LFW Weekly Fun File
Jan25

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities 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. Juicing in the Garden Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. Jill Howard of Juice Jar (check out her Entrepreneur Spotlight) teaches you all about juicing. You’ll also get to sample some juices! 2. 2017 Beer & Bacon Fest Silent Auction for Honor Flight Friday, January 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Help out Honor Flight Northeast Indiana while having beer and bacon. Win-win-win. 3. Adventures of Prince Achmed w/ Live Score by Silbo Gomero Friday, January 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cinema Center is showing the first animated feature film – The Adventures of Prince Achmed. It’s accompanied by a live score and should be pretty neat. It’s family-friendly, so expose your younger generation to some art and culture! 4. January Adult Baking Class! Friday, January 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For this January diet season, explore some healthy alternatives to classic recipes. Then make it unhealthy. Perfect. 5. Winter Cozy Friday, January 27 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Heated tent and bonfires, live music, and drinks from tolon. 21+. 6. Winterval Saturday, January 28, all day Ice carving, carriage rides and fun downtown! Don’t miss it this year! 7. Notable and Notorious Women of Fort Wayne Saturday, January 28 at 11 a.m. ARCH Board member Karen Richards will give us the low-down on all the notable and notorious women that come from the Fort. 8. PBS Nerd Night at Bottle and Bottega Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. Support all the wonderful things that PBS brings! There will be good, drinks, and swag. 9. Let’s Comedy! Presents: Kristen Toomey Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss one of the top comedians from Chicago as she performs, brought to you by Let’s Comedy! 10. Help Make Hope workshop Sunday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. Bring a bit of hope and joy to the young people at Parkview Behavioral Health. Supplies are provided, just bring your kind, creative self! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our city!...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Jill Howard of Juice Jar
Mar14

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Jill Howard of Juice Jar

This entrepreneur spotlight highlights Jill Howard from Juice Jar! Juice Jar is located inside the City Exchange Shops (there are so many amazing things in there) and is a premium place for some cold-pressed juice. Their juice is 100% raw and organic, healthy, and 100% delicious. It’s really great, you can stop buy and choose from their in-store menu while you’re out and about, or you can make sure you’re getting your daily juice on by ordering larger supplies — they even do delivery! Personally, I’m a smoothie-loving gal, and I LOVE the “Feeling Vitality” smoothie. Jill had some great things to say about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, having the chance to share her experience, wisdom, and insights into small business in our city is a real treat for us! What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? My husband Scott and I decided to open Juice Jar, because we saw an opportunity to bring something to Fort Wayne that at the time did not exist. I have been an avid juicer for almost ten years and have always made my family juices at home. Drinking juice daily helped me overcome some personal health issues I’d been dealing with for over a decade. One day I mentioned to my husband that I wished I could get juice like I got my daily coffee. That started the conversation about opening our own juicery and what would need to happen for that endeavor to take place. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I’m partial, but Fort Wayne has been a wonderful place to start and operate a business. There are so many people and organizations that want to see you succeed. The resource that has been the biggest help to us has been The City Exchange Shops and the people behind it. Having the opportunity to be in the heart of downtown and incubated with other small businesses at an affordable rate has been a huge component to Juice Jar’s initial success. In addition, the individuals behind the scenes at The City Exchange Shops offer amazing guidance and introduce you to resources and people that a new business owner would otherwise have to try and find on their own. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? The challenges we face keep changing. The things that were challenges when we first started are no longer issues and I am hoping the things we face today will be ironed out in the near future. It is a continuous learning curve, which I love! I would have to say the most...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Jan28

LFW Weekend Fun File

I thought there was a lot to do last weekend, but this weekend it looks like I’m going to be even busier! Great shows, Winterval, and fun celebrations are on our weekend to-do list! 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 peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! 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. Celebrate Downtown Thursday, January 28 5pm – 7pm Tweet your photos using #CelebrateDTFW Join us for a celebration of the people, places, and partnerships that make Downtown Fort Wayne such a great place to live, work, and play. This will be a night to honor the hard work and dedication that made 2015 a success while turning our focus to the future! 2. C2G Music Hall: The Accidentals Thursday, January 28, 8pm These young musicians have quite the impressive resume so far … and they’re just getting started. I think it’s going to be a great show, but also some pretty great inspiration for young people to follow their dreams. 3. Anomalisa Opening and Discussion Friday, January 29 at 6:30pm After the screening, there will be a short discussion led by Matt White, Animation Instructor at University of Saint Francis, and local animator Lyndy Bazile. 4. Together Alone Friday, January 29 at 8pm Saturday, January 30 at 7pm AND 9pm Together Alone is, on the surface, a representation of the decay throughout the city of Detroit. Performed by d.Ance.Kontemporary. Should be great! 5. Winterval Saturday, January 30 I hate winter, but I LOVE Winterval! There are so many fun things to do! Check out the program! 6. Juice Jar Quarterly Cleanse Event Join Juice Jar at the Cinema Center for a showing of the award winning documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. This event is the first in a series of quarterly events that will be hosted by Juice Jar to kick off a 3 or 7-day detox. 7. Creative Cocktails Saturday, January 30 at 5:30pm Arts United and YLNI invite you to join us for cocktails at Wine Down beginning at 5:30 pm followed by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic‘s latest Pops concert: Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Wizard. 8. POPS: Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Wizard Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm After your Creative Cocktails experience, head over to Jake Shimabukro! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this world-renowned musician demonstrate his mastery, as he performs with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. 9. Chase the Chill Scarf...

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Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Juice Jar
Aug07

Barr Street Market Vendor Series: Juice Jar

Like any Barr Street Market regular, there are a few booths I make sure to hit every week. At my first stop, I always grab about 4-6 pounds of organic fruits and veggies. I get it all for about eight bucks and I usually eat it all within a few minutes! Okay, so “eat” may not be the best description… because this fresh produce has already been pressed into a tasty juice by the friendly artisans at Juice Jar! Juice Jar is the homegrown idea of Jill Howard, with help from her husband Scott. They officially launched the company in May 2015, a few weeks before the opening of Barr Street Market. But the idea for a cold-pressed juice company had been on Jill’s mind for a long time. After 15 year of unexplainable health problems – pain, digestive problems, skin issues – she was searching for a solution. She’d seen several doctors, but no one seemed to offer any kind of definitive diagnosis. Her search for answers led her to do a two-week cleanse, eliminating dairy, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and grains. That cleanse marked the end of her symptoms and the beginning of a new quest to nurture her body with fresh, organic food. In 2008, she bought her first juicer and started making juice at home. As the mother of two active sons – teenager Jiya and two-year-old Hudson – Jill loved that fresh juice gave her family their full daily dose recommended fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals. But keeping up with home juicing meant that she was constantly buying produce and spending hours juicing, jarring and cleaning. She’d run out of time during her family’s busier weeks, and she wished she could just pick up her juice the way she ordered her morning latte. That’s when the idea for Juice Jar was born. From that point forward, launching Juice Jar has been a labor of love for her whole family. Together, they help Jill test recipes, gather produce from local farms, make and bottle juices, deliver orders, and sell fresh juices at the market. Jill also consults with sports nutritionist Zachary Schott to create custom recipes that support health and wellness. Juice Jar’s menu includes 14 varieties of single-bottle juices and three different juice cleanse regimens. A bottle of Juice Jar costs about $7-9. But it’s nothing like the juice you’d buy at the grocery store. Here’s why: Juice Jar uses organic produce – primarily from local farms. Jill visits local organic farms and picks up produce. From there, the fruits and veggies are taken directly to her commercial kitchen, where they’re washed with organic apple cider vinegar, cleaned, cut and juiced....

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