We enjoyed a great Happy Hour March 4 at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle, courtesy of proprietor Mac Tigue, who not only donated 15 percent of sales to Bethesda Green, but at the last minute also offered free dinner for two for raffling.

The featured speaker was BG Board Member and District 1 Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner who announced that the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) was coming in the next few months.  The HELP program offers homeowners a low-interest loan for energy-related home improvements, payable through property taxes.

Our group was in a lively mood, in keeping with the pre-St. Paddy’s theme, including a contingent from Capitol Office Solutions, a Xerox company and Bethesda Green sponsor, who were in town for a product show earlier in the day at our office.

Since launching our First Thursday Happy Hours last fall, the events typically attract at least 50 attendees, with a large percentage of newcomers interested in learning about upcoming events and activities and connecting with others in green businesses.