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Grand Wayne among best in country

Library adds learning space, YLNI market moves into Olde East End Building

A pair of magazines have added Grand Wayne Center to their lists of top convention centers.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 9, 2022

Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne has been nationally recognized by Facilities and Destinations Magazine and Meetings Today Magazine as being one of the top convention centers in the country. 

Nomination criteria included quality of meeting space, guest rooms, guest services and amenities, food and beverage service, efficiency and helpfulness of the staff, availability and quality of tech, recreational facilities and activities, cleanliness and COVID-19 protocols, and overall value and experience.

More trash receptacles added around city

Downtown Fort Wayne’s Clean & Green Team has installed 18 additional litter receptacles throughout the city. Clean & Green collected 39.7 tons of debris and litter last year. 

For more information about Downtown Fort Wayne’s Clean & Green program, go to DowntownFortWayne.com.

Library adds interactive learning space

The Allen County Public Library has opened a new interactive children’s learning center called StoryScape, open seven days a week. 

The 2,600-square-foot space is dedicated to children 7 and younger. The space will provide a holistic, hands-on learning environment.

YLNI market moves into Olde East End Building

The YLNI Farmers Market extended its outdoor season through the end of October and has moved into The Olde East End Building, 1501 East Berry St. 

The winter market, which was in the former Aunt Millie’s building previously, will be open Saturdays through April 29 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Vendors sought for Artlink Market

Vendors are being asked to apply to be a part of Artlink’s Winter Market, slated for Saturday, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery at Artlink. 

Ten vendors will be accepted for each week, and each vendor will be provided an 8-foot-by-8-foot booth space, limit one vendor per booth. Vendors must provide their own tables and display. Artlink will have chairs available, if needed. Public wi-fi will be provided. 

All artists must remain at Artlink Market for the full duration of the market. If accepted, artists will be emailed a field guide including information regarding setup, tear down, parking, and marketing. 

Prospective  vendors should complete an entry form and send at least five images of their products and three images of their booth set up to Ellen Mensch at ellen@artlinkfw.org. The entry form can be found online at artlinkfw.org/artlink-market-application.

County improvement plan available

Allen County’s “All In Allen” comprehensive plan has been drafted and is available for review by citizens. 

The plan is the result of input from 3,300 residents for Fort Wayne, Grabill, Huntertown, and Woodburn, addressing such topics as food access, broadband access, and different styles of housing in the area. 

To read the adoption draft and view a recording of the public hearing held in October, go to the website at allinallen.org.

Free training session on safe infant sleeping

On Monday, Nov. 14, the Early Childhood Alliance will present a free 2-hour training session on safe infant sleep practices at the Shawnee Branch of the Allen County Public Library.  

Myla Chambers will teach practices that can help to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other causes of sleep-related infant death. The training is designed for childcare employees, parents, grandparents, youth leaders, pastors, community members, and anyone else who cares for infants.

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