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West Bloomington Active Gardens Internship Program Nurtures Interest in Growing Own Food

As yellow finches darted through towering sunflower plants on a recent August morning, several volunteer gardeners were busy pulling weeds at the West Bloomington Active Gardens (WBAG) and Sunnyside Garden at the west end of Illinois Street. Richard Bullock, 18, and Ednita Williams, 15, both of west Bloomington, pulled bind weed tangled around asparagus plants.…

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MDA Summer Camp Lets Kids Be Kids

Thirteen-year-old Summer of Champaign-Urbana has been attending the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center at Lake Bloomington for six years. While at the weeklong camp, “she gets to be a kid,” said her mother Autumn. “She doesn’t have to worry about doctors’ visits or any of those scary medical things,” said…

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A Joyful Noise! Bloomington-Normal Community Bells Ring In With New Instruments

Music filled the air of the senior living center’s main dining room as the Bloomington-Normal Community Bells New Day Ringers gave their first performance using their new choirchimes. Two octaves of choirchimes were a recent purchase, thanks to a grant from the Laura Sullivan Arts & Culture Endowment Fund at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. View photos…

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Well-Trained After-School Tutors Key to Helping Close the Learning Gap

As the end of the school year approached, children and tutors gathered for an end-of-the-year celebration at Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington. The after-school program displayed artwork by the participants and the students with an awards program that included diplomas for graduating fifth-graders. See photos from event. Throughout the school year, about 45 minority…

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