Environmentalists plan gatherings

Keep the Midlands Beautiful, in partnership with the local Sierra Club, is starting a monthly happy hour for people interested in environmental issues.

The first meeting is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House downtown.

Green Drinks Columbia is an opportunity for "eco-friendly individuals to network, socialize and discuss various environmental issues in an informal setting," according to a news release from Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

It will be held the first Tuesday of each month at a different location.

Call (803) 733-1139 or visit the Green Drinks-Columbia page on Facebook.