Category Archives: Events

Safe biking in Bergen County – discuss it at Green Drinks Hackensack 2/13

This Monday at Green Drinks, a few of us from the Fair Lawn Green Team will be discussing safe bike routes in north Jersey, especially how to create a direct connection from the county bike path to Bergen Community College. We welcome input and would love to know what your biking concerns are.

Monday 13 February 2011 | 7:00pm
Victor’s Maywood Inn
122 W. Pleasant Avenue, Maywood, NJ
(201) 843-8022
Admission: Always free
Food: Pay only for food and drinks you order
Parking: free on site

Green Drinks Hackensack Monday 2/13 @ 7:00pm
Green Drinks Paterson/Clifton TUESDAY 2/21 @ 7:00pm
Green Drinks Newark Monday 3/5 @ 7:00pm

Espanõl-parlantes muy bienvenidos en todas las reuniones Green Drinks! Visite para información sobre nuestra organización en español.

We have a nice and growing group in Hackensack hosted by Ivan Gomez Wei, Sally Gellert, Yulieth Peña and Kim Wei. I hope you’ll come by and share a drink and some chicken wings with us. If you don’t drink alcohol, don’t worry – many Greendrinkers don’t. We are in Hackensack every 2nd Monday.

A Green Drinks get-together is: Lively, casual conversation with other people interested in green or sustainable life, business and community practices, green jobs, the green economy and urban farming/gardening. Feel free to drop by for however long you like – as the general monthly meetings have no set format and people come and go during the evening.

We always meet in places where the food is good and prices are easy on the pocket. And by the way, Green Drinks gatherings ARE NOT about drinking or green colored drinks. They’re about the environment!

Open to the public, discussions are where you want to take them, and admission is always free. Green professionals, area residents and all others are welcome! Help us build a friendly new green community one person at a time, by joining us one evening.

More info at

Green Drinks Newark Riverfront Tour now 10/16. Coming?

The new, new date for this year’s tour is Sunday, October 16 from 12:00-3:30pm. August 28 was the day hurricane Irene hit New Jersey.

This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 28 from 12-3:30pm. Hope some of you will come out with us. The water’s fine!

Last year a bunch of Green Drinkers went out in pontoon boats to tour the Newark Riverfront area, and we’re doing it again. Tickets are $6. I hope we’ll get a nice group together again. Pontoon boats – and pilots – are on loan from the Hackensack River Keeper and they’re completely safe.

If you want to come, reach out to us on Twitter, email info at thiswebsite dot com or call Ivan at 201-688-0036.

Here are some pix from last year’s tour, which coincidentally, also took place on Aug 28. Originally, we were scheduled to go out this year on July 17 but the trip was moved due to an illness in our boat pilot’s family.

City Bloom Luncheon Benefitting Newark Youth

On Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 12:00 noon, the Greater Newark Conservancy will be hosting a fundraising luncheon to support their job training program for Newark Teens. The Newark Youth Leadership Project (NYLP) seeks to increasing employment and earning potential among Newark youth by providing high school and college students with job training experience, leadership development, exposure to career options in the environmental and horticultural fields; plus options and support for pursuing education after high school. NYLP is beginning its 13th year and has served over 400 participants.

Featured keynote speaker will be Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., who is a preeminent voice for and practitioner of urban agriculture in America and throughout the world. He was selected to speak to the nation from the White House when First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launching of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity. Mr. Allen’s address will inspire Newark youth to put some of their good summer energy into expanding the GNC’s Urban Farming Initiative in Newark. They will have the chance to learn about horticulture and nutrition while helping to expand urban farming in Newark so city residents can have better access to healthy food.

Greater Newark Conservancy’s City Bloom Luncheon
Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 12:00 noon
At the Newark Museum
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets $150
Contact: Brian David 973-642-4646 x 16

Registration begins 11:30 am. Speaker at 1:00 pm.
Paid parking available on site

You can view the invitation packet with more details about the event and speaker at the luncheon event page (file too big to post here).

Fair Lawn Green Fair

The Fair Lawn Green Fair takes place this Wednesday, May 18. We hope you’ll come out to enjoy all the interesting and nice exhibits.

2011 Fair Lawn Green Fair
Wednesday, May 18 2011 6:00-9:00 pm
Fair Lawn High School
14-00 Berdan Avenue
In the D Café (park behind the school and use rear entrance)
Cost: Free

At Fair Lawn’s 2nd Annual Fair Lawn Green Fair on May 18, visitors will tour Fair Lawn High School’s courtyard, see its rain garden and participate in hands-on presentations to learn how easy it is to build beautiful, native plant rain gardens in their own yards or install a rain barrel. Master Gardeners of Bergen County will show residents how to create a pest and odor-free compost bin, or pile, and there will be many other educational and fun activities for families and children.

Reusable bags and other items will be given away, free! The Wei is donating a rain barrel to be given away as a door prize. Rain barrel trainers Ari Wei and Adam Fahmi can install the rain barrel for the local resident who takes it home.

Pat LaRocco of Fair Lawn’s Rotary Club will demonstrate paper-pot making using soy-ink newspaper eco friendly enough to go straight into the soil along with the starter plants they contain. Ari Wei and Adam Fahmi, boro residents, high school students and rain barrel builders trained through Rutgers’ Water Resources program, will help demonstrate how to make and use mosquito-free rain barrels. One barrel made during the fair will be donated to Fair Lawn’s Community Garden, a town-supported initiative opening to residents this month – who will also have an information table at the fair – and a second rain barrel will be offered as a door prize. Lessons will be given throughout the evening on crocheting satchels with “plarn” strips made from disposable shopping bags. Other fair exhibitors include the boro’s Shade Tree and Historic Preservation Commissions, Bergen County Audubon Society, the NY-NJ Trail Conference, Garretson Forge and Farm, and Green Drinks.

Joan Goldstein, head of the Fair Lawn Green Team, fair co-sponsor together with Boro Mayor and Council, says, “We hope the Green Fair will raise environmental awareness by showing residents how easily they can implement small, sustainable, measures in homes and gardens which the whole family will enjoy helping to implement and maintain. The installation basics being taught at the fair will provide enough information for a family to get started right away with a composting, rain barrel or rain garden project of its own. I’m looking forward this summer to hearing about many yard and garden project successes!”

Rain gardens are attractive arrangements of native greenery and flowers planted in shallow depressions designed to collect water during a storm and dry out completely within 24-48 hours after it ends. They provide clean water to the planet in two ways: moisture gathered on the leaves of plants evaporates into the atmosphere, and water channeled underground is cleaned by soil as it makes its way down into hidden aquifers carrying water back to streams and lakes. Rain gardens are inexpensive, low-maintenance and provide exceptionally effective, natural cleansing of water that would otherwise enter fresh waterways untreated, along with chemical pollutants such as excess lawn nutrients, pesticides, drops of auto oil and anti-freeze.

At the rain barrel demonstration, visitors will learn how to build, install and maintain a rain barrel, which is a modified container placed under a gutter downspout that collects rainwater from a building’s roof. A barrel holds about 50 gallons of water that can be used for a variety of tasks including car washing, lawn and garden watering, and can be especially useful during summer water shortages. Collected rainwater also offers savings on water bills and helps prevent basement flooding. Rain gardens and rain barrels are both important components of a municipality’s stormwater treatment strategy, as they help keep pollutants away from roadside storm drains which funnel water directly into local freshwater rivers and streams.

Sponsored by the Fair Lawn Mayor and Council and Fair Lawn Green Team. For more information, contact Kimi Wei at 862-203-8814.