• Growing Our Vegan Movement -- Potluck and Evening of Connection

    As vegans we know that our commitment to a plant-based diet makes a huge difference for our animal friends, for human health, and for the planet. Together we can grow our movement, encouraging others to adopt the lifestyle choice that has the most powerful positive impact on the earth and all her inhabitants. Let's gather for community, connection, and learning about possibilities for collaboration in growing our movement! We'll start the evening off with a potluck dinner (please bring a vegan dish or beverage to share). After dinner we will have several short presentations about what group members are doing to advance the cause of veganism, with information about how you can get involved if you like. If you are interested in offering a presentation, please indicate so in the comments section below by June 20 and let us know the basic topic of your intended presentation. Presentations can include information, offers, materials, invitations to participate in activism, etc. The length of presentations will depend on how many people sign up to present. Current presenters include Beth Love of Tastes Like Love, and author, Radha Vignola, who will be sharing her delightful children's books about veganism. We encourage you to invite your vegan-curious and omnivorous friends. Attendance is limited to 25 people, so be sure to RSVP! Note: We'll email the address to everyone who RSVPs. You can also call[masked]VEG for directions.

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  • Watch "What the Health"

    New Leaf Community Markets - Westside (Community Classroom)

    Join us to watch "What the Health", a new movie by the directors of Cowspiracy. Seating is limited...please register (free) using the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-what-the-health-tickets-33260560231?aff=erellivmlt What the Health (http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/) is a ground-breaking feature length documentary from the award-winning filmmakers of Cowspiracy, that follows the exciting journey of intrepid filmmaker, Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the impacts of highly processed industrial animal foods on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research showing deleterious effects of these products on our health. “Why haven’t we heard this before now?” Because it’s been a secret. Come find out what, why, and how this information is being kept from us. Knowing can be pivotal in realizing one’s optimal health and wellness while alive. Bring a friend(s) and share in an adventure that may change and/or save a life!

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  • Birthday Dinner x 5 at Saturn Cafe!

    Saturn Cafe

    What better way to celebrate a birthday than in community with fellow vegans, eating yummy vegan food? And we have five birthdays we're celebrating! Vegans Together co-organizer, Evelyn's birthday is the 4th, VT member (and Food Not Bombs founder), Keith, has his big 6-0 the 6th, VT members Shelley and Jen also have b'days on the 6th, and VT member, Nibby, has hers the 7th. Come help us celebrate them all on Friday, May 5th! Saturn Cafe is all vegetarian and has a wide selection of vegan options, ranging from the healthy to the decadent and indulgent -- perfect for a birthday (amazing vegan sundaes and milkshakes!). You can check out their menu here: http://santacruz.saturncafe.com/menus/ We have a reservation, so please RSVP (by noon on May 5th) so we can give them a head count and to reserve your spot. No presents needed, just your presence. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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  • Lunch at Ambrosia Indian Bistro in Scotts Valley

    Ambrosia Indian Bistro Scotts Valley

    New Year, New Restaurant! Let's have lunch at the newly opened Ambrosia Indian Bistro in Scotts Valley. They have an extensive vegan menu, and we can enjoy their delicious Indian cuisine. Lunch prices are around $10 and up per person. Ambrosia is at the corner of Mount Hermon Road and La Madrona Drive. It's near the junction of Highway 17 and Mount Hermon Road and across the street from the Scotts Valley Hilton.

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  • Crafting at Beth's House

    Location visible to members

    Meet at Beth Love's crafting open house Thursday, December 22nd from 6 to 9 PM with Beth and Radha. The table will be set with all kinds of craft supplies and equipment to arouse your creative genius. Make gifts for yourself or others, or just play in the inspirational flow without any need to have an end product. Community, prayer, love, and yummy vegan snacks will be shared in abundance! All ages welcome and encouraged to attend. Can't make it at this time? Beth will also be hosting the crafting open house 11am to 10pm on both Thursday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 24th. There's no charge for this event, though donations to help with materials and refreshments will be gratefully accepted. The event will be held at Beth and Golden Love's Westside Santa Cruz home. For directions, call Beth at[masked], or register and get the directions at this link: https://craftingatthelovehouse2017.eventbrite.com

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  • Our Annual Day After Thanksgiving Potluck

    Brookvale Terrace Community Room

    Please come to share the bounty of the season and express our gratitude for this beautiful life, at our Annual Day After Thanksgiving Potluck. This year we are meeting at a new location: the Brookvale Terrace Community Room/Club House in Capitola, from 5 to 9 PM, on Friday, November 25. Please bring a vegan dish to share, preferably with an ingredients list for those with food sensitivities. "Where is this new place?", you ask. Well, the Brookvale Terrace Community Room/Club House is near the Nob Hill grocery store in Capitola. From Highway 1, take the Bay/Porter exit and turn towards the ocean onto Bay Ave. Pass the Nob Hill, then turn left onto Rosedale, then right onto Plum and into the mobile home park. Stay left at the V and follow the road around; it ends at the Community Room/Club House. See you all there!

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  • Dinner at Dharmas with Steve Eristen from Vegan Outreach

    Dharma's Restaurant

    Steve Eristen from Vegan Outreach is in the area this week to leaflet at local schools. Let's get together with him for a dinner at Dharma's and thank him for his work. If you want to join Steve to leaflet here's his schedule: 15-Nov California State University - Monterey Bay 15-Nov Monterey Peninsula College 16-Nov Hartnell College 17-Nov Cabrillo College, 8AM to 1PM 18-Nov University of California - Santa Cruz, 8AM to 1PM At Cabrillo, look for Steve in the middle of campus near the bust of MLK Jr. At UCSC he will be at the bus stop near The Quarry. See you at Dharma's, and maybe Cabrillo and UCSC, too!

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  • Potluck at Carolyn's House, Watch Vegan Everyday Stories

    Join us for a vegan potluck at Carolyn's lovely house on the Westside of Santa Cruz. After eating we will watch and discuss Vegan Everyday Stories (http://veganmovie.org/about), a new movie about four people who express their vegan ideals in their everyday lives. Bring a vegan dish to share, with an ingredient list if possible for those with food sensitivities. We will eat, watch the movie, and talk, and talk some more--good food, inspiring stories, and good company. See you all there. Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread - they're all vegan. The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultramarathon runner who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher's wife who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl who convinces her family of six to go vegan. There are a number of great movies focusing on why to go vegan or featuring people new to veganism, but this movie spotlights how everyday people and their families, each pursuing their own careers, hobbies, and passions live their lives while following a vegan lifestyle.

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  • Vegan Picnic in the Park

    Frederick Street Park

    Come enjoy a relaxing afternoon with fellow vegans and vegan friendly folks. Look for the Vegans Together sign and join us at Frederick Street Park in Santa Cruz, where you might choose to stroll along the harbor, play on the grass, or just lay back on your blanket to enjoy the sunshine. Please bring vegan snacks and stories to share, a chair or blanket to sit on, maybe a musical instrument, or games like Frisbee or hula hoops. Good dogs are welcome there, too. If you have trouble finding us, call[masked]VEG.

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  • Watch the movie "PlantPure Nation"

    QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

    Join us to watch and discuss the movie PlantPure Nation. This is a Santa Cruz debut of a new documentary that follows Dr. T. Colin Campbell and his son Nelson Campbell as they expand the ideas of whole foods plant based nutrition into a grassroots social and political movement for health. You can find out more at www.plantpurenation.com. (http://www.plantpurenation.com) The movie will be preceded by a potluck at 6 PM in the fellowship room at the Quaker Meeting House. Please bring a vegan dish to share. If possible, try following a recipe from the Forks Over Knives (http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/) or PlantPure Nation (http://www.plantpurepods.com/recipes/) websites or cookbooks. You can find more information about the potluck on our Vegans Together event page--Vegan Potluck before PlantPure Nation (http://www.meetup.com/Vegans-Together/events/232184760/). Lets try vegan, whole foods, plant based cooking! This is the final film in our summer series of animal rights, environmental sustainability, healthy nutrition, and vegan films, jointly sponsored by Vegans Together and Paul Franklin's Global Consciousness 101 class. Everyone is welcome. You can come just for the potluck, just for the movie, or both. Hope to see you there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E6sa0OtjSE The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author T. Colin Campbell gives a stirring speech on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son, Nelson, and Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner work together to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Once the legislation goes into Committee, agribusiness lobbyists kill the plan. Undeterred, Nelson decides to try his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina. Nelson hoped to demonstrate that a whole foods plant-based diet would lead to significant and measurable health improvements in just 10 days. He also wanted to demonstrate that such a diet would be easy to follow and indefinitely sustainable. Using an approach consistent with the mainstream values of his hometown, he started small, offering ten-day “jumpstarts,” using freshly prepared plant-based meals and before and after biometric testing. How would these rural people, many of whom were raised on southern comfort foods such as meat, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, handle a plant-based diet? Would they lose weight and get healthier? Would their families and friends accept their diet and lifestyle change? Could this be the spark of something even bigger? Can a nationwide health revolution actually begin in a town as rural and small as Mebane? The filmmakers hope to use PlantPure Nation to create broad grassroots movement. They are spearheading the formation of PlantPure Pods in cities and towns across N. America. Members of these groups will help to plant seeds of change around the message plant-based nutrition in their communities. One tool they will use in this effort will be the same 10-day Jumpstart program featured in the film, to give people the experience of a whole food, plant-based diet.