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Get your Culture here: Four things to try for a joyful November

Two young women with long dark hair kneel down on the sidewalk to light small candles.
Indian Graduate Students Association Facebook

We made it through a historically cold Halloween and now November is here. There will be plenty of holiday lights and markets coming up. But for this November edition, I wanted to focus on some things that might make your month a little bit brighter, from a holiday that’s all about celebrating light to a sweet race for a good cause. I know it’s Mariah season, but let’s ease into the holidays a bit, shall we?

a white woman in a teal headband and long sleeve shirt with a gray shirt over it licks her finger and holds a chocolate cupcake with teal icing in the other hand. She is surrounded by other runners.
CUSR Facebook

2023 Cupcake 5k

Champaign Urbana Special Recreation and the Champaign Park District are hosting their 11th annual 5k cupcake race to benefit CUSR. The money raised will go towards CUSR’s Scholarship Fund. This race will be wheelchair friendly and is also open to runners and walkers. After the race there will be a 100m dash for kids ten and under. 

2023 Cupcake 5k
Carle at the Fields
3139 Mission Dr 
Su Nov 5th, 9 a.m.
On-site registration fee: $40

A black woman in a white jersey with orange writing dribbles a ball past an opposing player in a blue jersey. There is a crowd watching from the seats.
Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball

Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball games

The Illini women’s basketball team kicks off their season this month with four home games. The team is lead by head coach Shauna Green, who will be starting her second season in the position. The team is ranked number 23 in the nation, which hasn’t happened since 1999 when they were ranked number 12.

Fighting Illini Women’s Basketball games
State Farm Center
1800 S 1st St
Tickets available

in the foreground candles spell out Happy Diwali, behind it is a design made out of different colors of sane and the Alma Matter lit up in orange in the background.
Indian Graduate Students Association Facebook


The Indian Graduate Student Association’s Diwali festival may be one of the most beautiful sites on the University of Illinois Campus. Foellinger Auditorium is lit up and the sidewalks and trees of the main Quad are lit up with candles, lights, and traditional diyas to celebrate the Festival of Lights which traditionally honors the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. There will be a live DJ and delicious Indian food for sale.

Diwali Festival
Main Quad
607 S Mathews Ave
Sa Nov 11th, 5:30 p.m.
Free but dress warm and bring money for food

The Three people who won the short story contest in 2022 stand next to each other holding yellow certificates.
Champaign Public Library Website

Short Story Awards Ceremony & Reading

As part of the Writers Workshop Series, The Champaign Public Library is hosting an event for their short story contest (which you can still enter until November 10th). The top three short stories (submitted by community members) will read their stories and then a grand prize winner will be announced.

Short Story Awards Ceremony & Reading
Champaign Public Library
200 W Green St
W Nov 29th, 7 to 8 p.m.
Free but registration is encouraged

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