LFW Weekly Fun File
Jun16

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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. Hobnobben Film Festival Thursday June 16 through Sunday June 19, Times Vary         It’s here! Different films, different venues, lots of fun. For complete time and venue information check out their website. 2. Rib Fest Thursday June 16 through Sunday June 19, 11:30 am-9 pm               BBQ? Brew? Music? Bring the family and have some pig-out fun this weekend! 3. Creative Cocktails: Hobnobben Film Festival Friday June 17 at 5 pm         Meet up at Main Street Bistro before the Hobnobben Block Party and free outdoor screening of ‘Dazed and Confused.’ 4. 07 Summerfest Friday June 17, 6 pm-9 pm             It’s a great time with art, food, wonderful people, and a night of fundraising for the ’07. 5. Sweetwater GearFest Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18         The largest music gear trade show that is open to the general public in the U.S. and it’s in Fort Wayne, music lovers, don’t miss this! 6. SCAN Duck Race Saturday June 18 at 7 pm         Plenty of family fun, and the fantastic duck race all benefitting a wonderful organization in our community! SCAN does really important things, support them, learn what they do, and have a great time! 7. CityExchange Father’s Day Sale Saturday June 18, 11 am-6 pm               Have you purchased your Father’s Day gift yet? Confession: I have not. I’ll be there Saturday … sometimes procrastinating is the way to go! 8. Northern Indiana Pet Expo Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, 11 am-4 pm         Pets, pets, pets! I love this expo every year. Check out the local organizations doing great things for our beloved pets, meet some puppies, watch a few presentations, and have a good time! 9. Fort4Fitness Kids Marathon Kickoff Monday June 20, 3 pm-7 pm           There will be fun activities for the family! Kids ages 4-10 can sign up for $10 and they get t-shirts, goodie...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
May05

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! 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 Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. Debrand: Fort Wayne Tourism Week Celebration Friday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.         Debrand Fine Chocolates is celebrating tourism week in Fort Wayne with FREE chocolate tasting! May Day Art Show Friday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.         The show is free to attend, you can purchase some awesome food from 816 Pint & Slice, and artists’ work will be available to buy! Come on out! Bikefusion Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.         Test ride some bikes, have some good food, and drink some good beer! Heirloom and Organic Plant Sale Friday, May 6, from 10-7 Saturday, May 7, from 10-5 Sunday, May 8, from 10-6           Start your garden out the right way with some locally grown, organic plants! Relay for Life Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.             Walk for the cure at Parkview Field! Together, we can beat cancer! World Fair Trade Day Celebration Saturday, May 7 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.         Pop up art show, door prizes, and fun for everyone! Celebrate this annual event for a great cause with CWOW! Creative Cocktails: Avenue Q Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.         Main Street Bistro and Avenue Q sounds like an amazing night! You’ll love the food and the show, guaranteed! Beer and BarreBQ Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.         Great beer, food, and dancing. This fundraiser will be like none you’ve been to before, a relaxed atmosphere benefiting a treasure in Fort Wayne! FW Bombshells Presents: Moulin Rouge Carnivale Saturday, May 7 at 9 p.m.         Picture this: Can-can girls, the strongwoman, a contortionist, a snake charmer, and a green fairy you can only see when you’ve had some absinthe (which will be available at the bar!). Moulin Rouge is my favorite movie, and I’m all for this fun night! Take a trip to a side-show in Paris! 21+ please! Mother’s Day Downtown Sunday, May 8 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.         Take your mom to explore downtown with free trolleys and fun for the family! Remember, this isn’t all...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Apr07

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. “Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness” Thursday, April 7 at 6 pm                 Free event cohosted by IPFW Anthropology Club, IPFW Voices of Choice, and IPFW Campus Feminists in Solidarity, and Triota, the documentary will be shown at the Cinema Center, followed by a discussion with a panel of experts. 2. Empowered to Connect Conference Friday and Saturday April 8 and 9 from 10 am to 6 pm             Northeast Christian Church is hosting this live simulcast for parents, youth workers, foster parents and teachers. Anyone who has children or works closely with children will benefit from this awesome conference designed to help you better connect with your kids. DCS has approved the April 8th training for 2.25 hours of foster care training credit and 9th for 4.5 hrs. 3. Spring Party Friday, April 8 from 6 – 9 pm         Art, music, food, and a celebration of Spring! Sounds like a wonderful night to me! 4. Annie Friday, April 8 at 7:30 pm         Everyone’s favorite spunky orphan girl is coming to Fort Wayne! Broadway at the Embassy is featuring the musical “Annie” this Friday night. I. Can’t. Wait. 5. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, April 9 from 9 am to 1 pm         It’s the last month for winter farmer’s markets! Head over to Wunderkammer to get your fill of local goods! 6. Creative Cocktails Saturday, April 9 at 5:30 pm         Head over to JK O’Donnell’s beginning at 5:30 for some drinks, followed by the Three Rivers Music Theatre presents: The Last Five Years. I’m excited about this one, it’s a little less expensive than some of the others. If you’ve been wanting to check it out, now is your chance! 7. OverBoost Car Show Saturday, April 9 from 12 – 6 pm Sweetwater is going to have some cool cars and food trucks to enjoy on your Saturday afternoon! 8. Shindigz National Soccer Festival Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm               Confession: My boyfriend likes (lives, breathes, is obsessed with …) soccer. That’s why I know about this. And I pretended that I had no interest in going, but Indiana is playing Notre Dame at the University of Saint Francis field and that sounds pretty fun, actually. The website says there’s...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar10

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. Second Chances Art Exhibit and Auction Fri, March 11, 6pm – 9pm         Community artists were paired with Blue Jacket graduates to create artwork to tell the graduates’ stories of triumph. Some pieces of art will be auctioned off, and proceeds of the benefit go to Blue Jacket. There will be a cash bar and lots of fun! 2. Karaoke Classics Live Fri, March 11 at 7 p         It’s karaoke night for Heartland Sings! From Britney to Journey, the Heartland Vocal Artists channel your favorite artists by performing their hit singles accompanied by the instrumental combo. Audience members are encouraged to sing along, and a free drink is included in the ticket price. Good food, good eats, good music, fun songs — perfect night! 3. Creative Cocktails Saturday, March 12 at 5:30 p         This month’s Creative Cocktails event is at Club Soda. Meet some friends, and have a drink and a great time before the Axis Dance Performance! 4. AXIS Dance Performance Saturday, March 12 at 8 p         World-Famous, AXIS Dance troupe is performing at the Arts United Center! After the performance, there will be an audience Q&A. Don’t miss this great event!     5. St. Catty’s Day at Black Pine Saturday, March 12 at 1 p             Black Pine is open for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Dress in green, grab the kids, and enjoy bottomless hot chocolate and beautiful animals! 6. Get Green Saturday, March 12 all day         Family fun all day long! There’s a 5k, the firefighters are turning the river green, and there are tons of other activities for all ages (Lucky Charms eating contest, anyone?). It should be a beautiful day, stop by! 7. St. Monci Art Opening at Fancy & Staple Saturday, March 12 at 5 p             Great art from St. Monci. Ron Ostlund, of Ostlund Custom Works and G2G Jewelry/Metal Couture, will also be there, and there will be food from Bird Food and drinks from CS3! 8. Throw a Pi(e) in the Face of Cancer Saturday, March 12 at 6 p           There’s an art show and...

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AXIS Performance Celebrates Dance for Every Body
Mar09

AXIS Performance Celebrates Dance for Every Body

As demonstrated by wedding receptions and Seinfeld reruns, dancing is a pretty democratic form of expression. When it’s time to hit the dance floor, it’s not about perfection. It’s about bringing your signature moves and shaking what you’ve got. But that freedom of expression doesn’t always carry over into the world of professional performance, where casting often comes down to physical characteristics rather than creative passion. Thankfully, modern dance organizations are breaking those barriers. In our community, the Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC) offers dance and creative movement programs for people of all ages and abilities – from preschoolers to Parkinson’s patients. This weekend, FWDC is hosting a performance by Oakland-based AXIS Dance Company, a contemporary dance company that’s spent the last few decades pioneering a form of expression they call “physically integrated dance.” Instead of closing the door on creative expression, AXIS is about access. The company includes dancers with and without disabilities. Performances creatively integrate dancers’ varied abilities, turning wheelchairs into choreography elements and showcasing each individual’s unique physical form. By celebrating the different ways people can dance, AXIS embraces a technique that breaks from tradition. The company’s innovation has earned national and international awards and acclaim. “I’m excited to see how the dancers from AXIS use their unique physicality to do innovative movement and choreography,” says John Byrne, Creative Director at FWDC. “They’ve taken something that had long been a stigma in dance, disability, and proved that it can be an advantage in creativity. The physicality and extreme athleticism of the dancers is quite impressive!” AXIS will perform as Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s 2016 guest artist on Saturday, March 12th at 8:00pm at the Arts United Center. The performance will include three original dance pieces, including a new dance theater work by choreographer Joe Goode called “To Go Again”. As Goode explains, “To Go Again” honors the resilience of our country’s veterans in the face of difficult and catastrophic circumstances.   Prior to Saturday’s performance, Arts United will host a Creative Cocktails reception beginning at 5:30 pm at Club Soda. Following the show, AXIS dancers will interact with audience members in a relaxed Q&A session. FWDC’s weeklong guest artist activities also include a Creative Workshop with AXIS on Thursday, March 10th at Turnstone Center and a Master Class on Friday, March 11th at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. “I hope that the community will feel empowered after the performance and workshop,” says Byrne. “I hope that they see that there is no excuse to not pursue their desires, despite what they may perceive as a roadblock! We want to send the message that Fort Wayne supports artists of all abilities.” Every year,...

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