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January 3, 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!
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
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Happy 2020 Decade Ahead... yes, it might just be amazing, even fun?

I was listening to a Michael Moore podcast recently (search RUMBLE on Youtube or your podcast source) and his interview with Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All, took a positive turn on the challenges ahead.  What if we win?  What would our lives be like if we were free from health care costs, free to learn without going into debt, free to take a vacation, and ;live in a community where there are no homeless people.  A future that makes you go hmmm...

Regeneration... as in Regenerative Culture, or Regenerative Communities, even Regenerative Local Economies. Daniel Christian Wahl is a leading visionary whose book, Designing Regenerative Cultures, is taking sustainability to the next level. I'm thinking it might be a theme in our Winter Simply News print newsletter. Cindy Lanese turned me on to Wahl, so if you have other suggestions on this theme, let me know. We changed our newsletter schedule, so look for it in February!  

The OSU environmental film series is back, starting Tuesday, January 21st and features two films per month and ending March 3rd. It's worth the park at OSU - or bus or bike - to come at 6:30 pm for free pizza and learn from OSU experts in the Q&A that follows.  Get all the details in our Learn Section and you will find the first event detailed in our Arts & Culture section because it features A Life in the Wild, with a live presentation by the world renowned photographer, Thomas Mangelsen. An exhibit at COSI will be launched simultaneously as well.

Book Cover Local Is Our FutureWinter Book Club Selection: Local Is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness
Update: Portia confirmed that we can meet at her Cafe on Indianola on March 9, at 3:30 pm. We discuss the book until 5 pm, then socialize over a lovely vegan buffet!
Correction: Dan Hughes informed me that the link to the author's TED TALK was dead. It works now. Please do listen to the author's 18 minute lecture. Helena Norberg-Hodge offers the clearest explanation of exactly why and how "localization is a solution multiplier." 
SL is offering the $12.95 book for $10 to our members.  Want one? Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 

Green Drinks is back after a holiday break in December. The January 15 event (6-8pm) returns to the OSU 4H center with an Earth Day 2020 Kickoff and Environmental Meet and Greet. Yes, Simply Living will be there!

3 SL Partnering Events in January...

Simply Living is partnering with the Gateway Film Center to co-sponsor Fantastic Fungi (Jan 17-23)
Next we're partnering with OSU student organizations and Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign to promote a Green New Deal Town Hall (Jan 21) . And we are partnering with the Care & Share Time Bank to screen In Transition 2.0 (Jan 25)  See more information in the LEARN section below.

Simply Living is partnering with SL member Tim Cooke, who has been actively engaging and developing co-housing opportunities in Columbus and central Ohio. Tim has arranged to bring Sage-ing International to a one-day event that will take place at the Northwood-High Bldg in Community Room 100 on Feb 1st from 9 am - 4:30 pm. The interactive workshop will explore ideas that will equip you with a balanced plan for thriving in the third stage of life. See the flyer HERE. 

What I see everywhere in the world
are ordinary people willing to confront
despair, power, and incalculable odds
in order to restore some semblance
of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. 

~ Paul Hawken, author and editor

Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  

> The Bourbon Barrel Connection: Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio - NEW EPN breakfast program (Jan 14)
Fantastic Fungi
screening at the Gateway Jan 17-23
Green New Deal Town Hall at OSU Jan 21
> NEW OSU Spring Semester Environmental Film Series (Jan 21)
> New January classes from Lily Kunning of Haven Herbs - Incense Making (Jan 16)  Oils Salves and Balms (Jan 19) and more.

In Transition 2.0 film and discussion with Care & Share Time Bank at 1st UU Church Jan 25
Food Swap (Jan 5), and Plant Swap Jan 18. at City Folk's Farm Shop
AS YOU SOW is an excellent website for learning HOW TO INVEST YOUR VALUES.
Gratitude from Columbus Garden School for a great first year!  Gift Certificates now available.

Blue Rock Station hosts a Winter Open House on Jan 4 from 1-3 pm
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Last nights for Conservatory Aglow 
> Retired plant sale at the Conservatory (Jan 18)
> Crest Kids Day (Jan 11)
> Green Drinks' Earth Day 2020 Kickoff at OSU 4H center (Jan 15)
> Free Press Jan 2020 edition is now online and available around town
Wow - get a taste of the growing Public Bank Movement - short video is inspiring.  Is Columbus ready?

> Earth 911 - 14 Alternative Energy Source INFOGRAPHIC (long, but interesting)
> SOUP 23 Anything Goes Fundraiser for good causes announced (Feb 9)

Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
> Columbus Underground has chronicled weekend events!
Care & Share Time Bank (Jan 19) features program exploring CSTB and the Environmental Community
> Sierra Club Central Ohio Group has planned their New Year Social with a great program (Jan 30)
Columbus Community Media!

 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Wild Goose Creative update - New space in Franklinton, and January events!
Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents Long Tall Deb and Colin John (Jan 4) 
> Java Central live music events in January are listed
Literary Events: Links to the long-running Poetry Forum in Columbus
> Bill Cohen and Paisha Thomas Concert: Songs of Struggle: 1960-65 (Jan 18)
> A Life in the Wild: Thomas Mangelsen live and in person at OSU (Jan 21)
> Wayfarers' Appalachian roots music featured at Columbus Folk Music Society event *Jan 25)
Kafe Kerouac
regular events are linked.

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market (Jan 4)
Edible Columbus Winter edition is available, and local articles are highlighted + link to the website
Real Food Media Book Club and a guide to getting involved is featured

One Bite Wellness offers a recipe for Lemony Kale and Almond Salad
Agroecologist and author Eric Holt-Gimenez will keynote the OEFFA conference.
The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


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
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

The Bourbon Barrel Connection:
Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio

economies and oak-dominated forests

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210
$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free


This EPN Breakfast, co-hosted with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, will highlight the bourbon cooperage industry in Appalachian Ohio and the economic benefits that it is providing to communities in the region.  We will explore the oak-dominated forests of the region and challenges that we face in sustaining them for future generations.   Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team and our multifaceted approach to sustaining oak-dominated forests across all ownerships. 

Join this program to hear Darren Whitmer (vice president and general manager, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc.) share about oak barrels and their role in making bourbon, the reasons why white oak is used in bourbon barrels, and the history of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage including its expansion of operations into Appalachian Ohio.  Cotton Randall (cooperative forest management administrator, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry), and Dave Apsley (natural resources specialist, Ohio State University Extension) will explore the oak-dominated forests of the region and challenges that we face in sustaining them for future generations, and introduce us to the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team and its multifaceted approach to sustaining oak-dominated forests across all ownerships. 

In addition, Dan Balser (chief and state forester, ODNR Division of Forestry) will provide opening remarks and Jamie Dahl (forest outreach coordinator, Central State University Extension and McIntire-Stennis Program) will facilitate the audience Q&A session.

Fantastic Fungi film posterFRIDAY, JANUARY 17
7 - 9 PM
Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St, Columbus 43201

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? We're delighted to host the opening night screening of Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway. You can see the trailer on the website and be sure to visit the Mush Room for wonderful resources and clips that will draw you in for a deep dive into the world of mushrooms and the new knowledge of their functions in maintaining and healing our planet. The film features world renowned mycologist Paul Stamets. 

"Louie [Schwartzberg] and his team have accomplished an amazing task – with beautiful imagery, celebrating the quality of nature we have now. Fantastic Fungi is a film that serves to be a bridge of understanding to connect these ideas. By investing in these fungal networks we invest in the webs of life. Time is short. We need to bring this knowledge to the forefront of public consciousness." ~ Paul Stamets

Not to be missed! If you can't attend Friday evening when Simply Living will be tabling and hosting an expert panel and Q&A discussion, make plans to see it during the week of January 17-23. Details on our panel will be announced soon.

Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration. ~ Paul Stamets
Green New Deal Town HallTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
6 - 8 PM

Ohio Union - U.S. Bank Conference Center
1739 N High St, Columbus 43215
Free, Donations appreciated

Register on Eventbrite

Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately.

The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. The Green New Deal aims to do just that.

Come and learn about the Green New Deal from our experts. Topics covered include:

- What is and what will the GND do?

- How do we pay for the GND?

- International political conditions for the GND

Q&A discussion will take place with the audience after speaker presentations.
The panel of experts will feature Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, professor of Economics at Denison, Dr. Joel Wainwright, professor of Geography at OSU, and Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign in Ohio. More info on the presenters when you register on Eventbrite.

Free and open to all; pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about each of the films and additional details on the series here.

OSU Environmental Film Series Winter 2020.
In Transition 2.0 film logoSATURDAY, JANUARY 25
4:30 - 7 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd. Columbus 43214
Free, Donations appreciated

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Simply Living is partnering with the Time Bank to screen the movie, In Transition 2.0, by the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. The film is an immersion into the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations.

Doors open at 4:30 pm Saturday and we will screen the film around 5 pm. The film lasts about one hour and we will discuss the film afterwards. Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your favorite dessert of snack to share.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Simply Living or the Time Bank to attend. Bring a friend and discover stories that inspire and offer hope in challenging times.

We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems,
not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
~ Grace Lee Boggs

class at city folks farm shopUpcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Jan, 5 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Monthly Food Swap is back! 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 

Bulk Buying Demo
Sun Jan 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Feeding your family affordably can sometimes seem like a mystery. Let us help! Come in to this month's free monthly demo to learn how to buy and store all different types of bulk food! We have everything in the shop to get you started... RSVP HERE

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Jan 18, 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

Tisa Watts Teaching at Garden SchoolUpcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236
Photo at left from Dispatch article



With Gratitude - Our inaugural year at the Columbus Garden School has been astonishing, exhausting, and eye-opening. In February, we started our school with little more than an idea, a few tables and chairs, and a sunny patch of dirt. Eleven months later, we find ourselves in deep gratitude to our amazing instructors and especially to YOU, our students and supporters.
THANK YOU -- not just for plunking down $ for a class, but more importantly, for taking a chance on the Columbus Garden School. THANK YOU for sharing your experience with others and helping to spread the word on social media. THANK YOU for your patience as we figured out how best to offer classes, and for giving us the courage and momentum to keep going. THANK YOU for the opportunity to do it all again in 2020!

Upcoming 2020 classes include: Intro to Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical-HVAC, Pruning of Trees and Woody Shrubs, Beekeeping Basics, and Beginning Breads: Sourdough Workshop. Stay tuned for more!

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species
in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique
combination of talents that improve our health. ~ Paul Stamets

Haven Herbs logoJanuary Classes at Haven Herbs
Maiden Voyage Starts January 11 2-5 pm (Lily's new sex, body & relationship ed class for girls ages 8+) starts and runs through April. Girls deserve to know the names of all their body parts, how they work, be prepared for sexually mature adulthood, and learn about what are good relationships and what are red flags. More info here.  Payment plans are available!

Incense Making Thursday, January 16 7-9 pm $50: Learn all about different types of incense, how to make it naturally without synthetics or essential oils, and then make two types to take home (that you made!) Learn more or register here.

The Medicine Maker series starts Jan 19 and one class month for 8 months (or take classes a la carte) January's class is Oils, Salves, and Balms.($40)


The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

Peter Russell on Effortless Meditation
Stressed out by climate news? Chill Out....
This short video explains why meditation is best without any trying or effort. 

Blue Rock Station
40-acre Sustainability Center
Blue Rock Station, LLC
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH  43771
Phone 740-674-4300


Learn sustainable living from the masters!

Podcasts, Open House...
When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine, an often humorous podcast on living sustainably with Annie and Jay Warmke is broadcast and streamed on Fridays at 11:30 am and Saturdays at 8:30 am on 94.1 FM in Columbus. The podcast is also available through your favorite podcast app.

Winter Open House January 4th 1 pm to 3 pm at Blue Rock Station, home of 
the first earthship east of the Mississippi River.  Learn how the house operates in the winter, enjoy high tea, and a conversation with Ohio pioneers Annie and Jay Warmke. Registration is required at

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.
~ Grace Lee Boggs
As You Sow
Learn How to Invest Your Values
Whether you invest or not, it's good to know these people are working to make corporations accountable. They have a suite of tools that individuals can use to make your mutual funds or 401K plan behave responsibly.  I love their URL:
     Our mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.
     Our vision is a safe, just, and sustainable world in which protecting the environment and human rights is central to corporate decision making.
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.
Our task is to look at the world and see it whole. ~ E.F. Schumacher
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.

Lights at Franklin Park ConservatoryEnjoy the final nights of Conservatory Aglow, presented by the AEP Foundation with lighting partner Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation. This year's exhibition includes artists of international acclaim are incorporated into the exhibition. 
Friday and Saturday. More HERE.

Retired Plant Sale  Saturday, January 18 @ Franklin Park Conservatory HERE
Shop plants that have “retired” from seasonal exhibitions as well as other botanical treasures!

Crest Kids Day logo Join us for Crest Kids Day!

Saturday, January 11, from 3-5 pm for Ages 4-12 
 In partnership with Greenspot Kids!

Earth terrariums • Vegetable mandalas • Free family fun

Earth Day 2020 Kickoff and Environmental Meet & Greet
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at OSU
(2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210)


Donations accepted at the door. $5-10 for working professionals encouraged!
Every $1 collected is another tree for Earth Day Columbus 2020!


Read the January 2020 Free Press 

columbusfreepress.orgSee more Free Press at:  


Public Banking institute logoPublic banking sweeps across the country - Short Video HERE

The fierce, dedicated, and determined public banking advocates across the country are leading the way to our future! To highlight the inspiring work and surging momentum of the nationwide public banking movement, PBI is proud to launch this short video that incorporates footage and photos collected from across the country. With it, we recognize the incredible achievements that advocates and elected officials have accomplished together and hope to inspire more support for public ownership of our financial institutions. Is Columbus or OHIO Ready?

Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration. ~ Paul Stamets
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot


Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Wild Ohio, Wild Nights, Community Day, Gallery Hop, and More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Don't be left in the cold! Here's things to do for the weekend

Welcome to the new year! If you are looking for things to do for the weekend, Mega Weekend is here to help you plan your weekend! It’s a bit of a low-key weekend. Tickets are selling quick for the Big Bacon Bash, coming up on Jan 17! Reserve your spot at the 6th annual Sweet Treats Dessert Festival. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


-The main holiday lights are ending this weekend
-Only a couple of spots left for Sunday’s Yoga + Cats
-Enjoy a fun weekend learning about wildlife in Ohio at Wild Ohio Weekend
-Mayor Ginther hosts his Community Family Fun Day on Saturday at the Franklin Park Adventure Center
-Take a stroll through Greenlawn Cemetery for Language of the Cemetery
-Hills Market Downtown hosts a Sip and Shop!
-Learn to transfer photos to canvas
Enjoy the Best of 2019 Lists!


-Get a Sampler of Improv at The Nest
-Start your new year off with art! Blockfort hosts Organized. Escape.
-934 Gallery has Symptom of the Universe: Jake Mensinger and Brooke Zamudio
-Shadowbox Live opens new show Wild Nights: The Greatest Hits of 2019
-Enjoy the first Gallery Hop of the year
-Read CU’s Little Women review


-R Bar hosts a CBJ Watch Party: CBJ at Florida
-On Saturday cheer on Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks
Headcleaner dance party celebrates 3 years
-Have you tried SheCreature cocktails yet?
-Dance at Heatwave
-Enjoy 80’s vinyl party VORTEX

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.

There’s always more in the Events Calendar
Awareness is the first step in healing, for individuals as well as society.
Sometimes the brain needs to be satisfied before the heart begins to open.
~ Dr. Dean Ornish

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

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.


Sunday, January 5, 2019, 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  OH12 Voter Registration Training PLUS.  In Meeting Room 3. Come learn or re-learn the basics of Voter Registration, PLUS, important info on how to head up a VR mini-team. Training in how to use Sign Up Genius and more. Open to all!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43224.  Facebook

Wednesday, January 8, 2010, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  Lunch & Learn:  Examining the Refugee Crisis with Art.  Please join us for lunch and conversation about using art to shine a light on the current refugee crisis around the world. Artist Rosy Avoscan, Laurie Van Balen of Columbus Crossing Borders, and DSOP Justice Promoter Barbara Kane, OP will discuss their current efforts and ways to help.  You can also view Rosy's current art exhibit "Am I Us or Them" during the program.  Lunch and program are free, but please register. Link in tickets (on the Facebook event page).  Location:  Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Dr., Columbus 43219.  Facebook

Thursday, January 9, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Monthly General Meeting.   Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact  Website and calendar.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  OH12 Voter Registration Training Voter registration training in time for second semester college student activity fairs! Come learn the ins and outs of how to register voters and get signed up to start registering voters right away!  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 N. High St., Worthington.  Facebook.  

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:30 PM.  OH-Columbus January Membership Meeting.  Meetings begin with a brief introduction to Moms Demand Action, the work we do and the evidence-based policies we advocate for. There will be updates on pending legislation, school board and community group outreach and information on upcoming events. Membership meetings are a great opportunity to learn about gun violence prevention efforts in Columbus and opportunities to get involved. Children are always welcome.  Please use the following link to RSVP, so that you can be updated on any changes:  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  Watch Party – UU The Vote/Ohio Voter Advocacy.  Learn about the organizing plan for UU the Vote across the country and how UUJO and its partners plan to implement a Voter Advocacy plan in Ohio. Also learn how members of other congregations can get involved.  Together we will explore how we are called to wear the mantle of our shared legacies, principles, and values as we move boldly together, making our faith relevant and effective in bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice in this political moment. Questions? Email Rev Joan VanBecelaere -  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus 43214.  Facebook.

You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. ~ Grace Lee Boggs
Care and Share Time Bank photosSUNDAY JANUARY 19
6:30 - 8:30  PM
POTLUCK 6:30pm & PROGRAM 7:15pm
The Role of CSTB in the Environmental Community 
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus OH 43214
Contact: Vilvi <>
Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table. 
January Program
:  Meet the Citizens Climate Lobby,  the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and Simply Living! Representatives from each organization will Talk briefly, bring info, and answer your questions!  Facebook event page HERE.

For more info on the Time Bank and the poster, visi the website here

Join us for Central Ohio Group's New Year Social!

When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020
6:30- 7pm Social Time: Meet and greet fellow Sierra Club members, activists, staff, and volunteer leaders. Beverages (soft drinks and wine) and light appetizers included. Green goodie baskets will be available for raffle chances.
7pm Program Begins: Hear from group members and staff about active campaigns: Ready For 100, Past Plastic, Beyond Coal, and various volunteer opportunities. Please bring your questions and suggestions!

8pm Raffle Drawings!
Location: OSU Northwood-High Building
2231 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201
First Floor - Room 100

 Parking: Free parking is permitted free of charge at spaces marked "R - Reserved / Rardin Clinic." Unauthorized cars parked at "A" and "B" permit spaces will result in a $60.00 citation by CampusParc. Free parking is also available on adjacent Norwich and Northwood Avenues after 6:00pm on weekdays.  Door Access: During the evening you may only enter the building from the lower parking level entrance at the rear of the building.  If you find that the doors are locked, call 614-292-HELP and someone will assist.


For questions, contact Ann Marie Condo at 
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We've all been given a gift, the gift of life. What we do with our lives is our gift back. ~ Edo
2491 Summit St
Columbus, OH 43202
What’s in store for Wild Goose Creative in 2020
Our 7th year of Wild Art Columbus, a showcase of the brightest Central Ohio artists
The 3rd annual Golden Goose Awards 
The grand opening of our Franklinton location, planned for late spring/early summer 
Bringing on a new Operations Coordinator to maintain two warm and welcoming spaces
A year of our stellar programming including new monthly programs

wild goose creative classes 2020

See all Wild Goose events on their calendar HERE
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY JANUARY 4
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

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!



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

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, January 3
7-11 pm

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

Saturday,  January 4 – Big Scioty
Changeling and Kim Thompson
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

All Soles Contra DancersAll Soles Contra & Square Dance

All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, January 10
Firefly Trace with Andy Shewmon

The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing. ~ Amit Kalantri

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

Enjoy the Holidays and find new poetry events in the New Year. Learn about the Columbus Poetry Forum here:

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!
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. 

Bill Cohen and Paisha ThomasSATURDAY, JANUARY 18
7 - 8:30 PM


Maple Grove Methodist Church
7 W Henderson, Columbus 43214
(free parking in back via Aldrich Rd)

     When civil rights activists faced the threat of snarling police dogs, jail cells, and sometimes even death, they often energized and emboldened themselves by singing simple freedom songs.
     We’ll recall that unusual era, 1960-65, when blacks and whites marched together, were beaten together, and were sometimes killed together as they campaigned for simple human rights, taken for granted a half century later. 
     “Songs of Struggle,” with local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen, will rekindle the tunes and spirit of that era.   Among the songs: Oh Freedom, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, I’m On My Way to the Freedom Land, and We Shall Overcome.
     The timing of the concert couldn’t be more appropriate.  It comes 2 weeks before the 60th anniversary of the first lunch counter sit-in, and it comes just days after the 90th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
     The songs will punctuate vintage film footage of some of the major triumphs and tragedies of the early civil rights movement.  Among them: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, murders by southern racists, and the 1965 marches in Selma.
     Admission is free but we’ll take up a free-will offering.  Bill and Paisha will split the proceeds with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has championed the rights of minorities and the poor for 4 decades.
     For more info, contact or (614) 263-3851

Kafe Kerouac audience Kafe Kerouac hosts a weekly open mic for musicians and two regular poetry nights.- more events HERE.

  • Tuesday musical open mic at 9:30pm
  • Wednesday Poetry Night with Writers Block Poetry at 8pm, $5 cover
  • Third Friday of the month First Draft Poetry $3 cover starting at 8 pm
Thomas Mangelsen photographerTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
7 - 9 PM

OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

     Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources/ Environmental Professionals Network and Sustainability Institute Ppresents Thomas Mangelsen Live and in person. In a return visit to OSU and EPN, upon the opening of a year-long exhibition of his iconic photographs at COSI, don’t miss the opportunity to interact with this renowned photographer and passionate wildlife conservation leader. Quoting From the Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune arts critic review of Mangelsen’s “A Life in the Wild” exhibition (coming to COSI mid-January), “For all the beauty and how-did-he-shoot-that wonder of the imagery, the exhibit throbs, too, with an environmental message: These creatures in these places are beyond special. In Mangelsen’s compositions, there is something of the sacred to the line of gray wolves walking across a Yellowstone valley landscape or the moose on a small hill, reflected, along with the great Alaska mountain Denali, in the water below. These scenes are revealed to us not so we may glimpse a passing moment, in Mangelsen’s vision, but so that we may prove ourselves worthy of seeing more like them.”
     Noteworthy too is Mangelsen’s support for the federal Endangered Species Act, including opposition of de-listing the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 
PROGRAM: Welcome and introduction of Tom Mangelsen, David Hanselmann, OSU SENR Lecturer and former chief of soil and water resources at ODNR.
60 Minutes interview of Mangelsen by Anderson Cooper, with Jane Goodall, first airing May 6, 2018.
Informal presentation by Tom Mangelsen, with select images and stories
Q&A/discussion: Mangelsen with OSU SENR Professor Jeremy Bruskotter and Bill Stanley, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio -- focused on wildlife and endangered species conservation and management.
Q&A/discussion with attendees
Wayfarers old tyme appalachian bandSATURDAY, JANUARY 25


Columbus Mennonite Church
35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214

$15 donations are suggested at the door,
$10 for CFMS members.  Contact Bill Cohen at 614-263-3851.
     Nostalgic Americana.  That’s the mood that the rural Southeast Ohio band the Wayfarers create, and they’re bringing their mix of early mountain music and pre-bluegrass tunes of the 1920’s to Columbus for a high energy concert.  Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society.
     The Wayfarers have appeared on the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” released 4 studio albums, and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass and country music, including Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart. To hear samples of the Wayfarers music, go to
      The Wayfarers will take the stage at 8 pm, but folk music fans can come early to enjoy other activities: an open jam at 6 pm, 3 open mic acts at 7 pm, and an audience sing-along of folk favorites at 7:45 pm. 
      This is just the latest in a year-long series of monthly concerts sponsored by CFMS, and supported with a grant from the Columbus Foundation.
You don't need to do everything. Do what calls your heart; effective action comes from love. It is unstoppable, and it is enough. ~ Joanna Macy
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They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community.

Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Square 
7227 N High St,

Worthington, Ohio 43085i

Ring in the New Year with Snacks and Apps from the Worthington Farmers Market
There are still plenty of cool season veggies to enjoy at the Market this week. Browse this handy guide of winter fruits and vegetables that are best enjoyed when they're at their peak during these short, cold days. Not all of these are grown in Ohio, but you'll find many - beets, kale, lettuce and celery root - at the Market this weekend!  More info on Website and Facebook.  Visit the FB page to check out their short videos HERE.  The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

Edible Columbus mag w spoons full of herbsEdible Columbus Winter edition is now available.

This issue celebrates 10 years of the magazine, and includes an article about Tricia Wheeler, the local entrepreneur who started this gem. Read the full story here

Honey is for healingYou can also learn from Herbalist Dawn Combs who explains why honey is for healing - Read the full story here

So go grab your copy of the magazine, make some hot chocolate, and curl up the couch and enjoy the Winter edition of Edible Columbu.

Learn more about the magazine, discover recipes, sign up for their newsletter, find out where to pick up a free copy at locations throughout the city.. I get mine at the Bexley Natural Foods co-op. 
RReal Food Readseal Food Media Book Club Links the Movement Everywhere
     With Real Food Reads, we deliver a fresh book and podcast every month. Browse our archive or join us with this month’s book. Find or start a book club near you, or dive in on your own. Either way, when you pick up a Real Food Reads selection of the month, you do so knowing others around the world are curling up with the same book, grappling with similar questions and big ideas.
     Check out the Real Food Reads: A Guide for Organizing Your Book Club for ideas to get started. 
lemonykaleandalmondsaladRecipe: Lemony Kale & Almond Salad
We’ve tested it thrice so far with the crowds at Thanksgiving, a holiday party, and recent Friendsgiving with rave reviews. Here we share the zingy, tongue-tingling Lemony Kale & Almond Salad! May it serve you and yours well during holiday celebrations, potlucks, a light dinner, and even just for a mid-day snack.
Recipe on the OneBiteWellness blog here.
Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase.
~ Paul Stamets
Eric Holt-GimenezAgroecologist and Author Eric Holt-Giménez to Keynote OEFFA Conference 

Uniting farm, food, and climate movements to demand equitable solutions to the climate crisis will be the focus of a keynote address by agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author Eric Holt-Giménez.
     He will explore the ways in which extreme weather events, environmental contamination, industrial agriculture, energy infrastructure, and other factors have unleashed a perfect storm on our food system, worsening food insecurity and disproportionately affecting family farmers, farmworkers, and people of color. He’ll discuss how farm, food, and climate justice movements can work together to create systemic change, including a resilient and equitable food system and a Green New Deal committed to social justice.
Thursday, February 13 > Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
Registration Now Open for Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio's premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.

"This year's event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture," said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. "Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis."
Online registration is now open at

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because
they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the
great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity
require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.
~ Grace Lee Boggs

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