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November 30, 2005

Alternative Gift Fair Happy Hour


Having trouble getting in the mood for holiday shopping? Is Christmas commercialism getting you down? Looking for gifts that aren’t just another sweater or gadget? Well, on Monday, December 5, DC Drinking Liberally is partnering with other organizations to lift your spirits and solve your gift-giving problems! Here’s the announcement from our friends at Capital Action:

Join Capital Action, DC Drinking Liberally, DC EcoWomen, SustainUS, Hands On DC, and other folks in the DC area for a night of buying meaningful gifts of charity for your friends and family to support a variety of nonprofit organizations. Meet some friends for happy hour, cross those items off your shopping list, and help people and communities in need all at the same time!

Drink and food specials from 6 to 7pm: $2.75 draft, rail, and wine and half-price appetizers. At 7pm enjoy some free chicken wings, chicken tenders, and cheese quesadillas.

Choose from:

For each gift you will receive a hand-inscribed card describing the gift and the organization for your recipients.

5th Annual DC Alternative Gift Fair Happy Hour
Date: Monday, December 5
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Location: The Front Page
1333 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC
(Right Outside Dupont Circle Metro, South Exit)

Last year, over 121 “shoppers” purchased over 600 gifts of donations totaling over $8,200. We “sold” 71 yoga sessions for seniors, 78 bed nets to prevent malaria in Tanzania, 22 bicycles for social workers in southeast Asia, and 38 transportation cards for victims of domestic violence, along with sponsoring grieving children on therapeutic retreats, giving GED and boat-building training to DC-area youth, and 22 gallons of paint for low-income families. And many, many more!

Please join us this year as we try to beat last year’s total.
Remember… More People = More Fun = More Funds raised!!
PLEASE NOTE: BRING CHECK OR CASH ONLY (we will not be accepting credit
cards). And bring your friends, too!

We still need greeters, cashiers, calligraphers, on street advertising (mostly in two shifts: early 6–7:30pm and late 7:30–9pm). (Calligraphers need not be professionals, just have nice handwriting.) To volunteer, please contact Sat Jiwan Khalsa at

Sat Jiwan Khalsa
Capital Action Volunteer

For more on Alternative Gift Fairs, visit:

This Alternative Gift Fair is sponsored by Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington.

And if you can’t make it to the Happy Hour fair, see others happening in the DC area:


Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair
Saturday, December 3, 12–4 pm
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
Contact: Gina Duffin at gina_duffin{at}

Brookmont Alternative Gift Fair
Sunday, December 4, 2–5 pm
Brookmont Church
Corner of MacArthur Ave. & Maryland Ave. (between the District line and Glen Echo), Bethesda, MD
Contact: Sandy Robinson at granitesong{at}

Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church Alternative Gift Market
Sunday, December 4, 11, and 18, 9:45–11:30 am each day
Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church
3215 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, MD
Contact: Laura Van Wie McGrory at LLVanWie{at} or 301-927-2776

Washington, DC

DC Happy Hour Alternative Gift Fair
Monday, December 5, 6–9 pm
The Front Page
1333 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
Contact: Sat Jiwan Khalsa at satjiwan{at}

Alternative Gift Fair at American University
Featuring products and alternative gifts from Kabissa, Advocacy Project, Feminist Majority Foundation, World of Good & more!
Date: Saturday, Dec. 3
Time: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Location: Room 120, Mary Graydon Center (Main Campus) American University
Contact: figment{at}


St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church Alternative Gift Fair
Saturday, December 3, 10 am to 2 pm & Sunday, December 4, 11 am to 1 pm
Belmont Ridge Middle School
19045 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne, VA
Contact: Peggy Coleman at agf{at} or 703-779-3616

Ravensworth Baptist Church Alternative Gift Market
Sunday, December 4, 9:30–10:45 am and 12–1:30 pm
Sunday, December 11 and 18, 12–1 pm each day
Ravensworth Baptist Church
5100 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, VA
Contact: Geneva Pope at dgpope7603{at} or 703-569-4751

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