Canal Winchester news and events

CWHS spring musical
Canal Winchester High School will present its spring musical, “My Favorite Year,” based on the 1982 movie of the same name on April 28 at 7 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Oley Speaks Auditorium in the Canal Winchester Local Schools Education Center, 100 Washington St.

A cast of more than 40 students, all playing multiple roles, and a crew of 20 – makes this the largest musical to date while combining students from both the Canal Winchester high and middle schools. This comedy follows Benjy Stone, a sketch writer on a live television variety show, through a week of his life in 1954 as he prepares for the biggest show of his career. Tasked with the job of keeping the larger-than-life guest star, Alan Swann, sober and at rehearsals, a week of shenanigans unlike he could have ever imagined give him the experiences of a lifetime.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

For information contact Abbey Phillips at (614) 836-1448 or

CW Art Stroll
The Canal Winchester Art Guild will hold its sixth annual Canal Winchester Art Stroll on May 13 from 2-8 p.m. in Canal Winchester’s historic downtown district.

The event features a variety of art and mediums displayed throughout downtown businesses. Exhibits and artists’ works will be available for purchase.

The Canal Winchester Art Guild, founded by local artists almost 20 years ago, is an organization whose goal is to promote the visual arts in and around Canal Winchester.

The Canal Winchester Art Stroll showcases the work of more than 30 local artists. Art lovers may stroll from site to site and enjoy the musical entertainment, local cuisine and the ambience of the historic city. In addition this year, the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society will  give tours of the historic complex at the corner of High and West Oak streets.

Visitors may visit the artists’ studios and galleries as well as local businesses who will be hosting CWAG artists. Make sure to visit Stradley Park where artists will be exhibiting in tents and the CW Community Center, which will host an additional eight artists. Artists of all ages will participate this year. Shade on the Canal’s Pine Room will host this year’s Canal Winchester Student Art Show.

This will be the first year that the public may cast their vote for the next four public murals during the annual art competition. The competition will be held in the CW Community Center at 22 S. Trine St. between 2-8 p.m. during the Art Stroll. With their installation it will bring the total number of murals in Canal Winchester’s historic district to 12.

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CW officials serve at Relay for Life dinner
Canal Winchester’s elected officials will wait tables to earn tips for Relay for Life.

Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert and city council members will serve dinner on May 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Canal Winchester Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. The three-course meal will include a house salad and bread, spaghetti and meatballs, iced tea, lemonade, coffee and a dessert. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child (age 10 and under).  Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event. The dinner 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.

Cash, check, or credit cards will be accepted at the fundraiser and parties will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a 50/50 raffle and tickets will be sold for items to be awarded at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on June 10 at Canal Winchester High School.

Music & Art in the Park
Canal Winchester’s Music & Art in the Park summer concert series kicks off May 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

Live entertainment, art demonstrations, Touch-a-Truck, and other activities will be offered. Guests are invited to visit the newly remodeled Interurban Depot (located adjacent to Stradley Park), which will host a public open house throughout the evening.

The May 19 concert will include a tribute to first responders with entertainment by Danny & The Linders, a classic rock band featuring several former members of the Columbus Police Department’s anti-drug rock band Hot Pursuit.

The remaining Music & Art in the Park events will be held on June 16 and July 21. June 16 will feature a tribute to farmers and entertainment by 3 Cat Day. The series  concludes July 21 with live music from the Gas Pump Jockeys and the 10th annual Cruise-In, sponsored by C-Town Cruisers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring portable chairs or blankets due to limited seating. Picnics are welcome.

Music & Art in the Park is a free summer concert series held the third Friday of May, June and July.  Visit for information.

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.

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 opened 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 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.

Drug Take Back Day
The city of Canal Winchester and Diley Ridge Medical Center, in cooperation with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back event on April 29 at the Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot, 7911 Diley Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for residents who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in a safe manner.

Collectors cannot accept liquids (including inhalers and their refills) or needles or sharps, only pills. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Arbor Day in CW
The city of Canal Winchester and the Canal Winchester Historical Society’s National Barber Museum will come together April 28 to celebrate Arbor Day at the National Barber Museum, 135 Franklin St., Canal Winchester.  The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m., but is subject to change. Check for updates.

Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert will present an Arbor Day proclamation prior to the commemorative tree planting.  The celebration is open to the public.

“We want to help teach the public about the importance of tree canopy coverage and its effect on slowing and filtering storm water movement in urban areas,” said Dick Miller, Canal Winchester’s urban forester.

CW tree giveaway
City of Canal Winchester residents will have the opportunity to pick up a free tree at the city’s 18th annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester, on May 6 from 9-11 a.m. Approximately 120 trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.  Limit one tree per household.

The annual giveaway and associated programs are part of an initiative by the city’s Street
Tree Advisory Board and the Department of Public Works Division of Stormwater to increase canopy coverage, prevent soil erosion, and promote clean air.

According to Canal Winchester’s Urban Forester Dick Miller, “Some decisions in the tree care business are difficult, but this one is not. The distribution of new trees to private property owners in Canal Winchester benefits us all and is essential in growing the green canopy of the city.”

Miller said the majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and riverine corridors in Canal Winchester.

“Anything your street tree advisory board and storm water department can do to further the goal of planting more of the right tree in the right place is a plus for the city,” said Miller. “Trees are the only part of the city’s infrastructure that will grow on their own and increase in value and function over time.”

The tree giveaway is open to city of Canal Winchester residents living within the city limits only.  Proof of residency  required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license. During the giveaway, members of the Street Tree Advisory Board will  answer questions.

For information, contact Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller at  (614) 834-5110.

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.  Call (614) 837-7548.

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