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Registration is open for our 2015 Vegan Living Program!

vlpJust hearing about the Baltimore Vegan Living Program? If you're seeing this message, we've sent our database of Vegan Pledges and Coaches to print, and the program is in progress! Please note that no pre-registration is required just to attend -- all VLP sessions held in Baltimore are free to attend, and open to the public! Call OTCA at (443) 478-3074 with any questions. Thank you.

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! The 2015 Baltimore Vegan Pledge will be March 28th - May 2nd.

The Vegan Living Program sessions listed below 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! You may RSVP for these events on Facebook if you'd like.

The VLP educational sessions will be held at Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle School, 121 McMechen St, Baltimore, MD 21217. On April 18th, 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 25th we will switch.

Saturday March 28th 3:00-6:00pm @ Mt. Royal Elem. - Coach/Pledge Intros & Meal Prep Demo with Ihsan Bey of Son Dey's Vegan Pop Up Cafe and Kyle Harvey of Alternative Cultures. RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.

Saturday April 4th 3:00-5:00pm @ Mt. Royal Elem. - Vegan Nutrition with Dr. Ruby Lathon of Roadmap to Holistic Health. RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.

Saturday April 11th 3:00-5:00pm @ Mt. Royal Elem. - "Why Going Vegan is the Least We Can Do" with Brenda Sanders of Better Health Better Life. RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.

Saturday April 18th - 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 (This field trip is not open to the public.)
3:00-5:00pm @ Mt Royal Elem. - Film screening: “Cowspiracy” RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.
sponsored by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College

Saturday April 25th - 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 (This field trip is not open to the public.)
3:00-5:00pm @ Mt Royal Elem. - Film screening: “Cowspiracy”
sponsored by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.

Saturday May 2nd 3:00-5:00pm @ Mt. Royal Elem. - Vegan Pledge Graduation! RSVP on Facebook if you'd like.

We're thrilled to welcome vegan caterers EnLightening Bellies and Alternative Cultures back to the Vegan Living Program, and to add Son Dey's Vegan Pop Up Cafe, Cameran's Treats, and Chef Sy's Vibrational Kitchen as caterers for this year's program!

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

Be sure to visit our Speakers' Page!

After Graduation: Stay Connected!

After the Vegan Pledge, Open the Cages Alliance will present educational events each month from May through September. Join us! Plus, don’t forget to join the Veganism Support Meetup Group, www.meetup.com/supportingvegans. This group is our go-to for staying connected after the Vegan Pledge!

Saturday May 16th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Govans Presbyterian Church - Eating for Life Workshop OTCA in conjunction with PEP Foods Inc presents an Eating for Life Workshop. This will be a Cooking with Tofu & Seitan demonstration by Syreeta Gray of Chef Sy’s Vibrational Kitchen (www.facebook.com/chefsyskitchen). Govans Presbyterian Church is located at 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Saturday June 13th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Urban Business Center - Eating for Life Workshop OTCA in conjunction with PEP Foods Inc presents an Eating for Life Workshop. This will be a cooking demonstration by Chef Luz Villar of Enlightening Bellies, a vegan catering company that specializes in veganizing comfort food. The Urban Business Center is located at 1200 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21223.

Saturday July 11th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Urban Business Center - Film Screening: “Lolita: Slave to Entertainment” (www.slavetoentertainment.com) Join us to watch this award-winning documentary about Lolita, an orca currently living in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium, and efforts to free her. The Urban Business Center is located at 1200 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21223.

Saturday August 8th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Urban Business Center - Prisoner Letter Writing Come enjoy some vegan snacks and good company, and write to those imprisoned fighting for animal liberation. The Urban Business Center is located at 1200 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21223.

Saturday September 19th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Southeast Anchor Library - Vegan Men’s Discussion (Back by popular demand!) Do male-identified vegans face particular challenges and pressures in a not-yet-vegan world? This is an opportunity for male-identified vegans to come together and talk about it. The Southeast Anchor Library is located at 3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Saturday September 26th, 1:00-3:00pm @ Urban Business Center - Eating for Life Workshop OTCA in conjunction with PEP Foods Inc presents an Eating for Life Workshop. This will be a “Veganize It!” cooking demonstration, where guest chefs will show us how to make vegan dishes that mimic the taste, mouthfeel and total experience of traditional favorites. The Urban Business Center is located at 1200 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21223.

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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