Sept. Veg News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hi Earthsaver!

Hope that you are well. Earthsave is a nonprofit educational group that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living.

It’s nearly here!!! The 4th annual Vegan Soulfest, a free event, at the Community College of Baltimore County on August 26th. Last year's event was a huge success with about 6500 attendees. And we expect to top that figure this year. Come and enjoy the good vibes and nice variety of speakers, exhibitors, and food vendors. Stop by the Earthsave Baltimore tent, pick up some free helpful info, and check out our sales table of books and T-shirts. See more below.

We have a new nice new venue for Earthsave's veg/vegan potluck dinner series. Join us September 30th for our second event at Govans Presbyterian Church, which is located next to the historic Senator Theater, on the same side of the street, and across the street from Staples office supply. Address is 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. We meet in the fellowship hall on the ground floor. The door marked “Church Office” is the entrance. It’s located between the two buildings. And there’s plenty of free parking behind the church.

We have a great speaker and presentation lined up for Earthsave’s Sept. 30th potluck dinner - Cassandra Herbert is a holistic nurse psychotherapist, wellness educator, nurse consultant, functional nutrition coach, and author. Cassandra will speak on “Sugar Cravings and My Emotions - Is there a Connection?”. Hope to see you there!

Our group will also meet at the new venue, Govans Presbyterian Church, on the last Saturday of October, with a talk by Dana Simpler, MD, who will speak on "Diet Wars - who to believe". Dr. Simpler will review the health benefits of a plant based diet and tell how it compares to the Mediterranean diet, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association diets. Good stuff!

Congratulations to Dr. Dave Madow, who recently hosted the third in a new series of vegan open-mic events. All three events have played to a full house, and featured an abundance of tasty food options. The first two were vegan buffet dinners at Taj Palace in Owings Mills, and the third was Chinese vegan family style dinner at the China Moon restaurant in Reisterstown. Dave will soon be announcing the next one. There’s more info below.

You might also like to join the Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup discussion group at Mango Grove in Columbia, which has a wonderful, varied buffet with lots of vegan options. We meet there on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm, and enjoy the friendly, supportive conversation. Join us soon, if you can!

And there’s also the Baltimore Vegan Meetup discussion group, at Mr. Chan in Pikesville, on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. We always have nice turnouts there and enjoy lively conversations and success stories. And did we mention?... the food is wonderful!

Hope to hear from or see you soon!


Don Robertson


Saturday, Sept. 30th, from 6-8 pm: Veg/vegan potluck featuring - Cassandra Herbert is a holistic nurse psychotherapist, wellness educator, nurse consultant, functional nutrition coach, and author. Cassandra will speak on “Sugar Cravings and My Emotions - Is there a Connection? ”. The talk will include info about how our emotions impact sugar cravings, how to find the root cause of cravings to get rid of them, learn some simple ways to curb sugar cravings that have nothing to do with food, and learn about five healthy foods that can help us deal effectively with food cravings. Hope to see you there!

DINNER GUESTS may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then hear the presentation. 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 Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details at


Vegan Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dave says "You can do a little talk, tell a story, sing a song, tell a joke, do standup comedy, or anything that your imagination will allow! You don't have to participate in the open mic. You can just enjoy watching! All welcome, vegans, vegetarians, veg curious, or omnivores! Cost per person is just $28.50. See full details and register to be notified of the next veg open mic event at Hope to see you at the next one!

4th Annual Eat Well Stay Well 2017 One Day Immersion is an excellent full day program that introduces folks to a plant-based lifestyle. The program will feature an excellent team of nationally known speakers and demonstrators, and will happen in Columbia, MD, on September 10th, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. You will want to register early as the previous events have been filled to capacity. See the details at


FORKS OVER KNIVES PLANT-BASED POTLUCK - COLUMBIA, MD: Our friend Sharon McRae is a health, nutrition, and cooking instructor and coach who organizes the Forks Over Knives plant-based potlucks in Columbia, MD. The events have been a big success, with the most recent potluck attracting a record turnout of 115, who enjoyed some great food and conversation. The group is designed to help people adopt a plant based (vegan) diet with no to minimal oil, salt, or refined sugar. Events are held at the Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Clarksville, near Columbia, MD.

DINEKIND: Folks in the Harford County area might like to check out Dinekind Harford Healthy Living. The group promotes a healthful, plant-based lifestyle that is kind to our health, all animals, and the earth, and gets together monthly for a great plant-based potluck, fun, good conversation and to learn about a cleaner, healthier style of living. Bring your favorite plant-based main course, side or dessert, and join the group for a potluck or picnic, or run! Their email is, and the website is at

FACEBOOK DISCUSSION & SUPPORT GROUPS: Connect with like-minded local people for discussion and support on diet and lifestyle or veg/vegan/animal advocacy by joining Earthsave Baltimore group at We also host a very popular and active global Facebook group called Earth Friendly Food Choices. Group now has over 15,000 members and is very active and supportive. You might like to join us at

"No Meat Athlete - Baltimore" is a Facebook discussion and support group that organizes group runs and other activities. The group now has more than 400 members, and recently set a new attendance record, with 33 runners participating in a Hampden neighborhood run, which was followed by brunch at the Harmony Bakery, on chestnut Street.

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and regularly schedule concerts at their Lutherville home. Their most recent concert, by folk rock troubadour Dan Navarro, played to a full house, which really enjoyed Dan’s stories, music, and humor. We think you’ll enjoy this video of the final thirty minutes of Dan’s concert. The concerts are a great place to meet like-minded people, and enjoy the tasty vegan snacks that Ginny and Don provide. Next concert, on Sunday, August 17th, will feature another excellent folksinger, RJ Cowdery, whose music and words reveal a depth of personal experience. Learn more and join the Meetup page at You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page and join us when you can!


Saturday, August 26th, 12:00-7:00 pm 4th Annual Vegan SoulFest! is a free event, a wonderful celebration of music, arts, and vegan living. Last year's Vegan Soulfest event, in downtown Baltimore, attracted more than 6500 attendees and was a total blast! Registration has begun for sponsors, exhibitors, and vendors for this wonderful free event held at Baltimore City Community College. Event starts at noon. Located at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21215. The festival will take place inside the college itself and outside on the college grounds. Dogs not allowed on campus. See more info at and on Facebook at


Ask A Vegan Dietitian! is the only vegan/plant-based group organized and led by a Registered Dietitian. Here you can ask nutrition questions and get solid answers from an RD with years of experience in the vegan lifestyle and at reading and interpreting research, Baltimore's own Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN. Join Mark's great group by going to

NUTRITION FACTS.ORG is a real helpful website that was founded by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who is a wonderful font of information on the latest research on health and nutrition. The info is presented in hundreds of bite-sized topical segments that can be searched and shared. Everything's free. It's strictly noncommercial, strictly science-based, and includes links to all the primary source citations. Subscribe to his daily feed at or follow the site on Facebook and twitter

Baltimore Vegetarian Meetup Group welcomes all those who would like to talk and learn more about any aspect of the veg lifestyle. The group meets on first Sundays at 12:30 pm at the Mango Grove in Columbia, MD, which offers very tasty Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian buffet is very vegan friendly. The group welcomes all who would like to learn a healthier, sustainable, peaceful way of eating and living.

Baltimore Vegan Meetup Group gathers at Mr. Chan Szechuan restaurant in Pikesville, MD, on third Wednesdays at 7 pm. Mr. Chan’s menu offers a sumptuous variety with more tasty vegan options than any other local restaurant. Meetings attract a large group of friendly, supportive people.

Baltimore Vegan Drinks hosts monthly social and dinner events in the Baltimore area that you might like to attend. See their event schedule at

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults!

VIDEO - Dr. Michael Greger: "Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death" is a fascinating and well researched hour long presentation by nutrition researcher Michael Greger, MD, who examines the connection between diet and the leading causes of death in the US.

VIDEO - "Earthlings" is a 60 minute documentary that's very well done, though not easy to watch. It's narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix about the facts of Animal Cruelty in society at large. Earthlings gives an in depth look at the facts about slaughter houses meat processing in the U.S. and around the world.

VIDEO - "Draw My Life is an excellent and compelling video, produced by Mercy for Animals, which features a series of drawings that tell the story of the life of a dairy cow.


Food Revolution” by John Robbins; offers well-documented info on the wide range of compelling reasons to adopt plant based diet, including health, ecology, hunger, animal protection, and spirituality.

The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD; provides powerful scientific evidence on the link between diet and the most commonly fatal chronic diseases. The China Health Study is the most comprehensive large study ever completed on the relationship between diet and disease.

Becoming Vegan: The Complete Reference to Plant-Based Nutrition” by Vesanto Melina, RD and Brenda Davis, RD, is a popular, comprehensive manual, with recipes, for optimal nutrition at all stages of life.

The World Peace Diet” by educator, pianist, and Zen Buddhist Master Will Tuttle, PhD, who sees the inherent violence in animal agriculture as root cause of oppression, exploitation, spiritual disconnectedness, and war.

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EARTHSAVE MEMBERSHIPS help us continue our important educational mission. Members receive a number of benefits, including reduced attendance fees at our monthly dinner series, and the opportunity to make announcements and display literature on our information table at potluck dinners. New members also get a free half-hour consultation with Registered Dietitian Mark Rifkin. Join Earthsave online at Or you may send a check, made out to Don Robertson, to 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD, 21093. If you join Earthsave online, please send an email with your name and address to, so we can send you a membership card.

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