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Briefs: Perinatal hospice, other children's topics discussed

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:01 am

Perinatal hospice presentation

Amy Kuebelbeck, perinatal hospice author, and Gina Harris, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” executive director, will present “Perinatal Hospice: A Good Outcome for Families” 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room A, 900 Library Plaza.

Free admission and free CEUs are available for licensed practitioners. Register by calling Cross Connections Counseling & Training at 744-3228 or visit

Upcoming programs on helping children

Local television production group Theater for Ideas will present two upcoming shows focused on helping children and working toward development of a children's museum and art center in downtown Fort Wayne.

Four mental-health therapists will discuss helping children heal during the program “Wrap Your Arms Around These Kids and Heal Their Pain” at 10 a.m. Saturday in Studio A at Access Fort Wayne, in the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

Mental-health therapist and mother Dottie Fuentes will discuss her passion for helping others and lead a discussion with mental-health therapists Vanessa Hogan, Linda Hartley and Tom Carder, Theater for Ideas founder Terry Doran said in an email.

Carder is the author of the book “Discovering the Lost Key: Using Your Natural Born Gifts to Bring Healing.” He hopes to help people by giving away 40,000 copies of his book, Doran said.

Theater for Ideas also will host the third program in its helping children series at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in Studio A at Access Fort Wayne. It will feature a performance of the dance “For The Children.”

The performance began as a poem written by Patty Hunter, a guest on the first program in the series, “The Healing Power of Art,” which was presented Oct. 13, Doran said.

The poem inspired local rap artist Chuy Fernandez and vocalist Hilaria Heredia to collaborate on a song, also titled “For the Children,” Doran said.

After hearing the song on the first program, Kate Majorins, a guest on the show and a teacher at Fort Wayne Dance Collective, choreographed an original dance to the music and lyrics of the song.

The transformation of the poem to song and dance illustrates the power of art to inspire and transform, Doran said.

State Fair theme

The theme for the 2013 Indiana State Fair will be popcorn because Indiana is the nation's second largest popcorn producer, the fair announced.