Got a Musical Instrument Forgotten in the Attic? Let ChIRP Loan It to a Child

BY MOLLY BRUSH As a community orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn to play and appreciate music. But for some families, the cost of purchasing and maintaining an instrument can prevent their children from participating in music lessons and developing musical skills. To help, the BSO created the Children’s Instrument Recovery Program (ChIRP). “We want music to be accessible to those who, for various reasons, cannot get instruments on their own,” says bassist Audrey Williams, president of the BSO board of directors and director of ChIRP. Founded in 2001 by former BSO board member Frank Galiani, ChIRP loans instruments to children at no cost. The loan is for a period […]

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Serve IT: An IU Service-Learning Clinic That’s Making Bloomington Better

BY CARMEN SIERING Oscar Gonzalez is the unit director for the Ellettsville branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, but when he talks about what his organization does and what it values, he could be speaking for many nonprofits. The focus is on clients. Many of the kids who come to the Boys & Girls Clubs are from low-income and single-parent homes. “We offer our kids a myriad of opportunities each month,” he says. “We bring in presenters to teach healthy lifestyle habits; we have dance groups; we discuss literacy and finance and careers. We need to let them know they aren’t limited by their environment or their circumstances.” So when it comes to allocating funds, programming comes […]

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B-town Celebrities Dance for a Cause (Photo Gallery)

This year, Arthur Murray Dance Studio‘s Dancing With the Celebrities raised almost $130,000 for nonprofits Pinnacle School, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cardinal Stage Company’s Education Initiative, My Sister’s Closet, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, and Pets Alive. The local celebrities who participated in the seventh annual dance contest were Russell Moss, co-owner of Golden Ticket Productions; Karin Drummond, of Drummond Chiropractic; Michael Korus, broker and owner of Maxim Real Estate; Rhonda Sharp, owner of Blayza; Jason Bell, manager at The Vacuum Center; and Ingrid Skoog, owner of Art of Connection. Each of the dancers performed three dances on Saturday, April 18 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Russ Moss won the Mirror Ball Trophy for raising the most money for his non-profit, Pinnacle School. Karin Drummond won the Judges Choice […]

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Dancing With the Celebrities 2013

Arthur Murray Dance Studio‘s seventh annual Dancing With the Celebrities will take place on Saturday, May 18, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The five “celebrities” in this year’s dance contest are Russell Moss, co-owner of Golden Ticket Productions; Karin Drummond, of Drummond Chiropractic; Michael Korus, broker and owner of Maxim Real Estate; Rhonda Sharp, owner of Bayza; Jason Bell, manager at The Vacuum Center; and Ingrid Skoog, owner of Art of Connection. Over the past six years, Dancing With the Celebrities has raised more than $600,000 for various organizations in the Bloomington community. This year’s nonprofits are Pinnacle School, the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cardinal Stage Company’s Education Initiative, My Sister’s Closet, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, and Pets […]

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O’Child Boutique’s Fall Fashion Show (Photo Gallery)

O’Child Boutique held a Fall Fashion Show on September 30 in the Fountain Square Ballroom. Local children, ranging from infants to preteens, showcased the many clothing options the children’s boutique has to offer. The event was a fundraiser for Bloom‘s Front Page Challenge, in benefit of United Way of Monroe County‘s member agency Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington.

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