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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 20, 2017 10:01 pm

Grant awarded to Hispanic chamber

Fort Wayne/Allen County

Grant awarded to Hispanic chamber

The Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received a $5,000 grant from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The grant will allow the chamber to continue its Cuarto Jueves program. 

Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne, will be the keynote speaker at the kickoff of the local chamber’s Cuarto Jueves season. Doden will speak at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Greater Fort Wayne’s conference room, on the eighth floor, at 200 E. Main St.

Bus Stuff begins food donations

Bus Stuff is a community effort in its 13th year to collect nonperishable food for Community Harvest Food Bank. This year’s partners include Citilink, the Komets, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast and IPFW.

Collection barrels will be at those locations through Sunday. Those who donate food or money will receive two free Komets tickets to games on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. Proteins such as peanut butter, canned chicken and canned tuna are encouraged, but any canned food is welcomed.

Community Harvest will also accept monetary donations online at

Last year, Bus Stuff collected 1,278 pounds of food and $1,500 for the food bank. Since its inception in 2005, Bus Stuff has collected about 14,500 pounds of food, and the Komets have donated more than $10,000.

IPFW Health Fair to be Wednesday

The 28th annual IPFW Health Fair, "Be Empowered: Take Charge of Your Health," will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Walb Student Union, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The event is free and open to the public. Dozens of free health screenings will be offered, including bone density, blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, body fat, depression, foot, hearing, HIV, skin cancer, sleep, heart disease risk, sexual health and spiritual health.

Blood health profile screenings will be done for $28 for the general public, $14 for university faculty, staff, students and retirees. Lipid and glucose screenings will be available for $16 for the general public and free for IPFW faculty, staff, students and retirees.

The IPFW Health Fair is sponsored by Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association; Center for Healthy Living: Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs; the department of nursing; the university’s Peer Educator Program; IPFW Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity; IPFW athletics; and WLAB-FM Star 88.3.

Tickets available for final Omnibus

Tickets are now available for the final lecture of the 2016-17 Omnibus Lecture Series season, featuring Dr. Bennet Omalu, who will present his lecture titled "Don’t Break the Rules: Change the Game!" The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Auer Performance Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus.

As detailed in the 2015 award-winning film "Concussion," Omalu became the first doctor to discover and identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a significant factor in the deaths of certain professional athletes. His findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine and safety, brain trauma study and the sports industry.

Group to offer tax-free gas

Americans for Prosperity-Indiana, an organization that advocates for spending all gas tax revenues on roads and bridges rather than hiking the gas tax, will be offering tax-free gas Wednesday at Mac Food Mart, 4136 W. Washington Center Road.

The grass-roots organization will cover gas taxes for the first 200 customers starting at 10 a.m., saving them 50 cents per gallon. The gas station sign will reflect the temporary lower prices.

FWCS, Parkview set asthma forum

Fort Wayne Community Schools, in partnership with Parkview, will offer a Family Asthma Education Night to help parents and students learn more about managing this chronic condition.

The free event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the FWCS Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave.

The event is designed to help parents control their child’s asthma and reduce symptoms so children can stay as healthy and active as possible.

Topics discussed will include triggers, early warning signs, how to manage a crisis episode, medications and how to plan for being away from home and controlling asthma.

Free products will be provided for students with asthma, and there will be other giveaways for family members who attend.

A light supper will be provided. Attendees are asked to RSVP to 260-467-7260 to allow for a count for supper.

Canterbury girl wins chess title

Nika Arnold, a freshman at Canterbury School, won her third state title in the past four years Saturday as she prevailed at the Indiana Girls Chess Championship at the downtown Allen County Public Library. She now qualifies for the National Girls Tournament of Champions in Norfolk, Va.

Twenty-eight Hoosier girls in grades kindergarten through 12 took part.

Tornado drills slated for today

As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security wants Hoosiers to take steps to prepare for tornadoes and participate in statewide tornado drills at 10:10 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. today. 

A test of the Emergency Alert System will sound both in the morning and evening on commercial radio, television networks and all-hazard radios.

– Journal Gazette