Green Drinks

Inside Studio West Photography at The Arts Factory, Green Drinks held their monthly mixer on August 13.
Photo: Deanna Rilling

The beverages themselves aren’t green in color, but the topic of conversation is decidedly eco-friendly. And don’t worry, there are drinks at the monthly environmental awareness mixer called Green Drinks—just make sure you recycle the cup or bottles when you’re finished.

“Green Drinks is an International Group,” said Tara Pierce, a co-organizer of the event. “The [Vegas] chapter has been running for about two years.” Pierce explains Green Drinks offers casual free networking events focused on raising awareness regarding eco issues and concerns.

On the second Thursday of each month, Greek Drinks meets for a few hours at a different location. Topics vary depending on the theme. Previous host locations include McMullan's Irish Pub (which is green in more than just Irish spirit) and the Springs Preserve.

“You meet all walks of life,” said co-organizer Cindy Godzisz. “You’ll see a business owner trying to learn more about being green, maybe a manager in charge of the office recycling program and even the hippie with a VW bus.”

The atmosphere was lively at the last mixer on August 13. Inside Studio West Photography on the Arts Factory’s second floor with a disco ball for added festive vibes.

As the enticing aroma of pineapple curry wafted throughout the photography studio from Chef Mayra’s cuisine, Studio West owner Wes Miles tended bar for the approximately 40 attendees. “We try to integrate different themes. This month we’re focusing on ‘green your body,’” said Pierce. “We have a vegan chef and natural body and skin products from Arbonne.”

Green Drinks is currently looking for a location for next month’s meet-up and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about the group, visit

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