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  • Readin' Vegans--"Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine"

    Online event

    At our online book club July 28 we'll discuss the novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman (Viking, 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. 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/. We'll be available from 6:45 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: for our August 25 meeting, we'll discuss MAYFLOWER: VOYAGE, COMMUNITY, WAR, by Nathaniel Philbrick. --------------------------------------------- Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she'll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all. Smart, warm, uplifting, #1 New York Times Bestseller ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes: the only way to survive is to open your heart. “A charmer. . . satisfyingly quirky.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “This wacky, charming novel. . . draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance. . . Hilarious and moving.” —People "Eleanor Oliphant is endearing, [a] whip-smart read. . . a fascinating story about loneliness, hope, tragedy and humanity. Honeyman’s delivery is wickedly good, and Eleanor won’t leave you anytime soon.” –Associated Press "Debut author Honeyman expertly captures a woman whose inner pain is excruciating and whose face and heart are scarred, but who still holds the capacity to love and be loved. Eleanor’s story will move readers." --Publishers Weekly

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  • "Ask-A-Vegan" and Community Chat

    Online event

    Are you new to a vegan lifestyle, or trying to move from a vegetarian or animal-based diet to a vegan one? Are you new to Denver Vegans Meetup? Or just want to chat with other vegans? Since we can't dine together in restaurants these days, or meet for potlucks, join us online for "Ask-A-Vegan." These gatherings won't involve food, unfortunately, although if you'd like to order take-out from a vegan restaurant beforehand, we encourage you to do so. Please join us to get to know Denver Vegans members, or reconnect with those you already know. We're glad to respond to your questions, but you don't need to have a question to join us. We would love to meet you and welcome you! HOW TO ATTEND: The Zoom link to the gathering is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access, or you can join by phone. Check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there! TECHNICAL STUFF: If you're new to Zoom, you can show up early by clicking on the link at 6:15 pm and we'll try to walk you through what you need to do. If you totally can't connect at all, you can also give us a call at[masked] and we'll help you as best we can.

  • ZOOM in to Readin' Vegans--"For the Birds"

    Online event

    At our online book club June 23 we'll discuss FOR THE BIRDS: FROM EXPLOITATION TO LIBERATION, by Karen Davis (Lantern, 2019). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or other device) with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. We'll be available from 6:45 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: for our July 28 meeting, we'll discuss (fiction this time!) ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman. --------------------------------------------- For thirty years, Karen Davis has been advocating for, writing about, and studying the world of chickens and other domesticated fowl. As the founder and director of United Poultry Concerns, Davis has done more than perhaps anyone to reveal the complex and socially rich lives of birds. Her writing--intellectually rigorous, passionate, erudite, and witty--brings fully to the fore the great injustices we have perpetrated on these intelligent and loving creatures. FOR THE BIRDS showcases Davis's three decades of popular and academic work. She tells the story of how she became an advocate and the many individual birds she has known and whose lives and deaths have deepened her commitment to seeking their freedom from suffering. Stirring, provocative, and brilliantly written, For the Birds illuminates one woman's enduring quest to change our perceptions of those animals we routinely confine, abuse, and kill by the billions. KAREN DAVIS, PhD is the President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns, a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens, peafowl and ducks in Virginia. Inducted into the National Animal Rights Hall of Fame for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Liberation, she is the author of PRISONED CHICKENS, POISONED EGGS: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MODERN POULTRY INDUSTRY; MORE THAN A MEAL: THE TURKEY IN HISTORY, MYTH, RITUAL, AND REALITY; and other titles. "There is probably no one individual who has done more to draw attention to the plight of poultry—that catch-all term for all the birds we raise to consume, in their billions—than Karen Davis. No one who has heard her speak will have any doubt of her passion or her commitment to ending the suffering of these animals, who are so often ignored or belittled, and yet who make up more than ninety percent of all the animals we kill to eat. I cannot imagine anyone finishing this volume without at the very least gaining a much greater respect for non-human animals, birds in particular, and for this woman who has dedicated a huge portion of her adult life to advocating for them." --Martin Rowe, President, Lantern Publishing & Media "Even after decades of reading books and articles by animal activists, I still found ideas here that were new and stimulating. I've long admired--and have actually met--Karen Davis, an impressively dedicated and articulate defender of chickens, turkeys, and other birds abused and slaughtered for human consumption. This book enables us to see into the well-educated mind and compassionate heart of someone truly making the world a better place for animals. She does this by tirelessly encouraging the general public to view these birds as creatures worthy of respect, with lives, families, and feelings, all while helping other activists improve their strategies and outreach. " --Kate Lawrence, author of THE PRACTICAL PEACEMAKER

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  • "Ask-A-Vegan" online

    Online event

    Are you new to a vegan lifestyle, or trying to move from a vegetarian or animal-based diet to a vegan one? Or are you new to Denver Vegans Meetup? Since we can't dine together in restaurants these days, or meet for potlucks, join us online for "Ask-A-Vegan." These gatherings won't involve food, unfortunately, although if you'd like to order take-out from a vegan restaurant beforehand, we encourage you to do so. Please join us to get to know Denver Vegans members, or reconnect with those you already know, and ask us your questions. We would love to meet you and welcome you! HOW TO ATTEND: The Zoom link to the gathering is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access, or you can join by phone. Check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there! TECHNICAL STUFF: If you're new to Zoom, you can show up early by clicking on the link at 6:15 pm and we'll try to walk you through what you need to do. If you totally can't connect at all, you can also give us a call at[masked] and we'll help you as best we can. Try to update to the latest (free!) version of Zoom, which has a bunch of security improvements, before the meeting. The new version of Zoom is mandatory after May 30.

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  • ZOOM in to Readin' Vegans--"Chosen Country"

    Online event

    On May 26 we'll once again be holding the book club online using Zoom. This month's book is CHOSEN COUNTRY: A REBELLION IN THE WEST, by James Pogue (Henry Holt, 2018). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access. It's pretty easy; if you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. We'll be available from 6:45 on to help anyone who might need some extra time. If you can't get on, call us at[masked]. We hope to "see" you there! If you'd like to read ahead: for our June 23 meeting, we'll discuss FOR THE BIRDS, by Karen Davis. --------------------------------------------- CHOSEN COUNTRY is an extraordinary inside look at America’s militia movement that shows a country at the crossroads of class, culture, and insurrection. In a remote corner of Oregon, James Pogue found himself at the heart of a rebellion. Granted unmatched access by Ammon Bundy to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Pogue met ranchers ready to die fighting the federal government. He witnessed the fallout of communities riven by politics and the danger (and allure) of unyielding belief. The occupation ended in the shooting death of one rancher, the imprisonment of dozens more, and a firestorm over the role of government that engulfed national headlines. In a raw and restless narrative that roams the same wild terrain as his literary forebears Edward Abbey and Hunter S. Thompson, Pogue examines the underpinnings of this rural resistance and struggles to reconcile his sympathies with his reservations, tracing a cultural fault line that spans the nation. “Whoever you are, whatever side you’re on, if you care about the American West and what’s happening to it, read this book.’ —Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder “There is an extravagant verve to his writing...Pogue gets in amazingly deep with these western rebels.’ —The New York Review of Books “Chosen Country is an urgent and captivating dispatch from inside an American insurgency led by self-made prophet Ammon Bundy. But at its most compelling, it also provides a window into the psyche of white men searching for a cause and finding it in the mythology of the West, which has always been our most potent vision of American freedom.’ —Karolina Waclawiak, author of The Invaders

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  • ZOOM in to "Ask-A-Vegan"

    Online event

    Are you new to a vegan lifestyle, or trying to move from a vegetarian or animal-based diet to a vegan one? Or are you new to Denver Vegans Meetup? Since we can't dine together in restaurants these days, or meet for potlucks, we're trying out an online version of "Ask-A-Vegan." These gatherings won't involve food, unfortunately, although if you'd like to order take-out from Native Foods or another vegan restaurant beforehand, we encourage you to do so. Please join us to get to know Denver Vegans members, or reconnect with those you already know, and ask us your questions. We would love to meet you and welcome you! HOW TO ATTEND: The Zoom link to the gathering is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access, or you can join by phone. Check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there! TECHNICAL STUFF: If you're new to Zoom, you can show up early by clicking on the link at 6:15 pm and we'll try to walk you through what you need to do. If you totally can't connect at all, you can also give us a call at[masked] and we'll help you as best we can. Try to update to the latest (free!) version of Zoom, which has a bunch of security improvements, before the meeting. The new version of Zoom will be mandatory after May 30.

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  • ZOOM in to Readin' Vegans--Any book on Women's Suffrage

    On April 28 we'll once again be holding the book club online using Zoom. We're celebrating the centennial of American women gaining the right to vote by discussing ANY book you'd like to read on the women's suffrage movement or any of its leaders (see suggestions below). You need not have attended a previous discussion to join us for this one. The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access. It's pretty easy, and details will follow. lf you're curious, check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there! If you'd like to read ahead: for our May 26 meeting, we'll discuss CHOSEN COUNTRY: A REBELLION IN THE WEST, by James Pogue. --------------------------------------------- "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." This is the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, finally passed and ratified in 1920 after over 70 years of difficult struggle. (In Colorado--the first state to enact equal suffrage through a popular vote--women had been voting since 1893.) Three especially recommended books are SUFFRAGE: WOMEN'S LONG BATTLE FOR THE VOTE, by Ellen Carol Dubois; WHY THEY MARCHED, by Susan Ware; and THE WOMAN'S HOUR, by Elaine Weiss. If library closures due to COVID-19 make it difficult for you to obtain books, you can order new or used online (all three titles are available online from Tattered Cover) and/or consider ebooks, audio ebooks, or watching the following lectures on YouTube by these same authors (each about an hour in length): The Surprising Road to Women's Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote--Ellen Carol Dubois: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5oB7-o_vzM Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote--Susan Ware: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_isU2S71cg The Woman's Hour (about the battle to get the final state to ratify 19th Amendment)--Elaine Weiss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnaYTC9r2Mg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=836WPlpFB8M For MANY more book suggestions, including biographies of the movement's leaders, general histories, and books for children and teens: https://www.2020centennial.org/resources-suffrage-books

  • ZOOM in to Dr. Sailesh Rao: How You can be Empowered to Heal the Earth Today!

    Denver Vegans is excited to host Dr. Sailesh Rao via Zoom for this special presentation followed by Q&A and discussion. Dr. Rao is a leading climate and vegan activist, author, and Executive Producer of four documentaries: The Human Experiment (2013); Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014); What The Health (2017); and A Prayer for Compassion (2019). Dr. Rao will discuss how everybody can help to heal our planet and create a healthier and more compassionate world. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Rao during a live Q&A session. This event is part of the Pinky Promise Tour, which is based on a pinky promise between Dr. Rao and his granddaughter, Kimaya, to create a vegan world — a life-affirming global culture of compassion — by 2026. More about the tour: climatehealers.org/pinkypromisetour About the speaker: Dr. Sailesh Rao is a Human, Earth and Animal Liberation (HEAL) activist; Executive Producer of four documentaries; and the author of two books, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He has faith that humanity will transform to keep his pinky promise to Kimaya, not just for ethical reasons, but also out of sheer ecological necessity. Dr. Rao is a systems specialist with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He worked on the internet communications infrastructure for twenty years. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full time, in solving the environmental crises affecting humanity, first with Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, and then by founding Climate Healers in 2007 and eventually its Vegan World 2026 project (under Kimaya's direction!). HOW TO ATTEND: The Zoom link to the discussion is posted on the right, visible to those who RSVP. You will need a computer (or device) with internet access, or you can join by phone. check out https://zoom.us/. We hope to "see" you there!

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  • CANCELLED--"Ask-A-Vegan" at Native Foods

    Native Foods Cafe

    This regular meetup is CANCELLED. Thank you for your interest. If you have questions about going vegan, please email us and /or make use of online information on topics of interest. --------------------------------------- Are you new to a vegan lifestyle, or trying to move from a vegetarian or animal-based diet to a vegan one? Or are you new to Denver Vegans Meetup? Please 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 you and welcome you! Gathering Agenda: • order delicious food • find our group and sit down • let's talk! We will meet at the restaurant on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The gathering will probably go later than 7:00, but between 6:00 and 7:00 we'll be sure to be there. See you there!

  • CANCELLED - March Potluck and Presentation on Denver's "Vegan Living" Program

    Rocky Mountain Miracle Center

    Join us for our fun, monthly vegan potluck! For those who are new to veganism, welcome! Our monthly gathering is a great opportunity to get to know others in the group and sample lots of delicious vegan food! What to Bring: • A vegan, gluten-free vegan, or raw-vegan dish to serve at least 8 people, with a recipe card or list of ingredients. (All vegan please: no meat, bacon, eggs, poultry, fish, dairy or honey). If you do not know what to bring, please contact Denver Vegans leadership. • Your own utensils and reusable place setting • $2.00 cash fee to cover our rental space We gather at 6:00 PM and eat at 6:30 PM. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center is convenient by car from I-25, as well as accessible by RTD bus (Route #40) and light rail (Colorado Blvd. station). This month's speaker: Matthew Sikora Matthew, a local vegan educator, is the organizer of Denver's first Vegan Living Program, taking place on Saturdays from April 18th - May 16th. All but one session will be held at RMMC, our usual potluck venue. The Vegan Living Program, which has been offered in several other cities since 2011, is a FREE educational program that covers the how’s and why’s of living vegan, including the ethical and environmental considerations of veganism, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and living vegan in a not-yet-vegan world. Participants pledge to live vegan for the duration of the program, with the help of volunteer vegan coaches and the educational program. Pledges receive a binder full of resources and recipes, and a goody bag of free vegan stuff to make the transition easier and more fun! In addition to the people signing up, the program is also looking for volunteers to make it happen: vegan coaches, who will act as mentors for the pledges, and support staff. For details, see https://www.veganlivingprogram.org/denver and come hear Matthew's presentation. Let's make Vegan Living in Denver a big success! We hope to see you there!