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Principal Stan Lipinoga said St. Rose of Lima Catholic School wants to continue as a central part of the Monroeville community. “The community of Monroeville fought very hard to not have their community school close down,” he said. “So in a sense we’re bringing back to the entire community by reopening their school.” The parish board began working with the East Allen County Schools to buy the shuttered Monroeville Elementary School building more than two years ago. Pastor the Rev. Lourdino Fernandes first proposed the purchase, Lipinoga said. Within a month, the community gathered more than a half-million dollars in pledges. Carolyn Kirkendall was principal at the time. “I saw the beginning of the process, the inquiring

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Carolyn Kirkendall was principal when St. Rose of Lima Parish began negotiating to buy the former Monroeville Elementary School. Stan Lipinoga is in his second year as principal. Three classrooms were converted into the chapel in the new building.

and going to the East Allen School Board meetings, working with Father, meeting with the diocesan offices and getting the permission,” Kirkendall said. “And actually we thought we had it, and we celebrated it, and then we

had to wait for two years.” That interval was the minimum between a public school’s closing and its sale to a private school under state law, which has since been changed, the principals explained.

School year grows longer as winter cancels classes East Allen County Schools has extended the school year through June 9 to make up for snow days. However, the district is exploring other ways to make up those missed days, said Tamyra Kelly, East Allen’s public relations liaison. The state of Indiana requires 180 classroom days each school year. Class days that are canceled must be rescheduled, even pushing the year beyond the scheduled graduation dates. Most area district have experienced 10 or more canceled school days this winter, in addition to days when classes have been postponed due to hazardous travel. Some schools have said they will extend the school year and conduct graduations, but students will receive only a binder without the formal, completed diploma. Public and private schools extended their calendars and weighed their options, even as winter continued its assault. School officials insist, though, that student safety will drive their decisions through the rest of the winter. Fort Wayne Community Schools had canceled classes 11 days as of Feb. 6.

Public Affairs Director Melanie Hall said the school calendar has been extended accordingly, through June 11. She said the district tracked snow days going back through the 1999-2000 school year. “The previous high was six closures in 2011, all in February,” Hall said. Even more snow days will not force a change in Fort Wayne’s graduation schedule. Those ceremonies are scheduled for June 21. Some school districts extended the first semester because of the storms. The State Board of Education met Feb. 6 in Indianapolis, and also agreed to extend the window for ISTEP tests. Schools now may finish the tests as late as March 21, instead of March 12. At Blackhawk Christian School, Lead Administrator Linda Pearson said calendar adjustments need to be finalized. “So far we’ve had 10 snow days, of which the state has waived two days, and we have eight that we need to figure out,” Pearson said. The Blackhawk superintendent said 800 children from preschool through high school attend the two campuses on either side of State Street. She said she talks with other administrators each morning as she weighs the twin imperatives of quality of education and student safety.

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Today, Lipinoga is in his second year as principal. The former St. Joseph Catholic School moved into its new home in December. Kirkendall, retired from 27 years as See SCHOOL, Page A4

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald will present the Bill Fritcha Memorial Award in conjunction with his State of the City address Monday, March 10. The evening begins with registration at 5:30 p.m. at The Orchid banquets and events center, 11508 Lincoln Highway East. Dinner tickets are $25 each, or $175 Bill Fritcha for a table of eight. RSVP by March 3 to the New Haven Chamber of Commerce. Call Sue Byrd at 749-4484 or email sbyrd@newhavenindiana.org. The award is named for construction company owner Bill Fritcha, who died in February 2011. McDonald said the extent of Fritcha’s community service was not widely known, because Fritcha did not seek credit for his work. Like the namesake of the award, the recipient must demonstrate civic engagement, must serve with humility, and must perform acts of kindness unknown to most. The nomination deadline is noon Feb. 28. Pick up a nomination form by calling the mayor’s office at 748-7070, or pick up a nomination form at City Hall, or visit newhavenin.org. “Not a single bad word could be said about this man,” McDonald said of Fritcha, a lifelong resident of New Haven. Many of his contributions were only discussed in the days after Fritcha’s death, McDonald said. “He was a darned good guy, who really cared about people, who cared about his community,” McDonald said. “When you give you should do it in quiet, not do it with great fanfare,” McDonald said. Such service awards had been presented occasionally, the mayor said, and staff members suggested that the award be named for Fritcha. See FRITCHA, Page A2


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Bishop Luers to host 19 high school show choirs Bishop Luers High School will hold its 40th annual show choir invitational as part of a two-day celebration March 7 and 8. At 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, six local middle school show choirs will compete at Luers, 333 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne. Tickets are $5. On Saturday, March 8, Luers will be host to the longest running swing choir competition in the nation. The day competition begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m. The evening competition begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold at the door. Tickets are $10 for the day show or the evening show, or $15 for all day. Luers will welcome show choirs from 19 high schools. “Some of the most talented high school singers and dancers in the

region will provide spectacular entertainment throughout the day and night,” Luers said Link in a news release. For more information, call Luers at 456-1261. In 1994, the 20th annual event was marked with a special swing choir directed by the founder, the Rev. Fred Link. In 2004, for the 30th invitational, Link returned to welcome 18 choirs and a large group of Minstrel alumni. To mark the 40th show choir invitational, Link will return to judge. Luers has invited all past grand champions to compete again. The high school released a history of the invitational. Excerpts from

that announcement follow: “Bishop Luers is proud to be the place where high school swing choir competitions began more than 40 years ago. “In January of 1975 the Minstrels, the swing choir at Bishop Luers High School, conceived the idea of organizing and hosting a swing choir contest. The Minstrels felt they and other young groups might learn and benefit by observing some of the area’s most distinguished choirs performing in an open competition. They felt it would help stimulate a wider interest in and appreciation for swing choirs by making it possible for many groups to perform the same day before large audiences. “In less than two months, judges were contacted, rules were established and trophies

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The 2013-14 Bishop Luers High School Minstrels will be hosts to a two-day event.

acquired. Seven fine swing choirs were invited to perform. The idea worked so well that the following year 15 high school groups were invited to the contest. “By 1979, 20 swing choirs from around the Midwest accepted the challenge of coming to Fort Wayne to compete for trophies and medals. That year, more than 600

students and 1,500 parents attended the contest. “The local PBS station broadcast the early years of the competition, and in 1983, the program aired on PBS stations around the country. That led to international exposure and growth in swing choir competitions around the country. “The yearly invitation to participate in the

Bishop Luers High School annual Show Choir Invitational is mailed to over 250 show choirs throughout the country, and appears on show choir websites. Show choirs then register and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the invitational. Welcome packets are mailed and another invitational is under way.”

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“He would be embarrassed that we would name something after him,” McDonald said. “But I believe his family thinks it’s fitting, too, because people like that can only be championed after they’re gone.” Diane Fritcha said she also was surprised to learn that her husband of 50 years had helped so many. “I was really surprised when he got this award, because I did not know he stopped in and volunteered all these services,” she said. “He didn’t want anybody to praise him. He never got his name in the newspaper,” she said. “He would have been just thrilled to have this, but I think he would have been embarrassed.” Bill Fritcha was three years older than his brother and co-worker Dick, who believes Bill “would have just kind of laughed, and be humbled” by such an award.


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When Concordia Lutheran High School presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Feb. 22 and 23, drama director Chris Murphy will experience a unique moment in his 13-year career at Concordia. “I get the great opportunity to be in the show with my son, who is a senior,” Murphy said. “I have directed him in over a dozen CLHS shows.” Chris Murphy plays Jacob, while Bradley Murphy plays Judah. “And in this production,” the elder Murphy said in an email, “my three children are all involved, as well as my three nieces and two second cousins — a family show with a family involved. We have many siblings involved in the show as well.” Concordia presented “Dreamcoat” once before, but with an earlier director. Murphy directed “Dreamcoat”

twice before, at the grade school level. Choreographer Kate Majorins also is familiar with the play, having played the Narrator in “Dreamcoat” in high school. She is from Nebraska, and works as a dancer and dance teacher in Fort Wayne. This is her third production at Concordia. Tavis Schlicker and Stephanie Maxson serve as music directors. Dianne Moellering conducts the orchestra. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Concordia, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students in high school or younger. Tickets will be available in the school office after Feb. 17. Murphy said Dianne Giannakeff and Janet Mishler have labored for many hours on the costumes. More than 75 grade school and high school students will act or sing. “I pick shows based on the students who are currently active in

the drama department,” Murphy said of the play choice. “I also pick shows that offer some kind of message.” “As a Christian school, we are not tied to selecting only Biblebased plays, but when we have the opportunity, it is a great chance for us to witness to the community. This is one of the best Bible-based musicals there is — great music, lots of dancing, great humor — and it sticks largely to the true story from the Bible.” Ella Eggold, Meghan LaCroix and Ellen Moussou play the Narrators. Nathan Sutaphong plays Joseph. The brothers are portrayed by Micah Reynolds, Nik Kiess, Andrew Bower, Jacob Allen, John Dolde, Collin Peterson, Jordan Strable, Aaron Reynolds, Jacob Panning, Jacob Bryant and Bradley Murphy. Other named roles include: Potiphar, Ryan Springer; Mrs. Potiphar, Darienne Rea; Butler, Caleb Linnemeier; Baker, Andrew Wick; and Pharaoh, Jonathan NaThalang.

Camp wins national award Camp Red Cedar was honored for “extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the camp movement,” during the Feb. 5-8 national conference of the American Camp Association in Orlando, Fla. “Over the past years, the camp and its director, Carrie Perry, have made strides to work with local and national organizations to better the services offered,” stated the award nomination letter. Today, the camp serves nearly 800 children and adults with and without disabilities each summer through its day camps, including designated camp weeks for Autism Community Together and Down Syndrome Association Northeast Indiana to provide children a nurturing outdoor environment. The 57-acre Camp Red Cedar facility offers year-around therapeutic and ablebodied horseback riding lessons, trail rides, summer day camps and residential

retreats and facility rentals. “We are honored and thrilled that Camp Red Cedar was selected to receive this award,” said Karen Shollenberger, vice president of AWS/Benchmark, which owns Camp Red Cedar. “Camp Director Carrie Perry and her staff have grown and enriched camp programs to offer children with disabilities programs such as karate, additional adaptive equipment to enable everyone to enjoy our 10-acre lake and a more extensive schedule of fun, outdoor activities. She and the staff have earned this award, and the hundreds of children and adults who visit us each summer are reaping the benefits of her vision and hard work.” “The camp community, profession and experience have been enriched by each and every award recipient, whose work takes us closer to our vision of a camp experience for every child,” said ACA CEO Peg Smith.

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principal, joins the host of volunteers who clean and maintain the building and assist the teachers. “We have had open houses, and we have other events in the works,” Lipinoga said. “We’re trying to, best we can, get the word out to everybody in the community to come check us out.” “We’ll never lose our Catholic identity,” he said. “They’re getting a Catholic education, but they’re getting a great Christian education.” Academically, he said, the school’s record speaks for itself. “In the past 20 years, roughly, from this school we have had 16

either valedictorians or salutatorians from Bishop Luers and Heritage high schools,” he said. This school year, the school serves 86 children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Next year, the school will add preschool for ages 3 and 4. “We went from approximately 10,000 square feet to 64,000 square feet,” he said. The old school had five classrooms; the new building has 17. “It’s more space than we may ever use,” he said. Already, some classrooms have been converted into a chapel. Other classrooms have been reconfigured into a media center, he said. The focus is on skills such as

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collaboration and communication, rather than just on technology, he said. Three or four students will gather around a single computer, and share in research and a group presentation. “These are high school skills, they’re college skills, they’re lifelong skills,” he said. “There are not many jobs where you work by yourself and you don’t have to be able to communicate and work in groups. So these are 21st-century skills, and then the technology is just a piece that goes with that.” “We have students from as far away as New Haven and Hoagland, and some from Ohio,” the principal said. School choice scholarships mean new opportunities, he said. “Before, some of the community might not have thought this was an option because of expense. But now, there’s nothing to worry about there,” he said. The principal said he and the Rev. Fernandes are determined that no one should be turned away because of a lack of ability to pay. As for the old school building, adjacent to the nearby church, Lipinoga said that use remains to be determined. “We need a place for funeral dinners, for pancake breakfasts, for doughnuts and coffee, and possibly moving the church offices into that building,” he said. The

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First-grader Madison Witte finishes her lunch in the cafeteria at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School in Monroeville.

office currently is in the pastor’s house, he said. The name St. Rose of Lima is from the founding of the parish school 101 years ago. About two decades into its history, the principal explained, the school was faced with having to shut its doors. Prayers were offered to St. Joseph and those prayers were answered, Lipinoga said. The pastor at that time felt the name should be changed in gratitude, Lipinoga said. “As we move into our new building, we’re starting our next hundred years of Catholic education, and now that we’re not right next-door to the church anymore, we wanted to be able to tie back into the church, so that’s not lost,” he said. “And we asked our parents and parishioners, and 80 percent said yes, let’s become St. Rose again. So we asked

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Alzheimer’s support groups available The Alzheimer’s Association offers free, monthly support group meetings at several sites in and near Fort Wayne. Care-givers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support, and exchange coping experiences and strategies. Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional or family member. “It’s important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia care-giving. Support groups are a great way to meet other care-givers for advice and understanding,” said Kristi Ritchie of the Alzheimer’s Association.

There is no cost or commitment for care-givers to attend. For a full listing of all of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter’s support groups, visit alz.org/indiana or call the Helpline at (800) 272-3900. Local meeting sites include: Abundant Life Church, 3301 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. Room 141. Use Entrance 4 at Hobson Road. This support group meets the second Monday of each month, from 6-7 p.m. Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 8010 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. This support group meets the second Thursday of each

month, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church, 12707 Tonkel Road, Fort Wayne. This support group meets the second Monday of each month, from 9-10 a.m. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. This support group meets the third Thursday of each month, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. This support group meets the second Thursday of each month, from 10-11 a.m. Waynedale Branch, Allen County Public Library, 2200 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne. This support group

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olis; state administrator for Res-Care, based in Illinois and Indiana; and executive director of the Blare House in Des Plaines, Ill. Founded in 1960, AWS/Benchmark’s 3,200 employees serve 8,500 individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness in 10 states. Its mission is to help children and adults with disabilities live as independently as possible, be included in the community and function at their maximum potential. For more information about these services, visit awsusa.com. “We are pleased Doug can share his diverse leadership and industry experience as a senior manager at AWS/Benchmark, both through the programs he oversees and with his peers across the organization,� said William J. Swiss, president.

Beebe earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wabash College, and his master’s in psychology, focusing on rehabilitation, from Purdue University – Indianapolis. His industry leadership positions include serving on these boards: CICOA Aging and In-Home Services, Indiana’s largest area agency on aging (chair, 2011 to 2012); Leading Age Indiana/ Indiana Association of Homes and Services for the Aged (chair, 20122014); Indiana Hospital Association Rehabilitation Task Force (chair, 2012current); Brain Injury Association of Indiana; Statewide Head Injury Leadership Board; and Indianapolis Mayor’s Disability Awareness Council (2007 to 2009). He is a member of numerous industry associations.

Red Cross lists blood drives The American Red Cross has scheduled blood drives throughout the area during February, which is American Heart Month. To schedule an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767, or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Local blood drives include: Saturday, Feb. 22, 8-10:30 a.m., Glenbrook Hyundai, 4801 Coldwater Road. Saturday, Feb. 22, 12:30-3 p.m., Glen-

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Chili cook-off lures diners to brave winter By Garth Snow gsnow@kpcmedia.com

The same weather that makes a chili cook-off inviting also makes it difficult to schedule. But this time the contest is on, said Emily Campbell, the chairwoman of the St. Peter’s Chili Cook-Off, rescheduled for Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at the school, 7810 Maysville Road. The meal begins immediately after the 5 p.m. service at the church, 7710 E. State Blvd. The meal had been scheduled for Jan. 18, but the weather intervened. Cooks were given enough notice to postpone their cooking and prepare for the new date. Nor is this the first time winter has played havoc with this winter celebration. The 2013 chili cook-off was called off altogether. So technically, Campbell explained, this is not the third annual cook-off, but it’s a third iteration of the event. “The tickets are priced in a very family-friendly pricing structure,” Campbell said. “So if you’re a larger family that has six children and Mom and Dad want to come, too, it’s still just a flat $20.” Individuals pay $5 for the all-you-can-eat dinner. The reasons for the first chili celebration still apply, she said. “I was new to the school, and president of the PTO, and we needed a fun winter event because we were all holed up in our homes,” she said. “You become

a hermit in those winter months. And everyone likes chili. And we wanted something to involve the guys.” She envisioned it as sort of a night off for the women, with men sharing the work. “Historically, we do have more men than we have women, which we love,” she said. Because she is the chairwoman, Campbell is not eligible to cook for the throngs of judges. “I have tried to pass off the chairmanship,” she said. “I think I’ve got a winner.” Campbell said she expects 18 to 20 cooks to volunteer this year. Contestants bring her chili ready to serve. The school will provide crackers. “A lot of crackers,” she said. “We also provide all the toppings that you could ever want for a bowl of chili soup, such as jalapenos, cheese, onions and oyster crackers. And we have cornbread. We also provide a hand-held dessert like a cookie, a brownie, a Rice Krispies treat. And we provide water and lemonade.” “We provide a kids’ bar,” Campbell said, “which this year will include hot dogs, carrot sticks, applesauce cups, fruit cups and goldfish crackers.” The 2012 dinner drew more than 250 diners. “Everyone is a judge,” she said. “Each adult gets three poker chips. Blue is for their favorite overall, red is for deliciously spicy, and yellow is for something unique. We have an area with slotted coin banks to identify the soups, so it remains a blind vote so you

don’t know who provided the chili, and we think that is key.” The committee counts coins to determine category winners and an overall winner. “We also have a green chip, which is given to everyone who is 14 or younger, and it identifies the kids’ choice chili,” she said. Campbell said sometimes the younger voters choose a chili based in part on its name. “Like last time it was the Rootin’ Tootin’ Musical Beans Soup,” she said. Campbell said the event is very informal. “Everyone is walking around, coloring on tablecloths,” she said. “My husband (Brett) described it as the most social of our school-sponsored events. It’s a fun blend of competition between the people who come from the community, the people who are school parents, and the larger church congregation. And even with a large church, those groups don’t often blend. So this event does a really good job of blending those.” Diners will be as young as the Campbells’ 18-month-old son. One of the regular cooks is about 70, she said. Anyone interested in becoming a contestant may pick up the rules at the school. Or, contact Campbell at emily.m.campbell@hotmail.com. The same weather that has canceled her event might also benefit the dinner. “The sales are always good at the grocery store when it’s cold,” she said, “and we’re hoping for good sales, too.”

Screening van gives schedule The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach visits locations throughout the Fort Wayne area. Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date of the visit. For an appointment, call (260) 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 26540. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. March 10, Parkview Physician Group – Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. March 17, Leo Jr./ Sr. High School, 14600 Amstutz Road, Leo. March 21, Kroger, 821 Lincoln Highway, New Haven.


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Quilters expect 700 to share fabrics and ideas By Garth Snow gsnow@kpcmedia.com

Deb Stachowiecz was just running an errand when she found a hobby that she now shares with hundreds of other quilters from throughout northeast Indiana. The Appleseed Quilters Guild has chosen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sharing the Love Through Quiltingâ&#x20AC;? as the theme of the Gathering of Quilters 2014. But even ďŹ ve years ago, Stachowiecz said, the organization was known for sharing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the Appleseedsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; focuses is philanthropy,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and they pick an orga-

nization and they give a quilt to rafďŹ&#x201A;e off or sell or something for a fundraiser for that organization.â&#x20AC;? That year, she said, the quilters chose to share with the Allen County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reserve, which her husband served. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I was the person they sent to the guild to pick up this rafďŹ&#x201A;e quilt, and I was so impressed that night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even without a background in sewing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This is my activity.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Quilting guilds and vendors will converge at the Gathering of Quilters, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Wayne High School, Fort

Gathering of Quilters 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road, Fort Wayne. Early registration is available at $20 through Feb. 25. That price includes a box lunch from Goegleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering, a shopping bag with commemorative pin and other gifts, and door prizes. Without advance registration, admission is $15, but does not include a lunch. Several restaurants are available nearby. For registration information, visit appleseedquiltersguild.com.

Wayne. Highlights will include quilt appraisals, a show-and-tell, a quilt rafďŹ&#x201A;e, an ugly fabric swap, a block exchange, and scissor sharpening. The host club has about 150 members, from Auburn, Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Harlan, Hoagland, Huntertown, Leo, Monroeville, St. Joe and Spencerville, and from Antwerp, Ohio. The club holds meetings and workshops at Classic Cafe at 4832 Hillegas Road in northwest Fort Wayne. Susie Hague is with the Noble Nimble Thimbles quilt club, which was host to the 2013 Gathering of Quilters at the Kruse World War II Victory Museum in Auburn. About 700 quilt enthusiasts attended the event, which rotates among venues in northeast Indiana. Hague will oversee the block exchange and ugly fabric contest at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bring a half-a-yard piece and put it in a brown lunch bag,

I&M investing $500 million By Barry Rochford brochford@kpcmedia.com

Indiana Michigan Power announced a $500 million project to upgrade its electricity transmission infrastructure in Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Huntington, Wells and Adams counties and Paulding County, Ohio, beginning within the next year. The project, which Fort Wayne-based I&M has dubbed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powering Up Northeast Indianaâ&#x20AC;? plan, would take six to eight years to complete, utility ofďŹ cials said. According to I&M, most of the work would be done in existing rights of way; however, the project does call for some new routes. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Powering Up Northeast Indianaâ&#x20AC;? plan is split into ďŹ ve smaller projects: â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding transmission lines and substations, and installing new lines from

I&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robison Park substation in north Fort Wayne to the Roanoke area; â&#x20AC;˘ Upgrading transmission lines, renovating substations and building new substations from north Fort Wayne to Auburn; â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding transmission lines and installing new lines from north Fort Wayne east into Paulding County; â&#x20AC;˘ Upgrading transmission lines and installing new lines in the Spy Run area of Fort Wayne north to the Robison Park substation; and â&#x20AC;˘ Rebuilding transmission lines and substations and building new substations from I&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lincoln substation southeast of Fort Wayne to the Decatur area. Sarah Bodner, director of community relations and communications at I&M, said one reason the utility is moving forward with the project is because the average age of its transmission infrastructure is between 40 and 60 years old.

and if you bring one you can take one,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then you take that piece of fabric home and use it in a quilt or wall hanging or whatever, and you bring it back the next year, and the works are displayed and people vote on them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of fun, because sometimes you get a piece of fabric and you think â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whoa, that is really ugly.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But then you work to turn it into something nice.â&#x20AC;? Beth Ferrier of Applewood Farm Publications, Saginaw, Mich., will bring a trunk show of quilts and offer an hourlong program. The author of four books and creator of dozens of quilt patterns has appeared on HGTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Quiltsâ&#x20AC;? and other TV programs. Anne Tinkel, the 2014 event chairwoman, is familiar with Ferrierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quilting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her work appealed to me and I thought her work would appeal to a variety of people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; traditional pieces and applique â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and her topic will be

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Will You Make Me a Quilt?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I thought that would ďŹ t in well with our theme,â&#x20AC;? Tinkel said. Guild members create quilts for children at Camp Watcha-Wan-

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East Allen County Times • February 21, 2014

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Merge Christian singles group. Parkwood Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. 6-11 p.m. This nonprofit organization holds a potluck dinner, games and dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles to get together. Events are held the last Saturday of each month. Locations vary.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 23 Orion Samuelson. Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. The longtime voice of agriculture has served as agribusiness director of WGN Radio since 1960. Buy tickets through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or NPACVW.org.

MONDAY, FEB. 24 CYO Wrestling Camp begins. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. The Bishop Dwenger Wrestling Team will host CYO Wrestling Camp. Camp will run Feb. 24-27, March 3-5 and March 10-13, and conclude with the CYO/South Bend tournament at Marian High School in Mishawaka on March 15. Boys in grades Pre-K through 8 are welcome to participate. Camp for grades Pre-K-4 will be held at BDHS from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 5-8 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Visit bishopdwenger.com for the registration form. Registration will be open on the first night of camp. Cost is $25 payable, to John Tone. Contact Coach Tone with any questions, 496-4701 or jtone2@comcast.net. Smart Start Story Time. Monroeville Branch Library, 115 Main St., Monroeville. 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the latest books, some old favorites, and a craft each week.

TUESDAY, FEB. 25 Fort Wayne Area Community Band. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, IPFW, 2102 E. Coliseum Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Conductor Scott Humphries and assistant conductor Susan Jehl have chosen a variety of music that includes “South Pacific,” “Sancho and the Windmills,” “Variations on America,” “Tempered Steel,” “At Morning’s First Light,” “Manhattan Beach March” and more. Adult tickets are $7, seniors $6, children under 12 $2 and IPFW students free with student ID. Free parking is available in the garage across from the Music Center. Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.50. This month’s program is the “Warming Your Heart” luncheon. Reservations due by Feb. 18 to 672-3414. Free childcare available. Born to Read. Grabill Branch Library, 13521 State St., Grabill. 10:30 a.m. For babies and their care-givers. Smart Start Story Time. New Haven Branch Library, 648 Green St., New Haven. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and an easy craft just right for preschoolers.

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The 41st annual Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show, presented by Windows, Doors and More, will be Feb. 27-March 2 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Find admission prices and other details at home-gardenshow.com. The show features more than 650 exhibitors each year. Seminars will be presented by home and garden specialists, including local morel mushroom hunter Alex Babich.

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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. All-you-can-eat fish, baked potato or scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, roll and butter, and dessert. Trivia Knight. Bishop Luers High School gymnasium, 333 E. Pauling Road. 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Gather a table of 10 adults to play trivia against other tables of 10. Table reservations are $100 (limited

LEGO Mania. Monroeville Branch Library, 115 Main St., Monroeville. 6:30 p.m. Bring your own LEGOs or use the library’s, and enjoy a treat.

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Saints Alive! preview night. Bishop Dwenger High School main gymnasium, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. 7-9:30 p.m. $10 per person. Tickets are available at the door. Guests see the gymnasium decorated for the

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to 10 adults). Soft drinks and water are complimentary; beer, wine and margaritas are available for purchase. Contact Trish Scheible at 6255605 for reservations. Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 10:30 a.m. This story time features fingerplays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts.

Leo’s Got Talent. Leo High School, 14600 Amstutz Road, Leo. 7:30 p.m. Admission $5. Celebrity judges will review 20 acts, including singing, dancing and instrumentals. Teen Thursday. New Haven Branch Library, 648 Green St., New Haven. 3:30 p.m. Yarn Lover’s Gathering. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 7 p.m. This program is for those who know how to knit or crochet, and those who would like to learn.

Free community dinner. Parkwood Church of God, 3320 Trier Road. 5:45 p.m. Free community dinner each Wednesday, except holiday weekends. Smart Start Story Time. Grabill Branch Library, 13521 State St., Grabill. 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their grown-ups are invited to attend a story time to help them as the preschoolers begin to read. Smart Start Story Time. New Haven Branch Library, 648 Green St., New Haven. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays and an easy craft just right for preschoolers.

March 8 fundraiser. Admission includes beverage and food, donated by Casa Restaurants. A silent auction will benefit the “Dancing Through the Decades” fundraiser to control tuition costs. Whoever receives the key to a treasure chest will win two tickets to next year’s fundraiser, an iPad, and almost $1,000 in gift certificates. Tickets are available at the door. Yarn Lover’s Gathering. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 7 p.m. This program is for those who know how to knit or crochet, and those who would like to learn.

All-you-can-eat fish fry. Knights of Columbus Council 451, 601 Reed Road. 5-7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The public is welcome. $8 for adults, $4 for 12 and under. Meal includes fish, two sides and beverage. Community Photography Show. New Haven Park Center, 1125 Hartzell St., in the large room. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The exhibit opens today and continues 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through March 26. Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 10:30 a.m. This story time features fingerplays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts.

The Spinners. Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 7:30 p.m. The legendary R&B recording artists have sold millions of records and topped both the pop and R&B charts. Tickets range from $27 to $37, and are on sale through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or NPACVW.org. The box office is open noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. “Audience Choice 2013/14.” IPFW Auer Performance Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. For the third year in a row, Fort Wayne Philharmonic conductor Andrew Constantine is leaving it up to The Phil’s patrons to program an evening of beautiful and exciting music. Anticipations run high throughout the Masterworks Series, leading up to the concert as patrons cast their votes for a unique program. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at fwphil.org, or at the Embassy box office. For more information, visit fwphil.org. Model Railroad Show & Swap. Coliseum Bingo, 911 W. Washington Center road. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission $5 for adults, $7 for the family. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The Maumee Valley Railroad Club Inc. plans dozens of tables of model railroad bargains, with at least one operating railroad layout. Historical and other organizations represented. Concessions available. Parking free. This is the 19th year of this event.

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Saints Alive! 2014 “Dancing Through the Decades.” Bishop Dwenger High School main gymnasium, 1300 E. Washington Center Road. 6 p.m. $325 per couple. The yearly dinner and auction follows months of work by hundreds of volunteers. This year’s theme coincides with the school’s 50th anniversary. Highlights include silent auction booths, a live auction, an opportunity to donate to the school’s live tuition assistance program, and opportunities to reminisce with old friends. To register, follow the links at bishopdwenger.com. Talisman jewelry workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $85. Tools and most materials are provided. Maximum of 10 participants. Bring your old charms, single earrings, or other mementos of metal, wood or plastic. For more information, visit artfarmindiana.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 The Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. The concert features the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Regional guest vocalists — tenor Jake Wilder and soprano Mary Ann Falk — are featured. Tickets are $20 and are on sale through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or NPACVW.org. The box office is open noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MONDAY, MARCH 10 College Fair. Homestead High School, 4310 Homestead Road. 6-7 p.m. No charge for admission. Homestead High School will be host to its annual college fair. More than 80 universities, two-year colleges and vocational schools from throughout the U.S. will be represented. Representatives from the armed forces and financial institutions are expected to be on hand. The program is open to the public. One junior or senior student will win a $200 scholarship.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Woodburn Kids Club. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 3 p.m. Each meeting will include a game, a reader’s theater, a craft and a snack, with book sharing.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Fort Wayne Farmers’ Market. Lincoln Financial Event Center, 1301 Ewing St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. “Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy’s Big Adventure.” Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 Ohio 118 South, Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. Little Buddy is a proud Tyrannosaurus Rex, living happily in the Pteranodon family next. But what happens when he grows up? The show explores that adventure. Tickets range from $12 to $27, and are on sale through the Niswonger box office, (419) 238-6722, or NPACVW.org. The box office is open noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The fun goes beyond the show. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the characters after the show and capture a memorable picture. Also, as a sweet reward, all ticketed patrons will be entered to win a Dinosaur Train-theme cake from cakecrazy, in Van Wert. 2D Mixed Media with Susan Kline. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75. Includes all materials, including the canvas. Maximum of 12 participants. Kline, an award-winning artist, brings her sense of humor and creative expertise to guided participants through the process of creating their own mixed media work of art. Kline has authored a number of how-to books on the creative arts. All materials, including the canvas will be provided. For more information, visit artfarmindiana.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Black-and-white film. The Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. “Robin Hood” (1922), an action adventure starring Douglas Fairbanks. Clark Wilson accompanies on the Grand Page Pipe Organ. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children 12 or younger with valid student ID. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 Those Witty Brits. New Haven Branch Library, 648 Green St., New Haven. 7 p.m. A book club devoted to British humor.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 Yarn Lover’s Gathering. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 7 p.m. This program is for those who know how to knit or crochet, and those who would like to learn.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 10:30 a.m. This storytime features fingerplays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 Merge Christian singles group. Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church, 10145 Maysville Road. 6-11 p.m. This nonprofit organization holds a potluck dinner, games and a disc jockey for dancing, plus ice-breakers to allow Christian singles of all denominations to get together. Events are held the last Saturday of each month. Locations vary. Casino Night/Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. Monroeville Park Pavilion, 421 Monroe St., Monroeville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free admission. All proceeds benefit St. Rose School. To reserve a seat or for more information, email asimshauser1@frontier.com. Fort Wayne City Handbell Festival. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St. The final concert is at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken. More than 60 handbell musicians from throughout Fort Wayne will participate. The guest conduct is Lee J. Afdahl, the director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Minn. Afdahl has more than 40 years of experience in leading choral and handbell ensembles. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops and church music conferences in the United States and internationally.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23 “The Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement.” Niswonger

Publicize your event through InFortWayne.com and Times Community Publications. Submit your calendar entries online, or email gsnow@kpcmedia.com, or call (260) 426-2640, ext. 321. Please submit your events by March 13 to be considered for publication in the March 21 edition of the East Allen County Times. learn the technique of adhering found materials, including pottery shards, dinnerware, game chips, stones, buttons, etc., onto a wooden frame base. Big through your stash of odds and ends to incorporate Grandma’s chipped china, and draw from the Art Farm’s supply of shards. On Sunday, learn how to grout and finish the frames. For more information, visit artfarmindiana.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 10:30 a.m. This story time features fingerplays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts.

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Heartland will present a Celtic music celebration a full day ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. The music begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the auditorium of the Allen County Public Library in downtown Fort Wayne. Heartland will present the inspirational music of both the modern and ancient Celtic traditions. Tickets for “A Celtic Celebration” are on sale by phone at 436-8080, or at heartlandchorale.org. Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Take a trip to 1960 for the fourth installment of the Church Basement Ladies. Tickets are on sale, ranging from $25 to $40. For more information and to order tickets online, visit npacww.org. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (419) 238-6722. “The Beautiful Freak Show.” Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, 1915 S. Calhoun St. 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance ordered by March 20. Kids 12 and under are admitted for $5. To order “will call” tickets to pick up at the door, visit fifthfreedom.org and click the “Donate” button. Fifth Freedom is a grass-roots, cross-disability organization dedicated to removing the physical and social barriers that often hold people with disabilities hostage to poverty, isolation and underachievement. The Beautiful Freak show is an evening of provocative performance including singing, dancing and fancy footwork with fire. The event also stars comedy magician Doug Schmidt and local musicians. In addition, a silent auction will feature a Colts team-signed football, gift certificates, specialty items from local businessses, theater tickets and more. For more information on the event and the organization, visit fifthfreedom.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Fort Wayne Women’s Midday Connection. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15.50. This month’s program is by Vanessa Lauritsen of Consider it Done, who will help with any chore you have. Reservations due by March 18 to Meridith at (260) 672-3414. Free childcare available. Sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Yarn Lover’s Gathering. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 7 p.m. This program is for those who know how to knit or crochet, and those who would like to learn.

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 Smart Start Story Time. Woodburn Branch Library, 4701 Indiana 101 N., Woodburn. 10:30 a.m. This story time features fingerplays, songs, stories of various lengths, and crafts. 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. All-you-can-eat fish, baked potato or scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, roll and butter, and dessert. Full-service bar available.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 “HMS Pinafore.” Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio. 7:30 p.m. This comedic opera is crewed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Tickets are on sale ranging from $22 to $37. For more information and to order tickets online, visit npacww.org. Box office hours are noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; call (419) 238-6722. Bizet’s “Carmen.” Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Georges Bizet’s music for his opera “Carmen” is full of contrast between intense passions and more light-hearted writing inflected with alluring melodies in the Spanish idiom. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform this Masterworks series program under the direction of Andrew Constantine. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at fwphil.org, or at the Embassy box office. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit fwphil.org. Mosaic workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $110 for both days, Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Includes all materials. Maximum of 10 participants. On Saturday,

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Mosaic workshop. The Art Farm, 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $110 for both days, Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Includes all materials. Maximum of 10 participants. On Saturday, learn the technique of adhering found materials, including pottery shards, dinnerware, game chips, stones, buttons, etc., onto a wooden frame base. Big through your stash of odds and ends to incorporate Grandma’s chipped china, and draw from the Art Farm’s supply of shards. On Sunday, learn how to grout and finish the frames. For more information, visit artfarmindiana.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Singer Matt Walch. Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive, Roanoke. Doors open 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Hear the threetime winner of the Top Gigmasters Big Band Singer Award. His performances have taken him to New York, Chicago, Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Springs, Calif., and Boston. Tickets are $10. Buy tickets online at cottageeventcenter.com. Or, call 483-3508. His music includes the Big Band standards of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Bobby Darin and other legends. For more information, visit singermattwalch. com. Proceeds benefit the Huntington County Free Health Clinic.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18 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. All-you-can-eat fish, baked potato or scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, roll and butter, and dessert. Full-service bar available.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.” IPFW Auer Performance Hall, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17. Possibly the most recognizable musical phrase throughout the entire world opens the beginning of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform this Masterworks series program under the direction of Andrew Constantine. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at fwphil.org, or at the Embassy box office. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit fwphil.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Get Checking workshop. Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., on the IPFW Campus. 5-9 p.m. The series of workshops is part of the Bank On Fort Wayne initiative. The workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, or have mismanaged accounts at banks and credits unions so those accounts are now closed without committing fraud, or have accounts, but continue to still use predatory lenders. All workshops are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. At the completion of the workshop, the participants will receive a certificate that will allow them to open an account at a participating bank or credit union. A $50 incentive is available for opening an account, if qualified. For further information, to register or to receive a registration form, contact Vickie Hadley at the Allen County Extension Service, at 481-6826 or hadleyv@purdue.edu.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 The Bach Collegium-Fort Wayne Season Grand Finale. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 518 E. DeWald St., Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Featuring Bach Collegium singers and early instruments, including baroque natural trumpets and cornetto, and the music of J.S. Bach. Adult tickets are $20, student tickets $5. To buy tickets or for more information about The Bach Collegium, visit bachcollegium.org. Daniel G. Reuning is the artist director of the Bach Collegium. Reuning received his doctoral of music arts degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. He is the kantor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Closing Night: “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.” Embassy Theater, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. 6 p.m. Tickets start at $17. This Ludwig van Beethoven work evolves from a serene opening phrase to the “Ode to Joy” conclusion. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform this Masterworks series program under the direction of Andrew Constantine. Tickets can be purchased by calling 481-0777, online at fwphil.org, or at the Embassy box office. For more information about the program, the artists and the series, visit fwphil.org.

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