LFW Fun File
Oct01

LFW Fun File

We have a little bit of everything for you this week on our LFW Fun File. Please enjoy! As always, if you want to see your event on our LFW Fun File, email us at info@livingfortwayne.com! Check out our calendar for even more events. 1. Jazz Guitarist Kevin Eubanks in Concert with the IPFW Jazz Ensemble 2. 2015 Bust A Move 3. Sci-Fi Central 4. 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s 5. M.I.A.M.I.-Wikiami cattail matting 6. Better Block Days! 7. Philharmonic Masterworks 1 – Rachmaninoff and Dvorak 8. University of Saint Francis 125th Anniversary Mass & Reception  9. Trees Trail Challenge 10. Let’s Comedy! – Bobcat...

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LFW Fun File
Sep03

LFW Fun File

Fun Filers, welcome back!!! Hope your week has been amazing! These top ten events will make your week even better. If you would like to see your event on our LFW Fun File, please email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. All of the events and more are on our calendar. 1. Yawn (Chicago), Mark & The Max  2. Botanical Roots: John Nemeth with The Todd Harold Band 3. Let’s Comedy! Presents: Follow Fridays Stand Up Showcase 4. Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, The Lost Lakes, The Orange Opera  5. Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market  6. SNL’s Sasheer Zapata LIVE  7. Metavari, Marcus Alan Ward (Cleveland), Caveofswords (St. Louis), Refugia  8. Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend  9. Miami Indian Heritage Days: Miami Harvest  10. YLNI Barr Street...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Big Purple Deck
Aug28

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Big Purple Deck

I don’t know about y’all, but when I am shopping fun brand names always catch my eye. Big Purple Deck caught mine! Their products are just as unique as their name. Big Purple Deck is one of the many vendors at the YLNI Barr Street Market. This wonderful establishment was created by and is run by Linda Rupp and Judy Yoder, two sisters. This is their first year at the YLNI Barr Street Market, “We are just getting started in the business and have been testing the water to see if there was a market for our product.” Big Purple Deck creates sandcasted leaves for indoor and outdoor use and decor. What makes one interested in making sandcasted leaves you ask? Rupp and Yoder saw leaves made of ceramic once and loved them! They read how to make them using concrete. “My sister and I finally got together about a year ago specifically to try our hand at it. We were very pleased and friends were impressed and interested in buying.” The number ONE thing they want all their customers to know is each leaf made is an individual. They can only use a leaf one time and one time only. They do not change any of the leaves details. It is all original with the leaf’s design. They paint each item by hand and finish every one with a gloss and an outdoor sealer, each product can be outside if desired. They use a variety of leaves that they mostly gather from their own flower beds and gardens. Each leaf varies from 3 inches to over 20 inches. Some suggested uses of these unique sandcasted leaves are: a candy dish, a soap dish, a spoon rest, a place by kitchen sink for a scratcher, a jewelry or loose change or key holder, a candle holder, a table top display, or a bird feeder. And, they are beautiful to place in your flower beds. Rupp and Yoder’s favorite thing about the YLNI Barr Street Market is “Visiting with the people who stop by. It’s so interesting to see their facial expressions and hear their comments when we explain our product.  We have had wonderful feedback and compliments.” Big Purple Deck’s next and FINAL date at the market is August 29 (TOMORROW)! Look for them at local numerous craft shows in the surrounding area. They will soon be on Facebook. Right now their business is just word of mouth. So come visit...

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LFW tells you what’s happening in our weekly Fun File
Jul23

LFW tells you what’s happening in our weekly Fun File

Introducing The Living Fort Wayne Fun File! We’ll fill you in on our picks for the top ten events every week in Fort Wayne. Look for the Fun File every Thursday from here on out!   Here are our picks for this week’s top ten to-do’s! 1. Disney’s Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical Fort Wayne Civic Theatre 303 E Main Street Saturday, July 25th, at 8:00 pm. Sunday, July 26th, at 2:00 pm. This family friendly show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award Nominee Jane Lanier.   Tickets can be bought here! Show runs until August 9th. 2. YLNI Barr Street Market 302 E Berry St. Saturday, July 25th, open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Yes, we mention this event a lot but can you blame us?! Look for our Barr Street Market Series coming up! It is a market that offers fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in a cultural outdoor setting. There’s FREE parking available in the History Center lot along Berry Street and on the streets in the surrounding blocks. Admission to the History Center is FREE during market hours as well. 3. LFW Film Series – The Goonies IPFW Alumni Center 1528 E California Rd. Saturday, July 25th Once again, I am being biased, but who can resist this Spielberg classic? The Goonies is the third film in our film series. At 8:00 pm there will be family-friendly activities, local food trucks and DJ Josh Elias bringing the noise! The Goonies will start at 9:00 pm. 4. Free Outdoor Movie Series 3410 North Anthony Boulevard Saturday, July 25th Films will start at dusk, around 8:45 pm. Adventure time with another great film series, movies showing will be Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! This series is hosted by Sweets So Geek, Cinema Center, Ivy Tech Community College, and the North Anthony Corridor! 5. Pride 2015 Headwaters Park 330 S Clinton St. Friday, July 24th from 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm. Saturday, July 25th from 12:00pm to 11:59 pm. Celebrate the 19th Fort Wayne Pride Festival. Voted Fort Wayne’s 3rd favorite festival, Pride includes a full entertainment stage, beer tent, vendor market, food, KidSpace, and a corn hole tournament. All ages and sexualities are welcome. The Pride March will start on Saturday at 11:15 am beginning and ending in front of Headwaters Park. 6. The Sounds of Touch Foellinger Theatre 3411 Sherman Blvd. Saturday, July 25th at 8:00 pm. Enjoy the best in “old school” and the Motown sound as TOUCH sings smash hits from artists such as The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5...

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Show & Tell: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
Jan07

Show & Tell: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Sometimes I look at my kids and wonder if I ever acted the same way or said the most ridiculous things. Don’t tell my mother that I said that – I would get a phone call with a giggle on the other end. Last week Kennedy needed to get blood work done. As an 8 year-old, this was very nerve-racking for her as she has never had to do something like that before. But, I was very proud of her because she was brave and handled it as best she could. Ok, and I bribed her with $20. Afterward, we went home and she decided that getting blood work done entitled her to relax and be exempt from doing anything but be lazy for the rest of the day. She was on the couch playing games on her tablet for about two hours when I finally intervened. “Alright, Kennedy. It’s time to get up and do something besides play on that tablet.” “Ughhhh. But Mom! I can’t move my legs…and my arms are really weak…and I…I think that the blood work gave me a full-body infection, Mom. I just can’t do the things that I used to. You should probably call the doctor – I’ll wait here on the couch.” Wow. After 8 1/2 years, I thought I had heard some of the most creative excuses, but that one was by far the best yet. I couldn’t even make that up. “Ok, I’ll call the doctor and send you to his office while Daddy and I take Aylee to Sky Zone. We planned to take you kids there today.” “What?! Wait…let me try walking and see if the infection is wearing off.” She jumps up from the couch and sheepishly limps from one end of the couch to the other. She goes back and forth until after the fourth time she is no longer limping. “See, look! I’m feeling much better! Could you not call the doctor? I think I’ll be just fine.” Hmph. After that amazing attempt to have a lazy day and keep her nose in her tablet, we all headed off to Sky Zone. Once we arrived, it was difficult to find parking because they were so busy, which is a good sign that it’s a popular place. We walked in and were greeted with the sounds of laughter and people yelling from afar in excitement. You just can’t help but feed off the energy once you step inside that door! We went to the counter and handed in our waivers that we completed online at home, then also purchased our Sky Socks. These are special...

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