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Where to watch the solar eclipse in Bloomington, Indiana?

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It's almost the big day: Starting around 3:04 p.m., the Bloomington area will be completely dark for more than four minutes during the solar eclipse. If you haven't decided where to go yet, here is a list of some places where people can enjoy witnessing the solar eclipse.

A few words of advice: get there early!

Where to watch the April 8 total solar eclipse in Bloomington?

Eclipsed at Trinity Reformed Church, 2401 S. Endwright Road, near Karst Farm Park. Parking is $10 per vehicle, cash or card. Hikers and cyclists are welcome free of charge. The church grounds will be open from 10 a.m. to sunset on April 8, with food trucks (Pili's Party Taco and Little Bowl Thai), live music, eclipse glasses for sale and public restrooms. Family-friendly activities include a Treasure Planet Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. with more than 1,000 prize-winning eggs. There is respectful silence for 15 minutes until totality occurs at 3:04 p.m. Eclipse glasses are available for purchase.

Indiana Forest Alliance event at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and Kumbum Chamste Ling Monastery begins at 11 a.m. April 8 with a Medicine Buddha Puja, a special awareness ceremony and ritual, followed by solar eclipse viewing, celebratory nature contemplation and guided Hikes to explore the special interactions of nature during a solar eclipse. Eclipse vision glasses are provided.

Sherwood Oaks Christian Church invites the public to use the 44 acres of green space and parking to view the solar eclipse on April 8th. The church is located at 2700 E. Rogers Road, Bloomington. The campus has numerous green spaces, parking for 900 vehicles and is open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. People can have fun at the disc golf course and fenced playground. Outdoor toilets are provided. Donations are accepted and will benefit Habitat for Humanity. NOTE: No parking the evening before, no mobile homes. Additionally, no food or other activities are planned and the church building will remain closed.

Starlite drive-in cinema, 7640 S. Old Ind. 37. Gates open at 10 a.m. for free public viewing of the eclipse. There are no reservations; The rule is: first come, first served. Concessions are open with a limited selection of drinks, popcorn and candy. Bring cornhole boards, Frisbees, soccer balls, etc. for entertainment. No eclipse glasses are provided; Bring your own. Standard guidelines and rules apply: Friendly pets on a leash are permitted. No fireworks, no barbecue, no alcohol. No overnight camping. For more information, call 812-824-2277.

At WonderLab museum: 2-4 p.m. April 8, WonderLab: Total Solar Eclipse Street Party, 308 W. Fourth St. People of all ages can prepare and practice with WonderLab's solar observing tools starting at 2 p.m. The solar eclipse begins at 3:04 p.m. Activities end at 4 p.m. Note: The WonderLab building remains closed. Activities take place on the street.

Total solar eclipse of the yarn, 2-4 p.m., April 8 at Rebel Purl Yarn Shop, 303 S. Hickory Drive. Tickets at rebelpurl.com are $50 and allow people to watch the eclipse while crafting at the yarn store. This includes a seat, solar eclipse glasses and part of the exclusive color combination only available for this event. There will be a table outside with some snacks and a movie to watch afterward that features a solar eclipse if people want to hang out for a bit to beat the traffic.

Total solar eclipse at Patch, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fowler Pumpkin Patch, 5060 N. Greene County Line Road. There will be no artificial lighting in the pumpkin patch to allow for better viewing of the eclipse. Before the eclipse there will be live music, food trucks and various outdoor games for all ages. Sunday and/or Monday camping options are available. Eclipse glasses will be distributed to the first 300 people. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Space is limited; Go online to secure tickets ranging from $10 to $150.

“Best Solar Eclipse Location in Monroe County” at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 4607 W. Ind. 46 in Ellettsville. The point of the total solar eclipse will be at the tree lines at St. John the Apostle. Church youth sell parking spaces on the church grounds at the top of the hill. Parking is $50, cash or check. The purchase also includes access to sanitary facilities. People can picnic and the youth sell food, a limited number of solar glasses and T-shirts. The day of the eclipse is first come, first served, but you can call ahead to reserve a spot at 812-876-1974.

A view from Lake Monroe's Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. Ind. 446. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. While Monday's activities are open to both campers and the public, parking lots are expected to fill up early in the day. Due to the expected high volume of traffic in the local recreation area, attending the Monday events is only recommended if you have a campsite reservation for the evening before. Activities include the construction of a pinhole camera at 9 a.m. and solar eclipse play stations open from 1:55 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. where people can throw images of the partial eclipse on the ground. and a bonfire from 7:30 to 9 p.m

Events later on the day of the total solar eclipse

If you decide to stay in Bloomington for a while – either because of the traffic delays or because you're a Bloomington area resident wanting to do something else on Monday – here are some suggestions:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 7:30-9:59 p.m. at the John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St. After the eclipse, be amazed by Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information or tickets, visit the Constellation Stage & Screen website.

“The Planets: An Odyssey in HD” 8 p.m. in Indiana University Auditorium. Watch the IU Jacobs School of Music Concert Orchestra perform with Jeffery Meyer as conductor and Mae Jemison as special guest narrator. For more information or tickets ($10-$30 at TicketMaster), go to www.iuauditorium.com, call 812-855-1103 or stop by the box office at 1211 E. Seventh St.

women first, an all-female a cappella group at Indiana University, will perform Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. appear. Tickets are $10 to $19 and can be purchased at the theater box office. The group, which sings interpretations of classical and popular music, has released seven albums; The latest is “In Full Bloom.” For more information and tickets, visit buskirkchumley.org.

Contact Carol Kugler at [email protected]