21 Saturday / April 21, 2018

Forgiveness: Letting Go and Moving On

01:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington 406 S. Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47401

For most of us, it seems almost impossible to go through life without feeling harmed by others, or without turning against ourselves for past mistakes. However, life is too short and our relationships are too valuable to hold onto anger forever. In this half-day course, we will learn about the deep healing and freedom that is possible through the power of forgiveness of ourself and others. We will explore Buddha’s practical methods for learning how to let go of anger and resentment and how to move forward to more healthy, loving relationships.

This half-day course consists of two hour-long sessions with a break in between, including light refreshments. Each session includes a guided meditation and a talk. Everyone is welcome.

Education / Health / Speakers

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

4 Friday / May 4, 2018

The Ivy Tech Storytelling Series: On Work

07:00 pm to 08:00 pm
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47402

Join us to hear true stories, told by local people, about issues of importance to the Bloomington community. “The Ivy Tech Storytelling Series: On Work,” is the fourth and final installment of the year.

Work is something that no Hoosier is a stranger to. We have also, over the past century, enjoyed a broad range of disciplines when it comes to work. Indiana has been home to factory jobs, coal mining, and farming, in addition to many trades, jobs in the medical field, in education, and many more. Whatever Hoosiers do, we put our backs into it, and the culture and tradition of being hardworking is one that is still being passed down. Indiana has seen a huge amount of job loss since factories shut their doors, and since the rise of clean energy and care for our planet shut down many coal mines across the country. This has caused many problems for many cities and towns that used to create the backbone of this state. So, as we look to the future and wonder what kind of work it will bring, we tell stories of what Work has meant in our lives.

Stories that will be told for the “Ivy Tech Storytelling Series: On Work,” include:

– Lindsay talks about why, at 29 years old, she’s still waiting tables, and how interactions with customers throughout the years have shaped her.

– As an OGYN, delivering babies was Ivy Lee Nehamkin’s job. Years later, she transitioned into Palliative Care, a new medical discipline that helps people with terminal illnesses face their death with all options presented. Dr. Lee talks about how her transition from birth medicine to palliative care changed her, about the magic and privilege in what she does for a living, and about the changes this new medical discipline has made to the entire medical field.

– Melinda Seader interviews her husband Donald Seader about his work as a business owner and auto mechanic, specializing in European and Japanese vehicles. Don talks about his journey to becoming a mechanic and shop owner, and about the harmful stereotypes that keep young people from seeing the value in trades jobs. Melinda and Don are co-owners of World Wide Automotive Service in Bloomington.

– A 95-year-old coal miner from Greene County talks with his grand-niece about a time in their hometown, Coal City, IN, when the coal business was booming and the whole family worked in the mines. The two also talk about how the closing of the town’s coal mines has had a disastrous effect on its economy, leaving the town looking like a ghost of its former self.

– Amy Briar, a highly skilled and internationally trained stone-carver, President of the Indiana Limestone Sculpture Symposium, and an Ivy Tech professor, talks about the joy of carving and her relationship to Southern Indiana Limestone.

– Yael Ksander, long-time Arts Desk producer for WFIU and current Communications Director for the City of Bloomington, talks about her work as a journalist and what it’s like to be a woman, as well as a mother, in the work place.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors (62+), and can be purchased via the Buskirk Chumley Theater (BCT) Box Office.

Speakers / Spoken Word / Theater

10 Thursday / May 10, 2018


05:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Skirt & Satchel

Whether you’re a young professional at your first job or an experienced business pro, mark your calendar for an event that will give you the opportunity to refresh the business side of your life.

Join us for Re:work on May 10 from 5–7:30 p.m. for a great opportunity to refresh your mindset, style, and personal brand while meeting new like-minded people from Bloomington.

Head to our events page on Facebook for more details.

Business / Education / Speakers

11 Friday / May 11, 2018

Developing Fearlessness

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 406 S. Walnut St.

We have so many fears these days: fears for ourselves, our family and friends, and for our world. Sometimes these fears are manifest and sometimes they are beneath the surface, giving rise to anxiety and insecurity.

In this inspiring lecture, Kelsang Namdrol will explore mindfulness methods, meditations, and ways of thinking derived from Buddha’s teachings that will help you let go of fear and gradually develop an inner stability and confidence to face life’s challenges. Join us and begin your journey towards mental freedom.
Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary.

Cost: $10
Student rate: $5

Education / Health / Speakers

15 Tuesday / May 15, 2018

Self Acceptance: Overcoming Guilt and Blame

06:30 pm to 06:30 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 406 S. Walnut St.

The way in which we relate to our self affects every area of our life. We all make mistakes and typically everyone understands feeling hurt from painful experiences. However, when we hang on to those mistakes and never forget the hurt, feelings of guilt, blame, and resentment can become heavy emotional baggage that we carry with us throughout our entire life.

Through Buddha’s practical teachings and meditation techniques, we can learn how to gradually free ourselves from guilt, blame, and other painful feelings and move forward with confidence.
In this way, we can gain a positive self view and the ability to be strong and happy regardless of life’s challenges and what others may think of us.

Each class includes guided meditations, a talk, and discussion questions and answers. Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary. Enjoy the entire series or drop-in to any class.

$30/4-week series
Student rate: $5

Education / Health / Speakers

19 Saturday / May 19, 2018

Healing Craving & Addiction

01:00 pm to 03:30 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 406 S. Walnut St.

Craving is a mindset that is restless, unpeaceful, and dissatisfied. It leads to addictive habits, constant frustration, and, like a moth to a flame, always ends in a painful experience. On this half-day course, we will look at Buddhist meditations and practical techniques that free our mind from craving and discontentment. We will learn how to become more peaceful and to gradually become less addicted to external sources of pleasure so that we can find real lasting satisfaction and happiness from within.
The course will include guided meditations, teachings, discussion, and time for questions and answers.
Everyone is welcome!

$15 pre-registration
$20 at the door
Student rate: $10

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23 Wednesday / May 23, 2018

Generation Found Screening

05:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Buskirk Chumley Theater 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue

May is Mental Health Month.

It’s time to discuss the “elephant in the community” and that is our kids dying every day from substance abuse. More than 90 percent of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18.

Join us for a free community screening of Generation Found, produced by filmmakers Greg Williams and Jeff Reilly, a transformative community story about the people of Houston who are fighting to save young people from the leading cause of death of their generation: addiction.

Please plan to join us for a panel discussion and community conversation directly after the film. We will have resources and information available about addiction, treatment, and recovery services in Bloomington.

This film has real world utility for communities struggling with youth addiction.

Doors for this free, unticketed event will open at 5:30 p.m. The screening is 45 minutes, and the entire event is expected to last roughly 2.5 hours.

Education / Films / Health / Speakers

30 Wednesday / May 30, 2018

Soup & Serenity

12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 406 S. Walnut St.

Soup and Serenity is a 30-minute guided meditation class followed by delicious homemade soup. This class is suitable for anyone. It’s the perfect way to let the stress and pressure of your day melt away so you can return from your lunch hour feeling refreshed and nourished. Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome.

Cost: $7

Wednesday, May 30, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
12:15–12:45 p.m. – meditation class
12:45–1:15 p.m. – homemade soup/bread

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