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The Vegan Living Program is March 15 - April 19 in Baltimore!

vlpThe Vegan Living Program (VLP) is a series of educational events that cover the hows and whys of vegan living, including the ethical and environmental implications of vegan lifestyles, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, and living vegan in a not-yet-vegan world.

Vegan Pledges (we have more than 70 this year!) pledge to live vegan for the 5-week program, with the help of volunteer Vegan Coaches. Vegan Pledges receive a binder full of resources and recipes, and a goody bag of free vegan stuff to make the transition easier and more fun! Classes and cooking demos are free and open to the public.

The 2014 Vegan Living Program is happening NOW!

Check out these photos from our events so far, and scroll down for the full schedule!

VLP 2014 Launch DayVLP 2014 Launch Day!

At Day One of the 2014 Vegan Living Program in Baltimore, Vegan Pledges and Coaches had some time to meet and mingle, and then we got things started with a vegan cooking demonstration. We demonstrated the preparation of kale salad, coconut bean curry, apple chips, crunchy spiced chickpeas, and marinated baked tofu. Click here to view the full album!

 

VLP 2014 Meatout VSM WebVeganism Support Meetup in Celebration of Meatout!

On March 20, a Veganism Support Meetup was held in celebration of the 30th annual Meatout, a campaign by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) (www.farmusa.org). Meatout is an international observance helping individuals evolve to a wholesome, compassionate vegan diet. The goal of the Veganism Support Meetup group is to provide a safe space for people to express their passion, excitement, trials, disappointments, successes, difficulties, challenges and triumphs while trying to live a vegan lifestyle. Join this group at www.meetup.com/supportingvegans. Click here to view the full album!

Dr. Ruby LathonVLP 2014 Session 2: Vegan Nutrition with Dr. Ruby Lathion!

On Saturday March 22nd, we hosted Dr. Ruby Lathon at session 2 of our 2014 Vegan Living Program in Baltimore! Dr. Lathon is a Holistic Health and Wellness Educator (www.RubyLathon.com). She gave an info-packed, myth-busting presentation on vegan nutrition, along with practical tips for healthy meal planning. Dr. Lathon also shared her inspiring story of health empowerment and healing through vegan nutrition. Thank you, Dr. Lathon! 

Be sure to check out Dr. Lathon's YouTube Channel, The Veggie Chest

Click here to view the full album!

 

Chef Greg Brown from The Land of KushVegan Cooking Demo: "Cooking with Beer!"

On Tuesday March 25th, Chef Greg Brown from The Land Of Kush presented a "Cooking with Beer" vegan cooking demonstration for 2014 Vegan Pledges and many more lucky attendees. Why lucky? Because we got to sample delicious beer-battered onion rings, beer-braised seitan with dumplings, and other delicious recipes made with (you guessed it!) vegan beer. This was a Baltimore Vegan Drinks event in conjunction with the 2014 Vegan Living Program, and was held at Local Color Flowers in Baltimore. For help finding vegan beer, wine and liquor, visit Barnivore.com.

Thanks so much to Baltimore Vegan Drinks and The Land of Kush for all their support for our Vegan Pledges!

 

VLP 2014 Session 3 WebVLP 2014 Session 3: Vegan Living & the Environment + Close-up on Aquatic Life!

At Session 3 of the Vegan Living Program in Baltimore, we welcomed Demosthenes Maratos of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College to give a talk on Vegan Living & the Environment. Demosthenes has worked in the field of environmental and public policy since 1989. We also hosted Mary Finelli, founder of Fish Feel, to present a Close-Up on Aquatic Life. Fish Feel is the sole organization devoted exclusively to promoting the recognition of fish as sentient beings deserving of respect and protection.

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VLP 2014 Juicy Vegan SocialJuicy Vegan Social!

On Thursday April 3rd, we got together for a Juicy Vegan Social at Grind House Juice Bar! This casual social event was held in conjunction with the 2014 Vegan Living Program in Baltimore, and was a chance for Pledges, Coaches, attendees, organizers and any interested folks to meet and mingle over delicious vegan food, juices and smoothies. Thanks to everyone who joined us! Click here to view the full album!

 

VLP 2014 Session 4 Brenda SandersVLP 2014 Session 4 "Making the Connection: Sustaining Veganism by Understanding the Big Picture"

On Saturday April 5th, Brenda Sanders of Open the Cages Alliance and the organization Better Health Better Life was our featured speaker at Session 5 of the 2014 Vegan Living Program in Baltimore. Brenda's lecture was titled "Making the Connection: Sustaining Veganism by Understanding the Big Picture." In this powerful talk, Brenda connected veganism to issues many of us care about, and presented vegan living as an empowering daily practice to dismantle the Power Over Others Program. Brenda's talk received a standing ovation from attendees. Thank you, Brenda! Click here to view the full album!

VLP 2014 Nicole @ PSASVLP Session 5 Trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary!

On Saturday April 12th, Vegan Living Program participants took a trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Their mission is to offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals, provide protected habitat for wildlife, furnish information to the public regarding farm animal and wildlife issues, and promote compassion and humane treatment for all animals. Please visit www.animalsanctuary.org and support their lifesaving work!


The 2014 Vegan Living Program - Baltimore Schedule:

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Vegan Pledges and Coaches are required to attend all 6 core sessions listed below. All of these sessions except for Vegan Pledge Graduation on April 19th are open to the public!

Saturday March 15th 3:00-6:00pm - Coach/Pledge Intros & Cooking Demo @ Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
Vegan Pledges and Coaches will have some time to get acquainted, and VLP organizers will present a food prep demonstration to get everyone started!

Saturday March 22nd 3:00-5:00pm - Vegan Nutrition @ Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230. With holistic health and wellness educator Dr. Ruby Lathon.

Saturday March 29th 3:00-5:00pm - Environmental Benefits of Vegan Living + Close-up on Aquatic Life @ Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
With Demosthenes Maratos of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, and Mary Finelli, Founder of Fish Feel.

Saturday April 5th 3:00-5:00pm - Making the Connection: Sustaining Veganism by Understanding the Big Picture @ Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
With Brenda Sanders of Open the Cages Alliance and Better Health, Better Life.

Saturday April 12th 1:00-3:00pm - Field Trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is located at 15200 Mt. Nebo Road, Poolesville, MD 20837, and directions are online at http://animalsanctuary.org/events/directions.html. Meet us there at 1:00pm for a tour of the with Sanctuary Director Terry Cummings! There will be an opportunity to plan carpooling via the VLP 2014 GoogleGroup.

Saturday April 19th 3:00-5:00pm - Vegan Pledge Graduation! (For Pledges & Coaches only) @ Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
A celebratory vegan meal for Vegan Pledges and Coaches, with certificates of completion presented to Vegan Pledges.

Get Social During the Vegan Living Program:

Thursday March 20th, 6:00-9:00pm: Veganism Support Meetup Potluck in Celebration of Meatout! Join us at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. The goal of this Meetup group is to provide a safe space for people to express their passion, excitement, trials, disappointments, successes, difficulties, challenges and triumphs while trying to live a vegan lifestyle. The Veganism Support Group is a SAFE SPACE where everyone is invited to share their thoughts, opinions and questions in a non-judgmental, guilt-free environment. Join this group online, and RSVP for March 20th, at www.meetup.com/supportingvegans.

This particular Meetup is held in celebration of the 30th annual Meatout, a campaign by Farm Animal Rights Movement (www.farmusa.org). Meatout is an international observance helping individuals evolve to a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Thousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and a host of other countries welcome Spring with colorful educational events. Visitors are asked to "kick the meat habit" on March 20th (first day of spring) and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Visit www.meatout.org for more info.

Tuesday March 25th, 7:00-9:00pm: Cooking with Beer by Chef Greg from The Land of Kush!
Join us at Local Color Flowers, 3100 Brentwood Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218, for a cooking demonstration by Chef Greg Brown of The Land of Kush, who will demonstrate cooking with vegan beer! This is a shared event with Baltimore Vegan Drinks (www.bmorevegan.com). Registration is $30, but VLP 2014 Vegan Pledges attend for free with RSVP! Contact info@openthecages.org if you are a 2014 VLP Vegan Pledge and you’d like to attend. If you are not a 2014 VLP Vegan Pledge, please REGISTER at www.BmoreVegan.com/Events.

Thursday April 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm: Juicy Happy Hour!
Join us at Grind House Juice Bar, 2441 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a juicy vegan happy hour social! Grind House is a 100% vegan juice bar, cafe, and market, so come hungry! This social is held in conjunction with the 2014 Vegan Living Program.

Educational Events Presented by the Vegan Living Program:

Saturday May 3rd, 3:00-5:00pm: Group Discussion on Vegan Living and Spirituality Join us at Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230, for a panel discussion with Meg Graney and Ihsan Bey. Does living vegan tie in with your spirituality? Come for a friendly group discussion about this!

Saturday May 17th, 2:00-4:00pm: Veganize It! Cooking Workshop Join us in the Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 for a cooking workshop with Ihsan Bey and Kyle Harvey, who will demonstrate vegan versions of familiar favorites! Learn to meet and exceed your expectations for mimicking the taste, mouthfeel, and total experience of traditional favorites.

Saturday June 14th, 2:00-4:00pm: Raw Foods Workshop with Nakia Powell Join us in the Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 for a raw foods workshop with Nakia of Nakia’s Peace of Life catering! There will be samples, so come ready to be amazed!

Saturday July 12th, 2:00-4:00pm: Juicing Workshop with Ayo Nzinga Join us in the Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 for a juicing and smoothie workshop with Ayo of Grind House Juice Bar!

Saturday August 16th, 2:00-4:00pm: Cooking Vegan - A Kid-Friendly Cooking Demo with Chef Greg Brown Join us in the Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 for a cooking workshop with Chef Greg Brown from The Land of Kush! The workshop will deal specifically with cooking vegan for kids.

Saturday September 6th, 2:00-4:00pm: An Afternoon of Family Fun!! Join us in the Poe Room at Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 for an afternoon of kids’ crafts, hula hooping, games, vegan snacks, a vegan bag lunch-making demonstration, and fun surprises! Want to volunteer? Contact info@openthecages.org!

Saturday September 20th, 3:00-5:00pm: Cooking with Tofu and Seitan! Join us at Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230 for a cooking demonstration with Rachel Saxon of We Call It Love Cafe, who will de-mystify the different kinds of tofu, and what to do with them to make delicious savory and sweet dishes! Rachel will also demonstrate preparation of homemade seitan!

Plus, this May, we will debut a Vegan Living Program on Long Island, NY in conjunction with Karuna for Animals. Stay tuned to our website for details, Like us on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter.


Join the Veganism Support Meetup Group!

vsm may 2013 2x shrunkThe Vegan Living Program Community continues to grow and get together all year round through the Veganism Support Meetup Group! Please join the Meetup group here. This Meetup group is not just for VLP participants; it's for anyone who wants to give or receive support for their vegan or aspiring vegan lifestyle...or just ask questions in a friendly, supportive environment!

Have a question? Want more info? Email info@openthecages.org or call (443) 478-3074.

 

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