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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 12:01 am

Blood drive canceled

The American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Wednesday at Cummins Crosspoint has been canceled. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to schedule an appointment or to learn more information. Donors must be at least 17 years old and meet weight and height requirements.

Disabilities webinar

The “Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology After High School: Planning Strategies & Civil Rights” webinar will be 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The presentation will inform participants about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, post-secondary school and employers. The webinar is free but registration is required

To register, go to and click “registration” on the right side of the page.

Crime Victims’ Rights Week events

National Crime Victims' Rights Week continues today through Saturday, and the following events have been planned:

•Indiana Tech Symposium, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. For more information, call 422-5561.

•Victims' Assistance Candlelight Vigil, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Allen County Courthouse, 715 Calhoun St. For more information, call 449-7603.

•CVC Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sexual Assault Treatment Center, 2270 Lake Ave., Suite 201. The event is free, and catering is by the Olive Garden. RSVP by Wednesday at 423-2222.

•Stand Against Racism, noon Friday, YWCA, 1610 Spy Run Ave. For more information, call 424-4908.

•Self-Defense Seminar, 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Central Branch YMCA, 1020 Barr St. For more information, call 422-6486.

Stuttering study planned

The Purdue Stuttering Project is looking for 4- and 5-year-old children who stutter to participate in a five-year study to help university researchers understand why some children continue to stutter and others grow out of it.

To be eligible for the study, children must display stuttered speech, speak English, have hearing within the normal range and have no learning or neurological difficulties. Families will receive $100, and those who live more than 60 miles away from West Lafayette will receive $200. Free assessments of the children's speech, language and hearing ability, as well as a written summary of speech and language test results, will be given to participants.

For more information, call Barbara Brown at 1-765-496-6403 or toll-free at 1-866-360-0051 or email

Walk for MS

Walk MS Northeast Indiana will begin at 8 a.m. May 18 at Headwaters Park, East Pavilion (Lincoln Pavilion) 330 S. Clinton St.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-344-4867 or online at

Alzheimer’s care-giver conference

Alzheimer's Association Spring Caregiver Conference will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. May 16 at the Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive. Cost is $25 for family members and $60 for professionals. Four CEUs are available for social workers and health care facility administrators.

To register, go online to of call 1-800-272-3900.

Embick nominated for award

Audiences Unlimited founder and volunteer executive director Lillian Embick has been nominated for the Home Instead Senior Care Salute to Senior Service Award. She volunteers more than 160 hours per month, well exceeding the required hours and has volunteered for 41 years as executive director, logging more than 97,000 hours and coordinating more than 52,000 programs serving more than 2 million nursing home residents. She could win the Indiana contest and the $500 award for Audiences Unlimited and $5,000 for a nonprofit of her choice. She is the only nominee from Fort Wayne.

The community is invited to vote through April 30, and individuals can cast one vote each day.

To vote go to and click on the link “Salute to Senior Service Award.” Or go to and type Lillian E. in Indiana.