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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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March

  • 19th – Fluid Acrylic Art Pouring Class March 19th, 1-3pm. Cost: $40. Experience the popular new art of fluid acrylic pouring, a brushless form of paining that requires no art experience but results in beautiful, colorful work the first time out. Participants will create two original pieces of art during the class, including an 8×10 canvas and a 6×6 ceramic tile. All supplies are included. Advance registration is required, as class size is limited to 12 participants. Register by March 16 by calling the Endwright Center at 812-876-3383 Ext. 515.
  • 24th – Masankho Banda Drumming Workshop, March 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN 47404 Come enjoy a drumming workshop from Malawi-based performance artist Masankho Banda. Banda brings the traditions of interactive storytelling, drumming, singing, and dancing to life. Lotus can’t wait to see you at this exciting event. $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 24th – Foster Parent Information Session March 24th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm The Villages 2405 North Smith Pike Bloomington, IN 47403 For more information visit: https://www.villageskids.org/foster-a-child/info-session-calendar-2/
  • 24th – Be part of creating the vision for pickleball in Monroe County!  Tuesday, March 24th 6 p.m. dinner off the menu   7 – 9 pm general meeting American Legion, 1800 West Third Street, Bloomington  Growing and Promoting Pickleball in Monroe County RSVP to Stella Hooker-Haase (altfluit@yahoo.com) or 812-333-7006 by Friday, March 20th so the Legion can better know how to staff the event.
  • 26th – Composting: Recycling and Reusing in Your Garden March 26th, 12-1pm. Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Recycle and Reuse are bywords in today’s culture and very important to our environment. You can continue these great practices in your gardens as well. This is a beginner’s class that will go over what you should compost, what you should not compost, and the best practices of at home composting. Facilitated by Steven Stewart of Sustainable in Suburbia. Call the Endwright Center at 812-876-3383 Ext. 515 for more information or to register.
  • 27th – Vox Sambou Concert, March 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN 47404, Lotus is thrilled to invite you to an evening with renowned MC and poet Vox Sambou. Vox is the recipient of two awards from the All African Music Awards for music collaborations with artists like Afrotronix, a Lotus World Music Festival artist in 2019. $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 27th– The Bloomington High School North Jazz Bands will present the 9th Annual Swing Dance on Friday, March 27th at 6:45pm in the BHSN Cafeteria.  The event will include a free swing dance lesson followed by open dancing.  Live swing music will be provided by the BHSN Jazz Program under the direction of John Sorsen and Thomas Wilson, and Tri-North Jazz directed by Michael Ahearn. Refreshments available for purchase in the form of club mocktails.  Big Band era (1920s-1940s) dress is encouraged and prizes will be given to the best dressed male and female. Dance partner not required. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and 18 and under. All tickets available at the door.  Proceeds for the evening support the BHSN Band program.  Visit bhsnbands.com for more details.
  • 27th – Potluck + Games! March 27th, 11:30-1:30pm. Cost: Free! Bring your favorite dish, snack, or dessert to share while enjoying the company of others. It’s a time to meet new people, visit with friends, play bingo, enter raffles for prizes, and enjoy a variety of food! Invite a friend, neighbor or family member! We always have great bingo prizes and main entrees sponsored by local senior serving agencies. Call the Endwright Center at 812-876-3383 Ext. 515 for more information or to register.
  • 28th – We Must Be Fearless! 28 March 2020 2:30 to 4:00 pm MCHC, 202 E 6th Street We Must Be Fearless: The Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Indiana by Anita Morgan is a popular history of the women’s suffrage movement in Indiana and tells the story of the sixty-nine-year struggle for the right to vote in the state. The people who acted, what they did, and the results of their efforts are the focus. Through this story, it also places the state’s women more firmly in the history of Indiana, the Midwest, and the nation. Author Anita Morgan will present her continuing research for the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial in honor of the release of her new book.

April

  • 1st – Yungchen Lhamo Concert, April 1 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Meadowwood Retirement Community, 2455 N Tamarack Trail Bloomington, IN 47408 Join Lotus for a thrilling concert from world-famous Tibetan singer-songwriter Yungchen Lhamo. Yungchen Lhamo is known for her mesmerizing music that combines traditional Buddhist chant with her ethereal voice and unique compositions. $5-$15.Payment taken at the door.
  • 4th – 25th Anniversary Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar Community Day April 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. 7th St. Bloomington, 47404 Enjoy an event for both families and individuals that provides a journey across the globe with multicultural, hands-on activities, performances, live demonstrations and more. FREE.
  • 4th – Lotus Blossoms Skate Night, April 4 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Western Skateland, 930 W 17th St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 Join us at Western Skateland! $5 admission (supports Lotus Blossoms) $2 skate rental (supports MCCSC)6-9 p.m. Open Skate 7-8 p.m. Live performance from Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste in the middle of the rink 9 p.m. Live Skate Dance showcase performance and demo by members of Naptown Real Rollers, Dayton City Skaters, and local Bloomington skaters. Skate dancers will be available throughout the event to teach dance moves. For information about skate dancing see this trailer for the United Skates documentary. 9-11:30 p.m. PG-13 Skate (music is geared towards teens and adults at this time)
  • 7th – Cielito Lindo Concert, April 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN 47404 You are invited to the Lotus Firebay to experience the lively music of the mariachi group Cielito Lindo. Chicago-based Cielito Lindo will bring five members of the Lucero family, who perform modern, Latino mariachi. Cielito Lindo, which is the name of a quintessential mariachi song, performs the traditional music of Mexico and cites bands like Los Lobos and Trio Los Panchos as part of their inspiration. $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 11th – Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, April 11 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Woolery Mill, 2200 West Tapp Road, Bloomington, IN 47403 Drink beer, support Lotus!  Lotus will once again be the charity partner for the Bloomington Craft Beer Festival.  A portion of all proceeds from the event will help Lotus continue to celebrate music, song, dance, and storytelling from around the globe, for audiences of all ages — building appreciation and respect for different cultural traditions and the people who bring them to life. Early Bird (2 – 6 p.m.): $50 in advance online, $60 day of at the gate if available General Admission (3 – 6 p.m.): $35 in advance online, $45 day of at the gate if available Designated Driver (may enter with the rest of their party; no alcohol may be consumed): $10 in advance online, $10 day of at the gate if available
  • 13th – The Corn Potato String Band Concert, April 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN 47404 Lotus hopes to see you at the Corn Potato String Band Concert at the Lotus Firebay. The Corn Potato String Band has earned high praise for its performance and preservation of traditional American music from Central and Southern United States. In addition to being champion fiddlers (Aaron won first place in bluegrass fiddle at the 2018 Galax Fiddlers Convention), band members Aaron Jonah Lewis and Lindsay McCaw play the banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin. $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 15th – Hoop Dancing Workshop with Violet Duncan April 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers Bloomington, IN 47404 You won’t want to miss the opportunity to join Native American storyteller and powwow dancer Violet Duncan for a hoop dancing workshop here at the Lotus Firebay. Duncan, who facilitates workshops to promote spiritual wellness and cultural education across the US, Canada, and Europe, is a proud member of the Plains Cree of Kehewin Cree Nation & Taino. She held the title of Miss Indian World in 2006 and was featured in Nelly Furtado’s music video Big Hoops as the Native American Fancy Dancer. We hope to see you there! $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 16th – Mask Making Workshop with Violet Duncan, April 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Lotus Firebay, 105 N. Rogers, Bloomington, IN 47404 Would you like to learn to make a mask with Native American hoop and powwow dancer Violet Duncan? Join Lotus for an interactive workshop with Violet Duncan who facilitates workshops to promote spiritual wellness and cultural education across the US, Canada, and Europe and is a proud member of the Plains Cree of Kehewin Cree Nation & Taino. $5 per person. Children sitting on laps are free.
  • 17th– Moira Smiley with the River Ducks, April 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, The FAR Center, 505 W. 4th Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 We are thrilled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lotus Blossoms Program by joining Bloomington Roots and its Hand Picked Music Series for an evening with Moira Smiley and the River Ducks.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lotus Blossoms program. Doors: 6:45pm |  The River Ducks: 7:30pm | Moira Smiley: 8:00pm VIP ticket holders will have seats reserved in the front; general admission tickets will allow ticket holders access to open seating outside of the reserved section. The show is expected to last 90 min. If tickets have not sold out in advance, they will be available to purchase at the door by cash only. $20 general seating | $30 VIP

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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