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LAST CHANCES: Time is nibbling away at the Festival of Gingerbread, which ends Sunday at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Special activities this weekend include Science of Sugary Structures by Science Central, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, $3 per person plus museum admission; and Cookie Decorating Party, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, $1 per person plus museum admission

Regular admission is $5, adults; $3, seniors and students; and free, ages 5 and younger. For more information, call 426-2882 or go to www.fwhistorycenter.com.

POIGNANT DRAMA: The Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” explores life, love, marriage and death in the fictional town of Grover's Corners, N.H., at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre in Kettler Hall at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.

The play is co-directed by Fort Wayne native Dan Butler, who played the character Bulldog on the hit TV sitcom “Frasier” and who plays the character Stage Manager in “Our Town.” He and co-director Richard Waterhouse also use the intimate setting of the Studio Theatre to immerse the audience in the play.

Additional performances will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is $20, adults; $18, seniors, faculty, staff, alumni; $16, groups of 10 or more; $10, other college students with ID; $5, students 18 and under; and $5, IPFW students with ID. Children under 6 will not be admitted. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 481-6555; go to www.ipfw.edu/ tickets; or go to the box office 12:30-6:30 p.m. weekdays in the Gates Athletic Center.

FRIDAY

STELLAR SHOW: Enjoy the “Star of Bethlehem 2013” planetarium show at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Saint Francis' Schouweiler Planetarium in Achatz Hall, 2701 Spring St.

The 90-minute program follows the path of the Wise Men in 3 B.C. and then views Fort Wayne's winter sky.

The show also will be presented at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cost is $4, adults; $3, ages 17 and younger and senior citizens; and $14, maximum per family. Parking is available off Leesburg Road.

HOLIDAY FUN: Holiday spirit fills the seasonal songs and comedy sketches when “FPT Christmas Revue” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.

The performance features all-original comedy sketches and some of your favorite holiday songs. Additional shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 20-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 22.

Cost is general admission, $20 in advance and $24 at the door; ages 61 and older, $18 in advance and $22 at the door; and $10, all students. For tickets, call 422-6329 noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday or buy at firstpresbyteriantheater.com.

MUSICAL TRADITION: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents its annual Holiday Pops concerts in Fort Wayne beginning with a performance at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

The orchestra will be joined this weekend by the Philharmonic Chorus, Fort Wayne Children's Choir and four vocalists from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Additional performances will take place at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, and 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21.

Tickets range from $28 to $80 for adults and $21-$59.50 for children. Order tickets online at www.fwphil.org or buy at the Embassy Theatre box office, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 45 minutes before the show starts. The philharmonic box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, also is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and noon-4 p.m. on the dates of Saturday concerts.

PARTY SCENE: The Fort Wayne Ballet presents its annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. at Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. The classical performance has been thrilling audiences young and old for decades.

Additional performances are 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets range from $17 to $36. They are available at www.tickets.artstix.org and at 422-4226 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Sugar Plum Parties follow afternoon performances so people can enjoy sweets and meet “The Nutcracker” cast. Cost is an extra $8 per person; tickets are available through the ArtsTix box office.

SATURDAY

ALL ABOARD!: Enjoy a visit with Santa Claus during a 20-minute ride on the Santa Train 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society's rail yard at 15808 Edgerton Road, east of New Haven.

People can ride with Santa on a train pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. They also can tour steam locomotive Engine No. 765, which is getting winter maintenance, and enjoy other activities and food from Brava's Dogs. The Santa Train will run again 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 21.

Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for children. For more information, call 493-0765 or go to http://fortwaynerailroad.org/event/santa-train.

HOLIDAY BLUES: Noted rock guitarist Gary Hoey celebrates the holidays with a Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday Tour show at 8 p.m. at C2G Music Hall, 323 W. Baker St.

Hoey has released several “Ho, Ho Hoey” holiday albums over the years. It sounds like he won't be playing a lot off his latest release, “Deja Blues,” an album of original blues music.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 Gold Circle and $20 at the door. They are available at www.c2gmusichall.com; local Wooden Nickel Music stores at 3627 N. Clinton St., 3422 N. Anthony Blvd. and 6427 W. Jefferson Blvd.; and Neat Neat Neat Records and Music, 1836 S. Calhoun St.

SUNDAY

CELEBRATING IN SONG: Your ears won't be tired of hearing these holiday tunes as the Heartland Chamber Chorale presents the first of three “Heartland Sings: Holidays” concerts at 4 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.

The concerts will feature a mix of classical and lighter holiday songs, most of them sung without musical accompaniment.

Additional performances will be 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Auburn Presbyterian Church, 111 W. 12th St. in Auburn, and 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at Cottage Event Center, 966 Locust Drive in Roanoke.

Cost is $15, general admission; $5, students ages 13 and older; and free, ages 12 and younger with paying adult. For tickets, call 436-8080 or go to www.heartlandchorale.org.


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