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Posted on Thu. Sep. 04, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

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

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FAIR FUN: Enjoy food, crafts and fun at the annual Grabill Country Fair, which opened at 7 a.m. today and continues through 9 p.m. Saturday. Highlights tonight include the egg toss, 6 p.m.; watermelon eating contest, 6:30 p.m.; and musical group Cumberland Gap performing 7-9 p.m.

Friday events include the baby crawl, 6 p.m.; Pet Parade, 7 p.m.; and local musician Bekah Bradley, 7:30-9 p.m. On Saturday, enjoy the fair parade at 10 a.m.; cherry pit spit, 2:30 p.m.; Spelling Bee, 3 p.m.; Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest, 4 p.m.; Nail Driving Contest and Crosscut Sawing, 6-7 p.m.; and music group Distant Travelers, 7:30-9 p.m.

Fair admission is free. A shuttle bus will run from parking at Leo Junior-Senior High School, 14600 Amstutz Road, to the fair 5-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, go to http://grabillcountryfair​.com.

“THE FOREIGNER”: Part farce, part social commentary, this play is about an Englishman, Charlie Baker, who is on holiday at Betty Meeks' fishing lodge in rural Georgia. Painfully shy, he pretends to be a foreigner who can't speak English — which leads people around him to start talking freely, assuming he can't understand. He becomes privy to frivolous and dangerous secrets while discovering the adventurous extrovert within himself. The play at First Presbyterian Theater is directed by Christopher J. Murphy, who played the role of Froggy in another theater's production of “The Foreigner” 20 years ago. Several prominent local actors are returning to the First Presbyterian Theater for the first time in decades, including Jim Nelson (Charlie), Susan Domer (Betty Meeks) and Robert Scrimm (Froggy). The preview performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St. Other performances also begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sept. 12, 13, 19 and 20; and a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 14. Cost: $10 preview performance; $20 general admission; special prices for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at www.firstpresbyterian​, or call 422-6329 for tickets or information.


SUMMER SHOW: Grab a seat or move your feet to the jazz and rhythm-and-blues music from the Todd Harrold Band during the Friday Nites Live concert 6:30-8:30 p.m. near the courtyard fountain at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. Free admission.

Harrold, a drummer, has been lead singer for his band since 1991. Along with teaching local students, he has released eight albums and serves as co-host for “The Burnt Toast Show” from 8 to 11 p.m. Sundays on local public radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM.


HISTORIC LIVING: Marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship of homes in the historic West Central Neighborhood during the West Central Home and Garden Tour and ArtsFest 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the neighborhood, which is just west of downtown Fort Wayne.

The tour includes about a dozen homes and gardens. ArtsFest hours are 1-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday; the event will feature works by many local artists and music by local arts groups and performers.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of tour. For more information, go to www.westcentral​ or call 385-9378.

LATEST DESIGNS: See features incorporated into today's new homes during the 2014 Parade of Homes noon-9 p.m. at various houses in The Forest at Foxwood subdivision located east of Wheelock Road and south of Flutter Road in northeast Fort Wayne. Nine homes are featured in the parade, which is co-sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers.

Hours are noon-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 14. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.

Tickets are available at www​, or at the site. Parking is free.


VISITOR FOR A DAY: Have fun visiting 12 Fort Wayne visitor attractions during the annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown event noon-5 p.m. Admission is free with an event passport, which is available at local Kroger, Scott's Food & Pharmacy, and Old National Bank locations. You also can download one at www​

The attractions are: African/African-American Historical Museum, Allen County Courthouse, Cathedral Museum, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The History Center, Embassy Theatre, Parkview Field, Science Central, The Old Fort, The Lincoln Tower and the Visitors Center.

For more information, call Visit Fort Wayne at 424-3700.

PARTY TIME: Join in the fun as businesses, schools and churches that belong to the North Anthony Corridor Group throw a community block party from 2 to 8 p.m. on North Anthony Boulevard, between Crescent Avenue and St. Joe River Drive. The family-friendly event will close Anthony from just north of Crescent to St. Joe River Drive.

People can enjoy food, live bands, games, a bounce house, face painting, art show, Old Fort Mustangers' Club car show and more. The Allen County SPCA will have pets there available for adoption.

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