New Year’s Eve 2017 in the Fort
Dec22

New Year’s Eve 2017 in the Fort

The countdown to 2018 has already begun, but it becomes official on New Year’s Eve.  As usual, Fort Wayne will not be short on happenings for the big day.  This New Year’s Eve, you’ll have a variety of choices on how best to ring in 2018.  Read on for some of our favorite celebration ideas for December 31, 2017.  There’s something for everyone! For the Kiddos Science Central’s Countdown to Noon Join Fort Wayne’s favorite science museum from 10am-3pm to don a party hat and noisemaker and enjoy face painting, science demos, and the museum’s many interesting exhibits.  Get there early to count down the seconds to noon and witness the 2,018-balloon drop.   View this post on Instagram Hey #fortwayne ! Come celebrate the New Year at Science Central! Countdown to Noon is on December 31st from 10 am to 2 pm. 🎉 #nye #dtfw A post shared by Science Central (@sciencecentral) on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:19pm PST ACPL Countdown to New Year’s Head to the Globe Room at the main library branch from 2-3pm if your little ones love arts and crafts.  Confetti pipes and other projects are on the agenda, along with noisemakers and an apple juice toast.   NYE Kids Lock-In Party If you’ve been searching for a New Year’s Eve babysitter, look no further than Game Day Sports Camp.  Their responsibly screened and trained staff, along with security and law enforcement, will supervise (and feed!) your K-8th-graders at The ASH Centre as they play sports and games, watch movies, and other surprises.  All they need is a sleeping bag! View this post on Instagram The kids of Fort Wayne will have the best New Year Celebration ever! Bring sleeping bags and excitement! Your children will party and play safely while you ring in the New Year, guilt-free. Sports, Games, Movies, and NYE surprises! Countdown toast at midnight. Dinner and breakfast provided. Hired security/law enforcement will be present. Lock-in will be supervised by a well trained, highly screened staff. $50 per party guest Grades K-8 Email info@gdscamp.com to RSVP. #nye #fortwayne #ops #gdscamp #party A post shared by Game Day Sports Camp ™️ (@gdscamp) on Oct 31, 2017 at 9:43am PDT For the Whole Family Fort Wayne Komets vs. Toledo Walleye Every year, the Komets host an exciting and well-attended New Year’s Eve hockey game.  Beat the crowds and buy your tickets now.   View this post on Instagram It's time to make your #NewYearsEve plans! 🎉🎉 ⠀ Komets vs Walleye at 7:30PM⠀ A post shared by Fort Wayne Komets (@fwkomets) on Dec 18, 2017 at 12:46pm PST Fantasy of Lights December 31st is...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar31

LFW Weekend Fun File

1. Euchre Tournament! Thursday, March 31 at 8 pm There’s a Euchre tournament at Pedal City on Thursday with great prizes! Should be super fun, Euchre is basically a competitive sport if you’re from Indiana. Kinda like Corn-hole. 2. The Last Five Years April 1-10 Friday and Saturday at 8pm Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm I heard this was a great show! You can read more of the details about the production in our LFW preview article. I’ll definitely be going to see this show, and you should too! 3. Flamingo Nosebleed, the Snarks, AM Nice, Bi at Bob Vila’s This Old House Friday, April 1 at 7 pm Have you ever been to Bob Vila’s This Old House? If you have not … you should! Everyone is welcome to these house shows, and it’s a great time in a great place! 4. All In Block Party April 1-3, times and locations vary “Progress” through the city visiting the different branches of Allen County Public Library and complete the challenges set before you! 5. Soiree’s Can Opener Saturday, April 2 at 4 pm 10 local, relatively new bands will be playing at the Philmore on Broadway. Come out and support local talent! Also, Bravas will be there and CS3 is providing drinks. Yay! 6. Easter Bone Hunt Saturday, April 2 at 12 pm So much cuteness happening here. I cannot wait to take my dog to this. Last year, I hid easter eggs for my daughter and when I woke up, the dog had found/eaten all of them. So. He will be happy to have an event all his own. I am sure of it. 7. Skunk Cabbage — It’s More Than Just a Smelly Plant Sunday, March 3 at 1 pm Skunk Cabbage is weird. Pack up the kiddos and take them to Fox Island to spend some time in the great outdoors and maybe learn some stuff too! 8. Monthly Gallery Cleanup Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm Wunderkammer is great. We love Wunderkammer. Let’s help Wunderkammer stay fresh. 9. Taiko Drumming Workshop Tuesday, April 5 at 10 am I don’t actually know anything about Taiko Drumming, but this looks super cool. I can’t keep a beat to save my life, but if you can and you know something about drumming, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a taiko master. 10. StoryBook’s “Dr. Seuss on the loose!” Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 am Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s StoryBook Theatre is presenting “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” at the Allen County Public Library! It’s free and the kids will love...

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LFW Parenting: Tots in the Fort
Feb19

LFW Parenting: Tots in the Fort

Toddlers and a Midwest winter: some winter days, the thought of spending onemoresecond at home with my two [adorable, hilarious, but work-intensive] toddlers makes me want to climb the walls. And then, simultaneously, the very idea of wrestling them into winter coats is enough to discourage all nonessential travel. Everyday winter outings with my toddlers have to pass a “worth the coat” test, which, for me, requires the destination to meet most of the following criteria: Indoors; cheap/ low-investment (there’s a chance we’ll stay for three hours or just fifteen minutes); safe, but physically exhausting; not especially crowded; and tolerant of chaos. If you’re looking for toddler-friendly winter activities, here’s a few stops that appear “worth the coat.” YMCA The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne boasts impressive amenities for families, from fitness facilities and group fitness classes for adults, to toddler-friendly classes and a great child watch program. Parents can get a break (and a workout) while kids play at child watch, participate in free swim or free play, or let the kids participate in programming specifically designed for toddlers. Check out www.fwymca.org for facilities, class schedules, and activities. Jefferson Pointe play area Offers a great, free place for toddlers and small children to run, climb, and let off steam. Kids and their supervising parent must wear socks. Bring a picnic (and hand sanitizer). Java Mama Fort Wayne Java Mama offers free or low-cost playtime for the kids, quality food and coffee, and a tribe of other parents who have also been awake since 5 a.m. Open Play is free from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays, with the purchase of a drink. There’s also a calendar of toddler-friendly classes, available for a fee. Allen County Public Library Most local branches of the ACPL include a weekday morning story time for babies and toddlers, with some including crafts or songs. More than Gymnastics Offers open gym for children under 5 on the first and third Fridays of every month, from noon-1:30 p.m., for $5 per child. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Offers programming for toddlers starting at 18 months. There’s a Jack and the Neverland Pirate-themed event with pirate games, craft, and a treat on February 26 from 9-9:45 a.m.  for $17. Register here Artlink Contemporary Gallery Offers Early Art Exploration on February 20, 2016 (and later dates in the Spring) from 10-11:30 a.m,, which provides art projects for children ages 2-5. All of the creativity with no clean up duty! Cost is $10 for Artlink Members, $15 for the general public, with an additional fee of $5 for same-family siblings. Tickets available...

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Live Music Venue Series – Great Music for Summer 2015
Jun03

Live Music Venue Series – Great Music for Summer 2015

It’s hard to know for sure in Indiana, but it looks like winter has finally decided to leave us. You may now peel off your many protective layers, go outside, and actually enjoy it. There’s no shortage of things to do out there. Take a hike, cook over an open fire, go swimming, chew bubblegum, see a show, but do it all now while you can because winter will be back sooner than most of us would like. For those particularly interested in the last item listed, here are three great venues hosting live music all summer long. Foellinger Outdoor Theatre: Maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation department, the Foellinger theater is a large open air theater that provides entertainment to the community all summer long. Hosting well known national acts as well as free shows from organizations like the Fort Wayne Community Band and the Fort Wayne Children’s choir, there’s plenty to see on their stage. Some notable acts performing there this year include the Doobie Brothers and the Steve Miller Band. Events are held rain or shine, but the theater is covered. The box office is open from 6-10pm on show days and tickets can be purchased in person or on the phone. Free shows are open seating. The venue is smoke free and outside food and beverage is not permitted. To find out more and see an event schedule, head on over to their website here. Foellinger Theatre 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 (260) 427-6715 Rock the Plaza 2015: Outside on the Main Library’s plaza, near where Wayne and Webster St meet, Rock the Plaza features great local musicians on a weekly basis. With lineups that never disappoint, you will see some of the best all-ages shows here. Shows are free and start at 6pm every Saturday from May 30th through August 29th. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase from 816 Pint and Slice on site. Smoking is prohibited inside the plaza. A schedule and lineup of bands for the event can be found here. ACPL Main Branch 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Botanical Roots: Hosted in the terrace garden of the Botanical Conservatory downtown, Botanical Roots is a six week long summer concert series featuring zydeco, blues, reggae, and other roots genre acts. An oasis in the heart of downtown, the conservatory’s garden makes for a beautiful spot to listen to live music. Food and drink is available from Mad Anthony Brewing, but no carry-in is allowed. Shows are Fridays July 31st – September 4th and held rain or shine. Local bands open at 8:30pm with headliners taking the stage around...

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Making Fort Wayne “radio active” – WELT-LP FM
May28

Making Fort Wayne “radio active” – WELT-LP FM

Turn on the radio and listen to what you hear on the air. Do you sometimes wish you could hear more local voices? Coming to the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) is something new and unique in the Fort Wayne area – WELT-LP 95.7 FM, an upcoming low-power FM (LPFM) community radio station. “It’s going to be community radio. We’ve never had a community radio station here in Fort Wayne or Allen County,” said Erik Möllberg, Station Manager for WELT-LP. WELT-LP is committed to making Fort Wayne “radio active,” which means active participation from the community with station operations and programming. “We’re going to facilitate community expression on the public airwaves so people can share music, culture, news, and information and challenge the cultural and intellectual assumptions of our listeners,” said Möllberg. Unlike many corporate-run stations, WELT-LP is going to the community to see what they want to hear. Some people want to do talk shows, some want to do music shows, and others want to do programming targeting specific ethnic groups in Fort Wayne. Right now feedback from the community has been positive with several individuals and interest groups expressing interest in developing programming for the station. “Radio is my passion, but I am also passionate [about] culture, education, [and giving a] voice to all those in need to be heard,” said David Calderon, who is interested in developing programming for the Latin American community in Fort Wayne. Möllberg, Calderon, and others interested in developing community radio in Fort Wayne have been meeting monthly at the Allen County Public Library to discuss the development of the station. Their next meeting is Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm. “A larger part of our mission is that we’re going to provide quality programming and services to the community through the promotion of communication, education, [and] entertainment,” said Möllberg. The WELT-LP studio will be located downtown at the main branch of the library adjacent to the Access Fort Wayne television service. Despite both services relying heavily on community voices for content, community radio in Fort Wayne will be distinct from its television counterpart as it will be broadcast over-the-air and need to adhere to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Möllberg himself has been working to bring an LPFM station to Fort Wayne since 2000 and has contributed significantly to the development of LPFM radio in the United States after co-writing a filing with the Alliance for Community Media, which the FCC used as a base for how LPFM radio would operate in the United States. According to the FCC, LPFM radio stations are authorized for only noncommercial educational broadcasting stations. Effective radiated power is capped...

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