The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Mary H.
February 2012

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1) SUPPORT VEGETARIAN OUTREACH - DONATION MATCH
2) ABC 2 NEWS VEGETARIAN TEEN INTERVIEW - JAN 29th 11 A.M.
3) VOLUNTEER DAYS AT THE VRG OFFICE IN ROLAND PARK
4) MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
5) $5000 VEGETARIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
6) VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP
7) INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE - PAID AND UNPAID
8) SPECIAL OFFER ON PASSOVER VEGAN COOKBOOKS
9) VRG'S VEGAN DINNER IN FLORIDA THIS MARCH
10) VEGAN COOKING CLASSES - FAIRFAX STATION, VA
11) VEGAN PLEDGE PROGRAM
12) UPCOMING LOCAL VEG HAPPENINGS
13) DONATION ITEM NEEDED: POP UP TENT FOR SPRING FESTIVALS

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1) SUPPORT VEGETARIAN OUTREACH - DONATION MATCH

In honor of The Vegetarian Resource Group's 30th anniversary, a
generous donor has committed to matching up to $15,000 in total
contributions. So your donation is automatically doubled!

If you would like to donate and support vegetarian outreach, please
click here and write matching donation in the comments field.
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

You can also donate by calling (410) 366-8343 Monday to Friday,
Eastern Time, or mailing a check to The Vegetarian Resource Group,
P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Make sure to mention the 'Match'!

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2) ABC 2 NEWS VEGETARIAN TEEN INTERVIEW - JAN 29th 11 A.M.

Flip on the news to ABC 2, in Baltimore this Sunday morning at 11 A.M
and watch a segment on vegetarian teen nutrition with long-time VRG
volunteer Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN.

For more information on vegetarian and vegan teen nutrition see:
[ http://www.vrg.org/family/kidsindex.htm ]

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3) VOLUNTEER DAYS AT THE VRG OFFICE IN ROLAND PARK

Thank you to Cara Marrero, Janine Conway, Robert & Gayle Herskovitz,
and Rammy Ramesh for their help on January 14th! We were able to
accomplish our goal and even do more in less time than anticipated!

The VRG is in need of a handful of volunteers to come into our office
for up to 3 hours to work on clerical tasks and scholarship responses.
If you are interested in learning more about The Group and working
alongside friendly faces please join us!

Upcoming dates: February 18th & March 10 at 11 A.M.

Please email maryh@vrg.org with your availability.

We can always use extra help and volunteers between the hours 9-5,
Monday through Friday.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Roberta, a local
high school student who has come into The VRG office and volunteered
almost 40 hours over the past few months. She has been a special help
and we hope to have involvement from more students like her soon!

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4) MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The VRG's 2011-2012 Scholarship Contest is currently underway for
college-bound high school seniors who are active in promoting
vegetarianism. After we screen each application, we need help
responding with a personal acknowledgment. This is a task that can be
done from home. To help, email Sonja at sonjah@vrg.org

The VRG would like to have someone taking pictures at events we
participate in. If you are interested in getting behind the lens and
snapping photos for The VRG, we would be most grateful for your
contribution. Please email Mary at maryh@vrg.org

Have room to host an intern in your home? There are times when
out-of-town interns come to Baltimore to work in the office and
housing is needed. A location convenient to our office in Roland Park
is ideal. Let us know if you can offer free housing or the rent amount
needed. For more information, get in touch by emailing vrg@vrg.org

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5) $5000 VEGETARIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

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 2012. Applicants will be judged on their
commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet
and lifestyle.

Deadline: Monday, February 20th, 2012

For application info: [ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

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6) VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP

Entrants are invited to create and submit a video relating your
position on vegetarianism and/or veganism through a positive,
thoughtful, educational, or even humorous manner. There will be one
$500 award and two $250 scholarship awards!

For more information, [ http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php ]

Deadline: Friday, April 20th, 2012

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7) INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE - PAID AND UNPAID

The VRG would like to extend a welcome to our newest intern, Amanda
Matte. Amanda is a lifelong vegetarian and a senior at Loyola
University studying Art & Writing. We look forward to having her!

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

We also have one needs-based internship available. The Eleanor
Wolff Scholarship is a $3,500 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 make effective changes 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:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]

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8) SPECIAL OFFER ON PASSOVER VEGAN COOKBOOKS

Need vegan recipes for Passover? Right now we are offering a special:
get both 'Vegan Passover Recipes' and 'No Cholesterol Passover
Recipes' for just $13 and receive FREE shipping. A must have for every
home that wants to celebrate a healthy and ethical Passover. Enjoy
egg-less blintzes, knishes, apple latkes, sweet and sour stuffed
cabbage and much more.

Passover begins April 6 and ends April 14.

For ordering call (410)366-8343, send a check to VRG at P.O. Box 1463,
Baltimore, Maryland 21203, or go to:
[ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=26 ]

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9) VRG'S VEGAN DINNER IN FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA THIS MARCH

The VRG is hosting a vegan dinner at Sublime Restaurant on Sunday,
March 4th at 5:00 P.M. Seating is limited so register today! The price
is $22 for current VRG members, $50 for non-members. The all-vegan
menu includes: Caesar Salad, choice of entree: Penne Puttanesca,
Quiche Lorraine, or Enchiladas, and choice of dessert: Chocolate
Nirvana Cake, Seasonal Cheesecake, Coconut Cake, Chocolate Macaroons,
Apple Crumb Pie A La Mode, or Ice Cream Sundae

Reserve with a credit card over the phone, (410) 366-8343, mail a check
to VRG at P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203, or pay online:
[ https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]
*please write Sublime Vegan Dinner in the notes section

We hope to see you there!

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10) VEGAN COOKING CLASSES - FAIRFAX STATION, VIRGINIA

Mimi Clark, "Veggie Gourmet", has been teaching vegan cooking classes
for the past 20 years. Demonstrations include recipes, organic food
samples, and manufacturers' coupons. Special price for VRG members!
Regularly: $55/person; $100/two people; $50/VSDC, VRG, COK members.

Comfort Foods on February 12, Sunday 10:00 A.M. Put a healthy slant
on foods that satisfy and de-stress. Past recipes include Meatloaf,
Shepherd's Pie, Fries, Mac & Cheese, Nutty Noodles, Roasted Veggie
Pizza, Homemade Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Pudding

For space availability: email veggourmet@aol.com or call
(703) 643-2713. Checks payable to: Mimi Clark, 9302 Hallston Ct.,
Fairfax Station, VA 22039.  Gift Certificates available!
More information: [ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

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11) VEGAN PLEDGE PROGRAM

Interested in becoming vegan but need a little more encouragement?
Join the Vegan Pledge Program sponsored by Open The Cages Alliance.
Live vegan for a month with the guidance of a mentor, weekly meetings,
including a cooking class, nutrition presentation, shopping trip, and
trip to a sanctuary. The goal is to build community and create
lifelong vegans! Meetings will be held at Cyclops Books, 30 W. North
Avenue in Baltimore City.

To get involved: info@openthecages.orghttp://openthecages.org/veganpledge/index.html ]
Facebook: [ http://www.facebook.com/events/177906558902988/ ]

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12) UPCOMING LOCAL VEG HAPPENINGS

January 28, Saturday 1:00-4:00 P.M. "Bring the Heat" Vegan Chili
Cook-Off and Feed In hosted by Compassion Over Killing. They will be
sampling vegan chili with cooks, judges, and shoppers at Roots Market,
5805 Clarksville Square Drive in Clarksville, MD.
Register online or call (301) 891-2458. [ http://www.cok.net/events/ ]

January 28, Saturday 6:00-9:00 P.M. Vegan Potluck & 'Be Your own
Doctor' presentation hosted by EarthSave Baltimore. This Veg Dinner
Educational Series will feature a Raw Dessert Food Demo and talk
by chef Jahari Adjiri. Dinner guests are asked to bring a vegan
dish to serve at least 6 people and a $5 donation. To be held at
Learning Center/ Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health,
10210 S. Dolfield Rd in Owings Mills. RSVP: (410) 252-3043 or
email Baltimore@Earthsave.org

February 4, Saturday 7:00-9:00 P.M. First Saturday Vegan Potluck.
The Sorak family opens their home in Ellicott City on the first
Saturday of each month for a kind-minded, social dining experience.
All ages are welcome. Bring a friend and a vegan dish to share.
RSVP to firstsatvegan@yahoo.com

February 5, Sunday 12:30-2:30 P.M. Veg Meetup Discussion Group in
Towson hosted by EarthSave Baltimore. This monthly gathering
welcomes anyone interested in learning about healthier living. The
dinner will be held at Kathmandu Kitchen on Allegheny Avenue.
Indian/Nepalese buffet with great veg options for just $8.95. For
details or to register go to [ http://vegetarian.meetup.com/9/ ]
contact organizer at Baltimore@Earthsave.org or (410) 252-3043.

February 10, Friday 6:00 P.M. Baltimore Montessori Public Charter
School, 1600 Guilford Ave is hosting a screening of 'Cafeteria Man',
a film that chronicles students and activists' on their quest to
improve Baltimore City's school food. Panel discussion after viewing.
Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Baltimore
Montessori Seed to Table Program.
Contact fundraising@baltimoremontessoricharter.org with questions.
Film trailer: [ http://www.cafeterianman.com ]

February 12, Sunday 4:00 P.M. November Supper Club in South Carroll
County! This potluck group meets the second Sunday of each month at
2020 W Liberty Rd, Taylorsville, MD, 21157. Please email Deborah,
dsjcatz@aol.com or call (410) 795-7703 with your RSVP.

February 15, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 P.M. Vegan Meetup Discussion Group in
Pikesville hosted by EarthSave Baltimore. This monthly gathering
welcomes anyone interested in learning about healthier living. The
dinner will be held at Mr. Chan's Szechuan Restaurant, 1000
Reisterstown Rd in Pikesville. For details or to register go to,
[ http://vegan.meetup.com/29/ ] or contact organizer at
Baltimore@Earthsave.org or (410) 252-3043.

February 17, Friday 6:30 P.M. Dine Kind Vegan Potluck. Hosted by Jill
Stankis from David's Natural Market, this group gathers in Harford
County on the third Friday of the month at Fallston Unitarian Church:
1127 Old Fallston Road Fallston, MD 21047. Please bring a dish,
recipe, minimum $3 donation and come enjoy this welcoming event with
guest speakers. For more details, call (410) 836-0808.
[ http://www.facebook.com/pages/DineKind/128952760505552 ]

February 19, Sunday 1:00 P.M. Vegan Brunch hosted by Western Maryland
Veg Life MeetUp group. This supportive group asks you to join them
and bring along your favorite healthy brunch dish to serve at least 8.
Bring your own place setting to reduce waste!
To join this meetup: [ http://www.westmdveg.org/events/48259392/ ]

February 25, Saturday 6:00-9:00 P.M. Vegan Potluck & Video hosted
by EarthSave Baltimore. This Veg Dinner Educational Series is
featuring 'Got the Facts On Milk?'. Guests are asked to bring a
vegan dish that serves at least 5 and a donation of $5. To be held at
the Learning Center for Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S.
Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills.
For more information: [ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/45 ]

March 17, Saturday 3:00 P.M. Saint Patrick's Day Vegan Raw Food
Potluck hosted by Western Maryland Veg Life MeetUp group. If you
are interested in sharing a meal with health-centered, holistic,
plant-based, like-minded folks then join this celebration
of greens and goodness in Hagerstown.
For more information: [ http://www.westmdveg.org/events/48150042/ ]

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13) DONATION ITEM NEEDED: POP UP TENT FOR FESTIVALS

The VRG is in need of a EZ-UP tent for the upcoming outdoor festival
season. Gently used is completely acceptable, we ask that it is in
working order with no significant tears, holes, or missing pieces.

If you have a tent to donate or are willing to sponsor the purchase
of a tent we would be most grateful. Please contact Mary with your
offer, maryh@vrg.org or call (410) 366-8343.

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!!
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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 2012
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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