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


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


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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 August 14 Community Update

The Local Skinny> Simply Living Community Meetup: Real Conversations Online (8/19)
August topic: What is Covid Telling Us? 

> Fire Drill Friday Teach-In features Jane Fonda and Mary Trump
> New August Classes at Columbus Garden School + September 1st workshop by Debra Knapke on principles of ecological gardening
> Special Event Aug 29 to follow Infinite Potential: Life and Ideas of David Bohm
> Earth 911 - CO2 myths + Architectural Salvaging can recycle building materials
> Voices Rising: Art Show Bike Tour Sunday
> The Climate Disaster Hiding in our refrigerators
> Scaling Up: Columbus featured in national webinar on building municipal sustainability
> Climate Solutions Workshop features new tool to assess strategies to limit CO2
> Care & Share Time Bank speaker on Fraud during the pandemic
> Columbus On the Cheap links to LOTS of good, cheap, fun!


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19Simply Living logo gold background
7 PM


Register on Eventbrite to receive zoom link

Zoom Meetup Conversations on 3rd Wednesdays to socialize, network, and Learn.
August topic: What Is Covid Telling Us?

Join our online community gatherings for real conversations with people who share your values. Meet new and old friends to socialize, network, share your interests and learn from others. Each week there will be a topic to explore in more depth. Chuck Lynd usually moderates but special guests are invited to facilitate discussions.

7 - 7:30 pm – introductions, socializing, open discussions.

7:30 – 8 pm - Topic: What Is Covid telling us? Are new opportunities emerging? Share your thoughts and concerns. Search "yes magazine covid19" for ideas and strategies. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.

8 – 8:30 pm Networking - open for anyone to share an announcement, a resource, recommend a book or movie, etc.

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.

It’s informal. Come as you are, wherever you are. Snacks and refreshments are of course on your own. 🙂

The Light at the End
by Nafeez Ahmed
Excerpts from article in Yes! Magazine

The pandemic is remaking who we are. It is an opening to a new world where our capacity to love each other is integral to our survival.

Evolutionary Context
Although modern industrial civilization views the virus as an unequivocal biological enemy, it is an integral player in the complex web of life. Viruses have an environmental function as an evolutionary force for biological organisms. Recognizing this allows us to reframe our understanding of the pandemic—which neither comes out of the blue, nor can be simply defeated using the instruments of advanced medical science. On the contrary, the pandemic has been incubated by the very structure of our civilization. So the evolutionary pressure it brings is not merely a question of biology, but of the very sinews of our societies, culture, politics, and economics.

The pandemic has emerged as a long-predicted symptom of a system in slow collapse. It is already rapidly accelerating the process of decline and emerging chaos. Simultaneously, it indicates that we have stepped much deeper into the release phase, opening up previously unthinkable possibilities for outsized change and systemic transformation. 

Arundhati Roy described it poignantly: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” 
Naomi Klein: How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism


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.
Visit and click on Sustainable U.. Volunteer Rita Haider is posting new classes and webinars  as well as weekly and monthly events. Go there NOW.
If we stand for change, we can spark a popular movement
with power, influence, magic and genius.  ~ Van Jones
Mary Trump guest on Fireside Friday FRIDAY AUGUST 14
Special Guest Mary Trump

On Friday, join Jane Fonda and Greenpeace USA for an exclusive conversation with author Mary Trump, who, in addition to being the niece of the President, holds a PhD from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. We'll talk about her upcoming book “Too Much And Never Enough” and dig deeper into the dark secrets of the President’s family and help us understand his climate denialism and where his true values and loyalties lie.

Sunday August 16 
4 - 6 PM

Voices Rising:
Art Show Bike Tour

Join us for a special Voices Rising bike tour celebrating the artists and history of Old Town East and the King Arts District. This is an his is an easy ride, suitable for beginners. Bring your smart phones to take plenty of pictures of iconic public art and places!
     The tour will begin at COSI and ride to the William H. Thomas Art Gallery ( for an exhibition opening featuring artists Allanna G. Rex and Felicia Dunson, Columbus native creative talents. Our return ride will pass through the King-Lincoln Bronzeville District, stopping at the Lincoln Theatre and Long Street Cap to view the Bridge & Cultural Wall. More HERE
Sunday August 16
6:30 - 8 PM


There will be introductions and announcements and a virtual Sharing Table, followed by the AARP presentation on Fraud in the time of Coronavirus. Many Simply Living members also participate in the Time Bank. SL is an affiliate member, meaning that any SL member who volunteers for Simply Living can earn credit HOURS and use those hours to exchange services with other members of the Time Bank.
Interested in joining the Care and Share Time Bank? Watch this video recording of an “orienta
tion” meeting. Contact Vilvi Vannak <> Website and more info on Time Bankimg HERE
Tuesday August 18  
1 - 2 PM

The Climate Disaster
Hiding In Our Refrigerators

Beth Porter, will discuss how improving refrigerants is ranked as one of the biggest climate solutions and can prevent half a degree of global warming. She will explain how our Cool It campaign is working to eliminate refrigerant super pollutants from the supermarket sector and share ways to take action on this important issue.
Beth Porter, Climate Campaigns Director @Green America
7 - 8:30 PM  EDT

Building Municipal Sustainability Plans with Grass-Roots Action
A unique panel of grassroots organizers will be speaking about what their three cities - Isla Vista, CA, Fort Collins, CO and Columbus, OH - are doing to scale up the sustainability of their towns through a city-wide collaboration on an action plan. A moderator will follow up with questions that will provide information about approaches to collaboration, goals, and prospects for future viability. 
   What might a viable plan look like?
   What are the components of a good plan?
   How might grassroots groups go about cultivating support from city leaders and  community members?

Also, how can scaled-up efforts be achieved through collaborating with city leaders, making a long-range sustainability plan, and finding the funding needed to implement a plan?  After panelists’ initial comments and follow-up questions, there will be a time for Q&A from the audience. Please come with your curiosity and questions!
     Part of the Politics & Policy in Transition Webinar Series. This series is hosted by the Transition US Politics & Policy Working Group. We have designed it to share successful models of policy approaches and political engagement that local Transition Initiatives and other community groups can take to begin transforming their local economic, social, cultural, ecological, and political systems. NOTE: Columbus' own David Celebreze will speak for Columbus.

Learn More + Background on  Presenters & Register for Free
When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable,
then we know we have reached sustainability.
~ Janine Benyus
7 - 8:40 PM

Climate Solutions Workshop
More Info +Video Intro + Registration
Join us for an interactive climate simulation workshop to explore solutions. How can we bend that curve?

The En-ROADS Climate Workshop helps build support for strategies to address climate change via  interactive testing of the cutting-edge simulation model En-ROADS, created by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan.  In the workshop, participants propose climate solutions such as energy efficiency, carbon pricing, fossil fuel taxes, reducing deforestation, and carbon dioxide removal. The facilitator then tests these approaches using En-ROADS so that participants can see the impact on global temperature and other factors.

Join us to experience what it’s like to create your own climate future using grounded conversations; the 
resulting experience is hopeful, scientifically- grounded, action-oriented, and eye-opening
. Led by Doug Pritchard. Organized by ClimateFast  En-Roads Climate Ambassador Doug Pritchard has a PhD in chemical engineering from Queen's University and worked for many years in the petrochemical industry. He then worked in international human rights as Co-Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, and now is Coordinator of the Citizens' Climate Lobby Toronto East chapter.

Location & Contact Details

Tel: + (614) 404-7236
1350 East Cooke Road, Columbus, OH, USA
6:30 - 8:30 PM

with Debra Knapke, the Garden Sage
More Info & registration
Zoom Class $25
Ecology is the study of interrelationships of organisms and their environments. Seems simple but this definition is only the start of the journey into the maze of relationships that make our world alive and thriving. But what happens when those relationships are ignored and damaged? In garden-making we have often bulled our way through, bending nature to our will... or so we thought. In this class Debra will explain ecology basics and how it must become your guide as a gardener and designer. Topics include biogeography, ecosystems, water/nutrient cycles, plant/animal relationships, climate vs. weather, and the role of carbon. This class will cover the underpinnings of our understanding of the natural world and how it relates to garden-making -- and living a more sustainable life. >> This informative class is geared towards gardeners, landscape designers, or anyone who wants to better understand the natural relationships in their outdoor environment! 
** INSTRUCTOR: In 1992 Debra Knapke turned her avocation of plant study and gardening into her full-time career. Known as “The Garden Sage”, Debra is passionate about gardening, sustainable garden design and the natural world, and enjoys sharing knowledge through her writing, public speaking, and garden consulting in the private and public sectors. She has served on various local and national committees and boards that focus on education, the environment, and sustainability. 
Columbus Garden School: Tel: + (614) 404-7236   Email:
The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely
we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone.
~ Janine Benyus

12 NOON - 3 PM

This film is presented Free of Charge for a limited time
by the Fetzer Memorial Trust and Imagine Films
This film is presented Free of Charge for a limited time by the Fetzer Memorial Trust and Imagine Films
(Watch the film prior.) Following the film, will be a panel discussion and live Q&A with a very special group of scholars, authors and researchers. Meet with us “virtually” in the field that connects us all, as David Bohm so deeply believed. Moderator: Sandra de Castro Buffington Founder of StoryAction UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact
Panelists: Paul Howard, Film Director and Producer
Tim Boyd, International President of the Theosophical Society
Edmund David Moody Ph.D., Author and Educator
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Clarke Center for Human Imagination

Mystics have known about it for millennia. Modern science is catching up.
Bohm was a true scientific maverick whose discoveries extend beyond the field of physics, Bohm turned to Eastern wisdom to develop groundbreaking insights into the profound interconnectedness of the Universe and our place within it.  He called it the Quantum Potential.
Einstein called him his “spiritual son” and the Dalai Lama his “science guru.”
Individuality is only possible if it unfolds from wholeness. ~ David Bohm
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. Pastor Michael (left)
Online Classes + Sunday Service

Vsit our website for more information. See our calendar for upcoming events.

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



1190 Virginia Ridg Road
Philo, OH 43771 
Phone 740-674-4300

Blue Rock Station offers a wide variety of green living workshops throughout the midwest.

Learn goat care, cheesemaking, sustainable living, solar electric certification or even how to make your own solar generator.
Blue Rock Station now has a complete and comprehensive online work-at-your-own pace course designed to help you understand how to design and install residential solar (PV) systems.

09/18/2020 - 09/20/2020
Bodacious Women's Weekend
Blue Rock Station, Philo OH
Bodacious Girl's Pop Up Afternoon - Online
Bodacious Women's Afternoon - Online
10/24/2020 - 10/25/2020
Earthships 101: A Behind the Scenes look at permits, costs, building and living in an Earthship
Blue Rock Station, Philo Ohio

RSS When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine nationally syndicated podcast on living sustainably.  Hear Jay and Annie on WGRN.ORG Saturdays @ 8:30 am.

Top 3 Misconceptions About Carbon Emissions

We have the best chance of avoiding a two-degrees Celsius rise in global temperatures if the average annual carbon footprint per person drops under 2 tons by 2050. That would require a big change from today’s global average of 4.8 tons per person. Start by exploring how we often misunderstand carbon emissions.

Read More



Closing the Loop With Architectural Salvage

When you’re doing home repairs, remodels, or even new home construction, many of the building materials you use can be recycled. If you are very conscientious, you can recycle almost everything in your entire building.

Read More
We in America are about to break up with oil.
Why not break up with poverty and discrimination too?
~ Van Jones
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Click for PDF version of SPRING 2020 edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic
WGRN 94.1 and streaming on 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.


5  - 5:30 PM


Carolyn Harding with Laurel Hobden and Marc X, Artist/Designers of the Green New Deal Bandaner. A work of Art, Graphic Design, Activism on a Bandaner! Something you can wear as a headband, a scarf, on your backpack, your car, your dorm or house window, basically anywhere, with the clean message “Green New Deal Now”. It’s clear, earthy, attractive and when you look at it closely, you find all kinds of info how we can help save our planet and communities working for a Green New Deal. All Green New Deal Now Bandaner profits will go to and can be purchased at

Laurel Hobden has been concerned about the environment since her college days as an art student in the 1980s. A recurring theme in her work is the earth bleeding at man's hand. As a student she ran a Peace & Justice Anti-Nuclear Test group and has worked on campaigns for progressive & environmentally active candidates. She started painting banners in 2013, and attended a climate rally in D.C.with her first banner which says "Demand Clean Energy for a Livable Future". Since then she has painted many banners to get the word out on various issues.
DaMarcus X was born in Cleveland and grew up in both Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Marc X is a yoga instructor in training, Designer, and CEO & Creative Strategist of Know Identity Global, an earth-centric advertising agency and lifestyle brand. KNOW stands for Kindly Navigating Our World. 
In Marc X’s words,  “Designers, creatives, and engineers play a significant role in developing ideas into reality.
This [Green New Deal] is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation. ~Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
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Wild Goose Creative  Meet some incredible movers and shakers in the Columbus arts community...Join us this Friday for Fete En Goose, as we recognize an individual and an organization who are "next-level" in supporting the arts in Columbus. This year, we are honored to present the award to PatronArt and Amy Turn Sharp.

Save the date: September 25 is our prairie seed collecting date
Watch the ONAPA website for details, but seed collecting is back in 2020 at Denny’s Prairie. We will not have a big gathering at the beginning of the event to review the plants, but we will have volunteers stationed throughout to help with plant identification. We will also have displays and merchandise available for a donation. Registration is not necessary, but you should bring paper bags, markers, bug spray and water to drink. Details will be on the website soon.

New Recipe from One Bite Wellness
Chocolate Maca Smoothie!
Caffeine and chocolate fiends, unite! This smoothie is the perfect wake-me-up for summer.
Trust that Adrienne Ramos' recipe is both delicious and healthy. 
Click throuogh for the ingredients.

Dr. Andrew Weil offers 6 suggestions for a stress free home.
Your home – whether big, small or somewhere in between – should be your sanctuary, a place where stress is left at the door and your soul is nurtured. You probably know some of the suggestions, but we all need reminders... click HERE and enhance your home space.
4 Minute Workout
3X Daily
Watch it on YouTube
        Zach Bush website HERE
The Four Minute Workout is a new concept of exercise that revolves around the body’s ability to use Nitric Oxide for muscle growth. This is an efficient anaerobic workout that can be done multiple times per day. The more frequently you do it, the better your results. 
     Nitric Oxide is a molecule made by the human body that feeds your muscles. When you start to exercise and run out of oxygen (you feel your muscles ache), Nitric Oxide is released. As it moves downstream, blood vessels dilate allowing more oxygen and nutrient delivery for muscle growth.
     Our blood vessels actually only store about 90 seconds worth of Nitric Oxide before they need to manufacture more, so working each major muscle group out for 90 seconds gives you the most efficient workout to tone and build muscles.
     In just four minutes you exercise the 16 largest muscle groups in your body. It is free, easy, effective, and the best way to start toning your body systems.
"All appears to change when we change. " ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Outdoor Music, CBJ, Food Truck Rally & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
You can listen to music on your own, but there are also fun live music events this weekend!

A Summer Weekend that feels a little more normal this time. The City Seeks Feedback on Scioto Trail Extension, Quarry Trails Connection. Have you read CU’s latest stories you won’t find anywhere else? Continue being safe, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. Get tickets for a socially distanced Urban Living Tour. Have a fun one!


-Pick up a Black is Beautiful Beer
-Are you doing the ‘Hot Mikey’s Takeover‘ Pizza?
-It’s Dine in Hilliard Week, get specials
-Get a Neighborhood Preview: The Pit BBQ Grille
-Pick up To-Go Cocktails at The Rambling House on Friday
-Setup your own Fete en Goose
-Go to Carryout Food Truck Rally at Ohio History Center
-A delicious PopUp Cake Sale
-Sunday is National Rum Day


-There is a Black Parade Columbus happening
-Movies Under the Stars shows House on Haunted Hill
-Watch Akeelah and the Bee at Weinland Park Family Movie Night
-Check out Cruise the ‘Ville
-Get some free fall seeds


-Catch the latest exhibit at ROY G BIV Gallery
-Continue to enjoy ApART Together Concert Series
-Tune in Thursday night for Shadowbox Live’s Virtual Recovery Fundraiser
-Find out what Dave Coulier has been up to
-Go enjoy Franklinton Friday
-BalletMet invites you to stream Fool’s Paradise
-Check out OGP Social Distancing Festival
Prints & Pints is back!


-Grand Opening of The Candle Booth
A Socially Distanced Ocean’s 11 Beer Tasting
-Platform has Sparky Brewer
-There’s a Community Fair and Game Day in Driving Park
-Catch DJ Lady Sandoval at VASO
-Watch the CBJ on Saturday
-Catch HEBDO

Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered CU merch and supported our campaign. We are so humbled by your support! If you have enjoyed our coverage in the past and would like to directly support Columbus Undergroundplease consider a donation if you are able to do so, or check out our merch shop. New shirts have been added! Thank you for supporting our mission to keep the news free for all. With Gratitude, the team at CU.

Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us;
mostly, they are passed on unopened. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).
Email to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Connie Hammond

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Rally at the Statehouse.  This rally is sponsored by a surviving family member of Kareem Jones who was murdered by CPD in 2017.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  How We Got Here:  Central Ohio Action Team.  Join ACLU for a conversation about How We Got Here - where our panelists will discuss the devastating, long-term effects that the 13th Amendment and the 1994 crime bill still have on Ohioans today, especially Ohioans returning to society after incarceration in the midst of COVID-19 jail decarceration.  Register here

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 3:00 - 3:30 PM.  Food Not Bombs = New(ish) person meeting.  Have you heard about us and had interest to learn how/if you could plug in to, help network, and/or expand our collective efforts? ... or just generally learn more about us? This would be a great time to do so for those uncertain about just showing up to our serves *which you ALSO can/should do :) *. We'll be meeting to talk about recent updates, upcoming events, and increasing our impact. We run the meetings quickly specifically for new and/or returning people to our group, so no worries of it dragging on (usually 30 mins or less) so yes Newcomers are encouraged to attend to find out more about us, meet rad people, and get plugged in! We will also be practicing safe social distancing, and if weather allows, hosting this outside in the parking lot behind this address (if you let us know ahead of time, a cleaned folding chair can be provided for you, but like said, the meetings are fairly quick).  Location:  82 E. 16th Avenue, Columbus.  Facebook

Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:00 - 6:00 PM.  Code Pink Peace with Iran Series - The Salesman.  Directed by Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman tells the story of a married couple living in Tehran. After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife. This film series is part of our ongoing efforts to build bridges of understanding between the people of Iran and the United States. This is especially necessary right now as yesterday we got terrible news: war criminal Elliot Abrams has been tapped by the Trump administration to be the new U.S. Special Representative for Iran. Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq. He embraces militarism, covers up for gross human rights abuses, and has a history of supporting authoritarian regimes. Now, he has been appointed as the U.S. envoy for Iran, managing a situation that is already a tinderbox, with the Iranian people suffering immensely from U.S. sanctions. Read and share CODEPINK's statement condemning the appointment of Abrams. Watch the movie on your own on Amazon PrimeiTunes, or Vudu and then join Iranian-American peace activist Leila Zand on Sunday, August 16, at 5PM ET for a discussion of the film.  Register for the discussion here

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:00 PM.   Virtual Showing of "Rigged."  Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook takes a rigorous look at voter suppression and sparks spirited discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. This award-winning documentary was shot principally during the 2016 election. The film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to suppress votes at scale and reverse the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Using cinema verite, #RiggedTheFilm details a variety of mendacious voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. It is narrated by Emmy & Tony award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright. (70 minutes).  Watch the film for free starting 10 days before the panel (the link will be emailed to you) and then interact with a panel of those who helped create the film.  Register here.


New video on “The Real Cost of Nuclear Weapons” from Pax Christi International.  The global pandemic reveals a lot about our values and our priorities. Every minute thousands are spent on nuclear weapons, where it takes just pennies to address humanity’s most basic needs. Watch the new video on “The Real Costs of Nuclear Weapons” here.

From the Free Press - Know Your Rights as a Protestor.  Read it here.

Columbus Tenants' Union is gathering information about rental properties in Central Ohio to help tenants organize. If you are a renter, please fill it out, and whether you are or not, please pass this along to other renters you know in the area!  Contact Becca Pollard if you have questions or would like more information:

Ohio Moms Demand Action: Statewide Virtual Events.  Please save this link and revisit this page as we update it throughout the month. Join us online or via phone for some gun-safety activism!

Youth Beat Radio! We are a weekly radio program about youth ideas, youth creativity, and youth leadership in Columbus, Ohio. We believe that youth can make a difference for themselves and for their community through their actions and words! Hence our slogan: “Voice to empower!” Youth Beat broadcasts shows hosted, produced, or inspired by youth and we aim to inspire our listeners to go out and make a positive difference.  Youth Beat airs on Mondays at 7:30 pm on WCRS 92.7/98.3 FM and on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm on WGRN 94.1 FM. Youth Beat is proud to air on Columbus community radio. More information and podcasts here

Support the Fair Food Program — Join the Wendy’s Boycott:  The Fair Food Program created by Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has ended abuse for tens of thousands of farmworkers in this decade. Today, we’re inviting all Fair Food allies in Ohio to join with the farmworkers by joining the Wendy’s Boycott. If you want to join the boycott or would like more information about the Fair Food Campaign and how you can take action, please send your name to: or call Sue Carter at 614-459-0017. 


Stop ICE’s heartless student visa changes.  On July 6th, the Trump Administration’s all-out assault on immigration found a new target: student visas. ICE, CBP, and the Department of State issued new rules regarding students studying in the United States.  Just 6 weeks before many schools would start their term, these organizations declared that students attending colleges and universities with online-only models would have to leave the country or transfer to an institution with in-person classes.  More information and online petition here

From Peace Action:  No! to Renewed Nuclear Testing. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), one of Peace Action’s strongest Senate allies and a long-time Congressional leader on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, has stepped up and introduced legislation to stop the dangerous path to resuming testing. The Preserving Leadership Against Nuclear Explosives Testing (PLANET) Act would prevent the Trump administration from restarting explosive nuclear weapons testing by restricting funds for fiscal year 2021 and all previous years from being used for such a purpose. Urge your Senators to co-sponsor this crucial bill to stop Trump from testing a nuclear weapon!

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!

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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Orange Acorn's Weblog

the 3-legged tortoise
crawled from weeds under a red
rusted wheel barrow

the crows caw caw calls
this reptile over splintered
boards once an upright

fence that framed gardens
burrows for faded leftover
ancient turtle shells
Green New Deal BandanerLaurel Hobden
Creator of the
Green New Deal BANDANER
  Wear it as a bandana/mask or display as banner
Artist and Activist,
Designer of Life Affirming Images 

(Simply Living member, see her and her signs at demonstrations)

Java Central Coffeehouse
 20 S State St, Westerville 43081
Live Music at JC on Saturday, August 8

The September issue of the Columbus Folk Music Society Newsletter is on the CFMS website

Coffeehouse Concerts To Resume; Heather Pierson Will Headline Sept. 19
Bill Cohen interviews Heather.
Member Profile: Dan Clarke
Worthington Squares Keep Playing Despite Pandemic
2020/21 Americana/Folk Concert Series


Women dancing around a treeEDIN (Empowering Dance in Nature) 
every Sat. at 1 pm
Led by Rita Carnevale

Complimentary Love Offering

In a safe distancing Medicine Wheel Circle, dance in the 4 Directions; Serpent of the South, Jaguar of the West, Hummingbird in the North, and Eagle in the East. Create Sacred Space while energizing our Chakras cultivating the abundant Chi found all around in our own personal Luminous Energy Fields.  Acknowledging our joy by boundary awareness to percussive rhythms; we identify, purify and refresh; we call in our Spirit; establishing a friendly relationship with ourselves and the world.

Location + Directions. You will find us in Como Park, right across from the mound around a river birch tree at the end of West Weber in Clintonville Ohio. Drummers are invited to accompany.  See Rita's newsletter HERE.

The Arc of Appalachia often shows off some amazing Nature Photography.
The photo below is just one of many to enjoy if you click HERE.

red wing blackbird and heron
Young birds don’t always know that the world is a rough place.
A Red-winged Blackbird drove the young heron away from the blackbird’s territory.
Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~ Elbert Hubbard 
Art Makes Columbus ColumbUS Makes ArtArt 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.

Shadowbox Live is CLOSED due to COVID-19.  See event changes and rescheduled CAPA events HERE


2020 Farmers Markets in Columbus & Changes

csa columbus

Columbus on the cheap logoColumbus 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

The list is organized by day of the week and includes many suburban farmers markets.

Visit and sign up for emails about" freebies, discounts,and deals"

9 AM - 12 NOON
800 E. 17TH AVE, CBUS 43211
Looking Ahead to Fall.
It may be 89 degrees and sunny, but garden wise, it's time to look ahead to fall and next year.  That means planting cool season crops that can be harvested late into fall and early winter, and saving seed. If you've never experienced the sweet flavor of a winter spinach or carrot, go throw some seeds out in your garden plot. You won't be disappointed! Kale, chard, turnip, beet, radish, and Asian greens do well as temperatures drop. You can protect your crops with hoops and plastic sheeting laid overt op, straw mulch, or by putting bales of hay along each side of the row and topping with old windows.
Fall Vegetable Planting Timeline (OSU)
Saving Seeds From Your Homegrown Vegetables

ORDER ONLINE at Virtual store hours are: Tuesday 10am - 9pm; Wednesday 10am - 9pm; Thursday: 10am - 5pm. 
8 AM - 12 NOON

450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road

> Franklin County Clerk of Courts will be on hand today. > Bring the kids for Market Sprouts activities.

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:
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

Monthly Plant swapSUNDAY AUGUST 16
1 - 2 PM


4760 N HIGH ST CBUS 43214

             We are still open!!

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!

Register HERE

1 - 2 PM


4760 N HIGH ST CBUS 43214

             We are still open!!

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

Register HERE

We need to make sure that we, to the best of our abilities,
are bringing our lives into alignment with our values.
~ Ocean Robbins, Co-Founder, CEO of Food Revolution Network
Another wonderful blog post from Jody Kushins, full of her reflections and delicious pictures from Over the Fence Urban Farm. 

mystery squashAn excerpt: One great thing about cultivating plants for food is that they need you. And they tell you want they want. Water me. Prune me. Pick bugs off me. Eat me. And those kinds of finite tasks are great when you can’t see the end of the tunnel your traveling through. Washing dishes and walking the dog helped me write my dissertation without going insane. (Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh!)
And another: ...
 there’s still time to lean into this period of unknowing we are in. To embrace the uncertainty and cultivate values. And plants.

Pic At Left: Mystery Squash  Read the full post HERE.
“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
I think I've found my tribe. Help me become a member!


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