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Megan Satkowiak of Auburn began renting the Window Nook Studio six years ago. It’s hard to believe this space is in Auburn. It’s shabby chic in a “Sex in the City” kind of way. An old, unassuming door along Main Street’s sidewalk leads to a narrow staircase that leads to a world of community, inspiration and dreams. The walls served as a public testament to Megan’s commitment to heritage and history with newspaper clippings, family photos and art. The most interesting pieces in the staircase make up a school of fish — created by her family and made entirely from recyclables. At the top of the stairs and through a rickety door sits the Window Nook Studio, a space that has been inspiring artists for a century — former artist and art teacher Andrea VanHorne and photographer Kelso Davis, to name a couple. The 20-foot sloping window lets in just the right amount of light. The art lives and breathes. To say it’s merely on display would be a disservice to her creations. Megan sees everything as art, as a possibility, as a creation, as life — even box springs. A few years ago her parents were ecstatic to learn she sold her twin bed frame from childhood. They were so thrilled, they burned the bed’s mattress. Afterward, Megan pulled the mattress’ misshapen box springs from the bonfire’s ashes. It looks like a Kandinsky without the color and serves as the centerpiece for her “inspiration library.”

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22 Recipes for creating art at home

Life Steps

Humor Helps




Before the bump 12

Local families share their funny stories


TV safety is mounting 14

On the Cover


Early art — it’s the process that counts 16


Kids fighting is a bummer 18


Family meals don’t happen by accident 24


Summer good time to talk about college, career




OWEN DAYS, 9, of Kendallville has been interested in art since the time he could hold a pencil.



A look at the artist behind Window Nook Studio

Special features 13 Sonicare toothbrushes: better smiles 19 Talk to kids about alcohol — they hear you! 20-22 All about art cover story 27 Little Brother Christian is a ‘blessing’ 30 Square dancing offered in Angola 30 Smoothie recipe

Calendar 31


Activities for you and your family



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Editor’s letter

Welcome to our May/June issue! Happy Mother’s Day and happy Father’s Day to the parents and their families who will be celebrating during the coming weeks. And happy First Birthday to our second granddaughter, Nora, who turned 1 in February. We were blessed to celebrate with her at a large family gathering in Texas. Following the Norwegian custom (of her father and his family) we clasped hands, encircled her high chair and sang a happy birthday song. And then, following the custom of all countries, we took many photos of her eating her birthday cake (in this case, we all had cupcakes). Her smile says it all! I hope you enjoy this issue that focuses on art. With schools’ budget cutbacks, many children are receiving less art instruction. This issue provides ways for adults to incorporate art and all the fun it provides into children’s lives. What we have here is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope it whets your appetite for more! Once again, I thank the volunteer writers who contributed to this issue. If you would like to submit a story, photo or idea, please contact me. Also, please support the advertisers in this issue. They enable Greater GRACE HOUSHOLDER Fort Wayne Family to be offered for free by mail to anyone in the greater _ kh g]]Zn`am^ DAY,GhkZ%`kZ bm^Zlrmhlfbe^ Fort Wayne area who signs up for it! TH BIR ST FIR R HE ON ] Ahnlahe]^k%_hng Enjoy your family! hkZ M^kkrZg]@kZ\^ a]Zr\ni\Zd^'G g`h_a^k[bkm makhn`ama^_khlmb hg=Zgd^e' _=hkhmarZg]Lbf blma^]Zn`am^kh

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According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 49 percent of American pregnancies are planned. Sally Edington




BY SALLY EDINGTON Most people fall into two groups — those who plan and those who live in the moment. This is particularly true in the area of reproduction! According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 49 percent of American pregnancies are planned. Preconception planning has advantages for both parents and babies — it can increase the odds of getting pregnant and reduce the time it takes, and it can result in a healthier baby. So what are the steps a couple might take to prepare for their baby? Here are some suggestions:

Diet If you’re a healthy weight, good for you! If you are over or under your ideal weight, now is a good time to work toward a healthy BMI. Underweight moms are more likely to have a low birthweight baby, and overweight women are at greater risk for gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension. Research shows that taking a prenatal vitamin before pregnancy may reduce nausea in early pregnancy. Be sure to take one with 400 mg of folic acid to reduce the chances of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The vitamin should say USP, which means it is certified to dissolve quickly enough to give you its full benefit. Calcium and iron are important nutrients in your diet. Increase the vegetables and fruit, decrease the sweets and salty snacks and don’t skip meals!

If you enjoy fish, avoid varieties high in mercury, such as mackerel, tuna steak, swordfish and tilefish. No more than 12 ounces of these varieties is recommended per week.

Exercise If you’ve been sedentary, 20-30 minutes of exercise will be helpful in getting pregnant, and in preparing for delivery. On the other hand, if you’re an exercise aficionada, and particularly if your periods have become irregular, you may need to reduce your workout to get pregnant.

The big three Do you smoke? There’s no better time than now to


to quit. Not only will it increase your odds of conceiving, it will create a much better intra-uterine environment for your baby. There are smoking cessation aids you can use now that you won’t be able to use when you’re pregnant. Once you’re actively trying to get pregnant, it’s better to reach for the mocktails than the cocktails, or any other alcohol for that matter. No amount of alcohol has been deemed safe for your little fetus. Street drugs are not advisable in pregnancy, but some of your go-to medications may also be on an avoid-during-pregnancy list. This is something you can discuss with your doctor.

Make a few appointments Make a preconception appointment with the doctor who will follow you during the pregnancy. You’ll find out if you should quit taking that retin A or other medications. Are you or your

Online: preconception/landing-page.aspx planning-your-pregnancy.aspx

Since you shouldn’t have X-rays or some dental procedures when you’re pregnant, get the work done now. Your dentist can diagnose and treat any periodontal disease you might have, which could actually trigger infections and preterm labor in pregnancy.

For Dads partner exposed to any chemicals or toxins at work or in your hobbies? Is there anything in your health history or family history that would put your pregnancy at risk, or ways to reduce that risk? Your doctor will let you know if any genetic counseling is in order for conditions such as sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis. You may need MMR and varicella (chicken pox) boosters or other immunizations before you become pregnant. And don’t forget about the dentist.

Although Mom will carry the baby for nine months, conception is one activity where Mom and Dad are equal contributors! Dad will have a better sperm count if he has a healthy weight, doesn’t smoke at all and doesn’t drink excessively. Heat has a negative effect on sperm production, so it’s a good idea for dads to avoid hot tubs when trying to get a baby from the drawing board into production. And during this period, Dad should keep the laptop off his lap. He could switch to boxers if he prefers briefs. The most important tip is to reduce your stress, and enjoy the journey! Q

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TV safety is


BY GENEVIEVE GORDER Having a baby changes everything, including home décor. Due to increasing sizes and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can tip when bumped or pulled, causing them to topple off furniture, potentially causing injury or even death. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics study, more than 17,000 children — one every 30 minutes — are treated in emergency rooms across the country for TV related injuries every year. Baby proofing tips: • Little ones love to crawl, climb and explore; mount your TV to capitalize on square footage as this will instantly add a more open look to any room and ensure safety by putting this appealing device out of little arms’ length. • Reduce clutter. While surrounding furnishings are sure to add elegance to the space, clutter is never a good look; amend complexities so the viewer is not distracted when watching TV and your baby is not met with obstacles, etc. • Avoid placing remote controls or other items in places where little ones might be enticed to climb up or reach for them. • Bye-bye furniture. By placing your Roku, BluRay and cable box on a shelf on the wall or behind a mounted TV, you eliminate the need for furniture altogether — which means more useful square



Tips at a glance • Mount your TV so it blhnmh_Zkflk^Z\a' • Reduce clutter so the viewer is not distracted and your baby is not met with obstacles, etc. • Avoid placing remote controls or other items in places where little ones might be enticed to climb up or reach for them. • Bye-bye furniture. By placing your Roku, BluRay and cable box on a shelf on the wall or behind a mounted TV you eliminate a makeshift, indoor jungle gym. • “Dress up” your AV accessories. This way choking hazards stay concealed and everything is perfectly accessorized and styled safely.

footage, and the elimination of your makeshift, indoor jungle gym. • “Dress-up” your AV accessories. Find essential accessories for your AV system and its surrounding décor, such as the SANUS® cable tunnels to hide TV and power cords, at; this way choking hazards stay concealed and everything is perfectly accessorized and styled safely. Q

Dental hygiene

Sonicare toothbrushes: better smiles BY DOROTHY J. DANKEL My daughter Jane just turned 3 and has clever ways of cutting the tooth brushing routine short. Lessons on how to “brush brush brush” can be interpreted as “chew chew chew” and we have the mangled toothbrush rests to prove it. I know where she’s coming from: After countless lectures on tooth brushing, with and without braces, I have come to the realization that technology is my friend. I have used Sonicare toothbrushes the last four years because of their ease and effectiveness. My dentist girlfriend, also a mom of a 3-year-old, confided that electric toothbrushes are the thing for kids, too. Less wrestling, more cleaning. So we bought Jane an inexpensive AAA battery-powered toothbrush at the pharmacy. When the battery died down, so did its effectiveness and Jane resorted to “chew chew chew.” The Philips Sonicare for Kids toothbrush is designed for kids 4 years and up, but we have been

using it with Jane now for three weeks. It’s great. Many features make it different than the adult Sonicare, like adjustable speed, an easy-to-hold rubber handle and stickers. Did I mention stickers? The first thing Jane did when we opened the package was to choose re-usable stickers to customize her own toothbrush. The other features, like the built-in timer and music at the end of the brushing routine, I’m confident Jane will grow into in time. I highly recommend the Sonicare for kids. My husband and I even used it on a recent trip with our own adult-size Sonicare toothbrush heads. The Philips Sonicare for Kids retails at $49.99. According to information at the brush removes up to 75 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush and ensures each quadrant of the mouth is properly attended to via a KidPacer, which provides a short series of tones to alert the brusher to move to the next section of their mouth so no teeth are left behind!



JANE, 3, likes using the Philips Sonicare for Kids toothbrush.





Early art — it’s the process that

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They engage with their world through their senses: the feel of the cool, squishy finger paint; the sound of scissors cutting or their small hands tearing paper. Lanissa Maggert

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BY LANISSA MAGGERT Toddlers are typically more interested in the process of art than making a finished product. The process is where the fun and learning take place! This is often true because toddlers are sensory oriented. They engage with their world through their senses: the feel of the cool, squishy finger paint; the sound of scissors cutting or their small hands tearing paper; the smell or even the taste of home-made dough as they roll it out or shape it. It’s important to let toddlers PHOTO CONTRIBUTED set the pace and find their levels allow Hayden to be creative, use of comfort because some toddlers EXPERIENCES WITH ART MATERIALS his imagination and express himself. Age-appropriate art supplies are may not initially like the feel of listed on the Early Childhood Alliance Pinterest page: some materials. Think of ways ecafw. you can help make little adaptations to help them explore. For example, a child may not want to versions. touch the paint but would like using a brush or a • Choose a place in your home where you are sponge. near a sink. And don’t let the fear of making a mess get in • Have children put their art on a cookie sheet to the way of this great experience for your child. The give them a sense of space to work in. joy and skills your toddler gains will far outweigh a The process of discovering, manipulating and little mess. Some suggestions to curb the mess are: exploring creative art materials offers toddlers • Find art products that are available in washable endless opportunities that support many areas of


growth and development. Early experiences with art materials allow children to be creative, use their imaginations and express themselves. (For a list of age-appropriate art supplies, visit the Early Childhood Alliance Pinterest page: Art can be a wonderful outlet for their emotions: Squeezing dough may help relieve tension; the feel of the paint as it glides onto the paper with the paintbrush can be an outlet for sadness; and making marks with their favorite color marker can create happiness. These sensory experiences are often calming for young children. Also, through these early art experiences toddlers can practice their small muscle skills when holding and making marks with a crayon, painting with a paintbrush, pressing and molding with dough, or making dots on their paper with non-toxic paint daubers. These opportunities will support their pre-writing skills. These experiences can also support

language development and social interactions. Some questions or comments you can use to encourage your toddler to explore are: â&#x20AC;˘ Tell me about what you made. â&#x20AC;˘ Did you like making this? â&#x20AC;˘ How does the paint feel? â&#x20AC;˘ You used a lot of different colors. â&#x20AC;˘ You used all of the dough. â&#x20AC;˘ You mixed colors together to make a new color. Finally, display your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. This will send the message to your toddler that his/her work is valued and important. Young children take pride in the entire process and take it seriously. Their work has meaning. You can hang it on the refrigerator or in a frame in their bedroom, or set the dry dough sculpture on the table as a centerpiece. Watch how a piece of art that they make becomes the topic discussion for days to come. The whole family can participate as well.

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Kids fighting is a big

bummer It’s expected for siblings to argue, but it’s so magical when they have fun together


Do you want to build a snowman?” from ‘Frozen’ comes to my mind when I see Eva trying to get some playtime with Ella. ... It makes me so sad. Erin Doucette




BY ERIN DOUCETTE My kids are the very definition of big sister and little sister. Ella has taken on a role of being the boss, I mean leader, while Eva has become an annoying pest to her. And therefore, ERIN DOUCETTE there is a lot of fighting. EVA, 4, AND ELLA, 7, hold hands as they stroll down the street in Atlanta, Ga., I know that this is during their spring break trip. probably something very common in every household with more I remember that my sisters bossed me around, than one child, but it just breaks my heart a little sometimes torturing me. Sorry, girls, but it’s true! I everyday. The sad song “Do you want to build a remember one particular game they made me play snowman?” from “Frozen” comes to my mind when called “trust me” where I would be blindfolded and I see Eva trying to get some playtime with Ella. If you would have to eat whatever they put in my mouth. haven’t seen this Disney movie five times like we have, Once it was a whole cup of flour. Have you ever eaten it’s a tale of two sisters who have a distant relationship a cup of flour? I was keeled over the toilet immedidue to a big secret that one is keeping. It makes me so ately after. sad. Ella told me I’m too emotional though. But they also played with me. We pretended we And I think it’s harder for me to see Ella’s point were a whole gymnastic team, complete with tights of view than Eva’s. I am the youngest in my family and leotards! We were school children and Sara was and I remember looking up to my sisters so much. our teacher. Or we had a mock wedding, where Nate


and I got married. Emily and I practically lived on our trampoline together. And we took bike rides to town together to buy massive amounts of candy. And stayed up late talking in our room we shared. And sometimes Sara would go through her room and give me her things she was done with. I was thrilled to get these treasures! On the other hand I guess I was probably annoying. I remember always thinking my sisters had better food on their plate so I always wanted to have some. I probably got a lot of attention too because not only was I the youngest, and incredibly darling, just kidding, but I have a twin brother. Twins were not quite as common before the days of IVF, so I’m sure “the twins” were always a spectacle. My kids have totally different temperaments too. Ella is a bit more high strung, likes everything her way,

organized and in control. I don’t know where she got that from. (Excuse me while I go label something.) Eva is a totally free spirit, singing all the time, making messes wherever she goes and she can laugh any problem away. They are not always fighting though. Just recently Ella rediscovered a big stand-up chalkboard and started to play school with Eva. She was her teacher! I was so happy to see them in this moment together. I want more of these moments! And less of the “She hit me!” or “Tell her to stop singing Frozen!” moments. But of course, we just had our spring break, so I’m coming off a week spent traveling, confined spaces and a lot of together time. I am hopeful we will have more of these moments. If not, I guess I can always drown my sorrows with another viewing of “Frozen.” “Do you want to build a snowman?” Sniff. Sniff. Q


EVA AND ELLA are the best of friends, sometimes.

The mammogram you need. The pampering you deserve. Because it's

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Family meals don’t happen by

accident Intentional, shared-meal practice gives children needed structure, social time, connection to each other and more


BY CAROL ARCHAMBEAULT Before I wrote my book “The Shared-Meal Revolution: How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends” I completed a master’s thesis on my own family’s meal practice and how it changed over generations. What I learned while doing this thesis, and subsequently when writing my book, was how our parents used our family meal ritual as a way to best serve our well-being. There were 11 of us — six boys and five girls. Our family meal ritual didn’t happen by accident. It was an intentional activity my parents used to keep our family connected. My parents had their share of challenges and pressures that come with every era (and every family) but life was simpler then. Today, we live in a high-choice culture that can sometimes complicate how we spend our time. Families maneuver through dynamic, overcrowded


schedules. Technology can distract us from interacting more with each other. Some employers demand excessive productivity resulting in extended hours on the job and away from our loved ones. Because we need ways to help manage our modern lifestyles, we could benefit from a plan that will help us keep our intentions, and preserve a daily shared-meal practice. Here are some of the ways why being intentional about meal times can make a difference to your family: • We allow ourselves the opportunity to belong to a community. The home is the first community a child experiences. • It can help us feel whole and human, versus fragmented and robotic. Keeping the TV, cell phones and tech devices on a meal “time-out” is a must to preserve the best quality experience. • Shared-meal rituals help us to simplify our lives. Aware of our intentions to take care of our relationships, showing up each day

to share a meal says, “I value you, and choose to be a part of your life.” Life feels easier when we take care of the big things first. • Children need routines to feel stable and secure. A shared-meal ritual provides a family activity that children can rely upon. • Parents can role model nutritious food choices at the dining table. This can help children develop healthy eating habits as they grow. • Throughout life, sharing is an important aspect of learning to live with others. The activities involved in a shared-meal ritual help you learn how to “play well with others.” • A shared-meal ritual is an important activity families can use to achieve a lasting sense of peace and connection. If you are seeking ways to improve the well-being of your family, consider developing a sharedmeal plan to receive these benefits and more. Each family is unique. You can create one that addresses the needs of your family. Q


Talk to kids about alcohol — they hear you! BY REBECCA CALHOUN It is never too early to talk to our children about alcohol. Most 6-year-olds know that alcohol is only for adults. But between the ages of 9 and 13 something changes; children start to view alcohol more positively. They begin to notice how advertisers make drinking look fun. They remember the commercials and can often sing the jingles. They notice when adults or older siblings are drinking alcohol. Many children begin to think underage drinking is OK. Some even start to experiment. Over the last several decades, scientific understanding and knowledge of the dangers of underage drinking have increased substantially. Children who drink alcohol are more likely to: • Use drugs

• Get bad grades • Suffer injury or death • Engage in risky sexual activity • Make bad decisions • Have health problems As parents we play a critical role in our children’s decisions to experiment with alcohol. As our child becomes curious about alcohol, he or she may turn to us for answers and advice. This is our opportunity to start an open, honest conversation about drinking. When we as parents know the facts about underage alcohol use, we may be able to protect our children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated with it. I know it is easy to say, “My kids know not to drink” but an alarming number of preteens are experimenting. Nationally about 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol and some studies indicate up to

50 percent of 15-year-olds have tried it! Remember, if we do not talk about underage drinking, we are still saying something. Parents who do not discourage underage drinking may have an indirect influence on their children’s alcohol use. Studies have shown that as parents we have a significant influence on our children’s decisions to use or not use alcohol. In fact, around 80 percent of children feel that parents should have a say in whether they drink alcohol. The national “Talk They Hear You” campaign provides tools to help parents to answer their kids’ questions about alcohol. If we talk to our kids directly and honestly, they are more likely to respect our rules and advice about alcohol use. For tips on ways to begin the conversation visit Q

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Arts opportunities BY SHERYL PRENTICE My daughter Dawn was 4 when she discovered ballet. She had watched “Sesame Street” on PBS 39 and the ballet performance that followed her show caught her eye. She twirled around the living room, mimicking the dancers. “Mom, I want to do that,” she said when the performance ended. I didn’t know a plié from a rélevé, so I talked her into waiting to sign up for ballet classes until she finished kindergarten. It gave me time to learn about dance studios and the opportunities they offer. That experience taught me that valuing the arts begins at home. Parents must understand that arts

experiences are important enough for their children’s development that it is worth the effort to seek those opportunities out. Those opportunities are as close as the nearest public library. All area public libraries offer free programming for children that includes exposure to the arts. Jenna Anderson, marketing specialist at Kendallville Public Library, said arts activities are one element of its programs, along with regular literacy events and science activities in partnership with Science Central. “Arts programs are important to help children be well-rounded,” she said. She said Lego Club, the most popular children’s program at the library, has the added See ART page 23

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Art is a necessity to life and culture. It is essential to social change, and I believe, necessary for one’s own human existence at every level and every age on this earth. Years of extensive research has proven that art is extremely important especially for the development of young children. Involvement in the arts is associated improvements in math, reading, cognitive ability,

critical thinking and verbal skills. Art teaches children to become more tolerant and open to others; bolsters self-confidence and leads to developing a healthy imagination; is an alternative to delinquent behavior; and teaches problem-solving and analytical thinking skills. Arts learning improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. We express as a nation what we want for our children in the See TASSLER page 22


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Art at home: Messy but memorable BY TARA MUMAW Art has great benefits for children. It boosts creativity and imagination and gets those fine motor skills working. Art has visual, social and cultural learning aspects. And art is FUN! Wasn’t art your favorite class at school? You could get messy, paint, stick your hands into clay, color all over everything, bring it home and it was displayed in all of its glory. But, what about the at home projects? Oh, they look like so much fun, don’t they? You dive in with vivid pictures of yourself as a child, painting and coloring at home, making those fun projects. But there is something your mom didn’t tell you about those projects at home. The clean-up. Oh the cleanup. Paint is everywhere, on their clothes, in their hair, and some may or may not have been ingested by the youngest sibling. And the glitter? Oh, the glitter. You’re finding it two weeks later on the couch, on the counter or at the edge of your eye randomly one day at the grocery store. SIDEWALK CHALK PAINT

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schools across America. We want them to provide academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic opportunities and equal opportunities for all children. Imagine a world without art?! Our children are the future of the world. It is my mission as an artist to help make



Ah yes, the joy of at-home art. I bet you think I am going to give you some amazing tips and a recipe for non-messy, non-finding-glitter-for-twomonths-straight project. But you will not find that here. These recipes are as messy as you are imagining. What I am here to tell you is all the clean up and mess will provide so much more than a picture on your fridge. It will have created a new-found confidence in their beautiful project and a “Mom, look what I made!” And the smile. The smile gets me every time. Art will create lasting memories. Who could forget the time Brother ate the blue paint and Sister ruined the dining room rug? For the Mommy or Daddy who doesn’t quite want to dig out the art supplies because of the aftermath, I encourage you to forget about it for just today. Try some of these fun recipes, talk about the colors, what they are making and get a little messy. Someday we are going to miss that glitter. Someday. Q FINGER PAINT

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art an important experience for all children and adults. Due to tough budget cuts, our schools have provide less opportunity for children to express themselves in creative ways. I want all children to have the best art opportunities to develop into well-rounded adults. By encouraging creativity within our children, we are setting the stage for the contributions they will make to community, society, and humanity at large.

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Art has the ability to connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing, thus art creates the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion. “Art to a child is more than a matter of painting pictures or making objects. It is a means by which he expresses his individuality and communicates his ideas about himself and his world.” — Jane Cooper Bland

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benefit of teaching art skills such as color and design in the building process. Deb Argast of Kids Club at Auburn Presbyterian Church uses creative arts activities to stimulate the imaginations of her charges. She chooses a theme for each activity and relates an artistic project to it, often repurposing or recycling common household objects. “For instance, someone donated 30 Pringles cans and I planned to make Totem Poles out of them with a unit I was doing on Alaska,” she said in an email. “Then school was cancelled and my program was cancelled, so I still needed to get rid of the cans. I saw a piece on a TV craft show about making vases out of the cans by putting double sided sticky tape on the cans and wrapping yarn around it,

somewhat like a southwest look. That is what I will do with the Pringles cans when I do my garden unit this spring.” Families who want to develop their artistic skills can opt for classes and programs from individual artists such as Mary Thiel of Garrett and Peggy Tassler of SOZO Studio in Kendallville. Thiel shares her gift for watercolor painting in programs at the Garrett Public Library and Judith A. Morrill Center. “I totally believe in art for everyone,” she said. “There’s art in everyone and it stimulates people to do better and to do good things. Kids get the tools to create and their eyes light up.” Thiel said the arts can be a “saving grace” for children, teens and adults who need to channel their feelings and emotions in a positive direction. Tassler offers workshops and classes to children and adults in pottery, ceramics, watercolor, acrylic painting, print making


and collage creations of found objects. She offers family value packages and other discounts to make classes affordable. “I offer workshops to kids because it’s important to their development as to who they are. Art allows them to express feelings, emotions and ideas about their world as they see it. Every brush stroke means something to them,” Tassler said. Tassler said we lose the ability to be expressive as we mature. Small children are free spirits and freely identify themselves as artists, but older children and adults do not, she said. Art experiences are often interrupted when middle and high school students must choose between art class, band or choir. Adults put aside their art experiences because of careers, raising a family or other pursuits. The interruptions don’t matter, Tassler said. “Adults pick up wherever they left off. You warm up your muscles and get going. Art never leaves you,” she said.




Summer: Think

college, career BY KATE COFFMAN Summer is an excellent time for students to prepare for and explore their postsecondary options. Whether an incoming freshmen or a rising high school senior, there are meaningful activities in which students can participate to help increase their chances for admission and financial aid. Students just starting high school may think they have four years to figure out what they want to do after high school. But taking the right classes and getting good grades is critical whether they want to pursue four-year degrees or apprenticeships with a trade. Students should visit the admission websites of colleges that interest them to see what classes those colleges require. They can make any needed schedule adjustments with their high school counselors right before classes start. For students who have no idea what they might like to do as a career, taking a career assessment like can help them learn about careers and the education those careers require. Students also can learn about apprenticeship requirements at Sophomores and juniors can use the summer to prepare for tests like the PSAT (which all sophomores can and should take free in October through their high schools), the SAT and the ACT. The College Board, which administers the SAT and PSAT, offers test prep questions on its website, Practice questions for the ACT can be found at Most libraries and local book stores also offer practice books or software. Juniors should plan to take the SAT and ACT no later than spring of their junior year. If students are unhappy with their scores, they will still have fall of their senior year to retake the test and bring up their score. Rising seniors should use the summer to firm up the list of colleges to which they want to apply, including visiting schools, if they haven’t already. Seniors can work on their admission essays and gather needed documents that might be required for admission, such as recommendation letters, a resume and a list of high school activities. Searching for scholarships at websites including or can also be helpful. Applying early is critical if students want to be considered for most colleges’ top scholarships. Many schools have priority deadlines in October and November. Having the application started or even ready to turn in to a school counselor early can result in additional aid. For more advice on college planning visit or join the Trip To College Alerts program by texting grad and the student’s high school graduation year (for instance, grad2015) to 69979. Standard text message rates apply. Q 24


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The studio looked a lot like a blank canvas when she moved in. White and empty. Gradually, she filled the place with furniture, paintings, splashes of color, décor, flea market finds and recyclables. The giant tables where her students sit used to hold bras in a retail establishment. A bank of drawers that once held hosiery now organizes supplies. A newspaper stand like you might see in a coffee shop holds containers of paintbrushes. “It’s amazing how much waste businesses have,” Megan said. “I guess it’s easier to junk it than find an artist that would repurpose or recycle it.” To keep her studio alive she works full-time and a couple part-time jobs. She puts in a lot of hours at a retail establishment, blogs for a nonprofit, handles marketing for a local entrepreneur and more.

Megan started painting when she was a little girl with her great-aunt and world-traveling artist, Evelyn Shelagowski. Megan credits DeKalb County artist Pat Delagrange for getting her back into art. “So many people are artistic but they get so busy with life. People need to have an inspiration and motivation, and that’s what Pat is for me, as well as a close friend,” Megan said. Megan also credits her friends, Dr. Caroline Derrow and entrepreneur Jerry Yoder, both of Auburn, for helping her in the business-planning process. Caroline helped her write a business plan, and they both offer advice, give her direction and motivate her to continue pursuing art. The Window Nook Studio wouldn’t be where it is without the help of Megan’s parents building more than 100 wooden easels, many stools for the work tables, and more. About a year ago, Megan joined creative forces with childhood friend and elementary art teacher Kristy Jo Carper. Kristy Jo’s love of art also goes back to elementary


school, when her art teacher, Nancy Fites, selected her piece for a FAME competition in Fort Wayne. After that, she attended a fine arts camp at Camp Potawatomi. Kristy Jo has followed in her role model’s footsteps and now works as an elementary art teacher. They’ve been volunteering at fine arts camps, serving on the Downtown Auburn Business Association, working to expand the DeKalb County Farmers’ Market and will participate in the second annual Discovering Historic Auburn Event on May 18. The Window Nook will be open for a tour during the event. Kristy Jo and Megan started teaching classes at 6 Autumns Food & Spirits in Angola close to a year ago. They also teach Sip N’ Create art classes at the Window Nook Studio and the Auburn Moose Family Center, offer private parties, classes, fundraising for community organizations, etc. To learn more, follow MSat Art at the Window Nook Studio on Facebook or e-mail Q



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Steuben County has family-focused summer fun Steuben’s Carnegie library sponsors Passport to Arts Steuben County features Passport to the Arts, May 31-June 28, sponsored by the Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County. Passports can be picked up at the library beginning the week of May 19. Passports should be stamped at the library and two more locations. The passports then enable the user to be eligible for the top five prizes on display inside the library. If all five passport stops are stamped on the passport the user becomes eligible for cash prizes. While at the library, visit the Steuben Art Show, May 10-31, with more than 175 pieces from students of Angola, Fremont, Hamilton and Prairie Heights on display. Galleries included in the tour are 4 Corners Gallery Studio

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Square dancing offered in Angola Magic Squares holds dances at the YMCA, 500 E. Harcourt Road, Angola, in Steuben County on the second and fourth Fridays. Early rounds are at 7:30 p.m. and squares and rounds are 8-10 p.m. Upcoming dances are May 9 (pie walk), (no dance Memorial Day weekend), June 13 (root beer and strawberry floats), June 27 (hors d’oeuvres), July 11 (Hawaiian luau) and July 25 (homemade ice cream). The club callers are Dick and Mary Lou Duckham. Contact them at 269-781-5914 or Club cuers are Sonja and Alvin Miller. Contact them at 517-765-2068 or Presidents are Will and Pat Iler. Contact them at 665-6401 or Vice presidents are Lynn Routsong (210-264-5231) and Barb Rose (665-2480). Secretary/treasurers are Alyce Hughes (475-5569) and Karen Hughes (475-5559).




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FRIDAY, MAY 2 Oak Hill Farm Barbecue Fundraiser 6 p.m. At least four chefs will present their individual interpretations of a country barbecue at a fundraiser at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke. Tickets are $12 per adult, $8 for ages 6-10, and free to age 5 and under. Get tickets at the door. The band Autumn Grey will entertain. Proceeds support services offered at Oak Hill Farm therapeutic riding center in Roanoke. Since 2005, Oak Hill Farm has helped more than 350 children and their families discover their potential with

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SATURDAY, MAY 3 Annual KPC Community Garage Sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. KPC Media Group annual Community Garage Sale and Flea Market at the

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MONDAY, MAY 5 Ants in Your Pants Class 10:30 a.m. Allen County Library Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. Does your little one love to move around and make noise? This program is perfect for active preschoolers who don’t like to sit still. Call 421-1315 for more information.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 ImagiKnit 10 a.m. Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, 322 S. Wayne St., Angola. Weekly knitting group, newcomers welcome. Born to Read Storytime 10:30 a.m. Allen County Library Grabill Branch, 13521 State Street, Grabill. You’re never too young to enjoy the library, so join the children’s librarian to share songs, rhymes and books with babies. For more information call 421-1325. ESL Instruction 5:30 pm. LEAP of Noble County, 610 Grand St.,

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 Helping Hands of Steuben County 9 a.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 768 N. S.R. 827, Angola. Volunteer sewing projects for the community. Lapsit Storytime 10 a.m. Garrett Public Library, 107 W. Houston St., Garrett. Welcoming 0-3 year-old babies and toddlers with their accompanying adult. Siblings are welcome to join. Activities include stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays and snacks. Feel free to stay after storytime to interact with friends in the children’s area. This is a great time for adults to interact with each other, too! Smart Start Storytime 10:30 a.m. Allen County Library Grabill Branch, 13521 State Street, Grabill. Come and join us for songs, great stories, silly rhymes and lots of smiles just for you! For more information call 421-1325.

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Food Distribution 1 p.m. Friendship Food Pantry, 2004 E. Dowling St., Kendallville. Food and hygiene products distributed to the needy on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2-4 p.m. For more info please call 242-6427 or 349-1623. Faith Community Health Clinic 5 p.m. Holy Family Episcopal Church, 909 S. Darling St., Angola. Free health care for those without insurance and meeting poverty guidelines. Information is at 665-3146. Savior Recovery Program 7 p.m. Ashley Love-Divine Baptist Church, C.R. 23 and S.R. 4, Ashley. Meetings tackle addictions like meth, alcohol, medications, tobacco, gambling, sex and more. Separate meeting spaces for men and women. Teachings from “Celebrate Recovery.” For more information call 585-6264.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Preschool Storytime 10 a.m. Garrett Public Library, 107 W. Houston St., Garrett. Welcoming to storytime 3-5 year-olds with their accompanying adult. Siblings are welcome to join, too. Activities include stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays, snack, and a craft. Feel free to stay after storytime to enjoy the children’s area with friends. This is a great time for adults to enjoy a little adult interaction, too. Food Pantry 10:30 a.m. West Noble Food Pantry, 519 Gerber St., Ligonier. Food available for low-income families in need. Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Smart Start Storytime 10:30 a.m. Allen County Library Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and early literacy fun! For more information call 421-1315. Annual Fish and Tenderloin Dinner 4 p.m. Rome City United Methodist Church, 297 Washington St., Rome City. Sponsored by the Rome City and Brimfield Lions. Presented by Dan’s Fry Service. Carryout available. Children 5 and under free.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Community Harvest Food Truck 11 a.m. Trinity Assembly of God Church, 1288 W. Union St., Ligonier. Community Harvest food truck delivering at 11 a.m. Yoga 5:30 p.m. Garrett Public Library, 107 W. Houston St., Garrett. Gentle and restorative yoga. Join us in Herzer Hall for relaxing yoga designed to reduce stress and help with injuries. Please bring a pillow and blanket. If possible, bring a mat and you may also bring exercise blocks, if you have them. Celebrate Recovery Meeting 7 p.m. World Harvest Family Worship Center, 133 S. Randolph St., Garrett. For those recovering from substance abuse.

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SATURDAY, MAY 10 Second Saturday Hikes 9 a.m. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City. Join us on the second Saturday of each month for leisurely hikes exploring the 150 acres of GSP through the changing seasons. Hike topics might include trees, wildďŹ&#x201A;owers, restoration and even rocks. Come prepared to explore and discover the details of the land that Gene so lovingly called WildďŹ&#x201A;ower Woods. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately. Phone: 854-3790 Annual Plant Sale 9 a.m. Noble County Fairgrounds, Fair Street, Kendallville. Bedding and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, annuals and perennials. Sponsored by the Noble County Master Gardeners.

Happy Knitters and Bubbly Crocheters 11 a.m. Steuben County Council on Aging, 317 S. Wayne St., Angola. Bi-monthly crocheting group, newcomers welcome. For more information call 665-9856. Girls Night Out 5 p.m. Downtown Auburn, 129 E. 9th St., Auburn. Girls Night Out. Shop, sip, taste.

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THURSDAY, MAY 15 Book A Librarian 2 p.m. Limberlost Public Library, 164 Kelly St, Rome City. Technology trainer Lee Ann DePew will be available at the Limberlost Public Library from 2 to 5 p.m. to assist patrons who have questions or just want assistance with their e-readers, computers and more. Stop in anytime â&#x20AC;Ś ďŹ rst come, ďŹ rst served. Phone: 854-3382 Beginner Quilt Class 6 p.m. Angola High School, 350 S. John McBride Ave., Angola. Provided by the Steuben County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and taught by Angola High School textile arts teacher Donna Thrasher.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Spring Roll All day May 16 and May 17. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Fort Wayne is at the pinnacle of Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roller derby resurgence. Since October 2005, the Fort Wayne



Derby Girls, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, has raised over $110,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. Charities benefiting from its efforts include: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Camp Watch Wanna Do, A Day Away, SCAN, Erin’s House, Charis House, Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Hoosier Burn Camp, Great Lakes Burn Camp, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity- Women Build, Easter Seals ARC, Turnstone Center for Disabled Children, Victim’s Assistance Program, Make A Wish Foundation, Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and Crossroad Children’s Home.

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SATURDAY, MAY 17 Birding with Gene 9 a.m. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City. Celebrate Gene’s love of birds at this family-friendly event. Learn about wild birds, habitat conservation efforts at GSP and how to attract them to your backyard. Activities include bird watching hikes through Sower’s Woods, birding by kayak, tips on local birding hot spots and crafts. Birding by kayak begins at 7:30 a.m. and space is limited so reservations are required. You must provide your own kayak and personal flotation device. Phone: 854-3790



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FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Sweetwater GearFest ‘14 9 a.m. Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 West, Fort Wayne. GearFest ‘14 presented by Sweetwater Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 9-5. Free admission; join thousands of people from all over the U.S. for two days of gear mania! Experience exciting giveaways featuring thousands of dollars’ worth of gear, as well as hundreds of manufacturer exhibits and dozens of workshops. Phone: 432-8176


Art Study Group 6:30 p.m. Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County, 322 S. Wayne St., Angola. Offered by the Angola Regional Artists Guild.



LEGO Club 3:30 p.m. Allen County Library Grabill Branch, 13521 State Street, Grabill. Join us for an afternoon of playing with LEGO blocks. Phone: 421-1325

Second Saturday Hikes 9 a.m. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City. Join us on the second Saturday of each month for leisurely hikes exploring the 150 acres of GSP through the changing seasons. Hike topics might include trees, wildflowers, restoration and even rocks. Come prepared to explore and discover the details of the land that Gene so lovingly called Wildflower Woods. Rain or shine, please dress appropriately. Phone: 854-3790

THURSDAY, MAY 29 Lifeline Support Group 5 p.m. World Harvest Family Worship Center, 133 S. Randolph St., Garrett. For parents in need of support in dealing with teenage drug and alcohol abuse. Standing meeting every last Thursday of the month. Call 553-0470 or 349-0601 for more information. Saturday, May 31 Come Unity 6k for Water 9:30 a.m. Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. Come Unity is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities in East Africa get the clean water they desperately need for drinking, cooking, washing and other daily needs. Why a 6k? 6k is the average distance women walk to fetch their water every day. Women and girls in Africa spend 200 million hours each day retrieving water, and sadly, the water they have walked 4 miles to get is often unclean and unsafe for drinking. The 6k is a great way for you to get involved here locally. All of your race registration goes directly to Come Unity and their well building efforts. Come out to beautiful Shoaff Park and run or walk for a great cause. Strollers welcome. Get your kids involved too! We have a .6k kids’ dash FWFAMILY.COM

Raining Cats and Dogs 5K 10 a.m. Humane Society of Noble County, 1305 Sherman St., Kendallville. Join us for a fundraiser and 5K benefiting our animals at the Humane Society of Noble County.

Pokagon District Cubmobile Race 8:30 a.m. Pokagon District Cubmobile Race, North Highland Street, Albion. Free to come and watch. Any area cub scout welcome to attend and race. Call Don Golden, 564-5416. The Fort Wayne Mad Ant and IPFW Mastodon will be in attendance to race the first race of the event.



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Moonlit Garden Tour 8 p.m. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City. Enjoy an elegant evening in Gene’s “Tame” garden with luminaries providing atmosphere under the light of a full moon. Home to hundreds of species of plants, many planted by Gene herself! Live music, wine tasting and white chocolate-dipped strawberries add to the romance of the evening. Rain date is June 21. Reservations are required by June 9. Guests must be 21 and older. Phone: 854-3790

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Get Checking Workshop 5 p.m. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. The Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Allen County continues to host the Get Checking workshop for the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. This 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 will be held at the Allen County Extension Office and 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. Workshop dates are May 14, 1-5 p.m.; and June 16, 5-9 p.m. Workshop topics include an introduction to the program and Choosing an Account Right for You; Managing Your Account; Keys to Successful Money Management and Credit. 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 and money page on the website at extension.purdue. edu/allen or visit the office at 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW campus.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23 Sweetwater Academy of Music Rock Camp 10 a.m. Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 West, Fort Wayne. At Rock Camp, campers will meet new musicians, write an original song with their Rock Camp bandmates, record a demo in Sweetwater’s professional studio, perform a real rock show in Sweetwater’s Performance Theatre. Sign up your kids, ages 12-18, for the Sweetwater Academy of Music’s Rock Camp. If your kids have experience singing or playing guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards, then let them spend a week learning how to be a rock star. For more information call 432-8176.

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