Juneteenth Celebration & Summer Necessity Drive Drop Off

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Banneker Community Center 930 W. 7th St Bloomington IN 47404

Join Black Lives Matter Bloomington for our Juneteenth Celebration & help with our Summer Necessity Drive

6:00pm to 9:00pm
at the Banneker Community Center
930 W. 7th St
Bloomington IN 47404

With Food Trucks:
Rasta Pops, MeSorrel, Top Shotta Jerk Chicken, Pili’s Party Tacos

Free: Red Velvet Cake & Strawberry Soda from BLM

Music by DJ Jada Bee playing Prince and 80’s/90’s Tunes
Info tables from all of the organizations BLM’s Necessity Drive supports: Middle Way House, Indiana Recovery Alliance, & All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center

WITH a Juneteenth Kids book story corner, coloring pages & craft area!

Learn more about our Drive with these Quick Links:
Necessity Drive HERE ⬇️⬇️⬇️
OUR Amazon wish list for the Necessity Drive:
Click the link find the item you want to buy, purchase it and click the send to BLM option.

Click here to start ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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13 Thursday / February 13, 2020

Wake Up! with United Way “Food Security: Feeding Monroe County”

07:45 am to 09:00 am
The Mill, 642 N Madison St, Bloomington, IN 47404

Join United Way and IU Political and Civic Engagement for a monthly breakfast speaker series to explore issues which impact our community, friends, and neighbors.

On Thursday, February 13, the topic, “Food Security: Feeding Monroe County” will be explored. One in six children in Monroe County are at risk of going hungry in households that struggle to put food on the table. How does our community ensure that these families have access to adequate food and nutrition? Join us for the return of Wake Up! with United Way to explore the systems in place that help families experiencing food insecurity. What’s working, what’s not, what’s new? Panelists include Julio Alonso, Executive Director of Hoosier Hills Food Bank; Vicki Pierce, Executive Director of Community Kitchen; and Brandon Schurr from IU Division of Student Affairs and MCCSC School Board.

Alongside friends, neighbors, nonprofits and community partners, learn more about issues that directly or indirectly affect everyone in our area. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their awareness about someone else’s reality while learning about the challenges, innovations, collaborations and resources available through area nonprofits, and how to get more involved in making a difference.

Wake Up! with United Way is a collaborative project of United Way of Monroe County and Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement program.

The $10 ticket cost includes breakfast and coffee, with any remaining proceeds supporting United Way of Monroe County’s efforts to address the community’s critical needs today, while reducing those needs tomorrow. For more info or to buy tickets, visit www.monroeunitedway.org/WakeUp or call 812-334-8370.

The Mill is located at 642 N Madison just across the street from Upland Brewing. Vehicles may be parked at the lot at 10th and Rogers, the Morton Street garage at 220 N Morton St, or on-street on 11th or Rogers. There is bike parking on the West and South sides of the building and the #2 Bus travels along Morton Street.

Please enter through the lower entrance, near the southwest corner of the building.

If you need accessible parking, please contact Alison Zook at alison@dimensionmill.org.

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20 Thursday / February 20, 2020

BTCC Quarterly Gathering: Creating a Geography of Opportunity

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library

Creating a Geography of Opportunity: Connecting the Dots Among Neighborhoods, School, and Housing to Increase Equity

BTCC is a network of organizations and individuals collaborating to provide training, build relationships, and promote actionable change to address the root causes of social problems in Monroe County. This Quarterly Gathering is open to all community members and will include a presentation and discussion on inequities in housing and education. School equity and zip codes are intimately connected. This presentation, led by educational equity researchers, the Bloomington Housing Authority, and nonprofit South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities, will paint a picture of this issue in Bloomington and then present next steps to address local inequities in housing and educational access. Using new GIS mapping technology, we will first provide a geographic depiction of low-income housing options within school zones, highlighting a few examples of the relationship between residential patterns and school equity. Then, to look more deeply at the experiences of parents living in a high poverty local school zone, our research team will describe findings from door-to-door interviews in the Fairview Elementary school zone. We will highlight conditions in Bloomington found to affect the school/housing/community relationship and ultimately impact children daily in neighborhoods around Fairview Elementary: walkability, access to resources, childcare before/after school, housing options, and family/school relationships, among others. This presentation will conclude with an open discussion around possible next steps toward creating a geography of opportunity, to make Bloomington more equitable for all.

The following individuals will be presenting:

Christy Wessel Powell, Assistant Professor of Education at Purdue University; She and her research team was awarded a grant to study the connection between neighborhoods and school equity using a geographical lens during the summer of 2019. Her research team consists of:

-Gina Weir, Independent Researcher located in Bloomington, Indiana,

-Alexandra Panos, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of South Florida,

-Casey Pennington, Graduate Student at Indiana University

-Deborah Myerson, Executive Director of South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities (SCIHO).

-Amber Skoby, Executive Director of the Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA)

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8 Sunday / March 8, 2020

JTB 15th Anniversary Celebration

05:00 pm to 07:00 pm
FAR Center for Contemporary Arts

In order to celebrate the company’s 15 years of extraordinary Jewish Theatre, JTB will host a “Let’s Celebrate!” 15th Anniversary Party at the FAR Gallery on March 8 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This event will include a buffet style catered dinner from Board and Blade with complimentary beer from Upland Brewery and wine donated by Chateau Ste Michelle Wineries. There will be a silent auction featuring tickets for local performances, theatre classes, and other enticements. Musical entertainment will be provided by Classical Guitar duo, Ben Jackson and Peter Pendowski, and by Bloomington’s Klezmer band, Klezmorchestra.

There will be international dancing led by local folk dancer, Leah Savion, and more! Martha Jacobs, Adjunct Faculty member in Directing and Acting in the IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Tickets will be $75 are available for purchase now.
For more information on the Jewish Theatre, please visit jewishtheatrebloomington.com.

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18 Wednesday / March 18, 2020

Take Control Invasive Plant Workshops

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Sycamore Land Trust, 4898 E Heritage Woods Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401, USA

MC-IRIS is offering a series of Take Control Invasive Plant Workshops as one of the deliverables for the RESTORE (Research, Education & Stewardship TO Restore our Environment) Grant awarded to MC-IRIS & the Bloomington Urban Woodland Project through Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Project. Upcoming 2020 public workshops will be held on March 18th, 21st, & 23rd as well as a workshop dedicated to landscape professionals on February 28th. For more info visit mc-iris.org or @MonroeCountyIRIS on Facebook.

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31 Tuesday / March 31, 2020

Be More Awards

07:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Be More Awards
Tuesday, March 31
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Free and Public Welcome!

The Be More Awards is our community’s way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers.

Ten awards will be presented during the community celebration honoring all of the nominees at the event (Tuesday, March 31, 2020) at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

A $500 check will be presented to each of the recipient’s volunteer organizations in honor of their outstanding service.

Contact: getconnected@bloomington.in.gov or 812-349-3433

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17 Friday / April 17, 2020

Mental Health America of Monroe County’s 1st Annual Gala, Fundraiser & Recognition Dinner

05:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monroe County Convention Center Great Room

Mental Health America of Monroe County (MHA-MC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and supporting mental health consumers and their families through education, referral and service. We achieve our mission by educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen mental health; by sponsoring support groups; by serving as a clearinghouse for information about mental health promotion, prevention and treatment resources in our community; and by fostering innovation in policy, research, practice and services.

Save the date — Join us to learn about what MHA-MC is doing to support health care in our community and state and our goals for 2020. Nominations for mental health categories will be solicited and winners will be announced, recognizing those agencies, individuals, etc. for their contributions. Our keynote speaker is Jill Lees, Bloomington Police Department’s Chief of Police. We will introduce our volunteer board members, serve you a great dinner with a cash bar and provide music for dancing. There will be table sponsorships available, an Eventbrite to register coming soon and a raffle. All proceeds will allow MHA and the Suicide Prevention Coalition to continue working to help make a difference to the wellbeing of our friends and families.

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