Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest
Jul24

Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest

A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN, July 24, 2018 – Many people are aware of the health benefits that can result from eating a plant-based diet including the reduction of numerous health conditions including diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. It also eliminates the suffering of animals in our food system and creates a healthier environment. And, across the globe, everyone from celebrities to health professionals, and chefs are adopting a plant-based lifestyle to take advantage of these benefits. Here in Fort Wayne we’ve seen an explosion in the vegan movement as well with a number of grocery stores and restaurants now offering plant-based options including Loving Cafe, 800 Degrees Three Fires, D-lightfuls, Mitchell’s Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, West Central Microcreamery, Hop River Brewing Company, and many more including two new restaurants opening soon – Bird & Clever and Taste of Lakeside. Now, a new festival, the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a plant-based lifestyle and its many benefits. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is a free festival open to all ages and will be held October 6, 2018 at Headwaters Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This one-day event will feature local and regional restaurants offering vegan fares, vendors, rescue groups, a plant-based cooking demonstration, and speakers on zero-waste living. Mitchell’s Sports Bar will also be on hand serving alcohol and local breweries will be serving up their suds to the beat of some of Fort Wayne’s finest musicians. Kids are also welcome, as we’ll have fun activities for them as well, even yoga classes for fitness-minded friends. “We’re very excited to bring the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest to our community and there’s no better time than right now,” says Heather Dahman, chairman of Fort Wayne’s newest festival and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group. In recent years, Fort Wayne has experienced a rise in interest in health, animal welfare, and the environment. We’ve also seen a growing movement both locally and nationwide to reduce the use of plastic straws. While ditching plastic straws helps our planet, adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make to aid the Earth as animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their health and reduce animal suffering.” Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:...

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Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA
Jun05

Celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA

Happy June, everyone! While you are probably excited to spend your weekends at the lake and hit every festival at Headwaters Park, I am happy to celebrate Adopt a Cat Month with the Allen County SPCA! I know we all see those heart wrenching ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLaughlin and just want to turn the channel because we think malnourished animals and the world’s lack of good pet care just isn’t our problem, but trust me, you want it to be. Just one day at a shelter can melt even the coldest heart. Owning a pet isn’t like listening like listening to “In the Arms of an Angel” on repeat. I would compare it more to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Pet ownership, especially owning a cat when they are chasing a laser pointer on you feet, is incredibly rewarding and entertaining. As a lifetime cat owner and current cat mom of shelter kitties Jacob (from the Marshall County Humane Society and pictured below) and Amber (from the Howard County Humane Society and pictured below), I can tell you countless stories of how my cats have saved me more than I saved them. Whether they are making me laugh when I am sad or cuddling me when I am sick, the unconditional love that you get from a cat is one that can’t compare to any other feeling on earth. That being said, the Allen County SPCA has some paws-itivly amazing reasons to adopt a shelter cat right now, just in time for Adopt a Cat Month! You just can’t say no to faces like this! Meet Alannis. This beautiful calico is our featured resident at the Allen County SPCA. Not only is she adorable and extremely photogenic, but she is very much in need of a fur-ever home! If you are interested in Alannis, visit the ASPCA’s website or visit them in person at 4914 Hanna St, Fort Wayne, IN 46806. I had the chance to see Alannis in person and I had to fight my urges to hand them my debit card and take her home. Even with a flamepoint (red point) Siamese named Doctor Stud in residence (just like my Jacob), I really believe that Alannis is just the prettiest face around. The Allen County SPCA is currently participating in the Jackson Galaxy Cat Pawsitive project! You may be wondering what does that mean and who is Jackson Galaxy? First off, Jackson Galaxy is a popular cat behaviorist best known for his TV show My Cat From Hell on the Animal Planet. In order to help cats become more adoptable and feel more comfortable in a...

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Let Your Inner pARTY Animal Out for the Allen County SPCA
Sep06

Let Your Inner pARTY Animal Out for the Allen County SPCA

If you’re the person who makes friends with the host’s dog during social gatherings, snap on your party hats. Fort Wayne HeART of the City and the Allen County SPCA present pARTY Animal, an art social event to benefit the Allen County SPCA. pARTY Animal (you gotta love that play on words) will take place on September 22 at 4pm–10pm at 125 W. Main Street, just two doors down from Coney Island. I spoke with Executive Director of the SPCA, Jessica Henry, to find out more unique fundraiser.   pARTY Animal is the first art-related event for the Allen County SPCA, and there’s plenty to look forward to at this inaugural happening. An art gallery by local artists will displayed and available for purchase; part of the proceeds from each purchase will benefit the Allen County SPCA. Live painters will create animal-themed paintings (available for auction), local musicians will be performing, and raffles will be held throughout the night. Plus, you can meet cats and dogs that are adoptable at a later date. Emcee Amber Stone of SUNNY 103.9 will host this fun night, and delicious pizza and beverages will be available for purchase by 816 Pint & Slice.   For $5 donation at the door, you can help support the Allen County SPCA and their mission to find animals’ fur-ever homes. A $20 VIP package can be purchased online and includes admission for one, one drink ticket, and exclusive rooftop access throughout the evening. Availability is limited. If you’re unfamiliar with the location, that’s because it’s a privately owned building that has been completely renovated. “It’s a unique opportunity for a sneak peek inside a place that’s not open to the public,” said Jessica.   The Allen County SPCA is the only nonprofit animal shelter in the area, and they’ve been working hard to save as many animals as they can. Jessica said, “In 2016, we homed over 2,700 animals. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations. Without the community, we couldn’t do it.” Thanks to the connection within the HeART of the City, this event will make even more possible for the organization. “This event is special in that it’s supporting local artists and animals. It serves a dual purpose. We are extremely grateful for all of the artists and their dedication to the event.”   Let your inner party animal out and support the local art and animals on September 22nd at pARTY Animal! VIP packages are available for purchase here. Check out the Facebook event page for updates on the event as it...

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Allen County SPCA’s Growl at the Moon! – Karaoke for a Cause
Oct11

Allen County SPCA’s Growl at the Moon! – Karaoke for a Cause

While you can’t change an animal’s past, you can most certainly rewrite his future. If you know me, you know I am an animal lover and quite fond of saying that my rescue dog, Raji, rescued me just as much as I rescued him (jury is still out on my rescue cat who decided to “think” outside the litter box this morning). Because of this I have a huge place in my heart for our local Allen County SPCA. I was also quite shocked to find out that our local SPCA is in no way affiliated with the national SPCA. So while Sarah McLachlan’s sad song showcasing haunting puppy eyes in a depressing jail may move you to donate, this in no way helps out our local pets and their owners. Say what?! I made it my mission to see how I could help our local pets, because I am all about helping our Fort Wayne community, including the four-legged members. This coming Saturday, October 15th at 6 PM, the Allen County SPCA is presenting its first annual Growl at the Moon fundraising event at the Grand Wayne Center. It promises to be a spirited evening, filled with food, drink and a lively karaoke competition. I chatted with Executive Director, Jessica Henry, to find out more about the event and the organization it supports. While the Allen County SPCA has several smaller fundraisers each year, this new event is on a grander scale. “We wanted to change things up this year, so we’re excited to introduce Growl at the Moon!” said Jessica. “To the best of our knowledge, nobody else on earth is doing anything quite like this. We think it’s going to be hilarious and entertaining, and what more could someone want from a fundraiser? And, of course, I think it’s the best cause in town, but I may be slightly biased.” Just how has the Allen County SPCA impacted our community? They are currently on track to find homes for nearly 3,000 pets in 2016. According to Jessica, this is a whopping increase of 500% from five years ago! The majority of their adoptable animals come to them from their coalition partners at the Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, so when you adopt from them, you are saving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable animals – a pretty amazing cause indeed! “In addition to pet adoption, we operate the region’s only social service program designed to assist pets and their people,” Jessica stated proudly. “From a weekly pet food bank to free spay/neuter and vaccines, we’re out there every day trying to help pets and the...

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