Local Holiday Season Events: 2013

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Local Holiday Season Events: 2013

December 9, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM EDT

University of St. Francis

First three weekends in December – Tour the Old Bass Mansion during “Christmas in the Castle”, enjoy a full-scale production of Handel’s Messiah, the “Star of Bethlehem” Planetarium show, a living nativity scene and petting zoo and the Lighting of the Lake.  Most events and parking is free.


Fort Wayne Holds Holiday Open House For Animals

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is celebrating the holidays with homeless dogs and cats on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the shelter on Hillegas Road.  The public is invited to join the holiday celebration and tour the shelter, visit with the animals, enjoy the children’s fun area and learn about volunteer opportunities.  Refreshments will be provided.

Guests are encouraged to bring donations for the purchase of medical supplies or gifts of canned food for cats and dogs of all ages. Other items of need include feed for small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and parakeets, durable chew toys like Kongs or Nyla Bones, plain clay cat litter, pet treats and toys, small bags of timothy hay or alfalfa cubes, blank animal themed note cards with envelopes, white copy paper, leashes and collars, non-carpeted cat scratching posts made from rope. (NOTE: Dry food and towels/blankets are not needed at this time).

As a reminder, the pet adoption center will be closed Dec 11 for the Open House.

Santa Arrives Early For Patients At Lutheran Children’s Hospital

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Santa Claus will make a special appearance to willing and able pediatric patients receiving care at Lutheran Children’s Hospital, but he will arrive in an unusual fashion—by fire truck. Firefighters from the Southwest Fire Department will escort Santa at 2:30 p.m. to the South Lobby entrance of Lutheran Hospital. Shortly after his festive arrival on campus, Santa will be whisked upstairs to visit both outpatient and inpatient pediatric units.

Christmas at the Capitol – Canterbury H.S. Chamber Singers to Perform

Christmas at the Capitol is a holiday performance by students from nearly a dozen high schools and colleges across Indiana. The program begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 13. The second day of music begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. Canterbury will perform first on December 14. The Canterbury High School Chamber Singers, under the direction of Elizabeth Patterson, were selected to sing at the upcoming inaugural Christmas at the Capitol. The two-day event is free and open to the public.

Concordia Lutheran H.S. Presents Annual Christmas at the Embassy Concert

Fort Wayne, Indiana: The Concordia Lutheran High School Music Department presents With the Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Christ the Savior is Born at the historic Embassy Theatre on Sunday, December 15 at 4 p.m. The concert features Concordia’s choirs, orchestra and band as well as an elementary Festival Choir including many Lutheran elementary school students.

Open seating tickets—$12 for adults and $6 for children and seniors—will be available at the high school from December 2 through 13.

For more information, contact Dianne Moellering at (260) 483-1102, ext. 198 or via e-mail at dmoellering@clhscadets.com.


Columbia City – 4th Annual Walk of Trees

This is a free event open to the public and will be held in downtown Columbia City for the holiday season.

Local businesses donate and decorate a fully dressed Christmas tree. The public is then invited to view the trees and are able to purchase a raffle ticket for a drawing on the last night to win one of the decorated trees. All money raised for this event benefits the residents of the Clugston Senior Apartments.


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