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January 24, 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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SAVE THE DATE!  Simply Living's 28th Annual Meeting in Saturday, February 22nd
We had such great food and fun last year that we're returning to the Indian Oven, 427 East Main St downtown. Connect with our growing community of eco-friendly people who share your values.
Learn about exciting new plans for 2020. Details to follow but you heard it here first that Cathy Cowan Becker will receive our Green Pioneer award
Cathy leads the Ohio Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign, advocates for a Green New Deal, conducts presentations and workshops on the Climate Crisis, and more! 

Screening Economics of Happiness at Kafe Kerouac Monday, February 24 at 7 PM
In honor of our Book Club selection, Local Is Our Future, we are showing the award winning documentary that inspired the new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge. All are welcome but we will have copies of the book available for a discounted price of $10. In addition to the main film, we will introduce the latest short videos about Localization, the antidote to economic globalization. Read more about the book in the Learn Section.

Simply News is coming in February and the print and online editions will announce details about the Annual Meeting, new Meetups, and new film events in March, and April. 

Fantastic Fungi SOLD OUT last Friday and the positive buzz from our excellent panel led to multiple sold out screenings. The GOOD NEWS is that this amazing documentary is being HELD OVER this week so if you missed it you can still experience it - tickets and showtimes at the Gateway are HERE.

More items of note as you scroll this week's Update...
   > The Sunrise Movement is hosting a Green New Deal Launch event at the Karl Rd branch library on Sunday, February 2nd from 2-4 pm.
   > Green Bexley is hosting a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Drexel on Monday, March 3rd at 7 PM."
   > The EPN film series is screening Ice on Fire at OSU next Tuesday evening Jan 28 at 7 PM. Leonardo DiCaprio produced the documentary and stars alongside Thom Hartmann,  Michael Mann, and other experts on the climate crisis.
   > I hope to see many of you at the screening of Transition 2.0 this Saturday at the First UU Church in Clintonville. Doors open at 4:30 pm, Film at 5. It documents positive local change in diverse settings around the world. 
What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. ~ Paul Hawken
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Environmental Film Series presents ICE ON FIRE (Jan 28) Leonardo DiCaprio's latest on the climate crisis.
> Fantastic Fungi held over this week at the Gateway 
> Seed Swap by Lily Kunning for Herbalists without Borders (Jan 25)
EPN Breakfast Program: Hope is the thing with Feathers: A Soaring Journey with Jason Ward (Feb 18)

Stratford Ecological Center offers new classes on Organic Gardening and Native Plants (Feb 15)
Blue Rock Station presents Learn to Build Your Own Solar Generator (Feb 8)
Simply Living Book Club selection is Local Is Our Future. Discussion date is Sunday, March 8 from 3:30 - 5 pm at Portia's Cafe.

In Transition 2.0 film and discussion with Care & Share Time Bank at 1st UU Church (Jan 25)
Columbus Garden School: Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing (Jan 25) and free Winter Seed Swap (Jan 25)

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Sunrise Movement offers Gren New Deal Launch event (Feb 2)
> Yoga Well-Being offers new Ayurveda Classes (Thursdays)
> Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Drexel, hosted by Green Bexley (March 2)

> Earth 911 features Podcast on Net Zero Prefab House and "Six Issues facing EVs 
Knock Down the House: Four Women Challenge the Political Status Quo (Feb 9) at Studio 35)
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center offers Winter Labyrinth Walk and Storytelling event
> Columbus Underground
has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Sierra Club Central Ohio Group has planned their New Year Social with a great program (Jan 30)
Columbus Community Media!

 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Square Dancing venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents Lil' Red& the Rooster (Jan 25)
> Poetry Forum features Kari Gunter-Seymour (Poet Laureate of Athens) Jan 27
Columbus Civic Theater presents The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines
Wayfarers' Appalachian roots music featured at Columbus Folk Music Society event *Jan 25)
Bill Cohen and friends Valentine Concert at Columbus Mennonite Church (Feb 7)

Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market updated (Jan 25)
> Monthly Food Swap
at City Folk's Farm Shop (Feb 1) and Plant Swap (Feb 16)
> Bexley Co-op announces 2020 CSA program

> One Bite Wellness blog by Adrienne Raimos on Sugar addiction 
Franklin County Soil and Water Division announces their Mini-Grant program + we link to their excellent online newsletter.
Agroecologist and author Eric Holt-Gimenez will keynote the OEFFA conference.
The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

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
We must find our way back to true nature. We must set ourselves to the task of revitalizing the earth. Regreening the earth, sowing seeds in the desert--that is the path society must follow.
~ Masanobu Fukuoka
In Transition 2.0 film logoSATURDAY, JANUARY 25
4:30 - 7 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd. Columbus 43214
Free, Donations appreciated

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Simply Living is partnering with the Time Bank to screen the movie, In Transition 2.0, by the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. The film is an immersion into the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations.

Doors open at 4:30 pm Saturday and we will screen the film around 5 pm. The film lasts about one hour and we will discuss the film afterwards. Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your favorite dessert of snack to share.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Simply Living or the Time Bank to attend. Bring a friend and discover stories that inspire and offer hope in challenging times.


Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St, Columbus 43201

If you missed our opening night last Friday because it was SOLD OUT, you have another chance to see this remarkable documentary film this week. It's not just a mushroom movie, it's a mushroom movement!

Synopsis: Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe and could help save the planet. Fantastic Fungi is a revelatory time-lapse journey, from 2019 Maui Film Festival Visionary Award honoree and director Louie Schwartzberg, about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.
For showtimes and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

7 - 9 PM

OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

     Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources/ Environmental Professionals Network and Sustainability Institute Presents ICE ON FIRE. Visionaries and scientists work to mitigate climate change and minimize climate-related events, despite a rapidly warming planet. 
     "This movie was presented in a way that is easy to understand for the general public.  It is sobering to understand the plight all life is faced with due to the climate crisis.  Yet, interspersed in the film are very tangible ways in which we can change the course of this crisis.  But it must be done now." ~ Myriah Pazereckas Roy 
     Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio and features Thom Hartmann, Michael Mann, and other luminaries. Q&A/discussion with attendees
Part of what the food industry does with public relations, just like the chemical industry or the oil industry, is to try to erase their fingerprints from their messaging. ~ Anna Lappe
Can't always make it to the EPN Breakfast programs? 
Now you can participate virtually in your pajamas because each program is now recorded.  Last month was co-hosted with ODNR’s Division of Forestry, highlighting the bourbon cooperage industry and revitalizing Appalachian Ohio’s oak-dominated forests. You can view photos (click here) and video of this program (click here).
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

Hope is the thing with feathers:
A soaring journey with Jason Ward

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210

$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free

BIRDING is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy ( Although humans have always observed birds, new technologies have given birding a huge boost in recent years. It appeals to a wide variety of passions such as art, digital photography, citizen science, conservation initiatives and even has a huge presence through social media (i.e. eBird and online birding groups). The list goes on!

Due to their accessibility and ubiquity, they are a useful tool for subjects like environmental education, wildlife conservation and awareness on environmental issues. Birds easily transmit values on respect to nature and the fragility of ecosystems.

In 2019, one of the major bird-related stories of the year involved a stark warning about a sharp decline in overall bird numbers. Bird enthusiasts were shaken by the publication in September of an article warning that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970 (

Birders love to share stories of how their interest took root. It always starts with a single bird or “spark bird” that triggers that lifelong interest to keep looking up. For Jason Ward it started with a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon in South Bronx, New York. This booming recreational activity has expanded conversations not only around the history of birding, but also discussions on human impact, population decline, climate change, conservation efforts, inclusion and even engaging younger generations.

Join us as Jason Ward takes you on a journey of where his love for birds and wildlife began. He never imagined he would be where he is today, but he always had a passion to learn more about the natural world around him. During this EPN Breakfast program, you’ll learn about his adventures, what he learned, how it changed him personally and professionally as well as tips you can take away to get you started on your own birding voyage.

See the Agenda and more info about the speaker Jason Ward HERE.

Free and open to all; pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about each of the films and additional details on the series here.

OSU Environmental Film Series Winter 2020.
Healing the wounds of the earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party, only gumption and persistence. It is not a liberal or conservative activity; it is a sacred act.
~ Paul Hawken

Upcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236


milk jugs
Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing 

Starts Jan 25 $20

Yes, you CAN start seeds without a fancy greenhouse or special lights -- at home, and in winter! In fact, the outdoor method using recycled milk jugs is preferable for...Learn More


Winter Seed Swap & Catalog Rodeo 
Starts Jan 25 Free

There's no better way to spend a slushy day than planning your vegetable and flower gardening for next summer. C'mon down to the Winter Seed Swap & Catalog Rodeo at the...Learn More

A choir of seedlings arching their necks out of rotted tree stumps, sucking life out of death.
I am the forest's conscience, but remember, the forest eats itself and lives forever.
~ Barbara Kingsolver

Sunday, January 26
4 - 5:30 PM
Herbalists without Borders Presents:

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist
757 Garden Rd, Suite 203
Columbus 43214

This FREE event is to inspire free exchange between gardeners and farmers to swap varieties. Join us for our annual swap of all kinds of seeds- edible, medicinal, and otherwise!
     Did you know that companies like Bayer/Monsanto have made it impossible (and in some places illegal!) to save and swap seeds? When seed swapping is illegal, only outlaws will have healthy, fertile, and non-GMO seed! 
     Keep accessible, healthy, non-GMO food and medicine aceesible to all by preparing for and engaging in our annual seed swap!
     If you have saved seeds or simply overbought in some years, bring your collection and some extra pouches and bags to take some new varieties home. Houseplants also welcome for swapping.
     Edible, medicinal, and other plants are all welcome here! Trading and gifting is a more human economy- one that prioritizes need over ability to pay. Join us in the health and food justice movement!

Blue Rock Station Presents:
Learn to Build your own Solar Generator

February 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: First English Lutheran Church 1015 E Main St. Columbus 43205

$65 (includes course, detailed plans, Assembling a Solar Generatobook)
It is a hot summer afternoon (or worse yet, a brutally cold winter’s morning).  The power goes out.  It may be only for an hour.  It may be down for days.  What are your options? The electrical grid in our nation is in pretty rough shape.  Power outages are becoming more and more common. Each day (on average) 500,000 Americans loose electrical service for 2 hours.   As a result, many people are investing hundreds and even thousands of dollars in gasoline or diesel generators.  The power goes down – and the neighborhood suddenly sounds like a lawnmower.  Loud and smelly generators come to life.  There is a better option, however. Join us for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator.  Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort.  Here is how it works… The solar panel charges a battery bank within the generator.  When the grid goes down, simply plug your appliance into the outlet on the side of the generator and it will run, quietly, with no fumes, while the grid is down.  If the sun is shining, you can recharge your batteries using the solar panel as you are using the generator.  Keep the generator in your home if you would like, with the panel outside (no noise or fumes, remember?) 
Get all the details and sign up HERE.

Upcoming Classes at the Stratford Ecological Center

Organic Gardening for Adults
Saturday, February 15, 9-11am

Learn simple organic gardening techniques that will have your neighbors wondering how your garden produce can look so great without using harmful pesticides and herbicides.  From the soil to those pesky bugs, we will explore the basics of organic gardening techniques. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015.

The Importance of Native Plants in Your Garden
Saturday, February 15, 11:30am-1pm

Learn about plants native to this region and how they benefit and sustain local wildlife. Participants will receive seed to add to or start their native plant collection. Facilitated by Stratford Ecological Center staff and Delaware County Master Gardener Volunteers. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015
Book Cover Local Is Our FutureLocal Is Our Future:

Steps to an Economics of Happiness

The Simply Living Book Club's Winter selection is a brand new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, the woman who produced the Economics of Happiness video that dramatically contrasted the problems with the global economic status quo and the benefits of moving to a more localized economy.

The new book is being released along with a TED Talk that explains the need for bold, systemic changes that offer genuine hope for a sustainable future. The date for the initial discussion is Sunday, March 8 (3:30 - 5 pm) at Portia's Cafe in Clintonville. Portia has graciously agreed to leave another selection of vegan treats to enjoy from 5-6 pm. Donations are appreciated.
SL is offering the $12.95 book for $10 to our members.  

Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 to register or purchase the book.
Nature has an incredible capacity for regeneration and growth,
but we can't experience it if we stay fearful and focused on lack.
~ Frances Moore Lappé
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.
Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. ~ Carl Sagan
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
2-4 PM

Columbus Public Library Karl Rd Branch
5590 Karl Rd, Columbus OH 43229
Still have questions about the Green New Deal? Want to learn more and possibly get involved? Come hear from leaders of the local Sunrise Movement, watch some videos that help explain what is proposed and how it can be implemented, and hear from local leaders who are addressing the climate crisis now.
Learn about how young people are creating Strike Circles and how to participate. Carolyn Harding from the Columbus Community Bill of Rights will speak and their efforts to ban oil and gas operations and her radio show on WGRN 94.1 where Carolyn interviews local activists. Sign up and get more info HERE.
New Class: Ayurveda for Well-Being
Thursdays, 6:00-7:15 PM
296 W. 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43201
Prevention stands supreme even to the most advanced medical disciplines. Greatest healing comes from the body’s natural intelligence and self knowledge. Learn from Dr. Vandana Baranwal the simple, practical and powerful tools from the oldest system of healing and well being: Ayurveda. Discover tools and techniques for profound self knowledge and self healing. Learn about new beginnings, healthy foods and balance. Dr. Vandana is an experienced and published Ayurveda professor from India now resident in Columbus.
     The class counts as a regular class and is included in YWB memberships. Students are encouraged to attend each class to develop their knowledge and introduce long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Want a deeper understanding? Try the following series with Troy Pyles and Eszter Gozon: Saturdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, February 8th to March 28th.Take an 8 week long series, A Balanced Life: Using the Wisdom of Ayurveda to Support Well-Being.
     More at and
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation. ~ Rumi
2 - 4 PM

Knock Down the House is a documentary about four women who challenged the political establishment in their runs for office in 2018. In Central Ohio we have our own candidate challenging the political establishment in her run for Congress in 2020 - Morgan Harper.

Before the film, Morgan will speak about her journey - why she chose to run for Congress, what it is like to go up against the powers that be, and what she hopes will result from her campaign.

Then sit back and enjoy a screening of Knock Down the House. Here's the movie description:

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event.
If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.
~ Michael Moore
7 PM

Drexel Theater
2254 East Main St
Columbus 43209

Sponsored by Green Bexley
This award winning documentary, executive produced by the Anthony Bourdain, aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.
Courage is saying maybe what I'm doing isn't working, maybe I should try something else.
~ Anna Lappe
six issues facing electric vehicles

Six Issues Facing

Electric Vehicles

Fun to drive and cheaper to operate, electric vehicles have grown in popularity considerably in recent years. However, automakers still need to overcome these six hurdles before they’re broadly adopted. 

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Net-Zero Prefab House Podcast

Earth911’s Mitch Ratcliffe talks with Brandon Weiss, Chief Innovation Officer at Dvele, about the future of net-zero housing, Dvele’s hardy construction standards, and sustainability features.

Read More


Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news
is winning out over the bad. Its simply a choice to take action.
~ Anna Lappe


Join us for Central Ohio Group's New Year Social!

When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020
6:30- 7pm Social Time: Meet and greet fellow Sierra Club members, activists, staff, and volunteer leaders. Beverages (soft drinks and wine) and light appetizers included. Green goodie baskets will be available for raffle chances.
7pm Program Begins: Hear from group members and staff about active campaigns: Ready For 100, Past Plastic, Beyond Coal, and various volunteer opportunities. Please bring your questions and suggestions!

8pm Raffle Drawings!
Location: OSU Northwood-High Building
2231 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201
First Floor - Room 100

 Parking: Free parking is permitted free of charge at spaces marked "R - Reserved / Rardin Clinic." Unauthorized cars parked at "A" and "B" permit spaces will result in a $60.00 citation by CampusParc. Free parking is also available on adjacent Norwich and Northwood Avenues after 6:00pm on weekdays.  Door Access: During the evening you may only enter the building from the lower parking level entrance at the rear of the building.  If you find that the doors are locked, call 614-292-HELP and someone will assist.

For questions, contact Ann Marie Condo at 

Shepherd's Corner
Ecology Center

987 N Waggoner Road Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 866-4302

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center, staff and animals, are excited for 2020! Our January through April events are posted on our Facebook as well as on our website. If you would like more information regarding a program, do not hesitate to reach out. To register for any of these programs, please visit the calendar on our website or give us a call at (614) 866-4302.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5                
6:30 - 8 PM


Wengert Road labyrinth
Suggested Donation: $5
Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.
CONTACT: Miranda  614-866-4302

Go deep, seek peace, listen to the quiet voice within.
Facilitated by Marguerite Chandler, OP
Sr. Marguerite Chandler, is a certified spiritual director/companion registered with Spiritual Directors International.
     Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Snacks and beverages will be included. Please wear comfortable shoes. Everyone is welcome! No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required. ***Location of walk depends on the status of outdoor labyrinth***

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12               
6:30 - 8 PM

Suggested Donation: $5
Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.
CONTACT: Miranda  614-866-4302

Storytelling is powerful. Come engage in the process of storytelling as we build, create, and share true and fanciful tales.This program will be engaging, moving, and needs your participation. Join us as we embark in the telling and hearing of stories. There’s no need to have attended the first Storytelling program to join in on this one.
     This program is being led by Donna Doone, OPA. Donna has been in the field of education for more than forty years. A life long learner who can often be found within circles of children and adults who are seeking creativity and playfulness as forms of expression. Donna’s zest for life and love is contagious!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Tarantino, Dolly Parton, Tiki, Coffee & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Mega Weekend – Tarantino, Dolly Parton, Tiki, Coffee & More!

Make time for brunchin with friends this weekend!

Here’s to the weekend! Don’t miss your chance to be at the Sweet Treats Dessert Festival! Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


-Go Backstage at the Lincoln with Priscilla Woodson
Application Pending opens at CATCO
-Celebrate Dolly Parton’s Birthday
-Comedian Joe DeRosa‘s at the Walrus
-Only 4 performances of Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My Ass!
-Get political at the Wex watching small lies, Big Truth
I Am An Artist opens
-Get lost in the music during Russian Winter Festival II: Exotic Masterpieces ($10 tix at Ohio Theater + coffee and donuts)
Tarantino’s 9 kicks off at Studio 35


-Dance to 2000’s Indie Music at The Mess Around
-Goth party CHURCH prznts The Original CHURCH
-Winter Hike: Clear Creek
-Take a Winter Walk at Green Lawn Cemetery
-Go on the Winter Hike at Inniswood


-Try Chocolate, Coffee & Wine at Winan’s Downtown
-Land Grant debuts a new coffee beer, Stargazer
-Check out We Amplify Voices happy hour kickoff party
The Beeline opens
-Try Lifestyle Cafe (new vegan cafe replacing Angry Baker)
-Score a pour over by Roaming Goat
-Last Weekend for Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise
-Try Champagne & Junk Food
-Cheer on our Columbus Pesto Championship contestants
-Try some Tiki drinks
-Have You Tried Betty’s Dressing?


Urban Emporium Celebrates 5 Years
-Volunteer making Coffee & Care Packages
-Build a Terrarium
-Sunday is Family Fun Day at Seventh Son
-Take a look inside Stuart’s Opera House
-Celebrate Chinese New Year
-Watch the Grammy Awards
-Grandview Theatre has Dumb and Dumber Beer Tasting
Sign the Petition to Drop the Charges on the MLK Breakfast arrests

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
I want Americans to realize that we are the owners of this country,
and that one person can make a difference. ~ Michael Moore

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

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.

Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:00 AM.  Center for American Progress Live Webcast:  Tackling the Climate Crisis and Greening Our Economies.  Please join the Center for American Progress for a forward-looking conversation between two of the most prominent advocates for green economic transformations from both sides of the Atlantic. Robert Habeck, co-chair of the German Green party, and former governor of California Jerry Brown (D) will discuss the urgency of the climate crisis; state of climate policy and activism in the United States and Europe; and an agenda for global action for 2020 and beyond.  Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast

Friday, January 24, 2020, 2:00 – 5:30 PM.  COMPAS Conference:  What is the American Dream?  Is the American dream still alive? Who is and is not included in its promise? What does it require of us today? What is the relationship between its various parts; between freedom, democracy, opportunity, and prosperity?  This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  Hosted by Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values.  Location:  Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  More information on Facebook

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement.  Statewide Convening.  Please join us for the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign 2020 Planning Convening on January 25th in Columbus.  The Ohio and National Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has exciting and important activities that are happening and coming up. Registration link and details will be coming soon.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus 43214.  More information on Facebook.

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  Voter Registration Training and Live Practice Session.  Learn all about voter registration (or get a refresher) then head outside to practice!  If you want to join us for the live practice session, show up at 4:30pm and we'll head out from there.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Shepard Branch, 850 Nelson Road, Columbus.  Facebook

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  District 15 Candidate Forum:  Save the Date! Join us to meet the 2020 candidates for Ohio's Congressional District 15 seat! We will invite all certified candidates from all parties to join us in a panel discussion about the issues we face in the 12 counties of the 15th district. Location:  5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard 43026.  Facebook.  

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 5:00 – 9:30 PM.  2020 Film Festival – Ohio Premiere Screening.  Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf 5:00 PM Dinner. 6:00 PM Ohio Premiere Screening.  7:30 PM Discussion with live feed from the Netherlands with the Director and Producer. The Co-Producer with be with us in person for the discussion.  Hosted by WIN Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.  Location:  McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Columbus 43085.  More information on Facebook

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors - Sharing Our Stories. Ramona Reyes.  Ramona R. Reyes originally came to Columbus when she was awarded the Campbell Soup Migrant Scholarship, a scholarship for children of migrant farm working families, to attend the Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Transportation Logistics.  Ms. Reyes is presently the director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at Catholic Social Services, serving in this capacity since 2015.  She currently serving in her third term as a member of Columbus School Board and is the first Hispanic elected member of the Board. She was featured in the Women's Book and the 2013 WELD - Women You Should Know Calendar.  All are welcome.  There is no charge for this program.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.  Worthington. [Longer bio on the website.]

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Northwest Area Progressives January Meeting.  Monthly Meeting - Details to come.  Location:  Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus.  Facebook

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Inhale/Exhale:  Ritual and Reflection. Inhale/Exhale is a restorative healing program for local organizers and activists in the progressive movement. This Inhale/Exhale focuses on ritual and reflection - a time for collective and individual reflection through supportive conversation and opportunities to create rituals for healing and wellness. We will explore healing practices of Yoga, Urban Zen, Polarity, and expressive arts. This is a great overview of everything we've learned so far! This healing session will be led by Erin Upchurch, a Black Queer community wellness practitioner.  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215. Facebook.   

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:00 – 10:30 AM.  Together We Are Better!  Please join us for an engaging discussion on next steps! How you can support, partner, and co-create opportunities to prepare for the upcoming Census 2020. We are reconvening Faith leaders, community leaders, and community organizations to engage your support. Your participation in the Census 2020 efforts is extremely valuable and vital.  For questions contact Annette Reyes at or (614) 466-8333.  Location:  Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Drive, Columbus 43219.  Facebook

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 AM.  De-Escalate Ohio Now. HeartbeatMovement Lobby Day.  The top three cities for Police Killings in Ohio are Columbus, Cleveland@ Cincinnati Legal Interventions, Gun Violence with Qualified Immunity. In the last 5 years $1.87 Billion dollars have been paid out to families because of police misconduct. Banks @ Investors are also making Billions off Police Misconduct Bonds who pick up the tab, Ohio Taxpayers.  Those funds could be used in our Communities. In the face of this assault on our Communities, we Lift up the work of Fearless Organizers and Activists courageous enough to "Stand Against Racist Police Brutality.” No Longer is it enough to Videotape and circulate the Violence being wage against us. No Longer is it enough to trend on Social Media. We must become visionary. We must become Neighbors Again. It is our time to come from behind our blinds and our doors and turn to each to one another. Our Communities are Not War Zone. Together We Cry!  In Honor of the Victims - No More!  Demand Ohio Lawmakers To Do Something Now! In Unity @ Solidarity.  Location:  77 S. High St. Columbus 43215.  Facebook

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this generation gets to essentially completely change the world. ~ Paul Hawken
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Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of
seeing yourself in things that are not you.
~ Chuck Klosterman

8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sunday


Columbus Civic Theater
3837 Indianola Ave, Cbus 43214
Tickets $17.50 - $20   Purchase 

In Don Nigro's innovative and intimate play, five women in five monologues give fresh, eye-opening perspective from some of Shakespeare's classic characters and the actresses who play them.
Plays Thursdays through Sundays ending February 2nd.
No salvation without regeneration -
no spiritual life without a new birth
- no heaven without a new heart.
~ J. C. Ryle
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY JANUARY 25
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Next week's live music:  

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!
Wayfarers old tyme appalachian bandSATURDAY, JANUARY 25


Columbus Mennonite Church
35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214

$15 donations are suggested at the door,
$10 for CFMS members.  Contact Bill Cohen at 614-263-3851.
     Nostalgic Americana.  That’s the mood that the rural Southeast Ohio band the Wayfarers create, and they’re bringing their mix of early mountain music and pre-bluegrass tunes of the 1920’s to Columbus for a high energy concert.  Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society.
     The Wayfarers have appeared on the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” released 4 studio albums, and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass and country music, including Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart. To hear samples of the Wayfarers music, go to
      The Wayfarers will take the stage at 8 pm, but folk music fans can come early to enjoy other activities: an open jam at 6 pm, 3 open mic acts at 7 pm, and an audience sing-along of folk favorites at 7:45 pm. 
      This is just the latest in a year-long series of monthly concerts sponsored by CFMS, and supported with a grant from the Columbus Foundation.

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


The Poetry Forum
January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST 
|Recurring Event (See all)
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint, 2598 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202 United States + Google Map

Featured readings + open mic since 1984  Mondays 7 pm     
Jan 27 ~ Kari Gunter-Seymour (Poet Laureate of Athens, OH - pictured)
Feb 3 ~ Andy Havens
Feb 10 ~ Jen Town
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »

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. 


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

Saturday,  February 1 – Big Scioty
Jeanie and the Dreamers and Margaret Goodman
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

square dancing at wild goose creativeWild Goose Creative Square Dancing
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, February 7
7-11 pm

All Soles Contra Dancers
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, February 8
Changeling with Margaret Goodman calling


When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional plus,' meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. ~ Doc Watson
Bill Cohen with guitar and valentineFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
7:30 PM

Columbus Mennonite Church
35 E. Oakland Park Ave - Columbus 43214

Serious love songs  and a humorous trivia quiz will highlight the 11th valentine concert.  With guitar and piano, Bill will sing favorites from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, made famous by John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg,, the Eagles, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tom Waits, and others.  
     While the songs will reflect the ecstasy, warmth, heartache, and pain that love can bring, there will be a lighter side too, as Bill challenges the audience with trivia questions about famous and infamous couples and love songs throughout the decades.   Scrumptious home-baked sweets will be served at intermission, and a couple special surprises are also being planned.
Ann Fisher will be on hand to add some romantic flute accompaniment on several songs.  And the all-girl trio, the Harmonettes, will add some tight vocal back-ups on other tunes.  David Maywhoor will keep the beat on percussion, and Brian Szuch will add sparkling lead guitar riffs.
     While the songs will reflect the ecstasy, warmth, heartache, and pain that love can bring, there will be a lighter side too, as Bill challenges the audience with trivia questions about famous and infamous couples and love songs throughout the decades. 
     Scrumptious home-baked sweets will be served at intermission, and a couple special surprises are also being planned.
      A $15 donation per person is being requested at the door, with proceeds going to help produce the upcoming Central Ohio Folk Festival, a project of the Columbus Folk Music Society.
      For more information, call Bill at 263-3851 or  
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9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

Shopping the Farmers Market builds community. It's about food and staying healthy and the managers often bring in local community organizations to table and interact with the crowd, and more often than not local musicians add to the ambience. Next week the Walk with a Doc conversations return. Join Dr. Jenn Hetrick on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month for conversation, camaraderie and positive change! Or you can slow your pace when Yoga at the Market returns. Stay up to date about market events by checking their Website and following them on Facebook.  The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

Upcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Feb 1, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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! RSVP HERE.

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Feb 16, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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! RSVP HERE

Sign up for Summer CSA Now!
We're in love with Front Axle Farm produce!

You can purchase their organically grown vegetables with us almost all year long, AND sign up for their CSA program in the summer when the best of the best is being grown just for you!

More information can be found on their website.
Pick up at our store from June - October!

It may be 3pm and the post-lunch energy lull can cause us to reach for the drugs that pep us up. Yes, drugs. Sugar and caffeine - legal though they way be, beware of how they can be robbing you of your natural energy and more.

In an exercise during our recent Sugar Busters class, we explored the history of sugar, the estimated consumption, and then what the average 'healthy' American's intake is. The result was rather shocking. After the coffee and hazelnut creamer, granola and Greek fruit yogurt for breakfast as well as a turkey sandwich and side salad with dressing for lunch, the total is 64 grams of added sugar. That's before stopping by the coworker's desk for two fun-size Twix bars (they're really tiny, we know, but you'll now need to add another 16 grams). So now we're at 80 grams of added sugar for the day and before dinner! In a game of Sugar Monopoly, you're about to land in blood-sugar-dysregulation 'jail', do not pass go, do not collect $200.

Are you aware of the World Health Organization's recommendation limiting our added sugar intake to 5% or less of our daily calorie needs? Or to have less than 25 grams of added sugar per day?

READ MORE wise counseling in the rest of the blog HERE and follow the work of integrative functional nutritionist and all around wellness guru Adrienne Raimos


The 2020 Mini-Grant Program application period is now open! 

Apply here after reading the information below. 

Franklin Soil and Water’s annual Conservation Mini-Grant program offers up to $2000 to three non-profits that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects. Nearly 30 organizations have been awarded full or partial funding since 2013. Remaining funds are utilized throughout the year by Franklin Soil and Water for projects and programs, many times in coordination with partners.

The Mini-Grant program is supported by the District’s Conservation Fund, a pool of operational fees and proceeds from fund-raising events including its Annual Meeting and Tree Sale.


Franklin County, Ohio non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOAs and condo associations) and civic associations may apply. Get all the details HERE. Discover more ways to get involved by subscribing to their excellent online Newsletter.

To argue that we need some technology in order to produce food to tackle hunger is completely blind to the facts on the ground. Actually, what we need is the exact opposite of what GMOs give us. We have to empower farmers to grow food for themselves and plant and grow their own seeds and use practices to deal with weeds and the need for fertility, not from purchased products like a seed or a chemical, but from their own farms, from their own knowledge and skill sets.
~ Anna Lappe
Eric Holt-GimenezAgroecologist and Author Eric Holt-Giménez to Keynote OEFFA Conference 

Uniting farm, food, and climate movements to demand equitable solutions to the climate crisis will be the focus of a keynote address by agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author Eric Holt-Giménez.
     He will explore the ways in which extreme weather events, environmental contamination, industrial agriculture, energy infrastructure, and other factors have unleashed a perfect storm on our food system, worsening food insecurity and disproportionately affecting family farmers, farmworkers, and people of color. He’ll discuss how farm, food, and climate justice movements can work together to create systemic change, including a resilient and equitable food system and a Green New Deal committed to social justice.
Thursday, February 13 > Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
Registration Now Open for Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio's premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.

"This year's event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture," said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. "Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis."
Online registration is now open at

Giving up your ego is the shortest way to unification with nature. 
~ Masanobu Fukuoka

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