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A temporary home ASPCA takes animals in, but seeks help to make it home By VALERIE CAVIGLIA pr@timespubs.com

Adelaide, a fragile but sweet feline at the Allen County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), has been lovingly cared for by staff and volunteers since her owner was forced to surrender her in December. The shelter has tried to make the cat’s temporary home a comfortable, happy place. “Adel’s” tiny, 1-year-old heart has a condition that will likely end her life by the age of 3. Cardiomyopathy makes her heart beat rapidly when she feels stress, which can make it difficult for Adel to breathe. Although medication is available, there is no cure for her condition. But, the ASPCA feels strongly there is a perfect home for Adel in Fort Wayne — and staff members are doing all they can to find just the right place for her. This is what they do. Special needs animals or those facing euthanasia are evaluated by the ASPCA to ensure they are a good fit for the program. Then the ASPCA takes them in, working diligently to find the animal its forever home while keeping the facility clean, organized and most of all, a safe haven for animals who may otherwise be put down. The care they provide isn’t only for animals. Special considerations have been made for owners forced to give up their beloved pets. Sofia Rodriguez, executive director of the ASPCA, said when she first started in 2010, a woman visited the shelter, distraught she had to give up her dog. Her family’s economic and living situations had changed, and a new landlord had rescinded permission to keep pets at their home.

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Meet Adelaide, seen here in the arms of Allen County SPCA Executive Director Sofia Rodriguez. The feline’s heart condition means she will need just the right family in her forever home. Also pictured at left is ASPCA Medical Team Captain Tanya Gallo. “I will never forget her,” Rodriguez said. “Her landlord originally said that she could have (a dog) and then two weeks later told her she couldn’t. She was just at her wits end. I thought, ‘If someone is trying to do the right thing, I

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A crew plots lane restriction cones along Maplecrest Road at the Lake Avenue intersection. the potential for economic development. Planners estimate as many as 8,000 vehicles will be attracted daily to the new roadway, which includes a total of four bridges. Future traffic volumes are expected to double. Planners say this also will reduce the number of vehicles using the other at-grade railroad

crossings by 28 percent, improving safety for motorists. “We’re excited about how it’s going to impact the area. It will open up a much quicker route to New Haven and from New Haven to Georgetown,” said Steve Jehl, manager of Georgetown Square See BRIDGE, page A4

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Construction crews recently placed traffic cones on Maplecrest Road at Lake Avenue, serving as proof that a road-extension project 30 years in the making really is underway. The 1.4-mile extension of Maplecrest Road on the east side of Fort Wayne will create a direct route from the Georgetown area to New Haven, including a new bridge over the Maumee River. Without it, driving has long been an obstacle for traffic running north and south on that side of Fort Wayne. Add several railroad tracks running parallel with the south side of the river carrying around 50 trains and the result is numerous traffic delays and hampered direct access to areas with

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Fort Wayne Ballet dancers committed “Random Acts of Dance� April 23-27 as part of National Dance Week, intended to bring attention to dance as an art form. Much like a flash mob, these performers took to dancing outside the Georgetown Square Subway restaurant on Friday, April 27.

Extension workshops aim to preserve nature’s bounty The Allen County Extension office will host several “Preserving Nature’s Bounty� workshops with the aim of teaching community members how to preserve fruits and vegetables for future use. The workshops, beginning May 15, will go over the food preservation process of treating and handling food. Proper food preservation can stop or greatly slow down spoilage, reduce the loss of quality, increase edibility and nutritive value. The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County will conduct the workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer the frequently asked questions on canning,

freezing and drying foods. The cost to attend is $2 and will cover the cost of printing materials. Workshops all will take place at the Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., and are scheduled for: • May 15 at 7 p.m. • May 30 at 1 p.m. • June 6 at 7 p.m. • June 19 at 1 p.m. • July 9 at 7 p.m. • Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. • Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. To register for a workshop, contact the extension office at 4816826 or email hadleyv@purdue.edu. Registration also can be completed online at extension.purdue.edu/alle n under the “Family Food and Healthâ€? tab. Class size is limited.

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Bishop, Walters to wed Emily Katherine Walters of Fort Wayne and Thomas Richard Bishop of Medina, Ohio, have announced their intent to marry on Aug. 25, 2012. The ceremony will take place at Covenant United Methodist Church of Fort Wayne with a reception to follow at the Free Masonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hall. The bride, daughter of Daniel and Jane Hovanec, is a 2006 graduate of Carroll High School. She attended Ohio Northern University and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She currently works for University of Pittsburgh Medical Hospital as an ICU registered nurse. The groom, son of Brian and Cindy Bishop, also graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He currently works at Conair as an inside sales manager. The happy couple met their freshman year at Ohio Northern University and have been together ever since. Tom proposed to Emily on Aug. 20, 2011, at Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Put-in-Bay. The couple both currently reside in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Seven Bishop Dwenger High School athletes sign official papers in the school library committing to play collegiate sports at various colleges and universities after graduation.

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Devonte Cleveland, left, and Norah Kellog meet Pinto Bean, a cat they are considering for adoption from the ASPCA. and cutting out a â&#x20AC;&#x153;doorâ&#x20AC;? for cats to enter. Old electronics and cell phones can be turned into the shelter to trade for cash. Cleaning and office supplies, often part of the shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;wish listâ&#x20AC;? of needed items, can be donated and used to maintain their facilities. But perhaps the most important donations come in the form of food, specifically Purina One special blend for cats and either a lamb-and-rice or chicken-and-rice blend for dogs. In just one month, the shelter goes through at least 720 pounds of food. When the shelter faces running out of pet food within a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, Rodriguez will put out a plea to the community, asking for pet food donations. Beyond that, the shelter relies on monetary donations from the public or grant money awarded to the ASPCA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem is that none of those are predictable, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re constantly in need of making sure we are filling that funnel,â&#x20AC;? Rodriguez said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and making new relationships or coming up with new events to increase awareness. Getting our message out is so important so people start to think of us and think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, we can give

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Healthy Times Natural therapy offers hope to migraine sufferers By MELANIE HERENDEEN pr@timespubs.com

There are about 30 million people in the country who get migraines. Migraine pain is excruciating and can last for days — even weeks — at a time. Migraine sufferers often seek solace in dark, quiet rooms away from strong odors as they become very sensitive to light, noise and smells. They often experience nausea and vomiting. Mainstream medicine offers temporary solutions with medications but they are not without side effects. Dr. Mercola, a leader in alternative medicine, said in his newsletter on migraines, that medications only help half of migraine sufferers half the time. He warns that taking prescription migraine medications can lead to “ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, stroke and heart attack, muscle weakness, dizziness and nausea.” Due to these side effects,

migraine sufferers often end up seeking natural forms of healing. Kelly Loft, internationally certified massage instructor with expertise in helping those with migraines, lists on her website common triggers to headache pain. They include: Stress/anxiety, caffeine, foods with tyramine sulfates and nitrates, lack of food and low blood sugar, dehydration, alcohol, aged cheeses, semi sweet chocolate, hormonal changes, poor sleep habits and changes in weather including humidity, barometric pressure, and temperature. In addition: smoking and/or tobacco products and nicotine, perfumes or chemical odors, bright or flickering lights, muscle tension, altitude, motion (traveling or amusement rides), and more. As you can see the list of triggers is long. But no matter what the cause or trigger, there is one result.

The blood vessels in the brain become dilated and press on nerves, causing pain. To constrict the blood vessels and thereby reduce pain, migraine sufferers can keep a cold pack handy to place on their forehead. Putting a cold gel pack (available at your local drug store) under the neck also can be helpful. Often people experience muscle tension in the shoulders and upper back that, if not interrupted with massage or exercise, moves up the head and turns into a full-blown migraine. A massage therapist can help release the muscle tension and reverse the pain-andspasm cycle. In view of this, Wellness Organix Massage offers specialized migraine therapy. The procedure consists of cold marble stones placed gently on the face and neck, a medical massage created by a physician, heat therapy on the feet, reflexology and subtle

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Kindler was First Team SAC and 2012 Sectional Champs. He plans to study health sciences and physical therapy. Michael Nix will be a Division II wrestler at the University of Indianapolis. Nix, who plans to study physical therapy, will be coached by Jason Warthan. He was a member of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 SAC championship teams. He holds multiple school records and has received multiple awards and accolades as well as being a state finalist in 2011 and 2012. Dalton Wheeler will be joining the Division III football program at DePauw University. Wheeler, who plans to study biology, was Second Team All-SAC running back, 2011 MVP, Academic All State and team captain. Michael Zehr will be playing NAIA football at Marion University in Indianapolis under coach Ted Karras. A member of the 2009 and 2010 sectional team, Zehr plans to study nursing.

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Northrop senior named Humanitarian of the Year Northrop High School senior Marissa Williams was recently recognized by the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana as its Youth Humanitarian of the Year. Williams was nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters because representatives felt she demonstrated the qualities of a humanitarian. Williams is a member of

the National Honor Society and has been part of numerous community projects including Operation Backyard, where she helped to clean yards throughout the community. The American Red Cross said Williams’ compassion, understanding and friendship are what made her their honored youth member this year.

USF hosting Art in the Morning for children The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis announced it again will offer summer art classes for children in grades 1 through 8 with its Art in the Morning youth art program. The classes will run from July 2 to July 20, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication on Leesburg Road. No classes will be held on July 4. Area art teachers and art education majors will instruct children in drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia, and ceramics. All art materials will be provided. The cost is $125 for each child and includes all materials and instructional fees. For a registration form and further information, contact the School of Creative Arts at 399-7700, ext. 8001.

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Thanks in part to students from Snider and Blackhawk high schools, a food bank serving northeast Indiana will be able to feed families in Allen County who have fallen on tough times. Students took part in this year’s CANstruction event, collecting hundreds of canned goods and then using them to build massive sculptures in the corridors of Glenbrook Square Mall. Along with the efforts of 10 other high schools, students collected 85,068 food items — that’s 68,033 pounds of food — to be donated to Community Harvest Food Bank to end up in the homes of northeast Indiana families. An exhibition at Glenbrook Square showed off the students’ sculptures, which they engineered using a combination of math, physics and creativity. Each sculpture was judged in a variety of categories and voted on by community members who brought canned goods for the cause. “This year was so awesome,” Jane Avery, executive director at Community Harvest Food Bank, said. “Even better than the last. These brilliant students amaze me. They’re so busy with their lives and yet they take the time to build these beautiful structures to help feed hungry people. They have such compassion and drive. I can’t thank them enough for all of their dedication and hard work.”

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FRIDAY, MAY 11 Jury Pool Pass Drawing. Partners 1st Federal Credit Union, 1314 Minnich Road, New Haven. Partners 1st will automatically enter those who sign up for a new checking account, direct deposit or loan into a drawing for free passes to Jury Pool, two beach towels and sunscreen. Contest entries continue through May 24. Taylor Chapel Preschool Registration. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne. Taylor Chapel Preschool is currently registering children for the 2012-2013 preschool year. Classes are available for 2-5 year olds. Morning and afternoon Pre-K classes are available, as well as full day classes. For more information call Vicki at 260-749-8597 or go to www.taylorchapel.org. Johnny Appleseed Toastmasters. Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave, Fort Wayne. 7:30 a.m. kristal@neindianabbb.org. www.johnnyappleseedtm.org. Kids Stop-n-Shop and play day. Shoaff Park, 6401 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne. 3-7 p.m. Shoaff Park is the place for family fun today and Saturday. Kids will enjoy messy games and hands-on crafts and compete in the kids‚fun run or bicycle ride. There will be books to swap, food to eat and animals to pet and toys, crafts and other unique items for sale by their young owners. More details are available at www.fortwayneparks.org. Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack. Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 SR 118 S., Van Wert. 7:30 p.m. Celebrating 50 years of the Rat Pack, Sandy Hackett‚ Rat Pack Show has been said to be the next best thing to seeing the Rat Pack themselves. Come experience this critically acclaimed, hugely entertaining theatrical production which includes recorded voice overs made exclusively for this show by Sandy Hackett, father, the late legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett. The Pack will be joined by the Toledo Jazz Orchestra in this tremendously entertaining and musically exciting show. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $30 and available online at www.npacvw.org, by phone or in person at the box office. Phone: 419-238-NPAC. Box office is open Monday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 National Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive. Put your food donations out for the mail carriers on Saturday. For more information on this national event, go to www.nalc.org/commun/foodrive. “Run with the Knights!” 5K Run/Walk. Foster Park, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at pavilion No. 1. Pre-registration $15/person; After May 7 $20/person. Runners and walkers are welcome. Registration forms at www.bishopluers.org. For more information, call Sarah Shank at 456-1261, ext. 3039 or e-mail sshank@bishopluers.org. EAA Chapter 2 Young Eagles Rally. Smith Field Airport, 426 W. Ludwig Road, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17. Registration: 9-11 a.m. Flights: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting). Parent or legal guardian must be present. youngeagles@eaa2.org. www.eaa2.org. Fourth Annual Games! Dogs! Play! Day. Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to noon. Don’t let your dog miss this fun event with vendors, adoptable dogs, rescue groups and the opportunity to participate in fun and goofy canine challenges. Food will be available for purchase during the event, too. Registration is required to participate in the games but the event is open to the public and free of charge. Call Renee Sinacola at 427-6005 for more information. The event is sponsored by My Best Friend Dog Training. NAMI Fort Wayne Walk 2012. Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m. Please call for more information or a registration packet. namifortwayne@aol.com. www.nami.org. Rummage & Bake Sale. First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill-a-bag sale starts at 1 p.m. Summit City Comic Con. Grand Wayne Center, 120 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summit City Comic Con will make its return to Fort Wayne. The event will feature panels and raffles, and a kids’s costume contest. The 2012 guest list boasts creators like Gabriel Hardman, Robert Atkins, Mike Norton, Tom Scioli, Katie Cook, and Hilary Barta. Alcoholics Anonymous. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 700 W. Maumee St., Angola. 11 a.m. Fort Wayne Derby Girls. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. 5 p.m. Join the Derby Girls for the last bout of the season on May 12 against Killamazoo. Doors open at 5 p.m. The Bomb Squad bout begins at 6 p.m. followed by the SWAT Team bout at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the bout will be donated to The League for Blind and Disabled - Youth Services Program, which helps children with severe disabilities integrate into the community. Admission is $20 for two tickets, $12 for a single adult ticket, $7 for youth tickets and free for children under age 6. Senior tickets are $9. Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m. This event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cost: Adults $8; Children 10 and under $5. Call 705-0862 for ticket information. Dances of Universal Peace. Fort Wayne Dance Collective, 437 E. Berry (2nd Floor), Fort Wayne. 7-10 p.m. The Dances gather beings in joyous and deeply meditative interfaith circle dances — easy to learn and open to all, whether dancing or just in presence. They combine simple folk dance movements with sacred songs drawn from the Earth’s many spiritual traditions. No partner or prior registration required, a brief training provided for simple steps and lyrics. Fragrance free. Cost: $7. info@fwdc.org or knmiller1@frontier.com. www.fwdc.org/dup. Prom N Aid. Grace Gathering, 3157 Minnich Road, New Haven. 7-10:30 p.m. Grace Gathering church will host this retro-vibe prom for adults, complete with disc jockey, dance floor, door prizes, trivia, food and drinks. Open to anyone for $15 in advance, $20 at the door; or $25 per couple in advance, $30 at the door. The event will help raise money for the church mission trip to Haiti and dance the night away at Prom N Aid.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 “Put Your Beliefs to the Test”. The Church House, 13313 Indiana St., Grabill. 6-7 p.m. Dove Ministries presents “Put Your Beliefs To The Test” every second, third and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information call 260-486-9175 or 260-657-7017. ‘Dreamgirls’ auditions for Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 6-10 p.m. Sign up for auditions by contacting Eunice Wadewitz, Music Director, at 260-422-8641, ext. 226 or ewadewitz@fwcivic.org.

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Open networking. AJ’s Bar & Grill, 2488 Getz Road, Fort Wayne. Noon. No cost, no exclusivity by profession. Each person gets a few minutes to tell about your business, and there is a featured speaker. Top 10 Pest and Disease Problems and How to Deal with Them. Aboite Library, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Aboite Library Gardening seminar series presents Purdue Horticulture Extension educator Ricky Kemery and Master Gardeners. Free gardening seminars for the novice and expert with a focus on sustainable methods. Space is limited. Learn about the major pests, weeds, and diseases of the garden, and about organic and conventional ways to deal with them.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Trillium Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 10700 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne. 8 a.m. All home-grown plants for sale. Located in the church parking lot. Tai Chi in the Garden II. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30 p.m. Learn to relax your body and focus your mind with the ancient art of Tai Chi, effective in reducing stress, relieving arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam, and has 30 years experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 23. Fee: $59, Conservatory Member Fee: $49. To register, call 260-427-6011 or go online at www.fortwayneparks.org. Free HPV Screenings. Zion Lutheran Church, 2313 South Hanna Street, Fort Wayne. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Human Papilloma Virus is a sexually-transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer in females. In an effort to educate the public about the dangers of HPV and how it can be prevented, the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Department of Nursing and the Lafayette Street Family Health Clinic are sponsoring information sessions for middle and high school students and their parents. Free pizza and family photos will be available. Grief Share. New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Highway E., New Haven. 6:30 p.m. A 13-week class for people grieving the loss of a loved one. Classes will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting May 1 through July 24. All are welcome to begin attending at any session. You do not have to attend each session in sequence. For more info, call Margie Williams, facilitator, at 749-9907 or the church office at 749-9565. Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops. Allen County Extension Office on the IPFW Campus, 4001 Crescent Ave, . 7 p.m. The Allen County Extension office will host several workshops with the aim of teaching community members how to preserve fruits and vegetables for future use. The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County will conduct the workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer the frequently asked questions on canning, freezing and drying foods.

Hake. For ages 15 and up. Not intended for people who are pregnant or have serious health conditions. Pre-registration not required. Bring your own supplies if you have them. No class on days when Fort Wayne Community Schools cancel classes. Class information is available by following Fort Wayne Outdoor Yoga on Facebook, checking the instructor’s website at www.lanahlink.com, or at 260-427-6440. Fee: $7 per class. Conservatory member fee: $5 per class.

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Annual Spring Neighborhood Garage Sale. Glenwood Park, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Glenwood Park Community Association, located between East State Boulevard and Trier Road on the north; and Reed Road and Coliseum Boulevard on the west, will hold its neighborhood garage sale May 17 through 19. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and

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Kids can fly free June 9 Area youth, ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies when the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 2, hosts its flight rally June 9 beginning at the main hangar at Smith Field Airport. Registration will take place from 9-11 a.m. and flights will begin at 9 a.m., weather permitting. Participants will be flown by volunteer pilots as part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program. In addition to the free flight, pilots will explain the aircraft and allow each young person to discover how the airplane works and how pilots ensure safety before and during a flight. Other activities may include information booths

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for the Aviation Explorers, the 99’s — an organization of women’s pilots, the Civil Air Patrol, Ivy Tech and more. Following the flight, each participant will receive an official Young Eagles certificate, a log book to record their flight and future flights, access to Sporty’s Complete Flight Training Course for free, an EAA student membership, an Academy of Model Aeronautics membership and many other benefits. More information about EAA and the Young Eagles program can be found online at eaa.org or youngeagles.org. The EAA Chapter 2 website is eaa2.org.

Free athletic day camp coming Indiana Tech will host the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp June 18-21. The Power Camp is open June 18-19 for third through fifthgrade students and June 20-21 for sixth through eighth-grade students. Camps will focus on basketball, football, soccer and martial arts for boys and basketball, volleyball, soccer and martial arts for girls. In it’s ninth year, FCA Power Camp’s “In the Zone” theme focuses on “unstoppable faith,” part of the faith-based organiza-

tion’s core values. The day camp, which runs daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature local coaches and athletes as well as Tanya Crevier, a world champion ball-handler. To register for the Power Camp or to find out more information, contact Chuck Nelson at 6728482 or cnelson@fca.org. General information about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the various camps around the country can be found by visiting www.fcacamps.org.

1819 Reservation Drive, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church rummage sale in the Family Life Center will begin on Thursday, May 17, and run through Saturday, May 19. Hours: Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday bag sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spring party. Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 East Main Street, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m. Celebrate spring with a night of art, music, food and friends. See all new exhibitions, enjoy delicious treats from Catablu and immerse yourself in the blues-y stylings of Carol Lockridge, winner of the Indiana Blues Challenge. $5 per person for FWMoA members. $10 per person for non-members. Anthony Wayne Toastmasters Meeting. Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters meetings are open to everyone; for better public speaking and a lot of fun. Contact fredhn@aol.com or visit anthonywayne.freetoasthoast.org. Food addicts meeting. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road., Fort Wayne. 6:30-8 p.m. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating and bulimia. Meets every Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm to share in experience strength and hope with other food addicts. Men and women sufferers of all ages are welcome. Contact lmekianov@gmail.com or visit www.fa@foodaddicts.org. Depression + 12. Christ’s Hope Ministry and Church, 2818 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. 12-step program for those living with depression. For more info contact Marilee Stroud at 312-6069 or mtstroud@frontier.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Church-wide Rummage and Bake Sale. St. James Lutheran Church, 1720 S.R. 930 East, New Haven. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sale at St. James Lutheran Church on Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a bag sale on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. Praying with Companions on the Journey. Victory Noll Center, 1900 W. Park Drive, Huntington. 9 a.m. to noon. Once a month on Friday mornings over the nine-month program, those attending will pray and learn how lovers of God and neighbor let themselves be led by the Spirit and moved by the Scriptures. Numerous texts will be explored, using Lectio Divina as a way of praying God’s Word. The cost is $200 for the nine-month series. Those cost for those who register by Aug. 26 is $180. Individual sessions are available for $25 each. To register for the program, or for more information about the program or Victory Noll Center, contact the Center at (260) 356-0628, ext. 174, or by e-mail at victorynollcenter@olvm.org. Fiber Arts Celebration. Solomon Farm, 817 W. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department at Salomon Farm for a two-day celebration of fiber arts. The focus of this festival is education through hands-on participation and demonstrations of the processes of making natural fiber products‚ wool dyeing, spinning, weaving and more. Vendors specializing in fiber arts will sell equipment and supplies such as spinning wheels, wooden knitting needles, looms and shuttles, and felting needles and forms. Natural fiber including wool, alpaca, silk and cotton, as well as hand-made fiber products such as sweaters, mittens, shawls and more will also be for sale. Food vendors will be on the grounds. Call Renee at 427- 6005 for more information. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed. Fish Fry and Chicken Strips All-You-Can Eat Dinner. Emmaus Lutheran Church and School, 8626 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. 4:30-7 p.m. Emmaus Lutheran Church and School are sponsoring the dinner in the school gym. The menu includes roasted fish and/or chicken strips, roasted potato wedges, coleslaw or applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage. Cost: Adults and carryout meals, $8.50; Children 6-11, $5.50; Children 5 and under (dine-in only) are free. Tickets will be sold at the door. Come enjoy a delicious meal catered by the Country Chef. Questions? Call 459-7722, and select option three. Splendor in the Glass. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Annual wine tasting fundraiser for WFWA PBS 39. Ages 21 and over. Offers the opportunity to sample from a global selection of wines, courtesy of Belmont Beverage. Attendees will also be able to purchase wines they like at this event. Tickets for this

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SATURDAY, MAY 19 Evening Primrose Garden Club Plant Sale. Stein Mart, 6325 West Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. All flowers directly out of members gardens. International Learn to Fly Day. Smith Field Airport, 426 W. Ludwig Road, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free seminars on flight training at 10am, 11am and 12pm by Sweet Aviation. Introductory flights in a Diamond DA20 or DA40 will be available for a fee (weather permitting) and will include a logbook. View static aircraft, visit with pilots, flight instructors and local aviation organizations. Contact Kevin.Stahl@eaa2.org or visit www.eaa2.org for more information. Rain barrel workshop. University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne. 1:30 p.m. The Green Campus Committee of the University of Saint Francis will conduct a workshop at North Campus on the building of rain water barrels to capture capturing run-off for use in their gardens. Barrels, hardware and an instructor on the building of barrels will be provided, but participants should bring along a powerful drill to complete their projects. Cost is $50 per barrel. Checks are payable to the University of Saint Francis. To reserve a barrel for this popular workshop, pre-register with Jared Haagen at jhaagen@sf.edu or 399-7700, ext. 6416.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Used Book Sale. Congregation B’Nai Jacob, 7227 Bittersweet Moors Drive, Fort Wayne. 1-4 p.m. Used book sale: books, CDs, DVDs. Free magazines. Upward flag football and cheerleading registration. Calvary United Methodist Church, 6301 Winchester Rd, Fort Wayne. 2-4 p.m. For kids ages 4-7. Registration also will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Games will be played on Sundays at 1 p.m. beginning Aug. 19. Contact the church at 260-747-9218 for further information. The Summit City Singers spring concert. Aldersgate Church, 2417 Getz Road, Fort Wayne. 3:30 p.m. This more than 60-member community choir invites you to attend one of their spring concerts. Listen to favorites such as “The Very Best of the Beach Boys” and many others. All concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information contact Judy King, 489-4505.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Encourage, Empower and Enjoy the Autism Spectrum. Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Projects Drive, Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals and others wanting to learn more about autism are welcome. Topics vary monthly. For more information contact Susan Crowell at eeeautismspectrum@yahoo.com or call 260-637-4409.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 “Spring into Confidence” Luncheon. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Rd, Fort Wayne. 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection. Featuring Beverly Kison discussing how to become more confident and comfortable as a woman. Handouts and timely table discussion, plus lunch at the beautiful Orchard Ridge Country Club. Free child care. Cost: $13.50 inclusive. RSVP by May 15 to Suzan at 260-348-3706. The event is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries. Fort Wayne/Smoky Montgomery Toastmasters. Lutheran Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. Toastmasters Club 159 is open to all. The group meets in the Lower Level Special Functions Room 2 by the cafeteria. Contact oastmasters159@yahoo.com for more information. Free HPV Screenings. IPFW Neff hall, 4110 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Human Papilloma Virus is a sexually-transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer in females. In an effort to educate the public about the dangers of HPV and how it can be prevented, the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Department of Nursing and the Lafayette Street Family Health Clinic are sponsoring information sessions for middle and high school students and their parents. Free pizza and family photos will be available.

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