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Vegetarian Society of South Jersey
Calendar of Events, 2017


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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.


JANUARY

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

Sunday January 1, 2pm
Lorraine & Steve's house (address provided upon RSVP), Pemberton Borough, NJ 08068
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.
We'll have a number of games to play, into the evening.
An optional guided trail walk will be available, weather permitting.  Please be prepared for muddy conditions and for taking your walking shoes off outside.
Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
VSSJ/VSNJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.  The hosts are respectfully requesting that children under 12 not be included in this event, and that no shoes be worn in the house.
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.

VEGETARIAN NEIGHBORS DINNER AT PILAR RESTAURANT

Saturday January 14, 5pm-7pm
201 N High St, Millville, NJ 08332
Join Vegetarian Neighbors, a chapter of VSSJ, for delicious Caribbean vegan bean-potato pastelillos; rice & beans, steamed veggies, fried plantain.  Pastelillos are $1.75 or $15/dozen.  Large vegan platters are $9.  There's seating for about 10-15 people, no reservations.  Your hosts Anne and Sarah will be there from 5-7pm.

VSSJ LUNCH AT OCEAN ORGANICS

Sunday January 22, 1pm
570 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Join VSSJ, for lunch at this organic vegan juice bar & cafe.
Please review our restaurant trip guidelines.
RSVP (required) by January 21:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

Monday January 23, 7pm
Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  Eating Healthy In The New Year - Learn How to Keep Those Resolutions and Feel Great!
  • Summary:  Do you want to reduce the saturated fats and cholesterol you eat?  Let a vegan show you how. Learn how to eat plant proteins and healthy fats that will keep you well-fed and satisfied.  Taste some of the delicious options available today.
  • Presenter:  Freya Dinshah, president of American Vegan Society (americanvegan.org), editor of American Vegan magazine, a cookbook author, and nutrition educator for an after-school program.  She lives in Malaga NJ and has been a vegan for over 50 years.  Freya will show you how to make quick and easy healthy snacks that taste great.
  • View event flyer

    This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE 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 MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK

    Saturday January 28, 4pm
    Jeff's house (address provided upon RSVP), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
    Please review the VSSJ potluck guidelines.
    VSSJ/VSNJ members only.  No fee for this potluck.
    Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 22 to thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After 1/22, please check to see if space is available.


    FEBRUARY

    VSSJ FREE MEATLESS MONDAY WORKSHOPS - COMING SOON!

    Monday, Date & Time TBD
    Whole Foods Market, 940 Rt 73 N, Marlton, NJ 08053.
    Learn more about the health benefits of a meat-free diet.  FREE Vegetarian Starter Kits will be provided.

    CJVG MEMBERS-ONLY POTLUCK

    Saturday February 11, 5pm
    Donna's house (address provided upon RSVP), Jackson, NJ 08527
    CJVG is a chapter of VSNJ.  Please review the potluck guidelines.
    CJVG/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 9 to thecjvg@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).  After 2/9, please check to see if space is available.

    Vineland Vegan Valentine Dinner - hosted by the American Vegan Society

    Sunday February 12, 5pm
    AVS is hosting a buffet-style dinner, featuring 9 new menu items at:
    Michael's Mediterranean Cuisine, LaSalle Plaza, 2 LaSalle St, Vineland, NJ 08360
    For info/reservations:  American Vegan Society, PO Box 369, Malaga NJ 08328
    Phone: 856-694-2887 | Fax 856-694-2288 | americanvegan.org

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday February 18, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton, NJ 08053
    Suggested food contribution:  your favorite soup recipe!
    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 volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ BUSINESS MEETING

    Sunday February 26, 1:30pm
    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 meeting. 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 27, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  Unexpected Wildlife Refuge - A Local Treasure
  • Presenter:  Veronica Van Hof, Director of the refuge, has a varied background including degrees and work experience in journalism and wildlife biology.  She was hired as the refuge director in November 2015.  She is a preservationist and long-time vegan.
  • Summary:  Veronica will discuss the refuge history, its challenges, and the vision the founders, Hope Sawyer Buyukmihci and Cavit Buyukmihci, had for a completely protected refuge free from all animal exploitation.  Veronica will also show some new and historic photos of the incredibly diverse wildlife there, tell how volunteers are enlisted to keep the wildlife safe (VSSJ will have a volunteer day at the refuge this spring), and discuss the general vegan ethics of the refuge.  Stories will be shared about the public outreach endeavors of the refuge to help townships and homeowners learn to live harmoniously alongside wildlife.
    Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 765, Newfield, NJ 08344-0765 | 856.697.3541 | unexpectedwildliferefuge.org | director@unexpectedwildliferefuge.org | facebook.com/UnexpectedWildlifeRefuge
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    MARCH

    VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER Celebrating The Great American Meat-Out

    Saturday March 11, 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 volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

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

    Spring Celebration Dinner - hosted by the American Vegan Society

    Monday March 27 & Tuesday March 28, 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 TABLING - Cherry Hill West High School Health Fair

    Thursday March 30, 7:30am-12:30pm
    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).

    Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) 15th Annual Bucket Auction

    Thursday March 30, 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


    APRIL

    VSSJ SPRING POTLUCK

    Sunday April 2, 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 volunteer, RSVP (required, by 4/1), or for more info:
    thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ VOLUNTEER DAY

    Date, Time TBD
    Unexpected Wildlife Refuge, 100 Unexpected Rd, Newfield, NJ 08344 | unexpectedwildliferefuge.org
    Unexpected Wildlife Refuge's mission:
  • To provide an inviolate sanctuary for animals and plants indigenous to NJ Pinelands habitat
  • To provide a living classroom for the public to study nature
  • To promote humane and environmental education
  • Join VSSJ in helping out with various small projects at the refuge for Earth Day.
    To RSVP (required, by TBD), or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ TABLING - Atlantic County Utilities Authority Earth Festival

    Sunday April 23, 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 24, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  TBD
  • Summary:  TBD.
  • Presenter:  TBD.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE vegetarian starter kits will be provided!
    To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    [TENTATIVE] VSSJ TABLING - 8th Annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival

    Saturday April 29, 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

    [TENTATIVE] VSSJ POTLUCK DINNER

    Saturday May 6, 6:30pm
    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 East Rt 70, Marlton, NJ 08053
    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 volunteer, RSVP, or for more info:  thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSSJ DINNER at the Rowan College at Burlington County Culinary Arts Center

    Wednesday May 10, 6:45pm
    Vaulted Cuisine, 1 High St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060
    Join VSSJ for a special 5-course vegan dinner, prepared by RCBCCAC students!
    We've had very enjoyable meals there the last 4 semesters and are continuing our new tradition this semester!

    Menu (all vegan): TBD

    Space is limited, so reserve your seat now!  Pre-payment is required.
    Register by May 3. 
    After 5/3, 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).

    VSSJ FREE LECTURE SERIES

    Monday May 22, 7pm
    Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury, NJ 08096
    856-845-2611 | woodburylibrary.org
  • Subject:  TBD
  • Summary:  TBD.
  • Presenter:  TBD.
  • This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite a friend!
    FREE 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 28, 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 - Moorestown Day

    Saturday June 3, 9am-4pm
    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).

    [TENTATIVE] VSSJ TABLING - Burlington County Earth Fair

    Sunday June 4, 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 POTLUCK

    Saturday June 10, Time TBD
    Know of a venue where we can have a potluck (either indoors or a picnic)?
    Please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).

    VSNJ TABLING - Tri State Veg Fest

    Saturday June 17, noon-6pm
    The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837
    For more info:  vegfestexpos.com
    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 - 33nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

    Saturday & Sunday June 24 & 25, 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).


    JULY

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC & (OPTIONAL) HIKE

    Saturday July 1, 1 pm
    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:  $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).


    AUGUST


    SEPTEMBER

    VSSJ POTLUCK PICNIC & (OPTIONAL) HIKE

    Saturday September 2, 1 pm
    Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ 08060
    Pavilion 3, at the Smith's Woods area, 39 East Railroad Ave
    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, 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:  $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 TABLING - 3rd Annual Millville Vegstock

    Saturday September 9, 10am-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).


    OCTOBER

    VSNJ TABLING - 2nd Annual New Jersey VegFest

    Saturday & Sunday October 7 & 8, time TBD
    Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ 07094
    For more info:  njvegfest.com
    If you're interested in joining VSSJ's outreach/tabling team, please contact us at thevssj@gmail.com or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).


    NOVEMBER


    DECEMBER


    2018
    Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events!

    VSSJ MEMBERS-ONLY NEW YEAR'S DAY POTLUCK

    Sunday 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.
    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.
    The hosts are respectfully requesting that children under 12 not be included in this event, and that no shoes be worn in the house.


    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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