The Chautauqua County Vegetarian-Vegan Society will meet in November for its vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the YWCA, 58 S. Portage St., Westfield.
The speaker for the evening program will be Tony Kozlowski, who will present a program on Qigong, Chinese yoga. The healthy and gentle style of yoga emphasizes deep breathing, stretching and relaxing. Anybody can do it, young or old, standing or sitting. There are no "pretzel" positions. Kozlowski has been practicing Qigong since the late 1970s. He learned it first on his own after studying martial arts, then he perfected his craft through working with many other teachers.
The menu for this meal will be catered by Chef Katie Rowan and will include: tofu "turkey" casserole with gravy and stuffing, squash, green beans, mashed potatoes with rutabagas, salad, whole grain bread and pumpkin pie. All food will be vegan, with no meat, eggs, milk, butter or dairy products used in preparing it. The cost of the dinner is $10 a person. Prior reservations are required by Sunday. Call Gail at 753-7761 on afternoons and weekends or 753-2205 on weekday evenings, Anne at 782-4334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vegetarian Society will not have a separate meeting in Jamestown in November. They will instead join the Seventh Day Adventist Church for their annual harvest dinner. This is a potluck dinner and all food will be vegetarian or vegan. The dinner will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the church, 130 McDaniel Ave., Jamestown. Those coming should bring a potluck dish to share which is vegan and which will serve between eight and 12 people, along with the recipe.
All meetings are open to the public. Those attending do not need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend a meeting. Meetings are open to anyone 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.