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Weekender: June 10-12

Friday, June 10th

On a white plate on a white table, a chocolate chip bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes is uncut and uneaten. Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Photo by Alyssa Buckley.

Eat a mini bundt cake, Nothing Bundt Cakes, 9 a.m to 6 p.m., $5

Cake is always delicious, and these little bundtlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes are awesome. I wrote about the gluten-free chocolate chip bundtlet I liked in my list of foods to try in C-U this June. For $5, you can have a personal cake in the flavor you like best. Choose from chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate, red velvet, strawberry, and more. All the bundtlets are ready for walk-in customers or you can order online. (AB)

Fully immerse yourself into the weekend, NOLA’s Rock Bar, 9 p.m., free

Soundscapes is hosting another event out back on NOLA’s patio, featuring live music from a variety of artists, as well as live poetry and DJs. Matt Harsh and F4c3v4LU3 will also be providing visual art. (SW)

Saturday, June 11th

Dance it out with Dance Music Therapy, The Lake House at Crystal Lake Park, 2 to 10 p.m., free

I just love how simple and straightforward this monthly event is. All you have to do is show up and dance. You can also get a little fancy and bring along some food. If you aren’t much of a dancer, that’s fine. Grab a chair and sit and enjoy some tunes on a summer day while meeting new people. (JM)

An all black puppy looks toward the camera, tilting its head. It wears a red collar and has some grass on its nose. Photo from the Hospice Hearts Facebook page.

Photo from the Hospice Hearts Facebook page.

Have a beer, adopt a pet, Blind Pig, 3 p.m., free (plus the cost of beer and pets)

Hospice Hearts is holding an adoption event at the Blind Pig Beer Garden. Stop by for a drink and to meet all the furry littles that need a loving home — it could be yours! In addition to meeting the little cuties, you’ll be able to ask questions of the Hospice Hearts staff and fill out adoption paperwork. (JH)

Photo from OHOK Things Facebook page.

Stop by the OHOK Things Studio Open House, 14 E Washington St, Champaign, 5 p.m, free

You may know Madelyn Witruk from her mural on the Common Group Food Coop outdoor planters, or from unique paintings and screenprinting designs. Now it’s time to meet her in her element. Stop by the new OHOK Things studio location and see how the magic is made. (DD)

Take a virtual trip through Urbana High School, Urbana High School, 7 p.m., free

The Urbana Pops Orchestra presents Pops on the Prairie, which will see the orchestra providing music to celebrate Illinois, the prairie, and Urbana High School. There will also be a virtual fly through of Urbana High School, with accompanying music from the orchestra. The concert will also include performances from the Urbana Park District Youth Summer Theatre’s production of Newsies. (SW)

Sunday, June 12th

A graphic with vertical stripes in rainbow order. Each stripe has images of featured performers. Image from Facebook event page.

Image from Facebook event page.

Celebrate Pride, Rose Bowl Tavern, 1:30 to 9 p.m., free

Rose Bowl Tavern and Uniting Pride have a full afternoon and evening worth of Pride fun. The whole event is open to all ages. There will be bubbles, face painting, crafts, music from DJ Silkee, Drag Story Time, a drag show with Karma Carrington, Mr. Knightly, Ceduxion Carrington, Just Sue, Cationna Carrington, and Corinna Carrington, and music from Anika Emily and Booth Blues. HITNHOMEBOY is hosting a Young, Black, and Queer book drive. (JM)

Take your pup out for drinks, Pour Bros Taproom, 2 to 5 p.m., no cover

Bring your doggo with you to Downtown Champaign for Pour Bros’ Sunday event called Pups N Pints. Teaming up with the C-U Humane Society, Pour Bros is hosting a dog-friendly social on the patio with beer, vodka specials, and swag giveaways. (AB)

Paint at your own pace with Prism Studios, Independent Media Center, 2 to 5 p.m., $1-20

Treat yourself to a mini creative retreat at this open-lab-style painting workshop. Enjoy creating your personal project. Meet other community artists. Enjoy support and assistance from working artists that will be on hand and ready to help. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo reference to get their projects started. All supplies will be provided. (DD) 

A view of the checkout window at the Sidney Dairy Barn. The barn is white, there is a gravel parking lot around it. Picnic tables are to the left of the building. Photo from Sidney Dairy Barn Facebook page.

Photo from Sidney Dairy Barn Facebook page.

Ride your bike under the moonlight to get some ice cream, Meadowbrook Park, 6:40 p.m., free, plus cost of ice cream

Prairie Cycle Club is hosting the June Moonlight Bicycle Ride for Ice Cream. Bikers will meet at Meadowbrook Park and ride to Sidney Dairy Barn. All in all it should be about a three and a half hour outing. (JH)

Top photo by Anisa McClinton.


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