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Vegan Community of Eastern Iowa participants have a shared commitment to enhance people's health, minimize animal suffering, and decrease humans' impact on planet Earth.

Our mission is to create opportunities for local area vegans and vegetarians (and anyone on a path to a plant-based lifestyle) to enjoy one another's company, have stimulating conversations, feel affirmed in their lifestyle choices, nosh on excellent food together, and support organizations in promoting vegan values.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, our social events are temporarily curtailed. When it is deemed to be safe for gathering again, we will schedule plantlucks, dine-outs, and other events to advance veganism.

Below is a list of websites that may be of interest to you. The Facebook pages in particular are a way to interact with other vegans during this time.

FACEBOOK:

Vegan Community of Eastern Iowa: https://www.facebook.com/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1316673728458284)vegancommunityofeasterniowa
VegLife Des Moines: https://www.facebook.com/veglifedesmoines (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fveglifedesmoines&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508673898&sdata=Mwj5WqUJ3O6fl3ldRjVgP%2B1X60%2FtmcfhyrsljMRuLC8%3D&reserved=0)
Des Moines Area Vegan Friends: https://www.facebook.com/groups/921366527909491 (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F921366527909491&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508683896&sdata=iREzahvnK4G8ugZkasTSg6e2tElSZuBSnEXKqMMcoIs%3D&reserved=0)
Vegans of Iowa: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VegIowa (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2FVegIowa&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508683896&sdata=apvYm46fSubYFMfe%2FQToJj1IZGxUucKPfFW507ZW8Ew%3D&reserved=0)
Cedar Rapids IA Vegetarians and Vegans: https://www.facebook.com/groups/917824538229210 (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F917824538229210&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508693887&sdata=zZW%2FdvGQW3fSK%2FawAnzqP1xVx4QX%2F7FUEH5euXqr1zs%3D&reserved=0)
Cedar Valley Vegans: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cedarvalleyvegans (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2Fcedarvalleyvegans&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508693887&sdata=X4JJ9mqOSlNUgp8PpVlNkqh9aT%2BoqGe9g1qXkYjNEZc%3D&reserved=0)

FB Restaurants (local):

Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa City: https://www.facebook.com/TrumpetBlossomCafe (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTrumpetBlossomCafe&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508693887&sdata=ZrEX0rnVaz78%2FGiSSHH3wsQMJFSmFHBVnl2PsThEkZw%3D&reserved=0)
Rawlicious, Cedar Rapids: https://www.facebook.com/rawliciousCR (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FrawliciousCR&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508703882&sdata=Hm2Y%2F0nztRBzLkLu5rFq50uw75leG8ho9ceGcDp5S7A%3D&reserved=0)

WEBSITES:

Vegan organizations:

Vegan Community of Eastern Iowa: https://www.veganeasterniowa.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.veganeasterniowa.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508703882&sdata=hT%2F49sqd6udsf2OE7V8wDd1ExSVh%2FgGe9egNzg3Qms4%3D&reserved=0)
VegLife Des Moines: https://veglifedesmoines.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fveglifedesmoines.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508713877&sdata=OWFT3wWjrumfsY5JtsuYXAT2zyZfXe1Cosz0yB0tOlQ%3D&reserved=0)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): https://www.peta.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.peta.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508713877&sdata=6EMoS4L9OEf8AVFbLwq853lKctJFi03kaFoM4NHnJdw%3D&reserved=0)
North American Vegan Society: https://navs-online.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnavs-online.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508723873&sdata=Kc1OCsuf4s83UIayIFLowlwijaGwKHClO6U0osxpMqE%3D&reserved=0)
Dr. Michael Greger: https://nutritionfacts.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fnutritionfacts.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508723873&sdata=YbH6SEb6tzWbdc8eJPUvUn%2FH9wOCnmZ9GPbNMAnCrPg%3D&reserved=0)
American Vegan Society: https://americanvegan.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Famericanvegan.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508723873&sdata=F3d13zQeCG6riWsK%2B%2B9N9nJvTEaB3XiQ%2BIhkhjO60Zk%3D&reserved=0)
Vegan Society: https://www.vegansociety.com/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vegansociety.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508733866&sdata=yYZbPdYVX8JcDcUObs0%2BJjzklxo3FfMzm1SbgM%2BUULk%3D&reserved=0)
Veg News: https://vegnews.com/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fvegnews.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508733866&sdata=hauFSN5ERr7oDicyXhSxL8Kr%2FFLTcpeKCIrxgEmttR8%3D&reserved=0)
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: https://www.pcrm.org/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pcrm.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508743858&sdata=i7QEBDo3ckWsio4sg1Wg0ahrzhO1zdrBAQI4bHZUyGw%3D&reserved=0)
Veganuary: https://us.veganuary.com/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.veganuary.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508743858&sdata=ESJEfJW2QJST8jciS6zq34kDpCtrhhpmgAiK9y%2Bgklc%3D&reserved=0)
Veg Events: https://www.vegevents.com/weeklyagenda (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vegevents.com%2Fweeklyagenda&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508753854&sdata=h3MBKpgPz9CRYftpHEb%2BNwlqwvcOfE%2FmmT33oj7bXLk%3D&reserved=0)
Cadry’s Kitchen: https://cadryskitchen.com/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcadryskitchen.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508753854&sdata=SQCFGZMLT%2BRhUL1QXiDvNEAN45aC0SQfi9wsg%2F2ppDU%3D&reserved=0)

Local restaurants:

Trumpet Blossom Cafe, Iowa City: http://www.trumpetblossom.com/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trumpetblossom.com%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508753854&sdata=dcQLrPnGUPFjXuXwK3KeMk4EionVgDYDmDRGKMp%2BaOw%3D&reserved=0)
Rawlicious, Cedar Rapids: http://rawlicious.us/ (https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Frawlicious.us%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C843602aae10b4527ca5008d86429ecdf%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637369478508763851&sdata=Gv0Be60NOlMCSC8X01m4rPGumKFVmhiEo7TrrUG67p0%3D&reserved=0)

Upcoming events (3)

August Dine Out - Big Grove, Iowa City

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

This month we'll dine at Big Grove in Iowa City. Weather permitting, we'll enjoy an evening on the patio. BG does not take reservations, which is why we have chosen to gather early at 5 p.m.
Their menu has approximately six vegan items, and others can be made vegan upon request. Here's their menu:
https://biggrovebrewery.com/menus-iowa-city/
We hope you can join us!

Veg Comm Lazy Summer Plantluck

Sailboat Shelter 1

A lazy summer Veg Comm Plantluck will be held on Saturday, August 21, from 4:30 to 8 pm at the Lake McBride, Sailboat Shelter #1. The shelter is located in a pleasant, shady area for relaxing or playing games. Ample parking is located nearby. The shelter has been reserved for the entire day, so you’re welcome to come as early as you would like to enjoy the lake’s amenities, such kayaking, walking trails, and a prairie area. All are near the shelter. (Driving instructions are below.) This site is handicap accessible.
The social hour will begin at 4:30 with the plantluck following at 5:30 p.m.
For the plantluck, please bring:
- A vegan dish that provides 8-10 servings. Bring hot foods in a crockpot or other similar appliance, if possible. Gluten-free options are appreciated. (If you are new to veganism, the term ‘vegan’ means no animal flesh or fat, dairy, eggs, or honey)
- Recipes for the dishes you prepare so that others can duplicate them, if they would like to do so.
- Please plan to bring a $5 donation, if possible, to assist with defraying the cost of the shelter rental fee and plantluck supplies.
- A lawn chair or blanket and lawn games, if desired.
We will be observing the following the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines:
- Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- For everyone’s safety, we prefer attendees be vaccinated (except for children under age 12). Maintain some distance from people who do not live in your household. Wearing masks is most important when social distancing is difficult. Please refrain from physical contact such as handshakes and hugs with people not from your household.
- Unvaccinated adults and children should wear a mask except when eating and observe social distancing (6’).
- Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy—for example: masks, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content, and your own drinking water.
- We will be collecting attendee information to facilitate COVID contact tracing, if needed at a later date.
- A handwashing station will be located at the beginning of the buffet line (a spigot water container, liquid soap, and paper towels); use of a hand sanitizer is also an option. Please be attentive to hand cleanliness before eating and when touching common surfaces.
If you would like to come but transportation is a challenge for you, let us know. It is likely one of our participants lives nearby and will be happy to pick you up and take you home.
If you make a reservation but find you will be unable to attend, please change your reservation to "Not Going."
We respectfully request that all participants assist with cleanup before leaving our events.

Directions to Lake MacBride Sailboat Shelter #1:
From Solon: Take 180th St NE west out of Solon to Cottage Reserve Rd NE. Watch for the Veg Comm sign. (If you cross the earthen causeway, you’ve gone too far). Turn right onto Cottage Reserve Road NE and continue for approx. ½ mile to a T intersection; continue right onto Sailboat Rd. NE to the lake and Sailboat Shelter #1.
From North Liberty: Take Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE (F28) east; cross the Mahaffey Bridge over the Coralville Reservoir; continue on until you drive over the earthen causeway that crosses the South branch of Lake MacBride (1-2 miles). Watch for the Veg Comm sign. Turn left onto Cottage Reserve Rd NE. (immediately after the causeway) and continue for approx. ½ mile to a T intersection; continue right onto Sailboat Rd. NE to the lake and Sailboat Shelter #1.
If you get lost, call Carolyn at (319)[masked].

Questions? Contact me at [masked] or call (319)[masked]

Veg Comm's Autumn Plantluck

QC5V+24

The Veg Comm’s autumn plantluck will be held on Saturday, September 18, from 4:30 to 8 pm at the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area, Coralville Lake, 2192 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon. (See the directions and map link below; Veg Comm signs will provide guidance). The shelter, #39, is located in a pleasant, shady area with a fire pit patio close by. There will likely be folks sitting around it to enjoy vegan S’mores for dessert! The shelter has been reserved for the entire day, so you’re welcome to come as early as you would like to enjoy the site’s amenities. Ample parking located nearby. See driving directions below.
The social hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the plantluck at 5:30, S’mores at 6:30 or 7.
For the plantluck, please bring:
- A vegan dish that provides 8-10 servings. Bring hot foods in a crockpot or other similar appliance, if possible. Gluten-free options are appreciated. (If you are new to veganism, the term ‘vegan’ means no animal flesh or fat, dairy, eggs, or honey.)
- Recipes for the dishes you prepare so that others can prepare them, if they would like to do so.
- Please plan to bring a $5 donation, if possible, to assist with defraying the cost of the shelter rental fee and other VCEI expenses.
- A lawn chair or blanket, lawn games, etc., if desired.
We respectfully request that all participants assist with cleanup before leaving our events.
We will be observing the following the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines:
- Please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- For everyone’s safety, we prefer attendees be vaccinated (except for children). Maintain some distance from people who do not live in your household. Wearing masks is most important when social distancing is difficult. Please refrain from physical contact such as handshakes and hugs with people not from your household.
- Unvaccinated adults and children should wear a mask except when eating and observe social distancing (6’).
- Bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy—for example: masks, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content, and
your own drinking water.
- We will be collecting attendee information to facilitate COVID contact tracing, if needed at a later date.
- A handwashing station will be located at the beginning of the buffet line (a spigot-type water container, liquid soap, and paper towels); use of a hand sanitizer is also an option. Please be attentive to hand cleanliness before eating and when touching common surfaces.
If you would like to come but transportation is a challenge for you, let me know. It is likely one of our participants lives nearby and will be happy to pick you up and take you home.
If you make a reservation but find you will be unable to attend, please change your reservation to "Not Going."
Questions? Contact me at [masked] or call (319)[masked].
Driving instructions:
Directions (watch for the “Veg Comm” signs):
From Interstate 380 (North Liberty): Take Exit 4 towards North Liberty. Travel east on West Penn St. for 2.2 miles. At the roundabout, turn left onto Mehaffey Bridge Road NE (F28). Continue traveling on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE for 2.9 miles. After crossing the Mehaffey Bridge, take a right-hand turn onto the Sugar Bottom Campground Access Rd.; continue for 1.1 miles. The entrance to the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area will be on the left.
From Highway 1 (Solon): Turn west onto 180th St. NE/E 5th St. and drive 2.2 miles; the road will then become Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE. Continue traveling on Mehaffey Bridge Rd. NE for 2.4 miles. Just before the Mehaffey Bridge, take a left-hand turn onto the Sugar Bottom Campground Access Rd.; continue for 1.1 miles. The entrance to the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area will be on the left.
(QC5V+24 Solon, Iowa)
If you get lost, call Carolyn at (319)[masked]

Past events (198)

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