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February 14, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


To create a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation


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Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!
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Cathy Cowan Becker, who will be honored at Simply Living's Annual Meeting with the Carol Fisher Community Service Award, shared this good news! . "In his State of the City address last night, Mayor Ginther called on Columbus to put energy aggregation on the ballot in November, and for Columbus to be powered by 100% renewable energy community wide by 2022 (!!!). This is a HUGE step forward for Columbus, and a HUGE victory for our Ready for 100 Columbus campaign." You can watch the Mayor's speech HERE.
Meet Cathy, chair of the Ready for 100 Campaign, at Simply Living's Annual Meeting on Sat Feb 22 at Indian Oven restaurant. Reserve your free tix HERE.

Carol Fisher, as some readers may recall, had a special passion for screening the award winning film,  Economics of Happiness. It is arguably the best film ever made to explain the problems of neoliberal economic globalization while documenting the multiple benefits of localization. If you haven't seen the film you can catch it at Kafe Kerouac Monday, Feb 24. Reserve your free ticket(s) 
     This remarkable film has not only held up since it was released in 2011, it has inspired the new book, Local Is Our Future, Simply Living's latest Book Club selection.  Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 to register or purchase the book.  We'll have discount copies for $10 at Kafe Kerouac on Feb 24.

TODAY at 5 pm listen to Grassroot Ohio on 94.1 FM radio to learn about the Grassroots Democrats' "RepYourBlock" campaign. Details HERE. Host Carolyn Harding produces a weekly show interviewing local activists. Miss a Friday show? Her programs are archived on Soundcloud. LISTEN HERE for #GrassRoot_Ohio podcast interview with #JustinNobel, #Rollingstone science writer on #AmericasRadioactiveSecret. Listen to more great interviews HERE.

SUNDAY Feb 16 Dianne Kadonaga will use her green magic at the Care & Share Time Bank Potluck. Dianne's presentation on eco-friendly gardening will share her strategies and techniques to transform your own yard. Free.  Come to the Potluck at 6:30 pm or the program at 7 pm.

Parasite, the first foreign film to win an academy award, is back tonight at Studio 35

Fantastic Fungi is returning to Columbus at the Marcus Crosswoods theater starting tonight, February 14 through Feb 20. 

NEW! The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast program  on Tuesday, March 17 (7:15 am - 12 noon) is titled Exploring the Interactions between Water, Climate and Communication.  Details & Registration HERE.
Register TODAY for next Tuesday's EPN program with avian celebrity Jason Ward, host of the Birds of North America TV series. 
     Tuesday night, see Jason again, where he will screen episodes of his tv programs at 
EPN's weekly Environmental Film Series

More items of note as you scroll this week's Update..
     > Protect Your Vote! Election Integrity workshop Saturday 1-4pm at the Vanderelli Room in Franklinton.
     > Compassionate (NVC) Communication offers a new Practice Group on Tuesday evenings.
     > We Dig Ohio the 2020 Urban Ag & Community Garden Summit March 21 is announced in our Local Foods Section.
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future.
Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both. ~ David Korten
Even More Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
Columbus Garden School workshops on Plants for Shade Gardening (Feb 15) 
Lily Kunning workshops in Feb: Toxic Body Care, Teas and Tisanes, and Anxiety Allies: Mindfulness and Plants

Stratford Ecological Center offers new classes on Organic Gardening and Native Plants (Feb 15)
> Earth 911 features eco-friendly valentine gifts and an environmentally smart shopping quiz
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Audubon Adventure Camps for Kids (early bird special ends today)
> Yoga Well Being Classes updated
> Healthy Living Festival announced (March 25)

Partner yoga sessions at Flux + Flow with Beaker Prince
Earth Day Columbus 2020 now accepting work sites
Mirabai Starr weekend "Reclaiming the Divine Feminine" (March 6-8)

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Drexel, hosted by Green Bexley (March 2)
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
Columbus Community Bill of Rights teams up with Barley's Brewing to address Clean Water
Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center offers Winter Labyrinth Walk and Storytelling event
> Columbus Underground
has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Columbus Community Media!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> A Doll's House, Part Two, opens this weekend at the Columbus Civic theater
> Poetry Forum features Khati Xiong (Feb 17) and Peripatetic Poets hosts Jeremy Glazier (Feb 16)
> Java Central Coffee House presents the BluesSwing Band (Feb 15)
> The Folk Ramblers will be at Java Central next week (Feb 22)
> Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
> Cari Ray & the Shaky Legs featured at the Feb 29 concert hosted by the Cbus Folk Music Society
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market features, Walk with a Doc, Story Time for kids, and Yoga (Feb 15)
> City Folk's Farm Shop
offers Plant Swap, a Seed Swap, and a Soapmaking workshop (Feb 16) Next Monthly Food Swap in March 1.
> Garden Planning, Methods and Strategies at the Franklinton Branch Library (Feb 27)
> We Dig Ohio 2020 Urban Ag & Community Garden Summit announced (Mar 21)
Bexley Co-op announces 2020 CSA program

One Bite Wellness blog by Adrienne Raimos on Sugar addiction 
Read more in the Local Foods section
Every choice we make can be a celebration of the world we want. ~ Frances Moore Lappé
Saturday, February 22
1 - 4 PM

Indian Oven Restaurant 
427 East Main St  Columbus 43215
RSVP on Eventbri

We had a wonderful time last year at the Indian Oven restaurant so we will meet there again to reconvene over a special free buffet.

It’s been an exciting and eventful year for Simply Living, and we have a lot of updates to share. Come meet new members of the Board and join us in honoring the work of retiring Board President, Dan Barash, and toast our new Board President, Jenee Murphy. We will also announce our new Treasurer, Tim Montague, who has strengthened our fiscal operations together with Lisa Kreischer, our excellent keeper of the Quickbooks, and our new Social Media Manager Rachel Schank who has amplified our voice and reach throughout the community. Christine Hardin has resigned from the Office Manager position, and we will acknowledge her contributions over the past 18 months.

As we proactively envision an expanded role for Simply Living in this time of climate emergency, we recognize individuals who share and demonstrate our mission to facilitate and create a more compassionate and sustainable community.

This year, Simply Living will honor Cathy Cowan Becker with the Carol Fisher Community Service Award. In her volunteer time, Cathy is chair of the Conservation Committee for Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, which is conducting a Ready for 100 campaign to ask the city of Columbus, Ohio, to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050. She was trained as a Climate Reality leader in 2015 in Iowa and served as a mentor at the Climate Reality leadership training in Denver in 2017. She is a past group leader for the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and has made stellar presentations at several Green New Deal Town Hall events this past year.

7 - 9 PM

Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High St Columbus 43201
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This award winning documentary film spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. Simply Living's book club selection, Local Is Our Future, further explains the shift to localization and copies will be available. Q&A discussion after the film will feature local initiatives and how to get involved.
Book Cover Local Is Our FutureLocal Is Our Future:

Steps to an Economics of Happiness

The Simply Living Book Club's Winter selection is a brand new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, the woman who produced the Economics of Happiness video that dramatically contrasted the problems with the global economic status quo and the benefits of moving to a more localized economy.

The new book is being released along with a TED Talk that explains the need for bold, systemic changes that offer genuine hope for a sustainable future. The date for the initial discussion is Sunday, March 8 (3:30 - 5 pm) at Portia's Cafe in Clintonville. Portia has graciously agreed to leave another selection of vegan treats to enjoy from 5-6 pm. Donations are appreciated.
SL is offering the $12.95 book for $10 to our members.  

Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 to register or purchase the book.


Simply Living Sustainable U organizes workshops/classes in Central Ohio that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
What we need to get right is not focusing on the fear associated with quantity - not enough, scarcity, and lack - and moving instead to a worldview that explores quality and connectedness.
~ Frances Moore Lappé
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

Hope is the thing with feathers: A soaring journey with Jason Ward
4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210

$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free

BIRDING is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy ( Although humans have always observed birds, new technologies have given birding a huge boost in recent years. It appeals to a wide variety of passions such as art, digital photography, citizen science, conservation initiatives and even has a huge presence through social media (i.e. eBird and online birding groups). The list goes on!

Due to their accessibility and ubiquity, they are a useful tool for subjects like environmental education, wildlife conservation and awareness on environmental issues. Birds easily transmit values on respect to nature and the fragility of ecosystems.

In 2019, one of the major bird-related stories of the year involved a stark warning about a sharp decline in overall bird numbers. Bird enthusiasts were shaken by the publication in September of an article warning that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970 (

Birders love to share stories of how their interest took root. It always starts with a single bird or “spark bird” that triggers that lifelong interest to keep looking up. For Jason Ward it started with a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon in South Bronx, New York. This booming recreational activity has expanded conversations not only around the history of birding, but also discussions on human impact, population decline, climate change, conservation efforts, inclusion and even engaging younger generations.

Join us as Jason Ward takes you on a journey of where his love for birds and wildlife began. He never imagined he would be where he is today, but he always had a passion to learn more about the natural world around him. During this EPN Breakfast program, you’ll learn about his adventures, what he learned, how it changed him personally and professionally as well as tips you can take away to get you started on your own birding voyage.

See the Agenda and more info about the speaker Jason Ward HERE.

7 - 9 PM


OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg. Room 130
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus 43210

Live and in person, Jason Ward, presenting episodes from his Birds of North America. Ward is a birder, writer and the host of Birds of North America airing on He currently also serves as a community relations and outreach coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began at a young age as he fell in love with dinosaurs. An infatuation that provided him with an escape from the obstacles growing up in the South Bronx provided. Now, he gets to share his love for modern-day dinosaurs with the public, in his web series; "Birds of North America". Jason’s mission is to change the way the public views wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of children growing up in underserved communities.
The EPN Film Series is Free and open to all; pizza and beverages at 6:30pm
Learn more about each of the films and additional details on the series here.
The more passions and desires one has,
the more ways one has of being happy.
~ Charlotte-Catherine

Upcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236


Plants for the Shade Garden 
Saturday February 15   1 - 3 pm

SHADE GARDENING IS UNDERRATED! Yes, plant choices are more limited in shady spots than if you’ve got plenty of sunshine to work with. But gardening in the shade can be so much more than resigning yourself to ferns and hostas -- both of which are lovely but can be boring if you stop there, and are impossible if you have deer in your neighborhood.
     When you include carefully selected small understory trees, shade-tolerant shrubs (some of which might surprise you), and learn about the less-well-known but beautiful perennials and other smaller plants, you start developing a more interesting, varied, and compelling garden that catches the eye and invites people in.
     Even one small area (perhaps neglected because the deep shade?) can be transformed -- with a few carefully considered choices -- into one of the most beguiling parts of your yard. Come to this shade symposium and learn about the possibilities, be inspired, and leave with --> a list of your favorite shade plants (cross-referenced for deer resistance and native-plant status). Start planning how you’ll transform your shady garden into a place of peace and beauty!
INSTRUCTOR: Cat Baumgartner is an ISA Certified Arborist, an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician, and an Oakland Nursery staff member. She’s mostly a “self-taught” gardener who began when she was five years old and had a "weed garden" behind the garage (banished to that humble spot by a family who didn’t share her appreciation of the beautiful plants she grew).

Register for Class

Mpre Upcoming classes
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.
And that is my religion. ~ Abraham Lincoln 

Education and Activism;People's Medicine; Just Livelihood

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist   Register for Classes HERE

Teas and Tisanes
Feb 16, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist, 757 Garden Road, Columbus, OH, USA
Learn how to make herbal teas from Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist! There's more to it than you think! Part of a larger series!

Anxiety Allies: Mindfulness & Plants
Feb 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist, 757 Garden Road, Columbus, OH, USA
Anxiety affects 1 in 6 people. Learn natural techniques to cope and become more resilient!

Upcoming Classes at the Stratford Ecological Center

Organic Gardening for Adults
Saturday, February 15, 9-11am

Learn simple organic gardening techniques that will have your neighbors wondering how your garden produce can look so great without using harmful pesticides and herbicides.  From the soil to those pesky bugs, we will explore the basics of organic gardening techniques. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015.

The Importance of Native Plants in Your Garden
Saturday, February 15, 11:30am-1pm

Learn about plants native to this region and how they benefit and sustain local wildlife. Participants will receive seed to add to or start their native plant collection. Facilitated by Stratford Ecological Center staff and Delaware County Master Gardener Volunteers. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015
What we need to get right is not focusing on the fear associated with quantity - not enough, scarcity, and lack - and moving instead to a worldview that explores quality and connectedness. ~ Frances Moore Lappé


6 Eco-Friendly

Valentine Gifts

You don’t need to throw your values out the window for Valentine’s Day. Try one of these eco-friendly ideas to woo your loved ones this year.

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Smart Shopping Quiz 

In this Earth911 Quiz, you’ll test your basic knowledge of product and service industries that, with a smart choice, can swing the carbon pendulum toward neutrality.

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Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Bring your Loyalty Card to any Simply Living film, meetup, class, or event and get it punched. When all ten holes are punched you will receive a $50 credit toward any classes or workshops sponsored by Simply Living. Available to all Simply Living members.
Click for PDF version of Winter 2020 edition of Simply News Lead article: Breaking the Trance: Can Living Simply Become the New Normal? by Chuck Lynd
What an extraordinary time to be alive. On every continent a revolution in human dignity is emerging. It is re-knitting community and our ties to the earth.
~ Frances Moore Lappé
Audubon Adventure Camps for kids are open for registration but their early bird specials end Saturday Feb 15. Camp sessions are led by full-time experienced educators who work year-round to provide learning opportunities for children and families through our Center programming. In addition, seasonal camp counselors and Center volunteers who have worked with children in educational, outdoor, and day-camp settings will join the camp staff. Details

Saturday, February 15, 2020
1:00-4:00 p.m.

College students are at risk of having their votes suppressed in the primary election in Ohio!
Primary early voting starts next week - let's make sure this doesn't happen here

Join the movement to
Protect Your Vote
Saturday, February 15   1 - 4 PM

Vanderelli Room
218 McDowell Street, Franklinton

It is free and open to the public. Sponsored by TrustVote and the Columbus Free Press. Refreshments provided.

Join election security experts, advocates, and activists to learn how to ensure your vote is counted in this primary election including Bob Fitrakis and featured speaker Wade Rathke, Chief Organizer of ACORN International..
Be an election protection volunteer at the early voting site, on Election Day at the polls or monitor the election results election night!  More at Facebook Event. Contact or 614-253-2571


Earth Day Columbus 2020 accepting worksites

Columbus is a national leader in organizing service projects that benefit the environment. Plan to host a project... the website is now live and ready for sign-ups:

200 Crestview Rd Cbus 43202


Friday February 14th at Flux + Flow: Explore partner yoga in an affirming, inclusive setting with Simply Living members Beaker Prince and Jo-Anne Harris. Together you will learn to assist one other in postures that open and unwind tight muscle groups, relieving tension in the back, legs and shoulders. Then explore breath, movement, and balance as you collaborate on poses built for two. The mindful movement and playful practice of partner yoga are known to foster connection, build courage, and induce laughter.
     This program will be offered twice: Friday 2/14 at 7pm, and again on Saturday 2/15 at 7pm. Choose the timing that works for you!  For more info or to register click here, or visit the FB page here.

Saturday February 15th at Flux + Flow: Explore partner yoga in an affirming, inclusive setting with Simply Living members Beaker Prince and Jo-Anne Harris. Together you will learn to assist one other in postures that open and unwind tight muscle groups, relieving tension in the back, legs and shoulders. Then explore breath, movement, and balance as you collaborate on poses built for two. The mindful movement and playful practice of partner yoga are known to foster connection, build courage, and induce laughter.
     This program will be offered twice: Friday 2/14 at 7pm, and again on Saturday 2/15 at 7pm. Choose the timing that works for you!  For more info or to register click here, or visit the FB page here.
     Beaker Prince is a full time lecturer at OSU. Contact:
Upcoming Classes

296 W. 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43201
Yoga-Well-Being Social Hour
Friday, February 14, from 6:30-8:00 PM
296 W. 4th Ave.
FREE and Open to the Public Join us for our monthly get-together. The event is open to everyone, men and women, young and old. Bring friends, family members, or co-workers new in town. Looking for friendships or simply meeting some of our YWB community. Bring a snack to share and a drink for yourself, no alcohol please.
     At our winter social hours, participate in our clothing swap (new or gently used and laundered clothing), and a holiday fundraiser with donated homemade goods.

Couples' Yoga Workshop
Saturday, February 15, 2:00-4:30 PM
Registration $35 per couple
This workshop taught by Sipra Pimputkar is for any two people who are comfortable working closely together. Couples, parents and children, siblings, and friends will all enjoy this time together. Partners use each other for support and resistance and spend time working closely together in comforting poses in which trust and sharing are an integral part. Partners will also participate in relaxing Thai and oil massage. Deep breathing, deep relaxation, deep stretches!

Practical Meditation and Discussion
Sunday, February 16, 1:00-2:30 PM
296 W. 4th Ave.
Registration required at
Donations are welcome, Bring a snack to share
Join Sipra Pimputkar for a meditation practice, where we all discuss different approaches and tips for an at home meditation. Discussion will be inspired by ongoing references to Jon Kabat-Zinn's book: “Wherever You Go, There You Are”. Bring a snack to share.

Children's Yoga class with Sipra Pimputkar
Monday afternoons starting March 2
If you would like your child to participate in this multifaceted class with arts, crafts, story-telling and yoga designed to develop a well-rounded personality, email A parent or guardian is encouraged to attend for free.

Topical Ayurveda workshops with Troy and Eszter
Registration: $35 per session
Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 pm - Optimal Digestion: Utilizing the Tools of Ayurveda for Digestive Balance
Friday, Feb. 28, 6:30-8:30 pm - Fundamentals of Essential Oils: Incorporating Ayurvedic Principles in Aromatherapy
6:30 - 8 PM

Maynard Ave UMC
2350 Indianola Ave. Columbus 43202
New Tuesday evening Practice Group starts February 25
The best way to get better at anything is to practice. Compassionate Communication skills are no different! Often after a training people are left wondering, what now? A Practice Group is a way to engage with a group of other like-minded people who want to develop their Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills in a safe learning environment over time. Together you will grow in your awareness of self-connection, empathy, honest self-expression, and ability to listen and respond instead of react. Register Now
"The Divine Feminine Across the Spiritual Traditions” (Teaching)
 Friday 7 – 8:30 pm (followed by reception/book signing)
Men and women in our time—all the rich varieties of gender—are recognizing the long-neglected wisdom of the divine feminine, and the necessity of reclaiming deep feminine values. Through the lens of mystics from all the spiritual traditions, indigenous to organized, Mirabai Starr brings that energy to life for us all.

"Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Divine Feminine” (Workshop)
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm *
Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 am

In these two “retreat” gatherings we immerse ourselves in the living transmission of the female mystics from all traditions through engaging in contemplative readings, group reflections, evocative writing exercises, inter-spiritual chanting and silent sitting, weaving these luminous elements into a basket of awakened community.

“Celebrating the Divine Feminine in Ritual & Practice”
Contemplative Experience (Free, Open to All):
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30 am

As the brokenness of the world grows more apparent, our impulse to do something to alleviate suffering grows more urgent. And so it becomes increasingly vital that we cultivate sanctuary spaces where we can take refuge, lay down our burdens and refill the cup of our souls. Mirabai helps us understand “the blessed landscape of Sabbath” in this experience.
*Lunch will be provided on Saturday. If you have special dietary requirements, you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.
Friday Teaching only $40.00
Full Weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday $140.00
Sunday Contemplative Experience 10:30–11:30 am: Free
Online prices good through March 4.
Prices at the door: Friday Only - $50 | Weekend - $160
Scholarships available at to request an application.
Website Event FULL Information 
The feninine way is much more about embodiment and being fully here in
the midst of the messy human experience, and connectin and allowing our
hearts to open and to sometimes break open. ~ Mirabai Starr
7 PM

Drexel Theater
2254 East Main St
Columbus 43209

Sponsored by Green Bexley
This award winning documentary, executive produced by the Anthony Bourdain, aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
We are water. We are air. We grow, we bloom, we seed, we wilt, we die.
There is a false separation between humanity and nature. ~ Nora Bateson
It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing that matters.
~ Kosha Joubert


Free Press Second Saturday Salon - February 8

1021 E. Broad St., Columbus
Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot
Free, no RSVP required

Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, art, music and
a presentation on the upcoming primary election

6:30 - 8:30


First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus 43214
Potluck details on CSTB Webpage HERE

This event is sponsored by the Care and Share Time Bank. Bring a dish to share at the potluck at 6 pm or come to the Eco-Friendly Garden presentation that starts around 6:45 pm - 8 pm.
     Turn your lawn into a garden that produces food for you while supporting our pollinators and wildlife too! We'll be introducing eco-friendly garden topics and techniques that are inexpensive, easy to maintain, and reduce the need for labor or other resources in this free workshop. There will be a little time for questions and discussion too:
   - edible perennial food forest / permaculture-based techniques
   - land contoured swales to capture rain efficiently for plants
   - lasagne mulching to reduce the need for weeding or watering, and to enhance soil tilth
   - free fertilizer composting 
   - no-till soil enhancement methods
   - organic pest management - companion planting, crop rotation
   - incorporation of native plants and supporting pollinators and other wildlife for ecological diversity

   - Sunny Glen Garden Community Outreach & Education Events & Projects & Partnerships
Sunny Glen Garden was presented with the 2019 GreenSpotLight Award from the City of Columbus and Mayor Ginther for demonstrating exemplary eco-friendly business practices. Dianne & Stephen have been featured in the Columbus Dispatch and on 10TV for Zero Waste Families and Sustainable Living Lifestyles, and Reuse and Recycle Stories. Sunny Glen Garden has been included on the OSU Urban Farm Tour, Simply LIving's Sustainable Home and Garden Tour, won 3rd Best Vegetable Garden in the Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show, and was nominated for Education Garden of the Year with Franklin Park Conservatory Growing to Green Awards. They have an Annual Organic Veggie Herb Fruit Nut & Native Plant Sale FUNdraiser! that keeps costs low for their Linden neighbors as they have wonderful partnerships - The Ohio Women's Reformatory unit is making paper orgami plant pots from recycled newspaper and the 4H Far East Club is making plant labels from recycled yogurt, cottage cheese & sour cream containers, and Simply Living who is their non-profit fiscal agent. Come find out how you can tweak your garden to be more eco-friendly too!

Shepherd's Corner
Ecology Center

987 N Waggoner Road Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 866-4302

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center, staff and animals, are excited for 2020! Our January through April events are posted on our Facebook as well as on our website. If you would like more information regarding a program, do not hesitate to reach out. To register for any of these programs, please visit the calendar on our website or give us a call at (614) 866-4302.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19  - Wednesday March 11
1 - 2 PM         

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual Book Discussion
Written by Michael Pollan
Suggested Donation: $5/individual week or $15 for all four weeks

Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.
CONTACT: Miranda  614-866-4302

Led by Marguerite Chandler, OP

Eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Food is as much about pleasure and community as nutrition and health. Food Rules guides us with humor, joy, and common sense toward a happier, healthier relationship to food and the planet. Book can be found at your local library, wherever you purchase books, or on websites such as eBay.

Registration, which is required, closes three business days prior to the program. Minimum of 5 participants. Please register by calling (614) 866-4302 or online HERE. Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Presented by Columbus Community Bill of Rights
Join us in exploring the singular and diverse world of Columbus Craft Beer and learn about how we are working to protect our water from the fracking industry. In this monthly series, we’ll talk with the brewers and guests who know a lot about clean water and how important it is for our people and this phenomenal burgeoning industry!
Barleys Brewing Company, upstairs in the Brewcadia,  467 N. High St., Columbus
Our guest speaker with be Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice. She is an environmental scientist who has been studying Ohio oil and gas contamination and water issues for over 40 years. We may also hear from Barleys Brewmaster, Angelo Signorino.  Find us on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Alice, The Barber of Seville, Waffles, Hot Mikey’s & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Get together with friends this weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day! Double Happiness reopens this weekend. Check out new venue The Forum Columbus in the former Wall Street. The Zoo is free on Monday. Vote for COSI to be the nation’s #1 science museum. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. Have a great weekend, Columbus!

Valentine’s & Galentine’s

-Enjoy beer & chocolates
Upfront has a Galentine’s show
-COSI has a special Discovery Nights
Make something with Idea Foundry
-Enjoy a wonderful evening of music with Ariel Pocock Quartet
-Sideswipe has Sidepiece Saturday
Horror Prom is at Spacebar
Double Happiness has reopened!


David Butler opens a show at Streetlight Guild
Get creative with friends at the Ohio Craft Museum
-Listen to Love Letters
-There’s lots to discover at Franklinton Fridays
-Opera Columbus has a fun performance of The Barber of Seville
-Go to St.James Tavern Valentine’s Day Theatre Shorts Festival
Back to Back Theatre has their first Ohio performance at the Wex
BalletMet’s ALICE is a fab take on the story


Robert Kelly does a comedy show at The Walrus
-Celebrate ValenDooms Day at Gemüt Biergarten
Platform teams up with Piece of Cake
Urban’s Pint House starts up live music
-Shop the Punk Rock Pawn Shop
-It’s time for “Hot Mikey’s Takeover” Pizza Launch Party
Trixie Mattel is all grown up!
ICONOCLASH has music of Prince and Bowie


-Go to Mayor Ginther’s State of the City or watch online
Dance with Restart at the new Forum Columbus
-Play some board games at Kingmakers
-Shop Splendor Revival for VDay
-Enjoy the Music of Frank Sinatra
-Are you doing the Fight For Air Climb?
-Check out the Linden Leap self driving vehicle
-Celebrate Women & Girls in Science
Advocate for the Mt.Vernon- Taylor Building

Saturday’s Winter Hike is Three Creeks
-Catch Bonnie & Clyde at Studio 35
-Drexel shows Gone With the Wind
-Remembering Mark Dempsey

Mega Weekend gives you a great list of events this weekend in Columbus, so you can be in the know! Looking for more things to do? Here’s a list of events for Thursday, for Friday, for Saturday, and Sunday

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Connie HammondGET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).

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Friday, February 14, 2020, 6:00 PM.  A Day of Remembrance and Action.  Join students, moms, and survivors from across the state of Ohio as we honor the 17 lives lost 2 years ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and march to demand that the Ohio General Assembly take action like they promised! We will be starting with a protest at the Ohio Statehouse, and then march to Senator Rob Portman’s office and finally North Bank Park where we will hold a vigil to remember the 17 lives lost during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Location:  The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215.  Register here

Saturday, February 15, 2020, Noon – 2:00 PM.  Central Ohio Move to Amend Meeting – Brown Bag Lunch.  Move to Amend - Central Ohio is a grass-roots organization dedicated to ending corporate control of American economic and political life.  Money is property, not speech. Corporations are property, not citizens. Citizens have voting rights, property rights, and free speech rights. Property has none of these.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus 43214.  For more information, contact Sandy,

Monday, February 17, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Facing the Divide:  The Impact of Slavery.  America’s “original sin” has left an indelible imprint on our nation’s soul. For many, the wound has never healed. Some demand that we no longer speak of it, while others — who live with its enduring impact — continually fight in hopes that America will finally have the conversation it has refused to have for over 400 years.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for an important conversation on the impact of slavery and how, as individuals and community leaders, we can set a course for a more prosperous future throughout the African Diaspora in Columbus.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 98 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Monday, February 17, 2020, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Voter Registration Training/Refresh to prep for OSU Orange Swarm 2/18 is the last day to register to vote in Ohio's primary. We plan to SWARM campus with our orange shirts and register hundreds of new voters on Monday the 17th and Tuesday the 18th.
We have booked a meeting room at CML North Library 11am-1pm on Monday 2/17 for training and distribution of shirts and equipment, but the swarm can happen any time 2/17 & 18. The actual training session will be 11:30-12:30. Please indicate "Going" if you plan to attend so we can have adequate supplies. Bring two clipboards if you have them!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  More information on Facebook

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  February Happy Hour and Postcard Party – Indivisible OH 12 We'll gather to address and process letters to the voters we've registered in the past year to remind them to vote in the primary. We'll have the letters, envelopes, stamps, and pens. We just need you!   We'll be in the back room at Roosters - just come on back!  Location:  Roosters, 3370 Olentangy River Road, Columbus.  Facebook.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Fair Courts Book Club Discussion – 1619 Project Part II.  Join the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance for our next book club discussion. We will take a deeper dive into “The 1619 Project,” a series of essays featured in the New York Times Magazine, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia.  A delicious dinner will be served. RSVP at this link:  Our February discussion will explore how the lingering effects of slavery shape today’s challenges in the economy and more. The format will feature guided discussions and reflections with group members. Join us for good food and insightful conversation!  Location:  Common Cause Ohio, 394 E. Town St., Suite 209, Columbus 43215.  See the links to readings for discussion on Facebook

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Kick off Party for the 11th Annual WHO/O Bowl-A-Thon!   Join us for the kick-off party for the 11th Annual Women Have Options Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon! Our February Repro Health Happy Hour Columbus will once again partner with WHO-O to celebrate the start of Bowl-a-thon season and all of the wonderful people who participate in funding abortion and busting stigma in Ohio.  Pins Mechanical Co. has reserved two duck-pin bowling lanes for us near the bar for us to practice our SWEET moves! Create a team, sign up to bowl, or just come spend time with some fabulous people who understand that if you can't afford your choice, you don't have one. Donations will be accepted at the Happy Hour to help WHO/O meet their $80,000 #bowl20 goal! Location:  Pins Mechanical Co., 141 N. 4th St., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 PM. Columbus Area Solar and EV Co-op Information Sessions.  Come to an information session on how to join a solar coop in Franklin County, Ohio. Solar coops allow people to band together to purchase solar power systems for their homes and businesses in bulk, thus knocking down the price. Solar United Neighbors, Ready for 100 Columbus, and Ohio Environmental Council are organizing 50 to 100 neighbors together into a group, or co-op, and giving you support through each stage of the solar process. Co-op participants leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation, while still signing individual contracts that ensure the right system for your home or business. If you are thinking about going solar, now is a great time while there's still a federal tax break of 26%. Between bulk pricing and tax breaks, solar panels for your home and business are more affordable than ever!  Location:  Dublin Library Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N High St, Dublin, OH 43017 FacebookRegister here.  Find out more about going solar in a coop here:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center New Member Orientation.  What can you do in 2020 to advance the rights of immigrants and workers in Columbus?  Join us for a new volunteer and membership orientation. In this training you will learn about the key issues facing workers and immigrants today, understand the Central Ohio Worker Center's mission and strategy for making Columbus a place for all people, and learn what you can do to have an impact. The orientation is a prerequisite for COWC membership but is open to all residents who wish to learn more about the COWC and about grassroots social justice organizing. The event includes refreshments and snacks.  Location:  2800 S. High St., Columbus 43207.  Facebook

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Columbus City Council Celebration of Black History.  Columbus City Council presents a celebration of African American history in the success and shaping of Columbus. During the ceremony, Council will honor the recipients of the James Preston Poindexter Awards, named for the Rev. James P. Poindexter, the first black member of the Columbus City Council. The 2020 Poindexter Award recipients are John H. Gregory, Curtis Moody, Ann B. Walker, Francisca Figueroa, and Willie L. Gaddis.  Keynote Speaker:  The Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, Chief Judge U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.  Location:  City Council Chambers, 90 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Wednesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Webinar:  Monthly Ohio Statehouse Updates - and then monthly every 3rd Wednesday.   Join Unitarian Justice Ohio (UJO) Director, Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, and special guests to hear what is happening with key legislation at the Ohio Statehouse.  You can email your concerns or questions in advance to Rev. Joan at   Register HERE or at:

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Immigrant Justice Meeting.  Emily Dunlap will provide an in-depth discussion on human trafficking and how we can get involved.  Emily an attorney with Advocating Opportunity and she works with trafficking victims.  Michael Smalz will present an update on legislation at the State House affecting immigrants.  The Immigration Justice Committee is responsible for advancing the immigrant rights mission of the organization by proposing projects, policy statements, and inter-organizational relationships to the board for approval, and for providing ongoing up-to-date information about opportunities for COWC. We will be discussing the Wage Theft Clinic and Immigrant Stories Project.  Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave.  Facebook.  

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No salvation without regeneration -
no spiritual life without a new birth
- no heaven without a new heart.
~ J. C. Ryle
Fri-Sat 8 pm and Sun 2 pm
Columbus Civic Theater
3837 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 447-PLAY (7529)

The regional premiere of Lucas Hnath's post-modern take on A Doll's House is set fifteen years after Nora’s famous door slam, and is surprisingly witty, profound, and at times, funny. Plays Thurs-Sun through March 8. More info available online at

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


Peripatetic Poets

February 16 @ 6:30 pm EST

Third Sunday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
30 West Woodruff

February 16 – Jeremy Glazier (pictured)

March 15 – Susan Glasmere


The Poetry Forum
February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST 
|Recurring Event (See all)
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint, 2598 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202 United States + Google Map

Featured readings + open mic since 1984  Mondays 7 pm     
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong (pictured)
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »

Here are links to more events in some of our local bookstores!
Gramercy Books in Bexley (2424 E Main St 43209) From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.
The Book Loft in German Village (631 South Third Street 43206) We work with a wide variety of authors each year in our store and many off-site venues across the city. 
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus South Side (1124 Parsons Ave 43206) The family-run cafe and bookstore brought to you by local indie press Two Dollar Radio!
Prologue Bookshop, 841 N. High St in the Short North, Columbus 43215.
Kafe Kerouac in University District (2250 N High St 43201) Kafe Kerouac hosts a plethora of musical acts, poets, speakers, interest groups, and the like. 

Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY FEBRUARY 15
7 - 10 PM,

P: (614) 839-0698
Next week's live music:  

FRIDAYS – Acoustic Open Mic, welcoming everyone with musical talent and/or aspirations to sing and play – considered one of the best around. Note: sign-ups begin at 6PM and fill up quickly!
SATURDAYS – Professional performances by groups or individual singers and musicians. Eclectic genres range from rock, folk, pop, bluegrass, jazz – and more!
7- 10 PM

Java Central Coffee Shop
20 S. State St
Westerville  43081

Join Bill Cohen and Carl Yaffey in singing the classic folk songs we remember from decades ago.  We’ll do songs made famous by Pete Seeger, the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, Tom Paxton, and others.
   Sing and clap along to love songs, children’s songs, work songs, civil rights songs, anti-war songs, lullabies, and more.  We’ll feel the power, energy, and community that people feel when they sing together.
Admission is free, but we’ll welcome tips. 


Contra DancersBig Scioty Contra Dancing
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad St. Cbus 43215

Saturday,  February 15 – Big Scioty
The Brickersons and Dave Notman

8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

square dancing at wild goose creativeWild Goose Creative Square Dancing
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, March 6
7-11 pm

All Soles Contra Dancers
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, March 13
The Pegheads with Joe Burdock & Sean Fen calling



The band’s name is unusual: Cari Ray and the Shaky Legs.  And so is the music – the genre is hard to categorize, but Cari says the band’s original music is inspired by folk, blues, ragtime, swing, and country music from a century ago.  Following rave reviews at last year’s Central Ohio Folk Festival, the band will be the featured act at the latest monthly concert sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society. 
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9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

8 - 9 am  Join Dr. Jen Hetrick on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month for conversation, camaraderie and positive change!  What's love got to do with it? February is American Heart Health month, and this Saturday, we'll discuss how a sense of purpose and connection to others can help heal the "broken" heart. Join us for a walk, indoors, and bring those heart health questions for Dr. Jen
10:30 - 11 am  Welcome to Story Time with Jan where every 3rd Saturday at the Worthington Farmers Market, Jan will read-aloud one of her favorite children's books. February's book is my personal favorite - "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" by the one and only Dr. Seuss.
12 - 1 pm  Bring your sweetie for some quiet together time or indulge yourself with some well-deserved self-care with this month's free yoga class at the Worthington Farmers Market! Hosted by Jade Yoga and Wellness,
Stay up to date about market events by checking their Website and following them on Facebook.  The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

Upcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Feb 16, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join us to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related! Pest free is always best. We are here to answer any planty questions you may have. Don’t have anything to swap? That’s ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the. Shop and there are usually extras to share.  Be sure to check out our selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants! RSVP HERE

Seventh Annual Seed Swap
Feb 16, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214, USA
It’s never to early to think about the garden! Join us for this free event as we browse the seed catalogs, swap seeds and learn about starting seeds indoors! Swapping starts at 2pm, arrive a little early to see what folks have to swap and get your seed pre-order in. 

Soapmaking Workshop
Feb 16, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Join homestead hobbyist Elizabeth Jones of The Fresh Jam in crafting a simple and relaxing Rosemary Mint soap using a variety of basic soapmaking techniques.  Students will participate in this hands-on kitchen experiment and take home a sample of the soap to see the results of their work.  Topics discussed during the session will include: kitchen chemistry, lab safety, equipment basics, calculating recipes, sourcing ingredients (oils/scents/herbs/exfoliants), soap on the cheap, benefits of handmade soap.

Elizabeth is a local middle school science teacher and has an alter-ego as homestead hobbyist The Fresh Jam.  She applies her knowledge of science to providing for her family as simply and healthfully as possible.  Summers especially are full of the whole family working together, harvesting and preserving Nature’s bounty.  In her “spare” time, Elizabeth loves to share what she has learned over the years and empower others to take control of their environment through interactive demonstrations.  You can follow her on Instagram @thefreshjam. $35 RSVP HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun March 1, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Bring in your handmade, home made, home grown food and edible items! Baked goods, herbs and veggies from the garden, and home preserved items are all welcome! Be ready to answer questions about your methods, practices and ingredients. Please don’t be offended is someone doesn’t want to trade with you, all of our diets vary widely and all are accepted. All trades happen at the discretion of the owner of the items and all owners of items are responsible for their items. Swapping starts at the big front table promptly at 1pm, so come ready! This is a great way to try new foods and meet new people! RSVP HERE.

6:30 - 8 PM

Garden Planning, Methods, and Strategies
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Franklinton Branch
1041 W Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43222

Come join us at the Franklinton Library to learn some gardening knowledge to increase your 2020 harvest. Tim McDermott of OSU Extension will be leading a talk on garden planning, methods and strategies. 
Bring your friends and your questions!  Interested in joining our Buckeye ISA?
Contact Chloe at or Cell: 614-632-5162

Sign up for Summer CSA Now!
We're in love with Front Axle Farm produce!

You can purchase their organically grown vegetables with us almost all year long, AND sign up for their CSA program in the summer when the best of the best is being grown just for you!

More information can be found on their website.
Pick up at our store from June - October!

It may be 3pm and the post-lunch energy lull can cause us to reach for the drugs that pep us up. Yes, drugs. Sugar and caffeine - legal though they way be, beware of how they can be robbing you of your natural energy and more.

In an exercise during our recent Sugar Busters class, we explored the history of sugar, the estimated consumption, and then what the average 'healthy' American's intake is. The result was rather shocking. After the coffee and hazelnut creamer, granola and Greek fruit yogurt for breakfast as well as a turkey sandwich and side salad with dressing for lunch, the total is 64 grams of added sugar. That's before stopping by the coworker's desk for two fun-size Twix bars (they're really tiny, we know, but you'll now need to add another 16 grams). So now we're at 80 grams of added sugar for the day and before dinner! In a game of Sugar Monopoly, you're about to land in blood-sugar-dysregulation 'jail', do not pass go, do not collect $200.

Are you aware of the World Health Organization's recommendation limiting our added sugar intake to 5% or less of our daily calorie needs? Or to have less than 25 grams of added sugar per day?

READ MORE wise counseling in the rest of the blog HERE and follow the work of integrative functional nutritionist and all around wellness guru Adrienne Raimos
The spirit that I am advocating is reframing how we view the world, and shifting from the negativity of lack and "not enough" to the positive frame of aligning with Nature.
~ Frances Moore Lappé

We Dig Ohio Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening Summit 2020

Where: The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory

Registration is open (only $30) and there are scholarships available!

Registration and full schedule here:  

Keynote Address by Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm Bronx, New York  

Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity's willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and reconsider. ~ Paul Hawken

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