With Westerville's children finally loose for the summer, this month's Fourth Friday celebration will focus on safety.

With Westerville's children finally loose for the summer, this month's Fourth Friday celebration will focus on safety.

The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau will present 'Safety City' on June 26 as June's Fourth Friday event. The Uptown street fair will include presentations from a variety of safety-oriented groups, according to VCB marketing coordinator Glenda Mihaly.

"This free event will feature information about gun safety, car seat safety and fire safety plus displays by the Franklin County Board of Health, Children's Hospital Close to Home Centers, the American Red Cross, the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, Westerville Animal Control and the Westerville safety forces," Mihaly said.

Also as part of the street fair, the Westerville Police Department will have a cruiser on display and PC, the robot police car, will visit with children. The WPD will also offer free digital fingerprinting for kids in the Municipal Building courtyard (21 S. State St.), according to Mihaly.

Other special children's events will include the Westerville Parks and Recreation department's Bounce House and the Westerville Puppet Posse. The Westerville Fire Department will also provide a 'squirt house,' where children can put out pretend fires, on the lawn of Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State St.

The Westerville Public Library will still host its story time during Fourth Friday, but at a new location -- inside Amish Originals' north location at 38 N. State St., from 6:30-8:30, according to Mihaly.

Like the VCB's other Uptown street fairs, Safety City will include other arts and entertainment, including performances by the Generations Performing Arts Center and demonstrations by X-cel Martial Arts, iYooWee Dance, Fitness and Cheer, and the Taoist Tai Chi Society. A 16-piece big band, In Full Swing, will perform on West College Avenue, and rock 'n roll band Legal Tender will also perform. There will also be karaoke, along with numerous food vendors and extended hours for Uptown businesses, according to Mihaly.

Safety City takes place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 26 in Westerville's Historic Uptown district. Other Fourth Friday events in 2009 include "World Bazaar" in July, a celebration of cultures, customs and international foods; "Dog Days of Summer" in August, where canine owners can bring their pets for the Mutt March and Best on the Street Dog Show; and "School Daze" in September, which focuses on the achievements of Westerville's youth.

More information about Fourth Friday events can be found online at www.visitwesterville.org.

lrice@thisweeknews.com

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