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Posted on Thu. May. 22, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Going out guide: Fort Wayne's best things to do in the coming week

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PICKIN' TIME: The wail of fiddles, plunk of banjos and harmony of voices will fill the air today through Sunday at the Tri-State Bluegrass Festival at the Noble County 4-H Fairgrounds in Kendallville.

The annual 4-H dinner will be served 4:30-7:30 today. Live music will be 6:30-9:50 p.m. with New Outlook, Echo Valley, Rachel Burge, and Buck & Co.

Bands will play 6:15-10:25 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-10:15 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the performers playing tonight, the music lineup includes J.D. Messer and Sanctified, Nightflyer, Tommy Brown, Northwest Territory, Blue Mafia, Pickin Up Speed, and Dog 1.

Festival admission is free tonight, $10 Friday, $20 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Weekend tickets for all four days are $30 for the public and $25 for Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association members. The weekend ticket also includes camping for Friday-Sunday nights. Ages 15 and younger enter free with a paying adult.

For more information and a schedule of music performances, go to nibgas.htm.


GAME ON: Dress like a Jedi knight or walk like a Wookiee for Star Wars Night as the Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:05 p.m. at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St.

Members of a local Star Wars group will set up base in costume at the field to add to the atmosphere. Stick around after the game for fireworks.

Admission is $5-$12.50. Buy tickets at the field or in advance at


NIGHT SIGHT: Get a glimpse of what goes on at night at “In the Dark,” a new traveling exhibit opening at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St.

Created by the Cincinnati Museum Center, “In the Dark” lets visitors explore different environments and the various life forms that live there. Areas depicted range from backyards and a forest to a cave and the deep ocean. The exhibit, which includes walk-through dioramas, hands-on displays and creature specimens, also looks at how darkness has influenced humans over history.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 7.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.

Admission is $8, adults and ages 3-12; $7, ages 65 and older; and free, ages 2 and younger and members. For information, call 424-2400 or go to

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS: Relive the music of one of the biggest rock-pop groups of all time as the tribute band Hotel California: A Salute To The Eagles performs at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.

Admission is $15 per person. Buy tickets by phone at 427-6000 in advance, 427-6715 after 6 p.m. the day of the show, or in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd.

LAKES AREA: Gospel music group The Talleys will perform at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Life Center, 4001 Terry Lake Road in Hamilton.

The group has had 11 No. singles and received numerous music industry awards and award nominations, a news release said.

Comedy illusionist Jim Barron, who also is part of the morning team at Christian radio station WBCL, 90.3-FM, will open the show at 6:30 p.m. Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $6 at the door; a free-will offering also will be taken. Tickets can be purchased for $5 in advance at Hamilton Village Foods, Star Financial Bank in Hamilton or by calling 1-260-488-4129 or by emailing

For more information, go to or hamiltonlifecenterhlc.


HONOR VETS: You can speak with U.S. military veterans who have been to war and back during a Salute to the Services Memorial Day Observance 1-5 p.m. at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.

Veterans from World War II to present day will be there to share their stories. They include one who served on the staff of World War II Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Re-enactors also will talk about life from the time of the area's first European settlers through World War I. A memorial flag ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

Admission is a donation. All donations will go to support Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, which flies veterans for free to see the war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C.

Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton parks. For more information, call 437-2836 or go to


REMEMBERING SACRIFICE: Join the Allen County Council of Veterans in remembering those who have died in military service to our country during the annual Memorial Day Parade, which begins about 11 a.m. at Parnell Avenue and State Boulevard.

The parade will move north on Parnell to Memorial Coliseum, where there will be a ceremony just outside the building's Memorial Hall.

The veterans council also will hold its annual Watchfire event from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Shrine, 2122 O'Day Road.

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