VRG's Maryland Local Events Newsletter by Mary H.
June 2011

  1. THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!
  2. LOCAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VEGGIE EVENTS
  3. UPCOMING EVENTS
  4. A NEW CREDIT CARD FROM THE VRG
  5. ANNOUNCING AN UPDATED VERSION OF LOCAL DINING GUIDE
  6. WELCOMING INTERNS TO THE VRG OFFICE
  7. CHEER FOR CHANGES AT CAMDEN YARDS
  8. MOMS ORGANIC MARKET NOW OPEN IN TIMONIUM

1) THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

The VRG would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following volunteers who reviewed and wrote thoughtful responses to each entrant of our annual college scholarship contest:

Ryan Andrews
Julia Hart
Lisa Martin
Shannon Merck
Susan Petrie
Jenny Saccenti
Linda Tyler
Amy Vaughn
Kristi Watson

For information about VRG's scholarship contest, please see:

http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

If you would like to volunteer to respond to scholarship entrants next January through March, e-mail Sonja at vrg@vrg.org.

If you would like to make a donation towards our scholarship contest, please go to:

https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

Indicate if the donation is towards a college scholarship, a needs based internship, or assisting with publicity, reporting, and administering the contest.


2) LOCAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

The unofficial beginning of summer has kicked off and brought sunshine and festive opportunities to spread The VRG's message. Thanks to the willingness of kindhearted folks our organization was able to participate these past two months at several events:

  • The VRG represented and distributed materials at the Loyola University Health Fair on April 7th
  • Rachel Fryer and Dorothy Kenny helped Mark Rifkin host our booth at UMBC's First Annual Vegetarian Festival on April 30th
  • Jenny Saccenti and Frada Wall participated at our booth at Govan's Health & Wellness Fair on May 7th
  • Dorothy Kenny and Janet Adams leant a hand at the Roland Park Sustainability Expo on May 14th
  • For the third time we hosted a booth at the Baltimore Detention Center Health Fair on May 16th
This season we invite you to get involved and take an active approach to promote the vegetarian and vegan movement! To get involved please contact Mary at maryh@vrg.org.

June 5th, Sunday--volunteers are still needed to help at ECOFair, taking place at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD

June 5th, Sunday--we would be grateful for a few extra hands to help distribute materials at Federal Hill Jazz Festival in Downtown Baltimore

June 18th, Saturday--additional volunteers would be greatly beneficial at this much anticipated event, Richmond Vegetarian Festival in Virginia

September 10th, Saturday--we are planning ahead for Fall events, the more volunteers the better to help at Hampden Fest in North Baltimore

September 24th, Saturday--The VRG is hoping to have a presence at the highly attended and family-oriented, Charlotesville Vegetarian Festival in Virginia


3) UPCOMING EVENTS

June 4th, Saturday, 7:00PM
Vegan Potluck hosted by Bonnie Sorak in Ellicott City

You're invited to the First Saturday Vegan Potluck! Please bring a vegan dish to share and think big! Invite friends and the veg-curious. Kids welcome. To RSVP please call Bonnie (410) 465-0427 or (443) 779-0349

June 5th, Sunday, 12:00-3:00PM
ECOFair at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center

A farm festival for the entire family! Join us at Kayam for an afternoon full of green-minded vendors, live music, and entertainment for all ages! $5.00 general admission & $20.00 max family admission. For more information: [ http://www.ecobikeride.org/ecofair.php ]

June 5th, Sunday, 11:00-7:00PM
Federal Hill Jazz Festival

Just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor, come on down and visit The VRG's table in this vibrant, historic neighborhood for a great collection of craft vendors, restaurants, galleries, and live music from 10 excellent jazz & blues bands! Admission is free.

June 7th, Tuesday, 7:30PM
Sacred Duty Viewing in Roland Park

The movie Sacred Duty will be shown on Eruv Shevuous at Beit Tivkah Synagogue, 5802 Roland Avenue in Baltimore. This documentary from the Jewish Vegetarians of North America is on current environmental threats and how Jewish teachings can be applied in responding. For information, see [ http://beittikvah.org/ ]

June 15th, Monday, 7:00PM- 9:00PM
Vegan Meetup hosted by EarthSave Baltimore

This group welcomes anyone who is interested in learning about healthier eating to get together at Mr. Chan Szechuan in Pikesville. Meetups take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 PM. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to [ http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/ ], or to [ http://vegan.meetup.com/29/ ] and for additional information visit [ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/70 ].

June 18th, Saturday 12:00PM- 6:00PM
Richmond Vegetarian Festival at the Azalea Gardens in Bryan Park

Food! Music! Speakers! Local businesses! Nonprofits- including The Vegetarian Resource Group! Family fun and free admission...need we say more~QMARK( For more information please visit:
http://www.veggiefest.org/ ].


4) 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 ]


5) THE VRG'S UPDATED VERSION OF LOCAL DINING GUIDE

Several restaurants offering vegetarian and vegan options have opened in the Baltimore Metro area and we are happy to pass the word along to you. Check one out and peruse their veggie options during your next trip downtown. To see our complete National and Local Restaurant Guide please visit our website, [ http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php ].

Pavilion at the Inner Harbor:

Noodles & Company, 301 Light St.
(443) 220-0060
http://www.noodles.com/ ] International. Large selection of noodle and pasta dishes. Add tofu to any dish for a minimal price. They also offer a number of salads. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Limited service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Fells Point:

Johnny Rad's, 2108 Eastern Ave.
(443) 759-6464
http://www.johnnyrads.com ] Pizzeria. You'll find vegan pizza options at this pizzeria including vegan cheese and vegan "meat" alternatives. They also serve salads. Open daily 5 pm -- 2 am. Full service, vegan options, take-out, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$

Sticky Rice, 1634 Aliceanna St.
(443) 682-8243
http://www.bmoresticky.com/ ] Asian. Vegetarian and vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. Try Cold Soba Salad, Mock Chicken Szechuan, Santa Fe (tempura fried sweet potato), Veggie Tofu Medley, and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner 11:30 am-2 am. Full service, vegan options, VISA/MC/AMEX, $-$$


6) WELCOME TWO NEW INTERNS TO THE VRG
NEEDS BASED INTERNSHIP STILL AVAILABLE

The Vegetarian Resource Group is happy to introduce our newest additions to the office, Lindsey Siferd of St. Mary's University and Jessica Friend of University of Maryland. During their internships here they will participate in outreach opportunities at local fairs and events, work on articles such as Veggie Bits for the Vegetarian Journal, assist with Press List updates and learn the ropes of an office environment. We are so glad to have them and look forward to having their help over the next few months!

Recently VRG was visited by a group of dietetic interns from the University of Maryland Dietetic Internship Program for an discussion session on vegetarian and vegan diets. One student blogged about her experience, "Not only did we receive a wealth of printed materials and educational brochures to gain knowledge of a vegetarian diet to share with our clients, we also took park in intriguing discussions regarding ethical concerns in dietetics." To read more,

http://www.vrg.org/blog/2011/05/20/umd-dietetic-interns-visit-vrg/ ]

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 or other projects, please go to: [ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]


7) ORIOLE PARK INTRODUCES VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS

Veggie O's fans rejoice! The concession company at Camden Yards has incorporated several changes to their menu to accommodate vegetarians and vegans just in time for the summer season. The more suggestions and feedback they receive from locals the better! So stop by the yards, have a veggie burger, and feel free to voice your opinion. The updated menu listing can be found at [ http://www.soyhappy.org/venue.htm#Orioles ]


8) MOM's ORGANIC MARKET NOW OPEN IN TIMONIUM

Now the Baltimore region can enjoy wonderful organic & natural products with the opening of MOM's Market in Timonium. Located in the Yorkridge Shopping Center off York and Ridgely Road in Lutherville-Timonium. MOM's mission is to protect and restore the environment so you will see plenty of eco-friendly features throughout the store. For more information please visit, [ http://www.momsorganicmarket.com/common/news/store_news.asp?task=store_news&sid_store_news=95&storeID=A6B40AE98C7842A98FC8DE4784880288 ]


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. 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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