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Fun Times Winter 2019 December-February

Trips & Tours Christmas at the Conservatory Fun Over 50 Winterval Christmas on the Farm Riverfront Fun Santa’s Workshop Free Seminars Unwind Your Mind Winter Hikes Special Interest Classes Youth Centers Sports & Fitness Winter Fun for All Ages

Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department www.fortwayneparks.org


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Botanical Conservatory.....................3-10 Computers.......................................... 25 Headwaters Ice Rink............................ 56 Historic Old Fort................................. 55 Lindenwood Nature Preserve...............11 McMillen Park Community Center... 44, 45 Movies................................................. 48

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Outdoor Programs...............................11 Pre-School Programs....... 5, 10, 16, 32-35 Registration Information................. 57, 58 Riverfront...................................... 26, 27 Salomon Farm..................................12-16 Seminars....................................... 28, 29 Senior Programs............................. 48-54

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Special Events.............. 4, 6, 12,30,31, 43 Special Interest Classes.... 6-9, 13-16, 20-25 Sports & Fitness..................... 8, 9, 11, 46 Swinney Homestead............................ 55 Travel............................................... 17-19

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Unwind Your Mind................................47 Volunteer Opportunities..................3, 53 Winterval.................................... 6, 27, 31 Youth Centers................................. 40-45 Youth Programs.....5, 6, 10, 16, 26, 36-38 Zoo..................................................... 39 705 E. State Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805 (260) 427-6000 www.fortwayneparks.org

Tom Henry, Mayor Steve McDaniel, Director

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

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Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation . . .


Botanical Conservatory

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory 1100 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne • (260) 427-6440 • www.botanicalconservatory.org Admission Adults $5/Children age 3-17 $3 Ages 2 and under Free Group rates available. Admission fee not required for the gift shop.

Conservatory & Gift Shop Hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm Thursday 10 am-8 pm Sunday 12-4 pm Thanksgiving Day 4-8 pm Closed Christmas & New Year’s

Parking

Conservatory Memberships

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; it is free on evenings and weekends. Bus and handicap accessible parking is available in the Conservatory’s Calhoun Street driveway.

Conservatory memberships make great gifts in a holiday card or as a stocking stuffer. 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 Conservatory Gift Shop and Sales Garden as well as reciprocal benefits at 325 other gardens around the country. Individual membership $35; Family or Grandparents membership $50. You may also consider our Add-a-Guest option ($15) which allows you to bring any other person with you whenever you visit. Call (260) 427-6440, or purchase online at www.botanicalconservatory.org.

Extended Holiday Hours November 22 - December 21 The Conservatory will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday evenings for five weeks, from Thanksgiving through the week before Christmas. Enjoy an extra evening downtown to visit the botanical gardens done up in lights for the holidays. The gift shop will also be open until 8:00 p.m. The Conservatory will continue Thursday evening hours after Christmas.

Gift Shop Extend your garden visit or shop without visiting the gardens! The Conservatory gift shop offers an array of unique and educational toys, clothing, books, plants, home décor, and garden accessories perfect for home, souvenir, or gift-giving. We have new items arriving specifically with holiday decorating and gifting in mind. The gift shop is open during public hours Tuesday through Sunday; Conservatory admission is not required.

New Volunteer Orientation Wednesday, February 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m. The Botanical Conservatory is inviting new volunteers to join the support team. We look for help at the Front Desk, in the Gift Shop, with special events and to assist with our upcoming live butterfly exhibit. Meet new people, build your skills, and support a community treasure. This orientation to the Conservatory and its volunteer program will help you discover how you can fit in and contribute. Volunteer benefits include free garden admission, discounts on classes and purchases, and annual recognition. For more information, contact Liz at (260) 427-6446 or liz.firestine@ cityoffortwayne.org.

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Christmas at the

Conservatory “Victorian Holiday” Christmas Exhibit November 20-January 6 Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. The holiday season is replete with tradition. This year, the Conservatory is drawing on the old-fashioned sensibilities of the Victorian era. A 12-foottall poinsettia tree takes center stage in our village plaza lined with shops. Peek into store windows. Take photos in a parlor decorated with greens and handcrafted ornaments. Explore the customs that brought this holiday to life for families at the turn of the last century. A display of vintage postcard images will help to capture the sentiments of yesteryear. Victorian era artifacts will be on loan from The History Center. This exhibit is sponsored by the Auer Foundation, WAJI Majic 95.1 and PBS39.

Holiday Kick-Off Party

Garden in Lights

Wednesday, November 21, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, meet Mrs. Claus, and get a free professional-quality photo with Santa. You can also meet two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. This year the Fort Wayne Youtheatre will be performing Christmas carols during the first hour of the event. The gardens are decorated for the holidays, and you won’t want to miss the animated light show outdoors. Be sure to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony either before or after your visit to our beautiful holiday garden and displays. Regular Conservatory admission fees apply: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Children 2 and under are admitted free. No reservations required. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1.

November 21-January 6 We’ve decorated all through the gardens, indoors and out. Enjoy beautiful poinsettias in the Victorian Christmas garden, ornaments and lights in the Tropical and Desert Houses, and an illuminated outdoor display of lights and synchronized holiday music. Especially effective during our evening hours on Thursday and Friday nights for five weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the gardens are lovely throughout the holidays and provide a tremendous backdrop for family photos, special outings, and guest entertainment. Make the most of your visit as you enjoy Fort Wayne’s treasured public garden. Our gift shop will also be open during public hours for holiday shopping. Sponsored by PBS 39 and Majic 95.1 FM.

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The Botanical Conservatory . . . Always in Season!


Santa & the Reindeer Saturdays before Christmas 12:00-4:00 p.m. December 1, 8, & 15 Santa and two of his reindeer will greet the children while Mom and Dad take pictures to capture the moment. Explore the Conservatory in its holiday glory: this year’s theme is “Victorian Holiday”. Note: Santa will be taking a break 2-2:30 p.m. each day. During Santa’s break, you can enjoy “up-close” magic tricks performed by a local magician. Regular admission fees apply. Sponsored by PBS 39 and WAJI Majic 95.1.

Carolers at the Conservatory

Breakfast with Santa!

Thursday, December 6, 6:00-7:00 p.m. As a tradition, on the first Thursday in the month of December, we are happy to provide music to get you in the spirit of the holidays for only $1. This year we are pleased to have an exceptional quartet of vocal artists caroling in our ‘Victorian Holiday’ themed showcase garden from Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music. They will break midway through the hour and then pick back up with more era appropriate favorites. Join us a for an extraordinary experience you won’t want to miss!

Saturday, December 1, 9:00-10:00 am Yes, Santa eats breakfast and you can join him! Sign up for a special VIP breakfast before he makes his final list of who has been naughty and nice. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, eggs and fresh fruit, milk or juice for the kids and coffee for the adults. There will be children’s activities and time allotted to take pictures of your little ones in our “Victorian Holiday” exhibit before we open to the public. Your registration for this event also allows you to return and visit with Santa’s reindeer 12-4 p.m. Children under two do not have to pay but they must register and will count towards the minimum and maximum; their adult must pay registration fee. Limited booster/high chairs available; please indicate at registration if one is required. Registration deadline: November 20. Min. 24. Max. 64. Code Date Day Time 127101-S1 12/1 Sa 9-10 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$13 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert Sunday, December 16, 2:00-2:45 p.m. Visit the Conservatory gardens and enjoy this special concert offered by the accomplished students of Fort Wayne Suzuki. Children ages 4 to 18 will play folk songs, classical melodies, and holiday favorites on violin and cello. The Suzuki Method of instruction, also known as the “mother tongue method,” is based on the premise that music is learned like a language: children first hear the music and then learn to read and write it. Children develop the ability to “speak” music like a language and are able to play dozens of songs by memory. You can hear for yourself the results as local Suzuki students play music with holiday ear appeal. Concert is included with regular Conservatory admission. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Victorian Christmas ‘At-Home’ with the Swinney Sisters December 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. / December 8, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Settlers Inc. cordially invite you to the Swinney Homestead to celebrate the Christmas spirit and take refreshment of tasty savories and sweets. The Historic Swinney House will be decorated in Victorian Christmas grandeur. A gift Shoppe on the second floor will be laden with unique gifts and “stocking stuffers” for Christmas shoppers. Reservations will be taken at (260) 747-1501 and (260) 747-1229. Tables seat 4. Fee $25. This event is a fundraiser to help support the maintenance of Fort Wayne’s historic Homestead.

Winter fun for the whole family!

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Holiday Decorating

Decorate a Gingerbread House Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by decorating your very own gingerbread dream house. Roll up your sleeves and dive into creating your own masterpiece for all your family to admire! You will be given a pre-assembled gingerbread house, icing and an assortment of candy. A cardboard flat will be provided to take home your decorated house. This class is for children 6 years and older, teens and adults. Children 9 years and younger require an adult to attend the class to assist. Up to two children per gingerbread house. The house is inedible, for decorative purposes only, but you can enjoy a gingerbread cookie while you design. Ages 6+. Registration deadline: November 26. Min. 13. Max. 21. Code Date Day Time 127004-F1 11/30          F 5:30-7:30 pm 127004-S1 12/1 Sa  1-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$18 Member or Volunteer Fee: $14 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Paint a Poinsettia Feeling like you want to paint something, but not wanting to take on a huge project, then we have just the craft for you. Join homemaker Vicki Hoffman as she walks you through the process of creating a beautiful ornament to hang on your tree. Learn the techniques of shading and adding color to enhance your festive flower. An outline of a poinsettia will already be drawn on a large clear glass bulb; Vicki will then walk you through the methods of creating the final poinsettia using acrylic paints. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code   Date Day Time 127016-S1     12/8 Sa 9 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$17 Member or Volunteer Fee: $13 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Family Fun!

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop The popular centerpiece workshop is back! Bring a friend or make it a family affair as you create a festive evergreen centerpiece that can be enjoyed by all through the holiday season. Dennis Bowman, Fresh Design Manager with Gassafy Wholesale Florist, will help you fashion the fragrant branch tips of balsam fir, cedar, and pine into an arrangement with holiday flair. This centerpiece incorporates a candle, ribbon and pine cones for a nice holiday touch. Your fee includes a stroll through our Victorian themed holiday gardens. Bring garden gloves, pruners, and any accents you’d like to incorporate. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: November 23. Min. 12. Max. 36. Code Date Day Time 427009-R1 12/13 Th 6-7:30 pm 427009-S1 12/15 Sa 9-10:30 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$34 Member or Volunteer Fee: $29 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Winterval at the Conservatory Saturday, January 26 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder, learn how plants survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our Hundred Acre Wood garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, and Science Central. Don’t forget about the Fort Wayne Rugby Club’s annual Snow Bowl match at Lawton Park at 1:00 p.m. Winterval is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Improvement District. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 4276440.

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org


“Hundred Acre Wood” Winter Exhibit January 12-April 21 This winter, come in from the cold to discover the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. You’ll find Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh Bear have made their homes quite comfortably in the Botanical Conservatory’s Showcase Garden. You can relive or be introduced to the imaginative stories of A.A. Milne from his books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner as you play in our version of the Hundred Acre Wood. But watch out for Heffalumps! Hands-on learning stations in the Discovery Gallery help you explore how this literature connects to everyday life. Sponsored by Fun 101.7 and Majic 95.1 FM.

Pooh Day Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Go on your own “expotition” in the enchanted land of the Hundred Acre Wood at the Botanical Conservatory during our winter “Pooh Day” event! You can take part in activities, win at games, and make crafts, all inspired by A. A. Milne’s residents of the Hundred Acre Wood. Make your own Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh, or Eeyore to take home! Find the Heffalump, jump like Kanga and Roo in the obstacle course, or test your knowledge of the Wood’s inhabitants in our scavenger hunt! You can even take home a character balloon crafted by a local balloon artist. You’ll expend some energy in our exhibit bouncing like Tigger and practicing your exercises, too. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

The Great Train Connection

Garden Close-Up: Tiny Pines!

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 12:00-4:00 p.m. At the turn of the 20th century, Fort Wayne was a major railroad town, connected to every major city by rail. Climb aboard this weekend to get a good look at local railroad history and enjoy the thrill of model trains. Throughout this two-day event, model railroad clubs will run their G-scale, HO gauge, and N gauge trains in tabletop displays, while history buffs share their stories and explain the artifacts they have carefully accumulated and preserved. You’ll also hear about the historical reclamation of one of the last surviving steam engines in the world, the 765. Get connected to Fort Wayne through its history! Regular garden admission applies: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17. Ages 2 and under are free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440 or visit www.botanicalconservatory.org.

Saturday, February 23, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tired of the “winter blahs”? Then come explore the Hundred Acre Wood at the Botanical Conservatory to brighten your day! During our Great Train Connection on February 23 we’ll consider Pooh Bear’s Six Pine Trees, where he and Piglet chased a Woozle. Test your knowledge of pines, spruces, and firs and learn to make your own model “pine” tree. When you visit the Botanical Conservatory on the fourth Saturday, you always get a closer look at our 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!

Plant yourself at the Conservatory!

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$1 Nights & DNI programs

Sweetheart Orchid Display

First Thursday of the month: January 3, February 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. 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. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

February 5-24 Public hours: Tues-Sat 10 am-5-pm, Sun 12-4, Thurs ‘til 8 pm Make a date for the Botanical Conservatory and bring your sweetie down in February to enjoy our Hundred Acre Wood exhibit, lovely indoor gardens, and a special display of orchids. Take a moment with camera or cell phone to capture a photo of your darling under the orchid arbor planted with a cascade of striking Cattleyas, fragrant Dendrobiums, dainty Oncidiums, and mothlike Phalaenopsis against a backdrop of a lush Tropical Garden. Then, browse the Conservatory gift shop for an orchid or other sweet gift.

$1 Night Insight: Snowman Studies

Thursday, January 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Let’s learn about the legend of the snowman on your visit to the Conservatory this evening. Where did these well-known symbols come from and what is the meaning of the different pieces that bring their shapes “to life”? While you visit you can enjoy a treat and decorate your own terra cotta snowman to take home!

$1 Night Insight: Send a Card

Thursday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Did you know the first recorded handwritten letter was from the Persian Queen Atossa around 500 BC? That the stamped letter we know today came into being during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1840? Join us at the Conservatory to learn more about the history of sending things and take a minute to decorate a card for a friend in honor of National Send a Card to a Friend Day. You bring the address and we will provide the stamp!

Be My Valentine Sweetheart Sachet Bring a girl friend to make a craft and take your mind off these dark, cold days of winter. The Conservatory is offering a morning workshop where you create your own sweetheart sachet. Our classy craft guru Darlene Tomkinson will walk you through the steps to assembling and decorating a pretty pouch enhanced with your choice of fragrance. We’ll have all the supplies; you just sign up and maybe invite that friend or family member you have been meaning to spend some time with. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: January 25. Min. 10. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time 127025-S1     2/2 Sa 9:30 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$18 Member or Volunteer Fee: $14 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Couple’s Forest Bathing Walk (Shinrin-Yoku) In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Conservatory is offering a ‘Couple’s Walk’, that is, a couple’s “forest bathing” walk. Take this Saturday morning to rediscover your inner child and your connection with the natural world and each other. Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, is the experience of immersing oneself in the sensory gifts of nature. This can be done in a forest setting, 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. 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. Note: Additional couples may drop in, up to the class maximum, but call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Registration deadline: February 8. Ages 18+. Min. 10. Max. 16. Code Date Day Time 127055-S1 2/16 Sa 9:30 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 2/$42 Member or Volunteer Fee: $36 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Just Relax 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: Additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum; call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 10. Max. 16. Code Dates Day Time                    Tai Chi I - Beginners 127002-T1 1/8-2/26 T  9:30-10:30 am Tai Chi I - Beginners 127002-T2 1/8-2/26 T 5-6 pm Tai Chi II - Continuing 127002-T3  1/8-2/26   T  6-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 Member or Volunteer Fee: $59 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Brew and Grow Coffee: Home Brewing Style Many adults crave that first warm sip – especially on cold winter days – of that familiar beverage we know as coffee. And we usually have a go-to place when we feel like treating ourselves to that special brew you can’t seem to get from your kitchen percolator. Now, what if you could master that flavor without having to put on presentable clothes, spend more than you want to admit, and brave the cold? We have just the class for wannabe home brew coffee connoisseurs. Join owner Sean Wang of the local coffee spot Fortezza and learn the different styles and methods of home brewing. Acquire knowledge of the diverse mechanisms on the market and find out which one may be the right fit for your house. This class includes samples using different home brewing methods along with a chance to win a Pour Over set to start home brewing today! Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 17. Min. 7. Max. 10. Code    Date Day Time 127034-R1     1/24 Th 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$9 Member or Volunteer Fee: $7 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Grow Your Own: Cole Family Crops It’s that time of year again, time to think ahead to the summer garden you may have been putting off. But mid- to late-February is the perfect time to start sowing your favorite Cole family crops! Cole family, you ask? It encompasses many common garden vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and more. Join Noble County Master Gardener Dennis Parr as he teaches you the best time to sow your seeds and then what you’ll need to do in order to produce thriving starts by the time the weather breaks. You’ll get to take home several kinds of seeds to begin your garden adventures indoors. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: February 8. Min. 10. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time 127027-S1 2/16 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$16 Member or Volunteer Fee: $13 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Plant & Go: Winter Showcase Exhibit Opening Day January 12, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Calling all gardeners and gardeners-to-be! Visit the Botanical Conservatory on the first day of each new Showcase Garden exhibit to participate in a hands-on learning experience with plants. This month we’re giving out an acorn, seed of the English oak tree. As you may know, Piglet’s favorite food is “haycorns” so we can each plant one so we’ll have plenty to share. Plant & Go will feature four different plants every year, coinciding with the start of each seasonal garden exhibit: January, April, July, and November. Pot up a seedling, plantlet, seed, or bulb, learn care instructions and fun plant facts, and take your new plant baby home to nurture. (While supplies last.) Included in regular Conservatory admission, so drop in!

Conservatory Kids Discovery Corner Daily in the Discovery Gallery Our youngest visitors are always welcome to visit the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree where they’ll find stories and activities relating to a monthly theme: • December – Victorian Holiday • January – Winter Fun • February – The Color Red Our materials are all 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; preregistration is not required.

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Garden Preschool Preschoolers can visit the Conservatory on the third Tuesday of every month to explore the gardens and a related topic with their parent or guardian. Discover different themes through a story, hands-on activity, craft, and snack. Children and adults alike will learn by hands-on activities that are sure to get everyone thinking. At least one adult is required to stay and participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class. Please indicate at registration if a participant has food allergies. Registration deadlines: December 11, January 8, and February 12, respectively. Ages 3-5. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time Victorian Holiday 127100-T1 12/18 Tu 10-11 am Winter Fun 127100-T2 1/15 Tu 10-11 am Color Red 127100-T3 2/19 Tu 10-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$6 Member or Volunteer Fee: $4 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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 programs also help 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. 2019 Exhibits January 12-April 21 Hundred Acre Wood (early literacy) April 27-July 7 Migrations (life science) July 13-November 17 Plant Explorers (history & botany) We can also take plant science on the road, traveling to your school to provide 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 the Conservatory’s Youth Education Coordinator at 427-6445 or email missy.a’hearn@cityoffortwayne.org.

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory What’s Showing? Art Displays Get to know local and regional artists in a variety of media through the Botanical Conservatory’s bi-monthly art exhibits, open to view in our meeting room during public hours. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, visit our website at www.botanicalconservatory.org or call (260) 427-6440.

Roddy Dammeyer: Art Exhibit of Traveling

Oil Paintings November-December Public Reception: November 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Roddy (Rodka) Dammeyer feels as though she was born with a paintbrush in her hand. A native of Fort Wayne, Roddy inherited her love for art from her father, a commercial artist who went on to creating fine art after retirement. While Roddy did not become fully invested in art until her retirement, she did take art classes through high school and college. Currently she is involved with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Art League, Fort Wayne Artists Guild, the Artlink of Fort Wayne, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Boyne Arts Collective, the Freshwater Gallery, and Jordan River Arts Council. She prefers oil painting but has worked in a plethora of artistic media. Roddy loves the texture of oils and gets most of her inspiration from nature. She does some work in studios, but prefers to paint en plein aire.

Cadence Xavier Quinn: CXQ Art @ the Conservatory

Acrylic on Canvas and Wood January-February Public Reception: January 13, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Cadence Xavier Quinn, founder of CXQ Art, is a Fort Wayne based, self-taught artist who explores the acrylic paint medium on both canvas and wood surfaces. Influenced by the pop and psychedelic movements, CXQ Art has been independently creating and peddling unique creations for two years. But a passion for visual art has lived in Cadence’s heart from a very young age. The featured works in this exhibit mirror the playful Showcase theme, ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, and feature a variety of bright depictions of wildlife and tasty fare. CXQ Art is a custom art shop where you can find designs created by the artist or request a commission that is unique to you.

We’re more than a garden!


The Great Outdoors Lindenwood Nature Preserve

Winter Hike at Blue Cast Spring

600 Lindenwood Ave. Open every day from dawn until dusk 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. Follow us on Facebook for nature news, updates, and announcements! Sorry, no pets or bikes allowed!

Blue Cast Spring was a preserve where spring water was bottled for personal health in the early 1900’s. Chris Fairfield will lead you through over 3,000 feet of the Maumee River Bank to explore a natural spring once thought to have healthful properties. We’ll warm up afterwards with coffee and pie at Bob’s Restaurant in Woodburn. Registration deadline: February 20. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day TIme 142366-W1 2/27 W 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$8/$13 after February 20 Location: Blue Cast Spring, 21412 Blue Cast Road, Woodburn Bob’s Restaurant, 22031 Main St., Woodburn

Go Take a Hike! Intro to Winter Hiking Saturday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave. Don’t go into complete hibernation this winter. Stay in touch with the great outdoors! The secret to enjoying a winter hike or winter workout is dressing properly for the conditions. Join us for a guided hike through Lindenwood followed by a fireside lecture and hot dog roast. (Please bring your own hot dogs. We will provide the roasting stick and the fire.) This program is free and no pre-registration is required. Please contact Eden at 427-6008 or eden.lamb@cityoffortwayne.org for more information.

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 preserves, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary. The 2019 schedule will be posted on our website at www.fortwayneparks.org or you may call Eden at 427-6008 to request a schedule by mail.

Wintry Weather Hikes Saturdays, December 8, January 12, February 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Lindenwood Nature Preserve, 600 Lindenwood Ave. Take what you’ve learned from the Intro to Winter Hiking program and join us for a few cold season hikes at Lindenwood Nature Preserve. Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to cope with stress, relax and feel happier even in the winter. Bring the family along for a fun family activity. We’ll meet at the parking lot and hike will commence promptly as scheduled. The hikes are free and open to all ages. No pre-registration is necessary.

Lindenwood Nature Preserve Spend some time outdoors this winter.

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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, biking, bird watching and much more. The Salomon’s established the farm in 1871, but visitors will notice the endearing 1930’s theme. Stop by for a visit to admire historic buildings, relax at the wetlands, or enjoy our fully paved 1.8 mile trail around the property. Follow us on Facebook for news, updates, and announcements!

Historic Barn and Wolf Family Learning Center Rentals The peaceful setting of Salomon Farm makes the historic Old Barn and the newly expanded Wolf Family Learning Center perfect for weddings, receptions, reunions, concerts, dances, meetings, and many other special events. The Old Barn provides a beautiful rustic setting, while the Wolf Family Learning Center offers more modern amenities including a full kitchen. Booking for 2020 begins January 2, 2019! For more information visit www.fortwayneparks.org and click on Facilities>Salomon Farm Park>Rental Opportunities. For Old Barn inquiries, please e-mail janelle.windsor@cityoffortwayne. org or call Janelle at 427-6790. For Wolf Family Learning Center rentals please contact Kellie Adkins at kellie.adkins@cityoffortwayne.org or 427-6005.

Photography at the Farm

Facility Rental, 427-6000

Salomon Farm has become a popular site for both professional and amateur photographers alike. If you plan to take photos at the park, please contact Kellie Adkins at kellie.adkins@ cityoffortwayne.org or 260-427-6005 to complete a photographer registration. You only need to register once and there is no cost.

Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, December 1, 2018

1:00-5:00 pm

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides d Dog Sled Demonstrations d Father Christmas Live Animals d Fresh Cut Christmas Trees d Holiday Vendors d More Family Fun!

Admission: $5/car www.fortwayneparks.org facebook.com/Salomon Farm Park

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Putting the “culture” back in agriculture!


Farm Tours Winter Walks on the Farm Step off of the paved walking loop surrounding Salomon Farm Park and enjoy a guided walk through the farm park grounds. We’ll take the wooded trail around the wetland area, walk past the pastures and the windmill, through the Old Barn, the Heritage Barn and peak inside the Blacksmith Shop. We’ll end up in the newly expanded Learning Center where we’ll warm up with hot cocoa. Meet outside the Learning Center a few minutes before the start time listed and plan for a one-mile walk. Sturdy, winter footwear is recommended. The walks are free and open to all ages. No pre-registration is required. Code Date Day Time 153901-F1 12/21 F 11 am-12 pm 153901-F2 12/21 F 4-5 pm 153901-F3 1/20 Su 11 am-12 pm 153901-F4 1/20 Su 4-5 pm

Evergreen Swag Workshop The holiday season calls for fresh evergreen decorations! Create your very own evergreen swag with holiday charm. Amy Oliver, Landscape Designer at Arbor Farms Nursery, will help you assemble fresh and fragrant branch tips of fir, cedar and pine into a festive evergreen swag with your choice of accents such as pine cones, berries, a decorative bow and more for a nice seasonal touch. Hang it on your door, lamp post or porch to enjoy all throughout the holiday season! Please bring garden gloves, pruners and any of your own accents you would like to incorporate into the swag. Age 16 +. Registration deadlines: November 30 and December 5. Min. 10. Max. 25. Code Date Day Time 153902-S2 12/8 Sa 10-11 am 153902-W1 12/12 W 6-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$35 Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Do It Yourself Workshops Terrific Terrariums A terrarium is a fun and easy way to incorporate plants into your décor with minimal maintenance. Master Gardener, Kathy Lee, will guide you through each step as you create your own miniature indoor garden. You will leave the class with a terrarium to keep and the basic knowledge on how to make others on your own. All necessary materials and supplies will be provided. Registration deadline: January 18. Min. 8 Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 153904-S1 1/26 Sa 1-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Personal Care Products, Naturally Make your own personal care products including lip balm, lip scrub, aromatherapy roll-on and room spray using only natural ingredients. You’ll take home your own all natural personal care gift basket just in time for the holiday season! Jessica Bennett is the owner of Free Spirit Cosmetics. She creates bath and beauty products using only safe, natural ingredients. Age 16 +. Registration deadline: December 7. Min. 8. Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 153908-S1 12/15 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$36 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Sweetheart Sachet, p. 8

Evergreen Centerpiece, p. 6 Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

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Fun in the Kitchen

Baking Breads with Sweets So Geek There is simply nothing better on a cold day than a piece of warm fresh-baked bread. And it’s not nearly as hard as it might seem! We’ll go over the basics for two different types of bread, a simple French loaf and a Japanese Milk bread that makes the absolute best sandwich bread ever! Ages 16+. Instructor Chad Seewald is the owner and head baker at Sweets So Geek, a one-of-a-kind shop that specializes in custom cakes, ice cream made in the store, desserts and geeky themed chocolates. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153826-S1 1/12 Sa 10 am-1pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$45 Location: Learning Center, Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Holiday Cookies Hold off on the holiday cookie baking and decorating! We have a foolproof sugar cookie recipe to share, as well as tips for frosting and new ideas for decorating these 100% Santa (and kid) approved treats. Class is open to all ages. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are invited to stay for our annual Christmas on the Farm event which begins at 1:00 p.m. Instructor Chad Seewald is the head cake guy at Sweets So Geek. Chad learned about desserts while working his way up to head pastry chef at a five star restaurant. He mixes that knowledge with his love of all things geeky to create custom cakes, ice cream and desserts and geeky themed chocolates. Registration deadline: November 19. Min. 5. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time 153910-S1 12/1 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$42 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Baking with Sweets So Geek 102 Baking with Sweets So Geek returns to the farm this winter to help you explore some new realms of baking. We’ll dive into sauces with créme anglaise and mousses, explore yeast items with cinnamon rolls and pizza dough, work with oil for some amazing fried goods like donuts and churros, and finish up with an in-depth class on soufflés! Ages 16+. Instructor Chad Seewald is the head cake guy at Sweets So Geek where he gets to mix his loves of food and fandom. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 5. Max 12. Code Dates Day Time 153826-M1 1/14-2/4 M 6-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$110 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont

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Regional Three Course Meals Join us on a journey through the U.S. as you learn to prepare signature dishes from 4 distinct regions: New England, Southern Comfort, Louisiana Creole and California. Each class session will feature a starter, entrée, and dessert demonstrated and explained by Patrick Whetstone, executive chef at The Personal Palate. Patrick graduated from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami and opened David Bouley’s Evolution inside the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach before making his way back to Indiana. A new family and his extreme passion for food has played a significant role in the overall experience of those on the receiving end of his culinary artistry. Age 18 +. Registration deadline: November 29. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time 153905-R1 12/6-12/27 Th 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$120 Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Cooking Made for You by You You can serve delicious and elegant food from your own kitchen with just a little training. Each participant, upon registration, may submit three questions or areas of concern regarding the preparation of seafood, meat, poultry or starch and vegetables. Instructor Chef Patrick Whetstone from The Personal Palate will incorporate these questions/concerns as he demonstrates scrumptious dishes and explains the science behind them. The best part . . . each session ends with taste testing! Age 18 +. Registration deadline: January 3. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time 153906-R1 1/10-1/31 Th 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$120 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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Hearty Lunch from the Farmers’ Market Fort Wayne has some of the best farmers’ markets, but what can you do with all that fresh produce? Make a premium vegetarian sandwich, including the homemade bread and “everything sauce!” Local farmers, Ann and Matthew of Atom Acres will show you how easy it is. Registration deadline: March 4. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153831-M1 3/11 M 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$52 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Breakfast for Dinner Whether you’re serving breakfast in bed for a special holiday or simply looking for a great way to start the day, this class is sure to enhance your breakfast making skills. You will learn how to make eggs benedict, lemon and honey crepes, and sweetened hot chocolate. Instructors Ann and Matthew are local farmers from Atom Acres. Registration deadline: February 11. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153830-M1 2/18 M 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$64 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Farm to Fork with Instapot The Instapot pressure cooker is the latest “must have” in kitchen equipment. Pressure cooking is much faster, seals in moisture and flavor and foods can be cooked directly from the freezer with no thawing required. Local farmers Ann and Matthew from Atom Acres will show you how to use your Instapot for delicious farm-to-fork meals such as ribs, rice and fresh sautéed greens. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153827-T1 1/8 T 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$46 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Experience the Food of Love Say “I love you” with food that brings feelings of euphoria or comfort. Chef Patrick Whetstone of The Personal Palate will demonstrate the preparation of 3-course Italian, Southern, French and Aphrodisiac meals in this upscale cooking series. Whetstone graduated from Johnson and Wales University in Miami and opened David Bouley’s Evolution inside the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach before making his way back to Indiana where he practices his culinary artistry at The Personal Palate. Age 18 +. Registration deadline: January 31. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time 153907-R1 2/7-2/28 Th 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$120 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Prohibition Kitchen: Holiday Drinks Are you the designated bartender at social gatherings? Impress your family and friends with holiday season with delicious craft cocktails. You will learn to navigate the necessary tools and techniques for creating craft cocktails while learning about the history and traditions associated with them. We’ll even debunk some of the myths about booze. Instructor Christopher Glover from Old Crown relies on his 6 years of bartending experience to guide you through the class. Registration deadline: December 3. Min. 10. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time 153823-M1 12/10 M 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$57 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Construction Notice Dupont Road is under construction between Coldwater and Lima Roads. Approach Salomon Farm Park with caution from either direction. Visit our website at fortwayneparks.org for details.

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Winter Warm Up Foods There’s nothing better on a cold winter evening than a warm, healthy dinner from the fall harvest. Local farmers Ann and Matthew from Atom Acres will share tips on how to eat healthy during the winter months. You’ll help prepare a Portuguese potato soup, thyme tea, roasted spiced butternut squash and ginger-mint-chamomile tea. Registration deadline: February 4. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153829-M1 2/11 M 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$46 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Grab and Go Jars Life can get hectic and meal prepping is hard when you can’t keep track of your Tupperware! Local farmers Ann and Matthew from Atom Acres will show you how to prepare delicious salads and treats in mason jars. This session will feature a Greek salad with homemade dressing as well as apple pie filling using spiced apple cider. You’ll get to take home the food and the jar! Registration deadline: January 22. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 153822-T1 1/29 T 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$46 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

‘Tis the Season to Pickle! Save money on your grocery bill and cut down on waste by pickling and canning your vegetables. Each week will feature a different vegetable while you learn each step of the canning process, from prepping produce to processing jars. Each participant will take home a jar of their canned produce. Class sizes are limited to ensure full and careful attention to each participant. Instructor Josh Cockram, owner of Josh’s Jungle, has 20 years of restaurant experience and has been the go-to for canned goods at Farmers’ Markets in Fort Wayne. Josh’s Jungle specializes in salsa, hot sauce, pickles, pickled peppers, and relishes. Ages 12+ (must be able to handle a knife). Registration deadlines are one week prior to each class. Min. 5. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time Pickling Dill Pickles 153904-W1 1/9 W 6-8 pm Pickled Cauliflower 153904-W2 1/16 W 6-8 pm Pickled Dilly Beans 153904-W3 1/23 W 6-8 pm Candied Jalapenos 153904-W4 1/30 W 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$56 Location: Learning Center at Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers *Adult/Child Empower your little one to create his/her own healthy snacks. We’ve partnered with Wholesome Roots Cooking to offer fun, age appropriate cooking classes bursting with hands-on activities and healthy concept learning through games and activities. Younger siblings are welcome to stay with their caregiver, but any child participating in class must register. Ages 2-5. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 153909-T1 12/4 T 10-11 am 153909-T2 1/22 T 10-11 am 153909-T3 2/5 T 10-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Cook Your Own Adventure: Culinary Classes for Elementary Poor planning often leads to poor choices, but with a little know-how and some fun recipes, kids and families can attack hunger with great tasting snacks that also have a nutritional punch. We will make several healthy recipes to inspire healthy habits at home! Each Healthy Hands cooking class begins with a nutrition lesson/game and includes hands-on cooking and instruction. Each child will have an opportunity to eat the delicious snack they made! Ages 5-13. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time Traditional Holiday Cooking 153821-W1 12/5 W 6-7:30 pm Healthier Holiday Treats 153821-W2 12/19 W 6-7:30 pm Low Sugar Cooking 153821-F1 1/11 F 6-7:30 pm Make Your Own Pizza 153821-F2 1/25 F 6-7:30 pm Valentines Cooking Party 153821-W3 2/13 W 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$40 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

Register by phone: 427-6000


Going Places Chicago Shopping Catch the Holiday Spirit! Join our “shop till you drop” trips to festively decorated stores in downtown Chicago, or attend any one of the number of special Christmas activities going on during the holiday season in the city. Don’t miss “The Christkindlemart” taking place throughout the Christmas Season on Daley Plaza, or The “One of a Kind Show” at the Merchandise Mart on the 8th of December. 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. A 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 475005-W1 12/5 W $55 475005-S-1 12/8 Sa $55 475005-S-2 12/15 Sa $55 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Purdue Christmas Show Board our “sleigh” for a trip to West Lafayette and a matinee performance of Purdue University’s 85th Anniversary Christmas Show! This popular musical extravaganza, with its innovative staging, choreography and costuming promises to put you in the holiday mood. As always the inspirational Cantata is a fitting tribute to the blessed season. An elegant supper will be served just for us at the historic Honeywell House in Wabash on the way home. A guided tour of this beautiful mansion, filled with unique furniture and objects of art, will precede our meal. In spirit, Mrs. Honeywell’s renowned reputation as a hostess continues. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served on the way. Code Date Day Fee 475003-S1 12/1 Sa $115 Departs: 9:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 7:30 p.m. 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.

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 on 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 become one of the most innovative productions ever to hit the theater world. The musical Hamilton was inspired by the 2004 book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. The musical recounts the story of Hamilton’s life beginning from childhood 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 175010-W1 12/19 W $197 Departs 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Questions? 427-6017 sharon.dosen@cityoffortwayne.org

Get away for a day!

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Chicago Flower and Garden Show

2019 Detroit Auto Show

“FLOWERTALES” is the theme of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year. After arriving at Chicago’s Navy Pier we will move immediately to the 700-passenger ship, “Spirit of Chicago” for a 2-hour luncheon buffet, floral arrangement demonstration . . . and incredible skyline views! After docking, you can stroll through the corridor filled with beautiful stained glass windows on your way to the Flower and Garden Show. You will enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Whether you are a beginning gardener needing the basics, a seasoned pro wanting to take things to the next level or a horticultural aficionado seeking what’s new and trendy, you will find Chicago’s first blush with spring to be invigorating. Luncheon cruise and entry ticket to show are included. A continental breakfast will be served en-route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home. Code Date Day Fee 175000-S1 3/23 Sa $115 Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. You will see more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world. You’ll see “one-of- a-kind” concepts and high end cars as you browse through the exciting new models. Photos are allowed, so be sure to bring your camera. A continental breakfast of rolls, coffee and juice will be served en-route. Your entry ticket and a delicious boxed lunch from Apple Spice, which you can take into the show, are included. A supper stop (on your own) will be made at Culvers in Jackson, MI on the way home. Code Date Day Fee 175007-S1 1/19 Sa $75 Departs 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd. Returns 9:00 p.m.

Questions? 427-6017 sharon.dosen@cityoffortwayne.org

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

New York City September 16-20 Four days in the Big Apple begins with a ferry trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty followed by Times Square, Macy’s, the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Guggenheim, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Two evenings at the theatre, 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are also included Code #: 475105-M1 Single $1,950; Double $1,550; Deposit $500

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


America’s Cowboy Country

Reflections of Italy

Albuquerque Balloom Fiesta

Iconic Israel

2019-20 Extended Trips and Tours Individual trip brochures may be viewed on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org. Select Programs > Adult>Day & Extended Travel and click on the trip of your choice.

2019 April 28-May 4................................. Southern Charm: Charleston, Jekyll Island & Savannah Historic Charleston, Choice of Boone Hall Plantation or Patriots Point Naval 7 Maritime Museum, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Savannah, Andrew Low House; 7 days, 9 meals ($3,039 double w/ air fare) May 19-26................................................................................America’s Cowboy Country Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, The Badlands National Park; 8 days; 10 meals ($3,899 double w/air fare) June 13-25........................ Exploring the Alpine Countries: Austria, Germany & Switzerland 13 days, 17 meals ($5,269 double w/air fare) July 16-28..................................................................... Alaska Discovery -- Land & Cruise 7-night Princess Cruise; 13 days, 25 meals, $5,749 double, $8,749 single w/air fare July 21-28........................Pacific Northwest & California: Washington, Oregon & California 8 days; 10 meals ($3,379 double w/air fare) August 30-September 13........................................................... Exploring Britain & Ireland England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales; 15 days, 20 meals, $5,399 double, $6,399 single w/air fare August 30-September 11...... Portugal & Its Islands: Estoril Coast, Azores & Madeira Islands Lisbon, Portuguese Riviera, Fatima, Obidos, St Michael Island-Azores; 13 days, 18 meals ($5,299 double w/air fare) September 18-27...................................................................................Reflections of Italy Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, Venice; 10 days; 13 meals ($4699 double w/air fare) September 30-October 10........................................................................... Classic Danube 7 night Danube River Cruise, Linderhof Palace, berammergau, Munich, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Wachau Valley, Vienna, Budapest; 11 days, 24 meals ($4,979 double w/air fare) October 11-16..........................................................................Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque and Sante Fe; 6 days, 7 meals ($2,769 double w/air fare) October 23-November 1................................................................................. Iconic Israel Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Tiberias, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Bethlehem; 10 days; 15 meals ($4899 double w/air fare) December 29-January 2........................................................ California New Year’s Getaway Tournament of Roses Parade; 5 days, 5 meals ($2,899 double w/air fare)

2020 August 4-15................ Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train Oberammergau Passion Play The Oberammergau Passion Play is produced only once every ten years! Don’t miss this opportunity! 12 days, 17 meals ($7,099 double w/air fare and tickets to play)

See the states or cross the ocean.

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Special Interest Stand Up and Dance

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! Classes are offered in four skill levels this winter. If you are unsure which class is right for you, please call Linda at 427-6466. Instructor Elizabeth Hoy has been clogging for over 20+ years. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time Beginning + 142200-M1 1/14-3/18 M 5:30-6:15 pm Location: Franke Pond Pavilion, Sherman Blvd. Intermediate 142200-M2 1/14-3/18 M 6:30-7:15 pm Location: Franke Pond Pavilion, Sherman Blvd. Continuing 142200-T2 1/15-3/19 T 6:15-7 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Advanced 142200-T3 1/15-3/19 T 7:15-8:15 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. # Sessions/Fee: 10/$42/$47 after January 8

Beginning Ballroom Dance Learning to dance with a partner is fun and challenging, and it’s good exercise for the mind and body. We will focus on the Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Polka and American Tango to give you a solid base for social dancing. You must register with a partner. Ages 16+. Instructor: Tiffany Neuls has been teaching ballroom dance at the Community Center for over 20 years. Registration deadline: January 21. Min.14. Max. 50. Code Dates Day Time 142203-M1 1/28-3/4 M 7:30-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$40 per person/$45 after January 21 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. Ages 13+. Instructors: Philip and Carol Fretz. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 10. Max. 40. Code Dates Day Time 142204-T1 1/8-2/26 T 7-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$36/$41 after January 2 Location: Franke Park Pavilion #1, Sherman Blvd.

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Adult Tap Dance 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’s 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: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time Beginning 142205-T1 1/8-2/26 T 5:30-6:15 pm Beginning Plus 142205-T2 1/8-2/26 T 6:15-7 pm Advanced 142205-T3 1/8-2/26 T 7-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$24/$29 after January 2 Location: Psi Ote Upper, Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State

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The Sound of Music

Clay Play

Terrible Orchestra Get the violin you played in high school out of the attic and come join the fun! We are starting an “orchestra” for adults (2+ years of experience is preferred) that just want to have fun making music. Music arrangements will be provided to get the musical muscles active again. Please bring your own instrument and music stand. Modeled after the Scottish Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of friends who just wanted to get together and play, this class will have some instruction as well as “rehearsal” time as a group. If you are an adult beginner taking lessons, you are welcome to enroll. String players are especially needed, but all are welcome. When registering for the class please let us know what instrument you will be playing. Instructor Debra Graham is currently in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and directs the Northeast Indiana Talent Education beginning and intermediate ensembles and has taught elementary through middle school orchestras for over 30 years. Registration deadline: January 21. Min. 10. Max. 30. Code Dates   Days     Time 142308-M1 M      1/28-3/4 7-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$38/$43 after January 21 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. Ages 9-adult. Instructor: Richard Ash. Registration deadline: January 12. Min.10. Max. 30. Code Date Day Time 142410-S1 1/19 Sa 9:30 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$72/$77 after January 12 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 and 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 on-line 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 25 years and teaching in the area for 9 years. Registration deadlines: January 7. Min. 5. Max. 8. Code Dates Day Time 142004-M1 1/14-2/18 M 6-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$94/$99 after January 7 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Make-A-Mug Pottery Community Center Rental The Community Center at 233 W. Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for large and small events. 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 4276463 for details and the full range of options or check our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.

Create a mug that can be used for your morning coffee or a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. Earthenware clay and a variety of glazes will be used. No experience necessary; just bring your imagination! Ages 18+. Instructor: Onie Mensch. Min. 4. Max. 6. Registration deadline: January 19. Code Date Day Time 142025-S1 1/26 Sa 1:30-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25/$30 after January 19 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Chair Recovery

Sew Much Fun

Sewing Survival 101 Have you ever wished that you could fix the hem in your pants or sew a button back on? In Sewing Survival you will learn how to use a sewing machine . . . how to thread it, select stitches and various other features, and how to sew a straight seam. You will learn simple alteration techniques such as hemming pants and/or dresses. Please bring to class any items of clothing that require minor alterations or repairs to work on in class. Our equipment is limited, so please bring the following to class if you can: a portable sewing machine, tape measure, pins, thread, scissors and seam ripper. Ages 16+. Instructor: Angie Foster. Registration deadline: January 17. Min. 4. Max. 6. Code Dates Day Time 142042-R1 1/24-2/14 Th 6-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$40/$45 after January 17 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Return of the Rag Rug Rag rug making is just one of many “forgotten skills of self-sufficiency” used by pioneers on the frontier. And, like many others, it has returned more as a hobby or craft, 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 denim 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. Also, please bring to class, if you can: a portable sewing machine, thread, scissors, a seam ripper, a quilting mat, a quilting acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter. We only have a limited number on hand to share. Ages 13+. Instructor: Linda Wade. Registration deadlines: January 15 and February 11.  Min. 5. Max. 10. Code   Dates   Day     Time 142331-T1  1/22 T 5:30-8:30 pm 142331-M1 2/18 M 5:30-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$23/$28 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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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. Ages 18+. Instructor Larry Brooks has been reupholstering furniture for over 30 years and operates his own shop. Call Larry at 260-426-5010 for more information or to determine if your chair is right for this class. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 142902-M1 1/14-3/18 M 6-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$101/$106 after January 7 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

It’s All the Buzz Intro to Beekeeping Bee hives inside the city limits? Beekeeping is becoming very popular, but there is much to learn before you jump in: bee biology, hive equipment and basic beekeeping techniques. This introduction will focus on the hobby hive and is for anyone considering starting a hive or in their first year of beekeeping. Ages 13+. Instructor: Mariah Russell. Registration deadline: January 15 and February 2. Min. 6. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 142408-T1 1/22 T 6-8 pm 142408-S1 2/9 Sa 9-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$18/$23 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St

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Paints & Pencils Framed Screen Printing Sign Screen printing is a fun and easy way to let your creativity shine! Each guest will create an 18” x 18” framed screen printing. You will incorporate your choice of layout, embellishments and colors to add your own creative flair. Class fee includes all supplies needed to create a finished, ready to display screen printing. Instructors are the owners of Wood and Limn Art Studio. Registration deadline: February 14. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 142907-R1 2/21 Th 6-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$43/$48 after February 14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Wood Sign and Coasters Design and paint a 10” x 10” home décor sign and four 5” x 5” matching coasters! Each project is 100% customizable. We’ll provide a selection of paint colors and designs and all the embellishments you need to create a project you will be proud to display. Instructors are the owners of Wood and Limn Art Studio. Registration deadline: January 19. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 142021-S1 1/26 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$43/$48 after January 19 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Intro to Colored Pencils Add a little life to your drawings with color! You will learn a variety of drawing techniques that are unique to colored pencils, including hi-lighting and shading. You will draw from patterns provided by the instructor. 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: January 8. Min.5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 142023-T1 1/15-2/19 T 1:30-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$83/$88 after January 8 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Acrylic Painting 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 now to load the brushes, paint wet into wet and blend colors as you go. All necessary supplies will be provided. Instructor Marilyn Copeland, nationally certified and accredited art instructor. Registration deadline: January 26. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 142035-S1 2/2 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$28/$33 after January 26 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Experience Oil and Watercolor with Marilyn Copeland Explore important painting techniques, such as color mixing, color value and composition with Marilyn Copeland, a nationally certified and accredited art instructor. The first three weeks will introduce you to Oil Painting and the next three weeks you will learn about Watercolors. The class is open to all skill levels. Ages 18+. Instructor Marilyn Copeland has been painting and teaching various forms of art for over 30 years. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 142006-M1 1/14-2/18 M 5:30-8 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$79/$84 after January 7 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St

Paint a Poinsettia Feeling like you want to paint something, but not wanting to take on a huge project, then we may have just the craft for you. Join homemaker Vicki Hoffman as she walks you through the process of creating a beautiful ornament to hang on your tree. Learn the techniques of shading and adding color to enhance your festive flower. An outline of a poinsettia will already be drawn on a 4 inch clear glass bulb; Vicki will then walk you through the methods of creating the final poinsettia using acrylic paints. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code   Date Day Time 127016-S1     12/8 Sa 9 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Member or Volunteer Fee: $11 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Craft-O-Rama Winter blahs have you feeling down?? Let your creativity flow and make some cool crafts with us! We will get together and have fun while making some crafts with new friends. Even if you are not crafty, the awesome Miss Onie will guide you in creating a one-of-a-kind craft! Registration deadline: November 24 and February 2. Min. 6. Max. 8. Code Date Day Time Winter Wonderland 141336-S1 12/1 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm Valentine’s Day 141336-S2 2/9 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$15/$20 after deadlines Adult and Child (14 & under) Fee: $25/$30 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Save a Life CPR Join us for an innovative and fun way to learn CPR with AED & First Aid! This class is available for first time students as well as anyone that needs a renewed certification. Our instructors have over 25 years of experience in the health care industry and are AHA certified. You’ll receive hands on training to get the confidence you need to be successful.  A CPR card is included. Sponsored by AshMore HealthPros. Registration deadlines: 5 business days before the class. Min. 7. Code   Dates   Day     Time 142920-F1 1/18 F 8:30 am-12 pm 142920-F2 2/15 F 8:30 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$60/$65 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Think About This 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. The Spanish I class is for people with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language. The Continuing class begins where Spanish I ends. Age 13+. Instructor Benigna (Betty) Rodriguez grew up on the Texas-Mexico border. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and has taught at the Community Center for over eleven years. Registration deadline: January 3. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Spanish I 142600-W1 1/9-2/27 W 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$76/$81 after January 3 Spanish Continuing 142600-W2 1/9-2/27 W 1:30-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$70/$75 after January 3 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Spanish Continuing-Drop In 1/8-2/26 T 1:30-3:30 pm Drop-in Fee: $1 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Meditation with Sound Immersion Experience the wondrous world of meditation with sound immersion, an ancient art that uses vibrational tones to reset and restore cellular and emotional patterns in the physical and energetic body. Sound immersion is a simple and direct-connect to the powerful benefits of meditation – promoting deep restorative relaxation and a quiet mind. The harmonic resonance orchestrates an energetic reset to release stress and tension. Instructor Deborah Connelly is certified in deep relaxation, stress reduction, mind detoxification and group meditation by the International Academy of Sound Healing for physical, mental and emotional wellness. Beginners are welcome. Please bring a blanket and wear comfortable, light-colored clothing. We recommend you remove any metal on your body, as metals have their own frequency and may interfere in the process. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: January 7. Min 8. Max 25. Code Dates Day Time 142365-M1 1/14-2/18 M 7:30-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$48/$53 after January 7 Location: Lakeside Park Pavilion #1, Vermont Ave. at 1401 Lake Ave.

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Get with the Program Windows 10 (50+) 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. Ages 50+. Instructor: Keith Herring (Wednesday). Registration deadline: January 9. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 142121-W1 1/16-3/6 W 1:30-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$36/$41 January 9 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Microsoft Excel 2007-2010 The uses for a word processing program are endless. Most of the tools and commands that you learn in this class such as create, save, format, edit, insert, check spelling and print also apply to many other programs. The fee includes a booklet that is yours to keep. Experience with Windows, file management and cut/copy/paste tools is a must. Instructor: Dave Macey. Registration deadline: January 9. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 142109-W1 1/16-2/20 W 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$32/$37 after January 9 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 p.m. 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”

The Community Center will be CLOSED December 24-January 5. Happy Holidays!

Computer Drop-In Class Mind Sharpening Brain Training Mondays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 12:30-2:30 pm When keeping the mind active and regularly challenged you may spend a shorter part of life in a state of decline. Using the application Lumosity, you can challenge yourself in math skills, vocabulary and reading skills. You can also learn how to sign up for your own account that can be accessed from any computer, smartphone or tablet that has internet access. Drop-in Fee: $1

Getting to Know Your Android System (50+) Do you feel like your smart phone or tablet is smarter than you are? From batteries to signals to apps and games … you will learn all 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 user-friendly 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: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 142120-M1 1/7-2/11 M 2:45-4:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$32/$37 after January 2 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

McMillen Computer Lab, p.44 More Classes & Workshops Coffee: Home Brewing Style.......... 9 Cooking Classes...................... 14-16 Crochet (50+).............................. 52 Evergreen Centerpiece................... 6 Evergreen Swag............................ 13 Financial Seminars....................... 29 Gingerbread House....................... 6 Grow Your Own Cole Crops............ 9 Holiday Wreath (50+)................... 52 Jewelry Making (50+)................... 52 MahJongg (50+)........................... 49 Riverfront Education..................... 27 Sweetheart Sachet......................... 8 Tai Chi in the Garden...................... 9 Terrific Terrariums........................ 13 Writing Your Memoirs................... 41 Yoga............................................. 46

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On the Riverfront There are always exciting things happening at your Riverfront, no matter the season or time of day. We encourage you to learn more about your three rivers in any way that is comfortable for you. You can walk, run or bike along our extensive Fort Wayne trails system and enjoy the natural views of the riverine flora and fauna along the way. You can rent or bring your own kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board and explore our water trails, seeing the city as never before. Travel along the rivers and enjoy historic architecture, art, and sculptures, tour adjacent historic neighborhoods, or simply meditate on this unparalleled natural resource in the heart of our downtown. Check out RiverfrontFW.org for more fun ways to enjoy your rivers any time and see why we say we’re Always Moving!

Young Naturalist Series Psi Ote Lower Pavilion, Bob Arnold Northside Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd. Young naturalists (ages 5-10) are invited to join us for an hour of learning, crafts and fun themed snacks. The program is FREE and limited to 20 children plus their grown-ups. Please contact Kim Weldon at 427-5166 or kimberly.weldon@cityoffortwayne.org to sign up and reserve your seat. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each program. In the event of inclement weather, please check Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancellations.

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Birdwatching on Our Urban Rivers Sundays, December 9, January 13, February 10 2:00-3:00 p.m. Lawton Park Trailhead, Clinton and 4th Streets Winter is a great time of year for beginning birders to start in this fascinating and rewarding hobby! Our urban rivers feature a huge variety of bird species (even bald eagles!) and provide fantastic vantage points—you’ll be an avid birder before long! We will continue our partnership with Cornell University Ornithology Lab, tracking and collecting data on urban birds, and sharing our new found knowledge with them. This guided urban hike is open to all ages and experience levels. We’ll share birding tricks and trips, as you enjoy the diverse bird life along our rivers- and maybe spot some winter migrators while we’re out! We will spend the first few minutes of each program learning some basics about birdwatching and how to use binoculars (we have a few pairs of binoculars and bird guides to share if you don’t have your own). Each participant will receive a Riverfront life list. This program is free and no pre-registration is necessary. In the event of inclement weather, please check the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for cancellations.

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Saturday, January 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m Get a jump on Groundhog’s Day and uncover the history and myths surrounding this yearly event. Along with learning some interesting facts about our favorite furry prognosticator, we’ll make our own Groundhog’s Day prediction, make a groundhog puppet, and enjoy a Groundhog’s Day snack before our time is up!

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Saturday, February 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m Little detectives will discover what animals are still active during winter and what they are doing, as well as how to identify the tracks they make. We’ll have fun making our own animal tracks, creating a fun woodland animal craft, and enjoy a great animal track themed treat before the hour is over!

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Riverfront Educational Series This is the year – Riverfront is here! Riverfront Fort Wayne is again offering the public three opportunities to meet the team involved with Riverfront development and learn more about plans for the future, including the exciting news we will have to share about Promenade Park, water quality updates, and brand new opportunities to enjoy our beautiful three rivers. Each evening will feature a different topic and panel discussion at Hop River Brewing Company. Beer, cider, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as light snacks will be available for purchase. Hop River will offer free tours of the brewery before and after the event. This FREE event is family-friendly and limited to the first 200 people, so plan to arrive early. More information, including parking information, is available at www.RiverfrontFW.org or by calling Megan Butler at (260) 427-6248. Sponsored by WANE 15 and Hop River Brewing Company. Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our Muddy Rivers: Water Quality, Cleanups, and more Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Building Our Future: Phase 1 Previews and Phases 2&3 Plans Monday, April 8, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Party on the Riverfront: Events, Programs, Tours Hop River Brewing Company, 1515 N. Harrison St.

Riverfront Clean Ups Saturdays, December 1, 15, January 5, 19, February 2, 16 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Guldlin Park, Van Buren St. & Michaels Ave. Volunteers will clip honeysuckle limbs from bushes, cut down the remaining trunks with handsaws and carry the brush to an area in the park. All tools and work gloves will be provided. The honeysuckle stems are not prickly and the brush isn’t heavy. This is a family-friendly activity, so children are welcome, too. Please dress for the weather! Closetoed shoes, like tennis shoes, are recommended. Groups of 4-40 volunteers are encouraged to sign up for one of the Riverfront cleanups listed above by calling 260-427-6026.

Winter Cozy Saturday, January 26, 8:00-10:00 p.m. Headwaters Park West Come cozy up with your neighbor, break down your barriers, and get warm in winter. Your winter blues will fade away as we dance, play, and recreate inside a heated tent with cozy furniture, warm cocktails and food for purchase, live music and games, ice sculptures, and drink luges. This is Fort Wayne’s most exciting (21+) adults-only winter event. Admission is $10 at the door (cash or credit). More information is available at www. RiverfrontFW.org or by calling Megan Butler at (260) 427-6248. Sponsored by

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Did You Know? FREE Seminars on Topics That Matter to You

Planning Ahead Money Safety for Seniors Wednesday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main Street Seniors are frequently victimized by financial crimes. Elder financial exploitation crosses all social, educational, and economic boundaries and can be devastating to its victims. Money Safety for Seniors explains the signs of financial abuse.  It also discusses a variety of ways to protect yourself and loved ones against common frauds and help you avoid financial exploitation.  The workshop is free and all materials will be provided. Presenter: Kathy Callen. This informational seminar is free, however pre-registration is required. Call 4276460 by February 13 to reserve your spot.

Savvy Social Security Planning Tuesday, January 22, 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 January 15.

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Retirement Income Planning Tuesday, February 5, 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 pre-registration is required. You may reserve your seat by calling 427-6460 by January 29.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney Wednesday, January 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. The law regarding wills, trusts and power of attorney is constantly changing. Whether you already have a will or trust or are just in the planning stage, you will find the information presented by Elder Law Attorney Steve Adair very helpful. The seminar is FREE, however pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 by January 9 to reserve your seat.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage Wednesdays, February 13, 20 & 27 3:00-5:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. In this 3-part seminar you will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and also explore the relationship changes that occur in this stage. You will find out how to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care. You will also learn effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors. Week one will educate the caregiver on changes in the brain, how to effectively communicate and the care requirements. Week two will focus on behavioral changes and safety concerns. Week three will cover home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 6 to reserve your spot.

Long-Term Care Planning Tuesday, February 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Learn strategies to pay for long-term care, discover 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. The program is free, however, pre-registration is required. Please call 427-6460 to sign up by February 19.

Free Tax Preparation, p. 54 The Community Center will be CLOSED December 24-January 5. Happy Holidays!

Medicare & Medigap Supplements Monday, January 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. This seminar will cover the basics of Medicare from Part A to Part D as well as Medicare Supplemental Insurance. We will go over how Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D Medicare coverage work together with Medicare Advantage Plans or with Medicare Supplemental Insurance. The basics of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental Insurance plans will be covered. We will also go over where you can obtain the information you need to help you in your Medicare decision process. This free seminar is being presented by Ray Hunert. Please call 427-6460 to register by January 14 and February 6.

Cemetery/Funeral Home Workshop Tuesday, January 22, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Find out what you need to know before making prearrangements with cemeteries and funeral homes. Helpful information for veterans is also included. 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 January 15 to reserve your spot.

Community Center Rental The Community Center at 233 W. Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for large and small events. 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 4276463 for details and the full range of options or check our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.

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Special Events

Wednesday, November 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Lighting Ceremony 6:05 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Make-n-Take Crafts • Holiday Movie • Refreshments • Christmas Shopping Start your downtown celebration at the Community Center with free holiday activities for the kids. There will be crafts, refreshments and a holiday movie. Donate a new or gently used bear and enter a drawing to win a giant elf bear. Kids can shop for inexpensive holiday gifts for $5 or less at the North Pole Stop-n-Shop while Mom and Dad shop for hand-crafted items at Candy Cane Lane. Don’t miss the light display on the Community Center roof. The Lighting Ceremony is at 6:05 p.m. Sponsored by Park Place Senior Living & Summit City Nursing & Rehab.

Holiday Dinner and Light Tour Monday, December 10, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Reserve your place today for the annual Holiday Dinner and Light Tour. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and holiday entertainment. We will then board the buses (Excursion Travel) and take off on our planned route of downtown Fort Wayne’s finest Christmas light displays and The Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park. Ages 18+. Paid reservations ($18/person) are required by December 3. Call Mary at 427-6461 for group rate information. Sign up on-line or call 427-6000. Registration code: 141600-M1. Sponsored by Majestic Care of Fort Wayne.

Holiday Light Tour & Christmas at the Castle Monday, December 3, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. See some of the most beautiful holiday light displays in Fort Wayne from the comfort of a motor coach. We’ll do the driving so you can enjoy the scenery. A visit to The University of St. Francis Christmas at the Castle and a drive through The Fantasy of Lights in Franke Park are both on the evening’s itinerary. Buses board at 4:15 p.m. and return to the Community Center at approximately 8:00 p.m. Lite refreshments will be provided before boarding the bus. Ages 18+. Call Mary at 427-6461 for group rate information. Register on-line or call 4276000 to register by November 26. Fee: $13/person. Code: 141601-M1. Sponsored by Brookdale Fort Wayne.

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Treasures in the Center Holly Trolley 2018 Saturday, November 24 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. The Downtown Development District will sponsor the Holly Trolley Shopping Day, November 24, 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Downtown shopping will be made easier on this day with free trolley rides along the route. In conjunction with the Holly Trolley, the Community Center will host an arts and craft show. Kids 14 and under can come in and decorate Christmas cookies from 12:303:30 pm.

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Winterval 2019

Saturday, January 26 in Downtown Fort Wayne Celebrate winter with a visit to downtown Fort Wayne! The 7th Annual Winterval promises a full day of indoor and outdoor winter fun for all ages. Watch ice carvers create wonders from a solid block of ice, catch a rugby game, check out scale model cars, and enjoy special events at the Botanical Conservatory, the Old Fort, the Allen County Public Library or Science Central. Go for a carriage ride at the Community Center or ice skating at Headwaters Park. For complete details and updates, visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

Winterval at the Conservatory Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Join the Conservatory and our Winterval partners in celebrating winter. At the Conservatory, you can make a winter bird feeder, learn how plants survive the winter, watch an ice sculpture take shape before your eyes, and have fun exploring our Hundred Acre Wood garden exhibit. Other activities will be held around town at the Community Center, the Old Fort, and Science Central. Don’t forget about the Fort Wayne Rugby Club’s annual Snow Bowl match at Lawton Park at 1:00 p.m. Winterval is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Improvement District. Regular Conservatory admission applies. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.

Winter Carnival Saturday, January 26, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Beat the winter blahs by bringing the whole family out for snow crafts and activities, carriage rides, ice carving demonstrations and yummy treats to warm you inside and out. It’s all FREE! Go to www. fortwayneparks.org and click on the Winter Carnival link to check out the latest schedule of Winterval events.

Winter Cozy Saturday, January 26, 8:00-10:00 p.m. Headwaters Park West, Clinton at Superior Come cozy up with your neighbor, break down your barriers, and get warm in winter. Your winter blues will fade away as we dance, play, and create inside a heated tent with cozy furniture, warm cocktails and food for purchase, live music and games, ice sculptures, and drink luges. This is Fort Wayne’s most exciting (21+) adults-only winter event. Admission is $10 at the door. More information is available at www.RiverfrontFW.org or by calling Megan Butler at (260) 427-6248. Sponsored by Majic 95.

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The Early Years Fancy Footwork

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

Preschool Open Gyms

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. Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 143304-W1 1/9-2/27 W 10-10:30 am 143304-W2 1/9-2/27 W 4:15-4:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 2 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. Ages 3-5. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 143305-W1 1/9-2/27 W 10:30-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 2 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

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*Adult/Child School has started back up, the weather is cooling down, and you need somewhere for your little ones to run off some energy and meet new friends, right? Bring them to the Community Center for Friday morning open gym! We have room to run around and lots of play equipment to keep your little ball of energy entertained. One side of the gym will be for unstructured play and the other we will have a sport of the month (soccer, basketball, or t-ball)! Drop in and stay as long as you like! Drop-in fee is $5/child or purchase a session pass for $10 that gets you into all 3 open gym sessions. No pre-registration required. Just drop in and have a ball! Ages 1½-5. Dates Day Time 12/21, 1/18, 2/15 F 9-10 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$5 3-Session Pass: $10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Ages 1½-3 (Adult/Child) 143300-F1 1/11-3/1 F 4:30-5 pm 143300-F2 1/11-3/1 F 5:15-5:45 pm 143300-F3 1/11-3/1 F 6-6:30 pm Ages 3-4 143301-F1 1/11-3/1 F 4:30-5:15 pm 143301-F2 1/11-3/1 F 5:15-6 pm 143301-F3 1/11-3/1 F 5:45-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 4 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

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Can’t Sit Still

Letters & Numbers

Balls and Tunnels

123’s and Shapes with Ease

*Adult/Child Playing with balls and crawling through tunnels . . . what could be more fun? Games and activities this morning will involve a series of tunnels and obstacles and lots of different balls for loads of little kid fun and basic motor skill development. Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 143035-F1 1/11 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

*Adult/Child Learn all about numbers and shapes through fun activities and games! There are so many fun shapes, we will determine what a few of them are and even work on drawing them. We’ll also practice writing and grouping numbers. Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: November 29. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 143043-R1 12/6-12/20 Th 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 3/$28 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Toddlers on the Move

Now I Know My ABC’s!

*Adult/Child Join us for three action-packed Wednesday mornings that will have you running, jumping, rolling, throwing and on the move! You will also learn about playing with others and maybe even make some new friends! Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: January 30. Min. 6. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 143032-W1 2/6-2/20 W 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 3/$20 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

*Adult/Child Learning the alphabet is not only essential to the development of literacy and writing skills, it can also be lots of fun! In this basic introduction of the alphabet, we will focus on a different set of letters each week. Your child will learn what each letter looks like, what sound it makes and practice writing it. This will be done through games, crafts and yummy letter snacks. Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: January 8. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 143045-T1 1/15-2/19 T 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 6/$32 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Playful Preschoolers *Adult/Child It’s time to get your little ones up and moving! We have a morning full of fun physical activities planned for your toddler, including running, jumping, throwing and dancing! Amidst all the fun, we will also be helping get your little one prepared for the future by introducing things like following directions, taking turns and waiting in line. Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: January 23. Min. 7. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 143029-W1 1/30 W 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Paw Patrol *Adult/Child Join Ryder and all of his Paw Patrol friends for a fun-filled Friday morning! We will work together to make our own Paw Patrol gear and then help the team out on a very important rescue mission. All of that action will probably make us work up an appetite, so we will have a yummy puppy treat at the end of class. Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: December 1. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 143047-S1 12/8 Sa 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Happy Holidays

Almost Artists Messy Art *Adult/Child Getting messy is not only lots of fun, it’s educational too! Your child will enjoy the sensation of different textures and art mediums while creating some beautiful masterpieces! The best part? We do all the clean up! Ages 2-5. Registration deadline: February 7. Min. 7. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 143040-R1 2/14 Th 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Preschool Art & Activity

Holiday Fun *Adult/Child It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we want you to celebrate with us! You’ll make holiday crafts that you can give as Christmas gifts, play some fun games, and enjoy Santa’s favorite treat… milk and cookies…before you leave! Registration deadline: November 30. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 443039-F1 12/7 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 443039-F2 12/7 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Be My Valentine! *Adult/Child We would LOVE for you to join us for our annual Valentine’s Day party! There will be Valentine crafts, heart-y games and much more. You’ll even get to decorate your own Valentine’s Day cupcake! Registration deadline: February 1. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Ages 1½-3 143104-F1 2/8 F 9-9:45 am Ages 3-5 143104-F2 2/8 F 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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*Adult/Child We have some early morning fun planned just for you this winter! We’ll start with art and end with a fun activity to get you moving. Choose your favorite theme or try them all for more fun (and a discounted fee)! Ages 1½-5. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each class. Min. 8. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time Bugs 443034-F4 12/14 F 9-9:45 am Winter Wonderland 143048-B1 12/22 Sa 10-10:45 am Dinosaur Day 143048-C1 1/12 Sa 10-10:45 am Princes and Princesses 143048-D1 1/19 Sa 10-10:45 am Pirate Party 143048-E1 2/9 Sa 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$14 Sign up for additional classes at the same time for just $12. Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Questions? 427-6000 More Pre-School Fun Breakfast with Santa....................... 5 Headwaters Ice Skating................ 56 Hundred Acre Wood Exhibit........... 7 Discover Corner.............................. 9 Garden Pre-School....................... 10 Santa and the Reindeer.................. 5 Santa’s Workshop......................... 30 Winterval...................................... 31 Youth Centers..........................40-45 Zoo.............................................. 39

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Sing & Read

Cooking Up Some Fun

Mini Me Music

Tiny Chefs

*Adult/Child Bonding with your child in their first year of life is crucial to the developmental stage. Mini Me Music is a great way for moms and their babies to have that special time through music! Music Therapy is an evidence-based practice that uses music to address anything from fine and gross motor skills and self-regulation to anxiety, anger management and attention to task. The songs learned in this class will be songs you can take home and sing during the week. Throughout this class you will also have the opportunity to build relationships with other moms and interact, share stories, struggles and victories with each other. If you would like to learn more and sample the class first, a one-session introductory class will be held on December 18. Ages: Infant-1 year. Instructor: Shelley Anderson. Registration deadlines: December 11 and January 1. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time Mini Me Introduction 143057-T1 12/18 T 9-10 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$6/$16 after December 11 Mini Me Music 143057-T2 1/8-2/26 T 9-10 am # Sessions/Fee: 8/$68/$78 after January 1 Location: Community Center, 233 W Main St.

Your little ones may be too young to start cooking in the kitchen on their own; however there are many things they can begin to do now to become amazing tiny chefs! They will learn some of the basic kitchen techniques and safety tips while making delicious recipes. The best part is they get to sample everything they make! Ages 3-5. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each event. Min. 7. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 143033-M1 12/10 M 10-11 am 143033-M2 1/28 M 10-11 am 143033-M3 2/11 M 10-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$19 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Fireside Fun *Adult/Child Come in out of the cold and enjoy a story by the fire with friends! We’ll follow the story with an activity based on the book along with hot chocolate and a snack. Ages 1½-5. Registration deadlines: December 21, January 18 and February 15. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Date Day Time 143005-F1 12/28 F 9-10 am 143005-F2 1/25 F 9-10 am 143005-F3 2/22 F 9-10 am # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Location: Lakeside Park #1, 1401 Lake Ave.

Little Roots: Culinary Classes for Preschoolers *Adult/Child Join Wholesome Roots Cooking at Salomon Farm Park for a fun hour with your little one! We’ve got fun, age appropriate classes bursting with hands-on activities, healthy concept learning through games, and of course, empowering your little one to create their own special healthy snacks. Younger siblings are always welcome to stay in class with their caregiver!  Any child participating in class will need to register. Ages 2-5. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 153909-T1 12/4 T 10-11 am 153909-T2 1/22 T 10-11 am 153909-T3 2/5 T 10-11 am # Sessions / Fee: 1/$25 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

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

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Just for Kids You’ve Got the Moves 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. Ages 5-8. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 143304-W3 1/9-2/27 W 4:45-5:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 2 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

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! Ages 5-8. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 143306-W1 1/9-2/27 W 5:15-5:45 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 2 Location: Starz Dance Academy, 5720 Maplecrest Rd.

Adult Dance, p. 20 Senior Tap Dance, p. 57 Youth Scholarships Available to youth through age 18 with the following conditions: • Must qualify for free lunches and text books, according to Federal guidelines • May receive one scholarship per year, maximum $50 • May use scholarship for program registration fees only Call 427-6000 for more information or visit www.fortwayneparks.org.

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Gymnastics 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. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time Ages 5-8 143302-F1 1/11-3/1 F 4:30-5:15 pm 143302-F2 1/11-3/1 F 5-5:45 pm 143302-F3 1/11-3/1 F 5:45-6:30 pm 143302-F4 1/11-3/1 F 6:30-7:15 pm Ages 8-12 143302-F6 1/11-3/1 F 6:30-7:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 4 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Gymnastics for 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. Registration deadline: January 4. Min. 5. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 143303-F1 1/11-3/1 F 6:30-7:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$53/$63 after January 4 Location: Gymnastics in Motion, 5728 Maplecrest Rd.

Encourage kids to be active.


Family Fun Family Game & Movie Night Family night is moving to the Community Center. Join us for games, movies, snacks and loads of family fun. The first game night will ring in the new year. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration deadlines: December 24, January 4 and February 1. Min. 6. Max. 20. Code Date Day Time 143056-M1 12/31 M 5-9 pm 143056-F1 1/11 F 5-9 pm 143056-F2 2/8 F 5-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25 per family (max. 5), $2 for each additional Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Craft-O-Rama Winter blahs have you feeling down?? Let your creativity flow and make some cool crafts with us! We will get together and have fun while making some crafts with new friends. Even if you are not crafty, the awesome Miss Onie will guide you in creating a one-of-a-kind craft! Registration deadline: November 24 and February 2. Min. 6. Max. 8. Code Date Day Time Winter Wonderland 141336-S1 12/1 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm Valentine’s Day 141336-S2 2/9 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$15/$20 after deadlines Adult and Child (14 & under) Fee: $25/$30 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Discovery Room

Passion for Pottery

Make a stop in the Community Center’s Discovery Room. For one week each month this room takes on a new theme for you to explore. Just drop in any time during public hours. There is no admission fee.

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 deadline: January 12. Min. 4. Max. 6. Code Dates Day Time 143201-S1 1/19-2/16 Sa 9-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 5/$63 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

December 17-21: Gingerbread Holiday Don’t miss this display of gingerbread creations.

January 21-25: Celebrating Elvis We are celebrating Elvis this week, so come join the celebration. Thank you very much!

February 18-22: Chill with the Presidents How many presidents can you name? This month’s discovery room will test your knowledge.

Creative & Crafty Kids 3D Modeling & Animation 101 In this course you will learn 3D modeling tools that are used in a variety of career’s such as: video game development, architecture and engineering, advertising and media, movies and more using Autodesk Maya LT. You will learn how to mold a simple cube into wonderful things, paint them, and even animate them. You will learn how to create objects for any purpose, even 3D printing! Instructor Merril Thompson has over 18 years’ experience on computers as well as a major in Computer Modeling and Animation at IPFW. Please bring a (2-4G) USB flash drive, notebook and pencil to class. Ages 10+. Registration deadline: January 26. Min. 5. Max. 11. Code Dates Day Time 143055-S1 2/2-4/6 Sa 9-11 am # Sessions/Fee: 10/$72 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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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. Ages 9-adult. Instructor: Richard Ash. Registration deadline: January 12. Min.10. Max. 30. Code Date Day Time 142238-S1 1/19 Sa 9:30 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$72/$77 after January 12 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Kids Kids sure love to eat, so how about teaching them how to cook some things on their own? This class will be both fun and educational, as we teach some basic kitchen techniques and safety tips along with some yummy, easy recipes your kids will be able to do at home. These one-time classes will have a theme based around the date of the class. Ages 8-12. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each event. Min. 7. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 143246-M1 12/10 M 5-6:30 pm 143246-M2 1/28 M 5-6:30 pm 143246-M3 2/11 M 5-6:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$22 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Cook Your Own Adventure: Culinary Classes for Elementary Poor planning often leads to poor choices, but with a little know-how and some fun recipes, kids and families can attack hunger with great tasting snacks that also have a nutritional punch. We will make several healthy recipes to inspire healthy habits at home! Each Healthy Hands cooking class begins with a nutrition lesson/game and includes hands-on cooking and instruction. Each child will have an opportunity to eat the delicious snack they made! Age 5-13. Instructor Meghan Hauser is the founder of Wholesome Roots Cooking and is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking instructor. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before each class. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Date Day Time 153821-W1 12/5 W 6-7:30 pm 153821-W2 12/19 W 6-7:30 pm 153821-F1 1/11 F 6-7:30 pm 153821-F2 1/25 F 6-7:30 pm 153821-W3 2/13 W 6-7:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$40 Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W. Dupont Rd.

Gingerbread Man Contest Do you have what it takes to be the best Gingerbread Man designer? Show off your decorating skills! Join us for a Gingerbread Man making contest. Bring your ideas. Voting will happen during the week of the Discovery Room, December 18 – December 21. Registration deadline: December 10. Min. 15. Max. 40. Code Date Day Time 143046-M1 12/17 M 8 am-5 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

More Fun For Kids Baking/Cooking...................... 14, 16 Breakfast with Santa!...................... 5 Christmas on the Farm.................. 12 Field Trips.............................. 10, 26 Headwaters Ice Skating................ 56 Hikes............................................ 11 Hundred Acre Wood Exhibit........... 7 Santa and the Reindeer.................. 5 Santa’s Workshop......................... 30 Storytime on the Riverfront.......... 29 Winterval...................................... 31 Young Naturalist Series................ 26 Youth Centers..........................40-45

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Children’s Zoo Group Picnics Looking for a family-friendly location for your next company picnic or family reunion? The Zoo is the perfect place! Call our Group Sales Department at (260) 427-5229 for more information and to book your next event.

Wild Encounters Come face-to-face with your favorite animals during a once-in-a-lifetime Wild Encounters. Check out the friendly animals you can meet at kidszoo.org.

Zoo Memberships Make Great Gifts! If you want to enjoy the zoo with your family again and again this summer- then a membership is right for you! Memberships also make wonderful gifts for the holidays. Current members, make sure you renew before yours expires so you don’t miss out on any zoo fun. Purchase or renew yours today at kidszoo.org/membership.

Adopt a Zoo Animal One of the best ways to help our amazing zoo animals is to adopt one! Animal adoptions are a great way to make a differenceand they make awesome gifts for the holidays, too. View all of our adoptable animals and choose yours at kidszoo.org.

Stocking Stuffers Zoo tokens are the stocking stuffers that keep on giving all year long! Tokens are $1 each, can be used to purchase rides or animal experiences, and never expire. Call Guest Services at (260) 427-6800 to get yours today.

www.kidszoo.org

Stuff your stocking with a zoo membership.

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Youth Centers Jennings Recreation Center 1330 McCulloch St. • 427-6700 Supervisor: Michael Ayers

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

Through December 21 and January 14-May 11 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

3:30-4:30

Homework

Homework

Homework

Homework

4:00-5:00

Ivy Tech (4:30-6:00)

Open Rec

Open Rec

Open Rec

Homework Free Play Recreation Show Time

5:00-5:30 5:30-6:00

Kids Café Everlasting Fitness

6:00-7:30

School Success Celebration

Crafting Around Basketball Sisterhood

Crafting Around Boys to Men

Sisterhood Basketball

7:30-8:00

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Homework Assistance

Basketball Program/Leagues

Homework assistance and tutoring; Clever Crazes computer activity (online STEM education games)

Everlasting Fitness Exercise, nutrition and hygiene; exposure to health related businesses within the community; preparing healthy meals and snacks. Includes Parkview Healthy Seeds program.

Ms. Lovie Kids Café Nutritious meal prepared and served on-site

Passage 2 Manhood / Sisterhood Life skills program designed to give boys/girls the tools necessary to be successful in their life endeavors

Boys to Men Rite of passage program designed to teach young men life skills, self-care, character building, respect for self and others, discipline, manners and etiquette.

Crafting Around A variety of craft activities are available for children to make and take.

6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays ages 7-11, Thursdays ages 12-16 Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens develop basketball skills.

Showtime Visual arts and talent are presented by the youth.

Ivy Tech Youth Skills Program Powered twice a semester by Ivy Tech, this program encourages critical thinking skills, challenges students’ minds and fosters teamwork.

19th Annual Black History Bowl All community youth groups are invited to participate in this high-spirited competition that challenges their knowledge of African-American history. Registration begins January 10 at Jennings Recreation Centers. Call Michael Ayers at 4276700 or 479-8588 for an information packet.

ALL school age boys and girls are

School Success Celebration Youth meet with partner FWPD officer to share school accomplishments. Partner FWPD officer leads group in a vote for Student of the Week.

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FREE after school fun . . .


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

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

Through December 21 and January 14-May 11 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/ Wisercise 4:20

Power Hour/ Wisercise 4:20

Power Hour/ Wisercise 4:20

Power Hour/ Wisercise 4:20

Ananse Crafts Showtime

4:30-5:00

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Show Time (4-6 pm)

5:00-6:00

Kids Café Simba

Kids Café Goddess Aset

Kids Café Simba School Success 5:30

Kids Café Goddess Aset

Kids Café

Akoma Dance Crew Recreation Basketball

Imhotep Club IVY Tech Outreach Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

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

Akoma Dance Crew Recreation

Jump for Life

Basketball Recreation

Recreation

Power Hour

Jump for Life

Homework assistance

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. Includes Parkview’s Healthy Seeds.

Kids Café Nutritious meals are provided for youth ages 5-18.

Wisercise A short exercise activity to get the youth moving and remind them of the benefits of daily exercise, good nutrition and general well-being.

Imhotep Club Youth ages 5-18 enjoy fun and challenging STEM activities that encourage them to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Children are exposed to various careers through guest speakers.

Simba Rites of Passage / Goddess Aset Rites of Passage Boys and girls ages 10-18 learn the skills necessary to transition into healthy, productive and positive young men and women; 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.

Akoma Dance Crew Youth ages 5-18 learn the art of performance and competition of 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 Held at Weisser Elementary Gym, boys and girls 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. To participate in the league, participants must attend Simba, Imhotep Club or Goddess Aset.

Show Time Visual arts and talent are presented by the youth.

School Success Celebration

Ivy Tech Youth Skills Program

Youth meet with partner FWPD officer to share school accomplishments. Partner FWPD officer leads group in a vote for Student of the Week.

Powered twice a semester by Ivy Tech, this program encourages critical thinking skills, challenges students’ minds and fosters teamwork.

in a clean, safe environment.

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Cooper Community Center 300 Clinton & Creighton • 427-6733 Supervisor: Michael Ayers

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

Through December 21 and January 14-May 11

3:00-4:00

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Power Hour Snack

Friday Recreation Free Time

4:00-5:00 5:00-5:30

COOPFit

COOPFit

COOPFit

COOPFit

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

Kids Café

5:30-6:00

School Success Celebration

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

Recreation

6:00-7:30

Path to Manhood Beautiful Girls

Self Expression Lakeside Basketball

Coed Life Skills Ivy Tech

Imagine, Design, Create Lakeside Basketball

7:30-8:00

Games, Puzzles, Reading

Power Hour

Imagine, Design, Create

Homework assistance.

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

Coop Fun Fit Exercise Children have fun learning the skills necessary to live a healthy and fit life. This program is fun and interactive for all youth. Includes Parkview’s Healthy Seeds program.

Coed Life Skills These life skills programs are designed to teach elementary through high school youth etiquette, mannerisms, respect for self and others, social skills, positive behavior and decision making. They will work together on community service projects and more to help them become successful and productive young adults.

Lakeside Basketball League Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens (ages 8-16) develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship and teamwork!

School Success Celebration Youth meet with partner FWPD officer to share school accomplishments. Partner FWPD officer leads group in a vote for Student of the Week.

Kids Café Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 p.m. when FWCS is closed.

Path to Manhood Life skills program designed to give boys the tools necessary to be successful in their life endeavors

Youth Center programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Lincoln Financial Foundation and the Three Rivers Credit Union Foundation.

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Come hang out with us!


COMMUNITY

Cooper Center Tree Lighting Thursday, December 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Music • Refreshments • Family Fun

UNITY NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY FUN NIGHT

November 15, 6-8 pm Faith United Methodist Church 207 E. Dewald (hosted by Cooper Center)

Meet, Greet & Eat!

Neighborhood Meal Games, Crafts, Door Prizes Entertainment Neighborhood Forum on Public Safety Pre-events begin at 5:30 p.m.

Annual Community Kwanzaa Celebration

66th Annual

Wassail Celebration Sunday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. Jennings Recreation Center 1330 McCulloch St. Join us as we kick off the holiday season with youth perfomances in dance, music and poetry! The Wassail History will be recited and light refreshments will be served, including the traditional Wassail punch. The Wassail Celebration is free and open to the public. History of the Wassail Celebration In 1952 a young adult men’s group at the McCulloch Recreation Center (now Jennings Recreation Center) hosted a family style Christmas party and called it the Wassail. The first program was a success and has been held at the Center every year for 65 years. Please join us!

Thursday, December 27, 6:00 p.m. Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St. Music • Dance • Poetry Kwanzaa Feast • Commercial Vendors Live Band Performance H Free and Open to the Public H

19th Annual Black History Bowl All community youth groups are invited to participate in this high-spirited competition that challenges their knowledge of African-American history. Registration begins January 10 at Jennings Recreation Centers. Call Michael Ayers at 4276700 or 479-8588 for an information packet.

Watch for the Spring Fun Times on February 6.

Connect with your neighbors.

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McMillen Park Center McMillen Park Community Center 3901 Abbott Street • 427-2420 Supervisor: Andre Patterson Hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6-9 p.m. Sat/Sun, 12-5 p.m. Admission Youth M-F, 3-8 p.m. FREE; (Must be registered in After-School program) All others $1 Photo I.D. required

Sports & Fitness Pickleball Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Come in and play the fastest growing sport in America on our climate controlled indoor courts. Drop in fee: $1. All patrons must present a photo ID.

Wellness Mall

We’re More Than Sports Fun and Games Mondays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Come join the fun and games! We will have various board games available for your use or you can bring your own.

Movies w/Oakstreet Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Come join us for Movie Day and bring a friend. Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

Computer Lab Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The computer Lab is open to the public for personal use. Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

After School Fun Kids’ Café Students are fed a nutritious meal daily. Each meal includes protein, vegetables, fruit and milk. Ages 5-18.

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Enjoy our indoor walking track and fitness equipment in the comfort of a clean, spacious facility. Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

Jump for Life

Cardio Fit

This Drug and alcohol awareness program for ages 5-18 is designed to prevent drug use.

Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. December 3-February 7 Fun Cardio Fitness for adults including strength training, toning and dancing. Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

Zumba Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. December 12-January 30 Dance aerobic fitness with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Drop in fee: $1. Photo ID required.

Adult Men’s Basketball League Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 p.m. December 4 – February 12 Games are scheduled at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The men’s league will run for 8 weeks followed by a single elimination tournament. Team rosters are limited to 12 players. Register on line or at the Center.

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Physical Fitness fun for kids all ages.

Project Alert Ivy Tech Youth Skills This program, powered by Ivy Tech College, encourages critical thinking skills, challenges students’ minds and fosters team work. Ages 5-18.

Movie Night Children will enjoy weekly family friendly movies while learning movie theatre etiquette.

McMillen Kickers Saturdays Ages 4-7, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Ages 8-10, 10:00-11:00 a.m. This soccer program will cover the fundamentals and basic skills.

Recreational Basketball, p. 46

Drop in and join the fun!


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 3 pm

4 pm

5 pm

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Unwind Time Snack Foyer Games

Kids’ Café

Sweetwater

Kids’ Café

Kids’ Café

Friday

Computer, Arts & Crafts, TV, Pickleball, Movies, Homework Hour Homework Hour Homework Hour Homework Hour Playground, Project Alert Jump for Life Boxball, Kickball Jump for Life Healthy Seeds Kids’ Café

Kids’ Café 6 pm

Chess Club (5:30 p.m.) Little Lady Bugs

HER (5:30 p.m.) Drums Not Guns Ivy Tech Youth Dance Collective Skills

Movie Night Youtheatre Sisters of the Cloth

Youtheatre

Little Ballers

Youth will learn the art of the stage with projection, articulation and imagination in this program that begins January 9.

Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m. beginning January 19 Little Ballers is about skills, drills and shooting fundamentals for ages 5-7.

Little Lady Bugs/HER

Youth Basketball League

Little Lady Bugs (ages 5-10) and HER (ages 11 & older) allow girls and young women to discuss important issues such as setting and achieving goals, getting along with parents and handling emotions. These programs include games, activities, field trips and community service projects

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 19 -February 23 This Basketball League is open to boys and girls in 5th-8th grades. Games will be starting at 6:00 p.m. Team registration fee: $100. Call 427-2420 for more information or to register your team.

Dance Collective

Youth Volleyball

Fort Wayne Dance Collective offers this free afterschool program for boys and girls to dance and learn various genres of dance.

Thursdays, December 12-January 24 6:00-7:00 p.m. This volleyball session is open to boys and girls in the 5th-12th grades

McMillen Music Academy Powered by Sweetwater Boys and girls in grades 3-12 may participate in weekly group guitar lessons with instructors from Sweetwater Sound.

Planting Healthy Seeds Powered by Parkview, this program teaches children about nutrition and balanced eating. Begins January 7.

Youth Cooking, p. 16 Fitness, p. 8-11, 46, 50

McMillen Park Community Center Rentals The McMillen Park Community Center has a space for every event. Let us host your family reunion, birthday party, baby shower, basketball tournament, conference, group meeting, wedding reception or other event. We have a variety of room sizes depending on the needs of your group. Alcohol is permitted at the Center. Please contact Percinta Hunter, Program Coordinator at (260) 427-2420 for additional information.

Brain Training, p. 25

Questions? Call 427-2420

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Sports & Fitness See You on the Court

Relax and Breathe

Recreational Volleyball

Yoga for Everyone

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 10 weeks. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 2. Max. 18. Code Dates Day Time 144800-T1 1/8-2/26 T 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$30 Location: Northwood MS, 1201 E. Washington Center Rd.

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 classes are open to all levels. Drop-ins are welcome on Thursdays for $10. Ages 16+. Instructor Melissa Vanyo-Hey is a Certified 200 Hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. Registration deadlines are 5 business days before the start of each class.. Min. 8. Max. 40. Code Dates Day Time Beginning 142300-R1 1/17-3/21 Th 7:15-8:45 pm 142300-T1 1/15-3/19 T 4:30-6 pm Continuing 142300-R2 1/17-3/21 Th 5:30-7 pm 142300-M1 1/14-3/18 M 5:30-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$55/$60 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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: January 2. Max. 18. Code Dates Day Time 144000-M1 1/7-3/4 M 7-9 pm 144000-W1 1/9-3/6 W 7-9 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$30 Location: Blackhawk MS, 7200 E. State Blvd.

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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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: Additional students may drop in for $10 per session, up to the class maximum; call ahead to make sure class will be in session. Ages 18+. Registration deadline: January 2. Min. 10. Max. 16. Code Dates Day Time                    Tai Chi I - Beginners 127002-T1 1/8-2/26 T  9:30-10:30 am Tai Chi I - Beginners 127002-T2 1/8-2/26 T 5-6 pm Tai Chi II - Continuing 127002-T3  1/8-2/26   T  6-7 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$69 Member or Volunteer Fee: $59 Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Adopt an active, healthful lifestyle.


Unwind Your Mind Activities for Those with Signs of Early Dementia Call 427-6460 or 427-6466 to register for these programs.

Acrylic Painting 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. All supplies will be provided. Max. 8. Date Day Time 2/26 T 1:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$25/$30 day of class Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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. Date Day Time 1/19 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 2/18 M 11:30 am-1 pm 2/2 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm 2/23 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$12 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Bingo 2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00 p.m. Join us for Bingo on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor Huntington and Heritage Park. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Carefree Crafts Mondays, 12:30 p.m. December 17, January 21, February 18 Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Join us for some carefree crafts! Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to have lunch then stay to make and take a craft! Ages 50+. Pre-registration is required by the previous Wednesday. Fee: $3/$1 with paid Monday Luncheon reservation. Sponsored by Majestic Care of Fort Wayne.

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. December 17, January 21 & February 18 Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color to your heart’s content using colored pencils. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. (Note: Plan to stay for our Monday Luncheon. Details on page 48.)

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Middle Stage Wednesday, February 13, 20 & 27 3:00-5:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. In this 3-part seminar you will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle stage of Alzheimer’s and also explore the relationship changes that occur in this stage. You will find out how to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care. You will also learn effective ways to provide personal care and manage challenging behaviors. Week one will educate the caregiver on changes in the brain, how to effectively communicate and the care requirements. Week two will focus on behavioral changes and safety concerns. Week three will cover home care assistance options, planning for future care, behavioral issues with medication management and caregiver coping strategies. This seminar is free; however you will need to call 427-6460 by February 6 to reserve your spot.

Wii Bowling League Tuesdays, January 8-February 26, 11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Wii Bowling is a great way to stay active! It promotes physical activity and helps to keep you on your mental game as well! Join us for fun and friendly competition at the Community Center and other locations where we have the opportunity for social bowl-a-thons throughout the season. Call 427-6461 by December 21 to sign up.

Free Seminars, p. 28, 29 More Unwind Activities Arthritis Foundation Exercise....... 50 Carefree Crafts............................. 48 Craft-O-Rama............................... 52 Day Trippers................................. 48 Garden in Lights............................. 4 Holiday Light Tour........................ 30 Keep Music in Your Heart..............51 Monday Luncheons...................... 48 Tuesday Movies............................ 48

Creative . . . Social . . . Meaningful

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Fun After Fifty Social Seniors 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 fun-loving folks. You may resume play after lunch if you wish. Paid reservations are required by the previous Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Reservations fees cannot be refunded. At each luncheon there will be a short presentation by the sponsor. Ages 50+. Monday, December 17, 11:30 a.m. “Gingerbread Holiday” Supporting Sponsor: Hearing Aids Plus+ Reservation fee: $5 Monday, January 21, 11:30 a.m. “Celebrating Elvis” Supporting Sponsor: StoryPoint- Senior Living Community Reservation fee: $4 Monday, February 18, 11:30 a.m. “Chill with the Presidents” Supporting Sponsor: Heritage Park-American Senior Communities Reservation fee: $4

Relaxation Station: Adult Coloring Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. December 17, January 21, February 18 Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Who doesn’t like to color? Listen to relaxing music, visit with your neighbor and color until your heart’s content using colored pencils. No pre-registration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. (Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to stay for lunch.)

Crossword Concoctions Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. December 17, January 21, February 18 Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Are you a crossword junkie? We will supply the crossword puzzle and pencil (or pen, if you prefer). No preregistration is necessary. Just drop in! Drop-in fee: $1. Note: Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to stay for lunch.

Carefree Crafts Mondays, 12:30 p.m. December 17, January 21, February 18 Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Join us for some carefree crafts! Our monthly Monday Luncheons are on the same dates, so make plans to have lunch then stay to make and take a craft! Ages 50+. Preregistration is required by the previous Wednesday. Fee: $3/$1 with paid Monday Luncheon reservation. Sponsored by Majestic Care of Fort Wayne.

Day Trippers Pretend you are a tourist, step aboard an Excursion Trailways motor coach and join the “Day Trippers!” We will introduce you to just a few of the area’s top attractions and stop at a local eatery for lunch. The $6 fee covers transportation only. Admission fees (if applicable) and lunch expenses are not included, so please plan accordingly. The bus will pick up at 9:00 a.m. at Bob Arnold Park (Parnell at E. State Blvd.) for each excursion. Ages 18+. Call 427-6460 to sign up. Registration deadlines are 5 working days prior to each excursion. Code Date Day Time Roanoke Christmas Shopping, Two EE’s Winery Sponsored by Coventry Meadows. 141600-W1 12/12 W 9 am-3 pm National Military History Center ($3), Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum ($10.50) 141600-T1 1/15 T 9 am-3 pm The Country Shops of Grabill, H. Souder and Son’s General Store 141600-T2 2/19 T 9 am-3 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$6/$11 after deadlines Departs: Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.

Tuesday Movies Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Join us for an afternoon at the movies! Most features are recent releases and admission is FREE. Show time is 1:30 p.m. Please call 427-6460 by the Monday prior to each movie to reserve your seat. Tuesday movies are sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor of Fort Wayne and Senior Helpers. December 4................................................Elf December 18.................................. Holiday Inn January 15..........................I Can Only Imagine February 5.............................. Forever My Girl February 19 ................................... Book Club

NEW HOURS at the CENTER

Trips & Travel, p. 17-19 48

The Community Center is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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


Get in the Game

Wii Bowling League Tuesdays, January 8-February 26, 11:00 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Wii Bowling is a great way to stay active! It promotes physical activity and helps to keep you on your mental game as well! Join us for fun and friendly competition at the Community Center and other locations where we have the opportunity for social bowl-a-thons throughout the season. Call 427-6461 by December 21 to sign up.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg

Bingo 2nd and 4th Friday, 1:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Prizes include snacks, canned goods and miscellaneous household items. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor Huntington and Heritage Park. Fee: 3 cards/50¢

Fun & Games Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 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. Ages 50+. Drop-in fee: $1 Game Days Time Billiards M-F 8 am- 4:30 pm Bingo 2nd-4th F 1 pm Cornhole F 9:30 am-11:30 am Crochet W 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm F 1-3 pm Euchre W 12:30-3 pm Sa 9 am-12 pm Fitness Equipment M-F 8 am- 4:30 pm Mah Jongg F 12-4 pm Quilting Th 1-4 pm Table Tennis M/W 8:30-11:30 am Wii Bowling T 11 am-2 pm Many THANKS to the following for their contributions to our Fun & Games: • Miller’s Merry Manor Huntington (Bingo) • Heritage Park (Bingo) • Englewood Health & Rehab (Euchre) • Senior Helpers (Euchre)

Mah Jongg is a game of both skill and luck that involves strategically matching tiles. The excitement of the game lies in the decisions that you will constantly have to make. Is it preferable to discard a tile and thus gain an advantage, or would it be more prudent to stay with a decent hand? Once you learn basic skills and strategies, you will be on your way to a fun and enjoyable time with other Mah Jongg enthusiasts. Registration deadline: January 10. Min. 3. Max. 5. Code Dates Day Time 141700-R1 1/17-2/7 Th 9:30-11:30 am 141700-R2 1/17-2/7 Th 1:30-3:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$26/$31 after January 10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

2019 Senior Games June 3-21 Save the date! More than 450 active senior adults participated in the 2018 Senior Games. Mark your calendar and start “training” now for the 2019 Senior Games. Registration packets will be mailed in April. Call 427-6462 to be placed on our mailing list. Congratulations to the 2018 Senior Games Champions Richard Quintano and Holly Small

Jigsaw Puzzle Mania Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Help us complete the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle has 40,320 pieces and measures 23’ x 6.5’. When complete, it will be preserved and displayed at the Community Center. Everyone is invited to work on the puzzle. For a small donation, you can have your name displayed with the puzzle as having worked on it. Inquire at the Service Desk for more information.

Holiday Light Tour, p. 30

Saturday 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Fit & Fabulous

Everyday Exercise Tuesday & Thursdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Enjoy the benefits of a daily exercise routine designed just for you. This class incorporates the use of handheld weights to help increase cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and mobility. Please consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. You can start this drop-in program at any time. Ages 50+. Orange juice is provided by Miller’s Merry Manor of Fort Wayne. There will be no class on December 25, 27, January 1 and 3. Drop-in fee: $1/class.

Senior Aqua Fit

Arthritis Foundation Exercise

Tuesday & Thursdays, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 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.). If you are just beginning to exercise, start here. This class is designed to improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain caused by arthritis and other ailments and increase mobility. You can attend the drop-in program at any time. Ages 50+. Orange juice is provided by Miller’s Merry Manor of Fort Wayne. There will be no class December 25, 27, January 1 and 3. Drop-in fee: $1/class.

Cardio Flex Tuesday & Thursdays, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Cardio Flex is for those individuals who desire a more intensive workout than offered in Arthritis Foundation Exercise. It is designed for active seniors and consists of 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise designed to help decrease fat mass and lower resting heart rate and cholesterol levels. You will be using light to medium dumbbells to increase muscular strength and flexibility. Prior participation is not required; however, we recommend you consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Orange juice is provided by Miller’s Merry Manor of Fort Wayne. Ages 50+. There will be no class December 25, 27, January 1 and 3. Drop-in fee: $1/class.

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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 • Improved balance • Help in maintaining fitness levels while injured Instructors are provided by Corporate Health. Ages 50+. Registration deadlines: December 31 and January 2. Min. 7. Max. 23. Code Dates Day Time 141209-M1 1/7-3/11 M 11:30-12:15 pm 141209-W1 1/9-3/13 W 11:30-12:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 10/$67/$72 after deadlines Location: Turnstone, 3320 N. Clinton

Zumba Gold 50+ Zumba Gold is a beginning exercise class for the 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. This fun, safe fitness class will help you achieve the long-term health benefits you seek. Instructor: Katie Amos. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: January 7. Min. 8. Max. 10. Code Dates Day Time 141204-M1 1/14-2/18 M 10-10:45 am # Sessions/Fee: 6/$39/$44 after January 7 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

It’s never too late . . .


Senior Yoga

The Sound of Music

Research has shown that exercise can slow down the effects of 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. 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: January 1 and 3. Min. 8. Max. 45. Code Dates Day Time 141200-T1 1/8-2/26 T 12-1 pm 141200-R1 1/10-2/28 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.

Keep Music in your Heart

Senior 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 techniques and performance skills. No previous experience is required. Tap shoes or hard sole shoes are recommended. Ages 50+. Instructor: Linda Mullenhour. Registration deadline: January 3. Min. 5. Max. 15. Code Dates Day Time 141210-R1 1/10-2/28 Th 3:30-4:15 pm # Sessions/Fee: 8/$15/$20 after January 3 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 over. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. The Alley Kats are available to perform for your organization or private party. To audition for the troupe or to book the Alley Kats for your function, please call 427-6461.

Adult Tap, p. 20

Tap into your inner musician! Whether you are a non-music reader, a once-upon-a-time music reader or a current musician, you will enjoy using rhythmic games to challenge your coordination, memory and light motor skills. Old and new songs will be used to rejuvenate your mind! Ages 50+. Instructor: Kristine Agen. Registration deadline: January 15. Min. 10. Max. 20. Code Dates Day Time 141324-T1 1/22-2/12 T 3-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 4/$23/$28 after January 15 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Terrible Orchestra Get the violin you played in high school out of the attic and come join the fun! We are starting an “orchestra” for adults (2+ years of experience is preferred) that just want to have fun making music. Music arrangements will be provided to get the musical muscles active again. Please bring your own instrument and music stand. Modeled after the Scottish Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of friends who just wanted to get together and play, this class will have some instruction as well as “rehearsal” time as a group. If you are an adult beginner taking lessons, you are welcome to enroll. String players are especially needed, but all are welcome. When registering for the class please let us know what instrument you will be playing. Instructor Debra Graham is currently in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and directs the Northeast Indiana Talent Education beginning and intermediate ensembles and has taught elementary through middle school orchestras for over 30 years. Registration deadline: January 21. Min. 10. Max. 30. Code Dates   Day     Time 142308-M1 1/28-3/4 M 7-8:30 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$38/$43 after January 21 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Creative & Crafty 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 Intermediate 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 advanced stitches for afghan and pillows. Bring your “yarn stash” (especially green for the leaves) and hooks. (Once you’ve begun your new hobby, join us for Hooked on Crochet below.) Ages 50+. Instructor: Berniece Wilkins. Registration deadlines: January 2 and 4 . Min. 4. Max. 5. Code Dates Day Time Beginner 141304-F1 1/11-3/1 F 1-3 pm Intermediate 141304-W1 1/9-2/27 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. and 1:00 -3:00 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. (Crochet instruction is offered in “Curious About Crochet.”) Ages 50+. No need to call ahead. Drop-in fee: $1.

Creative Quilting Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Community Center, 233 W. Main St. Creative quilting has much in common with the quilting bee, an extremely popular social event in the mid-nineteenth century. It provides an opportunity to meet other quilters, make new friends, share ideas and express your artistic capabilities. Rather than everyone working on one common quilt, however, you are encouraged to bring your current quilting project to work on. An iron and ironing board will be set up for your use and large tables available for laying out your quilt. Ages 50+. There is no need to call ahead. Drop-in fee: $1

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Jewelry Making If you enjoy wearing unique jewelry, why not try making it yourself? You will choose your favorite color beads to create a bracelet and matching pair of earrings using memory wire and parachute cord. All necessary tools and materials will be provided. Ages 16+. Registration deadline: February 16. Min. 3. Max. 10. Code Date Day Time 141338-S1 2/23 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$22/$27 after February 16 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

DIY Holiday Wreath Just in time for the holidays! Make your own Christmas wreath to help inspire your holiday spirit. We will supply the greenery and all the decorations and ribbon you need to create a one-ofa-kind wreath. Ages 50+. Registration deadline: December 1. Min. 6. Max. 8. Code Date Day Time 141339-S1 12/8 Sa 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$20/$25 after December 1 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Craft-O-Rama

New

Winter blahs have you feeling down? Let your creativity flow and make some cool crafts with us! We will get together and have fun while making some crafts with new friends. Even if you are not crafty, the awesome Miss Onie will guide you in creating a one-of-a-kind craft! Registration deadlines: November 24 and February 2. Min. 6. Max. 8. Code Date Day Time Winter Wonderland 141336-S1 12/1 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm Valentine’s Day 141336-S2 2/9 Sa 11:30 am-1 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$15/$20 after deadlines Adult and Child (14 & under) Fee: $25/$30 after deadlines Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Gingerbread Man Contest Do you have what it takes to be the best Gingerbread Man designer? Show off your decorating skills! Join us for a Gingerbread Man making contest. Bring your ideas. Voting will happen during the week of the Discovery Room, December 18 – December 21. Registration deadline: December 10. Min. 15. Max. 40. Code Date Day Time 143046-M1 12/17 M 8 am-5 pm # Sessions/Fee: 1/$10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

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Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org.


Behind the Easel: Oil or Acrylic

Book Sales

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 deadline: January 7. Min. 5. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 141301-M1 1/14-2/18 M 1:30-4 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$73/$78 after January 7 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

January 8-10, February 12-14, March 12-14 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, and DVDs. (Donations are always welcome, so bring in your old and gently used books!)

Reading & Writing

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: January 10. Min. 6. Max. 12. Code Dates Day Time 141318-R1 1/17-2/21 Th 10 am-12 pm # Sessions/Fee: 6/$36/$41 after January 10 Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Register on-line at www.fortwayneparks.org

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 200 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 • Volunteer and Paid Class Instructors • Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors • Daytime Experienced Tap Dancers • Volunteer Coordinator • Raised Garden Bed Helpers • Bingo Caller • Music Education • Fitness and Conditioning Coordinator • Excursion Tour Escorts • Craft Coordinators and Assistants • Special Event Helpers • Shuffle Board League Coordinator • Cleaning Assistants • Brain Teaser Leader • AARP Tax Preparers (February-April, training in January)

Thank You, Sponsors Thank you to the following businesses for sponsoring fall events at the Community Center: • American Senior Communities (Halloween Haunt) • Kurtz Produce (Pumpkin Carving Challenge) • Miller’s Merry Manor (Active Aging Week, Billiards Tournament & Halloween Haunt) • Park Place Senior Living (Halloween Haunt) • Renaissance Village (Active Aging Week, Hike at ACRES Land Trust) • South Side Key Club (Halloween Haunt)

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We Can Help Diabetic Screening Diabetes affects approximately 25 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population. While an estimated 18 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware they have the disease. Sunshine Home Health Care will offer FREE diabetes screenings at the Community Center on the first Thursday of the month. No appointment is required. (There will be no screenings offered in January.) Day Dates Time Thur 12/6, 2/7 9-11 am Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

How’s Your Hearing? Approximately 28 million Americans, or about one in every ten people in this country, have some hearing loss. Many don’t even know 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. Please call 427-6460 to make your appointment and arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Ages 50+. (There will be no screenings offered in January.) Day Dates Time Tues 12/4, 2/5 9-11:15 am Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) A trained SHIP counselor is available on the first and third Thursday of every month to answer your questions about Medicare, Medigap (supplement to Medicare), Prescription Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Get a detailed explanation of Medicare coverage and learn the differences between Medigap and Advantage Plans and when an additional prescription drug plan is necessary. Please bring a list of your prescription drugs, as well as the strength and how often it is taken. Call 427-6460 to schedule an appointment. This service is free and not affiliated with any insurance agency.   Day Dates Time Thur 12/6, 1/17, 2/7, 2/21 9 am-12 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Legal Counseling Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, L.L.C attorneys are at the Community Center on the morning of the first Friday of every month to answer your legal questions. Please call 427-6460 to make an appointment. This FREE service is offered to people age 50 and over. (Legal Counseling will not be offered in January.) Day Dates Time Fri 12/7, 2/1 9 am-12 pm Location: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Monthly Organization Meetings

Free Tax Preparation January 28-April 15, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 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 2017 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. If you are interested in being a volunteer to help prepare taxes at the Community Center, please call 427-6461.

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The following organizations hold monthly meetings at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St. 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, 12/4, 12/18, 1/15, 2/5, 2/19, 2-4 pm Disorderly Bears Thursday, 2/14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

NEW HOURS at the CENTER The Community Center is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Community Center Rental The Community Center at 233 W. Main Street offers beautiful, flexible space for large and small events. 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 4276463 for details and the full range of options or check our website at www.fortwayneparks.org.

We are at your service!


Around the Parks Historic Old Fort 1201 Spy Run Ave. www.oldfortwayne.org (260) 437-2836

Christmas at the Fort Saturday, November 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Jump in your car, hop on the Holly Trolley or hitch up your sleigh and welcome the holidays with fun and festivities at the Old Fort. Revel in a time when French speaking habitants celebrated Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee, Christmas and New Years on ‘les trois rivières’ (the three rivers). Artisans present hand crafted gift ideas and the bakers of the Old Fort offer their wares! Warm up by the fire as we deck the halls. History and the holidays come to life at the Old Fort. Admission is free.

Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1759 Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Experience a winter with the French of Fort Miamis. Re-enactors from “Les Habitants et Marines du Post ed Miamis” will spend the weekend living in the Fort, which will be open for visitors on Saturday. Their goal is to recreate actual events which occurred in and around what is now Fort Wayne in the year 1757. They do so by examining letters written by the French commanders of what was then known as Fort Miamis and then attempt to recreate those events. Mail call, military drills, scouting, cooking and sewing will be some of the events taking place during the event.

1812 Winter Garrison Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. A winter posting at a frontier Fort was never an easy task. Soldiers had to chop wood to stay warm and cook their own meals. Natives were always around in 1812 and many could not be trusted to be friendly. Visit with the soldiers and feel what it was like to live in a frontier Fort during the winter.

Swinney Homestead 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. www.settlersinc.org (260) 424-7212

Victorian Christmas ‘At-Home’ with the Swinney Sisters December 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. / December 8, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd. Settlers Inc. cordially invite you to the Swinney Homestead to celebrate the Christmas spirit and take refreshment of tasty savories and sweets. The Historic Swinney House will be decorated in Victorian Christmas grandeur. A gift Shoppe on the second floor will be laden with unique gifts and “stocking stuffers” for Christmas shoppers.  Reservations will be taken at (260) 747-1501 and (260) 747-1229. Tables seat 4. Fee $25. This event is a fundraiser to help support the maintenance of Fort Wayne’s historic Homestead.

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Headwaters Park Clinton & Superior Streets (260) 425-5745

Headwaters Ice Skating Rink Clinton & Superior • 422-7625 Headwaters Ice Skating Rink will open for the 2018-19 season at 11:00 a.m. on November 17. Regular Hours Monday-Thursday.............................1-8 pm Friday........................................... 12-10 pm Saturday.................................. 11 am-10 pm Sunday...........................................12-8 pm Extended Holiday Hours December 17 - January 8 Monday-Friday.............................. 12-10 pm Saturday ................................. 10 am-10 pm Sunday.................................... 11 am-10 pm

CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY Closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve

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. The Headwaters Park Ice Rink also offers concessions, skate sharpening services, and private ice rentals (during non-public skating hours).

Give the Gift of Fun Gift Cards in Any Amount Our gift cards may be used for: Classes • Workshops • Facility Rentals Dog Park Memberships • Day Camps Foellinger Theatre Concert Tickets

MEMBER

Conservatory Gift Shop & Sales Garden Greens Fees • Golf Memberships Botanical Conservatory Memberships Conservatory Admission • Trips & Tours

Shopping Opportunities Chicago Shopping (Downtown), p. 17 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, p. 18 Christmas on the Farm, p. 12 Community Center Book Sales, p. 53 Conservatory Gift Shop, p. 3 Treasures in the Center, p. 30 Santa’s Workshop, p. 30 Swinney Homestead Gift Shoppe, p. 55

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Golf Course Membership

Foster • McMillen • Shoaff • 3-Way

Botanical Conservatory Membership Pawster Park Membership Camp Canine Membership

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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 Shoaff Golf Course........................ 427-6745 Weisser Center.............................. 427-6780

This program receives Federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations of the US Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility operated by a recipient of Federal Assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law. Any person needing a reasonable accommodation should notify the Department when registering for a program or at least 72 hours prior to a special event or activity.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

Last Name /

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Gender: M / F

E-mail address

Address City

State

Home Phone (

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Emergency Phone (

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Zip Code

Work Phone: (

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Cell Phone (

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Additional Family Members: First Name

Last Name

Gender M/F

Registration Information First Name

Grade

Birthdate

Relationship

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

Last Name

Program

Code #

Fee $ $ $ $ $

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

o MasterCard -

o Visa

o Discover

/ Exp. Date

CVV

Name as printed on card: Please initial to indicate you have read and understand the refund policy on page 58. 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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Permit No. 760

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Fort Wayne, IN

Board of Park Commissioners 705 East State Boulevard Fort Wayne, IN 46805

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U.S. Postage

Winterval 2019 Saturday, January 26 in Downtown Fort Wayne Fun for the whole family in multiple downtown locations! Community Center Botanical Conservatory Headwaters Park Science Central The Old Fort Allen County Public Library Lawton Park First Presbyterian Church

Details on page 31.

Winter 2019 Fun Times  

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offers programs, special events and various activities for all ages. Check out: www.fortwayn...

Winter 2019 Fun Times  

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offers programs, special events and various activities for all ages. Check out: www.fortwayn...

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