The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department has a summer season full of family-friendly events for the movie fan, the foodie and the live-music lover.
The 12th annual farmers market starts Thursday, June 6, with wine sampling on the menu for the first time.
Held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 5 at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, the market will feature more than two dozen vendors, including Canal Winchester-based Wagon Wheel Wines, market manager Jennifer Clemens said.
City Council earlier this year voted to waive the city's prohibition on alcohol in its public parks during the farmers market's hours, allowing a winemaker to be added to the lineup of vendors.
The city secured an F-10 permit from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, which would allow wine samples and sealed containers to be sold by vendors with an A-2 or S permit, Parks and Recreation Department director Donna Bauman said.
The permit allows 1-ounce wine samples to be "sold" for a small fee -- typically $1 or less -- and would allow the sale of bottles for off-premise consumption. Visitors will not be able to purchase a glass of wine and walk the grounds with it, Bauman said
"The city is excited to be able to add a new element to the farmers market by showcasing Ohio-made wines. Our goal is to continue to bring fresh and innovative products to the Reynoldsburg community," Bauman said.
Construction of the nearby community center YMCA is not expected to impact the market's operation, officials said.
Most vendors accept credit cards, and concessions and a food truck will be at each market, Clemens said.
Clemens said the market again will partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so recipients can use their benefits. This year, SNAP has doubled its "produce perks" incentive for fresh fruits and vegetables up to $20 -- meaning SNAP recipients can get $40 worth of food for only $20.
"We continue to look at new ways to educate our residents about this program that enables SNAP consumers to purchase healthy food," she said.
Huber Park also will be the site of a free summer movie series with kid-friendly films.
The series kicked off June 1 with "Wonder." Five additional screenings are planned: "Despicable Me 3" on June 15; "Hotel Transylvania 3" on July 6; "Trolls" on July 20; "The Little Mermaid" on Aug. 3; and "Zootopia" on Aug. 17.
Movies begin at dusk -- typically about 8:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring snacks, blankets and chairs.
The parks department invested in new equipment, including a 16-foot inflatable screen and 1,300-watt speakers, Bauman said.
"The previous equipment was purchased in 2008 and was becoming unreliable," she said.
The parks department will hold two Food Truck Festivals at JFK Park, 7232 E. Main St.
Up to 10 trucks will be on hand for both dates -- from 5 to 8 p.m. June 14 and Sept. 13.
Live music and child-friendly games and activities will be provided, and those attending are encouraged to bring chairs.
Food trucks scheduled for the June 14 festival include Buckeye Donuts, Cazuelas, Sweet Tooth, Philly Buster, Grandpaw's Hot Dog, Twinado Kitchen's Jerk Shack, Hogback BBQ Pit, Wrapworthy and Queens Table.
Trucks planned for the Sept. 13 festival include Cousins Maine Lobster, Sophie's Gourmet Pierogi, Creole 2 Geaux, Pitabilities, Little Lady Soft Serve, Schmidt's, Sweet Cheese, Chicky Chicky Waffles, Phillips on Wheels, and Queens Table, Clemens said.
The Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road, will play host to a Concerts in the Park series with five performances.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, with Just Jazz Live, the series also includes: Agent 99 on June 23; children's favorite the Shazzbots on July 14; British Invasion on July 28; and the Reynoldsburg High School band Aug. 18.
For more information, call 614-322-6806 or visit ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us/events.aspx.