LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep28

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! 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. Food Truck Thursday – Season FINALE! Thursday, September 28 at 5 p.m. It’s the last food truck Thursday of the season! The weather should be great, don’t miss it! Heartland Sings: Karaoke Classics Live Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Sing along to your favorite karaoke this Friday! Lucky Duck Children’s Consignment Sale Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 It’s one of the biggest consignment sales in the area, check it out! Fort4Fitness Fall Festival: 4M, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon Saturday, September 30 at 7 a.m. Fort4Fitness is finally here! Head out and finish that race! Suicide Prevention QPR Training at St. Jude Sunday, October 1 at 7 p.m. After this training in prevention, you’ll be prepared to assist someone who is contemplating suicide. Oktoberfest Dinner Monday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. A four-course dinner and plenty of giveaways, it should be a fun night! Tiny Musicians Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4 Music is a great way to help your kiddos grow. Help them experience the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of playing with music this week! Bridging the Gap of Homelessness presented by the CMSA of FW Wednesday, October 4 at 8:20 p.m. Learn how you can make a difference in our community and how we can all work together to tackle homelessness. Drawn Together Wednesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. Grab your imagination and join together for a fun time of creating! 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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Find Volunteer Opportunities through United Way of Allen County’s New Volunteer Hub
Jul03

Find Volunteer Opportunities through United Way of Allen County’s New Volunteer Hub

Our community is full of wonderful people. It’s also full of wonderful organizations and great opportunities. If you find yourself looking for ways to become more involved in our beautiful city, United Way of Allen County’s volunteer portal just might be the answer you’re searching for. From financial support of local nonprofits, to advocating on behalf of things like early childhood education and connecting individuals to resources through 2-1-1, United Way of Allen County supports and advances our community in a variety of ways. It made sense, then, that they’d be the type of organization that would see a need, then step up and see what they can do to meet that need. The United Way of Allen County volunteer portal is an online hub for individuals to find volunteer opportunities in our community. Individuals can create an account and scroll through a list of needs to find a volunteer opportunity that’s a perfect fit. Individuals can filter their search by availability, interests, skill-sets and more. The search brings up all the necessary information about the organization and the volunteer position, often linking directly to a webpage where the potential volunteer can apply, or at least providing the contact information for the individual at the organization responsible for volunteers. “It makes finding a volunteer opportunity so much easier, because not only can you search for the specific opportunities you’d be interested in, but you can also contact the agency directly,” says Tiffani Arnold, Manager of Strategic Volunteer Engagement at United Way of Allen County. She’s right. I decided to test the site and see what opportunities were available to me. After creating an account, it asked me to list some of my interests, talents, and choose some example organizations that I liked. I then searched for volunteer opportunities in Marketing, since that’s my strongest skill, and bam! I was paired with a Marketing and Communications need at Early Childhood Alliance. All I had to do was fill out a form with a quick note and my availability, and wait for them to contact me. Perfection. Anyone can create an account and use the hub to find volunteer positions, and it’s 100% free for both the individual using it and the organization advertising on it. That’s huge for nonprofits where extra money for advertising isn’t always available. We love the hub, and we love that we have organizations in our community that are committed bringing us all...

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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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LFW Spotlight: Brittany King
Jun01

LFW Spotlight: Brittany King

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Communications Liaison, Brittany King! What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog?   I’m the Communication Liaison and currently help manage the events calendar and weekly Fun File. I volunteered for Living Fort Wayne because, being born and raised in the Fort, I love the city and I think it has many amazing things to offer that not enough people know about! I’m a writer so helping Living Fort Wayne promote a city I love through a medium I love is a perfect fit.   Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc).   I have the most wonderful 3-year-old daughter. Her name is Annabelle. She thinks she’s a dog most of the time, but that’s okay because I love dogs (I love animals, really). But really, she’s great. She’s a good excuse to go to the zoo almost daily in the summer, and to watch a ton of Clifford and Magic School Bus with no judgment. If we’re not at the zoo or watching some really great ‘90s cartoons, then we are probably reading books or at the theatre.   If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why?   I want to live everywhere. I can’t even realistically answer that question. I love travel and I love adventure and exploring other cultures.   If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t-miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW?   Uh, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Or honestly, for a more age-appropriate good time, I’d block out a couple days to just explore downtown. People don’t understand how wonderful it is and how many hidden gems we have, not to mention the already well-known things DTFW has to offer. … We’d do a lot of eating.   If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing?   I refuse to do karaoke. To be honest, I really only know the words to show tunes or some...

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Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge
Mar07

Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge

This week, a group of local college students are giving up their “sleep all day, Netflix all night” spring breaks and are instead participating in United Way of Allen County’s Alternative Spring Break: Urban Plunge. The program gives students a chance to step out of their comfort zone and see the needs in our community first-hand. This year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) focuses on A.L.I.C.E. (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) families, those who are working but still can’t make ends meet on the wages they are making. Our community is wonderful, and Fort Wayne is growing and changing rapidly, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t fellow community members who need help, and ASB is giving students the chance to get involved. The program is four days long and will focus on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. Participants will learn about the specific needs of our community and the needs of A.L.I.C.E. families, as well as have the opportunity to volunteer and take tours of local nonprofit agencies. It’s a great opportunity for everyone involved. Participants will be able to not only learn and network, but are also given the chance to really consider what role they play in invoking change, as Millennial community members. The nonprofits involved are able to raise awareness of the issues they have devoted themselves to changing, and the struggles of the individuals using these services are brought a little further into the light. Fort Wayne is a great place, full of great people. It’s exciting that we have organizations willing to invest in others, and to invest in the young people of the area. It’s also exciting, quite frankly, that we have young people in the area who were willing to give up a week of freedom to do something to strengthen our community and the families living in it. Our heart and passion is to see Fort Wayne blossom, to see business and art and culture grow, and to see people love and appreciate our city enough to live, work, and play here. Part of that growth is going to come from strengthening the families already living in this great city, and ASB is a step in the right direction. You can stay up to date with this year’s ASB through our social media! We will be adding pictures and stories from the group as the week goes...

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