resident social. Suggestions for future social themes are appreciated!

Outdoor Fun and Games
Sunday, May 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
We will provide games, colored chalk and bubbles for resident children and their parents. All ages are welcome, and children should be accompanied by an adult. Please send any questions to

Community Programs

Sewing Room in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 2044-A)
May 6 and May 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
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 (

Parent-Child Playgroup in the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 1834-A)
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Come play and learn with us! 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 with questions.

Welcome to the World
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 or the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656.

Women’s Support Group in the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 1834-A)
from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
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. Childcare will be provided. Contact Candace Brahm at with questions. 

Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour at the Orchard Downs Community Center
Mondays from 6:00­ to 7:00 p.m.

The Art of Living - UIUC Chapter works 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 or email Ruth at 

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

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

WIC Hours: Friday, May 5 & May 19 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

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.)


Maintenance Requests

Pest Control

Ashton Woods building 2311, 2313, 2315 and 2317 will be inspected during May. Treatment will be provided only as needed; twenty-four-hour advanced notice will be given prior to treatment. To request treatment, visit

Treatment will be provided only as needed; twenty-four-hour advanced notice will be given prior to treatment. To request treatment, visit

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

Complex Coordinator

CJ Holterman
Phone: (217) 333-5656

Community Aide

Rachel Pharris

Dario Acosta & Alejandra Jimenez Alcala &

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