NYC: Mardi Gras party to support carriage horses on Feb. 24th! »
NYCLASS is having a Mardi Gras masquerade ball for the carriage horses!
From Samantha at SuperVegan, because she’s funny and I’m lazy:
Do you ever stare at a long, rectangular fish tank, waiting for your one true love to appear on the other side? That one person for whom you’d die a historically tragic death? And also that the fish were swimming in the ocean? Just me, then? Well, this is what comes to mind when I hear “masquerade.” Basically, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes locking eyes for the first time, through the enchanting, refracted light of a fish tank.
Yeah, sounds good! Plus, there’s going to be vegan king cake! I don’t know what that is but I think I heard Laura say she likes it. That’s good enough for me. Plus, I hear they hide stuff in it? I like that because it reminds me of my favorite Amelia Bedelia book where they tell her to make a “date cake” and she makes a cake with calendar clippings in it. That Amelia Bedelia! There’s also a bunch of vegan-sounding food from Verite Catering including Cajun fried seitan and eggplant jambalaya!
Masks are strongly encouraged; But while NYCLASS tells you to “find your feathers,” I’m telling you to leave the feathers on the birds! Let’s not celebrate horses by ripping the feathers off a bunch of birds. Also, I think you should make your own mask! Ever heard of paper mache?! It’s recycled and biodegradable! Here is a DIY tutorial for making a paper mache mask and then this Threadbanger video has great decorating instructions—she uses ribbons instead of feathers! Lovely! I happen to love paper mache and there are few times when it’s a legitimate activity sans kids, so take advantage of this opportunity.
Final suggestion: DON’T SHOW UP IN A HORSE CARRIAGE.
All in all, sounds like a great event! And it’ll be easy for you guys to remember the party date because it’s the day before my birthday.
Sponsor a dear chicken this Valentine’s Day! They need love too! »
Harvest Home Sanctuary is having a sponsor-a-thon RIGHT NOW until Valentine’s Day! For $15, you can sponsor a sweet rescue chicken for one month! Select recurring payments to sponsor your pal every month! I’m partial to Little Wayne above (nickname: Pretty Ricky!) who was rescued from a hoarder last year. I just donated my $15 for Pretty Ricky and you can too!
From Harvest Home:
Among the 200 animals living at Harvest Home, 100 chickens call the sanctuary home. Our goal for this campaign is to find a sponsor for each chicken by Valentine’s Day.
For just $15 a month, you can sponsor a rescued hen or rooster. Sponsorships make marvelous gifts for your animal-loving family and friends. You can make a meaningful impact in the life of one of our adorable birds this year.
Click here to donate! Show your love and compassion this V-Day.
Emergency! A vegan and her dog need our help! »
Leesah, a vegan for 18 years,* found out her dog Schultz has aural hematomas and needs surgery within days. Schultz’s ear is filling up with blood and fluid and it sounds hella awful. Leesah went to the low-cost vet mobile and they were able to drain the ear a little, but it’s filling up with fluid again and they say it will continue to do so until it bursts.
You see the need for the operation. However, the vet mobile people quoted the surgery at about $600, which Leesah does not have. She’s been able to raise a little but has a ways to go. I’m hoping we can rally the community to help poor Schultz!
Leesah has set up a ChipIn page where you can easily donate. I haven’t met Leesah but we’ve been in contact via email after Pets for Life NYC told her we might be able to help. If you want to contact Leesah directly, email me and I’ll put you in touch. At the bottom is her invoice from the low-cost vet mobile.
Leesah says Schultz saved her from depression and she loves him very much! I saw he’s super cute and I’m sad for him!
*Update: I thought she was 18, that’s actually how long she’s been vegan! My bad, I was confused.
Help Olympia, Wash., get its own vegan store! »
Lesli Baker is a vegan from Olympia, Wash., who wants to open a vegan lifestyle shop there! She’s calling it Oly Vegan, and says it will be “the ONLY all vegan lifestyle shop between Seattle and Portland!” That is a big deal!
Lesli is fundraising for Oly Vegan through IndieGoGo right now, and of the $4,000 she needs, she has raised $910. Not enough! And it expires on Sunday, Nov. 20, less than two weeks from today!
According to Lesli, Oly Vegan “will carry delicious vegan gourmet chocolate truffles and marshmallow treats and snacks, packaged food items, clothing, handbags and shoes, t-shirts, body care products (and vegan makeup for the ladies!) book totes and laptop bags, ceramics, glassware and more with a vegan theme. We also plan to host events and charity fundraisers, interesting classes and in-stores. This will be a destination store that does more than sell cool t-shirts to its customers, but also sincerely tries to give back to its community.”
Those are really admirable goals, you guys. Let’s help Lesli out, and get Olympia a vegan store! Every town deserves one!
Party at SaveABunny on Saturday! »
SaveABunny is hosting a summertime party for bun-fundraising on Saturday, July 30! They will have “amazing food, a silent auction, cool stuff, tiki drinks and BUNNIES! Guaranteed fun and guaranteed to help support our rescue work!”
The Beach Buns and Rum Rabbits party will happen at SaveABunny HQ in Mill Valley; please RSVP by emailing or calling (415) 388.2790. Fun in the sun with a bun!
TOMORROW, Sunday, May 22: an SF vegan bakesale! DO IT! »
Still here on earth because you’re not worthy and wondering what’s next! Gain sustenance to fight hell’s army at this vegan bakesale in SF! Or you know, just to get fat on. Both are totally worthy causes.
It’s from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Mercury Cafe and every penny earned goes to helping them build a parklet. Too cute! So make it happen, cap’n!
Now marvel at their adorable ass poster (go greedy octopus, go!) and then get up and GO EAT!
Save the date: May 10 NYC fundraiser for Japan »
Hey everybody, guess what! There is going to be a benefit for Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support and Americares! But you haven’t heard the best part: I’m going to DJ! Huzzah! So now you HAVE to go.
I think I’m just spinning between bands and announcements so, essentially, I’m TOP BILLING. But don’t worry, I’m going to be so good, everybody will die. But not before eating delicious vegan food from V-Spot, Gonepie and more!
Here’s the skinny:
Tuesday, May 10, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Southpaw, 125 5th Ave.
It’s $15 and 18 and over. Yay, kids! You can hang! The event has a Facebook page and you can buy advance tickets on Southpaw’s website. Southpaw kind of rules so this should be fun! It’s only a few blocks from me so you might see me wheeling my records over. Say hi!
If you want a preview of my skillz, you can check out and download (for free!) a few of my mixes on Last.fm.
Hayes Valley Farm is making improvements! Can you spare some change to help? »
We’ve written before about cool things happening at the Hayes Valley Farm. While it’s not an exclusively vegan farm (they have a bee colony that produces honey), their main focus is growing food sustainably and teaching others to do the same. They have a variety of classes, from yoga at the farm to Soil 101, and you can stop on by and visit the farm during their visiting hours to get involved, or just to see what’s up. It’s pretty awesome; when I first moved to San Francisco in 2008, the spot on Octavia and Laguna where the farm now lies was just an abandoned chunk of old freeway off-ramp. Now, in under two years, the area has been completely transformed and is now a functional, sustainable farm. Pretty inspiring for anyone who has ever tried to get a project off the ground in San Francisco!
Now, the Hayes Valley Farm is trying to raise money to improve the farm and expand their outreach and education programs. They’ve put together a Kickstarter package (Kickstarter is an online fundraising tool), and with three days left to pledge money, they’re just $3,000 short of their goal. If you have some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, consider donating to the farm!
From 6 to 8 pm. there’s a FREE pet fair with all sorts of awesome vendors and tons of vegan food and drinks! We’re talking vegan sandwiches from Ike’s Place, cupcakes from Fat Bottom Bakery and Sugar Beat Sweets, and cookies made with Eat Pastry Cookie Dough! There will also be tons of beer, wine, a raffle with awesome prizes, great vendors (get your holiday gifts!), adoptable ADORABLE dogs, and MORE!
Then, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. there will be BINGO! Served up with vegan chili pie, cornbread, and the best fucking prizes ever, including a $100 gift certificate to Millennium, Southwest plane tickets, and a signed SF Giants cap from MVP Édgar Rentería. Seriously, you gotta be there so COME! Please!
Rocket Dog is so desperate for funds right now. We want to keep up our legacy of saving the dogs that nobody else can—your pit bulls, your tripods, your one-eyed chihuahuas! Play Bingo for those who cannot! I’m crazy! See you there! Etc.!
Harvest Home Toast to the Turkeys Celebration is THIS SATURDAY! »
This Saturday, Nov. 13, Harvest Home Sanctuary (our favorite!) in Stockton is hosting its Toast to the Turkeys Celebration. You get to cuddle with farm animals, eat an amazing vegan feast, and tour a beautiful sanctuary for just 25 bucks. NOT BAD AT ALL. Get your tickets here!
If you can’t make it, check out their sixth anniversary funding drive and PLEASE consider donating as they are the absolute best and doing so sosososo much for the animals. I honestly can’t think of a better place to spend your money I MEAN OUR MONEY.
From the site (DONATE!):
In 2004, we opened our barn doors to the first animals rescued by our sanctuary on Thanksgiving Day. Since our creation, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary has established itself as a force for saving unwanted animals in California. Our organization has rescued hundreds of animals from shelters, hoarders, breeders, butchers and beyond. Currently, we are proud to care for nearly 200 animals at our rescue and rehabilitation center in Stockton.
For our sixth anniversary this Thanksgiving, a team of volunteers will participate in Stockton’s Annual Run-Walk to raise funds for the sanctuary in union with our funding drive.
Celebrate our lifesaving work with a donation to our $6K anniversary campaign today. Our funding drive will run through the end of the year.