Driftwood Public Library is teaming up with Lincoln City Parks and Recreation, the Lincoln City Cultural Center and the Indian Education Program at Taft 7-12 for a series of events in celebration of Arbor Day this month.

Driftwood kicked off the celebrations on April 1 with a Story Walk at the Lincoln City Community Center, which continues all month. Anyone is invited to take a stroll around the community center grounds and read the story, “A Day with Yayah,” which will be posted, with the book’s artwork, along the way. The library has also posted another video in their science series on the library’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Library Director Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney also posted a video story time this week with her reading of “A Log’s Life,” by Wendy Pfeffer.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center will be celebrating Arbor Day by creating and distributing art kits. The Arbor Day kits will have all the materials and instructions needed to create a mixed media artwork based on a coastal forest theme. There will also be two videos available to guide people through creating their artworks, which can be accessed through the social media sites of the cultural center, the library, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and the Indian Education Program. The kits will be available for pick up at the cultural center during their open hours after April 15: Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call them at 541-994-9994. Art kits can also be picked up through Driftwood’s curbside service. To make an appointment to pick up materials curbside, call the library at 541-996-2277 Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday, April 30, from 4 to 5 p.m., Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Driftwood Library will be hosting a free, public Arbor Day event at the community center. All are welcome to attend. The event includes a visit from a naturalist, free tree saplings with swag bag, giveaways, a story time about trees, and, of course, the planting of a tree. This Arbor Day event celebrates Lincoln City’s 13th year of being a designated “TreeCity USA.”

Desi Clausing, Indian education specialist at Taft 7-12, emphasizes “We are caretakers in the garden we call Earth. Trees help clean our air, provide shade in summer, homes for our animals and many other resources that are needed for our survival. ‘Touch the earth, heal the earth and love the earth.’ This is not just important for our Native people, but for all people. Joining together in community, I feel, is a huge step for our future of closing any gaps that may have been felt or experienced by others. Together we grow stronger, just like our trees.”

Questions about these Arbor Day programs can be directed to Star Khan, outreach coordinator at Driftwood Public Library, 541-996-1255 or skhan@lincolncity.org, or by contacting Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Ambassador LoRee LaFon at 541-996-1248 or llafon@lincolncity.org.

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