At this time of year, in some local gardens, you may notice and admire large blooms in pink, white, and maroon that lend a tropical feel to the landscape. Although they are hibiscus flowers, they are not the tropical varieties that grow so well in places such as Hawaii.
The message Mark Kidd received in 2014 was clear: “You can’t not do this.” The message was from the head of Indy Honor Flight, and Kidd was being encouraged—“Basically told,” he says— to accompany aging veterans to Washington, D.C., and photograph their visits to the war memorials there.
“If it’s geeky and nerdy, we’ll have it,” says Billy Cooper, founder and promoter of the Indiana Toy and Comic Expo (ITCE), which will take over the entire Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center on Sunday, August 27.
Sometimes parents need help with their children for a few days or a few weeks. They may be temporarily experiencing homelessness or another crisis such as a medical emergency and not know where to turn. That’s when Safe Families for Children can step in and provide short-term childcare in a local host home.
“There’s an art to performing tree work,” says Jerad Oren, co-owner of Bluestone Tree. “We provide homeowners and businesses with the best tree care while respecting their property and properties around them.”
More and more home gardeners are choosing to grow native plants, not only because they add a variety of shapes and textural interest but because, at some time during their life cycle, for one reason or another, most of our native insects require a host plant that is native. Likewise, the birds that frequent our gardens depend on our native insects for nourishment. For example, it takes thousands of caterpillars and insects to sustain a young clutch of baby birds.
Rhino’s Youth Center, a division of Harmony Education Center, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Almost as old as the center itself is the first after-school program it offered—Youth Radio.
Nick Powell always knew he wanted to work outdoors, so it was a good fit when he chose landscaping as a career. But it was only when he began working with stone, and saw he had a talent for it, that he found his true profession.
This year, the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning celebrates its 10th anniversary. And while its founding executive director says she modeled the center on similar programs from around the country, it’s customized for Bloomington.
Hundreds of tiny hand-shaped cutouts hang in the hallways of Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Bloomington. Those hands represent a portion of the 3,000 children ages 2 to 18 seen there since Susie’s Place opened in 2011. The center is located at 365 S. Park Ridge Road.
A few months ago, Marie Kosakowski wanted to find her 4-year-old copper-colored, lionhead rabbit, Oliver, a pal, so she packed him up and took him to the animal shelter run by the City of Bloomington for speed dating. But throwing strange rabbits together can cause sparks to fly—and not in a good way. That’s why Kosakowski took oven mitts for protection—in case she needed to break up any fights.
Debbie Hannah, owner of Bloomington’s Urban Air trampoline park, says the focus of the facility is helping families have fun together. “It’s meant to help people get active, burn calories, and stay away from screens,” Hannah says. “We want people to come and play and have fun with their families. It’s a place parents love as much as their kids.”
Last year, Loren Wood Builders constructed a 5,000-square-foot home on Covenanter Drive. Early this year, the home builder and remodeler went the other way, creating a house measuring just 20 feet by 8 feet—160 square feet of living space that can accommodate up to two adults and a child.
Project Play creators Hilary Key and Angie Burck say that access to toys helps build social and motor skills, imagination, and empathy. Donating new or gently used toys to Project Play helps get the right toys in the hands of the right children.
While many people know the rules of chess and how each piece moves, far fewer actually know how to play the game. Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club (BISCC) is working to change that by hosting training sessions and competitive events for young chess enthusiasts.