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LaFontaine Lions to host charity breakfast Saturday

The LaFontaine Lions are hosting a breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (or until it’s gone) Saturday, Aug. 10 at the LaFontaine Community Building. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes on request, juice, milk and coffee. A free will donation will be taken, with all proceeds to be used for the upkeep of the community building.

Gordmans celebrates store expansion with food drive

Gordmans, 1443 N. Cass St., will celebrate its expansion during an in-store event starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. A food drive is being held in conjunction with this event, and the following items are being requested: Packages of 1 ounce boxes of raisins, packages of 4 ounce cups of applesauce and boxes of individually-wrapped granola bars.

Salamonie Lake to offer sky observation Saturday

The public is invited to a “Starry Night” sky observation from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Salamonie Lake at Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 3691 New Holland Road, Andrews. Steve and Debbie Russell from Telescope Clinic will focus not only on expected “stars” of the show planets Jupiter and Saturn, the Perseid meteor shower should present a nice display, and later in the evening they will also point out a few “deep space goodies.” The program is free and open to the public. Attendees should consider bringing bug spray. Meet at the Interpretive Center, located in Salamonie’s Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area. For more information and to register, call 260-468-2127. Property entrance fees apply. The cost is $7 per in-state vehicle and $9 per out-of-state vehicle. For more information on Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, visit dnr.IN.gov/uwis.

Traveling exhibit ‘Freedom’ on display

The North Manchester Center for History, 122 E. Main St., North Manchester, is hosting “Freedom: A History of US” through Sunday, Aug. 11. The exhibit, which includes notable collections of American documents and photographs, is one of the traveling exhibits of the Indiana Historical Society. Visitors can view personal letters, documents and broadsides from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The collection, widely considered one of the nation’s great archives in the Revolutionary, antebellum and Civil War periods, was previously unavailable to the public. Other highlights of the panel exhibit include a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten notes of speeches and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony and others. For more information about this exhibit, call 260-982-0672 or email nmhistory@cinergymetro.net.

Wabash International Artist Residency to hold reception Sunday

The Wabash International Artist Residency will unveil its first exhibition at the Honeywell Center, 275 Market St., featuring the works of Mary Ann Lawson and Tom Colcord. The pieces will be on display from through October, with an opening reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. This event is free and open to the public.

Civil War lecture to take place at Dr. Ford Home

Travis Childs will present “Civil War Medicine and Health: The Civil War Through Pictures” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Dr. James Ford Historic Home, 177 W. Hill St. Childs has served as the director of education at the History Museum in South Bend for nearly 20 years. He will share an overview of the Civil War through original images, emphasizing the most recognized battles as well as medical science’s deficiency during the war. Reservations for this event are recommended, as seating is limited. For more information about this presentation or other Dr. Ford Home events, call 260-563-1102 or visit www.drfordhome.org.

North Manchester Historical Society to host mastodon program Monday

The North Manchester Historical Society will host Luke Hunt as he presents his program, The Manchester Mastodont. The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12. The public is welcome to attend at no cost.

Summer Serenade planned at Honeywell House

The Honeywell House, 720 N. Wabash St., will host a Summer Serenade featuring cello and piano music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Peru natives Tim Spahr on cello and Joshua Catanzaro on piano will perform the concert. Both men are recipients of the Cole Porter Scholarship and were each accepted to study at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.honeywellhouse.org or call the Honeywell Box Office at 260-563-1102.

Takin’ It To The Streets planned

Organized by Wabash Marketplace, the streets of downtown Wabash will be buzzing with shoppers during the 6th Annual Takin’ It to The Streets Sidewalk Sales. This two-day event will take place Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17 throughout downtown Wabash. Trolley No. 85 will be offering free rides in downtown. Visit Wabash Marketplace, Inc. on Facebook or wabashmarketplace.org for more information.

Wabash Marketplace to dedicate new downtown mural

The Wings@Wabash butterfly mural will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 on Miami Street. The Monarch Mommas from Marion will be tagging and releasing butterflies during the event. Local artist Erica Tyson painted the mural. Tyson is a professional artist with The Orange Door Art Studio and art teacher at Southwood Elementary. Tyson also painted large-scale murals at Wabash County Historical Museum and Modoc’s Market. For more information regarding Wings@Wabash, please visit the website, www.wabashmarketplace.org, or call 260-563-0975.

‘Afternoon with a Pioneer Granny Doctor’ planned

Join retired interpretive naturalist Laura Whiteleather as she presents a first person account in “Afternoon with a Pioneer Granny Doctor” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at Salamonie Interpretive/Nature Center, 3691 New Holland Road, Andrews, according to a Friday press release issued by Lynnanne Fager, interpretive naturalist at Upper Wabash Interpretive Services. Participants will take a historical look at plants and wildflowers, their medicinal and everyday uses. After a short foraging hike, participants will make smelling salts, a beeswax candle with a Mullein stalk wick, and a jewel weed salve to take home. Cost is $20 per person. Advance registration is required. You may call 260-468-2127 to reserve your seat. Space is limited.

Themed Art Competition on display

The Honeywell Center’s annual Themed Art Competition, “Seasons,” is on display through Monday, Aug. 19 in the Clark Gallery. The competition features any medium including paintings, photos, sculptures and textiles. Forty-five artists submitted 112 entries, with 77 selected for display by judges Brad Condie and Ejenobo Oke.

Population decline study to be presented

The Community Foundation of Wabash County and Grow Wabash County have scheduled two events to present the results of a population decline study for later this month. The public is encouraged to attend the first event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 in the Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St. The second event is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Manchester Community Schools Administrative Building, 404 W. 9th St., North Manchester.

Two blood donation opportunities on Wednesday

In Wabash County, two Red Cross blood donation opportunities have been added for Wednesday, Aug. 14: The first is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Peabody Retirement Community, 400 W. 7th St., North Manchester; and the second will be from 2 to 6 p.m. at Urbana Yoke Parish Community Center, 16 E. Half St., Urbana.

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