Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger
Jul09

Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Looking for something to do with the family before the weekend hits? Foellinger theater is showing free movies on Thursday evenings, starting at 8 p.m. Come as you are and enjoy an outdoor movie night! Keep in mind that food and beverages are not allowed inside, but there will be concessions open to purchase snacks when you arrive. A BIG thank you to Fort Wayne’s NBC and 97.3 WMEE for helping  make this program possible! C Check out the free movie line up for the summer: July 12th: Despicable Me 2 July 19th: Despicable Me 3 July 26th: Minions August 2nd: Finding Nemo August 9th: Finding Dory...

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Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer
May17

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. View this post on Instagram Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. View this post on Instagram The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! View this post on Instagram ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. View this post on Instagram We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co. (@3riversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and...

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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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Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!
Aug12

Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!

For me, yoga and exercise classes are some of my favorite ways to relax, unwind and recharge. In the summertime, I also crave sunshine and fresh air, especially after sitting inside at a desk for eight hours. Running and kayaking help me bring my exercise routine outside. But when my legs need a rest and paddling doesn’t fit into the schedule, I’ve found several outdoor yoga or yoga-inspired exercise classes that leave me feeling refreshed – and give me my daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air. If you’re looking to unwind, there’s nothing quite as energizing as the combination of sunshine, warm breezes and yoga! Here are some of my favorite outdoor yoga and exercise offerings:   Evolve Boot Camp Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm (Weather permitting; class moves indoors in October) Cost: $15 drop-in for a single class, or $10/week monthly rate ($40 or $50 per month) Bring: Gym shoes, a water bottle, comfortable clothing Visit the Evolve Personal Fitness website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations. This isn’t a yoga class, per se, but it is a circuit-training class that combines challenging, playful movements with dynamic yoga-inspired stretching and poses. Jina Lauer, founder of Evolve Personal Fitness, created the class to help people build functional, overall strength and learn how to move their bodies in new ways. The class combines strength, flexibility, agility, cardio, and core stabilization exercises. Jina is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and a Certified Primary Nutrition Coach. She teaches yoga classes at Studio Seva, provides private yoga and personal training, and teaches similar Boot Camp classes indoors during the winter months (October through April). Jina hopes the class lets people build confidence and rediscover the mobility and joy they’ve lost in their adult lives. “Most of us grew up moving around and playing,” she says. “Then we grew up, sat down, and started working. This class allows you to bring mobility back to your body. It allows you to gain an awareness to truly understand what your body is capable of. Longevity in movement and daily energy is the sustainable goal. It gives you a renewed sense of energy and is completely worth it!”   Yoga on the Bridge with Gretchen Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Wednesdays, 6-7 pm (May through September; weather permitting) Cost: $10 drop-in Bring: A yoga mat, a block and strap (if you have one, limited extras provided) Visit the Gretchen Fruchey Yoga website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations....

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