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Eclipse 2017! Where It Lands Near Bloomington

On August 21, the moon will totally eclipse the sun as it travels across America from west to east. Around Bloomington, people will witness a 94 percent eclipse, but LP writer and editor Dason Anderson shows many places and ways to experience this rare event — either the partial or total eclipse not far — from here. Click here to read the full story.

Two Lotus Fest Trios Offer Twists on Traditional Music

Xöömei and nyckelharpa … must be the sounds of Lotus! A meeting ground of world musical styles, the year’s Lotus Festival brings Swedish string trio Väsen and Tuvan throat singers Alash, offering an innovative twist on the traditional music of their home countries. Click here for videos and Benjamin Beane’s profiles of the bands, including an exclusive interview with Väsen.

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WonderLab’s Coral Reef Aquarium Teaches Real Science [video]

There’s something lurking under the waves at WonderLab. Its new Coral Reef Aquarium is designed to “intrigue the expert and engage the young child.” Videographer TJ Jaeger takes a closer look at how WonderLab’s fish-filled tank of fun teaches kids and parents about the importance of ocean sustainability. Click here to watch the video.

With Invasives, an Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

A healthy environment requires native plants that interact with insects, birds, and wildlife. When invasive plants are introduced, they can quickly crowd out native species and wreak havoc on an ecosystem. Annie Corrigan, announcer and producer at WFIU Public Radio, wrote about invasive plants for her weekly radio show, Earth Eats. Click here to read the full story.

Record-Breaking Attempt at Kayaking the Mississippi, Source to Sea

Michael Waterford is attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea faster than anyone in recorded history. If he reaches the Gulf of Mexico before July 30, he will have traveled 2,552 miles in less than 42 days, setting a new record. Read about his trip here, with updates and links to track him live.

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Local Filmmaker’s Short Film Screened at Cannes

After his short film "Lost Dog" won awards at Campus MovieFest, filmmaker (and LP contributor) TJ Jaeger thought the journey had ended. But then he was invited to show his film at the 70th annual Cannes International Film Festival in France. Now he has many experiences to share. Click here to read the full story.

Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Events for Your Next Adventure

A-a-a-ah, summer. Bloomington is a different town when school is out. The traffic is thinner, the pace is slower, and the small-town feel really settles in. Boring? Hardly. Here’s a short list of out-of-the-ordinary events to keep your summer happening — all during the week! Click here to read the full story.

Helping a Musical Child Foster a Love of Music

Musical children pass through various stages of development, each step requiring different approaches, encouragement, and patience, says Miller Susens, a cellist in the IU Jacobs School of Music. Supporting young musicians encourages individual expression and contributes to a more well-rounded and compassionate human being. Click here to read the full story.

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Behind the Curtain: The Joy of Summer Theater

Attending summer theater allows us to truly enjoy the moment, says Jennifer Pacenza in her Limestone Post column, Behind the Curtain. And local theater lovers have many shows to choose from in the next few months. In this preview of the IU Summer Theatre season, Jennifer says the lineup promises some “lasting summer memories.” Click here to read the full story.

A Hike on the Tecumseh Trail Now Ends in Destruction

Matt Flaherty has traveled the Tecumseh Trail by hiking and camping on it with friends in late summer, running the marathon course in October, and running all 42 miles on one winter’s day. The last trip, though, ended when they reached the southern trailhead and found it had been destroyed by logging trucks. Click here to read the full story.