Spencer Pride Festival, glass pumpkins

It’s a week of diversity in the Bloomington area. Saturday, the Spencer Pride Festival invites all genders and well-behaved pets to downtown Spencer, to rejoice, eat, enjoy live entertainment and feel the fall. Speaking of which, nearly 1,000 blown glass pumpkins will sparkle on the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse on Saturday.

On Wednesday, New York jazz hits the Casemate. Also on Wednesday, watch a documentary on the dangers of factory farming in the beautifully restored McCalla School. For anyone looking to find the perfect book, puzzle or music, check out the Hoosier Hills Food Bank Annual Report Community book fair which takes place from October 13 to 18.

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Book Sale October 13-18

The 38th Annual Community Book Fair will be held October 13-18 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. Those wanting the best selection will pay $10 admission on October 13 at the fundraiser for Hoosier Hills Food Bank, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Military veterans enter for free. The hours will be the same on October 14 but admission will be free, as for the rest of the book fair. Hours for October 15-18 will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Half-price day will be October 16, followed by a $10 big bag day (top books $20) on October 17 and a $5 bag day on October 18. Canned food donations are encouraged; donors receive a $1 voucher for a book. The first 25 children who bring a food donation receive a free book.

Glass Pumpkin Field October 15

About 1,000 blown glass pumpkins will be strewn around the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse as if it were a real pumpkin patch on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bloomington Creative Glass Center presents its 13th Great Glass Pumpkin Patch on the courthouse lawn, 100 W. Kirkwood Ave. Proceeds are used to provide glass education in the community.

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More than 35 apprentices in the glass program made the pumpkins both to buy them and just to admire them. Prizes are $20 to $200, but the event is free and open to the public. The pumpkin patch will be open exclusively to photographers from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Call Abby Gitlitz at 812-345-2470 for more information.

Girls Inc. programs are back

girls inc. works with schools and other organizations to help girls develop to their fullest. Long-term mentorship, a pro-girl environment and programming enable girls to lead fulfilling lives, escape poverty and become role models. Evening programs have restarted for girls K-12, so stop by the center, 1108 W. Eighth St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays for the Elevation series of programs. Find the registration form on https://bit.ly/3eoNiv2 or call 812-336-7313 for more information.

No matter how you identify yourself, you are welcome at the downtown Spencer Pride Festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Spencer Pride is family oriented and offers activities for people of all ages throughout the day. Well-behaved pets are invited, and this is the fourth year that the day will feature a Pet Pride Parade to encourage spaying and neutering of animals. Live local entertainment will take place on the Ivy Tech Stage at the historic Tivoli Theater and other downtown locations. The local Civilian Brewing Corps and local distilleries will sell alcohol to people 21 and older. To see who the performers are, go to http://spencerpride.org/festival/marketplace22/. The “Community” center is located at 17 E. Franklin St., Spencer, and the festival takes place throughout downtown.

Noah Garabedian will perform at Blockhouse Bar.

New York Jazz at Blockhouse Bar on Wednesday

Some of New York’s hottest jazz musicians will rock the crowd on Wednesday, as the Noah Garabedian Quartet take part in the Call & Response Jazz Series at the Bar Blockhouse, 205 S. College Ave. Sets start at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 general admission and $5 student. Must be 21 years of age or older and provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. The Noah Garabedian Quartet consists of Noah Garabedian on bass, Dayna Stephens on saxophone, Carmen Staaf on piano and Jimmy Macbride on drums. They will celebrate the release of their album “Consider the Stars Beneath Us”.

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Documentary on industrial agriculture Wednesday

“Let me let you live in their place for a day,” the narrator says, speaking of people who work in the industrial agriculture industry. Socially Responsible Agriculture Project will show a free screening of “Money Smell” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McCalla School of Indiana University, 525 N. Indiana Ave. A panel discussion with group staff will explain their experiences with the downsides of factory farming after the film. The public is invited to ask questions. McCalla School underwent a $6 million renovation and now features beautiful new spaces. See the details of this agricultural film on https://bit.ly/3CnVbsI which is co-sponsored by the IU Food Institute.

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