The Springs River Festival may have retired from coordinating the well-known local annual festival but it has kept active its nonprofit status to support organizations that make our world a better place.
Springs River Festival, d/b/a SRFBrowncoats, is excited about its new project, “Can’t Stop the Serenity” a worldwide event which organizes screenings of Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity.”
This is the eighth year for the global event, but the first one in Miami-Dade County. Connie Brandenburg, a longtime volunteer and the chairperson of the committee, helped organize these events for the past six years in Fort Lauderdale, but she has always wanted to bring one closer to home. So now is the time.
The Miami Springs event will take place this Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Miami Springs Lions Club at 5 p.m. with a science fiction double feature. In addition to the screening, there will be live music, a costume contest (based on Joss Whedon’s works), raffle, food and cash bar.
This event brings awareness to two wonderful organizations: Equality Now (international) and Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (local).
“Can’t Stop the Serenity” is a unique opportunity to indulge your geeky side while doing some good. Since 2006, fans have organized screenings of “Serenity” to raise funds and awareness to support Equality Now in their work for the protection and promotion of human rights of women around the world.
“We are also happy to announce that we will have a couple of volunteers from Pelican Rescue, along with one of their rescue pelicans on hand to meet our guests and to inform them of all the good work they do,” said Brandenburg. “We will also be collecting towels, paper towels, bleach, and used ink/toner cartridges, if anyone would like to bring any of those items.”
Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists since 1992, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station is a wildlife rehabilitation center that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the greater Miami metropolitan area.
The Seabird Station, founded in 1980, strives to inform as many residents as they can about the importance of conserving and protecting our native wildlife through educational programs. A representative will be on hand with information on what they do.
SRFBrowncoats asks that you please donate used towels, blankets, sheets ... winter is coming and a lot of the “going south” flock come by our way.
Mark your calendar for this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Miami Springs Lions Club. Cost is a $15 donation per person.
For more information on this upcoming event, call 305-519-7938, visit www.srfbrowncoats.com, or follow the Springs River Festival Facebook event page. You can also reach Brandenburg at 305-887-8666.