This Week in NJ
On Thursday, please keep Animals First on the Second in mind. This is not an event to attend; rather a monthly day of reflection and remembrance. Each day, millions of farm animals are starved on their way to slaughter. On the Second day of every month, fasting is encouraged in protest of the treatment of these sentient beings. Join us as we amplify the voices of the billions of farmed animals suffering around the world.
Join Ube Kitchen on Friday night for their Filipino Vegan Kamayan Feast. This is a one-of-a-kind vegan Filipino feast on banana leaves. The Filipino Tagalog word kamay means 'hands', but their hands-eating-optional vegan kamayan dinner feast in Manhattan’s East Village will feature an array of meat alternatives from exotic mushroom varieties such as oyster and snow to homemade seitan and tofu. Ube is a 3rd year Smorgasburg vendor featured in NYTimes, VICE, Refinery29, Insider Foods, and Gothamist for their vibrant fruit sorbets, flan brûlée cupcakes, and frozen dessert bowls. Tickets are available here.
Anonymous for the Voiceless's Cube of Truth is a peaceful static demonstration akin to an art performance. A demonstration will be held Friday at the Rutgers Student Center in New Brunswick. This demonstration operates in a structured manner that triggers curiosity and interest from the public; we attempt to lead bystanders to a vegan conclusion through a combination of local standard-practice animal exploitation footage and conversations with a value-based sales approach. Masks, signs, and outreach literature are provided. Black upper clothing appropriate for the weather is essential, and please bring a fully charged laptop or tablet if you have one. Interested volunteers should join this Facebook group.
The Peaceable Kingdom Conference will be taking place on Saturday, the 4th at Bucks County Community College. This 1-day conference features speakers and exhibitors who are prominent community leaders in animal welfare, rescue, science, spirituality, and social justice. The conference workshops invite participants to examine their personal relationship with animals, and encourage participants to be open to adopting plant-based eating in small ways. Registration is required; tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students. Both tickets include lunch.
Ever wonder how to make a foolproof plant-based lasagna? Join Plant Powered Metro New York at Magick City where you'll get the lowdown with Chef Anthony Spino from Anthony's Eastside Catering. Anthony will demonstrate how to make a traditional lasagna without added oils, featuring homemade vegan "ricotta" cheese using almonds, cashews, and tofu. This session will introduce you to the rich world of plant-based cheeses. Anthony promises that the process is easy -- once you learn, you'll be able to impress your friends and family. Tickets can be purchased here. Please note that space is limited! A gluten-free lasagna can be made, if requested. Please contact the organizers if you have any food allergies or intolerance to be sure they can accommodate.
Animal Protection League of New Jersey will be hosting their Bingo and Tricky Tray night on Saturday the 4th in Flemington. Doors will open at 5:30pm and games will begin 7:00pm. Admission includes a set of 3 game cards for 12 bingo games (must be 18 or older to play). There are 14 Bingo games - 12 regular & 2 special 50/50 cash games. There will also be Tricky Tray raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, special raffle baskets and more! Bring a donation of cat or dog food for our rescue partners and be entered into a bonus raffle. Advance ticket purchase is strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased online, by mail or by phone. To purchase by phone, please call 732-446-6808 extension 101 or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets by mail, send a check made payable to APLNJ, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Animal Protection League of NJ, PO Box 186, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826.
Finally, the Jersey Shore chapter of Food Not Bombs will be feeding those in need at the Asbury Park Train Station between 5:00 and 6:00. If you want to donate something, contact them via their Facebook page or by emailing them at email@example.com. The Jersey City chapter meets at the Journal Square plaza at noon every Sunday. For donations, contact them via their Facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vegan in NJ events scheduled (*must be a member of the Facebook group to view private events):
5/10 Itty Bitty Vegan's Birthday at Mesob!*
5/18 Skylands Volunteer Day* (FULL)
5/26 Memorial Day Potluck in Morristown*
7/28 The Baklava Lady, a Brunch Party
Vegan in NJ is raising money through Crowdrise for Skylands Animal Sanctuary. We also have some new team members that can be found on our Crowdrise. If you are interested in signing up for the 5k and donating/joining our team to fundraise, please send me an email for your discount code for the race and proof of donation/team sign up! Proceeds from our apparel, which are available with our official design (thanks Lisette!) are available on Teespring!
If you are hosting an event or know of an event happening that you do not see on our events page, please send an email to email@example.com and I'll add it to the page ASAP and include it in my weekly breakdown.
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