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Vol. 83
No animal needs to die for me to live. And that makes me feel good.
--Howard Lyman, former cattle rancher

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» NW VEG Events
» Race for the Animals 2013: An Amazing Success!
» 9th Annual Portland VegFest 2013
» Health Conference Registration Open!
» Community Events
» Race for the Animals Perfect Playlist on 94/7 Alternative Portland
» Vegetarian Diets Can Be Healthy for Dogs
» Learning Unconditional Love by Dr. Will Tuttle
» Ask the RN: Kerri Zemko
» Recipe of the Month: Spaghetti and Neatballs
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NW VEG Events

'Films to Change the World' Series: Peaceable Kingdom
When: Sunday, July 14, 2-4pm (doors open at 1:30pm)
Where: Multnomah County North Portland Library (512 N Killingsworth St., Portland)
Details: In partnership with the Multnomah County library system, we bring you a film series that could change the way you see the world. We hope that you will join us for a showing of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, a riveting story of transformation and healing that explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Following the film there will be an informative Q&A. Click here for more information.

Eastside Portland Potluck and Cooking Demo by Mark Reinfeld
When: Sunday, July 21, 5-8pm
Where: Friends Meeting Hall (4312 SE Stark, Portland)
Details: Following our usual potluck please help us welcome Mark Reinfeld, founding chef of Blossoming Lotus, award winning cookbook author and Vegan Fusion instructor. Mark will be demonstrating two recipes from his latest best-selling cookbook, 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe. Learn how to perfect his Raw Ravioli with Sundried Tomato Sauce and Lavender Chocolate Bon Bons. There will be samples! Click here for more information.

We are currently looking for a few volunteers to help Mark shop and prep for his cooking demo. Cooking experience and a heavy grasp of vegan cuisine is required. Email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at for more information.

Vancouver Vegan Potluck
When: Thursday, July 25, 6:30pm
Where: Oak/Elm Room at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map].
Details: More information will be available on our website soon.

Race for the Animals 2013: An Amazing Success!

Northwest VEG would like to extend a huge thank you to all involved with this year's Race for the Animals. On June 30, more than 250 energetic participants and nearly 100 dedicated volunteers came together to support Northwest VEG's second largest fundraiser of the year! Even KGW Channel 8 was there! It turned out to be the perfect day to explore beautiful Mt. Tabor and enjoy a late morning picnic with new and old friends alike. Check out photos from this year's Race for the Animals on our Facebook Page. Do you have photos from the race? Please share them with us!

We are so thankful for our generous supporters and donors who supplied us with drinks, treats, prizes and free massages at this year's Race for the Animals. Thank you to Sports Authority, ProBar, Dutch Bros Tualitan, EcoLunchBoxes, Dave's Killer Bread, Missionary Chocolates, V-Dog, Veggie Grill, Toby's Family Foods, Crofter's Organic, Bumble Bar, Absolutely Juicy, Runa, Organically Grown Company, Back to Eden, Peanut Butter & Co., Lilly's Hummus, Vega,, Viana, Herbivore Clothing Company, Betsy's Best Bar None, Accustat Sports Timing, Michael Gill with Therapeutic Thai Massage and Jon Dare with Mind, Body, Spirit: A Holistic Community!

9th Annual Portland VegFest 2013

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22, 10am-6pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A (777 NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Portland)
Details: Join us as we celebrate and promote sustainable, compassionate and healthy food choices and lifestyles. This low-cost, fun and food-filled event welcomes everyone! VegFest 2013 will feature:
  • 100's of Free Food Samples!
  • Exciting Speakers including John McDougall, MD., Brenda Davis, RD., and many more!
  • Cooking Demonstrations from Vegan Artisan Cheese's Miyoko Schinner, Chef AJ, Karyn Calabrese and more!
  • Ask the Experts Table
  • Children and Teen Activities including a themed photo booth!
  • Restaurants and Non-Profit Organizations

There will be free samples of hundreds of different foods: Delicious main dishes, decadent desserts and chocolates, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks, and ice creams, fruit smoothies and juices, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks and treats, and so much more! For more information visit!

Volunteer for VegFest and receive Free Admission!
More than 400 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 9th Annual VegFest a success. Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift earns you FREE admission to BOTH days of VegFest? We will need help with setup, cleanup, passing out food samples, working at recycling stations, in the children's or teen area (face painters needed), and dressing up in veggie costumes. You can also pitch in beforehand by signing up to distribute posters and postcards around town to promote Portland VegFest. To assist in making this year's Portland VegFest the best yet, please contact Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, at

Health Conference Registration Open!

On Friday, September 20, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host our 4th annual professional conference, Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition. This conference 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. Once again, we have a stellar list of speakers with exciting talk titles lined up for this year's health conference including:

  • John McDougall, MD Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Diseases: The Impact of Diet.

Community Events

Brian Clement: Power of Living Food
Thursday, July 25, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Presented by The Sprout Company. Brian Clement, Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute of West Palm Beach, Florida, will present "Power of Living Food To Heal Disease and Conquer Aging".

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way, Portland OR 97220
Cost: $25 for pre-registration, $30 at the door, payable to The Sprout Company.
Doors open 6 pm. Talk 7 pm. Questions and answers 8 pm. Book signing 9 pm.
Click here for more information.

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp!
July 27 - August 3
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. 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

6th Annual Try Vegan Week
August 10 - 18
This annual event is the foundation of TryVeganPDX. The week includes workshops, speakers, dine-outs, and mentoring. The week will conclude with a Vegan Prom, that will include music, photos, costumes, and community. We match those who have thought about the vegan lifestyle, with passionate vegans who want to show them what a great choice it can be. For more information visit!

Race for the Animals Perfect Playlist on 94/7 Alternative Portland

On June 25, Chelsea Davis, Karen Brokken and Bonnie Hildebrand joined DJ Gustav in the KNRK studio to share their Perfect Playlist and talk about Northwest VEG's 4th Annual Race for the Animals. Thank you to our superstar volunteer Karen Brokken for making this happen!

Click here to listen!

Vegetarian Diets Can Be Healthy for Dogs

by Armaiti May, D.V.M.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Armaiti May back to Portland this September for Portland VegFest! As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. May educates people about preventive medicine as well as holistic options that exist for treating their companion animals’ ailments. Since 2006 Dr. May has served on the Board of Directors for RedRover and has volunteered her time extensively lecturing to a variety of groups across the country on a wide range of topics including humane education in veterinary school, humane alternatives to declawing, the benefits of vegetarianism, and how to keep companion animals healthy. To learn more about Dr. May, please visit her website

For both ethical and health reasons, many vegetarians and vegans choose to feed their companion dogs vegetarian or vegan diets. Up to 50 % of commercial pet food brands are comprised of "meat meal" and "byproducts," which include various body parts (such as beaks, brain, spinal cord tissue, bones, lungs, intestinal tracts) slaughterhouse wastes, 4-D meat (from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals), supermarket rejects, as well as rendered dogs and cats from animal shelters.

Learning Unconditional Love by Dr. Will Tuttle

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Will Tuttle will be speaking on both days of Portland VegFest 2013!
A 30-year vegan and author of the acclaimed Amazon #1 best-seller The World Peace Diet, Dr. Tuttle is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training programs. Traveling full-time with his spouse Madeleine, in their solar-paneled rolling home, he presents over 150 lectures, retreats, workshops, and concerts annually. Go to his website for more information.

Annie told me that they all knew they would have died if the whales hadn’t worked so hard to rescue them. For this reason (and many more), she is a dedicated vegan who does all she can to spread the message of compassion to others....Let us learn from the whales and other animals we are privileged to share this planet with, and question the cultural violence and indoctrination of our upbringing and way of life.

Ask the RN: Kerri Zemko

Kerri Zemko, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., is an oncology research nurse and PCRM Food for Life Instructor. She will be teaching a Cancer Project series this month in Portland and Northwest VEG members get $10 off! Click here for more information. You can also visit her Facebook page.
Do you have a health-related question? Email us at

Q: I am a healthy 70-year-old slim vegan woman who was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis (bone density of femoral neck is -2.9). My doctor is recommending that I take Fosamax or do a Reclast infusion but I would first like to try a nutritional and exercise plan. I am hoping to find out how I can incorporate more bone strengthening foods in to my diet.

A: Thank you for your important question! I admire your desire to use nutrition therapeutically and agree with your choice to follow a vegan diet for health. As you know, avoiding animal products can offer an advantage for bone health.

Recipe of the Month: Spaghetti and Neatballs

by Mark Reinfeld, founding chef of Blossoming Lotus, award winning cookbook author and instructor. Meet Mark at Northwest VEG's Portland potluck on July 21!

One of the first dishes I learned to prepare as a child was meatballs and spaghetti. It is such a delight to be able to share this cow friendly version. Tempeh replaces the meat and the oat flour holds it all together. Top with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce (see below) or your favorite pasta sauce. Serve with pasta du jour or make your own tempeh ball hero sandwich.

Tempeh Neatballs
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c finely diced yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 16-ounces tempeh, finely diced

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