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Everyone is welcome!  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.  Please contact VSSJ at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341) for additional information, directions, or to volunteer.

VSSJ BUSINESS MEETINGS

Discussion 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:  Friday February 6, 6:30pm, Whole Foods Market, 1558 N Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.  To RSVP or for more info, please contact thevssj@gmail.com or Janet at 856-596-3269.


JANUARY

VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY NEW YEAR'S DAY POTLUCK

Thursday January 1, 2pm-5pm
Marlton, NJ 08053 (address will be provided upon RSVP)
Bring in the New Year with VSSJ!
VSSJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
Call or text Janet at 856-287-4609 to see if space is available.
The hosts are respectfully requesting that children not be included in this event.
Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
Followed by a VSSJ business meeting at 5pm (all members welcome).

VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

Wednesday January 7, 7pm
Mount Laurel Library
100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 | 856-234-7319 | mtlaurel.lib.nj.us
  • Subject:  January:  Holiday Recovery Time
  • Summary:  A seasonal, nutritional, and exercise perspective.  Since the average person gains 8 lbs. during the stressed holiday season, we'll review some easy ways to get yourself back on a healthy track.  This will include some easy-to-implement nutritional ideas, current concepts about maximizing your exercise/activity efforts, and even making some of the wintry clime work for you health-wise.
  • 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.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER and GIFT SWAP

    Saturday January 31, 7pm
    Moorestown Community House (thecommunityhouse.com)
    16 E Main St, Moorestown NJ 08057
    If you wish to participate in the gift swap, please bring an unwanted (and unwrapped) gift in new condition.  Recommended value:  $10-$30.
    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).


    FEBRUARY

    VSSJ TABLING - Cherry Hill Mall

    Saturday February 7, noon-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 VALENTINE'S DAY "SOUPY SALES" POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday February 14, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Vegan soup sale and vegan chocolate sampling to benefit
    Have-A-Heart Guinea Pig Rescue  (http://petfinder.com/shelters/NJ250.html).
    Soup contributions for the soup sale are welcome!  Please note that a soup contribution is in addition to your potluck contribution.  Please bring a ladle; VSSJ will have extra containers for soup, and supply the 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).

    VSSJ LUNCH at B.GOOD

    Sunday February 22, 4pm
    500 Rte 73 S (The Promenade at Sagemore), Suite E-2, Marlton, NJ 08053, http://bgood.com/
    Join VSSJ for a restaurant trip to this restaurant with a number of vegetarian and vegan items, including gluten-free options.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by 2/21:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday February 23, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  GMOs in our food supply
  • Summary:  Living a predominately plant-based lifestyle is a better choice for our planet, our body, and our conscience.  Yet, if we are not mindful of the kind of plants we consume and the degradation of our food supply through genetic engineering, our health and that of our environment will suffer the consequences.  VSSJ joins with members of GMOFreeNJ in hosting a presentation on the dangers of GMOs in our food supply with a screening of Jeffrey Smith's seminal documentary on genetic engineering entitled "Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives".
  • Presenters:  Barbara Thomas and Keith Monahan of GMOFree New Jersey.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    MARCH

    VSSJ DINNER at JB MASTER GRILL

    Tuesday March 3, 6pm
    13 Jackson Rd, Medford NJ 08055, http://jbmastergrill.com
    Join VSSJ for a restaurant trip to this restaurant with a separate vegan menu, including a gluten-free option.
    Please review the VSSJ restaurant trip guidelines.
    RSVP (required) by 3/1:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    Sunday March 15, 2pm
    Moorestown Community House (thecommunityhouse.com)
    16 E Main St, Moorestown NJ 08057
    Send in your suggestions on how to celebrate the Great American Meatout with VSSJ!
    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).

    Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) 13th Annual Bucket Auction

    Thursday March 19, Doors Open:  6:30pm, Drawings:  8pm
    Washington Twp High School, Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd, Sewell NJ, in the 9-10 Cafeteria.
    Great prizes, including spay/neuter certificates from local veterinarians, tickets to concerts and theaters, passes to museums and gardens, dog and cat gift baskets, books, gift certificates from restaurants and stores, t-shirts, bowling and skating parties, and so much more.  There will also be a 50/50 contest and door prizes.  Admission $10, payable at the door includes a sheet of "Great" prize tickets.  Additional tickets may be purchased inside for $5 per sheet, as well as tickets for "Super" prizes at 2 for $1 and "Grand" prizes for $1 each.  All items are donated and all proceeds will directly benefit local animals.  For more information, contact mkoplow@comcast.net or call 856-853-1847.
    VSSJ NEEDS VOLUNTEERS to bake for the Vegan 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 and buy some goodies to help the animals.

    JERSEY SHORE VEGETARIANS LUNCH AT CELINA'S MULBERRY MARKET & GRILLE

    Sunday March 22, 1pm
    68 W Jimmie Leeds Rd, Sunrise Plaza, Galloway, NJ 08205, celinascafe.com
    Join the Jersey Shore Vegetarians (a VSSJ chapter) for lunch.  Celina's has a vegetarian section on their lunch menu, with vegan options.
    Followed by an optional drive/walk at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
    RSVP (required) to Barbara by 3/20:  mathinmotion2@gmail.com or 215-840-1190.

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday March 23, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    APRIL

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER and VEGAN BAKE SALE

    Saturday April 18, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton NJ 08053
    Details coming soon
    VSSJ is participating in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (http://veganbakesale.org), proceeds to benefit TBD.  All are welcome for the bake sale at 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 - Rowan College at Gloucester County

    (tentative) Wednesday April 22, Time TBD
    1400 Tanyard 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).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday April 27, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - Camden County College

    Camput TBD
    (tentative) Wednesday April 29, Time TBD
    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 MEMBER APPRECIATION DINNER
    An Evening of Great Food, Education, Music, and Fun!

    Saturday, May 16, Time TBD
    Location TBD
    Let us cook this time!  VSSJ will provide a cooked-on-site 4-course vegan dinner.
    In order to gauge how much food we need to make, pre-payment is required.
    • Tentative Menu:  Soup, Salad, Bread, Lasagne, Mini Sundae, and Beverage
      The food will be GMO-free and mostly organic!  Gluten-free available.
    • Speaker:  TBD.
    • Music:  TBD.
    • Vegan Bake Sale:  to benefit TBD.
    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED starting at TBD to cook for dinner, bake sale, setup, etc.
    To volunteer, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    JUNE

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC

    Saturday June 20, 1pm
    Long Bridge Park, Pavilion 3, Deacon Rd & Mt Holly Bypass (Rt 541), Hainesport, NJ 08036
    Join VSSJ for a family-friendly potluck picnic at this Burlington County park, which is woodsy, has several miles of nice hiking trails, and an adjacent playground.  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 FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday June 22, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    JULY

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday July 28, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    AUGUST

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday August 25, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    SEPTEMBER

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC

    Saturday September 19, 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).


    OCTOBER

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday October 27, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    NOVEMBER

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday November 25, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    DECEMBER

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday December 22, 6:30pm
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 | 856-858-0649 | http://collingswoodlib.org
  • Subject:  To be announced
  • Summary:  TBA.
  • Presenters:  TBA.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    Vegetarian starter kits and food samples will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    2016

    TBD




    to be scheduled

    VEGAN DRINKS

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

    COLLEGE CHILI DAY

    Date, Time, Location TBD
    Join us in an outreach opportunity serving vegan chili to hungry college students!

    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 2015


    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.  Because of past issues with people not having enough to eat, 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, VSSJ encourages you to bring your own plate, cup, and utensils if possible (we will have extra place settings).  Be green:  get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!  Due to safety issues, 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, 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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