Holiday charity events: Get out to give back

By Anna Leeper
Dublin Arts Council staff member
Wine lover, craft beer convert and arts supporter

In truth, I wanted this event to be an ugly sweater party with a twist, but it didn’t quite come to fruition. Maybe next year. For now, we’ll “settle” for spectacular sunsets overlooking sloping riverfront grounds and impressive modern collage by Ohio artist Louise Captein as we sip, taste and support the arts.

Dublin Arts Council’s annual Wine & Craft Beer Tasting takes place Friday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr., in Dublin. We’ll sample a flight of red and white wines, compare several craft beers and enjoy small plate tastings. If you haven’t been here before, it’s worth the adventure just to experience the beautiful historic Dublin Arts Center with its spiral staircases, original marble countertops and art deco features. Mention this article and I may just be able to introduce you to D’Art, our 20-lb. resident gallery cat, who will be spending the evening in his suite upstairs.

Tickets are available now. First time attendee? Individual tickets are half-price – only $35! Group packages begin at only six people, so gather some friends and stop by.


Here are some other charity events happening around town this holiday season:

Deck the Halls with Petland Charities

Saturday December 9 from noon- 5pm
Petland Grove City, 2740 London Groveport Rd, Grove City

The event will be filled with free food, games, face painting and photos with Deputy Metz and Mattis, the therapy dog for the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office. Prizes will include dog biscuits, tennis balls, water bottles, Petland gift cards and free tail trimming coupons. Petland Charities will present a $5,000 check to the Franklin County Sherriff’s Office’s Therapy Dog Program.

Learn more

Sweater Jam 2017

Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 7:00 PM
Dahlia Bar And Lounge, 147 Vine Street, Columbus

Everyone’s favorite misfit holiday party is back and better than ever. With a new location this year, the Sweater Jam hopes to blow last year’s earnings—$3,200—out of the water. Free to RSVP, and free to dance your ass off to help families in our community.



Saturday, December 2 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bicentennial Park, 233 South Civic Center Drive, Columbus

Join us for an afternoon of fun celebrating the first annual WinterFest presented by Columbus Recreation and Parks. Enjoy live performances by local musicians, as well as some seasonal beverages and food trucks, with a portion of the sales benefitting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank—working to end hunger in our communities.


Volunteer Opportunity: See Kids Dream

Saturday, December 9th from 10am- 1pm
4-H Youth Development, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

Families will be making a blanket as a gift that will be donated to those in our community who could use a sentiment of warmth and kindness from a caring family. There are many chances to volunteer so jump right in!

Check it out

Christmas Networking Extravaganza Benefitting FCCS

Thursday, December 7,  from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Juniper, 580 North 4th Street, Columbus

Be a part of the event that the Franklin County Children’s Services counts on for most of it’s toy drive funds. Come out for a great night in Columbus’ premier rooftop venue, Juniper, and even walk away with something from the silent auction.

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