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12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN
http://www.bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org

This year will marks the 12th Annual Plunge … January 1st at 11:00AM at Fairfax Beach near Four Winds Resort in Bloomington. It’s a plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Monroe – and a seriously fun time for all !!

The 2016 Polar Bear Plunge is a free event — everyone is welcome! Certificates of Achievement will be awarded to all registered participants. This year’s theme is ugly sweaters.

T-shirts commemorating the event will be available at the event. All proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

For more information, check out our website: bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org or email Cindy at cindyduffy@gmail.com”

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24 Friday / August 24, 2018

World Peace Sand Mandala

10:00 am to 04:00 pm on Aug 28
Unity of Bloomington
http://www.tashikyiltour.org

The Tashi Kyil monks begin creation of a World Peace sand mandala. The monks will have an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and will work on the mandala each day until it is completed on Tuesday, August 28th. The completed mandala can be viewed on the 28th from 3-5 p.m. with a closing ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to both the opening and closing ceremony. The public may also stop by Unity of Bloomington to view the work in progress and watch the monks work each of the five days between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Unity of Bloomington, in partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, invites the public to five days of sacred learning, spiritual enlightenment and interaction with the Tibetan Buddhist monks visiting on the 2018-2019 Tashi Kyil Tour. The monks are from Tashil, a Tibetan refugee monastery located in Dehra Dun, India.

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24 Friday / August 24, 2018

Tashi Sholpa and Fire Puja

07:00 pm to 09:30 pm
Unity of Bloomington
http://www.tashikyiltour.org

The Tashi Kyil monks will perform the Tashi Sholpa, a traditional dance welcoming His Holiness the Dali Lama, followed by the “Buddhism and a Course in Happiness at Tashi Kyil Monastery” slide presentation, and personal words from the monks on their biographies. This is a nice opportunity to get to know the monks and learn more about their monastery. Beginning at 8:30 p.m. outside, the monks will perform a Fire Puja followed by the chanting of “Chod” and performance of Sacred Dances in the Chapel. The public is invited to attend one or both events.

Unity of Bloomington, in partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, invites the public to five days of sacred learning, spiritual enlightenment and interaction with the Tibetan Buddhist monks visiting on the 2018-2019 Tashi Kyil Tour. The monks are from Tashil, a Tibetan refugee monastery located in Dehra Dun, India.

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25 Saturday / August 25, 2018

Art Workshop with the Tashi Kyil Monks

01:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Unity of Bloomington
http://www.tashikyiltour.org

Both children and adults will be guided through the arts of sand painting, making “medoc” — the flowers usually put on a Sacred Butter Sculpture (using Play Doh), coloring images of Tibet and Eight Auspicious Symbols, painting Mani Stones (please bring your own flat stone), and making prayer flags.

Unity of Bloomington, in partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, invites the public to five days of sacred learning, spiritual enlightenment and interaction with the Tibetan Buddhist monks visiting on the 2018-2019 Tashi Kyil Tour. The monks are from Tashil, a Tibetan refugee monastery located in Dehra Dun, India.

Benefits / Children / Education

26 Sunday / August 26, 2018

Ties That Bind: Family and Friendship in Broadway and Opera

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Fairview United Methodist Church, 600 W. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
https://www.facebook.com/events/459467197831481/

Settle in for fun and dysfunction with Carlson-Palmer Productions in our eighth annual free summer concert! Join us on Sunday, August 26 for “Ties That Bind: Family and Friendship in Broadway and Opera.” Concert regulars – soprano Anna Singer, tenor Robert Chafin, baritone Richard Lewis, and pianist Michael Borowitz – are joined by mezzo-soprano Courtney Jameson for an afternoon of laughter and tears.

Our performers dive into the world of relationships – friendships, family dynamics, and how we make our way through life with those around us – a question faced by princesses and peasants alike. Our artists will perform songs by the brilliant Stephen Sondheim, plus operatic scenes from Werther, Verdi’s Aïda and Don Carlo, Rossini’s version of Cinderella, and more.

Following our tradition from recent seasons, at this free concert we will accept donations to benefit Fairview Elementary School’s literacy and Artful Learning programs. Last year, your generosity helped us raise over $2,100 for the school. This year we will feature a Fairview student art exhibit so that you, our audience, can experience firsthand some of the great things going on at Fairview. So join us for music, relationships galore, and community engagement!

This program is supported in part by Solution Tree and the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program. On Facebook: “Ties That Bind”.

Benefits / Children / Comedy / Education / Entertainment / Live Music / Theater

30 Friday / November 30, 2018

BPP Annual Gala

06:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Dec 15
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center
https://newplays.org/event/2018-2019/annual-gala/

The BPP Annual Gala is always a lively and classy evening, as unique as the organization itself. This year’s theme is “Game Night: Trivia Edition,” so plan to bring your A-game, your A-team, and your competitive spirit! Doors open at 6:30pm. Cocktail hour will take place in three different areas until 7:30pm, with ice-breaker games throughout. Guests will mingle, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages. The main event takes place in the Waldron auditorium from 7:30–10pm and will include a rousing, team-based trivia tournament, live auction, and a world-class dinner from IMU Catering.

Benefits / Eat and Drink / Entertainment

10 Monday / September 10, 2018

My Sister’s Closet Bingo Night

06:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Moose Lodge
https://sisterscloset.org/fashion-week/

Serving Monroe County, My Sister’s Closet has helped more than 2,000 disadvantaged and at-risk women find and secure gainful employment. This year we hope to preserve the organization as we find a new space for the boutique and outreach services. Join us for a fun night of bingo at The Moose Lodge benefitting the My Sister’s Closet Relocation Fund. No ticket needed!

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12 Wednesday / September 12, 2018

My Sister’s Closet Dine & Donate

11:00 am to 09:30 pm on Jul 12
Bucceto's
https://sisterscloset.org/fashion-week/

Serving Monroe County, My Sister’s Closet has helped more than 2,000 disadvantaged and at-risk women find and secure gainful employment. This year we hope to preserve the organization as we find a new space for the boutique and outreach services. Join us at either Bucceto’s location on September 12th for our Dine & Donate event! Mention My Sister’s Closet, and 20% of your sales will benefit our Relocation Fund.

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14 Friday / September 14, 2018

On Your Marc Sneak Peek Film Screening

07:00 pm
IU Cinema
https://newplays.org/event/2018-2019/on-your-marc-screening/

Who doesn’t love Marc Summers? Maybe the former cleaning crew at Nickelodeon Studios Florida. This documentary follows television icon Summers, the host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and Food Network’s Unwrapped, as he rehearses and develops a live theater show about his life — “The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers”, which premiered in Bloomington, Ind., in 2016 at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a sneak preview of this new documentary before it hits theaters nationwide. A post-film discussion with Marc Summers, moderated by BPP Producing Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz, will follow the screening.

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15 Saturday / September 15, 2018

My Sister’s Closet Black Tie & High Heel Gala

06:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Bloomington Country Club
https://sisterscloset.org/september-15th-black-tie-high-heel-gala/

Serving Monroe County, My Sister’s Closet has helped more than 2,000 disadvantaged and at-risk women find and secure gainful employment. This year they hope to preserve the organization as they find a new space for the boutique and outreach services.

Put on your black tie or best pearls for an elegant evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of My Sister’s Closet! The Black Tie & High Heel Gala will feature live and silent auctions, dinner, and dancing with all proceeds benefiting the My Sister’s Closet Relocation Fund. Seating is limited to 200 guests, so don’t wait—buy your ticket now! Sponsorships are also available; for more information contact Sandy Keller, My Sister’s Closet Executive Director. Remember to wear black and white apparel, and get ready for a night to remember benefiting a great cause.

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