12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN

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”

Benefits / Comedy / Fitness / Outdoors

20 Saturday / October 20, 2018

Cabaret Night Fundraiser

08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Windfall Dance Studio

Join us for Windfall’s third annual Cabaret Night! This is a fundraising event that helps us keep our community-based programs and Bloomington’s oldest modern dance company functioning. The night will feature jazzy dances from both our Junior dancers and Dance Company, as well as flamenco, indian dance, tango, local musicians, Belly dance guest performers and more! Each ticket includes a drink coupon, light snacks and sweets. Cash bar with beer and wine available. Classy attire and mature audiences recommended, some adult content.

Benefits / Dance / Eat and Drink / Education / Entertainment / Live Music

25 Thursday / October 25, 2018

The BCT’s Backstage Bash

05:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

You know the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. You LOVE the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. But how much do you know about how performances make their way to the stage?

This fundraising event gives you backstage access to the process and invites you to help decide who will play the BCT in the coming year. Vote for your favorite concert act, enjoy a performance never before seen on our stage, and learn about how your support makes the BCT a place for everyone – on stage and in the audience. The evening features performers from Stage Flight Circus Arts, a local professional training program in performance acrobatics, and HoosieRaas, a high energy, traditional Indian dance troupe with a modern beat. We’ll also hear from Michael Cassady, the man who puts the “Michael” in Michael’s Uptown Café, on the BCT’s impact on downtown Bloomington.

Come to give your financial support to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Stay for the catering by FARMBloomington and a cash bar featuring local beer, wine, and spirits. The first drink is on us!

Benefits / Entertainment / Live Music / Theater

30 Tuesday / October 30, 2018

Fireside Gala at the Woolery Mill

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Woolery Mill

Tapas provided by One World Catering
Appetizers and desserts provided by Celebrity Chefs – Sylvia McNair, Laurie Burns McRobbie, Charlotte Zietlow, Brother William Morris, Rev. Forrest Gilmore, and Bill Breedon
Enjoy Music by the UkeTones, area’s only Ukulele Band
Storytelling by famed performer, Gladys DeVane
Enjoy s’mores around the “campfire”

Benefits / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Spoken Word

30 Tuesday / October 30, 2018

Shalom Center Fireside Gala

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Woolery Mill

Come join us at the fireside for an amazing night of tapas from One World Catering, appetizers and desserts from celebrity chefs, music from the UkeTones, a story from Gladys DeVane, a silent and live auction with Brother William Morris, and more, all at this exciting, historic, newly renovated One World Catering location.

The auction will feature items including local hand-make walking sticks from a Shalom client, Victor Oladipo swag, a week-long getaway along Lake Michigan, a rhino safari in South Africa, local goodies from the Goat Conspiracy, and so much more! (Online bidding will also be available for those who cannot attend the event).

Tickets are $60 per person in advance ($65 at the door) and are available at Shalom, at the BCT box office, and online. To inquire, please contact Dorothy Granger at (812) 334-5734, ext. 123 or dorothy@shalomcommunitycenter.org.

Benefits / Civic Affairs / Eat and Drink / Live Music / Volunteering

3 Saturday / November 3, 2018

Arthur Murray Dance Center presents Dancing with the Celebrities

Buskirk-Chumley theater

Arthur Murray Dance Centers presents its’ 12th annual Dancing with the Celebrities charity dance competition November 3rd, 2018. Local personalities partner with My Sisters Closet for a chance to raise awareness and funds for their mission; and, of course compete for the prized Mirror Ball Trophy. Each Celebrity will train and perform with a professionally certified Arthur Murray instructor. A panel of Judges will critique and score each Celebrity in two different styles of dance: Fox Trot or Waltz, Swing, and one style of their choice. The Celebrity with the highest combined Judge’s score will win the Judge’s Choice Award.

However, the final decision on who wins the Mirror Ball trophy is up to you. The Celebrity that raises the most funds from now until November 3rd, 2018, combined with the Judge’s score will win the Mirror Ball trophy. Make sure to look out for the official Arthur Murray Dancing with the Celebrities logo.

Tickets available at : https://bctboxoffice.org/event/dancing-with-the-celebrities/

Charity for this year: My Sister’s Closet of Monroe County


Benefits / Dance / Entertainment

9 Friday / November 9, 2018

Amethyst House Benefit Concert featuring Iris DeMent

08:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Join us in a night of outstanding music and support for Recovery in our community as we welcome two-time Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Iris DeMent to Bloomington! With her powerful, crisp voice, DeMent uses a blend of country, folk, and gospel styles to create both a heartbreaking and dynamic experience.

The concert will be opened by celebrated singer/songwriter Pieta Brown.

-Friday, November 9th, 8 pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater
-Tickets available at the BCT Box Office for $25, $35, $37, and VIP $70

Benefits / Live Music

2 Sunday / December 2, 2018

12th Annual Congregation Beth Shalom Holiday Bazaar

10:00 am to 03:00 pm
3750 East Third Street, Bloomington


Lots of free parking.

Benefits / Exhibits / Festivals

16 Sunday / December 16, 2018

Messiah Sing-along

03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
St. Mark's United Methodist Church

The Bloomington Chamber Singers will continue its annual tradition of hosting a reading of Part One of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah. This annual free Bloomington Christmas event draws hundreds of area singers (and listeners) who come together to experience Handel’s remarkable music. The reading concludes with the “Hallelujah Chorus.” BCS Music Director and Conductor Gerald Sousa will lead the combined singers.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to please bring a canned good to contribute towards a local food bank donation. Singers, if you have your own Messiah score, please bring it to use. A limited number will be available for purchase or loan.

Benefits / Live Music

26 Tuesday / March 26, 2019

Be More Awards

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

The Be More Awards is our community’s way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers.
Ten awards will be presented during the community celebration honoring all of the nominees on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
A $500 check will be presented to each of the recipient’s volunteer organizations in honor of their outstanding service. This event is free and open to the public.

Benefits / Civic Affairs / Volunteering

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