The local nonprofit TreesCharlotte, has big plans for its inaugural Arbor Week Celebration March 12-19. Events include tree plantings, panel discussions, a road race and more. The group plans to plant or give away 1,200 trees and another 2,500 seedlings during the tree-themed week.
TreesCharlotte, established in 2012, is dedicated to preserving and expanding the city’s tree canopy by planting 500,000 trees in coming decades.
The following events are scheduled, including the chance to pick up a free tree on March 19. For details: www.treescharlotte.org.
▪ Branching Out at Wooden Robot, 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 15 Wooden Robot Brewery, 1440 S. Tryon St.
▪ Film Screening and Panel Discussion: America’s First Forest 6:30-9 p.m. March 15 Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road.
▪ Planting 150 trees on the campus of The Renaissance mixed-income community and school, Wednesday, March 16, 3610 Nobles Ave. Sponsored by Crescent Communities.
▪ Keeping Watch on Air opening reception 6 p.m. March 18 UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th St.
▪ 30th Annual Elizabeth 9k Road Race “Run for the Trees” 8 a.m. March 19 Hawthorne Recreation Center, 345 Hawthorne Lane
▪ Citywide Free TreeStore, where 650 trees will be given away with proof of Charlotte residency, 9-11 a.m. March 19 Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road.
Courtney McLaughlin, correspondent