While we encourage you to check out what’s happening around C-U this weekend, please use precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are out and about, please wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, respect the people around you, especially the employees that work at these establishments.
Friday, July 17th
Learn to care for your COVID cacti, online, noon to 1:30 p.m., free
Have you stress purchased a bunch of succulents and cacti over the last few months? Are you now realizing that they are actually not that easy to care for? Illinois Extension is offering a free online webinar that will show you how to take care of these plants. Register here. (JH)
Stay home and enjoy a cannabis-infused gummy, your house, nighttime, $1
Find your own calm this Friday evening with an edible. Purchase a bag of 20 of Mindy’s freshly picked berries gummies for $20. At a dollar a piece, this is an affordable way to have a fun Friday night in. If you’re not down for the berry flavor, check out this list of six edibles that could enhance your calm. (AB)
Wieners & Wine, Sleepy Creek Vineyards, 5 to 8 p.m., free, plus cost of wine
Sleepy Creek’s summertime Wieners & Wine happens every Friday. You buy a glass of wine, they provide hot dogs and toppings. You get to cook them over a fire outside. There will be live music 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Of course, please be mindful of keeping your physical distance from others and the ways in which you are sharing food. (JH)
Saturday, July 18th
Grab some breakfast beignets, Stango Cuisine at Urbana’s Market in the Square, 7 a.m. to noon, $4.50
Who doesn’t love warm beignets in the morning? Get out of the house and let Stango Cuisine make you a sweet breakfast. These beignets are famous in town for being so good. While you’re out, don’t forget to shop around the Urbana farmers’ market. (AB)
Send a Japan House care package to someone (or to yourself), anytime, $75
Take a virtual visit to the 2020 Sugar Creek Arts Festival, anytime, free to enter
If you’ve wondered how summertime arts festival are adapting to the pandemic, this virtual festival shows how it done. Visitors can not only shop for a variety of art and craft items, but there’s also tons of links to bios, videos, and artist social media. So while you’re not meeting the artists, you are definitely getting to know what they’re about. SCAF “officially” opened last weekend, so now you’ll find the videos recordings of the musical performances to enjoy as well. Log on and support these talented artists. (DD)
Candy Foster and Shades of Blue, Rose Bowl Tavern, $10, 7 to 9 p.m.
You can reserve your seat for this show at the Rose Bowl in Downtown Urbana on Saturday, which will take place in the parking lot adjacent to the venue. They have a ton of space out there, so if you are looking for a show to check out, here’s one for you on Saturday. (PS)
Sunday, July 19th
DJ Belly, Blackbird, free, 1 to 6 p.m.
DJ Belly spins every Sunday on the back patio at Blackbird in Downtown Urbana, so if you are looking for an afternoon cocktail and some tunes, here’s an option for you. The bar is well-equipped for social distancing, and has a good amount of shade back there so you can stay cool since we’re in the midst of these warm July temps. (PS)
Sign up your kids for a virtual poetry workshop with Will Reger, 3 p.m., free
Young wordsmiths get a chance to study with Urbana Poet Laureate Will Reger in this free, hour-long Zoom workshop geared towards ages 5 to 11. Reger will cover basic poetry forms and give your long poet some words of wisdom about the poet’s craft. Get more information and register here. (DD)
Learn African Dance in the park, Ambucs Park, 5 to 6:15 p.m., $10
Top photo by Jessica Hammie.
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