December to do list

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Mondays |

Monday Mingles

Hang out with old friends while making new ones. $5 cover charge including hors d’oeuvres, unlimited soda and iced tea. Cash bar available. Every Monday from 5 p.m. ‐ 7 p.m. at The Landmark Conference and Reception Centre,

1-3| Monday-Wednesday |

Festival of Trees

Decorated Christmas trees sponsored by local business and organizations, 9 a.m.‐1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 (senior day); 9 a.m.‐ 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 9 a.m.‐1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 (Tots and Trees), Embassy Theatre, $3‐ $7, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. For more information, visit or call (260) 424‐6287.

1-6 | Monday-Saturday |

Art Opening

Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery is offering Chris Ganz Drawings and Sayaka Ganz Sculptures. 314 North Main Street, Roanoke. For details visit or call (260) 672‐2080.

1-9 | Monday-Tuesday |

Taste Restaurant

Taste Restaurant is inspired by American culture and cuisine prepared with a modern approach. The IPFW Hospitality students providing this experience have worked in restaurants around town and provide exceptional service and food. 5‐10 p.m. Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive For details visit or call (260) 450‐2898.

1-14 | Monday-Sunday |

Festival of Gingerbread

Over 100 creations made of edible ingredients by persons ranging from preschoolers to adults, including professional bakers. 9 a.m.‐ 5 p.m. Monday‐ Thursday, Dec. 1‐4; 9 a.m.‐8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; 9 a.m.‐5 p.m. Saturday Dec. 6; 12‐5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7; 9 a.m.‐5 p.m. Monday‐Thursday, Dec. 8‐11; 9 a.m.‐ 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12; 9 a.m.‐5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and 12‐5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, $3‐$5, For details, contact the History Center at (260) 426‐2882 or

1-31| Monday-Wednesday |

Animated Holiday Windows

Nena Brown of NDB Designs, Graphic Design, Web Design & Marketing and Stan Sheets of the History Center have designed a magnificent animated window display for the holiday season. The windows at The Embassy Theatre, sponsored by Fort Wayne Metals, are reminiscent of the holidays in downtown Fort Wayne when locally owned department store Wolf & Dessauer unveiled beautiful decorated windows for Christmas. The windows showcased animated elves, Santa and other holiday characters in a wonderful holiday story. For details, visit

1-31 | Monday-Wednesday |

AWS Fantasy of Lights

A display of animated Christmas lights and holiday decorations that stretches for 1.5 miles. Hours: 6‐9 p.m. Monday‐Thursday, Dec. 1‐4; 6‐10 p.m. Friday‐ Saturday, Dec. 5‐6; 6‐9 p.m. Sunday‐Thursday Dec. 7‐11; 6‐10 p.m. Friday‐Saturday, Dec. 12‐13; 6‐9 p.m. Sunday‐Thursday, Dec.14‐Dec. 18; 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, $5 per car; $10 per 15‐passenger van; $25 per bus/trolley, For details call (260) 456‐2971, ext. 5874.

Francine’s Friends Coach Schedule

12/1 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven
12/2 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 8175 W US 20, Shipshewana
12/5 DeBrand Fine Chocolates – 10105 Auburn Park Drive Free piece of chocolate with every mammogram!
12/8 Chick Fil A – 1725 Apple Glen 12/10 Gethsemane Lutheran – 1505 Bethany Lane
12/11 Wolf Lake Clinic – 524 Branch Court, Columbia City – Open to the Community
12/15 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven
12/17 Compass CPA Group – 435 Ann Street, New Haven
12/18 Grabill Cabinets – 13844 Sawmill Road, Grabill
12/19 Maid Perfect & Chalfant Chiropractic – 5931 Stoney Creek
12/22 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 4084 N US Hwy 33, Churubusco
12/23 Byron Health Center – 12101 Lima Road 12/26 Massage Envy – 1125 E Dupont
12/29 WalMart – 2016 N Wayne Street, Angola 12/30 WalMart – 10105 Lima Road
12/31 Fantastic Sams – 10212 Chestnut Place

To schedule a visit of the mobile mammography coach at your site, contact Debi Kennedy, the community outreach coordinator, at (260) 266‐9180 or

3 | Wednesday |

Research your Patriotic Legacy

The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) will be available to help prospective D.A.R. members, interested in joining the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter, in researching their lineage to prove ancestry to an American Revolutionary Patriot. The D.A.R. will have a table in the west reading room of The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Details at

4 | Thursday |

YWCA Circle of Women

The YWCA Northeast Indiana hosts a Circle of Women Luncheon for every woman who wants to help women, men and children who have been hurt. For 18 years Circle of Women has raised funds, over $2 million, that support YWCA domestic violence services and programs, enabling them to continue to “eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” Anyone interested in supporting YWCA should contact YWCA Northeast Indiana’s administrative coordinator, Sue Hiatt, at (260) 424‐4908 ext. 254 or For more information, visit

4| Thursday |

Great Russian Nutcracker

See this classic performed by the Moscow Ballet, a company of awardwinning principal dancers and a corps de ballet of 40 Vaganova‐trained ballerinas. Tickets may be purchased at (800) 745‐ 3000, at the Embassy box office or through Embassy Theatre, 125 West Jefferson Blvd.

4| Thursday |

Ladies Night

You are invited to this annual Will Jewelers event. Bring your friends to enjoy the fun and excitement during this spectacular evening of gifts, fun and prizes. You could win a $500 jewelry shopping spree or a $100 gift card. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided. 7814 Carnegie Blvd. For details, visit or call (260) 432‐5126.

4‐8 | Thursday‐Monday |

Himalayan Salt Creation Christmas

Open House See all of the new salt creations for healthy minds, bodies and spirits during the annual Christmas Open House located at 123 W. Center St. in Warsaw.

5‐6 | Friday‐Saturday |

Christmas in the Village

Shop local and shop unique in Roanoke, a town with many small and wonderful shops. Go to for complete details.

5‐6 | Friday‐Saturday |

Victorian Christmas ‘At‐Home’ with the Swinney Sisters

The Settlers cordially invite you to the historic Swinney Homestead to celebrate the Christmas spirit and take refreshment of tasty savories and sweets. The Swinney House will be decorated in Victorian Christmas grandeur. A Gift Shoppe on the second floor will be laden with unique gifts and “stocking stuffers” for Christmas shoppers. Friday: 2‐4 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m.‐1 p.m. & 2‐4 p.m. Swinney Homestead, 1424 West Jefferson Blvd. For more information, visit or call (260) 489‐ 7115.

5‐10 | Friday‐Wednesday |

Christmas at the Castle

See historic Brookside decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers. Purchase tickets in the North Campus lobby on event days. Free parking at North Campus; shuttles available. $6/person; University of Saint Francis, Brookside, 2701 Spring Street; For more information, visit

5‐13 | Friday‐Sunday |

Christmas in the Country

Enjoy a Christmas Festival on Fridays and Saturdays at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Offerings include chili, sandwiches, hot dogs, desserts and beverages. Visit with Santa and live animals, vote for your favorite Christmas tree, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, make children’s crafts and bid in the silent auction. Free will offerings accepted. 2726 Carroll Road.

5‐15 | Friday‐Tuesday |

Fort Wayne Ballet “The Nutcracker”

A holiday tradition and a fantastic, magical journey into the dream world of Clara and her precious Nutcracker as they battle the nasty old Mouse King and enter the Kingdom of Sweets. A holiday treat for the whole family! Sugar Plum Parties after matinee performances ($8); Arts United Center, 303 E. Main Street; For details and to order tickets, call (260) 422‐4226 or visit

6 | Saturday |

Holiday Fantasies Bazaar

The New Haven United Methodist Church will hold their annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop for decadent Cookies by the Pound and other baked goods, professional Arts and Crafts and a Silent Auction. An A la Carte Luncheon will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Haven United Methodist Church, 630 Lincoln Hwy. East, New Haven 46774; Call (260) 749‐9565 for details.

6 | Saturday |

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

From 9:45 a.m. to noon, enjoy food and fun activities with family and friends while learning about the legacy of Saint Nicholas. $10/adult, $5.50/child; 9:45 a.m. – noon. University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring Street. For details call (260) 399‐ 8034 or visit

6 | Saturday |

Visit with Santa Claus

Visit Santa from 1‐3 p.m. History Center, 302 East Berry Street., $3‐$6. For details, contact the History Center at (260) 426‐ 2882 or

6 | Saturday |

Festival of Trees

See the Festival of Trees at Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Shop at the Christmas Bazaar, listen to live music, take pictures with Santa and sample the free hot chocolate bar and cookies. Bring in a canned food item to donate to the local food pantry. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 2201 East Street, North Manchester. Call (260) 982‐ 2118 or visit for details.

6 | Saturday |

Saving Grace Vintage Holiday Open House

Visit this Vintage Inspired Boutique in downtown Fort Wayne during their Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m. This lovely shop is full of holiday and vintage decor as well as restyled furniture and antiques. Local artists, jewelry, soaps and lotions, leather goods, bags, pillows, baby items, candles and much more. Locally made vanilla bean cookies are also available. Located at 614 W Berry, Fort Wayne. For more info contact Pam at (260) 416‐ 8420.

6‐7 | Saturday‐Sunday |

Shop the Road Less Traveled: Indie Holiday Shop Hop

Shop Fort Wayne local businesses and experience the special touches only your hometown independent proprietors bring to the season. Enjoy sweet treats and special savings for the weekend! For more details, check out Essentials and Frosting online ( or their Facebook page.

6‐21 | Saturday‐Sunday |

Star of Bethlehem at the Schouweiler Planetarium

This 90‐minute program follows the path of the Wise Men in 3 B.C., then views Fort Wayne’s winter night sky. Adults $4, senior citizens and students $3; For more information, visit ; University of Saint Francis, Schouweiler Planetarium, 2701 Spring Street

7 | Sunday |

Living Nativity

As an Advent tradition, members of the university community present a Living Nativity that witnesses to the power and presence of God’s love incarnate throughout history. Hear St. Francis tell the story of the first Christmas, much as he did in 1223 in Greccio, Italy. 6 p.m. University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring Street; Visit for more information.

7| Sunday |

Storytelling with Real Men

Holiday storytelling, 1‐3 p.m. $3‐$5. For details, contact the History Center at (260) 426‐2882 or

8 | Thursday |

Annual Men’s Night at Essentials and Frosting

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and just in time for the men to start thinking Christmas! Ladies, come put in your wish list and then send your other half in for a fun evening with the boys. We have drinks, munchies, evening specials and free gift wrapping. We make it easy for them and delightful for you! Ho Ho Ho.

11 | Thursday |

Christmas at the Museum

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. check out the beautifully decorated Wabash County Historical Museum. Free daily admission is also available through Dec. 31. RSVP at

13 | Saturday |

Visit Santa & Reindeer

This free event will offer a treat from Santa for each child, and everyone is invited to feast on cookies and cocoa. Come enjoy the festivities and decorations this Holiday season. 5:30‐7:30 p.m. Minear Real Estate, LLC, 102 N. Park Drive. For more information call (260) 609‐6001 or visit

13| Saturday |

Gingerbread Pursuit

Start a new Holiday Season tradition with the Gingerbread Pursuit 4 Mile Run. “The gingerbread man, he’s out of the pan! Chase him, yes chase him as fast as you can!” Your race bib will earn you free entry to the Gingerbread Festival at The History Center. 8:30 a.m. Cinema Center, 437 East Berry; Register online at

13 | Saturday |

Science of Sugary Structures

Explore sturdy and not so sturdy structures by making a sugary creation, 1‐4 p.m. $6‐ $8 For details, contact the History Center at (260) 426‐2882 or

13‐14 | Saturday‐Sunday |

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for an intimate breakfast or lunch at the zoo! You’re guaranteed a wild time meeting friendly zoo animals, making crafts in Santa’s workshop, and enjoying a delicious meal during your 90‐minute session. Children 12 & under receive a special gift to take home. Dec. 13: 8:30‐10 a.m., 10:30‐noon, 12:30‐2 p.m.; Dec. 14: 8:30‐10 a.m., 10:30‐noon; $19 per child, $14 per adult; Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd

14 | Sunday

Cookie Decorating Party

Decorate and eat holiday cookies, 1‐4 p.m. $4‐$6 For details, contact the History Center at (260) 426‐2882 or

14 | Sunday

Sunday with Santa

Crafts and cookies with Santa! $11 per child. RSVP required by Dec. 8. Santa Time: 11 a.m. ‐ noon. Crafts Time: 11 a.m.‐ 1 p.m. at The Landmark Conference and Reception Centre,

19‐21 | Friday‐Sunday |

Fort Wayne Youtheatre: The Steadfast Tin Solider In 1934

Youtheatre opened our doors with “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.” Hans Christian Andersen’s heartwarming story of a toy soldier’s struggle to win the heart of his ballerina true love. The Auer Black Box Theatre becomes a Christmas toy box complete with holiday carolers. This production features an original dance by the Fort Wayne Ballet. 19: 7 p.m., 20: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 21: 2 p.m. 300 East Main Street; To purchase tickets call (260) 422‐ 4226. Visit for more information.

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