It’s the first week of March and it finally feels like spring outside! Hopefully this nice weather will stick around and we won’t be bombarded with anymore surprise snowstorms. I don’t know about you, but I plan on spending as much time outside as I can this week. There are a lot of cool things to do the next few days in Champaign-Urbana, so let’s check out some of the ways to make the most of the week! 

Monday, March 2nd

The taste of summer is closer than you think. Stop by the Old Orchard Lanes parking lot today between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. to put in your order for farm-fresh strawberries. The Fruit Truck will be taking orders for cases of some of the best strawberries you’ll ever have. For pricing and ordering information, follow this link!

Wednesday, March 4th 

Feel like your apartment is missing some greenery but don’t want to risk killing another plant? Join the U of I Horticulture Club this Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Plant Science Labs, room 1125. They will be giving a quick lesson on how to properly care for bonsai trees! To RSVP, click here

Thursday, March 5th 

The Krannert Art Museum is hosting an open conversation with Native American artists about “contemporary scholarly, artistic, and curatorial practice.” You can join in the conversation this Thursday in KAM’s auditorium from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hear from the new exhibition’s artists, Naomi Bebo and Andrea Carlson, and curator, Candice Hopkins. To learn more about the event and exhibition, follow this link.

Saturday, March 7th

The UIUC Creative Writing Club is hosting an open mic night at Teamoji. Speak UP an Open Mic Event is open to poetry, prose, rapping, spoken word, or anything else you’d like to share. They ask that anything brought to share is “respectful, legal, and unders 5 minutes.” This event runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feel free to stop by to listen to the readings or share your own by signing up! Click here for the sign-up information and to learn more about the night. 

Starting at 6 p.m. at The Iron Post in Urbana, catch some awesome live music. The Black Eyed Lillies, an Americana, blues and fold band, will be leading the show followed by blues artist, Kurt Crandall, at 9 p.m. For more info about the performers and the event, click here