Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne
Sep13

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Newly updated for 2018! What is fall without a trip to one of the local pumpkin patches, complete with an apple orchard and corn maze? NOTHING! That’s what! Luckily, northeast Indiana has plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the fall weather, pick pumpkins and apples, and get lost in corn mazes. Johnny Appleseed Festival – 1500 N. Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne Saturday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Did you know the Johnny Appleseed Festival started way back in 1974? When you head out to the festival today you’ll see more than 100 craft booths, numerous food booths, tinsmiths, apple pressers, blacksmiths, trappers, traders and more. Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fall Festival – 6532 Cook Road, Fort Wayne Friday, Sept. 14  – Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 Friday: 6 p.m. -10 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.Sunday: Noon-5 p.m. This 6th generation family farm has opened for its sixth annual fall festival. The farm features a LEGO-themed corn maze, straw mountain, the corn pit, farm tours, tetherball and more. Admission is $8 per person. Children 2 years old and under are free. Military members, both active or veteran, are free. There is also $1 off admission of for service personnel and Boy/Girl Scouts. Season passes are $15 per person. Amazing Fall Fun – 3150 C.R. 43, Waterloo Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Friday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday: Noon – 10 p.m.Sunday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Amazing Fall Fun features what’s billed as “Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze.” There is also a pumpkin patch featuring a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Other activities include a jumbo jumping pillow, the barrel roll, straw mountain, duck races, the corn box, farmer foosball and much, much more.  You won’t want to wait! Tickets are $8 for ages 3 and up with additional pricing options for small and large groups. Cedar Creek Produce – 11709 Clay St., Leo-Cedarville Open seven days a week! Cedar Creek has a variety of produce year-round but since fall is in full-swing, they have pumpkins, gourds and plenty of corn. Ridenour Acres – 2935 E. 20 N., Angola Saturday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Friday (only in October): Open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. This farm includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other activities for the whole family! New for 2017 is the Trick or Treat Trail. Admission is $7 per person ($1 off for groups of 15 or more) and children 3 and under are admitted free. Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival – 817 Dupont Road, Fort Wayne Friday, Sept....

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Exploring Gen Con and Defeating Harry (Finally)
Sep11

Exploring Gen Con and Defeating Harry (Finally)

I spent the first week of August among my people. Over 60,000 tabletop game lovers descended on the Indianapolis convention center. We wandered the halls, stood in the lines, and played all of the games at Gen Con, the largest and longest-running game convention in North America. As always, it felt glorious. Gen Con exhibit hall So much to see This year, more than 520 game companies showed their products in the massive exhibit hall. Over 600 new games of all kinds premiered at the show. Special fundraising events to support this year’s two official charities, The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and Second Helpings, raised more than $50,000. The convention’s 17,000+ ticketed events ran constantly — 24 hours a day — from Wednesday evening, August 1, through Sunday night, August 5. I can personally vouch for that. My son and I wandered back to our hotel sometime around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday night after finishing an amazing 500-person cooperative roleplaying event for Paizo’s Starfinder game. Such are moments that make memories to last a lifetime. In the coming months, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about the new games we discovered at the convention. For today, I want to reflect on some dadly joy — namely, the incredible experience of sharing these moments with my teenage son. “open gaming” space in the Indianapolis Convention Center late at night… and still hoppin The son grows up The Wonder (his nickname since he was tiny), turned 14 in May. He gained too many inches in height, spawned a slew of fresh brain cells containing all kinds of opinions, and matured into someone with a fascinating intellect and amazing personality. He attended this year’s convention carrying his first official “game reviewer” business cards. After a couple of practice runs with game industry friends, he confidently put the cards to work. He introduced himself to vendors, discussed game release dates and prices, and carefully took notes about games he wanted to check out. It was a proud geeky father moment. My somewhat introverted little guy didn’t just get taller, he grew up. I got to watch him step out, coach him on the details, and celebrate his victories. My youngest son mapped his way toward manhood on the exhibit floor of Gen Con, looking resplendent in a blue velvet fez emblazoned with a neon green kraken (which, I’ve been told repeatedly, “is not a squid”). Gen Con exhibit hall Harry scares me As all of this happened for my son, though, something happened for me as well: I finally felt a victory over my long-time nemesis, Harry Chapin, and his song “Cats...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Cassey Suthers
Aug31

LFW Member Spotlight – Cassey Suthers

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Contributing Writer, Cassey Suthers! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I’m a writer with Living Fort Wayne. I joined because writing is my passion and I am a big advocate for all things Fort Wayne. I really wanted to share my enthusiasm about the “happenings” in and around town, so you’ll imagine my surprise when I was able to combine that with my love of writing! Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne I am married with two very strong-willed, independent little girls who I hope will grow to love and appreciate Fort Wayne as much as I do. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If money was no object, I would love to live on a beach in city in Mexico called Manzanillo. I have family there and in other parts of Mexico, but the beach in Manzanillo was the first ocean I ever visited. I haven’t been back since I was fresh out of high school, but I always remember how much I loved being in that city and on that beach. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? There are so many things to choose! My absolute favorite thing is the Johnny Appleseed Festival, I would definitely share that with an out of town friend. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I’m on a 90’s kick right now so let’s go with Doo Wop by Lauren Hill Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right...

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Bring It Push It Own It: inspiring, uplifting and guiding Fort Wayne’s young women
Aug28

Bring It Push It Own It: inspiring, uplifting and guiding Fort Wayne’s young women

It’s difficult to be a young woman in modern society. Today’s generation is inundated with mixed messages from the media, along with a lack of community engagement, peer conflict, family problems and other issues that can leave girls feeling alienated and inadequate. Bring It Push It Own It, a local female-run nonprofit organization for girls from ages 9-18, seeks to overcome these negative influences by empowering young women through physical activity, mentorship and teamwork. Bring It Push It Own It began in 2013 when founder Tisha Stotlar noticed a lack of self-esteem, positive values, inner strength, coping skills and leadership traits being instilled in young women within their home, school and extracurricular lives. Stotlar started the organization with the important goal of helping girls learn to “push themselves outside of their comfort zones to grow to their fullest potential.” Today, Bring It Push It Own It is run by a full board and advisory committee of predominantly women, offering group fitness and enrichment programming for girls in the Fort Wayne area. “We create an environment that is different than sports yet active—an environment to become a leader as a mentor to other girls, an opportunity to learn how to have friendships outside of your normal circles. Taking you out of your comfort zones is the best way to heighten ourselves and become our best selves, and we provide that in our program and our obstacle run,” Stotlar said. View this post on Instagram This is our girl tribe, open minded, kind, positive, real, healthy minds and bodies, fun, focused on self love, kindness, inner strength, leadership, healthy relationships, empowered to keep going, crush goals, keep believing!! A post shared by Bring It-Push It-Own It (@bringit_pushit_ownit) on Aug 10, 2018 at 12:51pm PDT Bring It Push It Own It offers 10 to 12 week seasonal rotations consisting of weekly meet-ups and additional monthly meet-ups for its young members. Typically meeting at Spiece Fitness, sessions rotate a variety of a group exercise classes including yoga, barre, step aerobics, martial arts and more. Additionally, meetings include an educational discussion on pertinent topics such as identifying toxic relationships and embracing your natural beauty. Girls will also participate in an obstacle course that takes their teamwork, courage and leadership skills to new heights. The variety and challenge offered by Bring It Push It Own It allows its participants to constantly try new things and achieve their goals along the way. As the leader of Bring It Push It Own It, Stotlar is especially interested in addressing the confidence issues that arise around ages 11-14 as young women enter adolescence and transition from elementary to...

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“Be Tourist in Your Own Hometown” with Visit Fort Wayne
Aug27

“Be Tourist in Your Own Hometown” with Visit Fort Wayne

From Visit Fort Wayne The Passports Are Out! Pick up your free passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Old National Bank location and “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” on Sunday, September 9 from 12:00 -5:00 p.m. Passports provide admission to 16 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions for free. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the event and many amazing celebrations are in store. For more information, visit VisitFortWayne.com/BeATourist. Participating locations (subject to change) African/African-American Historical Museum Allen County Courthouse Allen County Public Library Artlink Contemporary Gallery Cathedral Museum Embassy Theatre Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory The History Center Karpeles Manuscript Museum – Fairfield Hall The Landing Lincoln Tower The Old Fort Parkview Field Riverfront Fort Wayne Science Central Visitors Center...

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United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer
Aug21

United Way of Allen County seeks Community Investment Volunteer

From the United Way of Allen County The mission of United Way of Allen County is to unite our community’s time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability, and healthy lives. United Way volunteers possess the knowledge, passion, and expertise required to create lasting change in our community. We invite you to be a part of the change, to share our vision of an Allen County where all individuals and families discover and achieve their potential. As such, we are currently seeking individuals from all walks of life to join us as Community Investment Volunteers. What is the United Way Community Investment Process? The Community Investment Process is the way in which United Way of Allen County determines the amount of funding it provides to non-profit agencies. Trained volunteers work on Community Investment teams, to make funding recommendations after carefully reviewing the applications and documents that potential agencies submit. United Way’s Board of Directors approves final investment decisions. Purpose of Community Investment Teams: Review applications from non-profit organizations and make funding recommendations to the Community Impact Committee. Monitor progress of funded services and programs. Benefits to the Volunteer: Build relationships with community and agency leaders. Strengthen analytical and decision-making skills in a team atmosphere. Enhance understanding of the complex needs and issues facing the broader community as well as potential responses to those needs. Help build a stronger community by ensuring resources are invested as efficiently and effectively as possible. Benefits to United Way: Ensure that a broad range of interests is represented and heard from throughout the Community Investment Process. Ensure transparency for the investment of donor contributions. Increase community awareness regarding the use of United Way funds. Further the mission of United Way of Allen County. A Successful Community Investment Volunteer is: An advocate for United Way of Allen County and its work in the community. Passionate about making a difference in Allen County. A financial contributor to United Way of Allen County. Knowledgeable of and eager to learn about community needs, issues, and resources. Professional in their behavior (i.e., timely, respectful, considerate). Able to work well with others in a group setting. Committed to maintaining appropriate confidentiality of Community Investment team discussions and materials. Committed to diversity and inclusivity. Able to use online grant software (training provided). Volunteer Responsibilities and Expectations: Application Review and Funding Determination: 1. Identify a Community Investment Team on which to participate: Childhood Success, Youth Success, Adult Success, or Safety Net Services. 2. Disclose any involvement with other agencies and any possible conflicts of interest to United Way....

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