Love Yourself, Love Your Community

Love is in the air, Champaign! As we gear up for the month of amore, let’s make a pact to turn our affections inward as well as outward. Lucky for us there are tons of local ways that give us the perfect opportunities to give heart eyes at ourselves as well as our vibrant community. Whether you are in the mood to celebrate that everyone’s version of love is love, give yourself a little intellectual stimulation or ensure that you cherish both your inside and out – local Champaign is ready to give you a month to fall for.

Get ready to indulge your creative side at Planted’s TwinFringe Valentine’s-Themed Macra-Weave Workshop and DIY Watercolor Class. On February 8, dive into the Valentine’s spirit and create your very own macra-weave wall hanging under the expert guidance of Macy from TwinFringe. Then, mark your calendar for February 22 to join the DIY Watercolor Class, where you’ll have the opportunity to paint a beautiful snake plant using watercolors, led by the talented Mary Bell from Woodmiration. It’s a perfect chance to unleash your crafting prowess, express your love for handmade wonders, and join a community passionate about artistic exploration.

For more information and to SIGN UP go HERE

Planted is located at 16 E Washington in Champaign’s Downtown and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

Embark on a journey of self-discovery with the compassionate guidance of Bodhi Counseling and Consulting Center. Recognizing the uniqueness of every individual, their approach fosters genuine curiosity and judgment-free support, creating a secure space for authenticity to thrive. Committed to values of diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice, Bodhi Counseling is a safe haven for all. Their LGBTQ+ affirming therapists continually expand cultural competence, offering a range of therapies, including EMDR for trauma, CBT & DBT Therapy, and counseling for anxiety and depression, to help reshape your narrative and foster a deeper love for yourself.

Get more information on Bodhi Counseling HERE

Bodhi Counseling and Consulting Center is located Out of District at 100 Trade Center Dr #302 and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

In a world where traditional Valentine’s Day events miss the mark for LGBTQ+ inclusivity, Uniting Pride of Champaign County reshapes the narrative with Love Fest – more than an event, it’s a celebration that welcomes, celebrates, and affirms everyone. Regardless of identity, this is your invitation to revel in love, proudly and authentically! Enjoy delectable dishes and drinks from Dish Passionate Cuisine, a stellar show with Darby Lynn Cartwright and Alexis P Bevel from the Queerty Award-Winning IMHO: The Show and unite in the mantra that LOVE is LOVE! LGBTQ+ community and allies, glam up, gather your loved ones, and make the night extraordinary while supporting Uniting Pride’s impactful work in our community.

For more information and to purchase tickets go HERE

Uniting Pride of Champaign County is located at 1001 S Wright St in Champaign’s Campustown and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

Elevate your self-love journey with mLAB Fitness, located in Champaign’s eclectic Midtown. Specializing in personal training services and invigorating group fitness classes, mLAB is your dedicated partner in becoming the best version of yourself. Located right at the intersection of your fitness aspirations and reality, mLAB engages in thoughtful discussions about your individual goals to tailor a program that ensures success. No matter your wellness needs, mLAB stands ready to challenge you in the most effective and safest ways possible, supporting you at every step of your personal journey.

For more information mLAB Fitness go HERE

mLAB Fitness is located at 122 N 1st St in Champaign’s Midtown and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

Get ready to love and share your interests at The Literary’s first Valentine Social! Ditch the regular dating scene for a chance at the world’s cutest meet-cute, set in the cozy ambiance of a bookstore. Whether you’re a couple seeking friends, a literary lover on the lookout for connections, or just craving cool encounters, this event is designed for you. Embrace the “come as you are” vibe – you’re welcome and perfect just as you are. With a shared love for literature, revel in introvert-friendly puzzles, lively games, a themed cocktail, and overall merriment. Plus, this literary love affair is free, so mark your calendars, celebrate shared interests, and join us! RSVPs encouraged but not required.

For more information and to RSVP go HERE

The Literary is located at 122 N Neil St in Champaign’s Downtown and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

Show some love for your mind and your community by joining the dialogue at the University YMCA hosted Friday Forum and Conversation Cafe. Illinois State Rep. Carol Ammons takes center stage, presenting a riveting discussion on the legacy of Good Ole Abe and the complexities of Emancipation and Reparation. This event is an opportunity to celebrate the love of our individual views on tough yet crucial topics, fostering a community where our collective intelligence and opinions are as cherished as our shared affections.

For more information on University YMCA go HERE

University YMCA is located at 1001 S Wright St in Champaign’s Campustown and is a proud member of Champaign Center Partnership.

Photo Credits

Main Photo – Champaign Center Partnership

Planted 1 &2 – Planted

BC&C 1&2 – Bodhi Counseling and Consulting

Love Fest 1 & 2 – Uniting Pride of Champaign County

mLAB 1 & 2  – mLAB Fitness

Valentine Social 1 & 2 – The Literary

Friday Forum 1 & 2 – University YMCA