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The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd., will open its gates for its 53rd season at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, with the last admission at 5 p.m.

Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for those ages 62 and older, $10 for ages 2-18 and free for those younger than 2. Visit to save money on a variety of individual and family memberships, and to read about the zoo’s varied population.

Visitors will get their first look at Thabisa, a female giraffe born over the winter. Guests also will get a closer look at Kita, who was born Aug. 6. The reticulated giraffe herd also includes six adults.

Other babies that will make their debut inclues wrinkled hornbill, Prevost’s squirrels and Sitatunga — or marsh buck.

The zoo, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year, is supported entirely by earned revenue and donations.

The 2018 zoo season ends Oct. 7.



Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve will host an Earth Day celebration from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Little River Wetlands Project manages the 756-acre wetlands, with the main gate at 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne.

The celebration will include food trucks, a farmer’s market and educational activities.



The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Schools Office will conduct a teacher recruitment fair from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, 915 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne.

The diocese operates 39 elementary schools and four high schools. The schools are looking for licensed teachers for numerous positions. The diocese will be hiring for school administrators, Pre-K, elementary, middle school and high school teachers, including specials teachers such as music, Spanish and physical education. Applicants will also be sought for open support staff positions including special education and gifted/talented teachers.

Interviews will be conducted on-site. Applicants are encouraged to sign up at for 20-minute interviews with particular school or schools of their choice. Applicants are also requested to bring copies of their resume to each interview. Walk-ins will be limited.



Lutheran Health Network will conduct a career showcase from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the south lobby of Medical Office Building 2, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Free parking is available in the south parking garage. Enter through Door 1L.

Attendees can visit specialty booths to network one-on-one with LHN team members, share resumes, discuss job opportunities and, in some cases, conduct initial job interviews. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

To avoid registration lines, applicants are encouraged to register online by April 10. Visit to register and for a list of opportunities.



Members of the Carroll High School bands will perform music at posts along a 3.1-mile course for the Move it for Music 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 22. Registration is now open.

Proceeds from the event will benefit all of Carroll High School’s music programs.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. Registration can be completed at The cost is $30 per person for those registering now through April 20. The fee includes a race T-shirt and medals.

The course will begin and end at Carroll High School near the cafeteria and sports fields, winding through the school’s campus and into the Preserves and Carroll Creek subdivisions. The race will be chip timed and medals will be awarded for various age groups.

Strollers are welcome, but no pets are allowed.

Indoor warmup and cool-down stations will be provided, along with music and awards after the race.



Homestead High School performing groups will entertain local audiences in a series of free concerts and shows this spring. Admission is free. Homestead H.S. is at 4310 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne.

• Tuesday April 17, 7 p.m.: The latest addition to the school music program — the handbell choir — will perform in the auditorium. The orchestra also will perform.

• Thursday April 19, 7 p.m.: The Homestead Spring Band Concert in the auditorium and main gym will feature Jazz Band II, Jazz Band I, concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble and the winter guard.

• Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.: The Homestead Jazz Concert will feature special guest Larry McWilliams, Ball State University instructor emeritus, trumpet.

• Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m.: The Elite girls show choir will perform in the auditorium.

• Friday, May 11, 7 p.m.: The Class Royale mixed show choir will perform in the auditorium.



Motorcycle riders are welcome to the 29th annual Blessing of the Bikes at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at St. Patrick’s Church, 12505 Arcola Road, Arcola.

The Rev. Thadeus Balinda — “Father Tad” to many — will bless the motorcycles.

There is no charge to take part, and advance notice is not required. The event will take place rain or shine.

The St. Patrick’s youth group will have coffee, pop and some food available for a small charge.

“There’s no need to sign up. Just show up about 9:30 or 10. It’s been going on for years, and most people know about it,” organizer Jerry Gordon said. “We do the blessing. There’s nothing official, it’s just a blessing, just for the camaraderie of getting ready for the springtime rides.”

Motorcyclists then disperse and usually regroup at several locations, but those gatherings are not part of the blessing, Gordon said.



Concordia Lutheran High School Junior ROTC is hosting the A.J. Arnett 5K Honor Run on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19. The event also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the JROTC.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m., starting and finishing at CLHS, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne. The race will start with a cannon blast.

SPC Arnett is a 2004 Concordia graduate and JROTC member. He deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army in January 2005 and was seriously wounded in July.

The run will benefit Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana and Shepherd’s House Fort Wayne. Early-bird registration is underway. Registration is $23 through 11:59 p.m. March 31; register and get more information at Students in K-8 run for free, but must register at the high school.



The third annual Concordia Comedy Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. Tickets are free and the public is welcome. Tickets can be picked up at the high school, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne, beginning April 10.

Students from area middle schools and high schools submitted their films for judging in February. Finalists will be announced April 10.

Sponsors predicted the movies will “make the audience chuckle, belly laugh or all out roll on the floor in laughter.” Students were invited to submit up to four movies each, with each movie no more than 3 minutes in length, including optional credits. The competition was open to students in K-12 in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley counties. All finalists’ films will be shown on the big screen when the top winners will be announced. First-prize entries in both the high school and middle school categories will receive a GoPro.



The second annual Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival April 12-14 in downtown Fort Wayne will feature standup comedy, improv, sketch comedy, a comedy battle and podcasts. Events will range from all-ages to 21-plus.

Tickets can be purchased through links on, with single-day tickets $10-$15 or a three-day pass for $30. Other passes are available on the website. Also check the website for further details.

There will also be free events at the downtown Allen County Public Library from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

The schedule:

• Thursday, April 12 — The History Center, O’Reilly’s and Pint &Slice;

• Friday, April 13 — The History Center, O’Reilly’s, The Phoenix and Pint &Slice;

• Saturday, April 14 — Allen County Public Library, Cinema Center, First Presbyterian Church, The History Center, O’Reilly’s, The Phoenix and Pint &Slice.



Yahweh Sisterhood Book Club will present author and illustrator Mary Coons from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Road, Fort Wayne. Guests should enter through Door 2. The group meets in Room 102. The event is free. Coons will share her love of journaling and artwork as she uses her book “The Piglys and the Hundred-Year Mystery.” Coons will bring some of her journals from 30 to 40 years ago.

The club presents Christian authors the first Thursday of each month. The schedule includes: May 3, “The Widow Wore Pink,” by Robyn Dykstra; June 7, “A Case for Kindness,” by Lisa Barrickman; and July 5, “Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible,” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Follow the club at

This is a free event. “Books from upcoming authors will be available,” the club said in a statement. “We read the book prior to the author speaking, but if you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming.”



An outlet sale that began in a tent in 1983 has grown to attract shoppers from across the United States each year.

The Vera Bradley annual outlet sale will be Wednesday-Sunday, April 11-15, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne.

Tickets for 2.5-hour time slots on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are $5 and are for sale at Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Assorted discounts and promotions are explained online. Coliseum parking is $5.

Thousands of items will be available for purchase.

Vintage Floral, a factory-exclusive pattern, will make its debut during the outlet sale.



The Allen County SPCA will present the Northern Indiana Pet Expo on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for those ages 60 and older, $3 for those ages 6-12, and free to those ages 5 and younger. Coliseum parking is $5. Get details at

The show features information sessions, entertainment, visits with groomers and vendors, and a chance to adopt pets. Children may visit the Kid’s Activity Zone to adopt a balloon animal.

Healthy leashed cats and dogs over the age of 1 will be admitted for $1. The pets must be spayed or neutered. Owners sign a general release and waiver agreement.

Proceeds benefit homeless dogs and cats and Allen County SPCA, which operates an animal shelter at 4914 S. Hanna St., Fort Wayne. Get details, see photos of pets available for adoption, or donate at

See photos of last year’s Pet Expo at



The 38th National Print Exhibition continues through May 11 at Artlink Contemporary Gallery, 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibition was juried by Liz Maugans, printmaker and arts advocate. “I often look for a-ha moments, trickery, mastery and magic when curating work for an exhibition or collection,” Maugans said of her selections. “I want people who see the work to experience that as well.”

This exhibition is sponsored by Lincoln Financial Group, with additional support from the Designer/Craftsman Guild.

Visit for more information.



Low-income families in Allen and DeKalb counties may submit applications for On My Way Pre-K, the Indiana state-funded prekindergarten program. To be eligible, the child must be 4 by Aug. 1. Other requirements apply.

Families can apply at or by calling 211.

“We encourage eligible families to enroll their children in this tremendously successful program,” said David Nicole, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County.



Sycamore Hills summer swim and dive team will register for the 2018 season from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Sign-up takes place at the Sycamore Hills Swim and Racquet Clubhouse, 1511 Sycamore Hills Drive, Fort Wayne.

The 8-week season runs June 4-Aug. 5. Sponsors promise “a climate of friendly competition where swimmers and divers can develop a love for the sport, improve their skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability.” Training groups are available for ages 5-18. For more information, visit or contact Amie Lindsay at (260) 312-6339 or



The Brains for Hope Foundation will host its second annual gala Friday, June 1, at Parkview Mirro Center, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., to be followed by silent and live auctions, an inspirational program, dancing and live entertainment by Good Night Gracie.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by visiting //

Maggie and Andrew Saal started Brains for Hope in honor of their daughter, a brain cancer survivor, to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Last year’s inaugural event raised $75,000.



Wells Community Theater will present “Murder at Café Noir” April 6-8 at 211 Water St., Bluffton. “Murder at Café Noir” is a 1940s detective story come to life that features Rick Archer, private investigator.

Performances on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, begin at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner buffet. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows are $30, which includes a meal and drink. Bar service will be available at each night of the dinner theater. The 4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, show does not feature a meal. Tickets for Sunday’s show are $15.

Tickets are on sale at the Creative Arts office. Tickets also can be purchased and reserved by calling (260) 824-5222. Tickets can be purchased at



The United Methodist Women of Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church will conduct a rummage sale and bake sale April 12-14. The women’s group supports many local missions.

Hours are 5-7 p.m. April 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 and 9-11 a.m. April 14. Taylor Chapel U.M.C. is at 10145 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne. Direct questions to (260) 749-8597.



The University of Saint Francis will host its 42nd annual School of Creative Arts Student Exhibition, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 7.

This event will take place at the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication, which is off Leesburg Road on the southeast corner of the Fort Wayne campus. An awards ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.

The SOCA exhibition, which runs through May 2, will feature art, dance, music and performance-based works by students enrolled at SOCA. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Weatherhead Gallery is in the Rolland Center. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

For more information, visit or call (260) 399-8064.



Fort Wayne Comedy Club, 2104 S. Calhoun St., will offer shows each Saturday in April. Tickets are $15 in advance at or $20 the day of the show. For details call (260) 426-6339.

The schedule:

• April 7, 7:15 p.m. Stu McCallister, headliner.

• April 14, 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tim Kidd, headliner.

• April 21, 7:15 p.m. Dave Landau, headliner, and featuring Brad Scott.

• April 28, 7:15 p.m. Mike Jones, headliner.



The A. Philip Randolph Institute Fort Wayne Chapter will celebrate its annual scholarship banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Link’s Wonderland, 1711 E. Creighton Ave., Fort Wayne. Tickets are $35. Reservations are due by Monday, April 2. Contact LaDonna Sims at (260) 403-1362 or for tickets. Tables of eight are available for $280.

Joe Jordan, president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Boys &Girls Club, will be the keynote speaker at this fundraiser for high school scholarships. Scholarship recipients receive their award at this banquet.

Scholarship applications were due March 14.

The scholarship was created in honor of A. Philip Randolph and Charles Redd, activists who struggled for social and economic justice. “Redd and Randolph shared a common vision for equality, and political and community activism and serve as true inspirations for young people today,” the organization said in a statement.



Visiting Nurse this month expanded grief support groups to two local hospitals. The staff of the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center facilitates the support groups.

A Parkview Regional Medical Center grief support group will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, in the Chaplain’s Office. The Lutheran Hospital grief support group will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. the last Thursday of each month in the Kachmann Mind/Body Institute, first floor, next to the gift shop.

These new groups are open to any adult in the community who has suffered a loss due to death. Visiting Nurse also hosts a variety of other grief support groups at other locations in Allen and DeKalb counties. For more information, call the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center at (260) 435-3261 or visit



The public is invited to free, guided tours of two of Fort Wayne City Utilities essential properties.

The next tour is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 14, at the Water Pollution Control Plant, 2601 Dwenger Ave. Visitors will learn how the plant operates, visit the award-winning lab and view its high-power microscope, and learn about the importance the plant plays in area residents’ daily lives. The tour will involve walking on several surfaces, including gravel, and attendees should not wear open-toe shoes or flip-flops. Another tour is available from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 12.

Named the P.L. Brunner Water Pollution Control Plant, the Fort Wayne facility provides sewage treatment for more than 315,000 residents in Fort Wayne, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, Maysville, Grabill, Zanesville and Arcola and many homes and businesses in unincorporated areas of Allen County. Currently, the plant has the capacity to treat 100 million gallons of sewage per day. Last year, the plant treated nearly 17 billion gallons of sewage for the year. The plant has been serving the community since 1940.

On Saturday, April 21, thee Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, 415 Baltes Ave., will offer a free guided tour from 10 a.m.-noon. The plant opened in 1933 and after several expansions is now able to filter 72 million gallons of water per day. The tour will give visitors an opportunity to see the plant in operation, to interact with staff members, and to view the architecture of the Collegiate Gothic style building. Another tour will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 19.



The Fort Wayne Police Department’s online application current session will close Monday, April 2, at 8 a.m. Visit to apply. This process is for anyone interested in becoming a full-time commissioned police officer.

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, age 21-35. An applicant must complete a pre-employment physical fitness test. A high school diploma or equivalent or a G.E.D. is required; education beyond high school is preferred. Other requirements apply.



Bishop Luers High School will host Run With the Knights at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Foster Park. The 10K/5K run, walk is sponsored by the Alumni Department.

The cost is $20 per person. Sign up at by clicking on “Run With the Knights” in the “Alumni” tab. Register by May 2 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. For more information, contact Tess Steffen at (260) 456-1261, ext. 3039.

— Compiled by Garth