There will be a screening of the documentary, “Zero Weeks,” which examines paid leave in the United States on June 18.

The screening is a joint event between the city of Fort Wayne, the Indiana Institute for Working Families and AARP Indiana.

At the conclusion of the documentary, Erin Macey, senior policy analyst for IIWF will moderate a professional panel to talk about where the current paid leave policies in the American workplace lack and what can be done to improve them.

The panelists will be: Dr. Tony GiaQuinta, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics Indiana Chapter; Addison Pollock, associate state director of advocacy and outreach at AARP Indiana; and Savannah Robinson, director of legal personnel at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and president of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana.

The film will be played at 6 p.m. June 18 on Manchester University’s Fort Wayne campus, 10627 Diebold Road. Refreshments and check-in will start at 5:30 p.m. Information on how to save your seat at the show can be found on Eventbrite,

Sweetwater expects 15,000 for GearFest

Fort Wayne’s Sweetwater, the nation’s leading online retailer serving musicians, recording studios, broadcast stations, schools, and houses of worship, expects 15,000 to attend its GearFest 2019. The 18th annual event, which serves as the nation’s largest musical instrument and audio gear trade show open to the general public, will take place 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 21 and 22 at Sweetwater’s headquarters, 5501 US 30 W.

Fans can now access this year’s event schedule and register for free attendance via Sweetwater’s GearFest 2019 website at or app.

Highlights of noteworthy artists who plan to attend GearFest 2019 include:

• Steve Vai, guitarist virtuoso/composer — solo, Frank Zappa

• Dennis Chambers, Session Drummer — Santana, John McLaughlin

• Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Mandolinist Virtuoso — Solo, Emmylou Harris

Garrett moving forward with fiber-optic pilot program

GARRETT — The city of Garrett has made public its fiber-optic pilot program initiative.

The pilot area would include some 200 homes in four subdivisions on the southeast side of town — Maple Knoll, Maple Glen, Countryside Estates and Heritage Estates. Pilot project construction is planned for mid-summer and will allow for general planning and development of the full-service territory, planned for the fall with construction in 2020-23, according to City Planner Milton Otero.

For more information on the project, go to an online blog at

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