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Arbor Day Celebrations in Charlottesville

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Tree stewards and a Charlottesville teacher will have a second educational event for children from Clark and Johnson Elementary Schools in Forest Hills Park. Tree stewards and a Charlottesville teacher will have a second educational event for children from Clark and Johnson Elementary Schools in Forest Hills Park.

Members of the Charlottesville community will be out in full force Friday with a push to plant more trees.

Friday is Arbor Day and school children, tree enthusiasts, as well as the general public are invited to an event to celebrate. City officials, a Department of Forestry official, tree lovers, and a bus load of 50 first-graders will be outdoors for experiential education about trees, and of course, a lot of planting.

Organizers will also announce that a sycamore in Belmont's Quarry Park will be a landmark tree, and they'll be planting a sister tree right next to it.

"It's got a wonderful size and health," said Robin Hanes, a Charlottesville area tree steward and Charlottesville tree commissioner. "It's one of our most beautiful trees and everyone loves it particularly because they can come and play ball and have its shade."

Johnson Elementary third grade students will also be planting a tree on campus at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with special guest Deputy State Forester Rob Farrell.

The entire public is invited to participate in the Arbor Day activities. The events kick off Friday at Quarry Park with the tree dedication at 10 a.m. and kids' activities will take place at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Riverview Park.

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