Things To Do
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Live Trivia — Trivia night with live host, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Duesy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, free, 484-0411
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com
Team Trivia — Trivia for teams of up to 6 players, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Crazy Pinz/Coconutz, Fort Wayne, free, 969-9336
Tincture Trivia — Trivia night for teams of 4 or 6 people, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, free, 482-6425
Watercolor Instruction — Artist Tom De Somer of De Somer Fine Art Studio offers watercolor painting instruction 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first four Thursdays of each month, Indiana Wesleyan University, Fort Wayne, $144/four-week course, 805-328-8336, www.desomerart.com/classes
Fort Wayne Women’s Expo — Free spa treatments, fashion shows, shopping, wellness talks and demonstrations, cooking shows and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $8, 483-1111
Maumee River Art-N-Party — Save Maumee benefit featuring Wine & Canvas with Terry Ratliff (5-7 p.m., $45), cookies and canvas (7-9 p.m., $10), raffle and live music from Grateful Groove and U.R.B, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Phoenix, Fort Wayne, $7, www.savemaumee.org
Rotary Big Easy Feast — Mardi Gras celebration featuring traditional foods to raise money for Riverfront Development projects, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Lincoln Financial Event Center, Parkview Field, Fort Wayne, $30, 423-2130
YLNI Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball — Black tie event playing off the seven deadly sins with casino games, music, dancing, drinks and dinner, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Embassy Theatre Ballroom, Fort Wayne, $55-$100, www.ylni.org
Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films
Nichelle M. Hayes — Librarian in charge of Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for African-American Literature, Culture and Black Experience conducts a two-hour seminar on African American genealogical research, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Discovery Center, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1225
Have You Been Served? Human Dignity, the Common Good and the Purpose of Business — Sister Helen Alford, O.P. examines the human side of business, 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, $10-$15, 399-8112
We The 7th — Screening of #NODAPL focused film followed by discussion with filmmaker and indigenous and environmental activists, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Best Hall Room 221, Trine University, Angola, free, 277-4195
Growing Up in Fort Wayne with Ties to Myanmar (Burma) — Panel discussion with community leaders and students with ties to Myanmar, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, Walb Classic Ballroom, IPFW, Fort Wayne, free, 481-6555
Indiana’s All-Time Greatest Sports Stories — George R. Mather lecture with Blake Sebring, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, History Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882
Christianity, History and the Common Good — Dr. John Bequette speaks, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Brookside Ballroom, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, free, philosophy.sf.edu
What’s Your Legacy? — Jewish Federation of Fort Wayne sponsored lecture featuring best selling author and television host Brad Melter; dessert reception and book signing to follow, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, Congregation Achduth Vesholom, Fort Wayne, free, 402-6149
Healing Our Community with Hope: Part 2 — Olympic Gold Medalist Allison Schmitt talks about her struggles with mental illness and depression; Q&A session to follow, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050
Birthing a Book: From Sketching to Self-Publishing — George R. Mather lecture with local artist Diane Groenert; book signing to follow, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, History Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882
Dr. Bennet Omalu — Omnibus lecture with doctor who raised awareness of CTE after performing an autopsy on NFL center Mike Webster and was chronicled in the film Concussion, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, free, tickets required, 481-6555
Towards a Philosophical Theory of Practice — Dr. Vincent Wargo speaks, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, Brookside Ballroom, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, free, philosophy.sf.edu
Northern Indiana... Always at the Crossroads of Many Cultures — George R. Mather lecture with Melissa Rinehart, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, History Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882
When the Past Reappears: Imagining People & Places of Northeast Indiana Through Poetry — George R. Mather lecture and book signing with Shari Wagner, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, History Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882
Storytimes, Activities and Crafts at Allen County Public Library:
Aboite Branch — Born to Read Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays, Baby Steps, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 421-1320
Dupont Branch — Born to Read Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Baby Steps Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Ants in Your Pants Storytime, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Wednesday & Thursdays, PAWS to Read, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Bookworms Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays Smart Start Storytime for ages 3-5, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1315
Georgetown Branch — Born to Read Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mondays, Baby Steps Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tuesdays; Family Storytime, 10:15 & 11 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1320
Grabill Branch — Born to Read, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Smart Start Storytime 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 421-1325
Little Turtle Branch — Storytime for toddlers & preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; Babies and Books, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 421-1335
Main Library — Babies and Books, 10 a.m. Fridays; Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Storytime for preschoolers, daycares and other groups, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Toddler Time, 10:30 & 11 a.m. Fridays; 421-1220
New Haven Branch — Babies and books for kids birth to age 2, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1345
Pontiac Branch — Smart Start Storytime for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, PAWS to Read, 5 p.m. Thursdays 421-1350
Tecumseh Branch — Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, YA Day for teens 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Wondertots reading for ages 1-3, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1360
Shawnee Branch — Born to Read Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Teen Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, 421-1355
Waynedale Branch — Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays & Tuesdays, Born to Read Storytime for babies and toddlers, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, 421-1365
Woodburn Branch — Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 421-1370
Tours and Trips
Sports and Recreation
Formula for Life 5K — 5K walk and run; proceeds benefit residential and nutritional needs of Haitian orphans, Sunday, April 23, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, $15, 399-7700 ext.8210
Heroes and Villians 5K — Costumed 5K walk and run, 10 a.m. (registration, 8:45 a.m.) Saturday, May 20, Rivergreenway Boat Dock, Fort Wayne, $18-$28, 786-709-5108
AHG Patriot Run — St. Vincent American Heritage Girls Troop IN3712 fundraiser featuring 1 mile kids run (3:30 p.m.), 5k (4 p.m.) and prizes for most patriotic costume, Sunday, May 21, Parkview YMCA Pavilion, Dawsons Creek Blvd., Fort Wayne, $3-$100, 433-5535
Fort Wayne Komets — Upcoming home games at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne
Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Wichita, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. Wheeling, 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 vs. Wheeling, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 vs. Wheeling, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 17 vs. Tulsa, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22 vs. Norfolk, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 vs. Florida, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29 vs. Alaska, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 5 vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 vs. Quad City, 7:30 p.m.
Embody Dance— Guided dancing for adults of all ages and abilities to exercise the mind, body and spirits, 7-8:30 p.m. first and third Sunday of each month, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, $10 suggested donation, 244-1905
Sunday Night Singles Dance — Open dancing with DJ, cash bar and pot luck carry-in, 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, American Legion Post 47, Fort Wayne, $7, 409-3321
Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show — Over 650 exhibitors featuring home and garden products; celebrity guests including Two Chicks &a Hammer, Dr. Lori, Mad Dog & Lori; prize giveaways, kids area and more, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 2-3; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 5, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $6-$10, 483-1111
Model Railroad Show & Swap — Dozens of tables featuring model railroad equipment, operating model railroad layout and more, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, AColiseum Bingo, Fort Wayne, $5-$7, 482-2203
Pawject Runway — Allen County SPCA fundraiser featuring live dog grooming, photo ops from the “puparazzi”, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, 6 p.m. Saturday, March 4, Marquis Ballroom, Hotel Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, $40-$100, 744-0454
Gun and Knife Show — Guns, knives, archery, military articles and related items show and sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 11 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $2-$7, 483-1111
Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Show — Monster truck competitions, freestyle motocross, lawn mower racing, demolition derby, tuff trucks and more, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $18-$42, 483-1111
St. Catty’s Day — St. Patrick’s day celebration with sanctuary tours and visits with captive-raised and displaced exotic animals, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Albion, $7-$10, 636-7383
Fort Wayne F.A.M.E. Festival — Works of art by area student, music, stage and dance performances, appearance by Taizhou Opera Company and more, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, March 19, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, $5, 427-7325
Guided History Tour and Lunch — Tour of Allen County Courthouse and Swinney Homestead with lunch at the Homestead, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 23 (reservation and payment due by Thursday, March 16), tour begins at Allen Co. Courthouse, Fort Wayne, $25, 747-1501
Shipshewana on the Road — Food, craft and primitives show and sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $4, 483-1111
Puttin’ on the Ritz —Active 20-30 club fundraiser with live music from Chris Worth and Company, gourmet edibles, wine and beer, live and silent auctions; black tie optional, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, $50-$90, 450-2844
Marquee Gala — Embassy Theatre fundraiser featuring cocktails, four-course dinner, behind-the-scenes tours and performance by Billy Porter of Kinky Boots, 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $250, 424-6287
Theresa Caputo — Appearance by Long Island Medium, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $39.75-$123.75, 483-1111
Wabash F.A.M.E. Festival — Works of art by area student, music, stage and dance performances, appearance by Taizhou Opera Company and more, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Honeywell Center, Wabash, $5, 427-7325
Tapestry: A Day for You — Day of inspiration, renewal and education for women in all stages of life with keynote speaker Ann Curry, 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 18, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $75, 483-1111
Germanfest — German cultural celebration with beer tent, live performances, wiener dog races, contests and more, 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday-Thursday, June 7-8 and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, , Calhoun and Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, $2, $5 after 5 p.m., germanfest.org
BBQ Ribfest — BBQ grilling teams from across the country, live blues and beer garden, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, June 17 and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, $4-$6, free before 5:50 p.m., bbqribfest.com
BuskerFest — Live street performers including musicians, fire spinners, painters, aerialists, chalk artists, magicians, jugglers and more, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, June 24, Calhoun and Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, free, 420-3266