PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale will kick off its “Semester of Service” program with an orientation meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Chimbole Cultural Center, located at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. The meeting will discuss an innovative tree planting program taking place in 2013 throughout Palmdale.
Palmdale’s “Semester of Service” is the City’s participation in the National Day of Service in recognition of Jan. 21 being Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The City, in collaboration with the Hollywood Beautification Team and CalFire, will host four tree plantings throughout the City in 2013. Through a grant funded by CalFire, 450 trees will be planted on Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30 and April 27.
The four “themed” tree planting events will be:
- Military and Defense Day on Saturday, Jan. 26 at McAdam Park, 38115 30th St. East;
- Faith and First Responders Day on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Arnie Quinones Park, 41003 50th St. West;
- Cesar Chavez Service Day on Saturday, March 30 at Domenic Massari Park, 37716 55th St. East and at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. West; and
- Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 27 at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. West.
Organizations, clubs, churches, neighborhoods and individuals are invited and encouraged to participate. Groups wishing to participate may send representatives to the orientation. Attendance at the orientation is not mandatory to participate in the tree planting, but is strongly urged.
A second orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Chimbole Cultural Center.
“Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” said Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones. “We have an opportunity as a community to serve our neighbors by planting trees, which add beauty, help clean the air and build value in our community.”
For more information, call 661-267-5181.