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

23 Monday / April 23, 2018

Dedication of Hack’s Arch

03:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Will Detmer Park

Hack’s Arch was built by Merrill E. “Hack” Hacker at his home at 2714 W. Vernal Pike beginning in 1940. Prior to demolition of the house due to I-69, the Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review in partnership with the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department sought to save the arch. This project creates a legacy for the future. It draws upon the creative skill of an ordinary and outstanding resident of Monroe County who loved his family and lived a good, decent, plain life. He built the arch from quarry scraps and in interviews in 1998, described how he accomplished the work and lived his life. The arch welcomed his neighbors to his house and now will welcome visitors to the Will Detmer Park for years to come. All are invited to attend the dedication and meet Hack’s family. This event has been endorsed as an official Monroe County/City of Bloomington Bicentennial event.

Civic Affairs / Education / Outdoors / Speakers

28 Saturday / April 28, 2018

13th Annual Daisy Days Plant Sale and Museum Open Day

10:00 am to 04:00 pm on Apr 29
Hinkle-Garton Farmstead

The sale is Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, from 1-4 p.m.

Native perennials sourced from Spence Restoration Nursery, Indiana’s premier native plant supplier since 1998, will be a primary emphasis of the plant sale. The plants will include those suitable for rain gardens, butterfly gardens, and as primary pollinator food sources. Also available will be landscape flowers, spring-planted bulbs, and miscellaneous trees and shrubs. Experts are on-hand during the sale to answer questions and guide selections. The proceeds from the sale will benefit ongoing gardening efforts at the site. Maple syrup and volunteer-produced jam and jelly will also be available for purchase, and members of Friday Musicale will provide music inside the 1892 main house which will also be open to visitors. The Farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and maintained by Bloomington Restorations, Inc.

Benefits / Entertainment / Exhibits / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

18 Friday / May 18, 2018

Nature Sounds – May Flowers

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Miller Showers Park

Nature sings, and her music touches all our lives. From the low, sad moan of an autumn wind to the melodious trills of spring frogs, the sounds of nature enfold us in every season and mood. 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. Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is free. Bring your own seating. Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Showers Park, 1500 N College AVE: Nature topic is May Flowers, and musical guest is TBA

Children / Education / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors / Volunteering

19 Saturday / May 19, 2018

Atterbury Honor Ride

08:00 am to 03:00 pm
Camp Atterbury Rail Operations

Join Project Hero and honor our nation’s healing heroes at the Atterbury Honor Ride in Franklin, IN on May 19. This is a family-friendly bike-riding event that offers three separate courses that run throughout the Camp Atterbury area for all levels of riders. The event raises needed funds for local and national efforts for Project Hero (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) to help rehabilitate wounded veterans and save lives.

The Atterbury Honor Ride will occur on Saturday, May 19, starting at 8 a.m. It will take place at Camp Atterbury Rail Operations. The online registration closes on Friday, May 18, at 8 p.m and costs $75. On-site registration opens Saturday, May 19, at 6:45 a.m. and costs $85.

Event Website:

Registration Website:

Entry Fee Includes:
Each participant will receive specially designed finisher socks, a light breakfast, snacks and beverages before the event, fully stocked rest stops, and SAG support along the routes. After finishing, a lunch will be served accompanied by music. See website for more details: https://projecthero.org/events/honor-ride or email at honorrideinfo@projecthero.org

Additional Information:
6:45 a.m. On-site registration & check-in opens
7:30 a.m. Announcements & ceremony begins
8 a.m. Rides start
10 a.m. First Finishers, lunch begins
3 p.m. Final Finishers

Key Contact:
Sam Short | sshort@projecthero.org | 845-702-1136

Benefits / Festivals / Fitness / Health / Outdoors / Sports / Volunteering

20 Sunday / May 20, 2018

Winery Workshop: Spring Container Gardens

12:00 pm to 02:00 pm
Oliver Winery

Here at Oliver Winery, we use flower pots of all shapes and sizes to add seasonal interest and color to our landscape and gardens. Take a look at our examples, and learn the tips and tricks that will result in beautiful, season-long potted displays as you design your own customer Oliver Winery flower pot to take home and enjoy! Materials and a complimentary glass of wine are provided. Space is limited.

Education / Outdoors

9 Saturday / June 9, 2018

Dog Smarts: A Yappy Hours Event

01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Ferguson Dog Park

This afternoon is all about smart dogs and their smart humans! Watch a demonstration of dog agility skills by the members of Flying Paws Agility Club! Following the demo, you and your dog can test your skills on the agility course. Mad 4 My Dog and Monroe County Humane Association will be at the dog park with tips and short demos about training, grooming, dog safety and first aid, and getting the most out of your relationship with your dog. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. All well-behaved dogs are welcome. Dogs must be spayed or neutered. We reserve the right to dismiss any dog for unruly activity and/or aggressive behavior. Dogs must be current with all vaccinations to attend. All dog park rules apply.

Visit bloomington.in.gov/dogpark for a list of dog park rules. Proceeds from Yappy Hours events are used to help fund Ferguson Dog Park amenities. For weather-related updates, call the Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

Animals / Children / Outdoors

9 Saturday / June 9, 2018

Cork & Fork

04:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Creekbend Vineyard

Join us at Creekbend Vineyard for the first Cork & Fork of the season! Enjoy wine and live music by Jennie DeVoe on our farmhouse lawn. Spread out with family or friends, listen to live bands, and sip and savor wine and great food, all with the stunning vineyard landscape as a backdrop.

Eat and Drink / Festivals / Live Music / Outdoors

13 Wednesday / June 13, 2018

Touch A Truck

10:00 am to 02:00 pm
Winslow Sports Complex

Get up close and personal with fire trucks, ambulances, buses, bucket trucks, and more at the 18th annual Touch A Truck. Explore and learn about the inner and outer workings of all your favorite vehicles. For more information, contact Hannah Buddin at 812-349-3718 or brockh@bloomington.in.gov. Geared toward ages 1-10 yrs. Rain date is June 14 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Children / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Outdoors / Volunteering

4 Wednesday / July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Parade

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Downtown Bloomington

Celebrate 200 years of Bloomington and Monroe County history with a Bicentennial-themed entry in this year’s Fourth of July Parade! The annual parade is limited to 100 entries, and applications are available May 1. Bands and musical groups, classic cars, floats, and walking groups are invited to showcase their patriotism and love for the Bloomington community with an entry in the parade. Entry fee for the Fourth of July parade is $25. Entries will be accepted from May 1 through June 15, or until 100 entries are received. For parade information or to request an application, contact Bill Ream at 812-349-3748 or reamw@bloomington.in.gov.


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