Camps, classes, seminars
•WINTER AND SPRING PROGRAMS: Offered by Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave. Free admission and no registration required. Slow Cooking at Its Best, 1 p.m. Jan. 9. Cut It Out: The Power of Coupon Clipping, 1 p.m. Feb. 5. Diabetic Cooking, 7 p.m. March 11. Block Party: Building Children's Brains Through Play, 7 p.m. April 10. Cooking for 1 or 2, 7 p.m. May 5.
•HOMEMAKERS SPECIAL INTEREST LESSONS: Offered by Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave. Preregistration required; forms at www.extension.purdue .edu/allen. Crocheted Plastic Mats, 1 p.m. Jan. 22; bring 20 plastic shopping bags, scissors, ruler and Size N crochet hook. Reverse glass painting, 1 p.m. Feb. 14; $5; bring fine point permanent black marker. Gourmet appetizers by Chef Eric, 7 p.m. March 24; $5. T-shirt Scarves, 7 p.m. April 22; $5; bring fabric scissors. Essential Oils, 1 p.m. May 22; $2.
•4-H SHOOTING SPORTS .22 RIFLE PROGRAM: For ages 4-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-March 19, Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive. $50. Registration: 481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen by Jan. 7.
•4-H SHOOTING SPORTS AIR RIFLE PROGRAM: For ages 3-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 7-March 11, Hoagland Pavilion, Hoagland. $40. Registration: 481-6826 or www.extension.purdue.edu/allen by Jan. 2.
•CONFERENCE: “Queer Health on Campus: Addressing the Health Needs of LGBTQ Students,” Feb. 7-8, IPFW, Walb Student Union, Room 116. Registration 4-6 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 116, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. $25 student registration, $124 all others. Information: 481-6619.
•FREEDOM FROM SMOKING CLASSES: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 26, IPFW, Walb Student Union, Room G21, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Free.
•TOBACCO FREE SUPPORT GROUP: Meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16-May 5, IPFW, Walb Student Union, Room G21, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Free.
•SAFE SITTER CLASSES: For ages 11 and older, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 2-3, Lutheran Children's Hospital. $50 for the two-day class. Registration: 435-7344.
•SIBLING WORKSHOPS: For brothers and sisters of children with disabilities and special health concerns, Jan. 18, March 15, May 17, July 19, Sept. 20 and Nov. 15, Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House, Lutheran Hospital campus. Workshops for ages 7-12 take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and workshops for ages 12-15 take place 2-4 p.m. $10 for lunch and materials and T-shirt and $5 for returning participants for lunch and materials but no T-shirt, free ages 12-15. Reservations required: www.lutheranchildrenshosp.com or call Sue at 456-4534, Ext. 271.
•COMMON THREADS: CELEBRATING LIFE WITH DOWN SYNDROME: 7 p.m. Feb. 28, Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 W. Reception at 8:30 p.m. Dr. Brian Skotko will speak. Free admission.
•DOWN SYNDROME WORKSHOP: For adult brothers and sisters who have siblings with Down syndrome, 10-11:30 a.m. March 1, Lutheran Hospital, Kachmann Auditorium. Dr. Brian Skotko will speak. Free admission, but reservations required: call 471-9964 or email dsani4u@ aol.com.
•APPLESEED QUILTERS GUILD: 6:30 p.m. social time, 7 p.m. meeting Jan. 7, The Classic Cafe, 4832 Hillegas Road. Program features “Eight Table Scramble,” where members and guests visit tables and pick up tips and instruction sheets to block patterns.
•NAACP FORT WAYNE/ALLEN COUNTY BRANCH 3049: Annual meeting, 7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 27, Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Information: the Rev. Saharra Bledsoe at 426-3049 or 312-4503 or email email@example.com or Erma Belt at 410-4338 or email erma7521@ yahoo.com.
•FORT WAYNE TRACK CLUB ANNUAL BANQUET: Jan. 26, Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road. Special guest speaker: Bart Yasso. Injury prevention and recovery care clinic 3:30-5 p.m.; social meet and greet 5-5:30 p.m.; and dinner and program at 5:30 p.m. $15 advance members, $20 advance nonmembers, $20 members, $25 nonmembers after Dec. 31. Questions: Judy at tillapau@ ipfw.edu.
•CHILDREN'S GENTLY USED BOOK SWAP AND SALE: 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. today-Thursday; and 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6 and 6:45 p.m. today; Dick Stoner magic show at 6 p.m. Thursday; story time, craft and snack at 10 a.m. Friday.
•BATTLE CREEK, MICH.: Jan. 18, Firekeepers Casino. $35. Kathy Norris at 490-9097 or kathy2126@frontier .com by Jan. 3.
•LAS VEGAS: April 14-17. $689 double occupancy, with $100 deposit due by Sunday. Oldies 102.9: Diane at 747-8822.
•CHICAGO: May 3, “Motown — The Musical.” $99 before Dec. 31 and $115 afterward. Civic Guild: Sharon at 437-7497.
•GRAND TOUR OF ITALY: May 5-16. Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome. Trip includes flights, transportation, hotels, most meals and museum admissions. The School of Creative Arts (SOCA), University of Saint Francis. Tour can be taken for USF credit in Introduction to Visual Art. Molly McGowan at 399-7700, Ext. 8001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•ROME: June 24-July 5. Study tour includes underground vaults of an ancient Roman theater, Renaissance palace courtyard and gardens. Information meeting at noon Monday at IPFW, Walb Student Union, Room G21, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. $4,200 community members, $3,899 plus tuition for IPFW students. Deposits due by Feb. 14. Call 481-6619.