Learn about growing, eating local
The McMillen Center for Health Education, 600 Jim Kelley Blvd., will host a half-day conference, “Finding Food in Farm Country,” 8 a.m.-noon July 17 to discuss local farming and promoting growth and consumption of fresh, locally grown food.
Keynote speaker will be Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center in Minnesota, who will speak about the statewide study, “Hoosier Farmer? Emergent Food Systems in Indiana,” which he conducted for the Indiana Department of Health.
The study reports “Indiana is the 10th largest farm state, yet we import 90 percent of our food.”
Of $16 billion per year Hoosiers spend on food, $14.5 billion goes to other states, the news release said.
The conference, which is open to the public, also includes a panel discussion and breakout sessions, including Parkview LiVe, Purdue Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Indiana 2016.
The conference is open to the public; cost is $10. Tickets, full details and a condensed version of the Hoosier Farmer? report are available at www.mcmillencenter.org/lectureseries or by calling 456-4511.
Working to improve health
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has received a $65,000 grant from the Community Transformation Grants Program (CTGs) to ensure more healthy opportunities are available to Fort Wayne-area residents, especially for African Americans and Hispanics.
The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne will work over 16 months to identify new ways to improve the health and well-being of African Americans and Hispanics, a news release said. The ideas then will be shared with the Centers for Disease Control and other YMCAs.
Photos at the Embassy
The Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd., offers one-hour time slots for using it as a backdrop for family, children, maternity, bridal and other photos. Photos can be scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2:30-6:30 p.m. An additional time slot is required for portraits of family groups larger than 10 people.
The sessions featuring 4Ever Photography & Design cost $250 and include a CD with all photo poses. To reserve a time, call the Embassy box office at 424-5665.