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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

16 Thursday / July 16, 2020

Peoples Park Concert Series

04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Peoples Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/events/concerts

Live, local music on a NEW night, Thursdays, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Whether you are on your way home from work or class or headed out to dinner with friends, stop by Peoples Park for a free, live musical performance by local musicians. Hear old favorites, and be the first to discover new faces on the local music scene.

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

16 Thursday / July 16, 2020

Peoples Park Concert Series

04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Peoples Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/events/concerts

Live, local music on a NEW night, Thursdays, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Whether you are on your way home from work or class or headed out to dinner with friends, stop by Peoples Park for a free, live musical performance by local musicians. Hear old favorites, and be the first to discover new faces on the local music scene.

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

18 Saturday / July 18, 2020

Social DisDance Party

07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Bryan Park
https://cardinalstage.org/social-disdance-party/

Get out of the house and move your body! Cardinal is throwing an outdoor dance party that will be fun for all ages. Want to show off your moves? You can learn a choreographed group dance at home and join the performance that will kick off the party!

Want to participate in the group dance? We’re getting the party started with Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”! Watch the video on our website to practice the choreography at home. On the day of the party, arrive early to find a space and practice. Rehearsal will start an hour before the event, at 6:00pm sharp. Try to wear solid, bright colors so you stand out against the grass!

Won’t have a chance to practice the dance at home? No problem! After the big performance around 7:00pm, the “dance floor” will be open for all. Feel free to come and watch – dance as little or as much as you’d like!

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions in Monroe County, attendance will be limited to 150 people. All attendees and dancers MUST RSVP, a waiting list will be created once the attendance limit has been reached.

RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/G7pPSTa1aww47NQr7

Please Note: In order to keep Bloomington safe and healthy, ALL ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS. All participants are expected to maintain a 6ft distance between themselves and other groups. The field will be clearly marked to help with this. No refreshments will be available at the event, so plan to bring water, snacks, and plenty of sunscreen.

Learn more at cardinalstage.org/social-disdance-party/

Children / Dance / Entertainment / Outdoors / Theater

19 Sunday / July 19, 2020

Water Day

02:00 pm to 04:00 pm
The Salvation Army Corps
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/bloomingtonin/events/summer-water-day/

This is a FREE event for all local families! We will have water games and snacks for as long as they last! We cannot wait to get together will all of our families! All volunteers will be wearing masks and all participants are encouraged to do the same!

Children / Eat and Drink / Outdoors / Volunteering

19 Sunday / July 19, 2020

Sundays in Bryan Park

05:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Bryan Park

July 19
The Hammer and The Hatchet- acoustic bluegrass, folk
Hoosier Caravan with Tom Roznowski- original songs and stories

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

19 Sunday / July 19, 2020

Watercolor Journaling Workshop Series

07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington, IN
https://www.facebook.com/events/306701640721800/

Watercolor journaling series offered at Paynetown SRA, Sundays beg. July 12

Bloomington, IN: Destiny West will offer a series of free watercolor journaling workshops at Paynetown State Recreation Area, beginning Sunday, July 12.

Sessions are at 7 p.m. on five consecutive Sundays. Each is stand-alone, but participants are welcome to register for multiple sessions. Advance registration for each date is available through the day prior, while space remains; each session is limited to 15 people. Walk-ups are permitted if a session has not filled.

Registration links:
July 12: bit.ly/watercolor7-12-20
July 19: bit.ly/watercolor7-19-20
July 26: bit.ly/watercolor7-26-20
August 2: bit.ly/watercolor8-2-20
August 9: bit.ly/watercolor8-9-20

Sessions meet in the overflow parking area at Paynetown SRA. In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will move to a shelter. All painting supplies will be provided, but participants should bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on. Social distancing will be required.

Participants will discuss, sketch, and use watercolors to paint a native plant, under the instruction and guidance of local artist and certified art teacher, Destiny West. You’ll take home nature journal pages that you create, as well as a reference sheet about the plant you focused on.

While the workshop sessions themselves are free, there is a fee to enter Paynetown SRA, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington: $7 per vehicle with Indiana license plate ($9 per vehicle with out-of-state plates). Indiana State Park Annual Entrance Permits are also accepted.

Questions about the workshops series should be directed to the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or to Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist, at jvance@dnr.in.gov.

Outdoors

23 Thursday / July 23, 2020

Peoples Park Concert Series

04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
Peoples Park
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/events/concerts

Live, local music on a NEW night, Thursdays, from 4:30-6 p.m.
Whether you are on your way home from work or class or headed out to dinner with friends, stop by Peoples Park for a free, live musical performance by local musicians. Hear old favorites, and be the first to discover new faces on the local music scene.

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

24 Friday / July 24, 2020

Switchyard Park Concert Series

06:00 pm
Switchyard Park

July 24
Opener: Patchwork Moonlight- folk, jazz, blues, etc.
Main Act: Side Hustle- best in town for funk and soul

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

26 Sunday / July 26, 2020

Sundays in Bryan Park

05:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Bryan Park

July 26
Down to Funk- an unforgettably soulful experience
Flashback to Never- original ’60s rock

Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

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