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July 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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Community Education for Sustainable Living
Simply Living Sustainable U classes & workshops, Earth Institute courses on environmental topics, monthly documentary films, meetups held at local businesses and organizations - join us to socialize, learn, build community and co-create a joyful, compassionate, and sustainable future!

News and Highlights from the July 24 Community Update

The Local Skinny> NEW: Simply Living Meetup Online Tuesday: Share interests, books, films, Covid stories, and the Pandemic Portal
> Fire Drill Friday Teach-In explores industrial food impact on climate
> Awakening the Dreamer now free 2-hour study course
> Political Hope with Charles Eisenstein (free 10 day course)
> Follow Jordanne Renner om Instagram - artist, educator, go green enthusiast
> Webcast on "Contaminants of Emerging Concern" (Soil and Water District)
> From What Is to What If? Reimagining and Rebuilding Our World
> Video on Postal Banking
> How local leaders can help small businesses weather the pandemic
> 2020 Farmers Market Directory from Columbus on the Cheap
> Earth 911 - Beat the Heat Using Less Energy + Even greasy pizza boxes are recyclable
> Lots more in Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend & Connie Hammond's Calendar

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4Simply Living logo gold background
7 PM
 Zoom Meetup to socialize, network and SHARE:
Interests, books, favorite eats + viral silver lining? 

Register on Eventbrite to receive zoom link

Meet others who share your values, make new friends, and enjoy some unstructured time. Drop in around 7 for introductions.  By 7:30 pm share your interests, your concerns, worries, and fave local eats.  What's working for you and what's not in these strange Covid times? It’s informal. Come as you are and wherever you are.. 

The Pandemic Portal video podcastThe Pandemic Portal:

How This Moment Will Change Everything


Did you miss our live discussion with YES! executive editor Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, author Nafeez Ahmed, and YES! co-founder and author David Korten on how the pandemic and current global uprisings will serve as a portal to a new normal? Or were you one of the many viewers who asked us whether the video would be available for later viewing? The wait is over! Now you can watch the full webinar whenever you like—and share it with friends and family across the globe. Watch the video


Simply Living Sustainable U connects YOU to workshops/classes/events that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Please Note: All the listings in our Learn Section and more are now listed in chronological order in the Sustainable U calendar on the Simply Living website. Just visit and click on Sustainable U. Many thanks to Rita Haider for making it possible. We will incorporate SLSU into future weekly Updates. Let it be a tool to plan your schedule efficiently. 
If we stand for change, we can spark a popular movement
with power, influence, magic and genius.  ~ Van Jones
Fireside Fire Drill Friday posterFRIDAY JULY 31

Join Jane Fonda, Fire Drill Fridays and Greenpeace USA for a Fireside Fire Drill with actress and activist Alice Braga, and Greenpeace Brazil Campaign Director Tica Minami to learn about the connection between the climate crisis and the industrial food system. We’ll hear from our guests about how large-scale production of food commodities like meat, dairy, soya and palm oil are a threat to biodiversity, Indigenous communities, and our climate, and what needs to be done to change this system and protect our planet.

Awakening the Dreamer - changing the dreamONLINE COURSE

Awakening the Dreamer

Take an honest look at the challenging state of the world, reflect, and discover opportunities to create a new future where you have a key role to play. Carefully crafted content that has inspired thousands worldwide to find their roles in creating an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.  Click to watch video trailers for each section.
SECTION 1 Where are we?  You'll start with an examination of the ways in which the current "dream" of the modern world is impacting the environment, our relationship with one another, and our own sense of purpose.
SECTION 2  How did we get here?  You will explore how this all came to be, and confront the powerful unexamined assumptions that are at the heart of the current crisis we are in—as a species and as a planet.
SECTION 3 What is possible now? You will come to see that a new future is possible and that a huge, unstoppable movement is already in action, committed to creating a new story for humanity.
SECTION 4 Where do we go from here?  You’ll look at actions you can take, on your own and with others, and new ways of being that are consistent with your vision and stand.

Location & Contact Details

Tel: + (614) 404-7236
1350 East Cooke Road, Columbus, OH, USA
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Real change is possible, but only through a new story.

Political Hope merges the spiritual and political, the personal and communal. This course examines how our daily actions intertwine with the fate of our civilization. Let's talk about...
How do we move beyond the stuck, repetitive, polarized conversations?

Meet Your Teacher: Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, public speaker, and author who examines the unspoken narratives that direct our society and our lives. His work covers a wide range of topics, including the history of human civilization, consciousness, economics, spirituality, interdependence, ecology, and how myth and story influence culture. He is the author of The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is PossibleSacred Economics, and The Ascent of Humanity.

“I intend for this course to awaken within people a sense of purpose and power, not necessarily the kind of power that will make you into a big, important person in the world, but the kind of power that operates by hidden pathways, that brings results beyond what anybody could create through the power of force or domination.”
     There is only one side. The human side. 
There is part of you – an ember in the darkest times – that knows a beautiful, loving world is possible. That is why you are here. This course will give you a new political perspective and empower your daily actions at home and within your community, bringing unity and coherence. Click here to register: Political Hope.
Trash talk with SWACOTUESDAY, AUGUST 11
10 - 11 AM  Via Zoom
Environmental Professionals Network
A Primer on Central Ohio's Waste Stream

Improving the way we manage our resources is more important now than ever. Our consumption of products and packaging and the waste they create have a profound impact on the sustainability of our environment and our economy. These issues have become prominent in the age of COVID-19 and climate change. Together, we can create solutions by strengthening and building a vibrant and resilient circular economy for current and future generations.    
 Kyle O'Keffe
Kyle O’Keefe (Director of Innovation and Programs for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio) who will share insights and industry knowledge about the waste management conditions, trends, opportunities, and activities taking place in the central Ohio region and how you can get involved. At SWACO, Kyle is leading efforts to help Franklin County achieve a 75% waste diversion rate by 2032 by implementing new programs, policies, and market driven solutions.

Click here to learn more and register for the August program

Wednesday August 12
 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District:
Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Contact: Brooke <

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and other resources approximately 1 week after the event.
Webcast Description:
Chemicals of emerging concern (CEC), including pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PCPs), pesticides, industrial products and plasticizers can disrupt the endocrine system. Many of these CEC’s have been linked to morphological changes in aquatic habitats. This webcast will present examples of CEC impacts and implications for the larger watershed protection community. This will include a presentation from Dr. Nora Demers on endocrine disruptors research on biological communities in Florida.
7 - 8:30 pm
7 - 8:30 PM

A-Z Impacts of Plastic Digital Series


From Fracked Gas to Plastic Pollution in the Ohio River Valley and Beyond

Join the monthly webinar series and discussions on the impacts of plastic production on health, environment, climate, and economics.  The August presenters are Leann Leiter and Author with Earthworks and Jed Algado from Break Free from Plastics Asia Pacific.A Summit event in September will be announced soon.
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Did you miss the discussion /Q&A about the new documentary, The Story of Plastic?

Our panel of experts shared what is going on in Ohio to address plastic pollution. 

Visit our blog HERE for details and a link to watch the recording.

I finally got it: empower girls and everything changes. ~ Jane Fonda

Now, more than ever, it's essential for us to come together to connect with each other, envision positive futures, rethink our national strategy, and take practical action to build community resilience everywhere.

To facilitate this process, Transition US is inviting us to participate in a new campaign, named after Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins’ 2019 book about “Unleashing the power of the imagination to create the future we want,”  The campaign will consist of three overlapping phases. Please click on the links below to learn more and get involved:

Phase 1: Visioning (The Heart) – July through August 2020

Phase 2: Strategy (The Head) – July through December 2020

Phase 3: Stories to Action (The Hands) – August 2020 through June 2021

Every Wednesday
1 pm

Meditation: The Way Forward
FREE   Register HERE
What are we meant to learn at this time, from this period, in our human history?  Could it be that now more than ever before we are to called to lean in, to be with ourselves long enough so that we learn to become more ourselves?
     We have the potential to transform our lives and move into our greatest understanding as to why we’re here and to individually and collectively transform the planet into the one we knew as children: wide open, magical, mysterious, a place for all of us to thrive. 
     We can listen to our heart—the shining, wild, authentic part of us— and let it guide us away from fear and shortage, from us versus them, to something much more brilliant, powerful, and beautiful just waiting to be brought forward.   Now more than ever we are being called to “create space for the bigger Self to glow brightly.”
     Deep breaths and relaxing the body helps us tap into and connect with the energetic highway, the “field,” where there is pure potential as ancient writings have pointed to and that science is discovering.
     Stillness is what we are at the most fundamental level, and it is in this space where we cultivate our superpower.  
     Please join me for relaxing guided imagery, and then– stillness–
     You only need to register once and you can drop in whenever it’s convenient for you.  
breathe   smileSacred Ground is a community church grounded by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and committed to healing our Mother Earth, healing our Earthen family, and healing ourselves through Mindfulness and a melding of the beneficial elements of Buddhism, Christianity, and more.
Online Classes + Sunday Service


The Service includes music, readings, guided meditations, and a dharma talk. We meet every other Sunday.  

Meets every Monday.  Mindfulness Men is a place where men can connect and support each other through readings, deep sharing, deep listening, and guided meditation. 

GROUNDINGS is a participatory mindfulness discussion that includes sacred readings and meditation. Meets every other Wednesday.

Please visit our website for more information. See our calendar for all upcoming events.

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. ~ Thich Naht Hanh
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Tuesday Evening Practice Group
Starting August 4th 6:30-8pm

A Practice Group is a way to engage with a group of other like-minded people who want to develop their Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills in a safe learning environment.

Together you will grow in your awareness of self-connection, empathy, honest self-expression, and ability to listen and respond instead of react. This Practice Group will be held via Zoom -- a link will be provided upon registration. We look forward to connecting with you!
Join us August 2-8
Registration for Family Heart Camp 2020 is an indication of your intention to attend & greatly supports our planning. You can pay now or later! Would you be willing to register now?

Questions? Concerns? Please contact Sara Segall at


1190 Virginia Ridge Road, Philo, OH  43771  Phone 740-674-4300

Visit for learning opportunities and sustainability resources


Solar Panel Installation Solar Noon Tuesdays
Zoom Meeting

12 Noon - 12:30 pm

Join instructor Jay Warmke on Zoom
to ask questions about anything related to solar energy or solar installation. To get the meeting code and password, just contact jay@bluerockstation. com

Anyone is welcome, but these meetings are primarily to support those registered for the online solar training courses (
Blue Rock Station now has a complete and comprehensive online work-at-your-own pace course designed to help you understand how to design and install residential solar (PV) systems.

RSS When the BioMass Hits the Wind Turbine nationally syndicated podcast on living sustainably.  Hear Jay and Annie on WGRN.ORG Saturdays @ 8:30 am.


Are Pizza Boxes


The Recycling Partnership last week released a scientific study that demonstrates that used pizza boxes are recyclable, even when they are greasy and have some cheese contamination.

Read More



Beat the Heat

Using Less Energy

These cool hacks deliver strategies for keeping body temperatures down even when it’s blisteringly hot outside. This will not only make you feel better and help lower energy costs, but it might keep you from getting sick, too.

Read More
We in America are about to break up with oil.
Why not break up with poverty and discrimination too?
~ Van Jones
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Click for PDF version of SPRING 2020 edition of Simply News: Lead article: Mindfulness, Mourning, Earth Care, And The Coronavirus Pandemic
WGRN 94.1 and streaming on carries the best news, talk shows, interviews, music, and much more. Tune into the Green Renaissance Browse the schedule. Wait - there's more Columbus Community Radio. Check out WCRS HERE.


5  - 5:30 PM

$61 Million Scam

I’m Carolyn Harding and today I’m talking with Pat Marida and Lee Blackburn, fighting corrupt legislation to bail out failing nuclear and coal based power and fighting for renewable energy here in Ohio. Sign up on Facebook HERE.
     Pat Marida is the Chair of the Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Free Committee. She works on nuclear issues nationwide with the Sierra Club and other groups. In the 1980s, she worked on the Ohio Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, and served as chair of the Central Ohio Sierra Club, when the Club took legal action against the City of Columbus for their sanitary sewer overflows, and won, forcing Columbus to fix the problems. She’s a retired pharmacist, and graduate of the Ohio State University.
     Lee Blackburn’s activism began in high school, where his name appears in the Congressional Record for the first Earth Day. Having testified in both the Ohio House and Senate against HB 6, the nuclear bailout bill, he is currently preparing testimony for the Ohio Senate against HB 104, another badly written nuclear bill. Lee is a retired businessman who spent the better part of his career providing housing for low to moderate income individuals.
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This plant will create a demand for more fracking and will increase local air pollution in Columbus . Speak up for the climate and a livable planet for future generations!  Community members can give testimony by phone or by video conference using WebEx. Register here by noon on Monday August 3rd:  The hearing will be live streamed on PUCO's YouTube. If you're not speaking, tune in and join us in live tweeting using #NoOSUGas
       Sign the Sierra Club petition here
If Congress truly wants to honor John Lewis, 
they should pass an omnibus bill that includes
living wages, voting rights, and universal health care
~ Rev. Dr. William Barber II
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Plug In America Webinar
EV Batteries: An Overview of the Impacts and Solutions

Tuesday, August 18, 2020     12:00–1:15 pm     


New video series premieres: Why we need postal banking.

It's time to think outside the mailbox!

The USPS is under attack from private corporate interests that want to acquire the enormous volume of delivery services it provides. The Public Banking Institute's new video series highlights how other countries are investing in their postal services while our new Postmaster General is intent on cutting them.  Please watch and share this video:   on Facebook     on Twitter     on YouTube

free press logoThe “Columbus Way” Needs a Reboot: Grassroots Movements Key to Change
by Chuck Lynd (shameless self promotion again :)
What is the Columbus Way? Why a reboot? Role of Grassroots movements? Are radical systemic changes needed?
Read the article in the Columbus Free Press to explore the change process locally.

Green Haven Living logoGreen Haven Living is moving to a new location at 20 W. Main St. and we cordially invite you to an Open House next weekend! We are still in Uptown Westerville, and we can't wait for you to see YOUR new store.  All of our new products will be available in our online store if you feel safer celebrating from home. The New Main Street Store - Open House Sat, August 1 - 9:00 - 5:00  & Sun, August 2 - 12:00 - 5:00

The latest ARC of Appalachia Newsletter is Stunning!
Ready for some GOOD news in the world? 
524 WILD acres added to the Arc of Appalachia Preserve this spring.
The photos, maps, and gorgeous pictures of the native flora and fauna are guaranteed to delight.
Enjoy the entire newsletter HERE.

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RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. The film includes revealing interviews with Republican strategists detailing how the voter suppression game is played as well as cogent insights from leading voting rights advocates, law professors and Democratic strategists. It is narrated by Tony & Emmy award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright.

Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion on voting rights and voter suppression.

This screening will be presented via Zoom Webinar. A link will be emailed to all RSVPs 48 hours in advance of the screening.

Get Tickets

no nukes climate peace justiceTHURSDAY, AUGUST 6
Poster Display 2 PM; Program 6 PM

 LOCATION: Washington Gladden Social Justice Park
Next to the First Congregational Church,
444 E. Broad Street at the corner of Cleveland Avenue

CONTACT: Patricia A. Marida   614-286-4851 


Weather permitting, 30 large posters with photos telling the story of the people in Hiroshima and  Nagasaki on those fateful days in 1945 will be on display at the park starting at 2 pm.

     WE ARE A DIVERSE GROUP of people who share the common goals of ridding the world of the threat posed by nuclear weapons and bringing justice to communities affected by nuclear weapons testing, production and use. We recognize that people of color were the target of the 1945 bombs and subsequent bomb testing.  We acknowledge the suffering of Japanese Americans ripped from their homes and placed in internment camps during the war.
     WE CELEBRATE the United Nations International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the 39 nations that have ratified it since it was adopted in 2017. We eagerly await the treaty entering into force when 50 nations have ratified it, which will not be long.  Parties to the treaty will prohibit all activities related to nuclear weapons when the treaty comes into force. Nuclear weapons will be stigmatized and individual nations protected from retaliation. 
     WE RECOGNIZE THE CONNECTION between the obscene budgets for weapons and warmaking and the lack of funding for education, housing, health care and other public services.  We acknowledge our common understanding that inequality can only be maintained through the use of violence and coercion. We recognize the humanity of every person and vow continue to work together to end inequality in whatever form it takes.  

Dr. Fadhel KaboubCreating a Just, Green Economy - Video Link
Prof. Fadhel Kaboub, Economics Professor at Denison University and president of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity

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Thanks to everyone for attending our July 7th program.  If you missed the program you can view it on our YouTube channel or at our facebook page.  Please share the links with others who may be interested! The sooner people understand how the government implements modern monetary theory policies to pay for industry bailouts and endless wars, the sooner we can use these same practices for reforms like a Green New Deal to improve the quality of life for all Americans. 
We will never survive the climate crisis without ending white supremacy. Here’s why: You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can't have disposable people without racism.
~ Hop Hopkins
Curbside Pickup Only - during pandemicThe Institute for Local Self Reliance Report
26 Actions Local Leaders Can Take to Help Small Businesses Weather the Pandemic
ILSR's latest report Safeguarding Small Business During the Pandemic describes 26 actions that community leaders — including local governments, Chambers of Commerce, nonprofit organizations, business improvement districts, and other entities — can adopt to help small businesses weather the crisis. These 26 actions are grouped into three priority areas: keeping businesses afloat, helping businesses adapt and pivot, and fixing systemic problems that the pandemic has laid bare. READ MORE
Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Music, Sunflowers, Outdoor Movies, and More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
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Get some much needed nature time in a beautiful sunflower field this weekend.

Welcome to the weekend. Continue being safe, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing. There are virtual events this weekend, but also some fun drive-in events too. Do you drive on Cleveland Avenue a lot? Get tickets for a socially distanced Urban Living Tour. Have a fun one!


March on the FOP
-Make sure you are Registered to Vote
150 Days of Injustice: Revitalize Black Lives
-There’s a Mother’s March on Saturday
Maroon Outdoor Drive-Up Movie Night shows Selma
American Voices Book Club


-Go find a Lobster Roll!
-Land Grant Beer Garden features Willie Nelson Mandela 
-Go to the Chris Jamison Drive-In Concert
What the Waffle opens and you can eat outside at the Cultural Wall
-Do an Columbus Urban Parks Bike Tour
-Platform has Live Music Saturday: Varun Varadarajan


-Tune in to world premiere of Marie Regina: The Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
-CAPA starts up the ApART Together Concert Series again
-Get a look at new art exhibit Paper Routes
Barbara Fant gives an artist talk Friday
-Do Gallery Hop from Home
-The What? Music and Arts Festival 2020 – update CANCELLED
-Blockfort Gallery opens Vessel Verses
A Socially Distanced Mean Girls Beer Tasting


-Can 17 cats land you a tv spot? Watch Holey Moley tonight
The Ohio State Fair invites you to have fun online
-Shop the WoCO (Women of Color Owned) Virtual Summer Market
-Shop the Goodwill “Pop Up” Sales Event
-Dance to Rumba Caliente
-Head to Studio 35 for the CBJ Playoffs watch party
-Find a brunch to enjoy

Thank you so much to everyone who has ordered CU merch and supported our campaign. We are so humbled by your support! If you have enjoyed our coverage in the past and would like to directly support Columbus Undergroundplease consider a donation if you are able to do so, or check out our merch shop. New shirts have been added! Thank you for supporting our mission to keep the news free for all. With Gratitude, the team at CU.

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Ohio Citizen Action 
Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.
~ John Lewis

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter edited by Connie Hammond (pictured at left).
Connie HammondEmail to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Monthly Meeting.  We will continue our regular monthly meetings on Zoom.  In May we will be discussing chapter 7 and 8 of Alice Rothchild's book, Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine.  The book can be ordered directly from the publisher,   Register in advance for this meeting here.   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  All are welcome!  

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6:00 PM.  Hiroshima Day Memorial Event. We realize that with the Covid, many do not go out.  To address that, we are planning to mount a display of about 30 posters at the site that depict what happened to 2 Japanese cities at that time.  The display will be available from 2:00 PM on and speakers will start at 6:00 PM.  We are welcoming people to come there earlier in the day to see the display.  If anyone here would like to talk for 5 minutes about JVP or any organization you represent, connections to racism, war, oppression, etc. please contact Pat Marida,   Location:  Washington Gladden Social Justice Park (Corner of Cleveland Ave. and E. Broad St.). 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7:30 - 8:30 PM.  Our Rev Ohio - Statewide General Meeting.  We will host a statewide general meeting once a month for July and August and at each meeting our regional groups will break out to discuss the local business for their groups.  Register here

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Women in the World:  Global Poverty, Gender, & Race.  Around the world women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty. In most countries, women earn 60-75% of men’s wages on average, and this gap widens based on race and ethnicity. A recent study found that 79 countries around the world have laws that restrict the types of work women can do. Globally, women are less likely to own land, receive a secondary education, have access to a banking institution, and in low income communities, maternal mortality rates skyrocket. These statistics are even higher for women of color. Moreover, this inequality has only been further highlighted by the recent impacts of the global pandemic, Covid-19.  And yet, it has been proven that investing in women and girls is beneficial to the economy and society overall. Compared to men, women are more likely to pay off loans and invest their earnings into familial units, having a positive ripple effect in their communities. Moreover, when women and girls have proper access to education and stable financial support, the chance of teen pregnancies, maternal deaths, child marriages, and gender-based violence decreases significantly.  Columbus Council on World Affairs.  The webinar is free.  More information and registration here


New video on “The Real Cost of Nuclear Weapons” from Pax Christi International.  The global pandemic reveals a lot about our values and our priorities. Every minute thousands are spent on nuclear weapons, where it takes just pennies to address humanity’s most basic needs. Watch the new video on “The Real Costs of Nuclear Weapons” here.

From the Free Press - Know Your Rights as a Protestor.  Read it here.

Columbus Tenants' Union is gathering information about rental properties in Central Ohio to help tenants organize. If you are a renter, please fill it out, and whether you are or not, please pass this along to other renters you know in the area!  Contact Becca Pollard if you have questions or would like more information:

Ohio Moms Demand Action: Statewide Virtual Events.  Please save this link and revisit this page as we update it throughout the month. Join us online or via phone for some gun-safety activism!

Youth Beat Radio! We are a weekly radio program about youth ideas, youth creativity, and youth leadership in Columbus, Ohio. We believe that youth can make a difference for themselves and for their community through their actions and words! Hence our slogan: “Voice to empower!” Youth Beat broadcasts shows hosted, produced, or inspired by youth and we aim to inspire our listeners to go out and make a positive difference.  Youth Beat airs on Mondays at 7:30 pm on WCRS 92.7/98.3 FM and on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm on WGRN 94.1 FM. Youth Beat is proud to air on Columbus community radio. More information and podcasts here

Support the Fair Food Program — Join the Wendy’s Boycott:  The Fair Food Program created by Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has ended abuse for tens of thousands of farmworkers in this decade. Today, we’re inviting all Fair Food allies in Ohio to join with the farmworkers by joining the Wendy’s Boycott. If you want to join the boycott or would like more information about the Fair Food Campaign and how you can take action, please send your name to: or call Sue Carter at 614-459-0017. 


From Roots Action:  No more free weapons to Israel for annexing Palestine.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced major new annexation to Israel of large sections of what remains of Palestinian land. (Learn more here.) There was a tradition of U.S. governments -- from Eisenhower to Bush the First -- of conditioning Israeli "aid" on better behavior. Now, finally, after years of public pressure, it is being revived by members of Congress.  Thirteen members of Congress have sent an important letter of protest to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.  Click here to email your Representative and Senators.

From Massachusetts Peace Action:  Contact your State Senator today to support S.2800, the police reform and racial justice bill!  Senate Bill 2800, the Reform, Shift + Build Act, is a comprehensive police reform and racial justice bill that meets the level of policy change that this moment and the Black Lives Matter movement demands.  Police groups are aggressively spreading misinformation and pressuring and bullying Senators to vote against the bill. We need you to contact your Senator and express support.  The Senate is working through the weekend and votes are expected to take place on Monday.   Ask your State Senator to vote to support S.2800.  In the weeks since the brutal public murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, nationwide protests have erupted to challenge police violence and demand transformational changes in policing that amount to a restructuring of what we mean by public safety.   Supported by the ACLU, the NAACP, and the legislature's Black and Latino Caucus, S.2800 is one part of our response to this moment. Also, ask your Senator to preserve the language in Section 10 of the bill, which would responsibly reform qualified immunity. Qualified immunity protects officers from the consequences of breaking the law on the job, giving the police extrajudicial status and essentially putting crime in their job description.  Police groups are actively pushing for Section 10 to be removed.  After you email your State Senator, telephone them to tell them to pass the bill and not weaken it.  Find their number here: https:// FindMyLegislator. Then, post a message about this on social media and, if you can, tag your Senator.   

Stop ICE’s heartless student visa changes.  On July 6th, the Trump Administration’s all-out assault on immigration found a new target: student visas. ICE, CBP, and the Department of State issued new rules regarding students studying in the United States.  Just 6 weeks before many schools would start their term, these organizations declared that students attending colleges and universities with online-only models would have to leave the country or transfer to an institution with in-person classes.  More information and online petition here

From Becca Pollard, Ohio Sierra Club Beyond Coal.  We are very close to our initial goal of 500 comments to the Ohio Power Siting Board opposing the proposed OSU gas plant! I am confident that we can reach that goal before the evidentiary hearing on the 14th, but I'd really love to see us blow that goal out of the water! Ohioans overwhelmingly support transition to renewable energy, so if we all share this with our networks, we should be able to get a few hundred more before the deadline. Here's how you can help:  1. If you haven't done so yet, submit a comment today using this form:  2. Forward the link to your Ohio contacts who want renewable energy, not more fracking! 3. Share the link on social media. You can create your own post or share these posts: Facebook post here. Twitter post here.

From Peace Action:  No! to Renewed Nuclear Testing. Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), one of Peace Action’s strongest Senate allies and a long-time Congressional leader on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, has stepped up and introduced legislation to stop the dangerous path to resuming testing. The Preserving Leadership Against Nuclear Explosives Testing (PLANET) Act would prevent the Trump administration from restarting explosive nuclear weapons testing by restricting funds for fiscal year 2021 and all previous years from being used for such a purpose. Urge your Senators to co-sponsor this crucial bill to stop Trump from testing a nuclear weapon!

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!

Columbus Area Community Event Lists

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm posts online and in the monthly print edition.
Columbus Peace Network Calendar Editor Connie Hammond keeps up with political events, meetings
Columbus Underground Calendar Editor Anne Evans - we post much of her awesome Mega Weekend!
Simply Living Calendar of Weekly/Monthly Community Events Editor Chuck Lynd - text only listings.
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 
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When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at
work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to
draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"
~ Howard Ikemoto 
Jordanne Renner photo woman leapingJordanne Renner

Artist. Educator. Creative. Explorer.
(Dirt Digger, GO Green Enthusiast, and All-Around Foodie)
Followed by simplylivingcbus and earth_art_bill
Java Central Coffeehouse
 20 S State St, Westerville 43081
Live Music at JC on Saturday, August 1
Outside, on the brick walk.
Please maintain social distancing by only sitting at the patio tables.

Caroline and Dad Poster
The Arc of Appalachia often shows off some amazing Nature Photography.
The photo below is just one of many to enjoy if you click HERE.

red wing blackbird and heron
Young birds don’t always know that the world is a rough place.
A Red-winged Blackbird drove the young heron away from the blackbird’s territory.


3 - 7 PM

Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo

Vaughn Hairston YMCA
3500 First Avenue
Urbancrest, OH 43123

​The Mid-Ohio Indie Author Book Expo is an opportunity for readers to mix and mingle with some amazing independently published authors and hopefully discover some new favorites.


This event is for you! Meet indie authors from different genres, from inspirational romance to graphic novels.  There will be something for everyone, including fabulous door prizes!   Parents, bring your little ones along, too.  There will be activities to keep them occupied, including a reading corner.  You’ll also be able to nosh while at the Expo.  We will have some awesome food vendors showcasing their edible delights. Parking and admission are free.

7:30 PM

Miss Shadowbox? They say: We continue to use this down time for good by developing new works, exploring ways to expand our artform (psst…livestreaming?:) and preparing our space and modifying protocols for the safety of us all.
To give you a "sneak peek" into what’s been keeping us busy, we will be holding a virtual event the evening of Thursday August 13th at 7:30p. Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information. Everyone is invited and we hope to see you there!  
Art is not a thing; it is a way. ~ Elbert Hubbard 
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, including VIRTUAL events and activities.

Shadowbox Live is CLOSED due to COVID-19.  See event changes and rescheduled CAPA events HERE


2020 Farmers Markets in Columbus & Changes

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Columbus on the cheap logoColumbus on the Cheap lists all of the annual Farmer’s Markets scheduled for 2020. Updates are ongoing, so please check the links for latest changes. If you know of changes, leave us a comment or email

The list is organized by day of the week and includes many suburban farmers markets.

Visit and sign up for emails about" freebies, discounts,and deals"

1 - 2 PM


4760 N HIGH ST CBUS 43214

             We are still open!!

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!

Register HERE

bexley natural market logo
Address: 508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
Phone: 614-252-3951
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6


REVIVE Superfood
  • ready to blend smoothies
  • ready to heat meals
  • ready to eat overnight oats
All of these have real foods, no added sugar, no preservatives,
or artificial ingredients
9 AM - 12 NOON
800 E. 17TH AVE, CBUS 43211
Good food for all. A recent issue of The Market Beet refers to a report on Food Justice issues from the Union of Concerned Scientists:
Equal food access is an issue we take seriously. "Healthy food access is complex, and includes the physi­cal environment (geographic proximity, transportation to food retailers, and availability); the economic environment (affordabili­ty); and the sociocultural environment (cultural taste preferences). Race and income are highly correlated with healthy food access—and with diabetes rates," a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists notes. Read the Newsletter with full details about how the Market is addressing this issue.

Continue to support your local farmers.
It's been a year to say the least. And now that the heart of summer is upon is, farmers face cruel temperatures outdoors and grapple with the possibilities of drought, pests and crop failures. Market sales provide an important source of income for many of our small food producers, even more so this year with many restaurant, schools and other wholesale opportunities being limited.
To learn more about specific recommendations that will help Ohio farmers now and into the future, read this report: Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: Recommendations for Building a More Resilient Ohio Food System.

ORDER ONLINE at Virtual store hours are: Tuesday 10am - 9pm; Wednesday 10am - 9pm; Thursday: 10am - 5pm. 
8 AM - 12 NOON

450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road

Blueberries, peaches and sweet corn, oh my! Summer is here at the Worthington Farmers Market!

UPDATE: The City of Worthington and the State of Ohio requires the wearing of a facial covering in all public places in Worthington and Franklin County. We thank you, in advance, for wearing your mask at the Worthington Farmers Market in support of the health of our vendors, volunteers, staff and other customers. For more information on this requirement, click here:

Market Hours:
8am-9am: Reserved for high-risk and vulnerable shoppers (senior citizens, immune-compromised, etc.) Masks are REQUIRED when shopping during this first hour. Detailed info available HERE

We need to make sure that we, to the best of our abilities,
are bringing our lives into alignment with our values.
~ Ocean Robbins, Co-Founder, CEO of Food Revolution Network
Monthly Plant swapSUNDAY AUGUST 16
1 - 2 PM


4760 N HIGH ST CBUS 43214

             We are still open!!

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!

Register HERE


New post on onebitewellness

Red, White, and Blueberry Tart

by onebitewellnes   

red white blueberry tart

This healthy dessert is easy to make and fun to decorate. Made from fruit and nuts, the tart is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Did we mention delicious? Because it’s definitely that too! Enjoy it this holiday weekend.



1 cup chopped nut blend (we used 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup pecans)
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of nutmeg, optional


1-2 mashed bananas
Blueberries, strawberries, and kiwis to decorate (about 1 cup of each)


Soak dates in warm water for about 10 minutes to soften them. Chop nuts with a knife or use a food processor. Drain dates and mix with nut blend, coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Once well mixed, roll into balls and press into pie plate. Mash bananas and add a layer or ‘frosting’ to the crust. Top with berries and kiwi or your desired fruits. For extra pizazz, drizzle honey or melted chocolate over the tart.

“The Peace of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
I think I've found my tribe. Help me become a member!


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