Conserve water -- drink wine and beer. If you're on board with that, you might check out the Think and Drink Green social event Sunday at the Camp 4 Wine Cafe in downtown Modesto.
Co-sponsored by the Tuolumne River Trust, the Yokuts Group of the Sierra Club and Camp 4, the gathering from 2 to 6 p.m. will feature outdoor- and wildlife-themed art and photography, live music, organic wine and beer and a signing of his autobiography, "My Life," by mountain-climbing pioneer Royal Robbins of Modesto.
"The goal," said Camp 4 owner Damon Robbins, Royal's son, "is to reach out to people, especially younger people, in a cool way, not having people in information booths walking up to you with depressing information about where things are heading environmentally, but making it more positive, about what you can do to make a difference."
"We definitely don't want it to be 'in your face,' " said Karlha Arias of the Tuolumne River Trust, an organization that promotes stewardship of the river. "We'll just be sharing a table with the Sierra Club, and our pitch is to become members of the groups because it's good for the river and good for the environment. We want people to
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have a good time and learn about us -- basically learn that we're here, because a lot of people still don't know that groups like ours exist."
The organizations will highlight their ongoing programs, which include the emerging Lower Tuolumne River Parkway and diverse outdoor adventures.
Music at Think and Drink Green will be by Johnny & Kelly and Jeff Bonilla performing pop alternative music; Scott Bartenhagen, a local indie rock and folk musician; and Francisco Ortiz, who will add Brazilian jazz beats to the mix. Participating artists are photographer Andrew Maurer of Trout Stream Designs, who will share images of wild trout through the eyes of fly fishermen; Jeremy Obers, who'll display images he has "captured kindly" in the valley and foothills; Christine Obers, who'll show her pastel drawings; and Linda Knoll, who paints wildlife watercolors. A portion of art sold will benefit the Tuolumne River Trust and the Sierra Club. Admission to the event is free.
"All the musicians are playing for free, for the good cause," Arias said. "I think it's great that people come together for causes like this. If it weren't for artists and musicians like these, the Tuolumne River Trust and the Sierra Club wouldn't have many events."
As for the food and drink, "one of the ideas is to promote organic wine and beer and food," Damon Robbins said. There is no process yet to organically produce wines, he said, but there are wines made from organically grown grapes. Among the wines served Sunday will be selections from Lander-Jenkins Vineyards in Sonoma and Oxford Landing sauvignon blanc from South Australia. "Eel River Brewing (from Fortuna) is the beer," Robbins said. "It's 100 percent organically brewed with biomass energy and is USDA certified as organic. It even says on the bottle, 'Drink it naked.' It's about as organic as you can get. There'll be an amber ale and a blonde."
Local and organic also is the emphasis on the appetizers that will be served at Think and Drink Green, Arias said.
Given its goal, Mother Nature should shine on Sunday's gathering. "But we have a 20-by-40 tent in case it rains or the weather is terrible," Arias said.
Robbins said the afternoon will be "pretty informal. My dad will be here most of the time. He'll give maybe a five-minute talk toward the middle of the event.
"There'll be good music, good food, good drink and hopefully good people along with that."
Camp 4 is at 1508 10th St., Suite B. For more information, contact Arias at 236-0330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.