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Emergency Response to Attack on Iran.  Central Ohioans for Peace will hold an emergency peace vigil in the event that the US starts a war against Iran for all Central Ohioans who oppose war. The start of war will be defined as a military strike against military and/or civilian targets within or belonging to Iran.  An attack on Iran would constitute a massive disaster and would touch off a region-wide conflict.  We believe that diplomacy is the better option.  If the strike occurs and is made public in the morning hours, the demonstration will be held the same day.  If the strike is announced later in the afternoon hours, the demonstration will be held the following day.  Area peace advocates continue holding weekly peace vigils in Clintonville and Worthington every Saturday at noon.  We will gather on the sidewalk around the McKinley statue on the High St. side of the statehouse.  Facebook.  


Meetings and Events


Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Community Meeting in Support of Miriam Vargas.  Please join us as we continue the conversation on how we can best support Miriam Vargas and her family. More information on Facebook.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205. 


Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Sign the Petition/Public Meeting. The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give you and I the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Linden Branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  


Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Columbus Police Reform. The Mayor’s Community Safety Advisory Commission, intended to recommend improvements to CDP, finally took public testimony after meeting for 13 months, and near the very end when Commission recommendations were to be drafted.  The June 5 public testimony was shocking as citizens raised numerous and consistent serious allegations against CDP.  These included but were not limited to these reports
·         CDP frequently and unnecessarily escalates rather than de-escalates situations with citizens, resulting in citizen injuries, arrests or death.
·         A lawyer for a civil rights watchdog group stated that CDP purposely targets legal observers, violating the civil rights of protesters and purposely attacks Black and Muslim protesters. She testified that officers can be seen on their body cameras bragging about this.
·         Family members described beatings of themselves or their loved ones.
·         A religious leader testified about racism and sexism within CDP, officer to officer, and by CDP, and that retaliation against officers who speak out is not uncommon.
·         One South Side resident who came to testify about a neighborhood matter completely scratched her intended remarks as she was overwhelmed by what she had heard from other testimony, and begged the Commission to address the concerns and put an end to CDP injustice.
Please consider 1) viewing video of June 5 public testimony, 2) calling the Mayor’s office  614-645-7671 and demand that the Commission do its duty and study the issues discussed in the June 5 public testimony before any Commission recommendations are released.  3) attending on Monday night July 15th from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall Mayor’s Conference Room to let CDP and the City know we care about this issue.  Public comment is not allowed but the public and media can observe. 

Monday, July 15, 2019, 6:30 PM.  Solidarity with Edith Espinal.  Please join us continuing planning support for Edith Espinal in sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome!  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214. 


Monday, ​ July 15, 2019, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS and Tuesday on WGRN.  Tune in this award-winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and Tuesdays at 5:30 PM on WGRN 94.1 or listen online at www.wcrsfm.org.  Youth Beat Radio is sponsored by The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, and the Puffin Foundation West.  Location: WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and WCRS 102 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact youthbeat@osu.edu.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Forum:  Is Impeachment Inevitable or Avoidable?  A forum on the question: When is it time to remove a leader?  Please reserve (free) your tickets with this link on Eventbrite: http://impeachmentforum.eventbrite.com?s=101649598.   Come hear a discussion among the following experts:  Dr. Michael Les Benedict: Ohio State University, Constitutional Law and Impeachment,  Dr. Anthony DeStefanis: Otterbein, U.S. History, labor and the working class,  Dr. Tony Mughan: Ohio State University, Political Science, History and Government, research interests in political parties, the mass media, and elections and political behavior,  Major General Dennis Laich: Retired Major General (Army), Government specialist on foreign security and the Mueller Report, Moderated by Mike Larsen, a nationally known political comedian.  This Forum is being sponsored by Need to Impeach (a non-partisan organization), indivisible Ohio District 12 and indivisible: Delaware Ohio (both non-partisan organizations). These organizations strongly believe in delivering non-partisan information to the District 12 community so they can become more aware and make up their own minds on this important national impeachment issue.  Location:  Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus.  Facebook


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America.  Meets monthly on the third Wednesday.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus in the carriage house on the second floor.  Parking in back.  Contact: mayo.makinde@gmail.com for more information. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  State of Black Wealth.  Wealth, an individual’s or family’s financial net worth, can function as a generational steppingstone that older generations pass on and future generations benefit from and build over time.  However, due to racial discrimination and institutionalized bias that prevented the accumulation of black wealth: from slavery, then indentured servitude under Jim Crow, segregated housing and schooling, to the seizure of property — the median black family owns just $3,600, just 2 percent of the $147,000 of wealth the median white family owns. In fact, according to the Institute for Policy Studies, the wealth disparity between black and white families will take 228 years to close.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a conversation on the racial wealth gap and how we, 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. 43215.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.   LGBTQ Columbus Book Reading.  Stop by for a reading and discussion of “LGBTQ Columbus” by authors Ken Schneck and Shane McClelland! This book explores over 50 years of local Columbus LGBTQ history in a detailed an intersectional manner.  Copies of “LGBTQ Columbus” will be available in-store for purchase and signing. RSVPs are appreciated as there is limited seating, but not required. We’re excited to see you there!  Location:  Prologue Book Shop, 841 N. High St., Columbus.   More information here.  Website:  https://www.prologuebookshop.com.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  July Postcard Party and Happy Hour.  Join us as we write postcards for one of our endorsed candidates and discuss opportunities to help with the Summer of Action. Postcards, stamps provided by the campaign. Markers provided by OH12.  Location:   Wine Bistro Worthington, 8231 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43235.  Facebook.  


Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  (Doors open at 5 p.m.). Toward A Shared Vision of Smart Justice in Ohio. Executive Director Ben Guess, Campaigns Director Mark Gavin, and Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels will present ACLU Ohio priorities including a just pretrial system, community organizing opportunities, and information about reform-based legislation. Special guests from the Urban Institute will present their research findings and walk us through the roadmap for reform. We want to cut our prison and jail populations in half, reduce racial disparities in the criminal legal system, and ensure that Ohioans with an addiction can get the treatment they deserve.  We have a concrete plan—The Blueprint forSmart Justice Ohio. Join us to learn more and join the fight!  Open to all—light refreshments will be provided.  Please select this event to RSVP.  Location:  ACLU of Ohio Columbus Office, 1108 City Park Avenue, Suite 203, Columbus, OH 43206. 


Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:30 PM.  Columbus City Council Public Hearing on Marijuana Reform Package.  Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Councilmember Shayla Favor will convene a joint hearing of the Criminal Justice and Judiciary and the Rules and Reference committees to hear community feedback on a legislative package to lower penalties for marijuana offenses and help formerly justice-involved residents reenter the workforce. All interested citizens are invited to offer public testimony, with comments limited to three minutes. Anyone wishing to address City Council on this matter must fill out a speaker slip between 8am-5:30pm on the day of the hearing at Columbus City Hall.  This hearing is available on WCBZ Channel 22.6, live stream on the CTV website and broadcast on Spectrum, Channel 1024; WOW, Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99. The video will be posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event.  Location:  City Hall, Council Chambers, 90 W. Broad St., Columbus. 


Thursday, July 18, 2019, 10:15 – 7:30 PM.  2019 Sprague Leadership Institute:  Sanctuary for All.  Sponsored by North Broadway United Methodist Church’s Sprague Leadership Institute, in partnership with Columbus Sanctuary Collective, the Columbus Mennonite Church, and Community Refugee & Immigration Service (CRIS).   *plus ‘Accompaniment Movement Volunteer Training ‘ session*  https://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/accompaniment_training.  Keynote Speaker: Ravi Ragbir, immigrant rights activist at New Sanctuary Coalition in NY, an interfaith network of congregations, organizations and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together.  Learn: Key principles of the New Sanctuary Movement; ‘Accompaniment‘ and how communities and individuals can engage; and the state of sanctuary, immigration, and refugees in Central Ohio.   Train: Accompaniment Movement Volunteer Training [FREE] to the public 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – registration required! Contact Pastor Wendy for more info at whansensmith@north-broadway.org.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43214.  More information on Facebook


Thursday, July 18, 2019, 8:00 PM.  NIRS Tele-Briefing: Voices from the Frontlines of Nuclear Waste.    Residents of Texas and New Mexico are facing down the nation’s radioactive waste corporations and Congressional leaders who want to put massive, new nuclear dumps in their communities.  Join us to hear from frontline organizers about the steps taken to date to STOP NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPS in TEXAS and NEW MEXICO and the “Mobile Chernobyl” shipments they would trigger, as well as next steps needed to stop the US Congress from changing the law to make these dangerous plans legal. Please join us! Just fill out the form to register.  Speakers: Rose Gardner - Alliance for Environmental Strategies (AFES), New Mexico, Elizabeth Padilla - Save Andrews Country, Texas, Don Hancock - Southwest Research and Information Center, MODERATOR: Diane D’Arrigo - NIRS Radioactive Waste Project Director.   This national tele-briefing is an opportunity for the NIRS Network and the general public to share an evening to learn more. The event is a conference call format, 90 minutes long. The speakers will present for the first 30 minutes, followed by your questions and discussion. We look forward to your participation. The event is free, but registration is required. The event will be recorded and available online at www.nirs.org. If you register, whether you attend the call or not, you will receive the link within 48 hours on your email. 


Saturday, July 19, 2019, Noon – 2:00 PM. Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization that is calling for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century and thereby to firmly establish that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech. Find out what can be done locally to restore democracy!  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information and location, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.


Friday, July 19, 2019, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  2019 MidOhio ReStore Flower Sale.  Hosted by MidOhio ReStore and Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio.  The green industry’s leading association, AmericanHort, will host Cultivate’19. As the premiere annual event for the entire horticulture industry, Cultivate’19 brings in 10,000 visitors and includes more than 650 national and international exhibitors who display the newest live plants and green industry materials at the show. This year Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio will be a major recipient of plants and materials left as donations to AmericanHort after the event.  Donations will range from plants, trees, and shrubs to pots, shelving, and decorative items. In addition, new varieties of flowers first unveiled at Cultivate’19 will be a part of the available donations. Most plants are priced at just $1-5!  The plant sale will be held at from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 until plants are sold out.   A smaller selection of plants will also be available at ReStore West (240 N Wilson Road) starting Monday, July 15 at 9am.  Location:  ReStore East on 3140 Westerville Road Columbus, OH 43224.  Facebook.  


Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. (Check in at 9:30 AM).   ACLU Advocacy University – Columbus.  Advocacy University is coming to Columbus! This "activist bootcamp" will feature a full-day of free trainings, workshops, and group activities, so that together we can strengthen the culture of social and political activism across Central Ohio.  ACLU experts will be onsite to outline our 2019 priorities and lead powerful sessions on campaigning, lobbying, and messaging. Advocacy University is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided. We will also have free on-site childcare and you can apply for possible travel assistance if needed. See our registration page for more information!  To attend, you must fill out our RSVP form by July 15!  Advocacy University is just another step in the long but rewarding road to a more just Ohio! Together we can collectively transform the system.  Location:  Columbus Early Learning Center, Champion Avenue Location, 240 North Champion Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203.    Sponsored by ACLU of Ohio. 


Saturday, July 20, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  Food Not Bombs July meeting.  Have you heard about us and had interest to learn how/if you could plug in to, help network, and/or expand our collective efforts? ... or just generally learn more about us? This would be a great time to do so for those uncertain about just showing up to our serves *which you ALSO can/should do :) *. We'll be meeting to talk about recent updates, upcoming events, and increasing our impact. We run the meetings quickly, so no worries of it dragging on. Newcomers are encouraged to attend to find out more about us, meet rad people, and get plugged in!  Location:  Northside Library Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook


Saturday, July 20, 2019, 6:00 – 11:00 PM.  Local Jam Roll Call.   In support of our 2019 election campaign, Yes We Can and Franklin County Grassroots Democrats will be throwing a live concert event featuring local Columbus artists, hosted by Wild Goose Creative. We believe that our arts community is one of the most amazing parts of Columbus culture and we're excited to partner with these artists to support this initiative.  $20 suggested location.  BYOB.   Capacity is 100 people and we expect to sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time!  Location:  Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus 43202.  More information and tickets on Facebook.   If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email chase.irwin@yeswecancolumbus.org.


Sunday, July 21, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.  Christy LeClaire will lead a presentation about the new governing structure of our Timebank. A number of committees are actively involved in the transition to a member-led organization. Opportunities to become involved in this transition will be offered. Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, call 614-398-3605 or email to csgeneral27@gmail.com.  Website:  http://cstimebank.org/.  


Sunday, July 21, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Voter Registration:  Canvass for Unregistered Voters.  Voter Registration Canvass in Linden. Joe Knapp has identified houses without registered voters. We're knocking on the doors to see if anyone needs to register!  Meet at 3:00 PM at the Linden Branch of CML, 2223 Cleveland Avenue, and we'll go out in pairs.  Hosted by Indivisible Ohio District 12.  Facebook.  


Monday, July 22, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Screening of the film “Black Code (89 minutes).  Based on Ronald Deibert’s book of the same name, Nicholas de Pencier’s gripping Black Code follows “internet sleuths” - or cyber stewards - from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage. The film reveals exiled Tibetan monks attempting to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus; Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts; Brazilian activists who use social media to livestream police abuses; and Pakistani opponents of online violence campaigns against women. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy, and democracy are challenged to the very core.  This film seems especially timely since law enforcement has been using facial recognition technology to scan Ohio and other BMV records.  Yes, these records have long been available to law enforcement, but this is a new use.  What limits or controls exist?  It was also reported recently that the US government decided to stop collecting massive amounts of phone records, deciding that there was so much data that it was not helpful. We have seen how useful phone videos and live streams of police interactions has begun to change the ways we understand those interactions by bringing evidence of another point of view to the discussion. Finally, in July we remember the formation of the United States and the signing of the Declaration of Independence which states that we are to enjoy inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  How do the internet and social media promote these rights?  How do they hinder it?  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website.   Facebook.


Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  A Concerned Citizen:  Civics in Action.  A CONCERNED CITIZEN is a documentary about Dr. Riki Ott, a whistleblower who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened. A toxicologist, author, and activist, Riki has been organizing the Gulf coast communities to recover from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. She is also helping to spearhead the campaign with Ultimate Civics, one that will introduce a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood, and to reform campaign finance and contributions.  The film also shows viewers how other citizens have followed Dr. Ott's example to change and strengthen efforts to curb oil pollution of America's lands, rivers and coastal waters.  Come early at 5 pm to network and enjoy food and drinks at the bar. We will head for theater seats around 5:30 pm - bring food and drinks with you if you like. The film is around 40 minutes, followed by a discussion/Q&A with local activists.  Free. Donations appreciated!  Tickets on Eventbrite.  Location:  Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43202.  Facebook.  Sponsored by Simply Living. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Community Conversation:  Implicit Bias.  Leadership Westerville and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Project invites you to join us for a Community Conversation on Implicit Bias.  This training will include: 1. Definition of implicit/unconscious bias, 2. Why it’s important to understand bias, 3. Highlights of the science behind it, 4. How we can identify and overcome our biases.  Meet our Speakers:  TODD CAMERON, Recently retired following a 27 year career selling, delivering, and supporting large complex information technology programs at Accenture. For the last 16 years, Todd worked as a managing director leading accounts and teams of hundreds of people to deliver innovation to clients in the public sector and health industries. In the Columbus Office, he was the sponsor of the African American and Hispanic American Employee Resource Groups. Todd and his family live in Dublin. He is a 1991 Harvard graduate and 1987 graduate of Hilliard High School.  GREGORY LEE, As a native of Columbus, and a Westerville North grad, Greg is passionate about contributing to the equitable growth and sustainability of his hometown. Over the last 18 years, he has been a high school wrestling coach, community volunteer, and mentor with a strong sense of civic responsibility. He believes deeply in the importance of knowledge-sharing as a means to elevate people’s understanding and awareness of the critical issues and opportunities in Columbus. In addition to the Air Force Reserve, he works at Accenture, creating value for clients through the Agile implementation of software solutions.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081.  Facebook


Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Sharing Our Stories – Ethiopia.  Dr. Seleshi Asfaw is Executive Director of Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services. Dr. Asfaw built ETSS in 2000 from scratch to help New Americans become successful citizens and contributing members of our society. He has a good appreciation of the challenges and opportunities facing new immigrants and is passionate about providing services to assist with the transition to life in the United States.  Dr. Asfaw has a Doctorate of Medicine from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He practiced medicine and eventually served as the Executive Director of Gondar Regional Health Department through the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia before seeking asylum in Belgium in 1996, as Ethiopia was in a crisis of civil war and human right violations.  Eventually he immigrated to Columbus, Ohio in 1997 where he worked with Jewish Family Services and the Economic Community Development Institute for five years directing the International Development Association and the Microenterprise programs funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. He has helped to found a number of community-based organizations tackling public health, educational and economic development issues in Central Ohio. Currently he serves as President of the Ann Sherry Foundation, Board of Directors of the African Federation, Inc (AFI), a national African advocacy organization, and was appointed by the Mayor of Columbus to serve as a board member for Primary One Health. He is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Council for the Columbus Police Department and the Future Ready Columbus Community Engagement Council.  Sponsored by Worthington Interfaith Neighbors. All are welcome. There is no charge for this program.Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington, 43085.  Facebook


Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 7:00 PM.  SPAN Ohio Columbus Area Region Meeting.  Our agenda will cover plans to promote Medicare for all, including:   Resolutions of support for Columbus City Council and Franklin County Commissioners, National Nurses United strategy to influence Congressional House members during their August recess, Introduction of the Ohio Health Security Act, HR 292 into the Ohio House, assigned to the Health Committee, Scheduled meetings in Fairfield and Pickaway Counties, and Search for opportunities for information sharing.   Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd Columbus 43214 in the Church library.   For more information, contact Bob Krasen, SPAN Ohio Columbus Area Regional Coordinator brkrasen@gmail.com


Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Our Call To Action -Columbus Chapter will present Rev. Paula Hoeffer, a Roman Catholic woman priest who will be presiding at our St. Mary Magdalene Celebration. Location:  Maple Grove UM Church, Corner of Henderson & High.  Free will offering.  For more information, please contact Sharon at izzi2sharon@hotmail.com


Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Fair Courts:  How Courts Work and Their Importance in Our Daily Lives. At this presentation we will discuss the Ohio justice system and cover the following topics: the overall structure of the court systems in Ohio; the difference between state and federal courts; the impact of courts on us individually and as a community; the pros and cons of our judge selection process; the need for fair and impartial courts; the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio’s justice system; and ways that you can make an impact and improve our courts and its outcomes." Location:  Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington.  Hosted by the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance.  Register here


Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee Meeting.   Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com.  Website and calendar.


Friday, July 26, 2019, 11:00 AM.  Protest unfair parole practices.  We will meet on the corner of State and S. High to bring awareness on the unfair parole practices. Come and join us.  Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook.  


Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Shambhala Columbus Presents: PARIS TO PITTSBURGH.  “Paris to Pittsburgh reveals the inspiring steps communities across the country are taking to confront the severe health and economic threats posed by climate change,” said Geoff Daniels, of National Geographic. “From innovative ways to improve our food supply chain through Fleet Farming, parking lots shaded by solar paneled roofs to passionate college students making an impact in sustainable energy jobs, this documentary provides a hopeful roadmap for the future.” Location:  Juniper School, 636 Chase Rd, Columbus 43214.  For more information, contact Betsy Loeb betsy.loeb@gmail.com.


Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Simply Living Presents: Sustainable Living & Garden Tour - 7 Locations.  Going green is good, but how? Simply Living will show you lots of nature-friendly ways to "green-up" your lifestyle and make your neighbors green with envy! This year we have curated a diverse selection of homeowners and gardens selected to help you learn from local pioneers in sustainable living. The self-paced tour offers unique opportunities to learn “what’s next” for your home. A butterfly garden? Beekeeping? Native herbs? Or perhaps solar panels? an electric car?  What gets you excited? Talk one-on-one with our homeowners at each tour site. Get answers to your questions. Leave with ideas and inspiration to take with you and create your own "green new deal" in your home.  Discover cutting edge, innovative practices like permaculture, how to remove and replace your lawn, create a meditation space or add esthetic features. A SWACO rep will be on hand to answer your recycling questions. Solar 101 info will be available from a local expert.  It’s social too. Food, music, and literature on sustainability will enhance your experience in several locations.  Tickets are $15 for adults and may be purchased on Eventbrite. Children under 12 are admitted free. The tour will take place rain or shine!  For more information, contact Chuck@simplyliving.org or call 614-354-6172.


Saturday, July 27, 2019, 7:00 PM.  The 13th Annual Mary Magdalene Celebration.  This year Dances of Universal Peace are joining us, with opportunities for those attending to sing and dance to beautiful music. Rev. Joanna Samuelson is our worship leader. The service honoring Mary Magdalene includes: a reading, sermonette, Holy Communion/Anointing, and a visual meditation, with music, dance, and song, interspersed.  A tribute to ‘These Are The Women We Come From’, featuring photos of our female relatives and ancestors, is a highlight of the service. Light refreshments will be served following the service.   A free will offering, to cover expenses, is requested.  Please RSVP to register, with Susan Kinzer, 614-451-1835 or skinzer@midohio.twcbc.com.  Childcare will be provided, (if you make this request when registering). Location:  Fellowship Hall at Just North’ United Church of Christ, 2040 West Henderson Road, Columbus, OH 43220. Park in the lot behind the church.


Sunday, July 28, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Voter Registration:  Canvass for Unregistered Voters.  Voter Registration Canvass in Linden. Joe Knapp has identified houses without registered voters. We're knocking on the doors to see if anyone needs to register!  Meet at 3:00 PM at the Linden Branch of CML, 2223 Cleveland Avenue, and we'll go out in pairs.  Hosted by Indivisible Ohio District 12.  Facebook.  


Monday, July 29, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Picket City Council for the Schools #ColumbusStudentsDeserve.  Hosted by Columbus Education Association.  It's time to send a message to City Council: Fund Schools, Not Corporate Tax Breaks! With negotiations and our campaign for the Schools #ColumbusStudentsDeserve at a critical point, join CEA members, parents, and communities allies as we demand the end of tax abatements for wealthy corporations which drain millions of dollars from our schools. We need to demonstrate that we are willing to do whatever it takes for our students and communities.  We will meet in the grassy area beside the Firefighters' Union Hall at 379 W Broad St in Columbus before marching across the bridge to city hall for our picket. Wear your red shirt and contract campaign button.  Facebook


Monday, July 29, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Not Far From Me:  Stories of Opioids and Ohio.  Join editors and scholars Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz, and contributor Sharon Parsons, featuring Not Far from Me, Stories of Opioids and Ohio, the first book on this public health emergency composed entirely of first-person accounts. More and more Americans find themselves in some way touched by the opioid epidemic. But while many have observed the effects of the crisis, Not Far From Me is the first book on this public health emergency composed entirely of first-person accounts. The collection unfolds across more than fifty gripping accounts by Ohioans at the center of the national epidemic. Shared through personal stories, poetry, interviews, and photos, these perspectives transcend typical one-dimensional portrayals of the crisis to offer a mosaic of how politics, religion, sports, economics, culture, race, and sexual orientation intersect in and around the epidemic.  Location:  Gramercy Books Bexley, 2424 E. Main St., 43209.  More information on Facebook.  


Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  Open Mic Night.  Open Mic Night returns after a month-long hiatus!  Anyone is welcome to read poetry or short prose. Both fiction or non-fiction are welcome. The event is free for all. Reading is open to anyone who wishes to read, and is run on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event. Capacity is limited, so make sure you arrive early if you want to read!  Any questions? Email info@prologuebookshop.com. Location:  Prologue Bookshop, 841 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.