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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.

What A Fish Knows cover

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.

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.

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

Go here to buy tickets!
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.

We will need help! Please send an email to to help us before and after this event.

Please consider sponsoring a turkey. There are many farmed animal sanctuaries that offer sponsorship opportunities…
Animal Place:
Farm Sanctuary:
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary:

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:

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!

Jeannie Trizzino, Chico Vegan Organizer –
Sherry Morgado, Dharma Voices for Animals, Chico Chapter Leader –

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

September 2016 – Potluck

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chico Public Library


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

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. 

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 or join Chico Vegan Meetup on Facebook.

Meatless Monday & Beer Tasting – New Earth Market

Join us on Monday July 25, 2016 for Meatless Monday at New Earth Market in Chico! This will be a great opportunity to sample vegan items from the deli, coffee bar, and throughout the store, as well as mingle and meet other vegans and folks interested in getting started with shifting their diets from the Standard Western Diet to a more plant-based diet. This is a great event to invite friends, co-workers, and family members to. PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT WIDELY!

Monday July 25, 2016
New Earth Market – Chico
864 East Avenue, Chico CA 95926
Continue reading Meatless Monday & Beer Tasting – New Earth Market

10 Billion Lives Tour Comes to Chico

Want to make a statement for the animals for Earth Day? AR activist volunteers needed to join the 10 Billion Lives Tour for effective outreach! Volunteering at a 10 Billion Lives event is an engaging and rewarding form of pay-per-view outreach – people are asked to watch a 4-minute video on animal issues and will get $1 for their time. After they watch the video, the aim is to have a conversation with each viewer to encourage them to get active for animals by leaving them off of their plates.

The 10 Billion Lives Tour will be at Butte College on these dates:
Mon 4/18 – 9am – 3pm
Tue 4/19 – 9am – 3pm

The 10 Billion Lives Tour will be at Chico State on these dates:
Wed 4/20 – 9am – 3pm
Thu 4/21 – 9am – 3pm
Fri 4/22 – 9am – 3pm


They are asking for volunteers to help them set up and help with outreach and honest conversation. If you are interested, please send an email to

CARES Reading Group

DATE CHANGED – Join us on Tuesday, May 10 for the CARES Reading Group

Tuesday, May 10, 7-9 pm
Trinity Hall, Room 126
400 W 1st Street
Chico CA 95929

The Chico Animal Rights and Education Series (CARES) meets on Tuesday, May 10 from 7-9 pm, at Trinity Hall, Room 126 at Chico State. The group will be reading Chapter 2 from The Sexual Politics of Meat, the groundbreaking book by Carol J. Adams. We will be learning about and discussing the concept of “the absent referent.”

Every meal of meat is an absence, the death of the animal whose place the meat takes: this is the “absent referent.” The absent referent functions to cloak the violence inherent to meat eating, to protect the conscience of the meat eater and render the idea of individual animals as immaterial to anyone’s selfish desires.

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

Download the PDF of the reading here.

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