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Briefs: Comedy fundraiser planned for World War II vets' trip

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

Special show

Comedians and blues artists will unite to help raise money to send two African-American World War II veterans on a May 29 Honor Flight trip to see monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.

Veterans Al Stiles and Charles “Moe” Moses will receive free travel to and from Washington and to all monuments and memorials, a news release said. Because of their age and health concerns, guardians will accompany them, and each guardian must pay $400.

Comic Melvin Bender will headline the “Giggles & Blues for a Cause/A Team Comedy Jam” 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St Joe Road.

Also scheduled to perform are U.S. Marine Corps vet Calvon Brown, U.S. Air Force airman Uncle Mufasa and U.S. Navy veteran Cortney White. Musical entertainment will include 2010 Indiana Blues Woman of the Year, Carol Lockridge, and the band Ken Tolbert and Last Call.

Tickets are $12 each for general admission and $6 each for those with military or Veterans Administration identification. Tickets also are available at www.gigglesandblues.eventbrite.com.

IPFW offers autism workshops

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host two workshops in June about autism disorders. The sessions are designed for parents, teachers and anyone who wants to learn practical information about autism and related issues.

“Introduction to Working with People with Autism Disorders: Open Workshops” will be presented 6:30-9 p.m. June 17-18 in the IPFW Alumni Center, 1528 E. California Road.

The first evening will focus on the educator's perspective and will feature Rama Cousik, IPFW assistant professor of special education, and Julie Houser of Fort Wayne Community Schools' Autism Team.

The second evening will focus on the family's perspective with Sue Christman from Easter Seals ARC, who will discuss waivers and insurance, and Stephanie Furnas, a family therapist.

Registration is required to attend one or both workshops; cost is $15 each sessoi. Handouts and related materials and a light lunch will be provided.

To register for credit, contact Debi Thorpe at 481-6321 or thords01@ipfw.edu. To register for PGPs, contact Personal and Professional Development at 481-6619 or learn.ipfw.edu.

Community Harvest honored

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana has been recognized for its food safety measures. AIB International, which provides training for food processors and distributors, gave Community Harvest a 940 out of 1,000 AIB rating. AIB certification assures Community Harvest partners and clients that the highest standards are being met in the areas of safe food handling. Community Harvest passed the audit with one of the highest scores achieved by a Feeding America food bank. It is the first and only food bank in Indiana to have earned that distinction.