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December 13, 2013

Hundreds of young patients get free rides to ‘temples of mercy’

Leo Cooking to LiVe class ďŹ lls quickly, might expand

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Shrine vans follow familiar route

His half-day round trip from ďŹ elds to freeways marked Gary Soblotne’s 187th visit to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Soblotne picked up the hospital van at Lakeland Glass, near his home in LaGrange. There, he met Mike Hardiek, who drove from his home in southwest Fort Wayne. Hardiek is the 2013 potentate of the 22-county Mizpah Shrine. Soblotne is the assistant rabban — in line to lead Mizpah in 2015. Both said it was one of the few hospital trips that begin after daybreak. The van pulled onto a dirt driveway. An Amish woman and her young son stepped into the van and buckled up for the 162-mile journey to Chicago’s far west side. The Shriners respect the patients’ privacy and do not ask about their

Jim Wulpi said the cooking classes he is taking at Leo United Methodist Church have several beneďŹ ts. “It was very interesting, it was very well organized, and it was a lot of fun,â€? Wulpi said of the ďŹ rst session. “And then we get to eat the results of the recipes.â€? Cooking to LiVe is a series of free cooking classes to encourage healthful, wholesome recipes. This ďŹ rst, six-month class is full. The Parkview LiVe health and wellness program sponsors the classes, in partnership with the Allen County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Lisa Thatcher instructed the ďŹ rst class, on Nov. 19. “We try to use the MyPlate model that the USDA has given us — cut back in sodium, sugar and fat,â€? Thatcher said.


Mizpah Shriners Mike Hardiek, left, and Gary Soblotne prepare for a return trip from Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. Drivers from Mizpah’s 22 counties make about 700 trips each year to hospitals in Chicago and Cincinnati.

circumstances. Instead, the volunteer drivers work to ensure that doctors can ask those important questions. Those doctors, Hardiek said, are among the best in their ďŹ elds. “It’s the world’s greatest health care money can’t buy,â€? Hardiek would say later. Shriners Hospitals specialists correct cleft palates, treat orthopaedic deformities and injuries, spinal cord injuries, and a dozen other congenital or

acquired conditions. Mizpah Shrine vans sometimes carry burn patients to Cincinnati. Usually, though, their route winds past pastures, onto the Indiana Toll Road, high onto the Chicago Skyway and past Windy City skyscrapers. When they arrived that morning at 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Hardiek pulled the LaGrange County van near two other vans with the Mizpah emblem, from

Allen and Noble counties. The passengers accepted vouchers for meals in the cafeteria. Hardiek and Soblotne joined a dozen other Shriners for lunch. Tom Hilton’s day had started much earlier, when he drove 50 miles to pick up the Zenobia Shrine van and make the ďŹ ve-hour drive from Toledo, Ohio. Normally, Hilton would be busy restoring a 1929 Ford See SHRINE, Page A2

Wulpi said because the ďŹ rst class was just before Thanksgiving, “Everything was based around turkey and turkey leftovers.â€? “There were about eight or nine people there, and she had eight or nine different recipes for people to cookâ€? he said. “She brought all the ingredients, all the food, all the turkey, all the ďŹ xin’s.â€? Class members were assigned work stations. “And all these people were around this big island in the church kitchen with all the ingredients in proximity and they just had at it, and it was a lot of fun,â€? Wulpi said. “The best part of it was after it was over everyone had their favorite recipe, and then we got to taste them all and evaluate them and give our comments,â€? he said. “But the ultimate goal of this whole effort is to educate,â€? he said. None See COOKING, Page A3

Local church, community renew Walk to Bethlehem By Garth Snow

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Walk to Bethlehem at First Christian Church re-creates the Gospel story of the nativity of Christ.

nator Judy Church said. Re-enactors especially need to brace for two hours in the December chill. First Christian ďŹ rst presented the Walk to Bethlehem in 1995, and continued the tradition through 2009. Church said she was a guide from the ďŹ rst year of the festival. “Oh, my grandchildren

have been involved and are looking forward to being involved in it again,� she said. “My granddaughter was Mary in at least three different scenes, and my grandson was a shepherd when he was younger and he was also a blacksmith a couple years.� Support for the festival was rekindled about a See WALK, Page A3






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A Fort Wayne church’s re-enactment of the return to Bethlehem will return in 2013. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4800 S. Calhoun St., will present Walk to Bethlehem from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15. The church and volunteers from the surrounding community invite the greater Fort Wayne area to tour the Advent scenes. Admission is free. Every 10 minutes, guides will lead visitors to scenes that include Roman soldiers, a census taker, a potter, a spinner of wool, a carpenter, and a Bethlehem marketplace with spice and bread vendors. The tour leads inside to the sanctuary for a time of prayer. Visitors have to dress for the weather, coordi-

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SHRINE from Page A1 Trimotor airplane. On this day he was sharing a lunch table with drivers from Tebala Shrine in Rockford, Ill. In all, 14 Shrine centers as distant as Saginaw, Mich., and Green Bay, Wis., are afďŹ liated with the Chicago hospital. Hospital vans have carried patients from South Dakota and Oklahoma, said Robert GillďŹ llan. When he’s not acting as the congenial host to waiting Shriners, the director of the hospital ushers committee is showing visitors the highlights of the 60-bed hospital. The computerized walking machine cost more than $400,000, he said. A child-friendly underseas mural covers the walls of

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the radiology room. A child being ďŹ tted for a cast may choose from among eight colors for that cast. One parent may stay overnight in one of the hospital’s four motel-like rooms. “Surgery can last 10 minutes,â€? he said. “It can last 10, 12 hours.â€? Children’s art ďŹ lls odd corners of the hallway. “We do not believe in the green, gray, white color scheme,â€? GillďŹ llan said. He pointed to colorcoded markers recognizing contributors whose gifts have supported the hospital over the years. His short list includes candy heiress Helen Brach, the Green Bay Packers and early TV star George Gobel. The Chicago Blackhawks and other sports teams are frequent visitors, he said. Recently, the stars of TV’s “Duck Dynastyâ€? visited the children. The windows facing the nearby Mars Candy


Robert W. GillďŹ llan shows entertainer George Gobel’s plaque on a wall honoring contributors to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago. GillďŹ llan is the director of the hospital ushers committee.

Co. reminded GillďŹ llan of another story. “In the summer, if the wind is in the right direction, we stand outside and drool,â€? he said. GillďŹ llan and all his colleagues are volunteers. “You know it’s very rewarding when you’re standing in the lobby and a little guy will come up and grab you by the leg and say thank you, and you get a hug,â€? he said. Back in that lobby, some

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of the drivers were waiting for their passengers. Dick Kessie, the secretary of Mizpah’s afďŹ liated hospital unit, said he has made about 118 hospital trips since 1999. “Some guys drive a lot more than I do,â€? he said. Jerry Willman said passengers meet the Fort Wayne van at Bob Thomas Ford. Sometimes the van will pick up patients in Larwill, Pierceton, Etna Green or Plymouth. “I’ve even picked up one in Wanatah,â€? he said. He estimated he has made 98 trips in about a year and a half with the transportation unit. “I’ve got guys with 300 trips,â€? he said. “It’s a 12-hour day no matter how you look at it, four up, four back and you’re gonna be here four hours,â€? Willman said. The 12-hour days are minimum, according to Hardiek. “Most of those trips start at 4:30 a.m. and the patient doesn’t get back in the vehicle until 5 p.m.,â€? he said. “The patient might have appointments with two or three different doctors. It’s not uncommon for those to turn into 20-hour days.â€? So a driver might catch a nap in a recliner in the drivers’ lounge. Drivers will alternate shifts at the steering wheel. Safety comes ďŹ rst, according to Soblotne. “None of our trips are emergencies,â€? he said.


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Though the service is free, some families want to show their appreciation. Soblotne said an Amish family in southern LaGrange County puts on a dinner for the drivers every year. “You go eat in their barn. They’re just great people,â€? he said. “We’ve got Amish families in our community that have done fund-raising projects for us,â€? he continues. “They’ve bought at least ďŹ ve of our vans over the years. They do pizza drives. Basically they make pizzas and then go to the Amish community and sell them for a free-will donation.â€? Those efforts can raise thousands of dollars in a single day. The patient returned to the lobby. Soblotne maneuvered the van beneath the hospital arches. He took the passenger on a brief detour past the nearby Radio Flyer plant on West Grand Avenue. Once again, the boy got to see a little red wagon 27 feet long, 13 feet wide, and 27 feet tall. The group headed back toward the Eisenhower and the Dan Ryan expressways, and on to Indiana. As they had done on the westbound trip, Soblotne and Hardiek handed off the wheel at a Toll Road rest plaza at Portage. After sunset, the van followed a familiar driveway toward the glow of a single lantern in the kitchen window. The drivers parted

company in LaGrange. Soblotne headed home, and Hardiek headed south. A receipt for a hurried breakfast from a fast-food drive-thru was his only souvenir from 446 miles on the road. About 75 drivers from Mizpah Shrine volunteer to make about 700 hospital trips a year. It costs about $80,000 a year to maintain and operate the eet of six vans. Most patients are referred to the Shrine, sometimes by doctors. Screening clinics are held two or three times a year. No patient is refused treatment due to inability to pay. In recent years, the Shrine hospitals have begun accepting third-party pay. Such insurance plans might involve co-pays or deductibles. Shriners accept no money for the transportation. Various local clubs and specialized Shrine units hold fundraisers and make donations toward the transportation fund. “We’re just trying to make sure that the day goes as smoothly as possible for the patient,â€? Hardiek said. The Chicago hospital, built in 1926, served 64,000 children through 2010, recording 1,384 surgeries that year alone. It is just one of 18 “temples of mercyâ€? in the United States, Hardiek said. The network includes 22 hospitals in North America.

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WALK from Page A1 year ago and planning has gained momentum all year, Church said. Church said a member of another local church started the conversation. Jeanie Ringswald, in turn, gave that credit to her niece and great-nephew. Amber Martin asked her son which popular attractions he would like to visit one Christmas season, Ringswald said. Cody, who was about 10 at the time, asked to see Walk to Bethlehem again. “In my younger years, I always took my kids to Walk to Bethlehem, and he had come with us one year,� Ringswald said. Some of the volunteers had moved away, and the festival had been put on hold, she said. “It was just really heavy on my heart,� Ringswald said. She called FCC, and spoke with Church, who promised to mention the inquiry to the church board. “And now there’s so much enthusiasm about it, and at the last meeting there were 20 people who were excited about it and getting it all together,� Ringswald said. “And it’s not just their church. It’s people in the neighborhood who aren’t part of the church.� “I would say it’s a great experience for adults, kids, whatever,� Ringswald said, “because it’s so active. You’re not just sitting back. They’re all dressed up in character, and they’ll say you are part of the tribe of Benjamin, and you’re walking as part of that tribe. You’re going to see live animals. Joseph and Mary will narrate — very short, very simple. There are lots of surprises and very interesting things that happen.� The costumes are very authentic, Ringswald said. Church said the donkey

COOKING from Page A1


A marketplace is one of the stops on Walk to Bethlehem at First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne.

of the recipes was heavy on sugar or fats. “They were all relatively healthy, but certainly not vegetarian because they all had turkey in them one way or another,� Wulpi said. Wulpi said he and his wife, Marsha, learned about the cooking classes through the church. “I enjoy cooking, especially when I have the time. I enjoy eating, too,� he said. “I’m just newly retired, so I have time, and my wife and I both signed up for it. We’re always interested in learning new things about food, nutrition, what to eat.� Cooking to LiVe participants can learn how to prepare healthy, wholesome recipes, and how to substitute ingredients to make meals delicious and more nutritious. The classes continue on third Tuesdays through March. “We’re all booked up

enthusiasm built quickly after the topic was raised. Neighbors talked about volunteering and contributing in many ways, she said. “I was talking with this gal and I thought she belonged to the church, and she said, ‘No, I just live in the neighborhood,’ � Ringswald said. “It just has made my Christmas,� Church said. “This is what it’s all about. This is the true meaning of Christmas — just really positive things about the spirit of Christmas becoming real for people. They don’t all use religious language, but they feel very good about what they’ve experienced and what they’ve seen, and how it makes them feel.� For more information or to offer support, call (260) 744-3239.



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An angel watches over the Nativity scene at Walk to Bethlehem, which returns on Dec. 14 and 15.

that had been in the pageant has died. The spinner of wool will not have sheep, but goats that resemble sheep. “They’re beautiful, and we’ll pretend they’re sheep,â€? she said. Wooden proďŹ les of animals will help ďŹ ll the scenes. Animal owners are invited to lend their animals. “We haven’t given up,â€? Church said. The festival coordinator said Ringswald’s outreach was the spark that the festival needed. “With that offer of help, when she and I talked and she told me what the Walk to Bethlehem meant to her family, it touched me that there is still this interest,â€? Church said. “But Jeanie was offering concrete help, and I got that feeling that now is the time.â€? Ringswald, in turn, said


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East Allen gets $50,000 grant for school security East Allen County Schools has received a $50,000 grant for school security equipment and to employ a school resource officers. The State of Indiana has begun awarding such grants under a program that Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller proposed and recommended last spring. The Secured School Safety Board, of which Zoeller is a member, voted Oct. 23 to approve and fund grant applications from 116 Indiana schools to create or expand SRO programs. The board also funded 196 applications for safety equipment and 18 applications for threat assessments. “Schools throughout Indiana have shown strong interest in creating or

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History Center announces Gingerbread Festival winners The History Center has announced winners of the 28th annual Festival of Gingerbread competition. A record 149 gingerbread creations were entered in this year’s event. In recognition of former History Center Board member and longtime volunteer Jeanette Quilhot, who has coordinated the Festival of Gingerbread judging for more than 20 years, the first-place award in the Family category has been renamed the Jeanette Quilhot Award. People’s Choice

Awards will be announced at the end of the Festival. Now in its 28th year, the Festival, which raises money to support programs at the History Center, has become a holiday tradition that boasts an attendance of more than 10,000, who come annually to see the fanciful gingerbread creations on display. Parkview Health is this year’s title sponsor. The Festival has grown to include more than 100 creations designed and made by entrants from the lower elementary grades

to professional culinary artists who vie to win prizes in the multiple levels of entries. Special holiday exhibits during the festival include a Wolf and Dessauer display of animatronic characters, an exhibit of “A Christmas Carol” watercolors that once adorned the Patterson Fletcher Department Store, and a display of holiday photos from years past. For more information and updates, visit the History Center’s Facebook page or website at, or call (260) 426-2882. Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread, which opened Nov. 29 and closes Dec. 15, are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, and free to children age 5 and under. There is an extra charge for special activities or events as indicated. The History Center is at 302 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

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Churches list holiday services

5108 Bull Rapids Road, Woodburn Kids’ Living Nativity. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-8 p.m. Drive by the church to view the annual living Nativity scene on the front lawn of the church.

Grabill Missionary Church 13637 State St., Grabill Christmas Eve service. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Nursery provided.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 12640 St. Joe Road, Grabill Christmas Eve candlelight service. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7-8 p.m.

Grace Gathering 3157 Minnich Road, New Haven Free community dinner. Saturday, Dec. 21, 4-6 p.m. Concert 6-7 p.m.

New Haven United Methodist Church 630 Lincoln Highway East, New Haven Christmas Eve worship services, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m., 8 p.m., 11 p.m.

New Horizons Fellowship 1330 Werling Road, New Haven Christmas Eve service, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5:30 p.m.

Most Precious Blood Church 1515 Barthold St., Fort Wayne. Christmas concert, Sunday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. Presented by Jim Didier, choir director, and Kathy Schall, bell choir director. Admission is free.

Covenant United Methodist Church 10001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne. “The Birth of Jesus” children’s Christmas pageant. Sunday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to observe the retelling of the Christmas story through the eyes of Covenant children. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the program. Christmas Eve services with special music. Family service, 6 p.m.; traditional service, 8 p.m.; contemporary service, 10 p.m. Candle-lighting will be part of each service. Christmas Eve offerings will be shared equally between InAsMuch Ministry in Fort Wayne and Life for Children Ministry in Kenya.

Huntertown United Methodist Church Christmas Eve children’s

First Assembly of God 1400 W. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. Annie Moses Band Christmas concert, with the the First Assembly of God Praise Choir. Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Artist Circle seats nearest the stage are $25. General admission is $20 in advance or $20 at the door, $15 per person for groups of 10 or more, $5 for each child age 6 to 12. Children 5 and under are admitted free, except in the Artist Circle. For more information, call (260) 484-1029, or visit anniemosesband. com. For tickets, visit

nave, pre-service music before 9 p.m. Festival Service of the World; 10:30 p.m., pre-service music in the nave before 11 p.m. Festival Service of Holy Communion. The Chancel Choir of Trinity English, accompanied by chamber orchestra, will present “A Cycle of Carols” By John Rutter for the pre-service music at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve worship service. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., in the nave, service of holy communion. Evening prayer service. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 4 p.m. Marjoleine Gravley will lead the Trinity English Women’s Chorus. This 30-minute contemplative service is held the second Sunday of each month at Trinity English. Service led by Pastor the Rev. Gary Erdos.


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Saint Michael Lutheran Church 2131 Getz Road, Fort Wayne. Christmas Eve services: 5 p.m. children’s service, 7 p.m. family service, 11 p.m. candlelight service with communion. Christmas Day: Festival Service with communion, 10 a.m. New Year’s Eve service, 7 p.m., with communion. For information, visit stmichaellcms. org.


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6318 California Road Christmas Eve traditional worship services service 4 p.m., contemporary service 6 p.m., both with communion and candlelight. Christmas Eve midnight service, 11 p.m., with communion and candlelight. Christmas Day worship service, 10 a.m., with communion. New Year’s Eve worship service, 7 p.m., with communion.

Trinity English Lutheran Church 405 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne Breakfast with an Angel. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Preschool and elementary-aged students and their families are invited. Enjoy breakfast, make a special angel craft, have your picture taken with the angel, and hear what the angel saw that first Christmas. Registration is requested. The cost is $1 for children, $3 for adults. Contact Pastor the Rev. Dan Fugate at (260) 426-3424 or by e-mail at DFugate@TrinityEnglish. org. Christmas Eve worship services. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m., in the nave, family service at the manger. 8:30 p.m., in the


Woodburn Missionary Church

service (open to all ages) at 11 a.m. at Third Place, 1601 W. Cedar Canyons Road. Christmas Eve contemporary service at 7 p.m. at Third Place, 1601 W. Cedar Canyons Road. Christmas Eve traditional service at 10 p.m. at the main campus, 16021 Lima Road.



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Santa, cookies, lights and music mark holidays Christmas in the Castle. The University of Saint Francis will once more open wide the doors of historic Brookside, the former Bass family mansion. Tours can be taken from noon-5 p.m., Dec. 14 and 15. Tickets can be purchased in the North Campus lobby, 2702 Spring St., on the day of the tours. Admission is $5 per person, with a family charge of $20 for up to six family members. For more information, call (260) 399-8140 or visit christmas. Brookside, built as a summer home by Fort Wayne industrialist John Bass, lies at the center of the USF campus at 2701 Spring St. Every year, local florists and decorators decorate the mansion for Christmas, bringing splendid decorations to enhance the beauty of

the authentically restored and award-winning 1902 mansion. This year, a number of new decorators will be featured along with the many favorites. Visitors can tour every room on all three floors of the limestone home that features a winding staircase made by the Packard Piano Co., and more than a dozen marble fireplaces from all corners of the world. Free parking is available, and the building is fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Santa Train. Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 14 and 21. 30-minute rides cost $4. Family groups of 15 to 20 may charter a longer caboose ride, with cookies and refreshments, and

allow Santa to help hand out some of the family gifts. The wood- and coal-burning stove, the Christmas lights, and the Bing Crosby-era music lend to the atmosphere. For details, visit A diesel engine will pull two cabooses on the society’s own half-mile of track. Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale. Saint Joseph School basement, 209 Mulberry St., Monroeville. Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Saint Rose Altar and Rosary Society will sell homemade candy and cookies by the pound. Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Parks & Recreation Center, 1125 Hartzell St., New Haven. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-10 a.m. The Masonic Lodge and the parks department


The University of Saint Francis celebrates Christmas in the Castle with tours of the historic Brookside, the former Bass family mansion.

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His guests will enjoy pancakes, sausage, applesauce, coffee and juice. The price is $5 for adults, $3.50 for children 6-14, and free to children age 5 and under. Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne, 501 W. Berry St. Dec. 28, 29 and 30, 5:30 and 8 p.m. each day. Services are free and open to the public. Production costs are paid through the support of patrons and through freewill offerings. Plymouth began the local tradition in 1975. Similar celebrations date back hundreds of years. According to the church website, the festival was part of the Christmas celebration at Queen’s College, Oxford, soon after the founding of the university in 1340. The local festival includes more than 250 Plymouth members and friends and is experienced by 3,000 audience members each year. The presentation features the Festival Choir and orchestra and bell choir, along with a cast and crew of all ages. Patrons receive tickets to the festival; for details, call 432-9424, ext. 328. Others may obtain tickets by visiting the church on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 4:30-7 p.m. Santa at Georgetown. Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Subway sandwich shop, 6501 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Shop owner Jeff Sebeika will provide minisubs and cookies. “It’s a really neat event,” Sebeika said. “This is its third year. Last year, we had close to 300 kids and their families come to see Santa. It’s very festive.” Parents are welcome to bring their own cameras to take photos of the kids with Santa near the fireplace. Children will have time to write letters and hand them directly to Santa. Old-Fashioned Country Christmas. Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road. Dec.

13 and 14, 6-9 p.m. The DeKalb County Horseman’s Association will provide the horse-drawn wagon rides to take visitors past light displays. See a live animal Nativity scene in a country barn, and have photos taken with Santa in a Santa’s Country Christmas setting. A Country Christmas also includes a chili supper from 6-9 p.m., along with sandwiches, snacks, desserts and beverages. The Country Christmas experience, lights, wagon rides and light displays are all offered for a free-will donation; the suggested donation is $5 per person. All proceeds go toward the new maintenance building project at the fairgrounds. As part of a Christmas tree decorating contest, visitors will be able to vote for the best decorated tree. Children also will experience Christmas crafts. Christmas cookie walk and crafts. Agape Church of the Brethren, 11610 Lima Road (between Carroll and Dupont roads), Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Featured cookies include holiday cut-outs, buckeyes, peanut butter blossoms, monster cookies, and more. Homemade, Christmas-decorated chocolate-covered caramel apples will be available in limited supply. Cookies are priced at $6 a pound. Proceeds will be used for women’s fellowship projects and outreach ministries. Holiday and gift items, handmade by Agape crafts persons, will be sold. A variety of wooden, quilted, knitted, crocheted, and “crafty” specialties are available with proceeds going to the Agape Women’s Fellowship projects. For more information, contact the church office at (260) 489-6908 or email Heartland Holiday Concerts. Multiple locations. The Heartland Chamber Chorale, Northeast Indiana’s See HOLIDAY, Page A11

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HOLIDAY from Page A10 only professional vocal ensemble, will offer an eclectic mix of holiday music. Tickets are available at 436-8080 and at General admission tickets are $15, $5 for students 13 and over. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult; please call the Heartland office for child tickets. Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Auburn Presbyterian Church, 111 W. 12st St., Auburn. Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m., Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive, Roanoke. FPT Christmas Revue. First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. This review was conceived by Thomas Hofrichter and

Jack Cantey, with original sketches by Jack Cantey. Music direction is by Jim Mergenthal, and choreography by Sara Black. The review features comedy, music and dance to put you in the holiday mood. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22. Tickets are $20 in advance or $24 at the door. Seniors 60 or older pay $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Fulltime students pay $10 in advance or at the door. Call (260) 422-6329 for tickets or information. Tickets are available online at The review stars Rachel Banks, Isaac Becker, Miles Fedders, Andrew Gingrich, Billy Hofman, Nancy Kartholl,

Dotty Miller, Duke Roth, Brianna Schauer, Katheryne Schauer, Tom Scribner, Jacob Slone, Terina Wakefield and Miranda Wheeler. Fireside Christmas. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Through Jan. 5. To re-create the warm and cozy feeling of a traditional Christmas celebration, the Conservatory Showcase will be filled with red poinsettias and elements that spark feelings of nostalgia for the happy family holiday of yesteryear. The comfortable family room vignette with fireplace and Christmas tree, and the atrium with a 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree will provide backdrops for photos, as


Churches and youth groups prepare holiday cookies. Saint Joseph School in Monroeville will hold a cookie and candy sale from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

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HOLIDAY from Page A11 visitors stroll through the lighted, decorated, indoor and outdoor gardens. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. The conservatory is closed Monday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-17, and free to age 2 and under. For photos and details, visit Dancing Holiday Lights. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Through Dec. 26. Best viewed Thursday and Friday evenings, 5-8 p.m. Dress for the weather so you can enjoy the synchronized holiday lights set to music outdoors in the Terrace Garden. Walk under twinkling arches to enter a space of sound and holiday rhythm, where instrumental and

vocal treasures come to visual life as lighted spheres, trees, arches, and scrolls take up the beat. You might find yourself dancing in the snowy night. The light show walk is included in regular Botanical Conservatory admission. Santa & the Reindeer. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Saturdays before Christmas, Dec. 14 and 21, noon-4 p.m. Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory in its holiday glory; this year’s theme is “A Fireside Christmas.” Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1. The Phil Pops Series: Holiday Pops. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson

Blvd. Dec. 13-Dec. 21. Dec. 13 and 20 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each year, The Phil is proud to present one of Fort Wayne’s greatest winter traditions, Holiday Pops. The Phil’s assistant conductor, Sameer Patel, leads the orchestra through favorite Christmastime standards, with a few surprises along the way — featuring The Phil Chorus, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and vocalists Christine Cornish Smith, Kelsey Crimson, Nathaniel Irvin and Blaine Krauss. For details, visit Star of Bethlehem 2013. The Schouweiler Planetarium, Achatz Hall of Science, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 5 p.m.; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec.


The Fantasy of Lights continues through Dec. 31 at Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Admission $5 a car.

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winter’s Fort Wayne night sky. Parking is available off Leesburg Road. Admission is $4 for adults and senior citizens, $3 for under age 18, with $14 maximum per family. Concordia Christmas at the Embassy. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m. The Concordia Lutheran High School Music Department presents “With the Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Christ the Savior is Born” at the historic Embassy Theatre. The concert features Concordia’s choirs, orchestra and band and an elementary Festival Choir including many Lutheran elementary school students. The concert will include both traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites. The concert is described as a grand musical event to celebrate Christ’s birth. Open-seating tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Tickets will be available through Dec. 13 at the high school, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, in Fort Wayne. Holiday concert. John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Fort Wayne Area Community Band will present its annual holiday concert. Conductor Scott Humphries and assistant conductor David Blackwell have chosen an evening of traditional seasonal music that includes “The Night Before Christmas” read by a narrator, “A Fireside Christmas” medley, “A Christmas Festival,” “March of the Toys,” “Sleigh Ride” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from the “Messiah” and more. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $2 for children 4 to 12. IPFW students are admitted free with student ID. “Christmas Movie Memories.” The Summit City Singers will be presenting a holiday program throughout the season. The program will feature songs from Christmas movies past and present such as “Elf,”

“Lemon Drop Kid,” “The Polar Express,” “Holiday Inn,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Christmas Vacation” and others. The concerts are free and family-friendly. The Summit City Singers is a community choir with approximately 60 members from Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. The choir sings a variety of SATB music. Remaining concerts are: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. German Christmas show. Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave. Friday, Dec. 13. Dinner at 5:30, show at 7 p.m. $35 per person in advance, or $40 at the door. Seating is limited, so inquire at The menu includes beef roulade and apple almond chicken breast. For dinner and entertainment details, visit and click on the November newsletter. Cookie Walk. Christ’s United Methodist Church, 148 W. Third Street, Roanoke. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m. until noon or until sold out. The church will furnish containers and gloves for handling the cookies, which will be sold by the pound. Fantasy of Lights. Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd. Through Dec. 31. 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission $5 for a car, $10 for a van, $25 for larger vehicles such as a bus, trolley or wagon. Drive through the park and see displays ranging from a Nativity scene to an animated rocking horse. Last year, more than 14,000 vehicles took the 1.5-mile drive through the park adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The tour will feature 61 individual displays, including four that have been added since 2012. Carriage rides can be reserved; call Steve Cornelius at (260) 691-3780. All proceeds benefit the AWS Foundation.

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Funeral services offered on Skype D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes now offers video conferencing technology to allow family and friends far away to observe funeral services via the Internet. A visitation service at the Pine Valley Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road, recently was made available to a family member in Melbourne, Australia. “With families and friends widely dispersed all over the world, arranging for unexpected travel can be extremely difficult and expensive,” said Dave McComb, a D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home co-owner. “The ability to view and participate in a loved

one’s memorial services live and share one’s feelings with family via Skype is convenient and extremely cost-effective.” “This innovative technology is also a unique way we can serve those of various beliefs,” the company said in a news release. “In accordance with some faiths, burial and services must be within 24 hours of death, which makes it very difficult for those out-of-town to pay their respects. Now through video conferencing, they can.” The service is available free for military personnel stationed away from home. “Often it

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Volunteers gather at Trinity English Lutheran Church to pack food to be shipped to the Philippines. About 175 workers helped to package a combination of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins. Workers prepared and boxed more than 22,000 meals in two hours. Kids Against Hunger gathered more than 270,000 meals from the Fort Wayne area. Super Typhoon Haiyan caused massive damage and loss of life in the Philippines. Trinity, at 405 W. Wayne St., is still accepting cash contributions for hurricane relief. For more information on the Kids Against Hunger, visit

is impossible for those serving our country to make it home to attend or participate in services honoring loved ones,” the company said. “We feel this is a small token of gratitude that D.O. McComb and Sons can offer those protecting and serving our country. D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes is a fourth-generation, family-owned funeral home. For more information, contact Dave McComb at 426-9494 or dave@ “Giving back and serving our community is a longstanding tradition for our family and one we plan to continue,” he said.

YMCA receives college prep grant Old National Bank Foundation has awarded a $7,500 grant to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to support the Team Students of Success program at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA, 2323 Bowser Ave. Team SOS is a free college prep program that encourages teens to act on their beliefs through the foundation of a college education. The program offers student and parent workshops, college visits, volunteer and internship opportunities and job shadowing opportunities. Team SOS meets once per week during the school year and offers activities in five areas: leadership development, character building, life skills, college readiness and job readiness.

Unity choir plans to sing in New York City, Latvia Fort Wayne’s Voices of Unity Youth Choir plans to perform in New York City and in Riga, Latvia, in 2014. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Unity Performing Arts Foundation, and community leaders announced the Gold for the City campaign. The Voices of Unity

Youth Choir has been invited to participate in the 2014 Choirs of America Music Performance Nationals at Carnegie Hall in New York City, June 19-22. Voices of Unity also will compete in the 2014 World Choir Games, July 9-19 in Riga, Latvia. The World Choir Games

attracts many of the world’s best choirs from more than 80 countries. The $385,000 Gold for the City campaign is seeking corporate, community and individual support to send students to represent Fort Wayne in New York and Latvia. Find more information at

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FRIDAY, DEC. 13 “Our Townâ€? by Thornton Wilder. Studio Theatre, Kettler Hall, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 8 p.m. Dan Butler directs and plays the featured role of Stage Manager. This beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning play about life in one New England town will be intimately staged in the Studio Theatre. Butler will direct the large cast of student and community actors in an involving and emotionally unforgettable look at the everyday lives of the people who make up Grover’s Corners. Special pricing applies to this production. Admission is $20 for adults; $18 for seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $16 each for groups of 10 or more; $5 for students 18 and under; $5 for IPFW students with ID; $10 for other college students with ID. Children under 6 will not be admitted. Guests are urged to arrive early; late-comers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission. Performances began Dec. 6 and continue Dec.14 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. The Dec. 15 performance is also a sign-language performance. The IPFW Box OfďŹ ce in the Athletic Center Room 126 is open Monday-Friday, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets: (260) 481-6555. Summit City Toastmasters meeting. Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave. 7:30 a.m. For information, visit or call Kristal Hefey, 918-2065.

Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. Enter at the rear of the church. Registration is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, from Dec. 9 till Jan. 7. Registration is $100, which includes 10 games, a tournament, an all-star game, a T-shirt and awards. Open to ages 14-18. The league is designed to help youths develop fundamental basketball skills by learning teamwork and sportsmanship. The ďŹ rst practice is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. The program continues 13 weeks. For details, contact coach Steve Emerson at 418-7009.



Gingerbread Pursuit Run and Walk. East Wayne Street near Clay Street, downtown Fort Wayne. 8 a.m. Last year, more than 400 participants completed the race, noshed on gingerbread cupcakes and cookies and met the Gingerbread man in the art deco Tower Bank lobby. Register online at Hit the “register online� button under the Gingerbread Pursuit logo. Or, unload a printable application by going to “Full Race Details� under the logo. Or, pick up an application at Three Rivers Running Company on North Clinton Street or Fleet Feet Sports in the Village of Coventry. Veep races make a donation to The History Center in support of youth education programs. “Christmas Movie Memories.� Allen County Public Library Theater, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. Free. The Summit City Singers present family-friendly songs from movies such as “Elf,� “Lemon Drop Kid,� “The Polar Express,� “White Christmas,� “Holiday Inn,� “It’s a Wonderful Life� and “Christmas Vacation.� The Summit City Singers is a community choir with approximately 60 members from Fort Wayne and surrounding communities. The choir sings a variety of SATB music. Judy King directs the Summit City Singers. “Our Town� by Thornton Wilder. Studio Theatre, Kettler Hall, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 8 p.m. For details, please see Dec. 13 entry. Summit City Youth Prep Development Basketball League registration. Parkwood

“Our Town� by Thornton Wilder. Studio Theatre, Kettler Hall, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 2 p.m. For details, please see Dec. 13 entry.

Submit your Community Calendar items Publicize your event through and Times Community Publications. Submit your calendar entries online, or email, or call (260) 426-2640, ext. 321. Please submit your items by Jan. 9 to ensure publication in the Jan. 17 edition of the East Allen County Times.

MONDAY, DEC. 16 Autism Spectrum Support Group. Easter Seals Arc, 4919 Projects Drive. 7 p.m. Parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals and others wanting to learn more about autism are welcome. Topics vary monthly. For more information, contact Susan Crowell at or call 637-4409.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17 Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection: “Joyous Sounds of the Season.� Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $15.50, inclusive of the luncheon and program. Reservations are due by Dec. 10 to Meridith, 672-3414. The program is Elvis Presley impersonator James Geiger. Child-care is provided. Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18 Straight No Chaser. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. This professional a capella group was formed in 1996 at Indiana University. Tickets range from $28 to $45. Tickets on sale now at the Embassy box ofďŹ ce, all other Ticketmaster outlets and

THURSDAY, DEC. 19 Anonymous By Adoption. Parkview Main Campus, 2109 E. State Blvd. 7 p.m. Support group for adoptees, adoptive parents, and separated siblings. For more information, call 238-4529 or 744-1518.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 20 Summit City Toastmasters meeting. Better Business Bureau, 4011 Parnell Ave. 7:30 a.m. For information, visit or call Kristal Hefey, 918-2065.

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Summit City Youth Prep Development Basketball League registration. Parkwood Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. Registration is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, from Dec. 9 till Jan. 7. For details, contact coach Steve Emerson at 418-7009.


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Roanoke’s Cottage Event Center plays host to homicidal high jinks on New Year’s Eve with the presentation of “Harry Ripley’s Birthday Blues,� an audience participation dinner theater production starring Fort Wayne’s Bower-North Productions. The event is a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Larry Bower is John Fieldstone, a bumbling sleuth who eventually solves another dastardly crime. Teresa Bower starts as Ivana Ripley. Tickets to the show and buffet dinner are $30 per person, and may be ordered by calling (260) 483-3508. A cash bar will be available. Doors open and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins about 7:45 p.m.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES To make an appointment to give blood, visit Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Concordia Lutheran Church in Centennial Hall, 4245 Lake Ave. Sunday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church in the Recreation Hall, 11337 Old U.S. 27 South. Thursday, Dec. 19, 1-4 p.m., Arden Companies, 3510 Piper Drive. Friday, Dec. 20, noon-5 p.m., Bethesda Lutheran Communities, in the Training Room, 1615 Vance Ave. Monday, Dec. 23, 2-4 p.m., Indiana Stamp, 1319 Production Road. Friday, Dec. 27, 2-7 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, in the meeting room, 4700 Vance Ave. Come to donate and get a 2-ounce brick of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Monday, Dec. 30, 2-7 p.m., Emanuel Lutheran Church, in the Fellowship Hall, 800 Green St., New Haven. Come to donate and get a 2-ounce brick of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Monday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Parkview Hospital in the Pach Room, 2200 Randallia Drive. Come to donate and get a 2-ounce brick of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Monday, Dec. 30, 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Walmart, 7502 Southtown Crossing. Come to donate and get a 2-ounce brick of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Monday, Dec. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., Walmart, 10105 Lima Road. Come to donate and get a 2-ounce brick of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. The Fort Wayne Donor Center, 1212 E. California Road in Fort Wayne, also accepts traditional whole blood or double red cell donation and platelet pheresis donation. Lutheran Hospital Donor Center, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107 in Fort Wayne, also accepts traditional whole blood or platelet pheresis donation.

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Community Calendar



Entertainer Steve Forbert. One Lucky Guitar, 1301 Lafayette St. Ste 201. 8 p.m. The songwriter and musician is known for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tune.â&#x20AC;? Call 969-6672. Rumble in Fort Wayne: Indoor Midget Car Races. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $23, $10 for kids 12 and under. Discounts apply for a two-day pass for Dec. 27 and 28. Buy tickets online at Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

SATURDAY, JAN. 18 Fort Wayne Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. Enter from Douglas Street, near Harrison Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fort Wayne Philharmonic Pops presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music of John Williams.â&#x20AC;? The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. The show features music from movies such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lincoln,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;E.T.,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harry Potter,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Schindlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Wars.â&#x20AC;? Tickets start at $28. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

SATURDAY, DEC. 28 Rumble in Fort Wayne: Indoor Midget Car Races. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $23, $10 for kids 12 and under. Discounts apply for a two-day pass for Dec. 27 and 28. Buy tickets online at Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. The Merge Christian singles group. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road. 6-11 p.m. A potluck dinner, a disc jockey for dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles of all denominations to get together. The last Saturday of each month. Locations vary. Down the Hard Chord Line. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7 p.m. Ready for some Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Motley Crue and Judas Priest? Their music will be covered by local bands in this Embassy-originated event. Proceeds beneďŹ t the Embassy Theatre. Big Money & the Spare Change, Cougar Hunter, Lurking Corpses, RP Wigs and a ďŹ fth band â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be announced soon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will bring the music. The lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. with a beer sampling from Five Sar Distributing. The Sweetwater Sound Open Jam will offer the latest in band instruments and sound equipment fou people to play while sampling the latest beers and ales. In addition, band members will be on hand to meet their fans. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the week of the show. Get tickets through Ticketmastor or at the Embassy box ofďŹ ce. For box ofďŹ ce hours visit Or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. The show is general admission seating.


Visit We round up the best of the best each weekend, so you can spend less time planning, and more time doing. Ave. Expo Center. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 12. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

FRIDAY, JAN. 24 WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Free community dinner. Parkwood Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. 5:45 p.m. Free community dinner each Wednesday, except holiday weekends. Call 483-4662.


Harlem Globetrotters â&#x20AC;&#x153;2014 Fans Rule World Tour.â&#x20AC;? Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. 7 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $79. Buy tickets online at Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elvis Lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Broadway at the Embassy.â&#x20AC;? The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. This multimedia and live musical journey shows Elvisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; iconic style, which is embraced by many of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artists, and which continues to intrigue audiences of all generations. The show features ďŹ nalists from Elvis Presley Enterprisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, in addition to a tribute to Ann-Margret. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.




Fort Wayne Bridal Spectacular. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. Noon-4 p.m. Admission is $10. For details, visit Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. Gun & Knife Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 12. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. Fort Wayne Farmers Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field. Enter from Douglas Street, near Harrison Street. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Today, see a cooking demonstration by Parkview chefs. For details, visit

SUNDAY, JAN. 5 Fort Wayne Bridal Spectacular. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. Noon-4 p.m. Admission is $10. For details, visit Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. Gun & Knife Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell

Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mizpah Shrine Circus OfďŹ ce, 1015 Memorial Way, behind Casaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Parnell Avenue. Ticket prices range from $12 to $20. Call 422-7122. Tickets ordered before Jan. 18 will be mailed. For details and photos, visit The Mizpah Circus Fair is in the basement of the Coliseum, and opens one hour before the ďŹ rst show of the day and continues until one hour after the last show of the day ends.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Masterworks presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lincoln Portrait.â&#x20AC;? The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. Works include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nocturnesâ&#x20AC;? by Claude Debussey, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lark Ascendingâ&#x20AC;? by Ralph Vaughan Williams, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lincoln Portraitâ&#x20AC;? by Aaron Copland, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 6â&#x20AC;? by George Anthell. Tickets start at $28. Andrew Constantine conducts. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664. Tickets also are available by through Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.

SUNDAY, JAN. 12 Great Lakes Challenge Wrestling Championship. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 10 a.m. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

TUESDAY, JAN. 14 Fort Wayne Farm Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

Fish fry. Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave. 4:30-7 p.m. $8 for adults; $4 for children 6 to 10; free to ages 6 and under. Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 7 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description. Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. Noon-9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description. Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. In the Arena. 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. For details, see Jan. 23 description. Outdoor Sports Lake & Cabin Show. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Expo Center. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot. MONDAY, JAN. 27 Million Dollar Quartet. The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7:30 p.m. This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father of Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Roll,â&#x20AC;? brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. Box ofďŹ ce hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 424-5664.

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