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Feature calendars

  • GARDEN LISTINGS
    “GARDEN BASICS”: Gardening seminar; “Backyard Invaders – Dealing with Invasive Plants” by Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator; 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday; Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave.
  • HEALTH
    BLOOD DONATIONS:•Parkview Hospital, Pach Room, 2200 Randallia Drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday; IPFW, Science Building, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E., 9 a.
  • Art
    All weekend – “SOCA STUDENT EXHIBITION” – Ends April 27; Weatherhead Gallery, Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; free; 260-399-8064.
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COMMUNITY UPDATE

Classes

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

•“Swedish Views on Early Childhood,” 1 p.m. today

FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION: For information and registration for Neighborhood Connection classes, call 467-1075 or go to Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St.; fwcs.k12.in.us/ce/ce.php.

FREE GED CLASSES: Locations throughout Allen County; for locations and times, call 426-7323.

VOLUNTEER AARP TAX TRAINING: Submitting tax returns to Tax Wise online; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday; Georgetown Branch, 6600 E. State Blvd.; reservations due by today; free; 485-3208 or www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Lectures/Forums

CIRCLE OF WOMEN: Luncheon; speakers include Patrick Ayelle, Dan Nigro, Terry Ratliff and Bobbi Stratton; sponsored by YWCA Northeast Indiana; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday; Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.; reservations, 424-4908, ext. 254.

Dance lessons

AMERICAN STYLE BALLROOM: Beginner group class, 7:45 p.m. Thursday; 6041 N. Clinton St.; $7; 480-7070.

AMERICAN STYLE BALLROOM: Group class; 8 p.m. Friday, 6041 N. Clinton St., $5; 480-7070.

Library

Contact Allen County Public Library, 421-1200 or www.acpl.lib.in.us, for information on activities or branches not listed.

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Homeschool Happenings,” hip holiday, 1 p.m. Thursday; “Afterschool Code Club,” 1 p.m. Tuesday in Young Adults’ Services; “Storytime for Preschools, Daycares and Other Groups,” 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services, registration required; “First Fridays Book Group” 10 a.m. Friday in Young Adults’ Services; “Toddler Storytime,” stories and activities for ages 18 months to 3 years and parents/caregivers, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Friday in Children’s Services; 900 Library Plaza.

DUPONT BRANCH: “Born to Read Storytime,” 10:15 a.m., lap-sitters, and 10:45 a.m., walkers up to 24 months, today; “Ants in Your Pants,” preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; 536 E. Dupont Road; 421-1315.

GEORGETOWN BRANCH: “Family Fun Night: Winter Decorations,” 7 p.m. today; “LEGO Club,” 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; “Teen Thursday: Bingo,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday; Georgetown Square, 6600 E. State Blvd.; 421-1320.

GRABILL BRANCH: “Monday Night Book Discussion Group,” 7 p.m. today; “Smart Start Storytime,” preschoolers with adult, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; 13521 State St., Grabill; 421-1325.

HESSEN CASSEL BRANCH: “Social Science Sleuths: The Human City,” 10:30 a.m. today; “Tuesdays with Stories: National Roof Over Your Head Day,” 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays; “Paws to Read,” children read to trained dog, 5:30 p.m. today; “Sometimes on Saturdays: Techno Builders,” 11 a.m. Saturday; 3030 E. Paulding Road; 421-1330.

LITTLE TURTLE BRANCH: “Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Maple Syrup,” 7 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; “Paws to Read,” children read to trained dogs, 6 p.m. Mondays; 2201 Sherman Blvd.; 421-1335.

MONROEVILLE BRANCH: “Smart Start Storytime,” 3:30 p.m. today; “LEGO Mania,” 6:30 p.m. today; 115 Main St., Monroeville; 421-1340.

NEW HAVEN BRANCH: “Family Storytime: Gingerbread Yum,” 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; “Teen Thursdays: Puppy Chow Madness,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday; 648 Green St., New Haven; 421-1345.

PONTIAC BRANCH: “Paws to Read,” children read to trained dog, 5 p.m. Thursday; “Smart Start Storytime,” preschoolers and caregivers, 10:30 a.m. Friday; “Family Game Night,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 2215 S. Hanna St.; 421-1350.

SHAWNEE BRANCH: “LEGO Club,” 4 p.m. Tuesday; “Born to Read Storytime,” infants and toddlers, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; “Teen Thursday: Games Day,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday; 5600 Noll Ave.; 421-1355.

TECUMSEH BRANCH: “Bookflix,” books, movies, pizza for ages 6 to 14, 4 p.m. today; “Dead Authors Books Club,” 7:30 p.m. today; “Smart Start Storytime” with early literacy games and crafts, preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; “LEGO Maniacs,” 4 p.m. Tuesday; “TEC Teens,” 3:30 p.m. Wednesday; “The Lab,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday; 1411 E. State Blvd.; 421-1360.

WAYNEDALE BRANCH: “Smart Start Storytime,” 10:30 a.m. today and Tuesday; “Born to Read Storytime,” 10:15 a.m. Tuesday; 2200 Lower Huntington Road; 421-1365.

WOODBURN BRANCH: “Smart Start Storytime” plus crafts, 10:30 a.m. Fridays; 4701 Indiana 101 North, Woodburn; 421-1370.

HUNTINGTON CITY-TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Holiday Sing Along,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; “Holiday Book Boutique,” 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturday; Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington, 260-356-2900.

KENDALLVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: Kendallville Public Library Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. Tuesday; “Food for Fines” program, for each non-perishable food item donated, library will forgive $1 in fines up to $25, ends Dec. 14; “Preschool Storytime: Winter,” 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; “Tablet and eReader Petting Zoo, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday; “Christmas Cards,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday; “Holiday Shopping and Coupon Swap,” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; “iPad App Pack,” 7 p.m. Thursday; “The Santa Clause: Murder Mystery Theatre,” 7 p.m. Friday; 6221 S. Park Ave., 260-343-2010 or www.kendallvillelibrary.org.

LIMBERLOST PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Food for Fines” program, for each non-perishable food item donated, library will forgive $1 in fines up to $25, ends Dec. 14; “Music and Movement,” 6:30 p.m. Mondays; “One Stroke Painting,” 5 p.m. Tuesday; “Tablet and eReader Petting Zoo,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday; “No Snow Snowman,” 4:30 p.m. Friday; 164 Kelly St., Rome City; 260-854-2775.

Organizations

MENSA: Admissions exam; 9:30 a.m. Saturday, University of Saint Francis, John Paul II Building, Room 113, 2701 Spring St.; $40 fee and photo identification; open to ages 14 and older; walk-ins welcome; for registration and information, 710-0030.

WHITLEY COUNTY PATRIOTS: Guest speaker, Joel Werner, preparedness expert; 7 p.m. Tuesday; Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., Columbia City; www.whitleycountypatriots.org.

Fundraisers

CHRISTMAS TREES AND WREATH SALE: Ends Dec. 21; hours: noon to 9 p.m. daily, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; Concordia Lutheran Church Men’s Club, 4245 Lake Ave.; 483-2213.

“DRESS FOR SUCCESS”: Accepting donations of women’s professional shoes; Tuesday; for locations, call 424-7977, ext. 105, or go to www.dressforsuccess.org.

FISHING DERBY: Sponsored by Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club and Fort Wayne Urban Farmers; 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; McDonald’s, 7640 Anthony Blvd.; 456-1616.

NEXT TO NEW GENTLY USED CLOTHING SALE: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday; Lutheran Life Villages Auxiliary, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd.; 447-1591.

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY HOLIDAY COOKIE WALK: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday; St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road; www.christchildfw.org.

ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF RESERVES AUCTION: Smoked ribs and brisket dinner for eight prepared by Fowl Butt BBQ; 9 a.m. Saturday; Monroe Fire Department, Monroe.

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Wawasee Middle School PTO, 9850 Indiana 13 N., Syracuse; 1-888-398-7230 ext. 301.

CRAFT BAZAAR AND COOKIE WALK: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Lifeway Wesleyan Church, 7722 Moeller Road; breakfast and lunch available; 749-0363 or 749-9758.

COOKIE WALK: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; St. Joe United Methodist Church, 6004 Reed Road; 485-9681.

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