Spring semester is just over a week away. Hopefully everyone will come back refreshed and ready to take on what can feel like the longest and most difficult semester. If you’re back in the Champaign-Urbana area this week, why not take advantage of the remaining freedom by going to one of the following events in town? Coming up this week is a new play at the Station Theatre, a game day food tasting, a freezing 5K, and much more. Check out some of the many things to do this week in town! 

Monday, January 13th

Today from 7 to 9 p.m., poetry can be found at the Iron Post in Urbana. This month’s featured poet is Ann Hart. Come to hear her read her poem about Scottich witches. There will be many poets reading tonight, so if you are feeling artsy, stop by for a drink and get ready to snap your applause. Learn more by following this link

Wednesday, January 15th

This week, Blackbird Urbana turns into an artist’s studio! Bre McCoy, a local artist, will be hosting a sip and paint class at Blackbird this Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Each ticket includes all the paint supplies needed to make a beautiful art piece. Drink specials of the night include $5 glasses of wine and $3 Long Island Teas. Sip & Paint is a fun event for a group outing or even a solo night out to learn something new and meet new people. Click here to find the event page and here to purchase tickets. 

Thursday, January 16th

The Station Theatre is opening a new show, The Moors, this Thursday evening, the first play of 2020 in their 48th season. The Station Theatre is small and has limited seating, so be sure to get your tickets early. The opening night showing begins at 7:30 p.m. Here is a brief description of the show: 

Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Theaterjones.com calls it “a laugh-out-loud satire of Gothic romance with a feminist twist and a left-arm hug to the Bronte sisters.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. See all upcoming showtimes and ticket information here!

Friday, January 17th

Add a little classical music to your lunch hour with the Champaign Park District’s series: Bach’s Lunch Concert. This month’s concert will feature John McMahon on guitar and vocals. You can bring a lunch, or order one from the venue. You can find this musical lunch at the Springer Cultural Center from noon to 1 p.m. this Friday. For more information and the phone number to order lunch if you so choose, click here!

Saturday, January 18th

The Super Bowl may still be a couple weeks away, but it’s never too early to figure out what food you’re going to make for the party. Even if you couldn’t care less about football, the glory of game day food cannot be denied. If you need help deciding on what to bring to a party or just love any chance to get free food, head over to Prairie Gardens this Saturday. From 2 to 4 p.m., Prairie Gardens will be having a FREE Gameday Food Tasting party. There will be a variety of appetizers to inspire you for whatever party you’re going to or throwing. (good snacks are still necessary even if you just plan on watching the Puppy Bowl). Follow this link to learn more! 

Add a little fuel to your New Year’s resolution fire with the Champaign Park Distrcit’s Frozen 5K! Race in the cold around Champaign parks this Saturday. You can register now for just $20 here. The race begins at Hessle Park at 9 a.m. this Saturday and will lead runners through the beautiful park trails. Participants will get free frosty swag to wear for the 5K. Bundle up in your warmest winter running gear and try it out! Find the event page at this link!

Sunday, January 19th

Visit the beautiful Allerton Park early Sunday morning for a Sunrise Hike. The woods around the estate offer long trails for moderate level hikes. Hikers will gather at the Visitor’s Center at 7 a.m. on Sunday and should be ready for a relaxing hike in the winter woods. The cost to register  is only $5! Learn more about relaxing techniques, get a little cardio in, and make new friends all while enjoying a crisp and clear morning. Click here for more information. 

We hope you all have a great last week of break, and we can’t wait for everyone to come back to campus!