Green Car Demo and Dinner Sept. 12 at Cliffbreakers

Eat green and learn about driving green at the area’s first “green” car event—the Green Car Demo and Dinner—from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the main ballroom at Michael Ellis’ new Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, 700 W. Riverside Blvd., Rockford.

Hybrid, biofuel and electric vehicles will be on display in Cliffbreakers’ main ballroom, and representatives from Toyota, Honda, Ford, Saturn, E-Ride (electric scooters) and Zenn (electric cars) dealerships will be on hand to answer questions and explain the financial and environmental benefits of the various alternative fuel vehicles.

Rockford Park District will display some of the fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles it has purchased for its “green fleet,” including biofuel mowers. Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, president and vice president of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association, respectively, will speak about environmental impacts of green vehicles. Hazzard Free Farms will offer an organic vegetable stand.

Viewing of the vehicles is free, although a three-course organic dinner prepared by Cliffbreakers Executive Chef Philippe Forcioli is available for $18.95 and a wine-tasting presented by Heritage Wine Cellars, Ltd., is available for $5. Proceeds from the event benefit Four Rivers Environmental Coalition, Illinois Renewable Energy Association and Green Communities Coalition. All dinner guests will be entered in a drawing for a free trip to California wine country, provided by Cliffbreakers.

Green Car Demo and Dinner is part of the Green Harvest Wednesday series sponsored by The Rock River Times and Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, in partnership with Four Rivers Environmental Coalition, Illinois Renewable Energy Association and Green Communities Coalition. Final evening of the series is 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Cliffbreakers.

For more information, contact Jamie Johannsen of the Green Communities Coalition at (815) 494-6977.

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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