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Vegetarian Society of South Jersey
Calendar of Events, 2016


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Everyone is welcome:  vegetarian, vegan, or veg-curious!  VSSJ events are open to the public, except when noted as members only.  Please check your email on the day of the event for the possibility of cancellation.  If you're not on our Yahoo email list, please click on the "Mailing List" link on the left to add your name.  Contact VSSJ at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341) for additional information, directions, or to volunteer.

VSSJ BUSINESS MEETINGS

Planning of future events, opportunities to get involved, and more.  Tell us what you want to see from the group.  Open to all members.
Next meeting:  TBD.
To RSVP or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.


APRIL

VSSJ DISPLAY - Woodbury Public Library

Month of April
33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

VSSJ DINNER at the ROWAN COLLEGE AT BURLINGTON COUNTY CULINARY CENTER

Wednesday April 6, 7pm
Vaulted Cuisine, 1 High St, Mt Holly NJ 08060
Join VSSJ for a special 3-course dinner, prepared by RCBCCC students!
Diners will have a choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts (all vegan).
We had a very enjoyable dinner there last spring, followed by a lunch last fall, and hope to continue our new tradition this year.

Menu (all vegan):

  • Appetizer:  Roasted Carrots with Stracciatella and Buckwheat; Crispy Portobello Mushroom and Spicy Carrot Salad; Asparagus Toast; Spring Onion Soup; Carrot and Ginger Soup
  • Entree:  Leek and Potato Galettes with Pistachio Crust; Stellar Quinoa Burger; Beet Gnocchi with Poppy Seed Brown Butter; Mushroom Bolognese; Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potato, Peas and Cauliflower
  • Vegetable sides:  Minted Peas; Sauteed Spinach with Garlic; Grilled Asparagus; Braised Radishes with Chives
  • Boston Brown Bread with Earth Balance butter
  • Dessert:  Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, Raspberry filling, Mocha Frosting; Chia Caramel Pecan Pie with vegan Vanilla Ice Cream; Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whip Crema; Chocolate Tart with Salted Oat Crust; Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Space is limited to 30, so reserve your seat now.  Pre-payment is required. 
    After 3/29, please contact VSSJ to see if space is still available.
    VSSJ members:  $25; Non-members:  $28.  Please register here.
    For more info, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - Medford Leas Wellness Exposition for Older Adults

    Friday April 8, 10am-12:30pm
    1 Medford Leas, Medford NJ 08055
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday April 9, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    VSSJ is participating in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, proceeds to benefit The Cow Sanctuary, Bridgeton, NJ.  All are welcome for the bake sale at approximately 7:30pm!
    Contributions for the bake sale are welcome!  Please note that a bake sale contribution is in addition to your potluck contribution.
    Please bring a non-dessert contribution for this potluck.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - Collingswood Green Festival

    Saturday April 16, 9am-2pm
    Irvin Ave, Collingswood NJ 08108
    Free admission.  http://collingswood.com/arts/greenfestival
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    EAT VEGAN PIZZA WITH VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS / VSSJ

    Wednesday April 20, 6:30pm
    Nick's Pizza, 644 N Delsea Drive, Glassboro NJ 08028, 856-307-1100
    Help the American Vegan Society (AVS) pizza project inspired by #VeganCuisineMonth.  Come join Vegetarian Neighbors (a VSSJ chapter) and celebrate Nick's recently adding a Daiya vegan cheese option to their menu.  Vegan crust options:  white, thin, whole-wheat, or gluten-free!  Plenty of standard veggie toppings.  Let's make vegan pizza a success!  Vegan pizza available anytime, not just for our event. Our patronage helps assure it will stay on the menu!
    No reservation required for this event.

    VSSJ CAPE MAY DAY

    Saturday April 23
    Join VSSJ for a fun day in Cape May!  We have a full day of activities planned, so feel free to come out for any or all of them.  Please note that the times for a couple of the events will be decided by the participants.
  • Lunch at Good Earth Organic Eatery, noon.  600 Park Boulevard, W Cape May 08204, goodearthorganiceatery.com.  Good Earth is vegetarian and vegan friendly!  Please note the restaurant is cash only.  Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelinesRSVP required for lunch - please contact VSSJ for availability:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).
  • Walk/hike and bird watching at the Nature Conservancy's South Cape May Meadows preserve (Sunset Blvd, W Cape May 08204) and Cape May Point State Park (Lighthouse Ave, Cape May Point 08212), 2pm.
  • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery, time TBD (open 11am-6pm).  600 S Railroad Ave, Rio Grande 08242, http://hawkhavenvineyard.com
  • Cape May Seawall walk, time TBD
  • Vegan Pizza at Mario's in Ocean City, 5pm.  Please see the listing below.
  • Additional activities?  Let us know if you're interested in a morning or after-dinner activity, and we'll plan one!
  • A reservation is not required (except for lunch), but please let us know if you'll be joining us,so we can arrange to meet.
    To RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    EAT VEGAN PIZZA WITH VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS / VSSJ

    Saturday April 23, 5pm
    Mario’s Pizza, 1510 Bay Ave, Ocean City NJ, 609-398-0490
    Help the American Vegan Society (AVS) pizza project inspired by #VeganCuisineMonth.  Come join Vegetarian Neighbors (a VSSJ chapter) and enjoy Daiya vegan cheese topping homemade pizza sauce and crust.  Also try their minestrone soup, numerous pasta dishes, and vegan hot veggie sandwich.  These selections are available anytime, not just for our event.  Be sure to tell Joseph how much you appreciate his vegan options, and he'll make more!
    No reservation required for this event.

    VSSJ TEEN PROGRAM, "ALL NATURAL YOU"

    Sunday April 24, 2pm
    Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Rd, Marlton NJ 08053, 856-983-1444.
    Come enjoy a crafty afternoon with the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey (VSSJ) in learning about natural beauty.  We will talk about cruelty-free personal care and cosmetic options when out shopping, and also make lip balm and bath salts to take home.  Choice your own scents!  Vegan-friendly snacks will be provided.
    Registration required at http://bcls.lib.nj.us/calendar/all-natural-you-teens.

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday April 25, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Fracking & The Food System
  • Presenter:  Lena Smith, South Jersey Organizer for Food & Water Watch, a non-profit advocacy organization that champions healthy food and clean water for all.
  • Summary:  Lena will discuss the expansion of modern drilling and fracking across the country causing widespread environmental and public health problems and serious, long-term risks to underground water resources, all of which affect farming and our food.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - 7th Annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival

    Saturday April 30, 10am-2pm (rain or shine)
    Croft Farm – 100 Bortons Mill Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    The Cherry Hill Earth Festival is a family and earth-friendly event designed to educate, inspire and promote sustainable, healthy living.  Presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill (501c3).  Supported by Cherry Hill Township and Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Free admission.  http://sustainablecherryhill.org/get-involved/earth-day-festival
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    MAY

    VSSJ DISPLAY - West Deptford Public Library

    Month of May
    420 Crown Point Rd, West Deptford, NJ 08086 | 856-845-5593 | westdeptford.lib.nj.us
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    VSSJ TABLING - Cherry Hill West High School Health Fair

    Wednesday May 18, 8am-2:30pm
    2101 Chapel Ave, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 | 856-663-8006 | west.cherryhill.k12.nj.us
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday May 21, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Join VSSJ for a mid-spring potluck!
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday May 23, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Delicious, Guilt-Free Alternatives to Traditional Desserts:  The Basics of Vegan Baking
  • Presenter:  Sherimane Johnson, Owner of NaturallySweet Desserts
  • Summary:  Sherimane will speak about making desserts with heart-healthy, low-glycemic replacements for eggs, milk, and butter.  She uses organic and non-GMO ingredients from local farmers whenever possible.  Samples will be included.
  • Rescheduled from January.  View event flyer

    This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    American Vegan Society (AVS) Annual Vegan Garden Party

    Sunday May 29, Noon
    AVS Headquarters, 56 Dinshah Ln, Malaga NJ 08328
    Outdoor Lunch noon; Program 2pm
    More information at http://americanvegan.org.
    AVS, 56 Dinshah Ln, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 | Phone: 856-694-2887


    JUNE

    VSSJ TABLING - Moorestown Day

    Saturday June 4, 9am-3pm
    Moorestown, NJ 08057
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC

    Saturday June 11, 1pm
    Long Bridge Park, Pavilion 3, Deacon Rd & Mt Holly Bypass (Rt 541), Hainesport, NJ 08036
    Join VSSJ for our annual potluck picnic at this Burlington County park, which is woodsy and has several miles of nice hiking trails.  We'll have a covered pavilion, so this event is rain or shine.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    Members:  $1; non-members:  $3, $8 family (to cover pavilion reservation fee).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    To RSVP or for more info, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - 33nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

    Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26, 9am-5pm
    120 Whitesbog Rd, Browns Mills, NJ 08015
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - Burlington County Earth Fair

    Sunday June 26, 10:30am-4pm
    Historic Smithville Park, 803 Smithville Rd, Eastampton, NJ 08060
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday June 27, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  TBD
  • Presenter:  TBD.
  • Summary:  TBD.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    JULY

    VSSJ DISPLAY - Mullica Hill Branch, Gloucester County Library System

    Month of July
    389 Wolfert Station Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062 | 856-223-6000 |
    gcls.org/locations/mullica-hill-branch
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest 2016

    Wednesday July 6 - Sunday July 10
    42nd Annual Conference of the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS)
    Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA
    For info, visit vegetariansummerfest.org


    AUGUST
    TBD


    SEPTEMBER

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC

    Saturday September 3, 1 pm
    Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060
    Pavilion 3, at the Smith's Woods area off East Railroad Ave
    Join VSSJ for a family-friendly potluck picnic at this Burlington County park, which is woodsy, has several miles of nice hiking trails, an adjacent playground, and historic buildings.  We'll have a covered pavilion, so this event is rain or shine.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    Members:  $1 ($3 family); non-members:  $3 ($8 family) (to cover pavilion reservation fee).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    To RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - 2nd Annual Millville Vegstock

    Saturday September 10, Time TBD.
    High St (Glasstown Arts District), Millville NJ 08332.
    movingvegan.com
    Vegstock seeks to immerse participants in a positive and engaging educational experience to inspire vegan living and provide tools to thrive as healthy, active, connected vegans.
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    American Vegan Society Gala

    Sunday September 25, 4-8pm
    Vineland, NJ
    Details TBD


    OCTOBER

    New Jersey VegFest

    Sunday October 2, 11am-5pm
    Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ
    njvegfest.com

    VSSJ TABLING - Birthworks International Conference 2016

    Friday-Sunday October 14-16, 7:30am-9:30pm (1:30pm Sunday)
    Hotel ML, 915 Rt 73, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - The Country Living Fair at Batsto Village

    Sunday October 16, 10am-4pm
    Batsto, NJ
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    NOVEMBER

    VSSJ 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    Three Decades of Education, Support, Social Activities

    Saturday November 19, 10:30am-5pm
    Medford Leas, One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055

    Please join us for festivities that include:

    • 100% Plant-Based (Vegan) Luncheon:  Catered by Medford Leas
    • Keynote Speaker:  Victoria Moran, Author; Director, Main Street Vegan Academy; Host, Main Street Vegan Podcast; http://mainstreetvegan.net/.  Subject:  The Look-Great, Feel-Amazing, Change-the-World Lifestyle
    • Featured Speaker:  Lee Hall, LLM, Author; Masters in environmental law with a focus on climate change; teacher at Widener University - Delaware Law.  Subject:  Heat & Serve?  The Impact of a Typical Grocery List on Global Greenhouse Emissions.
    • Featured Speaker:  Janine Motta, Programs Director, Animal Protection League of NJ (aplnj.org).  Subject:  Ethics.
    • Additional Speakers:  TBA
    • Panel:  Moderated by Dr. Janet Erickson, VSSJ founder & president.  Panelists:  Heather Kristian, VSSJ secretary; Freya Dinshah, president, American Vegan Society (AVS); Eric Nyman, owner, Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare restaurant; more TBA
    • Cooking Demonstration:  Christine Scalfo, HHC, AADP - Personal Chef, Diet Coach
    • Music:  Lou Giunta, Ph.D., CHt. - Jazz, Standards, and Pop Music
    • Master of Ceremonies:  Barata El
    • Recognition Presentation
    • Silent Auction
    • Vendors
    • Book Sale
    • Book Signing by Authors
    • Goodie Bags for Everyone!
    • Mingling

    Registration starts at 10:30am, programs begin at 11am.
    Seating is limited.  $35 for VSSJ members, $45 for non-members, due by November 10.

    Save $10!  Register (registration page coming soon) by September 19 for early bird discount!

    View event details          View event flyer

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).
    VENDORS:  a limited number of table spaces are available.  Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com for information.


    DECEMBER

    VSSJ HOLIDAY POTLUCK DINNER

    Date and time TBD
    Venue TBD
    Join VSSJ for our annual holiday celebration!
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    2017
    Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events!

    VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY NEW YEAR'S DAY POTLUCK & GIFT SWAP

    Sunday January 1, Time TBD  (Snow date:  TBD)
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    Space is limited, so please RSVP by 12/26 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-8341.
    After 12/26, call to see if space is available.



    to be scheduled

    VEGAN DRINKS

    Date, Time, Location (tentatively Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, NJ) TBD

    Additional VOLUNTEER, TABLING, and OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

    Date, Time, Location TBD
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup of VSSJ's table, distributing literature, and cleanup.  Please contact Heather at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  Ideas welcome!

    Additional POTLUCKS

    Date, Time, Location TBD
    Interested in hosting a potluck?  We're especially interested in holding potlucks in other areas, including down the shore.  Please contact VSSJ at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    Additional RESTAURANT TRIPS

    Date, Time, Location TBD
    Ideas welcome!  Please contact VSSJ at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    PAST EVENTS 2016


    JANUARY

    VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY NEW YEAR'S DAY POTLUCK & GIFT SWAP

    Friday January 1, 2pm  (Snow[?!] date:  Saturday January 2, 2pm)
    Lorraine & Steve's house, Pemberton Borough, NJ 08068
    Bring in the New Year with VSSJ!
    (Optional) Bring unwanted, unwrapped gifts (new or in new-like condition) for exchange.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    Space is limited, so please RSVP by 12/27 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-8341.
    After 12/27, call to see if space is available.
    The hosts are respectfully requesting that children under 12 not be included in this event.

    VSSJ TABLING - Cherry Hill Mall

    Saturday January 2, 1pm-9pm
    2000 Rt 38, Cherry Hill NJ 08002
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ DISPLAY - Margaret E. Heggan Public Library

    Month of January
    606 Delsea Dr, Sewell NJ 08080 | 856-589-3334 | hegganlibrary.org
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    *** CANCELED DUE TO BLIZZARD *** Saturday January 23, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Join VSSJ for our first big potluck of the year!
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    *** POSTPONED *** Monday January 25, 7pm
    Postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.  We are very sorry for the inconvenience.  Rescheduled for May 23.
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Delicious, Guilt-Free Alternatives to Traditional Desserts:  The Basics of Vegan Baking
  • Presenter:  Sherimane Johnson, Owner of NaturallySweets Desserts
  • Summary:  Sherimane will speak about making desserts with heart-healthy, low-glycemic replacements for eggs, milk, and butter.  She uses organic and non-GMO ingredients from local farmers whenever possible.  Samples will be included.
  • View event flyer

    This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    FEBRUARY

    VSSJ DISPLAY - James H Johnson Memorial Library

    Month of February
    670 Ward Dr, Deptford Township, NJ 08096 | 856-848-9149 | deptfordpubliclibrary.org
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    VSSJ VALENTINE'S DAY POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday February 13, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Join VSSJ in celebrating Valentine's Day, and sample vegan chocolate!
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    Vegan Dinner - hosted by the American Vegan Society

    Monday February 15 & Tuesday February 16, 6:30pm
    The American Vegan Society (AVS) will host this dinner at Carême’s, Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing NJ 08330, http://www.atlantic.edu   (Carême's is by the on-campus bus stop, in Bldg M.)
    American Vegan Society | PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 | Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | http://americanvegan.org

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday February 22, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Suburban Farming for a CSA
  • Presenter:  Julie Pierre, Suburban Farmer at Our Yards Farm
  • Summary:  Our Yards Farm is a suburban farm and CSA; the first of its kind!  Based out of Audubon, NJ, it is one of the first CSAs in Camden County.  Come out and find out what a CSA farm is and how farming in the suburbs works.  Everyday the US loses over 3000 acres of farmland due to development, yet our population is growing exponentially.  In the last 20 years alone, the US has lost over 8% of its farmland to suburban sprawl.  So how can we sustainably provide healthy, affordable, local food to our country when our farmland is disappearing?  Our Yards Farm believes part of the solution is through suburban farming.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    MARCH

    VSSJ DISPLAY - Glassboro Library

    Month of March
    2 Center St, Glassboro, NJ 08028 | 856-881-0001 | gcls.org
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    VSSJ EARLY DINNER at HEARTBEET KITCHEN

    Saturday March 5, 4pm
    29 Haddon Ave, Westmont, NJ 08108, http://heartbeetnj.com
    Join VSSJ for a trip to this plant-based, gluten-free restaurant.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by 3/3:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ 30th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING MEETING

    Sunday March 6, 3pm-4:30pm
    Marlton, NJ 08054
    Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 19th 2016 for VSSJ's 30th Anniversary Celebration!  We have reserved the picturesque facilities at Medford Leas in Medford NJ.  We are having a plant-based lunch (vegan), speakers, cooking demos, live music, giveaways, silent auction, vendors, book sale, and more!
    We need motivated volunteers to help make this event the best ever!  This is our first planning meeting to form committees.
    Please RSVP to thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269 to let us know if you are interested in being a part of this endeavor.  If you can't make it to this meeting and still want to be involved, please email thevssj@gmail.com and let us know!

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER CELEBRATING THE GREAT AMERICAN MEAT-OUT

    Saturday March 12, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Join VSSJ for the Great American Meat-Out!
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover hall rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING

    Friday March 18 6:30pm
    Marlton, NJ 08054
    Planning of future events, opportunities to get involved, and more.  Tell us what you want to see from the group.  Open to all members.
    To RSVP or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.

    VSSJ TABLING - 2nd Annual BCL Makers Faire

    Saturday March 19, 10am-3pm
    Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton NJ 08060
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday March 28, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Winter Health Recovery
  • Presenter:  Jim Ronga, DC, chiropractic health care practitioner at the Haddonfield Chiropractic Center, and adjunct professor at Peirce College in Philadelphia and at Rowan University.
  • Summary:  Dr. Ronga will discuss some dietary, movement, and lifestyle recommendations designed to have you leave the malaise of winter behind, and spring into the new season.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    Vegan Dinner - hosted by the American Vegan Society

    Monday March 28 & Tuesday March 29, 6:30pm
    The American Vegan Society (AVS) will host this dinner at Carême’s, Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing NJ 08330, http://www.atlantic.edu   (Carême's is by the on-campus bus stop, in Bldg M.)
    American Vegan Society | PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328 | Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | http://americanvegan.org

    Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) Annual Bucket Auction

    Thursday March 31
    Washington Twp High School, Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd, Sewell NJ, in the 9-10 Cafeteria.
    Details TBD
    VSSJ NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to bake for the bake sale and help with our literature table at this wonderful event.  Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341) if you can help.  Or just come to help the animals.



    For all VSSJ potlucks:

    Each individual in your party (with the exception of children under 12) brings a vegetarian* dish to share that will feed at least 6 people (vegan** dishes preferred so that all types of vegetarians may enjoy the food), along with the recipe or a list of ingredients.  To ensure there is enough food for everyone, please bring at least as much as your family is going to eat.  VSSJ provides beverages, so please provide a food contribution.  To promote recycling (and save you money), VSSJ encourages you to bring your own plate, cup, and utensils if possible (extra place settings will be available).  For safety reasons, children under 12 must be under parental supervision at all times.   Please make sure to check in when you arrive.
    *   Vegetarian = No Meat, Fish, or Gelatin.
    **  Vegan = No Meat, Fish, Dairy, Eggs, Gelatin, or Honey.

    Not sure what to bring?  Easy options include:  garden salad, fruit salad, hummus with chips or crudités.  For a list of recipe sites, visit http://recipes.njveg.com.  Write us at thevssj@gmail.com for more suggestions.

    For all VSSJ retaurant trips:

    Reservations must be placed with VSSJ directly (not with the restaurant), at least 24 hours before the event.  Out of fairness to the restaurant, cancellations are requested at least 24 hours in advance.  Please plan to pay in cash.  When we dine at non-vegetarian restaurants, only vegetarian dishes may be ordered.




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