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Green Drinks Bloomington

ImageEvery month people all over the world who are involved in environmental issues meet up for food and drink at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. Everywhere from Botswana to Portugal, Brazil to the UM: Green Drinks International is a networking group for people who identify as “green.” A group of us interested in sustainability issues have been working on setting up a Green Drinks Bloomington group, and we are happy to announce that it will officially launch on February 18th, 2009.

Join the Bloomington branch of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for a Green Drinks Mixer, from 5:30-8 pm on February 18th in the back building (banquet facility) of the Upland Brewing Company. Everyone is welcome, even under 21; Upland will be carding those who wish to imbibe.

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The Bloomington Kitchen Incubator

Are you interested in starting a food business? Would you like assistance navigating health code requirements, getting access to a licensed commercial kitchen, developing appropriate packaging, and preparing a solid business plan?

The Bloomington Kitchen Incubator (BKI) is a new nonprofit organization that supports food entrepreneurs in the production of fresh and preserved foods, with an emphasis on turning local abundance into higher value specialty foods. BKI was created as part of the "Growing Healthy Communities" project is helping Middle Way House construct a licensed commercial kitchen in the old Coca-Cola Building on Washington Street.

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Local Growers Guild Seeks New Director

ImageThe Local Growers Guild, a cooperative of small farms in southern Indiana, is seeking a new director to start in late July. The Director oversees all activities of the Local Growers Guild, working closely with the Board of Directors to set an annual budget and outline of events. The director serves as communication hub of the Guild by communicating with members, managing the website, speaking at local events, and attending meetings with other organizations to coordinate joint projects. This is a part-time position of 10-15 hours per week with pay starting at $10/hour. Work schedule is flexible with some evenings and weekends required. Most work will be done at the LGG office in downtown Bloomington, with some events at farms in the region. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, have excellent communication skills, have experience managing multiple projects, and be excited about promoting locally grown food. For a more detailed job description, please visit www.localgrowers.org. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references by June 7th to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 2553, Bloomington, IN 47402.

An Evening Under the Dome

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The magnificent dome at West Baden

An Evening Under The Dome
A Celebration of Hoosier Craft and Culture

MONDAY, AUGUST 3RD, 2009
THE ATRIUM at WEST BADEN SPRINGS RESORT

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City Adds Bike Parking Downtown

Don't miss this! The city continues it's work making our downtown friendly for folks who need to move from here to there without a car. The opening (and continued develpment) of the B-Line trail and efforts like this one really give us a reason to hope that we are on our way to a healthier community. 

10 bikes can park in the space we need for just one car!

City Adds Bike Parking Downtown In Collaboration With Businesses

Bloomington, IN – As part of its ongoing efforts to make nonvehicular transportation options for residents easier and more convenient, the City of Bloomington has installed on-street bicycle parking along Grant Street at Kirkwood Avenue.

In collaboration with local businessman Bob Costello, who owns The Village Deli, Soma Coffeehouse and Laughing Planet and has continually worked with the City and Chamber of Commerce on downtown parking issues, one automobile parking spot was eliminated and replaced with bike hoops and bumper blocks. The space will accommodate 10 bicycles, and the City will be considering similar measures in other areas where large volumes of bicycle traffic exist.

“I have always said that easy and accessible parking for residents, employees and visitors to our downtown is crucial to the continued vitality of our signature area, and that involves providing non-vehicular options for people as well,” said Mayor Mark Kruzan. “By eliminating only one parking space, we are making it possible for 10 bicyclists to park, secure their bikes and enjoy our downtown.”

Costello added that the need for bicycle parking downtown has grown, a trend he has seen both at Laughing Planet and Soma Coffehouse on Kirkwood.“Both establishments have many customers that ride their bikes, and finding safe parking for them has been challenging,” he said. “This is a wonderful solution.”

In 2009, Bloomington was once again named a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. The City has continued to explore ways to make the Bloomington community more accessible to nonvehicular commuters, including expanded sidepaths and bicycle lanes to encourage bicyclists and motorists to safely share the road. Additionally, the completion of the B-Line Trail through the heart of the downtown will ultimately connect a 7.5 mile nonvehicular trail system that will allow commuters to traverse the City without relaying on their cars.