When the calendar rolls around to Aug. 1, it seems the countdown clock inevitably begins looking towards the start of our next academic year and the anticipation of fall.
As our local students return to class Aug. 15, I wish every student a great year. Please keep in mind to use caution around the school zones because many students will head to class on foot or bike. Before we officially bid summer goodbye, we have numerous community activities and events planned.
One of our most popular events of the year, our annual youth triathlon will be held Sept. 3. A description of the course by age group is available at grandviewheights.gov by clicking Special Events under the “Services” tab.
When I say we have activities for the entire family, I mean it. To mark the end of the 2022 pool season, we invite our canine friends to join us at the pool for the Dog Swim from 4-8 pm Sept. 6. Even if you are planning to register in advance, admission will be $10 or $15 if you register online the same day. In addition, be sure to mark your calendars for Bark in the Park from 4-7 pm Oct. 6.
If you missed the Grandview Hop in June and July, we have two remaining – Aug. 27 and Sept. 24. Both run 5-9 pm and feature vendors, live music, shopping, art, local cuisine, and activities for all ages.
Trick-or-Treat will take place 6-8 pm Oct. 31. The events mentioned above do not represent our full calendar. For details on all events and how to register, go to the city’s website and click Special Events under the “Services” tab.
Our event participants and city staff who spend many hours planning each one are fundamental to each event’s success. However, the community volunteers who help with tasks such as registration, court marshals and set up or tear down are equally as important.
It truly takes a village to put on signature events like TRI the Heights and Tour de Grandview and to partner with events like the Columbus Marathon to bring runners to Grandview Heights. If you currently are or have been a volunteer in the past, thank you. We appreciate the time and energy you give back. If you are interested in volunteering, there is still time to sign up for the remaining 2022 events. To sign up today, go to our website and select Volunteer for Events under the “I’m Looking For…” tab.
We have much to look forward to in the last quarter of 2022. To stay up to date on all our activities, including events, I encourage you to download our Grandview Heights 311 app or go to the city’s website and enroll in email alerts through our 311 system by clicking “Report a Concern.”
Greta Kearns is the mayor of Grandview Heights.