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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 theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977,

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,

This Week

Holiday Events

Breakfast with Santa — Breakfast, meet and greet with Santa & Mrs. Clause and admission to Festival of Trees, 9:30-11 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $12.50, 800-745-3000

Festival of Trees— More than 55 trees decorated for the holiday season by local artists and businesses, Santa Land and Animated Holiday Windows, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25; 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26; 12-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 (family photo night, $50 per family); 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 1-2;  (family photo night and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir sing-along, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 2, $50 per family), Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $3-$7, 800-745-3000

Festival of Gingerbread — Over 100 gingerbread crafts, games, storytelling and visits from Santa, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 (preview gala, $25); 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Santa arrives at 5 p.m.); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 27-29; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, History Center, Fort Wayne, $3-$5, 426-2882

Holiday Benefit Auction — Live and silent auctions, refreshments, beer and coffee samples to benefit programs funded by Arts Place, Inc., 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Arts Place, Portland, free, 726-4809

HolidayFest Night of Lights lighting, Santa and reindeer, Nativity lighting, ringing of bells, fireworks and more, 5:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, various downtown locations, Fort Wayne, free, 420-3266

Holly Trolley Shopping Tour Free trolley rides to local shops, galleries and attractions in downtown Fort Wayne and along the Wells Street Corridor, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, various locations, Fort Wayne, free, 420-3266

Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace — Locally made artisan crafts, jewelry, wine, and more, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, $5-$7, 317-607-5243

Walk to Bethlehem — Guided tours depicting the scenes from Jesus’ birth featuring live nativity, marketplace, Roman soldiers, a potter, wool spinner and other characters of the time, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 12-13, First Christian Church, Fort Wayne, free, 744-3239

Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films

Mark Paul Smith Book Signing — Signing of Smith’s new release Honey and Leonard, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, free, 426-6568

Grace Sheese — Utilitarian pot maker and ceramist explains her art and the making of it, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, USF North Campus Auditorium, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050

A Real American Hero — Luke Zamperini, son of Louis Zamperini, one of WW II’s most well-known prisoners of war and hero of the 1936 Olympics, discusses his father’s life and world view, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, Ohio, $20 thru box office, 419-238-6722,

James Carville and Mary Matalin — All’s Fair: Love, War and Politics, an Omnibus lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Auer Performance Hall, Fort Wayne, free, tickets required, 481-6103


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, 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, 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 finger- plays for the whole family, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 421-1330

Little Turtle Branch — Storytime for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 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 — Teen cafe 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Smart Start Storytime for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 421-1350

Tecumseh Branch — 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, 421-1365

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

Kid Stuff

Kidz Night Out — Bricks 4 Kidz® Lego® night with pizza games, projects, lego play for children ages 5-13; supervised by trained and screened staff, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 Cinema and Carmike 20 Cinema, Fort Wayne, $30, 376-0252

Sports and Recreation

Wiffleball World Series — Elimination tournament, 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 SportOne Fieldhouse, Fort Wayne, $120-$150 per team, 471-5100

Spectator Sports


Harlem Globetrotters — Exhibition basketball, 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $18-$75, 483-1111

Mad Ants — Upcoming home games at Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Saturday, Nov. 21 vs. Delaware, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27 vs. Bakersfield, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29 vs. Erie, 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4 vs. Canton, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 12 vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 vs. Reno, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27 vs. Sioux Falls, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 2 vs. Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28 vs. Canton, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Maine, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 2 vs. Maine, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5 vs. Canton, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 vs. Delaware, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 vs. Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25 vs. Westchester, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 28 vs. Iowa, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 9 vs. Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 11 vs. Westchester, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 12 vs. Sioux Falls, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 20 vs. Grand Rapids, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 22 vs. Sioux Falls, 7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 1 vs. Erie, 7:30 p.m.


Komets — Upcoming home games at Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Friday, Nov. 20 vs. Kalamazoo, 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 26 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 28 vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 11 vs. Indy, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 13 vs. Evansville, 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18 vs. Manchester, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 19 vs. Brampton, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 21 vs. Gwinnett, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 26 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 29 vs. Brampton, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31 vs. Indy, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15 vs. Orlando, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 16 vs. Rapid City, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17 vs. Rapid City, 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29 vs. Cincinnati, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6 vs. Quad City, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19 vs. Toledo, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21 vs. Colorado, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 vs. Missouri, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26 vs. Missouri, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb, 27 vs. Tulsa, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 18 vs. Quad City, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 19 vs. Quad City, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 23 vs. Wheeling, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 25 vs. Toledo, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 26 vs. Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 2 vs. Indy, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 3 vs. Evansville, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 6 vs. Quad City, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 9 vs. Indy, 7:30 p.m.


Contra Dance — Dance to live string band music by Spy Run String Band with live caller, no partner necessary, 8-11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, $6-$9, 244-1905

Music Box Dancers Open Dance — Open dancing, 6-9 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, Lighted Gardens, SR 1, Ossian, $7-$10, 622-4023


Model Railroad Show and Swap — Model railroad vendors, exhibits, operating train layout and more, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Coliseum Bingo, Fort Wayne, $5-$7, 482-2203

Northrop Big Orange Pride Craft Bazaar — 200 booths of local area craft vendors to benefit Northrop Marching Band, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Northrop High School, free, 467-2300


Christmas at Home with the Swinney Sisters — Christmas celebration featuring syllabub, sweets, savories, tea and music from the Hearthstone Ensemble, 2-4  p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Historic Swinney Homestead, Fort Wayne, $20, reservations only, 747-1229

Christmas in the Castle — Tours of historic Brookside that has been specially decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers, 4-6  p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; 12-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6; 4-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 and 12-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, Brookside, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, $6, $25 family max., 399-8050

Star of Bethlehem — 90 minute planetarium program following the path of the Wise Men in 3 B.C., 3 & 7:30  p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5; 12:30 & 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6; 12:30 & 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 3 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12; 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 3 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Schouweiler Planetarium, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, $3-$4, $14 family max., 399-8050

Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour — Tours of historic homes decorated for the season, carriage rides and refreshments, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Williams Woodland Park, Fort Wayne, $10-$12,  744-4301

Christmas Sing-Along — Old-fashioned holiday sing-along, refreshments, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Wing Haven, Angola, free, 637-2273

Living Nativity — Reenactment of the first Christmas and children’s petting zoo, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Pope John Paul II Center amphitheater , University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050

Lighting of the Lake — Lighting of Mirror Lake, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Pope John Paul II Center amphitheater, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, free, luminaries available for $10, 399-8050


DisAbilities Expo — Vendors, exhibits, information and entertainment for persons with disabilities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, free, 207-5728

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