The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2022 Residents Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings from August 25th to October 27th, from 6-8 p.m. Sessions include presentations by City staff, as well as demonstrations and tours of City facilities. Previous participant experiences include:
The City of Bloomington strives to be an accessible community and Residents Academy offers participants accessibility accommodations.
You’re invited! SCIHRA's Spring Conference is finally back, and in-person for the first time since 2020. Join us on May 11 from 8:00am-12:00pm for a Reconnect Conference, held at the Monroe County Convention Center. Moderated by our President Susan Burleigh, the conference will feature Jason Barnaby, Founder of Fire Starters, Inc. and Kathryn Cimera, Employment Attorney at Mallor & Grodner who will dig into FMLA.
Check this promotional video, courtesy of Jason Barnaby.
Registration closes Monday, May 2! Registration link: https://scihra.org/meetinginfo.php?id=69&ts=1650899363
Special thanks to our event sponsors that have helped to make this conference possible!
Freddie Mac Recognizes Northwest Bank for Affordable Home Lending Practices through Home Possible® Mortgages
For the second consecutive year, Northwest Bank has been recognized by Freddie Mac as a winner of its Home Possible RISE (Recognizing Individuals for Sustained Excellence) Awards®. The annual program salutes Freddie Mac’s top clients across multiple categories for excellence with the Home Possible® mortgage – Freddie Mac’s affordable lending solution for aspiring homebuyers.
Northwest Bank earned the Home Possible RISE Award within the “Greater Volume” category for making an impact on affordable lending. Lenders within this category represent the top originators from national to local organizations who are producing and/or aggregating the greatest volume of Home Possible mortgages.
“At Northwest, we take pride in working with our customers to help their dream of becoming a homeowner a reality,” said Lou Torchio, senior executive vice president, retail lending. “Creating sustainable homeownership opportunities for families across our footprint and in our communities continues to be of major focus for us as a community bank.”
WFIU Public Radio, WTIU Public Television, and Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) earned 19 awards at the Indiana Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Best in Indiana Journalism Contest on April 22. The awards recognize the most outstanding work of the year in Indiana in print, broadcast, and online journalism.
Lauren Chapman, IPB News digital editor, was awarded the Indiana Journalist of the Year for her nuanced and expansive coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. IPB News is a collaboration of the state’s nine public media newsrooms and a shared statewide team, which includes journalists from the WFIU/WTIU newsroom.
The judges said Chapman won in a very close competition for “her dogged, relevant, detailed, human coverage of Covid. It’s the story that affected (and still does) almost everyone in her area, the USA and the world.”
The Center for Lifelong Learning at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is partnering with Stonegate Arts & Education Center, Bedford Public Library, The City of Bedford, and United Way of South Central Indiana to offer one-week arts camps for kids ages 7-16 in downtown Bedford starting June 27.
New this year, Stonegate Arts Camps will bring opportunities to Lawrence County for youth to get creative, perform on stage, and explore the arts this summer in downtown Bedford.
Stonegate Performing Arts Camp for ages 12-16 will explore the dramatic arts through performance, while also exploring other facets of creating theater productions, including auditions, the rehearsal process, technical theater, costuming, makeup, and stagecraft. The week will culminate in a live stage performance for everyone at Stonegate’s black box theater, Brinegar Hall.
Express Employment Professionals Bloomington's Job Fair date has been set for Thursday, June 9th, 3PM-6PM. The event will take place outside the Express Employment office at 333 E. Winslow Road. We will provide tables for your organizations.
Every year, Express Employment Professionals hosts a job fair to promote opportunities for employment to the Bloomington community. This year, they want to include your business and expand our job fair to a community-centered event! They want to create a welcoming and encouraging environment that provides individuals with different opportunities surrounding employment, professional development, and steps to achieve their goals!
Along with development opportunities, this fair will offer free concessions, a dunk tank featuring owner Tim Tucker, a food drive for the Community Kitchen, and an ultimate summer fun raffle for our Associates! Businesses involved in the fair are more than welcome to contribute to our food drive, snack on some popcorn, and take part in trying to dunk Tim!
If you have yet to confirm your interest in working with us for our Job Fair, have any questions about the event, or want to discuss specifics of your organization’s involvement, please email Sophia.Hoffman@expresspros.com for more information! Additionally, give us a call at (812) 333-6210.
Introducing Constellation Stage & Screen: Visionary Arts Organization Announces New Name and Inaugural Theatrical Season
Earlier this year, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Cardinal Stage, and Pigasus Institute announced plans for a three-way merger to create a new organization with an innovative blend of theater and film production, arts education, and new work development. Debuting its new name, identity and Cook Group-supported fundraising campaign, Constellation Stage & Screen, will officially begin operations on July 1, 2022
Bloomington’s newest arts organization, Constellation Stage & Screen, announced its new name, identity, and first theatrical season at The Big Bang, a celebration that took place on April 23, 2022 at the Woolery Mill. The new organization also launched the Cook Group-supported Big Bang Campaign, a 5-year fundraising effort to significantly increase annual, sustainable contributed revenue for Constellation’s enhanced operations.
In 2021, Constellation Stage & Screen worked with San Francisco-based naming consultant Marc Weidenbaum to cultivate its new identity. Drawing inspiration from the very origin of storytelling, Constellation’s name focuses on connecting audiences to world-class film and theater. With a nod to the Indiana state flag, the name also evokes a sense of state pride, while pulling in a rich sense of grandeur and vast possibilities. The organization's imaginative new logo, created by graphic designers from SideKick Creative, was inspired by star-filled midwest skies and the aurora borealis.
In addition to the organization’s exciting new name, Constellation also announced its inaugural theatrical season, consisting of eight shows, including new plays, established and literary classics, a Family Holiday Musical, and Constellation for Kids series.
Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group is proud to announce Drew Bratton has joined their Bloomington office. Bratton joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents at Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group, who bring many years of combined real estate expertise to their clients.
Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group, located at 2676 E 2nd Street, is an independently owned and operated affiliate of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Brawley at 812-336-6888 or JEFF@THEBRAWLEYGROUP.COM.
Free immersive STEM program at Ivy Tech for students in Grades 6-8: Empowering young students with STEM and entrepreneurship skills to help build future success
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer a free, project-based STEM learning program, Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers, for middle school students starting June 6 and July 5.
The Verizon Innovative Learning STEM Achievers program was launched to empower middle school students in under-resourced communities to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills, and gain exposure to careers in technology fields. Participants will receive mentorship, access to technology, and hands-on training. Students will learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. No prior knowledge or experience is required.
This program begins with two 3-week, in-person sessions this summer from June 6-24 and July 5-22, with a full-day workshop at Ivy Tech Bloomington in the fall and spring. Food and transportation for participants will be provided.
To register, visit https://bit.ly/stemachievers and select camp preference (June or July) here.
To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, visit verizoninnovativelearning.com.
The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools is a finalist in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. We need your help to win $25,000 that will support mental health programs for MCCSC students. Please vote every day between April 27 – May 6 for our cause. You can vote up to 10 times daily and help build stronger mental health for children. Your vote is impacting a critical need for our children and community.
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