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Arts update


•The Aboite branch, 5630 Coventry Lane, will present “Art for Homeschool Teens” at 2 p.m. Mondays and “Art for Homeschoolers” at 2 p.m. Thursdays.

•The Georgetown branch, 6600 E. State Blvd., will have “8:16 Crafts: Googly-Eye Picture Frames” Wednesday. For times, call 421-1320.

•The Grabill branch, 13521 State St., Grabill, will have “Homeschool Embroidery Class” at 1 p.m. Tuesday. To register, call 421-1325.

•The Pontiac branch, 2215 Hanna St., offer “Sit and Stitch” knitting at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

•The Woodburn branch, 4701 Indiana 101 N., will have “Yarn Lover’s Gathering” at 7 p.m. Thursdays.


•The Allen County Public Library mobile app is available for Android phone and tablet users. The ACPL mobile app allows patrons to search the catalog, renew materials and place a hold. Go to and type ACPL in the search box.

•Barnes & Noble has added the OverDrive Media Console app to the Nook Apps storefront. The Nook app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the Kendallville Public Library. To access OverDrive for free, patrons will need to know their library card number and password. For information, call 260-343-2010 or email

AUDITIONS: IPFW Department of Theatre will hold auditions for “Oliver” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Performance dates are from Feb. 8 to 17. For information, call 481-6551.


•David Sowards had the following books, “The Road to Hell,” “When the Aliens Arrived” and “Matt and the Devil” published at

•Cookbook author Janie Ebinger has had her book, “Live Well Eat Well: Janie’s Twist on Salads, Sandwiches & Wraps,” published. The book will be available in January at

BUILDING COMPETITION: The third annual “Plank-A-Palooza” will be open to builders using 500 KEVA planks. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. Entry fees are $250 for schools and non-profit organizations and $500 for corporate teams. There is no charge to observe. For information, call 458-0125.


•Pokagon State Park, 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, will host a fall photography workshop with Barbara Knights-Hale of Jitterbug Photography from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the nature center. Cost is $89 and includes the course, lunch and park entrance fee. To register, call 260-624-2999.

•Mark Ober is sponsoring an eight-week continuing education ceramics class from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 13 at Garrett High School, Garrett. Cost is $50. For information, call 260-357-4114.

CONTEST: Students are invited to participate in “A Celebration of Writers and Artists,” an essay and poetry contest. The deadline for the essay contest is Thursday, and the deadline for poetry is Dec. 6. Entries may be sent to For information, call 435-713-4411.

FUNDRAISER: “Fractured Fairy Tales: Election 2012 Snow White vs. Pinocchio,” a fundraiser of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. Tickets are $90 and can be purchased at 422-8641, ext. 226.

IPFW RECEIVES ACCREDITATION: The National Association of Schools of Theatre has granted accreditation and membership to the Department of Theatre at IPFW and its Bachelor of Arts: Theatre.

CANTERBURY TEACHER BECOMES PLAYWRITE: Adam King, an assistant teacher in the English department of Canterbury High School, has written the play, “A Devil in the Church.” The play will premiere at Manchester University, North Manchester.

Arts update is a weekly listing of arts-related news including events, auditions, contests and rehearsals. Send items at least two weeks before desired publication to Arts update, the Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0088; fax, 461-8648; or email at