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Music in the Park
The city of Canal Winchester invites families with children of all ages and adults alike to see and explore the many fascinating public works and public safety vehicles on display at the upcoming “Touch-A-Truck” event on May 20 from 6-9 p.m. Touch-A-Truck kicks off the city’s 2022 Music in the Park free summer event series at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. From S.W.A.T. trucks to police cars, firet rucks, and more, get a close-up experience with vehicles from Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Township Fire Department, Madison Township Police, Franklin County Engineer’s Office, and the city of Canal Winchester.

The event also features live music by The Usual Suspects & Repeat Offenders. Additional hands-on activities and games will be available throughout the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic, or carry-out from one of our downtown restaurants. Alcohol is not permitted within the park.

The fun continues all summer long! Come back on June 17 for Touch-A-Tractor and live music from local favorites the Hot Rod Lincolns. Then on July 15, the Gas Pump Jockeys return for a record 15th season for the annual Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by C-Town Cruisers.

Music in the Park is a free summer concert series held the third Friday of May, June, and July, weather permitting. Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for information.

Kris Sims Memorial
Relay for Life Dinner
Get acquainted with Canal Winchester’s elected officials as they wait tables to earn tips for Relay for Life. On May 18 from 5-7:30 p.m., Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert and city council members will serve dinner at the Canal Winchester Community Center, 45 E. Waterloo St. The three-course meal will include a house salad, and bread, spaghetti and meatballs, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and a dessert. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child (10 and under). Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event while supplies last. Cash, check, or credit cards will be accepted and parties will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Carry-out will also be available.

The event is a charity fundraiser for the city’s Relay for Life team, The Village People 4 A Cure.

The dinner is named in honor of the late Kristen Sims, who worked to bring Relay for Life to Canal Winchester. All tips and dinner proceeds will benefit Relay for Life, American Cancer Society. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available upon request.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction for a retired Canal Winchester traffic signal and other raffle prizes. Tickets for the raffle will be sold at the fundraiser and at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on June 25 at the Canal Winchester Middle School, where the winners will be announced.

Community Helpers Day
A Canal Winchester’s Indian Trail Elementary, 6767 Gender Road, hosted Community Helpers Day on May 11 where kindergarten through second grade students met individuals who work in jobs vital to the community.

Indian Trail Elementary invited community helpers such as health workers, librarians, police officers, firefighters, postal workers, and others to talk to students about their work at the event.

“Community Helper Day is not only directly related to learning standards, but it also introduces our students to careers that make a difference in their community,” said School Social Worker Kim Vojacek. “As students learn about each volunteer’s role and how their work benefits the community, they also are able to have positive interactions that open the door to make connections between students and community helpers.”

Art on the Canal
Destination: Canal Winchester will present Art on the Canal, the 11th annual Canal Winchester Art Stroll, on May 21 from noon to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

Works from central Ohio fine artists, painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, jewelry makers and more will be displayed throughout Canal Winchester’s charming downtown. Art on the Canal will feature a variety of live music, dancing, chalk artists, and food trucks. Nationally known artist Robert Warren demonstrate oil painting techniques and his amazing studio will be open throughout the afternoon. Stop in and visit the one-room Prentiss School and the “Queen of the Line” Railroad Depot at the Canal Winchester Historical Complex, located at 10 W. Oak St.

Nearly 50 vendor booths will be spread throughout downtown. Destination: Canal Winchester invites visitors to enjoy local food, drinks, and shopping while strolling between artisans.

For complete schedules and event information, visit destinationcw.org or call 614-270-5053.

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