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Check out Literacy Expo at Promenade Park

Take Mom shopping downtown; First Pres opens camp registration; Texas Boys Choir

The Riverfront Literacy Expo will be Sunday, April 23, at Promenade Park.
Jen Poiry Prough

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 19, 2023

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is inviting the community to their first Riverfront Literacy Expo in celebration of World Book Day on Sunday, April 23.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., you will learn about programs and organizations that provide reading assistance and other literacy services in Fort Wayne. Activities for the entire family include book readings, meet-and-greets with local authors, an open mic poetry reading from 11 a.m.-noon, and a poetry scavenger hunt. 

Guests can also check out a book from the Human Library, learn about local sports teams’ reading programs, read to a pet from Animal Care & Control, and grab a bite from a food truck. 

Donate gently used children’s fiction and non-fiction books to benefit mini libraries in local parks. 

This free community event is a great way to engage and learn through others perceptions, struggles, and growth by sharing experiences and various forms of literature.

Treat mom to downtown Fort Wayne shopping

Downtown Fort Wayne invites you to create memories during Mother’s Day Weekend Downtown by supporting locally owned boutiques and restaurants on May 13-14.

Enjoy shopping among 48 retailers within the 99-block district and the surrounding Broadway, Main Street, and Wells Street corridors, or dine at one of more than 50 food and beverage establishments. 

On Saturday, May 13, five vehicles will transport attendees around downtown and the three gateway corridors. Among the vehicles will be a Community Transportation Network bus providing accessibility to riders, as well as a larger shuttle bus and three trolleys. 

To enter for a chance to win $250 in shopping and restaurant gift cards, text DTFW to 46862.

Along with shopping, you will be able to vote on Fort Wayne in Bloom Window Decorating Contest as several businesses decorate their exterior windows to welcome the spring season. Vote online for the People’s Choice Award at Voting ends Monday, May 5. One lucky voter will receive a $50 gift card to a downtown business of their choice. 

For a list of shopping and dining locations, a digital map, and stops, go to

Shred documents at Memorial Coliseum

The Better Business Bureau will hold a Free Shred Day on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m.-noon at Memorial Coliseum. This event is an opportunity for you to securely dispose of your important documents, including old bank statements, credit card bills, and tax records. Simply drop off your documents and their team will take care of the rest.

Texas Boys Choir coming to town

Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St., will host the Texas Boys Choir for a performance on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.

The choir has been considered one of the leading boys’ choirs in the world since 1946, featuring young men in grades 3-12. 

The event is part of Plymouth’s Music Series, led by Artistic Director Dr. Todd Prickett.

MAD2 Camp at First Pres

First Presbyterian Theater will hold their annual MAD2 (Music, Art, Dance, and Drama) Camp from June 5-9 for children in kindergarten-fifth grade. 

The camp is 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a Friday showcase and reception. Cost is $50 for one child, $65 for two siblings, and $80 for three siblings (must live in the same household). Scholarships are available. 

Partnering with Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, and Music Together, the camp will include music, art projects, dance, and drama. 

For more information, go to

Take in a show

A number of live theater productions are taking place this week in Fort Wayne:

Little Women: The Musical:Purdue Fort Wayne Theatre Department, PFW Williams Theatre, 8 p.m. April 20-22; and 2 p.m. April 22.

A Peculiar People: all for One productions, PPG Arts­Lab, 7:30 p.m. April 21-22; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23; 7:30 p.m. April 28-29; and 2:30 p.m. April 30.

Peter Pan, Jr.: Most Precious Blood Catholic School, 7 p.m., April 21-22

Beauty & The Beast: Northrop High School, 7 p.m., April 26-28

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