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Arts Update


•“Downton Abbey Downtown” offers “Downton Abbey” fans a chance to meet up and discuss the show at 2 p.m. Saturday at Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; registration is required.

Registration for the March 1 event runs from Sunday through Feb. 26; free, limited seating; call 421-1212.

•“Art Here: Collaboration” will help young artists share creative ideas with other artists at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen County Public Library, Children’s Services, 900 Library Plaza.

•“Homeschool Happenings” will show participants how to make a box of chocolates using a variety of candy molds at 1 p.m. Thursday at Allen County Public Library, Young Adults’ Services, 900 Library Plaza.

•“Mangaka” offers a group for those who enjoy drawing manga and watching anime at 7 p.m. Thursday at Allen County Public Library, Young Adults’ Services, 900 Library Plaza.

CLASSES: IPFW dance classes for ages 2 to 12 are from Saturday until May 17. Youth Drama, grades 4 to 7, and Theater Masters, grades 8 to 12, are from Saturday until March 22; art classes for kindergarten through eighth grade are from Saturday until March 8; IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; call 481-6977 for more information or to register for classes.

MEETING: The Appleseed Quilters Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Classic Café, 4832 Hillegas Road. The members will show block patterns that will help with a kids quilt or Scrappy Challenge Quilt for 2014.

WORKSHOP: Fort Wayne Philharmonic conductor Andrew Constantine will lead two afternoon workshops at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday at Goshen College Music Center, 1700 S Main St., Goshen; call 574-535-7908 for more information.


•All vocal ranges are needed for the 30- to-60-member Manchester Symphony Chorus. Rehearsals begin 7 p.m. Monday at Wine Recital Hall, Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester; call 260-982-5296 or email for more information.

•Singers of all ages are sought for the Mennonite Choral Society for rehearsals that begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Mennonite Church in Berne. The society is preparing for the spring oratorio “Elijah” on May 4. Practices will continue weekly through April 29.

BOOK RELEASE: Kokomo native Richard Rose, who also has a home at Tippecanoe Lake in Kosciusko County, has published his mystery-thriller novel, “The Lazarus Conspiracies.” The book is available on Amazon.

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