Earth Calendar for July 25th and July 26th

Jul 25, 2012

On Monday, July 30th the Honorable Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan, will join federal, state, county and local officials to launch the “Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project” in Dayton Ohio. The project was developed by Alex Hara, a Japanese-born businessman living in Dayton. Hara was inspired to initiate the project after seeing the devastation to his homeland, Japan, following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami that claimed almost 16,000 lives and left over 3,000 missing in March of 2011. The rescue, cleanup, and rebuilding effort has been massive, but thanks to the quick response of the United States military and the generosity of the American people, Japan is now on the rise again. The goal of the “Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project” is to plant 1000 cherry trees in the Dayton area as a symbol of Japan’s deep gratitude for the overwhelming support of the American people throughout the disaster. It is also a commemorative celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3000 cherry trees to the United States in 1912 as a symbol of their then-growing friendship. Trees will be planted at Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park and other area parks within six different communities bordering the city. In addition, plans are underway for a significant planting at the proposed site of the Wright Brothers Monument at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted by the Dayton Foundation through the Operation 1000 Cherry Tree’s website.  The website is available in both English and Japanese. The kick-off event will take place Monday, July 30th, 1:15 PM at the Montgomery County Administration Building, 451 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio.  

On Our Calendar:  Animals inspire art of all types. Bring your canine com­panion to make some unique paw-print art of their own. Pawcasso is part of the Art for All events, July 28th 3:00 pm at Armleder Dog Park Shelter. Visit the Hamilton County Park's website for more details about this free program.