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Home and garden briefs: Koi/pond club plans December meetings

The Mid-Columbia Koi and Pond Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Carmen Stafford and Gunar Rieksts, 3905 S. Waverly St., Kennewick.

For directions, call 586-6465.

The group also will hold a Christmas potluck meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the home of Randy and Jisica Watkins, 102 Offplace, Burbank.

For directions, call 545-8636.

Anyone interested in ponds and fish is welcome to attend either meeting.

For more information, visit midcolumbiakoi.com.

Make holidays greener

To learn how you can have a greener holiday with gift ideas, recycling tips and energy saving information, visit the city of Richland's "Green Holiday" Web site.

Go to www.ci.richland.wa.us and click on "Living" and "Environmental Education," then "Green Holiday."

Or pick up a flier with the same information in the lobby of Richland City Hall or the Richland Library.

To get you started, remember that boxes, wrapping paper, packing material, cards, bows and tissue can all be reused or recycled. Used greeting cards can be given to the Senior Association at the Richland Community Center to be made into new cards and sold.

The preformed Styrofoam pieces that cushion large electronic items are not recyclable.

Holiday LED lights save

To save energy -- and money -- this holiday season, use this tip from Gail Everett, environmental education coordinator for the city of Richland: Buy LED lights.

LED, or light-emitting diode, lights use about 99 percent less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors.

For example, to light 500 standard C-7 bulbs for five hours for 30 days would cost approximately $18.90. The same 500 lights using miniature bulbs would cost $1.89 for the same amount of time. LEDs would cost only $0.019.

For more information on holiday lighting, visit energystar.gov and click on "Lighting," then "Decorative Light Strings."