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Ashton Woods Access: October 2015

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Community Calendar

See what's going on in your community with the October 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.

Important Solicitation Reminder

If a company or organizaitons visits your apartment to sell a service of any kind, please tell them that solicitation is not permitted on University property, including our community. Recently, we have learned that energy companies, in particular, have been coming to residents' doors to speak with them about switching providers; it is important to let them know that they are not permitted to come door to door. We ask that you do not provide them with any of your personal information. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact the Family & Graduate Housing Office.

Spouses Information Session

Attention international spouses: please join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. for an International Spouses Information Session held in the Community Center at Orchard Downs (500 West George Huff Drive). Erin Schiller and Cheryl Hinkel from International Student and Scholar Services, and Community Aide Maribel Montes Zuluaga will host this session. You will learn more about the services offered by ISSS, and receive an overview of the most common dependent visa statuses. There will be activities and resources for spouses and children. Light refreshments will be served. 

Fall Semester Birthday Celebration

Are you an Ashton Woods resident with a birthday during the fall semester? We want to celebrate you! Join us on Tuesday, October 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ashton Woods Community Center for the birthday celebration! Everyone is welcome. We will be having cake! 

Pet Costume Contest

Ashton Woods residents with pets: dress your pet in a Halloween costume and bring them out for a contest on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Ashton Woods Community Center! Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Snacks will be provided for both pets and people. Don't forget to be creative! If you do not have a pet, feel free to still come out and enjoy the contest.

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 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 (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

Halloween Birthday Bingo

Were you born in October? Then we have a birthday party for you! Join us on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) to celebrate all October birthdays. All residents are welcome to come enjoy birthday cake and bingo! Please contact Joy Sugihara with any questions at

Halloween Dinner & Movie Teen Night

All teens 13 years old and up are welcome to come to the Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. Come prepare your own Halloween dinner and enjoy a Halloween movie of your choice! Please contact Joy Sugihara with any questionsat

Pumpkin Carving & Decorating

Halloween will be here soon and jack-o-lanterns are everywhere! come create your own jack-o-lantern pumpkin on Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). Bringing your own pumpkin is encouraged as limited pumpkins, stencils, and tools will be provided. The program is for all ages, however, children must be supervised. If you have any questions, please email Joy Sugihara at Happy Halloween!

Spooky Story-Time and Craft Night

Please join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. for Halloween story time and trick-or-treat bag decorating in preparation for Halloween! In partnership with The Center for Children's Books, this is a fun event for children of all ages and their families. Please contact Joy at with any questions.

Halloween Party

Please join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive) for the annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m.! There will be food, games, and activities. Prizes will be awarded for a raffle and the best Halloween costumes, so don't forget to dress your best! The program is for all ages. For further information, please contact Joy Sugiara at

Women's Tea Time Support Group

Come join us for tea and conversation. The Women's Tea Time Support Group is a comfortable space for women to bond and learn new skills while supporting each other. There will be bi-weekly workshops on a variety of topics such as art, cooking, stress-management, parenting and more. This group will meet every other Thursday beginning October 1 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center (1834-A). Childcare will be provided. For more information, contact Brittney at

International Movie Night

An International Movie Night will be held on Wednesday, October 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). We will be watching an international family movie, so bring your kids! We will have popcorn and snacks. For more information, contact Brandi at

Circus and Acrobats Performance at Krannert Center

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China will be performing "Peking Dream" on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Krannert Center for Perfming Arts (Foellinger Great Hall). On behalf of Krannert, all residents have the opportunity to attend the show at a discounted price of $10 per ticket. Residents should have received notice by email and registered for tickets by September 27 through an online Google document. Information regarding ticket payment and pick-up will be emailed out to residents who register for tickets. Please contact Joy Sugihara at with any questions.

Homecoming Tailgate

We will be having a tailgate to celebrate the University of Illinois Homecoming. Not quite sure what a tailgate or Homecoming is? Come out to the Orchard Downs (500 West George Huff Drive) behind the Family & Graduate Housing Office on Saturday, October 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and see for yourself! We will be having tailgate food! Everyone is welcome.

Registration for St. Louis Trip

If you are interested in attending the St. Louis trip on Saturday, November 7, your chance to sign up is almost here! Online registration for the trip will open on Monday, October 12 at The ticket seat prices will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 3 years and older. Children 3 and younger who sit on their parents' laps will be free.

Health and Wellness Programs

MCHC Health Club Registration

The MultiCultural Health Center will be launching its year-round health club and we encourage residents to register! The Health Club consists of a group of residents who are interested in improving health awareness and wellness for themselves and their neighbors. Residents will participate in special programs constructed to improve their health and physical activity. If you are interested, please email our MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at

Winter Survival Information

Is this your first time experiencing winter? Don't know what to wear or what to buy to prepare for the cold weather ahead? The Family & Graduate Housing will be having a winter survival informational with the McKinley Health Center to help our residents with their preparation for winter. This informational will take place on Monday, October 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (500 West George Huff Drive). Learn how to take care of yourself and your children when the cold weather arrives so that you can have a fun and enjoyable winter experience. Please contact MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts if you have any questions at

Walk/Jog/Run Group

Attention all families and residents of ALL ages. The MultiCultural Health Center will be having another Walk/Jog/Run Group on Wednesday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Families have the option of walking or running with their children and friends around the Orchard Downs neighborhood complex. Everyone is invited. Running is NOT mandatory. We will meet at the MCHC and then go for our walk/run. For any more information or questions, 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

Appointments can be made and walk-ins are welcome. For appointments please call the MCHC at 217-265-6267 and leave a voice mail.

HeRMES: Every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. 

WIC Hours: Friday, October 2 and Friday, October 16, 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

There is no inspection scheduled during October, but you may request treatment at the link below. 

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

Editorial Assistant

Elisa Payne