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Briefs: Stroke symposium, Master Gardener plant sale scheduled

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:01 am

Stroke symposium

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month a stroke syposium takes place 6:35-8:30 p.m. Friday at Parkview North Regional Hospital, 11109 Parkview Plaza Drive. Mary Pat Leonard will speak. Topic is “Raising Awareness for Stroke.”

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran

Bob Fefferman, outreach coordinator for the advocacy group United Against Nuclear Iran, will speak about “Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran” during a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Fefferman also is community relations director for the Jewish Federation in South Bend.

Call or email a reservation to 422-8566 or The luncheon is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.

Master Gardener plant sale planned

Area Master Gardener volunteers will hold a plant sale 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Allen County office of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, 4001 Crescent Ave. on the east side of the IPFW campus.

Plants available for purchase will include annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Gardening-related items also will be for sale.

Free dog vaccines for owners in need

HOPE for Animals will try to help people who can't afford to vaccinate their dog by offering a Free Vaccine Outreach Clinic 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald St.

Free rabies and distemper vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 200 dogs, a news release said. HOPE also will offer free heartworm testing and microchip identification for $10. HOPE for Animals representatives also will there to discuss other programs serving people who can afford reduced prices for vaccines and spay or neuter services.

For information or to donate to the project, call 420-7729.

IPFW going digital with textbooks

More than 3,800 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students chose to get their textbooks and course materials electronically, skipping the traditional textbook — and accompanying fees, a news release said.

The number of IPFW students making use of Follett publishing's new includED digital materials program is expected to jump to about 5,200 students this fall, the news release said. The program gives students access to both print and digital materials, but digital versions cost an average of 40 percent to 60 percent less than the price of a new printed textbook.