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Holidays Get the Green Light 

  Green stores have been popping up on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, and several of the businesses formed the Green Light District, a merchant's association that encourages other businesses to go green and sell environmentally friendly products.

  To spread awareness about the association, the Green Light District hosts Holiday Shopping Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. In the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Magazine Street, businesses will don green lanterns and offer food and drinks. The Lady K Jazz Trio will provide music, and children can have their picture taken with a Green Santa Claus, who will educate them about how to be environmentally responsible.

  Area nonprofits and green businesses, including The Green Project, a building supply nonprofit promoting sustainability; Phoenix Recycling, a curbside recycling service; the Gulf Restoration Network, which aims to protect and restore the Gulf coast; and Global Green, a green building advocacy and education group; are partnering with stores in the Green District and will share information and offer specials and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public.

  The Green Light District consists of Spruce, an eco-friendly design store; ZukaBaby, which offers socially responsible baby products; Green Serene, an eco-lifestyle boutique; Branch Out, a sustainable clothing retailer; and Canopy, a building and design product store. The association is open to any business in the Lower Garden District, from Jackson Avenue to Clio Street and St. Charles Avenue to Tchoupitoulas Street. — Jamie Carroll

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