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It’s your last chance to vote for the Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News Teachers of the Year.
Three teachers will be honored, one each at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. They will be chosen from five finalists per category.
Voting ends May 2. Winners will be recognized with award ceremonies at their buildings before the school year ends. They also will be featured in our August issue as well as in ThisWeek Community News.
To cast your vote, go to columbusparent.com/teachers!
The 2016 OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon is set to make history April 30.
WBNS-10TV will broadcast that race and 2016 Men’s & Women’s USATF Half Marathon Championships, marking the first time a half marathon in Ohio has been shown live. The station will air the event from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Columbus won the chance to host the 2016 and 2017 Men’s and Women’s USATF Half Marathon Championships after a joint bid by M3S Sports, which produces the Capital City Half Marathon, and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
The Capital City Half Marathon, Patron Quarter Marathon and Commit To Be Fit 5K step off in downtown Columbus and finish at Columbus Commons.
For more information, go to capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.
International Astronomy Day is Thursday
April 28 is International Astronomy Day. If your family has been remiss in celebrating, it might be time to check out some of central Ohio’s amazing venues for learning about the stars. We’re fortunate to have three planetariums in the area.
The COSI Planetarium, which opened in 2014, is the largest in the state. It offers daily child-focused programs about the sky. For more information, go to cosi.org/exhibits/planetarium.
Ohio State University also has a planetarium that offers public events. The programs typically occur Friday nights during the school year. For details, go to planetarium.osu.edu/public-programs.
Perkins Observatory, located on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University, also hosts regular events aimed at kids and families. They often sell out, so buy tickets in advance. For more information, go to perkins.owu.edu/regular_programs.htm.
Now that nicer weather is upon us, it’s time to send kids outside to play.
The National Wildlife Federation has lots of great suggestions for getting kids excited about playing outdoors. The nonprofit’s website has an activity finder with fun ideas based on a child’s age. The site also has suggestions for things to do outside in different seasons.
Research collected by the federation shows that unstructured outdoor play helps children in a variety of ways, including increasing Vitamin D levels (which cans stave off future bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other health issues), improving distance vision (which lowers the chance of nearsightedness) and reducing stress.
Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Time is running out to submit listings for inclusion in our 2016 Summer Camp Guide.
The current online version of the guide contains submissions received through late March, including all of the listings that ran in our March and April print issues.
Parents (and kids) can search about 300 day and residential camps in these areas: Arts, Dance & Drama, Educational Enrichment, Equestrian, Multiple-Category, Music, Nature/Outdoors, Religious, STEM, Special Needs, Sports and Traditional.
The deadline to submit listings for the final online update is April 29. Those camps will be posted to our website in early May. They’ll remain online until camp season rolls around next year.
Uptown Westerville will brush off the cold weather with the return of the popular 4th Fridays series this week.
The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau will present Mount Carmel St. Ann’s 4th Friday: Uptown Alive—the first of six monthly events—from 6-9 p.m. April 22.
The series, held the fourth Friday of every month through September, includes more than 100 street vendors, food carts, live entertainment, children’s activities and extended hours in Uptown shops. The action is concentrated between Home and Winter streets. For a schedule of each month’s theme, go to visitwesterville.org.
This month, the Eric Ransom Band will play at the corner of North State and East Home streets. The Arts Council of Westerville will feature musical acts in the municipal building courtyard and in Arts Alley, in front of Hanby Elementary School. Generations Performing Arts Center and Excel Martial Arts will perform as well.
Family-friendly activities abound. The Westerville Puppet Posse is back to entertain children, and the Westerville Public Library will offer storytimes at Amish Originals Furniture, 38 N. State St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. And the WVCB Kids Corner will return on East College Avenue with bounce house fun.
- Teachers of the Year
- Cap City Countdown
- Star Gazing
- Last Call
- 4th Friday
- Summer Movies
- Vote Now
- Book Drive
- Telling Tales
- Camp Guide Update
- Equine Affaire Is Back
- ‘E.T.’ Returns
- Bike Safety
- Spring Break