Here’s what’s popular on www.Lethbridgeliving.com this week:
- Flowers on 9th Owner and Designer, Darcy Gust took a trip to South America to see first-hand where his flowers were coming from, and what he witnessed changed how he would forever sell his flowers. After witnessing the impact his industry had on the people of South America and the subsequent changes to the Southern American industry, he began selling fair trade flowers as a way of giving back to the communities that helped his business bud and blossom year after year. For every fair trade rose he sells, a royalty is paid directly to the farmers that cultivated it, so when you give socially responsible flowers this Valentine’s Day, everyone benefits.
- We could all use a little help from our friends, and what better friend to turn to than the Community Foundation when you’re an organization looking to enhance your ability to serve clients at the community level in Southern Alberta. Every year, the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awards dozens of grants to local and regional organizations to be used in various ways. From a new wheelchair ramp at the library and additional computers for the community centre to hosting a family friendly party in the park or launching a new website, these grants help organizations make our communities healthier, stronger, and more vibrant. Applications, available at www.cflsa.fluidreview.com, are being accepted for spring 2016 Community Priorities grants until February 26.
- Sometimes it’s the smallest ideas that produce the biggest impact. 100 Women Who Care brings together a large group of people with a little bit of time and money to raise funds for local charities. The idea is simple—commit to four one-hour meet ups, be prepared to donate $100 per event, and help organizers pick the most deserving charity to donate to in your community. The next Lethbridge event is on March 3. Email [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.
- Christmas can be tough on the pocketbook, but that doesn’t mean you have to start another year off with a financial hangover. Taking control of your finances, planning for the future, and saving a little bit along the way can help you make it through Christmas without all the financial woes. Become a calculated consumer with these five tips from the Better Business Bureau. Christmas is about giving, but it should also be about giving responsibly so that your financial situation doesn’t take the joy out of the season.
- The Council of Lethbridge Neighbourhoods was established to help form and support local neighbourhood associations so that those associations can then implement strong community development in the neighbourhoods they represent. With a neighbourhood association, residents can find new and exciting ways to interact and engage with their neighbours, address community-centered issues, and create a more inclusive and welcoming place to live. Click here to find out how you can make your neighbourhood better in every way.
- Forget building a third bridge! It’s expensive, time consuming, and by the time we finally get one, it’s possible the Old Man River will have slowed to a trickle and Lethbridge will have grown to the size of Edmonton. We need to find an innovative solution to this century old problem. But will a zip line really work? How about a tunnel? In this edition of Lethbridge living, Eric Dyck’s Slaughterhouse Slough explores the alternatives and provides a solution. I’ll give you a hint—it’s not a zip line.