The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
February, 2014

  1. OUTREACH FOR ANIMALS USED IN ENTERTAINMENT
  2. MAINE SEAWEED APPRENTICESHIP
  3. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  4. SIENA'S KOSHER ITALIAN AND MEXICAN RESTAURANT
  5. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  6. SUMMER STAFF NEEDED FOR VEGETARIAN KITCHEN IN INTERNATIONAL TEEN CAMP
  7. APPLY TO THE VRG SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST NOW
  8. DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE
  9. VEGAN SUMMER CAMP SEARCHES FOR STAFF
  10. BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
  11. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  12. YEA VEGAN CAMP
  13. ABOUT VRG

1) OUTREACH FOR ANIMALS USED IN ENTERTAINMENT

Open the Cages Alliance on Thursday, February 6th from 7:00 to 7:30 PM and February 8th from 2:00 to 2:30 PM will be outside the Baltimore Arena on 201 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus intends to come to the Baltimore Arena this March/April, so this will be one of their pre-emptive outreach events. This particular pre-emptive outreach event is scheduled prior to the "Disney on Ice" event at the Arena that evening. Volunteers will be leafleting and having conversations with families who may be planning to attend the circus or other events that use animals for entertainment.

Contact info@openthecages.org or 443-478-3074 to RSVP.

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2) MAINE SEAWEED APPRENTICESHIP

Become a member of this family-owned business on the coast of Maine, 25 miles northeast of Acadia National Park. Maine Seaweed hand harvests and dries Atlantic seaweeds and sea vegetables. Larch, the founder, has stayed at the work for decades and is reaching out to prospective apprentices.

For more information, visit:

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, you may write Larch at: Larch Hanson, Maine Seaweed LLC or call/fax at 207-546-2875.

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3) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA OUTREACH EVENTS:
NATIONAL (OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA) EVENTS:

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, contact Nina at nina@vrg.org. If you would like to donate towards our veggie outreach, donate at: [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ] . Donations can also be sent to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203.

Or call: (410) 366-8343.

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4) SIENA'S KOSHER ITALIAN AND MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Although not completely vegan or vegetarian, Siena's offers several vegan and vegetarian options, the most interesting of which is the Lila's Calzone which was specially created for a child with a dairy allergy.

Their website does not indicate dishes as specifically vegan, so any customer would need to ask questions in order to insure their menu option is meat and dairy-free. For more information, visit:

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5) MARYLAND AREA EVENTS

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN MEET-UPS IN BALTIMORE, MD
The Vegetarian Meet-up happens at Mango Grove, located at 8865 Stanford Boulevard, in Columbia, Maryland 21045, on the first Sunday each month at 12:30 PM. The Vegan Meet-up takes place at Mr. Chan Szechuan at 1000 Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville on the third Wednesday every month at 7 PM. If you are vegan or vegetarian and would like to eat great food while socializing with others who share your interests, attend a meet-up! For more information about EarthSave's Vegan and Vegetarian Baltimore Meet-ups, see: [ http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/ http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/ ]
VEGAN DRINKS
For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:
JOIN EARTHSAVE FOR A VEGAN POTLUCK
Held on the last Saturday every month at the Learning Center of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills, EarthSave presents a vegan potluck and presentation. They eat first, make announcements, vote and present awards for their favorite dishes, and then have a presentation. This month, Kasia Kines, a licensed, holistic, clinical nutritionist and educator will be giving a presentation on "land Based Foods for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer. Dinner guests may choose to either bring a dish without animal products (to serve 8) plus a $5 donation, pay $12 to enjoy dinner and a presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. 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.
PCRM FOOD FOR LIFE KICKSTART 7 CLASS SERIES
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will present their popular "PCRM Food for Life Kickstart 7 Class Series" which will take place in Clarksville, MD on consecutive Thursdays, from January 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM on Thursday March 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EST). Certified Health Coach Sharon McRae will be the instructor. Fee for the whole series is $145.00. For more information, visit:
SPICE UP YOUR DAY WITH THIS SPICE CLASS
Join Monica Aggarwal for a dinner on spices at Turf Valley in Ellicott City on February 11th. The class will include interesting facts about spices and their anti-inflammatory effects. Attendees will discuss how they can decrease not only cardiovascular risk but other anti-inflammatory markers. There will be a fabulous vegan meal to follow. Come out for a great meal and great discussion! Register at: [ http://raowellness.com/spice-it-up/ ]
SPEND YOUR TUESDAYS DISCUSSING CURRENT ISSUES IN WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED NUTRITION
Held at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month at varying locations, The Baltimore Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition Meet-Up meets to discuss some of the current topics and issues in whole-food plant-based nutrition. In February, you can join Mark and many others at Thai Landing, located at 1207 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD on February 11 at 7:00 PM. This month's topic is: Oh, Sugar, Sugar!! How Do I Stop the Cravings? [ http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Whole-Food-Plant-Based-Nutrition/ ] Meet-up fee is $5.00 per person.
COMFORT FOODS GONE VEGAN

Put a healthy slant on foods that satisfy and de-stress. Join Mimi Clark on Sunday, February 9th from 10 AM-1 PM in Fairfax Station, VA and learn to make: nachos, meatloaf/gravy, shepherd's pie, goulash, yam fries, polenta fries, corn dogs, hush puppies, mac & cheese, roasted vegetable pizza, chicken-free noodle soup with beyond meat, winter greens with cashew cream, grilled cheese sandwiches, nutty noodles, baked ziti, onion rings, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate pudding.

No meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. $55/person; $100/two people; $50/VSDC, VRG, or COK members. Demonstration classes include recipes, organic food samples, manufacturers' samples coupons. Gift certificates are available for purchase.

Email veggourmet@aol.com or call 703-643-2713 for space availability. Make checks payable to Mimi Clark and mail to 9302 Hallston Ct., Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Sorry, no phone or e-mail reservations and no walk-ins. Seventy-two hour cancellation policy for refund or credit. Class subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Check website for monthly class updates:
[ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

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6) SUMMER STAFF NEEDED FOR VEGETARIAN KITCHEN IN INTERNATIONAL TEEN CAMP

The Global Youth Village, a residential, international leadership camp in Virginia's Blue Ridge Foothills, is seeking seasonal food service staff in their vegetarian kitchen. Eighty youths and staff enjoy their meat-free meals family style. Housing, meals and salary provided during your stay. Employees are expected to work from July 1st-August 15, 2014. Both experienced and aspiring cooks are welcome.

To learn more and apply: [ http://www.globalyouthvillage.org ] or contact Leila Baz at:
Global Youth Village
1020 Legacy Drive
Bedford, VA 24523

540-297-5982, or staff@legacyintl.org

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7) APPLY TO THE VRG SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST NOW

Each year, The Vegetarian Resource Group awards $10,000 in college scholarship money to graduating high school seniors who have worked hard to promote vegetarianism in their school and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Only students graduating from a US high school in the spring of 2014 are allowed to enter; their applications must be sent in by February 20, 2014. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student's US based college of choice. For more on VRG's scholarship contest, visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm. ]

Good luck!

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8) DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE

A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting The Vegetarian Resource Group. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.

Start now by clicking on "Donate Now" below. If you are not ready to donate, find out about donating your vehicle by browsing all the valuable information and links on our site at:
[ http://www.v-dac.com/org/?id=52127903 ] .

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9) VEGAN SUMMER CAMP SEARCHES FOR STAFF

VEGAN CAMP DIRECTOR POSITION
Seeking a vegan, sports-minded, professional camp director with a proven record to assist in establishing a boys and/or girls camp as soon as possible at the following location:
[ http://www.all-creatures.org/cb/cg.htm ]
PROPERTY CUSTODIAN/CARETAKERS POSITION

Looking for a mature, responsible, healthy, vegan couple (preferably retired) who would like to exchange caretaker/property custodian duties for free land rent and an organic garden plot in a beautiful outdoor environment featuring a five acre pristine lake surrounded by acres of green forest.

For more information, visit:

VOLUNTEER SUMMER INTERN POSITION
Looking for volunteer summer interns of all ages who are ready to camp out, learn, work, and live in a warm, caring environment while assisting in developing and maintaining organic gardens, trails, fitness sites, etc. Meals and camp ground provided.

Inquiries and comments are welcome at: GMCoffey@aol.com

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10) BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG

The Vegetarian Resource Group greatly appreciates the support given by our monthly donors. You can join our monthly giving group with a minimum gift of just $10 a month by going to www.vrg.org/donate. You will be part of a network of givers who support our outreach efforts on an ongoing basis. These donations allow us to continue vegan education in a wide variety of venues including schools, doctor and dietitian offices, libraries, various professional conferences, animal rights events, health fairs, environmental festivals, and much more.

Thank you for your support!

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11) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

SARKU JAPAN MENU OPTIONS FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/01/23/sarku-japan%c2%ae-menu-options-for-vegetarians-and-vegans/ ]
FOOD-GRADE CALCIUM PHOSPHATES: "MINERAL SOURCE" STATE MAJOR MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/01/27/food-grade-calcium-phosphates-%e2%80%9cmineral-source%e2%80%9d-state-major-manufacturers-and-distributors/ ]

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12) YEA VEGAN CAMP

I'm writing from Youth Empowered Action Camp, an all vegan summer camp for teens who want to make a difference in the world. 2014 registration is NOW open. You can find this year's information on our website at
[ http://www.yeacamp.org. ]

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13) ABOUT VRG

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

We are also on Facebook and Twitter!!

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:
[ http://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=1565/ ]

To join The Vegetarian Resource Group:
[ http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2014 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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