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Posted on Thu. Jun. 05, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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FESTIVAL FUN: Enjoy midway rides, food, entertainment and more at New Haven Canal Days today through Saturday in downtown New Haven and Schnelker Park.

Tonight's entertainment includes the Hitmen Band at 7 p.m. The food tent is open 4-9 p.m. today and Friday and noon-midnight Saturday. Arts and crafts activities will be open 4-9 p.m. today and Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday.

One of the festival highlights will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday by the Rhett Walker Band, a Southern and Christian rock group that has received Grammy and Dove award nominations. The parade also takes place Saturday at 11 a.m.

Other highlights include the annual Classic Car Cruise at 5 p.m. Friday at New Haven High School parking lot. Chris Worth & Company will perform at 7 p.m. Friday on the Main Stage, followed by Family Movie Night Under the Stars.

For more information, go to


NEW EXHIBITS: Arlink gallery opens four new exhibits, including “American Craft Exhibition” and “New Work from Uzma Mirza,” in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St.

The “American Craft” exhibit, which has an opening reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, features art in metal, glass, clay, textile and wood. The 23 participating artists are from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina.

Uzma Mirza is an American-Canadian artist and architect living in Fort Wayne who incorporates a spiritual aspect into her art.

Artlink also will display work by the University of Saint Francis Art League and the Teen Art Club at Shawnee and Kekionga middle schools.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 424-7195 or go to

ROCK NIGHT: The Guess Who, the rock group that had huge hits in the 1960s and 1970s with songs such as “No Time,” “American Woman” and “These Eyes,” will perform at 8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.

Tickets are $25, $30, $35 and $40. They are available 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. today and Friday at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd.


BACK IN TIME: Watch history come alive as re-enactors present the Siege of Fort Wayne that took place during the War of 1812. American forces fought off an attack by Native Americans sponsored by the British.

Battle re-enactments, period artisans, demonstrations and children's activities will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave. Tours of the fort also will be offered. Admission is a donation.

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


CELEBRATING CULTURE: Germanfest, the weeklong celebration of Fort Wayne's German heritage, begins with a German-language Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 518 E. Dewald St. Music will be provided by Tom Remenschneider and the Fort Wayne Mannerchor/Damenchor, the local men's and women's German choral groups. Brats and German-style refreshments will be served in the church pavilion after Mass.

The fun continues with a Mannerchor/Damenchor Konzert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Park Edelweiss, 3355 Elmhurst Drive; Kostritzer Night at 5 p.m. Monday at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St.; and Hofbrau Night, 6 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Wayne Sport Club, 3102 Ardmore Ave.

The Festival Pavilion and Bier Tent will be open 11 a.m.-midnight Wednesday and June 12, and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. June 13-14 in Headwaters Park, Clinton and Superior streets.

Admission is free for many events. Admission to the Festival Pavilion and Bier Tent is $2, 2-5 p.m., and $5, after 5 p.m. All military personnel with I.D. are admitted free.

For a schedule of events and band performance times, go to

Note: Minors must be accompanied by parent. No one under age 21 will be permitted after 9:30 p.m.

STYLISH RIDES: Check out autos from abroad — or enter your own — at “Eurofest: A Gathering of European Cars” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and costs $10 per car. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

Proceeds benefit military veterans in Allen County. For more information, call 348-1369 or 1-574-457-6541.

AMAZING HISTORY: Just as Fort Wayne seems to have had a local connection to many national and world events through time, the Summit City also has been host to some surprising moments in sports. Longtime News-Sentinel sports writer Blake Sebring will share local sports highlights during a presentation at 2 p.m. at the History Center, 302 E. Berry St. Sebring also is the author of the 2013 book “Fort Wayne Sports History” and several other books.

The talk is part of the History Center's George R. Mather Lecture Series. Admission is free.


CROONER HERE: Renowned Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell will perform country music, inspirational ballads, pop hits and Irish standards during a concert at 7 p.m. at Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd. He'll also do a little dancing and perform a few duets with friend Mary Duff.

O'Donnell has appeared in or headlined 13 PBS national television specials and has sold more than 12 million CDs and DVDs worldwide.

Tickets are $55, $65, $75 and $85. They are available at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Ticketmaster outlets, or 1-800-745-3000.

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