News in brief: March 2019


Homestead hosts show choir clinic

Students in grade 3-8 are invited to participate in a show choir clinic April 13 at Homestead High School. Check in will be at 8:30 a.m. with a free show at 2 p.m. Participants should bring comfortable clothes and shoes and pack lunch and a drink. The cost is $25, and registration is due April 5. Checks should be payable to Homestead High School Show Choir. To register or for more information, contact Tammie Stinson at (260) 442-7584.

String students earn certificates

Area string students participated in American String Teachers Association Certificate Advancement Program Feb. 10. The program is a nationally recognized certification that is a noncompetitive graded examination which measures technical progress and musical development.

The following students passed their exams: cello student Edward Sun and Maria Tan (level 7); violin students Mae VanderHorst (foundation level); Kylie Brown, Brianna Jing, Declan Kaufmann, Aida Kelly, Michael Liu and Megan Reeves (level 1); Lily Frost, Melissa Tan and Julia Valcarcel (level 2); Ava Daniels and Kyra Wagmeister (level 3); Frankie Cai, Gabriel DeMarchis, Rayna Hettinger, Juliette Mikautadze, Samantha Shane, Lillian Sorg and Jessica Tan (level 4); Kaitlyn Jones, Ashley Jing and Lucas Valcarcel (level 5); Alisha Babu, Daniel Liu and Samantha Shane (level 6); and Kennon and Jessica Zhou (level 7).

Korean War veterans urged to apply for Honor Flight

Honor Flight Northeast Indiana is encouraging all veterans from the Korean conflict to send in their application to participate in a future Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

“The time is now” Dennis Covert, HFNEI president, said. “There are countless veterans from this era who are refraining from completing their applications. Whether they feel that someone is more deserving, or the timing hasn’t been right, every man and woman who donned the uniform is not only eligible, but deserves to go,” said Covert. “You did not have to serve during battle or in theater. Even if you served stateside during your entire enlistment, you are still fully eligible for an Honor Flight.”

Veterans spend the day in Washington reflecting upon the memorials built in their honor. They share the flight with their peers and a guardian creating and reliving memories. They enjoy visiting seven memorials, a bus tour around Washington, and receive deserving accolades and gratitude from men, women and children throughout the day.

To submit an application, go to Honor Flight is currently planning its 31st and 32nd flights this spring. The flights are filled, however, as applications arrive, veterans are placed on the waiting list by conflict served.

Garden volunteers needed

Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, a nonprofit hospice agency located at 5910 Homestead Road in Fort Wayne, is looking for volunteers to help maintain shrubs, trees, pathways and blooming flowers on its campus.

“This property brings great comfort and release to patients and families who walk our pathways,” according to Visiting Nurse’s call out for volunteers.

Hours are flexible, and volunteers are asked to put in about two hours a week in an assigned area. Leadership and equipment is provided. Interested individuals are asked to contact volunteer coordinator Ann Blue at 260-435-3222.

SCAN and Casa partner for tasty fundraiser

SCAN Inc. will host its 34th Annual Brown Bag Lunch fundraiser 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6. Proceeds support SCAN’s mission to protect children, prepare parents, strengthen families and educate the community to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.

Nearly 3,000 lunches donated by Casa Restaurants will be delivered to the Fort Wayne area during the event. Casa chefs, along with community volunteers and SCAN employees, will prepare, package, and deliver the lunches in two hours. SCAN anticipates the lunches will sell out, so community members are encouraged to pre-order lunches online, or via phone, fax or mail. Options include:

• An individual portion of pasta with meatballs and a side of Casaburo salad, dinner roll and sweet treat for $9

• An individual salad meal with a dinner roll and sweet treat for $7

• A family-style meal, serving up to 20 people, including pasta with meatballs, Casaburo salad, and a sheet cake donated by Walnut Hill Catering and Events for $180

Lunches will be available for pick-up at The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne. Free delivery is also available with a minimum of seven individual orders or one family style order. Delivery must be within one mile of the Interstate 69 and 469 boundaries or no further north than Huntertown.

For more information on the Brown Bag Lunch fundraiser, including how to place an order, volunteer or sponsor the event, please visit, or contact Paige Doellman at 260-421-5000 ext. 2238 or

City seeking workshop proposals for neighborhood conference

Anyone interested in presenting or facilitating a workshop for the upcoming Regional Neighborhood Network Conference is invited to submit their workshop proposal to the organizing committee.

Fort Wayne will host the conference Sept. 19-21. The theme is “Play in the Fort,” with an emphasis on how recreation and social interaction can help transform neighborhoods.

During the event, approximately 350 volunteers, community leaders, business leaders and government employees gather to learn from each other and gain valuable ideas to help transform their communities.

The Fort Wayne organizing committee is planning an event filled with hands-on learning events, informative workshops and inspiring keynote addresses. The committee expects to receive more than 50 proposals, but only 16 workshop presenters will be selected.

Workshops can focus on many topics, including neighborhood improvement, urban design, redevelopment, neighborhood safety, public and private investments, place-making, public art and social well-being.

To submit a workshop proposal or learn more about the 2019 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference, visit

YLNI Farmers Market accepting vendor applications

The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Farmers Market will return to downtown Fort Wayne each Saturday beginning May 18 and running through Sept. 28. The market runs each Saturday during the season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. YLNI is now accepting applications for interested vendors and non-profit organizations to participate in this summer’s market.

For the fifteenth season, YLNI will partner with the History Center to host an outdoor shopping experience on the corner of Barr Street and Wayne Street. Over the years the market has expanded to offer attendees a variety of exciting experiences in addition to great local vendors. Nearly 3,500 people attend the market each week.

Vendors who are interested in participating in the market should visit to complete an online application. A vendor meeting will also be held at 6 p.m. March 4 at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street.

For more information, visit or email

Concordia to host summer Camps and classes

Concordia Lutheran High School is hosting summer camps for all ages this summer. Camps include athletics, band, robotics and more. New this year are camps in art, Spanish, track and sign language.

Concordia is also offering summer classes for all area students in grades 8-12. Registration is now open, and online registration is now available this year. For more information and to register, visit