Trees Trail Challenge: A Trail Adventure for the Whole Family
Sep22

Trees Trail Challenge: A Trail Adventure for the Whole Family

There’s nothing quite like exploring our local trails, especially in fall. For experienced runners, trails offer challenges they can’t experience on pavement – jumping, leaping, curving, climbing, sliding, zigging and zagging. For walkers, children and families, a stroll on a trail is a lovely way to escape into nature. The cooler fall weather creates the perfect climate for a walk or run. And when you’re enjoying the fall foliage on a tree-lined, sun-dappled trail, pace and distance doesn’t really matter. On Sunday, October 4, the Trees Trail Challenge, held on the stunning Franke Park trail system, will offer something for everyone. Walking or running participants can explore either a 2-mile or 4-mile course, which feature rolling hills and scenic views of Spy Run Creek. Experienced runners can compete in a chip-timed, 10-mile race that traverses the entire Franke Park trail network – complete with two stream crossings and several challenging hills. All three courses meander through and around the wooded trails, ridgelines and streams of the Franke Park woods. I’ve been running for a few years, but last year’s Trees Trail Challenge was only my second trail running experience. After a slew of spring and summer races through parks and urban streets, the Trees Trail Challenge offered a much-needed diversion – both physically and mentally. The physical demands of trail running definitely changed my stride and slowed my pace. But the toughness of the experience was tempered by the beauty of the course, the color of the changing leaves, and the smell of fresh outdoor air. Whether you join for the challenge, or just for the fun of it, all proceeds from the event benefit Trees Indiana, an educational organization that connects youth with nature. Founded on the idea that everyone needs nature, Trees Indiana partners with regional schools and organizations to help kids discover the wonder and beauty in our natural world. Through hands-on, urban forestry programming, Trees Indiana inspires kids to protect and care for the environment. Since 2006, Trees Indiana has helped more than 5,000 children learn about the natural world, while planting and maintaining nearly 800 trees. Runners and walkers at the Trees Trail Challenge can register as individuals. For a single price, families can register up to four participants for the 2-mile or 4-mile run/walk. All Trees Trail Challenge participants receive a free, customized Buff®, a unique headwear accessory that can be worn as a scarf, head wrap, face warmer or headband. Both on and off the course, the Trees Trail Challenge is a kid-friendly event. Off the course, Trees Indiana will lead kids in hands-on lessons about trees and nature. Kids can build a “Fairy House,”...

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Living Fort Wayne Film Series
Apr09

Living Fort Wayne Film Series

  Mark your calendars! The Living Fort Wayne Film Series is back, and we’re excited to announce that we’ve extended it to six films this year! On the last Saturday of the month, April through September, catch a film at various Fort Wayne locations, for FREE. Each event will have kid-friendly activities, food available for purchase and music before the film! The Living Fort Wayne Film Series was an idea that developed from the 2014 My City Summit. After the Summit, a group of volunteers came together who were passionate about creating a free film series that not only offered free entertainment for all ages, but also introduced individuals to different areas of Fort Wayne that they may not have visited otherwise.  The excitement and support for this series has grown tremendously, and we’re so excited that we were able to bring it back for a second year!     Saturday, April 25th – Lutheran Hospital’s Kachmann Auditorium (Indoor) – Shrek We’re so excited to kickoff this year’s series with a “Dinner and a Movie” themed event, supported by the Lutheran Children’s Hospital! They are partnering with Moe’s Southwest Grill’s Southwest Fort Wayne location to have food for purchase available at the event. Part of the proceeds from food purchased at April’s film will go to March for Babies. 5:30PM – Free Family-Friendly Activities, Food for Purchase from Moe’s Southwest Grill and Live Music from Mike Conley 7:00PM – Start of Featured Film: Shrek **You can park in the South Parking Garage at Lutheran Hospital and enter through the Lutheran MOB2 Entrance.   Saturday, May 30th – AEP Plaza (Downtown) – The Sandlot 7:00PM – Family-Friendly Activities, Local Food Trucks and DJ Josh Elias 8:00PM – Start of Featured Film: The Sandlot   Saturday, June 27th – Indiana Tech Campus – The Princess Bride 7:00PM – Family-Friendly Activities, Local Food Trucks and DJ Josh Elias 8:00PM – Start of Featured Film: The Princess Bride   Saturday, July 25th – IPFW Alumni Center – The Goonies 8:00PM – Family-Friendly Activities, Local Food Trucks and DJ Josh Elias 9:00PM – Start of Featured Film: The Goonies   Saturday, August 29th – Partnering with the Cinema Center for Taste of the Arts Film – Arts United Plaza (Downtown) Details to come.   Saturday, September 26th – AEP Plaza (Downtown) – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 7:00PM – Family-Friendly Activities, Local Food Trucks and DJ Josh Elias 8:00PM – Start of Featured Film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off   For specific details on each film, please visit www.facebook.com/LivingFortWayne. We hope to see you at this year’s Living Fort Wayne Film Series!    ...

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