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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

10 Friday / April 10, 2020

Nature Sounds: Spring Peepers

06:30 pm to 07:30 pm
Switchyard Park, South Activity Lawn, 1601 S. Rogers St., Bloomington IN 47403
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/events/nature

Acoustic musical performances and educational nature presentations.

Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the South Activity Lawn at Switchyard Park

Nature topic: Spring Peepers
Musical guest: The Viking Kittens (youth fiddle music)

Did you know that there are frogs that chirp? Others can whistle, croak, ribbit, peep, cluck, bark and grunt. Spring is a great time to appreciate the chorus of frog sounds. Learn about Bloomington’s local frogs, and how their calls are as unique as the frogs themselves! You will have the chance to mimic frog sounds using props while you enjoy a musical performance by the Viking Kittens.

Admission to Nature Sounds concerts is FREE. Bring your own seating.

For more information, please visit: https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/events/nature

Animals / Children / Live Music / Outdoors

11 Saturday / April 11, 2020

Bloomington Craft Beer Festival

02:00 pm to 06:00 pm
Woolery Mill
http://www.lotusfest.org

Drink beer, support Lotus! Lotus will once again be the charity partner for the Bloomington Craft Beer Festival. A portion of all proceeds from the event will help Lotus continue to celebrate music, song, dance, and storytelling from around the globe, for audiences of all ages — building appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life.

Ticket Info:
Early Bird (2 – 6 p.m.): $50 in advance online, $60 day of at the gate if available

General Admission (3 – 6 p.m.): $35 in advance online, $45 day of at the gate if available

Designated Driver (may enter with the rest of their party; no alcohol may be consumed): $10 in advance online, $10 day of at the gate if available

Want to help out? We’re recruiting volunteers to help out with the festival while helping us maintain our charity-partner status. If you are interested in participating, please coordinate with Sarah at volunteer@lotusfest.org.

Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Live Music / Outdoors

2 Saturday / May 2, 2020

Bryan Park Weed Wrangle

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Bryan Park, Woodlawn Shelter, S Woodlawn Ave, Bloomington
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/volunteer

Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) are hosting a series of monthly Saturday Invasive Plant Awareness & Control Days in partnership with the City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation.

Education / Outdoors / Volunteering

14 Thursday / May 14, 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

21 Thursday / May 21, 2020

Peoples Park Concert Series

04:30 pm to 06:00 pm
People 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

23 Saturday / May 23, 2020

Olcott Park Weed Wrangle

09:00 am to 01:00 pm
Bloomington Community Farmers' Market 401 N Morton St, Bloomington, IN 47404
http://mc-iris.org/sustaining-nature-and-your-land-day.html

Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) are hosting a series of monthly Saturday Invasive Plant Awareness & Control Days in partnership with the City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation.

Children / Education / Entertainment / Exhibits / Festivals / Outdoors / Speakers / Volunteering

28 Thursday / May 28, 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

4 Thursday / June 4, 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

6 Saturday / June 6, 2020

Winslow Woods Park Weed Wrangle

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Winslow Woods, 2120 S Highland Ave, Bloomington
https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/volunteer

Monroe County Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) are hosting a series of monthly Saturday Invasive Plant Awareness & Control Days in partnership with the City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation.

Education / Outdoors / Volunteering

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