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October 18, 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!
Fun Highlights for A Gift To Be Simple...Our Simply Living founder, Marilyn Welker (top left), will be traveling from her home in Urbana to be with us this year!

Our emcee this year will be the dynamic Anna Paolucci,(pic at right) who is taking a break from her usual role as ead jazz singer with Anna & the Consequences.

In addition to the wonderful vegetarian and vegan fare from Strongwater (and a cash bar) you can look forward to Simply Living's Sweet Street, featuring tasty desserts donated by 5 local kitchens. Some examples, please! Leeann Petrozzi-Whisk614 is making brown butter rice crispy treats. (Gluten free). Martini Modern Italian is making gluten free almond cheesecake bites and mini lemon meringue tarts. Enjoy pound cake from Bread and Better soul food.  Cravings  is making blondies and I’m not sure what else. There are more but use your imagination... and scroll below for the program and event details.

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! 

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  
Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution will be screened at the Grandview Theater (10/27 at 2 pm) Joe Campbell (Dir, OSU Environmental Professionals Network) will join the panel.
> Simply Living Book Club is reading The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (11/3) 
RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup. Yoga Well-Being Events in October - Meditation for Children, Practical Meditation and Discussion are highlighted
> Save the Date! The EPN Breakfast program on Tues Nov 19 is about the Future of Wildlife Conservation in Ohio. A workshop and luncheon are included.
> Workshops at Columbus Garden School are updated through October.  
> Tisa Watts of Columbus Garden School and Jay and Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station will be presenting at Gift To Be Simple (10/24)

Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
Get the NEW FALL EDITION of the Simply Living Newsletter! (upcoming film events, Meetups, Book Club, and more!
> TODAY @ 5 PM:  Carolyn Harding of Grassroot Ohio interviews
 Kelly Porter Escobar and Kelly Weber, founders and organizers for Love Without Lines- Amor Sin Líneas. They saw a need on the border to bring aid to the asylum seekers waiting along the Mexican border. More .
> Video of interactive interview of Bill McKibben on the 2020 election and lots more!
> SHORT TAKES: New deals on LED bulbs from AEP. See Rick Steves at the Southern Theater (Sec 2) sponsored by local libraries
THE PETITION TO REPEAL HB6 (Land Grant Brewing Oct 18)
 > Earth 911 - 10 things to recycle in your garage, Top Polluting Companies, Smart tips for buying green makeup.

Read more in the News section

See the Community section ~  
> Free Press Awards event to honor Mary Jane Borden 
> Plug for our Community Radio stations!
> Care and Share Time Bank Potluck!
Program by Charlotte Johnson about food preservation!
> Columbus Underground's Mega Weekend links to events this weekend! 
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter helps you get involved in progressive causes and issue!
 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> BluesSwing band at First UU Churck tonight!
> Starlit Ways (formerly Chris and Rose)
perform at Java Central Coffee House Saturday (10/19)
> Square Dancing events updated!
Literary Events: Poetry Night with Fred Andrle and Charlene Fix (10/25) featured at Gramercy Books in Bexley 
Parker MacDonell is the featured singer/songwriter at the Cbus Folk Music Society's event on Oct 26.
> Bill Cohen's Spirit of the 60s Coffeehouse (11/8)
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 CoHatch Makers, Yoga, and Market Sprouts Saturday
> Clintonville Farmers Market features a Rachel Tayse demo "Mad about Saffron" + OSU Math Dept + Tap Dancers!
   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


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
Sunday, October 27
2 - 4 PM

Documentary Films and Local Solutions
How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat
and Started a Scientific Revolution

Grandview Theater
1247 Grandview Ave Cols 43212
RSVP on Eventbrite

"An amazing film...I was on the edge of my seat the entire film, completely engrossed in the story and the journey of Lynn and her contributions to science and our understanding of life on Planet Earth...It really activated me."
~ Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers
SYMBIOTIC EARTH explores the life and ideas of Lynn Margulis, a scientific rebel who challenged entrenched theories of evolution to present a new narrative: life evolves through collaboration. The film examines the worldview that has led to climate change and extreme capitalism and offers a new approach to understanding life that encourages a sustainable and symbiotic lifestyle.
Q&A with Panel follows the film. Joseph Campbell, the Director of the Environmental Professionals Network at the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources will join us. Suggested Donation: $7 or $5 SL members.

RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook or Meetup.
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  FREE. Donations to Portia encouraged if you stay for the buffet.  RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.

7:30 - 9:30 AM + 10 AM - 1 PM

The Future of Wildlife Conservation:
Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210
$22 (includes breakfast and lunch) College Students Free


Save the DATE! This program is offered in coordination with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) and Ohio State’s Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory (TWEL).

Click here to view a video-based introduction to this program from our speakers and the EPN

This EPN Breakfast program (7:30-9:30 a.m.), featuring Kendra Wecker (chief, ODW) and Naomi Edelson (senior director, Wildlife Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation, and a national expert on state-based conservation funding strategies), will explore how wildlife conservation agencies, non-profits, and enthusiasts can build an effective and inclusive coalition to address future funding gaps, as well as increase the networks of outdoor recreational participants to highlight and successfully conserve our state’s wildlife.

Following the EPN Breakfast, we encourage you to participate in a facilitated workshop session (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) to engage Ohio residents, from all backgrounds, in discussing societal values in conservation, strategies to elevate the wildlife crisis, and to reduce barriers to participation and coalition building. This session will be designed to source ideas and goals to inform wildlife conservation for the state of Ohio. Attendees will walk away from this program with a deeper knowledge of the most critical strategies and challenges to conserve wildlife in Ohio. This workshop will be facilitated by staff from ODW, TWEL and the EPN.  

The workshop will be followed by a Wild Ohio Harvest cooking demonstration and discussion over a catered lunch, facilitated by ODW (12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)

The cost of the full program is $22 ($10 for breakfast only; $12 for lunch only), as always Ohio State and non-Ohio State student registration is FREE For additional details and registration, click here.

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.

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
1350 E Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224

Contact: <>
Most CGS gardening classes are
eligible for Master Gardener CE credits
Note: CSG 
Owner Tisa Watts will be presenting at
Gift To Be Simple at Strongwater Cafe on Thursday, Oct 24
Click on the class titles listed below to go to the website listing and class signup. Most 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.

OCT19 Free! Putting the Garden to Bed with the Columbus Garden Coach
Tomorrow 1 PM · 
City Folk's Farm Shop
OCT20 DIY Beaded Diffuser Bracelets
Sun 1 PM · 83 guests
Columbus Garden School
Get Tickets
OCT20 DIY Concrete Pumpkins Workshop
Sun 4 PM · 89 guests
Columbus Garden School
OCT26 DIY Industrial Pipe Lamp
Sat 1 PM · 31 guests
Columbus Garden School
OCT26 Home Solar Systems - Facts vs. Fantasy
Sat 10 AM · 
Columbus Garden School
OCT27 DIY Build a Bat House
Sun 1 PM · 
Columbus Garden School
OCT29 Columbus Garden Book Club - Sept/Oct 2019
Tue 7 PM · 20 guests
Columbus Garden School
* For the latest updates on CGS classes, check our Events section on the CGS Facebook page. *

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

Meet Jay and Annie Warmke

and hear their presentation

about Blue Rock Station at

A Gift To Be Simple October 24!


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. 

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.
Click for the FALL 2019 Issue of SIMPLY NEWS!

In fact, corporations are the infants of our society - they know very little except how to grow (though they're very good at that), and they howl when you set limits. Socializing them is the work of politics. It's about time we took it up again. ~ Bill McKibben

Thanks Cathy Cowan Becker for organizing the low carbon, live interactive interview with Bill McKibben last week. Check out the video with his take on the 2020 election and much more!  Cathy says you can skip the intros and start at 11-12 minutes HERE

Check out the new deals on LEDs at AEP

99 cent bulbs are back! Details HERE


Tickets are ON SALE NOW to see author and TV host Rick Steves on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Southern Theatre in downtown Columbus.

The author f Travel as a Political Act and host of “Rick Steves’ Europe” on public television will reflect on his adventures and discuss how travel can be a force for peace and understanding in the world.


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! 
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The function of freedom is to free someone else.
~ Toni Morrison

10 Things You Can Recycle in Your Garage

Many of us have an overabundance of stuff cluttering our garages, and we would probably be better off if we got rid of some of it. Here are 10 things that can be reused or recycled in the garage.

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Top Polluting Companies 

Did you know only 90 companies account for two-thirds of the industrial CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CH4 (methane) emissions in the world? Think about how you can send one message every four days and reach every major polluter in a year.

Read More


Smart Tips for Buying Green Makeup

A growing number of brands offer beauty products that are good for your skin and won’t harm the environment, either. Here are some tips for buying eco-friendly makeup.

Read More
"...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!

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

Monday - November 4, 2019

Honoring Mary Jane Borden
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
DJ laChewla
Brian Clash Griffin

7pm - Awards ceremony
8pm - Music
Headline act - Donna Mogavero
Dan Dougan and the Little Bothers

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
2019 Bill Moss Award for
Outstanding African-American Activists

Tony and Aziza West
$10 suggested donation / sliding scale low income
Tune into our fabulous, diverse, local community radio stations!
      The Green Renaissance Network 94.1

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

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

To support the Free Press Network --

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

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Pumpkin Show, Creepside, Day of the Dead, Columbus Marathon, More!

Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Lots of ways to enjoy fall this weekend!

Fall is here! Take a trip through Ohio to see fall colors, or some spooky sights. Get your tickets for a 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.


-Explore Pumpkin Nights
-The Ohio Renaissance Festival continues
-Ohio Railway Museum invites you on a ghost trolley
-Go to Boo at the Zoo
Heels of Horror XII continues
-Go on the Fall Wine Express
Day of the Dead community event is Saturday
-Gahanna has Creepside Festival
Halloween Pet Parade & Fall Festival at Easton
-Watch Hocus Pocus at the Ohio Theatre
-Enjoy the Circleville Pumpkin Show


-Hear The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World
West Side Story opens at Short North Stage
-Enjoy a free showing of A Map of Myself
-Watch The Fantasticks in Hiliard
Darin Henry is signing comics in Westerville
-Disney Concerts: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
-Are you seeing Samin Nosrat, author and host of Netflix’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat?
David Sedaris is at the Palace


-Hear The Whirlybirds! at the Refectory
Shura plays at The Basement
-Have a drink and make some art
-It’s the last Night Market of the season
-The Wex shows 9to5: The Story of a Movement
-Or, check out Unorthodocs at the Wex
-Get in a dark mood with music at The Summit
Matt and Kim play Express Live!
Celine Dion plays the Schott


-Go to the James B Recchie Design Awards
-There’s a Barn Hop in Granville
-Get your creativity flowing on Friday morning
-Do the Glow Run
-Check out a Pumpkin Patch
-Ohio Village gets spooky with All Hallows’ Eve
Columbus Flea has a new space
-Good luck to all running the Columbus Marathon on Sunday!

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

There’s always more in the Events Calendar

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 18, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.   Sign the HB 6 Petition to Repeal the Nuclear and Coal Bailouts. Many of you have been closely watching the debate on House Bill 6, legislation passed in July, which would place a charge on the bill of every ratepayer in Ohio to bailout two struggling nuclear plants and two of the region’s oldest, dirtiest coal plants. As if that were not enough, the legislation also guts the state’s successful renewable energy and efficiency standards that we have all fought so hard to defend over the last decade. If enough signatures are collected to get this issue on the ballot, the referendum effort keeps the law from going into effect until after Ohioans cast their votes in November 2020.  Location: Land Grant Brewing Company 424 W. Town St. Columbus, OH 43215.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43214. Site is accessible. Bus #2 N. High Street. Light refreshments provided.  For more information, contact

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Unite Against Corporate Politics:  A Kshama Swant Fundraiser.  Join Socialist Alternative for a discussion on how we can unite against corporate politics, build independent political power, and fight for demands that working people need like rent control and a Green New Deal! Featured Speakers:  Ali Smith from Liliana Baiman's city council campaign,  Ellie Hamrick, Athens Revolutionary Socialists city council candidate in Athens, OH, Jenny Craig, West Virginia Teacher & President of WVEA Ohio County Local (via video) and Amanda Ponomarenko, from Socialist Alternative.  With a live musical performance by The Counterfeiters!  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  

October 21, 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.  Location: Martin Luther King Branch - Columbus Metro Library Meeting Room #2 1467 E. Long Street Columbus, OH 43203.  Facebook

Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  State of Poverty.  By many measures, #Columbus is doing increasingly well. Unemployment is low, development is booming in parts of the city, and the population is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, that success is not felt by #all. With stagnant economic mobility showing little signs of improving, many Columbus residents have little to no financial stability — even for those technically living above the federal poverty threshold, which for a family of four means annual income of $25,100. To date, the Census Bureau counts 205,000 Franklin County residents living below the federal poverty level and 407,000 living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a conversation on the state of poverty across the African Diaspora and how as individuals and community leaders, can set a course for a more prosperous future throughout the African Diaspora in Columbus.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  CCS Board of Education Candidate Forum.  Clintonville Go Public, Southside STAY, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, and The Columbus Urban League are partnering to host a public forum with candidates for the Columbus Board of Education. Five of the seven seats are up for election on November 5, 2019, with four for general election and one for special election. All certified candidates have been invited to participate. This is your opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about major issues facing Columbus City Schools. Join us to learn more about the candidates and support student success through high-quality leadership. The discussion will be moderated by CCS alumna Angela Pace.  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. To RSVP for childcare, please email southsidestay@gmail.comLocation:  Columbus Downtown High School, 365 S. Fourth St., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 8:00 PM.  Webinar:  End Money Bail 2020 Community Kick-Off.   Last year Love Resists began the end money bail campaign with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). Bail keeps people in jail, pre-trial, for weeks and even years—away from their families, friends and communities—before they see a judge. Bail traps people in debt, can mean a loss of custody of children, stable housing, employment, and more. The money bail system relies on dangerous and often biased presumptions about Black folks, People of Color, and poor people who have been accused of breaking laws and serves only to criminalize the poor and decimate families and communities.  If you want to get involved, but can’t make the October 23 webinar, sign up and we’ll send you a recording of it directly. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the campaign to end money bail or joining us again after participating last year, we encourage you to form a team to work through our End Money Bail Community Workbook. It’s designed to educate, build power, and take collective, informed action. We invite groups to participate and map power, develop skills, create an action plan, and support local and national efforts to #EndMoneyBail.  Register here:

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  October Reproductive Health Happy Hour.  Let's keep the love going for Edith, Miriam, La Frontera Fund, and the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund!  Do you believe in the fight for reproductive & immigrant justice? Then you (& your Halloween costume if you're into that spooky business) are invited to come have a drink for a worthy cause!  Location:  St. James Tavern, 1057 N. Fourth St., Columbus 43201.  More information on Facebook

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Inhale/Exhale.  Inhale/Exhale is a restorative healing program for local organizers and activists in the progressive movement. We will have experts in various forms of restorative healing practices and therapy at each session guiding us through practice and equipping us with tools to take home. This month, Erin Upchurch, social worker and wellness practitioner, will lead us in finding rest and healing through the practice of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.  RSVP on Facebook for your free path to healing!  Questions? Hit up Charlie H. A Stewart.  Hosted by Ohio Voice and The People’s Mansion.  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

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!
Simply Living Calendar of Weekly/Monthly Community Events Editor Chuck Lynd - text only listings.
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 
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For great as the powers of destruction may be,
greater still, are the powers of healing.
~ Starhawk
7 - 9 PM

First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd 
Columbus 43214

It's Social and it's Justice!  First UU Church of Columbus welcomes the BluesSwing band for an evening of fellowship and music.  More information and samples of their music at Bring some finger food and beverage - we'll be set up in cabaret style. Come prepared to enjoy and dance to some great sounds. FREE will offerings gratefully accepted.  Proceeds support Social Justice work and your sense of fun!

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

Saturday, October 19 – Big Scioty

The Big Four and Kathy Anderson

Saturday, November 30 – All Soles
Rocky Fork String Band and Kate Power

7 - 10 PM

(Formerly Chris and Rose) 

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
7:30 PM


King Avenue Methodist Church
299 W King Ave @ Neil
Columbus OH 43201
$10 Donation at the Door
Civil rights sit-ins.  Bell-bottoms. Anti-war marches.  Student Power.  Afros.  Mini-skirts.  Hippies.  Riots.  Space flights.   The generation gap.
Those hallmarks of the turbulent 1960’s will be rekindled Friday November 8 at this year’s annual “Spirit of the ‘60’s Coffeehouse”:
Bill Cohen will lead a candlelit, musical, year-by-year journey through the era, with live and familiar 1960’s folksongs, “news reports” of sixties happenings, displays of anti-war buttons and posters, and far-out sixties fashions. Plus, Bill will also challenge the audience with sixties trivia questions.
     Proceeds from the suggested $10 donations (at the door)  will go to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.     Refreshments will be available at no extra charge.  Free parking is also available in the lots just South and West of the church.
     The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement, but get there early for a good seat.
     The program is suitable for ADULTS and MATURE TEENS.
     It’s the 34th year of sixties coffeehouses for Bill.  He’s performed the show more than a hundred times now at colleges, churches, synagogues, conferences, high schools, and middle schools across Ohio and beyond.     
     For more information, call Bill at (614) 263-3851 or e-mail 
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Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


8 AM - 12 PM

7227 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085

COHatch MAKERS will be at the Market today.

Yoga at the Market with Jade Yoda and Wellness.

Market Sprouts will there today so bring the children and let them be creative!

There are still plenty of pumpkins!

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

Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
~ Humbert Wolfe (from the CFM Blog)
9 AM - 12 PM

3519 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
CFM on Facebook HERE

It's a busy weekend at the market! Rachel Tayse will hold a "Mad About Saffron" demonstration, featuring saffron rice samples, saffron recipes and tips on growing saffron in Ohio. The OSU Math Department will be on site with games and activities geared to bring the math nerd out in us all! And finally, we'll feature a tap dancing duo - Piper & Poppy - in the Donatos lot. The fall produce is still abundant as well, with loads of beets, carrots, onions, cabbage, potatoes, squash and apples hitting the market stands. It's a good time to be eating local!
     Also, we're thrilled to be taking over the Farmers Market Coalition's Instagram account this week! Follow along @fmcorg to see Clintonville Farmers' Market featured on a national stage. We'll be sharing photos that highlight our amazing producers, outreach programs and community. In short, everything that makes the CFM so special!
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.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge - even wisdom. Like art. ~ Toni Morrison

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