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SATURDAY
Christmas on the Farm – Live nativity scene, horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides, stories; 6 to 9 p.m.; Salomon Farm, 817 W. Dupont Road; free; 427-6000.
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Pulse Opera House in Warren will present “A Christmas Story” today and Saturday.

Out and About

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Cinema Center’s annual art auction “Artament” is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and includes work from such artists as Brandt Carroll. For tickets, call 426-3456.

BOOKS

SUNDAY

Janie Ebinger – Author of “Live Well Eat Well”; noon; The Olive Twist, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 7A.

Hanukkah Storytime – 2 p.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

MONDAY

Get to Know NOOK eReader – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

Storytime and Crafts – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Children’s Department, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

THURSDAY

Storytime and Crafts – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Children’s Department, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

COMEDY

TODAY AND SATURDAY

Paul Bond and Chris Hegedus – 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $9.50; 486-0216.

THURSDAY

Frank Roche and Zan – 7:30 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $8; 486-0216.

DANCES

TODAY

Dance – Music by Justus III; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; American Legion Post 296, 130 W. Tillman Road; open to the public; free; 456-2988.

American Style Ballroom – Open dancing, 8:30 p.m.; 6041 N. Clinton St.; $5; 480-7070.

SATURDAY

American Style Ballroom 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; trunk show with Chris and Kelly; 6041 N. Clinton St.; 30; 480-7070.

SUNDAY

American Style Ballroom – Fitness Fun, 3 p.m.; 2789 Maplecrest Road; $5; 267-9850.

Singles/Couples Dance – 6 to 10 p.m.; West Side Gardens Reception Hall, 2025 Olladale Drive; $7.

Music Box Ballroom Dance – 6 to 9 p.m.; music by The Fords; Lighted Gardens, 10794 N. Indiana 1, Ossian; $10.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

ALL WEEKEND

Festival of Gingerbread – “Visit with Santa Claus,” 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, “Holiday Story Telling,” 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday; The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.; hours and cost, 426-2882 or www.fwhistorycenter.com. Ends Dec. 9.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Conservatory” – Ends Jan. 6; “Pinata Paradise,” ends Sunday; “Santa & the Reindeer,” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; “$1 Night,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to ages 2 and younger; call for hours, 427-6440 or www.botanicalconservatory.org.

“The Nutcracker” – Presented by Fort Wayne Ballet; with Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, 7 p.m. today, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; without orchestra, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday; Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St.; tickets, 422-4226. Ends Dec. 9.

AWS Fantasy of Lights – 6 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; Franke Park; $5 per car, $10 passenger vans, $25 buses and trolleys; $30 horse and carriage rides available on weekends, for reservations, call 260-691-3780. For information, 744-6145, ext. 2230. Ends Dec. 31.

Holiday Lights at the Fair – Drive-through light display; 6 to 9 p.m.; Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert, Ohio; cost, 419-203-2234. Ends Dec. 25.

Festival of Lights – Parade of Lights, 6:30 p.m.; Ruihley Park, Archbold, Ohio; 419-445-2222 or www.archboldchamber.com.

Shipshewana Holiday Celebration – Holiday trees on display through Dec. 31; www.visitshipshewana.org.

“Art for the Holidays” – Featuring handmade ornaments and nativities; holiday open house, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, 6312-A Covington Road; hours, 436-9027. Ends Dec. 31.

Tree Light Show – A synchronized light show to music through Jan. 6; Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 459-1160 or www.jeffersonshopping.com.

Holiday Boutique – 5 to 8 p.m. today, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett; 422-7605. Ends Dec. 23.

Madrigal Dinner – 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Quaker Haven Camp, Syracuse; $20; reservations, 574-834-4193. Ends Dec. 8.

Living Lights – 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1; Zanesville United Methodist Church, Zanesville; www.zumonline.org.

Christmas Light Show – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Mid-America Windmill Museum, 732 S. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville; $3 a person, free to ages 12 and younger; 260-347-2334.

“Holiday Show” – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; New Huntington Theater and Supper Club, 528 N. Jefferson St., Huntington; $39.95 Monday through Thursday, $42.95 Friday and Saturday for dinner and show; 260-454-0603 or www.huntingtonsupperclub.com. Ends Dec. 22.

“Homestead Holiday’s Country Style” – 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday; Bearcreek Farms Country Resort, Bryant; $12; reservations, 260-997-6822. Ends Dec. 22.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.; $20 advance, $24 at the door, ages 60 and older, $18 advance, $22 at the door, full-time students, $10 at the door; 422-6329. Ends Dec. 15.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

Country Christmas at the Allen County Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 p.m.; 2726 Carroll Road; 693-9526. Ends Dec. 8.

“Holiday Show” – Artwork by regional and national artists; ends Jan. 31; Castle Gallery Fine Art, 1202 W. Wayne St.; hours, 426-6568 or www.castlegallery.com.

“A Christmas Story” – 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday; Pulse Opera House, 127 1/2 Wayne St., Warren; $12 general admission, $5 ages 12 and younger; reservations, 260-375-7017 or www.pulseoperahouse.org. Ends Dec. 8.

“A Christmas Survival Guide” – Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.; times and costs, 424-5622. Ends Dec. 5.

Walk of Trees – 4 to 8 p.m.; Clugston Senior Apartments, 108 S. Chauncey St., Columbia City; free-will donation. Ends Dec. 8.

Holiday Lantern Tours – Decorated village with re-enactors of 19th century customs; tours every 30 minutes from 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold, Ohio; $12 adults, $7 ages 3 and older; 1-800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org. Ends Dec. 8.

Christmas “At Home” with the Swinney Sisters – 2 p.m.; Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd.; $15, paid reservations required, 489-7115.

TODAY

Holiday on the Square – Horse-drawn wagon rides; 5 to 8 p.m.; downtown Angola; cost, 260-665-3281 or www.goangolain.com. Ends Dec. 14.

Submit Letters to Santa – Now through Dec. 17; Star Bank; locations, www.starfinancial.com.

Holiday Gala – 5 to 9 p.m.; Hair Affair Salon, 6200 Bluffton Road; 747-5760 or www.hairaffair.com.

The Art Farm Holiday Studio Show – 5 to 10 p.m.; 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville; 260-238-4755 or www.artfarm.shutterfly.com. Ends Dec. 30.

“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” – 8 p.m.; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; tickets, 424-5665.

Christmas Jazz Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University, Huntington; $12 adults, $10 seniors; www.huntington.edu/MCA.

German Christmas Show – 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7, reservations due today; Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave.; 260-244-6964.

Jingle Bell Tea – Wednesday, reservations due today; Manchester University, North Manchester; $5; 260-982-5218 or www.manchester.edu/holidaytea.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Christmas in the Castle – Noon to 5 p.m.; Historic Brookside Mansion, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; $5 a person, $20 a family; www.sf.edu/Christmas. Ends Dec. 9.

The Living Christmas Tree – 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.; North Park Community Church, 7160 Flutter Road; $10 advance, $12 at the door, free to ages 2 and younger; 484-1029.

SATURDAY

“A Dream of Beauty” Christmas – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, Rome City; 260-854-3790.

Recital by Chris Teeters and Angelina Jung – 7:30 p.m.; Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University North Manchester; free; www.manchester.edu.

Renaissance Dance Studios Christmas Dance – 7 p.m.; Ossian; $5 a person; 622-6644.

Monroeville Holiday Magic – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monroeville; visit with Santa Claus, displays, food, trolley rides.

“Light Up the Town” Holiday Gala – Progressive dinner, silent auction, entertainment; North Manchester, 303-956-6097 or ManchesterMainStreet.org.

Holiday Festival – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Winona Lake; 574-268-9888 or VillageAtWinona.com.

Christmas at the Forks – Breakfast with Santa; Historic Forks of the Wabash; 260-402-2136.

Heritage Gathering Primitives Show and Holiday Shop Hop – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pierceton Elementary School, Pierceton; 574-594-3800 or www.picturetrail.com/theheritagegatheringshow.

Citywide Christmas – Live reindeer, free train and horse and buggy rides, children’s events, food, games, visit by Santa; Markle; 260-758-2116.

PTO Holiday Bazaar – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wawasee Middle School, 9850 Indiana 13 N., Syracuse; 1-888-398-7230.

SUNDAY

Handel’s “Messiah” – 7:30 p.m.; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington; free; www.huntington.edu/MCA.

Living Nativity – 6 p.m. Sunday; University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; www.sf.edu/Christmas.

Lighting of the Lake – 6 p.m.; Mirror Lake, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; free; www.sf.edu/Christmas.

“Messiah” – Performed by the Bach Collegium; 2 p.m.; Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 1500 W. State Blvd.; $5.

Summit City Singers – 3 p.m.; Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza; free.

PITCH – “Putting Instruments in The Children’s Hands”; concert by New Millennium Jazz Orchestra; 2:30 p.m.; Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 W.; tickets, 467-2745.

TUESDAY

“Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite” – 7 p.m.; Honeywell Center, Wabash; $19 main floor, $14 balcony; 260-563-1102 or www.honeywellcenter.org.

Christmas Pops Concert – 7:30 p.m.; Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, Huntington University, Huntington; free.

Holiday Sing-A-Long – 6:30 p.m.; Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington; free; 260-356-0824.

WEDNESDAY

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” – Broadway at the Embassy; 7:30 p.m.; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; tickets start at $28; 1-800-745-3000.

Manchester Symphonic Band – 7:30 p.m.; Cordier Auditorium, Manchester University, North Manchester; $5 at the door.

THURSDAY

Recital by Daniel Belcher – 7:30 p.m.; Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University, North Manchester; free.

Taste of the Chamber – 5 to 8 p.m.; The Chamber, 826 Ewing St.; $10 advance, $15 at the door; www.fwchamber.org/events.

Festival of Lights – 7 p.m.; Lakewood Park Baptist Church, 5555 County Road 29, Auburn; 260-925-2006. Ends Dec. 9.

“A Christmas Story” – 7 p.m.; Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, Mich.; $7; 517-278-6029 or www.Tibbits.org. Ends Dec. 8.

MUSEUM EXHIBITS

ALL WEE KEND

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Special archival photo exhibit of Auburn Automobile Co. and Duesenberg racers and record-setters; also more than 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars on display; $10 adults, $6 students, $25 family, free to ages 5 and younger; hours, 260-925-1444 or www.automobilemuseum.org.

Hoosier Air Museum – Aircraft on display includes Nieuport 24, WR-3 Loving, 1944 Pratt Read Two-Man Navy training glider, 1979 Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship; open through Dec. 14; 2822 County Road 62, Auburn; $5 adults, $4 ages 18 to 12, free to ages 11 and younger; 260-927-0443 or www.hoosierairmuseum.org.

National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum World War II rare German fighting vehicles and United States Air Force staff car displays; 5634 County Road 11-A, Auburn; admission for both museums, $10 adults, $6 to ages 11 to 7, free to ages 6 and younger; 260-927-9144.

National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States – “Cars and Trucks Like You Used to Own” includes International Harvester truck gallery, restored 1948 Valentine Diner, historic gas pumps, toy and die-cast model and Checker Cab display; adjacent to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn; admission; hours, 260-925-9100 or www.natmus.org.

Northeastern Indiana Racing Museum – Vintage photos, race cars and artifacts from local race tracks and racers; inside the National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive Museum, Auburn; open daily; admission price, 260-316-0966 or ksplace1@frontier.com.

Science Central – “Disease Detectives” exhibit, ends Jan. 6; 1950 N. Clinton St.; regular admission, $8 adults and ages 12 to 3, $7 seniors; call for hours, 424-2400 or www.sciencecentral.org.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

The History Center – Law enforcement exhibit, also “Allen County Innovation,” permanent exhibition gallery, looks at inventions and products created and produced in Allen County; 302 E. Berry St.; $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, free to members and ages 5 and younger; hours, 426-2882 or www.fwhistorycenter.com.

RECREATIONAL

ALL WEEKEND

Ice skating – Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Headwaters Park; $5 ages 14 and older, $3 ages 13 and younger, $2 skate rental; free parking and spectators; free to ages 13 and younger every Wednesday through Feb. 27, must pay skate rental; 422-7625 or www.fortwayneparks.org. Ends March 4.

Refrigerated Toboggan – 5 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Pokagon State Park, Angola; park entrance fees apply; rental fees, 260-833-2012 or www.IN.gov/dnr. Ends Feb. 24.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

TODAY

“Ladies Night Out ” – Food, art and massage; “Artful Making of a Finance Wallet” by Tracy Yost; SOZO Art Gallery, 102 S. Main St., Kendallville; $25; call for times, 260-347-5000 or SOZOArtStudio.com.

SATURDAY

Fort Wayne Farmers Market – 9 a.m. to noon; Parkview Field, Lincoln Financial Event Center; www.ftwaynesfarmersmarket.com. Ends May 2013.

Sports Cards and Memorabilia Show – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Comfort Suites, 5775 Coventry Lane; free admission.

Youth Pheasant Hunt – For ages 16 to 10; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; St. Joe Valley Conservation Club, 5871 County Road 60, St. Joe; lunch served; advance registration required, 260-238-4138.

Acoustic Spoken Word Café – Featuring Curtis Crisler, Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble; 7 to 10 p.m.; Café, TRIAAC, 501 E. Brackenridge St.; free admission; 969-9442.

THURSDAY

It Is Well with My Soul – “Culture of Parliamentary Procedure”; 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room B, 900 Library Plaza; $1; reservations, 420-0765.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

TODAY

Mad Ants basketball – vs. Iowa; 7:30 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved, $20.50, $12.50, $10.50, $5.50; 1-800-745-3000.

SATURDAY

IPFW Men’s Basketball – vs. Miami of Ohio; 7 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved tickets, $12.50, $8.50 adults, $8.50, $5 ages 17 to 2; 1-800-745-3000.

THEATER

ALL WEEKEND

“Annie” – 7:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday; Bishop Luers High School, 333 E. Paulding Road; $7; 456-1261.

“Oliver” – 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw; $31 adults, $23 senior matinee, $17 students; 574-267-8041 or www.wagonwheeltheatre.org. Ends Dec. 16.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“Midsummer/Jersey” – 7 p.m.; Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St., Coldwater, Mich.; $8 adults, $5 seniors and students, free to ages 5 and younger.

TODAY AND SUNDAY

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday; Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive; $4 adults, $3 for ages 12 and younger; 483-1102.

TODAY

“The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” – Blue Gate Theater, Shipshewana; $29; performance times, 1-888-447-4725 or www.riegsecker.com. Ends Dec. 8.

TUESDAY AND

WEDNESDAY

“Batman Live” – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $79.50, $49.50, $39.50, $19.50; 1-800-745-3000.

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