Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Good luck on your finals

Finals are finally upon us, so do a great job! I know you can do it!

  • Watch Toy Story

On Sunday (November 22), Toy Story turns 25 years old. Relive the classic fun as Sheriff Woody is forced to come to terms with the new toy on the shelf- Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. Not only is Toy Story the first full-length digitally animated movie, but is has become a film series recognizable worldwide. Celebrate the fun by streaming it on Disney+ or renting/buying Toy Story on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Vudu. For more Toy Story fun, go to https://ohmy.disney.com/quiz/2016/03/06/hardest-toy-story-quiz/.

  • Hang out with friends (virtually)

Don’t let the new COVID-19 Stage 3 Mitigations prevent you and your friends from (safely) having fun. Meet up virtually before the semester ends and hang out together.

  • Have a Happy Thanksgiving

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and love. No matter who your friends and family are and no matter how far away you may be due to COVID-19, I hope you enjoy this special day to give thanks!

  • Go Black Friday shopping

Whether you scope out deals like a hawk or decide the day of to participate, Black Friday can be a lot of fun. This year is easier than ever since many of the sales are solely online due to the pandemic, so why not use that to your advantage to get some cool stuff at a great price.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Listen to Christmas Music on spark!

Starting Tuesday (November 17) Spark will be playing Christmas music alongside your favorite spark HD songs. We would love to help you get ready for the Season! Oh, and there may just be a contest involved as well…stay tuned!

  • Watch Home Alone

The beloved film Home Alone turns 30 years old on Monday (November 16). Join Kevin McCallister, a ten-year-old boy who gets left home by mistake for the Holidays. When he realizes two criminals plan to rob his home, it is up to Kevin to protect his home—all by himself. You can watch Home Alone on Disney+ or rent/buy it on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Prime Video, or Vudu. To learn more about the film, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2 for some trivia.

  • Host a virtual paint party

Run to the store or hit up Amazon and get some paints. Whether you are a painter or you’ve never held a brush, video chat your friends and try painting together. You can all use the same picture to try to copy or you can find a painting tutorial on YouTube. If you don’t want as much structure, just paint whatever you want. Just have fun getting creative with friends.

  • Go on a hike

Tuesday (November 17) is Take a Hike Day. Use this day as an excuse to get some exercise and fresh air.

  • Take a break

Finals are almost upon many of us. Whatever it is that relaxes you, schedule a time to do it. A little selfcare never hurt anyone!

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Go for a run

As COVID restrictions tighten up, it might be more difficult to find things to do, so use that time to do something productive. Going for a run (or a walk if you want something more lowkey) is a great way to take advantage of the weather. If you want to make it a social activity, just grab a few friends and go all together.

  • Watch Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman celebrates its forty-fifth anniversary this Saturday (November 7). Although a bit dated, this show is still a lot of fun. Even if you aren’t a fan of the TV series, you can still enjoy Wonder Woman fun by watching the 2017 movie staring Gal Gadot or read a Wonder Woman comicbook. You can find the Wonder Woman TV show on Prime Video.

  • Work on a puzzle

Puzzles are great fun and a great time killer. Work on your favorite puzzle or order online and buy a new one.

  • Tidy up

With extra time on your hands, due to stricter COVID restrictions this week, why not do something productive? It doesn’t have to be major. Just set one small goal every day like reorganize the bookshelf or put the dishes away. It may not be the most fun, but cleaning is a part of life.

  • Reach out to a friend

Call or text a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while. Or, reach out to a friend in quarantine. Just connect because life gets really busy this time of the year and you won’t regret talking to them before the chaos of the Holidays starts.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Have a happy Halloween

Spooky Season is finally upon us. Halloween is this Saturday (October 31). Although Halloween parties are discouraged, you can always throw on a costume and grab a couple of friends and hang out to celebrate the holiday.

  • Watch The Walking Dead

Ten years from Saturday (October 31), The Walking Dead had its first appearance. Celebrate the beloved franchise this Halloween by watching it with friends or family on AMC or Netflix.

  • Have your own “drive-in” movie

Since many things are still closed, make your own fun with a “drive-in” movie. Grab your laptop, a movie, and some friends and watch a movie in the car. It is a ton of fun and a good way to find a spot to hang out and still uphold COVID restrictions.

  • Have a game night

Before finals hit and everyone is exhausted, take the time to relax and play some games with friends or family.

  • Have a karaoke party

Karaoke is a ton of fun and really easy to set up. Just search your favorite song and “karaoke” in YouTube and you and your friends can jam out. You can always give it a theme like Disney, Taylor Swift, or Spark hits.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Get ready for Halloween

Don’t let Halloween sneak up on you. Get ready for the spookiest night of the year before it’s too late. Whether you make your own costumes or buy all the parts, now is the time to start putting it all together.

  • Watch Mallrats

Although it flopped at the box office, Mallrats has since become a cult classic. Since the film celebrates its 25th anniversary this Tuesday (October 20), why not relieve the fun and shenanigans? You can purchase or rent it from iTunes, Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, the Microsoft Store, and Vudu.

  • Go apple picking

Before fall completely disappears, go apple picking and embrace the season. Whether you buy apples, drink some cider, or just enjoy the fresh air, it can be loads of fun to grab some friends and have a good time.

  • Binge a show

Everyone has a TV show they enjoy. Why not restart the show and watch your favorite season, start from the beginning, or select your favorite episodes? Or you can try sitting down and watching a show on your watchlist.

  • Try Disney+ Group Watch

Disney+ recently released a group watch feature. Although it still has a few bugs, I’ve had a lot of fun watching shows and movies with friends. Since there is no chat feature, I enjoyed creating a group with friends on Discord where my friends and I could all type our reactions. We also have video chatted. Zoom is a good option, but you are limited to 40-minute-long meetings with groups larger than two. I prefer Discord or Microsoft Teams since there is no time limit.

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Tag!

Let your inner child out! Thursday (October 8) is American Touch Tag Day, so grab some friends and play tag. Make it more complicated by playing variations on the game, like freeze tag, octopus tag, or link tag. To find more versions of tag, go to https://activeforlife.com/transform-the-game-of-tag/.

  • Do something nice

This Monday (October 5) is Do Something Nice Day, so go out and do something nice. It doesn’t have to be something big, just do something to make someone smile.

  • Watch Mean Girls

Celebrate October 3rd (Sunday), Mean Girls Day, by watching one of the most classic coming of age movies of the early 2000s. Watching this movie with friends will be so fetch (stop trying to make fetch happen). Mean Girls is available streamed on Hulu, Netflix, and SHOWTIME or rented/bought on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, or Vudu. To learn some Mean Girls trivia, visit https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/here-are-the-hardest-mean-girls-trivia-questions.

  • Try your hand at cooking a new dish

Since it has been rainy and you’re probably caught inside, go and try to cook something new. Maybe it’s a dish you’ve always wanted to try or make your favorite dish but give a twist.

  • See Olivet Nazarene University’s Broadway Revue

Get your tickets for Broadway Revue for next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 8-10). This year’s show is called Under the Stars and features music from Hadestown, Marry Poppins Returns, La La Land, Newsies, and more! I haven’t seen a full rehearsal yet, but it looks great so far! Get tickets at https://olivet.brushfire.com/broadwayrevue/479117?fbclid=IwAR0Yd42iJ9guhLVlANgvtY6botKWNMrwlrV0Hw9mLI8yu0kRQVVSH6DrRVE. Hope you enjoy the show!

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Visit the Victorian House Gallery and see In A Room With Many Windows

Olivet Nazarene University has a free gallery available to the public with a new exhibit that just opened last week, called In A Room With Many Windows by Gwendolyn Zabicki. Just walk into the Victorian House Gallery (577 S Main Street, Bourbonnais), sign in, and enjoy this stunning body of work. For more information on the Victorian House Gallery and Zabicki’s show, visit https://olivetartexhibitions.com/home.html and https://www.facebook.com/victorianhousegallery/.

  • Visit Starved Rock

The weather is just right for hiking right now, so why not visit Starved Rock? It will be sunny though, so remember to bring some sunscreen! Some trails are still closed and masks are required for anything indoors. Remember that public restrooms are also closed due to COVID. To learn more about Starved Rock, visit https://www.starvedrocklodge.com/starved-rock-state-park/.

  • Get tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet

If you enjoy theatre, then get your tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet performed by ONU Theatre at Olivet Nazarene University. This weekend’s production of Midsummer is already sold out, but a few seats are still available on September 26, which can be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-in-the-park-a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets-119924761189. Romeo and Juliet will be on October 22-24, and tickets may be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-in-the-park-romeo-juliet-tickets-119926634793?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Both productions are modern takes on the classic Shakespeare tales. Tickets are free, but shows are quickly filling up. Although free, donations will be greatly appreciated.

  • Talk to a friend you haven’t heard from in a while

It’s so easy to lose touch with people, so take a chance to reach out to someone you haven’t talk to recently.

  • Talk like a pirate

Arrr! It might seem like a silly holiday, but Saturday (September 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Host the mainsail! Leave behind the landlubbers behind, matey, and have fun with this silly day. Avast, my hearties!

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Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Read a book

Sunday (September 6) is Read a Book Day, so grab your favorite book or short story, a warm beverage, and a comfy blanket and enjoy your book.

  • Visit the Chicago Meme Museum

Yes, you read that right. Chicago has a Meme Museum and it is free (donation recommended). Due to social distancing restrictions, reservations are required and only twenty people are allowed for an hour and a half. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-meme-museum-6th-dimension-space-gallery-tickets-114350730112 to sign up for a reservation. (Note: this is subject to change.)

  • Have a picnic

Before the weather gets too cold, why not have a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors with friends? If you grab a laptop, you can watch a movie. Consider bringing a hammock, frisbee, or other outdoor activity to enjoy the weather.

  • Try a new skill

Is there anything you’ve been meaning to learn like knitting, drawing, or trying a new board game? Why not take the time this week to try this new skill or activity?

  • Watch Christopher Robin

My friends and I enjoyed Christopher Robin and are excited to see it again when it comes to Disney+ next Friday (September 11). Why not make a day of it and have a movie night?

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Eat some bacon

Who doesn’t love bacon? Celebrate this tasty food on Saturday (August 29), Bacon Day. Experiment with some bacon based recipes, such as Bacon Onion Rings (https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19747393/bacon-onion-rings-recipe/), Candied Bacon Smokies (https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a25561780/bacon-wrapped-smokies-recipe/), or Maple Bacon Brie Pull-Apart Bread (https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a57004/maple-bacon-brie-pull-apart-bread-recipe/). To get in the Bacon Day spirit, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSReSGe200A.

  • See The New Mutants

Watch the final instalment of the X-Men franchise, The New Mutants, this weekend in theatres. Dive deeper into the X-Men universe as you journey with several teens who are forced to adept to a life with mutant abilities in a world afraid of what they can do. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vJhUAOFpI&app=desktop.

  • Remember Chadwick Boseman

Last Friday (August 28), Chadwick Boesman, an actor who appeared in films like 21 Bridges, 42, Get on Up, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, passed away due to colon cancer. To keep his memory alive watch a few of his greatest appearances.

  • Go thrifting

If you are like most college students right now, you’ve already moved into campus and have started to settle in a new (but very different year). If you are anything like me, you realize that for all of the things you remembered to pack, you still managed to forget something. Instead of heading to Walmart or Target, why not take a trip to a local thrift shop?

  • Have a photoshoot

Before the summer weather ends, go outside and take some photos. If you enjoy taking selfies, taking scenery shots, shooting group photos of you and your friends, or just walking around and finding interesting shots, use the summer sunlight to bring out stunning colors in your images. Even if you don’t have a camera, you probably have a phone which means that you can take some new exciting shots before summer weather stops.

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Read a book

Sunday (August 9) is Book Lovers’ Day, so grab your favorite book or one you have been meaning to read.

  • See the Perseid Meteor Shower

Every August in the Midwest the Perseid Meteor Shower can be seen. Last year my family and I drove away from the city and watched the sky, which was a lot of fun. Meteors look like moving stars. It is easier to spot if you look at the sky for a few minutes. Until your eyes adjust to looking at the sky, you won’t notice how many meteors are above your head. Once you can start to see a few meteors you will be able to notice more and more, so don’t give up if you don’t see anything at first. According to NASA, the peak night to view the Perseid will be Wednesday (August 12) in the hours before dawn. For more information, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/asteroids-comets-and-meteors/meteors-and-meteorites/perseids/in-depth/ and https://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html.

  • Watch Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World

On Thursday (August 13) Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World turns ten years old. Join Scott Pilgrim as he must battle his new girlfriend’s seven exes to win her heart. Learn interesting trivia about the movie by visiting https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446029/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2. You can stream the movie on Netflix or rent/buy it on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, or Vudu.

  • Watch Ocean’s Eleven

On Monday (August 10) Ocean’s Eleven (1960) celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. When Danny Ocean calls upon his World War II buddies to help him pull off an elegant heist that will rob five Vegas casinos blind, the devious gangster Duke Santos tries to thwart Ocean’s plans. To learn some trivia about Ocean’s Eleven, go to https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054135/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2. You can rent or buy the film on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu. To celebrate the Ocean’s Eleven franchise, try watching the 2001 remake by renting or buying it on iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu or stream it on HBO Max,

  • See Casablanca at Navy Pier

This summer Navy Pier is hosting weekly movie nights with the theme Suitcase Cinema (movies about real and imagined worlds) every Monday. This week (August 10) they’ll be hosting Casablanca at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park (699-601 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 6061) and will start approximately at 6:30pm. Since the movie is outside, this time may not be accurate because they have to wait until it is dark outside to get started. As Rick Blaine becomes disillusioned with the world, his former love, Ilsa, reenters his life causing him to reevaluate his actions. Along the way he rejoins the fight against the Nazis. Make sure you bring a blanket to sit on, a few snacks or dinner, and some bug spray since you’ll be outside. As always, you’ll be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing, but it is pretty easy to do since the lawn in front of the stage is huge. To learn more about this Monday’s screening of Casablanca, visit https://navypier.org/cruises-and-tours/architecture-and-sightseeing-cruises/listing/water-flicks-8-10-2020. If you are interested in the entire summer’s schedule, visit https://navypier.org/events-and-public-programs/free-events-and-public-programs/water-flicks/.