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Community update

Classes

ALLEN COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE PROGRAMS: 4001 Crescent Ave.; 481-6826 for information and registration.

•“Transitioning Your Loved One to a Nursing Home,” 1 p.m. today, free.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND OTHER DEMENTIAS CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS: “Activities to Encourage Engagement,” Fort Wayne Community Center, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 223 W. Main St.; sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care; free; 485-2424.

BANKRUPTCY COUNSELING: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb.12, Financial Hope, 4105 W. Jefferson Blvd.; register at 432-8200 or jst.martin@financialhope.org by Feb. 11; $50 money order or debit card for single filers or $75 money order or debit card for joint filers.

FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION: To register, call 467-1075 or visit Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., or www.neighborhood-connection.org.

•Advanced Earring Design, 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 E. Cook Road; $33 plus $10 supply fee.

•“Hearty Soups and Desserts,” 6 to 8:30 p.m. today, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, Snider High School; $49.

•“Journal Writing Workshop: Kindred Spirits” (focuses on friendships), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave.; $33.

•“Foundations for Investing,” 6 to 7:30 p.m. today and Feb. 11, Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road; $39.

•“Clean Up Your PC,” 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.; $33 if using lab computers, $47 if bringing a laptop.

•Sewing Basics, 6 to 9 p.m. for eight Tuesdays beginning Tuesday; Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass; $105.

•Beginning Yoga, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for six Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Glenwood Park Elementary School, 4501 Vance Ave.; $49.

•“Computer Skills for the Workplace,” 5:45 to 8:45 p.m., for five Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.; $109 plus $32 textbook fee.

•Creative Art Welding, 6 to 9 p.m. for 10 Thursday beginning Thursday, Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.; $149.

PET PARENTING: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Animal Care and Control, 3020 Hillegas Road; free; no dogs, only owners; 427-5511 or allison.miller@cityoffortwayne.org.

TALISMAN NECKPIECE WORKSHOP: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, The Art Farm,17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville; Lisa Vetter, owner, instructs; $85 by Tuesday and limited to 10 participants; 260-238-4755 or art.farm@sbcglobal.net.

THREE RIVERS INSTITUTE FOR AFRIKAN ART & CULTURE: “Throwing a Lifeline: Finding a Path to Peace” by Unity Barbershop owner Foundation One, 6 to 7:30 p.m. nine Thursdays beginning Thursday, 501 E. Brackenridge St.; free; 969-9442.

Lectures/Forums

FORESTER SERIES: “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” by Morgan Perry, missionary to Thailand, 7 p.m. Thursday, Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University, Huntington; 260-359-4305.

IPFW FIRST MONDAYS SERIES: “A Lover’s Praise of the Lord’s Command: Interpreting the Song of Songs in Medieval Europe” by Suzanne LaVere, assistant professor of history, Science Building, Room 168, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free.

IPFW OMNIBUS SERIES: “Hard Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism” by Naomi Tutu, daughter of black South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Auer Performance Hall of Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free; required tickets available beginning today at 481-6808 or www.ipfw.edu/box-office.

LUNCH WITH AN IPFW SCIENTIST: “Food, Color and Music: What Are You in the Mood For?” with Michelle Drouin and Lesa Rae Vartanian, associate professors of psychology, for children age 8 and up, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne; $10 for members and $16 for nonmembers (includes lunch); register by 11 a.m. Friday at 424-2400 or www.sciencecentral.org.

UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS: Photographer Greg Gorman on his life and career, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, North Campus auditorium, 2702 Spring St.; sponsored by Canon Explorers of Light; free; 399-8066.

FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION: “Learn to Slow Dance with Ballroom Dance Technique and Bolero Rhythm,” 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. for six Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, Price Elementary School, 1901 W. State Blvd.; $45; register at 467-1075 or visit Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., or www.neighborhood-connection.org

FORT WAYNE DANCE COLLECTIVE: “Dance for Parkinson’s Disease” by Liz Monnier, artistic director; for those with Parkinson’s disease or mobility challenges; 11 a.m. to noon for seven Tuesdays beginning Tuesday; Fort Wayne Cinema Center’s Spectator Lounge (formerly Artlink Gallery), 437 E. Berry St.; register at 424-6574 or www.fwdc.org; $70.

RENAISSANCE BALLROOM DANCE STUDIO: Beginning waltz; 8 p.m. Thursday; 7145 Indiana 1 N., Ossian; 260-622-6644.

Library

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN LIBRARY: “Art Out of the Box,” 2 p.m. Tuesday in Children’s Services; Storytime for Preschools, Daycares and Other Groups,” 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services, registration required; “Smart Start Storytime,” preschoolers ages 3 to 6, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services; “Write Away” (new writing club for kids), 2 p.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services (register at 421-1200); “Babies and Books,” infants to 18 months and parents/caregivers, 10 a.m. Friday in Children’s Services; “Toddler Storytime,” stories, activities, ages 18 months to 3 years and parents/caregivers, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Fridays in Children’s Services; “Stellar Science!” visit by star lab from Science Central; 2 and 6 p.m. in Children’s Services (register at 421-1200); “Game Night: X-Box,” 7 p.m. Wednesday in Young Adult Services; “Homeschool Happenings: Valentine Candymaking,” 1 p.m. Thursday in Young Adult Services; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Power, 7 p.m. Thursday in Young Adult Services (register at 421-1255); “Books-n-Bagels: ‘The Dark Endeavor’ by Kenneth Oppel,” 10 a.m. Friday in Young Adult Services; “GO Game Club,” 2 p.m. Saturday in Young Adult Services; 900 Library Plaza, 421-1200 or www.acpl.lib.in.us.

Organizations

ALLEN COUNTY 4-H CLUB: 4-H Information Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne; 481-6826.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, FORT WAYNE OFFICE: Arthritis Walk Kick-Off and Kids Get Arthritis Too Party, for volunteers and prospective volunteers, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30, Fort Wayne; register by Tuesday at 755-6282 or mhawkins@arthritis.org.

DISORDERLY BEAR DEN OF GOOD BEARS OF THE WORLD: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Fort Wayne Community Center, 233 W. Main St.; 409-9886 or email tdbear7@comcast.net.

FORT WAYNE INVENTORS CLUB: 2 p.m. Saturday; Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room C, 900 Library Plaza; public welcome; free; 466-7655 or fortwayneinventors.wordpress.com.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION, INDIANA CHAPTER ONE: Lunch and social hour after 10 a.m. meeting, Saturday; VFW Post 857, 2202 W. Main St.; spouses, friends welcome; 485-7627.

TOASTMASTERS CLUBS:

•American Red Cross Club, noon Tuesdays; American Red Cross, 1212 E. California Road; 480-8190.

•Anthony Wayne Toastmasters, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays; Ivy Tech Community College – Northeast, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Room 1550; guests welcome; 348-7439.

•Summit City Toastmasters, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Fridays; Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave.; 918-2065 or www.SummitCityTM.org.

Fundraisers

BENEFIT FOR NOAH BARBKNECHT: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Ceruti’s Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd., Fort Wayne; sponsored by Northrop High School’s Bruin Backers football booster organization for Northrop freshman football player critically injured in a skiing accident Dec. 24; hors d’oeuvres and silent auction; bidding online for anyone through 10 p.m. Saturday; those 12 and over may participate; $30; reservations by today at 260-570-2059 or www.charityauctionorganizer.com/auction/BruinBenefitForNoah.

CATS ’N’ COCOA: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, 1426 W. 300 N., Albion; cocoa, big cat viewing; $8 for those 10 and up, $7 ages 3 to 9 and free for those under 2; bring “wish list” donation; 260-636-7383 or www.blackpine.org.

DOTS IN BLUE WATER BENEFIT: 6:30 p.m. Friday, coffeehouse at South Adams High School, 1000 Parkway St., Berne; coffee, music by Sweetspot and the South Adams Jazz band, dramatic entertainment and silent auction with Taylor Swift and Yogi Berra and other items; sponsored by the National Honor Society to benefit student medical teams’ trip to Haiti this summer; free; 260-589-3131.

FORGOTTEN CHILDREN WORLDWIDE BENEFITS: Concert by Regeneration worship band, desserts, coffee bar and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and annual dinner with speaker Robert Rodgers, inspired by the loss of his wife and four children to take up the cause of orphans, and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Feb.11; both at Wells County Community Center at the 4-H Park, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton; tickets, $10 per person for Sunday’s concert night available at the door and $20 per person for Feb. 11 dinner; reserve by Feb. 9 at 260-35301580 or www.forgottenchildren.org.

POWER OF THE PURSE: Seeking donations of gently used purses or celebrities willing to donate purses for May 9 United Way of Allen County benefit for area early childhood initiatives; contact Kelly Wehman at 469-4009 or kellyw@uwacin.org.

“RECYCLE. RESHOOT. REMEMBER”: Members of University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts Public Relations Society and Photography Club collecting gently-used digital cameras to donate to Vincent House; through April 22; collection boxes at Rolland Art Gallery on Leesburg Road, IPFW, Sunny Schick at 407 W. Jefferson Blvd., Wunderkammer Company at 3402 Fairfield Ave., and Carroll High School on Carroll Road; 399-7700 ext. 8001.

STAND UP FOR HUNGER: 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, Trolley Steaks & Seafood, 2898 E. Dupont Road; food, wine tasting, entertainment; benefits Associated Churches and other area food banks; $100; register by today; 422-3528 or www.associatedchurches.org.

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