ELKHART COUNTY 4-H FAIR: Tractor pull today at noon, two Wagon Wheel IPRA Rodeo competitions at 1 and 8 p.m. Friday. Motorcycle races begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. $ 8 admission fee, free grandstand. 17746-D C.R. 34, Goshen.
BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR: The entertainment lineup for this year's fair includes fiddler extraordinaire Charlie Daniels, who will rock his fiddle on Aug. 18. Other performers at this year's include Eric Church and rock and roll band Skid Row, or catch bull riding or the demolition derby. Tickets for grandstand entertainment are on sale at the fair office, 269-473-1500, and at www.bcyf.org.
BETWEEN THE BUNS: The restaurant will host a Classic Car Show Drive-In Wednesdays now until Sept. 1. Voluntary entry fee is $1. Proceeds will be donated to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County organization. Show is 6 to 8 p.m. at the restaurant, 2041 Cassopolis St., Elkhart.
NILES FRENCH MARKET AND ARTISAN FAIRE: The Niles Bensidoun French Market and Artisan Faire is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday through October in downtown Niles. Visit www.nilesmainstreet.org to see a list of vendors and activities.
NILES RIVERFEST happens Aug. 5-8 at Riverfront Park. Sixteenth annual car and truck show, "Anything Floats" race, dragon boat races and Mr. and Ms. Riverfest pageant. For information visit www.nilesriverfest.net
AMISH ACRES ROUND BARN THEATRE: The classic musical "42nd Street" revives the Broadway musical standards like "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "We're in the Money." On stage now through Aug. 29. To reserve tickets to either show, call 800-800-4942, ext. 2, or visit www.amishacres.com.
ELKHART CIVIC THEATER: The Smith family experiences love, respect and humor while preparing for the 1904 World's Fair in the musical theater treasure, "Meet Me in St. Louis." The show is Aug. 6-8 at Jimtown High School, 59021 C.R. 3, Elkhart. Tickets are available by calling 848-4116 or visiting www.elkhartcivictheatre.org.
SOUTH BEND CIVIC THEATRE: Seven friends navigate modern life's tragic existence in the musical "Rent," being performed through Aug. 8 at the SBCT. Mature themes. Call 234-1112 for show times and to reserve tickets. The theater is at 403 N. Main St., South Bend.
RAMADA WAGON WHEEL THEATRE: Enjoy "Godspell," tonight through Sunday. Then the theater's fare changes to the Oscar Wilde classic comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest," which opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 14. Tickets for either show are $30 for adults, $16 for students ages 13 through college and $12 for children under age 12. Senior matinee tickets are $22. For reservations call 866-823-2618 or visit www.wagonwheeltheatre.com. The theater is at 2517 E. Center St. in Warsaw.
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE: The Acting Ensemble Stage Company of Michiana reunites to stage the story of a scandal that took place in South Bend 90 years ago. In "The Tiernan Affair" a lawyer sues his wife's lover for child support and draws national headlines. The show will be on stage Aug. 6-8 only in the Little Theatre at St. Mary's College. Tickets are $13-17 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 284-4626 or visiting www.moreaucenter.com. St. Mary's is on S.R. 933 just south of the Indiana Toll Road interchange in South Bend.
WILSON PAVILION: The new Chris Wilson Pavilion at South Bend's Potawatomi Park offers "The Taming of the Shrew" by the University of Notre Dame's Shakespeare Festival Young Company at 7 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public. Lesson begins at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. The park is at 2000 Wall St., South Bend.
CHRISTIANA CREEK COUNTRY CLUB: The "Rick Reagan Comedy Hypnosis Experience" comes to the club for a 8 p.m. show Aug. 20. Tickets are $15 per person. To purchase in advance call 264-3060, ext. 113. Christiana Creek Country Club is at 116 W. Bristol St., Elkhart.
MAD ANTHONY'S OLD STATE ALE HOUSE: Amateur comedians will compete to perform with Bob and Tom notable Bil Benden, who gives a set at the restaurant on Aug. 14. Hopefuls competition is 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 13 and winner's performance with Benden is 9:30 to 11 p.m. the next night. Both happen at the restaurant, 526 S. Main St., Elkhart. $10 per person admission fee on Aug. 14 benefits the Lerner Theater Project.
MCNAUGHTON PARK: The Elkhart Municipal Band gives a free weekly concert at the outdoor bandshell all summer long. 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 17. Concession stand. The park is at 701 Arcade Ave.
MORRIS PERFORMINGARTS CENTER
* Tickets go on sale Saturday for a Dec. 16 performance of Christmas favorites by Mannheim Steamroller.
* Alex Campos, a Latin American Christian singer, visits the Morris with his band, Misión Vida, on Aug. 8. Tickets are on sale now for $35-$45.
Call 235-9190 or 800-537-6415 for tickets to the Mannheim Steamroller or Alex Campos event, or order online at www.morriscenter.org. The Morris is at 211 N. Michigan St., South Bend.
BLUE GATE THEATER: "The Rock, the Redeemer and the Resurrection Morning" continues through Aug. 14.
To make reservations visit www.riegsecker.com or call 888-447-4725. The theater is at 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana.
BLUE GATE RESTAURANT : Christian recording artists The Pfeifers will give a concert at the restaurant at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6.
To make reservations visit www.riegsecker.com or call 888-447-4725. The restaurant is at 105 E. Middlebury St., Shipshewana.
NEW YORK CENTRAL RAILROAD MUSEUM: Area acoustic musicians are invited to Strum What You Brung's open jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart. Spectators are welcome. A$1 donation is requested. Acoustic and electric musicians are also wanted for an MDA benefit jam. For information contact Keith Thews at email@example.com or 524-5579. The museum is at 721 S. Main St., Elkhart.
BARNES AND NOBLE
* The Preschool Kids' Club invites children to listen to "Honey ... Honey ... Lion!" by James Brett at 10:30 a.m. today. A craft session will follow.
* Children are also invited to read "The Secret Lives of Princesses" by Philippe Lechermeier and play princess games at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Princess garb welcome.
* The Classic and Contemporary Book Club for adults will discuss "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce at 7 p.m. Friday. New members welcome. The store is at 6501 N. Grape Road, Mishawaka. For information call 247-0864.
SAUTTER'S FLORAL AND GREENHOUSE: Learn about specialty gardens, their fragrance and cutting at a seminar scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. $10 per person. Call 293-5584 to reserve a spot. Sautter's is at 1725 Toledo Road, Elkhart.
ELKHART COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: The museum hosts a workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 on how to make a whirligig out of recycled materials. Part of the Folk Art Workshop Series. $1 per person. Pre-register by calling 848-4322 or e-mailing Rebecca@elkhartcountyparks.org. The museum is at 304 W. Vistula St. in Bristol.
ELKHART COUNTY PARKS: The 17th annual Kit Day Camp happens Monday through Aug. 6. Children will play outdoor games, canoe, visit Ideal Beach and a buffalo ranch and camp out at Bonneyville Mill County Park. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2-4, 1 p.m. to 9 a.m. Aug. 5-6. For ages 10-13 years old. Cost is $60, and the deadline to register is today. Call 535-6458.
* Children 3-5 years old can investigate the world of water insects at a hands-on Nature Nuts session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10. Dress for the weather. Preregistration required by Aug. 6. Meet at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter.
* Create fancy glass designs with etching at a workshop taking place at 6 p.m. Aug. 13. Bring a glass item to be etched. $2 per person, pre-registration required by Wednesday. Meet at the Ox Bow Haus Shelter.
To register for either class call 535-6458. Ox Bow Park is at 23033 C.R. 45, Dunlap.
ELKHART ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER: Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to learn about scientific topics through hands-on activities at 2 p.m. Saturday. This month's topic is dinosaurs. A $3 donation per child is requested. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 293-5070 or visit www.elkhartindiana.org/eecenter for more information and to register. The center is at 1717 E. Lusher Ave.
FERNWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN AND NATURE PRESERVE
* At the nature station, learn about the habits and habitats of bears and wolves from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free with paid garden admission.
* Tour the Chicago Botanic Gardens from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 20 with other fans of Fernwood. $90 non-member fee includes transportation, tour, lunch and admission. Registration required by Aug. 10.
* A Fernwood group will also head to the Allegan Fiber Fest on Aug. 13. For more information contact Midge Lewis at 269-637-5104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call Fernwood at 269-695-6491 or visiting www.fernwoodbotanical.org. The garden is at 13988 Range Line Road, Niles.
WOODLAWN NATURE CENTER: The center offers a class, "Biodiversity on the Cheap" at 6 p.m. Sundays. Learn how to save your garden and farm seeds safely. For more information call 264-0525. The center is at 604 Woodlawn Ave., Elkhart.
POTAWATOMI ZOO: Visitors can see 400 species of animals and experience a full-immersion butterfly exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children ages 3-14 and senior citizens over age 62. For more information call 235-9080. The zoo is at 500 S. Greenlawn, South Bend.
MIDWEST MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART: Hear about the career of Rockwell Kent during the museum's weekly Noon Time Talk series at 12:20 p.m. today. Free. The museum is at 429 S. Main St. For more information call 293-6660.
* Free Family Sunday takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy the house and gardens and take a self-guided tour. Local Kiwanians will also serve up an old-fashioned ice cream social.
* Coffee, juice, bottled water and biscotti will be for sale at Coffee on the Piazza, 9:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Free admission. Tours available for $3 to $8.
The museum is at 320 E. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart. For more information call 264-0330.
HALL OF HEROES: The only comic book and superhero museum in the world is at 58005 C.R. 105, Elkhart. Open by appointment only. Admission is $3. Information: 293-0755.
RV/MH HALL OF FAME: 21565 Executive Blvd., south of the Indiana Toll Road, east off C.R. 17. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission charge. Information: 293-2344.
HERSHBERGER ART GALLERY: Dick Lehman of Dick Lehman Pottery has an exhibit titled "Collected Meanings: Japanese Pottery and Travel Stories" open now through Sept. 12. The gallery is on the campus of Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen. Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
NORTHERN INDIANA CENTER FOR HISTORY
* The museum is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to all U.S. military personnel and their families now through Sept. 6. A military ID is required.
* Randy Ray, executive director of the Center for History, discusses the history of the Grand Kankakee Marsh at an Insights for History presentation, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations required by Monday.
* The "Music in the Garden" series features Danny Lerman from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6. Lerman brings influences from all over the world to his saxophone performances. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Event will be held rain or shine.
To register for any of these events call 235-9664. The center is at 808 W. Washington St., South Bend.
MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Sports, music and drama memorabilia from local schools and organizations are on display now at the museum, 301 Bristol Ave. Admission is free and the exhibit runs until November. For information call 825-0978.
EDWARDSBURG AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM:
* "Treasures and Teapots," a display of community collections such as postage stamps, pins and spice tins, is open through Aug. 25.
* The museum will participate in the U.S. 12 yard sale Aug. 13-14. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale may leave them at the museum any afternoon. Spaces are also available for rent for the sale for $10. Bottled water and two chairs will be provided.
The museum is at 28616 Main St.
SOUTH BEND MUSEUM OF ART: A one-day workshops for adults, "Pastels at Riverside" takes place Saturday; "Mat Cutting and Frame Basics", Aug. 7; and "Etsy Workshop," Aug. 16. Call 235-9102 for fees and to register. The museum is at 120 S. St. Joseph St., South Bend.
STUDEBAKER NATIONAL MUSEUM
* Think Small: Pedal Cars runs through Sept. 12. See the Pedal Car that once was a child's ultimate toy and is now a prized collectible. Over forty pedal-powered toys are on display dating from the 1890s to the 1960s.
* Enjoy a walking tour of the W. Washington St. Historic Neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. today. Includes a tour of the Studebaker gravesite and others of historic significance. $4 per person. Tour should last 90 minutes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes.
The museum is at 201 S. Chapin St., South Bend. Information: 235-9714 or email@example.com.
SYCAMORE FINE ARTS: The gallery hosts an exhibit inspired by flowers, gardens and the Elkhart County Quilt Garden Tour this summer. Works by Kari Black owner Diane Overmyer and will be on display through Aug. 14. The gallery is on the second floor of the Old Bag Factory, 1100 Chicago Ave., Goshen. Information: 533-8900 or www.sycamorefinearts.com.
DAS DUTCHMAN ESSENHAUS: The third annual Essenhaus Quilt Show and Sale takes places Aug. 12-14 at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center, 240 U.S. 20 in Middlebury. In addition to the display, quilts will be judged and visitors can shop for fabrics, patters, books on quilting and seminars. For information call 825-9471.
ARTPOST GALLERY: Author and storyteller Arubutus Cunningham tells tales at the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 15. Donation requested. The Artpost Gallery is at 216 E. Madison St., South Bend. Call 287-6293 for information.
BENT OAK RESTAURANT: Jim Pickley at the piano 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays in the restaurant at 3610 Bent Oak Trail. Call 522-3787.
BULLDOG CROSSING RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE: The Bobby Charles All Stars play jazz from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The Bulldog is at 3763 E. Jackson Blvd. Information: 294-6000.
* Today -- Judy Berg CD release
* Friday -- Three Men in Kilts
* Saturday -- Anish
* Sunday -- Kim Hoffman and Friends
Open Irish music sessions 8:30 p.m. Monday; Old Timey Music Session 7 p.m. Tuesdays; open acoustic stage 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Most performances begin at 9 p.m. In the restaurant at 127 N. Main St., South Bend. Information: 232-2853.
* Friday -- Kevin Q and the Night Crew
* Saturday -- Max Allen Band
The club is at 600 S. Main St., Elkhart.
THE MIDWAY TAVERN
* Friday -- Sista Otis, the XERS Jam Band, Elwood Splinters Blues Band and others play a jam session from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $10 cover.
* Saturday -- Ras Souljah
In the tavern, 810 W. Fourth St., Mishawaka. Information: 255-0458.
HALF-TIME SPORTS BAR: TSwang plays at 8 p.m. Aug. 13. $10 cover. The bar is at 26084 C.R. 6, Elkhart.
BARNEY'S BAR: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
BOLT'S: Friday and Saturday
BOWLY'S CRYSTAL BAR: Saturday
BROWNSTONE LOUNGE: Wednesday through Saturday
CONSTANT SPRING: Wednesday
CHICAGO GRILL & BAR: Wednesday
GARVER LAKE BAR & GRILL: Thursday and Saturday
PHYL'S CORNER: Friday and Saturday
POOR TONY'S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE: Wednesday 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.
SIMONTON LAKE TAVERN: Tuesday through Thursday. Live band on Saturday.
MY DAD'S PLACE: Tuesday through Sunday
OLIVE OR TWIST: Thursday through Sunday
CAPPY'S NORTH SIDE TAVERN: Wednesday and Friday
SIGNATURE LANES: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
ALSO IN THE AREA
CULVER ACADEMIES: John Gouwens presents a carillon recital at 4 p.m. Saturday. Free and open to the public. The academy is at 1300 Academy Road. In the event of bad weather, the tower will be open to the public during the recital. A tour and demonstration of the instrument will be offered following the performance.
EMBASSY THEATRE: Cheech and Chong visit Fort Wayne for the first time in 30 years during their 2010 reunion tour. Attend a show at 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets are $39.75 -$59.75, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for reservations. The Embassy is at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.
RED BARN THEATRE: A musical series of vignettes on love and relationships, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" is on stage now and runs through Aug. 14. The theater is at 2120 E. C.R. 150 S. For tickets call 765-659-1657 after 5 p.m.
HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM
* "American Family Day" is Sunday. Special ride pricing and no admission charge.
* Museum volunteers have been restoring the train that used to circle the Kiddieland Amusement Park in Melrose Park, Chicago. Ride it and the Blue Goose
The museum is at 1201 E. 1000 N.
THEATER AT THE CENTER: The original rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar," is being performed through Aug. 8 at the center. For tickets or information call 800-511-1552 or visit www.theatreatthecenter.org. The theater is at 1040 Ridge Road.
MAINSTREET THEATRE: "The Marvelous Wonderettes," a pop musical featuring songs from the '50s and '60s, ends Saturday. Tickets are $12.50-$14. Call 219-874-4269 for reservations. The theater is at 807 Franklin St.
BOOT HILL RANCH -- The 50th annual St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association Show takes place Aug. 6-8 at the ranch on Harder Road, 1 1/2 miles east of Jones. Antique tractors and engines, music Friday and Saturday by "Deadwood" and Lisa and Mark Woolever. Flea market, pulls and more. For information call 269-646-0525.
LITTLE RIVER RAILROAD: The last dinner train of the 2010 season departs Coldwater for a two-hour round-trip ride to Quincy at 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Reservations required. $65 adults $45 children ages 3-11. For more information call 825-9182 or visit www.littleriverrailroad.com. The depot is at 29 W. Park St.
THE MUSEUM AT SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE: The summer Brown Bag Lunch Series continues Wednesday with another installment of a documentary film series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" in the Upton Room. Bring your lunch, beverages and cookies will be provided. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public.
The museum is at 58900 Cherry Grove Road. For more information on these programs call 269-782-1374.
DOWNTOWN: The Niles Bensidoun French Market and Artisan Faire is open for the season. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday of every week at the corner of Front and Main streets in downtown Niles. For more information call 269-687-4332.
AIR ZOO: On Saturday, visitors can take flight in the Yankee Warrior - a B-25 Mitchell bomber with WWII combat history. Registrations accepted in advance by calling 269-250-0783. The Air Zoo is at 6151 Portage Road. General admission is free. Call 269-382-6555 or visit www.airzoo.org.