The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival will celebrate its 44th year by presenting more than 130 fine arts and crafts artisans from around the country, 30-plus local musicians and entertainers, a range of food trucks and concessions and activities for youth.

Festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9.

Admission is $1, free for youth ages 16 and younger. Location is Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

The chamber's invitation to you: Enjoy two days of art with the perfect soundtrack.

On July 7, a VIP Kickoff Party will be held at Old Bag of Nails, with registration at westervillechamber.com. Discover more entertainment and fun throughout Uptown on Friday, and check out the storefronts where merchants will be exhibiting hand-painted, table-size umbrellas for auction. Place your bid at 32auctions.com/artistumbrellas. Proceeds will support art and music during Uptown events.

Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.

July calendar of exhibits and 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 artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

July 1-31 -- Watercolor Friends, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

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. Mondays through Fridays, David Myers Art Studio and Gallery, 7 W. Main, davidmyersart.com.

Through July 28 -- Innis House: Mixed Media Art by Dianne Bauman. Meet the Artist: 2 to 4 p.m. July 9, Innis House, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 614-895-6216.

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.

July 1 -- Jazz at the Amp: Urban Jazz Coalition and Friends, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 1 -- Grassahol, 7 to 10 p.m. Westerville group plays bluegrass and Americana. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 2 -- Summer Concert Series: Westerville Symphony presents Sounds of Freedom, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 5 -- Creative Strings Music Festival and Picnic, 6 to 7:30 p.m. String players of all ages from around the world will play. Pack a picnic and blanket. On the library's front lawn. All ages. Rain or shine. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 5 -- Family Concert Series: Juggler Matt Jergens, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

July 6-9, 13-16 and 20-22 -- Otterbein University Summer Theatre presents "They're Playing Our Song," Riley Auditorium at Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. For tickets call 614-823-1109 or visit boxoffice@otterbein.edu.

July 8 -- Jazz at the Amp: Tia Harris and Brian Simpson, 7 p.m. Simpson received the Smooth Jazz Keyboardist of the Year Award. Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 5 -- Script Review: "Who's Afraid Virginia Woolf?' by Edward Albee, 6:30 p.m. A wicked jumble of mind games, attempted seductions, and shattering revelations with strong language and adult situations. For actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Contact production@curtainplayers.org, 614-360-1000 or curtainplayers.org.

July 7, 8 and 9 -- Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Music & Arts Festival. See above for details.

July 8 -- Lil' Red and the Rooster, 7 to 10 p.m. Talented duo from France and Westerville perform award-winning, upbeat blues. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 9 -- Summer Concert Series: Brian Michael Smith, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 9 -- Open Auditions: "Who's Afraid Virginia Woolf?" by Edward Albee, 7 p.m. Registration at 6:30 p.m. Visit curtainplayers.org for details and an audition form for completion in advance. Eight performances, Oct. 20-21 and 27-29, Nov. 3-5, Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena. Contact production@curtainplayers.org or 614-360-1000.

July 10 -- 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.

July 11 -- Zentangle for Kids, 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 8 to 11 will learn the basics of the Zentangle method of drawing structured patterns. Supplies provided. Free. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 11 -- 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 vinomeza@gmail.com or call 614-259-3101. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Westerville.

July 12 -- Family Concert Series: Magic with the Great Randini, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

July 12 -- 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.

July 13 -- Meet the Author Series: Mary Alice Monroe, 7 p.m. "New York Times" bestselling author and conservationist. Complimentary copy of "Beach House for Rent" to the first 100 guests arriving at the event. Tickets $10 at westervillelibrary.org. 614-882-7277.

July 14 -- 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, uptownwestervilleinc.com.

July 14 -- Draw Superheroes and Villains with Steve Harpster, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Ages 6 to 11 will view superhero shorts, then draw characters to finish an interactive story. Free. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 15 -- Jazz at the Amp: NexLevel, Jeff Kashiwa, 6:30 p.m. Compelling saxophonist in contemporary jazz. Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 15 -- String Theory, 7 to 10 p.m. Acoustic rock band with remarkable vocals does '50s-'80s. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 16 -- Summer Concert Series: The British Invasion Beatles tribute band, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 16 -- Music in the Garden: Buzzard Kings, 3 to 5 p.m. Veteran rockers play music inspired by the great heartland of Kansas City, the tradition of Memphis and the charm of Nashville. Education Pavilion, Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Road, 614-895-6216.

July 20 -- 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.

July 21 -- Uptown Friday Night: Unplugged, 6 to 8 p.m. On the third Friday of the month, Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. and feature musicians on the street and in various venues, uptownwestervilleinc.com.

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 production@curtainplayers.org or 614-360-1000.

July 18 -- Poetry Discussion and Open Mic, 7 to 9 p.m. Share work with the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Optional open mic follows discussion. Everyone welcome, westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

July 19 -- Family Concert Series: Zumba Fun, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

July 22 -- Traditional Japanese Origami, 1 to 3 p.m. Artist Yasue Sakaoka will lead origami foldings for ages 6 and older. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 22 -- Avalon Nine Trio, 7 to 10 p.m. Pop/rock ranging from Beatles to Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 23 -- Summer Concert Series: Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

July 23 -- Moods and Melodies with Chitra Srikrishna, 3 to 5 p.m. History and impact of Indian classical music. Sampling of live South Indian classical music Carnatic. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 26 -- Sweet Summertime Crafts, 2 to 2:45 p.m. Children will make colorful spin art, paper plate watermelon slices and handprint suns. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 5, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 26 -- Love to Color: Adult Coloring Club, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Relax with coloring in intricately detailed coloring books. Materials provided. Registration required. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277, ext. 4, or westervillelibrary.org.

July 26 -- Family Concert Series: Kids Music by Endless Recess, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

July 27-30 -- Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre: "Annie." Family-friendly musical. Tickets are $15. Performed at Westerville Central High School. Reserved seating tickets for purchase at Westerville Community Center.

July 28 -- Arts Alley during Mount Carmel St. Ann's 4th Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Hands-on art fun for children. Live music entertainment hosted by Arts Council of Westerville. Art for browsing and purchase. Painting, paper art, jewelry by Westerville Art League members. Haywood Alley, 30 E. College. Contact artscouncilwesterville@gmail.com.

July 29 -- Jazz at the Amp: Tommy Wade Orchestra and the Rick Brunetto Orchestra, 5 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheatre, 221 W. Main St.

July 29 -- Shohei Toyoda, 7 to 10 p.m. International fingerstyle guitarist returns from Japan on his U.S. tour. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 30 -- Chris Minton, 3 to 5 p.m. Writer/songwriter, singer and pianist will perform insightful version of 12 Steps of Recovery. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.

July 30 -- Summer Concert Series: Westerville Concert Band, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.