What to do During June in Fort Wayne, Part I

Father's Day is June 15th
Father's Day is June 15th
Father’s Day is June 15th

The apartment lifestyle here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments means having extra time to spend with your family each month.  June in Fort Wayne is packed full of great family events, many of them either very low cost or even free.

Here are just a few things coming up this week.  Here’s a brand new event for the Fort, free live family friendly concerts on the first Wednesday evening of each month this summer.  This week, the entertainment starts at 5pm and continues until 9pm.  There is no cost to enjoy the music, but if you want dinner, some of the Fort’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, and J.K. O’Donnell’s will be hosting a beer tent for adults with a one dollar admission charge.  Next concerts are July 2, then August 6.

Another place to enjoy free music with the family every Friday night all summer long is at Jefferson Point Shopping Center, this week featuring the Junk Yard Band.  The free series continues through September 5th.

There are some non-free concerts of note this week as well, with Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton at the Embassy Thursday, June 5th. And The Guess Who perform at the Foellinger Theatre on Friday June 6th.

Remember that old Opel Kadett or VW you one tooled around in?  If you still have it, or any other European made vehicle, bring it to the 4th annual Eurofest “A Gathering of European Cars” at IPFW on Sunday, June 8th.  Better yet, bring your Mercedes, Porsche, or Jag.  You can learn more by clicking here.

Another free family event this week is Canal Days in New Haven.  Canal Days runs Wednesday through Saturday in Schnelker Park in Downtown New Haven, IN.

Of course, here at Willow Creek Crossing, you can enjoy family time this month, and all summer long at either of our two swimming pools.  And check at the office for details about free golf.

There is plenty more family fun going on in June, so check back here in a couple days for more things to do in Fort Wayne during June.

May is Jam Packed with Fun Family Things-to-do in Fort Wayne

What to do in Fort Wayne

May is an event filled month in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. It’s a great time to be an apartment dweller and have those extra hours in your life that you don’t have when you’re taking care of a house and yard all weekend.

I’ve made a chart of some of the May events, because there are just too many to talk about.  We’ve still got tournament playoff hockey going on with the Komets,  Baseball downtown, two major holidays, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  Major concerts, of course, and even something new to Fort Wayne, the first ever Appleseed Comics and Art Convention, a little bit of ComicCon right here in the Fort.

Or you might want to check out the pets at the Northern Indiana Pet Expo at the Coliseum.  You know, of course, that Willow Creek Crossing Apartments does accept small pets, so this show can help you pick out the small dog or cat that will best fit into your apartment lifestyle.

Don’t forget ongoing things to do, like the Zoo, walking paths, and state parks, like Pokagan just 45 minutes north of town.  And, of course, on May 25th, there’s the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Indy.

Also in May, we celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French on May 5th, 1986.  And since someone asked me the other day when Cinco de Mayo was this year, I will let you know that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5 every year.  And if you’re advance planning for July, July 4th will be celebrated on July 4th again this year.  Have fun.

 

Day Date Event Place
Thursday 1-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Thursday 1-May Jake Owen Days of God Tour Coliseum
Friday 2-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Friday 2-May 38 Special and Marshal Tucker Band Embassy Theatre
Saturday 3-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Sunday 4-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Thursday 8-May Fort Wayne Komets Playoff Hockey Coliseum
Saturday 10-May Fort Wayne Komets Playoff Hockey Coliseum
Saturday 10-May The Neon Vibe after dark 5K fun-run Coliseum
Sunday 11-May Fort Wayne Komets Playoff Hockey (if needed) Coliseum
Saturday 11-May Northern Indiana Pet Expo Coliseum
Sunday 11-May Mother’s Day Everywhere
Monday 12-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Sunday 12-May Northern Indiana Pet Expo Coliseum
Tuesday 13-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Wednesday 14-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Saturday 17-May Appleseed Comics and Art Convention Grand Wayne Center
Sunday 18-May Gun and Knife Show Coliseum
Thursday 22-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Friday 23-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Saturday 24-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Sunday 25-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Monday 26-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Tuesday 27-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Saturday 31-May Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Parkview Field
Tu-Sunday May Butterfly Effect- Butterfly Exhibit Botanical Conservatory

 

Willow Creek Crossing Apartments Fort Wayne

Play Golf on a Course Laid Out by a Famous Course Designer for Free

Don Ross Golf Club in Fort Wayne, IN, near Willow Creek Crossing Apartments
Don Ross Golf Club in Fort Wayne, IN, near Willow Creek Crossing Apartments

FREE Golf for Willow Creek Crossing Apartment Residents in Fort Wayne

Donald J Ross designed some of our most famous golf courses, like  Pinehurst No. 2Aronimink Golf ClubSeminole Golf ClubOak Hill, and Inverness Club.  How much do you think it would cost to be able to play a course designed by one of the game’s best designers?

Well, if you live at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, you can play a Don Ross designed golf course for free.

Here’s the deal, if you are a Willow Creek resident over the age of 16, visit the Willow Creek office and get your monthly pass to the Don Ross Golf Club located off of South Calhoun St, just north of Tillman Road, about a four minute drive from Willow Creek Crossing.

Only the front nine of the course was actually designed by Don Ross in 1927.  Ross, who was born in Scotland, as was golf, moved to America early in his life, played in and won a lot of tournaments before he started designing courses.  More national championships have been played on Don Ross designed courses than any other designer.

If you already are a Willow Creek Crossing resident, what are you waiting for.  If you’d like to play free golf on a course designed by a famous golf course designer, then it’s time to consider moving to Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, close to the airport, close to GM, and close to great golf.
Rose Clevenger

Plenty of fun left in April for Residents of Fort Wayne and Willow Creek Crossing Apartments

Fort-Wayne-Childrens-Zoo_Plains-Zebra

Spring is a busy time in Fort Wayne.  There really are a lot of things you and the family can do that don’t cost and arm and a leg.

Mark Sunday April 27 on your calendar for two great family events. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo opens for the season on Saturday April 26. On Sunday, April 27, from noon until 3pm, the Zoo is holding an event called Party for the Planet featuring all kinds of activities for kids. You’ll always enjoy a day out at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo voted as one of Indiana’s top attractions.

Also on Sunday April 27th, it’s The Little River Wetlands Project at Eagle Marsh, featuring live hawks and owls from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rescue. With miles of walking trails and lots of wildlife to discover, Eagle March is a great place to visit on any nice spring day.  Eagle Marsh is nearby at 6801 Engle Road just six miles from Willow Creek Crossing.

Fort Wayne is known as a great minor league sports town.  Of course, the nice spring weather makes you think immediately of baseball, and Parkview Field downtown is the place to be all spring and summer long.  The TinCaps are in town all this week, and again at the end of April.

But, there is still hockey to be played in Fort Wayne.  The Fort Wayne Komets, are as usual, in the ECHL playoffs.  The eighth seed Komets meet the number one seed, Reading Royals with the first two games in Reading.  Game three, four and five (if needed) will be played at the Coliseum on April 24, 25, and 27.  What’s more exciting than playoff hockey?

Apparently, there is still some professional basketball to be played here as well.  The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have won the first round of their D-League Playoffs.  Check their website to learn more about the Ants upcoming playoff schedule.

Apartment Living offers you and your family the extra time to enjoy those things happening in your community, or even right here at Willow Creek Crossing.  Check back with us in a couple of weeks and we’ll update Fort Wayne area activities for May. There’s always a lot of things going on within a few miles of your home in Willow Creek Crossing Apartments.

 

Think Like a Thief to Protect Your Valuables

Home safety experts agree.  One of the best ways to keep your valuables safe is a home safe preferably one that is bolted to or built into the wall or floor.  Of course, in your Willow Creek Crossing Apartment, you can’t install a safe into your wall or floor.  Still there are things you can do to protect your valuables.

First, think like a thief.  If you were a thief, your primary goal would be to find valuables as quickly as possible and get out.  Enter your apartment, and think, where would I look first for valuables.  Under the mattress, check.  Behind the toilet tank, check.  The bottom of a sock drawer, double check.  These are all the first places a thief would look.  It’s quick, and it’s typical of where people put their valuables.

Another quick and commonly used place to store valuable is behind a picture on the wall.  However, what if you put the valuables between the picture and a cardboard frame behind the picture?  Few thieves take the time to open up all of the pictures.

Few thieves would bother to go through all of the food you keep in your refrigerator either. Foil a thief by wrapping up your valuables in aluminum foil, so they look like just another left over.

If you were a thief, would you spend a lot of time looking through your kid’s room? Probably not, too many things to go through, and very low likelihood of finding something really valuable.  So, hide your valuables in a toy.  It will then just become part of the chaos, hiding in plain site.

If you have a lot of books, the old book safe is a great place to hide things.  Take an old book, cut out a hole in the pages, and put your valuables there.  Certainly thieves know about book safes, but also don’t want to take the time to go through every book on your shelf.

You can hide your things in other common household containers, like coffee cans, or aspirin bottles.  Just remember to let the coffee or aspirin cover over your valuables, and you’ll throw the thief off track.

Here’s another great way to throw off a thief.  Offer up a fake stash of goods.  Put a hundred dollar bill in your sock drawer.  Once a thief believes he’s found your valuables, it’s time for him to move on.  Most thieves will keep searching your apartment until they find valuables, so a fake stash gives them a reason to believe they’ve completed their mission, and they’ll move on.

Remember, if you come up with an idea of where to hide your valuables, a thief has probably come up with the same thought.  They are professionals after all.  So the best solution of all may be a safe deposit box at a nearby bank.  Not always convenient, but always certainly, quite safe.

 

You can call it a Flat, a Maisonette, or even a Kommunalka, but at Willow Creek Crossing, We Call it Home

No Matter What You Call it, We Call Our Fort Wayne Apartment Community Home!

Around the world, people use several different names for what we commonly call an apartment..

While the American term apartment is becoming more common, people in many English speaking countries often call their rented housing unit a flat.  Even here in the US, the term flat is often used in large cities to describe an apartment that’s all on one level.

In Scotland, they call it a tenement, which was the first name for American apartments in large cities.  The name tenement has a negative connotation because early tenements often had no heat, or running water.  The first tenements were single family homes broken up into private rooms to offer housing for the large crush of immigrants entering the country at that time. Renters  then had few choices about the type of home they could afford or even find for their families.

Down under, in Australia, they still call rented housing units a flats, but the term apartment is becoming more common there today. In France, you may hear the term maisonette, or small home, when someone refers to an apartment usually with two floors and an internal stair case.

In Russia, a “communal apartment,” or Kommunalka is a private room with a kitchen and bath you shared with other tenants. These were more common following the Russian Revolution in 1917 when the government seized the estates of the rich and turned them into communal housing, but still exist in Russia today.  You might remember the communal apartment in the film “Dr. Zhivago” (Thank you wikipedia for the info.  For more, click here.)

Here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments in Fort Wayne, IN, we use conventional American names for our apartments:  One bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and townhome.  Wherever you’re from and whatever term you use, we hope you’ll soon call Willow Creek Crossing home.
Rose Clevenger

Where do You think Highest Rent in the Country is?

dollar sign for WCC

At $445.00 a month for a one bedroom apartment, Willow Creek Crossing Apartments here in Fort Wayne, IN, is $786 a month below the national average of about $1,231 per month.

In general, Midwestern towns like Fort Wayne have lower than average rents, so, it may be hard to believe that the US town with the highest priced one bedroom apartments isn’t in New York or San Francisco, but Williston, North Dakota, population 18,532 according to the US Census, but closer to 30,000 if you ask the locals.  Located a few miles South of Canada, and a few miles East of Montana, Williston is in the center of America’s oil boom.  There are good paying jobs there, and plenty of people moving in to take them.  The only problem? Not enough apartments to fill the demand, so the rent goes up.

How far up?

How about $2,400 a month.

That’s’ almost $2,000 a month more than Willow Creek Crossing, but without the two swimming pools and fitness center.

It’s also a lot higher than New York where a one bedroom apartment goes for about $1,500 a month, or LA where it the rent will set you back over $1,400 a month, or Boston where a typical one bedroom runs $1,537 a month.

Paying the rent isn’t fun, but at least you have a great apartment, with lots of amenities, at a price well below what most of America is paying.  And it’s a terrific bargain compared to Williston ND.

Stats provided by Apartments dot com.

 

Local Drives

Part 3 of 3 posts about ways you can enjoy the fall color show our trees throw for us every autumn.  Today, nearby local drives.

The Midwest and particularly Indiana, aren’t known as the most scenic parts of the world, but come fall, any areas that have a lot of trees can be perfect for enjoying the fall foliage show.   There are a couple of nice drives that won’t take you too far away from your home at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments.  One such trip runs along the fabled Wabash river.  Take the airport parkway to I-69, and head north.  When you get to the next exit, Take US24 West and head down through Huntington.  Once you go through the commercial area of town, you’ll head down a very large hill.  At the bottom is a traffic signal where US24 makes a right turn, and State Road 9 goes straight ahead.  Stay on State Road 9, go over the Wabash River Bridge, and turn right just after the bridge on to River Road.  River Road is a winding two lane road that follows the Wabash through some scenic country until you get to Andrews, IN.  From there, you can loop back by going north over the Wabash, and then East on US 24.

 

Another enjoyable local route is State Road One from Fort Wayne to St Joe Indiana.  The bonus on this drive is the covered bridge in Spencerville.  It’s not well marked but not hard to find.  When you come into Spencerville, the road makes a big wide left turn.  Watch for the street signs along the right side of State Road One.  Turn Right on Mill St, and follow that through a local neighborhood, and then across the covered bridge.  Once over the bridge, turn right and you can loop back to State Road One, and get a great view of the bridge at the same time.  Follow State Road One to St. Joe.    Here, the road turns into just another country lane, but if you want to follow it just a little longer, you’ll pass the Sechlar Pickle Factory.  Tours are given during business hours Monday through Friday, and on Saturday Morning.

 

Finally, don’t forget you can also enjoy the fall foliage by just taking a nice walk along the miles of walkways right inside Willow Creek Crossing.  Now that you don’t have to rake leaves anymore, enjoy the leaves instead, but hurry, this offer ends in just a few weeks when autumn in Indiana abruptly ends, and winter begins.

 

Do you have some favorite local routes you’d like to share?  Go to Willow Creek Crossing’s Facebook page and post some directions and/or fall foliage photos you’ve taken.

 

Enjoy the Fall Foliage right here in Indiana

Part three of three posts about day trips you can make to enjoy the splendor of Autumn in the Midwest.

In our last post, we talked about enjoying the fall foliage in Michigan, but you really don’t have to leave Indiana to see some pretty nice fall color.  One of the top places in the country to enjoy foliage is Brown County south of Indianapolis, near Bloomington, Turkey Run State Park, about 65 miles west of Indianapolis, and Clifty Falls Sate Park in Madison.  Another great place to enjoy a fall walk is through any of the Hoosier state’s major colleges, such as Notre Dame in South Bend, Purdue in West Lafayette, and IU in Bloomington.  But you don’t have to go very far to enjoy a fall walk across a nice college campus.  Check out IPFW!  IPFW has grown a lot over the past years, with new buildings, and even a new pedestrian suspension bridge across the St Joseph River.

 

In part 3 we’ll talk about some nice fall drives not far from your home at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments.

At Willow Creek Crossing, You Don’t have to Rake the Leaves, Just Enjoy Them!

Part One of Three, Michigan

One of the great things about Apartment Living happens in the fall.  While home owners are out raking leaves every weekend, you’re free to take a short trip and actually enjoy the fall leaves in all of the glory.

The Midwest gets a a hard knock for scenery.  Sure, we don’t have oceans or mountains, but we do have trees, if you know where to find them.

If you’re up for a serious road trip, there are several world class fall foliage viewing areas within five or six hours of Willow Creek Crossing Apartments.  Some of the best color viewing occurs in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The UP is about five hours due north, and it’s pretty much Interstates all the way.  You’ll know when you get there because you’ll have to go over one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

Before you cross the bridge, you might want to stop and visit Mackinac Island.  The local joke here is when a tourist stops to ask “Where’s the bridge to Mackinac Island?”  There is not bridge.  You’ll have to park your vehicle and take a boat.  When you get there, you can rent a bicycle or a horse driven taxi.  There are no motor vehicles on the island.  There’s plenty to see and do, and great fall color you can view best from the bike trail that rims the island.

Shave about an hour off the trip, and head to Traverse City instead.  Take Michigan State Road 72 West to Michigan 22, and turn right.  You’ll head up along Lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear State Park.  M22 draws hard core foliage fans from all over the country.

Come back for Part 2, Indiana Foliage trips