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DIY Vegan Conference
DIY Vegan Conference   

DIY is short-hand for "do it yourself", and that speaks to the essential spirit we'd like to capture for this conference: a vegan conference FOR the community, BY the community.

What would you like to say or hear at a grassroots vegan conference? How can you help contribute to make this happen?

With the DIY Vegan conference model, anyone will be able to submit a topic proposal -- the only requirement will be that it involves some aspect of veganism, which could include animal rights, philosophy, environmental, social justice, religion, edible, ethics, advocacy strategies, "how to" type topics (raise vegan children, bake vegan, leaflet, etc). The proposals received will then drive the content of the conference.

At this point in time, this is just an "idea". To learn more or to comment, please visit our blog

DIY Vegan Conference

 


Vegan Food Parties
Grass-n-Lake Vegan Food Party   

If you're new to the Bay Area, a Vegan Food Party (VFP) is a great opportunity to meet some really friendly people who also enjoy veg*nism. If you're new to veg*nism, this is a fun way to try a variety of different vegan foods. And, we welcome you to "animal experiment" and try new vegan recipes on hungry human volunteers. VFPs are fun for folks of all ages and appetities of all sizes Smile

So join us on noon, this Saturday, Sept 6th, at Oakland's Lake Temescal to enjoy vegan foods, an opportunity to connect with like-minded folks, relax on the grass, swim in the lake, or just hang out at beautiful Lake Temescal in Oakland. There's also a VFP on 9/13 in San Rafael with a hike - come to one or both!

Grass-n-Lake Vegan Food Party

 


Hearts in Action
Hearts in Action   

During our August "Have a Heart, Go Veg Leafleting" outreach, 785 leaflets were distributed to the public. Every individual that we reach has the potential to make life-saving changes in their own life and to the animals that they no longer eat.

Want to do more than just wish for new vegetarians? Power to the Peaceful, a free concert in Golden Gate Park, is this Saturday 9/6. Nora invites interested folks to join her:

"This is a really fantastic opportunity for leafletting about vegetarianism--one of the best and easist things you can do to help animals and spread vegetarians in the world! I've leafletted there many years in a row, and it is always a positive experience. I'll be there all day Saturday and would love for you to join me! This is a perfect opportunity for someone who has never done any leafletting before. I'll show you how it's done! All you need to do is show up!"

Other outreach opportunities including leafleting on Sept 20th at the Powell St cable car turnaround. If tabling is more your style, we need your help at Solano Stroll in Berkeley/Alameda on Sun, Sept 14th.

Please see the event calendar for more details on all events.

 


Back to School
Back to School - AAC   

Our leafleting team in Vegan Outreach's Adopt-a-College Program has already started with 150 leaflets distributed during the lunch hour at a downtown SF college. We did 1,000 leaflets in Spring 2008, and are looking to beat that number. Several people have already pledged to leaflet regularly at a local college -- can we count on YOUR help?? Whether it's weekly or monthly, for 10 or 60 minutes, it all adds up.

No previous experience necessary for leafleting, just a smile and a willingness to help animals. Contact us for more info or to sign-up.

As Nora, the organizer for the Golden Gate Park leafleting, says "Aren’t you glad you know about how the animals are treated so that you can choose to do something about it? Give others that opportunity to make a difference, as well! And give the animals an opportunity for people to consider their plight."

 


Spotlight: Snappy Comebacks
Spotlight: Snappy Comebacks   

Do you get tongue-tied when you’re put on the spot by inquisitive family or friends? Or just curious how others handle it? If so, check out the PETA podcast featuring Dr. Alka Chandna, formerly a Bay Area activist and currently PETA’s laboratory oversight specialist, and PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich. They take you through snappy and compelling comebacks to the toughest animal rights questions.

Spotlight: Snappy Comebacks

If you have a useful website you'd like to suggest for a future spotlight, please let us know.


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

Last month saw the closure of Wild Greens in Petaluma, less than 6 months after it opened, and the launch of Loving Hut in Milpitas. Loving Hut is a new vegan restaurant featuring Vietnamese cuisine with a few western dishes like burgers and spaghetti. FYI, Souley Vegan (Oakland) is temporarily closed for remodelling.

For more details on the above, and regular updates, check out our Guide News blog

Have Your Say -- voice your opinion with an Ultimate Guide review. With 1,493 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants

1) Fragrance Land, Cupertino - 4.8 (New entry)
2) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.57 down
3) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.55 down
4) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.54 up
5) Pizza Plaza, Oakland - 4.52 down
6) Vital Ital Calabash - 4.5 down
7) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38 down
8) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29 down
9) Millennium, SF - 4.27 down
10) New World Vegetarian - 4.21 down


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

If you’re vegan, you might worry that attending a traditional wedding in the Midwest would create an eating challenge for you. I was lucky enough to attend one of those traditional Midwestern weddings yesterday, and I didn’t bring so much as a single peanut.

Heart Smart Cooking

 


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

09/06 Power to the Peaceful: Go Veg Leafleting - SF (Golden Gate Park) Add event to your local calendar
09/06 KFC Cruelty Protest! - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/06 Grass-and-Lake Vegan Food Party - Lake Temescal (Oakland) Add event to your local calendar
09/09 Happy Bamboo Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/13 Hike and Vegan Food Party - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
09/14 Outreach at Solano Stroll - Albany Add event to your local calendar
09/14 Food For Thought: Specious Science Add event to your local calendar
09/14 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/14 Veganauts: Mission to the New World - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
09/16 Letter Writing Party & Dinner - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
09/18 Fragrance Land Dinner - Cupertino Add event to your local calendar
09/20 Have a Heart, Go Veg Leafleting & Lunch - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/21 Vegan Book Club Discussion - SF Add event to your local calendar
09/21 Activist Writers' Salon - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
09/24 Garden Fresh Vegan Dinner - Mountain View Add event to your local calendar
09/28 East Bay Vegan Brunch/Lunch - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar

10/04 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
10/12 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar

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For latest news and events for Bay Area Vegetarians, check out the News Blog and Event Calendar. We don't always announce it, but event photos are added periodically to the gallery, too.

 


September 2008
 
In This Issue:
DIY Vegan Conference
Vegan Food Parties
Hearts in Action
Back to School
Spotlight: Snappy Comebacks
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar


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