June/July News: Earth Friendly Food Choices

Hey Earthsaver!

Hope this finds you well. Earthsave is a nonprofit educational group that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living. Our veg/vegan potluck dinners with speakers are on hold for the time being. We are seeking out a new venue and expect to have good news soon.

It won’t be a potluck, but we do have a June event planned. On Friday, June 23rd, Ginny Robertson and I will host a film showing of “Unlocking the Cage” at our Lutherville home, and will provide some tasty vegan snacks. The event will help raise funds for a dedicated legal team that is doing groundbreaking work to protect animals by establishing personhood for several species. See the details below.

Also, there is still time to register for the 43rd annual Vegetarian Summerfest conference - July 5- 9, 2017 - which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Those who have attended before are nearly unanimous in calling it a highlight of the year... wonderful presentations, food, and people! See full details below.

We are especially looking forward to 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 5000 attendees and a wonderful variety of speakers, exhibitors, and food venders. See more info below.

And please also mark your calendar for Saturday, August 5th, for the 7th Annual Walking Wellness Wholeness Festival, in Hanlon Park, near Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. There will be speakers, music, demos, and lots of great veg/vegan food.

The event will raise awareness of the wonderful work being done by Tuttie’s Place, community-based residential wellness center for Baltimore City youth. We’ve found previous events to be warm and inviting… a real joy to attend. There is still some space available for vendors. See more info below. Hope to see you there!

Our friend Dr. Dave Madow had an idea that has taken hold. Dave organizes the “Vegan Buffet Fun Evening and Open Mic” events. We really enjoyed the food, fellowship, and entertainment at the first two events, which were held in Owings Mills, with rooms filled to capacity. See more below.

One last thing - you might like to join me on Facebook. Just look for Earthsaverdon. You might also check out the two Facebook support groups I host - "Earth Friendly Food Choices", a global group, and the local group "Earthsave Baltimore”.

Hope to hear from you, or see you soon!

Peace...

Don Robertson

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday Night Film "Unlocking the Cage" in Lutherville, MD. (Friday, June 23rd, from 7-9 pm) "Unlocking the Cage" is an excellent 2016 documentary that gives us an intimate look at the work of a group of dedicated attorneys who seek to break down the wall that separates humans from animals. Event to be held at the home of Don and Ginny Robertson, 517 Talbott Ave. in Lutherville, MD, 21093. Suggested donation is $5.00, with the proceeds to benefit the Nonhuman Rights Project. Please RSVP by calling 410-252-3043. Use the same number if you need help with directions. Vegan snacks will be provided. http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/43

SOMETHING NEW: Vegan Indian Buffet and Open Mic is a new series of events that Dr. David Madow is organizing. Dr. Dave writes: "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! Join the mailing list for more info and updates. https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/162473/#

OTHER POTLUCKS

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. https://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/

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 dinekindharford@gmail.com, and the website is at https://www.dinekindharford.com/

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EarthsaveBaltimore/ 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/103906449752363/.

"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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/BaltimoreNMA/

MUSIC: Don and Ginny Robertson love music and are regularly scheduling concerts at their Lutherville home. Guests enjoy hearing great music, meeting like-minded people, and noshing on the tasty vegan snacks that Ginny and Don provide. Next concert is on Sunday, June 25th, and will feature the “African Folk Rock” of singer and songwriter Tony Bird, who hails from Malawi in southern Africa. Tony is a wonderful musician and genuine cultural ambassador who helped Paul Simon assemble the great band that played with him on the Graceland album. Suggested donation is $20, which goes to the musicians. Learn more and join the Meetup page at http://tinyurl.com/jj7sqsk. You might also like to join "House Concerts at Ginny and Don's" Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/House-Concerts-at-Ginny-Dons-785224531543540/ and join us when you can!

FESTIVALS AND CONFERENCES

7th ANNUAL WALKING WELLNESS WHOLENESS FESTIVAL: (Saturday, August 5th from Noon until 6:00) This free event features health-related demonstrations, lectures, vegetarian/vegan foods, a Fresh Air KidZone, entertainment, community partners, and giveaways. The focal point this year is “Stayin’ Alive”. For one day, we want attendees to experience a natural way of being with Mother Earth.

Tuttie’s Place is a community-based residential wellness center for youth that promotes and encourages active living and healthy eating for all generations. Each year, we share our extensive wellness programming in an event that helps raise funds to serve our community and promote health and wellbeing. The Tuttie’s Place Annual Wellness Wholeness Festival is a majestic event.

We look forward to your participation in this event, and if you have a question or would like to register as a vendor, please call Ms. Ayesha at 410.466.5373 or email her directly at info@tuttiesplace.org.

VEGAN SOULFEST: Last year's Vegan Soulfest event, in downtown Baltimore, attracted more than 5000 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. The date is Saturday, August 26th. Event starts at noon. http://www.vegansoulfest.com/

VEGETARIAN SUMMERFEST: July 5th-9th Vegetarian Summerfest conference on campus of University of Pittsburgh, at Johnstown, PA. Veg Summerfest offers the very best speakers and educational opportunities on veg/vegan lifestyle, and it gives us a chance to connect with like-minded people and enjoy a nice variety of wonderful vegan cuisine! http://vegetariansummerfest.org/ Hope to see you there!

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT

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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/344215115740668/

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 http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/feed/ or follow the site on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NutritionFacts.org and twitter (http://twitter.com/nutrition_facts).

DISCUSSION GROUP RESTAURANT MEETINGS
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. http://www.meetup.com/vegetarian-9/

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. http://www.meetup.com/The-Baltimore-Vegan-Meetup-Group/

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

VIDEO - Animals showing us how to live together in peace...
http://tinyurl.com/hm67xro

VIDEO - "A Life Connected" is a terrific, upbeat 12-minute video that explains the vegan philosophy and lifestyle. Excellent for both children and adults! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_hjA4cdjM

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms7yoerGaPU

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.
https://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos/10154165801779475/

RECOMMENDED READING

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.

PLEASE BRING EMPTY INKJET & TONER CARTRIDGES to Earthsave and Meetup events for recycling. Our nonprofit group is compensated for every cartridge we recycle. Thank you so much!

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 http://tinyurl.com/7e88ndb. 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 Baltimore@earthsave.org, so we can send you a membership card.

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