The Community Implicit Bias Workshop is March 16

March 16 at 7:00 pm at the Bexley Public Library Auditorium

The City of Bexley, Bexley City Schools, Capital University, and the Bexley Library present a community implicit bias workshop, facilitated by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at OSU.  The Kirwan Institute is an engaged research institute at OSU that works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed.

So what is implicit bias? Throughout life, people are exposed to millions of messages about  the world around them— messages that shape their perceptions of people, places, concepts and ideas. Using an engaging and participatory structure, Robin Wright, from the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, will discuss how the mind operates, real-world implications, and how to guard against bias. Participants will leave equipped with a deeper understanding of their unconscious mental processing and the ways in which these implicit associations impact their decision-making.

Come to the workshop to learn more about what implicit bias is, how it can impact our interactions, and how we can work to understand and correct for implicit bias.  March 16, 7:00 pm, Bexley Public Library Auditorium


Women's Leadership Breakfast at CSG on March 8th

Columbus School for Girls and the Women's Fund host the 2017 Women's Leadership Breakfast on International Women's Day 

Join Columbus School for Girls and The Women's Fund for the 5th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast, at CSG on March 8th, 2017.  The Women's leadership breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate and explore women's leadership in central Ohio and beyond.  This inspirational morning will feature reflections from Mary C. Juhas, Ph.D.  Dr. Juhas is a force behind the movement to improve recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) disciplines. Director of Ohio State ADVANCE at the Ohio State University, she is an engineer, a teacher, a leader, and a woman who stands with and for other women. Learn more here:


Bexley Strategic Plan Update - Initial Workshop March 6

March 6th at 6:30 pm, Bexley City Hall 

Bexley's Strategic Plan was last updated in 2013 (click here to view the 2013 plan), and is due for an update every 4 or so years.  The plan covers all aspects of City of Bexley services and areas of influence.  The plan update process is being facilitated by Mayor Kessler and Council Strategic Chair, Lori Ann Feibel.  A series of public workshops and stakeholder interviews will help to form the plan prior to it being presented by the Mayor to City Council for review and approval.  The initial public workshop will be March 6th at Bexley City Hall at 6:30 pm.  Come and hear a quick overview of what was in the 2013 plan, what has been accomplished, and provide your feedback on where you think Bexley should head in the future.  For more information, visit


Jeffrey Summer Camp Registration Dates for Summer 2017

Early Bird starting February 28 / Open registration starting March 7th 

Summer Camp is just around the corner! Be sure to pencil in our registration dates whether you are a returning or new camper! Visit for more information or to print off registration forms. Forms will only be accepted on the registration dates (in-person) or starting Monday, March 13th during normal office hours (M-F, 8a-430p). If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sarvas at 614.559.4300 or  

Early Bird (Returning Campers): February 28 & March 2, 5-7p @ Jeffrey Mansion
Bexley Resident Open Registration: March 7 & 9, 5-7p @ Jeffrey Mansion
Non-Resident Open Registration: Beginning Monday, March 13 during Rec Office hours (M-F, 8a-430p)


March 4th Jeffrey Woods Festival Details

Events throughout the day from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Bexley pool parking lot

The 2nd Annual Jeffrey Woods Festival will be held on Saturday, March 4th starting at 8am at the David H. Madison Community Pool parking lot.  Join us as we explore, harvest, and create from the beautiful trees that make up the arboretum that is Bexley.  The Jeffrey Woods Festival will include the making of the community-renowned Kelveden Maple Syrup, the Wood Chop Shop (Registration Required), a sawmill workshop, wood working demonstrations, and much more!   

Here's a schedule of events for the day:
8:00 am - 2:00 pm: Maple Syrup Production 
8:00 am - 2:00 pm: Wood Chop Shop
9:00 am: Sawmill Workshop
9:00 am to 11:00 am: Yellowood Design Studio - axe restoration demonstrations & sales
11:00 am: Wood Working Project with Bexley Furniture Maker Steve Walker (this is an interactive, kid-friendly project) 
1:00 pm: Cutting Board Demonstration

Note that the maple syrup workshop and wood chop shop require registration in order to officially participate, although residents are encouraged to observe any and all activities throughout the morning.  For those not registering, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the City's use of forest resources.

To register for events, visit  The Jeffrey Woods Festival is an educational offering of the Bexley Arboretum and the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department.