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  • Neil
    Forwarding the message. Dear, The 10th Annual WORLD VEG FESTIVAL is coming up on Oct. 3 & 4, 2009 San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2009
      Forwarding the message.

      San Francisco Vegetarian Society
      World Vegetarian Day
      The 10th Annual WORLD VEG FESTIVAL is coming up on Oct. 3 & 4, 2009
      San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
      Presented by San Francisco Vegetarian Society 415-273-5481 or sfvs.org and In Defense of Animals
      $6 door donation.  Free for children, students, & seniors all day.  Free for everyone: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. each day. 
      For Volunteering questions please contact Nancy 415-750-0614 or nloewen@...  
      LIST OF WVF SPEAKERS (Subject to last minute changes)
      Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
      Auditorium - Lectures except*
      10:45 a.m.       *®Cherie Soria - Raw Demo "Mexican Fiesta"
      12:15 p.m.       Dr. Michael Greger (MD) "Latest in Clinical Nutrition"
      1:30 p.m.         Colleen Patrick-Goudreau "From Excuse-itarian to Vegetarian: Addressing the Blocks that Keep us from Changes"
      2:45 p.m.         Dr. Milton Mills (MD) and Roberta Schiff (MS) "Put Your Colon to Work for You: How the Human Colon Improves Physiology and Protects our Health"
      4:00 p.m.         Kathy Freston "In Conversation with VegNews' Joseph Connelly"
      5:15 p.m.         Dr. William Harris (MD) "Nutrients:  They're What's for Dinner"
      We regret Dr. Dean Ornish (MD) and Dr. Ruth Heidreich (PhD) are unable to attend)
      6:45 p.m.         Gala Dinner: Cooked Vegan $20 or Raw Vegan $25.  Tickets available at SFVS Table.
      Garden Club Room - Lectures
      11:00 a.m.       Nikhil Arora & Alex Velez "A BTTR World: Revolutionizing our Economy, Growing Mushrooms on Coffee Grounds"
      12:15 p.m.       Hope Bohanec "Eco-Eating: The Power of Your Plate"
      1:30 p.m          Linda Riebel "The Earth Friendly Food Chain"
      2:45 p.m.         Carolyn "The Healthy Voyager" Scott "The Healthy Voyager"
      4:00 p.m.         ®Ariel Policano "Raw Foods for Women's Health"
      5:15 p.m.         Veg*n Speed Dating with Kristen Miles "25 to 40 Age Group"
                              (Note: We may be able to accommodate different age groups and sexual orientation next
                              year depending on the demand for veg*n speed dating this year.)               
      Recreation Room - Cooking © or Raw ® Demos
      11:00 a.m.      
      12:15 p.m.       ©Jesse Miner Demo "Tantalizing Tempeh"
      1:30 p.m.         ©Lisa Jervis "Tips & Techniques for Easy, Healthy, Local Cooking"
      2:45 p.m.         ©Jill Veggie Queen "Fearless Fast & Easy Vegan Pressure Cooking"
      4:00 p.m.         ®Robin Silberman "Sprouting 101"  
      5:15 p.m.         ®Elizabeth Bechtold "Raw Travel Tips & Samples"
      Gallery - International Entertainment
      10:00 a.m.  Turning Point with Rob Schaaf on
      11:00 a.m.           
      12:15 p.m.  Indian Classical with Akhilesh Sista
      1:30 p.m.    Red Panda Acrobats, Wayne Huey
      2:45 p.m     Indian Classical with Akhilesh Sista
      4:00 p.m.    Funny Frank, Juggler
      10th Annual WORLD VEG FESTIVAL Oct. 3 & 4, 2009
      San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, inside Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
      Presented by San Francisco Vegetarian Society 415-273-5481 or sfvs.org and In Defense of Animals
      Subject to last minute changes
      Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009
      Auditorium - Lectures                                             
      11:00 a.m.       Vaidya Priyanka "Secret Benefits of Ayurvedic Vegan Living"
      12:15 p.m.       Dr. William Harris (MD) "Easy Weight Loss the Vegan Way"                    
      1:30 p.m.         John Robbins "The Agony & the Ecstasy of Our Times"
      2:45 p.m.         Dr. Elliot Katz (DVM) "Buffalo, Dolphins, Horses and Chimpanzees"
      4:00 p.m.         Rory Freedman with Joseph Connelly of VegNews "Interview with a Skinny Bitch"
      5:15 p.m.         Howard Lyman "Living for Life"
      Outside Front Lawn
      12:15 p.m.       Dee Benefield Yoga Class
      Garden Club Room - Lectures
      11:00 a.m.       ®Cherie Soria "Raw Food: It's only Natural"
      12:15 p.m.       Art Konrad "Is Your Toothpaste Healthy?" & "The Natural Way to End Gum Disease"
      1:30 p.m.         ®Happy Oasis "Let's Get Wild! Tribal Health Wisdom & Intuitive Foraging"
      2:45 p.m.         ®Azalea Blalok "Going Green with the Green/Soul Movement" with Friends: Aliana Gomez (African Healer), Bisi Akriminsi (Raw Food Specialist), Crystal Riles (Holistic Health Educator & GreenSoul Admin.), Karen Mims (GreenSoul Activist), Maalak Atkins (Soul Chi Healer), and Zotunde (African Healer)
      4:00 p.m.         Victor Tsou ""Rediscovering Veganism: Moving Beyond Animal Welfare"
      5:15 p.m.         Dan Brook (PhD) "LOVE for the Environment: Local, Organic, & Veg*n Eating"
      Recreation Room - Cooking© or Raw® Demos
      11:00 a.m.       ©Patricia Allen-Koot "Healthy Vegan Breakfast"
      12:15 p.m.       ©Shanta Sacharoff "Autumn Squash with Flavors of India & Wild Rice with Brown Rice"
      1:30 p.m.         ©Chat Mingkwan "Asian Fusion: Vegetarian Cuisine"
      2:45 p.m.         ©Meredith McCarty "Cook as Healer: Modern Macrobiotic Cuisine"
      4:00 p.m.         ®Abeba Wright "Krazy Kracker Demo: No More Waste"   
      5:15 p.m.         ©Antonio Magana from Flacos "Vegan Mexican Cooking"                                                                                                                                                                                      
      Gallery - International Entertainment
      10:00 a.m.  Turning Point with Rob Schaaf on Sax
      11:00 a.m.  Sky Chari on Flute
      12:15 p.m. 
      1:30 p.m.    Raging Grannies
      2:45 p.m.    Red Panda Acrobats, Wayne Huey
      4:00 p.m.    FatChanceBellyDancers
      5:15 p.m.    Moalak Atkins, Soul Chi Healer (African Martial Arts)
      To show your support and appreciation for WORLD VEG FESTIVAL, please consider joining or renewing with The San Francisco Vegetarian Society: 415-273-5481.
      Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009
      Cherie Soria *Raw Demo® "Mexican Fiesta" & Lecture "Raw Food: It's only natural"
      Cherie Soria, is the founder and director of the internationally known Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of 3 books including Raw Food Revolution Diet, and Angel Foods. She has been teaching raw vegan culinary arts to students and teachers from around the world since 1992 and is known as the "mother of gourmet raw vegan cuisine". Cherie and her husband, Dan Ladermann also own three other award-winning green businesses: Living Light Café and Cuisine To Go, Living Light Marketplace, and the eco friendly, Living Light Inn in Fort Bragg, California. Visit RawFoodChef.com or phone 707-964-2420 for more information.
      Dr Michael Greger (MD) "Latest in Clinical Nutrition"
      Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our families to prevent, treat, and even reverse chronic disease in an engaging interactive quiz show format.  He is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  He was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous "meat defamation" trial. A graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine and a Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States.
      Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
      "From Excuse-itarian to Vegetarian: Addressing the Blocks that Keep us from Changes"
      A long-time vegan and animal activist, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau founded Compassionate Cooks to empower people to make informed food choices and to debunk the myths about veganism and animal rights. She does this through cooking classes, an online cookbook, articles and essays, lectures and workshops, her online newsletter, her popular Food for Thought podcast, a first-of-its-kind cooking DVD, and her award-winning cookbook The Joy of Vegan Baking: Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats & Sinful Sweets. Colleen has appeared on the Food Network, she is a columnist for VegNews Magazine and a contributor to KQED radio.
      Dr Milton Mills (MD) and Roberta Schiff (MS) "Put Your Colon to Work for You: How the Human Colon Improves Physiology and Protects our Health"
      Dr. Milton Mills graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1991, interned at University of
      California - San Francisco, and served his residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Presently practices outpatient clinic-based medicine in Northern Virginia and critical care with Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax. Serves as Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His special interest is in internal medicine and HIV disease, the unique healthcare needs of minorities, and preventive medicine especially affecting the health of African Americans and other racial minorities. miltonmillsmd@...
      Roberta Schiff
      Roberta Schiff has an MS in Community Health Education from the University of Kansas. She has taught health and science at the secondary level and served as a program director for the American Lung Association. She has taught health and nutrition classes at the annual NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest Conference and in many community settings. She current lives in Rhinebeck, New York where she was president of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society and now serves as events coordinator. Roberta is also a stand-up comic.
      Kathy Freston & Joseph Connelly "In Conversation with VegNews' Joseph Connelly"
      Kathy Freston is a health and wellness expert and a New York Times best-selling author. Her books include Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness, The One: Discovering the Secrets of Soul Mate Love and Expect a Miracle: 7 Spiritual Steps to Finding the Right Relationship. Her newest book is THE QUANTUM WELLNESS CLEANSE: The 21 Day Essential Guide to Healing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit, (Weinstein Books). Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish penned the introductions for her two latest books and her work has garnered accolades from such respected names as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Neal Barnard, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
      Joseph Connelly
      When VegNews Magazine Publisher Joseph Connelly founded the Syracuse Area Vegetarian Education Society in 1996, he had no idea to where it would lead. He soon had the inspiration of converting SAVES' newsletter into something more comprehensive, but the dream lay dormant for four years.  After meeting Colleen Holland, VegNews evolved out of SAVES in 2000 with the publication of a 24-page newspaper. In 2004 the project would morph again into an award-winning, full-color glossy magazine, the one you can find today at Whole Foods, Borders, and Barnes and Noble. 
      Dr William Harris (MD) "Nutrients, They're What's for Dinner" & "Easy Weight Loss the Vegan Way"
      Dr. Harris is the author of The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism.  Earned his BA in physics at UC Berkeley as Phi Beta Kappa '58 & MD from UCSF '63; worked as First Chief at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla CA Emergency Dept; Southern CA Permanente Medical Group Walk-In-Clinic in L.A.; volunteer physician in charge of civilian pediatric ward in Bac Lieu General Hospital; served as Director Kaiser Permanente Vegan Lifestyle Clinic in Honolulu. After 34 years of medical practice, he took up skydiving.  He is still active with Champion Big Ten Trampoline, Hawaii Highflyers, Hang gliding and aerobatic sailplane pilot with commercial rating, and U.S. Parachute Assoc. with 1,032 jumps.  He composes music with original CD and writes for Mensa Journal, and vegetarian publications including editor of Vegetarian Society of Hawaii Newsletter.  A vegetarian since 1950 and a vegan since 1963.  

      Nikhil Arora & Alex Velez "A BTTR World "Revolutionizing our Economy"
      Nikhil and Alex are the founders of BTTR Ventures. BTTR Ventures is a company founded on the principles of advocating and pursuing social responsibility, progress, and sustainability. BTTR Ventures has developed a unique method to transform one of the largest organic waste streams in America - the tons of coffee grounds generated daily by coffee shops - into value add products focusing on local food production. The coffee grounds are first transformed into gourmet mushrooms, such as oyster and shiitake, which grow well on the coffee ground substrate. Post-harvest, the mycelium-enriched coffee grounds are then formed into high quality, premium compost and chicken feed for local farms.
      Nikhil and Alex both recently graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in May 2009 and decided to give up and defer job offers in traditional corporate America - investment banking and consulting - in order focus on a venture that could truly revolutionize how we value our resources and make a significant impact in their communities. While at Cal, Alex not only founded a 350+ member non-profit organization, The Sage Mentorship Project, Inc. (www.sagementors.org), but was also awarded the Chancellor's 2009 Public Service Award, Mather Good Citizen Award, and was named the 2009 Cal Alumni Association Undergraduate of the Year. Nikhil, a summa cum laude graduate, served as President of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Zeta, and spent six months in Ghana, West Africa studying and conducting research on creating a profitable recycling program for the 30,000+ persons University of Ghana, Legon campus.
      Hope Bohanec "Eco-Eating The Power of Your Plate"
      Hope has been active in Animal Rights for over 20 years, organizing successful campaigns with Sonoma People for Animal Rights (SPAR) throughout the 90's. In 2002, she founded Vegan Voices, focusing on education and outreach for farm animals. Hope was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2 and soon after that victory, fused Vegan Voices into the new Farm Animal Protection Project (FAPP). She has most recently offered her organizational talents to In Defense of Animals (IDA) as their new Grassroots Field Director. 
      Linda Riebel "The Earth Friendly Food Chain"
      Linda Riebel is a psychologist and environmental educator. As an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University in San Francisco, she helped create the school's sustainability program. At SaveNature.Org, she is a board member and program director of Edible EdVentures, which takes the message of healthy, sustainable food to schools and families. The program's first Children's Harvest Festival will be held at the Aquarium of the Bay next week, on Saturday, October 10. Her book Eating to Save the Earth: Food Choices for a Healthy Planet came out in 2002. The fully revised and updated edition, The Earth-Friendly Food Chain, with a foreword by John Robbins, explains the many options readers have for saving the earth with their food choices.

      Carolyn "The Healthy Voyager" Scott, " The Healthy Voyager"
      Carolyn  Scott just celebrated her 10 years as a vegan as well as an entrepreneur.  She studied holistic nutrition as well as dabbled in the culinary arts before she opened Ineventions, Originally a pr & event firm, it is now a full film, TV and web production branch under the umbrella of her original business.  With the access and addition of the new business arm, Carolyn was able to start realizing her dream of traveling and eating all over the world and so the Healthy Voyager was born in 2005.  Carolyn is working on her first 3 cookbooks out of a 10 book series as well as an IPhone application for her popular Healthy Voyager Approved online guide to healthy products, hotels, restaurants and services worldwide. www.healthyvoyager.com
      Ariel Policano "Raw Foods for Women's Health"
      Ariel Policano is a naturopathic physician licensed in the state of Arizona. She specializes in women's health conditions and treats primarily through teaching her patients to cleanse and adopt a raw vegan lifestyle. She has studied raw food nutrition since 1993, when she met Dr. Ann Wigmore in Puerto Rico. She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. Ariel has extensively studied environmental medicine, which increased her awareness of the need for periodic cleanses of the body to clear toxins.
      Vegan Speed Dating with Kristen Miles  "25 to 40 Age Group"
      Kristen, a SFVS board member and long-time veg*n dater, knows how tricky dating can be in our meat filled society.  She's excited to give veggie singles, between the ages of 25-40, a chance to meet in a 'safe, fun, veg*n environment.'  Who knows, you may meet your veg*n (soul) mate!
      Jesse Miner© "Tantalizing Tempeh"
      Vegan for over 15 years and a lover of delicious food all of his life, Jesse became a Personal Chef to share his passion for tantalizing and nourishing vegan dishes. Certification as a Natural Chef from Bauman College in Berkeley, and interning and assisting cooking classes at Millennium Restaurant have prepared Jesse to bring his favorite food to tables all over San Francisco. All meals are created with the
      finest organic, seasonal and local ingredients. Jesse is also a columnist for VegNews Magazine and received the SF Bay Guardian's 2008 Best Of The Bay award for "Best Vegan Magician". www.chefjesseminer.com
      Lisa Jervis© "Tips & Techniques for Easy, Healthy, Local Cooking"
      Lisa Jervis is the author of Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Healthy, Local Cooking (PM Press). She has been cooking food for about 25 years and eating it for quite a bit longer than that. She is also the founding editor and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and her work has appeared in numerous other publications. She lives, goes to farmers markets, bikes around, and feeds her friends in Oakland, California; she blogs at www.cook-food.org.

      Jill Veggie Queen© "Fearless Fast & Easy Vegan Pressure Cooking"
      Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen™, is a culinary educator, Registered Dietitian, freelance writer and the author of The Veggie Queen:  Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment cookbook, whose goal is to get people eating more plant foods. Jill stars in the DVD Pressure Cooking:  A Fresh Look, Delicious Dishes in Minutes.  She has 2 websites http://www.theveggiequeen.com and http://www.pressurecookingonline.com .  She is currently working on a pressure cooking ebook.  Jill writes for print and online publications, as well as websites, including Vegan Culinary Experience and VegFamily. Find Jill online on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/theveggiequeen and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/jill.nussinow.
      Robin Silberman® "Sprouting 101"          
      Robin Silberman studied with Ann Wigmore, becoming a certified Living Foods Lifestyle practitioner, and Ann's personal secretary. She was a founding member of SF LiFE (San Francisco Living Foods Enthusiasts) - the oldest Living Foods support group in the country. Robin has given numerous Living Foods demos at the Whole Life Expo (for Ann Wigmore), SF LiFE, San Francisco Vegetarian Society, Raw Health Expo, World Vegetarian Day 2008, and has lead classes and conducted private consultations in all aspects of the Living Foods Lifestyle program as taught by Ann Wigmore, and is a primary proponent in creating raw recipes for Jewish holidays, with particular interest in Passover. She is the author of the book: L'Chaim To Life: A Living Foods Passover Haggadah with Recipes for the Seder.
      Elizabeth Bechtold® "Raw Travel Tips & Samples" (Assisted by Lisa B. Williams)
      Elizabeth Bechtold is 70 ½ yrs old and has been a raw vegan since 1994 and a vegan since 1980.  Elizabeth has traveled all over the world and has continued to stay raw during her travels.  This Summer, Elizabeth spent two months dancing around Europe and remained raw.  Last month, Elizabeth spent a week at Burning Man and ate raw while in the Nevada desert.  Elizabeth has hosted SFVS and East Bay Vegetarian potlucks in her Alameda home for the past nine years which include raw and cooked vegan food as well as social dancing and dance lessons in her dance studio. Elizabeth also avidly participates in raw events throughout the country and has taken a course in raw food prep at Living Light Culinary Institute.  To find out more about Elizabeth and raw food activities at her home, visit her website at www.LizzysLanding.com
      Lisa B. Williams (Assisting Elizabeth Bechtold)
      Lisa is a certified Green Chef instructor through Greenivore (http://www.Greenivore.net) and was personally trained by Chef Dina Knight. Lisa enjoys promoting the concept of joyful eating and has been conducting vegetarian/holistic cooking classes and raw food preparation classes through her company ThriveHolistic.com in the Pleasanton and surrounding areas for the past five years. Lisa has begun incorporating more raw and living foods recipes into her diet and has found the benefits to be wonderful, especially the weight loss. Lisa also hosts regular potlucks through the Tri-Valley Vegetarian Society.  Additionally, Lisa is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has brought   therapeutic cooking classes to persons with disabilities in institutionalized care and at-risk youth. http://www.Thriveholistic.com or email Lisa at Lisa@....
      Sunday, Oct 4, 2009
      Vaidya Priyanka "Secret Benefits of Ayurvedic Vegan Living"
      Vaidya Priyanka comes from a 715-year-old lineage of women Ayurvedic healers from Kerala, India .  In her practices all over the world, she teaches the principles of Ayurveda and how to integrate the various applications of this ancient science-medicated oil applications, aroma-therapy, color therapy, yoga, food and nutrition, music, cooking, dance, exercise, and meditation-into people's daily lifestyles.  She teaches ayurvedic techniques of internal cleansing, detoxification, and rejuvenation for the restoration of health in her residential retreats.  She is an accomplished speaker and regularly speaks at many Universities, schools, NGO community organizations and MNC's on various topics that include Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation.
      John Robbins "The Agony & the Ecstacy of Our Times"
      Walked away from the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire his father founded in order to  follow his conscience and live in harmony with all life forms.  Featured in newspaper, magazines, and television.  Received the Rachel Carsen Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award, and received a standing ovation at the United Nations.  Author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, The Awakened Heart, Reclaiming our Health and his most recently published book, Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest Lived Peoples. <deorob@...>
      Dr Elliot Katz (DVM) Buffalo, Dolphins, Horses and Chimpanzees
      Dr. Elliot Katz (DVM) is a graduate of Cornell University. He is the founder and President of In Defense of Animals (IDA), and one of the most recognized figures in the animal rights movement. He founded IDA, 26 years ago.  The mission of In Defense of Animals (IDA) is to fight for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, seeking to raise their status above that of mere property, commodities, or things. From fighting the chimpanzee bush meat trade in Africa to rescuing and caring for abused animals in rural Mississippi to providing ambulance service and veterinary care to street animals in India, as well as the myriad of other ways they advocate on behalf of animals in need, IDA has been on the forefront of animal protection for 26 years.
      Rory Freedman with Joseph Connelly of VegNews "Interview with a Skinny Bitch"
      Rory Freedman penned the #1 NY Times bestseller Skinny Bitch. With five books on the shelves, two million copies in print, translations in twenty-two languages, two years on the NY Times Best Seller List, and numerous TV and radio appearances, she set out to bring veganism to the masses. VegNews magazine named Rory their first ever "Person of the Year," but her biggest source of pride is being a vegan animal rights activist.
      Howard Lyman "Living for Life"
      A fourth generation Montana farmer/rancher turned vegetarian, vegan, and advocate against the beef and dairy industry when he narrowly escaped paralysis from a spinal tumor. Continues to warn the public on the dairy methods of raising beef and the dangers of Mad Cow disease. After appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996 and the subsequent lawsuit from Texas cattlemen, he became nationally known. Documentary on his life experiences recently aired on PBS. Author of The Mad Cowboy.
      Art Konrad "Is Your Toothpaste Healthy?" & "The Natural Way to End Gum Disease" (missing picture)
      Art Konrad fought special interest groups, serving taxpayers for 25 year while working in Labor Statistics and Research for the State of California.  A highly successful union leader and grass-roots organizer, with a 35 year history of turning dilapidated organizations around, sometimes achieving state or national impact.  He offers a unique lecture, based on his health discoveries:   "50% of you will lose most of your teeth to gum disease.  That does not speak well for dental science.  It's a bacteria problem for crying out loud.  The best way to solve virtually all mouth problems is with natural, vegan, painless methods."
      Happy Oasis® "Let's Get Wild! Tribal Health Wisdom & Intuitive Foraging"
      Ms. Happy Heavenly Oasis is the founder and CVO (Chief Visionary Officer) of Raw Spirit Festival Inc, a 501c3 non-profit educational corporation, known as "The World's Largest Raw Vegan-Eco-Peace Celebration", dedicated to spreading the bliss about living in healthy harmony. Raw Spirit Festivals are expanding exponentially, with for the first time ever, four being held in 2009. These festivals will soon be landmark events for transformation around the globe. Moreover, Ms. Oasis is hosting approximately 100 Raw Spirit Potluck Celebrations, mostly free of charge to the public in 2009. 
      Azalea Blalok® and Friends "Going Green with the Green/Soul Movement"
      Azalea Blalock is a holistic healer with certifications in Acupressure, Herbal Medicine, and Reflexology.  She has studied the healing arts in Puerto Rico , St. Lucia , and Dominica in the West Indies with Bushman Meecko.  She attended the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA. and studied Child Development at Cal State Hayward.  Azalea has also studied ancient Egyptian/African Medicine.  Azalea Blalock has been an Eco-healing community activist for over 15 years.  Some of her work includes 4 years on the Healthy by Nature Show on Cable television, Eco Village education and creation, and work at various Community Healing Centers. Ms. Blalock is the founder of GreenSoul Movement, a movement to empower Blacks to return to natural healthy living through access to alternative health care, environmental education, and creation of sustainable eco-friendly neighborhoods. To find out more information and join as a member go to www.greensoul.webs.com.
      Victor Tsou ""Rediscovering Veganism: Moving Beyond Animal Welfare"
      Victor Tsou is a community-based vegan advocate living in Oakland. He is a member of Living Opposed to Violence and Exploitation (L.O.V.E.), a collective promoting veganism as anti-oppression. Prior to joining L.O.V.E., Victor traveled the country leafleting for an animal welfare corporation. His experience speaking with people across the U.S. about veganism led him to question his old ideas about veganism and rediscover the vegan ideal of non-exploitation. Victor blogs regularly at loveallbeings.org.

      Dan Brook (PhD) "LOVE for the Environment: Local, Organic, & Veg*n Eating"
      Dan Brook, Ph.D., is a writer, speaker, activist, and part-time instructor of sociology at San Jose State University. He also maintains Eco-Eating at www.brook.com/veg, The Vegetarian Mitzvah at www.brook.com/jveg, and No Smoking at www.brook.com/smoke. Dan welcomes questions, comments, and other communication via Brook@.... More information about him can be found at www.brook.com/dan
      Patricia Allen-Koot© "Healthy Vegan Breakfast (use last year's picture)
      Patricia Allen Koot, vegan chef and nutrition educator.  She is one of the founders of Wellness Central is a nonprofit organization dedicated to whole-person wellness.  She conducts nutrition seminars and events throughout the year.  She prepares weekly vegan dinners every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St., and every Tuesday, Vegan Dinner on the Water in Petaluma.  www.wellness-central.org.
      Shanta Sacharoff© "Autumn Squash with Flavors of India & Wild Rice with Brown Rice"
      Manager of Other Avenues Natural Foods Co-Op in San Francisco. A life vegetarian born in India, a world traveler, and a teacher with an international style in her cooking classes.  Modifies traditional Indian Recipes into Raw versions. Author of Flavors of India Cook Book. 415-661-7475
      Chat Mingkwan© "Asian Fusion: Vegetarian Cuisine"
      Chat Mingkwan grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. He has apprenticed in provincial French cuisine in Rayon, France, traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, and worked in restaurants in the San Francisco area. Currently, Chat runs Unusual Touch, a business specializing in Asian cooking classes, food consulting, restaurant design, and culinary expeditions. He is also the author of several cookbooks: The Best of Regional Thai Cuisine, Buddha's Table-Thai Feasting Vegetarian Style, Quick and Easy Vietnamese Cooking, Home Style Thai Cooking, Thai Sweets and Desserts, Vietnamese Fusion-Vegetarian Cuisine, and Asian Fusion-Vegetarian Cooking.
      Meredith McCarty© "Cook as Healer: Modern Macrobiotic Cuisine"
      Meredith McCarty, NE, is an award-winning cookbook author, and founder of www.HealingCuisine.com. A former associate editor of Natural Health magazine, she co-directed a macrobiotic health center for 19 years. Based in Marin, Meredith offers monthly cooking classes and lectures as well as nutrition counseling sessions in person or by phone. Her macrobiotic teachers include Michio and Aveline Kushi and Herman and Cornellia Aihara.
      Abeba Wright® "Krazy Kracker Demo: No More Waste"
      Abeba Known as the Krazy Kracker Lady is a certified raw foods chef, teacher and motivational speaker.  Leala Brooks, Director of the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico says, Abeba's method of teaching is fun, humorous and filled with wisdom.  The author of 2 international best selling books "absolutely Abeba's krazy krackers: learning the secret to a good kracker and absolutely Abeba's edible treats: including more krazy krackers and kookies without nuts. She also has 8 of her most requested recipes in the complete book of raw.  Abeba is also a featured chef on the raw for life  2 disc DVD.  Abeba gives glory and honor to her lord and savior Jesus Christ for enabling her to share her raw food experiences around the world.
      Antonio Magana from Flacos©  "Vegan Mexican Cooking"
      Owner and Chef of Flacos, Unique Vegetarian Catering throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and featured at various Farmers' Markets and Outdoor Special Events. Features a variety of traditional ethnic Mexican and Central American foods. A perennial favorite at World Vegetarian Day Celebrations. www.flacos.com or 510-541-1459
      Dee Benefield  Yoga Class
      Dee has been teaching Hatha Yoga for over 10 years. She received her certification through the Integral Yoga Institute and is also experienced in teaching Iyengar and Bikram styles of Hatha Yoga. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute, a member of the California Yoga Association. Her classes are flowing and instill a great feeling of inner peace, balance and harmony.
      Dixie Mahy
      San Francisco Vegetarian Society

      San Francisco Vegetarian Society | PO BOX 2510 | San Francisco | CA | 94126-2510

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