2015

 

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Vegan 101 Class

  • Thursday, May 28th  7:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

 

Play interactive games    Sample delicious food    Leave enlightened

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Are you facing the challenge of aligning your everyday choices with your values?  Get the latest information on what it takes to adopt the vegan lifestyle.

At Vegan 101 you’ll learn about ethical veganism and how you can make the switch to a more compassionate lifestyle.  Five members from VegBoone are excited to share vegan wisdom and good humor.

Come learn the ways that veganism can support your health, our planet, and the animals!

This video was created by Max Boutelle for our first offering of Vegan 101 class which took place Thursday, May 28th.  Thanks Max!

May Vegan Potluck featuring southwestern style dishes

  • Thursday, May 14th  6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

Finally, the beautiful month of May has arrived.  Let’s celebrate with a VegBoone vegan potluck with a southwestern food theme.   Burritos, tacos, salads, guacamole and vegan sour cream, salsas, enchiladas, bean casseroles, what else can we come up with?   For ideas, just google “vegan southwestern recipes”.  There are so many possibilities.

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Please arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm  and bring a vegan dish that serves at least 8 people.  Vegan simply means no animal products — no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey.  Also please bring your own place setting to conserve resources and cut down on trash.   Copies of your recipe to share with others are also greatly appreciated or just write out a list of ingredients .

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VegBoone Tabling at Village Vision

Saturday, May 2, 2015   1-8 pm

VegBoone will be tabling at this event at Horn in the West.  Please stop by and say hi!

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Cha Da Thai

Sunday Lunch at Cha Da Thai

Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:00 pm

Cha Da Thai Restaurant, 173 Howard Street in Boone

 

Our next event will be lunch at Cha Da Thai, Boone’s authentic Thai restaurant, that offers many plant-based dishes. From choices like Pad Thai (no egg), Sesame Tofu and Tom Yum Soup to Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango for dessert, you will easily find a variety of dishes that suit your taste. The tofu in dishes can be ordered steamed or stir-fried and brown rice is now available as well as white rice. This restaurant has been a favorite of local vegans for years.

Lunch specials are $5.99, but there will be lots of other choices, priced higher, as well. We met with a staff member and reviewed the entire menu to determine which dishes are vegan or could be made vegan. We will have a special menu to order from. Separate checks for each individual or family. Please order only from the vegan menu.

Join us to enjoy a delicious lunch and to support this local restaurant.

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National Nutrition Month Vegan Potluck

  • Wednesday, March 18th at 6pm
  • Watauga Public Library

Please arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm and bring a vegan dish that serves at least 8 people.  Vegan simply means no animal products — no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey.  Also please bring your own place setting to conserve resources and cut down on trash.   Copies of your recipe to share with others are also greatly appreciated or a list of ingredients.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formally known as the American Dietetic Association) recognizes March as “National Nutrition Month.”  VegBoone is theming our March 18th vegan potluck in its honor- but not without a wink of good humor.  Please enjoy this short video by Michael Greger, M.D examining some of their corporate sponsorships.

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/academy-of-nutrition-and-dietetics-conflicts-of-interest/

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Links of interest:

http://bizarro.com/

We have Dan Piraro to thank for the hilarious Bizarro comics.  Be sure to check out “Some of my favorite quotes,” “Why I’m Vegan,” and “Are humans designed to eat meat?” in the “About” section.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/meatonomics-bizarre-economic-forces-drive-meat-dairy-production.html

“Meatonomics explores the bizarre economic forces that drive meat & dairy production”

http://nutritionfacts.org/

NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Michael Greger, M.D., launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Now a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org provides free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos.

Whenever there is a new drug or surgical procedure, you can be assured that you or your doctor will probably hear about it because there’s a corporate budget driving its promotion. But what about advances in the field of nutrition? The reason we don’t see ads on TV for broccoli is the same reason groundbreaking research on the power of foods and eating patterns to affect our health and longevity gets lost and buried in the medical literature–there’s no profit motive. It may not make anyone money, but what if our lives would profit?

Did you know there are diets proven to not only prevent and treat but reverse our #1 killer, heart disease, along with other deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure? Yet doctors get little if any formal nutrition training in medical school, graduating without some of the most powerful tools available to stop the chronic diseases that remain our leading causes of death and disability.

We believe that a significant part of the problem is that individuals who want to make the correct dietary choices for themselves and their families are faced with a deluge of confusing and conflicting nutritional advice. The goal of this website is to present you and your doctor with the results of the latest in peer-reviewed nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand.”

http://www.pcrm.org/

The Physicians Committee is leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion. The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world.

Our efforts are dramatically changing the way doctors treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. By putting prevention over pills, doctors are empowering their patients to take control of their own health.

And we are also building a new way of viewing research. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee has been working tirelessly for alternatives to the use of animals in medical education and research and advocating for more effective scientific methods.

Our staff of physicians, dietitians, and scientists is working with policymakers, industry, the medical community, the media, and the public to create a better future for people and animals.”

 

February Vegan Valentine’s Potluck

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  • Wednesday, February 18 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

At VegBoone’s February potluck,  we will celebrate Valentine’s Day late with unlikely animal friendships in mind.  Please arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm  and bring a vegan dish  that serves at least 8 people.  Vegan simply means no animal products — no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey.  Also please bring your own place setting to conserve resources and cut down on trash.   Copies of your recipe to share with others are also greatly appreciated or a list of ingredients .

 Click the blue button above to sign up.

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One’s heart can’t help but melt at the sweetness of loving animal couples.  Bonds sometimes develop between what at first appear to be the most unusual pairs. Exploring further, however, one learns that relationships between animals of different species are not all that uncommon.  The lines we’ve drawn between us and other sentient beings cut off our emotional connection.  We are therefore surprised when other animals are able to relate despite their differences.  Every year billions of animals are denied the opportunity to form lasting bonds with one another.  The lucky ones remind us that complex emotional bonds are not limited to one’s own species group and that we all share the essential need for love.

“I think a lot of people find these cross-species relationships surprising because they don’t appreciate the richness of the emotional lives of non-human animals, that non-human animals experience the same emotions we do.” Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of University of Colorado

“As children, we were taught about the concept of the food web, which provides a map of “who eats who” in the animal kingdom. And we were taught about symbiotic relationships between different species, in which one or both members of the pair benefit from the alliance. But increasingly, we are presented with accounts of interspecific animal behaviors and relationships that do not fit neatly into these contexts—stories clearly demonstrating that the roles of animals in their environment are not as rigid as once thought. These examples prove that animals are not merely simple, instinctive beings, elucidating the softer, more vulnerable and malleable side to their nature. They particularly serve to remind us of the complex emotions of animals, as well as the fact that they share many basic needs with the human animal.”  –From AWI

Cowspiracy: Free Showing

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  •   Tuesday, January 27 · 7:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

 Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a ground breaking featurelength environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today  and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industryand is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction,habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist. As eyeopening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact largescale factory farming has on our planet, and offers path to global sustainability for a growing population.

The showing is free.  Time for discussion and vegan treats will follow this film.

 

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