July/August Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Earthsave Baltimore welcomes all who are interested in learning a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. We have exciting stuff to tell you about! For detailed events list, see MarylandVegEvents.com.

It was great to see so many of our Baltimore area friends and neighbors at Vegetarian Summerfest at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. As usual, the people, presentations and classes, and the food all were all wonderful! We've heard similarly glowing reviews of the five-day educational retreat from many others, who are already looking forward to next year's event.

Earthsave's next potluck event will happen on Saturday, July 25th, 6 pm, at Towson Presbyterian Church in Towson, MD. The featured speaker, Joseph Adams, MD, medical director at Turning Point Clinic, will talk about the scientific evidence for the health benefits of a whole food, plant-based diet. Join us if you can!

And we have a special benefit event planned for September 26th in Towson. Please note that advanced registration is required for this special event, and that advance payment is necessary if you wish to attend without bringing a vegan dish to share. The dinner and bingo event will be a fundraiser for Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, in Ellicott City, which is doing wonderful work in caring for rescued or abandoned farmed animals. See details below, and join us if youcan!

You will also want to check out info below on the 2nd annual Vegan Soulfest, to be held at Baltimore City Community College on Saturday, September 19th. The premiere event, held last September, was a big success. Hope to see you at this year's event!

There are numerous other opportunities to get together with like-minded people over some great veg/vegan food. There's a new potluck dinner series with speakers in Columbia, which is hosted by our friend Ken Schaffer. And there's another one that local physician Joseph Adams, MD, is hosting twice per month at the Park Heights Community Health Alliance, in Baltimore, which will also feature talks and food demos. More info below.

Meatless Mondays at Mango Grove Buffet and Benefit are held monthly at the Mango Grove restaurant in Columbia, MD. If you love tasty Indian cuisine, you will want to check out this event. The buffet usually goes from 6-9 pm, and event will benefit the Humane League of Baltimore, a nonprofit that is doing great work to help farmed animals. More info below.

Another wonderful event we're looking forward to is the 2nd Annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest, a free event, which last year attracted more than 1200 people and was a big success. The event will move to a larger venue this year, and will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Baltimore City Community College. More info is below.

You might consider joining one or more of the Facebook support groups listed below. I host two of the groups, and especially enjoy participating in the global group Earth Friendly Food Choices, which is real active and welcoming.

Hope that you will also consider supporting our group by becoming a dues paying member. See the details and benefits near the bottom of this newsletter. There's lots more helpful info below.

Hope to see or hear from you soon!

Peace... Don Robertson

Earthsave's Veg Dinner Educational Series meets monthly in Towson, usually on the last Saturday of each month, from 6-8 pm, 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)

July 25th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck, in Towson, with live presentation by "Joseph Adams, MD, on "The Power of a Whole-Foods Plant-Based Diet: The Evidence for Profound Health Impacts". Dr. Adams is a Board Certified Internist and Addiction Medicine physician, with experience in helping people with the process of lifestyle changes of all kinds. He serves as Medical Director of the Turning Point Clinic in Baltimore, and organizes a new plant-based potluck. See info below on Dr. Adams Nutrition As Medicine veg/vegan potluck, which meets twice monthly at Park Heights Community Health Alliance. Please RSVP and join us!

August 29th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck, in Towson, and “Detox - the Secret To Weight Loss” will be presented by Cassandra Herbert, who is a holistic nurse psychotherapist, wellness educator, nutritional coach, and author. Cassandra is creator of Zest and Harmony Counseling, which supports on-the-go women who would like to release stress and balance doing with being. Please RSVP and join us if you can!

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 comes the 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!

Sept. 26th, 6-8 pm, SPECIAL EVENT (please see details) vegan potluck, in Towson, and Bingo for Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, Event proceeds will support the rescued farmed animals at this wonderful sanctuary in Ellicott City, Maryland. Event to be held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD. Registration: We ask all attendees to RSVP by email at baltimore@earthsave.org, or phone at 410-252-3043. Suggested donation for Earthsave members and guests who attend without bringing a vegan potluck dish is $20.00 (Advance Registration and Payment Required). donation for Earthsave members and guests who bring a vegan potluck dish to share is $10.00 (Payable at the door). Advance payment may be made by sending check or money order payable to Don Robertson, at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville, MD, 21093, or through Paypal payment to GinnyRobertson@comcast.net.

DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS ON FACEBOOK: 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 12,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/

EDUCATION

Sept. 19, 12:00pm – 6:00pm 2nd Annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest is a free event, which last year attracted more 2000 people and was a big success. The event will move to a larger venue this year, and will be held Saturday, at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. Visit the webpage at http://www.vegansoulfest.com/

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/

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 Whole-Food Plant- Based Potluck will be held on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6:30 - 9:30PM at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center on Cradlerock Way. Anyone unsure of what to prepare for a vegan potluck is encouraged to bring a green or fuit salad, dressings on the side. Group preference is for dishes following the SOS principles: limited or no Salt, Oil, or Sugar. Contact Ken Schaffer at kschaffer24@gmail.com for info or to be on email list.

Columbia MD Forks Over Knives Meetup group presents vegan potlucks hosted by nutrition educator Sharon McRae. Meetings are held at Orthodox Church of St Matthew, 7271 Eden Brook Drive in 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 lifestyle and philosophy. Excellent for both children and adults! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_hjA4cdjM

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/

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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