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Embassy silent film series features 1928 Page organ

Lumberjills embrace rugged sport By Garth Snow

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Samantha Hadley said she and her younger sister, Sarah, are accustomed to throwing axes and balancing on spinning logs. The Wisconsin natives will practice those skills again Jan. 24-26, at the Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “Lumberjills have been around for a while,” said Samantha Hadley, who started practicing her sport at the age of 5, and who was an emcee at last year’s outdoors show. She is now in marketing for a property management company. Her sister is still in high school in Wisconsin. Two lumberjacks also will compete in Fort Wayne, she said. Despite the axes and chainsaws, it’s friendly competition and a family-friendly show, she said. The sports of log-rolling and log-climbing weren’t


Sisters Samantha, left, and Sarah Hadley have been competing in log rolling since they were in kindergarten. They will compete again Jan. 24-26 at the Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show in Fort Wayne. “It’s all good-natured, no hard feelings,” Samantha said.

just created, she said, but grew from a fun approach to actual labor. “It came from work that was done by a lumberjack,” she said. “This was work that had to be done in order to build homes. And over the years it’s been modernized by

the invention of the chain saws. A lot of people still do the stuff you’ll see us doing.” The tools have changed with the sport, she said. Lumberjacks wield axes that weight six to 10 pounds to chop trees. “The

throwing axes are a lot lighter,” she said. Still, learning to throw an axe at a target 20 feet away “just takes a lot of practice,” she said. “It takes a lot of See SPORT, Page A2

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Two Sundays of silent films will allow the Embassy Theatre to spotlight the historic Grand Page Pipe Organ. The silent film series was launched in January 2013. “I heard wonderful things about it, which is why we’re doing it again,” said Barb Richards, who joined the Embassy as marketing director last summer. “It really gives the theater a chance to spotlight that Grand Page Organ in the way it was meant to be, by making that silent film not silent, and really come to life,” Richards said. Clark Wilson will play the organ to accompany the films. On Jan. 26, the double-feature begins at 2 p.m. with “Sherlock Jr.” (1924), a Buster Keaton comedy, to be followed by “The Freshman” (1925), a Harold Lloyd comedy.


A 1924 Buster Keaton comedy kicks off the Embassy Theatre’s silent film series.

On Feb. 16, the program begins at 8 p.m. with “The Haunted House” (1921), a Buster Keaton comedy, to be followed by “The Mark of Zorro” (1920), an action adventure starring Douglas Fairbanks. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 or younger with valid See FILM, Page A2

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Santa has his arms full with twins Lauren, left, and Grant Shrack at the third annual Santa at Georgetown. Betty Jo Shrack holds Annalyse, 4. Ryan Shrack is the dad of the New Haven family. Guests enjoyed minisubs and cookies courtesy of Subway owner Jeff Sebeika. Kids on the Go preschool director Cindy Bodnar supervised as children wrote letters and handed them to Santa. Ryan Shrack said he appreciates the Georgetown business community arranging a visit with Santa, and allowing families to bring their cameras to take their own photos without charge. Betty Jo Shrack said the family visited Georgetown a year ago, too. “Last year we came and we loved it,” she said. “It was so much more personable than going to the mall.”





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SPORT from Page A1 training,” she said of her sport. Lumber sport athletes wear protective glasses, earmuffs and chaps, but still suffer some bruises. “Any time you’re swinging an axe or throwing an axe at a target or climbing up a 45-foot pole, it’s dangerous,” she said. “Log rolling is when the log is in the water and two people roll on either end, and the idea is to stay on longer than your opponent,” she said. Competitors navigate four different sizes of logs, each with a time limit. Pole-climbers scramble up poles 60- to 90-feet tall. The round trip takes about 10 seconds, she said. “We have a belt and a gaffe, similar to a lineman’s gaffe; we just modify them a bit,” she said. “The audience gets very into the show,” she said.


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“We split the crowd up into two logging camps for a lumberjack cheer. They love it. They’re hooting and hollering.” The show includes a bit

of comedy, and a giveaway for one child. The lumberjill sisters work through STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show. The circuit includes

the Lumberjack World Championships in July in Hayward, Wis., and Klondike Days, which will play out in the snow of early March in Eagle River, Wis. Most of the competitions, though, are in warm weather or in indoor venues such as the Coliseum, Hadley said. “For some people, this is their full-time job,” the lumberjill said. David Marquart, who operates the outdoors show in Fort Wayne, said he added the professional lumberjack show last year. “It went over so well — standing room only — so we’re bringing them back,” Marquart said. “But it’s going to be lumberjacks and lumberjills.” “They’re very interesting. They do log rolling and chopping and climbing. They go up to the ceiling of the Coliseum,” said Marquart. He is the president of the sponsoring Coliseum Productions, which is presenting the outdoors show for the fifth year. “We’re constantly updating,” Marquart said. He said the outdoors show historically had been in March. “And this was kind of a no-football weekend, and it was just the perfect weekend, with cabin fever and kind of the first public show of the year out at the Coliseum,” Marquart said. The Mizpah Shrine Circus occupies other parts

of the Coliseum that same weekend. “Your Shrine Circus ticket stub gets you three bucks off our show,” Marquart said. Other outdoors show features include: More than 150 exhibitors will offer products and services relating to biking, hiking, camping and fitness, hunting and fishing, boats and water sports, vacation and travel, recreational vehicles and motor sports, and cottage living. Two large fishing ponds stocked with hundreds of bluegill will offer several contests. A fishing derby fundraiser costs $4, with $1 going to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Live bait and fishing poles will be provided. Children can feel the sand between their toes at a 400-square-foot indoor beach, sponsored by WAJI. Marquart said the artificial beach will hold 30 tons of sand. Ehlerding River City Harley-Davidson will offer free simulated motorcycle rides. Novice hunters can learn

to shoot a precision air rifle for just $5. The fundraiser led by Gregg Rice, coach of the state champion Bishop Dwenger Rifle Team, and one of only two USA/NRA Level 3 rifle coaches in Indiana, will benefit The X Count and help the team become a USA Shooting Certified Training Center for northeast Indiana. Safari Club International, Northeast Indiana Chapter, will offer a hunt of faux, life-size targets of elk, mountain lion, bear and even a dinosaur. Top prize is a Mathews Genesis Bow. Throughout the weekend, local and national experts will share tips and demonstrate proper techniques in 30-minute sessions on three stages. Shoppers can take kayaks or canoes for a test spin in a 30-ft. by 40-foot, 25,000-gallon lagoon. Guests can walk through a fully furnished, prebuilt log cabin. For updates, details and ticket discounts, visit

Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show Jan. 24-26, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. Noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. For details, visit

FILM from Page A1 student ID. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster. The Embassy Theatre is at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Richards said the same 1928 organ provided the music for a silent film during a children’s theater camp at the Embassy last summer. She said many of the children were not accustomed to watching a projection movie screen,

especially in black-andwhite, but the children were fascinated by the movie and music. “There are only four of these organs in the world, and we have one of them,” Richards said. She said organ enthusiasts played a major role in preserving both the instrument and the Embassy itself.

The music often fills the Embassy during the day, too, she said. “We have a wonderful crew of volunteer organists who just love the opportunity to play,” she said. “They’re so full of passion for what they do.” For more on the history of the theatre and the organ, visit

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Bigger circus returning for seven shows By Garth Snow

The 2014 Mizpah Shrine Circus will be about 20 percent larger than the 2013 show, says Larry Solheim, the general manager of the Tarzan Zerbini Circus. The circus will perform Jan. 23-26 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. “We’re really excited,” Solheim said. “Last year was a big year for us, with the 250th anniversary of the Zerbini circus tradition. And this year we’re going to be bigger and better. We’re bringing in even more animal acts this year. We have a new horse act, we have alligators, we have high wires, motorcycles, all sorts of things that are new this year.” “We still have tigers and elephants,” he said. “And the bareback riding

horse act is exceptional, a completely different look.” “We’re also going to be featuring The World Famous Wallendas on the high wire, which is going to be a big act,” the circus manager said from his winter home in Arkansas. “Rick Wallenda is the grandson of the great Karl Wallenda. He performs in the style of his grandfather.” Erika Zerbini, the youngest of the circus owner’s four daughters, will work with the show’s six Asian elephants. Erika has worked with both horses and elephants for 26 years. Tarzan Zerbini again will visit Fort Wayne, which for years has been the circus’ first stop on its ninth-month tour of North America. In an earlier interview, Zerbini told this newspaper about his

early years in America and the frequent television appearances. “I was unusual because of the relationship between the animal and myself,” he said. “No whip, no gun. I was completely opposed to the American style of animal trainer. I think that changed through Tarzan, the friend of the animal.” Zerbini, who was born Jean Charles Zerbini and changed his name to Tarzan Zerbini, no longer works with the big cats. “When I was young I used to chase the lions and tigers,” he said in that earlier interview. “But now they started to chase me, so I quit.” Solheim said audiences will recognize the ringmaster. “We love Richard Curtis. He’s a great spokesperson for the show,” Solheim said.

The circus returns The Mizpah Shrine Circus returns for seven shows, Jan. 23-26, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Visit the Shrine ticket office at 1015 Memorial Way, behind Casa’s on Parnell Avenue. Check for discount tickets and find more information at Direct questions to (260) 422-7122. Club seats are on sale now, for $20 each, at the Coliseum ticket office. The Mizpah Circus Fair is in the basement of the Coliseum and opens one hour before the first show of the day and continues until one hour after the last show ends. Guests ride elephants and children ride ponies, and get a closer look at other circus animals. For commonly asked questions and details on the show and the tour, visit



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Erika Zerbini works with elephants at the 2013 Shrine Circus. The youngest daughter of the circus owner has trained elephants for 26 years.

Piolita the Clown and his sons return with their unicycle act. The circus sells tickets to seven shows, but also invites schoolchildren

from throughout northeast Indiana to two weekday shows. Steve Trump coordinates the circus on behalf of the Mizpah Shrine.

Hundreds of volunteers operate a separate ticket office, bring a troupe of clowns to life, and staff the free Shrine Circus Fair in the Coliseum basement.

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Event’s focus is LGBTQ health issues A two-day national health conference at IPFW will focus on the physical, mental and environmental health needs and challenges that LGBTQ students face on a daily basis. Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students will take place Feb. 7 and 8 in Walb Union, Room 116. Registration opens Feb. 6, from 4-6 p.m., in Walb Union, Room 116. The health conference features sessions on transgenderism and HIV, a performance by the IPFW Student Theatre Organization, six keynote speakers, and more. Caitlin Ryan, the author of Lesbian and Gay Youth: Care and Counseling, will begin the conference, with a presentation on The Family Acceptance Project. Registrations may be made online. The registration fee is $25 for students; others pay $124. For registration assistance, call 481-6619, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday. The IPFW Resource Center will sponsor the program. For more information, contact Jeannie DiClementi, associate professor of psychology, at 481-6397 or

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Young poets accept recognition in a ceremony at the Allen County Public Library. Almost 700 students in kindergarten through 12th grade submitted works for the library’s 31st annual poetry contest. Students accepted their awards in a Dec. 7 ceremony at the main library. Poems were judged by area professors, teachers and poets. Families, friends, and teachers of the winning poets were invited to hear the winning poems read aloud. Entrants represented 40 public, private, parochial and home school settings. A booklet of winning poems has been published and will become a permanent part of the Allen County Public Library’s collection.

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people registered for 2013 events. This year’s participants may register at, which also offers a training blog and 2013 photos and results. Early-bird registration rates for the half-marathon, 10K and 4-mile run/ walk are available online, with the best rates offered

through May 5. Visit the site for details. Rates are as low as $10 for the kids and seniors marathons. “Fort4Fitness has always focused many of our efforts on the first-time participants,” the nonprofit organization said in a news release. “Last year, 25 percent of our participants

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King Unity Day also honors local activist By Garth Snow

The MLK Club of Fort Wayne will pay tribute to the late George A. Smith as part of the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day celebration. Smith, of Fort Wayne, died April 29 at age 69. He worked for the civil rights movement during his youth. He was instrumental in bringing Philadelphia, Miss., Mayor James A. Young to Fort Wayne to address the 2013 celebration. This year’s Unity Day

will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. The MLK Club has chosen Carl B. Mack as this year’s speaker. Mack, a native of Jackson, Miss., is the executive director of the National Association of Black Engineers. “He has been on the front line for a number of civil rights issues,” said Fran Grant, the MLK Club’s program director. The club’s celebration begins with Breakfast with the Clergy, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Courtyard by

Marriott, across Jefferson Boulevard from the Grand Wayne Center. Breakfast tickets are $20, which includes a souvenir booklet and admission to the all-day celebration. RSVP by Jan. 17 to Grant, the program director, at 493-0980. The Rev. Kenneth Christmon of Turner Chapel AME Church will offer the breakfast keynote address. The Rev. Luther Whitfield of New Covenant Worship Center will be honored as pastor of the year. Grant said that honor goes to the pastor of a church exemplary in outreach programs,

such as clothing and food. The Rev. Roger Reece, the executive director of The Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, will offer the invocation and benediction at the breakfast. The 29th annual Unity Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center. Admission is $5. “Of course we’ll have a gospel portion of the program in the morning and then dignitaries and scholarships during the noon-to-2 segment,” Grant said. “And then

at 2 we have our youth expo, which is made up of youth from the state.” That segment will include Mime Time, a youth group from Church of the Good Shepherd in Leo. “We want to encourage others of different races and different creeds to participate, and we’re very glad to have them,” Grant said. Faith dancers and singers will perform in the afternoon. Nurses from Parkview Hospital will provide free health screenings. “We will have vendors galore in the lobby of the Grand Wayne, with

information important to the community,” Grant said. “We are having a tribute to George Smith, a local civil rights activist who marched in Selma and was beaten in Selma,” Grant said. An anonymous donor has given two $1,000 scholarships in the name of Smith and Smith’s wife, Louise. Grant said Mack — the keynote speaker — gave up his speaking fee, allowing the club to fund a total of four $1,000 scholarships. For more details and updates, visit

IPFW to kick off community’s MLK observances By Garth Snow

The IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the the late civil rights leader’s birthday — Jan. 15. Other local celebrations will continue through the federally recognized holiday — Jan. 20. “We hold an event that sort of kicks off the celebration in the city,” said Christopher Riley, the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs. “Fort Wayne is fortunate to have many opportunities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.” A Tribute to King in Spoken Word will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Featured poets include the Rev. E. Anne

Henning Byfield, Ketu Oladuwa, Brandon “XplicitPoet” Thornton, and Condra Ridley. Both guests and poets will come from outside IPFW. “We actually get a really good mix — the school community and the Fort Wayne community at large,” Riley said. Byfield, of Indianapolis, is the author of “The Absence of My Existence,” a book of poetry. She is also the author of “Let the Worship Begin,” a book of liturgy. She is the presiding elder of the North (Indiana) District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The district consists of 25 churches, including Gomez Temple, 2551 S. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne. “So we might get a regional audience,” Riley said. Oladuwa is the executive director of the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art and Culture in Fort Wayne. “A lot of people know Ketu from the Three Rivers DJembe Ensemble,” Riley said.

Thornton, of Peoria, Ill., is a spoken word author and a high school math teacher. Ridley, of Fort Wayne, is a retired librarian and a storyteller. “She does a really good job of portraying Coretta Scott King,” Riley said. “She also portrays Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman.” For details, visit In other local celebrations of King’s birthday: • An interdenominational prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St. For more than 25 years, The Associated Churches has united with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Fort Wayne to honor King’s legacy. Local church choirs and a speaker will participate. • The University of Saint Francis invites the public to join in Project Linus, from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 20, at the North

Campus gym (across Spring Street from Brookside Mansion). People donate fleece and help tie blankets for children in need or hospitalized. • The Heartland Chamber Chorale will sing a tribute at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. The production pairs Heartland with the University Singers. “The significance of Dr. King’s drive to unite all people, regardless of race, religion, or other affiliations will be underscored during this event when several community leaders share many of the words he spoke,” Heartland said in a news release. “The music of this concert sets the tone for a call to action to help change the world, much as King’s life positively impacted the nation.” Although this community event by Heartland is free, tickets are required. To reserve seats, call the Heartland office at 436-8080 or visit

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Bishop Dwenger High School Director of Development Katie Burns, from left, Principal Jason Schiffli, and chaplain the Rev. Jacob Meyer help launch a building campaign. The Golden Traditions Capital Campaign is intended to raise $7.25 million for improvements: renovation of the current gymnasium, construction of a multipurpose facility, upgrades to the 36 original classrooms, and construction of a new chapel. A Holy Ground Prayer Service introduced the campaign to the parents and the student body of 1,040. Work will begin in March, and completion is expected by the fall of 2016. The school is celebrating its 50th year.

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McComb to chair licensing board The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency announced that David McComb McComb has been elected as the 2014-2015 chairman of the Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service. The board oversees licensing and regulatory aspects of funeral and cemetery operations in Indiana. “Mr. McComb’s servant leadership and experience is welcomed at a time in Indiana history when we are striving to promote economic development and remove barriers to practice to make Indiana a state that works,” said Nick Rhoad, IPLA executive director. McComb has more than

25 years’ experience in the funeral home business. He was first appointed to the board by Gov. Frank O’Bannon in 2000 as a funeral director representative member, and then again in 2008 by Gov. Mitch Daniels as a cemetery owner member. He is the fourth generation to operate family-owned D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes, which is the second-largest funeral home in Indiana. McComb is a licensed funeral director and has a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University, and a degree in mortuary science from Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Ind. McComb is an entrepreneur, with businesses including Eagle’s Wings Air, Birkmeier Monument

Co., Premier Preneed, Estate Security, Riverview Cemetery, and Fort Wayne Financial. He is very active in representing death care professionals as a member of Indiana State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service and acts as liaison to the attorney general. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, McComb serves in various organizations. These include vice chair of the Fort Wayne Urban League board of directors, Junior Achievement, Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Allen County Drive Alive steering committee, the Business Forum, and St. Francis College School of Business. He is also a member of the board of directors of Salin Bank & Trust Co.

Animal protection agency offers straw, winter tips Animal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding during these cold days of winter. Pet owners are urged to continually monitor the needs of pets whenever the animals are outdoors. The straw is being offered through private donation, to be used for bedding and to keep the ground surrounding a doghouse mud-free. Visit Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, during general business hours Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and until 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Call the shelter regardless of the day or time to report an animal in need of help within the city. Call 427-1244. The shelter offers these additional winter pet care tips: An animal that spends time outside must have access to a proper shelter specifically designed for an animal. The shelter must be free of leaks to wind, snow and rain. Face the opening of the shelter to the east or south, away from prevailing wind, or fasten a heavy door flap to the top of the door frame. Locate the animal’s home to a warmer location in the sun. Create a snug inner room by making a removable partition inside the doghouse in

back of the door opening. Use straw or cedar chips for bedding. Towels, blankets and hay are insufficient because cloth draws moisture and hay will mold. Insulate the animal’s house and raise it several inches above the ground with concrete blocks to prevent snow from drifting inside. Frame the elevated area with boards or sand bags to prevent winds from gusting under the animal’s house. Animals living inside an unheated garage must have a shelter inside the garage. Animals need extra food to help generate enough body heat to stay warm and must have unfrozen water to drink at all times. A heated water bucket serves that need. Bring dogs inside during extreme cold spells. Animals are very susceptible to frostbite and can quickly die of hypothermia if left outside unsupervised. Puppies and senior dogs do not tolerate the cold, so make walks and playtime short. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach after cold weather walks. Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws. Check paws for cuts caused by snow or encrusted ice.

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GriefShare seminars in progress A GriefShare seminar series continues through March 18 at New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Highway East. Meetings are held in the parlor, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening. Although classes began Jan. 7, each class is self-contained, so participants may attend the sessions out of sequence. Throughout the 23-week cycle of videos, discussions and journaling, participants will gain insight into their personal journey through grief. For more information, contact Margie Williams at 749-9907 or call the church office, 749-9565.

“GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences,” sponsors said in a news release. Each week the group will watch a video seminar featuring experts on grief and recovery subjects. After viewing the video the group will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in their own lives. During the week participants may use the workbook for further personal study of the grieving process and to help sort out emotions through journaling.

Stroke center earns gold rating Parkview’s Stanley Wissman Stroke Center has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This achievement recognizes Parkview’s commitment to a high standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted best practice guidelines. This is the third consecutive year the Parkview Stanley Wissman Stroke Center has been recognized with the award. Parkview’s program has also qualified to be recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

The guidelines deal with developing and implementing acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. “When a patient suffers a stroke, we know that every minute before they receive treatment is critical and can be the difference between life or death,” said Mike GeRue, senior vice president of neurosciences, Parkview Health. “By implementing these evidence-based guidelines, we’re giving our patients the best chances for survival and recovery. This recognition is a testament of the quality care provided by the Stanley Wissman Stroke Center and we’re proud to be recognized as one of the best in the country.”

Let’s Talk guides parents on teaching babies United Way of Allen County has launched an education initiative in partnership with Parkview Health and PNC Bank. The “Let’s Talk” initiative provides resources and guidance to parents, which helps them better connect with their children. In a news release, the partners said: “Research shows that foundations of lifelong health are built in early childhood. By simply talking with or reading to their children, parents can improve their child’s brain development, school readiness and overall learning capacity. Studies indicate achievement gaps can begin as early as age 9 months.” “Young children are born learning; they drink up all of the attention, love and knowledge that you give them,” said Jeanne Zehr, director of community impact, United Way of Allen County. “Talking to your baby can help them grow an amazing mind.” “By implementing the Let’s Talk initiative in Allen County, we will strive to improve brain development and outcomes in young children,” said Patti Brahe, senior vice president, women’s and children’s services, Parkview Health. “Not only do we want to give as many children as possible the chance for success as they grow, but we want to give parents the support they need as they raise their children.” The program will be implemented at Parkview Family Birthing Centers in Allen County. New parents will receive a package of educational materials including a board book and more. The items will be assembled by volunteers from Lamplight Communities. The materials will cover resources in the community for infants and toddlers as well as suggestions for parents on how they can interact with their children to help them learn and grow. Suggestions for parents include: Singing to your baby while you do laundry or cook. Even at an early age, babies respond to and imitate the sounds you make. Talking to your baby during bath time by describing the colors and shapes of the bath toys. Speaking in the language you know best. Babies

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Jeanne Zehr, director of community impact, United Way of Allen County, says children are born learning.

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Concordia leads Christmas Bureau adopters Concordia Lutheran High School students and staff again collected gifts and food for their Allen County Christmas Bureau families, and loaded the band truck with wrapped presents and boxed items. In addition to canned foods, personal supplies, new clothing items for each family member, and toys for children, the classes also raised money for gift certificates — between $3,000 and $4,000 total in gift certificates for fresh food and gifts for the families’ Christmas dinners. “The entire Concordia community comes together to help

Christmas Bureau families. This year we adopted 29 families and we literally filled the truck to capacity — 431 boxes and a dozen bicycles,” said Diane Lewis, assistant principal. “It is great to see the generosity of so many students and staff.” For more than 35 years, Concordia has had a major role in this program. Jane Surbeck, the president of the Christmas Bureau board, said the work dates back to 1936. The agency served 373 families in 2013. “They were our largest adopter, and they do a wonderful job. They go

great guns,” Surbeck said of Concordia. “To see kids doing this is just amazing to me,” Surbeck said. “And they do a great job and they just enjoy doing it.” The second-largest adopter was the Parkview Hospital group. Surbeck said the warehouse would be filled and emptied twice in one week. “And then we’re done for the season,” she said. The warehouse space is donated each year, she said. The Christmas Bureau does not distribute directly to families, but works through case managers.


Concordia Lutheran High School students fill a truck with donated gifts for 29 Allen County families.

Winterval, Last Saturday celebrate arts, outdoors Instead of hiding from the cold, Fort Wayne will celebrate the season with Winterval. The Jan. 25 celebration coincides with the Downtown Improvement District’s Last Saturday exploration of the arts. For updates and details, visit Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Ice carving, kids’ crafts and freezing fun on the plaza. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Ice carving, crafts, “High Places, Hidden Spaces” exhibit. Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Hands-on activi-

ties for children from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., including making “Glacial Gak” and liquid nitrogen ice cream. National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Lashley will also be on-site to conduct demonstrations in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater, including “Minutes with a Meteorologist – Accurately Measuring Rain and Snow;” and “Cooking Up Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.” Admission will be $4 for ages 3 to adult, and children 1 and under are admitted free. The Old Fort (Historic Fort Wayne), 1201 Spy Run Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Nouvelle Annee 1754, bake sale, hot cocoa and coffee. Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamies.

Re-enactors re-create actual events that occurred in and around what is now Fort Wayne in the year 1754 as taken from letters written by the fort’s commanders. Headwaters Ice Rink, 333 S. Clinton St., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: public skating; exhibitions at 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. History Center, 302 E. Berry St., noon-5 p.m.: Half-price admission. Randy Harter will be at the History Center at 2 p.m. to share his Fort Wayne postcard collection and to autograph copies of his book “Postcard History Series: Fort Wayne (IN).” Harter’s work is also available in the History Center gift shop. Lawton Park, 1999 N. Clinton St.,

1-3 p.m.: Polar Bear rugby game. Free. (Tentative: Visit to confirm.) Community Center, 233 W. Main St., 1-4 p.m.: Winter Carnival, with ice carving, carriage rides and Youtheatre presentation. Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., 1 and 4 p.m.: Ice carving, free concerts. Auer Center for Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main St., 1 and 4 p.m.: “The People Could Fly!” performance; tickets, $5. Last Saturdays allow visitors to experience diverse social, arts and cultural opportunities. For more information about Last Saturdays, visit

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Scout Leadership and Learning Center. The following local January blood drives also have been designated “Give Blood. Get A Cookie” blood drives. Jan. 13, 2-8 p.m., Grabill Missionary Church gymnasium, 13637 State St., Grabill. Jan. 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Rousseau Center, 1 E. Main St. Jan. 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St. Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.

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Polar Plunge seeks Feb. 8 participants Special Olympics of Allen County seeks plungers for the 2014 Fort Wayne Polar Plunge starting at noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at Parkview Field. Plungers can commit to participate in the 2014 Polar Plunge by visiting to register. A minimum $50 for students and $75 for adults is required to plunge in the event. Participants can raise pledges in person or can create their own online personal fund-

raising page through the registration process. Those who cannot attend the event can also register to be a virtual plunger by mailing a tax-deductible check payable to Special Olympics Indiana or by visiting Registration begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m. All participants must complete and sign an event waiver and bring their pledges and a copy of online fundraising totals to

the event. Children ages 12-17 must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. Plungers are encouraged to bring costumes, old tennis shoes or water shoes, robe, towel and a change of clothes to have after the plunge. After the event, there will be an After Splash Bash at the Lincoln Financial Event Center for the entire family. Food and beverage, and an awards ceremony will be provided.

Business publication to honor Walters Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly announced it will present its 2014 Legend of Walters Leadership Award to Irene Walters. The award recognizes long-term leadership in northeast Indiana. Walters serves as executive director of university relations at IPFW and has been active in this community for more than four decades. Mastodons

on Parade, Kids Crossing playground, Francine’s Friends, Women United, and RiverFest are some of the projects that were either a result of her vision or benefited from her efforts. Walters will be honored at a breakfast event Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Landmark Centre in Fort Wayne. Area leaders will highlight her contributions to the community in business, education, social services, and civic pride. Tickets are $25 each or tables of eight for

$150. To buy tickets, visit or call 426-2640. Event sponsorships are also available by contacting Maryann Ulmer, 426-2640, ext. 324, or mulmer@ “Irene Walters is exactly the kind of leader this award was meant to honor,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group.

“A leader who uses their skills and connections to socially influence many in order to achieve a common goal. She’s in impressive company. She will share this distinction with the two past winners of the award, Ian Rolland and Keith Busse, and we are proud to honor her for all she has done for this community.”

Polar ride delayed; snow date in doubt Icy intersections put the brakes on the New Year’s Day Polar Bikers Ride, and the Jan. 11 snow date isn’t looking likely, either. But, hey, this is Indiana, sponsors said. Turnout varies with the weather, said Laurie Dague, of the Ehlerding Family of Dealerships. “Typically, we have at least 50,” she said. “We’ve had as many as 500, and that was on a New Year’s Day when it was 45 degrees and sunny. It was Indiana; you don’t know.” If the weather makes an abrupt recovery, riders might still depart the dealerships at 5525 Highway 930 East at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. Registration is from 11 a.m. till noon.

The ride might hinge on a last-minute decision, or the issue might be settled the day before. Dague said to call the dealership after 9 a.m. at 749-9686, or check the Facebook page for updates. The police-escorted route will head west on Indiana 930, Washington and Jefferson boulevards, north on Ardmore and Hillegas roads, and then follow Coliseum Boulevard back to the Ehlerding dealerships. After the ride, participants will warm up with chili, cornbread and hot beverages provided by the Mad Anthony HOG Chapter. The family of dealerships include RiverCity Harley-Davidson and Ehlerding Motorsports.

Forty Under 40 nominations begin Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly is accepting nominations for the 2014 Forty Under 40 Awards. The awards recognize individuals under 40 years of age, as of Dec. 31, 2013, who are making a difference on the job or in the community. Each year, the awards recognize 40 young professionals. There is also a special Youth Leadership Award given to one youth in high school or younger who demonstrates success in their education and involvement in the community. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 22. Nominations can be completed online by visiting Forty Under 40 winners will be featured in a special publication in the March 21, issue of Business Weekly and the winners will be honored at an awards dinner from 6-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ceruti’s Banquet & Event Center, 6325 Illinois Road. Tickets are $35 each or tables of 10 for $325. To buy tickets, visit or call 426-2640. “We look forward every year to honoring these young, dedicated individuals and introducing them to the community,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group.

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Rotarians here upgrade West Africa school By Garth Snow

A West African village is watching a middle school rise one classroom at a time, thanks to an initiative of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne. Club members recently reviewed the progress of the project in Gléi, Togo. The adjoined wooden buildings that previously formed a village middle school were “not really a structure,” said Jason Daenens, who attended the dedication of four new classrooms on Oct. 22. Daenens pointed to a slide during his Dec. 16 club presentation. “It’s tattered, falling apart, and we knew that it would be at least another 10 years before the government would get around to being able to fund anything for this school,” he said. “Imagine,

during the rainy season, trying to study under those types of conditions. Oftentimes the students didn’t end up going to school.” Daenens said the club’s International Service Committee took on the school program in the fall of 2012. “We looked hard for a way to fund, and we finally decided we could this if we did it one classroom at a time,” he said. The local parents group also stepped forward. “They wanted to get their hands dirty and make sure we were able to get this project done,” he said. “So what was a $50,000 project, with the assistance of the other groups, we were able to bring down to a $20,000 project, because of all the volunteer labor that went into it.” New York Rotarian and former Peace Corps


Jason Daenens visits a middle school in Glei, Togo, West Africa. Daenens helped to lead an effort by the Fort Wayne Rotary Club to build four rooms of the new school.

volunteer Jane O’Sullivan has worked in Togo for more than four years. O’Sullivan shared in the Fort Wayne update. She said the Rotary Club has been a good steward of the resources designated to Togo. “Having lived in that village for 27 months, and seeing the poverty — and the death — I believe what

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you are doing is helping create a better future for that country,” she said. “And Togo in 2013 when I went back was in better shape than when I arrived in 2009.” O’Sullivan also served as the Fort Wayne Rotarians’ translator in the French-speaking country. Daenens became aware of Gléi’s conditions when he attended the sixth West Africa Rotary Fair in Accra, Ghana, in 2010. Since then, with the assistance of Northern Indiana Rotary District 6540, Daenens has helped to secure playground equipment and more textbooks for that village. Daenens said the local international service committee decided to do a smaller project first, and bought playground equipment. “What we were embarking on was a very small project — just a few hundred American dollars — but it did make a great difference,” he said. “It was very heartwarming to see the children out there playing and enjoying themselves.” For its second step, the club chose a project specifically related to education. Only 15 percent of the Togo village’s students had textbooks. With Rotary’s purchase, that ratio improved to 50 percent. Holli Seabury, a co-presenter who was heavily involved in the project over the past three years, said she was on the Fort Wayne club’s International Service

Committee when Daenens first proposed projects in Gléi. That proposal led to research and startling findings, she said. The country of 6.8 million people has an infant mortality rate of 48 in 1,000, she told the club. Togo’s per-capita pity income ranks 171st out of 180 countries, she said. Agriculture is the main livelihood. “But unlike Indiana, we’re not talking about megafarms and big farms — we’re talking about subsistence farming,” Seabury said. “People are relying on their farm just to grow enough that they are able to live.” Seabury is the CEO of McMillen Center for Health Education in Fort Wayne. Rotarian Barb Wachtman, in her introduction of the program, said Daenens lives the service-above-self code by his service to the club and to the community. “And this fall he returned to Africa and was greeted by more than 1,000 Gléi villagers to celebrate the new middle school’s first four rooms, which is the focus of this program, and which this club helped to build,” she said. Rotary Club President Jeff Krull said the service project is a big part of the club’s centennial celebration in 2015. “And it never would have happened if we hadn’t had people with that kind of dedication and commitment to helping

other people in this world,” Krull said. Daenens is CEO of Commercial Filter Service in Fort Wayne, where a staff of 20 full-time employees and some contractors manufacture and service air filtration services in seven states. He also works with Junior Achievement, serves on Rotary boards and as club vice president, and serves on the board of the IPFW Alumni Association and Creative Women of the World. “It’s about finding that special connection with humanity and building friendships,” Daenens said of the international service project. “It’s my avocation. I love the work. I love the people, and I learned so much about myself, and hopefully I can be a better person because of those people. “How do you find the time? You make it. You’re up at midnight working on projects, early in the morning, whenever it’s needed. You make it all work. No excuses.” “This story’s really, truly about engaging people and humanity. It’s about the friendship connection in humanity, and that piece of humanity that so many of us don’t really understand, living in the developed world,” Daenens said. “Going over to West Africa, meeting the people, sitting down with them, beginning to understand their needs, engaging with them, and then doing what we can to give them a leap forward.” Daenens attended the ninth annual West Rotary Fair, in October, and convinced conference leaders to tour the Gléi Middle School. Rotarians from North America donated $1,800 for doors for the new classrooms. The president of the Rotary Club of Lome-Lumiere, Togo’s capital city, pledged that her club would pay for the construction of two more classroom.

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Fort Wayne Philharmonic Masterworks presents “A Lincoln Portrait.â€? The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. Works include “Nocturnesâ€? by Claude Debussey, “The Lark Ascendingâ€? by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “A Lincoln Portraitâ€? by Aaron Copland, and “Symphony No. 6â€? by George Anthell. Tickets start at $28. Andrew Constantine conducts. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Great Lakes Challenge Wrestling Championship. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 10 a.m. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. TRACK fundraiser. Calhoun Street Soup, Salad and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St. 2-5 p.m. Admission $5; children free. Free parking. “A New Beginningâ€? is a fundraiser for Three Rivers Art Center for Kids, dedicated to using the power of art to combat child abuse. Music will be provided by Mimi Burns & Styler, Molly Brogan, Grace Minnick and special guest Blind Uncle Harry, of Bloomington. Fort Wayne Youtheatre will present the play “Mean Jean the Recess Queen.â€? Catherine Nagy Mowry will demonstrate Miami Indian doll making. Teresa Rust will offer face painting. Terry Doran will supply a mural for children to paint. An open mic will be available to all. Proceeds go toward the expenses of bringing Native American photographer Matika Wilbur to speak her art and her heritage and to inspire youth. Praise Celebration 2014. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 6 p.m. Tickets available at Larson Ticket OfďŹ ce, (260) 481-6555, or visit Adults $16, senior $11, students $11, children 12 and under $6. Bring a canned good for each child and they will be admitted free. Unity Performing Arts Foundation and Sweetwater present this event featuring the Voices of Unity Youth Choir, with Marshall White directing. The event also features local worship leaders.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. Enter from Douglas Street, near Harrison Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Fort Wayne Philharmonic Pops presents “The Music of John Williams.â€? The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. The show features music from movies such as “Lincoln,â€? “E.T.,â€? “Harry Potter,â€? “Schindler’s List,â€? and “Star Wars.â€? Tickets start at $28. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000. Tuffy’s Trivia Night. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, or $15 at the door. Come on your own and be assigned to a team, or put together your own team of 10. Bring own appetizers and desserts. A full cash bar will be available. No alcohol may be brought onto the premises. All guests must be 21 or older.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 Be a Canterbury Student for the Day. Canterbury School, 5601 Covington Road, and Canterbury High School, 3210 Smith Road. Area students in kindergarten through grade 11 are invited to visit Canterbury School today. Students will attend classes to experience this independent school, college prep curriculum ďŹ rsthand. Visits must be scheduled in advance. Contact or call 450-3553. Free community dinner. Parkwood Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. 5:45 p.m. Free community dinner each Wednesday. Call 483-4662.

THURSDAY, JAN. 23 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mizpah Shrine Circus OfďŹ ce, 1015 Memorial Way, behind Casa’s on Parnell Avenue. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Call 422-7122. Tickets ordered before Jan. 18 will be mailed. For details and photos, visit The Mizpah Circus Fair is in the basement of the Coliseum, and opens one hour before the ďŹ rst show of the day and continues until one hour after the last show of the day ends.

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Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. Black-and-white ďŹ lms. The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 2 p.m. “Sherlock, Jr.â€? (1924), a Buster Keaton comedy, and “The Freshmanâ€? (1925), a Harold Lloyd comedy. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 or younger with valid student ID. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.


FRIDAY, JAN. 24 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 and sides, with dessert. Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 7 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description. Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. Noon-9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Service Corps of Retired Executives Chapter 50 monthly meeting. Andorfer Building, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. 9 a.m.-noon. Michelle Gladieux of Gladieux Consulting will be the guest speaker. Free. The public is welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Call 422-2601.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description. Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. Merge Christian singles group. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road. 6-11 p.m. This nonproďŹ t organization holds a potluck dinner, games and a disc jockey for dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles of all denominations to get together. Events are held the last Saturday of each month. Locations vary.

SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description.

Million Dollar Quartet. The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,â€? brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. 11:30 am.-1 p.m. The January topic is “New Adventures,� featuring the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation travel program. The cost is $15.50, inclusive. RSVP by Jan. 21 to Meridith at 672-3414.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Winter Homecoming. Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road. All are welcome to attend this special evening, which combines three events. The evening welcomes back the Bishop Luers dance teams from 2000 to 2013. At 4:30, enjoy Casa Knight dinner in he cafĂŠ; reservations are required. Luers varsity girls and boys basketball teams will take on North Side a 6 p.m. During halftime of the boys game (approximately 8 p.m.), enjoy a performance by the Luers dance teams. An adult reception in the cafĂŠ follows the games.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 All-you-can-eat ďŹ sh fry. Knights of Columbus Council 451, 601 Reed Road. 5-7 p.m. the ďŹ rst Friday of each month. The public is welcome. $8 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and under. Meal includes ďŹ sh, two sides and beverage.



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