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December 13, 2019
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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New Schedule for Simply News.
Our next quarterly Newsletter, the Winter edition  in both Print and Online formats will be published in February. Spring in May, Summer in July, and fall in October. The change will allow us to avoid a deadline in the thick of the holidays!

Sneak peek at SL events in January...
Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? We're delighted that our request to screen
Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway has turned into a full week of screenings, opening Friday, January 17 through Thursday, January 23. We are negotiating to set aside one screening for an SL table and Q&A discussion after the film with a panel of experts. Stay tuned! The photography for this new documentary is AMAZING (watch the trailer) and features the renowned mycologist, Paul Stamets

Movie Date Added to Care & Share Time Bank Events.. Vilvi Vannak, as some of you know, is now leading the Time Bank and she approached Simply Living with the idea of adding a movie event in addition to their 3rd Sunday potluck at the UU Church in Clintonville. We agreed!  The plan is to show In Transition 2.0 , "an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things." We'll be at the UU church on Saturday, January 25 around 5 pm, followed by discussion and light refreshments at 6:15 pm. 

Variety Show of Time Banker Talents this Sunday, December 15, 6:30-8:30pm
Vilvi promises a FABULOUS display of local talent. Come a little early (5:20 pm) to get settled and enjoy the potluck. The performances will start around 7pm, featuring the French and Spanish groups, Michael Greenman and Alice Faryna, BJ Thompson, David Krohn and much more! There will be a 'white elephant' gift exchange; if you would like to participate, bring a wrapped present to exchange that's suitable for anyone. Questions? Contact Vilvi <> - more details on the panel below.

Save the Date! "AWAKENING THE SAGE WITHIN" Workshop Sat Feb 1
Simply Living is partnering with SL member Tim Cooke, who has been actively engaging and developing co-housing opportunities in Columbus and central Ohio. Tim has arranged to bring Sage-ing International to a one-day event that will take place at the Northwood Bldg in Community Room 100 on Feb 1st from 9 am - 4:30 pm. The interactive workshop will explore ideas that will equip you with a balanced plan for thriving in the third stage of life. See the flyer HERE. 

Naomi Klein - The task is clear: to create a culture of caretaking in which no one and nowhere is thrown away, in which the inherent value of people and all life is foundational.

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
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  

> Plant Swap, Food Swap, and Winter Composting events at City Folk's Farm Shop
> Gift Makers Workshop and Card-Making Class at Columbus Garden School. Gift Certificates now available.
Lily Kunning's The Art of Medicine Making Series announced for 2020

Blue Rock Station hosts a Winter Open House on Jan 4 from 1-3 pm
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
Link to the Simply Living DVD Collection available to borrow for SL members
> Useful Links include 1) Conscious Videos are free to watch at 2) Climate: A new story
is the latest book by Charles Eisenstein.  Find links to two short videos that will introduce you to Eisenstein's insightful work. 3) Where to sign the Cbus Bill of Rights petition (12-16) 4) the ARC of Appalachia announced their Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
> Earth 911 - Sustainable Stocking Stuffers and Green Dog Gifts are featured.
>  Plan Ahead for the January 30 event
, Sierra Club Central Ohio Group: 2020 and Beyond.  Exciting program is being developed!

Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
Promotion of our FABULOUS Community RADIO Stations!
> TONIGHT - Go to a potluck and celebration of Miriam Vargas who is living in Sanctuary with her daughter.
> Free Press Salong is Saturday (12-14) - Actovost Jen Mendoza will describe the Charmin campaign to stop cutting forests for toilet paper.
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
Annual Winter Solstice event at Summit UMC + a shout out to host Rita Carnevale
> Columbus Underground was added to our great Community Media in Columbus
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Square Dancing venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents a holiday oldies show with Caroline & Dad (12-14) 
Literary Events: Poetry Discussion & Open Mic at Westerville Library (12-17)

> Kafe Kerouac's music and poetry event dates are listed.

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market will feature free gift wrapping!  (12-14)
> Bexley Natural Market's Holiday
sale items are listed
Vegan Pop-Up event at the Ching Ter Maitreya Temple (12-15)
A useful, transparent, informative, colorful report from Freshtown Farm - not to be missed!
> Agroecologist and author EricHolt-Gimenez will keynote the OEFFA conference.
The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


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

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive
and even spiritual satisfaction. ~ Dr. Edward O. Wilson

class at city folks farm shopUpcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Dec 15, 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

Composting Indoors All Winter
Dec 16, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Frustrated with the difficulty of outdoor winter composting in our climate? Want to find a different way to deal with your food waste that allows you to compost a wider variety of material? Bokashi composting is a way to deal with kitchen scraps, including meat and dairy. In this one-hour workshop, Paisley Nash-Dooley, will introduce you to bokashi composting and its practice at home.
     This Japanese composting technique involves natural fermentation and offers a way for people to manage food scraps. The liquid produced can be used to water houseplants while the food scraps are pre-digested, and can then be composted or buried in the soil to finish.. RSVP HERE
     Note: Also offered Sunday, Dec 22 from 4 -5 pm

Monthly Food Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Jan, 5 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

Tisa Watts Teaching at Garden SchoolUpcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236
Photo at left from Dispatch article


Furoshiki and chai poster12/14 Furoshiki & Chai Gift Makers Workshop (make herbal body products to keep or give!) 1-2 PM
This holiday we are bringing together multiple cultures to create festively wrapped, handmade gifts for your people. Learn to make variations on Indian chai, package your unique blend in a western cactus shaker glass, and wrap it up with the Japanese gift-wrapping technique of furoshiki! All materials to create one gift of chai are provided. Additional gift sets may be purchased in class. Cost $20 Ages 12+ Extra chai cactus with wrap $10.

Santa and reindeer flying in sky12/15 Holiday Magic Card-Making Class (and gift tags, too) 3-6 PM
Learn how to create a magical background using watercolor and salt! Each student will make their own stunning backgrounds for holiday cards and tags. Participants will use watercolor, stamps, punches, dies, and more to complete 6 holiday cards and 2-4 tags. All materials, including envelopes, are included in the cost of the class. The class welcomes beginners, but even experienced paper artists will learn a few tricks. Invite a friend to join you -- and spend time with people you enjoy during this holiday season! Please see our Facebook Events page for more examples of cards and tags you can make at this workshop.
     $25 class fee + $10 materials = $35 Class size is limited. Preregistration is required to ensure we have adequate materials and space for everyone.
     Please note longer-than-usual class time (up to 3 hours) so your unique cards are ready to take home the same day. INSTRUCTOR: Susan Brickner-Wren is an award-winning artist from the heart of Ohio, working in watercolor since 1998. She's been active in a variety of arts most of her life. As an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast, she finds inspiration in the natural world. An accomplished watercolor artist, Susan often incorporates watercolor techniques into the layers of fabulous hand-made cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. Her workshops are fun! Participants get hands-on experience with a variety of tools and build confidence to be creative. Sign up with a friend or meet new ones!


With Gratitude - Our inaugural year at the Columbus Garden School has been astonishing, exhausting, and eye-opening. In February, we started our school with little more than an idea, a few tables and chairs, and a sunny patch of dirt. Eleven months later, we find ourselves in deep gratitude to our amazing instructors and especially to YOU, our students and supporters.
THANK YOU -- not just for plunking down $ for a class, but more importantly, for taking a chance on the Columbus Garden School. THANK YOU for sharing your experience with others and helping to spread the word on social media. THANK YOU for your patience as we figured out how best to offer classes, and for giving us the courage and momentum to keep going. THANK YOU for the opportunity to do it all again in 2020!

Upcoming 2020 classes include: Intro to Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical-HVAC, Pruning of Trees and Woody Shrubs, Beekeeping Basics, and Beginning Breads: Sourdough Workshop. Stay tuned for more!

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health. ~ Paul Stamets


The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

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


Learn sustainable living from the masters!

Podcasts, 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.

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

Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’ – David Wann
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.
Real climate solutions are ones that steer these interventions to systematically disperse and devolve power and control to the community level, whether through community-controlled renewable energy, local organic agriculture or transit systems genuinely accountable to their users. ~ Naomi Klein
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Useful Links
poster for the island of all together (film)Need a (spiritual) Lift? Try UPLIFT (Unity, Peace and Love In the Field of Transcendence) It's a wonderful source for conscious films. All free at Human Rights Day was Dec 10 and Uplift released The Island of All Together
     In 2015 and 2016, as tourists from across Europe arrive on the sunny Greek island of Lesbos for a holiday, so too do thousands of refugees as they cross the waters from Turkey, seeking a safe haven in the European Union.
     In this idealic setting, refugees and tourists alike are brought together in pairs to talk. Amongst conversations of war, fleeing, home, work, love, as well as cars and pets, what they discover about each other is an ode to humanism and shows us what can happen when we take the time to sit down and truly connect, heart to heart.

Claimate: A New Story book coverSimply Living member Betsy Loeb shared in our Active Hope discussion group that she is reading Charles Eisenstein's new book, Climate: A New Story. (more at The author argues that we need to look deeper into the underlying causes of the climate crisis.

You can see a preview of his insights in two short videos available for free in
Ending the Story of Separation
Sacred Economics-2019 Director's Cut

Columbus Community Bill of RightsWhere can you sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition?
December 16, 2019, 6: 00 – 7:30 PM
Columbus Metro Library, Shepard Branch, Meeting Room 1, 850 N. Nelson Rd, Columbus, 43219.  61 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43222 
The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give us the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  More at or Facebook.

15th Annual Wildflower PilgrimageDreaming of Spring?
This Year's Pilgrimage Theme:

Storytellers – A Celebration of Women, Nature, & Art  
Evening speakers: videographer Laura Hughes;  artists  Ann Geise, Sue King, & Karen Kline;  photographer Kathryn Cubert; poets & orators Jay Jackson & Wendy McVicker; and musician: Sarah Goslee Reed
$165/person for the Full Pilgrimage Weekend, Lodging is not provided, please check our lodging page for options.
Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration. ~ Paul Stamets
Picture of xmas stockings

Sustainable Stocking Stuffers

If you want to be more eco-friendly in all aspects of your gift-giving this year, start with these creative, sustainable stocking stuffers.

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Green Dog Gifts

Are you working on Christmas gifts for your four-legged friend? Check out these great ideas for green dog gifts.

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dogs playing with a green toy




5 Tips to Heal Naturally

Many traditional healing techniques help heal the body without pharmaceuticals. There are many ways to prevent illness and allow our bodies to heal naturally. Let’s explore how to get started.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  

Sierra Club Central Ohio: 2020 and Beyond. Please join Sierra Club Central Ohio Group for a conversation about 2020 and Beyond. We will have refreshments, raffle items, and speakers to discuss water and energy issues in Central Ohio, as well as how you can get involved! This is the kickoff for our activities this year, and we hope you can become part of a new century of environmental protection in Central Ohio in 2020 and Beyond! Questions? Contact Ann Marie

Location: Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201. Facebook.
The deeper message that is resonating with people is that it is possible to build.
It is possible to invest in people; it is possible to invest in green infrastructure;
it's possible to change. ~ Naomi Klein

red flower leafsFriday, December 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Felices Pascuas.  Please join Miriam Vargas and her family as they celebrate the Holidays.  Please bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share.  Drinks provided. Raffle, tree trimming, music, and other entertainment.  If you’d like to participate in the raffle, please bring cash for raffle tickets.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main Street, Columbus 43201.  Facebook.
     Personal Note from SL member Tim Chavez: "I have helped her by transporting her daughter to and from school several times. When we arrive at her door she is always waiting to greet me and her daughter. They both embrace and speak kindly of how their day went and they turn to me and thank me. It is always a great moment." May these dark days open up to the richness of sunshine.

Free Press Second Saturday Salon
December 14

Saturday, December 14, 6:30-11pm
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, live music and special guest Jen Mendoza, activist working on campaign to stop Charmin from cutting down forests for toilet paper.

CONTACT: 614-253-2571 OR

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.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  Medicare for All Panel.  Rep. Khanna is bringing together the authors of the three most high-profile Medicare for All cost estimates, as well as the author of American Sickness, for a candid and thoughtful discussion on estimated costs and savings under Medicare for All. Location:  Rayburn Building, Room 2358C, Washington D.C.  You can livestream it here:  More information on Facebook

December 16, 2019, 6: 00 – 7:30 PM.  Sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition.  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give us the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  Columbus Metro Library, Shepard Branch, Meeting Room 1, 850 N. Nelson Rd, Columbus, 43219. Facebook.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Breathing While Black.  Black people are mindful of their skin color even when doing mindless activities. We learn to be hypervigilant about our black bodies while...dancing, selling bottled water, napping in a dorm, mowing the lawn, going to the store, walking through a neighborhood.  More than 1 in 6 Black individuals who are pulled over or stopped on the street have interactions with law enforcement multiple times over the course of a year. Here’s the truth: it’s growing increasingly difficult to catch our breath as Black people.  But realities of breathing while Black go far deeper than just law enforcement. With pervasive racial inequalities that manifest for those throughout the African Diaspora, the belief that black lives have less value than white lives is more than just words on paper — it’s a stark reality for many.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a critical conversation on redefining the Black experience. Together, we can work to address systemic racism and develop strategies to make Black empowerment a priority across the African Diaspora.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Main, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

December 19, 7:00 - 7:30 PM.  Tamale Fundraiser for Central Ohio Worker Center.  This is a chance to learn about Central Ohio Worker Center and the Immigrant Justice Committee and enjoy delicious tamales (mole, salsa verde, salsa roja) and learn about the Central Ohio Workers Center and the work of the Immigrant Justice Committee.  Tamales are $3.00 each, $30.00/dozen.  First come, first serve.   Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43202.  Facebook.

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  How Courts Work and Their Importance with Indivisible Westerville.  Join Indivisible Westerville & Indivisible OH12 for a presentation from the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance! The courts impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives, and yet, many people have little understanding of how the courts work, how judges are selected or why it is important to take action to ensure fair and impartial courts. Feel free to bring a friend! More information on Facebook

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Webinar:  Monthly Ohio Statehouse Updates - and then monthly every 3rd Wednesday.   Join Unitarian Justice Ohio (UJO) Director, Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, and special guests to hear what is happening with key legislation at the Ohio Statehouse.  You can email your concerns or questions in advance to Rev. Joan at   Register HERE or at:

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Memorial Service 2019.  Remembering homeless friends and family who passed away this year.  Please join us to honor their lives with words and music of inspiration.  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  For more information about the program, please contact the Columbus Coalition for the homeless 614-228-1342 or

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Holiday Debate Watch and Chill.  Join your friends at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, URGE, WHOO and the Ohio Women's Alliance for a debate watch holiday party! We'll cheers to a year of hard work with a hot cocoa bar, play debate bingo, write holiday cards to abortion providers and send one last message to our elected officials. We're so excited to invite you to welcome 2020 with us and commemorate the work we did in 2019 - can't wait to see you!  This event is FREE and open to the public! We'll have snacks, joy and a great community to hang with! Please RSVP here:  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 East Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Rita CarnevaleA shout out to Simply Living member Rita Carnevale for hosting this annual Celebration of the Light (see panel below). Rita Inow operates "Her Sacred Space" at her new space at 4701 Olentangy River Rd. Suite 201a.and she continues to offer 10% off for her services through the end of the year. Packages include cranial sacral massage, transformational healing and card consultation readings. Rita says, "I now takes credit cards, so you can call for purchases and even buy GIFT CERTIFICATES in time for Christmas which I can mail or you can pick up at the space. And look for my offerings of ceremony and movement classes coming in January."  winter solstice
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Life is the dancer and you are the dance. ~ Eckhart Tolle


All Soles Contra DancersAll Soles Contra & Square Dance
All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, December 13
Jeanie & the Dreamers and Gaye Fifer

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

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, January 3
7-11 pm

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

Saturday,  January 4 – Big Scioty
Changeling and Kim Thompson
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY DECEMBER 14
7 - 10 PM,

P: (614) 839-0698

Caroline and Dad
A special Holiday show with the very popular and entertaining Caroline and Frank Hennebert. C&D perform with great vocals and awesome harmonies on a really diverse oldies show. Including fun holiday songs! Have a great time with a JC favorite.
Click HERE for info about upcoming holiday Music events Dec 21, and 28
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
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature,
becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things
soon led to lack of respect for humans too. ~ Luther Standing Bear

book open for a readingREADINGS + LITERARY EVENTS
Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:

Poetry Discussion & Open Mic

Tuesday, December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 


Westerville Public Library – Conference Room
126 S. State Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Share your work with members of the Westerville Poetry Group and discover ways others are writing and publishing poetry. Following an open discussion, you are invited to present your own writings or favorite works by other poets or to simply listen.

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. 

Kafe Kerouac audience Kafe Kerouac hosts a weekly open mic for musicians and two regular poetry nights.- more events HERE.

  • Tuesday musical open mic at 9:30pm
  • Wednesday Poetry Night with Writers Block Poetry at 8pm, $5 cover
  • Third Friday of the month First Draft Poetry $3 cover starting at 8 pm

  • FRIDAY DEC 20 XMAS PARTY! Pizza party at 7pm. Bring small pie to share.
    Wrap a book and put it under the tree then receive a wrapped book. Mike will be passing out the books at 8pm. Facebook event HERE.
You don't need to do everything. Do what calls your heart; effective action comes from love. It is unstoppable, and it is enough. ~ Joanna Macy
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.

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


Free Gift WrappingSATURDAY DECEMBER 14
9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Square 
7227 N High St,

Worthington, Ohio 43085i

Visit the Worthington Farmers Market this Saturday and enjoy our free gift wrapping service thanks to the holly, jolly elves from Kemper House Central Ohio in Worthington.

More info on Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership


Rizo Brother's Mexican Cheeses: $2.00 off 
Ripple Dairy Free Yogurts: 25% off
Draper's Pure Blackstrap Molasses: 10% off through the month of December
Equal Exchange Fair Trade & Organic Chocolate: $1.00 off
Health Ade Kombucha 20% off regular price
Milkadamia Macadamia Milk: 30% off regular price
One Degree Cereals: 10% off
Brownwood Farms Premium Pie Filling & Toppings: 15% off 
Milo de Vino Pasta Sauces and Bionaturae Spagettie's & Linguines: 10% off
Lesser Evil Organic Popcorn is 25% off
Bragg Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar 16 FL oz and 32 FL oz 20% off 

508 N. Cassady Ave. Bexley, OH
M-F 9-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5
Season's Eating! Vegan Pop-Up

Columbus Vegan Meetup

Sunday, December 15, 2019 
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM   

Ching Ter Maitreya Temple
Vegan Food | Cruelty-Free Products | Live Music | Live Shirt Printing TIS THE VEGAN. Need a little help to get ready for your holiday? Come join the last Vegan Pop-Up of the year! Eat/shop/drink, and get merry at the Season’s Eatings! Vegan Pop-Up!,...
Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress, contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase. ~ Paul Stamets
Eric Holt-GimenezAgroecologist and Author Eric Holt-Giménez to Keynote OEFFA Conference 

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

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

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

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

And most of all, it means continually drawing connections among these seemingly disparate struggles—asserting, for instance, that the logic that would cut pensions, food stamps, and health care before increasing taxes on the rich is the same logic
that would blast the bedrock of the earth to get the last vapors of gas and
the last drops of oil before making the shift to renewable energy. ~ Naomi Klein

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