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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Hiring a Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator

January 11, 2015

Are you looking for a great opportunity to put your enthusiasm and dedication to work? We are seeking a part-time employee to serve as Portland VegFest / Events Coordinator for Northwest VEG. The ideal candidate has experience coordinating large events, leading multiple committees, recruiting and building relationships with businesses and organizations as sponsors or exhibitors, working with volunteers, and is passionate about promoting a 100% plant-based diet for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.

Applications are due February 1, 2015.

Click here for more details: http://nwveg.org/jobs

Master VEG Starts Next Month!

January 7, 2015

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2015, will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St., Portland). Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to Northwest VEG or another nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

Dr. Ramona Ilea (pictured right) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Pacific University, Oregon. She teaches a semester-long "Animal Ethics" class, as well as classes on biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and theoretical ethics. Read more about the MVP presenters.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and New Tofurky Product Tasting

January 29 (6:30 PM)

Join us for a community potluck followed by a special presentation from Seth Tibbott, Founder of Tofurky, and Head Tofurky R&D Chef, Greg Rekas! Seth and Greg will share with us the process of how new vegan products come to market and treat us to a special tasting of 6 new Tofurky products. Attendees will be asked to give sensory evaluations and marketability feedback on these 6 new Tofurky products and all tasters will receive a FREE VIP coupon for a Tofurky product!

Join us for a delicious potluck at 6:30 followed by the special Tofurky product testing at 7:30, or both! The potluck and demo will be in the Oak and Elm Rooms at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.
For the potluck, please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. 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 email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Veggie Grill FUNdraiser for Northwest VEG

January 31 (10:30 AM - 9:00 PM)

Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause... Northwest VEG! The Downtown Portland Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland) will graciously be donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day Saturday, January 31, to Northwest VEG! Just remember to mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG. (For Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation, you MUST mention the fundraiser when you pay.)

We will be doing meetups throughout the day so we hope to see you for lunch at 12pm, dinner at 6pm or both! If you can't make it to a meetup, you can still come any time between 10:30am and 9pm and mention the fundraiser for Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation!

Please share this event on your Facebook wall and invite your friends and family to also dine at the Downtown Portland Veggie Grill on January 31st. It's a great restaurant for exposing people to delicious vegan food!

Humane Lobby Day in Salem

February 12 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Meeting with your state legislators can seem scary -- but don't stress, HSUS has got you covered! Join HSUS Oregon State Director Scott Beckstead and other animal advocates at this year's Oregon Humane Lobby Day at the United First Methodist Church (600 State St., in Salem). You'll be provided with tips for citizen lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation. Then, you'll get to meet directly with your elected officials to discuss legislation that could significantly impact the lives of animals.

A RSVP is required so register today! This is a huge opportunity to make a difference for animals in YOUR home state, and Northwest VEG hopes to see you there. Contact Oregon State Director, Scott Beckstead, if you have additional questions.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Raw Cleansing Talk

February 26 (6:30 PM)

Join Kathy Peterman, RN, as she shares her journey in fasting, detoxifying, juicing and trying out various ways to lose weight. It's a journey that got her to now do three times a year raw cleansing as a way to enhance her health and focus on caring for her body, mind and spirit. Kathy became interested in vegetarianism and nutrition back in the mid 70's when she read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. She learned from a variety of raw foodists including Penni Shelton, Dara Dubinet, Dan McDonald, Frank Ferrante, David Wolfe, and Natalia KW. She has applied these learnings to her three times a year raw cleansing. Her cleanses are not about limitation, but rather, they are about super charging your nutrition with abundant live raw foods. Come learn more about her journey and how it might be helpful to you.

Join us for a delicious potluck at 6:30 followed by a raw cleansing talk by Kathy Peterman at 7:30, or both! The potluck and demo will be in the Oak/Elm Room at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.
For the potluck, please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. 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 email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

NW VEG Eastside Potluck with Jess Sconé

March 15 (5:00 PM)

Native New Yorker turned longtime Portlander Jess Sconé joins Northwest VEG in January for a demo on modern pickle & (vegan!) cheese plating. Jess is an award-winning blogger, writer, event maker and obsessive home cook who will share her tips on making your own easy, seasonal refrigerator pickles, cocktail/mocktail pairings, and share a recipe or two from her latest vegan cheese adventures. You may also recognize Jess as the co-founder of both Portland's Vegan Iron Chef organization and Vida Vegan Con, returning this May returns this May for its third vegan media + lifestyle conference to Austin, TX.

This event will be at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland, OR. Come to the potluck at 5:00, the presentation at 6:30, or both!
Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6 generously; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events, and we start eating at about 5:15. For more information email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.