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January 31, 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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Simply News is going to the printer this weekend. The online and print versions will arrive in your Inbox or Mailbox (for SL members) next week.

Our Annual Meeting on Sat Feb 22 and the Economics of Happiness film(s) will screen on Monday, Feb 24 at Kafe Kerouac. Details are in this week's Update.

Sneak Peak! Mark your calendars for our March and April Films and Meetups.

Sunday, March 15
2 PM - 4 PM

Let Them Eat Dirt: The Search for Our Kids' Missing Microbes
Studio 35 Theater and Drafthouse

Tuesday, April 14
7 PM - 9 PM

The Best of Both Worlds: Cohousing's Promise
Grandview Theater

Sunday, March 22
2 PM - 3:30 PM

Neighborhood Transition Strategies
Whetstone Library Meeting Room

Sunday, April 12
2 PM - 3:30 PM

Earth Day 50 and Beyond: Creating the Eco Future
Bexley Public Library

Cathy Cowan Becker will receive the Carol Fisher Community Service Award at our Annual Meeting
Many of you know Cathy's prolific good works on behalf of the environment. In  her volunteer time, Cathy is chair of the Conservation Committee for Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, which is conducting a Ready for 100 campaign to ask the city of Columbus, Ohio, to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050. She was trained as a Climate Reality leader in 2015 in Iowa and served as a mentor at the Climate Reality leadership training in Denver in 2017. She is a past group leader for the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and has made stellar presentations at several Green New Deal Town Hall events this past year. Well deserved, Cathy! 

Book Club Reminder... The discussion of the book, Local Is Our Future, will take place Sunday, March 8, from 3:30 - 5 pm at Portia's Cafe. It's time to purchase a copy of the book, available through Simply Living for $10. We will also have copies when we screen the film, Economics of Happiness, at Kafe Kerouac on Feb 24. Read more about the book in the Learn Section. Contact or call 614-354-6172 to get your copy.

More items of note as you scroll this week's Update...
   > TODAY at 5 pm listen to Grassroot Ohio on 94.1 FM for a powerful interview with author Justin Nobel about America's (and Ohio's) Radioactive Secret
    > Cbus Bill of Rights will host a Clean Water for Craft Beer event at Barley's (Feb 17)
    > The Sunrise Movement is hosting a Green New Deal Launch event at the Karl Rd branch library on Sunday, February 2nd from 2-4 pm.
    > The EPN film series is screening A River Between Us at OSU next Tuesday evening Feb 4 at 7 PM. 
Don't wait. The time will never be just right. ~ Napoleon Hill
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Environmental Film Series presents A River Between Us (Feb 4)
> Lily Kunning workshops in Feb: Toxic Body Care, Teas and Tisanes, and Anxiety Allies: Mindfulness and Plants
> Columbus Garden School
: Planning for Crop Successions taught by Rachel Tayse (Feb 4) + Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing (Feb 8) and more!
> Economics of Happiness at Kafe Kerouac (Feb 24)
EPN Breakfast Program: Hope is the thing with Feathers: A Soaring Journey with Jason Ward (Feb 18)

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

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> TODAY at 5 pm - Carol Harding Interviews Justin Nobel about America's (and Ohio's) Radioactive Secret - WGRN 94.1 - Are you listening to the Green Renaissance?
> Clean Water for Columbus Craft Beer - hosted at Barley's by the Columbus Community Bill of Rights (Feb 17)
Sunrise Movement offers Green New Deal Launch event (Feb 2)
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Drexel, hosted by Green Bexley (March 2)

> Earth 911 features Creating a Zero Waste Kitchen and How to ReUse Silica Gel Packets
Knock Down the House: Four Women Challenge the Political Status Quo (Feb 9) at Studio 35)
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Simply Living's Annual Meeting at Indian Oven restaurant (Feb 22)
> Yoga Well-Being offers free Kundalini Yoga class (Feb 4) and Social Hour  (Feb 14)

Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center offers Winter Labyrinth Walk and Storytelling event
> Columbus Underground
has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Columbus Community Media!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Java Central Coffee House presents String Theory - Acoustic Rock (Feb 1)
> Poetry Forum features Andy Havens (Feb 3)
Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
Columbus Civic Theater presents The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines
Bill Cohen and friends PRE Valentine Concert at Columbus Mennonite Church (Feb 7)

Read more in the Arts & Culture section

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

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

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


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

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
We must find our way back to true nature. We must set ourselves to the task of revitalizing the earth. Regreening the earth, sowing seeds in the desert--that is the path society must follow.
~ Masanobu Fukuoka
7 - 9 PM

OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg. Room 130
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus 43210

Documenting a pathway for the largest river restoration project in America: To save a river, you must first heal a people. The Klamath River in Oregon and California. Produced by Jason Atkinson and Jeff Martin. Trailer  Read a  Review by an associate of two Oregon State University institutes – Natural Resources and Water and Watersheds. Another informed review, by Jen Reynolds, Assoc. Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
     OSU Film Series sponsors are pleased that the film’s producer and narrator, a former Oregon state senator and candidate for Governor, Jason Allmand Atkinson, will attend and lead the discussion after the film.
 Synopsis A River Between Us documents the largest river restoration project in American history. Nearly three hundred miles in length, flowing from southern Oregon to northern California, the vast communities of the Klamath River have been feuding over its water for generations, and as a result, bad blood has polluted their river and their relationships, equally. A River Between Us examines the complicated history of this conflict: how anger, fear and distrust have undermined the Klamath’s communities for decades. Balancing the sheer beauty of the river’s surface with its underlying ills of injustice and inequality, the film focuses on the personal stories of a group of individuals who finally chose to put the past behind them and came together to create a historic water rights compromise for the good of all. Most importantly, this documentary provides the solution to ending this generations-old conflict: In order to save a river, you must first heal a people. The film isn’t simply a feature documentary; it’s a cinematic call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history. And by restoration, the film’s first priority is people—restoring and rebuilding relationships among the vast communities living throughout the Klamath River basin, and hopefully, far beyond its borders. Because ultimately, A River Between Us isn’t about fish or water rights or even a forty year water war; it’s about the harm people do to each other, and by extension, the damage people have done to one of this country’s greatest wild rivers. What’s amazing about this film is that it isn’t focused on two opposing sides, but on those places where the two sides come together and find shared interests and passions.
     Discussion leaders: Jason Allmand Atkinson, film producer and narrator. Former state senator and candidate for Governor of Oregon. Wikipedia profile. Huffington Post posts.
     John Navarro, Aquatic Stewardship Program Administrator, ODNR Div. of Wildlife
The EPN Film Series is Free and open to all; pizza and beverages at 6:30pm
Learn more about each of the films and additional details on the series here.
Can't always make it to the EPN Breakfast programs? 
Now you can participate virtually in your pajamas because each program is now recorded.  Last month was co-hosted with ODNR’s Division of Forestry, highlighting the bourbon cooperage industry and revitalizing Appalachian Ohio’s oak-dominated forests. You can view photos (click here) and video of this program (click here).
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

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

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

$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

The correlation between poverty and obesity
can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies.
~ Michael Pollan

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

Planning for Crop Successions
Tuesday, Feb 4  6:30 - 8:30 pm

Learn how to use succession planting techniques and season extension tools to grow lettuces, greens, and more nearly year-round. We'll cover crop planning, rotation best practices, how to choose and use row covers, and professional seeding techniques to make your raised bed or high tunnel garden more efficient and productive. Seed a 1020 cell tray with lettuce or greens to take home and start your garden!
$25 class fee + $10 materials for take-home cell tray
INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Tayse is a sustainable food and farm advocate. She owns a two-acre farmstead in North Linden growing perennial berries, high tunnel vegetables and greens, and row produce. Visit for more about her agrarian projects. Book Online HERE.

milk jugs
Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing 

Saturday February 8   4 - 6 pm

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

See all upcoming workshops HERE - including Plants for the Shade Garden and Shoo Flu, Don't Bother Me - both on Saturday February 15.

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop. ~ Ovid

Education and Activism;
People's Medicine; Just Livelihood

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist

Register for Classes HERE

Toxic Body Care
Feb 12, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cancer Support Community Central Ohio, 1200 Old Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220, USA
Lily and Haven Herbs present The Natural Living Series: a free hour of holistic education for those touched by cancer and the general public at Cancer Support Community (Second Wednesdays at noon, Jan-Nov).

Teas and Tisanes
Feb 16, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist, 757 Garden Road, Columbus, OH, USA
Learn how to make herbal teas from Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist! There's more to it than you think! Part of a larger series!

Anxiety Allies: Mindfulness & Plants
Feb 20, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist, 757 Garden Road, Columbus, OH, USA
Anxiety affects 1 in 6 people. Learn natural techniques to cope and become more resilient!

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Classes at the Stratford Ecological Center

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

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

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

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

Steps to an Economics of Happiness

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

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

Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 to register or purchase the book.
In little localized pockets, the universe is capable of
building some beautiful complexity. ~ Sandra Faber
7 - 9 PM

Kafe Kerouac
2250 N High St Columbus 43201
Facebook Page HERE
This award winning documentary film spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. Simply Living's book club selection, Local Is Our Future, further explains the shift to localization and copies will be available. Q&A discussion after the film will feature local initiatives and how to get involved.
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.
It's time to make the profit-maximising, shareholder-controlled corporation obsolete. ~ Marjorie Kelly (her article HERE)
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
5 - 5;30 PM

GrassRoot Ohio Radio
w/Justin Nobel
America’s Radioactive Secret

Hosted by GrassRoot Ohio and

Carolyn Harding interviews Justin Nobel.  Justin writes on issues of science and the environment for Rolling Stone and other US magazines, investigative sites and literary journals. He is presently working on a book about oil and gas radioactivity to be published with Simon & Schuster and titled, "Petroleum 238 - Big Oil's Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It."
     His explosive, hot-off-the-press Rollingstone article, America’s Radioactive Secret - is the culmination of 20 months research and interviews with oil & gas workers, regulatory agents, scientists, industry watchdogs and local activists in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, communities where fracking and the Frack Waste Stream is pervasive and growing. Thanks to the Economic Hardship Reporting Project: and More HERE.
2-4 PM

Columbus Public Library Karl Rd Branch
5590 Karl Rd, Columbus OH 43229
Still have questions about the Green New Deal? Want to learn more and possibly get involved? Come hear from leaders of the local Sunrise Movement, watch some videos that help explain what is proposed and how it can be implemented, and hear from local leaders who are addressing the climate crisis now.
Learn about how young people are creating Strike Circles and how to participate. Carolyn Harding from the Columbus Community Bill of Rights will speak about their efforts to ban oil and gas operations and her radio show on WGRN 94.1 where Carolyn interviews local activists. Sign up and get more info HERE.
If it is unpatriotic to tear down the flag, which is a symbol of the country,
why isn't it more unpatriotic to desecrate the country itself-to pollute,
despoil and ravage the air, land and sea. ~ Ralph Nader
2 - 4 PM

3055 INDIANOLA AVE 43202
Knock Down the House is a documentary about four women who challenged the political establishment in their runs for office in 2018. In Central Ohio we have our own candidate challenging the political establishment in her run for Congress in 2020 - Morgan Harper.
     Before the film, Morgan will speak about her journey - why she chose to run for Congress, what it is like to go up against the powers that be, and what she hopes will result from her campaign.
     Then sit back and enjoy a screening of Knock Down the House. Here's the movie description:
     When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.
     At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.

200 Crestview Rd Cbus 43202


Friday February 14th at Flux + Flow: Explore partner yoga in an affirming, inclusive setting with Simply Living members Beaker Prince and Jo-Anne Harris. Together you will learn to assist one other in postures that open and unwind tight muscle groups, relieving tension in the back, legs and shoulders. Then explore breath, movement, and balance as you collaborate on poses built for two. The mindful movement and playful practice of partner yoga are known to foster connection, build courage, and induce laughter.
     This program will be offered twice: Friday 2/14 at 7pm, and again on Saturday 2/15 at 7pm. Choose the timing that works for you!  For more info or to register click here, or visit the FB page here.

Saturday February 15th at Flux + Flow: Explore partner yoga in an affirming, inclusive setting with Simply Living members Beaker Prince and Jo-Anne Harris. Together you will learn to assist one other in postures that open and unwind tight muscle groups, relieving tension in the back, legs and shoulders. Then explore breath, movement, and balance as you collaborate on poses built for two. The mindful movement and playful practice of partner yoga are known to foster connection, build courage, and induce laughter.
     This program will be offered twice: Friday 2/14 at 7pm, and again on Saturday 2/15 at 7pm. Choose the timing that works for you!  For more info or to register click here, or visit the FB page here.
     Beaker Prince is a full time lecturer at OSU. Contact:
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event.
If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.
~ Michael Moore
Presented by Columbus Community Bill of Rights
Join us in exploring the singular and diverse world of Columbus Craft Beer and learn about how we are working to protect our water from the fracking industry. In this monthly series, we’ll talk with the brewers and guests who know a lot about clean water and how important it is for our people and this phenomenal burgeoning industry!
Barleys Brewing Company, upstairs in the Brewcadia,  467 N. High St., Columbus
Our guest speaker with be Dr. Julie Weatherington-Rice. She is an environmental scientist who has been studying Ohio oil and gas contamination and water issues for over 40 years. We may also hear from Barleys Brewmaster, Angelo Signorino.  Find us on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.
7 PM

Drexel Theater
2254 East Main St
Columbus 43209

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



Creating a Zero

Waste Kitchen

Here are some great tips to reduce kitchen waste, simplify your life, and feel better in the process.

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How to Reuse

Silica Gel Packets

Packets of silica gel seem to be ubiquitous. You’ll find them in products ranging from bottles of vitamins to new electronics. Before you chuck them straight into the garbage, check out these reuse tips. 

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The only thing that can grow is the thing you give energy to.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, February 22
1 - 4 PM

Indian Oven Restaurant 
427 East Main St  Columbus 43215
RSVP on Eventbrite

We had a wonderful time last year at the Indian Oven restaurant so we will meet there again to reconvene over a special free buffet.

It’s been an exciting and eventful year for Simply Living, and we have a lot of updates to share. Come meet new members of the Board and join us in honoring the work of retiring Board President, Dan Barash, and toast our new Board President, Jenee Murphy. We will also announce our new Treasurer, Tim Montague, who has strengthened our fiscal operations together with Lisa Kreischer, our excellent keeper of the Quickbooks, and our new Social Media Manager Rachel Schank who has amplified our voice and reach throughout the community. Christine Hardin has resigned from the Office Manager position, and we will acknowledge her many contributions over the past 18 months.

As we proactively envision an expanded role for Simply Living in this time of climate emergency, we recognize individuals who share and demonstrate our mission to facilitate and create a more compassionate and sustainable community.

This year, Simply Living will honor Cathy Cowan Becker with the Carol Fisher Community Service Award. In her volunteer time, Cathy is chair of the Conservation Committee for Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, which is conducting a Ready for 100 campaign to ask the city of Columbus, Ohio, to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050. She was trained as a Climate Reality leader in 2015 in Iowa and served as a mentor at the Climate Reality leadership training in Denver in 2017. She is a past group leader for the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and has made stellar presentations at several Green New Deal Town Hall events this past year.

Upcoming Classes
296 W. 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43201
Free Kundalini Yoga Class
Monday, February 4, 7:30-9 PM
296 W. 4th Ave.
Help us audition a new instructor, Marybeth, at this free Kundalini yoga class.  Invite your friends!

Yoga-Well-Being Social Hour
Friday, February 14, from 6:30-8:00 PM
296 W. 4th Ave.
FREE and Open to the Public
     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.
     At our winter social hours, participate in our clothing swap (new or gently used and laundered clothing), and a holiday fundraiser with donated homemade goods

Want a deeper understanding? Try the following series with Troy Pyles and Eszter Gozon: Saturdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, February 8th to March 28th.Take an 8 week long series, A Balanced Life: Using the Wisdom of Ayurveda to Support Well-Being.
     More at and

Shepherd's Corner
Ecology Center

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

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5                
6:30 - 8 PM


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

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

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12               
6:30 - 8 PM

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

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

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Club Lincoln Opens, Wig Party, Silent Dancing, Groundhog Day & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Get together with friends for the weekend!

Here’s to the weekend! Limited tickets remain for Sweet Treats Dessert Festival on SundayRead a Creepy Local Tale. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


-The new Makers Social opens this weekend
-Enjoy Disney On Ice
-Go to Justin Timberlake’s Birthday Bash
-Bust out your best wig for Wig Party
-Hike at Blendon Woods
-Enjoy a Teddy Bear Victorian Tea Party
-Dance at Heatwave
-Or go to Silent Dance Party


Ohio Diaspora opens this weekend plus curator talk on Saturday
-Shadowbox opens The Legends of Liverpool, about one of the greatest bands of all time
-You’ll have a great time watching CATCO’s Application Pending
-Watch The Motherf**ker with the Hat
Anastasia is on Broadway
-The Wex has Winter Exhibitions Preview
Saturday Cinema Classics at Studio 35
-Head to Gallery Hop


-Go on the Bexley Beer Crawl
-Hear Ryan Hurd in ConcertTrampled by Turtles play Express Live!
-TRISM presents Psymbionic + Zebbler Encanti Experience w/ Black Carl
Club Lincoln opens! Be the first to check it out
-Eat Gluten free Scout inspired cookies
-Enjoy Ice Cream for Breakfast
-Try some new Old Fashioneds
-ProMusica presents Renee Elise Goldsberry


Columbus Flea-Shop 
Streetlight Guild Art Market-Shop 
 revitalization Weinland Park-Talk about 
Bring It On-Grandview Theatre shows 
 will perform at Hollywood CasinoNorm Macdonald
 building Ohio Supreme Court -Tour the 
 at the Gateway Film CenterWatch: 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts
Art Studio Clearance Sale-Shop the 
Urban Farming-Learn about 

-Go to a Super Bowl LIV Party

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 SundayThere’s always more in the Events Calendar

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

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

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.  Franklinton Repro Health Non-Discrimination Community Meeting.  Join us for a community meeting to gain input on a possible Pregnancy/Parenting/Reproductive Health Care Non-Discrimination Ordinance for the City of Columbus. We want to hear from the community about how something like this could/would have been useful to you or someone you know as well as any concerns you may have.  Childcare will be provided so feel free to bring the little ones.  RSVP required so we know how many kids to expect! Location:  Columbus Public Library, Franklinton Branch, 1041 W. Town St., Columbus.  Facebook

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Central Ohio Workers Center - Free Wage Theft Clinic.  Meet with a wage theft intake volunteer who can help you get paid. We work with attorneys and advocates to recover stolen wages for workers. Enforce your rights.  Location:  Seafarers Union, 2800 S. High St., Columbus.  Facebook

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 PM. And Then They Came for Me Concert Proceeds will benefit FUU's Fund for Immigration Legal Assistance (FILA), a fund that helps our Central Ohio neighbors with immigration legal expenses. $20, payment by cash or check (payable to First UU), at the door.  Reserve your ticket by signing up hereLocation:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  Voter Registration Training and Live Practice Session.  Learn all about voter registration (or get a refresher) then head outside to practice!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Barnett Branch, 3434 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.

Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Save the Date Congressional District 3 Candidates Forum.  Save the Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:30 - 4:30 - Congressional District 3, Democratic Candidates Forum; Location: St. John's Church, 59 E Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Facebook

Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  The Future of Criminal Justice in Franklin County.  Please join Rep. Dave Leland and former judge and candidate for county prosecutor, Gary Tyack, for a meeting on the future of criminal justice in Franklin County.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N. High St., Columbus 43214.  Facebook

Monday, February 3, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Democratic Candidate Forum Ohio Senate District 16.  Join us to hear from the five candidates running in Ohio Senate District 16 Democratic Primary. The forum will begin promptly at 7 pm on Monday, February 3, in the Friends Theater (lower level) at the Upper Arlington Public Library at 2800 Tremont Rd.  Facebook

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Meeting.  Program:  We will watch and discuss a short video from Push Back with Aaron Maté and Gabor Maté on the misuse of anti-Semitism and why fewer Jews identify with Israel.  Jewish Voice for Peace members are serious about making change. We work with diverse communities across the U.S. to achieve a lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights, and freedom.  All are welcome.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main branch, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Facebook

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild Happy Hour Meetup.  Come hang out, get updates, sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities, and share your ideas for collaboration! We'll have t-shirts (we are out of some sizes but will be ordering more for spring) and bumper stickers available for a sliding scale donation.Location: Lineage Brewing, 2971 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43202 Facebook

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 6:00 PM. Columbus Area Solar and EV Co-op Information Sessions.  Come to an information session on how to join a solar coop in Franklin County, Ohio. Solar coops allow people to band together to purchase solar power systems for their homes and businesses in bulk, thus knocking down the price. Solar United Neighbors, Ready for 100 Columbus, and Ohio Environmental Council are organizing 50 to 100 neighbors together into a group, or co-op, and giving you support through each stage of the solar process. Co-op participants leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation, while still signing individual contracts that ensure the right system for your home or business. If you are thinking about going solar, now is a great time while there's still a federal tax break of 26%. Between bulk pricing and tax breaks, solar panels for your home and business are more affordable than ever!  Location: Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W 1st Ave, Columbus 43212.  Find out more about going solar in a coop here: here

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  A Look at Ohio’s Sunshine Laws with Indivisible Westerville.  Did you know? You can write a request for information – whether it's budgets, police reports, policies, emails, or bail schedules – and in many cases the governmental agency is required by law to hand it over!  Public records laws are an invaluable tool for activists. Don't let them go unused. They apply to both state and local agencies, including jails, city councils, school boards, and the prison system.  Join us to hear from Gary Daniels of ACLU Ohio to learn more about how these laws can help you in your activism.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville 43081.  Facebook.

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8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sunday


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

In Don Nigro's innovative and intimate play, five women in five monologues give fresh, eye-opening perspective from some of Shakespeare's classic characters and the actresses who play them. Plays Thursdays through Sundays ending February 2nd.
No salvation without regeneration -
no spiritual life without a new birth
- no heaven without a new heart.
~ J. C. Ryle
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY FEBRUARY 1
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Next week's live music:  
Sat:      MEEK Quartet - Valentine's show!
Sun:     Bluegrass with GRASSAHOL

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!

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


The Poetry Forum
February 3 @ 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     
Feb 3 ~ Andy Havens 
Feb 10 ~ Jen Town
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »

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

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


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

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

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

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

All Soles Contra Dancers
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

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


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

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

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


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

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

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

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Feb 1, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Monthly Food Swap is back! Bring in your handmade, home made, home grown food and edible items! Baked goods, herbs and veggies from the garden, and home preserved items are all welcome! Be ready to answer questions about your methods, practices and ingredients. Please don’t be offended is someone doesn’t want to trade with you, all of our diets vary widely and all are accepted. All trades happen at the discretion of the owner of the items and all owners of items are responsible for their items. Swapping starts at the big front table promptly at 1pm, so come ready! This is a great way to try new foods and meet new people! RSVP HERE.

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

The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join us to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related! Pest free is always best. We are here to answer any planty questions you may have. Don’t have anything to swap? That’s ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the. Shop and there are usually extras to share.  Be sure to check out our selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants! RSVP HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Apply here after reading the information below. 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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