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- 29th – Bloomington Restorations, Inc. invites you to the 2017 Twelfth Annual Daisy Days Plant Sale and Museum Open Day on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, from 1-4 p.m. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, IU biologist Dr. Stephen Bell, will lead a free birding walk through the farmstead grounds, a haven for numerous species throughout the year including resident bluebirds. Native perennials sourced from
Spence Restoration Nursery, since 1998 Indiana’s premier native plant supplier, will be a primary emphasis of the plant sale. The plants will include those suitable for rain gardens, butterfly gardens and as primary pollinator food sources. Also available will be landscape flowers, spring-planted bulbs and miscellaneous trees and shrubs. Experts are on-hand during the sale to answer questions and guide selections, including members of Monroe County’s Identify and Reduce Invasive Species (MC-IRIS) and Indiana Native Plant and
Wildflower Society (INPAWS.) The proceeds from the sale will benefit ongoing gardening efforts at the site. Volunteer-produced jellies will also be available for purchase, and members of Friday Musicale will
provide music inside the 1892 main house which will also be open to visitors. The Farmstead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and maintained by Bloomington Restorations, Inc.
It is free and open to the public and is located at 2920 E. Tenth Street in Bloomington. For more information call BRI at (812) 336-0909.
- 29th – Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington will present a free community talk, “The Power to Be
Happy,” at Bloomington’s Monroe County Public Library Auditorium, 303 E. Kirkwood Ave., on Saturday, April 29 from 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Led by Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington’s Resident Teacher Gen
Kelsang Demo, the talk will offer practical teachings and suggestions for how anyone can discover lasting happiness by developing a calm and peaceful mind through meditation practices. Everyone is welcome to
attend and no previous meditation experience is necessary. Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington will also host a public Open House on Saturday, May 6 from TIME to TIME at its new facility in downtown Bloomington at 406 S. Walnut St. The Center features a meditation room, bookstore and community area dedicated to presenting time-honored Buddhist teachings and meditations through approaches applicable for today’s modern, busy world. A non-profit organization that offers weekly drop-in classes, beginner meditation classes, day courses, meditation retreats and in-depth study programs, Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington was
founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union, a global network of more than 1,200 meditation centers, temples and groups in 40-plus
countries. For more information regarding either event, contact the Center at 812.318.1236 or info@meditationinbloomington.
org or visit their website at www.meditationinbloomington. org.
- 29th – Fish Fry! April 29, 2017. Begins at 4:00 PM, Paynetown Pentecostal Church, 4824 S. Harrell Road, Bloomington. Adults $6.00; Children 5-10 $3.00; under 5 free. Sit down and relax or drive thru service will be
- 29th – New Leaf-New Life 5K Walk/Run 2017. Sports drinks and snacks will be provided. $20 perperson. Official 5K t-shirt included. Cookout after the walk/run. Register on Eventbrite.
- 29th – Join us for a fun-filled day at Smithville Security’s Safety Day! Everyone in the family can get up close and personal with a police car, fire engine, and ambulance while meeting the everyday heroes behind the wheel. Step inside Technology Powered by Smithville to get a free Smithville Security Safety Hammer with seatbelt cutter and glass breaker to keep your family safe while on the road. You can also spin a wheel and win great prizes, including the chance to win a $200 Skybell Video Doorbell. While there check out our new Lyric system and see how Smithville Security can simplify your life and help you take control of your home with automation innovations, such as smart door locks, light modules, and thermostats. Schedule a free no obligation home security assessment and you could win $100 off your installation! Also bring, your sensitive paperwork to be shredded by Shredded Unlimited. Mark your calendars and join us at Technology Powered by Smithville Saturday 4/29 from 10 AM until 2 PM, at the corner of S. Walnut Street and Rhorer Road. See you then!
- 29th – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast & Antique Model A Ford Show is Saturday, April 29 from 8 to 11 a.m. at First United Church, 2420 E. Third St. in Bloomington. $7 Adults – $5 Kids 10 & under Meet 2017 Miss IU A’Niyah Birdsong, visit vintage autos and the Circle K bake sale. With admission, kids 10 & under get breakfast PLUS a FREE touch and tour of Sheriff’s Squad Car, coloring book, box of crayons, face painting, Octopus Ink twisted balloon, autographed photo from Miss IU and FREE Kid’s ID Kit from Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Each child receives a DNA swab, ID card, fingerprinting and a pouch to store the kit. The Breakfast and children’s activities are indoors and, Weather permitting; vintage car show is on the parking lot. The breakfast menu is pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice, milk and coffee. It all benefits Kiwanis Youth Service, Learning and Leadership Programs.
- 3rd – Area 10 Agency on Aging’s annual Benefit Breakfast, Wednesday, May 3rd. This event is an opportunity to celebrate the seniors in our community and support the work and mission of Area 10. Breakfast will be served at 7:30am followed by a short presentation. We are suggesting a contribution of $50 per seat, but please feel free to contribute whatever you are able.
- 7th – Harmony Education Center invites the community to our 37th Annual Harmony School Golf Outing on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort located at 2250 E Pointe Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401.
Breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM, followed by the shotgun start at 8:30 AM. In the event of bad weather, an alternative rain date is scheduled for May 21st. Team fees are $600 per foursome, which covers green fees, carts, breakfast, refreshments, lunch and one raffle entry for each player. Event sponsorships are also available at the $250, $500, $1,000 and $5,000. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-334-8349 or visit www.harmonyschool.org/golf.
- 19th – 2017 PALS Mane Event Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:00pm IU’s Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Hall
$70 per person. Must be 21+ Cynthia Wakley, Outreach Coordinator 812-336-2798 email@example.com www.palstherapy.org/maneevent
- 19th – May is National Preservation Month. In recognition the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission and Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review invite the public to two events highlighting the Covenanters and their role in local history. On Friday, May 19, 2017, the Rosemary Miller Lecture features “Who Are the Covenanters Anyway?” Presented by Richard Holdeman, Senior Pastor, Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church, the talk will focus on the early-1800s anti-slavery group of Scotch Irish ancestry that had a profound impact on the founding and growth of Bloomington and Monroe County. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers. On Saturday, May 20, the Covenanter Cemetery Guided Tour will run from 1-4 p.m. departing every hour and half hour. Tour goers will learn more about the influential movers and shakers within the Covenanter community through those buried at the cemetery. The earliest grave dates from 1838 and many names are still prominent throughout the community. The cemetery is located at the northeast
corner of Moores Pike/Hillside Drive and High Street. Parking is available at the tennis courts .2 miles east on the south side of Moores Pike. Both the lecture and tour are free and reservations are not required. For more information about either event, contact Bethany Emenhiser at HAND at (812) 349-3507 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the board Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/
HANDbloomington/ or https://www.facebook.com/ MCHPB/
- 20th – Dance Indiana Ballroom Club Spring Fling May 20, 2017 7-10 pm The Commons 300 Washington St, Columbus, IN Music by DJ Billy Crase Tickets $20.00 per person Tickets sold at the door or send an email to email@example.com today!
- 20th – Run with the Foxes mini marathon, Saturday, May 20,2017, 9:00 a.m. at the Morgan Monroe state forest Cherry Lake Dam. Information and register at www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org. Proceeds used to maintain
and repair the Tecumseh and other forest trails.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
- 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.