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Community prepares for Labor Day block party

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The city of Bexley will hold its annual Labor Day block party Sept. 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion and the Bexley Community Pool.

The length of the event has been extended this year. Last year, it began at 3 p.m.

"We wanted to make it 1 p.m. so we could start to encompass the lunch crowd," said recreation director Michael Price. "We added a few activities here and there, lengthened the time of the games, the high ropes course and the rock-climbing wall."

This year's musical entertainment will feature the Ray Pauken Band from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Hollow Bodies from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Millard Brothers from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the Bexley Meadow Music Association from 6 to 7 p.m.

The highlight of the annual event is the long-standing tradition of the egg drop. Bexley resident Jenny Walsh drops eggs from various heights at Jeffrey Mansion while participants try to catch them.

"It's a fun thing to watch," Price said. "Historically, this is an exciting (event) for everyone."

Last year, the recreation department added inflatable games, an obstacle course, the high ropes course and the climbing wall. This year, organizers hope to add a "touch-a-truck" component with police and fire rescue vehicles.

"That would be a nice addition if we can secure that," Price said.

Volunteers are key to the event's success. The recreation department is looking for volunteers for a wide variety of positions. Participants can volunteer to work a one-hour to one-and-a-half-hour shift. Call the recreation department at 559-4300 to volunteer.

"It is a must to have the volunteers to pull of an event like this," Price said. "It keeps the pricing down on the food and all the activities free."

The Cook Shack will have barbecue items for sale again this year. A number of community groups - the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Bexley City Schools groups - will have items like hot dogs, desserts, soda and water available for sale, Price said.

"This is a community event through and through," he said. "It is all about the community getting together and celebrating."

The Bexley Senior Citizens are holding their trash and treasure sale on Sept. 5, Jeffrey Mansion, noon to 4 p.m.

Seniors held the event for the first time last year and raised $1,000 for senior programming.

"We decided to make it an annual event to keep us ahead of the game each year," said, senior center director Mary Ellen O'Kelly. "We use the money for programs, entertainers"

Last year the senior center received three calls from nonsenior citizens interested in donating items to be sold. This year, organizers opened it up to the community. Anyone interested in donating an item can contact O'Kelly at 559-4300 for more information.

"We did say no outdated monitors, records, computers," Mary Ellen said. "It was hard to box all that stuff back up."


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