April/May News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Happy Earth Day! Here's a timely acronym: PEACE is... Plant Eaters Accredited Certified Environmentalists. Hope that all is well. Got good stuff to tell you about!

Eathsaves next vegan dinner event in Towson, (our final event at Towson Presbyterian Church) on Saturday, April 29th, will feature a team of medical professionals - our friends David Neubauer, MD, and Laurie Bateman, MS, RN - who will present on "Finding Wellness".

We're thankful to the Towson church environmental group members for providing Earthsave Baltimore with such wonderful kindness and hospitality. For the last three years our meetings have been sponsored and promoted as church activities, and might well have continued as such, but our top advocate, Sue Thompson, resigned her position as activities director. We could have continued meeting there, but at regular hall rental rates, which for us are prohibitively high. So we're now looking for a new setting for our monthly dinner events, and would be happy to hear from those with connections to a like-minded church or earth-veg-friendly organization.

Baltimore Vegfest is nearly upon us, and will happen on May 6th at the UMBC campus in Catonsville. It's been exciting for us to witness, from year to year, the rapid growth in attendance at this wonderful event. We hope you will stop by the Earthsave table and check out the cool veg/vegan themed T-shirts and books for sale. We will also have free info and vegan bumper stickers that say "Vegan for a Healthier Peaceful Planet".

Also happening soon - Our friend Dr. David Madow is hosting a series of veg/vegan related restaurant gatherings with open-mic entertainment. He invites you to share a story, a song, or an inspiration, if you'd like to give it a try, or just enjoy the tasty Indian food and good company. The first event, on March 18th, was a big success - a vegan buffet and open mic at Taj Palace in Owings Mills, MD. It went so well that the second event, on May 6th, will be held in the main room of the same restaurant. Dave says there are only a few seats left, so register and pay soon if you're interested. See more below.

Ginny Robertson and I are in the process, once again, of transforming our Lutherville home into a women's boutique for our 7th annual week-long women's clothing sale to benefit the Light of Truth Center for women in recovery. It's all top quality new and gently used women's clothing at low prices. Sale starts Friday, May 5th, and will run through Saturday, the 13th, with neatly organized clothing racks and displays in nearly every room of the house. It's a great opportunity for women to find quality clothing at bargain prices and to meet other cool women while supporting a worthy cause. Some will want to return for for a second or third visit, as we will be putting out new clothing each day. See info below.

Baltimore's annual "Vegan Living Program" is now underway and will continue for five more weeks, so you can still get involved. It's a free educational event that provides a mentor/coach to those who pledge to go vegan for the full six weeks. Details below.

Also, there is still time to register for the 43rd annual Vegetarian Summerfest conference - July 5- 9, 2017 - which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Those who have attended before are nearly unanimous in calling it a highlight of the year... wonderful presentations, food, and people! See full details below.

We are especially looking forward, also, to the 4th Annual Vegan Soulfest, a free event, at the Community College of Baltimore County on August 26th. Last year's event was a huge success with about 5000 attendees and a wonderful variety of speakers, exhibitors, and food venders. See more info below.

Ginny and I also enjoy hosting a house concert series at our Lutherville home. The musicians and performances have outstanding. It's great fun and another opportunity to connect with cool, like-minded people, and enjoy some tasty vegan snacks. See more below.

One last thing - you might like to join me on Facebook. You can most easily 15,000 members by looking for Earthsaverdon. I also host two Facebook discussion/support groups, including "Earth Friendly Food Choices", with 15,000 global members, and the "Earthsave Baltimore", which serves our local friends.

Hope to see or hear from you soon!

Peace...

Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series usually meets in Towson on the last Saturday of the month, giving people a chance to sample a wonderful variety of tasty vegan cuisine and meet lots of friendly, like-minded people. (We ask everyone to RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org) And there's info below on two helpful support groups on Facebook.

Saturday, April 29th, 6-8 pm, potluck in Towson: ”Finding Wellness” - Medical professionals David Neubauer, MD, and Lauren Bateman, MS, RN will discuss strategies to optimize wellness. And they will point out the supporting scientific evidence. Both are strong advocates of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Hope you will join us!

David Neubauer, MD, is a Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty member specializing in psychiatry and sleep medicine. He never misses an opportunity to advocate a whole-food, plant-based diet, which, of course, he follows himself. When not working you might find him hiking, bicycling, or taking pictures.

Lauren Bateman is a Master of Science holistic clinical nurse specialist. She never misses an opportunity to impart any curious listener about the latest science for strongest wellness, and of course, she follows herself. When not sparking others, you might find her picking out local vegetables, preparing whole plant food, hiking, bicycling, or gardening.

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then show presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: http://www.towsonpres.org/index.php/about-tpc/map-directions. Please RSVP and join us!

SPECIAL EVENTS

SOMETHING NEW: Vegan Indian Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dr. Dave writes: "You can do a little talk, tell a story, sing a song, tell a joke, do standup comedy, or anything that your imagination will allow! You don't have to participate in the open mic. You can just enjoy watching! All welcome, vegans, vegetarians, veg curious, or omnivores! Please note that all food will be vegan at this event! This is guaranteed to be a FUN evening! It's the ONLY event of it's kind. We have a private room and seating will be limited. The first Vegan Open Mic , Saturday March 18th at Taj Palace in Owings Mills, was a wonderful success, with a packed house, great vegan food, and a nice variety of speakers and entertainment. There was only seating for forty that night, but the next event, May 6th at the Taj Palace, will be held in the larger of the two rooms, with a greatly expanded seating capacity. Join the mailing list for more info and updates. https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/162473/#

OTHER POTLUCKS

FORKS OVER KNIVES PLANT-BASED POTLUCK - COLUMBIA, MD: Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking instructor and coach who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most recent potluck attracting a record turnout of 115, who enjoyed some great food and conversation. The group is designed to help people adopt a plant based (vegan) diet with no to minimal oil, salt, or refined sugar. Events are held at the Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Clarksville, near Columbia, MD. The next potluck will be hold on Sunday, March 5th , from 4:30 - 7:30. RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/events/23766...

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 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/.

"No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" is a Facebook discussion and support group that organizes group runs and other activities. The group now has more than 400 members, and recently set a new attendance record, with 33 runners participating in a Hampden neighborhood run, which was followed by brunch at the Harmony Bakery, on chestnut Street. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BaltimoreNMA/

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and are regularly scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests will enjoy hearing some great music and meet like-minded people. Ginny and Don provide tasty, complementary vegan snacks, and all donations will go to the musicians. Two new concerts are in the works and will soon be posted, on the "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Meetup page http://tinyurl.com/jj7sqsk. You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/House-Concerts-at-Ginny-Dons-785224531543540/ and join us when you can!

FESTIVALS AND CONFERENCES

BALTIMORE VEGFEST: May 6th, 11:00-4:00, Baltimore VegFest will celebrate healthy, sustainable, compassionate eating. FREE event featuring wonderful veg/vegan foods, live music, speakers and nutritional experts, cooking demos, a kids area, free prizes, and more! At UMBC College Campus, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD. Please stop by the Earthsave Baltimore table!

VEGAN SOULFEST: Last year's Vegan Soulfest event, in downtown Baltimore, attracted more than 5000 attendees and was a total blast! Registration has begun for sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors for this wonderful free event held at Baltimore City Community College. The date is Saturday, August 26th. Event starts at noon. http://www.vegansoulfest.com/

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST: July 5th-9th Vegetarian Summerfest conference on campus of University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, PA. 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! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/ Hope to see you there!

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

BALTIMORE VEGAN LIVING PROGRAM: April 15th-May 20th, Baltimore Vegan Living Program (VLP) is an excellent free educational series that covers the “hows” and “whys” of vegan living, Enrolees pledge to live vegan for the 6-week program, with the help of volunteer vegan coaches. Learn more at www.openthecages.org/baltimorevlp

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/

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real helpful website that was founded by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition. The info is presented in 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/

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...
http://tinyurl.com/hm67xro

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 documentary that's very well done , though not easy to watch. It's narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix about the facts of Animal Cruelty in society at large. Earthlings gives an in depth look at the facts about slaughter houses meat processing in the U.S. and around the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms7yoerGaPU

VIDEO - "Draw My Life is an excellent and compelling video, produced by Mercy for Animals, which features a series of drawings that tell the story of the life of a dairy cow.
https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10154165801779475/

RECOMMENDED READING

Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.

The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Vesanto Melina, RD and Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.

The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.

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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. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to Baltimore@earthsave.org, so we can send you a membership card.

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