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12 Sure Bets in B-town for February, 2015

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john mellencamp Sometimes we need a little push to get out the door and embark on an adventure in the dead of winter. In February, the sun decides when/if it wants to shine, and sometimes we can go weeks with weather in the mid-40s until BAM -- polar vortex. That's why you'll be happy to see a list of 12 can't-miss indoor events for the lovely month of February! So put on your wool socks, turn off Netflix, and come to Bloomington for a memorable month of fun. Even more great events can be found on our ev …

It's Hip to be Square Dancing

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Old Square Dance Before you jump to conclusions about what you think a square dance is...have you ever actually been to one? Have you heard a top-tier old-time band fiddling and plucking away while a hundred happy people of all ages spin and swing around the dance floor? It's your lucky week, because the Third Annual Old-Time Square Dance takes place this Saturday night, right here in Bloomington at the Harmony School. To get a better idea of what to expect, I called Tamara Loewenthal, who's kind of a big de …

Staff Picks: Sledding, Skiing and Skating

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Sledding Winter in Bloomington is fickle. Sometimes it's mild and rainy, sometimes is frigid cold and snowy. And it can go from one to the other in a matter of days (or sometimes hours). I prefer a snowy winter, when it's less than 30 degrees and the big, fat snowflakes cover the tree canopy so the city looks like a crystallized dream. And the snow covers the ground too, so the hilly landscape then becomes a race track for sleds! And skis, but we're talking the cross country type, not the downhill varie …

11 Sure Bets in B-town for January, 2015

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Paynetown SRA It's hard to choose just 10, or 11, or more of the top events in Bloomington, but here's my hand-picked list. Add your events in the comments!! Even more great events can be found on our events calendar. 2nd Annual First Day Trail Run - January 1 A non-competitive, un-timed run-walk on a 3.6 or 1.6-mile course through the woods and fields at Paynetown SRA. Bundle up and run off those holiday calories! Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - January 3 Mike Adams, a Blooming …

Where to see holiday lights

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Holiday lights on the Courthouse square Maybe we don't have a blanket of fluffy white snow covering the ground just yet, but Bloomington is already covered in holiday beauty because our residents take pride in hanging holiday lights and decorations. I posted a question on our Facebook page asking for advice about the best places to see holiday lights around Bloomington, and we got tons of great ideas! Read on for more, and be sure to check out the Herald-Times Holiday Lights Map for even more houses you don't want to miss. Trip id …

9 Sure Bets in B-Town for December, 2014

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IU Women's Basketball If you're like me, you can't get enough of the holidays. The lights go up and the cookie cutters come out the day after Thanksgiving. Don't even get me started on my top 25 favorite carols. But not everyone is like me, and maybe you just want some regular Bloomington fabulousness this December. Fear not! Here is a list of nine completely awesome events happening this December in Bloomington. (And in case you're wondering, here's a blog post on upcoming holiday events!) Even more great ev …

Holiday Events in Bloomington

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Canopy of Lights "All you can take with you is that which you've given away." -written on a plaque on George Bailey's wall in It's a Wonderful Life Every year after the holidays are over and the wrapping paper is put up in the attic for another year, what we remember the most are the memories we make and the time we spend with family and friends. We'd love to welcome you to Bloomington this winter, where you can revisit beloved traditions and make new memories. Here are some holiday events that are sure to wa …

11 Sure Bets in B-town for November, 2014

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the romp Somehow, every November I think I'll take it easy in my social life, and then my calendar fills up with arts, athletics, or culinary adventures almost every night of the week. Bloomington's just got too much going on, so I figure I'll wait to catch up on sleep until I'm at the in-laws' for Christmas. If you're like me and you can't make your mind up between all the events, here's a list of 11 (I couldn't cut it down to the Top 10) things to do in Bloomington this November. Even more great ev …

Halloween delights and frights throughout October, 2014

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Glass Pumpkins Whether you're afraid of the dark or a horror movie superfan, Bloomington has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. Check out this list of the top events across the city, and feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments! 5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 11 Monroe County Courthouse lawn Free Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 5th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! There will be over 400 glass pumpkins for display and sale, all made by me …

10 Sure Bets in B-town for October, 2014

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Gallery Walk in downtown Bloomington October is arguably one of the most gorgeous months in Bloomington. The leaves change from green to every fiery, vibrant color you can imagine. Cooler temperatures lead to thrilling college sports and cozy campfires, and it's the perfect time to spend the days outside and the nights at one of Bloomington's many arts and culture venues. To help you plan your next trip, here are some events you'll remember for years to come. Even more great events can be found on our full calendar. Ga …

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