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Select Sound, Minstrel Magic take Carroll stage By Garth Snow

Timeless themes will dance across the stage when Carroll High School’s show choirs perform Saturday, March 15, at the Carroll Classic Invitational. The host school’s girls’ choir and mixed choir will perform in exhibition while judges tally scores for visiting schools. For Carroll, it’s the last local show of a long season. The Indiana State School Music Association will compare scores from throughout the season, throughout the state, to decide which 18 schools compete the following Saturday at the state finals. Carroll show choirs director Jill Jeran shoulders the additional responsibility of being host to 11 other high schools. Carroll also hosts middle school choirs on Friday, March 14. “It is a larger responsibility to make sure everything is in line and


Carroll High School’s Select Sound girls’ show choir enacts a chapter from the women’s suffrage movement. Costumes evolve from authentic 1800s dresses to modern pantsuits.

Allure, Charisma ready at Northrop. Page A3 the schools have the opportunity that they need,” Jeran said. “It just takes loads of volunteers. We have chair people of all of our committees though the parent/booster group. We try to make it

a fun, educational experience, stress-free, and make it a great day for everybody.” Jeran directs the Select Sound girls’ show choir and the Minstrel Magic mixed show choir. “We

Schools add class hours to make up for lost days Public and private schools have begun rescheduling a record number of snow days, even as winter reserves the option of forcing more changes to school calendars. For the first time, schools have the option of lengthening the school day to make up state-required student days. School officials insist that student safety will continue to drive their decisions on whether to delay or cancel classes. Some local districts had canceled school for 13 or more days. Other school bells were delayed by two hours due to fog, cold or hazardous travel. Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Affairs Director Melanie Hall said the school calendar has been extended at least

“… the safety of our students is our first consideration.”— Melanie Hall, public affairs director, Fort Wayne Community Schools through June 11. She said the district tracked snow days going back through the 19992000 school year. “The previous high was six closures in 2011, all in February,” Hall said. But even more snow dates will not force a change in Fort Wayne’s graduation schedule. Those ceremonies are scheduled for June 21. School districts must meet a minimum 180 student attendance days. Schools first canceled classes on Jan. 6 and 7, immediately following the winter break. The Indiana State Board of Education has granted schools a waiver for those first two days. Some districts extended the first semester

because of the storms. The state also postponed the window for the important ISTEP tests. Schools now may finish the tests as late as March 21, instead of March 12. Test results are used to measure school success and to assess teacher performance. Schools made up classes on Presidents Day, or held classes on days that had been set aside for teacher conferences. Most districts extended the school year. The state also granted permission to extend the school day to make up hours. Northwest Allen County Schools lengthened dozens of school days effective Feb. 25. SuperSee SCHOOLS, Page A2

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Carroll senior Conner Mullett, from left, junior Mason Ashment and senior Alexa Heyneman are at center stage for the closing of the Minstrel Magic mixed show choir’s program.

start our competition season in January and go through almost the end of March and compete nearly every weekend,” she said. Blair Zemaitis, the assistant director, explained the stories behind this year’s shows. “Our women’s group is doing a history-theme

show about women’s suffrage,” she said. “We span the ages of women’s suffrage from Susan B. Anthony all the way up through modern-day women, so we have costumes that go from authentic 1800s to women in pantsuits, which is fun for the girls to have such variety in their costumes,

and variety in songs. Their dance moves reflect that as well.” “The mixed group is doing an original story that our creative team has made up, about forgiveness and finding your own path, and misguided love,” she explained. “It is between a father and See MAGIC, Page A4

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SCHOOLS from Page A1 intendent Chris Himsel said families have made travel and summer plans, and the district would not postpone graduation, cancel spring break, or hold classes on Saturdays. “It does not accommodate all of the diverse needs of our families,” Himsel said of the make-up plan. “It does balance as many of those factors as possible.” For Himself’s full statement, visit East Allen County Schools added 30 minutes to each school day, beginning in March. For a statement by Superintendent Ken Folks and a list by school, visit eacs.k12. Administrators wake up early and compare notes when the weather threatens. At Blackhawk Christian School, 800 children from preschool through

“Thank you for your patience as we struggle through what is the worst winter since 1982 … ” — Chris Himsel, Northwest Allen County Schools superintendent high school attend two campuses on either side of State Street. Lead Administrator Linda Pearson said she talks with other administrators as she weighs the twin imperatives of quality of education and student safety. Hall, of the Fort Wayne Community Schools, also said many officials gather information on road and weather conditions. “When the weather is looking bad, we have our officials out driving at 4 a.m. to experience it firsthand, and they try to drive different areas because we have 150 square miles of basically urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods. So it’s not always going to be the same in different places,” Hall said. “They

call the highway department, the state police, the weather service — so there’s a lot of thought and consideration that goes into it.” “But the safety of our students is our first consideration,” Hall said. On its Facebook page, Fort Wayne Community Schools promised a detailed school make-up plan by Feb. 24. Bishop Dwenger High School has extended the school year into June. Graduation, however, will proceed as planned on May 23. Southwest Allen County Schools continued to weigh its options, including e-learning at home, to make up for a record number of snow days.

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Northrop’s girls’ show choir, Allure, presents a show titled “Power of Women.�


Northrop’s mixed show choir, Charisma, presents a show about ďŹ nding the light.

Northrop choirs prepare for possible trip to state By Garth Snow

Northrop High School’s two show choirs will close their regular season March 15 at the Carroll Classic Invitational. Choral director Tom Maupin said the choirs have posted impressive scores this year, and both hope to advance to the state ďŹ nals. Northrop is represented by the mixed choir, Charisma, and the girls’ group, Allure. “It has gone really well, a good year so far and good groups,â€? Maupin said. “We’ve got a couple more qualifying events,â€? he said Feb. 21, “but so far both of my groups have scored really well.â€? “The girls show is titled ‘Power of Women,’ with the opener ‘Man, I Feel Like a Woman,’ and then we go to ‘I’m

a Woman,’ and ‘Don’t Forget Me’ is the ballad, and then ‘Stronger’ and we close with Wings.’â€? “Charisma is going to start in the dark and ďŹ nd the light. We open with a song called ‘Higher’ and then we do a song known as ‘Light ‘Em Up’ by Fallout Boy, and then our ballad is ‘Go Light Your World,’ and then we do a mash-up of ‘Move’ and a song called ‘Dance Again.’ And then we close with Bruno Mars’ ‘Runaway Baby.’â€? Regardless of state rankings, Northrop’s choirs will present their show for the home audience one ďŹ nal time at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. “We call it ‘Evenings,’ because it’s an evening with the show choir,â€? Maupin said. Northrop was host to its own invitational, Classique, on Feb. 1.

Bishop Luers to host 19 show choirs On Saturday, March 8, Luers will be host to the longest running swing choir competition in the nation. The day competition begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. The evening competition begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door. Tickets are $10 for the day show or the evening

show, or $15 for all day. Luers will welcome show choirs from 19 high schools. “Some of the most talented high school singers and dancers in the region will provide spectacular entertainment throughout the day and night,� Luers said in a news release.



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MAGIC from Page A1 a son, and the father has certain ideas about where he wants his son to go in life, and how he should live his life, and the son chooses his own path, and they reconcile in the end.” Norman Perrine joins other show choir parents two or more nights a week for several months, handling sound for Thursday evening rehearsals and assisting with the sound cart during performances. He is finishing his third year as a volunteer. His daughter Olivia, a junior, is in the show choir. “There are a lot of volunteers. I don’t know how many dozens there are,” he said. “The kids get pretty excited. They love this. It might be a

career for some of them.” Caprice Ramirez is a show choir mom. Her daughter Nikki, a sophomore, performs with Select Sound. “They have a week of 8-hour days right before school starts in the summer, and usually two or three times a week, three hours a night. And they have choreographers who come in and work with the kids,” Ramirez said. “They eat, drink and sleep show choir.” “When you watch them you can tell they put their whole heart into it,” Ramirez said. “It’s really amazing to watch, not just Carroll, but all of them. You go to the competitions, and you see that kids actually love it.” Sarah Ceckowski,

a junior, knows the program from several perspectives. “I’m in the Select Sound show choir,” she said, “and with Minstrel Magic I’m on stage crew.” The dual duty makes for long evenings. “Usually, I don’t go home until 9,” she said. “We’ve been working on it since summer, so it’s basically all year round.” “It’s worth it. It’s really worth it,” she said. “The best memories are made here. The best friends are made here.” The Carroll choirs will complete a year’s work with the traditional “Reflections” concerts, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, at Carroll High School. The public is invited.

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Cast and crew wait beside the stage as Select Sound begins a rehearsal at Carroll High School.

Carroll Classic Invitational Carroll High School, 3701 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. Middle school competition, 7 p.m. Friday, March 14. Tickets are $5 at the door. High schools, Saturday, March 15. Preliminary competition 8 a.m., finals 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for either session or $15 for both. Carroll’s girls’ choir will perform in exhibition at 11 a.m., and the mixed choir will perform in exhibition at 11 p.m., just before the final awards. Northrop’s women’s choir will compete at 8 a.m., and the mixed choir at 4:20 p.m. Homestead’s girls’ choir will perform at 10 a.m., and the mixed choir at 5:15 p.m. For the full performance schedule, visit nacs.k12.

On to state High school show choirs compete for judges’ ratings at qualifying events on Saturdays, from Jan. 18 through March 15. On Sunday, March 16, the Indiana State School Music Association will examine qualifying scores and draw for performance order for nine finalists in two enrollment groups. The Large School Division will compete March 22 at North Central High School in Indianapolis. The Small Schools Division will compete that same day at Plainfield High School. For schedules and results, visit

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Special guest artist Yoko Reikano Kimura will perform on the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, with the Freimann Beethoven String Quartet. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Fort Wayne History Center, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Rhinehart Recital Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW. Adult admission tickets are $20 and are available by visiting or calling The Phil Box Office at 481-0777, or online at Tickets can also be purchased at the door before the performance. For more information, visit

Phil plans ‘Song of Destiny’ The First Wayne Street United Methodist Church will be the backdrop to a night of choral delights when the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus presents “Song of Destiny” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15. The church is at 300 E. Wayne St. Tickets are $22 and are available by visiting or calling The Phil Box Office at 481-0777, or online at Drawing from the repertoires of several great composers, Philharmonic Chorus director Benjamin Rivera has created a program that spans Europe from England to Austria, covering 150 years of choral history. “What we do have is a bit of a European tour with Germany, Austria,

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AWS/Benchmark names Beebe vice president Doug Beebe has joined AWS/ Benchmark as vice president for residen- Beebe tial and day services for Central and Southern Indiana and the East Coast. He succeeds Steve Cook, who recently accepted a new position as AWS/Benchmark vice

president, business development. Most recently, Beebe served as chief executive ofďŹ cer of Community Rehabilitation Hospital in Indianapolis. Previous positions include director of the Bureau of Aging and In-home Services for the State of Indiana; executive director of Hook Rehabilitation Center-Community Hospital in East Indianapolis; state administrator for

Res-Care, based in Illinois and Indiana; and executive director of the Blare House in Des Plaines, Ill. Founded in 1960, AWS/Benchmark’s 3,200 employees serve 8,500 individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness in 10 states. Its mission is to help children and adults with disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function

Mammography van schedule released The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach visits locations throughout the Fort Wayne area. Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date of the visit. For an appointment, call (260) 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 26540. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. For women who have insurance, they will bill the insurance company. 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. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography is a partnership between Francine’s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center. All locations are in Fort Wayne unless

otherwise noted. March 1, Max Fitness, 7245 Maplecrest Road. March 3, Northcrest Elementary, 5301 Archwood Lane. March 5, Anytime Fitness, 2934 E. Dupont Road. March 8, Max Fitness, 9914 Illinois Road. March 13, Fort Wayne Community Schools Bus Depot, 301 W. Cook Road. March 15, Max Fitness, 1415 W. Dupont Road. March 17, Leo Jr./Sr. High School, 14600 Amstutz Road, Leo. March 20, Emeritus at Fort Wayne, 4730 E. State Blvd. March 26, IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. March 28, Parkview Physicians Group – Family Practice, 15707 Old Lima Road, Huntertown. March 31, Kroger, 6002 St. Joe Center Road.

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March is Red Cross Month For 133 years, the American Red Cross has helped individuals and families prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. And each spring since 1942, starting with Franklin Roosevelt, the U.S. president acknowledges the American Red Cross and encourages volunteerism by issuing a proclamation that declares March as Red Cross Month. ‘�We touch lives down the street, across the country and around the world,� said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services

Region. “And it’s your support that allows us to be there every day for the millions of people who depend on us during their time of need.� Locally, the Red Cross blood program supports patients at more than 60 hospitals across 52 counties. Area Red Cross blood drives: Monday, March 3, 1-3:30 p.m., Sears, 4201 Coldwater Road. Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cummins Crosspoint, 3415 W. Coliseum Blvd. Tuesday, March 4, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Paul

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Matthew 25 CEO Susan B. Eisenhauer, from left, Development Director Ermina Mustedanagic, iAB Fun Committee members Angie Kuhn and Kristin Smith and Parkview Hospital Emergency Medical Director Dr. Tom Gutwein hold a check for $2,214. Bank employees raised the money by donating at least $3 to wear jeans to work on Fridays in 2013. The local nonprofit agency will use the money for health, vision and dental services for the uninsured and low-income residents of Allen County.

Doctors’ Day set at Science Central “The Doctor will be in” Saturday, when The Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance, in sponsorship with the Fort Wayne Medical Society Foundation, Lutheran Health Network, Parkview Health and WAJI Majic 95.1, present Doctors’ Day at Science Central. The public may meet health professionals and learn about medical and health issues at the 19th annual event. Doctors’ Day will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with free admission to Science Central offered between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. There will be a variety of hands-on exhibits, displays, and special activities,

including raffles and giveaways, all of which are free to the public. Activities will include the landing and display of the Lutheran Air and Parkview Samaritan helicopters, if weather permits. Visitors may explore emergency medical vehicles. Health professionals will discuss career options and training. Hands-on activities will include a teddy bear first aid station and making a removable finger cast. Face painting and balloon art will be offered. “Sponsoring this event is a tradition for The Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance,” said Maria Krach, event chairperson.

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ArtsLab offers innovative performance space Arts United has opened its ArtsLab at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture. The opening of ArtsLab and other initiatives such as Artlink’s new Fort Wayne Arts Incubator will, supporters said, help the city continue to advance its quality of life by offering an innovative performance space for local artists, along with the support and resources to help people get their arts-related endeavors off the ground. “Arts and culture bring about the kind of community that people want to live in,” said Susan Mendenhall, the new president of Arts United. “Research and surveys of residents of this community and communities around the country find that … arts and culture, having social offerings, having beautiful aesthetics, having a high quality of life are a big decision factor in where people choose to live. “And Fort Wayne has an exemplary arts and cultural landscape — not just for a city of our size but for a city of any size. The diversity and quality of artists and arts activities and cultural activities is really, really good.” Arts United’s most recent addition to that landscape is ArtsLab, a $1.6-million


The ArtsLab at Auer Center for Arts & Culture has a sprung floor that can be adapted to the layouts required by different shows.

addition to the Auer Center for Arts & Culture in downtown Fort Wayne. Mendenhall said when Arts United

bought the former FourthWave building in 2010, it always envisioned adding the 5,000-square-foot, so-called “black-box” theater. Through previous discussions with its partner arts organizations, Arts United knew there was a need for a space that could accommodate more avant-garde performances and smaller events that aren’t necessarily suited for venues like the 660-seat Arts United Center just across Main Street. “ArtsLab is a space that functions unlike any other space in this community,” Mendenhall said. “It’d be hard to replicate it unless you build something new. It is designed to have multiple configurations — through the seating, through the sound, through the lighting.” ArtsLab, which was designed by Design Collaborative Inc. and built by Strebig Construction Inc., is meant to be adaptable. It can hold audiences ranging from 50 to 175 people. Its ceiling features a sound and lighting system that’s laid out in a grid, allowing customization for each performance. Seating can be tailored to events — providing, for example, a theater-in-the-round setting — or removed entirely.

Mendenhall said Arts United worked with local arts organizations to ensure ArtsLab would meet their needs. “So, for instance, there’s a sprung floor in the entire theater,” she said. “A sprung floor is important for dancing because it protects the dancers’ joints.” Alerady, the Fort Wayne Youtheatre has performed in ArtsLab. The Fort Wayne Ballet and the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre will have their own events in the coming weeks and months. But ArtsLab isn’t solely reserved for them. “We are looking to identify more partners or more artists who are interested in a space that is incredibly accessible, that is incredibly visible and a place that they can adapt to what they want to see happen from an artistic standpoint,” Mendenhall said. On Jan. 30, Artlink rolled out its new Fort Wayne Arts Incubator program designed to guide artists through the process of starting their own businesses. By offering the Fort Wayne Arts Incubator, Artlink hopes to create more opportunities for local artists that benefit the downtown area and the city’s quality of life.

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4-H has muzzleloading program The Allen County 4-H Shooting Sports Club is sponsoring a 4-H muzzleloading program in April. The instruction covers safe handling of ďŹ rearms, proper use of equipment, shooting techniques and ethics of good shooters. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Allen County Extension OfďŹ ce, 4001 Crescent Ave. Then the program will continue on May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Spencerville area. Class size is limited to 10 participants. This program will be held outside. Advanced registration is required

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Art & Soul for Matthew 25 welcomes Newcomer Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will sing at the fourth annual Art & Soul fundraiser for Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic. The event is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. More than 300 people attended last year’s event, raising more than $107,000 to help cover yearly operating expenses for the organization. This year’s Art & Soul event will feature hors d’oeuvres, desserts and coffee from select local restaurants, a complimentary bar, and Newcomer’s special live appearance. “Carrie is graciously supporting Matthew 25 by performing four or ďŹ ve songs within our program,â€? said Chad

Stuckey, president and creative director of Brand Innovation Group. “Her songs will be woven into a presentation featuring the real-life stories of patients and volunteers. This should be a wonderful evening of food, art, music and stories.â€? Newcomer was raised in the Midwest, on the Indiana side of the Chicago region. In 2003, Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s “I Should’ve Known Betterâ€? on their goldselling, Grammy-winning album “This Side.â€? She was listed as one of “the 50 most inuential folk musicians of the past 50 yearsâ€? by Chicago’s WFMT and she has been Folk Wax artist and album of the year twice. On April 1, Available Light Record, will release a new album of Newcom-

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Tickets for Art & Soul are $75 each and are available through March 1. Because the event is entirely underwritten by donations, the proceeds of each ticket directly support Matthew 25. Every ticket purchased sponsors one individual patient visit to Matthew 25’s medical and dental clinics. Tickets may be ordered online at Matthew 25 is a nonproďŹ t, Gospel-inspired primary healthcare clinic serving more than 6,000 uninsured and low-income area residents each year. Since 1976, the clinic has been the only fulltime regional resource offering free medical, dental, vision and hearing services under one roof. For more information, visit matthew25online. com.


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Quilters to share fabrics, ideas By Garth Snow

Deb Stachowiecz was just running an errand when she found a hobby that she now shares with hundreds of other quilters from throughout northeast Indiana. The Appleseed Quilters Guild has chosen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharing the Love Through Quiltingâ&#x20AC;? as the theme of the Gathering of Quilters 2014. But even ďŹ ve years ago, Stachowiecz said, the organization was known for sharing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the Appleseedsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; focuses is philanthropy,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they pick an organization and they give a quilt to rafďŹ&#x201A;e off or sell or something for a fundraiser for that organization.â&#x20AC;? That year, she said, the quilters chose to share with the Allen County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reserve, which her husband served. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I was the person they sent to the guild to pick up this rafďŹ&#x201A;e quilt, and I was so impressed

that night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even without a background in sewing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is my activity.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Quilting guilds and vendors will converge at the Gathering of Quilters, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. Admission is $15. Highlights will include quilt appraisals, a showand-tell, a quilt rafďŹ&#x201A;e, an ugly fabric swap, a block exchange, and scissor sharpening. Susie Hague is with the Noble Nimble Thimbles quilt club, which was host to the 2013 Gathering of Quilters at the Kruse World War II Victory Museum in Auburn. About 700 quilt enthusiasts attended the event, which rotates among venues in northeast Indiana. Hague will oversee the block exchange and ugly fabric contest at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring a half-a-yard piece and put it in a brown lunch bag,


Sharon Zonker wears a Civil War Era dress in keeping with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quilting Now and Thenâ&#x20AC;? theme for the 2013 Gathering of Quilters at the Kruse World War II Victory Museum in Auburn. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event in Fort Wayne has the theme â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharing the Love Through Quilting.â&#x20AC;?

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Women of all churches invited to March retreat By Garth Snow

A two-day retreat will allow women from all area churches to hear from an international speaker. Award-winning author Jane Rubietta will be the featured speaker at the gathering March 7-8 at St. Joseph United Methodist Church. The retreat, which is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Triumph in Transition,â&#x20AC;? is based on Rubiettaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grace Points: Growth and Guidance in Times of Change.â&#x20AC;? The churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s United Methodist Women group is the host for the retreat, which is open to women of all ages throughout Fort Wayne and the surrounding communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to bring a woman of this caliber to Fort Wayne,â&#x20AC;? said Marsha Worthington, the president of the UMW at St. Joseph. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just outstanding. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humorous. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritually deep.â&#x20AC;? The retreat will begin with a free social evening from 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the church, 6004 Reed Road. The evening will include worship time, a short retreat introduction by Rubietta, and social time


with refreshments. This is an opportunity to meet and chat with Rubietta prior to the full-day retreat on Saturday. Women who cannot attend Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event are still invited to attend the Friday night gathering. The full-day Saturday retreat begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. The event includes three sessions with the speaker, breakout sessions and lunch. Cost for the Saturday retreat is $25. For more information, or to register online, visit Registration forms are also available in the church narthex. For further registration information, contact Brenda Richardson at maui001@ or (260) 484-2801. Child care is available upon request with advance registration. Regis-

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tration deadline is March 2. Worthington said the group has offered longer retreats in some recent years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difďŹ cult for women to get away for a whole weekend, and much more expensive,â&#x20AC;? she said. In her 2002 book â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Keep the Pastor You Love,â&#x20AC;? Rubietta asserts the need for a support system for pastors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When church members need comfort or spiritual guidance, they go to the pastor. But where do pastors go when they have a concern?â&#x20AC;? she wrote. To learn more about the speaker and her books, visit After obtaining a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in business from Indiana University, Rubietta completed postgraduate studies in Germany while also forming and directing an international drama team, taking the gospel throughout Europe. She attended seminary at Trinity Divinity School in DeerďŹ eld, Ill. She is assistant coordinator and faculty member of Write-To-Publish Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference. She belongs to Advanced Writers and Speakersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association and SpeakUp! Speaker Services.

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About 60 Fort Wayne area handbell musicians are expected to participate in the Afdahl Fort Wayne City Handbell Festival on Saturday, March 22. The joint concert begins at 4:30 p.m. at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St. The public is invited. A free-will offering will be taken. Lee Afdahl, the president of the board of the Handbell Musicians of America, will conduct. Co-chairs Tim Robison and Jane Snow began organizing the festival last fall. Robison is an organist and director of music at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Fort Wayne. Snow is a former local church handbell choir director and handbell clinician. Both worked on earlier Fort Wayne and regional hand-

bell festivals, and decided to revive the tradition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started with just Fort Wayne, to create some interest,â&#x20AC;? Snow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of new choirs, a lot of new directors, choirs that are having a rebirth.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get local handbell ringers together. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done that for years,â&#x20AC;? Robison said. The Trinity English Lutheran Church handbell choir will present one number, and then Afdahl will conduct the entire group playing several numbers. The choirs have rehearsed the music in advance, and will rehearse together that day at the host church, beginning at 8 a.m. Afdahlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment is a coup for the local festival, Snow said. Afdahl is the director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minn., and has See CONDUCT, Page B2




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CONDUCT from Page B1 held that position since 1991. Afdahl has more than 40 years of experience in leading choral and handbell ensembles. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops and church music conferences in the United States and internationally. He represented the organization as a conductor at the International Handbell Symposium in Liverpool, England, in 2012. He will again represent Handbell

Musicians of America as a conductor at the International in Jeju, South Korea, in August 2014. Afdahl is an active organ recitalist and published composer and arranger of handbell, instrumental and choral music with more than 60 compositions and arrangements in print. He conducted the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Area 5 Fall Festival/ Conference at the Grand Wayne Center in October 2009. The AGEHR

became the Handbell Musicians of America in 2010. Robison and Snow contacted local choirs as they planned the festival, surveying directors on the preferred time of year and types of music. Based on their ďŹ ndings, they scheduled the festival for March. Both local co-chairs said they look forward to more local festivals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to see this continue and to grow,â&#x20AC;? Snow said.

Illustrator to lecture at USF Canadian artist â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Jimâ&#x20AC;? Miller, a director for DHX Media Inc., an independent childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment company, will speaker at the Closer Look lecture series at the University of Saint Francis North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring St., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20. He is a graduate of Vancouver Film School in the 2-D classical animation program. This lecture is made possible by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call 399-8064.

Miller, a co-director on the Hub Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,â&#x20AC;? has worked with storyboards, character and background design in the television animation industry for more than 15 years. He worked 10 years on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ed, Edd and Eddy,â&#x20AC;? an animated television series on Cartoon Network, and also worked for DHX on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kid vs. Katâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Packages from Planet Xâ&#x20AC;? and Capcom for the game â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Rising 3.â&#x20AC;? He also illustrates a bi-monthly cartoon, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mystery: Solved!â&#x20AC;? for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, written by Fort Wayne local, Zack Kruse.

Riverfront study invites public comment The public is invited to share their vision for Fort Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown riverfront at two public input meetings. Both meetings will take place at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library, in the auditorium. The meetings are set for: Wednesday, March 12, 5:307:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:45 p.m.; and, Thursday, March 13 , 11 a.m.-1

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QUILTERS from Page B1 because sometimes you get a piece of fabric and you think ‘Whoa, that is really ugly.’ But then you work to turn it into something nice.” Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Publications, Saginaw, Mich., will bring a trunk show of quilts and offer an hourlong program. The author of four books and creator of dozens of quilt patterns has appeared on HGTV’s “Simply Quilts” and other TV programs. Anne Tinkel, the 2014 event chairwoman, is familiar with Ferrier’s quilting. “Her work appealed to me and I thought her work would appeal to a variety of people — traditional pieces and applique — and her topic will be ‘Will You Make Me a Quilt?’ and I thought that would fit in well with our theme,” Tinkel said. “I was trying to think of why I quilt, why other people quilt,” Tinkel said. “I love the fabric and the process and I usually give the quilt to someone who needs love, who is sick or hospitalized or has done something in their community and I thought the common theme in all that is love.” “Because of the time factors, a lot of the younger women are busy with careers and children and don’t have a lot of


Quilts of various colors and designs were displayed at the 2013 Gathering of Quilters.

time for quilting,” said Stachowiecz, who handles publicity for the event. But more women in their 30s and 40s are joining the local guilds, she said. “When I was only starting five years go, I tended to go to the art quilts. You can hide a multitude of sins if you’re doing art quilts,” she said. More experienced quilters take on more complex projects. “The precision is absolutely breathtaking, that they can match all the points,” she said. “Some of our members have been quilting for 35 years,” she said, “and these are very highly trained, very creative women who are very generous with their time and their information and their acceptance of those of us who are still learning. It’s very free-spirited, it’s a free passing of information.” “As quilters, we want to share, we want to show off what we made before it goes out to the loved

one or the friend or the philanthropy outreach,” she said. The guild’s Quilts of Valor will be on display at the annual gathering, as will many of the quilts made for a children’s charity. Guild members create quilts for children at Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, held at YMCA Camp Potawotami in Wolcottville. Last year, the Appleseed quilters donated 140 quilts for the children surviving cancer to use and then take home. “It’s really neat to see how excited they are to see some of these quilts,” Tinkel said. A big event needs a big venue such as Wayne High School, Stachowiecz said. “We’re using the gymnasium, we’re using the cafeteria, and we will have displays in the halls,” she said. “And there’s lots of parking.” Tinkel, the event chairwoman, joined the guild in 2009, when she retired

from 29 years as a Fort Wayne elementary school teacher. She took on her first quilt in 2002. “I started quilting when my daughter and my husband decided that I should take her volleyball shirts and make a quilt out of them,” Tinkel said. She took a two-session class at Those Two Quilt Ladies, which was located on Wells Street. “My daughter ended up with the kingsize quilt,” she said. “I had thought that quilting had all these rules, and I found out you can have the colors you want, and you can make the blocks different sizes and you can overlap the blocks, and it was fun,” she said.

Expo lets teens research global exchange options The fourth annual International Youth Expo is coming to IPFW on March 15. The event will be from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Walb Student Union. Admission is free. For more information, visit High school students from eight counties in northeast Indiana are invited to learn about international exchange programs, college opportunities and locally-based global companies. In addition, both parents and students will learn about the numerous community-based scholarships available to high school students to travel and study oversees. The Expo is a collaborative initiative between Fort Wayne’s two-Rotary clubs, IPFW’s Office of International Education and the Division of Continuing Studies, the David Hefner International Fund, the Waterfield Foundation, Fort Wayne Metals, and Franklin Electric. Because part of an international experience is trying new foods, a sampler of foods from China, Italy, Belgium, Mexico, France and Switzerland will be available.

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I&M pledges $500 million service upgrade By Barry Rochford

Indiana Michigan Power announced a $500 million project to upgrade its electricity transmission infrastructure in Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Huntington, Wells and Adams counties and Paulding County, Ohio, beginning within the next year. The project, which Fort Wayne-based I&M has dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powering Up Northeast Indianaâ&#x20AC;? plan, would take six to eight years to complete, utility ofďŹ cials said. It includes upgrading and installing new transmission lines, updating equipment, and renovating and building new electricity substations. Sarah Bodner, director of community relations and communications at I&M, said one reason the utility is moving forward with the project is because the average age of its transmission infrastructure is between 40 and 60 years old. Another reason is I&M is retiring its coal-ďŹ red Tanners Creek power generation plant in Lawrenceburg next year, while parent company American Electric Power Co. Inc. will retire other coal-ďŹ red plants in Ohio and Kentucky in 2016. By investing in its

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I&M, Bodner acknowledged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best way for us to add new customers is to have low rates because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that competitive advantage,â&#x20AC;? she said. I&M has more than 510,000 residential customers within its service territory in Indiana and Michigan, and nearly 75,000 commercial and industrial customers. According to I&M, most of the work would be done in existing rights of way; however, the project does call for some new routes. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powering Up Northeast Indianaâ&#x20AC;? plan is split into ďŹ ve smaller projects: â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding transmission lines and substations, and installing new lines from I&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robison Park substation in north Fort Wayne to the Roanoke area; â&#x20AC;˘ Upgrading transmission lines, renovating substations and building new substations from north Fort Wayne to Auburn; â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding transmission lines and installing

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Experts teach ‘Do-It Yourself Gardening’ Purdue Master Gardeners and other area garden specialists will teach “Do-It Yourself Gardening” seminars at the 2014 Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, which continues through Sunday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 or older, $6 each for groups of 20 or more.

Children 15 and under are admitted free. Coliseum parking is $5. The show attracts more than 650 exhibitors each year. Seminars will feature speakers such as local morel mushroom hunter Alex Babich. Joey Green, “The Guru of Wacky Uses for Brand-Name Products,” will share unique home remedies such as how to polish furniture with Spam, or how to scrub a toilet with CocaCola. Grilling gurus Mad Dog & Merrill will entertain and educate backyard

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at the show. Visitors may learn about bluebirds, vegetable gardening, growing flowers, tree care and selection, native plants, building a backyard greenhouse, useful garden apps, and more ways to develop do-it-yourself gardens. Purdue Master Gardeners will also be available to answer garden questions at their Purdue booth, located in the garden hall. Buy seeds of unusual flowers and vegetables at the booth and help support the Master Gardener volunteer program. For more information, contact the Allen County Extension office at 481- 6826 (Option 3). 2014 Home & Garden Show – Do-It Yourself Gardening Saturday, March 1 11-11:45 a.m., Conrad Getz, bird expert and enthusiast — “Attracting Bluebirds to the Home Landscape.” Noon-12:45 p.m., Master Gardener Vegetable Garden Team — “Show and Tell: The Creative Vegetable Garden.” 1-1:45 p.m., Martha Ferguson, Riverview Nursery — “Native Perennials for the Sustainable Landscape.” 2-2:45 p.m., Camille Cupa, Tanglewood Berry Farm — “Cooking What

About gardens • A limited number of raised bed community garden spaces are available at the Allen County Extension Office Display Gardens, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus. Citizens who do not have either space or light to grow vegetables where they live are welcome to request a registration form for the 2014 community garden lots by visiting the Allen County Extension office or by emailing There is a $15 fee for the summer plot rental. Plots are extremely limited, so call ahead for office hours and availability of plots at 481-6826, Option 3. • The Purdue University Master Gardener volunteer program helps gardeners grow by providing them with intensive training in horticultural principles. Participants, in turn, share their knowledge by providing volunteer leadership and service to their communities. In 2014, volunteer training sessions will begin on Sept. 3 and conclude in early November. Training sessions will be conducted at the Allen County Extension office on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-9 p.m., and on Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Weekly classes are separate teaching sessions – not the same session. The $125 program fee includes class material and a reference notebook. To learn more about this volunteer program or to pick up an application, visit the Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus. Or call 481-6826 and press Option 3. Additional information and an application can also be downloaded from (Click on Home Yard and Garden). Educator — “Growing Nutritious Organic Vegetables.” Sunday, March 2 1-1:45 p.m., Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator — “Nifty Trees for the Home Landscape.”

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Roanoke artist in new showcase By Garth Snow

As she translates inspiration into art, Penny French-Deal hopes the finished work will capture an observer’s hearts. Sometimes she find it heartbreaking to watch such a work leave her Roanoke gallery. French-Deal recently moved her paintings across Main Street, where her work is featured exclusively at The Gallery of Joseph Decuis. “They were wonderful. Wonderful,” French-Deal said of those first two years on Main Street. “It was a new experience. We started with the front windows, and we were renting those for three months, and then space became available and I moved forward with that.” “It was a nice loca-


Penny French-Deal says works such as “Crossing Over,” left, are inspired by her imagination. She also presents more specific works as the exclusive artist at The Gallery of Joseph Decuis.

tion on the corner, and an opportunity to meet many people, and good for sales,” she said. She displayed up to 50 paintings at any time, arranging them by theme in the gallery’s several rooms. “It was an easy find, and I did a lot of work in promoting the gallery and Roanoke.” she said. But that building was

sold as part of a shuffle that will move American Specialty Insurance to Fort Wayne and an undisclosed tenant — and an estimated 125 jobs — to downtown Roanoke. The Eshelman family, whose business holdings include the Joseph Decuis gourmet restaurant, invited French-Deal to share her art from the first

floor of the pink cottage inside the white picket fence at 117 N. Main St. French-Deal’s new gallery space will accommodate about 25 paintings in two rooms, the back foyer, the entrance way, and the conservatory that connects the gallery to the restaurant. She has studied the transition to fewer but larger rooms. “My vision right now is that I will change the exhibit according to themes,” she said. Her gallery hours also are a work in progress. She expects the gallery’s hours to mirror the restaurant’s hours, possibly noon to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. As before, the gallery will be open by appointment; call 578-2181 or email

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ARTIST from Page B7 French-Deal said Roanoke’s atmosphere complements her work. Before she opened the gallery two years ago, she worked with A Renaissance in Roanoke art fair. “I enjoyed it, enjoyed the people,” she said. “I just felt that it was a good companion, a good working situation between this community and my art.” “I would classify it as a contemporary, impressionistic style,” French-Deal said of her work. “It is larger brush strokes, more free formed. I use reference photos from my travels or I paint on location. And occasionally, I develop something completely from my mind and my heart.” Visitors will find a mosaic of the many themes that defined the larger gallery, with horse paintings sharing walls with landscapes. Each work has a name, and a story. “That is one that just came to me,” she said of “Crossing Over,” just inside the doorway. “It is not any particular location. But as I grew up on a farm (in Wabash County), I loved the quiet and peacefulness of the woods and the streams that we had access to on the farm. And so this one has a lot of mood in

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it, a lot of atmosphere, with the dark grays, and the deep colors, and then the sun coming through and ‘crossing over’ then is that foot bridge going across the stream to the other side.” Any further meaning is up to the interpreters, including prospective owners. “Some paintings I will have in my mind for a year or so, and I will work those through my mind during the night,” she said. “On something like this, it’s something that this day I’m creating and this is what comes. When the colors are working in there, and the flow and the rhythm come together, then you know how to finish it from there.” “When I work on a painting that is wet on wet — which is what I like to do most — I like to finish that painting within a couple of days, meaning that the oil is still wet,

you can fine-tune, you can get in there and it looks completely fresh,” she said. “And besides that, it’s within me, and I want to finish that and I want to expel all that energy into the painting.” Frames can influence but not define the art, she said. “It’s all customframed, but after the painting I will choose the color and the style that goes with the painting,” said French-Deal. “Occasionally I will have a frame and I like the colors and it will influence the colors in the painting. Not necessarily create the painting, but influence.” With success comes the sadness of parting with her paintings. That parting can be heartbreaking. “Oh, on some paintings absolutely,” she said. “That’s one benefit of having my own gallery is that I get to meet the individual who purchases each particular painting from my gallery, and I know where that painting is going to find a home. And if there are certain paintings that are from the depth of me, it’s more important where they go.” Browsers need to act on their instincts, she said. Sometimes a visitor will leave the gallery and call back within minutes to ask her to hold paintings. Sometimes the request to hold a painting comes too late. She maintains her studio at her home, in North Manchester.

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We round up the best of the best each weekend, so you can spend less time planning, and more time doing. MULTIPLE DATES “Othello.” First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St. Show dates March 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., and March 16 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 March 6 preview performance, visit Iago, Shakespeare’s portrait of evil incarnate, destroys Othello with insinuations, innuendo, equivocation and lies. Although jealousy is the poison Iago uses, the play reveals how a voice one mistakenly believes to be honest can corrupt society. Cortney White is featured as Othello. “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. Born to Read Story Time. Dupont Branch Library, 536 E. Dupont Road. Every Monday, 10:15 a.m., for lap-sitters, 10:45 a.m. for walkers up to 24 months. Bring your baby in for fingerplays, rhymes, songs and stories just right for little ones. Baby Steps Story Time. Dupont Branch Library, 536 E. Dupont Road. Every Tuesday, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. A story time featuring songs, rhymes and short Smart Start Story Time. Dupont Branch Library, 536 E. Dupont Road. Every Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers will hear stories and rhymes. Ants in Your Pants. Dupont Branch Library, 536 E. Dupont Road. Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. A program for active preschoolers who don’t like to sit still. Two exhibitions continue. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. First Presbyterian Gallery presents “American Woman,” photographs by Randy Jackson, and “Touching the Impossible,” mobius band sculptures by Curtis Rose, through March 6. 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. Looking ahead, First Presbyterian will host watercolors by Penny French-Deal and baskets by Kay Kohler, from March 7 through April 20. The opening reception is Friday, March 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. “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

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All-you-can-eat fish fry. Knights of Columbus Council 451, 601 Reed Road. 5-7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The public is welcome. $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Meal includes fish, two sides and beverage. Community Photography Show. New Haven Park Center, 1125 Hartzell St., in the large room. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The exhibit opens today and continues 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through March 26. Watercolors exhibition. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. No admission charge. First Presbyterian will host watercolors by Penny French-Deal and baskets by Kay Kohler. The exhibition coninues through April 20. 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. Easiest access to the gallery is through

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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 to the opening reception is free, as is admission to the continuing exhibit. Printmakers explore modern themes while executing time honored traditions. This exhibit will celebrate the art of prints made by hand and an opportunity to learn about the process. An active printing press will be on premise with demonstration by Julie Wall Toles. Hands-on linoleum cut activity is available, ultimately producing a community print. “Tools of the Trade” will also be on hand, bringing a chance to interact with artists and better understand the discipline with a one-on-one explanation of tools and function. Linoleum cuts, woodblocks, reduction techniques, etching, letterpress and lithography will be presented with the possibility of a few surprise techniques on display. Participating artists are Frank Bougher, Greg Coffey, Paul Demaree, Dan Hudson, Alan Larkin, Megan Moore, Katy Strass and Julie Wall Toles. 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 Visit Call 420-8300. “Expressions…Artists & Autism.” Artworks, the Galleria of Fine Art. Jefferson Pointe, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. No. 7. The show features the work of abstract illustrator Frank Louis Allen and potter Sean Gray. Both artists are autistic. Gray produces earthy, functional ceramics, including plates, bowls, mirrors, ikebanas and wall installations. Allen uses his special abilities to create intricate, free-flowing drawings. Their work will be available at the gallery through March 8. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Monday, or open by appointment.

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the west entrance to the church. SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Talisman jewelry workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $85. Tools and most materials are provided. Maximum of 10 participants. Bring your old charms, single earrings, or other mementos of metal, wood or plastic. For more information, visit Fish and tenderloin supper. Zanesville United Methodist Church Tower Life Center, 11811 N. Wayne St., Zanesville, Ind. 4:30-7 p.m. An all-youcan-eat meal for $9 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 10, and free to ages 5 and under. Carry-outs will be available. There will be homemade scalloped potatoes and desserts, applesauce or coleslaw, green beans and bread. Proceeds benefit Hope Ministries (Tri-County Ministries), Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and the youth mission trip. Mardi Gras Extravaganza. Indiana Tech Law School, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. 6:30-11:30 p.m. $50 per person. The Junior League of Fort Wayne will unveil its future community impact statement. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Buy tickets at, by calling 425-3447, or by emailing Funds raised will be used to further JLFW’s mission.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 The Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. The concert features the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Regional guest vocalists — tenor Jake Wilder and soprano Mary Ann Falk — are featured. Tickets are $20 and are on sale through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or The box office is open noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MONDAY, MARCH 10 College Fair. Homestead High School, 4310 Homestead Road. 6-7 p.m. No charge for admission. Homestead High School will be host to its annual college fair. More than 80 universities, two-year colleges and vocational schools from throughout the U.S. will be represented. Representatives from the armed forces and financial institutions are expected to be on hand. The program is open to the public. One junior or senior student will win a $200 scholarship. State of the City Address. The Orchid events center, 11508 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven. 5:30 p.m. $25 per person. Mayor Terry E. McDonald delivers the annual address. Dinner reservations are required. RSVP by March 3 to New Haven Chamber of Commerce, 749-4484, or Tables of eight can be reserved for $175.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Holocaust lecture. The University of St. Francis, Brookside Ballroom. 7 p.m. Free. The Department of Philosophy and Theology and the School of Arts and Sciences invite the public to hear Jeannie Opdyke Smith tell the story of her mother, Irene Gut Opdyke. A Polish Catholic during World War II, Opdyke rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Decades later, she was named by the Israeli Holocaust Commission as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. Brookside Ballroom is next to Mirror Lake on the university’s main campus, 2701 Spring St. For more information, contact John Bequette at 399-7000, ext. 8122, or jbequette@

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Fish fry. Bishop Luers High School Cafe’, 333 E. Paulding Road. 4:307:30 p.m. $8 for adults, $5.50 for ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under.

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Garments representing a half-century wait for “Dancing Through the Decades” at the Bishop Dwenger High School gymnasium, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. The Saints Alive! preview night will be 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets are available at the door. Guests will see the gymnasium decorated for the March 8 fundraiser. The main event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $325 per couple. This year’s theme coincides with the school’s 50th anniversary. To register, follow the links at Drive-through and carry-out available. Meal includes fish, slaw, applesauce, potato, roll, dessert and beverage. Cheese pizza is available. Proceeds will help buy a new washing machine for the athletic department.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. “Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure.” Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. Little Buddy is a proud Tyrannosaurus Rex, living happily in the Pteranodon family next. But what happens when he grows up? The show explores that adventure. Tickets range from $12 to $27, and are on sale through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or The box office is open noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fun goes beyond the show. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the characters after the show and capture a memorable picture. Also, as a sweet reward, all ticketed patrons will be entered to win a Dinosaur Train-theme cake from cakecrazy, in Van Wert. 2D Mixed Media with Susan Kline. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75. Includes all materials, including the canvas. Maximum of 12 participants. Kline, an award-winning artist, brings her sense of humor and creative expertise to guided participants through the process of creating their own mixed media work of art. Kline has authored a number of how-to books on the creative arts. All materials, including the canvas will be provided. For more information,

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Merge Christian singles group. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road. 6-11 p.m. This nonprofit 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. Casino Night/Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. Monroeville Park Pavilion, 421 Monroe St., Monroeville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free admission. All proceeds benefit St. Rose School. To reserve a seat or for more information, email Fort Wayne City Handbell Festival. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St. The final concert is at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken. More than 60 handbell musicians from throughout Fort Wayne will participate. The guest conduct is Lee J. Afdahl, the director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minn. Afdahl has more than 40 years of experience in leading choral and handbell ensembles. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops and church music conferences in the United States and internationally.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 “The Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement.” Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Take a trip to 1960 for the fourth installment of the Church Basement Ladies. Tickets are on sale, ranging from $25 to $40. For more information and to order tickets online, visit Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (419) 238-6722. “The Beautiful Freak Show.” Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St. 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance ordered by March 20. Kids 12 and under are admitted for $5. To order “will call” tickets to pick up at the door, visit and click the “Donate” button. Fifth Freedom is a grass-roots, cross-disability organization dedicated to removing the physical and social barriers that often hold people with disabilities hostage to poverty, isolation and

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Heartland will present a Celtic music celebration a full day ahead of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. The music begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the auditorium of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Heartland will present the inspirational music of both the modern and ancient Celtic traditions. Tickets for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Celtic Celebrationâ&#x20AC;? are on sale by phone at 436-8080, or at

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 â&#x20AC;&#x153;HMS Pinafore.â&#x20AC;? Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. 7:30 p.m. This comedic opera is crewed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Tickets are on sale ranging from $22 to $37. For more information and to order tickets online, visit Box ofďŹ ce hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (419) 238-6722. Bizetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carmen.â&#x20AC;? Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Georges Bizetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music for his opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carmenâ&#x20AC;? is full of contrast between intense passions and more light-hearted writing inďŹ&#x201A;ected with alluring melodies in the Spanish idiom. 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 ofďŹ ce. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit Mosaic workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $110 for both days, Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Includes all materials. Maximum of 10 participants. On Saturday, learn the technique of adhering found materials, including pottery shards, dinnerware, game chips, stones, buttons, etc., onto a wooden frame base. Big through your stash of odds and ends to incorporate Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chipped china, and draw from the Art Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply of shards. On Sunday, learn how to grout and ďŹ nish the frames. For more information, visit

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27 History Tour. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Settlers Inc. will host a history tour of the Allen County Courthouse and the Thomas and Lucy Swinney House. $25 per person; transportation is not included. The event begins with a tour of the Swinney House located at 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Parking is free at the Swinney House and the ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor is handicap accessible. Luncheon will be served by Settler members. Guests will depart from the Swinney House after lunch and meet at the Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun St. Member and educator Linda Huge will be the tour guide. Reservations are ďŹ rst-come, ďŹ rst-served. Reservation and payment must be received by March 18. Call (260) 492-8584 for registration information. Proceeds from this event support the Historic Swinney Homestead. For more information, visit Settlers Inc. reserves the right to alter or cancel this event at any time.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Mosaic workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $110 for both days, Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Includes all materials. Maximum of 10 participants. On Saturday, learn the technique of adhering found materials, including pottery shards, dinnerware, game chips, stones, buttons, etc., onto a wooden frame base. Big through your stash of odds and ends to incorporate Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chipped china, and draw from the Art Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply of shards. On Sunday, learn how to grout and ďŹ nish the frames. For more information, visit

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 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 beneďŹ t the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

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.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fifth Symphony.â&#x20AC;? 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 Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 ofďŹ ce. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 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 or, or visit the home & money page on the website at or visit the ofďŹ ce at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 The Bach Collegium-Fort Wayne Season Grand Finale. St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catholic 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Closing Night: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beethovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninth Symphony.â&#x20AC;? 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ode to Joyâ&#x20AC;? 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 ofďŹ ce. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit

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