Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Portland Area MOGO-esque Events

Be sure to schedule these into your iPhone, Blackberry, calendar, piece of scratch paper, or whatever you use to keep track of can’t-miss events:

The most essential ones (in my opinion — but, of course, that’s ’cause I’m helping organize them) are Zoe Weil’s appearance at Powell’s on February 4, and the MOGO Workshop on Saturday, February 7. Here are some details:

Author and president of the Institute for Humane Education, Zoe Weil, is appearing at Powell’s – Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. ) at 7:30 pm to talk about her new book, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful LifeMost Good, Least Harm shows that choosing to do the most good and the least harm is personally enriching and helps to bring about a peaceful, sustainable, and humane world for all. If you care about social change issues at all (you know, like world peace, human rights, animal protection, environmental preservation — those kinds of things), be sure to attend.

Zoe is also leading an all-day MOGO (Most Good) Workshop on Saturday, February 7 here in Portland.  Creating a humane and sustainable world is not easy.  But when you live a life that deeply embodies your principles, not only do you help improve the world, you also cultivate your own inner peace and joy.  Tap into your deepest values and make choices that do the most good and least harm for all people, animals and the planet with this terrific workshop. The regular registration fee is $110; the registration fee for students is $75; but, what’s that when this workshop could change your life and change the world?! Find out more.

Here are some other upcoming events to be sure to attend:

Internet Activism with Glenn Gaetz
Sunday, January 25, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at PSU (Smith Memorial Union, Room 238 )
This workshop, sponsored by the Let Live Foundation, features Glenn Gaetz from Liberation B.C., who’ll be talking about topics like  “making a website, using social networking sites, e-newsletters, and other relevant online tools.” Let Live will be hosting a different topic each month, so be sure to check them out.

Why Farm Animals Matter
Tuesday, February 3, at 7:00 pm, at PSU (Smith Memorial Union, Room 101)
NW VEG, Vegans for Animal Advocacy and the Let Live Foundation are sponsoring this talk by Erin Williams, communications director for HSUS and author of the book Why Animals Matter. Erin will be talking about “the importance of making humane, sustainable food choices” and will share some of the exciting recent advancements for farmed animals in the United States.

NW VEG has some other great upcoming events, such as their new Happy Hour on Friday, January 30, their book club on Tuesday, February 10, and  their first annual Vegan Valentine’s Bake-off on Sunday, February 15. Find out more about NW VEG Events.

Also in the same vegan vein are the events sponsored by the MeetUp group Viva La Vegan. You have to be a member to enjoy all the benefits (about $6/year), but great upcoming events include the Garden Planning Primer on Saturday, January 31, and the free Ice Cream Social on Saturday, February 14Find out more and consider joining.

Know of more terrific MOGO-esque events in the Portland area? Let us know.


Mark Your Calendar: Vegan Cookbook Author at Herbivore

When the newbie veghead or veg-curious asks me for cookbook recommendations, one of the first names out of my mouth is Sarah Kramer. I have her first 3 cookbooks — How It All Vegan, The Garden of Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan (the first two were done with Tanya Barnard) — and they are gloopy and stained from frequent use. I like her simple, tasty recipes, laid-back style and wit, and the fun extra non-food tidbits that are included in each book.

Sarah’s newest book is Vegan a Go-Go!: A Cookbook and Survival Manual for Vegans on the Go (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008). It includes 150 easy-to-prepare-requiring-minimal-ingredients recipes, many of which are new (others are redesigned from previous books). The other part of the book focuses on strategies, ideas and tips for the vegan traveler, from what foods are most travel-friendly to how to say “I am vegan” in different languages. And the book is smaller, so it’s easy to grab and go.

Sarah will be at Herbivore here in Portland (1211 SE Stark Street) on Tuesday, October 7 at 6:30 pm to talk about her book and to share a few treats.

~ Marsha

Fill Your Vegan Sweet Tooth at My Sweet Vegan Booksigning

Hannah KaminskyDo you spend your days and nights dreaming about luscious cupcakes, delightful cookies and other decadent desserts? Do you spend hours browsing food blogs just to drool over the photos? If you’re a dessert devotee, check out Hannah Kaminsky’s book signing at Herbivore (1211 SE Stark ) in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, June 29 at noon. Hannah, 19, will be talking about her first cookbook, My Sweet Vegan, which features 77 delicious and delightful dessert recipes, each with its own tasty accompanying photo (taken by Hannah).

You can also get your fill of Hannah’s recipes and insights at her Bittersweet Blog.

The experts weigh in:My Sweet Vegan

My Sweet Vegan is a triumphant inspiration! Anyone with a sweet tooth will instantly fall in love with Hannah’s scrumptious desserts. This is a must-have book for dessert lovers everywhere. ~ Julie Hasson, Vegan Chef and Cookbook Author

Filled with scrumptious photographs and unique and imaginative recipes, My Sweet Vegan is perfect for anyone with a passion for baking (and eating!) desserts. This book is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning of sweet tooth, vegan or not! ~ Jennifer McCann, author of Vegan Lunch Box

Taking vegan sweets from ordinary to extraordinary, Hannah Kaminsky surely is One Sweet Vegan! Hannah shows her boundless creativity, dishing up exciting flavor combinations in baked goods and desserts that will delight vegans and non-vegans alike. Get your sweet tooth ready, it’s in for a treat! ~ Dreena Burton, best-selling author of Vive Le Vegan!, The Everyday Vegan, and Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

~ Marsha