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Spring 2017 March-May

Amazing Race Mother’s Day Plant Sale Trips & Tours Fiber Arts Celebration Sports & Fitness Classes & Workshops Riverfront Fun “Mary Poppins” Exhibit Pre-School/Youth Activities Senior Programs Day Camps Trek the Trails Bike Rides Spring Fun for All Ages

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department www.fortwayneparks.org


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Amazing Race...................................... 48 Botanical Conservatory.............13, 15-21 Computers/Technology.................. 50-51 Day Camps................................. 6, 32-35 Golf.................................................10-11 Headwaters Park................................. 63 Historic Old Fort................................. 62 Lindenwood Nature Preserve............. 6-7 McMillen Community Center........... 36-37 Outdoor Programs............................. 6-7 Pre-School Programs...................... 25-27 Registration Information................. 65-67 Riverfront Programs............................ 8-9 Salomon Farm..................................... 3-5 Seminars.........................................41-43 Senior Programs............................. 52-59 Special Events..........3, 16, 36, 52, 62, 63 Special Interest Classes.................. 44-49 Sports & Fitness....... 12-14, 20, 45, 54-55 Swinney Homestead............................ 63 Travel.............................................. 22-24 Unwind Your Mind............................... 60 Volunteering............................... 5, 17, 53 Youth Centers................................. 38-40 Youth Programs.......... 3-11, 16, 21, 28-40 Zoo..................................................... 32 705 E. State Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (260) 427-6000 www.fortwayneparks.org

Tom Henry, Mayor Al Moll, Director

Board of Park Commissioners Richard Samek Pamela Kelly, M.D. William Zielke Justin Shurley

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Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation . . .


Salomon Farm Park Salomon Farm Park 817 W. Dupont Rd. Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. Salomon Farm Park is a true historic gem and a perfect location for walking, picnics, fishing and much more. The Salomon family established the farm in 1871 and gifted it to the city in 1995 to protect it from development. Our farm animals will return in late April. The 1.8 mile fully paved trail that surrounds the park is used more than any trail in Fort Wayne! Please park in the first gravel parking lot upon entering the park.

Salomon Farmers’ Market Call for Vendors & Entertainers! Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m. June 7-September 6 Did you know that grocery store food has to travel an average of 1500 miles to get to you? Not so at the Salomon Farmers’ Market! Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius from Salomon Farm Park. Our produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and we strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities. Anyone interested in vending must complete a vendor application. Contact Kellie at 260-427-6005 or kellie.adkins@cityoffortwayne.org for more information.

Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration! Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & Saturday May 13, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Join us at Salomon Farm for a two-day celebration of fiber arts. With a focus on education, we will have hands-on participation and demonstrations in all of the processes of making natural fiber products – wool dyeing, spinning, weaving and more. Vendors specializing in fiber arts will sell equipment and supplies such as spinning wheels, wooden knitting needles, looms and shuttles, felting needles and forms, and crochet hooks. Natural fiber including wool, alpaca, silk and cotton, as well as hand-made fiber products such as sweaters, mittens, shawls and more will also be for sale. Visit with live sheep and alpaca! Food vendors will also be on the grounds. The Fiber Arts Celebration is co-sponsored by the Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. Call Karla at 260-4276008 for more information. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed.

We make FUN of everything!

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The Hammer Heads

Farm Kids

Want to learn about blacksmithing? Join the club! The Hammer Heads Club is for youth ages 11-17 who want to learn this almost-forgotten craft. Local blacksmiths will teach shop safety and how to build a coal fire. You’ll learn about blacksmithing tools, how to use them, and will get hands on experience creating a project. The curriculum is designed for beginners. The club will meet at the Salomon Farm Blacksmiths’ Forge. Hammer Heads must wear leather closed-toed shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and all loose hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. This program is FREE to attend, but registration is still required. Registration deadline: May 12. Min. 2. Max. 6. Code Date Day Time 253600-S1 5/27 Sa 10:30-12:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/FREE Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

Summer Farm Camp, p. 32 The Buzz about Bees *Adult/Child If you have a busy little bee at home, bring them down to the farm to learn what all of the buzz is about! Instructor Glenn Hile, local bee keeper and owner of Glenn’s Natural Honey, will teach little ones about the importance of bees using fun hands-on activities. Ages 3- 5. Registration deadlines: March 7 and April 4. Min 7. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 253902-T1 3/21 T 9:30-11 am 253902-T2 4/18 T 9:30-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

Dirty Toes Tots *Adult/Child Dig your toes in the dirt during this fun and educational gardening program for young children! What are different parts of a plant called? What does a plant need to grow? What is composting and pollination and how do they happen? Participants will engage in hands-on gardening activities that answer all of these questions and give them a chance to learn through exploration! During this 5-week program we’ll also plant seeds and watch them grow! Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: April 5. Min 7. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 253901-W1 4/19-5/17 W 9:30-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 5/$30 Location: Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont

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Field Trips on the Farm May 1-31 and August 1-31 Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Salomon Farm tours feature hands-on time with our animal friends and highlight composting, gardening and life on the farm in the old days. Wagon rides are available upon request for farm tours booked for 1½ hours or more. If you have a specific area of interest we will do our best to work it into the tour. Field trips are scheduled in 1-2 hour increments. Scheduling is subject to availability. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting Kellie at 260-427-6005 or kellie.adkins@ cityoffortwayne.org. There is a charge of $3/ hour/child. Teachers, care givers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/ hour applies to all groups.

More Field Trips, p. 6, 21 Garden Preschool, p. 21

Salomon Farm Park

Salomon Farm . . .


Kind of Crafty Mommy and Me Craft-a-Cuff *Adult/Child Bring your mom to this unique jewelry making workshop and make one-of-a-kind leather cuffs for each other! Instructor Kathy Boles, owner of KBDesigns will assist mother/child pairs in handcrafting your very own leather cuff bracelets, adding embellishments that celebrate your family’s love! Kathy’s Craft-a-Cuff series features genuine leather and inspirational quotes. All materials and supplies will be provided. Ages 7+. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 8. Max. 12 Code Date Day Time 253818-S1 5/20 Sa 2-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$55 per pair Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Craft-a-Cuff Create your own unique and inspirational leather cuffs! Instructor Kathy Boles, owner of KBDesigns will show you how to dye leather and add embellishments that celebrate your own style! Kathy has been creating unique handcrafted items for many years and most recently started the Craft-a-Cuff series, using genuine leather and a variety of inspirational quotes. Make one for yourself or to give to someone special! All supplies are included. Ages 12+. Registration deadline: March 17. Min 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 253819-S1 3/25 Sa 2-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$30 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Watch your mailbox for your Summer Fun Times on May 10.

Photography at the Farm Salomon Farm has become a popular spot for both professional and amateur photographers. If you plan to take photos at the park and haven’t completed our Photography Registration document, please contact Karla Yauchler at karla.yauchler@cityoffortwayne. org or 260-427-6008 to register. You only need to complete the form one time and there is no cost. Forms are also available in the brochure box at the Salomon Farm Learning Center, with an adjacent mailbox for the completed bottom portion.

Farm Hands Needed Salomon Farm Volunteer Orientation Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. Salomon Farm Park relies on volunteers to care for the animals (May-October) and to plant and tend the vegetable gardens and orchard (AprilOctober). Volunteers need to be 18 years of age. (We also accept a limited number of youth volunteers, but they must be accompanied at all times by a guardian.) If you are interested in volunteering with the animals or in the garden, please plan to attend the appropriate volunteer orientation. Some experience with animals is preferred of our animal care volunteers, however, training will be provided. Garden volunteers meet every Monday and Thursday morning from April-October and share in the garden produce. You do not have to commit to the entire season or to every scheduled work day and no previous gardening experience is required. Both orientations will be held at in the Learning Center, the first building upon entering the park.

Garden Volunteer Orientation

Monday, March 13, 10:00 am-12:00 pm Call Kellie, 427-6005, by March 10 to sign up.

Animal Care Volunteer Orientation

Sunday, April 23, 2:30- 4:00 p.m. Call Karla at 427-6008 by April 14 to sign up.

Garden Alliance, p. 59 Volunteering, p. 17, 53

Putting the “culture” back in agriculture.

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The Great Outdoors River Camp Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Marys, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city and how they are still used today. Campers will leave with a better understanding of our rivers, their challenges and benefits, as well as an enthusiasm for our waterways. Games, water activities, science experiments, canoeing and water safety are all part of the fun. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be at the Shoaff Park Riverlodge pavilion while Tuesday will be a special day of fun downtown. Ages 8-12. Registration deadline: June 19. Min. 32. Max. 40. Code Dates Days Time 348915-M1 8/7-8/11 M-F 9 am-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$115 Location: Shoaff Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

On the Water

Preserving Nature Lindenwood Nature Preserve Open every day from dawn until dusk 600 Lindenwood Ave. Lindenwood Nature Preserve is a 110-acre dedicated nature preserve featuring 4 hiking trails of varying length (one is wheelchair and stroller accessible), a pond, and an open-air pavilion. Hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, picnicking, and just relaxing are a few of the activities you’ll enjoy at the preserve. Admission is free. Sorry, no pets or bikes allowed!

Lindenwood Field Trips Hurshtown Reservoir 16000 Roth Road, Grabill, IN Opens for the season May 2 Tuesday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Hurshtown Reservoir may be the best fishing spot in Allen County. It also features a 2.75 mile walking path, areas for picnics, an outdoor volleyball space, and row boat rentals. Admission is only $4/car or 50 cents to walk or bicycle in. Season passes are available! For more information call Kellie at 260-427-6005 or you can directly reach Hurshtown at 260627-3390 during our hours of operation.

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May 1-October 31 600 Lindenwood Ave. Nature has so much to teach us and there’s no better way to learn than to experience it firsthand. Lindenwood Nature Preserve offers a variety of environmental education field trip opportunities varying from one to two hour programs. For a complete list of programs, please visit Lindenwood’s page at fortwayneparks.org. Cost is $2/participant/hour; a minimum fee of $20.00 / $40.00 will be charged for 1-hour / 2-hour programs, respectively. Teachers, care givers, and adult chaperones are free-of-charge. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling Kellie at 427-6005.

Enjoy the great outdoors . . .


Beautiful Biomes

Trek the Trails

Biomes are very large ecological areas on the Earth’s surface that are homes to many different types of plants and animals that have adapted to their environment. On the surface, a biome can very much look like a habitat which can cause it to be confusing for kids, however, a biome is not an ecosystem. Hands on activities and crafts will allow your little scientist to explore what makes up a biome and to compare how various plant and animal life has adapted to fit that biome. Ages 7-10. Registration deadline: May 22. Min. 7. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 248102-S1 5/21 Su 9:30-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$20 Location: Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave.

Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the Midwest with nearly 100 miles of trail winding through the city. Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this spring to experience Fort Wayne on two wheels. Reconnect with nature along the linear parkways of the Rivergreenway, learn the history of the Wabash & Erie Canal along the Towpath Trail or simply enjoy the many miles of new trails throughout the Greater Fort Wayne area. Load up your family and bikes and come join the fun! Please wear a helmet and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. Tuesday rides will continue through the summer. Please register online at fwtrails.com or in person at each ride. There is no charge. For more information, call 427-6228 or 969-0079. Date Departs From Length 5/2 Salomon Farm Park 7 miles For this Kick-Off Event, meet at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd, by the trailhead kiosk

Bike or Hike Wild Walkers 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month Share your knowledge of nature as you explore some of northeast Indiana’s finest outdoor areas in this nature-oriented group. Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The 2017 schedule is posted on our website at www.fortwayneparks. org or you may call 260-427-6005 or email Kellie at kellie.adkins@cityoffortwayne.org to request a schedule.

Family WalkFit, p. 12

5/9 Rockhill Park Trailhead 9 miles Meet at the trailhead in Rockhill Park, near 1400 Catalpa St., just east of the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. and Freeman St. 5/16 The Chapel 7 miles Meet in the parking lot of The Chapel, 2505 W. Hamilton Rd. 5/23 Shoaff Park Trailhead 8 miles Meet at the parking lot near the Conklin Pavilion on the south side of the park, 6401 St. Joe Rd. 5/30 Moser Park Trailhead 8 miles Meet at Moser Park, 601 W. Main St. in New Haven, in the trailhead parking lot near the baseball diamonds

right here in Fort Wayne!

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On the Riverfront Riverfront Fort Wayne Educational Series Calhoun Street Soup, Salad and Spirits 1915 S. Calhoun St. Riverfront Fort Wayne invites you to a free and informal educational series featuring a panel of experts from our community to discuss important topics and issues about our rivers. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Come down, relax, have a drink and join us in talking about these interesting and important topics. No registration is required. Sponsored by WANE TV and CS3.

History of Our Rivers

Monday, February 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our community was founded at the confluence of three rivers. Learn about the early settlers and founders of our community as well as important events that happened along our three rivers to make our City the vibrant community it is today.

Riverfront Design

Monday, March 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Riverfront Fort Wayne Phase I redevelopment involves so much more than the beautiful new park! Come and learn from a handful of the experts who have been involved in this project with everything from design to streetscapes to art.

Birdwatching on the Trails Sunday, March 5, April 2, May 7 8:00-9:00 a.m. – Nature Walk 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Bike Ride Historic Wells Street Bridge, N. Wells St. Want to learn about birds and plants along our rivers? Join Riverfront Fort Wayne in partnership with Fort Wayne Trails on the first Sunday of the month for a naturalist-led walk and/ or bike ride. Attendees will learn to celebrate nature with an emphasis on migratory birds, waterfowl, resident birds, riverine flora and invasive species. Attendees may join the walk, the bike ride or both. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancellation information. All ages are welcome. The program is free and no reservations are required.

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Stargazing: Your Sky Tonight 3rd Wednesday, Just After Sunset March 15, 8:15-8:45 p.m. April 19, 8:30-9:00 p.m. May 17, 9:15-9:45 p.m. Historic Wells Street Bridge, N. Wells St. Join us and our friends at Science Central on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, for a dreamy walk along the riverbanks and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through telescopes to see rare celestial sightings and learn what’s happening in the universe during these spring months as the temperatures rise. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancellations. All ages are welcome. The program is free and no reservations are required.

Little Explorers Science Series: Bugs! Saturday, May 6, 10:00-10:30 a.m. Historic Wells Street Bridge, N. Wells St. Riverfront Fort Wayne in partnership with the Allen County Public Library invite you and your child to a fun new science series aimed at engaging young explorers! May’s topic: Bugs! Ladybugs, beetles and bees, oh my! What child doesn’t love learning about insects and spiders? Join us for an interactive Storytime with crafts, games and other learning opportunities to find out just what tiny creatures are lurking in and around our rivers. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held at the Downtown Allen County Public Library location. The program is appropriate for preschool-elementary age children and their guardians. Free. No reservations required.

A new division of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation!


River Camp

Historic Boat Tours

Fort Wayne developed around the confluence of three rivers: the St. Joseph, the St. Mary’s, and the Maumee. Learn all about the role our rivers have played in the history of our city and how they are still used today. Campers will leave with a better understanding of our rivers, their challenges and benefits, as well as an enthusiasm for our waterways. Games, water activities, science experiments, water safety and canoeing are all part of the fun. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be at the Shoaff Park Riverlodge pavilion while Tuesday will be a special day of fun downtown. A confirmation letter will be sent out with details a week prior to camp! Ages 8-12. Registration deadline: June 19. Min. 32. Max. 40. Code Dates Days Time 348915-M1 8/7-8/11 M-F 9 am-4pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$115 Location: Shoaff Riverlodge, 6401 St. Joe Rd.

Riverfront Fort Wayne Historic Boat Tours are your chance to learn more about our city’s heritage through its riverfront. Every other Sunday and Thursday, your guide Matt Jones, will lead you through a different riverfront history lesson by boat. Take the opportunity to sit back, relax and hear stories of yesteryear while being surrounded by our urban waters. Boat tours depart from the dock at Headwaters Park West with parking behind 301 Harrison St. No food or beverages are permitted on the tours. Ages 10+. Fee: $12 per person. Make your reservations on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org or by calling 427-6000. Limit 10 persons per tour. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancellations. Tours depart at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on each of the following dates: 5/21 Su Glorious Gate 6/4 Su Canals and Crossroads 6/8 Th Forts and Frontiers 6/18 Su “With Might and Main” 6/22 Th Wells and Turtle 7/2 Su Sports and Recreation 7/6 Th Abolitionists & Copperheads 7/16 Su Espionage and Intrigue 7/20 Th “With Might and Main” 7/30 Su Wars for Independence 8/3 Th Wars for Independence 8/13 Su Abolitionists & Copperheads 8/17 Th Sports and Recreation 8/27 Su Flags of Our Forefathers 8/31 Th Canals and Crossroads 9/10 Su Riverscapes 9/14 Th Johnny Appleseed and Other Notables 9/24 Su Wells and Turtle 9/28 Th Glorious Gate

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races Saturday, June 24, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Athlete’s Village: Headwaters Park West Amphitheatre Race Course: Historic Wells to Harrison Street Bridges The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council and Riverfront Fort Wayne invite you to the 3rd Annual Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races! This enjoyable, family-friendly event offers something for everyone with an Athlete’s Village for socializing, local food trucks, children’s activities and of course, the races! Team registration opens March 1. For questions regarding team rules and regulations and to create your own team contact Alison Gerardot at 427-6248 or alison.gerardot@cityoffortwayne.org. All events at the race site are free and open to the public. This event is rain or shine and sponsored by ABC21 WPTA, WOWO and WMEE.

Riverfront Fort Wayne promises every Fort Wayne resident and visitor an always-evolving opportunity to connect with nature, culture and community.

Join the fun on and along the rivers!

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Family Friendly Golf Golf Courses Open for the Season As Weather Permits Foster Park Golf Course Rudisill Blvd. & Old Mill Road 427-6735 fostergolfcourse.com

Shoaff Park Golf Course & Driving Range 6401 St. Joe Road 427-6745 shoaffgolfcourse.com

McMillen Park Golf Course & Driving Range Oxford St., East of Anthony Blvd. 427-6710 mcmillengolfcourse.com

Mad Anthony III’s Short Course Oxford St., East of Anthony Blvd. 427-6710 mcmillengolfcourse.com

Weekday

Weekend/Holiday

9 holes $12

9 holes $13

18 holes $12

18 holes $19

18 holes $22

Punch Card 10/$108

Driving Range

9 holes $6

9 holes $5 9 holes $10

9 holes $11

18 holes $10

18 holes $16

18 holes $17

Punch Card 10/$80

9 holes $10 * 9 holes $5 on Fridays *

9 holes $5

small bucket $5 large bucket $7 Punch Cards 10 small/$35 10 large/$60

9 holes $11

18 holes $10

medium bucket $5

18 holes $17

Punch Card 10/$80

Punch Cards 10/$30

18 holes $16

Adults $7; Youth $4 Families $1 off per player. Lifetime Sports Academy Certified Players FREE!

Senior Men’s Golf League The Senior Men’s Golf Association is open to retired men at least 55 years of age by July 1. Benefits of membership include reduced golf fees, gift certificates, special events, scrambles and the opportunity to play the city’s finest public golf courses. For more information, please contact Harold Lowder at 483-5109.

Ladies Golf Leagues

9 holes $5 18 holes $10

Punch Card 10/$80

Anniversary Specials Foster - 90 Years! $9 for 9 or 18 holes on Friday, April 28

Shoaff - 60 Years! $6 for 9 or 18 holes on Sunday, May 14

McMillen - 55 Years!

Shoaff Park Golf Course welcomes women of all abilities to join our Tuesday morning 18-hole or Thursday morning 9-hole golf leagues. The leagues run from May through August. Tee off begins as early as 7:30 a.m. For more information, please call the clubhouse at 427-6745.

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$5.50 for 9 or 18 holes Sunday, May 21

Membership Packages McMillen/Shoaff Foster Individual $460 $595 Family (2 people) $620 $755 Junior $175 $215 Senior $375 $450

Individual Season Pass valid at all four municipal courses – $695!

Dust off your clubs . . .


What a Deal! • Kids Play Free One child (age 14 and under) plays FREE with each paying adult after 6:00 p.m. daily at Foster, Shoaff and McMillen and any time during public play at the Mad Anthony III’s.

• Student Discounts All students receive $2 off greens fees at our golf courses. College and high school students must show their current school I.D.

• Ladies Day Women play 2-for-1 before 3:00 p.m. on Mondays at Foster and Fridays at Shoaff and McMillen. (League play not included.)

• Frequent Player Card Buy 10 rounds, get one FREE! Pick up your frequent player card at your first visit to Foster, Shoaff or McMillen, have it punched every time you play 18 holes of golf at one of the courses and your 11th round of golf, at the course of your choice, will be “on the house!”

• Weekday Special Play 18 holes with a cart at Foster for just $22 and at McMillen and Shoaff for $20 weekdays until 1:00 p.m.

• Daily Twilight Special Enjoy reduced greens fees after 6:00 p.m. at Foster ($8), McMillen ($7) and Shoaff ($7). Not valid for leagues, outings or tournaments.

• $5 Fridays Play 9 holes for $5 every Friday at McMillen (carts extra).

Fort Wayne Parks-Parkview Sports Medicine Pee Wee/ Junior Golf Tour The Pee Wee/Junior Golf Tour is open to boys and girls ages 3-18 and consists of a series of golf tournaments at various local courses throughout the summer. Details will be available at www.fortwayneparks.org in March. The Pee Wee/Junior Golf Tour is sponsored by Parkview Sports Medicine, Pepsi and O’Daniel Automart/Mazda.

Learn to Play Ladies Beginning Golf Lessons Ladies beginning group golf lessons will be held at Shoaff Park Golf Course this spring. Attend the first lesson absolutely FREE with no obligation to continue. If you are hooked after the initial lesson, you may sign up for the remaining three weekly lessons. Ten FREE PLAY dates have been scheduled at Shoaff Golf Course and at the Mad Anthony III’s short course in McMillen Park for lesson participants during the course of the lesson program, allowing you to experience the game and practice your new skills at no charge. You will also receive a free pass for a round of golf at any of our family-friendly park courses upon completion of the lesson program. (Note: See our Ladies Day promotion at left for more golf savings.) Please call the golf course at 427-6745 prior to the first lesson to sign up. Instructor Rick Hemsoth is a PGA professional and the Manager of Golf Operations for the Parks and Recreation Department. Dates Day Time 4/19 (FREE LESSON) W 5-6 pm 4/26, 5/3, 5/10 W 5-6 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$45 Location: Shoaff Golf Course, 6401 St. Joe FREE play dates at Mad Anthony III’s Sat, April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 12 pm FREE play dates at Shoaff Park Golf Course Thur, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, after 6 pm

Youth Golf Lessons/Practice Group golf lessons for boys and girls ages 6-18 will be offered this summer at Shoaff Park Golf Course. Instruction is conducted from 8:00-9:00 a.m. followed by course play until 11:30. Instructor Rick Hemsoth is a US Kids Master PGA Professional and the Manager of Golf Operations for the Parks and Recreation Department. Call the Shoaff Park Golf Course Clubhouse at 427-6745 for more information or to sign up. Dates Day Time 6/9-7/7 F 8-11:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 5/$50 Location: Shoaff Golf Course, 6401 St. Joe

Youth Tennis, p. 29 Foot Golf now available at Mad Anthony III’s in McMillen Park

and hit the golf course!

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Sports & Fitness Work in a Workout Boot Camp Push yourself mentally and physically to maximize calorie burn in the shortest amount of time by utilizing various forms of plyometric and interval training. This full body workout focuses on cardio, strength, muscle endurance, flexibility and functional core movements in a fun outdoor setting. Bring a mat and a good attitude!! Registration deadline: April 10. Min. 8. Max. 20. Code Dates Days Time 242365-M1 4/17-5/10 M/W 5:30-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$60/$65 after April 10 Location: Wells Street Bridge, Wells St.

Aqua Zumba Aqua Zumba is a fun and challenging water workout in which various Latin American rhythms and dances are modified and adapted to the aquatic environment. It is perfect for healthy adults, older adults, pregnant women, and/or adults rehabilitating from an injury. It’s a “pool party” for all ages! Ages 13+. Registration deadline: March 2 and April 27. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time 242320-R1 3/9-4/13 Th 6:45-7:30 pm 242320-R2 5/4-6/8 Th 6:45-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$61/$66 after deadlines Location: Turnstone, 3320 N. Clinton

Family WalkFit

NEW!

We’re taking group fitness to a new level! This low impact, multi muscle, calorie torching, walking based workout gets very effective results and anyone can do it. You may register as an individual or a family (up to four members living in the same household). Ages 8+. Registration deadline: March 8. There will be no class on April 5. Code Dates Day Time 242358-W1 3/15-5/10 W 6:15-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$62/$67 individual # Sessions/Fee: 8/$110/$115 family Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Sit and Fit

NEW!

You’ll remain either seated or standing while using the chair for balance throughout this entire workout. Toning, cardio and stretching are accomplished without stressing your joints or having to lie down on the floor. Registration deadline: March 13. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242364-M1 3/20-4/24 M 5:45-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$48/$53 after March 13 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Awesome Abs This ab toning class includes elements of pilates as well as core work, resistance and strength training to improve all the muscles of the powerhouse. Open to all skill levels and abilities. Ages 16+. Registration deadlines: March 1 and April 26. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242303-W1 3/8-4/12 W 5-5:35 pm 242303-W2 5/3-6/7 W 5-5:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$48/53 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Trek the Trails, p. 7 More Fitness, p. 41, 45, 54 Operation F4 – Fight for a Fitter Fort F4 is a fitness for life implementation program sponsored by Mayor Henry and the City of Fort Wayne. Its goal is to improve and sustain the health of every citizen. F4 identifies and/or creates community health, nutrition, and fitness resources. F4 then promotes the coordinated use of those resources through the F4 website, employers, churches, public and private agencies. Programs in the Fun Times that meet these guidelines are designated with the F4 logo. 

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It’s never too late to get in shape!


Martial Arts Training

Just Breathe

Tai Chi in the Garden I & II Learn to relax your body and focus your mind with the ancient art of Tai Chi, a gentle, graceful exercise to improve health and fitness. It is especially effective in reducing stress, thereby relieving arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. The class focuses on the basics of the Sun form and is great for new students or those wishing to continue their studies. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam, and has 30+ years’ experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Note: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 4. Min. 10. Max. 16. Code Dates Day Time

Tai Chi I - Beginners

227002-T1 4/11-5/30

Tai Chi II - Continuing

T 6:30-7:30 pm

227002-T2 4/11-5/30 T 5:30-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 Member or Volunteer Fee: $59 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Aikido Aikido, meaning “The Way of Harmony”, is a non-violent Japanese martial art that is growing in popularity throughout the world. It is an excellent discipline for self-defense and selfimprovement. With Aikido you will learn to use distance, motion, speed and projection against an attacker through your own spiraling, extension and movement. Wear comfortable clothes. Instructor Grandmaster Fule Dogic, 10th Dan, has taught martial arts for thirty years and is president of the American Aikido Federation United Martial Arts. Registration deadline: March 16. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242700-R1 3/23-5/11 Th 6:30-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$44/$49 after March 16 Location: Psi Ote, Upper, Bob Arnold Park, Parnell & E. State

Yoga Enjoy the benefits of regular Yoga practice, from muscle toning and limbering to managing stress. Yoga’s combination of exercise, breathing and meditation techniques will help you build concentration and poise, improve your stamina and even relieve insomnia. Please bring a blanket and a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. The Continuing class is for those who have attended several beginning classes and feel ready to move to the next level. Ages 16+. Instructors Joanne Snow (M,T) and Christine Hill (Th) are RYT Certified and have over 42 years of combined yoga teaching experience. Registration deadlines are 5 working days before the start of each class. Note: There will be no class May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. Min. 8. Max. 30. (The Max for the 242300-T1 is 40.) Code Dates Day Time

Beginning

242300-T1 4/11-5/30 242300-R1 4/13-6/1

Continuing

T 4:30-6 pm Th 7:15-8:45 pm

242300-M1 4/10-6/5 M 5:30-7 pm 242300-R2 4/13-6/1 Th 5:30-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$46/$51 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

Senior Yoga, p. 54

Questions? 427-6000

Forest Bathing, p. 20

We’re making fitness fun!

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See You on the Court! Recreational Volleyball Volleyball is one of the top three most-played sports in the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are or how athletic you are. This high-energy, zero body contact, mixed team sport is loads of fun and no matter what level you play at, volleyball can help improve your fitness and coordination. Recreational Volleyball is informal play with no officials. Teams form once players arrive and play proceeds for two hours. The program runs for 8 weeks. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 8. Max. 18. Code Dates Day Time 244800-T1 3/14-5/9 T 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$24/$29 after March 8 Location: Northwood Middle School, 1201 E. Washington Center Rd.

Recreational Basketball As exercise goes, it doesn’t get much better than a fun team sport that requires no expensive equipment or major time commitments. Basketball is good for your heart, your muscles, your bones, your brain, your gut, your social life and your stress level. And, it’s FUN! Who needs more convincing than that? Pick a night and join us for a few games of basketball in an informal, yet structured setting. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 14. Max. 18. Code Dates Day Time 244000-M1 3/20-5/15 M 7-9 pm 244000-W1 3/22-5/17 W 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$26/$31 after March 14 Location: Blackhawk Middle School, 7200 E. State Blvd.

Men’s Basketball League Basketball league play starts the week of May 1 and runs for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Game times are scheduled at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Team registration forms are available at the McMillen Park Community Center Guest Services desk and online. Team rosters are limited to 12 players. Ages 18+. Teams are required to provide their own jerseys to participate in the basketball league. Registration deadline: April 27. Code Dates Day Tourney 232000-R1 5/4-6/22 Th 6/29 Fee: $40/team Location: McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott St.

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Adult Tennis Lessons Did you know tennis helps build strength in your upper body, legs, hips, and abdomen; improves your speed and overall flexibility and burns up to 450 calories in an hour of moderate play? All of these benefits from a sport that is so much fun! You must learn to play! Our beginning classes introduce the rules of tennis, basic strokes, serving, and volleying. Intermediate classes focus on consistency of strokes and volleys and the introduction of more advanced strokes. Please bring your own racket. Balls will be provided. Ages 13-adult. Registration deadline: April 10. Code Dates Day Time

Beginning

244500-S1 4/15-5/13 Sa 11:30 am-12:30

Intermediate

244500-S2 4/15-5/13 Sa 12:30-1:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$30/$35 after April 10 Location: Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

Adult Tennis Leagues Spring is in the air, so dust off your tennis racket and get back on the tennis court. The leagues will be held at Swinney Tennis Center. Each league features 7 weekly matches with awards given to the first and second place finisher in each league. You must furnish your own racket and balls. Registration deadline: April 3. Min. 4. Max. 8. Code Dates Day Time

Men’s 3.5

244300-M2 4/10-5/22

M

7-9 pm

244300-M3 4/10-5/22

M

7-9 pm

244300-W1 4/12-5/24

W 6:30-8:30 pm

Women’s 3.5 Men’s 4.0

Women’s 3.0

244300-W2 4/12-5/24 W 6:30-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 7/$39/$44 after April 3 Location: Swinney Tennis Center, Jefferson Blvd.

Pickleball Courts available Mon & Fri, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Tue, Wed, Thur, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. McMillen Park Community Center 3901 Abbott St. Pickleball is similar to badminton and tennis. It involves playing on a court with the same dimensions as a badminton court with a hard paddle and perforated, plastic ball (whiffle ball). It takes very little instruction with most people able to play a regular game on their first day. Drop in fee: $1

Call 427-6000 to register by phone.


Botanical Conservatory

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne • (260) 427-6440 • www.botanicalconservatory.org Conservatory & Gift Shop Hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm Thursday 10 am-8 pm Sunday 12-4 pm Closed Mondays, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Admission Adults $5/Children age 3-17 $3 Ages 2 and under Free Group rates available. Admission fee not required for the café or gift shop.

Parking

Gift Shop

The Conservatory admission desk validates tickets for free parking in the Civic Center Parking Garage across from our entrance at Jefferson and Calhoun St. Metered parking is available on nearby streets, free on evenings and weekends. Bus and handicap accessible parking is available in the Conservatory’s Calhoun Street driveway.

Extend your garden visit or shop without visiting the gardens! The Conservatory gift shop offers a boutique atmosphere filled with unique and educational toys, clothing, books, plants, home décor, and garden accessories perfect for home, souvenir, or gift-giving. We have new items arriving all the time. The gift shop is open during public hours Tuesday through Sunday; Conservatory admission is not required.

Conservatory Memberships Conservatory memberships allow free admission anytime during public hours, including special events, and are valid for a year from the date of purchase. In addition, members receive a 10% discount in the Gift Shop and Sales Garden as well as reciprocal benefits at 280 other gardens around the country. Individual membership $35; Family or Grandparents membership $50. Other categories are available. You may also consider our Add-a-Guest option to upgrade a basic membership: for $15 a member can bring any other person with you whenever you visit. Call (260) 427-6440, or shop online at www.botanicalconservatory.org.

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Empyrean Café Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm Open 1st Thursday of the month ‘til 8 pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Enjoy a convenient and upscale café experience featuring fresh, innovative, and scratch-made menu items with exceptional service. Pair a memorable garden visit with a tasty homemade meal. You can enjoy waffles, quiche, croissants, and breakfast jars all day or look forward to salads, soups, flatbreads, wraps, and sandwiches, all made from scratch. Snacks and sides are imaginative and delicious, and there are a variety of dessert and beverage options, as well. Empyrean offers boxed lunch and catering services upon request. Seating is available in the Atrium or in the adjoining Saguaro Room, with outdoor seating available during warmer weather. Call (260) 444-4688 or visit Empyrean’s website at www.empyreancafe.com.

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The Botanical Conservatory . . . Always in Season!

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“Mary Poppins Garden Party” Garden Exhibit through April 2 When there’s a bit of heavy weather brewin’ outdoors this winter, bring the children down to the Conservatory to explore the new Mary Poppins-themed garden exhibit. Jane and Michael Banks seemed always to be in trouble. But after their new nanny arrived (in a most curious way, mind you), nothing was the same. Their time in the nursery and out for adventures taught both self-discipline and wonder. Discover Mr. Banks’ world of finance, Admiral Boom’s punctuality and nose for weather, a chimney sweep’s rooftop perspective, and the magical imaginings of Bert’s chalk drawings and carousel horse steeplechase. Regular admission applies. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 and WLDE Fun 101.7.

Practically Perfect Poppins Party Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Join us as we celebrate the world of Mary Poppins at our Practically Perfect Poppins Party! You can take part in activities, games, and crafts inspired by the characters and scenes from this popular family movie. Try your hand at chalk art or race the clock as you clean up the nursery. Make a kite or decorate an umbrella to take home. Enjoy the Mary Poppins exhibit, with Admiral Boom’s cannon, Uncle Albert’s jokes, the chimney sweeps’ brushes, and the carousel ponies. Tea and light refreshments will be served. Regular Conservatory admission fees apply. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1.

Easter in the Garden Friday, April 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Hop on down to the Botanical Conservatory with your camera and your children to meet the Easter Bunny. Play games for prizes, make crafts, pot a plant and enjoy light refreshments. Look for Easter eggs in our annual Easter Hunt, designed for toddlers through elementary ages. Enter our drawing for a chance to win a “sweet” Easter basket. We’ll also have live animals to meet such as baby chicks, ducks, bunnies, sheep and goats. Note: The butterfly tent will not be open during this event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular Conservatory admission fees apply. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1.

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in the Garden Sunday, May 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Treat Mom to a special outing at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory on Mother’s Day. By “Mom” we mean your mother, of course, but also grandmas, aunts, and anyone else who means “MOM” to you! Your mom will not only enjoy the beautiful displays of flowers but our “Perspectives” live butterfly exhibit. Each mom will receive a special Mother’s Day plant while supplies last. Regular Conservatory admission applies. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1.

Something fun for the whole family!


Tea n’ Crafts Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Looking for a fun and relaxing excuse to get out of the house after a long winter? Need an idea for a girls’ day out? Join us for Tea n’ Crafts! We will have a number of stations where you can participate in different activities. Pot up a chamomile plant to take home, purchase a butterfly hatching kit, enjoy a simple massage, or try various hands-on crafts and projects. At the same time, enjoy light refreshments including tea and sweets. This is the perfect event for some refined, yet light-hearted, fun. Each station is ticketed, so just purchase your tickets for $1 each at the front desk and use them as you please. No registration or RSVP required. Just show up ready to have a good time!

It’s All About the Butterflies “Perspectives” Live Butterfly Display

Butterfly Volunteers Needed at Conservatory

April 8-June 25 At the Conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, you’ll get at least three perspectives on these winged creatures as well as “up close and personal” time in our exhibit tent! With design input from Ball State University students, the garden offers you views from microscopic, backyard, and global angles. Match our display species with their country of origin. Learn which plants are essential for the caterpillars from which local butterflies grow. And get a super-close look at the awesome wing scales, proboscis, and compound eyes of our butterfly friends. You won’t look at butterflies the same way again. Regular admission applies. Sponsored by 97.3 WMEE.

Training in March to help April-June As the Conservatory prepares for its 15th year of live butterflies, the staff is looking for volunteers to assist in monitoring the entrance and exit vestibules of the new exhibit. Butterfly Attendants assist visitors with exhibit protocols and in preventing butterfly escapes, while helping to make the guests’ experience positive. Volunteers can choose among 2- or 3-hour shifts Tuesdays through Sundays. Training is required; multiple class dates are available. Register for training with volunteer supervisor Rebecca Canales by calling (260) 427-6442 or by email at rebecca.canales@cityoffortwayne.org.

Painted Lady Hatch & Release Saturday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Visit the Botanical Conservatory’s Home & Garden Show booth March 2-5 to learn more about butterfly gardening and participate in our public “Hatch & Release” program in late March! The beauty of butterflies isn’t instant; the lifecycle is a process of four stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. Purchase a Painted Lady caterpillar and hatching kit, then build and decorate your own caterpillar hatchery. Once your caterpillar changes into a butterfly, you can celebrate its flight by releasing it into the Conservatory’s Tropical Garden. If you miss the Home Show, kits can be purchased at the Conservatory Gift Shop starting in March. For more information, call (260) 427-6445.

See live butterflies, April 8-June 25.

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You Need More Plants

Slightly Used Bulb Sale Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. This annual sale features “slightly used” spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths that have come out of the Conservatory’s Spring Showcase exhibit. The plants sell for $1-$5 per pot (some pots have multiple bulbs in them) and are ready to plant in the garden to prepare for next year’s bloom. Instructions for planting provided. No reservations required. Admission to the sale is free.

Spring Plant Swap Mother’s Day Plant Sale Friday, May 12, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m. McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott St. Hundreds of kinds of plants will be available for purchase from the Botanical Conservatory at our three-day public plant sale. You’ll find herbs, vegetable starts, and flowering perennials along with the usual great quality annuals, houseplants, mixed containers, hanging baskets, and bonsai. This year we are proud to offer a good selection of locally-grown native plants, as well. These beautiful and sturdy plants are locally grown and sold as a fundraiser to help support the Conservatory. Shop early for the best selection. Volunteers are available to assist with plant selection and loading. There is plenty of free parking. Conservatory members can enjoy the preview sale on Thursday, May 11, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Memberships will be available for purchase that evening for those who want to join in order to get the first peek. Visit www.BotanicalConservatory.org for a list of plants intended for sale. Learn more about gardening by shopping on Saturday and visiting with local garden advisors who will be ready to offer suggestions and answer questions. For more information, please call (260) 427-6440. Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1.

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Saturday, June 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The Conservatory’s free plant swap is coming up on the first Saturday of June. Bring at least one plant of any kind to share and take home an armful of starts from other gardeners in the area. Information on plants is available for reference. Seating is limited to 50, so call to say you’re coming. No admission fee required. For more information and to register by phone, call (260) 427-6442.

Spring Bonsai Show & Discount Day

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Explore a forest of miniature trees carefully trained and pruned by members of our local bonsai club. Elms, maples, junipers and other familiar plants look just like their outdoor cousins – but a fraction of their size! The club also grows tropical bonsai. Learn about the fascinating hobby or just enjoy “a stroll in the forest.” Bonsai pots and young plants will be available to purchase. All guests visiting this day will get a special discount for admission to the Bonsai Show and Conservatory gardens: $3/adult, $2/ child, Free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.

Iris Flower Show & Discount Day

Sunday, May 28, 12:00-3:00 pm One of America’s favorite garden flowers takes center stage during the annual Iris Show. Local gardeners will bring the best of their iris blooms to be displayed and judged. A glorious range of colors, some fragrance, and a variety of forms will be found in irises displayed as individual cut flowers and in floral arrangements. Entries are judged for their perfection. Special discounted admission price includes the Iris Show and Conservatory gardens: $3/adult, $2/child, Free for ages 2 and under. Sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Iris Society.

Visit us at www.botanicalconservatory.org.


Getting Creative

Green Thumbs

$1 Nights

Native Plant Workshop

First Thursday of the month, 5:00-8:00 pm The Conservatory is open on the first Thursday night of the month for a discounted admission of just $1 per person. During each $1 Night you can also drop in to our program room for a fun and educational lecture or activity. No reservations required. We validate parking tickets from the Civic Center Parking Garage for free parking. 

Did you know that native plants are better for butterflies and other wildlife? Learn why native plants are important, where to find natives you can grow easily in your yard, and strategies for keeping invasive plants out of your landscape. You’ll also walk away with a free native seed packet to get your new garden area started! Several local plant experts including Betsy Yankowiak, President of the Northeast Chapter of INPAWS and the Director of Preserves and Programs at the Little River Wetlands Project, will offer this program for homeowners and business owners. What you plant can help or hurt our area’s preserves, parks, rivers, and other wild places -- so come and learn how to grow native plants! Ages 16+. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 10. Max. 50. Code Date Day Time 227050-S1 4/1 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Member or Volunteer Fee: $8 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

DNI: Butterfly Soap

March 2, 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will be concocting butterfly soap which you can take home! We will be dying, decorating, and molding fluffy soap into beautiful butterflies. We’ll even have pictures of the butterflies in our exhibit which you can use to model your soap after. We will also have information on butterfly gardening for you to take home.

DNI: Botanical Cookies

April 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Yearning for spring? In April we will be making botanical cookies—iced cookies which you can decorate yourself with edible botanicals. We will have information available on edible flowers and how you can use them in your own cooking!

DNI: Paper Flower Bouquet

May 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. This month we’re in the mood for flowers! Paper flowers, that is. Join us as we make a pretty (and easy) paper flower bouquet that promises to last, even if you forget to water it!

Sugar Scrubs Spring is in the air—indoors at least! We’ll be making spring-inspired sugar scrubs to transport you to warmer times. You’ll make a lemon sugar scrub and green mint sugar scrub. Sugar scrubs are gentle exfoliants that make your skin look, feel and smell wonderful. And, we’ll package them so that you can gift them to someone (or gift them to yourself!). You’ll also receive both recipes so that you can make them again at home anytime you wish. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: March 3. Min 10. Max 30. Code Date Day Time 227048-S1 3/11 Sa 1-2:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Member or Volunteer Fee: $10 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Growing and Using Herbs Grow your own delectable herbs and use them in delicious homemade meals! Fifteen-year Master Gardener Pam Snyder will teach you about a myriad of herbs. Discover their origins, how to grow them, preservation methods and then how to use them in your own cooking. Many herbs are downright enthusiastic, so even if you’ve never kept something alive before, you’re sure to find an herb that suits your skills. Pam will bring different herbs to class for you to experience, and you’ll get an herb plant to take home. We’ll also provide an extensive list of the hardto-find herbs that will be available for sale at the Mother’s Day Plant Sale. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: April 21. Min. 10. Max. 30. Code Date Day Time 227012-S1 4/29 Sa 10-11:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Member or Volunteer Fee: $10 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

1st Thursday night admission is just $1!

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Intro to Orchids Eager to stop killing those orchids you buy in the grocery store? Long fascinated by the hobby but afraid to get started? We’ll have instructor Shirley Weldon here to help you! Shirley has been a serious hobbyist for over 40 years and even helps to care for the Conservatory’s orchids. She and her assistant, Luba Durisin, will teach you about different kinds of orchids, how to care for them, and where to buy them. They will also demonstrate repotting orchids and provide cultural sheets. You’ll go home with your own easy-care slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum) -- a variety you won’t find in your local grocery store! Ages 18+. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 10. Max. 30. Code Date Day Time 227049-S1 4/1 Sa 10:30-11:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$18 Member or Volunteer Fee: $15 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Garden Close-Up Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday to get a closer look at our plants and gardens with an exploratory walk, hands-on activity or demonstration. We highlight a different garden each month so you can make new discoveries through fun, educational activities. Included in your regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

GC: Butterfly or Moth?

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Do you know the difference between a butterfly and a moth? At our special learning station this month, we will explore the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths. Join us to learn about these amazing winged creatures! Make one of your own winged beauties to take home and then discover the colorful world of butterflies when you visit our live butterfly enclosure.

GC: Perfect Pollinators

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Perfect pollinators include animals such as butterflies, bats, birds and honey bees! This month we will explore the world of the honey bee and learn all about the important role they play in many of the foods we enjoy. Get up-close and personal with the honey bee while viewing them safely through our indoor observation hive. Learn about honey bee colony life and sample some of the foods that honey bees pollinate.

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Relax and Revitalize Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) Forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, but also in gardens and parks. The benefits are not only a greater sense of well-being, but a boost in immune function and ready access to lower stress hormones and boosts in serotonin levels. This is not your regular walk in the park, but a series of invitations using the senses to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world. Being relaxed, revitalized, and better equipped to handle the stresses of daily living are the goals of this forest bathing walk. Instructor Christy Thomson is a life-long resident of northeast IN. She is the only certified forest therapy guide in Indiana and is thrilled to share this opportunity with the Fort Wayne community. Registration deadlines: April 6 and May 18. Ages 18+. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 227051-R1 4/13 Th 6-7:30 pm 227051-R2 5/25 Th 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Member or Volunteer Fee: $8 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tai Chi in the Garden I & II Learn to relax your body and focus your mind with the ancient art of Tai Chi, a gentle, graceful exercise to improve health and fitness. It is especially effective in reducing stress, thereby relieving arthritis, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Weekly sessions include a meditative walk in the garden. The class focuses on the basics of the Sun form and is great for new students or those wishing to continue their studies. Instructor Sandy Gebhard is certified by renowned master Dr. Paul Lam, and has 30+ years’ experience practicing and teaching Tai Chi. Note: If we meet our registration minimum, additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum. Drop-ins should call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 4. Min. 10. Max. 16. Code Dates Day Time

Tai Chi I - Beginners

227002-T1 4/11-5/30

Tai Chi II - Continuing

T 6:30-7:30 pm

227002-T2 4/11-5/30 T 5:30-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 Member or Volunteer Fee: $59 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Plant yourself at the Conservatory . . .


Art Gallery Art Display: Fort Wayne Photographers Club March-April Reception: Sunday, March 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Get to know local and regional artists in a variety of media through the Botanical Conservatory’s bi-monthly art exhibits. In March and April, we will be featuring a collection of prints from the Fort Wayne Photographers Club. The Club is over 70 years old and features photographers of all skill levels who all seek to advance the art of photography. Come check out the variety of talent we have right here in our city! Exhibit and reception are included in regular Conservatory admission. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Young Gardeners Discovery Corner Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Our young visitors are encouraged to visit the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree where they’ll find stories and activities relating to a monthly theme: March – Wind, April – April Showers, May – Curious George. Our materials are safe and suitable for kids in pre-K through 1st grade. Adults are encouraged to read aloud to their young learners and explore ideas together. The Discovery Corner is free with general admission; pre-registration is not required.

Garden Preschool Get messy and have some fun while learning about gardening. Parents or guardians will assist children as we encourage them to explore. Master Gardener Kay Musgrave has years of experience working with children in this type of setting and will take everyone on a new gardening adventure each week. From compost to soil and seeds to plants, children and adults alike will learn through hands-on activities. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: May 2. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 227100-T1 5/9-5/30 T 10-11am # Sessions/Fee: 4/$24 Member or Volunteer Fee: $21 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

City Safari Day Camp June 12 – July 28 Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Get ready for a summer of action-packed adventures in our amazing city. See page 33 for details and sign up today!

Downtown 4-H Club Fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. You don’t have to own a cow or know how to garden in order to join the fun and be a part of 4-H. A new downtown community 4-H club is starting this year at the Botanical Conservatory, led by experienced Purdue Extension volunteers. The club will focus on science, citizenship, healthy living, and fun! Any Fort Wayne area youth in kindergarten through 12th grade can join before May 15. Monthly evening meetings will offer children a chance to meet friends, learn skills, and explore ideas. Free parking at meters after 5 pm or in the Civic Center Parking Garage with validated ticket. For more information or to sign up, contact the Extension office at (260) 481-6826.

Botanical Field Trips & Outreach Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The Botanical Conservatory’s education staff serves thousands of students each year through on- and off-site visits for public, parochial, private and home schools. Teachers can choose the standards-based curriculum that best meets their students’ needs. Our outreach program also helps teachers meet state science standards and engage students in active learning. Conservatory visits let you collect temperature and humidity readings for a biome study, find food plants in the desert and jungle, explore plant patterns with art students, or choose from a variety of other activities, depending on the age and focus of the group. We can also travel to your school, providing classroom or assembly-style presentations. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. A minimum of ten students is required to book a lab, but self-guiding visit lessons are available for groups of any size. For more information, call (260) 427-6445.

and enjoy the signs of spring!

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Going Places Pure Michigan

Off to the Windy City Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Tulip Time Festival Michigan blooms with hospitality as this charming city welcomes us to its 87th Tulip Time Festival. Our day starts out with a Luncheon Buffet Cruise on the “Holland Princess.” Then, a short tour of the tulip lined streets as we proceed toward Centennial Park where 200 juried exhibitors will be showing fine art and original crafts for sale. Be sure to check out the Downtown Shops bursting with spring deals before departure. A Continental breakfast will be served en-route and a supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home. Code Date Day Fee 275007-S1 5/6 Sa $89 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Saugatuck Shopping Come explore this quant artist colony with its many opportunities for one-of-a-kind pieces. Whether your interests are antiques or collectibles, clothing and accessories, arts or gifts, jewelry or fine sportswear you’ll enjoy browsing through the specialty shops. For lunch enjoy one of the unique eateries located throughout the town or the soda shop at the local drug store. Whatever you choose this little town will be sure to please. A continental breakfast will be served en-route, with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home. Code Date Day Cost 375002-S1 6/10 Sa $65 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell Returns: 9:30 p.m.

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“Chicago’s Blooming” on Navy Pier at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year. After arriving in Chicago, you will have about an hour to sample the specialty shops before we board our 700-passenger ship “Spirit of Chicago” for a 2-hour luncheon buffet, floral arrangement demonstration . . . and incredible skyline views! After docking, attend the Flower and Garden Show where you will enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Luncheon cruise and entry ticket to show are included. A continental breakfast will be is served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home. Code Date Day Fee 175000-S1 3/18 Sa $105 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Springtime Visit to Chicago Celebrate springtime with a day in Chicago! Browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile or the stores in the Loop; meander through museums; stroll through Millennium Park; visit Navy Pier or ride a river cruise or a sightseeing bus, or checkout the “One of a Kind Show” at the Merchandise Mart. The choice is yours today! The coach will drop off and pick up at a central location between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street near Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. Maps will be provided to help you locate your favorite spots! Continental breakfast will be served en-route. Lunch in Chicago and a fast food stop on the way home are on your own. Code Date Day Fee 275005-S1 4/29 Sa $55 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org Questions? 427-6017 sharon.dosen@cityoffortwayne.org

Get away for a day!


Chicago Cubs Baseball The 2016 season was a wild ride for the Cubs and their fans as the team won a Major Leaguebest 103 games and its first championship since 1908. Another exciting season is getting underway and we’re heading to Wrigley Field to watch the boys of summer perform again. Lower terrace seats are reserved for each game. A box lunch and beverage (included) is provided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) is made on the way home. Code Date Day Cost

Cubs vs Giants

375000-C9 5/25 Th $125

Cubs vs Cardinals 375000-D8

Cubs vs Rockies

6/2

F

$125

375000-D4 6/9 F $125

Cubs vs Padres 375000-C7

Cubs vs Rays

6/21

W

$125

375000-E1 7/5 W $125

We are now taking reservations for the following trips at 427-6000. Call or go to www. fortwayneparks.org for a trip brochure.

Pigeon Forge, Tennesee May 15-19 Travel with us through the breathtaking Smoky Mountains for a five-day getaway to beautiful Pigeon Forge. The trip includes four nights at the beautiful Music Road Resort with breakfast each morning, three new supper shows (The Comedy Barn Theatre, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show and Music Mansion), the Titanic Exhibit, the Gatlinburg Aquarium, a morning show (Smith Morning Variety Show) and 3 all-day trolley passes for exploring on your own. Sign up today by calling 427-6000. Code #: 275100-S1 Triple $650, Double $690, Single $890, Deposit $200

Cubs vs D-backs

375000-C6 8/3 Th $125

Cubs vs Reds

375000-C2 8/17 Th $125

Cubs vs Brewers

375000-C4 9/8 F $125 Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Broadway in Chicago Presents: “HAMILTON” Our motorcoach stops first on Michigan Avenue at Water Tower Place where we will gather at the Mity Nice Grill to enjoy American dishes, served family style for lunch (included). Then it’s a short ride to the Private Bank Theatre in Chicago’s “Loop” for a matinee performance of “Hamilton,” the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton told on stage like you’ve never seen before. Combining a historically accurate plot with hip-hop and R&B songs, the Hamilton musical has fast become one of the most innovative productions ever to hit the theater world. Inspired by the 2004 book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, the musical recounts the story of Hamilton’s life beginning as a child and all the way through to the tragic end. Among the historical figures appearing in supporting roles are Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Aaron Burr, George Washington, James Madison, King George III and more. Code Date Day Fee 275017-W1 7/12 W $185 Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Grand Hotel/Mackinac Island October 15-17 This trip features two nights at the beautiful Grand Hotel, 5 gourmet meals, round trip ferry, round trip horse drawn taxi, carriage tour of the island, afternoon tea and day and evening activities. Make your reservation today by calling 427-6000. Code #: 475103-S1 Double $690, Single $830, Deposit $200 All Cancellations on day trips are subject to a $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made within one week of departure will be refunded only if replacements can be found. There are no refunds for NO-SHOWS. All day trips include the service of a Travel Service escort, motorcoach transportation and all necessary gratuities, including those to the escort and motorcoach driver. All trips feature NO SMOKING on the motorcoaches.

Just get on the bus . . . we’ll do the rest!

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Grand Teton National Park National Parks of America

Budapest Classic Danube

Hanging Bridges Tour Tropical Costa Rica

2017 Extended Trips and Tours Individual trip brochures may be viewed on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org. Click on Programs > Day & Extended Travel.

May 15-19.........................................................................Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Via motor coach, four nights at the Music Road Resort, Titanic Exhibit, Gatlinburg Aquarium, three shows, three all-day trolley passes for exploring on your own; 5 days, 9 meals. ($890 single, $690 double, $650 triple, $200 deposit with reservation) August 12-23.................................................................National Parks of America Scottsdale, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Sheridan, Bighorn Mountains, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial; 12 days, 16 meals ($4,489 double w/air fare, less $100 if booked before February 6) September 13-23............................. Classic Danube w/7-Night Danube River Cruise Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wachau Valley, Linz, Passau, Regensburg, Rothenburg, Wurzburg, Munich; 11 days, 23 meals ($4,799 double w/air fare) September 23-October 5........................ California and America’s Western Wonders Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco; 13 days, 17 meals ($4,279 double w/air fare) October 14-22.........................................................................Tropical Costa Rica San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cooking Demonstration, Cano Negro Refuge, Zarcerco, National Theatre; 9 days, 13 meals ($2,799 double w/air fare) November 1-12........................................................... Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, Falcon Hospital, Old Muscat, Wahiba Tribe, Sultanate of Oman, Camel Ride, Al Ain, Dubai, Desert Safari, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding; 12 days, 19 meals ($6,299 double w/air fare) November 2-13.................................................................... Highlights of Morocco Casablanca, Fes, Monkey Watch, Sahara Desert, Camel Ride, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech; 12 days, 18 meals, ($4,099 double w/air fare) December 11-15................................................ Spotlight on New York City Holiday Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Broadway Show; 5 days, 5 meals ($3,049 double w/air fare)

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See the states or cross the ocean!


The Early Years Watch These Moves Pre-School Gymnastics *Adult/Child Children who participate in gymnastics tend to have better control over their bodies, have better hand-eye coordination, and also better stability than other children in the same age group. In addition to the physical benefits, gymnastics also gives children the opportunity to figure out how to express themselves and interact with other children their own age. Classes will focus on basic tumbling skills and the use of various gymnastics equipment. For safety purposes, all participants will be grouped according to skill level. Parents participate to help keep your child focused on the activities. Please list your child’s age on the registration form. There will be no class April 7. Registration deadline: March 3. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Ages 1½-3 (Adult/Child) 243300-F1 3/10-5/5 F 4:30-5 pm 243300-F2 3/10-5/5 F 5:15-5:45 pm 243300-F3 3/10-5/5 F 6-6:30 pm Ages 3-4 243301-F1 3/10-5/5 F 4:30-5:15 pm 243301-F2 3/10-5/5 F 5:15-6 pm 243301-F3 3/10-5/5 F 5:45-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 3 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Programs designated as “Adult/Child” require the active participation of at least one adult with each child throughout the program.

Beautiful Ballet There are many reasons to introduce your child to dance. Ballet not only inspires elegance and grace, it encourages effort and requires concentration, thought, feeling, and emotion. Each session of beautiful ballet includes a warm-up, a lesson in specific dance techniques, and a simple routine that incorporates those techniques. Routines are taught in progressive steps so your child will be able to perform for you at the conclusion of the program. Soft ballet, jazz, hip-hop or tennis shoes are required. Ages 3-5. There will be no class April 5. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 243304-W1 3/8-5/3 W 10-10:30 am 243304-W2 3/8-5/3 W 4:30-5 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 1 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

All That Jazz Every child should be introduced to dance! It helps them develop balance, control, posture, focus and fine-tuned listening skills. Each session of All That Jazz will include a warm-up, a lesson in specific dance techniques, and a simple routine that incorporates those techniques. Routines are taught in progressive steps so your child will be able to perform for you at the conclusion of the program. Soft ballet, jazz, hip-hop or tennis shoes are required. Ages 3-5. There will be no class April 5. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 243305-W1 3/8-5/3 W 10:30-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 1 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

Youth Dance, p. 30

More Pre-School Fun Buzz About Bees.........................4 Day Camps...........................32-35 Dirty Toes Tots............................4 Discovery Corner.......................21 Easter in the Garden................. 16 Garden Preschool.....................21 Fiber Arts Celebration.................3 Little Explorers............................8 Mary Poppins Party................... 16

Things to Know Before You Sign Up, p. 65

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Kids on the Go

Make, Move, and Munch *Adult/Child The name says it all! Every session of Make, Move, and Munch will feature a craft, an activity to get you moving and a yummy treat to munch on based on a specific theme. Don’t miss out on this awesome trio of fun! Registration deadline: March 7. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Ages 1½-3 243044-R1 3/14-3/28 T 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243044-R2 3/14-3/28 T 10-10:45 am #Sessions/Fee: 3/$23 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Youngsters in Action

Soccer Training 101 *Adult/Child This may be the only place kicking is not only allowed, but encouraged! Basic soccer skills and terminology are the focus of these introductory classes. Both are non-competitive, instructional programs that will help your child develop social skills and hand-eye coordination. Instruction is through demonstrations and skill games. No scrimmages will take place. At least one parent or other adult is required and encouraged to participate with each child. Registration deadline: May 2. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Ages 2-3: Mini Kickers 243700-T1 5/9-5/30 T 5:30-6 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$35/$45 after May 2 Ages 3-4: Little Kickers 243700-T2 5/9-5/30 T 6:15-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$39/$49 after May 2 Location: Robinson Chapel, 12707 Tonkel Rd.

Tennis for Tots Tennis promotes physical fitness and out-performs other sports in developing personality characteristics such as sociability, creativity and assertiveness. It’s not too early to introduce your child to this lifetime sport. Please bring your own junior size tennis racket. Balls will be provided. Ages 3-4. Registration deadline: April 10. Code Dates Day Time 245700-S1 4/15-5/13 Sa 9-9:30 am # Session/Fee: 5/$30/$35 after April 10 Location: Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

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*Adult/Child Here’s your chance to show off all of your moves! We want to see your skills in running, jumping, rolling, throwing, and any other activity we can think of. Make sure to have a good breakfast before this class because you will need lots of energy! Ages 1½-3. Registration deadline: April 4. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 243054-T1 4/11-4/25 T 9-9:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 3/$20 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

We Like to Move it, Move it! *Adult/Child These fun-filled Thursday mornings are sure to keep you on your toes! We’ll move it, move it with balls, scooter boards, a parachute, and other fun activities that help develop motor and social skills. Ages 1½-3. Registration deadline: April 27. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 243041-R1 5/4-5/25 Th 9-9:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 4/$28 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Max and Ruby *Adult/Child Ruby and her ornery little brother Max are here for a morning full of fun! Come join in their adventures and help Ruby keep Max in line. We will play some hoppin’ games, make some bunny crafts and then have a little snack. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 243036-F1 3/31 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243036-F2 3/31 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Encouraging kids to be active!


It’s All Fun! Team Umizoomi *Adult/Child Come down to Umi City to be a part of Milli, Geo and Bot’s team! We will use our mighty math powers for our activities, crafts, and snack. Team Umizoomi, ready for action! Registration deadline: April 21. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 243038-F1 4/28 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243038-F2 4/28 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Easter Eggstravaganza! *Adult/Child We have some egg-stra special activities planned for you today! We will be doing a couple crafts, including decorating your very own Easter basket, playing some bunny games, and going on an Easter egg hunt around the Community Center! Ages 1½-5. Registration deadline: April 7. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 243104-F1 4/14 F 9-9:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Preschool Art Surprise

*Adult/Child Put your science and math skills to work this morning! Join AJ, Blaze and the other Monster Machines for games, crafts and, of course, a Monster snack! Let’s Blaze! Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: May 19. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 243053-F1 5/26 F 9-9:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

*Adult/Child We’ll surprise you every week with a different theme while you paint, color and glue an artistic masterpiece to take home. Join us for this messy, gooey, colorful, creative, artsy fun! Registration deadline: April 6. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time Ages 1½-3 243040-R1 4/13-4/27 Th 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243040-R2 4/13-4/27 Th 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 3/$28 Location: Salomon Farm, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Pretty Princesses

Messy Munchkins

Blaze and the Monster Machines

*Adult/Child Come dressed as your favorite princess, bring a special grown-up and join us for lots of princess fun! We will be making crafts, playing games and enjoying a princess tea party! Registration deadline: May 5. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 243128-F1 5/12 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243128-F2 5/12 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

St. Patty’s Day Surprise

*Adult/Child Join us for a messy morning of masterpiecemaking fun! You will use various types of paint, glue, sculpting materials and even some edible mediums to create works of art. You just have fun . . . we’ll clean up the mess! Registration deadline: May 9. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time Ages 1½-3 243055-T1 5/16-5/30 T 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243055-T2 5/16-5/30 T 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 3/$28 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

*Adult/Child It’s your lucky day! We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with fun games, crafts and a tasty treat, and you are invited! Missing out on this party would just be bad luck! Registration deadline: March 10. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 243105-F1 3/17 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 243105-F2 3/17 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Call 427-6000 to register by phone.

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Fun for Bigger Kids Sports of All Sorts

Kickin’ Kids Soccer Training Soccer has never been so much fun! Your child will learn fundamental soccer skills and terminology in a fun and non-competitive environment. Instruction is through demonstrations and skill games. No scrimmages will take place. Ages 5-7. Registration deadline: May 4. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 243700-R3 5/11-6/1 Th 5:30-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$40/$50 after May 4 Location: Robinson Chapel, 12707 Tonkel Rd.

Instructional Youth Lacrosse Looking for a sport that combines basketball, soccer and hockey? This instructional program for boys and girls ages 6-13 will focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and FUN! Participants will learn the fundamentals of scooping, cradling, passing, catching and shooting the ball into the opponents net with a netted racquet referred to as “the crosse”. The Intermediate class is for those who have already been introduced to the sport. Participants will review the basics and put their skills to use in scrimmage situations. All equipment will be provided. Registration deadline: April 10. Min. 7. Max. 14. . Code Dates Day Time

Ages 6-9

Instructional Basketball Academy

245100-S1

Ages 10-12

4/15-5/20

Sa

10-11 am

245100-S2 4/15-5/20 Sa 11 am-12 pm # Session/Fee: 6/$51/$56 after April 10 Location: Blackhawk Middle School, 7200 E. State Blvd.

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Sa

9-10 am

245900-S2 4/15-5/20

Sa

10-11 am

Ages 10-12

Proper instruction and practice are the best ways to improve your skills in any sport. Our Instructional Basketball Academy is open to boys and girls ages 7-12 who want to learn basic skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and ball handling. The program is strictly instructional. No games will be played. Participants will enjoy competition in the form of free throw shooting and speed dribbling contests. Each child will be recognized for his/her participation upon completion of the program. Instruction will be provided by Kelley Meiklejohn, Head Basketball Coach for Snider High School and area high school players. Registration deadline: April 10. Min. 12. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 7-9

245900-S1 4/15-5/20

Intermediate Ages 9-13

245900-S3 4/15-5/20 Sa 11 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$28/$33 after April 10 Location: Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave.

Youth Scholarships Available with the following conditions: • Youth through age 18 • Family must qualify for free lunches and text books, according to Federal guidelines • May register for one activity per year, maximum $50 • May use scholarship for program registration fees only Call 427-6000 for more information or visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

Sign up on-line, by phone, in person . . .


Gymnastics

Cheer Tumble

This popular sport not only provides many physical benefits including strength, flexibility, speed, balance, coordination and power; it also promotes non-physical benefits such as discipline, determination, confidence and communication. Plus, it’s FUN! Your child will learn to perform front and back rolls, handstands, walkovers and cartwheels, as well as comparable skills on the balance beam, uneven bars, and trampoline. For safety purposes, all participants will be grouped according to skill level. Please list your child’s age on the registration form. There will be no class April 7. Registration deadline: March 3. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time

Cheerleading today has become very competitive and is much more than just cheering for your special team. In Cheer Tumble, you will learn to execute motions and jumps, as well as tumbling skills required for cheerleading. There will be no class April 5. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 5-8

243302-F1 243302-F2 243302-F3 243302-F4

Ages 8-12

3/10-5/5 3/10-5/5 3/10-5/5 3/10-5/5

F 4:30-5:15 pm F 5-5:45 pm F 5:45-6:30 pm F 6:30-7:15 pm

243302-F6 3/10-5/5 F 6:30-7:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 3 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Gymnastics for the Guys Because it builds overall body strength, increases coordination and agility, and teaches mental focus, gymnastics provides excellent training for other sports. Participation in gymnastics also promotes a positive learning attitude which some educators believe leads to higher math and reading scores. Best of all – gymnastics is FUN! You will learn to perform front and back rolls and handstands as well as skills on the parallel bars, pommel horse, rings, high bar and trampoline. All participants will be grouped according to skill level. Please list your child’s age on the registration form. Ages 5-8. There will be no class April 7. Registration deadline: March 3. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 243303-F1 3/10-5/5 F 6:30-7:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 3 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Ages 5-8

243308-W1 3/8-5/3

Ages 8-14

W 4:30-5:15 pm

243308-W2 3/8-5/3 W 5:15-6 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 1 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Spring Tennis Lessons Tennis promotes physical fitness and out-performs other sports in developing personality characteristics such as sociability, creativity and assertiveness. Our beginning youth tennis lessons are designed for those with little or no prior tennis experience and focus on the rules of tennis, basic strokes, serving and volleying. Please bring your own racket. Balls will be provided. Registration deadline: April 10. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 3-4

245700-S1 4/15-5/13 Sa

9-9:30 am

245700-S2 4/15-5/13 Sa

9:30-10:30 am

Ages 5-7

Ages 8-12

245700-S3 4/15-5/13 Sa 10:30-11:30 am # Session/Fee: 5/$30/$35 after April 10 Location: Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.

More Gymnastics, p. 25 Watch for the Summer in the Park/ Day Camp Brochure at your school or on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org in early March. This brochure is filled with activities designed to make your summer fun!

by mail, by fax, or use our drop box.

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Fancy Footwork Beautiful Ballet There are many reasons to introduce your child to dance. Ballet not only inspires elegance and grace, it encourages effort and requires concentration, thought, feeling, and emotion. Each session of beautiful ballet includes a warm-up, a lesson in specific dance techniques, and a simple routine that incorporates those techniques. Routines are taught in progressive steps so your child will be able to perform for you at the conclusion of the program. Soft ballet, jazz, hip-hop or tennis shoes are required. There will be no class April 5. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 3-5

243304-W1 3/8-5/3 243304-W2 3/8-5/3

Ages 5-8

W 10-10:30 am W 4:30-5 pm

243304-W3 3/8-5/3 W 5-5:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 1 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

Tuesday-Thursday, April 4-6, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Books, books and more books! From pop-ups to paperbacks and every book in between, there’s something to please every child and teen. Youth of all ages may swap up to 5 books while purchasing is unlimited and open to everyone. Books start at 25¢ and are no more than $1 unless specifically marked. We accept new and gently used books for the Swap and Sale. The books may be dropped off at the Community Center (233 W. Main) anytime between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. If you have a large quantity of books, please call 427-6467 and arrangements will be made to have the books picked up.

Creative Kids Fusing Fun: Wind Chime Glass fusing is the joining together of glass pieces by using a kiln and applying heat. As the glass heats and softens, the glass pieces will stick to each other and fuse, becoming permanently bonded. In this class the children will be making their very own wind chime on a frame that measures 5 ½” x 7 ½”. The wind chime will be created by using precut glass pieces and glass frit. All materials are included. The wind chime will be fired and available for pick-up one week from the class date. Instructor: Juanita Miller. Ages 6-14. Registration deadline: March 23. Min. 5. Max.8. Code Date Day Time 243052-R1 3/30 Th 5:30-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$54 Location: Community Center, 233 W Main St.

Passion for Pottery

Hip Hop Dance Hip Hop is one of the most popular forms of dance today. The content and language used in the lyrics found in the songs used at Starz Dance Academy is closely monitored. Age appropriate words, message, and choreography make this fun, upbeat style of dance acceptable for all ages. Come and join in the FUN! Soft ballet, jazz, hip-hop or tennis shoes are required. Ages 5-8. There will be no class April 5. Registration deadline: March 1. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 243306-W1 3/8-5/3 W 5:30-6 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after March 1 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

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Children’s Book Swap & Sale

Four steps are required to make pottery: preparing the clay, shaping the clay, decorating and glazing the item, and firing or baking for a finished appearance. You’ll complete these four steps using both hand building techniques and a potter’s wheel to shape your clay. When the class is over you will have a passion for pottery and a collection of unique earthenware pieces to take home with you. Ages 9-14. Registration deadlines: March 20 and April 24. Min. 4. Max. 6. Code Dates Day Time 243201-S1 3/25-4/15 Sa 9-11 am 243201-S2 4/29-5/20 Sa 9-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 4/$54 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Play hard . . . Live well!


LEGO Car Exploration of simple machines at an entry level is applied and discussed in depth as students creatively build and modify their very own LEGO car to take home with them. This class provides great hands-on learning and building experiences like basic engineering principles, simple and compound machines, gearing, forces in motion, integrated problem solving, communication skills, teamwork and collaboration, as well as challenges students to incorporate the traits of an engineer in a classroom setting. Sign up for both LEGO Car and LEGO Engineering at the same time and receive a $5 discount. Registration deadline: March 6. Min. 8. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time

Ages 6-10: Junior 243051-S1

3/11

Sa

Ages 10-14: Elementary

10-11 am

243051-S2 3/11 Sa 11:15 am-12:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$16 Fee for LEGO Car & LEGO Engineering: $90 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

LEGO Engineering Students will work in pairs to creatively build and modify a deck chair, draw-bridge, rubber band car, carousel, belt conveyer and other machines by applying basic engineering principles, such as: gearing & gear ratios, simple machines, structures, forces, motion, problem solving and communication skills. Unique LEGO kits will be used to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) concepts & 21st century educational skills. Sign up for both LEGO Engineering and LEGO Car at the same time and receive a $5 discount. Registration deadline: April 3. Min. 8. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 6-10: Junior

243051-S3 4/8-5/20 Sa

Ages 10-14: Elementary

9-11 am

243051-S4 4/8-5/20 Sa 11:15 am-1:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 7/$79 Fee for LEGO Engineering & LEGO Car: $90 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Inclement Weather Policy If Fort Wayne Community Schools close due to inclement weather, all Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation classes will also be canceled. If the Mayor declares a snow emergency, all Parks and Recreation facilities and programs will be closed or canceled. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on Facebook.

Video Game Invader Learn how to design and modify your own exciting arcade-style games. Control characters and outcomes, then increase the difficulty level and add features. Topics covered include: graphic design & animation, sprites, objects, room creation, instances, bonus levels and more. You’ll create games that include soccer, a breakout-style game, and alien invader as well as a secret game for the last class! Each student will need their own flash drive of any size and a valid e-mail address. Ages 10+. Registration deadline: April 3. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 243050-M1 4/10-5/22 M 5:30-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 7/$114 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hammer Heads, p. 4 More Fun for Kids Amazing Race............................48 Chicago Cubs............................23 Discovery Corner.......................21 Easter in the Garden................. 16 Fiber Arts Celebration.................3 Golf Lessons............................. 11 Hammer Heads...........................4 Ice Skating................................63 Mary Poppins Party................... 16 McMillen Community Center......36 Old Fort....................................62 Summer Camps................6, 32-35 Trek the Trails..............................7 Youth Centers...................... 38-40

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

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Children’s Zoo Summer Safari Day Camp

How to Register

Spend a WILD week at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo! You’ll explore the zoo, visit friendly animals, meet zoo keepers and make new friends in this unique summer adventure. Register on-line and see complete program descriptions at www. kidszoo.org. Dates Days Time Fee

REGISTER ONLINE at kidszoo.org. Please direct all questions to the Education Department at education@kidszoo.org or 260-4276808. No phone registrations, please.

Age 3 w/adult Me & You at the Zoo * 6/13 & 15 6/27 & 29 7/11 & 13 7/25 & 27

T,Th T,Th T,Th T,Th

9-11:30 9-11:30 9-11:30 9-11:30

am am am am

$40 $40 $40 $40

Age 4 w/Adult Zoo Buddy *

6/12, 14, 16 M,W,F 9-11:30 am $55 6/26, 28, 30 M,W,F 9-11:30 am $55 7/10, 12, 14 M,W,F 9-11:30 am $55 7/24, 26, 28 M,W,F 9-11:30 am $55 * Adult participants receive a complimentary camp t-shirt, too! Please include your shirt size when you register.

Ages 4–5 Animal Alphabet 6/5-6/9 7/3-7/7

M-F M-F

8:30-11:30 am 8:30-11:30 am

$92 $92

6/19-6/23 7/17-7/21

M-F M-F

8:30-11:30 am 8:30-11:30 am

$92 $92

Count the Zoo

Ages 5–6 Rumble in the Jungle 6/5-6/9 6/26-6/30 7/17-7/21

M-F M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

$149 $149 $149

6/12-6/16 7/3-7/7

M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

$149 $149

6/19-6/23 7/10-7/14 7/24-7/28

M-F M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

$149 $149 $149

M-F M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3pm

$149 $149 $149

Who’s Who at the Zoo

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Ages 7–8 Design a Zoo 6/19-6/23 7/3-7/7 7/17-7/21

World Traveler

6/5-6/9 M-F 6/26-6/30 M-F

8:30 am-3 pm $149 8:30 am-3 pm $149

6/12-6/16 7/10-7/14 7/24-7/28

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

Positively Predators

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M-F M-F M-F

$149 $149 $149

Summer Safari Campership Fund To apply for a Summer Safari Campership for your child, contact us at 260-427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Before and After Camp Care Before and After Camp Care is available for Summer Safari only. For more information contact the Zoo Education Department at 260427-6808 or education@kidszoo.org.

Age & Cancellation Policy Children must meet age requirements on the first day of all programs (no exceptions). Programs are held rain or shine. Refunds (minus 10% processing fee) are available if you cancel at least 2 weeks in advance. No refund if you cancel less than 2 weeks in advance. The zoo reserves the right to cancel camps with insufficient registration. In the event of such a cancellation, all of your fees will be refunded. Dates Days Time Fee

Ages 9–10 Survivor

6/12-6/16 M-F 6/26-6/30 M-F 7/17-7/21 M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

$149 $149 $149

6/19-6/23 7/24-7/28

M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

$149 $149

7/10-7/14

M-F

8:30 am-3 pm

$159

6/5-6/9 7/3-7/7

M-F M-F

8:30 am-3 pm $159 8:30 am-3 pm $159

Zoo Detective

Ages 9–12 Animal Artists Photo Safari

Ages 11–12 Animal Training101 6/19-6/23 7/17-7/21

M-F M-F

Junior Zoo Keeper **

8:30 am-3 pm 8:30 am-3 pm

6/12-6/16 M-F 8:30 am-3 pm 6/26-6/30 M-F 8:30 am-3 pm 7/10-7/14 M-F 8:30 am-3 pm 7/24-7/28 M-F 8:30 am-3 pm ** Includes Thursday night sleepover

Zoo Opens April 22!

Summer Safari Day Camp Registration, www.kidszoo.org

$149 $149 $179 $179 $179 $179


City Safari Day Camp City Safari Day Camp Come explore the city and discover fun in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. Each week of camp incorporates a different theme through field trips, guest speakers, activities, games, and arts and crafts. Kids will do a little gardening and compare life inside and outside the city. Camp also includes a Citilink bus ride to Northside pool for some fun in the sun. Join us for one week or all six as we explore downtown, admire wild animals up close, make art, and learn how life was way back when. Pick your weeks and get your adventure started. Limit 24 campers per week.

Location City Safari’s base camp is located at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun Street in downtown Fort Wayne with staff-led excursions to points of interest within walking distance or traveling by van to exciting locations around Northeast Indiana.

Ages Children entering 1st - 6th grades in Fall 2017.

Hours Camp, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday Pre-camp care, 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Post-camp care, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fees $115/camper/week Pre/Post Camp Care FREE

Financial Aid The Parks & Recreation Department offers a $50, once-per-year scholarship for qualified youth. To learn more about this scholarship, contact the Park Office at (260) 427-6000.

Register NOW at www.fortwayneparks.org! Registration forms are also available on-line or by calling 427-6000 and may be mailed, faxed or dropped off at the Parks and Recreation Department

Sessions Week #1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 12-16 Wonderful World of Water Week #2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 19-23 Powerful Pollinators Week #3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 26-30 Amazing Arts Week #4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10-14 Indiana Back Then Week #5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 17-21 Garden Explorers Week #6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 24-28 Animals: Wild or Domestic?

Camp Graduation Family and friends are invited to celebrate the end of each camp week with a graduation ceremony and slide show every Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

What to Bring • Completed forms: pick-up authorization, medication form, field trip waiver, photography waiver, sunscreen & insect repellant waivers, immunization record signed by a doctor or licensed physician. Campers cannot return on second day without the completed forms. • Sack lunch, non-refrigerated. Camp provides afternoon snack. • Canteen or water bottle • Book bag • Insect repellant & sunscreen • Swimsuit, towel & dry clothes • Child safety seat (if needed)

Discover Fort Wayne and beyond!

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Franke Park Day Camp Franke Park Day Camp Since its inception in 1946, Franke Park Day Camp has provided unforgettable childhood experiences for thousands of Fort Wayne area youth. With its strong emphasis on nature education, basic camping skills and Native American lore, this popular camp provides an environment which fosters cooperation, problem solving and socialization as well as the dirty, muddy, outdoor fun kids of all ages enjoy! For more information or to sign up, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Location Franke Park Day Camp is located in Franke Park at 3411 Sherman Blvd. The parking lot is located between Pavilion #2 and the playground.

Hours M, T, Th, F Wednesdays

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 1:00-7:00 p.m.

AM Camp Care PM Camp Care

6:30-9:00 a.m. 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Ages (as of June 1, 2017) • 4-5 Year Old Program Our youngest campers are exposed to the concepts of seeds, plants, trees, animals and Native Americans. Registration is limited to one session per camper.

Sessions #1............................................June 12-16 #2............................................June 19-23 #3........................................... June 26-30 #4............................................ July 10-14 #5.............................................July 17-21 #6............................................ July 24-28

What to Bring • Sack Lunch (non-refrigerated) • Canteen or Water Bottle • Insect Repellent • Book Bag or Backpack • Plain white t-shirt for tie-dying

Franke Park Day Camp Fees Day Campers (Ages 4-11)..................... $90 Junior Leaders (age 12)........................ $90 Counselors-In-Training (ages 13-18)...... $70 CITs may attend five weeks or more for a flat fee of $280. A.M. Camp Care (ages 6-12).............. $25 P.M. Camp Care (ages 6-12)................. $25 Financial assistance is available. Please inquire about the Youth Scholarship Program at the time of registration.

70th Annual Big Pow-Wow Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 p.m.

• 6-11 Year Old Program Campers (grouped by age 6-8 and 9-11) enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, fire building, campfire cooking, swamp study, nature walks, arts, crafts, Native American rituals/dancing, games, the famous mud slide and much more. Registration is limited to one session per camper.

• 12-18 Year Old Program The Advanced Camper program provides a more in depth outdoor experience for Junior Leaders (age 12) and Counselors-in-Training (ages 13-18). For detailed information and a registration packet, call 427-6000 or visit our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.

Register for camp NOW at www.fortwayneparks.org. Registration forms are also available on-line or by calling 427-6000 and may be mailed, faxed or dropped off (see page 66).

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Dirty, muddy, outdoor FUN!


Farmin’ Fun Day Camp Farmin’ Fun Day Camp Come spend a week on the farm! Our Farmin’ Fun Day Camp provides a stimulating, healthy and beautiful environment where you will learn about soil, plants, animals and the source of our food. The camp integrates hands-on farming such as gardening and animal care, cooperative games, and nature exploration with other typical summer fun activities for a memorable and diverse summer camp experience. You will feed animals; hike in the woods; play in the water; wash, dye and felt wool from one of our sheep; enjoy hayrides around the farm and much more!

Location Farmin’ Fun Day Camp is held at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd. in Fort Wayne.

Ages/Hours/Fees: Campers must be of minimum age by June 1, 2017. Age Time Fee 4-5 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. $57 5 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $90 6-10 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $90 11-12 (FIT) 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $85 13-18 (CA) 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $70 Camp Care AM Camp Care, 7:00-9:00 a.m., $25 PM Camp Care, 4:00-6:00 p.m., $25

Sessions # # # # # #

1............................................ June 12-16 2............................................ June 19-23 3............................................June 26-30 4 ............................................ July 10-14 5............................................. July 17-21 6.............................................July 24-28

What to Bring • Sack Lunch (full day campers only!) • Snacks • Canteen or Water Bottle • Insect Repellent • Sunscreen • Long pants/Change of Clothes • Swimsuit, towel, water shoes

Confirmation Notices Campers will receive an e-mail confirmation the week prior to their camp session with all the information needed for the upcoming week. (If you do not have an email address on file your confirmation will come in the mail.)

F.I.T. “Farmers in Training” is designed to provide children ages 11 and older a more active role in the care of livestock, vegetable gardening, hands-on beekeeping, blacksmith demonstrations, and campfire cookouts on Fridays. Farmers in Training harvest and sell their vegetables at the Farmer’s Market in addition to participating in games and other fun activities.

Counselor Aides (C.A.) Campers 13-18 years of age who have completed 2 weeks of F.I.T. may register as a Counselor Aide. C.A.s are role models for the younger campers. The program is designed to train youth how to be confident leaders among their peers. C.A.s will have opportunities to learn important teambuilding, leadership and agricultural skills as they assist camp counselors in leading activities. The program is limited to 8 campers per week. Each camper will be required to submit two references to complete their registration.

Camp Buddies Children who wish to attend camp together must indicate this on the registration form and both children must request it. We will do our best to place the campers together as requested, however, due to the volume of registrations and the lottery processing system along with the age groupings, we cannot guarantee it.

Spend a week on the farm!

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McMillen Park Center McMillen Park Community Center 3901 Abbott Street • 427-2420 Supervisor: Andre Patterson Facility Hours Mon & Fri, 12-3 p.m. & 6-9 p.m. Tues-Thur, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-9 p.m. Sat/Sun, 12-5 p.m.

Fun & Games Come to the Center any time between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. to play board games with other fun loving folks. You may bring your own games or use ours. We have a variety of board games available for use. Just drop in and join the fun. Drop in fee: $1

Cardio Fit

Unless otherwise stated, programs at McMillen Park Community Center are included with admission. No additional fee is required.

Mon & Thurs, 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 6-April 13 & May 1-June 15 Cardio Fit keeps you moving by providing cardio combinations and total body strength training to improve your aerobic fitness! Cardio Combo keeps you moving by combining our various cardio workouts giving the best of two cardio worlds by providing cardio combinations and total body strength training to improve your aerobic fitness!

Men’s Basketball League

Computer Lab

Basketball league play starts the week of May 1 and runs for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Game times are scheduled at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Team registration forms are available at the McMillen Park Community Center Guests Services desk and online. Team rosters are limited to 12 players. Ages 18+. Teams are required to provide their own jerseys to participate in the basketball league. Registration deadline: April 27. Code Dates Day Tourney 232000-R1 5/4-6/22 Th 6/29 Fee: $40/team Location: McMillen Park Community Center, 3901 Abbott St.

Mon & Fri, 12:00-3:00 p.m. T, W, Th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m./6:00-9:00 p.m. The computer lab is open to the public every weekday for personal use. Drop in fee: $1

Admission Youth from 3-8 p.m. FREE; All others $1

Pickleball Courts available Mon & Fri, 12:00-3:00 p.m. T, W, Th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Use of the pickleball courts is free with admission to the Center. Please bring your own paddle and balls. Admission: $1

Wellness Mall Mon & Fri, 12:00-3:00 p.m. T, W, Th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Come enjoy our wellness mall where you can walk and exercise in the comfort of a clean and spacious facility. Admission: $1

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Rentals The McMillen Park Community Center is available for your family reunion, birthday parties, baby shower, basketball tournament, conferences, group meetings, wedding and/or reception, class reunion, repast or other large or small event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Alicia O-Neal, Senior Program Facility Coordinator at 427-2420 for information.

4th Annual MPCC Community Extravaganza Saturday, May 20, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this free, fun, family event! Enjoy games, prizes, food and entertainment. There will also be commercial vendors and community resource booths. Parents will also have the opportunity to register children ages 5-18 for our free summer program at McMillen Park Community Center.

There’s something for everyone . . .


McMillen Park Community Center Youth Program Schedule Free Youth Programming Monday-Thursday 3-8 pm; Friday 3-6 pm; Snow Days, Christmas Break, Spring Break 12-5 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3 pm

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

4 pm

Homework Hour

Homework Hour

Homework Hour Project Alert

Homework Hour

Free Day Friday Computer, Arts & Crafts, Pickleball, Movies Playground, Boxball, Kickball

5 pm

Kids’ Café

Kids’ Café

Kids’ Café

Kids’ Café

6 pm

Girl Talk

Dance Collective Omotayo CBT Recreation

Project Ready

Movies

Passage 2 Manhood

Arts & Crafts Leading Ladies Sister of the Cloth

Fun Fitness Jump for Life Recreation

McMillen Music Academy Powered by Sweetwater 4 pm

Recreation

Project Ready

Kids’ Café Children are served a healthy, nutritious meal.

Jump for Life This program is designed to get kids moving and to teach them to make healthy food choices.

Leading Ladies/Girl Talk Girls discuss issues such as setting and achieving goals, getting along with parents and handling emotions; also includes games, activities and community service projects.

Dance Collective Academy Fort Wayne Dance Collective offers this free after-school program for boys and girls. To enroll, contact Jarin Hart at 427-6574 or email jarin@fwdc.org.

Omatayo Rites of Passage Children learn African dance, drumming and discipline.

Computer Brain Training (CBT) Students learn to work with computers. Projects have included PowerPoint presentations.

Project Alert Youth discuss drugs and alcohol and why it is important NOT to use them.

Project Ready is designed to provide enhanced academic and social support to middle and high school students as they prepare for post-secondary success. This program will be facilitated by Jason Jordan from the Fort Wayne Urban League.

Movie Night Children enjoy movies while learning movie theatre etiquette.

Sisters of the Cloth Sisters of the Cloth will teach the craft of quilting to all who are interested.

McMillen Music Academy Powered by Sweetwater Boys and girls in grades 3-12 may participate in weekly group guitar and vocal lessons with instructors from Sweetwater Sound. Students have the opportunity to sign up for practice times with the Center staff throughout the program. Lessons continue through May 19 at McMillen Park Community Center.

Little Ballers

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Basketball fundamentals for ages 4-7.

Passage 2 Manhood Passage 2 Manhood is a life skills program designed to give middle and high school boys the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors.

McMillen Park Community Center

at McMillen Park Community Center.

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Youth Centers Weisser Park Youth Center 802 Eckart Street • 427-6780 Supervisor: Zynette Paige

Weisser Center Hours M-Th, 3-8 pm; Fri 3-6 pm When FWCS are closed, 12- 5 pm

February 8-May 5 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3:00-3:30

Snack Recreation

Snack Recreation

Snack Recreation

Snack Recreation

Snack Recreation

3:30-4:30

Power Hour

Power Hour

Power Hour

Power Hour

Recreation Arts & Crafts

4:30-5:00

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Movie

5:00-6:00

Kids Café Simba

Kids Café

Kids Café Simba

Kids Café

Kids Café

Akoma Dance Crew

SBA Academy (6:15-7:15)

Akoma Dance Crew

Goddess Aset

Basketball (6:00-7:30)

Goddess Aset

Basketball (6:00-7:30)

Jump for Life

6:00-7:00 7:00-8:00

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Jump for Life

Table & Board Games, Computer Lab, TV Time, Group Games, Playground

Children ages 5-9 learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents; learning the value of friendship, exercise, good nutrition, good hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean.

Power Hour Homework assistance.

Kids Café Children, ages 5-18, are served a healthy, nutritious meal.

SBA Academy Children ages 5-18 learn African and African American history and culture and career options; learning the value of having a positive identity, sense of culture, unity , self-determination and making good career choices.

Simba Rites of Passage (boys) / Goddess Aset Rites of Passage (girls) Youth ages 10-18 learn the skills necessary to transition into healthy, productive and positive young adults; learning the value of brotherhood/sisterhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and making positive choices. They also enjoy field trips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.

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Akoma Dance Crew Youth ages 5-18 learn the art of performance and competition in a variety of dance styles and stepping; learning the value of unity, discipline, being focused and committed to excellence in performing arts. They participate in public performances throughout the year.

Akoben Basketball League Youth ages 5-11 learn the value of sportsmanship, being a scholar athlete and doing community service while learning basic basketball skills, rules and playing competitively. To participate in the league, participants must attend SBA Academy, Simba, Jump for Life or Goddess Aset.

Youth programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Enjoy “after school” fun in a safe environment!


Jennings Recreation Center 1330 McCulloch St. • 427-6700 Coordinator: Michael Ayers

Jennings Center Hours M-Th 3-8 pm; Fri 3-6 pm When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm

February 8-May 5 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3:00-4:00

Homework

Homework

Homework

Homework

4:00-5:00

Everlasting Fitness

Everlasting Fitness

Everlasting Fitness

Everlasting Fitness

5:00-6:00

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

Recreation Computer Kids Café Playground

Etiquette

Sisterhood

Boys to Men

Jennings Jewels

JC Fitness

Jennings Jewels

6:00-7:00

Akoben Basketball

Lakeside Basketball (6-8 pm)

(6-8 pm)

7:00-8:00

Open Project

Arts/Crafts

Akoben Basketball (6-8 pm)

Open Project

Movie Night JC Fitness Lakeside Basketball (6-8 pm) JC Hip Hop Live Dance

Homework Assistance

Movie Night

Staff provide homework assistance and tutoring. 

Enjoy free family-friendly movies.

Ms. Lovie Kids Café

This exercise, nutrition and hygiene program for youth ages 4-15 features fieldtrips involving swimming, hair, skin and nail care and dining. Children are exposed to health related businesses within the community and learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.

Children, ages 5-18, are served a healthy, nutritious meal.

Jennings Jewels Dance Group Students learn a variety of dance styles in this fun, interactive program. The dedication and commitment required of student and parents is evident in the performance showcase.

Everlasting Fitness

JC Fitness for Adults Exercise class for adults of all fitness levels.

Boys to Men / Sisterhood

Arts and Crafts

These life skills programs are designed to give elementary, middle and high school boys and girls the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors.

Make fun, creative crafts.

17th Annual

Etiquette Boys and girls learn respect, etiquette and life skills that will prepare them for success in their life endeavors.

Basketball Program/Leagues Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship.

JC Hip Hop Live Dance Hip Hop fun for all ages!

Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. Weisser Park Youth Center. Call Michael Ayers at 427-6700 or 4798588 for more information.

The fun is FREE! Don’t miss out!

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Cooper Community Center 2300 Clinton & Creighton • 427-6733 Coordinator: Michael Ayers

Cooper Center Hours M-Th 3-8 pm; Fri 3-6 pm When FWCS are closed, 12- 5 pm

February 8-May 5 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3:00-4:00

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Recreation

4:00-5:00

Jump for Life

Stepping Stones

Jump for Life

Stepping Stones

Recreation

5:00-6:00

Kids Café

6:00-7:00

7:00-8:00

Mad Batters Baking Club Akoben Basketball

Mad Batters Baking Club

Kids Café Freedom of Expression Lakeside Basketball

Recreation

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

Arts/Crafts Balloon Sculpting Akoben Basketball

Recreation

Movie Night Lakside Basketball

Recreation

Recreation

Power Hour

Arts and Crafts and Balloon Sculpting

Homework assistance.

Jump for Life Children ages 5-9 learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents: friendship, exercise, good nutrition, good hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean.

Stepping Stones Respect and Etiquette Edition – This life skills program is designed to give all students the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors.

Make fun, creative crafts for gifts or to keep and display!

Akoben Basketball League Youth ages 5-11 learn the value of sportsmanship, being a scholar athlete and community service while learning the games basic skills, rules and playing competitively.

Lakeside Basketball League

Children are served a healthy, nutritious meal.

Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens (ages 12+) develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship and teamwork!

The Mad Batters Baking Club

Movie Night

Kids Café

Easy mouthwatering and useful recipes are made from scratch by children to eat and share with the community!

Enjoy a great family movie and fresh popped popcorn every Thursday evening!

Freedom of Expression

Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV time, computers, billiards, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more!

Art, poetry, stories, singing and dancing; a weekly show-and-tell!

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Recreation

Drop in and join the fun!


Free Seminars Here’s to Your Health Confusing Fats Wednesday April 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Good fat . . . bad fat! Which is which? Cindy Hunt, Nutrition Education Program Assistant for Purdue Extension, will stop the confusion and clarify the role of fat in a healthy diet. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by April 12 to reserve your spot.

Cardiovascular Disease Thursday, March 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. That’s one in every four deaths in this country. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause a heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Call 427-6460 by March 23 to sign up.

Healthy Living for Brain & Body Monday, April 24, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by April 17 to register.

Don’t Be Duped

Varicose Veins and Superficial Venous Disease Monday, March 6 or May 1, 5:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W Main St. This seminar will describe the clinical course and outcome varicose vein disease and underlying superficial venous disease can have on the lower extremities.  We will review typical symptoms, progression of disease from skin changes to ulceration and non-surgical treatment modalities now available.  We will discuss risk factors for this disease, risk for deep vein blood clots related to this disease and clinical classification of superficial venous disease.  We will also review the different non-surgical and minimal surgical treatments for varicose vein disease all done as an outpatient procedure.  Finally, there will be time for questions and open discussion. Please call 427-6460 by March 1 or April 26 to sign up. The seminar is free.

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Senior Fraud and Scams Wednesday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Seniors are the most common victims of fraud and scams. Learn how to identify common scams and the steps you can take to protect yourself. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by April 10 to reserve your spot.

Youth Glass Fusing, p. 29 Watch your mailbox for your Summer Fun Times on May 10.

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That’s Insuring Medicare & Medigap Supplemental Seminar Wednesday, April 19, 10:00-11:30 am Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. This free seminar will cover what each Medicare plan covers, Medicare Options that are available at the time of enrollment, the cost for each plan, as well as what the Medicare Advantage plan costs and what it can do for you. Information will also be provided on MediGap Supplemental Insurance policies that are offered through private insurance companies and the coverage they offer. You will be given information about where you can get Medicare plans and Medicap Insurance policies. Instructor: Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 by April 12 or May 10 to sign up.

Long Term Care Planning Tuesday March 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. This seminar will give you information on what long-term care is and where it’s provided. You will learn strategies to pay for long-term care, key features and government incentives for long-term care insurance as well as how Medicare and Medicaid factor into long-term care planning. You’ll receive a free workbook with key information, worksheets and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. This seminar is free. Please call 4276460 by March 14 to reserve your seat.

Planning Ahead Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal & Financial Planning Monday, May 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. This workshop offered by the Alzheimer’s Association offers helpful tips to assist families in having honest and caring conversations with family members about dementia. The workshop reinforces the need to plan ahead and build a care team that communicates well in order to reduce the stress that can accompany a disease like Alzheimer’s and connects you with helpful resources to enhance quality of life for everyone involved. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by May 15 to register.

Living with Alzheimer’s for LateStage Caregivers Monday, March 27, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families. This seminar is free. Please call 427-6460 by March 20 to reserve your seat.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop Wednesday, April 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Learn what questions to ask at the funeral home and cemetery before making choices. We’ll also cover veterans’ benefits. Presenter Sarah (Schwehn) McMillan has 30 years of professional experience in the cemetery and funeral home industry. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 427-6460 by April 5 to reserve your spot.

Book Sales March 7-9, April 4-6, May 9-11 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Book sales are open to the public and feature hardback books, paperbacks, magazines, CD’s and DVDs. (Donations are accepted through the Wednesday before the sale.)

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Planning for the present . . .


Financing Your Future

Savvy Social Security Planning Tuesday, May 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. The decisions you make today will have a tremendous impact on the amount of Social Security benefits you will receive over your lifetime. This workshop will help you determine how much you can expect to receive, when to apply, as well as how to maximize your benefits. Learn the rules for spousal benefits and much more. This seminar is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to register by May 16.

Estate Planning in Today’s World

Retirement Income Planning Thursday, April 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Retirement income planning is the process of understanding how much income you’ll need during your retirement years to support the retirement lifestyle that you want and positioning your assets to provide that income efficiently. While there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” plan, there are steps that you can take to maximize the possibility of a financially secure retirement. In this workshop, you will learn: • How to plan for when your retirement will begin (including the impact of early retirement, delayed retirement and working during retirement) and planning for the lifestyle that you want • Steps to estimate the amount of money you’ll need in retirement to meet your goals factoring in health care costs, taxes, and inflation • How to supplement fixed income sources such as Social Security and employer pensions with your retirement savings, choosing a sustainable withdrawal rate, and the options for tapping into various accounts  A workbook will be provided that includes key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the workshop. This workshop is free, however preregistration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by April 20.

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Wednesday, April 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. If you don’t have an estate plan, the State of Indiana has one for you. Every person is unique and deserves to have an estate plan that meets his or her individual needs. Elder lawyer Stephen Adair will discuss your planning options and answer your questions. Please call 4276460 by Monday, April 3 to reserve your seat for this FREE information seminar.

Looking for Solutions Mediation: A Primer Wednesday, May 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Community Center, 233 W Main St. Mediation is a process for resolving differences and/or conflicts between individuals, groups, and organizations. The process allows participants to clarify issues, explore possible solutions, and ultimately develop an agreement, which benefits all parties. Mediation is facilitated by a skilled mediator who has been trained in this process. In this seminar, we will discuss what mediation is and why we use it, then we will examine the mediation process.

Community Center Rental The Community Center at 233 W. Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for receptions, anniversary and birthday parties, meetings, performances, dances, home parties, office parties, seminars, proms and more. The Center is audio-visually equipped and has a full service kitchen facility. Alcohol is permitted at the Center and there are no restrictions on catering. Call Billy at 427-6463 for details and the full range of options or check out our website at www. fortwayneparks.org.

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Special Interest Tuned In

Acoustic Guitar for the Beginner Bring your acoustic guitar and a big smile, because we’re going to have a ton of fun! Simple chords, great melodies and catchy lyrics make our introductory lesson a blast. You’ll get handouts with songs to take home, and a newfound confidence and ability to figure out the next step without having someone to hold your hand. Students are encouraged to join us for “Traditional Tunes” old-time American music jam session. Instructor: Richard Ash. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 10. Code Date Day Time 242413-S1 5/20 Sa 12-2 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$42/$47 after May 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

You Can Play the Ukulele With this fun (and family-friendly) class, you’ll learn how to hold the ukulele, use a chord chart, and strum with confidence. You’ll leave the class with the skills necessary to sit at home and work out of any book of ukulele music. We’ll start slow, and using lots of repetition, work up to playing real tunes. Your handouts will have chords and lyrics for a variety of songs. A ukulele is included with the tuition for this class, and is yours to take home at the end of the class. After taking the ukulele class you’ll be ready for “Traditional Tunes” where you can build your old-time American repertoire. Ages 9-adult. Instructor: Richard Ash. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 10. Code Date Day Time 242411-S1 5/20 Sa 9:30-11:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$65/$70 after May 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Traditional Tunes Bring in your acoustic stringed instrument guitar, ukulele or mountain dulcimer. We’ll review a few basic chords and then make some music! Selections will be from the history of America including love ballads, tragedy ballads, children’s tunes, dance tunes and more. Be prepared to sing as most all of these tunes have lyrics and don’t be intimidated by a lack of experience. Beginners as well as experienced musicians are welcome. You’ll receive a bound handout with lots of songs to take home. Instructor: Richard Ash. Registration deadline: May 22. Min. 10. Code Date Day Time 242412-S1 5/27 Sa 12-2 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$36/$41 after May 22 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Beginning Piano Our easy to learn technique will have you playing piano like a pro in no time. You will have workouts, exercises, and performance pieces to practice and build upon each week. Bring your keyboard (a minimum of 35 keys) to class and join the fun. The course includes a book and a CD package. Instructor Cheri Sizemore has played for many years and is ready to teach you. Ages 13+. Registration deadline: February 23. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242407-R1 3/2-4/20 Th 6-7 pm # Session/Fee: 8/$60/$65 after February 23 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Harmonica It won’t sound great at first, but by the end of the second hour, you’ll be jammin’! You will learn single-note techniques as well as chords. We’ll focus on fundamental skills so you can go home and move forward without bad habits to hold you back. Your handout will include basic information on the harmonica, review of what we cover in class and a variety of tunes for you to play at home. A Hohner-brand harmonica (in C) is included with the course tuition. Registration deadline: May 22. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 242410-S1 5/27 Sa 9:30-11:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$54/$59 after May 22 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Stand Up and Dance Adult Tap Dance Tap dancing is great exercise and a great way to spend an evening. You’ll learn tap dance technique and performance skills. No previous experience is required for the beginner class. The advanced class requires some previous tap dance training. Please wear tap or hard-soled shoes. Instructor: Linda Mullenhour. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: March 14. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time

Beginners 18+

242207-T1 3/21-5/9

Beginning Plus

T 5:30-6:45 pm

242207-T2 3/21-5/9 T 7-8:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$24/$29 after March 14 Location: Psi Ote Upper, Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State

Belly Dancing Belly dance is a great low impact workout that everyone can enjoy! Beginners will work on stretches, isolations and choreographed routines. With regular practice between classes, you will build strength, flexibility, rhythm, balance and performance skills. The Continuing class is for students who have had at least 20 weeks of belly dance training. Ages 16+. Instructor: Amanda Bohnke. Registration deadlines: March 1 and April 26. Min. 5. Max. 15. Note: There will be no class on May 31. Code   Dates   Day     Time

Beginning

242201-W1 3/8-4/12 242201-W2 5/3-6/14

Continuing

W 5:30-6:30 pm W 5:30-6:30 pm

242201-W3 3/8-4/12 W 6:45-7:45 pm 242201-W4 5/3-6/14 W 6:45-7:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$31/$36 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Clogging Clogging resembles tap dancing but with double time steps that are executed with a flat foot rather than on the balls of your feet. It is fun for all ages and provides a great aerobic workout. Beginning Plus is for individuals who have the basic knowledge of the clogging steps and at least 10 weeks of lessons. Continuing class is for individuals who have knowledge of the basic clogging steps and combinations. Ages 13+. Instructor Elizabeth Hoy has been clogging for over 16 years. Registration deadline: March 28. Min. 6. Max. 20. Note: There will be no class May 16 and May 29. Code Dates Day Time

Beginning +

242200-M1 4/3-6/12 M 6:15-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$42/$47 after March 28 Location: Franke Pond Pavilion, Sherman Blvd.

Continuing

242200-T1 4/4-6/13 T 6:15-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$42/$47 after March 28

Advanced

242200-T2 4/4-6/13 T 7:15-8:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$42/$47 after March 28 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More Classes & Workshops Birdwatching...............................8 Craft-a-Cuff.................................5 Growing & Using Herbs............ 19 Intro to Orchids........................20 Riverfront Educational Series......8 Sugar Scrubs............................. 19 Tea & Crafts.............................. 17

Line Dancing for Fun & Fitness Whether your preference is for country music, Latin, blues or pop, the basic line dancing steps are the same. With regular practice you will build strength, flexibility, rhythm, balance and skill. You don’t need a partner or special clothing, just hard-soled shoes or boots and a smile. The Continuing class is designed for those who’ve taken the beginner class or have significant prior experience. Ages 13+. Instructors: Philip and Carol Fretz. Registration deadline: February 28. Min. 10. Max. 40. Code Dates Day Time

Continuing

242204-T2 3/7-5/9

Beginning

T

6-7 pm

242204-T1 3/7-5/9 T 7:15-8:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$43/$48 after February 28 Location: Franke Pavilion #1, Sherman Blvd.

Classes fill quickly. Register early.

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Glass & Clay Stained Glass Creations Stained glass isn’t just for church windows. It is used extensively in home décor, in doors, cabinetry, light boxes, as sun catchers, wall hangings and more. Learn this beautiful art and begin a new hobby of your own. You will learn glass cutting, grinding and soldering. All necessary tools and materials will be provided, including a selection of patterns. If we don’t have all the colors you want, you may go to a local supplier to purchase glass at your own cost. All students will be in one class, but please register according to your skill level which will determine the size and difficulty of your project. Please wear closed-toe shoes and a long sleeve shirt. Ages 16+. Instructor: Juanita Miller. Registration deadlines: February 21 and April 6. Min. 4. Max. 7. Code Dates Day Time 242009-T1 2/28-3/28 T 6-8:45 pm 242009-R1 4/13-5/11 Th 6-8:45 pm # Sessions: 5 Beginner Fee: $87/$92 after deadlines Intermediate Fee: $99/$104 after deadlines Advanced Fee: $145/$150 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Beginning Pottery Pottery is one of the most ancient arts. Excavations in the Near East have revealed that primitive fired-clay vessels were made there more than 8,000 years ago. You will learn both hand building and wheel throwing techniques, how to prepare clay, select a design, and various glazing techniques. Every student will create six unique pieces to take home (a cylinder, vase and bowl by wheel, a coiled creamer, slabbed box and your own creation by hand). A supply list will be provided with your receipt or you may view it online at www.fortwayneparks. org. All pieces will be fired at the Community Center and may be picked up one week after the last class. Each class session includes time for set-up and clean-up and may extend to an extra session depending on the condition of the pottery as it is dried and fired. Ages 13+. Instructor Brandon Furniss has been working with clay for 20 years and teaching in the area for 6. Registration deadlines: February 22 and April 19. Min. 5. Max. 8. Code Dates Day Time 242004-W1 3/1-4/5 W 6-9 pm 242004-W2 4/26-5/31 W 6-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$94/$99 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Beginning Glass Fusing If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the glass will become more fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken and can be quite beautiful. In this beginning class, you will make several fused glass jewelry pieces and a 4”, 5” or 7” glass plate while learning about basic glass fusing. All necessary materials will be provided. Ages 16+. Instructor: Juanita Miller. Registration deadline: February 27 and April 18. Min. 4. Max. 8. Code Dates Day Time 242016-M1 3/6-3/20 M 6-8 pm 242016-T1 4/25-5/9 T 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 3/$64/$69 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Decorative Clay Mask  Sculpt your alter ego, deepest sentiment or just funny folk in your study of the ever-interesting human face. Aunnie Clark will guide this highly expressive clay sculpting class in two sessions of building and two sessions of surface treatment. Clay, paint and kiln firing are included. Optional material information is available upon registration. Registration deadline: March 13. Min. 4. Max. 8. Code   Dates   Day     Time 242038-M1 3/20-4/10 M 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$46/$51 after March 13 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Pencils & Paints Copeland’s Painting Express yourself and explore important painting techniques such as color mixing, color value and composition in this introductory class. All necessary supplies will be provided. You will complete an 8” x 10” painting in oil or watercolor. Instructor Marilyn Copeland is a nationally certified and accredited art instructor. Registration deadline: February 27. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day      Time

Oil

242031-M1 3/6-4/10

Water Color

M

5:30-8 pm

242031-T1 3/7-4/11 T 5:30-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$79/$84 after February 27 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Intro to Colored Pencils

Return of the Rag Rug Rag rug making is just one of many “forgotten skills of self-sufficiency” used by pioneers on the frontier. Like many others, it has returned more as a hobby than a necessity. The rag rug is made from long strips of fabric that are braided, coiled and sewn into a flat spiral. They can be solid color, multi-colored, circular, square, left with ragged edges or seamed for a neater finish. They are a great way to use fabric scraps and, as the pioneers can attest, they make great rugs. For a Blue Jean Rag Rug you will need to bring 5 pairs of worn out jeans. For the Rag Rug you will need to bring old clothes, sheets or long scraps of fabric. If you have a portable sewing machine, please bring it to class. Ages 13+. Instructor: Linda Wade. Registration deadline: April 20. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 242032-R1 4/27 Th 5:30-8:30 pm Sessions/Fee: 1/$23/$28 after April 20 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Add life to your drawings with a little color! With drawing patterns provided by the instructor, you will learn a variety of techniques unique to colored pencils such as highlighting and shading. All necessary supplies will be provided including a kit that is yours to keep. Instructor Marilyn Copeland is a nationally certified and accredited art instructor. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: February 28. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242030-T1 3/7-4/11 T 1:30-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$79/$84 after February 28 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Needles & Threads Hand Embroidery Embroidery has been used for centuries to tailor, patch, mend, and reinforce clothing and eventually developed into the art of embroidery for decorative purposes. After learning the fundamentals of embroidery, from selecting materials to the six basic stitches, you will be able to embellish your projects with style and expensive looking touches. Bring a pair of pillow cases to class. All other necessary supplies and materials will be provided. Instructor: Linda Wade. Registration deadline: March 30. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242034-R1 4/6-4/20 Th 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 3/$29/$34 after March 30 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Ahhhh! Relaxing Massage for Couples If you or someone you know is tired, stressed or having trouble relaxing, a little massage therapy might help. We will explore various massage techniques that you can try on each other. Please bring a blanket, pillow, t-shirt and shorts. Lotion will be provided the first night. (You may purchase lotion from the instructor or bring your own to the remaining classes.) You must register with a partner. Instructor Michael Stepp is an IN Certified Massage Therapist, a massage instructor at a local college, and a member of ABMP. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: April 18. Min. 6. Max. 14. Code Dates Day Time 242301-T1 4/25-5/9 T 6:15-7:45 pm #Sessions/Couple Fee: 3/$60/$65 after April 18 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Amazing Race Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Solve clues, perform challenges and tour the city as you compete for prizes. Teams of four must include one person age 50+ and one child between the ages of 8 and 15. The other two team members may be any age over 8 years. Each team is responsible for its own transportation which may include several treks across the city. Special prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 teams overall and to the winners of each individual challenge at the victory party following the race. All participants will receive an official Amazing Race t-shirt which must be worn during the event. Registration begins March 31 at 9:00 am and ends April 14 at 4:30 pm. Call 427-6467 to register by phone or stop by the Community Center at 233 W. Main St., Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Please have your team name and birthdates and shirt sizes for each team member when you register. Fee: $80/team. Max. 40 teams. No refunds. Registrations accepted after April 14 (if space is available) will be assessed a $20 late fee.

Do It Yourself Chair Recovery Why give up your comfortable chair when a new exterior will bring it back to life? Bring your chair (no recliners, sofas or love seats) to the first class with fabric intact, if possible. We’ll determine the amount of material needed for your project and discuss fabric selection. You will learn basic frame repair, spring tying, pattern layout, cushion styles and furniture styles. In most cases you will be able to reupholster your chair in the 10 weeks of class. No experience is necessary. Instructor Larry Brooks has been reupholstering furniture for over 25 years and operates his own shop. Call Larry at 4265010 for more information or to determine if your chair is right for this class. Age 18+. Registration deadline: May 8. Min. 8. Max. 12. Note: There will be no class on Memorial Day, May 29. Code Dates Day Time 242902-M1 5/15-7/24 M 6-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$101/$106 after May 8 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Chair Caning It is very common for a cane chair to start losing its caning long before the frame itself begins to deteriorate. If you have a chair that’s in good shape structurally, you can replace the cane yourself and return the chair to its former glory. Painting or varnishing the frame should be done in advance, if needed, and your chair must be stripped of cane and have holes around the seat area. We’ll provide the cane and the instruction necessary to complete your chair seat by the end of the 5 week class. (Please note: This class overlaps with the Chair Recovery class for an hour.) A supply list will be provided when you register and can also be found on our website at www.fortwayneparks.org. Instructor Larry Brooks has been reupholstering furniture for over 26 years and operates his own shop. Call Larry at 426-5010 for more information or to determine if your chair is right for this class. Age 18+. Registration deadline: May 15. Min. 5. Max. 8. Note: There will be no class on Memorial Day, May 29. Code Dates Day Time 242903-M1 5/22-6/26 M 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$48/$53 after May 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Language, Culture, History Conversational Spanish Spanish rivals English as the language of choice in the Americas with over 250 million native Spanish speakers in South, Central and North America. It is also one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. Don’t put it off. Spanish I is a beginner class for those with no previous experience. The Continuing class is for those who have advanced just beyond the beginner level. Ages 13+. Instructor Benigna (Betty) Rodriguez is fluent in both Spanish and English and has taught at the Community Center for over eleven years. Registration deadline: March 23. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time

Spanish I

242600-R1 3/30-5/18 Th 7:15-8:45 pm #Sessions/Fee: 8/$$69/$74 after March 23

Spanish Continuing

242600-R7 3/30-5/18 Th 5:30-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$63/$68 after March 23 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Spanish with Cultural Appreciation This beginning Spanish class incorporates music, folklore and cultural traditions into the learning experience. No prior experience is necessary. Instructor Flor Guayamo, a native of South America, has been in the business of translation, interpretation and private lessons since 1988. Registration deadline: March 13. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 242605-S1 3/18-4/22 Sa 10-11:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 6/$44/$49 after March 13 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Ethnic Cooking

NEW!

Is a tamale in Mexico the same as a tamale in Venezuela? Is rice pudding the same dish in every country that claims it as their national dessert? Take an imaginary trip to various countries as we learn about the similarities and differences in some of the most popular foods. You will leave the class with a collection of easy to prepare recipes and ideas to try at home. The final class sessions will include a field trip to a local restaurant with ties to one of the countries you have learned about. Instructor Flor Guayamo is a native of Venezuela and knows her way around a kitchen. Registration deadline: April 6. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242919-R1 4/13-4/27 Th 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 3/$49/$54 after April 6 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Exploring Ancient NEW! Civilizations and Disasters Ever wonder if there was more to ancient history than what you learned in school? Did mankind’s culture exist prior to 13,000 years ago? Explore alternative explanations of ancient civilizations, their sciences and what may have brought on their demise. Included in discussion: Immanuel Velikovsky, Graham Hancock, Electric Universe, The Thunderbolt Project and more. Open discussion and presentations will be guided by Lee Penrod. Registration deadline: April 18. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242500-T1 4/25-5/23 T 10:30 am-12:30 # Sessions/Fee: 5/$17/$22 April 18 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Civil War: The Western Front During the Civil War most soldiers from Indiana, Ohio and Illinois served on the Western Front. This is where the war was won as Union Troops slowly occupied the states that furnished the material goods for the South. The battles of Shiloh, Stones River and Sherman’s move to Atlanta will be discussed. Instructor Dick Tagtmeyer has studied the Civil War for over 25 years and is a member of the Civil War Roundtable of Northeast Indiana. Registration deadline: March 9. Min. 4. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 242502-R1 3/16-4/13 Th 6:30-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$30/$35 after March 9 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

In the Corner Pocket Basic Billiards Billiards is a fun leisure activity that anyone can play, but did you know that it also helps build focus, sharpens the mind, hones good handeye coordination and improves cognitive skills. Basic Billiards will introduce you to the basic concepts of pocket billiards. You will learn winning strategies, cue ball control and the proper technique for making good shots. No prior experience is required. Ages 18+. Instructor Max Graf has been shooting and competing for over 30 years. Registration deadline: February 16. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242409-R1 2/23-4/27 Th 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$59/$64 after February 16 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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Computers/Technology Get with the Program

Getting to Know Your Android System (50+) Do you get the feeling your Smart Phone or Tablet is actually smarter than you are? From batteries, to signals, to apps and games … learn everything you need to know about your handy little device. We’ll cover texting, settings, maintenance, trouble shooting and even what to do if you lose your phone. You’ll learn how to use Google calendar and many other free userfriendly applications. Bring your phone to class and show it who’s boss. Note: This class is not for Windows phones/tablets or iPhones/iPads. Instructor: Kelley Doyle. Registration deadline: March 13. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242120-M1 3/20-4/24 M 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$32/$37 after March 13 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Microsoft Windows 10 (50+) Free Word Replacement NEW ! Program The uses for a word processing program are endless. Most of the tools and commands that you learn in this class apply to many other programs: create, save, format, edit, insert, check your spelling and print your document are just a few. Experience with Word is a requirement for this class. Experience with Windows, file management and cut/copy/paste tools is a must. You will also learn how to download free online Word programs in this class. Registration deadline: May 24. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242126-W1 5/31-6/21 W 1:30-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$19/$24 after May 24 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Microsoft Excel 2007-2010 Excel is a powerful, yet easy-to-master tool for organizing, analyzing and displaying information such as personal finances or an inventory. You will learn to enter data, create formulas and display charts. Experience with windows, file management, word processing and the cut, copy and paste tool is required. Registration deadline: March 15. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242109-W1 3/22-4/26 W 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$32/$37 after March 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Our Windows classes are designed for those with little or no computer experience. You will learn very basic terminology, hardware, components of a window and how to manipulate a window. You will then learn how to cut, copy and paste text, graphics and files. These tasks are common to just about every computer program. Finally, you will learn how to organize your files so they are easy to locate and tricks for finding files when they do get misplaced. Knowledge of the Windows operating system is a pre-requisite for most of our other computer classes. You should have access to a computer outside of class for practice. Instructors: Kelley Doyle on Monday and Keith Hering on Wednesday. Registration deadline: March 15. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 242100-M1 3/20-5/8 M 2:45-4:45 pm 242100-W1 3/22-5/10 W 1:30-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$36/$41 after March 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Community Center will be CLOSED for the following holiday: Monday, May 29, Memorial Day

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

We’ll help you get with the program.


What Do You Want to Know? Do any of these computer classes sound interesting to you? Best Bets For Effective Internet Searches This class will teach you the effective ways to execute a search using multiple sheet tabs. You will also learn how to narrow and expand your results and mark sites as favorites.

Games, Games, Games This one day class will show participants the various electronic gaming options such as Google Play Store, Pogo, Apple iTunes Store, and Windows 10 XBOX. We will also sample games during the class.

Lumosity Brain Trainer Lumosity is one of the Brain Training websites where you will get your baseline on 3 games developed by scientist and game designers, complete daily workouts that challenge 5 core cognitive abilities. If you are interested in any of the above computer classes, call Linda Falater at 427-6466 or e-mail linda.falater@cityoffortwayne.org.

Get in on the Auction eBay: Buying and Selling (50+) eBay is the most popular shopping destination on the internet. With millions of shoppers in almost every country around the globe, someone is looking for what you’re selling while someone else is selling what you want. Get in on the action! Learn how to register with eBay and PayPal, how bidding works, how to use the “My eBay” page, and all about member profiles and feedback points. We will cover auction costs, how to take pictures of your item, write a description, upload your photos, set your price, receive payment and ship your item to the buyer. By the last class, you should be ready to auction your first item! Experience with Windows, file management, word processing, internet surfing and cut/copy/paste tools is required. Registration deadline: February 28 and April 18. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time

Ages 50+

242104-T1 3/7-4/4 T 10:30 am-12:30 242104-T2 4/25-5/23 T 1:30-3:30 pm

Ages 18+

242104-W1 3/8-4/5 W 5:45-7:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 5/$45/$50 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Computer Lab The Community Center Computer Lab is open to the public and staffed by a volunteer on Mondays 12:30-2:30 pm and on Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. No reservation is necessary. Just drop in.

Lab Fee: .........................................$1/hour B/W Copies: .............10¢ single/15¢ double Color Copies: ...........15¢ single/25¢ double Photo Prints: ...................... 35¢ for 4” x 6” .................................. $1.50 for 8.5” x 11”

It’s all about technology.

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Fun After Fifty Amazing Race Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Solve clues, perform challenges and tour the city as you compete for prizes. Teams of four must include one person age 50+ and one child between the ages of 8 and 15. The other two team members may be any age over 8 years. Each team is responsible for its own transportation which may include several treks across the city. Special prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 teams overall and to the winners of each individual challenge at the victory party following the race. All participants will receive an official Amazing Race t-shirt which must be worn during the event. Registration begins March 31 at 9:00 am and ends April 14 at 4:30 pm. Call 427-6467 to register by phone or stop by the Community Center at 233 W. Main St., MondayFriday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Please have your team name and birthdates and shirt sizes for each team member when you register. Fee: $80/team. Max. 40 teams. No refunds. Registrations accepted after April 14 (if space is available) will be assessed a $20 late fee.

Get in the Game Learn to Play Bridge Of all the reasons to learn Bridge, the most important is that it’s just fun to play. It offers the suspense of poker, the cerebral qualities of chess and the excitement of athletic sports, all in a sociable setting where you’re a participant, not just a spectator. That’s why it’s the world’s most popular card game. It’s time you learned to play! After this class, you will understand the card play involved, play of the hand and bidding tools. You will be well on your way to becoming a Bridge player. Ages 50+. Instructor: Paul Knepper. There will be no class May 29. Registration deadline: April 10. Min. 8. Max. 16. Code Dates Day Time 241311-M1 4/17-6/12 M 1-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$21/$26 after April 10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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2017 Senior Games June 5-22, 2017 Save the date! Approximately 400 active senior adults participated in the 2016 Senior Games. Mark your calendar and start “training” now for the 2017 Games. Registration packets will be mailed in April. Call 4276462 to be placed on our mailing list. Congratulations to the 2016 Senior Games Champions Dean Rodenbeck & Holly Small

Thank You Lowe’s of Fort Wayne for Painting the Community Center!

Community Center Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Fun & Games Join organized Fun & Games or play on your own anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center. You may bring your own equipment or borrow ours from the information desk. There is no pre-registration for these ongoing programs. Just drop in and join the fun! Drop-in fee: $1. Ages 50+. (Purchase a 40 th Anniversary keychain for $5 and drop in free on dates that end in a 4 or 0. Call 4276460 for details.) Game Days Time Billiards M-F 8 am- 4:30 pm Bingo 2nd & 4th F 1 pm Bridge M 8:30 am-3:30 pm W 11 am-4:30 pm F 1-4 pm Euchre W 12:30-3 pm Mah Jongg F 12-4 pm Table Tennis M/W 8:30-11:30 am Wii Bowling W 1-3 pm Many THANKS to the following for their contributions to our Fun & Games: • The Hearth of Sycamore Village (Bingo) • Heritage Park (Bingo) • Life Care Center of Fort Wayne (Euchre) • Englewood Health & Rehab (Euchre)

Get to Know Fort Wayne Historic Walking Tours Put on your walking shoes, dress for the weather and join us for a walk through Fort Wayne’s history. Tours depart from the Community Center. Call 427-6460 or stop by the Community Center Information Desk to sign up. Payment may be made at the time of registration or when you arrive for the tour. Ages 50+. Tour guide: Keith Hood. Registration deadlines: April 12 and May 10.

West Central Downtown

Wednesday, April 19, 9:30-11:00 a.m., $3 You will see one of the famous landmarks in Fort Wayne history when we tour our way through the West Central downtown area. Our featured site, the Lincoln Tower, was originally Indiana’s tallest building at 312 feet and 22 stories when its construction was completed in 1930. We will explore both the exterior and interior of this magnificently maintained structure compliments of Old National Bank and Tippman Properties.

Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 175 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer, you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis. Please call 427-6461 for more information. Examples of volunteer positions include: • Information Desk Staff • Book Sale Assistants • Class Instructors • Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors • Special Event Helpers (Halloween Haunt, Santa’s Workshop, Winter Carnival, Amazing Races and Holiday Dinner and Light Tour) For a full list of opportunities, call 427-6461 or visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

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South Central Downtown

Wednesday, May 17, 9:30-11:00 a.m., $6 Our featured site on this tour was originally called “The Emboyd” after the owner’s mother, Emma Boyd. The Embassy Theater has evolved into a beautiful treasure of artistic craftsmanship and entertainment for all to enjoy and now includes the adjoining former Indiana Hotel.

The Community Center will be CLOSED for the following holiday: Monday, May 29, Memorial Day

Questions? 427-6460

Get in the game!

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Fit After Fifty

Zumba Gold 50+

In Chair Yoga you will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing Yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, range of motion, balance and build endurance. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: March 16. Instructor: Kim Labenberg. Min. 6. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 241221-R1 3/23-4/27 Th 1:15-2 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$33/$38 after March 16 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Zumba Gold is for the true beginner and active older adult. You will enjoy Latin based music and easy-to-follow Latin dance fitness moves. Zumba Gold has a specialized approach for anyone needing modifications. You will find the lower intensity moves are safe and effective for people of all ages and different fitness levels. Zumba Gold is a safe, fun fitness class that will help you achieve long-term health benefits. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: March 24. Min. 8. Max. 25. Code Dates Day Time 241207-F1 3/31-5/5 F 11-11:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 6/$38/$43 after March 24 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Senior Yoga

Senior Aqua Fit

Chair Yoga for Seniors

Research has shown that exercise can slow down the effects of aging, and in some cases, may help reverse aging by improving health, wellness, strength, flexibility and endurance. This Yoga for Seniors program offers an individualized, safe and effective approach to help seniors at any fitness level improve the health of the respiratory, digestive, circulation and nervous systems. This class does require participants to be able to get up and down on the floor. Yoga can help keep old age at bay, leading to good health habits, feelings of vitality and energy and a renewed zest for life. Ages 50+. Registration deadlines: March 14 and March 16. Min. 8. Max. 30. Code Dates Day Time 241200-T1 3/21-5/9 T 12-1 pm 241200-R1 3/23-5/11 Th 12-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$39/$44 after deadlines Sign up for both Tuesday and Thursday classes for a reduced rate of $68 (16 sessions) Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More Yoga, p. 13

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Aqua Fit is total body toning with many fun water resistance tools. The instructor will guide the class through various aerobic movements done to rhythmic music in the water. Aerobic movements are performed with the use of resistive and buoyancy equipment. Some of the benefits include: • Burning more calories per minute than land exercise • Decreased pain and muscle soreness • Reduced swelling • Increased strength and mobility • Help in regaining range of motion and endurance and Improved balance • Help in maintaining fitness levels while injured Ages 50+. Registration deadlines: March 29 and March 31. Min. 7. Max. 23. Code Dates Day Time 241209-W1 4/5-6/7 W 11:30 am-12:15 pm 241209-F1 4/7-6/9 F 11:30 am-12:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$67/$72 after deadlines. Location: Turnstone, 3320 S. Clinton

It’s never too late to get in shape.


Arthritis Foundation Exercise The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a recreational exercise program designed for anyone with arthritis or related rheumatic disease and/or joint problems (hip/knee replacement, stroke, etc.). This class is designed to: • Improve strength and flexibility • Reduce pain caused by arthritis and other ailments • Increase mobility You can start this program at any time. You do not have to wait for the next session to begin. Ages 50+. (Purchase a 40 th Anniversary keychain for $5 and get 6 classes at no charge! Call 427-6460 for details.) Dates Days Time 3/2-5/30 T, Th 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 26/$1 per class Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Stretch & Flex Stretch & Flex is for those individuals who desire a more intensive workout than offered in the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. The class consists of 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise designed to help decrease fat mass, resting heart rate and cholesterol levels. You will be using light to medium handheld weights to increase muscular strength and flexibility. Each class will end with light stretching. Prior participation is not required; however, we recommend you consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. You can start this program at any time. You do not have to wait for the next class to begin. Ages 50+. (Purchase a 40 th Anniversary keychain for $5 and get 6 classes at no charge! Call 427-6460 for details.) Dates Days Time 3/2-5/30 T, Th 11-11:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 26/$1 per class Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Wild Walkers, p. 7 More Fitness, p. 12, 13 Inclement Weather Policy If Fort Wayne Community Schools close due to inclement weather, all Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation classes will also be canceled. If the Mayor declares a snow emergency, all Parks and Recreation facilities and programs will be closed or canceled. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on Facebook.

Walking Group Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m., April 12-May 31 Foster and Shoaff Parks Let’s take a walk! Walking is great exercise, but it can also be a fun social outing. Join us for a morning mile every Wednesday beginning at Foster Park on April 12 and alternating between Shoaff and Foster Park each week. Foster Park walks (April 12, 26, May 10, 24) begin at the volleyball courts near Foster #1 pavilion. The Shoaff Park walks (April 19, May 3, 17, 31) begin in the Riverlodge parking lot. There is no fee to participate, however, we do ask that you call 427-6460 by the Monday prior to each walk to sign up.

Everyday Exercise The benefits of a daily exercise routine designed just for you are too numerous to mention. Certified instructors provided by Corporate Health will incorporate the use of handheld weights which will improve your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and balance, and increase your mobility. For those new to this program, a fifteen minute orientation of the fitness equipment will be offered upon request either before or after the class. Please consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. You can start this program at any time. You do not have to wait for the next class to begin. Ages 50+. (Purchase a 40 th Anniversary keychain for $5 and get 6 classes at no charge! Call 427-6460 for details.) Dates Days Time 3/2-5/30 T, Th 9-9:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 26/$1 per class Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Drop in and join the fun!

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Fit After Fifty

Read a Book or Write One

Adult Tap Class Tap dancing is fun at any age! Whether you’ve tapped before or just want to try something new, you are invited to join the fun. It is great exercise and a great way to spend a Thursday afternoon. You’ll learn dance technique and performance skills. No previous experience is required. Tap shoes or hard sole shoes are recommended. Ages 50+. Instructor: Linda Mullenhour. Registration deadline: March 9. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time

Advanced

241210-R2

Beginners

3/16-5/4

Th 2:45-3:30 pm

241210-R1 3/16-5/4 Th 3:30-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$15/$20 after March 9 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Alley Kats The Alley Kats is a 15-member performing tap dance troupe made up entirely of active senior women 50 and better. The Alley Kats practice weekly and perform each month at senior communities, rehab facilities, churches, schools and various functions throughout the city. Rehearsals are Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. To audition for the troupe or to book the Alley Kats for your function, please call 427-6461.

Off to the Show

Tuesday Movies Community Center, 233 W. Main Join us for an afternoon at the movies! Admission is FREE, but please call 427-6460 by the Monday prior to the movie to reserve your seat. March 7, 1:30 p.m. Sully March 21, 1:30 p.m. The Meddler April 4, 1:30 p.m. Mr. Church April 18, 1:30 p.m. The Hollars May 2, 1:30 p.m. Daddy’s Home May 16, 1:30 p.m. The Lady in the Van

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Writing Your Memoirs You don’t need to have a hardscrabble youth or eccentric parents to write a memoir. You don’t need to have lived a life of drama . . . and you don’t have to publish it. A memoir is about handing over your life to someone and saying, “This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.” It’s about creating a legacy that doesn’t have dollar signs in front of it but has a far greater residual value for family and friends. It’s a gift that only you can share. Let author Linda Wade help you put pen to paper and begin to tell your story. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: April 27. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 241306-R1 5/4-6/8 Th 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$36/$41 after April 27 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Book Sales March 7-9, April 4-6, May 9-11 8:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Book sales are open to the public and feature hardback books, paperbacks, magazines, CD’s and DVDs. (Donations are accepted through the Wednesday before the sale.)

We’re all about fun after 50!


Cross Stitch for Beginners

You’re So Creative! Curious About Crochet One of the greatest things about crochet is that you don’t have to invest in fancy, new materials or find room in your house to store a bunch of equipment. With just a simple hook, a skein of yarn and a nice, comfy place to sit, you can begin enjoying all the benefits this craft provides. In the Beginner Class, we’ll get you started with a few basic stitches and show you how to read a pattern. You’ll leave this class with a Granny Square lap afghan and a new hobby. Please bring to class a size K crochet hook and one skein of 4-ply yarn in a light color. The Advanced Class is for those who know the basic stitches and can read a basic pattern. You will learn advanced stitches to crochet stand-up flowers and make sample blocks of the advanced stitches that can be used for afghans and pillows. Bring your “yarn stash” (especially green for the leaves) and hooks. Ages 50+. Instructor: Berniece Wilkins. Registration deadlines: March 15 and March 17. Min. 4. Max. 5. Once you’ve learned to crochet, join us for Hooked on Crochet (see below). Code Dates Day Time

Beginner

241304-F1

Advanced

3/24-5/12

F

Cross stitch is easy to learn and can become addictive! Once you get started, you will love the rhythm of stitching and the many creative possibilities it offers. We will focus on the pattern-based form of cross stitch. You will learn how to prepare the fabric, organize the floss, follow a pattern, and how to frame the project. We will supply a kit to get you started. No experience is necessary and anyone can learn! Ages 50+. Registration deadline: April 5. Min. 4. Max. 6. Code Dates Day Time 241324-W1 4/12-5/3 W 2-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$29/$34 after April 5 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

1-3 pm

241304-W1 3/22-5/10 W 1-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$17/$22 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Hooked on Crochet Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Are you hooked on crochet? Come join the fun! Show off your latest creation, collect new ideas and get a little work done on your latest project. Ages 50+. There’s no need to call ahead. Drop in fee: $1. (Purchase a 40th Anniversary keychain for $5 and drop in for free on days that end in a 4 or 0. Call 427-6460 for details.)

Community Center Rental The Community Center at 233 W. Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for large and small events. The Center is audiovisually equipped and has a full service kitchen facility. Alcohol is permitted at the Center and there are no restrictions on catering. Call Billy at 427-6463 for details and the full range of options or check out our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.

Behind the Easel: Oil or Acrylic Join us behind the easel and take your pick: oil or acrylic. Marilyn Copeland, a nationally certified and accredited art instructor, will guide you through this independent study. Please bring a photo or art instructional book by your favorite artist. You will receive a supply list when you register. Ages 50+. Registration deadlines: February 27 and April 24. Min. 5. Max. 12. Note: There will be no class on May 29. Code Dates Day Time 241301-M1 3/6-4/10 M 1:30-4 pm 241301-M2 5/1-6/12 M 1:30-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$73/$78 after deadline Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Learn something new!

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Let’s Do Lunch

Here to Help Free Tax Preparation

Monday Luncheons Bring a friend or two and join us for these special Monday luncheons. We’ll begin serving at 11:30 a.m., but you are invited to come earlier and enjoy cards or table games with other funloving folks. You may resume play after lunch if you wish. The fun is free, but lunch is $4/person, no refunds. Paid reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. the previous Wednesday. Each luncheon will be followed by a short presentation at 12:15 p.m. for those who are interested. Ages 50+.

Monday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. “National Ravioli Day” Supporting Sponsor: Canterbury Health and Rehabilitation Monday, April 17, 11:30 a.m. “Easter EGG-stravaganza” Supporting Sponsor: Coventry Meadows Monday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. “Bar-B-Que Fun” Supporting Sponsor: Life Care Center

Three Ladies and… Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Join us for lunch and an informative healthcare presentation sponsored by Signature HealthCare of Fort Wayne. Call 427-6460 to reserve your spot today! Registration deadline: May 1. Fee: $3.

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January 30-April 18 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W Main St. The Community Center/Parks and Recreation Department, IRS and AARP have teamed up to offer free Federal and Indiana state income tax preparation for seniors (ages 55+). IRS E-file only. Please bring the following information with you: Social Security Card for everyone on the return, current W-2 forms, 1099 statements, property tax receipts to qualify for a reduction on the Indiana Tax Return, a copy of your 2016 tax return forms, other income and deduction records. Indiana residents age 65 and older by December 31 of the tax year who earned less than $10,000 should file a tax return with the state. You could be eligible for a refund under Indiana’s Unified Tax Credit for the elderly. No appointments allowed, first come first serve, until maximum number of appointments have been reached for the day.

Personal Budgeting Assistance Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00 p.m. April 12-May 31 Managing money comes naturally to some people, but for others it’s just overwhelming and frustrating. Talking to someone is the best way to get individual help with your finances, but at some point you’ll need to manage them yourself without their help. If you don’t feel knowledgeable enough to do it, the best way to fix that is to learn good financial habits. While we are not financial planners or financial counselors, we can assist you with your personal budgeting. This service will be available on Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 pm. Bring any information that would be pertinent to the concerns being discussed. Call 427-6460 to make an appointment.

Legal Counseling Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C representatives are at the Community Center on the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service, sponsored by the Allen County Bar Association, is offered to persons age 50 and over. Day Dates Time Fri 3/3, 4/7, 5/5 9 am-12 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

We may be able to help . . . 427-6460.


Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) A trained SHIP counselor will be available to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicaid and Long Term Care Insurance. They can also help you understand your rights as a beneficiary. A SHIP Counselor is at the Community Center on the first and third Thursday of each month. Assistance is also available in organizing your medical bills, Medicare and other insurance records and in filing claims and appeals. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and is not affiliated with any insurance agent or company. Day Dates Time Thur 3/2, 16; 4/6, 20; 5/4, 18 9 am-12 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Diabetes Screening Diabetes is one of the major causes of early illness and death worldwide. Approximately 25% of Americans over ages 65 have diabetes. That’s 11.8 million seniors, many of them undiagnosed. Sunshine Home Health Care offers FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. No appointment is required. Day Dates Time Thur 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 9-11 am Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Green Thumbs

For Your Health Foot Care Clinic A Lighter Step, L.L.C. provides foot care at the Community Center including foot soaking, nail trimming, lotion massages, and callus shaving for persons age 55 and older. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 4276460. Please bring a foot tub and towel. Payment by check or cash is required at the time of the appointment. Day Dates Time 2nd Tue 3/14, 4/11, 5/9 1-3:30 pm 1st Thur 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 8:30-11:30 am 3rd Thur 3/16, 4/20, 5/18 1-3:30 pm 4th Thur 3/23, 4/27, 5/25 8:30-11:30 am Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Fee: $25

How’s Your Hearing? About one in every ten Americans has some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, that number increases to one in three . . . and many don’t even realize it. Audiologist Dr. Zach Burkle conducts FREE hearing screenings at the Community Center on the first Tuesday of each month. The screening only takes 15 minutes and is open to adults of any age. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Day Dates Time Tues 3/7, 4/4, 5/2 9-11:15 am Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

The Community Center will be CLOSED for the following holiday: Monday, May 29, Memorial Day

Garden Alliance Community Center, 233 W. Main St. The Community Center Garden Alliance is responsible for the 9 raised bed gardens at the Community Center and the annual plant sale held at the Center to benefit our wellness programs. Anyone who has a love of gardening, or would like to experience gardening with a “hands-on” approach, is invited to join the fun. The Garden Alliance meets at the Community Center to discuss various topics, listen to guest speakers and work in the gardens. There is a drop in fee of $1. Hands-on projects will include planting and tending the Community Center’s raised beds, and later in the year seed planting and maintenance of seedlings with a plant sale benefiting the Community Center. We also plan several field trips to visit greenhouses and gardens. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m., so bring a sack lunch (we will provide the beverages). Check monthly calendar at www. fortwayneparks.org or call 427-6460 for specific dates and times.

Monthly Organization Meetings The following organizations hold monthly meetings at the Community Center. For more information about any of these organizations, you may attend a meeting or call 427-6460 for a contact name and phone number. Socrates Café Tuesdays, 3/7, 21; 4/4, 18; 5/2, 16; 2-4 p.m. Disorderly Bears Thursdays, 3/2, 5/4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Take care of your health.

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Unwind Your Mind Activities for Those with Signs of Early Dementia

Call 427-6460 or 427-6466 to register for these programs.

Acrylic Painting

Bingo

Paint a picture and take it home the same day! You’ll be guided step-by-step from blank canvas to your finished painting, learn how to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. Instructor: Marilyn Copeland. All necessary supplies will be provided. Max. 8. Date Day Time 3/20 M 10:30 am-12:30 pm 4/10 M 10:30 am-12:30 pm 5/15 M 10:30 am-12:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25/$30 day of class if held and space available Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00 p.m. Bingo is held at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Prizes are snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Fee: 3 cards/50¢, 6 cards/$1

Hand Building-Clay Pottery Come experience pottery at its best. You’ll hand build a project as well as try out a pottery wheel. Instructors: Brandon Furniss (weekdays) and Onie Mensch (Saturdays). Max. 8. Dates Day Time 3/20 M 9:30-11 am 3/25 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 4/1 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 4/8 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 4/17 M 9:30-11 am 5/6 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 5/13 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12/$15 day of class Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Glass Fusing If you apply heat to glass, it will soften. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or “fuse”) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. The March class will create a 7” x 7” curved dish, the April class a 5” x 5” curved dish and the May class a 7” x 10” platter. All necessary materials will be provided. Instructor: Juanita Miller. Date Day Time 3/2 Th 1:30-3 pm 4/18 T 1:30-3 pm 5/16 T 1:30-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$20/$25 day of class if held and space available Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Healthy Living for Brain & Body: Tips from Latest Research Monday, April 24, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. This seminar is free; however, you will need to call 427-6460 by April 17 to register.

Chair Yoga for Seniors In Chair Yoga you will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing Yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, range of motion, balance and build endurance. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: March 16. Instructor: Kim Labenberg. Min. 6. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 241221-R1 3/23-4/27 Th 1:15-2 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$33/$38 after March 16 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More Unwind Activities Arthritis Exercise.......................55 Confusing Fats........................... 41 Diabetic Screening....................59 Foot Care Clinic.........................59 Hearing Screening.....................59 Historic Walking Tour................53 Living With Alzheimer’s.............42 Monday Luncheons...................48 Tuesday Movies.........................56

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In 2013, the Fort Wayne City Council voted favorably on one of the most important initiatives in the history of the City of Fort Wayne. They demonstrated leadership by passing a financial plan for the future that will sustain our community and position us for success. Over 60 improvement projects were completed in 2016 with others still in progress and more slated for 2017. A comprehensive list of ongoing projects can be found at www.cityoffortwayne.org/invest. A sample of 2016 improvements include: Kreager Playground Addition J. Appleseed Campground Buckner Park Splash Pad Lions Park Pickleball Courts Franklin Park, Phase I Shoaff Park Pathway Salomon Farm Homestead Indian Village Sidewalks Foster Volleyball Courts Lawton Cannon Monument

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Around the Parks At the Old Fort 1201 Spy Run Ave. www.oldfortwayne.org 437-2836 Admission to all Historic Fort Wayne events is free, however, freewill donations are gratefully accepted and help fund future events and activities at the Fort. Parking is available at Headwaters and Lawton Parks.

Early-Modern-Muster-of-Arms – ‘EMMA’ 1550-1650 Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Old Fort plays host to a mercenary company, representing the years 1500-1650. Reenactors portraying soldiers from England, Spain, France, Germany and Poland will converge on the Fort to join the roll of the mercenary company of the Banner of St. Michal. As they train to become a unified fighting force, recruits will showcase the life and times of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. See what soldiers and civilians in the Age of Discovery wore and ate, as well as how they trained in their trade and interacted with one another. Highlights will include sick call and treatment of maladies by the Barber Surgeon and contests of Arms, Sword and Musketry duels.

13th Pennsylvania Drill: 1776 - 1782 Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Discover the rigors of daily life for a soldier at a wilderness fort. Members of the 13th Pennsylvania Regiment of Foote (infantry) will recreate the daily duties of officers, enlisted men, and their families during American Revolution.

Muster on the St. Marys: A Time Line Event Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Have you ever wanted to talk with Dr. Benjamin Franklin? Do you know what weapons the army in the medieval era used? What were the French Settlers like when they inhabited this area? Historical re-enactors representing times from the early Romans through the American Civil War converge on Fort Wayne’s Historic Old Fort. Demonstrations will be given on period cooking, gardening, military life, and much more. Stop in and experience first-hand the life and activities of the people from across the ages.

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Swinney Homestead

Headwaters Park

1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. www.settlersinc.org 424-7212

Clinton & Superior Streets Office 425-5745 c Ice Rink 422-7625

Settlers’ Art and History Tour/ Lunch Thursday, March 23, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Settlers, Inc. invites you for a tour and lunch at the Thomas and Lucy Swinney House followed by an Art and History tour of the Allen County Court House. The program, led by educator Linda Huge, begins at the Swinney Homestead, 1424 West Jefferson Blvd. Parking is free and the first floor of the house is handicap accessible. Luncheon will be served at the Swinney House by Settler members. Following lunch, guests will depart from the Swinney House and meet at the Allen County Courthouse, 715 S. Calhoun Street. The cost is $25/person. Reservations must be made by March 16 by calling (260) 747-1501. Space is limited. Settlers, Inc. reserves the right to alter or cancel this event at any time. Proceeds from this event support the Historic Swinney Homestead.

Headwaters Park, located just north of the central city business district, is home to many festivals and special events, as well as an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter. The pavilion is available for public rental and makes a wonderful setting for weddings, receptions, company picnics and family reunions. For more information or to book Headwaters Park for your special event, please call 425-5745.

Spring Events April 29...................... March of Dimes Walk April 29....................Michiana Wine Festival May 6........................Juvenile Diabetes Walk May 12-14.................. Fort Wayne Musicfest May 14.................Allen County Right to Life May 19..............................Bike to Work Day May 20.................... Multiple Sclerosis Walk May 20 ............ Fort Wayne Clean Up Picnic

Headwaters Ice Skating Rink

Swinney Homestead Open House & Settlers Annual Plant Sale Friday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Enjoy early Americana music by Hearthstone Ensemble, a bake sale, refreshments, wool spinning and hand-arts displays highlighting 20172018 Settlers, Inc. programs. The Settlers, Inc. Annual Plant Sale will be held in the basement with perennial diggings on the back lawn. A Second Day Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6 will be from 9 a.m.-noon. Proceeds from this event support Fort Wayne’s Historic Swinney Homestead. For more information, please call (260)637-8622.

Open through March 5. Regular Hours Monday-Thursday.............................1-8 pm Friday........................................... 12-10 pm Saturday.................................. 11 am-10 pm Sunday...........................................12-8 pm Admission Age 13 and under.................................... $3 Age 14 and over...................................... $5 Skate Rental............................................ $2 Spectators & Parking ...........................FREE  Gift certificates and skating passes are available at the rink office (422-7625) or the Headwaters Park Alliance office (425-5745).

Kids Skate FREE Days Kids age 13 and under skate FREE every Wednesday. Skate rental $2.

Questions? 425-5745

Headwaters Skating Rink is open through March 5.

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We RENT for Your Event Athletic Fields

Freimann Square

Do we have fields? You name the sport, we have a place to play! Call us at 427-6003 if your team needs a place to practice or you’re looking for a place to hold your company tournament.

Freimann Square is available for public rental through the summer months. The park features a 20’ x 30’ stage surrounded by beautifully landscaped flowerbeds and a central fountain. Call 427-6003 for information.

Botanical Gardens

The Old Barn at Salomon Farm

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne at 1100 S. Calhoun St., is a popular site for weddings, receptions, dances and other festive occasions as well as business meetings, conferences and seminars. A variety of rooms and spaces are available on weekdays or weekends, during or after public hours. Call 4276444 for reservation information.

This magnificent old building sits majestically along Dupont Road on a 170-acre park that is a working farm. The peaceful, bucolic setting includes a pond, wetlands, livestock, vegetable gardens, prairie grass and crop fields. The renovated structure features a large seating area for up to 170 persons and a separate room for the catering operation. A separate but adjacent building houses the restrooms. The Old Barn may be reserved for your event. Check the Salomon Farm page at www.fortwayneparks.org for monthly open house dates and rental fees. For more information please contact Karla Yauchler at 427-6008.

Bridal Glen/Foster Garden The Bridal Glen is the choice of many brides, with its strategically placed trellises and gazebo all nestled among the colorful floral displays in Foster Garden. The Bridal Glen may be reserved in 2-hour increments beginning as early as 8:00 a.m. and up to a year in advance. The fee is $50. Reserve on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org, call 427-6000 to reserve by phone, or stop by our office at 705 E. State Blvd.

Community Center The Community Center at 233 West Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for receptions, reunions, meetings, performances, dances, office parties, seminars and more. The Center is audio-visually equipped and has a full service kitchen facility. Alcohol is permitted at the Center and there are no restrictions on catering. Call 427-6460 for details and options.

Foellinger Theatre With comfortable theatre seating, full stage, sound and lighting systems, the Foellinger Theatre is ideal for talent shows, seminars, entertainment events and other large gatherings. The theatre can accommodate over 2,700 people. Call 427-6018 for more information.

Lakeside Rose Garden If you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding in a peaceful sunken garden surrounded by Greek style pergolas and the fragrant beauty of thousands of roses, you are in luck. The Lakeside Rose Garden has all of this and it can be reserved in two-hour increments beginning as early as 8:00 a.m. and up to a year in advance. The fee is $50. Call 427-6000 to make your reservation by phone, reserve on-line at www. fortwayneparks.org or stop by our office at 705 E. State Blvd.

Park Pavilions The Parks and Recreation Department maintains 20 pavilions at various locations throughout the city parks. Pavilions may be reserved for your special occasion or event from May through October. Some pavilions are available year-round. Pavilions may be reserved up to 12 months in advance. They vary in seating capacity and amenities and range in price from $39 to $168 per day on weekdays and from $44-$239 per day on weekends. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and can be made on-line (www.fortwayneparks.org) or in person at the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Things to Know Before you sign up . . .

Mission Statement

• You will receive a registration confirmation by e-mail if you register on-line. Please plan to attend your class or activity at the stated time, unless you are otherwise notified. Registrations are processed in the order they are received at the Registration Office.

The mission of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life in Fort Wayne by providing positive opportunities for leisure time and by being stewards of our parklands, facilities, public trees, and other resources entrusted to our care.

• If the program or session for which you have registered is full, you will be notified by phone so you may choose another session or program, be placed on a waiting list, or request a refund.

Phone Numbers

• Checks should be made payable to Board of Park Commissioners. • Please indicate on your registration form if you need ADA accommodations. • Returned checks will be assessed a $10 service fee. • If you need additional registration forms, please use plain paper or a Xerox copy. • We reserve the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. • We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Photo/Video Image Use Consent and Release Participation in or attendance at programs or events sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department (the “Department“) constitutes the voluntary consent of the participant or attendee to be photographed, filmed or videotaped by a Department representative and the reproduction and use of all such photographs, digital images, films and likenesses for publicity purposes in publications, brochures, advertisements,  promotional and marketing materials and all other media venues including  the World Wide Web, all without further notice or compensation to participant or attendee who hereby releases to the Department all proprietary rights and copyrights in all such photographs, digital images, films and likenesses (including negatives, positives and prints) which shall be and remain the property of the Department. If you see your picture anywhere in this brochure, come to the registration office at 705 E. State Blvd. and receive a $10 gift card.

Administrative Offices...................427-6000 Botanical Conservatory.................. 427-6440 Children’s Zoo.............................. 427-6800 Community Center........................ 427-6460 Cooper Center.............................. 427-6728 Foellinger Theatre...........................427-6018 Foster Golf Course........................ 427-6735 Franke Park Day Camp.................... 427-6725 Hurshtown Reservoir......................627-3390 Jennings Center............................. 427-6700 Lawton Park Maintenance............... 427-6400 Lifetime Sports Academy................ 427-6760 Lindenwood Nature Preserve.......... 427-6740 McMillen Park Community Center.....427-2420 McMillen Golf Course....................427-6710 Salomon Farm Learning Center....... 427-6790 Shoaff Golf Course........................ 427-6745 Weisser Center.............................. 427-6780 In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint _ filing _ cust. html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Questions? Call 427-6000

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6 Ways to Sign Up Refund Policy Refunds will be processed upon request for pavilion reservations, recreation classes, leagues, and other programs in accordance with the following policy:

1) On-Line You may register on-line with your MasterCard, Visa or Discover at www.fortwayneparks.org and selecting Online Services. Available 24 hours a day!

2) By Phone You can register over the telephone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Please have all the information requested on the registration form ready before you call. Call 427-6000, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

3) By Mail Simply complete the registration form (or copy of one) and send it to the address on the form. Please use one registration form per household. Your registration must be received before the registration deadline.

4) In Person You may register in person by coming to the Parks and Recreation Department at 705 E. State Blvd. (corner of State and Parnell), Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. or you may register at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

5) Drop Box If our office is closed, you may drop your registration in the 24-hour drop box located at the front entrance of our building at 705 E. State Blvd.

Inclement Weather Policy

6) By Fax FAX a completed registration form to us at (260) 427-6020. Be sure to include your Visa, MasterCard or Discover number, expiration date and CVV code. Available 24 hours a day!

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1. Full refunds will be made upon cancellation of a class or activity by the Parks and Recreation Department. 2. Full refunds less a processing and handling fee of $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) will be granted to individuals and/or teams if requested one business day before the program begins. 3. Refunds requested less than one business day prior to the beginning of a program or activity may be granted only for illness or medical reasons. These refunds will be pro-rated and issued in the form of a credit to your account with us, which may then be applied to a future purchase. 4. The outdoor wedding fee is not refundable; however, the event may be rescheduled within 364 days for a charge of 20% of the rental fee. 5. Refunds for cancelled pavilion reservations shall be granted as follows: • 6 or more months notice - Refund minus deposit or transfer with a $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) processing fee. • 3-5 months notice - Refund minus deposit and 20% processing fee or transfer with a 20% processing fee • 1-2 months notice - No refund. Transfer with a 30% processing fee. • Less than 1 month notice - No refund/ No transfer 6. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing refunds. MasterCard, Visa and Discover refunds are credited to your account immediately.

If Fort Wayne Community Schools close due to inclement weather, all Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation classes will also be canceled. If the Mayor declares a snow emergency, all Parks and Recreation facilities and programs will be closed or canceled. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on Facebook.

Please read this page carefully.


Registration Form In order to accept registrations for you and your family members, we must first set up your “household” in our computer. Once your “Household Set-Up” is completed, you may simply fill out the “Registration Information” on the lower portion of this form to register for future programs. Please inform us any time your household information changes. Please make checks payable to Board of Park Commissioners.

Household Set-Up Head of Household: First Name Birth date

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Gender: M / F

E-mail address

Address City

State

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Zip Code

Work Phone: (

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Gender M/F

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Additional Family Members: First Name

Last Name

Registration Information First Name

Last Name

Birthdate

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Household #____________ (if Household Set-Up is complete) Program

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Fee $ $ $ $ $

Total Due: $ Method of Payment: o Cash o Check o MasterCard Card Number

o Visa

o Discover

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CVV

Name as printed on card: Please initial to indicate you have read and understand the refund policy on page 66.

Complete a separate form for each household and return with payment to: Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, 705 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

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