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Economics of Happiness – Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Five weeks starting October 26, 2021
Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Learn at your own pace.
Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course. Learn at your own pace.
Residential Solar Installation and Design – This is an online course. Learn at your own pace.
A true friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present and encourages your future.
~ William Carlos Williams
Join us for Gift To Be Simple
Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 p.m.
Simply Living’s annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser will be Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215.
You will get to meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends and acquaintances as you munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the beautiful setting of Scioto Audubon Metro Park near downtown Columbus. Walk around this lovely building to meet representatives from sponsoring sustainable businesses and organizations.
Then you can hear a presentation on “Our Story: How Simply Living has made Central Ohio more sustainable,” and meet several of the movers and shakers from core organizations that we have helped launch over the past 29 years. Simply Living has made a difference in the lives of so many Central Ohioans, and they will tell you about it.
Finally, you’ll hear the big plans Simply Living has for the future — our new database, the relaunch of Sustainable U, and more. You are not going to want to miss this!
Tickets start at $50 per person. Register at bit.ly/GTBS2021.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
TIP: To see all the free festival and film summits on our Calendar of Events here, then search on the word Summit!
“A sustainable human community is designed such that its ways of life, technologies, and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.”
~ Fritjof Capra
Attend a virtual class to receive your rebate voucher! In the online class you’ll learn about different actions you can take to improve water quality like installing rain barrels and rain gardens, planting native plants, using proper lawn care techniques, and composting to improve soil conditions. Register
Celebrate, Learn About Nature’s Dynamos at Pollinator Field Day
Pollinators–such as birds, bees and butterflies–are important to our environment and world. They pollinate trees, flowers and crops; plants that provide our food and food and shelter for other animals. Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food?
Celebrate nature’s dynamos at free Pollinator Field Days in September and October! There’s something for all ages, including kids’ activities, a pollinator habitat scavenger hunt and a butterfly catch-and-release–we’ll learn how to tag monarchs if we catch any. We’ll try out the free iNaturalist app to identify and document the flowers and pollinator species we see.
On Sunday, September 19 at 6:30p.m, the Care an Share Time Bank (CSTB) will welcome Bob Krasen, SPAN Ohio Columbus Area Coordinator, to present on the topic of Medicare for All in a VIRTUAL meeting on Zoom. Everyone is invited to join us -member or not! The Zoom link will be posted soon. More info here.
“Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches;
scientists understand its branches but not its roots.
Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.” ~ Fritjof Capra
On the Inner Work of Racial Justice Wed Sep 22nd 10:00pm (EDT)
Exponential Climate Action Summit III Thu Sep 23rd 8:00am (EDT) Breaking Down Barriers: Making the Future of Food Available to Everyone Today Wed Sep 22nd 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EDT)
Find many more events posted on our Community Calendar.
Browse now. Select the Monthly View to find events quickly.
HINT: Search using keywords like FOOD, ENERGY, SUSTAINABLE, YOGA, MEDITATION, MUSIC, SUMMIT, ETC.
NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
Are Mushrooms the New Easter Eggs?
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity,
stability and beauty of the biotic community.
It is wrong when it tends otherwise. ~ Aldo Leopold
We CAN Pay for a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, Free Child Care, College Tuition – Watch this short TED Talk and Never Be Fooled Again…
“The basic pattern of life is a network. Whenever you see life,
you see networks. The whole planet, what we can term ‘Gaia’
is a network of processes involving feedback tubes.
Humans are part of the larger whole, Gaia.” ~ Fritjof Capra
How Many Times Can That Be Recycled?
Recycling Mystery: Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
7 Ways To Preserve Your Garden Harvest
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
- Goodale Park Screen on the Green Outdoor Movies
- 2021 Short North Tour of Homes & Gardens
- Live acoustic music with Easton Unplugged at the Yard
- Over 220 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus!
- Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival returns Fall 2021
- Over 70 events celebrating Fall and Halloween in Columbus
- Prost! 2021 Columbus Oktoberfest events
- Marcus Theatres Sunday Passport: 4 movies for $20
- Annual Short North Highball Halloween at Express Live!
- Disability friendly and sensory friendly in Columbus
- BOO! Wendy’s Frosty Boo Books: 5 Frosty’s for $1
- Over 325 Central Ohio and Columbus Festivals
- UPDATED: Trick or Treat Schedule Around Columbus
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Boo at the Zoo
- Wendy’s freebies, $1.99 Breakfast, Biggie Bag, and other in-app deals
- Franklin Park Conservatory Discounts, Pumpkins Aglow, Chihuly Nights, and other events
- Watch OSU Marching Band rehearse for free, plus TBDBITL Skull Sessions before OSU football games
- Celebrate a traditional 1890’s Halloween at All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village
- Delaware County Fair and Little Brown Jug
- Zoombezi Bay turns into Haunted Attraction ZOMBIEzi Bay
- Tour of Homes & Gardens, Ghost Tour, and more with Worthington Historical Society
Music Festivals, Special Art Shows
and more to do this weekend!
Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Celebrate social enterprise on Friday night at Aspire! Pick up your Columbus Makes Art Passport and get your sticker on Sunday at Sunlight Market! Don’t miss your chance to get tickets to next weekend’s Columbus Coffee Festival. Enjoy your weekend!
Music and Food Festivals
Things to Do Outdoors
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Fashion Week Columbus has a launch party.
Shop the North Market Night Market.
Shop the Sunlight Market on Sunday and get your Columbus Makes Art Passport sticker.
The Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show is also Sunday.
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“In the end, the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along.
Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than
a triumph of cooperation and creativity.” ~ Fritjof Capra
Friday, September 17, 2021, 11:00 AM. Uniting to Dismantle Racism and Militarism in U.S. Foreign Policy. Please join the Friends Committee on National Legislation for a webinar to explore how progressive groups working on a wide variety of domestic and foreign policy issues can join together to dismantle structures of militarism and white supremacy. Speakers include: Salih Booker, President and CEO, Center for International Policy, Shailly Barnes, Policy Director, Kairos Center and Poor People’s Campaign, Diana Duarte, Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement, MADRE, Tobita Chow, Founding Director, Justice is Global, and Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation (moderator). Register here.
Saturday, September 18, 2021, and October 2, 2021, 12:00 PM. Whose Land? Whose Promise? Palestine, Justice, and the Bible. Join Canadian Friends of Sabeel for a two-day virtual dialogue involving theologians and church leaders, as we look to the Bible for guidance on the ongoing situation in Palestine. Session One: An ecumenical dialogue with Rev. Dr. Alex Awad and Professor Ron Dart, facilitated by Rev. Carrie Ballenger. Session Two: A follow-up session facilitated by Dan Epp-Tiessen, in which participants will have the opportunity to interact with one another in small groups about issues and questions raised in the first session. Cost $10 or what you can afford. Register here.
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM. The Great Constitutional Hijacking: The Fourteenth Amendment and Qualified Immunity (Virtual). To ensure the rights of newly emancipated black Americans after the Civil War, Congress ratified the Fourteenth Amendment that guaranteed full citizenship and “equal protection of the laws” to all Americans. Within twenty years, powerful interest hijacked the Amendment to advantage them over “We the People.” Learn about the Fourteenth Amendment, the limitations of its lofty promises, and what this means for Ohioans today, especially Ohioans of color, as illustrated in the Qualified Immunity doctrine that allows officials to override citizens’ constitutional rights. Guest speakers, Charles Peterson, Chair of Africana Studies, Oberlin College and Cynthia Brown, Coordinator of DeEscalate Ohio Now, Ohio’s leading organization in the campaign to repeal Qualified Immunity. Sponsor: Move to Amend Ohio. The event is free, and all are welcome! Register here.
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The Third Harmony. Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature. The Third Harmony tells the story of nonviolence, the greatest overlooked resource in human experience. By revealing the convergence of modern science and the world’s great wisdom traditions, the film explores the important role that nonviolence plays in the wider struggle to develop a “new story” of human nature, that, contrary to the “old story”, scarcity, competition and violence are not inevitable. Rather the universe is conscious and purposeful; we are spiritual beings, and cooperation and collaboration are our natural way of interacting. CLARA stands for Calm, Listen, Affirm, Respond, and Add. The CLARA Method helps you model compassionate, kind, empathic listening and communication to help de-escalate a situation and bring harmony. See the video trailer at: https://vimeo.com/459116870. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Fair Maps Day at the Ohio Statehouse. Join Fair Districts and many partners as we come together from all across Ohio to demand FAIR MAPS. We have a full day of action planned, including a press conference, a march around the statehouse, speeches, scheduled lobby visits and more. It will be a show of force that official mapmakers will not be able to ignore! Check out the event schedule and additional information HERE.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:30 PM. Author Talk with Paul Robinson: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. Get answers about global warming and what we can do to preserve the quality of life for generations to come. The event is free to all. Free will donations at Registration ($5.00) are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living. Location: Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 PM. ICAHD UK Webinar – Israeli Dissent Voices: Breaking Away from Zionism. Dissident Israelis will be in conversation with each other as they discuss their journey of moving away from Zionism. They will cover what it has been like to counter Israel’s rhetoric, how this has impacted on their lives including with their family and friends. Learn about why some Israelis leave, preferring to live in exile. Hear about their vision for an inclusive democratic state to be established in historic Palestine as the only sustainable way for the future. Featuring: Livnat Konopny Decleve – Israeli PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Ilan Pappe – Israeli historian, author, director of the European Centre of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK; and Jeff Halper – Israeli anthropologist, author, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD). Register here.
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00 PM. Divest from War, Invest in Peace. The Military Industrial Congressional Complex Laid Bare. Part 3 of a 4-part series. The tragic end of the Afghanistan war provides ample evidence of the futility and wastes of war. Continuing to pour billions into military solutions instead of real human development and planetary health must be challenged. These four programs offer alternatives and actions we can take to redirect our commonwealth for the health and prosperity of people and the planet.With William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. William Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and a widely recognized expert on military spending and the arms industry. He will share his insights, including new information forthcoming in a report on the aftermath of 9/11. No one knows the system’s inner workings better. More information and zoom link here.
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