It’s almost fall break with just one week left before Thanksgiving! Though that may mean more homework and papers for students, there’s still time to enjoy some fun events around Champaign-Urbana this week. A little reminder: Leasegiving is still going on! If you sign a lease by November 30th, you get to choose between a Roku Soundbar, Nintendo Switch, or a $200 credit to your account! If you’re around for fall break, stop by CPM and take a tour. Our office will be open regular hours on Monday and Tuesday, but we will be closing at 2:30 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If you want to take advantage of the Leasegiving deal, stop by before Wednesday next week! 

Alright, let’s take a look at some of the events happening this week in town!

Monday, November 18th 

Nobody really needs an excuse to buy donuts, but the University of Illinois Colleges Against Cancer & Relay For Life is giving everyone a great reason to buy some. Today from 11 am to 4 pm, CAC is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts on the Main Quad to raise money for their organization. Donuts are only $1 and a dozen are only $8. Stop by to get a sweet treat, and help raise money to fight cancer. See the event page for more information! 

Tuesday, November 19th

Hungry for more sweets? The Illini Mentor Program will be selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their program! Between 11 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, stop by the Illini Union to purchase a cup of hot chocolate and/or a homemade cookie. By buying  a delicious snack you will be helping kids in the area. For more info, click here.

Wednesday, November 20th

Open Scene StorySlam presents Stories from Local Immigrants from 6 pm to 8 pm this Wednesday, at Spurlock Museum. Part of the BELONGINGS exhibition, this event is brought to you by The Urbana Free Library, Urbana Arts & Culture Program, and Open Scene Urbana. Hear stories from people who have immigrated to this area from other countries speak about home, family, and belonging. This is sure to be a moving exhibition and is definitely not one to miss. For more information about the exhibition and the event, click here.

Friday, November 22nd

Have you ever wondered what is in outer space? What keeps the universe together? Could there be life on other planets? Find some of these answers about the universe (but be prepared to leave with even more questions)  at the Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College. Learn about the mysterious dark matter this Friday from 8 to 9 pm. Tickets are $6. Learn more about what will be discussed by following this link!

Saturday & Sunday, November 23rd & 24th

The Festival of Trees is back! This weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn on Neil, hundreds of decked out Christmas trees will be on display for all to enjoy. Tickets are $5 for adults and can be purchased at the door. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, find decorating inspiration, and support the community! The Festival of Trees public hours are 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. For more information on the event and other holiday events at the Hilton Garden Inn going on this weekend, click here!

Sunday, November 24th

Put your knowledge of Friends to good use at Barrlehouse’s Friends Thanksgiving Trivia Night! This Sunday night’s trivia questions are all about the Friends Thanksgiving episodes. We can only hope Brad Pitt is a guest and Rachel learns how to cook. To reserve a table, email [email protected]. A table of four is $10. Table space is limited, so make sure to make reservations! This event runs from 7 to 9 pm. For more information on the event, click here!