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November 29, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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


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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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Black Friday Strike at Statehouse TODAY (11/29) at 11 am at the McKinley Statue
Since this strike falls on Black Friday, our focus is going to be calling out corporations that majorly contribute to the climate crisis on a daily basis. Best sign gets a cookie! Bring your friends and family! 🌎 #climatestrike #gengnd  
Signs should be themed toward consumerism, capitalism. This event isn’t so much structured with speakers, but is focused on chants. If anyone has a megaphone to spare for the event, that would be excellent! Wear something warm : )  Event info HERE.

TONIGHT! Bill Cohen and friends are giving a Gratitude Concert as an alternative to the Black Friday shopping frenzy. 7:30 pm at the Maynard Ave Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave. Get there early because Bill's concerts fill up fast! 

Discovering the Truth about Santa Claus. Heidi Sherer attended our screening of What Would Jesus Buy? last Sunday and she followed up to tell us about an article that her parents wrote when she was very young, Her parents were dismayed over the growing consumerism culture of Christmas. The article, Goodbye Santa, Hello St. Nick! is about 30 years old now, but offers a perspective that Heidi and many in our SL community share.  Check it out HERE.

p.s. If you missed What Would Jesus Buy? you can watch it free HERE. It's a humorous but serious way to experience the deeper meaning of the holidays.  Simply by buying less stuff, we are also taking meaningful action to address the climate emergency.

Speaking of the true meaning of the holidays...Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition that brings families together, and we wish everyone a an enjoyable weekend.  That said, we can also acknowledge that the story we tell ourselves about the Pilgrims and Native Americans is way out of date. The Bioneers devoted their newsletter to exploring "The True, Indigenous History of  Thanksgiving." You can experience the new story HERE.

Cindy Lanese sent us a link to an article and short video talk by Lyla June Johnston about the need to confront the truth about Thanksgiving. She offers insights from the indigenous perspective and guidance on the need for forgiveness. Check it out HERE.

See the recent blog post on the SL website: Breaking the Trance: Can Simply Living Become the New Normal? 

Join us on Monday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at the Northwood High Bldg for Deep Adaptation: A Video Interview with Vanessa Andreotti. Simply Living member Art Yoho will help lead a discussion after the video. Details in panel below.
Everybody that's trying to get anything progressive done in this country knows
that the biggest barrier is getting money out of politics.  ~ Naomi Klein
Deep AdaptationMONDAY, DECEMBER 9
7:30 PM


Northwood High Bldg - Community Room 100
2231 N High St Columbus 43201
FREE, Donations Appreciated

A gathering to learn and explore "Deep Adaptation" as an approach to navigating the crises of climate change and failing institutions.

How do we face the deep levels of change happening right now, in our lifetimes? Climate change, deteriorating ecosystems, species extinctions, political divisions, and business as usual running an unsustainable global economy - it can be overwhelming, and some of us are asking what it is going to take for us to cope, to adapt, and yes, change how we live.

Picture of Vanessa AndreottiWe will show a video interview with a powerful thought leader, Vanessa Andreotti (pictured below). She is the Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at University of British Columbia and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. She has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education. You are welcome and encouraged to view it before we meet:

Art Yoho will join us in the Q&A discussion. Art brings his experience internationally and his leadership locally in the Bliss Run sangha, based on the practices of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Note: Curious about Simply Living or just want to know more? Come early at 6:30 pm for a Meet Simply Living event where you will learn about our origins and current programs. Q&A with Chuck Lynd.
Both meetings  are free. Light refreshments will be provided.

At our most elemental, we are not a chemical reaction, but an energetic charge.
Human beings and all living things are a coalescence of energy in a field of energy connected to every other thing in the world. ~ Lynne McTaggart

Holiday Open House green wreath backgrounTHURSDAY,DECEMBER 12
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Simply Living's Annual

Cohatch Upper Arlington - the Overlook
1733 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43221
RSVP Available Monday on Eventbrite

Please save the date and plan to meet old friends, make new ones, and network with our community of individuals who share your values. Bring a friend!

Raffle!  You will have a chance to win gift certificates, movie passes, and other cool items now being assembled.

Optional! Come as you are but if time permits feel free to bring appetizers, desserts, and "holiday cheer." Simply Living will provide alcohol-free punch and some snacks. Wear an ugly holiday sweater or a snazzy one (you will be judged :)  It's our tradition as well to bring a treasure you no longer need and take someone else's home with you. 

More details will be filled in next week!  And for now, we wish you Happy Thanksgiving!

NOTEOur LEARN Section Includes a wide variety of events related to the goal of transitioning to a future rooted in ecological values. Expanding our knowledge and awareness (films, meetups, presentations, etc.) as well as practical skills (workshops and hands on trainings) are all included.
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> Mandala Rock Painting workshop at City Folks Farm Shop (12/3) + Food Swap (12/7)
Lily Kunning offers Holiday Herbal Gift Making workshop + The Art of Medicine Making Series announced for 2020
Blue Rock Station hosts a wreath making workshop (11-30) and a Winter Open House on Jan 4 from 1-3 pm
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
Get the FALL EDITION of the Simply Living Newsletter! 
Link to the Simply Living DVD Collection available to borrow for SL members
Interfaith Prayer Gathering and Potluck to explore Caring for the Earth theme (12-8)
> Useful Links include 1)
Bill McKibben article in Yes! Magazine, 2)
Sierra Club screen of Film on Ohio Coal town *bought* by AEP (12-2)  3) Start a SOKIND Registry for gifts of time, experience and used items. 4) Art Fair Open House featuring local women artists (12-7) 5) We Don't Have Time, a new social media platform on Climate Change and 5) short video on the Pluralist Commonwealth 
> Earth 911 - articles on End of Meet & Dairy? How Much Food Do We Waste? and Landscape Design to Handle Stormwater
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
Promotion of our FABULOUS Community RADIO Stations!
Care & Share Time Bank Potluck & Program featuring annual Local Talent Variety Show (12-15)
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend!  Highlights in YELLOW
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Java Central Coffee House presents singer songwriter Steve Stanley + Ralph Leesburg. (11-30)
> The Wonderhills Americana/Indie
band from Indiana featured at Cbus Folk Music society Concert Series (11/30)
Westerville Art League presents 15 local artists at Java Central
Square Dancing venues are updated with future events
> Literary Events: An evening with Rick Steves at the Southern Theater(11/26)
> Bill Cohen's GRATITUDE concert offers alternative to Black Friday buying frenzy (12-2)
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market CLOSED Saturdy (11-30)
> The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


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

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
When we are aware of our inner-growth potential yet have no pretensions about
ourselves, when we are vulnerable, then we can change. ~ Amit Goswami

Blue Rock Station
40-acre Sustainability Center
Blue Rock Station, LLC
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH  43771
Phone 740-674-4300



Podcasts, Make a Wreath, Open House...
When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine, an often humorous podcast on living sustainably with Annie and Jay Warmke
is broadcast and streamed on Fridays at 11:30 am and Saturdays at 8:30 am on 94.1 FM in Columbus. The podcast is also available through your favorite podcast app.

Learn to make a wreath or over the door swag from beautiful natural materials with Annie Warmke at Blue Rock Station on November 30th at 1 pm.  Tea and a treat will also be served. Registration is required:  $15 fee per person.

Winter Open House January 4th 1 pm to 3 pm at Blue Rock Station, home of 
the first earthship east of the Mississippi River.  Learn how the house operates in the winter, enjoy high tea, and a conversation with Ohio pioneers Annie and Jay Warmke. Registration is required at

We no longer live life. We consume it. ~ Vicki Robin
We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world. ~ Jennifer Nini

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


mandala rock paintingMandala Rock Painting
Tues Dec 03, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Come join local artist Candis James for a fun night out and learn a new skill. In this relaxing class you will discover your inner talent while creating a beautiful mandala design on a natural stone. You will receive step-by-step instructions by a local artist. No previous art experience is necessary.  All of the materials that you will need to create your artwork are provided. Display your completed art-stone in your home or garden or gift it this season to someone special. Tickets are $35 and preregistration is required. Note: Please wear old clothing or bring a smock or shirt to protect your clothing.

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sat Dec 07, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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

SEE All Classes and Events (Mandala Rock Painting, Free Compost Demo, more) HERE

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn
Sassafras annual Holiday Gift Making clasSATURDAY DECEMBER 7
1 - 3 PM
Lily Kunning, Community Herbalist
757 Garden Rd, Columbus 43214
More info on Classes/Events:

Learn to make scrumptious body care that delight your beloveds! All healthy body care that use no cheap fillers, harmful synthetics, and only the best all natural ingredients.

This class is a benefit for Sassafras, a non-profit dedicated to preserving holistic health and folkways for future generations. This DIY make and take is super-fun and the spirit of play permeates- this would be a fun class to take with friends!

The class will be taught by Lily Kunning, Columbus' community herbalist. She will teach the techniques needed to make a sugar scrub, lip balms, and a creamy lotion. In addition to hands-on instruction, students will take home  ahndout with recipes to make more at home, 5 lip balms, 2 lotions, and 2 sugar scrubs (all in cute gift-ready packaging). All proceeds from this class benefit Sassafras and is an all-volunteer effort!

The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

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.
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access
to the sum of all human knowledge. ~ Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
IACO LOGO Interfaith Assoc of Central OhioSUNDAY DECEMBER 8
5 - 6 PM + POTLUCK 6 - 7:30 PM
Theme: Caring for the Earth, Our Shared Home: with Our Heads, Hearts, and Hands
Peace Lutheran Church
455 Clark State Rd, Gahanna OH 43230
RSVP to by December 1.
The 4th Annual Interfaith Prayer Gathering & Potluck is being held by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) and Interfaith Power and Light. 

Join us as we look at our planet from the perspective of nine different faiths. During the potluck we will ask people to share ways to live more sustainably and to make a commitment to make at least one change in the following months. See the event flyer HERE.
Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal to follow the service. 

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available! Contact for details.  

Useful Links
From Bill McKibben... Click here to read the new article I co-wrote with Tamara Toles O'Laughlin about why Big Oil needs to pay for the harm done to our communities and climate. Then, share it with your friends and network to help us popularize this idea.

MON DEC 2  Cheshire, Ohio Documentary Film Screening  6-8 pm
  Ohio Beyond Coal Columbus Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus 43215 
 AEP did a 20 million-dollar deal to buy the town after their coal plant begins emitting a blue-plume. But not all their residents were ready to move. Now only a few residents remain and ithey continue their fight for ther health, the environment and their home.' Excellent! More HERE.

Start a SoKind Registry
SoKind is the only online gift registry designed to promote gifts of time, experience, and  secondhand/used items over material gifts. Go directly to the Sokind Registry <> to learn learn more, and find one near you or start one!

Sat Dec 7 Art Fair Open House  [Private ·Hosted by Mary Jane Quick] 12 PM – 5 PM
134 Garden Rd, Columbus, OH 43214-2159
Stop by and support local women artists!  More HERE
    Robin Gilbert-Not Your Usual Jewelry and Wall Art made from stone, bone, shell, horn, wood, clay, metal and found objects
    Barb Huebner (Pending) Photography
    Jan Solari-Come up and see my etchings...Pastels of the Female Form
    Helen Yee-Abstract Painting
    Mary Jane Quick-Encaustic and Mixed-Media

We Don’t Have Time are currently building the world’s largest social media network for climate action. Together we can solve the climate crisis. But we are running out of time.
That's the trick of free market economic theory: it doesn't just ask you to only be selfish
and not care about others. It tells you that by being selfish, you are helping others.
And, in fact, by trying to directly help others, you will hurt them. ~ Naomi Klein

The End of Meat and


By all measures, commercially produced meat is bad for the environment but for meat lovers, tofu can be a hard sell. 

Read More


How Much Food Do

We Waste?

A study by the SaveOnEnergy team found that the average person in the U.S. wastes 231 pounds of food annually. This creates a lot of lost opportunity. Here's how to help.

Read More





Landscape Design to

Handle Stormwater

Seasonal storms do not have to ruin your lush landscaping and can be naturally filtered to avoid harmful runoff. There are many ways you can handle stormwater while maintaining an environmentally friendly and attractive landscape.

Read More

There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society,
where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster,
and where less can be more. ~ Gaylord Nelson (Earth Day Founder)

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!
Care and Share Time Bank photosSUNDAY DECEMBER 15
6:30 - 8:30  PM
POTLUCK 6:30 pm
PROGRAM: 7:15 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimar Rd, Columbus OH 43214
Contact: Vilvi <>
Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table. 
December Program
:  Our talented members are signing up as I write this. Expect music, poetry, stories, even a juggler! This Variety Show is becoming an annual holiday event.

For more info on the Time Bank and the poster, visi the website here
Tune into our fabulous, diverse, local community radio stations!
      The Green Renaissance Network 94.1

WGRN FM 94.1  Listen Live on your radio or listen online. Download podcasts! Scroll down the home page and check out their awesome SCHEDULE! 92.7 or 98.3 on your radio dial or listen online. Check out the SCHEDULE!  

Get them PRE-SET in your vehicle. WCRS features News in the morning and WGRN offers News in the afternoon. Diverse Music and Voices you won't hear anywhere else in Cbus!

To support the Free Press Network --

the Free Press newspaper, websites, WGRN and WCRS community radio and other media ventures -- with a monthly donation!
Become a patron on Patreon!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Shop Small, Holidayville, Holiday Bazaar, Krampus Walk, and More!

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Will you be getting a tree this weekend?

Welcome to the weekend! Happy Thanksgiving! Looking for fun things to do this holiday weekend? The holidays get into full swing! If you want to taste coffee beers, snag your tickets to Brewed! They are going quick. Vote on the Best of 2019. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists. 


Foster a dog over the hoidays
See the train at Main Library
-Head to the Ohio History Center for a special event on Friday
-Go on a bike ride for Black Friday
#OptOutside for a Black Friday hike
-Go on a Segway Tour of the holiday lights
Lucy Depp Park in Powell lights up
-Sunday, shop the Short North Holiday Bazaar & Tree Lighting
-Studio 35 has OSU v Michigan on the Big Screen plus Maurice Clarett Appearance on Saturday
Try a Bubble Waffle


-See family tradition Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
-Laugh with Amber Falter at NovAmber
Holiday Hoopla is showing at Shadowbox Live!
-Go to a sneak preview of Killer Raccoons 2 on Friday!
-Have you experienced Conservatory Aglow?


Nix Comics has a Black Friday popup
-Take your kids to Glass Axis on Friday
Forbidden Root opens Friday at Easton
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
-Go on the Krampus Walk
-Attend the When in the Middle West Dinner
-Catch Beirut at Newport
-Shop Small Business Saturday
-Shop Holidayville in Clintonville on Sunday
-Shop all the Museum Stores on Sunday
-Shop the Scott Antique Market
-Shop Fine Feather’s PopUp Shopping Event
-Columbus Hungry Turkey 5K/10K

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

There’s always more in the Events Calendar

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

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.

Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Arrival and Registration, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Panel Discussion. 15th Anniversary. The Power of One 2019 Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks.  Joyce Beatty, U.S. Congresswoman, 3rd District of Ohio, Joanna M.Pinkerton, President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority, and Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University.  Location: The Ohio State University Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210. For more information and to RSVP contact: Diamond Zimmerman (614) 308-4403 or

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:30 PM Film premiere, 7:00 PM In-depth Panel.  PUSHOUT:  The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. The Women's Fund of Central Ohio is proud to partner with Rise Sister Rise, National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Central Ohio Chapter, Columbus City Schools, and Gateway Film Center to premiere the first of several screenings in Columbus of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” "PUSHOUT" exposes - through heart-wrenching stories - a new and alarming trend: African American girls are the fastest-growing population in the juvenile justice system and the only group of girls disproportionately experiencing harsh discipline at every educational level. The film also explores critical interventions that interrupt criminalization in schools, which includes the work and stories of Columbus-based leaders, Stephanie Patton, Principal of Columbus Preparatory School for Girls, and Judge Terri Jamison, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division – Juvenile Branch.  Thanks to the generosity and partnership of Gateway Film Center, tickets to this event will be free of charge. Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  More information and free ticket here

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Let’s Talk about the Testing Charade.  Do high-stakes tests help students learn more and teachers teach better?  Have test-based accountability systems improved anything? Daniel Koretz's recent book, "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better," answers these questions definitively and authoritatively. THE EVENT: A book discussion hosted for education professionals, parents of school-age children, and interested community members. SPONSORS: Public Education Partners (PEP) of Ohio and Citizen Advocates for Public Education-Ohio (CAPEOhio).  Location:  Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus 43220.  Facebook

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.  Special presentation by David Shutkin.  David Shutkin is a founding member of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV).  He has been to Palestine on four occasions since 2015 and will be in Palestine with a fifth delegation this winter.  He has been an anti-occupation activist since 1982. The CJNV engages in nonviolent direct action in opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  Their work is a form of solidarity activism as we support and collaborate with many Palestinian partner organizations such as Youth Against Settlements and the Good Shepard Coalition. We also partner with numerous Palestinian village counsels including Susya, Umm Al-Khair, and Al-Tawani, in the South Hebron Hillas and Issawiya and Batan Al-Hawa in East Jerusalem. The CJNV brings together members of organizations such as JVP, If Not Now and J Street U.  David will share an overview of the CJNV, some of my back story, and discuss the successes of our most recent collaborative action in the South Hebron Hills where we encountered the violence of the IDF and seventeen people were arrested. Website:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Auditorium, 95 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.    For more information, contact  Facebook.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Medication Access Summit Presented by the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio.  The Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio invites you to the Medication Access Summit on December 4, 2019. The Summit aims to bring together community organizations and healthcare providers for a half-day workshop centered on improving medication access in Franklin County. The Summit will include an overview of the need in Franklin County and an introduction to the charitable pharmacy model. Participants will also engage in dialogue about how to better reach those in need and better address this issue in our community. Registration is free, but space is limited. CEUs are available for Pharmacists and Social Workers. Registration closes December 1st at 11:59 pm. For any questions, email the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio at charitablepharmacy@gmail.comLocation:  Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, 200 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus 43215.  Registration here

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Clio Society Event.  Please join us for our upcoming Clio Society event. Associate Professor Bart Elmore of the Ohio State University Department of History will present, “A Historian’s Guide To Saving the Planet: What the History of Coke Can Teach Us About Curbing Pollution,” on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street. As always, the event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the lot next door to the library. For more information, contact

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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Intention appears to be something akin to a tuning fork,
causing the tuning forks of other things in the universe
to resonate at the same frequency. ~ Lynne McTaggart
7:30 PM

An Alternative to the
Black Friday Buying Frenzy

Maynard Ave Methodist Church
2350 Indianola Ave. Columbus OH 43202
$10 Donation
 Friends.  Freedom.  Food.  Music. Jobs.  Parents. Children.  Pets. Laughter.  Emotions. And dozens of other things.  We all have so much to be thankful for --- everyday, not just Thanksgiving Day. So join Bill Cohen as he sings a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have. 
It’s the 6th year Bill is presenting this musical theme.

Playing piano and guitar, he’ll sing songs linked to a wide variety of folks --- John Denver, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, Don McLean, and others.  Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.” 

 On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add the beat on percussion, and Joe Lambert and Joanne Blum will add soothing vocal harmonies.

Besides the music, we’ll hear some thoughtful quotes, reminding us of our many many blessings on Planet Earth.  No sermons here but words of inspiration and emotion from sources as varied as Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, Rod Serling, Gandhi, Einstein, and Buddha.   While most Americans will be rushing to the mall to buy stuff, this concert will focus on aspects of our lives that are much more important to us.  In fact, often, they’re not “things" at all.
We’ll be asking for $10 per person donations at the door.  Proceeds will go to help Bill’s wife Randi make her annual winter trek to the Dominican Republic.  That’s where she serves as a volunteer translator for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, a team of doctors and nurses who provide free basic medical care to impoverished Haitian workers who live and work just inside the D.R. border.

For a 10 minute video preview of the concert, go to  and look for the gratitude video.

Wild Goose Creative Square Dancing
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202
Big Scioty Contra Dancing
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad St. Cbus 43215

All Soles at First UU Church

93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214

All Soles Contra & Square Dance
Saturday, November 30
Rocky Fork String Band and Kate Power

Wild Goose Creative
(First Friday of the Month)

Friday, December 6

Contra DancersBig Scioty Dance Schedule
Friday, December 6 – Sunday December 8 – WINTER WARMUP
Workshops and Contra Dancing  (Location – Worthington Community Center,
345 East Wilson Bridge Rd  43085


7 - 10 PM,

P: (614) 839-0698

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!
ACOUSTIC JAM w/ JOHN MORGAN – every Tuesday, 8PM – 9:30PM
SONGWRITER CIRCLE w/ DICK PLUNK – every 2nd Wednesday, 7PM – 9PM
Love often leads to healing, while fear and isolation breed illness. ~ Candace Pert
Youthful Band in Spotlight at Folk Music Concert
Bluegrass, folk, country, pop, singer-songwriter, and Americana.  Mix all those musical styles together, and you have the Wonderhills! The five 27-year-olds say their original songs are “inspired by the wooded hills of southern Indiana.”  Although they’re all young, their band is now in its 9th year, touring the nation.

It is not just do do do. It is not just be be be. It is do be do be do. ~ Amit Goswami

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

An Evening with Rick Steves

December 2 @ 7:00 pm EST

Southern Theatre
21 East Main Street
Columbus , OH 43215

Please join us for an evening with Rick Steves, author of Europe through the Back Door and Travel as a Political Act, and host of “Rick Steves’ Europe” on public television. His latest, Top 100 Masterpieces: Art for the Traveler, will be released in mid-November. Steves will reflect how a life of travel has broadened his perspectives and why he feels travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world.
    Presented in partnership with Bexley Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Grandview Heights Public Library, Plain City Public Library, Southwest Public Libraries, Upper Arlington Public Library, Westerville Public Library, and Worthington Libraries. Tickets are from $20-75. Gramercy Books will have copies of Steves’ books available for purchase at the event for him to sign.

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie.

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

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

Art Exhibit at Java Central
Love often leads to healing, while fear and isolation breed illness. ~ Candace Pert
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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 Square 
7227 N High St,

Worthington, Ohio 43085i

The Worthington Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, November 30 to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend with our families. More info on Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership

We can truly see that consciousness is operating creatively
even in biology, even in the evolution of species.
~ Amit Goswami
Ben Sippel on the farmThe Clintonville and Worthington Farmers Markets are coming together as a market community to help one of our original producers, Ben and Lisa of Sippel Family Farm. Ben has been battling melanoma since 2015 and undergone six different treatments. This year has been particularly difficult trying to balance energy, health, and maintaining the financial stability of the farm. The Clintonville and Worthington Farmers Market communities of friends, family and local food lovers can make a difference.To participate, visit their GoFundMe page
Thursday, February 13 > Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

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

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

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

Part of being a helathy person is being well integrated and at peace. ~ Candace Pert

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