May/June Newsletter: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver,

Earthsave welcomes all who are interested in learning and promoting a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living. Here's info on some great local events that are approaching. For a detailed list of events, see

Thanks to Ginny Presley Robertson for the outstanding talk she did for our group at our April dinner. And congratulations to Ginny on the big success of the sale of women's clothing that she organizes to benefit the Light of Truth recovery system for women. Ginny and I turn our home into women's boutique for a week each year. And we collect clothing for the next sale throughout the year.

Interest in plant-based food choices and veg/vegan lifestyle has grown dramatically in the last few years and continues to grow. We can see that interest in the rapid growth of discussion and support groups locally and on social media. In the Baltimore area, rarely does a week go by without an opportunity to atttend a social or educational veg/vegan related event

Hope that you were able to attend the fifth annual Baltimore VegFest. It's growing by leaps and bounds! There were probably 5000 attendees, about twice the number as last year. And we had a beautiful day, great food and venders, and outstanding presentations and music. We had a blast meeting making new friends and reconnecting with others at the Earthsave info and book sales table. See photos of the event in my Earthsave Baltimore photo album on Facebook. You can find me most easily by going on Facebook and searching for earthsaverdon.

Earthsave has another great presentation lined up for our May veg dinner event at Towson Presbyterian Church in Towson, with the presentation "Food As Medicine" by Baltimore based cardiologist Monica Aggarwal, MD. We're really looking forward to it, and hope you will join us!

Vegetarian Summerfest, a big favorite event for Baltimore area folks, is fast approaching. It's a wonderful five day educational conference that features many of the very best authors and educators on nutrition, health, and the veg/vegan lifestyle. It's held at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA, and will happen July 8th through 12th. Hope to see you there!

There are numerous other opportunities to get together with like-minded people over some great veg/vegan food. There's a brand 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 twoce per month at the Park Heights Community Health Alliance, in Baltimore, which will also feature talks and food demos. 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.

Please note that our June meeting will happen earlier than usual, on June 20th. 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

May 30th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck in Towson: “Food as Medicine” Cardiologist and athlete Monica Aggarwal, MD, learned, firsthand, of the therapeutic value of a whole foods, plant-based diet after suffering through painful and debilitating chronic illness. Dr. Aggarwal will talk about the human microbiome and the powerful preventative and healing effects of a plant-based diet with regard to heart disease and other forms of chronic illness. Please RSVP and join us!

June 20th, 6-8 pm, vegan potluck, in Towson, with live presentation "Juicing, Blending & Raw Foods for Total Wellness". Certified holistic nutrition and wellness consultant Dr. Ruby Lathon will share the powerful and inspiring story of her recovery from thyroid cancer through alternative treatment focused on a whole foods, plant-based diet. 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 Meetings held at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204. DIRECTIONS and PARKING: Please RSVP and join us!

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 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


July 8-12 - Vegetarian Summerfest is a terrific annual educational conference, presented by North American Vegetarian Society, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Veg Summerfest features world-class speakers and facilitators and the very best educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle. It gives us a chance to connect with friendly, like-minded people, and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! The hard part for most attendees is in deciding which classes to attend. There are 6-7 available presentations from which to select each daylight hour. Register for full conference or just the weekend sessions. Call Earthsave at 410-252-3043 or email if you would like to carpool. Hope to see you there!

Sept. 19, 12:00pm – 6:00pm 2nd Annual Baltimore Vegan Soulfest is 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, at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215. Visit the webpage at

Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition is a monthy Meetup group that is hosted by Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Mark announces the topic of discussion for each meeting. Learn more by going to

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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 Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department, 5000 Signal Bell Ln, Clarksville, MD.

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 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!

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.

FULL CALENDAR of EVENTS is available at, 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.

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 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, so Don can send you a membership card.

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