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Bloomington’s theaters strive to improve diversity

April 19th, 2018

Ivy Tech student and actress Kaila Day became excited when she read nearly two years ago that an Asian-American woman had been cast to play Ariel on a national tour of “The Little Mermaid.” As a Japanese-American, she found it inspiring.

“Even though I’m 18 now – I’m not a little kid – I still appreciate that so much,” she said. “It really is inspiring sometimes to have stuff like that happen.”

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Boutique fitness studios in Bloomington popular due to results, trendy group atmosphere

April 19th, 2018

Orangetheory Fitness member Haley Anson started going to the fitness studio after her twin sister began her membership in Evansville. Hearing her sister rave about the fun she was having made Anson curious.

“The atmosphere of working out there is something I really enjoyed, and it was very motivating,” she said. “It’s like having a personal trainer but in a group setting.”

While some attribute the hype around boutique fitness to a trendy studio, others say the results from the workouts and the atmosphere of a group setting is keeping members going.

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Local dementia-friendly services involve entire community in patient care

April 19th, 2018

Bloomington resident Wendy Rubin has an arsenal of fond memories with her husband, Dick, who was one of about 50 million worldwide with dementia. Yet one particular moment stands out in her mind: The day she wrote his obituary.

In late September 2013, a nurse at the facility called her in around 6 p.m. to say goodbye. A small CD player laid next to his bedside, so Wendy inserted a Diana Krall album and listened to the throaty voice waft through the room as she wrote.

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Bloomington Zone Arts Grant brings diversity to arts & cultural scene

April 19th, 2018

Most movie theaters are the same, you come inside, grab some popcorn and a drink and watch the new popular film. But, Cicada Cinema isn’t an average movie theater, it’s in a new location every time you go screening films that usually wouldn’t be shown.

Founded on Halloween 2016 in its original location at “The Void” on South Rogers Street. After a year of running the cinema out of the “The Void” in downtown Bloomington, Nile Arena, co-founder of the cinema, and his team were notified that the building would be close at the end of 2017. With very limited choices to keep the cinema alive, they looked to the city for help and obtained the Bloomington Zone Arts Grant.

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Finding a right way to protect children in school is urgent after mass shootings

April 19th, 2018

Beth Buggenhagen, mother of two children who study at Templeton Elementary School, said her biggest concern after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was that schools build more security systems for children, which may have negative effects.

“Schools are creating more security and building themselves more like prisons, instead of thinking about reforming gun laws,” she said.

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Bloomington comedy scene reflects MeToo movement, moves toward greater diversity

April 19th, 2018

Grace Brase, 19, started performing stand-up comedy in February of 2018. She performed at Bear’s Place for the first time in late March. She experienced her first memorable heckle there as well.

“After I had gone, this guy who was like 40-years-old or something … goes on, and he points to me and goes, ‘Oh, I loved Amy Schumer tonight,’” she said. “If he had meant it as a compliment he would have come up to me and went, ‘Oh, you remind me of Amy Schumer,’ but he had to go and try to make a joke out of it.”

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Exclusion of LGBTQ+ students at Lighthouse Christian Academy has negative effects on the community

April 19th, 2018
Twenty-one- year- old Brie Blauvelt is a senior attending IU. She attending Lighthouse Christian Academy for six years and was felt forced to leave at the age of 15 after coming out as a lesbian.

Unlike other gay students attending Lighthouse Christian Academy, 22-year-old Brie Blauvelt left before school officials forced her out with an ultimatum when she came out at the age of 15.

“They didn’t kick me out, but I knew that word was going to get out and that I was going to be kicked out, so I had to leave,” she says.

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Community leaders say new methadone clinic could bring concerns, benefits to the community

April 19th, 2018

Addict in recovery Kristen Martin was against methadone until 2015. When she used, her friends went to a methadone clinic every day, but it was a place where they got more drugs in the parking lot. Medication-assisted treatment was not being used in conjunction with group and individual therapy at the time.

“I didn’t hear about therapy or addressing some of the emotional and behavioral aspects of their addiction,” the 28-year-old said. “So at first, as in several years ago, I was against methadone. But then, I had this shift of perception.”

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Meals on Wheels feeds homebound seniors in Bloomington community

April 19th, 2018

Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteer Bobbie Weinberg has worked for this organization over 20 years, delivering meals to homebound clients once a month.

“You feel very good about doing it, cause you’re doing a service for other people,” she said. “And this is a scenario where people are very appreciative.”

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Locals deem Bloomington a vegan-friendly, committed city

April 19th, 2018

Local vegan, Olympic weightlifter and animal-lover Cathi Crabtree laughed when she talked about getting enough nutrients and maintaining a healthy diet. She said the question, “Do you get enough protein?” is a running joke among vegans.

Because of her respect for animals, Crabtree has avoided meat for the last 22 years. She made the transition to a vegan lifestyle four years ago.

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