Be the Change: Weekly Community Calendar+ 2-5-2021

See Cathy Cowan Becker’s blog for ways to take action. Heads up! You can attend the City’s Climate Action Plan community meeting (virtual) on Saturday, February 6, at 10 a.m. Flex your citizen muscles and make your voice heard. Here’s the meeting link.

The city of Columbus recently released a draft Climate Action Plan, but the goals do not go far enough. Climate science says we must cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 if we want hope for a livable planet, but the Columbus draft Climate Action Plan seeks to cut emissions by only 25%.Now is your chance to take action and tell the city to match the climate plan to the climate science! Learn more on our blog! Posted by Simply Living director Cathy Cowan Becker.

Take a Class and
Support Simply Living

Del Sroufe is an award winning chef and author of NT Times best selling cook books.

Join Chef Del Sroufe on February 9 from 6:30 – 8 pm for an online cook along. Participants will receive recipes in advance to allow time to shop for ingredients. Del will lead you at a slow and easy pace while he shares his secrets for making plant based food delicious. You will prepare an entrée, a side dish, and a dessert. Limited to 8 individuals. One ticket left. Register and more information here.

Due to snowy wet weather on January 28 we postponed our Guided Nature Walk with Cindy Lanese until Sunday, February 28 at 2 pm at Highbanks Metro Park. We added 2 more tickets to allow 10 participants. If you are not able to attend Cindy will lead another Walk on March 28. If the weather looks good Cindy may allow 2 more participants.
More Info and Register. $10 and limited to 10 participants.

Warm THANK YOU to Chef Del and Cindy Lanese for sharing their skills and donating the fees to Simply Living. For more information about Chef Del and his work, click here. For more information on Cindy Lanese click here.

Hyper local stuff

HOUSE SHARE. I recently met Ann Sager and agreed to help her connect with SL folks. Here’s her request.
Looking for house share in Columbus area. Cincinnati native, I am an active and healthy, 74 year old senior who retired overseas for 3 years. 25+ years in sales in the travel business and 15 years in banking. Married 30 years, no children. Fall 2020 returned to OH after 50 years to live closer to family. I have lived and worked in 7 states including 10+ years experience in house sharing in NY, NM and NC with excellent references. Temporary house share in German Village and looking for longer term.
ANN SAGER, Cell: 914-343-3744, Email:

MOVIE SERIES IN THE WORKSs! Simply Living has been talking with the Columbus Community Bill of Rights and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDEF). We’re planning a series of virtual film events with a panel of experts and Q&A discussion. The first one is likely to be What is Democracy in late March with the author and director Astra Taylor online for the discussion. Invisible Hand, the breakthrough film on the Rights of Nature produced and narrated by Mark Ruffalo, is tentatively planned to celebrate Earth Day 2021. Stay tuned for details and dates/times.

MUSHROOM BUYING CLUB. We have a small group interested in buying mushrooms for their health benefits. Mushroom Harvest Provisions buys in bulk and delivers to various locations in Columbus – e.g., Portia’s Cafe. Want in? Send an email to <> or call l 614-354-6172.


WOW! Awesome guests! Fire Drill Friday with Jane Fonda and Guests Congresswoman Cori Bush, Friends of the Earth Senior Fossil Fuels Program Manager Nicole Ghio, author and activist Terry Tempest Williams, musician and climate activist, Rico Sisney, and Co-Founder of T.E.J.A.S. Bryan Parras. 2 pm Friday or watch later. More HERE
Amazing line-up of story tellers tending to the soul of the masculine. More HERE.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

VEGAN BOOK GROUP ~ Curing Exceptionalism by David Swanson. More HERE
EPN Webinar. Details HERE
Explore BIPOC’s connection to the land and how dispossession has
impacted our communities today. More HERE
The regions premier food and farming conference – now online! More HERE
How to host a virtual funeral. More HERE
Growing herbs for personal wellness from Lilly Kunning – More HERE

“Peace is softening what is rigid in our hearts. War is when we harden our hearts.” – Pema Chodron

Inaugural Energy Symposium of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State
More here
Weds Feb 10 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Details HERE
New Date: Our next Town Hall on Public Banking in Ohio will take place March 2nd at 2 pm
Details here.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Conservatory
Enjoy Chihuly Nights, open 7-10pm Feb. 12-14

more HERE
The Many Faces of Love: Bill Cohen’s Annual Valentine Concert
Sun Feb 14th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Free. More HERE
Virtual Cooking Classes – More HERE

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The greatest hindrance to knowledge is our adjustment to conventional notions,” ~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel


Dr. Zach Bush
Click through below for the replay and discover his recommended resources that address toxins, pesticides, regenerative agriculture, 5G, & more

Watch the Innate Immune System Webinar Recording It has never been more important to understand how your innate immune system works. In this month’s Global Health Education Initiative, we dove into the intricacies of this complex system and its relationship to the virome.         

The Best Electric Vehicles
on the Market

Considering the purchase of an electric vehicle this year?
We have updated our ratings of the best EVs for 2021. more…

Sustainable Resolutions To Embrace in 2021

It’s not too late to make your New Year’s resolutions, and we have some suggestions. Consider these sustainability resolutions to help ensure a livable earth in the future. more…

The Columbus Free Press Network includes two awesome community radio stations! 94.1 and 92.7 / 98.3
Listen on your radio or online anytime!


Columbus on the Cheap Good, Cheap, Fun

In This Issue…

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

Friday, February 5, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Honk and Wave for Our Revolution.  Join us every Friday at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315. we’ll hang banners and wave to the folks as they head home for the weekend.  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH.

Friday, February 5, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Friday, February 5, 2021, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Policing in Black America:  A Dialogue.  Please join the 1619 and Beyond Program for a lecture by Shannon King, associate professor of history at Fairfield University, and Carl Suddler, associate professor of history at Emory University. Host: 1619 and Beyond Program, and OSU Department of History.  More information and registration here

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 02:00 PM.  Study Group on the Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice
.  Join a study group on As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, 162 pp. Beacon Press (2019). This book examines environmental justice and injustice through the unique lens of indigenous struggles in the past and contemporary assaults. We encourage people concerned with linking racial justice, peace and climate justice to take part to enhance their understanding and guide their political action but the study group is open to all. Anti-racist, peace and environmental activists will find this book especially important because “collapsing environmental discrimination against people of color into one monolithic group elided the experience of indigenous peoples …undergoing environmental devastation of a particular, genocidal kind.” (p. 17). The book shows how Native beliefs and practices challenge traditionally white environmentalism and points to a collaborative path forward.  More information and registration here

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 PM.  Pax Christi San Diego hosts conversation on immigration. Sign up in advance to obtain the ZOOM link at  Read more of this post

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 11:00 AM.  “The People’s Patriarch” Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah.  Christ at the Checkpoint, Kairos Palestine, Sabeel, and the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine would like to invite you to the launch event of the film “The People’s Patriarch”, Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah.  Ms Nora Carmi will be moderating the event, including a short introduction by the film producer Dr. Lily Habash and director Mohammed Alatar, screening of the film and open discussion with His Eminence Patriarch Michel Sabbah.  Register here

Saturday, February 6, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join us at the intersection of North Broadway and high as we demonstrate weekly for peace and justice. bring a mask and a sign or two.  Facebook.

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 2:00 PM.  Building the Antiwar Movement Under the Biden Administration.  This will be a discussion with UNAC administrative committee member on” Building the Antiwar Movement Under the Biden Administration.” UNAC administrative committee member include: Bahman Azad, Ajamu Baraka, Judy Bello, Sara Flounders, Margaret Kimberley, Cassia Laham, Jeff Mackler, Rhonda Ramiro and Margaret Flowers.  Register here

Mega Weekend
Gallery Hop, More Art, Authors, & Films!

Smile! It’s another weekend of enjoying things from your home

Enjoying the snow? If you pre-ordered a Big Bacon Bash Box, we’ll see you at Hills Downtown on Saturday! Make your plans for Valentine’s Day. Are you watching the Super Bowl? Do you use food delivery services? Take our survey by Friday. Enjoy your weekend.


Tune in to Trans AND: a digital performance festival. Or, a movie screening Q&A for Up We Soar. Get on Twitch and watch the Fuse Factory’s performance on Friday. Speak Easy is talking about Keepsakes. Stream BAD JEWS from Short North Stage.


North Market Bridge Park continues Thursday Happy Hours (until 7pm). Try some cocktails at Echo Spirits. Do a Sip and Shop Brunch at Zassy’s. Author Jason Tharp has a virtual storytime. Make a succulent planter with a Galentine.
New fashion brand L’ Prias Made launches.

Enjoy Exploring Art

The Bodies Are Mirrors: They Give Us Ourselves, on view at 934 Gallery.
Nell Irvin Painter visits CCAD in a virtual artist talk. Chat with others about ‘Before She Disappeared.’ Watch the Symphony’s Russian Winter Festival online. 934 Gallery opens their new show, The Bodies Are Mirrors: They Give Us Ourselves. These paper flowers are amazingly real. Keny Galleries explores The Magic of Color. Explore this month’s Gallery Hop.
MACCO performs Folk Impressions.

What else can you do
this weekend?

Cheer on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Try some Valentine’s Sweets at It’s All Natural. Watch an online roast of The Notebook. Plan your order for Hot Mikey’s TakeoverOrder tickets to make some dog biscuits. Try Momo Ghar’s new restaurant in Dublin.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 


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