Parks to host fall events


Herald News Report

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Parks and Recreation Division will host a number of activities for each member of the family focused on the fall season throughout the following month. Activities include some aimed at gardening, crafts as well as seasonal traditions.

Kicking off the month of October, the division will host “Here Comes Winter: Fall Bulb Planting and Winterizing Your Lawn and Garden,” in which participants can learn more about fall bulb planting, and preparing lawns and gardens for the winter season. Jerry Haun, a Greene County master gardener, will cover selection, planting and caring of hardy bulbs, and practical ideas for preparing lawns, vegetable gardens and flower beds for the “long winter’s nap.” Event begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Fairborn Fire State #2, 2200 Commerce Center Blvd., and costs $5.

Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old are invited to participate in “Fall Leaves Fall” in which they will explore Community Park while searching for signs of seasonal change. Attendees will practice and learn skills to identify trees no matter what the season is, and will have the opportunity to make their own take-home field guide to document what they find. Adults are welcome to stay with their children during this session and to come along exploring. The event takes place 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at shelter #2 in Fairborn Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, and costs $4 to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 12.

Terri Perkins, owner of Terri Lyn Art Studio and Gallery in Fairborn will host “Tree Painting on Canvas,” in which attendees will create an eight-by-10 painting using acrylic paints and gluing buttons. Acrylic paint does not come out of clothes and the division suggests wearing old clothes. All supplies are included in the $15 fee. Event takes place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Terri Lyn Art Studio and Gallery, 415 W. Main St. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Citizens are invited to participate in “Autumn Card Making,” in which they will make two cards: one for Halloween, and one for Fall. The event will be instructed by Jean Strand, owner of Christy’s Happy Scrapper. It will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at Terri Lynn Art Studio and Gallery, 415 W. Main St. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 13, and costs $8.

“Family Fun Pumpkin Carving” will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. Third St. All supplies are provided in the $5 cost; one pumpkin per registration, which is limited to 40 participants. The event is open to all ages, but those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Citizens are invited to participate in “Spooktacular Parade and Costume Judging” with no pre-registration required. Costume judging categories include age categories from birth through adult, family, animal, overall best couple, and overall scariest. Judging begins 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at the Fairborn YMCA, 300 S. Central Ave. The parade begins 7:30 p.m. and will proceed from the YMCA to Central, Main and ending in front of the downtown festival stage.

For those who are interested in floral arranging, the division is hosting “Halloween Booquet,” in which the bouquet will be made in a real pumpkin with fall-colored flowers. All flowers and supplies are included in the $40 fee. Instructed by Carolyn Hollon and Jamie Brauer, the workshop will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Hollon Flowers, 50 N. Central Ave. Participants must be 18 years old and elder. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 23.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 937-754-3090.

Herald news report compiled by Whitney Vickers.

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