As many of you know, this Friday begins Finals Week. It’s pretty fitting that finals begin on Friday the 13th, if you ask me. While the days leading up to the dreaded end of semester exams are usually filled with furiously going over notes, writing papers, or doing all of the readings for the semester at the last minute, fun can also be scheduled into the study time  to keep you from going crazy. Here are a few of the fun events going on this week in Champaign-Urbana! 

Tuesday, December 10th

Grilled cheese is a staple of the Midwest diet. Bread, cheese, butter, and a hot pan is all you need to make this simple and delicious sandwich. What if you kicked it up a notch? Grovestone will show you how to make your grilled cheese gourmet! From 6:30 to 8 p.m. this Tuesday, learn how to make Roasted Tomato Bisque, Ultimate Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Ham and Apple Butter Grilled Cheese, Hot Roast Beef and Cheese, and Grill Cheese French Toast. There will also be wine pairing for each sandwich, and you can purchase wine by the glass while watching the demonstration. For more information about this cheesy class, click here

Wednesday, December 11th

The UI Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts this Wednesday from 7:30 to  9:30 p.m. Donald Schleicher will be the conductor of the evening. Pieces from Verdi, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky will be performed. If you plan on attending, please help Krannert keep the community warm by bringing winter coats, hats, mittens, and scarves to donate. Learn more about this lovely evening by visiting the event page here.

Thursday, December 12th

LabEscape is having a party for everyone to celebrate all the fun they’ve had with the community over the last 3 years. If you’ve ever done one of their escape rooms, you’ll know how fun and well thought out they are! Stop by LabEscape (at Lincoln Square Mall by the food court) anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. this Thursday for raffles, discounts, and cake! Learn more about the event here!

Friday, December 13th

Catch the Christmas movie with the most storylines at the Virginia Theatre. Love Actually will be playing at the Virginia Theatre this friday from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the Rewind 92.5’s Rewind Movie Series. Tickets are only $5! Follow the link to learn more. 

Skateland in Savoy is having an ugly sweater party this Friday night! Wear your ugliest sweater to Skateland for $1.13 admission, The person with the ugliest sweater wins a prize! This event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, click here

Saturday & Sunday, December 14th & 15th 

The Japan House is the place to be this weekend! Japan House Mottainai: Annual Bazaar is back, and this can’t-miss event has more things going on than ever before. This renewal market of sorts is the perfect place to find items to give to friends as gifts or to put in your home to give it a refresh. This event is put on to support the Japan House’s Internship Program, so any help is appreciated. Learn more about what will be available here!