New Vet Clinic Offers Services For Low-Income Pet Owners

BY JULIE GRAY Soon after it began operating a low-cost veterinary clinic out of its 700-square-foot administrative offices on South Walnut Street, the Monroe County Humane Association (MCHA) realized the need for services was greater than anticipated. Meeting with low-income clients and their pets two days per month began in March 2016. By September, demand was such that services were being offered eight times a month. That’s when the MCHA knew it needed a dedicated space for low-cost veterinary services. In November, the organization opened the Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic & Outreach Center, located in Ellettsville, just northwest of Bloomington, at 4635 W. Richland Plaza Drive. The center houses a minor medical veterinary clinic, education center, community cat program, and a […]

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Can You Do A Triathlon? Test Yourself at Indoor Event

BY BARB BERGGOETZ If you are an aspiring triathlete or just someone seeking a low-key, late-winter challenge, the Indiana University Swim Club may have just what you need. Athletes who participate in the March 5 IU Swim Club Indoor Triathlon will swim, bike, and run indoors in the safe, controlled environment of the IU Student Recreational Sports Center. The annual event typically attracts about 700 participants. “We like that it’s a great way to try a triathlon without a lot of stress,” says Bill Ramos, Swim Club faculty adviser and IU School of Public Health assistant professor. Participants use the center’s pool, stationary bikes, and track. Ramos says the triathlon attracts many people who want to see if they can […]

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Greene & Schultz Hoosier Half Marathon Fundraiser for Riley Hospital, April 8

BY PAUL BICKLEY Having won the men’s division each of the past five years, Jesse Davis, who ran cross country and track at Bloomington High School South and qualified twice for the U.S. Olympic marathon team, will try to make it six wins in a row on April 8 when he competes in the Greene & Schultz Hoosier Half Marathon. “It’s my favorite course!” says Davis, 35. The race starts and finishes at the Indiana University Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center, 1000 E. 17th St. Along the way, runners pass by the downtown Square, run up Kirkwood and through parts of the IU campus, traverse some near-south neighborhoods, and pass by Bryan Park. Samantha Ginther, 26, the women’s 2015 winner, […]

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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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