Green Drinks Film Festival Fundraiser Feb. 3

Posted by Trish Riley, January 11, 2010

Green Drinks Film Festival flyer
Green Drinks Gainesville
will help raise funds and excitement for
The First Annual
Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
6 – 9 pm
Prairie Creek Lodge
Casual, refreshments, free Donations will be solicited
to support the festival
The Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival is a collaborative effort of the Hippodrome Theatre, and This festival will engage
the community with:
— film, music, dance, poetry, photography and visual art exhibitions
— school-related programs
— community conservation projects
— green business education
The festival will be held March 19 – 28, 2010, presenting ten days of the best in environmental feature
films and documentaries, film and environmental workshops, and culminate in an Environmental Fair
and free family film at the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza.

Pleease RSVP for this event:

To let us know how you’d like to participate:

— Trish Riley — Film Festival Director; Publisher, 954-384-9466
— Shirley Lasseter — Director, Hippodrome Cinema:

Green Drinks Film Festival flyer

Directions to Prairie Creek Lodge
a meeting and conference eco-lodge
owned and operated by
Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc.
From the intersection of University Avenue
and Main Street in downtown Gainesville:
— Drive east on University Avenue (SR 26) a distance
of 1.1 miles; then,
— Veer right onto Hawthorne Road (SR 20) and
drive southeast 5.2 miles; then,
— Turn right onto CR 2082 and drive 1.2 miles;
— Turn right onto CR 234, cross the Gainesville-
Hawthorne Rail Trail, and drive south 0.9 miles;
— Turn right at the mailbox labeled “7204”, and
stay straight on the dirt driveway 0.5 miles through
the gate and to the Lodge.
Alachua Conservation Trust: (352) 373-1078 [office]
Robert Hutchinson (Director) : (352) 256-6043 [cell]
Ivor Kincaide (Land Manager): (352) 377-6253 [cell]

Hello Gainesville Greenies!

Thanks so much to those of you who came out to Lux a few weeks ago to enjoy delicious Indian food prepared by Sarjit and Ed Kellerman on behalf of Project Nepal, which provides educational materials to students in Nepal. We had a wonderful meal and a nice time. Steve Nichtberger told us how he’d created the lovely Lux Bar from recycled materials, and shared his rather challenging experiences as a business owner trying to meet local code requirements.

Then we responded to a half dozen questions about the local job market… thanks to Ken McMurry for taking notes. I sent our responses to the White House Community Job Forum as requested. I was pleased that our group offered a lot of advice on developing more sustainable businesses and job opportunities, and I hope that our input is useful as the White House develops further recovery plans. I’ll let you all know if we get any further response from the administration.

For those of you who are in business, I learned about a great program managed by Florida Works that provides salary reimbursement for workers who meet specific requirements, i.e. they need to be the parent of a minor child. This seems like so much better a plan than just using government funds to pay out unemployment claims. It gets people to work and it helps businesses. Interested business owners should apply right away for the Florida Back to Work program at:

Our next meeting, 6 – 9 p.m. Feb. 3, will be a fund raiser sponsored by Alachua Conservation Trust for the first annual Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, which I hope you’ll all take ownership of (figuratively and literally) because it’s an idea that was born at our August Green Drinks meeting. Shirley Lasseter of the Hippodrome and I have grabbed onto this idea and we are hustling to make it happen – we have developed a plan for a 10-day festival with at least five major environmental films, an environmental fair where organizations and businesses can meet with the public, and outings to showcase our beautiful natural resources in the area. We’ve been enthusiastically received… now we’re trying to put the finances together to make it work. Alachua Conservation Trust has offered to host our next meeting at their new acquisition, the lovely Prairie Creek Lodge (please click here for directions). ACT will arrange for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and provide live music courtesy of the popular local ensemble, Weeds of Eden. There will be a bonfire outside, weather permitting, and ACT will show slides of the beautiful natural resources ACT and our environmental film festival seek to protect. We’ll offer a few door prizes and we also plan to screen a short film on Florida’s waterways provided by local award-winning film producer Wes Skiles. This will be just a sip of what we plan to offer at the Film Festival, and we hope it will inspire you – and everyone you know – to chip in to help make our Film Festival a success.

We’re requesting a minimum donation of $10 to attend the party and partake the refreshments, but we do hope you’ll consider making a more substantial donation to the Film Festival – please bring your checkbooks. And if you know of any sustainable businesses, organizations, or individuals who’d like to support the environmental film festival, please bring them along, too. I’ve attached the film festival brochure with details on sponsorship opportunities. We’ve got a poster in the works, and any Major Sponsors who sign up by Jan. 27 will have their logo displayed on this beautiful promotional piece that will be posted across town through the end of March. Please pass this information along to anyone or any businesses you think might like to be part of this exciting event.

RSVPs appreciated via email, phone, or forum:

Final note: We have some elections coming up in March, and I thought it would be nice to host any candidates who’d like to share their views with our members at our March meeting. If you know a candidate, please invite them to join our March 3 meeting and we’ll offer a forum for them to share their ideas. Please let me know…

Many thanks to all, and to all, Happy Green Year!