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!
News and Highlights from the September 4 Community Update
> Enjoy Labor Day Weekend (Gratitude for Worker Struggles)
> Learn all about our awesome Columbus Community Radio (9/16)
> NEW Meetup on Transforming Suburbia with Permaculture > Fire Drill Friday Book Chat / Jane Fonda with co-stars Mary Steenburgen and Candace Bergen > Be the Change: Sustainable U for YOU Calendar of Events
> Voting Activists on Grassroot Ohio with Carolyn Harding
> Hot Times Festival Goes Virtual
> ROAR - Regional Ohio Action for Resilience Website + "Next World Conversations"
> NEW 2019-2020 Highlights Video by OSU's Environmental Professionals Network
> Jazz Artist Cherie Mannino Featured at Java Central Coffeehouse
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 16 7 PM SIMPLY LIVING COMMUNITY MEETUP: SEPTEMBERTOPIC: COLUMBUS COMMUNITY RADIO Register on Eventbrite
Zoom Meetup Conversations on 3rd Wednesdays to socialize, network, and Learn. September topic: Are You Listening to Columbus Community Radio? WGRN? WCRS?
7 - 7:20 pm – introductions, socializing, open discussions.
7:30 – 8 pm - Topic : Columbus Community Radio! Learn the backstory of Low Power FM Radio in Cbus. Are you listening to 92.7 or 98.3 or 94.1? or streaming WCRSFM.org? or WGRN.org? Find out about locally produced shows and national programs syndicated by Pacifica Radio, and the best progressive Talk Radio Shows in Columbus. Share your favorite music genre, news, comedy, and environmental programs and podcasts!
8 – 8:30 pm Q&A with guests representing Columbus Community Radio stations.
Come as you are, wherever you are. Refreshments are of course on your own. Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. You may choose either a free ticket or a donation ticket and pay whatever amount you wish. Updates on Facebookand Meetup.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 7 PM SIMPLY LIVING COMMUNITY MEETUP: OCTOBERTOPIC: HOW TO TRANSFORM SUBURBIA WITH PERMACULTURE Register on Eventbrite
This special presentation by Jan Spencer of Eugene Oregon will inspire you with a living example of permaculture design + Q&A! Local Central Ohio Permaculture guest will be a reactor.
About this Event
The presentation will be a slide show and tell describing twenty years of transforming a quarter acre suburban property in Eugene, Oregon. The grass is gone front and back. There is edible landscaping all over, much of it trellised and espalier and even structures over rooftops to support grape vines. The south facing patio is now 350 sf enclosed passive solar that helps heat the house in the winter time. A rain water catchment system can store and distribute 5600 gallons, primarily for irrigation.
The 5 car driveway was depaved and the one car garage turned into living space. Well over 2000 people have visited over the years, the place is a permaculture land mark in the Pacific Northwest. Jan rarely buys fruit or veggies. With four residents and downsized lifestyles, the eco footprint of the property is comparatively small.
The presentation will also touch on the history of suburbia plus a short look at several other permaculture sites in Eugene. Jan's neighborhood hosted the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence. Perhaps the only permaculture convergence to take place in a suburban neighborhood.
Jan is also making a series of zoom presentations that describe various aspects of System Change scheduled for October and November. You can find out more about the presentations at suburbanpermaculture.org
Simply Living Sustainable U connects YOU to workshops/classes/events that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:
Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Please Note: Find many more events in Simply Living's Sustainable U Calendar. Volunteer Rita Haider is posting new events covering a wide range of interests from yoga, NVC, and meditation to composting, non-toxic cleaning, a new economics, the future of food, climate change, and even a Next World Conversation with David Orr, author of Democracy Unchained, and OSU prof Joel Wainwright. Wow! Check it out soon or Go there NOW.
Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what is negative into what is positive.
This is how we start to grow up. ~ Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4
2 PM LIVE OR WATCH LATER FIRESIDE FIRE DRILL FRIDAY BOOK CLUB EDITION JANE FONDA WITH MARY STEENBURGEN AND CANDACE BERGEN
For this week’s special “Book Club” edition Fireside Fire Drill, Jane will be joined by her Book Club friends and co-stars, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen! Together they will talk about Jane’s upcoming new book, What Can I Do?, and will chat “Book Club” style about activism and change in their own lives. Please join us! Register + more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/374375620217880
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
5 - 5:30 PM GRASSROOT OHIO RADIO CAROLYN HARDING INTERVIEWS #GetOutTheVote- DDiggs/ TSRumbalski/ MRamirez 94.1 FM AND STREAMING @ WGRN.ORG
GrassRoot_Ohio radio/podcast w/ Debera Diggs, Tiffany Sigler Rumbalski and Maria Ramirez, Central Ohio "Get Out the Vote" advocates and activists. It's going to take all of us to Vote Trump Out. Join us for Ideas, Inspiration and Action. Debera Diggs humbly serves City of Columbus residents to provide essential NEEDS (necessary equipment every day to succeed). She believes Voting is one tool individuals could and should use, and the people who make the rules do NOT live OUR lives. However they make rules that govern OUR lives, “What WE tolerate WE encourage. Voting can, does and will make a difference.” Maria Ramirez lives in Worthington and has been a member of Indivisible OH 12 for the last four years. She is currently focused helping people navigate the coming election. Her favorite voter registration moment was helping her then 17 year old son register to vote. TiffanyRumbalski is a Columbus activist and voter rights advocate. She's a mom to Emma who just started BGSU and will be voting mail-in absentee and a mom to Paul who just started high school and is not sure he ever wants to vote. To check your registration, update your information, register to vote and more go to:
Indivisible OH 12 is doing voter registration and needs more volunteers!
Sign up here: bit.ly/OH12VRSIGNUP
To track absentee applications and absentee ballots go here:
This is training from OPAL (Ohio Progressive Action Leaders) on 9/5 to for a virtual phone bank to help voters who may need an extra push get ready to vote
Here is a map of all of the absentee ballot application boxes, some provided by individual, most provided by Common Cause were folks can pick up absentee ballot applications or voter registration forms: http://oh12votes.org/vrboxes/
USE This website: https://protectthevote.net/?866-OUR-VOTE
Debera Diggs: firstname.lastname@example.org More: https://www.facebook.com/events/309278650146244
Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’ ~ David Wann
Glass Curtain Gallery / Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate
Tue Sep 8th 3:00pm + multiple events through Fri Oct 30th
Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 8 pm Katharine Hayhoe: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts & Solutions
Thursday, September 17, 8 – 9 am The Art of Communicating Climate: A Conversation
Thursday, October 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Water, Water Everywhere: First-person Flooding, Impact & Action
Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Avian Effects: Climate Change and Birds
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options
Clean Energy in the Age of Coronavirus
Wed Sep 16th 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Local governments are taking the lead on clean energy and sustainability issues across Ohio. Whether it’s community aggregation or solar installations on municipal buildings, local elected officials recognize the fiscal and environmental benefits for their communities and their constituents. Featuring Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council and Justin Tisdale, South Euclid City Council
Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (Mark your calendars)
Tue Sep 29th 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This bill is so comprehensive and cutting-edge that we're holding another webinar to give more people the chance to learn about it. Find out why the new Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (SB 3263/ HR 5845) is the gold standard of federal legislation to make meaningful reductions in plastic pollution in the U.S., and get answers to any questions you may have.
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1190 Virginia Ridg Road
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Online Solar Course now available!
This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.
This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. ~ Dr. Edward O. Wilson
Sacred Ground is a community church grounded by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and committed to healing our Mother Earth, healing our Earthen family, and healing ourselves through Mindfulness and a melding of the beneficial elements of Buddhism, Christianity, and more. Online Classes + Sunday Service
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Naht Hanh
Earth911 Podcast: Plastic, Sustainability, and You
Learn how to recycle disposable contact lenses and how to create a zero-waste kitchen. We also talk through the many problems with bottled water in plastic packaging, from the reliance on virgin petroleum resources to micro-plastics in bottled and tap water.
WGRN 94.1 and streaming on wgrn.org carries the best news, talk shows, interviews, music, and much more. Tune into the Green Renaissance Browse the schedule. Wait - there's more Columbus Community Radio. Check out WCRS HERE.
Regional Ohio Action for Resilience (ROAR) is the new home for an initiative that aims to serve as clearinghouse and catalyst for eco-wise policies and practices. See the curated articles by founder Terry Hermsen, and don't miss their "Next World Conversations" - Democracy Unchained with David Orr and Joel Wainwright is coming up 9/16 at 8 pm. Details on the Sustainable U calendar.
HOT TIMES ONLINE! This year HT will be featuring live online performances by Gaye Adegbalola, Tony Monaco, Bobby Floyd, Donna Mogavero, Uptowne Buddah, Tracy Christoper's Parade, and Tree No Leaves. Get all the details at https://hottimesfestival.com/
Our 2019-2020 EPN Highlight Video features photographs, video clips and program statements from our 11 breakfast and virtual events. Over 1,300 friends and colleagues shared food, conversation and learning with us last year! Please link to the video here, alongside a written report of highlights here. Not to be missed!
Simply Living has posted two new blogs...
John Robinson, owner of Johnny Velo Bikes, reported that his business has tripled during the pandemic. We think that is a very good harbinger of more sustainable transportation as we lean into a New Normal. We include John's email update along with a listing of bike shops around town. Like John, Simply Living believes in supporting local bike shops in every neighborhood as a way to support our local economy and the community. Let's celebrate our bicycle culture - read the full post HERE.
If you haven’t discovered the Post Carbon Institute (PCI), the brainchild of Richard Heinberg, it’s time you visited their website: https://www.postcarbon.org/ their tagline is accurate: “Leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.” Our blog post features two excellent Podcasts: Crazy Town and What Could Possibly Go Right? Check them out HERE.
There must be more to life than having everything! ~ Maurice Sendak
Digital Edition of YES! Magazine' s New Black Lives Matter Issue Is Now Online
Look for hard copies of this special issue at Bexley Natural Market and Portia's Cafe.
Columbus Underground Mega Weekend! #altLDAF, Hell is Real, Parking Lot Pawn Shop, and Ghosts Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
GET ACTIVE! Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).
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Sunday, September 13, 2020, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Film Salon: Roadmap to Apartheid. The film “Roadmap to Apartheid” graphically asserts that the Israeli system of total military, economic and social control over the lives of Palestinians constitutes Apartheid. Historical footage and the compelling testimony of South Africans take us back to see and understand the system of White Supremacy that gave its name to a UN-banned crime against humanity. Side-by-side with what happened in South Africa, the highly acclaimed film takes us to Palestine-Israel, where we see the same kind of rules and the same brutality inflicted on Palestinians South Africans make the connection and say: “This is another Apartheid.” Palestinians and Israelis detail how Israeli Apartheid operates and how it is being resisted. Is it really Apartheid? Many in Israel and the U.S. deny it. …Panelists Mark Braverman of Kairos USA and Rev. Ntuthuko Nkosi of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Africa will be discussing the film and the situation with moderator Dr. Michael Fischbach, author and professor of history, at Randolph Macon College. Register for the webinar here.
Monday, September 14, 2020 07:00 PM, Militarization of the Police and the 1033 Program. Local police throughout the U.S. are direct beneficiaries of the military-industrial complex’s overproduction of hardware designed to dominate the globe. The Pentagon’s 1033 program provides police departments with excess military-grade equipment—including tanks, armored cars and weaponry—meant for war, not for keeping the public safe. When police are dressed and equipped for war, studies have shown, they are more apt to act as though the population is their enemy. Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1:00 PM. Palestine Today and the Kairos "Cry for Hope.”In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the globe and as the struggle against historic and systemic injustice and oppression is revived, the circumstances of Palestinians living under occupation continue to worsen. The threat of Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is an example of the decades of policies that have denied Palestinians their basic human and civil rights. Join us on Wednesday, September 16 at 1 PM Eastern for a special webinar conversation with two Palestinian Christian leaders, Rifat Kassis and the Rev. Munther Isaac, as they discuss the current reality, the situation of Palestinian Christians, and the recently-issued “Cry for Hope,” a letter to the world calling for attention and action to challenge injustice and to seek change to which UCC and Disciples leaders have responded. This webinar is scheduled to take place during the World Council of Churches’ World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel. Register here.
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Simply Living Meetup: Real Conversations Online/Learn about Columbus Community Radio. Learn the backstory of Low Power FM Radio in Cbus. Are you listening to 92.7 or 98.3 or 94.1? or streaming WCRSFM.org? or WGRN.org? Find out about locally produced shows and national programs syndicated by Pacifica Radio, and the best progressive Talk Radio Shows. Share your favorite music genre, news, comedy, and environmental programs and podcasts! More information and registration here.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 07:00 PM. Global Cooperation or New Cold War? The People's Foreign Policy. "If Trump loses in November and can be forced out of office, building opposition to U.S. militarism and the foreign policies of a Biden administration will likely be the social justice movement’s biggest challenge," writes Max Elbaum in Organizing Upgrade. Meanwhile, both the Trump administration and the Biden-led Democratic Party are moving on a path of confrontation with China, writes Tobita Chow in The Nation. Cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Organizing Upgrade and Justice is Global. More information and registration here.
Thursday, September 17, 2020, 5:00 - 6:30 PM. Columbus City Council Northside Community Meeting. Council President Shannon G. Hardin will kick-off the festivities with a welcome, and legendary Coach Satch Sullinger will provide remarks. The Community Meeting series gives residents a chance to talk to Councilmembers, staff and department leadership about diverse subject matter in an informal setting. Due to the virtual nature of the event, each Councilmember will have their own breakout room, related to the committees they chair. Registration Information: RSVP by 5pm on 9/16 to Erin Gibbons with your preferred breakout room at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon registration, participants will be sent Zoom information
Monday, September 21, 2020 05:30 PM. 50+ Years of Student Rebellion. A Panel Discussion Featuring Activists from the Time and Community Reflection on Lessons Learned. Register for the zoom conference here.
Sunday, September 27, 2020, 5:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Campaign 4th Friday Screening of 13th. Followed by discussion.https://bit.ly/OHPPCFILMNIGHT.
Sunday September 20
6:30 - 8 PM CARE & SHARE TIME BANK: VIRTUAL "POTLUCK" GATHERING SEPTEMBER PROGRAM: VOTING IN OHIO DETAILS HERE
Let's have some fun with this! Here's the plan:
I'll give a short greeting and summarize the agenda (3 minutes),
Everyone will be able to introduce themselves and have 2 minutes to list offers and requests,
have a virtual sharing table (anyone who wants to give away an item can present the item, and anyone who would like it can claim it and arrange for a porch pickup.) (10 min)
And, Bethany Sanders will join us to speak in a non-partisan way on voting in Ohio.
Bethany is "a big believer in us all winning when people are informed." She was Policy staff for the Senate Democratic caucus, including spending 6 years in election law and was also the 2018 Democratic Party voter protection director.
We wrap things up with a note that people with questions on CSTB issues can contact Vilvi Vannak, email@example.com, for help.
Java Central Coffeehouse 20 S State St, Westerville 43081 Live Music at JC on Saturday, Sept 5
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19
7 PM VIRTUAL CONCERT BY SINGER/SONGWRITER HEATHER PIERSON
Tune in Facebook Live HERE
Hear the compelling original songs from nationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter Heather Pierson, as she sings her unique mix of genres from New Orleans jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk. Her sweet voice and sharp playing of several instruments always make for a memorable show. Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society, this program will also feature Heather’s partner and bassist Shawn Nadeau.
Directions: To link into the concert at 7 pm September 19, click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-Folk-Music-Society-280420671020 and you should see something that says “Heather Pierson is Live now!” Click on that. (You may have to scroll down some). You don’t need to be a Facebook member to see and hear the concert.
During the program, you’ll be told how you can contribute in appreciation of Heather’s music.
The suggested donation is $15 for the general public and $10 for CFMS members, but any and all donations will be appreciated.
NITA SWEENEY'S CALENDAR OF LITERARY EVENTS
All I want is to stand in a field and to smell green, to taste air, to feel the earth want me, without all this concrete hating me. ~ Phillip Pulfrey
Art Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes Art 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, including VIRTUAL events and activities.
Columbus on the Cheap lists all of the annual Farmer’s Markets scheduled for 2020. Updates are ongoing, so please check the links for latest changes. If you know of changes, leave us a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The list is organized by day of the week and includes many suburban farmers markets.
9 AM - 12 NOON CLINTONVILLE FARMERS MARKET NEW LOCATION: OHIO HISTORY CONNECTION 800 E. 17TH AVE, CBUS 43211
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 5
8 AM - 12 NOON WORTHINGTON FARMERS MARKET NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: 450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road
UPDATE: The City of Worthington and the State of Ohio requires the wearing of a facial covering in all public places in Worthington and Franklin County. We thank you, in advance, for wearing your mask at the Worthington Farmers Market in support of the health of our vendors, volunteers, staff and other customers. For more information on this requirement, click here: https://worthington.org/1977/Face-Covering-Requirement Market Hours:
8am-9am: Reserved for high-risk and vulnerable shoppers (senior citizens, immune-compromised, etc.) Masks are REQUIRED when shopping during this first hour. Detailed info available HERE:
Local Baked Goods & Prepared Foods at the Bexley Natural Market are growing!
Enjoy healthy prepared foods and local baked goods from these amazing local artisans: