How to Race a Bed

How to Race a Bed

Have you heard? The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio is holding a bed race as a fundraiser on May 2nd, 2020! Teams will be racing a bed on wheels, style counts, but speed rules. The Columbus Team is proud to once again be involved in the race! This year we’ll be sponsor the Kid Zone once again!


The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio uses donations to help families in need in our community. When a family becomes homeless, or experiences eviction, they often lose most of their possessions. When they begin to rebuild their lives, the Furniture Bank offers assistance. No child should have to sleep on the floor. Your help can insure that more children in need can sleep soundly in a bed of their own.

The Furniture Bank serves 80 families a week, 95% of whom earn $24,000/year or less, and the bank donates 1000 pieces of furniture each week. Beds are a big priority for them, as no child should have to sleep on a cold, hard floor. The Columbus Team helps clients find their dream homes every day, but once a year, we are honored to help families in need create a home of their own. Won’t you help us do that?

How can you help?

There are several ways to help! Here’s what you can do to help local families in need, and encourage participants to race their best.

Donate. A simple direct donation to is always needed and appreciated. All gifts are tax deductible.

Support a team. Donations through the bed racing teams are also tax deductible and benefit the charity, but add to the enjoyment of the fundraiser!

Race! Gather a team of 5 people, ages 13 and over (with one alternate), register for the race, and then use your very own fundraising page to gather support. Plus, you get to design and race a bed!

Volunteer! They are looking for volunteers the day of the race to help in all areas of the race. Find out how you can help “roll out” the day on the volunteer info page.

Cheer! Come enjoy the spectacle of the amazing bed race, cheer on your favorite team, and make it an annual event. We’d love to see you there!

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February Events in Central Ohio

February Events in Columbus Ohio (Theater)

February 2020 Events

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and though our mixed bag of mild/cold weather will continue this month, you know spring is just around the corner. While you wait for the consistently good weather, take advantage of these February activities, many of which are free or budget friendly.

All Month – Adults and Teens – The Wexner Center presents a short film called Youngstown/Steel Town (2016), which examines “the evolution of an Ohio rust belt city.” This is a free event. For more information, see this Wexner Center web page.

February 1 and 29 (4-10 p.m.) – for Adults – It’s time for Short North Gallery Hop Saturday! Because this is a leap-year, the event happens twice this month. Galleries stay open late, there are street performers, vendors, shopping, food and drink. This great neighborhood experience buzzes with excitement every year! For more information, visit the Short North Arts District website.

Sunday, February 2 – Ages 13-18 – The Wexner Center presents a Creative Writing Workshop with Claudia Owusu – The Center’s first WexLab this month is a creative writing studio. Journals and all other needed supplies are provided. And while they last, there will also be free goodies to eat. Registration is required. See this Wexner web page to register.

Fridays – for All – Beginning on February 7 at the Old Worthington Library, come, cozy up to the fire with the family, and listen to great music that features some of our area’s most talented musicians. These weekly events run from 4-5 p.m. Musicians this month include Joey Hebdo, Stephanie Jeffreys, Dan Rowan, and Delyn Christian. The library is located at 820 High Street, Worthington OH, 43085. You can reach them by phone at 618-807-2626 or see their full calendar for month on this web page.

February 8 and Various Other Dates/Times – for All – Take a guided walk-in tour of the Wexner Gallery with knowledgeable docents. The tours are free with gallery admission, and gallery admission is free on Thursday evenings. This month the tours are available on February 8, 13, and 23. Please see this Wexner web page for exact times and more information.

February 14 – Please see our Valentine’s Day events post for all the possibilities. Be sure to book early!

February 17 – for All – Explore Ohio’s presidential heritage and enjoy various programs at Ohio Presidents Day, taking place at the Ohio History Center History Museum, located at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. The hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and this special day features rare objects from The Harding Collection, a presentation called Regiment of Presidents, and more. An educational and interesting day for the whole family. Additional information can be found on the Ohio History Collection’s website.

February 17 – for All – When is the last time you and your family went to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium? Would you like to go for free? On President’s Day, you and the family can do just that! You will need to pay $10 per vehicle for parking (if you’re a non-member). You may be surprised how many animals thrive in the cold weather, and what their natural habitats look like. More information can be found here.

February 25 – for All – Gaelic Storm, a Celtic band from Santa Monica, California, bring their traditional Irish and Scottish music to the Newport Music Hall in Columbus.  Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are on sale now at $25. Please visit this Ticketmaster site for more information.

February 29 – for Adults – If you like wine and the idea of benefitting the CD102.5 for the Kids charity, make your way to the Columbus Winter Wine Festival on February 29. Costs for this event, taking place at Brewmasters Gate (495 S. Front St., Columbus), range between $15-30. The event is broken up into two sessions: 12-4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. In addition to getting 10 wine sample tickets, you will get a commemorative wine sampling glass. What better way to gear up for the spring, than saying goodbye to the winter with happy spirits! Full information and tickets can be found on this Eventbrite web page.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

Valentine’s Day in Columbus, Ohio

Valentines Day events in Columbus Ohio

Valentine’s Day 2020

There are many wonderful things to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or month) in Columbus, Ohio this year. From food and wine pairings, to a stained or sculpted glass making, to a breakfast with superheroes: there’s something for everyone, including children.

Time to make your reservations, or mark your calendars: these possibilities are romantic, fun, popular, and fill up fast!

Here’s wishing all our friends and neighbors in Central Ohio a very happy Valentine’s Day from The Columbus Team!

Glass Axis
Stained Glass Heart Class – February 1, 9 and other Dates

The perfect gift, crafted by you, to show your love! For ages 12 and up, working with an artist to help grind and foil your pre-cut glass pieces, then solder them together, you’ll take home your stained-glass heart at the end of the day. Tickets are $69 each, but very few were left for some of the February dates at the time of posting. Please check out Glass Axis’ February Calendar of Events soon!

Sculpted Glass Heart Class – February 9 and other Dates

If this hand-crafted gift of love is more to your liking, you can join an artist who will assist you in choosing colors, picking up and placing the molten glass, then shaping the heart. After it has cooled, you can pick up in three days – perhaps just in time for Valentine’s Day! Like the Stained-Glass Heart classes, seats are limited. Tickets, at $69 each, can be purchased on the Glass Axis website by going to their Calendar of Events, clicking a date, and clicking on the class.

IKEA Columbus – February 12
Very Valentine Floral Arrangement

If you’re not content with grocery store flowers for your loved one this Valentine’s Day, why not take it on as DIY project? Alice’s Table is hosting this informative, hands-on workshop at IKEA (Ikea Way, Columbus) on February 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost, which includes your beautiful flower arrangement in a vase, and some snacks and beverages, is $65 per person. To order your tickets now, or learn more, visit this website.

Kingsdale Giant Eagle Market District
Friday Night Flights Wine Pairing – February 14

The Market District, located at 3061 Kingsdale Center in Columbus, has always had a variety of adult and family activities. Want to enjoy some romantic wine tasting on the cheap on Valentine’s Day? For $8 per person, from 6-8 p.m., the Friday Night Flights allow you to enjoy four 3-ounce pours of wine, paring them with food samples. Live music is on in the upper cafe. If you need to bring your kids, that’s fine too, as there’s always a Friday Flicks kids’ movie in the Children’s Learning & Activity Center. For information about the wine tasting and children’s’ movie, check out this web page.

Franklin Park Observatory – February 14
Valentine’s Day: A Food & Wine Tasting

Walk in with your loved one and be greeted with a glass of champagne! That’s how the Conservatory starts out your evening at either 6 or 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. For $50 per person, your ticket buys you five food and wine pairings, the champagne, access to the orchid show, and a hot cup of coffee on the way out. After the pairings, take in live music courtesy of Starlit Ways, head over the Garden Cafe, or stop in at the full cash bar. Please note that there are no gluten-free or vegan options. To find out more about this event, or to buy tickets, click the link for the Conservatory’s Valentine’s Day event page.

Women’s Field House – February 14
Valentine’s Day Social and Potluck Dinner

This fun event welcomes everyone – no partner and no experience required – to learn what the organizers call “the most romantic and passionate dance there is!” This annual Valentine’s Day affair includes a tango lesson, then a potluck and open dancing. The whole event runs from 7-11 p.m. and the cost is only $5 per person. The location is located at 1790 Cannon Drive, Columbus. Please visit this Ohio State web page for complete information on Tango OSU, or the event page if you would like to purchase tickets right now.

Easton Central Park Fountain – February 14-15
Valentine’s Complimentary Photos

From 5-8 p.m. each of these two days, you can capture your romantic memories in a free Valentine’s Day photo at the Fountain, located at 4090-4144 The Strand East. This beautiful spot can be only be made more beautiful with you being there. Please note photos may be moved inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Easton North District – February 14-16
Valentine’s Carriage Rides

The charm and beauty of a horse-drawn carriage ride can be found at Easton, and through Fenlon Square, on Valentine’s Day and two days afterward. Children under 15 ride free (with paying adults), and for everyone else the ride is $10 per person. Hours have not been announced yet, so please check this Easton Town Center web page for more information. Note the page also has on it a link to a PDF Directory Map of the area.

Junior League of Columbus – February 22

A Breakfast with Characters

Not exactly the magic of Valentine’s Day, but a different kind of magic that your children and perhaps you, too, can enjoy! If your kids have costumes, this will be the morning (or afternoon, if you need a non-sensory-friendly environment) to join princesses, princes, superheroes and various movie characters. The non-sensory-friendly event runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m., while the sensory-friendly event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Station 67, 379 West Broad Street, Columbus. Tickets are $25 per person, with proceeds going toward the Adopt-A-Backpack for Children (ABC) project. Tickets and event details can be found on this web page.

This list was accurate at the time of publication, please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

Pelotonia 2019 Wrap-Up by Patrick Florence

CC-Love Out Loud ready for Pelotonia

I would like to thank all of you have supported Pelotonia this year.  It is such a great cause and a fantastic event.   

This year our team (CC-Love Out Loud, see below)  rode 45 miles from downtown Columbus to New Albany.  It is so incredible to see the level of support from riders, corporate sponsors, volunteers, communities with people lining the streets with posters and signs of loved ones that have been affected by cancer.   

Being my 3rd year riding, each year some there is something memorable that gets to me on the ride.  This year it was riding through Old Pickerington.  As we approached the small downtown are there were motorcycles that were parked all lined up.  As we rode through their owners reeved them up to a thundering roar over and over again in support of Pelotonia.  It brought chills over me as we passed by, it was soooo cool!!!  It was a perfect day for riding and reflecting on all the support our communities have and also reflecting on the ONE GOAL of Pelotonia-End Cancer.  Below is a little about our Group CC-Love Out Loud & Shut Up and Ride.  Thank you for your support!!

Greatest Team Ever - Pelotonia

CC – Love Out Loud is small team of riders that are riding in honor of a friend, educator, musician and an all around amazing person, Chris Collaros.  Chris for years has support our Pelotonia fundraising by playing music at our party.  He was always there, always willing, and always had a smile for a brother or sister.

Chris was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last September and passed in April. He has impacted hundreds if not thousands of people from his students, colleagues and friends.  He is greatly missed.

He got involved with Pelotonia when we had our first party.  We started Pelotonia when Stacey’s friend Belinda was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.  While fighting cancer she was training for the 1st Pelotonia.  She would tell Stacey to “Shut Up and Ride” when Stacey was whining.  She passed after the first Pelotonia.

So we were originally “Shut Up and Ride”, but we are honoring Chris this year and changed our name.  We hope that we will not have to come up with a new name because that will mean we lost another friend.

But that is why we ride!

ONE GOAL, Shut Up and Ride, Love Out Loud

Tour and Tea at Kelton House

Tour & Tea at Kelton House

Columbus area residents: when was the last time you had afternoon tea? Don’t you think it’s time you did? Wouldn’t it be grand to indulge in tradition, atmosphere, and pamper yourself all at the same time? Well, it’s easy to do, and one great place to do it is at Kelton House Museum & Garden in Columbus.

For a real walk into the past, a walk into an elegant and simpler time, head on down to 586 East Town Street, tour the museum, and enjoy the light offerings of afternoon tea.

Kelton House, (open Monday-Friday between 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.) is your ticket to experiencing a beautifully furnished Victorian home, chock full of artifacts.

Do you know about the Keltons? They were a prosperous Columbus family, and their home now tells a story of 19th century Columbus life. The history of this fabulous house does not stop there. The Kelton House was one of several ‘safe houses’ on the route of the Underground Railroad: yes, the same ‘railroad’ that eventually led north to Lake Erie, and into Canada. The family was sympathetic to the abolitionists’ cause, and was one of many safe houses in Ohio. There’s more still that awaits your visit here. The ideas behind Grace Kelton’s garden have been essentially recreated. Every summer the parterre beds behind the Carriage House are filled with the kind of showy annuals beloved by the Victorians. You don’t have to use your imagination; you will see a newer garden pergola standing on the site of an earlier arbor.

To plan out your trip, why not visit their official website here: The cost to visit is just $17, and it will be money well spent. Reservations are required.