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.
- 3rd – October 3rd & 10th, 4 – 7PM, Special Needs Night at Fowler Pumpkin Patch, Bloomington, IN Free to special needs families. Games, Petting Zoo, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Hosted By: Fowler Pumpkin Patch, Autism Rocks And Rolls, Unlocking The Spectrum and Kids Gym.
- 8th – First Annual Bloomington Paint Out-Saturday, October 8, 2022. RAIN OR SHINE beginning at 9.30!Woodlawn Pavilion in Bryan Park (Next to the swimming pool). Hosted by Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington. Bloomington Watercolor Society, Upland Plein Air Painters and The Portrait Group and Artists for Climate Awareness are teaming up to bring this fun event to Bloomington! NO REGISTRATION FEE: Free! No advance registration required!. Artists must check-in between 9.30 am and 11 am at the Pavilion the day of the event. All artists will have canvasses or multi-media paper stamped before beginning their work. Supplies will be available for classes at the Pavilion and some supplies are available for painting on the Bryan Park grounds. Artists will be able to paint anywhere in Bloomington. The event is open to professional and emerging artists of all ages and skill levels to create original artwork of any subject in any medium. All stamped/tagged works must be completed that day by 3 pm to be eligible for judging. Completed works need to be brought to the Woodlawn Pavilion by 3:00 marked with the artist’s name and email address or telephone number in the back. Please do not sign artwork until after judging. Wet Oil paintings should be in a frame for safe handling or BYO easel/display. AWARDS: ALL stamped works completed that day will be eligible for judging. Awards will be for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artists in following categories: Professional artists, Emerging Artists, Teens (12-17), and Youth )7-11) and Collaborative Art!! Please email email@example.com for additional information. CLASSES will be at the Pavilion beginning 10:00-2:00 for youth and teens/adults. Various artists will be giving demonstrations throughout the day and there will be opportunities to paint with them. Plein Air Painting will be all over town and the park!! Music, Storytelling, Poetry readings will be at the Pavilion throughout the day. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
- 19th – Theresa Caputo, better known to millions of fans as the “Long Island Medium” from TLC’s hit reality series, will be appearing live at the IU Auditorium on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. Theresa will share personal stories about her life and deliver healing messages to audience members; giving people comfort knowing that their loved ones who passed. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, August 5 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased at IUAuditorium.com or Ticketmaster.com. Tickets start at $49.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.
- 20th – Planned Giving: How to Do Smartly (and Simply) What You Already Want to Do, Date: 20 October 2022, Time: 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Location: Monroe County History Center, 202 E 6th Street. Philanthropic donors have choices in how and when they time their gifts, as well as a choice of which assets to use, to maximize advantages for themselves and loved ones. Charitable plans can actually help accomplish personal planning goals for donors and families, maximized by seeking information first about various options, often from larger nonprofits. Life stage gifts using certain appreciated assets have become quite popular; using some of those in a charitable plan can provide diversification for a portfolio and accomplish other goals like income and tax advantages too. And at times, make a donor a philanthropist of a level they did not think possible.
- 21st – Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington invites you to Kiwanis “Operation Chili For Children”, Friday, October 21st from 4:30 to 7:30 at the National Guard Armory on South Walnut Street. Enjoy Homemade Chili, regular or Veggie, Cornbread, Domino’s Pizza slice, Hot dog and soft drink! Kids 10 and under get crayons and a coloring book. Enjoy the Crayon Castle Bouncy House meet Monroe County Fire District’s Sparky the Dog!! and Tickets are $8 for Adults, $6 Veterans and Students and Kids 10 and under just $5. Get tickets at bctboxoffice.org or Buskirk Chumley Theatre box office.
- 22nd– GOING BEYOND SORROW WORKSHOP, SAT OCT. 22 | 10AM-1PM, $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, In person, Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington, 234 N. Morton St. Bloomington, IN 47404, 812-318-1236, Register: https://www.meditationinbloomington.org/oct-22-going-beyond-sorrow Green Tara is a female enlightened being, the manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas, who protects living beings from outer and inner obstacles and guides them to the attainment of all the stages of the path to enlightenment. In relying on Mother Tara and requesting her help, we frequently recite twenty-one special verses of praise, or homage. These precious words are Buddha’s own speech and are considered to be actual Sutra. Through understanding the meaning of these verses we will draw closer to the twenty-one emanations of Tara and constantly receive special blessings and protection. Everyone is welcome to come to this workshop; it is geared primarily for beginners who want to learn to meditate.
- 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.