If you have a passion for trees and local history, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s annual Arbor Day celebration, presented by the Crescenta Valley Town Council and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.
Arbor Day has been an annual tree planting observance since 1872, when J. Sterling Morton first proposed the holiday in Nebraska. More than an estimated one million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872. Other states later took up the tradition and since 1882 it has been a national observance, on or around April 22, which was Morton’s birthday. The event is celebrated primarily in schools and honors historically significant people and events across the country.
Crescenta Valley’s Arbor Day ceremony begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Two Strike Park and will include music from St. James the Less Catholic School’s children’s choir and the 24-piece Crescenta Valley High School jazz band. There will also be information provided and free items offered, including small trees, from 20 vendor booths.