The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Mary H.
January 2013

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1) JANUARY 19TH VOLUNTEER DAY IN THE VRG OFFICE
2) PAVAN FOODS: 100% VEGETARIAN INDIAN RESTAURANT
3) GET FIVE COPIES OF SIMPLY VEGAN, 5 FOR ½ PRICE
4) WELCOMING NEW INTERN & SUMMER POSITIONS OPEN
5) COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST -- TWO $5,000 AWARDS
6) ALTERNATIVES TO INSECT-DERIVED FOOD COLORS, IRON
IN THE VEGAN DIET, VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS,
AND MORE
7) SPRING FESTIVALS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR
8) UPCOMING LOCAL VEG HAPPENINGS
9) SIX WAYS TO SUPPORT THE VRG IN 2013

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1) JANUARY 19TH VOLUNTEER DAY IN THE VRG OFFICE

To work with like-minded folks on clerical tasks that help us prepare
for outreach events, communicate with our members, and connect with
veggie communities around the country come to Volunteer Days in The
VRG office in Roland Park, Baltimore. RSVP to maryh@vrg.org

The next date is Saturday January 19th from 1 - 3 P.M.
Tentative February date is February 16th, time to be determined.
Tentative March date is March 16th, time to be determined.

Example tasks include assisting with mass mailings, helping with
local and national restaurant guide, preparing materials for events,
and assisting with research.

Interested in a task you can do from home? We are looking for
volunteers to review scholarship contest essays and write a
brief acknowledgment. To help, email Sonja at sonjah@vrg.org

For more information about volunteering email Mary, VRG's
Volunteer Coordinator at maryh@vrg.org

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2) PAVAN FOODS: 100% VEGETARIAN INDIAN RESTAURANT

For an informal home-style and inexpensive Indian meal, try Pavan
Foods, "100% Indian Vegetarian Restaurant," located inside an
Indian grocery store. Order at the counter, do a little shopping,
and then either take out or sit down at one of a few tables. Masala
dosas (rice pancakes stuffed with potatoes and onions) are $4.00
and served with sambhar (lentil soup). Order in servings sizes of
8 ounces ($4.00), 16 ounces ($7.50), or 32 ounces ($14.00).
Available are curries such as chana masala (chick peas), aloo
gobi (potato and cauliflower), or dal (lentils). Be sure you indicate
that you would like your food prepared vegan (non-dairy).

Pavan Foods is located at 8904 Harford Road near the Baltimore
Beltway in Parkville. Call 410-663-3201 or visit:
[ http://www.pavanfoods.com ]

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3) GET 5 COPIES OF SIMPLY VEGAN, 5 FOR ½ PRICE

With 100,000 copies in print, the pioneering Simply Vegan was
one of the first popular vegan cookbooks. It’s so gratifying to us
the number of vegan business owners in their 20’s and 30’s who
tell us how much Simply Vegan helped them when they first
became vegan. The newly updated 5th edition should continue
to be of assistance to thousands of people who are interested in
becoming vegan, but need simple recipes and easy to
understand nutrition information.

If you order five copies of the 224-page Simply Vegan, 5th Ed.
we will send them to you at half price with free shipping!
($40 for five books; or $16 per single copy + $6.00 s/h, if just
ordering one book). These books make a great gift for friends
and relatives. Or sell them to your clients or give them away at
group meetings. This offer is only valid in U.S.

VRG’s nutrition advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, has completely
updated the nutrition section with information about Protein, Fat,
Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-12, Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids,
Pregnancy and the Vegan Diet, and more.

Plus we’ve added the new four color My Vegan Plate (VRG’s
vegan version of the U.S.D.A. My Plate) to the center of the book.

Simply Vegan also features 160 vegan recipes that can be
prepared quickly, sample menus, and an updated cruelty-free
shopping list.

Your purchase of Simply Vegan supports VRG outreach and
promotes vegetarian diets in a totally positive and healthy way.

Order your copies today:
[ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=93 ]

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4) WELCOMING NEW INTERN & SUMMER POSITIONS OPEN

The VRG would like to welcome Ali Browder, a sophomore at
Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Spanish and
Russian. Ali started with us this week and will be in the office
through May. We look forward to her help and to putting her skills
to work!

The Vegetarian Resource Group has intern positions available
for local and long-distance volunteers for the spring and summer.
Know an eligible individual with a passion for vegetarianism?
For more information, please visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php ]

To make a donation towards our intern training, visit:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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5) COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST -- TWO $5,000 AWARDS

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The VRG will award
$10,000 in scholarships to graduating vegetarian high school seniors,
bound for college in Fall 2013. Applicants will be judged on their
commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet and
lifestyle.

Deadline: Monday, February 20th, 2013.

For more information: [ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

To volunteer to review scholarship essays and write an
acknowledgement to entrants, email: sonjah@vrg.org

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6) ALTERNATIVES TO INSECT-DERIVED FOOD COLORS, IRON
IN THE VEGAN DIET, VEGETARIAN EXCHANGE PROGRAMS,
AND MORE!

Alternatives to Insect-Derived Food Colors
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2013/01/02/alternatives-to-insect-derived-food-colors/ ]

Iron in the Vegan Diet
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2013/01/07/iron-in-the-vegan-diet/ ]

Vegetarian Exchange Programs in Costa Rica
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/12/14/vegetarian-exchange-programs-in-costa-rica/ ]

Giving Minimum Required IRA Distributions to Charity
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2013/01/09/giving-minimum-required-ira-distributions-to-charity/ ]

Non-animal Coal Filters Used to Process Cane Sugar in
Australia
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/12/19/non-animal-coal-filters-used-to-process-cane-sugar-in-australia/ ]

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7) SPRING FESTIVALS TO ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

Stop by The VRG's outreach booth at the following events or if
you want to sign up to volunteer, email: maryh@vrg.org

April 11, Thursday from 11:00 – 2:00
Loyola University Health Fair, on Loyola campus

April 20, Saturday from 11:00 – 5:00
First Annual Kale-a-Rama Vegan Festival, in Greenbelt, Maryland
[ https://www.facebook.com/kalearama?ref=stream ]

April 27, Saturday from 11:00 – 4:00
3rd Annual Baltimore VegFest, at UMBC in Arbutus, MD
[ http://www.thehumaneleague.com/BaltimoreVegFest/index.htm ]

May 19th, Sunday from 7:00 – 12:00
Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar, under I-83 in Downtown Baltimore
[ http://www.facebook.com/BmoreFarmersMarket ]

June 1-2, Saturday - Sunday from 11:00 – 6:00
Charles Village Fest in Charles Village neighborhood, Baltimore
[ http://www.charlesvillagefestival.com/ ]

June 28-29, Friday and Saturday
Animal Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
[ http://www.arconference.org/ ]

September 27-29
India International Vegan Festival
Sthitaprajna Vegan Centre, Karnataka, India.
[ http://www.indianvegansociety.com/vegan-festival.html ]
*Note: The VRG is not scheduled to table at this festival

To support The VRG outreach efforts, donate:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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8) 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 info,
ideas, and support. To be added to the monthly potluck announcement
email Dana Shaw: danavshaw@yahoo.com

January 12, Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., Meat-down ~
a Vegetarian & Vegan Meet-up. It does not matter if you are vegan,
vegetarian, or veg curious, you are welcome and encouraged to
bring a friend to the very first meeting of this low key, pressure-free
social gathering. Bring an open mind and any ideas you have to
share. RSVP to Natalie, nrevans1117@yahoo.com or (301) 481-
2741. Location: Leonardtown Library, 23250 Hollywood Road
Leonardtown, MD 20650.

January 13, Sunday (waiting list only), or Jan 20, Sunday 1:00 P.M.
Veggie Gourmet Cooking Class with Mimi Clark. "Soups & Stews",
kick the year off with warming one pot wonders! Learn to make vegan
soup stock and meals such as Chicken Noodle Soup (sampling
Beyond Meat), Minnestrone Soup, Lentil Barley Soup, Creamy White
Bean Soup with Wasabi Pesto and more. $55/person; $100/two people;
$50/VSDC, VRG, COK members. Gift certificates available. Make
checks payable to Mimi Clark, 9302 Hallston Ct., Fairfax Station, VA
22039. Sorry, no phone or email reservations. Email:
veggourmet@aol.com or call 703.643.2713 for space availability.
[ http://veggourmet.wordpress.com/ ]

January 18, Friday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Vegan Cooking Demonstration
by Dogwood's, Chef Galen Sampson and Plant Based Diet Presentation
by Dr. Dana Simpler: "The Simpler Diet: Smart and Healthy Eating".
Location: The Dogwood Restaurant, 911 W. 36th Street, Hampden,
Baltimore. $75 per person- includes presentation, materials, and lunch.
Limited to 25 attendees. Free parking. Contact: Dr. Simpler:
(410) 563-1700 or Karen Fick (443) 956-0646. Mail registration to: Dana
S. Simpler, MD 808-810 S Conkling St, Baltimore, 21224.

January 19, Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Vegan Ingredients De-Mystified
with presenter Jamie Cohen hosted by Open The Cages Alliance at Gallery
778, 218 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. $5 suggested donation
RSVP please! Email: info@openthecages.org or call (443) 478-3074.

January 22, Tuesday 7:00 P.M., Baltimore Vegan Drinks at Johnny Rad's
Don't miss this chance to mingle at this vegan friendly pizza restaurant
in Fells Point. Address: 2108 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231
More info: [ https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreVeganDrinks ]

January 25, Friday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M., "Eat Well-Stay Well".
Vegan Cooking Demonstration and Plant Based Diet Presentation by
Dr. Dana Simpler and Sharon McRae, Certified Health Coach.
Location: The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring Rd., Columbia,
MD 21044. $75 per person- includes presentation, materials, and lunch.
Limited to 25 attendees. Free parking. Contact: Dr. Simpler:
(410) 563-1700 or Sharon McRae (410) 615-4631. Mail to: Dana S.
Simpler, MD 808-810 S Conkling St, Baltimore, 21224

January 26, Sunday 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Earthsave Baltimore's Veg
Dinner Series - "A Menu of Love: The Vegan Lifestyle" a presentation
by Earthsave Baltimore Founding Director, Don Robertson at Your
Prescription for Health in Owings Mills. Dinner guests are asked to
bring a vegan dish to serve 8 and a donation of $5.
RSVP: baltimore@earthsave.org. For more information:
[ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/__node/77 ]

February 9, Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Raw Vegan Foods Demo by Nakia
Powell of Nakia's Peace of Life Catering, Gallery 788, 218 W.
Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. RSVP please! Hosted by Open
The Cages Alliance. Email: info@openthecages.org
or call (443) 478-3074

February 21, Friday 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Humane Lobby Day in
Annapolis, Maryland. The Humane Society of the United States, The
ASPCA, and Maryland Votes for Animals invite members, supporters,
and animal advocates to participate and help make a difference for
animals. Contact: Tami Santelli, tsantelli@humanesociety.org
Meet at 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
[ http://action.humanesociety.org/site/Calendar?id=108101&view=Detail&autologin=true ]

February 23, Sunday 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Earthsave Baltimore's Veg
Dinner Series - and screening of "Peaceable Kingdom" at Your
Prescription for Health in Owings Mills. Dinner guests are asked to
bring a vegan dish to serve 8 and a donation of $5.
RSVP: baltimore@earthsave.org
For more information: [ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/__node/76 ]

March 2, Saturday 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. Cooking with Tofu and Seitan,
demo hosted by Open The Cages Alliances directors at Gallery
778, 218 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. $5 suggested
donation. RSVP: info@openthecages.org or call (443) 478-3074

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9) SIX WAYS TO SUPPORT THE VRG IN 2013

In 2012 The Vegetarian Resource Group had many successes
as we worked to make it easier to live healthy vegan and vegetarian
lives. We participated in over 30 outreach booths around the
country, worked with 8 college interns in Baltimore (plus more
long distance), hosted a vegan nutrition presentation day for 12
dietetic students from the University of Maryland, welcomed 100
community members to our 31st Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan
Potluck, and connected with more people than we can count by
distributing materials at outreach events, through general inquires to
our office via phone calls and emails, and circulating our quarterly,
Vegetarian Journal magazine.

With your contribution, our programs and outreach can extend
even further in 2013. Here a few ways you can support us:

1) Become a member and receive the Vegetarian Journal
[ http://www.vrg.org/journal/ ]

2) Buy our cookbooks about vegan nutrition & cooking
[ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ ]

3) Sign up for VRG’s Visa ® Platinum Rewards Card and
automatically give with every purchase you make.
[ http://www.cardpartner.com/affinity/app/vrg ]

4) Remember us when choosing for the Combined Federal
Campaign or other Matching Charity Campaign at your workplace

5) Donate in creative ways…we know everyone’s situation is
unique. Donate your time, donate your vehicle, or even donate
stock!
[ http://www.vrg.org/getinvolved.php ]
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/14/how-to-donate-your-vehicle-to-vrg/ ]

6) Consider naming The VRG as a beneficiary in your will, life
insurance policy, or IRA.
[ http://www.vrg.org/donation/bequests.htm ]

Thank you!

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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:
[ http://www.vrg.org/local/ ]

We are also on Facebook and Twitter!!
[ http://www.facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup ]
[ http://www.twitter.com/VegResourceGrp ]

To sign up for Parents ListServe Network, visit:
[ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vrgparents/ ]

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 2013
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.

If you were forwarded this message and would like to sign up for our
monthly local email newsletter please see our website:
[ http://www.vrg.org/local/ ]

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