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Meet fellow Vegans, Vegetarians, Raw Foodists and exploring friends near you! We are from Ventura County and surrounding areas. Join us for fun community events, dining at local restaurants, potlucks, parties, field trips and more. Our meetups offer opportunities to enjoy our world with fellow conscious people who share a healthy lifestyle that is great for our world, body, mind and soul. Ideas for meetups are welcome, hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events (3)

The Game Changers - A One Night Global Theatrical Event

This is a no-host event. The screenings will take at multiple theaters in Los Angeles, Ventura County and elsewhere. See the link below to find a theater near you. Some theaters may be sold out already. The Game Changers is a new film executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents the explosive rise of plant-based eating in professional sports, mixing real-time, groundbreaking science with cinematic stories of struggle and triumph. The film features some of the strongest, fastest and toughest athletes on the planet — and it’s backed by them too — with additional EPs including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, and nine-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul. Directed by Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos, The Game Changers follows the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein, and strength. Showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers, and visionary scientists. Wilks’ journey exposes outdated myths about food that not only affect human performance, but the health of the entire global population. Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSpglxHTJVM Tickets: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-game-changers Theaters: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/the-game-changers/theaters ----- FYI if you search on Facebook, there might be some groups meeting a specific theaters: https://www.facebook.com/search/events/?q=the%20game%20changers&epa=SERP_TAB

Connection Games

Dave & Melissa's place

Please join us for our first connection event since we moved. Our Vision is for a community and ultimately, a world in which we relate more deeply, authentically, compassionately, and vulnerably with ourselves and others. We wish to co-create a container of emotional safety, so we will share a space in which we can open our hearts, see one another, and take care of each other. You are invited to participate. We hope this event will help each of us to connect with each and start to build a community while we learn develop skills that will enable us to: * Connect more deeply and authentically * Develop presence and greater awareness of what is going on inside us and motivating us from moment to moment * Learn to move away from judgements of right and wrong and accept and become curious about others * Deepen our awareness of how what we say and do impacts others * Create a safe space when we interact with people in our lives * Allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to deepen connection and intimacy WHAT WE WILL DO We will engage in a variety of exercises designed to help us to develop the skills mentioned above. These are exercises designed to challenge us to move beyond our comfort zones within a safe container. We want everyone to be in choice at all times. Be prepared to challenge yourself and to say no if you need to in order to take care of yourself. There will also be social time prior to the workshop, after the workshop ends, and during the break. WHO THIS IS FOR Anyone who would like to build a heart centered community and deepen their relationships who is willing: - to self-reflect and share your inner experience with people - to support yourself and others in meeting needs for compassion and respect - to lean into the edge of your growth and learning PROGRAM: Please arrive on time. Nobody will be admitted after 7:05PM. 6:30 doors open. Vegan snacks will be available. Attendees are welcome and not required to bring vegan snack to share (Plant sourced foods only. No meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. No animal products at all.) 7:00 Workshop begins 7:05 door closes for late-comers 8:00-8:10 break with snacks and social time 9:00 Workshop ends 9:00-9:30 social time and cleanup EVENT TYPE: facilitated practice + some social time during break COST: We request a contribution of $12. Please call Dave at the number below to reserve your spot. If you lack the funds requested, please call Dave prior to the day of the workshop to make other arrangements. If you wish to contribute more for our time and facilitation and towards our costs to improve our skill sets to support the community with, please give any amount beyond the requested amount that feels good to you. LOGISTICS: Please come scent-free (i.e. not wearing strong perfumes, colognes, hair products, essential oils) to allow people who have neurological sensitivity to fragrances, to participate. We also ask that all participants remain sober throughout the event because we think this will support all of us in getting the most out of the workshop. TO REGISTER: Please call Dave at[masked] to reserve your spot. CONTACT US: Dave:[masked] DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: The host/hostess, facilitators and organizers are volunteers and are not responsible for the participants. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. You agree that the host/hostess, facilitators and organizer(s) are released from all liability in case of possible illness or any other injuries. All participants must be 18 or older or be at least 16 years old and accompanied by an adult guardian.

Annual Hike & Cookout at Leo Carrillo State Beach

Leo Carrillo State Beach

Join Veggie Hikers, Vegan Spirituality, and the “No Meat & Mingle” communities at Leo Carrillo State Beach for our annual hike and vegan cookout! If you can’t make the hike, please attend the cookout (and vice versa). The cookout / potluck portion of the event starts at 2PM. Leashed dogs are welcome at the beach, but not on the trail. See details about the hike and where to find us below. **** In order to participate in the potluck portion of the event, you must bring a ready to eat vegan dish to share or vegan items to grill and share (8-10 servings). Not doing so may not seem fair to those of us that do. Vegan means no meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey - No animal products at all. ***This is a free event. Donations are welcome and not required. ***NOTES FROM HOSTS: We will meet at the North end of Leo Carrillo State Beach near Lifeguard Tower #4 at 10am. You can park for free on the Pacific Coast Highway near the stairs leading to Tower #4 or pay to park your car inside the park and drive along the beach to the lot near Tower #4. From here, we will start our hike by walking south on the beach to the Nicholas Flat and Willow Creek Trailhead. Then we’ll walk up the Willow Creek Trail to the short Ocean Vista Trail to a beautiful viewpoint. For a gentle hike, we can descend on the Nicholas Flat Trail toward the beach or continue uphill for a more strenuous hike toward another viewpoint. The gentle version is about 2 miles roundtrip with a climb of 500 feet. The more strenuous version is about 6 miles roundtrip with a climb of 1770 feet for the first 2 miles. Both trail options will be available during our hike. At 2PM, we will return along the beach to our meeting spot at Tower #4, where we will start our cookout. Since tables are first come, first serve, we will stake our spot early in the morning. Ideally, someone will volunteer to hang out at our spot so we don’t loose it while we’re hiking. Please let us know if you’re willing and able to hang out at the beach while others hike! You can bring your dogs and play on the beach. Otherwise, we’ll fire up a portable grill in the parking lot. Either way, we can enjoy our food on the beach together! Bring: sunscreen, water, vegan dish to share (and/or vegan item(s) to grill or vegan s’more ingredients), skewers (if you wish for kabobs and marshmallows), reusable plate & utensils, cup, bathing suit, towel, windbreaker, hiking gear. Additional items to consider bringing: grille, beach umbrella, beach blanket, folding table, beach chairs.*** Please invite your friends. Non-vegans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Organic, chemical free, GMO free foods are encouraged. Both cooked and raw vegan food are welcome. You are invited to mark your dish raw if every ingredient in your dish is 100% raw (pasteurized foods, commercially canned and most jarred food are not raw). . Please bring an ingredient list (or recipe) to help those of us with allergies. If you need to call or text the day of the event, contact Lisa:[masked] or Dave:[masked]. VEGAN RECIPE RESOURCES: http://www.cok.net/lit/recipes/ http://www.vegweb.com/ http://www.happycow.net/ http://www.vegparadise.com/ http://www.vegsource.com/ VEGAN ALCOHOL RESOURCE: http://www.barnivore.com VEGETARIAN DATING AND NETWORKING RESOURCE: http://www.veggiedate.org DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: The hike host is a volunteer and not responsible for the group. By participating in any posted event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well being. Please treat this meet-up as hiking with a group of friends. It’s best to maintain line of sight with other members of the group at all times and let the hike host know if you choose to leave the hike for any reason. Veggie Hikers Meetup group and its organizers are released from all liability in case of possible injuries. All participants must be 18 or older, or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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Roaming "No Meat & Mingle" Vegan Potluck Party!

Dave & Melissa's place

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