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LO Arbor Week will be 'TREErific'

Arbor Week in Lake Oswego April 1 to 7 will be great.

In fact, it will be 'TREErific!'

That was the phrase Morgan Holen came up with when she was asked to organize the city's celebration, and it really gets the idea across: Trees are terrific in Lake Oswego.

'Next week will be a pretty special way we can demonstrate how much trees mean to us here,' said Holen, an arborist who works on special projects for the city of Lake Oswego. 'Our Arbor Week celebration gets a little bigger each year.'

Starting Sunday, events are scheduled for seven days, and all tree lovers and people planning to be tree lovers are urged to attend and add to the general tree merriment.

Sunday, the week begins with a bang as the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association celebrates trees planted in the late 19th century by P.F. Morrie, the first president of PGE. The event will be held at George Rogers Park at 2 p.m.

There also will be a tour of historic trees along with cake and prizes.

'This will be our biggest event,' Holen said. 'We hope the weather is good.'

There is much more:

n Tuesday - A heritage tree will be dedicated at East Waluga Park from noon to 1:30 p.m. Those attending can bring a sack lunch, and 45 students from various Lake Oswego elementary schools will sing a song about trees. Also, Lake Oswego will be awarded the title of Tree City USA for the 23rd straight year.

n On Wednesday and next Thursday, there will be tree plantings by neighborhood associations at noon both days. On Wednesday, the Evergreen Neighborhood Association will have a planting at the corner of Fourth Street and Evergreen. On Thursday, the planting is set for the corner of McVey and Laurel.

n April 6 - Lake Oswego Junior High students will plant native plants at Springbrook Park starting at 2:40 p.m. The public is invited.

n April 7 - A 'Proper Pruning' workshop will be held at the West End Building from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free but those attending are requested to register. In addition, a walk-in craft project called 'Make a Blossom Tree Branch' will be held at Lake Oswego Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the entire month of April an Arbor Day art contest will be sponsored by Frog Pond Toys. Art will be displayed at the toy store throughout April, and winners will be announced on National Arbor Day on April 27, with prizes being presented by the Lake Oswego City Council.

For more about Lake Oswego Arbor Week, go to ci.oswego.or.us .




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