Julia Meek

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Nearly two years in the making, "Middle Waves," Fort Wayne's first Destination Music Festival, kicks off tonight, from three stages, located on the downtown riverfront in Headwaters Park West and East. WBOI's Julia Meek takes a look at how the festival evolved, and what waves it intends to make this weekend.

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Muralist Jerrod Tobias has a big commitment to Fort Wayne's public art scene, and a growing number of communal paintings to prove it.

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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art's acquisition of Dale Chihuly's "Lily Gold Chandelier" this spring was an "art glass" dream come true.

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The 1st recorded Labor Day celebration in Fort Wayne was held in 1889--five years before the Federal Holiday was actually declared in 1894.

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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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"Blessings in a Backpack" is a national organization devoted to providing food on the weekends for elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.

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Saturday is International Left Handers Day, and this year, Fort Wayne's annual Leftfest activities will officially end "out in left field" for some dedicated festival goers, at the Fort Wayne TinCaps evening game.

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Each Friday evening in August, Fort Wayne's Botanical Conservatory is inviting the community to grab a lawn chair, settle in, and enjoy music that's fun and funky, creative, and upbeat.

When cellist, Jane Heald, is not in her seat at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, or mentoring her many students, she's out in the community, actively exploring and sharing the multi-faceted language of music.

Andy Laverghetta

Jazz has always been a key ingredient in WBOI's rich mix of diverse musical offerings, and one volunteer host, Bruce Reidenbach, has been spinning those discs right here at the station for 33 years.

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