Newborn is preparing for a day of remembrance and awareness and another of celebration and tradition.
The city will host its annual Arbor Day celebration Feb. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Newborn Park.
The day will include a lesson in climbing a 50-foot tree, free hot dogs, complimentary dogwood or oak tree seedlings,and a chance to meet Smokey Bear.
The day will also feature the planting of a maple tree and placing of a memorial stone in honor of Mayor Roger Sheridan, who passed away while in office in December.
As mayor, Sheridan helped to lead recovery efforts after a tornado swept through town in 2011, destroying dozens of trees.
Also Beryl Budd, retired forester, will demonstrate how to plant a new tree successfully, which may come in handy, as 250 seedlings will be distributed during the event for home planting.
A representative of the Georgia Forestry Commission will present Newborn with a 14th Tree City designation for ongoing participation in this program.
Newborn has also announced the date of its annual Horneyhead Fish Tournament and Festival, May 3.