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Ashton Woods Access: July 2017
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Community Calendar

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

Orchard Street Road Construction Project Update

Residents will be emailed any updates. Updates will also be posted to the University Housing website.

Summer Activities for Kids

It’s Almost Here—Summer Fun for Children

Children’s 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.

Ashton Woods Events

End of Lease
If you have not renewed your lease for 2017-2018, you are required to be completely moved out with your keys returned to the office no later than noon on July 31, 2017.

Urbana School District Registration
On July 27 and 28, the Urbana School District will host an all-schools Centralized Registration event. This one-stop-shop allows families to register students for the upcoming school year regardless of what school the students attend, meet with the school's principal and office staff, receive information about free or reduced lunch, pay fees, sign up for Skyward Family Access and the Before and After School Childcare Program, and get other community-based information.

To see what information parents must bring to the Centralized Registration, visit This is for ALL students—those enrolling in school for the first time, those who are returning after being out of the district, or those transferring to USD #116 from another school district. If you are attending Centralized Registration, you can print the required forms from the website and complete them before the event, or they will be provided to you at the event. For other information about registering students in the Urbana School District, visit their website at

Students of the Urbana School District who need medical, dental or counseling services may access the Urbana School-Based Health Center. More information for the Health Center can be found at

Pre-School Accepting Students for Fall
The Orchard Downs Pre-School offers many activities to enhance the social, physical, and emotional growth of preschool children ages 3-5. The school provides a stimulating environment for the individual growth of each child maintaining a high quality, low cost education for children. The Pre-School is also known for its multicultural setting and unique blending of social and cultural backgrounds. The Orchard Downs Pre-School is located in the Family & Graduate Housing Community Center at 510 W. George Huff Drive, Urbana.

We offer a half-day (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and a full-day (8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) class when the University is in session. The Jr. Club After-School Program (3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) is free to Orchard Downs residents whose children attend the full-day class. To register your child, call (217) 333-3497 or the FGH office at (217) 333-5656. Registration forms are available at the school, the Family & Graduate Housing office, and on-line at All registration forms must be completed before children may attend. Applications will not be received until the child is three years old. For more information, contact the FGH office.

American Holidays: Independence Day
Independence Day (July 4) celebrates the birth of the United States. In 1776, the 13 American colonies were fighting the Revolutionary War against Great Britain, because they wanted to be independently governed. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a special document that declared that the colonies were free and independent states. The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, who later became the nation’s third president. On July 4 every year Americans remember the signing and the significance of this document. All across the country, from quiet towns to large cities, this summer day is filled with parades and dances, races and contests, festive picnics and barbecues. The nights are brightened by fireworks displays.

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.  

Family Housing Council Social Night
Saturday, July 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
Please join the Family Housing Council (FHC) for our monthly resident social. Suggestions for future social themes are appreciated!

Birthday Bingo
Thursday, July 6
at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate the July birthdays with us! We will have cake and prizes for the bingo winners. All residents are welcome; children must be supervised.

Campfire Story Time
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
This month we have a special treat! Our reader is a CA, and she will read about campfire-themed stories. To go along with our campfires, we will have a S’MORES treat! We will provide gelatin-free marshmallows, as well. Weather permitting, we will read outside around the Orchard Downs Grills. All families welcome; children must be supervised.

Saturday, July 15 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. 
What is Kickball?  Kickball is a combination of baseball and soccer. A ball is kicked and you can run around the bases.  Kickball is for all ages and abilities!  We will play kickball at the Orchard Downs soccer fields (next to the Orchard Downs garden plots). Email Emily at if you have any questions.

Family Housing Council Social Night
Saturday, July 15 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
Please join the Family Housing Council (FHC) for our monthly resident social. Suggestions for future social themes are appreciated! 

Liberian Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, July 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Liberian Independence Day and learn about Liberia—traditional Liberian food will be served! Email Emily at if you have any questions.

Farewell Graduate Assistants Ice Cream Social
Thursday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 
Join us for a final program with the 2016-2017 Graduate Assistants! We will have a variety of ice cream flavors with toppings to choose from. Come chat with us during our last program—say goodbye, see ya later, and spend an evening enjoying conversation and community with fellow residents.

Community Programs

Sewing Room in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 2044-A)
July 1 and July 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
We would like to welcome Balgees as the new Sewing Room Coordinator. Balgees will be opening the sewing room on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 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. Email Balgees at or call 217-419-9329.

Coffee House in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apt. 2044-A)
July 8, July 22 and July 29 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
The International Hospitality Committee sponsors a Coffee House at the Learning Resource Center.  The purpose of this program is to have morning coffee and get to know your neighbors. It is an opportunity for international discussion and casual conversation, and a way to share your culture and make friends.  The Coffee House will be held on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of the month from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

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.

Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour at the Orchard Downs Community Center
Mondays from 6:30­ to 7:30 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.

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.

WIC services will no longer be offered at the Family & Graduate MultiCultural Health Center. For services and resources, please visit Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department’s website at


Maintenance Requests

Pest Control

Ashton Woods buildings 2217 and 2219 will be inspected during July. 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

Robert King (interim) 
Phone: (217) 333-5664

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