Monday, February 2, 2009

Be a Valentine to Mother Earth

Feast on vegetarian food to support two of my favorite local environmental groups? Okay, if someone needs to make the sacrifice. Sign me up!

Bergen SWAN, whose mission is to preserve the natural lands surrounding the drinking water supply reservoirs in Bergen and Rockland counties in New Jersey, is hosting a "Valentine for the Watershed" to help raise funds for a professional office and support ongoing environmental education programs.

When/Where: Friday, February 13 at the Hillsdale Borough Hall, Hillsdale, NJ
How much?: A minimum donation of $25 per person is requested.
The details: Enjoy vegetarian morsels from Veggie Heaven and other local establishments, hear river poems and essays, and bid on a silent auction, which will include a vegetarian candle-lit dinner for two at Mark Becker's historic home in Hillsdale, prepared by the SWAN Co-Directors.
Learn more:

The event: Blue Moon Community Night to support the Hackensack Riverkeeper
When/Where: Tuesday, February 10, visit Blue Moon Mexican Café in Englewood, Old Tappan, Woodcliff Lake or Wycoff, NJ
The details: 20% of your check (excluding tax/tip) will benefit the Hackensack River Keeper when you bring along this coupon:

Never too early to start perusing the menu! The guacamole, fried plantains, vegetarian chili and vegetable fajitas all look delicious. While I'm there, I think I'll tell the manager what a great addition tofu sour cream and soy cheese would make to the menu!

But back to the Riverkeeper. This amazing organization hosts bird walks, eco-cruises, and my favorite springtime activity...river clean-ups. Get out your old clothes, bring your reusable water, and pick up trash from local parks on foot or via canoe. You won't believe what we find! Their first clean-up is Sunday, April 26 in Leonia. It will definitely get you thinking about your waste...and where it all ends up. Learn more:

Not in the area? Seek out your local environmental groups. The Sierra Club can get you pointed in the right direction:
In my neck of the woods:

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