WEB EXCLUSIVES

Bloomington Prepares for Afghan Evacuee Resettlement

For nine days in early September, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn distributed toothpaste, towels, diapers, and shampoo to Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul to Camp Atterbury, the National Guard training post north of Columbus, Indiana.

Welcome, Yogurt!

Hi, my name is Yogurt (Yogi) Abrams and I am Bloom’s new canine correspondent.

Memorialize Your Loved One in Bloom Magazine

Bloom Magazine is now offering the opportunity to memorialize in a dignified way your loved one’s passing and all that they meant to you, your family, and the community. Now more than ever, we need this connection.

Bloomington’s Best Bows!

At Tivoli Fashions, purchases come with a little something extra: complimentary gift wrapping by owner Cheryl Nichoalds that looks beautiful beneath the Christmas tree.

Bloomington Businesses Close During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11, many local businesses were forced to close their doors. Now, as Indiana eases lockdown restrictions, some of those doors will not reopen.

Indiana University Hosts Virtual Social Justice Event

The Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs is hosting a virtual event titled “Defending Democracy: Confronting Voter Suppression and White Supremacy in the New Millennium” as part of its Social Justice in America Series.

Bloomingtonian Jack Kahn Receives Golden Hoosier Award

City of Bloomington Commission on Aging member Jack Kahn has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award, which recognizes older Hoosiers who serve others in an exemplary manner and dedicate their lives to bettering the community in which they live.

8th Annual Kiwanis Balloon Fest Will Be a Drive-Through Event

Saturday, September 12, the Monroe County Fairgrounds will once again provide the setting for the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest. This year’s festival will be a drive-through event to accommodate limits on gathering sizes and social distancing requirements due to the pandemic.

Applications for $40K Rotary Global Scholarship Now Available

Southern Indiana Rotary clubs are accepting applications for a $40,000 Rotary District Global Grant Scholarship that will enable a southern Indiana scholar to study for one to four years in a graduate program at any qualified university outside North America.

New Businesses Open in Bloomington

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its nationwide impact on small businesses, several new businesses have opened in Bloomington since March. As more join their ranks, Bloom will continue to update this post.

Live Theater Back in Bloomington!

Live, in-person theater will return to the Bloomington area in October when a pair of new plays debut at The Hundredth Hill, a nonprofit, 40-acre artist retreat owned by local singer-songwriter Krista Detor and her husband, David Weber.

Bloomington Musicians To Perform for Women’s Rights

On Monday, August 17, Bloomington musician Krista Detor will perform during “Why We Fight: Voices from the Struggle for Reproductive Justice,” a livestream event from activist organization Voices of a People’s History.

(UPDATE): Former Waldron Gallery Director Battles Cancer

When Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington made the decision earlier this spring to close the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Gallery Director Julie Roberts said goodbye to the position she’d filled since 2010.

Bloom Editorial: Get The H-T

Bloomington needs The Herald-Times. Even in its diminutive form, it serves a vital function in our community. And without it, bad things can happen.

Local Organizations Form Partnership to Provide Support to Local Cancer Patients

Beginning August 3, local oncology patients and their families will have increased access to a broad range of psychosocial services. Bloomington Health Foundation, Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, and IU Health South Central Region are coordinating efforts to provide free virtual programming for those impacted by cancer in Monroe County and surrounding communities.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer Race to Be Held Virtually Due to COVID-19

Now in its 21st year, the 5K raises money for the Bloomington Health Foundation, which provides support to patients fighting cancer regardless of their ability to pay. The race, which is one of the largest and oldest in the state, has raised more than $4 million since its inception in 2000.

Board & Brush Bloomington: DIY Home Décor Signs

When Board & Brush Creative Studio’s Bloomington location opened on January 11, franchisee Nicole DeGain was looking forward to hosting in-person workshops that show participants how to craft their own wooden décor signs.

History Center Exhibit Highlights Work of Hoosier Impressionist Painter T.C. Steele

The Monroe County History Center welcomed its newest exhibit, “Hoosier- in-Residence: T.C. Steele’s Franklin Hall Studio” on July 10th. The exhibit, supported by the Indiana University Office of Bicentennial, is a part of the university’s bicentennial celebrations for 2020. “Hoosier-in-Residence” will be on display until November 13, 2020.

Bloomington Community Orchard Still Growing 10 Years Later

The Bloomington Community Orchard still grows fruit, resilience, and community 10 years after a partnership between the City of Bloomington and a group of enthusiastic citizens turned one acre of public space into an educational park and food forest.

Asylum-Seekers’ Struggles Compounded by Pandemic

Hoosiers living through the coronavirus crisis have experienced a range of hardships and inconveniences. But those issues pale in comparison to the problems faced by Bloomington’s immigrant community, especially those who have come here as refugees or asylum seekers.

Dr. Rob Stone: ‘We Didn’t See This Coming’

Dr. Rob Stone is accustomed to spending time with suffering and dying patients. Still, the COVID-19 crisis has clearly touched a raw nerve. “It could be the fact that patients are so alone,” he says.

Mayor Addresses Order Extending COVID-19 Lockdown

his message, written by Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, was delivered to Bloomingtonians’ email inboxes as part of the mayor’s May newsletter. In case you didn’t receive it, you can read it in its entirety here.

Celebrating Heroic Nurses

My colleague Laura Pickett, chief operating officer of IU Health Foundation, personally thanks every nurse she meets. Because we work for IU Health, that’s a lot of nurses.

Make a Masterpiece at Home

Recently, the Getty Museum challenged its followers to recreate famous artwork using people and objects found in their homes. Bloom invites our readers to do the same by making your own masterpiece at home.

For IU Coach Teri Moren, Health and Communication Are Key During Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and shelter-in-place orders began issuing, working people gathered files and laptops and headed home to work remotely. For most, working at home required an adjustment—but few had to reorient themselves quite the way Indiana University women’s head basketball coach Teri Moren did.

A Road Trip Not Taken

Hey, everyone: This is a super scary and weird time to be living, and I feel like all of us are struggling with so many very difficult decisions, so I wanted to share what my last week has been like in case it helps.

Local Nonprofits Receive $333,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds

United Way of Monroe County, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the Bloomington Health Foundation have allocated $333,000 in grant money to support local nonprofits during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

Support Local Entertainment from Home

Although local entertainment groups have been forced to temporarily shutter during the statewide COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) lockdown, there are still ways to support Bloomington’s theater and music scene from home.

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WEB EXCLUSIVES

Bloomington Prepares for Afghan Evacuee Resettlement

For nine days in early September, Elizabeth Cullen Dunn distributed toothpaste, towels, diapers, and shampoo to Afghan refugees evacuated from Kabul to Camp Atterbury, the National Guard training post north of Columbus, Indiana.

Welcome, Yogurt!

Hi, my name is Yogurt (Yogi) Abrams and I am Bloom’s new canine correspondent.

Memorialize Your Loved One in Bloom Magazine

Bloom Magazine is now offering the opportunity to memorialize in a dignified way your loved one’s passing and all that they meant to you, your family, and the community. Now more than ever, we need this connection.

Bloomington’s Best Bows!

At Tivoli Fashions, purchases come with a little something extra: complimentary gift wrapping by owner Cheryl Nichoalds that looks beautiful beneath the Christmas tree.

Bloomington Businesses Close During Pandemic

When the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic on March 11, many local businesses were forced to close their doors. Now, as Indiana eases lockdown restrictions, some of those doors will not reopen.

Indiana University Hosts Virtual Social Justice Event

The Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs is hosting a virtual event titled “Defending Democracy: Confronting Voter Suppression and White Supremacy in the New Millennium” as part of its Social Justice in America Series.

Bloomingtonian Jack Kahn Receives Golden Hoosier Award

City of Bloomington Commission on Aging member Jack Kahn has been selected as a recipient of the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award, which recognizes older Hoosiers who serve others in an exemplary manner and dedicate their lives to bettering the community in which they live.

8th Annual Kiwanis Balloon Fest Will Be a Drive-Through Event

Saturday, September 12, the Monroe County Fairgrounds will once again provide the setting for the Kiwanis Indiana Balloon Fest. This year’s festival will be a drive-through event to accommodate limits on gathering sizes and social distancing requirements due to the pandemic.

Applications for $40K Rotary Global Scholarship Now Available

Southern Indiana Rotary clubs are accepting applications for a $40,000 Rotary District Global Grant Scholarship that will enable a southern Indiana scholar to study for one to four years in a graduate program at any qualified university outside North America.

New Businesses Open in Bloomington

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its nationwide impact on small businesses, several new businesses have opened in Bloomington since March. As more join their ranks, Bloom will continue to update this post.

Live Theater Back in Bloomington!

Live, in-person theater will return to the Bloomington area in October when a pair of new plays debut at The Hundredth Hill, a nonprofit, 40-acre artist retreat owned by local singer-songwriter Krista Detor and her husband, David Weber.

Bloomington Musicians To Perform for Women’s Rights

On Monday, August 17, Bloomington musician Krista Detor will perform during “Why We Fight: Voices from the Struggle for Reproductive Justice,” a livestream event from activist organization Voices of a People’s History.

(UPDATE): Former Waldron Gallery Director Battles Cancer

When Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington made the decision earlier this spring to close the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in downtown Bloomington, Gallery Director Julie Roberts said goodbye to the position she’d filled since 2010.

Bloom Editorial: Get The H-T

Bloomington needs The Herald-Times. Even in its diminutive form, it serves a vital function in our community. And without it, bad things can happen.

Local Organizations Form Partnership to Provide Support to Local Cancer Patients

Beginning August 3, local oncology patients and their families will have increased access to a broad range of psychosocial services. Bloomington Health Foundation, Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, and IU Health South Central Region are coordinating efforts to provide free virtual programming for those impacted by cancer in Monroe County and surrounding communities.

Hoosiers Outrun Cancer Race to Be Held Virtually Due to COVID-19

Now in its 21st year, the 5K raises money for the Bloomington Health Foundation, which provides support to patients fighting cancer regardless of their ability to pay. The race, which is one of the largest and oldest in the state, has raised more than $4 million since its inception in 2000.

Board & Brush Bloomington: DIY Home Décor Signs

When Board & Brush Creative Studio’s Bloomington location opened on January 11, franchisee Nicole DeGain was looking forward to hosting in-person workshops that show participants how to craft their own wooden décor signs.

History Center Exhibit Highlights Work of Hoosier Impressionist Painter T.C. Steele

The Monroe County History Center welcomed its newest exhibit, “Hoosier- in-Residence: T.C. Steele’s Franklin Hall Studio” on July 10th. The exhibit, supported by the Indiana University Office of Bicentennial, is a part of the university’s bicentennial celebrations for 2020. “Hoosier-in-Residence” will be on display until November 13, 2020.

Bloomington Community Orchard Still Growing 10 Years Later

The Bloomington Community Orchard still grows fruit, resilience, and community 10 years after a partnership between the City of Bloomington and a group of enthusiastic citizens turned one acre of public space into an educational park and food forest.

Asylum-Seekers’ Struggles Compounded by Pandemic

Hoosiers living through the coronavirus crisis have experienced a range of hardships and inconveniences. But those issues pale in comparison to the problems faced by Bloomington’s immigrant community, especially those who have come here as refugees or asylum seekers.

Dr. Rob Stone: ‘We Didn’t See This Coming’

Dr. Rob Stone is accustomed to spending time with suffering and dying patients. Still, the COVID-19 crisis has clearly touched a raw nerve. “It could be the fact that patients are so alone,” he says.

Mayor Addresses Order Extending COVID-19 Lockdown

his message, written by Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, was delivered to Bloomingtonians’ email inboxes as part of the mayor’s May newsletter. In case you didn’t receive it, you can read it in its entirety here.

Celebrating Heroic Nurses

My colleague Laura Pickett, chief operating officer of IU Health Foundation, personally thanks every nurse she meets. Because we work for IU Health, that’s a lot of nurses.

Make a Masterpiece at Home

Recently, the Getty Museum challenged its followers to recreate famous artwork using people and objects found in their homes. Bloom invites our readers to do the same by making your own masterpiece at home.

For IU Coach Teri Moren, Health and Communication Are Key During Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and shelter-in-place orders began issuing, working people gathered files and laptops and headed home to work remotely. For most, working at home required an adjustment—but few had to reorient themselves quite the way Indiana University women’s head basketball coach Teri Moren did.

A Road Trip Not Taken

Hey, everyone: This is a super scary and weird time to be living, and I feel like all of us are struggling with so many very difficult decisions, so I wanted to share what my last week has been like in case it helps.

Local Nonprofits Receive $333,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funds

United Way of Monroe County, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and the Bloomington Health Foundation have allocated $333,000 in grant money to support local nonprofits during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

Support Local Entertainment from Home

Although local entertainment groups have been forced to temporarily shutter during the statewide COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) lockdown, there are still ways to support Bloomington’s theater and music scene from home.

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