Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Friday, September 20, 2019

» Entertainment

      The Purdue Extension Local Foods Program and the Allen County Extension Office are teaming up to host the 2ND  Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on March 16, 2016.

      Across the nation, local foods have emerged as a growing business sector. New jobs are being created in our local food system including producers, distributors, and new markets, such as food hubs and mobile grocery services. Consumers are very interested in buying local food and are driving the demand in grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers markets.

      The Fort Wayne Local Food Summit intends to place local food and agricultural economic development on the agendas of public policymakers, business leaders, not-for-profit institutions, and citizens. The net result will be greater possibilities of working together, creating jobs, doing business, and expanding the economy right here in Northeast Indiana. Join us to learn how to make a positive impact in our local community.

      Attend the Fort Wayne Local Food Summit on Wednesday March 16, 2016. You can register online at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/landing_pages/foodsummit/

      Questions, call the Allen County Extension Office at (260) 481-6826.

      Doors open at 8:30 am, with presentations and activities planned from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Summit will be held in the IPFW Walb Classic Ballroom with free Parking in P2. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and beverages.

      Learn about local food initiatives and successes, the regional partnership’s food shed study, the farm to school initiative, and spend time in specific topic discussions with your fellow community members.

      Questions: Contact Vickie Hadley at hadleyv@purdue.edu

      POSTED: 02/24/16 at 7:32 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News


      Allen County 4-H Shooting Sports Club will be hosting an Archery class open to all youth in grades 5-12.

      The first meeting will be April 19, 2016 from 7– 8 p.m. at the Allen County Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Ave, Fort Wayne, IN. All Subsequent meetings will be Saturdays mornings from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at the Allen County Fairgrounds, on Carroll Road, April 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

      The cost of the program is $40.00 per child which includes State & County Enrollment Fees, and Archery Project fee. All equipment is provided. This series will teach safe handling of equipment, proper care of equipment, shooting techniques and ethics of good shooters. Instructors are certified through the Indiana

      4-H Shooting Sports Program of Purdue University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

      The class is limited to the first 30 participants who have registered and paid. Minimum number is required to hold the class. Required registration and payment is due April 10, 2016. For registration information or any additional questions please contact Barb Thuma, Extension Educator 4-H Youth, Allen County Extension Office at 481-6826. Materials also available on website at www.extension.purdue.edu/allen.

      POSTED: 02/17/16 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News, Schools

      Strikes for Charity Bowling Tournament to benefit local charities

      bowlFire Police City County FCU and Reflection of Caring invite you on Saturday, February 21, 2015, to Georgetown Bowl located at 6770 East State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815. The bowling tournament will begin at 1pm, doors open at 12:30pm. The public is welcome and walk-in registration is available. Cost per bowler is $15.00 (max 5 bowlers per lane.) Registration includes 3 games of bowling, shoes rental, and a door prize ticket. Bowler pre-registration forms are available online at http://www.fpccfcu.org/R_O_C.html. Reflection of Caring was established by Fire Police City County FCU for the purpose of providing monetary donations as well as volunteer support to charitable organizations. In 2014, Reflection of Caring donated over $14,000 to nearly 50 local and national charitable organizations while Credit Union employees gave 800 hours of volunteer service to the community!

      Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Fire Police City County FCU for additional information about the Strikes for Charity Bowling Tournament. Call Angie at 260-484-2102 or email angie.felger@fpccfcu.org.

      POSTED: 02/09/15 at 10:49 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      Art at the Riverside is scheduled for September 27, 2014 in Riverside Gardens in Leo, Indiana from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  The juried art show is being sponsored by the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds will be used to award a scholarship to a local student pursuing a degree in the arts as well as supporting art projects in the community.

      artMarsha Wulpi, President of the Leo-Cedarville Chamber of Commerce, states “The Leo area has a concentrated number of very talented artists and we would like to showcase that talent.”  All artists have been juried into the show and will provide a variety of mediums to choose from.  All participating artists are listed at the event website, www.ArtAtTheRiverside.com.  The three top artists will receive cash awards.  There will also be an opportunity for the attendees to vote for their favorite artist.

      In addition to the art show, there will be local dance and musical artists.  The Fort Wayne Food Truck Association will be onsite and will be competing in a food cook-off judged by Curtis Smith of 21Alive and local cookbook author Mark Carboni.  Awards will be given in different categories as well as a People’s Choice Award.

      “Sweet Chairity” is a new addition this year.  This is a silent auction of painted vintage chairs created by local artists.

      Pedal City of Fort Wayne will be onsite to offer rides on their 10 passenger bike for a stroll around the Leo area.

      Riverside Gardens is located on the banks of the St. Joe River in Leo, Indiana at 14701 Schwartz Rd.


      POSTED: 09/17/14 at 7:31 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      “Do-It Yourself Gardening” will be the theme of the Master Gardener seminars offered at the 2014 Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show held at the Memorial Coliseum from February 27 – March 2.  Purdue Master Gardeners and other area experts will offer their tips and tricks regarding gardening basics at the Master Gardener Stage each day at the show. Learn about bluebirds, vegetable gardening, growing flowers, tree care and selection, native plants, building a backyard greenhouse, useful garden apps, and more ways to develop your own do-it-yourself garden!    In addition, Purdue Master Gardeners will also be available to answer garden questions at their Purdue booth located in the garden hall. Purchase seeds of unusual flowers and vegetables at the booth and help support the Master Gardener volunteer program! For more information, contact the Allen County Extension office at 260 – 481- 6826 (option 3).

      2014 Home & Garden Show – Do-It Yourself Gardening

      Thursday February 27

      Noon-12:45pm        Deb Kohlmeier, Advanced Master Gardener          Woodland Wonderland – All about Shade Gardens

      1:00pm-1:45pm       Bill Diedrichs, Advanced Master Gardener            Pruning and Planting Trees Practically

      2:00pm-2:45pm       Lynda Heavrin, Fort Wayne Parks                          Vining Twining Flowers

      3:00pm-3:45pm       Eunice Dietrich, Advanced Master Gardener          Do It Yourself -Saving & Drying Flowers

      6:30pm-7:15pm       Shirley Strope, Advanced Master Gardener            High Tech Gardening- Useful Garden Apps


      Friday February 28

      Noon-12:45pm        Penny Alles, Advanced Master Gardener               Creepy Crawlers – Common Garden Insects

      1:00pm-1:45pm       Mike Toscos, Lyndsey’s Water Gardens                All about Backyard Ponds

      2:00pm-2:45pm       Kathy Dew, Advanced Master Gardener                Graceful Additions – Roses For the Garden & Landscape

      3:00pm-3:45pm       Kay Musgrave, Advanced Master Gardener           Flower Pounding- Crafting Unusual Cards and Notes

      6:30mp-7:15pm       Rebecca Canales, Botanical Conservatory               Playful Gardens


      Saturday  March 1

      11:00am-11:45am   Conrad Getz, Bird Expert & Enthusiast                  Attracting Blue Birds to the Home Landscape

      Noon-12:45pm        Master Gardener Vegetable Garden Team              Show and Tell – The Creative Vegetable Garden

      1:00pm-1:45pm       Martha Ferguson, Riverview Nursery                    Native Perennials for the Sustainable Landscape

      2:00pm-2:45pm       Camille Cupa, Tangle Wood Berry Farm                Cooking What You Grow Organically

      3:00pm-3:45pm       Blake Young, Young’s Greenhouse                       Backyard Greenhouses – Repurpose Your Backyard

      6:30pm-7:15pm       Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator        Growing Nutritious Organic Vegetables


      Sunday March 2

      1:00pm-1:45pm       Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator        Nifty Trees for the Home Landscape

      POSTED: 02/19/14 at 8:39 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      Interactive Valentines Fun at the Niswonger
      Saturday, Feb. 15 @ 7:30 PM


      Be entertained AND have a chance to win $100,000! Join the fun on February 15 at 7:30 PM at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert for a night full of laughs, prizes, and love with The Not-So Newlywed Game. This interactive Game Show event, straight from California,  is hosted by the legendary and 8-time Emmy Award winner, Bob Eubanks. The game will be played with  eight couples competing for a valuable grand prize. Any ticketed guest can be chosen to join local guest couples, Thad and Deb Lichtensteiger and Jay and Kim Fleming on stage. Even those not selected will still have a chance to win $100,000 by answering Bob’s interactive questions posed to members of the audience. Parting gifts for chosen contestants will be provided by Slusher’s Jewelry of Van Wert & Collins Fine Foods of Van Wert. All this along with Bob narrating hilarious clips from his well-known show, The Newlywed Game, will be the perfect blend of romantic comedy worthy of a couples or friends night out.

      TICKETS: Tickets for this interactive Valentines Weekend adventure are priced from $17 and selling fast. The Niswonger box office is open from Noon-4pm Monday-Friday. Visit in person at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert; Call 419-238-6722; Buy Online www.NPACVW.org.

      POSTED: 01/28/14 at 7:19 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      When Drinking Alcohol

      Be responsible.

      Choose a designated driver. Decide who’s going to be doing the driving before you go out, and make sure that person doesn’t drink any alcoholic beverages.

      Call a taxi. Sometimes even the designated driver slips. If nobody in your group is sober, take alternate transportation. Cab, train, bus, horse and buggy – anything’s better than getting in the car with a drunk driver.

      Hide keys. Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys. If the person gets angry, it’s probably proof you’re doing the right thing.

      When Throwing a Party

      Offer non-alcoholic beverages. Water, juice, soda pop – give your guests plenty of alternatives. And never pressure guests to drink alcohol.

      Serve plenty of food. A full stomach can slow the rate of alcohol absorption. Serve a great meal or have plenty of appetizers on hand.

      Stop serving alcohol well before the party ends. Give your guests an extra hour or two without alcohol before they head out the door.

      Arrange alternate transportation. Pay attention to your guests’ alcohol intake and behavior. If someone has had a lot to drink or seems even the slightest bit tipsy, call a cab or set up a ride with a sober driver.

      Detecting Drunk Drivers

      Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:

      • Making wide turns
      • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
      • Almost striking an object or vehicle
      • Driving on the wrong side of the road
      • Driving at a very slow speed
      • Stopping without cause
      • Braking erratically
      • Responding slowly to traffic signals
      • Turning abruptly or illegally
      • Driving after dark with headlights off

      Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.


      POSTED: 12/30/13 at 6:50 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News


      Inaugural twelve-day restaurant event announces dates

      Guests will soon be able to open wide and enjoy three-course, value-priced menus during Savor Fort Wayne from January 15 – 26. For 12 days diners will be able to take advantage of these specially designed menus at restaurants in the Fort Wayne area.

      Savor Fort Wayne celebrates the City of Restaurants by highlighting dining across the region,” said Melissa Glaze, owner of J K O’Donnell’s. “It’s the perfect time to gather your friends and family, make a reservation and enjoy a wonderful meal at an exceptional price.”

      Fort Wayne area restaurants present Savor Fort Wayne with support from the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association and Visit Fort Wayne. In its inaugural year, organizers anticipate 20 participating restaurants featuring steaks, sandwiches, seafood, salads and much more. Some menus will also include vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

      “To participate, all diners have to do is simply visit SavorFortWayne.com, review the menus and make the tough decision of where to dine,” said Tim Hall, owner of Hall’s Restaurants.

      For a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit SavorFortWayne.com. Updates will also be posted via Facebook on the Savor Fort Wayne page and on Twitter @SavorFortWayne.

      POSTED: 12/13/13 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      SantaBreakfastThe town of Grabill in northeast Allen County is sponsoring an old fashioned Christmas Walk on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.  Activities include Breakfast with Santa in the Fudergong Building and Christmas Storytime at the Library.  The town is also sponsoring a “Stuff a Buggy” campaign for donations to the Grabill Food Bank.  You may donate canned foods or make a cash donation. Several of the retail shops will also be offering Christmas specials on that day.

      This is an opportunity for a family friendly Christmas activity and to enjoy an old fashioned walk thru Christmas past.

      Breakfast with Santa starts at 8:00 am.  The event is free but you need a ticket.  Tickets can be obtained at Grabill Hardware or the General Store in Grabill.

      For more information please check the website at www.Grabill.net.

      POSTED: 12/04/13 at 8:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News

      by Beth Stauffer


      Before the days of internet news, C-Span and MSNBC, politicians had to find alternative ways of getting their messages out to the masses.  Network TV was once the go-to medium, which was preceded by broadcast radio and print newspaper.  What many don’t remember from 4th grade Indiana History class is that before the golden age of information, politicians would frequently travel by train from town to town giving speeches from the caboose at every depot they came to along the way to the townsfolk gathered nearby.  Andrew Jackson was the first American president to ride the old Iron Horse, as trains were once referred to, in 1833, nearly 20 years after Indiana became the 19th state in the US in 1816.

      This past weekend, the locomotive once again took center stage much like I imagine it did back in the days when Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, or Harry Truman rolled into a town when the Indiana Bicentennial Train made a stop at the Fort Wayne Historical Railroad Society grounds on Edgerton Road in New Haven.

      From October 4th-October 6th, train enthusiasts and history buffs alike flocked to New Haven to see the unique display, which completely immersed visitors in over 200 years of Indiana history within the 200 foot long bicentennial train.  The onboard exhibition, simply titled ‘The Next Indiana’, explored Indiana’s rich and interesting history thru the lenses of transportation, land use, talent, and community, and featured a multi-media display of vibrant photographs and informative text.

      In addition to the onboard exhibit, historical interpreter Kevin Stonerock performed several shows each day of his character, keeping in theme with celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial celebration in 2016.

      One of my favorite areas, however, was the Creative Commons, an area deceptively tucked away in an unassuming looking white tent between two other white tents off to the side of the Historical Society’s museum.

      In this area, some of my favorite people ever (Indiana kids!) were asked to answer questions or draw pictures to respond to a series of questions about the future of Indiana and how we can all work together to make Indiana better.  What these kids had to say really brightened my day, and reaffirmed something I already knew:  the next 200 years for Indiana looks really, really bright!

      Here are a few of my favorite comments from the Creative Commons area on Saturday:

      How Can You Help Make Indiana’s Future Better?

      • Teach people how to drive better (This one was my favorite!~Beth)
      • Make popcorn free
      • Recycle
      • Volunteer
      • Work really hard

      What Is A Tip For Someone Moving To Your Town?

      • There are tons of great churches!
      • Not all bearded mans are Amish
      • Root for IU and whoever is playing Purdue (I suspect this may have been both an adult and an IU fan that wrote this down, but I still thought it was sound advice!  ~Beth)
      • Be careful not to burn your popcorn because it will smell bad
      • Use local businesses

      Who Is Your Hoosier Hero?

      • Larry Bird (Enough said.  ~Beth)
      • Gus Grissom
      • Johnny Appleseed
      • The Jacksons
      • John Mellencamp
      • Tony Stewart
      • Steve Alford

      POSTED: 10/07/13 at 7:07 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News