2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open
Dec11

2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open

News release from polarplungeIN.org Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open Organization’s largest fundraiser is February 10 at Metea County Park Special Olympics Indiana and Special Olympics Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 10 from 10am-2pm at Metea County Park near Leo-Cedarville and registration is now open at polarplungeIN.org. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies from all over Northeast Indiana, including Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, LaGrange, Whitley, Wells, and Adams Counties, raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold water and prove they are Freezin’ for a Reason. The event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition. Currently there are over 13,000 athletes that participate in at least one sport through Special Olympics in the state. Past Fort Wayne Plunges have had more than 100 Plungers and have raised more than $10,000. This year those numbers are both expected to increase as awareness of the event grows in local schools and businesses. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online at polarplungeIN.org, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 10 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the free After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together teams of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as their Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. For more information, please contact Julie Burkholder at jburkholder@soindiana.org or 260-466-1528 or online by visiting polarplungeIN.org. Special Olympics is also seeking door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers. Join us as we are Freezin’ for a Reason!   Photos are courtesy of Natalie...

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LFW’s Instagram is Rockin’
Dec01

LFW’s Instagram is Rockin’

If you’re big into Instagram, check out Living Fort Wayne’s Instagram content today! Our team gives you a look at all the things you can discover in Fort Wayne! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the content that went up in November. @banhmiphoshop at 1925 Fairfield Avenue continues to serve up deliciousness. Plan a trip today. #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 28, 2017 at 12:09pm PST Night of Lights 2017! #HolidayFestFW A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 23, 2017 at 6:17pm PST The “Snow Days” exhibit is now open at The Conservatory! #DTFW #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:43am PST @riverfrontfortwayne partnered with City Utilities to give a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s water filtration plant today. A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 11, 2017 at 8:34am PST A big shout out to Drew, Devin, Aleiyaa, and Keaira and many others from The Crossing for their help with the #columbiaavenuebetterblock project! #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 4, 2017 at 3:50pm PDT Discover a new view in #FortWayne! Check out the Hanson Quarry Observation Deck! #quarry #NEIpride A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Nov 1, 2017 at 5:38pm...

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Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne
Nov13

Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne

Release from Start Fort Wayne South Bend Code School // Fort Wayne will conduct its inaugural “demo day” for students and guests at the Atrium co-working space downtown at 5:30 p.m. on November 14 (Tuesday). This is the school’s first cohort in Fort Wayne and first-ever expansion program outside of South Bend. Students ages 11-18 will be showing off the apps and websites they have built over the last eleven weeks. The demonstration is open to the public. The “Jumpstart Web Development” course offered an introduction to web development. Students learned three coding languages (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and built two websites. One of the websites is an app aimed at bettering the students’ community; more specifically to raise awareness around mental health issues and resources. The students will also have the opportunity to present their new products to tech professionals at Google in Chicago later this month. The SBCS // FW is a partnership, formed earlier this year between South Bend Code School and Start Fort Wayne designed to give youth technology skills, and to expose youth to technology-related career and education paths at an early age. Start Fort Wayne began in 2015 with a mission to strengthen the infrastructure that supports entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana, supporting a long-term vision to attract innovation and high-growth companies to launch their venture in northeast Indiana. “We have been so pleased with our inaugural class in Fort Wayne,” said Alexandra Liggins, co-founder of South Bend Code School, in a prepared release. “The students were eager and receptive learners, and are now equipped to consider the next steps in their coding and tech education. We are excited to continue our partnership with Start Fort Wayne to give students real-world skills to prepare them for the future.” Start Fort Wayne Executive Director, Rhonda Ladig states in a prepared release, “Today, every venture is impacted by tech. The Narwhal and the Manatee is a good example. They make bath and skin care products here in Fort Wayne, but they do much of their business online. So, e-commerce is a core part of their model. This type of education is vital to supporting the needs of our current entrepreneurs and also helps grow the workforce in the area of coding to make northeast Indiana a more attractive place to launch a venture.” Start Fort Wayne’s other programs include entrepreneur coaching services called LevelUp and the Atrium coworking space downtown at 111 W. Berry St. Start Fort Wayne also launched Indiana’s first chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s “1 Million Cups” program, which is a free program that meets every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater with...

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Current Fort Wayne – Our community’s new events calendar
Nov06

Current Fort Wayne – Our community’s new events calendar

Today, Visit Fort Wayne Foundation released a new website to serve Fort Wayne residents – CurrentFortWayne.com. CurrentFortWayne.com is a comprehensive community Calendar of Events, providing information on sports, arts, entertainment and educational events to the community. The calendar is built on Visit Fort Wayne’s robust system and will provide a single portal where an organization can enter their event once and it will be eligible to be included on our partner calendars including Visit Fort Wayne, Arts United, Downtown Improvement District, YLNI Living Fort Wayne, Riverfront Fort Wayne and others. In addition, all community events will be featured on CurrentFortWayne.com, collected in one place for residents to discover. On CurrentFortWayne.com, events can be sorted by category, keyword or date – making it easy for people to find the events of interest to them. “We are delighted to present this comprehensive community calendar of events to the community,” adds Kristen Guthrie, Director of Marketing at Visit Fort Wayne in a prepared statement. “We know that the #1 barrier to people engaging in community activities is that they aren’t aware of the events in advance. Promoting CurrentFortWayne.com to the community will help Fort Wayne residents engage with their community as they discover new events.” Current Fort Wayne is funded by the following partners: Fort Wayne Community Foundation Old National Trust/Parrish Charitable Foundation PNC Charitable Trusts/Sledd Foundation Visit Fort Wayne Foundation For more information, please contact Kristen Guthrie, Visit Fort Wayne Director of Marketing 424-3700 or...

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Release – Elmhurst Tours for Alumni, Staff and Families
Nov02

Release – Elmhurst Tours for Alumni, Staff and Families

News release from Waynedale.com   On November 10 and 11, alumni, their immediate families, and school staff will have a final opportunity to tour their former school and ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alums. The event will also feature food trucks offering Elmhurst ‘famous’ cafeteria food such as sticky buns, pizza and more. In addition, guests will have an opportunity to help revive the previously abandoned alumni association. The event will host the following groups each day of the two-day event: Friday, November 10; 8 am – 6 pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1969 or earlier, and their immediate family only, as well as former staff members. Saturday, November 11; 8 am – 6 pm: Alumni who graduated in years 1970 or after, and their immediate family only. All attendees will have the opportunity to experience a 25 minute guided walking tour of the main floor of the building, passing main features of their experiences as a student or staff member, such as the music rooms, courtyards, stage and auditorium, lecture room, staff areas, cafeteria, library, main gym and more. A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the entrance. Proceeds will benefit the Waynedale community, split between the Waynedale Sidewalks & Trails Initiative and the Waynedale Corridor Project. Following the tour, guests are invited to the Main Gym for a ‘Meet & Greet’ with fellow alumni. There will be light refreshments and seating to allow guests to reminisce about their experiences. There will also be Elmhurst mementos available for purchase as a fundraiser for Waynedale community causes. The idea for such an event came from many alumni’s comments; which is when Daniel Westrick (class of 1995) and Josh Wolfe (class of 1996) began a Facebook group to start gathering input and collecting all class lists of names of alumni. With their experience of organizing community events, The Waynedale News was asked to lead the event and to pursue an agreement with Hanson Aggregates. Camille Garrison, Marketing Director for Kingston Residence Assisted Living and local community advocate has also assisted with the primary planning of event space, volunteers and tours. With a limited two day time-frame for tours and high attendance anticipated, it is suggested for attendees to arrive early and expect a line. Attendees should look for directional signage for parking and other instructions, which will be posted on the days of the event. As the building has been sitting empty for seven years, attendees should be cautioned that there is some deterioration and they will be required to sign a liability waiver before entering the building. No food, drinks or pets will be allowed inside....

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