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Saturday events mark Arbor Day, support Haitian relief

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Posted: February 26, 2010 11:38 p.m.
Updated: February 26, 2010 11:34 p.m.
Saturday events mark Arbor Day, support Haitian relief


   If you're looking for some weekend activities, two midday events on Saturday should fit the bill.
       Starting at 10 a.m., Keep Bulloch Beautiful and the Georgia Southern Botanical Garden will play host to the 2010 Arbor Day Celebration in downtown Statesboro. The event will take place between East Main and East Grady Streets on the northern end of the Willie McTell Trail, which loosely follows the railroad tracks through downtown.
       The event will include plenty of activities for children, live music from the "School of Rock" band, free food and refreshments, and an opportunity to shop at the "Green Market" - where local nurseries and gardeners will be selling products and offering planting tips.
      In addition, KBB will give away 300 tree seedlings, obtained from the Georgia Forestry Network, including crepe myrtles, red cedars, oaks and others. The seedlings will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
       The Statesboro Kiwanis Club will plant a golden dogwood tree on the McTell Trail, near East Grady Street, in honor of the club's 50th anniversary. The ceremony will take place around 11:15 a.m.
       Another event today is "Taste of the Boro," a cooperative fundraiser designed to raise money for Haiti relief. Held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buffalo's Southwest Café on Lanier Drive, all the proceeds will go to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
       For $10, ticket holders can sample the fare from nine participating restaurants: Brusters, Mellow Mushroom, Ruby Tuesday, Shane's Rib Shack, Quiznos, 119 Chops, El Sombrero, Snooky's and Buffalo's Southwest Cafe.
       Along with the food, there will be face painting, a balloon artist, appearances by the GUS the Eagle, and music by Chris and Ashlee Mitchell. The Statesboro Fire Department will have one of its trucks on hand and a race car from Bazemore Racing will be there for people to look over.

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