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Arts come into town like a lion to this month

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Westerville will host a wide range of interesting arts events this month.

Among them:

A Day of Arts for All

The 6th Annual "A Day of Arts for All" and Accessible Expressions Ohio Reception and Awards Ceremony: The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department will once again be hosting "A Day of Arts for All" and Accessible Expressions Ohio Reception and Awards Ceremony at the Community Center on Saturday, March 8.

The awards ceremony will start at noon, recognizing award winners from each category of this year's Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition. Artists and community members also have the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop on marketing and artistic practice at 9 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities.

The opening exhibition will feature the work of more than 70 artists.

Marches from Around the World

Marches from Around the World will be featured by Westerville Concert Band as they present their annual Children's Concert at 3 p.m. March 15 in the Westerville Central High School auditorium.

Selections will include Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa, Colonel Bogey March (England), Amparito Roca March (Spain), the Radetzky March (Austria), and the all-time favorite Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa.

The program promises to have the audience toe-tapping and hand-clapping. Included will be an audience favorite, the instrument petting zoo where children can enjoy a hands-on experience with instruments.

As always, admission to the concert is free. For information, check the band website at westervillebands.org or call 614-890-6820.

Welcome Spring Love-In

Welcome Spring Love-In will take place from 7-10 p.m. March 15 at Java Central, 20 S State St.

Break out your tie-dyes and join us at Java Central to celebrate the coming of spring! Get your inner Hippie Groove on, with peace, love, lava lamps and love beads plus special Java Central drinks and food.

There will be great music and lots of fun featuring the groovy music of the Bead People.

Door donations requested.

The Frederick Douglass Story

The Frederick Douglass Story will be presented by the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

ArtReach brings the magic of live theater directly to those who would otherwise be unable to enjoy it. ArtReach tours five to six productions each season, serving children of all ages (kindergarten through high school) with titles taken from classic literature, fairy tales, history and other works studied in school curriculums. The acting troupe travels with innovative sets, which are designed to be both portable and visually enticing.

Frederick Douglass once said, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong." Drawing from his 1845 autobiography, this production brings this historical figure to life.

Rising from slave to statesman, Douglass was a commanding speaker who compelled audiences as he toured America and overseas.

As a young man he had to educate himself in secret, but he would one day give advice to presidents.

Douglass is one of the most respected leaders in our country's history because he did not just speak about his ideals-he lived them.

This free dramatic and educational presentation is open to adults and children.

Phyllis Self, recreation operations superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

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