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Briefs: Cinema Center film debut; zoo camps; Parkview pediatrics fundraiser; scotch tasting

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:01 am

Actress’s film debuts at Cinema Center

Actress Connie Stevens' directorial film debut, “Saving Grace B. Jones,” takes place at 5 p.m. today at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

“Saving Grace B. Jones,” distributed by New Films International, is an independent feature that also was written and produced by Stevens.

The film recently won three major awards at the New York City International Film Festival, winning Best Feature Drama, Best Actress for Tatum O'Neal and Best Supporting Actress for Penelope Ann Miller.

Previously it was honored by the Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest and the St. Louis International Film Festival, and it won the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival Best Motion Picture award.

Filming took place in the town of Boonville, Mo., where the true incidents depicted in the film and experienced by writer/director Connie Stevens as a young girl transpired in the period after World War II.

Holiday-break camp at the zoo

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo offers a holiday-break camp Dec. 26-28 at 3411 Sherman Blvd.

ZooTots, for ages 3 and older, is Dec. 26. Cool Cats, for ages 6-12, is Dec. 26. KaZoos, for ages 4-5, is Dec. 27. Frozen Science, for ages 6-12, is Dec. 27. Happy Zoo Year, for ages 6-12, is Dec. 28.

Camp fees are $15-$28. Registration is required at

ACD museum gets car donation

Joseph and Faralee Baidinger donated a 1936 Auburn 654 sedan to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum's automobile collection. The museum is located at 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn.

Fundraiser to help Parkview Pediatrics

Summit City Parrothead Club is hosting a fundraiser for Parkview Pediatrics 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road. Cost: $10 per person, including snacks, pizza and six raffle tickets. Soft drinks provided; cash bar available. Bring an unwrapped toy for a chance to win an iPad Mini. The Party Boat Band will provide music. Proceeds and donations will go to patients and families of the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care units of Parkview Hospital. Toys and gifts will be provided to children and gift cards will be given to parents.

Old Crown, Belmont Beverage team up for scotch tasting

Old Crown, 3417 N. Anthony Blvd., and Belmont Beverage are collaborating on a scotch tasting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Old Crown. There is no cost to attend. Gregor Mina of Scotland will be there to talk about the Ardbeg and Glenmorangie lines of Scotch whisky. Belmont (3309 N. Anthony Blvd.) will handle bottle sales and will offer a 10 percent discount for any bottle purchases related to the tasting.

— News-Sentinel staff reports