Coastsiders will celebrate Pacifica’s third Arbor Day with the planting of 40 trees, the dedication of a COVID-19 memorial grove at Fairmont Park, and an art contest for students.

Tree City Pacifica is organizing the event along with the Pacifica Garden Club, the Pacifica School District, Pacifica Mayor Sue Beckmeyer, City Council and members of city staff. For the first two weekends of November, winning entries from the student art contest will be displayed at the Sanchez Art Center by students who were asked to prepare pieces that show the importance of trees in their lives and in the community.

On Nov. 12, students will put those values into practice by planting 10 trees at Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School and Cabrillo, Ocean Shore, Ortega and Sunset Ridge elementary schools. At each school, specific classrooms will learn about the importance of trees before students plant a tree on the school grounds. Members of the Pacifica Garden Club will help by lending expertise.

The following day, on Nov. 13, everyone is invited to celebrate the main Arbor Day community event starting at 10 a.m. at Fairmont Park and Recreation Center with a speech by Mayor Beckmeyer. Members of the Pacifica Garden Club will dedicate a COVID memorial grove with a plaque and a bench to commemorate lives lost in the community to the pandemic.

If you would like to volunteer to plant a tree, send an email to treecitypacifica@gmail.com. The organization is observing pandemic protocols, limiting the number of volunteers and requiring everyone to wear a mask.

For more information on Tree City Pacifica, go to facebook.com/treecitypacifica or send an email to treecitypacifica@gmail.com.

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