Palm Coast - Palm Coast's love of trees and commitment to environmental sustainability will be celebrated at the day-long Arbor Day event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave. Admission is free, and all activities are free. Refreshments and products from vendors will be available for purchase.

Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care. This is the 14th year the City has held the event drawing nearly 5,000 people to the 2018 celebration. This year, the 2019 event falls on the pop culture Star Wars Day 'May the Fourth.' With that in mind, there will be Star Wars-themed green technology demonstrations featuring drones.

The tree tent opens at 9 a.m. A Master Certified Arborist will be in the tree tent from 9 a.m.-noon, offering free guidance on proper pruning, placement, planting and root shaving techniques. To get a free tree, bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item (human or pet) to trade for the tree while quantities last! Boy Scouts will be in attendance to help you get your tree to your vehicle.

The native butterfly release will be at 11 a.m. at center stage. There will be other fun activities are planned for all ages, including entertainment by VertiFit Aerial Arts, a bigger-than-ever butterfly tent, a petting zoo, a hay bale maze, train rides and crafts. Additionally, there will be wildlife from the Central Florida Zoo. The Avian Reconditioning Center for Birds of Prey will offer shows and have an exhibit. The Flagler Audubon Society will offer free bird walks in Town Center. Shelldon and Shelly from the Daytona Tortugas will make a special appearance. There will also be performances by the City's 'Recyclasaurus' and 'Velocirappers' dinosaurs. Families can also take a picture in the life-size eagles nest. DJ Vern of Pyramid Disc Jockeys and Surf 97.3 FM will provide the DJ entertainment for children's games, dancing, line dances, limbo and hula hoop contests.

Participants who completed the Mayor's 90/90 Challenge for fitness will be recognized and receive their prizes. Medals will be given to those who completed 90 miles in 90 days. The Mayor's 90/90 Challenge began on Jan. 10 and ended April 9. As of the last count, more than 100 people already logged nearly 11,000 miles. That's two round-trip treks from Palm Coast, FL to Seattle, WA and back!

Back by popular demand is the free paper shredding service. Plan to take advantage of this hands-free, uncomplicated process as totes will be wheeled to your car to help unload paper and bring it to a chute that dumps all of it into a shredder. For the free shredding service, acceptable items include: staples, paper clips, spirals, notebooks, expired credit cards, check books and folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic. Unacceptable items include: batteries, three-ring binders, binder clips, hard drives, X-rays and large amounts of metal/plastic. Shredded materials will be recycled, with the ink and color removed to produce new paper towels, tissues, etc.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9:00  -  9:15      Arbor Day Welcome by DJ Vern

9:30 - 10:00     Awards: Mayor's 90/90 Challenge

10:10 - 10:30   Epic Battle: Jedi Recycle-a-saurus vs the Darth Velocirappers

10:30 - 10:55   VertiFit Aerial Arts

10:55 - 11:00   Butterfly Pick Up for Release Central Stage

11:00 to 11:15  Native Butterfly Release Taking Flight

11:00 - 11:45   Arbor Day Fun with DJ Vern

11:45 - 12:15   FPC Aeronautical Students: Rebel Alliance with Drone Students

12:15 to 2:00   Arbor Day Fun with DJ Vern 

For more information, visit www.palmcoastgov.com/ArborDay or contact Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini at 386-986-3722 or cjmini@palmcoastgov.com.