30 Saturday / March 30, 2019

Encores Kids Consignment Sale

09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Clearnote Church

Encores is an annual two-day event where gently-used children’s items are sold on consignment.
March 29 and 30, 2019 | 2401 S. Endwright Rd. | Near Karst Farm Park

Sell Gently-Used Kids Stuff:

Our consignor registration is currently open! You set the prices on your items and keep 70% of the profit. We take the rest of the profit, but we do all the advertising, setup, promotion, etc. for you Register now on our website. encoreskids.com/register-to-consign.html

Shop the Consignment Sale:

Stock up for the entire year- we’ll have baby and kids’ clothes of all sizes, toys, furniture, educational materials, and anything else you need. After noon on Saturday, most items will be 50% off!

Register for our Mailing List or as an Expectant Mom

Sign up for our text updates! Text ENCORES to 55222 and you can shop the Friends of Encores pre-sale on Friday starting at 5 pm.
If you are an expectant mom you can register for the pre-sale today at encoreskids.com/expecting-mom.html

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30 Saturday / March 30, 2019

24th Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar – Family Day

11:00 am to 03:00 pm
Fairview Elementary School (500 W 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47404)

The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids and families. Created in 1996 with the help of area teachers, the World Bazaar has become a tradition in Monroe County schools — public, private, and charter — as well as in our community. Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts at a vibrant multicultural fair in the gymnasium of Fairview Elementary. More than 30 activity stations let kids get their hands on the world….so grab your passport at the door, and go! Featuring hands-on activities, exploration of world cultures, and live performances. Appropriate for all ages, but especially fun for kids K-6. Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.
The Friday of the Bazaar is open only to 4th-grade classes from area schools (watch our website or contact loraine@lotusfest.org for information on getting your school involved with the Bazaar).

Children / Education / Live Music / Outdoors

31 Sunday / March 31, 2019

Salamander Sunday

08:00 am to 04:00 pm
Monroe Lake

Fans of amphibians should mark their calendar for March 31, when Monroe Lake hosts “Salamander Sunday.”

There are two programs open to everyone, no registration needed: an 8 a.m. salamander survey at Stillwater Marsh, and a 3 p.m. woodland salamander exploration at Paynetown SRA.

Two other programs require advance registration by March 27: a 10:30 a.m. presentation on the salamanders of southern Indiana, which is limited to 25 people, and a 1 p.m. salamander craft session, which is limited to 16 children. Both take place at Paynetown SRA.

Complete details on all four programs, including meeting locations and registration links for the two programs that require advance signup, are at http://bit.ly/salamandersunday2019.

Salamander Sunday programs are all free and there is no fee to enter the property during the winter season.

Questions should be directed to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist, at jvance@dnr.in.gov.

Animals / Children / Education / Outdoors

6 Saturday / April 6, 2019

Bloomington Creative Glass Center’s Glass EGGstravaganza!

01:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Bloomington Creative Glass Center

Come to our drop in workshop and make your own fused glass magnet or suncatcher! This family friendly workshop is an opportunity for anyone ages 5 and above to try glass making “on the spot” in 15 minutes or fewer.

Glass-fusing is a fun creative process that involves collaging smaller bits of glass onto a larger glass surface. Your piece will be taken to a kiln offsite for firing and will be available for pick it up by March 26. The cost for fusing is $15 for a small piece, and $25 for a roughly 4″ x 3″ square.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome! We will take reservations every 15 minutes from 1:00 until 4:30.
If you would like to register for a time slot please contact us at bcgcglass@gmail.com, or call (812)369-4777.

Children / Education

12 Friday / April 12, 2019

Nature Sounds: Good Vibrations

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Lower Cascades Park, 2851 N Old State Road 37 Bloomington IN 47408

Be immersed in the reverberations of nature as we dip into the use of vibrations, pitch, cadence and crescendo to communicate and to survive. From the smallest mosquito to the largest whale, the animal kingdom sings to us every day. Janiece Jaffe will demonstrate sound meditations using crystals, Tibetan bowls, and her voice. Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Lowers Cascades Park, Sycamore Shelter Nature topic: Good Vibrations Musical guest: Janiece Jaffe Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is free. Bring your own seating.

Children / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

13 Saturday / April 13, 2019

Faces of ACEs – A Mental Health & Wellness Community Expo

09:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fairview Elementary School, 627 W 8th St, Bloomington, IN 47404

ACEs are abuse, neglect or traumatic experiences that occur to children under age 18. These stressors in a child’s life can lead to both physical and mental health risks for them as adults. Learn what this means for you and your family. Learn how to build resiliency in yourself and others. AND have fun learning some fun new coping skills brought to you by the IU School of Social Work students!
This event is FREE and open to the public! It will offer Arts & Crafts, Music, On-Site Mental Health Therapists, Coping Skills toolboxes, and Resource Tables where you can find someone to help. This event is being presented by your Monroe County Systems of Care, a partnership of local organizations collaborating for the purpose of improving quality and access of mental health services in Monroe County.

Children / Dance / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Fitness / Health / Outdoors / Speakers

8 Saturday / June 8, 2019

Bloomington Handmade Market Summer Fair

09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

The Bloomington Handmade Market brings you our second annual Summer Fair this June 8, from 9a-3p in downtown Bloomington on the square! The BHM has been bringing you independent, modern handmade art and craft for 10+ years. We want to celebrate with you with 30+ local handmade vendors, Cardinal Spirits, DJ Maddog, and kids’ activities with local non-profits.!

Returning to 6th street on the north side of the square in Downtown Bloomington, BHM is the only locally-curated handmade indie craft show featuring fun and quirky artisans, makers, crafters, and designers from all over the Midwest. The over 30 regional artists will showcase an incredible selection of modern handmade goods such as jewelry, screen printed t-shirts, bath and body products, children’s toys, wood furniture, local foods, and much more.

This year in addition to our makers, you can find the Persisterhood, a local non-profit handmade business donating their profits to Moms Demand Action.
To see a list of this year’s vendors, please visit https://www.bloomingtonhandmademarket.com/makers-2019.html or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @bloomingtonhandmademarket.

The Bloomington Handmade Market is free to attend and metered street parking is available for $1 per hour, as well as the garages downtown (Morton St, and Scotty’s Garage – .50 hour, first hour free).

Children / Festivals / Outdoors

24 Saturday / August 24, 2019

Makevention 2019

10:00 am to 04:00 pm
Monroe Convention Center

Makevention (August 24, 10am-4pm at the Monroe Convention Center) is an annual celebration of the DIY spirit in Bloomington, Indiana. Makers from Bloomington and the surrounding region will be there showing off their projects and engaging attendees in making activities. For those that want to more hands on learning, we will once again have workshops.

The event is family friendly, intended for all ages/skill levels, and free.

Children / Education / Exhibits / Festivals

26 Thursday / September 26, 2019

26th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

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Multiple venues in downtown Bloomington

Save the date for the 26th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival as it returns to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana, September 26-29, 2019.  We look forward to our 26th year of filling the downtown streets with an eclectic blend of global sound and spectacle.
For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has transformed downtown Bloomington into an exuberant world of music for one blissful, boisterous September weekend, in addition to providing a full range of multicultural music and art programming throughout the year. The Festival features a mix of ticketed evening events and plenty of free programming for the entire family to enjoy.
From outdoor dance tents to contemplative church venues and historic theaters, and from the kid-friendly Lotus in the Park to art exhibitions and a swirling street scene, the Lotus vibe is one of exuberant energy, vivid colors, and delectably diverse soundscapes.

Children / Festivals / Live Music

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