& EventsVote Bloomington Best for Food - Visit Bloomington has joined Rand McNally and USA TODAY's Best of the Road contest and is encouraging people to vote for Bloomington in the "Best for Food" category. From now until May 15 people can log on to www.bestoftheroad.com and vote for the "best of" in five different categories. Votes allow the chance to earn a stop on the 2012 Best of the Road Rally, where a road team visits the community to experience for themselves, all the culinary delights Bloomington has to offer. Winners will be announced at the annual Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) convention in July. Please log on to the site, register and vote for Bloomington as the best food town.
Kelley School of Business Offering Consulting Opportunities to Chamber Members - Business Consulting is a graduate-level course in the Kelley School of Business. Students in the class participate in semester-long consulting projects for businesses. Types of projects include the following: benchmarking, business plan development, business process improvement, feasibility study, strategic review of pricing, profitability analysis, and marketing research. In previous semesters, students have worked with many local businesses and non-profits. Please contact Andrew Libby, Community Engagement Coordinator, Indiana University, 812-856-5686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Announces Second Annual Bike Summit - Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today that the Second Annual Bike Summit will be held on May 10 at City Hall from 4:00-7:00 p.m. as part of the continuing effort to make Bloomington a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community by 2016. The Bike Summit will reflect, innovate and respond to strategies identified within Breaking Away: Journey to Platinum. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Bloomington as a Bicycle Friendly Community since 2003. Additional information about biking in Bloomington is available at: http://bloomington.in.gov/biking_in_bloomington.
Breakfast Buffet to Support the Red Cross - Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet on Saturday, May 12 between 8:00-11:00 a.m. at American Legion Post 18, 1800 W. 3rd Street in Bloomington, and support the Red Cross. Tickets are $6 each, and can be purchased in advance at the Red Cross Chapter or at the American Legion the morning of the breakfast. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the local programs and services of the Red Cross. For more information, call the Red Cross at 812-332-7292.
Community Kitchen's Palette to Palate Fundraiser - Community Kitchen's annual fundraiser, Palette to Palate, will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. This event includes a silent art auction with dinner and live auction to follow. Live auction packages include IU basketball tickets, local adventure, arts & fun, as well as exciting packages including a South African photo safari, trips to Ireland, New York, Napa Valley and Gatlinburg. Tickets are $30, available at Community Kitchen, Bloomingfoods and at the door. Call 812-332-0999 for more information.
Ride for the Red Motorcycle Ride - The Monroe County Chapter of American Red Cross announces its second annual Ride for the Red motorcycle ride to honor military heroes on Saturday, May 19. Registration will be from 9:00-11:30 a.m. at Harley-Davidson/Buell of Bloomington. Registration fee is $20 for drivers, $10 for riders. The ride will end at the American Legion Post 18 on West Third Street in Bloomington, where riders will enjoy a BBQ, music, raffles and prizes from 6-8pm. For more information, contact the Red Cross at 812-332-7292.
PALS Holds Mane Event - People & Animal Learning Services (PALS) invites you to the PALS Mane Event in Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union on June 1 at 6:00 p.m. The evening includes wine/beer tastings from local companies, dinner and hors d'oeuvres, as well as silent and live auctions. All proceeds benefit PALS and its mission to provide therapeutic riding lessons. For tickets, contact PALS at ManeEvent@palstherapy.org, or call 812-336-2798 ext. 4. Guests must be 21 years old with a valid ID.
Ivy Tech Hosts Disney Institute - Ivy Tech Community College will host Disney Institute in Bloomington on June 13 from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. "Disney's Approach to Leadership Excellence" will expose participants to the "power of story." The Disney product thrives on its ability to tell a story that connects to people's emotions, and the understanding and appreciation for this "power of story" contributes to the Disney difference in leadership. For more information or to register, please visit www.ivytech.edu/disneyinstitute or call 812-330-6004.
MOSAIC Presents A Diversity Film Festival - The City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department's Diversity Theater presents MOSAIC: A Diversity Film Festival. The festival's main event is a showing of Joe Pantoliano's "No Kidding! Me 2!" at 1:00 p.m. on May 12 at the Monroe County Public Library. The showing is part of Mental Health Month and will be followed by a discussion from 2:25 to 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Rufus Wainwright at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater - The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly presents Juno Award (Canadian Grammy Awards) Winning Singer/Songwriter Rufus Wainwright on Monday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $43 Reserved Seating and will be exclusively available through the BCT Box Office. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 812-323-3020, online at www.bctboxoffice.com or in person at the BCT Box Office. Rufus Wainwright's new album Out of the Game, will be released in the United States on May 11.
City Announces Applications for Citizens' Academy - The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department announced today that applications are available for its Citizens' Academy program which provides participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and responsibilities. The 2012 Citizens' Academy will meet weekly from August 16 through October 11. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 16. For an application and further information about Citizens' Academy contact Vickie Provine at email@example.com, go to www.bloomington.in.gov/neighborhoods or call 812-349-3505.
City Celebrates Be Kind to Animals Week - The City of Bloomington is recognizing Be Kind to Animals Week, May 5-13 in conjunction with American Humane Association's annual national celebration. The American Humane Association has celebrated Be Kind Week since 1915. One of the most meaningful ways to "be kind" to animals is to adopt a shelter animal that is in need of a loving home. To encourage adoptions during this week, adoption fees have been reduced. For more information, go to the City's web site at www.bloomington.in.gov/animalshelter.
John Hiatt at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater - The Buskirk-Chumley Theater proudly presents John Hiatt & the Combo on Monday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 Reserved Seating and will be exclusively available through the BCT Box Office. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 812-323-3020, online at www.bctboxoffice.com or in person at the BCT Box Office. Indianapolis born Singer/Songwriter John Hiatt has had a special place in the hearts of Bloomingtonians. His latest album Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, was released on August 2, 2011 and has met with great critical acclaim.
Imagine Bloomington Encourages Survey Participation - The City of Bloomington is conducting the update process for the comprehensive plan, the Growth Policies Plan, and your input is needed! Having a new vision for the community is the first step in the process for updating the City's Plan. Imagine Bloomington is a visioning process to decide what Bloomington will be like in 25 years. We are encouraging you, the business community, to participate in this survey. To fill out the survey, go to Imagine Bloomington.
National Bike to Work Day Celebrated - National Bike to Work Day is happening on Friday, May 18. The City of Bloomington and Monroe County Government would like to help you and your employees take part in this fun event. By encouraging bike commuting in your workplace, you adopt a sustainable business strategy that provides long-term benefits including better productivity and healthier employees. Go to
Bike to Work Day additional information. Contact us today to get started making your business more bike friendly.
Upcoming Events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater -Thursday, May 10-Sunday, May 20 - Cardinal Stage Company presents Big River The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.