LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep28

LFW Weekly Fun File

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. Food Truck Thursday – Season FINALE! Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. It’s the last food truck Thursday of the season! The weather should be great, don’t miss it! Heartland Sings: Karaoke Classics Live Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Sing along to your favorite karaoke this Friday! Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 It’s one of the biggest consignment sales in the area, check it out! Fort4Fitness Fall Festival: 4M, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon Saturday, September 30 at 7 a.m. Fort4Fitness is finally here! Head out and finish that race! Suicide Prevention QPR Training at St. Jude Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. After this training in prevention, you’ll be prepared to assist someone who is contemplating suicide. Oktoberfest Dinner Monday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner and plenty of giveaways, it should be a fun night! Tiny Musicians Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 Music is a great way to help your kiddos grow. Help them experience the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of playing with music this week! Bridging the Gap of Homelessness presented by the CMSA of FW Wednesday, October 4 at 8:20 p.m. Learn how you can make a difference in our community and how we can all work together to tackle homelessness. Drawn Together Wednesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. Grab your imagination and join together for a fun time of creating! 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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Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP
Mar10

Souped Up: Fort Wayne SOUP

Note from event organizers – Due to overwhelming interest in our inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP event on March 30th we must change the location from One Lucky Guitar to the Summit located at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd. The new venue can accommodate up to 240 guests. In an effort to organize and plan for dinner appropriately we ask all attendees register for the inaugural event through Eventbrite. We are grateful to One Lucky Guitar and the community for all their support. Fort Wayne SOUP is served. Actual Soup?  The SOUP is a micro-grant dinner that fosters community and raises funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living.  (It’s easier than it sounds!) Here are the ingredients: Relationships. A shared meal.  Diversity. Critical dialogue. Community. Creativity. Collaboration. Democracy. Fun. Empowerment. Contribution. Action. Join the mix at the inaugural Fort Wayne SOUP on March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Summit.  The suggested minimum donation is $5.  Guests receive a meal, the opportunity to hear four vibrant ideas for projects that will transform Fort Wayne, and to cast a vote to fund their favorite project.  The deadline for submitting project proposals is March 16, 2017.     The Process Fort Wayne SOUP hosts a soup dinner (called a SOUP).  Several weeks before each SOUP, community members submit project proposals to the SOUP committee. The  projects must benefit the Fort Wayne community, but the field is otherwise open to all ideas, including art, urban agricultural, social entrepreneurship, education, technology, and more. Proposals must include a summary, proposed use of funds, an explanation of the project’s impact on Fort Wayne, and a timeline for implementation. The committee reviews and votes on four projects to be presented at the SOUP.  The selected community members work with Fort Wayne Confluence to create dynamic four-minute presentations to pitch their proposals. At the SOUP, attendees make an optional donation, suggested to be $5 or more, at the door. While enjoying soup, salad, and bread, they hear the four pre-selected project proposals. Each presenter fields four questions from the audience. SOUP attendees discuss and debate the benefits of each proposal.  Each attendee votes on the project they believe will most benefit the Fort Wayne community. The project with the most votes receives all of the money collected at the door, as seed money to fund their project.  Attendees do not obtain equity or ownership in the winning project.  Winners are expected to work diligently to bring their project to life, and to attend the next scheduled SOUP and discuss their progress.   The Inspiration SOUP arrived here via Detroit (and other SOUP’s hosted in communities worldwide), at the hands of a dedicated committee of young professionals.  After reading a magazine article about...

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Mad Ants & Heartland Sings Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial
Dec02

Mad Ants & Heartland Sings Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial

There are so many reasons why I love to call Indiana my home. The people, the opportunities, the entertainment – I could go on. As a Fort Wayne native, I’ve grown up to see the amazing progress the city has made over my lifetime. What’s crazy to think about is the changes made even before the start of my lifetime. December 11th marks 200 years of Indiana’s statehood. The Allen County Task Force has put together several events to honor this important year. One of these includes a collaboration by the Mad Ants, Fort Wayne’s minor league basketball team, and Heartland Sings, a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne. To celebrate the bicentennial, the Mad Ants and Heartland Sings present a community event that’s fun for all ages. On December 10th during half-time at the Mad Ants basketball game, the vocalists of Heartland Sings will lead everyone in singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” on a live radio broadcast! The idea behind the collaboration is to bring everyone together, music lovers and sports fans alike, in a last hoorah of the bicentennial festivities. Don’t know the words? No sweat. The lyrics will be projected so everyone can participate. Not a singer? No one expects you to be. Just have fun with it! After rooting on the team for the second half of the game, stay for a show featuring the vocalists of Heartland Sings! They’ll be performing music originally by Indiana musicians and composers like Michael Jackson and Hoagy Carmichael and holiday tunes to get you in the mood for the season. The concert will last about a half-hour, so kiddos in attendance can still get to bed at a reasonable time after the fun. To join in on the celebration and attend the concert, you must have admittance to the game. Tip off is at 7:00pm at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Buy your Mad Ants tickets online here for $5. Group discount rates are available by contacting the Mad Ants directly at (260) 469-HOOP.  Also, make sure to check out Heartland Sings on Facebook, Instagram, and their website and the Mad Ants on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram....

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YLNI Member Highlights by Mark Lash
Aug11

YLNI Member Highlights by Mark Lash

Written for Living Fort Wayne by Mark Lash “Excuse me, could you hold the door for me?” That is something you almost never hear in Fort Wayne. If you ever visit a Fort Wayne campus, you will notice that a student or faculty member is almost always willing to hold the door for you without having to ask them. This one small act of kindness isn’t just specific to the campuses either. It’s a Fort Wayne thing. My first experiences in Fort Wayne began in my early college years. As a freshman, I was young, full of ambition, and a little nervous coming from a small town. Through my 5 years as a student, the campus grew very rapidly. Huge buildings and recreational centers popped up year after year. Major programs like medicine were added to the growing list of degrees offered, and the already large and diverse student body was growing at record pace… all of this during the midst of one of the greatest recessions since the great depression. Similarly, the City of Fort Wayne has fared the recession quite remarkably. During this past downturn, housing markets faltered across the nation leaving many American’s owing way more for their houses than they were worth.  While Fort Wayne’s markets had undoubtedly been affected by the economic downturn, the overall economy in general was not as ravaged as some other economic markets. Just like the local university, the city of Fort Wayne has shown resolve in the midst of widespread economic adversity. The professors that taught the 150 plus credit hours throughout my 5 years are a great reason for the telling success of the university. Instructors that know your name and are well-connected within the local community also have an obvious desire to improve their students’ academic and practical knowledge on a personal level. The difficulty of the courses and complexity of the theory taught in the classrooms combined with the small class sizes provided an excellent way for the faculty to mentor their students to success. Moreover, they felt a constituency to their students to provide them with the knowledge and values that were needed to be successful. Similar to the professors being the major reason for the success of the university, the people of Fort Wayne are the reason for this city’s success. As a CPA at Crowe Horwath LLP here in Fort Wayne, I have the privilege to work with many community members, firms, and organizations. I have the vantage point of an eagle, so to speak, and it’s clear to me why Fort Wayne and the community can show such resolve in such hard...

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