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August 28, 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 August 28 Community Update

The Local Skinny> Learn all about our awesome Columbus Community Radio (9/16)
> Fire Drill Friday Teach-In features Jane Fonda and Jim Sauber
> New Blog Posts - Bike Boom + Post Carbon Institute PODCASTS

> Improved List of Sustainable U events & Link to Calendar
> Earth 911 - How To Talk to the Other Side
> Good Earth Guide to locate organic farms, gardens, and more
> Digital Edition of Yes! Magazine Special Issue on Black Lives Matter
> Bexley Market Expands Local Prepared Foods + Weds Farmers Market
> Columbus On the Cheap links to LOTS of good, cheap, fun!

Big warm THANK YOU to everyone who donated to Chuck Lynd's Birthday Fundraiser on Facebook!  We exceeded our goal to raise $1600 for Simply Living!  Like most nonprofits, we are faced with loss of revenue from in person events, especially our Sustainable Living and Garden Tour.  We will use the funds to expand our Sustainable U Initiative. This is the  perfect time to promote our mission to the larger community. If you would like to donate before the Sept 4 deadline,  please DO!  Any donation of $20 or more will include a full year membership in Simply Living.  Hey - any amount is appreciated!
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Register on Eventbrite to receive zoom link

Zoom Meetup Conversations on 3rd Wednesdays to socialize, network, and Learn. September topic: Are You Listening to Columbus Community Radio?  WGRN? WCRS?

7 - 7:20 pm – introductions, socializing, open discussions.
7:30 – 8 pm - Topic : Columbus Community Radio!  Learn the backstory of Low Power FM Radio in Cbus. Are you listening to 92.7 or 98.3 or 94.1?  or streaming  or Find out about locally produced shows and national programs syndicated by Pacifica Radio, and the best progressive Talk Radio Shows.  Share your favorite music genre, news, comedy, and environmental programs and podcasts!
8 – 8:30 pm Q&A with guests representing Columbus Community Radio stations.

Come as you are, wherever you are. Refreshments are of course on your own. Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. You may choose either a free ticket or a donation ticket and pay whatever amount you wish. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.


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: Find many more events in Simply Living's Sustainable U  Calendar.
Visit and click on Sustainable U.. Volunteer Rita Haider is posting new classes and webinars  as well as weekly and monthly events. Go there NOW.
A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.  ~ Frank Zappa



On Friday, join Jane Fonda and Greenpeace USA or a Fireside Fire Drill with Jim Sauber — Chief of Staff for the National Association of Letter Carriers — where we'll discuss critical updates around the Trump administration's attacks on the USPS. MORE INFO HERE.
About Jim:
Jim Sauber is the Chief of Staff at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for coordinating the research, collective bargaining, public policy and legislative activities of the union at the direction of NALC President Fred Rolando and on behalf of the union’s 290,000 members. He joined the staff of the NALC as an economist in 1985 and served as the union’s research director from 1990 to 2006.
He has participated in nine rounds of collective bargaining with the United States Postal Service. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council and represents the NALC as an executive committee member of UNI Global Union (UNI), a Swiss-based global trade union federation comprised of hundreds of affiliated postal unions around the world. He is founding activist in the National Vote at Home Institute and serves as liaison for his union with the AFL-CIO.. Register Here.

We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by
learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. ~ Sam Keen
Picture, Description, Registration Link, Free or Fee, etc. are included for each event.
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Krishnamurti, Bohm and the Edges of Transcendence (cutting edge science / spirituality nexus)
Sat Aug 29th 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Socially Distanced Outdoor Potluck (Columbus Park of Roses)
Sat Aug 29th 1:00pm - 2:30pm
As long as it's not raining, Plantastic Columbus will host!

City Folk's Farm Shop: City Chicken Boot Camp- Virtual Edition
Sat Aug 29th 6:30pm

Urban Living Tour 2020
Sun Aug 30th 9:00am - 5:00pm

A Tribute to Fair Food (Old Worthington w multiple locations)
Sun Aug 30th 11:00am - 7:00pm

Mon Aug 31st 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ecology: Practical and Purposeful (Columbus Garden School; taught by Debra Knapke, the Garden Sage)
Tue Sep 1st 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio: Tuesday Evening Practice Group
Tue Sep 1st 6:30pm - 8:00pm

MORE THAN JUST A POSE: Meditation-The Way Forward
Wed Sep 2nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s (monthly tradition continues - free)
Sun Sep 6th 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Glass Curtain Gallery / Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate
Tue Sep 8th 3:00pm + multiple events through Fri Oct 30th
     Wednesday, September 16, 7 – 8 pm
       Katharine Hayhoe: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts & Solutions 
       Thursday, September 17, 8 – 9 am
       The Art of Communicating Climate: A Conversation
       Thursday, October 1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
       Water, Water Everywhere: First-person Flooding, Impact & Action
       Thursday, October 8, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
        Avian Effects: Climate Change and Birds
       Thursday, October 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
       Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options

Citizens' Climate Lobby Forum on Climate Change (legislation to tax carbon pollution w dividend to households)
Thu Sep 10th 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Transforming A Suburban Property (Jan Spencer; SL plans to host a presentation by Jan October 5)
Thu Sep 10th 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Homebuyer Education September 2020 - Saturday Class Series
Sat Sep 12th 8:30am - 12:00pm

New! Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training (4-week Online Course)
Sat Sep 12th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District: Central Ohio SW Roundtable: SW Pond Maintenance Programs
Thu Sep 17th 10:00am - 12:00pm
This Roundtable is being sponsored by Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.

Clean Energy in the Age of Coronavirus
Wed Sep 16th 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Local governments are taking the lead on clean energy and sustainability issues across Ohio. Whether it’s community aggregation or solar installations on municipal buildings, local elected officials recognize the fiscal and environmental benefits for their communities and their constituents. Featuring Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council and Justin Tisdale, South Euclid City Council

Practical Meditation and Discussion (Free at Yoga Well Being)
Sun Sep 20th 1:00pm - Wed 30th 2:30pm

Non-Toxic Cleaning Any Time (Green America)
Tue Sep 22nd 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Fall Zen: September Labyrinth Walk (Shepherd's Corner)
Tue Sep 22nd 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Juliet Schor and Hazel Henderson in Conversation (two brilliant women - catch them if you can)
Thu Sep 24th 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Sponsored by the Schumaker Center for a New Economy.

Composting 101 at Franklin Park Conservatory (if not now, when? :) 
Thu Sep 24th 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Future of Food: Exploring the Politics, Ethics, and Impacts of Genetic Engineering (Anna Lappe)
Fri Sep 25th 10:00am - 11:30pm

National Drive Electric Week
Sat Sep 26th

Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (Mark your calendars)
Tue Sep 29th 6:00pm - 7:00pm
This bill is so comprehensive and cutting-edge that we're holding another webinar to give more people the chance to learn about it. Find out why the new Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (SB 3263/ HR 5845) is the gold standard of federal legislation to make meaningful reductions in plastic pollution in the U.S., and get answers to any questions you may have.
6:30 - 8:30 PM

with Debra Knapke, the Garden Sage
More Info & registration
Zoom Class $25
Ecology is the study of interrelationships of organisms and their environments. Seems simple but this definition is only the start of the journey into the maze of relationships that make our world alive and thriving. But what happens when those relationships are ignored and damaged? In garden-making we have often bulled our way through, bending nature to our will... or so we thought. In this class Debra will explain ecology basics and how it must become your guide as a gardener and designer. Topics include biogeography, ecosystems, water/nutrient cycles, plant/animal relationships, climate vs. weather, and the role of carbon. This class will cover the underpinnings of our understanding of the natural world and how it relates to garden-making -- and living a more sustainable life. >> This informative class is geared towards gardeners, landscape designers, or anyone who wants to better understand the natural relationships in their outdoor environment! 
** INSTRUCTOR: In 1992 Debra Knapke turned her avocation of plant study and gardening into her full-time career. Known as “The Garden Sage”, Debra is passionate about gardening, sustainable garden design and the natural world, and enjoys sharing knowledge through her writing, public speaking, and garden consulting in the private and public sectors. She has served on various local and national committees and boards that focus on education, the environment, and sustainability. 
Columbus Garden School: Tel: + (614) 404-7236   Email:


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


Online Solar Course now available!

This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.

This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.

This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification.  It has also been approved by for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.


Upcoming Classes


Sept 19th –Bodacious Girl’s Afternoon: Online

Sept 20th –Bodacious Women’s Afternoon: Online

Sept 1st- Oct 11th: Residential Solar PV Workshop (Dayton, OH)- now online with in-person labs

How to start your own Homestead Life

Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and
the last, and it always tells the truth. ~ Margaret Atwood
Sacred 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

Vsit for more information. See our calendar for 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

Earth911 Podcast: How To Talk to the Other Side With Author Kevin Wilhelm

The time to talk about climate change and social equity is now. We talk to "How to Talk to the 'Other Side”'" author and sustainability expert Kevin Wilhelm about bridging the political, social, and ideological chasms that keep that discussion from happening.

Read More

Without the light, no chance; without the dark, no dance.
~ Margaret Atwood
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.
Simply Living has posted two new blogs... 

John Robinson, owner of Johnny Velo Bikes, reported that his business has tripled during the pandemic. We think that is a very good harbinger of more sustainable transportation as we lean into a New Normal. We include John's email update along with a listing of bike shops around town. Like John, Simply Living believes in supporting local bike shops in every neighborhood as a way to support our local economy and the community. Let's celebrate our bicycle culture - read the full post HERE.

If you haven’t discovered the Post Carbon Institute (PCI), the brainchild of Richard Heinberg, it’s time you visited their website: their tagline is accurate: “Leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world.” Our blog post features two excellent Podcasts: Crazy Town and What Could Possibly Go Right?  Check them out HERE.


5  - 5:30 PM

#BlackLivesMatter CentralOH - KYakita, JSmiley & BTurner



A Sisterhood for Black Lives has taken a nightly stand in Columbus Metro for #BlackLivesMatter since George Floyd’s murder. Kiara Yakita, Jessica Smiley and Brynette Turner are committed to Justice for All.
Kiara Yakita is a Cincinnati native and has been in Columbus for 2 years. She's an artist and an activist passionate about uplifting black women, community relations, public speaking, and community outreach. 
Jessica Smiley has been a grassroots volunteer and organizer for almost 13 years. She started out canvassing for President Obama’s first campaign, and continued volunteering with the Ohio Democratic Party, Our Revolution, and other progressive organizations. 
Brynette Turner is an Ohio native who currently lives in Columbus. She’s an author and retired federal employee who has also been a community advocate, political activist, and organizer of a variety of community events. More background on these activists can be found HERE.

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together.
~ Margaret Atwood
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Digital Edition of YES! Magazine' s New Black Lives Matter Issue Is Now Online
Look for hard copies of this special issue at Bexley Natural Market and Portia's Cafe next week.

Good Earth Guide to Organic and Ecological Farms, Gardens, and Related Businesses OPEN HERE

The Good Earth Guide connects consumers to local farms and related businesses. Your dollars support wholesome food and farm products produced using ecologically supportive practices.

New Economy Roundup
This week we’re talking about calls to reclaim public medicine for public health, the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, peer-to-peer lending, the upcoming Worker Co-op Conference, a new fund to support Black self-determination in the South, this week's NBA strikes, and more.
Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.
~ Mark Twain
Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Virtual Scrawl, Urban Living Tour, Columbus Black International Film Festival & More!
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.
Have a fun weekend, even if that means chillin' at home with your planties.

Welcome to a fun weekend. Some of your favorite festivals are going virtual this weekend. Enter Sassafras Bakery’s Pie Baking Contest. Take Vision Zero’s Transportation Safety Survey. Sunday is the Urban Living Tour. The Gateway Film Center reopens on Monday. Have a fun one!


-Learn how to “Compost with Confidence”
-Friday: Pearl Market: “Easter” in August Celebration
Field to Table is going virtual this summer
-Saturday is Dough Mama South Opening Day
-Final Saturday for Lobster Rolls at Hills Downtown!
-Are you doing Pleasures of the Cup Virtual: Mad for Martinis?
-Check out A Tribute to Fair Food


-The Maroon Outdoor movie is Queen of Katwe
-Continue watching Summer Spray: Live Mural Creation in Short North
-Shop Independent Bookstore Day
-Shop Record Store Day Drop #1 at area record shops
-Friday: Shop the Pearl Pop-Up Shop
Yoga in the Park happens in Merion Village
-Watch a movie outdoors with Blackness Under the Stars
Buy some PPE at Weiland’s Market
-THREAD has a special popup shop
-Shop the Midwest Holiday Antique Show


-Go virtual with the Ohioana Book Festival
-Tune in to the Columbus Black International Film Festival
Mojoflo plays Natalie’s Grandview
Urban Scrawl goes virtual on Saturday
-Tune in to a table read of “Asha”
-Saturday: Wild Goose Creative Says Goodbye to Clintonville
-ProMusica begins their SummerFEST: Music Outdoors!
Dance away the weekend at The Forum


-Celebrate with German Village Society during Virtual 60th anniversary celebration
-Learn about What Does Justice Look Like?
-Donate your unused musical instruments
-Check out a beer tasting & The Matrix
Drive-In Concert Experience: Metallica & Three Days Grace
-Join us for the Urban Living Tour on Sunday! Day of sales are at The Belmont stop
-There will be a Solidarity with Kenosha Rally on Sunday

Enjoy your weekend!

Thank you for all of you have supported Columbus Underground and bought merch! We are so humbled by your support! Please keep sharing our work with your friends, family, and colleagues.

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. Thank you for supporting our mission to keep the news free for all. With Gratitude, the team at CU.

Oppression involves a failure of the imagination: the failure to imagine
the full humanity of other human beings. ~ Margaret Atwood

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

Connie Hammond

Friday, August 28, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Conversation with Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University of Bethlehem Palestine, Annexation, Settler Colonialism and Kairos Declaration.  Dr. Hatem Bazian will be hosting a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Mitri Raheb, Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University of Bethlehem Palestine, Annexation, Settler Colonialism and Kairos Declaration.  Register here

Friday, August 28, 2020, 7:00 PM.  2020 Black National Convention.  On August 28, the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and Electoral Justice Project will host the 2020 Black National Convention (BNC) live broadcast. Together, we will ratify a Black political agenda days after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and ahead of November, when Black voters will play a pivotal role in determining whether we have four more years of domination or a new set of challenges to overcome. The multi-hour broadcast will be filled with energy, celebration, education, electoral justice, and a vision for Black Lives before the biggest election of our time, and long after. Sign up for updates here

Saturday, August 28, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Abolition and Liberation.  Join us for an international discussion of the connections between Black Lives Matter calls to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex, and Palestinian calls to tear down all apartheid walls and free Palestine. Our speakers bring years of on-the-ground experience and strategic thinking to the conversation. Angela Davis has been an activist and liberatory scholar since the 1960s. Her 2003 book Are Prisons Obsolete? laid the strategic groundwork for the current abolition movement, as did the first Critical Resistance Conference, which she co-organized in 1998. She will be joined, from Palestine, by Jamal Juma', a leading grassroots organizer since Palestine’s First Intifada in 1987. A founding member of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees, Palestine National BDS Committee, Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange, and Palestinian Environmental NGO Network, Juma' is coordinator of the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and Stop the Wall. Kristian Davis Bailey, who will be moderating their conversation, is a co-founder of Black for Palestine and a co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine Statement signed by more than 1,000 Black activists. He was a member of Black Youth. There has never been a more critical time for this thought-provoking and inspiring conversation. Please join us as we sharpen our understanding of these critical issues and build our capacity for effective resistance!  Register here

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 2:00 - 6:00 PM.  Miscarriage of Justice.  To bring awareness and resources on wrongful convictions.  Location:  Church and Community Development for All People, 946 Parsons Ave., Columbus.  Facebook

Sunday, August 30, 2020, 2:00 PM.  After the DNC and RNC - We Can’t Breathe! Keep it in the Streets – Against Racism, Evictions and War.  The past months of the Black Lives Matter Movement have confirmed once again the only way to challenge this racist, militarized system is with the explosive power of people making demands and shutting it down. Regardless of what happens in November our only way forward is to stay mobilized!  Demanding justice and accountability against racist killer cops! In defense of Migrants rounded up and deported! In solidarity with LGBTQ and Disabled people Against endless wars, sanctions and occupations. We face the greatest capitalist crash in US history and an out of control COVID-19 pandemic. The people must remain mobilized through the election and beyond. We will not win the change we need at the ballot box. The two candidates of the parties of the billionaires ignore the super-majority of people in the US who support improved Medicare for all, a robust Green New Deal, an end to inequality and taxation of the wealthy, an end to the never-ending wars and US imperialism. Neither party is responding to the call to stop racist militarized policing, invest in alternatives to policing while cutting police budget and democratic community control of the police. No matter who is elected the people must be mobilized in 2021 until the people's demands are met.  More information and registration here

Monday, August 31, 2020, 7:00 - 10:00 PM.  Inhale/Exhale.  Inhale/Exhale is restorative healing for organizers and activists. We invite all those doing great work in the uprisings to join us.  More information and online class registration here.  

Monday, August 31, 2020, 8:00 PM.  SURJ: Fight Fascism, Vote with Vision & Defend the Election. We are launching a national campaign to recruit & develop 1,000 grassroots SURJ leaders who move 100,000 people to take sustained and meaningful action to protect the right to vote, and the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. We are looking for 200 Election Defenders to be the heartbeat of this campaign. The greatest tool against a fascist election contestation is through mass mobilization. We plan to mobilize our new and old base members to take mass action before, on the day of, and after the election until inauguration. Will you join us to help us build this work to the scale it needs to be to defeat this fascist president? Trump has threatened to postpone the election mis-information being spread about mail in voting, threats of postponing the election, and groundwork being laid to contest the election by calling mail-in voting fraudulent, and even placing an ally in the USPS who has recently told 42 states that there is a chance their mail in ballot won’t count because of the slow mail. This administration has shown fascist tendencies throughout Trump's presidency. His recent escalation of using federal Border Patrol agents in Portland and other communities across the country through Operation Legend, Operation Relentless Pursuit, and the executive order on protecting statues and federal buildings shows how serious the threat of authoritarian rule we are up against. While we know that the Biden/Harris ticket is not the full solution. We know they are the ones we want in office in order to push for the changes we so need.  Register here

Monday, August 31, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Sojourners’ Immigration Mondays: Join us to pray and act.  Join us on the last Monday of every month at 1 p.m. EDT for prayer and action in support of DACA and the broader immigrant community. RSVP for Immigration Mondays below to receive a zoom meeting link and password!  During Immigration Mondays, we will learn how we can join the efforts of coalitions lead by DACAmented people, coalitions fighting for the rights of DACA recipients and the larger undocumented community. We will strategize around protecting the right to seek asylum. We will advocate for more humane detention and deportation practices that honor the God-given dignity of every person. We will advocate for the re-imagining of our immigration system and re-examining of police funding. The fight against systemic racism and over-policing will benefit all our communities, black and non-black, documented and undocumented.  We will also hear from each other about your efforts to seek justice for our immigration community, both the celebrations and the struggles. We know there are people who will join this call across a wide range of experience in advocacy and seeking justice, and welcome all of you to provide your insights and ask questions as we continue to work for justice alongside our DACAmented and immigrant siblings. We will end each call in prayer for the Holy Spirit to continue to carry our work for justice.   Register here.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Abolition as Study and Deconstructing Racial Capitalism.  The first webinar theme is Abolition as Study and Deconstructing Racial Capitalism and will be a conversation exploring the longstanding relationship between political study and the practice of abolition. Speakers will also discuss racial capitalism and its connection to the Prison Industrial Complex both historically and in current organizing contexts.  More information and registration here

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Our Revolution Ohio Monthly Meeting.  Get Involved! Ohio Progressive Candidate Spotlight.  Special Guest: Dennis Kucinich.  Join us to meet Our Revolution Ohio endorsed progressive champions! We have worked hard to identify, research and interview progressive champions in Ohio. As we have seen over the past month, we need to change the state legislature, over the past years - change Congress and support local candidates across the spectrum. Hear from them, ask questions and get involved. We have great plans to launch starting in September through the election to help get them elected.  Register here

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Our Revolution OH.  Ohio Progressive Candidate Spotlight.  Join us to meet Our Revolution Ohio endorsed progressive champions! We have worked hard to identify, research and interview progressive champions in Ohio. As we have seen over the past month, we need to change the state legislature, over the past years - change Congress and support local candidates across the spectrum. Hear from them, ask questions and get involved. We have great plans to launch starting in September through the election to help get them elected.  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

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 11:00 AM.  Adalah and Palestinian Bedouin Citizens of Israel.  Adalah will focus our attention on the discrimination and challenges faced by Palestinian Arab Bedouin citizens within Israel.  Register here

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7:00 PM.  End Rigged Elections.  Speakers:  Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis The 2020 election won't be postponed or cancelled. But it CAN be sabotaged and stolen. MoveToAmend's goal is to end Corporate Rule & to create real democracy. Corporate Rule is linked to elections by private/corporate controlled electronic voting machines which sometimes (1) have no paper trail (2) “flip” or change votes, and (3) don’t use "open source” or transparent programming. Fitrakis and Wasserman have written 7 books on elections, including their latest: "The Strip & Flip Disaster of America's Stolen Elections" (2017). They've co-authored hundreds of articles exposing the election fraud of Ohio’s 2004 election and subsequent elections all over the country.  Join Zoom Meeting.  Or join by phone: 646 558 8656, Meeting ID: 852 9413 0611, Passcode: 623948.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Meeting.  We will continue our regular monthly meetings on Zoom.  In September 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:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 3:30 - 5:00 PM.  What's in a Name? The Dispute over Renaming US Army Bases.  Recent protests over racial issues have rekindled efforts to rename the ten US Army bases that honor officers of the Confederate States Army, plus one named after a local plantation. Please join Mershon Center for a virtual conversation about the background of the people for whom these bases are named, the Jim Crow-era politics that influenced their creation and guidelines for selection of potential replacements.  More information and registration here

Sunday September 20
6:30 - 8 PM


There will be introductions and announcements and a virtual Sharing Table, followed by the monthly program: TBA. Many Simply Living members participate in the Time Bank. SL is an affiliate member, meaning any SL member who volunteers for Simply Living can earn credit HOURS and use those hours to exchange services with other members of the Time Bank.
Interested in joining the Care and Share Time Bank? Watch this video recording of an “orienta
tion” meeting. Contact Vilvi Vannak <> Website and more info on Time Bankimg HERE
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!
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 

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Detroit activist Ruth Ellis poses by a piano.

Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100
(Yvonne Welbon, 1999)

Free for all audiences (RSVP required, capacity is limited)

Join us August 28 at 7 PM for opening night of the Columbus Black International Film Festival, featuring Welbon's moving portrait of Black lesbian activist Ruth Ellis—made with support from the Wex Film/Video Studio. RSVP

Check out the Wexner Center calendar for a comprehensive list of upcoming events.

Java Central Coffeehouse
 20 S State St, Westerville 43081
Live Music at JC on Saturday, August 29

Orange Acorn's Weblog

the 3-legged tortoise
crawled from weeds under a red
rusted wheel barrow

the crows caw caw calls
this reptile over splintered
boards once an upright

fence that framed gardens
burrows for faded leftover
ancient turtle shells
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  Wear it as a bandana/mask or display as banner
Artist and Activist,
Designer of Life Affirming Images 

(Simply Living member, see her and her signs at demonstrations)
The September issue of the Columbus Folk Music Society Newsletter is on the CFMS website

Coffeehouse Concerts To Resume; Heather Pierson Will Headline Sept. 19
Bill Cohen interviews Heather.
Member Profile: Dan Clarke
Worthington Squares Keep Playing Despite Pandemic
2020/21 Americana/Folk Concert Series

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.
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



Moringa: Versatile Tree With Sustainable Superfood Powers

Are you familiar with the moringa tree? Every part of this special tree offers unique benefits. Parts of the moringa plant have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It is used for antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant applications.

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Infographic below from the Bronzeville Market Facebook page 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"

9 AM - 12 NOON
800 E. 17TH AVE, CBUS 43211
The Ground Cherry.
A lesser known member of the nightshade family, which includes popular figures like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, the ground cherry is small and hides itself in a papery-like husk. Remove its cover, however, and you'll discover a hidden gem: a golden fruit that's sweet, tart and spurs thoughts of what a pineapple-mango-strawberry-tomato cross might taste like.
     Bobbi Luttjohann, a writer for, details this humble fruit's history:
"The ground cherry (Physalis peruviana) is commonly called the Cape Gooseberry, Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Husk Tomato, or sometimes the Poha, Poha Berry. This many named fruit is believed to have originated in Brazil, spreading to other areas of South America. By the 18th-century, ground cherries were wildly grown and utilized in South Africa near the Cape of Good Hope, which inspired the name Cape Gooseberry. The fruit soon found its way to Australia where it quickly spread as a wild plant. In the early part of the 19th century, the ground cherry was introduced and established in the Hawaiian Islands. In the 20th century, this fascinating little fruit showed up in the continental U.S. and continues to grow in popularity worldwide."   
     Prolific and easy to grow, it might be worth a space in your garden next summer!
Cherry Tomato and Ground Cherry Salsa      Ground Cherry Coffee Cake

8 AM - 12 NOON

450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road

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

Local Baked Goods & Prepared Foods
at the Bexley Natural Market are growing!
Enjoy healthy prepared foods and local baked goods from these amazing local artisans:
  • Woodhouse Vegan
  • Portia’s Cafe
  • Ohio Pies
  • Vedic Table
  • Bella Goat Vegan Bakery
  • Cherbourg Gluten Free Bakery
  • Three Bites Bakery
  • Seaworthy bakery
Visit our Wednesday Farmers Market

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

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
“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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