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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's Up! Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Holly Trolley shopping in FW
On Saturday, Nov. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. downtown Fort Wayne will offer trolly rides during the Holly Trolley Shopping event.
Dozens of shops, museums and galleries will be open for visitors to check out. Riding is free.

The Nutcracker begins Dec. 3
Audiences of all ages will enjoy a combination of dance as Ball State University’s dancers and choreographers put a twist on the age-old classic story, “The Nutcracker.” The production will kick off the holiday season at the University Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6 and 11-13, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Tickets for “The Nutcracker” cost $18 for the general public, $17 for faculty and staff, $15 for senior citizens and $13 for students. 
Tickets are available from the University Theatre Box Office, open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before each performance. Contact the box office at 765-285-8749 or visit bsu.edu/theatre for more information.

Botanical Conservatory $1 Night Dec. 4
On Thursday, Dec. 4 Botanical Conservatory will off $1 admission from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Fort Wayne for adults and children. Babies and up to age 2 are still admitted free.
For more information call 260-427-6028.

Free Tot Candy Cane Hunt Dec. 2
The Bluffton Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a free Tot Candy Cane Hunt Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in the city gym.
 At 11:45 a.m. participants will be brought upstairs to search for the sweet treats. 
The Bluffton City Gym is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon to give children the space to run and play with others their age. Some balls are provided in the closet at the East end of the gym, but feel free to bring your own favorite toys too. The first Tuesday of every month has a special craft or activity planned. 
For more information call call the Bluffton Parks Department at 824-6069.

Art for the  holidays at FW’s Orchard Gallery
Art for the Holidays at the Orchard Gallery in Fort Wayne will feature handmade ornaments and nativities as well as other artwork. 
Hours for the open house will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Other holiday hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The gallery is located at 5312 Covington Road in Fort Wayne.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Up! Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Open Mic Night Nov. 21
New Beginning Church will have an Open Mic Night Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at 2187 W. Ind. 218, Bluffton.

Elks Hoop Shoot Conest Nov. 22
This year’s free Elks Hoop Shoot will be Nov. 22 for girls. Youth must be ages 8-14 years old by April 1, 2015. 
This free throw contest is held in the Bluffton City Gym from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Age brackets are 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13. This is a FREE contest and winners will advance. For more information call 273-8277. Boys contest was Nov. 15.

Santa letters accepted beginning Nov. 24
The Bluffton Parks Department is happy to deliver your child’s letter to Santa between Nov. 24 and Dec. 19. Each child will receive a personalized letter back with a small gift enclosed. Please make sure that the child’s name and address are clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. Santa’s mailbox is blue and located near the front steps of city hall. This is a free service and no postage is needed.

Giant Stocking Coloring Contest underway
Children can enter the Winter Coloring Contest for a chance to win a giant toy filled stocking. Coloring pages have been sent to area schools or can be printed off from:  http://www.blufftonindiana.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/giantstockingcoloringcontest2014.pdf 
Coloring pages are due back by Dec. 17 to the Parks Department office at 128 E. Market St. 

A winner will be called by Dec. 19. For more information call 824-6069.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What's Up! Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

30th year for Embassy’s Festival of Trees
The Embassy’s Festival of Trees began in 1984 as a fundraiser for the theater. The theme for this year’s festival is “30 Years of Holiday Cheer.”
Live entertainment on the stage will feature local groups. Children can get their photos snapped with characters from the movie “Frozen,” Icy Eagle and the Mad Ant on Nov. 26 and again on Tots and Trees Day on Dec. 3. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in Santa Land. (Breakfasts with Santa are sold out.) Hours are Nov. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day) from 4 to 8 p.m., Nov. 28, 29, 30 from noon to 8 p.m. and Dec. 1, 2, 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information at www.fwembassy.threatre.org

Fort Wayne Embassy’s breakfast with  Mr. & Mrs. Santa
Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre will host Breakfast with Santa on Nov. 28 and 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the Embassy stage. Admission is $12.50 per person and includes admission to the 30th annual Festival of Trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to attend as breakfast is provided by the downtown McDonalds. 
All will get a cookie from the Cookie Cottage and a chance to make a holiday photo ornamnt to take home. After breakfast there will be a sing-along and a magic show by Ronald McDonald. Reservations to 260-424-5665 by Nov. 3 or to the Embassy box office with hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fort Wayne Gingerbread Festival at  History center
Over 100 gingerbread creations will be featured at the Festival of Gingerbread to be held at the History Center in Fort Wayne from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14.
Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors over 59 and students and free to those 2 and younger. More information at (260) 426-2882 or at the website of www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Christmas at Fort Wayne Old Fort & Trolley Rides
On Saturday, Nov. 29, a simpler era will be celebrated at Christmas at the Old Fort in Fort Wayne.
There will be activities for children, a bake sale and pop up gift shops featuring items crafted by period artisans.
Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no admission charge. (Donations will be encouraged, however, to help support this piece of this Fort Wayne’s history.)
Also on Nov. 29, the Holly Trolley will be running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. connecting the downtown area with the Old Fort.

Other trolley stops will be at the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre, Festival of Gingerbread at the History Center and Festival of Trains at the Grand Wayne Center. Trolley ride info at  DowntownFortWayne.com

Lions Club Auction Dec. 6 in Montpelier
The Lions Club annual Auction will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. New merchandise will be available. The kitchen will be open.
The club is located at the corner of High and Jefferson Streets in Montpelier.