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Austin Veg Event Roundup – April 2012

Here’s the Veg Event Roundup for April 2012.

I’ll be adding to it as I learn of more events, but I’ll likely overlook some things. Do you know of other events I should add to this list? Please post a comment below to make this a more comprehensive list. Thanks!

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Sunday, April 1st, 4pm-7pm

JBG’s Spring Potluck and Open House

9515 Hergotz Lane, Austin, TX 78742

Meet CSA members and share great food.  As well as our JBG CSA members, this invite is extended to the community at large.  All are welcome, so please do bring your friends, family, and neighbors (but no dogs, please).  It’s a fun event for kids, too – especially this year since we just built a new playhouse.  Bring a dish to share, your own utensils, plates, cups & beverages, and a picnic blanket and/or lawn chairs to sit on.

Great music lined up – here’s the schedule for Sunday:

4-5pm: Christy Hays & Her Sunday Best
5-6pm: Little Mikey and the Soda Jerks
6-7pm: Whiskey Shivers

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Saturday, April 7, 2012, 10am – 12pm
Natural Epicurean School of Culinary Arts
Springtime Vegan Brunch with Chef Rachel
Chef Rachel will demonstrate how to make traditional brunch favorites with a seasonal flair, all made with whole, plant-based ingredients. You will have the perfect menu to serve this spring at showers, birthdays, and holiday gatherings. Get more details here!

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Wednesday April 11th, 6-7 pm
Castle Hill Fitness, 1112 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX
Speed Up Your Metabolism with Certified Health Coach Kate Brodsky
Did you know that you can boost your metabolism with simple food choices? A faster metabolism can help you burn more calories, replace fat with muscle and increase your energy levels. In this class, you’ll discover:
Well-intentioned efforts that can sabotage your weight loss and health goals
Simple steps to help you shed fat and burn hundreds of extra calories a day
What, when and how to eat to rev your metabolism so that you can look and feel your best
Cost: $25. Sign up with a friend and you’ll each save $5!
To register: Call Castle Hill Fitness at (512) 478-4567 or sign up online here.

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Wednesday April 11, 7pm
Craft Night
Monkey Next Coffee
Come join the crafters to make something with your hands while making new friends! All people are welcome (it’s not just for ladies) and all crafts are welcome (talking can be a craft too). Craft Night occurs regularly the second Wednesday of each month at various vegan-friendly coffee shops around town. http://veganaustin.org/event.php?id=491

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April 13-15
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Spring Plant Sale

You can choose from nearly 300 species of hardy Texas natives bred to deal with the Central Texas climate at the Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13–15. Members Only Sale is on Friday, April 13, 1–7 p.m., exclusively for members of the Wildflower Center. You may become a member online or at the preview sale. Details and plant lists at wildflower.org/plantsale.

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Saturday April 14 (and most other Saturday mornings too), 8am
Vegans Rock Austin Run/Walk Club
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
This group is for anyone who wants to get out and explore Austin area on their feet. They meet on a weekly basis at various locations around town. All fitness levels are welcome (walking is great too!) These are no-drop events, so no one will be left on their own.

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Saturday, April 14, 10am-2pm
6th Annual East Austin Garden Fair: A Passion for Plants
Zaragoza Recreation Center
2608 E. Gonzales Street, Austin TX

Texas AgriLife Extension and the City of Austin are partnering to present the East Austin Garden Fair.  This year’s theme is “Grow Well-Grow Your Own”, offering lots of information on creating your own garden space.  Informational and activity booths will be offered for adults and children on various topics such as composting, rainwater harvesting, school gardens, insects and pests, nutrition and exercise to name a few.  Information will be available in both English and Spanish.  Attendees will be eligible for a free plant.

This event is open to the public and parking and admission is free. www.tcmastergardeners.org. For information, call (512) 854-9600

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Saturday April 14, 12pm
A fresh-fruit only potluck at Mueller Lake park, off Aiport Blvd near I-35.  This event is organized by Austin’s 80/10/10 raw vegan community.  Bring your ripe fruit and share with others.  Suggestions: Mangoes, cherries, bananas, pineapples.

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Saturday, April 14, 2pm
Community Screening of Fresh the Movie
Seekatz Opera House
Edible Austin and New Braunfels Farm to Market present Fresh the Movie hosted at the historic Seekatz Opera House in New Braunfels. Fresh the Movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system.
Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

First enjoy a visit to the New Braunfels Farm to Market farmers market (9 a.m.–1 p.m.). Musical Entertainment: Saltillo Creek performing 1 – 1:45 pm. The movie screening will start at 2 pm, followed by a panel discussion with local farmers moderated by Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp. Tickets are available at the door for a $10 suggested donation. Donations benefit S.O.S. (Spirit of Sharing) Inc. Food Bank.
Seekatz Opera House will host a reception including local food and beverage tastings from 2Tarts Bakery, Huisache Grill, Buttermilk Café, Riverhouse Tea Room, Sweet Dreams Bakery, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Gourmage and New Braunfels Brewing Company. Event is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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Saturday April 14, 6:30pm
Vegetarian Network of Austin Potluck with Special Guest
Chef Phil says, “I’ll be making a hot cheezy sauce made from nutritional yeast flakes and cashews that I will be mixing with quinoa pasta in case anyone has gluten issues. I’ll also make a “parmesan” cheeze made from almonds, nutritional yeast flakes and spices. Both of these non-dairy recipes are very easy to make and I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love them. I have hand outs for both that people can take home”. More info here.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012
EAST AUSTIN URBAN FARM TOUR

Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling amongst the crops, visiting the chickens, donkeys and goats on four urban farms mere blocks apart. Four neighboring farms within walking/biking distance of each other, will be open for field and livestock tours and refreshments! At each farm, chefs will offer tastes of their art, using farm ingredients. Local mixologists, brewers, and wine merchants will provide sips. In the fields, farmers will share their knowledge and answer gardening questions.

Visit these participating farms: Boggy Creek FarmRain Lily FarmSpringdale Farm and HausBar Farms and enjoy farmer-guided tours as well as chef-prepared tastings with food from the farms. See below for a list of food and beverage guests at each farm.

Rain Lily Farm
Confituras
Fabi + Rosi
Hot Dang! Veggie Burgers
Dai Due
Argus Cider
Zhi Tea

Springdale Farm
Bola Pizza
Eastside Showroom
Peche
Rebecca Creek Distillery
Jester King Brewery
Texas Sake

Boggy Creek Farm
East End Wines
ASTI Trattoria
Fine Home Dining
Lenoir
Lick

HausBar Farm
Hoovers Soular Food Garden and Trailer
Kome Sushi Kitchen
Thunderheart Bison Ranch to Trailer
Amity Bakery
Paula’s Texas Spirits
Balcones Distillery
Wahaka Mezcal

Since the event is a fundraiser for Farm and Ranch Freedom, there is an entry fee of $35/adults. (Children under 12 are free.)

For more information and to buy tickets, contact farmandranchfreedom.org.

Sponsored by Farmhouse Delivery

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Sunday April 15, 4:00pm
Board Games and Smoothies
Kate’s House (address sent to those who RSVP)
Board games galore are played the third Sunday of each month. Various strategy games will be available and you’re welcome to being your own: Settlers of Catan, Metro, Carcassone, etc. These events are also smoothie potlucks, so bring your favorite things to blend and drink.

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Monday, April 16, 6:30pm
Christy Morgan of The Blissful Chef is teaching a cooking class. Class is $50 and you can register here.
MEATLESS MONDAY: CRAZY FOR TACOS
DEMONSTRATION: Street tacos are more popular than ever, but are often filled with less than healthy ingredients. Pick up tips and techniques for creating flavorful alternatives to fast food, as you enjoy:
·         Tofu Migas Breakfast Tacos
·         Tempeh “Fish” Tacos with Mango Peach Salsa
·         Magical Raw Tacos with Red Pepper Spread
·         Japanese Nori Tacos with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce.

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Thursday, April 19th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Slow Food Austin April Happy Hour
Hausbar Farm
Featuring locally sourced nibbles, Tipsy Texan Cocktails and live music. Suggested $15 donation.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10am – 12pm
Vegan Mediterranean Class with Chef Rachel
Mediterranean food has been hailed as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Learn how to make Brown Rice Dolmas with Tzatziki Sace, Quinoa Tabbouleh with Chickpeas and Fresh Herbs, Greek Salad with Tofu Feta, and Semolina Halva with Sweet Tahini Cream Sauce and ‘Honeyed’ Apricots and Walnuts. Get more details here!

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Saturday, April 21st, 11am – 1pm
Good Fats, Bad Fats Cooking Class
5 Mile Farms will be continuing our series of learning workshops with a Good Fats, Bad Fats class taught by nutritional educator Leslie Bauer! She’ll take us through the various kinds of fats that should and should not be used in cooking and debunk some common myths about some of those household oils that we’re all used to keeping around. This workshop is absolutely FREE for our CSA members and only 15$ per person for non-CSA members. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet new friends, explore food, and eat some delicious grub here on our farm!

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Saturday April 21, 4:00pm
Gathering of the Tribes Vegan Potluck Picnic
Pease Park
Austin’s largest vegan potluck picnic! Tons of food and vegans, music and door prizes. Please bring your own plate, utensils, a beverage, and a vegan dish to share.

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Saturday, April 21, 7pm-9pm
Farm Feast Number 5
Come join the 5 Mile Farms crew for another of our monthly Farm Feasts! Last month was a bonanza, with friends and CSA members bringing everything from lentil pate to chilled borscht. Hopefully this month will be even better! Kids and CSA members eat free, with non-CSA members paying just 15$ a person! Contact us if you’d like to volunteer to help with the event! See you there!

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Saturday, April 21
Yoga and Vegan Cooking Retreat
A Day Away Retreat Center- Boyd, TX (outside of Dallas/Fort Worth)
Join us for a full day of yoga and vegan cooking with The Blissful Chef, Christy Morgan, and Yoga Teacher Nicole Sopko! You will be introduced to or furthered in your practice of hatha yoga techniques with Nicole while being nourished by delicious vegan meals prepared on site by Christy. Opportunities are available for participants to learn more about the connection between yoga and veganism, to further their knowledge of yogic practices, to ask questions about vegan cooking and nutrition, and to spend quality time with a like-minded group of attendees. You do not need to have experience with hatha yoga OR be vegan to participate in this gathering, but bring an open mind and a willingness to learn more about these two related topics! Evening yoga will include live Kirtan music!
To register for this retreat visit here.

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April 22, 2pm
It’s About Thyme Spring 2012 Speaker Series: ‘Earth Day Special
11726 Manachaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 tel 512. 280.1192
Realizing the Principles of Food Safety and Self-Reliance within the Texas Home Gardening Tradition’ presented by George Altgelt (Geo Growers).

*These informal talks happen at the nursery at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in our garden auditorium by the side of the gift shop. All events are free, and everyone is welcome!

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Sunday, April 22, 6-9pm
Monkeywrench Books 10th Anniversary Party
Please join us for a vegan potluck, music, and fun.

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Wednesday, April 25, 7pm
Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council, speaks on Health Benefits of Popular Herbal Supplements in the U.S. Market: The Safety and Efficacy of Leading Botanical based products. Reception and Visitors Gallery at 7pm; Lecture at 8 pm in the auditorium. Learn more

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April 28, 12-4pm
Austin Community Gardening Tour

Community gardening is on the rise in Austin! Join us for the 3rd Annual Austin Community Gardening Tour on Saturday, April 28th, from 12 – 4pm. This free, friendly-to-all-ages, open-house style tour provides the opportunity to visit an inspiring array of gardens throughout the Austin area where participants are growing food and growing community together.

Get on your bike, in your car, or on your feet and check out this showcase of urban food-growing strategies! Enjoy instructional talks, celebrations, kids’ activities, and the opportunity to get your hands dirty by helping at a work day along the way.

Presented by: The Coalition of Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center, the City of Austin Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

For more information and a printable map of participating gardens, visit http://communitygardensaustin.org

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April 28, 6-9:00 p.m.
Celebration of Community Gardening
Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

Join us after the 3rd Annual Austin Community Gardening Tour at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St., from 6 – 9 pm to celebrate the blossoming of our city’s community garden movement!

Enjoy local food at a p*tl*ck picnic and learn what’s been going on in the world of community gardens over the past year from the City of Austin’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Coordinator and Coalition of Austin Community Gardens representatives. Then dance to infectious beats from The Flyin’ A’s under the light of a moontower.

Schedule:
6 pm: P*tlu*k Picnic (Bring a blanket, a local food dish and utensils!)
7 pm: Presentation by the City of Austin and the Coalition of Austin Community Gardens on the development of Austin’s community gardening initiative, exciting and innovative projects on the horizon, and how to get involved.
8 pm: Dancing and live music by The Flyin’ A’s

Presented by: The Coalition of Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center, the City of Austin Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and Diverse Arts Culture Works.

For more information, visit: http://communitygardensaustin.org

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Saturday April 29, 12:00-6:00pm
World Wide Vegan Bake Sale at Monkey Wrench Bookstore & Vegan Nom Grand Opening Party
Proceeds benefit Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary in La Coste, TX, so you have a good excuse to eat as many cookies, donuts, cupcakes, cake, that you can handle. Hell yeah. Bake Sale is hosted by Vegans Rock AustinVegetarian Network of AustinAction for Animals Austin, and Capital City Bakery!

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April 29, 1-3:30pm
The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
Pickling 101: Basics of fresh and fermented pickles

Fridge pickling and beginning fermentation workshop, 1-3:30pm, Wells Branch Community Library, 15001 Wells Port Drive, space limited, click here for more class details and registration.

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6 Comments

  1. yep, I think i need to move to Austin. It looks like a vegan utopia!

  2. You should! Austin really is a great place for vegans.

  3. Great list, Cristen! We’ll be sure to check here before compiling the Community Calendar centerfold in Austin Vegetarian Living. The only things that were missing from your list was Johnson’s Backyard Garden’s Spring Potluck & Open House on 4/1 (guessing maybe because it’s not strictly veg) and please excuse the shouting, but we’re very excited…THE VEGAN NOM LAUNCH PARTY!, which will coincide with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale on Sunday, April 29th, from 12:00 to 6:00. If you’re coming, be sure to let Vegan Nom know, so they’ll be prepared:
    http://www.facebook.com/events/337892252926196

  4. Great list, Cristen! We’ll be sure to check here before compiling the Community Calendar centerfold in Austin Vegetarian Living. The only things that were missing from your list was Johnson’s Backyard Garden’s Spring Potluck & Open House on 4/1 (guessing maybe because it’s not strictly veg) and please excuse the shouting, but we’re very excited…THE VEGAN NOM LAUNCH PARTY!, which will coincide with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale on Sunday, April 29th, from 12:00 to 6:00. If you’re coming, be sure to let Vegan Nom know, so they’ll be prepared:
    http://www.facebook.com/events/337892252926196
    Feel free to check AVL when you compile your post for May events.

  5. Great list, Cristen! We’ll be sure to check here before compiling the Community Calendar centerfold in Austin Vegetarian Living. The only things that were missing from your list was Johnson’s Backyard Garden’s Spring Potluck & Open House on 4/1 (guessing maybe because it’s not strictly veg) and please excuse the shouting, but we’re very excited…THE VEGAN NOM LAUNCH PARTY!, which will coincide with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale on Sunday, April 29th, from 12:00 to 6:00. If you’re coming, be sure to let Vegan Nom know, so they’ll be prepared:
    http://www.facebook.com/events/337892252926196

    Would you mind adding the Vegetarian Network of Austin’s monthly vegan potluck and vegetarian restaurant visits? The dates can be found on the back page of AVL. Feel free to check AVL’s Community Calendar section and VNA Events section when you compile your post for May events.

  6. Thanks for the post. I didn’t add the JBG potluck because I had already missed it by the time I managed to post my event listing. Just for consistency’s sake though, I went ahead and included it. :)

    I’ll definitely add VNA/AVL events. And please let me know if you notice that I’ve forgotten something.

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