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  • Seniors
    COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving; Activities for ages 50 and older; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 233 W. Main St.
    Holiday meals• Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have its annual turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
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    Pet helpAnimal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding this winter. Straw can be picked up between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Arts update


•Monroeville Branch, 115 Main St., Monroeville, will discuss “Budget Scrapbooking” at 4 p.m. Thursday. Attendees are required to bring adhesive and scissors.

•Pontiac Branch, 2215 S. Hanna St., will have “Sit and Stitch,” for anyone wanting to learn to knit, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

•Woodburn Branch, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn, will have a “Yarn Lover’s Gathering” at 7 p.m. Thursday.

AUDITION: The deadline to schedule an audition appointment for a paid position for Grand Effect Productions upcoming production of “The Misadventures of Nancy Worth” is Wednesday. Performances will be at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St., from March 10 to 12. For information, call 260-579-6277.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, will offer the following free TekVenture workshops, “Tool Tour: Computer-Controlled Tools” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and “Jewelry Making: Connections and Closures” at 7 p.m. Wednesday. To register, call 421-1374.

FILMMAKER DISCUSSIONS: “Meet the Filmmaker Series” will be held at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., at 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 27. A discussion with director Bess Kargman of “First Position” is planned for Sunday. For information, call 426-3456 or go to

ZOO, BALLPARK CHOSEN: The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has named Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field as the state’s top two favorite “Summer Gotta-Dos” at


•“Postcards From a Tuscan Christmas” is the latest release of Johnine Brown and Margaret Yoder, under the pen name Margarite St. John. The publication is available at Amazon as e-books or print versions.

•IPFW assistant professor of English Curtis L. Crisler has published “Soundtrack to Latchkey Boy,” a collection of prose poems.


Winners of the People’s Choice Awards at the 27th annual Festival of Gingerbread are Larissa Johnson, New Haven, student individual; Vickie Short, Shipshewana, adult individual; Matthew Krach, Jackie Hentz, Rachel Hentz, Jared Schipper, Alex Schipper, Allison Slusser and Nick Miles, Fort Wayne, student group; and Creative Confections Cake Club, Fort Wayne, adult group.

First-place winners of the “Just Write It” poetry contest, sponsored by the Allen County Public Library and the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, are Cameron Willwerth, Eel River Elementary School; Evan Salah, Canterbury Lower School; Allison Smith, Emmanuel-St. Michael; Reagan Salzbrenner, Central Lutheran School; Kristina Urberg, Canterbury Lower School; Nathan Phuong, Aboite Elementary School; Paulina Rodriguez, Miami Middle School; Randy Swim, Leo Junior-Senior High School; Jacob Tom, Holy Cross Lutheran; Dominic Perugini, Concordia Lutheran High School; Hannah Beer, home school; Becca Gunter, Bishop Dwenger High School; and Mingyi Sum, Bishop Dwenger.

Arts update is a weekly listing of arts-related news including events, auditions, contests and rehearsals. Send items at least two weeks before desired publication to Arts update, the Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0088; fax, 461-8648; or email at