The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 20, 2013

Fa-la-la-la — local: Why shopping within borders boosts local economies

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BECKLEY — 3. Give to a charity … in someone else’s name. For the person who truly has everything, donate an amount comparable to a gift to a local charity, like the United Way of Southern West Virginia or Beckley Area Foundation. Ask for a card or letter acknowledging your donation to be sent to the honoree (www.unitedwayswv .org, www.wvbaf.org).

4. Support arts in the community. A Season Pass to the Beckley Concert Association is a great gift for an individual music lover ($40) or a family ($85) and it continues a 75-year tradition of bringing the universal language of music, of diverse cultures and interpretations, to the area. “Through the years Beckley Concert Association has been able to offer quality performances to the community and we are proud to say we have accomplished this with volunteers only. Through their expertise we have kept up with modern trends in music. Being a season ticket holder offers music lovers and especially children the opportunity to see live music,” encourages Harriet Jones, past president and board member. “Through our student workshops, we have endeavored to stimulate a passion for the performing arts at an early age. We believe that the arts are an integral part of the community's well-being and success. Newcomers to our area are pleased to find so many opportunities for cultural satisfaction,” states Connie Woods. (www.beckleyconcerts.org)

Visual arts abound at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery, Beckley, where gift buyers can browse or consider buying admission to an upcoming class for the art and photography lovers on their list.

5. Party local. Rather than keeping it in the home or office for larger crowds, consider supporting a local venue or caterer for supplying the space for your event. Clean up is a breeze and preparations, when you’re not the one doing all the prepping, are infinitely easier. Check out area venues for quotes; many waive the cost of facilities when purchasing food on-site.

— E-mail: lshrewsberry@register-herald.com

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