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free vegan food in the DC area this weekend

Free vegan food! No joke.

On Sunday, there is free vegan food (from Java Green, Antonio’s Cafe, Vegetable Garden, and cake from Sticky Fingers) at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Open House.

Sunday, October 12, 2008
1 to 5 p.m.

Our biggest event of the year – and everyone’s invited! Come enjoy a live band, delicious catered food and drink, a fabulous silent auction, clowns and face painting, speakers, and the opportunity to stroll around and visit the rescued animals.

Karen Dawn, animal activist and author of Thanking the Monkey, Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals, will be the keynote speaker. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the rescued animals.

No admission fee, but donations (of any amount) are very much appreciated. RSVP requested.

On Monday, there is free vegan food plus a talk on nutrition by Dr. Greger.

On Mon., Oct. 13, COK is hosting a free vegan dinner and nutrition lecture featuring Michael Greger, M.D. Learn practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease. Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. He serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States.

WHERE: Greenbelt Library at 11 Crescent Rd. in Greenbelt Md.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, it is a COK benefit day at Stickyfingers. This is not free, but since you can get free Stickyfingers at the sanctuary on Sunday, let’s not quibble. Stickyfingers is worth paying money for!

Now you can get the best vegan buns in D.C. and help COK help animals at the same time! Starting on Oct. 14, the all-vegan and award-winning Sticky Fingers Bakery is hosting a benefit day on the second Tuesday of each month—a portion of the day’s sales will be automatically donated to COK. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert!

Unfortunately I’ll be in Chicago for most of these events. I’ll be at the sanctuary for the Open House, of course. I signed up to help in the chicken area, so if you wander down there, say hello! I’ll probably be the grumpy one.

Live Green

I was at a party last night, which I almost missed due to getting lost as I always seem to in DC. I can get to Stickyfingers without getting lost, but that’s about it. Then again, what could be more important than a vegan bakery?

Last night, though, was a party thrown by a fellow sanctuary-volunteer, so it was all vegan food and a lot of people I know from the vegan/poplar spring volunteer community. It was fun, and I had a chance to talk to DJ, the owner of Java Green and who more recently started “Live Green” in conjunction with some other friends.

It was a really great conversation. Java Green, for those who don’t know it, is a small mostly-vegan eatery in the middle of DC’s business district. DJ is completely committed to being as environmentally conscious as possible, and Java Green has become a model nationwide for green businesses. He’s actually doing what most people are just talking about. It is mostly a lunch place, and the amazing thing is that 80% of the customers during the week are not even vegetarian. That’s right, a vegetarian mostly-vegan restaurant that does not rely on vegans to stay in business. He says he sees people come in and bring others for lunch meetings who he’d never have expected to ever choose to eat a vegetarian meal. Now, that’s some pretty good culinary activism! And the food is delicious. It is no wonder that his business would be thriving even without the vegans in town!

He seems to be making a complete success of creating spaces where his view of a sustainable world is being put into action, and his belief is that if he creates these spaces and shows people that it can be done, people will be convinced on their own to do more. To be responsible and conscious.

Live Green is part of that, allowing him to join with others to help them find ways to become more green.

It was very motivating to talk to someone who lives his beliefs in such a positive and successful way. He had some great things to say about radicalism as well. He doesn’t see what he is doing as radical, he sees people who know they’re part of the problem and who aren’t working to make changes as radical. And it is true – it isn’t logical to not make those ethical and green choices in our own lives. We should always be looking at the next step to take towards environmental responsibility and sustainability. Luckily that often is the same as making the ethical choices from the animal rights and social justice perspectives as well.

two pigs sleeping

Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary Open House – Sunday, September 30!

sheep at psas

If you’re in the general DC area, the local animal sanctuary, Poplar Spring, is having an open house this coming Sunday from 1-5. I’ll be there all day!

Sunday, September 30, 2007
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Our biggest event of the year — and everyone’s invited! Come enjoy a live band, speakers, delicious catered food and drink, a fabulous silent auction, clowns, and the opportunity to stroll around and visit the rescued animals. RSVP requested.

I’ve heard that the speaker is to be James Laveck! They’re expecting around 800 people this year, and the food will be catered by Java Green, Stickyfingers, Yuan Fu, Antonio’s Cafe, and Hard Times Café, so the food alone should make it an event to experience. I’m looking forward to all of it, except maybe the clowns.

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