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Briefs: Noted graphic designer in town; Jefferson Pointe holiday tree lighting Saturday

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Noted designer here tonight

RPMD, Rust Belt Co. and Adphemera will host a lecture and happy hour with renowned graphic designer Aaron Draplin of Portland, Ore., tonight at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St.

Draplin is co-creator of the popular Field Notes brand of memo books. His design clients include the Obama administration, Nike, Adobe, Lego, Burton Snowboards and Wired magazine.

The lecture at 7 p.m. is sold out, but people are welcome at the happy hour 6-7 p.m. in the Spectator's Lounge in the former Artlink space adjacent to Cinema Center.

Tree lighting

Jefferson Pointe mall will welcome Santa Claus and the Christmas season with a tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday in the fountain courtyard.

The tree will play holiday music and brighten the sky with a light show, a news release said.

The group “Those Funny Little People,” which performed on the talent search television program “America's Got Talent,” will entertain at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. near the tree.

Santa will arrive by carriage at about 6:45 p.m. for the lighting ceremony. He will be available afterward for portrait photos with children for a fee. Live reindeer will be located beside the Santa cottage from 6 to 8 p.m.

From Saturday through Christmas, the tree's music and light display will repeat each half hour from 6 to 10 p.m.

Arts on TV

John O' Connell, the new dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at IPFW, has become the host of “Arts Weekly,” a weekly half-hour program at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays on WFWA, PBS-39. The program will feature regional artist, musicians, dancers, directors and actors from around the region.

Repeat performances of the broadcasts are listed on the “Arts Weekly” website, www.ipfw.edu/depart ments/cvpa/news/arts- weekly.html, along with links to previous interviews on their YouTube channel.

Historic holiday event

Celebrate the holidays in vintage style during the Settlers group's Christmas at Home with the Swinney Sisters at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Guests can enjoy homemade sweets and savories, music by Hearthstone Ensemble, shopping at the gift shop and a Victorian Christmas traditions program.

Seating is available in tables of four. Prepaid reservations are $15 per person; call 489-7115. Proceeds from the event support the maintenance and restoration of the historic home.

Auditions planned

IPFW and the Center for Nonviolence are seeking women ages 18-70 of all ethnicities to audition for Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues.” Auditions will be 6-9 p.m. Friday and Dec. 2 at Walb Student Union, Rooms G21-21A, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. No acting experience is necessary.

To sign up for an audition or for more information, email Maureene at vdayfwtym@gmail.com.

'Spamalot' auditions

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “Monty Python's Spamalot” 7-11 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Arts United Center, Green Room, 303 E. Main St. Strong singers and actors are needed.

To sign up for an audition, call Eunice Wadewitz, music director, at 422-8641, Ext. 226, or email Ewadewitz@fwcivic.org.

Arts awards

Arts United announced the following recipients of the 2013 Artie Awards at its annual Bravo Celebration held Nov. 6.:

•Margaret Ann Keegan Award: John O'Connell, dean of IPFW's College of Visual and Performing Arts

•Outstanding Artist of the Year: Catherine Nagy Mowry

•Outstanding Artist of the Year: Janice Furtner

•Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Sergeant Mitchell McKinney

•Outstanding Arts Collaboration: “Fort Wayne Ballet, Too,” featuring the ballet with the Hope Arthur Orchestra

•Outstanding Arts Advocate: Hope Huber

•Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian and Mimi Rolland

Embassy Theatre honors volunteers

Volunteers of the Embassy Theatre Foundation were honored for their service at the organization's annual meeting Oct. 22 at the Embassy Theatre.

The 2012-13 Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Joann Nixon for her many hours of service, which exceed 500 hours annually, as well as her willingness and ability to handle all levels of volunteer positions, from ticket taker to usher to cashier.

Also honored was Tom Noll, who was given the Dale R. McNeal Award for sustained volunteer leadership. Noll played a strong role with the Embassy's educational programming, staffing 23 classroom Study Trips in the past year, serving on the educational advisory council and continuing to volunteer many hours to the Embassy's performance schedule.

Embassy board

Sister M. Elise Kriss, president of the University of Saint Francis, was re-elected by the Embassy's membership to a second three-year term on the board of directors.

Newly elected to the board were Kimberly Amick, national sales manager, Fort Wayne Metals; Suzanne Ehinger, president, Parkview Hospital; Christopher Guerin, vice president of corporate communications, Sweetwater; Jill Perillo, manager of public affairs, NIPSCO; Bradley Sturges, president, CBRE Sturges; and Pone Vongphachanh, government affairs director, Upstate Alliance of Realtors.

Members who were appointed by the board as mid-term replacements and elected by the membership Oct. 22 to three-year terms were Jeremy Senk, attorney Carson Boxberger; and Richard Maples, founder and owner, Angel Corps.

Officers for 2013-14 are: Marla Peters, American Specialty Insurance, president; Chris Gomez, Kroger Company, vice president; Rick Maples, Angel Corps, treasurer; and Tom Barfell, Do It Best Corp., secretary.

Other Embassy board members are: Tom Borne, Carolyn Brody, Tim Durnell, Jeff Potter, Gary Wasson, Keitha Wesner and Deborah Woodroof.