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Entries welcome for St. Charles Arbor Day event

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:36 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:37 p.m. CST

ST. CHARLES – Residents are invited to get creative and express their appreciation of trees this month.

The St. Charles Tree Commission is organizing the 2014 Tribute to Trees as part of the city’s annual Arbor Day celebration, according to a news release.

This year’s celebration will be at 4 p.m. April 25 in Lincoln Park, 450 W. Main St., west of Route 31.

Participants in the Tribute to Trees can use any medium – photography, sculpture, watercolor, music, dance, computer or pencil and paper – to express their appreciation of trees.

Entries will be displayed or performed at the Arbor Day Celebration.

April 4 is the last day to turn in entries.

Each participant in the tribute will receive a prize, and all ages are welcome. Those interested should submit work with name, address and phone number to the Public Works office by email at pw@stcharlesil.gov. Entries should include the subject line “Arbor Day 2014 Tribute to Trees.”

Entries also may be mailed or dropped off to the City of St. Charles, Attn: Public Works – Arbor Day 2014 Tribute to Trees, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.

The April 25 Arbor Day event will include music, art, a tree raffle, tree care demonstrations and educational material for homeowners.

According to the release, 2014 marks the 15th year St. Charles has been certified as a “Tree City USA” city. The Tree City USA program is offered by the Arbor Day Foundation and helps communities protect and enhance their forestry programs.

For information about Arbor Day, the 2014 Tribute to Trees, or the city’s tree program, contact St. Charles Public Works at 630-377-4405 or visit www.stcharlesil.gov/services/public-trees/arbor-day.

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