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Taste of the Arts Festival is seeking volunteers

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published August 11, 2021

The Taste of the Arts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, is seeking volunteers.

You can sign up to setup and load-in at various locations to put up tents, chairs, tables, and booths, as well as to provide directions to assigned spots in the expanded festival footprint: Freimann Square, Promenade Park, The Landing, and the Arts Campus.

Other slots include information stations to hand out maps and other general information, greet and welcome performers, help with equipment setup on stage and assist with audio, as well as slots to tear down tents, booths, chairs, and signage after the festival. 

Call (260) 424-0646 for information about how to register or go to

Theater class for young HOMESCHOOLERs

Homeschooled children ages 7-13 have the opportunity to sign up for two semesters of Foundations of Theatre classes at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, hosted by Fire & Light Academy. The first semester classes meet every Friday from Sept. 17 to Dec. 10.  Classes are from noon-1 p.m. for 7- to 9-year-olds and 1-2 p.m. for 10- to 13-year-olds. 

Toward the end of the semester, the groups will combine to rehearse for the full two-hour period. Students will learn the basics of theater and the art of performance (vocal technique, ear training, characterization, movement, and rhythm) led by veteran performer and vocalist Patrice Fox.


Sweetwater Academy vocal instructor Randy Romero will teach a workshop for all ages on the mechanics of healthy vocal production, efficient singing, techniques for harmonizing, and artistic interpretation. The class is $50 per participant and will take place on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at Sweetwater. 

No experience or preparation is necessary. For a link to sign up, and for information about other events and classes, go to


The coming season has been announced:

Charlotte’s Web: Oct. 8-10 (school show Monday, Oct. 11) at PPG ArtLab

Elf, Jr.: Dec. 10-19 at First Presbyterian Theater, with auditions in October

Making “Little Women”: Louisa May Alcott: March 4-6, (school show Monday, March 7) at First Presbyterian Theater, with auditions in January 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – May 6 to 8, (school shows Thursday, May 5, and Monday, May 9) at First Presbyterian Theater, with auditions in March

The PHIL announces more concerts

Music Director Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic have announced the remainder of their 2021-22 season. 

Season subscriptions are on sale now and individual tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 20, at noon.

Family Series

Saturday, Oct. 30: Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, Jan. 22: Intergalactic Fantasy

Freimann Series: Wednesdays at the History Center and Sundays at Rhinehart Music Center at PFW

Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 17: All Beethoven

Wednesday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 13: Debussy, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky

Wednesday, March 9, and Sunday, March 13: Ravel’s Quartet

Wednesday, April 27, and Sunday, May 1: Brahms Quartet

Holiday Specials

Friday, Oct. 29, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with score performed live

Saturday, Nov. 13, Home Alone with score performed live

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16 and 17, Messiah by Candlelight at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church

Fort Wayne Ballet Collaboration 

Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

New: Sensory-Friendly Concert 

Saturday, April 2, a 30-minute sensory-friendly program is designed for children and adults with sensory issues and/or additional needs

FUNDRAISER to help prevent SUICIDE

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is holding a Tiki Luau fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 7-11 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Sport & Social Club, 6155 Stoney Creek Drive. All proceeds raised will stay with the local chapter. 

Tickets are $40 and include DJ, heavy appetizers, silent auction, cash bar, and live entertainment. Must be 21+ to attend. No “luau” dress code is required but it is encouraged to add to the fun. 

Register at


Boys and girls ages 4-14 are welcome to join NFL Flag Football. Late registration is still open, but spots are limited. All abilities are welcomed and there is no experience needed to play. 

Kids will develop football fundamentals without the contact. NFL FLAG reversible jerseys and flags are included. Games and practices will be on Saturday mornings at Jury Park or Sunday afternoons at Summit Middle School with trained and screened volunteer coaches. 

Register at or call (317) 759-2691 for more information.

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