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People and places

Candy wanted

The Fort Wayne Kool Smiles dental office is collecting Halloween candy to send to troops serving overseas. In exchange for the candy, kids can choose a toy for every 25 pieces of candy brought in. Candy can be brought in from Friday through Nov. 6 during office hours at 1852 Bluffton Road.

Embick honored

Lillian C. Embick of Fort Wayne received the 2013 AARP Indiana Community Leadership Award during the AARP Indiana Volunteer Summit in Carmel on Oct. 16. The award honors active volunteers. Embick is the founder and volunteer director of Audiences Unlimited.

Volunteers needed

Friends of the Parks and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation are seeking volunteers for its annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback on Nov. 2. More than 250 trees will be planted at local parks. To volunteer, call Robin Holley at 417-3804 or email or go to www.





•The Homeless Coalition of Fort Wayne is seeking volunteers to help tutor clients. Experience is not required as tutors will receive training. If interested, call 589-6370 or go to www.



Project Reads is seeking volunteers for its after-school tutoring program. Volunteers are especially needed from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. at Fairfield Elementary on Mondays and Harrison Hill Elementary on Wednesdays. To volunteer, call 423-6447 or go to www.




Giving back

Home Instead Senior Care has teamed up with nonprofit agencies and retailers for Be a Santa to a Senior program that collects, wraps and delivers gifts to needy seniors in northeast Indiana. Participating retailers will begin displaying Christmas trees with tags of needy seniors from Nov. 2 to Dec. 13. Residents are asked to take a tag, buy the needed items and then return them unwrapped to the store with the tag attached. For information, go to www.






•The Run for Riley held this month raised $26,668 for Riley Hospital for Children.

•The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne received a $17,450 grant from the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The money will support the Teen Exploration and Preparation program that helps inspire teens to graduate high school.

•The Bon Ton Stores raised $263,711 through customer donations for the American Red Cross. It also raised more than $730,000 for the March of Dimes imbornto Campaign and $14,938 for the nonprofit Soles4Souls.

Pageant program

The Miss Kosciusko Outstanding Teen and Princess Program is seeking girls ages 5 to 12 to compete in its upcoming pageant on Jan. 11. For more information, contact Chelsi Strieby at