Christmas parade,
5K set for Dec. 6
The Westerville Sertoma Club, in conjunction with the Jaycees, will present the annual Westerville Children's Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 6.

The parade will step off just after 1 p.m. on Heatherdown Drive at the south end of State Street. It will turn north onto State Street, proceed through old Westerville and finish at St. Paul's Church at the corner of State Street and County Line Road.

Westerville resident and business owner Steve Toukan is grand marshal. High school bands and floats constructed by churches, charities, businesses and community groups will be in the parade, which also will include Santa Claus, whose sleigh will hold donations of food, new toys and new clothing (especially socks and sweatshirts) that will go to Westerville Caring & Sharing. Parade spectators are encouraged to bring items to donate.

Letters for Santa also will be collected. Each child who delivers a letter during the parade can expect a response after Santa returns to the North Pole.

New this year is the Rudolph Run 5K. Runners and walkers will start the race at 1 p.m., just before the parade steps off, and will follow the parade route, ending at the Giant Eagle shopping center.

Runners will be given Santa hats and red Rudolph noses to wear during the race. All funds raised will remain in the community and will help support Sertoma-related charities and events. The registration fee is $20. To register or for more information, contact www.columbusrunning.com/rudolphrun.htm or visit Columbus Running Co. at 320 S. State St.

For more information about or to help with the Children's Christmas Parade, visit www.westervillesertoma.org.


Heritage concert
set for Dec. 7
The Heritage Middle School Band Department will present its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

The seventh- and eighth-grade bands will perform, conducted by Chris Kuhn, Heritage director of bands.

The performance will be in the cafeteria of the school, 390 N. Spring Road.

It is free and open to the public.


Holidays begin
at Hanby House
Hanby House in Westerville will launch the holiday season Dec. 1, 5 and 6 with a series of musical events, complete with decorations and refreshments.

Hanby House, once a stop on the Underground Railroad, was named for its mid-1800s occupants, the Hanby family.

William Hanby was a founder of Otterbein College.

A son, Benjamin Hanby, was a composer whose works include "Who Is He in Yonder Stall?" and "Up on the Housetop."
The vocal quartet, M.E.E.K., will sing those songs, among others, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 1. A father-daughter duo, Dennis and Lily Davenport, will play piano and recorder and Amy Gale will play the harp from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Cellist Katie Maskell and strings players Pat Clous and LaShell Daniels will entertain from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Hot apple cider and ginger cookies will be served. Available for purchase are mini fruitcakes made from a Civil War-era recipe.

Also for sale are copies of Ben Hanby's songs, maps of the Ohio portion of the Underground Railroad, and a Hanby family biography, "Choose You This Day," by Dacia Custer Shoemaker, Hanby House's first curator. A video highlighting the Hanby story can be viewed in Shoemaker Cottage, located behind Hanby House.

General admission is $2; children ages 6 to 12 pay 75 cents. Members of AAA receive a discount, and Hanby Club and Ohio Historical Society members are admitted for free.

Hanby House is at 160 W. Main St. in Westerville.

For more information, call (614) 890-5797.


Curtain Players slate
'Little House' play
Curtain Players will present "A Little House Christmas" for a three-weekend run beginning Friday, Nov. 27, at its Harlem Road theater.

Based on the popular "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, this stage production is set in the Ingalls home on Christmas Eve. Pa and Ma Ingalls involve their daughters Laura and Mary in planning a dinner and square dance to celebrate Christmas with family and neighbors.

While a storm threatens their holiday joy, Mary and Laura learn the true meaning of friendship in this inspirational and uplifting story.

Additionally, Curtain Players has forged a new partnership with Westerville Area Resource Ministry for a holiday food drive.

In the spirit of the story told on stage, those attending "A Little House Christmas" performances are being asked to contribute five non-perishable food items and household goods or a bag of groceries.

Goods collected will be delivered to WARM for distribution in their food pantry during the holiday season.

Cash donations, too, will be accepted at the theatre.

"A Little House Christmas" will be staged at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-5 and 11-12 and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec. 6 and 13.

Tickets are $14, $12 for senior citizens and students.

Tickets may be reserved on line at www.curtainplayers.com.

For more information or to reseerve tickets, call (614) 360-1000.


Rotary sets
poinsettia sale
Poinsettia Sale, sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club, through Nov. 30. Price is $10 per plant, or $9 per plant for orders of more than 20. Plants will be delivered Wednesday, Dec. 2. Call (614) 890-8202.