Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Fitness Nutrition Talk

July 30 (6:30 PM)

Following our usual potluck, join us in welcoming Bill Worden, a Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, and is one of the most sought after personal trainers specializing in the TRX Suspension System. His mission is to share his experiences, and by doing so, help people see what truly is possible. At 68, Bill is an example of defying expectations of age and stereotypes. Bill will share with us his unique story of overcoming addiction, adopting a healthy plant-based lifestyle, and losing weight in a healthy way. His message of inspiration and transformation will help us all in leading a healthier life. If you want to live longer, but aren’t sure how to break the bad habits that have accumulated over time this talk is for you!

Come to the potluck at 6:30, the talk at 7:30, or both! The potluck and demo will be in the Oak and Elm Rooms at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.
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. A donation of $2-5 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp for Teens!

July 25 - August 1

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. At a week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp setting, YEA campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, or animal rights) and they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue once they get home. Campers also build lifelong friendships between youth with similar interests in bettering their community and society. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, memorable and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA's support, many have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize a call-in to Congress, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues. See a short video on this amazing camp on You Tube. YEA Camp serves all-vegan food. Yum!

"This camp has truly changed my life. You have inspired me to do so much with my life and to make the world a truly better place. You have inspired me to believe in myself and to not just say, 'I'm just a kid, what can I do?' Because of you, I have been able to actually make a difference." -Bianca, 15

This year YEA camp will be offered in Molalla, OR July 25-August 1. 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 yeacamp.org.

Julie's Gluten-Free Easy Berry Cobbler

July 3, 2015

By Julie Hasson, cookbook author and speaker at our upcoming Gresham potluck on Sunday, July 12.

This recipe has quickly become my very favorite! It’s so easy to make, makes a large dessert to feed a crowd, and can be customized to whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand.

1 bag of Julie's Original Gluten-Free White Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/3 cup olive oil, canola or melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond extract or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 rounded cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberry, blackberries or blueberries (or sliced peaches or nectarines or a combo) About 1- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Mix everything (except for the berries and sugar) together in a large bowl until smooth. Spread into a greased 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Evenly sprinkle berries and fruit on top of batter, lightly pressing it in, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the top of the cake is firm to the touch and baked through. Depending on your oven, it might take an extra 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Variation: You can substitute 1 peach (or more), which has been peeled seeded and sliced, for 1 cup of the berries.
Tip: Strawberries are the only berry that doesn’t work as well for this recipe.

Volunteer Training

August 16 (3:30 PM)

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our westside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training Sunday, August 16 @ 3:30pm at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland). We will discuss how to setup the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Reply to this message or email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at volunteer@nwveg.org with any questions or to let us know that we will see you there!

NW VEG Westside Portland Potluck and Raw Cleansing Talk

August 16 (5:00 PM)

Join Kathy Peterman, RN, as she shares her journey in fasting, detoxifying, juicing and trying out various ways to lose weight. It's a journey that got her to now do three times a year raw cleansing as a way to enhance her health and focus on caring for her body, mind and spirit. Kathy became interested in vegetarianism and nutrition back in the mid 70's when she read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. She learned from a variety of raw foodists including Penni Shelton, Dara Dubinet, Dan McDonald, Frank Ferrante, David Wolfe, and Natalia KW. She has applied these learnings to her three times a year raw cleansing. Her cleanses are not about limitation, but rather, they are about super charging your nutrition with abundant live raw foods. Come learn more about her journey and how it might be helpful to you.

Join us for a delicious potluck at 5pm followed by a raw cleansing talk by Kathy Peterman at 6:30, or both! The potluck will be held at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. 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. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Peter Singer - Free Lecture at Pacific University

September 10 (7:00 - 8:30 PM)

Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure, will be presenting, "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals." on the Forest Grove campus of Pacific University. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. His book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures.

The lecture will be at the Stoller Center on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (see map) and is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG will follow.