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November 8, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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OOPS!  Last week the editor accidentally cut out the panel for Bill Cohen's Spirit of the 1960s coffeehouse event.  It's TONIGHT!
bill cohen with spirit of the 60s posters and objectsFRIDAY NOVEMBER 8
7:30 PM

King Avenue Methodist Church
299 W King Ave @ Neil
Columbus OH 43201
$10 Donation at the Door
Civil rights sit-ins.  Bell-bottoms. Anti-war marches.  Student Power.  Afros.  Mini-skirts.  Hippies.  Riots.  Space flights.   The generation gap.
Those hallmarks of the turbulent 1960’s will be rekindled Friday November 8 at this year’s annual “Spirit of the ‘60’s Coffeehouse”:

Bill Cohen will lead a candlelit, musical, year-by-year journey through the era, with live and familiar 1960’s folksongs, “news reports” of sixties happenings, displays of anti-war buttons and posters, and far-out sixties fashions. Plus, Bill will also challenge the audience with sixties trivia questions.
     Proceeds from the suggested $10 donations (at the door)  will go to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.     Refreshments will be available at no extra charge.  Free parking is also available in the lots just South and West of the church.
     The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement, but get there early for a good seat.
     The program is suitable for ADULTS and MATURE TEENS.
     It’s the 34th year of sixties coffeehouses for Bill.  He’s performed the show more than a hundred times now at colleges, churches, synagogues, conferences, high schools, and middle schools across Ohio and beyond.     
     For more information, call Bill at (614) 263-3851 or e-mail 
Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you better start swimmin' or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin' ~ Bpb Dylan
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  
>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

Fire Cider workshop at Columbus Garden School (11-9)
City Folks Farm Shop's Upcoming Events include a Free Kefir Demo (11-10) and a Plant Swap (11-16)

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 announces 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! (upcoming film events, Meetups, Book Club, and more!
Nov Free Press
is now online and in stores 

> Intro to Human Design talk at Phoenix Books TONIGHT (7 pm)
> Earth 911 - articles on Passive Energy Home Design, Styrofoam Recycling Systems, How Composting Toilets Work

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 to see Tiny Beautiful Things by Available Light Theater
 Civic Theater: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle plays through Nov 17
> Java Central Coffee House offers regular music events and local art!
> Square Dancing venues are updated with future events
> Literary Events: the Layers Poetry Showcase at Two Dollar Radio HQ is featured (11-9)
> Sally Fingerett featured in Concert for a Cause (11-9)
> John Nance is the new Writer In Residence at the Urban Arts Space downtown (11-14)
> 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)
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
Worthington Farmer's Market is now INDOORS Saturdays through April (11-9) 
Jodi Kushin's Urban farming blog
is now being carried by Mother Earth News and reaches 1.5 million readers
> Clintonville Farmers Market emphasizes herbs for cooking!
> 2nd Saturday's Ask a Vegan dine-in is Saturday at Ye's Asian Kitchen in Hilliard
> The Bexley Natural Market is offering locally farmed turkeys to pre-order
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.

wildlife conservation quote

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:

Screening of Dark Money followed by a short panel discussion about money in politics as well as relevant local issues. (Concluding by 9:30 PM)

Note: this showing is part of a series of “Meaningful Movies” that will be shown at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on the third Wednesday of each month from September thru June. We welcome suggestions from the viewing public regarding relevant and readily available films highlighting major issues of concern of our times.
Contact Michael Greenman – with suggestions or questions.

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

4 PM


Columbus Garden School
1350 E Cooke Rd, Columbus 43224

Register HERE
Hosted by Bernadett’s Farmacy and Columbus Garden School

Learn by making! Come slice and dice the fall harvest with us and create a personalized version of this traditional vinegar winter wellness tonic. Supplies are provided for each participant to take home one personalized jar of Fire Cider to infuse and use all winter long for that congestion, cough, and general under-the-weather feeling. 

INSTRUCTORS: Sarah Clement gardens, teaches, and gives herbalism presentations in central Ohio. She has studied herbal medicine for over a decade, and has attended conferences, workshops, and International Herb Symposiums learning from deeply respected herbalists including Rosemary Gladstar, foraging experts, naturalists, and mycologists. 

Bernadett Szabo lives near New Albany, OH on a small herb, flower and vegetable farm. She was born in Hungary where she spent summers in her grandmother’s gardens. Once in Ohio, Bernadett joined OEFFA to deepen her knowledge of growing food and medicinal crops. She follows deep organic practices with some biodynamic principles on her homestead.

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 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

Free Milk Kefir Demo at City Folk’s
Nov 10, 3:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Nov 16, 1:00 PM – 02:00 PM

SEE All Classes and Events with full description and registration forms HERE

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

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!

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.

Yoga-Well-Being Social Hour
Friday, November 8, from 6:30-8:00 PM
Join us for our monthly get-together. The event is open to everyone, men and women, young and old. Bring friends, family members, or co-workers new in town. Looking for friendships or simply meeting some of our YWB community. Bring a snack to share and a drink for yourself, no alcohol please. We might play some board games (bring your favorite games), or simply chat. Join us.

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.

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.
"Letting go is the hardest asana."
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.
Trickle down economics creates a nation of peons. ~ Thom Hartmann
(Listen Live M-F on or 94.1 FM radio 12 - 3 pm)
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!
7 - 8 PM

Phoenix Books
3110 N High St Columbus OH 43202

Human Design is a body of work that combines astrology, the I-Ching, the chakra system, the Kabbala, and quantum physics to create a unique map to help you understand your path and purpose in life. More on this and other Friday Night Talks HERE>

Free Press Second Saturday Salon - November 9 LOTS GOING ON!

Testimony on petition-gathering harassment
with Harvey Wasserman
A talk by Morgan Harper, Congressional  candidate
A visit with ACORN founder Wade Rathke

A public hearing on bribery, fascist intimidation & thuggery during signature-gathering for HB6 repeal referendum

Saturday, November 9, 6:30-11pm
1021 E. Broad St., Columbus
Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot
Free, no RSVP required
Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, live music and special guests Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN and US Congressional candidate Morgan Harper
GIVE YOUR TESTIMONY IN PERSON if you were harassed when petitioning against HB6 or were harassed by a pro-HB6 petitioner
Democracy can’t survive corporate bribery / physical assaults on peaceful signature gatherers.
We invite public testimony from those who experienced bribery and or intimidation during the signature gathering period aimed at putting the referendum repealing HB6 on the Ohio 2020 ballot. We will take sworn testimony that can be used in court.

Morgan Harper, candidate for US Congress, 3rd District
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. ~ Aldo Leopold

Passive Energy Home Design

Passive House design is the leading energy efficiency building standard, reducing energy use by more than 70%. Think of the impact that could make if all new homes were built using this method.

Read More



Styrofoam Recycling Systems

Brohn Tech, based in Lima, Illinois, has designed a mobile system that can help solve the Styrofoam recycling problem.

Read More




How Composting Toilets Work

As we address our declining wastewater system, there are good reasons to consider adding composting toilets to the sanitation mix. People who are used to flushing and forgetting can be intimidated by composting toilets.

Read More
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!
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 Vannak <>
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
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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!
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Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
NVMM 5K, Downtown Art Sunday, Wex Wide Open, Comedy, and Christmas Ales!

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Expand your creative side by taking in some art this weekend.

Welcome to the weekend! There are a ton of great comedy events in Columbus this weekend! Honor our veterans and do the 5K that ends on the top of NVMM. Explore Downtown Art Galleries during Downtown Art Sunday. Check out our contest page to win concert tickets. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-Shop: Clintonville Arts Guild Holiday Show
Barley’s 27th Anniversary and Christmas Ale Tapping Celebration!
-Go on a Year of Yay Bike Ride
-Are you doing the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum 5 Mile Run/Walk?
-Enjoy the Wexner Center on Sunday


-Opening: Biennial Juried Exhibition
-Opening: CATCO: Home
-Go Bach in Time
See New Work by April Sunami
-AVLT’s Tiny Beautiful Things is back
-Opera Columbus premieres As One
-Enjoy Brahms V. Radiohead
-Sunday, enjoy roaming the Downtown Art Sunday
-See artwork ‘There’s No Place Like Home’


-Are you Single in the City?
-Go to Donut Sundae comedy
-Catch Actual Wolves Comedy
-Enjoy monthly club night Cool Britannia
Wilco plays The Palace
Church has booked a show they’ve wanted to for years!


-Discover your Purpose in Life
-A flower tour is coming through Columbus
UpWest Cabin will be at North Market
-Get a new book at the Bexley Library Book Sale
-Help clean Goodale Park
-Gateway has the Tailgateway on Saturday
-Explore Military History
-Make an Air Plant Wall Planter

-Shop Gifts of the Craftsmen
-Learn some Holiday Artisan Cocktails

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).

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Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:30 AM coffee and registration (doors open 9:15 am), 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM - keynote, lunch, workshops & annual meeting.  UU Justice Ohio's 2019 Annual Assembly.  Envisioning Justice.  UUJO's Annual Assembly features the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Executive Director, Ohio Council of ChurchesMorning worship offered by UU seminary students from MTSO.  Workshops on Immigration, Gerrymandering, Poverty, Transgender Justice, and Race/Anti-racism. Afternoon time for deeper discussion with the keynote presenter. Lunch provided by MTSO's excellent farm-to-table program and includes vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options. In the morning Business Meeting, we will elect new UUJO Board Members, approve the budget and vote on important changes to our bylaws. Childcare is provided but you must register by Oct. 27. Seating is limited - REGISTER Today!  Register HERE or at: Location:  Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), Delaware  map:

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Activist Training 101:  Statehouse Edition.  Are you wanting to get involved on with legislation and policy, but not sure how? That's okay, cause we're still learning too!  Join us on November 9th from 1-3:30pm for an ACTIVIST TRAINING lead by some of the most awesome female activists we know (list of speakers coming soon). Primarily lead by Rachel Coyle who's brilliant at explaining How Things Run At The Statehouse, in addition to other speakers. This training will focus primarily on legislation and policy, and how your passion can turn into real change at the Statehouse.  Please RSVP using the Eventbrite link on Facebook.  By signing up using Eventbrite, you allow us to reach out to you with additional details, the itinerary for the day, as well as follow up materials for how to keep the work going after the event.  Location:  Capital University, Student Union.

Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Discussion:  Have you been trolled for something you posted on Facebook or Twitter?  Or for a letter to the editor?  One of our members recently received a threatening letter in response to a letter published by The Columbus Dispatch.  Hear how this member responded and participate in a discussion to identify ways a person or we as a group could respond to trolling.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214. 

Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio FCNL Advocacy Team Monthly meeting. We lobby quarterly with our federal legislators to change laws.  Our current focus is repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), along with the 2001 AUMF.  We also have an appointment set up with Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office this week.  Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is Washington’s longest-existing grass roots lobbying group.  Please email Greg Pace at for more information. Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St., Columbus

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30 PM (registration and refreshments), 6:00 PM Program.  Dialogue:  A New Kind of Conversation.  Should the Government Mandate Vaccines?  Over the past decades, vaccines have nearly wiped out smallpox, polio, measles and many other diseases. In recent years the number of people foregoing vaccinations has led to spotty outbreaks of ailments thought to be eliminated. Fueled by questionable science, fears of side effects and religious objections, more and more people are fighting requirements they and their kids be vaccinated to get a job or attend school. Business and government-based vaccine mandates have come under fire. In the latest edition of Dialogue, we discuss whether your school board or your employer can force you to be vaccinated. The discussion will feature Dr. William Cotton, a local pediatrician and representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and State Rep. Don Manning who supports a bill requiring schools to inform parents how they can refuse vaccinations for their children. Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News will moderate the event.  $15.00 General Public.  $5.00 Students with ID.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Purchase tickets here

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Gerrymandering update.  Have we won the fight against gerrymandering? Find out at the Clintonville Area Progressives next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Whetstone Library. Richard Gunther, OSU Emeritus Professor of Political Science will be our speaker.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook

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

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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In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy. ~ Jenny Holzer

Tiny Beautiful ThingsFRI-SAT NOVEMBER 8,9
8 PM

Riffe Center Studio One
77 South High St Cbus 43215

Pay what you want at the door
Tickets Available Online NOW

Tiny Beautiful Things
Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos - Directed by David J. Glover

When a struggling writer (Cheryl Strayed) takes over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist “Sugar,” she guides an assortment of seekers over obstacles large and small. With the writer’s own experiences as a source of caution and courage, the column blossoms into a heartfelt embodiment of empathy.

Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and taking on the questions which can never be answered.

FRIDAY, NOV 8-9-10
8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sunday

Columbus Civic Theater
3837 Indianola AvCbus 43214

Tickets $17.50 - $20
Purchase HERE

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.

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202
Big Scioty 
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad St. Cbus 43215
Columbus, OH 43215

All Soles at First UU Church

93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214

Contra DancersWild Goose Creative
(First Friday of the Month)

Friday, December 6

Big 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

P: (614) 839-0698
FRIDAYS – Acoustic Open Mic, welcoming everyone with musical talent and/or aspirations to sing and play – considered one of the best around. Note: sign-ups begin at 6PM and fill up quickly!

SATURDAYS – Professional performances by groups or individual singers and musicians. Eclectic genres range from rock, folk, pop, bluegrass, jazz – and more!

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

SONGWRITER CIRCLE w/ DICK PLUNK – every 2nd Wednesday, 7PM – 9PM

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

Layers Poetry Showcase
November 9 @ 7 - 9 pm 

Two Dollar Radio  HQ
1124 Parsons Ave, Columbus,
OH 43206

Layers is a monthly poetry showcase hosted by Ry Eilbeck, featuring talents from right here in Columbus and all over. This is the second installment. Donations encouraged for the readers.

Mikey Swanberg – Mikey Swanberg is the author of the chapbook Zen and the Art of Bicycle Delivery (Rabbit Catastrophe Press) and the full length collection Good Grief (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press). He lives in Chicago. Mikey holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Cameron Gorman – Cameron’s Poetry is rich with imagery, instantly hard to look away from. The imagination is ignited and rewarded. Cameron is pursuing an MFA in poetry at The Ohio State University and holds a BS in Journalism from Kent State University. There, Cameron was a Wick Poetry intern and the editor-in-chief of Luna Negra, Kent State’s undergraduate literary arts journal. Cameron is currently an associate poetry editor for The Journal and an editorial intern for New American Press.

Charlie Pugsley – Be it music, the pop up bookshop “Bookspace” or the poetry he has rarely made public, Charlie delivers an authenticity and insight that is as uplifting as it is at times heartbreaking. A voice I’ve come to appreciate and find inspiration in, don’t miss this rare appearance.
More HERE:

Here are links to more events in some of our local bookstores!

Gramercy Books in Bexley (2424 E Main St 43209) From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.
The Book Loft in German Village (631 South Third Street 43206) We work with a wide variety of authors each year in our store and many off-site venues across the city. 
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus South Side (1124 Parsons Ave 43206) The family-run cafe and bookstore brought to you by local indie press Two Dollar Radio!
Kafe Kerouac in University District (2250 N High St 43201) Kafe Kerouac hosts a plethora of musical acts, poets, speakers, interest groups, and the like. 

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth. ~ Muhammad Ali

Concert for a Cause with
Sally Fingerett and Sirens

Saturday, November 9, 7-9:30pm
Just North United Church of Christ
2040 W. Henderson Rd.

A concert to benefit a Honduran family of four living at Just North while they pursue asylum. The parents (“Juan” and “Maria”), with one small child at the time, walked for 15 months from Honduras to the US-Mexican border, where they were briefly “caged” with their toddler. Tickets: $20 general admission,
$40 per family, online. Under 12 free.
John Nance Writer in Residence

        John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence Reception with Phil Cousineau


      Thursday, November 14th | 6-8 PM  ~  Free and open to the public

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


Worthington Indoor Farmers Market announcementSATURDAY NOVEMBER 9
9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Square 
7227 N High St,
Worthington, Ohio 43085

It's time to get warm and cozy with us at the Worthington Farmers Market as the Indoor Season begins! That's right! The Worthington Farmers Market can be enjoyed year-round! We will be open every Saturday, though April, from 9am-12pm inside the Shops at Worthington Place on High Street. More info on the Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

Honor the hands that harvest your crops. ~ Dolores Huerta
A New Place to Find Ideas from Over the Fence
by overthefenceurbanfarm614

Congratulations to our local urban farmer, Jodi Kushins! Jodi is now blogging for Mother Earth News, which reaches 1.5 million subscribers. Read about it on her latest blog post!
9 AM - 12 PM

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

If you're looking for easy ways to impart local flavor into your holidays this year, you might not need look beyond your herb garden. Herbs like rosemary, thyme, tarragon, oregano, and sage are not only hardy enough to withstand colder temperatures, they also add a touch of elegance to the dinner table. A turkey can be taken to a new level when roasted with sage and rosemary infused oil. Autumn root vegetables come to life when drizzled with chili and garlic infused oil before baking. If you're looking for edible gift ideas, DIY infused oils are a simple and creative option. This Saturday, we'll take a closer look at herbs and oil infusion. Be sure to swing by the market tent for samples and learn different techniques for infusing spices, herbs, and aromatics into oil.

How To Make Flavored Herbal Oils For Cooking

If, however, you don't have fresh herbs at your disposal, the market will be flush with other local delicacies to make the holiday meal one to remember. With 3 markets remaining, now is the perfect time to pick up ingredients for new holiday recipe testing!
Second Saturday’s “Ask-A-Vegan” dine in
Sat Nov 9, 2019    2pm – 3:30pm 
Ye’s Asian Vegan Kitchen (2469 Hilliard Rome Rd , Hilliard, OH 43026)
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.

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