The Harry Potter Magic Returns to Fort Wayne
Jan16

The Harry Potter Magic Returns to Fort Wayne

The magic returns this coming weekend, courtesy of the Salvation Army. If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this is the perfect event for you to attend. Unlike last year’s Yule Ball, this year they are delving into the world of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, so break out your 20s clothing and your wands and get ready to party like you got accepted to Ilvermorny. Not only is the event fit for muggles and wizards alike, 100 percent of proceeds benefiting families in need through The Salvation Army. View this post on Instagram #throwback to last year’s Hogwarts event for the Salvation Army! #slytherin #safortwayne A post shared by Victoria Sarjeant (@sarjve01) on Jan 14, 2018 at 11:28am PST The event will be held at The Orchid, so the look and feeling will be a little different than last year. If you are looking for just a small dabble into the wizarding arts, you can choose the Diagon Alley Basic Entrance. which includes the following: potions a class with Professor Snape the TriWizard Tournament Challenge from Escape Fort Wayne detention with Professor Umbridge herbology class from Country Farm & Garden history of magic class care of magical creatures Borgin and Burkes Vanishing Cabinet defense of the dark arts with All Star Martial Arts charms class with Amanda Kessens from Young Living a sorting hat experience boarding room assignments from Ivy Tech Community College Dance Lessons with the Beauxbatons by Fort Wayne Dance Collective Goblet of Fire Entry character interactions a first year wizards room (children’s area) moving hall photo ops a commemorative Marauder’s map and costume/trivia contests. You can get a Platform Ticket which includes a personalized Owl Mail Acceptance Letter and themed dining experience (“Weasley Style” and “Mandrake” (Vegetarian).  The last option is the 1920’s Fantastic Beasts Ball. You can experience dinner, Ilvermorny house sorting and badge ceremony, music, dancing, The Blind Pig lounge singers, character interaction (including the Second Salemers), complimentary photos, silent auction, carriage rides (weather permitting), event keepsake, and of course, specialty dessert from Kowalski’s Bakery.   What you need to know Dress is strictly 1920’s formal nomaj The event will be held at The Orchid, 11508 Lincoln Hwy East New Haven, IN 46774. Tickets can be purchased here Event is sponsored by Escape Fort Wayne and The Orchid To donate to the silent auction, you can click here or drop off monetary donations to The Salvation Army at 2901 N. Clinton...

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Support the Fort: Help Students Get Back to School
Jul17

Support the Fort: Help Students Get Back to School

It’s just beginning to feel like summer in the Fort but some people are already planning for the new school year. From uniforms, shoes, backpacks, classroom supplies and more, getting kids ready to head back to school can be expensive and a hardship for families. There are groups in the Fort that are preparing supplies and events for the whole family as well as two groups still collecting and asking for your help. Christ Child Society asks for a donation of $50 to provide backpacks for homeless children and children in need through the Foster Care Family Association. The Society’s website says that these backpacks are filled with “age appropriate personal items, school supplies, books and a stuffed animal.” They also state that these backpacks are often the only thing these children own personally. You can donate here. Another group looking for donations is the Salvation Army. They have red Tools for School donation barrels around the city at most Walgreens and other sites through August 2. Their ability to supply K-12 students with school supplies is based on the donations they receive. You can check out their website to find donation spots, a list of things to donate, and how to receive supplies. If you’re ready to celebrate the new school year or need supplies, the Renaissance Pointe YMCA and Fort Wayne UNITED partnered with Fort Wayne sponsors, like BrightPoint, present Summer Celebration: Celebrating the Life of Our Community. The event is July 22 from 11am – 2pm at the Renaissance Pointe YMCA at 2323 Bowser Ave. They’ll have games, giveaways, free school supplies and more. The rain date is July 29 from 11 am – 2 pm. Caring About People, Inc. is throwing a Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 8th. The event will be held in the northwest corner of Lakeside Park from 11 am – 2 pm. They’ll be giving away 300 backpacks to elementary kids only, but kids of all ages are welcome. There will be games, prizes and free lunch. The 3rd Annual Back to School Fatherhood Initiative, hosted by the Fort Wayne Commission on African American Males will be held on August 8th at the McMillan Park Community Center. The center is located at 3901 Abbot St. and the even is held from 10 am – 1 pm. The event will give away 400 backpacks and supplies to father and male figures who take the Fatherhood Initiative Pledge. Wireless Zone at 4201 Coldwater Rd. will be giving away free backpacks filled with supplies from 1- 4pm on Sunday, July 23rd. Their Backpack Giveaway promises to be “good Family Fun.” Check out the...

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LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops
May24

LFW Top Picks for Antique/Thrift Shops

Do you need kitchen supplies for your very first apartment but are on a tight budget? How about a wacky outfit for an impromptu 90’s themed birthday party? The perfect vintage chair to set in your corner of the room?  Not only is Fort Wayne filled with churches, but we also have an unrecognized abundance of antique and thrift shops. The staff at Living Fort Wayne knows a good deal when we see one and we’re here to help you locate those once-in-a-lifetime finds.   Tim Zink picks… The Country Shops of Grabill (13756 State St. Grabill, IN) My favorite place to find antiques would be The Country Shops of Grabill. It’s just a short drive to the small town of Grabill, northeast of Fort Wayne in Amish country. There are over 150 vendors there selling antiques and other items. I usually pick up books there, but the place is full of other things like antique furniture, housewares, and other collectibles.   Emily Farmer picks… Terry’s Toys (1010 Werling Rd. New Haven, IN) My current favorite—being that I’m a mother of 3 young kids—is Terry’s Toys in New Haven! It is a locally-owned kids toy resale shop. They are very reasonable with prices, you can bargain with them, and they even buy toys. I always feel like I got a great deal when I leave!   Leslie Snare picks… Finders Keepers (2608 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN) A total eclectic collection of furniture at all price points. They always have something hilarious to say on their sign on the side of their building. My personal favorite: It’s okay to come in just to stare at our nice chest. Furniture puns? Who knew!?   Rhonda Ladig Moxter picks… Nature’s Corner (2307 Spy Run Ave. Fort Wayne, IN) They are 3 stories comprised of tons of antique/collectible booths. The variety in Nature’s Corner is insane. Old comic books, furniture, old-timey clothes–you can find just about everything here!   Travis Bartlett picks… Salvation Army (6031 Lima Rd. Fort Wayne, IN, 1013 S. 13th St. Decatur, IN) I love visiting the Salvation Army for those quick, oddball items I may need for my kitchen or home décor needs. Where else are you going to find a vintage 1970s melon baller for a buck? These are the two locations I visit the most and can always count on having what I’m looking for: https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyLimaRoad/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/SalArmyDecatur/?fref=ts The Dove’s Nest Thrift Shop (6603 Stellhorn Rd. Fort Wayne, IN) Located on the Northeast side of Fort Wayne, this place has a lot more to offer than your typical thrift store. Every purchase you make goes to countries...

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The City of Church Conventions
Aug01

The City of Church Conventions

  With Fort Wayne’s well-known status as the ‘City of Churches’, many religious events take place in the Summit City.  Washington Times named Fort Wayne the ‘City of Church Conventions’. A Few Major Fall Events: 1.  August 14 – 15 will be the Global Leadership Summit hosted at the Embassy Theatre brought to you by Blackhawk Ministries. The Global Leadership Summit attracts many Christian leaders focusing on Christ-centered leadership.  This event is experienced by over 170,000 leaders throughout the world representing 14,000 churches and translated in 45 languages. “WCA’s passion is to help leaders worldwide—men and women—realize God’s vision for their lives, churches and communities. We share ideas and build partnerships. Through The Global Leadership  Summit (TGLS), Partners, and WCA Membership we deliver vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and we bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas.” 2.  Enjoying Union with God Weekend is September 26th – 28th and is free of charge. Speakers are:  Ordained ministers Andre and Mary-Ann Rabe, teacher and leader Steve Hill and founder of the Fire House Projects, Matt Spinks.  ‘There is a revelation of God’s pure and unconditional Grace that is being revealed once again to humanity!  We want to invite you to a weekend of immersion and experience of this Grace, found in Jesus Christ!’ 3.  On September 13, 2014 the City of Churches will be the site for Beth Moor’s ‘Living Proof Live’ presented by the largest Christian supplier of books and resources, LifeWay. Beth Moore is an author and teacher.  She lives in Houston, Texas where she leads her adult bible study and attends church where her son-in-law serves as the Pastor.  She believed early on that God was calling her to lead.  With her story-telling ability, she has written many books, Bible studies and devotionals. During this non-denominational event, Beth Moore will focus on women living and loving Christian lives.  Travis Cotrell, musician and song-writer, will lead the worship service during the event on September 13 from 9:30am – 4:15pm at the War Memorial Coliseum. 4.  The Salvation Army Ministry will be hosting its 6th annual charity ball and auction titled ‘Return to Neverland Charity’ on October 4, 2014. To help local families in need, The Salvation Army Ministry is hosting this event at its location on 2901 N. Clinton at 7pm.  They are now accepting donations and event sponsorships.   Also, swag bags will be given to the first 50 people who purchase tickets.   With fall almost here, school starting, holidays approaching, and then the long dreary winter months shortly thereafter, being spiritually renewed can be quite a benefit. Be sure to take advantage of one of these great...

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