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Got big plans for Leap Day?

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How will you spend your extra day this year?

A week from today is Leap Day. That day that comes around every four years to help our calendar align with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. For the first time in four years, we have a February 29th on our calendar. Last February 29th we were beginning to feel the impending doom of a global pandemic. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case now. 

So, what are you planning to do on this bonus day? Here are a few suggestions. I’m sure we will have more in next week’s Weekender.

  1. Vote! Last February 29th we were also in the midst of a primary. Early voting for the 2024 primary on March 19th is open, so why not use this day to get that task checked off your list?
  2. Try one (or more!) of the items on Alyssa’s Five Things list for February. 
  3. Visit the School of Music lobby (1114 W. Nevada St., Urbana) to view an exhibit featuring local music education legend Willie Summerville; the 29th is the last day to see it.
  4. Visit a couple of spots on the Champaign County African American Heritage Trail. Spend the last day of Black History Month learning about Black history in our area. Also keep learning about it after this month is over.
  5. Decide to write for Smile Politely. Okay, shameless plug. But really! We put a call out for Arts writers this week, but if another section strikes your fancy we still want to hear from you.

Happy Leap Year to all who celebrate!

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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this SPlog incorrectly identified the location of the Willie Summerville exhibition. The location has been updated.

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