Memorial Day events
Arbor Glen, an independent senior retirement community, will hold several free Memorial Day weekend events Friday-May 28 at 5202 St. Joe Road.
Events include a performance by the Blackhawk Christian Choir at 11:30 a.m. Friday, a Saturday Social at 10 a.m. Saturday, an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday and a Memorial Day picnic at noon Monday.
Reservations are required by calling 492-2202.
United Way presents award
United Way of Allen County will present its Bill Latz Award for service during a Leadership Reception at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Financial Group Event Center at Parkview Field.
The Latz Award is named for the late Bill Latz, one of United Way's most dedicated volunteers, a news release said. The organization presents it to recognize people who have made “extraordinary contributions to the organization and to the local community.”
ACRES Land Trust and Little River Wetlands Project announced local attorney James (Jim) M. Barrett III, who died in September, left substantial bequests to both organizations to help them continue their conservation work. The bequests are among the largest ever received by either organization, a news release said.
Barrett was a strong supporter of Little River Wetlands Project, a founding member of ACRES, and the author of Indiana's Nature Preserves Act, which thus far has helped protect more than 41,000 acres of natural lands in Indiana, the news release said.
Barrett, a partner in the Barrett & McNagny law firm, also volunteered in leadership roles with many conservation organizations and, with his wife, Pat, donated land to ACRES to create the 124-acre Barrett Oak Hill Nature Preserve in northern Allen County.
Become Mrs. Holiday
Do you just love the holidays and all of the cooking and entertaining that accompany them? Then Taste of Home magazine may have the job for you.
Taste of Home has launched a nationwide search to find Mrs. Holiday. The winner will receive $50,000 and will do media interviews, cooking segments, blogging and make appearances nationwide at retailers and some Taste of Home cooking schools, a news release said.
“She's an advocate, an ambassador and an inspiration who cooks for her family to bring everyone around the table at the holidays,” Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home editor-in-chief, said in the news release. “She's got memorable recipes combined with a celebration attitude.”
To audition to become Mrs. Holiday, women age 18 or older must visit www.Facebook.com/TasteofHome to enter a virtual pageant, the news release said. There entrants can submit a video of no more than two minutes to show or tell how she brings the holidays to life and to persuade judges why she should be selected Mrs. Holiday. Entrants also should submit a signature holiday recipe in 200 words or less.
The full entry rules and instructions are available at www.Facebook.com/TasteofHome, the news release said. All entries will receive a free chocolate chip cookie recipe as a thank you for auditioning.
The public then can vote for their favorite entrant June 4-Sept. 7 at www.Facebook.com/TasteofHome, the news release said. A panel of experts will pick Mrs. Holiday from the candidates who finish in the Top 100 in voting.