18 Wednesday / December 18, 2019

Holiday Open House (with Santa!)

02:00 pm to 07:00 pm
2088 S Liberty Drive, Suite 101

All are invited to tour the newly opened Excel Center, enjoy hot cocoa, visit with Santa and gather community resource information!

The Excel Center is a FREE high school for adults which provides the opportunity for students to earn a Core 40 Indiana high school diploma, along with dual college credits and/or industry-recognized certifications. We provide free onsite childcare, transportation support, and life coaches focused on barrier removal.

Children / Education / Entertainment

18 Wednesday / December 18, 2019

Science Sprouts

04:15 pm to 04:45 pm
WonderLab Museum

Fizzle, pop, glow and bounce with our chemistry themed activities this month. See how acids and bases react with one another, experiment with phosphorescence and colors, and discover Oobleck. Choose Science Sprouts for children birth through age 3. Choose Discovery Time for children age 3-6 years. Programs are hands-on and participants walk away with real-world knowledge delivered in understandable terms. While targeted towards younger children, siblings and caregivers are always welcome to join. Sprouts Lab activities are available daily.

Children / Education / Entertainment

18 Wednesday / December 18, 2019

The Tragedy of Carmen

07:00 pm to 08:45 pm on Dec 20
Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center

We are a team of artists united by the drive to break opera out of the museum glass and bring it back into the cultural life of our community—alive, fresh, and dangerous.

We certainly don’t want to give away too much, but we will say this: Building from Peter Brook’s notorious adaptation, we are stripping everything away so that you are right in the action. The audience will surround the stage as these characters battle it out in the ring. You’ll see them sweat. You’ll watch them fight. It’s a high-intensity, high-stakes, 90-minute, all-out battle for love and freedom.

Performances are December 18th, 19th, and 20th at 7pm.
Performances will be sung in French with English subtitles


18 Wednesday / December 18, 2019

Live Holiday Music at Cardinal Spirits

07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
Cardinal Spirits, 922 S. Morton St.

Get in the spirit with live holiday music nights throughout December Cardinal Spirits, Bloomington’s first and only craft distillery! Our holiday cocktail menu and full dinner menu is available so you can make a night of it! No cover, and open to the public, 21+.

Here is our full live holiday music line-up:

Tuesday, December 10, 7-9pm: Caroline Robinson, harpist

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7-9pm: Kristen Chuang, vocalist, and Alex Weiss Hills, pianist

Tuesday, December 17, 7-9pm: Pearl Scott, R&B neo-soul vocalist

Wednesday, December 18, 7:30-9pm: Craig Brenner, blues, boogie woogie, and jazz pianist

Monday, December 23, 7-9pm: Charlie Jesseph, guitarist and vocalist

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