December Newsletter

Updates on the search for the Co-op site, cooking classes, events around town, & more!

Co-op Site: Your Co-op board is waiting to hear back from the Redevelopment Commission for their plans on the REMC site on 2ndStreet.  Members of the board, along with our architect, toured the building a couple weeks ago to see if it was a viable site for the Co-op. 
Another downtown location that the board has always considered is the old Wonder Bread building on Washington Street, which has been used by Hostess in recent years.  Last Friday, members of the board met with a family representative for the building to discuss future plans and re-introduce the co-op as a possible consideration. We will keep you posted as information becomes available on any of the downtown locations we have been pursuing.

Farm Indiana Story
Did you see the recent story on the Co-op in the new Farm Indiana?  Check it out here.
Eating Better Together Class
Next Class – January 16 & 19
Earlier this month, we had offered an Eating Better Together class at Mill Race Center, where Harriet Armstrong of Purdue Extension demonstrated and prepared an entire holiday dinner with a focus on healthier alternatives and cooking on a budget.  It was delicious! 
Please join for our next classes in January.  These are special classes because we’re partnering with a senior from Columbus North in the Culinary Arts program who will show attendees how to prepare their own stock in one class and how to make hearty and wholesome soups in the following class.  We’ll be making extra batches of soup to donate to the upcoming Empty Bowls event! 
The classes will be held at North High School.  If you’re interested in attending, please register by contacting SaraBeth at or 812-343-3588.  More class details to come! 
These classes are made possible through the Heritage Fund: Welcoming Community II Grant
In the Co-op World
Co-ops do some wonderful things for people and communities! 
Land O’Lakes committed to reducing environmental impact

“In 2011, Land O'Lakes managed 33 agricultural development projects in 28 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. This work helped address the food insecurity of and increased the self reliance of 428,000 people.”
Kind of Like 'eFarmony': Matching Farmers With Urban Landowners For Fun And Profit
Many farmers want their farms to be located close to a city - especially organic farmers who'd like to sell their produce at big urban farmers markets. But the price of land within range of a big city is sky high and only getting higher.
Around Town
$pend the Holidays With Us
Shop locally this holiday season, turn in your receipts to the Chamber of Commerce, and be entered to win some fabulous prizes totaling $1,000!   “Like” the Facebook page and be entered to win a prize! 
Buy a Co-op Membership for a friend or family member!
Arts for Aids
You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating our global family and contributing to a hopeful future for those affected by HIV/AIDS. 
Saturday, December 1, Mill Race Center
2:30-4pm – A fun family event, with music, storytelling and art.
6:30-8:30pm – A memorable evening of entertainment by the Griot Drum Ensemble, Caribbean cuisine by Chef Daniel Orr and Unique art collected from across Africa and rural Haiti. 
Special guest Edward Rumano, Zimbabwean sculptor
Hooiser Holidays
The Co-op will be there selling goodies!

Saturday, December 15th, 2012  & another show on Saturday, December 22

Songs and Stories of the Season and Holiday Market
Unitarian Universalist Church, 7850 Goeller Road 
7:30 (doors open 6:30) 
tickets available at Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St. in Columbus 
$15 advance, $18 at the door 
students $10 at door
call 812.603.3503 for more info 
featuring: Tim Grimm and Jan Lucas - The Whipstitch Sallies - Beth and Dan Lodge-Rigal - The Banisters - Cara Jean Marcy 

Empty Bowls 2013 
This year will be the 15th Annual Empty Bowls dinner in Columbus.  Local potters make bowls that people can purchase along with a meal of donated homemade soups and breads.  The bowls remind us of how we can help when we come together --- last year this event was able to raise and donate over $14,000.00 NET to help combat hunger through Love Chapel, Human Services, Hope Community Center and Eastside Community Center.

Will you help us?  Please consider preparing soup, bread, or dessert for this wonderful evening.  
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Central Middle School - 5:30pm
Entertainement by Rhythm Conspiracy and Tim Grimm w/ Jan Lucas-Grimm

To donate, please contact SaraBeth at or 812-343-3588

For more information, please contact your Community Outreach Coordinator
SaraBeth Drybread

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