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The WGCL Community Calendar is a great way to get the word out about your events in Bloomington and Monroe County. To post your event on the calendar below, please submit it here.

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January

  • 27th – Memory Walk Date: 27 January 2020 Hours: 10:00 to 11:00 am Location: MCHC, 202 E 6th Street Spark up a conversation with your loved one living with dementia on a guided gallery tour! Together we will explore the past while we share our stories. To register, visit our program calendar or call 812-332-2517. http://www.monroehistory.org/events/memory-walk-january 27 Memory Walks are a part of the Living with History programming initiative supported by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc.

February

  • 1st – PuzzleFest 2020 Date: 1 February 2020 Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: Girls, Inc. of Monroe County, 1108 W 8th Street Calling all puzzle enthusiasts! Our annual celebration of International Puzzle Day is back! The day will be filled with activities for all ages, a puzzle sale & swap, and our jigsaw competition sponsored by the IU Office of the Bicentennial and supported by Aver’s Pizza. Twenty teams will go toe-to-toe to see who will be this year’s champion! Jigsaw competition team registration has filled! But there is a waiting list for alternate teams. Interested in having your team on the waiting list? Email education@monroehistory.org with your team information.
  • 9th – Backyard Liquid Gold: Making Your Own Maple Syrup. Learn how to make real maple syrup at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead! This class is excellent for those curious about how maple syrup is made, folks who’d like to make some for their own use, or for those just getting started with production who want a bit more insight. Enjoy maple syrup-made refreshments as we touch briefly on the history of syrup production, discuss tree identification, learn about tree tapping, and the collection and processing of sap into syrup. Then we’ll head outside to demonstrate the techniques learned. This is an interactive class so questions are encouraged. The class will be offered two times in February—Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 2-3:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 2-3:30 p.m. The class fee is $15 per individual which includes a tap, sap bucket for collection, and a sample bottle of real maple syrup. Couples or a parent and child may register for $22 (one tap, bucket, and bottle of syrup). Additional tapping equipment will be available for purchase. The class is sponsored by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association. To register, please email hgfvolunteers@gmail.com, call the instructor Mike Bell at (812) 336-6141, or message him on the farmstead’s Facebook Page www.facebook.com/HinkleGartonFarmstead. The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead is located at 2920 E. 10th Street in Bloomington.
  • 14th – “My Sisters Closet” is bringing dinner theater to Bloomington for Valentine’s Day.  Neil Simon’s wild comedy “Last of the Red Hot lovers” will be Feb 14th and 15th at the Bloomington Country club. You will have a choice of three entrees. Ladies can get their girlfriends together for a fun night or couples can celebrate romance. Go to sisterscloset.org/redhot2020/ 
  • 14th – Loving our History! Annual Gala Fundraiser for the Monroe County History Center, 14 February 2020, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Monroe Convention Center, The Monroe County History Center is excited to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in 2020! With this momentous milestone in mind, our gala theme, “Loving Our History,” embraces our ruby anniversary and pays tribute to the fact that this year’s event is taking place on Valentine’s Day. With so much to celebrate, everyone is sure to find something to love about this year’s gala. The evening will feature a musical performance by jazz pianist, Monika Herzig—including various works by composer Hoagy Carmichael. We will also be sharing a glimpse into the past 40 years of the History Center, as well as looking forward to what’s to come in the next decades. Tickets are $85 with dinner included. To reserve your tickets, please call 812-332-2517 or visit monroehistory.org/gala/

May

  • 1st – Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former Press Secretary for President Donald Trump, is appearing at an exclusive event held by the Monroe County Republican Party of Indiana, May 1st, 2020 at 6PM at the Monroe County Convention Center. Huckabee Sanders has been named one of TIME Magazine’s “40 under 40” and is recognized as one of the best political operatives of her generation. She is married to her husband, Bryan, and they have three children, Scarlett, Huck and George, and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. General Admission tickets are $200 with VIP tickets priced at $500 each. Tickets are available at www.monroecogop.com on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets sales will end on March 31st or when tickets sell out, whichever comes first. For more information, contact Chairman William Ellis at williamellis@monroecogop.com

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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