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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art announced the regional recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The winners include 753 students from middle and high schools in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Their original works of art and writing will be featured in a special exhibit at the museum now through April 8.

The FWMoA is at 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Visit for hours and admission prices.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the 95th Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the country’s longest-running recognition program for creative students in grades seven to 12. This year, almost 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted to more than 100 affiliate partners across the country.



Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management are serving up rustic Italian cuisine at Doppio Zero, this semester’s student-run restaurant.

Doppio Zero will be located inside the Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive. It is open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every Thursday through April 26, with the exception of March 8 due to the university’s spring recess.

“It is so important to give the students this real-world experience,” said John Niser, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “Not only do our students manage and run the restaurant, they also benefit from the profits, which go toward travel scholarships that offer students opportunities to see and experience places outside of Fort Wayne.”

Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing or calling (260) 267-6351.



The Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Farmers Market will return to downtown Fort Wayne each Saturday from May 19 through Sept. 29.

For the 14th season, YLNI will partner with the History Center to host a unique, urban outdoor shopping experience on the corner of Barr and Wayne streets. Almost 2,500 people attend the market each week.

The YLNI Farmers Market will feature dozens of local vendors who will sell fresh produce, handmade baked goods, crafts, artwork and much more. Every vendor is local and comes from Allen County or surrounding counties.

In a statement, the YLNI said more street closures, more children’s activities and entertainment options will be offered this year. Local food trucks will be on-site .



The student-run massage clinic at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is open to the public through May 8. Healthy Essence is located in Room CC1783 on the Coliseum Campus, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. To make an appointment, email or call (260) 480-2094. Clients may schedule no more than two massages a month. The clinic will be closed over spring break, March 12-16.

The hourlong, full-body relaxation massage will be from a student in the therapeutic massage program. Massages run $25 for the community and $20 for Ivy Tech employees and students, military personnel and those 55 and older. Tips are not accepted, but those who wish to tip can choose to donate to a charity chosen by the students.

Visit to learn more.



The Fort Wayne Area Lutherans for Life will present the Infertility Challenge Seminar featuring Dr. Kathleen Heimann. The program will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Allen County Right to Life building, 2126 Inwood Drive, Fort Wayne. For registration and more information, call (260) 471-1849. Inwood Drive is south from East State Boulevard, just east of North Coliseum Boulevard.

Heimann, a family practice physician in Decatur Family Medicine, will define infertility and describe the common infertility problems that arise in married couples attempting to have children. She will also speak about common medical options to solve the infertility problems: medications, surgery and lifestyle changes.



An exhibition at Artlink Contemporary Gallery documents the everyday lives of the LGBTQ community in Fort Wayne.

In 2017, Mel Sealy of Columbus, Ohio, and C.A. Neal of Chicago became artists-in-residence at Artlink. Sealy and Neal conducted interviews with LGBTQ individuals, highlighting their personal stories, experiences and histories.

The exhibition “In Love/This Body” runs through March 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Artlink is at 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Visit for more information.



IPFW Department of Theatre continues the production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Performances are at 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 3 at the Williams Theatre of the Indiana University-Purdue University Campus at 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $5 for IPFW students, high school students and children younger than 18, $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, faculty, staff and alumni, and $14 each for groups of 10 or more. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Buy tickets online at, by phone at (260) 481-6555, or in person at the box office in Gates Athletic Center Room 126. Children younger than 6 will not be admitted.

Craig A. Humphrey directs, with musical direction by Holly Knott.



The IPFW Department of Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition continues through March 23 at the Visual Arts Gallery of the Department of Fine Arts, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. For more information, call the Department of Fine Arts at (260) 481-6705 or visit

Faculty members and emeriti from the Department of Fine Arts will exhibit their work as a group prior to becoming the new Department of Art and Design. On July 1, both art departments in the College of Visual and Performing Arts will re-unify into one department offering both fine arts and digital arts. Faculty artists participating in the exhibition include: Laurel Campbell, Seth Green, Dana Goodman, Audrey Ushenko, Christopher Ganz, John Hrehov, Derek Decker, Sara Nordling, Robert Schroeder, Don Kruse (emeritus), Hector Garcia (emeritus) and Nancy McCroskey (emeritus).



In preparation of its 50th class reunion, the Snider High School Class of 1968 is in search of past classmates. The 50th class reunion will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, at Goeglein’s Homestead, 7311 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne.

The event planning committee asks that all classmates register whether they can attend the reunion or not, so the committee can update the class list. Registration for the event is available online at

For more information, call Linda Scrimshaw at (260) 312-6837.



AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offering free tax assistance in Allen and some adjacent counties. “We offer free tax help to those needing assistance in preparing and filing their 2017 federal and Indiana state tax returns,” the group said in a statement. “Our volunteers are trained and IRS-certified in U.S. tax code including tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act and its reporting requirements for the 2017 tax year.”

Taxpayers may visit these Allen County sites for assistance: Allen County Main Library and branches; Concordia Lutheran Church, 4245 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne; Fort Wayne Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne; and St. Joseph Township Community Hall, 6033 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne. To locate a site and its operating hours, a taxpayer should visit, or call (888) 227-7669 or call 211.



Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana offers a variety of support groups. For more information, visit or call (260) 422-6441 or email

Groups include:

• Success with ADHD, the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., The Summit, 1027 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne.

• Parenting Support, the first and third Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Allen County Public Library Aboite Branch, 5630 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne.

• Living with Anxiety, every Wednesday, 6 p.m., The Summit, 1027 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne.

• Teens Helping Teens, for ages 13-18 with an emotional challenge or mental health condition. A new group starts every 16 weeks.



Cornerstone Youth Center, 19819 Monroeville Road in Monroeville, will host its eighth annual fish and chicken strips dinner from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 16. The cost is $10 for adults, $6 for youth 6-10 and free for children 5 and younger.

Burns Catering & Fish Fry will provide the fish and chicken. All meals will include a baked potato, applesauce or coleslaw, dessert, roll and butter and beverage. Drive-thru and carryout are available for adult meals only, but drive-thru meals will feature coleslaw rather than a choice between coleslaw and applesauce. Drive-thru meals will also include two cookies and choice of all fish, all chicken or half fish and half chicken.

Cornerstone needs volunteers to help bread fish, direct parking, clean tables, etc. People able to assist that evening should call Volunteer Coordinator Kevin House at (260) 623-3972, ext. 190.



Homestead High School, 4310 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, will host its annual college and career fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 5. There is no admission charge.

The program is open to the public. One junior or senior student, in attendance, will win a $200 scholarship.

“We anticipate over 80 four-year universities, two-year colleges and vocational schools located throughout the United States to be in attendance,” a school spokesperson said in a statement. “We have invited representatives from various careers to participate, as well as the armed services and financial institutions.”



The Maumee Valley Railroad Club will sponsor a model railroad show from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Coliseum Bingo, 911 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne.

Admission is $5 for adults and $7 for families. Children 12 and younger get in free. There will be dozens of tables of model railroads present, including one operating model railroad layout, an on-site concession stand and free parking. People can call (260) 482-2203 or or email for more information.

MVRRC members are residents of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio who are members of the National Model Railroad Association. One of the club’s goals is to promote the hobby of model railroading.



The University of Saint Francis Department of Philosophy and Theology has announced the dates and speakers for its Spring Philosophy and Theology Lecture Series. Lectures take place in the Historic Woman’s Club on the third floor of the USF Business Center, 826 Ewing St., Fort Wayne.

These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angie Springer at (260) 399-8066 or

• Thursday, March 1, 12:15 p.m. — “Truth, Consumerism and Democracy,” featuring Lewis Pearson.

• Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m. — “Karl Marx at 200: Who Cares?” by Adam DeVille, Barry Jackisch, Doug Meador and Lance Richey.

• Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. — “An Introduction to Social Ontology,” by Vincent Wargo

The lecture series began Feb. 20 with “Confirmation: A Sacrament Out of Time and Place?” by Nicholas Denysenko.



Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Beta Upsilon Zeta Chapter, has announced the sixth annual Women’s History Month Brunch, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Link’s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave., Fort Wayne. Guest speaker Ruby Cain’s topic will be “Nevertheless She Persisted: Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.”

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Sheryl at (260) 493-1534.

— Compiled by Garth Snow