Arbor Day: Healthy Trees/Healthy People

Contact: Ralph Derickson

 

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At 9 a.m., the Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky and Kentucky Organ Donor Association will sponsor Healthy Path, a walk to raise funds and promote health.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2005) -- “Healthy Trees/Healthy People” is the theme of the annual Arbor Day event celebrating trees, gardening and the environment on Saturday, April 30 at the University of Kentucky/Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Arboretum on Alumni Drive.

Activities open with the Arbor Day Proclamation by Mayor Teresa Isaac and Tree City USA Presentation. At 10:30 a.m. Centre College Trash Theatre will present two plays with an environmental theme, “Little Green Riding Hood” and “The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs.” At 11 a.m. Patrick Kagan Moore, professor of dramatic arts at Centre College, will discuss the nature of human story telling in a talk titled “Live Fast, Die Young: An Environmental Bedtime Story.”

A Tai Chi demonstration by Earth, Body and Spirit will be conducted during the day. A demonstration of proper tree-pruning techniques and chain saw safety for the small land owner will be held. A self-guided tree walk is available to help homeowners visualize subtle tree problems that could become serious threats to tree health.

The annual tree planting at 12:30 p.m. will be highlighted by a drawing for gifts including a bur oak tree, pruners and other items. More than 40 exhibits will feature information concerning many environmental and gardening topics, and a tent will be full of activities for children of all ages.

The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, Community Tree Care Inc., Kentucky American Water Company, Big Beaver Tree Service, and Kentucky Utilities. At 9 a.m., the Kidney Foundation of Central Kentucky and Kentucky Organ Donor Association will sponsor Healthy Path, a walk to raise funds and promote health.


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