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12th Annual Bloomington Polar Bear Plunge

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Fairfax Beach, Fairfax Road, Bloomington IN
http://www.bloomingtonpolarbearplunge.org

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

19 Thursday / July 19, 2018

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

08:30 am to 01:00 pm
Restle Natural Area (northern Monroe Co.), Meet at Kroger, 1825 N Kinser Pike, Bloomington, IN 47404
https://sycamorelandtrust.org/Events/third-thursday-restle-natural-area/

Help clean up the historic cemetery at this preserve, which features a pioneer-era headstone. Lunch is included! Meet at the Kroger on North Kinser Pike to carpool. To learn more and register for the event, visit our website at www.sycamorelandtrust.org/events/

Outdoors / Volunteering

21 Saturday / July 21, 2018

Charlene Marsh: Plein Air Painting Demo and Workshop

12:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area
http://stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Charlene Marsh, a plein air oil painter, will host a demonstration and public painting opportunity at Paynetown State Recreation Area on Saturday, July 21.

The public is invited to stop by the swimming beach area to watch her paint from 12 to 1:30 p.m. After the demo concludes, Marsh will supply materials and instruction for visitors to complete their own plein air painting between 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Based in Brown County, Charlene Marsh’s artwork now hangs in thousands of private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the world and has won numerous awards. She has taught art to all ages, given painting demonstrations, and served as a guest artist and artist in residence at local art centers, state institutions, and in the public schools.

To complement the afternoon demo and workshop, a naturalist will offer gyotaku fish printing at the campground playground that same day from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gyotaku is a traditional art form used by Japanese anglers to create a record of their catch. Instead of using real fish, participants will create their painted prints from realistic fish models. People can bring their own cotton clothing items to print on, or use a provided fabric square.

Questions should be directed to the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or jvance@dnr.IN.gov.

Paynetown SRA is located at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. The Property Entrance Fee is $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plates, or $9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates. Annual Entrance Permits are also available for sale at the gatehouse.

Children / Outdoors

21 Saturday / July 21, 2018

Oliver Winery’s Cork & Fork

04:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Creekbend Vineyard

Pack a big blanket and chairs, and bring family or friends out to Cork & Fork at Creekbend Vineyard.
Nashville based singer/songwriter John King will charm the crowd while you relax and enjoy the best of summer: great wines, delicious food from local vendors, and a stunning vineyard landscape.

Eat and Drink / Live Music / Outdoors

28 Saturday / July 28, 2018

Slip ‘N Foam

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10451

Take a ride down a hundred-foot slip ‘n slide on the best hill in town! Not a fan of slipping and sliding? Find your fun in an overflowing foam pit and participate in water-themed games and crafts. This event is programmed for children, but parents are encouraged to bring their inner child and join in the fun! Wear a swimsuit to cool off in the hot summer sun, and savor the last days of summer break!

Children / Entertainment / Outdoors

4 Saturday / August 4, 2018

Salsa Contest at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market

10:00 am
401 N. Morton St.
https://bloomington.in.gov/farmers-market/salsa-contest

Summer’s sun is still blazing, and we’re about to kick up the heat with Bloomington’s 30th annual Salsa Contest. Entries for the city’s best homemade salsa will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Take part in the food showdown of the year, and revel in the abundance of locally grown ingredients and the culinary craftsmanship of the salsa creations.

Purchase your entry packet for $5 at Bloomingfoods East (3220 E. Third St.) or Bloomingfoods Near West Side (316 W. Sixth St.)

Entry packets include:
An entry form with space to include your recipe
A recipe card
Two 16 oz. containers for salsa
A bag to place them in

Entry packets must be returned to Bloomingfoods East or West no later than 8 p.m. Friday, August 3.

Contest Rules: Salsas should be entirely handmade with fresh ingredients; no additives, preservatives, artificial flavors, or processed sauces allowed. Twenty entries in each of the three categories (tomato-based raw, tomato-based cooked and specialty) are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. All the ingredients in raw salsa must be completely uncooked (no smoking, braising, roasting, etc.) Specialty salsas may include tomatoes, but not as a main ingredient. Judges and their family members are not eligible to participate. Limit of one entry per category per person. Winners will be announced at the event around 11 a.m.

Judging takes place at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 4. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each of the categories.

Even if you don’t enter, plan on joining the fun. You’ll have a chance to taste the contest salsas (while supplies last) as well as some salsas made by Bivi’s Tamales. There will be a salsa-making demonstration by Chef Chris Swartzentruber from Upland Brewing Company at 10:15 a.m.

Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods.

Eat and Drink / Live Music / Outdoors / Volunteering

8 Wednesday / August 8, 2018

Drool in the Pool

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Mills Pool
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10440

Mills Pool is closed for humans, but is open for two more days for swimming for your canine friends. The first evening features dog paddling fun and a jumping contest. The second evening is filled with a variety of entertaining contests and more swimming. A quick draw caricaturist will be at the event both nights and various pet-related businesses and organizations will be on hand during the second night only. Dog guards are on duty to supervise any dogs gone wild. Both the shallow play area and the main pool are open for all dogs to enjoy; the deep end is closed.

*All leashed, non-aggressive, well-behaved dogs are welcome.

*Humans are not allowed to swim during Drool in the Pool.

*Help us keep the water clean. Prior to the event engage your dog in a high-energy activity to avoid feces in the water.

*Dogs must be spayed or neutered.

*Dogs are required to be at least six months of age.

*No retractable leads.

*We reserve the right to dismiss any dog for unruly activity and/or aggressive behavior. OWNERS MUST PROVIDE WRITTEN PROOF FROM A VETERINARIAN SHOWING THEIR DOG’S CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION TO ATTEND. Indiana law requires that the rabies vaccination tag be worn at all times. All dogs will be checked on site by City of Bloomington Animal Control. Dogs without written proof of current rabies vaccination will not be allowed in the event. A rabies tag alone is not sufficient! Maximum one dog per person. To move faster through admissions, download and complete a registration form from our website prior to the event. Registration forms available July 2.

Animals / Children / Outdoors

9 Thursday / August 9, 2018

Drool in the Pool

05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Mills Pool
https://bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/10440

Mills Pool is closed for humans, but is open for two more days for swimming for your canine friends. The first evening features dog paddling fun and a jumping contest. The second evening is filled with a variety of entertaining contests and more swimming. A quick draw caricaturist will be at the event both nights and various pet-related businesses and organizations will be on hand during the second night only. Dog guards are on duty to supervise any dogs gone wild. Both the shallow play area and the main pool are open for all dogs to enjoy; the deep end is closed.

*All leashed, non-aggressive, well-behaved dogs are welcome.

*Humans are not allowed to swim during Drool in the Pool.

*Help us keep the water clean. Prior to the event engage your dog in a high-energy activity to avoid feces in the water.

*Dogs must be spayed or neutered.

*Dogs are required to be at least six months of age.

*No retractable leads.

*We reserve the right to dismiss any dog for unruly activity and/or aggressive behavior. OWNERS MUST PROVIDE WRITTEN PROOF FROM A VETERINARIAN SHOWING THEIR DOG’S CURRENT RABIES VACCINATION TO ATTEND. Indiana law requires that the rabies vaccination tag be worn at all times. All dogs will be checked on site by City of Bloomington Animal Control. Dogs without written proof of current rabies vaccination will not be allowed in the event. A rabies tag alone is not sufficient! Maximum one dog per person. To move faster through admissions, download and complete a registration form from our website prior to the event. Registration forms available July 2.

Animals / Children / Outdoors

12 Sunday / August 12, 2018

Sunday Music & Mimosas

11:00 am to 02:00 pm
Oliver Winery

Purchase a champagne flute of sparkling wine, and cozy up to our mimosa bar of fresh juices and fruits. Enjoy a treat from our menu of muffins, pastries, parfaits, and other light brunchy items, available for purchase.

On these special Sundays, Oliver Winery opens early! We’ll be here starting at 11 am, with live music from Monika Herzig until 2 pm.

No reservations required!

Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

16 Thursday / August 16, 2018

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

08:30 am to 01:00 pm
Trevlac Bluffs Nature Preserve (northwest Brown Co.), Meet at Cedar Crest, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington, IN 47401
https://sycamorelandtrust.org/Events/third-thursday-trevlac-bluffs/

We’ll use backpack sprayer to treat invasive Japanese stiltgrass along the Yellowwood Trail, and also work on some trail improvements. Meet at Cedar Crest to carpool. Lunch included! To learn more and register for the event, visit our website at www.sycamorelandtrust.org/events/

Outdoors / Volunteering

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