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“Celebrate the Season of Thanks”




From the executive editor

Happy November!

For many, the highlight of November is the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Thanksgiving and this season of gratitude, but right now, my focus is on midterm elections. If Election Day is not already on your calendar, be sure to put it in big bold letters: VOTE! TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920. While all of us have enjoyed this right our entire lives, the road to gaining this right was paved with struggle—preceded by almost a century of hard work and tenacity.

The movement for women’s rights was launched on a national level in 1848 with the Seneca Falls Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The demand for the vote became the centerpiece of the women’s rights movement after the convention. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony and other activists, raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. They marched. They picketed. They protested. They were jailed. They were abused. THEY SUFFERED. They fought for OUR right to have our voices heard.

Today, on average, only 40% of eligible voters turn out for midterm elections. A majority of eligible voters are opting out of the process and letting others make the decisions for them. Now, more than ever, your voice matters. I consider it a great honor to cast my vote each election day, and I hope that you do too, no matter which party you ascribe to or which candidates you support. The important thing is that you participate.

Not only is it important for women to vote, it is important for them to run for office, as well. Women make up 53% of the population and deserve to be represented; yet at the state and national levels, they represent less than 25% of elected officials. This must change! Let’s get involved. Let’s stand up and be heard. Don’t forget to vote on November 8!



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Fashion: The Fashion of Steuben County ............................................ 8 Wellness & Beauty: What to know about Osteoporosis 10 COMMUNITY
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Title of piece: Lost in Laud

What inspired this piece?

We may not have mountains or oceans here in the Midwest, but we have the most incredible sunsets.

Where do you draw inspiration for your artwork in general?

I draw a lot of inspiration from the life and scenery around me. I find that the beauty of our lakes, rolling countryside, and rural life provide endless inspiration.

What is your preferred medium?

I’m really in love with watercolors! I also enjoy alcohol inks, acrylics, jewelry, and photography. I’m a writer, as well.

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Hometown: Columbia City, IN

How long have you been creating art?

Although I only started painting in watercolors again after about 30 years while recovering from a recent illness, my fascination with watercolors goes back to childhood. I remember standing at my late mother’s side, carefully watching her as she painted...observing the way she moved the water and pigments across the paper effort lessly with her brush. This time felt very precious to me and very important...and it was. I believe I know what to do today because of how much time I spent studying her at work.

What advice do you have for other artists just starting out?

Push yourself. Every time I paint, I push myself to do something I don’t think I can do or something that I know will not be easy. It’s a practice. I am creative and capable, but I always have more to learn. Also, don’t be discouraged. Not every piece of work will be your best. But keep working at it.

Where can we find your work?

Soon my artwork will be available online at my website,, and in my Etsy store. Additionally, I’m working on a book and a line of greeting cards for modern and non-traditional family situations. I also teach classes in watercolors (and occasionally other mediums) for adults and children at Roy G. Biv Creative Space in Columbia City where I am the managing partner. We are expand ing our offerings and will soon have local art, including mine, avail able for sale there. a



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The Fashion of

Steuben County

Why shop at national chain stores when you can curate a one-of-a-kind fall wardrobe from a boutique? Steuben County, just north of Fort Wayne, is home to a few can’t-miss shops that will capture your heart and maybe even inspire you in the style department. It’s a win-win in that you can find some items not available at the mall and support a local entrepreneur. Here’s a roundup of Steuben County boutiques and what they have to offer.

Backroads Boutique & Gifts is a newcomer to the local scene, opening in 2021. It carries everything from T-shirts to leggings — and everything in between. The best part is that prices are affordable so you can look good without breaking the bank!

You can find them at 1301 Wohlert St. in Angola.

Baad Boutique Apparel carries everything from screen-printed T-shirts to home goods and more. Keep them in mind for holiday shopping or even just a nice pick-me-up for yourself. We hear their soy candles smell amazing and burn evenly.

You can find them at 202 E Harcourt Rd., Suite C in Angola.

As the name implies, Boathouse Boutique is synonymous with clothing made for the lake and even off-season occasions. Think lake-themed sweatshirts and home decor. This place will take you back to carefree lazy days on Clear Lake.

Best Dressed Boutique in Fremont at Lakeland Commons is inclusive, carrying ladies clothing in sizes small-3X. Their niche is dresses and formal wear; how ever, you can find jewelry, handbags, accessories, and novelty items. You’ll also find shabby-chic refurbished furni ture. Stop by and say hello!

You can find them at 8775 East 700 North in Fremont.

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Libby’s has everything you need to take on the day with confi dence. They carry a variety of outerwear that’s both functional and trendy.

You can find them at 130 N. Public Square in Angola. Tell them we sent you!

With more than 50 vendors, The Bent Fork marries individuality with cre ativity and meets you where you are. Whether your budget is $20 or $200, the boutique offers a unique collection of hand-selected items. This is the destina tion for curating effortless, creative, and individual style. Located in downtown Angola at 90 N. Public Square, the bou tique is Indiana’s largest retailer of Free People. Be sure to ask about their styling services.

Sometimes an outfit needs a special something to look complete. Touch of Lace in Angola is the place to go for accessories that make you feel put together. Whether you’re in search of a new hat, scarf, or pair of gloves, Touch of Lace has got you covered.

You can find them at 111 N. Wayne St. in Angola.

It should be mentioned that no trip to Steuben County is complete without a trek to Pokagon State Park in Angola, even if it’s just for an afternoon. If you’re in the mood to splurge, you could make a girls’ weekend out of it and stay in one of their cabins or the historic inn. a

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For the approximately 10 million Americans living with osteoporosis and 44 million at high risk, weak bones are a fact of life, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Knowing about the disease can help guide discussions with one’s health care provider and make prevention measures possible.

A term meaning “porous bone,” osteoporosis occurs when one gains too little bone, loses too much of it, or both, according to NOF. Generally, between the ages of 18 and 25, people reach their peak bone mass, or time of life when they have the most bone (NOF). Bone mass begins to decline in middle age, and women see a marked decline after menopause (NOF). In the five to seven years after menopause, a woman’s bone density can decrease up to 20%.

While four of the five cases of osteoporosis may be in women, being female is not the only risk factor for the disease. Age, ethnicity, weight, and family history are also factors. Many practices that are generally unhealthy can also lead to the disease. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, a diet without proper calcium and Vitamin D intake, or physical inactivity can reduce bone density to dangerous levels. Other diseases and some medications also can harm bone mass levels.

Prevention can begin with knowing and addressing risk factors. Diet and exercise may affect progression of the disease, but, of course, asking one’s doctor for proper diagnosis and guidance in behavioral change is critical. Healthy measures can be taken to diagnose, prevent, or slow the progression of osteoporosis.

The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) suggests three major areas to consider to maximize health in regard to this disease: diet, exercise, and fall prevention.

A diet of healthy foods aids one’s bone health.

To bolster the bones, a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D is especially important. The BHOF suggests that dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and fish offer natural sources of bone-bolstering benefit. Based on individual need, a calcium supplement may also be helpful, adding to the diet-supplied amounts, to reach optimal levels consumed.

Exercise is another weapon in the arsenal against

osteoporosis. The NOF says 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise most days of the week and resistance exercises two or three times each week is good practice.

Fall prevention encompasses a wide variety of activities, according to the CDC. Wearing shoes that fit properly gives one solid footing to stay upright. Putting items generally used at a level not requiring a step stool, installing handrails at stairs, and lighting all stairs well is good practice. Keeping areas where people walk free of clutter or rugs removes some danger.

Traversing the aging process can be done with grace and good health. Boning up on information about diet, exercise, and preventive activities might sound cliché, but can make all the difference. a


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Dental, health and well-being advocate + Owner of Kos Marketing Inc., Co- Chair of Kagara Advancement Inc., and Professional Relation Coordinator for Fort Wayne Oral Surgery and Implant Center.

Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kos Lugakingira is heavily involved in various Fort Wayne organizations. She started Kos Marketing Inc. in 2013, is currently a board member for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Alliance, and serves on the committee for Cinderella Dress Day. Kos is past president for the state Alliance Indiana Dental Associate (AIDA) and the local Alliance of Isaac Knapp District Dental Society (AIKDDS).

Kos and her husband, oral surgeon Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira, met in the operating room in Nashville, Tennessee. “Mulokozi was doing a one-year internship for Oral Surgery, and I was a pediatric dental assistant,” she explained. “We never worked the same days and I end up working on a Friday, my day off, and the rest is history. We have three children: Sean 14, Eric 10, and Mya 9. In 2016, we started a non-profit, Kagera Advancement Inc. (KAI), to help focus on health, education, and well-being. KAI has helped to rebuild schools and clinics and provide aid to many communities locally and internationally.”

Living and working in Fort Wayne has been great for the Lugakingira family. “What I like most about Fort Wayne is that you can travel anywhere in 20 minutes… and of course the cost of living is unbelievable compared to a bigger city,” she said. “I love The Landing downtown, the Fort Wayne Air Show in the summer, and the Holiday Pops in the winter. I enjoy the restaurants here, such as Catablu, Club Soda, Ruth’s Chris, Nawa, Tolon, Proximo, and Paula’s on Main.”

Giving back to the local community is something Kos firmly believes in. “I love that Fort Wayne is a giving community. It’s important to be involved in our local community,” she said. “I recently participated in Fort Wayne Dancing with the Stars 2022 and won! Thanks to this wonderful community that supported and voted for me with the understanding that mental illness is a growing concern.”

Kos says she and Mulokozi are blessed to give back to the com munity. A few organizations they partner with are The African American Healthcare Alliance, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Carriage House, Easter Seals Arc, True Fit, The Ink Spot, Cinderella Dress Day, Fort 4 Fitness, Laughing Cavaliers, Tapestry, and Warm and Cozy.

So what are some personal details about Kos? “I can talk about music, and interior and fashion design for hours!” Her favorite book is “By Her Own Design – A novel of Ann Lowe” by Piper Heguley. She said that the past few months she has been playing lots of Beyonce in preparation for Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars. a

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Owner, Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implant Center

Dr. Lugakingira, sometimes known as “Dr. Luga” and “The Implant Doctor” due to the thousands of advanced dental implants cases that he has placed and/or managed, has been practicing in Fort Wayne for 11 years. He moved to the U.S. in 2000 from Tanzania, East Africa, and is the first-born son of this late father, Hon. Justice K.S.K. Lugakingira, who was a Supreme Court Justice (The Court of Appeal) in Tanzania.

Dr. Lugakingira’s undergraduate focus was on Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Advanced Mathematics, and he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania in 1999; and his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree (DMD) from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, both with honors. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ABOMS), as well as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral and Maxillofacial Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Lugakingira has been listed by USA Top Dentist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery since 2013. This honor is voted for by his peers.

He received the 2019 “Rising Star Leadership Award” from the University of Illinois (UIC) prestigious Alumni Association Award. It is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership capabilities and orchestrated meaningful change in their profession or their communities (local, regional, national, and globally).

Dr. Lugakingira and his wife Kos received another prestigious award from the Indiana Dental Association (IDA) in May 2022, The IDA Maynard K. Hine Award. Created in 1985, it is limited to individuals who have made contributions to dental and or a health profession in general on a national or international basis.

Dr. Lugakingira owns Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implant Center, where he specifically focuses on three main areas of oral and maxillofacial surgery: Wisdom Teeth Removal under IV sedation, Dental Implantology, and Orthognathic Jaw Surgery.

He enjoys living and working in Fort Wayne, where he can perform both private-practice and hospital-based surgeries.

“I also like the laid back, family style community,” he said. “I value the collegial relationships I have forged with dentists, physicians, and surgeons in town, and of course my patients, and their families. I also absolutely love our team at Fort Wayne Oral maxillofacial Surgery and implant center. It is truly my second family! I couldn’t do it without them.”

Like his wife, Dr. Lugakingira believes in the importance of serving the Fort Wayne community.

“We support financially, actively volunteer in leadership positions, and provide professional services,” he said. “I also provide a lot of pro-bono services to multiple patients depending on their financial need and circumstances. Just to mention a few of these organizations: Kagera Advancement Inc (KAI) which I co-chair with Kos, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Carriage House, Indiana Donor Network, Matthew 25, The Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, TruFit Sport & Fitness, and The OMS Foundation Alliance.” a

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Churubusco senior Braya Clouse certainly knows about difficult times. Feeling the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease, she was confined to her home, leaving only for doctor’s appointments. As the darkness and depression threatened to overtake her, she vowed to “clothe” herself in faith and positivity instead. She invites others to “dress” in hope, light, and love with her uplifting clothing line.

“When I created my business, I was in such a dark place mentally, phys ically, and sometimes even spiritually,” Braya remembered. “I needed something to keep my mind off things, and I wanted to shed some light into others’ worlds, even if I wasn’t exactly experiencing such a bright time.” She wanted to combine the power of positive thinking with her passion for art to make a considerable impact.

The young entrepreneur began her artistic journey by making faith and positivity-based signs. After gaining more strength and energy, she started experimenting with her designs on clothing. Eventually, bleach dying sparked an idea for the perfect name. “Bleach tends to make every item so unique,” Braya commented. “Just like how we are all made so uniquely in Christ Jesus ourselves!”

Armed with this new inspiration, she named her clothing line Unique in Him and continues to make hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, and shorts.

Now Braya uses screen printing to create her inspirational designs. Her favorites are “Made for More” and “Dear person behind me.” Both fea ture a powerful message about God’s love, and one harbors a sweet message about brighter days printed on the back of the shirt. “I want to encourage others to keep their hearts grateful, loving, kind, and positive,” she said, referring to those who may be going through dark times. “Although that can be hard, it’s so rewarding.”

On Saturdays from spring to early fall, she sets up a table at The YLNI Farmers Market. With a coffee in one hand, a pumpkin chai tea in the other, and a smile on her face, she heads out at sunrise to sell her wares. Now that colder weather is approaching, you can still find her designs on Instagram @uniqueinhim or on Facebook @A Bright Light Designs. She also has a new website coming soon:

Outside of school and her clothing business, she works as a therapy assistant at New Life Chiropractic and keeps her strength up at the gym through lifting and hot yoga. She loves spending time with her family and miracle puppy Nova, who was her incentive to get up and helped her gain strength and mobility when she was ill. She also enjoys playing an occasional song on the guitar and can’t say no to a rousing game of volleyball.

“As I continue to heal, I’m hoping I can use my business and my story to inspire others to keep pushing,” Braya explained. “Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Miracles CAN happen.” a

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Spice up Your Gift Giving

This holiday season, treat yourself (or your certain someone) with the Empreinte Agathe in Noir. Barbara’s New Beginnings carries a large selection of beautiful and spicy gifts to choose from.

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Give the gift of wellness

A Massage Envy gift card can jumpstart a wellness journey for those just starting or picking up where they left off. A gift card is the perfect nudge to help keep anyone moving. From massage to facials and more, Massage Envy offers a full array of self-care services.

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FEATURE | Holiday Gift Guide Are you ready for holiday shopping? Whether you are almost done or have just started, we have just the thing! Check out these great gift ideas from local retailers for the special people on your list ... or even for yourself. Happy Shopping!

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Bucket ListHoliday Season

1. Downtown Fort Wayne Light Displays

The Night of Lights kicks off the holiday season in Fort Wayne the night before Thanksgiving with the annual lighting of our holiday dis plays, but the holiday lights stay on through the end of the year. From Santa and his rein deer on Main Street to the big wreath on the I&M building, there are thousands of lights to dazzle and awe in a few-block radius.

2. The Embassy’s Festival of Trees

This year marks the 38th year for The Embassy’s Annual Festival of Trees, which runs November 23-30. For more information about this event, check out our Can’t Miss fea ture on page 42.

3. Ice Skating at Headwaters Park

During the cold weather months, the Headwaters Park Pavilion houses the popular Headwaters Ice Skating Rink, which will open on November 19. Skates are available to rent, and there are a few food vendors available, as well. There’s nothing better than sipping some hot cocoa and skating with family and friends while snowglobe-esque flakes fall.

4. Fort Wayne Ballet’s Nutcracker Performances

Fort Wayne’s annual presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the Fort Wayne Ballet is a beautiful holiday tradition for all ages. The ballet, the costumes, and the staging transport you to a world of snow flakes, dreams, and wonder. An additional sensory-friendly performance makes this truly magical for all to enjoy. cracker-2022/

5. Miracle on Jefferson

Each year, The Sidecar Patio at Copper Spoon transforms into a holiday won derland when a heated tent goes up and is filled with holiday décor and spirit. Miracle features specialty holiday inspired cocktails. It opens on November 23 and runs through the end of the year.

6. Fort Wayne Village Marketplace

For 2 days (November 11 & 12), The SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse is trans formed into a local holiday shopping mart, featuring over 100 upscale vendors, food, beverages, and more.

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7. Fort Wayne Santa Train

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will host the 20th Annual Santa Train November 26-December 18. Explore Santa’s railroad workshop and climb aboard his red caboose! This event offers families a chance to meet Santa. All train rides depart from 15808 Edgerton Road, New Haven.


8. Holly Shopping at downtown boutiques on Saturdays

Celebrate the Days of Holly Shopping every Saturday from November 26 through December 17 in Downtown Fort Wayne, presented by the Downtown Improvement District. Shop small at the dozens of specialty retailers and unique boutiques.

9. Dazzling Holiday Houses driving tour

Each year, Visit Fort Wayne publishes a list of dazzling holiday houses, featuring homes throughout the region that are lit up with holi day cheer. Grab some popcorn and hot cocoa, don your holiday PJs, and load everyone into the car for a fabulous holiday experience.

10. Christmas on the Farm

Bundle up the family and take them out for a magical time on the farm. Salomon Farm Park offers Christmas on the Farm on December 3 from 1-5pm. The sleigh bells will ring during a free wagon ride, plus other activities like visiting a live Nativity scene, watching dog sled demonstrations, and enjoying other family activities. Cost is $5 per car to enter. a

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I’m currently reading “On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes” by Alexandra Horowitz. The premise is the author believes that we miss most of the world around us, we actively tune it out, in order to focus on our daily lives. However, I’m trying to actively recover from burnout, and daily walks and mindfulness are some of the key strategies to in-ground your brain in the present; to bring back joy into the simple act of living. The first expert is the author’s toddler, and it is so joy filled. I’m not a parent, but I do baby sit for friends. I see my parent friends struggling between teaching the child to move in an adult way and allowing them to explore confidently. Following experts span the gamut: a scientist, an artist, a sound engineer, a dog, and so many others. People will enjoy this book for many reasons: folks who want to escape, people who like science and research, those who are interested in mindfulness, and people who are craving a perspective change.

What’s a classic you started but never finished?

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. I love the story in theory, but the long-wind ed political subtext really bothered me. It’s one of those books you either hyperfocus on, or you’re forced to read it for academic analyses, neither of which I had time for. I do find Russian civilization fascinating, but more often find myself lost in nonfiction.

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What was your favorite book as a child?

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Helping Kids With Body Positivity

What Parents Need to Know

There’s little doubt that kids who compare themselves to the stereotypes displayed in movies and ads will likely come up short, leading to negative feelings about appearance that only magnify as they grow older and their bodies change.

The good news is that parents, more than anyone else, can combat those messages and instill healthy, confident, and more realistic ideas in their children instead. Want to help your child develop a positive body image? Here are five tips to help you as you start the conversation.

1. Watch your words. Research shows that parents who are dissatisfied (and vocal) about their own figures tend to raise kids who are unhappy about theirs. And with 80% of moms expressing body image discontent, it’s no wonder many kids are picking up on that message and internaliz ing that same discontent themselves.

2. Focus on healthy habits. Instead of discussing weight, try to focus on a healthy lifestyle—and modeling it for your kids. Limit soda intake, for instance, and try to exercise as a family. Make healthy selections at the grocery store, and let your kids explore new tastes and textures as they grow.

3. Praise character, not appearance. It sounds cliché, but true beauty really is more than skin deep. We all know people who radiate joy. They might never grace the cover of a magazine, but we love spending time with them. Focusing

on your children’s positive character traits will go a long way toward instilling confidence and counter-acting their superficial comparisons with others.

4. Limit screen time. All the ads for beauty products, complete with airbrushed models, can have an impact on even the healthiest and most confident kids. Do them a favor and turn off the messaging.

5. Keep lines of communication open. Kids’ bodies are constantly chang ing, as are their friend groups. That’s why you need to keep your finger on the pulse of the messaging your children receive and internalize. You can’t counteract those negative thoughts if you don’t know they’re there. Maintaining a healthy and open relationship with your children is essen tial if you want to help them accept who they are.

Obviously, no system is fool proof, and kids will likely struggle with ques tions of self-doubt from time to time. Just make sure that you are one of the first people they turn to when they’re seeking reassurance about who they are, both inside and out! a

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Each month, we highlight someone whose style we admire. If you know someone we should consider featuring, email

This month, it’s Terri Stumpf. She and her hus band, Dick, are both Fort Wayne natives. Terri graduated from South Side and Dick graduated from North Side. The real argument in their home is who is the real “Big Red”. Terri received a teaching degree from IU Bloomington and Dick earned a degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska. Red and white are the colors of both universities.

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There, they raised their daughter and have had several family dogs. More recently, their time was spent with their great grandson. He started kindergarten this fall so they are back to being empty nesters.

How would you describe your style?

Terri taught for 40 years with Fort Wayne Community Schools, beginning her career work ing with special needs students. She worked in many different buildings and took on many dif ferent roles, retiring as a reading interventionist at Weisser Park Arts Magnet school. Dick began his own architectural firm in 1983 and is still working part time.

Over the years Dick and Terri have served on numerous civic and charitable boards. Terri cur rently serves on the Environmental Action Team and Library Committee at Plymouth Church. She loves being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee. “It is amazing to see these young women blossom,” she says.

In addition to those committees, Terri is cur rently the president of Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association. They are gearing up for their Holiday Home Tour, which is the first weekend in December. This is the first time since the pandemic that they will have an inperson tour. Dick and Terri are so excited to open their home to the public for this event.

They have lived in historical Williams Woodland Park for over 40 years. It is a closeknit neighborhood, where people identify each other by their kids or dogs. They moved into their current home in 1991 and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in the city!

Dick and I love the unique vintage homes in our Williams Woodland Park neighborhood, located just south of downtown Fort Wayne. I’m not a fan of having to dust all the antique furnishings that usually fill the interiors of these beauties, so we have a contemporary interior that is open. We’ve been able to combine the best of both worlds — the exterior of our home is a contem porary interpretation of the historical homes in the neighborhood. The raised first floor, steep roof slope, narrow wood siding, and gable orna mentation are all features of many of the older homes in the neighborhood. Our home was designed by Dick in 1986 and is built on the site of the former Third Presbyterian church, which burned to the ground in the 1970’s.

Tell us about each area you chose to high light. Why did you choose them?

Our home is essentially broken into three large areas. There’s the main living room, which flows

into the dining and kitchen area, our master suite and office are the back half of the house, and then there is the upstairs which consists of two bedrooms and a full bath.

The living room is a two-story sculpted space with cutouts and niches, designed as focal points. The fireplace and the built-in mid 80’s entertainment center make up the southern wall of the room.

The master bedroom is spacious and allows us areas for reading, tv viewing, a whirlpool, and a home office area. We spend a good share of our time in this room.

The dining area is adjacent to our contemporary kitchen. It’s the only room in the house that we’ve chosen to feature primary color walls to contrast the white and neutral palate used in the rest of our home.

When you think of your home, what’s the feel ing you hope your family and visitors have?

We hope our family and friends feel the excite ment of the varied and changing spaces of our home. The cutouts and detail of the space create varied volumes, heights, and vistas. While family and friends sit back and get comfy, they can take it all in.

Our furniture is contemporary yet comfortable. The walls of the house are painted in neutral tones and white, with color being added by the artwork and furnishings. Much of our artwork is by local artists and friends like Michael Poorman, Terri Lindvall, Alan Beltran, Allison Adams, Terry Ratliff, and Jody Hemphill Smith. a

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Think about every major achievement in your past. You likely had a plan; a way to get from Point A to B over a certain period. The same can be said for your finances. You need to have a financial plan to see your goals to fruition, track them, and check-in.

“A financial plan outlines your finances, your future financial goals, and any steps or strategies to achieve those future financial goals,” said Medina Habibic, investment officer with STAR Financial Bank. “Typically, a financial plan includes your current cash flow, savings and debt, such as mortgages, car loans, etc. It can reflect any insurance investment portfo lio or anything else regarding your financial life.”

Though this might sound complex, it’s not. A financial plan is accessible to anyone who’s earning income. Even a child or teenager could benefit from this exercise, according to Habibic. And when it comes to adults, she reminds readers that no two people likely have the same goals. Everyone needs a roadmap to get there, regardless of whether the goals are personal or work-related.

“When we set our future financial goals, like maybe buying a house or finally being able to open your dream bakery, we can build the necessary steps to be able to achieve this goal,” she said.

Just as important as putting the goals to paper for accountability’s sake is reevaluating them as needed. Plan to reevaluate your budget at least quarterly, if not monthly in the beginning. See how you’re doing com pared to your plan, whether you need to adjust saving or spending in either direction and analyze your activity.

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“It’s an ongoing process that needs to be tweaked when goals change or shift,” she said. “It also builds good behavior when it comes to money being spent. You’re more likely to put your money towards your goals once you have a structured financial plan.”

Speaking of structure, Habibic said having a plan — no matter how basic — will set you on the right path.

“I think it starts with taking a look at your current finances and understanding how cash flow works,” she said. “It calls for look ing at how much you make monthly and taking into account your debts. “

From here you can get a clear look at how much you’re bringing in and how that can translate into hitting goals. For instance, maybe you need to start paying off credit card debt or saving for your first home. A financial plan spells out the steps you need to take to get there.

Habibic emphasizes that the goals can be more modest. You’re only competing with yourself. Plus, you don’t necessarily have to think about the distant future if you’re younger and just getting started. The goals can be more short-term.

“It could be a small goal of paying off a certain credit card or having enough to do a 20% down payment on your first home,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily all have to be just about retirement.” a


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Home forthe Holidays

Making things merry and bright for all your guests

No matter if you are merely hosting the family holiday get-together or having guests in for a longer stay, you’ll want your house to feel warm and inviting so that visitors will think of it as a home away from home.

Start with the entryway. There is always a moment of awkwardness when people first arrive. No one knows where to put their things, and no one wants to infringe on a pre-existing system or track snow through the house. Make things easy for everyone by clearly identify ing the coat closet or providing people with a coat hook/rack, a place to set purses or bags, and a boot mat.

Make changes. Change out the florals, throw pillows, and other house hold décor to match the holiday season. When planning your interior and exterior décor, don’t forget those items that can serve you all win ter long like skates, skis, and sleds. Couple those with your greenery for a look that will last.

Focus on the food space. Sheila Ronk with Homespun House says the kitchen is the heart of the home and it tends to be the place where everyone gathers. Why not get the party started right there by creat ing a drink/snack station where guests can help themselves? It’s also a great spot to let kids help with the preparations, cut fun fabric ker chiefs for pets (holiday print of course!), or play a quick game.

“My sister made a family Bingo game using holiday stickers on our cards, which is a lot of fun. We also do the family trivia, which gives you

the chance to learn something about your ancestors. Of course, cookie decorating is always a big hit,” Ronk said. “But don’t buy a box mix, which can take a lot of time. Instead, Gordon’s has frozen shaped sugar cookies ready to bake and they taste just as good as homemade!”

Be mindful of everyone. Not every guest celebrates Christmas and not every guest may be in a festive mood the entire time. Make sure that your guest rooms offer a reprieve from the holiday hoopla and serve as an oasis for peace and rest. Consider natural elements that are sooth ing whether they are in your décor, a scented candle, or beverage selection. Don’t forget to provide your guests with your Wi-Fi informa tion and a guide to area attractions so that you don’t feel you have to entertain the entire time. (Make sure pets have a place to “get away from it all” as well!)

Think outside the box for family activities. Ask the children to per form a holiday themed skit (don’t forget to provide bed sheets, bath robes, or other oversized apparel for costumes!) Ask musicians to play for a crowd singalong or gather everyone together and go caroling!

“We used to do that all the time and I think it should be brought back,” Ronk said. “Even if you aren’t the greatest singer, it’s a fantastic way to spread holiday cheer!” a


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Looking for a way to spice up your holiday parties this season? We asked some local mixologist to share some holiday-inspired cocktails with us.

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Park Lickliter – The Hoppy Gnome |

Park Lickliter has seven years of bartending experience and has found a home behind the bar at The Hoppy Gnome. He whipped up this fun and flavorful cocktail for Science Central’s annual Mixology event and shares the details with us.

Name of cocktail: Always Bet on Black (Licorice)

Ingredients: .5 oz Cuttlefish Ink Tito’s Vodka, 1.5 oz Tito’s Vodka, ½ tsp. Cuttlefish Ink, ¼ tsp. Gum Acacia, 0.5 oz Black Sambuca, 1 oz Blackberry syrup, 0.25 oz Lime Juice, 0.75 oz Fresh Starfruit Juice, Strained (If unavailable, white grape juice may be substituted), 2 dashes Spiced Apple Bitters, Lavender Absinthe to rinse

What inspired this cocktail? Originally this wasn’t holiday themed but instead created for the Science Central Mixology competition this year. This year is Candyland themed, and Lickliter was assigned the character of Lord Licorice; as such this is a black licorice cocktail. The goal was to create a black licorice cocktail that even the biggest black licorice and anise detractors would find delicious. And to create a pitch-black cocktail, which he was able to successfully accomplish using cuttlefish ink.

Lickliter said, “This cocktail is my primary or competition cocktail for the Science Central Mixology competition this year, which will be held November 4th. I would invite everyone to buy tickets to this event if there are any left because it is always a blast. You get to try 18 different candy-themed cocktails, and the proceeds go to a great local educational facility. You can also vote for your favorite bartender/cocktail from this event, so if you feel like voting for me you can go to the Science Central Mixology 2022 website and click the ‘vote for your favorite bartender’ button to be redirected to a page where you can vote for me! If I win, I get $500, and as a working college student I would appreciate the help!”

Spencer Maule – Mercado |

Spencer Maule has been a bartender for eight years and currently serves as the Beverage Director at Mercado on The Landing in Fort Wayne. He concocted a tasty beverage for the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network’s annual fundrais er, the Local Food Throwdown competition, and took home first place. He shares it with us here!

Name of cocktail: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Ingredients: Wood Farms pork fat-washed Reposado tequila, Cognac, Grand Marnier, Black Walnut bitters, Sherbet made from lacto-fermented apples, and honey from Cooks Orchard. What inspired this cocktail? Pork chops with apples, Lacto-fermenting & Local Farms - Cook’s Orchard & Wood Farms.

Spencer said, “I had a blast serving all the guests at the Throwdown, but it was even more fun work ing alongside other bartenders: Mercado Bar Manager Linnea Lind and Bartender Jake Dunno, as well as Copper Spoon’s Bar Manager Jasmine Leevon and Bartender Allison Shank. Who could forget Pennydrip Owners Trevor Scovel and Sam Albertson? Having these wonderful, passionate people making cocktails made the experience even better for the guests and for my Mercado bar team.

Tyler Roussey – Club Soda |

Mixologist Tyler Roussey has been dreaming up creative cocktails for seven years. He created this holiday-inspired drink for the upcoming season.

Name of cocktail: The PEARfect Sidecar

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Belle De Brillet, 1 oz. Cointreau, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 0.5 oz. cinnamon simple syrup

What inspired this cocktail? Roussey said, “The sidecar is one of my favorite cocktails and when I saw the beau tiful bottle of Belle de Brillet, I knew it’d be the perfect pairing.” a

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Expands to Fort Wayne

Axia Women’s Health, an integrated, independent group of women’s health providers, has recently expanded into Fort Wayne. It serves the women of our area with a large network of resources, but the unique ability to make clinical decisions on a local level.

The vision for Axia Women’s Health is simple: to lead the way in improving women’s health. They believe the women of the Fort Wayne area deserve a more caring, connected, and progressive women’s healthcare community, and the practitioners at the Fort Wayne location are working toward just that.

“The current state of healthcare is incredibly complex. The business of healthcare is difficult to navigate for both physicians and patients alike,” said Dr. Scott Boyd. “The many advances in technology, technique, and medica tions have greatly improved outcomes for most ailments. At the same time, the process of delivering and mastering healthcare has become more diffi cult. We’re one of the few remaining ‘private practice’ groups in Fort Wayne. This means we have greater freedom to create a practice structure that truly puts patients first.”

The Fort Wayne community is important to these practitioners, with the majority of the Women’s Specialty Care Providers at Axia Women’s Health having practiced in Fort Wayne for many years. Dr. Boyd has lived and prac ticed OB/GYN and Urogynecology for 20 years in the area, and several of his partners, including Dr. Thomas Lorenc, grew up here. Their newest partner, Nurse Practitioner Sonya Lagassie, has practiced in the area for seven years.

Dr. Boyd, one of the partners of the practice, says he knew working with this practice was the right fit for him not only because of the access to resources and retained autonomy a partnership with Axia Women’s Health offered, but also because his partners, staff, and patients at the practice make working an absolute joy.

“Our staff are second-to-none in their level of care and expertise. My partners are truly remarkable, dedicated, and hardworking physicians. Their talent and compassion stand out amongst many other wonderful physicians in the Fort Wayne medical community,” Dr. Boyd said.

The best part of Dr. Boyd’s career? When a patient sincerely says “thank you” after a surgical intervention and proclaims “you gave me my life back.”

“A great number of women, almost 50 percent, will develop some form of uri nary incontinence or pelvic prolapse at some point in their lives. Most women will wait many years before seeking medical care, all the while suffering with the pain, embarrassment, and lifestyle limitations usually present with those medical issues,” Dr. Boyd said. “Please, don’t suffer any longer if you have a urinary or pelvic floor problem. There are many interventions available to help control, improve, and/or correct most pelvic floor disorders.”

“When I’m able to help improve a person’s quality of life, it is truly one of the most rewarding things to experience,” Dr. Boyd said. “If you have a GYN or urogynecological issue, please come in for a consultation and let us come up with a plan to resolve it together.

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Eichhorn Jewelry

Shopping for just the right piece of jewelry can be almost as exciting as receiving and even wearing the bling. Eichhorn Jewelry, Inc. has taken that sentiment to the next level. They’ve made searching for that special diamond, colored stone, or whatever else the heart desires, an experience, and they have thrived for many decades.

When asked what makes her business unique, Eileen Eichhorn, who is president of the company as well as a graduate gemologist, spoke in bold terms. “We are a big jewelry store in Decatur with a huge, eclectic mix of classic and vintage estate jewelry. We repair and restore antique jewelry and watches,” she said.

When it comes to jewelry, especially precious metals and fine watches, working with someone who understands its quality, is trustworthy, and provides value are of great importance. Eileen has been a full-time appraiser for forty-seven years. The store’s motto: “Making the world sparkle, one diamond at a time, since 1965,” reflects its long history.

Eichhorn is the eldest of ten chil dren and her father, John Eichhorn, was the founder. In the early years, he championed the motto “Always Think Diamonds.” Housed at 130 N. 2nd Street in Decatur, the build ing has undergone renovations in both 1999 and 2003, and now has private diamond rooms, as well as three beautiful showrooms.

If you want to catch Eileen in October, she will be knee deep in an extravagant annual event. “Our estate jewelry Spooktacular event sale is every October,” she said. “It is so much fun and difficult to describe until you’ve seen all we have to offer! We give away a $500 estate jewelry shopping spree to one lucky person. We announce the winner on Halloween.”

They offer estate jewelry all year long, though, and be forewarned: you can get lost a bit if you step into their extensive website for a quick look. Better bring a cup of your favorite drink and plan on spending some time there.

The staff at Eichhorn reads like a Who’s Who of her family. There’s Eileen’s sister Kate Dyer, a diamond specialist since 1965; Matt Dyer, Kate’s son, who is a gradu ate gemologist and the store manager, an employee for 24 years; Laura Ditto, her sister and the bookkeeper for 40 years; Chuck Eichhorn, a goldsmith-diamond setter for 40+ years; Landon Dyer and Noah Dyer, 4th generation part-time student employees and Matt’s sons.

Are there fashions that come and go in the industry? “Estate, pre-owned, engagement rings have been a trend for years,” Eileen said.

When October was over, what was her next big push? “The downtown Decatur Christmas open house, November 18-19,” she said.

As a parting thought: Do they cover those unusual needs, the offbeat scenario, and the random repair situation that may come up?

“We are a full-service store,” Eileen said. “See our website for all the services we offer.” a

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HOMEI am Amy and Justin Shurley

Amy and Justin Shurley have been married for 10 years and have two children. They met in 2010 when both were involved with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) and bonded over their love of the community.

Amy, 40 years old, has lived in Fort Wayne all her life except when she attended Purdue University. It wasn’t a given that she would return home after college, but an internship that led to a full-time job brought her back to the area, and she decided to stay to be close to her family.

When Amy moved back to Fort Wayne in 2005, she joined YLNI and later also joined Junior League. “I would say those are probably a couple core organiza tions that really helped me meet people,” she said. “Those were game changers in helping me love Fort Wayne.”

Meanwhile, the path to Fort Wayne was a little less direct for Justin. Now 41 years old, he was born in South Carolina, lived in Alabama until he was eight, and then moved to Kentucky where his family is still located. He went to the University of Mississippi and found his way to Fort Wayne in 2007 to work for the TinCaps (the Wizards at the time) at the new stadium that was about to be built. “So the ballpark is what brought me to town,” said Justin, “but that’s not what kept me here.”

Justin admits that he moved to Fort Wayne with the intention of staying for two or three years to gain the experience he would need to move “someplace big ger or better.” But after a few years here, he saw that the TinCaps and Parkview Field had just scratched the surface of what was possible for Fort Wayne. “I decided to stick around, bought a house, joined YLNI, and really started getting connected into the community,” said Justin.

As young professionals, Amy and Justin were invigorated by the downtown revitalization that was beginning to happen at the time.

“YLNI had a voice in having the ballpark downtown and so I’d say that’s what kept me here,” said Amy “… the opportunity to get involved.”

Both Justin and Amy said that being able to make a difference is important to them, so they appreciated how easy it was “to get plugged in” and connect with organizations to volunteer in Fort Wayne. “It’s big enough that you can learn new things and meet new people, but not so big that you don’t feel connected or that you feel lost in the city,” said Amy.

Being connected in the community has made it possible for them to cultivate a supportive group of friends. And now that they have children, they appreciate that Fort Wayne is also affordable and a great place to raise a family.

“And now we’re to a point that this is the longest that I’ve lived in any one city in my life,” said Justin. “So this is my home.”

Top 5 Favorite Things in Fort Wayne:


through Metea Park in the fall

downtown followed by the Holiday Pops at the Embassy

Club Soda martini with some gouda

TinCaps baseball game

The Foellinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory at Christmas (If I have to limit it, these are things I LOVE to do in Fort Wayne!)


Botanical Conservatory in the fall (It’s where and when we got married.)

Parkview Field (It’s what got me here.)

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Do-Re-Mi

Lindenwood Nature Preserve (It’s a true hidden gem)

Promenade Park

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“Little River Ramblers”

Hike and explore the interesting plants and wildlife of Eagle Marsh. Dress for weather, boots recommended. Bring binoculars for a close-up view. Free admission. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Meet at Eagle Marsh West Boy Scout office entrance, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, for Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 events. Meet at Eagle Marsh East LRWP offices, 5000 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, for Nov. 29 event. 260.478.2515,,

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Holiday Open House

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Homespun House, 112 S. First St., Pierceton. 574.594.2774,

6 | Sunday | Decatur Coin Show and Marketplace

Nearly 100 indoor vendors, hot food avail able. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round), Riverside Center, 231 E. Monroe St. (Highway 224 East), Decatur. Contact Carla at 260.517.8182,

10 | Thursday |

Settler Series Hand-Arts Class: St. Nicholas Reverse Glass Painting

History, instruction, materials for creating a reverse glass painting of St. Nicholas to show off during the holidays. $20/adult, must be 14 and older to attend. Advance registration required at 260.637.6692.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for refreshments, program display and social time; program runs from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 260.637.8622,

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11 & 12 | Friday & Saturday

Fort Wayne Village Marketplace

Get your holiday shopping off to a great start at one location. A two day, upscale holiday shopping event to kick off the sea son. Friday, 5pm-9pm; Saturday, 9am to 4pm; SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse, 3946 Ice Way, Fort Wayne, IN; Tickets are $5 at the door, children 12 and under are free; fort

23, 25 | Wednesday, Friday |

Christmas in the Library

Crafts, games, books for parents and grand parents to build a positive memory with a child or children. Free admission. Downtown Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Sponsored by Christ Child Festival. 260.447.9437.

26 | Saturday | Christmas at the Fort

Learn how Christmas was celebrated during the 1700s and 1800s. Includes artisans, bake sale, merchandise. Call for admission prices. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.437.2836,

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Botanical Conservatory

• Through Nov. 13, “Paris: City of Light & Love” garden exhibit, public hours, regular admission

• Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, T’ai Chi Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. (continuing stu dents), 11 a.m.-noon (beginners), $63 for seven sessions, register by Sept. 27

• Thursday, Nov. 3, Bee the Change: “Do Plants Have Feelings?” specially craft ed activity, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., $1 admission

• Thursday, Nov. 10, Cornucopia Centerpiece, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., $49, for ages 15 and older, register by Nov. 3

Adults $7, children (3-17) $5, children (2 and under) free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 260.427.6440,

Embassy Theatre

• Thursday, Nov. 3, David Sedaris, 7:30 p.m., $25/$35/$45/$55

• Saturday, Nov. 5, Matinee 2 Superhero Soundtrack, 2 p.m., $30/adult, $25/child

• Saturday, Nov. 5, Pops 1 Superhero Soundtrack, 7:30 p.m., $27 to $86

• Sunday, Nov. 6, Goo Goo Dolls: “Chaos in Bloom Tour,” 7 p.m., $49/$59/$69

• Wednesday, Nov. 9, “Whose Live Anyway?” 7:30 p.m., $46

• Friday, Nov. 11, JD Simo & Patrick Sweany, 7:30 p.m., $35 general admission

• Sunday, Nov. 13, Bert Kreischer: “The Berty Boy Relapse Tour,” 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $36.25/$56.25/$76.25

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, Black Violin: “Give Thanks Tour,” 7:30 p.m., $21/$36/$46/$66

• Thursday, Nov. 17, Cocomelon Live JJ’s Journey, 6 p.m.

• Wednesday, Nov. 23- Wednesday, Nov. 30, Festival of Trees, $10/adult (13+ years), $5/youth ages 1-12, children under 1 year old are free (ticket required)

NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to fluctuation based on demand. 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 800.745.3000,

Memorial Coliseum

• Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 3-6, Old Fort Cluster Dog Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, free admission Thursday; $7/adult, free/12 and under with donation to Pet Pantry, Friday-Sunday

• Thursday, Nov. 10, Five Finger Death Punch & Brantley Gilbert with special guest Cory Marks, 6:30 p.m., $29.50 to $129.50

• Friday, Nov. 18, Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More,” 7 p.m., $32 to $112.50

• Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20, Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, no admission price given

• Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27, Gun & Knife Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $7/adults, $6/seniors 60+, free/kids 12 and under Parking $8 main lot, $12 preferred lot. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 260.482.9502,

Fort Wayne Museum of Art Exhibitions:

• Peer and Patron: Selections from the Private Collection of Dorothy Gillespie (through Nov. 13)

• Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead (through Nov. 13)

• Susan Janow: If I Were a Queen (through Dec. 4)

• The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022 (through Jan. 8, 2023)

• Garden Party: Outdoor Sculptures by Dorothy Gillespie (through June 4, 2023)

• Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Classic Toys and Americana (ongoing)

• FWMoA Permanent Glass Displays (ongoing)

• Kaiyodo: Mini Artworks for the Modern Age (ongoing)


• Thursday, Nov. 3, Curator’s Tour: “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2022,” 12:15 p.m., free with regular admission, open to first 16 registrants with RSVP

• Tuesday, Nov. 15, Meet Me at FWMOA, tour program for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, 2 p.m., free admission. Prescreening required at (800) 272-3900.

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, Print Room Talks: “Intaglio, Part 1: Drypoint, Engraving and Mezzotint,” 2 p.m., free admission

Adults $8, students (pre-K through college) $6, seniors (65 and older) $6, families $20, free admission for veterans and veterans’ families, free general admission 5 p.m.-8 p.m. every Thursday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays), 311 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 260.422.6467,

Honeywell Center

• Wednesday, Nov. 2, “Hairspray,” 7:30 p.m., HC, $49/$59

• Thursday, Nov. 3, Ace Frehley, 7:30 p.m., ET, $39 to $149

• Monday, Nov. 7, Click Clack Moo, 10 a.m. and noon, ET, $10

• Thursday, Nov. 10, The Vertical Victory Project, 7 p.m., HH, free admission, reservation required

• Thursday, Nov. 10, YES: Close to the Edge 50th Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m., HC, $49 to $149

• Thursday, Nov. 10, The Karens, 7:30 p.m., ET, $15/$25

• Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, ET, $6/adult, $4/child, $4/matinee

• Thursday, Nov. 17, Italian Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., HC, $18.95/adult, $9.95/ ages 5-12, free 4 and under

• Thursday, Nov. 17, U.S. Army Band & Soldiers’ Chorus, 7:30 p.m., HC, free admission

• Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20, Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, HC, $25/$35/$65

• Friday, Nov. 25, Champions of Magic, 7:30 p.m., HC, $35 to $125

• Tuesday, No. 29, Travels to Uzbekistan, 7 p.m., HH, free admission, reservation required

• Wednesday, Nov. 30, prime rib dinner, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., ET, $26.95/adult, $13.95/ages 5-12, free 4 and under

Honeywell Center/Ford Theater (HC), 275 W. Market St., Wabash. Eagles Theatre/Ballroom (ET), 106 W. Market St., Wabash. Honeywell House (HH), 720 N. Wabash St., Wabash. 13-24 Drive-In (Drive-In), 890 IN 13. Dr. Ford Home (Ford), 177 W. Hill St., Wabash. 260.563.1102,

Shipshewana Blue Gate Theatre

• Thursday, Nov. 3, through Jan. 7, 2023, “Our Christmas Dinner,” times vary, MH, $38.95

• Friday, Nov. 4, Chuck Wagon Gang, 7 p.m. MH, $24.95

• Saturday, Nov. 5, “The Lighting of Shipshewana” Light Parade and Ceremony, 7 p.m., MH, free admission

• Thursday-Friday, Nov. 10-11, Doug Church: “Elvis Beyond ’77,” 7 p.m. each night, MH, $24.95

• Friday, Nov. 11, Justin Moore, 8 p.m., PAC, $49.95 to $129.95

• Saturday, Nov. 12, Hotel California: “A Salute to the Eagles,” 7 p.m., PAC, $19.95 to $54.95

• Wednesday, Nov. 16, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 8 p.m., PAC, $29.95 to $79.95

• Thursday, Nov. 17, Steven Curtis Chapman, 8 p.m., PAC, $29.95 to $79.95

• Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19, 7 p.m. each night, MH, $24.95

• Friday, Nov. 18, Trace Adkins: “The Way I Wanna Go,” 8 p.m., PAC, $79.95 to $109.95

• Friday, Nov. 18, through Dec. 31, Shipshewana Lights of Joy drive-thru experience, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, MH, $20/vehicle

• Saturday, Nov. 19, Blackberry Smoke: “The Whippoorwill 10 Year Anniversary Tour,” 8 p.m., PAC, $24.95 to $79.95

• Saturday, Nov. 26, A Very Electric Christmas, 4 p.m., PAC, $14.95 to $39.95

• Monday, Nov. 28, through Dec. 10, “Salute to the Stars: Country Christmas,” times vary, MH, $24.95

• Tuesday, Nov. 29, Collingsworth Family Christmas, 7:30 p.m., PAC, $29.95 to $64.95

• Wednesday, Nov. 30, The Isaacs Christmas, 7:30 p.m., PAC, $14.95 to $49.95

All shows add $18 for dinner theater. Performing Arts Center (PAC), 760 S. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Music Hall (MH), 195 N. Van Buren, Shipshewana. 888.447.4725,

Stroede Center for the Arts

• Saturday, Nov. 5, Best of the Eagles: “The Ultimate Eagles Experience!” 7:30 p.m., Tinora Performing Arts Center, 5855 Domersville Road, Defiance, $23 to $48

• Friday, Nov. 11, “The World in Motion: Full STEAM Ahead LIVE Vol. 2,” 7 p.m., Strode Center, free admission, donations accepted

• Saturday, Nov. 12, Cinema at the Stroede: “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” 7 p.m., Stroede Center, freewill donation, concessions available

Stroede Center, 319 Wayne Ave., Defiance. Triangle Park, 655 Clinton St., Defiance. 419.784.3401,

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The Embassy Theatre’s 38th Annual Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is one of the region’s most anticipated holiday traditions,. The 38th annual Festival of Trees will be held Wednesday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 30.

Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The Festival is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event. Last year’s event presented a record number of trees for the organization.

The annual traditions at the Festival continue in 2022. Lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel will transform into a wonderland of decorated trees at various sizes, shapes, and a broad array of themes. Admission includes visits with Santa and festive entertainment on stage, including the Grande Page pipe organ, as well as youth choir and dance performances.

Breakfast with Santa is a popular featured event and will take place Friday and Saturday of the Festival. Cost for the breakfast will be $30 per person (reservation required, very limited seating). Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by Steel Dynamics.

Ticket pricing will remain the same as 2021: $10/adult (13+ years), $5/youth ages 1-12 and children under 1 year old are free (ticket is still required for entry to determine an accurate visitor count).

A basic festival schedule can be found below. The Embassy will keep the following page up to date throughout the holiday season:

2022 Festival of Trees Schedule

Wed., Nov. 23: 6-9 p.m. (OPENING DAY corresponds with Night of Lights activities) Thur., Nov. 24: 3-7 p.m. THANKSGIVING, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) animated film screening at 4 p.m.)

Fri., Nov. 25 – Mon., Nov. 28: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

• Breakfast with Santa is held on Friday and Saturday from 8:30-approximately 10:30 a.m. (separate ticketed event)

Tue., Nov. 29 – Wed. Nov. 30: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Tuesday is SENIOR DAY (open to all ages)

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