The month of May is traditionally a harbinger of warmer weather and fun times in UA, and this year is no exception. Read on for some of the month's events and more.
Community Marketplace: May is off to a great start this coming weekend, with the Chamber of Commerce's Community Marketplace event taking place all day May 4 throughout the city. Visit uachamber.org for a listing of the many households participating in the citywide garage sale, as well as highlights of business specials at our various retail districts.
And while you're out, be sure to stop by the Commission on Aging's May Market, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arlington Court Plaza, where you can pick up some great secondhand deals and support a good cause.
Farmers Market: Finding locally grown, fresh produce gets a little easier starting Wednesday, May 15, as our popular Farmers Market begins for the season. Stop by the Senior Center any time between 3 and 6 p.m. each week to purchase a variety of produce, from fruits and veggies to herbs, baked goods and more.
At the first market day, and once a month thereafter, sharpening services will be available for your favorite kitchen knives, scissors, garden tools and even your mower blades.
Visit uaoh.net for full Farmers Market details, or call Parks & Recreation at 614-583-5300.
Spring Fling: Be sure to stop by Sunny 95 Park on Saturday, May 18, to enjoy our annual Spring Fling family event. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., traditional Spring Fling favorites can be enjoyed, including Touch A Truck, showcasing various city service and safety vehicles; the Turtle Lady, with her weird and wonderful turtles and reptiles; inflatable games; arts and crafts; balloon sculpting and more.
Guests can also enjoy Irish dance performances by the Academy World Champion dancers, the annual Fishing Derby and much more. Spring Fling is held rain or shine; however, some activities may not be offered. Call 614-583-5345 for day-of updates. Additional event details can be found at uaoh.net.
2013 Wall of Honor Ceremony: Please join city and UA Historical Society officials for our annual Wall of Honor Ceremony. This year, J.T. Miller and George Haddad will be inducted onto the Wall.
Miller can be counted among the men and women who helped found Upper Arlington, with 840 acres of his farm used to build the first neighborhoods and by serving as our first mayor. Haddad was an internationally renowned pianist, a professor and artist-in-residence at OSU, and an active community volunteer who supported the arts in UA.
The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Municipal Services Center.
2013 Safety Town Registration: If your preschooler has not yet experienced the UA Police Department's acclaimed Safety Town program, now is the time to get registered. This two-week program teaches all aspects of safety for our youngsters -- from stranger danger to bicycle safety, fire safety and more -- all provided via hands-on, fun activities that help these lessons stick in children's minds.
Morning and afternoon sessions are offered from June 17-28 and again from July 8-19.
Visit uaoh.net for full details and to register online.
UA Pools: Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of our ever-popular outdoor pools, so be sure to invest in your family season pass soon in order to make the most of our three outdoor aquatics facilities, spread conveniently throughout the city.
With the welcome addition of the Reed Road Water Park several years ago and our ongoing commitment to keeping all our facilities in excellent condition, residents of all ages can enjoy a full range of swimming experiences, such as recreational swimming, slides, diving boards, current channel, water walking and lap swimming. Visit uaoh.net for scheduling details, pricing and to register online.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.