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!

  • Try your hand at drawing

This weekend will be a bit warmer than it has been, so take this opportunity to try to do a nature sketch. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, just have fun trying to capture what you see. There is a technique called retinal painting/drawing where you just draw the blocks of color you see. This is a great way to get started if you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. If you aren’t into drawing, you could try photography, or you could just go on a nature walk.

  • Go thrifting

Mix up your weekend with a trip to the thrift shop. You can find some really cool stuff and have a lot of fun. It’s also great for finding stuff for creative projects, like painting or bleaching jeans.

  • Take a break

For most, midterms are just about wrapping up, so take this opportunity to take a restful break. Whether that means watching a movie with friends or going on a hike or anything else, just make sure you take some time for selfcare.

  • Watch the Falcon and the Winter Soldier 

Continue to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ with Falcon and Winter Soldier, a TV show following the title characters (played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan) as they deal with the trials of a world after Avengers: Endgame. The first episode begins streaming Friday (March 19). To learn more about the characters and production background, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt9208876/trivia.

  • Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s outdoor ice-skating rinks are opening up once again for the Holiday season. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a traditional oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $16-20 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge. Due to COVID-19, there will be limited capacity. Go to maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon/ to make your reservations now or to learn more about skating downtown.