Party Time: It’s a Green Holiday

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It’s time for another green holiday here in DC, and the area’s eco-friendly groups are gearing up to celebrate the season. Join in this slew of fun events, help curb global warming — and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Toast Another Year
Wednesday, Dec. 2

6 – 8:30 p.m.

End of the Year Joint Happy Hour
Local 16, 1602 U St., NW

LiveGreen will be joining DC Net Impact, Young Non-Profit Professionals Network, and DC Public Private Partnership to celebrate the holidays and the end of 2009, and to look forward to the year ahead. Nosh on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and belly up to a cash bar.

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‘Every Food Fits – It’s Gettin’ Chili in Here!’
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Have Good Cheer and Chili
Thursday, Dec. 3

5 p.m.

First Thursday Happy Hour
Hard Times Café, 4920 Delray Ave

Kick off the holiday season with Bethesda Green. Learn more about this up-and-coming organization’s programs and slate of events, plus how to get involved. Hard Times Cafe is donating 20% of the evening’s sales to Bethesda Green.

Raise a Glass to Copenhagen
Monday, Dec. 7

6 – 9 p.m.

Kickoff to Copenhagen and Holiday Mixer
Restaurant 1905
1905 9th St., NW
$12 DCGC members/$15 nonmembers

What’s happening in Copenhagen next week, anyway? Get the inside scoop from Will Gartshore, a climate change policy expert at World Wildlife Fund, while tasting organic beers, spirits, and appetizers. Say hello to some Brita Climate Ride cyclists and do some holiday shopping at an eco-friendly silent auction that benefits CarbonfreeDC and the DC Green Connection. Yours truly is a host.

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Save the Whales
Wednesday, Dec. 9

6 – 9 p.m.

Women’s Aquatic Network (WAN) Annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser
The Darlington House, 1610 20th St. NW, 2nd Floor Lounge,
$25 General, $20 Members, $15 Students/Fellows (includes drink
tickets and appetizers)

Mingle with friends and colleagues (men and women welcome) in the marine, coastal and aquatic community and enjoy traditional libations, music, tasty food and good cheer along with a silent auction and basket raffle. Funds raised help support the local student scholarship program Environmentors and to support networking events that WAN offers all year long.

Please RSVP to by Dec. 4.

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Spend a Girls Night Out
Tuesday, Dec. 15

6 –8 p.m.

DC EcoWomen Holiday Happy Hour & Networking Event
Farmers and Fishers (formerly Agraria), 3000 K St. NW # 101

Ladies and (this time) gentlemen are welcome for a happy hour and networking event, to mix and mingle with DC EcoWomen, and past EcoHour speakers. Enjoy some light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at one of DC’s leading sustainable restaurants. There will be door prizes; bring guests, and you get extra entries.

Watch TV
Tuesday, Dec. 15

7 p.m.

Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave.

This film promises to help you reflect about the things that really matter this holiday season. Affluenza is described as, among other things, “the bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses” and “a television program that could change your life.”

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Hang with Bikers
Thursday, Dec. 17
5 – 9 p.m.

Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) Holiday Party
WABA, 2599 Ontario Road, NW

Celebrate the holidays with other folks who roll carbon-free at WABA’s new office. Bring a friend, make new friends, meet the WABA staff, and get to know the DC area cycling community a little better. Please bring a $5 donation to help pay for food and drink, plus any additional food and drink you would like to contribute to the celebration.

An area resident since 1997, Donna C. is a DC outsider. When she’s not running her writing and Web business, she’s running around the city, exploring the great outdoors, or trying to figure out how best to go green. See why she loves DC.

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