11:00 am11:00


watch video here:   http://www.ohio.org/events/summer-jam-westgate-2016


Summer Jam Westgate is a grassroots, free, music and art festival held annually in Westgate Park. Our goal is to bring joy, music and art to the Hilltop. There's live, local bands, local art and artisans, face painting for children, a children's art zone and a variety of local food trucks. The theme this year is "Summer Jam and the Fabulous Food Garden". Expect lots of family fun and kid - friendly activities inspired by healthy eating. Check out "On the Wings of Change", a 14 foot, stainless steel monarch butterfly. This is the very first public art sculpture on the Hilltop and Summer Jam was proud to install it in 2015. In 2015, Summer Jam was awarded with the Conservation Stewardship award and Neighborhood Best Practices Video award.     http://www.summerjamwestgate.org/

455 S. Westgate Ave

Columbus, OH 43204

HPC will attend this event to educate the community about the organization.  HPC will have gardening displays and alternative cooking demonstrations.  Stop by and pick up information on food preserving and watch a demonstration.  The Summer Jam Westgate schedule is full of family fun activities.  Don't miss this event. 

HPC - The Homesteading and Preparedness Booth at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

HPC - The Homesteading and Preparedness Booth at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

Solar Panel display and demonstration at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

Solar Panel display and demonstration at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

Solar Oven cooking demonstration at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

Solar Oven cooking demonstration at The Westgate Summer Jam 2016

Alternative Gardening Display.  Straw Bale, Recycled Wood Raised Bed and Container Gardening.  

Alternative Gardening Display.  Straw Bale, Recycled Wood Raised Bed and Container Gardening.  

Table displays and seed tape and seed ball workshop table.

8:30 am08:30

Westgate Hilltop Bean Dinner

Community Event - HPC will attend this community event to educate the public on the organization.  HPC will be located at The Parkview Methodist Church on the North side of Westgate Park.  HPC will be available for questions and discussions. Printed information will be available. The music, cars, cornbread and beans are a tradition on the Hilltop.  It is an event that you will not want to miss.

2:00 pm14:00

Community Meeting

  Community Meeting

Presented by: The Homesteading and Preparedness Collective (HPC)

Our vision is to promote community education in self-reliance, sustainability and preparedness skills.

Be an active advocate for community programming.

Attend the meeting and let your voice be heard on how to empower and educate the community.


Hilltop Library Meeting Room

   Sunday April 24, 2016

2:00pm - 4:30pm


The agenda will start with HPC's vision and goals. Then a brief Urban Homesteading PowerPoint, reactions to HPC website and HPC will conduct a survey to determine community needs. After presentation there will be an open forum for questions and discussions.  At the end of the meeting there will be time to view table displays.  



10:00 am10:00

The Chillicothe Preparedness Expo

Stop by The Self-Reliance Learning Network booth for a chance to win a complete 3-day preparedness kit!.  While you're there attend a presentation on How To Prepare for a Flood by the Network's own disaster preparedness expert, Greg John! Enjoy the day browsing the vendor tables, listening to presentations, or meeting and chatting with people who have a preparedness attitude .    The event is held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1918 North Bridge St., Chillicothe, Ohio.  See you there.

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10:00 am10:00

The Self Reliance Network - Soapmaking Class

The Self Reliance Network is having a soapmaking workshop.

Steve Smith, Survival Instructor with Creek Stewart's Escape The Woods Survival Program, Chillicothe, Ohio


Steve Smith, survival expert and instructor with Creek Stewart's Escape The Woods survival program will be demonstrating Practical Soap Making Skills as part of a Sustainable and Practical Soap Making Workshop sponsored by the Self Reliance Learning Network. Steve will not only demonstrate basic soap-making skills, but will be sharing his hunter-friendly soap formula at The Northside Branch of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (550 Buckeye St.) on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. in the Meyers Meeting room to the left of the main Northside Library entrance. 


Steve believes that a hunter-friendly hand and body soap is a helpful tool to have on hunting trips, but notes that most 'hunter-friendly' soaps on the market dry out your skin. Searching for a hunter-friendly soap that would not dry out his skin, the Springfield, Ohio native began experimenting with different formulas. The result of his quest is a hunter-friendly soap formula that will not dry out the skin, but also won't repel deer and other small game. Steve offers up the hunting tip that "deer will avoid your hunting area once they pick-up the unfamiliar scent, which is why it's important to leave out the perfumes when you go hunting."  Additionally, Steve notes that dyes and perfumes tend to dry out the skin, so he intentionally leaves them out of his soap formula. Steve's exclusive soap is not being marketed to the general public--the only way you can get it is to attend the workshop, learn to make it yourself, and leave with your own sample. Self Reliance Learning Network, founder, Danny Huff, will also demonstrate money-saving detergent-making skills for the home laundry as well as the great outdoors.


Workshop participants will receive training and will leave the Workshop with hand-made samples of the various soaps and detergents being demonstrated. The event is sponsored by The Self Reliance Learning Network (SRLN). Pre-registration ($20 for guest training materials) is required at: Sustainable & Practical Soap Making at Eventbrite.com. The Self Reliance Learning Network is a non-profit local education network committed to teaching basic self-reliance skills to individuals and families to help them become more self-sufficient and prepared for unexpected events such as personal and family financial crises, emergency situations, and natural disasters. Membership in the Network is free. For more info. visit their facebook page:The Self-Reliance Learning Network, or email selfreliancelearning@yahoo.com