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At Northwest VEG’s
July Board Meeting, we selected officers for the new fiscal year, as specified
in our bylaws. Peter Spendelow, Don Merrick and Linda Sant’Angelo
agreed to remain in their former positions as president, vice president
and treasurer, respectively. Barrett McInnis agreed to become secretary,
replacing Carol Merrick who has served in that capacity since Northwest
VEG formed in 2003. Cindy Koczy and Barrett have agreed to share the job
of volunteer coordinator, replacing Maggie Raczek who served in that capacity
since Northwest VEG formed.
VEG President Featured in Oregonian for his “Green”
Northwest VEG at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470
SW Oleson Road in Portland on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 5:00 pm for its monthly
vegetarian potluck. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad
or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for
your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase
the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family.
Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information call
(503) 224-7380 or email email@example.com.
If you can volunteer to help at the potluck, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (503) 224-7380. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to
help cover the cost of the room rental. After the meal, Grant Dixon (pictured,
wearing red bandana) will provide a cooking demo with small samples for
those attending. He is owner and founder of Pappa G's Vegan Organics serving
vegan comfort food at Daily Grind Natural Foods on Hawthorne. He will
present a few of the entree items featured at Pappa G's. These delicious,
organic vegan offerings such as Heirloom Tomato Salad and Sesame Tofu
and Quinoa will delight your palate and showcase the best of the Northwest's
local and seasonal produce.
New Website Offers
Reviews of Vegan Food at Local Restaurants
Farm Animals Want You to Walk for Them on Sept. 29
by Cathy Monroy, Coordinator, Portland Walk for Farm Animals 2007
year Northwest VEG organized a local Walk for Farm Animals that included
113 walkers and raised close to $10,000 for Farm Sanctuary, a national
farm animal rescue and education group with large farms in California
and New York. I hope we can have an awesome turnout this year, as well.
Here are the important details so far:
Are Your Veg Favorites in Portland/Vancouver?
Among the many Portland-area veg options, we each have our favorites. Here we are going to find out the favorites of Northwest VEG members and friends so that others may perhaps discover something new. The survey results will be announced in the Sept/Oct NW VEG Thymes. One name will be drawn randomly for a $25 gift certificate to Blossoming Lotus, last year’s readers’ pick as the best restaurant.
Please send in your favorites by Aug. 24, 2007. Email email@example.com or snail mail to 1323 NE 77th Ave., Portland, OR 97213.
Please note your favorite for all or any number of the following categories:
1. Restaurant ________________________________________________
2. Food Cart _________________________________________________
3. Asian Restaurant ___________________________________________
4. Mexican Restaurant ________________________________________
5. African Restaurant __________________________________________
6. Middle Eastern Restaurant ___________________________________
7. Restaurant serving vegan sushi _______________________________
8. Restaurant for breakfast ______________________________________
9. Restaurant or food cart for lunch _______________________________
10. Restaurant for dinner _______________________________________
11. Restaurant for raw food ______________________________________
12. Happy hour with vegan options ________________________________
13. Tofu scramble _____________________________________________
14. Vegan French Toast ________________________________________
15. Vegan pancakes ___________________________________________
16. Non-dairy latte _____________________________________________
17. Locally made vegan dessert __________________________________
18. Vegan burger in restaurant ___________________________________
19. Vegan burger in grocery store ________________________________
20. Grocery store _____________________________________________
Word About Vegetarian Pit Bulls
Dineout Tradition Continues at Northwest VEG
by Andre Smith, Contributing Writer
Every second Saturday of the month, people from all walks of life come together to experience great vegetarian food at Northwest VEG's dine-outs, which have been held monthly since the group started in 2003. The dine-outs provide an opportunity to socialize with the common interest in supporting plant-based diets and enjoying the experience of eating out.
We are fortunate in our fair city to have so many animal-friendly, environment-friendly, health-conscious, and tasty options. So it’s only natural for Northwest VEG members to support these restaurants with our business.
There is one problem, though; with all of these wonderful places to enjoy food, where to go? Where to go when you are trying to decide where to eat with your spouse? Where to go when you are the coordinator of the Northwest VEG dine-out? As last month's coordinator I had to make this difficult decision and finally came to the conclusion to have the dine-out at Pirates Tavern—an all vegan restaurant on the northwest side of town—partly because it had been six months since the last dine-out there (we try to shake it up by waiting at least half a year before having the dineout at the same restaurant) and partly because I had a hankering for Pirates’ shepherd's pie. We had a small group, but it was a good dine-out with great conversations, wonderful food choices and, if you stayed long enough, even live music. Visit Pirates at 2839 NW St. Helens Rd. or virtually at www.piratestavern.com.
It behooves us to remember that the next time we are eating out and considering going to some fast food chain with pseudo-veg options on their menu, we can make the choice to go to one of Portland Metro area's many unique, local and delicious veg-friendly restaurants. For more info on how to patronize these worthy establishments that are making it easier for people to commit to a plant-based diet that's easier on the animals and the planet, visit www.nwveg.org and click on the Dineout page.
Catch the Next Dine-out!
If you like Indian food, consider signing up for the next dine-out to take place at 12:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Abhiruchi. The mostly veg South & North Indian lunch buffet will feature specially prepared vegan items. All you can eat for $8.95, including soft drinks! Abhiruchi is located at 3815 SW Murray Blvd. in Beaverton. To RSVP, contact Charley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 288-1503 by Aug. 8. We will be limiting our number to 20 (the capacity of the restaurant's private room), so secure your seat early! To learn more about the restaurant, visit www.abhiruchirestaurant.net.
Sees Legislative Victories for Animals
Reported by The Humane Society of the United States
The Oregon legislative session adjourned in June with an unprecedented victory for farm animals. Thanks to calls and emails from dedicated animal advocates, the state legislature passed S.B. 694 to ban gestation crates for breeding pigs. While Florida and Arizona have outlawed this cruel confinement system by ballot initiative, Oregon became the first state to do so through the state legislature. In addition to S.B. 694, the legislature passed several other animal protection bills:
Animals in Disasters. Oregon became the 16th state to ensure that animals are not left behind during disasters with the passage of S.B. 570, which requires emergency plans for the evacuation, transport and temporary sheltering of companion animals, service animals, and livestock during a major disaster or an emergency.
Internet Hunting. Internet hunting is a cruel pay-per-view slaughter of fenced animals trapped at canned hunts hundreds of thousands of miles away. Lazy trophy hunters in camouflage pajamas can shoot these animals remotely simply by clicking a computer mouse or keyboard on their home computer. Thirty-two other states have banned Internet hunting, and now Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission will be required by S.B. 492 to do the same.
Cross-Reporting of Animal Abuse. The Oregon legislature acknowledged the link between human violence and animal abuse with the passage of S.B. 1017, which requires social workers, foster care providers, counselors, and state or county employees to report aggravated animal abuse.
Unfortunately, the Oregon legislative session was not without a huge loss for Oregon’s cougars. Despite an outpouring of local opposition, the Oregon legislature passed H.B. 2971, which allows the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to deputize sport hunters as their agents to kill cougars with hounds under the Cougar Management Plan. This bill essentially rolls back cougar protections twice approved by voters in 1994 and 1996. Please call your state senator and your state representative to let them know that the passage of this bill is unacceptable.
To learn more about current animal-related legislation in Oregon and other states, visit www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/state_legislation.
Not Too Late to Catch a Veg Festival
The 2006 National Essene Gathering – Aug. 10-12, Essene Garden of Peace, 35 acres nestled in the coastal mountain range of Oregon, about one hour west of Eugene. OR. www.essene.org/Essene_Gathering.htm
The London Vegan Festival – Aug. 19, Kensington Town Hall, London WC1; packed with food, speakers, and more, for a mere £1. www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/index.html
The Vibrant Living Expo – Aug. 24-27, Fort Bragg, CA; Speakers, culinary classes, wellness presentations, activities, fitness classes, music, entertainment, raw film screenings, raw pie contest, vendor booths, panels, etc. http://rawfoodchef.com/html/vibrant_living_expo.html
Raw Spirit Retreat – Sept. 6-9, Camp Adams near Molalla, OR. Immerse yourself for three days and nights in all aspects of a successful raw food lifestyle. This event is limited to the first 200 campers who make reservations. www.rawandlivingspirit.org
New York's Capital Region Vegetarian Expo – Sept. 15, Sarasota Springs, NY; promoting the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness, compassion for animals and all beings. www.nyvegetarianexpo.org
International Compassionate Living Festival – Oct. 5-7, Durham, NC; featuring authors, academics, activists. and artists united for positive change on behalf of animals worldwide. “Becoming the change” www.animalsandsociety.org/conference07.htm
Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Oct. 11-19, Phuket, Thailand; local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet. www.phuketvegetarian.com
Sowing Seeds Workshop, Oct. 19-20 – Vancouver, BC. Organized by the Institute for Humane Education, a dynamic, interactive, empowering weekend to inspire others to make informed, humane choices. http://humaneeducation.org/events/view/12
Bioneers Conference, Oct. 19-21 – San Rafael, CA. Promoting practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. http://bioneers.org/conference
Boston Vegetarian Festival, Oct. 20 – Boston, MA. With over 100 exhibitors, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is a full day of fun, good food, and learning! http://bostonveg.org/index.html