Inspiring news for and about Central Ohio parents

Central Ohio natives still talk wistfully about visiting Santa Claus at Lazarus in Downtown Columbus. This year, parents can relive those memories with their own children. The Columbus Downtown Development Corp. will hold Lazarus Santa's Workshop, a free event scheduled 2-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Lazarus Building, 50 W. Town St. Children can meet Santa in the original Lazarus sleigh, decorate crafts, sample refreshments and catch the Orange Line Holiday Train exhibit. Free carousel rides will be offered at the adjacent John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If your children (or you) enjoy the music of The Shazzbots, the self-described “universe's greatest kids' rock band,” now's your chance to lend a hand for their 10th anniversary. The band has launched a fundraising campaign to help finance printing and finishing costs for their third studio album. “Lightspeed!”—with old favorites and new tunes—will be available on CD, vinyl and digital download. Donors can preorder the album and get Shazzbots swag. As of Nov. 16, the band had raised more than $2,600 toward a $10,000 goal on Indiegogo.

Musicologie is hoping to raise Kickstarter funds toward the opening of a second location at 1190 County Line Road in Westerville. The business, a runner-up in our Family Faves reader poll for Favorite Musical Instruction, will hold a grand opening for its new space Dec. 9.

Musicologie's original location near Grandview Heights has been open since 2014. The new studio will offer a membership program approach to lessons, multiple practice rooms, a classroom and recording space. The business also will offer its scholarship program, The Musicologie Fund. As of Nov. 16, the Kickstarter effort had raised more than $600 toward a $10,000 goal.

Two Central Ohio companies recently made significant donations to the Nationwide Children's Hospital “Be the Reason” campaign. The American Electric Power Foundation and AEP Ohio donated $2.25 million to support school-based programming, behavioral health initiatives and the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program. Alliance Data Systems Corp.'s card services business gave $1 million to support the hospital's approach to treating behavioral health conditions.