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AUDITIONS: IPFW theater department will have auditions Saturday at Williams Theatre, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., for its upcoming production of “Our Town.”

The cast will include about 30 men and women of various ages.

Auditions for ages 25 and younger will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and auditions for ages 26 and older will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare and bring in one verse of a hymn of their choice and a one-minute monologue.

Performance dates are from Dec. 6 to 15. Rehearsals begin Tuesday. For information, call 481-6551.


•Bluffton author Dana Hoopingarner has published “Stinky Feet,” a Christian children’s book. The book is available at and

•“Shattered,” a romance novel by Alicia Renee Kline, will be released Tuesday. For information, go to


•Professional photographer Robert Borel of Fort Wayne was recently presented with the eighth annual Black and White Spider Awards nominee in the category of Fine Art in London.

•The Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee recognized the following artists with five awards: Gary Hovey, People’s Choice Award and Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee’s Award; Greg Mendez, Decatur Mayor’s Award; Tiffany Vassil and Greg Mendez, Platinum Award; and Craig Snyder, Inspiration Award.

•The Roanoke Arts Council announced the following winners from this year’s “A Renaissance in Roanoke.” Winners of the college exhibit are Emily Thornburg, first place; Abigail Lynn, second place; Hollis Jantz, third place; and Paige Huff, People’s Choice Award. Best-in-class ribbons went to Joseph Pelka, Susan Stewart, Carol Blumenberg, Tammy Jo Hyndman, Bonnie Manning, Larry Wiedman, Michael Hapner, Donna Waters and Amber Walker. The Plein Aire paint-out winners were Terry Pulley, first place; Marianne Von Rohr, second place; Heather Houser, third place; and Diana Fair, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Purchase Award.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Artlink, Auer Center for Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main St., is accepting works for its upcoming “34th annual National Print Exhibition” through Jan. 24. Works will be on display from April 25 to May 28. For information, go to

FUNDRAISER: “An Evening in Paris,” the Tibbits Opera House auction, will be held Saturday in Coldwater, Mich. The event begins with a silent auction at 6:15 p.m. followed by a live auction at 8 p.m. For information, call 517-278-6029 or go to

PRIVATE SCREENING: Lamplight Inn of Fort Wayne will host a free private screening of the documentary “When the Bell Rings” at 7 p.m. today at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St. Donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter. The event will be catered by 800 Degrees Three Fires mobile pizza oven.

STUDIO FEATURED: Visitors to the “You Are There 1904: Picture This” display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, will be presented the inside of the Fort Wayne studio of Charles Miner. The display, open from Tuesday through Feb. 2, 2015, will have historic photographs re-created in 3-D and trained costumed actors who interact with visitors.

TAYLOR SIGNS: Singer Sunny Taylor has signed with Rockhill Records. She will release a new album Jan. 4. For information, go to

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