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Weekender: June 30-July 2

A crowd of people standing in a street, with a stage at one end. The street is lined with red tents.
Toast to Taylor on Facebook

Friday, June 30th

Alyssa Buckley

Party at a dispensary and eat a doughnut-burger, Cloud9, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., bring cash/card

This Friday, check out Cloud9 Cannabis dispensary’s grand opening party. They’ll have vendors including Smith Burger Co which will be serving their amazing Glazed and Confused burger, which a smashburger on a grilled Ye Olde doughnut. There are discounts, prizes, artists, and cannabis brand reps. Sign up here for updates from the organizer. (AB)

Celebrate in Savoy, 1700 +1800 Woodfield Dr Savoy, 3 to 10 p.m., free 

The Villiage of Savoy is celebrating the 61874th of July with live music, games, competitions, food trucks and more. Parking will be limited, so the hosts suggest riding your bike, catching a ride share, or walking over to the event if you can. More information and a map of events are both available on their website. (LKG)

A flower arranging workshop outdoors. In the foreground, a white metal pitcher with red, pink, and white flowers in it sits on a table with a yellow lacy tablecloth. In the background are tables with people working to arrange flowers. There is a red barn in the background.
Delight Flower Farm on Facebook

Learn to arrange flowers, Delight Flower Farm (1472 County Road 500 East Champaign), 6 to 7:30 p.m., $50 (buy your tickets ahead of time)

Delight Flower Farm is hosting a seasonal flower arranging workshop, and if you’ve been on their social media pages recently, you know you’ll be working with some gorgeous blooms. All of the materials are included in the price of the ticket, which you will need to get ahead of time, and before the workshop sells out. (JH)

Attend a drag show, Axe Bar, 9 p.m., $10 at the door plus cash to tip performers

As part of the UP Center’s Pride Month calendar, Axe Bar is hosting a drag show this Friday night with a cast of local drag icons. Close out Pride Month with a fun night in Downtown Champaign. Tickets are $10 at the door. If you want to know what food to order, check out Anya’s review of Axe Bar food. (AB)

Take a rocking trip down Memory Lane in Decatur, Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, 7 p.m.,  $25 to $43

Do you remember listening to the radio in the 90s? Well, you couldn’t have swung a dead cat and hit a radio that wasn’t playing something by Everclear or Lit during the last half of that decade. Both are playing at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, so dig out your old Sublime shirt (just to be cool) and why don’t you invite your dad? Central Illinois band Unchained will start things off. (DP)

A white woman with blonde hair is hugging Black person with a black shirt and black backpack. They appear to be at a parade. Several people around them are holding umbrellas.
Mama Bears Doc on Facebook

See Mama Bears, Virginia Theatre, 7 p.m., $7

As Pride month comes to a close, the Arthouse Experience at the Virginia Theatre is screening this documentary about mothers, some from conservative Christian backgrounds, in their fight to stand up for their LGBTQ+ children, and make the word a safer place for all LGBTQ+ people. Following the film there will be a panel featuring Dr. Dynesha Grissom, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State Rep. Carol Ammons, and Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Sally Fritsche, moderated by Illinois Public Media’s Kimberly Kranich. (JM)

Saturday, July 1st

A cement planter is filled with colorful flowers, and a red bicycle decoration with an orange and yellow decorative butterfly.
Julie McClure

Pay a visit to Tuscola, various locations, whenever, free but you’ll want some spending money

This week I spent a few hours exploring Tuscola, including the Douglas County Museum, Vault Art Gallery, Flesor’s, and a collectible store called Aldridge. Pick a day this weekend and go see something new. You’ll want to check hours if there is a specific place you want to visit. (JM)

Shop for cute and fun things at a sidewalk sale, Circle Boutique, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., prices for items will vary

Circles Boutique in Downtown Champaign is having a summer merchandise sidewalk sale, with both new and vintage items. According to the Facebook event page, items will be “deeply discounted.” Who doesn’t love a deal? I drool at the window displays every time I walk by the shop, as there are lots of very cool things in that store. (JH)

A white woman in a pink cardigan, a music note printed dress, and purple pants is leaning over her guitar to high five a small child with a black shirt and red pants. To the left of her is a large sign that says Sarah Jayne Lane
Sarah Jayne Lane on Facebook

Dance with your kids, Champaign Public Library, 3 to 3:45 p.m., free

The Champaign Public Library continues their summer series for kids and families. This week’s entertainment will be live music and dancing with Sarah Jayne Lane. Lane plays a mix of well known kid songs and her original songs too. The dance party will be at the main library, Robeson Pavillion, Room A&B. (LKG)

Toast Taylor Street, Taylor Street in Downtown Champaign, 4 to 11 p.m., free (but have $$ for booze, food, and shopping)

It’s Toast to Taylor Street time again. Spend an evening in Downtown Champaign with live music from Tito Carillo & Luminance, Kilborn Alley Blues, and more. Shop area vendors for fun handmade items. Slip over to Farren’s (or any downtown restaurant) for dinner. I had their grilled scallop salad again the other day and damn was it refreshing on a hot day. (JM)

Sunday, July 2nd

A mural at Champaign Urbana Public Health District by Jose Vazquez. It features 11 different people, all painted among and the colors of monarch butterflies.
Experience Champaign-Urbana on Facebook

Take a mural tour, throughout C-U, anytime, free

Last week Jess snapped a photo of a stunning new mural by Jose Vasquez on the side of the C-U Public Health District building. Tom noticed a new one going up in Campustown. Serenity shared a couple of her favorites recently. Last year Debra spoke to three artists who have recently added their works to walls in our community. A Sunday afternoon seems like a great time to drive around and see how many you can find. (JM)

3 members of The Goldenrods posing for the camera on a side walk. Two members are wearing over-sized cowboy hats
The Goldenrods on Facebook

Two-step and waltz with The Goldenrods, Rose Bowl Tavern, 7 p.m., no cover

Don’t miss out on The Goldenrods, a band hailing from St. Louis, celebrated for their signature fusion of country and midwestern music. The ensemble features Ryan Koenig on multiple instruments and vocals, Jess Adkins showcasing skill on accordion and guitar, and Kellie Everett on upright bass, delivering performances packed with emotionally resonant waltzes and lively two-step melodies. (DP)

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