BACK IN TIME: Step back to the way they used to do things down on the farm at the 35th annual Maumee Valley Antique Steam & Gas Association Summer Show today through Sunday in Jefferson Township Park, off Webster Road about 4 miles east of New Haven.
You'll see a wide array of antique steam engines, gas engines, tractors and vehicles. There will be daily demonstrations of grain threshing, sawmill cutting and plowing using steam engines and antique tractors.
Maumee Valley Blacksmiths Association members will demonstrate that trade in a working blacksmiths shop, and there will be quilt displays and demonstrations. You also can watch tractor parades at 3 p.m. each day and tractor pulls Friday and Saturday nights. The popular local oldies rock group Spike & The Bulldogs will play at 7 p.m. Friday.
Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today-Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 daily for adults and free for ages 12 and younger. A four-day pass costs $10.
For more information, go to www.maumeevalley.org.
LOCAL CONNECTION: The soul-jazz-hip hop band Sidewalk Chalk from Chicago, which includes South Side High School graduate Charlie Coffeen, will perform at the all-ages nightspot The Yellow Bird, 1130 E. State Blvd. The bands Moe Cheez and Sankofa also will play.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $7.
Sidewalk Chalk members, who met in college, started as a trio and developed into an eight-member group consisting of a singer, emcee, tap dancer and musicians playing drums, bass, keyboards, trombone and trumpet, a news release said.
The band was named “Best Hip-Hop Act in Chicago of 2010” by the Chicago Reader, the news release said.
FESTIVAL FUN: Enjoy the fun of a small-town summer celebration during the Monroeville Harvest Festival, which continues through Saturday at Monroeville Community Park, 421 Monroe St. The town is located a short drive southeast of Fort Wayne.
The festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday and that evening features , a truck pull, dodge ball tournament and music by the J Taylors at 6:30 p.m. and Good Night Gracie at 8 p.m. Midway rides open tonight and continue through Saturday.
Friday's highlights include a demolition derby at 7 p.m. and gospel music from 6-10 p.m. with performers Tom Kennerk, Trinity, Glen Flint, Master's Own and Chris Baldwin.
The Saturday lineup includes a parade at 11 a.m., demolition derby at 7 p.m., The Party Boat Band at 8 p.m. and crowning of Miss Harvest Festival at 10 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, go to www.monroevillein.com and click on the festival link.
GOAL!!!!!!: You can see some of the top college teams — plus the renowned Mexican professional men's team Chivas Guadalajara — during the Shindigz National Soccer Festival at IPFW's Hefner soccer fields, just west of the St. Joseph River off California Road.
The event begins today. Key games include:
•Today: Chivas vs. University of Notre Dame men, 7 p.m. Cost: $10, general admission; $5, high school age and younger.
•Friday: Men's games IPFW vs. Michigan State, 7 p.m.; and Duke vs. Ohio State, 8 p.m. Cost: $5.
•Saturday: Men's game with Indiana University vs. Chivas, 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on the Fox Soccer Channel. Cost: $15 for an all-day pass; and $5 for high school games only before 5 p.m. A three-day general admission pass is available for $20 each at Connolly's Do It Best stores.
For more information, go to www.nationalsoccerfestival.com.
THE BUZZ: Enjoy the rockabilly music of The Honeybees during the Botanical Roots Concert 8:30-11 p.m. at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Local band Scratch N Sniff will open the show.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8:30. Concerts take place outside on the terrace regardless of the weather. Seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair. Food and beverages will be sold, but no outside food or beverages are allowed.
Admission is $6 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger with parent or guardian. For more information, call 427-6440.
CHILL OUT: Enjoy the sport of curling during the Curling Summerspiel today through Sunday at Lutheran Health SportsCenter, 3869 Ice Way off Fernhill Avenue. With about 45 teams expected, this is billed as one of the biggest summer indoor curling events in North America.
The action in novice, open and elite divisions takes place 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. More information is available at www.summerspiel.fortwaynecurling.com.
NEW EVENT: The Faith, Family, Fatherhood Festival continues 8 a.m.-11 p.m. at Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets. Sponsored by area Knights of Columbus councils and Redeemer Radio, 1450-AM and 89.9-FM, the festival is designed to celebrate Christian beliefs and values.
Activities Saturday include a pancake-and-sausage breakfast, 8 a.m.; 5K run, 8 a.m. ($20, registration opens 7 a.m.); radio show host Father Larry Richards speaks about the family, 11 a.m.; games, rides, food, vendors and more, noon-7 p.m.; and square dancing and western line dancing, 7-11 p.m.
Admission is free, but there are fees for food, beverages and some rides.
For the schedule for Friday and Sunday, go to www.kofcfestival.com.
CHECK IT OUT: Popular local bands The Wailhounds, Velvet Soul and Mimi Burns Band perform during the Rock the Plaza concert 6-10 p.m. outside the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Free admission.
ELVIS IN THE BUILDING: Elvis Presley impersonator Brent A. Cooper presents his Memories of the King gospel music concert 4-6 p.m. at North Highlands Church of Christ, 1414 Archer Ave. The concert follows the congregation's community block party. Admission is free.