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Lynelle Vogel and Lorna Heyge

Musikgarten Studio receives award

(Lynelle Vogel accepts the Exemplary Program Award from Lorna Heyge, founder of Musikgarten.) CLICK HERE FOR LARGER IMAGE Music for…

Auditions for The Nutcracker

Fort Wayne Ballet announces auditions for the production of our community holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, to be held Sunday, September 12,  from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ballet’s main studio location, 324 Penn Avenue. Auditions for dancers 10-12 years of age will be held from 1-3 p.m. Auditions for dancers 13 years of age and older will be held from 3-5  p.m.
Young dancers between the ages of seven and 10 are invited to a Dancer Call at 12 noon. Please arrive in a leotard with your hair pulled back. Young men please arrive in biker shorts, white t-shirt and ballet slippers.
Dancers aged 10 or older and currently enrolled in a dance program are eligible to audition for dance parts.  Young ladies should arrive at the audition in a tank style leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers with their hair pulled back in a bun. Young men should arrive at the audition with a plain white t-shirt, black tights and black ballet slippers.
Last year’s performances of The Nutcracker marked more than 45 annual productions by Fort Wayne Ballet of traditional holiday classic. With nine performances – including two with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and four matinee performances – Fort Wayne Ballet features more than 200 dancers and utilizes the talents of over 150 community volunteers in order to stage one of the highest attended events on the Arts United Center stage. This year The Nutcracker will be performed December 3-12.
For more information regarding Fort Wayne Ballet’s audition for The Nutcracker contact Michele DeVinney at 260-484-9646.

Fort Wayne Ballet announces auditions for the production of our community holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, to be held Sunday, September 12,  from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ballet’s main studio location, 324 Penn Avenue. Auditions for dancers 10-12 years of age will be held from 1-3 p.m. Auditions for dancers 13 years of age and older will be held from 3-5  p.m.

American Red Cross participates in preparedness

The American Red Cross urges the community to prepare during National Preparedness Month and participate in Local Public Safety Day on 9-11 at Safety Academy.
The American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana is committed to educating the community to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters of all types. During September, National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross strongly suggests that all families and individuals follow the Be Red Cross Ready action steps to 1) get a kit, 2) make a plan, and 3) be informed.
1) Get a kit: Gather the supplies you need to act on your plan in the event of a disaster. Have at least three days of supplies in an easy-to-carry evacuation kit with additional supplies at home, in case you cannot leave. Your kit should contain supplies so you can provide first aid, as well as personal supplies for life-threatening emergencies or a disaster that may impact the entire community.
2) Make a plan: Decide what you and your family will do when your daily routine is disrupted by a disaster. Plan together what each person is expected to do, where everyone will go, and how to get there. Write down your plan, share it with each other and then practice it at least twice a year.
3) Be informed: Learn about what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work, and play.  Learn what you can do to prepare for these events by visiting your local Red Cross and ask about local disasters and training. Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get important information, including local radio, TV, and NOAA weather radio. Take a class in CPR and first aid to learn how best to respond to life-threatening emergencies.
According to recent Red Cross polls, while the majority of Americans think it is a good idea to get prepared for disasters and other emergencies, only seven percent of the population has taken the necessary actions to Be Red Cross Ready.  By following these three simple steps, families and individuals will be better prepared to respond to disasters of all types.
In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross will participate in Public Safety Day on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Public Safety Academy, located at 7602 Patriot Crossing at Southtown Centre in Fort Wayne. The day’s free, family-friendly events will begin at 9 a.m. with a memorial service and continue until noon with free hands-only, non-certified CPR training and public safety demonstrations featuring over 20 local organizations, including children’s activities.
For more information on Public Safety Day and being Red Cross Ready, visit redcrossofnei.org or call (260) 484-9336.

The American Red Cross urges the community to prepare during National Preparedness Month and participate in Local Public Safety Day on 9-11 at Safety Academy.

Patriots to meet and collect food for local pantries

The Whitley County Patriots will be collecting items for the local food pantries, then learning more about this fall’s candidates at their meeting Tuesday, September 7, at 7 p.m.
The public is invited to the program in the Church of The Nazarene, 506 North Main St., Columbia City.
“The organization’s food collection is in response to the recent United Way appeal to help meet a critical need at the local food banks,” says Patriots spokeswoman Ingrid Coyle. “We know there are a lot of families that are needing help right now and we are doing this as a way to show our support and encouragement for them.”
Separate collection containers will be available for Churubusco, Columbia City and South Whitley so individuals can designate their donations for their own communities.
The food donations may be placed right inside the church entrance near the registration table. From there, those attending will be able to talk with candidates from both parties at their hand-out tables.
Special features of the meeting will include a patriotic solo by Jaima Grabner and comments from organization members about inspirational highlights from the “Restoring Honor” gathering they attended August 28th  in Washington, DC.
Dan Coats, Republican candidate for United States Senator, will have a live remote link to address the group and answer questions. Coats is a former Congressman and Senator from Indiana, was an ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and served on the legal staff of major law firms. He and wife Marsha formed The Foundation for American Renewal in support of faith-based initiatives.
Also on the program is Marlin Stutzman, Republican candidate for 3rd District United States Congressman, who will be present to discuss issues and answer questions.
Stutzman is a fourth-generation farmer from the Howe area, is co-owner with his father of Stutzman Farms and owner of Stutzman Farms Trucking. He was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2002 at the age of 26 and now serves as District 13 State Senator.
The candidates for 83rd District State Representative, Democrat Wray McCalester and Republican Kathy Heuer, will speak and take questions.
Also making brief remarks and fielding questions will be several candidates for county offices from both political parties.
Invitations to participate in Patriot meetings were extended to both Democrat and Republican candidates and some of the others will participate in the October 5 meeting.
Candidates also will have the opportunity to greet Patriot attendees again at that event.
Official forms will be available September 7 for anyone needing to register to vote in the November  election.
Winners of free car washes, courtesy of Andy’s Car Wash, will be announced from a random computer drawing of five registrants from previous meetings. Those individuals must be present to receive their car wash coupon.

The Whitley County Patriots will be collecting items for the local food pantries, then learning more about this fall’s candidates at their meeting Tuesday, September 7, at 7 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Lions Club Fish Fry

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is holding a Fish and Tenderloin Fry as a summer fundraising activity. It will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 4-7 p.m.  Cost will be $8.50 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 and children five and under are free.
The club is asking that people bring canned food items to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City.
This price includes an all-you-can-eat dinner, with beverage and dessert. Carryout dinners are also available. The supper will be held at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall on Colony Avenue at Tri-Lakes, east of Shriner Lake on the south side of Round Lake.
They have now added a third fryer unit in order to keep up with the demand at their events.
Proceeds generated from this fundraising project will go towards the Lions District 25B projects, and other local Lions projects. This is a “cholesterol free” cooked meal. Gaerte’s Frying Service is doing the cooking.

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is holding a Fish and Tenderloin Fry as a summer fundraising activity. It will be held on Saturday, September 11 from 4-7 p.m.  Cost will be $8.50 for adults, $4 for children 6-12 and children five and under are free.

Master Gardener classes offered

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener?  The next class will be offered in fall 2010 and classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, August 25 – December 15, in Columbia City.
Each week a different topic will be discussed in depth.  You will receive 48 hours of instruction in subjects such as:  plant and soil nutrition, flowers, trees, composting, herbs, water gardens, roses, critters and lawns.  Cost is $85 – $100.  Upon completion of the class, you must pass the test and then provide 35 hours of volunteer work to become a Master Gardener.
For more information and/or a registration form, call 244-7615 or 625-3313 or e-mail cbarnett@purdue.edu.

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener?  The next class will be offered in fall 2010 and classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, August 25 – December 15, in Columbia City.

AARP to take trip to Bearcreek Farms

“Get a Kick out of Frank” (Sinatra) will be playing on September 11 at Bearcreek Farms. This trip is on a Saturday for the people who work and would like to take a one day trip.
The cost of the trip is $35. This includes the show, the great meal at the Homestead Restaurant and the ride on the Sunbeam Express.
The group will meet the Sunbeam Express at 9:15 a.m. at the Nazarene Church parking lot across from Dairy Queen in Columbia City and return home around 6 p.m.
This is open to anyone who would like to get away for a day.
To make reservations or questions call Betty Mink at 723-6044.
Reservations are due September 1. Make checks payable to AARP and send to Betty Mink, 5534 W. SR 14, South Whitley, IN 46787.

“Get a Kick out of Frank” (Sinatra) will be playing on September 11 at Bearcreek Farms. This trip is on a Saturday for the people who work and would like to take a one day trip.

Whitley County AARP news

The Whitley County Chapter 3284 of AARP met at the Woodlands.  President Pat Loe opened the meeting and led with prayer.  Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the American Flag.
There was one visitor present, Jerry Dailey.
Phyllis Swick gave a “Health and Safety” report on keeping a journal of all your medical records.  This includes illness,immunizations, medications, and all of your doctors and office calls.
Bonnie Hazen read about “New uses for old things.” You can use old photo corners in greeting cards to attach a gift card, sand paper to sharpen scissors, a candle on a zipper that is stuck, and add baking soda to your shampoo to remove build-up in your hair.
Those who are not able to attend the meetings are:  Betty Mink-knee surgery, Vesta Bennett-at home doing therapy, Ruth Warman-broken leg, at Canterbury, but soon to be released to go home,Wanda Beeching-at Kingston Rehab following back surgery, and Margaret Geiger-at Kingston with two broken legs.
The new AARP Community Advocate for Whitley County, Terry Almon, gave a quick synopsis of what she will be doing for this district.
Nomination of officers for 2011 are as follows:  President-Pat Loe, Vice President-Phyllis Shaffer, Secretary-Virginia Wright, and Treasurer-Jeanette Zumbrun. Elections will take place in November.
Bonnie Hazen read in the AARP magazine that the National dues will now be $16 a year.
The next meeting will be September 7 at 1 p.m. at the Woodlands, Pat Mossburg of the Salvation Army will be the guest speaker.
After the meeting, Angie Maley, the Historical Museum Assistant Director, told about the life of Thomas Marshall. He was born in North Manchester, attended Wabash College and settled in Columbia City when he bought the house now known as the Museum.  He became engaged to marry Catherine Hooper, but she died before they were married. Twenty years later he married Lois Kinsey. In 1908 he moved to Indianapolis while serving as Governor.  He served as Vice President during WWI, under Woodrow Wilson. After his term, he moved back to Indianapolis where he died in 1925, at the age of 81.

The Whitley County Chapter 3284 of AARP met at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe opened the meeting and led with prayer. Virginia Wright led in the pledge to the American Flag.

Pumpkin Run/Walk sponsored by Hospice of Parkview Whitley

Parkview Whitley Hospice will kick off National Hospice Care Month in November with its first Pumpkin Run, a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, on Sunday, October 31, at 2 p.m. The events will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City. Check-in will begin at noon, and the entry fee is $20 for both events.
The running events are being held to increase awareness of the benefits of Parkview Whitley Hospice services, recruit Hospice volunteers and raise funds for Parkview Whitley Hospice.
Participants are encouraged to honor the memory of a loved one by adding a commemorative sign in the Pumpkin Patch at the event by contributing $35 per person commemorated. A loved one’s name also may be added to individual T-shirts, which are orange and long sleeved. The cost is an additional $3 to have a loved one’s name printed on the T-shirt.
All proceeds from the events will benefit Parkview Whitley Hospice, which provides family-centered care for the patient, and emotional and spiritual support to everyone involved. Parkview Whitley Hospital includes nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.
Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the following age groups: elementary school, middle school, high school, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+.
Businesses in the community are encouraged to support the running events as sponsorship opportunities. The sponsorship opportunities deadline is September 1. Sponsorship levels include:
Presenting Sponsor ($2,500) – Listed as Presenting Sponsor in all publicity materials; banner prominently displayed at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Host Sponsor ($500) – Host Sponsor sign at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Pumpkin Patch Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign at the perimeter of the Pumpkin Patch (an area of remembrance with names of loved ones); logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
10K Course Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
5K Course Sponsor ($300) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Shirt Sponsor ($300) – Logo recognition on event T-shirts; logo on printed event materials.
Runners’ Snack Sponsor ($200) – Sponsor sign at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Awards sponsor ($100) – Sponsor signs at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.
For additional information, contact Candice Yeakle at (260) 248-9802 or  HYPERLINK “mailto:Candice.yeakle@parkview.com” Candice.yeakle@parkview.com. Online registration is available at Foundations.Parkview.com/Pumpkin Run.

Parkview Whitley Hospice will kick off National Hospice Care Month in November with its first Pumpkin Run, a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, on Sunday, October 31, at 2 p.m. The events will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City. Check-in will begin at noon, and the entry fee is $20 for both events.