Lions and tigers and bears and ... tubas?

Lions and tigers and bears and ... tubas?

You may see that and much more at the annual Children's Concert presented by the Westerville Concert Band on Saturday, March 2.

The concert band will be joined by live animals from the Columbus Zoo to present a "Musical Safari" at Westerville Central High School. Great music, live animals, a multi-media show, plus interactive events like marching to a Sousa march, and following the flight of a huge bumble bee during Flight of the Bumble Bee. And yes, tubas in Tuba Tiger Rag! -- what more do you need?

Well, how about our popular instrumental "petting zoo" where all the kids can meet musicians and handle and even play any band instrument they like!? We'll get the next generation of musicians ready to go!

This great concert is free and will be presented from 3-4:30 p.m. March 2 in the auditorium at Westerville Central, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. -- off state Route 3 (State Street) just north of Maxtown Road. There is ample parking and wheelchair access.

Bring a group -- the bigger the safari, the safer for all of us. There are animals out there!

Jane Denick is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

March arts events

The Westerville ArtsLine column and calendar is provided by the Arts Council of Westerville and printed as a public service by ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion. Email listings to artscouncil westerville@

March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 -- Mercy Killers, Van Fleet Theater, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus; Westerville native and Broadway actor, Michael Milligan, returns to Columbus to perform his one-man play. For more information: http://mercyillerscolumbus.eventbrite. com.

March 1, 2, 3 -- Westerville North High School Theatre Department Presents Peter Pan, 7 p.m., Westerville North Auditorium, 950 County Line Road. Based on J.M. Barrie's fantastic tale of a boy who never grew up! Come see Peter fly! Reserved Seating -- Tickets $10.

March 1, 8,15, 22, 29 -- Open Mic at Java Central, 7-10 p.m., 20 S. State St. Each Friday. or 614-839-0698.

March 2 -- A Day of the Arts for All Accessible Expressions Ohio 2013 Opening Ceremony and Exhibit, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. VSA Arts of Ohio, a statewide arts service organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities, creatively and inclusively through the arts brings its entire 90+ piece exhibition to the Westerville Community Center until March 29. The exhibition will then be divided into several connections and tour throughout the state. Funding for Accessible Expression Ohio is made possible through the Ohio Arts Council. Reception sponsors include the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department and the Arts Council of Westerville. For more information, 614-901-6506.

March 2 -- Westerville Concert Band Children's Concert, 3 p.m., Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Featuring kid-friendly music and an instrument petting zoo. Free, westerville

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 -- Live Music at Java Central, 7-10pm, 20 S. State St. Each Saturday, or 614-839-0698.

March 3 -- Student Composition Recital, 2 p.m. Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Otterbein Department of Music annual showcase of original music composed by Otterbein students. You will hear a wide variety of pieces that were composed across our curriculum in 2012, from solos to chamber music to electronic music. Free and open to the public,

March 3 -- Freshman Musical Theatre Ensemble, 7 p.m., Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Performance to benefit the Friends of Courtright Library. Tickets are $10,

March 5 -- Sip and Sketch, presented by Arts Council of Westerville, 6:30-8 p.m. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Enjoy an art class while tasting 5 different wines. $15. For reservations, 614-259-3101.

March 7-10, 14-16 -- After the Fall, Otterbein Department of Theatre and Dance, Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., After the Fall is the portrait of a man on a quest to make peace with his own history, struggling with the choices he has made in his life. Box office opens one hour before curtain 614-823-1109 or boxoffice@

March 22, 23, 25,29, 30, 31 -- All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, 8pm, Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Suitable for ages 13 and up. For reservations call 614-360-1000 or visit

March 21 -- Sip and Sketch, presented by Arts Council of Westerville, 6:30-8 p.m. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Enjoy an art class while tasting 5 different wines. $15. For reservations 614-259-3101.

March 24 -- Meet the Artists, 2-4 p.m., Inniswood Metro Gardens, Innis House, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Meet artists of the month Roger Marks, Allen Foster, and Bill Carpenter and view their photography; 614-895-6216 or

March 24 -- A Joyful Noise -- The Otterbein University Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Road. Free will offering accepted, 614-882- 7968.