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Posted on Thu. Apr. 24, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Going out guide: The best things to do in the coming week

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MEMORY LANE: For people who grew up in the '60s and early '70s, the new exhibit “Rims and Fins: The Golden Age of American Bicycles” at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will bring back all those great memories of riding around the neighborhood and popping wheelies on your Schwinn Stingray.

The exhibit, which continues through June 29, features about 25 vintage bicycles and bike-related items from about 1940 to 1970.

Admission is free from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the museum, 311 E. Main St.

If you can't make it tonight, the Hoosier Antique & Classic Bicycle Club will present a collection of even more historic bicycles 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 at the museum. Admission that day is $1 per person.

Regular hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, but open until 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $7, adults; $5, students kindergarten-college and seniors ages 65 and older; and $20, families; and free, members.

In addition to free admission 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, it's also free noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission also is always free for military personnel, veterans and their families.

However, there is an additional special exhibits charge of $5 per person for anyone wishing to see the “The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2014” exhibit.

For information, call 422-6467 or go to


ART OPENINGS: Two shows open this weekend:

•Mark Phenicie of Huntertown will display some of his steampunk-style spaceship sculptures during the “Amazing Steampunk Airships” exhibit Friday through June 8 in the gallery at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St. An opening reception takes place 3-7 p.m. Saturday.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays and during all First Presbyterian Theater performances. Admission is free. To get to the gallery, use the church's west entrance.

•Artlink presents its 34th annual National Print Show beginning with an opening reception 6-9 p.m. at the gallery in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. The show continues through May 28.

Artlink also is opening two other exhibits Friday: “Come Hell or High Water,” an exhibit by Fort Wayne tattoo artists, and “Artlink Figure Drawing Sessions,” featuring art created by local artists during figure drawing sessions at Artlink.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free for Artlink members and a suggested donation of $2 for the general public.


GOING TO THE ZOO: One of the area's favorite attractions, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, opens for the 2014 season at 9 a.m. in Franke Park, off Sherman Boulevard.

New animals this year include Canada lynx brothers Thor and Loki, who took up residence Tuesday in the former bobcat exhibit in the Central Zoo area.

The big change will be the start of construction on a planned $7 million makeover of the Australian Adventure area. You can enjoy some of the first phase of that work, including a new entrance to the Australian area next to the train ride station.

Work scheduled for completion by Saturday also includes the remodeled concession building and a new building housing restrooms. Both buildings are located on the Australian Adventure plaza.

Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 12. Admission costs $14, adults; $9, children ages 2-18; $10.50, ages 60 and older; and free, zoo members and ages 1 and younger. Rides are $2 for mechanical rides and $5 for the pony ride.

For information, call 427-6800, or go to or https://

TAIL TALE: The Fort Wayne Ballet's Youth Company will present performances of “The Little Mermaid” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the ballet's studios in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.

The show lasts about 35 minutes and is followed by a party where audience members can interact with the dancers. People are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on during the show.

Tickets are $10 each. They can be purchased by calling the ArtsTix Community Box Office, 422-4226, or by going to

MUSICAL SPECTACTULAR: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic shares the stage with the acrobats, jugglers and other performers of Cirque Mechanics during Sweetwater Pops Series concerts at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Cirque Mechanics artists perform most of their circus-style feats while on or hanging from a unique, rotating contraption in front of the orchestra.

Cost varies by show:

•2 p.m. show: Adults, $21, $31, $42 and $52.50; and ages 12 and under, $14, $20.75, $28 and $35.

•8 p.m. show: Adults, $28, $41.50, $56 and $70; and ages 12 and under, $21, $31, $42 and $52.50.

Tickets are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 481-0777;; or at The Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday on concert days and 45 minutes or more prior to a show at the venue.


WILD CELEBRATION: Enjoy outdoor activities, presentations and more at Earth Day Fort Wayne, which will be hosted from 1 to 5 p.m. by the Little River Wetlands Project at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road.

Engle Road will be closed in front of the marsh to accommodate event booths and activities. Admission is free.

The celebration is being held in conjunction with Earth Day, which was Tuesday. Activities include dedication of a pedestrian bridge, educational stations along a trail and presentations on topics ranging from frogs and toads in the marsh to landscaping with native plants.

Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehab will be there with live hawks and owls. People also can visit with representatives from area conservation organizations and shop at a market featuring local foods, environmentally friendly crafts and native plants.

For more information, go to or https://

REMEMBERING: The Heartland Chamber Chorale will observe Yom Hashoah, the national day of Holocaust remembrance, with a “Let Us Remember” concert at 4 p.m. at Congregation Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road.

One of the highlights will be a performance of “The Holocaust Cantata,” which includes readings of excerpts of letters written by Nazi death camp victims.

Admission for the concert is $10 for adults, $5 for students 13 and older, and free for ages 12 and younger with a paying adult. The reservation deadline has passed for a dinner following the concert.

For tickets, call 436-8080 or go to

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