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E-News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

From: Don R.
Sent on: Friday, February 20, 2009 10:43 PM
Earthsave Baltimore E-Newsletter: EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES
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"Mankind must remember that peace is not G-d's gift to His creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
~Ellie Wiesel~

Hi Earthsaver,

Here?s all the latest info from Earthsave Baltimore. We are a completely volunteer operated nonprofit that helps people make healthier, earth friendly food choices. We support folks in taking the next step toward adopting a whole foods, plant centered diet.

Hope that you were able to attend our January Veg Dinner Ed Series event in Owings Mills. We had a full house for Kasia Kines? great talk on detoxing with food. Kasia is a licensed nutritionist who practices at Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center in Lutherville. You might like to check out her schedule of classes there.

I?m real happy that one of my favorite people, Ginny Robertson, is all set to do a presentation for us on Saturday, Feb. 28th. Ginny, who?s the publisher and editor of On Purpose Woman magazine will do an interactive presentation on ?Being the Change that We Wish to See.? Ginny, who?s been very active in the field of personal growth, is sure to stimulate some great conversation and help get some ideas flowing that will help us all to be in greater alignment with that which gives our lives meaning. And perhaps it will help us to notch up our activism for peace, nonviolence, and environmental sanity.

We also have terrific news about our fourth annual Earth Friendly Food Choices event, which will feature talks by two of the best in the world! It will happen at the Women?s Club of Catonsville on Sunday, May 24th, Memorial Day weekend, starting at 5:30, and will feature the philosopher, teacher, and Zen Buddhist master Dr. Will Tuttle speaking about his wonderful book, The World Peace Diet. This is the book that Donald Watson, one of the pioneers of vegetarian activism, and the person who invented the term ?vegan?, asked to be read to him in the final days of his life at the age of 95.

Also featured will be the Executive Director of Earthsave International, Caryn Hartglass, who will speak on ?Our Planet, Our Food, & Our Future.? I heard Caryn do a similar talk a few years ago, and thought it was the best I ever heard! So I?m really looking forward to this event and hope you can be there!! Ticket purchases will soon be available at the online store at

The big, annual Veg Summerfest, in Johnstown, PA, will also be happening in a few months, and it is always one of the very best educational and social events of the year. Hope we will see you there!

There are lots of other great things coming up, so please read on. Hope to see you soon! Be well!

Peace, Don Robertson

EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES has monthly events that support people in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. Dinner on March 28th, from 6-9 pm, will feature GINNY ROBERTSON speaking on ?BEING THE CHANGE THAT WE WISH TO SEE?. The need for change in our world is painfully obvious. If we are going to learn how to live at peace with ourselves and with others, with other nations, other species, and with our environment, there is work to be done. Ginny Robertson is a pioneer in the field of developing and teaching people new ways of communicating and relating to each other. Ginny?s interactive presentation will help us to see how we can put Gandhi?s wisdom into action each day in our own lives. Please join us if you can!

Ginny Robertson is the founder of On Purpose Networking for Women. She is also co-host of WomanTalk Live radio show on WCBM, 680 AM, and is publisher of On Purpose Woman magazine. Please RSVP if you can.

DINNER GUESTS are asked to bring a dish that?s 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 Ed Series events are held on the fourth Saturday at the Learning Center/Yoga Studio of Your Prescription for Health, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd. in Owings Mills. RSVPs will be much appreciated!

DIRECTIONS From Beltway 695: take exit 19 onto I-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/2 mile. Flying Avocado Caf? and "Your Prescription for Health" pharmacy is on the right after Gold?s Gym (which is on left). 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.

MARCH 28th EARTHSAVE VEG DINNER ED SERIES EVENT on Saturday, March 28th, 6-9 PM: MARK RIFKIN, MS, RD, LDN, will show us how we can eat vegetarian/vegan for less. Learn which foods can extend our grocery bills, how to fit in more expensive and prepared items, and where to look for excess "fat" in our budget. Everybody can eat veganomically! Mark Rifkin holds a Master's Degree in health education & is a Registered Dietitian. He focuses on plant-based diets to prevent and treat chronic diseases and nutritional deficiencies, especially for women, seniors, minority populations, & vegetarians. He's also passionate about eating and living green lifestyles.

4TH ANNUAL EARTH FRIENDLY FOOD CHOICES lecture event will happen on Sunday, May 24th from 5:30 ? 9:00 pm. It will feature a presentation on THE WORLD PEACE DIET by author WILL TUTTLE, Ph.D. Also featured will be a talk by CARYN HARTGLASS, the Executive Director of EARTHSAVE INTERNATIONAL. Caryn will speak on OUR PLANET, OUR FOOD, & OUR FUTURE.

Will Tuttle?s book, THE WORLD PEACE DIET: EATING FOR SPIRITUAL HEALTH & SOCIAL HARMONY is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our meals and our broad range of problems?psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental. It offers powerful ways we can all experience healing and peace and contribute to a positive transformation of human consciousness. WILL TUTTLE, acclaimed pianist, composer, educator, and author, has performed and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. His doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy. He has a broad background in both Eastern and Western meditation traditions, and is a Dharma Master in the Zen tradition.

WOMEN?S EXPO AT CCBC CATONSVILLE, always one of our favorite events, will feature more than 200 exhibitors and speakers. The Expo will happen this year on March 7th and 8th. As usual, Earthsave will have an information and book sales table that you will see on your right as soon as you enter. Tickets are $6, (free with college ID) which will benefit the nonprofit organization American Association for Women in Community College. If you attend on Saturday, you might want to hear DON ROBERTSON, of Earthsave Baltimore, speak on A MENU OF LOVE: THE VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE from 1:15-1:45 pm. Don, who founded Earthsave Baltimore in 1997, will show us the wide-ranging impact that our food choices have on the environment, our health, and all life on Earth. He will also look at some of the toughest barriers we face in making diet and lifestyle changes. You might also like to visit the table of Registered Dietitian MARK RIFKIN, who is sure to offer you great advice on healthier eating. For more info on the Expo, please go to There may still be a few table or booth spaces left. If interested in exhibiting, call Patsy Anderson at[masked].

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST ?09 is a big favorite annual educational conference for Earthsavers. On July 8 - 12, the North American vegetarian Society will bring together some of the very best speakers, workshops, food, social activities, and more. It will take place at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails. Registrants may attend the entire 5-day conference, or opt for the weekend only. The toughest part for most attendees is trying to decide which of the classes to attend. Daytime schedules normally offer at least 6-7 options.

Conference fees cover the entire educational program, including classes, lectures, workshops and discussions, as well as films, entertainment, and use of certain athletic areas. Also covered are vegan meals, with ample variety to suit most any preference, and on-campus housing which includes a twin bed, linen and towels. To learn more, go to Hope to see you there!

WORKSHOP ON VEG NUTRITION & COOKING will be offered by Registered Dietitian MARK RIFKIN, MS, RD, LDN. It will take place on two Sundays, March 22nd and April 12th, from 2:00 until 3:30 each day, at YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH, 10210 S. Dolfield Rd., in Owings Mills, 21117. The cost is $55 per person, or two for $95. Advance payment is due by March 18th. Contact Mark at[masked], or [address removed].

THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES have supported Earthsave?s Baltimore chapter for years. We hope that, similarly, you will consider supporting them.

ON PURPOSE WOMAN magazine features lots of interesting articles and ads on personal growth, holistic health, and starting and promoting your own business. The magazines are available at many locations, including nearly all public libraries in Baltimore City, and Baltimore, Harford, and Howard counties. Their circulation is 17,000. Advertisers have great things to say about the results of their ad placements, and a large number of the original advertisers from the startup 5 years ago have continued on. We are very grateful to Ginny Robertson, the publisher and editor of OPN, who is offering to donate 25% of ad fees to our nonprofit from new advertisers who mention Earthsave.

MYSTICKAL VOYAGE is a very cool coffee house & hangout, gift & bookstore, and holistic healing center in Nottingham, MD, near White Marsh. We think you will especially enjoy the Friday evening music or ?open mic? nights. Say ?Hi? to the owners Mick and Lori Perdue, who create a very welcoming atmosphere. See

WOMANTALK LIVE ON THE RADIO: The weekly talk show on WCBM, 680 AM, features Ginny Robertson and Ann Quasman, who talk about ?woman stuff?. Both enjoy talking, ask great questions, and have lots of fun. Guys listen in too. Their guest list for coming weeks is amazing! It will include Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations With God, authors Judith Orloff, Peter Walsh, and many other familiar names. See

BREATHE BOOKS offers a wonderful book selection on spirituality, meditation, and all things holistic in the Hampden neighborhood in Baltimore City. They also offer the most extensive and varied speaker series on similar subjects in the Baltimore area. Say hello for us to proprietor Susan Weis. See

BARTERING OFFER FROM GREAT VEG COOK! Our friend Anita is hoping to find someone to provide tutoring services in mathematics for her 11 and 15-year-old daughters. Anita is a great cook, and would be willing to offer her cooking, and perhaps laundry or other home services, in exchange. If you are interested, write us a [address removed], and we will forward your message or phone number to Anita. Thanks!

EARTHSAVE PHONE VOLUNTEERS are needed to call the folks on our contact list who don?t have email service. Callers usually contact about 20 people (takes about 30-45 minutes), and most often just leave a message, which we send you along with the list of people to call. We like all calls to completed about a week before our monthly Dinner Ed Series events. If you?d like to help, please write us at [address removed] and include your phone number in your message. Thanks so much!

EARTHSAVE TV: GOING GREEN WITH CARYN HARTGLASS offers us great cooking instruction at our convenience online. Caryn, who is Earthsave?s International?s executive director, has put together the second program in this mouth-watering series. She shows us how to make delicious, earth-friendly, plant-based burgers and other vegetarian sandwiches. This segment also includes a visit to Zen Burger restaurant in Manhattan, and an interview with its founder, who is planning on expanding nationally. Tune in at, but don?t watch on an empty stomach!

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. The vegetarian group currently meets on the first Sunday, at noon, at the Kathmandu Kitchen in Towson, and the vegan group meets on the third Wednesday, at 7 pm, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville. 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, or to

MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANIMAL LEGISLATION updates are available from our friend Jim Clark, who will also help you make sure your letters and emails are sent to the legislators who can make the biggest difference for our animal friends, and for the planet. Write Jim at [address removed].

FREE COMPOST AND MULCH is available to Baltimore County residents at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill and Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh. Residents must bring and fill their own containers. It?s first come? first served. Please call the customer service line,[masked] (M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) before going to ESL to check on the supply of these materials. The directions and hours of operation for ESL are available at

RECYCLE WITH EARTHSAVE: Please bring your empty inkjet or toner cartridges for recycling to the Earthsave dinners. Our nonprofit group can collect a deposit on all the cartridges that have print heads. We will have a receptacle for them on the free Earthsave information table back in the corner. We also can reuse (even better than recycling) packing materials such as plastic bubblewrap, and bubblewrap mailing envelopes. So please don?t pitch them? save them for us. Thanks so much!

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 bi-monthly 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, 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.

Earthsave Baltimore: E-mail us at [address removed], or call us at[masked]. And please visit the EarthSave International website at

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