The Memphis Belle, Mindful Music Moments and More

The Westerville Library Foundation is raising funds to restore the children's and teen areas at the Westerville Public Library, which sustained substantial damage following a water heater leak in March. Children's fiction and picture books were hit hardest, according to marketing manager Tamara Morris. She said work is ongoing to replenish the collection while also repairing the ceiling, carpet and other items. A GoFundMe campaign (search rebuildwplkids) is helping the cause, bolstered by a planned $4,500 gift from the 100+ Women of Westerville giving circle, Morris said. As of mid-April, $6,100 had been raised toward the $15,000 goal.

Time to start thinking about day trips, and if it's been a few years (or if you haven't been), make sure to add the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton to your list. A new exhibit featuring one of the quintessential icons of World War II, the Memphis Belle (has it really been almost 30 years since that movie came out?), opens May 17. Three days of special activities will mark the beginning of this permanent exhibit, May 17-19. Check it out at nationalmuseum.af.mil.

Students at Pickerington Elementary School have been starting their day with a few minutes of classical music for the past three months as part of the Mindful Music Moments program. The music is selected by representatives of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Opera Columbus. In addition to its primary goals of music appreciation and stress reduction (students are asked to close or focus their eyes as the music is played), Principal Melissa Moriarty said the program has a centering effect. “They're ready to listen to the music and that translates into listening for learning,” she said.

New Albany's Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a decided kid and family focus May 5. Think inflatables, “touch a truck” and “Moana,” plus performances by students from the New Albany-Plain Local School District. The event is free. The following day, Columbus native and Great American Songbook master Michael Feinstein will perform at the McCoy Center. Learn more at mccoycenter.org.

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