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@ A Gift To Be Simple
Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 p.m.
Simply Living’s annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser will be held in the beautiful, LEED certified Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215. Look for several EVs (Electric Vehicles) in the parking lot. Inside the spacious interior meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends, munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres, and talk with 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.
Want to sponsor? Six levels start at $100. Individuals, local businesses, and organizations will be recognized in the program and benefits grow with your generosity. Details here. Many thanks to
Mac and Debbie Crawford
Mary Lou Langenhop
Kathleen Gmeiner & Doug Todd
Green Roots LLC
Brothers Drake Meadery
Ohio Sustainable Business Council
Stratford Ecological Center
Citizens Climate Lobby, Columbus Chapter
Spiritual Healers Professional Learning Institute
Support Ohio Local Economies & Public Banking Initiative
Economics of Happiness – Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Five week discussion course starting October 26, 2021
Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.
Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.
Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.
Democracy Film Series: The People vs. Agent Orange
Co-sponsored by Simply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network
Zoom Discussion: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:00 PM EST
You will have 48 hours to watch the film prior to the discussion!
Two women, one American and one Vietnamese, fight to hold the chemical industry accountable for a devastating legacy. Nearly 60 years following the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War—the deadliest use of chemical warfare in history—the devastating after effects of the toxin remain lethal, demanding attention both in Vietnam and at home in America. The People vs. Agent Orange closely follows two activists as they take on the chemical industry, and demand accountability for the pernicious legacy caused by the use of this poisonous herbicide.
More info here. Register here. Please consider a donation of $5 per film or $20 for the series to help defray the cost of the film, and support the work of OHCRN and Simply Living.
Laughter lifts our spirits, surprises and sometime shocks our expectations, allows us to cross boundaries, reorders our priorities, and gives us access to ideas and associations we rarely ever thought to have. ~ Jean Houston
AUTHOR TALK ON GLOBAL WARMING AT WHETSTONE LIBRARY Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library meeting room for a presentation and discussion of his new book: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? We will discuss and explore the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. Join us! Books will be available to purchase.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
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. You can also volunteer to help with habitat restoration efforts. Events are outdoors and COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Walk-ins are welcome–register online to volunteer. It’s sure to be a day of fun and learning!
We needed a “psychenaut” program to be the opposite of the astronaut program in order to explore the enormous domains and dimensions of inner space. We need inner space exploration. We need to have access to more capacities in order to be adequate stewards of this most incredible process of transformation in human history. ~ Jean Houston
Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers, so must you attend to nourish the garden of your becoming. ~ Jean Houston
The Poetry Forum
We’re ba-ack! 2nd Mondays at 7pm on Zoom.
Email Steve Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org for log in info.
Check out the group’s FB page.+ Google Calendar+ iCal Export
For more poetry events, see Nita Sweeney’s calendar of events:
Perfectly Imperfect: An NVC Practice Group for the Development of Curiosity and Compassion with Brianna Schiavoni (Virtual)A Practice Group (PG) is a way to engage with a group of other like-minded people who want to develop their Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills in a safe learning environment over time.With use of Dr. Marshal Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication book and the companion workbook written by Lucy Leu, participants will learn to make sense of their internal and oftentimes automated processes; so as to foster self-compassion and empathy for others. Readings, activities and group dialogue will be used to enlighten, nourish, encourage, and strengthen our collective capacity for self-growth, interpersonal connectivity and conflict resolution.The practice group will be held for 8 weeks, once each week via ZOOM on Wednesday’s for 1 ½ hours from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. EST. starting October 13th. REGISTER
Previews of upcoming events
Virtual Book Club: Being Mortal Thu Oct 14th 4:00pm (EDT)
FANTASTIC FUNGI GLOBAL SUMMIT Fri Oct 15th – Sun 17th (EDT)
The Transportation Solutions Vehicle Expo Fri Oct 15th 11:00am – 4:00pm (EDT)
People’s Food Summit Sat Oct 16th (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.
You are not an encapsulated bag of skin dragging around a dreary little ego. You are an evolutionary wonder, a trillion cells singing together in a vast chorale, an organism – environment, a symbiosis of cell and soul. ~ Jean Houston
NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
City Folk’s Farm Shop was created to connect city-dwellers to goods, services, information and other people who are interested in city farming. We carry backyard animal feeds and equipment, gardening tools and supplies, homesteading products, and local foods. Whether you are growing tomatoes on your patio or have a city plot farm complete with vegetables, bees, and chickens, we have what you need.
We also offer education opportunities including classes, in-store information, and connection to other community members who have expertise that may be of interest to you.
If there is a tool or service you need to make your growing better, let us know. We hope you find the store, and us, to be a fun, educational, and helpful partner.
October Tree of the Month: Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
By Martin (Mort) Schmidt, for Simply Living
Mort’s full description of the Sugar Maple and its many uses are posted here.
Take a treetop tour at Holden Arboretum.
THE REVOLUTION OF OUR TIMES
Discovering the Nature of Transformation, by Kavita Byrd (Uplift) Article of the Week: Read Here.
How to share: 300 guides to help your community thrive
David Holmgren Interview on Permaculture,
Energy Descent & Future Scenarios
These classic videos were discussed in Simply Living’s Voluntary Simplicity Discussion Course. Both 1 hour PBS versions from 1998 are available to watch on YouTube, and Lynn Stan and I both feel their relevance today! Affluenza is available here. The sequel, Escape from Affluenza is available here
zIndividuals learn faster than institutions and it is always the dinosaur’s brain that is the last to get the new messages.
~ Hazel Henderson
DIY Solar Now To Pocket Profits From Solar Energy
Developing Habits for a Sustainable Life
Recycling Mystery: Metal Lids & Bottle Caps
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
- Over 220 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus!
- Celebrate Italian traditions with Columbus Italian Festival
- Celebrate a traditional 1890’s Halloween at All Hallows’ Eve at Ohio Village
- Free crafts and fun at JCPenney Kids Zone
- Visit Dawes Arboretum in Newark for fall fun, free visit days, and more
- U-pick: Apple picking in Columbus
- Cheap and Free things to do in October in Columbus
- Days of Knights transports you to Medieval Times
- UPDATED: Trick or Treat Schedule Around Columbus
- Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Boo at the Zoo
- 2021 Farmers Markets in Columbus
- Fall Fun! Columbus Pumpkin Patches, Farm Activities, Corn Mazes
- Haunted Woods, Haunted Houses, and more around Columbus
- Caverns, animals, and adventure at Olentangy Caverns
- Columbus Moonlight Market on Gay Street
- Big List of the Best Fall Date Ideas in Columbus
- Franklinton Fridays and 400 Market
- Over 80 events celebrating Fall and Halloween in Columbus
- Best hikes and scenic drives for Fall Color in Ohio
- Build-a-Bear Count Your Candles Birthday Treat Bear
- Get creative at Brush Crazy Art Studio
- 15 Spooky Ghost Tours around Columbus in 2021
- Buy tickets for Haunted Ohio Statehouse Tours now!
Italian Festival & Tacos & Art & More
Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Early bird pricing for HighBall Halloween ends on Friday. Get Coffee Festival merchandise at Saturday’s Moonlight Market. Make plans to attend next week’s special 20th CU Anniversary beer release party.
Enjoy your weekend!
Fun Things to Do
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Shop the Glass Axis Pumpkin Patch.
Don’t forget about ZOMBIEzi Bay!
All Hallow’s Eve continues at the Ohio History Center.
Ohio State’s Homecoming Parade is Friday.
Sew to Speak has a crafting goods sale on Saturday.
If you live in Grandview, get a free native tree to plant.
Shop the Bookspace book sale.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Occupy for Our Revolution. Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. Register with Our Revolution here.
Saturday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 PM. Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon. The 2021 Free Press Libby Award for Community Activism will be awarded to Esther Flores of 1DivineLine2Health this weekend during the Second Saturday Cyber-Salon. Please join the salon to celebrate Esther’s work to hear her good (and bad) news, and also updates on: the crisis in Chiapas by Nevin Siders. SB 123 and reproductive justice in Ohio and the Wendy’s boycott and news from the Immokalee workers. Join Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906590837. Meeting ID: 839 06.
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 12:00 – 7:00 PM. Community Pride. Community Pride is coming up quick!! Join us at Mayme Moore Park for a full day of free festivities and merriment by and for us! Live music and performances by local LGBTQ+ bands and artists! Vendor booths by local LGBTQ+ artists and entrepreneurs! Info fair for local LGBTQ+ organizations! Kids activities! (Masks required in the youth activity zone). Food trucks! Workshops! Beautiful queer people and our love!!! Performers: More updates on who you’ll see take the stage soon, but we are also still open for new performers! Sign up for a chance to perform at Community Pride (and get paid!) at bit.ly/FTPartists. Volunteering: We are still looking for volunteers to help us with the festival! If you are interested in being a part of our trained Safety team to help ensure a fun and safe festival for everyone, sign-up at bit.ly/FTPsafety. If you want to help with setting up and tearing down before or after the festival, we need a lot of hands! Sign up at bit.ly/FTPhelp. COVID-19: The festival is all outdoors. We are not asking for proof of vaccination, but do ask that all attendees wear a mask for the safety of others, especially children, as this pandemic isn’t over yet. We will provide masks for those who need one, and there will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the park. Location: Mayme Moore Park. Getting to the festival: Mayme Moore Park is located off Mt Vernon Ave in the King-Lincoln neighborhood, just east of downtown Columbus. Closest COTA bus stops are serviced by routes 7, 9, and 11. We hope to secure some lot parking, and there is street parking in the neighborhood. More information on Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 2:00 PM. Webinar with Fida Qishta. Join a US Boats to Gaza webinar with documentary filmmaker Fida Qishta, who has just returned from several months in Gaza. Fida will speak about the current conditions in Gaza and show clips from footage she filmed after the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. She will also talk about her upcoming new documentary, We Are Here: Our Dreams Are Not Rubble (working title). Register here.
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “Bethlehem Today: Two Short Films.” Co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Cultural Festival, this salon will focus on two films about Bethlehem Today: Aida Refugee Camp Virtual Tour – The Aida (Ayda) Refugee Camp was first established in 1950 to house refugees from 17 area villages destroyed by Israel during the 1948 war. This 2021 film takes you on a tour of Aida, which is 2 kilometres north of the historic center of Bethlehem. You will be led through the main gateway under the vast house key, a stark reminder to all that they will return to their villages. Bethlehem–Beyond the Wall – A report by U.K.’s Sky News TV shows the impact of Israel’s Separation Wall on Palestinians in the West Bank as well as the illegal settlements springing up continuously on Palestinian land. Their land is sliced through by this concrete eyesore snaking across the landscape. Our discussion, moderated by Leila Sansour, director/producer and founder of Open Bethlehem, features panelists Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour, author, actor and founder of Alowwad Cultural and Arts Society, and Christiane Dabdoub Nasser, cultural operator, heritage consultant and author. Please watch the two films in advance. The links will be provided by email immediately after you register. Then tune in to the online film salon discussion on October 10 at 3:00 PM Eastern time. Register here.
Sunday, October 10, 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 WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Monday, October 11, 2021, 08:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting. Register here.
Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15, 2021. People vs. Fossil Fuels. Fossil fuel pollution and climate disasters are already disrupting millions of lives. We deserve a world beyond fossil fuels: a world in which workers’ rights, community health, and our shared climate come before corporate profits. That’s why we are coming together to ensure Biden becomes the climate president he promised to be before attending the global climate talks this November. Indigenous people, pipeline fighters, water protectors, young people, scientists, faith leaders, and more are saying enough is enough: it’s time to finally place people over fossil fuels. This October, thousands of people will come to DC to demand that President Biden end the fossil fuel era. He must stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency right now, ahead of the United Nations climate summit in November. We will take action over 5 days to highlight the damage done by fossil fuels, the climate impacts we are already facing, and the need for real solutions rooted in justice. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 4:00 PM. Ideas of Race and Racism in History. The issues of race and racism remain as urgent as ever to our national conversation. Come be part of a conversation as four scholars discuss such questions as: Since Race does not exist as a biological reality, what then is race and where did the idea develop from? What is racism? How have race and racism been used by societies to justify discrimination, oppression, and social exclusion? How did racism manifest in different national and historical contexts? How have American and World history in the modern eras been defined by ideas of race and the power hierarchies embedded in racism? Presented by the OSU College of Arts and Sciences. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 3:00 PM. Nicaragua’s Amazing Advances in Gender Equality. In this webinar Nan McCurdy will describe awards and recognition Nicaragua has received for gender equality and overall advances for women. Yorlis Gabriela Luna will consider the effect on her life, and on the lives of women around her, of advances for women since 2007 when the Sandinistas regained the presidency. Shaira Downs Morgan will discuss advances for women on the Caribbean Coast and more. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 7:00 PM. McCarthyism, Old and New: Today’s Culture Wars in Historical Context. Attacks on K-12 teachers, institutionally and personally, are raging. Ellen Schrecker places the “new McCarthyism” in historical context. Ellen Schrecker is Professor of History, Emerita at Yeshiva University. Her book Many are the Crimes is the definitive work on McCarthyism in America. Historian Ronald Radosh has described her as “the dean of the anti-anti-Communist historians.” Read her article Trumpism is the new McCarthyism. Explaining what McCarthyism was, Historians for Peace and Democracy issued her “Broadside for the Trump Era” in 2017. Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Historians for Peace and Democracy. Register for the webinar here.
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 8:00 PM. American Friends Service Committee Webinar: Policing and the war on terror. The post 9/11 war on terror framework further legitimized the targeting and criminalization of Muslim, immigrant and Black communities and produced techniques, agencies, and concepts of policing that are increasingly being used on all communities of color and protesters. We will look at militarized policing, the development of ICE, fusion centers, “pre-crime,” the use of community leaders and social service organizations in surveillance, and what local communities are doing to push back. Register here.
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM. The Ballot and Community Control Over Police. In the summer of 2016, the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table released a platform that intervenes in this political moment, advances a more radical Black-centered policy vision, and addresses the systemic devaluing and destruction of Black lives. A major part of the platform asserts a world where those most impacted in our communities control the laws, institutions, and policies that are supposedly meant to serve us – from our schools to our local budgets, economies, our land, and the police. Join us for a forum about the platform’s call for “community control over police” as a means of shifting power, enforcing democracy, deconstructing the historic relationship between the police and the Black community, and re-imagining a social force designed to actually protect and serve its population as policy, and not as a meaningless slogan. Through multimedia presentation, group dialogue, and interactive exercise, we will learn what it will take to win community control over the police in a given locale and how to start a campaign to achieve it. Register here.
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7:00 PM. The who, what & why of Ethiopia’s Wars and the U.S. response. Four armies along with several ad hoc militias are fighting in and around northern Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Each side blames the other(s) for atrocities, amid warnings of mass starvation and accusations of genocide. The U.S., a long-time strategic partner of Ethiopia, calls for an end to hostilities and a negotiated settlement, threatening sanctions against all parties. All this in a country led by a recent Nobel Peace prize winner. Gloucester-based author and activist Dan Connell will try to sort this out in a MAPA webinar and explore the prospects and possibilities for peace in the region. More information and registration here.
Thursday, October 14, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. Afghanistan: Insights from History and Political Science. Join the OSU College of Arts and Sciences experts for a conversation about the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan. Panelists: Christopher Gelpi, Director and Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Mershon Center for International Security Studies; Professor, Department of Political Science. Peter Mansoor, Professor and General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History, Department of History. This event is free and open to the public. More information and link to registration here.
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” J.K. Rowling
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