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- 3rd – Last Man Standing – Friday, March 3rd – Boxing event with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society – Sponsored by B Town Boxing and Sigma Pi Fraternity – for more information visit sigmapilms.com
- 4th – Scene Change: Music of Latin American, Saturday, March 4th 7:30 pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood, The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, with special guests from IU’s Latin American Music Center
- 5th – Indiana University Hillel Presents: Semi- FInals for Campus Super Star. March 5th, Doors open at 4:30pm and the show starts at 5:00pm. It is free to attend. It will be held at the Buskirk Chumley
- 11th – Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend at the Farmstead Bloomington Restorations, Inc. invites you to the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead as part of Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors to the site can tour the sugaring operations and learn about the process, purchase
do-it-yourself maple tree tapping kits and books related to maple syrup, and sample refreshments made with maple syrup. Jellies made onsite by volunteers will also be available to sample and purchase. Unfortunately, due to unseasonably high temperatures, the maple syrup production has been negatively affected and bottled syrup for purchase may not be available. Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend is sponsored by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association with participating sugar makers around the state opening their operations to the public for one or both days. The farmstead is owned and maintained by Bloomington Restorations, Inc. and is free and open to the public. It is located at 2920 E. Tenth Street in Bloomington. For more information call BRI at (812)
336-0909 or visit the Farmstead on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
HinkleGartonFarmstead Details about statewide sugar camp activities can be found at www.IndianaMapleSyrup.org or on the “Indiana Maple Syrup Weekend” Facebook page.
- 27th – Monroe County Relay For Life Fundraiser 9AM-6PM, Support your local relayby getting your car washed! This year’s Relay is April 1st, 11A-11P at the Gladstein Fieldhouse. The event is sponsored by Team “Step Ahead Survivors” and Blomoington Car Wash on South Walnut. For more information visit relayforlife.org/iuin
- 28th – The City of Bloomington Volunteer Network invites you to attend the Be More Awards on March 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Buskirk Chumley Theater. The Be More Awards is our community’s way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers. A program of the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, the Be More Awards honors all of the nominated individuals
and groups, as well as the ten award recipients. The Be More Awards are co-sponsored by the United Way of Monroe County, the IU Credit Union, the Community and Family Resources Department of the City, and WTIU. The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County donates $500 to each of the ten
organizations where the Be More Award recipients give the majority of their donated time and talents.
- 30th – Women’s Leadership Development Event 2017 on March 30– Linking Arts for Social Justice: If Not You, Then Who? Discuss the issues related to women in leadership and learn how you can get involved! Includes
the 2017 Emerging Leader Award Presentation (Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer). Plus a Panel Discussion: Battling Fear and Hatred of the “Other” – Women, Certain Immigrants, People of Color, People of Certain Religions featuring Sheila Kennedy, Frances Trix, Christie Popp, and Amrita C. Myers Networking to follow the event at approx. 7:30 p.m. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. Light snacks during registration. Free and Open to the Public! Thurs., March 30, 5:00-7:30 p.m., City Hall, Showers Building, 401 N. Morton, Bloomington, IN
- 30th – The Monroe County Ag Day Celebration, Agriculture – Food for Life,will be held Thursday March 30th at the Community Building on the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Doors will open at 5:30pm with the
dinner/program beginning at 6:00. Tickets are $5.00. Tickets must be purchased by March 26th and will not be available at the door. Space is limited. The event will highlight Monroe County Agricultural history and will
include a talk by Dr. Fred Whitford entitled: Looking Back on the “Good Old Days’ of Agriculture. Dinner menu is: Roast beef, fried chicken, slaw, cheesy potatoes, green beans, corn, pie, coffee, tea and water. Monroe County Farm Bureau Inc. will be donating $1.74 per meal to the Monroe County Ag Day Scholarship fund. The $1.74 represents the farmers share of the $10.00 meal we will be consuming as part of the celebration. Monroe County Farm Bureau Inc. is also sponsoring a portion of the meal so that ticket prices can be held to $5.00.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to the event for the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
- Tai Chi for Health with Margret Kingrey Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN 47429 When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 3 – 26 Intermediate Tai Chi: 9:00 – 10:00 am Beginning Tai Chi: 10:00 – 11:00 am Cost: Eight Classes for $45 (preregister & pay-in-full), Endwright Center Members: $40 (preregister & pay-in-full); or $7 pay-per class About: Tai Chi is a program which improves flexibility, muscle strength, balance as well as increases energy and metabolism. It is also known to decrease anxiety and allow improved breathing. Being a form of movement with intention developed centuries ago in China, it has been used as a martial art as well as a meditative practice.
- 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.
- Harmonicas for Health When: 10-11:00 am (Last Friday of each month Sept – May 2015 (see November & December exceptions below) 2014 Schedule: September 26, October 31, November 21 (week before Thanksgiving), December: Holiday concert: Friday, December 5 2015 Schedule: January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 29 Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Who: Mary Jane Gormley Cost: FREE Additional Info: Harmonicas for health has been endorsed by IU Health Bloomington Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program. Harmonicas can enhance lung function and capacity. All wind instruments can claim this benefit, but the harmonica is special because you play the instrument while inhaling and exhaling, so lung control is improved in both directions. Better lung function means better health over all. This fun, free and inclusive class concentrates on exercises that mainly strengthen the diaphragm, the major set of muscles used in breathing. Just five minutes daily of harmonica exercise can make a difference. Participants may join at any time, and a free harmonica will be provided, along with handouts for practice at home. For Additional Information: 812-876-3383, ext 515
- Single Seniors Club! When: Fourth Wednesday Monthly, (February 25) 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. The February 25 dinner will be at the Hoosier Bar & Grille (Ellettsville).
- Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington is offering an Advanced Manufacturing Program for those interested in becoming Certified Production Technicians. Classes begin February 23rd and run until April 17th, Monday through Thursday and some Fridays. Classes take place from 9am – Noon at the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus located at 200 Daniels Way. The program is FREE to anyone who can test at a silver level or above in an assessment test, possesses a high school diploma (or equivalent), and can pass a drug screen. For more information, contact Susan Garcia at 812-330-6042 or at email@example.com. The program’s website is www.amp-indiana.com.
- 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
- Improving Your Balance Exercise Class What: Improving Your Balance Exercise Class When: 10:00 – 11:00 am, (Four) Fridays, February 6 – 27 Who: Tricia Oxford, Endwright Center Fitness Coach Where: The Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, 47429 Cost: Only $12 for four classes! ($8 for Endwright Center Members). Scholarships available. Additional Information: Falling is currently the number one cause of serious injury in older adults, so good balance is an extremely important aspect of maintaining an active lifestyle as we age. Fortunately, balance can be improved through a variety of strength and flexibility exercises. This class will teach and reinforce basic skills to help maintain and improve balance in order to prevent the occurrence of falls. Therabands will be used to help strengthen muscles associated with balance and coordination. Payment options are available upon request. Call: 876-3383 ex. 515.
- A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls When: Eight Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Beginning October 8th (Skip week of Thanksgiving, last class December 3rd) Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Who: Laura Kray & Jaime Sweany, Matter of Balance certified Master Trainers (Maine Health) Cost: No Charge. Donations gratefully accepted to help fund our free and low cost programs and for the course materials provided. About: Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? If so, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program for you. Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Many older adults also experience increased isolation and depression when they limit their interactions with family and friends. A Matter of Balance can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. A workbook is provided and refreshments are served. Space is limited. To register or for more information, please call 812-876-3383, ext 582
- 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
- If you made $53,000 or less in 2014 the Free Community Tax Service can file your taxes for free at 9 locations in Monroe and Owen counties and you receive 100% of your tax refund quickly and easily – usually in just 10 days or less. This event will be held January 27-April 15 Monday – Saturday. For event information: www.monroeunitedway.org/freetaxes or contact Jennifer Hottell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Creative Writing Class When: 10:00 – 11:30 am, Mondays, February 2 – 23 Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Cost: 4 Classes: $25 ($20 for members) – class size limited, so register soon! Writers of all experience levels are welcome to attend this Creative Writing Class. Throughout the four weeks, participants will be working with prompts and exercises to challenge and help develop their own unique creative writing style. Sharing of work is optional and up to each individual. Class size is limited, so register soon! Call: 812-876-3383, ext 515
- 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
- Never too Late to Learn to Play Guitar When: 11:00 am – Noon, Four Fridays, February 6 – 27 Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429. Instructor Nathan Dillon. Cost: Four classes, $25 ($20 members) This four week session is a perfect opportunity to discover your inner guitarist! Whether you have played before or not, you’ll enjoy Nathan Dillon’s enthusiastic and playful approach to music. You will be guided through the basic gestures of playing the instrument and learn songs in the process. Songs by artists such as Woodie Guthrie will be covered as well as songs chosen by workshop participants. A limited number of guitars are available to use in class, so register soon. Call: 812-876-3383, ext 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.
- Yoga Classes: Chair or Floor Yoga When: 4 – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays, March 4 – 25 (no class March 20) Where: Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville, IN 47429 Who: Lee-Ann Assalone and Kristen Londergan, certified yoga instructors Cost: 6 Classes: $35 (pre-register, paid in full) / ($30 EC Members, pre-register, paid in full) or $7/pay per class. About: Certified yoga instructors, Lee-Ann Assalone and Kristen Londergan invite you to carve out some time just for you, let go of stress and experience the peace that comes with gentle stretching and connecting with your breath. Any and all ability levels are welcome to experience chair or floor yoga (bring your own mat or borrow one of ours). You’ll experience the healing, calming and physical benefits that result from the practice of yoga. Register: 812-876-3383, ext 515
- 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.
- Free Style Watercolor Class (four clases) If you have some basic experience with watercolor this class is an opportunity to have fun while learning a new technique (overlaying color to create dimension, which works beautifully on all subject matter!) Come prepared with a photo or picture to paint from. 12:30 – 2:30 pm, (four) Fridays, February 6-27; Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville. Instructor: Holly Drummond. $40 ($35/members). Supply list/Register: 812-876-3383, xt 515. Sponsored by IAC, NEA, Community Foundation and Ivy Tech
- 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.
- Hilltop Garden and Nature Center’s plant expert is looking for a volunteer to take care of a small collection of plants. A couple hours a week is all that is required. Find 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.
- Backstreet Missions – Backstreet Missions, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless and
those with spiritual and physical need. You can text donations to GIVEHOPE at 20222 or find out more about the organization at backstreet.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.