Stay home for the holidays in Newcastle

December 2, 2010

By Staff

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With snow falling on Newcastle even before Thanksgiving, it feels as though the holiday season started early. If you took the prematurely wintry weather as a cue to begin shopping and preparing for the season, remember to take advantage of the festive activities in town this month as well as supporting local businesses.

Although the Newcastle Rotary Club discontinued the Rotary Santa Parade last year as the club disbanded, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is bringing Santa Claus back, to Newcastle Fruit and Produce for free pictures from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Chamber of Commerce Board Member Peter Zevenbergen said the event could lead to the chamber reintroducing the Santa parade in future years.

Also, be sure to check out The Newcastle Weed Warriors’ holiday wrapping at the Newcastle Professional Center from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, and from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 23.

Not only will both of these events be sure to get you in a festive mood, they will give you an opportunity to spend time with you friends and neighbors during the holiday season to celebrate Newcastle style.

Although both events are free, the Chamber of Commerce is asking for a charitable donation of a non-perishable food item, and the Weed Warriors appreciate monetary donations.Go above and beyond and bring two or more food donations to help the less fortunate during this frigid time of year. If you’re tight on cash, ask the Weed Warriors how you can help on projects to protect the city’s ecosystem.

Whether or not you are there for the holiday events, you can help your city by simply doing your shopping in Newcastle, at least what you can. Shopping locally preserves local shops and services, and sends tax dollars directly back to city amenities and services we’ve come to expect like roads, police and fire services, and parks.

Shopping locally benefits you, too, when you save on gas and time.

So stay close to home this month, and have a happy holiday season!

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