Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Jul27

Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

As the weather warms up, the animals come out to play. A yearly pilgrimage to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a tried and true summer ritual for families all across northeast Indiana. But for animal-lovers seeking a different environment to experience their favorite wild animals, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will hold their annual Summer Fest event on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In place of the usual guided tours of the over 250 animals that call Black Pine home, the sanctuary will offer a day full of keeper presentations and other animal enrichment activities. Summer Fest will also feature food trucks and several vendors selling handmade crafts. Located 45 minutes northwest of Fort Wayne in the small town of Albion, Indiana, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has provided abused and exploited animals with safe habitats since 2000. Black Pine is home to cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles and more. According to Lori Gagen, executive director of the non-profit, “Black Pine Animal Sanctuary exists to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the rest of their lives and to educate people about responsible animal care and conservation.” View this post on Instagram Happy Caturday! Love, Luna A post shared by Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (@bpsanctuary) on Jan 16, 2016 at 12:46pm PST While Black Pine appears similar to traditional animal attractions, its underlying ethos sets it apart from the zoos and aquariums to which most visitors are accustomed. Rather than breeding animals in captivity and emphasizing profits, Black Pine’s focus is on animals in need. “A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, breed, trade nor seek out animals. While we do allow visitors into the animals’ home so that we can educate them…our educational messages are typically different than a zoo or aquarium,” explains Gagen. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to protect and respect animals rather than profit off of them–it is supported solely by program fees, fundraising, volunteers and a small paid staff. For those who feel conflicted about the treatment of animals in zoos or are looking for more educational enrichment, Black Pine is a perfect summer outing. Gagen notes that the sanctuary teaches the public about the plights of exploiting exotic animals as pets, performers or entertainment. “[The animals’] will to live–and thrive–is inspiring, as is the dedication of their caregivers and our supporters to make it possible.” Summer Fest will allow newcomers and regulars alike to experience the inspirational animals and staff that Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has to offer. View this post on Instagram Buster and company are enjoying their new home, the Richard J. Hoffman Avian Building!...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep14

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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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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