April is Earth Month, so expect lots of eco-friendly events happening around the city!
Friday, April 9th
Cupcake Camp NYC- 7pm to 9:30pm at Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street. An event that puts "cupcakes" and "free" in the same sentence is an event worth checking out! This kickoff will have attendees judge the cupcakes of some of NYC's best home bakers.
Friday, April 9th through Thursday, May 15th
Fresh: The Movie- 6pm and 8pm screenings at the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th Street, $11. In the line of Food Inc., Fresh is a film that examines the sustainable food movement. Screenings feature a Q&A after the movie; guests include Jared Koch of Clean Plates NYC and Chef Mario Batali.
Saturday, April 10th
Greenpoint Food Market- 12pm to 5pm at Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, BK. Go along with the spring awakening theme and awaken your tastebuds (vegan granola bars!) at this monthly market featuring a variety of Brooklyn purveyors.
Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day- 11:30am - 3pm at Fort Tryon Park, Cloisters Lawn, free. Yes, there's more to wildlife in NYC than pigeons and roaches. Learn about squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, eagles and more.
Sunday, April 11th
'sNice Benefit- 6pm to 9pm at 'sNice, 45 8th Avenue, $10/door. From 'sNice: Two of our favorite 'sNice employees were stabbed last month. Please help us help them by joining us for drinks and food to help raise some money for Fernando and Carlos. Buy a raffle ticket to win art donated by our generous neighbors. $10 donation at the door. Expect booze, vegan piggies in a blanket, veggie sushi and more!
Tuesday, April 13th
GreenDrinks NYC- 6pm to 10pm at The Park, 118 10th Avenue, $20/door. The established eco-networking group hosts speed networking, an Earth Day trivia game, and appetizers and drinks at this month's meetup.
Thursday, April 15th
Fry it, Don't Diet: Vegan Donuts- 6:30pm at Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost Street, BK, $50. A hands-on workshop where you'll make your own vegan, New Orleans style beignets. Yum!
Saturday, April 17th
2nd Annual ASPCA Block Party- 8am to 3pm at the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, BK. Free microchipping, vaccinations, ID tags, spaying and neutering for your furry bestie, along with free food, a DJ, and animal face-painting for kids. Go Orange in April for animals!
Green Schools NYC 2010 Resource Fair- 10am to 5pm at MLK Educational Complex, Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street, free. Very cool- a student hosted event to raise environmental awareness and build the green schools movement. Actor Matthew Modine is a keynote speaker and the Sundance award winning film, Dirt, will be screened.
Sunday, April 18th
Earth Day Eco-Trek- 12pm in Pelham Bay Park, Bruckner Blvd and Wilkinson Ave, BX, free. Celebrate spring and pay respects to Mother Earth with an extended, guided hike throughout Pelham Bay Park, organized by the Urban Park Rangers.
Monday, April 19th through Saturday, April 24th
EDay 40 at Grand Central Terminal- featuring exhibits on the green future of NYC and green technology in Vanderbilt Hall to an art and music festival on Vanderbilt Avenue, Grand Central is worth visiting even if you're not rushing to take Metro North!
Thursday, April 29th
Vegan Drinks- 7pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street, free. The monthly meetup where you can connect with- and drink with- fellow vegans and promote vegan activism.
Ongoing Saturdays in April
4 Course Vegan- location available to those who RSVP, $40. The concept is simple- bringing together both vegans and non-vegans for dinner and discussion at an underground dinner party in Williamsburg. Chef Matteo Silverman elevates the notion of vegan fine dining (check out the lush sounding menus!) and it sounds like a great way to meet other compassionate diners.
Ongoing in April
Vicky and Lysander- 7pm and 9pm on Thursdays through Sundays at GrandOpening, 139 Norfolk Street, $40. Veg-friendly (that is, hearty soul food sides and dessert) interactive dinner party? It's all good in my book. Fictional hipster couple Vicky and Lysander host this BYOB dinner party where you might start out as strangers, but after random games, dancing, and dinner convo, you might just leave with more friends than you started your evening with!