So far, the weather hasn’t been too bad this fall. So there is no reason not to continue taking advantage of it and getting outside. It isn’t too late to enjoy leaf peeping, apple picking, or pumpkin patches. (For some good ideas on where to go, check out my post from last week and this one from the week before.) This weekend, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is still in full swing, with plenty of tasty pumpkin sweets and treats. Plus don’t miss this weekend’s Apple Butter Festival at Roscoe Village either.
Saturday is once again packed with fall events all over town. Clintonville Beechwold CRC is having a fun fundraiser from 10AM-1PM with lots of family fun activities, plus each family that donates 3+ cans of food gets to take a pumpkin home for free. Grandview Theatre kicks off its annual 24-hour scary movie marathon at noon (Shock Around the Clock). Can’t handle 24 hours of movies? Try Studio 35, where they are showing Shelter, a movie filmed right here in Ohio. Have seeds? Stop over to OSU Urban Arts Space for the Seed Swap.
Sunday should be a perfect day to enjoy the Slate Run Fall Fest in Canal Winchester.
Looking for something a little more frightening for your weekend? I’m personally petrified of haunted houses and the like, but what is October without a little scare? Since I’m not a haunted house connoisseur I leave these listings to the “experts”: Top 31 Haunted Houses by HauntedHouseRatings.com, ColumbusOnTheCheap.com list, OHHauntedHouses.com list, and TheColumbusTeam.com list. Boo at the Zoo sounds like a great event too at The Columbus Zoo.
Our Metro Parks have plenty of outdoor activities. Blacklick Woods is having a 10K nature bike ride Saturday. Check out the Backcountry Dog Hike Saturday at Clear Creek. Chestnut Ridge is playing host to this week’s Commit to be Fit Hike on Sunday or try to Big Tree Hike at Prairie Oaks.
Keep the week going with these events:
- Tuesday – CYP Nonprofit Speed Networking at Franklin University ($5)
- Tuesday – Ohio Environmental Council presents Meet the Candidates forum at OSU (Free)
- Wednesday – Talk recycling with Green Columbus at Green Drinks at Woodlands (Free plus drink specials)
- Thursday – Growlers, Grub & Ghosts at Zauber (Free to attend)
- Thursday – Nite of Unity: Ohio Against Human Trafficking at OSU Urban Arts Space fundraiser ($12 suggested donation)
I hope you enjoy these events as much as I will this week!
Our weekend in Columbus is going to be gorgeous! No better time than now to get outside before all the leaves have dropped and the temps stay low. There are plenty of festivals and activities taking place all over town where you can take full advantage of the fabulous fall days.
Saturday is chalk full of fall fun. Check out one of these autumn celebrations:
- North Market Harvest Festival
- YMCA Fall Harvest Days at Hoover YMCA Park
- Harvest Fair & Outdoor Movie at Columbus Commons
- Herb Harvest Day Festival at Creekside Plaza in Gahanna
- Fall Harvest Festival at Mulch 1st Farms in Sunbury
- Buttermilk Hill Harvest Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds
- Freeman’s Farm Fall festival in Galena
- Free Community Fall festival at First Baptist Church in Gahanna
- Fall Harvest Jamboree at Smith’s Famous Farm
If you are looking for something a bit different Saturday, try Om-H-I-O yoga on The Oval, Market to Market ride where you can start at either North Market or Hills Market and bike to the other, WOBtoberfest at World of Beer, or get shopping at the Short North Reduction Sale at Skully’s.
The fun doesn’t stop Sunday. Whole Foods Dublin will have a Pumpkin Fest. The Metro Parks have plenty of outdoor events happening as well like: Commit to Be Fit Hike at Sharon Woods, Autumn Splendor at Three Creeks, Off-Trail Hike to the Apple Barn at Chestnut Ridge, and Fall Color Walk at Inniswood.
Have a great week, and remember that the Circleville Pumpkin Show starts on Wednesday, October 17. It’s always a great event!
This weekend is packed full of plenty of events and activities. Some that you might want to check out:
Friday COSI plays host to TEDxColumbus; if you weren’t able to get tickets to this sold out event, you can still catch it streaming live at Studio 35. The always fun Italian Festival kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend.
This Saturday football is king, with Ohio State taking on Nebraska for a night game under the lights. There will be plenty of fans tailgating the day and night away. But if sports aren’t your style, there is still plenty of fun to be had all around town. It’s the first Saturday of the month, so head over to the Short North for Gallery Hop. Bring your empty bags and load up at ZeroLandfill Columbus at Eartha Limited. The Harvest Festival is at Ohio Village. Meet up with photographers at Blendon Woods Metro Park for the Photo Prowl. BeardCon takes over the Convention Center. Glacier Ridge Metro Park is taking folks on a Green Energy Tour. Or snuggle up at Columbus Commons for Movies in the Park, where you can catch The Hunger Games on the screens.
The fun doesn’t end on Sunday. Take part in the Audobon Hike at Blendon Woods Metro Park. Take your pooch out to Fido Fest at the Village Green in Worthington, or enjoy food on an open flame at Live Fire at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Time hasn’t run out on some of the ideas from last week. You can still head out to Devine Farms Pumpkin Farm for family fun and pumpkins, Franklin Park Conservatory for the must see Sacrifice and Bliss: Aurora Robson exhibit, or help out with the Furniture Bank‘s Tables for Thanksgiving drive.
Have a fabulous week!
Looking for something fun to do this week? I have a couple of ideas for you:
Saturday isn’t all about football in this town. (Especially since it’s an away game.) Columbus Design Week kicks off, Devine Farms Pumpkin Farm opens for the season, its National Public Lands Day (so you can get your volunteer on “helping hands for America’s lands”), and the Franklin Park Conservatory is having a “Retired” Plant Sale. While your are at the Conservatory, check out the Sacrifice and Bliss: Aurora Robson exhibit. Its a must see exhibit.
The rest of the week, check out more of the EcoSummit and Design Week if you can. The Furniture Bank is starting it’s Tables for Thanksgiving drive Monday. Wednesday join MORPC for the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment. And who can pass up Local Brews & Burgers at Columbus Commons on Thursday?
Have a fabulous week!
Wow, life has changed so much for me since I started this blog. For starters, I moved since my last post. Moved in with roommates no less. So far, it’s been a great decision, even if some moments I doubt myself. Anyone who has ever lived with another human being has had those thoughts, so I know I am not alone.
Some other 2012 changes include becoming more involved with Green Columbus and their Earth Day Columbus events, promotion at work, and I celebrated my first anniversary of my MBA. All in all, it’s been a good year so far. Not everything changed though. I’m still devoted to living sustainably (to the best of my ability), my new apartment is also a residential GreenSpot, and I’m still tackling it as a single girl in the city. Not too shabby.
I’ve decided to reboot this blog. I love sharing my experiences with you. I wanted to just give you a quick update on where my life has taken me so we can start fresh. You’ll see me posting regularly again and I hope you’ll be commenting some more as well. I love hearing from you.
Perhaps there were things I should have been spending my time on over the holidays, but instead I spent time catching up on the many books I’d been meaning to read. (Don’t be amazed when you notice the publication dates on them, most were not recently released.)
I’m sure that I am not alone when I express the feeling that there never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything and time for myself is the item that always gets the short straw when time runs out. So, when I had a few days off over the holiday I turned my list on its head and focused only on the time for myself. The books I chose to spend my time with were: Half the Sky, Green Metropolis, Big Green Purse, and The Lady of the Rivers. (You didn’t think I only read nonfiction, did you?)
Half the Sky: Stories about women and girls around the globe are told with such respect and clarity by Pulitzer-Prize award-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in this non-fiction book encouraging everyone to join their fight against the oppression of females. I found the stories so moving that chapter after chapter brought me to tears and then reassured me with the fortitude and resilience of the women highlighted. I would highly recommend reading the book if you haven’t already, watching the PBS special when it airs later this year, and taking action to fight worldwide oppression of women and girls.
Green Metropolis: Written by another journalist, David Owen, Green Metropolis left me with a feeling that the things that I do to limit my impact on this planet are all for nothing unless I rid myself of my car and move into a thriving downtown. And yet, I recommend that everyone read this book. Many people have jumped on board the green bandwagon without much thought. While I encourage the action of jumping on board now I also encourage asking questions and learning more. This book will make you think and it will make you question your actions and I think it will inspire you as well. Let me know what you think.
Big Green Purse: Wow, so many fabulous ideas and tips from Diane MacEachern on how to use your pocketbook to encourage businesses to make environmental changes. And women, it is mainly us they market to, so don’t think they won’t take notice if you start putting your money where you values are. This is a book I read on my eReader for free from the library, but with so many amazing bits of information in it, I plan to purchase it so I can keep it forever and make notes in all the margins. This is a terrific resource to have on hand while shopping. Let me know if you’ve read it and what your favorite tip is.
The Lady of the Rivers: Now for some fun. I couldn’t resist reading the latest from bestselling author Philippa Gregory. Her historic novels always find their way into my hands. This happens to be the third in the Cousin’s War Series and I think it is the best. Well researched and well written, bringing life and magic to a long-forgotten woman who was right in the mix of the struggle for power during the War of the Roses. Check out this page turner.
I would love recommendations on future books to read as well as your thoughts on the books listed above, so take a minute and share if you could.
Come out and help celebrate the launch of Net Impact of Central Ohio, a local professional chapter of Net Impact! It’s a fabulous way to make a difference in the world through harnessing the power of business.
The Net Impact of Central Ohio professional chapter is launching at tomorrow’s (Oct. 20, 2011) Green Drinks event: Business for a Greener World. This event will take place at Barley’s Ale House (467 N. High St.) in the basement from 6-8pm and feature a panel of local green businesses, including Weisenbach Recycled Products, Generation Green and EcoFlora. Check out more info about the event here to link to the FB event page.
If you aren’t familiar with Net Impact, it’s a global non-profit organization whose mission it is to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Net Impact Professional Chapters host networking events and happy hours, offer educational opportunities that focus on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and on and on. Once you become a member you have access to the online jobs boards and many free webinars to assist you in bringing sustainability into your business.
Green Drinks is a monthly green networking event, brought to you by Green Columbus, held in different locations each month to create a forum for sustainability focused individuals (or the curious) to network, create awareness, and encourage action. This month Green Columbus and Net Impact of Central Ohio are working together to host Green Drinks. This is the debut of the new Net Impact chapter and part of the event will explain more about what they are and explain how to find out more about them.
This should be a very fun, lively event and I hope that I get an opportunity to meet all of you there!