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Vancouver Potluck: The Best Nutty Eats

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January 26 (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

From milks, cheeses, and butters to sauces, dips, and desserts, nuts are key to composing many wholesome, deeply satisfying foods. Explore the potential of these nutrient dense ingredients with Jack McGuirk as he demonstrates and samples some of his favorite nut-centric recipes. Come to the delicious vegan potluck at 6:30pm, Jack's presentation at 7:30pm, or both!

This month's potluck will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver located at 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

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.

Veg Challenge Completion Celebration

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January 28 (2:30 - 5:30 PM)



For Veg Challenge Participants! Come celebrate your participation in the 22 Day Veg Challenge and let us know how things went during our closing event! First, Emily Forbes will demonstrate how to cook a typical vegan dinner and provide delicious samples for tasting. Then, we will hear from a panel of speakers: Peter Spendelow will talk about the environmental impacts of eating meat, Daniel Redwood will speak about the nutritional aspects of a vegan lifestyle, and John Collins will educate us about the lives of farmed animals. You will have a chance to get your questions answered about all of these topics. We will have give aways including Pacific non-dairy milks, Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, Lotus Foods rice packets, and GO VEGGIE vegan bars. There will also be drawings for cook book door prizes. Hope to see you there! We will meet at the Common House. Please park on the surrounding streets and note that Cascadia Commons (4377 SW 94th Ave, Portland) is a fragrance-free venue.

PDX Potluck w/ Artist Brittney West

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February 19 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

Activist artist Brittney West will be sharing her thought-provoking series of art that explores our relationship with animals. Her work has been exhibited worldwide as an effort to bring global awareness to urgent animal rights issues, to encourage inner and outer reflection on the roles we play in protecting vulnerable animals and our shared planet.

The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, weather permitting. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm (the presentation has been postponed to the Feb. 19, 2017 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 generously; 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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Rebik

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January 8, 2017


How long have you been veg and why?
1993 I went vegetarian, eating average amounts of cheese and ice cream. Was grossed out by milk and eggs straight away. 2007 went 90%. Eating things that contained small amounts of egg or dairy. 2012 I went level 1 Vegan. I am now a Level 3 ½ Clothing, Household Goods and some Animal Compassion events. I wanted to go vegan for all the reason and benefits a long time ago. When I met Lynn Sargent (Vegan Guide), she was the one who took me there.

How has being veg impacted your life?
The more I do for the movement, the better I feel.

How did you get involved with volunteering for NW VEG?
Being poor. At first I wanted to attend events, but lacked the funds. Now it feels great to be a part of it, a cog in the cause.

What is an interesting hobby, talent or passion you have?
Being a drummer in a band was Tops! I still play sporadically and I am connected to some Drum Circles.

What is something left on your bucket list of things that you would like to see, do or accomplish?
I want to get back into BMX Racing again. I am a Thrill Seeker.

What advice would you give an individual wanting to try a veg diet?
Don’t bite off more than you can chew and get a Sponsor/Guide. Some people can jump right into Level 1, others need to gradually transform. Hang with vegans. Shout Out to Deanna Cintas for putting together so many fun and involved groups and events.

Vancouver Potluck: Going vegan for the polar bears

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February 23 (6:30 - 9:00 PM)

Vancouver Potluck: Going vegan for the polar bears. Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t just save farmed animals – wild animals from butterflies to polar bears reap the benefits of the rising popularity of plant-based foods. This talk will discuss some of the ways our dietary choices impact wildlife and the environment and how individuals can help create a food system that’s healthier for people, animals and the planet. Join Stephanie Feldstein, Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, to learn more. Come to the delicious vegan potluck at 6:30pm, Stephanie's presentation at 7:30pm, or both!

This month's potluck will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver located at 4505 East 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

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.

22 Day Veg Challenge - Challenge your friends and family!

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January 1, 2017

Northwest VEG's free 22 Day Veg Challenge is a great opportunity to kick start the new year in a healthy, compassionate way with a plant-based diet. Sign up today, then forward this newsletter to your family and friends and challenge them to join you!

Here's a sneak-peek of some of the challenges coming your way:

  • Cook a new grain (like millet)
  • Watch Vegan: Everyday Stories (available for free with Amazon Prime)
  • Check out a vegan restaurant (tons of amazing options in the greater Portland area)
  • Try a recipe from a vegan cookbook (so many to choose from!)
  • Attend informative community events

  • This program is great for all levels of experiences. If you're new to veganism, we will lead you through the basics of a plant-based diet and connect you with a kind and knowledgeable support system. If you're a longtime vegan, the challenge will encourage you to try something new and introduce you to new friends.

    Plus, with our mentorship program we will connect newbies with experienced vegans who can answer their questions and provide additional support. Interested in being a mentor? Click here!

    It will be fun and easy, with lots of support available to answer questions and share tips. There will be a kick-off event on January 7th and a wrap-up event on January 28th (details to be posted on the Facebook page). We hope to see you there!

    Earn $ for NW VEG as you shop!

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    November 29, 2016

    Help us raise money to further our mission of creating compassionate community by choosing Northwest VEG as your charity of choice as you shop this year.

    Click here to link your Fred Meyer Community Rewards to Northwest VEG. You can search for us by our non-profit number (90573). Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Northwest VEG earn a donation! Don't worry: you still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you may do currently.

    Click here to link your AmazonSmile account to earn money for Northwest VEG.