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Featured Events

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, call for pricing, 432-8176 ext. 1961, academy.sweetwater.com

This Week

AWS Fantasy of Lights 1.5 mile display of animated Christmas lights and holiday decorations, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 19-20; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 21-Dec. 25; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 26-27; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday Dec. 28-31, Franke Park, Fort Wayne, $5 per car; $10 per 15-passanger van; $25 per bus/trolley, 456-2971, ext. 5874

Bridal Spectacular and Beyond — Bridal show featuring gowns and attire, planning services, caterers, musicians and DJs, florists and more, 12-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 3-4, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10, 482-9502

Fort Wayne Gun and Knife Show — New and used firearms, ammo, hunting supplies, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $6-$12, 482-9502

Santa & the Reindeer — Take pictures and visit with Santa and two live reindeer and visit the ‘High Style Holidays’ exhibit, 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5, 427-6000

Star of Bethlehem — 90 minute program following the Wise Men in 3 B.C. followed by view’s of Fort Wayne’s winter sky, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, Schouweiler Planetarium, Achatz Hall, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, $3-$14, 399-8050

Winter Garden Party — Screening of the first episode of season five of Downton Abbey; historic games, music and “upstairs/downstairs’ themed menu, display of 1920s era dresses, 1920s themed costume contest and raffle to raise funds for PBS39 and Embassy Theatre, 4 p.m. (Garden Party), 7 p.m. (free screening) Sunday, Dec. 28, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $150, 424-6287

Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films

Life Lessons Learned from a WASP — Marsha Wright discusses her book based upon the life of her mother, Maggie Ray Ringenberg; part of the George R. Mather Lecture Series 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, History Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-2882

Boycott Now! — Contemporary Expressions of the Boycott Movement panel discussion, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11 Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, free, 424-7195

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

Take These Jokes, Please! — The history of Jewish humor with a focus on Borscht Belt with journalist Mike Leqiderman, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, congregation B’nai Jacob, Fort Wayne, free, 672-8459

The Global Economy — Presented by Anthony Chan, chief economist for Chase, part of the Omnibus Lecture Series, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 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, 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, 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 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, 421-1335

Main Library — Smart Start Story Time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays; Storytime for preschoolers, daycares and other groups, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays; 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

Santa Science — Make holiday cheer eruptions. Santa’s magic milk and Santa toothpaste, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 20, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5, 427-6440

Spectator Sports

BASKETBALL

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

Friday, Dec. 19 vs. Westchester, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. Austin, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30 vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1 vs. Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 3 vs. Erie, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6 vs. Santa Cruz, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13 vs. Reno, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29 vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6 vs. Erie, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 vs. Maine, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 22 vs. Grand Rapids, 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 1 vs. Sioux Falls, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 vs. Austin, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 vs. Canton, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, vs. Delaware, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 vs. Sioux Falls, 7:30 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters — Featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law and more, 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $21-$79, 483-1111

HOCKEY

Komets — Upcoming home games at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Saturday, Dec. 20 vs. Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21 vs. Evansville, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27 vs. Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 29 vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 vs. Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2 vs. Wheeling, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16 vs. Evansville, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18 vs. Kalamazoo, 5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30 vs. Elmira, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31 vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7 vs. Kalamazoo, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 8 vs. Evansville, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 vs. Toledo, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20 vs. Gwinnett, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 21 vs. Gwinnett, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 vs. Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27 vs. Indianapolis, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28. Indianapolis, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6 vs. Kalamazoo, 8 p.m.

Friday, March 13 vs. Toledo, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 15 vs. Cincinnati, 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 vs. Reading, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 22 vs. Reading, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 vs. Evansville, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3 vs. Elmira, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 11 vs. Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m

MONSTER TRUCKS

Monster X Tour — Monster truck and Moto X freestyle riders competition and show 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $17-$42, 483-1111

RACING

Rumble in Fort Wayne — Indoor midget car racing, doors open at 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday Dec. 26-28, main event begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10-$55, 483-1111

ROLLER DERBY

Fort Wayne Derby Brats — Upcoming home games

Saturday, Feb. 21 vs. Hoosier Bruisers, 7 p.m., Memorial Coliseum

Saturday, March 21 vs. IJRD, 4 p.m., Memorial Coliseum

Sunday, April 19 vs. Lansing, 5 p.m., Canlan Ice Sports

Dance

Open Dance Party — Open dancing, no partner necessary, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Dance Tonight, Fort Wayne, $10, 437-6825

Contra Dance — Old time dance with live caller and live music from Root Cellar String Band, no partner necessary, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, $6-$9, 244-1905

Tours & Trips

International Ice Sculpture Spectacular — Bus trip to Plymouth, Michigan with return supper at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $85, includes supper, 427-6000 

Chicago Auto Show — Travel by bus to McCormick Place to see new 2015 models and one-of-a-kind concept autos, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $75, 427-6000 

Broadway in Chicago — Bus trip to see The First Wives Club and lunch at ‘Mity Nice Grill’, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $125, includes lunch, 427-6000 

Chicago Flower & Garden Show — Trip to Navy Pier Marketplace, buffet luncheon and floral arrangement upon ‘Spirit of Chicago’ ship, and Chicago Flower and Garden Show, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.  Saturday, March 21, departure from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $105, 427-6000 

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Guild Indianapolis Bus Trip — Bus trip to see Dirty Dancing the Musical, 2 p.m. departure Sunday, June 14, departs from a Northeast Fort Wayne location, $110 includes transportation, show and refreshments, 437-7497 

January

Fort Wayne Farm Show — Latest in farm technology, agriculture equipment and  regions largest variety of farm machinery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, free, 482-9502

Mizpah Shrine Circus — Three rings of fun, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22; 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23; 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; 1 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $12-$20, 482-9502

Outdoor Sports, Lake & Cabin Show — Outdoor sports and recreation equipment, lumberjack contest, indoor archery range, kayak rides, kids activities, marketplace and more, 12-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $10, under 12 free, 482-9502

Fort Wayne Track Club Banquet — Awards ceremony, Women’s Health Clinic, dinner, and keynote speaker Lauren Fleshman, elite runner and Olympic hopeful, 3:30 p.m. (Women’s Health Clinic/social hour), 5:30 p.m. (banquet) Sunday, Jan. 25, Hotel Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, $20-$25, 580-3895

February

WMEE Baby Fair and Family Expo — Baby products, Diaper Dash competition, hands on activities and more, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, free, 482-9502

Fort Wayne Boat Show — Water sports equipment, over 60 exhibitors, DNR water safety class, 3-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 12-13; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, 10, under 12 free, 482-9502

Fort Wayne Women’s Expo — Beauty, fashion and health and wellness exhibitors, demonstrations, seminars and workshops, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $7, 12 and under free, 482-9502

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show — Over 650 exhibitors displaying landscape designs, homes, gardens and more; special guest Dr. Lori Antiques Appraiser from the Discover Channel, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 26-27; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $6-$12, under 15 free, 482-9502



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