Summer is winding down — guess you could say it’s “over,” but that doesn’t officially happen until Sept. 22 — and it’s time to start looking forward to cooler evenings and cool activities. We’ll do our best, as always, to line you up with some interesting things to do this month in spite of the pandemic.
Thanks to Urbana’s Market at the Square for presenting this list. Did you know you can use your SNAP/LINK benefits at Illinois farmers markets? Bring your LINK card to Urbana’s Market at the Square and get ready to buy the best farm fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. Stop by the City tent located at the Market’s northwest entrance (near Common Ground) to redeem your benefits for tokens. LINK tokens are worth $1 each. Urbana’s Market at the Square runs a matching program that matches your SNAP/LINK benefits up to $25 per Saturday. Matching funds are provided Farm Credit Illinois, Experimental Station, and the USDA. For more information about Urbana’s Market at the Square’s SNAP/LINK program please visit https://urbanamarket.org/snap/
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Folks in Tolono know how to have fun, even when socially distanced, and they do it with golf carts. They’re ubiquitous in town, and this parade will feature decorated carts competing for prizes. The action begins at 6:30 p.m.
If you’ve never played Bingo over Zoom, you’re in for a treat. It’s actually quite fun (we’ve done it with family). And the Tolono Public Library is giving out prizes, too!
On Wednesdays in September, Spurlock’s assistant director of education Kim Sheahan will give live storytelling programs for a general audience. Some kids might not be available — they’re from 11:15-11:45 a.m. each week — but they might fit nicely into your kid’s virtual-learning lunch break.
It’s a drive-in movie at Monticello’s Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Relex in your car with your favorite snacks for a socially distanced movie. NOTE: Registration is required. Cost is $5. Refreshments will be available for purchase. (There’s another movie — Remember the Titans — on the 25th.)
The official festival dates — moved online this year, of course — are Sept. 12-13, but activities happen all week leading up to the event. This includes, Youth Day (Kid’s Corner activity packet and online meet-up), local restaurant specials, Wellness Wednesday, Civic engagement day, and Black Friday Rep Your Roots Day. Full details are here.
This Champaign staple has gone virtual this year, with everything free online. (Donations are appreciated.) The activities are diverse and as fascinating as usual. Get the details here.
This is part of the Sept. 25-27 PrideFest, which this year is — you guessed it — virtual. You can find the full schedule here, but the Story Hour is a certain highlight. Featured are LGBTQ+ themed stories and activities, along with getting-to-know-you chats for anybody aged 3-12. NOTE: Registration is required.
And, lucky for you, we have all the details right here! Pick some apples, dazzle yourself in a corn maze or find the perfect pumpkin — September and its temperate temperatures are ideal for outdoor fun.