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Ashton Woods Access: September 2015

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Community Calendar

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

Calling All Cooks: International Food Festival

Our annual International Food Festival is approaching soon! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). Share food and music while learning about other cultures and meeting new people— the perfect ingredients for a wonderful afternoon! If you wish to sign up as a cook, please submit your name, email address, phone, and apartment number to Brittney Walker at You can also submit your information at the FGH office with a note for Brittney and she will get back to you.

With talented cooks from many nations and cultures living among us, it is important to submit your request to be a cook. Registration for cooks is on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for cooks to register is Wednesday, September 30.

Meet and Greet the New Graduate Assistants

Come and meet the new GAs! All three of us will be at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive)on Friday, September 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to talk about what we do for FGH and your community. We are interested in hearing what you would like to see happen this school year. This event is open to all ages, and we will also be serving food and drinks. For more information, contact Brandi at

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month is coming soon! If you want to learn more about Hispanic culture, enjoy the magic of music and dancing, taste wonderful traditional dishes, and break a piƱata, come to our Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating our Hispanic heritage and experience the sensation of being part of the Spanish-speaking world. This event will take place on Saturday, September 26 at 12 noon at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). For more information, contact Adrian and Sedna at

Programs at Orchard Downs

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

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 Sedna Cordova (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 (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 Brittney at with any questions.

Free Nutrition Workshops

Learn how to plan meals on a budget and prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Come for free food, incentives, recipes, and to earn a certificate from the U of I Extension Office. This 9-week course will occur on Mondays from September 15 through November 10, from 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 2044-A). Please sign up to participate at (space is limited and registration is required). Contact Brittney G. Walker at with questions.

Chicago Bus Trip: October 3

Want to get away for the day? Join Family & Graduate Housing on Saturday, October 3 as we visit the “Windy City”—Chicago! We will be shopping at Water Tower Mall along Michigan Avenue and visiting the Chinatown neighborhood. We will depart from the Family & Graduate Housing Office (FGH) at 6:30 a.m. and arrive back at Orchard Downs at approximately 9:00 p.m. Registration begins Monday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. Please register at If you have any questions, email Brandi Binder at

Toy Exchange

Want to recycle some unused toys? Are you in need of new ones? Come join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a toy exchange. Bring gently used toys and books for new ones. Toy contribution is not required. For more information, contact Brittney at

Birthday Bingo

Were you born in September? Then we have a birthday party for you! Join us on Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) to celebrate all September birthdays. All residents are welcome to come enjoy birthday cake and bingo! Contact Joy with any questions at

“Just Dance” Teen Night

All teens 13 years old and up are welcome to come hang out at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Saturday, September 26 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Come meet other teens living in the community and play “Just Dance.” Pizza and drinks will be served! Contact Joy Sugihara with any questions at

International Movie Night

Join is for an international Movie Night on Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). Weather permitting, this will be an outside movie. Bring your chairs or blankets. Please note that this event is for adults only. We will bring snacks and drinks for the movie! If the weather is not on our side, we will move into the Community Center. Questions? contact Brandi at

Parents VS Kids Soccer Game

Join us for a soccer game of parents versus kids! Meet at the soccer field on Saturday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. We will figure out teams and play a soccer game or two depending on how many come to play. There will be a cookout/potluck to follow at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). Bring your favorite dish to share! Questions? contact Brandi at

MCHC Health Club Registration

The Multicultural Health Center (MCHC) will be continuing its year-round health club for residents. The Health Club consists of a group of residents who are interested in improving health awareness and wellness for themselves and their neighbors. If you are interested in losing weight, learning how to exercise and eat healthy, please register with us. If you are interested, simply email the MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at with your name and email address.

MCHC Health Club: Yoga Classes

We will have our weekly yoga classes on Mondays starting on September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). This will be a chance to exercise and work towards keeping your body in shape. 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

Walk/Jog/Run Group

Attention families and residents of all ages: the MultiCultural Health Center will be having another Walk/Jog/Run group on Wednesday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m (we will meet at the MutiCultural Health Center - 2040-A Orchard Street). Families have the option of walking (or making a slight run) with their children and friends around the Orchard Down neighborhood complex. Everyone is invited. Running is NOT mandatory. We will meet at the MCHC and then go for our walk/run. For more information or questions contact Kelechi Lamberts at

MCHC Fitness Session: T-25

The MCHC will be hosting a fitness session for those interested in exercising at a moderate level. Join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. for an opportunity to learn quick, efficient ways to engage in physical. This program is for adults only. For 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, September 25 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.)

WIC Hours: Friday, September 4 and Friday, September 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 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 3 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.

Stress Management Consultation: Email for appointments. 

For more information, please contact Kelechi Ibe-Lamberts, MCHC Graduate Assistant (GA) at

Maintenance Requests

Pest Control

Ashton Woods 2309, 2311, 2313, 2315 will be inspected during September. 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 9:00 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