Praise Express Preschool will host a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26. The event is designed to teach children riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Praise Express Preschool will host a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26. The event is designed to teach children riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

St. Jude Trike-A-Thons have been held for 25 years. The Saturday event is the culmination of a week of riding safety instruction at preschools and day care centers.

Additionally, event coordinator Jessica Stevenson will hold a Trike-A-Thon in conjunction with the Praise Express Event in celebration of her daughter, Lola's, third birthday.

Residents may sponsor children by pledging a donation. Visit www.mytrikeathon.org/lola3.

Phil Louden, the band instructor at Genoa Middle School, has received a 2011 music educator award from the Columbus Symphony.

He was honored for his work in secondary education.

Louden began his teaching career at New Philadelphia High School in 1981. He has been a teacher in the Westerville schools for 27 years. In addition to teaching band at Genoa, Louden assists with the Westerville Central High School marching band and serves as the secondary music curriculum coordinator.

He has received many awards throughout his career, including the Ohio Department of Education's Innovative Teaching Award, the Westerville superintendent's A+ Award and a Technology Across the Curriculum Award from Best Buy.

Louden earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Western Michigan University and a master's degree from the Ohio State University. His professional affiliations include the Ohio Music Education Association and Phi Beta Mu.

Louden will receive a monetary grant to be spent on music education endeavors.

The music educator award recipients will be honored at an April 10 brunch at the Hyatt on Capitol Square.

Westerville's annual Serving Our Seniors Safety Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at Westerville North High School, 950 County Line Road. The event, hosted by the Westerville Division of Police and the Westerville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, will provide seniors and their caregivers with information and demonstrations on crime prevention, safety, health and wellness. There will be seminars by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Ohio Insurance Department on topics such as identity theft, scams and predatory sales practices.

The free event will include more than 60 exhibitors, door prizes and lunch.

More information is available from crime prevention specialist Carrie Ryan or officer Randy Bailey of the Westerville Division of Police at (614) 901-6490.