Category: Home & Family

Shrubs Add Fall & Winter Interest to Home Gardens

The spring and summer months are when gardens are the most colorful, but it is easy to make our fall and winter gardens interesting as well. Shrubs are especially helpful as they are easy to care for once established, and come in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes.

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Cohousing in Bloomington Finally Becoming a Reality

After years of planning, Bloomington Cohousing, Indiana’s first cohousing community, is finally becoming a reality. The brainchild of lifelong friends Janet Greenblatt and Marion Sinclair, the intentional community near the Southeast YMCA will feature 26 privately owned homes, a common building, community gardens, and other shared amenities, all designed to reduce homeowners’ environmental footprints and expand their sense of community.

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Sensory-Friendly Plays Make Theater Accessible To Kids With Disabilities

Making live theater more accessible is often on the minds of the folks at Cardinal Stage. One example is Cardinal’s Community Ticket Initiative, which allows people to see theater performances free of charge. Another way Cardinal is making theater more accessible is with sensory-friendly performances of their Cardinal for Kids productions during the 2019–20 season.

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Ghost Walk Serves Up Spooky Fun For All Ages

At 200 years old, Indiana University has quite a few local legends, including ghostly yarns like the one about a grumpy child apparition in the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room, said to be connected to a painting of a little boy holding a pumpkin. Rumor has it the spirit creates a fuss when the chairs and tables in the room are moved out of place. Indulging in such stories is part of the fun when the IU Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department holds its annual Ghost Walk.

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B-town’s One & Only Platinum LEED Home

Nate Johnson admired the energy-efficient home his friends David and Carol Gulyas designed and built in Bloomington’s Near West Side neighborhood, so much so that he asked David to help him build a similar one.

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Room at the Table: Host an Immigrant Family for Dinner

Even as America struggles with national immigration policy and animosity toward immigrants runs high in some places, two young social entrepreneurs from Indiana University have developed a novel way to make Bloomington a welcoming place for immigrants who choose to settle here.

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Movies in the Park

For 21 years, families, friends, and neighbors have been gathering to enjoy recent releases and classic films as part of the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Movies in the Parks program.

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Kids Can Bowl Free All Summer Long!

Parents who want their kids to stay active—and cool—during the summer can take advantage of two local Kids Bowl Free programs. Children ages 2 to 16 are invited to bowl for free at Bowling & Billiards at Indiana Memorial Union now through August 4.

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Get Ready to Be Inspired at Summer Garden Walk

If you are a gardener, or simply appreciate gardens and the outdoors, mark your calendar now so you can be sure to attend the Bloomington Garden Club’s 2019 Summer Garden Walk the weekend of June 8 and 9. This will be the 30th year for the popular event.

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Williams Bros. Pharmacy Offers Home Solutions to Age in Place

According to AARP, about 90 percent of Americans want to continue living in their own homes as they age. “One change at home—a chairlift or a walk-in shower—can be the difference between living at home and living in a facility,” says Shaun Huttenlocker, manager of home medical equipment at Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy, 574 S. Landmark Ave.

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Bloom’s Greatest Hits: Landscape Artists

Landscape gardening has always been a form of visual art, and, like painting, it has evolved over time. During the past century traditional formal plantings gave way to gardens that incorporate the surrounding terrain, use native plants, and satisfy the desire for a more relaxed—and sustainable—outdoor lifestyle.

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Endwright Center Offers Garden Programs & Trips

A short drive up West Ind. 46 in Ellettsville, The Endwright Center offers educational programs for active adults, including many on gardening. “We’ve had classes in bonsai and houseplant care,” says Director Rebecca Ball. “And we’re considering programs on container gardening and small gardens.”

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Master Gardener Program Celebrates 30 Years Here

Monroe County’s Master Gardener program celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. Begun in the greater Seattle area in 1972, the Master Gardener program came to Indiana in 1978, reaching Bloomington in 1989. Participants take a rigorous course in horticultural art and science, then use their knowledge to help the community.

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Stone Belt: Serving People With Disabilities for 60 Years

Today, Stone Belt is a $21 million nonprofit agency that supports 1,300 people with disabilities in three counties. Sixty years ago, Stone Belt was located in a church basement operating as a school for children with disabilities. Funds were raised through chili suppers and yard sales.

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