News briefs: What’s happening and how to take part




Bishop Luers High School Performing Arts Department will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” on Dec. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Bishop Luers is one of the first schools to perform this musical.

Tickets are $10, but seats are limited. Advance tickets are available from Cindy Griffith in the Bishop Luers Bookstore at (260) 456-1261, Ext. 3133. Tickets will be available at the door if shows are not sold out.

Bishop Luers High School is at 333 E. Pauling Road, Fort Wayne.



The 22nd annual Stuff-A-Bus Radiothon food collection continues Nov. 22 at Georgetown Square, 6310 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne.

WLDE — Fun 101.7 — conducts the drive to help feed thousands of needy families through the Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network. The drive accepts nonperishable food items, but requests that no glass items be donated.

The network serves the community at 26 sites. Volunteers are welcome. Visit for details.



The Mizpah Shrine Circus will present seven show Jan. 25-28 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne.

Internet ticket sales begin Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23.

The Mizpah Shrine Circus office, 1015 Memorial Way, opens to the public Monday, Nov. 27. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Evening hours will be added and a separate ticket booth at the coliseum will open Jan. 2. Extended weekday hours and Saturday hours begin Jan. 6.

Shows will be presented Thursday Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.



Anita Trick’s art will be displayed at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, through December.

The artist works with pastels, watercolor and oil mediums. She is a representational artist who has participated in more than 40 group shows and as many solo business exhibitions since joining Fort Wayne Artist Guild in 2008.

Trick grew up in southern California, graduating from USC with a degree in English. Art was always part of her life from an early age, even though she had no formal training. As a career Army officer’s wife, she took art workshops wherever they were stationed. Her goal is to capture the excitement of a fresh snowfall, a colorful flower, an interesting building or a spectacular sunset. She is an avid photographer, always ready for that special photo.

The art display is open to view in the conservatory meeting room during public hours. Regular conservatory admission applies: $5 for adult, $3 for child age 3-17, free for children 2 and younger. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.



The New Haven Lions Club will hold its annual citrus sale on three Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. The Lions will sell Texas oranges and grapefruit from vehicles in the parking lot of Ken’s Meat Market, 846 Lincoln Highway East, from 9 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. each day.

Prices had not been determined at deadline.

Club President Don Cooper said profits go toward the Lions’ service to the community. For instance, the club recently donated $500 to the New Haven Food Bank to assist with Thanksgiving and Christmas needs. Lions clubs statewide assist with vision projects and serve in other ways.



The Visit Fort Wayne Foundation has released a new website, – a comprehensive calendar of events, featuring information on sports, arts, entertainment and educational events in the community.

Organizations can enter their event once and it will be eligible to be included on partner calendars from Visit Fort Wayne, Arts United, the Downtown Improvement District, YLNI Living Fort Wayne, Riverfront Fort Wayne and others.

Events on the site can be sorted by category, keyword or date.

Funders for the project include the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, Old National Trust/Parrish Charitable Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts/Sledd Foundation and the Visit Fort Wayne Foundation.



Northrop High School music groups will combine for the annual Yuletide Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and $10 for families. Northrop is at 7001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne.

Band director Rob Wilson said the concert will feature the women’s and men’s choirs, three concert bands and an orchestra. “Then at the very end everybody will combine — the orchestra, some of the band members and all of the choirs — to sing the ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ That’s something we do every year.”

On another topic, Wilson said the Big Orange Pride represented the school well in the increasingly competitive Scholastic Class A state marching band finals. Northrop made the 20-team state finals but did not place in the Top 5. “I’m really happy with how the season ended and how the kids were playing. I felt like we improved from last year,” Wilson said.

Looking ahead, Wilson confirmed that Northrop will host the Barry Ashton Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 10. Details will be announced.



The Art Market will gather 23 artists and makers from noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Artlink Contemporary Gallery, 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne.

“We really take pride in featuring a wide variety of artists, showcasing different styles and goods. Everyone will be able to find something they enjoy and will be able to utilize on a daily basis,” Maddie Miller, gallery coordinator, said in a statement.

Currently based out of Goshen, ClaybyTay’s ceramics feature fun colors, floral patterns, celebrities and graffiti stylings. Indianapolis-based Yonder Clothing Co. features illustrated designs celebrating the Midwestern landscape on soft T-shirts.

For the complete list of artists and makers, visit



The Carroll High School bands and show choir will perform a combined concert at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16. Admission is $5 per person. The show is in the Large Auditorium of Carroll High School, 3301 Carroll Road. There will be a cookie walk both days.

The Huntertown Lions Club and Carroll Band Boosters will host an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin fry before the Dec. 16 concert, from 4:30-7 p.m in the Carroll High School cafeteria, inside Door 13. Tickets can be purchased by calling (260) 414-6949 or emailing The cost is $10 per person, and proceeds will go to the Stand with the Band uniform campaign to buy new marching band uniforms.



The 2018 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition is open to pianists age 18 and younger living within 100 miles of Fort Wayne. Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Dec. 16. First-round live auditions are Jan. 6 and 7, with finals on Saturday, Jan. 27.

The competition awards cash prizes and camp scholarships. Get further details at

The IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival will be June 10-15. Get details at



The Allen County Solid Waste District and Cinema Center will present Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary, “Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.”

The documentary will be screened Dec. 1-3; showtimes had not been determined at deadline. The first showing will include a question-and-answer afterward pertaining to local food waste issues and solutions. Free tools and tips will be given out to help families reduce food waste and save money at home, along with information on how to participate in the larger scale reduction of food waste from farm to disposal. Visit for updates.

In a statement, the ACSWD said 950,720 people in Indiana are struggling with hunger — and of them 301,990 are children. At the same time, Hoosiers waste 27-40 percent of all edible food.

Cinema Center is at 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne.



Ivy Tech Community College will host three express enrollment days in December for Spring 2018 classes. Enrollment specialists will be on hand to answer questions and help with assessment, financial aid, advising and more.

Students should bring their 2015 tax returns for financial aid review and their previous high school or college transcripts for assessment.

Prospective students can visit to learn more and to RSVP. The spring semester begins Jan. 16.

Express enrollment will be held at the North Campus, Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, Thursday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



Fort Wayne Civic Theatre plans Sunday, Dec. 3, auditions for the musical “La Cage Aux Folles.” Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne.

Call-backs are Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. All who are asked to attend call-backs should plan to be there from 7-10 p.m.

To sign up to audition, call Eunice at (260) 422-8641, ext. 226, or email

Rehearsals will be Jan. 2-Feb. 15, with performances Feb. 16-March 4.

Get audition and show details at

To volunteer to work backstage, call Victoria Gardner at (260) 422-8641, ext. 228.



The Soles4Souls initiative is accepting new or gently worn shoes through Dec. 1 at BeBalanced, 6167 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Sandi Gratz and Amber Quinn are spearheading the drive.

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.

Soles4Souls aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2050. “Children every day are prevented from attending school and adults are unable to work as walking becomes unbearable, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty,” the organization said in a statement. “To date, Soles4Souls has collected and distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.”



Ecstatic Theatrics is preparing to present “Reindeer #3 is Squeaking.”

Auditions will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 25, at the TekVenture Stage, 1550 Griffin St., Fort Wayne.

This 15-minute play seeks children age 5 to 12 and two adults. Multiple performances will be given Dec. 9 and 10 during a gift-making workshop. For more information, call Jeannette at (260) 750-9013, or go to



Concordia Lutheran High School will host the third annual Concordia Comedy Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., in downtown Fort Wayne. The festival is accepting entries until Feb. 23. Finalists will be announced April 10.

All of the finalists’ films will be shown on the big screen at the Cinema Center, with a reception to follow at which the finalists can meet and talk to the judges.

Entries can be uploaded at Visit that site for complete rules.

The Concordia Comedy Festival is open to any student in grades 6-12 attending a school or being home-schooled in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells or Whitley counties.



YWCA Northeast Indiana will hold a fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 30, to benefit domestic violence services. The 21st annual Circle Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Register at The $25 registration fee guarantees a seat at the event. Guests will be asked to donate at the luncheon to support the operations of the YWCA. Direct questions to Erin Johnson at (260) 424-4908, ext. 227, or email

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., author of “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and All Men Can Help,” will present the keynote address.


$21,000 LOCALLY

Beacon Credit Union donated $21,000 to charities, projects and nonprofit groups in northeast Indiana through its Project Spotlight. Community members cast more than 85,000 votes for their their favorite causes.

In Allen County, Beacon awarded $1,000 to Pay it Forward Allen County for children’s Christma gifts, $500 to Allen County Angels and $250 to Second Hand Blessings.



Memorial ornaments on display at Lutheran Hospital this season give the community a chance to commemorate lost loved ones. The Remembrance Tree display continues into the new year in the south lobby of Medical Office Building 2, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., near the Lutheran Cancer Center. The personalized ornaments were placed on the trees Nov. 11.

Volunteers paint each ornament. Nurses from Lutheran plan this activity each year.



YWCA Northeast Indiana said the women’s shelter is over capacity, and asked the public for donations of several supplies.

“With the colder weather, women who had previously been sleeping in their cars to get away from abusers at home are now coming to the YWCA Northeast Indiana Crisis Shelter,” the agency said in a statement. The YWCA asked that new items be dropped off at 5920 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The YWCA requested: body soap, wash cloths, deodorant, towels, large diapers, pullups, ethnic hair products, silverware, pots and pans, laundry soap, twin size sheets and pillows, and new clothing such as sweats, sweaters, socks and jeans.



The IPFW Department of Visual Communication and Design Fall 2017 BFA Exhibition is coming up.

Seniors graduating from the Department of Visual Communication and Design will display their senior thesis projects in the Wunderkammer Company gallery, 3402 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne. The gallery will open Friday, Dec. 1, and continue until Dec. 29. The opening ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by the reception. The exhibition can be viewed Thursday to Sunday from 1-8 p.m.



Two Fort Wayne students received scholarships from the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation.

Josiah Clark, a Woodburn native, attends Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, studies paramedic science and has volunteered at the Woodburn Fire Department.

Edward Scott, a Columbia City native, attends Indiana Tech Fort Wayne, studies emergency response management and has volunteered at the Columbia Township Volunteer Fire Department in Columbia City.

In all, 13 Indiana students received the scholarships. Funding was provided through purchases of “Secure Indiana” license plates. A full-time student carrying at least 12 credit hours is eligible for a $2,000 scholarship and a student carrying at least six hours is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.



The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts is offering area college students and the community an opportunity to visit Ireland, London and Paris from May 7-18, 2018. College course credit is available.

The program fee includes round-trip airfare, transportation between destination cities, hotels, breakfast, select dinners and more. For more information, call the School of Creative Arts at (260) 399-8061 or email Interim Department Chair for Art and Communication Tim Parsley at



The Embassy Theatre has named Jonah Crismore its new programming director. Crismore will oversee the Embassy’s concert booking, artistic development, education outreach and stage direction. Crismore most recently served as executive director of Fort Wayne Cinema Center.

“His vision for Fort Wayne’s arts development is evident in his film programming,” said Kelly Updike, Embassy president and CEO. “He brings a passion for the arts and a wealth of experience in attracting audiences.”



The U.S. Department of Justice announcd that 111 Indiana law enforcement agencies have been awarded $377,000 for ballistic or stab-resistant body armor.

Northeast Indiana recipients include: City of New Haven, $2,619.53; Town of Warren, $790.65; Town of Rome City, $2,276.12; City of Berne, $1,894.47; Steuben County, $1,607.26; Columbia City, $1,104.92; and Town of Waterloo, $313.47.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute said the 50-50 matching funds reimburse purchases through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership. Preference goes to municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents. Formal requests for reimbursement must be made by Aug. 31, 2019, representing purchases after April 1, 2017.

“According to the National Institute of Justice, ballistic body armor has saved more than 3,000 police officers’ lives during the past three decades,” said Dave Murtaugh, executive director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

— Compiled by Garth Snow