Be the Change Community Update Friday, June 24, 2022
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Simply Living news and events

> Watch Patrimonio this weekend and join a live Q&A with the directors on Sun June 26 at 2pm. It's the latest film in the Empowering Community series cosponsored by Simply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network. Be inspired! Be empowered! David can take on Goliath and win.
> Revolution Generation Film is a whole new take on the Millennial generation! Don't miss this film. Register Now.
> Our awesome Simply Living Interns Recommend Songs and Good Reads!
> New Cultural Creatives: Hope for the World Wed, June 29 @ 7 pm
> Dianne Kadonaga will be offering a Community Backyards workshops - Get $50 for your yard at the Barnett library July 12.
> SAVE THE DATES! Aug 13 & 14 Simply Living Sustainable Living and Garden Tour!
> CoGo Bike Share Free 1 Year Deal - Let's Ride!

Sustainability news and events:

> Radical Gathering - Is this for you? Online with diverse groups
> Java Central features Rick Barr and Friends + July Music Calendar
> Solar PV Training - Blue Rock Station, leads to certification
> Learn how to make a Photo Book
> Pollinator Palooza at the Conservatory
> Want Single Payer? Walk with SPAN Ohio around Goodale Park
> Poetry Lovers can watch a movie about Sylvia Plath at the Main Library
> Ravine Cleanup at Bill Run
> Questions about Solar? Check in Solar Noon Tuesdays with Jay Warmke
> Wow! Debra Knapke workshop on Food Gardens at Columbus Garden School
> Community Networks with Fed Funding address Digital Equity
> ARC of Appalachia newsletter
> Ben & Jerry cows on a low methane diet - seaweed?
> Eco Friendly weddings are possible!
> Farmers Market updates - visit the Bronzeville Growers Market
> > Earth 911, Daily Ray of Hope, Quotes, Community Calendars, and lots more on the Simply Living Calendar here

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Simply Living Events
Be inspired! Be empowered!
David can take on Goliath and win!

"Patrimonio" tells the story of a multi-billion dollar American development poised to engulf a small coastal community in Mexico with a mega hotel/condo complex. But local people are banding together to save their way of life and the delicate ecosystem on which they all depend. 

Register now to watch "Patrimonio" this week, then join a live Q&A with the directors on Sunday, June 26 at 2pm. 

It's the latest film in the Empowering Community series cosponsored by Simply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network. 

To register or learn more visit:
Simply Living to Screen Revolution Generation
"A Manifesto for Today's Youth"

"The Revolution Generation" documentary (summary below) was created by the activist/filmmaker team Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell-Tickell, and is the follow-up to their previous documentary "Kiss the Ground".

When you register you will receive a virtual link to watch the documentary anytime through August 31st. We plan to hold a discussion later this summer with young millennial activists. We may also screen the film at a locally owned theater. Stay tuned!

The film gives a roadmap for how today’s youth can revolutionize the political, social and economic systems that have exploited and failed them. This upbeat documentary explores “an alternate history” of the sweeping changes that lead to the world that young people are inheriting and paints a powerful, hopeful, and actionable picture of how today’s youth can solve the global climate crisis.
Simply Living and the Cultural Creatives
Weds June 29 at 7 pm - Virtual
Who are the cultural creatives? How many are there? Are they changing the world? Watch this 5 minute video on YouTube with author and researcher Paul Ray.
Dive deeper and watch a full one hour documentary on the Cultural Creatives here. The film was created a decade ago and received over one million views. It was lost and recently rediscovered in an archive. We will discuss this movement and explore the ways in which Simply Living embodies this trend.
Community Backyards Workshop
Sat July 12th 9:30am - 11am
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Barnett Branch, 3434 Livingston Ave, Cbus, 43227

Join us for the Community Backyards workshop at the Linden Library to learn more about backyard conservation practices! Eligible Franklin County residents who attend will qualify for one $25 or $50 rebate on backyard conservation items.

Presented by Simply Living.
Space is limited. Please register in advance.
Additional details can be found on the website:
Simply Living's 2022
Sustainable Living and Garden Tour
Saturday, August 13 from 10am to 3pm
Sunday, August 14 Special Tour of Kevin Eigel's Farm 2-4 pm

Deb Knapke, the Garden Sage (pictured above) will open her gardens for the Tour. Mezzacello and Over the Fence Urban farm will be featured. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all your eco-friendly growing questions at Community Gardens in Bexley and the east side. Pictured: Stoddard Ave Community Garden. Sean McKay, manager of Franklin Park Conservatory's Growing to Green program will share his extensive knowledge of horticulture and more.

Brochures are coming soon but if you can't wait you can register now.
Simply Living News
Meet the Simply Living Interns and Columbus Foundation Fellow in person at Comfest!
Saturday, June 25, 2:20 - 3:15 pm
Location: Peace and Healing Tent
Abby Esch
Simply Living is working with the city of Columbus and Solar United Neighbors to promote new rooftop solar installations in central Oho. Abby is also working with Sophia Rosado on Environmental Justice. See below. Email
Sophia Rosado
Environmental Justice
Sophia and Abby Esch will present on Environmental Justice. They will explain and define environmental justice and give examples of how it applies to local issues in Columbus. Email
Fiona Sullivan
Slowing Down
Fast Fashion
Find out about the the harms of fast fashion companies and how to recognize them. Learn about more sustainable alternatives to shopping retail. Email
Max Thesing
The Sustainable Business Directory - A Community Resource
The Sustainable Business Directory is a website that will help you find locally owned and sustainable businesses. The directory includes grocery stores, retail gifts, books, coffee roasters, bike shops. auto repair, solar installers, green realtors, and more.
Shop local for a healthy community & economy. Email
Volunteer at Comfest and tell them you're with Simply Living
Simply Living gets credit for our tent fees if you tell them you are with Simply Living. Thanks. There are so many ways to help at this all volunteer event - the largest non corporate sponsored festival in the U.S.
Click here to pick a volunteer role that fits you best.
Simply Living accepts interns for Summer, Fall or Spring semesters, for course credit or not depending on the needs of the student. The internships are unpaid unless we get a grant to fund an intern for a specific purpose.

Simply Living interns can work on a variety of projects including organizing and publicizing events, updating our community calendar, posting to our social media, reaching out to our business members, and maintaining our Sustainable Business Directory. We are also happy to work with our interns on the activities and ideas they would like to pursue related to our mission of community education on sustainability, environmental justice, and local economy.

If you have questions about Simply Living's internship program, please reach out to Rita Haider at
Please note our internships are filled for Summer 2022, but we are still accepting applications for Fall 2022 and beyond.
The Interns' Corner:
Recommendations of the Week

Learn more each week about what our interns are talking about. Our interns will recommend a podcast, film, song, YouTube video, you get the idea, that reflects Simply Living's mission/values and also are topics that are important to them.
Excited about a resource an intern mentions? Feel free to email them!
Abby's Spotlight Podcast of the Week

My recommendation called Root to Seed. It focuses on community gardens, urban farms, and issues of food justice in Southeast Ohio. I like it because it is very educational, fun to listen to, and it is focused on a region very close by!
Max's Movie of the Week

I chose a movie this week. Into the Wild is about top student and athlete Christopher McCandless. After graduating Emory University, he abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Anna's Melody of the Week

In honor of Comfest this weekend, my recommendation is the song Fast Car by Tracy Chapman released in 1988. If you haven't heard this song before, I highly highly recommend! It touches on social and economic issues while also remaining hopeful. If you need a song to listen to on the way to Comfest, this is the one for you.

See you next week! -The Simply Living Interns
Simply Living Partners with Columbus Rec & Parks to Offer Free CoGo Bike Memberships!
Let's Ride!
Membership includes unlimited 45-minute classic bike rides for one year and big ebike discounts!

Email Savannah for your code & redemption instructions!
Community Ad
A room for rent on September 3 for $525 which includes utilities and washer/dryer. It’s a shared bath and kitchen duplex on a quiet street southeast of Hudson and High. Looking for another mature woman who’s into healthy living. This can be a short term lease.
Text Mary at 614-772-2834
Community Ad
Update from Jenny Sieck on her Clintonville House Share. Slight Rent Increase from $550 to $563.

Get all the details and pics on her blog post here.

Community Events
A Radical Gathering Workshop
Fri Jun 24 - Sun 26

A Radical Gathering will happen online the weekend of June 24-26, 2022. During that time we'll cover a series of teach-ins, workshops, trainings, presentations, and panels, covering a myriad of revolutionary and visionary topics.

We are proud to welcome partners and panelists from around the country to have an open conversation about how to enact change in a unified way. We're especially proud and thrilled to announce that Ajamu Baraka is our guest speaker.
Ajamu Baraka is a geopolitical analyst, organizer, writer, and internationally recognized human rights defender with over 50 years of movement work in the U.S. and internationally. You can read more about our distinguished guest speaker here.

This is a space for people who understand the severity of the economic, political, social, and ecological crises we are facing and want to think radically about solutions and building a better world for our planet and all life forms.
Java Central Cafe & Roaster in Uptown Westerville, 20 S State St. 43081
FRIDAYS: 7-10pm Acoustic Open Mic. Very eclectic and very good!
Solar PV Training – Books, Training, Certification-Online-at your own pace
Sat, Jun 25
Cost $199

This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to install a system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career.
This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more.

This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification. It has also been approved by for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.
DIY Photo Book Workshop with Timberlee
Sat Jun 25 10:00 - 11:30am
Columbus Garden School, 1350 E Cooke Rd, Columbus, OH 43224 map
Cost $30

Come join us in making your own personalized photo book! You will be guided through the process of creating a book complete with a front and back cover and an accordion display of some of your most cherished memories. In a time where most of our photos live in a digital abyss, take this time to bring a collection of prints together for a tangible keepsake—whether it’s to keep or gift to a loved one!

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS: Print out 10-20 of your favorite photos so that they fit into a 4 x 4-inch square. A laser printer is ideal - you can print out images at CVS, Staples, etc. if needed. Heavier paper is better than lightweight paper. Your instructor will provide all of the remaining supplies needed. Materials fee $10 + class fee $20 = $30 total
In light of COVID-19, all students/instructors attending indoor classes are required to wear a face mask. Class is held in a well-ventilated room and is limited to 10 attendees. Invite a friend and create something together! Please register ASAP; this small class is likely to fill quickly.

INSTRUCTOR: Timberlee Harris is an artist and board-certified art therapist in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration, she received her MA in Art Therapy and has since been working with populations such as geriatrics, bereavement, and oncology. Whether creating art within a therapeutic or educational setting, she believes that the creative process can be a powerful vehicle for insight, meaning-making, and personal growth.
Pollinator Palooza
Sat Jun 25 11:00 - 3:00pm
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43203

Celebrate birds, bees, butterflies and all of the other creatures that make our gardens grow during Pollinator Palooza, in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. Engage with various organizations that are raising awareness for pollinators, while enjoying learning opportunities, crafts, music, garden tours and more.

This event is free to attend; no tickets or reservations are required. Please note that this event is held in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, southeast of the Conservatory. Admission would be required if you wish to also explore the Conservatory before or after the event.

Event Info
11:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
SPAN Ohio Walk for Health Justice
Sat Jun 25 4:00pm
Northeast Corner of Goodale Park, 120 W Goodale St, Columbus, OH 43215 Map

We have chosen the Goodale Park Parimeter for the Walk for Health Care Justice this year. It will take place during ComFest, occurring in the Park, making our presence visible to hundreds of people as we walk. We hope to have announcements about our action from one or more of the ComFest Stages, asking for other people to join us.

We invite you, family and friends to participate in this 1 mile walk for Health Care Justice. It will take less than 1 hour.
We will meet before 4 PM on the North-East corner of Goodale Park, at the intersection of Park Street and Buttles Avenue, begin will a few words and walk clockwise around the Park. If you have a SPAN Ohio T-shirt and sign, please bring them. We will have some signs available. Bring a noisemaker.

This is a SPAN Ohio Fund Raising event. You may donate whatever you can, and ask others to sponsor you for the walk. Last year we raised about $1,700 during walking on North High Street.
I hope you will join us, on Saturday, June 25th at 4 PM, at the Northeast Corner of Goodale Park for the Walk for Health Care Justice, a cause that will help everyone of us! (RAIN DATE! SUNDAY, June 26th same time and place!) Enjoy ComFest before and after the Walk!
Sun Jun 26 1:30 - 4:30pm
Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 map
Cost $5

Movie Series sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association in partnership with Columbus
Metropolitan Library, focusing on poets and their craft. Study guides, pre- and post-viewing discussions and creative writing prompts. Dr. John DeSando (WCBE Film Critic) and Rikki Santer (OPA Vice President) will host the series at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Auditorium at 96 S. Grant Ave.; Columbus, OH 43215.

A $5,- Registration per event is required through Eventbrite beginning March 1. All sessions take place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Sunday, June 26
Sylvia (2003) directed by Christine Jeffs explores the relationship of Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), and Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow).

Sunday, July 31
Slam (1998) directed by Marc Levin, Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, 1998 Sundance Film
Festival, depicts the story of Ray Joshua (Saul Williams), a talented black poet from the
Washington, D.C.

Sunday, August 28
Poetry (2010) directed by Lee Chang-dong follows a sixty-something woman (Yoon Jeong-hee) who finds the strength to go on — after being diagnosed with Alzheimers and a crime involving her grandson — through poetry.
Bill Moose Ravine Clean UP
Sun Jun 26 2:00 - 5:00pm
Bill Moose Ravine, Columbus, OH 43214 map

The month of June, start of summer, and a time that more are out enjoying the natural beauty all around us. We so appreciate your help in keeping our ravines and streams healthy for that continued enjoyment.

Mark your calendars to plan to join us:
Sat. June 26 2-5 p.m. Bill Moose Ravine Clean UP hosted by FLOW; supplies will be provided. Park at the Closed Bob Evans in Graceland to work on this ravine area. Litter is the focus.
Join Blue Rock Station each week for Solar Noon Tuesdays
Tue Jun 21 12:00 - 12:30pm

Free weekly Zoom Meeting with Instructors answering your questions about Solar
Join us each week (Tuesdays at 12 noon ET) for discussions with instructors and PV installers, focused on the latest solar news or whatever technical questions come up. Contact us and request the meeting login details.
The Food Garden Workshop
Tue Jun 28th 6:30 - 8:30pm
Columbus Garden School, 1350 E Cooke Rd, Cbus 43224 map
Instructor: Debra Knapke
Cost $30 Register Here

The Theory and Practice of Garden-Making This five-part series examines the why and how of five garden themes. We will explore these gardens through the lens of ethics, design principles, garden history, and the practical aspects – plant selection, hardscape creation, and more – of creating each garden style.

Design 4 – The Food Garden Food that you grow tastes better; you know what’s in it and how it was grown. But how do you choose which fruits and vegetables to grow? And do you plant in the ground, raised beds, containers? In this class we will explore many of the varieties that are available and how you can grow food that satisfies your belly and your soul.

BONUS: Each class is $30, but if you sign up for 2+ classes at the SAME TIME, each class is then $25! Call us at (614) 404-7236 to register for multiple classes. All classes are on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM.

Design 1: The Herb Garden 5/17/22
Design 2: The Pollinator Garden 5/31/22
Design 3: The Cutting Garden 6/21/22
Design 4: The Food Garden 6/28/22
Design 5: The Forest Garden 7/5/22

In light of COVID-19, all students/instructors attending indoor classes are required to wear a face mask. Class is held in a well-ventilated room and is strictly limited to 10 attendees. Debra's classes fill quickly; please register ASAP to avoid disappointment!

INSTRUCTOR: Known as “The Garden Sage”, Debra Knapke is passionate about gardening, sustainable garden design and the natural world, and enjoys sharing knowledge through her writing, public speaking, and garden consulting in the private and public sectors. She has served on various local and national committees and boards that focus on education, the environment, and sustainability. In addition, she has mentored the future of the landscape industry at Columbus State Community College for 24 years. She loves being a gardener and has packed an amazing variety of perennials, trees, shrubs, and edibles onto the 2/3-acre lot surrounding her home.
Building For Digital Equity Chapter 2
Wed Jun 29th 1:00 - 2:30pm

Our Building for Digital Equity event series continues in just two weeks, with Chapter 2: Claiming Broadband For Your Community. Mark your calendars for June 29th, 1-2:15 pm ET to hear about planning, funding paths, organizing strategies, and success stories from around the country.

In New York, a $10 million state grant program will fuel municipal network builds in four communities, marking what could be a sea change for community-led projects there.

Our Big List of American Rescue Plan Community Broadband Projects has hit 250, and includes an impressive array of approaches to infrastructure, access, and affordability solutions. We're also tracking which ISPs have gotten funds from the FCC's RDOF auction in December 2020 with a new tool that's free and open to the public.

P.S. A new piece by ILSR Waste to Wealth initiative director Neil Seldman lays out suggestions for transforming Baltimore’s current recycling system, developing an equitable local compost sector, expanding re-use businesses, and advancing general infrastructure development.

In the second of our series of live, interactive webinars, we're assembling policy experts and local leaders to continue the conversation about how communities can use the windfall of federal funding to implement solutions to Internet access, infrastructure, and affordability. This time, we will be focusing on organizing around broadband, community impact of the federal funding, and new initiatives in progress thanks to the grants communities are taking advantage of. Join us on Wednesday June 29th from 1:00pm-2:15pm ET as we discuss what's happening on the ground in these communities and what some of them are planning to do with the new federal broadband dollars.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." ~ Martin Luther King

Sustainability News and Resources
Ben & Jerry’s Is Putting Their Cows on a Low Methane Emissions Diet

Do cows eat seaweed? On a Ben & Jerry’s dairy farm, yes. In May, the popular ice cream maker announced that they’ll be putting their cattle on a special diet to reduce emissions of methane.
It’s no secret that animal agriculture and dairy farming are major contributors to global climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. As a whole, the livestock sector is responsible for 14.5% of all GHG emissions; and, 40% of all methane emissions – a greenhouse gas 80x more potent that carbon dioxide – are specifically attributed to cows and other livestock. Read More
How to Throw an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Surrounded by friends and family, your wedding day can be among the best of your lives, but it can also be one of the most wasteful. After the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 postponed many wedding festivities, 2022 will be a record year for marriage, with about 2.5 million weddings expected. Here’s how to plan a celebration that comes without a high environmental price tag. Read More
"The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much.
Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self,
think of others. Do as you would be done by."
~ Norman Vincent Peal
Farmers Market Updates
The arrival of 90+ degree weather (and yesterday's solstice) means summer is officially here! You'll soon see quarts of tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, and beans piled high on farmers' tables. It's the perfect time of year to support Ohio producers who harvest and bake in extreme heat to bring fresh local food to our communities.
Here's what you'll find fresh at the markets this week:

arugula, basil, beets, blueberries, bok choy, chives, collard greens, cucumbers, garlic scapes, kale, kohlrabi, lettuces, microgreens, mushrooms, oregano, salad mix, radishes, raspberries, spinach, squash, strawberries, Swiss chard, turnips 

Thinning out: garlic scapes, snap peas, strawberries
Ramping up: beans, cucumbers, raspberries, squash, tomatoes
Get Squashed!
Summer squash is related to pumpkins, cucumbers and melons. They grow on a bush-type plant, unlike winter squash, which grow on a vine. Originating from Central America and Mexico, scientists have found summer squash seeds preserved in Mexican caves over 10,000 years old. The entire fruit is edible - skin, flesh and seeds. Try it grilled, boiled, sautéed, steamed, or used in a stir-fry, just make sure to eat it with the rind still on because this is where most of the nutrients are!
2022 Farmers Market
Wednesdays: 4-7 pm at 2850 Tremont Rd
Thursdays: 4-7 pm at E Main St and S Dawson Ave 
Saturdays: 9 am-12pm at 3535 N High St

Clintonville: Entertainment by Alt5 Woodwinds. Food truck: Broke Johnny's. Community table: Move 2 Prosper. Producer list & market map

In Other News...

~As always, eat well, be well...& HAPPY PRIDE!~

See the full Newsletter here.
The Worthington Farmers Market...

Shop small and local with more than 75 Ohio producers!
And, the Trading & Coffee food truck returns for breakfast!

Access our producer directory to place an order with individual producers here:
Find our weekly list of participating producers and more details about the Market on our website:

The Worthington Farmers Market is hosted by The Worthington Partnership. You can learn more at
Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us--through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations. Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique. ~ Oliver Sacks
Newsletter from the Arc of Appalachia
Gorgeous Photos and Nature Events for those who venture south to Bainbridge OH - Read it all here
The mystical swirl of a vibrant jack-in-the-pulpit, taken by Tim Pohlar
The Barrett's Farm Lodge and Sue Kellog Education Center is now available for overnight rental!
Multiple Red Bat Sightings Delighted Visitors (and staff!!)
For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
~ Lily Tomlin
12 Earth Focused Books for Summer Reading
From how-to guidance to inspirational writing and nature photography to engaging fiction, these Earth-focused books offer informative and entertaining selections for your summer reading list. more...
Broken Phone? Don't Throw It Out. Fix It Yourself
Whether you repair your phone yourself or take it to a qualified pro, the decision to keep it working instead of throwing it away is good for you and the planet. more...
Earth Action: Conduct a Plastics Inventory
Learning how much plastic you use and discard is an easy first step to help you start eliminating disposable plastic from your life. has tools to help!
Peanuts for the Planet
While you might think of them as a snack best suited to air travel or a ball game, the humble peanut is surprisingly nutritious. But that's not all, it's a sustainable, zero-waste crop with a low carbon footprint. Maybe it's time to give peanuts another look. more...
Help Your School Buy Electric Buses
The first round of federal funds is available to help schools transition from diesel to electric school buses. Make sure your local district takes advantage of this opportunity!
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Community Calendars
Upcoming Concerts and Events
Sean Carney's Blues For a Cure
at Sally Buffalo Park
in Cadiz, OH
6pm Fri-Sat June 24 - 25

Flogging Molly and The Interrupters
at KEMBA Live!
5pm Sat, June 25

Nicole Atkins
at The Basement
6:30pm Sun, June26

50 Years of ComFest, Haus und Garten Tour, Highlight the Weekend

ComFest is back and 50 looks good. Photo by Wendy Wei..

Here’s your weekend run down of fun things to do. Another Mega Weekend for the summer is upon us. Hope you have been staying cool. It’s a big weekend for music! Enjoy your weekend!

Fun Things To Do
Enjoy Rhythm on the River at Bicentennial Park.
The Galaxy Coffee opens their truck with a popup at Virtue Salon.
The Tuttle Skate Park has a grand opening on Saturday, with demonstrations and giveaways.
ComFest is celebrating 50 years. (Congrats to Cole Carnevale on the logo!) Need to park? Support Hubbard Elementary and be really close to the festival.
There’s a ComFest after party happening at The Rambling House.
Check out Pollinator Palooza on Saturday.
Make a tie-dye shirt with Wolf’s Ridge.
Delaware County has a Beer & Wine Festival.
Head to Laundro-Fest at Dirty Dungarees.

Enjoy Exploring Art
CAPA’s Summer Movies continue this weekend with Airplane!, Cartoons, and my Fair Lady.
Surviving the Moonlight continues at Short North Stage.
Watch The Lion King outdoors at Columbus Commons.
At Shadowbox Live, Flower Power continues.
Actors’ Theatre starts a new show, A Tale of Two Cities.
Diálogos opens at franklin Park Conservatory.
Picnic with the Pops welcomes the Boogie Wonder Band.
ProMusica Sessions has a concert at Natalie’s in Grandview.

What else can you do this weekend?
CelebrateOne has a Fatherhood Summit at Mitchell Hall.
Do yoga, feel good, eat donuts at the CRC.
Shop the Westgate neighborhood yard sale.
And you can eat at the Hilltop Bean Dinner.
Shop the Grandview Hop.
Are you attending the Rooted in Ohio friends of James Beard Dinner?
There’s a cocktail pairing event at Seventh Son.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
Connie Hammond's Newsletter
Peace and Social Justice Events

We select a few of the many events listed in this newsletter. To subscribe to the Central Ohio Peace Network and see the full list of upcoming events, contact

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 9:30 AM. Moms Demand Action New Member Meeting. Welcome to Moms Demand Action! If you are new to our movement, this meeting is for you! Our leadership team will provide an overview of the organization, why we do this work, and how you can get involved. Come meet our amazing team of volunteers! Together, we can make a difference and end gun violence. NOTE: This meeting will take place in person on the northwest side of Columbus. Please RSVP to get the specific location address. We strongly recommend wearing face masks indoors for everyone's safety. Register here for the event location

Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM. The Power of Political Social Work. Join hundreds of others interested in hearing from American Promise leaders and top professionals in the social work field helping to make our systems work better for all Americans and advance justice and equality during this online American Promise Connect conversation.  Register here

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8:00 PM. National Strategy Call - Nurses' Campaign to Win Medicare for All. National Nurses United - Patients over Profits! Join the Nurses' Campaign to Win Medicare for All to hear the latest in our plans for the summer and beyond. We'll give updates on our work so far this year and talk about the exciting new ways that you can get involved - no matter where you live - in the next phase of our campaign for health care justice. Register here

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 5:30 PM (doors open), 6:00 PM (program). THE POWER TO HEAL: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution.  Please join us for a viewing of the documentary, group discussion and collective call to action. “THE POWER TO HEAL” is a documentary about how Medicare was formed as a way to desegregate American hospitals and enforce civil rights. This powerful piece remains timeless and a necessary conversation for all interested in equity, social justice and healthcare. Film runs 56 minutes and discussion follows. Hosted by the Multi-ethnic Advocates for Culture Competency Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Ohio Chapter.  Pizza will be provided. Location: Columbus Metropolitan Main Library Downtown, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus OH 43215.  Register here

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12:30 PM. Hope Behind the Headlines. When crisis strikes—whether conflict, natural disaster or climate change—the International Rescue Committee is there to provide immediate relief and assistance. In the past year, the IRC stepped up during unprecedented emergencies in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Yemen and beyond. Please join our Global Virtual Event and celebrate the vital work of the International Rescue Committee teams, and the courage and resilience of refugees and displaced people around the world. This live online broadcast will feature stories of courageous refugees and displaced people, the impactful work of IRC staff members all around the world, and stunning musical performances. More information and registration for the livestream here

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:00 PM. Nuclear Power in the World: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality. Nuclear Energy Information Services’ Night with the Experts with Mycle Schneider. The gap between the perception of the nuclear industry and reality has never been greater than today. While the public as well as decision-makers get the impression that it is a blooming industrial sector it has been on the decline for decades. New-build projects are essentially limited to China Building at home and Russia abroad. As a consequence, the worlds, nuclear fleet keeps again. Many reactors show rapidly declining performance. Mycle Schneider, an independent, international energy and nuclear policy consultant, will share his insights and expertise.  Link for the zoom meeting

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 7:00 PM. Reproductive Rights and the Fight Against the Ring Wing. An International Feminist Perspective. At our Summer Solidarity Fest, join us to learn from feminist activists from Poland and Chile about their fights against right wing attacks on reproductive rights across the world. As we await the Supreme Court decision about Roe vs. Wade, which will likely drop on June 27, we want to connect the struggle for reproductive health care in the US to a global feminist struggle. We'll hear from activists who have been fighting back with massive mobilizations against right wing attacks on reproductive health care. They'll share stories and lessons from their organizing and open discussion about how we can bring solidarity across borders to the fight for access to abortion. Sponsored by Justice is Global.  Register here

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. American Complicity in the Israeli Occupation... and what we can do about it. A conversation with Dr. Jim Zogby, founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and President of J Street. Each year, the United States provides $3.8 billion dollars in military assistance to Israel. Despite a variety of Congressional mechanisms in place to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are not used to abuse human rights abroad, there is little transparency or supervision over the ways in which U.S. assistance to Israel is used. Without a clear understanding of how U.S. military assistance to Israel is used, Congress, and by extension the American people, remain complicit in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. What can be done to address this reality? How can we effectively advocate with Congress to ensure U.S. taxpayer funds are not and cannot be used to deepen the occupation and abuse Palestinian human rights? Join us for a conversation between Jim Zogby, Founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and President of J Street where they will discuss how the US must act to help peacefully end the occupation -- instead of exacerbating it. This webinar is hosted in partnership with The Arab American Institute, J Street, Churches for Middle East Peace and Combatants for Peace.  Register here
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