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November 15, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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


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Community Education for Sustainable Living
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!
Life is too precious to be a spectator sport.
We are no longer merely fans, rooting for the winning team.
We are the team. We are the grown-ups.
Whatever you believe is true, now is the time
to give your respectful, inquisitive, and compassionate self to it.
~ Vicki Robin
NOTEOur LEARN Section Includes a wide variety of events related to the goal of transitioning to a future rooted in ecological values. Expanding our knowledge and awareness (films, meetups, presentations, etc.) as well as practical skills (workshops and hands on trainings) are all included.
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Last Day to Register! The EPN Breakfast program on Tues Nov 19 is about the Future of Wildlife Conservation in Ohio. A follow up workshop and luncheon are included. This is a very special event to build a strong Ohio coalition to save endangered species. (11-19)

A Free Screening of DARK MONEY
at the First UU Church Weds 11-20 NOTE: Co-sponsored by Simply Living.
Simply Living Meetup at Green Haven Living in Westerville.  Free/! RSVP HERE  (11-21)
Simply Living Nov Film: What Would Jesus Buy? (11/24) Studio 35 - Donation at door or RSVP HERE

> DIY Lawn Mower Maintenance workshop at Columbus Garden School (11-9)
> City Folks Farm Shop's Upcoming Events include a Plant Swap (11-16) and aAll Natural Holiday Body Care Gifts workshop (11-19)

> Lily Kunning offers Holiday Herbal Gift Making workshop + The Art of Medicine Making Series announced for 2020

Blue Rock Station announces When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine Podcast; a wreath making workshop (11-30) and a Winter Open House on Jan 4 from 1-3 pm
Yoga Well Being  November classes: Nia (new) - Yoga and Meditation for children 6-12 - a Social Hour (11-17) and more!

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
Get the NEW FALL EDITION of the Simply Living Newsletter! 
> Link to the Simply Living DVD Collection available to borrow for SL members
> Interfaith Prayer Gathering and Potluck to explore Caring for the Earth theme (12-8)
> November Green Drinks to explore Climate Change and Health
> Denison Univ offers presentation by Dr. Fadhel Kaboub on "How to Design and pay for a Green New Deal"
> Useful Links include 1) Hiring event for Seniors (11-20), 2) Sierra Club screen of Film on Ohio Coal town *bought* by AEP (12-2)  3) Art Fair Open House featuring local women artists (12-7) 4) We Don't Have Time, a new social media platform on Climate Change and 5) short video on the Pluralist Commonwealth 

> Earth 911 - articles on Repurposed Furniture, growing a Clover Lawn, and upcycled dog toys!
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
Promotion of our FABULOUS Community RADIO Stations!
Care & Share Time Bank Potluck features program on Fearless Falling (11-17)
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend!  Highlights on YELLOW
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> LAST WEEKEND! Civic Theater: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle  
> Live Well and Be Well TALK at Phoenix Books TONIGHT (7 pm)
> GRASSAHOL performs tonight at Byrne's Pub
> Java Central Coffee House presents Brady Fulton and friends (11-16)
> Westerville Art League presents 15 local artists at Java Central (11-24)
Square Dancing venues are updated with future events
> Literary Events: Poet Scott Woods featured at Thurber House Evening with Authors
Columbus Women's Chorus performs at 1st UU Church (11-17)
Tribute to John Prine at El Vaquero Restaurant to benefit Folk Music Festival (11-17)
> Bill Cohen's GRATITUDE concert offers alternative to Black Friday buying frenzy (11-29)
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmer's Market features Yoga today (11-16) 
> Clintonville Farmers Market an OSU Lion Dance Performance and a T-shirt Sale (11-16)
> Thanksgiving Potluck open to all by the Franklin County Local Food Council (11-20)
> The Bexley Natural Market is offering locally made ICE CREAM. You can still pre-order farmed turkeys
The 41st OEFFA Conference announced.  Save the Feb 13-15 dates in Dayton.
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

7:30 - 9:30 AM + 10 AM - 1 PM

The Future of Wildlife Conservation:
Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210
$22 (includes breakfast and lunch) College Students Free


Save the DATE! This program is offered in coordination with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) and Ohio State’s Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory (TWEL).

Click here to view a video-based introduction to this program from our speakers and the EPN

This EPN Breakfast program (7:30-9:30 a.m.), featuring Kendra Wecker (chief, ODW) and Naomi Edelson (senior director, Wildlife Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation, and a national expert on state-based conservation funding strategies), will explore how wildlife conservation agencies, non-profits, and enthusiasts can build an effective and inclusive coalition to address future funding gaps, as well as increase the networks of outdoor recreational participants to highlight and successfully conserve our state’s wildlife.

Following the EPN Breakfast, we encourage you to participate in a facilitated workshop session (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) to engage Ohio residents, from all backgrounds, in discussing societal values in conservation, strategies to elevate the wildlife crisis, and to reduce barriers to participation and coalition building. This session will be designed to source ideas and goals to inform wildlife conservation for the state of Ohio. Attendees will walk away from this program with a deeper knowledge of the most critical strategies and challenges to conserve wildlife in Ohio. This workshop will be facilitated by staff from ODW, TWEL and the EPN.  

The workshop will be followed by a Wild Ohio Harvest cooking demonstration and discussion over a catered lunch, facilitated by ODW (12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)  For additional details and registration, click here.

The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth -
soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. ~ Rachel Carson

Dark Money Award Winning FilmWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7 PM


First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd,
Columbus 43214

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM). 
See the Trailer:  
Followed by a short panel discussion about money in politics as well as relevant local issues. (Concluding by 9:30 PM)   Contact Michael Greenman – 

6:30 - 7:30 PM

with Owner Angie Scheu

12 W College Ave, Westervielle 43210


We will gather at Green Haven Living, share introductions, and hear from owner Angie Scheu. The small store in the heart of Uptown Westerville offers eco-friendly home furnishings and gifts, all carefully selected and sourced locally as often as possible. Angie is all about sustainability and is eager to share her start-up story with us.

This meetup is an excellent opportunity to begin thinking about gifts for the holidays – purchased from locally owned businesses, of course!

OPTIONAL. After the Meetup, some of us will walk across the street and eat and/or socialize at Java Central (20 South State St), one of the best local coffee houses with a music and art venue in central Ohio.

The meetup is free but space is limited! Please RSVP on Eventbrite.  Updates on Facebook and Meetup.

See photos of some of the products on Yelp HERE.

You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions,
and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.
~ Julia Butterfly Hill

2 - 4 PM

Simply Living's Documentary Films and Local Solutions

Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse
3055 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43202
Suggested Donation $7 or $5 Members


The documentary follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping gospel choir on a cross-country tour. Through retail interventions at the Mall of America, corporate exorcisms at WalMart, and some good oldfashioned preaching, Reverend Billy (actor Bill Talen) reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas.

Simply Living hosts this screening at the start of holiday shopping to connect the dots between our addiction to shopping and credit card debt and the environmental consequences of the consumer culture.

Q&A discusion will follow the film. RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup

1 - 3  PM


Columbus Garden School
1350 E Cooke Rd, Columbus 43224

Register HERE
Did you know that most lawn mower problems are avoided through basic maintenance? Get the information you need to properly maintain your lawn mower for the cutting season -- and to prepare it for winter storage. This hands-on class begins with an overview of lawn mower parts and accessories. Learn about air filters, spark plugs, belts, and oil types. Uncover the mysteries of 2-cycle vs. 4-cycle engines! And finally, learn how to tell when -- and how -- your mower blades need to be sharpened.
     This class is for beginners and/or the "mechanically-challenged." Yes, YOU can do this! Save money and build skills by learning to take care of your own lawn equipment. Attendees will take home informational handouts. Note: We'll have a similar DIY class for snowblowers on 12/8/19.
     INSTRUCTOR: Brian Novotny owns the Green Guru Consulting Group and has been involved in the landscaping industry since graduating high school. His background includes extensive outdoor power equipment sales and repair. Helping others make appropriate power equipment choices is the goal of the Green Guru Group. Brian enjoys spending time with his family outside and helping in the community around town.

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



Podcasts, Make a Wreath, 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.

Learn to make a wreath or over the door swag from beautiful natural materials with Annie Warmke at Blue Rock Station on November 30th at 1 pm.  Tea and a treat will also be served. Registration is required:  $15 fee per person.

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 no longer live life. We consume it. ~ Vicki Robin
We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world. ~ Jennifer Nini

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
Sat Nov 16, 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM   FREE

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!  Registration.

All Natural Holiday Gift Making
Tues Nov 19  6:30 - 8:30 PM  Hands On $40

Learn to make all natural body care for holiday gifts! Join Brandy from Rainbow Bee as she teaches you how to make easy, all natural body care to give as holiday gifts. Learn things such as lip balms, moisturizers and scrubs and learn how to personalize and customize them for your recipients. This is a hands on class, so prepare to get messy! Everyone will go home with three moisturizers and three scrubs. Class is $40. Preregistration is required as space is limited. This is a really fun class to take with friends!

SEE All Classes and Events (Mandala Rock Painting, Free Compost Demo, more) HERE

Upcoming Events
256 w 4th Ave. - 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone 614-432-7553

Practical Meditation and Discussion
Sunday, November 17, 1:00-2:30 PM
FREE; donations welcome.
Join us 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.

Yoga & Meditation for Children
Mondays, November 4 to November 25, 4:00-4:45 PM.
$35 for full month; $10 for individual classes.  Open to children ages 6 to 12.
Children will be introduced to yoga and meditation in an age-appropriate manner, incorporating play, dance and song. Children will be encouraged to find their own voices and develop leadership as they collaborate and help direct other children through poses. Sipra Pimputkar has taught yoga to adults and children in Columbus for over three decades and is excited to share this experience with your child.

New class: Nia
Mondays, 7:30-8:30 PM
$15 drop-in; new student deals available!
Discover the Joy of Nia®! Drawing on the wisdom of dance, martial arts and healing arts, Nia is a fun workout for the body, mind and spirit, done barefoot (shoes are fine) to soul-stirring music. Nia advocates doing things the easy way instead of the hard way. It is easily modified to fit anybody of any age and background. Taught by Rona Puntawe, the class will leave you energized, refreshed and with a smile on your face!

Thanksgiving Day Yoga
Thursday, November 28, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Center yourself for the holiday - join Sipra for a free, one-hour yoga class on Thanksgiving Day Morning. Bring friends & family! Register in advance on our website to ensure a spot.
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn
Sassafras annual Holiday Gift Making clasSATURDAY DECEMBER 7
1 - 3 PM
Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist
757 Garden Rd, Columbus 43214
More info on Classes/Events:

Learn to make scrumptious body care that delight your beloveds! All healthy body care that use no cheap fillers, harmful synthetics, and only the best all natural ingredients.

This class is a benefit for Sassafras, a non-profit dedicated to preserving holistic health and folkways for future generations. This DIY make and take is super-fun and the spirit of play permeates- this would be a fun class to take with friends!

The class will be taught by Lily Kunning, Columbus' community herbalist. She will teach the techniques needed to make a sugar scrub, lip balms, and a creamy lotion. In addition to hands-on instruction, students will take home  ahndout with recipes to make more at home, 5 lip balms, 2 lotions, and 2 sugar scrubs (all in cute gift-ready packaging). All proceeds from this class benefit Sassafras and is an all-volunteer effort!

The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

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.
The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth -
soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. ~ Rachel Carson
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck <> or call 614-354-6172.
IACO LOGO Interfaith Assoc of Central OhioSUNDAY DECEMBER 8
5 - 6 PM + POTLUCK 6 - 7:30 PM
Theme: Caring for the Earth, Our Shared Home: with Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands
Peace Lutheran Church
455 Clark State Rd, Gahanna OH 43230
RSVP to by December 1.
The 4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck is being held by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) and Interfaith Power and Light. 

Join us as we look at our planet from the perspective of nine different faiths. During the potluck we will ask people to share ways to live more sustainably and to make a commitment to make at least one change in the following months. See the event flyer HERE.
Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal to follow the service. 

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available! Contact for details.  

Green Drinks Flyer climate change and healthWEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20
6 - 8 PM
Barley's (downstairs)
467 N High St Columbus OH 43215
RSVP on Facebook.
Meet us downstairs at Barley's for an informal & informative session about health and climate change with the Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action. Are allergies worse than they used to be? What are climate-related illnesses? How are medicine and sustainability related?
We have a fantastic line-up of knowledgeable experts:

* Sarah Spence, Director of Climate Programs, OEC
* Anna Cifranic Program Coordinator, OCCA
* Jason Cervenec, Director, OSU Byrd Polar Research Center
* Brooke White, Air Quality Program Specialist, MORPC
* Dr. Mariam Hussain, Oncology Hospitalist, Wexner Medical Center
* Ariunaa Bayanjargal, Medical Student, OSU College of Medicine

This will be our last Green Drinks of 2019. We hope to see you there.
flyer for green new deal presentation at Denison U
Useful Links
Employment For Seniors, 4300 E. Broad Street
Our next great program features Tristar Transportation The Tristar recruiting team will be interviewing for part-time drivers to assist special needs students in our community.  Tristar is one of the largest transportation companies in Ohio providing this service and noted for their safety, reliability and customer service – a great place to work!

MON DEC 2  Cheshire, Ohio Documentary Film Screening  6-8 pm
  Ohio Beyond Coal 131 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
AEP did a 20 million-dollar deal to buy the town after their coal plant begins emitting a blue-plume. But not all their residents were ready to move. Now only a few residents remain and they continue their fight for their health, the environment and their home.' Excellent! More HERE.

Sat Dec 7 Art Fair Open House  [Private ·Hosted by Mary Jane Quick] 12 PM – 5 PM
134 Garden Rd, Columbus, OH 43214-2159
Stop by and support local women artists!  More HERE
    Robin Gilbert-Not Your Usual Jewelry and Wall Art made from stone, bone, shell, horn, wood, clay, metal and found objects
    Barb Huebner (Pending) Photography
    Jan Solari-Come up and see my etchings...Pastels of the Female Form
    Helen Yee-Abstract Painting
    Mary Jane Quick-Encaustic and Mixed-Media

We Don’t Have Time are currently building the world’s largest social media network for climate action. Together we can solve the climate crisis. But we are running out of time.

The Pluralist Commonwealth by Gar Alperovitz
In this short video, Next System Project Co-chair Gar Alperovitz sketches the major institutions of a systemic alternative based in plural forms of democratic ownership, orientated around community at various scales—what he calls “The Pluralist Commonwealth.”  Highly Recommended!
Could we chose to amend the rules of the game to create a society
that values people over profits, life over pollution, mutual care
over guns and prisons, vision over dysfunction? ~ Vicki Robin
repurpose furniture

Repurposed Furniture Ideas

We tapped into the creativity of innovative artisans, shop owners, and DIYers to bring you some awesome repurposed furniture ideas.

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clover lawn

How to Grow a Clover Lawn

Embracing clover as a mainstay of your lawn can bring an eco-centric balance to your yard while proving lower-maintenance and self-fertilization.

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3 Upcycled Dog Toys You Can Make

Before you spend money on a brand new dog toy, consider making your own safe and fun upcycled dog toy from material otherwise destined for the trash.

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There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society,
where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster,
and where less can be more. ~ Gaylord Nelson (Earth Day Founder)

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!
Care and Share Time Bank photosSUNDAY NOVEMBER 17
6:30 - 8:30  PM
POTLUCK 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: 7:15 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimar 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. 
November Program
: Mike Grigsby an electronic design engineer, will instruct us about his Fearless Falling program. He is skilled in a variety of martial arts, and has taught safe falling skills at OSU and local community centers. Falls send over 60,000 adults to the ER each week. The risk increases with age. For more info on the Time Bank and the poster, visi the website here
Tune into our fabulous, diverse, local community radio stations!
      The Green Renaissance Network 94.1

WGRN FM 94.1  Listen Live on your radio or listen online. Download podcasts! Scroll down the home page and check out their awesome SCHEDULE! 92.7 or 98.3 on your radio dial or listen online. Check out the SCHEDULE!  

Get them PRE-SET in your vehicle. WCRS features News in the morning and WGRN offers News in the afternoon. Diverse Music and Voices you won't hear anywhere else in Cbus!

To support the Free Press Network --

the Free Press newspaper, websites, WGRN and WCRS community radio and other media ventures -- with a monthly donation!
Become a patron on Patreon!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Wildlights, Cratchit, Holiday Santa Parade, and More

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
Wildlights at Columbus Zoo

Wildlights begins at the Columbus Zoo on Friday, November 15, 2019. Photo by Grahm S. Jones

Welcome to the weekend! We’ve got a list of fun things to do for your weekend. Check out our contest page to win tickets to Second City. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-Check out some Neon Signs
-The Columbus Funk ‘n Beer Festival is at the Bluestone
Wildlights begins at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Antiques on High turns one
Law Bird has opened
ROOH in the Short North
-Studio 35 has a beer tasting and shows Roadhouse

Cratchit begins at Shadowbox Live
-Ace of Cups has a 40th Anniversary Albums Tribute Show


-CATCO’s Home is worth a view
-Griffen Gallery has a special showing of Emerson C. Burkhart’s artwork
-The Jazz Arts Group presents One Night Only!
-Disney’s Frozen Jr. is performed by the Children’s Theatre
-Experience Chopin’s Piano Concerto


Nifty Genius is at the Samson Speakeasy
-Friday is Dad Day at R Bar

-Shop Gifts of the Craftsmen
-Shop a Holiday Craft Bazaar

-Get a Taste of Fitness
-Shop the German Village Makers Market
-Do Taproom Yoga
-Check out new clothing line Olly Awake

-Shop Franklin Park Conservatory’s Retired Plant Sale
-Get supplies for Sew to Speak’s Annual Holiday Contest


Politics and a Pint is back at Seventh Son
-Check out the grand opening of Ghostwriter Public House
Girls on the Run is happening Sat in downtown

-Take yourself on a Mindfulness Retreat
-Check out Cranksgiving Columbus

-Watch OSU V RUTGERS on the Big Screen at Studio 35
-Santa has a Holiday Parade at Polaris on Sunday
Hot Chocolate 5K is on Sunday

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

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.


Friday, November 15, 2019, 12:00 – 1:45 PM.  Building Peace:  A Conversation Between Academics, Policymakers, and Practitioners.   Please join us for a "fireside chat" lunch conversation between academics, policymakers, and practitioners on "Building Peace." At this event, Mershon Center Peace Studies Coordinator Teri Murphy will interview Hollie Nyseth Brehm, associate professor of sociology, and Veena O'Sullivan, head of thematic support for Tearfund, about their experiences of collaborating with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the understanding and building of peace.

They will be discussing the differences in agendas, priorities, and timelines of these parties, what constitutes "evidence," and how to work more effectively together. After the fireside chat, attendees will break into small groups to further discuss the challenges and opportunities of building cross-institutional partnerships.  This fireside chat is part of a Mershon Center working conference on "Exploring Obstacles to Social Cohesion in the Aftermath of Violent Conflict." The event will allow conference participants to interact with Mershon affiliates as well as members of The Ohio State University and broader Columbus community.  Location:  Room 120, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus.  More information and registration here

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Black Liberation:  Resistance and Resilience.  The momentum, heart, and brilliance of Black liberation movements has been a catalyzing force for social justice in the US and internationally since the slave trade first began. In recent years, the Movement for Black Lives has inspired an entire generation of activists to fight for a world where everyone has safety, dignity, power and sustenance. Come hear from powerful Black movement leaders about their work and how to support projects building Black Liberation in our lifetimes: Aesha Rasheed from New Orleans, Veronica Morris-Moore from Chicago, and Aramis Malachi-Ture Sundiata. The panel will be moderated by Charlie Stewart. This event is presented as part of the Ohio Anne Braden Program and is open to the public. There will be a requested donation of $5 to $20, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Location:  St. John’s Church Columbus, 59 E. Mound St., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Ohio Environmental Council Green Gala.   Celebrating five decades of environmental progress.  We’ll honor trailblazers who have fought for a healthier environment for all Ohioans and we’ll set our sights on what’s to come. Nonmembers $120.  Location:  Hilton, 401 N. High St.  Tickets available here

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43214. Site is accessible. Bus #2 N. High Street. Light refreshments provided.  For more information, contact

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.  Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table.  November ProgramMike Grigsby an electronic design engineer, will instruct us about his Fearless Falling program. He is skilled in a variety of martial arts, and has taught safe falling skills at OSU and local community centers. Falls send over 60,000 adults to the ER each week. The risk increases with age.  Care and Share Time Bank Membership:  Interested in joining the Care and Share Time Bank? First, watch the following video recording of an “orientation” meeting to the time bank.  Second, take notes with any questions you may have. Third, send an email to Michael Greenman, CSTB Coordinator, to arrange the completion of your membership application.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, call 614-398-3605 or email to  Website:

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Raise the Kuffiyeh.  Join us for our annual Palestinian cultural night featuring comedian Sammy Obeid!  Palestinians have a rich culture and we would love to share it with you! Join the Students for Justice in Palestine for our annual signature event "Raise the Kuffieyh". A night of dabke, music and comedy by Sammy Obeid!  Show starts at 6:00 PM sharp in the Ohio Union Performance Hall: 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210. The event will feature comedy, a dabke competition, student performances, singing, a Palestinian fashion show and more!  Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. Tickets 45 – 22.50.   TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:00 PM.  Conference call:  SURJ member feedback to develop 2020 WFP platform. Following up on the SURJ webinar with Working Families Party Executive Director Maurice Mitchell we will be hosting a call for SURJ members to give feedback and help develop the Working Families Party Platform for 2020. (if you missed the webinar you can view it here: ). The Working Families Party, a close ally of SURJ Action, is developing a platform that is an expression of the multiracial working class movement we are building. We invite SURJ Action members to participate in a workshop to talk about building a political party for working class people of all backgrounds, the role that a platform can play in building a movement, and to help design our party platform.  All are welcome to join. WFP is working with other national racial and social justice organizations to develop this platform, and we want folks to contribute their knowledge and experience!

Monday, November 18, 2019, 4:30 PM.  Interment:  Now & Then.  In September 2018, the of migrant children in detention reached a peak of almost 12,800.  While this number has decreased, the Trump administration recently issued an administrative rule allowing for the indefinite detention of children with their families.  This roundtable seeks to understand the events historically, through a discussion of previous instances of mass detention targeting racialized groups. Speaker will consider the experiences of internment of American Indians and Japanese-Americans alongside contemporary children and family detention and will invite the audience to react on how race, gender, and indigeneity illuminate the logic of confinement at play.  Speakers:  Natalie Cisneros, PhD (Seattle University) and Lynn Itagaki, PhD (University of Missouri).  Organized by the Center for Ethnic Studies, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability and the Center for Ethnics and Human Values.  Location:  Hagerty 180, 1775 College Road, OSU.  Campus Map

Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition.  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give us the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.   Parsons Branch - Columbus Metro Library Meeting Room #1 1113 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH 43206.  Facebook

Wednesday, November 20, 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:

November 20, 2019, 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Campus Event: Screening of Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is hosting a screening of the film Emanuel, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Associate Professor in History, Ohio State), Dr. Koritha Mitchell (Associate Professor in English, Ohio State), and Bob Trube (Associate Director Faculty Ministry/Emerging Scholars Network, Intervarsity).  The Center for Ethics and Human Values is pleased to co-sponsor this event, together with the School of Music and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. For more information, and to RSVP, please see ODI's event listingLocation: The Ohio Union, Performance Hall. 

Columbus Area Community Event Lists

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm posts online and in the monthly print edition.
Columbus Peace Network Calendar Editor Connie Hammond keeps up with political events, meetings
Columbus Underground Calendar Editor Anne Evans - we post much of her awesome Mega Weekend!
Simply Living Calendar of Weekly/Monthly Community Events Editor Chuck Lynd - text only listings.
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 
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Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta
find the ones worth suffering for. ~ Bob Marley

FRIDAY, NOV 15-16-17
8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sunday

Columbus Civic Theater
3837 Indianola AvCbus 43214

Tickets $17.50 - $20
Purchase HERE

LAST WEEKEND! The odd and improbable relationship between Georgie, a mother looking for her son, and a butcher named Alex takes us from their chance meeting at a train station to a park in New Jersey. Stranger things might have happened in the world, but this couple is certainly one of them. Come join us for Simon Stephens' Broadway and West End hit starring Britt Kline and Jim McCullough.

7 - 9 PM

Byrne's Pub
1248 W Third Ave
Grandview 43212


Using bluegrass instrumentation (banjo, guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin),

Grassahol plays traditional and non-traditional bluegrass, original music, country tunes, and Americana songs. More about Carl, Heidi, Lacy and Larry HERE

7 - 8 PM



3110 N HIGH ST, CBUS 43202
$5 Cash at the Door

Lisa will speak on the do’s and don’t about diet, exercise, and self care. You will learn how to be healthier, improve energy, reduce aches and pains, loose weight if needed, improve sleeping patterns, extend your quality of life and extend your life expectancy.
Bio: Lisa retired after 20 years in the Natural Health Field. She has studied Oriental and Western Natural Remedies, reflex and pressure points, and the root causes of health challenges. She can be consulted for special cases.

Eckhart Tolle You are not in the universe you ARE the universe

Wild Goose Creative Square Dancing
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202
Big Scioty Contra Dancing
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad St. Cbus 43215

All Soles at First UU Church

93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214

Contra DancersBig Scioty Dance Schedule
Saturday, November 16 – Big Scioty
The Contrarians and Dale Shirer

All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, November 30
Rocky Fork String Band and Kate Power

Wild Goose Creative
(First Friday of the Month)

Friday, December 6

7 - 10 PM,

P: (614) 839-0698
Java Central Brady Fulton and band
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!

ACOUSTIC JAM w/ JOHN MORGAN – every Tuesday, 8PM – 9:30PM

SONGWRITER CIRCLE w/ DICK PLUNK – every 2nd Wednesday, 7PM – 9PM
Don’t let Yesterday take up too much of Today. ~ Will Rogers
Columbus Women's ChorusSUNDAY NOVEMBER 17
3 PM


First Unitarian Universalist church
93 W Weisenheimer Rd. Cbus
$15 Donation at the Door
3 - 5  PM

El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
3230 Olentangy River Rd
$15 Donation at the Door

For nearly 50 years now, John Prine has written dozens of story songs that have brought us tears, laughter, and introspection.  Join veteran C-bus musicians — Mike Hale, Ed Tatum, Renilda Marshall, and Patrick Casey —  as they sing John’s Americana-genre tunes.   Proceeds go to help produce next May’s Central Ohio Folk Festival.  Delicious food and drink available for purchase
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reasons for
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more
~ John Prine

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

Thurber House Evenings with Authors:
Scott Woods

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Columbus Museum of Art
480 E Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Presenting Sponsor: The Ohio State University Libraries

In Urban Contemporary History Month: Poems, Scott Woods interrogates identity and society, exposing the frequently imposed and false duality of 21st century Black life by a world that prefers its art and people in neat boxes. His poems navigate police abuse, idol worship, the definition of Black culture, and the importance of the blues—chipping away at our acceptance of American life as we know it. The collection includes meditations on juke joint culture, art as a communal projection, and a cento comprised of the first lines of Stephen King stories. Scott Woods is a Columbus Foundation Spirit of Columbus Award recipient and was named the first-ever “Face of Columbus” by Columbus Alive.

Author’s Table Dinner
Interested in having dinner with Scott Woods? Call 614-464-1032 x11 for tickets to the Author’s Table Dinner. You will share a great meal with the author, talk about his work in a more intimate setting, and get reserved seating at the event.

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. 

Art Exhibit at Java Central
If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough. ~ Vicki Robin
7:30 PM

An Alternative to the
Black Friday Buying Frenzy

Maynard Ave Methodist Church
2350 Indianola Ave. Columbus OH 43202
$10 Donation
 Friends.  Freedom.  Food.  Music. Jobs.  Parents. Children.  Pets. Laughter.  Emotions. And dozens of other things.  We all have so much to be thankful for --- everyday, not just Thanksgiving Day. So join Bill Cohen as he sings a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have. 
It’s the 6th year Bill is presenting this musical theme.

Playing piano and guitar, he’ll sing songs linked to a wide variety of folks --- John Denver, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, Don McLean, and others.  Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.” 

 On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add the beat on percussion, and Joe Lambert and Joanne Blum will add soothing vocal harmonies.

Besides the music, we’ll hear some thoughtful quotes, reminding us of our many many blessings on Planet Earth.  No sermons here but words of inspiration and emotion from sources as varied as Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, Rod Serling, Gandhi, Einstein, and Buddha.   While most Americans will be rushing to the mall to buy stuff, this concert will focus on aspects of our lives that are much more important to us.  In fact, often, they’re not “things" at all.
We’ll be asking for $10 per person donations at the door.  Proceeds will go to help Bill’s wife Randi make her annual winter trek to the Dominican Republic.  That’s where she serves as a volunteer translator for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, a team of doctors and nurses who provide free basic medical care to impoverished Haitian workers who live and work just inside the D.R. border.

For a 10 minute video preview of the concert, go to  and look for the gratitude video.
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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

Round out your healthy habit of shopping at the Worthington Farmers Market with a free yoga class, hosted by Jade Yoga and Wellness, inside The Shops at Worthington Place.

The Market yoga class is offered on a first come, first served basis from 12pm-1pm on the third Saturday of each month of our indoor market season. Please register for this class at the Jade Yoga and Wellness studio. Registrations begin at 9am on Saturday. Bring your mat, towel and water bottle. All levels are welcome!

Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land.
~ Julie Moir Messervy
OSU Lion Dance PerformanceSATURDAY NOVEMBER 16
9 AM - 12 PM

3519 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
CFM HERE on Facebook

This Saturday, join us at the market for a performance by the Ohio State University's student lion dance group! They will be performing in the Donatos lot starting at 10am.  
     We will also be holding a t-shirt sale! This is your chance to purchase a market t-shirt from years past. Prior year's t-shirts will be $10 while supplies last.
Flyer for Thanksgiving Potluck

"With the main ingredients being coconut and dates, eating a pint of our ice cream is the physiological equivalent of eating a handful of fruit. 

We say NO to gums, added sugars, and artificial flavorings and YES to healthful, whole food ingredients.

We are dedicated to sustainability, so you will find that all of our pints and single serving containers are fully compostable."

Check out this article about the 5-Must Stop places in Bexley!
Food Co-op products and produce     Turkeys eating grass
508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
M-F 9-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5

Turkeys are available for preorder now!

We are excited to announce that we are working with Greenlee Family Farms and Bowman & Landes Farms to offer you fresh, never frozen turkeys! Both turkey farmers are stewards of the land, allow free range pasture grazing, eats non-GMO Organic grain, never given antibiotics or hormones or sulfa drugs. 
Greenlee Family Farms is 105 miles away from the store. We are lucky to have access to a portion of their small flock of 150 turkeys. Turkeys from Greenlee Farm are raised on the grass and moved from pasture to pasture to take advantage of the best grass. 
Bowman & Landes Farms is 70 miles away from the store. Because this flock is a large turkey farm, you can choose a smaller or a larger turkey.

How To Order: 
  1. Come into the store
  2. Choose your Turkey farm/ variety and your preferred size
  3. Put down a $20 deposit 
We will be offering three varieties of fresh turkeys: 
Greenlee Family Farms
Fresh, Pasture-Raised, Whole Turkey, fed NON-GMO Project Verified Feed for $3.89 per lb
Bowman & Landes Fresh, Free Range, Whole Turkey for $2.99 per lb
Bowman & Landes Free Range, Whole Turkey, fed NON-GMO Project Verified Feed for $3.89 per lb
Thursday, February 13-
Saturday, February 15, 2020


Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
OEFFA's can't-miss conference offers up to three days of learning, sharing, networking, and breaking bread with 1,100+ sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. It will feature:
·         > Nearly 80 informative workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, business, homesteading, and gardening on Friday and Saturday
·        > In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday
·         > Powerful keynote sessions with Laura Lengnick and Eric Holt-Giménez
·        > A diverse, three day trade show with 90+ exhibitors
·         > Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals
·         > Thursday evening socials and a Friday banquet
·         > Educational and fun kids' conference and child care options
·         > Easy access to downtown Dayton's attractions, dining, nightlife, 
·         > On-site lodging, a raffle, book sales, and more!
Save the date! Registration opens this fall.
Learn more and sign up to receive conference updates here.

When you have Enough, you have everything you need. There's nothing extra to weigh you down, distract, or distress you. Enough is a fearless place. A trusting place. An honest and self-observant place ... To let go of clutter, then, is not deprivation; it's lightening up and opening up space and time for something new and wonderful to happen.
~ Vicki Robin

I think I've found my tribe. Help me become a member!
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