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Hey all -

Just a quick note to remind everybody that we will be meeting starting at 6:00pm tonight at FM Restaurant at 320 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk.

On-street parking is free after 6:00pm downtown. The MacArthur Mall parking garage (complete with shelter and security) is only $3 for the entire evening after 6:00pm. The Freemason Garage is $4 and the ground-level lot across the street is $5.

Bring your friends, bring your appetites, bring your ideas! We will be meeting in the main room, you can't miss us. :)

See you there!

- Heather

Welcome back, fall. ♡- HRVADL

Fall greetings, fellow liberals!*

September was crazy busy, so it's been a while since I've sent out a chapter email. Bear with me! :)

One of the many things I did last month was attend the annual Living Liberally Leaders conference in Dallas, Texas.

If you'd like to take a look at some of the photos that were taken during the conference, you can check them out here.

It was awesome to reunite with my Drinking Liberally family once more in order to remember why we liberals need to stick together and what we have to learn from each other.

We had some great discussions about what Drinking Liberally chapters are doing all over the country, both for their members and for the community.

Speaking of community... elections are coming!

The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching: Monday, October 13th or 22 days before the election.

If you're still not sure who is running in your district or who you'd like to vote for, check out It's a political quiz website that's been around for a while, but it was recently updated to include real-time information for local elections.

Here's how to use it:

  1. Make sure you have the correct zip code entered before you begin.
  2. Once you click on Try the political quiz, be sure to expand all the questions in each section.
  3. Next, be sure to click "Choose another stance" on each question in order to see the nuanced choices you're given.
  4. After clicking "Choose another stance" for an entire section, a dialog box will pop up asking you "Would you like us to show all stances for future questions so you don't have to click "choose another stance"?" Click "yes" to this.
  5. You can also use the sliders next to each question to rate how important each issue is to you
  6. At the end, you will see "Virginia 2014 election issues". Answer these and click "Show my results"
  7. On the next screen, you will see your top 4 closest matching results with the major political parties
  8. Click "Show all parties" to see how your views line up with the party platforms of all major political parties
  9. Up in the top right corner, you'll see "Midterm voting guide" along with the names of the candidates running for local office whose public stances most closely align with your own
  10. Click "See more local candidates" and double check that the ZIP code in the top right corner of the map is correct.

From there, you can check out districts, set reminders to vote, all sorts of stuff! Share this quiz far and wide with your friends and make sure everyone you know is registered to vote.

ATTENTION: We will be shifting meetings around this month, so stay tuned. To find out where and when we will be....


As always, check us out on Meetup or Facebook to see what's going on with the chapter in real time!

So until next time, remember: When you drink liberally, always drink responsibly!

Your organizer,
Heather Hawkins

✰ Drinking Liberally August Events! ✰ (starting tonight with DL Norfolk)

Before we dive in, I want to put on your radars that I will be attending the annual Living Liberally Leaders conference in Dallas, TX the weekend of September 19-21. If you have any questions for me or the national leadership team, please reply to this email or see me at one of our events. Also, the midterm elections are coming up in November, so be thinking about ideas we can use to boost attendance and come up with some new meeting events!

Now, a quick recap of this month's events. Ready, set, GO!

2nd Tuesday DL Norfolk is TONIGHT at Uno Chicago Grill in the JANAF shopping center at the corner of Military Highway and Virginia Beach Boulevard. We meet in the bar area starting around 6pm and we're pretty hard to miss. :) Check out our Facebook event page here and our Meetup page here.

Tomorrow is yet another installment of the Non-Fiction Film series at the Naro Cinema in Ghent so that means Screening Liberally! We will be seeing the film "Growing Cities". (And probably congregating at Colley Cantina before and/or after the film to chat.) BONUS: I just saw that they're turning it into a double feature! "Growing Cities" and (back by popular demand) "Fed Up"! Don't miss it! You can check out the Facebook event page here and the Meetup event page here.

Speaking of Screening Liberally, we will also ride again on Wednesday August 27th to see the film "Code Black" at the Naro Cinema as well. Facebook event here and Meetup event here.

Finally, the month will officially wrap up at Croc's 19th Street Bistro on the 4th Thursday August 28th. Don't forget to RSVP via Facebook and/or Meetup.

As always, if you have an idea for an event, post it up in our Facebook group, Hampton Roads Drinking Liberally, or suggest it to me on Meetup.

Thanks for all your support!

- Heather

Drinking Liberally July Events

Happy birthday, America!

To kick off the month of July, we've already had a couple of fun DL events with more in store!

Come see us at UNO Chicago Grill this Tuesday starting at 6:00pm and join the conversation! We'll probably be meeting indoors at the bar like usual.

Our regular Virginia Beach meeting is on for Thursday July 24th at Croc's 19th Street Bistro.

We will also be discussing additional activities throughout the month. As always, if you have an idea for an event or you'd like to host something, please let me know or suggest it on Meetup!

All of this info is on both our Facebook group as well as our Meetup page. If you're not on there yet, won't you join us?

And remember... when you drink liberally, always drink responsibly!

- Heather Hawkins

Come see your Drinking Liberally friends this month!

Happy June, everybody! We have some great stuff planned this month. :)

First of all, Drinking Liberally Norfolk is this coming Tuesday June 10th starting at 6:00pm at UNO Chicago Grill Norfolk. It's located at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Military Highway in the JANAF shopping center. Hopefully this month they will have opened up their outdoor enclosed patio bar and we can drink and mingle like tropical liberals! :)

Next up, there will be a Screening Liberally event on Wednesday June 11th at the Naro Cinema in the Ghent section of Norfolk. We will be seeing "Fed Up". Here's the lowdown:

"Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up reveals a 30-year campaign by giant corporations, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. We have one of the largest health epidemics in history and the next generation of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

With narration by co-producer Katie Couric, co-producer Laurie David (Oscar-winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. The experts interviewed include Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman MD, David Kessler MD, and Robert Lustig MD. (92 mins) Click here to visit official site.

Post-film speakers and discussion:
Mimi Rosenthal is a biochemist who recently retired from teaching and research in metabolism and nutrition at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Mark Haynes is in private practice at Coastal Chiropractic in Ghent.
Amy Price-Neff is a family physician and co-owner of Pendulum Fine Meats in Ghent.

We usually get together before the movie at one of the bars on Colley Avenue. If the weather is nice, you will find us outside on the patio! The movie starts at 7:00pm if you'd like to join us and stick around afterward for some great conversation and perhaps another beer! ;)

Our regular Virginia Beach DL happy hour is still on for June 26th at Croc's 19th Street Bistro. However, due to popular demand, we are also having an EXTRA Drinking Liberally Virginia Beach happy hour this month! We are going to check out Hair of the Dog Eatery in Loehmann's Plaza on Virginia Beach Boulevard on Wednesday June 18th starting at 6:00pm and going until whenever. This little family owned joint has only been open for a couple of months, but it's garnered nothing but rave reviews. Let's come out and support a local business and see what they have to offer!

Finally, I'd just like to say a little word about something that is near and dear to my heart. We (DL hosts) just kicked off this year's McKay Schwalbach memorial fellowship. In memory of my dear friend and fellow DL host, this fellowship pays airfare and hotel for one lucky DL host who's never attended a Living Liberally conference.

The past couple of years, we've pooled money, miles, and more to get one DL host out to the conference so they can meet other hosts and learn how to leverage LL's nationwide network.

This year, we decided to do a little something different. In addition to our usual host-only money pool, we're opening it up for anyone to contribute to help us bring as many people as possible to the conference!

Maybe this year we'll hear from hosts of DL Anchorage. Or DL Albuquerque. Or DL New Orleans. Who knows?? :)

Obviously, you are under NO obligation whatsoever to chip in. However, if you'd like to contribute, please visit: Or if you're interested in learning how you can join me at the conference or start your own DL chapter, just simply reply to this email!

All of this info is on both our Facebook group as well as our Meetup page. If you're not on there yet, won't you join us?

Until next time, remember... when you drink liberally, always drink responsibly!

- Heather Hawkins

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