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Ashton Woods Access: February 2015

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Community Calendar

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

Apartment Survey

A survey was recently sent to you asking questions about your experience living with us. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey by March 30, 2015. Your feedback is important to us! We use the results to improve our services and programming.

Bloomington-Normal Bus Trip: March 7

Want to get away for the day? Join Family & Graduate Housing on Saturday, March 7 as we explore the Bloomington Children’s Discovery Museum and Eastland Shopping Mall. We will depart from the Family & Graduate Housing Office (1841 S. Orchard Place, Urbana) at 10:00 a.m. and arrive back at Orchard Downs at approximately 5:30 p.m. Registration begins February 16 at 9:00 a.m. Please register at If you have any questions, email Paige Jackson at or visit their websites at and

IHC Lending Storeroom

It is a place where everyone knows your name. It is a place where neighbors meet and someone from the community can give advice about resources and second-hand shops in the area, as well as lend out cookware and electrical appliances and home decorations at no cost!

The lending storeroom has been a part of Orchard Downs for many years, but sadly, is at risk of closing if more volunteers and a coordinator cannot be found. It only takes half an hour to train to be a volunteer and a very rewarding two hours on Saturday from 9-11 a.m., once a month or less. If you are someone who is conscientious and enjoys meeting people and if you have a somewhat flexible schedule, you may be able to fill this very important role of coordinator or a volunteer. If you are interested in either being a volunteer or a coordinator, please contact Mary Kruse ( or Carolyn Lang (

The coordinator recruits and trains volunteers, schedules work times, reminds volunteers the week before of their work days. He or she also needs to make periodic checks of the storeroom to assess how things are going and what items are in demand. This is a great voluntary leadership opportunity.

Valentine’s Day Card Making

Join us at the Ashton Woods Community Building on Monday, February 9 at 6 p.m. to make Valentine’s cards. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to come. Lots of art supplies will be available for your Valentine’s creations. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please contact Ga Young at with any questions.

Kids Movie Night

Ashton Woods kids and parents are invited to come out and watch a movie! This special movie night will be held on Monday, February 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Ashton Woods Community Building. Snacks will be served. Hope to see you there!

Programs at Orchard Downs

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

Parent-Child Playgroup

Parent-Child Playgroup will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 1834-A). Caregivers and children ages five and under participate in fun and educational activities, such as crafts, music, story time, and snacks. Contact Morgan at with any questions.

Crafting Club

Come decorate cookies and make Valentine’s Day cards at Crafting Club on February 13th at 2 p.m. in the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 1834-A). Children are welcome, but must be supervised. Contact Morgan at with any questions.

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

February Valentine's Birthday Bingo: February 12

Were you born in February? Do you love Bingo? Then we have a party for you! Join us in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 for a party to celebrate Valentine’s Day and all of the February birthdays! We will have music, bingo, and birthday cake. Come on by and celebrate! If you have any questions please email Paige Jackson at

2nd Annual Children’s Play Date - First Christian Church

Be our guest for a Valentine’s Day Children’s Play Date for visiting scholars, spouses and child(ren) Saturday, February 14th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at our indoor playground (intersection of Curtis and Staley Roads). While child(ren) enjoy the playground, parents can use the walking track, sitting area, free WiFi access and snacks for all…perfect for a winter Saturday afternoon. Transportation will be provided by First Christian Church from both the North and South Laundries in Orchard Downs at 1 p.m. Our buses will return you to Orchard Downs at 3:30 p.m. If you have questions, email our H.I.S. Team (Hosting International Students Team) at Please register on-line by 2/10/15 at:

Middle School/Teen Night (6th-12th grade)

Join us on Friday, February 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Family Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 1834-A) for an individual pizza-making party. We will learn how to make our own pizzas with a variety of toppings and ingredients. Different kinds of board games will be available for the party too! Please contact Ga Young at with any questions.

Lunar New Year Celebration: February 28

The New Year is here, and what better way to celebrate than with fellow residents? Join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Saturday, February 28 at 12 Noon for a Lunar New Year celebration. There will be food and refreshments, entertainment, and children’s activities. If you have any questions, please email Paige Jackson at

MultiCultural Health Center Call for Volunteers

The MultiCultural Health Center is looking for community members who would be willing to serve as volunteers for the health center. We are looking for people who are doctors, nurses, dentists, or any form of health professionals from their native homeland or the U.S. who would be interested in participating in the health clinics. If you are interested, please contact our MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at

Men 2 Men Program Informational

The MCHC will be relaunching the Men 2 Men program for male residents of Family & Graduate Housing, beginning on Tuesday, February 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). This is a program that creates a space strictly for men to engage in activities beneficial for the health and wellness of this particular group. Please come to our informational to find out more! Snacks will be provided. Contact the MultiCultural Health GA Kelechi Lamberts at

Dental Screenings Sign-Ups

The MCHC will be hosting its second dental screening for residents who need to see a dentist. We will be distributing applications throughout the month of February and March. Please pick up an application at the MCHC or at the Family & Graduate Housing office front desk.

MCHC Health Club Registration

Registration for the MCHC Health Club is still open! The Health Club is a group of residents who are interested in improving their health awareness and wellness for themselves and their fellow neighbors. Residents will participate in special programs constructed to improve the health and physical activity. If you are interested, email Kelechi Lamberts at

Yoga Class

The MCHC will be hosting yoga fitness classes every Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). If you have yoga mats and other equipment, please feel free to bring them. Members of the MCHC Health Club are encouraged to participate. To sign up or to receive more information, contact the MultiCultural Health GA Kelechi Lamberts at

Stress-Relief Social

There will be a stress-relief social in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Friday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. Come and get some free snacks and interact with your fellow neighbors and their families. Games and karaoke will be available! Also get a chance to receive massage therapy and relieve some stress. All are welcome. For more information contact Kelechi Lamberts at


MultiCultural Health Center

Location: 2040-A Orchard Street

The MCHC works to deliver culturally sensitive illness prevention and health services to the families of the Family and Graduate Housing Community. Services are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Clinical Services: The clinic will be staffed with a physician and/or a nurse practitioner. Services will include but are not limited to general health concerns such as colds or other respiratory infections, physical exams, referrals to community services and more.

Clinic hours will be updated on a weekly basis on the MCHC voicemail to reflect clinical services that week. Please call (217) 265-6267. 

Clinic hours:

HeRMES: Every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. (Appointments can be made and walk-ins are welcome. For appointments please call the MCHC at 217-265-6267 and leave a voice mail.)

CCCHC Services: Champaign County Christian Health Center is a non-profit clinic in our community located at 507 S. Second St. Suite 2E in Champaign, 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

Women, 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 Wednesdays (1 - 4 p.m.), Tuesdays (2 -5 p.m.), and Thursdays and Fridays (11 a.m. - 2 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, please contact Kelechi Ibe-Lamberts, MCHC Graduate Assistant (GA) at

Maintenance Requests 

Pest Control

Ashton Woods building 2307 will be inspected during February. 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 a small bedroom between the hours of 9-4 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!

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

Ashley Adams, Editorial Assistant