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“Bay Area Veg Meadow”

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
"Bay Area Veg Meadow" at Animal Place

"Bay Area Veg Meadow" at Animal Place

Even before facebook started, we’ve been a fan of Animal Place for many years.

With Animal Place’s support, we’ve had an annual tour and picnic for several years at their Vacaville location.  So when we heard they needed to relocate, a few of us got together and organized a fun(d)raiser for them in June 2008.   ( See past blog posts for more info: The Fun(d)Raiser | The Fun(d) Crew )

Our fun(d)raiser provided much needed funds towards expanding to their new Grass Valley location, where they named a meadow for us.  Our meadow is very suitably in the picnic area, because we do love to eat :-)

Their barm warming is tomorrow, and we’re heading up to check out the new sanctuary and definitely “Bay Area Veg Meadow”!  Email us if you’re also going, maybe we can rendezvous.

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Jul 2010 Summer Events

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

BAVeg Jul 2010 Summer Events

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Awesome first day at Pride! Visit us on Sunday

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Table full of veg info

Veg Info for LGBT Pride

We had an amazing & awesome first day at the BAVeg SF LGBT Pride booth!!  A huge number of folks interested in veg*nism came by for their Free Veg Starter Kit, and sampled delicious coconut milk ice cream samples and meatless jerky.

I’m really looking forward to Day 2, Sunday.  We’ll again have the BAVeg booth (we’re on Larkin in front of the Asian Art Museum), and will also be doing some leafleting to the crowd who are standing around and waiting for the Parade to start ( for those watching the parade, look for the EBAA veg contingent!)

For now, I’ve uploaded a few of the photos that I took of our booth, and there will be more to come that the other volunteers have taken.

http://www.bayareaveg.org/gallery2/v/pride10/

Our entirely all-volunteer crew made this day possible.   I am privileged to have collaborated with such a dedicated group of fellow veg*ns on our outreach booth.

Michelle & Dan

Michelle & Dan

Let’s give them all a virtual big hand of applause:
- Michelle, Dan, George and myself did the setup
- Heidi and Donna staffed the veg booth
- Heidi was also busy taking photographs, and Donna made the most amazing vegan goodies for the booth volunteers
- Michelle and Dan gave out information & stickers galore
- Mila and Mike organized the hugely popular ice cream samples (dry ice is amazing)
- Chris designed the new banners that had people walking over to the booth asking for their Free Veg Starter Kit

We also owe thanks to:
- Turtle Mountain and Primal Spirit Foods for So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches and Primal Strips donations, respectively, distributed to booth visitors
- PCRM, PETA and Vegan Outreach generously donated literature
- Individuals who donated in response to our plea, which so far partially cover our expenses for Pride

BAVeg will be back at SF LGBT Pride all day Sunday .  Our info booth is on Larkin, right in front of the Asian Art Museum  Come by and say hello, and grab some literature for you or a friend :-)

- Tammy

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8th year of BAVeg Outreach at SF LGBT

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Ask Me about Meat

Ask Me About Meat

We started in 2003, and had a booth annually until 2008 when we did leafleting only. In 2009, the booth returned, as well as an entry in the Parade. 2010 is our 8th year of outreach at SF LGBT Pride, with a booth on both days as well as pre-parade leafleting on Sunday.

Our history of outreach at Pride is represented in these photo galleries.

2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

SF LGBT PRIDE 2010
San Francisco Civic Center
Recommend BART or Muni (Civic Center Station)

Please visit our booth and say hello, and grab some literature for a non-veg friend!

Bay Area Vegetarians booth location – J13
In front of Asian Art Museum on Larkin

We are still in need of donations to cover the cost of our chicken display and other Pride expenses – please help if you can. (more info)

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Saturn Cafe (Berkeley) opens July 7th

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Thanks to Jeanna at Saturn Cafe for the update:

We will be opening at 2175 Allston Way on July 7th (only a few weeks left!) Also, our brunch menu is now served during all hours of operation.

Ultimate Guide: Saturn Cafe (Berkeley)

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New BAVeg Outreach Banner

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Wanted to share a sneak preview of the new banners we ordered for BAVeg Outreach. We will be using these for the first time at the SF LGBT Pride Celebration on 6/26-6/27 at the SF Civic Center.

Please come by and visit us, and get a free Veg Starter Kit for you and a friend!

Donations needed for Caged Hen Display at LGBT Pride

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Caged Egg Laying Hen Display

Caged Egg Laying Hen Display

One of the most effective displays that we use at the BAVeg info booth is a life-size replica of battery caged hens, with a sign telling people why and encouraging them to stop eating eggs. This is a very striking display and people always stop to look and read the sign, and yes, take photographs.

The photo from the BAVeg booth at Pride 2007 shows what the display looks like with three stacked cages (the middle cage is the one we own, and the other 2 were borrowed).  We no longer have access to the other 2 cages.

So, to recreate this display, it is costing us $237.40 to purchase 1 cage and rent the 2nd. If we can raise $400, we can purchase both displays to use on an ongoing basis. Any additional donations over this cost will be use towards costs for the booth space, booth structure rental, insurance, literature and other costs of the booth.

DONATIONS NEEDED — Please support this effort with a donation to help defray the cost. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law, as BAVeg is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations can be made payable and sent to Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037-1215

We can also accept donations via credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal

SPECIAL REQUEST — The late Polly Strand, who originally donated the cage to us, enhanced the display with fake poop hanging on the top of the cage. It has fallen off over the years, and now we have a new cage. Is anyone artistically inclined to manufacture more fake poop that we can use? This simulate what happens in the real conditions (looking for visual image only, no olfactory recreations).

Let’s plan our summer events

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The goal of the Bay Area Vegetarians is to share information promoting veganism, and connect/support the veg and animal rights community. What happens or doesn’t happens depends on each one of us, and in the long-run, determines how well we eat because most events should involve lots of vegan food (well, at least the ones that I’m involved with do!)


Does anyone have a special BAVeg event they’ve been thinking of organizing, but uncertain about how to get started?

Well, the first step is to email us with the date/time and let us know what you want to do. Just about any type of event (as long as all the food is vegan) and it’s open to everyone can be a BAVeg event.

Here are some ideas

  • vegan cheese tasting party
  • leaflet at a concert or summer fair
  • Mission food trek (Cafe Gratitude/Cha Ya/Herbivore/Udupi)
  • organize a dinner at your favorite veg restaurant
  • organize a Vegan Food Party at your favorite park or home
  • DIY skill share: have something to say or something to show related to veganism/animal rights? Let me know, we will be having regular Vegan Food Parties at the ocean-view community room at the Pacifica Library.
  • movie night: screen a movie related to veg/AR. either at your home, or community room

We look forward to hearing about the events you’d like to help make happen. Thank you!

6/12 Secrets of Vegan Baking: The Vegan Coffee Shop

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls from Secrets of Vegan Baking

Learn the secrets of baking amazing cinnamon rolls, banana walnut bread, and raspberry cream scones with Secrets of Vegan Baking instructor Dr. Christine Dickson

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Whole Foods Market, 1010 Park Place, San Mateo
[ Register online ]

When asked “What did you like most about the baking class?“, class participants replied:

“The taste and texture of the baked goods was very impressive.  Very tasty.”

“It gave me confidence that you can make vegan dessert items that taste every bit as good as baked items with animal products.”

“Being with other vegetarians/vegans and learning how to make healthy desserts.”

“Learning all the tips/techniques you can’t get from just a recipe.”

“To meet an actual vegan baker — we need many more of these to progress the “cause” and get/perfect more options.”

“Christine has some good baking humor – she made me laugh”

To read more about the Secrets of Vegan Baking classes, visit the SecretsOfVeganBaking.com, and Register online at Bay Area Vegetarians.

Banner printing – free or discounted?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Looking for help with discounted or, even better, free printing for an outdoor vinyl banner for Bay Area Vegetarians outreach at the forthcoming SF LGBT Pride.

Please let us know if you can help.