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

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:01 am

TODAY

THREE RINGS OF FUN: Yes, the Mizpah Shrine Circus and Fair is in town, with a performance at 6:30 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Performances continue at 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 and 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10, $12, $15 and $20. They are available at the Mizpah Shrine Circus Ticket Office in the Memorial Coliseum lobby 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

A free Circus Fair is open before, during and after each performance in the Expo IV hall with games, elephant rides and other family activities.

For more information, call 422-7122 or go to www.mizpahcircus.com.

FRIDAY

FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS: The Outdoor Sports, Lake and Cabin Show is noon-9 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Exhibitors will be selling ATVs, bicycles, boats, canoes, kayaks, camping gear, fishing gear, climbing gear, hunting gear, log and timber-frame homes, motorcycles, RVs, trucks, personal watercraft, cottage furnishings and decor, and more.

There will be a lumberjack show, free seminars and clinics. Go to www.outdoorsportslakecabinshow.com for more information. Admission is $10, adults, and free, ages 12 and under; your ticket is good for the entire weekend. The show continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

DREAMY COMEDY: On a cold, clear winter night, residents of the fictional town of Almost, Maine, mysteriously find themselves overwhelmed with romantic feelings as Arena Dinner Theatre presents the comedy “Almost Maine” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 719 Rockhill St.

Enjoy the humor as residents fall in and out love, leaving some bruises and possibly a few broken hearts.

Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 p.m., dinner catered by The Bagel Station begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Additional dinner shows will be presented Saturday, Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2.

Tickets are $35 per person. They are available by calling 424-5622, online at www.arenadinnertheatre.org or at the box office, 719 Rockhill St., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and show dates, as well as 90 minutes before performances.

SATURDAY

WINTERVAL FESTIVAL: Embrace winter by bringing the whole family downtown for the Winterval Festival, a Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation event.

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will have indoor snowmaking at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a bagel bird-feeder craft, cookies and hot chocolate. Ice carving is at 2 p.m.

The Community Center hosts activities 1-4 p.m., including horse-drawn wagon rides, indoor curling, snow crafts and an ice carving at 3 p.m.

Other activities: half-price admission at Science Central and special activities; ice carving at the Allen County Public Library at 11 a.m. and frozen bubbles noon-2 p.m. on the plaza; half-price admission noon-5 p.m. at The History Center; and a Polar Bear Rugby Game 1-3 p.m. at Lawton Park.

For a complete list of activities, go to www.visitfortwayne.com/event/winterval.

FRENCH RE-ENACTMENT: The Historic Fort Wayne all-volunteer organization begins its 2013 schedule with a winter re-enactment of the mid-1700s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run.

Re-enactors will portray soldiers, citizens and Native Americans from the early 1750s and will represent what the typical people would have been doing at the time of the second French post here in Fort Wayne. Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing will be some of the events taking place during the event. Re-enactors from “Les Habitants et Marines du Post ed Miamis” will spend the weekend living in the Fort. They have examined letters written by the French commanders of what was then known as Fort Miamis and will attempt to recreate those events at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is a donation. For more information, go to www.oldfortwayne.org or call 437-2836. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton parks.

FLY ME TO THE MOON: OK, how about to the Embassy Theatre to hear the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's pops concert “Swingin' with Sinatra and Dorsey”? It's at 8 p.m. at the beautiful and historic theater at 121 W. Jefferson Blvd. Tickets are $28-$68; call 481-0777 or toll-free 1-888-402-2224. The Phil box office also is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 4901 Fuller Drive.

SUNDAY

BALLET, PHILHARMONIC COLLABORATE: Fort Wayne Ballet dancers join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for “Home on the Range,” a Family Series concert of western-themed music 2-4 p.m. at the Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. A special children's activity hour will begin at 1 p.m., when youngsters can meet ballet dancers, try musical instruments and do craft activities.

Admission is $13, adults; $7, and ages 18 and younger. Tickets are available by calling 481-0777, toll-free 1-888-402-2224; and at The Phil box office, 4901 Fuller Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and 45 minutes to one hour before the performance at the concert site.