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.
- 15th – Everyone is invited to Hope for the Holidays presented by Catalent, Bloomington’s fourth annual holiday tree show and auction to support New Hope for Families. Come see more than 60 unique and ornate holiday trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, and families, November 15–17, 4:00–8:00 p.m. in The Pavilion at Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers Street. This event is free to attend and all are welcome! In addition to lights and tinsel, visitors can enjoy free refreshments and festive holiday music. Bring the whole family to share in the holiday spirit. All proceeds from this event will benefit families overcoming homelessness in our community. New Hope for Families is the only temporary emergency housing service in Monroe County where adults with children can find shelter together. We’re on a mission to keep families together and break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
- 16th – Revolutionizing Dementia Care, 16 November 2022, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street, Join the Monroe County History Center for a screening of Revolutionizing Dementia Care as a part of the Dementia Film Festival hosted by Dementia Friendly Bloomington. Revolutionizing Dementia Care reveals how people living with dementia can still live a full and meaningful life based on their abilities, not their disabilities. Innovative approaches in memory care communities have shown improvements in the well-being of residents as they’re included, engaged and supported in social gatherings and everyday activities. Film time: 58 minutes, Discussion: 15 minutes
- 19th – NAVIGATING THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT STRESS Mini Meditation Retreat SAT NOV 19 | 10AM-1PM, $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, In person, Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 234 N. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47404, 812-318-1236, meditationinbloomington.org Register: https://www.meditationinbloomington.org/nov-19-navigating-the-holidays-without-stress Thanksgiving is meant to be a time to celebrate our good fortune with family and friends. However, this celebration can be quite stressful for some people. Join Wes Steele for a short meditation retreat to gain experience how to navigate Thanksgiving before it begins. Learn to connect with a peaceful mind and garner confidence in that inner peace. Everyone is welcome to come to this workshop; no meditation experience is necessary.
- 25th – From Me, To You Date: November 25 to December 31, 2022 Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Location: MCHC, 202 E 6th Street “From Me, To You” celebrates the gifts we give to loved ones over the winter holidays. Do you remember a favorite toy you received? Did you give a gift that was handmade or meaningful? The gifts we give strengthen our social connections and show our love and appreciation for one another. During this holiday season, we hope you give, and receive, gifts to those you love.
- 2nd – The Ellettsville First United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar and Turkey Dinner will be Dec. 2-3 at the Church, 803 W. Temperance St. in Ellettsville. The turkey dinner (which includes turkey, ham, and all the trimmings) will be 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Cost is $10 per adult, $6 for ages 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. The Sparkle (Craft) Shoppe, Sweet Shoppe, and Mouse House (a place where children can shop for gifts) will be 2-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Ellettsville First United Methodist Church.
- 3rd– Stinesville Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, December 3rd, 9:00am – 4:00pm, Stinesville Community Center (what was Stinesville Elementary School), Handmade items, commercial vendors, and flea market vendors. SANTA will make a special visit between 12:00pm and 2:00pm for any child who would like to come take a picture and get a special treat. Lunch will be served and by donation only to help support the Stinesville Community Center. If anyone is interested in a booth space they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
- VET to VET Adjusting back to civilian life can be a challenge, so Vet to Vet focuses on topics that only other Veterans can relate too. Vet to Vet is supported by the VA, but is run by Veterans. Vet to Vet in the Bloomington area meets every Thursday night from 6 to 7 pm at Ivy Tech’s main campus in room A118.
- 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? Come socialize and make new friends! 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.
- Nia-The Love your body workout returns to the Endwright Center Tuesday afternoons, 4-5 pm; 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. $5/pay per class. 812-876-3383
- 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: This group is designed to offer community, companionship, education, understanding and hopefully many new friendships as well! Anyone living with Parkinson’s is invited to join. 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.
- Caregivers’ Monthly Luncheon & Support Group 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. 11:30am-1pm, first Wednesdays; Endwright Center, 631 W. Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville. 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). 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.
- 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.
- 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.