Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No Green Drinks in December 2009

We hope that everyone had a terrific time in 2009 making friends, connections and figuring out more ways to not toast our beautiful blue planet.  A huge thanks to all of the people and organizations who hosted GreenDrinks in the past year – every one was different and each made a unique contribution. 

Be a Host of Green Drinks: It is really simple.
You find the place, make sure there is beverage and some snacks (host or no-host is ok) – simple or complex is your choice.  We send the e-vite at no charge.  The people come.  We are inviting firms, organizations and individuals to show their green by hosting GreenDrinks this coming year.  Just call Valerie at 425-252-7601 or email valerie@greeningproperties.com to get signed up. 

No GreenDrinks in December

We'd like to encourage all of you to spend lots of time with your friends, families and co-workers during the holidays.  Go play in the snow.  Take some time to be grateful for all you have and make some time to imagine all of the wonderful things you have yet to do.   We’ll be back again on January 13, 2010.  The Rice Group, a consulting engineers firm, will be our host.  This will be our first ever GreenDrinks in Lynnwood!    

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Support Local Business Snohomish Holiday Market Opens Nov. 19th

Visit the Snohomish Holiday Market from Nov.19- Dec. 27.

The Market will be open:
Thursdays from 11-5,
Friday from 10-7
Saturday from 10-7,
Sunday from 11-5

The Market features over 6,000 sq ft of arts, crafts and other surprises.

Vendors will change each week so you'll want to visit often.

Vendors are still being accepted.
Historic Downtown Snohomish
Snohomish Marketplace
1234 First Street, Snohomish, WA 98290

For more information visit:

For more information contact:

Thanks for Supporting local Community. Photo is from Erickson Creations which you will see at the Market.

Friday, October 16, 2009

submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation "This Place Matters" photo contest

Historic Everett’s Halloween Fundraiser
Start-up for Everett History Week

                Spaghetti Dinner  
                        Costume Party 
                            Silent Auction

Friday 10/30/09
5-8 pm
Historic Anchor Tavern
1001 Hewitt Avenue
$15.00 suggested donation

We are accepting items for the auction. Please contact Annie Lyman at 425-259-2513 if you have neat old/new stuff/services you can donate.

Proceeds of the event go to help pay legal fees to Save the Collins Building.

Learn more at www.HistoricEverettt.org

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oct. 14th.. Green Drinks at the "old" Broadway Mall in Everett

Join Apothecary and Thyme, Earth Cocoon, Sharing Wheels, Anabel's Framing and Gallery, Broadway Postal Services, Broadway Hobbies  who are the businesses at the "old Broadway Mall".
What's more green than having several business in one building? Even better the building stands on the site that use to be the Darigold Creamery. 
Remember to bring your glass or mug so you can toast our planet "while we figure out ways to NOT toast the planet!"
 Not to be Missed ....... SEE YA THERE
click here to print your invitation

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Livable Snohomish County Summit and Snohomish County Council Candidate Forum

Saturday, October 10, 2009 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch provided, Snohomish County PUD in Everett. Sponsored with funding from TogetherGreen.  Summit hosts include Futurewise, Pilchuck Audubon Society, Livable Snohomish County Coalition, Snohomish Group of Sierra Club and Mountain Loop Conservancy, and the Candidate Forum is also hosted by KSER 90.7FM and League of Women Voters of Snohomish County.

The agenda includes:
Summit from 9 a.m. to noon.  Speakers and topics include:

Climate Change and Land Use--Tim Trohimovich of Futurewise

Transportation Choices--Bill Laborde of Transportation Choices Coalition

Transit Oriented Development--Sara Nikolic of Futurewise

Urban Centers--Dave Killingstad of Snohomish County PDS

County Transportation--Steve Thomsen, Director of Snohomish County Public Works

Puget Sound--Terry Williams of Tulalip Tribes

Rivers and Streams--Jamie Glasgow of Wild Fish Conservancy

Hydropower--Rich Bowers of Hydropower Reform Coalition and Dave Aldrich, Commissioner for PUD

Surface Water Management--Dave Ward from Snohomish County SWM

Rural Issues, then, now and future hope--citizen Bill Blake

Urban Issues, then, now and future hope--citizen David Allais

Snohomish County Future Perspective--Chair Mike Cooper of Snohomish County Council.

Lunch session from noon to 2 p.m. will include a free lunch, facilitated discussion rooms and informational tables to browse.


2 to 4 p.m. will be the County Council Candidate forum. RSVPs are mandatory because there is limited seating space

To RSVP, contact Kristin Kelly at kristin@futurewise.org or call her at 425-923-8625.

Friday, August 28, 2009

September 9th GreenDrinks in Edmonds

Wednesday - September 9th from 5-7:00pm

Sponsored by Sustainable Edmonds

Hosted at Just Frogs Too! Amphibian Center
300 Admiral Way, Suite 104 in Edmonds 425-778-8726

click for Directions

Sustainable Edmonds and the Amphibian Center have teamed together for September GreenDrinks Snohomish County in Edmonds. (Under Arnie's restaurant, near the beach dock just south of the ferry terminal). Food and beverages will be provided by The Cheesemonger, PCC, Gallaghers U-Brew it and others.

Be sure to bring your glass or mug so you can toast our planet "while we figure out ways to NOT toast the planet!" If you wear green you will get 10% off of any purchase in the store.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Everett Renewable Living Fair

October 3, 2009 -- Snohomish PUD Auditorium
2320 California Avenue
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sustainable Living Exhibits -- Renewable Energy -- Solar Tour -- Food & Entertainment

click here from more information

Power of Community- 2 Film Showings on Aug 22 and 23

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
This 2 hour event will interweave conversation sessions into the movie showing to create a dynamic, interactive experience. We look forward to your active participation. Sponsored by Transition Everett.

There will be two showing of this Aug 22nd from 10am to 2pm at PUD Commissioner's Room Aug. 23 from 2pm to 4pm at Everett Public Library, downstairs meeting room Visit The Power of Community website for more information. See you there!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Historic Preservation in Everett

The following "http" links to a City of Everett survey regarding historic preservation in the core downtown area. Interest and input is important to the success of this effort.

Please encourage your contacts to take a few minutes and complete the survey.


Health Care Reform and Green Drinks

Community Events on Reforming Health Care

Rep. Larsen is working to reform health care to bring down costs for families and businesses, expand coverage and ban discrimination based on age or gender, or on preexisting conditions such as diabetes or cancer. And he is working to ensure that health care reform brings a fair deal for Washington state. Rep. Larsen will focus on health care reform at the following community events:

Larsen Hosts Health Care Town Hall in Everett
Wednesday, August 12th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Weyerhaeuser Room, Everett Station
3201 Smith Ave.
Everett, WA

click here for more info

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Aug. 12th GreenDrinks at the Anchor Tavern in Everett

Community Energizer, Aileen Langhans, is hosting August GreenDrinks to thank all of the friends she’s made over the past 30 years for their support, advice, patience, time, energy, for ears to bend and shoulders to cry on, for boosting her spirits and for being her extended family.

Aileen is at the heart of the Everett community from baking cookies, researching an issue, typing minutes, giving public comment, or taking a stand – she is thoughtful, always thorough and quite mischievous. Aileen also is celebrating 3 decades as a songrapher at General/Providence Hospital.
Our featured non-profit recipient will be THE COLLINS BUILDING – IT’S TOO BIG (and too green) TO FAIL!!!!!!!!!
click here to print your GreenDrinks Invitation

‘Frog Lady’ opening Amphibian Center on Waterfront

By Russ Doubleday Enterprise reporter

Thayer Cueter was meant to work with frogs. She was born on St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday where kids also receive frog gifts with their four-leaf clovers and leprechaun hats.
Growing up, she was known more commonly as “Froggie” or “Frog Lady” than as Thayer. Her love of frogs and her desire to protect them never wavered.
Fast forward 47 years, and Cueter is now on the eve of opening a permanent amphibian center on the Edmonds waterfront. The Just Frogs Toads Too! Foundation, which is non-profit, will be opening an Amphibian Center in mid-August. click to read more

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 8th Green Drinks from 5-7pm

Lowell Art Works will be our Host for the new Snohomish County GreenDrinks day of the second Wednesday of the month.

Everett Shorlines Coalition would like all to celebrate this evening nearly 10 years of appeal, negotiation, endless conversations, fundraisers, tears/laughter, and a tremendous sense of accomplishment with the adoption of the Marshland Sub-Area Plan.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Everett Pot Makers They Attend Green Drinks

photo of Brittney and Tyler by Mark Mulligan / The Herald

River rocks, it could be argued, look their best wet. When plucked from shimmering streams and wave-slapped shorelines, they sparkle like polished gems. Bring those cool stones home to dry, however, and they quickly turn dull, as if covered in a chalky powder. Fortunately, there is a place where river rock never loses its luster, and you don't have to visit a body of water to see it.
click here to read more

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Read all about it..... NEW Day and Time

See our new logo

click here

New Day for Green Drinks

Our new day will be the 2nd Wednesday of the Month. Have not confirmed location for July.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Green Drinks June 09

Tues, June 9th from 5:30-7:30pm
2829 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA, 98290

Tom Hoban of Coast Real Estate Services is a certified green commercial broker which is a new designation offered by the Commercial Broker's Association (CBA). He was one of the first three to earn this designation in Washington. Recognizing early on that sustainability begins with preservation, Coast's headquarters is located in the historic Marion Building, circa 1893. The Coast group of companies manages commercial and apartment properties, provides brokerage (sales and leasing) services, and arrangements private investments into commercial property throughout the Pacific NW and Alaska.

Your Vote is Your Voice
WE HAVE A TIE FOR OUR NEW GREEN DRINKS DAY! Therefore, this is your last chance to have a your say! Should Green Drinks be on the 2nd Monday or 2nd Wednesday of the Month? Please send your vote NOW to

Green Drinks May 09

The Grilla Bites Organic Café in downtown Snohomish is the perfect spot for a Green Drinks gathering. The mission of Grilla Bites is to “support local environment and community while maintaining a healthy responsibility to their customers through the food they serve”.

Grilla Bites participates in the Snohomish county commerical composting program, with compostable “to go” forks and cups and offers their organic scraps (bread, chips, mulch from our juicer) to our local farms for their compost or to feed their chickens! They are a host site for Full Circle Farm CSA boxes, and always look forward to being involved in events that support local community and the environment.

Green Drink happy hour specials and deep discounts off the menu will be available plus some complimentary munchies. serving Organic wine and beer plus other beverages will be served for this special evening.

Your Vote is Your Voice
On April 14th Green Drinks celebrated a 1 Year Anniversary! Over 50 people attended Green Drinks at "the Anchor Tavern in Everett" There has been a request to change the day as many would like to attend but cannot attend the 2nd Tuesday of the month.Green Drinks of Snohomish County would like "you to vote" for which day of the month works best for you!
Send your choice of day and week of the month (example 2nd Monday of the month) to Valerie Steele at valerie@greeningproperties.com.


Green Drinks April 09

Everett Tilth, the newest recognized chapter of WA Tilth Association, is an all-volunteer, member-driven organization, dedicated to promoting the cultivation of sustainable gardens and healthy local food.
We provide education and training on a wide array of topics such as organic gardening, composting, seed starting, backyard chickens and bees. We are working with several community groups to facilitate the creation of community gardens throughout Snohomish County. 425 252-5434

Hosted at: The Anchor Tavern
Everett, WA, 98201

Vote to Change the Day of Green Drinks

On April 14th Green Drinks celebrated a 1 Year Anniversary! Over 50 people attended Green Drinks at "the Anchor Tavern in Everett" There has been a request to change the day as many would like to attend but cannot attend the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Green Drinks of Snohomish County would like "you to vote" for which day of the month works best for you!

Send your choice of day and week of the month (example 2nd Monday of the month) to Valerie Steele at valerie@greeningproperties.com.
Thank You

Green Drinks March 09

Sustainable Edmonds will be our Sponsors of Green Drinks with a Very Taki Tiki offering discounted food and libations. Sustainable Edmonds is an independent local citizens’ organization, formed in 2008, in Edmonds, Washington. It is open to all who are interested. "Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Green Drinks February 09

Richard Sullivan has been working on the adaptive re-use of the Collins Building down on the Everett Waterfront (just think of all the embodied energy in BIG RED). He is also currently forming two non-profits geared to affordable housing using green building techniques.
Featured non-profit is "The Everett Museum". Hosted at Marimbas in Everett

Green Drinks January 09

Zippy's Java Lounge is a "green business" in the heart of downtown Everett, that recycles, compost food scraps via Cedar Grove and in two "onsite" worm bins. Marilyn Rosenberg was the KSER's Voice of the Community Award Winner in 2008 as she continues to inspire and offers a community hub for people to gather and meet for work or fun via Green Everett, Fourth Corner Exhcange, Open Mic and to view progress films. Zippy's is always kid and family friendly.

Featured Artists at Zippy's this month are:
Joshua Kelly showing abstract photography and Shawn Southwick who works with both oil and water color.

Zippy's is offering hot teas, snacks, and wine. THINK GREEN and BRING YOUR OWN MUG/CUP. NO MUG a $1 donation for you drinks. Order food from the menu and share.

Green Drinks December 08

Nick Harper - Conservation Director - Snohomish County


Cascade Agenda Cities: The Cascade Agenda Cities Program enlists the region’s cities to improve the livability of neighborhoods—making them complete, compact, and connected—and spectacular enough for people to choose to live there, saving the region’s natural and working land from poorly planned development.In 2008, the cities of Edmonds, Snohomish, Mountlake Terrace, and Mill Creek have all passed resolutions to become Cascade Agenda Member Cities. Member cities strive to locate new growth near transportation, jobs, and shopping to make it easier to get around, helping to make the cities more affordable, attractive and safer places to live, work and raise families.

The Cascade Agenda was launched in 2005 and now focuses on two major opportunities for the future of our region. One is the conservation of 1.3 million acres of natural areas and working farms and forests. The Agenda also works to create great communities, believing that if the region does not have strong communities to attract and retain people, we will never succeed in conserving land on the scale we envision.

11,598 total acres conserved in Snohomish County

Green Drinks November 08

Savor hearty harvest soup compliments of Mirkwood and Shire Café (www.shirecafe.com), cold brew by Skookum Brewery (www.skookumbrewing.com), and locally roasted Espresso coffee courtesy of Urban City Coffee (www.urbancitycoffee.com), this is a Green event you do not want to miss.
Dress for an evening outing in the country around a cozy bonfire under the stars, great food anddrinks, an d a warm time with friends old and new. Come check out local artisan gifts and products, pick up a few holiday gifts, some Golden Glen glass-bottled milk, or a soon-to-be-favorite Children’s Book from green publisher Barefoot Books (www.mybarefootbooks.com/tashabranch), while networking Green with others from throughout the community.
YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED at the much anticipated unveiling of the Graafstra Center—an historic community landmark about to be transformed into a green, cuttingedge agricultural and artistry institute in the most idyllic of settings.

Green Drinks October 08

Lowell Art Works is housed in the former Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall
in the heart of the historic Lowell neighborhood of Everett. Established in August, 2006, LAW has grown rapidly to include a variety of artists and artisans, including a resident reflexologist (to keep us relaxed), a gourmet coffee roaster (to keep us on our toes) and a microbrewer (to keep us...happy!). Lowell Art Works is, at the very least, an ever-changing, ever-evolving experiment in community, creativity, and an exciting work-in-progress.

In honor of our GreenDrinks event, Lowell Art Works is proud to present
"One More Time", a recycled art show guest-curated by artist Kim Groff-Harrington. Well-known and esteemed artist, garden-art goddess, recycled artist extraordinaire and all-around fun gal, Kim Groff-Harrington assembles a collection of work sure
to inspire, amaze, delight and educate. Discover how these artists rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle!

Join us for the 6th ever GreenDrinks in Snohomish County and LAW's upcoming shows and events, and perhaps come away with some inspiration of
your own. *Suggested minimum donation of $2 to purchase a cup for beverage during Green Drinks.

Green Drinks September 08

Jeff Hall and the Sustainable Living Institute will be host of Green Drinks at The Hogland House (Circa 1906)
http://www.hoglandhouse.com for the month of September. Step back into history, and spend some time in a turn-of-the-century bed and breakfast in scenic old town Mukilteo, Washington. Enjoy comfortable vintage furniture, old-world finishes, hand-painted murals and antique collectables throughout.

Green Drinks August 08

Jim Staniford, owner of the Vintage Café, is our host for August Green Drinks in Snohomish County. Jim is an ardent supporter of putting streetcars back in Everett and an active downtown businessman. He is a member of the Everett Historical Commission and shows his commitment to preservation through his work on the Hove Building which was built for prominent local architect Charles Hove in 1893 at a cost of about $12,000.00. It housed the Hotel Royal for many years.

This months featured non-profit was Museum of Snohomish County History, which if all goes according to plan will soon claim as its new home the original Carnegie Library at the corner of Oakes and Wall Streets.

Green Drinks July 08

Jessica Pavish a Snohomish County native, has had the good fortune to visit many places all over the world and really wants to make sure that our kids (hers and yours and all the people we'll never meet, because they haven't been born yet) will inherit a planet that is as beautiful and diverse as the one we've enjoyed.

She's an avid recycler and is often found at our local Goodwill store. Jessica has been serving client's investment needs since 1984 - ask how she can "green-up your green". You're sure to enjoy her extensive collection of work by local artists and refreshments provided by "The Savory Table". She is excited to share her Edward Jones office located in Everett's first mixed-use/affordable housing development.

History of Green Drinks

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.

These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.

click here www.greendrinks.org

The 1st Green Drinks

The first Green Drinks in Snohomish County was Sponsored by Greening Properties of Everett hosted by the "green drinks god mothers" Valerie Steel and Mary Ehrlich.