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Briefs: Sister Cities gala planned; Science Central opening new exhibit

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:43 am

Sister Cities gala

Fort Wayne Sister Cities International will hold its A Taste of Fort Wayne Sister Cities annual dinner and gala benefit at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Holiday Inn at IPFW, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive.

Registration opens at 5:30 p.m., and social hour, cash bar and silent auction begin at 6 p.m.

The dinner will feature a buffet of foods eaten in Fort Wayne's four sister cities — Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland; and Taizhou, China.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will be guest speaker, and local musicians will entertain.

Cost is $50 per person in advance or $55 per person at the door. Corporate tables for eight are $1,000.

Paid reservations are required by Feb. 13. For reservations or information, email Barbara Nohinek at bnohinek@gmail .com or send a check for Fort Wayne Sister Cities International to: FWSCI, 927 S. Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

The nonprofit Fort Wayne Sister Cities International promotes global friendship and peace through cultural, artistic, business, government and student exchanges.

New exhibit at Science Central

The Genomics eXplorer exhibit opening Friday at Science Central highlights the importance of plants to life on Earth and looks at genetics discoveries in agriculture, human health and the environment, the hands-on science center says on its website, www.sciencecentral.org.

The exhibit, which was developed by Purdue University, features various learning opportunities, such as journeying to the heart of a giant, walk-through cell, interactive games and microscope stations focused on groundbreaking botany research.

Regular hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Regular admission is $8, ages 3-12 and ages 13-64; $7, ages 65 and older; and free, ages 2 and younger. Ages 12 and younger must be with an adult.

New news anchor at WFFT

WFFT, Channel 55.1 in Fort Wayne, announced Wednesday it has hired Dan Ball as new news director and main anchor for the station's Local News First at 10 newscast at 10 p.m. daily.

Ball, a native of Archbold, Ohio, has nearly 20 years of broadcasting experience, a WFFT news release said.

Ball began his broadcasting career as a combat journalist working for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, the news release said. He later worked in cities such as Grand Rapids, Mich.; Philadelphia; Fresno, Calif.; and Las Vegas.

He has won two Emmy awards and has been nominated five times.

Ball replaces former WFFT news director and anchor Jim Blue, who is moving back to Ohio to be closer to family.

Remastered record released

Rockhill Records, a Fort Wayne-based independent record label, has released a remastered version of an instrumental album originally released in 2006. “Wordlessly,” a 14-song album recorded by pianist and composer Jon Swerens, recently was remastered by Northeast Indiana producer Tim Bushong. The album was recorded in Swerens' home in Fort Wayne.

The album in on sale for $8 through the month of January and can be purchased and downloaded from the Rockhill Records website at www.rockhillrecords.com.