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Please note that all events are open to everyone! Special accommodations needed? Click here.
Submit listings relevant to the mission of Northwest VEG to info@nwveg.org.

Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals 2014
September 13 (10:00 AM) - Volunteers Needed
Show your love for animals by joining the 2014 Walk for Farm Animals, hosted by Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal rescue organization. Walkers will be treated to baked goods from Voodoo Doughnuts, Black Sheep Bakery, and Back to Eden Bakery, and will be given the opportunity to win fabulous prizes from local vegan businesses. Registration is just $15 in advance or $25 the day of the walk. All proceeds go to fund Farm Sanctuary's life-saving work! For more information and to register, please visit walkforfarmanimals.org.

Northwest VEG will be tabling at this great event and we need you help! Please email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more info.
Longview, WA Community Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck And Talk
September 20 (6:00 PM)
Join your fellow vegheads at the next Longview Community Vegan/Vegetarian Potluck at the Youth & Family Link Gym located at 907 Douglas St in Longview, WA., for the potluck at 6pm or the talk by Ted Cole, expert aeroponic gardener, at 7pm or both!

Ted helps people grow their own ultra-local, ultra-fresh, and ultra-nutritious produce in an affordable and environmentally friendly way! Urban gardening and the Tower Garden particularly are the focus of his work. He helps people to achieve their goals of sustainable and personalized produce growing here in Portland, NW Oregon, and SW Washington.

The Tower Garden is an amazing system that allows people to grow up to 20 plants in 2.5ft x 2.5ft of space. There's no kneeling, tilling, weeding, or fertilizing involved, only basic chemistry and minimal maintenance. Because it grows more quickly than other types of gardens, most people harvest 4 times per year, enough produce to use, save, and share, making Tower Garden a true community asset!

Please bring a vegan (plant-based with no animal products, including honey) or vegetarian (plant-based with dairy or egg) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients, copies of your recipe to share, if you'd like, and plates and utensils for your use. For those who bring a dish, 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. This is an alcohol-free event. A donation of $2 per person is suggested to help cover room rental expenses. Please RSVP to kaydebbie25@yahoo.com.
NW VEG Eastside Potluck with Drs. Love and Abraham
September 21 (5:00 PM)
Sara Love, N.D. and Wendy Abraham, N.D.are both graduates of the National College of Natural Medicine. Sara Love currently works as a naturopathic physician at the Multnomah Family Care Center. Wendy Abraham is a board member and current Secretary of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians, has been a naturopathic physician for the past 10 years, is the owner of Sherwood Natural Medicine & Reflexology and has been an instructor in the Food for Life program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Join them for a sneak peak of their 'Enhancing health with Plant-Based Nutrition' talk, The Gut Flora as a Forgotten Organ and How Plants Can Restore its Function, where they will investigate the different species of bacteria, their function and how to optimize the gut flora with a plant based diet for health and prevention of disease. This is sure to be a very interesting talk!

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.
5th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Conf.
September 26 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)
On Friday, September 26, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host the 5th annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Professional Conference where experts on diet and nutrition from around the country will be examining the impact of plant-based nutrition on health and chronic disease prevention and treatment. We are excited to announce that we will be expanding to a new location this year. Join us in the Oregon Ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center for this groundbreaking conference that is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. 6.25 Continuing Education Credits will be provided for health professionals and a gourmet plant-based lunch will also be featured.
This year's faculty includes:
  • Joel Fuhrman, MD Combating Hunger and Obesity with a High Nutrient Dense Diet
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing.
  • Caroline Trapp, MSN Type 2 Diabetes: How to Use "Farmacy" Over Pharmacy for Prevention and Treatment
    Caroline Trapp is the director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Washington, D.C.
  • Kent Thornburg, PhD Uncovering the Roots of Disease: Epigenetics and Diet
    Dr Kent Thornburg is the director of the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, and professor of medicine at OHSU.
  • Sharon Palmer, RD The Plant-Based Prescription for Inflammation
    Sharon Palmer is a registered dietitian with 16 years of health care experience, and the author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health.
  • Sara Love, ND and Wendy Abraham, ND The Gut Flora as a Forgotten Organ and How Plants Can Restore its Function
    Dr Love is a naturopathic physician at the Multnomah Family Care Center. Dr Abraham is a practicing ND and board member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Let your health care provider know about this great opportunity for 6.25 affordable Continuing Education Credits! Although this conference is aimed at health care professionals, others with a strong background and interest in health and nutrition may attend.

More information and registration is available at nwveg.org/health_conference.
Portland VegFest Turns 10!
September 27 - 28 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) - Volunteers Needed

Join us September 27 & 28 at the Oregon Convention Center as we celebrate 10 years of Portland VegFest! This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone!

Portland VegFest 2014 will feature:
  • 100s of Free Foods to Sample!
  • Exciting Speakers including Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Ellen Jaffe Jones and many more!
  • Cooking Demos from Fran Costigan, Alan Rottinger, Tayla Lutzger and more!
  • Ask the Experts Table
  • Children and Teen Activities including a Super Hero themed photo booth!
NEW this year!
  • Expanded exhibit hall with even more of your favorite and soon-to-be favorite foods, restaurants, non-profits and other businesses!
  • Fitness area with demos and classes!
  • Fashion and Beauty area!
  • Mini farmers market!

$8 admission/day. Kids 12 and under free. $5 for students and seniors with valid ID.
Look for $1 off coupon in our ads!

Volunteer for Portland VegFest and receive Free Admission!
More than 400 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 10th Annual Portland VegFest a success. Every 3 hour shift you do during the weekend earns you an entry into our special volunteer raffle! Please contact Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteer@nwveg.org for details.
Upcoming Vegan Fusion Classes
August 11 - October 25
Whether you are an experienced cook, looking to get a job in the vegan restaurant industry, or simply interested in deepening your knowledge of vegan, vegetarian and raw foods, you can learn from a pro on how to prepare healthy world-class vegan cuisine! This is a life transforming experience and special opportunity to study intensely with Mark Reinfeld, the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of the 2006 ‘Ilima Award for “Best Restaurant on Kaua’i”.
Mark Reinfeld will be teaching the following classes in Portland this year:
  • 2-Day Holiday Feast Workshop Taught by Deb Kay, certified Vegan Fusion Instructor on October 25-26
Mark has graciously offered Northwest VEG members 10% off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on Vegan Fusion classes and registration details click here.