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Ashton Woods Access: December 2015

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Community Calendar

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

Winter Break Office Hours

The Family & Graduate Housing office will be closed on the following University Holidays: December 24, 25, 31, 2015; and January 1, 2016.

Programs at Orchard Downs

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

Indianapolis Trip

We will be traveling to Indianapolis on Saturday, January 9. The cost of the trip is $15 per adult and $10 per child. Registration for this trip will start Monday, December 21 beginning at 9:00 a.m. You can register for this trip at The link will not open before 9:00 a.m. Happy Holidays!

Santa Skate

Don’t miss your chance to meet Santa and take some awesome pictures with him while enjoying fun activities! This is a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of skating, crafts, snacks, and hot chocolate! Be sure to come out to the Ice Arena (406 East Armory Avenue, Champaign) on Saturday, December 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to enjoy this free event. Please contact Joy Sugihara at with any questions.

Cookie & Gingerbread House Decorating

Are you ready for festive holiday activities? Come out to the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana) on Wednesday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m. to decorate your own cookies and gingerbread house! Cookies and decorating supplies will be provided, as well as hot chocolate to help you stay warm in the cold weather! This is a great event for the whole family in celebration of the winter and holiday season. Please contact Joy Sugihara at with any questions.

December Birthday Bingo

Were you born in December? Then we have a party for you! Come join us on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate all December birthdays in the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana). All residents are welcome to come enjoy birthday cake and Bingo! Please contact Joy Sugihara with any questions at

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 Tyra Brown (email:

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 Brittney Walker at or the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656. 

Parent-Child Playgroup

Come play and learn with us! Parent-Child Playgroup will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (1834-A). Caregivers and children age five and under participate in fun and educational activities, such as crafts, music, story time, and snacks. *There will be no Playgroup on Dec 14th, 16th, 23th, 28th, & 30th. For more information contact Brittney at

Study Snacks

Want a snack while you study for finals? Stop by the Family & Graduate Housing office (1841 Orchard Place) and pick up a study snack pack during the week of December 14-18 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Happy Finals Week! 

Parents’ Day Out

Parents do you need some extra time for holiday shopping, studying, or just want a break? If you so, bring your children to Parents’ Day Out, Tuesday, December 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center. FGH staff is facilitating this program. Registration is required. Register your child at Space is limited. Snacks will be provided. For more information contact Brittney at

MultiCultural Health Center

The MultiCultural Health Center 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

Clinic hours are posted on the monthly calendar, and are also updated on a weekly basis on the MCHC voicemail. Please call (217) 265-6267 to make an appointment (walk-ins also welcome).

HeRMES: Every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Will be closed from the 17th onward until January.

WIC Hours: Friday, December 4 and Friday, December 18, 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 3rd month 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.)

Office Hours: Office hours at the MCHC will be on Mondays and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Feel free to stop by for baby weigh-ins or come and pick up some beneficial health information handouts on winter safety, pre-natal health, or common health questions For more information, contact Kelechi Ibe-Lamberts at

For stress-management consultation email

Maintenance Requests

Pest Control

Ashton Woods buildings 2317 and 2319 will be inspected in December. Treatment will be performed only as needed; twenty-four hour advanced notice will be given prior to treatment. Please move large items away from the walls and remove items on or around windows.

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 you 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!

To request treatment, visit

Important Contacts

Ashton Woods Office phone: (217) 244-7551

Complex Director

CJ Holterman
Phone: (217) 333-5656

Community Aides

Cameron and Kaitlyn Riopelle

Tiffany Puckett

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

Ashton Woods Access Editor

Erin Ciciora

Editorial Assistant

Elisa Payne