Community Calendar


Tuesday, Sept. 4

Appleseed Quilters Guild meeting: Classic Café Event Center, 4832 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. New members and guests welcome. Guest fee of $5.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Tribute Dinner hosted by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana: Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne. 6 p.m. The event honors people touched by cancer and caregivers and medical professionals in the community. The fundraiser helps provide support to local people with cancer in 11 northeast Indiana counties. Admission is $100 for an individual ticket, which includes one tribute that will be displayed onscreen and in the program; $800 for a reserved table of 8, which includes up to eight tributes; and $25 for an individual tribute submission. Go to to purchase tickets.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Grabill Country Fair: This three-day festival, Sept. 6-8, features 130 craft booths showcasing woodworking, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and more. Monster truck rides, chain saw carving, a pet parade and a blueberry pie eating contest are just a few of the highlights this festival offers. For a full schedule of fair events, visit

Art Moves, a Fort Wayne Dance Collective fundraiser: Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab, 300 E. Main St., Fort Wayne. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Art Moves will feature modern and contemporary dances performed by a troupe of the Collective’s dancers. The event celebrates the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s 40th anniversary and raises funds for dance scholarships for local students in need. Tickets are $35 in advance or at the door if supplies last. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (260) 424-6574.

Friday, Sept. 7

Concert in the Park: St. Joseph Township, 6033 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne. 6-8:30 p.m. The free annual concert will feature music by Junkyard Band. Food trucks will be on site. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Alcohol, pets and smoking are not permitted at this event.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Sports card and collectibles show: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 305 E. Washington Center Road, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Dealers from three states will buy, sell or trade sports cards and other cards and collectibles. The public may bring items to be appraised. For more information contact Brian Mayne at (260) 824-4867 or

Fall Festival & Market: Jorgensen Family YMCA, 10313 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free festival celebrates the branch’s 20 years of service. The event will feature live bands, children’s games and Nelson’s chicken. Pre-sale tickets are available at the front desk. For more information, contact Christy Bobay at (260) 755-4828 or

Salvage in the City: Saving Grace Vintage, 614 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outdoor sale will feature salvaged goods and project pieces. Shoppers can save 10 percent storewide.

West Central Home & Garden Tour and ArtsFest: Two-day event Sept. 8-9. Tickets for the tour grant access to 11 locations throughout the West Central Neighborhood and explore ArtsFest, which will feature about 50 art vendors, live performances and a variety of food vendors. Carriages, petty cabs and horse-drawn carriages will be available to transport people from site to site. Tours and vendor hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $13 before the tour and $15 on the days of the tour. ArtsFest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Charlotte Weybright at (260) 348-2871.

Swinney Homestead Open House: Swinney Park, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. The historic 1844 Swinney Homestead and Settlers’ Herb Garden will be open for walk-through tours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8-9. Members of Settlers Inc. will share the history of the homestead and the Swinney family. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (260) 424-7212.

Church game night: Fellowship Hall at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2435 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Pizza, popcorn and beverages will be served. All are welcome to come and enjoy playing euchre, electronic games, board games, ping pong and singing karaoke.

Fort Wayne Arts Festival: This two-day, outdoor art show, Sept. 8-9, will showcase work from more than 40 artists offering an array of works in clay, fiber, wood, glass, photography and more. Artists’ tents are located in the courtyard throughout Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. The festival will also feature a concert with original music by local musicians 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Monarch Festival: Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. 1-5 p.m. The festival will feature a variety of programs and activities including displays of live monarchs at different stages of their life cycle, monarch butterfly tagging prior to release, educational presentations, outdoor learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages. For more information, visit or check out the Monarch Festival’s Facebook event page.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown: 16 local attractions will offer free admission for the day. Noon-5 p.m. Go to to download and print a one-page passport or pick one up at any Kroger or Old National Bank location

Monday, Sept. 10

Civil War Round Table meeting: Conference room A at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dave Sutherland, who will speak on “The Battle of New Market.” For more information, contact Dick Tagtmeyer at (260) 745-1081 or Additional information can be found at or

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Fort Wayne Artists Guild meeting: Meeting room C at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Brian Byrn, director and curator of the Midwest Museum of Art in Elkhart. Byrn will present “A Curator’s Perspective.” The meeting is free and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, visit

Thursday, Sept. 13

Disorderly Bear Den: Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. 6:30 p.m. The local chapter of Good Bears of the World always welcomes visitors to the meetings, which include social time and regular business. For more information, contact Donna Gordon-Hearn at (260) 409-9886 or email The group’s goal is to provide soft, cuddly teddy bears and other stuffed animals to kids in trauma situations and lonely adults in the Fort Wayne area.

Friday, Sept. 14

Fish fry and pork tenderloin dinner: Park Edelweiss, 3355 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne. 4:30-7 p.m. All you can eat fish and pork tenderloin with scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, dessert and coffee. Full service bar available with German and domestic beer, wine and other beverages and soft drinks. Live German music. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children. The dinner is sponsored by Ft. Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchor. For more information, contact Patti Knox at (260) 444-3634.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Johnny Appleseed Festival: The two-day, 1800s-period festival takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Johnny Appleseed Park, 1500 N. Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne. Admission is free. Free parking is available at Purdue University Fort Wayne and Concordia High School’s athletic field off of Anthony Boulevard and St. Joe River Drive with shuttle service to the festival. Parking is also available at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for a fee. For more information, visit

Food drive: First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne. 11 a.m to 3 p.m. in the church parking lot. The food drive will benefit the church’s neighborhood food pantry.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

Miami Valley Coin and Relic Hunters Club: Aboite Township Trustee’s Office, 11321 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. The club invites anyone who has an interest in the metal-detecting hobby and who is interested in learning more about the club.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Rummage Sale: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Green St., New Haven. Two-day rummage sale 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21. People can shop outside both days at 8 a.m. There will be a $2 bag sale on Friday. Proceeds benefit local and worldwide organizations.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Public Safety Day: Aboite Township Fire Department, 11321 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne. 11 a.m to 4 p.m. An emergency vehicle display will include the department’s new ladder truck, ambulance and mini emergency response vehicle. The event will feature public safety demonstrations, a silent auction and a barbecue chicken sale.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Cars and Caring: Southwest Lutheran Church, 5120 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne. Noon-4 p.m. The car show will feature more than 75 cars. Registration is $5 per car. Proceeds benefit Cross Connections Counseling. There will be 20 People’s Choice awards, dash plaques for the first 100 cars, goodie bags and other giveaways. The mental health and wellness fair is designed to connect those who struggle with mental illness, grief, addictions or other personal or family issues to community resources. Food will be available for purchase from Big Eye Fish and Wicked Good Cupcakes. The event will also feature children’s activities and free snow cones and popcorn. For more information, contact Mike Greener at (260) 403-3947 or Jen Robb at (260) 494-6153.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

Deep Rock Tunnel lecture: Bethel United Methodist Church, 8405 Lima Road, Fort Wayne. 7 p.m. Speaker T.J. Short, City Utilities engineer, will discuss the Deep Rock Tunnel project. Short will address how the tunnel will affect residents and improve river quality as well as the cost and size of the project. Cider and donuts will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call (260) 489-3651.

Friday, Sept. 28

Ticket to Ride Silent Auction: Pine Valley Country Club, 10900 Pine Mills Road, Fort Wayne. 6-9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Pat Dyer Memorial Fund, which helps cancer patients offset their considerable travel expenses to and from treatments by providing financial assistance for fuel expenses. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and buffet dinner. Silent auction winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Jennie Gruber at (260) 969-7827 or For more information, visit

Outdoor movies: Resurrection Lutheran Church, 14318 Lima Road, will show outdoor family movies. Food and snacks will be available beginning at 6 p.m. A kids’ feature begins at 7:30 p.m., and a family feature starts at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30

Fort Wayne Hobby and Collectibles Show: Classic Café, 4832 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find vintage and new toys, comic books, sport and non-sport cards, TV and movie memorabilia, diecasts, coins, models, magazines, games and more. The Vinyl Record and CD show will take place next door. Admission is free to both shows. For more information, visit or call Vince at (260) 450-4147.