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The John Chapman Kiwanis Foundation will present ChocolateFest to benefit Riley Hospital for Children and other local youth charities and projects.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Turnstone Center For Children and Adults with Disabilities, 3320 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Tickets are $40. Visit for tickets. Free parking is available.

The dinner buffet will include courses of chocolate-infused or chocolate-inspired dishes, many chocolate desserts and a chocolate fountain. The Dee Bees Band will present live music for dancing. A cash bar will be available. A silent auction will feature a variety of unique gifts.

To be a sponsor, or to donate auction items or to reserve a VIP table, contact Jim at (260) 637-8184.

The Kiwanis Club of John Chapman Foundation meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at the Sunrise Cafe, 10230 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne. Anyone is welcome to join and serve the community.



The Fort Wayne Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present five scholarship recipients in recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1102 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Admission is free. A reception will follow.

Since 2002, the Irene S. Ator/AGO Scholarships have helped more than 20 piano and organ students to further their studies to become qualified church musicians.

The 2018 concert will feature: Allyn Beifus, piano; Aidan Kroeker, piano; Annika Kroeker, piano; Monica Shannon, organ; and Christina Trowbridge, piano.

A scholarship applicant must be a resident of Allen County, a piano or organ student, and in high school or college (eighth-grade students may apply.) Once applications have been reviewed students will be scheduled for an audition in late May or early June. For more information, visit



Allen County 4-H Clubs Inc. will offer a free, state-approved Hunter Education Class in January. The class will be held at the Purdue Extension-Allen County Office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, on Jan. 6 and 13. Participants must attend both sessions, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both Saturdays.

The class is taught by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and is open to youth and adults. Anyone age 11 or younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Anyone born after 1986 is required to be certified in hunter education before they can purchase a hunting license. To register, go to

All materials for the course including a study manual will be provided.



The Fantasy of Lights auto tour of 269,000 LED lights covering dozens of displays continues through Dec. 31 at Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne. Admission is $10 per car or minivan.

This drive-through event is situated in Franke Park (adjacent to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo) and transforms the park into a spectacular winter wonderland. Blue Jacket Inc. received control of the Fantasy of Lights in 2015. The attraction has served Fort Wayne since 1994. This year’s reconfigured route covers more than 2 miles and features an interactive radio broadcast. Carriage Rides are available by Cornelius Carriages at (260) 691-3780.

Blue Jacket partners with other local agencies to serve disadvantaged employment candidates, whether they are emerging from homelessness, poverty or other circumstances.

Visit for more information.



A ball will drop at midnight near the Parkview Field Silver Lot as downtown Fort Wayne welcomes the New Year. Parkview Field’s gates will open at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, and live entertainment will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a countdown to midnight and fireworks. Watch for updates at

The event is free and open to all ages, although only ages 21 or older will be admitted to separated bar areas.

Fort Wayne celebrated last New Year’s Eve with a digital ball drop downtown. Soon after, a team of volunteers stepped forward to design the ball for this year’s celebration.



Ticket sales have begun for the 2018 Mizpah Shrine Circus. Tickets, which went on sale Thanksgiving evening, are $14, $16, $18 or $22.

The circus will present seven shows Jan. 25-28 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Shows are: 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. Coliseum parking is $5 for general parking or $8 for the preferred lot.

The Mizpah Shrine Circus office is at 1015 Memorial Way. 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.

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The Outdoors Sports, Lake &Cabin Show is planned Jan. 26-28 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Hours are: Friday, Jan. 26, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, free to ages 12 and younger. Half-off admission is available to: active military families with military ID; with a Shrine Circus ticket stub; or with a Savor Fort Wayne restaurant receipt. Visit for related details. Coliseum parking is $5 in the main lot or $8 in the preferred lot.

The Hawg Tank bass fishing demonstration is back in 2018, along with the Stihl Timberworks Lumberjack Show, a kids’ outdoor adventure, pro bass fisherman Andy Buss, bow fisherman Jason Barbknecht, and fishing instructor and radio host Dan Armitage. Also see the archery and rifle range, RV’s, boats and water sports, exotic cars by Dream Makers Automotive, Yurts and tiny houses and booths operated by vendors and charters. Visit for more information.



The 28th annual Fort Wayne Farm Show is planned Jan. 16-18 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Admission is free. Hours are: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

More than 30,000 farmers attend the show annually to view farm equipment and services and educational seminars. Parkview Health Systems will present free CPR classes each day.

This year’s grand prize is a Massey Ferguson 2400 Series zero-turn lawnmower courtesy of Harmony Outdoor Equipment of Auburn.

A fund raising auction will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday to support the Indiana FFA Scholarship Foundation. Last year’s auction of donated items raised more than $20,000 for scholarships.

Visit for more information.



Allen County 4-H Clubs Inc. held its annual meeting Nov. 9 in conjunction with the 4-H Volunteer Recognition Program.

Elected to the Allen County 4-H board of directors for three-year terms were: Rachel Hammond, Tyler Olinske, Erin Roembke and Jacob Taylor. Elected to serve a two-year term was Aric Bradtmueller.

Outgoing 4-H board members were recognized: Heather Anderson, for serving three years; Brian Hoopengardner, for serving three years; Rob Knott for serving six years; Regina Smith for serving three years; and Shelby Smith for serving a one-year appointment as the Junior Leader representative.

Officers elected to serve in the 2017-2018 year are: Roger Clark, president; Kurt VanHorn, vice president; Ashley Lewis, secretary; and Donna Dafforn, treasurer.

In 2017, 239 adult volunteers donated their time to the Allen County 4-H Program. Their tenure ranged from 1 to 48 years of service.



The Mary Cross Tippmann Foundation has awarded a $6,250 grant to Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana.

The grant will be used for general operating expenses. Easterseals Arc provides a wide range of services to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, learn, work and play in the community.

Easterseals Arc has nearly 800 individuals enrolled in services and assists hundreds more through outreach to their families, friends and employers.



Holiday and winter-themed attractions continue at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. Holiday hours vary. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-17.

Garden In Lights continues through Jan. 7. The conservatory has decorated the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy beautiful poinsettias and lights from the atrium to the Desert.

The “Snow Days” theme garden exhibit continues through Jan. 7. In the conservatory’s holiday imagination, snowkids go out for snowball fights while snowmoms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together.



Fort Wayne TinCaps fans have an early chance to secure their seats for opening day of the 2018 season. The TinCaps kick off the team’s 10th season in downtown Fort Wayne at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, April 7, against the Cleveland Indians-affiliated Lake County Captains. The sale ends Dec. 31. Ticket prices continue to start at $5 while fans can sit behind home plate for as little as $10.

Buy opening day tickets at:


• The Orchard Team Store at Glenbrook Square Mall (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 29; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 30; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 31);

• The Orchard Team Store at Parkview Field (9 a.m. -5 p.m. Dec. 29).

Opening day will feature one of 32 postgame fireworks shows during the 70-game home schedule. Tickets for all 2018 games at Parkview Field will go on sale at a later date.



FWCS Study Connection will host Zumbathon 2018 from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at North Side High School, 475 E. State St., Fort Wayne. Registration is $20 at the door (cash or check). Participants will be eligible for door prizes.

Area Zumba instructors will lead two hours of dancing, sweating and fun in support of FWCS Study Connection. Zumba is a combination of Latin dancing and cardiovascular workout. No previous Zumba experience is required for this event.

Proceeds from Zumbathon 2018 will benefit FWCS Study Connection. This after-school tutoring program matches students with employees and volunteers at area businesses and organizations. Students and tutors meet one hour once a week to provide consistent academic assistance and mentoring to students who may not otherwise receive it. For more information about Study Connection or Zumbathon 2018, call (260) 467-8810.



Former college and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will headline the Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes Night of Hope, Thursday, Feb. 15.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Registration is free at Parking is $5, or $8 in the preferred lot.

Tebow played for the University of Florida national champion teams in 2006 and 2008, and won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2007. He played three years in the NFL, became a college football TV analyst, and recently signed with the New York Mets organization.

He released “Through My Eyes,” which was the bestselling religion book of 2011. He also wrote “Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms.” Find more information at



Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents “La Cage Aux Folles” in seven performances, Feb. 17-March 4, at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St., Fort Wayne.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors 60 and older, and $17 for ages 23 and younger. Read the full description and find a link to ticket sales at, or call the box office at (260) 424-5220. Performances are: 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 23 and 24 and March 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 4.

Phillip H. Conglazier directs this musical, which is rated PG.

The Civic also plans the comedy “Buyer &Cellar” in six shows March 16-25. Gregory Stieber directs. Tickets are available at



First Presbyterian Theater will present “Red,” which is described as “a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability.”

John Logan wrote the play in which abstract impressionist Mark Rothko lands a milestone commission, only to be challenged by his young assistant, Ken. For further description, visit

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for ages 65 and older, and $10 for full-time students. Admission to a preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, is $12. Other shows are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Jan. 14.



Early-bird tickets are available for Science Central’s annual murder mystery event. “My Cold-Hearted Valentine” returns for its fourth year from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Science Central is at 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne. Guests at this 21-and-older event will wander the science center, mingling and “interviewing suspects.”

Early-bird and member tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. After Feb. 1, nonmembers will pay $25 per person or $45 per couple. Limited deluxe tickets are available; contact the science center for details. Get tickets at Get more information by contacting Andrea Colley, marketing manager, at



Byron Health Center, 12101 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, will continue Huntington’s disease support groups in 2018. The meetings will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the Eakin Family Room.The meetings are for those affected with Huntington’s disease, as well as their family and friends. Meeting dates are: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.

Byron Health Center partners with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America and the Department of Behavioral &Social Sciences at the University of Saint Francis to make the support group possible for the northeast Indiana area.



TEDx Fort Wayne is looking for speakers who have an “Idea Worth Spreading” for its Sunday, March 24, event at the Manchester University School of Pharmacy campus, 10627 Diebold Road at Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. TEDx has chosen the theme “Resurgence.”

“Fort Wayne has made incredible strides in the past few years,” organizer Mark Hagar said. “Our community isn’t content to celebrate past successes. Instead, civic groups, local businesses, government agencies and individual citizens have come together in myriad ways to address the challenges we’re facing and to build a future for the community we love. TEDx Fort Wayne will harness that Hoosier creativity and build on the energy that makes this an inspiring time to live and work in northeast Indiana.”

The TEDx Fort Wayne organizing team also includes Sarah Miretti Cassidy, Greg Magnuson, Joe Noorthoek, Shelly Soellinger and Crystal Vann Wallstrom.

Interested applicants should apply at



The Francine’s Friends Breast Diagnostic Center mobile mammography unit visits locations throughout the Fort Wayne area.

For women who have health insurance, Francine’s Friends will bill the insurance company. If the patient does not have insurance but has the ability to pay, the BDC offers a reduced rate if paid the day of the screening. For women without insurance, or who have a high deductible, or who do not have the resources to pay, assistance is available.

Appointments preferably should be made prior to the date of screening. For an appointment, call (260) 483-1847 or (800) 727-8439, ext. 68120. Walk-in openings are available depending on the schedule.

Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography is a partnership between Francine’s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center.

The mobile unit plans these stops:

• Friday, Dec. 29 — Walmart, 10105 Lima Road, Fort Wayne.

• Tuesday, Jan. 2. — Heritage Park, 2001 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne.

• Wednesday, Jan. 3 — Parkview Physicians Group, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven.

• Friday, Jan. 5 — Walmart, 7502 Southtown Crossing, Fort Wayne.

• Monday, Jan. 15 — Kroger, 4120 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

• Tuesday, Jan. 16 — Paul Harding Jr. High School, 6501 Wayne Trace, Fort Wayne.

• Wednesday, Jan. 17 — Genesis Home Health, 1201 Daly Drive, New Haven.

• Thursday, Jan. 18 — PHD, 9009 Clubridge Drive, New Haven.

• Friday, Jan. 19 — New Haven High School, 1300 Green Road, New Haven.

• Monday, Jan. 22 — Jorgensen Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne.

• Wednesday, Jan. 24 — Nelson Global Products, 3405 Engle Road, Fort Wayne.

• Thursday, Jan. 25 — Harrison College, 6413 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

• Monday, Jan. 29 — Parkview Physicians Group, 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven.

Compiled by Garth Snow