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December 20, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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


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Climate Video Goes Viral (credit (Common Dreams)

"Stop what you're doing and watch this—all the way through."

That was the reaction Monday from youth-led climate group Sunrise Movement to a gripping new apocalypse-themed campaign ad rolled out by Democrat Andrew Romanoff, who's running in Colorado's 2020 primary race for U.S. Senate. In the ad, Romanoff directly confronts those standing in the way of the Green New Deal and other calls for bold action by saying, "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it."   Check it out Here.

Green New Deal Town Hall at OSU  Shout out to Cathy Cowan Becker for her work with the Youth Sunrise Movement at OSU to organize another Green New Deal Town Hall on Jan 21 at the Ohio Union. (Details below in our NEWS section.) Cathy leads the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign in Ohio and her research to learn what other cities are doing to move toward 100% renewable energy makes for a terrific presentation on what a Green New Deal could like like in Columbus.  Once again she will team up with Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, the Denison economist who not only understands the GND but he also knows how to pay for it. To top off a terrific panel, Sunrise is bringing in OSU professor Joel Wainwright to give us an international perspective. Put this on your 2020 calendar now!

Update on SL events in January...
We just learned from Chris Hamel at the Gateway Film Center that Simply Living will host the opening of the new documentar, 
Fantastic Fungi on Friday evening January 17 at 7 pm. We will soon announce the expert panel members who will lead the Q&A discussion after the film. Watch the Trailer to whet your appetite now. Gateway will screen the film Jan 17-23. 

The Role of the Care and Share Time Bank in the Environmental Community will be explored in the January 19 (3rd Sunday) program at 1st UU church. Meet and talk with reps from the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and Simply Living. The potluck starts at 6:30 pm - program at 7 pm. Details are in the Community section.

CORRECTION.  Vilvi Vannak leads the Time Bank and she corrected the time for the new Movie Night. We will show In Transition 2.0 , at 5 pm and the doors will open at 4:30 pm. We will have light refreshments but you are welcome to bring a favorite dessert or finger food. More info on Facebook HERE.

Save the Date! "AWAKENING THE SAGE WITHIN" Workshop Sat Feb 1
Simply Living is partnering with SL member Tim Cooke, who has been actively engaging and developing co-housing opportunities in Columbus and central Ohio. Tim has arranged to bring Sage-ing International to a one-day event that will take place at the Northwood Bldg in Community Room 100 on Feb 1st from 9 am - 4:30 pm. The interactive workshop will explore ideas that will equip you with a balanced plan for thriving in the third stage of life. See the flyer HERE. 

Naomi Klein - The task is clear: to create a culture of caretaking in which no one and nowhere is thrown away, in which the inherent value of people and all life is foundational.

Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  

> Local Learning Opportunities about what it means to "localize" - we link to Helena Norberg-Hodge's TED Talk and her new Book, Local Is Our Future, that is a likely selection for the next Simply Living book club discussion. Plus learn about INSANE TRADE with a short video and fact sheet!
> Indoor Composting Workshop Sunday (12-22), Food Swap (Jan 5), and Plant Swap Jan 18. at City Folk's Farm Shop
> AS YOU SOW is an excellent website for learning HOW TO INVEST YOUR VALUES.
> Gratitude from Columbus Garden School for a great first year!  Gift Certificates now available.
Lily Kunning's The Art of Medicine Making Series announced for 2020

Blue Rock Station hosts a Winter Open House on Jan 4 from 1-3 pm
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Green New Deal town Hall at OSU announced by Sunrise group (Jan 21)
> Useful Links include 1) NYTimes Climate Fwd Newsletter lists films on global warming. 2) Get info from the growing XR (Extinction Rebellion) end of year newsletter. 3) Chill out with Peter Russell's short video on Effortless Meditation. 4) 
Find links to two short videos that will introduce you to Eisenstein's insightful work the root cause of the climate crisis - separation from nature and each other. 
Earth 911 - Sustainable Stocking Stuffers and Green Dog Gifts are featured.
Plan Ahead for the January 30 event
, Sierra Club Central Ohio Group: 2020 and Beyond.  Exciting program is being developed!
> the Rapid 5 Project promises to connect all 5 central Ohio waterways so everyone will be only 1.5 miles from water. 
> Save the dates poster for EcoChallenge events in 2020!

Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
Annual Winter Solstice event Sunday (12-22) at Summit UMC + a shout out to host Rita Carnevale
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter features a Voting advocacy training opportunity!
> Columbus Underground was added to our great Community Media in Columbus
> Care & Share Time Bank (Jan 19) features program exploring CSTB and the Environmental Community
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 Shane Wilson's Christmas Show (12-21) 
Literary Events: Links to the long-running Poetry Forum in Columbus

> Kafe Kerouac's Xmas Party is TONIGHT (12-20)

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market will feature Yoga and winter veggies guide (12-21)
Bexley Natural Market's Holiday
sale items are listed
> One Bite Wellness offers a recipe for Lemony Kale and Almond Salad
Agroecologist and author EricHolt-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
There is no more important task than re-localizing our economies –
it will help to cure everything from climate change to human sadness. 
~ Bill McKibben
LOCAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES... We talk a lot about living local, shrinking the distances and reducing CO2 emissions when we Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, and Invest Local - we even distribute a little green "Be a Localist" card created by the Think Columbus First campaign. Many SL members have seen the Economics of Happiness film produced by Helena Norberg-Hodge and the International Society for Ecological Culture. Here are some new resources from their website.

1) Helena's TED Talk is a very clear overview of the Localist Movement.

2) Helena's New Book, Local is Our Future is subtitled Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Simply Living is considering offering this in our next Simply Living Book Club Discussion. A 30% discount is offered to book clubs, and a free Discussion Guide is available online. Interested? Email Chuck. or text/call 614-354-6172. 

3) INSANE TRADE -  Yes, the way trade works in the global economy can be insane – it wastes resources, worsens climate change, and undermines the livelihoods of millions of small-scale producers worldwide. Yet it is an almost unavoidable consequence of de-regulatory ‘free trade’ agreements and the billions of dollars in supports and subsidies – many of them hidden – that prop up the global economy. To learn how this works, check out their short video along with a Fact sheet that documents their claim!  Or just watch the short video HERE.

class at city folks farm shopUpcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Composting Indoors All Winter
Dec 22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Frustrated with the difficulty of outdoor winter composting in our climate? Want to find a different way to deal with your food waste that allows you to compost a wider variety of material? Bokashi composting is a way to deal with kitchen scraps, including meat and dairy. In this one-hour workshop, Paisley Nash-Dooley, will introduce you to bokashi composting and its practice at home.
     This Japanese composting technique involves natural fermentation and offers a way for people to manage food scraps. The liquid produced can be used to water houseplants while the food scraps are pre-digested, and can then be composted or buried in the soil to finish.. RSVP HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Jan, 5 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 Jan 18, 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

Tisa Watts Teaching at Garden SchoolUpcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236
Photo at left from Dispatch article



With Gratitude - Our inaugural year at the Columbus Garden School has been astonishing, exhausting, and eye-opening. In February, we started our school with little more than an idea, a few tables and chairs, and a sunny patch of dirt. Eleven months later, we find ourselves in deep gratitude to our amazing instructors and especially to YOU, our students and supporters.
THANK YOU -- not just for plunking down $ for a class, but more importantly, for taking a chance on the Columbus Garden School. THANK YOU for sharing your experience with others and helping to spread the word on social media. THANK YOU for your patience as we figured out how best to offer classes, and for giving us the courage and momentum to keep going. THANK YOU for the opportunity to do it all again in 2020!

Upcoming 2020 classes include: Intro to Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical-HVAC, Pruning of Trees and Woody Shrubs, Beekeeping Basics, and Beginning Breads: Sourdough Workshop. Stay tuned for more!

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health. ~ Paul Stamets


The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

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


Learn sustainable living from the masters!

Podcasts, 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.

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

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate. ~ Gloria Steinem
As You Sow
Learn How to Invest Your Values
Whether you invest or not, it's good to know these people are working to make corporations accountable. They have a suite of tools that individuals can use to make your mutual funds or 401K plan behave responsibly.  I love their URL:
     Our mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.
     Our vision is a safe, just, and sustainable world in which protecting the environment and human rights is central to corporate decision making.
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.
Everything old is new again? Listen to this 1926 text and song
by Rev. J.M. Gates "Chain Stores" - Enjoy and keep it local!
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Green New Deal Town HallTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
6 - 8 PM

Ohio Union - U.S. Bank Conference Center
1739 N High St, Columbus 43215
Free, Donations appreciated

Register on Eventbrite

Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately.

The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. The Green New Deal aims to do just that.

Come and learn about the Green New Deal from our experts. Topics covered include:

- What is and what will the GND do?

- How do we pay for the GND?

- International political conditions for the GND

Q&A discussion will take place with the audience after speaker presentations.
The panel of experts will feature Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, professor of Economics at Denison, Dr. Joel Wainwright, professor of Geography at OSU, and Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign in Ohio. More info on the presenters when you register on Eventbrite.

Useful Links
family watching tv in living roomNYTimes Climate Forward Newsletter -
Docs to watch over the holidays...

Don’t feel like watching that holiday movie you’ve already seen 900 times? Then gather ’round to learn about a topic even more timely than Christmas cookies and the dreidel song: our warming planet.   
     In addition to the best-known titles, like “An Inconvenient Truth” and its sequel, “Chasing Ice,” and Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” and “Ice on Fire,” here are five documentaries to try. Don’t worry about spoiling the holiday mood: Most of them end on an inspiring note. Here's the LINK. 
     You will also find an article about the mission to expose invisible methane leaks - very timely since we just learned that the largest methane leak in the world took place in Belmont County OHIO. Will we get an apology from our state leaders who bought in and were bought by the oil and gas industry?

The Latest XR Newsletter: Good COP, Bad COP

Extinction Rebellion ( chapters are emerging here and all over the world! Much to see and learn in this end of year edition. As we collectively draw a line under 2019, we invite you all to reflect on where we are as a species and as a people. The world is entering a new age of urgency. The next five to ten years will be a time of unparalleled global change, and we will certainly be tested, both as individuals and as a society.

Rest assured, dear rebels, we will be sharing this journey together, as we move, with peace and compassion, towards a new global paradigm."

Image result for peter russell effortless meditationPeter Russell on Effortless Meditation
Stressed out by climate news? Chill Out.... This short video explains why meditation is best without any trying or effort. 

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Consciousness breathing is my anchor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Claimate: A New Story book coverSimply Living member Betsy Loeb shared in our Active Hope discussion group that she is reading Charles Eisenstein's new book, Climate: A New Story. (more at The author argues that we need to look deeper into the underlying causes of the climate crisis.

You can see a preview of his insights in two short videos available for free in
Ending the Story of Separation
Sacred Economics-2019 Director's Cut
Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration. ~ Paul Stamets
Picture of xmas stockings

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

If you want to be more eco-friendly in all aspects of your gift-giving this year, start with these creative, sustainable stocking stuffers.

Read More




Green Dog Gifts

Are you working on Christmas gifts for your four-legged friend? Check out these great ideas for green dog gifts.

Read More
dogs playing with a green toy




5 Tips to Heal Naturally

Many traditional healing techniques help heal the body without pharmaceuticals. There are many ways to prevent illness and allow our bodies to heal naturally. Let’s explore how to get started.

Read More
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  

Sierra Club Central Ohio: 2020 and Beyond. Please join Sierra Club Central Ohio Group for a conversation about 2020 and Beyond. We will have refreshments, raffle items, and speakers to discuss water and energy issues in Central Ohio, as well as how you can get involved! This is the kickoff for our activities this year, and we hope you can become part of a new century of environmental protection in Central Ohio in 2020 and Beyond! Questions? Contact Ann Marie

Location: Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201. Facebook.
Rapid 5 Project Aims to Connect All Central Ohio Waterways
A new large-scale project will be formally announced in 2020 with the goal of connecting all of Central Ohio’s major waterways and trails together into a cohesive system for residents and visitors. The “Rapid5” program is being spearheaded by local leadership at the Urban Land Institute of Columbus, MetroParks, MORPC, Franklin County and others. More HERE.

The deeper message that is resonating with people is that it is possible to build.
It is possible to invest in people; it is possible to invest in green infrastructure;
it's possible to change. ~ Naomi Klein

Rita CarnevaleA shout out to Simply Living member Rita Carnevale for hosting this annual Celebration of the Light (see panel below). Rita Inow operates "Her Sacred Space" at her new space at 4701 Olentangy River Rd. Suite 201a.and she continues to offer 10% off for her services through the end of the year. Packages include cranial sacral massage, transformational healing and card consultation readings. Rita says, "I now takes credit cards, so you can call for purchases and even buy GIFT CERTIFICATES in time for Christmas which I can mail or you can pick up at the space. And look for my offerings of ceremony and movement classes coming in January."  winter solstice

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Winter Solstice, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Winnie The Pooh, Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon and More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Find some holiday lights this weekend! Photo of Columbus Commons

Welcome to the weekend! Ready for the holidays? Looking for fun holiday events you can do with your family and friends? We’ve been sharing our favorite Local Gift Ideas! See you on Sunday at Brewed! Party for NYE with us at Hadley’s or at Balboa & Grandview Cafe! Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


-Dublin lights their tree, as does Clintonville
-The Ohio Statehouse lights their tree and has a holiday festival
-Make & Take a Holiday Item at Think Like an Artist
-Explore Conservatory Aglow
-Go to Free Festive Fridays at Columbus Commons
The Gateway celebrates the holidays on Friday with It’s Lit Actually
-Check out the Orange Line Holiday Train Exhibit
-Go on a UA Holiday Tour of Homes
-Enjoy the Lazarus Santa


-The Drexel has a COCOA BAR & PJ PARTY! with The Polar Express
-The Children’s Theater presents Rapunzel
-Go Home for the Holidays with the beautiful sounds of jazz
Lipstick by Lane Stanley opens at Madlab
-Watch A Christmas Story for free
-The Symphony brings you Holiday Pops
-The Wexner Center has a weekend of fun family activities with Zoom: Family Film Festival 2019
Lindsay Gallery celebrates 20 years
-934 Gallery has a show of Edible art


-Shop the Holiday Hop in the Short North
-Explore the 12 Elves of Dublin
-Shop Winterfair
-3060 Artworks hosts a Holiday Artisan Market
-Wild Cat Gift & Party hosts Midnight Madness Extravaganza!
-Get amazing holiday presents at CCAD Art Fair & Marketplace
-Shop Craftin’ Outlaws at Columbus Museum of Art
-Find Cool Things at Little Flea in Old North (Holiday Pop-Up)
-Go Shop Bexley Holiday Hop
-Shop Not Your Mama’s Craft Market at Village Lights
-Shop German Village Makers Market
-Go to Village Lights


-Shop Winterfair
-Hear music in a mansion
-The Vanderelli Room brings in Unsolicited Advice
-Have a roaring fun time at What the Fuzz
WinterFest returns to Bicentennial Park
Zaftig Brewery Has Opened
-Ohio Village turns into Dickens of a Christmas
-Check out Last Podcast on the Left
Watershed Distillery Nocino Fest

Mega Weekend gives you a great list of events this weekend in Columbus, so you can be in the know! Looking for more things to do? Here’s a list of events for Thursday, for Friday, for Saturday, and Sunday

There’s always more in the Events Calendar

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

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.


Monday, December 23, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Annual Hanukkah Vigil.  Please join us. We need 9 people to hold our banners! And distribute literature about the Campaign for HR 2407 Children in Military Detention. More information: Optional join us for lunch in Worthington. Location: the northwest corner of 161 and North High, Worthington. Parking available in public lot behind restaurants south of 161 and on the street.  Location:  161 and North High St., Worthington. Facebook.

Saturday, December 28, 2019, 9:30 – 12:30 AM.  Voter Advocacy Training in Columbus. 

The 2020 elections will change central Ohio,  our state, our nation and the world.  Every vote matters in Ohio!

Come join Columbus Poor People's Campaign, UUJO, the League of Women Voters, Ohio Votes, Crazy Faith Ministries, members of Bethel AME and others as we learn about the realities of Voter Suppression in Ohio, how to become a Voter Advocate for 2020 and assist others with voting and getting to the polls in November 2020.

Saturday, Dec. 28
9:30 am - 12:30 am
Bethel AME Church
2021 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211

Please register at this link to let us know you are coming and how many others you will bring with you:

The training will be facilitated by Rev Susan Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries, Rev Joan VanBecelaere, UUJO, and Maria Bruno, Ohio Votes, and Elizabeth Grieser, Franklin County League of Women Voters.

We will learn about how to help people register to vote in Ohio, and how to easily check the voter registration roles to make sure our family and neighbors have not been purged. And we will earn how to form a team in your congregation or neighborhood to help others register and vote.  We will have materials and Voter Advocacy Team tool kits available. Questions: contact Rev Joan VanBecelaere,

Circles create soothing space, where even reticent people
can realize that their voice is welcome. ~ Margaret J. Wheatley
Care and Share Time Bank photosSUNDAY JANUARY 19
6:30 - 8:30  PM
POTLUCK 6:30pm & PROGRAM 7:15pm
The Role of CSTB in the Environmental Community 
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus OH 43214
Contact: Vilvi <>
Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table. 
January Program
:  Meet the Citizens Climate Lobby,  the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and Simply Living! Representatives from each organization will Talk briefly, bring info, and answer your questions!  Facebook event page HERE.

For more info on the Time Bank and the poster, visi the website here
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We've all been given a gift, the gift of life. What we do with our lives is our gift back. ~ Edo


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

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, January 3
7-11 pm

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

Saturday,  January 4 – Big Scioty
Changeling and Kim Thompson
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

All Soles Contra DancersAll Soles Contra & Square Dance

All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, January 10
Firefly Trace with Andy Shewmon

Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY DECEMBER 21
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Click HERE for info about BRADY FULTON'S early New Year's eve show DEC 28
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
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature,
becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things
soon led to lack of respect for humans too. ~ Luther Standing Bear

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

Enjoy the Holidays and find new poetry events in the New Year. Learn about the Columbus Poetry Forum 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. 

Kafe Kerouac audience Kafe Kerouac hosts a weekly open mic for musicians and two regular poetry nights.- more events HERE.

  • Tuesday musical open mic at 9:30pm
  • Wednesday Poetry Night with Writers Block Poetry at 8pm, $5 cover
  • Third Friday of the month First Draft Poetry $3 cover starting at 8 pm

  • FRIDAY DEC 20 XMAS PARTY! Pizza party at 7pm. Bring small pie to share.
    Wrap a book and put it under the tree then receive a wrapped book. Mike will be passing out the books at 8pm. Facebook event HERE.
You don't need to do everything. Do what calls your heart; effective action comes from love. It is unstoppable, and it is enough. ~ Joanna Macy
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.

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


Image result for yoga at worthington farmers marketSATURDAY DECEMBER 21
9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Square 
7227 N High St,

Worthington, Ohio 43085i

There are still plenty of cool season veggies to enjoy at the Market this week. Browse this handy guide of winter fruits and vegetables that are best enjoyed when they're at their peak during these short, cold days. Not all of these are grown in Ohio, but you'll find many - beets, kale, lettuce and celery root - at the Market this weekend!
Free Market Yoga with Jade Yoga and Wellness
No need to wait until January 1st to get started on your healthy resolutions! Join us at the Worthington Farmers Market this Saturday for a free yoga class, hosted by Jade Yoga and Wellness, inside The Shops at Worthington Place.

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

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


Rizo Brother's Mexican Cheeses: $2.00 off 
Ripple Dairy Free Yogurts: 25% off
Draper's Pure Blackstrap Molasses: 10% off through the month of December
Equal Exchange Fair Trade & Organic Chocolate: $1.00 off
Health Ade Kombucha 20% off regular price
Milkadamia Macadamia Milk: 30% off regular price
One Degree Cereals: 10% off
Brownwood Farms Premium Pie Filling & Toppings: 15% off 
Milo de Vino Pasta Sauces and Bionaturae Spagettie's & Linguines: 10% off
Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn is 25% off
Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar 16 FL oz and 32 FL oz 20% off 

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lemonykaleandalmondsaladRecipe: Lemony Kale & Almond Salad
We’ve tested it thrice so far with the crowds at Thanksgiving, a holiday party, and recent Friendsgiving with rave reviews. Here we share the zingy, tongue-tingling Lemony Kale & Almond Salad! May it serve you and yours well during holiday celebrations, potlucks, a light dinner, and even just for a mid-day snack.
Recipe on the OneBiteWellness blog here.
Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase. ~ Paul Stamets
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

When parents watch scientist after scientist describe the dangers of GM foods, I wouldn't want to be a  stubborn food service director trying to stand in their way. ~ Hunter Lovins

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