LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb18

LFW Weekend Fun File

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. YLNI February Hotspot Thursday, Feb. 18 5:30p – 6:30p           This month’s hot spot is at Summit City Brewerks! Come and meet new people and see what the Fort has to offer young professionals!   2. Vertical Leap Thursday, Feb. 18 6:30p – 9p After the Hot Spot, head over to Jenn Ford Art for the Vertical Leap! Kevin Mullett, local photographer and strategic thinker, is giving a talk titled, “Fort Wayne’s Visual Landscape and Photowalk Project.” It’s a presentation and discussion for artists, photographers, architects, and Fort Wayne admirers alike. There will be food and drinks! RSVP. 3. Turtle Soup February 19-21 & 26-28 Friday/Saturday Curtain 7:30 p Sunday Matinee Curtain 2:30 p               This hilarious but absolutely true story is about the origin of Churubusco’s famed “Turtle Days.” It should be a great show! 4. Fort Wayne Komets Game Friday, Feb. 19 8p             Fort Wayne Komets vs. The Toledo Walleye. Who doesn’t want some hockey sprinkled into their Friday night? 5. Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 & 21 at 10a             6. Polar Plunge Saturday, Feb. 20 10a         Jumpin’ in freezing cold water for a great cause? Yes. 7. Weather the Fort Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4p             With activities including a heated tent for local bands, interactive art, fire performances, ice sculptors, coffee tasting, and a food and beer tent, Weather the Fort will have something for everyone.

 It shouldn’t be too cold, either! 8. Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30p           Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society will hold a contra dance to live, old-time, string band music at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Beginners are welcome, and you don’t need a partner. Break out of your comfort zone and have some dance fun! 9. Help Make Hope Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4:30p             Make art, write and copy letters for teens struggling with mental illness. Letters and artwork will be paired together, then sent to a local mental health hospital. Help these teens know there is hope and that they are needed...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Vertical Leap
Apr10

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Vertical Leap

This is the return of our popular article series on entrepreneurship in Northeast Indiana. There isn’t a better topic to cover first than the return of a popular event on entrepreneurship! Join us as we explore the resources available to you as a resident of this area and some of the new businesses that are shaking things up in the area. Let’s Startup Fort Wayne! (-Tim) *** How do founders, entrepreneurs, creatives, and other community leaders do it? And by “it” we mean finding success in building thriving businesses and creative ventures in the Summit City. Is it having a great idea? Does it come down to having the best skill set or having access to funding? Is it passion or maybe confidence? It can be some or all of those things, but there is one big ingredient you need to be successful and thrive here or anywhere – that is people. As someone interested in the entrepreneurship culture here in Fort Wayne, there has been one event I have been missing. Vertical Leap is returning to Fort Wayne on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm at The Center for Creative Collaboration (The C3) at Indiana Tech. This free event is now brought to you by Start Fort Wayne and will repeat monthly. This month’s food, drink, and space is sponsored by The C3. Here you will find people to network with and bounce ideas off of, plus opportunities to listen to presenters. You never know who you might collide with – a young start-up, an artist, a student, a musician, an experienced business person, or maybe someone just exploring. “We plan on moving [Vertical Leap] around town and holding it at different venues and choosing programs that appeal to different audiences, so that we can bring together the different ‘starter’ communities around Fort Wayne,” said Dave Sanders, organizer of Start Fort Wayne. “That’s a really big deal to me, to help gain that critical mass.” A typical event will start out with casual networking, followed by a presentation and speakers, 60 second pitches, and more networking to close out the night. Want to know what a 60 second pitch is? If you have an idea in your head (not already in business), get up, share it in 60 seconds, and get feedback from the group. From past experience, this is really casual and can be quite fun and engaging. And don’t forget to network – maybe you’ll find out for yourself just how they do it! If you are interested in checking out Vertical Leap, RSVP on Eventbrite as seats are limited for the event, and visit www.startfortwayne.com/verticalleap. Here are the speakers...

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