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Vegetarian Society of South Jersey
Calendar of Events, 2018


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Our 2018 calendar is a work in progress.  For example, dates for many festivals have not been announced yet, so these are labeled as tentative.  Please check back here soon for updates.

For all VSSJ events:

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.


JANUARY

VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY NEW YEAR'S DAY POTLUCK

Monday January 1, 2pm
Janet & Arnold's house (address provided upon RSVP), Marlton, NJ 08053
Bring in the New Year with VSSJ!
Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
VSSJ/VSNJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.  The hosts are respectfully requesting no shoes be worn in the house.
Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com to check if space is still available.

Showcase Dinner at The Nizam's - hosted by the American Vegan Society

Tuesday January 16, 6:30pm
AVS is hosting this dinner, an eleven-item Indian Buffet, at:
The Nizam's Authentic Indian Cuisine, 6666 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township NJ
For info/reservations:  American Vegan Society, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328
Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | americanvegan.org

Food as Medicine Seminar
by Karens Healing Kitchen and Birthworks International

Saturday January 20, 9am-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill NJ 08034
Learn from the experts how a plantbased diet can help prevent and reverse common lifestyle diseases like Diabetes, Heart disease, Hypertension and Autoimmune diseases.  Also hear testimonials from individuals on how a plantbased diet saved their lives and helped them shed large amounts of weight.
Info/tickets
VSSJ will have an informational table at this event.

VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER, SOUP CONTEST, & GIFT SWAP

Saturday January 27, 6:30pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton, NJ 08053
Optional:  Make your favorite soup and enter it in the contest!
If you wish to participate in the gift swap, please bring an unwanted (and unwrapped) gift in new (or like-new) condition.  Recommended value:  $10-$30.
Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
VSSJ/VSNJ 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!
Please bring at least one soup bowl.
Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
To RSVP, volunteer, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


FEBRUARY

CJVG/VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK

Saturday February 10, 2pm
Donna's house (address provided upon RSVP), Jackson, NJ 08527
CJVG is a chapter of VSNJ.  Please review the potluck guidelines.
CJVG/VSSJ/VSNJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.  The host is respectfully requesting that children under 12 not be included in this event.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by February 8 to thecjvg@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After 2/8, please check to see if space is available.

Valentine's Dinner - hosted by the American Vegan Society

Tuesday February 13 & Wednesday February 14, 6:30pm
AVS is hosting this dinner, prepared and presented by culinary students, at:
Carême’s, Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College
5100 Black Horse Pike (Rt. 322), Mays Landing, NJ 08330 | atlantic.edu
For info/reservations:  American Vegan Society, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328
Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | americanvegan.org

VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING & LUNCH

Saturday February 17, 1:30pm (lunch), 2pm (meeting)
Mom's Organic Market, 1631 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
We'll be meeting in the WiFi lounge upstairs.  Optional:  buy your lunch at the store's Naked Lunch cafe, and bring it to the lounge at 1:30pm.  The meeting will start promptly at 2pm.
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:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

Monday February 26, 7pm
Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  A Plant-Based Diet Gave Me My Health Back!  Learn to Heal Your Body with Food.
  • Summary:  Karen Burzichelli, RN and health coach, tells her story of how after 25 years of pills, procedures, and tests, she finally healed her body with food.  She will share her favorite plant-based recipe and give you tips on how to get started.
  • Presenter:  Karen Burzichelli, RN CHHC
    Karen has over 30 years experience as a Labor & Delivery Nurse and currently works at Virtua Voorhees.  She received her BSN from Trenton State College, her Health Coaching Certificate from The Institute for Intergrated Nutrtion in NYC.  She also is certified through PCRM to teach Food for Life classes.  She works with clients one on one and in group setting to help them transition to a plant based diet and help prevent and reverse disease.
    Karen's Healing Kitchen | http://karenshealingkitchen.com | 856-803-9910
  • View event flyer

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


    MARCH

    VSSJ TABLING PREPARATION WORK DAY

    Date and time TBD
    Pemberton Borough, NJ 08068
    Help VSSJ get ready for a season of educational outreach tabling.  We need help doing inventory, labeling literature, and more.
    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 Celebrating St Patrick's Day, the Vernal Equinox, and The Great American Meat-Out

    Saturday March 17, 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/VSNJ 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 RSVP, volunteer, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Burlington County Library Maker Faire

    Saturday March 24, 10am-3pm
    5 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton, NJ 08060 | http://bcls.lib.nj.us/county| 609-267-9660
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) 16th Annual Bucket Auction

    Thursday March 22, Doors Open:  6:30pm, Drawings:  8pm
    Washington Twp H.S. 9-10 Cafeteria, Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080
    VSSJ needs volunteers to help prepare donations for this wonderful event.  Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  Or just come to help the animals.  For more info:  stafnj.org

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday March 26, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  TBD
  • Summary: 
  • Presenter: 
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE vegetarian starter kits and literature table!  Food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    APRIL

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Collingswood Green Festival

    Saturday April 7, 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).

    VSSJ SPRING POTLUCK

    Sunday April 15, 1:30pm
    Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown, NJ 08057 | thecommunityhouse.com
    Join VSSJ for our annual spring potluck.
    Please note:  space is limited, so an RSVP is required.
    VSSJ is participating in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, proceeds to benefit TBD
    All are welcome for the bake sale (at about 2:30pm)!
    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/VSNJ 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 RSVP (required, by 4/13), volunteer, or for more info:
    thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Cape May Green Day Event

    Saturday April 21, 10am-4pm
    Cape May County Park & Zoo, 707 N Rt 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
    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 - Atlantic County Utilities Authority Earth Festival

    Sunday April 22, 10am-4pm
    Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
    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 April 23, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  TBD
  • Summary: 
  • Presenter: 
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE vegetarian starter kits and literature table!  Food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - 9th Annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival

    Saturday April 28, 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.  Free admission.  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 DINNER at the Rowan College at Burlington County Culinary Arts Center

    Wednesday May 9, 6:45pm
    Vaulted Cuisine, 1 High St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060
    Join VSSJ for a special 4-course vegan dinner, prepared by RCBCCAC students!
    We've had very enjoyable meals there the last 6 semesters and are continuing our tradition this semester!

    All-vegan menu TBA:

  • Appetizer: 
  • First Course: 
  • Main Course: 
  • Dessert: 
  • Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!  Pre-payment is required.
    Register by May 2. 
    After 5/2, please contact us to see if space is still available.
    VSNJ/VSSJ members:  $27; Non-members:  $30 (includes tax and soft drinks; an optional gratuity toward a student scholarship fund is extra).  Please register here.
    For more info, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Galloway GreenFest

    Saturday May 12, 10am-3pm
    Patriot Lake, Galloway Municipal Complex, 300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Super Saturday

    Saturday May 12, 10am-4pm
    Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd, Sewell, NJ 08080
    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 (AVS) Annual Vegan Garden Party

    Sunday May 27, Noon
    AVS Headquarters, 56 Dinshah Ln, Malaga, NJ 08328
    Outdoor Lunch noon; Program 2pm
    For info/reservations:  American Vegan Society, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328
    Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | americanvegan.org


    JUNE

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Burlington County Earth Fair

    Sunday June 3, 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).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - 34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

    Saturday & Sunday June 23 & 24, 10am-4pm
    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 POTLUCK PICNIC & (OPTIONAL) HIKE

    Saturday June 30, 3pm
    Long Bridge Park, Pavilion 3, Deacon Rd & Mt Holly Bypass (Rt 541), Hainesport, NJ 08036
    Join VSSJ for our annual family-friendly potluck picnic at this Burlington County park, which is woodsy and has several miles of nice hiking trails.  We'll have a covered pavilion (with an adjacent playground), so this event is rain or shine.  An optional hike follows.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ/VSNJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover pavilion rental).
    Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To RSVP, volunteer, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    JULY

    NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest 2016

    Wednesday July 4 - Sunday July 8
    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


    SEPTEMBER

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC & (OPTIONAL) HIKE

    Saturday September 1, 2 pm
    Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060
    Pavilion 3, at the Smith's Woods area, 39 East Railroad Ave
    (Note:  Smithville Rd is closed north of this section of the park.  See http://co.burlington.nj.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/5717 for a map of the closure.)
    Join VSSJ for our annual family-friendly potluck picnic at this Burlington County park, which is woodsy, has several miles of nice hiking trails, an adjacent playground, a canoe & kayak launch area, and historic buildings.  We'll have a covered pavilion, so this event is rain or shine.  An optional hike follows.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ/VSNJ members:  $3 ($8 family); Non-members:  $6 ($15 family) (to cover pavilion rental).  Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To RSVP, volunteer, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - 4th Annual Millville Vegstock

    Saturday September 8, 11am-4pm
    400-500 blocks of N High St (Glasstown Arts District), Millville, NJ 08332
    Hosted by Wildflower Vegan Cafe, 501 N High St | wildflowervegan.com | 856-265-7955
    For more details:  movingvegan.com
    Millville's Moving Vegan Festival 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.  Many Millville restaurants will be participating with vegan specials.
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Voorhees Animal Orphanage Woofstock

    Saturday September 22, 11am-4pm
    John Connolly Park, Voorhees, NJ 08043
    vaonj.org/woofstock
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Hammonton Green Day

    Sunday September 23, noon-4pm
    Hammonton Lake Park, 100 Sports Dr, Hammonton, NJ 08037
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    OCTOBER

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - The Country Living Fair at Batsto Village

    Sunday October 14, 10am-4pm
    Batsto, NJ | batstovillage.org/country-living-fair.htm
    VSSJ will be selling healthy vegan food!  Volunteers needed!
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ)
    3rd Annual Ride for the Animals

    Saturday October 20, 10am-1pm
    Allaire State Park, 4625 Atlantic Ave, Wall, NJ
    VSSJ is a sponsor of this fundraising event!
    For more info, visit aplnj.org/theride
    View event flyer

    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    (TENTATIVE) VSSJ TABLING - Sustainable Cherry Hill Food Day

    Saturday October 27, 11am-3pm
    McNaughton's Garden Center, 351 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    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 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING POTLUCK

    Sunday November 11, 1:30pm
    Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown, NJ 08057 | thecommunityhouse.com
    Join VSSJ for our annual Thanksgiving potluck.
    Please note:  space is limited, so an RSVP is required.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ/VSNJ 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 RSVP (required, by 4/13), volunteer, or for more info:
    thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    DECEMBER


    2019
    Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events!

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

    Tuesday January 1, Time TBD
    Location TBD
    Bring in the New Year with VSSJ!
    If you wish to participate in the gift swap, please bring an unwanted (and unwrapped) gift in new (or like-new) condition.  Recommended value:  $10-$30.
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ/VSNJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    Space is limited, so please RSVP by December 30 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After 12/30, please check to see if space is available.


    PAST EVENTS 2018


    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 restaurant 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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