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April 4, 2014

Winter guard wins third at state By Garth Snow

The Homestead High School Winter Guard claimed the bronze medal in Open Class competition at the state finals March 22 at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. For nine Homestead seniors, the competition was the last of their high school career. “It hasn’t hit me yet that it’s all over,” said senior Megan Steinbacher. She wore the Homestead colors in the fall color guard for four years. She went with the band to the state finals four times. She was selected for the indoor winter guard all four years. She went with

the guard to the state finals four times. “It’s bittersweet,” she said. “It’s exciting, but we’ve had so many achievements, but I wish I could keep growing as a performer.” Jonathan Meader directs the winter guard. “This is the highest score that we’ve received in the five years that I’ve been here,” Meader said. Meader, who also directed the fall marching season color guard, selected the 28-member winter guard from the 64-member fall color guard. “This is the largest senior class that I’ve ever graduated,” said Meader, who will lose 19 seniors

One more show The public may see the Homestead High School Winter Guard perform the evening of Thursday, April 24, at the school, 4310 Homestead Road. The Homestead band presents its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., to be followed by the winter guard’s show in the gymnasium. The orchestra presents its own spring concert, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Katy Etnier, standing, and Bethany Wadkins, at her feet, perform with the Homestead High School Winter Guard. The show was “an exploration of the feeling of loss and love,” said director, show writer and co-choreographer Jonathan Meader.

from the fall guard and nine from the winter guard. “All of the senior girls that are in the guard are the leaders of the

Roanoke Legion Post 160 sets Honor Flight benefit By Garth Snow


Deb Kindler escorted World War II U.S. Army veteran Albert Stiles of Fort Wayne on an Honor Flight trip in May 2013. Stiles died Jan. 2, at age 91.

items at the Legion. Black is good at her work, said Tom Meyers, another committee member. “I’m just not afraid to talk to anybody. The worst they can do is tell

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Roanoke American Legion Post 160 plans a benefit auction Saturday, April 12, to support the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight. The post has been a regular supporter of the Honor Flight, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the National World War II Memorial and other national monuments. Post 160 is at 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke. Benefit hours are 4-9 p.m. The evening includes a disc jockey, and karaoke with Lady Leo Entertainment. Games and a bake sale also will be available. Food will be available for a free-will donation. Ashley Black is seeking out donations for the auction. Call Black at 388-6192, or drop off

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group,” he said. “Lots of them are going on to college,” Meader See WINTER, Page A2

About 47 percent of Allen County’s election precincts will vote in new locations on primary election day, May 6. Elections Director Beth Dlug said the changes are intended to direct voters to the nearest possible voting places. She said her office offers help online and will notify voters by mail. If all else fails, voters may call (260) 449-7329. “We’re doing everything in our power to put the word out to check polling locations,” Dlug said. Allen County maintains 115 polling places and 675 voting machines. More than 1,200 election-day workers help to serve more than 250,000 voters. She said years of adjustments made it necessary to revamp voting assignments. “Generally the whole thing starts because


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someone decides they don’t want to be in the business anymore,” she said. “And if they do that at the very last minute, then we’re scrambling trying to find a place to put these voters. So we may not put them in the closest voting location, See VOTERS, Page A2

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WINTER from Page A1 said. “Some are hoping to march in independent world class color guards. I hope some continue to perform.” The winter guard competes in the gymnasium instead of on the football field. “We get to pick our own music,” Meader said. “It can be anything, but it’s recorded music. We compete inside high school gymnasiums and we pull out a designpainted floor tarp that covers the gym floor to whatever our liking is. It changes the environment of the gym, which is pretty cool.” Meader wrote the show. Jon Bay does the staging. Geoff Goelz and Meader do the choreography. Lin Daffron, Nancy Barber and David Veda also work with the winter guard. This year, the show was titled, “I’m Only Asking You To Do This Because


The Homestead High School Winter Guard took the bronze medal in the more advanced Open Class at the Indiana High School Color Guard state finals.

I Love You.” It featured the Lucy Wainwright Roche song “Call Your Girlfriend.” “The show was an exploration of the feeling of love and loss, how we deal with loving and losing someone and how we recover from those emotional states,” Meader explained. Meader, who also contributes to the Carroll High School drum line and Rhythm X percussion ensemble in Columbus,

Ohio, said he will be back at Homestead for a sixth year. “I really love Homestead,” he said. “I love the people I work for.” Homestead competed in the more advanced Open Class again. “We’ve been in Open Class as long as I’ve been here, and this is the third time that they’ve medaled in Open Class, and the second year in a row,” Meader said. “The other two groups that medaled are ranked in Open Class on the

national level,” he said. Ben Davis took the gold medal, Greenfield-Central Varsity took the silver, and Homestead took the bronze in the field of 11 schools. For more information, visit The tone of the show was not lost on the performers. “This year was a lot different,” Steinbacher said. “In the past we always had an upbeat tempo. This was different. This year we did a lot more talking about love. This year we grew a lot as a group. It wasn’t a fake sad face. It was real. We were telling our own story.” Steinbacher continues to make her college plans. She wants to study aesthetics, and she hopes to pursue dance. “These girls are like my sisters,” she said. “We’ve spent so much time together that we’re more than friends; we’re like sisters.”

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VOTERS from Page A1 because that voting location may not have room. So we may have to go two or three locations down in order to find room for those people that are now displaced. “So after years of that patchwork, we have people going all over the place. So what we did last year is take all of our resources and reorganize the whole thing, so that we could get people to the closest locations that were possible.” “People don’t like a change in their polling place, and we’re aware of that,” Dlug said. “But on the other hand, things change. People move and sometimes we have to move in order to keep up with that.” Each voter can confirm their polling place by visiting allencounty. us/election-board. By entering their information, a voter can find a map of their voting boundaries and even directions to their polling place. “We did a pretty big, massive change of polling locations. We reorganized neighborhoods and precincts that are going to particular locations,” Dlug said. “So people definitely want to check.” Potential voters need to register by April 7. Registered voters who have moved need to record their new address by that same date. Even voters who move after the registration deadline may vote one last time at their old precinct. Late in April, Dlug’s office will send a postcard and voting site

information to every household that has a registered voter. The elections website also contains sample ballots. This year, voters face choices for township trustee, township board, some school board seats, and some town, county and state offices, judicial positions, and U.S. representative. Voters will find links to local political party websites at the Allen County election website. They will not, however, find opinion on candidates or parties. “It’s very important to me. I can’t stress enough how we try to run a nonpartisan office,” Dlug said. “We’ll help everyone and anyone with all of their questions. That’s what we’re here for — an accurate, fair and unbiased office.” The elections office also has moved since the last election, to 1 E. Main St., in the Rousseau Centre. The voter registration office remains at 1 W. Superior St. Visit, or call (260) 449-7154. Dlug stepped into the elections position in early 2009. She had been a paralegal at the prosecutor’s office, she had worked on political campaigns and was interested in the election process, and she had directed information technology for the prosecutor’s office. Then the job became available. “It all kind of came together for me,” she said. The mission, Dlug said, is “an equal and fair opportunity to vote.”

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Masonic Lodge applauds member’s 50-year mark Emory Bryan Jr.’s family and fellow members of Masonic Lodge 224, Leo, helped to celebrate Bryan’s Award of Gold, recognizing 50 years with the fraternal organization. Mark Genung, leader of the Indiana Grand Lodge, spoke at the March 5 ceremony, and asked Bryan’s wife, Martha, to pin the award on her husband’s lapel. Bryan is chaplain of Leo Lodge. He has served as worshipful master at Leo and at Southgate, where he received his Masonic apron and advanced to the degree of Master Mason on March 2, 1964. “The fraternity has been a blessing to me through the years, the opportunity to meet the brothers all over the


Martha Bryan pins the Masonic Award of Gold pin on the lapel of her husband, Emory Bryan Jr., at Leo Lodge 224. Mark Genung, right, the leader of Indiana Masons, helped to honor Bryan’s 50 years as a Mason.

United States, many of whom became really great friends,” Bryan said. “But on reflecting

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master approached me from the East. Only it wasn’t the worshipful master, it was my dad, and he said, ‘My brother, I now present to you the lambskin of a white leather apron. It is the emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason.’ What a way to start your Masonic life! Dad, thank you. Thanks to the fraternity, and thanks to you guys.” Brian Hills, worshipful master of Lodge 224, said he moved to Indiana from Wisconsin, and Bryan made him feel welcome. “The degree work that he gave — the ceremonies that we go through — not only does it have heart in it, but it is just amazing,” Hills said. “Your voice, Brother Emory, still, it’s remarkable.” Genung reminded Masons and guests that true leadership is not accomplished with a gavel. “We should lead with brotherly love and friendship in everything we do, especially among brothers, but with all mankind,” he said. “We need to set an example not only of charity, but just being good men, good fellows, good family men. We’ve got to put God first, then our families, then our vocation, and then hopefully


Emory Bryan Jr. kneels at the altar at Masonic Lodge 224, Leo, where he received his 50-year Award of Gold.

in a well managed life we’ve got time for lodge and other interests.” Bryan served as worshipful master of Southgate Lodge in 1970, transferred to Leo Lodge in 2008, and held the gavel at Leo in 2012. He also serves the Masonic appendant bodies of Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, Demolay, York Rite and Eastern Star.

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Co-working space gives independent workers a home By Ryan Schnurr

You’ve probably seen these modern-day drifters, the ubiquitous writers/ designers/entrepreneurs populating coffee shops and other public spaces. Well it turns out there are more of them than you think, and they’re looking for places to call home. Enter the co-working space — and CoWork Fort Wayne. “You have kids at home and chores and laundry, and you get really sick of working at home,” said Dave Sanders, the president of software company Avenue 80 and self-described “wrangler” of CoWork Fort Wayne. “And a lot of guys who are serious about doing work … they’re not in coffee shops because it gets loud. It’s distracting.” This is where CoWork Fort Wayne comes in. The space, located on the fifth floor of the Murphy Building at 809 S. Calhoun St., resembles a typical office space in many ways. It consists of a large open area with available desks and chairs, a kitchen with refrigerator and coffee pot, and two shared conference rooms that anybody can access. Fort Wayne isn’t new to co-working spaces. As recently as last year a space called Founders

space, noting, “It’s a community space as much as a personal space.” But that’s the point. “Once you get smart people together, even if they aren’t working on the same things … things happen,” Sanders said. “It’s a snowball.” Those interested in learning more can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

“And a lot of guys who are serious about doing work … they’re not in coffee shops because it gets loud. It’s distracting.” — Dave Sanders, the “wrangler” of CoWork Fort Wayne


CoWork Fort Wayne, a new co-working space on South Calhoun Street, offers office space and a collaborative atmosphere to area independent workers. Visit for more information and photos.

was located in the Randall Building downtown, but it closed its doors after encountering a number of issues, including a fire in the building. Founders showed many area independent workers that collaboration could be valuable to their businesses, but when it closed many had to return to their homes or coffee shops. Several of the displaced workers, including Sanders, Brett Meyer and Chad Clabaugh, got together and decided to pool their resources and rent a shared office space. While scouting around, they found that much of the available space downtown was cheap — so cheap that they could afford more space than they actually needed for themselves. “So that kind of got the ball rolling and we decided we’d do the bigger space and …

do some work.” But they aren’t going to be sticklers. “If you come in at 3 o’clock, we’re not going to make you pay seven bucks. Just a little something to contribute,” he

start to do it as a full co-working space instead of a bunch of guys getting an office,” Sanders said. The business model works like this: All expenses are divided up among “core” members — those who are committed to ongoing support — who receive keys and their own dedicated spot in exchange. “If you’re a core member, it’s your office, and you get your own space,” Sanders explained. But those who aren’t in a position to be a core member can be involved through a drop-in system. For $7 a day, anybody can come in between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and take advantage of the Wi-Fi, coffee and conference rooms. Sanders said they made the decision to charge everybody “so that everybody puts a little bit of value into it and understands people are trying to

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Northeast Indiana Honor Flight veterans pose for a group photo during a visit to Washington, D.C., monuments.

HONOR from Page A1 anapolis Colts tickets, ight lessons from Sweet Aviation, deluxe suites at hotels, and movie, restaurant and bowling gift certiďŹ cates. In the past, merchants also have donated items such as a chainsaw. A certiďŹ cate for a load of gravel for a driveway proved particularly popular, Meyers said. The money supports the overall northeast Indiana Honor Flight program. Honor Flights 12 and 13 are scheduled for April 30 and May 28. For details, or to apply as a veteran or as a guardian, visit “This little post here in Roanoke has given them $72,000 so far, over four years,â€? said Meyers, who also serves on the full northeast Indiana board. “The ďŹ rst year we did our beneďŹ t they needed $10,000 to get the plane off the ground, and we happened to make $12,000 from the beneďŹ t. We’ve got a great bunch of people in this place.â€? Black estimated that 15 veterans from Huntington County have been part of the ights. Deb Kindler knows the urgency of taking World War II veterans to see the



monuments. Her father, Raymond Coe, was a Navy pilot in the PaciďŹ c in World War II — “and he saw a lot.â€? “He died in 1989, and a few years after he died I was helping my mom with her checking account and paying bills and things like that, and I saw she was donating money to build a World War II memorial,â€? Kindler said of her work with her mother, MaryJane, who now also is deceased. “And I said ‘Mom, stop doing that. Why are you sending them money?’ And she said, ‘Because I want to help build this memorial.’â€? Kindler said her father would not have admitted that he wanted to visit such a memorial. “I think the war affected him. He never talked about it,â€?

she said. “I wish the memorial had been there long ago, when my dad could have seen it, because they deserve it,â€? she said. Even though she could not accompany her father on the ights, Kindler stepped forward to volunteer. Each traveling veteran has a full-time guardian. “It entails being glued to him for the day, and you don’t ever let him out of your sight,â€? she said. “You’re there to make sure they have a good time, that they’re taken care of.â€? Last May, Kindler accompanied Albert Stiles of Fort Wayne. Stiles was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, and was a retired musician and the owner of Al Stiles World’s Best Shoe Shine in his adopted

Leaders of Roanoke American Legion Post 160’s Honor Flight committee include Angie Kindler (front, from left), Ashley Black, Julie Isch, (back, from left) Dave Sheppard, Mike Schoeneman, Bev Swaim and Tom Meyers.

hope of Fort Wayne. Stiles died Jan. 2, 2014, at the age of 91. Meyers said each ight carries about 140 people. They spend most of their time at the World War II Memorial, but also might see the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or the Lincoln Memorial. Three tour

buses will carry the group to Arlington National Cemetery, where they will watch the changing of the guard. They also will visit the Air Force Memorial, for a noon meal. They also might visit the Women’s Military Memorial. Black, too, has served as a guardian. “I went on a ight in 2011

with a gentleman from Huntington, and it was just the most memorable experience of my life,â€? she said. “It’s up there in the top ďŹ ve days of my life.â€? “When you arrive, you have these men who are in a shell, and they don’t want to talk about their experience. But by the end of the day you see them open up and shed some of the baggage that they’ve carried for these years,â€? she said. “And when you see them stand there at the World War II Memorial — and I’m getting choked up, because it’s so amazing — they see that they are appreciated, and you know they are the greatest generation. “And by the time of the ight home, those men are talking and sharing stories, and it’s just like they’re kids again.â€? “We make them feel as special as we possibly can,â€? she said.

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IPFW has joined forces with Arts United, the Downtown Improvement District, Fort4Fitness, Fort Wayne Trails, Visit Fort Wayne, and the YLNI Barr Street Market to announce Kickstart, presented by Parkview Health, a one-day community festival that celebrates bikes, art and music in downtown Fort Wayne. The first Kickstart festival on Saturday, May 17, will highlight the presentation of the IPFW Sculpture with PurposeTM bike racks, sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group and commissioned by IPFW to commemorate its 50th Celebration. “Kickstart represents a wonderful


example of what can happen when passionate, like-minded organizations and individuals collaborate to make Fort Wayne a more vibrant community,” said Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications at IPFW. The festival presenting sponsor Parkview Health, represented by Jill Ostrem, chief operating officer, Parkview Physicians Group, was on hand to announce the inaugural community celebration. For festival details, visit visitfortwayne. com/kickstart.

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South Side singers finish first show choir season The South Side Catholic Singers recently wrapped up their first middle school show choir season. The group is made up of fifth- through eighth-grade students from St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School, St. John the Baptist School, St. John New Haven School, Most Precious Blood School, St. Joseph Hessen Cassel School and Huntington Catholic School. The South Side Catholic Singers performed at the Homestead High School

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Pink Ribbon Run to aid research Three Rivers Running Co. will host a special event May 10 to raise funds for breast cancer research. The inaugural Pink Ribbon Run will begin at 9 a.m. at Lutheran Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Southwest campus and will feature a 4-mile run and a 2-mile walk. To register, visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re delighted to partner with Three Rivers Running Co. to raise funds for breast cancer research and help turn Fort Wayne Pink,â&#x20AC;? said Catherine Hill, the executive director of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our family of committed partners is growing and we love their help in spreading the word about the important work of the

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A MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic has opened inside the CVS/pharmacy store at 770 E. Dupont Road. It is the eighth MinuteClinic location in northeast Indiana and the 43rd location in the state. MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corp., is the largest provider of retail medical clinics in the United States. No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, prices are posted at each clinic and at minuteclinic. com. The cost for most treatment starts at $79. MinuteClinic practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material, an invoice and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, and a diagnostic record that can be sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission. Other local MinuteClinic locations are at 6729 E. State Blvd., 10180 Illinois Road, and 13821 Leo Road in Leo-Cedarville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since opening the ďŹ rst store-based clinic in Indiana in 2005, MinuteClinic has helped to expand access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care to thousands of residents at convenient CVS/pharmacy locations near where they live and work,â&#x20AC;? said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical ofďŹ cer, CVS Caremark Corp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to broaden access to quality health services.â&#x20AC;? MinuteClinic nurse practitioners specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as inďŹ&#x201A;uenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A and B are available at most locations. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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Health fairs designed to detect risks early By Garth Snow

Dr. John F. Brensike, according to Marquardt. “He was a cardiologist, and he wanted people to be more aware of their cholesterol,” she said. Convenient, neighborhood screenings encouraged people “to get involved in their health, be active, and not let someone else be responsible for your health,” she said. Since 1981,the Fort Wayne health fairs have served more than 146,000 adults ages 18 to 100. Although she is coordinating the spring health fairs for adults, Marquardt already is busy scheduling student health fairs this fall. “We’re trying to get to the younger kids to have them start their health habits earlier,” she said. Student health fairs are offered for grades two and three, grades four and five, and middle school. Home-school instructors may make arrangement to bring their students to health fairs in the schools. With health fairs both spring and fall, Marquardt stays busy recruiting medical and nonmedical volunteers. Marquardt works for Focus on Health under the guidance of the nonprofit Midwest Alliance for Health Education. Parkview Health is a

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Focus on Health will offer free health checks at 12 venues in or near Fort Wayne, beginning April 11 at the University of Saint Francis. The goal is to catch health risks before they advance into major problems, according to Marita Marquardt, R.N., who has directed the area health fairs since 1992. Marquardt then worked for the Red Cross, which was an in-kind sponsor of the health fair. “So part of my hours were donated to Focus on Health,” she said. Marquardt now works through the nonprofit agency full time, coordinating health fairs for adults and students. “We have added a larger selection of lab testing and health checks,” Marquardt said in an email. “We have grown from being perceived as only a ‘senior’ clientele service and encourage people in their 20s and up to take interest in their health.’ Each health fair will offer free checks of: blood pressure, body mass index, visual acuity and bone density. Patients will receive summaries and referrals. Select locations will offer: hearing checks, oral cancer screenings,


People register and participate in Focus on Health at the Carew Medical Park.

foot screenings and skin screenings. Visitors need not register in advance, but will be taken on a firstcome, first-served basis. There are no residency requirements for the health fairs. The Francine’s Friends mobile mammography van will be available at the University of Saint Francis health fair on April 11, and at a Huntertown health fair on May 2. For an appointment, call 483-1847.

For a fee, sites also will offer blood screenings. The blood chemistry test assesses glucose, liver function, kidney function, cholesterol and other factors. The fee is $33. Patients should fast for 12 hours before the test. Diabetics should not fast, but should stay on their regular therapy schedule. The hemogram blood test carries a lab fee of $8. Separate fees apply for: prostatic specific antigen for men, $20; thyroid stimulating hormone, $20;

dates and sites Friday, April 11, University of Saint Francis North Campus, 2702 Spring St., 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, April 23, Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., 6:30-11:30 a.m. Park in the Silver Lot. Thursday, April 24, American Red Cross Northeast Indiana, 1212 E. California Road, 8 a.m.-noon. Thursday, April 24, Renaissance Point YMCA, 2323 Bowser Ave., 8 a.m.-noon. Friday, April 25, Messiah Lutheran Church, 7211 Stellhorn Road, 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, April 26, New Haven High School, 1300 Green St., New Haven, 8 a.m.-noon. Wednesday, April 30, Jorgensen Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road, 6:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, Lutheran Life Villages, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd., 7:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road, 7:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, Third Place, 1601 W. Cedar Canyon Road, Huntertown, 8-11:30 a.m. Third Place is operated by Huntertown United Methodist Church. Saturday, May 3, Carew Medical Park, 1818 Carew St., 8 a.m.-noon. Saturday, May 3, Presence Sacred Heart Home, 515 N. Main St., Avilla, 7:30-11 a.m. and glucose average and vitamin D, $30. Patients must be 18 to participate in blood screening. For details, visit “These are pretty reasonable prices,” Marquardt said in an interview. “The learning center exhibits are more service-oriented, not product-oriented, where people can get help or learn more about a certain topic — arthritis, sleeping disor-

ders — or they can find out where the services are if they really need help,” she said. Marquardt said the screenings serve about 3,000 people each year. “Our numbers are down because we’re not the only one in town now,” she said. Focus on Health was a pioneer in health fairs and served as the catalyst for others, Marquardt said. The health fair concept was pioneered by

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Worship, dramas, Easter egg hunts fill calendar The following Holy Week services and related events have been provided to Times Community Publications. Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2417 Getz Road. Palm Sunday, April 13, worship 8:30 and 10 a.m. From 4-6 p.m., the Old Crown Brass Band plays host to the Stavanger Brass Band. Admission free. Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 19. Easter Cantata, 3 p.m. Handbells present Holy Week and Easter music. Vocal choirs present the cantata “Come, Touch the Robe” by Pepper Choplin with orchestra and dancers. Easter Sunday, April 20. Worship services, 8:30 and 10 a.m. Anthony Wayne First Church of God, 6012 South Bend Drive. Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 12, 2-4 p.m. rain or shine. For ages 3 through grade five. Parents are welcome to join in the fun. There will be a Bible story, games,

crafts and refreshments. For details, call 432-3342. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road. Palm Sunday, April 13. Service 9:30 a.m. Traditional service with the children processing in with the palms and special music from the adult choir. Maundy Thursday, April 17. Service 7:30 p.m., with choir, drama and member involvement. Good Friday, April 18. Service 7 p.m. A drama with support from the adult choir. Easter Sunday, April 20. Easter Sunrise Service, 7:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Breakfast, 8 a.m. Easter Service, 9:30 a.m. A traditional service celebrating the Resurrection. Special request: Join the Chancel Choir at Calvary United Methodist Church this Lenten/Easter season to prepare Joseph Martin’s “Lenten Sketches” and other Holy Week and Easter music. All are welcome. Contact Doug Speakman at or by phone, 483-9390. Concordia Lutheran Church school gymnasium,

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major sponsor of the Fort Wayne area health fairs. For more information, visit the website or call 373-7954. The University of Saint Francis health fair will be held at the North Campus, 2702 Spring St. USF has provided a Focus on Health site for seven years, and offers a broader range of services due to its higher education resources, said Katie Wiedman, chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effort is part of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wellness Committee initiatives through the School of Health Sciences,â&#x20AC;? Wiedman said. Her department and the department of psychology also play key roles in the event. The Department of Exercise Science will offer simple strength and ďŹ tness testing and information on home exercise programs. Physical ther-

Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. The bishop will celebrate a Chrism Mass at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1701 Miami St., South Bend. Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. The bishop will celebrate a Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. Saturday, April 19, 9 p.m. The bishop will celebrate an Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. Easter Sunday, April 20. The bishop will celebrate Easter Mass at an assisted living facility. The service is not for the general public, but is â&#x20AC;&#x153;something special for the residents,â&#x20AC;? said Sean McBride, director of communications for the diocese. For more information, visit Other Holy Week services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Holy Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. Mass. Good Friday, April 18, 1 p.m. Service with Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion. Easter Sunday, April 20. Masses at 8:30, 10 and 11 a.m. For more information, visit First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. Palm Sunday, April 13, 8 a.m and 11 a.m. Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Good Friday, April 18, noon. Easter Sunday, April 20. Easter Sunrise Worship Service, 7:30 a.m. Easter breakfast, 9 a.m. Easter Egg hunt, 10:15 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service in Sanctuary, 11 a.m. Easter Worship Service (Korean) in McMillen Chapel, 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m. Thomas Gaynor, winner of the recent National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, presents the Winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recital.

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Eagle Marsh to play host to Earth Day activities Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh, put on by local nonprofit Little River Wetlands Project, will take place Sunday, April 27, 1 to 5 p.m. with more activities, displays and learning opportunities than ever. Many area nature groups will participate with booths at the event, to be held at Eagle Marsh, LRWP’s restored wetland nature preserve at 6801 Engle Road. “More than 1,000 visitors from the greater Fort Wayne metropolitan area attended Earth Day Fort Wayne last year,” reported LRWP Executive Director Amy Silva. “Barring a downpour, we expect even more in 2014.” This free, fami-


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Easter egg hunt April 19 Byron Health Center will hold an Easter egg hunt from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, on the grounds at 12101 Lima Road. Staff and family will spread Easter eggs throughout the north campus area of the facility. Members of the community are encouraged to bring their children to enjoy the free, pre-Easter fun. Prior to the actual Easter Egg Hunt, booths will be set up with snacks and activities for all to enjoy.

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Platinum recording artists Cheap Trick will headline opening night, Friday, July 11, of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Three Rivers Festival, sponsored by Hanning & Bean Enterprises Inc. With more than 20 million records sold, Cheap Trick has been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal since the 1970s. With classics such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Want You to Want Me,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surrenderâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flame,â&#x20AC;? Cheap Trick is considered a musical institution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin to explain how excited I am at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music lineup, thanks to our generous partnership with Hanning & Bean. Cheap Trick will be a great way to open the festival,â&#x20AC;? explains Jack Hammer, executive


The Bishop Dwenger Varsity Cheer Team won a ninth national title, competing March 2 at the Contest of Champions Nationals in Orlando, Fla. The 22-member team won the extra-large varsity division, consisting of teams of 20 members or more. The team also received the highest score of any team at the competition that day. The team was crowned national grand champions for the ninth time. Almost 100 teams competed. Dwenger cheer members include: seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Emily Budzon, Elizabeth Budzon, Lauren Didier, Haley Enrietto, Mariah Tippmann and Allison White; juniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Clare Anderson, Alexis Eddy, Dominique EfďŹ nger, Maggie Houlihan, Graisen Proctor, Lucy Schenkel and Emily Tippmann; sophomores â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jenna Eckland, Grace Gillig and Maddy Tippmann; freshmen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Katie Eddy, Jaclyn Grutsch, Raina Gulachek, Carson Jasper, Sylvia Schenkel and Amy Weilbaker. This is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth consecutive title. The team is coached by Amy Gonzagowski, Vicki Kuker and Doris Derheimer.

director of the Three Rivers Festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I encourage everyone to stay tuned, as we will be announcing several more national artists to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival lineup.â&#x20AC;? Supporting acts for Cheap Trick at the Hanning & Bean Festival Plaza include local favorites Unlikely Alibi and Orange Opera. Tickets for this all-ages show go on sale March 28 for $20 in advance, and $25 day of show. All Three Rivers Festival concerts are open to all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the TRF office, by phone at 426-5556, or at the Embassy Box office or online at or

Visit Saint Francis April 12 High school and college students and their parents or adult supporters are invited to explore the University of Saint Francis as a college choice during Spring Campus Visit Day on Saturday, April 12. Students are invited to bring their college transcripts for credit evaluation. High school students, as well as college students considering a transfer, can take advantage of a range of meetings and activities tailored to enlighten prospective students on the features and advantages of a USF education. Visit Day participants can meet faculty members, discuss ďŹ nancial aid, investigate academic programs, tour the 108-acre campus and discover possibilities for involvement in a variety of

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Zip line to soar over Timber Lake By Barry Rochford

The last section of Camp Timber Lake’s new zip-line course is informally called the “1,000-footer.” To get to it, you’ll have to complete the previous seven sections that roughly run around one-half of the lake and then be harnessed into a wench system that elevates you to a platform perched on a utility pole 70 feet in the air. Below you is the entire expanse of Timber Lake. Once attached to the zip line, all you have to do is step off the platform. The screams — or whoops from the more stouthearted — likely will last a good 500 feet as you fly over the width of the 12-acre lake before being deposited on the opposite shore. “That’s something that’s kind of fun to bring to the table,” said Olivia


Camp Timber Lake co-owner Olivia Kline is shown on the new zip-line course, which is expected to open in May.

Kline, who along with her husband, Jonathan, own and run Camp Timber

Lake in Huntington County. The Klines have spent

Vera Bradley says move means seamless process By Linda Lipp

New Vera Bradley CEO Robert Wallstrom is making a lot of changes at the Fort Wayne-based handbag and accessories manufacturer. One of the first was moving his own offices from the north-side industrial park that has served as the firm’s home base to the design center at the company’s growing campus on the southwest side of Fort Wayne. “There was really kind of a separation between the creative design group and more the operational-administrative part of the company,” Wallstrom said during a March 12 conference call following Vera Bradley’s annual earnings report. “What we’ve done in the short term is to make sure that we really start integrating a lot more. I moved my office down to the design center,” Wallstrom said, according to a transcript of the call by SeekingAlpha. com. “We have our executive meetings down in the design center most of the time to really make sure we have strong alignment amongst the teams. I think we’ve already started to make some nice headway there, but it’s not perfect.” Vera Bradley announced plans last year to spend $26.6 million to expand its 40,000-square-foot design center by 149,000 square feet and its 420,000-squarefoot distribution center by 10,000 square feet. The two buildings, which the company refers to as its Roanoke campus, are located near Interstate 69 and Lafayette Center Road. “So our campus consolidation will be happening. It’s being built as we speak, and

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Wednesday through Sunday, April 9-13 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne Session times on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are ticketed for $5. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are not required for admission on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is required to make a purchase any day. For more information, visit verabradley. com/outletsale. we will move in about this time next year, so that will make that process even more seamless and more fully integrated,” Wallstrom said on the conference call. The company also revealed plans to move further beyond the perky paisleys and flashy florals that made it a billion-dollar business, adding more solid-color microfiber products, fake leather and real leather. “We have a relevancy issue with our existing product,” said Wallstrom, the CEO the company brought in late last year. “While we have a very loyal customer base and a dominant share of market in the cotton casual handbag and travel accessories business, we still own a narrow percentage of the total market in these categories when all fabrications are included. Demand for existing product is declining, as evidenced by our recent comp store and e-commerce sales performance, and I believe that we have oversaturated our existing customer base …” See VERA BRADLEY, Page B5

much of the past year gearing up for this May, which is when the zip-line

course is expected to open. All but the “1,000footer” zip line have

been hung, and work on the platforms is nearing completion. Building the course is part of a lifelong love of the outdoors — of camping, fishing and hiking — that caused Jonathan to buy the 65-acre property in 2003 when he was just out of high school. His family lived a mile and a half away from the lake, and Jonathan fished there while growing up. He and his wife envision the new zip-line course as another way for people young and old — for example, a grandmother and her grandchild — to connect with the outdoors, and have fun while they’re at it. “It’s just something that they can both do and interact on,” Jonathan said. “It fits the active and fit lifestyles that’s we’re trying to target.” Since buying the propSee ZIP LINE, Page B4

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‘Dinners & Dialogues’ at Victory Noll Center to change the world one person at a time. The second event in the series “Dinners &

Dialogues” will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25. It is an interactive experience addressing topics of

faith and social justice to help foster a deeper understanding of social issues that affect everyone on a daily basis. The program will feature the topic “We are One Body: Nourishment as Relationship.” Following a shared meal, the experience will continue with contemplation expanding the understanding of nourishment coming from being in a relationship with God, each person’s body, each other and the Earth. The value for the event is $20 per person or $35 for a couple. Registration is required by April 18. Victory Noll Center is at 1900 W. Park Drive in Huntington. For more information about Victory Noll Center or to register for the program, call 356-0628, ext. 174, or contact the center by email at More information is also available on the center’s website at vncenter. Victory Noll Center is a ministry of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.


Huntington University Theater Company will present the British comedy, “Charley’s Aunt,” through April 12. When longtime friends Jack (Matthew Burtless-Creps) and Charley (Kyle Lindsey) prepare to introduce their prospective girlfriends to Charley’s well-to-do aunt from Brazil, trouble unfolds as they receive word that the wealthy aunt unfortunately cannot make her visit to her nephew. The two young men devise a proposal to convince their simpleton classmate, Lord Fancourt Babberly (Stephen Planalp) to impersonate Charley’s aunt in order to save their intended date with the girls. A farcical romp follows. “Charley’s Aunt,” which was written by Brandon Thomas, will be presented in Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University on April 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with

special 2 p.m. matinee performances April 5 and 12. Jay Duffer, associate professor of theater, will direct. “This is a wonderfully funny piece of theater. If something written more than 130 years ago can still make you guffaw then it must be a gem of a comedy,” Duffer said. “The students and I are usually in hysterical laughter throughout the rehearsals. It has been great fun working on this show.” For reservations, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at 359-4261 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty/staff. Tickets also will be sold at the door before every performance. For more information about the Huntington University Theatre Company, visit huntington. edu/theatre.

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County posts record year for investment By Barry Rochford

When a company is looking to expand or relocate to a community, it always has one fundamental question in mind. According to Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, that question is, “Can I make profit in your community?” And he has an equally fundamental answer. “To me, it boils down to the three-legged stool of location, work force and value,” he said. For Huntington County, that answer increasingly is the right one. “We had a record year of private investment in 2013, at just under $38 million from 12 client projects,” Wickersham said. “They promised to create over 250 net new jobs over the life of their projects, and it impacted immediately the retention of over 900 existing jobs. Last year, companies such as Auger Torque USA LLC, DIY Group

Inc. and Echo Lake Foods Inc. announced they would locate operations in Huntington County, and businesses including Our Sunday Visitor, Metronet and Metalloid Alumicoat said they would expand. Over the past six years, 59 industrial projects have been announced in the county. That’s a far cry from before the Great Recession, which there was more than 2 million square feet of vacant industrial space. Since then, more than 94 percent of that space has been redeveloped. The Homier Industrial Building, at more than 270,000 square feet, is the last remaining large production and office facility available in the county. It’s a better problem to have than good industrial sites sitting empty, but it’s still a problem. “If we don’t come up with some new strategy, we’re going to run out of existing space to market,” Wickersham said. “Or you’re relying on somebody else to go

out of business to make a building available, and that’s a bad strategy. We don’t want that.” The strategy likely will involve the same ingenuity that has paid off for other economic-development projects. For example, Huntington County has altered its incentives so there’s a little less focus on traditional tax abatements and more on offering grants funded via the county’s economic-development income tax. “Our community, where possible, we’ve been less aggressive on tax abatement and have used CEDIT grants in lieu of abatement, because that way you get a full revenue stream on the income side with property taxes, but the company gets a better impact right up front with a cash grant,” Wickersham said. When Metronet, an Evansville-based company that provides fiber-optic service to customers, wanted to open a retail store in Huntington, local officials urged it

to consider a downtown location, Wickersham said. Metronet representatives, however, weren’t sure there was a suitable space downtown, although one vacant building at 438 N. Jefferson St. might work. So Wickersham and others made this pitch: Metronet would buy the building for $50,000 and commit another $50,000 in improvements, while the county would offer a $160,000 CEDIT grant. For Huntington County, the math made sense, Wickersham said. Instead of a vacant building that contributed just $400 in property taxes a year, it now is occupied with a staff of eight that has a payroll of about $700,000 annually, and the assessed valuation of the building rose to $250,000, increasing its property tax contribution to more than $2,000 a year. “Thinking like that has gone a long way to helping our community be more competitive in trying to win projects and help existing companies expand,” he said.

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Matt Walch will bring the Big Band sound to the Cottage Event Center, Roanoke, Friday, April 11. The event is a fund raiser for the Huntington County Free Health Clinic. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Matt Walch taking the stage at 7:30. Tickets for the event are $10 each and may be purchased using PayPal on the venue’s website, at cottageeventcenter. com, or by phone at 483-3508. For details, call 414-2015 or email Attendees will have the opportunity to buy a pasta dinner, either meatless or with meatballs. Salad and dessert will also be available, plus a cash bar.

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ZIP LINE from Page B1 erty and opening Camp Timber Lake in 2004, he has worked to add to its amenities. It has camp sites ranging from primitive to full service for recreational vehicles, some of which are open year-round, and it offers boat rentals. A bath house, 150-seat amphitheater, playground, hiking trails, three cabins and beach for a 3-acre swimming pond have been added. The Klines built a store, which presently is undergoing a renovation and will double in size. Fishing is one of the main attractions at Camp Timber Lake, which is stocked with bass, crappie, catďŹ sh and bluegill. The zip-line course was inspired by the Klinesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; travels to Honduras. After completing a mission trip, they stayed for an extra week and wound up going

on their ďŹ rst zip-line course. Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction was similar to others who have successfully completed a zip-line course for the ďŹ rst time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is awesome,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he recalled, grinning. And then last summer, during an anniversary trip to southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, the Klines went on four more zip-line tours, including an underground course at Mega Cavern in Louisville. They decided to build their own. Jonathan planned the course, with an arborist verifying which trees would be good for platforms. For areas lacking suitable trees, Class 1 utility poles were installed. The attraction has some adventure course elements to it, such as four

Spoiler alert: The heavier person always wins (providing he or she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to slow down). Because, gravity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the biggest misconception about the zip line is a lot of camps have one line, and ours is actually a full course,â&#x20AC;? Olivia said. The course will be open to all ages. Participants must be 50 pounds or heavier, with a maximum weight of 275 pounds. The Klines estimated it will take about 2 1/2 hours to complete the entire course, which includes an introductory ground school where people learn techniques such as how to slow their descent on a zip line. Groups will range from four to 10 people who will be overseen by two guides. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing full-service tours, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have two guides with you the entire time,â&#x20AC;? Olivia said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do all the technical work for you. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hook you up so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to


Jonathan Kline planned the zip-line course at Camp Timber Lake, including features such as suspended bridges and a vertical rock-climbing tunnel.

suspended bridges. One of them, the cloud bridge, is composed of six ďŹ&#x201A;oating platforms. Another element is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;climbing

tunnelâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a vertically suspended tunnel that has rock-climbing holds on the inside, allowing those on the zip-line course to reach a higher platform. Three of the zip-line sections cross water. One of them, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dual zip,â&#x20AC;? lets people race against each other.

mess with that.â&#x20AC;? Participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; safety will be paramount, Jonathan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The entire course, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always locked in, in a least one place,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anywhere youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re free climbing on a ladder or on the rock-climbing tube, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a (fall-suppression) device hooked to you so if you do have a fall, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caught.â&#x20AC;? The Klines said even though the course hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t opened yet, it has sparked a buzz. Fire departments and Grissom Air Force Base have even called to inquire about using the course for rescue training. Olivia said when it opens, the zip-line course will complement Camp Timber Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other amenities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of zip-line parks, you go and zip and then you leave,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where here, you can spend the day swimming, or you can come for a weekend.â&#x20AC;?

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VERA BRADLEY from Page B1 Creating “halo” products that build on the brand is one avenue the company is exploring to allow it to claim a higher price for its merchandise and appeal to more career-oriented women. A cloth bag it now sells at about $100 would sell for $200 if it were made of fake leather and $300 in real leather, Wallstrom said, according to the transcript. That could be a risky strategy, warned Ellen Goldstein, a professor of accessories design at New York’s acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology. “The Vera customer is one who loves those patterns and the softness of the bags,” Goldstein said. There already are a number of well-known manufacturers offering solid-colored bags in microfibers and both fake and real leathers, and at the same price points Vera Bradley is exploring. “Personally, I would be very concerned about entering a market that is so saturated,” Goldstein said. “There are half a dozen or more companies producing the same thing.” Vera Bradley sells its products through a network of about 3,000 independent retailers, its own full-price and outlet stores, online and increasingly in upscale department stores such as Dillard’s and Von Maur. Another of the new strategies it is exploring is developing products specific to each of those sales channels. “It’s a strategy that has worked for others, as long as they don’t deviate from what they’re known for,” Goldstein said. Bill Bodecker, co-owner of Rustic Hutch, thinks that could be a good idea. “There has to be, for the independent retailer, something that’s unique, that shoppers can’t just


Vera Bradley Inc. will reduce the number of cotton patterns it makes each year.

get online or on QVC,” he said. While Vera Bradley isn’t quite the traffic generator for his stores that it used to be, “it is a good draw because people want to come in and see. People come in and go right for the Vera,” said Bodecker, who has stores at Pine Valley and Jefferson Pointe. Vera Bradley’s solid color bags will represent about 15 percent of the company’s assortment by the end of this year and will move to 30 percent or 40 percent over time, Sue Fuller, the company’s new executive vice president of merchandising, said on the March 12 conference call. “We are creating what I am calling franchise businesses — more cohesive collections that tie together both visually and functionally with stripes, solids and other modern patterns coordinating to signature patterns and all relating to each other. We will begin introducing these collections by the end of this fiscal year,” Fuller said, according to the transcript. While it will discontinue non-core products such as

its line of baby clothing, Vera Bradley is looking at extending its brand into accessory items such as scarves and jewelry, Fuller noted. It also plans to “edit” its signature patterns to make those remaining more valuable. Instead of introducing 18 quilted cotton patterns a year as it has done in the past, it will pare back to 14 this year (fiscal 2015) and 10 to 12 next year (fiscal 2016). That strategy could resonate with some of the independent retailers who have become increasingly reluctant to buy into new patterns that are quickly discounted because of slow sales or to make way for new prints. “I hate to bring in patterns that are going to be marked down in two months,” Bodecker said. Among other initiatives Vera Bradley announced March 12: • Examination of the pricing of existing products to see if there is any “upward elasticity”; • Shortening the design cycle; • Working with partners and licensees with estab-

lished distribution networks that can augment the brand into such things as tech accessories, fragrance, stationery and eye wear; and • Looking at ways to make the supply chain more efficient and cost effective through low-cost manufacturing facilities in Asia, which is where almost all its manufacturing already occurs. The impact that might have on the plant in New Haven that makes about 6 percent of the company’s products was not discussed on the conference call. Bodecker also specu-

lated that Vera Bradley’s increasing use of outlet stores and online sales to move discounted merchandise could eventually have an impact on its annual Fort Wayne outlet sale, which draws thousands of shoppers to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “That used to be their only way of getting rid of stuff,” Bodecker said. “I think we’re going to see that de-emphasized. I think it’s lost its panache of exclusivity.” Vera Bradley spokeswoman Melissa Schenkel responded: “We have no plans to

steer away from the annual Fort Wayne Outlet Sale at this point in time,” she said in an email. “In fact, we’re trending ahead on ticket sales thus far, so we are certainly excited about the outlet sale’s impact on the Fort Wayne community this year.” The company reported that net revenue for the full fiscal year ended Feb. 1 totaled $536 million, compared with $541.1 million in the prior year. Net income was $58.8 million, or $1.45 per share, compared with $68.9 million, or $1.70 per share, the year before.

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If the patient does not have insurance but has the ability to pay, the BDC offers a reduced rate if paid the day of the screening. For women without insurance, a high deductible, or resources to pay, funding is available. Francineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends Mobile Mammography is a partnership between Francineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center. All locations are in Fort Wayne unless otherwise noted.

April 2, Evolve Spa, 4930 Illinois Road. April 7, Parkview Physician Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. April 10, Woodlan Primary School, 23005 Woodburn Road, Woodburn. April 11, University of St. Francis, 2701 Spring St. April 14, Jorgensen Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road. April 15, Heritage Elementary, 12009 Hoagland Road, Hoagland. April 16, American

Specialty, 142 N Main St., Roanoke. April 18, Lazer X, 244 Fernhill Ave. April 21, South Whitley Elementary, 406 W. Wayne St., South Whitley. April 22, Heritage Park, 2001 Hobson Road. April 24, Kroger, 601 E Dupont Road. April 26, JC Automotive, 6507 Indiana 930, New Haven. April 28, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. May 2, The Third Place, 1601 Cedar Canyons Road,

1301 Ewing St. Must be a TinCaps ticketholder for this night. May 23, Curves, 102 Lincoln Highway West, New Haven. May 27, Parkview Physician Group â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. May 28, Curves, 14927 Center St., Leo. May 29, Curves, 2819 WalMart Drive, Huntington. May 30, Curves, 5980 W. Jefferson Blvd. May 31, Faith Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pettit Ave.

Huntertown. May 5, Curves, 6714 E. State St. May 7, Shawnee Middle School, 1000 E. Cook Road. May 8, PHP, 8101 W. Jefferson Blvd. May 9, Fifth Third Bank, 5925 Illinois Road. May 10, American Legion Post 148, 705 E. Lewis St. May 12, Curves, 918 Woodland Plaza Run. May 21, HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, 2135 S. Hanna St. May 22, Parkview Field,

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Redwood plans four apartment developments By Linda Lipp

Ohio-based Redwood Living will bring its distinctive single-story apartment-homes concept to Fort Wayne beginning this year, with four complexes that will contain a total of more than 500 units. Bill Drinkall and NAI Harding Dahm have been

acting as northeast Indiana site selector for the apartment builder and manager, which also is looking at locations in Warsaw, Elkhart and Mishawaka, and already has several complexes in Indianapolis. Work has already begun on the ďŹ rst of the Fort Wayne projects, Maplecrest by Redwood, and a ceremonial groundbreaking was held March 21.

Redwood also is planning complexes: at Lima and Wallen roads; off Diebold Road; and at Noyer Road off Illinois Road. Its total investment in the projects is estimated at $35 million to $45 million. Redwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target markets are empty-nesters and younger professionals, and the company duplicates the style and structure of its units, with

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might be called â&#x20AC;&#x153;villaminiumsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but without the upfront purchase costs and ongoing condo fees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a home without having a home,â&#x20AC;? Drinkall said. The complexes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have clubhouses, although Redwood does build in walking trails. And the biggest advantage of the single-story style is there is no one upstairs creating

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There is a second story — literally — to a downtown Fort Wayne shop created in 2012 to help third-world artisans sell their wares and run their businesses efficiently. Creative Women of the World, 125 W. Wayne St., has opened a second shop in its second-floor

working on this her whole life,” said business partner Hope Sheehan, who was a sales and marketing executive, and also had done missionary work, before signing on with VerLee. The third member of the trio, Nicole Moore, met VerLee while running her own art gallery in Winona Lake. C-WOW carries a variety of handmade

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Responsibility was a recent “Strongest Link” life skill of the week at Roanoke Elementary School. The following students were chosen by their teachers as demonstrating the life skill of responsibility. Front row, from left: Wyatt Taylor, Piper Jennings, Isaac Conwell and Makayla Mattox. Second row, from left: Elise Neher, Shane Plasterer, Lara Steele, Savanna Wilson, Sophia Scheer and Kirah Klepper. Back row, from left: Brady Henline, Lucas Riggers, Bryce Thompson, Rebecca Sorenson, Ashton Berghoff, Zach Rice, Dierra Coleman and Chloe Morris.


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Another couple might sit at the couch every day, and watch TV and eat, Friend said. In that case, she will suggest something that will be comfortable for a longer period of time. She starts at the minimum design advice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we grow from there,â&#x20AC;? she said. That can include decorating rooms or entire homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a minimal cost, this can lift your spirit, it can bring you a new smile when you walk into your room, for less,â&#x20AC;? she said. Friend works with Margy Hooker of nearby Tanglewood Berry Farm for Lunch and Learn cooking classes. Each class costs $20. The next class is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop. To register, call 444-3323. She participates in the Embassy Theatre Christmas

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tree project, works with the IPFW Tapestry program, and supports Vincent Village Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Place at Our Table fundraiser each fall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cindy Friend Designs has been involved in helping us transform a warehouse into a beautiful but casual fall atmosphere for the event,â&#x20AC;? Denice Andorfer, the executive director of Vincent Village, said in an email. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 20. Andorfer said details will be announced soon. Friend visits IPFW classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I share my journey with them, so that they get a feel for the reality of the business,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I love to give back to them, to those students, and I love to have interns so they can see what it really is like, and learn.â&#x20AC;?

Wedding event set for April 19 Covington Plaza merchants invite bridesto-be to their Wedding Walk, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Brides will stroll the plaza for the Wedding Walk, and pick up special cards at any stop. Each shop will punch that card, which may be deposited in one of the entry boxes. On Monday, April 21, drawings will be held for prizes from each shop, and the brides will be notiďŹ ed. Organizers said many shops feature wedding items. Each of the participating shops may also have events in their store that day. Bridal Showers and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Getting Marriedâ&#x20AC;? parties are available at Wine & Canvas. The Olive Twist also features bridal showers, a tasting bar and wedding favors. The Monogram Shoppe offers invitations, bridal gifts and many more wedding necessities. The Covington shop b. mitchell offers wedding jewelry. Cakes and Belyst boutiques have clothes for the honeymoon, showers and rehearsal dinner. Symmetry Style offers contemporary womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wear. Sizzorworks can create wedding package hairstyles Tuxes and menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attire are the signature feature at Christopher James. Merle Norman offers makeup and make-overs. Cindy Friend offers help with home decorating. Human Motor Works offers athletic needs. Covington Plaza is at 6324 Covington Road.

Community Calendar

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Visit We round up the best of the best each weekend, so you can spend less time planning, and more time doing. MULTIPLE DATES / CONTINUING ACTIVITIES Special cuisines. Ivy Tech Community College Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. The Ivy Tech Special Cuisines class invites the community to join the students, faculty and staff for dinner. Reservations are required. Call the Special Cuisines line at 4802002. Dinners are served in the Hospitality Room of the campus. The price is $20, cash or check only. Wine is available for an additional cost. Remaining dates and specialties are: April 10, Mexico and South America; April 17, France; April 24, Italy; May 1, tapas style dinner. American Craft Exhibition. Artlink calls local, regional and national artists to submit artwork for the American Craft Exhibition. Media is limited to original metal, glass, clay, textile and woodwork. Submission deadline is April 11. Jury fees are $20 for Artlink members, $25 for the general public. Artlink will award cash prizes totaling $800. Awards will be selected by Fort Wayne Museum of Art Executive Director Charles Sheppard. For full information, visit Exhibition dates are June 6 through July 9. Canterbury’s Spring Book Fair. Canterbury Lower School, 5601 Covington Road. Tuesday through Thursday, April 22-24, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. A marketplace of books, fine arts, artists, and authors. It features thousands of books for students and adults, plus original artwork from favorite local artists. Gallery Guests, on hand daily, create a lively atmosphere. This year’s guests include local authors Helen Frost, Karen Flesch, Claire Ewart, Cynthia Presser, Carol Butler, Teresa Yarbrough, Holly Mishler, David Long, Susan Braun, Marcia Crawford, Bonnie Manning and Suzanne Rogers. Other guests include Lucia Rogers, principal dancer of Fort Wayne Ballet, Ted Rice, Byron Lamm, Steve Presser, Laura Semba and Betsy Gephart. Artwork by Vicki JunkWright, local artist and Canterbury High School art teacher, and Jane Berner, Canterbury Early Childhood teacher, will be for sale. More than 35 categories, including specialized books for each grade level from kindergarten through middle school, are selected by parent volunteers, school librarians and teachers. A special Bistro Lunch featurs a panel of experts discussing quality literature recommendations for specific grade levels. The lunch is held in the Canterbury Lower School Commons on Wednesday, April 23, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for the lunch is $10, and the deadline to register is April 17. All events are open to the public. Helen Burkart Presser is the Canterbury Lower School librarian, author, and book fair coordinator. For more information about the Spring Book Fair or to register for the Bistro Lunch, contact Presser at See the complete schedule at The Spring Book Fair is an activity of the Canterbury Parent Association. Proceeds from the book fair benefit the library programs at Canterbury School. “The Music Man.” Leo Jr./Sr. High School Auditeria, 14600 Amstutz Road, Leo-Cedarville. Wednesday through Saturday, April 30 through May 3, 7 p.m. A cast of 50 includes high school and junior high students. “The Chain Gang” barbershop quartet from Columbia City will join in the production. Sue Nelson, director. Lynette Farrington, choreographer. Ticket information to be announced. “Misalliance.” First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St. Show dates May 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and May 18 at 2 p.m. Regular

box office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, noon- 5 p.m. Call 426-7421, Ext. 121, or 422-6329. Or order tickets online at Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door. Patrons 65 and older pay $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For information on student ticket rates and special rates for the May 1 preview performance, visit George Bernard Shaw’s pithy social comedy finds a bored heiress trapped in an unhappy engagement. To her delight a plane crashes into her country estate, bringing a handsome man, a female daredevil and new ideas that shake up a quiet weekend. Two exhibitions continue. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. First Presbyterian will host watercolors by Penny French-Deal and baskets by Kay Kohler, through April 20. The Art Gallery serves also as the lobby to First Presbyterian Theater. Each year six to eight new exhibitions are scheduled to coincide with theater productions. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, 8:30 a.m-1 p.m., and during all theater performances. There is no admission charge. Easiest access to the gallery is through the west entrance to the church. “Red Love Letters” exhibition. Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art. Jefferson Pointe, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. No. 7. From impressionism to abstract, each piece is an emotive statement from the artist. Featured artists are Beth Forst, Santa Brink, Karen Moriarty, Nazar Harran, David Buenrostro, Chas Davis, Vicki Junk Wright and Penny French-Deal. This exhibit is punctuated with sculpture, large and small, sensual and quirky. Also tonight, opening reception for “Paris … la troisieme fois est un charme” (third time’s a charm.) The latest works by Randall Scott Harden, who found inspiration during his recent trip to Paris. Visit or call 387-6943. Both exhibitions runs through April 6. Ltd. Ed., Printmaking Defined. Potters Wife Gallery, 1421 Broadway, Fort Wayne. Admission is free. Printmakers explore modern themes while executing time-honored traditions. The exhibit, including the community linoleum block print, continues through April 12. Work is available for viewing and purchase. Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Email to potterswife1421@gmail. com. Visit Call 420-8300. Stations of the Cross. Victory Noll Campus, 1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through the Lenten season. Free. During Lent and depending on weather conditions, individuals or groups may walk the outdoor Stations of the Cross. Station booklets will be available to those who wish to use them. Visitors must check in at the front desk of the Victory Noll Administration Building. For more information, call 356-0628, or visit Victory Noll Center is a ministry of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters. Focus on Health 34th annual Health Fair Project. April 23-26 and April 30May 3. Call Focus on Health at 373-7954 for locations and times, or visit At select sites, free health checks include blood pressure, visual acuity, height/weight, and bone density, foot, hearing, and oral cancer screenings, balance testing, and multiple health topics. For a charge, all locations will offer blood chemistry test (Chem 17), which checks blood sugar, kidney and liver function, cholesterol and triglycerides. A 12-hour fast is recommended before the tests. Sites also offer a helogram (complete blood count), TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), PSA (prostatic specific antigen), hemoglobin A1C (what blood sugar averages over 2-3 months), and vitamin D. Participants must be 18 or older. Focus on Health is a Midwest Alliance for Health Education community affairs project. Game night. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road. 7 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. Thanks to a grant from the Lutheran Foundation, the church has new equipment for game night, including electronic gaming systems, a ping pong table, traditional board games and a karaoke system. Snacks are provided at no charge. Adult chaperones are members of Bethany for more than two years, have passed a background check, and will supervise the event. For more information, visit or call 747-0713. Harlan’s Quilt Show, “Blessed Are the Piece Makers.” Harlan United Methodist Church, 16434 State Road 37, Harlan. Admission $5 for ages 10 and up. Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Serving lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Speaker Kent Mick will bring a trunk show of quilts at 2 p.m. Saturday. A Quilt of Many Colors will bring notions and fabrics to sell. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Harlan UMC. Featured artist. Amy Keller is the current featured artist at Grabill Gallery, in the Country Shops of Grabill, 13756 State St. Gallery coordinator Tanya Myers said the Spencerville graphic artist’s work will remain in the spotlight through April 11. Keller’s work ranges from logo designs and business cards to catalogs and websites. The artist also loves pho-

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Classes take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates: June 24 and 25; July 14 and 15; Aug. 7 and 8; and, Dec. 29 and 30.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Fort Wayne Million March Against Child Abuse. Freimann Square, downtown Fort Wayne. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. No charge to participate in the march. All are welcome to this family-friendly event. People are encouraged to bring family, friends, signs and their stories to the march. There will be opportunities for people to speak and share their story or the story of a loved one affected by abuse. On this same day, Americans in more than 100 cities and 40 states will walk to raise awareness. Sponsors plan to alternate between walking around Freimann Square with signs and chanting and allowing people the opportunity to speak. Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Enter from Douglas Street, near Harrison Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. The winter market will be held the first and third Saturdays, from October through May. The market features more than 40 vendors. More than half of the booths will offer items from the “farm category,” which comprises fresh local meats, freerange eggs, and products such as organic or chemical-free honey, maple syrup, wine, locally roasted coffee and plants. Watch the calendar for special cooking demonstrations. For details, visit Spring beer tasting. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 4:05 p.m. Fans can enjoy baseball, beer, and an all-you-can-eat meal, during a TinCaps game for $40. The ticket price includes an hourlong beer tasting and two beer vouchers, a unique TinCaps beer glass, and a ticket to that night’s game at Parkview Field. Beers from both local and national brewers will be available, including a variety of seasonal options. The all-you-can-eat meal is served in the Ortho Northeast Treetops in right field. The event includes exclusive door prizes from the distributors and the TinCaps. The beer tasting is 4:05-5:05 p.m., with the meal from 4:30 p.m. through the seventh inning. Game time is 5:05 p.m. Tickets are limited. Call Austin Allen at 407-2824, or email Other beer tastings are planned at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, and 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Flea market and craft show. Grace Christian Church. 2727 Reed Road. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bake sale and food concessions also available. Vendors may call 482-3176 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Children’s book signing. Yo Yo, 9960 Illinois Road. 1-3 p.m. Sue Baker will be available to sign copies of her book, “Scooter: The Little Black Kitty

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MONDAY, APRIL 7 Indiana history lesson. Salamonie Interpretive Center, 9214 Lost Bridge West, Andrews. Noon. People age 50 and older are invited to the

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SATURDAY, APRIL 12 “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.” IPFW Auer Performance Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Possibly the most recognizable musical phrase throughout the entire world opens the beginning of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform this Masterworks series program under the direction of Andrew Constantine. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at, or at the Embassy box office. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit Family game night. St. Joe Township Trustee’s Office, by the fire station, at Saint Joe Center and Maplecrest roads. 4-8 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, and free to ages 5 and under. Food available for a free-will donation. Prizes to be awarded throughout the evening. Tickets are limited to 200. Get tickets by calling Mindy Sparling, 417-5143. Proceeds will support a mission trip to Kenya, May 22-June 1. Seven members of Blackhawk Ministries will add the finishing touches to a special-needs addition that Blackhawk helped to build at an orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya.

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Fish fry. Martini Lutheran Church, 333 Moeller Road, New Haven. 4:307:30 p.m. Adults $8, children 5-10 $5 for fish or $3 for hot dog and fries. Ages 4 and under eat free (dine-in only). The menu includes fish, french fries, applesauce, roll, dessert and drink. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds benefit the Martini Lutheran Church Family Education Fund. Singer Matt Walch. Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive, Roanoke. Doors open 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Hear the threetime winner of the Top Gigmasters Big Band Singer Award. His performances have taken him to New York, Chicago, Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Springs, Calif., and Boston. Tickets are $10. Buy tickets online at Or, call 483-3508. His music includes the Big Band standards of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Bobby Darin and other legends. For more information, visit Proceeds benefit the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

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Aboite & About â&#x20AC;˘ April 4, 2014 Spring Fling Craft Bazaar. Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6318 W. California Road. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Lots of vendors, offering gifts for Easter, Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and other occasions. Also, door prizes and concessions. Easter Egg hunt. Anthony Wayne First Church of God, 6012 South Bend Drive, Fort Wayne. 2-4 p.m., rain or shine. For ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in the fun. There will be a Bible story, games, crafts and refreshments. For further information, call 432-3342. Roanoke Honor Flight live beneďŹ t auction. American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke. 4-9 p.m. Disc jockey and karaoke with Lady Leo Entertainment. Auction items being accepted, whether new, used, gift certiďŹ cates or antiques. To donate, call Ashley Black at 388-6192 or drop items off at the Legion. Games and bake sale also available. Food available for a free-will donation. Concordia Lutheran High School Band Boosters Fundraiser and Silent Auction. The Orchid, 11508 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $25 per person. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres by The Orchid. Cash bar. Adults only. The â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s band The Bulldogs will entertain. The Band Boosters are again sponsoring this event to raise money to replace school instruments, add to a scholarship endowment for band students, and help support Lutheran World Relief. Auction items will include restaurant gift certiďŹ cates, theme baskets, a guitar, and other business certiďŹ cates. Order tickets at or call 483-1102, ext. 198.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Public concert. University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free, and open to the public. Under the direction of Robert Nance, USF instructor of music and director of the professional vocal ensemble Heartland, the University Singers will perform a variety of songs, including: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanctusâ&#x20AC;? from the Requiem by Gabriel Faure; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Awakeningâ&#x20AC;? by Joseph Martin; a pop gospel song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where There is Love,â&#x20AC;? by Bob Hurd; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where you Leadâ&#x20AC;? by Carole King; a medley from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Miserablesâ&#x20AC;? by Claude-Michel Schonberg; an African song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Sifuni Mungu,â&#x20AC;? arranged By Roger Emerson; â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Whatever Time We Haveâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children of Edenâ&#x20AC;? by Stephen Schwartz; a gospel song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worthy to Be Praised,â&#x20AC;? by Byron Smith; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prayer of Saint Francisâ&#x20AC;? by Rene Clausen. The University Singers of the University of Saint Francis is a diverse ensemble of USF students who prepare for public performance selections of varying styles and scope to provide educational enrichment and enjoyment for participants and audiences. The North Campus building is handicap-accessible with complimentary parking. Call 399-8064 for more information.

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Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 5-9 p.m. The series of workshops is part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credits unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certiďŹ cate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualiďŹ ed. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17 Gourmet dinner fundraiser. Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano is the keynote speaker for the 41st annual Gourmet Dinner, put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Proceeds go to supporting mentoring relationships to young people in the community. For tickets or more information, contact Special Events Coordinator Ashley Kuhn at or call 203-3330. Or visit

FRIDAY, APRIL 18 Fish fry. Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave. 4:30-7 p.m. $8 for adults; $4 for children 6 to 10; free to ages 6 and under. All-you-can-eat ďŹ sh, baked potato or scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, roll and butter, and dessert. Full-service bar available. All-you-can-eat ďŹ sh and chicken dinner. American Legion Keith Brown Post 420, 112 E. South St., Monroeville. 4-7 p.m. Dine-in and carry-outs available. Adults, $8 at door or $7 in advance, children 5-12 $5, and children under 5 free. Advance tickets available through Brenda Wolff, 623-6401. The Legion Auxiliary sponsors this Good Friday meal.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Public concert. University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free, and open to the public. The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Sam Smiley, will perform an end-of-semester concert. The North Campus building is handicap-accessible with complimentary parking. Call 3998064 for more information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idiotâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Broadway at the Embassy. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets on sale at the box ofďŹ ce.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 LuersKnight Preview Party. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road. 7-9 p.m. $5. Take a sneak peek at the LuersKnight celebration. Certain items will be available to bid on and take home. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks will be provided. Preview Knight is open to the public. Enter through the gym doors facing the football ďŹ eld. For further information, call Kathy Skelly at 456-1261, ext. 3142. Everyone a Neighbor Day. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The church hosts downtown neighbors for games, lunch, clothing assistance and blood pressure testing. The outreach program is held the fourth Thursday of every month.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Public concert. University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free, and open to the public. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Sam Smiley, will perform its spring concert of jazz standards, contemporary pieces and original compositions and arrangements. The University Jazz Combo also will perform. The North Campus building is handicap-accessible with complimentary parking. Call 399-8064 for more information. Gala dinner preview night. Central Lutheran School, 1400 Elm St., New Haven. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $20 per person, which includes cocktails and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Preview the items for the Saturday night gala, bid on some of the silent auction items, and be part of one live auction. Preview night tickets available at the school ofďŹ ce, or RSVP to cheryl@apartyapart. com by April 1. 1st annual Three Rivers Body Art Expo. Piereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Road. Noon-8 p.m. Tickets $5 at the door for each day of two-day event, which continues Saturday. Local and regional artists will tattoo and take part in tattoo competitions. The event also includes the ďŹ rst ever Miss Fort Wayne Tattooed contest and the Show Us Your Beard

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SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Walking Home. Noon. The route begins and ends at Headwaters Park. This beneďŹ t walk formerly was known as Homeward Bound. It beneďŹ ts 10 area agencies that work with the homeless. Read descriptions of



beneďŹ ting agencies, and ďŹ nd a list of sponsors, at Register, follow walk teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fundraising progress, or make a donation at that same web address. This fundraiser has been in Fort Wayne since 2001, and has raised on average $50,000 a year to help the homeless. Each year, 300 or more people come out to not only support the agencies involved, but also to learn about the reality for the homeless in the community. Organ recital. First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Wayne St. 4 p.m. Open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted. Thomas Gaynor, winner of the recent National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, presents the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert in the sanctuary. Gaynor, a native of New Zealand, was declared winner of the competition, which ended March 22 at First Presbyterian Church. The 22-year-old Gaynor is studying for his masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. The concert is the ďŹ nal event in First Presbyterianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-14 Music Series.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Rummage and bake sale. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ladies Guild sponsors the rummage sale, which features clothing for women, men and children, household items and toys. Baked items also will be available for sale. 4-H Hog Roast & Carnival. 4-H Exhibit Building, Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. 4-7 p.m. or until sold out. $8 for adults, $6.50 for ages 6-11, children 5 and under dine in for free. All carry-outs are $8. The meal includes roast pork or hot dog, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll, butter, sour cream, assorted desserts and a beverage. A silent auction also helps to raise money for Allen County 4-H Clubs inc. Children can enjoy carnival games for 50-cents each, or buy a $7 wristband. The silent auction will take bids from 4-7:30 p.m. The auction usually features 90 or more items. Soarinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hawk Raptor Rehab Expo. Franke Park Pavilion, next to the Fort Wayne Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. No admission charge, but donations will be used to feed and maintain the birds. Soarinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hawk, located north of Fort Wayne, is attempting to raise money and buy land to build a more modern facility. The Expo will include an educational presentation featuring the rescued birds, plus kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crafts, and more. Potential volunteers can obtain more information at this second annual event. Or, visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catch Me If You Can.â&#x20AC;? Northrop High School, 7100 Coldwater Road. 7 p.m. Bruin Theatre presents the Fort Wayne premier of this musical based on the best-selling book, which inspired the movie starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. For details, visit nhsbruintheatre on Facebook. Gala dinner auction. Central Lutheran School, 1400 Elm St., New Haven. Cocktails, live music and silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with dinner and live auction to follow. RSVP to by April 21. 1st annual Three Rivers Body Art Expo. Piereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment Center, 5629 St. Joe Road. Noon-8 p.m. Tickets $5 at the door. Local and regional artists will tattoo and take part in tattoo competitions. The event also includes the ďŹ rst ever Miss Fort Wayne Tattooed contest and the Show Us Your Beard contest. This is a 21-and-over event, hosted by Fort Wayne Tattooed. For details, visit the Facebook page. Merge Christian singles group. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road. 6-11 p.m. This nonproďŹ t organization holds a potluck dinner, games and a disc jockey for dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles of all denominations to get together. Events are held the last Saturday of each month. Locations vary.

a birth certiďŹ cate, immunization records and proof of residency. For more information, call 446-0100. Teen job fair. Northrop High School, 7100 Coldwater Road. Free. 6 p.m. The Northrop PTSA is looking for businesses that hire teens, and businesspeople who would be willing to talk with students about ďŹ lling out an application, internships, writing a resume or how to interview. Interested businesses should email

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contest. The Fort Wayne Bombshells will perform Friday night. This is a 21-and-over event, hosted by Fort Wayne Tattooed. For details, visit the Facebook page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catch Me If You Can.â&#x20AC;? Northrop High School, 7100 Coldwater Road. 7 p.m. Bruin Theatre presents the Fort Wayne premier of this musical based on the best-selling book, which inspired the movie starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. For details, visit nhsbruintheatre on Facebook. LuersKnight Dinner/Auction. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the 34th annual event is â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Knight in Emerald City.â&#x20AC;? Enjoy hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; oeuvres and cocktails, bid on live and silent auction items. Entertainment by the Bishop Luersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; students. For tickets, call Kathy Skelly at 456-1261, ext. 3142.

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Aboite & About • April 4, 2014 Church, 518 E. DeWald St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Featuring Bach Collegium singers and early instruments, including baroque natural trumpets and cornetto, and the music of J.S. Bach. Adult tickets are $20, student tickets $5. To buy tickets or for more information about The Bach Collegium, visit Daniel G. Reuning is the artist director of the Bach Collegium. Reuning received his doctoral of music arts degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. He is the kantor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 Fort Wayne Community Band. John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior, $2 for children 3-12, and free to IPFW students with student ID. Free parking is available in the garage across from the music center. Conductor Scott Humphries and assistant conductor David Blackwell have chosen a variety of music with highlights from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Fandango,” Twentiana,” “Ride of the Valkyries,” “Variations on America,” “Emperata Overture,” “The Billboard March” and more.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 “Run with the Knights” 5K run/walk. Foster Park, 3900 Old Mill Road. Registration 8 a.m., race begins 9 a.m. Bishop Luers High School is the host for the event. Advance registration $15, race-day registration $20. Pick up packets 4-6 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the front lobby of the school, or 8-9 a.m. race day at Foster Park. For more information, contact Sarah Shank at Bishop Luers High School, 456-1261, ext. 3039, or sshank@, or visit the BLHS website, Closing Night: “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.” Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $17. This Ludwig van Beethoven work evolves from a serene opening phrase to the “Ode to Joy” conclusion. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform this Masterworks series program under the direction of Andrew Constantine. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at, or at the Embassy box office. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit

SUNDAY, MAY 11 The Buddy Nolan Tribute Concert. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 2 p.m. Tickets $8 for adults, $5 for kids. Tickets on sale through The concert features Richard Hills, the organist at St. Mary’s Bourne Street, London.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 1-5 p.m. The series of workshops is part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credits unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualified. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or, or visit the home & money page on the website at or visit the office at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus. The final workshop is Monday, June 16, 5-9 p.m. • B15

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Art workshop Chas Davis practices a holistic approach to art and life. He will teach a workshop for Fort Wayne art students on Saturday, April 12, at Artworks Galleria of Fine Art. Under the title “A Life Full of Art. An Art Full of Life,” workshop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $160 plus $50 for materials. To register or for more information, COURTESY PHOTO call 387-6943 or visit ArtworksTheGalleria. com. The gallery is at 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd., in Jefferson Pointe. Workshop participants are invited to join Davis the following day to put what they have learned into practice. The program “The Perfect Day” on Sunday, April 13, runs from morning till night. The cost is $50. SATURDAY, MAY 17 Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Enter from Douglas Street, near Harrison Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. The winter market will be held the first and third Saturdays, from October through May. The market features more than 40 vendors. More than half of the booths will offer items from the “farm category,” which comprises fresh local meats, freerange eggs, and products such as organic or chemical-free honey, maple syrup, wine, locally roasted coffee and plants. Watch the calendar for special cooking demonstrations. For details, visit Down the Country Line. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. Local country bands will cover popular country artists. Watch for a tickets announcement at A day for endurance athletes. Pokagon State Park, 450 Lake 100 Lake James, Angola. Registration from 7-8 a.m., activities begin at 9 a.m. The eighth annual Triathlon/Duathlon is sponsored by Trifort Triathletes in conjunction with The day also includes a 5K benefit run. For details, visit For Pokagon lodging information, visit

Submit Community Calendar items Publicize your event through and Times Community Publications. Submit your calendar entries online, or email, or call 426-2640, ext. 321. Please submit your items by April 24 to be considered for publication in the May 2 edition of Aboite & About. TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Daniel O’Donnell. Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. Tickets $55 to $85, on sale at For more information on the Irish recording artist, visit

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Spring beer tasting. Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. 6:05 p.m. Fans can enjoy baseball, beer, and an all-you-can-eat meal, during a TinCaps game for $40. The ticket price includes an hourlong beer tasting and two beer vouchers, a unique TinCaps beer glass, and a ticket to that night’s game at Parkview Field. Beers from both local and national brewers will be available, including a variety of seasonal options. The all-you-can-eat meal is served in the Ortho Northeast Treetops in right field. The event includes exclusive door prizes from the distributors and the TinCaps. The beer tasting is 6:05-7:05 p.m., with the meal from 6:35 p.m. through the seventh inning. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are limited. Call Austin Allen at 407-2824, or email Another beer tasting is planned at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 5-9 p.m. This is the last of a series of workshops, as part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credits unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualified. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or, or visit the home & money page on the website at or visit the office at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Everyone a Neighbor Day. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The church hosts downtown neighbors for games, lunch, clothing assistance and blood pressure testing. The outreach program is held the fourth Thursday of every month.



Everyone a Neighbor Day. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The church hosts downtown neighbors for games, lunch, clothing assistance and blood pressure testing. The outreach program is held the fourth Thursday of every month.

Everyone a Neighbor Day. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The church hosts downtown neighbors for games, lunch, clothing assistance and blood pressure testing. The outreach program is held the fourth Thursday of every month.


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