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What is the Vegan Living Program?

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The 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! Open the Cages Alliance holds a VLP in Baltimore, and a sister program on Long Island in New York. The 2016 Baltimore Vegan Pledge will take place March 26th - April 30th. The VLP educational sessions in Baltimore are free and open to the public.

Ways to Get Involved:

-Not yet vegan? Be a Vegan Pledge! Read all about it at www.VeganLivingProgram.org, and REGISTER online.
-Are you vegan? Be a Vegan Coach! Read all about it at www.VeganLivingProgram.org, and REGISTER online. (First-time Coaches, please see Orientation info!)
-Vegan-curious, but not ready to pledge? Come to the educational sessions! (Only Pledges & Coaches must pre-register.)
-Volunteer! Help us promote the VLP, or lend a hand at the program itself. Contact info@openthecages.org.

Support the Vegan Living Program:

Please help with our venue costs! We have finally found a home for our growing Baltimore program, after many months of visits and phone calls to various potential venues. We looked at some great spaces, however it was a struggle to find a venue large enough to accommodate all of our attendees, with a price tag small enough to fit our budget. We were thrilled to come across Wisdom Book Center just outside of Baltimore City in Gwynn Oak, Maryland! We're very excited to present the 2016 Baltimore Vegan Living Program at the beautiful venue attached to the bookshop, however we need your help to make this happen! Please consider making a donation to help with the venue and other costs of the 2016 Vegan Living Program. Click here to make a donation. Our program is unique in that we do not charge for participation. We depend on those who can to support us financially, so that we can continue to make this life-saving education free and available to all!

The 2016 Baltimore VLP Schedule:

The Vegan Living Program sessions are 100% required attendance for Vegan Pledges and Coaches. The educational sessions are open to everyone, but to be a Pledge or Coach you must attend all six sessions!

The VLP educational sessions will be held at Wisdom Book Center, 5116 Liberty Heights Ave, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207. On April 16th, half the participants will take a field trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, 15200 Mt. Nebo Road, Poolesville, MD 20837 and the other half will view a film; on April 23rd we will switch.

Saturday March 26th 12:00-3:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center - Coach/Pledge Intros & Cooking Demonstration with PEP Foods, including member businesses Alternative Cultures and Enlightening Bellies. Please note that the first session is three hours, so Pledges and Coaches have a chance to check in and meet one another! Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Saturday April 2nd 12:00-2:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center - Vegan Nutrition with Dr. Ruby Lathon of Roadmap to Holistic Health. Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Saturday April 9th 12:00-2:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center - "Beyond the Plate: How Vegan Living Can Change the World" with Brenda Sanders of Open the Cages Alliance, Better Health Better Life, and PEP Foods. Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Saturday April 16th - Participants divide into two groups...
12:00-2:00pm - Field Trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. Tour with Co-Founder Terry Cummings
12:00-2:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center - Film screening: “Cowspiracy”
sponsored by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Saturday April 23rd - Participants divide into two groups...
12:00-2:00pm - Field Trip to Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. Tour with Co-Founder Terry Cummings
12:00-2:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center - Film screening: “Cowspiracy”
sponsored by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Saturday April 30th 12:00-2:00pm @ Wisdom Book Center, 5116 Liberty Heights Ave, Gwynn Oak, MD 21207 - Vegan Pledge Graduation! Click here to RSVP on Facebook (optional).

All educational sessions may be documented with video and/or photography, which will be posted online. Media will be invited to some sessions.

Veganism Support Meetup June 2014Join us at the Veganism Support Meetup Group!

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. There is a vegan potluck and a differrent discussion topic each month. Sign up and stay tuned! The Veganism Support Meetup 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 at www.meetup.com/supportingvegans.

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