The first Green:Bexley Fair will coincide with the annual Greater Bexley Cleanup, with both being held April 27.

The events are designed to promote environmental sustainability, said Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler.

"They're tied together inasmuch as it's Earth Week," he said.

The Green:Bexley Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Maryland Elementary School, 2754 Maryland Ave. The event will include information booths about solar panels and other renewable energy forms, opportunities to test drive electric vehicles, an area with farm animals and activities for children.

"We are hoping to educate the community, to get them engaged to promote sustainability," said Elizabeth Ellman, chairwoman of Bexley's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, which is organizing the Green-Bexley Fair. "We have about 40 confirmed vendors, and we're hoping lots of people come out."

"It's going to be a fairly extensive opportunity for residents to learn about sustainable living," Kessler said.

While the Green: Bexley Fair is going on, volunteers with the Greater Bexley Cleanup will canvass the community to pick up litter. Volunteers will check in at 9 a.m. on Capital University's main lawn, located at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue. Volunteers can sign up on the day of the event, but volunteers are encouraged to register in advance by visiting bexley.org/cleanup.

Residents also can drop off unwanted items from 8 to 11 a.m. at Delmar Drive, east of Cassady Avenue, next to the Bexley Police Department headquarters, 559 N. Cassingham Road.

The Greater Bexley Cleanup also coincides with the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that is designed to give people a safe way to dispose of unused medication. During the cleanup, individuals can not only drop off prescription drugs, but also electronic waste and sensitive documents for shredding. Paint, chemicals, oil or fuel of any kind will not be accepted.

For more information, visit bexley.org/cleanup.

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