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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.
  • GUIDELIGHT
    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.
  • People and places
    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.
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COMMUNITY UPDATE

SCIENCE CENTRAL SPRING BREAK CAMPS: Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., registration required (first-come basis) at 424-2400 ext. 451 or www.sciencecentral.org.

•Day camps for children 5 to 11: “DaVinci Science” on April 1, “Spring is in the Stars” on April 2, “Sizzling Science” (Earth’s thermal features) on April 3, “LEGO Robotics” on April 4, “Things That Go Boom” on April 5; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; $22 (members) and $25 (nonmembers) per day.

•Week-long camp for children 10 to 13: “Camp with a Scientist,” 1 to 5 p.m. April 1 to 5; $90 (members) and $100 (nonmembers).

•Half-day camps for children 3 to 5: “Hide a Butterfly” on April 1, “Liquid Explorations,” on April 2, “Junior Geologist” on April 3, “Nature’s Art Palette” on April 4, “Build It, Race It, Fly It” on April 5; 9 a.m. to noon each day; $15 (members) and $18 (nonmembers) per day.

•Half-day camps for children 10 to 13: “What’s Biting You” (insects) and “Earthquakes” on April 1, “The Secret World of (Secret) Codes” and “Learning About Starlight” on April 2, “Do You See What I See?” (vision) and “Eewy-Gooey” (chemistry of slime) on April 3, “Reptile Research” and “Emergency! Emergency” (first aid) on April 4 and “The Human Machine” and “Berry Full of DNA” (extracting DNA) on April 5; 1 to 5 p.m. each day; $22 (members) and $25 (nonmembers).

Classes

LITTLE RIVER WETLANDS PROJECT:

Invasive plant species training, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at project office, 7209 Engle Road, and 9 a.m. to noon April 13 at Eagle Marsh barn, 6301 Engle Road; learn to identify invasive plants and track species at project’s nature preserves; free; register by Friday at 478-2515 or b.yankowiak@lrwp.org.

PET PARENTING: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, H.O.P.E. for Animals, 1333 Maycrest Drive; free; no dogs, just owners; register at 427-5511 or allison.miller@cityoffortwayne.org.

Lectures/Forums

FORESTER SERIES: “More than Just a Commodity: The Case for Christian Liberal Arts Education” by Dr. Paul Michelson and Dr. Dwight Brautigam, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University, Huntington; 260-359-4305.

IPFW DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING: “Ford: Accelerating Ahead” by Susan Leone, Americas director at Ford Motor Co., Detroit; 7:30 p.m. Friday during 10th annual Opportunity Banquet and Career Fair (doors open at 4:30 p.m.), Walb Student Union ballroom; $30, reservations by today at 481-6361.

IPFW LUNCHES WITH LEADERS: “Encourage,” by Ken Christmon, IPFW associate vice chancellor for diversity and multicultural affairs, noon to 1 p.m., Walb Student Union, 2101 Coliseum Blvd.E.; 481-6883 or creagerk@ipfw.edu.

IPFW OMNIBUS SERIES: “Engineering in Entertainment” by Grant Imahara of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” and formerly a “Star Wars” robotics engineer and modelmaker, 7:30 p.m. March 25, Rhinehart Music Center, free; tickets required; call 481-6555 or go to ipfw.edu/box-office.

IPFW WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION:

“Lights! Camera! Action! – African-American Women in Media,” panel discussion with current and former members of local media, noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Room 114-116, Walb Student Union; free.

“Reproductive Rights Around the World” with faculty members Elizabeth Mannir, Nancy Virtue, Lachlan Whalen and Mieko Yamada, noon to 1:15 p.m.. Thursday, Room 35, Liberal Arts Building; free.

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE – NORTHEAST: “Pullman: Technology, Race and Labor in American History” by Joy Giguere, assistant professor of history, with film and discussion; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Room 121, Student Life Center, North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road; free; 481-2225.

YMCA GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST: Former NFL linebacker Chris Spielman speaks on his late wife’s battle with breast cancer and the need for research and awareness, 7:30 a.m. March 29, Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road; $25 includes buffet breakfast; reservations required by Friday at 422-6488 or sheila_goldthwaite@fwymca.org.

Library

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: “Preschool Puppet Show,” 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Children’s Services; “Storytime for Preschools, Daycares and Other Groups,” 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services, registration required; “Smart Start Storytime,” preschoolers ages 3 to 6, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Children’s Services; “Paws to Read,” read stories to trained dogs, 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Children’s Services; “Babies and Books,” infants to 18 months and parents/caregivers, 10 a.m. Friday in Children’s Services; “Toddler Storytime,” stories and activities, ages 18 months to 3 years and parents/caregivers, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Friday in Children’s Services; “GO Club,” 2 p.m. Saturday in Young Adults’ Services; 900 Library Plaza.

KENDALLVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY: “iPad App Pack for Beginners,” 1:30 p.m. today, “LEGO Club,” 3:30 p.m. today; “Robotix Club,” 3:30 p.m. today; “Easter Crafts” (adults) 5:30 p.m. today, registration required; “Preschool Storytime: Fun Furry Friends,” 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; “Brace Yourself” (bracelet craft for teens in grade 6 and up), 4 p.m. Thursday; “Photograph Pendant,” (adults submit photo for jewelry making), 5:30 p.m. Thursday, $3, registration required; “iPad App Pack,”(for experienced users), 7 p.m. Thursday; “Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament,” sanctioned, 10 a.m. Saturday, $2 (registration requested); “Annual Book Fest” for families (games, snacks, animals, free books, and access to Playaways, new portable audio books), 6 p.m. March 25; 6221 S. Park Ave., 260-343-2010 or www.kendallvillelibrary.org.

LIMBERLOST PUBLIC LIBRARY: “Peace Out,” meditation for children and teens, 4 p.m. Tuesday; “Tiny Tots Storytime: Nursery Rhyme Time,” 10 a.m. Wednesday; “Book Buddies,” early literacy activities for children ages 3 to 6, 10 a.m. Thursday; “LEGO Quest,” 3:45 p.m. Thursday; 164 Kelly St., Rome City; 260-854-2775.

Fundraisers

SCAN BROWN BAG LUNCH: Pick-up 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Fort Wayne Masonic Temple, 216 E. Washington Blvd.; Casa Ristoranti Italiano pasta with meatballs and side salad, $9; large Casaburo salad, $7; 20-serving family-style lunches for $180 and $140 respectively; delivery available for orders of five or more lunches; benefits Stop Child Abuse and Neglect; order forms at www.scanfw.org/brownbaglunch or by emailing bbobay@scaninc.org

ALLEN COUNTY BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday , Thunder Bowl No. 1, 6700 U.S. 27; also 11:30 to 1:30 and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 14, 20 and 21 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 11, 18 and 25; teams of five raise $100 per person for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; info and registration (walk-ins permitted) at 260-456-1600 or www.bbbsnei.org.

KOSCIUSKO AND WHITLEY COUNTIES BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE: 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, The Bowling Alley, 1535 N. Detroit St., Warsaw; teams of five raise $100 per person for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; info and registration (walk-ins permitted) at 260-456-1600 or www.bbbsnei.org.

FISH FRY: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Coldwater Road; all-you-can-eat fish (Alaskan pollock) or chicken strips, sides and beverages; $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children under 6; benefits Easter Seals Arc; info 456-4534 ext. 267 or vmagana@esarc.org.

ANNUAL SWISS STEAK DINNER: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Mizpah Shrine Horse Grounds, 985 N. Indiana 9, Columbia City; benefits Whitley County Shrine Club; $8 adults, $4 children under 12; 260-693-0433.

MOUNTAIN OYSTERS, FISH AND TENDERLOIN DINNER: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Cleveland Township Fire Station, 217 N. State St., South Whitley; eat-in or carry-out; benefits South Whitley Lions Club; $8.50 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12; children under 6 free; info at 260-723-6044.

TASTE OF FORT WAYNE: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Scout Park Conference Center, 2300 Meyer Road; tastings of food from eight area restaurants, music by Hope Arthur and Friends, silent auction; benefits students from Bishop Luers and Dwenger high schools participating in Teach on the Beach in Ghana in West Africa in June; $10; tickets available at the door.

WHOLE HOG SAUSAGE AND PANCAKE BRUNCH: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; Poe Volunteer Fire Department fire station, 3619 E. Yoder Road, Poe; $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for children under 6; benefits building and equipment fund.

SETTLERS INC. HISTORY TOUR AND LUNCH: Guided tour of Swinney Homestead and Allen County Courthouse plus lunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28, Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd; $25; benefits homestead upkeep; reservations and payment by Tuesday, 492-8584 or 432-7314.

PLANT SALE: Order deadline March 29; pick-up 5 to 8 p.m. May 9 and 9 a.m. to noon May 10 at Lions Club building, Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road; 4-inch red, salmon, white pink and fuschia geraniums, $1; 10-inch hanging baskets with Boston fern, Purple Wave petunias, red and salmon geraniums or red or salmon New Guinea impatiens, $13; benefits Allen County 4-H Club; order at 481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

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