Westival, the third annual Community Concert Bands & Arts Festival, will provide continuous music and art for families from noon to 9 p.m. June 10.
The Arts Council of Westerville, Westerville Community Bands and Westerville Parks and Recreation will bring concert bands from around Central Ohio, handcrafted works by artists and a selection of food trucks to Alum Creek Park and Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
Nine concert bands from the communities of Circleville, Reynoldsburg, Lancaster, Worthington, New Albany and Dublin, plus Greater Columbus and the Ohio Capital Winds will perform, culminating at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Westerville Concert Band.
Art will take many shapes throughout the festival, with artists of all ages displaying and selling their original artwork. Hands-on art for families will include decorating a bird, butterfly or leaf to place on the giant "Birds of a Feather Make Art Together" tree.
Colorfully painted table-size umbrellas from the Uptown Artist Umbrella Silent Auction will be set up in the amphitheater, providing shade for the Westival audience.
Festival-goers can purchase food in the park from Schmidt's Sausage Haus, Sobremesa Street Kitchen, Blue Chew and Sock Hop Soda Shoppe.
Admission is free. For more information, visit artscouncilofwesterville.com or email email@example.com.
Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.
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June 1-30 – Art by Erica Aaron, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Throughout June – Oil and Acrylic Exhibit by Cheryl Lyons, Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Through July 14 – The Art of Intuition II. Abstract art of David Myers and studio artists including Tina Watman, Missy Fast, Marty Tucker, Brian Morrissey, Heidi Gum, Sue Norris, Hannah Shoemaker, Allan Diego, Katherine Benalcazar, Jeff Capers and Tiffany Arnold. Parkside Village artists also featured. Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. weekdays. David Myers Art Studio and Gallery, 7 W. Main, davidmyersart.com.
Every Tuesday – Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Friday – Acoustic Open Mic, 7 to 10 p.m. Featuring 12 or more diverse, talented performers every week. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
June 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.; June 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre presentation of "Lion King Jr." Youth production of Disney's coming-of-age tale of Simba, Rafiki and characters on the African savannah. Tickets are $10. Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 1-4, 8-11, 15-18 and 22-24 – Otterbein University Summer Theatre presents "My Fair Lady." Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. For tickets call 614-823-1109 or contact email@example.com.
June 2 – Color Me Calm for Seniors, 1 to 2 p.m. Relax and relieve stress with calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Led by a Westerville Public Library staff member for Westerville Senior Center members only. Location: 310 W. Main St.
June 4 – Summer Concert Series: Yumbambe, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 6 – Sip & Sketch, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fee includes supplies and two glasses of wine. Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State St. Advance registration at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-259-3101. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.
June 7, 14, 21 and 28 – Summer Puppet Workshop, 2 to 3 p.m. Ages 6-10 will learn the art of puppeteering in this four-session workshop. The last session will include a performance for families. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
June 8 – Script Review: "Wendy Darling" by Ira Hauptman, 6:30 p.m. New, darkly comic version of the Peter Pan story is receiving its first fully staged production. For actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Contact email@example.com, 614-360-1000 or curtainplayers.org.
June 9 – Make with Me, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 3 to 6 and a favorite adult will work together on a special project. June session: Painting. Contact westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
June 9 – Uptown Friday Night: Arts, 6 to 8 p.m. Second Friday of the month, Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and feature artist events. Visit uptownwestervilleinc.com.
June 11 – Summer Concert Series: Lords of Literature, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 11 – Listen & Learn: Music from the Classical Era, 3 to 5 p.m. Dr. Lois Rosow, professor emeritus, Ohio State University School of Music, will instruct. Examples of 18th century classical music performed by the Westerville Community Band. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
June 12 – Writers' Circle, 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Alexis Wilson, local author of the memoir "Not So Black and White." Each second Monday. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
June 14 – JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk. Every second Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
June 15 – World Building for Fantasy and Sci-Fi Writers, 7 to 8 p.m. Author Terry W. Erwin II gives an interactive presentation on germinating ideas and world building. His First Civilization's Legacy Series (fantasy) includes "Flank Hawk," "Blood Sword" and "Soul Forge." His Crax War Chronicles (science fiction) includes his newest release, "Relic Hunted." Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277.
June 15-17 and 22-24 – Curtain Players Theatre presents "Alice: A Variation on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland" by Ara Vito, 8 p.m. Co-produced with Westerville Parks & Recreation. Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St. Free outdoor staging (donations accepted). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 614-360-1000 or curtainplayers.org.
June 15 – The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling, 7 to 9 p.m. Five professional "tellers" from Storytellers of Central Ohio will share stories and discuss their craft. Every third Thursday. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free; java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
June 16 – Uptown Friday Night: Unplugged, 6 to 8 p.m. Third Friday of the month, Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and feature musicians on the street and in various venues. Visit uptownwestervilleinc.com.
June 17 – Creative Kite Making, 1 to 3 p.m. Tweens will make a basic kite with origami and sculpture artist Yasue Sakaoka, then see how it flies. Artistic and safety requirements will be discussed. Must be accompanied by an adult or older teen. Registration required only for ages 9 to 12; contact westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. 126 S. State St.
June 18 – Open Auditions: "Wendy Darling" by Ira Hauptman. 7 p.m. (registration at 6:30 p.m.). Open to all experience levels. Eight performances Sept. 8-9, 15-17 and 22-24. Visit curtainplayers.org for details and to download an audition form in advance. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Contact email@example.com or 614-360-1000.
June 18 – Summer Concert Series: Singing Buckeyes, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 19 – Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Writers can share life experiences and develop writing skills. For members of the Westerville Senior Center only, led by a staff member from the Westerville Public Library. Class site: 310 W. Main St.
June 20 – Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. Share your work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic follows discussion. Everyone welcome; contact westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
June 21 – Family Concert Series: Columbus Zoo, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 22 – Pop Art for Teens: Cereal Box Collage, 1 to 3 p.m. Create a cereal box collage and discuss the world of pop art with artist Michael Albert. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277
June 23 – Arts Alley during Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday, 6 p.m. until dark. Hands-on art fun for children and live music provided by Arts Council of Westerville. Westerville Art League members will sell original works. Haywood Alley, 30 E. College. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25 – Summer Concert Series: Steel Ivory, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.
June 25 – Meet the Artists: Creative Women of Color, 2 to 4 p.m. View their photography and painting exhibit "A Walk in the Park" at a reception. Innis House. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, 614-895-6216.
June 28 – Family Concert Series: Westerville Concert Band, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.