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January 10, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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


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“Fantastic Fungi,” offers nothing less than a model for planetary survival.” ~ Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Mushrooms are the new superheroes, as Brie Larson dreamily narrates over what is not a new Marvel epic but rather a documentary of epic proportions” ~ Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

“Fantastic Fungi makes the case that the answers to disease, anxiety, depression and global warming might be found underfoot. And they’re tasty to boot.” ~ Michael Casey, Boulder Weekly

“As researchers describe the workings of vast underground networks of mycelium, the filmmakers offer CG that is just as polished as the time-lapse, and more colorful. It’s spookily beautiful, even, especially when envisioning what lies unseen beneath old-growth forests." ~ John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter 

FANTASTIC FUNGI is getting rave reviews. Simply Living is delighted to host the Columbus premier at the Gateway Film Center on Friday, January 17 at 7 pm - just one week away! As part of our Documentary Films and Local Solutions series, we have assembled a stellar panel -

Jason Slot, OSU professor of plant pathology whose research focuses on the evolution of psilocybe in mushrooms:
Joseph Campbell, director of the Environmental Professionals Network in the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources; and
Brian Pace, co-founder of Mind Manifest Midwest, a Columbus based psychedelic society that hosts public events, expert speakers, and shares research on the benefits of mushrooms.

“Fantastic Fungi is a film that is rife with hope and joy.” ~ Michael Frank, Cinema Sentries

     Credit Thomas Bartlett for organizing a terrific team of presenters. Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, progressive econ prof at Denison, will address How to Pay for a Green New Deal. Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign, will show what a GND could look like in central Ohio. Joel Wainwright, OSU Geography prof, will address the international political conditions and potential for a GND. Morgan Harper, primary candidate for Congressional District 3, will champion the benefits of a GND.  All presentations will be brief to allow plenty of time for Q&A with the audience.  Free but sign up at Eventbrite.

Claus Eckert has invited a dozen local environmental organizations - including Simply Living - to celebrate our community and begin envisioning the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year!  Join us on Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8 pm at the OSU 4H center!

"AWAKENING THE SAGE WITHIN" Workshop Sat Feb 1 @ Northwood High Bldg
Seating is limited and the event is already 2/3 full. Simply Living is partnering with SL member Tim Cooke, who invited Sage-ing International for this workshop after his experience with their presentation at one of his co-housing groups.Tim said it was so popular that he asked SL to host a venue for a full day event.  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. for all the details!
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  

> Register NOW for The Bourbon Barrel Connection: Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio - NEW EPN breakfast program (Jan 14)
 Green Drinks' Earth Day 2020 Kickoff at OSU 4H center (Jan 15)
Fantastic Fungi screening at the Gateway Jan 17-23
Green New Deal Town Hall at OSU Jan 21
NEW OSU Spring Semester Environmental Film Series (Jan 21)
New January classes from Lily Kunning of Haven Herbs - Incense Making (Jan 16)  Oils Salves and Balms (Jan 19) and more.

In Transition 2.0 film and discussion with Care & Share Time Bank at 1st UU Church Jan 25
> Bulk Buying Demo (Jan 12), and Plant Swap Jan 18. at City Folk's Farm Shop
> Columbus Garden School: Baking Sourdough (Jan 18) Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing (Jan 25) and free Winter Seed Swap (Jan 25)

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center announces Labyrinth Walk and Classes Jan - April
> Stratford Ecological Center announces new classes on Organic Gardening and Native Plants 

> Blue Rock Station offers new books on Solar Installation (Jay) and Raising Goats (Annie)
> Earth 911 features article on Electrical Vehicle Charging
> Pat Marida article: Ohio and the Saudi Nuclear Bomb published in Free Press

Crest Kids Day (Jan 11)
Retired plant sale at the Conservatory (Jan 18)

Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Free Press Saturday Salong features presentation on Iran, Impeachment, and 50th Anniversary!
> NVC Role Play Practice Group announced (Jan 16) and monthly 3rd Thursdays

> Columbus Underground has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Care & Share Time Bank (Jan 19) features program exploring CSTB and the Environmental Community
> Sierra Club Central Ohio Group has planned their New Year Social with a great program (Jan 30)
> SOUP 23 Anything Goes Fundraiser for good causes announced (Feb 9)
Columbus Community Media!

 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
Wild Goose Creative update - New space in Franklinton, and January events!
> Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents country singer songwriter Luke Mossburg (Jan 11) 
> Literary Events: Poetry Forum schedule announced through February
Bill Cohen and Paisha Thomas Concert: Songs of Struggle: 1960-65 (Jan 18)
A Life in the Wild: Thomas Mangelsen live and in person at OSU (Jan 21)
Wayfarers' Appalachian roots music featured at Columbus Folk Music Society event *Jan 25)
Kafe Kerouac
regular events are linked.

Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market (Jan 11) to include Take a Walk with a Doc 
> Infographic compares smoothie with diet coke :)
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 Eric Holt-Gimenez will keynote the OEFFA conference.
The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


Simply Living Sustainable U organizes workshops/classes in Central Ohio that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

The Bourbon Barrel Connection:
Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio

economies and oak-dominated forests

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210
$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free


This EPN Breakfast, co-hosted with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, will highlight the bourbon cooperage industry in Appalachian Ohio and the economic benefits that it is providing to communities in the region.  We will explore the oak-dominated forests of the region and challenges that we face in sustaining them for future generations.   Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team and our multifaceted approach to sustaining oak-dominated forests across all ownerships. 

Join this program to hear Darren Whitmer (vice president and general manager, Speyside Bourbon Cooperage, Inc.) share about oak barrels and their role in making bourbon, the reasons why white oak is used in bourbon barrels, and the history of Speyside Bourbon Cooperage including its expansion of operations into Appalachian Ohio.  Cotton Randall (cooperative forest management administrator, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry), and Dave Apsley (natural resources specialist, Ohio State University Extension) will explore the oak-dominated forests of the region and challenges that we face in sustaining them for future generations, and introduce us to the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team and its multifaceted approach to sustaining oak-dominated forests across all ownerships. 

In addition, Dan Balser (chief and state forester, ODNR Division of Forestry) will provide opening remarks and Jamie Dahl (forest outreach coordinator, Central State University Extension and McIntire-Stennis Program) will facilitate the audience Q&A session.

6 - 8 PM


OSU 4H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus 43210

We are kicking off our Earth Day 2020 campaign with our first Green Drinks, celebrating volunteers and the many great organizations in Central Ohio that make a difference to our environment.

In collaboration with Chadwick Arboretum, OSU Sustainability Institute and Great Lakes Brewing, we invite you to join us at the first Green Drinks of 2020.

Start the year right by meeting a dozen amazing local non-profit organizations and find out how together we can make Columbus an even better place. Everyone is welcome. Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided. We will check your age at the door to determine drinking eligibility. Donations of $5 - $10 at the door from working professionals are highly encouraged to support the Earth Day Campaign 2020: For every dollar donated we will plant 1 tree.

We are delighted that Councilmember Emmanuel Remy will be among the speakers. More speakers and a full list of tabling partner organizations will be provided soon! 
Simply Living will be there!

Let's start 2020 off on a positive note and get together with a whole lot of good people. Bring your friends and family, and we hope to see you there!  RSVP on Facebook 

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.

Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.
~ Paul Stamets
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.

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

OSU Environmental Film Series Winter 2020.
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

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

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



picture of sourdough bread loaf
Baking with Bernadett: Sourdough (PM) 
Starts Jan 18 $20
Have you never used a sourdough culture? Never kneaded and shaped a bread? Then this class is for you! We’ll go through the process step by step. We’ll take a look at...Learn More

milk jugs
Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing 

Starts Jan 25 $20

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


Winter Seed Swap & Catalog Rodeo 
Starts Jan 25 Free

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

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

Haven Herbs logoJanuary Classes at Haven Herbs
Maiden Voyage Starts January 11 2-5 pm (Lily's new sex, body & relationship ed class for girls ages 8+) starts and runs through April. Girls deserve to know the names of all their body parts, how they work, be prepared for sexually mature adulthood, and learn about what are good relationships and what are red flags. More info here.  Payment plans are available!

Incense Making Thursday, January 16 7-9 pm $50: Learn all about different types of incense, how to make it naturally without synthetics or essential oils, and then make two types to take home (that you made!) Learn more or register here.

The Medicine Maker series starts Jan 19 and one class month for 8 months (or take classes a la carte) January's class is Oils, Salves, and Balms.($40)


The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

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
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.
Our task is to look at the world and see it whole. ~ E.F. Schumacher
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.

Shepherd's Corner
Ecology Center

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

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

Saturday, January 11th                        
10:00 am – 11:30 pm

Comfort, Community, and Centering: January Labyrinth Walk
Suggested Donation: $5

We’re all just walking each other home.~ Rumi

Facilitated by Donna Doone, OPA
Donna has been in the field of education for more than forty years. A life long learner who can often be found within circles of children and adults who are seeking creativity and playfulness as forms of expression. Donna’s zest for life and love is contagious!

Our labyrinth is located on Wengert Road, at the second drive to the right. Snacks and beverages will be included. Please wear comfortable shoes. Everyone is welcome! No previous meditation experience or experience walking labyrinths is required. ***Location of walk depends on the status of outdoor labyrinth***

Registration, which is required, closes three business days prior to the program. Minimum of 5 participants. Please register by calling (614) 866-4302 or through the form below.
Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace. 
Our upcoming programs are available as a PDF file HERE. Information, such as facilitator names or extended descriptions, can be located on the calendar page of our website.

Upcoming Classes at the Stratford Ecological Center

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

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

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

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

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!
UPDATED January 2019!


Designing & Installing Solar PV Systems Cover Image

This textbook is designed to prepare solar installers to take the ETA Level 2 certification exam or the NABCEP installer exam. It is the advanced level study guide that builds upon lessons learned in the introductory text, Installing Photovoltaics.
This study guide builds upon a foundation of knowledge in residential solar PV installation and expands into the field of commercial project installation and project management.

This text is designed to help prepare students who wish to sit for industry-accepted certification programs such as the ETA Level 2 PV Certification or the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Program.


Raising Goats as a Business…

The Business of Goat Herding

     The business of raising dairy livestock requires that the farmer be head of the herd. The herder must provide the animal with the tools they need to support their natural systems, making sure they receive the right kind and amount of food, vitamins, minerals – clean water – and a healthy environment.
     Raising goats is not easy. They are intelligent, fussy, fragile, robust, and exasperating. They are fun, kind, gentle, abusive, loving and inquisitive. In short – goats are amazing creatures and the most widely kept domestic livestock animal in the world!
Despite this, traditional vets seem to know almost nothing about goats. Our farm service system in this country all but ignores their existence. So how can you get started in this growing and profitable business? 
Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.
~ Paul Stamets

Electric Vehicle Charging 101 

If you are thinking about buying an electric vehicle (EV) but don't know anything about charging an EV, this guide is for you. Let’s explore the different types of chargers available.

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Pat Marida photoOhio and the Saudi Nuclear Bomb      

SL member Pat Marida has been following the nuclear industry for decades. This article is a short overview of what is going on at Piketon, Ohio, where Centrus has a $115 million no-bid contract to build centrifuges for uranium enrichment. Read Pat's article in the Columbus Free Press HERE.


Crest Kids Day logo Join us for Crest Kids Day!

Saturday, January 11, from 3-5 pm for Ages 4-12 
 In partnership with Greenspot Kids!

Earth terrariums • Vegetable mandalas • Free family fun

Retired Plant Sale  Saturday, January 18 @ Franklin Park Conservatory HERE
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot


Free Press Second Saturday Salon - January 11

1021 E. Broad St., Columbus
Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot
Free, no RSVP required

Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, art, music and presentations on the Iran situation, impeachment and the Free Press' 50th anniversary!

Thursday, January 16
7 - 8:30 PM

NVC Role Play Practice Group 
Every 3rd Thursday of the month
Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio
2350 Indianola Ave. · Columbus, OH 43202

Role play is an ideal way to practice those hard-to-have conversations in a safe environment. It provides a rich opportunity to process an issue from various perspectives and discover what really resonates for you. Even exploring the persona of the “other” person can have a profound impact, helping us to practice that high-level objective approach NVC teaches. Come work through difficult conversations and attain clarity on your feelings and needs. Connect with your next step through interactive role play.

You’ll receive empathy and support from compassionate communication trainers in a supportive group of like-minded people. Learn, grow and empathize while observing and holding a loving space for others’ role play.  Let’s play!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Great Comedy, The Amazing Cat Show, Elvis, Ohio Home and Remodeling Show, and More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

It's a good weekend to grab some friends and go out for a laugh!

We hope your 2020 is off to a great start, with all of those amazing resolutions! There are some events this weekend to help you with those, and then there are lots of other events to just help you plan a super fun weekend. Tickets are almost gone for The Big Bacon Bash, don’t miss out! You also won’t want to miss the new art experiences that will be at the Sweet Treats Dessert Festival, so make sure to get your tickets to Columbus’ sweetest event!


Columbus has a great comedy scene and this weekend brings you some great shows for you to chill out with a laugh:

-Catch comedian Noah Gardenswartz, who writes for The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, at The Walrus
Sassy Do Presents: This is 2020
Jeff Dunham performs at The Schott
-Don’t miss Babe Watch: Comedians to Look Out for in 2020
-See Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat


All Funked Up starts up at Shadowbox
-Japanese cultural celebration Ohayocon is in town
-Check out the Smoky Brown art show at Streetlight Guild
-Watch 22 strange, astonishing, and hilarious films at The Wex
-During Franklinton Fridays, see The Amazing Cat Show
-Special event Friday: Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art
-See Art Quilts
-See Treewhispers at Dawes Arboretum
-Watch Columbus in Cuba

The Amazing Cat Show, all art about cats, is on Friday night.


Celebrate Elvis at Natalie’s Grandview
-Go on the Hocking Hills Comfort Food Cruise
-Enjoy PBJ & Jazz
Comune has a brunch on Saturday
East Public is one and is celebrating
CSO Performs Russian Winter Festival I
-Go to a Apple Blind Tasting Table Event
-The Crest in Clintonville has a Kids Day
Woodlands Annual Grateful Dead Tribute
ProMusica: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto


-CCS wants your input on Portrait of a Graduate
-Can you talk to animals?
-Find out how to Get Involved in Columbus
-Get ideas from The Ohio Home and Remodeling Show
German Village turns 60
Year of Yay Bike Ride
-Try the Fitness Resolution Solution
Columbus Weddings Show
-Shop the Powell Winter Market
-Enjoy Creative Workshops: Self Care through aromatics and oil blends

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
Awareness is the first step in healing, for individuals as well as society.
Sometimes the brain needs to be satisfied before the heart begins to open.
~ Dr. Dean Ornish

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.


Saturday, January 11, 2020, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, art, music and social justice presentations.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot.  Free, no RSVP required.  For more information:  614-253-2571 or

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  OH12 Voter Registration Training Voter registration training in time for secon semester college student activity fairs! Come learn the ins and outs of how to register voters and get signed up to start registering voters right away!  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 N. High St., Worthington.  Facebook.  

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:30 PM.  OH-Columbus January Moms Demand Action Membership Meeting.  Meetings begin with a brief introduction to Moms Demand Action, the work we do and the evidence-based policies we advocate for. There will be updates on pending legislation, school board and community group outreach and information on upcoming events. Membership meetings are a great opportunity to learn about gun violence prevention efforts in Columbus and opportunities to get involved. Children are always welcome.  Please use the following link to RSVP, so that you can be updated on any changes:  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  Watch Party – UU The Vote/Ohio Voter Advocacy.  Learn about the organizing plan for UU the Vote across the country and how UUJO and its partners plan to implement a Voter Advocacy plan in Ohio. Also learn how members of other congregations can get involved.  Together we will explore how we are called to wear the mantle of our shared legacies, principles, and values as we move boldly together, making our faith relevant and effective in bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice in this political moment. Questions? Email Rev Joan VanBecelaere -  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus 43214.  Facebook.

Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Webinar:  Next Steps for Voter Advocacy.  Join Rev Susan Smith (Crazy Faith Ministries) and Rev Joan VanBecelaere (UUJO) to discuss the many ways you can volunteer to Educate, Register and Network to Support family, friends and others in voting this March Primary and in November 2020. This is a follow-up to the Voter Advocacy training that was begun December 28 in Columbus. But all are invited to attend to attend this webinar.  Register for reminders and Zoom online connection information at

Wednesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Webinar:  Monthly Ohio Statehouse Updates - and then monthly every 3rd Wednesday.   Join Unitarian Justice Ohio (UJO) Director, Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, and special guests to hear what is happening with key legislation at the Ohio Statehouse.  You can email your concerns or questions in advance to Rev. Joan at   Register HERE or at:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  January Postcard Party & Happy Hour – Indivisible OH12.  Join us as we write to registered progressive voters who have moved but haven't updated their voting address. We'll also chat about upcoming opportunities to register voters and other activities.  We'll be in the back room of Roosters (3370 Olentangy River Rd.) and will have plenty of postcards, stamps, and markers. We just need you to help us write!  Location:  Roosters, 3370 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus.  Facebook

Thursday, January 16, 2020, Noon – 1:15 PM.  35th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration.  The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will present awards to Ohioans for their efforts to advance nonviolent social change.  Speakers will include youth who took first place in their respective age divisions of the 2019 Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Ohio MLK Holiday Commission.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church on Capital Square, 125 E. Broad St., Columbus.  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

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

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

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

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

For questions, contact Ann Marie Condo at 
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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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Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of
seeing yourself in things that are not you.
~ Chuck Klosterman
2491 Summit St
Columbus, OH 43202
What’s in store for Wild Goose Creative in 2020
Our 7th year of Wild Art Columbus, a showcase of the brightest Central Ohio artists
The 3rd annual Golden Goose Awards 
The grand opening of our Franklinton location, planned for late spring/early summer 
Bringing on a new Operations Coordinator to maintain two warm and welcoming spaces
A year of our stellar programming including new monthly programs

wild goose creative classes 2020

See all Wild Goose events on their calendar HERE
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY JANUARY 11
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Next week's live music:  
Megan Cameron with AMETHYSTONE band
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!


All Soles Contra Dancers
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

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

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

Saturday,  January 12 – Big Scioty
Trillium and Richard Ades
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

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

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


The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing. ~ Amit Kalantri

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


The Poetry Forum
January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST 
|Recurring Event (See all)
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint, 2598 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202 United States + Google Map

Featured readings + open mic since 1984  Mondays 7 pm     
Jan 13 ~ Sean Karns (photo at left)
Jan 20 ~ Hannah Stephenson
Jan 27 ~ Kari Gunter-Seymour
Feb 3 ~ Andy Havens
Feb 10 ~ Jen Town
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »

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

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

Bill Cohen and Paisha ThomasSATURDAY, JANUARY 18
7 - 8:30 PM


Maple Grove Methodist Church
7 W Henderson, Columbus 43214
(free parking in back via Aldrich Rd)

     When civil rights activists faced the threat of snarling police dogs, jail cells, and sometimes even death, they often energized and emboldened themselves by singing simple freedom songs.
     We’ll recall that unusual era, 1960-65, when blacks and whites marched together, were beaten together, and were sometimes killed together as they campaigned for simple human rights, taken for granted a half century later. 
     “Songs of Struggle,” with local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen, will rekindle the tunes and spirit of that era.   Among the songs: Oh Freedom, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, I’m On My Way to the Freedom Land, and We Shall Overcome.
     The timing of the concert couldn’t be more appropriate.  It comes 2 weeks before the 60th anniversary of the first lunch counter sit-in, and it comes just days after the 90th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
     The songs will punctuate vintage film footage of some of the major triumphs and tragedies of the early civil rights movement.  Among them: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, murders by southern racists, and the 1965 marches in Selma.
     Admission is free but we’ll take up a free-will offering.  Bill and Paisha will split the proceeds with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has championed the rights of minorities and the poor for 4 decades.
     For more info, contact or (614) 263-3851

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
Thomas Mangelsen photographerTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
7 - 9 PM

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

     Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources/ Environmental Professionals Network and Sustainability Institute Ppresents Thomas Mangelsen Live and in person. In a return visit to OSU and EPN, upon the opening of a year-long exhibition of his iconic photographs at COSI, don’t miss the opportunity to interact with this renowned photographer and passionate wildlife conservation leader. Quoting From the Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune arts critic review of Mangelsen’s “A Life in the Wild” exhibition (coming to COSI mid-January), “For all the beauty and how-did-he-shoot-that wonder of the imagery, the exhibit throbs, too, with an environmental message: These creatures in these places are beyond special. In Mangelsen’s compositions, there is something of the sacred to the line of gray wolves walking across a Yellowstone valley landscape or the moose on a small hill, reflected, along with the great Alaska mountain Denali, in the water below. These scenes are revealed to us not so we may glimpse a passing moment, in Mangelsen’s vision, but so that we may prove ourselves worthy of seeing more like them.”
     Noteworthy too is Mangelsen’s support for the federal Endangered Species Act, including opposition of de-listing the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 
PROGRAM: Welcome and introduction of Tom Mangelsen, David Hanselmann, OSU SENR Lecturer and former chief of soil and water resources at ODNR.
60 Minutes interview of Mangelsen by Anderson Cooper, with Jane Goodall, first airing May 6, 2018.
Informal presentation by Tom Mangelsen, with select images and stories
Q&A/discussion: Mangelsen with OSU SENR Professor Jeremy Bruskotter and Bill Stanley, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio -- focused on wildlife and endangered species conservation and management.
Q&A/discussion with attendees
Wayfarers old tyme appalachian bandSATURDAY, JANUARY 25


Columbus Mennonite Church
35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214

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


9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

Learn about the Walk with a Doc program at the Market today in Booth #24.
With an aim to make hope and health accessible to all, our doctor-led walking groups are a safe, fun, and FREE place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends. Join us by attending a Walk near you, or let us help you start a healthcare provider-led Walk of your own. More info HEREMore info on Website and Facebook.  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


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