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December 27, 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!
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
the local skinny red backgroundThe Local Skinny 

Tired of end of year appeals? 
Simply Living is a little different than most environmental organizations.
     First, we have no single issue or project. We connect the dots between all the issues - recycling, renewable energy, healthy food, local transit, etc. - and turn them into holistic lifestyle choices that are forming the foundation of a new ecological culture.
     Second, we educate, advocate, and participate in creating policies and practices that lead the transition to sustainable communities and neighborhoods. 
     Finally, Simply Living is the only local organization that directly challenges the consumer culture. The global economy of commodified food, goods, and services is running on fossil fuels and an outdated, mechanical, industrial growth vision has polluted nature's ecosystems, led to mass species extinction, and brought us to the brink of catastrophic climate change. We offer an alternative vision to "create a compassionate and sustainable world through individual, community, and cultural transformation." 
There are many ways to support Simply Living.and the first and simplest way is to participate!
     > Attend our Documentary Films and Local Solutions series.
     > Join our affiliate partner, the Care & Share Time Bank. 

     > Help or start a local sustainable neighborhood initiative
     > Participate in the Simply Living Book Club or an Earth Institute course.

     > Volunteer!
          # Help with data entry, write a guest blog, join out social media team!

          # Help plan events, table at events, pass out literature, distribute flyers
          # Join a committee: Sustainable Living and Garden Tour, Newsletter, Grants and Funding, et al.
     And of course, we need $$$, as you are able! At the end of the year, or in 2020, or at any event where donations are an option - and best of all, consider becoming a MEMBER.  Thank You!


Book Cover Local Is Our FutureWinter Book Club Selection: Local Is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness
This brand new book is 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 tentative date for the initial discussion is Sunday, March 9 (3:30 - 5 pm) at Portia's Cafe in Clintonville. Details will be confirmed early next year!  If you know you want to participate, email Chuck <>. or text/call 614-354-6172.
SL is offering the $12.95 book for $10 to our members. 

3 SL Partnering Events in January...

Simply Living is partnering with the Gateway Film Center to co-sponsor Fantastic Fungi (Jan 17-23)
Next we're partnering with OSU student organizations and Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign to promote a Green New Deal Town Hall (Jan 21) . And we are partnering with the Care & Share Time Bank to screen In Transition 2.0 (Jan 25)  See more information in the LEARN section below.

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. 

Grace Lee Boggs You cannot change any society unless you take responsibility for it, unless you see yourself as belonging to it and responsible for changing it.

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

> Fantastic Fungi screening at the Gateway Jan 17-23
> Green New Deal Town Hall at OSU Jan 21
> In Transition 2.0 film and discussion with Care & Share Time Bank at 1st UU Church Jan 25
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 

> Greenpeace offers a humorous but serious short video - A Zero Waste Christmas Carol . Let's end single use plastics! 
> Bexley - YAY! - worked with Giant Eagle to end the use of plastic bags
> Wow - get a taste of the growing Public Bank Movement - short video is inspiring.  Is Columbus ready?
Latest XR Newsletter documents nonviolent efforts to demand climate action before it is too late

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!
New 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  
> Grassahol plays TONIGHT at Byrne's Pub in Grandview
Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents Brady Fulton and Friends for awesome Early New Years Eve performance (12-28) 
> Plan ahead with Java Central live music events in January
Literary Events: Links to the long-running Poetry Forum in Columbus
Kafe Kerouac
regular events are linked.

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market includes short videos (12-28)
> Edible Columbus Winter edition is available, and local articles are highlighted + link to the website
> Real Food Media Book Club and a guide to getting involved is featured

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
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Fantastic Fungi film posterFRIDAY, JANUARY 17
7 - 9 PM
Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St, Columbus 43201

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? We're delighted to host the opening night screening of Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway. You can see the trailer on the website and be sure to visit the Mush Room for wonderful resources and clips that will draw you in for a deep dive into the world of mushrooms and the new knowledge of their functions in maintaining and healing our planet. The film features world renowned mycologist Paul Stamets. 

"Louie [Schwartzberg] and his team have accomplished an amazing task – with beautiful imagery, celebrating the quality of nature we have now. Fantastic Fungi is a film that serves to be a bridge of understanding to connect these ideas. By investing in these fungal networks we invest in the webs of life. Time is short. We need to bring this knowledge to the forefront of public consciousness." ~ Paul Stamets

Not to be missed! If you can't attend Friday evening when Simply Living will be tabling and hosting an expert panel and Q&A discussion, make plans to see it during the week of January 17-23. Details on our panel will be announced soon.

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.

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.

We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within,
from many local actions occurring simultaneously. ~ Grace Lee Boggs

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

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 

Bulk Buying Demo
Sun Jan 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Feeding your family affordably can sometimes seem like a mystery. Let us help! Come in to this month's free monthly demo to learn how to buy and store all different types of bulk food! We have everything in the shop to get you started... 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

Peter Russell on Effortless Meditation
Stressed out by climate news? Chill Out....
This short video explains why meditation is best without any trying or effort. 

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

We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it's never a question of 'critical mass.' It's always about critical connections.
~ Grace Lee Boggs
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.

Ditch plastic at Target ad campaignA Zero Waste Christmas Carol Parody Song Asks Target to Stop Plastic Pollution!  

The amount of plastic found at supermarkets and retailers is simply outrageous. Also, ridiculous, and deadly. This parody song from Greenpeace targets Target, but the same could be said for all the Big Box stores. Exposing corporate hypocrisy through comedy is effective. Every single video view hurts the brand image that corporate executives work desperately to protect. So share widely, HERE.

Locally, good on Bexley Mayor Jack Kessler for working with Giant Eagle and gaining their commitment to eliminate single use plastic bags at their Bexley store! 


Public Banking institute logoPublic banking sweeps across the country - Short Video HERE

The fierce, dedicated, and determined public banking advocates across the country are leading the way to our future! To highlight the inspiring work and surging momentum of the nationwide public banking movement, PBI is proud to launch this short video that incorporates footage and photos collected from across the country. With it, we recognize the incredible achievements that advocates and elected officials have accomplished together and hope to inspire more support for public ownership of our financial institutions. Is Columbus or OHIO Ready?

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."

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.

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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


Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Dance Parties, Fiesta Bowl Watch Parties, Swingin’ in the New Year, and More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Enjoy the nice weather and go out dancing this weekend!

Hope you are enjoying the holidays. Make your NYE plans! Celebrate at Hadley’s or at Balboa & Grandview Cafe! Get tickets to this year’s Big Bacon Bash, coming up on Jan 17! We’ve also announced the 6th annual Sweet Treats Dessert Festival. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


-Grandview Cafe has Buckeye Bombs
-Park Street Cantina has a Taco Buffet
-Parsons North Brewing has Slab BBQ
-Union Cafe features 50 cent wings and tater skins
Hadley’s celebrates with $2 burgers


Unicorn Comedy Holiday Extravaganza
-Last chance to catch Holiday Hoopla
HOOT returns to Gateway Film Center
-Enjoy Swingin’ in the New Year with Byron Stripling
-Go to a Sexy Sweater Party and Open Mic


-Listen to Yacht Rock at Ace of Cups 
Tony Baker is at the Funny Bone all weekend
-See Eureka O’Hara at Axis
-Catch Ookay at Dahlia
CHURCH prznts The Original CHURCH
-Iconoclash: Depeche Mode & The Cure Dance Party
-One year anniversary of FEVER
-Enjoy A Night Hosted By Mike Johnson – Bachelor In Paradise – The Bachelorette


-Eat some Melk and Cookies at Columbus Brewing Company
-Might not be snowing, but go on a Winter Dog Walk
-Recycle any Polystyrene
-Try Fostered Bananas at Platform
-Make reservations for Kiss My Biscuits Drag Brunch
-North High’s Seventh Anniversary Party
-Go to Healthy Music, Healthy Food

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.


Now – December 27, 2019.  Comment Period on Fracking Lease Auction.  9 Wayne National Forest parcels in Monroe County totaling nearly 1,500 acres are being considered for the March BLM Eastern States Division mineral auction. At this link you will find more information including instructions on how to submit comments. You can use the online form at the bottom of the page or mail a letter. The deadline is Dec 27th.  More information on Facebook.

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.

Mon-Tues ​ December 30-31, 2019, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS and Tuesday on WGRN.  Tune in this award-winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and Tuesdays at 5:30 PM on WGRN 94.1 or listen online at  Youth Beat Radio is sponsored by The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, and the Puffin Foundation West.  Location: WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and WCRS 102 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact

Saturday, December 28, 2019, 9:30 – 12:30 AM.  Voter Advocacy Training in Columbus.  Come join UUJO, the Columbus Poor People's Campaign, members of Bethel AME and others as we learn about the realities of Voter Suppression in Ohio and how to become a Voter Advocate for 2020.  The training will be facilitated by Rev Susan Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries, and Rev Joan VanBecelaere, UUJO. 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 learn how to form a team in your congregation or neighborhood to help register others.   We will have materials and Voter Advocacy tool kits available.   Questions:  contact Rev Joan VanBecelaere, uujoanvanb@gmail.comLocation:  Bethel AME Church, 2021 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211. 

Sunday, January 5, 2019, 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  OH12 Voter Registration Training PLUS.  In Meeting Room 3. Come learn or re-learn the basics of Voter Registration, PLUS, important info on how to head up a VR mini-team. Training in how to use Sign Up Genius and more. Open to all!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43224.  Facebook

You don't choose the times you live in, but you do choose who you want to be. ~ Grace Lee Boggs
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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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.
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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
Grassahol band 4 membersGRASSAHOL ~ Friday, December 27, 7 to 9 pm.
Byrne’s Pub
1248 W. Third Ave in Grandview 43212

Come on over for some good old bluegrass and other fun stuff.
Carl, Heidi, Lacy, and Larry.
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY DECEMBER 28
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Plan Ahead - see the January 2020 live music schedule below.

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!



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

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
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.


People at Indoor Farmers Market in WorthingtonSATURDAY DECEMBER 28
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!  More info on Website and Facebook.  Visit the FB page to check out their short videos HERE.  The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

Edible Columbus mag w spoons full of herbsEdible Columbus Winter edition is now available.

This issue celebrates 10 years of the magazine, and includes an article about Tricia Wheeler, the local entrepreneur who started this gem. Read the full story here

Honey is for healingYou can also learn from Herbalist Dawn Combs who explains why honey is for healing - Read the full story here

So go grab your copy of the magazine, make some hot chocolate, and curl up the couch and enjoy the Winter edition of Edible Columbu.

Learn more about the magazine, discover recipes, sign up for their newsletter, find out where to pick up a free copy at locations throughout the city.. I get mine at the Bexley Natural Foods co-op. 
RReal Food Readseal Food Media Book Club Links the Movement Everywhere
     With Real Food Reads, we deliver a fresh book and podcast every month. Browse our archive or join us with this month’s book. Find or start a book club near you, or dive in on your own. Either way, when you pick up a Real Food Reads selection of the month, you do so knowing others around the world are curling up with the same book, grappling with similar questions and big ideas.
     Check out the Real Food Reads: A Guide for Organizing Your Book Club for ideas to get started. 
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

People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way but are immobilized because
they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the
great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity
require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.
~ Grace Lee Boggs

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