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Reception slated for Ivy Tech students’ art

Also news from First Assembly Extra Care, Salomon Farm, IMTF, Dance Collective

Artwork by Ivy Tech students will be on display at Three Rivers Distilling Company.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 27, 2022

Three Rivers Distilling Company, 224 E. Wallace St., Fort Wayne, will host an opening reception for a photo exhibition by Ivy Tech fine arts students on Friday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. 

The works of Daniel Doctor, Hanna Fitzpatrick, Enrique Bruza, Rick Kwolek, Amy J. Marlow, Erin McMillen, Amber Minnick, and Shelby Tackett will feature a variety of skills, including fine art portraiture, abstract photography, still life photography, fine art nature/landscapes, and film photography. 

The free exhibition is open for all ages, and located next to the distillery.

Purse auction to benefit CASS Housing

CASS Housing will host their first purse auction on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at The Bradley, 204 W. Main St. 

All proceeds of the evening will go directly to CASS Housing to support the mission of providing family-driven housing solutions and growth opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sensory play day at First Assembly Extra Care

Sensory Play Day will be held on Saturday, July 30, from 1-4 p.m. at First Assembly Extra Care, 1400 W. Washington Center Road. 

The day will feature free food and activities for adults and kids, sponsored by local organizations specializing in autism and sensory therapies and recreation. A fire truck will stop by from 2-3 p.m. for people to explore and meet local firefighters.

Dance Collective hosting Haitian dance class

Fort Wayne Dance Collective will present a Haitian Modern Movement Master Class on Friday, July 29, from 6-7:15 p.m. 

Explore modern dance techniques combined with the expressive movements of the Haitian culture with Gerald Joanis, a guest artist in FWDC’s 2021 Halloween Show. 

This class is great for teens and adults of all ages and abilities. Dancers should wear comfortable clothing and can dance barefoot, in socks, and/or tennis shoes.

Canning business giving demonstrations

Small-batch canning business Josh’s Jungle will present a pickle canning demonstration and tasting at their store, The Process, 14547 Lima Road, on Sunday, July 31, from noon-5 p.m.

Guests will get a behind-the-scenes view of how jars are processed and learn some tips and tricks of the trade. 

Kid-friendly foraging at Salomon Farm Park

Wild food forager and state-certified wild mushroom identification expert Carrie Vrabel will lead a family friendly plant walk at Salomon Farm Park on Sunday, July 31, from 1:30-3 p.m.

The walk will focus on introducing kids to foraging for wild edible plants. 

Cost is $7 per person. Register by emailing

American Idiot theater auditions scheduled

Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation will hold auditions for American Idiot on Sunday, July 31, at 5 p.m. at RKF Studios, 2446 Lake Ave. 

Auditioners must be at least 18 years old, and should prepare 60 seconds of a rock song. Tracks are preferred, but an accompanist will be available if auditioners bring sheet music. 

Callbacks will Monday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. Rehearsals begin Aug. 8, and will be 7-10 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Performances will at Arena Dinner Theatre between Sept. 22 and Oct 1. 

For more information, go to

Theater productions around town

Summit City Music Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical at The Charles, July 28-31. The show is rated PG-13. Tickets at

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents The SpongeBob Musical at Arts United Center through July 31. Various popular musicians wrote the music that moves the action forward including Cyndi Lauper, Plain White T’s, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Panic! at the Disco, and They Might Be Giants.

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