Vendors and residents will take to the streets of Uptown Westerville this week for the city's first Fourth Friday celebration of 2008.

Vendors and residents will take to the streets of Uptown Westerville this week for the city's first Fourth Friday celebration of 2008.

"Uptown Alive" is the theme of the first of six planned Fourth Friday celebrations. The community block parties each feature a different theme, different entertainment and street vendors, according to Glenda Mihaly, Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau coordinator.

"Uptown Alive" will focus on the people and businesses that Uptown Westerville has to offer. In addition to extended hours observed by many businesses, "Reasons for Wildlife, The Art of Tina Watman" will be on display at the David Myers Art Studio, 7 W. Main St., and "The Chair is Art" exhibit will be on display at Gallery 202, 38 N. State St.

For the first time, the Fourth Friday event will include an Uptown History Hunt, similar to the hunt held during December's New Year's Eve festivities. Participants can pick up a question list at the WVCB tent on West College Avenue and visit various Uptown locations to find the answers.

Completed forms will be eligible to win prizes from several local businesses.

Musical entertainment for "Uptown Alive" will include sounds of the '70s from Agent 99, plus the Ain't Misbehavin' Dixieland Band. Children's activities include a puppet show prepared by the Westerville police and fire divisions, and story times hosted at the Westerville Public Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department will give away free tree seedlings, while supplies last.

"Uptown Alive" is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Uptown Westerville. Other Fourth Friday events in 2008 include "Back to Nature" in May, which traditionally has included activities about the great outdoors provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Division of Wildlife; "Safety Fest" in June, which includes safety-themed events from the divisions of fire and police, along with several Franklin County agencies; "World Bazaar" in July, a celebration of cultures, customs and international foods; "The Dog Days of Summer" in August, where canine owners can bring their pets for the Mutt March and Best on the Street Dog Show; and "School Daze" in September, which focuses on the achievements of Westerville's youth.

More information about Fourth Fridays can be found online at www.visitwesterville.org.

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