From the roving production of "Uptown Scrooge" and the multi-church, progressive Christmas concert, to the fully orchestrated holiday music concerts and cozy atrium and cafe performances, the arts in Westerville provide excellent opportunities to celebrate the season.
Check out the December offerings listed below and start a new holiday tradition.
To provide support for unique learning opportunities in the arts, the Arts Council of Westerville will award its fourth annual Arts Education Grant in January.
Westerville teachers are invited to submit their ideas for a project or program that integrates the arts into their teaching. Apply at artscouncilofwesterville.com by Dec. 14.
Artists who have created works with Westerville as the subject can submit their artwork, photography, fiber/fabric, stained glass and more, for a chance to be exhibited at the Westerville Community Center in February. Email email@example.com for submission rules.
The deadline is Jan. 7.
Linda Wilkins is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.
December 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout December -- Artwork by Jean Wiesman, Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.
Throughout December -- Best of 2018 Art Show, featuring original art by Said Oladejo-Lawal, Cheryl Lyons, John Cameron, Kevin Buckland and Rob Mandell, Java Gallery, Java Central, 20 S. State St. Works are priced for holiday giving. Details at java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Every Tuesday -- Acoustic Jam hosted by fingerstyle guru John Morgan, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Java Central, 20 S. State St. Open to all levels. 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.
Through Dec. 16 -- "Uptown Scrooge," Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This interactive walking tour performance of "A Christmas Carol" takes audience members on Scrooge's journey in Uptown Westerville. Surprise locations and guides are part of this year's presentation suitable for ages 6 and up. Purchase tickets at GoodMedicineProductions.org.
Dec. 1, 7-9, 14-16 -- Curtain Players presents "A Christmas Carol." Adapted to the stage by Romulus Linney, from the Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Heather Schultz. Tickets at curtainplayers.org. Curtain Players Theatre, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena
Dec. 1 and 2 -- Dance Concert: "Gloriously Grimm," choreography by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty and based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Tickets at otterbein.edu or 614-823-1109. Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
Dec. 1 -- The Castros, 7 to 10 p.m. Award-winning Westerville singer/songwriter duo Marco and Sarah Castro perform originals and creative covers. Ezekiel, aka the Delpin sisters, joins them. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 2 -- Music in the Library Atrium, 2 to 3 p.m. Harpist Trista Hill presents holiday music, original compositions and improvisations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277.
Dec. 5 -- Create Holiday Cards with Canva.com, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Make holiday cards using Canva.com, a free online design software tool. Advanced computer skills and email address needed. Registration required by contacting westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 7 -- Color Me Calm for Seniors, 1 to 2 p.m. Relax while listening to calming music and coloring. Materials provided. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.
Dec. 7 -- Christmas for the Generations: A Holiday Spectacular by Generations Performing Arts Center students, 6 p.m. Pictures taken with Santa after the show. Additional performances set for 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dec. 8 for children, as well as 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: 855-222-2849 or tututix.com/GEN-PAC. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.
Dec. 9 -- Music in the Library Atrium, 2 to 3 p.m. Saxophonist Ron Fisher presents seasonal music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., 614-882-7277.
Dec. 9 -- Westerville Concert Band Holiday Concert, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Ensemble music begins at 3:35 p.m. Classic and "cool" holiday music followed by a free punch and cookie reception with Santa. Free admission; donations accepted. Support WARM by bringing non-perishable food items. Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.
Dec. 9 -- Sounds of the Season presented by Westerville Symphony, 5 p.m. The program of holiday-themed classical works and other Yuletide favorites includes audience sing-a-longs. Jim Bates returns to conduct this annual holiday favorite. Tickets at westervillesymphony,org and at the door. Fritsche Theater at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Otterbein University.
Dec. 10 -- Art Night, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Explore different art forms at this stress-free session. A guest artist will guide participants in replicating the night's featured piece. No experience necessary. Register at westervillelibrary.org or 614-882-7277. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 12 -- JC Songwriters' Circle hosted by Dick Plunk, 7 to 9 p.m. Share an original song or come to learn and meet this music community. Every second Wednesday, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 14 -- Arts Education Grant Deadline. See above.
Dec. 14 -- Empty Bowls: Soup for Shelter/Progressive Christmas Concert, 5 to 7 p.m. for the meal; 7 to 9:15 p.m. for the concert. Soup, bread, cookie, beverage and handcrafted bowl for $15. Otterbein Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Concert: Three Uptown churches each host a performance. Guides with lanterns lead participants to venues. Proceeds benefit Westerville Habitat Partnership. Concert tickets at westervillehabitat.com and Westerville Visitors Bureau.
Dec. 15 -- Chris and Rose, 7 to 10 p.m. Stylish duo (and guest artists) perform jazz, pop, Broadway, French selections and holiday tunes. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 16 -- Music in the Library Atrium/Signs of Christmas Choir, 2 to 3 p.m. for music; 4 to 4:45 p.m. for the choir. Fine & Dandy, featuring guitarist Ted Breece and flutist Karen Hinkle, will perform traditional folk songs and contemporary ballads. Choir presents holiday selections in American Sign Language. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 17 -- Arts Council of Westerville meeting, 5:30 p.m. Get involved in the arts in Westerville; artscouncilofwesterville.com. Blair IT, 653 McCorkle Blvd., Suite L.
Dec. 17 -- Creative Writing for Seniors, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Develop writing skills through life experiences. Presented by Westerville Public Library staff for members of Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.
Dec. 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. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 20 -- The Circle: Exploring the Art of Storytelling and Poetry, Christmas Stories, 7 to 9 p.m. Regional poets and professional "tellers" from the Storytellers of Central Ohio perform their works. Hosted by Carol Milligan and Father Joseph Kovitch. Bring a story to share. Third Thursday of the month, Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 21-23 -- Fifth Annual Ice Sculpture Tour, beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 21, weather permitting. Uptown Westerville merchants display Illuminated sculptures created by Rock on Ice.
Dec. 22 -- Caroline and Dad, 7 to 10 p.m. Caroline and Frank Hennebert perform an oldies show featuring harmony and holiday songs. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.
Dec. 23 -- Music in the Library Atrium, 2 to 3 p.m. Guitarist and banjo player Gary Puckett performs seasonal and Appalachian music. Presented by the Friends of the Westerville Library, 126 S. State St.
Dec. 29 -- "Near" New Year's All-Star Show headlined by Brady Fulton, 7 to 10 p.m. Band with lead singer and uke player Brady, Carlton on guitar, Marco on congas, Jack on sax, Morgan on percussion and flute will be joined by the Castros and others. Java Central, 20 S. State St., free, java-central.com or 614-839-0698.