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February 07, 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 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!
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Simply News is now available on our website at Scroll down to click on the Winter 2020 edition, and notice the new panel to sign up online for the Weekly Community Update. Tell your friends who might want to get this Friday morning email. The print version was mailed this week to members who prefer reading on paper. 

Quick links: Reserve your seat at Simply Living's Annual Meeting on Sat Feb 22 at Indian Oven restaurant HERE.  Reserve your ticket to see Economics of Happiness film(s) on Monday, Feb 24 at Kafe Kerouac HERE. Both events are free but seating is limited. 

Knock Down the House screens 2 pm Sunday at Studio 35. Simply Living never endorses political candidates, but this film documents 4 women, including AOC, who challenge the status quo to fight for Health Care in Nevada, the Environment in West Virginia, Black Lives Matter in St. Louis, and of course AOC's advocacy for a Green New Deal.
TODAY at 5 pm
listen to Grassroot Ohio on 94.1 FM for a powerful interview with Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, Denison U economics professor who will explain How to Pay for a Green New Deal.  

Fantastic Fungi is returning to Columbus at the Marcus Crosswoods theater February 14 through Feb 20. Their Heartland Dates are listed in a new Poster.

More items of note as you scroll this week's Update...
    > Politics & Veganism... SL members Dustin Weatherby and Raven Morgan argue that veganism is a movement that deserves a place in progressive policies.
    > The EPN film series explores the history and significance of Earth Day, including two films and discussion at OSU next Tuesday evening Feb 11 at 7 PM. 

       > We Dig Ohio the 2020 Urban Ag & Community Garden Summit March 21 is announced in our Local Foods Section.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Frederic Laloux
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Environmental Film Series explores Earth Day 1970-2020  (Feb 11)
> Columbus Garden School workshops on Plants for Shade Gardening (Feb 15)
 Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing (Feb 8) and more!
Lily Kunning workshops in Feb: Toxic Body Care, Teas and Tisanes, and Anxiety Allies: Mindfulness and Plants
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 
> Left Politics and Veganism event at Northside Library (Feb 8)
> Earth Day Columbus 2020 now accepting work sites
> Mirabai Starr weekend "Reclaiming the Divine Feminine" (March 6-8)

> Earth 911 features tips on using Wool Dryer Balls and an article on Composting Systems
Partner yoga
sessions at Flux + Flow with Beaker Prince

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at the Drexel, hosted by Green Bexley (March 2)
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Simply Living's Annual Meeting at Indian Oven restaurant (Feb 22)
> Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon features presentation Mar 17 primary election
> Yoga Well-Being offers free Social Hour  (Feb 14)
Columbus Community Bill of Rights teams up with Barley's Brewing to address Clean Water

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  
Bill Cohen and friends PRE Valentine Concert at Columbus Mennonite Church (Feb 7)
> Java Central Coffee House presents Meek Quartet Sat Feb 8 and Grassahol feb 9
> Poetry Forum features Jen Town (Feb 10) and Erin O-Neil discusses her new book at Prologue
> Square Dancing
venues are updated with upcoming events
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market updated (Feb 8)
> City Folk's Farm Shop
offers Free Maple Syrup demo (Feb 9) Plant Swap, a Seed Swap, and a Soapmaking workshop (Feb 16) Next Monthly Food Swap in March 1.
> We Dig Ohio 2020 Urban Ag & Community Garden Summit announced (Mar 21)
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 
Read more in the Local Foods section
Featured Events this Weekend!
5 - 5;30 PM

GrassRoot Ohio Radio
Carolyn Harding interviews
Dr. Fadhel Kaboub


If you want to get straight about the Green New Deal and what we can accomplish, this is your man. Fadhel Kaboub is an associate professor of economics at Denison University, and president of the #GlobalInstituteforSustainableProsperity. His research focuses on public policy solutions to unemployment, poverty, inequality, and climate change. He is an expert on the #JobGuarantee, the #GreenNewDeal, and #ModernMonetaryTheory (aka How to Pay for the GND)."
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. ~ William Butler Yeats
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.


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
The prescribed mode of thinking that is generated by our educational systems is not conducive
to the sort of thinking that new generations should have access to.~ Nora Bateson
7 - 9 PM

1970-2020 & Beyond
OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg. Room 130
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus 43210

Celebrating Earth Day, 1970-2020 and beyond offers a look back to events leading up to the first Earth Day, the April 22, 1970 events involving over 20 million people, what they led to, and challenges of today and beyond. Event schedule
Welcome and a brief history of Earth Day and its origins. Timeline, before, during, after. OSU connections.
Earthrise 10 minutes of excerpts from the 30-minute 2018 documentary interviewing Apollo 8 astronauts who in late 1968 captured the first images of Earth from space. Instantly iconic, the images became a symbol of the need to care for Planet Earth, even helping inspire Earth Day 1970. Trailer
Earth Days 50 minutes from the 102-minute 2010 PBS American Experience documentary, Earth Days – The Seeds of a Revolution, with footage of 4/22/70 events. Trailer 
> Brief recollections by two people who planned Earth Day activities in 1970. My vision for our Earth, environment, and society in 2070, local, global – A current OSU student
How and where to participate in Earth Day 2020 at OSU and in Columbus. Q&A/discussion with attendees and presenters
> Time, Inc. Interview of Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes. Meet ‘Mr. Earth Day,’ the Man Who Helped Organize the Annual Observance
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.
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

Hope is the thing with feathers: A soaring journey with Jason Ward
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 more passions and desires one has,
the more ways one has of being happy.
~ Charlotte-Catherine

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

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.

Plants for the Shade Garden 
Saturday February 15   1 - 3 pm

SHADE GARDENING IS UNDERRATED! Yes, plant choices are more limited in shady spots than if you’ve got plenty of sunshine to work with. But gardening in the shade can be so much more than resigning yourself to ferns and hostas -- both of which are lovely but can be boring if you stop there, and are impossible if you have deer in your neighborhood.
     When you include carefully selected small understory trees, shade-tolerant shrubs (some of which might surprise you), and learn about the less-well-known but beautiful perennials and other smaller plants, you start developing a more interesting, varied, and compelling garden that catches the eye and invites people in.
     Even one small area (perhaps neglected because the deep shade?) can be transformed -- with a few carefully considered choices -- into one of the most beguiling parts of your yard. Come to this shade symposium and learn about the possibilities, be inspired, and leave with --> a list of your favorite shade plants (cross-referenced for deer resistance and native-plant status). Start planning how you’ll transform your shady garden into a place of peace and beauty!
INSTRUCTOR: Cat Baumgartner is an ISA Certified Arborist, an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician, and an Oakland Nursery staff member. She’s mostly a “self-taught” gardener who began when she was five years old and had a "weed garden" behind the garage (banished to that humble spot by a family who didn’t share her appreciation of the beautiful plants she grew).

Register for Class

Mpre Upcoming classes
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.
And that is my religion. ~ Abraham Lincoln 

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.
The best way to predict the future is to create it. ~ Frederic Laloux
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.
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
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.
Click for PDF version of Winter 2020 edition of Simply News Lead article: Breaking the Trance: Can Living Simply Become the New Normal? by Chuck Lynd
What replaces fear? A capacity to trust the abundance of life.
~ Frederic Laloux
Left Politics & Veganism by Dustin Weatherby/Raven Morgan
Leftists have historically been hesitant to embrace the vegan movement. Leftists have criticized veganism as offering a consumerist response to the problems of our food system that individualizes responsibility for problems that require collective action. They have also objected that veganism is a white-centered, classist, and ableist movement. In this talk, we will respond to these criticisms and argue that the vegan movement belongs with other justice movements on the Left.
Earth Day Columbus 2020 accepting worksites
Columbus is a national leader in organizing service projects that benefit the environment.
Plan to host a project... the website is now live and ready for sign-ups


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:
"The Divine Feminine Across the Spiritual Traditions” (Teaching)
 Friday 7 – 8:30 pm (followed by reception/book signing)
Men and women in our time—all the rich varieties of gender—are recognizing the long-neglected wisdom of the divine feminine, and the necessity of reclaiming deep feminine values. Through the lens of mystics from all the spiritual traditions, indigenous to organized, Mirabai Starr brings that energy to life for us all.

"Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Divine Feminine” (Workshop)
Saturday 10 am – 4 pm *
Sunday 8:30 – 10:00 am

In these two “retreat” gatherings we immerse ourselves in the living transmission of the female mystics from all traditions through engaging in contemplative readings, group reflections, evocative writing exercises, inter-spiritual chanting and silent sitting, weaving these luminous elements into a basket of awakened community.

“Celebrating the Divine Feminine in Ritual & Practice”
Contemplative Experience (Free, Open to All):
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30 am

As the brokenness of the world grows more apparent, our impulse to do something to alleviate suffering grows more urgent. And so it becomes increasingly vital that we cultivate sanctuary spaces where we can take refuge, lay down our burdens and refill the cup of our souls. Mirabai helps us understand “the blessed landscape of Sabbath” in this experience.
*Lunch will be provided on Saturday. If you have special dietary requirements, you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.
Friday Teaching only $40.00
Full Weekend: Friday, Saturday & Sunday $140.00
Sunday Contemplative Experience 10:30–11:30 am: Free
Online prices good through March 4.
Prices at the door: Friday Only - $50 | Weekend - $160
Scholarships available at to request an application.
Website Event FULL Information 
The feninine way is much more about embodiment and being fully here in
the midst of the messy human experience, and connectin and allowing our
hearts to open and to sometimes break open. ~ Mirabai Starr
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.
We are water. We are air. We grow, we bloom, we seed, we wilt, we die.
There is a false separation between humanity and nature. ~ Nora Bateson


Using Wool

Dryer Balls

By design, dryer sheets are single use only creating unnecessary waste and expense. Is there an alternative? Absolutely - wool dryer balls.

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Urine Diversion and

Composting Systems

Composting toilets are rare in the U.S., but a quiet infrastructure crisis, and the inherent unsustainability of the standard flush toilet are good reasons to consider them.

Read More


It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into doing that matters.
~ Kosha Joubert

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.

Free Press Second Saturday Salon - February 8

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

Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, art, music and
a presentation on the upcoming primary election
Upcoming Classes
296 W. 4th Ave, 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43201
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 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!

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.

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Date Night, Comedy, Little Flea, Galentine’s & More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

There's a few Galentine's Day events happening this weekend!

Looking forward to a possibly snowy and wintry weekend? We might have some snow for those winter hikes! CU and The Gateway Film Center have a special event for Friday’s debate! Enjoy planning a fun weekend with these events.


-The zoo has a new comedy event and starts with Matteo Lane
-Laugh about old crushes at My Big Crush
-Magician Michael Carbonaro is at Hollywood Casino
-Go to a Tarot Card Reading at Glean
-Attend a Galentine’s Bash
-Go Big or Go Home: A Big Babe Variety Show


-People are enjoying Shadowbox’s The Legends of Liverpool
-Don’t miss CATCO’s Application Pending
-See Jazz on a Summer’s Day at the Wex
FFN’s Date Night starts
-Check out CogFest
-Studio 35’s Cinema Classics has The Philadelphia Story
Watch the Oscars at the Gateway Film Center


-It’s the only weekend to get the Ray Ray’s/Fetty’s Collab: Fetty’s Sai Oua
Hop Yard 62 turns 5
-Learn Some Bloody Mary Mixology
-Go Square Dancing
-Take a cheese tasting class
-Jazz Arts Group hosts PBJ & Jazz
-Ganther’s Place has a house tour with sweets!
Nocterra turns one
-Grandview Theater has a Birds of Prey Beer Tasting


-Explore AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO 2020
-Watch Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings
-Shop Powell Winter Market
-Pick up some holiday decor on sale
-What about Politics and Veganism?
-Go on the Winter Hike at Highbanks
-Shop The Awesome Company PopUp
-Own an historic roof? Learn about taking care of it
-Grab some VDay stuff at Little Flea in Old North

Mega Weekend gives you a great list of events this weekend in Columbus, so you can be in the know! Looking for more things to do? Here’s a list of events for Thursday, for Friday, for Saturday, and Sunday.

There’s always more in the Events Calendar

The most exciting breakthroughs of the twenty-first century
will not occur because of technology, but because of
an expanding concept of what it means to be human.
~ Frederic Laloux

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

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Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2:00- 4:00 PM.  Voter Registration Training and Live Practice Session Come learn how to register voters, then head out for a practice session right away! (Join us at 3:30pm for the practice session only.)  Please indicate "Going" if you plan to attend so we can have adequate supplies. Bring two clipboards if you have them!  Location:  Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Columbus 43209.  More information on Facebook

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:30 – 12:00 PM.  Reproductive Healthcare Non-Discrimination Community Meeting – Linden.  This is a community meeting to gain input on a possible Reproductive Healthcare 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.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Linden branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43211.  Eventbrite

Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:30- 8:30 PM.  Community Meeting in Support of Miriam Vargas & Family.  Please join us on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. as we continue the conversation on how we can best support Miriam Vargas and her family. Your support over the past year has been much appreciated and we hope you will join us as we share and make plans for the coming months.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205.  Facebook.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Franklin County Greens Meeting. The public is welcome. The Greens will be planning their role in the Ohio Green Party Presidential Convention, February 29. Volunteers will be needed to help with set up & clean up, directing parking and greeting out of town attendees.  Location:  Carriage House - behind 1021 E. Broad St, Cols 43205.  For more information, contact

Tuesday, February 11, 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;  Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215 Facebook Register here. Find out more about going solar in a coop here:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:30 – 10:00 PM.  Columbus Stand Up for Choice:  Women Have Options – Ohio!  'Comedy @ Ace of Cups' and Columbus Stands Up for Choice! are proud to present our next pro-choice, local comedy show and rally - Columbus Stands Up for Choice: Women Have Options - Ohio!  Location:  Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Columbus 43202.  More information on Facebook. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Voter Registration Training/Refresh:  last week before the deadline.  Here's a chance to refresh your training or start from scratch as we head into the last week of voter registration before the primary deadline. We will have supplies available for those who want to stop by for info and "refills."  Please indicate "Going" if you plan to attend so we can have adequate supplies. Bring two clipboards if you have them!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook

February 11, 2020, 5:30 PM Registration and Refreshments, 6 PM Program.  Dialogue:  Is Medicare for All the Answer?  Polls show that health care is among the most important issues for voters in the 2020 election. Spending on medical care has skyrocketed in the past 20 years and is weighing on both workers and employers. What is the answer? Can sweeping legislative proposals like universal Medicare or some other single-payer health plan address rising costs? Would this fundamental restructuring of the health care system be prohibitively expensive?  We will discuss the concerns, options and challenges to America's health care with Dr. Ean Bett, physician and single-payer health care advocate, and Greg Moody, Executive-in-Residence at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Karen Kasler, Statehouse Bureau Chief for Ohio Public Radio and TV will moderate the discussion.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43201.  Tickets: General Admission: $15, Students: $5.  Register here

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Energy Team Community Action Night.  Join us to work on energy issues affecting Central Ohio! We'll be discussing our Ready For 100 campaigns in Central Ohio and other issues related to climate and energy justice! Snacks will be provided.  Location:  Ohio Beyond Coal, 503 S. Front St. #210, Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  BQIC Speak Up!  Spoken Word & Open Mic.  Join us for BQIC's monthly fundraiser, BQIC speak up! Spoken Word and Open Mic. Come out and share your poems, songs, monologues, inner musings, and good encounters, bad days, good dates etc on the mic! LGBTQIA+ people of color take priority within the space!  Entry is $5 suggested donation! We will have beverages and snacks for suggested donations as well! Please also consider donating to Art Outside the Lines which provides great art programs for people with disabilities.  All proceeds will go to our newly developed emergency fund for Black LGBTQIA + people. This fund will be devoted to Black LGBTQIA+ people who are in need of emergency funds to help with prevention of eviction, housing assistance, bail, medical expenses, transportation and other emergencies.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines, 485 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Webinar:  Learn How You Can Fight for a Clean Energy Future.  Join the Union of Concerned Scientists for a webinar on the state of our outdated electricity grid and the barriers and opportunities to a clean energy future. Register Today

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  Lunch & Learn – Movement Ecology.  Movement Ecology is important for all organizers and activists to understand. It allows all of us to be seen, heard, and valued. Join us on February 13th as we give an introductory training to Movement Ecology! This training will provide participants with the skills, tools, and confidence to host and train individuals on the concept of a healthy movement ecology. Learn how organizations with different theories of change can recognize each other's strengths and weaknesses and work together to produce large-scale social change.  The training will be led by James Hayes, Deputy Director, and Alwiyah Shariff, Fellowship and Training Manager, from Ohio Voice.  Please RSVP by 5pm on Feb. 12th!  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Thursday, February 13, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Monthly General Meeting.   Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact  Website and calendar.

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 PM.  No Fascist USQ!  SURJ Webinar.  A conversation with authors Hilary Moore and James Tracy on their book "No Fascist USA!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements". They will share the story of how a national grassroots network fought a resurgence of the KKK and other fascist groups during the Reagan years, laying the groundwork for today's anti-fascist and anti-racist movements.  Register here:  More information on Facebook

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~ J. C. Ryle
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  
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY FEBRUARY 8
7 - 10 PM,


3 - 5 PM


P: (614) 839-0698
Next week's live music:  

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 10 @ 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 10 ~ Jen Town
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »

Wednesday, February 12, 2020  7 - 8 PM

  • Prologue Bookshop, 841 North High Street, Columbus, OH, 43215

Hear Erin O’Neil read from and discuss her book, Gui Ren, in which she travels across Asia and tells the stories of all the fascinating people she meets along the way.  Copies of Gui Ren will be available for purchase and signing.

RSVPs on Facebook are appreciated, but not required.


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!
Prologue Bookshop, 841 N. High St in the Short North, Columbus 43215.
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. 


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
(note that it’s a Saturday instead of our usual Friday)


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

Saturday,  February 15 – Big Scioty
The Brickersons and Dave Notman

8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

The complex system that is the body is a field of ways of knowing, all of which
work together ecologically to provide the necessary information.~ Nora Bateson
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They showcase diverse perspectives and depth of talent in our Columbus arts community.

Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

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.Yoga at the Market returns next week. 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
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Free Maple Syruping Demo
Sun Feb 9, 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214, USA
Stop in for our monthly free demo and learn all about maple syrup! Learn the basics of tapping and just how easy it can be. Then learn how to use your own sap to make your maple syrup! No registration required .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

Seventh Annual Seed Swap
Feb 16, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

City Folk's Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43214, USA
It’s never to early to think about the garden! Join us for this free event as we browse the seed catalogs, swap seeds and learn about starting seeds indoors! Swapping starts at 2pm, arrive a little early to see what folks have to swap and get your seed pre-order in. 

Soapmaking Workshop
Feb 16, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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

Elizabeth is a local middle school science teacher and has an alter-ego as homestead hobbyist The Fresh Jam.  She applies her knowledge of science to providing for her family as simply and healthfully as possible.  Summers especially are full of the whole family working together, harvesting and preserving Nature’s bounty.  In her “spare” time, Elizabeth loves to share what she has learned over the years and empower others to take control of their environment through interactive demonstrations.  You can follow her on Instagram @thefreshjam. $35 RSVP HERE

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun March 1, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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.

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
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
Thursday, February 13 > Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH

Online registration is now closed.
We welcome you to register in person on Friday and Saturday. Lunches can be purchased on-site as well, while supplies last. Tickets to the Cream of the Crop Banquet, The Contrary Farmers' Social, and Thursday's Food and Farm School classes are no longer available. Full updates are HERE

We Dig Ohio Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening Summit 2020

Where: The Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory

Registration is open (only $30) and there are scholarships available!

Registration and full schedule here:  

Keynote Address by Karen Washington, Rise and Root Farm Bronx, New York  

To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.
~ Robert J. Furey

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