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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”

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8 Saturday / December 8, 2018

Yappy Hours – Yappy Howl-idays!

01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Ferguson Dog Park, 4300 N Stone Mill Rd, Bloomington, IN 47408

Yappy Howl-idays is Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-3 p.m. at Ferguson Dog Park. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Join the fun at the howliday pawty at the dog park and have your dog’s photo taken with Santa Paws! 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 purchase Ferguson Dog Park amenities.

Animals / Outdoors

12 Wednesday / December 12, 2018

Winter Snow Craft Session

01:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Paynetown State Recreation Area
http://stateparks.in.gov/2954.htm

Winter Snow Craft Session from 1 to 3 p.m.
Paynetown SRA, Activity Center
This is a DROP-IN craft session for preschool-age and elementary home schooled children. There will be 5 different crafts offered, each with a snow or ice theme. There is a $1 fee per craft (cash or check); you can pick and choose which ones you want to make. You may arrive at any time during the session, but no new crafts may be started after 3 p.m. If you plan to make all 5 crafts, we recommend arriving no later than 2:15 p.m.

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1 Tuesday / January 1, 2019

6th Annual First Day Trail Run and Walk

03:30 pm
Fairfax State Recreation Area
http://bit.ly/firstday2019

Registration/Check-In at Bay View Shelter: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Run/Walk Start Time: 3:30 p.m.

This is an untimed, non-competitive run/walk. Choose from a 3.7 mile or 1.3 mile course.

Advance Registration is $15 – Deadline is December 30
• Advance registration is ONLINE only at http://bit.ly/firstday2019
• Advance registration includes the post-event appetizer buffet at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn (located inside Fairfax SRA).
• First 300 people to ADVANCE register receive a commemorative patch AND a $15 gift certificate for the restaurants at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn.

Same-day registration is $15
• Same-day registration includes the post-event appetizer buffet at the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn (located inside Fairfax SRA).

Post-event drawing! All attendees get a ticket for the prize drawing, which includes prizes from the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina and a 2019 Indiana State Parks Annual Entrance Permit.

Special note for leisurely walkers: If you choose the longer course, please be aware that the courses officially close 90 minutes after the start and the appetizer buffet in the Fourwinds shuts down at 5:30 p.m.

Course Maps
3.7 mile course: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16519698
1.3 mile course: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16519720

We do allow dogs to participate in this event. They must be on a leash of 6′ or less at all times, and we ask that you begin the run/walk at the back of the group. Dogs are not permitted inside the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn (where the post-event buffet and prize drawing are held).

Questions? Contact the Paynetown Activity Center on Monroe Lake at 812-837-9967 or email Jill Vance at jvance@dnr.IN.gov.

This event is co-sponsored by Monroe Lake (an Indiana State Park) and the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina. Proceeds support public events, programs, and interpretation at Monroe Lake.

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