Triangle Vegetarian Society

2014 Calendar

Please note: if you're interested in attending a potluck, please bring a vegan item to share, and include a list of ingredients. Please bring serving utensils, as well as a plate, glass, and utensils for yourself.

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March 15, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Carolyn and Gio Argentati's home

2429 Lullwater Dr, Raleigh, 27606 (see a map)


Potluck Dinner at Carolyn Argentati's home.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 3:00-5:00 pm

Talk by Nick Cooney

Durham Public Library Downtown Branch, conference room (3rd floor) (see a map)

300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham

Nick is coming to town to speak about "The Science of Animal Advocacy: What Research Can Teach Us About How To Help Animals". Should animal advocates use graphic images of animals suffering, or cute pictures of happy animals, in trying to get their message across? What simple techniques make people twice as likely to donate or volunteer their time to help animals? What messages have been shown to be most effective in persuading people to move toward vegan eating?

While we don't often think of it this way, getting people to make animal-friendly choices is a science. Decades of published research make clear that certain approaches will work better than others, and our assumptions about what works best are often wrong. Hundreds of studies conducted on vegetarian eating also give us unique insight into how we can be more effective at persuading people to stop eating meat. In this presentation we'll answer the questions posed above and others like them, and share key lessons from the research that will make our animal advocacy work more effective.

Nick Cooney is Director of Education for Mercy For Animals, a farm animal protection organization. A graduate of Hofstra University, Nick is the author ofChange Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change (Lantern, 2011) and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (Lantern, 2014). He has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on effective animal advocacy, and his work for farmed animals has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

TVS will provide snacks and refreshments. Those who wish can go out for dinner afterwards.

Saturday, March 29, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Animal Law Symposium 2014 (non-TVS event)

UNC Law School

160 Ridge Road, CB #3380, Chapel Hill, NC (map)

The third annual UNC SALDF Animal Law Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will feature a keynote speech from Gavin Parsons (Troutman Sanders LLP) on his experience working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to save Ben the Bear through NCGS 19A. The symposium will also feature four panels, including the intersection of domestic violence & animal law, current animal law legislation, and a Q&A with animal law attorneys. The symposium is free for students and $5 for outside community members. A vegan lunch from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe will be provided. Register Online

Saturday, March 29, 1-4 pm

Cooking Class by Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (non-TVS event)

Carrboro, NC

Chef Kevin Archer presents "Plant-Based Cooking Techniques for Flavor, Health, & Happiness". This is the first cooking class by the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge and will be held in Carrboro. Kevin has worked at culinary director, executive chef, and head baker at numerous restaurants, including Laughing Seed Cafe in Asheville, Denver's WaterCourse Foods, and restaurants in Manhattan, California, and elsewhere. Full details on this benefit event for the Refuge, including price, are available at the event website.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Potluck and Music Night (Potluck FAQ)

Carmen Chasteen's home

747 Buck Branch Rd, Pittsboro (see a map)


Vegan dishes only, please. After we eat, Carmen, who is from Columbia and a lover of singing and dancing, will sing a few folk songs. If you can, bring an instrument; she will have some rhythm instruments available. You're also welcome to contribute a song!

Saturday, May 3 - 10-11:30 AM

Nutrition & Heart Health - Practical Advice and Current Research on Plant-Based Nutrition (non-TVS event)

Bond Park Community Center

150 Metro Park Drive, Cary (see a map)

Hear from Parul Kharod, MS, Nutritionist/Dietitian, and Janardhan Srinivasan, MD, Cardiologist. Get the tools to enable you and your family to easily incorporate the most nutrient-dense foods into your weekly menu. Lose weight; reverse coronary disease; dramatically improve type-2 diabetes; prevent many cancers. Free admission. Registration required. or 919-607-0085. Find out more at See the flyer.

Sunday, May 25 - 1:00 pm

Potluck and Cooking Demonstration on Allergen-Free Cooking (Potluck FAQ)

Shelley Valerio's home

12 Bridgeport Dr, Durham 27713 (see a map)


Shelley Valerio will host a potluck and cooking demonstration on allergen-free cooking. TVS will provide her with ingredients and she will demonstrate and serve a brunch focusing on avoiding common allergens. Bring a favorite fruit and she will conclude with preparing a fruit salad. RSVP required to Shelley at or 919-384-6082.

Saturday, June 21-Sunday, June 22, 2014

Events with Bob LeRoy, Nutrition Advisor

Details TBA.

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