November 21st, 2012  Issue 145


Night of Lights in Downtown Fort Wayne is TONIGHT!

Tonight Schedule:

5:45 p.m. Aunt Millie's Northern Lights (Pearl St)

6:00 p.m. Community Center Santa's Workshop display (Main St) and History Center turret lighting (Barr St)

6:15 p.m. Santa and his Reindeer lighting at PNC with Mayor Tom Henry, Santa and guests (Main and Calhoun St)

6:45 p.m. Wells Fargo holiday display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath (Wayne and Calhoun St)

7:15 p.m. Botanical Conservatory & Animated holiday windows at the Embassy Theatre (Harrison St)

7:45 p.m. Parkview Field fireworks (Jefferson and Ewing)


and so much more!


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Small Business Saturday

 Saturday, November 24
Where: downtown Fort Wayne

Help support small businesses in downtown Fort Wayne this Saturday by shopping at your favorite local stores. If you are a chamber member, you can obtain one of the "Shop Small" mats. There is more information available at the link!

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Tumblr Blog: The Rescue Mission

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Andrea Hatfield. She is in charge of donor relations and development at the downtown Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. She spends her time interacting with those in need while helping to strengthen relationships in the community to keep donations flowing into the Rescue Mission.
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Festival of Trees!


The Night of Lights ushers in the first night of the Embassy Theatre's Festival of Trees! Take a look at our picture gallery below for a sneak peak! Festival of Trees Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under.


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Fort Wayne Ballet: The Nutcracker



When: November 30 - December 9
Where: Arts United Center

Fort Wayne Ballet, northern Indiana's oldest and premier academy and performance dance organization, opens the 2012 holiday season with its classical rendition of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker for nine evening and matinee performances.


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HolidayFest 2012!



The holiday season is officially here! Check out all of the great things going on downtown. Get ready for everything that is to come by checking out the HolidayFest website!



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Holly Trolley Shopping!


Holly Trolley shopping is a day to explore unique gift shops downtown! Park near your favorite shop or cultural attraction and ride the trolley between locations. Downtown merchants will be holding Saturday hours and offering special deals, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Last Saturdays: November

When: Saturday, November 24
Where: downtown Fort Wayne

  This promises to be one of the biggest Last Saturdays of the year. There are multiple businesses coming together in addition to the Holly Trolley to offer everyone a unique experience!

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Holly Pop!


When: Saturday, November 24
downtown Fort Wayne

Pop-up boutiques involve retailers who temporarily shift their business to downtown locations for a short period. Come downtown and support a wide range of pop-up businesses! Check out their Facebook page below!






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Headwaters Park: Ice Skating

When: Sunday, November 18
Where: Headwater Park Ice Skating Rink

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Headwaters Park Outdoor Ice Skating Rink opened at noon on Sunday, November 18. Come downtown and check out the rink during the winter season!

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History Center:
Festival of Gingerbread


When: November 23 - December 9
Where: The History Center

The annual fundraiser to benefit the History Center is quickly approaching! This year's Festival runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 9. If you would like to book a group tour, please contact Leanna Harney at 260-426-2882 ext. 309.



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Parkview Field: Fireworks!

When: Wednesday, November 21, 7:45 p.m.
Where: Parkview FIeld  

Walk over to Parkview Field for holiday fireworks at 7:45 pm.  This event is a crowd pleaser and will help cap off an epic night downtown!
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Courtyard Marriott Downtown: Mystery Dinner Show 


When: Friday, December 14, 6 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriott downtown

Bower North Productions presents the mystery-comedy "The Case of the Christmas Star" Friday, December 14th at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Fort Wayne. The hotel is now taking reservations for this hilarious dinner show which perfect for individuals, couples, or small offices planning Christmas parties. A social time at 6 p.m. features appetizers and champagne followed by an elegant holiday buffet. Tickets are $34.95 when reservations are made by November 22nd, and $39.95 after November 22nd.  Call Carol at the Courtyard Marriott, 260-579-9226.

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 to read more.

Thanksgiving Celebration at
First Presbyterian Church


When: Thursday, November 22, 11:00 a.m.

Where: First Presbyterian Church


 You are invited to join Everyone a Neighbor Day and celebrate Thanksgiving, November 22 in the church.  Between 11:00am and 3:00pm we will celebrate Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry salad, stuffing, green beans, broccoli casserole, rolls and butter, and dessert.  We'll have games to play and television for football games:  maybe a few songs.  Don't sit home by yourself.  Join your church friends for good food, fun, and fellowship.


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City of Fort Wayne: Commercial Fa�ade Grant program

Businesses looking to improve their curb appeal may be able to get a boost from the City of Fort Wayne's Commercial Fa�ade Grant program. The program was introduced by Mayor Tom Henry five years ago and provides local businesses the opportunity to apply for matching grants to improve the exterior of their buildings. Mayor Henry said, "When businesses improve their buildings, it sends a strong message that the surrounding neighborhood is vibrant and a good place for other businesses to invest." Applications for the grants will be accepted from November 12 through December 14, 2012.
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