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Community Culture Celebration this weekend

In an attempt to showcase the culture of Westerville, the city and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Westerville are hosting the Community Culture Celebration this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations throughout the city.

The celebration kicks off Friday morning with a "Building Relationships in a Multicultural Community" breakfast series hosted by Leadership Westerville that will focus on working with customers from different cultures.

International speaker Ruby Newell-Legner is the key draw of the morning, and tickets to the breakfast are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

In the evening, the Westerville Sports Complex hosts an "opening ceremony" event beginning at 6 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to wear "traditional culture apparel" that will represent the various nations of residents from central Ohio.

A parade will follow the pathway led by local jazz musician Arnett Howard, and food trucks will be parked inside the Sports Complex that will feature ethnic cuisine.

Saturday's entertainment will come in the form of a soccer tournament with an awards ceremony, and food trucks will return to the Sports Complex. At the Westerville Community Center, the exhibit "International Perspectives on Art" will be on display.

A panel discussion from 1-6 p.m. Sunday wraps up the weekend, and will feature speakers and storytellers from around the globe.

Sultana Nahar, a performer in Bangladeshi and Indian communities in the United States, will tell stories from Indian mythology through hand and body gestures.

Baba Jubal Harris will perform African folktales through interactive dramatization of songs, proverbs, drumming and dance.

There will also be a global marketplace in the gymnasium with more than 25 exhibitors, and health screenings will be available.

For more information, contact the Westerville Community Center at 614-901-6500.