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”

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29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus in the Park

12:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park

A full afternoon of performances, workshops, and hands-on fun for the whole family! Bring your lawnchair or blanket and enjoy the festivities. Lotus in the Park is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of Lotus sponsors, donors, and grantors.


12:00-12:45pm — GLOBAL VOICES: Aynur (Turkey), Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole (Hawaii), and Anandi Bhattacharya (India)
2:00-2:45pm — AMERICAN ACOUSTIC: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters (US), Sam Amidon (US), and Hawktail (US)
2:30-3:15pm — Bicentennial Song with Jeff Cannon
4:15-5:00pm — Orquesta el Macabeo (Puerto Rico)
1:00-1:45pm — Gao Hong & Issam Rafea (US, China, Syria)
3:15-4:00pm — Maracatu Brazilian Rhythm Workshop with Colleen Haas and Women of Mass Percussion

Hands-on art activities inspired by global traditions and local partners
City of Bloomington Latino Outreach – fold Mexican paper flowers!
Indiana Limestone Symposium – try your hand carving Limestone with local artists.
Lotus – Brazilian Carnival Maracatu instruments, including ganzas (shakers) to use in the Lotus Parade! Contribute to a collaborative circle weaving project too.
Mathers Museum of World Cultures – make crafts featuring hats, animals, and instruments relating to the museum’s current exhibitions Heads and Tales, and Playing with Animals: Musical Instruments.
Newfields – create masks! Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition Making Faces: The Remarkable Masks of Master Bidou Yamaguchi.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site – paint a mural inspired by this celebrated Indiana artist.
Park your bicycle in the Salt Creek Cycles Bike Corral – Lower your Festival footprint by cycling to the Park! Cyclists receive a 15% discount coupon for a purchase at Salt Creek Cycles. With maps and info from the Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety’s Commission.

Located on Lincoln Street near the park playground. Cash and credit cards accepted. Vegetarian and meat options available.

La Poblana Mexican Food Truck: Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Chips & Queso * Nachos Poblanos * Tamales * Quesadillas * Taco Salad * Special Platters * Variety of sides * Beverages (Horchata, Jamaica Hibiscus Tea, Mexican Coke, Jarritos, Water, Sodas)
Pili’s Party Taco: Burros / Burritos * Tacos * Tortas (Mexican Sandwich) * Nachos * Elotes (Grilled Mexican Corn) * Gringas (Flour tortilla filled with cheese, al pastor (meat), and pineapple; grilled like a quesadilla)
The Chocolate Moose: Ice Cream (Variety of homemade ice cream flavors including vegan options) * Beverages (Water, Boylan’s soda, STIR Mobile drinks, Teavana tea, Circle City Kombucha)

Entertainment / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

29 Saturday / September 29, 2018

Lotus Festival Parade

08:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

Meet at 4th & Washington; ends at Buskirk Chumley Theater.

Follow the big brass-band sounds of Festival artist Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada) and join in as the procession takes over Walnut Ave. Grab a flag, shake a tail feather, and be part of the celebration!

Entertainment / Festivals / Outdoors

6 Saturday / October 6, 2018

Apple Tasting

10:00 am to 12:30 pm
401 N. Morton St.

“Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks.” — Liberty Hyde Bailey. Apple Tasting returns to the Farmers’ Market with the fruit of our area growers’ labors. Find a perfectly meaty, soft-skinned apple for an afternoon snack or a just-right firm and crisp apple for your favorite crisps and pies. Apple Tasting will rock you to the core! Apple Tasting is scheduled from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington. Participation is free.

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7 Sunday / October 7, 2018

Run for the Animals 5K & Barktoberfest Event

10:00 am to 02:00 pm
Karst Farm Park Grounds

Please join us to be a part of the annual community Run for the Animals 5K & Barktoberfest event, coming up on Sunday, October 7th. The Run for the Animals is a timed 5K run/walk and event along the Karst Farm Park grounds, with all of the proceeds benefiting the programs and services of MCHA. Barktoberfest, happening both during and after race events, includes vendors, an off-leash dog play area, dog contests, demonstrations, and many other fun activities for both families and furry friends! This event is so important to the Monroe County Humane Association and our ability to provide many programs and services that would otherwise not exist in our community. MCHA aims to work towards a more humane future for Monroe County pets by coordinating accessible veterinary care through the Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic, offering a free pet food and supply resource pantry, humane education, funding assistance for spay/neuter surgeries, and coordinating a pet therapy program – many lives, human and animal alike, are touched by the work of MCHA.
In 2017, we welcomed our 200 runners and walkers and 100 furry friends to the event! Full event details can be found at our website www.monroehumane.org, including how to register to participate! Questions about becoming a vendor or sponsor? Contact Kimberly Goy at kgoy@monroehumane.org
Come Run with the Animals of Monroe County!

Animals / Benefits / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Festivals / Fitness / Outdoors / Volunteering

18 Thursday / October 18, 2018

Third Thursday Preserve-a-Preserve Day

12:30 pm to 04:00 pm
Sam Shine Foundation Preserve (northern Monroe Co.), Meet at Kroger, 1825 N Kinser Pike, Bloomington, IN 47404

We’ll clean up trash at a newer addition to the preserve, and also continue work on Asian bush honeysuckle and other invasives. 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

19 Friday / October 19, 2018

Howl at the Moon

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
B-Line Trail - Meet next to the Bloomington Banquet sculpture at the B-Line Trail and Eighth Street

Leash up the pups for a glow-in-the-dark pooch pawty and one-mile, after-dark walk on the B-Line Trail. The first 50 dogs receive a glow stick for their collars, and humans are welcome to bring their own glow sticks to light up the night! Arrive early to take part in Fido fun with games and activities including a doggy photo booth. Sign up at the pawty to win a Wag Bag full of cool canine stuff after the walk.

Animals / Children / Outdoors

20 Saturday / October 20, 2018

Trick or Treat Trail

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm

The paved trail through the woods comes to life with your child’s favorite movie, storybook, and fairy tale characters! Participate in games, play with the Imagination Playground, or strike a pose at a photo booth while you wait to go on the trail. We will also have taste testing of hocus-pocus healthy snacks and active, jumping jack-o’-lantern fun! Admission is $4/child. Geared toward ages 1-10 yrs. One adult admitted free with paid child’s admission. $2 each additional adult. Due to the popularity of the Trick or Treat Trail, there may be a wait to enter the trail. We appreciate your patience!

Children / Outdoors

27 Saturday / October 27, 2018

Bloomington Pumpkin Launch

11:00 am to 03:00 pm
Monroe County Fairgrounds, 5700 W Airport Rd, Bloomington, IN 47403

Fall has arrived and pumpkins are flying through the skies over the Monroe County Fairgrounds! Launcher teams send pumpkins soaring through the air in competitions for accuracy and distance, so get a team together to build and enter a pumpkin launching device. Not a builder? Not to worry! There is plenty to do and see at the Pumpkin Launch, including a children’s area with a variety of activities, live music, food vendors, and the festive feel of fall. Bring a lawn chair and be amazed by launch device ingenuity! Launcher Categories and Registration: Youth Human Powered (elementary and middle school students) Student Human Powered (high school or college students) Adult Human Powered Cannons and chemically powered launchers are NOT permitted. Launcher fee: $25 per team (max. six people per launching team) Spectator admission: $10 per vehicle Launcher team registration deadline is Oct. 19. Gates open and activities begin at 11 a.m. Launching begins at noon. For more information and a list of launcher rules, call 349-3748 or visit bloomington.in.gov/pumpkinlaunch.

Children / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

3 Saturday / November 3, 2018

Soup Tasting

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bloomington Community Farmers Market, 401 N. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47401

Few things are more comforting than cold hands wrapped around a warm cup of soup. The weather may be cooling down, but the soup is heating up for the twelfth annual Soup Tasting on Showers Plaza. Celebrate this cool weather harvest from field and farm as area chefs showcase their expertise with this versatile comfort food. Sampling is warmly encouraged! Participation is free while supplies last.

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