Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What's Happening in May

Soon we’ll be able to enjoy all the May flowers these gloomy April showers have produced. But for now, isn’t the deep green color of the grass refreshing? And the trees are blooming beautifully! We’re gearing up for our busiest time of the year. Here are some of the many activities we have going on in May:

Mother's Day Specials at Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation

Treat your mom to a game of golf on Mother’s Day! Moms play free with a paid admission on May 8 at any of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation golf courses. Book your tee-time today on line at or by calling the golf course of your choice:

McMillen Park Golf Course: 427-6710
Shoaff Park Golf Course: 427-6745
Foster Park Golf Course: 427-6735

Your mom deserves a special outing. Take her to Mother's Day in the Gardens at the Botanical Conservatory. Her admission is free from - . By “Mom” we mean your mother, of course, but also grandmas, aunts, and anyone else who means “Mom” to you! Your mom will not only enjoy the beautiful displays of flowers but our Butterflies of Belize exhibit. Each mom will receive a special Mother’s Day plant while supplies last. Admission is $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Friday, May 6,
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, May 8, 12:00-4:00 pm
FREE Admission
WE’RE MOVING! That's right! The Mother's Day Plant Sale will be held at the McMillen Ice Arena at 3901 Abbott Street. There will be plenty of room to shop and a drive-up area to load your purchase. About 600 varieties of plants will be available for purchase at our three-day public plant extravaganza. You’ll find specialty herbs, tomato plants, and foliage perennials along with the usual great quality annuals, perennials, tropicals, vegetable plants, color bowls, mixed containers, and hanging baskets. These sturdy plants are grown by the fine folks at the Lawton Park Greenhouse and sold as a fundraiser to support quality public programming at Fort Wayne’s botanical garden. The supply is replenished throughout the weekend, but come early for the best selection. Volunteers will be on hand to assist you in plant selection and loading. Conservatory members are invited to shop early at our preview sale on Thursday May 5, 4 – . Memberships will be available for purchase that evening if you want to beat the crowd and get the first choice. Please check our website at for a list of plants. Admission is FREE! For more information please call 260-427-6440. Sponsored by Majic 95.1 FM and Media 401.

Kids’ Swap & Shop Soiree
Friday, May 13 ()
Saturday, May 14 ()
Conklin Pavilion,
Shoaff Park,
6401 St. Joe Road
FREE Admission to Shop
Shoaff Park
is the place for family fun this weekend! On Saturday, enjoy messy games and hands-on crafts, animals to pet and food to eat and even model rocket launching with the Summit City Aerospace Modelers Club ($10 per kit to launch your own rocket). The Book Swap will be open on Friday and Saturday for kids who love to read (limit 5 books per child per day). Bring books you’ve already read and trade them for ones you haven’t. Finally, for the young shoppers in the family . . . there will be booths filled with gently used kids’ toys, games, puzzles and other items our young vendors have outgrown or no longer want to keep.

Vendor Information for Kids’ Sale
Do you have toys you no longer play with, books you won’t read again, kid stuff you just don’t need any more? For just $9 you can purchase a table in the Swap & Shop and sell your items (no clothing, please) for cash or trade them for something you want. It’s like a big garage sale, but just for kids. You will need to work your own table, but you can have an adult help you. Call 427-6467 for more information or to reserve your booth.

Book Donations
Contributions of new and gently used children’s and young adult books for the Book Swap are now being accepted. Books may be dropped off at the Community Center (233 W. Main Street) between 8 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, or you may call 427-6467 to arrange for pick up.

Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration
Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21,

Salomon Farm Park,
817 W. Dupont Road
FREE Admission
Join us at Salomon Farm for a two-day celebration of fiber arts. The focus of this festival is education through hands-on participation and demonstrations of the processes of making natural fiber products--wool dyeing, spinning, weaving and more.

B. J. Thomas Concert
Saturday, May 21,

Foellinger Outdoor Theatre in
Franke Park,
3411 Sherman Blvd.
Admission: $15
The 1960’s and ‘70’s American pop singer known for such hits as “Hooked on a Feeling”, and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, will perform. Reserve your tickets on line at or call

For more information on any of these events, call 427-6000 or visit

Have fun!