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Fort Wayne Dance Winter Workshops Collective — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, 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

Cats ‘n’ Cocoa — Bottomless hot cocoa while exploring the sanctuary, proceeds help with winter sanctuary costs, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Albion, $7-$10, 636-7383

USF Health Fair — USF PTA students present resources and instruction on homeopathic remedies, yoga related therapy, sensory integration disorder, massage therapy and more; skin cancer screenings by Dr. William Lentz, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, Doermer Family Center for Health Sciences Main Hall, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, free, 399-7700

Lectures, Discussions, Authors, Readings & Films

Revitalizing Our Community for the Next Generation — Cherise M. Dixie, a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor at the University of Saint Francis addresses Women in NAACP’s Annual Black History Brunch, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Links Wonderland, Fort Wayne, $25, 348-5946 or 421-2836

Vanished Landmarks — Arch lecture presented by Karen Richards, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Globe Room, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 426-5117

Future of Healthcare: Healing Our Community with Hope, Part 1 — TED Talks guest and blogger, Glennon Doyle Melton, discusses her story of struggle with mental illness, 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, Fort Wayne, free, registration required, 399-8050

The Syrian Refugee Crisis- What Can Be Done? — Representatives of groups active in resettling Syrian refugees share their stories, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, North Campus Auditorium, University of Saint Francis, 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

Fort Wayne in 1816 — Arch lecture presented by Michael Galbraith, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26, Meeting Room C, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 426-5117

Fort Wayne Postcards: Under Utilized Research Tools — Arch lecture presented by Randy Harter, 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, Globe Room, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 426-5117

Fort Wayne Industrial Historic Districts — Arch lecture presented by Jill McDevitt, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, Meeting Room c, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 426-5117


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

High School Math Competition — American Mathematics for students in grades 8-12, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, Doermer Family Center for Health and Science, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050

Saturday Tech Camp — Stop Motion Animation and WeDo Jr Robotics camps for ages 8 and up, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (animation) and 1-4 p.m. (robotics) Saturdays, Feb. 20-March 19, Salvation Army, N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, $120, 376-0252

Spring Break Camp — Minecraft 2 and Jurassic Park day camps for grades K-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Minecraft) and 1-4 p.m. (Jurassic) Monday-Friday, April 4-8, Salvation Army, N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, $90, 376-0252

Tours and Trips

Fort Wayne Ski Club Ski Trips — Ski trips to Whistler Mountain, Bittersweet, Swiss Valley, Lake Tahoe and more, dates vary, locations vary, departs from Fort Wayne, prices vary, more information available at

Chicago Flower and Garden Show — Bus trip to Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier; trip includes luncheon cruise and continental breakfast, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, departs from Bob Arnold Park, Fort Wayne, $99, 427-6017

Stratford Theater Festival Tour — Bus trip to Stratford, Ontario (passport required) to see A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in Love and As You Like It (substitutions available at an additional cost), departs 7 a.m. Friday, June 24 (Hotel Fort Wayne), returns midnight Sunday, June 26, Stratford Theater, Stratford, Ontario, $650-$950, includes transportation, lodging, breakfast and show tickets,  426-7421 ext. 103

Sports and Recreation

Leap Year 5K Run/Walk — 5K run/walk  on the Rivergreenway, 1 p.m. (registration at 11:45 a.m.) Sunday, Feb. 28, begins at Kreager Park boat dock, Fort Wayne, $25, 709-5018

Urban City Rides — Family friendly bike rides with varying distances, cycling-related prizes and snacks, 6:30 p.m. first Sunday of each month March-October, begins at Creative Framing, corner of Anthony and Crescent, Fort Wayne, free, 482-5211

Spectator Sports


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

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, 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.


Fort Wayne Derby Girls — Upcoming home games at Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Saturday, Feb. 6 vs. Hamilton, ON, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20 vs. Louisville, 6 p.m.


Bob Chase Frostbite Sled Hockey Classic & Silver Stick Sled Hockey Championship — Youth and adult team competition, Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 13-14 (opening ceremonies, 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13; semifinals 9:50 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14; championship match 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14), Parkview/SportONE Icehouse, Fort Wayne, free, 387-6614


Dance Party — Open dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, February 12, Dance Tonight, Fort Wayne, $10, 437-6825

Fort Wayne Dancesport’s Monthly Dance — General dancing, 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Walb Classic Ballroom, IPFW, Fort Wayne, $5-$10, 494-3185

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


Cougar Chill — Polar plunge into Mirror Lake in honor of burn survivors, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Mirror Lake, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, free, 399-8050

A Night of Magic — Magic show by the Fort Wayne Magic club including card tricks, illusions, balloon animals and refreshments, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne, free, 637-3166 ext. 271

Weather the Fort — Winter festival featuring heated tents with live music, interactive art, fire performances, ice sculptors, coffee tasting, food and beer tent and more, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, free, 21 and up, 420-3266

Design on Life Spring Auction — Evening on the Boardwalk themed event featuring hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, games and entertainment by Paradise Trio, live and silent auctions; a Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, Ceruti’s Diamond Room, Fort Wayne, $50, 484-9560

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show — 650+ exhibitors, appearances from Purdue master gardeners, HGTV’s Cash & Cari, Melinda Myers, and more, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 25-26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, $6-$10, 432-1705

Street Reach for the Homeless Benefit — Fundraising event featuring live music by Kristine & Andre Papillon, performance by dANCE.Kontemporary, art sale, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, Philmore on Broadway, Fort Wayne, $10 suggested donation, 745-1000

Abilities Abound — Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition fundraiser featuring a performance by autistic piano virtuoso Matt Savage, grant award ceremony and reception, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, $10-$20, 207-5656

Take It Off Party — Fundraising event for the Auburn Development Advisory Committee featuring dinner (for purchase), auction and live classic rock, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Auburn Moose Family Center, Auburn, $5-$10, 925-0454

Vintage Memories Market — Vintage, antique and re-purposed item sale to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 (VIP preview 4-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, $5), Pine Valley Country Club, Fort Wayne, free, 420-5547 ext. 172

Model Railroad Show & Swap — Model railroad vendors, operating model railroad layout, concessions and more, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Coliseum Bingo, Fort Wayne, $5-$7, 482-2203

Pawject Runway — SPCA fundraiser featuring runway for creatively groomed pets, celebrity judges, red carpet with photographers, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, Marquis Ballroom, Hotel Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, $40-$75, 744-0454


Get Green Fort Wayne — Greening of the St. Mary’s river, 5-Kilt run/walk ($25-$30), family friendly events, live entertainment and more, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Wells Street, Fort Wayne, free, 424-2450

Throw a Pi(e) in the Face of Cancer — Auction of pie pans given to area artists with instructions to “make art”, live artists, cash bar, pi themed desserts to benefit the American Cancer Society, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Sweets So Geek, Fort Wayne, donation, 312-5758

FAME Festival — “Artfully Celebrating Indiana” themed event featuring student art and student choir, band, drama and dance performances, Sweetwater Sound’s Instrument Playground and more, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, $5, 438-6009

Emmaus Lutheran Roaring 20’s Auction — Emmaus Lutheran school benefit featuring cocktails and craft beers, Casa’s buffet, 20’s era jazz music,  blackjack tables, live and silent auctions, 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Philmore on Broadway, Fort Wayne, $50, 437-4515

Guided History Tour and Lunch — Guided tour of Historic Swinney Homestead and Allen County Courthouse led by Linda Huge and lunch at the Homestead, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 24 (reservations by Thursday, March 17), Historic Swinney Homestead, Fort Wayne, $25, 747-1501


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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