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

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.
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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.

Answers to what famous TV characters apartment addresses

Where do most famous fictional TV characters call home, especially if they live in New York City?  An apartment, of course.  Many of these apartments appear to be several thousand square feet in size, and would command a staggering amount of rent if they were real.

How many were you able to remember?

245 E 73rd Street  –  Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)

129 W 81st Street – Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)

40 Bedford Street, Apartments 19 and 20 –(Friends)

136 Waverly Place – Don Draper (Mad Men)

160 Riverside Drive – Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

3D 344 Clinton Street – Clark Kent (Superman)

Now, here’s a link to a site that offers detailed floor plans for many famous fictional apartments:  http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/inaki-aliste-lizarralde-tv-floorplans

Celebrating Independence Day in Fort Wayne

cannon with bang color copy

If this is your first Independence Day Holiday in Fort Wayne, or if you just haven’t paid much attention in the past, you might wonder how we celebrate the nations birthday around here.

The good news about living at Willow Creek Crossing Apartmentsis that here  in Fort Wayne, Indian, there’s a terrific celebration every year held at the IPFW campus.  The unfortunate part about living in Northern Indiana is that the sun stays out forever on July 4th, so the fun doesn’t start until well after ten, which can be hard at times on the small kids, but a big “I get to stay up late” adventure for slightly older kids.

Beginning at 4pm, food vendors will be in full operation in Parking lot 12.The Fireworks are set off from Parking Garage Number Two.  Admission is free, and so is the parking.  Here’s a link to the IPFW campus map.

 

Enjoy Your Upcoming Three Day Weekend

map and cross copy

Sales, crafts, a taste of life on the farm, and, of course, a parade are all on tap for this coming holiday weekend.  Here’s a partial list of activities from Fort Wayne Newspaper’s website: http://events.fortwayne.com/celina_oh/events/memorial+day .

Come on, one of the great things about living at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, is that you don’t have to spend three day holiday weekends working on your house or lawn.  Of course, if all you want to do is cook out and hang around the pool, that’s’ OK too.

Most of all, we hope you have a fun and safe Memorial Holiday Weekend.

 

Come Celebrate! Pools Open This Weekend

pool

GET THE POOL CODES AND YOUR ID CARDS…

 

Barring some unforeseen predicament or bad weather, we plan to open the Lakeridge Drive Pool on Memorial Day Weekend.  (The Mill Run Pool will open at a later date, to be announced.)  You will need to have a Willow Creek Crossing Identification Card and the code to the locks on the gates in order to swim.  Don’t be stuck outside the gate when you are ready for a dip!

 

Our office staff will be available on Saturday for you to get your Pool Rules Addendum with the new codes to the combination locks on the pool gates.  We will also be making identification cards for those residents who don’t have one and answering questions you may have about using our pools.  On this day only, we will make new identification cards free of charge if you lost yours.

 

(Residents listed on your lease application as dependents who are at least 14 years of age 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.)

 

Remember, you must have your Willow Creek Crossing Identification Card with you when you come to the pool, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

 

GET YOUR GOLF PASSES AND TENNIS COURT KEYS!

 

On Saturday, we will 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 lease holders.

 

SEE YOU ON SATURDAY!