Around Canal Winchester

Hopeful Hearts
Hopeful Hearts Free Children’s Clothing Ministry – a free baby clothing distribution for sizes infant to 5T, as well as shoes, blankets, bibs, small toys and other baby needs – is open the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at Hope United Methodist Church, 83 E. Columbus St. in Canal Winchester. Everything is free and everyone is welcome. Drop off donated items at the church. Clothing for all seasons is needed. Hopeful Hearts reopens on April 15. Call (614) 837-7548.

Daddy-Daughter Dance
The 14th annual Canal Winchester Daddy/Daughter K-12 Dance formal event for Canal Winchester girls in grades K-12  and their daddy figures (dad, grandpa, uncle, special male  friend, etc.) will be held May 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Winchester Trail Elementary, 6865 Gender Road, Canal Winchester. Cost is $20 per couple.   and $10 for each additional daughter.

There is a $10 charge for late registration. Pre-registration & pre-payment are required. Registrations are due no later than May 8. Registration forms may be found at the Dairy Queen and Faith United Methodist Church starting in March.  They will also be available at Faith Educare I and II and at David’s PreSchool as well as some local churches.

The event features refreshments; prom like picture, a DJ and dancing.

Proceeds will go to the Canal Winchester Brock Strong Foundation, and Faith United Methodist Church.

New stuffed animals will be collected to be donated to Children’s Hospital.

DAR application workshop
The Elizabeth Sherman Reese Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold an application workshop on April 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Overlook Condo Clubhouse, 968 Governor’s Circle, Lancaster. The workshop will provide information of completing DAR applications. To RSVP or for information, email or call Judy Fleming at (614) 833-1805, by April 3.

CW Lions Club
The Canal Winchester Lions Club is hosting an information session on April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 Trine St., Canal Winchester, for people who want to learn more about the club and its work.

“Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends, and become leaders in the community. This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve,” said Club President Jackie Christensen. “We want to share the great things we’re doing in the community, and let others know how they can help.”

The evening will include guest speakers highlighting how 9/11/2001 sparked one member’s activism and how the local club supports Columbus based Pilot Dogs.

For information about the Canal Winchester Lions Club or its service projects, contact Lion Julie Clubb, at (614) 920-3308. For information about Lions Clubs International, visit

Bender Scholarships
Canal Winchester City Council announced two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender, former city council member, educator, and coach. Graduating seniors are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit applications online at  Applications are also available in the guidance offices at Canal Winchester High School and Bloom Carroll High School.  The deadline for applications and completed materials is April 1.  Winners of the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized at the April 17 city council meeting.

Doll and toy museum open
The Mid-Ohio Historical Museum, also known as the “Doll Museum,” located at 700 Winchester Pike in Canal Winchester, will open April 5. Share the hundreds of doll memories with your grandchildren or best friends growing up. Featured this year is an extraordinary collection 38 handcrafted, three foot tall marionettes depicting the story of Scrooge. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services include doll repairs and appraisals. The gift shop has hundreds of collectible dolls, many bargains. Tours are available for organizations  Call for scheduling at (614) 837-5573.

CW Egg Hunt
Hop into Canal Winchester on April 15 at 10 a.m. (rain or shine) for the Canal Winchester Community Easter Egg Hunt, to be held this year at Hanners Park, 458 Groveport Road. The event, previously held in downtown Canal Winchester, was moved to the new location to accommodate larger crowds.

Children up to age 10 are invited to participate. There will be more than 5,000 colorful eggs with special prize eggs in each age category.  Age groups are:  under 3 years, 3-6 years, and 7-10 years.

The city of Canal Winchester, in partnership with Canal Winchester Human Services, hosts this free family-friendly event, with special thanks to Lynch Retirement Advisors. For information,  visit or call (614) 834-9915.

CW conservation workshop
A free backyard conservation workshop will be held on April 22, Earth Day, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester.  The workshop is offered in partnership with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and is entitled Community Backyards.

Participants will learn the benefits of rain gardens, rain barrels and composting. Those who attend the free workshop may also be eligible to receive a $50 rebate voucher (dependent on homeowners location and while supplies last) on the purchase of an approved rain barrel and/or composter.

Visit for information or contact Amanda Lemke at (614) 834-9915 or

CW hydrant flushing
Canal Winchester’s Division of Water will conduct is spring fire hydrant flushing between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. from April 24 through May 19.

If you see a hydrant being flushed on your street, avoid running tap water, your washing machine, or your dishwasher until flushing in the area is complete.

During or immediately after hydrant flushing, tap water may come out with sediment that causes discoloration. Although a slight discoloration may last for a few hours, it does not affect the taste or quality of the water. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water and poses no health threat.

If you encounter discolored water, shut your water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes to allow the new water to flow into your pipes. If the water is still discolored, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, it may be a few hours before the water is completely clear.

Avoid washing laundry during the scheduled flushing hours. After hydrants in your area have been flushed, wait until water runs clear from your tap, then begin with a load of dark laundry before doing lights or whites.

If water pressure or volume seems low, check your faucet screens for trapped particles.
For information, contact the Canal Winchester’s Division of Water at (614) 837-5623.

The Naz at Canal egg hunt
The Naz at Canal, a multi-site campus launched from Grove City Church of the Nazarene, will host a public community Easter egg hunt for kids from birth to fifth grade featuring 25,000 eggs on April 9 from 1-3 p.m. at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St. This event is open to the public, and will include music, inflatables, face painting, food trucks and fun.

Immunizations in CW
Franklin County Public Health will offer adult and child immunizations on April 21 at the Canal Winchester Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Most major insurances are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available for those with no insurance. To schedule an appointment, call 614-525-3719 or visit

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