The Gahanna Lincoln High School community art class colored a local park with music, crafts, plants and other items at the third annual Herb n' Arts Fair held May 5.

"We've had a steady crowd," said Sharon Iseringhausen, community-art-class teacher. "We've had more acts on stage. We're really excited about it."

Held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Park, 75 W. Johnstown Road in Gahanna, the event featured art stations set up in a shelter house and student artwork on display.

Stage entertainment included Pinnell Dance Centre students and a Gahanna Lincoln High School jazz combo, the Lionettes. High school drama students presented a preview of "In The Heights," the spring musical set for May 10-13.

Iseringhausen said the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department brought in games and a popcorn machine.

The community art class students created the fair to highlight students' talents and showcase the arts in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools.

Iseringhausen said students organized the entire day's activities.

Gahanna Lincoln senior Mary Finkel said she's not in the community art class but takes a class called Co-Art.

She said she likes all the art projects that fair participants can make.

Gahanna Lincoln junior Erin Moloney said she loves the fact that all Gahanna youth are involved at the fair.

"It's really fun," she said.

Gahanna resident Callie Stygler brought her daughters, Reagan, 5, and Hailey, 3, to the event.

"It's so cool," she said. "It's amazing."

Gahanna resident Erika Myers said the fair has one of the best craft selections she has ever seen.

She painted rocks with her daughter, Veda Walker, 9.

Veda said she liked the art station, where visitors could make a pin to wear.

Iseringhausen said she's proud of her students for creating the event for other youngsters.

The Herb n' Arts Fair kicked off Herb Week events in Gahanna.

Fans of plants can spend an evening with friends, mingling among herbs in support of the Ohio Herb Education Center, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Herbs in the Alley.

Becoming the newest event in the Herb Week lineup, Herbs in the Alley will be held in the yard and alley at the Herb Center, 110 Mill St. Tickets, ranging from $35 to $40, are on sale at www.gahanna.gov/celebrateherbs.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Gahanna is the event's presenter.

Herb Day will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St. Andrea Taylor, State Farm agent, is the presenter.

Herb Day is a one-day annual celebration of all things herbal for the Gahanna community, featuring speakers who cover a variety of herbal topics. There is no fee.

Herb 'n Restaurant Week also is being held through Saturday, May 12, at select Gahanna restaurants, presented by Visit Gahanna. For information, call Visit Gahanna at 614-418-9114.

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