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October

  • 17th – Board Recruitment Event Oct 17 5-7 p.m. City Hall Atrium FREE Calling all prospective board members! Get ready to mix, mingle, and match. Grab a free board-themed mocktail and some munchies and network with local nonprofit organizations who are actively recruiting for their boards and committees. Start the conversation and find your niche. More information about attending organizations will be sent to everyone who submits an RSVP. When: Thursday, October 17 from 5-7pm Where: City Hall Atrium (FREE parking in the City Hall lot for this after 5pm event!!!) RSVP Online:  http://bit.ly/GetOnBoardBtown2019 Questions? Please contact Lucy Schaich at 812-349-3433 or getconnected@bloomington.in.gov. (BloomingtonVolunteerNetwork.org)
  • 19th – The 22nd annual Bloomington Breast Cancer Awareness Walk that will take place at Shower’s Plaza adjacent to City Hall on Saturday, October 19, 2019. This is a free event open to everyone, promotes awareness of this disease, recognizes survivors with a gift bag, and is followed by a 1 mile easy walk. Registration starts at 8:30 AM followed by Survivor Recognition at 9:00 AM.  The walk will follow immediately after, and is open to everyone including well behaved pets. The first 1,000 to register will receive a free t-shirt. The event is free, but donations are happily accepted!
  • 26th – 20th annual Jill Behrman 5K IU Color the Campus Walk/Run, Date/Time: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Where:  Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC), 1601 Law Ln., Bloomington, IN 47408 Web Site & Registration: www.JB5K.com Coordinated by: IU Campus Recreational Sports & the IU JB5K Student Steering Committee. Jill Behrman was an IU student and an employee of Recreational Sports. In May 2000, Jill left for a solo bike ride and never came back. Three years later, it was discovered that she had been murdered. In October 2000, the JB5K was created to keep the memory of Jill alive and to bring awareness to issues of violence in our community. Proceeds from the JB5K IU Color the Campus Walk/Run benefit the Jill Behrman Emerging Leader Scholarship, personal safety workshops and other Recreational Sports programs on campus throughout the year. The JB5K is a non-competitive walk/run through the Indiana University campus with photo opportunities and entertainment along the way. The event begins and ends at the Student Recreational Sports Center. Onsite registration on the day of the event starts at 9:30AM in the SRSC Lobby, with the walk/run beginning at 11:00AM. Warm-ups led by SRSC staff start at 10:00AM; food, dancing and more color follow the walk/run. It’s a PARTY!Bursar billing is available for current IU students; $30 through Oct. 11th; $35 after Oct. 11th.IU parking is NOT ticketed during this event. The color powder consists of eco-friendly cornstarch and food grade coloring. Open to the community; children and pets are NOT allowed.
  • 27th – October 27, 2-4 PM, Join us to learn how to write Letters to the Editor (LTE) and Op Eds, and increase your chances of getting them published.  Experienced LTE and Op Ed writers will facilitate this free workshop. All levels of expertise are welcome, novice to experienced. Register by emailing connect@uubloomington.org . The workshop will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N Fee Lane, Bloomington IN 47408
  • 31st – Metro Marketing is proud to announce the 2019 Bloomington Maps with Monroe County Overview are available now at the following locations, while supplies last.  Pick up your FREE copy today!!! Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, Monroe County Health Dept., Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Stansifer Electronics, Bloomington Transit, T&T Repairables, IU Credit Union, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Ellettsville Gentle Dentist, Costley & Co. Rental Management LLC , Sincerely Yours Weddings and Events, Midnight Flyer & R.W. Transport Inc, Westbury Antique Market, Smithville, Monroe County YMCA, Speech and Language Essentials, Longhorn Steakhouse, and The Fairfax Inn31st – Memory Lane Café – Spinning Stories,Date: 31 October 2019, Hours: 10:00 to 11:00 am, Location: MCHC, 202 E 6th Street, We are creating our own spooky story for Halloween! Using images from the Monroe County History Center collection, together we will spin a story in our dementia-friendly Memory Lane Cafe. To register, visit our program calendar or call 812-332-2517 http://monroehistory.org/events/memory-lane-café-spinning-stories/  Memory Lane Cafes are a part of the Living with History program supported by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc.

November

  • 2nd – St. John the Apostle Catholic Church – Holiday Craft Show Saturday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4607 W. St. Rd. 46 at the Jct. of St. Rd. 46/Union Valley Rd., Bloomington, IN just up the hill from McDonalds HANDMADE CRAFTS ONLY featuring more than 45 artisan from surrounding counties.  FREE ADMISSION – Door prizes – Baked goods – LUNCH
  • 9th – Indiana University African American Arts Institute Potpourri of the Arts, African American Choral Ensemble, African American Dance Company, IU Soul Revue, November 9th, 7:30PM, IU Auditorium
  • 12th – The Salvation Army of Bloomington will be holding its 13th annual Red Kettle Kickoff Celebration luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019 from 11:30 – 1:00 PM at the Monroe Convention Center. $35/person; $250 for a table for 8. RSVP no later than Nov. 1, 2019 by calling 812-336-4310. Help us fill the first red kettles of the season.
  • 22nd – HAWKTAIL AT THE FAR CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS- November 22, 2019. 7:00 PM, Bloomington Roots and 505 Live Present: Hawktail. Hawktail is known for their captivating performances and ability to create music with traditional roots that stem out into new and exciting sounds. Band members include Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert, Jordan Tice, and Dominick Leslie, who have played on well-known projects such as The Punch Brothers, The Dave Rawlings Machine, Crooked Still, and Live From Here. Following their AmericanaFest performance, No Depression magazine noted that the band created a “… labyrinth of complex yet accessible acoustic music that had me in a trance.”Grab your tickets here: http://bctboxoffice.org/event/hawktail/

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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