WHAT: Ann Arbor’s first ever Veg Week is planned for April 22-28, 2013, an initiative of VegMichigan, the state’s largest, nonprofit vegetarian organization. This nationwide event, when thousands of people come together to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet is coming to Ann Arbor. Individuals pledge to eat only vegan or vegetarian foods for one week to improve their health, reduce their impact on the environment, and save the lives of animals.
There are many exciting events planned in Ann Arbor, including a Kickoff Event with Mayor John Heiftje and NBA Star and former Detroit Piston John Salley. Other events include a film screening, expert talks, grocery store tours, a vegan potluck and more.
WHO: Celebrities Include: Mayor John Heiftje and NBA Star and former Detroit Piston John Salley, cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn, author and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary Pattrice Jones
7:00 PM – Kickoff Event featuring John Salley, former Detroit Piston and Ann Arbor Mayor John Heiftje; at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley St. Light refreshments provided by Trader Joe’s.
6:00 PM – Grocery Store Tour; at Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Tour to find the best plant-based foods in the grocery aisles.
6:30 PM – Film Vegucated, with special guest Joel Kahn, M.D. (cardiologist); Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown, Multi-purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Avenue. Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Following the film, Dr. Kahn will speak about the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind-body practices.
2:00 PM – Grocery Store Tour; Whole Foods Cranbrook, 990 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. Tour to find the best plant-based foods in the grocery aisles.
7:00 PM – Jim Corcoran “My Journey to Weight Loss and Improved Health”; at Ann Arbor District Library, Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway. Join Jim Corcoran as he shares his surprisingly easy journey to improved health and lifelong weight loss.
7:00 PM – Jeff Hampton “Saving the Earth, One Bite at a Time”; Workantile, 118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Come and see this entertaining, lively, and engaging presentation about how you can change your life and save the planet, one bite at a time!
6:30 PM – Vegan* Community Potluck with special guest Pattrice Jones, author and co-founder of VINE Sanctuary, at Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor. Join us for a vegan* potluck and hear Pattrice Jones tell stories about her experience founding and running VINE Sanctuary, which provides a haven for animals who have escaped or been rescued from the meat, dairy, and egg industries or other abusive circumstances, such as cockfighting. *Vegan means plant-based foods only–no meat, fish, dairy, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients.
3:00 PM – Pattrice Jones, “Building Alliances Among Animal, Environmental, and Social Justice Activists”; Author talk and book-signing at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. (Westgate Shopping Center, Ann Arbor. Thinking about factory farming, climate change, and all of the many ways people are recklessly cruel to each other and other animals, it’s easy to feel discouraged. But there are so many things that anybody can do to make a difference!
HOW: To learn more about Ann Arbor Veg Week visit the website at http://vegmichigan.org or www.annarborvegweek.org. To schedule a meeting with any of the speakers, please contact VegMichigan’s PR Manager, at [email protected]