The Bridge Spiritual Center for Seekers of Restorative Therapies (photo gallery)

Karla Kamstra. Photo by Stephen Sproull   BY BARB BERGGOETZ The Bridge Spiritual Center, located in the inner corridor of Fountain Square Mall, is a sanctuary for those seeking calmness and balance in their lives, says owner Karla Kamstra. The center, which opened in June, offers therapies like Reiki, reflexology, and crystal healing, as well as interfaith classes, workshops, and community gatherings. Kamstra, 55, who also founded Pets Alive, a nonprofit organization that offers spay and neuter services, says her experience in developing that community-oriented organization, coupled with her long-time fascination with religion and strong Baptist upbringing, inspired her to become a spiritual leader. She is now in her fifth year of religious studies, enrolled in the One Spirit Interfaith [...]

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Protect Your Kids: Where to Go for Inexpensive Home Safety Products

BY SARA SHEIKH The Riley Safety Store at IU Health Bloomington was born from the recognition that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children up to 14 years of age. The store offers families a place to learn about home safety and injury prevention and to purchase low-cost home safety products with the help of trained educators who guide them in their selection, installation, and use. Modeled after the safety store at Riley Hospital for Children, it opened here in 2012. It is located at 651 S. Clarizz Blvd. adjacent to Riley Physicians at IU Health, (formerly Southern Indiana Pediatrics). A primary focus is injury prevention education. Trained staff members help families assess their home safety needs […]

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ICEY- An Interfaith Teen Group Working to Tackle Climate Change

  BY ERIN HOLLINDEN As a leader of Bloomington’s Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY), Tamar Moss, 17, believes climate change is her generation’s most important issue. Her co-leader, Hannah Kasak- Gliboff, concurs. “The longer we hold off on addressing climate change, the worse the damage will be,” says Kasak-Gliboff, also 17. ICEY began in 2012 in response to a call-out by the adult-led group, Earth Care. ICEY uses education and action to reduce humanity’s negative impact on climate. Members have come from Monroe County middle and high schools and from Congregation Beth Shalom, the Islamic Center of Bloomington, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, St. Paul Catholic Center, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, and Trinity Episcopal Church. ICEY has […]

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KMB Studio for Music and Movement: Raising the Barre at Fountain Square Mall

  BY BARB BERGGOETZ Visitors to Fountain Square Mall might be surprised when they happen upon KMB Studio for Music and Movement. With ballet barres lining two long, mirrored walls and a professional dance floor, the exercise space is a bit different from the shops surrounding it. But since opening in mid-2015, owner Kelly McCormick Bangs, 29, has worked with people of all ages and abilities looking to work out with an experienced fitness instructor and professionally trained dancer. Bangs says her Fitness Barre class is the backbone of the studio. “I have a lot of runners, basketball players, gymnasts, and regular folks who take the barre class,” she says. “We’re looking to train people to get balanced functionality from […]

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Leisure Companion Program Ensures Everyone Gets to Play

BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO On its website, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department notes its commitment to inclusive recreation — where individuals with disabilities participate in regular recreational activities. Amy Shrake has been the inclusive recreation coordinator for Parks and Rec for 12 years, and in that time she’s seen how one inclusion service, the Leisure Companion Program, has changed lives. The Leisure Companion Program is a service in which participants with disabilities are partnered with volunteer companions who provide additional support during inclusive activities. The level of support varies according to the specific needs of each individual. The individuals with disabilities are mostly children and teens. “I don’t know how many times it’s happened that we’ve paired an individual […]

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