Briefs: September 2018

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New Kiwanis club offers members flexible schedule

A new service club will offer members a more flexible schedule and more opportunities to help children and the community. The 321 club is an auxiliary of the John Chapman Kiwanis Club. The club’s flexible schedule is idea for young adults, adults with families, single parents and those with unique schedules. 321 stands for three hours of service, two hours of social time and one hour of business a month.

The new club will focus on service projects addressing community needs, including Terrific Kids, Riley Hospital, children’s homes, reading programs and more. “Pet projects” of new club members will be highlighted.

“We understand the changing needs of today’s busy volunteers and encourage members to give time when they can, whether that’s at a service project or at a meeting,” club president Chris Straley said.

“We hope that men and women of all ages will join us and help make a real difference for children in our community.”

321 Kiwanis Club will have its inaugural meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 6 in meeting room B at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Those who can’t make the meeting, can attend the make-up meeting at 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mocha Lounge, 6312 Covington Road, Fort Wayne.

For more information, attend either kickoff meetings or contact Chris Straley at (260) 804-4277.

A cappella choir offers comfort

A new a cappella choir is forming in Fort Wayne. Known as “Threshold Choirs,” these groups offer comfort through song at the bedsides of the sick and dying. Visiting Nurse invites singers to learn more about this worldwide, nonprofit network of a cappella voices at informational meetings at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. Sept. 18. The Fort Wayne Area Threshold Singers at Visiting Nurse will sing in small groups at the bedsides of those who are near the end of life. Singers who can carry a tune, learn to hold their own part, blend their voice with others and communicate kindness with their voices are welcome. The ability to read music and past choir experience is not required for membership. Visit thresholdchoir.org to learn more about threshold choirs or contact Pam Espinosa at (260) 232-2526 for local chapter information.

County Night Out locations announced

Allen County government will visit Harlan, Arcola and Monroeville during this fall’s County Night Out events.The first event will take place in Harlan Sept. 25, at the Harlan Park Shelter on Second Street.The second meeting in Arcola is scheduled for Oct. 2, at the Arcola Volunteer Fire Station, 11401 Railroad Street. The Lake Township Trustee’s office and the Arcola Volunteer Fire Department are helping with arrangements.

The final event will take place Oct. 9, in Monroeville at the Cornerstone Youth Center, 19819 Monroeville Road.

All three meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:00 p.m. “County Night Out” features an open-house format designed to allow citizens the opportunity to meet the county commissioners and other elected officeholders face-to-face and get information about programs and services offered by various county departments.

County departments and elected officials participating in the events include the parks department, highway department, health department, department of homeland security, county extension service, department of environmental management, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, election board, human resources, recorder, surveyor and assessor.

Winner of new events contest announced

The Downtown Improvement District recently announced the winner of this year’s New Events Contest, which invited businesses, organizations and individuals to submit their best ideas for a chance to receive significant production support for new events in February, March or April 2019.Spring Forward Fest, “a celebration of light in recognition of Fort Wayne’s evolving and advancing skyline,” is the winner of this year’s contest. The annual event will take place from 6-10 p.m. March 9 on the eve of the daylight savings time change. Three downtown locations will offer indoor and outdoor views of the skyline and serve as entertainment hubs featuring popular local musical artists.

The Embassy Theatre and Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival will both receive support from this initiative.

“By offering an incentive for event production during classically less active months, we hope to empower folks to create fun, new opportunities with an emphasis on outside-of-the-box events that will contribute to the vibrancy of Downtown Fort Wayne.” Bill Brown, president of the Downtown Improvement District, said in a prepared statement.

Visiting Nurse offers new pet loss grief support group

The loss of a beloved pet can affect the entire family. Beginning Sept. 19, Visiting Nurse will offer a pet loss support group for people to share their story with others who are also grieving the loss of a pet. The group will take place on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, 5920 Homestead Road, on the Visiting Nurse campus in Fort Wayne. Adults and children are welcome to attend.

The group will be led by trained grief facilitators. Attendees will have an opportunity to share their feelings and gain tools to help cope with the loss of their pet. For more information, visit vnfw.org or call (260) 435-3261.

Citilink offers students a ride

Fort Wayne Citilink buses provide service to most Fort Wayne and New Haven public and private schools. Students and parents can check out the FWCS-Citilink Transportation Connection Guide on the Citilink website for routes that serve Fort Wayne Community Schools.The website, fwcitilink.com, offers a trip planner to find the best route from home to school. Riders with smartphones can also try Citilink’s new Token Transit mobile bus pass and download Route Watch/Route Shout for real time bus information while they wait at their bus stop.

Youth ages 5-18 ride for Citilink half price ($1.50/day or $22/month). Day passes can be purchased on the bus and bus passes are also available for purchase from most Kroger stores, City Utilities at Citizen’s Square, the Citilink administrative office (801 Leesburg Road), or online at fwcitilink.com. Citilink customer service representatives are also available to help riders plan their trip. For assistance, call (260) 432-4546.

Program offers music play for babies and toddlers

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and the Allen County Public Library have partnered to offer First Steps in Music, a program for children ages 0-3. First Steps in Music is aimed at helping babies and toddlers become tuneful, artful and beatful. Classes are free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The goal is to enable all participants to reach their full potential in singing, vocabulary and movement skills, with an emphasis on developing sensitivity to the expressive qualities in music. Each class is designed to be playful and enjoyable to children, while providing a carefully planned curriculum that includes developmentally appropriate activities. Children are not taught formally about the specifics of music, but rather they play with music through a series of eight well-rounded activities based on the First Steps in Music curriculum.

Children and their parents/caregiver experience singing, creative movement, simple instruments, finger-plays and more with the help of the rich collection of traditional songs and rhymes from past generations.

The Shawnee library will host First Steps in Music on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. on the following dates: Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27.; and Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The Aboite library will host the program on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on the following dates: Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; and Oct. 12, 19 and 26.

Volunteer drivers needed to deliver meals

Homebound Meals, a local nonprofit that delivers hot, medically-tailored meals to homebound/elderly residents, is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound/elderly residents and provide friendly, caring human contact. Routes are pre-arranged and organized and demand no more than one to two hours each week. Volunteers receive training and on-going support. For more information, call (260) 422-3296 or visit www.homeboundmealsfw.org.