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Spring Lake Garden Club will sponsor an Arbor Day tree planting at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 near the pavilion at Ramon Lucio Park, 601 S. CM Allen Parkway.

Club members will plant a variety of species that include red mulberry, desert willow, Texas huisache, roughleaf dogwood and soapberry. The trees were donated by the garden club and the event is organized by Melani Howard, the city’s habitat conservation plan manager.

Following a reading of Mayor Daniel Guerrero’s Arbor Day proclamation, a Hill Country Christian School choir will perform under the direction of Abby Fritzler and club members will dedicate a marker designed by San Marcos area ceramic sculptor Billy Ray Mangham, the owner of Eye of the Dog Art Center. Musicians Chris and Sharolyn Lippke, owners of San Marcos-based Gsus Music Therapy, will perform during the tree planting.

Organized in 1961, the Spring Lake Garden Club is governed by a board of directors currently led by president Mary Hinson; vice president Jill Grossman; second vice presidents Linda Dunham and Rosemary Lyday; secretary Shirley McCurdy; treasurer Susan McGee; and parliamentarian Kibbie Cook.

Arbor Day has been celebrated naturally since 1872 when the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture designated a tree-planting holiday at the urging of newspaperman Julius Sterling Morton.

COVER: Butterflies at the San Marcos Nature Center in November 2013. PHOTO by REGINA RODRIGUEZ

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