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“COLLECTING AND SHARING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY”: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, “Oral History and Oral Traditions for Family History” by John Aden, executive director of the African/African-American Historical Museum, and 6 to 7 p.m. March 25, “Digital Storytelling for Family History” by Aden and Ruby Cain, volunteer director of It Is Well With My Soul, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; free; attend one or both; registration at 420-0765 or

“CREATING A FEATHERED STAR QUILT” by Nancy Mahoney, creator of Appleseed Quilters Guild 2012 quilt show raffle quilt pattern and author; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Aboite Community Center, 11321 Aboite Center Road; $60 for guild members, $70 for nonmembers; 249-4495.

FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTION: For information on classes, call 467-1075 or visit Anthis Career Center, 1200 S. Barr St., or

•“Bead Weaving,” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; Lane Middle School, 4901 Vance Ave.; $33 plus $12 supply fee payable to instructor at class.

•“Sushi Doesn’t Always Mean Raw Fish,” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass; $33 plus $8 for food.

•“Stained-Glass Workshop: Leaded Glass Strips,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, GlassLink Studio, 516 Noble Drive; $33 plus $55 supply fee payable to instructor at class.

•“Energy Medicine: Intro to the Body Talk System,” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today; Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Road; $33.

LITTLE RIVER WETLANDS PROJECT WETLAND GUIDE TRAINING: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Boy Scout office, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd.; second session at Eagle Marsh March 16; information and registration by Wednesday at 478-2515 or

PET PARENTING: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today, Animal Care and Control, 3020 Hillegas Road; no dogs, just owners; 427-5511 or

UNITED WAY OF ALLEN COUNTY AND THE NORTHEAST INDIANA CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL: “Learning More about Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home and Neighborhood Health Clinics, Inc.,” 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday; United Way of Allen County Carriage House, 334 E. Berry St.; free; reservations by Tuesday, 482-5588 or


INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SPEAKERS: Corp. Josh Bleill, U.S. Marine Corps double amputee and team spokesman, and Chandler Harris, Norwell High School grad who recently re-signed as backup quarterback; 6:30 p.m. today, Belmont High School, 1000 E. North Adams Drive, Decatur; sponsored by Men’s Community Fellowship of Adams County; free; donations benefit Wounded Warriors.

F.U.N. (FOLKS UNITING NOWADAYS) FRIDAY – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY LUNCH AND SPEAKER: “From Transaction to Transformation Through Travel and Business” by Fort Wayne native Lanah K. Hake, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Link’s Wonderland, 1711 Creighton Ave.; $6.50 to $10.50 for lunch; reservations at 420-0765 or

“TAPESTRY: A DAY FOR YOU”: Luncheon speaker, actress and author Sissy Spacek, “My Extraordinary Ordinary Life,” plus breakfast speakers, Marci and Countney Crozier, alumnae of NBC’s “Biggest Loser” reality show’s Season 1; April 26, Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $65 a person , includes break and luncheon two breakout sessions and vendor expo, tickets on sale through April 5; to register, go to

Dance lessons

RENAISSANCE BALLROOM DANCE STUDIO: 7145 Indiana 1 N., Ossian; 260-622-6644.

•Beginning foxtrot, 7 p.m. Thursday

•Dance classes with Rebekah, “Country Two-Step” at 1 p.m. and “West Coast Swing” at 2 p.m. March 16; $15 for one class or $25 for both; registration deadline March 15.

FORT WAYNE CHAPTER DANCESPORT USA: Monthly dance, 8 to 11 p.m., Walb Student Union Ballroom, IPFW; dance lesson at 7:15 p.m.; $8 adult members, $10, nonmembers, $5 youth members, $8 youth nonmembers; beginners welcome; info www. fw dance port. org.


Contact Allen County Public Library, 421-1200 or www. acpl. lib. in. us, for information on activities or branches not listed.

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Art out of the Box: Traditional Art,” 2 p.m. Tuesday in Children’s Services; “Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company Dances Folk Tales,” 7 p.m. Tuesday in Children’s Services; “Storytime for Preschools, Daycares and Other Groups,” 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services, registration required; “Write Away!” 2 p.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services, registration at 421-1220; “Game Night: X-Box,” 7 p.m. Wednesday in Young Adult Services; “Paws to Read,” read stories to trained dogs, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Children’s Services; “STEAM Power (Science, Technology Engineering Art and Math,” 7 p.m. Thursday in Young Adult Services; “Babies and Books,” infants to 18 months and parents/caregivers, 10 a.m. Friday in Children’s Services; “Books-n-Bagels,” 10 a.m. Friday in Young Adult Services; “Toddler Storytime,” stories and activities, ages 18 months to 3 years and parents/caregivers, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Friday; GO Club, 2 p.m. Saturday in Young Adult Services; 900 Library Plaza, 421-1200.

KENDALLVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Computer Savvy,” computers for beginners, 10 a.m. to noon today and March 11, 18 and 25; “iPad App Pack for Beginners,” 1:30 p.m. today, March 11, 18 and 25; “LEGO Club,” 3:30 p.m. today; “Robotix Club, 3:30 p.m. today; “Preschool Storytime: Fun Furry Friends,” 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; “Teen Scene,” teens choose movie to watch, 4 p.m. Tuesday; “Yoga with Mrs. Tackett” (for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5), 4 p.m. Thursday (registration required); “Coupon Swap,” 6 p.m. Thursday; “iPad App Pack” for experienced users, 7 p.m. Thursday; “Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament,” sanctioned, 10 a.m. Saturday, $2 (registration requested); “Dollar-A-Day Boys,” music and storytelling about the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps by Michigan-based author Bill Jamerson, 4 p.m. Saturday, free (registration required); 6221 S. Park Ave., 260-343-2010 or www. kendall ville library. org.

LIMBERLOST PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Video Game Swap,” 4 p.m. Tuesday; “Tiny Tots Storytime: Nursery Rhyme Time,” 10 a.m. Wednesday; “Adult Lunchtime Matinee: ‘Here Comes the Boom,’ noon Wednesday; “Preschool Storytime: A Beary Special Storytime,” 10 a.m. Thursday; “Wreck-It Ralph,” PG-rated movie for kids; 3:45 p.m. Thursday; 164 Kelly St., Rome City; 854-2775.


PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 14, 2125 Olladale Drive; all-you-care-to-eat; food prepared by Bob Evans Restaurants; benefits F.O.P. community events; $5 for adults and $3 for children.

ADAMS AND WELLS COUNTIES BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: 1 and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Villa Lanes, 1704 Nuttman Ave., Decatur; teams of five raise $100 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; information and registration (walk-ins permitted) at 260-456-1600 or

SILVER ANNIVERSARY GALA: “Crossing into the Future,” 5 p.m. Saturday, LaFontaine Golf Club, 6129 N. Goshen Road, Huntington; dinner, silent auction benefits Huntington County Habitat for Humanity; $25; reservations by today at 260-356-7425.

COMMUNITY HARVEST 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Ballroom, Hotel Fort Wayne (formerly Fort Wayne Marriott, ) 305 E. Washington Center Road; benefits Community Harvest Food Bank; $175 per person includes, dinner, live and silent auctions; reservations by Wednesday at 447-3696, ext. 322.

HUNTINGTON COUNTY BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE: 1:30 and 4 p.m., Rainbow Lanes, 850 S. Briant St., Huntington; teams of five raise $100 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; registration (walk-ins permitted) at 260-456-1600 or www. bbbsnei. org.

A NIGHT TO SPARKLE: 6:30 p.m. March 16, Allen County Court House, 715 S. Calhoun St.; music by West Central Quartet, hors d’oeurves, cash bar, auction; benefits projects of the Junior League of Fort Wayne; $50 per person; reservations by Friday at 387-5592 or