The City of Bloomington invites local children and their families to join us for a festive Winter Wonderland and Holidays Around the World celebration at the Banneker Community Center (930 W 7th St) on Saturday, December 9, from noon to 4:00 p.m. This free event promises an array of seasonal activities, including arts and crafts, cookie decorating, holiday carols, complimentary photos with Santa, and a toy giveaway. Embracing the spirit of diversity, the event will also showcase holidays around the world.
This year, a special two-hour sensory-sensitive experience from noon to 2 p.m., thoughtfully designed for families seeking a gentle atmosphere with low-light and low-sound settings will take place. Families interested in capturing photos with Santa in this sensory-sensitive environment can schedule appointments at bloomington.in.gov/csbm, during the designated time. For those who prefer to skip the photo session but would like to partake in the sensory sensitivity experience, feel free to join us between noon and 2 p.m.
Join us for snacks, hot chocolate, and more at our 2023 Wrapping Party for our Be a Santa to a Senior program! Please RSVP Darrian for a spot on December 7th at 1PM to help bring holiday spirit to the seniors in our community! Ho-Ho-Hope to see you there!
The new issue of Bloom Magazine arrives the week of December 4, with a cover story about Bloomington’s declining tree canopy. Also included are a guide to some of Bloomington’s newest businesses, and for the holidays, food gifts for food lovers!
As part of their partnership to place murals on the Duke Energy Substation walls located at the northwest corner of W 11th St and N Rogers St, the City of Bloomington and Duke Energy Foundation are pleased to announce the first substation mural design and check presentation ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, November 30 at 11 a.m.
The mural concept was designed by four local artists, Eric Agyemang-Dua Jr., Eva Allen, Sue A Chae, Caitlyn Clark, who were selected by a group of local stakeholders including artists, arts administrators, Maple Heights and Crestmont residents, and members of the Bloomington Arts Commission. The four selected artists worked with the stakeholder group to come up with the preliminary design of the mural based on themes of indigenous nature and wildlife, sustainability, diversity of personhood, and a sense of belonging in Bloomington. The themes were derived from community-based workshops and online surveys.
Middle Way House invites the community to explore their Fall/Winter 2023 Newsletter: read compelling stories from the Middle Way House team and community partners, learn about outreach programs and community initiatives making a positive impact on the lives of survivors, and celebrate exciting milestones and achievements in our community. The newsletter also offers a look ahead to 2024; mark your calendars for upcoming events and discover how Middle Way House is evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Read today!
The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools’ Reading, Writing, & Bidding online auction is currently live and closes on Tuesday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m.! We are auctioning off a variety of items – from stocking stuffers to that WOW for the holidays! There are plenty of items that you can enjoy, including puzzles, books, gift cards, and home decor! Visit our auction website today and make your bids to support MCCSC students: www.biddingforgood.com/fmccs
Hurlow Wealth Management Group is excited to host a webinar with Heidi King from College Inside Track, who speaks nationwide on the college process, as she explains the current college admission, application, and acceptance landscape. This free webinar explores key changes coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA form which will be available in December 2023, as well as current admission costs and trends, financial aid changes and how this impacts many middle- and upper-income families, and how to develop a family strategy to pay for college.
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State Awards Tax Credits for Renovation of Historic Kohr Building into New Affordable Housing Development
The Bloomington Housing Authority (BHA) and Brinshore Development, L.L.C. (Brinshore) are pleased to announce that the State of Indiana Housing Community Development Authority has awarded 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the renovation and construction for the Kohr Administrative Building for a new affordable housing community. The tax credit will provide more than $10 million in additional financing for the estimated $18.6 million project. Located in the City of Bloomington’s new Hopewell neighborhood, where the City and the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission have been redeveloping the former site of the IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Kohr Community Flats will be a cornerstone project for the newly envisioned neighborhood within the City.
The adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of this historic former hospital, erected in 1947, will create nine Permanent Supportive Housing apartments in partnership with Centerstone. An additional 29 apartments will be provided for individuals on the BHA waitlist who earn below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Brinshore has extensive experience with historic adaptive reuse, and building and operating affordable housing targeting homeless or low-income families. Kohr Community Flats will be BHA’s first development to create supportive housing and is another significant step forward in the city’s continuing efforts to address homelessness.
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