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Arts Update


•“Budget Scrapbooking” will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Monroeville Branch, 115 Main St., Monroeville. Attendees should bring their adhesive and scissors.

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

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


Acting auditions for the independent feature film “Heart of Indiana” will be Saturday in Warsaw and in Wabash on June 22. For information, call 260-563-0111 or email

•Ecstatic Theatrics will have an audition for “Slipperzzzz! Cobb and the 12 Dancing Princesses” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St. For details, call 750-9013 or go to

•Auditions for “See Jane Quit” will be Sunday and Monday at Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St. Performances will be Aug. 9 to 24. For information, call 424-5622.CALL FOR ARTISTS: Applications are being accepted for artists, fashionistas, tiques and foodies for the upcoming ACD Chassis Pearl from Aug. 29 to 31 during the ACD Festival in Auburn. To apply, go to

CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM: Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., will sponsor “Shining Lights,” an art program for ages 14 to 8. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday through June 21. Cost is $15 a person. To register, call 426-3424 or

CONTEST: Submissions are being accepted through June 30 for the Fort Wayne photo contest “Hot Summer. Cool City.” To enter, go on Facebook at or Instagram the photo and include @VisitFortWayne and @hotsummercoolcity in your update.

ENDOWMENT RECEIVED: Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater Sound have pledged a $150,000 endowment to support music programs at Easter Seals Arc. A portion of the endowment will be used to upgrade musical equipment used by 300 clients.

FUNDRAISER: Fort Wayne Taiko will present a drumming performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wunderkammer Company, 3402 Fairfield Ave. Tickets are $10 a person and will be used to sponsor four local drummers to go to Japan to study with Japanese taiko masters. For information, go to

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: IPFW Riverfest 2013 is looking for volunteers to work June 22. An open house training will be from noon to 6 p.m. June 21 at IPFW, Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. For information, go to

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