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Fort Wayne Dance Collective — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574

IPFW Community Arts AcademyArt, dance, music and theatre classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa

Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, $100 per month, 432-8176 ext. 1961, academy.sweetwater.com

Current

Baconfest — Food vendors featuring bacon themed dishes, live entertainment, kids zone and a car show, 12-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, $7, 938-7237

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown — Visit 12 area museums and attractions for free, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, various locations, Fort Wayne, free, 424-3700

Grabill Country Fair — Country-style fair highlighting Grabill’s Amish heritage featuring food, crafts, kids events, parade and live music, times vary Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 4-6, various locations, Grabill, free, 627-5227 ext. 5

Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials with Dani Tippmann — Miami Indian Heritage Day, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Chief Richardville House, Fort Wayne, $5-$7 (ages 5 and under free), 426-2882

North Anthony Corridor Block Party — Area artisans, outdoor cafés, wine and beer garden, children’s activities, live music and more, 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, North Anthony Boulevard, between Crescent and St. Joe River Drive, Fort Wayne, free,  496-8045

Parkview Health Muddy Trail Run — 5k walk/run; walk, run or crawl through a mud pit and scale hills and sand dunes to benefit Junior Achievement Northeast Indiana and Anthony Wayne Boy Scout Council, heats start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation, Pleasant Lake, $45, 484-2543

RideGreen — Bicycle pub tour of downtown hot spots to benefit U.S. Green Building Council Indiana Chapter Northeast, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, ride begins at Wells Street Bridge, $10 members, $15 non-members, 438-7876

Roar ‘n’ Snore — Overnight camp out with guided tours, backyard dinner, movies, bonfire, nocturnal animal observation and breakfast, 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 6-7, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Albion, $65 per site plus $8 per person, 636-7383

West Central Neighborhood Home and Garden Tour — Tours of gardens, historic homes and other buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries along with a West Central Arts Fest showcasing neighborhood visual and performing artists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 6-7, West Central Neighborhood, Fort Wayne, $13 adv., $15 day of, 385-9378

Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films

Closer Look Lecture — Douglas Runyan, artist and collector, speaks about Cape Ann Collection Connections and plein air painting tradtion favored by impressionist painters, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, North Campus auditorium, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050

Learning and Working with Autism — A panel of area specialists will present strategies and treatment options for individuals across the spectrum and their families, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Leadership Lessons of History: Doris Kearns Goodwin on the American Presidents — Pulitzer Prize-winning author lectures on the history of presidential decisions and how they affected American society, part of the Omnibus Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, Fort Wayne, free, ticket required, 481-6555

Paul Nicklen Photography — Part of the National Geographic Live! series, polar photographer shares his experiences in photographing Antarctica, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, $15-$25, 419-238-6722

This Just In: Latest Discoveries in the Universe — Omnibus lecture from astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, Fort Wayne, free, ticket required, 481-6555

An Evening with Garrison Keillor — Tour broadcast of Prairie Home Companion as part of the Omnibus Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2015, Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, Fort Wayne, free, ticket required, 481-6555

Storytimes

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, Baby Steps, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 421-1320

Dupont Branch — Smart Start Storytime for ages 3-5, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, PAWS to Read, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 421-1315

Georgetown Branch — Born to Read Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mondays, Baby Steps, 10:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, PAWS to Read, 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Smart Start Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 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

Hessen Cassel Branch — Stories, songs and fingerplays for the whole family, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 421-1330

Little Turtle Branch — Storytime for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, PAWS to read, 6 p.m. Mondays, 421-1335

Main Library — Babies and Books 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 26; PAWS to Read, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 18, 25 Smart Start Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 24; Storytime for preschoolers, daycares and other groups, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 and 24, Toddler Time 10:30 and 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5 and Sept, 26, 421-1220

New Haven Branch — Babies and books for kids birth to age 2, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1345

Pontiac Branch — Teen cafe 4 p.m. Tuesdays, PAWS to Read, 5 p.m. Thursdays, Smart Start Storytime for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 421-1350

Tecumseh Branch — PAWS to Read, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Smart Start Storytime for kids age 3-6, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, YA Day for teens 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Wondertots reading for ages 1-3, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1360

Shawnee Branch — Born to Read for babies and toddlers, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Smart Start Storytime for preschoolers, 11 a.m. Thursdays, 421-1355

Waynedale Branch — Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Born to Read Storytime for babies and toddlers, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, PAWS to Read 4:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays; 421-1365

Woodburn Branch — Smart Start Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 421-1370

Kid Stuff

Lego® Club — Project based collaborative building experience, 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 20 and 25, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Minecraft Masters — Explore the Minecraft world on and offline, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Abracadabra: Magic Tricks 101 — Learn basic magic tricks and discover teh science and history behind famous optical illusions, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Poetry Contest — School-age children and young adults are invited to submit one original poem on the theme “Imagine That”, submit entries, Saturday, Sept. 15-Monday, Nov. 3, all entries must be received by 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Bubble-ology — Experiment and learn about the sticky science of bubbles, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1220

Dance

Lesbian Gay Dinner Dance Dinner, dance and auction to benefit AIDS Task Force, all are welcome to attend, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, $10 dance, $50 dinner and dance, 744-1144

Spectator Sports

WRESTLING

Heroes and Legends IV — Meet and greet with past and present wrestlers followed by wrestling matches, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Fundome, Fort Wayne, $15-$250, 865-388-0099

Sports & Recreation

Bishop Luers Golf Outing — Individual golf matches, silent auction, food and drinks; shotgun start 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Brookwood Golf Course, Fort Wayne, $75 (includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls, drink tickets and food), 456-1261

Mad Anthony Octobeerfest Golf Outing — 18 holes of golf, handcrafted brews, contests and prizes, 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Bridgewater East, Auburn, $300 per team of 4, includes BBQ dinner, snacks, beverages, golf & cart, 426-2537

Say OK! Gears & Beers Pub Pedal — Bicycle tour of local pubs and bars prior to Mad Anthony Octobeerfest, registration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, location TBA, Fort Wayne, $45, includes admission to Octobeerfest, 21 and up, 426-2537

Tours & Trips

A Day in Nashville, Indiana — Bus/shopping trip to the blue hills of Brown County, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $60 (includes continental breakfast), 427-6017

Riverwalk Art Show and Festival — Naperville, Illinois bus trip to browse the shops of Riverwalk Way, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $67 (includes continental breakfast), 427-6017

Rockville Covered Bridge Festival — Bus trip to view some of the 31 Parke County covered bridges and shop in the town of Rockville during festival, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $60 (includes continental breakfast), 427-6017

Shopping at Woodfield Mall — Bus trip to Northwest Chicago’s Woodfield Mall to visit over 300 shops, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $65 (includes continental breakfast), 427-6017

Fashion Outlets of Chicago — Bus/shopping trip, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $65 (includes continental breakfast), 427-6017

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Guild Chicago Bus Trip — Bus trip to see Broadway musical Newsies at the Oriental Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 13, morning departure from Fort Wayne, $175 before Sept. 30, $190 after Sept. 30, 437-7497 

Volunteering

Front-of-House Volunteers — Seeking ushers and concessions people, must be available 1 hour prior to curtain time and intermission, First Presbyterian Theatre, Fort Wayne, call Thom, 422-6329 ext. 103

Music Audtions

Idol 2014 (Sept. 20) — Live singing competition auditions, must be 17 to enter and qualify in preliminary qualifications; part of the Bluffton Street Fair, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Life Church, Bluffton, 824-4351

September

FAME Fundraiser — Ukulele night with music from Grace Minnick and The Atomic Sharks, open Ukulele strum and ukuleles decorated by area artists on silent auction, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, $35,  484-5221

The Gala of Royal Horses — Equine show featuring Spanish flamenco dancers and live music, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $59-$69, 800-254-2022

Living Proof: Live with Beth Moore — Best-selling author and Bible teacher headlines a worship to be simulcast around the world, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $32-$77, 800-745-3000

Pits in the Park — Pit Bull parade, live bands, vendors and family activities, sponsored by Fort Wayne Pit Bull Coalition, all breeds welcome, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, free, 415-0227

Mad Anthony OctobeerfestSampling of local and regional brews, live entertainment and food vendors, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, $30 adv., $35 day of, 21 and up, 426-2537

Pasture’s Delights Fall Farm Festival — Wagon tours, milking demonstrations, educational booths, children’s activities, music, farm animals, bonfire and more, 3-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Pasture’s Delights, Decatur, free, 458-1040

Flint Creek Renaissance Faire — Medieval festival with jousting tournament, live chess match, historical period demonstrations and Red Rum Pirate Band, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, South of IN-9 & SR 24 intersection, Huntington, $5-$10, 616-485-1236

Johnny Appleseed Festival — Historic festival celebrating the life of John Chapman; featuring craft market, reenactments, kids area, demonstrations, live music, food and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Johnny Appleseed Park, Fort Wayne, free, 426-6720

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — 1 mile walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 330 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, $100 minimum per team, 317-575-9630

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes1 mile walk to raise awareness and to get people talking in a safe environment about sexual assault and gender-based violence, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, $20-$35, 424-7977

Bluffton Street FairLive entertainment, midway, horse pulls, creative arts fest, horse show, parade, antique tractors show, vendors and more, hours vary Tuesday-Saturday, Sept. 16-20, various downtown locations, Bluffton, free, activity fees may apply, 824-4351

Idol 2014Live singing competition with cash prizes, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Street Fair Stage, Bluffton Street Fair, free, 824-4351

October

Chilifest — Chili cook-off with live entertainment, voting and prizes, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, $5, 418-2170

Wikiami Cattail Matting — Miami Indian Heritage Day, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Chief Richardville House, Fort Wayne, $5-$7 (ages 5 and under free), 426-2882

Salvation Army Charity Ball & Auction — Dancing, appetizers, live auction, gifts and prizes to benefit families in need in Allen County, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Salvation Army, Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, $15-$40, 744-2311

Fall Bridal Spectacular — Vendors featuring gowns, party planning services, wedding music, cakes and more, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10, 483-1111

Fort Wayne Gun and Knife Show — Guns, knives, archery, Military collectibles, army surplus, survival gear and other related items, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $2-$6, 483-6144

Lego® Exposition — Lego® displays, interactive activities for children and adults, fighting robots, vendors and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 12, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, $9, 317-572-5346

EAA Chapter 2 Chili Lunch Fly-in/Cruise-in — Aircraft and classic cars on display, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, Smith Field Airport, Fort Wayne, $6, 402-6764

Fall Home Design Expo — Home improvement show featuring vendors, demonstrations and giveaways, 12-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10, 12 and under free, 483-1111

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Fundraiser — Music by Chris Worth & Company, food, dancing and a silent auction, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, $10, 705-1690

Old Fort Cluster Dog Show — Hosted by NEIKC, daily raffles, vendors and numerous judged categories, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, free, 483-1111

November

The Olate Dogs — America’s Got Talent winning act featuring rescue dogs that jump rope, ride scooters, balance on wheels and more, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, $10-$20, 419-238-6722

Fort Wayne Health and Fitness Expo — CrossFit competition, Zombie 5K run, Olympic weight lifting meet and other various strength competitions and exhibitors featuring fitness related products, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10, 12 and under free, 483-1111

Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo — Flea market, computer supplies, forums and meetings, VE testing, Ham radios and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday Nov. 16, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $4-$6, 579-2196

Trader Days — Traditional Miami and regional tribes’ crafts, goods and wares for sale and hands-on demonstrations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, Chief Richardville House, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882



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