In celebration of reaching the 100-year milestone, Bowser Park, 1599 Bowser St., now displays a Centennial Legacy Park insignia following a presentation by city officials.

In addition to the marker, a revolving art mural by artist Lyndy Bazile evokes civic pride in the park and neighborhood and stands just yards from the original stone marker provided by Sylvanus and Sarah Bowser in 1923. The stone is inscribed “for the comfort and pleasure of our neighbors and their children for all time to come.” 

Interior and exterior upgrades to the pavilion feature updated restrooms and walkways to make them accessible to people with disabilities, concrete improvements and a new roof.

“It’s important to honor the intent of the Bowser family here on the land that they donated 100 years ago,” said Steve McDaniel, director of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. “Sylvanus Bowser was a successful inventor and investor here in the southeast side of town. This park remains as a part of his legacy. It’s beautiful to see the connection and pride that the Renaissance Neighborhood has created in this space. It is our goal that this park will continue to serve as a cherished recreational gathering place for families, friends and neighbors.” 

“Being good stewards of our centennial parks recognizes our past heritage and provides hope for our future citizens,” Deputy Mayor Karl Bandemer said. “Happy anniversary to Bowser Park. It now joins 25 other Legacy Parks in the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department.”

Adoption frenzy at Animal Care & Control

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, 3020 Hillegas Road, announced 253 adoptions during its participation in Bissell Pet Foundation’s Summer National Empty the Shelters event. 

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control participated from July 6-31 and offered a $50 adoption fee for dogs 6 months and older, while cats, kittens, and small animals were a “Pick Your Price.” 

This event included Animal Care & Control, Covington Veterinary Hospital, Westside Animal Hospital, Black Forest Cat Café, Pet Supplies Plus, and local PetSmart stores.

PFW looking for cast of Urinetown

Director John O’Connell is looking for community actors to audition for the funny and fast-paced musical, Urinetown, being staged by Purdue Fort Wayne’s Department of Theatre.

A surprisingly intelligent comedic romp, Urinetown is an irreverent tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a Gotham-like city at a time when water is worth its weight in gold. 

O’Connell is looking for a large mix of adults who can play ages 18-60. Auditions are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Williams Theatre with possible callbacks that evening. 

Prepare 32 bars of a song from a musical produced from 2000 to 2023 and a one- to two-minute monologue from a quirky/comic play (memorized or read). Bring dance clothes to change into after you perform your song and monologue. 

Rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 25, with performance dates Nov. 10-18. Call (260) 481-6977 with any questions.

Audition for role in Hedwig and The Angry Itch

Vocal auditions for the rock musical Hedwig and The Angry Inch will take place Monday, Aug. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Three Rivers Music Theatre, 416 W. 4th St. Auditionees should prepare a selection from the show, available at
hedwig-auditions. An accompanist will be provided. 

Rehearsals are from Oct. 2-26, and performances are Nov. 3-19.

August: Osage County premieres

Three Rivers Music Theatre is debuting its first non-musical production with the award-winning and critically acclaimed Tracy Letts tragic comedy, August: Osage County

Kate Black and Bob Haluska lead a cast of Fort Wayne theater professionals in this story of dark family secrets and dysfunction. 

This Fort Wayne premiere is rated R for language and adult content and runs Aug. 25-Sept. 10 in TRMT’s new venue at 416 W. 4th St. 

Tickets and show information (including content warnings) are available at

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