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Environmental celebration planned for Spencer on Saturday

SPENCER — Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day this weekend in Spencer.
The town of Spencer and the LandTrust for Central North Carolina will host the Arbor Day 2012 celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eighth Street Park, 705 Eighth St. in Spencer.
The event incorporates elements of both Arbor Day and Earth Day, promoting the preservation and planting of trees, along with a better understanding of our natural environment and environmental issues in general.
This year, the event will spotlight efforts to save Spencer Woods, now called the Stanback Educational Forest and Park. The 42-acre property has been preserved as an urban wooded oasis for providing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and educational opportunities.
Cindy Bernhardt, wildlife specialist and naturalist from Dan Nicholas Park’s Wildlife Adventures, will lead a 45-minute walk at 11 a.m. through portions of the preserve, highlighting some of the unique wildlife and plant species that call Spencer Woods home.
Educators and community leaders will provide educational exhibits related to sustainability, green technologies, and best environmental practices. Eco-friendly businesses will be on hand with services and products, such as items made from renewable resources or recycled goods and Students-in-Training, which recycles electronics.
There will be live entertainment, tree planting, sapling giveaway, games and fun activities for adults and kids alike, as well as a visit from Greasy, the Salisbury Utilities mascot.
The Salisbury Symphony’s “Musical Petting Zoo” will be on hand for aspiring or former musicians. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a flag ceremony presented by the North Rowan ROTC.

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