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“Let’s Get Organized”
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Happy New Year Glo Readers!
This season of life for me with two little ones (6 and 3 years old) can be summed up in one word: Chaos! So, it’s appropriate that this issue is devoted to getting organized, and it contains several articles to help you get a handle on your daily chaos. Each New Year, I choose a word that will be my focus for 2023. I contemplated chaos, but as I reflected on the following recent scene from our kitchen, I landed on EMBRACE.
Scene: One evening in December, we went to the lake to do some final tasks to prepare for winter. We took Frankie, our little dog, and we let her run around our property. On the way home, she jumped into my lap, and I was hit with an extremely pungent odor. Apparently, she had rolled in something, so when we got home, we gave her a bath. I always bathe her in the utility sink in the garage, but it was cold, so my husband put her in the kitchen sink which would NOT have been my first choice! Frankie is not a fan of baths, so it was a multiple person job to accomplish the actual cleansing. In the midst of it, our 3-year-old, decided to climb up on the counter to “help,” and in the process, she spilled my very full, very big tumbler of water all over the floor. My husband let go of Frankie to grab towels, and Frankie bolted across the counter, slipping and sliding, and dripping water everywhere. It was a chaotic, comedic disaster!
All I could do in the moment was laugh and EMBRACE the chaos. Embrace is more intentional than accept. It means to accept or support something willingly or enthusiastically. To embrace chaos will be a challenge for me someone who thrives on order and schedules. It will serve me and my family well if I focus on embracing the chaos of this special time with my little ones, so that is what I will strive to do each day.
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Title of piece: Paint-Stained Fingertips
What inspired this piece?
When I’m not completing a commission, I often find myself practicing faces and figures. This piece came about on a slow day after inspecting my seemingly constant paint-stained fingers. They seemed to tell a story in themselves, harboring bright colors that I could never seem to scrub off. So, it had started as a study of my hand, and pretty quickly turned into a self-portrait.
cover artist: Samantha Fulk
Hometown: Churubusco, Indiana
Where do you draw inspiration from in general?
I take a lot of inspiration from my experiences in life and the people around me that mold them.
How long have you been creating art?
I’ve been creating as long as I can remember—it has always been a deep passion of mine. I completed my first mural while in high school in 2017 and have been painting all over Indiana ever since.
What is your favorite medium?
Acrylic paint! I love how easy paint is to manipulate, and with acrylics, it dries fast enough to cover mistakes. It’s also a very affordable medium, which makes it easy to teach and do with others.
What advice do you have for other artists just starting out?
Let your ideas run free. Take a wild thought you have and create something with it; but it’s important not to be discouraged if that idea hits a dead end. Turn it into something else. Our minds and emotions change with time; so should our art!
Where can we find your work?
I have several murals scattered around Northern Indiana in places like Roanoke, Fort Wayne, New Haven, and Churubusco.
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2023 Color of the Year
By Lauren Caggiano
If you’ve flipped through fashion and lifestyle magazines recently, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that lavender is the hot color for 2023. Whether on the racks at your favorite boutique or in the home interior aisle at Target, you’re likely to see this color pop up. Here’s how to effortlessly adopt this trend in both contexts.
First, it’s helpful to know what this color evokes. It’s synonymous with a sense of optimism, calmness, and excitement. And who wouldn’t want that in their life? If you want to add this splash of color to your wardrobe, look to the runway for inspiration. For instance, corset tops are the trendiest pieces after we’ve seen a rise in 2000s-era looks. Pair it with some highwaisted jeans and some 90s platforms, and you have a
Active types might want to invest in athleisure in this cheerful color. Fair warning: you might have all eyes on you, especially if it’s a body-hugging ensemble. This is a color that screams, “look at me,” after all. This is the year to own what you’ve got. Or if you’re a more subdued type, you might gravitate toward the basics. A classic white T-shirt looks great year-round paired with a pleather jacket and lavender trousers as the finishing
Date night or want to impress your crush? You’ll look breathtakingly beautiful in a cotton lavender sun
dress or skater dress. Add some sandals and a cute purse and you’re in business. This is a great look for ladies with pale skin and light hair, as it will be the most flattering.
Headed into the office or have a big interview? A lavender blazer or pantsuit is sure to make an impression. Neutral hues like grey, smoke, and off-white will complement the purple hue.
Digital lavender isn’t just resigned to your closet. It can also give your home a fresh vibe. It works best for spaces where you might want to draw on healing rituals and foster a sense of well-being. That said, interior design experts say lavender works well in virtually any room. However, it makes for a restful bedroom scheme or a more colorful hallway. And just like when assembling an outfit, think about ways to pull in other colors into the project. Navy, chocolate brown, taupe, and white are safe bets.
In the bedroom specifically, you might create a calming oasis with soft purple bed sheets, a comforter, and a nightstand lamp. Decorative pillows in this color or a similar shade can also provide an aesthetic element. Another consideration is that lavender has gender-inclusive qualities, making it the perfect option for a nursery. Plus, you want a baby’s bedroom to feel serene and purple will help achieve that.
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If you want to play with this color on your walls, look to the experts for some guidance. Having all the walls in a room painted lavender can be a bit too much. An accent wall might be a better choice to give the space some attitude without it looking too trendy and dated a few years from now. How do you plan to make this trend your own, whether sartorially or in your nest? We’re anxious to hear. a
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Beauty, health, and wellness trends for
Health and wellness
By Julie Young
If the past two years have taught us anything, it is that self-care is vital to one’s health, happiness, and well-being. When setting your goals for 2023, your resolutions should include health, wellness, and beauty!
Looking to get healthy or maintain your overall wellness in the New Year? There more options than ever before. Amy Ramos, a licensed aesthetician at Belle Sante Med Spa, said the telehealth platforms that exploded in 2020 will continue to grow as three-fourths of Americans plan to receive healthcare virtually.
“Mental health continues to be served by telehealth platforms as well,” she said. “More people have access to it and the stigma around getting it is removed when one can be in the comfort of her own home receiving it. People are also more open about their struggles due to the pandemic and more likely to ask for help.”
Telefitness is also a great compliment/alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar gyms and clubs. A person can work out day or night and oftentimes in smaller bites and at lower intensity levels
“We’re also seeing a lot of leisure travel for wellness to destinations all over the world with vacations that often include biking, hiking, yoga, meditation, or running,” Ramos said.
Better beauty begins now!
Let’s face it, Zoom is not “face friendly.” The digital universe has begun to reveal unchartered territory in aesthetics with facial dysmorphia and overtreating. What one person perceives as their own version and meaning of beauty is fueled by endless influencers whose version of reality is unnatural and out of touch. Kari Dietrich at ENT Aesthetics said a reputable practitioner recognize this and will direct patients toward holistic treatments that will complement their face, body, and life stage. From preventative maintenance treatments like Diamond Glo, chemical peels, and Botox in your 20s and 30s, to dermal fillers and lasers in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, the evolution of aesthetics has evolved and it’s time to move with the times.
“We are now seeing a shift toward the use of biostimulating fillers, such as Sculptra,” Dietrich said. “Biostimulating fillers give an immediate, short-term plumping effect, but the primary goal is to stimulate the body so that it produces its own collagen, which provides a longerlasting fullness and lift.”
When it comes to skin care, Exosomes are the hot new anti-aging ingredient. Exosomes are derived from stem cells and have been found to contain various growth factors. Exosomes are effective in battling time while giving the skin the ability to rebuild itself.
“The over filled out look is out (and) natural is in,” Dietrich said. “I feel that we have finally reached a point where we understand how to correctly address and treat facial aging in a way that looks more natural. This is best achieved with a multimodality approach.” a
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By Cassie Beer, Women’s Fund Director
New CDC research reveals that teenage girls are attempting to end their life at devastating rates, citing a 50% increase in girls being admitted to the hospital for suspected suicide attempts in the last two years. The same report also indicates a 55% rise in eating disorders, a 38% rise in depression diagnoses, and a 33% rise in anxiety disorders.
It’s a difficult time to be a teenager: increased social media pressures, academic expectations, limited access to mental health services, economic instability, social unrest. Almost 40% of girls who spend five hours a day on social media show symptoms of depression. Time spent on social media is directly correlated with suffering from low moods, depression, being unhappy with how one looks, and getting less than seven hours of sleep a night
One participant in the Women’s Fund Young Women & Girls Study shared, “Sometimes I feel that I will never be good enough, that I need to change myself in order to be accepted by society. This can keep me up at night sometimes because the only thing that I really value is being a part of a group … and having strong friendships. It’s hard to have that if you feel like you’re not good enough.”
Another participant shared that she used to spend close to ten hours a day on social media until she realized how much worse it made her feel to see a never-ending stream of perfectly-edited highlights of others’ lives. In our survey, 86% of respondents indicated that they feel pressured to change their appearance. According to the 2022 Mental Health America report, 2.5 million youth in the U.S. have severe depression, and multiracial youth are at the greatest risk– 60% of whom do not receive any mental health treatment. The good news for Indiana is that we are one of only nine states in the nation that have adopted 998: the first nationwide telephone number to help people with any behavioral health crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The good news is that today’s teenagers are far more likely to have conversations about mental health than previous generations. If we can individually be willing to have the hard conversations to normalize mental health, we can collectively help youth thrive. a
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What next steps can we take? • Set clear boundaries around social media for your whole family • Discuss unrealistic expectations social media can portray • Normalize conversations about mental health • Support mental health programs in schools: many students only receive mental health services in educational settings
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By Stacie Ball | Photo by John Felts
Raised near her father’s family in Pennsylvania, Stephanie Crandall developed a love for public service in ninth grade.
“A discussion in my civics class tied the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the small number of women holding public office and sparked a passion inside me that has fueled my entire career path,” she remembered. After attending Ohio Northern University for undergrad, William & Mary Law School in Virginia, and living in Washington D.C., she was drawn to Fort Wayne to be near her mother’s family.
Crandall now serves as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Fort Wayne. Her job is to consider how Fort Wayne is impacted by what is happening in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., and provide advice on how we can accomplish our goals. Other duties include being a member of the mayor’s cabinet, serving as the mayor’s liaison to government officials and community leaders, and providing input on legislative and regulatory actions. She represents the City at a number of forums, including community conversations, boards and committees, and public events.
Hoping to strengthen our community, Crandall recently spent three weeks on campus with officials from around the world at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program. They learned a tremendous amount from each other by brainstorming how to address local issues, build consensus, and influence change to improve communities and promote democracy.
Crandall is very focused on issues related to the economic security of women and families. She is involved in the creation of the Women’s Fund, serves as the Economic Security subcommittee chair, and is on the board of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. The mother of three boys serves as the Governance Committee Chair on the United Way of Allen County (UWAC) board and now represents UWAC on the Indiana United Ways board. She just ended her term as the Chair of the Allen County Bar Association Women Lawyers Section and on YWCA Northeast Indiana’s governance committee.
One of her proudest accomplishments was leading the Mayor’s initiative to create and enact a paid parental leave policy for city employees. It provided parents (birth and adoptive) paid time off to adjust to their new family situation and bond with their children. Parents can support their families without fear of losing a paycheck during a crucial time of mental and physical development for children. She explained, “If we invested more in early childhood development during the ages of 0-5, we might have fewer community challenges to deal with as adults.”
Crandall has learned connectedness, representation, and diversity are important when considering ways to tackle challenges. Her plans include running for a position on Fort Wayne City Council. She hopes to increase the number of glowing, devoted women in public service.
“If I glow, it’s because so many amazing and caring people, including encouraging teachers, extremely dedicated public servants, my family, and every woman I consider part of an incredible sisterhood, have tended and stoked the spark inside me.” a
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Kody Tinnel, 34, is a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. He graduated f rom South Side High School and earned a bachelor’s and a master’s in public affairs at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW.) He currently has a position with Fort Wayne Community Schools as the Manager of Talent Acquisition and Retention.
When Tinnel is not at his day job, or working in his garden at home, he keeps himself busy in various community roles. His rather lengthy list of volunteer involvement includes being a commissioner for the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission; a board member and former president of the Packard Area Planning Alliance; and a board member and former president of the Foster Park Neighborhood Association.
And earlier this year, Tinnel co-founded the Tree Canopy Growth Fund - an organization that educates the public about the need for more trees to be planted on private property and raises money to make this possible.
For Tinnel, his foray into public service started during his days at IPFW when he was in student government. When he first got involved in his neighborhood association, it felt familiar to him. “It brought a lot of memories back from my student government days in terms of getting a group of people together with a shared general direction, but maybe a lot of different ways to get there and a lot of different people involved, with different personalities.”
Working in the neighborhood association began to ignite Tinnel’s passion for local community service. “I started to dive deeper into that and realize that I really loved everything about trying to bring people together to solve shared challenges.”
Tinnel believes that everyone has the capacity to make a difference especially at the local level. That is how he has prioritized his time with so many potential problems to solve and places where he could serve.
“I’ve done a lot of things in the community with a goal of just trying to make things better, starting with the little chunk of land that I’m on and working outward,” said Tinnel.
His goal is to expand his circle of influence, but for now, he is focused on doing the most good where he currently is, including in his role at Fort Wayne Community Schools. “It is critically important for public schools to be able to serve every single student and take care of the humans that are in our buildings at the most basic level and treat them as the humans that they are, that deserve access to a really great education.”
He said it is the same for his role in the neighborhood association and all the activities with which he’s involved. “How do we make sure that everyone in our community has at least a basic shot at having a good life and being treated with dignity and respect because they’re human and they exist and they’re part of our community?”
In a perfect world, Tinnel would have a job as a public servant, using his time and talent for the community as a paid volunteer. “I dream of a world where there’s some sort of formal mechanism for this,” he said. “Where there’s an involved community member job description.”
Until that time, he will just keep on doing the best he can to make his corner of the world a better place. And he invites others to join him.
“I think everyone has a role to play,” said Tinnel. “Get in where you fit in.” a
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By Stacie Ball | Photo by Leverage Photography
Carroll High School senior Avah Crane developed a passion for creating art, taking photos, and helping others at a young age. She has been working with special needs children in the community since she was 13 years old and recently began shooting photos of Carroll sports. She continues to find creative ways to use her talents to improve the lives of others.
Crane started volunteering for the University of Saint Francis’ Jester’s program as a teaching artist in the visual arts and storytelling classes when she was in 8th grade. Jesters is a performing arts group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), ages 8 to senior citizens. The purpose of Jesters is to enhance the quality of life for those with IDD by engaging them in the world of creative arts. Jesters offers dance, theatre, storytelling, music, instruments, visual arts, improv, and photography classes on Saturday mornings at the University of Saint Francis from September to March.
“Our activities are designed to inspire growth, develop identity, and foster meaningful connections,” Crane said. “In this way, the Jesters program uses art as a vehicle to engage people with IDD as productive contributing community members and artists.”
This year, she was excited to manage all the social media for the organization in addition to teaching classes.
You might say Crane’s love of art started when she was a toddler. Since she could walk, she has accompanied her father, a professional photographer, to work events. She quickly developed a fondness for photography and has been dabbling in it ever since. Judd, at Leverage Photography, was her inspiration for taking a shot at sports photography.
Her biggest accomplishment art-wise has been her success in the Scholastics Art Awards. She has won various awards at the regional level and snagged two national Gold Medals for photography during her sophomore year. It was an honor to have those pieces displayed in New York City. This year will be her final entry to the event.
At school, Crane is heavily involved in the champions together/unified program, where she gets to play sports with the disabled community at school. She loves it! She also has a passion for travel volleyball and passes on the love of the game by coaching elementary and middle school teams at Summit.
“I have to be super diligent with my time,” Crane explained when asked how she manages everything. She has multiple calendars to keep track of her family life, social life, challenging school load with four AP classes, sports photos, and coaching. She said, “To avoid falling behind, I try to use my time effectively and rarely take any time to rest. It is hard work, but it all pays off!”
Crane plans to study Psychology and Neuroscience and someday attain her Ph.D. She wants to continue art and photography as a hobby, intending to get involved in sports photography during and after college. After this snapshot of Crane’s life, we cannot wait to see the next page of the album! a
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According to research, January 19 is the most common date people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions (1).
While about 44% of Americans in one study held weight loss as a resolution, living a healthy life is a multifaceted endeavor. Overall wellness is more than a number on the scale, and the start of a new year is a time many evaluate how improvement can be made.
Selecting a shorter list of goals to achieve whether for January 1 or any of the other equally-important 364 days of the year leads to higher levels of success. One source recommends writing down the goals you hope to make happen on sticky notes, with one idea on each small sheet. After your sticky notes are made, put them on the wall, with those most important to you at the top. After grouping the ideas together, organizing the similar near one another, give thought to what you value as most important; the most challenging part. From the top of the list, you can create specific, tangible goals. Those tangible goals can be of many strains and put minimum strain on one’s comfort zone. The physical is, obviously, important. Human beings are complex in their spiritual, psychological, and social needs, though. Perhaps your goals include prioritizing prayer, meditation, or corporate worship. Maybe a support group of people with similar challenges would improve your overall wellness. Taking that group exercise class with the YMCA membership you got yourself for Christmas could get you around other, like-minded folks more frequently. In many cases, one activity can improve quality of life in more than one way.
There is also more than one way to make resolution achievement a bit easier. Break down larger goals into smaller ones. You have less opportunity to become overwhelmed and more chances to celebrate success! Writing down goals with specific, understandable, defined steps also improves outcomes. Along those lines, beginning small and tracking successes along the way can assist in realizing your aims. What is attainable for those celebrations of success changes as you change. Knowing specifically what you have done grants honest perspective on the progress made.
While positive outcomes are entirely possible, we cannot forget that we are only human. When setbacks or small failures happen, get back on track as quickly as possible, with a kind attitude toward yourself. Keeping a positive attitude about the entire process is also beneficial.
With a little self-patience, you will still be challenging yourself with life improvements on January 20 and enjoying success each day of the year after that. a
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What is it and what can we do about it?
By Jennie Renner
The Human Trafficking Hotline defines human trafficking as “a form of modern-day slavery.” On their website, humantraffickinghotline.org, it says, “This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.”
Or put a simpler way: “Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit.” It may come in the form of working for no pay or being forced to perform sex acts for money.
For Genevieve Meyer, the definition of human trafficking is not an abstract concept. At the age of 15, she was forced to marry her 43-year-old perpetrator so that he would avoid jail time. For years, she kept her personal story a secret trying to move on with her life. Now she is an advocate for others like her through her organization The Resiliency Foundation.
“I thought that it was just some weird legal loophole that I fell through,” said Meyer. “I thought the situation was unique to me.”
According to a report available on the website for the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization, in the United States between 2000 and 2018, over 300,000 minors were entered into marriages. While child marriages don’t always involve human trafficking, forced marriage is a problem that leaves children vulnerable to exploitation.
While you may think that human trafficking is only a problem in other countries, the truth is that it happens in every state in our country. In 2020, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received a total of 51,667 substantive contacts through their various channels resulting in 10,583 reported cases of human trafficking. Of those, 514 cases were in Indiana, and Indiana ranks 21st in the nation for human trafficking reports.
“It’s estimated that only 1 percent of trafficking victims are ever
identified or receive any kind of help or support,” said Meyer. “We have a lot of great resources out there. I think sometimes people just don’t know that they exist.”
You can help by educating yourself about what to look for and learning how to report suspected cases. Here are some local and national resources:
• The Anti-Trafficking Network of Northeast Indiana (antitraffickingnetwork.com) provides education on human trafficking and networking for service providers to share resources and support survivors.
• National Human Trafficking Hotline (humantraffickinghotline.org) connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe.
• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (missingkids.org) offers information and a tip line to report child sexual exploitation.
• Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign (dhs.gov/blue-campaign) is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other partners on how to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to respond. a
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By Wendy Stein
On Her Nightstand
What’s your favorite genre?
I tend to gravitate towards Utopian books. A Utopia is impossible, so most people now refer to this genre as Dystopia. I read Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and The Giver for schoolwork. One of the features I use frequently on Goodreads.com is their book suggestions and lists other users create. After reading The Hunger Games, I started reading more young adult dystopia novels like Matched, The Uglies, The Maze Runner series, The Selection series by Kiera Cass, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Lunar Chronicles, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and the Divergent series. Unfortunately, I never finished the 3rd book of the Divergent series. I rarely quit reading a book after getting more than halfway through, but the 3rd book’s narrative was hard to follow and could not hold my attention.
The final book of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Adam Douglas will forever sit in my “Currently Reading” category on Goodreads. It also became too hard to comprehend.
The other genre I usually pick up is murder mystery or crime. I love the suspense and trying to solve the mystery.
What fictional land would you like to visit?
Courtney Sexton is a 28-year-old HR Professional working at a Manufacturing company. In her free time, she plays soccer, plays the French Horn in the community band, volunteers on the Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana Gold Award Committee, and teaches sailing and canoeing to Girl Scouts. She has almost finished her goal of reading 40 books this year.
I first thought of this when a tv series mentioned it. The characters answered with the fictional lands they liked but discussed how difficult life would be in certain worlds. So without the danger, I would love to visit the Shire or Rivendell, Narnia, Hogwarts, or Pandora from Avatar. I also wish The Magicians by Lev Grossman were a reality. Within The Magicians world, they have their own version of “The Wood Between the Worlds” from The Chronicles of Narnia where you can jump between realms. That sounds ideal if it includes all the fictional worlds one can dream of. Those worlds have a sense of wonder to them.
Is there a book everyone loves that you secretly hate? (Or vice versa)
Last summer, my “Quarantine Book Club” selected books with a central theme around carnivals or circuses. Something Wicked This Way Comes is considered one of Ray Bradbury’s best-known and most popular books but I hated it. The writing style made it difficult to keep track of what was happening and the main characters spoke as if they were 70 years old, not 10. It feels like the author focused more on the poetry when he should’ve focused on keeping the narrative going. The poetry turned into nonsensical gibberish trying to pass as profound ideas. a
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Tips and Tricks
for Handling Kid Clutter
By Mary Jane Bogle
Kids and clutter all too often go hand-in-hand. The baby gear from infancy quickly turns to toys, games, and art supplies for preschoolers and band or sports gear for tweens and teens. Added to all the gear is the fact that few kids come hard wired with organization skills, leaving parents with the daunting task of keeping everything sorted and tucked neatly away, ready for the next project or practice.
All is not lost, however. Home organization is possible, and the sooner your kids learn to manage their own messes, the better. Here are five great tips to help you turn your home from mayhem to managed.
Tip #1: Store like materials together.
A dedicated space for books, another for puzzles, and still another for larger toys, will go a long way toward helping younger children remember where everything goes. Investing in garage storage for your teens’ sports gear or a dedicated area for musical instruments is always helpful, too.
Tip #4: Declutter often.
It might go without saying, but it’s obviously easier to tidy a few wellloved and well-used items, rather than a room full of barely used toys, books, or sports equipment. Purging what you no longer need will go a long way to making organization easier for everyone.
Tip #5: Rotate toys, books, and gear.
If you have attic or basement storage, consider storing at least half of your kids’ items in totes that you rotate every few months. Kids are far more likely to play with toys that seem new, and you can achieve a cleaner space without throwing out or donating toys no one wants to part with.
Tip #2: Keep storage accessible.
Kids won’t put anything away that requires extra effort. Placing cubbies within easy reach of young children and totes clearly accessible for teens is half the battle. And be sure to label totes and cubbies so there’s no question where everything goes.
Tip #3: Make it routine.
Add time in your day for a regular clean-up session. Whether it’s a quick tidy before everyone races out the door in the morning or a dedicated time to put away everything associated with the day’s activities before bed, keeping a cleaning routine will make the task seem manageable and avoiding huge messes that can pile up all too quickly!
Obviously, getting your kids to buy into organizing is key. Consider offering small incentives for clean spaces, such as going out for ice cream as a family. And do your best to make clean-up fun. You can leave small treats for your “clean-up fairies” when they’ve done a good job, set a timer everyone needs to beat, or help kids find and pick up all the “red” toys in the room. Whatever system you choose, making clean-up a habit will go a long way to bringing peace and calm to your home in the new year! a
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Budgeting for the New Year Expert Tips for
By Lauren Caggiano
By now you probably know that operating without a budget is a bit like going grocery shopping hungry. It never ends well. But how do you get started and how can you stay the course? Stephanie Walpole a branch manager with STAR Financial in Columba City, offers some expert tips, just in time for the new year.
First, she addresses some common myths and misperceptions that can get in the way of success. For instance, people might think they’re too busy or not organized enough to track a budget. Another one relates to demographics.
“Some individuals on either a lower or more comfortable income might think they don’t need to budget,” she said. “And to me, that’s not true at all. I feel like higher income individuals also could set up a good budget process, as well.”
In doing so, Walpole suggests they begin with the end in mind. For instance, what’s a reasonable lifestyle and how might expenses and savings fit into it? Knowing why you’re doing something can make it easier to follow through.
“Maybe ask yourself, what are the things that they’ll be saving for and how much debt do they currently have? And what can they budget to get those payments paid down quicker? That means figuring out where their money is going especially if they live paycheck to paycheck. I feel like they need to see things as a bigger picture,” she said. Otherwise, life happens, and before you know it, you might find yourself in debt and/or with little or no savings. Sharing from her own experience, Walpole said the cost of meals out can add up quickly and you might find you don’t have a good handle on how much you’re spending until that monthly statement arrives. In this case, ignorance is not bliss.
The good news is that you can adapt or reclaim healthy financial habits at any point. You don’t have to wait until January to check in or adopt a new budget. There can be a lot of pressure to start fresh when the calendar turns to a certain date but that’s not always constructive. You might not be ready or able to make the necessary changes.
For this reason, Walpole recommends using January to plan and then executing in February for the rest of the year. She also points out that you don’t have to necessarily set a monthly budget. Some people find it’s easier to commit to a weekly one, and once they’ve mastered that cadence, they can advance to more sophisticated goals.
Speaking of goals, Walpole said that consumers might look to tools like SavvyMoney to keep track of their finances and get a big-picture view. Also, when in doubt, developing a relationship with a banker will serve them in the long run. It never hurts to get a second sense of eyes on your finances and he or she might be able to make some recommendations to help you fast-track your goals.
Here’s to owning your money and financial future in 2023 and beyond! a
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Name: Erica Anderson-Senter
Hometown: Farmland, Indiana
Current town: Fort Wayne, Indiana
What is the inspiration for this piece?
I am in a season of figuring out who I actually am. The late 30s are spectacular for this kind of discovery! This piece delves into what that looks like through the lens of verse. What is your preferred style of writing?
Poetry! Though I love Creative Non-Fiction, too! How long have you been writing?
Seriously since 2010. However, I’ve been a writer since I could hold a pencil.
What advice do you have for other writers just starting out?
READ. Do both a lot. Make time for it. Eat and breathe image. Notice how words feel on your tongue. Fall in love and fist fight, equally, with what you write. AND REVISE.
Where can we find your work?
I have a full-length collection, “Midwestern Poet’s Incomplete Guide to Symbolism,” published by EastOver Press (2021). I have other pieces published by Dialogist, “Anti-Heroin Chic, ONE ART,” among other journals. a
WEIRD LITTLE JOYFUL POEM
It is spring in the center of my body daffodils curtsy their yellow outside of my skin from my stomach everything’s in bloom out my mouth: redbuds and tulips shock. I smile petals; I speak pollen; I lay down and every where moss and dew and fastidious spiders busying their legs creating. It’s October outside my body and my blood, my brain, my bones are all insane with warmth. If I turn this poem upside down, shake it a bit, we see last October. Last October was hell. Everything dulled with the death of it. Every morning my tiny feet took tiny steps; the quietness of a tucked-in sadness. Each morning in the mirror jesus christ who was that petit survivante? Blonde hair, red eyes, and every living thing wilting.
But here, now, right now as I write bumble bees shake their legs in the middle of me and weeds are wild around my feet and goslings’ down holds the tangled sunrise and I am alive!
Me! Who would’ve thought that in this spring of me the dawn crashes joyful? The water sings with mayflies and again I’ll say: everything is dusty with delight, reader. And the lightbulbs in my blood are buzzing.
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Getting Organized for the New Year
By Cathy Shouse
While a well-decorated home is wonderful, sometimes getting organized is the best look. You might reclaim rooms full of clutter, stop wasting time looking for lost items, and get dressed more easily. Cooking will become pleasurable, and storing your vehicle in a newly reorganized garage will help you beat the cold.
Princy Hart of Hart & Schmitt Designs shared her best organizing tips and tricks. Hart and her partner, Lin Schmitt, have interior design degrees and 30+ years of combined experience. Professional organizing is one of their specialties.
Where to begin?
Start small by tackling one space in your home at a time to make it less daunting. Breaking it down this way so you see progress will help you to stick with it. For example, maybe you want to hit that cluttered coffee table first, or just start in one corner of your living room.
• Start with three boxes labeled “Keep, Toss and Donate.”
• Set an initial goal: try 30 minutes per day. That’s all you need to commit to at first. If you still have more stamina, try another 30 minutes and so forth. You will be amazed how much you can get through!
• At the end of your allotted time, empty the Toss box, get those items in the Keep box close to where they belong, and put your Donation box in the car so they’re out of the house and will get dropped off soon. If you clean up what you just went through as you go along, you won’t be left with an even bigger mess.
“To get into the right mindset, I recommend taking a before photo,” Hart said. This way you can check back periodically and see how much progress you’ve made. It’s very motivating!
She also recommends turning on some high energy music to help you get moving!
Strategies for the budget-conscious
For help with the first time you organize, a budget-friendly tip is to hire a professional organizer for one project or room only. The skills you learn may be enough to help get you through the rest of your house.
January is one of the best times of the year to purchase organizational supplies on sale. Try inexpensive baskets or trays found at a big box store or even the dollar store. For example, use nicelooking fabric bins to store remotes, coasters, and other items that can quickly be moved to use the coffee table.
Tips for keeping up
Think through your day-to-day routine and brainstorm what is stressing you out the most. Be ready to share your organizational stresses with your professional organizer.
Work with the professional organizer as it goes faster with you helping to make the “keep or donate” decisions in the moment. Use the time together to learn how to keep up your newly organized space in the long term.
Professional organizers bring creativity, and tailor ideas to your needs
First consultation/assessment is usually free
“Homework” assignments save you money
Maintenance plans will keep you on track a
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What’s in and what’s out for 2023
By Julie Young | Photo provided by Classic Marble & Stone
Today’s home-centric lifestyle requires our abodes to perform like never before, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the kitchen. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is a multi-functional room that demands a flexible design to meet the rigors of daily life. As homeowners make plans to remodel, renovate, or refresh these spaces, we asked experts to weigh in on what’s trending for 2023 and beyond.
High-style, low maintenance
According to the newly released National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) 2023 Design Trends Study, homeowners want high style surfaces that are easy to clean along with elements that hide household clutter while maximizing function. Quartz and quartzite countertops that mimic the look of natural stone without the upkeep are popular choices along with large walk-in pantries, islands that double as a dining space, and large backsplash tiles that reduce the amount of grout one must clean.
“We see a lot of designs (that incorporate) a full height splash using their countertop material, floating shelves, and less upper cabinetry,” said Carolyn Johnson with Classic Marble & Stone, Inc. in Hoagland. “Walk-in pantries with quartz or stone counters to match the kitchen are also trending, and the floor samples that are brought in to help select counters are most often wide-plank luxury vinyl that look like (real) wood.”
All that glitters
According to the newly released National Kitchen and When it comes to kitchen technology, homeowners are drawn to those elements with smart controls that can be operated via voice or mobile device. Touchless faucets, integrated lighting, and smart appliances themselves are still being sought out and while stainless still reigns supreme, some homeowners are looking for a little bit of bling. “A growing number of homeowners are using white appliances with designer handles in gold,” Johnson said.
Even as kitchens evolve, some elements continue to have staying power, such as French door refrigerators and venting hoods, which
remain a focal point in the space. However, experts expect that some nice-to-have elements will become more prominent in years to come, such as dishwasher drawers, secondary dishwashers, and warmer color schemes.
The NKBA says transitional, contemporary, modern, organic, and farmhouse are the leading design styles for 2023, with a focus on greens, blues, whites wood tones, and greys dominating the color palette. White is the go-to neutral while green evokes nature, and blue offers warmth and inspiration, but here in the Midwest, Johnson says she’s seeing a mix
“While greys continue to sell well, warmer colors are coming back,” she said. “Homeowners are mixing them with white or combining both warm and cool looks to be transitional.”
Quick trend tips for Kitchens
• Bold colors for backsplashes, artwork, accent furniture, paint, and fabric accents.
• Ovens that integrate steam cooking/air frying tech
• Single Bowl kitchen sinks
• Sustainability (LED lights, storage for recyclables, increased natural light) a
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By Shelley Galbreath
When facial plastic surgeons Dr. Thomas Herendeen and Dr. Amy Lai made the decision to expand on the aesthetic services offered by the plastic surgery division of Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, ENT Aesthetics was born in August 2021. ENT is a collaboration between Aesthetic Nurse Kari Dietrich, RN, as well as Herendeen and Lai.
ENT is a medical spa, a combination of an aesthetic medical center, and a day spa providing non-surgical aesthetic medical services, such as Botox, dermal fillers, and lasers. Services are performed under the supervision of medical directors Herendeen and Lai.
“The goal was to bring an esthetician on board to expand our service menu to include custom facials, lash, and brow treatments, along with waxing,” Dietrich said. “Once we began the search for our new esthetician, we quickly realized Rachel McCarthy was the perfect addition to our team.”
Dietrich has been in aesthetics in the Fort Wayne community for over 20 years, 14 in dermatology and 7 in plastic surgery. “After working in aesthetics for 18 years, I made the decision to return to school for two years to become a registered nurse so I would be able to offer my clientele more advanced treatments,” Dietrich said.
McCarthy graduated from aesthetics school in March 2022 and worked at a day spa where she performed custom facials, waxing, and lash and brow services. Her goal was to work for a medical spa. Currently, she is continuing her education to extend service offerings to better serve ENT clients.
Lela Eakright is the client coordinator at ENT. “Lela’s vast knowledge of products and services help guide guests every step of the way,” Dietrich said. “She is passionate about customer service, follow through, and the relationships we build with our clientele.”
According to Dietrich, today’s patient sees the setting, aesthetic, touch, and feel of the treatment equally important to the outcome. “ENT Aesthetics wants to provide our clients with an unmatched experience, from the
convenience of being able to schedule your appointment online and friendly knowledgeable staff, to the most important part of your treatment, the patient/provider relationship. Skin care, injectables, laser, and medical grade products delivered thoughtfully is our forte, and we are committed to providing the finest quality in services, products, and expertise.” Dietrich said.
In September, ENT began a new service called Total Skin – a double treatment involving Genius, a radio frequency microneedling treatment to help rebuild collagen at a deeper level, producing skin plumping and skin tightening in the face, neck, and jowls. The second treatment is Ultra LaseMD, a polishing laser to treat everything from pore size, textural issues, pigment, and overall skin rejuvenation.
“We have been seeing amazing results with this multi-modality treatment,” Dietrich said. “Ultra LaseMD also provides us with a new state-of-the-art treatment to regrow hair called KeraLase. KeraLase can be used to help treat post Covid hair loss, hair loss from stress, and traction alopecia. ENT Aesthetics is one of the only providers in the state of Indiana to offer this new service. Hair regrowth can be seen after one or two treatments.”
ENT Aesthetics is located at 7926 West Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The spa is closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information contact ENT at 260-497-5500 or online at entaesthetics.com. a
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HOME I am
: Alicia Pyle
Alicia calls northeast Indiana specifically Fort Wayne home.
“I’m a native to northeast Indiana, but we’ve been in Fort Wayne since I was a young child,” Alicia said. “My paternal grandfather had a large international car-stereo manufacturing company, which kept my family in Huntington, Indiana, for many years. Our lineage on my paternal grandmother’s side traces way back to Chief La Fontaine, who oversaw the split into the Western and Eastern Miami Indian tribes in the area. It’s weird to me that some call this flyover-country, because I think that it’s an amazing place to call home.”
What’s more, Alicia chose to plant roots in the region when she grew up. She studied at the Purdue Fort Wayne School of Music while paying her way through school by teaching piano lessons every day after class; the draw of being near family encouraged her stay here, too.
She is a professional musician who performs nearly weekly with her band, Alicia Pyle & the Locals; she owns and operates a small business, PyleStyle Events, with her husband which works with over 200 local musicians and bands to book live music for local events and venues; and she educates at a music studio she manages, PyleStyle Academy.
“I had many great head starts in life, though, because I was extremely blessed to find my passion and success in northeast Indiana during my high school years,” she said. “I was a very dedicated student of classical music for a decade before college, had many wonderful opportunities including performing solo with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and I began teaching lessons (which is now my full-time vocation) 20 years ago at the age of 15. It’s surreal that the time has gone by this quickly–everything has always just fit into place along my path here, and I’m grateful for every single one of the learning opportunities I’ve had in this region both positive and negative.”
The region loves Alicia right back, too. She said the region and city has always been extremely supportive of her, her band, and all she does in the arts community.
Regionally, Alicia says the arts community itself is on the rise.
“I believe that the more our region develops, the more it can afford to support live music and the arts. More businesses are opening, more people are moving here, and more people are thriving,” she said. “I’ll credit the city for creating such a wonderful environment (and economy) for us to flourish in, I’ll credit Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne because they make huge strides every year to support the arts locally and explain and showcase the value that we bring, and I’ll credit the artists themselves because they are all so fantastic.”
“Similar to myself, most of the local artists and musicians educate as well so it’s like this cyclical fruit-bearing process every generation,” shes aid. “There will always be the next round of children, students, and artists waiting to grow and bloom because we’re constantly investing in them as teachers, professors, and artists ourselves. I know that I personally take every chance that I can to sow into my students with my network and small business opportunities, and I’m not the only artistic educator or business owner to do this. It’s a great place, and we all actually care here [in the region.]”
“Northeast Indiana has made me into who I am today, and I have so much to be thankful for at 35. It’s incredible,” she said. a
By: Lindsey Sharp | Photos provided
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Alicia Pyle: musician, educator, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts community, and lover of northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne are just a few of the wonderful and notable roles she plays in our region.
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By Hillary Knipstein | Photos provided
During their years working as a librarian and in the orthopedics industry, longtime Pierceton, Indiana residents Sheila and Robert Ronk spent a lot of time dreaming about opening a small storefront to run during their retirement. Because of their diverse interests and experiences, they had many choices to consider: A bookstore? A quilt shop? An antique shop? Finally drawing on their shared love for visiting small gift and antique shops, they decided to open a small, eclectic gift shop to offer all the things they loved. “We chose the name Homespun House to reflect that much of the inventory would be handmade,” Sheila recalled.
After deciding on a concept, their first step was choosing a location in the area. “A very cute 1860’s house was for sale in Pierceton, so we took the plunge,” Sheila said.
Homespun House opened its doors in 2016. It has been delighting the Ronks and the local community ever since. Sheila describes Homespun House’s inventory as including artisan/ hand-crafted items, primitive antiques, and “gifts that make us laugh.” The store draws customers from Northeast Indiana and beyond.
“Our favorite part of being in the shop is sharing time with our customers. We appreciate every person who walks in the door,” Sheila said.
According to Sheila, the biggest challenge in running Homespun House is keeping the shop stocked with new and fun items to delight their customers. Luckily, the Ronks enjoy searching for unique items and talented people to create items for the shop. Sheila and Robert both contribute their own handmade wares to the inventory. Sheila makes greeting cards, baby blankets, and wool garlands. Robert creates items out of bourbon barrels. They hunt for Homespun House’s homemade/artisan inventory at crafters and wholesale markets and shows. Additionally, they scour antique shops throughout the Midwest for unusual or primitive antiques (from the late 1800’s/early 1900’s), particularly “kitchen primitive” antiques like butter churns.
Despite their careful inventory selection, Sheila says she’s often surprised by what sells. “An item that I think will sell immediately, may not. It’s part of the fun challenge of running the shop,” she said.
Currently, Homespun House is selling a lot of rain chains, which are decorative but functional pieces that channel rain from the roof to a rain barrel.
Homespun House is a brick-and-mortar operation that relies on in-person customer relationships and transactions. This posed a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A major milestone for the shop was surviving the pandemic,” Sheila said. “We are blessed that people actively searched for small businesses to support and we have many new loyal customers due to their kindness and generosity in shopping small. We were very humbled and felt loved by the community.”
The Ronks love being involved in Pierceton Chamber of Commerce and helping with the events and activities that support the local community like the upcoming Destination Pierceton event.
Homespun House’s regular hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4, and Tuesdays by chance. a
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Decatur Coin Show and Marketplace Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food available. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round), Riverside Center, 231 E. Monroe St. (Highway 224 East), Decatur. Contact Carla at 260.517.8182, decaturfleamarket.com.
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Nouvelle Annee 1743
— A New Year in New France
Historical reenactment of life among French colonial settlers, soldiers, and their Native American allies in January 1743. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.437.2836, oldfortwayne.org
• Through Jan. 8, “Happy Smallidays” showcase exhibit, public hours, regular admission
• Saturday, Jan. 14 (through April 16), “California Dreamin’” showcase exhibit, public hours, regular admission
• Saturday, Jan. 28, “Winterval at the Conservatory,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., live ice carving at 10 a.m., regular admission
• Tuesday, Jan. 31 (through Feb. 26), Sweetheart Orchid Display, public hours, regular admission Adults $7, children (3-17) $5, children (2 and under) free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 260.427.6440, botanicalconservatory.org.
• Saturday, Jan. 21, Nate Bargatze, 7 p.m., $46.75 to $105
• Tuesday, Jan. 24, On Your Feet!: A New Musical, 7:30 p.m., $40/$55/$75
• Thursday, Jan. 26, Ani Difranco with Peter Mulvey & Sistastrings, 8 p.m., $45/$55/$65
NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to fluctuation based on demand.
125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 800.745.3000, fwembassytheatre.org.
• Friday-Sunday, Jan. 6-8, All American Outdoor Expo, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $15/adults, free for ages 15 and under
• Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8, Gun & Knife Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $7/adults, $6/seniors 60+, free for kids 12 and under
• Sunday, Jan. 8, Winter Bridal Spectacular, noon-4 p.m., call for admission price
• Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 17-19, Fort Wayne Farm Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, free admission
• Friday-Sunday, Jan. 27-29, Mizpah Shrine Circus & Fair, 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m./2:30 p.m./7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $16/$20/$25
Parking $8 main lot, $12 preferred lot. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.482.9502, memorialcoliseum.com.
Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre
• Friday-Saturday, Jan. 6-7, Booth Brothers, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, MH, $33.96 to $39.95
• Thursday, Jan. 12, Soul’d Out Quartet & The Porter Family, 6 p.m., MH, $21.21 to $24.95
• Friday, Jan. 13, Karen Peck & New River, 7 p.m., MH, call for individual concert ticket prices, $499.95 for weekend package
• Friday, Jan. 13, The Kingsmen, 1 p.m., MH, call for individual concert ticket prices, $499.95 for weekend package
• Saturday, Jan. 14, The Perrys, 7 p.m., MH, call for individual concert ticket prices, $499.95 for weekend package
• Saturday, Jan. 14, Brian Free & Assurance, 1 p.m., MH, call for individual concert ticket prices, $499.95 for weekend package
• Friday, Jan. 20, CAPTURED: The Ultimate Journey Tribute, 8 p.m., PAC, $21.21 to $34.95
• Saturday, Jan. 21, The Rush Tribute Project, 8 p.m., PAC, $16.96 to $49.95
• Friday, Jan. 27, Forever Seger, 8 p.m., PAC, $16.96 to $49.95
• Saturday, Jan. 28, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with special guest Peter One, 8 p.m., PAC, $49.95 to $129.95
All shows add $18 for dinner theater. Performing Arts Center (PAC), 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Music Hall (MH), 195 N. Van Buren, Shipshewana. 888.447.4725, thebluegate.com.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
• The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022 (through Jan. 8)
• Breathing Life Into History: Contemporary Native American Art from the Collection (through Jan. 22)
• Vitreographs: Collaborative Prints from Littleton Studios (through Jan. 22)
• Fired Up: New Vistas in Ceramics (through Jan. 22)
• Garden Party: Outdoor Sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie (through June 4)
• Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Classic Toys and Americana (ongoing)
• The Glass Wing of FWMoA (ongoing)
• Kaiyodo: Mini Artworks for the Modern Age (ongoing)
• Saturday, Jan. 14, Indiana Waterways: The Art of Conservation (through March 19)
• Wednesday, Jan. 18, Print Room Talks: Intaglio, Part 2: Etching and Aquatint, 2 p.m., free with regular admission and preregistration
Adults $8, students (pre-K through college) $6, seniors (65 and older) $6, families $20, free admission for veterans and veterans’ families, free general admission 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays), 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 260.422.6467, fwmoa.org.
• Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 2-3, Winter Break Bash, various times and venues, free admission.
• Jan. 2:
• 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., “The Bad Guys” movie, ET
• 10:30 a.m.-noon, roller skating, HC
• 11 a.m.-noon, bird seed bagel craft and scavenger hunt, Charley Creek Gardens
• 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Songs, Stories & Puppets with Mrs. Kate, for elementary age and younger, HC
• Jan. 3:
• 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., “The Rise of Gru” movie, ET
• 10:30 a.m.-noon, roller skating, HC
• 11 a.m.-noon, scrap paper mosaic art project, Charley Creek Gardens
• 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Art Project with Hannah Burnworth, HC
• Thursday, Jan. 5 (through Feb. 12), 92 County Art Show, call for hours and admission
• Friday-Sunday, Jan. 6-8, “Avatar: The Way of Water” movie, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, ET, $6/adult, $4/12 and under, all seating $4 Sunday
• Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8, “Steel Magnolias” live performance, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, $16, ET
• Friday, Jan. 20, Mark Honeywell birthday dinner, 6:30 p.m., HH, $45
• Saturday, Jan. 21, Dean Z: “The Ultimate Elvis,” 7:30 p.m., HC, $25/$35/$55
• Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 26-29, “Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist” movie, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ET, $6/adult, $4/12 and under, all seating $4 Saturday and Sunday
• Thursday, Jan. 26, “Candid Camera: Unmasked Tour,” 7:30 p.m., ET, $15/$25
• Friday, Jan. 27, “Roots & Boots: Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw & Collin Raye,” 7:30 p.m., HC, $49/$59/$129
• Saturday, Jan. 28, Foo Fighters, 7:30 p.m., ET, $25/$35
Honeywell Center/Ford Theater (HC), 275 W. Market St., Wabash. Eagles Theatre/Ballroom (ET), 106 W. Market St., Wabash. Honeywell House (HH), 720 N. Wabash St., Wabash. 13-24 Drive-In (Drive-In), 890 IN 13. Dr. Ford Home (Ford), 177 W. Hill St., Wabash. 260.563.1102, honeywellarts.org.
Stroede Center for the Arts
• Sunday, Jan. 15, Toledo Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, 2 p.m., Stroede Center, $18 online, $20 in advance, $25 at the door
• Saturday, Jan. 28, Leslie McCurdy: “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman,” 7:30 p.m., Stroede Center, $18 online, $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Stroede Center, 319 Wayne Ave., Defiance. Triangle Park, 655 Clinton St., Defiance. 419.784.3401, defiancearts.org.
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