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Every month, the news team at 89.1 WBOI covers events in northeast Indiana and around the state. This week on WBOI Presents, we are taking a look back 2017.

Part One. Zach Bernard has more on the status of Fort Wayne’s fight against opioids (00:38), Zach Bernard joins us in the studio (09:21), Araceli Gomez-Aldana looks back at the regional healthcare shakeup with Sherry Slater from the Journal Gazette (14:35)

Zack Kruse

Comic Conventions are a summer staple across the country. They’re an opportunity for creators, fans, and vendors to gather in one place to celebrate all things comics.  San Diego Comic Con receives the most attention, but you might not know Fort Wayne has its own comic culture. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer profiles a comic con that was held in Fort Wayne for a number of years and the community it helped build.

In 2009, Zack Kruse worked as the marketing director for a Fort Wayne comic shop called Discount Comic Book Service.

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Jefferson Pointe has hosted many events over the years since opening in August of 2001. Every summer shoppers can hear music from live bands on Friday nights. Now, Tuesday nights bring a different set of attractions. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer reports.

Every Tuesday from now until August 29th will be Busker Night at Jefferson Pointe. But what is a busker?

“Acoustic acts with stilt walkers, fire breathers, mimes, and jugglers, and palm readers, and just a little bit of a different feel. We were hoping to get 13 performers and we wound up with well over fifty performers.”

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Fort Wayne's 8th annual Taste of the Arts Festival kicks off tonight. Celebrating the local arts and culture scene is a well established community tradition. WBOI's Julia Meek looks at the history of the arts festival, how it's evolved, and what visitors can expect to "taste" this weekend.

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Farm-to-fork restaurants are gaining in popularity nationwide, and tomorrow, thanks to Nicky and Matthew Nolot, that cuisine makes its long-awaited debut in Fort Wayne.

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In 1960, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school.

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For Natalie Bell-Kearney and her mother, Jan Bell, this month’s wintry weather offers a perfect opportunity to grab the yarn and needles, and knit.

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Matt Kelley has been making a difference in Fort Wayne for 15 years, with his downtown design and marketing boutique, One Lucky Guitar.

And a little over three years ago, he brought it all home by adding a unique performance venue to that space called The B-Side.

Holiday Fest 2015 Reviving a Fort Wayne Tradition

Nov 24, 2015
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Fort Wayne's Holiday Fest kicks off Wednesday evening with its "Night of Lights ceremonies, and this year there's one "new-old" tradition joining the line-up.

The fine art of window decorating has been revived...in the form of a contest.

In the heyday of downtown shopping, window decorating was a retailer's best friend.

Nearly forty years ago Carol Spallone was a window dresser for Hutner's Paris, which was a high end retail clothing chain that had its flagship location on Calhoun Street.

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Arts United, Fort Wayne's umbrella arts organization, is getting ready ask residents a big question: "What do you love about this community?"

Arts United is hoping to set an agenda for advancing arts and culture in Northeast Indiana, beginning this Monday, with a short "Quality of Life Survey."

The results will be presented in two public town hall meetings this July, and information from those discussions will be added to the final report.

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