Free trees for Arbor Day & tree climbing competition May 21

The City of Olympia will be celebrating Arbor Day at Lions Park on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This year’s celebration will include traditional highlights from years past, and new additions for 2011:

  • An official reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation by Mayor Pro Tem Stephen Buxbaum;
  • A representative of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources will recognize Olympia as a Tree City USA for the 18th year;
  • This year’s Jay Butts Friends of Trees Award will be presented to Councilmember Stephen Langer for his contributions to the success for the first Annual Legion Way Tree Planting and Veteran’s Day Celebration;
  • Free tree seedlings available to take home;
  • The planting of a brand new shade tree at Lions Park; and
  • Fun and interesting tree care information for the whole family!

New for 2011—the Puget Sound Regional Tree Climbing Competition!

The City of Olympia Parks Department and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture are co-hosting the Puget Sound Regional Tree Climbing Competition at Lions Park on May 21. Come early or stay late at Lions Park on Arbor Day and watch word-class professional tree climbers compete for prizes, prestige, and slot in the international competition in Portland next year. Five different unique and exciting climbing events will be staged around the park. This event is family-friendly and free for spectators.

For questions, please contact:
Kevin McFarland, Urban Forester
(360) 753-8301 – kmcfarla@ci.olympia.wa.us

Please note: Parking is limited, so please walk, bike, bus or carpool to this event.

Giving Garden Plant Sale

Find perennial and annual flowers and annual veggie starts!
When: Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Madison Avanti Giving Garden, 1225 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Benefits: Madison Avanti Giving Garden

Donations Needed!
Contact Katie Stoll (kate_stoll@yahoo.com) for plant sale donations.

Save the Date to Raise Funds for Madison Elementary!

Two neighborhood events will be held on Saturday, May 7, to benefit programs at Madison Elementary School.

Garage / Bake Sale
Join your Eastside neighbors for goodies and second-hand treasures!
When: Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: 1515 10th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (corner of 10th Ave & Central St)
Benefits: Madison Elementary Playground Equipment Fund

Plant Sale
Find perennial and annual flowers and annual veggie starts!
When: Saturday, May 7, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Madison Avanti Giving Garden, 1225 Legion Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Benefits: Madison Avanti Giving Garden

Donations Needed!
Donations are gladly accepted for the garage sale, bake sale and plant sale.
Contact Whitney Bowerman (whitneykate@gmail.com) for garage sale and bake sale donations.
Contact Katie Stoll (kate_stoll@yahoo.com) for plant sale donations.

Potluck

Come to our next potluck! Bring a dish to share with your neighbors. If you can, please bring your own reusable dinnerware. We’ll be talking about gardening, the picnic, and projects. Or bring a board game or card game to enjoy with friends and family.

If you have a yard sign, download a sign insert (PDF).