Instead of the usual Friday evening, this month's Main Event, featuring a screening of Wall-E, will be held today, June 19, to accommodate those who observe religious customs and others who can't attend on Fridays.
The Main Event is a weekly summer entertainment series featuring movies and other activities on Capital University's front lawn at the corner of East Main Street and College Avenue.
"Since the Main Event is now in its second year, it's especially important to the planning committee to be as inclusive as possible and to take into account that some families may be unable to attend Friday events," said Beth Sharb, spokeswoman for the city of Bexley, which sponsors the Main Event.
"We really want to emphasize that the Main Event is truly a communitywide event, so we're hoping that we get a good turnout Thursday evening to kick off the weekend early."
Today's activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. In keeping with the futuristic themes of Wall-E, robotics activities will be available for all ages, including presentations from local robotics teams, along with yard games provided by the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department.
Food vendors will include the Challah Truck, a Kosher-style dining experience; Graeter's Ice Cream; the Cherbourg Bakery of Bexley; and the Short North Bagel Deli.
The Bexley Public Library will provide story readings and Piccadilly will provide crafts for young children. Live music will begin with acoustic performer Bill Bendler and conclude with space-themed group, the Shazzbots. The movie will begin at sunset.
Depending on turnout, the city may offer a Main Event on Thursday next year, Sharb said.
"Considering that we now own our projector equipment, thanks to the grant we received from the Bexley Community Foundation, we have a lot more freedom when it comes to choosing dates for our events," she said.
The Main Event will return to Friday for E.T. on July 18 and The Wizard of Oz on Aug. 15. The movie to be screened at the Sept. 19 Main Event will be decided by public vote, with ballot collection starting at this Thursday's Main Event.
For more information, visit the city's website, bexley.org.