June/July Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Hope you're well. Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. Earthsavers really enjoyed last month's event with piano music and a talk by "World Peace Diet" author Dr. Will Tuttle.

Next Earthsave event, a vegan potluck dinner and talk on Saturday night, June 25th, will feature another popular and entertaining speaker with a national following. Dr. Dave Madow, who is also an accomplished athlete and popular lifestyle coach, will help us learn to thrive on a plant-based lifestyle. He also promises to have a surprise or two for us. We hope to see you there!

Earthsave has another real special dinner event that is set for July 30th. It will feature a talk by Baltimore based cardiologist Dr. Monica Aggarwal, an excellent speaker, who will share what she has learned about diet and lifestyle through dealing with her own debilitating experience with chronic illness. Join us if you can for Dr. Aggarwals's presentation on "How to Live Well, Age Well and Avoid Chronic Illness". See our event schedule for full details.

You might also like to look over the info on the wonderful 5-day Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA, which will happen July 6 - 10. Many Baltimore Earthsavers, including this one, consider Summerfest the highlight of their year!

One other big event, a free one, that we think you will enjoy is the 3rd annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest, which is a wonderful celebration of food and culture, to be held on August 20th, from noon til 7:00, at Baltimore City Community College. Hope to see you there!

There's a link below to a short video called "Dairy Is Scary", which does a remarkably thorough job of reporting how dairy production works, and what modern day dairy producers put animals through so we can have our milk and dairy products.

Please check our full event schedule at EarthsaveBaltimore.org, and join us for the restaurant gatherings for discussions and support with the Baltimore Veg and Baltimore Vegan Meetup groups.

And here's a quick reminder that Ginny Robertson and I have resumed our house concerts music series. Our home provides a comfortable and intimate setting to hear wonderful music and meet and connect with like-minded people. Let us know if you would like to be on our email list for concert updates.

Be well. Hope to see you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Saturday, June 25th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: "How to Thrive on a Plant Based Lifestyle". Dr. David Madow is a 60 year old “kid” who never left the playground! He's an expert skier, marathon runner, backpacker and climber whose diet is totally plant based. Dr. Dave, who has been inspiring audiences all across North America, will educate and entertain us with a mix of comedy, music, and true inspiration. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

POTLUCK DINNERS are held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson. DINNER GUESTS may bring a vegan dish to serve 8, plus $5 donation (Earthsave members just $2). Fee is $15 for those who attend without bringing food ($12 for Earthsave members). Fee is $5 to attend educational presentation only, which usually go from about 7:00 until 8:00 Please RSVP by email to Baltimore@Earthsave.org, or by calling 410-252-3043, and let us know if you’re bringing food. Come join us if you can!

Saturday, August 20th, 12:00-7:00 pm 3rd Annual Vegan SoulFest! is a free event, a wonderful celebration of music, arts, and vegan living. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Ruby Lathon, speaking on "Health & Nutrition", and Milton R. Mills, MD, on "The Comparative Anatomy of Eating". Located at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The festival will take place inside the college itself and outside on the college grounds. Dogs not allowed on campus. See more info at http://www.vegansoulfest.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/baltimorevegansoul/.

FACEBOOK DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS: Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on diet and lifestyle or veg/vegan/animal advocacy by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/ We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 14,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/.

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and have begun scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don will provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks. All donations will go to the musicians. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/House-Concerts-at-Ginny-Dons-785224531543540/. Please let us know if you'd like to be on their concert series email list. Write ginnypresleyrobertson@gmail.com.

EDUCATION

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST CONFERENCE in Johnstown, PA, will happen July 6 - 10 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Veg Summerfest offers the very best speakers and educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle. And it gives us a chance to connect with like-minded people and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! Attendees have the option to register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Hope to see you there! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/

Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthly Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Whole-Food-Plant-Based-Nutrition/

Ask A Vegan Dietitian! is the only vegan/plant-based group organized and led by a Registered Dietitian. Here you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle and at reading and interpreting research, Baltimore's own Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN. Join Mark's great group by going to https://www.facebook.com/groups/344215115740668/

DR. MICHAEL GREGER’S WEBSITE - NUTRITION FACTS.ORG: is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition, split into hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/feed/ or follow the site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org and twitter (http://twitter.com/nutrition_facts).

DISCUSSION GROUP RESTAURANT MEETINGS
Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group welcomes all those who would like to talk and learn more about any aspect of the veg lifestyle. The group meets on first Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people. http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/

Baltimore Vegan Drinks hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at http://www.bmorevegan.com/

Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian vegan cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet is all vegan and usually goes from 6-9 pm, and the events benefit the Humane League of Baltimore http://thehumaneleague.com/, a nonprofit that is doing wonderful work to help farmed animals. For information, contact Kate St. John at kate@thehumaneleague.com.

OTHER POTLUCKS
Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance at 4151 Park Heights Ave, and is hosted by Joseph Adams, MD. http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Nutrition-As-Medicine-Potluck/

Veganism Support Group Meetup schedules a variety of lectures and dinner events, including a monthly vegan potluck that's held on Friday evenings at Govens Presbyterian Church, on 5828 York Rd, in Baltimore, 21212. Learn more at http://www.meetup.com/supportingvegans/

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator and cooking instructor Sharon McRae. Attendance has grown exponentially in the brief time the group has been together, and often attracts 100 or more guests. Meetings are held at Atholton Church 6520 Martin Road, Columbia, MD. http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/

LEAFLETING OUTREACH efforts are regularly organized by our friend Chris Dietrich, whose approach is very positive, courteous, and respectful. Chris distributes Earthsave Baltimore literature, which we are happy to provide. Chris would love to hear from you if you might like to join him, Vladimir, and others to help make an important difference for personal and planetary health and for animals. You can reach Chris at chrisdietrich366@yahoo.com or by calling 443-261-9679. And we will be happy to provide you with Earthsave leaflets. Just give Don Robertson a call at 410-252-3043.

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_hjA4cdjM

VIDEO - Dr. Michael Greger: "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death" is a fascinating and well researched hour long presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who examines the connection between diet and the leading causes of death in the US. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute presentation, a sobering documentary about the most common ways that animals suffer at the hands of man. It's very well done, though not easy to watch. http://EARTHLINGS.com/

VIDEO - "Dairy Is Scary" is a fast paced, and surprisingly upbeat, 5-minute video that gives us a detailed overview of how dairy production actually works nowadays. Dairy production is not animal friendly, so the video shows some disturbing content without dwelling on it. This is important information for us to have and share, so please watch it. http://tinyurl.com/zn3r2us

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at MarylandVegEvents.com, where you will find many other local events and resources that promote healthier eating and support people in adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. http://www.marylandvegevents.com/

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you so much!

EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a number of benefits, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series, and the opportunity to make announcements and display literature on our information table at potluck dinners. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. Or you may send a check, made out to Don Robertson, to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. Don will sign you up online and you’ll receive confirmation from our home office by email. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to Baltimore@earthsave.org, so Don can send you a membership card.

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