Around Canal Winchester

CW Sertoma meets

Canal Winchester Sertoma Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Donatos Pizza, 6310 Prentiss School Drive, Canal Winchester. Sertoma’s main sponsorship focus is speech and hearing. Sertoma exists for the noble purpose of "Service to Mankind" by communication of thoughts, ideas and concepts to accelerate human progress in health, education, freedom and democracy. Call Kim Hoffman 837-7504.

At Wagnalls Memorial

The following activities will be held at The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis (for information visit

•The library will be closed Mother’s Day May 11 and will be closed Sundays for the summer from May 25 through Aug. 31.

•Gentle Yoga with Gail Sky, Saturdays May 17, and 31  from 9-10:30 a.m. $10 each class. Call (614) 235-7369 for information.

•Belly Dancing Exercise Class Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. $7 each class.

•Art Classes with Teresa Satola, $10 per class or paid monthly.   For information, or to register for either class, call 837-4765, ext 127. Adult class is 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Juvenile class (ages 8-13) is 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

•Family Story Hour Sundays May 18 from  2-3 p.m. Volunteer readers needed, call (614) 837-4765 ext, 118.

•The Owl’s Nest Book Store, located on the first floor of the Wagnalls Library.  

•Children’s Book Week May 12-18. Children age 14 and under can receive prizes during the week.

•In the Wagnalls Auditorium: May 9-26,  Friday and  Saturday at 7 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m., and  Memorial Day 2 p.m. The Wagnalls Family Theatre presents "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." Tickets in advance or at the door. Adults $10 students/seniors $8. May 31  – acting students present a Showcase at 7 p.m.

CW chamber events

The Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce (CWACC) announces the following events (for information call  Kim Rankin at (614) 837-1556 or visit

•Tune in every Thursday at 3:45 p.m. for The Canal Winchester Chat Chamber Radio Program on WFCO fm 90.9 Call to find out how you can be a guest. Listen live on your computer

•Monthly Networking Luncheon on May 14 at 11:30 a.m. at South Gate Potter Lodge, 651 Groveport Road. RSVP by May 12 at noon.

CW’s Farmer’s Market

Main Street Canal Winchester will sponsor a Farmer’s Market each Saturday from May 3 through Oct. 18 in historic downtown Canal Winchester from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will offer fresh produce, flowers, hand made crafts, candy, cookies, and more. Vendors interested in participating may register on-line at the web site or call Gaynell Garrett, Market Coordinator at (614) 833-5787.  

Music & Art in the Park

Canal Winchester’s "Music and Art in the Park" will kick off on May 16 at 6 p.m. featuring a "Viva Las Vegas" theme, with performances by Michael Lovelace, an Elvis impersonator from 6-7 p.m. and Brian Michael Smith, a Frank Sinatra tribute singer from 7-9 p.m. Additional activities will include face painting by the Canal Winchester Art Guild, a roaming magician, a caricature artist, and art displays by the Canal Winchester Art Guild.

This free concert series will be held the third Friday of every month, May through August, from 6-9 p.m. at Stradley Park, just north of the village municipal building at 36 S. High St.

This year’s schedule includes:

•"Blast From the Past," June 20, featuring Swing’s The Thing, a 16-piece big band ensemble from 7-9 p.m. and a classic car show from 6-9 p.m.  Anyone who is interested in displaying their car at the classic car cruise-in should contact Carrie Hoover at or (614) 834-9727.

•"A Touch of Country," July 18 with the Christy Angeletti Band from 6-9 p.m. as well as line dance instruction from 6-7 p.m.  As part of this theme, area residents and businesses will have the opportunity to set up tables with pre-approved products to sell, such as produce, or items to display, such as arts and crafts.

•"Island Rhythms on the Canal" will be held Aug. 15. Entertainment and activities for this event to be announced.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating at this family-friendly event. Picnics are also welcome; however, alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Canal Winchester’s community center, located at 22 S. Trine Street, will be used as a backup location in the case of inclement weather for all concerts except the June 20 "Blast From the Past" event.

CW elected officials to serve dinner for charity

Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with Canal Winchester’s elected officials.

On May 15 from 6-9 p.m., Canal Winchester’s mayor and council members will showcase their customer service skills as they wait tables at Shade on the Canal restaurant, 19 S. High St., to earn tips for Relay for Life. All attendees will receive a house salad, their choice of pasta entrée, dinner rolls, choice of dessert and choice of iced tea, fountain drink or water. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Bar drinks will also be available for an additional charge.

Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at the fundraiser.  You can let the village’s team know you will attend the dinner by calling (614) 837-7493 or e-mailing

In addition to dinner, there will be a 50/50 raffle and tickets will be sold for items to be auctioned off at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Among these items are a 20008 Canal Winchester family pool membership, a piece of artwork by local artist, Robert Warren, and a one-of-a kind, handmade Ohio State afghan.

CW pool opens May 27

The Canal Winchester municipal swimming pool will open May 27 with limited hours, and will be open full-time beginning June 7. Pool hours will be: May 27 to June 6 – Monday – Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.; June 7 to Aug. 27 –  Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.  For membership rates and other information, visit the village’s web site.

CW Garden Club

The Canal Winchester Garden Club will meet May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Canal Winchester Senior Center, 22 S. Trine St. The club will hold a plant sale and the public is invited.

Be a steel drummer

The Winchester Steel Co. of Canal Winchester High School, central Ohio’s oldest high school steel band, invites you to participate in its "Introduction to SteelDrum Workshop" on May 17 at 1 p.m.  in the CWHS music room. This two hour workshop is open to anyone age 10 and up, who is interested in learning to play the steel drum. Registration is $25 and can bemade by calling 614-836-1448. Discounts available for groups of four or more and returning attendees.

Charity golf scramble

The Canal Winchester Sertoma will hold its annual charity golf scramble on June 21at Homestead Springs Golf course. Registration begins at 11 a.m.. Shotgun start. Tee off at noon. Entry fee is $60 per player ($240 per team). Entries need to be received by June 14. Checks should be made payable to Canal Winchester Sertoma Club, 7306 Crossett Ct., Canal Winchester, OH 43110. For information contact Anita or Jim Hippler 833-3938.

CW Relay for Life

The Canal Winchester Relay for Life will be held June 6-7 at Canal Winchester High School. Opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. June 6 and closing ceremonies will be at noon on June 7.

Relay For life is the American Cancer Society signature fundraising event. This is Canal Winchester’s third Relay for Life. The event raised $33,000 last year and this year’s goal is $35,000.

Teams are formed of 10-15 people and they commit to have someone walking on the track during the whole event. The Survivor lap starts the event off followed by the introduction of teams. Survivor dinner held at 6:30 p.m. (To register for the survivor dinner, call the Ohio American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-6446, ext. 2.)

The luminaria ceremony starts at 10 p.m. Luminaria are those glowing bags that to the naked eye appear to be nothing more than a paper sack filled with sand and candles.  But upon closer examination, these sacks are like people, each with a name and a story to tell. Luminaria are available for a $10 contribution to the American Cancer Society and can be bought on line at  or at the event. 

There will be concessions available and a pizza party at midnight. There are a lot of games and activities for everyone to do all night long.

Entertainment includes:

•Relay Idol Contest with a $100 prize to the winner (call Beth McCoy to register – 833-3227).

•Band from TS Tech.

•CWHS Steel Drum Band will play at 10 a.m. June 7.

Sponsors of the event include: village of Canal Winchester, Shade’s on the Canal, Olan Plastics, TS Tech, Wal-Mart, Rutherford Autobody, US Structures, Ohio Health, The James, Giant Eagle. Food being donated for the survivor dinner by Butch’s and O’Charleys.Midnight pizza party being sponsored by Kingy’s.

The community is invited to the event. For information contact Kris Sims 834-5609 or To join a team visit


CWHS graduation

Canal Winchester High School’s  2008 commencement ceremony will be held June 1, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.  Ticket is required. Valedictorians will speak.

CW High School valedictorian candidates

The following Canal Winchester High School students are valedictorian candidates: Katie Bingmer, daughter of Lisa and Zack Bingmer; Rhianon Brady, daughter of  Julie and Kent Brady; Megan Deeds, daughter of Beth and Rick Deeds; Michael Gibbons, son of Marcia and Rich Gibbons; Anna Gill, daughter of Minda Gill; Kyle Hutchins, son of Pam and Kris Hutchins; Alexa Mainella, daughter of Julie and David Mainella; Jacklyn Olson, daughter of Theresa and John Olson; Jordan Osborn, daughter of Erika Osborn and Chris Lucas; Julianna Poole,  daughter of Lisa and Richard Poole;  and Alex Wentz, son of Mary and Jim Wentz.

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