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Courses address urban farming challenges


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 26, 2022

Johnnie Mae Farms and Purdue Extension Allen County will present a program on urban farming beginning next month. 

The in-person series will take place 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays between Feb. 3 and March 17 with no class scheduled for Feb. 24 at Purdue Extension-Allen County, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. 

The course will cover identifying urban farming challenges and opportunities, forming goals specific to operations, understanding and managing urban soil health, creating a comprehensive site design, developing a crop plan, managing pests, and growing food safely from planting to harvest. 

Registration fee is $75 per individual and includes a workbook. To register, go  to https://cvent.me/gm2aOw by January 30. For more information, contact Terri Theisen at ttheisen@purdue.edu.

Library hosting financial aid event

Questa Educational Foundation is planning a college and career readiness event for high school students at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the downtown Allen County Public Library. 

INvestEd, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Hoosier students and families with responsible options for financial aid literacy and lending in education, will have a table to share information about financial aid and planning for college.

A computer lab will be available for students to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), complete a ScholarTrack profile, and/or apply for Questa’s Traditional Scholars program. 

For more information, go to questafoundation.org or

Ceramic exhibition at Wunderkammer

Wunderkammer Company will present Creating Community, an exhibition of artists in the ceramic community of Fort Wayne. 

Beginning Jan. 29, the works wil range from functional to sculptural and show all the different attributes of creating in clay. 

An opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 from 6-9 p.m. and the show will run through March 5.

Play On! opens at Arena Dinner Theatre

Arena Dinner Theatre presents Play On! by Rick Abbot Friday and Saturday nights through Feb. 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Jan. 30. 

Directed by Jordan Plohr, the comedy tells the story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play despite interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. 

Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near-disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. 

Tickets are $40 and include dinner catered by Walnut Hill. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with dinner served at 7  p.m. and show at 8 p.m.

Tickets must be ordered by 1 p.m. the day of the show. Tickets for the Jan. 30 matinee performance must be ordered by 1 p.m. on Jan. 29. 

Tickets are available at artstix.org.

Children’s artwork goes on display

The First Presbyterian Theater Art Gallery presents its latest exhibition, “Dogs!” 

The selection of 200 paintings and drawings come from Fort Wayne Community Schools students between kindergarten and fifth grade that were chosen from 400 submitted for the 2021 Old Fort Cluster Dog Show Children’s Art Contest. 

The show is being held in memory of Deb Ward, a longtime First Presbyterian Church member and an enthusiast for dogs, the Old Fort Kennel Club, children, and art.

The works will be on display through March 20, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, gallery hours are by appointment only. To schedule a visit, call (260) 426-7421.

First Presbyterian Theater attendees can enjoy the gallery exhibit when they attend performances of Sylvia, a comedy by A.R. Gurney about a couple whose newly adopted dog changes their lives in unexpected ways. The play runs February 4-13, and features Christopher Symonds, Ashley Shewman, Rebecca Karcher, Matt Morley, Julie Donnell, and Luci Foltz.

The Greatest Showman auditions on Jan. 30

Auditions for The Greatest Showman will be held at First Presbyterian Theater on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 6-9 p.m., with callbacks on Monday, Jan. 31, from 6-9 p.m.

Approximately 13 vocalists and/or dancers of all ages and dance styles, including children who can do ballet, ballroom, and jazz, will be cast, but there will be no dialogue. Singers should prepare a song from the show, e.g. “Million Dreams,” “Rewrite the Stars,” “Tightrope,” “From Now On,” “Never Enough” (if auditioning for Jenny Lind), or “This Is Me” (if auditioning for Lettie Lutz).

Singers’ auditions begin at 6 p.m. and dance auditions are at 7 p.m. Singers can choose to attend the dance if they would like but it is not required.

Rehearsals begin April 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with no rehearsals on most Fridays.

The show will run May 20-22.

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