#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers
Jul31

#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers

A picture is worth a thousand words. Instagram makes it so easy now to see beautiful images taken by photographers of all skill levels. Because of geotags and hashtags, you can see pictures taken around your area. If you’ve seen the hashtag #IGersFortWayne, you can view beautiful images taken by image makers in Fort Wayne. Good morning Fort Wayne! If you didn’t see the sunset last night, check out this incredible photo by @the_kirbster001 of the Fort Wayne skyline last night! Keep using the #IGersFortWayne tag and enjoy the weekend! // @scornfulcow A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on Feb 11, 2017 at 7:23am PST   IGersFortWayne’s mission is to curate a creative community of image makers in the Fort Wayne area. Through team members Megan Hevel, Sean O’Leary, Danielle Doepke, and Mollie Shutt, the group is paving the way to a strong community with a big following, image makers and non-image makers alike. Megan said, “It’s an Instagram page that is meant to facilitate community for image makers in the Fort Wayne area. We are seeking to bring like-minded people together, to make connections, inspire one another, and experience Fort Wayne in new ways through photography.”     With the redevelopment of Fort Wayne and the ease of access to the images of Instagram, IGersFortWayne is reframing the way people view the city. Everyone who shares an image shares a different perspective, changing how others see Fort Wayne. “It promotes growth, builds a stronger creative community, and seeks to capture the best parts of our ever-evolving city. As we support and encourage one another, we become better and are able to contribute more to the community we love,” said Megan.     But you don’t have to consider yourself a professional or even a photographer to submit an image to IGersFortWayne. By using the term imagemaker, the community is welcoming to all kinds of imagery creators, from those pursuing a career in photography to those who shoot photos on their phone. IGersFortWayne is an inclusive community, and the more creativity contributed, the more inspiration ignites.   I mean, how could anyone say no to a classic like @fwconeyisland?! 🌭@olivia_eve_ captured this Fort Wayne staple so beautifully, it’s no wonder it was chosen to be featured in a Food Network article! That depth of field, that color and composition 👌🏽 #igersfortwayne + @meganhevel A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on May 16, 2017 at 3:47pm PDT     Each of the team members contributes to the group by posting features on the IGersFortWayne Instagram feed during the week. As a team, they collaborate to come up with new ideas...

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The Literacy Alliance Fights Illiteracy in Fort Wayne
Dec16

The Literacy Alliance Fights Illiteracy in Fort Wayne

When you wake up, what is the first thing you do? Do you head downstairs to read the morning paper or your favorite online news source to catch up on what’s going on in the world? Do you read e-mails, text messages, or a book? Now imagine you can’t read well enough or fast enough to do any of that. Life would become pretty difficult, right? It’s scary to think about. Did you know over 30,000 people in Allen County can’t read and don’t have a high-school diploma? That’s even scarier. The Literacy Alliance, formerly known as Three Rivers Literacy Alliance, is a non-profit organization founded here in Fort Wayne in 1988 by the late Judy Stabelli. Located at 1005 W. Rudisill Boulevard in Suite 307 at The Summit campus, The Literacy Alliance was formed to battle illiteracy in Fort Wayne and the Allen County by offering assistance to adults age 18 and older. There are 9 learning centers in Fort Wayne that offer classes at various times for accessibility. Their services include basic adult education, small group reading classes, and prep for the High School Equivalency diploma (formerly GED). The agency uses professional teachers and trained tutors, and coordinates outreach services including free child care and transportation because their mission is to do whatever it takes to make learning and improving possible for everyone. Mike Landram, Executive Director, said “We’re in the business of helping adults get a second chance.” Some of those students who are looking to become self-sufficient, want to read to their families, or obtain better jobs who test at or above the fifth grade level will be placed in one of the High School Equivalency (HSE) centers. Other students who test below the fifth grade level have a different curriculum and are placed in pre-HSE classes. These classes are offered free of charge. Currently, The Literacy Alliance has helped approximately 7,000 adults improve their literacy and 700 adults achieve their HSE that they need to live, work, and play in Fort Wayne. “People are surprised when I’m asked how many adults in Fort Wayne and Allen County are without a high school diploma and there’s over 30,000 adults in our community. That’s about 11% of the population that is without a high school diploma, and so when you look at that in the community that is a fairly extensive problem,” said Mike Landram, Executive Director. The move to The Summit from Clay Street assisted with visibility, accessibility, and recruitment which led for The Literacy Alliance to hold an Open House that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony in partnership with Greater Fort Wayne with special guests such as Mayor Tom Henry and students Norma...

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Ballroom Dancing in Fort Wayne
Dec07

Ballroom Dancing in Fort Wayne

Soon, there will be many Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties that involve dancing the night away. Dancing is a fun workout and it’s even more fun when it’s with a partner or group of friends. So, grab your significant other or a friend and go ballroom dancing! You could learn the salsa, merengue, tango, hustle, and many more. Learning ballroom dance is also great if you’ve got a special event to go to like a wedding and need some new moves. There are so many places to go dancing here in Fort Wayne to let loose and have a good time! The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company – 1559 West Dupont Road They offer ballroom dancing lessons for special events, preparation for professional dance competitions, and social dancing. Their instructors are certified in DVIDA. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 12:00pm-9:30pm, and Friday from 12:00pm-10:00pm. Check out their website here.   Arthur Murray Dance Center of Fort Wayne – located at 8818 Coldwater Road Arthur Murray Dance Company has been operating in Fort Wayne for 75 years and boast 260 dance studios worldwide! They offer instructional dancing and special events for beginners to star dancers! Their hours are Monday 6:00pm-10:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 12:30pm-10:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Learn more about Arthur Murray here.   Fort Wayne Dance Collective – located at 437 E. Berry St. Suite 203 Fort Wayne Dance Collective offers not only ballroom dancing classes, but also ballet, Zumba, modern, hip hop, jazz, belly dancing, Taiko, and more! Check out their class schedule here. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday-Saturday 8:30am-12:00pm.   Fred Astaire Dance Studio – located at 5404 Meijer Drive From services like group lessons, private lessons for any special events and preparation for dance competitions, you can learn dance inspired by the original ballroom dancer. You could learn a variety of dances; anywhere from rhythm dancing like the salsa, mambo, east and west coast swing, rumba and the cha-cha to smooth dancing like the foxtrot, tango, quickstep, and the waltz! If interested, give them a call at (260) 209-4130 or fill out their contact...

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Local Eats for College Students
Nov28

Local Eats for College Students

There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially when home has good food. Being a college student, I understand that sometimes going home for a meal is impossible. But when you live in a place like Fort Wayne, there are so many local restaurants that offer way more than fast food. Since I’m not a Fort Wayne native, I was clueless about the food scene that’s within my budget. After looking into some restaurants and what they had to offer, I found some great local eats for college students that satisfy taste buds and your wallet! Calhoun Soups, Salads and Spirits, also known as CS3, is a great place for tasty food, fun ambience and to meet friends. It is located at 1915 S. Calhoun. Their hours are Monday 11am-8pm; Tuesday 11am-8pm; Wednesday–Friday 11am-midnight; Saturday 12pm-midnight. 816 Pint and Slice offers excellent pizzas in the heart of downtown and is located at 816 Calhoun Street. Hours are Sunday-Monday 11am-8:16 pm; Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10:16pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-11:16pm. Coney Island is one of Fort Wayne’s classic restaurants, serving up their famous coney dogs since 1914. It is located at 131 W. Main St. It is open Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-11pm; Sunday 9am-9pm. Bravas Specialty Burger Joint is located at 3412 Fairfield Avenue. They offer classic and seasonal burgers, briskets, and more. My personal favorite is the classic cheeseburger and patatas naked! Their hours are Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm. Cindy’s Diner is located at 230 W Berry Street and is an authentic ‘50s Diner. They serve breakfast all day, including their famous “Garbage”. It has been a local favorite since 1952! Their hours are Monday-Saturday 6am-2pm and Sunday...

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The Embassy Theatre’s 32nd Annual Festival of Trees
Nov22

The Embassy Theatre’s 32nd Annual Festival of Trees

Christmas time is just around the corner. With Christmas on the way comes bright lights and beautifully decorated trees. Speaking of trees, check out the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre! The Festival of Trees is the signature fundraising event for the Embassy Theatre. Proceeds go towards benefitting the nonprofit’s operations, programming, and restoration efforts of the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc. This event is the 32nd annual Festival of Trees and will take place on November 23-30, 2016. You can eat breakfast with Santa Claus on November 25, 26, and 27. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa Claus are sold out, but general admission tickets can be purchased at STAR Bank Box Office at the Embassy Theatre or online. The Festival of Trees offers various organizations an opportunity in an annual community event which promotes: Youth Performance Education Opportunity – Youth entertainment on the Embassy stage is the highlight of the festival, with regional dance groups filling 22 performance slots on the stage during the weekend festival hours. The youth performances provide an entertainment backdrop for the festival and young dancers receive an opportunity to experience performing on the Embassy’s Broadway-scaled stage. Community Visibility – The Festival of Trees attracts more than 18,000 visitors annually to the Embassy Theatre. Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street holiday windows and the opening night for Festival of Trees.    Community Collaboration – This event opens the doors to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities and gives the public the opportunity to participate as patrons, musical performers, event volunteers, sponsors and/or tree decorators. The Festival of Trees is proud to partner with other downtown holiday festivals to make downtown the finest holiday destination in northeast Indiana. Economic Development – In keeping with its mission to “preserve and operate one of Indiana’s largest historic theatres,” the Fort Wayne Embassy manages ongoing restoration and maintenance efforts, all with the primary goal of improving and securing the theater for future generations. These efforts are accomplished by offering diverse programming and events and welcoming more than 110,000 patrons and performers each year. Festival of Trees Schedule: Wednesday, Nov. 23: Downtown Fort Wayne’s Night of Lights – Open 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day – Open 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25: Open 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26: Open 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27: Open 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30: Open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ticket Prices: Adults $8, Juniors $4 (ages...

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