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Ashton Woods Access: June 2017
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Community Calendar

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

Orchard Street Road Construction Project Update

The first phase of the roadway project will be complete no later than May 26 unless there are weather-related delays. Orchard Street will be accessible from Florida Avenue to Orchard Place. During the month of June, Orchard Street will be closed from the bus shelter by the office to the entrance of parking lot D. Phase 2 of the project will redo the roadway and add a sidewalk from the North Laundry to the office. The North Laundry parking lot and parking lot C will be closed during this phase of the project.

MTD bus service continues to pick up on Race Street, George Huff, and at the corners of Florida and Orchard Street. Please review the schedule for details at

In June we will also repave parking lot G, however specific dates have not been confirmed. Exciting news—the re-paving of Orchard South roads (Orchard Street south of George Huff, and Hazelwood Drive) will not impact the parking lots. Residents will need to use caution when driving and obey traffic flagger staff who will direct traffic. Residents in parking lots K, L, M will not have to move their cars at this time.

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

A Final Fling Thank You
Thank you to all the staff, GAs, CAs, and volunteers who helped with our annual “Final Fling.” The event could not have happened without you! We appreciate you sharing your time and talents to make our end of the year event such a success. We also thank all of our residents who attended the picnic. Thank you for being a part of this very special event. We hope you enjoyed the food, activities, and time spent with family and friends.

Family Housing Council (FHC) Elections
The FHC invites all residents interested to vote for the new board elections during FHC meeting on Friday, June 9 at 5:45 p.m. Voting is restricted to residents of the upcoming academic year 2017-2018. If you have questions about elections, please contact the FHC president Ahmed Orabi at

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.  

Home Sweet Home: The Challenges of Returning Home
Thursday, June 1 at 4:00 p.m.
Have you moved to the United States from another country in the pursuit of education or employment? This workshop, facilitated by members from the Counseling Center, will provide an open discussion as well as tips, tricks, and activities that will allow members to reflect on the evolving beliefs and values that occur as a result. The topics will also focus on raising families between two cultures, and the experience of returning home permanently from international study or work. Join us for a great discussion, paired with interactive activities and snacks! Children must be supervised, all residents welcome. Questions? Contact Jenna Hickey at

National Spelling Bee Party
Thursday, June 1 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Watch the National Spelling Bee live on television. During commercial breaks, we will have our own Spelling Bee where you can win prizes for spelling! Food and beverages will be provided. For questions, contact Maggie Phan (

Children’s Summer Safety: How to Stay Fun in the Sun!
Tuesday, June 6 from 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Join us for an informative workshop with McKinley. At this workshop we will talk to families about how to stay healthy while playing in the sun. The topics will include when and how to apply sunblock, what clothing to wear in the summer, and water safety. Fun activities and snacks will be provided! All residents welcome, children must be supervised. Questions? Contact Jenna Hickey at

Family Saturday with Kites and Books
Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.–noon
Summer break is here and we would like to invite you and your family to enjoy a morning making your own kite and having fun with your neighbors. The Urbana Free Library will bring children books for reading. Email if you have questions. We hope to see you all there to read under a nice shade, fly your kite and have a great time!

Birthday Bingo
Thursday, June 15
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 June babies!

Family Housing Council Social Night
Saturday, June 17 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!

Parent’s Night Out
Friday, June 23 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Looking for an opportunity to get out of the house, have a romantic night, or get some much needed shopping done? Sign up your kiddos for Parent’s Night Out! Qualified volunteers through Family & Graduate Housing will watch your children for 2 hours and provide snacks, a movie, and a variety of games and books for the little ones. Children MUST be registered in order to participate. Please fill out the registration form here by June 22nd. Questions? Contact Jenna Hickey at

Summer Movie Night
Friday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. 
Join us for 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. Questions? Contact Jenna Hickey at

Community Programs

Sewing Room in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 2044-A)
June 3 and June 17 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)
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
New days and hours start Tuesday, June 6! 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 6:30­ to 7:30 p.m. (starting June 5)
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. 

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 2215 will be inspected during June. 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