I may be late in posting this, but there are tons of fun and veg-friendly events happening during the second half of April, many centering around Earth Day on April 22nd!
Friday, April 17th
NetImpact NYC at Greenhouse, 7pm to 9pm at Greenhouse, 150 Varick Street, $20. Two hours of organic liquor open bar and the chance to party with other green folk. 'Nuff said.
Saturday, April 18th
Springtime Vegetarian Cooking: Recipes and Strategies for a Challenging Season, 3:30pm to 6:30pm at Integral Yoga Institute, 227 W. 13th Street, $65. A hands-on cooking class where you'll learn to use the spring veggies now arriving at your local Greenmarket to cleanse and renew your system. Behold, the power of food!
Integral Yoga Earth Day Celebration, 10am to 7pm, 227 W. 13th Street. Before your vegetarian cooking class, why not enjoy some free raffles, samples, tastings, and free workshops like palm reading and shiatsu massage? Celebrate the earth, AND yourself!
Food for Thought Film Festival, 1pm to 8:30pm at Columbia Medical Center Alumni Auditorium, 650 W. 168th Street. Bringing together what you love about food and film festivals, get ready for some thought-provoking food ideas and filmmaker discussions following each. NYC based films include "New Amsterdam Market" and "Farm to Cafeteria: A Red Hook Lunch."
Queens is Green Fashion Show- 6pm at Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th Street, #301. Back by popular demand, this free event (limited space, so RSVP now!) will showcase work by Queens-based green fashion designers and jewelry makers.
Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th
4th Annual Coffee and Tea Festival, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street, admission: $21.68. From 11am to 6pm on Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, check out a variety of coffees and teas from around the globe and some cool demos on how to cook with coffee and tea, a Korean tea ceremony, and how to make your own tea cocktails . Two for tea please!
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Cookbook Sale, 126 Crosby Street, from 12pm to 7pm. Do something good: treat yourself to some new recipes with a new cookbook at 30% off, and have your sale help people with H.I.V./AIDS and the homeless.
Monday, April 20th
New Jersey Restaurant Week- It might just give us city residents a reason to venture beyond Hoboken! Check out their website for the list of participating restaurants. Running 4/20 through 4/27.
Wednesday, April 22nd
EarthNight Networking Party- 6pm to 10pm at Environment Furniture, 876 Broadway, $20. Open bar, eco-fashion show, and lots of interesting people- these are what fab NYC parties are made of! Co-hosted by GreenDrinks NYC and Earth Day NY.
Thursday, April 23rd
Earth Day with the Rainforest Alliance and Brooklyn Brewery, 6pm to 9pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, $40. Your ticket includes munchies, open bar, and a complimentary membership to the Rainforest Alliance. A fun way to connect with rainforest enthusiasts and learn more about the Alliance's work.
Friday, April 24th
EarthFair at Grand Central- 4/24 and 4/25- Be sure to check out the website for a complete listing of events, and if you can take a few minutes out of your daily commute, check out the interactive displays from green businesses and organic food companies in Vanderbilt Hall from noon to 7pm, and the earth images projected onto the concourse columns- it beats making a mad dash for your train! While you're there, you'll be treated to live music from NYC bands as well as more known performers- I'm not sure what this means, but since the Fair has now piqued my curiosity, I'll have to go and find out!
Saturday, April 25th
NYC Eco Scavenger Hunt- 1pm to 7pm, $5. Do your inner child some good on many different levels at the first NYC Eco Scavenger Hunt! Only $5 to participate, get your list at the EarthFair in Grand Central, and then find out the winners at the Village Pourhouse.
Sunday, April 26th
First Slow Food NYC Harvest Time Conference, 1pm to 3pm at the Astor Center Gallery, 399 Lafayette Street, $12. Presented by Slow Food NYC and Harvest Time, which has outreach programs across the city about food education. Learn more about helping city children access nutritious and support a good cause!
Wednesday, April 29th
The Green Salon- 5 to 7pm at Klavierhaus, 211 W. 58th Street, $10. A chance to check out eco-art, a presentation on how we can transition to a green economy, and music from composer and pianist Earl Wentz. And don't worry about those awful PowerPoint slides- this program prides itself on it's true salon-like atmosphere.
Thursday, April 30th
Vegan Drinks- 7pm to 9pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street. Celebrate the fact that alcohol is vegan and network with like-minded vegetarians and vegans.