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Cardinal Stage’s ‘Rounding Third’ Proves Baseball Can Make You Cry (from Laughing) by Julie Warren

Rounding Third is a sharp comedy by Cardinal Stage about the contrasting styles of two Little League coaches who “act more childish than the kids they coach!” says Director Matt Decker. Writer Julie Warren calls it “a complex show, with developed characters and realistic conflict that make the jokes hit even harder.” Click here to read about Cardinal Stage's next show Rounding Third.

Designing a Fairy Tale: Making Make-Believe Come to Life in Cardinal Stage’s Holiday Musical by Julie Warren

Set design is a critical part of any theatre production, but designing for a fairy tale means there are “a lot of puzzles to solve to make the set work,” says Kate Galvin, Artistic Director at Cardinal Stage. But for the upcoming production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, she says C. David Higgins and his team delivered. Click here to read about Higgins and his set design for Cardinal’s holiday musical.

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New Hoosier Heights Location Creates a ‘Culture of Community’ for Climbers of All Levels by Julie Warren

For 20 years, Hoosier Heights has seen new climbers become enthusiasts, and that is why they make a focused effort to ensure everyone feels welcome when they walk into the gym. The new location in a repurposed church in McDoel Gardens is a gathering place for friends and fellow climbers and offers an inviting space for those trying climbing for the first time. Click here to learn more about Hoosier Heights’ offerings and what to expect on your first visit to the gym.

Gather : handmade shoppe & Co.: Pop-up Events Build a Supportive Community for Makers by Julie Warren

Gather : handmade shoppe & Co.: is hosting special pop-up events during the holidays to showcase the work of a variety of makers and give customers the opportunity to engage with artists firsthand. “There are so many talented people in Bloomington and the state, but it can be hard for them to get their products to market,” says owner Talia Halliday. “I want to help them be successful and help build a supportive community.” Makers from Tactile Melodies, Virtuous Bee, and 407 Botanicals all speak to how Halliday has done just that. Click here to read more about how Gather brings makers, artists, and shoppers together.

Grant from American Theatre Wing Starts ‘a New Chapter of Excellence’ for Cardinal Stage by Julie Warren

Cardinal Stage is the first theatre company in Indiana to receive the prestigious National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (the organization that administers the Obie and Tony Awards). “This grant recognizes Cardinal in the national theatre arena and shows our viability and sustainability as a significant company,” says Cardinal’s board president, Caroline Dowd-Higgins. Click here to read about what the award means for Cardinal and local theatre.

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Conscientious Consumption: Global Gifts Improves Equity, Sustainability, and Human Rights Around the World with Gifts That Keep on Giving by Julie Warren

The saying goes that money is power, but even the smallest purchases can make a powerful impact. Being more thoughtful about what we buy and where we buy it can change the world. Global Gifts makes it easy to be a conscientious consumer who makes a difference — one artisan at a time — with beautiful jewelry, accessories, and home goods at fair prices. Click here to read more about Global Gifts’ fair trade business model and their artisans from around the world.

One Bucket at a Time: Green Camino Customers Share Composting Stories by Julie Warren

Green Camino is saving biodegradable waste from the landfill, one bucket at a time — and they are making it easy for people to produce less trash. As the new benefit corporation celebrates their first year of business, their customers — individuals, families, and businesses — share their composting stories. Click here to read more about Green Camino’s curbside composting services and environmental advocacy in the community.

Bridging the Divide on Social Issues — Cardinal Stage Addresses Freedom of Religion with New Play and Local Partnerships by Julie Warren

“How do you bridge the divide when you fundamentally disagree with someone on something that is a core part of your identity?” asks Kate Galvin, Artistic Director of Cardinal Stage. Cardinal’s production of The Christians addresses this question on and off the stage through partnerships with the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, and the For Freedoms Project. Click here to read more about the play and opportunities for open conversation about faith, doubt, and freedom of religion.

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The Art of Empowerment: UNVEILED Photography “Renews Self-Love” Through Boudoir Photo Sessions by Julie Warren

“I realized that I could use my photography to help women feel empowered and confident, and to renew their self-love,” says Samantha McGranhan, owner and founder of UNVEILED Photography. McGranahan and her team are true to this ethos. By exuding positivity and openness, they create an intimate and authentic boudoir photography experience that encourages clients to celebrate their bodies. “It was all me and I looked like a model. It was so uplifting,” says client Amanda Allen. Click here to read more about UNVEILED's photo sessions and philosophy.

WonderLab After Dark: Blood Moon — The Moon, the Myth, the Mystery by Sam Zlotnick, WonderLab

Blood Moon Celebration — a scientific look at a cultural phenomenon. Every year after the Harvest Moon of September comes the Blood Moon of October. Why the intrigue surrounding and inspired by the moon? What does it represent culturally, scientifically, emotionally? Come to WonderLab After Dark: Blood Moon on Saturday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Click here to learn more about this modern twist on this ancient moonlit, late-autumn celebration.

Stronger Together: Cardinal Stage and BBP Share Resources to Enhance Theatre in Bloomington by Julie Warren

A busy night in Bloomington offers a lot of art and performances to choose from, and theatre-goers may sometimes find themselves pulled in different directions. Two of the larger companies in town, Cardinal Stage and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, are working together, not only to coordinate their calendars, but to also share a staff member. Click here to read more about this unique collaboration between these local organizations and about their new Technical Director, Tien-Yin Sun.

Bloomington Valley Nursery: ‘Returning to Our Roots’ by Julie Warren

Since 1965, Bloomington Valley Nursery has been serving local gardeners, from the seasoned green thumb to the “greener” grower. As we head into fall, retreat south of town to enjoy Bloomington Valley Nursery’s walking paths, greenhouses, and the bounty of native species and cool-season plants awaiting planting and find succulents and other houseplants awaiting a home. Click here to learn more about the nursery’s history, plant selection, and community programming.