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February 21, 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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GrassRoot Ohio radio-Bike Commuters-All Seasons/All Weather

Who are these intrepid commuters?  Rain, Snow, Heat, Dark & Traffic?  They aren’t deterred.  We’ll talk with several committed Ohioan bike commuters and find out some of the secrets, tricks, inspiration & gear needed for this hard core commitment. Carolyn Harding (host) interviews Karyn Deibel, Steve Palm-Hauser, Jerry Ulibarri and Catherine Girves.  LISTEN HERE to ALL #GrassRootOhio radio podcasts archived on SoundCloud! More info on Facebook.

Simply Living is hosting GREEN LIFE 101, an event presented by students at OSU's Global Leadership Initiative on Sunday, March 1st from 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the COhatch in Upper Arlington. 
Come learn about common recycling misconceptions and the importance of sustainable sourcing, and leave with a custom reusable tote bag. Meet local green organizations too!  Get details and RSVP (FREE) on Eventbrite and updates on Facebook.

We're excited to host our first screening at Kafe Kerouac next Monday evening at 7 pm. If you haven't seen Economics of Happiness it really is a must-see experience that will reframe your ideas about what is possible after neoliberal economics, and it will leave you inspired.  And if you haven't been to Kafe Kerouac, this OSU area gem for coffee (or a beer) then you are in for a treat! There is an awesome used bookstore space that extends the bar area and is used for special events ranging from poetry slams, to music, and now our Film! Website HERE.for more info.

We added links to lots of upcoming classes at the Columbus Garden School (CGS).
We're proud that one of the new instructors at GGS is Simply Living Board member Amy Ceccoli! Amy will be teaching about sustainability, and her first class is DIY Healthy Home Cleansers on March 15. See the picture at left for what you might expect to learn. :)  Amy's home is a model of sustainability and will be on the 2020 Sustainable Living and Garden Tour July 18 - details on the tour coming soon!

Let Them Eat Dirt: The Hunt for Our Kids' Missing Microbes probes the latest research into the "microbiome" in our gut to tease out a new explanation for why we have an epidemic of autoimmune diseases like asthma, obesity, diabetes, ADHD, autism, etc. It's a fascinating story that has only emerged in the last decade and it challenges many of our attitudes and practices related to germs and cleanliness.  Suffice to say "free range kids" and children raised in traditional farmsteads have healthier microbiomes. Discover lots more insights in this new film. More HERE and in our News Section.

The Dispatch featured Portia's new diner this week. Check out Gary Seman's article:
Portia’s Diner owner says ‘yummy’ food doesn’t require meat 

Excerpt: The vegan-restaurant maven and owner of a health-food store recently opened Portia’s Diner, a breakfast and lunch option in Clintonville that is free of meat, dairy, gluten and GMOs. The 34-seat diner has taken over the former Whole World Natural Restaurant & Bakery, an institution in its own right, at 3269 N. High St. Full article HERE.

Fantastic Fungi is screening at Studio 35 on Saturday, March 14.

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.
Simplicity and nonviolence are the basis of an economy of wellbeing,
and such an economy must be localised. ~ Vandana Shiva
Even More Highlights in this week's Community Update!
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See the Learn section  
> Living Soil: A Documentary for All of Us is the EPN film next Tues Feb 25
> Green Life 101 is an interactive workshop on recycling and sustainability practices organized by the OSU Global Leadership Initiative (March 1)
> NEW Columbus Garden School workshops are listed, including one on DIY  Healthy Home Cleansers by SL Board member Amy Ceccoli.
> Blue Rock Station's Jay Warmke is offering a Small Wind Turbine Certification Class
(March 9-14) and Annie is teaching Cheese making (March 28) And check out their new project to create a virtual forest - hey, every tree planted helps!
> Maple Sugar Season is upon us at Stratford Ecological Center with Tours Feb 22 and 29. Plus, their Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast is March 7.
> Shepherd's Corner is hosting a Maple Syrup Tour March 12.

> Earth 911 features 5 ways for city kids to experience nature + Plant-based substitutes for dairy and eggs.
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Let Them Eat Dirt: The Hunt for our kids' missing microbes screens March 15 at the Grandview theater
> Bexley Green Drinks is TONIGHT 
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
at the Drexel, hosted by Green Bexley (March 2)
> Clean Water for Columbus Craft Beers will be at Wolf's Ridge Brewing March 10
Yoga Well Being Classes updated
Healthy Living Festival announced (March 25)

Earth Day Columbus 2020 now accepting work sites
Mirabai Starr weekend "Reclaiming the Divine Feminine" (March 6-8)

Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Columbus Underground has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Columbus Community Media! - read, listen, and watch local!
 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
> Naked Sunfish 18th Anniversary Issue is now online!
> Poetry Forum features Tyiesha Shorts (Feb 24)
> Peripatetic Poets features Susan Glasmere (March 15)
> Java Central Coffee House features the Folk Ramblers - Bill Cohen & Carl Yaffey (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 the awesome Jesse Powell Sat Feb 22
> City Folk's Farm Shop
offers Homesteading support group Feb 23, a Food Swap March 1 and 3 part workshop on City Chickens - get started March 4.
> One Bite Wellness has a recipe for Rainbow Chili
Garden Planning, Methods and Strategies at the Franklinton Branch Library (Feb 27)
We Dig Ohio 2020 Urban Ag & Community Garden Summit announced (Mar 21)

Read more in the Local Foods section
Saturday, February 22
1 - 4 PM

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

We still have room for you and a guest at the wonderful Indian Oven restaurant - tomorrow, Saturday already!  Enjoy the delicious buffet and feel all the good energy while meeting with friends who share your values. Annual meetings are always special!  And we have a hot off the press issue of Yes! Magazine waiting for those of you who have not yet subscribed!
     It’s been an exciting and eventful year for Simply Living, and we have a lot of updates to share. Come meet our awesome Board members and join us in honoring the work of retiring Board President, Dan Barash, and toast our new Board President, Jenee Murphy. We are happy to announce our new Treasurer, Tim Montague, who has strengthened our fiscal operations together with Lisa Kreischer, our excellent keeper of the Quickbooks. Our new Social Media Manager, Rachel Schank, has amplified our voice and reach throughout the community. Our Founding Mother, Marilyn Welker, will be joining us. You'll be hearing from Mac Crawford and Amy Ceccoli, and our intrepid Outreach Volunteer, Chuck Lynd

     As we 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
Facebook Page
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
You are not Atlas carrying the world on y6our shoulder.
It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you
~ Vandana Shiva
7 - 9 PM


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

Living Soil, 60 minutes, by the Soil Health Institute Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil. Trailer Lesson plans
Presenter and Discussion Leader: Rattan Lal, OSU Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and leading world authority on soil health and carbon. App. 15-minute presentation on soils, agriculture, carbon, and opportunities to address climate change and carbon sequestration. OSU story about Lal Japan Prize in Columbus Business First Additional Discussion Leader: Fred Yoder, (invited) Madison County conservation grain farmer, co-chair, Solutions from the Land and North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance, and past-president, National Corn Growers Association. SEE the full film synopsis HERE.
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.
3:30 - 5:30 PM

Presented by OSU Global Leadership Initiative

COhatch Upper Arlington - The Overlook
1733 W Lane Ave, Columbus 43221
Come learn about common recycling misconceptions and the importance of sustainable sourcing, and leave with a custom reusable tote bag.

In this interactive and educational workshop, attendees will first spend their time listening to short presentations by an OSU Recycling representative as well as a Lucky's Market representative addressing common misconceptions, how to minimize your impact on the environment in everyday life, and how to maximize your efforts towards a greener routine. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A among the audience members and presenters. Afterwards, attendees will have approximately an hour to decorate their reusable grocery bags (provided by GLI), socialize over snacks and beverages, and visit some of the local organizations that will be tabling at the event. Our goal is to have our audience leave the event with more confidence, applicable knowledge, and green habits than when they arrived! Updates on Facebook.

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

Click to see the full description of each class or workshop.

  • See all upcoming workshops HERE 

Upcoming Classes in March 
1190 Virginia Ridge Road, Philo, OH  43771  Phone 740-674-4300

March 9th- 14th:  Small Wind Turbine Certification Class, at Zane State College (8 am to 5 pm daily). Registration required.  Zane State is only a hour out of Columbus and an easy drive on I-70.  No registration with the college is necessary.  Another great class by award-winning instructor Jay Warmke

March 28th: Cheese making at 1 pm to 4 pm.  Join Annie Warmke to learn a simple form of cheese that can become many different types, plus learn how to make cottage cheese.
MORE Upcoming Classes HERE 

Create a Virtual Forest

We are all aware of the peril our planet faces as climate changes due to mankind’s impact upon our home. But what can we, as individuals, do? Perhaps very little. But we can plant a tree.

It has been estimated that the planting of a trillion trees would significantly counter some of the effects of our greenhouse gases. So let’s get started (after all, if you plant one – now the number needed is less than a trillion).

With this in mind, we thought it good idea to share the Blue Rock Station resources and invite people to join a club that offers information about forest gardening, and opportunities to plant your own tree or shrub. This is the idea behind The Forest Garden Club.

We’ve revamped some common areas of the farm to accommodate the new Forest Garden, so that club members can either plant trees and shrubs in the new areas. We hope this will build community locally around the planting of trees. But obviously more needs to be done. So we hope to create a “virtual forest.” Simply send pictures to us of your own tree plantings and we will include them in a “forest” gallery on the Blue Rock Station website.

The kick off for the Forest Garden Club will be April 19th. Chad Culley from the Cincinnati Zoo will be here at Blue Rock Station to lead a forest walk for tree ID, and show how to easily propagate trees. Price of admission is a willingness to plant a tree.

If you register before April 19th you will be eligible to receive two cuttings (starts) of either elderberry bush, pussy willow, and false indigo (can be picked up April 19th or shipped for a small fee) while supplies last. To officially become a member of the tree club you will need to either send a photo (via email, social media or snail mail) of the tree or shrub you planted and include the location or show up on April 19th to announce your plans.
Join the Forest Garden Club HERE

Living democracy grows like a tree, from the bottom up. ~ Vandana Shiva
   Maple Sugar Tours at Stratford Ecological Center

Maple Sugar Pancake Breakfast  March 7 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Spring has sprung, the sap is flowing, bring your family out to celebrate the season at Stratford! Start the day with a farm fresh breakfast of home-made whole wheat pancakes, Stratford sausage and local maple syrup.  Then enjoy a hike along the creek to the sugar shack, learning all about the sugaring process. Don’t forget to visit the farm animals. There may be a new lamb in the barn!

$10/adult, $5/child (2-12).  Limited seats – Pre registration required.HERE

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.

NOTE: The Discussion Group for Michael Pollan's FOOD RULES has been CANCELLED.

Thursday, March 12
1 - 3 PM

Maple Syrup Tour
$6 per participant

Registration, which is required, ends three business days
prior to program or when capacity is reached.

Led by Miranda Land & Dustin McQuade, Staff 

Learn about maple sugaring from tree sap out the tap, to syrup on your breakfast. Come see our boiling process and taste our syrup, and more! We ask that children attending be accompanied by adults. The program held on March 7th will be identical to the March 12th program.

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

In health the flesh is graced, the holy enters the world. ~ Wendell Berry

5 Simple Ways

for City Kids to

Experience Nature

How do you get kids to experience nature when they live in the city? Here are five fabulous ideas to get you started.

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Substitutes for Dairy

and Eggs

While plant-based dairy and egg replacements are on store shelves, here are some DIY versions using primarily whole foods you may have in your kitchen such as nuts, fruits, and seeds. 

Read More


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
Ultimately, gas plants will meet the same reality as coal. It’s just a question of when. 
~ Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Jules Kortenhorst

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:
Sunday, March 15
2 - 4 pm

Grandview Theater and Drafthouse

1247 Grandview Ave
Grandview Heights, OH 43212

Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us — our microbiomes — as a major cause. The film explores the role microbes play in the development, physical and mental health of our children, and argues that good health may begin with kids playing in the dirt. Q&A discussion after the film with local experts. Suggested donation: $7 or $5 for Simply Living members.

RSVP (free) on Eventbrite.  Updates on Facebook and Meetup.  Preview trailer HERE

Upcoming Classes

296 W. 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43201

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
TONIGHT! Green Bexley February Green Drinks
Friday, Feb 21 from 6 - 8 PM

Market District Express
2250 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209
Join members of Bexley's Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee to discuss food waste reduction, while enjoying drinks at Market District.  We're starting this weekend with Green Drinks at Table by Market District (the Beagle) this Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, where a representative from Food Rescue US will join us to discuss the program. More info HERE
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 either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace
with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all. ~ Vandana Shiva
"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
5 - 9 PM

Wolf Ridge Brewing
214 N 4th St, Columbus 43215

Sponsored by Columbus Bill of Rights
Join us (#ColumbusCommunityBillofRights) in exploring the singular and diverse world of Columbus Craft Beer. In this monthly series, we’ll talk with the brewers and special guests who know a lot about Clean water and how important it is for our people and this phenomenal burgeoning industry!
     CASH BAR - Columbus Community Bill of Rights will receive a $1 donation for every pint purchased during this event. There will also be a raffle of cool stuff from Wolfs Ridge!  More info and updates on Facebook.
Statement from Wolfs Ridge: 
An interest in craft beer turned into a passion for an industry that values collaboration, community, and quality. A love of fine dining evolved into a desire to open a true destination eatery. These combined interests led the father and son team of Alan and Bob Szuter to create Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, a micro-brewery, restaurant and small business with a focus on people, culture and creating unforgettable experiences for guests. Alan spent years crisscrossing the country as a business consultant and in city after city, he found the local micro-brewing community to be thriving.
  Established in 2013, Wolf’s Ridge has grown into one of Columbus’ premier dining and drinking destinations, winning numerous local and national awards for their food and drink programs that have become synonymous with quality, inventiveness, and approachability."
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
Beyond hope there is clarity! Am I doing what is needed now? Joy is a consequence
of being in service, in communion with other people. ~ Margaret Wheatley


Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Margaritas, Cat Videos, Modern Romance & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Grab some friends and celebrate National Margarita Day!

Here’s to the weekend! Have fun if you are going to the sold out Counterfeit Madison show at the Wex. Tickets for the Healthy Living Festival are on sale. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists, so you can find some ‘events near me’! 


-Celebrate National Margarita Day!
-Martin Lawrence’s The LIT AF Tour comes to town
-Are you going to Tim & Eric’s Mandatory Attendance Tour?
-Columbus Crew hype gets started with Massive Saturday
-The CatVideoFest returns
-Daddy’s has its Grand Opening
-See Cats as it was meant to be seen – at midnight with drinks!
-Meet Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan


Chihuly Nights continue
-Catch CSO’s Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
-Friday is the final Bad Movie Nite
SNBRN invades the Forum
-Studio 35 Cinema Classics shows Pink Panther
-Attend Black Sheep Monologues
-Paint a Cloud Buddy


Iration plays the Newport Thursday
Backstage at the Lincoln returns!
-Enjoy Modern Romance with Bria Skonberg at The Southern
Palmas has its grand opening
-Try some new flavors for your morning
-Check out Kalamata’s Kitchen Tasting Tour
-Watershed has a special cocktail collab event


-Do you know your The Office trivia?
-Enjoy Glass Axis’ Mardi Gras event Glassquerade
Winter Hike in Battelle Darby Creek
Maple Sugar time starts!
-The Home & Garden Show begins
-Get a Taste of Fitness
-The Kitchen has a yoga brunch
-It’s Family Fun Day plus bugs at Seventh Son
-Help clean up the Olentangy River

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.


Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market
cannot solve the very crisis it creates. ~ Vandana Shiva

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

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Sunday, February 23, 2020, 5:30 – 9:30 PM.  MY Project USA Annual Banquet and AwardsPlease Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with Elected Officials, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support and Celebrate Columbus Youth and Families.  In the last five years, MY Project USA has become a mainstream Muslim Social Services & Civic Engagement Organization. We are working hand in hand with our interfaith and social justice partners to bring prosperity and hope to the under-served communities in Columbus. At our annual banquet, we will celebrate our accomplishments. We will also re-energize our base and will raise money to continue and grow our work to the next level. Please join us and bring your family and friends with you.  Location:  The Boat House, 679 W. Spring St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  More information and tickets on Evenbrite.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Columbus Women’s Commission Town Hall.   Join Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, First Lady Shannon Ginther, and The Columbus Women's Commission to learn about the Commission's work in 2019 and to hear about its work moving forward. Participate in round table discussions with Commissioners to share your thoughts on the issues impacting women in our community and give your input on the Commission's work.  Location:  Columbus State Center of Workforce Development 315 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 RSVP:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.  Sharing Our Stories.  Cambodia.  Samuel Sohnly is a native Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University.  From 2018-19, he volunteered in Cambodia through the Young Adults in Global Mission program with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He was paired with a locally run non-profit called Life with Dignity.  He lived and worked alongside the locals in the small countryside village where LWD focused on empowering the poorest communities through sustainable rural development, organization and education.  In addition to his role in LWD, he taught English in a local high school.  He was able to be almost completely immersed in the lifestyle for a year and has been shaped tremendously by it.  Samuel is sharing his stories and doing his best to do advocate for Cambodia and its rich history and culture.  All are welcome.  No charge.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington, Ohio. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  How Will Ohio’s New Redistricting Rules Work?  In 2015 and 2018, more than 70% of Ohioans amended Ohio’s Constitution to reform the rules used to create state and Congressional districts. Next year, after the Census, we will finally implement these rules to draw the districts which will be used for the next 10 years! Join UAPA for a presentation on how the new rules will work and what we need to do to ensure that districts are fairly drawn.  Presenters:  Professor Richard Gunther, who was involved in the negotiations that led to the Ohio reforms and Katy Shanahan, who is the Ohio Director of All on the Line, the redistricting activist group headed by former Attorney General, Eric Holder.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library, Friends Theater, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington.  Facebook.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 PM.  Monthly Ohio Legislative Update. Join Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, Executive Director of UUJO, and other guests to discuss what is happening this month in the Ohio Statehouse. We will discuss updates on key legislation, including SB 33 anti-protest bill, SB 3 criminal justice reform, gun safety legislation, and more.  Register here

February 27, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Webinar:  Internationalism with Melanie Yazzie and Lara Kiswani.  Join this webinar on the importance of Internationalist organizing with Melanie Yazzie (Red Nation), and Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource and Organizing Center), hosted by Catalyst Project and SURJ.  Register for the webinar here

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Richard Cordray:  Watchdog.  Join the country’s first Director of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, Richard Cordray, for the Columbus launch of WATCHDOG.  After serving as Ohio’s Attorney General and Ohio Treasurer, Richard Cordray served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Congress in the aftermath of epic economic crash of 2008. Join Cordray for the launch of his book, WATCHDOG, focused on protecting consumers.  Cost: Free! You do not need to pre-register for this event.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.  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
The 18th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE of Naked Sunfish is online NOW & it's full of the entertaining artistic endeavors you've come to love! Non - fiction by Gerry Greenberg (Driving Off the Bridge) & Rick Brown (page 1, a la carte & travel) The artwork of Amy McCrory, Catherine Mehrl Bennett, Morris Jackson & Anna Wellman Rybat! Poetry by Dennis Toth, Ted Kane & John M. Bennett! Musings by Elva Griffith (Bagatelles)! Comics by Sue Olcott (Onion City)!!! Special shout out to webmaster Dan Eley for making it possible! & check out Dan Eley's recipe in Food & Drink! AND much more!

Thanks SO MUUCH for 18 years of Naked Sunfish!

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

March 15 @ 6:30 pm EST 

Susan Glasmere (pictured at left)

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


The Poetry Forum
Tyiesha Shorts
(pictured at left) FIND OUT MORE »
February 24 @ 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     

Here are links to more literary event spaces in 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. 

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. 

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. 


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

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

Saturday,  March 7 
Hot Coffee Breakdown and Stephanie Schlie
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 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


Hope is not what we find in evidence, it's what we become in action. ~ Frances Moore Lappé
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Keep up on all the events, organizations, artists and their stories! Subscribe to their monthly newsletter and the Mid-Month Events E-Blast!
They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community.

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


Eating is an agricultural act. ~ Wendell Berry
9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

Come one, come all! The fun continues at the Worthington Farmer's Market indoor market season! Grab your veggies and catch some FREE! high-vibe, earthy tunes! 

Music: 9am-10am: Chip and friends! And the open mic!
10 - 11:30 am Music at the Market features Jesse Powers (pictured)

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 Homesteading Support Group at City Folks'
Sun Feb 23, 11 AM – 12:30 PM

This is a great group of people that have been meeting for 5+ years.  Skills and knowledge are shared in an informal setting and there is always time to discuss other homesteading topics.  We are always happy to have new people join the group.   

Here are this years (tentative)  topics: January-  Garden Dreaming February- Seed Starting March- Bread: Sour Dough and Easy Bread Baking April -Compost - Bokashi, Worms, Pit, Bins, and Soil May- Community: Time bank / Food Swaps/ Bartering and Bulk Buying June- Jam / Water bath Canning July- Garden Season Extension August-Fermenting- Bring your ferments for taste testing.    September - Staying Healthy: Natural Remedies. Fire Cider and Tea Making October -Elderberry Syrup November - Cleaning products December - Gift Exchange 

This is a great way to meet new people interested in homesteading and living sustainably.  RSVP HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s   $35 or $89 for all 3 sessions
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.

City Chickens- Getting Started
Weds March 4  6 - *:30 pm   $35
This is the first week of the intensive 3 week series.
Week 1: Getting Started -- Urban Permitting, housing, chick rearing
Classes will be held  March 4th from 6:00-8:30 pm. Cost for the class is $35. 
     Denise Beno has kept chickens for over 20 years. She is former organic egg farmer and has served as board member for the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association. Denise currently works for Park Str
eet Poultry and Game in the North Market, Columbus, Ohio. Register HERE.

SEE all upcoming classes and workshops 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


It’s the slow-cooker time of the year and we are using the Crockpot on the regular. It’s easy to make a basic chili or a fancier one with this beloved piece of kitchen equipment. We bought some rainbow carrots and decided to make our chili a bit fancy for a recent date night but it’s equally good to casually and lovingly feed yourself or a whole, hungry family.e rest of the blog HERE and follow the work of integrative functional nutritionist and all around wellness guru Adrienne Raimos

Annual plants are nature's emergency medical service, seeded in sounds and scars
to hold the land until the perennial cover is re-established. ~ Wendell Berry

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  

In nature's economy the currency is not money, it is life. ~ Vandana Shiva,
in Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

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