Check Out Our Huge February Event Calendar & Join Us
In addition to VegFest, VegMichigan hosts both in-person and virtual events throughout the year, and we have many to choose from in February. Some highlights include:
  • Come to a Monthly Dinner Meetup, which is a great way to make new friends or try a different restaurant. February locations include Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Royal Oak, and Traverse City. Join a Meetup in your area.

  • Join us for a Virtual Open House Lobbying Party to take action on pending bills to prevent the expansion of factory farms. Learn more about the bills, gain tips for effective lobbying, and take action through calling, emailing, and letter writing. Wednesday, February 7, come anytime between 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Register here.

  • Attend a virtual presentation to support a healthy brain and happy mood by Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, who will share 10 simple and tasty things you can do everyday. Nicole is a plant-based dietitian nutritionist and founder of, Thursday, February 8, at 6:30pm. Details and Zoom link.

  • Environmental Justice Movie Night is an in-person screening of The Smell of Money, a documentary that follows a community in North Carolina battling factory farms. We are partnering with the Detroit Branch NAACP and other organizations to show this film. Thursday, February 29 at 7pm at The Chroma (2937 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit). Tickets are free but you must register.
Attend a Meetup near you
Nichole Dandrea-Russert, MS, RDN, Boost Brain Health,
Feb 8
Click on an event for more details or see the full list here.

Saturday, February 3, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, February 8, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Friday, February 9, 6pm-7:30pm

Meetup at Ale Mary's (Royal Oak)
Thursday, February 22, 6:30pm-8pm
Book Club, Feb 22
Thursday, February 22, 6:30pm-8pm

Friday, February 23, 12pm-1:30pm

Meetup at Seva (Detroit)
Tuesday, February 27, 6pm-7:30pm

Thursday, February 29, 6pm-9pm
Award Winning Film, The Smell of Monday, Feb 29
We Need Your Voice to Help Stop Factory Farming in MI
2024 is a pivotal year for factory farming in Michigan. If we don't make our voices heard now, there will be an explosion of new factory farms in Michigan. Please contact the sponsors of SB 275 to tell them you don't want the inclusion of CAFO-derived manure biogas as a qualifying fuel under a state Clean Fuels Standard because Michigan residents don’t want false climate solutions, and we don’t want an explosion of new and larger factory farms in Michigan. Read Our Letter to Legislators and then Contact Bill Sponsors. Also, join us for our Virtual Open House Lobbying Party on Feb 7 (details above) and Register for the Feb 12 Virtual Meeting.
Carbon-Neutral Safari in Kenya & More Vegan Tours
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey! Picture being on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania, in the heart of the Great Migration, watching in awe as wildebeest and zebras stampede across endless grasslands, herds of elephants traversing the savannah, and elusive leopards hidden in the shadows. But wait, there's more – your adventure also includes a stay at Kenya’s first carbon-neutral safari camp in the Masai Mara because saving the planet can be part of the adventure, too! Not interested in Africa? Don’t worry; there are other adventures to Bali & Costa Rica! Explore Vegan Tours & Retreats Here

Cooking Your Way to Good Health with Deanna
February is American Heart Month, and in recognition of this, Deanna has created a heart-healthy and delicious pasta bean soup! This recipe is low in cholesterol and sodium but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and is good for your gut health. Deanna is a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiovascular disease at Henry Ford Hospital. She is interested in disease prevention and progression with a focus on dietary changes to improve health.
Plant-Based Super Bowl Snacks
Whether you are looking forward to the big game or just watching it for the commercials, check out these great plant-based snacks and meal ideas for your Super Bowl party! Or, revisit a few of our favorite cooking demo videos perfect for gameday, from enchiladas to vegan mac and cheese and vegan "wings."
Enter This Month's Raffle
Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! The answer was: Veganuary. Patti Opperthauser won a gift card to Anita's Kitchen, Lisa Murray won a gift card to Beyond Juice, and Natalie Allinder won a gift card to Cinnaholic. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win one of the following prizes.
$25 e-gift card to Forty Acres Soul Kitchen (Grand Rapids)

$25 e-gift card to Unburger (Dearborn)
To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one gift card preference to [email protected]. Those with the correct answer will be entered into a raffle drawing for the e-gift card of their choice. Winners will be announced in the March newsletter. Good luck!
Help Michigan Pass Queenie's Law
HB 4849, known as Queenie’s Law, would outlaw painful experiments on dogs at Michigan’s taxpayer-funded institutions – like those conducted at Wayne State University. The bill was just heard by the House Agriculture Committee, but it needs your help to move it forward! Please take a few seconds to email and call your state representative today. If you live in State House District 16 it is especially important that Rep. Stephanie Young hears from you.
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