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Briefs: Fall photo contest; autism group offers help for picky eaters

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:01 am

Fall Foliage Photo Contest open

Trees are turning colors, so get your camera and get out to capture the beauty for our Fall Foliage Photo Contest and a chance to win a $50 Jefferson Pointe mall gift card.

Our staff judges will select a winner based on the best photo of fall foliage taken this year. We'll look at image clarity, composition, lighting and overall visual appeal. Limit of one photo per person. No altered photos please.

You must be a resident of northeast Indiana to enter. Deadline is noon Oct. 29.

We plan to publish the best photos in the paper and at www.news-sentinel.com in early November.

Here's how to enter your photos:

Web: Go to www.news-sentinel.com. In the navigation bar, click on Living and then scroll down to the “Submit a Photo” icon. Click on the icon and follow the instructions on the photo submission page. In the caption, please write “Fall Foliage Photo Contest.”

Mail: Send to Fall Foliage Photo Contest, C/O Features, The News-Sentinel, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include your name, daytime phone number, what the photo shows and the location where it was taken. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want the photo returned.

Questions? Call 461-8347.

Picky eaters help

The Second Steps Autism Resource Community Center and SensoryCritters.com are co-hosting a free presentation 7-9 p.m. Wednesday on ways to work with children who are picky eaters or have feeding problems. The session will take place at Second Steps, 4118 N. Clinton St

The presenters will be Michelle Berry, a pediatric occupational therapist, and Kimberly A. Griffith, a certified speech and language pathologist. They are the co-owners of Premier Strategies for Functional Oral Motor and Feeding Concepts, a local company that provides feeding and oral motor therapy.

Topics to be addressed include how to handle children who are picky eaters — those highly selective in the types, flavors and textures of food they eat — as well as children who are sloppy eaters; experience chewing, swallowing or gagging problems; or struggle with using standard eating utensils. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

— News-Sentinel staff reports