Weather is finally warming up! Just in time for finals and graduation right around the corner, Spring is a much-needed relief. Hopefully, you can find time to soak up some Vitamin D and some more time for these snazzy events!

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“It’s a Bicycle Extravaganza! Get a free bicycle tune-up and $1 off any drink coupon at BrewLab with on-site bicycle registration to fight bike thefts.

We are here to help with all of your bicycle questions!

Join Neutral Cycle on the main Quad with University of Illinois Police Department and U of I staff to talk bicycle safety, theft, maintenance and more!”

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Champaign-Urbana’s local online newspaper has reached 10 years! So for $10 you can find live salsa, tacos from Maize, and much more! It is open to all ages, and Friday 8PM is the opening time. If you have enjoyed Smile Politely in any form, this is a way to meet those who write the blog posts and reviews that you know and love. Clickey-click the link and learn more!

“We’re celebrating 10 years of publishing, please join us on Friday, April 27th at Maize Mexican Grill (the Downtown Champaign location — 100 N. Chestnut) to party.

► FOR DANCING: live salsa from Timbalú to dance to
► FOR INDULGING: tacos + food from Maize
► FOR DRINKING: we’ll have Triptych Brewing‘s FIESTA FOREVER to drink on

$10 at the door

Please join us!”

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I am more of a Lord of the Rings fan, but I recognize the novelty of Harry Potter and the size of the fandom. That being said, here is an event that looks like it will be a lot of fun for you hufflepuffs (is that right?)! They have games and prizes, oh and now they have the sun according to weather reports! Check it out!



Now is your chance to win ETERNAL GLORY! 🧙🏼‍♀️

Swing by the South Quad on April 28th between 2 PM and 5 PM for Harry Potter themed booths/games, 🎯 treats, 🥨🍟 and a chance to win prizes! 🥇🎁

We’ve got a full range of games to play from Escape the Devil’s Snare 🌿  to a Niffler Egg Hunt 🥚 to The Dueling Club ⚔” and much more!

Come thru for some fun 🤸‍♀️ in the sun!!! ☀

P.S. No illegal portkeys allowed! 🙅‍♀️🚫”


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If you are a coffee amateur like me then this is a must for you… and me… BrewLab coffee is sharing their knowledge and that will allow you to make a great cup of coffee in your CPM apartment home! If that doesn’t prompt you to click the link to find out more, well then bummer thought it would work.

“Join us for an introduction into the world of craft coffee with Jessica Easto and Andreas Willhoff, authors of the book Craft Coffee: A Manual. This class will provide a brief history of high-end specialty coffee and explore how different stages of the process—growing, processing, roasting, and brewing—affect how your coffee tastes. The class will include tasting one of our single origin coffees brewed four different ways: espresso, filter, French press, and cold brew. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

This is a ticketed event.

Jessica Easto is the author of Craft Coffee: A Manual, a guide to brewing coffee by hand at home. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee and an MFA in creative writing from Southern Illinois University. She works in the publishing industry, primarily editing cookbooks, and has been brewing craft coffee at home for more than eight years.

Andreas Willhoff has worked in the specialty coffee industry for more than a decade. He has managed coffee shops, directed training programs, participated in SCA competitive events, and more. He consulted on Craft Coffee: A Manual and is currently a technical specialist at Rancilio Group North America, an espresso machine manufacturer.”

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Okay you jogging/running/walking people, it’s time for the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon! This is for a good cause and they always need more marathoners or volunteers so if you happen to have this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday off then maybe it would be a good idea to participate! Each day has a different events so make sure to read through the links content carefully as to not be confused by which day is your day to move about outside.

“The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon race weekend is packed with our expo, races, and celebrations for our 10th Running! Join us at our many events! For more information, visit our website at .

Thursday, April 26
Health & Fitness Expo (4pm – 8pm)
Activities and Recreation Center
(201 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign)

Friday, April 27
Health & Fitness Expo (10am – 7pm)
Illinois National Bank 4th Mile Celebration (6:30pm-10pm)
(Outside Memorial Stadium on Kirby Avenue)
5K Run/Walk (Starting at 7:30pm)

Saturday, April 28
Wheelchair Half Marathon (Starting at 7:01am)
Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon (Starting at 7:03am)
10K Run/Walk (Starting at 7:35am)
27th-Mile Celebrate Victory Bash (8am – 2pm, outside Memorial Stadium on Kirby Avenue)
Youth Run (Starting at 3pm)
Post Race Party (8pm at The City Center at Fat City, 505 S Chestnut, Champaign)”


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