Category: Community

Fix-It Fair: An Ecological Way to Save Some Green

Whether you’re working to keep items out of the waste stream or just want someone to repair a much-loved keepsake, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) invites you to attend its first-ever Fix-It Fair. The event, on Saturday, August 18, will be held at the main library branch, 303 E. Kirkwood, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

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The Many Ways Our Food Bank Gathers Produce for the Hungry

With its bustling farmers’ markets and ever-growing interest in farm-to-table cuisine, it’s no secret that Bloomington residents have an appetite for locally grown produce. What people may not know is that the farmers who bring their goods to market also make fresh vegetables and fruits available to people seeking food security.

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Animal Shelter Renovation Aims To Keep Rescue Animals Healthier

When the Bloomington Animal Shelter hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its newly renovated and extended building in June, a 6-month-old shelter dog named Spike cut—or rather tore—the ribbon, with an assist from shelter Director Virgil Sauder and Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton.

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Bloomingtonians Who Broke the Color Barrier

In 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson smashed baseball’s color barrier when he became the first African American to play in the major leagues. Since then, many other African Americans have made history by surmounting racial prejudice in a wide range of fields, including medicine, law, education, public service, and sports. 

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Center for Sustainable Living Wins Award for Making Bloomington Better

Operating since the mid-1990s, the Center for Sustainable Living (CSL) has long had a hand in helping advance community ventures like the Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market and the Bloomington Bike Project. In 2008, the nonprofit organization’s efforts led the National Wildlife Federation to officially recognize Bloomington as a certified Community Wildlife Habitat.

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Emily Pike New Director Of New Hope for Families

Since 2011, New Hope for Families has sheltered families experiencing homelessness, and Emily Pike has been a part of the nonprofit organization’s mission since she came on board in year two. Now, after serving as director of New Hope’s early childhood development program, she is the executive director, taking over in January after the departure of former director Elaine Guinn.

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Celebration to Honor Hoosier War Correspondent Ernie Pyle

In this time of political discord, when it seems the two major parties find it hard to agree on anything and the media is frequently demonized, the fact that two senators from Indiana—Todd Young, a Republican, and Joe Donnelly, a Democrat—jointly introduced a bill honoring a deceased journalist might raise some eyebrows. But maybe it’s not so surprising when that newsman is Indiana University alum Ernie Pyle. 

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Bloom Hires Stone Belt To Distribute Magazine

Beginning with this issue, Stone Belt clients are now distributing Bloom to the more than 200 locations where readers can pick up a free copy of the magazine. Stone Belt is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

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The Trials LGBTQ+ Groups Face With Booth at Monroe County Fair

Vandals scrawled anti-gay insults on their booth. Parents pulled children away from their rainbow stickers. A woman told them they were all going to hell. But they returned to the Monroe County Fair the next summer, and the next, and will be there again this year, from June 30 to July 8.

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County History Includes Whiskey Barrel Mystery and an Auction (PHOTO GALLERY)

On June 22–23, 1818, in the first public sale of real estate in the newly formed Monroe County, commissioners sold parcels of land by auction—perhaps around a barrel of whiskey. On June 21, 2018, the City of Bloomington will celebrate its bicentennial with a family-friendly bicycle ride beginning and ending at Cardinal Spirits—perhaps also around a barrel of whiskey.

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Changes Coming, Says New Volleyball Coach

Steve Aird, the new head coach for Indiana University women’s volleyball, is accustomed to winning and to successfully turning around struggling programs. But a winning team is only part of what Aird hopes to bring to IU.

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Bloomington Rotary Celebrates Centennial

As Bloomington and Monroe County mark their bicentennial year, Bloomington Rotary Club is marking a significant anniversary of its own—100 years as a local service organization. To celebrate, it will hold a Centennial Gala May 10, where it hopes to raise $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, enabling the nonprofit organization to build an outdoor recreation area for its Crestmont Unit.

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Tree Project Puts Down Roots for B-town’s Next 200 Years

In 1984, Bloomington was the first city in Indiana to receive the Tree City USA designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation, an honor awarded to communities meeting certain standards of urban forestry management. This year, as part of its bicentennial celebration, the City will plant 200 trees in parks, public spaces, and on school grounds. Residents also had a chance to order trees to plant on private property.

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