The Dublin Arts Council has announced three recipients of its 2009 community arts grants.

The Dublin Arts Council has announced three recipients of its 2009 community arts grants.

Three local arts groups will receive $13,440, the arts council said in a news release this week.

The Dublin Area Art League will receive $1,100 to assist with best of show prizes for spring and fall art shows. The grant also will fund the Dublin Art Stroll and Paint Out as well as the annual Dublin calendar contest.

The $2,340 grant for the Dublin Singers will benefit advertising for the singing group's spring and winter performances as well as a membership drive.

The $10,000 grant given to the Emerald City Players will fund new lighting equipment for the theater troupe based in the Dublin Village Shopping Center off Sawmill Road.

The deadline for arts organizations to apply for 2010 grants is Sept. 15. The application and information on the grant process can be found online at dublinarts.org.

Anyone looking to spend time outdoors this summer can volunteer to monitor some of the more than 150 nesting boxes around Dublin.

Dublin's green team will hold a two-hour training session for volunteers at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the service facility, 6555 Shier Rings Road.

"Basically the volunteers care for the boxes and monitor the boxes," said Dublin's nature education coordinator, Mime Migliore. "In caring for the boxes, it allows the city to find out what's hatching in the boxes."

The boxes are on city land and are grouped in trails.

For more information, contact Migliore or Christine Nardecchia, volunteer administrator, at (614) 410-4400.

The Dublin Taiko Boosters will hold a gala to raise money for the taiko group at the school system.

The gala will include performances at 1 and 4 p.m. April 4, as well as a silent auction, food and 50/50 raffle.

Tickets are $5 at the door or can be ordered in advance by e-mailing Carole Tizzano at carolets03@wowway.com.

The gala will be held at Dublin Scioto High School, 4000 Hard Road.

Taiko is a Japanese drum ensemble that includes music and choreographed movements. Performances April 4 will feature drummers from Dublin middle and high schools, directed by Susann Barrett.