Vegan 101 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

Tonight Huntsville Vegans held an educational outreach event on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus.

Each student received an information packet that contained a vegetarian starter kit, a Farm to Fridge dvd, and resources on health and nutrition.

We had three speakers at this event.

Melissa Baker encouraged students to pursue careers in vegan business. She emphasized that this is a growing market, and that as more people become ethical consumers they will begin looking at labels and tags to see if it is vegan and cruelty-free.

Lucy spoke to students about the environmental impact of factory farming. She pointed out the amount of water needed to create a pound of vegetables and the amount of water needed to create a pound of meat. The difference was staggering – 10 gallons of water to create a pound of vegetables, versus 5,000 gallons of water for a pound of meat.

Our last speaker was Peter Young, who brought the horrors of the slaughterhouse close to home with his descriptions of the factory farming process.

At the end of the event there was a brief Q&A, followed by drawings for door prizes that included vegan chocolate chip cookies, PETA’s College Cookbook, a Fowl Play dvd, Comfortably Unaware, and Huntsville Vegans t-shirts.

We would like to thank Tiffany Webb for inviting us to speak to the UAH students, for providing vegan snacks and drinks, and for going out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed.

The best news is that several students have told us they are going vegetarian as a result of this event! We’re excited that a new generation is considering a lifestyle that has enormous positive effects for their health, the environment, and of course, the lives of animals.

If you are a UAH student and are interested in learning more about a vegan lifestyle, visit the Facebook event page for the upcoming UAH Vegan Club Interest Meeting.

This Week’s Events: April 9 – 15, 2012

This week we’re putting on two educational events. 

Tuesday, APRIL 10th, 7:00PM- 8:00PM

UAH CAMPUS – FRANK FRANZ HALL – MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM

VEGAN 101: HOW YOUR FOOD CHOICES CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Huntsville Vegans is hosting a special event at UAH for students and non-students alike – Vegan 101: How Your Food Choices Can Change The World. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. We’ll have four guest speakers discussing ethics, the environment, health (with a short cooking demo), and activism (including notable animal activist Peter Young). We’ll also have free food and drinks, door prizes including dvds, t-shirts, books, and sweets. We’ll also be giving everyone an info pack with guides, stickers, and dvds.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the Meetup event page.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12th, 6:00PM

MAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY – FIRST FLOOR AUDITORIUM

MOVIE NIGHT: THE MILK DOCUMENTARY

Huntsville Vegans is hosting another free monthly movie night/food sharing on Thursday, April 12th, with a screening of The Milk Documentary (2011). Our monthly movie nights take place on the second Thursday of each month at the Huntsville Public Library (in the auditorium on the ground floor) in Downtown Huntsville. Doors open at six, and we’ll start the movie around 6:30.

Everyone, vegan or not, is welcome to come and enjoy the film. After the movie we’ll have a short discussion about the issues brought up in the film, and our team will take questions from the audience.

Plot summary by the creators of The Milk Documentary:

“Got the facts on Milk? (also known as “The Milk Documentary”) is an entertaining, award-winning feature documentary that dares to question the conventional wisdom of the much publicized health benefits of milk and dairy products.

Addressing myth, truth and all in-between, the film is a humorous yet shocking exposition that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple.

The dairy industry has faced multiple clashes in recent years bringing it to an all-time high in questionability. In 2007 the U.S federal trade Association demanded the dairy industry’s weight loss campaign be pulled, due to unsubstantial evidence. The Monsanto Corporation pressures the FDA to ban labeling milk ‘rBGH free’. The rise in antibiotic drug residues found in milk and the recent approval of cloning cows for human consumption has today’s consumer apprehensive.

Are you ready to hear the truth?”

We’ll be sharing food at this event as well. Even though this program is presented by Huntsville Vegans, non-vegans are very welcome. That said, we ask that if you bring something to share that it be vegan. If you are not sure about something, please contact us!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the Meetup event page.

We hope to see you at one of our events this week!

This Week’s Events: April 1 – 8, 2012

We’ve got two fun events coming up this week! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 7th, NOON – 2:00PM

TABLING AND OUTREACH AT EARTH FARE 

The first is a tabling and outreach event at Earth Fare this Saturday from Noon – 2:00PM. We’ll have free information and will be available to answer questions about going vegan. If you’ve been wanting to come to one of our events, this is a great opportunity to meet us and find out more about our group.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the Meetup event page.

SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, 4:00PM

APRIL POTLUCK: SPRING GREENS & BBQ

The second event is our monthly potluck. Potlucks are a great chance to try new foods and learn new recipes! We ask that everyone bring a vegan dish to feed 8 people, so that we’ll have plenty of food to go around. If you’re not sure what to bring, it’s always a safe bet to bring fresh veggies and fruit, or a pre-made dish from Earth Fare that has the happy yellow Vegan tag! If you’re really stuck about what to bring, feel free to email us at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com for ideas.

This potluck is at Lucy’s house in Madison. Please email us or call us at 907-687-9379 for directions.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page or the Meetup event page.

We hope to see you at one of our events this week!

Decatur Animal Services Puppy & Kitten Shower

In anticipation of the upcoming puppy and kitten season, Decatur Animal Services is having a

 “Stop The Stork” puppy and kitten shower.

Stop by 300-A Beltline Road on March 31 10am-2pm for a come-and-go event with fun activities and refreshments.

There will be discounts on older animals and plenty of puppy and kitten kisses.

Decatur Animal Services is registered at Wal-Mart and Target.

This Week’s Events, March 8 – 11

 
Thursday – Movie Screening: Vegucated
6:00PM
Main Library, 1st Floor Auditorium
A reporter from the Madison County Record will be attending and would like to speak with and interview some of the attendees and members of Huntsville Vegans. Please feel free to bring food to share! Doors open at six, and some members of Huntsville Vegans will lead a short discussion and take questions on vegan health and reasons to become vegan.

Friday – Meetup
6:00PM 
Cafe 153 @ Bridgestreet
Bring your brainstorming caps to help us plan an outreach to the students at UAH. We’ve been invited to speak to students in the dorm by our friend Tiffany Webb. Here’s what she said when I asked her what she’d like for us to present: “I like the idea of a few short speakers on nutrition, healthy food demo, and resources for students! I would like the program to last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.” Tiffany would like to do this program at the end of March. She will try to be at the Friday Meetup, but we can still get started planning this event if she is unable to make it. So please bring your ideas!
 
Huntsville Vegans March 2012 Potluck
 
Sunday – Potluck: “Breakfast Around the World”
4:00PM
Christy and Jason’s House – email or call for the address:
huntsvilleveg@gmail.com or call Mike (907-687-9379) or Jason (256-457-8004)
(Children welcome)
The theme for our potluck this month is “Breakfast Around the World”. Children are welcome to attend this potluck! It would be great for all of the vegan parents in town to get to meet each other, and for the kids to meet too! 🙂
 

A Weekend of Vegan Food and Outreach

Huntsville Vegans will host two events this weekend, February 25th and 26th.

Vegan Cooking Class at Earth Fare

On Saturday, February 25th, Mike Cross and Huntsville Vegans present a vegan cooking class at Earth Fare at Noon. This class will cover how to cook healthy food for kids. Everyone who attends will receive free samples and recipes. We’ll also have coloring sheets and storytime for any children who attend.

Talk and Dinner with Jeff Boghosian, Southeast Regional Coordinator for Vegan Outreach

On Sunday, February 26th at 2pm, Jeff will speak to us about Vegan Outreach. This event will take place at Lucy’s house in Madison. Please email us at huntsvilleveg@gmail.com for the address.

After the talk, we will take Jeff out to eat at Charm Thai. Please join us to learn more about vegan outreach and to welcome Jeff to the south!

To learn more about these and other events, please visit us on Facebook and Meetup.

Huntsville Vegans to host Screening of “Bold Native”, with Guest Speaker Peter Young

Huntsville Vegans will host a screening of the movie Bold Native on Thursday, February 9th, 2012, at 6PM. This event will take place in the main auditorium on the 1st floor of the Main Library downtown. Special guest speaker Peter Young will speak about animal liberation, the film, and the AETA.
This event is 100% free and is open to the public.