Champaign is slowly opening back up. Though it’s not the same as it was before, there is a sense of adjusted normality back in CU. Restaurants, bars, and a few events are becoming available, and while it’s still wise to stay at home when you can, some socially-responsible outings will help local businesses and mental health. 

We are still required to wear masks in public and maintain a 6 foot distance from others. If you do choose to go out to eat or to shop, please respect the rules set in place to protect you and fellow community members. 

In today’s This Week in Town, there will be a mix of regular and online events. What will you do this week?

Wednesday, June 3rd

Alto Vineyards is hosting an evening Wine & Yoga class this Wednesday. Release some built up tension with yoga and a glass of Alto Vineyard’s fine wine! The class is only $10 per person, $15 if you’d like a glass of wine, and it starts at 6 p.m. Bring your own yoga mat if you can, and remember to wear comfy clothing that allows free movement. If you’d like to learn more about Alto Vineyards and the event, click here!

Thursday, June 4th

Riggs Taproom will be open for a night of live music! Enjoy a locally brewed beer and see Jake & Jackson, the father son musical duo. Here’s a bit about the band: 

Jake & Jackson (Tatar) are a father-son duo that formed in 2015 when Jake retired as the lead singer of the Boat Drunks. Jackson, in 7th grade at the time, was a great drummer, piano player, and singer, and he and Jake would perform at community festivals and other family events together. Since then, Jackson (now a junior in high school) has quickly learned the guitar and the duo now brings a piano and acoustic guitars. Jake has written dozens of his own songs and the duo often play these originals, with Jackson taking the lead on the songs his father recorded. This isn't a typical musical duo; the two mix piano and guitars, switch instruments and lead vocals, and add other interesting musical touches that make their music sound nothing like anyone else is doing.

Catch their performance from 6 to 8 p.m. this Thursday. To learn more about this event, follow the link!

Friday, June 5th

Still quarantined with your partner or looking for a way to have a romantic date night without going out of the house? Well The Live Jukebox Show is hosting Date Night Songs with David Howie this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Get some take-out from your favorite local eatery and listen to the live performance from the comfort of your own home. Learn more and find the event link by clicking here

Sunday, June 7th

The whole world has been going through a stressful time. It’s no wonder that we’ve all been feeling a bit disconnected and anxious lately. Community UCC, Champaign, IL is hosting Meditation 101 to help. This online event will help you practice “calm in the middle of the pandemic.” Join Leah this Sunday on Zoom from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to learn how to meditate.  “Practicing mindfulness and simple meditation will make a difference in your life and the lives of folks who interact with you.” Learn more about this event by clicking here!