COUNTY OFFICIALS TO VISIT ABOITE

Allen County government will visit Aboite Township for one of this year’s County Night Out events.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Aboite Township Community Center, 11321 Aboite Center Road, with the help of the Aboite Township Trustee’s office. The final meeting is set for Leo-Cedarville on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the community’s Park Pavilion, 9825 St. Joseph St. Both meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8 p.m.

The first of the three annual sessions was held Sept. 21 in Woodburn.

The open-house format allows the public to meet the county commissioners and other elected officeholders face-to-face and get information about programs and services offered by various county departments.

Among the county departments and elected officeholders which will be represented are the Parks Department, Highway Department, Human Resources, Building Department, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department, Solid Waste Management District, County Extension Service, recorder, auditor and assessor.

COLLEGE FAIR AT CANTERBURY

The Canterbury College Counseling Department will host a college fair open to the region from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Canterbury High School, 3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne.

Representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities and scholarship programs will be on site. At 7:30 p.m. everyone is invited to a presentation with Gary Rigley from the University of Notre Dame about financial aid and the FAFSA paperwork.

The college fair is open to Midwest students in grades 8-12 and their families and adult learners. Learn more about the event at www.canterburyschool.org/college-fair.

KROGER ASSISTS HARVEY RELIEF

The Kroger Co. is making it easy to support Texans recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Customers in the Fort Wayne area have the option of donating cash to the recovery effort. At checkout, shoppers are invited to choose a $1, $3 or $5 scan. Kroger will direct the dollars to the American Red Cross.

JAZZ, WINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

The Time Corners Kiwanis Club will host An Evening at the Vineyard with wine tasting and live jazz from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard Inc., 0185 County Road 68, LaOtto. The winery is west off Indiana 3, just north of Huntertown.

Tickets are $35 and are available at eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Proceeds support Fort Wayne children by helping to fund college scholarships, Kiwanis school service club sponsorships and public school day programs. Time Corners Kiwanis Club presents two scholarships each year to Key Club members graduating from Homestead and South Side high schools.

The evening includes a silent auction. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required.

SCI-FI CENTRAL RETURNS OCT. 7

Science Central will offer Sci-Fi Central from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Admission is $9 or free with a Science Central membership. To become a member or to buy tickets, visit sciencecentral.org. Science Central is at 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

Guests will dress up in ‘Steam Punk’ style or as a favorite character, experience gaming through virtual reality technology, battle with Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones fans at Dagorhir, get photos with the Death Star and much more.

Featured guests this year will include the 501st Legion, the Midwest R2 Builder’s Club, the Northern Steppes chapter of Dagorhir, V.R. gaming with Fortlan and Skeletunes and more.

The Allen County Public Library Maker Lab will have a 3-D printing station, and vendors will sell merchandise in the marketplace.

The third annual Sci-Fi Central is sponsored in part by NIPSCO.

TOUR TO VISIT HARRISON HOME

Settlers Inc. will sponsor a day trip from Fort Wayne to the Indianapolis home site of Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The trip will depart from the Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, at 8:30 a.m. and return by 5 p.m.

An early lunch stop will be at the Rathskellar Restaurant in Indianapolis.

For details and reservations, contact Linda Black, (260) 747-1229, before Oct. 6.

LATINO ARTISTS’ WORK ON SHOW

“Graphicanos: Contemporary Latino Prints from the Serie Project” is now on display in Indiana Tech’s Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery, 1600 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne. This exhibit will be on display until early-November.

This exhibition presents an array of contemporary fine art prints by Latino artists who have created their work in collaboration with artist Sam Coronado’s Serie Project in Austin, Texas.

The D’Agostino Art Gallery is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-noon; and Sunday from 4-6 p.m. It is located on the lower level of Indiana Tech’s Academic Center. The collection is part of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition.

VISITING NURSE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Visiting Nurse, a local, nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider, is looking for volunteers to serve patients and family in the community and in Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne.

Interested individuals must attend a small group interview. They will take place from 3-4 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, followed by training in late October and early November.

The nature of this work requires individuals who are emotionally mature, compassionate and comfortable with issues of death and dying. Volunteers are needed to visit patients in area homes and nursing facilities to provide respite to caregivers. Volunteer activity also includes bedside visits, errands, administrative work and bereavement services.

Visiting Nurse serves patients in eight counties. For details, contact Ann Blue at (260) 435-3222 or annblue@vnfw.org.

WELLSPRING GETS $50,000 GRANT

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has awarded a $50,000 grant to Wellspring Interfaith Social Services. The grant will assist Wellspring in its youth and adult programming, food bank and free clothing bank as Wellspring wraps up its strategic planning process this fall.

Wellspring began in 1968 as the West Central Neighborhood Committee. Its first program was its free summer day camp, which continues today along with its after school program, food bank, older adult program and Wellspring Shoppe free clothing bank. In 2016, Wellspring reached 6,377 people, with a high a percentage on an ongoing basis, with its free services. The agency will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018.

BALLET AWARDED $20,000 GRANT

Fort Wayne Ballet has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

“This gift allows Fort Wayne Ballet to not just reach our mission components but to stretch into the community and beyond with programming, scholarships, community engagement and education,” said Karen Gibbons-Brown, the ballet’s artistic and executive director.

The professional company, entering its 61st season, is made up of eight dancers, six apprentices and seven trainees. They perform three main stage productions and two ArtsLab performances and present lecture demonstrations for schools. Many also teach within the academy. Get more information at www.fortwayneballet.org.

CHILI COOKOFF BEGINS SIGN-UP

Cooks may begin signing up for the American Heritage Girls Chili Cookoff to be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Hall, 1502 E. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne. Serving is from 5:30-8 p.m.

The best chili will earn a prize and bragging rights. The entry fee is $10. The deadline to register is Oct. 27. Contact Courtney Muncie at (260) 267-2872 or jcmuncie1@gmail.com for more details.

The public is welcome to attend to sample chili and support the fundraiser. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 6-10, and free for ages 5 and younger. Proceeds will help American Heritage Girls Troop IN3712 to earn money for a trip to Washington, D.C., next summer.

CENTER PLANS ANNIVERSARY

The Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, will hold a 40th anniversary celebration from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

All-day activities will include musical entertainment, a giant wall painting canvas, slide shows and photo albums available for people to flip through.

From 4-6 p.m., there will be family activities, inflatables, a gaga pit, shuffleboard and other games, crafts, a scavenger hunt and free hotdogs.

Activities from 6-8 p.m. will be for adults 21 and older only. There will be a trivia night as well as a wine and beer tasting sponsored by Signature Healthcare. A chili cookoff will take place, featuring downtown area restaurants.

ENJOY CONCERT AND BAKE SALE

The Journey Church, 3536 W. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Phill Foust, the worship leader at New Hope Wesleyan Church in Columbia City, will present the contemporary concert.

A free-will offering will be presented to the performer.

A bake sale will be held at 6:30 p.m. and again after the concert. Proceeds from the sale, plus any special donations, will support missions. The church’s local missions include The Rescue Mission, Charis House, Redemption House, Community Harvest Food Bank, Washington Center Elementary School and Creative Treasures Preschool. The church supports those missions with donated items and monetary donations as possible. The church’s global outreach includes childcare ministries and support to three missionary families.

TOPIC IS MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a free, 10-week, Peer-to-Peer Recovery Course. Classes are 1-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Nov. 13, at Park Center, 909 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Classes are held in the Family Education Center, Building G.

This course is confidential and taught by trained peer mentors living in recovery themselves. “It is a great resource for information on mental health and recovery. This course offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope to those who struggle with mental illness,” organizers said in an email.

To participate, call (260) 447-8990 or email namifortwayne@gmail.com. Get more information on this and other NAMI programs at www.namifortwayne.org.

MISSION TRIP OPEN TO PUBLIC

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is still accepting workers for a mission trip to San Lucas, Guatemala, Jan. 6-14. The church is at the corner of St. Joe and Schwartz roads near Leo-Cedarville.

The Rev. Paul S. Zimmerman, pastor, will serve as team leader of the Guatemala mission. Those interested in learning more should call Zimmermann at (260) 444-5000 or contact him through the church’s website, http://princeofpeacegrabill.org.

Sponsors said a previous trip by Prince of Peace was so successful they wanted to do it again and open it to the public. Photos of the 2017 trip are available at http://princeofpeacegrabill.org/mission-trip/mission-trip-photos.

The trip is part of Thrivent Build Worldwide’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Each participant must pay a team fee and is responsible for their own airfare cost. All expenses are tax-deductible.

The team will include both men and women. They do not need prior construction experience, and they do not need to be members of Prince of Peace or of any church. The team will help build smokeless stoves for the Mayan people.

ASSISTED LIVING CENTER HONORED

Coventry Meadows Assisted Living was named Assisted Living Community of the Year by the Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living. Coventry Meadows received the award Aug. 15 during the association’s annual Senior Living Awards in Indianapolis.

Operated by American Senior Communities, Coventry Meadows is located at 7833 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.

FREE DISCUSSION ON GUARDIANSHIP

Three organizations are teaming up to present a guardianship forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. The session will be held from 6-8 p.m. in Room A. The discussion is free. It is not necessary to RSVP.

Presenting the event are Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana and the Northeast Indiana Allen County Guardianship Council. For more information, email Lynn Walker, Easterseals Arc, at lwalker@esarc.org.

The panel will include: Magistrate Phillip Houk, Allen County Superior Court; Damian Gosheff, attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels; Erica Costello, attorney, Indiana Supreme Court; parents who have gone through the guardianship process; and parents who use supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship.

BLAZE PIZZA OPENS DOORS

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza has opened a restaurant at 401 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne.

In a statement, the restaurant said the interactive open-kitchen format allows guests to customize a signature pizza or create their own.

Hours are 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

The location formerly housed a Bobick’s golf shop.

SCHOOL CHIEFS HONOR ROBINSON

Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, was chosen by members of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents as the 2018 District II Superintendent of the Year.

Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district. District II includes all or part of 11 counties. Robinson also was selected for the honor in 2008.

Robinson has been in an administrator in FWCS for more than 30 years, serving as an assistant principal, principal, area administrator, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2003.

One of the eight district winners will become Indiana Superintendent of the Year and represent Indiana in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program.

COLDWATER WORK NEARLY COMPLETE

The Coldwater Road improvements between Washington Center Road and Coliseum Boulevard in Fort Wayne are scheduled for final paving in October.

Traffic restrictions took effect between Essex Drive and Washington Center Road when the project entered Phase II on Aug. 28. The Coldwater improvement project is replacing the road surface, enhancing safety for pedestrians and motorists, improving storm drainage and adding to area aesthetics with trees and landscaping.

The project represents an investment of $4.165 million. Brooks Construction is performing the work, which is scheduled for completion in November. Approximately 27,000 vehicles use Coldwater Road daily.

HEART GALLERY DUE AT TRINE

The Indiana Heart Gallery is making a stop at the Trine University Fort Wayne campus, 9910 Dupont Circle Drive East, now through Sept. 27.

The Indiana Heart Gallery is a traveling photo exhibit featuring portraits and stories of children in need of adoptive families.

The Indiana Department of Child Services created the Heart Gallery in 2007 with the goal of increasing awareness of the DCS foster youth available for adoption and to encourage the community to learn more about the foster-to-adoption process.

For more information about the Indiana Heart Gallery, visit www.ingov/dcs/heartgallery. To find out more about adopting an Indiana child and to view the Hoosier youth currently in need of an adoptive home, go to www.adoptachild.in.gov or call (888) 252-3678.

LUCKY DUCK SALE AT HAND

Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale will offer children’s clothes and toys Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne.

Friday admission is $10, with hours from 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday admission is free, with hours from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Regular Coliseum parking rates apply.

Over 250 families resell quality children’s items to more than 3,000 shoppers. The show also features over a dozen local vendors with photography, jewelry, housewares, women’s and children’s accessories and more.

DEER RIDGE HOLLY DAYS

The 28th annual Holly Days Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Deer Ridge Elementary School, 1515 S. Scott Road, Fort Wayne.

This marks the 28th year of the fundraiser put on by the Parent Teacher Council.

“We have about 1,000 patrons who come through the doors every year and we have 170 booth spaces,” said Jamie Dubes, a coordinator who books the booth spaces. Limited spaces were available at press time, but inquiries can be sent to Dubes at deerridgecraftfair@gmail.com.

“It’s all handmade crafts, anything from candles to bath balms to signs, crocheted items, jewelry, ornaments and more,” Dubes said.

Income from the sale is used to fund a reading specialist for the school and for stipends for teachers to use for their classrooms. It also goes for odds and ends through the school and for teacher grants, Dubes said.

A CALL TO END GUN VIOLENCE

As part of the national Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, there will be a free community concert from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, on the Fort Wayne Urban League lawn, 2135 S. Hanna St.

Participants will remember the victims of gun violence and sing to promote an end to gun violence. There will be a remembrance memorial for each person who has died from gun violence in Fort Wayne since 2012, testimonials from family members of gun violence victims, prayers for the community and a showcase of local music videos.

Individuals and organizations are invited to create a two-minute video prior to the event with the song “Nothing More” by the Alternate Routes. Lyrics and sheet music can be found at thealternateroutes.com/albums/nothing_more/.

There will also be a voter registration and education event, a call to action to advocate for an end to gun violence and performances by Ty Causey, Shelby McKinley, and Deja and Nija Thomas.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Sheila Campbell at (260) 740-7810, sheilarcc@yahoo.com or savefortwayne@yahoo.com.

RSVP for the free event at concertacrossamerica.eventbrite.com.

TURN TALENT INTO TREASURE

Christ’s Community Church at 10616 Liberty Mills Road, Fort Wayne, will hold its annual Talents into Treasures sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The sale offers unique arts and crafts and bake sale items. Admission is free. Proceeds from the sale support projects of the church Women’s Ministries team.

In other recent news, the church welcomed the Rev. Michael Daling and his family from Wheaton, Ill. The pastor’s background is in New Testament theology. He plans to take the church through an exposition of Matthew this fall. Traditional music continues to complement the Gospel-centered worship gathering 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. An informal time of fellowship then precedes the Sunday school hour with classes for all ages.

QUILTERS MEET MONDAY NIGHTS

The Hoosier Favorite Quilters group meets each Monday evening at the New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven.

Quilters gather in Room 54 at the west end of the building to sit, sew and chat. Direct questions about the quilters to Gladys Mumma at (260) 493-1608.

GRIEF SUPPORT ON WEDNESDAYS

St. Mark Lutheran Church in Monroeville will offer a grief support group from 8-9 p.m. each Wednesday. The ELCA church is at 201 E. South St.

The Rev. David Williamson, pastor, will lead the group. Materials will come from the pen of Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. Those attending will use Wolfelt’s book “Understanding Your Grief, Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart.”

Direct questions to Williamson at (260) 623-3797.