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Farmers market opening

Nothing says summer like a visit to the Bloomington Farmers Market. The opening is June 8. Meet participating farmers and other food producers during this weekly event, which the whole family will enjoy. Look for familiar faces, new vendors, launches of sustainability programs and more.

Join in the fun on Saturdays through October 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. For more details, insights and other fun facts, visit the market’s Facebook page at

Donate and buy books for a better Bloomington

Donate and buy items for the Bloomington Crime Prevention Association’s (BCPA) Book ’Em sale. Through May 30, drop off your gently used books, board games, video games, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, records and software (2015 or newer) at Civic Plaza, Creekside Community Center, public elementary schools and other convenient locations. For more information, visit or call 952-220-2537.

The sale is June 1 – 15, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and
Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7839 Southtown Center. A one-evening preview sale is scheduled Friday, May 31, 5 – 9 p.m. with admission of $10 per person over 12 years of age or free with BCPA member card. 

Attend a home improvement seminar

Learn about basic home automation and energy efficiency at a home improvement seminar this summer. The Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority will host a seminar on Tuesday, June 11 where you will learn how to use smart home technology and on Tuesday, August 6 with information about making smart energy investments. Seminars will be held at 7 p.m., at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. Visit for more details.