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The Rotary Big Easy Feast promises traditional Mardi Gras foods plus live jazz music, all to raise money for riverfront sightseeing.

The Rotary Club of Fort Wayne sponsors the event Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner from 4-8 p.m., with live jazz music playing all the while and with a cash bar available. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door, but can be purchased in advance at Choose seafood etoufee or andoullie stuffed roast pork as an entree. Check out the full menu online. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club’s Riverfront Development Project to sponsor the water jet fountains.



Downtown Fort Wayne will celebrate fizz and pop with the first Summit City Craft Soda and Winter Carnival.

FizzFest will take place from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the USF Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. Tickets start at $15 and are available by following the links from

The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District will sponsor the event, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

“Resurrecting the days when soda came in a glass bottle and was sweetened with natural cane sugar, FizzFest showcases over 100 vintage and craft sodas to sample and purchase,” sponsors said in a statement. “The family-friendly event will also feature a myriad of old-time carnival games and live entertainment.”

Blessings in a Backpack provides food for schoolchildren who are at risk of going hungry on weekends.



The 14th annual Fort Wayne Festiv-ALE, a wine and stein celebration, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the event, with the goal of raising $65,000 in 2018 to help support CF research, education and care.

The evening will include an array of wines, craft beers, food, sweets, live music and a photo booth. Tasting stations will feature local businesses such as Yummi Bunni, Granite City Food and Brewery, The Hoppy Gnome, DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Scotty’s Brewhouse and more. Main event tickets are $55 and VIP tickets are $75.

Tickets can be purchased and donations can be made at



Tickets are available but limited for Cancer Services Comedy Night, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Sweetwater, 5501 W. U.S. 30, Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $50 per person and $75 per person for VIP tickets, which include one drink ticket and a meet-and-greet with comic Michael Palascak. Get tickets at or visit 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne. For more information, call Keiara Carr at (260) 484-9560.

Palascak was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and has appeared on the “The Late Show,” “The Tonight Show” and “Conan.” He also has a half-hour special on Comedy Central.

The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a friendly joke competition.



An exhibition featuring work from students in the IPFW photography program continues through Feb. 25 at the Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett.

The downstairs gallery will show photographs from six students who have completed a yearlong Photography Certificate Program from the Department of Continuing Studies. The upstairs gallery will feature work from IPFW students who belong either to the Photography Club or the Design Club. These students will exhibit photographs and graphic design pieces created during their studies.

Museum hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, 4-7 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Get details at



The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke will welcome comedians and a varied program of music on Friday, Feb. 9.

Doors to the venue at 9524 U.S. 24 N. will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by phone at (260) 483-3508, by using PayPal on the venue’s website,, or at John’s Meat Market in Roanoke.

Proceeds will benefit Roanoke Food Pantry.

Food will be available for purchase, and a cash bar will also be available.

Comedians Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg will pay tribute to the Vaudeville era. The nine-member Musilectics will present a variety of styles of music, including show tunes, oldies, country and gospel.



The YMCA and Kingston Residence will sponsor a Valentine social from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the aerobics room of the Jorgensen YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne. Admission is free to YMCA members. Admission is $5 for nonmembers, who will receive a free tour and welcome packet.

Desserts and beverages will be available. Music Express will provide music for dancing.

RSVP’s are appreciated to or to the front desk at the Y.



Ecstatic Theatrics will hold auditions for “Who Framed the Lucky Leprechaun” at 3 p.m. Feb. 3, 4 and 10 at the VekVenture Stage, 1550 Griffin St., Fort Wayne. The show needs child and adult actors.

Actors should bring a list of schedule conflicts. Anyone auditioning may see script excerpts at or may call (260) 750-9013.

In the show, a growth spurt ruins a TV studio shoot and gets Lucky the Leprechaun fired from his job as the Lucky Charms mascot and into a tangle of marshmallow mine slavery and Trix Rabbit espionage. Performances are March 16-18 during “St. Patrick’s Games, Plays and Tomfoolery” at TekVenture.



The American String Teachers Association will hold a Certificate Advancement Program from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Canterbury Middle School, 5601 Covington Road, Fort Wayne.

The certification to be achieved is Foundation Level 10 for violin, viola, cello and bass.

Teachers of the students must be members of the ASTA. Parents of the students should contact Marcy Trentacosti at or (260) 438-9574. There is a $20 fee.



The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Woodlan High School, 17215 Woodburn Road, Woodburn.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at There is no designated seating.

The group’s repertoire includes gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, classical selections, barbershop, folk, opera choruses, country, novelty tunes and patriotic standards. Specialty groups and soloists enhance the performance.

For almost 125 years, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club has served as ambassadors of the university across the state, the country and to South Africa, Australia, China and many European countries.



Allen County 4‑H is offering a series of workshops on dog obedience training. The program is open to youth who are in Grades 3-12. Young people can learn how to train their family dog to be more obedient. Youth will learn how to teach their dog to heel on a leash, stand for examination, sit, stay and more. Youth also will learn about the health, care and grooming of their dog. The dog should be at least 6 months of age.

The meetings will be held 6-7 p.m. Mondays at the Home Loan Bank Building, Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, beginning in March. The cost of the 16-week program is $70. All participants must register in advance, pay fees and complete their paperwork by Feb. 23. Class size is limited. For more information and registration materials, contact Samm Johnson, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development, at (260) 481‑6826.



The University of Saint Francis will welcome Andrew Abela, provost, Catholic University of America, as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Servus Omnium. The event will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne.

The event will begin with a blessing from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese. Then a Mardi Gras Breakfast will be served before Abela’s presentation, titled “Faith and Business.”

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tables can be purchased in advance for $80 and corporate sponsorships are available. Visit or contact Lance Richey, dean of the USF School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at (260) 399-8112 or



The IPFW Community Arts Academy will offer classes and programs for all age groups in early 2018. Registration has begun, at

Art classes for Grades K-8 start Feb. 3 and April 14. Drama classes for Grades K-12 begin Feb. 3 and April 14. Offerings begin with Dramagination for Grades K-3. The academy offers private lessons on 18 musical instruments and in voice.

Scholarships and instrument loan programs are available. Visit the website or call (260) 481-6059 for details or registration.

Registration also has begun for these summer youth camps: Woodwind Summer Music Week, June 4-8; IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Camp and Festival, June 10-15; Summer String Camp, June 18-22; Summer Choir Camp, June 18-22; and Lighting Technology Intensive, July 16-20.

Visit for a full list of summer programs.



Artlink in downtown Fort Wayne is showcasing regional art in an exhibition that continues through Feb. 9.

This juried exhibition features artists from the Midwest states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky working in a variety of artistic mediums. This exhibition was juried by regional artist Danielle Riede, an associate professor of art at Herron School of Art and Design – IUPUI.

Artlink Contemporary Gallery is at 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Visit for more detail on Riede’s honors and a closer look at the exhibition.



Castle Gallery Fine Art, 1202 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, continues the exhibit “Winter Reflections 2018” through Feb. 3. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, or by appointment. There is no admission fee. Visit for details.

See “Winter Reflections” by Michigan artist Jill Stefani Wagner, “Brown County Winter” by New Haven impressionist Doug Runyan and many other works.


2018 SIGN-UP

Wallen Complex, 8917 Village Drive, Fort Wayne, has begun sign-up for spring and fall youth athletic programs. The 2018 programs include: boys baseball, ages 7-15; girls past-pitch softball, ages 9-18; boys lob baseball, ages 6-7; girls lob softball, ages 6-8; and T-ball for boys and girls ages 4-5.

Registration is available at Or, visit the Washington Township Fire Station, 1834 W. Wallen Road, Fort Wayne, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 24.

Late registration fees will be charged after March 4 for baseball and tee and lob.



Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson is a finalist for the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year Award.

A winner will be announced during a school superintendents association conference Feb. 15-17 in Nashville, Tenn. The three other finalists are from California, Illinois and Tennessee.

— Compiled by Garth Snow