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Teams from different Indiana schools will compete in the First LEGO League Indiana Championship Tournament on Saturday at IPFW. Admission is free.

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The Komets take the ice Wednesday against Kalamazoo at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

– Note: Any reference to "today" means Friday, Dec. 7.

BOOKS

TODAY

Woodside Middle School Bookfair – Music at 7:30 p.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

Holiday Storytime – 7 p.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

SATURDAY

Janie Ebinger – Author of “Live Well, Eat Well”; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Olive Twist, 115 N. Main St., Auburn; 5 p.m., Shorty’s Steak House, 127 S. Randolph St., Garrett.

SUNDAY

Kate’s Kart Bookfair – Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

MONDAY

Get to Know NOOK eReader – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

Storytime and Crafts – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Children’s Department, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

THURSDAY

Storytime and Crafts – 10 a.m.; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Children’s Department, 4140 W. Jefferson Pointe; 432-3343.

COMEDY

TODAY AND SATURDAY

Frank Roche and Zan – 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $9.50; 486-0216.

SATURDAY

Chonda Pierce – 2 and 7 p.m.; First Assembly of God, 1400 W. Washington Center Road; 7 p.m. show is sold out; $15 advance, $20 at the door; 1-800-965-9324.

THURSDAY

Christine Stedman and Chris DuBail – 7:30 p.m.; Snickerz Comedy Bar, 5535 St. Joe Road; $8; 486-0216.

DANCE PERFORMANCES

THURSDAY

“The Dancing Princess” – Presented by Young Michigan Dances; 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, Mich.; tickets, 517-278-6029 or www.tibbits.org. Ends Dec. 14.

DANCES

TODAY

Square Dance – 8 p.m.; music by Breakaway; Hoagland Hayloft, Hoagland; free-will donation; 260-724-7413.

American Style Ballroom – Open dancing, 8:30 p.m.; 6041 N. Clinton St.; $5; 480-7070.

SATURDAY

“Winter Wonderland Ball” – Sponsored by Warsaw Ballroom Dance Association; 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; North Webster Community Center, Indiana 13, North Webster; $12.50 a person; 574-658-9166.

American Style Ballroom Youth and CHAT showcase, 4 p.m.; 6041 N. Clinton St.; $5 adults, $2.50 children; 480-7070.

American Style Ballroom – Holiday showcase; 6 p.m.; 6041 N. Clinton St.; advance cost, $25; 480-7070.

Dances of Universal Peace – 7 p.m.; Fort Wayne Dance Collective, 437 E. Berry St.; free-will donation; 424-6574 or www.fwdc.org/dup.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

ALL WEEKEND

Festival of Gingerbread – Ends Sunday; “Gingerbread Pursuit” run, 7:15 a.m. Saturday, information, www.veepraces.com; “Science of Sugary Structures,” 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, $3 plus regular museum admission, “Cookie Decorating Party,” 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, $1 plus regular museum admission; The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.; hours and cost, 426-2882 or www.fwhistorycenter.com.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Conservatory” – Ends Jan. 6; “Santa & the Reindeer,” noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; “Breakfast with Santa,” 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, $11 a person, advance reservations required; Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 to 17, free to ages 2 and younger; call for hours, 427-6440 or www.botanicalconservatory.org.

AWS Fantasy of Lights – 6 to 10 p.m. today and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; Franke Park; $5 per car, $10 passenger vans, $25 buses and trolleys; $30 horse and carriage rides available on weekends, for reservations, call 691-3780. For information, 744-6145 ext. 2230. Ends Dec. 31.

Holiday Lights at the Fair – Drive-through light display; 6 to 9 p.m.; Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert, Ohio; cost, 419-203-2234. Ends Dec. 25.

Festival of Lights – Parade of Lights, 6:30 p.m.; Ruihley Park, Archbold, Ohio; 419-445-2222 or www.archboldchamber.com.

Shipshewana Holiday Celebration – Holiday trees on display through Dec. 31; www.visitshipshewana.org.

Tree Light Show – A synchronized light show to music through Jan. 6; Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd.; 459-1160 or www.jeffersonshopping.com.

Holiday Boutique – 5 to 8 p.m. today, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; Garrett Museum of Art, 100 S. Randolph St., Garrett; 422-7605. Ends Dec. 23.

Living Lights – 5:30 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1; Zanesville United Methodist Church, Zanesville; www.zumonline.org.

Christmas Light Show – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Mid-America Windmill Museum, 732 S. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville; $3 a person, free to ages 12 and younger; 260-347-2334.

“Holiday Show” – Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; New Huntington Theater and Supper Club, 528 N. Jefferson St., Huntington; $39.95 Monday through Thursday, $42.95 Friday and Saturday for dinner and show; 260-454-0603 or www.huntingtonsupperclub.com. Ends Dec. 22.

“Homestead Holiday’s Country Style” – 2 and 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday; 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday; Bearcreek Farms Country Resort, Bryant; $12; reservations, 260-997-6822. Ends Dec. 22.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” – 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; First Presbyterian Theater, 300 W. Wayne St.; $20 advance, $24 at the door, ages 60 and older, $18 advance, $22 at the door, full-time students, $10 at the door; 422-6329. Ends Dec. 15.

“A Festival of Carols” – 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday; Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen; $15 reserved seating; 574-535-7566.

Christmas Light Display – Dusk to 10 p.m.; Paulding, Ohio. Ends Dec. 16.

“A Christmas Survival Guide” – Arena Dinner Theatre, 719 Rockhill St.; times and costs, 424-5622. Ends Dec. 15.

Christmas in the Castle – Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Historic Brookside Mansion, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; $5 a person, $20 per family; www.sf.edu/christmas. “Senior Day,” 1 to 5 p.m. today, $3 for ages 65 and older.

Star of Bethlehem – 7:30 p.m. today, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday; Schouweiler Planetarium, Achatz Hall of Science, University of Saint Francis, 2701 Spring St.; $4 adults, $3 seniors and ages 17 and younger, $14 family. Ends Dec. 16.

Festival of Lights – 3 and 7 p.m.; Lakewood Park Baptist Church, 5555 County Road 29, Auburn; 260-925-2006.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“A Christmas Story” – 7 p.m.; Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, Mich.; $7; 517-278-6029 or www.tibbits.org.

Madrigal Dinner – 7 p.m.; Quaker Haven Camp, Syracuse; $20; reservations, 574-834-4193.

Country Christmas at the Allen County Fairgrounds – 6 to 9 p.m.; 2726 Carroll Road; 693-9526.

“Holiday Show” – Artwork by regional and national artists; ends Jan. 31; Castle Gallery Fine Art, 1202 W. Wayne St.; hours, 426-6568 or www.castlegallery.com.

“A Christmas Story” – 8 p.m.; Pulse Opera House, 127 1/2 Wayne St., Warren; $12 general admission, $5 ages 12 and younger; reservations, 260-375-7017 or www.pulseoperahouse.org.

Walk of Trees – 4 to 8 p.m.; Clugston Senior Apartments, 108 S. Chauncey St., Columbia City; free-will donation.

Holiday Lantern Tours – Decorated village with re-enactors of 19th century customs; tours every 30 minutes from 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Sauder Village, 22611 Ohio 2, Archbold, Ohio; $12 adults, $7 ages 3 and older; 1-800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.

“Holiday Pops” – Presented by Fort Wayne Philharmonic; 8 p.m.; Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; tickets, 481-0777.

Christmas Grand Piano Extravaganza – Blue Gate Theater, 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana; times and tickets, 1-800-645-4725 or www.bluegatetheater.com.

TODAY AND SUNDAY

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Arranged through Tina Hursh, Huntertown; $50; appointments, www.tinahursh.com.

TODAY

IPFW Saxophone Choir – Noon; Allen County Public Library, Great Hall, 900 Library Plaza; 421-1210.

Holiday on the Square – Horse-drawn wagon rides; 5 to 8 p.m.; downtown Angola; cost, 260-665-3281 or www.goangolain.com. Ends Dec. 14.

Submit Letters to Santa – Now through Dec. 17; Star Bank; locations, www.starfinancial.com.

The Art Farm Holiday Studio Show – 17612 N. County Line Road E., Spencerville; hours, 260-238-4755 or www.artfarm.shutterfly.com. Ends Dec. 30.

Holiday Art d’Affair – 5 to 8 p.m.; Artistica Gallery, Wabash.

“Holiday Jewels” – 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Historic Vermilyea House, 13501 Redding Drive; $50 for ARCH members, $55 for nonmembers; reservations, 426-5117.

2 Live Crew – Holiday show; Cabaret Luxury Adult Entertainment, 1525 Production Road; performance time and cost, 470-5757.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste – 7 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday; Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass; $25; 467-4600.

Heartland Chamber Chorale – 7 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Presbyterian Church, Auburn; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Plymouth Congregational Church UCC, 501 W. Berry St.; 436-8080 or www.heartlandchorale.org.

SATURDAY

“Breakfast with Santa” – 6 to 11 a.m.; Central Lutheran School, 1400 Elm St., New Haven; $5 adults advance, $6 at the door, $3.50 ages 12 to 5, free for ages 4 and younger; 417-7860.

“Christmas off Campus” – Holiday party for children in Hanna-Creighton neighborhood; 2 to 4 p.m.; Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St.; 466-6218.

The Chicago Classic Brass Holiday Concert – 7:30 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St.; free.

Annual Santa On Tour and Trolley Ride – Renaissance Pointe YMCA, 2323 Bowser Ave.; times, 447-4567.

SUNDAY

Christmas Open House at the Museum – 1 to 4 p.m.; Whitley County Historical Museum, 108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City; 260-244-6372.

“Christmas Cantata Hodie” – Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Belcher; 3 p.m.; Cordier Auditorium, Manchester University, North Manchester; free.

“Christmas by the Lake” – Presented by Grace College Community Wind Ensemble, Lakeland Community Choir, Lakeland Youth Chorale; 7:30 p.m.; Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake; free; 547-267-5973.

TUESDAY

Summit City Singers – 7 p.m.; The Towne House Retirement Center, 2209 St. Joe Center Road; free.

“12 Gifts of Christmas” – Movie; 7:30 p.m.; Coldwater Crossing, 211 W. Washington Center Road.

“Pre-Christmas Celebration” – 1 p.m.; Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College, Goshen; 574-535-7569.

WEDNESDAY

Christmas Open House for the Animals – 3 and 7 p.m.; Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road; 427-1244.

THURSDAY

Christmas Concert – 6 p.m.; Warsaw Community Public Library, Warsaw; reservations, 574-267-6011.

Bishop Luers Christmas Concert – 7 p.m.; 333 E. Paulding Road; free; 456-1261.

Christmas with The Osmonds – 7:30 p.m.; Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert, Ohio; tickets, 419-238-6722 or www.npacvw.org.

MUSEUM EXHIBITS

ALL WEE KEND

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum – Special archival photo exhibit of Auburn Automobile Co. and Duesenberg racers and record-setters; also more than 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars on display; $10 adults, $6 students, $25 family, free to ages 5 and younger; hours, 260-925-1444 or www.automobilemuseum.org.

Hoosier Air Museum – Aircraft on display includes Nieuport 24, WR-3 Loving, 1944 Pratt Read Two-Man Navy training glider, 1979 Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship; open through Dec. 14; 2822 County Road 62, Auburn; $5 adults, $4 ages 18 to 12, free to ages 11 and younger; 260-927-0443 or www.hoosierairmuseum.org.

National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum World War II rare German fighting vehicles and United States Air Force staff car displays; 5634 County Road 11-A, Auburn; admission for both museums, $10 adults, $6 to ages 11 to 7, free to ages 6 and younger; 260-927-9144.

National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States – “Cars and Trucks Like You Used to Own” includes International Harvester truck gallery, restored 1948 Valentine Diner, historic gas pumps, toy and die-cast model and Checker Cab display; adjacent to Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Auburn; admission; hours, 260-925-9100 or www.natmus.org.

Northeastern Indiana Racing Museum – Vintage photos, race cars and artifacts from local race tracks and racers; inside the National Military History Center and Kruse Automotive Museum, Auburn; open daily; admission price, 260-316-0966 or ksplace1@frontier.com.

Science Central – “Disease Detectives” exhibit, ends Jan. 6; 1950 N. Clinton St.; regular admission, $8 adults and ages 12 to 3, $7 seniors; call for hours, 424-2400 or www.sciencecentral.org. Lunch with and IPFW Scientist, “Investigate with LEGO Robots,” presented by Jacob Millspaw, physics instructor, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, $16 non-members, $10 members.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

The History Center – Law enforcement exhibit, also “Allen County Innovation,” permanent exhibition gallery, looks at inventions and products created and produced in Allen County; 302 E. Berry St.; $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, free to members and ages 5 and younger; hours, 426-2882 or www.fwhistorycenter.com.

RECREATIONAL

ALL WEEKEND

Ice skating – Hours: noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Headwaters Park; $5 ages 14 and older, $3 ages 13 and younger, $2 skate rental; free parking and spectators; free to ages 13 and younger every Wednesday through Feb. 27, must pay skate rental; 422-7625 or www.fortwayneparks.org. Ends March 4.

Refrigerated Toboggan – 5 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Pokagon State Park, Angola; park entrance fees apply; rental fees, 260-833-2012 or www.IN.gov/dnr. Ends Feb. 24.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

TODAY

Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony – 7 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.

Spark! Circus – International volunteer circus performers; 6 to 9 p.m.; music by Scratch N’ Sniff; Deer Park Irish Pub, 1530 Leesburg Road; free-will donations; 432-8966 or www.sparkcircus.org.

SATURDAY

Southside Market – 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3300 Warsaw St.; poultry, pork, eggs, some vegetables, 456-1228. Ends Dec. 22.

First LEGO League Indiana Championship Tournament – Robot game competition, 11:30 a.m., awards, 4:30 p.m.; IPFW, Athletic Center Fieldhouse, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.; free admission www.etcs.ipfw.edu/fll.

Jewelry and Watch Appraisal and Sale – Noon to 4 p.m.; Zanesville Lions Clubhouse, 3088 W. Van Horn St., Zanesville; charge for appraisal; 260-638-4327.

SUNDAY

Open House – 1 to 5 p.m.; Garrett Model Railroad Club, located at Garrett Historical Society, 306 N. Randolph St., Garrett; free admission.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“Habitat for Humanity Hoops” Basketball Tournament – Includes Saint Francis, Trinity Christian and Wilberforce; 6 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Saturday; Grace College, Winona Lake; cost, 574-269-4104 or www.kosciuskohabitat.com.

WEDNESDAY

Komets hockey – vs. Kalamazoo; 7:30 p.m.; Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.; reserved, $25 to $12 adults, $20 to $10 seniors and students, $15 to $7 ages 11 and younger; 1-800-745-3000.

THEATER

ALL WEEKEND

“Oliver” – 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw; $31 adults, $23 senior matinee, $17 students; 574-267-8041 or www.wagonwheeltheatre.org. Ends Dec. 16.

TODAY AND SATURDAY

“The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club” – Blue Gate Theater, Shipshewana; $29; performance times, 1-888-447-4725 or www.riegsecker.com.

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