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Celebrations planned for Earth Day and Arbor Day

Earth Day is April 22, and the City is celebrating by giving a gift to its citizens.

Since we all cooperated so well with the Don’t Bag It program, we get to enjoy the plan’s benefits. Compost made from our yard waste will be available at four locations throughout the City April 23.

The giveaway is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details were not available at press time, so call Carlos Rovelo of the City’s Recycling Office at 670-4475 for information.

Another Earth Day celebration is the 5th Annual Katy Trail Pledge Walk and Cleanup along Turtle Creek Walk. It is sponsored by the Coalition for the Earth’s Environment of Dallas and the Sierra Club/Dallas Regional Group.

The cleanup and walk will be April 23 at 9 a.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple. Bring a lunch for the noon family picnic, and enjoy music, free beverages, prize drawings and guest speakers. Call the Sierra Club at 369-5543 for information.

April 22 also is Arbor Day, which has been celebrated since 1885. Each year, the Official State Arbor Day ceremony is held in a different City, and the 1994 honor goes to Euless. The State’s official ceremony begins April 22 at 11 a.m. Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry will be the keynote speaker. An official tree planting will follow his speech, kicking off Euless’ 6th annual Arbor Daze festival.

Arbor Daze is family-oriented, featuring arts and crafts, food and beverages, tree giveaways and live music. Entertainment includes local talent such as Dash Riprock and the Dragons, April 22 at 9 p.m.; Fingerprint, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.; Brave Combo, April 24 at noon; and Tish Hinojosa, April 24 at 4 p.m.

A Lawn and Garden exhibition will feature the Green Thumb Theater, and presentations will be made by Master Gardeners of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. For more information on the gardening program, call Jan Cox at 817-884-1946.

Arbor Daze will receive an award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for best Arbor Day festivities. Admittance is free, and the festival is located on the frontage road at Highway 183 and Ector Drive, on the lawn of the Euless City Hall complex. For information, call 817-685-1400.

Another Arbor Day celebration sponsored by the Dallas Parks Foundation is the Hair-a-Thon. For a $10 donation, you get a haircut and a free tree. Your money will benefit the Aid City Trees fund, which provides maintenance for and plants trees Downtown. For information, call Laura Mulry of the Dallas Parks Foundation, 977-6653.

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