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February 3, 2015, 7-8pm - Commando Krav Maga: Real Life. Real Situations. Real Self-Defense

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Location: Guerilla Cross Fit
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158 Collins Rd.,
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
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Come out for a FREE 1 hour no obligation presentation on what Commando Krav Maga is all about on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 7-8pm. One of the fastest growing reality-based self-defense systems in the world. Gain confidence as you learn simple and effective technique that will help you protect yourself and your family. My goal is to help you survive by teaching techniques for gun disarming, knife, ground survival, improvised weapons, and strikes. Register for free below!

2015 Interprofessional Children’s Oral Health Summit

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Location: The Grand Wayne Center
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120 W. Jefferson Blvd.,
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
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The McMillen Center for Health Education will host an Interprofessional Children’s Oral Health Summit at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, IN on February 5, 2015. This all day health summit is designed to address unmet needs, solve problems and seize opportunities to improve children’s oral health. Join a vibrant mix of thought leaders from the dental, medical, social service, healthcare and early childhood education fields for a productive exchange about how we can work interprofessionally to increase children’s oral health, and ultimately, their success in school and in life.

We are proud that Delta Dental will be a sponsor of the Summit. “As part of its Brighter Futures initiative, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral and overall health and well-being of children. As such, we are proud to be the platinum sponsor of the Interprofessional Children’s Oral Health Summit. We believe that this event will provide the opportunity for education, social service and healthcare stakeholders to work together to set a course for improving children’s oral health in a meaningful and significant way,” says Teri Battaglieri, Director of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Keynoting the conference are a vibrant mix of national professionals who are helping to shape America’s response to the current children’s oral health crisis.

David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAF, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will address the crowd from the perspective of a pediatrician.  A recognized leader in children’s oral health advocacy, his expertise includes pediatric primary care to the underserved in Connecticut, New York and Ohio.  He has testified before federal, state and local legislative bodies on behalf of children, and published in scientific journals such as Pediatrics, Advances in Pediatrics, Pediatrics in Review, among others.

Patrice Pascual, MA, of the Children’s Dental Health Project in Washington, DC, will speak to the nation-wide opportunities that exist in Oral Health.  CDHP works to strengthen the safety net for children's oral health. She has worked to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families for more than 20 years, including working with the federal Head Start Dental Home Initiative, which supports efforts to connect children to dental care.

Paul and Lisa Rudolph, DMD, MPH, of the Children’s Oral Health Network in Cincinnati, OH, have worked to create sustainable, school-based dental centers for the community and are expanding their efforts beyond Greater Cincinnati to create a seamless system of accessible, affordable, oral health care for children. Their presentation will focus on key success factors to build partnerships with healthcare organizations that can create patient-centered care within community learning centers.

The McMillen Center for Health Education is committed to presenting information which extends their health education and prevention mission. Holli Seabury, CEO of the McMillen Center for Health Education says, “This event will present important opportunities for dialogue about how, together, we can improve children’s health status. There will be many opportunities to network, catch up with friends and colleagues and be part of a vital community that shares a passion for improving children’s oral and systemic health.”

Special Olympics Polar Plunge Fundraiser February 21, 2015

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Location: Metea County Park
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8401 Union Chapel Rd.,
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845
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Special Olympics Indiana and Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 21 from 10am-2pm. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a "plunge" into the freezing cold Metea Park lake. The event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition.

The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 21 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages.

Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together teams of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as their Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash.

For more information visit or to get involved please contact Jake Pickett at jake@ylni.org or 260-402-9633, or visit www.soindiana.org. Special Olympics is also seeking door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers.

Contra Dance

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Location: Fort Wayne Dance Collective
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427 East Berry St.,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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The Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society will hold a contra dance to live, old-time, string band music at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective on Saturday, February 21, from 8 to 11 pm. Beginner lessons start at 7:30 pm. No partner necessary. The dance will be held at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, 437 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. It's in the same building as Cinema Center, on the second floor. Park in the gravel lot to the east, across Clay St. Enter on the south side of the building along Berry St. and proceed up the stairs to the second floor. Cost: $9 general public; $6 students. Children under 12 free! The dance this month features the Spy Run String Band and caller Barry Dupen of Columbia City. More information: (260) 244-1905 or http://www.contrafortwayne.org/

AARP Chapter 187 Affordable Care Act Presentation

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Location: Community Foundation of Fort Wayne
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555 East Wayne Street,
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Mary Haupert, President of Neighborhood Health Clinics Inc. in Fort Wayne, will present on some of the lesser known facets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She will describe the incentives and disincentives for hospitals under the ACA, along with criteria on how health care providers are graded under this Act. She will explain the ins and outs of the enrollment process and address other questions of interest from the audience. The public is welcome and encouraged to join in this educational opportunity.

Career Development Expo

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Location: Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
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1600 South Wayne Street ,
Auburn, Indiana 46706
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DeKalb Chamber Partnership will host the 2015 Career Development and Job Expo on Thursday, March 12 from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. The event will target high school students looking to explore careers and under- or unemployed adults looking to learn about advancing skills to meet current and upcoming needs in the workforce. Both students and adults are invited to talk with area employers and the education providers who can prepare them with the skills. Other continued learning opportunities will include resume critiques, mock interviews, and panel discussions! For more information, go to DeKalbCareers.com.

GSP Volunteer Training

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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March 28; 9 a.m. – noon; free All volunteers, new and experienced, are encouraged to attend this training for an overview of the upcoming projects and exciting changes at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Meet the Memorial Society board and learn how to make the biggest impact as a volunteer then get to know other GSP volunteers during a light lunch served at the end of training.

Wildflower Walk & Brunch

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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April 25; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; $20 per person Reservations required by April 20 Enjoy a hearty brunch at the Carriage House and take a 30-45 minute interpretive walking tour through Gene’s woods and part of her formal or “Tame” gardens. See why she named her property “Wildflower Woods” and learn many of the old-fashioned common names for wildflowers used in her time. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately.

Birding with Gene Field Trip - Northeast Indiana Spring Migration

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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May 16 (NE Indiana); $10 per person Join GSP Site Manager Dave Fox, well-known birder, on field trips to some of the best birding hot spots in the region! We’ll travel to Pigeon River and surrounding spots in Northeast Indiana during spring migration in May then head to Jasper-Pulaski to see the amazing Sandhill Crane migration in November. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from locations but carpooling is available. Additional details will be provided closer to the trips and advance registration is required.

Moonlit Garden Tour

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
Address:
1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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June 27; 8 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by June 12; guests must be age 21 and older Enjoy an elegant evening under the moonlight at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. A perfect date night or girls night out, you’ll enjoy live music and local wines expertly paired with locally made cheeses and special chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. This event benefits the maintenance and restoration of Gene’s gardens and grounds.

Indiana Master Naturalist Class

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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Indiana Master Naturalist Course Thursdays; July 9 – Sept. 3; 6 – 9 p.m.; $80 per person for class, field guides, test and certification; reservations required; space is limited Learn about Indiana’s natural history with this nine week course in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation. Students will hear from experts on eight different topics such as trees, birds, ecology and wildflowers. For more information on the Indiana Master Naturalist program, visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm or call the Site.

Star Gazing and Night Hike

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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July 18; 9 – 10:30 p.m.; $4 per person; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian The Site’s naturalist will lead guests through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will be available to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope thanks to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars!

Chautauqua Days

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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Aug. 1 & 2; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $5 per person Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with Chautauqua Days! Festival activities include tasty food, birthday cake, live music and other entertainment. Guests can also watch artisans at work, get an up-close look at classic automobiles and browse hand-crafted items from local vendors. Families will find crafts and games as well. An afternoon filled with family fun, learning and more. Additional festivities include a parade in Rome City on Saturday evening before the concert. Sunday starts with a church service on Boy Scout Island.

Wild Game Cookout

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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Sept. 12; 6 p.m.; $5 per person suggested donation Here’s your chance to sample wild game while learning more about local conservation efforts. Goose, deer, dove, alligator, antelope, bluegill, rabbit, crickets and squirrel have been on past menus! Conservation organizations and officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Stop by early in the event for the best selection of wild game. *All wild game used for the program has been donated by local hunters.

Owl-oween

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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Oct. 16 & 17; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $4 per person This annual event is suitable for all ages and is more about the fun of Halloween – treats not tricks! At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way! This is a rain or shine event.

Gene Stratton-Porter Autumn Tea

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Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
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1205 Pleasant Point,
Rome City, Indiana 46784
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Sept. 26; noon – 4 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by Sept. 18 Experience the elegance of days gone by at our annual autumn tea. Enjoy lovingly-baked delicacies such as savory snacks and sweets, a variety of teas and a guest speaker. Before tea time, take a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin and formal gardens. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes. Festive hats are part of our tradition!