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Northwest Veg
Vol. 88
A vegan diet has a way of absorbing the stress and gives you greater endurance. I feel like a new, improved me.
--Reverend Al Sharpton

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» NW VEG Events
» Compassionate Thanksgiving 2013: The Best Yet!
» Master VEG Program Speaker Spotlight: Alison Ozgur, RD
» Business Spotlight: Herbivore Clothing Co
» VEG Businesses - Celebrate your Choices!
» 5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone
» Recipe of the Month: Cardamom Hazelnut Cookies
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NW VEG Events

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and the owners of The Herbivore Clothing Co
When: Thursday, December 5, potluck @ 6:30pm and presentation @ 7:30pm
Where: The Marshall Center (1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA)
Details: Find friends, great food and a lively presentation by the owners of The Herbivore Clothing Co, the vegan clothing, cookbook and lifestyle store and book publisher located in Portland's own Vegan Mini-Mall. Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten will present, "Compassion During the Holiday Season; Family, Friends, the Animals and You." Regardless of your religious leanings, one thing everyone can agree on is that kindness and compassion should be at the top of everyone's wish list during the holidays. Michelle and Josh will talk to us about how compassion can lead the way through everything from shopping, to meal planning, to getting along with your annoying Uncle Harold who won't stop with the meat jokes. For more info, click here.

Northwest VEG all day FUNdraiser at Veggie Grill
When: Tuesday, December 10 @ 10:30am-9pm
Where: Downtown Portland Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland)
Details: Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause... Northwest VEG! Veggie Grill will be graciously donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day! Just remember to mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG. We will be doing meetups throughout the day so we hope to see you for lunch at 11:30am, happy hour at 4:30pm, dinner at 7:00pm or all three! For more info, click here.

NW VEG Westside Potluck and My Life as a Turkey
When: Sunday, December 15, potluck @ 5pm and film @ 6:15pm
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland)
Details: Meet friends and share dinner at our Portland potluck at 5pm! Even if you can't make dinner, join us about 6:15pm for a viewing of My Life as a Turkey, a thoughtful, sweet film about a man parenting and learning from a wild flock of turkeys. A discussion and Q & A with turkey caretakers Kit & John Collins from Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary, along with Zoologist and NW VEG President Peter Spendelow will follow. For more info, click here.

Northwest VEG potlucks are plant-based (no animal products, including honey) and everyone is welcome to attend! Join us for the potlucks, the presentations or both!

NW VEG Vegan Holiday Cookie Exchange
When: Saturday, December 21 @ 12-2pm
Where: Hollywood Library (4040 NE Tillamook St., Portland)
Details: Join us at the Hollywood Library and create an inviting and decadent vegan holiday cookie platter for your holiday celebrations. Bring around 4 dozen of your favorite vegan holiday cookies along with the recipe and go home with approximately 4 dozen of assorted delicious, homemade cookies and recipes. Please email or visit our meetup site for more information and to RSVP for the fun!

Check out more exciting local events on our website!

Compassionate Thanksgiving 2013: The Best Yet!

On November 24, over 325 hungry vegans, vegetarians and veg curious got together to celebrate great friends, good food and a very Happy Plantsgiving making this year's Compassionate Thanksgiving our largest yet! What were your favorite parts of Compassionate Thanksgiving? The mingle bingo? The music? The missionary chocolates? We'd love to hear from you! Visit us on Facebook and Instagram to join the discussion. Please share pictures that you personally took at this amazing community event and remember to use #nwveg.

It took more than 50 volunteers to help the night run smoothly and we would like to take a moment to thank a few of them: Thank you to our fearless leader Deanna Cintas for all the time and effort she put into making this year's Compassionate Thanksgiving the best yet! Thank you to Steve Hetzel for providing his lovely musical talents, to Deb and Scott Kay for donating the beautiful squash and gourd center pieces, to Susan Bliss for leading the decorations team, to Jill, Linda, Rachel and Kim for staffing the Northwest VEG info and membership tables, and to Chelsea Davis for her help with volunteer and overall coordination and to the countless volunteers who helped with setup, cleanup and at the food tables. We would also like to extend gratitude to Big Weekend Calendars and Missionary Chocolates for their generous prize donations for this years Mingle Bingo. See you all next year!

Master VEG Program Speaker Spotlight: Alison Ozgur, RD

The next session of the Master VEG Program is just around the corner and we hope you will join us as we head over to the Westside for the first time. This informative and fun eight-week program will begin on Tuesday, January 14 at LifeQual Center located in Beaverton just off of highway 26. This class makes a great holiday gift! Click here for more info and to register.

We are fortunate to have a group of amazing local speakers in our Master VEG Program. We're excited to feature Alison Ozgur, registered dietitian, author, and motivational speaker. She specializes in health and wellness nutrition and has twelve years of experience that will assist our MVP students in gaining the tools they need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

Not only does Alison work as an instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, she is the co-author of the plant-based nutrition and fitness book, Go Beyond Good, as well as an integral part of Northwest VEG's health conference committee. She also writes monthly columns for newsletters, hosts nutrition talks and volunteers as the local media spokesperson for the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Health Science.

Business Spotlight: Herbivore Clothing Co

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

From Hanukkah and Christmas to New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, the winter months involve a lot of gift giving. If you’re going to be spending your hard-earned cash on hostess gifts and presents, why not double your generosity? Shop at Herbivore Clothing Company online or at their store on SE Stark in Portland. Not only do they stock their shelves with vegan and sweatshop-free items, the owners Michelle and Josh donate money and products to numerous causes.

For example, they recently raised $20,000 for three animal sanctuaries by joining a few other conscientious businesses and donating 10% of sales. This particular fundraiser began five years ago as a 100-mile bike ride Josh would do to raise money and awareness and has generated $125,000 since its inception. This is just one example of Michelle and Josh’s generosity and commitment to a cruelty-free world.

VEG Businesses - Celebrate your Choices!

As the wintry days grow darker and colder, we can lighten our moods by reflecting on the generosity and warmth we find in our compassionate veg community. And we can share this gift of support with those who make our lives so much easier. Whether we shop locally or online, prepare all our food at home or love to eat out, need a service-provider who understands and respects our beliefs, they're all here. Take a glance at the list of businesses and services that are NW VEG members, and move out on your own from there. So if buying gifts, gift certificates, or necessities and treats for yourself are in your plans, please consider patronizing our NW VEG business community members (listed below) and find complete listings at Also, read down to see our newest NW VEG friends providing services: Zippity News and Paradigm Nutrition, NW!

Did you know that many of our business supporters offer exclusive discounts to Northwest VEG members? Become a member at one of our December potlucks and receive a bag full of vegan goodies!

5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone

By Marsha Rakestraw, IHE Director of Online Courses and Education Resources and MVP speaker
Reprinted with permission by the Institute of Humane Education

My mom has been a life-long role model for giving people the benefit of the doubt. Even when faced with someone’s horrific action, she has tried to suggest a reason they might have acted that way and has tried to assume the best about them.

Usually when we make assumptions about others, they’re not positive ones. We tend to make split-second judgments; build complex stories in the blink of an eye with them as villain and us as hero (or victim); attach nefarious motivations to their actions. We forget that we’re seeing them through our own lenses, with our own stories and experiences as filters that influence what we think, believe and notice.

But, as my mom has exemplified, making assumptions can be a positive thing. Here are five assumptions that we should try to make about everyone:

1. Everyone is doing the best they can at the time.

Recipe of the Month: Cardamom Hazelnut Cookies

By Deb Kay, Contributing Chef
This recipe was inspired by the 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East Cardamom Cookies. They taste like Mexican wedding cookies. Enjoy!

Makes 15-18 Cookies

½ cup shelled raw hazelnuts
½ cup raw unroasted cashews
½ cup vegan butter (Earth Balance is my favorite)
3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon lemon zest, optional
1 cup gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill GF baking mix is my favorite)
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Tablespoon cardamom
1 cup vegan powdered sugar

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