Hello everyone! We hope move-in went well and you have a wonderful start to the new school year. This week, there is a lot to do in Champaign-Urbana, so let's take a look at what's in store this week in town!

Tuesday, August 27th

The Urbana Free Library is hosting "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" talk from 7 to 8pm. 

"Meet the authors who adapted this text for young people!

Spanning more than 400 years, this classic history from the bottom up examines the legacy of Indigenous peoples’ resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism. The original book has now been fully adapted by renowned curriculum experts Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, for middle-grade and young adult readers. It includes discussion topics, archival images, original maps, recommendations for further reading, and other materials to encourage students, teachers, and general readers to think critically about their own place in history." 

For more information, click here!

Wednesday, August 28th

 As part of the CU Folk and Roots Festival, Del Rey will be performing at the Iron Post in Urban at 7:30 pm this Wednesday. The cost is $15 at the door. 

"Del Rey is a CU Folk and Roots Festival favorite! We're excited to bring her back to Urbana!"

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Friday, August 30th 

This Friday see Emily Blue and The Fantastic Plastics at Blackbird Urbana! Performances begin at 7:30 this Friday. Here is a little bit about the bands!

"Emily Blue's pop catalog is a phone call to another universe. Vibrant, neurotic, and genre-bending, the young artist pulls from some of today's most eclectic music personalities (think St. Vincent, FKA twigs, Billie Eilish). Moving far from her previous work, the upcoming record "*69" is less traditional and more character-driven, painting a portrait of Blue as a fiery pop-songstress from another realm. Blue (and producer Max Perenchio) create forward thinking yet accessible pop tracks, landing spots on Starbucks Reserve Roastery playlist and Spotify’s Factor Happy. In 2018, Blue independently toured, performing at venues like Metro Chicago, regional festivals, and gender / feminism conferences around the United States. She also partnered with Nikon for the release of their Z 7 camera, showcasing Falling in Love as the first Nikon-sponsored music video on the new product. Look out for a busy future for Blue, including a new single in June, visuals, and interactive live shows."

"The Fantastic Plastics are a Neo-New Wave band based in NYC. Describing themselves as “The Future of The Future”, the Fantastic Plastics mix new wave, synth punk, and electro elements with Orwellian and Sci-Fi inspired lyricism. The band is a two piece live act, featuring video installations, custom costumes, and sing-along anthems." 

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Saturday, August 31st

A nice workout and donuts to start your Saturday right! What could be better?

"J.Gil Fitness and Industrial Donut are teaming up to offer a fun community event where you can get your workout on and enjoy donuts too. We fully support a balanced lifestyle.

What: CampEx (outdoor group training) presented by J.Gil Fitness. Each class will be a total body workout and is open to all fitness levels. Please bring a yoga mat or towel for use.
When/Where: Meet at Burwash Park located at 350 Burwash Avenue in Savoy. Workout with friends starting at 8:15A, 9A, 9:45A, and 10:30A on Saturday, August 31. After class, head over to Industrial Donut located at 501 Commerce Drive in Savoy to satisfy your hunger with fresh, made-to-order donuts.
Entry Fee: $5 per person, cash only. Includes one class and token good for one donut. Token does not expire.

Preregistration is not required. See you there!"

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