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  • Seniors
    COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving; Activities for ages 50 and older; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 233 W. Main St.
    Holiday meals• Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have its annual turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
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    Pet helpAnimal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding this winter. Straw can be picked up between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Arts update


•Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, will have “Art Out of the Box” for home-school families at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Children’s Services.

•Little Turtle Branch, 2201 Sherman Blvd., will offer “Nutcracker Painting” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

•Woodburn Branch, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn; during the month of December, learn to make a reindeer out of a clothes pin. For time, call 421-1370.


•Judges of the Embassy Theatre Festival awarded best of show to “O Baseball Tree, O Baseball Tree,” by Young’s Greenhouse & Flower Shop. Also receiving awards were “World of Imagination, Willy Wonka,” by Holland Elementary Special Education Preschool, best live tree design; “The Cat in the Hat,” by Armstrong Flowers, best traditional theme design; “Sugar and Spice,” by A Party Apart, most creativity; “A Pot of Christmas Gold,” by Asher Agency, first place in artificial tree design; “A Tooth Fairy Christmas,” by Woodland Designs, second place in artificial tree design; and “Imagine A World of Peace,” by Katrina Kay and Larry Kay, third place in artificial tree design.

•Winners of the Festival of Gingerbread have been announced. First-place winners: Hanna Beer, Decatur, pre-K through second-grade, individual; Creative Treasures Preschool, Fort Wayne, pre-K through second-grade, group; Elana Gerhardstein, Fort Wayne, third- through sixth-grade, individual; Abby & Alia Smith, Fort Wayne, third- through sixth-grade, group; Larissa Johnson, New Haven, teen, individual; Krach/Hentz, Fort Wayne, teen, group; Jennifer Balkenbusch, Fort Wayne, adult, individual; Becky and Marry Kelty, Fort Wayne, adult, group; The Eaglesons, Fort Wayne, family; Vickie Short, Shipshewana, professional; Larissa Johnson, New Haven, historical theme, student; Creative Confections Cake Club, Fort Wayne, historical theme, adult; Ivy Tech Hospitality Club, sponsored by GM, executive director’s award; Jennifer Spurgeon, Fort Wayne, festival chair award; Max Niblick, Fort Wayne, Allen County Historian’s Award; Girl Scout Troop 00226, Fort Wayne, GM title sponsor award.


•Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, will offer the following free TekVenture workshops, “3D Design with SketchUp” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, “3D Printing Practice for Beginners” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and “The Geek’s Guide to Techie Gifts” from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. To register, call 421-1374.

•Artlink, 300 E. Main St., will offer a class in “Musicbox Rewind” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $32 for members and $37 for non-members. To register, call 424-7195 or go to

•Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, will offer “Gingerbread House” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Dec. 8. For costs, call 419-238-6837 or go to

FILMMAKER DISCUSSIONS: “Meet the Filmmaker Series” will be held at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 27. The first scheduled is a discussion with Matt McCrory and Nichole Root, co-directors of “East of Nowhere.” For information, call 426-3456 or go to


•Publisher Open Books will donate $1 to the Symphony Animals Foundation for every copy of “Secrets of an Old Typewriter,” by Susie Duncan Sexton, sold from Thursday through Dec. 9 on Amazon.

•Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., will have its annual art auction “Artament” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door. For tickets, call 426-3456 or go to


•The Appleseed Quilters Guild will have a Guild Christmas party with a slideshow presentation at The Classic Café, 4832 Hillegas Road. Social time is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

•Georgetown Crochet Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Baptist Church, 2900 N. Anthony Blvd. The public is welcome; 486-6870.

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