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06/14/2012

Meet the love of your life on Saturday at the Walk of Love Scavenger Hunt for vegan singles!  »

Are you lonely? Are you single? Do you enjoy doing stuff during the daylight hours? Guess what! There’s a vegan singles scavenger hunt in San Francisco on Saturday! You have to go and then tell me everything, because I will be at work, swimming in pools of vegan buttercream, trying not to die of a diabetic coma (frosting is soooo good).


The Walk of Love Scavenger Hunt is presented by Karine Brighten, takes place on Saturday, June 16, in San Francisco. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs about $16.52 per person. Buy your tickets here!

It’s like Hunger Games for singles right? Except not at all? (I just imagine the adults who went to see Hunger Games also like scavenger hunts.) You’ll meet another vegan who likes sci-fi, group activities, talking to strangers, and playing Apples to Apples during parties! I prefer to show off my interpretive dances to pop songs at parties, but maybe that’s why I’m so very single all of the time.

Go ahead. Go meet your soulmate on Saturday, but make sure to invite me to the wedding as thanks for filling you in about this event! It’s like I so often say, “Always a wedding guest, never even a bridesmaid!” Let me tell you, this is a shame; I look amazing in bridesmaid dresses!

04/13/2012

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is coming! Win some shit, if you want!  »

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day is holding a contest on Facebook to win some prizes! Free shit, hell yeah, etc. It’s pretty simple: Change your profile pic to the BVED logo for 24 hours, and comment on their page that you did so.* Read to the rules and see the logo here. Prizes include DVDs, vegan treats, water bottles, books, and shirts, and the contest ends on Friday, April 20.

Are you planning on attending? I went last year, and it was intense! But, in a good way! I wasn’t sure what to expect and my mind was blown, by both the film (Call of Life) and speakers. Also making it a very special night for me — I tried Nacheez for the first time. I highly recommend going this year; it looks like a blast!

The official promo manager of BVED, Alex Eaves, sent me the tip about this contest. If you don’t know who he is, get on that! He was one of the panel speakers last year, representing his company Stay Vocal and maybe I swooned a little bit.

[Ed.: For further East Bay veg awesomeness, don’t forget about Oakland Veg Week, which starting this Sunday. Eat all the food, see all the speakers, get laid, don’t get laid, whatever, you know how we do.]

[Ed., again: Not sure how we feel about contestants that make you shill yourself on FB/Twitter but uh, it’s for veganism? And it’s only 24 hours? And you could win some water bottles? All right!]

11/15/2011

Everyday is Earth Day when you are vegan, so represent!  »

Karine Brighten is looking for vegans to represent at her second annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day event. Got a film you want to show? Something to say? She is now taking submissions! You should participate, because you are smart and sexy, which means peeps wants to hear what you have to say. I know I do!

07/28/2011

This is a post for the single males out there!  »

OK guys, normally I’m not this desperate (lie), but I really need you! Actually, Karine Brighten needs you to sign up for Veg Speed Dating on Aug. 3 in Berkeley! Dudes, I know you like free shit, so here’s the deal: on Facebook, “like” Karine Brighten Events, then leave a comment saying you want a ticket; or on Twitter, follow KBrightenEvents and then tweet her up to let her know you want a ticket. You can even “like” Vegansaurus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter—don’t you love us?—then tell Karine Brighten’s Facebook or Twitter you did so AND WANT A TICKET!

Basically, all you have to do is tell her that you are breathing and able to use the internet to win a free ticket! Also be: single, between the ages of 21 and 50, into the ladies—some rules apply. If we click at the event I don’t want to hear about your complicated relationship, OK?

Contest open till Saturday, July 30 Sunday, July 31! Veg Speed Dating will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley. BE THERE.

05/02/2011

Every day is Earth Day when you’re vegan  »

For Earth Day this year I celebrated by attending Berkeley Vegan Earth Day, hosted by eco-friendly event planner Karine Brighten. Though you may be thinking, “Earth Day was soooo last week, why are you getting around to this now?” I have two reasons: One is that I am a slacker. Two is that it doesn’t matter because EVERY DAY SHOULD BE EARTH DAY! And the information is still relevant!
What was special about this particular Earth Day event was the link Brighten emphasized between veganism and its positive impact on both animals and the environment, as well as exploring “reasons and ways to take that commitment even further.” Mission accomplished, girlfriend! 

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day included a screening of the documentary Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction, followed by a panelist discussion and catered reception. 

To put it mildly, Call of Life was intense. Really, read its tag line: “If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever.” We live on a planet full of ecosystems that depend on each other for survival. When one species, whether plants or animals, begins to dwindle or become extinct, it causes a ripple effect to which human animals are not immune. The scientists, anthropologists, philosophers and psychologists featured in this documentary are hypothesizing that if we don’t fundamentally change our behavioral and societal patterns (RIGHT NOW) we are going to contribute to both the extinction of the plants and animals on our planet as well as ourselves.

Another point this movie touched upon was that as humans, we are not oblivious to this going on around us and may suffer from feelings of terror, anger, and despair. Yet our society is adept at pushing consumerism as a way to suppress those feelings, or block them out entirely. We buy the things we “deserve” to feel better, and indulge in meat though we know factory farming is vicious and inhumane, as well as a direct reason for clear-cutting rain forests. The longer this movie sat with me, the more powerfully my thoughts centered around throwing myself off my second-story balcony, but then I remembered I was hosting Easter this year, which would hopefully save at least one pig sent for slaughter this spring (nothing like an agave-brown sugar seitan roast). Activism, people! It saves lives!

Next up were the vegan panelists: David Vlansey, the executive producer of Call of Life, Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project, Hope Bohanec of In Defense of Animals, and Alex Eaves of Stay Vocal.

My favorite points from the discussion include:

Lauren Ornelas:

  •  In the US farm workers are not paid overtime, though in pretty much every other professional it is mandatory. There are laws against compensating them for overtime.
  • Environmental racism—it’s no coincidence that oil refineries, land fills, truck depots,etc happen to be located around low income neighborhoods and communities of color. These areas have higher rates of cancer and pollutants along with less access to health care or healthy foods. Examples of these regions in the SF Bay Area include Richmond and Martinez.

 Hope Bohanec:  

  • The only difference between organic beef and conventional beef is what they are fed. Eating organic beef doesn’t effect green house or fossil fuel admissions.
  • It’s not feasible to have enough grass-fed, free-range meat to feed 6 billion people (the Earth’s population). There simply isn’t enough room.
  • Eating vegan is eating green. Two vegan meals a week is better than eating an organic, locally sourced lifestyle.

Alex Eaves:  

  • Recycling is failure to reuse.
  • It takes 400 gallons of water for all the cotton that goes into one new t-shirt.
  • If his friends that own coffeeshops were to charge everyone that brought in their own travel mug $1 and $5 for every paper cup, people could then pay for their ignorance and denial.

The reception was catered by Millennium, which was great for me, as I’ve never eaten there.

Brighten said she is “extremely happy to have had such an amazing turnout, and so much support from the community.” Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates on upcoming events here! I may have heard a rumor about vegan speed dating in Berkeley in the near future.

04/27/2010

YOU GUYS. This is pretty fresh. On Sunday, May 2 in Berkeley there is a women entrepreneurs (why does anyone put that word in anything!? it’s impossible to spell!) showcase and there is gonna be tons of fresh vegan stuff for sale but most importantly, there will be pints of Rocket Ship Ice Cream from Millennium chef Sarah Smart. She’s getting a new business off the ground and now is the time that you can CHECK IT OUT. Plus, other vegan goodies, a $4 vegan lunch, and yeah, supporting Karine Brighten, who is a vegan business lady. If you’re a vegan and a woman and serious about DOING BUSINESS and also EATING ICE CREAM, you’ll be there!

YOU GUYS. This is pretty fresh. On Sunday, May 2 in Berkeley there is a women entrepreneurs (why does anyone put that word in anything!? it’s impossible to spell!) showcase and there is gonna be tons of fresh vegan stuff for sale but most importantly, there will be pints of Rocket Ship Ice Cream from Millennium chef Sarah Smart. She’s getting a new business off the ground and now is the time that you can CHECK IT OUT. Plus, other vegan goodies, a $4 vegan lunch, and yeah, supporting Karine Brighten, who is a vegan business lady. If you’re a vegan and a woman and serious about DOING BUSINESS and also EATING ICE CREAM, you’ll be there!

02/10/2010

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