The Week in Green: August 10-18

Thanks to FreeFoto.com
Thanks to FreeFoto.com

August is the cruelest month. At least in DC, where 95% humidity is the norm. Fret not. We’ve pulled together a few activities that are either indoors or close to H2O so you can avoid turning into human jerky this week.

Tuesday August 11

Green Drinks at Gazuza (1629 Connecticut Ave.), 6:30-9:30. We recommend arriving early so you can hunker down at the indoor bar. In addition to the usual eco-minded mingling, Live Green will be selling their last round of raffle tickets and Dan Morrison, Executive Director of 1Well — an organization that partners socially and environmentally conscious individuals with small but critical projects for a community in need — is the guest speaker.

Thursday August 13

After 5 at the Phillips Collection. This week, enjoy jazz, art, and a “tasting of summer” courtesy of FRESHFARM markets.

All week

No swimming pool in the back yard? Then head to one of the District’s public pools for a free dip. Since this week is expected to be extra toasty, the DPR is extending hours at 13 outdoor swimming pools from 11 am to 9 pm, Mon-Wed. Visit the DC Department of Parks and Recreation for hours and locations.

Lots O’ Green Events

Starting on Tuesday June 17th, there are three great green-related events that you don’t want to miss. Check out the line up:

WHAT: EcoHour sponsored by DC EcoWomen
WHEN: Tuesday, June 17th, 6-8pm
WHERE: Teaism @ 8th & D Streets (400 8th Street NW) Metro: Archives/Navy
Memorial, Gallery Place/Chinatown, and Federal Triangle.
WHY: Because local sustainable food is simple genius and because the Teasim basement is a cool oasis in this heatwave. This month’s speaker is Susan Harris, president and newsletter editor of the Takoma Horticulture Club and co-creator of GardenRant.com.
RSVP: email rsvp@ecowomen.org. If you are new to the group, please include your name and institutional affiliation. And sorry guys–it’s women only.

Also on Tuesday, drop by Greater Goods on U Street for an organic wine tasting at 6:30pm. Sample organic wines for free and browse all kinds of groovy eco products including portable solar panels for your laptop, reusable grocery bags, and organic toys.

Last but most certainly not least is the official launch party for Live Green. Full disclosure: I’m on the host committee, so if you decide to attend, please tell them I sent ya! Now, onto the details:

What: Live Green Launch Party
When: Wednesday, June 18th, 6:00
Where: Local 16 (16th and U Streets NW; Green Line U Street/Cardoza Metro)
Cost: $15
Details: Live music from local faves the Black and Tan Fantasy Band, food, drink specials, optional one-year membership to Live Green, and more information about how the organization can help you live a more affordable green lifestyle in DC and beyond.
RSVP: contactlivegreen@gmail.com

Green Drinks Tonight & Live Green HH Next Week

Mingle with fellow greenies from 6-9 at tonight’s monthly Green Drinks event at The Reef in Adams Morgan (2446 18th Street). Order from a menu that features organic produce, fair catch seafood, and free-range meats from local farmers.

And…don’t miss what promises to be a fabulous, fun, and informative happy hour next week brought to you by Live Green.

Here are the deets for the Live Green HH:

Why: Network with other green-minded folks and hear the latest news about Live Green. Enjoy $5 organic/biodynamic Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah from Benziger wines.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Urbana, the lounge attached to Palomar (a Kimpton hotel), 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC. Call Urbana at 202-956-6650 for further details on location.
RSVP: contactlivegreen@gmail.com (strongly encouraged!)

Head of the Class

Greater Goods (1626 U Street) now offers “classes for greener living” including Waste & Recycling, Greening Your Home, and Water Conservation, and more. The cost is $20 for early registration and $25 at the door. The first workshop on Jan. 26 will cover:

  • An overview of the main energy hogs in the home and what you can do to decrease their energy consumption
  • 10 easy steps you can take to be more energy efficient and save money
  • Suggested products and services to help you implement these steps
  • Additional resources to continue your education

And when you do drop by, don’t forget to bring a donation for the Capital Area Food Bank.