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Area church choirs, high school choirs, gospel choirs, the Youth Chorale of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and the choral ensembles of IPFW will share in a festival of sacred choral music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW Campus, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Admission is free for IPFW students with ID and students age 18 and younger. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 60 and older, or $4 for non-IPFW students.

For information call the IPFW Box Office at (260) 481-6555, buy tickets at or visit



The Taizhou Luantan Opera will perform twice on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Arts United Performing Arts Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne.

The 2 p.m. children’s performance is free to children and accompanying adults. Unaccompanied adults may attend for $10. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets to the 7 p.m. public performance are $10. Tickets are available at the box office, or get tickets or more information at

Fort Wayne Sister Cities celebrates the fifth anniversary of the founding of its relationship with Taizhou, China, by hosting the group of 25 singers, instrumentalists, dancers and acrobats.

“Traditional Chinese opera is very different from what many here would consider opera, with dramatic makeup, songs, colorful costumes, dance and acrobatics representing traditional Chinese stories that date back over 400 years to the Ming Dynasty,” according to the Sister Cities website.



Dare to Dream Youth Ranch, 6020 W. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, will hold its fall festival fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

Admission is $5 per family; children younger than age 4 are admitted free. Families may enjoy hayrides, games, concessions, silent auction and prizes and giveaways. Highlights include the D2D Horses costume parade and music by John Curran and Renegade.

Dare to Dream Youth Ranch offers children the opportunity to experience a horse ranch. For more information, visit



The 5th annual Allen County Fairgrounds Craft Bazaar will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne.

Sponsors described the event as a fun day of shopping with local vendors. Admission and parking are free. A food booth will be open.

Potential vendors can fill out an application at



The Cosmopolites Business &Professional Women’s Club will celebrate 60 years of service to the Fort Wayne community at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel &Conference Center, 305 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. The cost is $60 per person or $600 per table of 10. The attire is semiformal. To buy tickets, call (260) 410-9608.

The evening will include dinner, cash bar, silent auction, live entertainment by Ty Causey and a program spotlighting Fort Wayne 21st Century Professionals Gabrelle Autry Martin, La Theresa King, Emmary Butler, Elicia Harris, Andrea Williams and Tiffini Grimes.

The club was founded in 1957 by 10 women who sought to promote social, educational and civic responsibilities in Fort Wayne.



The English Bonter Mitchell Foundation is donating $1 million to what will soon be known as Purdue Fort Wayne to help create a Purdue School of Music on the Fort Wayne campus.

The music program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is currently operated by IU, but will switch to Purdue, which does not have a music school, when the university’s divide their operations next year.

The grant “will serve as a transformational catalyst that supports a vision to create a top music program,” IPFW said in an announcement Sept. 20. The grant will fund new degrees in music technology and jazz performance studies; a graduate program in music therapy and music education; post-baccalaureate international performers certificate; national music festivals and symposiums on campus; real-world experience in Nashville; and the addition of a world-class recording studio to the Rhinehart Music Center.



Wendy Robinson, superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools, has been named the Indiana Superintendent of the Year for 2018 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.

She becomes Indiana’s representative in a national awards program.

J.T. Coopman, executive director of IAPSS, described Robinson as a passionate advocate for children and public schools and a national leader in improving urban education.



Paula Autry will be the new CEO of Lutheran Hospital, effective Nov. 6, according to a Lutheran Health Network statement.

Autry comes to Lutheran after serving as CEO of Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai-Grace Hospital, a full service, community teaching hospital with 404 licensed beds. She brings 30 years of health care experience. According to the statement, Autry worked with physicians, nurses and support staff to improve quality and employee and physician engagement.

Previously, the position of CEO for Lutheran Hospital was held by Brian Bauer who also served as the CEO of Lutheran Health Network. Bauer was fired from the dual role in June, following an unsuccessful attempt by local doctors and others to buy out LHN from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

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For the first time in more than a century, a new hospital will be built in downtown Fort Wayne, according to a Lutheran Health Network statement.

Officials from the network announced plans Sept. 20 to build a replacement facility for the current St. Joseph Hospital, which has been in the same location at Main Street and Broadway since 1869.

The new hospital will be in a “completely new site,” Mike Poore, regional president and CEO of Lutheran Health, said in a phone interview. Several potential properties are under consideration, he said.

The network plans to begin construction of the new campus in 2018, and the project is expected to take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

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Riley Children’s Health announced that it will open a new pediatric specialty office in Fort Wayne early next year. Construction is underway at the site on the corner of East Cook and Coldwater roads, and physicians will begin seeing patients in January.

The outpatient clinic, which will be located at 409 E. Cook Road, will feature 12 exam rooms and equipment for specific office-based procedures and diagnostic testing, according to an announcement from Riley Children’s Health.

Pediatric urology and cardiology will be the first specialties to see patients at the Fort Wayne office, with additional specialties joining in the coming months. Riley Children’s Health plans to conduct local hiring for permanent staff to oversee registration and nursing.

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Purdue University has named the next chancellor for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Ronald Elsenbaumer replaces Vicky Carwein, who has led the Fort Wayne campus since 2012. Elsenbaumer is currently the special adviser to the president at the University of Texas Arlington and a Purdue University alumnus.

He was one of four finalists who presented at the campus in July, and he was named as the new chancellor Sept. 21.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Ron back to Purdue,” President Mitch Daniels said in a statement. “He brings an exceptional blend of academic and industry experience, and he’ll need it to lead the campus in new directions at a pivotal moment in its history.

Elsenbaumer will serve as the chief executive officer and oversee completion of campus realignment and restructuring, according to the statement.

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Fort Wayne VegFest is raising money for its first Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest.

After being awarded funding from Fort Wayne SOUP, VegFest is teaming up with host Trubble Brewing to offer two special events at the pub at 2725 Broadway, Fort Wayne. On Friday, Oct. 13, from 5-8 p.m., Trubble Brewing will feature an expanded vegan dinner menu. Trubble Brewing will offer an expanded vegan brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. A portion of sales will be donated to the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest.

The organization announced plans for a one-day festival Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne.

This announcement comes on the heels of World Vegetarian Day on Oct. 1 and Vegetarian Awareness Month in October.

The festival, which will be free and open to all ages, will run from noon-6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon. The one-day event will feature speakers, cooking demonstrations, local restaurant tastings, vendors, fitness events, children’s activities, live music from local musicians and a beer garden with creations from local breweries.

“We believe this festival will provide numerous benefits to the community, including improving the health of residents, lessening the suffering of animals and reducing Fort Wayne’s impact on the environment,” said Dani Wagner, president of the festival’s board of directors.

Fort Wayne VegFest is headed by an organizing committee of 12 individuals promoting a vegan lifestyle and plant-based diet. To learn more about the festival and to see new fundraising and educational events, visit



Bishop Dwenger High School is presenting “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the school, 1300 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne.

General admission is $8, student admission is $6, admission is free for ages 3 and younger, and $10 reserved seating guarantees seating in the first five rows. General admission for groups of 10 or more is $5 per person.

The play is subtitled “The story of a girl who grew up and a boy who never did.”

Saturday is “Dress Like a Pixie Night.” Anyone who comes dressed as a pirate or pixie may enter a drawing for a pool and pizza party for 10 at the Fort Wayne Holiday Inn.

Sunday is Grandparents Day, with a half-off, senior rate for grandparents.

Find more information at Bishop Dwenger Choir and Drama on Facebook.



Castle Gallery Fine Art, 1202 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, will host a show of 125 paintings Oct. 16-Nov. 21. The National Oil &Acrylic Painters’ Society received more than 700 entries for this 27th Anniversary Best of America Exhibition. The opening exhibition and awards ceremony will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The opening ceremony will include live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

NOAPS also will host four lectures or painting demonstrations Oct. 19-22. For details, visit

The exhibit will feature the works of artists from 30 states, Canada and as far as Malaysia and Shanghai.

All paintings will be for sale and will be available through Castle Gallery Fine Art through Nov. 11.



The show “Fall into Art” continues through Oct. 21 at Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery, 314 N. Main St., Roanoke. The artist reception will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The exhibit shows works of over 20 artists working in all mediums.

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The IPFW Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design will sponsor the Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition at the IPFW Visual Art Gallery, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, from Oct. 23-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.

This event is an opportunity for regional art educators teaching in the secondary level to have their artwork displayed in an exhibition judged by faculty of the IPFW Departments of Fine Arts and Visual Communication and Design. A variety of mediums will be shown, with cash prizes awarded for first, second and third place.

A reception with an awards presentation and an open house of the Visual Arts building will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The open house will feature tours of classroom studios/labs, demonstrations of studio techniques, IPFW students’ artwork and refreshments.



The Fort Wayne Health Cities Health Fair will be offered 8 a.m.-noon Friday, Oct. 27, at Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic, 413 E. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Adults 18 years and older who are uninsured and underinsured are eligible for several confidential health services.

An adult coat drive is part of this annual event. Organizers are seeking donations of 400 adult size coats, sizes small to 5X. Coats should be clean with zippers and fasteners in working condition. Coats can be dropped off through Oct. 20 at Matthew 25 or at several other locations. Socks, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens also are requested. For a list of drop-off sites, call Joy Olroy at (260) 469-4743 or email



The Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau will host Spook-A-Palooza from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Spiece Fieldhouse, 5310 Merchandise Drive, Fort Wayne. Spiece Fitness and Prairie Quest Consulting Inc. are co-sponsoring the event.

Spook-A-Palooza, an indoor trunk-or-treat-type event, will include visits from local team and school mascots along with games, raffle prizes and candy. Family-friendly businesses will hand out candy and host various games.

For more information on how businesses can reserve booths, visit and search for Spook-A-Palooza.

Businesses that would like to donate prizes but not be vendors should contact Sarah Soares at or call (260) 420-7374, ext. 100.



Works by Kathryn Clark remain on exhibit through Oct. 28 at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-17 and free for ages 2 and younger. Visit // for hours and details.

Clark works in watercolor, graphite and oil painting. She was voted an artist member of the Indiana Artists Club, the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and the Hoosier Salon. She and her husband founded Twinrocker Handmade Paper and were central to the revival of handmade paper in America.



The Allen County SPCA is asking for the public to donate toward a matching grant that could help save the lives of hundreds of cats. Gifts made to Operation C.A.T. through Oct. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to an anonymous matching gift.

Cat Action Team is a partnership with Fort Wayne’s Animal Welfare Coalition. The program aims to reduce euthanasia through targeted sterilization of Allen County’s stray and feral felines. “These cats are rarely adoptable and face near-certain death in shelters,” the SPCA said in a statement.

Through a method called Trap-Neuter-Return, Operation C.A.T. is helping to manage feline overpopulation. Cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and microchipped. After surgery, they return to the area where they were found and a caretaker provides them with ongoing food, water and shelter. Since its inception, Operation C.A.T. has already served over 600 felines.

If the Allen County SPCA reaches its fundraising goal, it will be able to provide an additional 500 surgeries for area strays.

Donations can be made online by visiting and clicking on the Operation C.A.T. campaign link. Or, donations can be mailed to: Allen County SPCA, 4914 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806.



The Forest Park United Methodist Women will hold the popular Apple Dumpling Days again Nov. 1-3. Apple dumplings will be available all three days for $4 each. Orders can be placed by calling the church at (260) 484-6696.

The church, at 2100 Kentucky Ave. in Fort Wayne, will hold Novemberfest from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Lunch will be served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Apple dumplings will be for sale all day. To rent a craft table for Novemberfest, call Barb McCoy at (260) 637-142.



Boy Scout Troop 43 and Cub Scout Pack 3043 will take a trip to Buffalo, New York, Nov. 3-5 and invite those interested in joining to attend a Scout meeting. Troop 43 meets Mondays at 7 p.m. and Pack 3043 meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Brookside Church, 6102 Evard Road, Fort Wayne. Contact Tom Newman at, (260) 485-7995 (home phone) or (260) 385-7995 (cell phone) for more information.

The troops will leave for the trip at either noon or 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, depending on individual schedules. They will spend Friday night at a Scout camp northeast of Buffalo, then go to Niagara Falls on Saturday before returning to Buffalo to spend the night on the U.S.S. Little Rock, a light missile cruiser. On Sunday the Scouts will tour two other ships and a military museum on the site as well.



The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will host its annual Harvest Concert from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $8-10. This is the first formal concert of the 2017-18 choir season. All eight ensembles will perform individually and en masse. The theme for the concert is “color.” Tickets will be available through the IPFW ticket office or online at Alumni are invited to attend at no charge.



Corned Beef on Rye — Sure to Satisfy is back for the 16th year.

Congregation Achduth Vesholom at 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, will hold the fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Each meal includes a 1/3-pound corned beef sandwich on rye bread, pickle, coleslaw, brownie and a drink.

Meals are $15 if paid by Oct. 26, or $16 if paid after that date including at the door. Order forms are available at // Delivery is available on orders of 12 or more lunches, for $6 per address.

Proceeds help support programs at the temple.



The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory at 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, is celebrating Fort Wayne’s sister city of Gera, Germany. Blumengarten: A German Story continues through Nov. 12.

The special garden presents five aspects, including a dahlia garden, casual biergarten and practical cottage garden, to introduce visitors to Germany through its natural spaces. In addition, a gallery exhibit of artifacts provides Conservatory guests a little more taste for the history of Thuringia, “the green heart of Germany,” where Gera is located.

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The Actuarial Foundation has provided Bishop Luers High School with the “Building Your Future” financial literacy supplemental curriculum resource. The books were donated on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hartman, a member of the actuarial profession, through The Actuarial Foundation Giving Program.

“Building Your Future” helps students grasp the essentials of personal finance. The classroom set included 25 student books with a teacher’s guide.



The family of Paul J. Haughan recently established a scholarship in that name for a Bishop Luers High School student.

Haughan was born in 1930 in Fort Wayne to immigrant parents. He overcame family adversity, served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific, and went on to work with the U.S. Postal Service until retiring at age 55. He was a member of St. Paul and then St. Patrick parishes in Fort Wayne.

While a student at Central Catholic High School, Haughan’s tuition was paid by a friend. It was his desire to assist students in need at Luers.



National Merit Scholarship Program recently announced the names of 22 Allen County high school students who are among the 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual NMSP.

These academically gifted high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million.

The list includes:

Canterbury High School: Emma V. Case, Elizabeth A. Heiny, Rishubh Jain, Connor Loechner, Keegan E. McArdle and Sanjeeth C. Rajaram.

Carroll High School: MaKayla N. Hansen and Nathan R. Sutton.

Concordia Lutheran High School: Hannah J. Koch.

Bishop Dwenger High School: Nicole K. Gloudemans and John H. Reith.

Fort Wayne homeschool: Michael J. Langford and Aislin R. Sullivan.

Homestead High School: Jodi L. Camino, Susan Chen, Skip D. Jester, Christopher B. Lutz and Nathan W. Merz.

Leo High School: Erik J. Fowerbaugh, Deborah L. Mitchell and James R. Swim.

Woodland High School: Jenna Cummins.



AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season, including in Fort Wayne.

Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers assist many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned.

In 2017, more than 470 Indiana volunteers helped nearly 44,000 Hoosiers file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at over 100 sites in Indiana, including senior centers, libraries and other locations. There are specific needs for all types of volunteers in Fort Wayne, Auburn, Bluffton, Columbia City and Decatur.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit or call (888) 687-2277. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in coordination with the IRS.

— Compiled by Garth Snow