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Arts update


•Aboite Branch, 5630 Coventry Lane, will have “Art for Homeschoolers” at 2 p.m. Thursdays and “Art for Homeschool Teens” at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

•Monroeville Branch, 115 Main St., Monroeville, will discuss “Budget Scrapbooking” at 4 p.m. Thursday. Attendees are required to bring adhesive and scissors.

•Pontiac Branch, 2215 S. Hanna St., will have “Sit and Stitch,” for anyone wanting to learn to knit, at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

•Woodburn Branch, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn, will have a “Yarn Lover’s Gathering” at 7 p.m. Thursday.


•The First Presbyterian Theatre will hold auditions for “Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare” at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday at 300 W. Wayne St. To request a one-hour audition slot, call 426-7421, ext. 103. Performances dates will be April 25 to May 11.

•Grand Effect Productions will conduct auditions Monday for the upcoming production of “The Misadventures of Janet Worth” at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St. Performances dates are from March 11 to 13. For audition times, call 260-579-6277.

•Pulse Opera House, Warren, will hold auditions for “Ramona Quimby” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Performance dates are March 1 to 16 with additional daytime school performance on March 7 and 8. For information, go to

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett, is accepting works for its annual member’s show. The show will run from March 15 through April 28. A $20 entry fee allows three entries to an exhibitor. Forms are available at

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, is offering “Trader Cards,” for ages 8 to 12, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Jan. 26. Also the class, “Trader Cards Too,” for ages 12 to 17, will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 26. For costs, call 419-238-6837 to go to COOKBOOK PUBLISHED: Cookbook author Janie Ebinger has released her newest cookbook, “Live Well, Eat Well: Janie’s Twist of Salads, Sandwiches and Wraps.” The book is available at, and

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