What's Up! Wells County

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's Up! Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Epworth to present Go, Tell it! Dec. 21
On Sunday, Dec. 21 members of the Epworth United Methodist Church Choir will present the Christmas musical “Go, Tell It! The Story of Christmas for All the World” during the 9:30 a.m. worship service at 1204 W. Cherry Street in Bluffton.
The musical was created and arranged by Marty Parks. The choir is directed by Sue Dick. Tony Garton will serve as the narrator and Brady Hunt will be a soloist.
For more information call Pastor Dick Frederick at 260-375-3154.

Sneak preview of Downton Abbey Dec. 28
On Sunday, Dec. 28, the Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre will host a sneak preview of Season 5 of Downton Abby.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. screening. There is no admission charge and seating is first-come, first-served. There will be a 1920s costume contest with prizes as well as a display of historic period dresses. The event is sponsored by PBS 39 and the Embassy Theatre.
Season 5 will premiere on PBS 39 on Jan. 4, at 9 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park
The annual Fantasy of Lights display at Fort Wayne’s Franke park will continue to welcome visitors through Dec. 31. Hours for viewing are 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per car, $10 for passenger vans, $25 or buses and trolleys. On weekends horse and carriage rides are available on weekends. (For reservations call 260-691-3780.)

Walkway of Lights at Marion
Since 1992 the town of Marion has hosted the Walkway of Lights along the Mississenewa River from the downtown area to Matter Park.
Over 120 light displays are featured through Dec. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening. There is a $5 per car charge to drive along the walkway. 
A gift shop offers refreshments for purchase as well as holiday items for sale.

Wells Community Gospel Benefit Concert Jan. 3
The Steve Kelly Cancer Relief Foundation will sponsor the third Wells Community Gospel Benefit Concert Saturday, Jan. 3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 4-H Community Building at the Wells County 4-H Park in Bluffton.
There will be 10 local singing groups, a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle. Doors will open at 5 p.m. There will be concessions available.
Anyone wanting to donate items for the auction can drop off or call Kelly Collision at 824-3995, Outdoor Concepts at 824-5189, Family Ford of Bluffton at 824-2300 or NAPA at 824-4460.
Admission and childcare is free.
All proceeds will go to help Wells County residents who are battling cancer.

Heartland plans swingin’ singin’ New Year’s Eve
Heartland, northeast Indiana’s only professional vocal ensemble, is offering the first large-scale New Year’s Eve celebration in Fort Wayne since the gala event held in connection with the 1994 bicentennial.
Billed as “A Swinging’ Singing’ New Year’s Eve” the evening will include entertainment by jazz vocalists from Heartland and the Heartland Big Band Jazz Orchestra.
The event will be held at the Convention Hall at the Grand Wayne Center with tickets priced at $60 per person. (This includes admission to the live dynamic show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., hors d’oeurves throughout the evening, one free drink ticket and at midnight a champagne toast. Special overnight packages available at the downtown Hilton Fort Wayne and Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown by Marriott. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.heartlandsings.org/wordpress/nye.

Gym memberships available
City Gym memberships are now available for 2015. Anyone buying a membership now will be given a key for the remaining time in 2014.  The 2014 membership is good until 9 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2015. After that the new membership begins. 
Prices have not increased and are as follows: Single Wells County residents:  $145. Family Wells County residents: $175. Single, Non-Wells County residents: $185. Family Non-Wells County residents: $215. For more information call 824-6069.

Winter Wonderland Dec. 18
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation will hold a Winter Wonderland Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bluffton City Gym. Kids can see Santa, play games and jump in a bouncy house. This is a free event. Bring a camera to capture the moment with Santa. Each child will receive a toy! 
Enter the glass door on the west side of the building. For more information call 824-6069. 

Psi Iota Xi selling Flower Cards
Members of the Bluffton chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority is currently selling flower cards for 2015.
Cost is $25 each and are good for 12 monthly bouquets from the Posy Pot. Cards may be purchased at the Posy Pot or by calling 820-1447 or from any Psi Ote member.

Dance exhibit  next for FWMA
Next exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will highlight Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 40-plus year history. The exhibit will be viewable December 10 to March 15.
Twenty-five costumes and accessories, set pieces, documentary video excerpts, historical photographs and tour poster will be featured. It also will include our dramatically-staged ballets that are iconic to the company—A Streetcar Names Desire, Creole Giselle, Dougle and Firebird.
Dispelling the belief that ballet could not be performed by those of African descent, Arthur Mitchell and  Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1960. It has since grown into a multi cultural dance institution.
Other exhibit at the museum include “Beautiful and Obsolete: Obituaries for the Machine Age” through Jan. 4 and “Crossing Liens: Contemporary Art from Coast to Coast” through Jan. 18.

The museum is open on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. (Closed Christmas and New Year’s days.) Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $20 for families, free from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and $1 the last Saturday of the month.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's Up! Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Saturday movie at the library Dec. 13
Movie goers are encouraged to bring their pillows and snacks to the Saturday afternoon free movies presented at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton.
In Bluffton on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” will be shown. Children under age 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn is served at the Bluffton site. 

Holiday pops concerts at the FW Embassy in December
Five Holiday Pops concerts are being offered by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic this season.
There will be 7:30 p.m. concerts on Friday, Dec. 12, Saturday, Dec. 13, Friday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 20 as well as 2 p.m. concerts on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 20.
Sameer Patel will conduct the concerts. Tickets start at $32 and may be arranged for by calling 260-481-0777.
In addition Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW.
The All Mozart Masterworks concert will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre.
The Family: Musical Storytelling concert will be held on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Rhinehart Music Center at the IPFW.

Bake Sale in Montpelier Dec. 12
On Friday, Dec. 12 the Montpelier Historic Preservation Association will sponsor a bake sale at Citizens State Bank to benefit the Old Church Museum project. 
Home-baked Christmas cookies, candies and cakes will be for sale.

United Way host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 13
The United Way of Wells County will sponsor Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Sassafras in Bluffton. Cost is $10 per person.
Have breakfast with Santa and hear Christmas stories. All children will receive a Christmas stocking and a special gift.
Register online at: unitedwaywells.org. Seating is limited. No high chair available. Event is designed for children age 3 and older.
For more information call 824-5589.

Jay County Farm Toy Show Dec. 14
Jay County’s 28th Farm Toy Show will be held at the Jay County Fairgrounds Sunday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
There will be over 70 dealer tables. Admission is $2 per person. For more information call Ronnie Rudrow at 260-726-6433.

Santa to visit Five Points Dec. 14
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will visit children at Five Points School Sunday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission. The school is located at Jeff Road and 1100-S. Children will receive goodie bags. 
Adults can enjoy cookies, coffee and fellowship. 
Those attending are encouraged to bring a camera. 
For more information call 765-728-5269.

Winter Wonderland Dec. 18
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation will hold a Winter Wonderland Thursday, Dec. 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bluffton City Gym.
Kids can see Santa, play games and jump in a bouncy house. This is a free event. Bring a camera to capture the moment with Santa. Each child will receive a toy!  Enter the glass door on the west side of the building. 
For more information call 824-6069.

Theater Thursday Dec. 18
The free movie for adults to be shown on Dec. 18 will be “Christmas with the Kranks”, rated PG. 
The Bluffton Parks and Recreational Department, Wells County Public Library and Bluffton Regional Senior Circle have partnered together to offer a free monthly movie. 
The video will be shown at 10 a.m. at the Wells County Public Library. Free snacks, a 10 minute health info and prizes will be part of the program. For more information call 824-6069.

FW’s Youtheatre dance program
“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” will be presented by the Fort Wayne Ballet for the Fort Wayne Youtheatre at the Black Box Theater at the Auer ArtsLab on Dec. 19, 20 and 21.
Curtain times are Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.
To arrange for tickets call 2260-422-4226 or check out ARTSTIX.ORG

Winter garden party at Embassy Dec. 28
A Winter Garden party, inspired by  Downtown Abbey will be offered as a fundraiser for the Embassy Theatre and PBS Channel 39 on Sunday, Dec. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m.
A special themed “upstairs/downstairs” menu will be presented along with historic music and vintage games.
There also will be a display of authentic 1920s era dress as well as a 1920s themed costume contest and raffle.
There will be preferred seating for a showing of the first 60 minuets of the first episode of Season 5 of Downtown Abbey.
Tickets are $150 and are now on sale. Purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 260-424-4554 or stop by the Embassy box office.

Knitting and Crochet lessons begin in January
Looking for a fun hobby to start this winter? The parks department will offer knitting and crochet lessons in January. 
Chicks with Sticks Knitting classes will be taught Mondays on the second floor of the City Hall building from 3-4 p.m. Cost for (3)  one hour group lessons are $12 due the first day. Classes are Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Yarn and instructions will be provided. Those attending should bring their own  knitting needles.
Hooked on Crochet classes will be taught Tuesdays on the second floor of the City Hall building from 3-4 p,m. 
Cost for (3) one hour group lessons are $12 due the first day, classes. Classes are Jan. 13, 20, and 27th. 
Yarn and instructions will be provided. Those attending  will need to bring their own size H hook.

Call the park office to pre-register at 824-6069. Class size is limited and open to beginners and advanced students. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What's Up! Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Arts Place Holiday Concert Dec. 10
 Arts Place will hold its annual MusicWorks Holiday Concert Wednesday, Dec. 10 in Hall-Moser Theatre. Doors will open at 6:45 and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Arts Place is located at 131 East Walnut St, Portland, IN 47371.
Performing groups for the concert will include: The Jay County Community Band, Eastern Breeze Flute Ensemble, Brown Paper Sax Saxophone Ensemble, Brassissimo!, Trumpet Ensemble, and Distant Thunder Percussion Ensemble.
For more information call 260-726-4809 or pvogler@artsland.org. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dog Park keys go on sale Dec. 17
Dog Park keys for 2015 will be on sale during the Paws and Claus event on Dec. 17 in the city gym from 5:30-7 p.m. 
Cost is $15 for city residents and $20 for Wells County residents who live outside of city limits. 
Forms can be found online at http://www.blufftonindiana.net/parks-department/ if you want to fill it out in advance. 
Those wanting keys must provide verification that their dog has current vaccinations and parasite prevention. 
For more information call 824-6069. Keys are also available in the Clerk Treasurer’s office in city hall Monday-Friday from  8-5 p.m.

Cookie & Candy Exchange Dec. 18
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation willsponsor a free Cookie and Candy Exchange Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in Bluffton. This is a way to try a variety of homemade treats and take home all of the recipes. 
To participate, e-mail your name, phone and recipe to:  parks@ci.bluffton.in.us by Dec 10. 
Expect to make about three dozen that will be divided up evenly with all the participants. 
On the day of the event bring an empty container to hold the cookies to take home while you pass yours out. Enter the glass door on the West side of City hall. 
For more information call 824-6069.

December Dash Dec. 20
People can now register for the The December Dash to be held on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. 
There will be a 5K Run/Walk and a one Mile Jingle Bell Jog with Santa Claus for the kids! 
Overall and age group awards will be presented in the 5K. There will be a Special Award for the runner wearing the most impressive Holiday Sweater!  

Hot chocolate & holiday treats after the run. Register online at http://raceroster.com