Canal Winchester news briefs


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 (Jan. 20) 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.

CW Library Branch
The Canal Winchester Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 115 Franklin St. (located in the rear portion of the former school at 100 Washington St.), is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous
Every first, third, and fifth Friday each month, an Overeaters Anonymous group meets from 6-7 p.m. at David’s United Church of Christ, 80 W. Columbus St., Canal Winchester. There are no fees and the meeting is open to anyone looking for help with compulsive eating. For information, contact Brenda at (614) 235-7711.


Mid-Ohio Historical Museum opens
The Mid-Ohio Historical Museum (aka Doll Museum), 700 Winchester Pike, Canal Winchester, is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum features more and new displays this year. Services include doll appraisals, doll hospital, professional doll clothing, and docent tours by appointment. For information visit or call 614-837-5573 or email

CW student selected to perform at Carnegie Hall
Chandler Brining, a 14-year-old student at Canal Winchester Middle School, was selected for the 2018 Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
He will perform as a Bass2 at Carnegie Hall in June with the Honors Junior Choir. Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated middle school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.Brining will join other performers from 44 United States, several provinces of Canada, Ilse of Man, Mexico, and Taiwan.

To take part in this opportunity, Brining needs to raise $2,200 and he is looking for sponsors to fund a portion of his trip. To donate go to

Contributions may also be mailed to: Chandler Brining, 2880 Pleasantville Road NE Pleasantville, OH 43148.

The June 23 performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

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 28 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 local residents who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs properly.

“Our take-back event is a drive thru setting where you simply drop any unwanted prescription drugs then continue on your way,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert.

Since joining the DEA program in 2011, more than 200,000 prescription pills have been collected at the Diley Ridge drop off location.

“We encourage everyone in the area to take advantage of this chance to safely dispose of their expired and unwanted medications,” said Ebert. “We’d like to thank our partners and volunteers for helping make these events possible, and to thank Diley Ridge Medical Center for allowing us to use their property.”

Collectors cannot accept liquids (including inhalers and their refills) or needles or sharps, only pills. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.
For a list of collection sites in other communities, visit

CW tree giveaway
City of Canal Winchester residents canpick up a free tree at the city’s 19th annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester, on May 5 from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine. Approximately 120 trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per household.

The 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 throughout the Canal Winchester community.

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 added, “The majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and river 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. 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 giveaway is open to city of Canal Winchester residents living within the city limits only. Proof of residency is required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license. During the giveaway, members of the Street Tree Advisory Board will be on hand to answer questions about residential selections.

For information contact Miller at 614-834-5110.

CW Arbor Day
The city of Canal Winchester and Canal Winchester Schools will celebrate Arbor Day on April 27 at 2:45 p.m. at Winchester Trail Elementary, 6865 Gender Road. Mrs. Deanna Somers’ 4th grade class will plant an Eastern Redbud at the school and students will learn about forest insects and the history of Arbor Day.

Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert will present an Arbor Day Proclamation following the commemorative tree planting. As long as there are no severe weather warnings, Arbor Day activities will proceed rain or shine.

“We want to help teach everyone 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 Art Stroll
The Canal Winchester Art Guild will hold its seventh annual Canal Winchester Art Stroll on May 12 from 2-8 p.m. in Canal Winchester’s historic downtown district. Admission is free.

The Art Stroll showcases the work of local artists. Art lovers may stroll from site to site and enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities, local cuisine and the ambience of the historic city. The Art Stroll features exhibits representing a variety of styles and forms.

There will be displays at the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society Complex in the train depot, Robert Warren’s Art Loft, House of Therapy, the restored Interurban Depot, at Stradley Park, inside several local shops hosting Guild artists, and the Frances Steube Community Center. People may also visit the downtown studios of some artists.
Cast your vote at the annual Mural Competition, held in the Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. from 2-8 p.m. at the Art Stroll.

Stop by Shade on the Canal restaurant to learn about the Guild’s public art initiatives, a birdhouse project developed in cooperation with local business sponsor Home Depot, the CW Local Schools, Eastland-Fairfield Technical School, and other community members. There will be an exhibition of work created by Canal Winchester Schools students, curated by the art faculty and hosted by Shade on the Canal.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by notable acts including the String Theory Acoustic Band, Joe Steager, the Yellow Rose Cloggers, Cliff Spruill, and the Winchester Steel Company steel drum band.

Visit or go to the Canal Winchester Art Guild Facebook page for information.

Music & Art in the Park
Canal Winchester’s 2018 Music & Art in the Park free summer concert series will kick off May 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Stradley Park, 36 S. High St. The Usual Suspects and the Repeat Offenders – a classic rock band featuring favorite hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today – will perform.

The event also features Touch-A-Truck with vehicles from Madison Township Fire Department and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

June 15 will feature a tribute to farmers with entertainment by local band Waterloo5. The series concludes July 20 with music from the Gas Pump Jockeys and the 11th annual Cruise-In, hosted by C-Town Cruisers.

Visit for information.

“FAME, The Musical”
The Canal Winchester High School Performing Arts Department will present “FAME, The Musical” on April 27 at 7 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Canal Winchester Schools Education Center Speaks Auditorium at 300 Washington St.

The production involves more than 50 students on stage and another dozen back stage from grades 9-12. Tickets will be sold at the door, but all seats are reserved, so people are encouraged to pre-order their tickets. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered by emailing

Kris Sim Memorial Relay for Life Dinner
Canal Winchester’s elected officials will wait tables to earn tips for Relay for Life on May 16 from 6-8 p.m. when they serve dinner at the Canal Winchester Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Cost for dinner 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. 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 proceeds 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. In addition, 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 event on May 19 at the Canal Winchester High School.

Relay for Life
On May 19, Canal Winchester and Groveport residents will join together at
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Canal Winchester and Groveport will be held at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St., on May 19 to raise funds and awareness in an effort to help create a world without cancer. The event starts at 4 p.m. and continues until midnight.

Individuals and teams participate in activities and walk or run around a local track “relay” style to fight cancer. Funds raised through the event support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Canal Winchester and Groveport invite those individuals in the Canal Winchester and Groveport area who have won the fight against cancer to check in at 4 p.m. for opening ceremonies and walk the survivors lap. Survivors are invited to attend a special Survivors Dinner at 5 p.m.

Visit for information.

Barber Museum to open
The grand opening of the National Barber Museum in Canal Winchester will be held on May 5 at 1 p.m. at the museum, located at 135 Franklin St. in downtown Canal Winchester (behind the former CW High School building). The public is invited to join Museum Curator Mike Ippoliti for a guided tour through the museum as he shares his passion for the history of the profession. Guests may also enjoy barber shop quartet performances, historic hospitality, and the museum’s distinctive gift shop.

The National Barber Museum, housed in approximately 5,000 square feet, showcases art, artifacts, and memorabilia from decades of the barbering profession – from the early days when surgeons and barbers served as one to the present when those seeking a trim. Regular hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment (614) 837-8400.

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