For the sixth consecutive year, the Pickerington Senior Center will be host to a free Kids Party complete with inflatable amusements, games, crafts, hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones and drinks.
The family-friendly event, free to children 12 and younger, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.
This year's festivities are dedicated to the memory of the late Don Fulks, a senior-center trustee who died in June 2015 from a car accident.
Fulks came up with the idea to hold the Kids Party in 2012 as a way for the Pickerington Senior Center to give back to the community and provide free activities and refreshments to children who soon will return to school.
"Don was very active at the senior center, and he was the one who got this started," said Nancy Huffman, a member of the senior center's board of trustees.
"We've been trying to carry it on without him," she said.
Ted Hackworth, Pickerington Senior Center president, said the Kids Party is a great event for area children and senior-center members who volunteer to make the afternoon special.
"This event is a public-relations type of thing," Hackworth said. "It's good to be active in the community and to reach out to the community."
Everything is free for children. Adults will be charged $1 for hot dogs. The rides, geared for smaller children, include a bounce house and a Giant Slide.
Huffman said advance registration is not required.
Parking is available on the streets surrounding the Pickerington Senior Center or in Sycamore Creek Park at the end of Hereford Drive.
Fairfield Foundation $4,000 grant
Pickerington Senior Center officials said the organization received a $4,000 grant from the Alma S. Busby Fund of the Fairfield Foundation in June.
The money will be used to help pay for the installation of a backup electricity generator at the center.
Hackworth said the Pickerington Senior Center was able to receive the generator as a donation from the Violet Township Fire Department.
"We're working on obtaining a second grant from South Central Power, and I have a couple of other leads to help pay for the installation," Hackworth said.
He estimated the total cost of installation would be $25,000 to $28,000. He said he hopes the project is completed by the fall.
The goal will be for the senior center to serve as an emergency shelter in the future.
"We need more shelters in Pickerington," Hackworth said.
"A generator will be able to run heat, lights and a kitchen, but heat is the most critical thing," he said.
The Fairfield Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic organization that provides scholarships and grants for residents and organizations in Fairfield County.
For the 2017 spring grant cycle, 23 local organizations received funding for more than $339,000, according to the Foundation.