Calendar of Events

 September Events

Sunday, September 21, 2014:  Eat & Grow Young Workshop & Lunch
Liz & Jamie’s House @ 4903 Love Road
•10:30 am meet and greet, workshop at 11 am
•Reservations: Please call Greg at 532-7273, ext. 123 or email Greg_Lawson@nps.gov or Liz at ewalsh@utep.edu.
•Deadline: No later than 12 pm on Friday, September 20. Reserve soon, space is limited.
•Cost: $16. Please make you check payable to VSEP and mail to VSEP, rope Love Road, El Paso, TX 79922.

►Monday, September 29: Vegan Drinks Meetup @ Eloise
255 Shadow Mountain Drive.  915-581-2441
•Meet at Eloise for drinks from 7-9 pm (or later)
•Happy hour drink specials until 9 pm.  Meatless Monday!  20% off vegan & vegetarian menu items.
•You may promote your organization or business and bring literature as long as it is related to vegan issues.
• Visit vegandrinks.org and facebook.com/EPVeganDrinks
• You may also contact Lisa Martinez at bettyfemme@gmail.com for more info or meeting place suggestions.

October Events

►Sunday, October 5, 2014: Vegan Spanish Style Tapas Potluck @ Peggy Schuster’s Home
748-D Espada, 79912
• 5 pm
• To RSVP, email pschuster@elp.rr.com or 241-0332. Deadline is Friday, October 3.
• Peggy will supply plates and utensils, but please bring your own beverages and glassware.  (She will have recyclable plastic cups just in case.)
•The theme is Spanish Tapas. See Veg News Items on the Welcome Page for information and ideas.
•All food must be VEGAN. (See Potluck guidelines), and please bring a copy of your recipe to place alongside your dish.  Please also avoid palm oil and transfats, which are ingredients in many substitute foods and are harmful to the environment and our bodies.
For questions, email our Potluck Coordinator, Jennifer at jrwright@pdnhie.org or 373-7300.

►Friday, October 10, 2014: Vegan Drinks Meetup @ The Hoppy Monk
4141 N. Mesa, 915-307-3263
•Meet at The Hoppy Monk for drinks from 7-9 pm or later.
•Vegan and vegetarian menu items available.
•You may promote your organization or business and bring literature as long as it is related to vegan issues.
•Visit vegandrinks.org and facebook.com/EPVeganDrinks
•You may also contact Lisa Martinez at bettyfemme@gmail.com for more info or meeting place suggestions.

►Saturday, October 18, 2014: Restaurant Hopper @The Dragonfly Wine and Sushi Bistro
5500 Doniphan Ste. E-F, 915-477-6667 (price: $11 & up)
•6 pm meet and greet, order dinner at 6:30 pm
•Reservation: Please call or text Liz at 915-342-7630, or email vsep.reserve@gmail.com
•Deadline: No later than 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 16.
•We can no longer accept late reservations under any circumstances. If you have reserved & cannot make it, please call no later than noon on that day.
•Please refer to the Restaurant Hopper Courtesy Rules.

►Saturday, October 25, 2014: El Paso Food Day Vegan Bake Sale
Downtown Art & Farmers Market, 117 Anthony St.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy eating with locally grown products!  Food Day will be filled with fun entertainment for the entire family, while also having fresh local produce, and other local resources available for healthy, clean eating.  VSEP is participating with a vegan bake sale!

•9 am – 1 pm
•Volunteer by baking, staffing the table, or simply stopping by to purchase a delicious goodie.
•Baked goods must be individually wrapped with ingredients clearly labeled & completely vegan. Donate an entire cake/loaf or individually wrapped slices, cookies, cupcakes, etc.
•Based on feedback, people would like to see more healthy options, as well as sugar-free and gluten-free items.
•For more info or to volunteer, contact Liz at 915-342-7630

November Events

►Saturday, November 8, 2014: Vegan Drinks Meetup & BV Awards Party @ Tosca
4017 N. Mesa, 915-532-2700
•Meet at Tosca for drinks from 7-9 pm or later.
•Find out who won the 2014 Best Vegetarian of El Paso Awards!
•Vegan and vegetarian food menu items available.
•You may promote your organization or business and bring literature as long as it is related to vegan issues.
•Visit vegandrinks.org and facebook.com/EPVeganDrinks
•You may also contact Lisa Martinez at bettyfemme@gmail.com for more info or meeting place suggestions.

►Saturday, November 15, 2014: Compassionate Dinner with Guest Speaker Victoria MoranVictoria Moran
Holiday Inn, 900 Sunland Park Dr.
•6 pm meet and greet, eat at 6:30 pm
•Cost: $18 members & students w/ID; $20 nonmembers; $10 children under 12 years of age.
•Paid reservations are due Tuesday, November 11.
Reserve your space & pay online with a credit card or PayPal OR email vsep.reserve @gmail.com OR call 915-799-0349. Make check or money orders payable to VSEP & mail to: VSEP, 4903 Love Road, El Paso, TX 79922.
Make your reservations early! This annual dinner is usually a full house and is sure to fill up with this speaker. The title of her talk is “How I Learned to Bypass the Drive-Thru & Be Thankful for Leafy Greens.”  The ah-hah’s she’ll share include:
•Nutrition comes from foods with bright colors more than from charts and graphs & the Periodic Table.
•Two simple secrets for keeping your weight where you want it (they contradict what you’ve heard for the past 20 years).
•Eat well without loving to cook and without going broke.
•Nourishment is more than food:  Without Vitamin L–love, laughter, liveliness–even kale won’t help.
•Expect memorable stories, plenty of humor, and a hefty dose of common sense, as well as simple, useful, take-home tips for your veg-ward journey.