Green Drinks Candidates Night March 3

Posted by Trish Riley, February 21, 2010

Hello Gainesville Greenies,

Thank you all so much for your support of our first annual Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival. We’ve generated about half of what we need thus far, thanks in part to the fundraisers hosted by Alachua Conservation Trust and Sustainable Alachua County, which many of you attended. We really appreciate the help of these groups, and we appreciate your interest and support.

Please continue to help spread the word to any other sustainable organizations, businesses or individuals who’d like to join our effort to bring this fiesta of environmental information and networking to our community. All our info is now available online at this beautiful site created by volunteer David Kofahl: or you can contact us directly at:

Our next Green Drinks meeting will be a Candidates Night. I’m inviting all current candidates participating in local elections to join us and share their views. Come prepared with questions. We’ll meet 6-8->p.m. March 3 at Boca Fiesta, 232 SE 1st St., and Palomino, 19 se 2nd place. The restaurants share an outdoor courtyard, where we’ll gather, weather permitting. Local candidates have another event to attend at 7 p.m., so we’ll ask them to speak promptly at 6 p.m., then have our social hour afterward.

From Cameron Brown, owner of the new Palomino: “We started dreaming of opening our place shortly after the closing of happy hour pool hall,which I worked at for 9 years. Happy hour was a community based pool room that serviced Gainesville for 60 years.We look forward to continuing the philosophy of giving people a friendly atmosphere in which to have lots of fun,and a place that will fell as comfortable as their own living room. As for ways that we are helping the environment in which we live,most of the things that we have done thus far happened at the construction level.These consist of using pre-existing materials in creative ways, throwing as little as possible away and using energy-efficient a.c.’s. We look forward to constantly improving our environmental footprint, and we look forward to all of your suggestions!”

Hope to see you there!