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    For the past 18 years, Pyi and Nancy Htoo have struck a balance between her Midwestern German background and his Burmese culture.
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People and places

Giving back

DaVita Dialysis’s Fort Wayne South Dialysis Center presented SCAN with children’s mittens and gloves. Nearly seven dozen of the items were collected over the holiday season.

Special events

•H&R Block tax preparers will offer free tax advice at Fort Wayne YMCA branches. Tax tables are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the Jorgensen YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road.

Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, will have its “Neuter for a Nickel” event Feb. 9 for the following ZIP codes: 46802, 46805, 46806, 46808, 46815 and 46818. Residents in those ZIP codes can schedule up to seven male cat surgeries per household for 5 cents per cat. To schedule, call 427-1244.

•The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana in conjunction with the Indiana State Bar Association will sponsor “Talk to a Lawyer Today,” a program that provides free legal consultation for those who cannot afford it. The program will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the following locations: Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; Carnegie Library of Steuben County, Angola; and LaFontaine Center, Huntington. Residents can also call 407-0917 or 877-407-0917 between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

My Healthy City, created to help improve the health of Fort Wayne residents, will have its first meeting to brainstorm ideas from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Jan. 30 at Dash-In, 814 S. Calhoun St. The meeting is open to the public, but reservations need to be made at


McMillen Center for Health Education will have two of its nutrition programs broadcast next week on the Community Channel, a London-based TV and web-based broadcaster.

Shahin and Lesley Modarressi, and their 1-year-old son, Arden, have been named the 2013 March of Dimes Ambassador Family for the Northeast Division March of Babies event. Arden was born 15 weeks premature and spent 104 days in the hospital.

Alyssa Hockenberry, a local musician, is competing in the SafeAuto Insurance “Do the Jingle” music contest. People can vote for her video at through Feb. 28. The person with the most votes has a chance to win $5,000 plus a role in a commercial.

•The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts awarded Cheryl Jarrett of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District a Star Award for her work. The award was presented last week at the association’s annual conference.