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Briefs: Ms. Wheelchair pageant; Master Naturalist Program; IPFW gets Muslim books, films

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Ms. Wheelchair Ind. needs entrants

People On Wheels' Ms. Wheelchair Indiana Pageant announced its calls for entrants to the 2013 Ms. Wheelchair Indiana competition.

The program will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. March 16 at the Indiana Historical Society in Eli Lilly Hall, 450 West Ohio St., Indianapolis. A formal crowning ceremony takes place that evening. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

Critera include: The woman must be 21 to 60 years old; be a U.S. citizen; use a wheelchair or scooter in public; and have resided in Indiana for the last six months. Communication skills and advocacy for the disabled are especially valued. Marital status is not a criterion.

Contact editor@peopleon wheels.org for an application or more information, or call People On Wheels at 1-317-946-8115.

The Ms. Wheelchair Indiana program gives voice to the disabled condition, provides a platform for advocacy and promotes understanding between the disabled and the able-bodied communities.

Register to become a master naturalist

Registration is open for the Indiana Master Naturalist Program, which takes place 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 26-May 14, at Metea County Park or Fox Island County Park. An orientation meeting is Feb. 12.

Participants must attend at least eight of the nine class sessions, complete a final exam and complete 33 volunteer hours to obtain the Indiana Master Naturalist Certification and a pin. Graduation day is Oct. 15. Cost is $80.

A registration form is available at http://allencountyparks.org. Registration deadline is Feb. 1. Contact Kate Ferguson at 749-8881 or katef8881@comcast.net.

Library receives award for report

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Allen County Public Library by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report, the library announced in a news release. This is the 14th consecutive year the library has been awarded this honor.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Muslim books, films collection at IPFW

The Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Walter E. Helmke Library is one of 840 libraries and state humanities councils selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The goal of the program is to familiarize people in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection includes books and films.

Free public events related to the collection will be announced as they are scheduled.

–News-Sentinel staff reports