This Week in NJ

**Our next volunteer day at Skylands Sanctuary is this Saturday! For the volunteer/waitlist, check out the event page. These events are private to our Facebook group, so make sure you're a member to view! Be sure to check the calendar and blog regularly for more Volunteer Days!**

On Tuesday, NOLA comes to Philly as V Marks the Shop celebrates Mardi Gras, vegan style! There will be a celebration including music, masks & good times! There will be a limited amount of Dottie's Donuts King Cake donuts for sale. There will be slices of Vegan King Cake from NOLA's Breads on Oak with the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Lousiana. From 4pm-7pm, Nourishing Our Mind will be serving up vegan jambalaya & more deliciousness!

Azucena "Cena" Martinez's Laguna Art has had it's first official public showing of artwork on display the entire month of February at Terra Cafe. Animal Defenders Greater Lehigh Valley is grateful to Cena and her generosity in donating a portion of proceeds from her sales and wanted to have a public event in her honor. Please join ADGLV and Cena as they celebrate two of her biggest passions in life. This event is open to the public, and is BYOB. There will be vegan tapas and other vegan foods offered.

Dean's Natural Food Market (Chester) will host a cooking class on mushrooms this Tuesday. Mushrooms are versatile ingredients loaded with numerous health benefits! Join Wellness Chef and Foodpreneur Coach, Christine Waltermyer for a vegan cooking class using local mushrooms from Two River Gourmet that are grown 60 miles away! There will also be a discussion on how mushrooms can greatly benefit your health.

Liberation NYC will hold a 3-part lecture hosted by National Lawyers Guild NYC Animal Rights Committee. Activists are invited to attend and learn about laws and the risks taken when doing actions.

There will be a educational outreach and protest of bear hunting at the Governor's office in Trenton on Thursday. More information can be found here. There will also be pheasant hunt protest on Saturday in Pemberton. Info on that can be found here.

Dean's Natural Food Market (Ocean) will host a screening of the move The Game Changers on Thursday. Admission and vegan snacks are free, but there is also a vegan buffet option that can be added on for $10.

The George St Co-Op will be hosting another Positive Potluck this Friday. Billed as a peaceful and positive potluck gathering of friends, the potluck tradition starts with bringing a little something, and together have a wonderful, varied feast.The Co-op is a vegetarian space, so please bring only vegetarian or vegan foods that are pre-made. You may use the cafe oven to heat up your dish if needed. Please RSVP at least a day or two in advance if possible and bring something to serve at least 5-10 people.

Everyone is invited to join Total Liberation NY and Protest Canada Goose NYC for a silent candlelight vigil in memory of the countless animals brutally tortured and murdered to become decorations for bloody Canada Goose. Protesters will meet at Washington Square Park at 5:00 PM and leave TOGETHER for Canada Goose at 5:30 PM sharp. Candles and signs will be provided but feel free to make your own signs. There will also be TV's showing the horrific brutality that's embedded in every single Canada Goose coat.

NJ VegFest's Morristown Vegan Pop-Up Shop returns to their hometown venue on March 1! Join them at the Laundromat for a Sunday afternoon of great food, drinks and good times. Doors open at 10am for season pass holders and at 11am for ticket holders. The Laundromat is a 21 and over venue. Only service animals allowed. Check out the event link for a list of attending vendors.

Join NJveg for their first annual meeting! This will be a chance to share our ideas and visions for NJveg's continued success in promoting a vegan lifestyle. The Moth Coffeehouse (a vegetarian, vegan-friendly cafe) will be preparing a vegan buffet especially for NJVeg. Non-members are welcome, but cannot vote. For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue!

On Sunday, join Essex County residents for a youth led protest to protect South Mountain Reservation against encroachment by the Turtle Back Zoo! The protest will be at the entrance to Turtle Back Zoo.

Finally, the Jersey Shore chapter of Food Not Bombs will be feeding those in need at the Asbury Park Train Station between 3:00 and 4:00. If you want to donate something, contact them via their Facebook page or by emailing them at jerseyshorefoodnotbombs@yahoo.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 foodnotbombsjc@gmail.com.

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 Cherise at cherise@veganinnj.com and it will get added to the calendar ASAP and included in our weekly breakdown.

Vegan in NJ events scheduled (*must be a member of the Facebook group to view private events):

3/21 Volunteer day at Skylands*

3/29 A Vegan Weekend With Avenue: Sunday Market

4/19 Gourmet Vegan Lunch at Lady and the Shallot (with NJveg)

4/25-26 Earth Day Potluck + Clean Up (with NJ Climate Save)

4/25 Vegan Meetup at Jammin for Jaclyn

We are moving all of our meetups over to Meetup.com because it's so much easier for us to manage. We know we've been slacking in the recent past on hosting meetups, but it's about to get real. Meetup charges a fee to create a group, therefore we are charging a membership fee (only $10/year) to join our group. There is a 30 day free trial, but then you will be charged $10 after that for a year. We will be using any additional money to create more meetups, compensate the hosts for their time (since we plan to do so many more) and purchase items for special meetups, potlucks, whatever. It's gonna get bigger and better! We will still be posting the events here (so you know what we're up to), but they will all require an RSVP in our Meetup Group to attend.

We have added a 'support us' page, so if you're able to help us out, please check there. We appreciate anything you can do!

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