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

  1. JOIN VRG FOR A PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2014
  2. VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
  3. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  4. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  5. LOOKING FOR CREATIVE FERMENTED FOOD IN BALTIMORE?
  6. LACTATION AND THE VEGAN DIET
  7. JOIN US IN CREATING A VEGETARIAN WORLD
  8. MATCHING DONATIONS
  9. VRG'S YAHOO PARENT'S GROUP
  10. AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG
  11. DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE
  12. BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
  13. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS SMOOTHIE KING, SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING FOR 60 HOMELESS VEGETARIAN JOURNAL INDEX, DORITOS, PUMPKIN RECIPES, FOOD SERVICE DISTRIBUTION, AND MORE
  14. SWEET 27 THANKSGIVING
  15. ABOUT VRG

REMEMBER THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP ON GIVING TUESDAY

1) JOIN VRG FOR A PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Please join us at VRG's 33rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 PM 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.

Please forward this notice. Also, we can always use some extra hands for t

his 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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2) VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Josie is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Josie stated: "I think it's safe to say that I'm more than just interested in vegetarianism/veganism. I think being vegan is the purest and the most honest thing you can experience in this world. It's something I hope for everyone, and I wish people weren't so stubborn, so they could be open to the idea of veganism. I don't have that narcissistic way of thinking that the rest of the human race has; I know that human beings are the most intelligent species because of that amazing gap from animals to humans called 'language,' but I know that animals weren't 'created'--if you believe in God--or meant for man to use selfishly. I think that animals should be living comfortably right next to humans, if not as their equals, as their friends. Animals should be respected as souls not much different than ours. Veganism makes me feel more connected to the Earth, and takes the guilt off of my chest because I can honestly say that I am cruelty free.

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

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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3) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA OUTREACH EVENTS
VRG Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck - Baltimore, MD - 11/23
[ http://www.vrg.org/local/201410local.php#s5 ]
NATIONAL (OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA) EVENTS:
Albany VegFest - Albany, NY - 11/15
[ http://www.albanyvegan.org/ ]

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,

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS' MONTHLY MEETUP

Vegan Drinks will be hosting their monthly event on November 12th at Toss (located at 5716 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212) starting at 7:00PM. Come socialize with other vegans and enjoy some great food!

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

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 November 22nd, from 6-8 PM, Earthsave will be hosting a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner celebration. This will be the final Earthsave dinner event for the year and will feature a Meet'n'Greet vegan potluck, complete with cooking awards, live entertainment, and a chance to mingle.

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

Dinekind Harford, an 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 educating people about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

Taking place on Sunday, November 16th from 10AM to 1PM in Fairfax Station, VA, is a cooking class that teaches you how to start a new Thanksgiving tradition with all the trimmings! Past classes have included some of the following: buttercup bisque, pecan-whipped yams with Sweet & Sara marshmallows, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, seitan-stuffed loaf with sage dressing, fat-free shiitake mushroom gravy, dairy-free pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, and hot mulled cider. Sample Tofurky roast, field roast, hazelnut cranberry roast en croute, Gardein holiday roast, and more.

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 ]

PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING: KIM STALLWOOD

Come visit Red Emma's (located at 30 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201) on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:30 PM for a free presentation and book signing, featuring Kim Stallwood's "Growl: Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate."

Equal parts personal narrative, social history, and impassioned call for rethinking animal advocacy, GROWL describes Stallwood's journey from a meat-eating slaughterhouse worker to a vegan activist for all species. He explains the importance of our key values in animal rights philosophy and practice--compassion, truth, nonviolence, and justice--and how a deeper understanding of their role not only leads us to discover our humanity for animals, but also for ourselves. He discusses the importance of feminism for him as a gay man in the evolution of animal activism.

Kim Stallwood is the author of GROWL. Life Lessons, Hard Truths, and Bold Strategies from an Animal Advocate (with a Foreword by Brian May) was recently published by Lantern Books. Kim is an independent scholar and author on animal rights. Since 1974, he demonstrated personal commitment and professional experience in leadership positions with some of the world's foremost animal advocacy organizations in the UK and USA. He co-founded the Animals and Society Institute in 2005, is ASI's European Director and Executive Director of Minding Animals International.

To contact Red Emma's about the event, call (443) 602-7585 or visit
[ https://redemmas.org/events/208 ] .

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5) LOOKING FOR CREATIVE FERMENTED FOOD IN BALTIMORE?

Hex Ferments produces vegan and gluten-free fermented food that is visually stunning. They use local and organic produce when available. Some of their items include krauts, pickles, and kombucha tea. Their products are sold in Belvedere Square Market and at the Waverly Farmer's Market during the fall.

For further information see:

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6) LACTATION AND THE VEGAN DIET

If you are pregnant, currently breast-feeding, or have a friend or loved one who is doing so, this article by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD may shed some interesting light on the best diet for breast-feeding.

[ http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/lactation.htm ]

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7) JOIN US IN CREATING A VEGETARIAN WORLD

Take a peek into the inner workings of VRG and discover how donors, volunteers, interns, and staff make a difference in creating a peaceful and healthy vegetarian world.
[ http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/AboutVrg.pdf ]

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8) MATCHING DONATIONS

Don't forget that many employers will match your donation to nonprofits such as The Vegetarian Resource Group, often up to $5,000. A partial list of employers that match can be seen here at www.vrg.org/donate by checking "employer to match" and clicking on "Please Select."

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9) 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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10) 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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11) 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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12) 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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13) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS SMOOTHIE KING, SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING FOR 60 HOMELESS VEGETARIAN JOURNAL INDEX, DORITOS, PUMPKIN RECIPES, FOOD SERVICE DISTRIBUTION, AND MORE

LAURA MCGUINESS WINS VEGETARIAN RUNNER-UP SCHOLARSHIP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/07/laura-mcguiness-wins-vegetarian-runner-up-scholarship/ ]
SMOOTHIE KING
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/07/smoothie-king/ ]
IGIVE--DONATE WHEN SHOPPING
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/08/igive-donate-when-shopping/ ]
PREPARING AND SERVING DISHES AT CHURCH CAFE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/08/preparing-and-serving-vegan-dishes-at-church-cafe/ ]
THE VEGETARIAN JOURNAL INDEX ON WWWW.VRG.ORG IS NOW UPDATED!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/10/the-vegetarian-journal-index-on-www-vrg-org-is-now-updated/ ]
VRG EXHIBITS AT THE MARYLAND DIETETICS IN HEALTH CARE COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/13/vrg-exhibits-at-the-maryland-dietetics-in-health-care-communities-conference/ ]
WORKING WITH FOOD SERVICES--DISTRIBUTORS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/14/working-with-food-services-distributors/ ]
VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP OUTREACH BOOTH AT CHICAGO VEGAN MANIA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/16/vegetarian-resource-group-outreach-booth-at-chicago-vegan-mania/ ]
VEGAN DORITOS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/17/vegan-doritos/ ]
VEGAN FITNESS CAMP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/21/vegan-fitness-camp-in-charlottesville-virginia/ ]
WHAT DID I WISH I KNEW AS A NEW VEGETARIAN?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/23/what-did-i-wish-i-knew-as-a-new-vegetarian/ ]
PUMPKIN RECIPES PERFECT FOR FALL
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/24/pumpkin-recipes-perfect-for-fall/ ]
VEGAN GROCERY SHOPPING IN A LOCAL MIDDLE EASTERN INTERNATIONAL SUPERMARKET
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/28/vegan-grocery-shopping-in-a-local-middle-eastern-international-supermarket/ ]
WAWA CONVENIENCE STORES
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/29/wawa-convenience-stores/ ]
NATIONAL PLANT-BASED PREVENTION OF DISEASE (P-POD)
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/31/national-plant-based-prevention-of-disease-p-pod/ ]
FLOWER CHILD RESTAURANTS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/10/31/flower-child-restaurants/ ]

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14) SWEET 27 THANKSGIVING

now taking reservations call 410- 464- 7211.
( open from 12.00 noon to 9.30 pm)

Pre- set menu - three course meal - $ 34.99 per person

VEGETARIAN OPTIONS:

  • appetizer:
    *house salad
  • entrees: vegetarian plate;
    assortment of various chef favorite vegetarian dishes .
  • Mali kofta vegetable balls cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nut served with rice

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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</li>
  • 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.

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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[ http://lists.vrg.org/mailman/listinfo/vrg-maryland_lists.vrg.org ]

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