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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Juneau Arbor Day celebrations

The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership will host three Arbor Day events in Juneau to celebrate trees.

Eight large trees will be planted at the Juneau Yacht Club at 9 a.m., May 14. To help, bring your work gloves and spades. Enjoy this opportunity to learn about how to plant trees and help beautify our community.

Join local elected officials, community leaders and the Partnership for the designation of Juneau as a Tree City U.S.A. community at noon, Arbor Day, May 16, at the Juneau City Museum on Calhoun Street. In 2004, Juneau received this special award to celebrate our efforts to have a healthy community forest.

The Douglas public library will host an Arbor Day display and contest during the month of May. Go to the library, learn about trees and see how many of Juneau's trees you can name. Winners will receive a $25 gift certificate from Hearthside Books.

Celebrate Arbor Day by attending these events or through planting a tree in your community or your own backyard. For more information contact

International Migratory Bird Day celebration

Juneau residents celebrate International Migratory Bird Day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., May 12, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

From 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., in the covered viewing area, activity stations for youth will focus on how birds feed. The Juneau Raptor Center will have live migratory raptors available for viewing from 7 o 7:30 p.m. Birds of Alaska author and photographer Bob Armstrong will be the keynote presenter at the main program that starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium. There will be brief presentations by the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, along with doorprizes and refreshments. Events are free, admission to the visitors center is free after 7:00 p.m.

The US Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game co-sponsor Juneau's International Migratory Bird Day celebration.

Benefit whale cruise

The Community Christian Counseling Center will hold a benefit whale watching cruise from 3 to 5 p.m., May 29. Tickets are $35 and available at Hearthside Books or from a board member.

The counseling center is a local ministry that provides Christ-centered counseling services to those in need, regardless of pay.

For more information, call 789-9055.

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