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August

  • 24th – SynthFest USA an Independent Electronic Music Festival will be presented at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington August 24th. The 3 hour music extravaganza will feature performances of artists representing three musical acts: Surreal Estate, PSB, The Way Far-Out. Doors open at 6:30 show begins at 7pm. General admission tickets in advance $25, $30 at the door the day of the show.Visit synthfestusa.com for more information or https://bctboxoffice.org/event/synthfest-usa/ for tickets.
  • 24th -White River DU will be holding their annual fundraising event on August 24th at the Holiday Inn in Bloomington. For tickets or info, contact the chapter volunteers whiteriverdu@gmail.com or cal 812-340-2021. Also, check out our Facebook page for details and updates https://www.- facebook.com/White-River-Chapter-of-Ducks-Unlimited-Monroe-County-Indiana-125841627863388/“White River Ducks Unlimited is a local volunteer chapter of Ducks Unlimited”, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit that specializes in wetland and waterfowl habitat conservation.  Due to generosity of local business and banquet attendees, White River DU has raised over $100,000 and helped to conserve and/or restore over 400 acres of wetlands and habitat.  This habitat is crucial to waterfowl and countless other species of plants and animals. Wetlands also offer great benefit to humans in that they are natural filters of our waters, provide flood mitigation, and offer numerous recreation activities. In Indiana alone, Ducks Unlimited has been able to conserve over 31,918 acres of wetlands thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and supporters.”
  • 25th – “Curses! Oaths and Truths in Broadway and Opera.” – Sunday, August 25th, 2PM, Fairview United Methodist Church, 600 W. 6th Street, Bloomington, 47404, (812) 339-9484. FREE ADMISSION. Unleash some heavenly thunderbolts with us in our ninth annual free summer concert. Soprano Anna Singer, tenor Robert Chafin, baritone Richard Lewis and pianist Michael Borowitzrain down curses on enemies while pledging oaths of friendship and everlasting love. Performing scenes from Samson and Delilah, Barber of Seville, Once Upon a Mattress, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Forza del Destino. The free concert will accept donations to benefit Fairview Elementary School’s literacy and Artful Learning programs and will feature a gallery walk of Fairview student artwork and projects.
  • 28th – Teachers’ Night Out, Date: 28 August 2019, Time: 4:00 to 6:00 pm Location: MCHC, 202 E 6th St, Start off the 2019-2020 school year right with the Monroe County History Center! MoCo teachers are welcome to join us for our second Teachers’ Night Out. This exclusive after-hours event will be open for teachers to explore our exhibits and view our fieldtrip and workshop offerings. Relax with a glass of wine and light refreshments while you connect with other teachers and learn about how the Monroe County History Center can help you and your classroom! Attending teachers may receive a certificate for Professional Growth Points upon request.

September

  • 1st – The Friends of the Library Bookstore is holding a special storewide half-price sale, Sunday, September 1, 1:00 to 5:00. Many bargains for children, teens, and adults! Items with green tags, new merchandise, and specialty items not included. First floor of the Monroe County Public Library, 303 E Kirkwood.
  • 5th – DINE ‘N’ DONATE-A fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®.Hosted by: Bell Trace Senior Living: 800 N. Bell Trace Circle, Bloomington, IN 47408 September 5, 2019 from 11:30a-1:00pm $20 per ticket. Seating is limited so please RSVP by August 30, 2019 Raffle prizes, entertainment, and fun. We hope to see you there!! All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer’s® benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.For more information, please contact:Jennifer Devitt,812-332-2355, belltracesl-administrator@cardon.us
  • 7th – Dronepalooza! On September 7th from 1pm-6pm at Bloomington High School North 3901 North Kinser Pike Bloomington IN 47404 DRONEPALOOZA! A family-friendly free festival that celebrates all things drone. Featuring: drone obstacle races; opportunities for you to try your hand at flying drones in  simulators or actual drones; tours of the classroom where the North High School Drone Club builds their own drones; learning stations about all the different ways that drones are used in art, agriculture, climate science, engineering, emergency services, real estate, and just for fun. Includes a playground where little ones can “be their own drone”, food trucks, and live music! Cost: Entrance is FREE! Drone-related items and food from food trucks will be available for purchase. Park in the student parking lot near the track – the event will be behind the school near the soccer field.
  • 7th – Think Like an Archaeologist! 7 September 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 pm,  MCHC, 202 E 6th Street, “Think Like An Archaeologist” as we explore artifacts and research records reflecting different cultures in Indiana’s past.We’re learning about Indiana’s past! Start off Indiana Archaeology Month with a program planned for families (parents/caregivers and children age 5 and older).Four teams will each use a different collection of artifacts to discover how both prehistoric and historic Hoosiers lived. What was different? What was the same? Archaeologists Cheryl Munson and Jocelyn Turner from Indiana University will guide the teams, and together we will unfold some of the stories of Indiana’s ancient and not so ancient past. Register: http://monroehistory.org/events/think-like-an-archaeologist
  • 13th – Cemetery Preservation & Restoration, Date: 13 September 2019, Time:  6:00 to 8:00 pm, Location: MCHC, 202 E 6th Street, The Monroe County History Center is hosting nationally recognized cemetery restoration specialist, Jason Church. Church is the Materials Conservator at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, Louisiana. From cemetery surveys and documentation, tips and techniques for photographing headstones, to appropriate headstone cleaning products, based on a study by the National Park Service, these topics are a great opportunity for any cemetery enthusiast to learn more about historic preservation. Made possible by the Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.
  • 14th – The Edgewood Dollars for Scholars Chapter proudly invites you to the Peoples State Bank / Edgewood Dollars for Scholars 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Edgewood Intermediate School.  Entry fees are $18 pre-registered and $20 on the day of the event.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.  All proceeds go to support our scholarship programs at Edgewood High School.  Come out and get your weekend exercise started a little early, have some fun, win some prizes, and support a great cause.  To register online logon to https://mag7raceseries.com/   For more information logon to http://edgewood.dollarsforscholars.org
  • 14th – Cemetery Preservation Work Day Date 14 September 2019, Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Location: Rose Hill Cemetery, 1100 W 4th St Join the Monroe County History Center Cemetery Committee for a workday in Rose Hill Cemetery for a hands-on demonstration of cemetery safety, proper cleaning techniques, resetting headstones, and preserving wrought iron fencing with Jason Church. Basic lunch and water will be provided. Made possible by the Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series.
  • 21st – The Hannah Center and Hannah House Maternity Home Walk For Life, Moving Forward, Building Hope, Saturday September 21st at 9:30AM, Clear Creek Christian Church. Have fun with the whole family. Walk For ife on the Clear Creek Trail. Bounce house, face painting, games, prizes, free breakfast and lunch.
  • 28th – Hoosiers Outrun Cancer 2019. Join us for the 20th anniversary of Hoosiers Outrun Cancer (HOC)! HOC proudly supports members of our local community who are fighting cancer including patients, their family, and their friends. The Bloomington Health Foundation Cancer Support Fund assists – at no charge – those in our community with needs beyond clinical care: massage therapy, art therapy, patient and family support groups, transportation assistance and more. Over the last 19 years, HOC has raised over $3 million to maintain these necessary resources right here in the South Central Indiana. Thank you to our community partners and sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment to our cause! We look forward to seeing you on September 28th at IU Memorial Stadium to run in memory of a loved one, walk in honor of someone battling cancer, or simply gather a fun team for a fantastic cause! Visit HoosiersOutrunCancer.org to register or learn more!
  • 28th – Cedar Farm: An Historic Preservation Day Trip,28 September 2019, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, MCHC, 202 E 6th Street, Jump onto a luxury passenger bus and travel to one of the remaining antebellum properties in the state of Indiana! Located in Laconia, Indiana, the Cedar Farm antebellum mansion and the Laconia General Store restored by Bill and Gayle Cook will be our destinations for a day filled with discussion about historic preservation projects in southern Indiana. Special presentation by Gayle Cook about the Cedar Farm restoration project. $40 for members/ $45 for non-members. Ticket price includes round-trip transportation and lunch. Follow the link below to book your ticket today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cedar-farm-day-trip-tickets-67029355607 Ticket sales end on September 27. Call 812-332-2517 with any questions or to purchase over the phone.

October

  • 3rd – The Hoosier Hills Food Bank is presenting the 36th Annual Bloomington Community Book Fair at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building West this October 3rd through the 8th. The book fair will offer more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, LP records, games, puzzles, stamps, coins and more.  There will also be food trucks and activities for kids and families. The times are as follows: Thursday, Oct. 3rd 9am-7pm; Friday, Oct. 4th 9am-7pm; Saturday, Oct. 5th 9am-6pm; Sunday, Oct. 6th 9am-6pm; Monday, Oct. 7th 9am-6pm; and Tuesday, Oct. 8th 9am-2pm. Book prices range between $1-$3 with the exception of antiques. We will once again accept food donations for a $1 off all purchases! All proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Ongoing

  • ATTENTION VETERANS! If you served in any branch of the Armed Services during any time then I want to tell you about a support group that meets once a week to talk about issues that we all face after our time in service.VET to VET! Adjusting back to civilian life can be a challenge, so we at Vet to Vet focus on topics that only other Veterans can relate too. Vet to Vet is supported by the VA, but is run by Veterans just like you and me! So do your-self and your family a favor and come see what I am talking about, it can make all our lives better! Vet to Vet here in the Bloomington area meets every Thursday night from 6 to 7 pm at Ivy Tech’s main campus in room A118. We can also be found on our website at vettovetbloomington.com and on Facebook for more information. So come join in the comradery ship that only other Veterans can give.
  • Single Seniors Club! When: Fourth Wednesday Monthly, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Who: Sandy Stevens, organizer Cost: FREE! Donations to the center gratefully accepted. About: Are you a senior who finds yourself wishing for the friendly company of other seniors? Join us on the fourth Wednesday monthly at the Endwright Center for a casual get together of single seniors! Come socialize and make new friends! Fun activities and light refreshments are planned. FREE! (We gratefully accept donations to help fund our free classes and programs). For Additional Information: 812-876-3383, ext 515 The Club also meets for early dinners on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 3:00 pm at differing locations.
  • Fun with Board Games! When: Fourth Wednesday Monthly, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Cost: FREE! Donations to the center gratefully accepted. About: All are welcome to join us on the fourth Wednesday monthly at the Endwright Center to socialize, make new friends and play a variety of board games (immediately following the Single Seniors Club, everyone is welcome single or not!). FREE! We gratefully accept donations to help fund our free classes and programs. For Additional Information: 812-876-3383, ext 515
  • Nia-The Love your body workout returns to the Endwright Center Tuesday afternoons, 4-5 pm (new time); 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville;. Certified Black Belt instructor, Angela Williams, leads an exhilarating, workout, combining dance, martial arts, and healing arts. Nia is FUN and teaches you to listen to your body to achieve your fitness goals. Experience transformative, powerful, playful movement. Open to all fitness levels, join any time! $5/pay per class. 812-876-3383
  • One on one computer tutoring with a knowledgeable instructor Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN 47429 When: Call for available times, 812-876-3383 ex. 515. Cost: FREE (donations gratefully accepted) About: Knowledgeable instructors will work one on one with seniors who want to learn basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word, E-mail, Facebook, Skype, and how to access games on the computer. A desk top computer is available for training; students are encouraged to bring their own laptop.For more information call 812-876-3383 ex. 515
  • Monthly Support Group: Parkinson’s Support When: 3:00-4:00 pm, Second Thursdays Where: The Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, 47429 Who: Heather Gaunt (McCormick’s Creek Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center) Cost: FREE  About: Parkinson’s is a part of some people’s lives but it doesn’t have to be life itself. When we not only manage the disease but also plan ahead for new symptoms that may arise, we more easily adapt. This group is designed to offer community, companionship, education, understanding and hopefully many new friendships as well! There will be opportunity for adaptation, plus acceptance of Parkinson’s on our own terms. We will generate meaningful conversation and learn about resources. Knowledge is power and sharing is caring! The ultimate goal of the group is to know we’re not alone, and that there are people to turn to, people who care. Anyone living with Parkinson’s is invited to join at any time. The group will begin by meeting once monthly and is always open to newcomers. Call to register, or for more information: 876-3383 ex. 515
  • The Smithville Museum and History Center at Red Men Hall in Smithville, Indiana,is open the first Monday of every month from noon to 4 PM and the second Saturday from 10AM to 2 PM. Admission is free is everyone is welcome.
  • One on One Computer Tutoring for Seniors What: One on one computer tutoring with a knowledgeable instructor Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN 47429 When: Call for available times, 812-876-3383 ex. 515. Cost: FREE (donations gratefully accepted) About: Knowledgeable instructors will work one on one with seniors who want to learn basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word, E-mail, Facebook, Skype, and how to access games on the computer. A desk top computer is available for training; students are encouraged to bring their own laptop. For more information call 812-876-3383 ex. 515
  • Caregivers’ Monthly Luncheon & Support Group (respite care available) This monthly lunch group provides a welcoming, safe space for family/friends caring for loved ones to share and connect with other caregivers in a safe and confidential environment. Respite care/boxed lunches provided by Home Instead Senior Care. 11:30am-1pm, first Wednesdays; Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville. Advance notice requested for a lunch tally (especially if respite care for your loved one is needed). FREE, donations appreciated. 812-876-3383, ext 582.
  • Healing Grief Support Group from 11:00am-12:00pm, Second Tuesday Monthly at the Area 10 Agency on Aging, Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, 47429. Cost: FREE (donations gratefully accepted). Loss changes our world and our relationships with others. It can leave us feeling uprooted, broken open, ungrounded (free-falling) and sometimes alienated. Facilitator Rick Clayton (Southern Care Hospice Chaplain) provides a safe space for grievers to share, grow, and move through the many layers of emotion when dealing with loss. Research shows that the experience of loss can open the realm of imagination as symbols and meaning begin to emerge. Rick’s positive approach incorporates the arts (music, visuals, writing, etc) to help express and heal grief. Poet, R.S. Thomas described this process as “that which arrives at the intellect by way of the heart.”
  • Senior Walking Club hosted by Monroe House Assisted Living at 2770 S Adams Street. Walkers are welcome Tuesday through Friday from 9A-10A. Refreshments provided in Bistro.
  • Puzzles, Trivia and Games for the Brain! Third Wednesdays monthly; 1-2 p.m; Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville. Those who frequently engage in mentally stimulating activities are 63% less likely to develop dementia than those who do not. Stacey Goffinet will lead participants in trivia games, solving puzzles and other fun activities for concentration and memory retention. Refreshments provided. New players always welcome! Sponsored by Area 10 and Comfort Keepers. Free! (donations accepted!). 812-876-3383.
  • The program “Job Search At Your Library” offers one-on-one support to Job seekers, including identifying areas of interest, building a resume, preparing for interviews, and local job market information. Volunteer advisors are needed on third Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.More information at bloomington.in.gov/volunteer or 349-3472.
  • New Hope Family Shelter is seeking dedicated volunteers to serve as site supervisors. Volunteers help families make plans to address the problems that led to their homelessness. Volunteers commit to a consistent weekly volunteer shift between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. More information at bloomington.in.gov/volunteer or 349-3472.
  • WonderLab’s Discovery Time – Bring your prescool-age child to enjoy a hands-on activity, book, or both with a different science topic each week. Siblings are welcome. The events runs 10:30am to 11am every Wednesday. Call 812-337-1337 ext.25 for more information. WonderLab is at 308 West Fourth Street.
  • American Red Cross Blood Donation – Help save lives by donating blood with the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Indiana University Health – IU Health has community health events year-round that include health screenings, support groups, and other activities. For a complete listing of Community Health programs and classes, call 812-353-5252 or visit the IU Health Website.
  • Stone Belt – At Stone Belt – the oldest and largest local provider of disability services – thousands of individuals and their families are empowered to live self-determined lives. Through residential, educational, employment, and clinical programs, Stone Belt enables them to reach their true potential. You can partner with Stone Belt in making a difference in the lives of extraordinary people. Learn more at stonebelt.org.
  • Interested in helping out the community, any way you can? Visit the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network’s website http://bloomington.in.gov/volunteer for a list of constantly updated opportunities.

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