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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.


SEPTEMBER

VSSJ DISPLAY - Greenwich Township Branch, Gloucester County Library System

Month of September
411 Swedesboro Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027 | 856-423-0684 | Fax 856-423-1201 |
gcls.org/locations/greenwich-township-branch
VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC

Saturday September 3, 1 pm
Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060
Pavilion 3, at the Smith's Woods area, 39 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!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING & VEGAN PIZZA

Friday September 9, 6:30pm
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Planning of future events, opportunities to get involved, and more.  Tell us what you want to see from the group.  Open to all members.
Stop by and have a slice of vegan (or vegetarian) pizza, on VSSJ!
To RSVP (required) or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.

VSSJ TABLING - 2nd Annual Millville Vegstock

Saturday September 10, 10am-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).

VSSJ DINNER & MOVIE NIGHT

Saturday September 17, 6:30pm (meal), 7pm (movie)
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
Join VSSJ for a showing of the movie Cowspiracy!
The movie viewing is free.  We will have freshly made hummus wraps (large!) for purchase, with a side of chips and water or tea - VSSJ members $6; Non-members $8.
Attendees should park in the front of the building and enter at the steeple.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for wrap preparation (at 5:30pm), setup and cleanup.
To volunteer, RSVP (required by September 15), or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

American Vegan Society Jersey Harvest Gala

Sunday September 25, 4-8pm
The Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Ave, Vineland, NJ 08361
Featuring Harvest Vegan Cuisine, Hors d'Oeuvres Social, Gourmet Buffet Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction, Live Music
Early Reservations (by August 25):  Adult: $66, Student/Low Income: $44, Supporter: $99.
Between 8/25 and 9/12:  Adult: $75, Student/Low Income: $50, Supporter: $100
After September 12, phone for seating availability 856-694-2887.
More information at http://americanvegan.org.
AVS, 56 Dinshah Ln, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328

VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

Monday September 26, 7pm
Woodbury Public Library
33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  Homemade Plant Milk Workshop
  • Presenter:  Christina Martin, professional chef.
    Chef Christina Martin has worked in Philly kitchens including Vedge restaurant.  She is an adjunct chef instructor at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts and teaches community education cooking classes at Atlantic Cape Academy of Culinary Arts.  She is also on the Chefs Council for AtlantiCare Growing Green program and has her own business called Cooking to Nourish that offers personal chef services as well as cooking demos.  Christina was featured on the cover of Independent Restaurateur magazine July 2012, and the last two years was named one of the top 10 Instagramers to follow in Philly for healthy food by Philadelphia Magazine.  She has a business degree from Rowan University and a culinary degree from Atlantic Cape Academy of Culinary Arts.  She is an advocate for plant-based healthy vegan food and green living and promotes local, organic, gmo-free, and seasonal ingredients.
  • Summary:  Want to learn to make your own nondairy milk without all the added ingredients of the store-bought kind?  Learn how easy, affordable, and delicious it is to make plant milks at home.  There are many kinds to chose from:  nut milks such as almond and cashew, grain milks, and even pumpkin-seed milk.
  • 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 DRINKS with VSSJ & THE HUMANE LEAGUE

    Friday September 30, 6-8pm
    Location TBD
    Come out and enjoy vegan drinks and food in the first joint venture of VSSJ and The Humane League! 
    Venue suggestions are welcome for future vegan drinks outings!
    To RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    OCTOBER

    New Jersey VegFest

    Sunday October 2, 10:30am-5:30pm
    Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ
    njvegfest.com

    VSSJ VOLUNTEER DAY

    Date, Time, Location (tentatively Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, Newfield, NJ) TBD

    VSSJ TABLING - Birthworks International Conference 2016

    Friday-Saturday October 14-15, 7:30am-9:30pm
    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
    VSSJ will be selling healthy vegan food!
    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 - Boscov's Friends Helping Friends

    Tuesday October 18
    Voorhees, NJ 08043
    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 - Animal Protection League of New Jersey (APLNJ)
    2nd Annual Ride for the Animals

    Saturday October 22, 10am
    Allaire State Park, Wall Township to Manasquan, NJ
    VSSJ is a sponsor of this fundraising event!
    For more info, visit aplnj.org/theride
    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 October 22, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    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 October 24, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library
    33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096 | 856-845-2611 | http://woodburylibrary.org/
  • Subject:  The Reality of Food Ads
  • Presenter:  Hesh Goldstein
    "If someone told me when i was a kid growing up in Newark that I would be a vegetarian/vegan for the better part of my life, doing a weekly radio show about health for over 30 years, and would write a book exposing the reality of the Standard American Diet, I would have told them they needed to be in a nut house.  Guess what?  It happened!"
  • Summary:  "We go through life believing that the food ads we read, hear and see are true.  But, what would your reaction be if you learned that all those ads are geared to only increase profits for corporations and to keep you as a steady customer (aka "patient") for the medical industry?"
  • 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).


    NOVEMBER

    VSSJ TABLING - Sustainable Cherry Hill Food Day

    Sunday November 6, noon-2:30pm
    Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill NJ 08003
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

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

    Saturday November 19, 10am-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:  But can they suffer?  The case for extending our circle of compassion to animals.
    • Featured Speaker:  Patrecia Giunta - Nutrition Consultant.  Subject:  Practical information for those in transition to a plant-based diet.
    • 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; Dr. Horatio (Raysh) Daub, MD
    • Cooking Demonstration:  Christine Scalfo, HHC, AADP - Personal Chef, Diet Coach
    • Cooking Demonstration:  Patrecia Giunta - Nutrition Consultant
    • Music:  Lou Giunta, Ph.D., CHt. - Jazz, Standards, and Pop Music
    • Master of Ceremonies:  Barata El
    • Recognition Presentation
    • Morning Tea & Coffee
    • Afternoon Snack
    • Silent Auction
    • Vendors
    • Book Sale
    • Book Signing by Authors
    • Gift for Everyone!
    • Mingling

    Registration starts at 10am, programs begin at 10:30am.
    Seating is limited.  Please note:  this event is adults only.
    $35 for VSSJ members and Medford Leas residents, $45 for non-members.
    Register at vssj30th.brownpapertickets.com by November 1.
    (or call Brown Paper Tickets, 800-838-3006, available 24x7)
    Late registration (11/2 - 11/12, space permitting): $45 for VSSJ members and Medford Leas residents, $55 for non-members.

    View event details          View event flyer

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Please contact us at vssj30th@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).
    VENDORS:  a limited number of table spaces are available.  Please contact us at vssj30th@gmail.com for information.


    DECEMBER

    VSSJ HOLIDAY POTLUCK DINNER and VEGAN BAKE SALE

    Saturday December 10 (tentative), time TBD
    Venue TBD
    Join VSSJ for our annual holiday celebration, complete with a vegan bake sale!
    Bake sale proceeds to benefit TBD.
    All are welcome for the bake sale.
    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!
    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 December 26 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).
    After 12/26, call to see if space is available.



    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 (address provided upon RSVP), 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 December 27 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (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 (required) 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.


    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

    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

    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 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.

    VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS PIZZA & ICE CREAM

    Monday May 9, 6pm & 8pm
    Eric's Restaurant & Pizza, 98 S West Ave (@Chestnut), Vineland 08360, 6pm
    Rolliz, 106 W Landis Ave (@West Ave), Vineland 08360, 8pm
    Join Vegetarian Neighbors, a chapter of VSSJ, for Vegan Pizza at Eric's followed by fruit ice cream at Rolliz (please note Rolliz is cash only).  Short walk between locations.  Lots of time to socialize as each venue will make to order.  Bring good conversation and patience for a fun evening.  We'll bring a deck of cards!  No reservation required for is event.

    VSSJ EARLY DINNER at Kaya's Kitchen

    Saturday May 14, 4pm 1000 Main St, Belmar NJ 07719, kayaskitchenbelmar.com
    Join VSSJ for our annual spring trip to this shore favorite - an all-vegan restaurant with eclectic cuisine.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by 5/12:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    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 DINNER at The Cat's Meow

    Wednesday May 18, 6pm 210 Medford Mount Holly Rd, Medford 08055, facebook.com/TheCatsssMeow
    Join VSSJ for dinner at this vegetarian Moroccan & American restaurant, with vegan and gluten-free options.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by 5pm on 5/16:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS PIZZA & ICE CREAM

    Thursday May 19, 6pm & 7pm
    Eric's Restaurant & Pizza, 98 S West Ave (@Chestnut), Vineland 08360, 6pm
    Rolliz, 106 W Landis Ave (@West Ave), Vineland 08360, 8pm
    Join Vegetarian Neighbors, a chapter of VSSJ, for Vegan Pizza (available anytime) at Eric's followed by fruit ice cream at Rolliz (please note Rolliz is cash only).  Short walk between locations.  No reservation required for is event.

    VSSJ TABLING - Maple Shade Green Fair

    Saturday May 21, 10am-1pm
    Steinhauer School, 25 Fellowship Rd, Maple Shade 08052
    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).

    VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS COOKIE MAKING WORKSHOP

    Monday May 23 & Tuesday May 24
    American Vegan Society, 72 Dinshah Lane, Malaga NJ 08328
    Learn to make authentic Saudi Arabian Maamoul cookies with Alaa Aljarboua.  These date-filled pastries are sure to please!  Free hands-on workshop is limited to 2 people in each of the 4 sessions:  Monday May 23 10am-1pm or 2-5pm, Tuesday May 24 9am-noon or 2-5pm.  RSVP required 856-694-2887.

    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).

    VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING

    Friday May 27, 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 (required) or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.

    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 DISPLAY - West Deptford Public Library

    Month of June
    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 - 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 & Supply Drive for Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

    Saturday June 11, 1pm
    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.
    VSSJ will be collecting much-needed supplies for Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge (cedarrun.org).  Cedar Run is one of NJ's busiest wild animal rehabilitation centers, providing care for nearly 4,000 injured and abandoned animals each year.  Items most needed are paper towels, tissues, laundry detergent, liquid hand soap, disposable exam gloves (all sizes), and Exo Terra 60-watt reptile bulbs.  View the refuge's want list.
    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!
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup and cleanup.
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ LATE LUNCH AT WILDFLOWER & (OPTIONAL) HIKE

    Saturday June 18, 2pm (lunch) & 4pm (hike)
    Wildflower:  501 N High St, Village on High, Millville, NJ 08332
    Maurice River Bluffs Preserve:  1200 Silver Run Rd, Millville, NJ 08332
    Join VSSJ for a late lunch at Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare, an all-vegan restaurant in Millville's Glasstown Arts District.  Followed by, weather permitting, a hike at The Nature Conservancy's Maurice River Bluffs Preserve.
    Please RSVP (required) by June 16 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - 33nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

    Saturday June 25, 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 TEEN PROGRAM, "ALL NATURAL YOU"

    Thursday June 30, 7pm
    Evesham Library, 984 Tuckerton Rd, Marlton NJ 08053, 856-983-1444.
    Do you know what’s in your shampoo?  Face wash?  Lip balm?  Come and 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.  Choose your own scents!  Tasty vegan* snacks will be provided.  (*Vegans are a type of vegetarian who do not eat any animal or animal byproducts, including meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, or gelatin.)
    Registration required (starts June 16) at http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/calendar/all-natural-you-teens.  Participants need a valid library card from the Burlington County Library System (BCLS) to register.


    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

    VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING

    Friday July 8, 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 (required) or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.

    VSSJ TABLING - Urban Market & Green Fair

    Saturday July 9, 1pm-6pm
    Lincoln Park, 700 White Horse Pike, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK

    Saturday July 16, 4pm
    Marc & Judi's house (address provided upon RSVP), Marlton, NJ 08053
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    The host is respectfully requesting that children not be included in this event.
    Please bring a place setting.
    Space is limited , so please RSVP by July 9 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After July 9, call to see if space is available.

    VSSJ DINNER at Norma's Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine

    Tuesday July 26, 7pm
    Barclay Farms Shopping Center, 995 Rt 70 E, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, normasrestaurant.com
    Join VSSJ for a trip to this veg-friendly restaurant.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by July 25:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    AUGUST

    VSSJ DISPLAY - Greenwich Township Branch, Gloucester County Library System

    Month of August
    411 Swedesboro Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027 | 856-423-0684 | Fax 856-423-1201 |
    gcls.org/locations/greenwich-township-branch
    VSSJ has a display for the entire month.

    VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK

    Saturday August 6, 2pm
    Barbara's house (address provided upon RSVP), Shamong NJ 08088
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    The host is respectfully requesting that children not be included in this event.
    Space is limited , so please RSVP by July 30 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After July 30, call to see if space is available.

    VSSJ 30th ANNIVERSARY PLANNING MEETING

    Sunday August 14, 3:30pm
    Marlton, NJ 08054
    We need motivated volunteers to help make this event the best ever!
    To RSVP (required) or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.

    VSSJ DINNER at Healthy Garden

    Wednesday August 17, 7pm
    73 E Main St, Moorestown NJ 08057, healthygardencafe.com
    Join VSSJ for a trip to this veg-friendly restaurant.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by August 15:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    CJVG EARLY DINNER at Veganized

    Sunday August 21, 4pm
    9 Spring St, New Brunswick NJ 08901, veganizedfoods.com
    Join the Central Jersey Vegetarian Group (CJVG) for a trip to this vegan restaurant.
    CJVG is now part of VSSJ!
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by August 19:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VEGAN DINNER NIGHT WITH VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS

    *** CANCELED by Restaurant ***  Thursday August 25, 6pm-8pm
    Nature's Cafe & Juice Bar, 1672 N. Delsea Drive, Vineland NJ 08360, 856-896-6803
    Come join Vegetarian Neighbors (a VSSJ chapter) for a special prix-fixe all-vegan 3 course dinner!  No reservation required for this event.
    Menu: 1st: banana/strawberry smoothie OR beet/carrot juice.
    2nd: Indian chana & aloo curry (chickpeas & potatoes) with naan bread OR hummus wrap.
    3rd: slice of peach pie.
    The Indian special will be $18 ($4 off the a la carte prices).  Wrap dinner $15 ($3 off).
    Nature's Cafe is a new restaurant; at least half menu is vegan.  Takes pride in sourcing local organic produce.

    VSSJ CREAMY VEGAN SOUP DEMO & TASTING LUNCH at Green Street Market

    Saturday August 27, 11am
    3156 Rt 9 S, Suite 4, Rio Grande, NJ 08242, greenstreetmarket.com
    Come out for the VSSJ Atlantic Cape chapter's first event!
    "Learn the secret to Green Street's Chef Adam's 'creamy' vegan soups & enjoy a tasting!  Then stay for lunch!  Enjoy a platter of our favorite dips with veggies and falafel chips and your choice of a wrap:  Veggie Apple Hummus - house made hummus wrapped up with cucumber, sweet apple, bell pepper, carrots, sprouts & spinach; V.L.T. - house marinated tempeh wrapped up with vegan mayo, lettuce & tomato; Asian Slaw Wrap - house made asian inspired coleslaw wrapped up with our marinated tempeh and slices of avocado."
    VSSJ members:  $18; Non-members:  $20.  Price includes demo, lunch, and tax.
    RSVP (required) by 8/23 (space permitting):  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).



    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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