• Denver Vegans October Picnic Potluck

    Pferdesteller Park

    One more time! We have decided to move this month's potluck outdoors since COVID is still an issue and the weather this weekend looks promising.

    Join us for a potluck picnic! (We will provide hand sanitizer, but if you are not comfortable eating potluck-style, feel free to bring your own individual meal instead). This small park at 33rd Ave & Wolff Street in the Highlands neighborhood features a picnic area shaded by large trees, a playground and a public restroom.

    No rain is forecast, but we will have an 8x8 festival tent just in case.
    We'll try for the main picnic area at the corner of 33rd and Wolff, but if it is already in use, we'll set up near 33rd and Yates.

    For those who are new to veganism, welcome! Come get to know others in the group and sample some delicious vegan picnic fare!

    WHAT TO BRING:

    • Your favorite vegan picnic dish (All vegan please: no meat, bacon, eggs, poultry, fish, dairy or honey) that serves 8 with a recipe card or list of ingredients. If you do not know what to bring, please contact Denver Vegans leadership.

    • Your own utensils and reusable place setting

    • A lawn chair (in case we aren't able to secure enough picnic tables).

    We'll gather at 4:00, and eat at 4:30. Hope to see you there!

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  • Join us at Meta Burger for plant-based burgers, fries, and more! 6:00 PM

    Join us for the October Meetup at Meta Burger, our local burger and shake spot. Join us to meet friends old and new and chow down on those delicious burgers and fries! Not to mention the bowls, sides, milkshakes, and much more.
    For more about Meta Burger, and to get an idea of menu items check out this link: https://www.metaburger.com/ The webpage is for online ordering but items are also for in-house orders.

    Note that this event is at the southeast Denver location on East Mississippi Ave and Parker Rd. Phone:[masked].

    Please keep your reservation current to make sure all those who want to attend are able to do so.

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  • Join PCRM to Save Animals at the University of Colorado

    East Colfax Avenue & Quentin Street

    At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, general surgery residents cut open and kill pigs to practice procedures. Join the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in urging the university to stop this cruel practice! Across the U.S., 76% of surveyed surgery programs (198 of 259) use only nonanimal methods.
    To keep everyone safe, we encourage all participants to wear masks and can provide them if needed.
    WHERE: Northeast Corner of East Colfax Ave. & Quentin St., Aurora, Colo.
    Signs will be provided! This event will be held rain or shine. Please use nearby public parking. We will meet at 10:45 a.m. local time.
    We hope to see you at the demonstration!
    If you have any questions, feel free to contact Christine at [masked].

  • Readin' Vegans--"Before We Were Yours"

    Online event

    Once in awhile we discuss fiction, and September is one of those times! For our September 22 online book club (note change from our usual 4th Tuesday date, this month only) we'll read BEFORE WE WERE YOURS, by Lisa Wingate (Ballantine Books, 2017). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation.

    The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK DISAPPEARS AT THE MEETUP START TIME, THAT IS, 7:00 PM. We'll be available from 6:50 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect.
    You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. If you can't get on, call us at[masked].
    We hope to "see" you there!

    If you'd like to read ahead:
    Oct. 26 -- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Harari
    Nov. 30 -- Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
    Dec. 28 -- How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

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    Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

    Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

    Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

    "It is impossible not to get swept up in this near perfect novel. It invades your heart from the very first pages and stays there long after the book is finished." -- Huffpost

    "Wingate is a compelling storyteller, steeping her narrative with a forward momentum that keeps the reader as engaged and curious as Avery in her quest." -- Publishers Weekly

    "From heart-wrenching scenes to uplifting messages of hope, Wingate has brought to life the shocking story of Georgia Tann and her orphanage, while adding a story of family and injustice. With some unforgettable characters and beautiful prose, Wingate has once again delivered an outstanding piece of historical fiction." -- Better Reading

  • Denver Vegans September Picnic Potluck

    Pferdesteller Park

    Let's all enjoy another outdoor gathering while weather permits!

    Come join us for a potluck picnic! (We will provide hand sanitizer, but if you are not comfortable eating potluck-style, feel free to bring your own individual meal instead). This small park at 33rd Ave & Wolff Street in the Highlands neighborhood features a picnic area shaded by large trees, a playground and a public restroom.

    We will also have an 8x8 festival tent that we can shelter under in case of rain.

    For those who are new to veganism, welcome! Come get to know others in the group and sample some delicious vegan picnic fare!

    WHAT TO BRING:

    • Your favorite vegan picnic dish (All vegan please: no meat, bacon, eggs, poultry, fish, dairy or honey) that serves 8 with a recipe card or list of ingredients. If you do not know what to bring, please contact Denver Vegans leadership.

    • Your own utensils and reusable place setting

    • A lawn chair (in case we aren't able to secure enough picnic tables).

    We'll gather at 4:00, and eat at 4:30. Hope to see you there!

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  • "Ask-A-Vegan" Meet & Greet at Native Foods

    Native Foods Cafe

    We invite both new and long-time meetup members to come and hang out with us, and we especially welcome those who are new to a vegan lifestyle, or trying to move from a vegetarian or animal-based diet to a vegan one.
    Join us for dinner at all-vegan and delicious Native Foods restaurant, get to know Denver Vegans members and ask us your questions! We would love to meet and welcome you!

    Gathering Agenda:

    • order delicious food

    • find our group (look for "Denver Vegans" sign) and sit down

    • let's talk!

    Please keep RSVPs current so that we won't hold table space for you if you're not coming. See you there!

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  • Readin' Vegans--"Entangled Life"

    Online event

    For our August 24 meeting we'll discuss ENTANGLED LIFE: HOW FUNGI MAKE OUR WORLDS, CHANGE OUR MINDS & SHAPE OUR FUTURES, by Merlin Sheldrake (Random House, 2020). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation.

    The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. We'll be available from 6:50 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect. If you can't get on, call us at[masked]. We hope to "see" you there!

    If you'd like to read ahead:
    Sept. 28 -- Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate (fiction)
    Oct. 26 -- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Harari
    Nov. 30 -- Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

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    In this captivating adventure, Merlin Sheldrake explores the spectacular and neglected world of fungi: endlessly surprising organisms that sustain nearly all living systems. They can solve problems without a brain, stretching traditional definitions of ‘intelligence’, and can manipulate animal behaviour with devastating precision. In giving us bread, alcohol and life-saving medicines, fungi have shaped human history, and their psychedelic properties, which have influenced societies since antiquity, have recently been shown to alleviate a number of mental illnesses. The ability of fungi to digest plastic, explosives, pesticides and crude oil is being harnessed in break-through technologies, and the discovery that they connect plants in underground networks, the ‘Wood Wide Web’, is transforming the way we understand ecosystems. Yet they live their lives largely out of sight, and over ninety percent of their species remain undocumented.

    Entangled Life is a mind-altering journey into this hidden kingdom of life, and shows that fungi are key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel and behave. The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them.

    “Wondrous... [A] marvelous tour of these diverse and extraordinary life forms... eye-opening... humans should consider fungi among the greatest of earth’s marvels.”
    — TIME MAGAZINE, ** 100 Must-Read Books of 2020 **

    “Entangled Life is a dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. Sentence after sentence stopped me short. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world and the earth-shaking, hierarchy-breaking implications of Sheldrake's argument. This is a remarkable work by a remarkable writer, which succeeds in springing life into strangeness again.”
    — Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

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  • Work Day, Potluck and tour at Luvin' Arms sanctuary!

    Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

    Come join us and the Boulder and Beyond Vegan Meetup for a wonderful day at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary in Erie, CO!
    (NOTE: if you are a member of both meetups and you already RSVP'd on the Boulder and Beyond page, you do not need to RSVP here).

    You can read more about the sanctuary here: https://luvinarms.org/

    This is the schedule for the day:

    - 9am-noon: Work on one of the sanctuary's ongoing projects. Dress appropriately and wear closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves if you have them. Projects might include cleaning stalls or other work in the barns, small construction/repair projects, working in the garden or on the grounds.

    - Noon to 1pm - Potluck lunch. More details below about what to bring.

    - 1pm to 2pm - Tour of the sanctuary. Meet the wonderful residents and learn their stories. Please wear closed-toe shoes.

    Come for all or part of the day. Please indicate in your RSVP whether you're available for the work part of the day, so the sanctuary can plan accordingly.

    FOR THE POTLUCK:

    • A vegan dish that serves 8, with a recipe card or list of ingredients. (Vegan means no meat, bacon, eggs, poultry, fish, dairy, butter, cheese, whey, or honey). The recipe card is important for those with allergies or who are gluten-intolerant. If you don't know what to bring, please contact Denver Vegans leadership.

    • Your own utensils and reusable place setting. PLEASE remember to bring your own dishes. We try really hard to avoid using disposable plates.

    • Bring a lawn chair in case we run out of seating.

    Event is free, but donations to Luvin Arms are always appreciated.

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  • Join us at Meta Burger for plant-based burgers, fries, and more! 6:00 PM

    We are all ready to start our meetups at Meta Burger, Join us to meet friends old and new and chow down on those delicious burgers and fries! Not to mention the bowls, sides, milkshakes, and much more.
    For more about Meta Burger, and to get an idea of menu items check out this link: https://www.metaburger.com/ The webpage is for online ordering but items are also for in-house orders.

    Note that this event is at the southeast Denver location on East Mississippi Ave and Parker Rd. Phone:[masked]

  • Readin' Vegans--"The Food Explorer"

    Online event

    For our July 27 online book club we'll discuss THE FOOD EXPLORER: THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE GLOBE-TROTTING BOTANIST WHO TRANSFORMED WHAT AMERICA EATS, by Daniel Stone (Dutton, 2018) . You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. We'll discuss the book until about 8:30, followed by open conversation.

    The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. PLEASE NOTE: THIS LINK DISAPPEARS AT THE MEETUP START TIME, THAT IS, 7:00 PM. We'll be available from 6:50 on to help anyone who might need extra time to connect.
    You will need a computer, laptop, smartphone or other device with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. If you can't get on, call us at[masked].
    We hope to "see" you there!

    If you'd like to read ahead:
    Aug. 24 -- Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake
    Sept. 28 -- Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate (fiction)
    Oct. 26 -- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, by Yuval Harari

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    The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more--to the American plate.

    In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.

    Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and via Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America's capital. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.

    "Stone is an amiable narrator who balances botany, culinary history and travelogue with fast-paced adventure writing and a well-drawn cast of characters."
    — Wall Street Journal

    "Daniel Stone draws the reader into an intriguing, seductive world, rich with stories and surprises. The Food Explorer shows you the history and drama hidden in your fruit bowl. It’s a delicious piece of writing."
    — Susan Orlean, New York Times bestselling author of The Orchid Thief

    "Foodies and scientists alike will appreciate Stone’s informative and entertaining book."
    — Publisher's Weekly