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Spring events kick off

April 1, 2019

It’s been miserably cold this winter. But spring has arrived and that means a plethora of outdoor activities to get you out from your winter cocoon and enjoy the warmer weather.

Seasonal

Zollner Golf Course, Trine University, Angola. Zollner Golf Course is now open for the season. A year-round golf and athletic membership is now being offered, which includes access to the bowling alley, fitness centers, golf simulators and practice facilities. The course also is taking registrations for its Monday night men’s league. For more information, go to zollnergc.com.

Foster Park, McMillen Park and Shoaff Park golf courses are also all now open for the season.

March

Spring Bird Search, 8:30 a.m. today, Pokagon State Park, Angola. Come along on this naturalist-guided hike to search for early spring birds and other wildlife.

April

Senior Men’s Golf Association meeting, 10 a.m. April 11, Franke Park. New members welcome; call 479-7770 for information.

Donut Dash 5K, 8 a.m.April 13, Morsches Park, Columbia City. Eat doughnuts, exercise and raise money for Passages, which helps those with intellectual disabilities and other challenges. Register at passagesinc.org

Boomers on the Trail, 2 p.m. April 17, Pokagon State Park, Angola. Calling all baby boomers (age 50 and older) who enjoy being active outdoors. Join friends for the April Boomers on the Trail group hike. The walk will begin at the Nature Center.

Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. April 20, Pokagon State Park. Egg hunts based on age group, photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, face painting, and games. The event will take place on the Inn lawn.

Hundred Acre Wood Winter Garden Exhibit, now through April 21, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Discover the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends inside the botanical conservatory’s Showcase Garden.

Endeavor Games, April 26-28, Turnstone. This event will feature air rifle, goalball, boccia, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, power soccer and wheelchair basketball competitions. For more information go to Endeavorgames.com/fortwayne.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day, April 27.

Race for the Warrior 5K/10K, 9 a.m. April 27, Fort Wayne International Airport. One of the few running events in the country that let you pound pavement on an airport runway. All proceeds will benefit struggling military families in northeast Indiana. Sign up at runsignup.com

Earth Day Fort Wayne, 1 p.m. April 28. Join staff and friends at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road (which will be closed) for the eighth annual Earth Day Fort Wayne event. Theme is “Protect our Species” and will include an afternoon full of Earth Day activities.

May

2019 MDA Muscle Walk, 10 a.m. May 4, Gates Sports Center, Purdue Fort Wayne campus. Sign up for Muscle Walk as an individual, with a team, or create your own team. Participation at an MDA Muscle Walk helps to support people living with neuromuscular disease through research, treatments and care. For more information about this event, contact the local MDA office at: 260-486-6698 or ftwayne@mdausa.org.

Pink Ribbon Run, 9 a.m. May 11, Lutheran Hospital campus. This 4-mile run/2-mile walk raises money for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Learn more at runsignup.com

2019 Gym Rats Basketball Association State Championship, May 18-19 Sport One Fieldhouse. Registration deadline is May 12. Second through 11th grade boys and girls teams. Division 1 (elite) and Division 2 (club/school) level may participate.

Fox Island Spring Triathlon No. 1, May 25, Fox Island County Park. 500-yard lake swim; 12-mile bike; 3.1-mile trail run This is the first of three races in the Fort Wayne Triathlon Series. Register for all three races of the series and receive a discount. Learn more at www.fwtriseries.com.

June

Le Tour de Fort, noon-7 p.m., June 1, The Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center. This bicycle pub-crawl allows adults to drink responsibly for a good cause. Learn more at www.LeTourdeFort.com.

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle, 9 a.m. June 1, Arts United Campus. The eighth annual Spring Cycle features a variety of tour distances: 10-mile Family Ride, medium and long distances, and a Metric Century 100K (63 miles). All distances are the same price. Learn more at fort4fitness.org/spring-cycle.

Fort Wayne Air Show,10 a.m. June 8-9, 3005 W. Ferguson Road. The free show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and a world-class lineup of performers, ground displays and entertainment.

Indy Eleven Soccer Camp, for boys and girls, 9 a.m.-noon, June 10-14, Huntington University. Ages 8-14. cost is $165. Learn more at indyeleven.com/soccer-camps.

31st annual Weigand Construction Duck Race, 7 p.m. June 15, Johnny Appleseed Park. Watch 19,000 plastic ducks float down to the finish line. Proceeds raised benefit the families served by SCAN’s Prevention and Preservation services each day. Learn more at www.scanduckrace.org.

Patriotic Tie Dye Fun,12-2 p.m. June 29, Chain O’Lakes State Park, Albion. Bring one white cotton item to the Sand Lake Nature Center and patriotic dye colors and rubber bands will be provided.

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