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California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.

Modesto city offices closed until December 31

MODESTO -- The Modesto City Council has approved the closure of City offices from Friday, December 24 through Friday, December 31.  In a continued effort to balance a difficult budget, the City will realize cost savings through mandatory furloughs and reduced energy usage during the business closure days.  City Hall will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011.

All offices in Tenth Street Place (1010 Tenth Street) will be closed.  Uniformed police operations and emergency dispatch will operate as usual and all 11 fire stations will be open.  Citizens needing to obtain a fire incident report can call (209) 341-5722 and leave a message.  The Modesto Police Department lobby, located at 600 Tenth Street, will be open Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30 from 8 a.m.