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What’s Happening In The Parks This Week

Youth Center After-School Programs

Begin August 13 (must pre-register)

Weisser Park Youth Center, Jennings Recreation Center, Cooper Community Center, McMillen Park Community Center

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is still accepting registrations for after-school programs at the three Community Youth Centers: Weisser Park, Jennings, and Cooper Centers. The programs begin Thursday, August 13, in conjunction with the beginning of the Fort Wayne Community Schools academic year, and will be held Monday-Thursday afternoons from 3 – 7 p.m. and Fridays 3 – 5 p.m. when school is in session. Students must be registered to participate. During these programs, children will have competent, active supervision as they participate in a variety of fun and educational activities including fitness, crafts, STEAM and more. The centers have created a comprehensive safety strategy to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as these programs are in place. Full details about the programs and safety protocol, along with links to register, can be found at

New Millenium Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday August 12, 7:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION

Foellinger Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd.

The New Millennium Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1999 to play favorite tunes from the American Song Book. The 18 piece jazz orchestra has shared the stage with countless famous and influential jazz artists. Attendees can expect an evening of innovative and influential jazz and the standards loved for decades.

Trek the Trails: Moser Park

Tuesday, August 11, 6:10 p.m.

601 W. Main St., New Haven (parking lot near baseball diamonds)

Join local trail users for weekly bike rides this summer to experience Fort Wayne on 2 wheels. Participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. All participants ride at their own risk. Rides begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. For more information, call the City of Fort Wayne Greenways & Trails Office at 427-6228 or Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. at 969-0079.

Chalk It Up!

Daily, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Promenade Park, 202 W. Superior St.

This summer, Riverfront Fort Wayne offers the opportunity to teach, learn, draw, color, plan and build with chalk as the medium and Promenade Park as the canvas. Every day starting June 15, lasting through the summer (except holidays), visitors will have new opportunities to engage with neighbors—following social distancing guidelines—from 2pm-8pm. Visitors can stop by the blue Riverfront tent for instructions and supplies, and get ready to CHALK IT UP!

Present Tense, Future Calm

Exhibit Open through November 15

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

This summer and fall, the Conservatory invites visitors to escape the turbulence of daily life when embarking on a journey and exploring a garden state of mind. All are welcome to step into our Showcase Garden, designed to help visitors pause, relax and reflect. Sponsored by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, PBS Fort Wayne & MAJIC 95.1.

Salomon Farmers Market

Wednesdays through Sept. 2

4 – 4:30 p.m. – Seniors & Higher Risk Individuals

4:30 – 7:00 p.m. – General Public

Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius of Salomon Farm Park (817 W. Dupont Rd.) and are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. We strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices. The market also may include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, handmade crafts, food, entertainment and children’s activities. Interested in vending? Contact Eden at eden.lamb or 427-6008. Sponsored by 103.9 Wayne FM.