Briefs for June 2018


Lunch on the Square returns

Due to its success last year, the Downtown Improvement District’s summer lunch series will return to Freimann Square for 2018.

Lunch on the Square, as it has been renamed, has been at Freimann Square for the past three years. It was moved from the Indiana-Michigan Power Plaza when the plaza was under construction in 2016.

“In 2017, we reached a new record for full-season attendance with over 13,000 attendees, putting our weekly average at 1,000 guests,” according to the DID’s website.

The annual event brings food trucks and live music together during the summer months for locals to enjoy.

The 2018 series runs June 7-Aug. 30, with the following performance schedule:

June 7: Alicia Pyle Quartet

June 14: Mike Conley

June 21: Jon Durnell

June 28: Blue Pluto


July 12: Chaquis Maliq

July 19: Todd Harrold/Nick Bobay Duo

July 26: Smooth Edge 2

Aug. 2: Sunny Taylor

Aug. 9: Will Certain

Aug. 16: Joe Justice

Aug. 23: The Jug Huffers

Aug. 30: Kitchen Table Players

For more information, visit


Worship in the Park kicks off

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will offer “Worship in the Park” most Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. May 27-Sept. 2 at Foellinger Theatre. Communion will be offered afterward at the church, 1636 St. Marys Ave., Fort Wayne. For more information, visit or call (260) 422-7931.

May 27: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by the Trinity Handbells & Choir

June 3: Pastor Sandmann with a musical performance by Lutheran Men of Song

June 10: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Ken Stratton, singer/guitarist

June 17: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Chuck Rhen, singer

June 24: Voelker with a musical performance by the Lutheran Chorale

July 1: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by the Shepherd’s Brass

July 8:  Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Colin English, baritone

July 15: Worship service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1636 St. Marys Ave., Fort Wayne

July 22: Pastor Voelker

July 29: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Don Wharton

Aug. 5: Worship service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1636 St. Marys Ave., Fort Wayne

Aug. 12: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Because He Lives

Aug. 19: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by Kristine Agen, singer/guitarist

Aug. 26: Worship service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1636 St. Marys Ave., Fort Wayne

Sept. 2: Pastor Voelker with a musical performance by the Trinity Handbells & Choir


Parkview presents summer series at the Embassy

Tickets are available for Summer Nights at the Embassy, which takes place each Wednesday evening 5-10 p.m. through August. The event will not take place July 4. Presented by Parkview Health, Summer Nights focuses on performances by local artists. Restaurants will rotate weekly with menu items available for purchase and a cash bar. The event takes place in the Embassy’s two-level ballroom. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Fort Wayne’s skyline from the Parkview Rooftop Patio. Tickets are $5 and available for purchase at the Embassy box office, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. More information is available at //


Women in the Outdoors program

The National Wild Turkey Federation will offer the 13th annual Women in the Outdoors program 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 9 at Izaak Walton League, 17100 Griffin Road, Huntertown. The program provides outdoor opportunities for women through hands-on activities, including firearms safety, beekeeping, wildlife tracking/identification, outdoor cooking and more. The program is open to women and girls age 12 and older. The program fee is $70 per person and includes a light breakfast, lunch, four classes of your choice, a one-year Women in the Outdoors membership, magazine subscription, t-shirt and class materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a poncho, insect repellent and sun block. Event is held rain or shine. For more information, contact Charita Niedermeyer at (260) 484-6041 or


Homestead senior named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Susan Chen, a student at Homestead High School, was one of 161 high school seniors in the country named in the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. The 2018 ceremony will be held June 24, when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.


Local Bridge Club offers free games

All rubber bridge players and duplicate bridge players with 0-299 masterpoints are invited to play free in a new game at the Fort Wayne Duplicate Bridge Club every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in June. The Fort Wayne Duplicate Bridge Club is located at 4618 E. State Blvd., Suite 101, Fort Wayne. Everyone is guaranteed a partner, and free coffee and snacks will be provided. Players are asked to contact director Jim Kart beforehand at 260-438-1268 or to let him know they’re coming and to have any questions answered. Those new to duplicate bridge should come about 20 minutes before their first game to learn the few differences in how duplicate is played. Starting in July, the cost of the new Tuesday game will be $5 per player, just as it is for other club games. For more information about the club’s games and learning opportunities, visit or contact manager Gary Chaney at 260-373-0422 or


Citilink offers youth passes

A Youth Summer Fun Pass for ages 5-18 is available May 21 to August 11 for $25. Unlimited rides all summer long for only 30 cents/day. Citilink will help to get kids to their summer programs & jobs. Starting May 21, 2018 passes will be available at most Kroger stores, the Citilink administrative office, or on-line from the Citilink website pass store at For more information contact Citilink 432-4546 or


Workshops teach food preservation techniques

The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County will be conducting ‘Preserving Nature’s Bounty’ workshops to discuss safe home food preservation procedures and to answer the frequently asked questions on canning, freezing, and drying foods. Cost is $5.00, payable at the door to cover printing costs. Register early, class size will be limited.

Workshops are scheduled at the Allen County Extension Office for the following dates: June 21, 7 p.m., July 19, 7 p.m., August 8, 7 p.m. and September 13, 7 p.m. Contact the extension office at 260-481-6826, or, or visit the web page under Food for a complete brochure and more registration information.