Be the Change: Weekly Community Update March 26, 2021

It’s Spring. Let it flow…

Conversation in the Woods: Guided Nature Walk
with Cindy Lanese
Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm
Meet in a wooded area in Riverlea (near the Olentangy River)

Ready to get outside? It’s not too late to register and join Cindy Lanese (pictured above) for a very special walk in the woods. Each Guided Walk will open your mind and senses to different seasonal experiences. This Nature Walk will be held in a wooded area in the village of Riverlea, located between Worthington and Columbus, west of N. High St. More information and detailed directions are provided here. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will be donated to benefit the work of Simply Living. Cindy guides and walks with others to find a deeper soul connection, remembering that we are interconnected with the natural world and carry within us the intelligence of the earth as our teacher.. if we listen. REGISTER

Sign up SOON – Free ($5 donation requested)
Sponsored by Simply Living & Ohio Community Rights Network


A timely deep dive into the meaning of democracy, past and present. Director Astra Taylor pictured above. Info + registration here.

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.
Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.
Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

Invisible Hand (Rights of Nature), Sunday, April 25, 2 pm
The New Corporation – Sunday, August 29, 2 pm
We the People 2.0 – Sunday, October 24, 2 pm

2040: Join the Regeneration Sign up on Eventbrite:
View Film Monday April 19 7 pm
Q&A Panel Tuesday, April 20 7 pm
Link and password to view the film will be sent out Monday, April 19.
View the film first, then join the Q&A with local leaders at 7:00 pm on Tuesday April 20.

Celebrate Earth Day by watching 2040: Join the Regeneration. Damon Gameau’s inspiring film looks at the effects of climate change over the next 20 years and what technologies that exist today can reverse the effects. 2040 follows Gameau’s imagining of a future for his four-year old daughter Velvet, where climate change has been solved. Described as “an exercise in fact-based dreaming” the film is structured as a letter to his daughter whereby Gameau travels around the world investigating numerous solutions that can contribute towards climate mitigation and imagining what a future would be like where they have been implemented at scale. In choosing what to feature in the film, Gameau restricted it to solutions that are either already available or have a realistic potential to greatly contribute to reversing climate change by the year 2040. The film features interviews with numerous academics, ecological experts and entrepreneurs and will leave you optimistic that we can make this dream a reality.

Missed it? View the recording on YouTube here or watch on Facebook here.


More info and registration link here.
Saturdays at 8:30 am. Don’t miss Annie and Jay Warmke’s natonally synidicated Sustainability talk show from Blue Rock Station. More here.
Sat March 27 1 – 2:30 pm
Taught by arborist Cat Baumgartner
More info and registration here.
Sat March 27 4 – 5:30 pm
Taught by Master Gardener Joanne Schneiderman Dole
more info and registration here.

“ECDI’s impact on the Ohio economy comfortably exceeds $1 billion annually, stemming from locally-owned, locally serving businesses.”
Overall Economic Impact Study of ECDI’s Lending to Ohio Entrepreneurs by Bill Lafayette, Ph.D.

Sat March 27 7 – 8:30 pm
From Park Ranger to Singer-Songwriter
DAN WEBER – Virtual Concert
Sponsored by Columbus Folk Music Society
More info here
Sun March 28 11 am – 12 noon
More info herre.

Our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.
~ Bryan Stevenson

Tuesday, March 30 3 pm ET
Another in Dr. Zach Bush’s series of “knowledge base” webinars.

Free. More here.

Tuesday March 30 6 – 7:30 pm
Wildlife Gardening – Creating Place for Them and Us
Taught by The Garden Sage, Debra Knapke
More here.

More here.

Weds March 31 2 – 2:45 pm
Recycling, landfill, and Columbus’ Residential Recycling Program
Columbus Greenspot Webinar Conversations
Learn from SWACO and Cbus Dept of Public Service
more here

Thursday April 1st 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Level Up Uptown: Tibetan Singing Bowls
Dr. Sandra Solano (MD) from Integro who will be performing Sound Therapy with us using Tibetan Singing Bowls. More here.

As my pappy used to say, that ain’t the half of it.. ok, not really, but there are so many cool events this week and in April you will want to discover the other half and lots more. Be the Change!
Browse now.


Tom and Jocelyn offer eco-conscious and award winning service in Clintonville.

Does your footwear reflect your planet-friendly values? Unfortunately, no shoes are without environmental impact, but some brands
are taking the right steps. We found six casual shoes you can buy without compromising your style or values. more…
Recycling Mystery: Tires
No matter how carefully you drive, tires eventually wear out.
What’s the best way to dispose of your tires when they’re no longer safe for driving?
Protecting Your Garden From Invasive Plant Species
Certain plant species will damage natural ecosystems if they escape the boundary of your garden.
Learn how you can prevent this from happening. more…

Food Co-op Features refills – BYO containers!
Refill Stations available now:
Household Soaps and Detergents
Herbs and Spices
Loose leaf teas
Bulk beans, grains, flours, pasta and more
Nuts, seeds and dried fruit
Bring your own containers!
$2 coupon if you refill 3 or more containers
Effective Thursday March 25 – Sunday March 28th!
Check Out Popular Recipes of our Blog
We can create a box of ingredients for you!

Read the latest blog post from the market here.
Mark your calendars! Our summer walk-up market is set to open Saturday, April 24th at 9 am. The market will once again be held at the Ohio History Center, providing ample space for parking, shopping, additional producers, new product offerings, and social distancing.

Who would have thought houseplants would become such a craze?
Apparently, they’re extremely popular right now (and, for the most part, a lot easier to take care of than a pet…or a kid!).
When life is limited so much to indoors, houseplants are a great way to add life, vibrancy, color…
…and even health benefits into your home, when it would otherwise be drab.
>>Check out my list of the EASIEST house plants to care for. 
And be sure to add your personal recommendations in the comments section. 

Our ancestry stretches back through the life forms and into the stars, back into the beginnings of the primeval fireball. This universe is a single multiform energetic unfolding of matter, mind, intelligence and life. ~ Brian Swimme

Pick up your copy at Portia’s Cafe, Northstar, Global Gallery, Bexley Natural Market

Just over two months into the new year, 2021 has already seen a flurry of public banking activity. Sixteen new bills to form publicly owned banks or facilitate their formation were introduced in eight U.S. states in January and February. Two bills for a state-owned bank were introduced in New Mexico, two in Massachusetts, two in New York, one each in Oregon and Hawaii, and Washington state’s Public Bank Bill was reintroduced as a “substitution.” Bills for city-owned banks were introduced in Philadelphia and San Francisco, and bills facilitating the formation of public banks or for a feasibility study were introduced in New York, Oregon (three bills), and Hawaii. 

In addition, California is expected to introduce a bill for a state-owned bank later this year, and New Jersey is moving forward with a strong commitment from its governor to implement one. At the federal level, three bills for public banking were also introduced last year: the National Infrastructure Bank Bill (HR 6422), a new Postal Banking Act (S 4614), and the Public Banking Act (HR 8721).

As Oscar Perry Abello wrote in February, “2021 could be public banking’s watershed moment. … Legislators are starting to see public banks as a powerful potential tool to ensure a recovery that is more equitable than the last time.” Read the full story

Author Nita Sweeney’s Write Now blog offers an excellent calendar of literary events in central Ohio. More here.

Writers’ Block Poetry Night
March 31 @ 8:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Events Sponsored by Kafe Kerouac $5
Zoom open mic poetry. Info posted on the FB group right before we start.
The most irreverent poetry show around, Writers’ Block brings you special shows, features, and poetry slams.

News and early spring wildflower report from Nancy at the ARC of Appalachia. Take a beauty break. More here.

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…

Mega Weekend
Punk Rock, Cocktails, MNCHS & More!

Weekend’s here and it’s got us feelin’ happy. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Have a great weekend! Columbia Gas wants to give kids some free DQ. Take a look at #ColumbusWithoutUS. Tickets for the Urban Living Tour went on sale.
Have you seen the library’s new website?

Community Events

Ohio’s Protest Laws have changed – know your rights and risks.
Bronzeville Neighborhood Association meets Saturday about a development.
Get better at theatre auditions.
Get your comments in about the Urban Forestry Master Plan.
More people are eligible for the COVID vaccine now.

Food Events

La Plaza Tapatia has opened on the West Side.
Order some of the CU 20th Anniversary Roast with Stauf’s!
Grab a slice of Mikey’s Cincinnati 4-way Pizza.
Echo Spirits hosts Punk Rock & Cocktails.
Try kolache with beer at Daily Growler Brewery District.
Bake a Difference has a popup at North Market Bridge Park.
Check out cool shipping container restaurant MNCHS in Newark.
Random Precision Brewing celebrates 3 years.


Continues this weekend: Monty Python’s Spamalot.
ProMusica’s WinterFest Concerts continue.
Movies are playing at the South Drive-In.
The Rambling House streams The Knot Brothers.
Enjoy an afternoon of Schubert.


Cheer on the Blue Jackets. Check out the Glass Axis Spring Art Sale.
Get crafty with Suzy Ultman. Watch UFC 260 at the Hollywood Casino.
Meet another Power Ranger at The Laughing Ogre!

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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. 

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 1:00 PM.  BAmazon Worker Solidarity Rally:  Columbus, Ohio.  Join us in showing solidarity with workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are organizing to form a union. They are up against a massive anti-union campaign being pushed by Amazon.  Let’s go all out to support winning a union in Alabama, and to laying the groundwork for unionizing Amazon workplaces everywhere!  Location: 2114 N High St, Amazon Hub Locker.  Columbus Socialist Alternative.  Facebook

Sunday, March 28, 2021, 2:00 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:

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 PM.  Media Training with FCNL. Do You Know How to Write a Letter to the Editor? Join CMEP’s Director of Communications and Tim McHugh from Friends Committee on National Legislation for a media training where you’ll learn tips for getting your letter to the editor or oped published in your local paper. An LTE amplifies your voice, moving others to act. They can reward a member of Congress or raise objections. Either way, officials take notice when mentioned in their local paper. Learn The Simple Tips To Getting Published with Tim McHugh from FCNL. Tim McHugh leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels. Tim joined FCNL in the spring of 2018. He has been working in Washington on environmental policy-based communications and issue advocacy for over 15 years. $25suggested donation.  Register Now.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  Cultural Resistance: Standing Up to Nuclear Power Through Protest and the Arts.  The Goethe-Institut Washington, DC, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Washington, DC and Beyond Nuclear will present four events during 2021, in a year that marks 10 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and 35 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The series will showcase different examples of both mass protest and deeply personal resistance. This series explores how the performing and visual arts, including film, music, theatre, fashion and painting — along with protest and resistance — can make a powerful statement of opposition to nuclear power and propel action against climate change.  The opening event — Defiance on Film — features the directors and protagonists from two new documentary films: 33 Days of Utopia (2020, Germany) and The Beekeeper (2020, United Kingdom). An online discussion-style event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, at 1pm Eastern US time, with pre-screenings of both films available free to those who register.  More information and registration here

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  Restorative Justice Book Club.  Join us for a book club that explores the power & promise of restorative justice, led by Ohio RCRC Faith Organizer Kelley Fox! Regardless of whether you’ve read these books or not, Kelley will be available to answer questions and talk about each book from a restorative justice perspective. “Emergent Strategy” and “We Will Not Cancel Us,” by adrienne maree brown.  MARCH 30th: “Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement,” by Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. APRIL 27th: “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair,” by Sarah Schulman. MAY 25th: “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities,” by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.  Facebook

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Grassroots for Nina Turner Fundraiser.  Nina Turner is not taking corporate money. This is a people powered campaign.  Many volunteers from Central Ohio are putting together and hosting a fundraiser for Ohio District 11 candidate Nina Turner. Guest speakers and special talent are being arranged and will be announced as soon as the itinerary is completed. This will be an exciting Zoom event. Stay tuned for upcoming details.  Facebook

March 31, 2021, 7:00 0 8:00 PM.  Claiming Space:  Stories We Carry.  A dynamic storytelling showcase featuring stories of complexity, freedom, loss, ambition, & staying alive in the era of mass incarceration.  Healing Broken Circles presents an evening of stories from artists and thinkers directly affected by the era of mass incarceration. This event is a culmination of a months-long collaboration between Healing Broken Circles, The Returning Artists Guild and award-winning storyteller Kevin Cordi, who has encouraged each of us to lean into and live through each other’s truths.  Register here

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 3:00 PM.  The New Climate War: A Conversation with Dr. Michael E. Mann.  Please join Environmental Defense Fund’s Eric Pooley and acclaimed scientist, researcher and author Dr. Michael E. Mann to discuss his important new book, The New Climate War.  We’ll be talking about the most important ways to make rapid progress in the fight against climate change, and what has and hasn’t changed in the ten years  since Eric’s book, The Climate War, was published. Writing that book led Eric Pooley to leave journalism and work on climate full-time. What impact has writing The New Climate War had on Dr. Mann?  We’ll find out. We invite you to read Dr. Mann’s book before the April 1 event, and to submit your questions in advance or live during the Q&A portion of the program. To purchase The New Climate War, please click here.  Register for the webinar here

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 PM.  People for a Progressive Ohio:  Power Hour.  Join progressives from across Ohio for an hour of speed networking! Hang out, meet 10 new friends, and enjoy a beverage from the comfort of your own home.  The People for a Progressive Ohio Networking Series provides a gathering space for progressive minded organizers, activists, volunteers, staffers, and doers from across the state. This series is a joint effort by America Votes, Ohio Voice, Working Families Party, Columbus Stand Up, and several other groups and leaders. We welcome all who are interested in learning more about Ohio politics and movement work and the folks who are making it happen.  Sign up here

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


Now we stand at our own crossroads, looking out upon two futures: one with rising temperatures, rising oceans, and rising violence on a hot and strip-mined planet and another with expanding organic harvests, growing solar arrays, and deepening global partnerships on a green and thriving Earth. ~ Van Jones

Be the Change: Join Simply Living Individual membership rates have been reduced to $25 annually. Seniors, $20. Students only $10. Business memberships starting at $100 now include membership in the Ohio Sustainable Business Council.

Sign up online here or email

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