Juneteenth Celebration & Summer Necessity Drive Drop Off

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Banneker Community Center 930 W. 7th St Bloomington IN 47404

Join Black Lives Matter Bloomington for our Juneteenth Celebration & help with our Summer Necessity Drive

6:00pm to 9:00pm
at the Banneker Community Center
930 W. 7th St
Bloomington IN 47404

With Food Trucks:
Rasta Pops, MeSorrel, Top Shotta Jerk Chicken, Pili’s Party Tacos

Free: Red Velvet Cake & Strawberry Soda from BLM

Music by DJ Jada Bee playing Prince and 80’s/90’s Tunes
Info tables from all of the organizations BLM’s Necessity Drive supports: Middle Way House, Indiana Recovery Alliance, & All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center

WITH a Juneteenth Kids book story corner, coloring pages & craft area!

Learn more about our Drive with these Quick Links:
Necessity Drive HERE ⬇️⬇️⬇️
OUR Amazon wish list for the Necessity Drive:
Click the link find the item you want to buy, purchase it and click the send to BLM option.

Click here to start ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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5 Wednesday / February 5, 2020

Writer Guild Spoken Word Series

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Bear's Place

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series
featuring Jennifer Sue Payne (poetry), Antonia Matthew (prose), Bonnie Maurer (poetry)
music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)
+ an open mic
$5 suggested donation

JENNIFER PAYNE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Bloomington Indiana. She studied Creative Writing at Indiana University and represented IU in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2017. She has participated in her local slam community for 4 years. Jennifer also makes wire wrapped jewelry and operates a small, local, handmade style shop.

ANTONIA MATTHEW, originally from England, has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of Five Women Poets and with them has published three chapbooks and put out a CD. She grew up during WWII and this informs much of her work. Her play “Home Front,” which is built around the letters that she received from her father, who was fighting in Burma in WWII, has been performed live in Bloomington and is currently being produced in London as a full-cast audio dramatization.

BONNIE MAURER, MFA in poetry, IU, is the author of Reconfigured (Finishing Line Press, 2009) and The Reconfigured Goddess: Poems of a Breast Cancer Survivor (Blurb, 2013). Her poems have appeared in the New York Times; So It Goes, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library Journal; Nimrod International Journal, and others, as well as on IndyGo buses and on the 6th floor ceiling of St. Vincent Hospital cancer wing in Indianapolis. She works in Indy for Arts for Learning as a poet-in-the-schools and community, as a copy editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and as an Ai Chi (aquatic flowing energy) instructor. Maurer was a finalist for the 2020 Indiana Poet Laureate and currently nominated for a Pushcart prize. She is an avid welder using recycled objects from local junkyards and bike shops. Contact bmaurer@ibj.com.

In the hazy basements of local analog havens, an audio experience has been blooming at a remarkably organic rate. SITAR OUTREACH MINISTRY, comprised of a sitar, electric guitar, and numerous unique instruments, has been planting the seeds of meditative grooves for many years in the Bloomington scene and impact listeners new and old.

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8 Saturday / February 8, 2020

Kizomba Underground

09:00 pm to 02:00 am on Feb 9
Serendipity Martini Bar

☣️ Kizomba Underground is SoInKiz’ bi-monthly Social Dance❗
💃 1-hour Beginner Kizomba Lesson
📅 Every other month
✔️ 100% Kizomba related music
📍 Venue: Serendipity Martini Bar downstairs
🚼 9 pm Kizomba dance lesson with Daniel Salgado & Adriana Herrera from Chicago
Dancing from 10 – 2 am
☢️ Special Guest DJ Danny “Dj Eclipse” Salgado from Chicago
☢️ Resident DJ Jeff Slone
∎Kizomba ∎Semba ∎Urban Kiz ∎Zouk ∎Tarraxinha ∎Tarrax ∎Afro-house ∎Sensual Bachata?
🔖 Door cover = $5
🍸 Full bar
Southern Indiana Kizomba is a social dancing community organization! We promote Kizomba and other dances in and around the region. Join us if you want to have some fun!

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14 Friday / February 14, 2020

Loving our History! Annual Gala Fundraiser

05:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Monroe Convention Center, 302 S College Ave

The Monroe County History Center is excited to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2020! With this momentous milestone in mind, our gala theme, “Loving Our History,” embraces our ruby anniversary and pays tribute to the fact that this year’s event is taking place on Valentine’s Day.

With so much to celebrate, everyone is sure to find something to love about this year’s gala. The evening will feature a musical performance by jazz pianist, Monika Herzig—including various works by composer Hoagy Carmichael. We will also be sharing a glimpse into the past 40 years of the History Center, as well as looking forward to what’s to come in the next decades.

Tickets are $85 with dinner included. To reserve your tickets, please call 812-332-2517 or visit monroehistory.org/gala/.

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15 Saturday / February 15, 2020

WonderLab After Dark: Chocolate

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
WonderLab Museum

WonderLab Museum is once again participating in LifeDesigns’ chocolate celebration with the 21+ event, After Dark: Chocolate. Enjoy chocolate as you explore the museum and learn about the history and science behind this delicious treat. This event will feature local food, drink, and lots of delicious chocolate! After Dark: Chocolate will take place at WonderLab Museum on Sat February 15 from 6-9 PM.

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29 Saturday / February 29, 2020

2 Hot to Tango

07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

In their 70-minute show, “2 Hot 2 Tango”, the acclaimed bandoneon-piano duo Ben Bogart and Winnie Cheung take you on an emotional journey through musical treasures — both known and undiscovered — of Argentina’s great tango composers.

With wit and charisma, the performers draw audiences into a musical conversation between the piano and the plaintive, provocative bandoneon. Tango aficionados and newcomers alike will fall under the spell of the drama, yearning and romantic sparks of these musical gems as the artists conjure them to life.

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17 Friday / April 17, 2020

Mental Health America of Monroe County’s 1st Annual Gala, Fundraiser & Recognition Dinner

05:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monroe County Convention Center Great Room

Mental Health America of Monroe County (MHA-MC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and supporting mental health consumers and their families through education, referral and service. We achieve our mission by educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen mental health; by sponsoring support groups; by serving as a clearinghouse for information about mental health promotion, prevention and treatment resources in our community; and by fostering innovation in policy, research, practice and services.

Save the date — Join us to learn about what MHA-MC is doing to support health care in our community and state and our goals for 2020. Nominations for mental health categories will be solicited and winners will be announced, recognizing those agencies, individuals, etc. for their contributions. Our keynote speaker is Jill Lees, Bloomington Police Department’s Chief of Police. We will introduce our volunteer board members, serve you a great dinner with a cash bar and provide music for dancing. There will be table sponsorships available, an Eventbrite to register coming soon and a raffle. All proceeds will allow MHA and the Suicide Prevention Coalition to continue working to help make a difference to the wellbeing of our friends and families.

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