LFW Weekly Fun File
Feb23

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. Stupid F@% ing Bird Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 “An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, playwright Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all.”   2. Fort Wayne Komets Pink the Rink Weekend Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 A weekend with the Komets to benefit breast cancer research.   3. Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 Health, beauty, fashion, and home! Check out the awesome vendors, and benefit breast cancer research!   4. Hats Off to Reading! Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. Storytime, activities, prizes, and a celebration of the one-of-a-kind Dr. Seuss. It’s free and open to all ages.   5. Fort Wayne / West Central Development Update Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. Find out what downtown development means for the surrounding neighborhoods. It’s an exciting time!   6. Wedding Expo Saturday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. Shop local for your wedding! Local vendors will be coming out to show you all the things they have to offer for your special day.   7. Cinema Center Sings the Oscars – Annual Oscar Party & Fundraiser Saturday, February 25 at 6 p.m. It’s the Cinema Center’s annual fundraiser, and it’s a blast! This year, they’re celebrating the return of the Hollywood movie musical.   8. 2017 Bridal Extravaganza Sunday, February 26 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. And so wedding season begins.   9. Fat Tuesday at Mad Anthony Brewing Company Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. Live music, a cajun and creole menu, and an authentic Mardi Gras experience!   10. Drawn Together Celebrate creativity and community at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits.   11. 2017 Pawject Runway Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. This is happening next week, but I wanted you to be...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Halloween
Oct14

LFW’s Top Picks for Halloween

We are back again with another of list of our top picks for area activities! This time around, we’re discussing our favorite things to do for Halloween in (and around) Fort Wayne.   Jade Haag – Calendar & Events Chair Zombie Overnight: Survive The Outbreak You get to spend the night at Science Central on October 23rd! Keeping with the zombie theme, but safely tailored to ages 6 and up. The science center will host the first of its new overnight programs called, “Zombie Overnight: Survive The Outbreak”. Participants are encouraged to grab their pillows and sleeping bags and prepare for an impending Zombie Apocalypse. Kids will explore Science Central after dark and get hands-on with experiments not for the faint of heart. Spend the night among the exhibits and wake up to a light breakfast. Children must be 6 years old to attend. Families and groups must maintain a ratio of at least 1 adult to 8 children. Chaperones must stay with children at all times. Tickets purchased online cost $18.00 per person. Tickets purchased before Friday, September 18, cost $15.00 per person.   Becca Bell – Contributing Writer As an architecture and history buff, I love the haunted history tours presented by ARCH. You get to explore downtown while learning about our city’s past. After hearing all the sordid and spooky stories, you’ll never look at Fort Wayne landmarks the same way again! Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Tours – October 17th Haunted History of West Central Walking Tour – October 24th http://archfw.org/events/   Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Howl O’ Ween is a family-friendly “safe” celebration that takes place throughout the sanctuary. Park at the 4-H park adjacent to Black Pine and enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride to the sanctuary! Enjoy seasonal decor, and animals, a bonfire, and refreshments. Trick-or-Treat stations will be set up for the ghosts and goblins, too! Costumes optional. (Staff reserves the right to restrict access for especially elaborate, large, unusual costumes that may disturb the animals.) Dress for outdoor activities, some shelter provided. All proceeds help fund the winter care of the animals. Saturday, October 31, 3-6 p.m. Admission: $5.00 per person, ages 3 and up. Park Pals free! http://www.blackpine.org/index.php/visit-us/special-events/howl-o-ween   Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair Check out the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo “Wild Zoo Halloween,” an area favorite, October 16-18, 22-25, 29-31. Guests can trick-or-treat, see the animals, get pumpkins, and...

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LFW Fun File
Sep10

LFW Fun File

Enjoy outside while the Fort Wayne weather is nice. There are plenty of outdoor events in this Fun File edition! If you wish to see your event on our Fun File, please email info@livingfortwayne.com. All these events and more are on our calendar. 1. Grabill Country Fair 2. Lovestruck: A Fundraising Event 3. Free Showing of Fellowship of the Rings!! 4. RideGreen 2015 Bicycle Pub Tour 5. Mad Anthony Brewing Company’s 17th Annual OktoBEERfest 6. Pinestock 2015  7. West Central Home & Garden Tour  8. Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown 9. Second Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party 10. ACRES Grand Opening of Spring Lake Woods and...

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Third World Shoppe: Shopping Activism
Jun12

Third World Shoppe: Shopping Activism

Third World Shoppe, located at 611 West Wayne Street, is an important part of the west side of downtown Fort Wayne. Located in the heart of Wayne Street, it is surrounded by historic buildings and beautiful trees that reach to the sky. Its importance comes not just from what we can find in our shopping experiences at Third World Shoppe, but also in what they give back to the community each day.   Founded in 1972, they have spent their time helping to eliminate poverty, connect people with each other, and spread the wealth found in Fort Wayne among those that need it most. Their shop reflects the eclectic nature of their owners. Filled with one of a kind gifts that entice shoppers with products featuring unique detail and design, there are all kinds of treasures to find. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., there is something for everyone here. They carry everything from jewelry and accessories to books and dolls. They also have organic teas and coffee, and “green” related items for those trying to stay conscious of where they spend their money.  All of their Fair Trade items benefit low income artisans and small farmers in over forty countries around the world. In addition to this, they also have a very educated staff and walls filled with information from social issues to community outreaches. If you are looking for the full downtown shopping experience, you should definitely add Third World Shoppe to your...

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Fortezza Coffee Provides Specialty Brews Downtown
May08

Fortezza Coffee Provides Specialty Brews Downtown

Fortezza Coffee opened not too long ago across the street from Pint n’ Slice and the Dash-In. The owner is the same guy (Sean Wang) that owns Trionfale Espresso on DuPont. The biggest “new” thing that Wang is utilizing in Fortezza is the Modbar that rids the area of the wall that espresso machines tend to take up next to the counters. The Modbar is designed to move large components of the machine under the counters where they can remain unseen, thus opening the counters up for interaction between barista and coffee-consumer. The menu is impossible to miss as you walk through the door (looking at the establishment, it’s the door on the left) because it’s written on the entire wall in chalk. Fortezza provides the same coffee as Trionfale Espresso (Counter Culture Coffee) and then some different brews and roasts. Fresh, whole beans are also available for purchase as are a variety of pastries. When I tried Trionfale Espresso for the first time, I made the haphazard mistake of adding a flavor to the cappuccino. Well, based on a few other friends’ reviews, I learned that the flavor was not necessary. This time around, I corrected my error and just got the plain cappuccino.  It was anything but plain.  The milk is steamed perfectly, the espresso brewed to order. The flavor was smooth and, just like Trionfale, it didn’t take forever to cool and I could enjoy it immediately. There are a few options for brunch, primarily a variety of quiche and a breakfast sandwich. There is also an area with tables and chairs for those who wish to camp out and stay a while (not literally, of course) and there are meeting rooms available. The downtown location is within walking distances to most of the area’s major corporate offices and there is no shortage of foot traffic through that area, especially in the morning hours with workers between parking spots and offices. Fortezza Coffee is open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday. ‘Like’ them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with events, news and happenings at...

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