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Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana

Posted by on June 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Summer Outdoor Adventures of Northeast Indiana

Northeast Indiana has no shortage of outdoor activities. From Fort Wayne’s three rivers, 86 parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths, there’s plenty to explore. Keep reading for our favorite outdoor adventures in and around Fort Wayne. Visit a State Park Northeast Indiana’s State Parks are the best places to go for hiking, observing wildlife, camping and more! Pokagen Located near Angola, Pokagen is one of Indiana’s original state parks.  With activities for every season, the park is a hot spot all year long. This summer head to Pokagen to enjoy its scenic hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing, horse riding and beautiful sunset views. Chain O’ Lakes Nine connecting lakes make up this state park. With 10 miles of hiking trails, plentiful beaches, the one-room schoolhouse nature center and cabins for rustic overnights, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy all weekend. Ouabache Easier said than it looks, this park’s name is the French spelling of a Native American word and is simply pronounced “Wabash.” Head here to enjoy the park’s interpretative naturalist services, hiking trails, swimming beaches and paved bike paths. Other Parks While not designated as state parks, there are plenty of natural areas nearby to get your outdoor fix.  Check out Allen County Parks with more info about Fox Island and Matea Park  which offer great activities for the kiddos. Salomon Farm Park is an historic working farm and park for everyone. Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is designated for hunting and fishing opportunities. Head to the Water There are numerous lakes and rivers surrounding Fort Wayne offering cottage rentals for a weekend (or longer) getaway. There’s no better place to de-stress than near the water. Lake Life Lake Wawasee is Indiana’s largest natural lake, with rumors that Oprah has purchased lakeside property there, and Al Capone used to be a regular visitor. Salamonie Lake has tons of activities to enjoy besides swimming and boating including biking and bridle trails, playgrounds, sports courts and waterskiing. Other nearby favorites are Crooked Lake, Lake James and Tri-Lakes. Looking for a cottage or lake house rental? Try a quick search on AirBNB! River Fun Fort Wayne is home to the St. Mary’s and St. Joseph Rivers which form the Maumee River. Fort Wayne Outfitters offers kayaking and canoe rentalswhile River City Ventures offers relaxing, scenic tours. If you’re willing to travel a bit out of the city, head just an hour to Howe, Indiana for some river adventuring. Mongo River Run and The Trading Post offer boat rentals from four to 13 mile runs down the quiet and scenic river. Hit the Trails Fort Wayne has hundreds of miles of paved bike paths allowing you to bike pretty much anywhere in the city. Prefer something more rugged? Hit up a mountain bike trail. Biking Fort Wayne and Allen County Trail Network will keep you and your bike busy this summer with even more trails to come. The Rivergreenway is perfect for the family, easily avoiding the busy streets, with just a few sections sharing the road. Franke Park offers 10 miles of rugged, single-path biking trails. While perhaps a bit outside of northeast Indiana, the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is still worth mentioning for its 13 miles connecting Shipshewana and Goshen with only 1.5 miles being paved. Kids Only! Since you can’t send the kids...

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Get out for National Trails Day

Posted by on May 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Get out for National Trails Day

Get out for National Trails Day

For my family, going for a walk is an everyday event. While not everyone has the time to go out and enjoy a little nature walk everyday, June 2 is your excuse to make the time and enjoy your local trails. Northeast Indiana has plentiful, beautiful trails that make your walking, jogging, biking and skating safe and scenic. Thanks to many updates around the region, trails are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs so folks of all abilities can enjoy them. You don’t have to live in Fort Wayne to experience the trails. Almost every county in our region boasts a beautiful contribution to the trail system. So grab a friend or your puppy and start moving towards the trail closest to you!   The Trails Angola Trail Counties: Steuben Length: 4.4 miles Trail end points: Commons Park and E. Wendell Jacob Avenue This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. It is located just miles from the Ohio and Michigan borders and pathways connect Fireman’s Park and Commons Park. The trail is also walking distance from Trine University.    It’s a beautiful day for a morning bike ride. ☀☀☀#rivergreenway #lovingthisindiansummer A post shared by Sarah Sexton (@i.am.sarah.sexton) on Oct 18, 2017 at 8:00am PDT Rivergreenway Counties: Allen Length: 30.1 miles Trail end points: Shoaff Park to Historic Old Fort (Fort Wayne); Historic Old Fort and Moser Park (New Haven); Historic Old Fort to Southtown Centre (Fort Wayne) This trail allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This impressive, 30-mile trail way runs through Fort Wayne, by the rivers, through downtown and connects residential districts. The Rivergreenway serves as an all inclusive and easily accessible trail for any resident of Allen County.     Blue River Trail Counties: Whitley Length: 2.5 miles Trail end points: S. Main St./US 30 north of E. Hanna St. and Morsches Park This trail allows for biking, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. Blue River Trail helps link parks, businesses and residential areas along the Eel River.     Fairy spot on #Fishinglinetrail. A post shared by Roberta Stone, ASID, RID (@stone.roberta) on Jun 3, 2017 at 8:30am PDT Fishing Line Trail Counties: Noble Length: 1.3 miles Trail end points: E 850 N and E 800 N (Rome City) This trail allows for biking and walking. This is a developing and constantly improving trail in Noble County whose goal is to connect the tight-knit communities in the county.     Heritage Trail Counties: Kosciusko Length: 1.8 miles Trail end points: Winona Avenue and Roy Street This trail allows for biking and walking and is part of a larger system called the Lake City Greenway.     End of the @dam2damride in #wabashindiana #paradisespringriverwalk #centuryride #triathlete #swimbikerun A post shared by TooTallFritz (@tootallfritz) on Sep 13, 2017 at 5:03am PDT Paradise Spring Riverwalk Trail Counties: Wabash Length: 0.75 miles Trail end points: S. Allen St. and E. Market St. and Paradise Spring Historical Park Paradise Spring Riverwalk allows for bike, inline skating, walking and is wheelchair accessible. This trail overlooks the Wabash River and goes through the Paradise Spring Historical Park. The park and trail highlight the historical significance of the area.   For more information on trails in northeast Indiana, check out one of these great resources! Trail Link – Locations,...

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Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance presents the 23rd annual Doctor’s Day

Posted by on February 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance presents the 23rd annual Doctor’s Day

Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance presents the 23rd annual Doctor’s Day

Press release from Science Central   FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Doctor’s Day, presented by the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance, is back at Science Central for a 23rd year! Doctor’s Day is Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to Science Central is free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. thanks in part to sponsorship from Lutheran Health Network, Parkview Health, and SYM Financial Advisors. This hands-on health fair gives kids a chance to explore the world of medicine and learn about health issues in a friendly environment. Visitors can talk with health professionals, watch exciting medical and wellness demonstrations, tour Parkview Samaritan and Lutheran Air medical helicopters (weather permitting), explore ambulances, and much more. Special appearances this year will include the Fort Wayne Mad Ant, Johnny from the Tin Caps, and Icy D. Eagle from the Komets! Save time at Admissions, and check in before March 3 on Science Central’s website! For more information about Doctor’s Day, visit www.sciencecentral.org, www.alliancefw.org, or call 260-424-2400. About Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance: The FWMS Alliance, a 78-year-old charitable organization, endeavors to educate children in the science of medicine, while also providing information to help them and their families to be healthier. Working in conjunction with area health care professionals, the Alliance is proud to have developed Doctor’s Day into one of the longest- running health fairs in our area with record attendance of over 2,500 in recent years....

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Yoga To Beat The Winter Blues

Posted by on February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Yoga To Beat The Winter Blues

Yoga To Beat The Winter Blues

Yoga is an incredible benefit to one’s physical, mental and spiritual health. With winter weather causing most time spent to be indoors, it’s a great opportunity to give it a try! Feeling a bit intimidated by yoga? Or maybe you’ve got a mat you like to lay out in the living room, but you’re a bit nervous to go to a group session? Fear not! Fort Wayne is home to many studios that are suitable for all skill levels. For The Novice: Fusion Yoga A post shared by • FUSION YOGA • (@fusionyogafw) on Nov 23, 2017 at 9:54am PST Fusion Yoga offers an intro course that has been dubbed “Yoga for Men Who Can’t Bend.” A series constructed around teaching men the basics of posture in a supportive atmosphere. Fusion Yoga offers many styles of yoga, but their most practiced style is “hot yoga.” A variety of yoga that requires their studio be at a high temperature and humidity  to ensure that your lungs and skin do not dry out. There are also many who enjoy the heated environment simply as a way to get out of the cooler temps outdoors. Whatever your reason is for wanting to try hot yoga, Fusion is welcome to any and all! PranaYoga PranaYoga also offers a Yoga Basics course. Whether you are new to yoga, or prefer a milder routine to your sessions, this class is perfect for you. Teachers in this course give tips and training throughout to help casual yoga goers sharpen their basic skills and techniques. They even children’s and teen’s classes! The start of PranaYoga’s mission states, “Our mission is to provide a FUN and HEALING community of learning the ancient art and science of Yoga and Ayurveda! Through the most experienced and educated instructors, our intention is one of holistic health. There is a sharing of ancient wisdom and of community service. Our goal is to meet you where you are, within whatever stage of life you are experiencing.” Simply Yoga A post shared by Simply Yoga Fort Wayne (@simplyyogafortwayne) on Aug 19, 2017 at 8:45am PDT Simply Yoga offers another unique option for yoga beginners. Barre yoga combines elements of yoga, dance and Pilates with a ballet barre at its northwest location. For The Experienced Yoga Lovers: Urban Body Yoga A post shared by Urban Body Yoga (@urbanbodyyoga) on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:20am PST Urban Body Yoga offers a variety of more intense sessions and classes. Hot Power Yoga will apply variations of many advanced poses while pushing to sharpen body, spirit and mind. It is strongly recommended that one have experience in yoga in order to take part in this class. Urban Body Yoga also offers a selection of more intense fitness-esque courses: Urban Barre, Yoga Sculpt and Boot Camp. Though they have varying focusses, these courses are sure to challenge your entire body. Studio Seva Studio Seva offers a unique aerial Circus Class. Though all skill levels are welcome, there is a considerable skill curve to these unique routines of upper body strength and balance. The studio does warn that their classes may result in “fun, strength, flexibility, body awareness, new friends and lots of laughter.” Whether you’re in for yoga, or some of their aeriel courses, Studio Seva is prepared to...

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How to Hygge in Fort Wayne

Posted by on January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Hygge in Fort Wayne

How to Hygge in Fort Wayne

About Hygge What is hygge? Aside from being a little difficult to pronounce (“hoo-guh”), the definition has an extremely easy to understand meaning. It encompasses the overall feeling of contentment, well-being, and being cozy. In our fast paced world, we often ignore these important feelings and practices. Lucky for us, it is very possible to hygge in Fort Wayne.   How to Hygge in Fort Wayne Contentment  Contentment is different for everyone. If you want to feel contentment, you should find something that you really enjoy and act on it. This could be catching a show at Embassy or checking out the latest performance from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Promote Your Personal Well Being  It’s a new year and you have new opportunities to do something for yourself. Help your mind, body, and soul by joining a local gym or taking a yoga class. Coziness  Cozy is in the eye of the beholder. It can be going to an amazing coffee shop like Fortezza, or enjoying time with your friends at a warm and friendly bar like JK O’Donnells.   How to Achieve the Entire Hygge Package Winter Cozy is a hygge themed evening brought to you by Riverfront Fort Wayne. Everything about this speaks hygge. According to Megan Butler, this event will stimulate the senses. She uses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to create a sense of wonder and connection through the taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. The goal is to offer an amazing experience while re-defining winter. The event highlights the positives of winter (like a heated tent, cozy furniture, warm cocktails, food for purchase, live music from Ty Causey, sensory games, ice sculptures, and drink luges). The event will feature local ice sculptors and other local vendors like Mutton and Club Soda. Part of promoting your personal well-being and contentment will be highlighted through adult hands-on sensory activities. According to Megan Butler, you should think about sensory activities for autism. You can play with the activities and take them home. Riverfront Fort Wayne is committed to making people more conscious of the rivers. This event is an example of how people can live their lives around the rivers and have fun all year, even in the winter. Event Details Winter Cozy is a part of Winterval Admission is $10 at the door. Event Runs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is 21+ Sponsored by Alt 99.5, Riverfront Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Winterval is a Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation event. Contact Megan Butler for additional...

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Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location

Posted by on October 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location

Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Business is booming for In Touch Salonspa in northern Fort Wayne, so much so that the salon and spa facility, located at 939 East Dupont Road (just east of Coldwater Road), broke ground for a second, larger location. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 10 for the new facility, to be located adjacent to the new 1st Source Bank building at 4005 East Dupont Road, which is just east of the Parkview Regional Medical Center complex. With 6,000 square feet of space, the new $1.6 million project will provide more than 50 percent more capacity than the existing salon. Like the original location, the new facility will offer beauty services, hair care, and Aveda retail products, along with “our extremely high standards of customer service and our top-notch technical abilities,” according to InTouch Salonspa owner Cindy Kirkland in a prepared statement. She notes that all of her guests “enjoy the ultimate experience during each visit, with up-to-date, high-end services and technology. Taking services one step further, however, Kirkland says that the new, state-of-the-art location “will streamline the beauty industry by also including an upscale barbershop.” The new salon/spa will have more than 50 employees, including hair stylists, barbers, estheticians, a massage therapist, a nail technician, a manager and guest service coordinators. Kirkland says that the original location of In Touch Salonspa, which opened in October 2003, currently has 30 employees and averages more than 150 new customers each month. The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center created financial projections to secure funding for the project. While ground is being broken next week for the new salon, construction is estimated to take four to six months, with a tentative completion date of the Spring of 2018. For more information on In Touch Salonspa, call 260-410-0350 or visit www.InTouchSalonSpa.com. To learn more about the services of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. International Day of Peace Rally Thursday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution declaring September 21 the International Day of Peace. Join us downtown (or wherever you are) for a moment of silence where you meditate on bringing peace to your heart and the world! September Hot Spot Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Hot spot time! Check out CityScape flats and do some networking! Women’s Creative Entrepreneur Night Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Shop and support local women and all they bring to our community! Whose Live Anyway Thursday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Should be a great show! Get your tickets ASAP! Triad Fall Medication Disposal Day Friday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doing some fall cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet! Fall Harvest Festival Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 There’s going to be so many fun things to do on the farm! Kick off the fall season with great activities on this beautiful weekend! Return of the SOUP Friday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. SOUP is back! Watch four presentations and vote on which project you think will most benefit our community. Safety Fair at Jefferson Pointe Saturday, September 23 at 10 a.m. The kiddos will love this safety fair, you grown-ups can get some useful information as well! Stop by! Hop On Brew Tour Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This benefit for CTN will take you to our local breweries while you get to meet new friends. It should be a super fun time! It’s hop on, hop off style — so grab a ticket and come anytime! Lakeside Fall Concert Sunday, September 24 at 3 p.m. The rose gardens are still beautiful this time of year, there will be music, fun activities, and small business shopping. Don’t miss it! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 14, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Oh man, there’s a ton to do this weekend! Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Free Friday Tasting at our Broadway store Friday, September 15 at 5 p.m. Try before you buy at this fun, free event! Middle Waves Music Festival September 15 and 16 It’s here, it’s here! Grab tickets for the main stage, or there’s plenty of other things to do for free. Stop by sometime this weekend, you won’t regret it! Check out our can’t-miss reasons why here. Mini Waves September 16 A great addition to Middle Waves, Mini Waves is a great time for the kids. There will be a TON of stuff for your little ones to do on Saturday, come out and enjoy as a family!   Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 We love spending fall days at this farm. It’s opening weekend, aka the beginning of the best time of year. Johnny Appleseed Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 There could not be any more fun things packed into one weekend! Grab some great grub and celebrate Johnny Appleseed.   SASSIE CAKES GRAND OPENING Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These cakes are to die for, and they’re making their debut on Broadway downtown! Walk for Animals Sunday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m. Help raise funds for Animal Care and Control this Sunday. You have the choice to walk or run! Cocktail Competition and Sampling Sunday, September 17 at 6 p.m. Mixologists from near and far will be battling at The Golden this Sunday. Story Hour with The Allen County Public Library Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. Stop by for an interactive story hour! There will be books, crafts and healthy snacks! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on May 11, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Hobnobben Film Festival Preview Party Thursday, May 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check out trailers for the 2017 films! Meditation in the Park Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Everyone could use a bit of fresh air and a clear mind. Find both in the park! Visitors Center Open House Friday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn all about the Visitors Center, and enjoy some special treats while you’re at it! Youtheatre’s “James and the Giant Peach” Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, times vary This is such a fun show for the Youtheatre to be putting on! Support our kids’ art and enjoy the show! West Main Street Antique and Vintage Market SPRING 2017 Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to take home some really great finds. Three Rivers Running Company Pink Ribbon Run Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Join the run to benefit breast cancer research! 5th Annual Raptor Expo Saturday, May 13 at from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Stop by to see these amazing animals! There will be presentations throughout the day. Mary Poppins Movie Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Mary Poppins in the Embassy Theatre? What a perfect Mother’s Day. Mommie Dearest and Mimosas – Mother’s Day at Cinema Center Sunday, May 14 at 11 a.m. As part of Downtown Fort Wayne’s Mother’s Day Downtown event, Cinema Center will screen Mommie Dearest! Do something different this year. Mother’s Day Downtown 2017 Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free trolleys to explore downtown! Find the perfect gift for mom, or spend a fun day with her! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on April 27, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 2017 Giving Back Fort Wayne Volunteer Fair Thursday, April 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meet over 60 area non-profits and organizations to learn about their volunteer opportunities. Enjoy food trucks and more! Celebrate Immigrants in Fort Wayne Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Listen to a great panel and celebrate all the immigrants who make our community great. Progressive Social Hour is partnering with Universal Education Foundation for this free event. Not to mention, there will be specialty appetizers from around the world. The Taming of the Shrew Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, May 7, times vary Get your dose of Shakespeare with this great show! Medication Disposal Day Friday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s time for spring cleaning! Help keep our families and community safe by properly disposing of your medications. Shoot for a Cure Walk For A Cause 3 Mile Walk Friday, April 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A wonderful 3 mile walk (family friendly!). The proceeds go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Stand Against Racism Friday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Raising awareness to combat institutional racism. A Wrinkle in Time A staple young adult book comes to life with some super talented local folks. Don’t miss it! Touch-a-Truck 2017 Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Take your kiddos to explore some super cool vehicles! What a fun Saturday morning! He Named Me Malala: Screening and Discussion Sunday, April 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This documentary is a part of this year’s “Stand Against Racism” campaign. The YWCA will lead a discussion following the film. Friendly Fox Fundraiser/Silent Auction Sunday, April 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Do you want an outdoor revamp at the Friendly Fox? Then help them out and get some cool stuff in the process! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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