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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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).

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31 Sunday / March 31, 2019

Salamander Sunday

08:00 am to 04:00 pm
Monroe Lake

Fans of amphibians should mark their calendar for March 31, when Monroe Lake hosts “Salamander Sunday.”

There are two programs open to everyone, no registration needed: an 8 a.m. salamander survey at Stillwater Marsh, and a 3 p.m. woodland salamander exploration at Paynetown SRA.

Two other programs require advance registration by March 27: a 10:30 a.m. presentation on the salamanders of southern Indiana, which is limited to 25 people, and a 1 p.m. salamander craft session, which is limited to 16 children. Both take place at Paynetown SRA.

Complete details on all four programs, including meeting locations and registration links for the two programs that require advance signup, are at http://bit.ly/salamandersunday2019.

Salamander Sunday programs are all free and there is no fee to enter the property during the winter season.

Questions should be directed to Jill Vance, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist, at jvance@dnr.in.gov.

Animals / Children / Education / Outdoors

4 Thursday / April 4, 2019

Bloomington Walking Club

06:00 pm to 07:00 pm on Oct 31
Olcott Park (Meet at the Howard Young Pavilion at the end of the parking lot)

The Bloomington Walking Club is a weekly, informal group that walks on the paved trails surrounding Olcott Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome. Walkers choose their own pace. Dog- and stroller-friendly. Presented by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and IU Health Bloomington. For more information, contact Jess Klein at kleinj@bloomington.in.gov.

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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.

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13 Saturday / April 13, 2019

Faces of ACEs – A Mental Health & Wellness Community Expo

09:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fairview Elementary School, 627 W 8th St, Bloomington, IN 47404

ACEs are abuse, neglect or traumatic experiences that occur to children under age 18. These stressors in a child’s life can lead to both physical and mental health risks for them as adults. Learn what this means for you and your family. Learn how to build resiliency in yourself and others. AND have fun learning some fun new coping skills brought to you by the IU School of Social Work students!
This event is FREE and open to the public! It will offer Arts & Crafts, Music, On-Site Mental Health Therapists, Coping Skills toolboxes, and Resource Tables where you can find someone to help. This event is being presented by your Monroe County Systems of Care, a partnership of local organizations collaborating for the purpose of improving quality and access of mental health services in Monroe County.

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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!

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5 Sunday / May 5, 2019

39th Annual Gene Flander Harmony School Golf Outing

07:30 am to 02:00 pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Course

Join us for the 39th Annual Gene Flander Golf Outing in support of the Miles Kanne Harmony School Scholarship Fund at Eagle Pointe Golf Course on Sunday, May 5th at 7:30 AM (rain date May 19th). Sponsorship opportunities available! Team fees are $600 or $150 per golfer with lunch provided by Bloomingfoods. All the proceeds support Harmony School in their mission to make it possible for students of all backgrounds and demographics to receive a high quality education while developing their own voice in the community. For more information, please contact golf@harmonyschool.org or visit www.harmonyschool.org/golf.

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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

8 Saturday / June 8, 2019

Bloomington Handmade Market Summer Fair

09:00 am to 03:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

The Bloomington Handmade Market brings you our second annual Summer Fair this June 8, from 9a-3p in downtown Bloomington on the square! The BHM has been bringing you independent, modern handmade art and craft for 10+ years. We want to celebrate with you with 30+ local handmade vendors, Cardinal Spirits, DJ Maddog, and kids’ activities with local non-profits.!

Returning to 6th street on the north side of the square in Downtown Bloomington, BHM is the only locally-curated handmade indie craft show featuring fun and quirky artisans, makers, crafters, and designers from all over the Midwest. The over 30 regional artists will showcase an incredible selection of modern handmade goods such as jewelry, screen printed t-shirts, bath and body products, children’s toys, wood furniture, local foods, and much more.

This year in addition to our makers, you can find the Persisterhood, a local non-profit handmade business donating their profits to Moms Demand Action.
To see a list of this year’s vendors, please visit https://www.bloomingtonhandmademarket.com/makers-2019.html or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @bloomingtonhandmademarket.

The Bloomington Handmade Market is free to attend and metered street parking is available for $1 per hour, as well as the garages downtown (Morton St, and Scotty’s Garage – .50 hour, first hour free).

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