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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Farewell 5th Grade


Friday, May 26 was the final day of 5th grade for dozens of students at Lafayette Meadows Elementary.  Parents, teachers and students from other grades lined the hallways to high five the graduating classes.  Hugs and handshakes were given at an awards ceremony, then teachers lined up outside to wave goodbye as the buses departed.

Ballet Showcase


The Auer Academy of Ballet end of year showcase was held Thursday, May 25.  The Academy students work hard all year learning various levels of dance skills, and present those skills in special performances.

Nominations due June 30 for first Vandeveer Impact Award

Linda and Jerry Vandeveer
Linda and Jerry Vandeveer attend a Pray for Linda appreciation in downtown Fort Wayne in April 2016. The Vandeveers created the Law Enforcement/ Firefighters Memorial on North Wells Street. Linda Vandeveer died in September.

The Allen County Commissioners have begun accepting nominations for the “Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award,” designed to honor volunteerism and community service work.

The award is named for the longtime community advocates, who created and maintained the Allen County Law Enforcement/ Firefighters Memorial on North Wells Street in Fort Wayne. They were also instrumental in making improvements to the Baker-Fairfield neighborhood where they lived and worked.

Linda Vandeveer died Sept. 29, 2016, after battling Stage 4 terminal cancer.

Nominations will be accepted through June 30. Forms are available online at www.allencounty.us or at the Board of Commissioners office in Suite 410 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St

Download the Linada & Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award Nomination Form

Nominees will be evaluated based on four criteria:

Vision and action — seeing a need in their community and taking steps to meet that need;

Selflessness and sacrifice — devoting their time and energy in service to their community, without seeking recognition or reward;

Commitment and perseverance — working through difficulties and challenges to achieve their goal; and,

Impact — having a positive influence in their community through their work and serving as encouragement for others to do likewise.

The award will be presented Sept. 29. Recipients will receive a plaque and each winner’s name will be included on a perpetual plaque that will remain in the Commissioners’ Office.

Last September, the commissioners announced the establishment of the award to be presented annually to an individual residing in Allen County who has lived a life of service to the community outside of their regular profession in the example and tradition set by the Vandeveers.

Fired up for RibFest Barbecue masters prepare for showdown

2017 BBQ RibFest
“Big Rick” Jordan smokes ribs at the ACME Bar & Grill, 1105 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. The ACME will compete at Fort Wayne RibFest this summer.

The big guns of the national barbecue circuit are returning to the Fort Wayne RibFest, and the Summit City’s own “Big Rick” Jordan is ready to show them how it’s done.

Jordan and ACME Bar & Grill colleague Johnny Pentangelo will represent the 1105 E. State Blvd. restaurant June 15-18 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.

Returning to RibFest after about 10 years on the sidelines, the ACME will have some local competition, too. Low ‘N’ Slow of Fort Wayne prepared the People’s Choice Award-winning ribs at the 2016 festival. Timmy’s Pizza & BBQ of Garrett served the Reserve Grand Champion Critics’ Choice brisket and the Reserve Grand Champion People’s Choice ribs.

Timmy’s owners Tim and Neza Johnson will be back for more in 2017, again serving the barbecued chicken feet that premiered in 2016.

DMH Low ‘N’ Slow owner Dave Hart, longtime friend Mike Welch, and a Hart family reunion will smoke and/or roast the ribs, pulled pork, brisket and turkey legs that RibFest visitors expect to find at the first booth on their right each June.

Hart has been cooking, catering and competing for 17 years.

“A friend helps me and usually my family flies in and helps me do RibFest,” he said. “I’m kind of considered the little guy compared to the national guys. They do hundreds of cases of ribs where we do maybe 30.”

Each case contains about 19 slabs of ribs, he said.

Jordan, Pentangelo, the Johnsons and Hart will tell you a lot about their special recipes. No one will tell the exact recipe. They’re in business, after all, and this is a competition for bragging rights and a big chunk of a summer’s income.

RibFest co-director Mark Chappuis revealed that ACME would enter the fray this year.

“They’re throwing their hat in the ring to take home the trophy,” he said. “You know the ACME’s been around in Fort Wayne for 60 years or more. Their slogan is ‘Where Neighbors Meet’ and it’s a really cool little Cheers type of neighborhood bar and grill, with excellent authentic barbecue. We are delighted to have them in this year.”

Chappuis and his wife, Cindy, operate RibFest.

“We’re a little, family-run operation,” he said.

Local athletes and police and other celebrities sample and judge the food, while the public selects the People’s Choice winners. Nationally known barbecue masters return year after year to vie for the public’s approval.

Chappuis, a small-business consultant, formerly was marketing director for the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

“I happened to go to Toledo, Ohio, one year on a conference and the entertainment that evening was a rib-burn-off, and I thought that was a terrible name, and I started looking around at literally thousands of people there and I saw these guys with multiple trophies from competitions around the country, and I started smelling all the wonderful aromas and I saw them get these big barbecue mops out and put the sauces on,” he said. “And for those of us who are carnivorous, this is about as good as it gets to see the ribs and briskets on the grill.”

“We’re definitely going to be back this year, Father’s Day weekend,” Timmy Johnson said. “We’ll do the usual stuff as far as our ribs, our pulled pork, our beef briskets. But I bring turkey legs. I’ll do some half-chickens. And then we do our baked beans and those are really good, and then we do our corn bread and a little mac and cheese and coleslaw and potato salad.”

Neza Johnson will return with the chicken feet recipe that she brought from her home in the Philippines.

“All my friends like it,” Neza said. “We’re not making money at all, but for me it’s fun to do that.”

“She talked me into trying it and I thought that isn’t bad, and actually it had some good flavor to it,” Timmy said. “It’s not a huge money-maker, but it’s unique and I like to do things a little differently. This is one of our biggest events of the year. Some of the people will be wandering over to the chicken feet and you’ve got a chance to give them a taste of pulled pork and the odds of their buying ribs are going to increase.”

Johnson uses a twist on the sauces from different regions.

“My profile is kind of a cross between a sweet and a vinegar base and then I make my own Carolina-based mustard sauce that is a really unique product, that you either love it or you hate it,” he said. ‘You’ve got a couple different flavor profiles hitting you at the same time and it’s pretty good.”

Neza Johnson also works with variations of an Asian sauce that includes tropical fruits.

“I can’t tell you the recipe,” she said. “We play with it a little bit.”

Flavor from the fire

According to Timmy Johnson, hickory produces a nice aroma and a dominant flavor profile. He said some cooks use oak for a harsher edge on brisket. Apple is mild, and the flavor is hard to detect. Cherry loses the profile quickly.

“This oven has never seen anything but hickory,” he said.

Hart, of Low ‘N’ Slow, said cherry and apple wood smoke produces the best flavors.

As for the ACME, the chefs have three woods of choice. They burn hickory, white oak and Jack Daniels maple.

“That’s rock maple locally but when you go down South that’s the only wood they use for the Jack Daniels distillery, and they burn it down and use it for charcoal and you have that nice color,” Pentangelo said.

A mountain of pork

Johnson can be seen smoking his food on many Saturday mornings beside Timmy’s Pizza & BBQ, 105 N. Randolph St., Garrett. His new smoker can hold up to 250 pork shoulders, about 10 pounds each, which he cooks for 12 to 13 hours. He sets up shop at about 18 events each year, from Kendallville to Wabash.

“A pork shoulder will make about 15 sandwiches. That’s about 4,000 sandwiches per cook that I’ll be able to generate off that, and you’d be able to do about two of those a day,” Johnson said.

Or, that new cooker will hold up to 150 slabs of ribs.

“Because of the size of the cooker that we’ve got we’re looking at some national things, traveling, merging Timmy’s with Hoosier Daddy Barbecue,” Timmy said. “One of my dream places would be Memphis in May.”

Already, Timmy’s travels a wide circuit, serving different local tastes.

“We don’t change the recipe but we have different sauces,” Neza said.

“We might manipulate the menu,” Timmy said.

“Three Rivers, that’s a turkey leg show,” Neza said.

“And at Van Wert it’s center-cut porkchops,” Timmy said.

Pricey spices

Hart, of Low ‘N’ Slow, developed his own recipe for the rub, which gets pricey. “So I got ahold of a fellow in Arkansas and I gave him my recipe and he sends it to me in 25-pound bags now for a quarter of the price,” he said. “I guess you could consider mine more of a Kansas City style, where we put on a rub before you cook them and we pull them off and set them on the grill. We usually put a little barbecue sauce on them and make them nice and shiny right before we serve them.

“We started it off as little guys, with everybody down there helping us to get started and learn how to cook and now we’re competing against them.”

Keeping up with the RibFest demand is difficult, and there’s no such thing as catching up.

“They (other rib chefs) taught me how to cook ahead and store them and keep them warm and then get them ready when you need them,” he said.

Low ‘N’ Slow cooks brisket, pulled pork and brisket, in addition to the award-winning ribs.

Johnson, of Timmy’s in Garrett, does not plan to run low on ribs.

“I’ll probably bring down about 800 slabs,” he said. “On a great weekend I probably won’t do 800, but you’d better be ready for them and you never know if the weather’s really great. And if I don’t sell out I have an event the next weekend.”

Some of the traveling rib makers have competed on television. Those crews cook their way from Pennsylvania to Texas and back.

“These guys are all national deals, so I like the idea that the boys from Indiana can throw their hats in that ring,” Johnson said.

Return to RibFest

Jordan, of ACME, has worked at the RibFest before, assisting the nationally-known Desperado’s. He had hoped to compete on behalf of his own Big Rick’s Barbecue, which he launched at State and Hobson in Fort Wayne, but the timing wasn’t right.

“So I just got my feet wet working with those guys and seeing how things worked out,” he said.

He closed Big Rick’s but brought his skills and reputation to ACME. He mentioned his RibFest ambition to ACME’s owners, and they offered their support. So he and Pentangelo, who is better known each Tuesday as “The Italian Chef,” will represent ACME at RibFest.

Jordan can be seen at the smoker beside ACME several mornings each week.

“We don’t boil or broil the ribs,” he said. “We just put them on the grill, and we use hickory wood, sometimes we use cherry or apple. We smoke our meats from the very beginning to the end and I pride myself on doing barbecue like that. A lot of people broil them or bake them, and if that’s what you like, then that’s what you like. I don’t knock them because I go to their places and eat their food, too. But I just like to do it a certain way.”

That means starting with dry rub and finishing with a sauce. The ribs stay on the smoker about four or five hours, the pork shoulders for about 10 or 12 hours.

“Our briskets we cook forever and a day,” he said.

Regional recipes

Everyone has a favorite sauce, and Jordan admits he deals with two influences.

“I like the North Carolina style, but my parents are from Alabama and my dad and my brothers were the ones that actually taught me the art of cooking,” he said. “I went in and studied it more and kind of tweaked what they were doing.”

So it’s the customer, ultimately, who chooses between the vinegar-base Carolina sauce or the sweeter sauce from even farther south.

Pentangelo can talk barbecue, too, as fluently as he talks lasagna calabrese, shrimp scampi and four-cheese tortellini. Italian food is his first love, though.

“Everything is authentic, Italian, Grandma’s recipes,” he said. And yes, Grandma was born in Sicily and Pentangelo’s father was born in Rome. Pentangelo has been with ACME for about 15 years.

He sees the RibFest as an opportunity to show off the ACME’s homemade sausages.

“We’re going to be stuffing them in natural casings and we’re going to be smoking them and bringing them to the barbecue. It’s all grass-fed meat, not hormone-injected, and it’s our fresh herbs, our oregano, parsley, and a little bay leaf goes in, and black pepper and paprika, garlic, so we grind everything and we put it in a homemade meat sausage,” he said.

“We’ll be doing our smoked wings. We’re the first ones in Fort Wayne that started smoking chicken wings, when everybody else used to fry them. We started smoking them seven years ago. It’s an original recipe.”

Jordan and Pentangelo recently served another big event, the Fort Wayne Ballet Beer & Barre BQ, May 6 at the University of Saint Francis downtown campus.

“We just had a wonderful turnout,” Jordan said.

Throwing the gauntlet

The ACME chefs have their supporters, especially among their co-workers but also in the community.

“I hope that people come down and realize that we have people here in Fort Wayne that are in it. I mean a local shop, ACME Bar and Grill, is the only actual Fort Wayne restaurant that is going to be in it. We are the second booth away from Desperado’s, and Desperado’s has been coming down there 30 years straight. We’re on the right-hand side, second booth, so we’re right in the fat of it,” Jordan said.

ACME competes for the public’s favor six days a week, he said.

“We do barbecue every day here at the ACME, Monday through Saturday, from 11 o’clock in the morning until 1 in the morning. It’s not just that we’re stepping down there to do it on a fluke. We do that in-house,” he said.

“Just come down and check us out. We understand that these guys are coming in from out of state and we’re competing against the people who are on the barbecue circuit, and it doesn’t scare me, it doesn’t scare Johnny. We’re going to do our best to compete against these guys and all I can say, honestly, is if they win it, they earned it.”

Family food and music

Chappuis said RibFest is a family-oriented event that benefits from the reputations of the national award-winning chefs. “People ask me all the time ‘What’s your demographic?’ Honestly, that’s so hard to say because good barbecue is synonymous with a good time. It’s synonymous with a type of cooking, grilling that people can relate to, that they love,” he said. “That goes across all spectrums. That’s not just teenagers or octogenarians but basically everybody but vegetarians.”

Visitors will enjoy hearing progressive, rock-blues music, he said. He described the bands as upbeat and enthusiastic.

Local high school track and field teams or marching bands typically help out selling soft drinks or with other parts of the event.

“We’ve given about $180,000 back to local high schools that have partnered with us on some of the operational issues,” Chappuis said.

“They’re all great people we work with down there. And if someone’s equipment breaks down, I’ve got my big cooker and I’d cook for those guys,” Johnson said. “And every one of those guys that Mark’s got coming in here would do the same for me.”

“Our prices are very competitive,” Chappuis said, adding small groups often share the food and the cost. “We see that a lot where two or three people or couples will come together and everybody will buy a slab and put them in the middle and everybody will just try this one or try that one.

“People love grilling out. It’s an American tradition, synonymous with fun, great taste and a good time and we just kind of multiply that by about 20-fold for our festival.”


June 15-18, Headwaters Park.

Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Admission: Thursday-Saturday, free until 5:30 p.m., regular admission $6 for adults 13 and older, $5 for seniors, $4 for students, military, fire and police; Sunday only, $3 all day, fathers admitted free.

For details, a list of vendors, and an entertainment update, visit bbqribfest.com.

Vendors set the food prices, so prices vary.

“It’s comparable to what restaurants in town charge, except this is inclusive of tax and gratuity, so it’s less expensive,” said Mark Chappuis, RibFest co-director.

Kids up to age 2 take ‘First Steps in Music’


The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and the Allen County Public Library have partnered to offer a new music program for kids ages 0-2 and their caregivers.

First Steps in Music, led by FWCC’s Whitley Community Choir Director Becky Walter, will introduce babies and toddlers to activities that will help them become “tuneful, artful and beat-ful,” the organization said in a statement. The program is free and does not require registration; however, space is limited and it is first-come, first-served.

Dates and locations:

• Aboite Branch, Friday, June 2, 10:30 a.m.;

• Main Library, Saturday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.;

• Pontiac Branch, Monday, June 12, 10:30 a.m.;

• Dupont Branch, Tuesday, June 13, 10:15 a.m.;

• Dupont Branch, Tuesday, June 13, 11:15 a.m.;

• Little Turtle Branch, Wednesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m.;

• Shawnee Branch, Thursday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.;

• Waynedale Branch, Friday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.;

• New Haven Branch, Tuesday, June 20, 11 a.m.;

• Hessen Cassel Branch, Wednesday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.;

• Tecumseh Branch, Thursday, June 22, 10:30 a.m.;

• Georgetown Branch, Monday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.;

• Grabill Branch, Tuesday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call the FWCC office, (260) 481-0481, or email fwcchoir@fwcchoir.org

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir represents 88 schools and 29 homeschool groups from eight northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio counties.

A New Home for Stargazers


The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society has a new home for area stargazers.

Saturday, May 20, the FWAS hosted a grand opening celebration for their new Star*Quest Observatory located in Jefferson Township Park, east of New Haven.

Two of the FWAS’s powerful telescopes will be available for free stargazing sessions every clear Saturday night through November.

For more, see Rod King’s article, Fort Wayne Astronomical Society’s new observatory awaits stargazers.

Weekend To Do List 5/26/2017 – 5/28/2017


Looking for the best events for the weekend?

Visit Fort Wayne has compiled a few of the biggest and best events happening in Fort Wayne.

Check out the weekend to-do list below and, for additional events and activity suggestions, see VisitFortWayne.

Please click the event title for more information.

Friday Pop-Up Market

Friday, May 26
Glenbrook Square

Connect with local artisans during the monthly Pop-Up Market. In the Grand Main Entrance Hall (alongside Barnes and Noble), shop from unique vendors while supporting small business!

Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market and YLNI Farmers Market

Saturday, May 27
Corners of Barr and Berry Streets

Outdoor farmers markets are back for the summer! From 9am to 1pm on Saturday, find a diverse selection of local produce at Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market and the YLNI Farmers Market.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Saturday, May 27
Sweets So Geek

Don’t miss this free outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Grab a blanket and head over to Sweets So Geek to celebrate Star Wars’ 40th anniversary.


Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28
Headwaters Park Pavilions

Come celebrate Fort Wayne’s cultural diversity on the rivers! Saturday features music and entertainment for adults. Then, enjoy family-friendly activities and drumming on Sunday!

On the Pursuit of Perfection: The Legacy Architecture of Louis I. Kahn

Through October 15
Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Take an investigative look at the legacy of world-renowned architect, Louis Kahn. Explore his complete set of architectural blueprints, and his vision for an arts campus which became the Arts United Center.

Community Calendar – May 26 – June 9th



Luke Fitzpatrick, flute, and Anne Lewellen, harp. Trinity English Lutheran Church, 450 W. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne. 12:10-12:40 p.m.Free. The church presents special music each Friday of May. A $2 sandwich lunch is available immediately after each Friday program. For more information, visit TrinityEnglish.org.

Fish fry. Mizpah Shrine Center, 1015A Memorial Way, Fort Wayne. 5:30-8 p.m. $10 for adults, $7 for ages 5-12. The all-you-can-eat fish dinners include the traditional sides and beverages. The Mizpah Shrine Center is between Parnell Avenue and Clinton Street just south of Coliseum Boulevard.

Leo High School band performs. Riverside Gardens, 14701 Schwartz Road, Leo-Cedarville. 7 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. Free. The Leo High School band will present a variety of traditional band favorites and popular music. Ice cream and snacks will be served.


Rain garden native plant sale. Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne; in the Learning Center. 9 a.m.-noon.


Singles dance. American Legion Post 47, 6001 Reed Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9:15 p.m. $7 cover. Evening include DJ music, cash bar and potluck carry-in. For more information, call Doug at For more info call Doug at (260) 704-3669.


Fort Wayne Memorial Day Parade. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. at the North Side Park parking lot west of the park at the intersection of Parnell and Fricke avenues. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and proceeds up Parnell Avenue to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, for a Memorial Day program.


Summit City Singers spring concert. Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

ZZ Top in concert. Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49-$99, available through fortwayneparks.org.

Trek the Trails. Moser Park Trailhead, 601 W. Main St., New Haven. 6 p.m. Free. Meet in the parking lot near the baseball diamonds for this 8-mile bicycle ride.


Veteran peer support group. VA Annex, 2500 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. 4:30-6 p.m. Free coffee. Visit vet2vetusa.org for more information. This group is run by veterans but it not a VA-run group. Meetings are held each Wednesday.

Living with Depression support group. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday. These non-professionals have lived with depression and help one another by sharing experiences and through the use of literature. Anyone interested in the group is asked to call Marilee Stroud at (260) 312-6069 for further information


The Junk Yard Band performs. Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy music around the courtyard fountain through the Friday Nites Live concert series.

Charity golf outing. Orchard Ridge Country Club, 4531 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne. 8 a.m., shotgun start, followed by lunch and 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. $100 per golfer. Benefits Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, a nonprofit organization providing free camping for children ages 7-18 surviving cancer or brain tumors. The camp is located at Camp Potawotomi in South Milford. Visit campwatchawannado.com for registration.

Rummage and bake sale. St. James Lutheran Church, 1720 Indiana 930 E., New Haven. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Offering bargains in clothing, household, purses, toys and books. Bake sale will have breads, cookies, snack mixes, brownies and cakes.

Funfest 2017. Most Precious Blood Church, corner of Spring and Barthold streets, Fort Wayne. 5-8 p.m., picnic under the stars. 7-10 p.m., live music.


Miami Beadwork, with Katrina Mitten. Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. 1-4 p.m. General admission $7; students and seniors $5; 2 and younger and History Center members, free. The History Center sponsors Miami Indian Heritage Days the first Saturday of each month, May through November. A guided tour of the house is included.

Spring plant swap. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 10-11a.m. Bring at least one plant of any kind to share and take home starts from other gardeners. Seating is limited to 50 so call to register. No fee. For details and to register, call (260) 427-6442.

Rummage sale (bag sale). St. James Lutheran Church, 1720 Indiana 930 E., New Haven, 9 a.m.- noon. Whatever fits into a large paper grocery bag will be one low price.

Mensa admissions test. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. Fort Wayne; Room 304. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., testing begins at 10 a.m. $40 and photo ID required; must be age 14 or older. Reservations or prior notification not necessary. Direct questions to Dan Klopfenstein, (260) 710-0030. Park in lot at corner of Webster and Berry streets on the north side of the church.

Funfest 2017. Most Precious Blood Church, corner of Spring and Barthold streets, Fort Wayne. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., games for all ages, kids train, bounce house, Velcro wall, bingo, food, hourly raffles. Dinner served 4:30-7:30 p.m. Live music 8-11 p.m., with beer tent and fundraiser.


History lecture. The History Center, 302 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Shari Wagner presents “When the Past Reappears: Imagining People and Places of Northeast Indiana Through Poetry,” with a lecture and book signing. The lecture is part of the 23rd annual George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series.

Summit City Singers spring concert. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave., Fort Wayne. 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Festival Choir concert. Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Ave., Fort Wayne. 10:15 a.m. Free. A choir uniting members of different churches in Fort Wayne will present a program of sacred music.

Gottesdienst (German Mass). St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald St., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. The Rev. Chuck Herman will conduct a German language church service with special musical accompaniment by Tom Remenschneider and the Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor. Immediately after the services, there will be a reception with German style refreshments at the church pavilion.

Germanfest Beer and Wine Fest. Fort Wayne Turners, 3636 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. 1-4 p.m. Sample more than 25 beer and wine selections. Get tickets for $30 in advance through germanfest.org. Tickets will be $35 the day of the festival.

Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor concert. Park Edelweiss, 3555 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Heimatabend (German night). Park Edelweiss, 3555 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne. 5:30 p.m. Open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served from 6-8 p.m. Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door for $12. Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor will host this evening of German food. German beverages and live entertainment will be available.

Bach, Back and Beyond, Opus 5. Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 5 p.m. Free admission. Elezanga Baroque Ensemble will present this Germanfest concert.


Germanfest organ recital. First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 12:15 p.m. Free. Chelsea Vaught, organist. This 30-minute recital is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Boy Scouts’ Thunderbird Daycamp begins. Allen County Sheriff Reserve, 3022 Easterday Road, Fort Wayne. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day through June 8. $80 per Scout. Visit Awac.org to register.


Summit City Singers spring concert. Lutheran Life Villages, 6723 S. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Appleseed Quilt Guild. Classic Cafe, 4832 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne. Social time at 6:30 p.m., followed by meeting at 7 p.m. Non-members pay a $5 fee. Bill Kerr will present the program. Kerr is co-founder of the Modern Quilt Studio; check out his website, wwwmodernquiltstudio.comfor more information and samples of his quilting skills. For more information, visit wwwappleseedquiltersguild or email appleseedquilters@yahoo.com.

Cyber security workshop. Ivy Tech North, Fort Wayne. 5-7 p.m. Free. Presented by James J. O’Connor of Barrett McNagny LLP, for SCORE Chapter 50. To register, call (260) 422-2601 or email scorefw50@frontier.com. Ivy Tech North is north off St. Joe Road, between Stellhorn Road and St. Joe Center Road, Fort Wayne. Turn left off Dean Drive at the Keith Busse Technology Center Lecture Hall.

Allen County Retired Educators. Pine Valley Country Club, 10090 Pine Mills Road, Fort Wayne. Registration 10:45 a.m., the meeting 11 a.m.Reservations should be made to MaryJo Purvis at mpurvis1@frontier.com.

Germanfest organ recital. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 202 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne. 12:15 p.m. Free. The Rev. Randy Wurshmidt, organist. This 30-minute recital is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Curbside Cruisers Car Club cruise-in. Athenian Family Restaurant, 1020 W. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. 5-8 p.m. Spectators welcome. For details, call (260) 485-5886. For information on cruise-ins from Orland, Ind., to Bryan, Ohio, visit libertycruisers.com.

Germanfest organ recital. First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. 12:15 p.m. Free. Geoffrey North, organist. This 30-minute recital is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Breakfast on the March: Tenacious Turtles. Indiana Wesleyan University Education & Conference Center, 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne; in Room 102/104. 8:30-9:45 a.m. Free. Little River Wetlands Project sponsors this light breakfast and nature presentation for nature lovers age 50 or older. Today, learn about “ancient and amazing reptiles,” at least five species of which live on nearby Eagle Marsh. Contact info@lrwp.org or (260) 478-2515 for information or to reserve a place.

Germanfest organ recital. Church of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. 12:15 p.m. Free. Michael Dulac, organist. This 30-minute recital is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Bees & Brews. Southwest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. $35 per person. This is a 21-plus event, sponsored by Southwest Honey Co. Spend an evening exploring the honeybee through hands-on fun including beeswax candle making, sampling honey wine and beer, observing a hive up close through the sealed observation hive and for the adventurous, suit up for a live beehive presentation. Held outdoors under the Science Tent. Advance registration required: https://southwesthoney.com/education/bees-brew-adult-date-night/.

Blue Bucket Brigade. Allen County Walmart locations. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne partners with the Fraternal Order of Police and Fort Wayne United to build bridges between law enforcement and youth. Kids can have their picture taken with a police officer and receive a certificate to become “Deputy for a Day.”

Germanfest organ recital. Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 12:15 p.m. Free. Wayne Peterson, organist. This 30-minute recital is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Bishop Dwenger Saints Open golf outing. Cherry Hill Golf Club, 6615 Wheelock Road, Fort Wayne. Registration at noon, with shotgun start at 1 p.m. $100 per golfer, or $400 for a team of four. Must be 21 to play, or be with a parent or legal guardian. For registration information and sponsorship opportunities, visit bishopdwenger.com or contact Molly Schreck at mschreck@bishopdwenger.com.

Cedar Creek Church of Christ praise band performs. Riverside Gardens, 14701 Schwartz Road, Leo-Cedarville. 7 p.m. until approximately 8 p.m. Free. The band will present contemporary Christian songs.

Sugar Shot performs. Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy music around the courtyard fountain through the Friday Nites Live concert series.

2017 Spring Cycle & YLNI Market Opens


Saturday, May 20 was a busy day in downtown Fort Wayne.  The 2017 Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle was held, and the YLNI Farmers Market opened for the season.

Free ice cream social to benefit Kate’s Kart


The ninth annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser benefiting Kate’s Kart will be held Saturday, June 17, at Riverside Gardens, 14701 Schwartz Road in Leo-Cedarville. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event is open to the public, and will feature free ice cream, pony rides, kiddie games and prizes, inflatables, rides, plus live, family-friendly music and entertainment. All activities and performances are free, with donations accepted at the gate to support the organization’s mission. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be an Usborne Book Fair where books can be purchased for personal use or to donate to the organization.

Kate’s Kart is a not-for-profit organization that supplies free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment. Through the gifting of new books, Kate’s Kart works to provide a distraction to children experiencing life in a hospital setting. Kate’s Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Anne Layman, who is affectionately known to family and friends as “Baby Kate.”

In just under nine years, the organization has grown to service 18 northeast Indiana hospitals via 28 book karts. A team of 100 volunteers, plus additional hospital staff give away more than 3,000 brand new books every month to children in the hospital. “To date, over 158,000 books have brought smiles, distraction and hope to hospitalized children and their families,” the organization said in a statement.

For more information, visit KatesKart.org, or contact Cheryl at (260) 999-6173, or email info@kateskart.org.

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