The Central Ohio Symphony once again will perform a July Fourth concert on the "stage" in front of Ohio Wesleyan University's Philips Hall.

Concert set for July 4
The Central Ohio Symphony once again will perform a July Fourth concert on the "stage" in front of Ohio Wesleyan University's Philips Hall.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Broadway and film music is on the program, including an arrangement of music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," for which Hayes graduates Jylian Purtee, Tim Andrews, Connor Notestine and Abby Hoovler will reprise their roles from the high school production earlier this year. "Pirates of the Caribbean" music also will be played, along with the theme of "Ghostbusters," which symphony executive director Warren Hyer noted will include a special appearance.

The quartet will perform the national anthem, as well as "Ashokan Farewell" and "Hymn to the Fallen," with other patriotic pieces.

Brianna Grandits, an 11-year-old Marysville girl, won a raffle and will take conductor Jaime Morales-Matos' place on the podium to conduct the symphony during John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" march. The narrator of this year's program will be OWU president Rock Jones.

Lawn seating is free. Seating in the chairs placed in front of the stage is $5, and is on sale now at the symphony office, 24 E. Winter St., at Buehler's Fresh Foods and at the concert.

The lead concert sponsor this year is Willow Brook Christian Village. The corporate sponsor is FirstMerit Bank, and the patriotic sponsor is Raymond B. Austin American Legion Post 115.
For more information about the concert or about the Central Ohio Symphony, call (740) 362-1799.

Travel exhibit in Castle gallery
The Travel Exhibition of the Ohio Watercolor Society will be exhibited from July 10 through Aug. 6 at the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center, also called the Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter St. in Delaware.

Regional Ohio artists included in this exhibit are James DeVore of New Albany; Fran Mangino of Westerville; Morris Meyer of Dublin; Martha Davis Rice of Cambridge; Charles Rowland of Lewis Center; Annette Salrin of Canal Winchester; Dennis Zimmerman of Powell; and Suzanne Accetta, Zdenka Bartz, Robert Bruce and Gloria Woods, all from Columbus.

Hours of the Arts Castle gallery are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (740) 369-2787 or visit or

SUMC to host Upward basketball
Sunbury United Methodist Church (SUMC) will host a three-day Upward basketball camp in August.

The camp is for boys and girls who will be in the second through the sixth grade in the 2011-2012 school year. It is not necessary to be a SUMC member to participate in the camp.

The camp will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day from Monday, Aug. 8 through Wednesday, Aug. 10. The cost is $35 per child. Scholarships are available. Registration forms may be picked up at the church office or downloaded from the church's web site. The registration deadline is July 10.

At Upward basketball camp, each child plays basketball games daily and learns drills to improve his or her basketball abilities. Each camp session includes devotion time, during which a Bible verse is shared and explained. All Upward campers will receive a T-shirt, a water bottle and a camp basketball.

For more information, call (740) 965-3813 or visit

FCA offers sports camp
A summer sports camp of basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse will be offered at the Orange Friends Church from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28.

The camp, run by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will be held each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FCA camp provides each camper with a T-shirt, a camp Bible, a lanyard, lunch and snacks.

The cost is $95. Registration is under way now for boys and girls ages 8 through 14. Register online at or email Jeff Mucha at

Orange Friends Church is at 3467 E. Orange Road in Lewis Center.

Church to host humorist
On Wednesday, June 29, the Bellpoint United Methodist Church, 4771 State Route 257 South, will host columnist-humorist, Jonathan Richard Cring and musician Janet Clazzy.

The performance is at 7 p.m. Church pastor Paul McCullough said a freewill offering will be taken and books, CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase. For more, information call 369-5956.