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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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June

  • 27th – Memory Lane Café – Gardens Galore, 27 June 2019, 10:00 to 11:00 am, MCHC, 202 E 6th Street. With spinach, cauliflower, and kale, we’re getting our hands dirty! Join us for our dementia-friendly Memory Lane Cafe with your care partner as we plant some seedlings for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. To RSVP, visit our program calendar. http://www.monroehistory.org/events/memory-lane-café-gardens-galore Memory Lane Cafes are a part of the Living with History program supported by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc
  • 28th – Meet the Carvers, 28 June 2019, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, MCHC, 202 E 6th Street. The Monroe County History Center and Indiana Limestone Symposium are teaming up for an evening all about limestone. Join us for a conversation with local artists and industry professionals to learn about how they are a part of the modern limestone industry. Explore the exhibits and view a live carving demonstration by a local artist!
  • 28th – Fireworks and Cruise-In Car Show, Monroe County Fairgrounds Friday, June 28th, Gates open at 6:00pm/ Fireworks at Dusk, Admission is Donation at the gate, Cruise-In Classic Car show.  Bring your Classic Car or Unique Vehicle!!! Always a great Fireworks display!!
  • 29th – June 29, 10am-11:30am. Cost: free to Endwright Center members and community members. Walnut Grove is owned and run by Frank Nyikos in Unionville, Indiana. The nursery specializes in daffodils, hostas, and daylilies, which will be at their peak at the time of our visit. About 600 varieties of daffodils and hostas, and 400 or more varieties of daylilies – including some 50 registered cultivars will be available for purchase. Nyikos will talk to the group about the development of his nursery and the plants that he grows and tends, and will stay with our group as we explore the grounds. Frank Nyikos is the author of the book Hybridizing ABC’s and executive director of the American Daffodil Society. Call the Endwright Center at 812-876-3383 Ext. 515 for more information or to register.

July

  • 4th – Ellettsville Fire Department invites everyone to join us on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in our great blessed nation. View show near the Richland-Bean Blossom C.S.C. (Edgewood Schools) property Cross Country Course and Tennis Court ares. The annual fireworks show is solely funded by donations to E.F.D. from area businesses and residents. Thanks to those who have already donated.
  • 20th – Dance in the Park, July 20th, 2 pm, McCormick’s Creek State Park Nature Center, free workshop though usual park entry fees apply, contact Jessica at company@windfalldancers.org, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/289133658329014/ Join us at McCormick’s Creek State Park for this free event at the Nature Center! Participants will be lead by Windfall Dancers through a movement workshop inspired by our surroundings. All ages are welcome!

September

  • 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!

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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