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  • Seniors
    COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving; Activities for ages 50 and older; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 233 W. Main St.
    Holiday meals• Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have its annual turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • People and places
    Pet helpAnimal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding this winter. Straw can be picked up between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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“Night of Magic and Comedy” – Featuring Jim Barron, comedian magician, also vaudeville comedy show with Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg; 7 p.m.; Cottage Event Center, Roanoke; benefits Hope Christian School; tickets, 483-3508 or
The Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show begins Thursday at Memorial Coliseum and features home displays, garden information and demonstrations.

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Jim Barron
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Larry Bower and Scott Nedberg
The Bridal Extravaganza is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Cost is $12 at the door. Call 461-8484 or go to



“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Book Club – “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel, with Michael Spath, speaker; 6 to 8 p.m.; Helmke Library, IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free; 481-5404.



Frank Del Pizzo and Mike Blais – 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $9.50; 486-0216.


Scott Novotny – 7:30 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $8; 486-0216.



“Ferdinand the Bull” – Presented by Fort Wayne Ballet; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Auer Center for the Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main St.; $10; 422-4226.


“Peter and the Wolf” – Presented by Fort Wayne Ballet and Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 2 p.m.; Auer Performance Hall, IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; tickets, 422-4226.



Dance – Music by Melvin Mullins; 7:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 296, 130 W. Tillman Road; $4 cover; open to the public; 456-2988.

American Style Ballroom – Open dance party; 8 p.m.; 6041 N. Clinton St.; $5; 480-7070.


Singles/Couples Dance – 6 to 10 p.m.; West Side Gardens Reception Hall, 2025 Olladale Drive; $7; 609-8877.


Seniors Sweetheart Dance – 6 to 9 p.m.; American Legion Post 330, 330 Entrance Drive, New Haven; open to public; for cost, call 749-0313.



Black History Month – Celebration featuring Condra Ridley, James Williams and Ron Lewis; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Student Life Center gymnasium, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, North Campus, 3701 Dean Drive; 480-4120.



Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Exhibit includes rare 1930 Auburn 8-125 Sports Sedan, a rare 1931 Stutz limousine chassis and a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester sedan; 1600 South Wayne St., Auburn; hours and admission, 260-925-1444.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory – “High Places, Hidden Spaces,” exhibit ends April 6; “Family Garden Close-Up: Plant or Flower,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; 1100 S. Calhoun St.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to children 2 and younger; call for hours, 427-6440 or “Pastels by Lisa Ransom Smith,” ends Feb. 28.

National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum Displays include Dukes of Hazard Number One General Lee car, original KITT car, Number Three Dale Earnhardt NASCAR and the 1989 Bat-Mobile and Bat-Boat; also on display, sculpture of Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur created from hundreds of vintage automobile bumpers; 5634 County Road 11-A, Auburn; admission for both museums, $10 adults, $6 to ages 11 to 7, free to children 6 and younger; 260-927-9144.

National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States – “Cars and Trucks Like You Used to Own” includes International Harvester vehicles, restored 1948 Valentine Diner, historic gas pumps, toy and die-cast model and Checker Cab display; adjacent to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn; admission; hours, 260-925-9100 or

Northeastern Indiana Racing Museum – Vintage photos, race cars and artifacts from local race tracks and racers; inside the National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive Museum, Auburn; open daily; admission price, 260-316-0966 or


The History Center – Law enforcement exhibit, also “Allen County Innovation,” permanent exhibition gallery, looks at inventions and products created and produced in Allen County; 302 E. Berry St.; $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free to children 2 and younger; call 426-2882 or “Civil Rights in Fort Wayne: A Photographic Perspective” and “Merci Train Artifacts” virtual exhibit, can be accessed at museum’s website.

Whitley County Historical Museum – Regular hours, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City; 260-244-6372. “Mihsihkinaahkwa, Eepiihkaanita and Our Last War with the Americans” presented by George Ironstrack, Myaami tribal educator and historian, 11 a.m. Saturday, free.


Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum – Guided tours; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.; 1013 North Long Drive, Syracuse;

“Discover Handmade” – Demonstrations by craftsmen each Saturday, weaving, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio; free; 1-800-590-9755 or Ends mid-April.


Science Central – “Science On a Sphere,” animated global display system developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; “To MyPlate and Beyond,” traveling exhibition on display through May 4; 1950 N. Clinton St.; regular admission, $8 adults and children 3 to 12, $7 seniors; for hours, 424-2400 or Half-price admission, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; “Half-Pint Science,” preschool program, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday; “Afternoon Science,” program for home schooled students, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.



Ice Skating – Noon to 10 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Headwaters Park Ice Rink; $5, $3 for children 13 and younger; $2 skate rental; “Kids Skate Free,” ages 13 and younger, every Wednesday;

Cross Country Skiing – Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road, 449-3180; Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road, 449-3777; for updates, times and cost, go to

Toboggan Run – 5 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; Pokagon State Park, Angola; $12.84 per toboggan per hour; park entry fee applies; 260-833-2012 or Ends March 2.


Little River Ramblers Nature Hike – Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project; 9 to 11 a.m.; meet at Boy Scout Office parking lot, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd.; free; 478-2515 or



Winterfest 2014 – Planetarium show; “The Planets,” 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday; “Larry Cat in Space,” 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Schouweiler Planetarium, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; $4 adults, $3 seniors and 17 and younger, $14 per family; 399-7700 ext. 8211.


Scrapbooking and Crafting – 6 p.m. to midnight; Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road; $10 per class; paid registration required; 449-3246 or


Fort Wayne Women’s Expo – Manicures, make-up applications, hair styling, shopping, demonstrations, wellness presentations; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $7 admission;


Winterfest Farmers Market – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 2410 Fairfield Ave.; Ends May 10.

Engineers Week High School Bridge Contest – Bridges are tested from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; IPFW, College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science lobby, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.;

“Underground No More” – Symposium of the Underground Railroad; 1 to 5 p.m.; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.; free with $1 per person gallery admission for February’s Last Saturday; 422-6467 or

Cowboy Gathering – Slide presentation and carry-in meal; 5:30 p.m.; Salamonie Interpretive Center, 3691 S. New Holland Road, Andrews; registration required; 260-468-2127.


Orion “The Big O” Samuelson – WGN Radio agribusiness director; 3 p.m.; Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio; $20 adults, $10 students;


“Throwback Tuesdays” – Showing of classic movies; featured selection, “Casablanca”; 2 and 7 p.m.; Eagles Theatre, Wabash; $2 admission; 260-563-1102.


Tracy Martin – Father of the late Trayvon Martin; also Dr. Oscar J. Dowdell-Underwood, author of “Burden of Hope: Transition, Retention, and Collegiate Black Men”; 6 to 8 p.m.; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Johnny Appleseed Room, 4000 Parnell Ave.;

Michael Dinges – Engraver and new media artist; 7:30 p.m.; Closer Look lecture series; University of Saint Francis North Campus, 2702 Spring St.; 399-8050.


Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show – Seminars, displays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $10 adults, $6 seniors, free to ages 14 and younger; 1-800-745-3000. Ends March 2.

Special Cuisines Class Dinner Series – “Scandinavia buffet”; 5 to 6:30 p.m.; Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Hospitality Room, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd.; $20; reservations required, 480-2002.

“Gray Barn Rising” – Presented by Indiana poet laureate and professor of English, George Kalamaras; 7 p.m.; IPFW, Walb International Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free; 481-4174.



Mad Ants basketball – vs. Sioux Falls; 7:30 p.m.; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved, $20.50, $12.50, $10.50, $5.50; 1-800-745-3000.


Komets hockey – vs. Kalamazoo; 7 p.m.; Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved, $26 to $13 adults, $21 to $11 seniors and students, $16 to $8 ages 11 and younger; 1-800-745-3000.



“Gint” – 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday; IPFW, Williams Theatre, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; $15 adults, $13 seniors; 481-6555 or Ends March 2.

“Red” – 7:30 p.m. today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Studio Theatre of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University, Huntington; $12 adults, $10 seniors and students; 260-359-4261 or


“Monty Python’s Spamalot” – 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.; $29 adults, $24 Sunday senior matinees, $17 ages 23 and younger; 424-5220. Ends March 9.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Concordia Lutheran High School Theater, 1601 St. Joe River Drive; $6 adults, $5 high school students or younger; 483-1102 or