Los Banos, a Tree City U.S.A. for 25 years, has cause for celebration next week.
The Milliken Museum Society plans its annual breakfast fundraiser from 7 to 10 a.m. March 1 in the Miller & Lux building, 830 Sixth St. The same day, Los Banos Parks and Recreation plans a celebration of trees at 4 p.m. in Meadowlands Basin Park, 2599 S. Creekside Drive.
Society member Jessie Stoddard said the breakfast fundraiser is important for museum upkeep. The museum teams with the city for the festivities.
"We're kind of the kickoff to Arbor Day," she said, adding that the museum's other fundraiser is in November.
Stoddard said the society hopes to sell 300 tickets for a meal of pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice to help preserve local artifacts. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St., and Los Banos Flower Shop, 624 K St.
The Arbor Day event in the park comes with a tree-planting demonstration and speeches from area politicians.
Every year, elementary school students are given tree saplings as prizes for placing in a local art contest. The winners also have their work on display at City Hall.
Boy and Girl Scouts will plant trees.
As a member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, a Tree City U.S.A. must observe an annual Arbor Day celebration, allocate $2 per capita to a community forest program, have a tree committee and establish a tree care ordinance.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.