LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul06

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? 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.   Tincaps Thirsty Thursday Pub Run Thursday, July 6 at 6 p.m. This 5k through downtown (ending at the Tincaps game) is so fun! Three Rivers Festival July 7 – July 15 It’s that time again! Get out and explore the festival this week. There’s plenty to do, including the first event by Fort Wayne HeART of the City. Chalk Walk 2017 Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 Stop by the chalk walk and appreciate the talent Fort Wayne has to offer. This is always one of my favorite parts of the festival. FWCS Car & Bike Show Saturday, July 8 at 4 p.m. There will be food, drinks, music, and prizes! All proceeds go to Blessings in a Backpack. Check out some cool cars and support a great cause. Rock the Plaza – July 8 Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. This week’s lineup: Gregg Bender Band, elle/The Remnant, Sunny Taylor Band, and My Apollo Day in Allen County 2017 Saturday, July 8 Take a picture of anything in Allen County and use the hashtag #DayInAllenCo2017 to be entered to win an exclusive tour of the Main Library. Don’t miss your chance for a behind-the-scenes look! Singer Songwriter Showcase Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. Great food and new acts! Be a Good Neighbor Week July 10 through July 14 Join NeighborLink for some organized projects and give back to our community. YLNI Living Fort Wayne Committee Meeting Tuesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. Interested in volunteering with us? Stop by the committee meeting this week! We’re bunches of fun, I promise. Family Fun Day Wednesday, July 12 It’s a free, carnival-like event for the whole family in Festival Plaza. Check it out. 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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“Night Moves” Lets Runners Explore the City After Sundown
Jun25

“Night Moves” Lets Runners Explore the City After Sundown

Imagine this: You’re running through the streets, alleys and sidewalks of downtown Fort Wayne. It’s after 10 p.m. on a warm summer night. In the darkness, only streetlights and moonbeams guide your path. Around you, several dozen people are running, walking and riding bikes in the same direction. Is it all a dream? Is it a zombie apocalypse? Nope. It’s the “Night Moves” Running Series presented by Team NeighborLink! The “Night Moves” Running Series is a four-part series of run/walk events – all held at 10 p.m. on Friday evenings through mid-July. Each event takes a different three to four mile course through downtown Fort Wayne, letting runners explore new parts of the city along well-lit streets, sidewalks and alleys. The exact course is kept secret until the night of the event. For safety, each event is limited to 40-50 runners. Headlamps are optional and Three Rivers Running Company provides casual race timing. “‘Night Moves’ is our attempt to connect to Fort Wayne’s grassroots running community members who are up for something different,” says Andrew Hoffman, Executive Director of NeighborLink Fort Wayne. “I wanted to create a running experience unlike anything else in Fort Wayne. ‘Night Moves’ provides a recreational alternative to the typical Friday night. Plus, it’s at a time of night when few things get in the way, other than your fear of the unknown.” NeighborLink Fort Wayne connects volunteers with local residents and organizations that need help with repair, construction and maintenance projects. Living Fort Wayne has even stepped in to volunteer our time. You can find a recap on our experience here. Team NeighborLink was established as an avenue for local athletes to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization. “Team NeighborLink was created as a tool to empower our volunteers and supporters, as well as those looking to incorporate something bigger than themselves into their athletic pursuits,” says Hoffman. “We’ve found that the type of folks who choose to participate in our athletic events are a lot like those who choose to volunteer at NeighborLink Fort Wayne.” The first “Night Moves” event was held on June 12th, beginning and ending at 816 Pint & Slice. The event was a sold-out success and participants buzzed about the laid-back atmosphere and positive camaraderie along the moonlit course. After hearing so much word-of-mouth praise, Team NeighborLink expanded the registration for the June 26th event to accommodate a few more participants. “Night Moves” is just one of several unique athletic events presented by Team NeighborLink. In mid-June, the group hosted the Great 80 cycling event in Roanoke, Ind. Future running and cycling events are planned for the fall...

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NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back
Jun16

NeighborLink Volunteer Day – LFW gives back

Last month Living Fort Wayne members (and some of their children) got together and did a little a volunteering for NeighborLink Fort Wayne. I was happy to join the crew that went out that day. The whole experience was one of the more streamlined volunteer experiences I have been a part of. Special thanks to the Living Fort Wayne Committee members that spearheaded this activity. Here’s a recap of what went down that day! To start out the day, we all met at Old Crown Coffee Roasters to get a feel for how we wanted to approach the day’s activities. Living Fort Wayne participants were Leslie Snare (+2), Jade Kelsey, Ryan Krueckeberg, Matt Graves (+2), Emily Farmer, Jade Haag, and Aly Hess (+1). We ended up having just two projects from NeighborLink Fort Wayne to tackle that day: yard work for a lady named Therese in northeast Fort Wayne and window cleaning for a lady named Roberta in southeast Fort Wayne (read more about how NeighborLink Fort Wayne works in our article by Jasmine Bajar). Instead of splitting up, Leslie and the group decided that we should stay together and tackle Therese’s project first and then head over to help out Roberta. Therese’s home was tucked into a quiet neighborhood near IPFW. She needed some general landscape cleanup done on her home. The group split up and tackled different areas of need – a little weeding, a little raking, and a little trimming. Most of the group tackled weeding and trimming. I handled the raking of old leaves away from the side of her house and out of the shrubbery. As a group we spent around two hours there, but that was more than enough time to work up a sweat and make a difference in that little space. After a few years of apartment living for me, it was refreshing to get out and work in her lawn. From there we all made our way down to southeast Fort Wayne to clean windows for Roberta. This project was completed relatively quickly with all of us knocking out a little of the project. Besides a few uninvited guests in the form of bees, this was easy, breezy for us and made Roberta and her son quite happy to see the results. Overall this was clean and efficient from my perspective. If you are part of a group who is looking for a way to get out and volunteer, check out what NeighborLink Fort Wayne has to offer. Be sure to check in next week to get Jade Kelsey’s take on how the day went together, which should be interesting since she did a...

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Join Living Fort Wayne’s Volunteer Day through NeighborLink
May13

Join Living Fort Wayne’s Volunteer Day through NeighborLink

As a recent graduate from the University of Saint Francis, where one of the Franciscan values is “serve one another, society and the Church,” I have spent a significant amount of time volunteering for wonderful organizations that do wonderful things for those in need. But when the opportunity to volunteer for NeighborLink came up in the past few weeks, I was confused. Not because the volunteer model behind NeighborLink is confusing, but because it was a model I had never heard of before. NeighborLink is an online platform that serves to fill the needs in the community that are often overlooked, which encompasses a large variety of needs and situations. This approach targets simple needs that can become too tasking for some that others take for granted, like yard work, cleaning, maintenance and other physically and mentally tasking projects, which can be challenging for people with disabilities, people with low income, elderly or those experiencing any other kinds of hardships or crises. NeighborLink strives to reinstate neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of love through connecting volunteers directly to those in need, and allowing the volunteers to take complete control of the project. NeighborLink believes that their “hands-off” approach to the organization of projects allows volunteers simplicity, allowing them to have a deeper and more tangible engagement with the experience. So, how does this work, exactly? It really is easy. You’ll visit NeighborLink’s website, where you can fill out an application. Once you’ve applied, one of the staff members at NeighborLink will contact you within 24 hours (it was definitely less than an hour for me.) They’ll talk to you about what you’re interested in doing and talk to you about the how NeighborLink works. They want to be involved only as much as you need them–once you’re in and they’ve approved your account, they’ll let you take the reins and control your experience. When you log into the website, you may be underwhelmed by the process–and trust me when I say this is a good thing. The interface is easy and user-friendly. In the left column, you’ll see a green button that says “View Projects.” Once you’ve clicked that, the process is as follows:  Here, you can choose whether you’d like to volunteer or fund a project. We’re going to volunteer!       Then, you can choose what kind of project you would like to complete. “Helping Hand” encompasses a lot of different situations, like someone needing help with organizing or simply getting from place to place. Property maintenance and renovation and repair can be anything from simply cleaning windows and raking leaves to replacing roofs and mowing lawns throughout the summer. When you select any...

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