Westerville's Community Culture Day on Sept. 29 will continue what City Manager David Collinsworth says is the Rotary Club's overall mission to "build goodwill and friendship."

Collinsworth, a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club, said Community Culture Day is an initiative that started in 2012 as a joint effort between the city's Diversity Awareness Committee and Rotary.

Today, he said, the initiative is a collaboration among the city, Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club and the Westerville Rotary Club.

He said the day is important because of the number of nationalities present in the community.

"We have over 70 to 80 different dialects being spoken in our school districts," Collinsworth said.

He said this year, the celebration of diversity will include performances by Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos, a folk-dance group established for children at Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, an orphanage based in Manzilla, Mexico.

"It helps them overcome personal challenges that they experience in their young lives," he said.

He said the Sunrise Rotary Club began a relationship with Casa Hogar in 2010 and has raised money for it in the past.

He said the dance troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29, at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave. Tickets cost $12 for adults $8 for children and seniors and may be purchased online at tinyurl.com/ y2yv8x8j or at a table set up at Westerville's Sept. 27 Fourth Friday event downtown.

"Community culture is going to kind of wrap around that Sunday performance," Collinsworth said.

All the events are free, except for the performances by the dance troupe, and do not require registering ahead of time.

Other free Community Culture Day activities are planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Westerville Central High School and will include conversations about human trafficking and others.

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