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A27 Hand Knit Pussy Hats
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Will custom knit your own pink pussy hat.

Donor: Florence Jain & Sarah Graffagnino
Qty: 15 Remain: 15
Fixed: $20

E2 Alternative Healing
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Have a healing session with a therapy horse at Serendipity Stables near Marysville. Through interaction, individuals' emotional, physical and mental states are enhanced. Time to be arranged.

Donor: Sue Pascual
Qty: 4 Remain: 4
Fixed: $25

E3 Day Trip to Arc of Appalachia
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Day trip to Arc of Appalachia: Visit sites of ancient Ohio civilizations; hike in Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Karen and Dick Dawson will be guides/hosts. We'll begin at the Hopewell Cultural Historical Park just west of Chillicothe and continue west to the Sanctuary outside of Bainbridge. A picnic lunch will be served. We will hike short but rugged trails. You'll have the opportunity to explore the early Hopewell and Adena cultures and the forest and wildflowers of this area. Carpool from church at 8:45 A.M.; return early evening. Visit: and

Donor: Karen & Dick Dawson
Qty: 8 Remain: 6
Fixed: $25
Date: Sat Apr 29, 2017 - 8:45 AM

E4 Spring Nature Hike/Mound Excursion
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Amateur geologist/naturalist Steve Molk will lead the group on a hike in one of Ohio's scenic areas, and then explore one or more of our state's many ancient mound sites. Exact locations TBA.

Donor: Steve Molk
Qty: 20 Remain: 16
Fixed: $15
Date: Sat Apr 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

E5 Annual Summer Fossil Hike
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Experienced amateur geologist/naturalist Steve Molk will lead the group to a Wilmington or Dayton area park to find and collect our own Ordovician fossils. Who knows - we might find an elusive trilobite! Possibly includes a stop at Deer Creek State Park for some different fossils.

Donor: Steve Molk
Qty: 20 Remain: 17
Fixed: $15
Date: Sat Aug 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

E7 An Afternoon in the Country

Join Carole to visit several interesting Delaware County destinations. Some could be chosen by the group. She will treat you to lunch at a unique restaurant. Gather at her house at 11 am for a delicious smoothie before beginning the trip.

Donor: Carole Wilhelm
Qty: 8 Remain: 5
Fixed: $20
Date: Sat Jun 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

E8 Guided Highbanks Hike
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Welcome spring with a seven-mile guided hike at Highbanks Metro Park. Explore all the trails and features of Highbanks with a park volunteer. Enjoy a few hours of good exercise out in nature.

Donor: Erica Scurr
Qty: 16 Remain: 12
Fixed: $15
Date: Sat Apr 8, 2017 - 9:30 AM

E11 Water Skiing and Wine

Join in the fun at Alum Creek. Wine, cheese, veggies, dips (in the lake of course) and beer just might be hidden on board. Often a reluctant crew member is forced into the water by a couple beers, and has the renewed courage to get a lesson or outperform the captain on his slalom ski. A saucer, kneeboard, and maybe even a tube are typically ready for frivolity. Background music by Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. Satire from the Capitol Steps should have some Trump trashing by summer. Leave Paul's at 10am, at the South East boat ramp at 11:30, off water at 5pm. Bring your special snack if desired.

Donor: Paul McGowan
Qty: 4 Remain: 4
Fixed: $20
Date: Thu Jun 15, 2017 - 11:30 AM

E13 Docent Led Tour at the Columbus Museum of Art
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As an experienced docent I will take you on a private guided tour of The CMA's exhibition, "A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer." Sharrer was a major art figure in the years surrounding World War II. She was, in many ways, a rebel, whose paintings marked covert but unflinching resistance to the oppressive political and social conventions of the Cold War era. Her gender, commitment to leftist ideals, and use of figurative surrealism put her at odds with the dominant political and artistic climate of the 1950s. In fact, she and her husband were black-listed by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. Be my guest for the museum entrance, the tour, and the special exhibition fee. The tour will last for about one hour. I look forward to an evening of lively conversation about Sharrer and her work.

Donor: Jeannie Sperling & Sam Kiner
Qty: 6 Remain: 3
Fixed: $25
Date: Thu Apr 6, 2017 - 6:30 PM

E15 Guided Twilight Swamp Hike in the Mating Season for Fireflies and Chorus Frogs
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It's a Big Sexy Time in the swamp for Lightning Bugs and Gray Tree Frogs. You can see a few fireflies here and there on any summer night but the vast majority of firefly flashes for the year are concentrated for about a week's time in early to mid June. It's firefly mating season and there is an EXPLOSION of firefly light that can at times be simply astonishing. The musical accompaniment is provided by many hundreds of male Gray Tree Frogs on the make. The firefly show starts at around 9:30 but peaks between 10:00 and 10:30. We will meet in the parking lot at the Wilma Schiermeier, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at 352 W. Dodridge Street, Columbus, OH 43202 and walk the under 1 mile loop with some longer options. There are many thousands of starlings roosting nearby and it's also not uncommon to see raccoons and bats and sometimes owls. Flashlights are discouraged but red lights are fine. We can provide red lights for about 10 people and a couple of kinds of bug spray.

Donor: Michael & Deb McGuire
Qty: 50 Remain: 45
Fixed: $10
Date: Fri Jun 16, 2017 - 9:30 PM

F1 Nothing Special on a Sunday Afternoon
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The best way to beat the dog days of summer is to hang out on the patio drinking wine and eating light hors d'oeuvres. Join us for some laid-back conversation in our urban garden. (Small pond included at no extra charge.)

Donor: Steve Abbott & Melanie Boyd
Qty: 14 Remain: 12
Fixed: $20
Date: Sun Jul 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM

F3 I Think That I Shall Never Hear/A Poem Lovely as a Beer

Maybe not. But there will be wine & light snacks when Steve Abbott serves up a reading and discussion of his poems in a relaxed home setting. Topics range from Columbus drivers and space travel to the natural world and Cialis. Offered by Melanie Boyd & Su Farnlacher

Donor: Melanie Boyd
Qty: 12 Remain: 8
Fixed: $25
Date: Sat Oct 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM