Vegetarian-Vegan Society plans two January meetings

The Chautauqua County Vegetarian-Vegan Society will hold two meetings in January, in Jamestown and in Westfield. The Westfield meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., and the Jamestown meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

The speaker at the Westfield meeting will be Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason of SUNY Fredonia, who will speak about plastic pollution. She conducted the first-ever survey of plastic pollution on the Great Lakes last summer, and she will discuss her findings with the group. She is an associate professor of chemistry at SUNY Fredonia and also serves as the coordinator of the environmental sciences program and the sustainability coordinator for the FACE Center. She is one of the founding members of Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee and initiated Earth Week in 2008 to heighten awareness about environmental issues. This meeting will take place at the YWCA, 58 S. Portage St., Westfield.

The speaker at the Jamestown meeting will be Janet Forbes, who works at the Chautauqua County Health Network as the project coordinator for the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play project. This initiative is funded by the New York State Department of Health and is focused on chronic disease prevention through policy, system and environmental change to increase access to healthy food and opportunities to be physically active. She will highlight initiatives to increase access to healthy food through development of community and school gardens, farmers market expansion, Farm to School, Farm to Table, St. Susan Center Giving Garden and more. This meeting will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1255 Prendergast Ave, Jamestown.

The menu for both dinners will be healthy pot luck. Those coming are invited, but not required, to bring a nutritious dish to share which will serve eight to 12 people, as well as the recipe. This should be vegan (no meat, eggs, milk, butter or other dairy products used in preparing it), and organic if possible. The cost is $6 per person, or free if bringing a dish to share. For more information or to make a reservation, call Gail at 753-7761 (noon to 8 p.m.) or 753-2205 (weekday evenings), or Anne at 782-4334 or email annewatkins@juno.com.

All meetings are open to the public. It is not necessary to be vegan or vegetarian to attend a meeting. It is open to anyone who is interested in learning about healthy eating and living. The Vegetarian Society is an information and support group for individuals seeking to explore healthy eating through vegetarian, vegan or raw food lifestyles.