The brown county community foundation volunteer fair is at the brown county fairgrounds on Saturday, August 18th from 11-2.
There will be games for kids and concessions available. This is a great way to learn about the different not-for-profit organizations in the community and how to help.
There will be voting for the best booth!
Bloomington Northside Exchange Club is holding its' 50th annual Jimmy Ross "all you can eat" Jonah Fish Fry, Friday August 10th at the west concourse of the IU Football Stadium.
Serving starts at 4:30 pm and continues until 7pm. The menu consists of Icelandic cod, coleslaw, baked beans, chips, bread and drink. Pie is available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 12 are $3. Tickets can be purchased from any Exchangite or call Dan Hays at 812-272-1182 for ticket information.
Don't miss the Brown County Humane Society Barn Sale, running August 9th through Augst 11th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day in Nashville. THousands of gently used items have been donated to support the animals at the Humane Society. For more information go to bchumane.org
A summer full of fun and recreation at Monroe Lake creates more than memories, it also resluts in a lot of trash along the shoreline.
The Monroe Lake DNR needs your help on September 9th to clean up the mess and restore the lakeshore to an inviting habitat for both people and wildlife.
Register online before September 6th. For more information go to bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org
The 13th Annual Pet Photo and Calendar contest is underway! Enter your dog or cat's photo and help raise money for Pets Alive Spay and Neuter Clinic! Your pet could be featured in the 2019 Pets Alive calendar! For more information, go to petsaliveindiana.org.
The 4th Street Festival was created in 1977 by Bloomington area artists and craftspeople to showcase southern Indiana talent. The fair has grown to include artists from all over the country. Held anually on the Labor Day weekend on Fourth and Grant Streets in Bloomington, the festival relies on volunteers to make it a success.
So don't just plan on attending the festival - volunteer!
Go to bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org for more info.
Do you enjoy spending time iwht young children? Are you age 55 or older? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, the children in a classroom at the IU Campus Children's center would love to have you volunteer to share your time with them.
The Campus Children's Center provides the Indiana University community with quality year-round early care and education from children ages 6 weeks through 5 years- serving families of IU student, staff, and faculty members.
Volunteers enjoy playing, reading and reading, and occasionally working on projects with the children.
Find out more information at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.com
STAGE UP Productions and Harley Davidson of Bloomington present "Concert for CASA", a free event featuring Blue Earth, on August 19th from 2pm-5pm at Harley Davidson.
The event is open to all ages and is free to the public, but donations are welcome. 812 BBQ, Pili's Party Taco and Hoosier Mama's Tasty Treats will be on hand starting at 2 pm with the concert starting at 3 pm.
Monroe County CASA is a volunteer-powered program, which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of abuse and neglect. The program recruits, screens, trains, and supervises adult community members who volunteer their time to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), with full legal authority set forth by the State of Indiana.
For more information about Monroe County CASA or about this special fundraising event, visit www.monroecountycasa.org or call 812-333-CASA.
Backpack Blitz is a school supply drive taking place to support the students in the Monroe County School District this upcoming school year.
School supplies most needed include:
-Loose Leaf Paper
-Glue Sticks & Bottles
Cash and check donations are also acceted at United Way of Monroe County (441 South College Ave. Bloomington, IN 47403). Deisgnate "Backpack Blitz" in memo line.
Monroe County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is now accepting applications for the upcoming summer training session. The next training is an intensive, two weekend training, August 24-26 and September 7-9. Friday night classes are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday classes are from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CASA is a volunteer-powered program which provides representation in juvenile court for child victims of abuse and neglect. They provide support to these children to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. Right now there are over 100 children in Monroe County waiting for an advocate. To learn more about how you can give a child a voice, please visit www.monroecountycasa.org/volunteer or call 812-333-CASA.
Volunteers are needed for the 4th Annual Bloomington Boogies Festival at Ivy Tech Waldren Arts Center on Sunday, August 12th. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities in our community, visit bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org.
Help celebrate Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's 20th Anniversary by hosting a HOUSE PARTY fundraiser with friends, neighbors, and family!
Their goal is to raise $20,000 over the course of the year, helping work towards community food security for all!
You can find more information at mhcfoodpantry.org
A benefit to honor the memory of Jill and Doris Clay and raise funds to support local veterans will be held August 4th at American Legions Post 18 from 7-10PM. Supporting our veterans and rescuing shelter dogs were two causes that were close to the hearts of both women. All proceeds from the event will go to Veteran's Best Friend, an organization that partners Indiana veterans wit rescue dogs as pets, at no cost to the veteran. There will be live music, food, and a cash bar.
Middle Way House is seeking fabric artists and sponsors for their 2018-2019 "Wrapped in Love" public art display of tree sweaters. The sweaters will be displayed for nearly six months, from October, 2018 through March 1st, 2019. For more information about volunteering to help create sweaters, act as an instructor, or sponsor a tree, contract Erin Holinden at Events at middlewayhouse.org or call 812-333-7404.
The IU Office of International Development (OID) would like to invite you to take part in a unique opportunity to engage with young emerging leaders from around the world participating in On-Demand Youth Leadership Programs (YLPs) sponsored by the US Department of State. YLP participants spend four weeks in the United States learning about community service, civic leadership and American culture. OID is seeking households who would like to host them for their two-week stay in Bloomington. This is an excellent cross-cultural experience, providing lasting friendships for everyone involved. There are two YLP groups being hosted by Indiana University this summer:
· The Baltics (Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia): July 20 – August 4
· Southern Europe (Spain, Italy & Slovenia): August 14 – 25.
Participants primarily range in age from 15-18 years old with 3 adult chaperones accompanying each group. They will arrive with intermediate to advanced English speaking and comprehension skills and will be able to reasonably communicate with their host family household. During weekdays, participants spend the day – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – engaged in program activities. Host families are responsible for providing transportation to campus before 9:00 am and picking guests up after 5:00 pm. Lunch is provided by the OID on weekdays and host families are asked to provide all other meals. It’s understood that households often have other commitments and that complications in schedules arise. OID will arrange accommodations to support our host families, such as alternate transportation and/or supplemental housing, as needed.
Singles, retirees and families all make excellent hosts. Anyone who is interested in this rich cross-cultural experience is encouraged to apply. After applications are submitted, a background check and a home visit (to be scheduled at a convenient time for the applicant) are required. A brief orientation session will take place 1-2 weeks in advance of each group’s arrival. Please join us in showing our guests a diverse and genuine slice of American life!
For more information and to apply online, please go to OID.IU.EDU.
For more information, please contact Heather Duemling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-855-9552.
Join us on Saturday, July 28 for a BOLD celebration in Freedom to share in our gratitude and joy for your part in creating PEAK 5.0! PEAK moved to Freedom from Salem on April 6th. PEAK was founded in 2012.
There will be plenty of vegan goodies for purchas from Vegesaurus, The Chocolate Moose, and Kind Kombucha, and activities for the whole family including time with our resident pigs, cows, goats, and chickens.
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to foster compassion and educate the public about sustainability and food production. PEAK fosters compassion and educates the public by rescuing and giving sanctuary to farmed animals. Our sanctuary gives visitors the unique opportunity to meat and connect with farmed animals as individuals, and offers a place where they can deepen their connection with people and nature.
According to PEAK co-funder Michelle Pruitt, "We have seen time and time again that, given the opportunity to experience the sentience of farmed animals, people ar changed. And those changes ripple out into the world."
More details can be found on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1489586197836024
Wonders of Nature
Every Saturday 2PM-2:45 PM
Program Description: Have you ever wondered why dirt comes in different colors? What about why the sky is blue? If so, come and explore high and low at WonderLab’s newest program: Wonders of Nature! Based in the WonderGarden, we will learn how how everything in nature is connected. We will fly like the red-tail hawk, tunnel through dirt like the earthworms, and our knowledge of the outdoors will grow like the seeds we plant! Learning will take place in the form of hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts. Held in the WonderGarden (Rain or shine! Tent will be set up if raining. Cancellation dependent upon storms) Ticketed but FREE with museum admission.
Every Sunday 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Program Description: STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process. Emphasis is on this process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home”, but may include a take-home element. A simple goal/design challenge is introduced to guide the process and encourage engagement. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed and children as young as kindergarten can participate. Projects use simple, inexpensive materials, emphasizing that families can easily re-create the project at home.
Wednesdays 5 PM-5:30 PM
Program Description:Join marine biologist Sam Couch to dive deeper into the science of our new coral reef. These 30 minute talks will feature hands-on elements, tours of our coral reef aquarium, insight from an expert, and time for questions. Each phase of the reef will have a different talk topic. Themes vary by month. Free with museum admission.
Edgewood High School class of 1978 is having their 40 year class reunion at the Upland Brewing Company Banquet Hall located at 350 West 11th Street in Bloomington on Saturday July 28 from 5PM to 11PM. Cost is $30 per person which includes food and drinks. Please send payment by June 30, 2018 via Paypal: email@example.com or email Lou Ann Hawkins Fortner at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange other payments or call. There will also be a picnic at Karst Park shelter house #9A Sunday July 29 starting at 1PM. Great White Smoke food truck will be available to purchase food from 1PM to 3PM or bring a picnic lunch. Call Bobbie Ridge Hautsch 812-630-3723 for more information.
August Events 2018
8:00am every Tuesday morning
Come walk with us every Tuesday morning at 8:00am. All ages are welcome! Meet on the patio at the Bloomfield Public Library.
12:30pm and 2:30pm, Friday August 3
Join us Friday August 3rd at our movie marathon. We will be showing two of the same movies, an older and new version, then you can decide which one is better! Popcorn and drinks will be provided. 7th grade and up, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call the library to see what movies we are showing!
2-3pm or 6-7pm, Monday August 6
Join us at the Bloomfield Public library for Recycle Crafts! We will be making CD Coasters, all materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own materials. Adults only, please!
A Gathering of Gamers
Thursday August 23, 3:30-5:00
Spend an afternoon playing your favorite games including board games, card games, and Wii games. Snacks and soda will be provided. Grades 7-12.
Teen Movie Night
Monday August 20, 5pm-7pm
Spend an evening watching a movie! Snacks and soda will be provided. Call the Bloomfield Public Library too find out the movie that will be shown. Grades 7-12.
Adult Cookbook Club
Wednesday August 29, 2:00pm
ADULTS! Join our cooking club and learn how to make your kitchen rock! We’ll be using fresh seasonal ingredients that you can find at the Farmer’s Market or the local grocery store!
Recipes will be advertised the week before so make sure to watch for what we’re making so you can plan ahead! Ingredients provided.
Tuesday August 7, 3:30-4:30pm, Teens grades 7-12
Join us in the Bloomfield Public Library Community Room to chat about your favorite books and movies, play awesome games, create cool crafts and enjoy snacks! Share ideas and help plan library events that you want to attend!
Teen Summer Reading Program
May 25 – August 8
For teens entering grades 7-12. Teen summer reading lasts 11 weeks, come to the Teen Room to register and collect prizes for reading!
Adult Summer Reading Program
July 2 – September 1
Starting July 2nd you can turn in slips for the books you’ve read—one slip per book! Receive a prize for each week in which you turn in slips. One slip each week will be drawn for a prize, including State Fair tickets! All slips will be entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of the reading challenge for a special prize.
Area 10 Agency on Aging is seeking individuals age 18 and above to support the Monroe and Owen County Adult Guardianship Program as volunteer advocates.
Training is provided and a commitment of 6-10 hours per month is required. Apply now to join the next orientation and training group. Contact Area 10 Agency on Aging.
Affected by a Loved One’s Addiction?
Seekers of Serenity, the local Nar-Anon Family Group offers hope for relatives and friends of addicts, with their twelve-step program. Seekers of Serenity meets each Tuesday evening at 7:30pm at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, upstairs in Room 224.
For more information, call 812-339-8826
The Unionville Hot Shots 4-H club is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor a kid in 4-H. They’re needing donations of 25 dollars and up. Any amount will get your name on the back of their club shirt. All donations are tax deductible.
Welcome to 2018 Indiana Tour de Cure!
Many Roads. One Purpose.
Saturday October 20th, 2018 from 6am- 4pm
The Tour de Cure is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens.
All riders, runners and walkers will be treated to lunch and a fantastic celebration party for all to enjoy.
The Tour de Cure is bigger and better than ever with options for everyone. This is the only cycling event that takes place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
For more information, please visit www.diabetes.org/indytour, contact Claire Riley at email@example.com, or call (317) 352-9226 x6744
Bloomington Volunteer Network
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or want to donate to Bloomington's Community Wish List, check out bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org
You can also check out their calendar for a variety of events put on by non-profit organizations!
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community. To get involved by donating or volunteering, go to mhcfoodpantry.org
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OFFERS CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter hosts support groupS across the state for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Support groups are free and designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers.
Bloomington Spouse Support Group
IU Health Hospital, Community Health Building
333 Miller Drive
First and third Wednesday of the month at 3:30pm