Northwest Veg
August 2010
Vol. 48
"Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said, 'I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em!'?"
-- Calvin & Hobbes

Latest News...
» Volunteers Needed for VegFest
» NW VEG Announces Professional Conference
» NW VEG News & Event Bites
» 3rd Annual Try Vegan Week
» An Interview with Dr. Michael Klaper
» Local Vegan Author Seeks Zombies
» Warped Tour Leafleting on August 15
» Outreach for Animals Week
» PETA Rates Portland Second Veg Friendliest City
» Supporting Veg Activism at School
» Virtual Visit to Local Animal Sanctuary
» Recipe of the Month
» Catching up with Yassine Diboun
» Upcoming Events
» Business Partners
» Member Discounts
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Volunteers Needed for VegFest

VegFest is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19 at the Oregon Convention Center. We'll need over 250 volunteers to make it an even greater success than last year's VegFest! Here are some ways you can be involved:
  • Volunteer at VegFest on Saturday and/or Sunday, Sept. 18/19 (morning, mid-day, & early evening shifts available - 3 hour shifts - many different roles!)
  • Post a VegFest yard sign in your front yard (we'll supply the sign)
  • Distribute VegFest posters and postcards to businesses/coffee shops/libraries etc. in your neighborhood (early September)
  • Assist with set-up at the Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 17
All volunteers get into VegFest free, and your help is essential in making this a wonderful event! Please let us know the roles you're able to assist with and the day/time you prefer at VegFest. Please email VegFest Volunteer Coordinator with your preferences and contact info:


NW VEG Announces Professional Conference

Northwest VEG and Adventist Health have teamed up to co-sponsor a conference where health care professionals (MDs, NDs, DOs, RNs, RDs, etc.) can learn about caring for patients via plant-based nutrition. Four world-renowned physicians--Michael Klaper, Michael Greger, Milton Mills, and Gordon Saxe--will present the latest clinical research on preventing and treating diabetes, prostrate cancer, colon disorders, and other ailments. Plus, an internationally recognized dietitian (Brenda Davis) will present a "how-to" session on designing plant-based diets for patients.


NW VEG News & Event Bites

Join us at Proper Eats in the historic St. Johns neighborhood on Saturday, August 14 at 5 p.m. for our monthly dine-out. Because of the limited space, this dine-out has only 15 spots, so no waiting to the last minute to RSVP to this event. Click here for more details.

You can also join us for our ever-popular monthly potluck being held on Sunday, August 15 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the West Hills Universal Unitarian Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Please bring a plant-based main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use.

Immediately following the potluck we are pleased to welcome back The Maui Vegetarian: Chef Brian Igarta and his wife Crystal. They will be presenting recipes from their cookbooks; The Maui Vegetarian Cooking with Aloha, The Maui Vegetarian Hana Hou and Easy Gourmet for Gluten Free Vegans.

For more information on this potluck event visit

Interested in hosting an exchange student? Then now is your chance to be a host family for AFS-USA. The first wave of students will be arriving during the second week of August and are still looking for host families to welcome them. One of the students is a vegetarian and it would be nice if she could be placed in a vegetarian family. Being a host family is a volunteer position. Interested parties should contact Isaac Barnes at More information is available online at

3rd Annual Try Vegan Week

The 3rd annual Try Vegan Week is set to take place the week of August 14-21. This year features many exciting events including the Vegan Prom of Tomorrow being held at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 21 at Crush Bar in Portland.

Other Try Vegan Week events include a free Earthlings film screening, "Getting your Greens" workshop with Blossoming Lotus, "Veganizing your Kitchen" and much, much more. "The idea is to make the best possible environment for going vegan, and staying vegan. We have free events and classes all week," says Try Vegan co-founder David Agranoff.


An Interview with Dr. Michael Klaper

Dr. Michael Klaper earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and after working with patients, he began to realize that many of the diseases they suffered from were caused by the foods they ate. In his video, A Diet for All Reasons, he tells a story about reviewing a blood sample taken from a 290-pound patient. He was startled when he discovered the top of the vial contained thick, white fat. When Dr. Klaper asked the patient what he'd eaten that day, it became apparent that meat, dairy, animal flesh and fats were the cause of the alarming blood sample. As a result, for the past 30 years, Dr. Klaper has studied the links between diet and disease.


Local Vegan Author Seeks Zombies

Try Vegan co-founder David Agranoff has two novels coming out this summer. The first is a dark fantasy novel called Hunting the Moon Tribe, and the second one is a vegan-themed satire that takes place in Portland, titled The Vegan Revolution with Zombies. Not only is it about veganism (and zombies), but the first four months of sales will be donated to Try Vegan PDX. The book will make its world premiere at VegFest and will be on sale at the Try Vegan table.


Warped Tour Leafleting on August 15

Can you spare a few hours to help reach thousands of young people with our message of compassion for the animals? On August 15, we'll need lots of help at the Washington County Fairgrounds distributing leaflets promoting a plant-based diet to Warped Tour attendees. The Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival; check it out at We have special literature prepared just for this event highlighting veg*n band members on the Tour. This is our biggest outreach opportunity of the year.

Not sure you want to leaflet? No problem! We need volunteers to keep leafleters supplied with leaflets and also to pick up any dropped leaflets so that we can re-use or recycle them.


Outreach for Animals Week

Outreach for Animals Week is September 27 to October 1. Help us spread our message of compassion for animals! For this one week blitz, we need volunteers to distribute leaflets educating people about animal suffering on factory farms and the benefits of a plant-based diet. Our goal is to reach as many college and high school campuses in the Portland metro area as possible. Participants can even leaflet some high schools on their lunch break or college campuses in the evenings, so it's open to people with almost any schedule.


PETA Rates Portland Second Veg Friendliest City

Portland's done it again! We're a top-ranking veg friendly city, second only to Washington D.C., in PETA's recent list of the Top 10 large North American cities for vegans and vegetarians. Local favorites like Papa G's Vegan Organic Deli, Red and Black CafÈ and Blossoming Lotus all got a shout out. Hurray for the Portland veg scene!

Supporting Veg Activism at School

Northwest VEG is eager to support and inspire veg activism on high school and college campuses in the Portland-Vancouver area. This might pertain to a group that focuses on the benefits of a vegan diet, or it could be one that considers a range of animal protection issues. Whether a student club is already formed or nonexistent, there is help available in the form of literature, coaching, speakers, and even grants. That's right, a limited amount of grant money is available to fund approved educational projects on campuses.

Northwest VEG really wants to see information being shared among students, and with VegFest less than two months away, it's an especially good time to get involved.


Virtual Visit to Local Animal Sanctuary

Watch this lovely documentary featuring the animals who reside at, and the folks who run, Out to Pasture animal sanctuary in Estacada, Oregon. This 18 minute film was created by local filmmakers Michael Poulin-Roberson, Andrew Price and Laura Shepherd. For more information on Out to Pasture visit

Recipe of the Month: Blueberry Banana Green Smoothie

Blueberries are ripe for the pickin' this time of year! So let's add 'em to this deliciously sweet and extremely nutritious smoothie. Adding leafy greens is a wonderful way to boost your intake of these nutritional powerhouses!
  • 2 medjool dates* (pitted)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries (or other berries) (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 frozen banana (chopped)
  • 4 cups spinach or romaine lettuce (packed)


Catching up with Yassine Diboun: Race for the Animals Men's 10K Race Winner

Northwest VEG's inaugural Race for the Animals was a huge success! A whopping 285 folks registered to support and partake in this fun 5K/10K trail run and walk. "I was thrilled to see the turnout," said Race Director, Wendy Gabbe Day. "The weather was great, Forest Park was beautiful, and people of all abilities came out to participate." And thanks to the delicious donations from Dave's Killer Bread, Back to Eden Bakery, Organically Grown Company, Larabar, ProBar, and Whole Foods for refueling the participants.

The men's 10K race was won by Portland's Yassine Diboun in 41:21. Yassine is an ultramarathon runner, a vegan, and an inspiration to us all. Thanks to Yassine for sharing with us some insight into his life.

NWV: What led you to a vegan lifestyle and how long ago?

YD: About two and a half years ago, after watching a documentary by actor/activist/vegan Woody Harrelson called Go Further, a seed was planted in my consciousness about changing my diet and lifestyle. The movie is worth watching in its entirety because, not only is it very eye-opening and informational, it is quite entertaining as well!

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