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Submit listings relevant to the mission of Northwest VEG to info@nwveg.org.

NW VEG Westside Portland Potluck and Juicing Demo
April 20 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)
This month we look forward to welcoming Arron Barnes, owner of Absolutely Juicy, to our monthly potluck. Arron will share his fascinating story about what brought him to a life a juice and talk to us about the general benefits of juicing, whether fresh juice or smoothies are best and what the best ways of extracting juice is. Come to the Potluck at 5:00, the demo at 6:30, or both!
Arron will have two juicers with him and demonstrate how to get the most out of your produce and explain what type of juicer is best for the home user. There will be FREE SAMPLES of Arron's refreshing juice! We hope that you will join us for a great night that is sure to answer all of your juicy questions. Like Absolutely Juicy on Facebook.

The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert with serving utensil; 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. For more information on the potluck email us at info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2–5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.
NW VEG Happy Hour at The Bye and Bye
April 21 (6:00 PM)
This month we will be heading over to The Bye and Bye (1011 NE Alberta St., Portland). If you are new to Portland, a new vegan or just veg curious, this is a place you need to know about! They have great comfort food, cocktails and desserts. Check out their all vegan menu and libations list here.

Remember, space is limited so RSVP on our meetup page. Our events fill up quickly and we ask that you consider those on the wait list and update your RSVP if your plans change. See you there!
NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Communication Presentation
April 24 (6:30 PM)
Come have a great plant-based meal with friends then stay for a presentation with Connie Coquillette and Lisa Fishman on how to effectively communicate and motivate our friends and loved ones.

Many of us in the vegan community become frustrated when our friends, co-workers, and family members don't show an interest in learning the benefits of a plant-based diet. Sometimes they are not only defensive, but hostile toward our chosen lifestyle. This interactive presentation will discuss the psychology of motivating people and an evidence based treatment model call "Motivational Interviewing" that was developed originally to work with alcohol and drug clients who were in denial. The tools discussed will help you move yourself and other people along in the change process by recognizing where they are and how to communicate effectively with those at different stages.
Connie Coquillette is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified in Plant-Based Nutrition and Integrative Nutrition. Lisa Fishman is a master's level counselor with a background in the medical field who has been in private practice for the past 12 years.

The potluck and presentation 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.
Forks Over Knives screening with special guest Rip Esselstyn!
April 24 (6:30 PM)
Adventist Medical Center presents Forks Over Knives with special guest Rip Esselstyn in their amphitheater located at 10123 SE Market St. in Portland.

The power of the fork in the prevention and treatment of many common killers was revealed in the wildly popular film, Forks Over Knives. Join Portland Adventist and Rip Esselstyn as they revisit this life-changing movie and spend a few minutes afterwards talking about personal impacts and opportunities. This is event is FREE but registrations are recommended. Call 503-256-4000 to reserve your spot. And make sure you save room for popcorn!

Northwest VEG will be tabling at this event and so please stop by and say hi!
Screening of Speciesism: The Movie
April 26 (5:00 - 7:30 PM) - Volunteers Needed
The film Speciesism will be shown at the First Unitarian Church of Portland's Elliott Center. Enter through the 1226 SW Salmon door. Admission is FREE. Discussion and food, generously donated by Loving Hut Portland, will follow the film. Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (PDX).

Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. This documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and confronting their owners.

The film's title comes from Peter Singer’s book Animal Liberation, in which he argues that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. Respected thinkers and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. This film brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do. For more on the movie, click here.
Earth Day PDX
April 26 (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM) - Volunteers Needed
The 2014 Portland Earth Day Coalition’s theme, "Reverse Migration", reflects the climate change challenges facing our planet as the global population continues to migrate from countryside to cities.

The 2014 Earth Day Celebration will feature:
  • 100+ sustainable businesses and organizations including Northwest VEG!
  • 2 stages of live music & entertainment
  • Kids’ Village & Procession of the Species parade
  • The Soapbox Speakers' Stage
  • Health and Wellness Village
  • Better Transportation Fair
  • Full effort to recycle all materials
  • Bicycle rides to the celebration from starting points all around the city

Northwest VEG will be tabling at this event and would love your help. Email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
Engine 2 Diet Retreat Comes to Portland
April 25 - 27 (5:00 - 5:00 PM)
The Engine 2 Diet team is coming to Portland with an all-star ensemble April 25-27 for three days of lectures and demonstrations on the power of health-promoting foods. For more information or to register for their event, click here.
Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale: Portland Edition
May 4 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
This year's tasty Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, Portland edition, takes place at the Mississippi Marketplace, 4233 N. Mississippi. Look for a full assortment of vegan baked goods, with gluten-free options too. Chimp Sanctuary NW and Russia Freedom Fund (in support of the LGBTQ movement) are this year's beneficiaries. Join in the fun: bakers are needed, as they sell out early every year, and other volunteers are needed too! To find out more click here.
Women's Works Health Fair
May 4 (1:00 - 3:00 PM) - Volunteers Needed
As women, we spend a great deal of our day taking care of the needs of others and forget to include our own health needs on our to-do lists. Learn how to improve your health and well-being through mindfulness. Find out how to reduce the effects of aging, identify appropriate dietary supplements and nutrition, and obtain tools to help you cope with stress. A panel of physicians will answer your questions along with other experience learning opportunities and giveaway items from dozens of exhibitors. There will also be fabulous door prizes, shoulder massages and delicious food samples.

This event is FREE and will be held at the Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater (10123 SE Market Street Portland, OR). Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Please call 503-256-4000 or click here to RSVP.

Northwest VEG will be tabling at this event and would love your help. Email Chelsea Davis at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
NW VEG 10th Anniversary Celebration!
May 16 (6:30 - 9:30 PM)

Join us in celebrating ten years of educating and encouraging people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world at our first ever Anniversary Celebration and fundraiser! Featuring music, appetizers, cake, raffle and paddle raise, the Anniversary Celebration is a chance to look back on years past, commemorate our accomplishments, and support Northwest VEG's future!

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NW VEG Veg Kids Cooking Class: Pack Your Snacks
May 17 (4:00 - 5:30 PM)
Details: Learn to prepare delicious and nutritious whole-food snacks that will energize your kids between meals. These snacks are oil-free and full of nutrient-rich whole grains, fruits, nuts and beans, too! This new Northwest VEG class is intended for adults from veg beginners to long-time vegans!

Where: People's Food Co-op (3029 SE 21st Ave)

Cost: $10 (suggested donation), Free for NW VEG Members

Click here for more info and to register!
NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Nut Cheese Demo
May 29 (6:30 PM)
Sabrina Louise is the owner and operator of YUM Food Solutions, which focuses on empowering people with the tools they need to support their emotional and physical well being through a plant based lens. She provides support for those transitioning to a plant based diet, develops artisan vegan food products, and is a sustainable foods advocate and educator.

Sabrina will demonstrate how simple it is to make a nut cheese (Free Samples!) with high quality ethically sourced cashews from Live Forest Farms, a community-based conservation group. In addition, she will discuss the current cashew industry, why it's not sustainable nor ethical, and how LFF is providing a model for the way the cashew industry could look in the future.

The potluck and presentation 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.
Portland premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine
June 8 (7:00 PM)
Join Food Fight Vegan Grocery and NW Hunt Saboteurs as they present the Portland premiere of The Ghosts in Our Machine at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton, Portland).

This multi-award winning documentary by Liz Marshall illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. The film follows Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

We've heard nothing but amazing things about this film and are really looking forward to it! Tickets are just $6. Doors open at 6:30. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
The Master VEG Program Starts this Month!
April 29 - June 17 (6:00 - 8:45 PM)
Kathy Hessler (pictured right) is a clinical professor of law and director of the only animal law clinic in the country at our local Lewis & Clark Law School. Professor Hessler is a coveted speaker who has given presentations on animal law all over the world including Japan, Switzerland, Barcelona, Canada and even Kenya. Click here to learn more about Professor Kathy and our other topnotch MVP presenters.

The next session of the Master VEG Program us about to begin! Join us for eight action packed weeks starting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at LifeQual Center located in Beaverton just off of highway 26. Click here to register for our acclaimed program 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. You will have an opportunity to earn a few hours during one of the MVP field trips. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck with Dr Robert Ellis
June 26 (6:30 PM)
Join us for a delicious potluck and fascinating presentation by Robert Ellis, DO, PhD on Nutritional Approaches to Cancer Prevention. Dr. Ellis works in the Hematology and Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Longview, Washington, where he is developing a program that integrates healthy eating in the treatment regimen for patients with malignant disorders.

The potluck and presentation 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.
5th Annual Race for the Animals!
June 28
When: June 28, 2014
Where: Mt. Tabor Park
Details: Lace up your shoes and join us for a fun 5K/10K trail run/walk on an extinct volcano that raises money for a great cause, Northwest VEG! Enjoy trails, stairs and lovely views around Mt. Tabor's three reservoirs and the summit, then finish off with a delicious post-run/walk picnic.
This will be great time for the whole family! This is a great chance for us to come together as a community to enjoy beautiful scenery and friends while making a difference for the animals, the planet and your health!

You asked, we listened... NEW for 2014: This year's Race will also include a child registration discounted price, a gear check, tech tees and advance bib and tee pick up! Plus, official timing is BACK! In addition, we are excited to announce that part of this years proceeds will benefit Green Acres Farm Sanctuary!

More information and REGISTRATION!

Interested in donating to the picnic or volunteering? Contact us at volunteer@nwveg.org for more information.
CHIP Program at Portland Adventist
May 8 - July 10
CHIP stands for Complete Health Improvement Program - a 10 week series of classes on diet and lifestyle changes that can prevent or reverse chronic disease and help control weight. This CHIP program is being offered by Adventist Health, 10123 SE Market Street. Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 pm. Special FREE information sessions will be held Thursday April 10 at 12:15, Tuesday April 22 at 6:30 and Monday April 28 at 6:30 in the Adventist Medical Center Education Center A. For more information on the program, click here.
Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp for Teens!
July 5 - 12
Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp is a unique and inspiring leadership summer camp for youth 12-17 who care about community service, activism, and social justice. At a week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting, YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, or animal rights) and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue once they get home. Campers also build lifelong friendships between youth with similar interests in bettering their community and society. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, memorable and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA’s support, many have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize a call-in to Congress, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues. See a short video on this amazing camp on You Tube. YEA Camp serves all-vegan food. Yum!

“This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say ‘I’m just a kid, what can I do?’ Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference.” -Bianca, 15

This year YEA camp will be offered in Molalla, OR July 5-12. YEA Camp is exclusively offering Northwest VEG members $100 off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on YEA Camp and to register visit their website at yeacamp.org.
Upcoming Vegan Fusion Classes
May 5 - August 11
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:
  • 10-Day cooking immersion beginning on May 5
  • 3-Day teacher training beginning on May 17
  • 10-Day cooking immersion beginning on August 11
  • 3-Day teacher training beginning on August 23
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.