The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Mary H.
June 2012

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1) WELCOMING SPRING AND SUMMER INTERNS
2) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DIETETIC INTERNS VISIT VRG OFFICE
3) LOCAL CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH
4) THANK YOU TO THE WONDERFUL VRG VOLUNTEERS
5) VISIT THE VRG'S BOOTHS AT THESE LOCAL AND NATION WIDE EVENTS
6) VRG VOLUNTEER DAY, FRIDAY JUNE 8TH
7) GRILLED FRUIT KABOBS AND SPECIAL OFFER FOR 'VEGANS KNOW HOW TO PARTY'
8) PARENTS OF YOUNG KIDS: SIGN UP THE DAD IN YOUR FAMILY FOR VRG's
PARENTS LIST THIS FATHERS DAY
9) NEW ECO STORE ON THE BLOCK: BOULDER FOR MEN IN CLARKSVILLE, MD
10) UPCOMING LOCAL VEG HAPPENINGS
11) VEGAN DINNER DURING 2012 ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

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1) WELCOMING SPRING AND SUMMER INTERNS

Aileen McGraw, a freshman at Northwestern University will carry out
her internship in Chicago from June through September. Two years ago
Aileen went vegan and she is majoring in Art Theory and Practice and
Creative Writing.

Anna Austin, a graduating high school senior from Friends School here
in Baltimore will be working in the office until June 9th. A long
time vegan and travel enthusiast, she will be attending college in
upstate New York in the fall.

Hillary Blunt, a local vegetarian student who attends Goucher College
is starting her internship in June and will continue through August.

Rebecca Kaplan is participating in a long-distance internship from
Brooklyn, NY from May to August. She goes to school in Westchester,
NY and has already helped VRG at two outreach events in NYC.

Shelby Jackson, a student from Oklahoma studying at Dartmouth, is the
Eleanor Wolff intern for 2012 and will be working in The VRG office
from June to August.

We are looking forward to their contribution to research projects,
articles for Vegetarian Journal, help with outreach events, and the
many other ways the spring and summer interns will have input!

Want to learn more about interning with The VRG? Visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php ]

To help fund the intern program at The VRG,
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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2) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND DIETETIC INTERNS VISIT VRG OFFICE

On May 14th, The VRG was visited by ten interns from the University
of Maryland Dietetic Internship program for a discussion and
information session on vegetarian and vegan diets.

Though not vegetarian, the interns were anxious to learn more to
better enable them to serve future clients who follow veg diets. They
were given vegan cookbooks, nutritional charts, and heard real-life
stories on living with a vegan or vegetarian diet.

To read a write up one student posted about their experience:
[ http://umdieteticinternship.blogspot.com/2012/05/class-day-with-vegetarian-resource.html ]

For more information on the Dietetic Program at UMD:
[ http://www.dietintern.nfsc.umd.edu ]

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3) LOCAL CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

Sharon McRae is a Certified Health Coach and mother of three, who has
been adopting and applying principles of health and nutrition in her
own life for more than three decades. She became a health coach to
fulfill her passion of helping others feel their best and achieve
optimal health through adaptation of a plant-based, whole-foods diet,
as well as other healthy lifestyle modifications. On May 14th, she
collaborated with The VRG to present to ten dietetic interns from
the University of Maryland on the benefits of vegan diets.

Sharon received her training at the Institute for Integrative
Nutrition in New York City. She recently completed additional
training to become a Food for Life instructor for PCRM (Physician's
Committee for Responsible Medicine). In this role, she will be
conducting nutrition and cooking classes, designed by physicians and
dietitians, to teach disease prevention through a plant-based, low
fat diet.

For more information, see: [ http://www.eatwell-staywell.com ]

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4) THANK YOU TO THE WONDERFUL VRG VOLUNTEERS

The VRG would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Eric Sharer,
Chicago Outreach Coordinator and Nutrition Advisor for The VRG who
assembled a team of volunteers to host a VRG outreach booth at
Chicago Green Fest, which took place May 5th and 6th.

On May 27th in New York City, volunteer Dorothy Kenny and intern
Rebecca Kaplan tabled at Veggie Pride Parade in Union Square Park-
an event that draws hundreds and hundreds of like-minded people in
the most diverse place in America.

Thank you to our volunteers who make national outreach possible. To
get involved, email vrg@vrg.org

To support future outreach opportunities, donate at:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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5) VISIT THE VRG'S BOOTHS AT THESE LOCAL AND NATIONWIDE EVENTS

Festival season is here! We would be thrilled if you came by our
booth to talk with VRG volunteers, check out special book offers,
and take home free handouts and magazines!

Volunteers are needed for these events, if you would like to sign up
email Mary at maryh@vrg.org

MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

Living Classrooms Health & Wellness Fair at the
Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, 1100 E Fayette Street
June 9 in Baltimore, MD
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
[ http://www.livingclassrooms.org/about/index.html ]

DC Veg Fest
September 22 in Washington, DC
[ http://dcvegfest.com/ ]

VRG's Thanksgiving Potluck at the
North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave
November 18 in Baltimore, MD
5:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.

NATIONWIDE EVENTS:

Richmond Vegetarian Festival
June 23 in Richmond, VA
[ http://www.veggiefest.org/ ]

NAVS Summer Fest
July 27 - July 1 in Johnstown, PA
[ http://vegetariansummerfest.org ]

Animal Rights National Conference
August 2 - 5 in Alexandria, VA
[ http://www.arconference.org/ ]

Chicago Vegetarian Food Festival
August 11th and 12th in Chicago, IL
[ http://www.veggiefestchicago.org ]

Bethlehem Vegetarian Festival
September 8 in Lehigh Valley, PA
[ http://www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com/calendar/vegfest ]

Boulder Green Streets
September 16 in Boulder, CO
[ http://bouldergreenstreets.org/ ]

AND Food and Nutrition Conference
October 6 - 9 Philadelphia, PA
[ http://www.eatright.org/fnce/ ]
*For information on VRG's vegan dinner during the conference visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/05/11/vrgs-vegan-dinner-in-philadelphia-oct-7-2012/ ]

NY Capital Region Vegetarian Expo
November 17 in Albany, NY
[ http://www.nyvegetarianexpo.org/ ]

To donate and support these outreach booths and enable VRG to
participate in even more events, donate at:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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6) VRG VOLUNTEER DAY, FRIDAY JUNE 8TH

For more information about the following and other chances to
contribute, email Mary VRG's Volunteer Coordinator at maryh@vrg.org

To work with like-minded folks on clerical tasks that help us get ready
for outreach events, communicate with our members, and connect with
veggie communities around the country- come to Volunteer Days in The
VRG Office!

Upcoming Volunteer Day: Friday June 8th 3:00 - 7:00 PM

Our Vegetarian Restaurant Guide needs a monitor to keep track of
restaurant openings, closings, and updates. This is a task that can
be done from the comfort of your home couch!

Looking ahead to the fall, we would appreciate help with the planning
of our Annual Thanksgiving Potluck which will take place on Sunday
November 18th in Roland Park of Baltimore.

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7) GRILLED FRUIT KABOBS RECIPE FROM 'VEGANS KNOW HOW TO PARTY'

Check out this recipe for fruit kebobs from 'Vegans Know How to Party'
by Chef Nancy Berkoff,which contains over 465 vegan recipes
including desserts, appetizers, and main dishes! From now until
June 30 you can buy the 'Party' cookbook and receive a second copy
for free! A $50 value for just $25.

Grilled Fresh Fruit Kebobs with Ginger and Mint (Serves 10)

Marinade:
1/2 Cup rum or orange juice mixed with 1 teaspoon rum extract
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Teaspoon minced fresh ginger

Kebobs:
8 Green apples, cored, peeled, cut into 10 pieces each
8 Ripe pears, cored, peeled, cut into 10 pieces each
8 Small bananas, peeled and sliced into 10 pieces each
1 Medium cantaloupe cut into chunks
1 Medium fresh pineapple cut into 1-inch chunks
10 Red seedless grapes or small fresh strawberries, washed

Dip:
2 Cups plain or lemon-flavored soy yogurt
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon minced fresh mint

Prepare marinade by mixing all marinade ingredients in a bowl.
Place apples, pears, bananas, melon, and pineapple in the marinade.
Allow kebobs to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

While fruit marinates, prepare dip by mixing all dip ingredients
together in a serving bowl and refrigerate until needed.

Remove fruit from marinade and retain marinade. Preheat broiler or
heat barbecue grill. Assemble kebobs by threading one type of each
fruit on 10 skewers.

Place the kebobs in a shallow pan, and top with marinade. Broil or
grill quickly, about 3-4 four minutes, just until the fruit gets
the slightest bit soft. Remove from heat.

Thread grapes or strawberries onto each skewer. Serve by arranging
kebobs on a platter, with the dipping sauce in the middle.

Total Calories Per Serving: 332 Total Fat as % of Daily Value:
2% Protein: 4 gm Fat: 2 gm Carbohydrates: 75 gm Calcium: 121 mg
Iron: 1 mg Sodium: 19 mg Dietary Fiber: 9 gm

For more information on 'Vegans Know How to Party':
[ http://www.vrg.org/press/party_book_release.php ]

To order:
Pay online at [ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]
(Mention the book offer in the comments/notes section)

You can also order by calling (410) 366-8343 Monday to Friday, 9-5
Or by mailing a check to The VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

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8) PARENTS OF YOUNG KIDS: SIGN UP THE DAD IN YOUR FAMILY FOR VRG's
PARENTSLIST THIS FATHERS DAY

The VRG wants you to be able to honor the great dad in your family
with the FREE gift that keeps on giving this Fathers Day, June 17.

If your family has young kids and is interested in joining an online
network of almost 2,000 vegetarian and vegan parents who exchange
ideas on various topics such as creating tasty treats for toddlers,
the challenges of non-vegetarian social gatherings, how to talk with
your child about vegetarianism, helping kids handle peer pressure,
even shopping resources for leather and wool alternatives then
sign up for our Parents Listserve.

For more information about the Parents Listserve or to sign up:
[ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vrgparents/ ]

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9) NEW ECO STORE ON THE BLOCK: BOULDER FOR MEN IN CLARKSVILLE, MD

Boulder for Men is the latest addition to the Conscious Corner
family in Clarksville Maryland. They offer clothing and gear for men
that is centered around being eco-conscious and vegan friendly. The
store contains no products derived from animals and the product
lines carry a positive ecological and/or social story.

Hours: Mon  Sat, 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Sun, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Address: 5805 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville, MD 21029
Phone: (443) 535-9449
Email: info@boulder4men.com
Website: [ http://www.boulder4men.com ]

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10) UPCOMING LOCAL VEG HAPPENINGS

*A rotating vegan potluck in the greater Baltimore area is happy to
open their doors to families who are interested in a brunch or
late afternoon gathering to allow kids, parents, and peers to share
information, ideas, and support. To be added to the monthly potluck
announcement email Dana Shaw: danavshaw@yahoo.com

June 9, Saturday 6:30 - 9:00 P.M., Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Columbia invites you to attend a delicious vegetarian meal! After
the dinner, Don Roberson of EarthSave will speak on the benefits
of a whole foods, vegan diet. The event will be health at Owen Brown
Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.
$10 for adults and $5 for kids prior to event, $12/$7 @ door.
For more info, contact Chris Crandell: chriscrandell1@gmail.com

Sunday, June 10, 10:00 - 1:00 P.M., Veggie Gourmet Cooking Class
with Mimi Clark. Salads/Picnics/BBQs, main course whole foods
including: Mediterranean Pasta Salad, Zesty Three-Bean Salad,
Chicken-Free Salad, Teriyaki Kebabs, Grilled Vegetables, Spring
Rolls, Potato Salad, Caesar Salad, Cole Slaw, Lemonade, Chocolate
Chip Snackin' Cake & more! Regularly: $55/person; $100/two people;
$50/VSDC, VRG, COK members. For availability: email,
veggourmet@aol.com or call (703) 643-2713. Checks payable to:
Mimi Clark, 9302 Hallston Ct. Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
More information: [ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

June 10, Sunday 3:00 P.M. South of the Border Vegan Potluck hosted
by Western MD Veg Meet Up Group. Join for a potluck and discussion of
all things Latin American! Please bring along your favorite Latin
American themed vegan dish that serves 10.
For more info: [ http://www.westmdveg.org/events/60629282/ ]

June 10, Sunday 4:00 P.M. Vegetarian Supper Club in Taylorsville, MD
hosted by Deborah Jamieson. Embracing the season, the theme for this
month is Strawberry Festival- get creative and come up with a recipe
that includes this tasty fruit. Be sure to get give Deborah your
RSVP and recipe, dsjcatz@gmail.com or 410-861-0460

June 15, Friday 6:30 P.M. Dine Kind Vegan Potluck. Hosted by Jill
Stankis from David's Natural Market, this group gathers in Harford
County on the third Friday of the month at Fallston Unitarian Church:
1127 Old Fallston Road Fallston, MD 21047. Please bring a dish,
recipe, minimum $3 donation and come enjoy this welcoming event with
guest speakers. For more details, call (410) 836-0808.
[ http://www.facebook.com/pages/DineKind/128952760505552 ]

June 20, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 P.M. Vegan Meetup Discussion Group
hosted by EarthSave Baltimore. This monthly gathering welcomes anyone
interested in learning about healthier living. The dinner will be held
at Mr. Chan's Szechuan Restaurant, 1000 Reisterstown Rd in Pikesville.
For details or to register:[ http://vegan.meetup.com/29/ ] or email:
Baltimore@Earthsave.org or call: (410) 252-3043.

June 30, Saturday 6:00-9:00 P.M. Vegan Potluck & Video hosted by
EarthSave Baltimore. This monthly Veg Dinner Educational Series
is held on the last Saturday of each month at the Learning Center/Yoga
Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in
Owings Mills. Guests are asked to bring a dish that serves 8 and a
donation of $5.
Email: Baltimore@Earthsave.org
Call:(410) 252-3043. [ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/43 ]

November 18, Sunday 5:00-8:00 P.M. VRG's Annual Thanksgiving Potluck
at North Baltimore Mennonite Church in Roland Park. Guests are asked to
bring a dish that serves 8. Admission is $4 and children under 16 are
admitted free. Volunteers needed before and after for set up/ clean up.

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11) VEGAN DINNER DURING 2012 A.N.D. CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

On Sunday October 7, 2012 at 6:00 P.M., The VRG will host a vegan
feast during the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics (formerly ADA) at Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant, about
one block from the Philadelphia Convention Center.

VEGAN BUFFET MENU

House Wonton Soup
Hot and Sour Soup

Curry Dumpling
Spring Roll
Sesame Noodles
Salad

Singapore "Pepper Steak"
General Tao's "Chicken" with Broccoli
Vegetable Lo Mein
Chinese and American Greens
Coconut "Shrimp and Chicken"

Brown Rice, White Rice, Tea, Oranges

Cost: $20 per person

To register:
Pay online at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate and ] (write in Singapore
and names of attendees in the comments/notes)

You can also reserve by calling (410) 366-8343 Monday to Friday, 9-5.
Or by mailing a check to The VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

*Seating is limited. Menu subject to change.

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ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with
businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your
school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians
aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer
member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian
Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes
primarily from memberships, donations, bequests and book sales. The
VEGETARIAN JOURNAL, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in
The VRG. (For more information, please see the VEGETARIAN JOURNAL
online at [ http://www.vrg.org/journal/ ] )

To sign up for The Vegetarian Resource Group national email newsletter,
please visit: [ http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/ ]

To sign up for The VRG's Maryland Email Newsletter, please visit:
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If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or
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The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org, Website: [ http://www.vrg.org ]
To donate:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=1565 ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2012
The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including
Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice.
Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional.
We often depend on product and ingredient information from company
statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info
can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made.
Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable
for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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