Here?s the all latest from Earthsave Baltimore, which is a completely volunteer operated nonprofit. The month of July signals the 11th year of operations for Earthsave?s Baltimore chapter, and our anniversary is coming at an exciting time!
Interest in learning about healthier eating and plant centered food choices is way up! A good-sized contingent from the Baltimore area just returned from the 30th annual Vegetarian Summerfest conference in Johnstown, PA. Attendance, at 604, came close to setting a record, despite rising travel costs. The food, speakers, and social events drew high praise. Hope you will be with us next July for Veg Summerfest 2009.
We are also happy to report that Earthsave continues to receive many invitations to set up information tables, especially at health and environmental fairs, and the attention we receive at those events is increasing nicely. Let us know if you?d like to help out with tabling sometime.
Recently I?ve received a number of invitations to be interviewed on the radio. In case you missed my appearance on WomanTalk Live with Ginny Robertson, and a discussion about the veg lifestyle, the program recording is now available online at the talk show?s website. My wife Ginny and her on-the-air partner, Ann Quasman, are doing a great job on their talk show, which airs every Wednesday from 6-7 pm on WVIE, 1370 AM. You might also like to hear the interview of Peter Walsh, who wrote a book called ?Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Big??
On Thursday, July 10th, Whole Foods in Mt. Washington will offer a class on the vegetarian lifestyle. It will be led by me, Don Robertson, founding director of Earthsave Baltimore. The class is free, but you must call in advance to register. See more info below. My presentations of this kind usually generate great questions and lively conversation. Please join us!
And please let us know if you have an idea for a presentation we might help to set up for a church, school group, or workplace.
The June meeting of the Vegan Meetup discussion group was a memorable one. We met at a new location, Mr. Chan restaurant, in Pikesville. We each ordered something different and shared our dish with the group; all seven of us agreed that the food was amazing! The Scallion Wraps with tofu received a good bit of attention, as did the Citrus Flavored ?Ribs.? There are more vegetarian and vegan choices on Mr. Chan?s menu than in most vegetarian restaurants! Please join us for the next Meetup on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 pm, if you can.
The Vegetarian Meetup group meets on the first Sunday at noon, and continues to attract large turnouts for the relaxing setting and great Indian/Nepalise cuisine of Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson.
Hope to see you soon!
Peace, Don Robertson
FREE VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE CLASS: On Thursday, July 10th at 7 pm, Whole Foods grocery in Mt. Washington will offer, in the caf?, the free class ?A Menu of Love: The Vegetarian Lifestyle Class.? Don Robertson will address some of the most common questions, misperceptions, and challenges that arise with regard to a adopting a plant-centered diet. As founding director of the nonprofit group Earthsave Baltimore, Don has organized the monthly Veg Dinner Lecture Series for 11 years. He also leads the Baltimore Vegetarian and Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion groups. This talk will support you in making healthier, earth-friendly food choices. Space is limited. Please pre-register at Customer Service by calling[masked]-6700. For Whole foods? full educational schedule, go to http://tinyurl.com/4cfekr
EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER LECTURE SERIES: Earthsave Baltimore's next Veg Dinner Series event on July 12th, from 6- 9 pm, in Owings Mills will feature a video screening of the film "Raw for Life", a documentary about the philosophy and benefits of a raw food, vegan diet. The video features a number of chefs and celebrities who you may recognize, including actor Woody Harrelson, personal growth guru Anthony Robbins, Rev. Michael Beckwith, and Paul Nison. Please RSVP by email or call[masked]-3043.
DINNER GUESTS are asked to bring a dish made without animal products to serve five times the number in their party, along with a donation of $5 ($2 for members). Or you may attend without bringing a dish for a $12 fee ($10 for members). Please give 2 days notice if paying for dinner. Monthly dinner/lecture events are held on the second Saturday at the Learning Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. Please RSVP by email or call[masked]-3043. Hope to see you there!
DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: Traveling east, take 795 (Northwest Expressway). Get off at Exit 4 (Owings Mills Blvd). Bear right when exit splits. Take right at first traffic light (South Dolfield Road). Travel approximately l/4 mile. Flying Avocado Caf? and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold?s Gym. The Learning Center/Yoga Studio entrance is at the opposite end of the building.
DIRECTIONS From Reisterstown Road: Travel West on Painters Mill Road. Turn right at 2nd traffic light onto S. Dolfield Road. Go left at the second driveway into the parking lot of Your Prescription for Health.
MONTHLY VEG MEETUP DISCUSSION GROUPS offer us a chance to gather in more intimate and less formal settings than does the monthly Earthsave potluck dinner/lecture series. Meetups are casual and are held in restaurants over great vegetarian food. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. There are two different groups, one vegan and one vegetarian. Both groups welcome anyone who is interested in learning about healthier eating. 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/
RADIO INTERVIEW: Don Robertson, founding director of Earthsave Baltimore, was interviewed on the WomanTalk Live radio show on June 25th, on WVIE, 1370 AM in Baltimore. The popular show is co-hosted by Ginny Robertson (Don's wife) and Ann Quasman. Don spoke about some of the most compelling evidence and most common misperceptions about the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. He also shared some of his personal results, inspirations, benefits, and discoveries he made during his transition, nineteen years ago, to vegetarianism, and later to veganism. To hear a recording of the program, go to http://www.womantalklive.com/podcasts.html
ONLINE VIDEO WITH NEW YORK TIMES FOOD WRITER MARK BITTMAN: In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk. Mr. Bittman is a bestselling cookbook author, journalist and television personality. His friendly, informal approach to home cooking has shown millions that fancy execution is no substitute for...See full article and video at http://tinyurl.com/5nqbah
LECTURE, BOOK SIGNING & FREE VEG FOOD! Mon, July 7, Free Vegetarian Food & Presentation by Author Erin Williams, 7pm, Pikesville, Md. Come meet Erin Williams of The Humane Society of the U.S., co-author of the newly-released Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection, and learn about how our everyday dietary choices affect animals and the environment. This free event will be held at the Pikesville Library at 1301 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, Md. For more information contact [address removed] or[masked]-2458.
BALTIMORE ANIMAL RIGHTS MEETUP group has a new organizer, Vlad Konstantinov, who?s doing a great job keeping the group up-to-date on animal advocacy news and events and discussion group topics. Vlad is also very active with the Humane League of Baltimore, formerly known as Baltimore Animal Rights Coalition (BARC). If you think you might like to hang out with one of the friendliest groups of animal welfare and animal rights people around, go to http://animalrights.meetup.com/20/
. And check out all the latest at the Humane League of Baltimore site at http://www.baltimoreanimalrights.com/
. The group is making a difference for farmed animals and is making important inroads for peace, compassion, and justice for us all. They deserve our support.
MONTHLY VEGAN POTLUCKS IN ELLICOTT CITY, as organized by Bonnie Sorak, happen on the first Saturday of each month. The next event will be Sat, July 5, 6:30-8:30 PM, in Ellicott City near Centennial Park. "Backyard Barbecue" theme. Please bring a vegan dish to share (store bought is fine) for the number in your party plus 6. Please RSVP via e-mail. We will have basic table service available (for a small fee), so it's better if you can bring your own reusable picnic-ware and feel free to wash up here - - instead of making waste for the landfill. There will be iced tea and filtered water to drink. Invite friends and the merely curious. Kids welcome! Contact Bonnie at [address removed] [masked] to RSVP and for directions.
MONTHLY LUNCHEONS FOR VEGETARIAN FRIENDS: Vegetarian Friends, a singles' group, meets on the third Sunday of the month, at 1 p.m., usually in Baltimore area restaurants. Meet for lunch, fellowship, networking, sometimes hiking, and other fun activities. For more information or to find out where the group is meeting each month, contact Omi at (410)[masked] or [address removed].
DC TRANSIT BUSES WITH A MESSAGE: The nonprofit group United Poultry Concerns has placed large ads promoting the vegan lifestyle with a message of compassion on the sides of 100 buses in DC and northern Virginia. To view them, go to http://tinyurl.com/6y2xh8
TAKING ACTION FOR ANIMALS '08 - July 19th ? 21st: The fourth annual Taking Action for Animals conference will be held July 19-21, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by leading animal protection organizations, this event includes training workshops, exhibitors, social events, and keynote sessions. This year's conference, among other topics and training sessions, will have a special focus on the theme of politics and public policy for animals. To find out more, visit http://www.takingactionforanimals.com/
PLASTIC BAGS: What would we do without them? As we begin to get clearer on the true environmental impact of plastic bags, we find that more and more legal restrictions are being placed upon them. Did you know that less than 1 % of plastic bags are recycled, or that it costs more to recycle a bag than to produce a new one? For all the latest info, go to http://tinyurl.com/6ghx85
FREE VEG LECTURES ONLINE: VegSource.com offers a wealth of great information online at http://www.vegsource.com/
. You may hear excerpts and full lectures by many of the very best authorities on vegetarian and vegan nutrition and lifestyles in the world. Hope you will check it out!
EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIP is a great way for you to contribute to our important educational mission. All members may receive a free 12-issue subscription to Vegetarian Times magazine and Earthsave?s national quarterly newsletter. Folks who attend meetings may check out books from our well stocked EarthSave Library, they may place literature on our networking tables, may make a brief announcement to the group, and receive discounted attendance fees and EarthSave bookstore prices. You may join our group online at http://www.earthsave.org/
, or you can send a tax-deductible check for $35, or $50 for family membership, or $25 for student or senior, to EarthSave at 517 Talbott Ave. Lutherville MD, 21093. Thanks for your kind support!
PLEASE REMEMBER to be the peace that you wish to manifest. Be well!
EarthSave ? May all be fed, may all be healed, and may all be loved.
E-mail us at [address removed], or call us at[masked]-3043. And please visit EarthSave Baltimore?s site at http://earthsavebaltimore.org/
, and the EarthSave International website at http://www.earthsave.org/