10 things to do in Bloomington over Thanksgiving break

Isabelle Neal, Staff Writer

The final bell rings. It’s Thanksgiving break. Now what?

Here are 10 things you can do in Bloomington over Thanksgiving break:

  • On Nov. 20 – 22 Girls Inc. is hosting a FlowMotion Symposium in the gym of the Courtyard Marriott in Bloomington. The event will have workshops for hoop dance, aerial silks, pole fitness and much more. Each workshop will be taught by national cirque/flow arts instructors to provide knowledge about basic skills in their field. One workshop costs $15. You can find the full workshop schedule here: http://flowmotionretreat.com/workshops.html
  • On Nov. 23 Uel Zing coffee is hosting a Cupping of Café at 2 p.m. The event is a coffee tasting. For $5 you can taste all four types of coffee they offer, and drink as much coffee as you can handle.
  • Start your Tuesday Nov. 24 off with some table tennis. At 10 a.m. the Monroe County Public Library is hosting a free table tennis tournament for people of all ages. Compete in the tournament and then enjoy some of the free snacks that will be provided.
  • On Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. The Players Pub is hosting a Blues Jam for people of all ages. The host band of the event will play a set and then ask audience members to join in with dancing. A half an hour before the event Josh Davis is offering blues dance lessons for $5.
  • On Wednesday Nov. 25, you can drop in at the KMB Studio for Music and Movement for an introductory level middle eastern belly dance class. It’s a class for people ages 13 and up, and it starts at noon. For $15 you can learn about middle eastern belly dance and experience the improvements in flexibility, strength, conditioning, rhythm and coordination.
  • Before having Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday Nov. 26, you can stop in at the By Hand Gallery in Bloomington for Bundle Up With By Hand. The show features a variety of knitted items for sale that would make perfect gifts for the family members you may see at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • On Friday Nov. 27 the Blueline Gallery in Bloomington has a show titled RIOT: Small Works. The show features work from 10 different established local artists scattered across every wall. The show is described as “An art show with no boundaries,”. It starts at 5 p.m. and admission is free.
  • After visiting the gallery, you can head downtown for the Canopy of Lights and lighting of the hospice tree ceremony. The Bloomington Brass Band will be playing on Kirkwood and the Bloomington Chamber Singers will be performing in the Fountain Square Mall. After listening to holiday music, step outside and take part in the countdown to the lighting of the town.
  • On Saturday Nov. 28 visit the Mathers Museum for an exhibit titled Monsters! The show takes visitors through a timeline of monsters throughout history. Learn about the various impacts monsters have had on society, and the way we view the world. The event starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
  • To round out a packed full week, take a trip to the Buskirk Chumley on Sunday Nov. 29 to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The first movie starts at at 4 p.m. and tickets are $3.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving break South!