How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Fort Wayne

St. Patrick’s Day—a chance for fun, frolics, and a pint of Guinness. Over 70% of people aged 18 to 34 are ready to celebrate St Patrick’s day in the U.S. this year. It’s popular with older generations too, with nearly 60% of 35 to 54 year-olds joining in the fun.

There’s no better place in Indiana to celebrate this fine Irish holiday than Ft. Wayne. You just need to know where to go, and what to do!

Here are some of the best things to do on St. Patrick’s Day, whether you’re young or old.

Start Your Pub Crawl at JK O’Donnell’s

Start your celebrations in style by visiting JK O’Donnell’s Ale House for a two-day celebration of this Irish holiday. It’s family-friendly up until the early evening, with bagpipe performances, traditional food for sale, along with a selection of Irish-themed drinks.

The entertainment starts early and carries on until the early hours, so you’re welcome to pop in at any time. It’s a great starting point for a good, old-fashioned Irish pub crawl.

Visit the Get Green Fest as a Family

Not looking to sit in a pub or a restaurant? Why not go for an outdoor celebration instead by visiting the Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Get Green Fest, off Main Street? This is an event aimed for families. It’s an all-day event, with live entertainment, food, and fun activities for the entire family to get involved on. Money spent at the event goes to local charities in the area, so it’s for a good cause.

Take Part in the St. Patty’s Day Parade

Want to get in the spirit of St. Patty’s Day? Take part in the celebrations at the Deer Park Irish Pub and join one of the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S. The parade is now over 20 years old and takes part around this fine Irish pub, close to the local college campus. Thousands of people take part in costumes (green, of course), with plenty of beer on tap.

There’s alcohol, entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to let your hair down.

Go Full Irish at O’Sullivan’s

If you’re looking for a real party, head to West Main Street and get in line for O’Sullivan’s for the full Fort Wayne St. Patrick’s day experience. The Irish take over this Italian bar for the weekend. There’s plenty of beer on tap for you to choose from, as well as great food and live music through the weekend.

It’s definitely an experience you won’t forget, especially for the younger crowd. Don’t turn up too late, though—this place gets very busy, so you may have to wait in line to get in.

Celebrate in Style with These Fun Things to Do on St. Patrick’s Day

Fort Wayne has all the things to do on St. Patrick’s day that you’d ever need. Family activities, pub crawls, and one short (but very fun) parade makes up the St. Patrick’s Day events on offer in our local community.

No matter your age, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Fort Wayne throughout the year.

Resident Appreciation Month

resident appreciation month

resident appreciation month

The staff at Willow Creek Crossing would like to take a moment to thank our residents for rising to the occasion of our HUD inspection that took place last month. Our property passed the inspection with flying colors and 85% of the apartments inspected had zero deficiencies!

Congratulations to the residents who won $20 gas cards! Also, a big thank you to everyone for reading the many notices that detailed what was expected of our complex and for taking ownership in your community. In addition to the gift card giveaway, the office would like to show our appreciation by declaring February Resident Appreciation Month to celebrate our wonderful residents!

Please join us at the following events scheduled throughout the month of February:

  • Donut Forget Your Rent! – February 1st – All Day: Grab a donut when you bring in your rent on the 1st of the month and don’t forget to use the coupons attached to your newsletter to sign up for the Early Bird drawing! Also, sign up Feb 1st-5th to win a special Valentine Package valued at $100!
  • Movers & Shakers – February 13 – 5:00-7:00 pm: Join us for a Pre-Valentine’s Day cocktail party to show our love for our residents. (21 and over)
  • Take a Pizza our Heart – February 21 – 4:00-6:00 pm: Stop by the office to grab a slice of pizza and a cookie for a quick dinner on us!

Again, thank you all for helping us make Willow Creek Crossing Apartments a great community. We hope to see you at our Resident Appreciation events!

A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House

christmas open house

christmas open house

Residents, wouldn’t it be nice to get a new TV, Bluetooth speaker, wifi action camera, or other techy gift? Well now’s your chance! Stop by our leasing office December 19th from 4-6pm for A Very Techy Christmas Holiday Open House!

We have refreshments and you can enter to win some nice electronic prizes, just in time for Christmas! In exchange for a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank, we will give you tickets to enter to win a prize. You will receive one ticket for each nonperishable food item donated (two tickets each for peanut butter, canned fish or meat). You can enter to win:

  • 24” Television with DVD Player
  • Cinematic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
  • Lava Lamp
  • HD Tablet
  • Wireless Gift Set: Headphones, Earbuds, Portable Speaker
  • Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker and USB Charging
  • Wi-Fi Action Camera
  • Mood Light Alarm Clock
  • Battery Operated Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Train Set (One ticket per family for this prize)

If you can’t make it to our open house, stop in anytime with your non-perishable donation and enter the drawing.

Let’s go all out to support the Community Harvest Food Bank this Season!

Summer Season Kick-Off Open House 2018

summer open house

Residents, mark your calendars and plan to attend our Summer Season “Kick-off” Open house.

Where: The Leasing Office
When: This Saturday, May 19th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Refreshments will be served and we will have plenty of awesome prizes! (you must enter in person on Saturday to win).

Sign up to suit up…
and get your golf passes and tennis court keys

The Willow Creek Crossing Apartments staff will be available Saturday, May 19th, for you to get your Pool Rules Addendum with the new code to the combination locks on the pool gates. We will also be making FREE identification cards for those residents who don’t have one or have lost one and answering questions you may have about using the swimming pools.
Please note: this will be the only day we will replace lost identification cards at no cost.

Who May Get an ID?

Adult leaseholders and residents on your lease application as dependents who are at least 14 years of age. Adult leaseholders must accompany their dependents to prove their eligibility. Non-resident babysitters may be issued an ID to use the pool; however, they must be accompanied to our office with a resident named on the lease agreement. A $10 background check fee will be charged for non-resident babysitters.

Golf Membership & Amenities

On Saturday, we will also provide you with information regarding our new Brookwood Golf Club membership and all the information you need to take advantage of your Willow Creek Crossing amenities!

*Note that keys and lease addendums will only be issued to leaseholders.

We hope to see you all there.

Resident Christmas Party

apartment Christmas party

apartment Christmas party

Santa Claus is coming to town and making a stop at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments to visit all of our nice residents.

Where: The Clubhouse
When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:00 P.M.

Come out to the Clubhouse on Wednesday for treats for the kids and adults too! (must be 21+ and have photo ID). Bring a camera to take your picture with Santa!

Bring a donation for the Community Harvest Food Bank for admission!

Items for the Community Harvest Food Bank could include:

  • boxed potatoes
  • canned cream soup
  • macaroni & cheese
  • canned pumpkin
  • crust mix
  • cereal
  • chunky soups
  • peanut butter
  • gravy mix
  • canned meats/tuna
  • canned vegetables
  • pasta & pasta sauces
  • canned fruit
  • boxed cake mixes
  • cake frostings

We look forward to seeing all of our residents at our Resident Christmas Party!

 

Summer Season Kick-Off Open House

summer open house 2017

summer open house 2017

Residents, mark your calendars and plan to attend our Summer Season “Kick-off” Open house.

Where: The Leasing Office
When: Saturday, May 20th, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Refreshments will be served and we will have plenty of awesome prizes! (you must enter in person on Saturday to win).

Sign up to suit up…
and get your golf passes and tennis court keys

The Willow Creek Crossing Apartments staff will be available Saturday, May 20th, for you to get your Pool Rules Addendum with the new code to the combination locks on the pool gates. We will also be making FREE identification cards for those residents who don’t have one or have lost one and answering questions you may have about using the swimming pools.
Please note: this will be the only day we will replace lost identification cards at no cost.

Residents listed on your lease application as dependents, who are at least 14 years of age, as well as non-resident babysitters, may be issued an ID to use the pool; however, they must be accompanied to our office with a resident named on the lease agreement who can prove their eligibility. A $10 background check fee will be charged for non-resident babysitters.

On Saturday, we will also make your golf passes, provide you with tennis court keys, and all the information you need to take advantage of your Willow Creek Crossing amenities!

*Note that keys and lease addendums will only be issued to leaseholders.

Also, we will be collecting items for the Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry. They even accept open bags of treats and pet food!

We hope to see you all there.

10 Great Things to Do in Fort Wayne in May

what to do in fort wayne - may 2017

what to do in fort wayne - may 2017

Happy May! If you’re looking for something fun to do this month, you’ve come to the right place. We have a list of some of the great things to do in Fort Wayne in May.

Cinco de May Margarita Tent

May 5, 2017
Salud Tapas ‘n Tequila will be hosting Cinco de Mayo Margarita Tent. Enjoy tacos, beer, live music, and margaritas.

BikeFusion

May 5, 2017
Kick off cycling season at BikeFusion at Turnstone Athletic Center and fellow fitness enthusiasts while enjoying music, festival food, craft beer, a bicycle art show, and other family friendly activities.

Beer & Barre BQ

May 6, 2017
Enjoy Craft beers, BBQ including vegetarian options, live music, and performances by the Fort Wayne Ballet at the University of St. Francis.

SolFest

May 6-7
SolFest at Fox Island Park is a 2-day celebration of the sun with live music, kids activities, hayrides, food, kayak demonstrations, vendors, and more.

Fort Wayne Music Festival

May 10-14, 2017
Head over to Headwater’s Park for the Fort Wayne Musical Festival which features 4 days of music with a little something for everyone.

Mommie Dearest and Mimosas

May 14, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom at Mommie Dearest and Mimosas at the Cinema Center.

Tears for Fears

May 18, 2017
Tears for Fears, the English alternative rock band from the 80’s will be at the Embassy Theater on May 18th playing some of your favorite tracks such as Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heals, Mad World, and more.

Downtown Farmer’s Market

The weather is finally warm enough to take the Farmer’s Market outside. Head out to the YLNI Barr Street Market for fresh produce and more from local farmer’s and crafters.

Pedal for Paws

May 20, 2017
Have fun while supporting H.O.P.E for animals at Pedal for Paws at Pedal City. Enjoy pedal car rides, beer, food, games, music, raffle items and more!

Free Outdoor Movie

May 27, 2017
Enjoy a free outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweets so Geek.

Questions to Ask Before Signing an Apartment Rental Lease

apartment rental lease
apartment rental lease
House with “For Rent” sign in front

These days, more Americans than ever are renting apartments as opposed to buying – close to 43 million households! If you’re ready to sign your new rental lease in Fort Wayne or another city of your dreams, it’s easy to get so caught up in the excitement that you forget to ask important questions and evaluate the benefits of apartment living. We’ve got you covered! In this post, we’re sharing with you the top questions you need to ask before you sign that rental lease.

1. “Which Utilities Will I Cover?”

Make sure you know whether or not the cost of your utilities is included in the rent price, or if you’re expected to cover those costs on your own. These are things like electricity, your internet and cable bill, gas, and water. If they aren’t included in your rent, ask your landlord if they have connections to get you better prices or bundled services.

2. “How Do I Pay You Rent?”

Always make sure you know who to make your check out to each month. Ask about the address, the due date, and if there is a “grace period” or a fine if your rent check is late for any reason. You may even be able to pay your rent online.

3. “Do I Need Renter’s Insurance?”

Once you’ve found the perfect place to live, you still need to be sure that your belongings are protected in the case of a fire, flood, or other damaging disasters. While we always recommend that renters look into affordable renter’s insurance, for some apartment communities, it’s a requirement!

Make sure you can still afford the cost of your apartment once you take into consideration the monthly insurance cost.

4. “Can I Renovate My Apartment?”

While most landlords probably won’t have a problem with you rearranging the furniture or hanging pictures on the walls, you need to know what changes you can and cannot make to your new living space. Ask if you can:

  • Paint your walls
  • Make changes to the bathtub/shower
  • Change out light fixtures
  • Switch out cabinet knobs
  • And pretty much any other changes you may decide to make.

Keep in mind that some changes may lower the amount of the security deposit you get when you decide to move out or you may have to change them back before leaving.

You Know What To Ask Before Signing Your Rental Lease!

Thanks to this post, you know what you need to be familiar with before you sign, so you can agree to the terms of your rental lease without any stress.

Looking for more awesome renting tips? Have additional questions about the process? We’re here to help! Get in touch with us to learn more about the apartments we offer. If you like what you see, you can even apply to rent one online! Plus, our blog has all the latest rental news, so you’ll always be informed about the best deals in your area so be sure to check back or subscribe to our blog.

Now, you can sign your lease and enjoy apartment living!

Earth Day 2017: Ways You Can Help the Environment

earth day 2017

Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 22nd!

The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Every year since, April 22nd is celebrated around the world to remind us that it is in our hands to preserve and protect our planet for future generations. Even small steps make a difference. It’s a good time to reconsider old habits and incorporate new ones into our daily lives and be good to Mother Earth.

At home:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Have the kids turn off the TV AND the video game console when they are done playing
  • Turn off the faucet when brush your teeth
  • Donate old clothes, furnishings and toys, instead of throwing them away
  • Switch to Energy Star-rated CFL lightbulbs which use 75 percent less energy and can last 10 times longer than standard bulbs
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full
  • Don’t hand wash dishes — the dishwasher uses significantly less water and energy than hand washing does

At work:

  • Carpool — it reduces emissions and saves you money, too!
  • Set up the office printer and copy machine to print on both sides of the page
  • Set your computer to go into “sleep” mode if you will be away from it for more than a few minutes

Food and beverages:

  • Brew USDA ”certified” organic coffee at home — it’s grown using sustainable methods
  • Use a travel mug at your favorite coffee shop instead or throw away cups — you may even get a discount!
  • Use refillable, reusable metal water bottles instead of plastic bottles designed for one-time use
  • Go meatless (even if just on Mondays) — large-scale meat production creates pollution and emits greenhouse gases and are the leading cause of climate change
  • Eat local and seasonal whenever possible — if you haven’t already, check out the Fort Wayne Farmers Market to buy your fruit and veggies from local farmers

Running errands:

  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit — higher speeds guzzle more gas
  • Check your tires air pressure regularly — keeping them filled to your car’s guidelines improves mileage
  • Use Fort Wayne’s ever-expanding trail system to get places without a car — and get some exercise at the same time!

    In the community:

  • Celebrate “Earth Day Fort Wayne” at Eagle Marsh on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 5PM — a free, family-friendly event with something for everyone, including conservation tips, wetland/nature presentations, a drawing for special prizes, and more.
  • Help keep Fort Wayne beautiful — The Great American Clean-Up in Fort Wayne is on Sunday, May 2oth. Check the website for details

    Happy Earth Day!

Tax Day Deals and Freebies

tax day deals and freebies

tax day deals and freebies

Don’t forget, today is the last day to file your taxes. And, to help relieve some of the stress (and possible financial burden) of tax day a few companies in Fort Wayne are offering special discounts to customers. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your location is offering the tax day deal or freebie

Bob Evans – save 30% off your meal with this coupon.

Noodles & Company is offering $4 off any $10 purchase placed through order.noodles.com using the code TAXDAY17 at checkout.

McDonald’s (in select regions) is offering customers a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1cent when you purchase one of those sandwiches at the regular price on April 18.

Arby’s – Get a free curly fries at select locations

Planet Fitness – Get a free HydroMassage at Planet Fitness with a coupon available starting on April 15 on their website.

Sonic – Cheeseburgers are half off at Sonic on Tax Day

Firehouse Subs is offering a free medium sub from April 18 to 20 with the purchase of another medium or large sub, chips and drink.

Chili’s – Participating Chili’s will have $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas on Tax Day.

Staples – Get up to 2 pounds of documents shredded for free through April 22.