CARES Reading Group

Speaker, author and animal myth-buster Jonathan Balcombe will be speaking at Chico State on April 24, 2017, so in advance of his visit, the Chico Animal Rights and Education Series (CARES) reading group is gathering to read his excellent book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You can get an idea of what the book is like by listening to the great 30-minute interview Balcombe did with Terry Gross on the radio show Fresh Air in June 2016.

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The CARES group will be meeting in April from 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Center for Design Control in the Gardenwalk Mall. Here is the reading schedule as we explore, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You do not have to attend all the sessions — we welcome your participation for any or all of the dates below.

Thursday, April 6 – Chapter 1 & 2 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 13 – Chapter 3 & 4 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 20 – Chapter 5 through 7 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Center for Design Control
Gardenwalk Mall
225 Main Street (we’re meeting after hours, so enter off Wall Street)
Chico CA 95928

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined—we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian—in other words, much like us.

Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom. He is an excellent speaker and his presentation will be greatly enhanced by being familiar with the book.

As usual, the discussion will be moderated by Robert Jones, animal rights philosophy professor at Chico State.

You can find the book at our local library or on Amazon here.

March 2017 – Potluck

Saturday, March 25, 2017
6:30pm—8:30pm
Chico Public Library
1108 Sherman Avenue
LIFE OF PI!

Bring a 100% plant-based pi-style dish free of flesh, eggs, animal-derived dairy, honey, and gelatin. If you don’t cook, that’s okay — bring something from the store! Your dish should serve 6 people.

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Before I get to this month’s theme, I wanted to let people know that these potlucks are way more popular than the RSVP counts on the Chico Vegan meetup page. Our average potluck attendance is about 25 people, because we get many people from the Chico Vegan Meetup Facebook group, the Plant Based Chico Facebook group, as well as from chicovegan.com.

The optional theme of this month’s potluck is: LIFE OF PI! 

Pi affects all aspects of our lives. It is that vital constant affecting all circles of any size – the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is infinite and non-repeating, in some ways similar to our potlucks. This month’s theme is to honor pi (even though we will not be gathering on the official pi day).

HERE ARE SOME VEGAN RECIPES THAT CELEBRATE PI-ness:
Shepherd’s Pi
Pi-zza
Pot Pi
Pi
Moar Pi

If you’re not into cooking but just want to socialize, it’s fine to bring something yummy from the store, hopefully in pi-form.

People are also asked to bring their recipe or a list of all ingredients used (for the benefit of those with food allergies).
Please do not bring soup – we have no bowls and are concerned about spills.
Please bring your own beverages.
Please bring your own plates, cups, silverware, and serving utensils. We have spares available if you forget!
We want to keep the event as waste-free as possible — so be prepared to take your leftovers home! But, usually, there aren’t any leftovers!
Non-veg friends and family welcome! Children welcome! Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.

The Chico Vegan Potluck meets on the fourth Saturday of every month. Delicious food and recipes are shared with those who care about their health, the planet, and, most of all, the animals. You can see the full potluck calendar here.

For more information or cruelty-free recipes, please check the other tabs on this site or join Chico Vegan Meetup on Facebook.

Conscious Eating Conference 2017

United Poultry Concerns’ 6th Annual Conscious Eating Conference once again bring expert speakers to Berkeley, CA to share ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals.
The conference explores the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters.
This year the conference focuses on the question, How Does Religion Help or Hinder Animal Liberation? According to Pew research, 84% of the world population, and 78% of the U.S. population, consider themselves religious or have a religious identity. Many animal activists believe that spiritual communities are a “low-hanging fruit” for vegan advocacy, but are they? What do various religions say about our relationship to animals and the natural world? Should we work within these communities or leave religion behind? We will explore these questions through speakers representing Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Atheism.
Conscious Eating Conference Featured Speaker: Carol Adams!
Carol Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and the author of numerous books including The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory.
 
Don’t miss seeing this legend of the animal advocacy community on March 11 in Berkeley, CA.
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Carol J. Adams, Author 
Cost for attending this conference is $15/$25 at the door and free for students with ID. Registration includes a continental breakfast of vegan pastries, fruit, coffee, and tea as well as a vegan lunch. Lunch will be Grilled “Parmesan” Polenta Cakes with caponata, sautéed vegetables with Italian herbs, tomatoes, and garlic herb bread. The polenta will be gluten-free.
Please check out the Chico Vegan Facebook group for info on carpooling.
 

2017 Chico Vegan Potluck Schedule

Here are the 2017 Chico Vegan potluck dates–generally the 4th Saturday of the month.
Potlucks are held at the Chico Library Community Room at 1108 Sherman Avenue in Chico and will start promptly at 6 pm and run through 8 pm, except where noted. Bookmark this page for updates as to the monthly theme.

The motto of Chico Vegan Potluck is simple: You don’t have to be vegan, but the food does!

1/28 – No theme.
2/25 – This potluck will start at 6:30 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Supermarket Vegan
3/25 – This potluck will start at 6:30 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Life of Pi (in honor of 3/14)
4/22 – This potluck will start at 6:30 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Umami!
5/27 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Farmers Market.
6/24 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Vegan BBQ.
7/22 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Farmers Market.
8/26 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Use Yer Cookbooks!
9/23 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Tapas Crawl!
10/28 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. OPTIONAL THEME: Hallowe’en!
11/18 – THANKSGIVING POTLUCK – TBD

The average potluck attendance is at least 25 people – newbie vegans, long-time vegans, young, old, and in-between, as well as singles and not-singles. The potlucks are promoted through Chico Vegan Meetup  and the Chico Vegan Facebook group, as well as from this site. Join those groups for more information on the vegan-friendly goings-on in the Chico area.

A few guidelines:

  • Bring a 100% plant-based dish free of flesh, eggs, animal-derived dairy, honey, and gelatin.
  • If you don’t cook, that’s okay — bring something from the store!
  • Check the resource pages at chicovegan.com for Chico area vegan-friendly stores.
  • Your dish should serve 6 people.
  • Please bring a copy of your recipe or a list of the ingredients used (for the benefit of those with food allergies) with your name on it.
  • Please bring your own table service, and serving utensils. We have spares available if you forget!
  • Please do not bring soup – we have no bowls and are concerned about spills.
  • Please bring your own beverages.
  • Non-veg friends welcome! Children welcome!
  • Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.

Be different. Be better. Be kind. Go vegan!

If you have any questions, please use the “contact” link or post a comment below.

Also, be sure to tune in to Nonhuman Radio every Wednesday from 5:30-6 pm on KZFR 90.1 FM for the weekly vegan calendar of events.

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Vegan Thanksgiving 2016

Join us for our Fourth (!!) Annual Chico Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck. Our compassionate harvest-themed meal takes place on Saturday, November 19 at 5 pm.

This year’s event will be held at the Chico Boys and Girls Club Teen Center at 601 Wall Street in downtown Chico. There is a charge to cover the rental of Teen Center because we’ve outgrown our usual location for this popular event.

Please buy your ticket early; space is limited. After you sign up, you will be directed to a separate potluck coordination page.

EXTRA DETAILS
Children welcome!
Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.
This space is wheelchair accessible.
In order to protect the environment, please…
– Ride your bike!
– Carpool (bring a friend with you to the event)
– Bring a reusable/washable plate and utensils
– Bring your own take-home containers for left-overs

BUY TICKETS
Go here to buy tickets! http://4thveganthanksgivingchico.bpt.me/
There’s a no-questions-asked low-income ticket option. If you need it, use it, and maybe volunteer to help with clean up or setup. Just be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.

VOLUNTEERS
We will need help! Please send an email to chicovegan@gmail.com to help us before and after this event.

ADOPT A TURKEY
Please consider sponsoring a turkey. There are many farmed animal sanctuaries that offer sponsorship opportunities…
Animal Place: http://animalplace.org/donate.html
Farm Sanctuary: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/giving/adopt-a-turkey/
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary: http://woodstocksanctuary.org/join/sponsor-an-animal/

Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Class – November 12

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving Day is only five-and-a-half weeks away (!!), and you may be going to other Thanksgiving festivities even earlier (like the Chico Vegan Meetup Thanksgiving**). So, time to plan those menus, sharpen those knives and get ready to cook!

To help you, the Chico Chapter of Dharma Voices for Animals is featuring a Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking class this year in its “Cooking for Compassion and Health” series.  Whether you are cooking the whole meal and hosting at your house, or you need some vegan dishes to take to an otherwise non-veg Thanksgiving with family, we will have you covered!  The talented duo of Susan Morgado and Jeannie Trizzino will be co-teaching this class on November 12 and hope you will join us!  Remember, class size is limited to 12 people, so I encourage you to register early at this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2522402

During this season of gratitude, we are very grateful for your ongoing interest, participation and your commitment to relieving the suffering of animals through a compassionate diet.

We hope to see you there!

Peace,
Jeannie Trizzino, Chico Vegan Organizer – chicovegan.com
Sherry Morgado, Dharma Voices for Animals, Chico Chapter Leader – https://www.facebook.com/ChicoDVA/

** The Chico Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck will be held on November 19, 2016 – Save the Date!

September 2016 – Potluck

Saturday, September 24, 2016

6pm—8pm
Chico Public Library

TAPAS CRAWL, VEGAN STYLE!

Bring a 100% plant-based tapas-style dish free of flesh, eggs, animal-derived dairy, honey, and gelatin. If you don’t cook, that’s okay — bring something from the store! Your dish should serve 6 people.

Before I get to this month’s theme, I wanted to let people know that these potlucks are way more popular than the RSVP counts on this meetup page. Our average potluck attendance is about 25 people, because we get many people from the Chico Vegan Meetup Facebook group, as well as from chicovegan.com.

The suggested theme of this month’s potluck is: TAPAS TIME, VEGAN-STYLE! 

WHAT THE HECK ARE TAPAS?????  Tapas are essentially finger foods, usually served (and expected) as snacks at bars, and they can range from rather fancy compilations of fine ingredients to a toothpick of olives, à la extra olives in a martini. Go here if you want to learn more. 

HERE ARE SOME VEGAN RECIPES:
8 Meat-Free Tapas for Sampling Spanish Cuisine OR
Vegangela Tapas OR
Top 8 Vegan Tapas for World Tapas Day

If you’re not into cooking but just want to socialize, it’s fine to bring something yummy from the store, AS LONG AS IT IS IN THE TAPAS STYLE.

People are also asked to bring their recipe or a list of all ingredients used (for the benefit of those with food allergies).

Please do not bring soup – we have no bowls and are concerned about spills.

Please bring your own beverages.

Please bring your own plates, cups, silverware, and serving utensils. We have spares available if you forget!

Non-veg friends welcome! Children welcome! Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.

The Chico Vegan Potluck meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at 6:00 pm. Delicious food and recipes are shared with those who care about their health, the planet, and, most of all, the animals.

For more information or cruelty-free recipes, please visit chicovegan.com or join Chico Vegan Meetup on Facebook.