The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Mary H.
July 2011

1) A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS
2) LOCAL HELPING HANDS NEEDED
3) UPCOMING VEG EVENTS
4) ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING DAY POTLUCK -- NOVEMBER 20, 2011
5) WORLD VEG DAY & WORLD FOOD DAY DINNER at CHAN'S SUNDAY OCTOBER 23rd, 2011 5PM
6) PERFECT RECIPES FOR YOUR SUMMERTIME BARBEQUE
7) A NEW CREDIT CARD FROM THE VRG
8) FOOD INGREDIENT GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ON MOBILE DEVICES
9) TOP 5 VEGAN FOOD SURVEY
10) WELCOMING A NEW INTERN TO THE VRG OFFICE
11) NEEDS BASED INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE -- ELEANOR WOLFE SCHOLARSHIP
12) WORKERS NEEDED FOR NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO EAST

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1) A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS

We hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and was able
to celebrate with family and friends! The summer brings plenty of
great outdoor opportunities for outreach, networking, and having fun
while promoting The Vegetarian Resource Group. So far we have had an
active season and thanks to our wonderful volunteers we were able to
participate in the following events:

* The VRG represented and distributed materials at the ECOFair, which
  took place at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in
  Reisterstown, MD on June 5th. Thanks to Mark Rifkin and intern
  Jessica Friend!
  To read Jessica's report on the event, see:
  [ http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/2011jun.php#s6 ]

* Also on June 5th, intern Lindsey Siferd and volunteer Dorothy Kenny
  helped host our booth at Federal Hill Jazz Festival in Downtown
  Baltimore!
  To read Lindsey's report on the event, see:
  [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2011/06/15/federal-hill-jazz-and-blues-festival-vrg-outreach-booth/_ ]

* We were able to have a presence once again at Richmond Vegetarian
  Festival this year on June 18th thanks to the dedication and
  proactive position taken on by Dorothy Kenny! If you are interested
  in participating in any out-of-town outreach events we would love to
  hear from you. Contact Mary at maryh@vrg.org

* Long time volunteers Ryan Andrews and Lisa Shapiro hosted The VRG's
  booth at Colorado VegFest 2011 on July 2nd!

* Our office thoroughly appreciates the in-house help from volunteer
  Eric Kantor! Eric is a local high school student and has come in up
  to three times a week this summer to lend a hand with clerical
  duties. Thanks Eric!

Our involvement in the community is made possible by the generosity of
kind hearted members and donors. If you would like to support The
Vegetarian Resource Group's outreach activity, please see our donation
page: [ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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2) LOCAL HELPING HANDS NEEDED

There are upcoming events for which volunteers are still needed for
outreach booths, and we would be most grateful if you joined us! To
get involved, please contact Mary at maryh@vrg.org.

September 10th, Saturday--we are planning ahead for fall events. The
more volunteers the better to help at Hampden Fest in North Baltimore.
[ http://hampdenfest.blogspot.com/2006/08/what-is-hampdenfest.html ]

September 18th, Sunday--after a successful booth experience in June,
we are going back again to connect with the crowd in Federal Hill at
the Street Beat Festival.
[ http://www.historicfederalhill.org/www/docs/4 ]

September 24th, Saturday--the annual VegFest in Washington D.C. hosted
by VSDC and COK from 11:00AM-6:00PM will certainly be a festive
celebration of all things vegetarian. [ http://dcvegfest.com/ ]

*The VRG is grateful for the opportunity to showcase our materials and
reach out to the communities in Baltimore at local farmers markets.
Volunteers are need for upcoming Saturday mornings to help host these
booths. For upcoming dates and more information contact
Mary, maryh@vrg.org

*At each event we also need an individual to take on the role of
photographer so we can post pictures on our website of local fairs and
festivals we take part in. If you are interested in getting behind the
lens and snapping photos for The VRG we would be most grateful for
your contribution!

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3) UPCOMING VEG EVENTS

July 23rd, Saturday- 32nd Street Farmers Market
7:00AM-12:00PM Stop by The Vegetarian Resource Group's information
table at the farmers market this Saturday while picking up fresh and
locally grown & prepared baked goods, produce, fruit, prepared foods,
or flowers. The Farmers Market is located at the parking lot on E 32
Street and Barclay Streets.
[ http://www.32ndstreetmarket.org/ ]

July 23rd, Saturday- The Yabba Pot Presents...
2:00-4:00PM "Nelle's Secret to Natural Baby Food". Tasting and
tutorial, by reservation only. Registration is $40.
7:00PM "The Roaring Twenties & More by Rosetta" 1920's attire, food,
fun, dancing, and live performances! Admission costs $10. The Yabba
Pot is located at 2433 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 and
their phone number is (410) 662-8638.
For reservations, email:JustcallmeShanelle@hotmail.comhttp://www.theyabbapot.com ]

July 30th, Saturday- Vegan Potluck & Live Talk: Michael Greger, MD:
"Nutrition Update 2011"
Hosted by EarthSave, this Dinner Education Series takes place on the
last Saturday of each month, from 6:00-9:00PM at the Learning
Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield
in Owings Mills. Guests are asked to bring a vegan dish that serves
5-8 people and a $5 donation.
email Baltimore@Earthsave.org or call (410) 252-3043.

August 6th, Saturday- First Saturday Vegan Potluck in Ellicott City,
Maryland
The first Saturday of each month, The Sorak's welcome guests into
their home and ask them to bring a vegan dish to share! Invite
friends, kids, and the merely curious. Sign up for the Yahoo Group to
hear about upcoming potlucks at firstsatvegan@yahoo.com
or firstsatvegan@yahoogroups.com.


August 12, Friday- Gene Baur to Speak at The Land of Kush
Gene, President of Farm Sanctuary will be highlighting milestones over
the past 25 years of work for farm animals. $20 admission includes a
vegan buffet and proceeds for Farm Sanctuary. To reserve your spot
email, Jamie711@comcast.nethttp://www.farmsanctuary.org/farm/calendar/speaking_tour/events.html ]

August 14th, Sunday- Health Snacks & Desserts: Vegan Cooking Class&
Book Signing at Fairfax Station, Virginia

From 10:00AM-1:00PM guest chef Emily Mainquist, author of "Sweet
Vegan" and owner of Emily's Dessert Bakery & Kiosk in Baltimore will
be demonstrating vegan recipes and offering samples from her new
cookbook. Registration is $55. Email veggiegourmet@aol.com or call
(703) 643-2713.
[ http://veggourmet.wordpress.com/ ]

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4) ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING DAY POTLUCK -- SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Mark your calendar now! The VRG's 2011 Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck will
be held on Sunday November 20th at North Baltimore Mennonite Church in
Roland Park at 5:00PM. Only a few months ahead and planning is
underway! Volunteers needed for set-up starting at 3:00PM, to greet
guests at the door and host the book table during the dinner, and for
clean up after the event.

For more information, email Mary at vrg@vrg.org

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5) WORLD VEG DAY & WORLD FOOD DAY DINNER at MR. CHAN's SUNDAY OCTOBER 23rd, 2011 5:00PM

Join The Vegetarian Resource Group as we come together to celebrate
World Vegetarian Day & World Food Day on Sunday October 23rd, 2011 at
5:00PM.

The menu includes: tea, choice of veggie hot & sour soup or veggie
wonton soup, veggie egg roll, white and brown rice, and 5 main dishes
served family style: crispy orange seitan, tempeh with kale, garlic
szechuan green beans, yuba with eggplant and basil, grilled tofu with
black bean sauce and broccoli.

$20 per person. Reserve your spot today by calling (410) 366-8343 or
by mailing a check to PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

*Refund made only if your seat is replaced *Menu subject to change

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6) PERFECT RECIPES FOR YOUR SUMMER BARBEQUE

Have you gotten your copy of our newest publication, 'VEGANS KNOW HOW
TO PARTY' by Chef Nancy Berkoff?? A great resource for throwing a
successful gathering for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg curious!
This creative and festive cookbook is full of hassle-free, plant-based
recipes that fit right in line with the effortless, exciting summer
season. Get your 'Party' book today!

To order, see: [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1 ]

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7) VRG'S NEW VISA PLATINUM REWARDS CARD IS NOW AVAILABLE

When a cardholder activates the card, The VRG receives $50 and for the
life of the program The VRG will receive a portion of every dollar the
cardholder charges. Add your support with every purchase when you use
this card! Four beautiful card designs to choose from and no annual
fee!

To apply, see: [ http://www.cardpartner.com/app/vrg ]

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8) FOOD INGREDIENT GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ON IPHONE AND IPAD!

The VRG'sGuide to Food Ingredients is now available on iPhone, iPod
touch, and iPad (iOS 4.0 or later)! Perfect for deciphering ingredient
labels while you are on the go, the Guide lists the uses, sources, and
definitions of 200 common food ingredients. Best of all, its FREE! 

To download the app, click here: 
[ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guidetoveganandvegetarianfoodingredients/id443466136?mt=8 ]

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9) TOP 5 VEGAN CAMPUS FOOD SURVEY

The current interns in The VRG office, Jessica Friend and Lindsey
Siferd are conducting a survey to determine the top 5 favorite vegan
foods on college campuses across the country. Vegetarian and vegan
college students are encouraged to participate!

Here is the link to the survey: [ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5L839K8 ]

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10) WELCOME A NEW INTERN TO THE VRG
LOCAL AND LONG-DISTANCE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

The Vegetarian Resource Group is happy to introduce the newest
addition to the office, Yasmin Radbod! Yasmin will be a junior at UMBC
next year and is the President of UMBC Vegetarians. She has employed
the skills she gained during her experience organizing at school and
we are looking forward to having her help with upcoming projects, such
as the National Restaurant Guide & Vegetarian Journal articles.

The Vegetarian Resource Group has intern positions available for local
and long-distance volunteers for the upcoming Fall and Spring 2012.
Know an eligible individual with a passion for vegetarianism? For
more information, please visit:

[ http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php ]

Have room to host an intern in your home? There are times when long
distance interns come to Baltimore to work in the office and housing
is needed for those individuals. For more information, please get in
touch by emailing vrg@vrg.org.

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11) NEEDS BASED INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE -- ELEANOR WOLFF SCHOLARSHIP

We also have one needs-based internship still available. The Eleanor
Wolff Scholarship is a $2,500 paid internship at the VRG office in
Baltimore for a student who is motivated to use the knowledge and
skills they gain from the internship to impact and make effective
change on behalf of vegetarianism. For more information please visit,
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/eleanor_wolff_scholarship.php ]

If you would like to make a donation towards our intern training:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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12) WORKERS NEEDED FOR NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO EAST

The Natural Products Expo East will take place at the Baltimore
Convention Center from Thursday September 22nd to Saturday 24th. A
temporary staffing agency is looking for articulate, outgoing veg
folks who are reliable and responsible to work at this event. The
individuals will be working at a booth with the manufacturer or a
company representative and will be trained on the products being
exhibited. Must be available to work all three days. Interested
parties should email veggourmet@aol.com for more information.

[ http://www.expoeast.com/expoeast2011/public/enter.aspx ]

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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/ ]

We are also on facebook and twitter!!
[ http://www./facebook/.com/pages/The-Vegetarian-Resource-Group/117682300680 ]
[ http://www.twitter.com/VegResourceGrp ]

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or
find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

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 2011
The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including
Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice.
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