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
Mar16

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 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. 1. Slice of Knowledge Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Casey Mitchell will discuss the dos and don’ts of buying a car during this free event … at Pizza Hut. Go eat pizza and learn useful stuff. 2. Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations: We have a whole host of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend! Here’s some of the grown-up things to do (21+), click the links for more details! Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s Pub Run & Walk: Will Run For Beer Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Clover Classic – St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration at Deer Park Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at JKs Friday, March 17 St. Patricks Day Party at Summit City Brewerks Friday, March 17 St. Patty’s Day at Trubble Friday, March 17 Saint Patrick Drinking Abuncha Car Bombs Day! at Pedal City Friday, March 17 Mason Dixon Line at Rusty Spur for St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party at Harley-Davidson Saturday, March 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest ballets of all time. 4. Black Swan Ball Friday, March 17 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. After opening night of Swan Lake, head over to a masquerade party in the house of Von Rothbart. Enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. There’s even a prize for the best disguise! 5. Civic Theatre Presents: One Foot in the Gravy Runs Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 26 “A cultured but jaded middle-aged woman, talks her lover, Ned, into disguising himself as a female nurse in order to care of her wealthy skinflint husband, Frank, who is reportedly on death’s doorstep. Tired of waiting for Frank to die, Ned steps into action which sets off a series of madcap events.” – sounds delightful! This was the winner of the playwrights festival! 6. St. Catty’s Day at Black Pine! Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to...

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