Friday, February 27, 2009

Keep Newnan Beautiful's Great American Cleanup 2009

Keep Newnan Beautiful is joining national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) in the Great American Cleanup as they campaign for a cleaner, greener America. This year Keep Newnan Beautiful has a goal of having as many volunteers as possible.

Keep Newnan Beautiful will host its Great American Cleanup on March 14, 2009. The Cleanup will kick off at 9 am behind Newnan City Hall located 25 LaGrange Street. We’ll break into groups, go pick up litter, then meet back at City Hall for lunch. Come join us for a wonderful time making our community a better, cleaner place to live. To register or for more information, contact Cleatus Phillips at or call 770.253-2682 ext. 228

Here in Newnan and across the nation, volunteers will rally to fight dirty streets, waterways and public spaces by removing litter and illegal dump sites, greening up parks, schoolyards and other public spaces, holding recycling drives, hosting educational events, painting-out graffiti, and more.

“This year Keep Newnan Beautiful has an ambitious goal of having as many volunteers as possible. We would love to have at least 200 volunteers, it is a great cause for our community. Litter affects everyone in the community. So come on out and join us,” says Cleatus Phillips, Community Development Director.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

“Finding ways to improve the nation’s communities – and our overall environment – is not only one of Keep America Beautiful’s main objectives, but it’s also a topic that is increasingly top-of-mind with most Americans,” said Matthew McKenna, president of Keep America Beautiful. “In its 24th year, the Great American Cleanup continues to be a vehicle for volunteers across the country, driving them to take a hands-on approach to sustainability by conducting cleanups, recycling drives, tree and flower plantings and other community improvement activities.”

The national Great American Cleanup takes place from March 1- May 31 annually. This year, an expected 3 million volunteers will get involved and campaign for a ‘cleaner, greener America’ by participating in 30,000 community improvement activities and educational workshops happening in over 17,000 communities nationwide. All will spread the message of individual responsibility to keep America’s communities clean, green and beautiful.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. The Great American Cleanup is one of its many programs that encourage people to care for communities through volunteer participation. To join the Great American Cleanup and campaign for a cleaner, greener America visit
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cards for Kyara Benefit February 26

The University of West Georgia will host “Cards for Kyara,” a benefit show and sale in Gallery Two of the Humanities Building.

Local artists and UWG students have created dozens of artist trading cards that are miniature works of art sized 2.5 by 3.5 inches. The cards are on view in the gallery through March 6 and will be sold for $5 each at a reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funds raised through the sale of the cards will benefit Kyara Dzenis, a four-year-old Newnan resident who is recovering from gastric transposition surgery in a Michigan hospital.

Kyara drank a chemical that scarred her esophagus at the age of two. When her esophagus did not heal and swallowing became difficult, the family traveled to Michigan where doctors replaced the damaged esophagus with one created from stomach tissue.

Due to complications, Kyara is still in the hospital four months later with family members staying at a Ronald McDonald House. Friend of the family and UWG student Claire Hyde coordinated the event.

For information about Kyara and her family, go For information on the exhibit, call 678-472-6932.

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