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  • GUIDELIGHT
    Holiday meals• Crescent Avenue United Methodist Church, 1232 Crescent Ave., will have its annual turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • People and places
    Pet helpAnimal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Allen County resident in need of animal bedding this winter. Straw can be picked up between 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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    BOOKS TODAY Lee Strobel – Author of “The Ambition” and “The Case for Christ Study Bible”; 5 to 9 p.m.
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Monday
Martin Luther King Unity Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Grand Wayne Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.; “Chocolate Hour” featuring Joe Madison, doors open at 6:30 p.m., free; 481-6608.
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Tarah Cantrell, left, and Frank Sim star in Arena Dinner Theater’s production of “Almost Maine” this weekend.

Out & About

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Metropolitan Opera’s “Maria Stuarda” will be shown at 12:55 p.m. Saturday at Coldwater Crossing, 211 W. Washington Center Road.
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Bower North’s mystery dinner, “The Case of the Deadly Diamond,” is Saturday at Knights of Columbus on Reed Road.

COMEDY

TODAY AND SATURDAY

Brad Tassell and Matthew David Stanley – 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $9.50; 486-0216.

THURSDAY

Marc “Skippy” Price and Mike Stankiewicz – 7:30 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $10.50; 486-0216.

DANCES

TODAY

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

SATURDAY

Contra Dance – Sponsored by Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society; music by Spy Run String Band; 8 to 11 p.m.; University of Saint Francis, North Campus, 2702 Spring St.; $8 admission, $5 students, free to ages 11 and younger; 260-244-1905.

Van Wert Dance Club Ballroom Dance – 7:30 p.m.; Goedde Building, 205 W. Crawford St., Van Wert, Ohio; $5 a person; 419-238-6571.

American Style Ballroom – Latin dance party; 7 p.m.; 2789 Maplecrest Road; $6; 267-9850.

Studio Dance – 8 p.m.; Renaissance Ballroom Dance Studio, Ossian; 622-6644.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“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.

THE REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. EVENTS

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Fort Wayne MLK Challenge – Club volleyball tournament; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $5 adults, free to ages 10 and younger.

SATURDAY

“Avoiding House Fires” – Volunteers will spread preparedness material to neighborhoods prone to house fires; 10:13 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at MLK Montessori School, 6801 S. Anthony Blvd.; 484-9336 ext. 225.

MONDAY

Community Concert – Presented by Heartland Chamber Chorale; 7 p.m.; University of Saint Francis, North Campus, 2702 Spring St.; free; 436-8080 or www.heartlandchorale.org.

THURSDAY

MLK Celebration “Umoja” – Featuring Tacoma Newsome Perry, Fort Wayne native and Fox News reporter; 6 p.m.; Student Life Center, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, 4900 St. Joe Road; 480-4120.

MUSEUM EXHIBITS

ALL WEE KEND

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Exhibit includes rare 1930 Auburn 8-125 Sport Sedan, a rare 1931 Stutz limousine chassis and a rare Dual-Cowl Cord L-29 Phaeton; hours and admission, 260-925-1444.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory – “Mighty Jungle Adventure” exhibit, ends April 7; “Family Garden Close-Up, Tropical Treats,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; “A ‘Twist’ on Olive Oil,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday or 10 a.m. Jan. 26, $7 members, $9 non-members, registration required; 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.

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 – “Genomics eXplorer” exhibit, ends April 14, ribbon-cutting ceremony, 11:30 a.m. today; 1950 N. Clinton St.; regular admission, $8 adults and ages 12 to 3, $7 seniors; 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.; $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free to ages 2 and younger; hours, 426-2882 or www.fwhistorycenter.com. THURSDAY

Wabash County Historical Museum – “History Hunters” program, Thursday; 36 E. Market St., Wabash; $5; $3 seniors and ages 6 to 12, free to ages 5 and younger; for program time, 260-563-9070.

RECREATIONAL

ALL WEEKEND

Ice skating – Hours: noon to 10 p.m. today, 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, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; Pokagon State Park, Angola; park entrance fees apply; rental fees, 260-833-2012 or www.in.gov/dnr. Ends Feb. 24.

SUNDAY

“Learn to Curl” – 9:30 a.m. to noon; Lutheran Health Sports Center, 3869 Ice Way Drive; free; wear sweatpants and sweatshirts, bring hat and gloves; the cost is $10 per person; equipment is provided; reservations, 438-0689 or email craig@fortwaynecurling.com.

TUESDAY

Little River Ramblers Nature Hike – Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project; 9 to 11 a.m.; Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road; free; 478-2515 or info@lrwp.org.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

TODAY AND TUESDAY

Deluxe Face Painting Art Presented by Sweetcakes Entertainment; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Kroger, 7008 Bluffton Road; 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, McDonalds, 3202 St. Joe Center Road; free; 745-1545 or www.sweetcakes entertainment.com.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Stateline Gun Show – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Williams County Fairgrounds, Montpelier, Ohio; $3 admission; 419-737-2801 www.stateline gunshow.com.

SATURDAY

“Maria Stuarda” – Theater event; 12:55 p.m.; Coldwater Crossing, 211 W. Washington Center Road.

Indiana Future City Competition – 9 to 11:15 a.m.; IPFW, Walb Student Union Ballroom, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; www.etcs. ipfw.edu/fcc.

WEDNESDAY

Pinewood Derby 2013 – “Test and Tune Days,” 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27; Phil’s Hobby Shop, Parkwest Shopping Center; free; 426-5056 or www.philshobbyshop.com.

THURSDAY

Mizpah Shrine Circus – 6:30 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; $20, $15, $12, $10; 1-800-745-3000. Free Circus Fair in Exposition Center opens one hour before the first show of each day and continues until one hour after the last show ends. Ends Jan. 27.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

TODAY

Komets hockey – vs. Toledo; 8 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved, $25 to $12 adults, $20 to $10 seniors and students, $15 to $7 ages 11 and younger; 1-800-745-3000.

SATURDAY

IPFW men’s basketball – vs. Kansas City; 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.

Fort Wayne Derby Girls Bout – vs. The Bleeding Heart Roller Girls of Bloomington; 6 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum Exposition Center, 4000 Parnell Ave.; adults in advance, $20 for 2 or $15 for 1, game day, $25 for 2 or $15 for 1, $9 seniors, free to ages 5 and younger; 1-800-745-3000 or www.fwderby girls.com.

THEATER

ALL WEEKEND

“AIDA” – 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; West Noble High School, 5094 U.S. 33, Ligonier; $6 adults, $5 students; 260-894-3191 ext. 3514.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“The Lion in Winter” – 7:30 p.m.; 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; reservations, 422-6329.

“Almost, Maine” – Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m.; Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.; tickets, 424-5622 or www.arenadinner theatre.org. Ends Feb. 2.

SATURDAY

“The Case of the Deadly Diamond” – Cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; Knights of Columbus, Council 451, 601 Reed Road; $50 a couple; reservations, 493-1914.

THURSDAY

“Big River” – 8 p.m.; Van Wert Civic Theatre, Van Wert, Ohio; $10; 419-238-0404 or www.vwct.org. Ends Feb. 3.

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