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Join us for educational events presented by the Vegan Living Program 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.

Each spring, we host Vegan Pledges who 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! The 2014 Vegan Pledge was March 15th-April 19th.

We are presenting the following educational events to keep the community going! These events are all open to the public, and it's free to participate - please join us!
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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.

Photos and Reports from our educational events...

"Veganize It!" Cooking Demonstration

Bey Veganize ItKyle Veganize ItOn Saturday May 17th, 2014, Open the Cages Alliance hosted a "Veganize It!" Cooking Demonstration with Ihsan Bey (Chef Bey of Son Dey Vegan Brunch) and Kyle Harvey of Alternative Cultures vegan cheesecake. We learned about mimicking the taste, mouthfeel, and total experience of traditional favorites, using all vegan ingredients. Kyle demonstrated vegan cheeses that melt, spread and stretch. Ihsan demonstrated a vegan "seafood" salad, Rasta potatoes, and breakfast food including tofu scramble and vegan "sausage." Thanks to our speakers for the engaging presentation, and for wowing us all with delicious food! View the full album here.

Veganism & Spirituality Group PhotoGroup Discussion: Veganism and Spirituality

Thank you to Meg Graney and Ihsan Bey for facilitating a wonderful discussion on vegan living and spirituality! This was a thought-provoking and intense discussion with a great group of people. The contributions the attendees brought to this event were quite powerful -- thank you all for being part of this...and to We Call It Love catering for bringing delicious vegan food! See the photo album here.

Photos and Reports from the 2014 VLP Vegan Pledge...

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 3 024 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.

Click here to view the full album!

Juicy Vegan Social 2014Juicy 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!

 

VLP 2014 Graduation BaltimoreVegan Pledge Graduation!

On Saturday April 19th, we concluded the 2014 VLP Vegan Pledge in Baltimore with Vegan Pledge Graduation! OTCA organizers prepared a celebratory meal for 2014 participants. Many of us shared our reflections on this year's program, and certificates of completion were presented to Vegan Pledges! Congratulations, everyone! Huge THANK YOUs to all the Vegan Pledges, Coaches, speakers, volunteers and supporters who made this program possible! OTCA has educational and social events scheduled through September, so please join us! The VLP community also continues to get together through the Veganism Support Meetup. See you soon! Click here to view the full Graduation album.


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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