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

  1. VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
  2. VEGAN SOULFEST
  3. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  4. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  5. JOIN VRG FOR A PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK
  6. JOIN VRG IN ATLANTA, GA FOR AN ALL VEGAN DINNER
  7. VEGETARIAN DINING IN BALTIMORE
  8. MEDITATION STUDY
  9. AAA OFFERED DISCOUNTED VEGAN TOTES
  10. VRG'S YAHOO PARENT'S GROUP
  11. AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG
  12. DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE
  13. BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
  14. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS DUNKIN DONUTS, NEW VEGAN TEEN BROCHURE, TACO BELL UPDATE, AND MORE
  15. ABOUT VRG

1) VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Taylor is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Taylor stated: "I went vegetarian three years ago when meat began to hurt my stomach after eating it. After only the first week, I felt so much better. Since becoming vegetarian, I've discovered all the environmental and economic benefits of vegetarianism, which in addition to health reasons, have led me to continue the diet."

See videos at: [ http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php#koch ]

You can be next year's VRG video winner! The next contest deadline is July 15, 2015. For more information on how to apply and the rules surrounding the contest, visit: [ http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php ]

For information about our $5,000 scholarship contest for high school seniors, see: [ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ] Deadline is February 20, 2015.

If you would like to support VRG internships or our video scholarship contest, please donate at: www.vrg.org/donate

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

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2) VEGAN SOULFEST

Celebrate culture and vegan living in the great city of Baltimore, MD! Vegan SoulFest is a free event featuring delicious vegan food, nutrition experts, vegan cooking demonstrations, raffles, contests, a children's area, live entertainment, free prizes, special invited guests, and more.

Speakers include: Dr. Ruby Lathon on plant-based nutrition, Dr. Milton Mills on the human anatomy and the plant-based diet, and Marc Steiner of WEAA's 88.9FM The Marc Steiner Show hosting a panel discussion on Afrofuturism and Afroveganism.

Cooking demos available are: Chef Luz present Vegan Food Kids Will Eat, Antoinette St. Clair with Healing With Raw Foods, Chef Greg with Vegan Comfort Food, and many more.

This event will take place on Saturday, October 25th from 12PM to 5PM at The Downtown Cultural Art Center, 401 North Howard Street.

Vegans, vegetarians, and even the merely curious are welcome to attend this event. Learn how to start a dialogue and work to move towards a healthier, more sustainable future for the entire city of Baltimore.

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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 ninac@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) 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,

JOIN EARTHSAVE FOR A VEGAN POTLUCK

Held on the last Saturday every month at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD 21204, 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, on October 18, from 6-8 PM, Earthsave will present the film, "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days." This documentary tells the stories of six Americans with diabetes who switch to a physician supervised diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without medication. The film shows the powerful healing effects of smart food choices. The clinical study and film are powerful and revealing.

Dinner guests may choose to either bring a dish without animal products (to serve 8) plus a $5 donation, pay $15 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.

SPEND YOUR TUESDAYS DISCUSSING CURRENT ISSUES IN WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED NUTRITION

Held at 7:00PM 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.

Meet-up fee is $5.00 per person.

For more information, visit:
[ http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Whole-Food-Plant-Based-Nutrition/ ]

DINEKIND HARFORD

Dinekind Harford, a lovely organization created in 2010, meets monthly to share information on the benefits of a plant-based diet. On the first Friday of each month at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, Maryland, everybody enjoys a plant-based dinner followed by socializing and information sharing (such as a guest speaker, demonstration, or movie). The members potluck begins at 6:30 and the presentation starts one hour later.

Monthly activities include a members plant-based potluck, promoting Meatless Mondays and featuring a weekly recipe, staffing tables at events for health, animal welfare, and the environment, creating a Harford County veg-friendly dining guide, Plant-based professionals guide, movie nights/book discussions, and visits to places such as restaurants and animal shelters. This month, the meeting will be: Vegetarian Veterinarian.

The annual DineKind Harford Membership is $20/year. We accept cash or a check at the monthly meeting. The student rate is $10/year with possible sponsorships. As a member, you get $1 off the price of admission to the plant-based potluck, a welcome bag, and 10% off from David's Natural Grocery, as well as discounts and coupons to Harford County businesses. As part of the membership, there will be an annual fee in addition to the monthly plant-based potluck and presentation fee. The money collected goes towards potluck supplies, administrative use, and the overall mission of education people about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

For more information, visit: [ http://www.dinekindharford.com/ ]

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

Taking place on Sunday, October 19th from 10AM to 1PM in Fairfax Station, VA, is a cooking class that teaches you how to transform family favorite dishes into healthier meals. Past classes have included some of the following: General Tso's chicken, beef stroganoff, goulash, pepper steak, sweet and sour meatballs, chicken a la king, chicken divan, chicken parmesan, chicken scaloppini, baked ziti with tofu ricotta cheese, stuffed shells, shepherd's pie, paella, and meat loaf.

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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5) JOIN VRG FOR A PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK

Please join us at VRG's 33rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 5:00PM at North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210.

Admission is $4 per adult; children are admitted free. Bring a vegan dish - made without meat, fish, fowl, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients - that serves four as a contribution from each member of your party.

If you are unable to cook, you may bring a prepared vegan dish for four from a local natural foods store or restaurant. Also, we encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to the church, who will distribute it to those in need.

We can always use some extra hands for this event! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nina at ninac@vrg.org.

For more information contact us:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
(410) 366-8343 or vrg@vrg.org
www.vrg.org
facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup

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6) JOIN VRG IN ATLANTA, GA FOR AN ALL VEGAN DINNER

The dinner will be catered by Soul Vegetarian Restaurant which will be serving: crisp vegetable tray, garden salad and prince dressing (house dressing made with soy milk), dinner rolls, cornbread, tender greens, sweet potatoes, herb-baked potatoes, green beens, southern style baked BBQ tofu, smothered steak with gravy and onions, cheesy-spinach-tofu lasagna, mediterranean cauliflower with couscous, apple or vanilla cake, and lemonade.

The dinner will be taking place at Morehouse School of Medicine, GA on October 19th and the payment will be $30. To pay and reserve, call (410) 366-8343 or pay at www.vrg.org/donate and write Atlanta dinner in the notes.

For more information, look at:
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/04/02/vegan-dinner-in-atlanta-georgia-sunday-october-19-2014/ ]

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7) VEGETARIAN DINING IN BALTIMORE

By Dina Gharib

SWEET 27 Cafe and Bakery

Vegetarians, Vegans, and omnivores can rejoice! There is a restaurant that can satisfy all dietary needs, as well as multiple cuisine cravings in the Charles Village/Remington area of Baltimore. While the bright yellow and blue painted walls may resemble child's play, the taste sensation is nothing to take lightly. Sweet 27’s Gluten Free menu consists of a fusion of South Asian and Caribbean flavors integrated with childhood classics. Popular vegan dishes consist of their Veggie Tacos with rice, black beans, masala chickpeas, avocado, and salsa or the Pesto Vegetable Pizza made with soy cheese (upon request), spinach, green pepper, onion, tomato, and mushroom. Pair with a side of garlicky kale for an outburst of flavors. If that isn't enough to get you excited, Sweet 27 also offers vegan cupcakes. These cupcakes consist of decadent frostings and rich flavored cake. We recommend the traditional vanilla cupcake with a strawberry frosting for a fruity twist to a childhood classic.

For more information visit: www.sweet27.com

The Bun Shop

This Mount Vernon coffee shop/bakery is perfect for everyone from the on-the-go vegan, to the student who needs a quiet place to study. If the free Wi-Fi isn't enough to lure you in, The Bun Shop offers a select menu for every palette. All drinks are made to order and can be altered to your dietary needs. Soymilk and almond milk are also available at no up charge. Popular drinks consist of the traditional Hazelnut latte with almond milk, to the more complex Dark Chocolate Vietnamese coffee. As for the pastries, you can't go wrong with the Vegan Curry Puff, filled with potatoes, peas, and carrots in a rich curry sauce and wrapped in vegan puff pastry. Regardless of what you order, you are sure to be a happy customer.

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/TheBunShop

For more information on other vegetarian restaurants throughout the USA and Canada see:
[ http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php ]

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8) MEDITATION STUDY

Researchers at Johns Hopkins are seeking individuals with a regular long-term meditation practice to participate in a research study.

Visit: www.hopkinsmeditation.com

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9) AAA OFFERED DISCOUNTED VEGAN TOTES

While the deal has unfortunately expired, AAA recently offered their members a vegan-friendly deal on Hannah shoulder totes. Available in animal-friendly synthetic vegan leather, these shoulder totes were on sale for AAA members for just $59 instead of the usual $195.

For more information, visit:
[ http://memberdealsusa.com/baltimore/30100-robert-matthew?RecipientId=1204978-212&ClubId=212&feat=Y&click=img.0 ]

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10) VRG'S YAHOO PARENT'S GROUP

Are you or someone you know raising a vegetarian or vegan child? If so, you may want to join a network of parents interested in exchanging ideas on various vegetarian/vegan topics including: finding a vegan summer camp, vegan dining options at Disney World, what can I pack in my child’s lunchbox, how have you and your child dealt with the dissection issue in school, can you recommend a veggie-friendly pediatrician or dietitian, is there a veggie children’s group in my area, etc.

For more information on this online Yahoo Group see:
[ https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vrgparents/info ]

- See more at: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/#sthash.5FYvbZEF.dpuf ]

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11) AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Vegetarian Resource Group whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at
[ http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1279034 ]

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12) 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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13) 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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14) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS DUNKIN DONUTS, NEW VEGAN TEEN BROCHURE, TACO BELL UPDATE, AND MORE

TACO BELL INGREDIENT UPDATE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/08/taco-bell-ingredient-update/ ]
VEGETARIAN CAMP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/14/vegetarian-camp/ ]
WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF OXALATE IN SEITAN?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/14/what-is-the-amount-of-oxalate-in-seitan/ ]
DO I NEED TO TAKE A DAILY MULTI-VITAMIN AND MINERAL IN ORDER TO BE HEALTHY?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/15/do-i-need-to-take-a-daily-multi-vitamin-and-mineral-in-order-to-be-healthy/ ]
MORE VEGAN RESTAURANTS ADDED TO THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP'S ONLINE RESTAURANT
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/15/more-vegan-restaurants-added-to-the-vegetarian-resource-groups-online-restaurant-guide/ ]
COLLEGE STUDENTS NOW LIVING OFF-CAMPUS AND LOOKING FOR A TERRIFIC COOKBOOK-TRY VEGAN MEALS FOR 1 OR 2
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/26/college-students-now-living-off-campus-and-looking-for-a-terrific-cookbook-try-vegan-meals-for-1-or-2/ ]
THE AGE OF INFORMATION IS ALSO THE AGE OF MISINFORMATION-CLAIMS REGARDING VEGETARIANISM AND VITAMIN A
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/28/the-age-of-information-is-also-the-age-of-misinformation-claims-regarding-vegetarianism-and-vitamin-a/ ]
VEGAN NUTRITION FOR TEENAGERS: NEW BROCHURE FROM THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/08/29/vegan-nutrition-for-teenagers-new-brochure-from-the-vegetarian-resource-group/ ]
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND VEGANISM POSTER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/02/social-justice-and-veganism-poster/ ]
UPDATE ON WHITE CASTLE'S VEGGIE SLIDERS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/02/update-on-white-castles-veggies-sliders/ ]
LUTEIN TYPICALLY VEGAN BUT MAY BE A POWDER MICROENCAPSULATED IN GELATIN
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/04/lutein-typically-vegan-but-may-be-a-powder-microencapsulated-in-gelatin/ ]
VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIPS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/09/vegetarian-video-scholarship-winners/ ]
COFFEE LOVERS REJOICE: DUNKIN' DONUTS NOW SERVES ALMOND MILK!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/10/coffe-lovers-rejoice-dunkin-donuts-now-serves-almond-milk/ ]
VRG BENEFIT DAY AT THE LAND OF KUSH IN BALTIMORE, MD
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/10/vrg-benefit-day-at-the-land-of-kush-in-baltimore-md/ ]
THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP'S ONLINE GUIDE TO VEGGIE RESTAURANTS IN THE USA AND CANADA CONTINUES TO GROW!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/12/the-vegetarian-resource-groups-online-guide-to-veggie-restaurants-in-the-usa-and-canada-continues-to-grow/ ]
VEGETARIAN VIDEO CONTEST 2014 WINNER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/17/vegetarian-video-contest-2014-winner/ ]
CELEBRATE THE JEWISH NEW YEAR WITH VEGAN DISHES
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/23/celebrate-the-jewish-new-year-with-vegan-dishes/ ]
ISSUE 3 2014 OF VEGETARIAN JOURNAL IS NOW ONLINE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/09/25/issue-3-2014-of-vegetarian-journal-is-now-online/ ]

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15) 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 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/ ]

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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[ http://www.vrg.org/local/ ] .

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