City taking part in 'Screen Free Week'
April 24, 2019


The City of Canfield will be participating in "Screen Free Week," urging residents and families to get out and enjoy all the great things about Canfield.

It all began in 1994 when Henry Labalme and Matt Pawa formed TV Free America, which was the force behind the first "TV Turnoff Week." The idea was to turn off the television and go outside to enjoy life. According to the website, the program became "Screen Free Week" in 2010. The whole idea was to trade the time spent on electronic devices for time spent outside with others and doing fun things without the use of the screen device. It was meant to help bring communities together by letting people connect with each other.

According to Canfield City Manager Wade Calhoun, participation began as a result of an electronic message.

"The City of Canfield received a Facebook message in January informing about the Screen Free Week Initiative," Calhoun said.

It sounded good and as the idea spread around town, more and more got involved.

"This event brings in partnerships with Village Green businesses to utilize the Green for community events and bring people to the Village Green," he said. "Each night we are expecting anywhere from 50-100 participants."

The week with begin on Monday, April 29 with an ice cream social and sidewalk chalk art contest. Residents can enjoy ice cream on the green and join in a "Sing Around" at the Gazebo with the Canfield Community Church. Children can then use their creative abilities to make a chalk art piece on the Green sidewalk, which will be judged by Nils Johnson of Johnson and Johnson Law Firm and Mayor Richard Duffett.

On Tuesday, April 30, the event will kick off at the Canfield Library for a craft and play, followed by a walk to the Green where Spiderman will join in with Superhero lessons. The evening wraps up at the Piccadilly Parlor for punch and cookies.

On Wednesday, May 1, D.J. Dylan Hartman will spin tunes on the Green with Stage Left staff teaching dance moves. Cookies by Marie will be on hand selling cookies to raise funds for Canfield's next K9 officer. Oven Fresh Pizza will be on hand to sponsor the event, partnering with the Canfield Police.

Day four, the final day, will feature a Scavenger Hunt on the Green. Those participating will be learning more about their city while visiting local businesses. Prizes will be given out at the end of the hunt for different age groups including pre-readers, elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.

The event on all four nights will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

"The City of Canfield believes that by partnering with local businesses for community events, it will not only strength our relationships but also help to promote and encourage current business utilization and attract more business to the village green," Calhoun said.


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