What's Up! Wells County

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What's Up! Thursday, April 17, 2014

Creatures of the Night at Limberlost April 25
The public is welcome to visit Loblolly Pavilion in the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve on Friday, April 25 to learn about the creatures that roam the Limberlost when the sun goes down.  
Those attending will take a night hike in the woods to search for “glowing eyes.” Listen for and learn the frog calls of the marsh. Discover nocturnal underwater creatures with a dip-netting activity.  
There will be amphibians on display and a live animal presentation. Finish off the night with a campfire and marshmallow roasting. Be sure to bring a flashlight along.
The event begins at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per person for ages 4 and older (no toddlers please).  
The Loblolly Marsh parking lot is located at 8323N-  250W, which is a half-mile north of Ind. 18 on Jay County road 250W, 3.5 miles west of Bryant.
For more information on this event, contact Curt Burnette, naturalist and program developer at 260-368-7428.

Spring Fling April 26
The fourth annual Spring Fling will be held Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bluffton National Guard Armory, 500 E. Spring St., Buffton.
Free admission, food, door prizes. Proceeds from raffle will go to the Steve Kelly Cancer Foundation.

For more information call Deb Carson: 260-824-9219, 260-273-7950 or Linda Bradley: 260-273-9825. (Pd. Advt.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's Up! Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Closet taking clothing donations
With the garage sale season beginning, The Closet, a resource for free clothing for families with infants through kindergarten-aged children, has announced that they will take the kid’s clothes that do not sell at garage sales. The clothes will then be given Wells County families who are in need.
The Closet is located at 123 S. Marion Street in Bluffton on the first floor of the Washington Square building.  
For more information call Sarah Schwartz at 824-8574. 

Limberlost cabin Easter egg hunt April 19
On Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. the Gene Stratton-Porter Limberlost Cabin will host a Golden Easter Egg Hunt.
Children through age 12 are invited to bring their own basket to hunt for eggs. A special Golden Egg will have a special prize for the finder.
Cost is $2 per child up to age 12. After the hunt an “egg class” will be held to allow those attending to become official Limberlost “eggheads.”
For more information call 260-854-3790.

Easter Egg Hunt at Roush Park April 19
Bluffton Parks Department Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Roush Park in Bluffton.
The lawn at Roush Park will be full of 3,000 colorful eggs and fresh rabbit tracks. Age groups are 3 and under, 4-6, 7-9, and 10 and up. Each age group will have a “golden egg.”
Baby animals will be on hand for your child to pet.

Peep Eating Contest April 19
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor their third annual peep eating contest right after the egg hunt Saturday, April 19 at Roush Park. 
The egg hunt is 12:30 p.m. for children then 12:45 for dogs. Eight lucky adults will stuff their face full of sugary marshmallows for a chance to win a prize. Sign up that day. For more information call 824-6069.

Liberty Center Easter Egg Hunt April 19
The annual Liberty Center Easter Egg Hunt will be held at noon Saturday, April 19 at Liberty Center Park. The date was previously published incorrectly. The rain date will be April 26. There will be four age groups: 1-4 years old, 5-8 years old, 9-12 years old and Handicapped 1-12 years old.
Those attending should bring a basket to collect the eggs. 

Sheets Wildlife Museum Movie Day April 19
Sheets Wildlife Museum and Learning Center will be having a movie day on Saturday, April 19. The movie will be free. Tours of the museum are $1 per person. Movie will start at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 60 minutes.
The movie will be a two part movie on Big Cats. Both movies will be of Marlin Perkins, Jim Fowler, Peter Gros and Stan Brock. The first one will be of the jaguar in the hostile terrain of Mexico. The second one will be of Marlin and Stan joining a cattle drive that is threatened by a jaguar.
There will be an easy quiz with the top three youth receiving a gift certificate to be used in the museum gift shop.
Seating is limited. Call 356-9453 to reserve a seat.  

YWCA to host free seminar April 23
From noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 the YWCA Northeast Indiana at 1610 Spy Run Ave. in Fort Wayne, will host a discussion on the recent changes to what is often called the psychologist’s handbook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This manual is relied upon by the medical, clinical, pharmaceutical, and legal communities as a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. 
The discussion will be led by Margaret (Gret) Machlan, MSW, of Huntington University’s LifeSpring Counseling Center. It is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. For more information call 260-424-4908, ext. 254 or www.ywca.org/NEIN. 

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run April 26
The MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Roush Park. The event is hosted by the Bluffton Parks Department and the Bandits Baseball Teams. 
The event is free to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Overall winners and winners in pitch, hit, and run categories in each age group will advance to sectional competition. 
Registration forms available athttp://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/kids/phr_participant_registration_form.jsp. Participants can also compete in the Bandits Home Run Derby for $5.
Raptor Expo 
April 26 at 
Franke Park
Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehab will host the second annual Raptor Expo from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 26 at Franke Park Pavilion No. 1 adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.
The event will feature live presentations of birds of prey, including Jefferson the Bald Eagle; Apollo the Great Horned Owl; Ruby the Red-Tailed Hawk; Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a Barred Owl and Short-Earred Owl; Peanut the Screech Owl; and other raptors. The presentations are tentatively scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For more information call 260-241-0134.

Special Olympics Track & Field April 26
The Bluffton Parks Department, the Wells County Family YMCA and Bluffton-Harrison High School will host a Special Olympics Track and Field Invitational Saturday, April 26. 
Entry forms will be available through Indiana Special Olympics and from the website www.blufftonindiana.net

There is no cost to participate. Ribbons will be awarded to all participants and winners. Volunteers are needed for this event. Call 824-6069 or email sports@ci.bluffton.in.us

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's Up! Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zanesville Lions Club Rummage Sale April 25 & 26
Members of the Zanesville Lions and Friends will sponsor a Rummage Sale Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Zanesville Lions Ballpark at 3088 W. Van Horn Street. Proceeds will go to the Lions Club. Those wanting to donate items can do so Thursday morning, April 24. For more information call 260-638-4327.

Liberty Center Easter Egg Hunt April 19
The annual Liberty Center Easter Egg Hunt will be held at noon Saturday, April 19 at Liberty Center Park. The rain date will be April 26. There will be four age groups: 1-4 years old, 5-8 years old, 9-12 years old and Handicapped 1-12 years old. Those attending should bring a basket to collect the eggs. 

Academic  Conference April 26
 John Jay Center for Learning, 101 South Meridian Street in Portland, Indiana, is the site for the ninth Annual Academic Conference by National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture, Inc. to be held April 26.  The conference is sponsored in part by the Jay County Visitor and Tourism Bureau.
A Community Partnership Grant from Old National Bank Foundation will make it possible for NCGLNAC to offer scholarships for interested area school teachers and youth and Native American adults and youth to attend this year’s conference.
The subject of the 2014 conference is “The War of 1812: Consequences for the Native People.” Four educators will present the consequences of the War of 1812 from the perspective of some of the tribes: Shawnee, Miami, and Potawatomi and the resulting alliances. Each hour-long presentation will be unique in its own perspective.
 Registration is $35.  Lunch is included, however lunch cannot be guaranteed for registrants on the day of the Conference.  Contact:  Conference Secretary Kay Neumayr at 765-426-3022 or kay.neumayr@ncglnac.com for more information.

PBS 39 fundraiser for antiques April 27
PBS 39 will host a “What’s It Worth” event on Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.
Those attending may bring antique or collectible items to be appraised by a group of local experts. Cost is $10 per item or $25 for three items. There will be a limit of three items per person. Among the appraisers will be Ken Ellenberger (general antiques/collectibles) of Bluffton. Other appraisers evaluating General Antiques and collectibles will be Amy Beatty and Chad Weigmann. 
Specialities by others will include Jim Fairfield, cons/currency; Sam Hyde, books/papers; Morrison Agen, records/albums; Eileen Eichhorn, jewelry; Becky Yader, dolls/toys; Lois Eubank, quilts; and Betty Fishman, fine art/paintings.
Organizers have announced that no firearms will be evaluated at the event. The event is a fundraiser for PBS 39.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will sponsor their Spring Rummage Sale May 1-3 at 12913 Franke Road in Monroeville.
Hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 1; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Bag and Bulk Sale will be held Saturday morning at $2 a bag or as much as one can carry for $5. Priced items will not be included in the Bag or Bulk Sale. For more information call 260-639-6404.