Contact: Rob Hines
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The following events and programs are happening the week of July 8, 2019:
Fort Wayne Area Community Band presents “The Best of the Best”
Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 pm
This FREE community concerts features music from the best and biggest movies and Broadway shows.
Leonid and Friends
Thursday, July 11, 8 pm
Moscow-based LEONID & FRIENDS have blown the minds of legions of fans with their uncanny ability to capture the spirit, musicality, and fire of American super group Chicago note for note. www.leonidandf.com. Ticket information at www.FoellingerTheatre.org.
Friday, July 12, 8 pm
Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts. Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude. www.collectivesoul.com
Botanica Jones: “Botanica Jones: Scientist, Merchant or Thief?”
Opens July 13
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
At this garden exhibit in the Botanical Conservatory, guests can visit a wealthy Englishman’s garden, showcasing plants brought back by “Botanica Jones,” a plant explorer of the late 1800s through early 1900s. Visitors can decide whether they have the passion to join these botanical elite. The “Botanica Jones” exhibit is sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 and PBS 39.
Saturday, July 13, 10 am – 3 pm
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.
Enjoy the cheerful colors and surprising variety of one of summer’s favorite flowers, the Daylily, with a flower show presented by the Fort Wayne Daylily Society. Daylilies are a lovely and durable garden flower with a surprising array of colors and forms. Enjoy the cut flower display and speak with experienced gardeners about growing them in your own yard. Plants will be available for purchase. The show is held on the first Saturday of Three Rivers Festival. Special discounted admission to the Conservatory gardens and Daylily show: $3/adult, $2/child. Children age 2 and under free. For more information, call (260) 427-6440.
Salomon Farm Park Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays through Sept. 4, 4 – 7 pm
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
The Salomon Farm Park Farmer’s Market connects the local community to farmers, producers, bakers, and artisan that are within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park. Produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and many also embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also occasionally includes baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade craft vendors, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities.
Northside and McMillen Pools Open
- Northside Pool, East State Blvd and Parnell Ave.
- 12:30 - 5 pm daily
- 7 - 9 pm Mon/Wed/Fri
- Adult Swim: 7 - 8 pm Tues/Thurs
- McMillen Pool, Oxford St. east of Anthony Blvd.
- 1:30 -7 pm daily
- Admission prices available at fortwayneparks.org
Lifetime Sports Academy
Through July 19
The Lifetime Sports Academy is open to boys and girls ages 7-18 and offers FREE group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming. The program operates Monday-Friday, 9 am – 3 pm. Group lessons in golf, tennis and swimming will focus on skill development, training, and participation and will be taught by certified coaches and highly trained professionals and volunteers. Participants may come as often as they wish and stay as long as they like. The Fort Wayne Community Schools summer lunch program will also be available at McMillen Park for Academy participants. The Lifetime Sports Academy is funded by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department and Lifetime Sports Academy Committee and is offered FREE to area youth. Register at the McMillen Park Pavilion any time during the summer.
FREE Summer Playground Program
Through July 26, Mon-Fri, 9 am – 5 pm
Children ages 5 to 18 who are still in school, can participate in the program Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm through July 26 for fun, interactive activities throughout the day, and this program is held at five local playgrounds: Hamilton Park, Lafayette Park, Memorial Park, Packard Park, and Lakeside Park, along with the city’s youth centers: Weisser Park Youth Center, Cooper Community Center, Jennings Recreation Center and McMillen Park Community Center. All five playground sites and the Youth Centers are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts, and field trips are just a few of the exciting activities planned for the summer playground program. Children can also enjoy a FREE lunch or snack provided by Fort Wayne Community Schools.
For full details on all events and programs happening at Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, go to fortwayneparks.org.