Briefs: February 2019

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Carroll celebrating class of ‘69

Northwest Allen County Schools will celebrate the first graduating class of Carroll High School, the class of 1969, this year. The school invites all graduates of Arcola, Carroll and Huntertown high schools to enjoy a meal prepared by Carroll’s Blue Flame Culinary Program Feb. 15.

The event is sponsored by Carroll High School Student Government. All guests are invited to enjoy some Charger boys basketball action in the Fieldhouse at the conclusion of the dinner.

The event will be free to graduates of the class of 1969. For all other alumni and guests, the cost is $10 for the dinner and admission into the boys basketball game that evening. Door 13 will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Carroll High School cafeteria. The varsity boys basketball game will tip off at approximately 7:15 pm.

To RSVP, call Carroll High School at (260) 637-3161 and ask for Dean of Students Austin Harrison.

Arcola UMC to host chili cook-off

The inaugural Arcola Mid-Winter Chili Cook-Off and Sledding Party will be Feb. 17 at Arcola United Methodist Church.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. Community members are invited to bring slow cookers full of their secret-recipe chili for a chance at bragging rights as Arcola’s first “Chief Chili Chef.”

Anyone interested in participating should register before Feb. 15 by calling (260) 578-1456.

Conservatory visitors invited to explore Hundred Acre Wood

The Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory invites visitors to explore the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends at the Hundred Acre Wood exhibit Jan. 12-April 21. Visitors will find Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh Bear have made their homes quite comfortably in the Conservatory’s Showcase Garden. Relive or be introduced to the imaginative stories of A.A. Milne from his books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner as the kids play in the Hundred Acre Wood complete with Heffalumps. Hands-on learning stations in the Discovery Gallery help visitors explore how this literature connects to everyday life. Regular admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and younger. Sponsored by Fun 101.7 and Majic 95.1 FM. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.

USF Cougar Express offers free downtown shuttle

The University of Saint Francis and Citilink have partnered to offer an express route from the USF main campus on Spring Street into downtown Fort Wayne. The Cougar Express connects to housing, classrooms, and shopping and dining. The service is free and open to the public.

The bus route runs every 30 minutes during the school year between USF campus locations with seven express stops and will pick up/drop off at any safe intersection along the route. The service operates 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Riders can use the Route Watch map or RouteShout app to see where their bus is at.

See the Citilink website //www.fwcitilink.com/cougarexpress/index.php or call (260) 432-4546 for route and schedule information.

Registration open for Science Central’s spring break camps

Registration is open for Science Central’s Spring Break STEM Camps. Camps are designed for children ages 5-11. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and each program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s camps will cover:

• Monday, April 1: Festival of Fools

• Tuesday, April 2: Jr. Veterinarian

• Wednesday, April 3: Weather Wizards

• Thursday, April 4: Space Adventure

• Friday, April 5: The LEGO Camp

Each camp costs $30 for non-Members and $25 for Deluxe Members. Space is limited in each camp, so register early to secure a spot. Registration must be completed by 10 a.m. one week before each camp. Walk-ins will not be permitted on the day of the camp. For more information, visit //bit.ly/2FHJFfJ.

City begins work on public art master plan

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission recently selected Columbus, Ohio-based planning firm Designing Local to develop a public arts master plan for the city. The plan is funded by a private gift from the Fort Wayne Chamber Foundation and a contribution from the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission. It is being developed in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne Community Development Division and Arts United.

According to a news release from the city, the plan will provide a comprehensive vision for public art now and in the future and will help define locations and projects appropriate for Fort Wayne and its neighborhoods. The master plan should be complete in fall 2019.

Residents will be asked to share their vision for public art at various meetings and through an online survey. For more information, visit www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/publicart.