Gahanna was named community of the year during the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's (SWACO) annual Central Ohio Emeralds awards ceremony May 17 at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University's campus.

Gahanna was named community of the year during the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio's (SWACO) annual Central Ohio Emeralds awards ceremony May 17 at the Ohio Union on Ohio State University's campus.

SWACO annually recognizes green leaders in Franklin County with honors in the categories of leadership, small businesses/nonprofit/institution of the year, large businesses/nonprofit/institution of the year, good neighbor, environmental education, young & green (high school students) and community of the year.

"This is a testament to the forward-thinking work of the professional staff that serves the Gahanna community," Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said. "I am so proud of our team and the nearly 10,000 households who helped recycle more than 6,500 tons of solid waste."

Gahanna was a finalist with Grove City/Jackson Township for the category.

At city-owned buildings, a desk-side recycling program diverted more than 75 tons from the landfill.

The Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation also recycles nine tons of solid waste annually and is committed to buying recycled content products like benches and tables. The city also has an advanced metering infrastructure that automatically reads water meters, taking one vehicle off the street and detecting leaks in near real time.

Kate Moening, Gahanna parks and recreation marketing coordinator, said several activities are scheduled this weekend in Gahanna.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, Friday Flicks will be held at Creekside, with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" shown on the Rotary stage.

Friday Flicks movies are free and held every other Friday through Aug. 26.

Moening said noon Saturday, May 28, also will mark the opening of the Hunters Ridge and Gahanna swimming pools. Hours, rates, membership information and an events schedule are online at www.gahanna.gov/departments/parks/aquatics.aspx.

Commencement for Gahanna Lincoln High School's graduating seniors will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of the Ohio State University, 555 Arena Drive.

No tickets are required for admission and reservations are not accepted. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and a parking fee of $5 per car will be assessed.