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Arts update

ADEN CHOSEN: Historical scholar John Aden has been chosen as the executive director of the African/African American Historical Society Museum.


•Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, will offer “Totally Terrific Tuesdays: Button Making” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Young Adults’ Services. “Craft Café” will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

•Dupont Branch, 536 E. Dupont Road, will make unique magnets during “Marble Magnets” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

•Monroeville Branch, 115 Main St., Monroeville, will decorate cupcakes during “Valentine’s Day Fun” at 4 p.m. Thursday.

•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.


•Submissions for “A Renaissance in Roanoke Art Festival,” a juried art festival, are being accepted. The event will be Oct. 12 in Roanoke. For information, go to

•Area bands and musicians are invited to attend The Firehouse Gathering for Young Musicians at 5 p.m. Saturday at the corner of 4th and Walnut streets in North Manchester. Open-mic stage performances will be from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, call 260-578-0356.


•Wassenberg Art Center, 643 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio, is offering “Drawing for the Fraidy Cat,” for ages 12 and older, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through March 2. Also the class, “Little Art,” for ages 5 to 7, will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through March 2. For costs, call 419-238-6837 to go to

•IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., will offer the theater class “Fun with Fairy Tales” from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday through March 18. Cost is $59. “Drawing” classes will be held Saturdays through March 2. Cost is $99 and includes materials. To register, call 481-6059.

•A Talisman neckpiece workshop with Lisa Vetter will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. Cost is $85 and includes materials. To register, call 260-238-4755.

NEW ALBUM RELEASED: Fort Wayne native Kevin Hayden and his jazz trio will return with their third studio album, “Illegal Playlist.”

SCIENCE CENTRAL FEATURED: The Science Central museum will be featured on the cover of the TravelIN magazine and in an article, “Touring the State is Child’s Play.” The magazine, published by HNE Media of Indianapolis, is distributed in 12,000 hotel rooms in the central region of Indiana, as well as Indiana Visitors Centers.

VIDEO SHOWCASED: Huntington Arts Initiative Inc. and Huntington Head Start recently partnered to produce a video showcasing fire hydrants in the downtown Huntington area. For the link to the video, go to

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