24 Tuesday / September 24, 2019

Friendship Bridge-Farm Dinner

06:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Farm Bloomington 108 E Kirkwood

Friendship Bridge Bloomington Circle will be hosting a Dinner Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at FARMbloomington. The event will include a marketplace with handmade items made from Friendship Bridge clients Artisan Market Access Program.

The cost of the dinner is $20.00 and half the proceeds will be donated by FARM to Friendship Bridge. Reservations can be made at events@farm-bloomington.com.

Friendship Bridge is a nonprofit that serves over 28,000 women in Guatemala with microfinance, education, and health services. Its programs, such as the Artisan Market Access Program, have proven to be an effective solution to poverty alleviation .

Brandi Mason, Friendship Bridge’s Vice President of Global Communications & Partnerships, will be sharing more about the organization’s work in Guatemala.

Guatemala has a population of approximately 17 million people. In 2018, more than 815,000 Guatemalans, equivalent to almost 5% of Guatemala’s population, emigrated to the United States. Inadequate public programs, a corrupt government, rising crime levels, and drastic climate change resulted in natural disasters and hunger, all driving forces for the massive surge of Guatemalans choosing to leave.

Friendship Bridge, which specializes in rural women’s empowerment, has unparalleled success in poverty alleviation and provides an alternative solution to emigration by helping to provide programs and services that create opportunities for families to build sustainable futures in their own community.

We create lasting change for generations to come. We have proven that our methodology is effective as seen in our clients’ reduction in poverty, increased food security and family savings, more education for their children and increased profits in their businesses.

Isabela, a woman with 9 children and a native of the department (akin to a State) of Huehuetenango, spent a fortune for her two children to cross the US border. One of them succeeded, but the other was detained and deported. “My son was arrested in Texas,” says Isabela with tears, “he was brought in chains and handcuffs back to Guatemala. “

She learned about Friendship Bridge and with the support of the organization, her family was able to recover, set up a business and generate profits that have helped her improve her household, diversify her business and become an empowered woman.

Friendship Bridge can be the solution for Isabela and thousands more. It has invested in the economic, health and social development of women since it started operating in Guatemala over 20 years ago. With a staff of 160, Friendship Bridge provides access to critical capital, monthly education, and preventive health services offered in the indigenous languages spoken among its clients. The nonprofit also offers mentorship in business management, advanced training on the sales of handicrafts to new markets, and agriculture technical training on modern farming techniques and risk mitigation.

Come enjoy learning more at The Friendship Bridge Bloomington Circle dinner Tuesday, September 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at FARMbloomington . The event will include a marketplace with handmade items made from Friendship Bridge clients
The cost of the dinner is $20.00 and half the proceeds will be donated by FARM to Friendship Bridge.

Reservations can be made at events@farm-bloomington.com.

Benefits / Eat and Drink / Festivals / Speakers

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

5 Saturday / October 5, 2019

The B-Town Improv Hoedown

09:00 am to 11:00 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

Learn, laugh, and do some good at Bloomington’s first and only improv festival! The B-Town Improv Hoedown features daytime workshops for professionals and performers, as well as evening comedy shows for all ages. All proceeds will benefit the IIDC Theater Programs, including Camp Yes And, a free summer camp for youth with autism and teachers.

Benefits / Comedy / Education / Entertainment / Festivals / Theater

5 Saturday / October 5, 2019

Great Glass Pumpkin Preview

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Bloomington Creative Glass Center

Come for a sneak peak of the pumpkins that will be featured at the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 13. In addition, any supporter who makes a tax exempt donation of at least $50 may purchase up to two pumpkins at their marked price at the preview.
Get a tour of the classrooms, the gallery and the glass blowing studio. Ask questions of our staff and sign up for a glass class.
For more information contact:
Abby Gitlitz
Bloomington Creative Glass Center

Benefits / Children / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Festivals / Volunteering

12 Saturday / October 12, 2019

10th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

10:00 am to 03:00 pm
Monroe County Courthouse lawn

Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 10th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! We will have over 900 glass pumpkins for display and sale spread out on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn like a real pumpkin patch. All of the pumpkins are made by the members of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center. Rain or shine! Cash, check and credit card accepted.

Additional Afternoon Activities
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
face painting • glass fused suncatcher workshop • pumpkin painting • and more!

Get your glass pumpkin in the morning and then come back in the afternoon to make your own art. Hands on workshops are open to anyone ages 5+ (Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult). Space is on a first come first served basis.

For more information contact:
Abby Gitlitz
Bloomington Creative Glass Center

Benefits / Children / Exhibits / Festivals / Volunteering

13 Sunday / October 13, 2019

A Fair of the Arts

09:00 am to 01:00 pm
Showers Plaza, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington

Bloomington Parks and Recreation hosts a celebration of art and community with the sales, demonstrations, and displays of arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Visit the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market the second Saturdays of the Market season, then shop for the beautiful and well-crafted objects available at A Fair of the Arts. May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, contact Crystal Ritter at 349-3725 or ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.


19 Saturday / October 19, 2019

Bloomington Zinefest

12:00 pm to 06:00 pm
I-Fell Building

Established in 2017, Bloomington Zinefest is an annual event celebrating self-publishing culture in Indiana and beyond by providing space for writers, artists, radicals, and other exhibitors to sell and trade their zines.

Benefits / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Festivals / LGBT / Speakers

26 Saturday / October 26, 2019

Brown County Handmade Market

10:00 am to 04:00 pm
Parkview Church of the Nazarene

Join us Saturday, October 26 at Parkview Church (just across from the Brown County State Park) from 10am to 4pm for the annual Brown County Handmade Market! This craft show (and more) features ~70 booths of handmade creations from Brown County and across the Midwest, as well as snack booths, kids activities and a silent auction (proceeds from the silent auction benefit ministries of Parkview Church). For more details, visit bchandmademarket.com or facebook.com/bchandmademarket!

Antiques / Benefits / Children / Entertainment / Exhibits / Festivals / Outdoors

9 Saturday / November 9, 2019

Bloomington Handmade Market

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

The Bloomington Handmade Market is a juried indie craft fair that showcases 75+ artists from all over the Midwest. The only craft fair of its kind in Bloomington, you’ll find things like silkscreened shirts and posters, a wide array of jewelry, plush creatures, art prints, colorful ceramics, handbound books, bags and purses, cards, items for children, handmade soaps, original art, and more!

Children / Festivals

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