FREE Vegan Cooking Class in the SCV!

The Valencia Library, being the hip and supportive institution it is will be hosting another vegan cooking class to be lead by our good friends Zel and Reuben Allen; authors of The Nut Gourmet and the Vegetarians in Paradise internet magazine. The class will be at the Valencia Library (that’s the library near the Sheriffs Station on Valencia Blvd.) on Saturday, May 23rd at 1pm. If you missed the last cooking class, then think of this as your second chance. The theme for this class will be “Appetizers From Around the World“. No registration required, just show up on time and be ready to cook; then get ready to eat!

Vegans and Vegetarians of Santa Clarita, it is important to support these events happening in our own back yard. The turnout was decent for the last class but we can do better. As long as people keep showing up and showing interest in these events then we can keep having them.

The class is FREE, and after the cooking lesson we all get to eat for free too! How cool is that? Speaking of cool, can I mention my appreciation for some very cool people for getting this thing going? First I want to thank Sue Yamamoto the Library manager for supporting, scheduling and organizing these events for the city of Santa Clarita. Also a big thanks to Zel and Reuben Allen for bringing their entire kitchen to the library and teaching such fun and instructive classes. While we’re at it, why not go visit Zel’s NutGourmet Blog for lots of great recipes featuring almonds, walnuts, macadamias, peanuts, pistachios and more.

Appetizers From Around the World (opens PDF flier)
Saturday, May 23rd 2009
1:00pm – 4:00pm

@ The Valencia Library Meeting Room
23743 W. Valencia Blvd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

The library’s meeting room is located on the left hand side once you pass the first set of doors entering the library, opposite the drinking fountain and bathrooms.


Vegan Breakfast with the Gibbons

Yet another Vegan Breakfast with the Gibbons is happening right here in the SCV. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 9th from 9am to 1pm. The proceeds go to help the move of the Gibbon conservatory out of the Santa Clarita Valley where sprawl and construction are threatening the health of these amazing and endangered little guys. If you have never gone, you really should go for a visit before they are gone. If you’re lucky, you may even hear them sing!

Here’s the information that was provded to me:

Breakfast with the Gibbons

Gibbon Conservation Center
19100 Esguerra Road

Santa Clarita, California

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 9am to 1pm

An amazing opportunity to view this endangered species of apes up close and hear their songs.

Learn about the endangered gibbons (small apes) and how you can help save the species.

Special fundraising event includes guided tours of gibbon families (some with infants), a vegan breakfast, talks at 10 and 11:30 with founder Alan Mootnick, children’s activities, silent auction, and special gift boutique.

Optional early morning bird walk with LA Zoo curator emeritus Harvey Fischer at 8am.


Seniors (65 & up) $30

Adults (20-64) $35

Teens (13-19) $15

Kids (6-12) $10

Families (2 adults; 2 children, any age) $80

Kids (5 & under) free

Groups of 10 or more (advanced purchase only) 15% off

— $5 more per-person if purchased at the gate —

Please send (tax deductible) checks to

GCC, PO Box 800249, Santa Clarita, CA 91380.
Or pay online with PayPal at

For more info, email: or call 661-296-2737.
Directions at  (Click on “Tours”.)

All proceeds benefit gibbons.