Newnan Notes: Keep Newnan Beautiful offers tips for sustainable giving

By GINA SNIDER
City of Newnan Public Information Officer
With the holidays upon us Keep Newnan Beautiful has some tips for sustainable giving.
Gifts of service require little or no use of natural resources, and are both personal and memorable. The gift of YOU – your time, energy or expertise – is as “gift-worthy” as anything you can put in a box. Childcare, car washing, music lessons, dog walking, lawn care, tutoring, cooking, and gardening are just a few ideas.
Personal gifts are appreciated and remembered because they tell a story, and because they’re “re-used,” there’s no impact on the environment. We all have our little treasures, our discoveries from nature, an unusual shell, crystal, arrowhead, bone, shark tooth. Over time we get used to seeing them and our interest wanes. Why not pass them on as gifts to be “rediscovered.”
Homemade is heartfelt. Your time, energy, and culinary creativity are just as valued as that store-bought gift. Your time spent in the kitchen is probably no more than the time spent gift-hunting online or at the mall. And the gift of food is personal, easy on the environment, and not likely to go to waste.

Grow your own gifts. Unique floral varieties make interesting appealing gifts which anyone can appreciate. Homegrown cut flowers or potted plants make great gifts – the result is the same: eye catching, easy on the environment and rich with sentiment.

Giving the gift of an experience can bring fun, learning and memories that hold value for years. Tickets to a show or concert can offer lasting value with minimal impact on resources. Sports events, local attractions, and museum memberships are other examples. Experiences can be other than “entertainment” – for example, a membership to a historical society, or a garden plot in a local community garden. Have a Green Holiday!

— Don’t forget about the City Store located inside the Carnegie. If you are looking for that perfect gift for that hard-to-shop person come by the city store. You are sure to find a city logo item to please. During the holiday season there will be special promotions to holiday shopping.

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There were four new occupational licenses issued by the city this week. The business names are Clay Life Corporation, East Side Car Wash, Everyday Café & Bakery and Parekh Dental, PC DBA aspin Dental. For more information on these businesses please contact the finance department at 770-253-2682 ext. 207.

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The Carnegie schedule for next week is:

Monday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. Gentle Yoga – Instructor Elizabeth Dorsey guides gentle yoga exercises for stress relief, flexibility, stretching and strengthening. For all levels of physical activity, equipment provided. Wear comfortable clothes.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. Christmas Floral: Painting in Watercolor – local artist Cecilia Smith will guide you through an afternoon of painting a Christmas floral in watercolor. Supplies provided. All levels of skill.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. History with Elizabeth – “Speaking Southern.” Join local historian Elizabeth Beers for an informative presentation.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:15 p.m. Speech & Debate – Forensics and public speaking specialist Randy Wendt provides this free instructional program: “Thinking on Your Feet.” For teens through seniors.

Friday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. The Heart and Your Health – For homeschool students, grades three through five. Georgia State University “Bio Bus Fellows” share their love of science in a fifty minute workshop. Students are introduced to the basic anatomy and function of the mammalian heart and circulatory system.

The city of Newnan Animal Warden can’t believe it is December already. Candy canes, lights and bow-topped gifts abound. But before we bring out the eggnog, it’s time we clear the air about one type of holiday décor that has gotten a pretty bad rap: the poinsettia. Believe it or not, pet parents, these festive plants are not the deadly flowers legend has made them out to be. You still don’t necessarily want your pets to eat them. Because consuming poinsettias may cause mild gastrointestinal irritation, keeping these plants out of pets’ reach is still a good idea.

So, what do you say? Let’s give this plant a break — I hear they make quite the centerpiece.


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