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Gainesville to hold Arbor Day celebration
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Arbor Day

When: 10 a.m. Friday

Where: Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center, 1545 Community Way, Gainesville

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Arbor day with other tree lovers, look no further than Gainesville.

For the last 26 years the city has been designated as a Tree City. Tree Cities are involved in directing and raising awareness for urban forestry programs.

This Friday, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Forestry Commission, Hall County Master Gardeners, Keep Hall Beautiful, Georgia Power and Gainesville Parks and Recreation will sponsor the city’s annual Arbor Day Celebration.

The program begins at 10 a.m. Friday outside of the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center in Gainesville.

A tree will be planted outside of the center at the end of the program. Tree seedlings are donated by Georgia Power.

Robin Halstead, vice president of community development of the chamber, said the event is expected to draw close to 50 attendees.

She said the event "promotes the importance of trees and tree canopy in cities and towns and also makes land owners, home owners and government officials see how important trees are to make a community attractive."

Festivities will include a student contest recognition and a joint city and county proclamation with Tree City USA recognition.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee and the Georgia Forestry Service will announce the winners of the 2013 Arbor Day Student Art and Essay Contest. Third-grader Prudence Matthews won the art contest and fifth-grader Oscar Salazar won the essay contest. The students will read a poem at the tree planting.

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