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Fort Wayne Ballet marks 60 years of artistry Elements added to decades of traditions for 58th ‘Nutcracker’ performance By Whitney Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fort Wayne Ballet’s 60-year presence has provided the city with decades of artistic entertainment, making Fort Wayne a spot for nationally-recognized ballet schooling and performance. The ballet academy and company have performed many ballets over the years, including “Sleeping Beauty,” “Giselle,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” “Peter and the Wolf,” “Cinderella” and “The Nutcracker.” Beginning first as an academy, the ballet grew to include a regional professional ballet company with dancers moving to Fort Wayne from all over the world to work as an official dancer. The Fort Wayne Ballet began in the 1950s, when Fort Wayne was thriving
as an industrial hub with a myriad of city amenities. Community members felt the area was missing an important part of a proper metropolis — a ballet academy. By 1956, a local group’s organization and fundraising came together to provide the city with its first true ballet academy, on Broadway. Fort Wayne Ballet quickly grew and moved to Penn Avenue in 1969, sharing a building with Arts United. The Fort Wayne Ballet is now in its fifth season at its Main Street location at the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. From the academy grew the company. The ballet company started as a location professional dancers would visit for a few weeks out of the year. Now, it has its own group of professional dancers who live and perform in the area yearround. The dancers come
from across the country — California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida — and, currently, one ballerina is from Argentina. Many of the professional dancers are also former Fort Wayne Ballet academy dancers who went through the University of Saint Francis’ dance program, said Karen Gibbons-Brown, executive and artistic director of the Fort Wayne Ballet. Over the past 60 years, many traditions developed for the Fort Wayne Ballet, and its growth and success allow it the opportunity to collaborate with other regional organizations. The company works with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, providing the rare experience of viewing a ballet with a live symphony and choir.
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It also collaborates with sports team in Fort Wayne for National Dance Week, when trading cards of the Fort Wayne Ballet professional dancers and other Fort Wayne athletes are created. One of the more unique traditions the Fort Wayne
Ballet has is its partnership with the Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control for the “Muttcracker,” a spin on “The Nutcracker.” All of the animals incorporated into the show are available for adoption and can be met during intermission in the lobby. Since
the Fort Wayne Ballet started its “Muttcracker,” 70 animals have received new homes, and 10 dance companies in the United States started their own “Muttcracker” shows. One of the company’s See BALLET, Page 19
Surviving the holiday season
For the homeless in Allen County, making it through the winter is a challenge The holiday season is a time of joy for some, stress for others and a little bit of both for most. However, for roughly 1,500 people in Allen County, it is a matter of freezing or not freezing, and holiday cheer is often put on the back burner or completely forgotten. Homelessness does not have any biases and affects every race, age and gender. According to the “Report to the Community: The State of Homelessness in Fort Wayne,” at a point-intime count in 2015 — or a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in a single night — 393 homeless individ-
uals were counted. The same report also estimated that in Allen County, 1,530 people were identified as homeless that same year. Twenty-nine percent of those individuals were male while 72 percent were female; the largest homeless age group was those between 19-29 years old, followed by persons 30-39 years old. Multiple organizations in Fort Wayne assist the homeless, both through emergency shelters and transitional housing. Emergency shelter is especially important as the temperatures drop, with frostbite a very genuine concern. Many shelters receive double or triple the requests for
temporary housing in the winter compared with the summer. “In the spring and summer, we get about nine to 12 calls a day from women needing temporary housing. In the winter months, it increases to about 15 to 19. It’s the desperation of thinking about freezing,” said Patti Jimerson, director of Victory House, an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for women who don’t have children. At Vincent Village, an organization that helps homeless families, 50 families were on a waiting list in November and See HOMELESS, Page A20
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Baekgaard sees hotel in Fort Wayne’s future By Bridgett Hernandez email@example.com
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, cofounder and chief creative officer of Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley, is partnering with Provenance Hotels, a Portland, Ore.-based hotel owner and operator, to develop a $27-million boutique hotel in downtown Fort Wayne. The plan was announced Nov. 22 at a press conference in Ash Skyline Plaza. Baekgaard and Provenance Hotels are working closely with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the city of Fort Wayne to finalize a site selection. Sites under consideration for the project are in the heart of the city. Among the sites under consideration are The Landing and areas around the downtown public library, said Bashar Wali, principal and president of Provenance Hotels. “We haven’t decided on a site yet,” he said.
“We’re trying to make sure that what we do doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb but rather works with the overall plan for downtown Fort Wayne.” Baekgaard said the partners are “pretty close” to selecting a site but, until that time, the exact timeline for the project is indeterminate. “If all goes well, we are probably looking at six to nine months in development and planning and drawing construction docs and then 14 or 18 months of construction,” Wali said. The project is expected to cost a total of $27 million, including an estimated direct cost of $17 million and another $1.8 million in furnishings and expenses. Construction for the project is expected to employ between 150 and 200 people. The plans call for a 120-room hotel with a marquee ground-floor food and beverage operation and meeting spaces designed to serve as a nexus of the
community. A tentative rendering, which was presented at the press conference, featured a six-story building with a rooftop space. “The idea is to create meeting space that’s indoor/outdoor so that in the summer, if you have an event, a wedding, a celebration, a birthday, you could do it indoor or outdoor,” Wali said. Upon completion, the hotel is expected to draw an estimated 45,000 visitors per year and employ 100 individuals. Room rates will depend on the market and seasonality, Wali said. However, he estimates that they will range between the “mid to high $100s.” The hotel is expected to maintain an occupancy of 80 percent or more. Baekgaard will bring her vision and design abilities to the project, and Provenance Hotels will manage the property when it opens in 2019. Robert Wallstrom,
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Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, cofounder and chief creative officer of Fort Waynebased Vera Bradley, is partnering with Provenance Hotels, a Portland, Ore.-based hotel owner and operator, to develop a $27-million boutique hotel in downtown Fort Wayne. The plans were presented at a Nov. 22 event at the Ash Skyline building.
CEO of Vera Bradley, said hotels are often the first impression visitors get when they visit a new city. He is confident that Provenance Hotels will create a place that celebrates the local environment. “This will not be a generic hotel,” he said. “It will be a Fort Wayne hotel, an institution that will celebrate the city.” Baekgaard said the project has long been a
dream of hers. She was inspired to create a place where visitors can linger over the city’s charms – enjoy a performance at the Embassy or experience local restaurants – rather than just do business and leave. The name of the hotel has not yet been decided, however, “The Vera Bradley Hotel” is not in the running. While Baekgaard will bring her vision
and design abilities to the project, she emphasized that it would be a reflection of the city – not of her brand. “It’s not going to look like a Vera Bradley store,” she said. Baekgaard plans to use Indiana limestone and, for the construction process, is hoping to work with a local, regional or Indiana company.
Amateur radio operators enjoy global friendships By Tess Plazek
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The Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society is just one of many groups of ham radio operators in the United States. About 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators reside in the United States and nearly 100 of them are here in Allen County. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, is a form of communication
over long distances. This type of radio technology is considered a hobby and can be enjoyed by anyone who obtains a license. According to the National Association for Amateur Radio website, a license is required because radio waves do not stop for international borders. This hobby enjoyed by thousands gives ham radio operators a chance to communicate with the other side of the world.
As ACARTS Chairman Jim Boyer explained, this group of operators is more like a community. “The nice thing about ham radio is that it is a very open organization,” Boyer said. This open organization also allows for open communication with people from all over the globe. While some local radio antennas can communicate up to a 50-mile radius, other antennas have the capa-
bility of communicating overseas. This is possible by sending radio waves that bounce off the ionosphere, a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, then traveling thousands of miles. According to Boyer, the distance these waves are able to travel depends on the conditions on a given day. Factors such as sunspot activity or simply the time of day contribute to how far radio waves can travel.
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Communicating with people from all over the world with a similar interest in amateur radio allows the operators to build relationships. Boyer explains the conversations held through ham radio as simple and usually lighthearted. “A lot of what we do is just listen and if we hear somebody we’d like to contact, we just give them a call,” Boyer said. “It’s nothing Earthshaking. We talk about
the weather, where they are exactly on the Earth or what country. We try not to get political, we just converse with them about their day-to-day activities.” Friendships are often formed between operators here in Allen County and others on the other side of the world through this form of communication. Boyer explains how they set up a schedule to
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Pacific base still at peace on pastor’s Pearl Harbor By Garth Snow
The U.S. military base of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was big, busy and at peace on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1941. It remains so on Fort Wayne pastor Todd Hammond’s 1-2,400 scale model. Pearl Harbor and the world changed the next morning, Sunday, Dec. 7. Japan sent 353 aircraft and 52 ships and submarines on a surprise attack that destroyed or disabled 19 U.S. Navy ships and more than 300 U.S. aircraft. The attack claimed 2,403 military and civilian lives, with more than half that number aboard the USS Arizona. By the next day, the U.S. was at war with the Empire of Japan. Within days, the U.S. was swept up in a global conflict.
The Great War that had been fought just one generation before Pearl Harbor would now be known simply as World War I. The U.S. and its allies would win the new war less than four years later. The cost of the struggle between World War II victors would continue to be paid at new borders across the globe for generations to come. Hammond chooses to remember the last day before that dramatic and permanent change. It’s still a bright Saturday on Hammond’s little, peaceful Pacific island, which will go on display 75 Decembers later at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. The USS Arizona rests in Battleship Row. Hammond, the pastor of Agape Church of the Brethren, has preserved
that moment on a meticulously painted plywood base that holds ships, housing and airfields. His 25-year project has won the support of a survivor of that attack. Chief Frank Ruby, USN, retired, was aboard an oiling barge moored off Merry Point that morning in 1941. Ruby first visited Hammond’s scale Pearl Harbor years ago in Dayton, Ohio. “He was very impressed when I first met him and I invited him to come and see my little mini-museum,” Hammond said. “He was just sort of humoring me. He thought it would be a few model ships. In fact, he had made a model of the Arizona and then he had seen someone else’s model of the Arizona See MODEL, Page A4
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Todd Hammond’s scale model of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, occupies most of his Fort Wayne garage. The model will be part of an an exhibit through March 1 at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.
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MODEL from Page A3 Memorial, so he was keen to come see it. But then he saw the size of it and the detail involved and he was terribly impressed, and he said ‘Oh, you have to share this.’ And at that point there were a number of friends of his — veterans, both Navy and Army Air Corps — who came to see it.” Ruby proposed to take the model to elementary schools on a flatbed truck, “which would have been just untenable,” Hammond said. “Then he gave the contact information to the director of the National Museum of the United States Navy, and I offered to loan or even donate the model to them. They said they were planning a 75th-anniversary commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which signaled America’s entry into World War II, and he said they would very much like to have this as part of the exhibition. That was more than two years ago that we started making those arrangements.” Ruby, who celebrated his 99th birthday on Nov. 1, will lay a wreath to conclude an opening
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awaken here at the infirmary with no recollection of how he came to be there.” Ruby worked in salvage after the attack, then continued to serve throughout the war. He became part of a still celebrated but ever diminishing remnant of the league of survivors. “He is from my hometown of Dayton, Ohio,” Hammond said. “In fact he was raised in the East Dayton Church of the Brethren. He was actually baptized by my dear wife’s great uncle, who was pastor at the
East Dayton church for 50, 60 years.” When Hammond and Chief Ruby met, Hammond was pastor of the Brookville Church of the Brethren, in Dayton. “When I first told him this model was going to go Washington for the 75th anniversary, I said ‘I do hope you will be able to come, Mr. Ruby.’ And he said ‘Well I’m 96 now; I can’t guarantee I’ll still be here.’ And we’re just very pleased that he is still with us.” Hammond points to the plywood Pearl Harbor and shares notes on where the USS Nevada was beached after the attack. He explains the several types of housing. “These were military housing. See, there’s a loose one. I’ll just glue that one back on. And once the war started they needed civilian housing, as many as 12 in a small apartment. It’s quite spartan living. “Admiral Nimitz actually lived in this home, which now is a museum.” He found details in aerial photos from See MODEL, Page A17
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call their friends overseas on a regular basis. There are also incentives for ham radio operators communicating with people from all over the world. Once an operator makes contact with someone from another country, the communication is acknowledged through QSL cards. These cards are a confirmation of a two-way radio communication and are collected by the local group of amateur radio operators. The group holds contests and
gives out awards to operators depending on how many cards they obtain signifying the number of countries they have contacted. While amateur radio is considered a hobby, it is also a public service. Radio operators aid the public by tracking dangerous weather, communicating during crisis situations, and more. According to Boyer, the group is associated with the Department of Homeland Security and provides commu-
nication for the Red Cross through the radio operators’ emergency communications group. “(Communicating) during emergencies or disasters, we do a lot of that,” Boyer said. “If there’s a hurricane or tornado or earthquake, we have people all over the world. “If there’s an earthquake for example, there’s more than likely someone in that country who will get on the air and you can communicate with them.”
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Friends build 10-ft. model of ill-fated USS Arizona By Garth Snow
Homestead High School students Logan Roser and Atticus Bennett hope to turn their respect for the military into a charity for veterans’ causes. The 16-year-old friends have built a 10-ft. scale model of the USS Arizona, which was destroyed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Roser started the project while an eighth-
grader at Woodside Middle School. Science teacher Laura Smith has encouraged Roser throughout the project. “He started carrying around this big, thick book about the Arizona and it became a topic of conversation between the two of us,” Smith said. “One of the projects that he worked on includes a scale drawing and a model, and he made his own scale drawing of the Arizona and by the end of the year he wanted to make a model. I had
some extra material from a Future Cities project and gave him some of his first materials.” Roser said he could not buy the model on his own, so he decided to build one. That was four years ago. “I invited my friend Atticus to join me on it, and it kind of spiraled into this. We decided to build the biggest, best ship we could build,” he said. “My garage has primarily held one car. Everything else has been shifted over and I made my workshop
here. She’s exactly 10 feet long, she’s got a beam at the widest point at about 1-foot, 9-inches, and she’s approximately 350 pounds.” “I’ve been Logan’s friend since first grade and when he came to me with this project I was totally on board with it,” Bennett said. “At first it seemed like a little project, and then it turned into a not-for-profit. We both have family in the military and we wanted to help them out.” Their not-for-profit is
called 60.8ft Fleet, indicating the scale of their first ship. They hope to add a model of the USS Indianapolis to their fleet, and to show both ships to support their cause. The reaction has been very positive, Bennett said. “Everyone’s been super supportive of it, and we’ve gotten a lot of calls from people. We’ve gotten offers to display it places,” he said. Roser researched the Arizona thoroughly. “I dug deeper and found things out, like she wasn’t
actually supposed to be in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. It was just a coincidence,” he said. They invested two years in planning and dimensioning and two years in the actual building. “Imagine trying to get that thing on scale,” Bennett said. “We have pictures from all the way before it was built, in the planning phase, all the way through today.” Bennett said he also is See ARIZONA, Page A7
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Christmas Bureau to help 377 Allen County families By Garth Snow
Christmas gifts and food will be delivered to 377 families this season through the efforts of the Allen County Christmas Bureau. “We had all the families adopted by the 28th of October,” said Jane Surbeck, the Christmas Bureau president. “I love doing this. It’s so much fun knowing that we help other folks have the Christmas of a lifetime. I remember when I was in the same boat that some of these people are in, but there weren’t such things as Christmas Bureaus back then.”
Case managers from more than 25 agencies screen the applicants. The recipients are matched anonymously with donors, who provide at least one outfit of clothing and other gifts for the qualifying families. The recipient and adopter lists are closed for 2016. “Our adopters are so generous. They have to buy one outfit of clothing, but they buy three,” Surbeck said. One little girl had requested either a certain doll or a bicycle. The adopting family asked if it was OK to buy both. Surbeck explained that the gift list is a minimum, not a limit. “This man and his
mom had been shopping all day and having a great time,” Surbeck said. Anyone who would like to supplement the gifts may contribute nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, paper products and cleaning products. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m.3:30 p.m., Nov. 28-Dec. 2, at the warehouse at 5449 Keystone Drive, off Ley Road, Fort Wayne. Adopting families will drop off gifts at the warehouse on designated mornings in early December. “The case managers will pick them up in the afternoon and take them to the families
Students from several schools gather items for the Christmas Bureau charity each year. Concordia Lutheran High School has been participating for about 40 years.
so they can put them under the tree, and then we’re done for the year,” Surbeck said. Well, not quite done. The wrap-up meeting is in January. The annual meeting in May. Other regular meetings continue in June and August, and the case managers open
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ARIZONA from Page A5 benefiting by learning to operate a not-for-profit. Much of the Arizona model is wood. Many of the turrets and 12-inch guns are metal. Roser’s uncle John Reed in Alpena, Mich., machined some of the metal parts. Another uncle, Wesley Lewis, is deployed in the Navy and has helped plan the electrical layout for the ship. The builders hope to put the ship afloat with remote-control guid-
ance. Roser described his grandfather Paul Roser, a Korean war veteran, as a major support who helped with tools and instruction. Roser said Smith, at Woodside, supported the project from the beginning, including donating the first material. “He promised to stay in touch, and he has,” Smith said. “He has sent very enthusiastic emails about what he has learned.” The builders have
learned about history, but also about welding and electrical wiring. “He has sent pictures of the progress and I try to continue to be encouraging and supporting,” she said. “I hope they really get to help bring this idea to the people and help support the veterans. It’s really neat to be able to stay in contact with a student over the course of the years and watch them accomplish their
goals. Their perseverance has been very impressive. It’s an interesting project. They’ve spent a lot of time and they have a deep commitment to what they’re doing. I’ve been very impressed with that.” Roser said he does not see the project as honoring war, but as a tribute to the men and women who served. Find more information about their project on Facebook at 60.8ft Fleet.
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Santa’s ride begins, ends at New Haven train yard By Rod King
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Santa will again be riding the rails when the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society hosts the jolly old elf and families for a train ride at their 15808 Edgerton Road facility east of New Haven. Santa Train excursions will take place on three Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. According to Society Vice President Kelly Lynch, tickets go on sale Nov. 16 and can be obtained by getting on the Society’s website at fortwaynerailroad.org. “By purchasing tickets for a specific time, they can eliminate standing in long lines to board,” Lynch said. “Ticket prices are $7 for children and adults. This is the second year we have used the online ticketing system and it has been very successful.”
The Society has been hosting the 20-minute caboose rides with Santa for the past 15 years. The two classic Nickle Plate Railroad cabooses will be pulled by a 44-ton Davenport diesel engine that was built in 1950. It was originally used by the U.S. Army at the nearby Casad Depot. The older of the two cabooses was built in the late 1800s. It’s all wood and features a cupola which children can climb into for the ride. A potbelly stove will keep everyone toasty warm. The other, which was built in 1962, is made entirely of steel. It is heated electrically. Both will be festively decorated for the season. Santa, who will pass out candy canes to the children on board, will ride in one caboose to the end of the line and in the other on the return trip. Lynch said excursion riders are invited
to come into the train shed to explore Santa’s Workshop while waiting for their scheduled departure. There, visitors will find food from Bravas, refreshments from Mocha Lounge, family photo opportunities and a children’s activity area. “Families looking for a really unique holiday gift exchange adventure can charter a Santa caboose,” Lynch said. “When the caboose reaches the end of the line, Santa will make a See RIDE, Page A9
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BUREAU from Page A7 house is in August. Then the process begins anew. The call goes out to adopting families by mail in September. Anyone who would like to have their name added to the list of contributors may sign up via allencountychristmasbureau@gmail. com. New families are chosen each year. Recipients include a few one-person households, some of whom are seniors. The majority of the families have two to four members. About 10 percent of the families have five or more members. Adopting families specify the size of the family they are prepared to assist. Surbeck said major
contributors include Concordia Lutheran and Holy Cross Lutheran elementary schools, and Concordia Lutheran, Homestead and Snider high schools. “We have a lot of schools who participate, but those schools go over and above,” she said. Concordia Lutheran High School has been participating for more than 40 years. Holy Cross joined the effort this year. “They took eight families, which is substantial,” Surbeck said. According to the Christmas Bureau website, most families request basic needs such as sheets, towels, pots and pans. Read more about the program at allencountychristmasbureau.com.
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Nostalgia takes the reins at Christmas in Country By Garth Snow email@example.com
Teams of horses pulled plows and wagons in the farming community where Dick Griffis was raised. Griffis watched such a team from the seat of a snowplow that his father built. That was at Carroll and Hand roads, north of Fort Wayne. That was early in Griffis’ story, which is 76 and growing. It’s a special feeling that has defied time. Griffis and other members of the DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association share that feeling with crowds at about 90 events each year. They will do so again four nights in December at Christmas in the Country at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Griffis said the club’s horse-drawn contingent is always received warmly on
those cold nights. The club will take four teams to take turns pulling two wagons. The clop-clop of hooves will echo through the stillness. Strings of holiday lights will silhouette the leafless trees. Families will bundle up in blankets for the adventure that will leave them right where they started. “We get a tremendous amount of comments. That’s why we’re there every year,” said Griffis, a horsemen’s association board member and former vice president. “People really enjoy it. They will ride all the wagons. People get off one wagon and get on another one. That happens in other towns and at other events, too.” The DeKalb County Horsemen’s Association stays busy spring into
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m. each night: Friday, Dec. 2; Saturday, Dec. 3; Friday, Dec. 9; and Saturday, Dec. 10. Entry fee of $5 per person, age 5 and under free. Parking is free. Other highlights: • Families can have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus sponsored by Kingston Care Center of Fort Wayne for a fee, thanks to Randy Williams Photography. • A chili supper will be for sale from 6-9 each evening, along with sandwiches, snacks, desserts and beverages. • Experience a Nativity scene, hear choirs and see and pet live animals in a country barn, where hot cider will be available. • Children — and families, too — can create Christmas crafts. • Bow-Tie the Clown will be on hand to paint children’s faces. • Visitors may vote for the best decorated tree in the annual Christmas tree decorating contest. Cross Border Partners will distribute these decorated trees to needy families after the event. • Guests are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to needy children in the area. Cross Border Partners will distribute the toys. • Your help is welcome. Help with the event by donating decorations, lights and plastic milk jugs for luminaria, or volunteer to help set up or staff. Donations can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or call for pickup for larger donations. For more information or to donate or volunteer, call (260) 7059526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (All proceeds benefit building and grounds improvements at the Allen County Fairgrounds. For details, visit allencountyfairgroundsin.com. Or go to Facebook and visit Allen County Fairgrounds / Allen County Fair.)
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surprise entrance with a bag full of gifts for the exchange. It has turned out to be a fun family event.” “These trips, which take around 45 minutes, are scheduled for 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Dec. 3, 10 and 17. The cost is $250, and tickets can be purchased Nov. 16. The rides last about 45 minutes. Each ride can accommodate up to 15 people. All profit from the Santa Train supports the nonprofit society’s railroad preservation efforts
in northeast Indiana. “In the last three years we’ve increased our ridership and sold out every train, all while reducing wait times for passengers and improving the entire experience,” Lynch said in a statement on the Society’s website. “We’ve added a fourth operating day to accommodate increased demand and we’re turning our entire restoration facility into Santa’s Workshop to really make this more than just a train ride.”
winter, weather-permitting. Griffis now lives in Garrett, where the Christmas Parade of Lights on Nov. 19 allowed no motorized vehicles — only horses, ponies and mules. The club also will go to Salomon Farm Park from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3, and then Fremont and Angola and Edgerton, Ohio, east of Butler. The teams that go to Christmas in the Country might be horses or mules or Haflingers, which are smaller than work horses but are bred to pull loads. They might be Fjords, which are Norwegian work horses. “These animals are worked. They’re in parades, they’re in everything. They’re really good around people, and it’s the people we have in our club that makes them that way,” Griffis said. “Tonight we’re at
Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett,” Griffis said Nov. 3. “We’ve got a handicapped wagon built up with a lift on the back so we can lift the residents into our wagon and they can go also, so we don’t leave anyone out.” The club will accept donations from the riders, who will see the fairgrounds sparkle with winter. If asked, Griffis might share visions of that same neighborhood more than 70 winters ago. “Oh, I can remember my dad having a team on the farm and I can remember riding behind that team, a hay wagon or the one that really sticks in my mind is plowing snow in the wintertime with a V-plow that my dad made,” he said. Griffis sold his team
Horse-drawn wagons will carry visitors through the Allen County Fairgrounds to enjoy the stillness and admire the decorated trees at Christmas in the Country.
in late October. He’s confident the animals are in good hands, because the new owner has looked after them for a while, he said. “So right now I’m out of teams, but I’ll still go with them and help do whatever I can,” he said. “I think the horses have come back,” Griffis
said. “People are missing them, and especially people who are 60 to 80 years old and they can relate back to when they had them on the farm. And the younger generation likes looking at them because they’re just neat; they’re just a special animal.”
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Festival of Gingerbread The History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Through Dec. 11: festival and gingerbread house viewing Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $6; 3-17 and 65+ years, $4; 2 years and under, free See over 100 creations made by preschoolers to adults, including professional chefs. Holiday Jazz Swing Concert Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for non-IPFW University students; free for
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IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. This annual event helps to bring in the holiday season. Music education students will debut at the helm of the IPFW Jazz Ensemble. Each will choose a holiday favorite, teach it to the ensemble and then direct it in this concert. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/ music. Christmas in the Village Throughout Roanoke. Dec. 2, all day Santa will arrive by fire truck at the library at about 6 p.m.. He will then meet and greet with all the children inside with refreshments and cookies. ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1500 W. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Admission $5. Presented by Bach Collegium. The joy of singing “Messiah” is open to everyone in the annual Messiah Sing-Along, with Thomas Remenschneider directing. Participants should bring their own score or borrow one of the copies that will be available. Holiday cookies and coffee will be served. Bach Collegium is a Baroque music ensemble based in Fort Wayne. Visit bachcollegium.org for more information. ‘Home for the Holidays’ Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for non-IPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. The IPFW Department of Music will present its annual holidays performance, featuring the IPFW Community Orchestra, University and Chamber Singers, IPFW Choral Union, Singing Dons, and more. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at
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ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music. A Canterbury Christmas at Trinity Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne Dec. 4, 3 p.m. Canterbury School’s children’s choir, high school orchestra, middle school chamber orchestra, middle/high school band, and the high school choirs will perform at this free concert in Canterbury’s first home. Botanical Conservatory: Garden in Lights and 12 Days of Christmas Garden Exhibit 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne Through Jan. 8, 2017 Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, open until 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Admission: Adults, $5; 3-17 years, $3; 2 years and under, free Showcase House, Tropical and Desert Houses and outdoor gardens decorated for the holidays; elements of the 12 Days of Christmas will be in the Conservatory’s poinsettia garden and other garden areas. Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink 333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne Through Feb. 28, 2017 Mondays-Thursdays, 1-8 p.m.; Fridays, noon-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, noon-8 p.m. Admission: 14 years and older, $5; 13 years and under, $3; skate rental, $2 Fantasy of Lights Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne Through Dec. 31 Sundays-Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. $5 per car, $10 per 15-passenger van, $25 per bus/trolley Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. $10 per car, $15 per 15-passenger van, $30 per bus/trolley Horse-drawn carriage rides are also available Fridays-Sundays through reservations with Steve Cornelius See HOLIDAY, Page A11
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HOLIDAY from Page A10 at (260) 691-3780. Community Sing-Along Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. Admission: Adults, $10; 12 years and under, $4 Fort Wayne Children’s Choir performance and singalong. MercyMe Christmas Concert Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Admission: $25-60, depending on seat ‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play’ First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne Dec. 1-4, 10 and 11, 17 and 18 Dec. 4, 2 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 18, 6 p.m.; all other shows, 7:30 p.m. Admission: Adults and children, $20; 65 years and older, $18; Thursday preview, Dec. 1, $12 “It’s a Wonderful Life,” re-created as 1940s radio drama. Christmas in the Castle University of Saint Francis, Brookside Mansion, 2701 Spring St., Fort Wayne Dec. 2 and 3 Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m.; Dec. 3, noon-5 p.m. Admission: Adults, $7; 10 years and under, $3 Historic Brookside Mansion decorated for Christmas by florists and designers. Victorian Christmas ‘At Home’ with the Swinney Sisters Historic Swinney Homestead 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dec. 2 and 3 Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m.; Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations required; $20; call (260) 747-1229 or (260) 747-1501. Join the Swinney Sisters in their time period for Christmas festivities, including musical performances and refreshments. Gifts also available upstairs to purchase from gift shop.
Christmas in the Country Allen County Fairgrounds, 2826 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne Dec. 2 and 3, 9 and 10; 6-9 p.m. Admission: $5; 5 years and under, free Food, visits with Santa, live animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, silent auction, local choirs and more. Fort Wayne Ballet: ‘The Nutcracker’ Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne Dec. 2-4; 6; 9-11 Dec. 2, 3, 6, 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2:30 p.m. Admission: Adults, $45; 65 years and older, $39; 11-18 years, $30; 3-10 years, $28 Breakfast with Saint Nicholas University of Saint Francis, Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center Ballroom, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne Dec. 3, 9:45 a.m.-noon Admission: Adults, $10; 12 years and under, $6 Food and fun while learning about the real Saint Nicholas, who will be available for pictures. Christmas on the Farm Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $5 per car Live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, Santa Claus and more. Mannheim Steamroller Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $25-173, depending on seat 32nd anniversary of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album and Christmas tour. Classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller with special effects. Family Movies Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne Dec. 7, 15, 20 and 22, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7: “Frosty the Snowman” Dec. 15: “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” Dec. 20: “The Grinch” Dec. 22: “Elf” Admission: $1; reservation deadlines the day before movie showing at 4:30 p.m. All movies family-friendly and rated PG. Includes hot
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chocolate and cookies. Toddler Art Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne Dec. 9, 9 a.m. for 1.5-3 years, 10 a.m. for 3-5 years Admission: $18; registration due one week before start of class. Try out painting, gluing, sculpting and more. Fort Wayne City of Churches Tour Various churches Dec. 9, 6-10 p.m. 14 churches open their sanctuaries for the public to explore architecture and history: First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Trinity English Lutheran Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. John Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne Baptist Church, First Missionary Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church, St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne Dec. 9 and 10, 17 Dec. 10 and 17, 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, 10 and 17, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $29+, depending on seat Broadway personalities join Fort Wayne’s Philharmonic for a special program with all sorts of holiday songs and dancing. Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever!’ First Presbyterian Theatre, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne Dec. 9-11 and 16-18 Dec. 9 and 16, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2 p.m. Admission: Adults, $18; 18 and under and 65+ years, $12; $12 per person group rate (10+) Holiday tale of the Herdman family and the meaning of the holidays. Gingerbread Pursuit Cinema Center Inc., 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. Admission: $22; participants get free entry into Gingerbread Festival at History Center. See HOLIDAY, Page A21
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Boar’s Head and Yule Log keeps 200 costumes ready By Garth Snow
As Christmas 2015 approached, Katherine Caldwell and crew scurried to prepare 200 costumes for the 41st Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. Besides the usual mending and adjusting, Caldwell’s crew rushed to replace the royal garb of the Three Kings who would arrive at Bethlehem via the center aisle of Plymouth Congregational
Church of Christ. The wardrobe department also updated the apparel of three pages and six torchbearers. Sue Mau, Sue McMurdy, Maggie Fiedler, Myah Fiedler, Louise Misegades and Caldwell’s assistant — Brandy Fisher — labored away, surrounded by racks of costumes of kings, angels, shepherds and madrigals. “I have my fingers crossed that we get
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those done in time for the performance this year,” Caldwell said on the second Saturday of December. “If not, they’ll be rolled out next year.” The crew succeeded, and put the new costumes to use in the closing days of 2015. “Everyone just loved them,” Caldwell said. Preparing for the 42nd annual festival, the crew has another goal. “This year we’re doing the Star of the East,” Caldwell said. “She’s the one who will carry the huge staff with a star down the center aisle when the Three Kings come in.” The costume crew has a new volunteer this year. Jim Clauser served as The Herald — the festival’s central figure — for 40 years. Misegades — who is Caldwell’s mother — and Clauser have served the festival in one capacity or another, or several capacities, since its first season. Caldwell was involved in the first year of the festival, at age 8, as a caroler. Today she tends to the constant care of the wardrobe. “We’re always
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Louise Misegades shows one of the many wardrobes of costumes for the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival.
looking for volunteers who would like to participate, whether that be behind the scenes, including the costume department, or in the service,” she said. “Anyone who’s interested should contact the church and they will be directed to the right person. The more people we have, the more costumes we can replace.” Throughout the festival, Caldwell’s peers continue caring for the December tradition on many fronts. Beth Walker is the festival’s business manager, who also works behind the scenes, tending to security and details such as the cast party. Her
BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL Dec. 29 and 30, with services at 5:30 and 8 p.m. each evening Plymouth Congregational Church of Christ, 501 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne Secure six tickets by becoming a sponsor, starting at $50, by Dec. 2. Visit plymouthfw.org. Or call (260) 4239424 and ask to leave a message on the Boar’s Head line. Tickets to all six services will be distributed free of charge Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4:30 p.m. till no later than 7 p.m. Each person may request up to six tickets per family. The line forms early. Free-will contributions are welcome. main focus, though, is course that our tickets are ensuring that the festival free, however if a person is supported financially in chooses to support with three ways. “The largest their patronage, they can portion of our support request tickets to a perforcomes from our patron mance of their choice. donations,” she said. “A If they really want their lot of people know of See BOAR’S HEAD, Page A13
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MUSIC from Page A13 of the country before, so Ireland is easy in terms of the food, the language, the acceptance of musicians of all ages and all levels. It’s just a safe and smooth environment. It was an easy place for the kids to go, especially if they’ve never traveled overseas before.” Galbraith said the tour guide lives in Waterford, the first stop. “We started talking with him
about doing something entertaining, where we are really engaging with Irish students our own age,” she said. “So he has set up a collaboration where we’re going to spend a whole day with a theater company called TheatreBox Studios, which is a youth theater, but there’s also dancing and they also have theater tech. So we’re going to put together a concert
that puts together what we do, what they do. Then that evening we’re going to perform that.” After Waterford, the Canterbury travelers would see the Cliffs of Moher on the way to Galway, where they would perform a concert at Medieval Saint Nicholas Church. They also would explore Connemara and Kylemore Abbey, and would see the grave of Yeats on the way to Belfast. They planned to perform at a Christmas Tree Festival Launch in St. Columba’s Parish, Belfast, on Nov. 24. Students also would visit the Titanic Museum and Trinity College. Other Canterbury faculty making the trip were: Colleen Tan, orchestra and strings director; Beth Patterson, choir director; and Ranae
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Canterbury High School seniors Elise Wellman, viola, and Andy Dixon, vertical bass, looked forward to their second fine arts trip to Ireland over the Thanksgiving break.
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mann and Andy Dixon played with the band that morning, and then spoke glowingly of their second Canterbury trip to Ireland. “Last year we had about four concerts and we played for a group of children with disabilities, and that was probably my favorite because we got to meet the kids and they really enjoyed our music,” said Wellman, who plays the viola. “It was a great experience because we actually saw how people responded to us playing and last year it was so much fun because we did a lot of sightseeing as well as practicing, and
I’m looking forward to it again this year. It lets them see a United States school orchestra playing in Ireland.” “We played in a cathedral for a group of disabled children, which was a privilege and a pleasure,” said Dixon, who plays the vertical bass. “We also got to play for a group of the elderly and I thought that was fantastic because we got to speak with them and learn of their tales and life in Ireland. “We got to see the real Irish culture and step into a world outside our own. We got a really valuable life experience.”
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Local name, regional effort, universal theme Christmas in Huntertown blesses 350 area families By Garth Snow
Volunteers from Fort Wayne and surrounding counties turn out to assist hundreds of their neighbors through a mission that will mark its eighth season Dec. 7-9. Christmas in Huntertown takes place in that town, and was established and nurtured by the Huntertown United Methodist Church. Last year, though, about 350 families from throughout the Allen County area were referred to benefit from the community’s understanding. About 170 volunteers helped to make that possible. The church and its Outreach Clothing Ministry need more help to repeat the success of past years. Gift-giving suggestions include new or gently used DVDs for children and families, new toys for kids ages 2-12, new and gently used children’s books, gifts for teens and adults,
hats, mittens, scarves and playing cards. Other items needed include family games, individual hot chocolate packages, microwave popcorn, boxed theatre candy, Christmas stockings, wrapping paper, bows, tags, tape and Christmas bags. The church has two drop-off locations: • Huntertown United Methodist Church, 16021 Lima Road in Huntertown, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 8. • The Third Place, 1601 W. Cedar Canyons Road, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and again 6-8 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration for the event, which must include a referral from a local agency, school or church, began Thanksgiving week. Any church, family or small group that would like more information may email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who qualify
will visit The Third Place to find tables piled high with clothing and other household needs. “We just want to give a little hope in this season, and just be Jesus to some of these people,” Sherry Myers, a volunteer and founder, said on the occasion of one such event. “I think we are blessed just as much as those that we’re blessing,” she said. “And the Santa’s helpers are so excited to be able to help.” “It’s just overwhelming,” said volunteer organizer Marcia Holmes during that giveaway. “They’ll come back and say ‘Can I please give you a hug?’ Some will tell you their stories when you’re walking with them. And some are quiet, but they’re very grateful. You can tell in their demeanor that it means a lot to them.” Myers said the ministry fills a gap in Christmas charity. “A lot of people do this really great stuff for Christmas, and you have to sign up
Choir is ‘Jewel of the Community’ The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce presented the Whitley Community Children’s Choir, an ensemble of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, the Jewel of the Community award at its annual recognition dinner. Becky Walter directs the ensemble. The choir offers an after-school music education program with a curriculum that chal-
lenges children musically through singing, while learning a discipline that serves them throughout their lifetime. Participation provides the platform for children from different backgrounds and cultures to discover their own voice while being part of a larger collaborative performance. The choir performs in the Columbia City
Santa Parade, Christmas at the Courthouse, Fall Festival, Farmer’s Market, at a local nursing home, and with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Whitley County Holiday Pops. The ensemble has performed the national anthem at the School Board meeting and provided a program for the Peabody Public Library Volunteer Recognition.
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Carol Hiatt, from left, Marcia Holmes, Sherry Myers and Liz Decker greet clients at a Christmas in Huntertown, at Third Place on Cedar Canyon Road. Recipient families are chosen and referred by other agencies.
by September or October,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know that they’re not going to be able to afford Christmas in October; they’re working. Maybe by November they’re not working. And this ministry has grown and grown and grown.” She said sometimes the outreach is the receiving family’s entire Christmas. Questions should be directed to (260) 633-8744 or by email to missions@hunter-
townumc.org. Anyone wishing to volunteer may email email@example.com. The ministry welcomes new or gently used clothing for children or adults, hats, mittens, scarves, toys and games and wrapping paper and related Christmas items. Other suggested items include microwave popcorn, theater candy in boxes, and individual hot chocolate packs. Donations are
welcome year-round. “People start bringing the clothes in January,” Holmes said. The clothing is sorted, packed, labeled and hauled to a warehouse. “We’ve been totally blessed with all the donations that come in on a daily basis,” Holmes said. “And if there’s something that we don’t have, then the next day or two it’s in the donation bin. It’s just awesome. It’s just the way God works.”
Brightpoint scheduling interviews for energy aid Brightpoint is accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for its offices in Allen and other counties. Appointments are available for households that have received a disconnect notice or whose utilities are already disconnected. Those who
are not currently up for disconnect may complete the paper application and submit it for processing. Applications can be found at mybrightpoint. org. The Energy Assistance Program helps pay a portion of a household’s heating bills during the winter months. Last year,
Brightpoint helped almost 8,000 families with their utility bills. Help is available for both renters and homeowners. Eligible households receive the benefit one time per heating season. The program runs through May 15, 2017. Applicants must meet income limits.
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Poverty simulation offers understanding of difficulty Brightpoint gathered about 40 people for a simulation to deepen the understanding of poverty. Business and nonprofit leaders, state Sen. Jim Banks and Fort Wayne City Councilman Russ Jehl took part in the Oct. 20 exercise at Frontier Communications on West Jefferson Boulevard
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113-inch by 76-inch unit that has turned his garage into a museum. He is raising money to ship the exhibit to Washington. After that, he hopes a museum will accept it. A quarter-century into the project, Hammond cannot explain his level of interest in Pearl Harbor. “I don’t know,” he said. “I can name a number of reasons. Initially my fascination was with the sea and ships and particularly modeling these behemoth battleships. But to see so many collected together in one place — and then just the tragedy of all of it. Fascinating. Man’s capacity to be inhumane to his fellow man. It’s tragic, but fascinating. “It’s not just the 3,000 people who died here at Pearl Harbor, but the more than 400,000 Americans who would die in the European and
Pacific theaters in the world war. Their lives were as wonderful and precious to them as ours are to us, but they were cut short. And that’s not to mention the tens of millions of people who perished.” He has pondered the irony of a Church of the Brethren pastor who has worked so hard to reveal a reminder of war. “It’s meant to honor those who were lost,” he said. “It’s meant as a tribute to those who served, though others have served in nonviolent ways. It’s keeping before us the tragedy, the sorrow, the cost of war, and in a way expressing a hope that humankind would find a better way to solve differences.” (Find more information about the attack on Pearl Harbor at nationalww2museum.org.)
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Fun event nets $29,000 for Literacy Alliance
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The Literacy Alliance held its third annual Laughs for Literacy fundraising event, a Twisted Colleague-Wed Game, at Parkview Mirro Center for Research. Eleven teams competed as their fans cheered them on. Office colleagues, as opposed to newlyweds, were asked questions about one another in a twist on “The Newlywed Game.” More than 200 attendees enjoyed the event. Following the Colleague-Wed Game, comedic hypnotist Rusty Z entertained the audience. The event raised more than $29,000 to provide literacy services to those in Allen County. Midwest Pipe and Steel’s team placed first. BF Goodrich placed second. Wolf Mattress placed third. Executive Director Mike Landram said the event could not have succeeded without the support of many local businesses and organizations. “We’re very fortunate to live in a community that values education and helping individuals like our students succeed,” he said. “Thank you to all
Members from BF Goodrich team play “Stickler” during a team challenge as part of the Twisted Colleague-Wed Game, part of a fundraiser for The Literacy Alliance.
that sponsored this event and made it a success.” Landram went on to say, “This event raises funds to help us serve a segment of the 30,000 adults in Allen County struggling with their literacy skills and who want their high school equivalency diploma, so that they may go on to read to their families, obtain better jobs and become self-sufficient. We are grateful to our terrific volunteers and generous sponsors for their support.” The Literacy Alli-
ance works to help adults improve their education and achieve their high school equivalency diploma. All classes are offered free to students. The organization operates seven neighborhood-based learning centers and services, which include basic adult education, small group reading classes and prep for the High School Equivalency diploma (formerly GED). The agency uses professional teachers and trained tutors, and coordinates outreach services
including free child care and transportation. The Literacy Alliance began in the 1960s as the Fort Wayne Literacy Coalition, which worked to match volunteer tutors with adults who wanted to improve reading skills. In 1988, the group merged with the Northeast Indiana Literacy Council to become the Three Rivers Literacy Alliance and services were expanded. In 2004, the name of the organization was shortened to The Literacy Alliance.
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BALLET from Page A1 longest-standing traditions is its performance of the classic Nutcracker, for which the Fort Wayne Ballet was noted as one of the top Nutcracker performances nationwide a few years ago by the Wall Street Journal. “I love the Nutcracker … we want to show that there is always evil but there is hope and light
in every situation. It was true in the 1800s, and it is true now,” said GibbonsBrown. “If you want a good, family-friendly event, this is it.” This year, the company will perform its 58th production of the ballet and it is estimated that 9,000 people will see the performance this season. Though the company has
performed the ballet for many years, there are new elements of the production to look forward to this season, including new costumes designed by Nan Possemato and Blaise Moore; renovated sets and backdrops created by designer Jon Sandmaier; and a new growing Christmas tree.
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Rehearsals for Fort Wayne Ballet’s The Nutcracker took place in late November in preparation for the 58th season. A video feturing the ballet and its 60th year can be viewed on infortwayne.com.
The Nutcracker at the Arts United Center
303 East Main St. • Dec. 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. • Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 at 2:30 p.m., Sugar Plum Fairy party after performances in gallery • Dec. 2-3 with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir • Dec. 6 is discounted for Girl Scouts
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HOMELESS from Page A1 the list keeps getting longer and longer, said Denise Andorfer, executive director at Vincent Village. At Rescue Mission’s Life House, an emergency shelter, 44 beds and 60 cots were in use at one point last winter, said Pastor Sharon Gerig, director of emergency services and community outreach for Rescue Mission. Not just housing Besides running out of room during winter, many shelters also have increased needs for supplies and resources, especially as heat costs rise at the facilities. They are in constant need of warm winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and boots to keep those at the shelters warm, especially when they leave. Most all are also in need of basic supplies, like hygienic products, toilet paper, diapers, disposable utensils and plates, underwear and warm blankets. Fresh and nutritious food is also an important part of caring for those at the homeless shelters, as many eat a lot of processed and cheap food. Some shelters, like Victory House, request sleeping bags and shower curtains, so a person in need can lay the curtain on the ground and not get their sleeping bag wet.
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Homelessness statistics in Allen County 2015
Many of the homeless organizations in Allen County also need volunteers, from tutors to those who can prepare meals.
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Providing hope Unemployed Beyond the physAddiction in household 59 ical needs to survive Veterans 93 winter, many home70 and older 29 less individuals are 60-69 97 emotionally and 50-59 mentally in need of a hopeful holiday 40-49 season. The holi30-39 days are a time that 19-29 many spend with 18 and under 24 family and many 0 of the homeless are completely alone, for those in their homes sometimes because they and when those hosted are estranged from their by the program fulfill family. The Victory certain responsibilities House tries to get people — paying rent on time, together and out of the attending counseling, cold on their Friday going to work or children evening movie nights, attending tutoring — which allows people they are awarded points. to stay until the next Families can then shop at morning. the organization’s shop Rescue Mission brings called Vinnie’s using their holiday cheer by hosting points. This is especially Christmas programs with important around the music. People in the holiday season, as parents community can “adopt” can use their points to men through the orgabuy their children’s toys nization and provide themselves. them with Christmas “For many of them, it gifts. The experience is a feels like they have so positive one for most, as much dignity. They don’t many have never had a feel like a charity case. Christmas sober and have It doesn’t matter how mostly unpleasant memomuch money they have ries of the holidays. or don’t have; if they’re Vincent Village takes really working towards charity in a different obtaining their goals and direction. It has a pointreaching self-sufficiency, based reward system then they are rewarded,”
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said Andorfer. Though the establishments all work together, communicating with one another through groups like the Homeless Council, the demand is always greater than the supply. Even with help from organizations like Parks and Recreation and their
warming stations, the national coat drive with the Burlington Coat Factory and a flu shot clinic through partnership with Parkview Health, there is always more that can be done. Those wishing to help can contact any of the organizations to volunteer or provide monetary dona-
tions or supplies. Anyone in Allen County can also be of service to the homeless just by doing one thing: noticing them. “If people run into some of these folks on the street, look at them with dignity, talk to them with dignity,” said Gerig. “Look in their eyes and connect with them.”
GETTING OUT THE VOTE
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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art hosts Rally the Vote, sponsored by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Fort Wayne and Progressive Social Hour. The free, family-friendly, Nov. 3 event offered a chance to gather in a casual, nonpartisan setting and to vote early at the Rousseau Center. For more photos, visit INFortWayne.com.
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IPFW Saxophone Quartet and Choir Concert. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for non-IPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. The Saxophone Quartet will play major pieces from the saxophone quartet cannon and local favorites including “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” from the Beatles songbook. A special performance of “Faces of the Blues,” composed by the late David N. Baker, will bring Dr. James Farrell Vernon to the stage to play with his students. New literature written for the IPFW Saxophone Choir will be premiered as well as arrangements from Gottchalk’s “Souvenir de Porto Rico,” and the theme to the Netflix original series “Narcos.” For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/ tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
IPFW Bands in Concert. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for non-
HOLIDAY from Page A11 Santacon Dec. 10, 1-6 p.m. pub crawl, 6-9 p.m. after party at the Historic Freemason’s Hall Admission: $20 for full-access pass, $10 for after party only. Visit santaconfortwayne.com for passes. Nonprofit fundraiser for the Mizpah Shrine Van Replacement Fund; Santa and elf-themed pub crawl and after party, with food, drinks, costume contests and live music from HotHouse. Participating bars in the crawl will be offering specials just for participants, including Club Soda and Rudy’s. Walk to Bethlehem First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne Dec. 10 and 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tours start every 10 minutes. Walk through the story of Jesus’ birth outside in different live scenes. After the tour, a Bethlehem marketplace will be available to explore, including Roman soldiers, marketplace vendors, census taker and more. Prayer and reflection afterwards in sanctuary. Holiday Dinner and/or Light Tour Fort Wayne Parks and Recreations Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne Dec. 12, dinner and tour, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; just tour, 6-8 p.m. Admission: $15 for dinner and tour; $8 just for tour. Reservations for dinner due by Dec. 2. Holiday dinner and light tour; following dinner, provided buses will take participants through the Christmas lights displays. Canterbury Middle School Winter Concert Canterbury Middle School Auditorium, 5601 Covington Road, Fort Wayne; enter by Door 19 Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Middle School orchestras, band and choir will perform seasonal music at this free concert.
IPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Campus Band will perform as Frank Ticheli’s “Angel’s in the Architecture” as well as Purcell’s “Funeral Music for Queen Mary” and Igor Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka!” The Valparaiso High School Wind Symphony will share the stage with the IPFW bands. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music. Guitar Studio Showcase. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. Classical guitar students from the studio of Laura Lydy will perform solo works representing time-honored masterworks and contemporary compositions. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw. edu/music. Christmas with MercyMe. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20-$60. Visit TrinityCommunications.org for details.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
“The Curious Savage.” New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. $5. Directed by Bev and Ric Geist. “Christmas At Home with the Swinney Sisters.” Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 2-4 p.m. $20. Make reservations at (260) 747-1229 or (260) 747-1501. Settlers Inc. presents this fundraiser to help support maintenance and restoration of the Homestead, which will be decorated in Victorian Christmas grandeur. Celebrate the
Blvd., Fort Wayne Dec. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Share the Holy Family’s search for shelter in Bethlehem. Join the procession to “journey” through the church, knocking on doors. At the last door, everyone will be welcomed in to enjoy dinner, a piñata and other fun. Las Posadas is a traditional Christmas event in Mexico, Latin American countries, and the southwest United States. All ages are welcome. Santa Train Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, 15808 Edgerton Road, east of New Haven. Caboose rides with Santa available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 18. Tickets are $7 and are available beginning Nov. 16 at fortwaynerailroad.org.
Christmas spirit and enjoy a cup of syllabub, tasty savories, sweets and tea. Tables seat four. The Hearthstone Ensemble will provide music of the season. The second floor Gift Shoppe will be laden with unique gifts. For details, visit settlersinc.org. Teddy bear toss. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 8 p.m. The Fort Wayne Komets invite hockey fans to toss a new or mint-condition teddy bear onto the ice after the Komets score their first goal of the night. The bears collected will be fluffed, sorted and distributed to children and lonely adults in need in the Fort Wayne area. The Komets will distribute the stuffed toys through the Disorderly Bear Den. The Komets host the Missouri Mavericks. Tickets start at $13. Get full info at komets.com. Holiday Jazz Swing Concert. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. This annual event helps to bring in the holiday season. Music education students will debut at the helm of the IPFW Jazz Ensemble. Each will choose a holiday favorite, teach it to the ensemble and then direct it in this concert. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music. Christmas in the Village. Throughout Roanoke, all day. Santa will arrive by fire truck at the library at about 6 p.m.. He will then meet and greet with all the children inside with refreshments and cookies.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3
“The Curious Savage.” New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. $5. Directed by Bev and Ric Geist. Craft bazaar and cookie walk. Lifeway Wesleyan Church, 7722 Moeller Road, Fort Wayne. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch available. Shop over 50 homemade craft booths and support local talent. Cookie walk and poinsettia sale. Cornerstone Youth Center, 19819 Monroeville Road, Monroeville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring holiday merchandise and cookies for sale. The Monroeville Chamber of Commerce will provide lunch items for purchase and an activity table for kids 12 and under. People also will be able to order poinsettias, with the proceeds going to Cornerstone. Checks should be made payable to Cornerstone Youth Center. Orders can be picked up at Cornerstone from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. Delivery is available Dec. 12 for a fee. Mensa admissions test. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne; Room 304. Registration begins 9:30 a.m., testing begins 10 a.m. $40 fee. Photo ID required; must be 14 or older. Reservations or prior notification not necessary; walk-ins welcome. Park in lot at corner of Webster and Berry streets, on the north side of the church. Direct questions to Dan Klopfenstein at (260) 710-0030. Mensa members score in the top 2 percent of the general population on an accepted standardized intelligence test. Visit fortwayne.us.mensa.org for more information. “Christmas At Home with the Swinney Sisters.” Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.. $20. Make reservations at (260) 747-1229 or (260) 747-1501. Settlers Inc. presents this fundraiser to help support maintenance and restoration of the Homestead, which will be decorated in Victorian
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Christmas grandeur. Celebrate the Christmas spirit and enjoy a cup of syllabub, tasty savories, sweets and tea. Tables seat four. The Hearthstone Ensemble will provide music of the season. The second floor Gift Shoppe will be laden with unique gifts. For details, visit settlersinc.org. Piano Studio Showcase. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. This recital features pianists from the studios of Joyanne Outland and Hamilton Tescarollo. The performance will include a variety of repertoire from several historical periods. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/ tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music.
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Christmas concert. Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne; in the gymnasium. 2 p.m. Public welcome. The concert will feature the concert band, orchestra, percussion ensemble and vocal performing ensembles. A Canterbury Christmas at Trinity. Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 3 p.m. Canterbury School’s children’s choir, high school orchestra, middle school chamber mrchestra, middle/high school band, and the high school choirs will perform at this free concert in Canterbury’s first home. “Messiah” Sing-Along. Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1500 W. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. $5. Presented by Bach Collegium. The joy of singing “Messiah” is open to everyone in the annual Messiah SingAlong, with Thomas Remenschneider directing. Participants should bring their own score or borrow one of the copies that will be available. Holiday cookies and coffee will be served. Bach Collegium is a Baroque music ensemble based in Fort Wayne. Visit bachcollegium.org for more information. Student brass quintet recital. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. The musicians will perform classics from the brass quintet literature. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music.
MONDAY, DEC. 5
“Home for the Holidays.” Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. 7:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. The IPFW Department of Music will present its annual holidays performance, featuring the IPFW Community Orchestra, University and Chamber Singers, IPFW Choral Union, Singing Dons, and more. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6 Appleseed Quilters Guild. Classic Cafe′, 4832 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne.
Social time begins at 6 p.m., with the meeting to start at 6:30 p.m. The group will enjoy an informal Christmas celebration, and will show a display of holiday quilts and projects. For more information and quilting ideas, visit appleseedquiltersguild.com or email appleseedquilters@ yahoo.com.
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Holiday concert. Homestead High School, 4310 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Free. The Jazz Band, Advanced Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Elite Show Choir, Chamber Ensemble and Class Royale Show Choir will present various holiday selections.
SATURDAY, DEC. 10
Santacon. Downtown Fort Wayne. To get more details and a lanyard, visit santaconfortwayne.com. The $20 lanyard entitles the wearer to visit selected restaurants and bars from 1-6 p.m., for specials and drawings. The lanyard also admits the wearer to a party from 6-9 p.m. at the Freemason’s Hall, at Washington Boulevard and Clinton Street. Admission to the party alone is $10. Participants are asked to dress as their favorite Christmas characters, whether it be Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, an elf or Ralphie from “A Christmas Story.” Proceeds benefit the Mizpah Shrine Patient Van Replacement Fund. IPFW Honor Jazz Concert. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Auer Performance Hall. 2:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. Experience the best high school jazz orchestra in the state. It’s exciting to see what the best area high school jazz students, IPFW students, and the IPFW jazz faculty can accomplish. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw.edu/music. Walk to Bethlehem. First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free, presented with the help of friends of the church. Tours are scheduled approximately every 10 minutes. Guides will lead visitors to scenes outside the church where they will be drawn into the story of Jesus’ birth. The walk features live scenes and live animals. After the outside tour, visitors may experience the bustling marketplace of Bethlehem, complete with spice and bread vendors, Roman soldiers, a census taker, a potter, and a spinner of wool and other characters of the time. Then, guests may assemble in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection on the birth of the Christ Child. Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Walk. Mizpah Shrine Center, 1015 Memorial Way, Fort Wayne. (Between Clinton Street and Parnell Avenue, near the Coliseum) 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Daughters of the Nile, an organization that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Crafters may rent a table for $20; contact Karen Rothgeb for information and table rental at (260) 229-0600. Cookie Fair. Emmaus Lutheran Church and School, 8626 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. 9 a.m.-noon. Christmas cookies and other homemade favorites incluging gluten-free will be sold for $6 per pound. Free decorative tins will be available to package the cookies as gifts. Sponsored by the Emmaus Women’s Guild. Madrigals program and dinner. Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the main office or by calling (260) 467-4650. Get tickets by Dec. 2.
SUNDAY, DEC. 11
Sunday Night Singles Dance. American Legion Post 47, 601 Reed Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m. $7 cover charge, with cash bar, DJ and potluck carry-in. For more information, call Doug at (260) 704-3669. Flute ensemble studio recital. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (60 and Older), $4 for nonIPFW University students; free for IPFW students with ID and students 18 or younger. Students from the flute studio of Vivianne Belanger present a recital of music from Bach to Ferroud, passing through Mozart, Godard and many more. For more information, call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets, or visit ipfw. edu/music. Free, public lecture. University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne. The USF Department of Philosophy and Theology presents Sr. Felicity Dorsett, whose topic is “Incarnate Wisdom Scripture.” Walk to Bethlehem. First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free, presented with the help of friends of the church. Tours are scheduled approximately every 10 minutes. Guides will lead visitors to scenes outside the church where they will be drawn into the story of Jesus’ birth. The walk features live scenes and live animals. After the outside tour, visitors may experience the bustling marketplace of Bethlehem, complete with spice and bread vendors, Roman soldiers, a census taker, a potter, and a spinner of wool and other characters of the time. Then, guests may assemble in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection on the birth of the Christ Child. Madrigals program and dinner. Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne. 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the main office or by calling (260) 467-4650. Get tickets by Dec. 2. Free lecture: “Incarnate Wisdom Scripture.” University of Saint Francis, North Campus Auditorium, 5202 Spring St., Fort Wayne. 3 p.m. Sister Felicity Dorsett presents this lecture sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Theology. Celtic Christmas dinner and concert. The Shiloh Event Center, 3127 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne. Dinner at 6 p.m. $65 per person, by reservation only: (260) 637-3643 or info@ShilohHall.com. APQ Harmonic provides a 12-piece orchestra in Celtic Woman style to set the mood for a Celticinspired menu. Visit ShilohHall.com for details.
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MONDAY, DEC. 12
Band and choir concert. New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, New Haven; in the Auditeria. 7 p.m. Admission price to be determined.
TUESDAY, DEC. 13
Fort Wayne Area Community Band Holiday Concert. IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Music Center. Downbeat is 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $3 for children under 12. IPFW students admitted free with student ID. Parking free in the garage across from the Music Center. Theme of the concert is “Christmas in the City,” featuring a backdrop of the city’s three tallest buildings with special lighting. There will also be a barbershop quartet, flute ensemble and a Salvation Army bell ringer, and Santa is expected to make an appearance. Music will include “Silver Bells,” “Welcome Yule,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Polar Express” highlights, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “White Christmas” and more. Canterbury Middle School winter concert. Canterbury Middle School Auditorium, 5601 Covington Road, Fort Wayne; enter by Door 19. 7 p.m. Middle School orchestras, band and choir will perform seasonal music at this free concert.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
Get Checking workshop. Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. 1-5 p.m. Free and open to the public. This workshop is for clients and families who have never had checking or savings accounts at a bank or credit union, who 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. The Extension Service hosts this workshop on behalf of the Bank on Fort Wayne initiative. Visit extension.purdue.edu/allen for details and to register.
SATURDAY, DEC. 17
The Music Show, featuring Mikki White. Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Rhinehart Recital Hall. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25. Get tickets at ipfw.edu/tickets or call (260) 481-6555. White, who grew up in Fort Wayne, is the author of a book about her experience as a background singer to Prince. Selah. County Line Church of God, 7716 N. County Line Road, Auburn. 7 p.m. Tickets $15-$35. Visit TrinityCommunications.org for details.
SUNDAY, DEC. 18
“Canticle of Christmas.” Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. The Calvary United Methodist Church choir and the Forest Park United Methodist Church choir combine their voices in a cantata titled “Canticle of Christmas” based on Luke 1:46-47 — “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
“Three Rivers: A Brief History.” The History Center, 302 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Don Orban presents this installment in the 23rd annual George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series.
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iconic red kettles throughout the community. Volunteer bell ringers can sign up as individuals or through teams, clubs, families, or employee groups other groups. To participate, visit RegisterToRing.com or call Roxanne at (260) 744-2311. Santa Train. Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, 15808 Edgerton Road, east of New Haven. Caboose rides with Santa available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 18. Tickets are $7 and are available beginning Nov. 16 at fortwaynerailroad.org. December exhibit. Crestwoods Gallery, 314 N. Main St., Roanoke. A group show featuring over 30 artists, Dec. 2-31. Cara Lee Wade’s series of photos titled “Insidious Charms” is “born out of her love/hate relationship with the idea of beauty and the quest to obtain it.” Richard Tuck ceramics also featured. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, visit crestwoodsgallery.com or call (260) 672-2080. Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition. IPFW Visual Arts Building, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in the Visual Arts Gallery. Through Dec. 8. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Art educators in secondary education art will be invited to show their work in an exhibition that is new to the area. “Oftentimes art educators’ work takes a back seat to the work of their students and IPFW would like to celebrate and showcase these amazingly talented educators who train art students across the region,” the school said in a statement. A variety of mediums will be shown, with cash prizes awarded for first- through third-place entries. For more information, call the College of Visual and Performing Arts at (260) 481-6977 or visit ipfw.edu/vpa. Artists’ reception Friday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m. IPFW Fall 2016 BFA Exhibition. Wunderkammer Co., 3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne. Dec. 2-30. Opening ceremony 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with reception immediately following. This exhibition can be viewed Wednesday-Sunday, 1-9 p.m. Seniors graduating from the Department of Visual Communication and Design will display their senior thesis projects in the Wunderkammer Company gallery.
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IN Fort Wayne • November 30, 2016 “Six Characters in Search of an Author.” IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne; in Studio Theater, Kettler Hall. Performances Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 (sign-language interpreted performance) at 2 p.m. Written by Luigi Pirandello. Directed by Bev Redman. Admission $5 for IPFW students, high school students and children under 18; $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, faculty, staff and alumni; $12 per person for groups of 10 or more; $12 for other college students with ID. Children under 6 will not be admitted. Patrons are encouraged to call in advance to reserve their tickets. Please arrive early. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management or at intermission. Buy tickets at the IPFW Box Office or at ipfw.edu/tickets. “Floating onto the stage like apparitions, six characters interrupt a rehearsal at a professional theatre to demonstrate that their ‘lives’ remain suspended by the fictional author who abandoned them before completing his ghastly story.” Get Fort Wayne ChocolateFest 2017 tickets. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, Parkview Field. Early-bird tickets $30 through Dec. 31; visit eventbrite. com. John Chapman Kiwanis Club Foundation presents this fundraiser to support Riley Hospital for Children and local children’s charities. Kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend with three all-you-can-eat chocolate fountains, chocolate desserts and hors d’oeuvres. Dance to live entertainment from the Dee Gees Band. Cash bar. Free parking. Silent auction. “Happy Birthday, Indiana!” The Summit City Singers presents its fall 2016 concert series. All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome. As part of the 200th birthday of Indiana, these concerts all feature music that is somehow related to this state. Featured is music by Indiana composers such as Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael. There are selections that were recorded by groups from Indiana plus songs from movies with some Indiana connection. Included are some special tunes celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indiana State Park System. Summit City Singers is a Fort Wayne community-based, nonprofit, SATB choral group. The group formed in 2006 with 30 singers. Today there are approximately 60 singers who enjoy singing all genres of music. Judy King is the director and Barbara Krick accompanies the choir. Remaining dates and locations are: • Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Allen County Public Library Theater, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. • Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m. Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne. • Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Coventry Meadows, 7833 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.
ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ACTIVITIES
— Courtesy Allen County Public Library Children’s Services, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. (260) 421-1220 • Storytime for Preschools, Daycares & Other Groups. Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 9:30 a.m. 30-minutes of theme-based stories, fingerplays, early literacy activities and fun for kids 3 to 6. • Family Storytime. Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. Little kids — and bigger kids — are invited to read, sing, and play along at a storytime that is fun for all ages and stages. • Babies and Books. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30, 10 a.m. Bring in those little babies for a special time just for them. They are never too young to begin with books. • Toddler Storytime. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30, 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Special stories, songs and activities for active toddlers. Children 18 months to 3 years of age and their caregivers are encouraged to attend. • CHI LEGO Club. Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 3 p.m. Do you like LEGOs? If so, come join a group of like-minded kids, sprawl on the floor and build. • Minecraft Masters. Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4 p.m. Minecrafters under the age of 12. Welcome all Minecraft survivors. Whether you are an expert or just getting started, explore the Minecraft world with us in the Computer Classroom. • Math Adventures. Monday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Explore the world of math with a variety of games and activities. • 34th annual Poetry Contest Award Ceremony. Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., Main Library Theater. The winners of the Poetry Contest will read their poems and receive their awards at this public ceremony. All poems relate to this year’s theme, “That’s What Friends Are For!” • Makerspace Create: LEGO Marble Roll. Saturday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. Construct the ultimate marble run by using your creativity and our LEGOS. • Gingerbread Storytime and Craft. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 4-5 p.m. Join us for a storytime with books about gingerbread, then we will decorate gingerbread ornaments. • Noon Years Celebration. Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join us for a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration. There will be crafts, a countdown, noisemakers and a celebration toast. • Mock Caldecott and Newberry Discussion and Election. Saturday, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Caldecott Award and 2-5:30 p.m. Newberry Award. Call (260) 421-1220 for more information and to register. Teens, 900 Library Plaza. (260) 421-1255 • Homeschool Happenings. Thursday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. We have different activities for you to enjoy and learn from each month. This month we will have a Crazy Christmas Celebration. • Otaku Anon. Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Watch Anime and Hang out with other manga and anime fans. • First Friday Book Group. Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. Ages 11- 14 read and discuss books with other homeschoolers. • Books-n-Bagels ( and a few doughuts). Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. This
homeschool book group is for high school students. • Totally Terrific Tuesdays. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Arts, crafts, and more for teens, and every month we have a different project. This month Christmas Cookie Crafting. • SciFi Club. Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. We talk movies, games books, graphic novels and any other science fiction topic. • Young Writers Workshop. Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. The Young Writers Workshop for High School students who love words and want to put them together better. These classes will be led by Dr. Michael Levan who teaches at the University of Saint Francis. Registration is requested; call (260) 421-1255. Art, Music, and Media, 900 Library Plaza. (260) 421-1210 • Craft Café. Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your craft project to the library and enjoy drafting, coffee and conversation. All crafters and projects are welcome. • Movie Night@ the Library. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. Theater Lower Level 2, Main Library. We will present a G, PG or PG-13 moving on the big screen the fourth Tuesday of the month. Adults must accompany children under 13. The doors open at 6; first-come, firstseated. • Sunday Afternoon Concert. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Our popular Sunday Afternoon Concert Series continues with a concert by Smooth Edge 2. This a cappella group from Fort Wayne is known for its stellar a cappella vocal sound and entertaining show. • IPFW Saxophone Quartet. Wednesday, Dec. 7, noon. Join us in the Great Hall for holiday music performed by students from IPFW. • Heartland Sings Holiday Jazz. Friday, Dec. 9, noon. Once again the Great Hall is the place to be for jazz vocals performed by Heartland Sings. •IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo. Wednesday, Dec. 14, noon, Krull Gallery. Lunchtime is a great time to enjoy some jazz at the library. These faculty members will get your toes a tappin’ with a jazz twist to holiday favorites. Curt Witcher Genealogy Center. (260) 421-1226. firstname.lastname@example.org • Finding maps online. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m., Discovery Center in the Genealogy Center. Looking for your family’s location while doing genealogy? This presentation will help you to understand online maps and the important information they provide.
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood before the holiday season is in full swing. A seasonal decline often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with festivities, the Red Cross said in a statement. Here are some blood donation opportunities in Allen County: • Wednesday, Nov. 30, noon-6 p.m. University of Saint Francis, Hutzell Athletic Center, 2701 Spring St. (Leesburg Road), Fort Wayne. • Sunday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 11337 Old U.S. 27 South, Fort Wayne. • Monday, Dec. 5, 3-8 p.m. Christian Community Center of Harlan, 12616 Spencerville Road, Harlan. • Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m.-noon. Concordia Lutheran Church, 4245 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. • Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. National Guard, 130 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne. For more information or opportunities, or to schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.)
LITTLE RIVER WETLANDS PROJECT ACTIVITIES
— Courtesy Little River Wetlands Project This local nature organization protects almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington counties, and offers informative nature events. Events are free and open to the community. Contact email@example.com or (260) 478-2515 for information or to reserve a spot. • This local nature organization protects almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington counties, and offers informative nature events. Events are free and open to the community. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (260) 478-2515 for information or to reserve a spot. • Every Tuesday in December, 9 to 11 a.m. “Little River Ramblers.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, to hike and explore the preserve’s interesting plants and wildlife. • Saturday, Dec. 3, 9-10:30 a.m. “Winter Wonders on the Continental Divide Trail.” Meet at the parking lot of the new Eagle Marsh entrance area (near the limestone Eagle Marsh sign) at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. We’ll walk part of the new Continental Divide Trail on the elevated berm overlooking the marsh to spot animals and their signs. People aren’t the only ones hanging out at the marsh in winter! Dress for the weather, boots recommended. • Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:30-9:45 a.m. “Breakfast on the Marsh: If Bridges Could Talk.” Light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers 50+ at Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, Room 102/104, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Many of our area’s older bridges span beautiful areas and some are an important part of our history. Join engineer Bill Etzler, LRWP board president, for a presentation about area bridges, their historical importance, and changes to our community during their “life span.” Free. Contact email@example.com or (260) 478-2515 for information or to reserve a place. • Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. “Soarin’ Hawk: Owls of the Area.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. Volunteers from Soarin’ Hawk will bring several owls common to the area and share in-
formation about each one. After the presentation, Bob Walton of Soarin’ Hawk will lead a short owl hike and teach us how to “call down” owls. Bring a flashlight if you want. Dress for the trails and the weather. Fun for all ages. • Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9-10 a.m. “Short Hikes for Short Legs: Seeds Animals Eat in Winter.” Meet at the Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. (For children ages 3 to 5 and a responsible adult.) Using a variety of seeds found on the marsh, we’ll start with a hands-on activity in the barn, then go outside to explore the “grocery store” of the marsh, looking for plants with seeds and who might be eating them. Dress for the weather, boots recommended.
FRANCINE’S FRIENDS MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY
The Breast Diagnostic Center performs the screening. For women who have insurance, they will bill the insurance company. If the patient does not have insurance but has the ability to pay, the BDC offers a reduced rate if paid the day of the screening. For women without insurance, a high deductible, or resources to pay, funding is available. Appointments preferably should be scheduled prior to the date. For an appointment, call 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 26540. Walk-in openings are available depending on schedule. Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography is a partnership between Francine’s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center. • Wednesday, Nov. 30. HealthVisions of Fort Wayne, 2135 Hanna St., Fort Wayne. • Monday, Dec. 5. DeBrand Fine Chocolates, 10105 Auburn Park Drive, Fort Wayne. • Friday, Dec. 16. Tuthill, 8825 Aviation Drive, Fort Wayne. • Monday, Dec. 19. Prkview Physician’s Group Family Practice, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven. • Tuesday, Dec. 20. Community State Bank, 802 E. Albion St., Avilla. • Wednesday, Dec. 21. Sage Bluff Health & Rehabilitation Center, 4180 Sage Bluff Crossing, Fort Wayne. • Thursday, Dec. 22. Grey Stone Health & Rehabilitation Center, 10445 Dupont Oaks Blvd., Fort Wayne. • Tuesday, Dec. 27. WalMart, 10105 Lima Road, Fort Wayne. • Wednesday, Dec. 28. Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1505 Bethany Lane, Fort Wayne. • Thursday, Dec. 29. Chick Fil A, 1725 Apple Glen, Fort Wayne. • Friday, Dec. 30. North Woods Village, 8075 Glencarin Blvd., Fort Wayne.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE BOTANICAL CONSERVATORY
— Courtesy Fort Wayne Parks Department Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Observing some longer hours through the week before Christmas: TuesdayWednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-17, children 2 and under admitted free. For more information, visit botanicalconservatory.org. Empyrean Café serves breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For details or to order online, visit empyreancafe.com. Art displays. Get to know local and regional artists in a variety of media through the Botanical Conservatory’s bi-monthly art exhibits, open to view in our meeting room during public hours. Through December, see “Alexandra Hall — Painting, Giclee Print, Ink Drawing.” In her art, Hall tries to emphasize the good and the whimsical in the world around her. It is her hope to inspire conversation, smiles and joy.
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