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Santa Barbara Vegan Meetup brings together regional vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious for fun, food, information sharing, and socializing. We encourage ALL to join us and for committed vegans to bring vegetarians and omnivores to our events in order to expose them to the joys of all things plant-based....with an emphasis on exploring the incredible world of the vegan cupcake (ok, maybe that's just me).

Please keep in mind that our potluck dishes contain NO animal products whatsoever: this includes meats, eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt, butter and honey.

This is a group of varying backgrounds, lifestyles, knowledge and commitment. As a whole, we encourage first and foremost: compassionate tolerance. We understand the fact that everyone is on their own individual path. At the same time our goal is to keep the discussion and spread of information regarding the benefits of a plant-based diet alive and at the forefront. Those benefits include environmental, health related, social, and animal welfare issues. We encourage participation by all in the dialogue! Join us!

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Here is an opportunity to view the now-classic documentary "Forks over Knives." The film examines the arresting claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Tracing the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell—a nutritional biochemist from Cornell—and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn—a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic—the story introduces a series of their “reality patients.” With chronic conditions from heart disease to cancer to diabetes, they get well by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. On the way, the film features leading experts on health who tackle the issue of diet and disease. It invites you to join the conversation that is changing the way America eats. This is not a potluck, so please eat before you come. Water will be available.


Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center

What is RESCUECON? Bunny yoga? Check. Cat café? You bet! World class speakers? We’ve got them too. RESCUECON is a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage. Through visual and performing arts, hands-on workshops, talks by really amazing people, an artisan marketplace, and so much more, attendees will learn, play, explore, and, above all, refresh their relationship with animals... and each other. This year's featured charity is: Ventura County Animal Services! Why should you attend? -Rejuvenate with bunny yoga, coffee with kitties, and other relaxing activities. -Meet a new furry family member with dog, cat, and rabbit adoptions from Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County rescue organizations. -View innovative and thought-provoking art exhibitions and live performances. -Get your pet microchipped, spayed and/or neutered with on-site, low-cost services. -Hear from the some of the country’s most renowned leaders and thinkers in animal welfare and learn how you too can help animals of all kinds, including farmed animals and wildlife. -Build community with other attendees and nonprofits. -Bring the kids for storytelling, makerstations and more. -Savor the best of SoCal’s plant-based food trucks and caterers. Find out more at rescuecon.org

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