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

18 Friday / January 18, 2019

WinterBliss Wellness Retreat 2019

07:30 pm to 05:30 pm on Jan 20
Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park

WinterBliss is an extraordinary 2.5-day retreat dedicated to renewal, restoration and new year’s dreaming. Partake of any or ALL the dozen offerings including Restorative Yoga, Acutonics, Body/Word Art, Cultivating Everyday Joy, Qigong and Sound Healing. Registration fee covers entire workshop curriculum. Food and optional lodging are extra. Besides workshops, there are cozy spots by the fire, woodland walks, a healing room, and a heated indoor pool on site. There’s also a restaurant at the lodge with healthy soups, salads, and other menu items. And the magical town of Nashville is just a 10-minute drive away. Welcome to an unforgettable weekend of warmth, community, self-discovery, and celebration! Hope you can join us:)

Education / Fitness / Health / Live Music / Outdoors

26 Saturday / January 26, 2019

Bald Eagle Driving Tour

12:30 pm to 03:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area

Monroe Lake is hosting a Bald Eagle Driving Tour on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26.

The self-guided tour runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and will have six outdoor shoreline stops, each staffed by experienced bird watchers. Birders will assist attendees in viewing eagles and other birds through spotting scopes.

Tour attendees can also get an up-close look at a bald eagle and several other raptors at a bonus indoor tour stop featuring live education birds from Hardy Lake.

Advance registration is $5 for adults ($3 for children) and is available through Jan. 24 by calling 812-837-9546, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Walk-up registration is $7 for adults ($4 for children) at the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

All attendees must check-in at the Paynetown Activity Center to pick up a tour map and get their event badges, which must be worn in a visible location while visiting tour stops.

The Paynetown Activity Center is located next to the swimming beach inside Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Admission to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months.

Complimentary cocoa and cookies will be available for tour attendees at the Paynetown Activity Center; attendees are encouraged to bring their own travel mug. There will also be eagle crafts to make, bird checklists, and lake maps.

The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn, located on the other side of Monroe Lake at Fairfax SRA, is offering a special lodging rate of $69 per night for a lake view room on the nights of Jan. 25 and 26. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 19 at 812-824-2628 and you must specify that you plan to attend the eagle tour.

Fourwinds guests can receive a “buy 1 get 1 free” discount on walk-up registration for the Bald Eagle Driving Tour by showing their hotel receipt/confirmation (for the night of Jan. 25 and/or 26) at the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26.

The Bald Eagle Driving Tour is presented by Monroe Lake, with assistance from Brown County and Hardy Lake State Parks. Questions should be directed to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist, at 812-837-9967 or jvance@dnr.in.gov.

Animals / Education / Outdoors

9 Saturday / February 9, 2019

Winter Palooza

02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter & Lawn

Experience our midwestern winter wonderland! No snow is required for our outdoor celebration of everything winter! -Snowman Village! Buy a snowman template for $5, take it home, and decorate it with your own creativity! Bring your fabulous Frosty to Winter Palooza for display in the snowman village, and to compete for “Best Snowman” prizes! – If there is no natural snow, we will make artificial snow to play in! -Mush! Be the lead dog in a human dogsled team, and race your way around our Indiana Iditarod course. Dogsleds provided! -Pick up a Snow Snake and compete in our Snow Snake races! Don’t worry – Snow Snakes won’t bite! – Search for Yetis in the Yeti Hunt to win prizes! -Snow Wars – The icicle strikes back! You’ll love our safe version of a snowball fight. – Try out our homemade snowshoes and navigate the snowshoe course. – Test your skills with our Snowball Slingshot! – Make and eat s’mores! Yum! – Have a Snow Cone – because it’s winter! Play a variety of great games at Winter Palooza, create some winter crafts, take a selfie in our winter photo booth, and more!

Children / Outdoors

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

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

28 Sunday / April 28, 2019

Bloomington Street Fair

12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Kirkwood Ave. between Walnut St. and Indiana Ave.

The City of Bloomington is extending its celebration of community with a Street Fair on Kirkwood Avenue. The Street Fair is an opportunity to use Bloomington’s city streets in new ways: To meet neighbors, find out more about local businesses and organizations, and celebrate our city and its residents. Local businesses and community groups will host displays and interactive activities along Kirkwood Avenue, which will be closed for the Street Fair. Multiple stages will feature music of all kinds, and pop-up performances include poetry readings, dance, and more. Food trucks and Kirkwood Avenue restaurants have plenty of delicious food. Celebrate community and togetherness at the Bloomington Street Fair!

Business / Dance / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

17 Friday / May 17, 2019

Nature Sounds: From Music to Medicine

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Rev. Ernest D Butler Park, 812 W 9th St

The Nature Sounds series combines a live, acoustic performance by local musicians with an educational nature presentation about the sounds made and found in all of our outdoor spaces. Follow along from the trees to the flowers, knowledge of their healing powers, oral histories passed over hours and hours. Experience the healing properties of the natural world, from the medicinal properties of leaves and bark to the healing power of music, rhythm and sound. We will learn about the healing properties of rhythm with percussionist, Lara Weaver. Friday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park Nature topic: From Music to Medicine Musical guest: Lara Weaver Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is free. Bring your own seating.

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

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