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Next Gathering:  Saturday, February 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Potluck ~ Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N. Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73112

The second Saturday in February is coming up, and it falls on February 14th, St. Valentine's Day this year. With that in mind you are encouraged to bring a reading, or a writing of your own, about one or more of our three prongs of vegetarianism: for health, for the animals, and for the earth, and how we show our love for them by not eating animals, or animal products in some cases.  

We are having a potluck in the community room of The Church of the Open Arms, 3131 N. Pennsylvania, OKC, OK 73112 on Saturday, February 14th starting at 6:30 p.m. Let's carry out a red and white theme, if you like with your food, e.g. red peppers, red kidney beans, tomatoes, beets; on the white side there are: potatoes, jicama, daikon, turnips, quinoa, rice, or rice noodles. Let your imagination be your guide.  

Mark your calendars now for next month ~ we have made reservations for the room at Caper's Mediterranean Buffet at NW 63rd and Meridian, OKC, OK on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. There has been a price reduction! Say What? Now it is only $6.45 for an All-You-Can-Eat Vegetarian Feast Buffet of gourmet salads, hearty veggies, dips, legumes, relishes and pita bread.  

Our membership cards are now honored at 3 restaurant establishments. Get in on the savings and get your card at our next gathering! $15./year for an individual membership, $25./year for a family membership.



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Remember to start or renew your membership in the Vegetarians of Oklahoma. (But it is not necessary to be a member to attend dinners.)  We use the money for tabling events and literature, just to give a couple examples. And now your membership card is worth discounts at some of our favorite restaurants! $15. ~ Individual $25. ~ Family membership for a whole year!
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With more coming, Our Current Discount Partners are:
Gopuram Taste of India ~ http://www.gopuramtasteofindia.com
Nunu's Mediterranean Cafe' and Market ~ http://www.nunuscafe.com
Green and Grilled ~ http://greenandgrilled.com/
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You're encouraged to patronize these all, or nearly all vegetarian restaurants:

The Red Cup Cafe', 3122 N. Classen Blvd., OKC, OK, 731  405-525-3430 It is an all vegetarian/vegan menu.

Capers Mediterranean Buffet & Bistro ~ 6317 N. Meridian (NW 63rd & Meridian), OKC, OK ~ They are now a vegetarian buffet with animals being served only by special order and brought to the table quietly. Our waitress said people are writing mean things on urban spoon. "we" need to get on there and make some positive comments.  We were there yesterday. Only 2 items had cheese, a baked pasta, and a cheese soup; all the rest were vegan. An improvement we at Veg OK  requested w all salads no cheese but feta and a shredded cheese available by the salad dressings. I hope many say thank you.  It was delish and they have lowered the price. ~ Harmony Jenks

The Earth Natural Foods ~ 309 S. Flood, Norman, OK, 73069  405-364-3551 Very vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurant and store. They also have gluten free menu items.



ANNUAL VEG EVENTS:

Meatout - March
http://www.meatout.org/

Meatout is an international observance helping individuals evolve to a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The purpose is to expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet, while promoting the availability and selection alternatives to meat and dairy in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations. Meatout was launched in 1985 and is coordinated each year by FARM, a national nonprofit, public interest organization.

World Vegetarian Day - October 1
http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/

Every year on October 1st, World Vegetarian Day kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) with parties, potlucks, presentations, food tasting displays...and lots of friendly discussions on vegism. This site provides suggestions on what you can do and what outreach materials may prove useful to you or your organization.

World Farm Animals Day - October 2
http://www.wfad.org/

World Farm Animals day, observed on (or around) October 2nd, is a time dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the needless suffering and slaughter of the more than 55 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other sentient land animals in the world's factory farms and slaughterhouses. It is a time for all to speak out against the atrocities and brutalization of animals raised for meat, eggs, and dairy. The date, October 2nd, honors the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, an outspoken advocate of non-violence towards animals.

Gentle Thanksgiving
http://www.gentlethanksgiving.org/  

Gentle Thanksgiving is an opportunity to encourage friends, family, and neighbors to adopt compassionate alternatives to unnecessarily cruel turkey dinners. We accomplish this by demonstrating the great taste and superior nutrition of gourmet vegan recipes and a variety of festive plant-based foods.

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