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October 11, 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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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!
5 - 8 PM
Our Annual Fundraiser
Our Theme:

Strongwater Food and Spirits

401 West Town Street in Franklinton

This year we feature some remarkable individuals whose innovation and entrepreneurial efforts are Making a Difference in Columbus. Their work is not only making our communities more sustainable, but more resilient, self sufficient,  healthier, and even wealthier. Come meet these leaders, hear their stories, and leave inspired to make a difference in your individual lifestyle and your community.
Pictured above, from left to right.

INNA KINNEY is the Founder and CEO of Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc. (ECDI). Established in 2004, ECDI is one of the top U.S. SBA intermediary microlenders with a mission to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. 

CHRISTOPHER "CHRIS" SHERMAN is a founding visionary of "400WestRich" and related projects such as Strongwater Food & Spirits, and Chromedge studios that have been catalysts for the revitalization of Franklinton. Chris embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Columbus.

ANNIE and JAY WARMKE founded Blue Rock Station in 1993, a 40-acre, living laboratory to test and demonstrate sustainable living practices. Annie's projects include the development of a goat school and she is finishing a book about earth plastering and mosaic. Jay is an award winning speaker, gifted teacher, and writer on our energy future.
TISA WATTS is a garden educator, designer, and public speaker with 20 years of experience and a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. She and her wife launched the Columbus Garden School in 2018. CGS offers year-round classes on gardening, homesteading/home maintenance, and crafting topics, covering the spectrum from starting seeds to making compost! 

DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT: The evening begins with a reception featuring a spectacular selection of appetizers created by Strongwater's in-house catering. We'll have desserts from Craving's Cafe and others. There'll be an open bar, andan awesome raffle! 

TICKETS: We're featuring 2 ticket options this year, and both include a full year membership in Simply Living: 1) $75 General Admission; and 2) a $100 Premium Level that includes a one-year subscription to Yes! Magazine.

Buy Tickets HERE.

Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
Editor's Note: Limited Update this week (but still lots to do) while I am visiting family.
See the Learn section  
> Get the NEW FALL EDITION of the Simply Living Newsletter! (upcoming film events, Meetups, Book Club, and more!
> Dianne Kadonaga's Native Plant Seed Saving Workshop (Sunday)
> Corrected Location! (Victorian Village, Not Grandview) Yoga Well-Being Events in October - Meditation for Children, Social Hour, Kombucha Workshop and More
   Learn about Fair Trade - Gift Basket Giveaway and Info at Global Gallery Coffeehouse (October is Fair Trade Month)
   Workshops at Columbus Garden School and Blue Rock Station SEE at top that their Owners are presenting at Gift To Be Simple (10/24)

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> TODAY @ 5 PM:  Carolyn Harding of Grassroot Ohio interviews
 Rev. Jack Sullivan and Abe Bonowitz - Ohio's Death Row and the upcoming Ohio Journey of Hope.... From Violence to Healing, series of events. Details in Community Section.
   SHORT TAKES: Used EV Buyer's Guide, Host a Clothing Swap, Nature Sanctuary News, Filthy Fashion Quiz, and WHERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO REPEAL HB6 (Land Grant Brewing Oct 18)
   VIEW the October Free Press online HERE or pick it up at many local stores
   Earth 911 - Carbon footprint of jeans, collecting cigarette butts, veggie dessert recipes
   Save the Date - Free Press Awards at Ace of Cups (Nov 4) where Donna Mogavero will be featured!
   Spacious Home in Northland near Woodward Park Nature Preserve for sale 

   Rob Hopkins' new book From What Is to What If - discount to SL members.
   The People's Ecochallenge offers opportunities for individual and community climate action
Read more in the News section

See the Community section ~  
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend! 
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issues. Journey of Hope events to end violence, the death penalty, and healing of victims; Free Press Salon (Saturday) program on Medical Cannabis; Dem Debate Watch Parties; Activism, LGBT, Israeli Lobby, more!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Simply Living Book Club is reading The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (11/3)
> Long Tall Deb and Colin John a
t Java Central Coffee House Saturday (10/12)
> Parker MacDonell is the featured singer/songwriter at the Cbus Folk Music Society's event on Oct 26.
Autumn issue of Naked Sunfish now online!
> Literary Events:
Poetry Night with Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix (10/25) featured at Gramercy Books in Bexley 
October contra/square dancing at Wild Goose, Big Scioty, First UU Church
Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmer's Market features PUMPKINS, and a visit from the local chapter of a Philanthropic Education group in the Donato's lot.
> Clintonville Farmers Market is ready for bicycle visitors.  Watch short video interviews with a local farmer and with SL member Karyn Deibel.
   Over The Fence Urban Farm - blog post on how they support Local Matters

   The 41st OEFFA Conference announced.  Save the Feb 13-15 dates in Dayton.
   Guide to Central Ohio Farmers Markets listed to show location, day, time, and season dates. Source: Columbus Monthly
Read more in the 
Local Foods section
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!


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
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed... Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. ~ Henry David Thoreau

By Simply Living Member Dianne Kadonaga 
Sunny Glen Wellness: Creating the Foundation for a Healthy, Joyful, and Vibrant Life!

3507 Sunny Glen Pl, Columbus OH 43224  Cell: 404-603-6284  Facebook Event Link
The workshop cost is $25. Please register through the Eventbrite link to reserve your spot as there is limited space: Registration for Native Plant Seed Saving Workshop

This workshop is about the best ways to save seeds from native plants so that we can all share them and keep our seeds viable, grow many more of these native plants, and engage others to spread them all around. I'm hoping to create a community of people who have good information about this, so it is done properly and considerately so that we can harvest seeds from larger fields as well as in our own backyards.

In this workshop, you will learn about:
- proper and accurate identification of targeted native plants considered important as host and forage species for the monarch butterflies whose populations have dwindled 90% since 1990, and for the rusty patched bumblebee which is listed as an endangered species. Of course, these native plants assist many more pollinators than these.
- obtaining permission on properties for seed collection
- a standardized seed collection protocol to ensure responsible seed collection which ensures the continuance of healthy plant populations, prevent the spread of noxious weeds, and other safety considerations
- how to ensure seed viability
- proper storage and labeling of seeds
- how you can become involved

Please dress accordingly as a portion of the class will be in the Sunny Glen Garden to practice identifying these plants, determining the readiness of seeds, and seed collection techniques.

October is Fair Trade Month

The Global Gallery in Clintonville is all about Fair Trade and this is the month to spread awareness about the movement. What does Fair Trade mean to you? Answer that question to enter the Fair Trade Basket Giveaway.
Fair Trade Facts:
   > Did you know coffee was the very first Fair Trade Certified product when Fair Trade USA kicked off in 1998?
   > There are over 1.66 million farmers & workers in Fair Trade certified producer organizations.
   > There are 1,411 Fair Trade certified producer organizations in 73 countries.
   > Fair Trade USA was founded in 1998 by the Institute for Agricultural Trade Policy.

Ways to Observe National Fair Trade Month:
 > Use #NationalFairTradeMonth, #FindFairTrade, or #FairTradeMonth to post on social media.
> Take some time to learn about Fair Trade this month. Visit the Global Gallery website. 
> Start a conversation with a coworker or friend about Fairtrade or bring a bag of Fair Trade coffee into work to share.
> Come to our Fair Trade Coffee Cupping on October 28th to learn more about Fair Trade Coffee.
October Events

296 W. 4th Ave. 
Victorian Village 43201
Yoga & Meditation for Children
Mondays, October 7 to October 28, 4:00-4:45 PM.
$35 for full month
$10 for individual classes
     Children will be introduced to yoga and meditation in an age-appropriate manner, incorporating play, dance and song. Children will be encouraged to find their own voices and develop leadership as they collaborate and help direct other children through poses. Parents are welcome to participate, or assist if desired, or sit and watch with other children not attending. Private waiting rooms are also available. Sipra Pimputkar has taught yoga to adults and children in Columbus for over three decades and is excited to share this experience with your child. Open to children ages 6 to 12.

Yoga-Well-Being Social Hour
Friday, October 11, from 6:30-8:00 PM

     This is the first of many get-togethers. The event is open to everyone, men and women, young and old. Bring friends, family members, or co-workers new in town. Looking for friendships or simply meeting some of our YWB community. Bring a snack to share and a drink for yourself, no alcohol please. We might play some board games (bring your favorite games), or simply chat. Join us.

Kombucha Workshop
Sunday, October 13, 3:00-5:00 PM
Registration: $30 for the workshop, $99 including all materials

     Join sipra for a Kombucha demonstration and workshop. Includes history, benefits, instructions and information on secondary and flavored Kombucha. We can provide all needed supplies if desired. Spots are very limited; register by Monday, October 7.

Practical Meditation and Discussion
Sunday, October 20, 1:00-2:30 PM
FREE; donations welcome.

     Join us for a meditation practice, where we all discuss different approaches and tips for an at home meditation. Discussion will be inspired by ongoing references to Jon Kabat-Zinn's book: “Wherever You Go, There You Are”. Bring a snack to share.
Columbus Garden School
October Classes
DIY Layered Flower Bulb Workshop
Quicky in the Kitchen

Contact: <>
Most CGS gardening classes are
eligible for Master Gardener CE credits
Click on the class titles listed below to go to the website listing and class signup. All classes meet at the Columbus Garden School, 1350 E. Cooke Road, Columbus OH 43224. Please register ASAP - we limit class size to 12-15 attendees. Small classes mean more attention to your questions, and more fun and learning for everyone! And remember: free coffee, tea, and cookies at every class.

10/12  DIY Layered Flower Bulb Workshop
10/13  Quicky In The Kitchen! 
* For the latest updates on CGS classes, check our Events section on the CGS Facebook page. *

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

Register early because all events have limited space.

Raising Goats as a Business…

The business of raising dairy livestock requires that the farmer be head of the herd. The herder must provide the animal with the tools they need to support their natural systems, making sure they receive the right kind and amount of food, vitamins, minerals – clean water – and a healthy environment.
Raising goats is not easy. They are intelligent, fussy, fragile, robust, and exasperating. They are fun, kind, gentle, abusive, loving and inquisitive. In short – goats are amazing creatures and the most widely kept domestic livestock animal in the world!  Despite this, traditional vets seem to know almost nothing about goats. Our farm service system in this country all but ignores their existence. So how can you get started in this growing and profitable business?  

You can follow our weekly online sustainability podcast - When the Biomass Hits the Wind Turbine  The latest is #047 on Factory Farms. 

Upcoming Workshops at Blue Rock Station:

  • October 3rd - 7th:  Solar Installer Certification class in Dayton, OH at the University of Dayton (open to non-UD students as well).
Very few people on earth ever get to say: 'I am doing, right now, the most important thing I
could possibly be doing.' If you'll join this fight that's what you'll get to say. ~ Bill McKibben
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.

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.

- Iroquois Maxim (circa 1700-1800)

Looking to buy a used car? Why not consider a used electric vehicle (EV)? With more used battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles permeating the market than ever before, consumers have amazing opportunities to purchase a clean vehicle at a very reasonable price. However, buying a used electric vehicle is not exactly the same as buying a used internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. Read more and download the Guide HERE. (You won't regret it. !~ Used Leaf Owning Editor)

Clothing Swap 7

Host a Clothing Swap 

Autumn is upon us, and it's time to update our wardrobes. As you sort through your closet, don't toss or donate unused items—host a clothing swap instead! This short video will inspire you to plan your own. 
VIDEO: How to Host a Clothing Swap – a fun way to declutter, refresh, socialize, and support a worthy cause (5 min.) Suzanne Agasi of shows how to host a clothing swap at your home.

Visit New Dream <> for more great ideas and resources.

If you love the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, you won’t want to miss this news from the Arc of Appalachia. New land acquisitions, rise of the Forest School, Donor Gathering, and more HERE.

How well do you know #FilthyFashion?

You may have heard of fast fashion, but have you heard of filthy fashion?

Take the quiz to learn more!

Brought to us by Stand.Earth 

WHERE TO SIGN THE HB6 PETITON... to Repeal the Nuclear and Coal Bailouts
Thanks for the heads up from our friends at Ohio Citizens Action. Here are some locations to sign the petition:
Friday, October 18 from 4-6pm
Land Grant Brewing Company 424 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215
We realize this may be asking you to go out of your way, but it's worth it, considering what's at stake. 
Your friends at Ohio Citizen Action
P.S. If you can't attend, but want to support our efforts, please consider making a contribution. Thanks.

Join us to honor local activists at the
Free Press Awards ceremony

November 4, 2019

featuring Donna Mogavero
2019 Free Press Awards Event at Ace of Cups
2619 N. High Street, Columbus
Parking in side parking lot or street

5:30pm - Doors open
Refreshments, music and speakers
Awards ceremony - 7pm
Headline act - Donna Mogavero


2019 Free Press "Libby" Award for Community Activism -
Mary Jane Borden
2019 Free Press Award for Outstanding Community Organization -
Black, Queer Intersectional Columbus (BQIC)
2019 Free Press Volunteer - Jaime Pardo
$15 admission / sliding scale low income
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Our annual People's Ecochallenge is back to invite you to do more environmental + social good.
From October 2 - October 23, create more environmental + social good alongside your peers and thousands of global changemakers. Connect the dots between your values and the impact of your actions.
The People's Ecochallenge harmonizes individual and collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition to create significant collective impact. Over 100 actions within nine Challenge categories await you. Register today!
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Exclusive Pre-Order Discount for New Rob Hopkins Book, "From What Is to What If”
Rob Hopkins's latest book, "From What Is to What If: Unleashing the Power of Imagination to Create the Future We Want" will be released on October 8, 2019!
As a member of the Transition US community, you are eligible for an exclusive discount code!

Use Code: WHATIF at check-out and you will receive 30% off. This discount and code will be live 9/3-12/31 and is good for pre-orders.

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If we all used clotheslines, we could save 30 million tons of coal a year, or shut down 15 nuclear power plants. And you don't have to wait to start. Yours could be up by this afternoon. To be specific, buy 50 feet of clothesline and a $3 bag of clothespins
and become a solar energy pioneer. ~ Bill McKibben

The Carbon Footprint

of Blue Jeans

One pair of jeans carries a 915-pound carbon footprint over four years of weekly use. Here are some tips to think about what you wear and how to make the most of your wardrobe.

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Collecting Cigarette


The Ocean Conservancy has noticed that cigarette butts account for one in every five items found in their annual Coastal Cleanups, which makes them the most littered item in the world.

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Yummy Vegan

Dessert Recipes

We asked an assortment of plant-foods enthusiasts for easy vegan dessert recipes, and they whipped out their favorites to share with you.

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"...It is a challenge that requires us to think in hyperlocal ways—to reimagine the ways we live, eat, work, and move around within our immediate economic, social, political, and ecological community."
~ Sarah Field, Imagining a Just Transition

Take me to the listing of weekly and monthly events!

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
HighBall Halloween, Spooky Tales, Italian Festival, and More!

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

HighBall Halloween returns October 11 and 12. Photo by Matt Ellis

Get your costumes ready, Halloween events are starting this weekend with HighBall Halloween! We’re teaming up with Combustion Brewery and Happy Little Treats for a fun Beer & Pretzels Pairing Party! Check out our contest page for concerts. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-It’s time for HighBall Halloween!
-The Ohio Renaissance Festival continues
-Getcha a Harry Potter themed tattooo
-2019 Design Week events start tonight
GDEX is at the Convention Center
-Go to the Columbus Italian Festival
-Find the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Easton
-Hear The Tragic and True Stories of Old Hilltop
-More spookiness with Spirits & Spells!
-Travel to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival


-CCAD’s Beeler Gallery opens Season Two: Follow the Mud
-Get a sneak peek of a glass pumpkin patch
Watch BoJack Horseman Presented by Denison University
-Catch a special BalletMet performance at Franklinton Fridays
-Columbus Symphony invites you to American Festival
-Streetlight Guild hosts Stan Smith Music from Earth to Beyond
-Hear some comedy at Goose on the Loose
-Special performance of Shadowbox: All Funked Up
ProMusica Opening Night


Hitchcocktober continues at Gateway Film Center
-Sassy Do’s got a Halloween themed show
Hugh Jackman is in concert Thursday night
-Can you stay up all night at the Ohio 24-Hour Horror Marathon?
-Pretentious’ 2nd Anniversary Party
-Go to Faizon Love “Off Probation” Official Comedy Special
Joker Movie and Beer Tasting at the Grandview Theater
Heels of Horror XII begins!


-Check out new bar Vine + Forge
BIBIBOP opens at Polaris
Columbus Architectural Salvage has a fall sale
-Go on a bike ride with Year of Yay!
-Enjoy a Fall Family Campfire
-Get outdoors and Walk the Creek at Blendon Woods
-Ohio Village gets spooky with All Hallows’ Eve
-Friends of Metro Parks invite you to Inniswood for a Campfire Celebration
-Shop the Fall 2019 Big Book Sale
-Shop Little Flea in Old North
-Go shop the last Moonlight Market of the season
-Explore Oakland’s Fall Festival

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

There’s always more in the Events Calendar

The technology we need most badly is the technology of community,
the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done. ~ Bill McKibben

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

Email to subscribe or share meeting info.

Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ.  Join us for an evening with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ.  Sr. Helen will discuss her new book and share her spiritual journey which led her to a life of helping others. The final page of her new book, River of Fire, is the first page of her first book, Dead Man Walking. Expect candid reflections of bringing light to some of the darkest places in the world, spiced with Cajun humor. Sr. Helen's books will be available at the event via partnership with Gramercy Books. A reception & book signing will follow the talk. Sr. Helen's presentation is both a stand-alone event and also the opening event of the "Dropping Our Stones" conference which continues on Saturday, Oct 12 at First Community Church (North Campus) and the statewide Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing speaking tour led by murder victim families from October 13-20.  Details on the conference and other events will be available not later than August 1st at   Sponsors receive two tickets to a meet & greet with Sr. Helen prior to the event, and priority seating during the presentation.  Location:  St. John’s United Church of Christ, 59 East Mound Street, Columbus (free parking in the Franklin County garage).  Tickets: $9.00.  Facebook. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Cast No Stones:  Standing with Victims to End Executions in Ohio.  This conference is convened by the Journey of Hope…From Violence to Healing in partnership with the Ohio Council of Churches, Catholic Conference of Ohio, Faith in Public Life – Ohio, Ohioans to Stop Executions and others.  Those engaged in civil/human rights and legislative advocacy as well as participants in social action, prison and life-affirming faith-based ministries are urged to attend.  This event to coincide with the World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10.  Location:  Grace Hall, North Campus, First Community Church, 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus.  Tickets $36 (adults) and $20 (students and seniors with ID).  Register:  Details will be posted on the website:   T-shirts, books, and other materials will be available for purchase.  Register today–Space is limited!     Register online here.

October 13 to 20, 2019 – Journey of Hope Events - at various times and places throughout Central Ohio and all of Ohio: Bill and others with similar stories will be speaking at schools, churches and community centers. The full schedule will be updated regularly on the Ohio Journey of Hope web page.

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Traveling Mercies:  Ohio Journey of Hope Send-Off Celebration.  Following a morning of Journey of Hope speakers speaking in communities of faith throughout Central Ohio, the community is invited to gather to pray and hear more inspiring "Voices of Experience" on the death penalty. Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. will present the keynote address, sending Journey of Hope speakers off for a week of events throughout the State of Ohio.  The Ohio Journey of Hope is led by murder victim family members sharing their stories of healing, reconciliation, forgiveness and how the death penalty does not serve the needs of homicide survivors.. Schools, faith communities and civic groups wishing to host a Journey of Hope speaker and foster this conversation locally are invited to make a request via the speaker request form at  The Ohio Journey is presented in partnership with the Ohio Council of Churches, the Catholic Conference of Ohio, Faith in Public Life - Ohio, Ohioans to Stop Executions and others. Details, Tickets/Registration and confirmed public events will be regularly updated at  Mount Herman Missionary Baptist Church, 2283 Sunbury Road, Columbus 43219.  Facebook.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 6:30 – 11:00 PM. Free Press Second Saturday Salon.   Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, live music and a presentation by Dr. Bridget Williams and Emile Ramach.  Dr. Williams is the owner of Green Harvest Heath, a Medical Cannabis clinic with offices in Pickerington as well as Broadview Heights, Ohio. Green Harvest Health is the only Medical Cannabis clinic in Ohio with life and wellness coaching incorporated into the practice. Dr. Williams brings nearly 20 years of experience in Family and Occupational Medicine from The Cleveland Clinic and training in life and wellness coaching to her practice. The focus of Green Harvest Health is education. Dr. Williams provides talks on Medical Cannabis, CBD and wellness across Ohio as well as Pop-up clinics to meet and see patients in their communities. To better assist patients, Green Harvest Health created their own CBD line of products for wellness. She is an administrator and teaching faculty member at the Cleveland School of Cannabis.  Free, no RSVP required. or 614-253-2571.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St. in the backyard, weather permitting.  

October 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program – Screening of the film The 800 Mile Wall (2012, 90 minutes). The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction on border walls along the US-Mexico border and their effect on migrants trying to cross in the US.  When this film was made, over 5,000 migrant bodies have been recovered in US deserts, mountains, and canals.  Unofficial reports from the time put the death toll as high as 10,000 human beings.  The film illustrates the results of the earlier border policies which have been built upon by the current administration and prescribes some policy prescriptions.  We’ll discuss those policy ideas in light of today’s situation.  Central Ohioans for Peace meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00 – 11:00 PM.  Democratic Debate Watch Party.  The October 15th and 16th Democratic Presidential debates will be hosted in Central Ohio, on the campus of Otterbein University in Westerville. The debate will be co-hosted by CNN and The New York Times.  Locals are invited to tune in LIVE at The Gateway Film Center for a free screening co-hosted by Columbus Underground that will include discussion and drink specials — and cheering is certainly encouraged for your favorite candidates!  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Community Action Night & Cons. Committee Meeting.  Join us to get updates on local environmental issues, take simple actions to support Ohio's transition to a renewable energy future, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities!  Hosted by Beyond Coal, Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, and Sierra Club Ohio Chapter.  Location:  Columbus Public Library – Main, 95 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:00 – 8:00 PM.  OPEN HOUSE (& debate watch party!).  Ohio Voice will be holding another Open House at The People's Mansion!!  Come and eat, mingle, and learn more about the AWESOME co-working deals and opportunities we have available at The People's Mansion. Bring a book to donate to our library and receive a discount on your first month of co-working!  Also, we will be hosting a watch party of the Democratic Debate -- a great chance to hang out and watch the debate in our progressive, non-partisan office space.  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America.  Meets monthly on the third Wednesday.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus in the carriage house on the second floor.  Parking in back.  Contact: for more information. 

Thursday, October 17, 8:00 AM – Saturday, October 19, 5:00 PM.  2019 Transforming Care Conference.  The Equitas Health Institute will host the 2019 Transforming Care: LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS Health Equity Conference on October 17-18 at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center. Activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals are encouraged to attend this two-day conference that addresses health disparities affecting the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for professionals and community members to come together to share not only research and best practices but practical information like family planning, wellness activities, and health and safety initiatives.  Location:  The Ohio State University Novice & Fawcett Conference Center.  Facebook.

Thursday, October 17, 2019. 5:00 – 7:30 PM.  Activists and Agitators.  Activists and Agitators is an evening fundraiser dedicated to uniting the Columbus community, inspiring attendees to pursue greater social change than we can achieve alone. At Activists and Agitators, we’ll foster dialogue, provide practical resources and educate the community on how to promote empowerment and inclusion. YWCA Columbus has partnered with mental health and social justice activist Achea Redd for this year’s event. Achea will help foster dialogue, provide practical resources and educate the Columbus community on how to create meaningful change in their lives and the lives of others. Attendees will also learn about YWCA Columbus’ programs and how they can help further the organization’s mission. The program will spotlight activists and agitators from the community including a special performance by Nina West.  Location:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  Individual seats - $50.  Facebook

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 5:00 – 6:30 PM.  How the Israel Lobby Distorts the Palestinian Conflict.  A Talk and Q&A with Dr. Walter Hixson. Dr. Walter Hixson is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron. His most recent book is Israel’s Armor: The Israel Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine Conflict. Professor Hixson will offer a historical perspective on the growth and development of the Israel lobby in the United States to help clarify many of the present controversies on Israel & Palestine. Location:  Tinkham Veale University Center: Senior Classroom 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, Ohio.  Contact:

Because the financial power of the fossil-fuel industry is so great it can, and has,
delayed any real action of the climate issues almost everywhere. ~ Bill McKibben

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!
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For great as the powers of destruction may be, greater still, are the powers of healing.
~ Starhawk
Sunday, November 3
3:30 - 5 PM + Optional Vegan Buffet

Simply Living Book Club and Discussion 
The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk 
Portia's Cafe
4428 Indianola Ave, Cols 43214
California state senator Tom Hayden called it, “wisdom wrapped in drama,“ Published in 1993, set in 2048, Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing is both a thrilling cautionary tale and a stunning anthem to help us envision our sustainable societies of the future. Join us for the discussion.
Optional vegan buffet 5 - 6 pm. Contact: Elizabeth Petruziello, or 614) 353-9524

7 - 11 PM

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

$10 suggested donation to support the musicians and pay for the space.

If you want to experience Appalachian old-time square dancing in Columbus, Ohio, Wild Goose Creative is the place to be every first Friday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 for a community potluck dinner and the dances begin at 8:00. Musicians and callers vary from month to month, but are always some of the best from our region and beyond. No experience necessary, all dances are taught!  BYOB and/or we'll have some light refreshments available.

Wait - there's more!
Big Scioty Dance Schedule
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

Friday, October 11th – All Soles
The Brickersons and  Dave Notman
Saturday, October 19 – Big Scioty
The Big Four and Kathy Anderson

Java Central building front
7 - 10 PM


P: (614) 839-0698
Energy moves in cycles, circles, spirals, vortexes, whirls, pulsations, waves, and rhythms—
rarely if ever in simple straight lines. ~ Starhawk

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


Poetry Night with Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix

October 25 @ 7:00 pm EDT

Gramercy Books
2424 East Main Street
Bexley , OH 43209

Join Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix for readings from their recent collections. Andrle’s new release is Rocking in the Cradle of the Moment, an assembly of small poems — groupings in haiku and senryu form, with variations. The collection is voiced with a gentle passion and rooted in the goodness life provides. Fix’s latest collection is Taking a Walk in My Animal Hat, a gentle and humorous volume where the author goes beyond her animal subjects as representative to each creature’s self and tells their inherent stories.

Fred Andrle is a poet, playwright, and journalist. His earlier poetry collection, What Counts, is also from XOXOX Press (2012). Andrle’s poetry was featured in the anthology Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us(Pudding House Press), and his poem “The Book,” was read on the public radio series “The Writer’s Almanac.” Andrle has received playwriting and poetry fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His one-act play, The Eternal Brunch, was staged by CATCO, the Contemporary American Theater Company. He is a member of the “House of Toast,” a Columbus poetry writing and performance group. Andrle is a radio legend in Central Ohio, having hosted a popular talk show on WOSU, a National Public Radio affiliate in Columbus, for twenty years. 

Charlene Fix is the author of fivepoetry collections, including Frankenstein’s Flowersand a critical study, Harpo Marx as Trickster. She has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and has published poems in Poetry, Literary Imagination, Hotel Amerika, The Manhattan Review and others. Fix has received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and Louis Hammer memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America.She is Emeritus Professor of Writing and Literature at Columbus College of Art and Design.

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. 

TV makes it so easy to postpone living for another half hour. ~ Bill McKibben
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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.


8 AM - 12 PM

7227 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085

Fall is finally in the air and even the pumpkins are bundling up!

This week's Community Table host is PEO, an international Philanthropic Educational Organization. Our local chapter will have a booth in the Graeter's parking lot, near Everest restaurant. More HERE on Sweater Pumpkins! 
More info on the Website and Facebook. . The Market is a project of the 
Old Worthington Partnership

To ferment your own food is to lodge a small but eloquent protest - on behalf of the senses and the microbes - against the homogenization of flavors and food experiences
now rolling like a great, undifferentiated lawn across the globe. - Michael Pollan
9 AM - 12 PM

3519 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

Ride your bike to market and park bikes, wagons, and strollers at the Baer Wheels Bike Corral. Visit the market information table to exchange debit card and Ohio Direction Cards EBT/SNAP for market tokens. Producers with eligible items accept Produce Perks tokens and WIC FMNP coupons. A few accept Lifecare Alliance Senior coupons, as well. 

For the safety of people and produce, we ask that patrons leave pets at home. Thank you!

Take a minute to watch the short videos on the Market's Facebook page - e.g., the interview with the Peace Love and Freedom farm HERE. Or see the interview with SL member Karyn Deibel, who shops every week!
Over the Fence Urban Farm
Supports Local Matters

Check out Jodi Kushins' latest blog to learn about the creative way OTFUF raised money for Local Matters.this year. Read the blog post HERE.
Should Your Kids Drink Soda?
Dr. Julia Keiser, owner of SL business member Worthington Optimal Wellness, begins her latest blog post this way: "not too long ago, I heard on the radio a “health expert”, a medical doctor, said it is perfectly fine for all kids to have 2 sodas per day."  
She continues... What? I think most of you reading this blog know this is terrible advice!
There is nothing beneficial about soda.
Do any of us need more sugar? At best, they are empty calories. If it is regular soda, it contains high fructose corn syrup. There are dozens of studies condemning this ingredient. It is one of the contributors to Type II Diabetes among other concerns.

What about diet soda? Yikes!
A growing body of evidence suggests that diet soda consumption correlates with an increased risk of a wide range of medical conditions, notably:
> heart conditions, such as heart attack and high blood pressure
> metabolic issues, including diabetes and obesity
> brain conditions, such as dementia and stroke
> liver problems, which include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Read the full blog post HERE.

"Let’s keep our kids happy and healthy. Water is always the best choice for your kids!" Julia Keiser
Guide: 2019 Central Ohio Farmers Markets
Columbus Monthly's guide for making the most of the region’s abundance of produce and artisanal products. See full list here: 
A selected listing is included below. 

The Clintonville and Worthington Farmers Markets are listed every week in our Local Foods Section. They ARE listed in the full list from Columbus Monthly HERE. The full list also includes many more farmers markets in the metro area.






Bexley Farmers Market


May 23 through Oct. 31

4 to 7 p.m.

South Dawson Avenue and East Main Street

Dublin Market at Bridge Park


May 18 through Sept. 28

9 a.m. to noon

Longshore Street between Tuller Ridge Drive and Bridge Park Avenue


Gahanna Farmers Market


June 2 through Sept. 29

4 to 7 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Park, 75 W. Johnstown Rd.

Grove City Farmers Market


May 18 through Sept. 14

8 a.m. to noon

Grove City Town Center, Broadway and Park Street

Hilliard Farm Market


May 28 through Sept. 10

4 to 7 p.m.

​5445 Scioto Darby Rd.


New Albany Farmers Market


June 20-Sept. 26

4 to 7 p.m.

200 Market Square

North Market Farmers Market

Saturdays and Sundays

June 1 through Oct. 27

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

North Market, 59 Spruce St.

Pearl Market

Tuesdays and Fridays

May 24 through Oct. 11

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pearl Alley and Gay Street


Upper Arlington Farmers Market


June 5 to Sept. 25

4 to 7 p.m.

2850 Tremont Rd.

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market


May 1 through Oct. 30

3 to 6 p.m.

North State Street and East Home Street, Uptown Westerville

Westerville Saturday Farmers Market


May 18 - Oct. 12

9 a.m. to noon

Grove Street on the Otterbein University campus

Westgate Farmers Market

First and third Saturdays

June 1 through Oct. 26

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2925 W. Broad St.

Fair Trade supports some of the most bio-diverse farming systems in the world.
When you visit a Fair Trade coffee grower's fields, with the forest canopy overhead and the sound of migratory songbirds in the air, it feels like you're standing in the rainforest. ~ Miguel A. Altieri
Thursday, February 13-
Saturday, February 15, 2020


Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
OEFFA's can't-miss conference offers up to three days of learning, sharing, networking, and breaking bread with 1,100+ sustainable farmers, gardeners, and local food supporters. It will feature:
·         > Nearly 80 informative workshops on sustainable farming, livestock, business, homesteading, and gardening on Friday and Saturday
·        > In-depth, full day Food and Farm School courses on Thursday
·         > Powerful keynote sessions with Laura Lengnick and Eric Holt-Giménez
·        > A diverse, three day trade show with 90+ exhibitors
·         > Made-from-scratch, local, organic meals
·         > Thursday evening socials and a Friday banquet
·         > Educational and fun kids' conference and child care options
·         > Easy access to downtown Dayton's attractions, dining, nightlife, 
·         > On-site lodging, a raffle, book sales, and more!
Save the date! Registration opens this fall.
Learn more and sign up to receive conference updates here.

Upon suffering beyond suffering:

The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again.

I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.

In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.

- Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux (circa 1840-1877)

I think I've found my tribe. Help me become a member!
         Wild Ones Columbus    


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