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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,

Farrenheit Clinic — 80s rock band performs and demonstrates the new Bose F1-series loudspeaker system, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, free, 432-8176,

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,

Whitley County Farmers Market — Farmers market sponsored by Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays thru Oct. 10, Courthouse Square, downtown Columbia City, free, 248-8131

This Week

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Classic car shows, 5K, live entertainment, craft show, Gatsby Gala Ball, historic tours, games and activities, ice cream social, swap meet and more, hours vary Friday-Monday, Sept. 4-7, various location, downtown Auburn, free (activity and admission fees may apply), 925-3600

Brew La La — Symphony of the Lakes fundraiser featuring food trucks and brews by Mad Anthony Brewing Company, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, lower parking lot, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, Warsaw, $12, free to Avenue Q ticket buyers, 574-267-8041

El Niño’s Baile — Sociedad Guadalupana benefit dance featuring Mexican food and  music, raffles and a cash bar , 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, St. Joe Hessen Cassel Hall, Fort Wayne, $5-$10, under 15 free, 639-3580

Zanesville Homespun Day — Car show, parade, pet contests, art and crafts, wagon rides and more to benefit the Zanesville Lion’s Club, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, Zanesville United Methodist Church, Zanesville, free, activity fees may apply, 638-4327

Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films

David Greene — NPR host gives a behind the scenes look at NPR and Morning Edition and talks about his experiences in Russia which resulted in his recent book, Midnight in Siberia, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 (book signing will immediately follow lecture), Sweetwater Performance Theatre, Fort Wayne, $25 before Sept. 1, 452-1189

Chris Spielman — Former Ohio State and NFL linebacker, ESPN college football analyst and author of That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris & Stefanie Spielman Story, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Van Wert, Ohio, $10-$25 thru box office, 419-238-6722,

David Jamieson and Melinda Whitmore — Professional artists present their work and the backstory of how they established the Vitruvian Fine Art Studio in Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 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,


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

Young Eagles Flight Rally — Free flights for kids ages 8-17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 (registration from 9-11 a.m.), Smith Field Airport, Fort Wayne, free, parent or guardian must be present, 402-6764

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

Kidz Night Out — Bricks 4 Kidz® Lego® night with pizza games, projects, lego playfor children ages 5-13; supervised by trained and screened staff, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 Carmike Jefferson Pointe 18 Cinema and Carmike 20 Cinema, Fort Wayne, $30, 376-0252

Kidz Night Out — Bricks 4 Kidz® Lego® night with pizza games, projects, lego playfor 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

Spectator Sports


TinCaps — Upcoming home games at Parkview Field, Fort Wayne

Saturday, September 5 vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, September 6 vs. Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.

Monday, September 7 vs. Bowling Green, 1:05 p.m.

Sports and Recreation

Bike to Build — 17 mile, 35 mile and 100K challenge bike rides to benefit Haitian orphans, 10 a.m. (9 a.m. registration) Saturday, Sept. 5, Hutzell Athletic Center, University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, $25, 399-8050

Fort Wayne Derby Girls Bootcamp — Recruiting skaters for new Derby girls; helmet, mouth guard, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads and quad skates required, 8-10 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24; 7-10 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27 (Orientation, 6:45-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, Fortezza Coffee) Bell’s Skating Rink, New Haven, $40,749-8214

Drive You Wild — Shotgun start golf scramble to benefit Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo , 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 (registration and lunch at 11 a.m.), Autumn Ridge Golf Club, Fort Wayne, $150-$600, 427-6844


Open Dance — Fort Wayne Dancesport’s monthly dance, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Walb Memorial Ballroom, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$10, 481-6100

Contra Dance — Old time dance with live caller and live music from Old Clay Fields, no partner necessary, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, $6-$9, 244-1905

Tours & Trips

AC/DC Bus Trip — Bus trip to see AC/DC at Ford Field, Detroit, departs from North Anthony Wooden Nickel Music Store, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Fort Wayne, $199 available at Wooden Nickel Records, 484-2451


Roanoke Fall Festival — Live music, kids’ games, parades, demolition derby, NPTA tractor pull, corn hole tournament, paintball, food alley, carnival rides, antique tractors and more, hours vary Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12, Historic Main St., downtown Roanoke, free (food items $1-$7), 983-0700

Tri-Motor Flight — Rides on the the first-ever mass produced airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13, DeKalb County Airport, Auburn, $50-$75, 877-952-5393

Gears & Beers-Pub Pedal and Crawl Part of Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s Oktobeerfest, the Gears & Beers is for bike riders and walkers, 21+, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, registration from 4-6 p.m. at Fort Wayne Outfitters, Entry is $15, total mileage is 3 miles, 426-2537

Good Old Days — Model A car show, Elvis impersonator, quilts, cornhole and more to benefit Waynedale trails and sidewalks, 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Kingston Residence, Fort Wayne, free, donations accepted, 747-1523

Indiana F.A.M.E. and the Circle of Drums — F.A.M.E. fundraiser featuring food, wine tasting, music, interactive drum circle, and silent drum auction, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, $35, 247-7325

USMC Cruz-In — Car show, car stereo competition, American Heart Association Heart Walk, live entertainment by HotRod Kings and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Fort Wayne, free ($5-$10 entry fee per vehicle), 480-4120

RideGreen Bike Tour Adults only bike tour of local pubs, restaurants and popular destinations, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 (free family wellness/fitness ride, 10:30 a.m.), departs from Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, $25,

Rally to Improve Birth — Guest speakers, live music, raffle and more to raise awareness about maternity care, 12-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, I&M Power Center Plaza, Fort Wayne, free, 515-6731

Pits in the Park — Local shelters, rescues and business vendors, raffles, microchipping, free dog nail trimming, live music, pit bull parade, kissing booth and more to raise awareness about the pit bull breed, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, free, 415-0227

West Central Home and Garden Tour & ArtsFest — Tours of West Central homes, churches and businesses and ArtsFest featuring craft and food vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13, West Central Neighborhood, Fort Wayne, $13-$15, 348-2871

Mad Anthony’s Oktobeerfest Featuring beers from over 35 Indiana breweries, live entertainment, food truck alley and more, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, $30-$35 ($10/designated driver), 426-2537

Historic Swinney Homestead Open House — Walk through tours of the historic homestead with Members of Settlers sharing the history of the homestead and the Swinney family, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13, free, 424-7212

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown — Free tours and admission to Fort Wayne museums and attractions, 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, locations vary, Fort Wayne, free, 427-6000

Autism Acceptance Walk  and Resource Fair — Family friendly walk with entertainment, refreshments and information on Autism, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, free, 800-609-8449

Uncork Your Fall Harvest — Harvest festival featuring live music with the Hubie Ashcraft Band, BBQ, fall harvest wine release and wine tasting, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Country Heritage Winery, LaOtto, free, 637-2980

3 Rivers Toy Fair — Vintage and modern toy and comic show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 19-20, Washington Township Fire dept., free, 414-7053

Coney Island Block Party — Live entertainment, games and activities, famous Coney’s, beer tent and more, 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Coney Island & Main St., Fort Wayne, free, 424-2997

A Toast to Life — Six-course craft beer and food pairing dinner in support of Visiting Nurses, a part of Hospice Home, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Club Soda, Fort Wayne, $125, 435-3212

Doggone Best Chili Challenge — Chili cook-off benefiting Allen County SPCA, 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Lucky Harley-Davidson, Fort Wayne, $5 (children under 10 free), 396-2682

Project Learning Tree — Workshop for students, teachers and volunteers to gain awareness using the forest, dress for outside, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, reserve by Sept. 19, Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, Huntertown, $22, 637-2273

Fort Wayne Hobby and Collectibles Show — Old and new toys, comic books, collectible cards, memorabilia, models, magazines, coins, games and more, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Classic Café, Fort Wayne, free, 450-4147


Jama — Willy Wonka-themed event with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candy, live and silent auctions to benefit families in need through Salvation Army, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Salvation Army, North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, $25, 744-2311

Sci Fi Central — Event celebrating science fiction, fantasy, gaming, comic books, photos with classic Star Wars characters, vendors, panel of local experts, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Science Central, Fort Wayne, $8, 424-2400

Gun & Knife Show — Gun and knife exhibitors, vendors and demonstrations, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $6, kids 6-12 $2, 483-1111

SHE Expo — Women’s expo featuring guest speakers, demonstrations and giveaways, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Memorial Coliseum Expo II and III, Fort Wayne, $12/day, 483-1111

Old Fort Cluster Dog Show — Pet show, vendors, exhibits, animal rescue organizations and more, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, free, 483-1111

Annie’s Craft Festival — Crafting classes, demonstrations, lectures, panel discussions, costume party and craft merchandise, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 31 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, $15-$20, 877-669-1436


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

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