SANTA & THE REINDEER
When: Sat. Dec. 21, noon-4p
Where: Botanical Conservatory,
Add’l: Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take photos to capture this special moment. Also enjoy “up-close” magic tricks performed by a local magician. Regular admission fees apply.
HOLIDAY POP-UP ART GALLERY
When: Through Sat. Dec. 28 11a-6p
Where: City Exchange Shops, 125-127 West Wayne
Add’l: Fort Wayne Artists Guild presents a Holiday Pop-Up Art Gallery. Sneak Peek during Night of Lights, Wed. Nov. 27, 5-8p. www.fortwayneartistsguild.org
When: Through Jan. 5
Where: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Add’l: Our hallway Gallery will show a timeline of Christmas exhibits at the Conservatory over the decades. Enjoy viewing family photos sent in by local residents from recent years, identify holiday fragrances and the memories they might bring back, and send off a card to Santa in our seasonal “post office.”
When: Sat. Jan. 4, 6a-10a
Where: Waynedale Masonic Lodge, 7039 Elzey St. 46809
Cost: Free-will donation
FOSTER PARENT INFORMATION SESSION
When: Mondays Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 2, 6:30p
Add’l: With 26,000 children currently in need, the demand for families is greater than ever. The Villages of Indiana hosts free foster parent information sessions in Ft. Wayne. If you’ve ever thought of becoming a foster parent—join us to learn more.
Contact: 260-423-6676 for information/ registration.
SOUND OF SOUL EVENT
When: Sat. Jan. 11, 11:00 p.m.
Where: ACPL Downtown
Add’l: Experience the chanting of HU—a sacred word that can spiritually uplift people of any religion, culture or walk of life—and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Free, public event presented by Eckankar.
Contact: 260-466-3823, eckankarblog.org/sound-of-soul/
MICHIANA REGIONAL SEED SWAP
When: Sat. Jan. 18, 10a–2:30p
Where: Goshen College
Add’l: Join fellow gardeners, growers, and plant enthusiasts. Gather to exchange seeds, compare and discuss varieties, attend educational sessions, and more. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required!
FORT WAYNE SOUP
When: Thursdays Feb. 20, May 14, July 16, Sept. 3
Where: The Summit, 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd.
Add’l: This is a micro-grant community dinner that uses crowd funding to help launch creative projects aimed to enhance Fort Wayne.
Cost: $5 a ticket at fortwaynesoup.org/event
WEIGHT-LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
When: Mondays, 3pm
Where: Waynedale United Methodist Church
Add’l: Members learn about nutrition, portion control, meal planning, exercise and more at weekly meetings. Consistent group support, health education and recognition are all key components to successful weight management. In fact, TOPS members collectively lose nearly 300 tons of weight each year.
Contact: Nora Noll 260-435-1787
MOM OF AN ADDICT GROUP MEETINGS
When: Tuesdays, 6:30p
Where: The Chapel
Add’l: Support group for parents and grandparents who have a child struggling with substance use disorder, more commonly referred to as addiction.
APPLESEED QUILT GUILD MEETINGS
When: First Tuesday each month, 6:30p
Where: Classic Café Event Center, 4832 Hillegas Rd.
Add’l: Our members include all levels of quilting experience — novice, intermediate and advanced. If you want to meet other quilters, do charity projects, learn to quilt or discover new quilting techniques. Come join us for quilting fun! Guests are welcome to attend three meetings without paying dues, which are $30.00 for the year.
LITTLE RIVER RAMBLERS
Who: Little River
When: Tuesdays, 9a–11a
Where: Boy Scout Office
8315 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Info: Explore the preserve’s interesting plants and wildlife
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU’LL LOVE!
Where: Southwest Conservation Club, 5703 Bluffton Rd.
Add’l: Open To The Public Events
– FISH & TENDERLOIN FRY – 5-7p
1st & 3rd Fri each month All you can eat, includes all you can eat, includes an all-you-can-eat fried fish and tenderloin with sides of green beans, corn, coleslaw, french fries, roll and butter, pudding and jello. Open to the public.
Cost: $9 adults, children age 12 and under $5, Age 5 & under Free.
– TRAP & SKEET – Noon
Every second and last Sunday of the month. Full 8 station skeet field with low & high house. And 5 station trap field. Open to the public.
Cost: $5 Per Round Of 25 Birds
DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP
When: The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month 7-8:30 p
Where: First Presbyterian Church, Room 303
Add’l: We have all lived with depression and feel we can help others with our lived experience and with the use of literature.
Contact: Marilee Stroud 260-312-6069
SOUTHSIDE OPTIMIST CLUB MEETING
When: Tuesdays 7a
Where: Rich’s Cafe, 3411 Lwr. Huntington Rd. 46809
FT WAYNE CHRISTIAN WRITERS GUILD
When: 4th Tues of each month, 6:00p-7:30ish
Where: Waynedale Public Library, 2200 Lower Huntington Rd. 46819
Why: To share news, encouragement & knowledge about writing.
Add’l: No cost. All levels of writers encouraged to attend.
Contact: Kayleen Reusser 260-273-9264
Who: Disorderly Bear Den
When: 2nd Thurs of month 6:30p
Where: Community Center, 233 W. Main Street
What: We are a non-profit, public charity that collects and gives away teddy bears and other stuffed animals to those in need. We do this all year and always need new or gently used animals of all types.
All donations may be tax deductible on your personal income tax and are greatly appreciated.
When: Thursdays, 6p-7p
Where: Aldersgate Community, 2417 Getz Road
FURNISHING HELP TO REBUILD LIVES
Who: Mustard Seed
When: Mon–Fri, 10a–4p
Where: Drop off donations, 3636 Illinois Rd.
Complimentary pick up service for large items
Info: Accepting bed linens, blankets and kitchen and bath towels and miscellaneous kitchen items
Also accepting household furnishing, pictures, box springs, mattresses and knick-knacks.
Contact: (260) 471-5802 x 1
PREMIER WOMEN’S NETWORKING
When: First Tues of month. Call for details.
Who: Cheryl Friar
Add’l: Bring plenty of business cards
THE KOREAN WAR
Who: Korean War
Indiana Chapter One
Second Sat. 10a
Where: Eagles #248
4940 Bluffton Rd.
Info: Food served before and after meeting
Bring friends and spouses!
Contact: Mary Anna Roemke 260-485-7627
MS SELF HELP GROUP
What: For individuals and family members dealing with MS
When: First Mon, 7p
Fort Wayne Rehabilitation Hospital
7970 West Jefferson Blvd.
Editor’s Note: We accept event submissions online at www.waynedalenews.com