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A B4 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS HOME & GA.RDEN WEDNESDA DECEMBER 9 2009 4, v Garden Club creates easy and memorable holiday centerpieces By David Hayes Issaquah Press reporter ne does not need to go to the lengths June Willard did to amass the supplies for the holiday workshop she hosts for the Issaquah Gar- den Club. "I started in Virginia and went cross country to Washington state, collecting cones, pods and seeds," she said. "I was actually delighted to get some of them out of the house." Willard's decluttering is the pub- lic's boon, as she is hosting her annual workshop. Garden Club President Diane Tanner said the workshop, which she encourages nonmembers to come and join, is one of the year's most popular for the club. "This workshop is extremely popular," Tanner said. "We always fill up. And you don't have to bring any supplies. There's plenty for everyone." The Garden Club features work- shops throughout the year for its 47 members. But Willard s holiday session remains one of the most popular. As a master judge and past Washington state president of the Federation of Garden Clubs, Willard, 69, has a long history with the organization. "The holiday workshop was re- ally popular last year," she said. "So, in November, someone said, 'Let's do it again.' I said, 'OK.' It's IFYOU GO Issaq Holiday Crafting Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 Renton-lssaquah Road The workshop is followed by a potluck at 12:30 p.m. Call 392-2108 or go to www.issaquahgardenclub.org actually a fun project." At the workshop, she demon- strates how easy it is to make wreaths, centerpieces and candle rings. "I include the 'S' shape, the three tapered candles and others," Willard said. "The possibilities are endless." Some of the cones she provides from across the U.S. are a foot or longer, which she said are espe- cially good for fireplace displays. While the medium-sized cones are handy to work with for candle cre- ations. While Willard could talk new- comers through the process of cre- ating these memorable center- pieces, she said the best way to learn is walk them through it at the workshop. Willard, who's been in the Is- saquah Garden Club for 35 years, said she first joined because of a C O1T1 IBUTED June Ann Hasabrooke shows off a holiday centerpiece she made at last year's Issaquah Garden Club workshop. friend's recommendation. "I was retired and had too much time on my hands," she said. "My neighbor June Ann said I should join, because they only met about once a month." Ironically, as her involvement in the club's local, county and state affairs grew, Willard joked that she has yet to meet just once a month at club activities. Tanner encouraged others to join the Garden Club, as it has plenty of workshops throughout the year to pique the interest of a variety of people. The club has both men and women in its mem- bership, and ages vary from the youngest in her 30s to the most seasoned 40-year member in her 80s. With myriad guest speakers, the Garden Club offers plenty of op- tions to keep the home decorated cheaply throughout the year with unique creations. David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Bring green home for the holidays Festive doesn't have to mean wasteful this holiday season. King County has launched its Green Holidays campaign to edu- cate consumers about how they can green up their holiday cele- brations. From Thanksgiving to New Year's, household waste increases ping paper, bows, ribbons, shop- ping bags and food waste. "Going green for the holidays is easy, if you know where to start," King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson said. "From using en- ergy-efficient holiday lights, to giving experiences instead of stuff, to recycling food scraps, a few simple changes can make a big impact on the environment and even save you money." The King County Solid Waste Division has put together 12 tips to help consumers reduce waste this holiday season: Use eco-friendly lights. Energy- efficient LED light strands use 90 percent less energy than tradi- tional lights. LEDs come in a lot of different colors and shapes. And don't throw out those old lights; recycle them through new light- recycling takeback programs. Recycle your food scraps. Our holiday meals are filled with great food, but the scraps usually end up in the trash. Recycle your food scraps by placing them in your yard-waste cart. Instead of going to the landfill, food scraps are turned into nutrient-rich compost. Give experiences instead of stuff. Most of us have more stuff than we know what to do with. Help reduce waste this holiday by giving experiences, such as tick- ets to the ballet or a restaurant gift certificate. Discounts are of- ten available on holiday experi- ence gifts. If they aren't advertis- ing a discount, it never hurts to ask! Shop local. Stay close to home this holiday season and shop lo- cally for gifts, food or decora- greenhouse gas emissions, saves energy and supports our local economy. Take it one step further and look for gifts made from recycled or reused materi- als. Keep your tree green. The Christmas tree is a centuries-old tradition. Put a modern spin on that tradition by recycling your tree with your yard waste or through a tree recycling program after the holiday. Extend the holi- day cheer by using a live, potted tree that you keep in your garden and bring inside year after year. Get thrifly. One way to reduce the impact on your wallet and your arbage can is to shop at consignment stores. You can find a lot of great items you can reuse to make holiday decorations. You can even find distinctive girls and get more for your money. Be creative with your wrap- ping to reduce waste. Recycle old calendars, maps, posters or the Sunday comics, or wrap gifts in reusable items, such as kitchen towels, Christmas stockings, bas- kets or cake pans. And when you unwrap gifts, save and reuse decorative gift bags, boxes and nice ribbons and bows. A full list of tips and other ideas are available at www.KC- greenholidays.com. WILL YOU HAVE ANY POWER DURING THE NEXT STORM? H is your home? Heat Pump? Hybrid System? Tankless Hot Water? High Efficiency Furnace? We can help. Ask us about generator transfer panels for portable/automatic standby systems. 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