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

28 Saturday / September 28, 2019

Cedar Farm: An Historic Preservation Day Trip

08:30 am to 05:30 pm
Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street

Jump onto a luxury passenger bus and travel to one of the remaining antebellum properties in the state of Indiana! Located in Laconia, Indiana, the Cedar Farm antebellum mansion and the Laconia General Store restored by Bill and Gayle Cook will be our destinations for a day filled with discussion about historic preservation projects in southern Indiana. Special presentation by Gayle Cook about the Cedar Farm restoration project.

$40 for members/ $45 for non-members
Ticket price includes round-trip transportation and lunch. Follow the link below to book your ticket today!


Ticket sales end on September 27. Call 812-332-2517 with any questions or to purchase over the phone.

Education / Outdoors

28 Saturday / September 28, 2019

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 2019

09:00 am to 01:00 pm
IU Memorial Stadium

Join us for the 20th anniversary of Hoosiers Outrun Cancer (HOC)!
HOC proudly supports members of our local community who are fighting cancer including patients, their family, and their friends. The Bloomington Health Foundation Cancer Support Fund assists – at no charge – those in our community with needs beyond clinical care: massage therapy, art therapy, patient and family support groups, transportation assistance and more. Over the last 19 years, HOC has raised over $3 million to maintain these necessary resources right here in the South Central Indiana. Thank you to our community partners and sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment to our cause!

We look forward to seeing you on September 28th at IU Memorial Stadium to run in memory of a loved one, walk in honor of someone battling cancer, or simply gather a fun team for a fantastic cause!

Benefits / Fitness / Outdoors / Volunteering

4 Friday / October 4, 2019

Middle Way House’s Wrapped in Love Yarn-Cutting Celebration

06:00 pm to 07:00 pm
Monroe County Courthouse Lawn

Just as Middle Way House wraps survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in warmth and support, teams and individual fabric artists lovingly create tree sweaters for dozens of downtown Bloomington trees. Each beautiful tree sweater is sponsored by a business, person, or organization committed to helping us provide meaningful alternatives to living with violence. Sweaters help publicize our 24/7 Help & Crisis Line: 812.336.0846. Middle Way House staff and supporters (including local fabric artists, tree sponsors, and special guests), invite you to gather on October 4th at 6 PM on the the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to celebrate the opening of Wrapped in Love.

Benefits / Civic Affairs / Exhibits / Outdoors

4 Friday / October 4, 2019

Movies in the Parks Presents: Beetlejuice (PG)

07:40 pm to 09:15 pm
Bryan Park

Bring a blanket and a picnic and join us for free movies every month! Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Ryder Film Series present free movies on the big screen in city parks. Movies begin at dusk; see estimated start times. Be there before dusk and take part in fun pre-show activities, including movie trivia, games, and giveaways.

Rain dates are August 23 and October 5. For the up-to-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

Please be aware that some of the movies have a rating of PG-13. We request your assistance in determining if a particular movie is appropriate for your family.

Entertainment / Films / Outdoors

5 Saturday / October 5, 2019

Camouflage the Duck Blinds

09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Stillwater-Northfork Wildlife Resting Area at Monroe Lake

Volunteers needed to help prepare blinds for waterfowl season at Monroe Lake, Oct. 5

Youth and adults interested in waterfowl hunting and waterfowl observation are invited to help clean, repair, and camouflage the waterfowl hunting blinds in the Stillwater-Northfork Waterfowl area at Monroe Lake.

Volunteers should meet at the Northfork Check Station at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 5. The check station is located east of Bloomington off of State Road 46, 1/3 mile south of the intersection of Kent Road and McGowan Road.

The day will include a short training session on waterfowl blinds and the waterfowl management program at Monroe Lake. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Volunteers can help for just a few hours or stay as late as 4 p.m. You should dress for the weather and bring work gloves, as well as any hand tools you feel will be helpful for cutting brush. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is appreciated but not necessary, last minute volunteers are still welcome. To sign up in advance, call the Monroe Lake Office at 812-837-9546 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and ask for Rex Watters.

Animals / Outdoors / Volunteering

5 Saturday / October 5, 2019

Harmony School Extravaganza

12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
909 E 2nd St Bloomington IN 47401

Join us for Harmony’s annual community celebration! Extravaganza is open to the public, so invite your friends and neighbors! Enjoy carnival booths and games, live entertainment from local artists, a silent auction, haunted house, local food vendors, and more! If the weather isn’t great, we’ll move all activities inside. Come out for laughs, prizes and to help support Harmony School.
Community booths include: Monroe County Fire Department, Scaly Tailz, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, The Goat Conspiracy, Middle Way House, Monroe County Humane Association, CASA, and Wheeler Mission.

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

6 Sunday / October 6, 2019

Monroe Lake Shoreline Cleanup

01:30 pm to 05:30 pm
Cutright SRA at Monroe Lake

Monroe Lake seeks volunteers for annual shoreline cleanup, Oct. 6

A summer full of fun and recreation at Monroe Lake creates more than memories… it also results in a lot of trash! The lake needs your help to clean up the mess and create a more inviting habitat for both people and wildlife.

Volunteers are needed for Monroe Lake’s annual shoreline cleanup on Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m., where people will be transported by boat from Cutright SRA to different areas of the shoreline.

Advance registration for the cleanup is required by October 4 at bit.ly/monroeshoreline2019, as space on the boats is limited to 80 volunteers. All volunteers must be at least 10 years old; ages 10-17 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

All volunteers will be returned to Cutright SRA by 5:30 p.m., where they can enjoy a “thank you” cookout at the shelter.

This annual shoreline cleanup is coordinated by Monroe County Stormwater Services, Hoosier National Forest, City of Bloomington Utilities Department, Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, and the Friends of Lake Monroe in partnership with Monroe Lake, an Indiana State Park.

Questions about the cleanup should be directed to Monroe Lake’s Interpretive Naturalist, Jill Vance, at jvance@dnr.in.gov or 812-837-9967.

Outdoors / Volunteering

6 Sunday / October 6, 2019

Opal Fly & Kapow Live at Oliver Winery

02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Oliver Winery

Enjoy this soulful group perform at the Oliver Winery patio.

Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

11 Friday / October 11, 2019

Nature Sounds: Decomposers

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Rose Hill Cemetery, 1100 W 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47404

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.

Friday, October 11 · 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Nature topic: Decomposers with musical guest Cellist Shuzo Hamada
Rose Hill Cemetery

From writing maggots to head-banging termites, we will explore the dark world of decomposition. Under logs, underwater, and underground these bacterium, fungi and invertebrates break down dead plants and animals to keep the circle of life going ’round. As the leaves fall and we get ready for Halloween, it is a perfect time to explore the dirty work of these important creepy crawlers.

Admission to all Nature Sounds concerts and programs is free. Bring your own seating.

For more information, contact Crystal Ritter at 812-349-3725 or ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.

For up-to-the-minute information on weather-related cancellations, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

Live Music / Outdoors

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