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VegFest: A Whole Lot of Fun for the Whole Family

August 30, 2011

Get the family ready, because this year's VegFest will be the most fun ever for children AND teens!
The schedule is shaping up with hourly children's activities from 11am-4pm, including old favorites like face painting, Veggie Twister, and storytime. This year, Rick Reynolds, author of The Evergreen Twins Activity Book, will tickle your fancy with brain-stretching Eco-doku puzzles, Pollination Mazes, and Worm Bin Magic! Throughout the day, you can express yourself with coloring pages, creative arts supplies, and even make-your-own bookmarks, as well as educate and amuse yourself in the reading area. Parents also won't want to miss this year's talk on raising vegan children.

This year's VegFest includes special features for teens as well. We're hoping to have a bike blender for some "wheely good" smoothies, so please email AnneGoldfeld@gmail.com if you own one or know someone who does. For teen activists, check out H2Origami with teens from RFH Roots & Shoots to take action to protect the Columbia River Gorge and the animals who call it home. You won't want to miss the How I Became An Elephant movie screening on Sunday, plus teen Veggie Twister, a scavenger hunt, and other cool stuff. If you're a teen who has more ideas or wants to help organize, we'd love your input!

Another first this year is the "Color Your World with Plant-Based Foods" Creative Entry Event. Email AnneGoldfeld@gmail.com to find out how 1st through 12th graders can submit a drawing, photo, essay, story, or poem depicting whole, plant-based food choices for a chance to be featured right here in the Thymes! Please share this information with students, parents, and educators you know. We'll be recruiting at VegFest for youth judges, too.

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

  • Spread the word to kids, teens, parents, and educators that VegFest is fun for all ages! Tell them about the "Color Your Plate with Plant-Based Foods" Creative Entry Event, too.
  • Volunteer to organize or help with activities and decorations before or during VegFest.
  • Donate or lend supplies such as a bike blender, veg books and cookbooks for young people, origami paper, veg games, and veg decorations.
  • Email AnneGoldfeld@gmail.com with other ideas for children's and teen activities!

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