November 2014 to-do list

1-2 | Saturday-Sunday |

Trader Days

Traditional Miami and regional tribes’ crafts, goods and wares for sale and hands-on demonstrations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, free; Call (260) 426-2882 for details.

Francine’s Friends Coach Schedule

11/1 Warsaw Community Library – 310 E. Main Street, Warsaw
11/3 Curves – 5909 Bluffton Road
11/4 Quadrant EPP – 2710 American Way
11/6 Ashley Industrial Molding – 104 Progress Drive W, Kendallville
11/8 Parkview YMCA – 10001 Dawson Creek
11/10 LifeCare of LaGrange – 0770 N 075, LaGrange
11/12 Tuthillj – 8825 Aviation Drive
11/13 RSVP Senior Expo at the Event Center – 615 Professional Way, Kendallville
11/15 Owen’s Supermarket – 903 Lincolnway S, Ligonier
11/19 HealthVisions of Fort Wayne – 2135 S. Hanna
11/22 Owen’s Supermarket – 2211 E Center Street, Warsaw
11/25 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 817 Trail Ridge Rd, Albion
11/26 Parkview Physician Group – Family Medicine – 1331 Minnich Road, New Haven
11/28 Kroger – 621 Countryside Drive, Columbia City

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

6| Thursday |

Designer Showcase benefiting Fort Wayne Sexual Abuse Treatment Center

Featuring Bruce Ewing’s talented team who will share their inspiration and ideas for holiday decorating. Cocktails and hor’s d’oeuvres start at 6:30 p.m. The program is 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20/each or $50 for the front row. For more info: (260) 432-2785 or

7-9 | Friday-Sunday |

Annual Christmas Open House

Downtown North Manchester’s finest floral and gift shop is offering door prizes and a free gift with purchase for the first 50 customers. Shop for holiday gift items such as ornaments, home décor, candy and jewelry. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday: , 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m Sunday. Cottage Creations Florist & Gifts- 231 E. Main St. North Manchester. Call (260) 982-2028 for details.

8 | Saturday |

D.A.R. Library Help Day

The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 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. 9 a.m. – noon. The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. For details call (260) 421-1200.

8 | Saturday |

Fort Wayne Health and Fitness Expo

Participate in a CrossFit competition, Zombie 5K run, Olympic weight lifting meet and other various strength competitions and exhibitors featuring fitness related products. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. $10, 12 and under free; For details call (260) 483-1111.

8-23 | Saturday-Sunday |

Shrek the Musical

Enjoy performances of “Shrek the Musical” all month long at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. For complete dates and times, visit or call (260) 424-5220.

9 | Sunday |

Delta Theta Tau Sorority Holiday Bingo

Two words: Longaberger and Vera Bradley! Located at the Eagles in Kendallville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 for 20 games. Lunch is available. For tickets and information, call Christy at (260) 347-5464 or Deanna at (260) 854-2275.

11 | Tuesday |

Furniture Painting 101

Learn the basics of milk paint, chalk paint and mineral paint from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Paint sample boards during this hands on workshop. Held at Saving Grace Vintage Boutique, 614 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne. For more information call (260) 416-8420.

13 | Thursday |

Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars

After weeks of intensive training with professional dancers from local dance schools, local celebrities will compete against each other for the coveted prize of best celebrity dancer of Fort Wayne. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand to provide commentary and the audience will vote for their favorite. For details and reservations call (260) 486-1060 or visit

11 | Tuesday |

Power of the Purse

From 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at IPFW International Ballroom, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., in the Walb Union, Rooms 149- 150. For a $50 ticket, guests are treated to savory, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and chocolate desserts. Guests can listen to speaker Dr. Wendy Robinson and the Dan Smyth Quartet, who will be entertaining the room. Put your name in the drawing for the “stuffed purses” brimming with items such as an iPad Air, a private-chef catered party and a boutique hotel stay. And of course the live and silent auction will be fabulous. All funds raised go to provide scholarships for at-risk kids to attend quality early learning centers through the United Way’s Women United. Buy tickets at

13 | Thursday |

Go Red For Women Luncheon

The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. There will be lunch, two different educational breakout sessions covering cardiovascular disease and women and a fashion show featuring this year’s BetterU participants, highlighting their successes over the course of 12 short weeks. The fashion show is with the help of national sponsor, Macy’s. To purchase tickets, visit the website or to learn how you can help lend your voice to save women’s lives, visit

13 | Thursday |

The Perfect Pear Christmas Open House

From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., visit Fort Wayne’s premier home decor boutique for all of your Christmas decorating needs as well as new and vintage furnishings, rugs, Cinda B handbags and more. Wine tastings will be provided by Wine Time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 8414 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne.

14 | Friday |

Let Your Hair Down

From 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Ceruti’s Banquet and Event Center, 6325 Illinois Road, is Let Your Hair Down. There will be dinner, a free Vera Bradley gift, free photo booth pictures, vendors and a raffle ticket, all to benefit Cancer Services in Northeast Indiana. Tickets are $35/person at

14 | Friday |

Coats for Kids Collection

The annual Coats for Kids campaign will run Nov. 14 through Dec. 8. Collection boxes for used coats are set up at Kroger, Scott’s Foods and Peerless Cleaner locations throughout the area. The program has delivered more than 45,000 winter coats to local low-income children in Allen County from 2000 through today. For more information, go to

15 | Saturday |

Maisie & Maude Holiday Open House

Come to this treasure-filled open house to find vintage and classic treasures to deck the halls, stuff the stockings and wear to the office holiday party. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Participate in the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and shop for furniture, vintage clothing and gift items. 1529 W Main Street. For details call (260) 387-5583.

15 | Saturday |

Holiday House Walk

This Rome City Chamber of Commerce event is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $7, available for pre-sale and day of the event. Featured homes on Sylvan Lake are The Zimmers: 511 Lions Drive., Wissel & Lundquist: 415 Lions Drive, The Martins: 246 Wildwood, and The Arnolds at Hwy 6 and 175 E. Artisans’ Market at Town Hall 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Craft Fairs at the United Methodist Church and Orange Township Fire Hall. Brunch served at the Rome City American Legion, 9 a.m. For details and tickets visit

16 | Sunday |

Holiday Family Photo and Brunch

Make a memory with family, photos and food! It’s at the Landmark Conference and Reception Centre, 6222 Ellison Road. Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and photos will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $15 per person and $7 for children 10 and under. Photos are additional. Reservations required by Nov. 10. Call (260) 432-4500 for more info.

16 | Sunday |

Mother 4 5 and 7even

This live stage production is a part of a creative awareness effort to provide insight into while incorporating knowledgeable and educational resources within mental health concerns. All tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased from the Embassy box office, through or from (800) 745-3000. Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. For details visit

20 | Thursday |

Girl’s Night Out

Enjoy an evening of holiday shopping from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Complete your holiday wish list and we will send it to your significant other with an invitation to join us for a special Gift Giving Night featuring free gift wrapping. Grab your girlfriends and head to Saving Grace Vintage, 614 West Berry Street in Fort Wayne.

20 | Thursday |

Embassy Theatre Vintage Wine Tasting

Presented by YLNI: Sip featured wines, savor the views of the Embassy and light hors d’oeuvres, and select your new favorite wines to take home. Also enjoy a complementary touch up with a Von Maur Chanel beauty advisor. It’s all at the Embassy Theatre from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and benefit the Embassy; available at the box office and

21 | Friday |

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Get the whole family involved in giving back. Come enjoy a night of music, food, drinks, bingo, kids crafts and face painting. Free entrance with food or bath towel donation. And, 10-percent of proceeds will go to Community Harvest Food Bank and Mustard Seed Furniture Bank! 6 p.m. – 9 p.m at Java Mama Café, 5916 Covington Road. For more details call (260) 206-6139.

22 | Saturday |

Big Brother Big Sisters Women’s Champagne Brunch

Big Brothers Big Sisters is serving brunch at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) to over 500 women in the Anthony Wayne Ballroom at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Attendees will hear WFFT Local’s Chief Meteorologist Kristen Kirchaine speak during the Champagne Brunch and see a fashion show. Hilton Catering is serving breakfast burritos, bacon, fruit parfaits, Starbucks coffee, orange juice and champagne. There is no fee to attend, but we hope the event inspires you to make a difference! RSVP to Ashely Kuhn: (888) 426-1600 x2250 or

22 | Saturday |

Here’s Looking At You Kid

1920’s Theme Night Come in costume for this nostalgically remarkable night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Landmark Conference and Reception Centre, 6222 Ellison Road.Cost is $25 per person or $45 per couple. There are a limited number of group rate discounts. Reservations required by Nov. 16. Call (260) 432-4500 for more info.

22 | Saturday |

Home for the Holidays

Concert Presented by Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts’ Symphony of the Lakes orchestra: Home for the Holidays, a pops concert at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Warsaw Performing Arts Center, 1 Tiger Lane. More info at or (866) 823-2618.

25-Dec. 3 | Tuesday-Wednesday |

2014 Embassy Festival of Trees

The Embassy Festival of Trees is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street animated holiday windows and viewing of the trees. Night of Lights 6-9 p.m., Nov. 26; 4-8 p.m., Nov. 27; 12-8 p.m., Nov. 28- 30; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 2; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Dec. 3. Embassy Theatre, 125 West Jefferson. For details visit

26 | Wednesday |

Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The Night of Lights will include holiday lighting ceremonies from great downtown businesses and organizations and the fun doesn’t stop after the lightings as great family events and activities will be happening throughout the evening all around Downtown. Free admission.

28-Dec. 14 | Friday-Sunday |

Festival of Gingerbread

Over 100 creations made of edible materials by persons ranging in age from preschoolers to adults including professional chefs are featured. $5 tickets for adults, $3 for seniors, children 2 and under are Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday- Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays. The History Center, 302 East Berry. Details at (260) 426-2882 and

29 | Saturday |

Holly Trolley Shopping Day

The Downtown Improvement District’s Holly Trolley Shopping Day is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Families can explore the Festival of Gingerbread, Festival of Trees, Festival of Trains, Christmas at The Old Fort and the new Holiday Marketplace at the Grand Wayne Convention Center while the trolleys connect you to dozens of locally owned shops and boutiques. Downtown makes shopping local easier than ever with this day of free trolley rides. Many of the businesses along the trolley route will be offering special holiday items, one-day only discounts or refreshments giving shoppers even more incentive to support our locally-owned retailers and specialty gift shops. Find the entire list of retailers and activities for Holly Trolley Shopping and HolidayFest by visiting:

29 | Saturday |

Christmas at the Old Fort

Welcome the holidays at the Old Fort and revel in a time when life was simpler with activities for kids, a bake sale, and period artisans with unique gifts for sale. Warm up by the fire and create decorations as we deck the halls and enjoy a unique seasonal event for all ages. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Fort Wayne, 1201 Spy Run Ave. Details at and (260) 437- 2836.

29-30 | Saturday-Sunday |

Christmas in the Park

This FREE, fun, family friendly festival will feature an indoor/outdoor approach. Pavilion No. 1 will have exhibits related to the traditions of Christmas. Cookies and beverages. Outdoors will be tents featuring “Streets of Bethlehem” including a living nativity with sheep, a donkey and three camels; children’s tent with crafts and games, caroling, talent sharing, prayer and a Victorian park setting where guests can take pictures to use in or to print as their Christmas cards. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Franke Park, 3411 Sherman Blvd. For details visit

29-30 | Saturday-Sunday |

Indiana Artisan Holiday Marketplace

Take advantage of an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan foods directly from the Hoosiers who make it. Guests can sample chocolates, candies, noodles and wines, and shop for the holidays, enjoying live art and craft demonstrations and food and drink tasting. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (6 p.m. Saturday) Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 West Wayne. Details at

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