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arts update

CASTING CALL: Arena Dinner Theatre is having auditions for its spring production of “Romantic Comedy.” Auditions begin at 7 p.m. April 28 and 29 at the Arena Dinner Theatre rehearsal hall, 719 Rockhill St. Performances will be at 8 p.m. June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at the Arena Dinner Theatre. For more information, go to www.arenadinnertheatre.org or call 424-5622.

PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE: National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore will present a lecture on habitat conservation at 3 p.m. Sunday at Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. Admission is $20 adults, $10 students. For more information, go to www.npacvw.org or call 419-238-6722.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Pokagon State Park Nature Center will host Barbara Knights-Hale of Jitterbug Photography for a one-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27. The workshop is at Pokagon State Park, 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola. The cost is $89, and participants must register in advance with Jitterbug Photography; email barbara@jitterbugphotography.com or call 624-2999. For more information, call Fred Wooley at 260-833-2012

MODEL SESSION: Artlink invites artists to render a costumed model in the media of their choice. The session is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Artlink, 300 E. Main St. Artists may drop-in throughout the session and must bring their own supplies. The cost is $3 an hour. For more information, go to www.artlinkfw.com or call 424-7195.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is seeking volunteers to help build the set for the upcoming performance of “Cinderella.” Volunteers will work 9 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays except Tuesdays until May 3. They can also work 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Volunteers will work in the shop at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. For more information, call 422-8641 to sign up.

•Historic Fort Wayne is having a meeting for those interested in volunteering at the fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton parks. For more information, go to www.oldfortwayne.org or call 437-2836.

STUDENTS RECOGNIZED: Huntington University students Juan Lopez and Lindsey Burson were recognized in the 22nd annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. Lopez was awarded third place for his piece, “Cat and Mouse,” and Burson was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award for her painting, “Wanderlust #2.”

BALLET DONATION: Fort Wayne Ballet donated 50 leotards, 40 pairs of shoes, skirts and ballet posters to help a class of 20 girls in Pristina, Kosovo. The ballet class is taught by Huntington University senior and dancer Joy Hersey, who traveled to Kosovo to serve in the university’s ministry internship.

CONTEST WINNER: The Pulse Opera House in Warren announced that Eli Parker, 7, won the “Ramona Quimby” Reading Contest. Parker read five “Ramona” books and won the drawing for two season theater tickets, a pizza from Tasty Pizza and four Chicago Cubs tickets.

BOOK RELEASE: Janet Amundson of Redkey has recently released her book, “Sock It To Me Jesus,” which is a compilation of her articles as publisher and editor of her local church newsletter. The book is available at Amazon.com. For more information, email janetramundson@aol.com.

Arts update is a listing of arts-related news. 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 dparker@jg.net.

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