NESPELEM — An Earth Day celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the celebration grounds next to the Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road.
The Colville tribal event includes food, performances by children and drummers, informational booths and drawings for a variety of prizes.
A color guard will present flags at 10 a.m., followed by a prayer from a tribal elder. At 10:45 a.m., performances are planned by local school children and drummers. Winners of school and tribal programs competitions will be announced at 11 a.m.
A barbecue featuring hot dogs, beverages and dessert is planned. Door prizes will be announced at 1 p.m. Winners must be present.
A closing ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m.
Participants can visit more than 50 booths for information and free items. Information will be available on recycling, cleaning up, energy conservation, reducing air pollution, and education and sharing.
The celebration is provided by the tribal recycling and environmental trust programs.
Tribal recycling accepts, newspapers, white or colored paper, paper sacks, magazines, inserts and junk mail, bagged shredded paper, telephone and paperback books, flattened cardboard boxes, chipboard (food, detergent and facial tissue boxes, and paper towel and toilet paper tubes), clean plastic bottles (No. 1 and No. 2, no lids), aluminum cans and pie pans, clean steel/tin cans, empty aerosol cans, and clean glass food and beverage jars and bottles (sorted by color).
Cities plan Arbor Day activities
OKANOGAN — Several Okanogan County communities are planning Arbor Day celebrations in the next couple weeks.
Okanogan and Omak, which share a Tree Board, will have their Arbor Day events Friday.
In Okanogan, a tree-planting ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Jaycee Park. A linden tree will be planted.
At 1 p.m., a dogwood tree will be planted in the dog park being developed in East Side Park. The dog park is adjacent to Carl Precht Memorial RV Park.
Other Arbor Day celebrations include:
Oroville — 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Oroville Elementary School, 808 Main St. Two trees are scheduled to be planted.
Pateros — 10 a.m. April 26 on the pedestrian mall. A tree will be planted.
Twisp — Noon to 1 p.m. April 26 on Glover Street. Park trees will be pruned and a tree will be planted.
Coulee Dam had a tree planting April 9 in Mason Park.
The state’s official Arbor Day was April 9. The Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities in the Tree City USA program.
Local honorees included Okanogan, 17; Omak, 17; Oroville, 6; Pateros, 1; Tonasket, 8; and Twisp, 14.