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November 1, 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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Community Education for Sustainable Living
Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!
Another world is possible!' ... Another world is also necessary,
for this one is unjust, unsustainable, and unsafe. It's up to us
to envision, fight for, and create that world, a world of freedom, real justice,
balance, and shared abundance, a world woven in a new design.
~ Starhawk
Sunday, November 3
3:30 - 5 PM + Optional Vegan Buffet

Simply Living Book Club and Discussion 
The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk 
Portia's Cafe
4428 Indianola Ave, Cols 43214

California state senator Tom Hayden called it, “wisdom wrapped in drama,“ Published in 1993, set in 2048, Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing is both a thrilling cautionary tale and a stunning anthem to help us envision our sustainable societies of the future. Join us for the discussion.
Optional vegan buffet 5 - 6 pm. Contact: Elizabeth Petruziello, or 614) 353-9524  FREE. Donations to Portia encouraged if you stay for the buffet. 
 RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.

NOTE: Haven't read or finished the book? There are numerous articles video interviews with Starhawk that discuss this work, the sequel, and her ecofeminist vision for the future. Here are some examples:
The website has many updates of interest, including a short video, One Act of Courage, narrated by Olivia Dukakis.
The audiobook version was released on Amazon, et al. Visit HERE. <>

The Fifth Sacred Thing - an interview with Starhawk about the New Audio book

Starhawk part 1- How real is the Earth to you?

Starhawk- Part 2-Putting the Earth back into Earth-Based Spirituality

Earth Wisdom: Starhawk & Jon Young in Conversation with The Pachamama Alliance

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Earth Mother, you who are called by a thousand names.
May all remember we are cells in your body and dance together.
~ Starhawk

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.

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

Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> A Free Screening of DARK MONEY at the First UU Church Weds 11-20
> YES! Magazine is offering free subscriptions to college stdents
The EPN Breakfast program on Tues Nov 19 is about the Future of Wildlife Conservation in Ohio. A workshop and luncheon are included.
> Fire Cider workshop at Columbus Garden School (11-9)
City Folks Farm Shop's Upcoming Events include a Food Swap (11-3),  a Soap making workshop (11-3). + Free Kefir Demo is offered (11/10)|

> 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!

> What Is Energy Medicine? Friday talk at Phoenix Books TONIGHT (7 pm)
Green Columbus TREE GIVEAWAY on Sat Nov 2.

> Nov Free Press is now online and in stores 
> The Polyvagal Theory VIDEO talk is new science for understanding how our Autonomic Nervous System affects our behavior
> The Bioneers address how to confront our emotions authentically - Terry Tempest Williams, Eve Ensler, Nina Simons
 > Earth 911 - Grow edibles year round, Home Renovation Tips, Upcycled storage system for small spaces

Read more in the News section

See the Community section ~  
> Care & Share Time Bank Potluck features program on Fearless Falling (11-17)
Free Press Awards event to honor local activists Monday (11-4) Plug for our Community Radio stations!
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend! 
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
> Buen Dia De Muertos!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> New Play opens at the Civic Theater: Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
> CAROLINE & DAD at Java Central Coffee House Saturday (11-2)
> Square Dancing events updated!
> Literary Events: Clintonville author Trudy Brandenburg introduces her 4th book at Weilands (11-2)
CD Release Party and concert by Phil Hart and friends at Cbus Mennonite Church. (11-1)
Bill Cohen's Spirit of the 60s Coffeehouse (11/8)
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmer's Market opens their INDOOR Market Satuday (11-2) 
Jodi Kushin's Urban farming blog
is now being carried by Mother Earth News and reaches 1.5 million readers
> Clintonville Farmers Market emphasizes root veggies and how to prepare for winter!
> SAFFRON FIELD DAY this Sunday at Foraged and Sown Farm - Open House + farmers share production methods
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
YES! for Teachers—And Students!
     For the first time ever, YES! is offering a free one-year digital subscription to college students. This will complement our free subscriptions for teachers, making it easy for college professors to assign articles and entire thematic issues as part of their coursework. Please help spread the word about these programs to college students and educators at the middle school through university levels. We can’t wait to share YES! with them.(Thanks to Sarah Straley for recommending this resource.)

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.

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.)

The cost of the full program is $22 ($10 for breakfast only; $12 for lunch only), as always Ohio State and non-Ohio State student registration is FREE For additional details and registration, click here.

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

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
Nov 03, 1:00 PM – 02:00 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. 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!

Soapmaking Workshop
Nov 03, 4:30 PM – 06:30 PM

Join homestead hobbyist Elizabeth Jones of The Fresh Jam in crafting a simple and relaxing lavender castile soap using a variety of basic soapmaking techniques.  Students will participate in this hands-on kitchen experiment and take home a sample of the soap to see the results of their work.  Topics discussed during the session will include: kitchen chemistry, lab safety, equipment basics, calculating recipes, sourcing ingredients (oils/scents/herbs/exfoliants), soap on the cheap, benefits of handmade soap.

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.
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We need to pool our efforts and be heroic together!
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Activism begins with you, Democracy begins with you, get out there, get active!
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7 - 8 PM


Phoenix Books
3110 N High St Columbus OH 43202
Deb Holcomb will share the basics of Homeopathy as Energy Medicine and what we as a society need to consider beyond our limited traditional lines of thought concerning the art of healing. More info HERE. $5 cash at the door.
10 AM - 12 NOON

Green Columbus

1142 E 17th Ave. Columbus : 

Take home a free tree and plant it in your yard!
Once more, we are giving away hundreds of wonderful native shade trees. Even if you have gotten one the first round feel free to register for a tree and sign up here
One tree per person. Plant them in your front yard or your back yard. Pre-registration required. All trees come in three-gallon buckets and are currently 4-7 feet tall (so they fit in your car). Drive-through pickup is in the alley between 17th and 18th Ave.
The Polyvagal Theory: The New Science of Safety and Trauma
Video lecture here:

Polyvagal theory identifies a third type of nervous system response that Porges calls the social engagement system, a playful mixture of activation and calming that operates out of unique nerve influence. The social engagement system helps us navigate relationships. The author is Stephen Porges. Video is by Seth Porges

Editor's Note:
Search it for more information.  I found it interesting and useful. Chuck

Grief, Anger and Reconciliation: Authentically Confronting Our Emotions

This week, the online newsletter from the bioneers highlights #bioneers such as Terry Tempest Williams, Nina Simons and Eve Ensler as they discuss their own journeys with grief and finding positive outlets for challenging emotions.
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction. ~ Bob Marley


Grow Edibles Year Round in Your Windows

There are many reasons to grow your own food, but what if you don’t have room for a garden?  Window farming may be the right fit for you. Here is how it works.

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9 Green Home Renovation Tips

green approach to home renovation helps reduce waste and makes your home more water and energy-efficient. Here are some awesome tips that you can use in your renovation

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11 Upcycled Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

A bit of resourcefulness can help make your humble abode look bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. To get you started, Earth911 rounded up 11 storage solutions that you can make from reused materials.

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Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work
that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing.
A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
~ Starhawk

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

2019 Free Press Awards Event
at Ace of Cups

2619 N. High Street, Columbus
Parking in side parking lot or street

5:30pm - Doors open
Refreshments, music and speakers
DJ laChewla
Brian Clash Griffin

7pm - Awards ceremony
8pm - Music
Headline act - Donna Mogavero
Dan Dougan and the Little Bothers

2019 Free Press "Libby" Award for
Community Activism -

Mary Jane Borden
2019 Free Press Award for
Outstanding Community Organization -

Black, Queer Intersectional Columbus (BQIC)
2019 Free Press Volunteer
Jaime Pardo
2019 Bill Moss Award for
Outstanding African-American Activists

Tony and Aziza West
$10 suggested donation / sliding scale low income
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Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Halloween, Trauma, Sleater-Kinney, Black Violin, and More!

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Ready for the final Get Right?

Happy Halloween! Plan your weekend with fun events happening in Columbus. Come to Combustion Brewing on Sunday for a Beer & Pretzels Pairing Party! Check out our contest page to win concert tickets. Don’t forget the time change (back one hour) on Sunday! Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-Streetlight Guild: Singer/songwriter Paisha Thomas
-Opening: We Are All Animals
-BalletMet presents be MOVED
-See small scale colored pencil works
-Catch Amizade: An Evening with Ken Peplowski & Diego Figueiredo
-Saturday is PBJ & Jazz
-Go on the Columbus Tweed Ride
-November Gallery Hop
-The Wex has the Picture Lock Festival


Sleater-Kinney performs at Newport
-Go to HEATWAVE Halloween Hangover
-Are you going to Last Get Right Forever Ever?
-Huli Huli launches a new menu with a luau party
Shadowbox: All Funked Up
-Classical and hiphop come together in Black Violin
-Stuart’s Opera House brings Thompson Square


-Join a conversation on Equitable Housing
-Or a conversation on gentrification
-Go to Snow Cone Release Party
-Ladybird’s 11 Year Anniversary Open House
-Go on the Columbus Modern Shop Hop
-Learn to Homebrew
-Shop Olde Towne Market
-Saturday, those in the University Area Commission can vote on terms
-Eat Doughasis Vegan Donuts
Columbus March for Black Trans Women
Beer+Pretzel Pairing Party
-Shop Gifts of the Craftsmen

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 from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Columbus DSA Labor Working Group Meeting.  Join us for our next Labor Working Group meeting

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Forest Restoration Project on Eakin Road.  Help us plant 200 trees!!  This land has historically been used as an illegal dump site, in March volunteers went in and removed 1.5 TONS of trash! Now we will focus on planting beneficial trees. In the rear portion of the property there is a wetland that serves as a resting area of water fowl along a fly over migratory route. site is in poor shape and requires a tremendous amount of attention. The goal is to, over time, create a vibrant space for wildlife to thrive. Please dress appropriately, dress in layers and prepare for inclement weather, wear toe-covering boots/shoes, and/or items you don’t mind getting dirty. Work gloves will be provided, but please bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Water and snacks will be provided.  Hosted by Sierra Club Central Ohio.  Location:  2180 Eakin Road, Columbus 433223.  Facebook

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 5:30 PM.  Columbus March for Black Trans Women.  When Black trans women are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK.  BQIC invites all of Central Ohio to march with us against the anti-Black, transmisogynist violence that is killing our sisters worldwide. The stakes are raising higher and higher for Black trans women, and the rest of us need to do more to protect them. We will be meeting at the intersection of North High St and West Poplar before marching north. Route details and more detailed schedule to come.  This march is kicking off our Month of Black Trans Life and Liberation, a series of events uplifting and supporting Black trans people. More info on upcoming events to be announced. This march is for: Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Layleen Polanco, Michelle 'Tamika' Washington, Paris Cameron, Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears, Brooklyn Lindsey, Denali Berries Stuckey, Kiki Fantroy, Pebbles, LaDime “Dime” Doe, Tracy Single, Bailey Reeves, Bee Love Slater, Itali Marlowe, Brianna “BB” Hill and every Black trans woman who has ever lived, is living, and will live in this world. #BlackTransLivesMatter #SayHerName #organizeCBUS.  Join us. Wear all black. Raise your voice.  Location:  North High St. and West Poplar, Columbus.  Facebook.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Africans in Columbus   A networking event highlight and discussing the union with Africans living in Columbus. Exploring how our unity can impact the African continent. The vision of the African Union is that of: "An integrated, prosperous and peaceful African, driven by its own citizens and presenting a dynamic force in global arena."  Location:  96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Facebook

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Post-McCarthy Communism:  A Talk by Author Tony Pecinovsky.  Through the biographies of six extraordinary political activists, author Tony Pecinovsky, President of the St. Louis Workers' Education Society (AFL-CIO chartered non-profit), explores the work of the Communist Party USA in the post-1956 period. His up-coming book highlights the work of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs, the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and the National Anti-Imperialist Movement in Solidarity with African Liberation, among others. Through biographical narratives, Tony's work challenges the notion popular within traditional history that the CPUSA became a marginal force in the post-1956 period.  Meeting Rooms 4 and 5.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St. Columbus 43213.  Facebook

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Meeting.  Discussion of A Case Analysis.  Dealing with the Dilemmas Posed by Power Asymmetry in Intergroup Conflict.  Almost everyone agrees that the Oslo process is dead. Many on the left agree that a solution must be found at the grassroots. But what are the challenges of finding common ground among everyday Israelis and Palestinians? An article by Rouhana and Korper from 1996 contains diagnoses that remain relevant.  Amy Shuster will lead a discussion of this article at our next meeting. Those who want to come are encouraged to read the article in advance (download PDF here)Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  For more information, contact centralohio@jvp.orgFacebook.

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Birthing While Black.  For many woman throughout the African Diaspora — motherhood is a fight for #life.  The historical exploitation of Black woman through forced sterilization, rape, medical experimentation, African enslavement and other systemic barriers directly impact maternal health outcomes today. These barriers have contributed to the following statistics: Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women.  Black women are more likely to experience preventable maternal death compared with white women. Black women’s heightened risk of pregnancy-related death spans income and education levels. To improve maternal health across the African Diaspora, we’ll need a multi-faceted approach that addresses maternal health across the lifespan, improves access to quality care, addresses social determinants of health and economic security.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a critical conversation on redefining maternal health. Together, we can work to break down barriers and develop strategies to make maternal health a priority across the African Diaspora.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215. Facebook.

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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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.

~ From a gravestone in the Republic of Ireland

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.

7 - 11 PM

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

$10 suggested donation to support the musicians and pay for the space.

If you want to experience Appalachian old-time square dancing in Columbus, Ohio, Wild Goose Creative is the place to be every first Friday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 for a community potluck dinner and the dances begin at 8:00. Musicians and callers vary from month to month, but are always some of the best from our region and beyond. No experience necessary, all dances are taught!  BYOB and/or we'll have some light refreshments available.

Wait - there's more!
Big Scioty Dance Schedule

All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Saturday, November 2 – Big Scioty
Wizard Walk and Darlene Underwood

Saturday, November 30 – All Soles
Rocky Fork String Band and Kate Power

7 - 10 PM

P: (614) 839-0698
This is the Day of the Dead, and by Jove, we shall celebrate! May your celebration be filled with lots of beautiful memories of the dead, delicious foods, music and beautiful sunshine.

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


Trudy Brandenburg Book Launch – Osprey on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Meet Clintonville author Trudy Brandenburg as she introduces the fourth book in “The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series,” Osprey on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir.

Saturday, November 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Weiland’s Market
3600 Indianola Avenue
Columbus, OH 43214

• Author readings and book signing
• Drawings for prizes
• Snack on Weiland’s delicious chicken salad
• Purchase drinks by the glass and buy bottles of the wine and beer
• 10% discount on specialty foods (excludes alcohol)

Weiland’s Market is independent and family-owned.

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. 

We are all of us walking communities of bacteria.
The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.
~ Lynn Margulis
Phil Hart CD release party and concert Fri Nov 1 at 7 pm

Phil will be playing his original tunes with Sour Cherry Pie buddies Steve Rolfe and Perry Leatherman on Friday, Nov. 1.  Pie potluck starts at 7 PM and music at 7:30 in the Columbus Mennonite Church fellowship hall. (35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214)  Contact Phil <>
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
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Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


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 Indoor Season begins! That's right! The Worthington Farmers Market can be enjoyed year-round! Join us for our indoor season opener, Saturday, November 2 and 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

When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.
~ Mark Hyman, M.D.
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

Only 4 weeks remain in our 2019 season. It's the perfect time to stock your freezer or cellar with all the roots of fall: beets, turnips, carrots, and potatoes. Greens, gourds, and garlic still abound, along with apples, fennel, broccoli and cauliflower.     

Here's a good guide on what to do with root vegetables.

You can pre-order your Thanksgiving turkey at Pastured Providence and Bluebird Meadows!
1 - 4:30 PM

1224 E Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224

Foraged & Sown farm is hosting an Open House and Saffron Field Day!

The open house from 1 - 3 pm will feature walking tours of the certified organic annual and perennial herb, berry, vegetable, and willow plantings and a pop-up shop with samples.

A "Mad About Saffron" Field Day will immediately follow from 3-4:30 pm. The farmers will share about in-field and high tunnel production, processing, packaging, and marketing from their North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (NCR-SARE) funded saffron growing project.At the request of one of our market shoppers, we're having ASL interpretation, which is especially exciting. 
Facebook event:   
"This is no paradisal dream. Its hardship is its possibility." ~ Wendell Berry, A Vision
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.

In motivating people to love and defend the natural world,
an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair. ~ George Monbiot

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