TinCaps begin 10th Season at Parkview Field
Apr05

TinCaps begin 10th Season at Parkview Field

Is there really anything more iconically American than baseball? The hats, the crack of the bat, crowds cheering, communities engaging with each other and all over a simple game. This “simple game” has a big place in the hearts of many Fort Wayne citizens who, like myself, look forward to the start of the TinCaps season every year. On April 7th, the Fort Wayne TinCaps will begin their 10th season at Parkview Field against the Lake County Captains. The TinCaps have brought back a lot of their coaching staff from their successful 2017 season, when they went to the Midwest League Championship Series. As an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, the top ranked farm system in baseball, the TinCaps are set to receive a lot of talent, including MacKenzie Gore. Gore, at just 19 years old, is the favorite left-handed prospect of the sport. Speaking of talent, did you know, that the players we see each year are batting for their chance at the majors? Between the Wizards and TinCaps teams, 159 players have gone on to make the big leagues! That means we’re seeing players get their starts, right here at home. Parkview Field has once again been ranked as the number one ballpark (out of 160!) for the fourth year in a row! Amazing ballplayers, top-ranked ballpark, what more could you want? Oh, some entertainment? Well, you’ve got it. They’re pulling out all the stops this season with all of our favorites like theme nights and “Jake the Diamond Dog,” and new additions like “Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act.” Back with their delectable food, they’re adding even more like their play on a “walking taco,” the “Walk Off Taco.” This all sounds like amazing fun but what about cost? Their ticket prices continue to start at just $5. With top-ranked talent, ballpark, the food and entertainment, what more could you ask for? Well, they’re brushing up their already glowing customer service to shorten lines and serve you with a brighter smile. They’re also adding gift cards for purchase. They can be used to buy tickets, concessions or merchandise. To celebrate the 10th year of TinCaps baseball, John Nolan, Broadcasting & Media Relations Manager for the TinCaps,  said they’ll have a “10th Season Celebration Night” on Friday, April 20th. “We’ll be looking back at some of the most memorable moments of the last decade – both on the field and off it, remembering the Parkview Field is more than just baseball,” Nolan said. Like most of us, Nolan said he’s looking forward to seeing Parkview Field full again. “It’s a beautiful place to work year-round no matter what,...

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What Fort Wayne Needs: An Independent Art & Culture Magazine
Jan05

What Fort Wayne Needs: An Independent Art & Culture Magazine

If you looked up the word ‘pique’ in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, you’d be hit with quite a few meanings that you probably wouldn’t expect. The one I was looking for was fairly far down the page, despite being, in my opinion, the most popular or well-known meaning. Pique v. \pēk\ to stir up, excite To stir up. To excite. I think that the city of Fort Wayne has many things that ‘pique’ a lot of people’s interests and what better to name a magazine that shares the news of these events with the people of this great city. Pique Magazine was started a few years back by Mariah Knight, then an art major at the University of Saint Francis, for her senior project. She wanted to design a captivating magazine that would feature local art, commentary, comedy, causes and other community aspects all around a central theme. With two zines under her belt, and the help of editor Kara Hackett, they brought the same content to Facebook to create a place where the people of the Fort can find local happenings in the local art or entertainment realms, find some humor and be able to have a say about their town. One recurring article is entitled “What Fort Wayne Needs” and features the wishes of citizen longing to add to Fort Wayne’s list of attractions, or create a change. Whether its more restaurants open on Sunday, an amusement park or a Cheesecake Factory, writers let us know what they want to see. Do you have any thoughts on what Fort Wayne needs? With the 2018 edition of Pique coming, the zine has a call for entry. “Into the Wild” theme is based on the title itself, the 1996 non-fiction book of the same title by Jon Krakauer, or the 2007 movie adaption. Artists must be 16 or older, any medium is acceptable, and artwork must have been created in the last two years. You can find more information on their website. Pique is also interested in hearing what you have to say. If you’re a writer, artist, etc., email them and let them know that you would be interested in contributing. Just interested in a past copy of the zine? They’re available at the following locations or via their website. Fort Wayne Museum of Art Artlink Contemporary Gallery The Hedge Fancy & Staple Crestwoods Frame Shop, Roanoke Firefly Coffee House Pique is also available for check out at all Allen County Public Library branches. You can follow Pique on their website or Facebook page. They also have an email newsletter. You can sign up here. Be on the watch for the...

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Fort Wayne Astronomical Society Brings Us Closer to Space
Aug16

Fort Wayne Astronomical Society Brings Us Closer to Space

I am fascinated with space, and maybe you are, too. The solar eclipse is coming up, and the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society has our space nerdery covered. I went to their July General Meeting to get more information, and member Jon Thomas gave an exceptional explanation on how we plan on getting to Mars. We explored possible routes to the Red Planet, the length of time they’d take, and the pros and cons. He also covered different theories on how we could make water, methane for propellant, and oxygen for the stay on Mars and the trip home. Finally, Jon covered the concerns about the trip, one of the bigger ones being the human factor. The FWAS began in 1959 as a not-for-profit “to support amateur observing and promote public education in Astronomy and related sciences.” They hold several meetings once a month both public and for members only and have public observing sessions every clear Saturday which start about an hour after sunset. Public observing sessions are held at Jefferson Township Park in New Haven at their newly built observatory, featuring a 16″ telescope. FWAS has volunteers that will come out to your large group, school, or church with telescopes, and teach you about what you’re seeing in the sky. I asked society secretary Gene Stringer if they were planning an event for the solar eclipse on August 21st. Not only are they planning an event, they’re planning two! The first event will be at the Allen County Main Public Library on Aug. 21 from 12-3pm. The FWAS will be handing out eclipse viewing glasses on a first-come, first-served basis. They will also be bringing telescopes with sun filters and projectors to help us view the event. The food trucks will be there and admission is free but donations are welcomed. The second is a group of society members who are actually traveling to Evansville, IN. The Society says that hotels have been booked for two years in preparation for this event. The Solar Eclipse will be crossing over 14 states on August 21, 2017. For more information on the solar eclipse, check out NASA’s website. Find out more about the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society on their website, and follow them on Facebook and...

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Tesla Supercharger Station Comes to Town
Aug14

Tesla Supercharger Station Comes to Town

Nothing like this ever happens in Fort Wayne. Nope. Nothing. Ever. Until yesterday . . . That’s when I noticed them. What? Oh, just the ten Tesla charging stations that are being built in the Lima Road Meijer parking lot. You know . . . history! This is epic. This is sliced bread. This is Elvis coming to the Coliseum. And here we are, right smack in the middle of it. Now, if you stroll over to the site on Lima Road, the crew out there can’t talk to you about it. Tesla even said they won’t comment on the stations until they are up and running for customers. Tesla builds all-electric vehicles in order to stop our reliance on fossil fuels. They have also launched solar roof tiles as well as a solar panel-charged Powerwall battery to sustainably power your home or to be used as a backup in case of a storm (or zombie apocalypse). This year they’ve launched their third production vehicle, the Tesla 3, which starts at $35,000. It is a more affordable alternative to their higher-end vehicles, the Tesla X and Tesla S. By the end of 2017, Tesla will have more than doubled their charging stations, making it easier to travel. In Indiana, we have 4 open Supercharger Stations with 3 more coming this year, including the Fort Wayne location. These charging stations can be found with Trip Planner in the Tesla app. They’ve been strategically placed near wi-fi locations, coffeeshops or restaurants so you can have your car charging and your cake, too! Then, the app will notify you when your car is fully charged and ready to roll. There are three known locations of Destination Chargers already in the Fort. These chargers are slower than the Superchargers, so don’t show up with an empty tank unless you’re going to stay for a few hours. They can be found at BakerStreet on Clinton, Parkview North in their above and below ground parking lots, and Sweetwater Sound off of US 30. So . . . while I have little information and I wait to see the press release come through, I want to know what you think about this. Do you think this is historical? Are you going to buy a Tesla? Are you going to camp out and wait for the first Tesla to charge? (No, yeah . . . uhhh, me, either. . .) Let us know your...

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Support the Fort: Help Students Get Back to School
Jul17

Support the Fort: Help Students Get Back to School

It’s just beginning to feel like summer in the Fort but some people are already planning for the new school year. From uniforms, shoes, backpacks, classroom supplies and more, getting kids ready to head back to school can be expensive and a hardship for families. There are groups in the Fort that are preparing supplies and events for the whole family as well as two groups still collecting and asking for your help. Christ Child Society asks for a donation of $50 to provide backpacks for homeless children and children in need through the Foster Care Family Association. The Society’s website says that these backpacks are filled with “age appropriate personal items, school supplies, books and a stuffed animal.” They also state that these backpacks are often the only thing these children own personally. You can donate here. Another group looking for donations is the Salvation Army. They have red Tools for School donation barrels around the city at most Walgreens and other sites through August 2. Their ability to supply K-12 students with school supplies is based on the donations they receive. You can check out their website to find donation spots, a list of things to donate, and how to receive supplies. If you’re ready to celebrate the new school year or need supplies, the Renaissance Pointe YMCA and Fort Wayne UNITED partnered with Fort Wayne sponsors, like BrightPoint, present Summer Celebration: Celebrating the Life of Our Community. The event is July 22 from 11am – 2pm at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA at 2323 Bowser Ave. They’ll have games, giveaways, free school supplies and more. The rain date is July 29 from 11 am – 2 pm. Caring About People, Inc. is throwing a Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 8th. The event will be held in the northwest corner of Lakeside Park from 11 am – 2 pm. They’ll be giving away 300 backpacks to elementary kids only, but kids of all ages are welcome. There will be games, prizes and free lunch. The 3rd Annual Back to School Fatherhood Initiative, hosted by the Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males will be held on August 8th at the McMillan Park Community Center. The center is located at 3901 Abbot St. and the even is held from 10 am – 1 pm. The event will give away 400 backpacks and supplies to father and male figures who take the Fatherhood Initiative Pledge. Wireless Zone at 4201 Coldwater Rd. will be giving away free backpacks filled with supplies from 1- 4pm on Sunday, July 23rd. Their Backpack Giveaway promises to be “good Family Fun.” Check out the...

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