GREEN  This year, the city of Green plans to hold its first Arbor Day event.

The community is invited to join the celebration at 1 p.m. April 27 at Central Park, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

The city plans to plant a 20-foot Norway Spruce, which is a tree native to both Ohio and Romania, in honor of the city’s sister city relationship with Beius, Romania. The tree replaces the Concolor Fir tree in Central Park, which sustained damage and needed to be replaced. The Concolor Fir in the past was used at the city’s Christmas tree.

"We felt that using a tree native to both Green and Beius, which will be used as our community Christmas tree, was just a great way to honor our sister city relationship," Green Service Director Valerie Wax Carr said. "This will truly be a community tree, not only as the center of our first Arbor Day ceremony, but as the featured holiday tree for our Christmas-at-Central Park event each year."

The Arbor Day event will feature a brief ceremony from Green Mayor Gerard Neugebuaer. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Central Park Community Hall.

Poster contest

The city is collecting entries for its 2018 Arbor Day Poster Contest through April 18 at the Central Administration Building. To enter you must be a Green resident and in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

The theme for the contest is Rooted in Friendship Green, Ohio, and Beius, Romania. Posters should be 11 by 14 and can include any media. Prizes will be handed out to the first, second and third place winners in the following categories: K- 3rd grade, 4th through 6th grade and 7th and 8th grade. Winners are expected to be notified around April 20.

All winners will join Neugebauer to help plant the Arbor Day tree at 1 p.m. April 27.

Entry forms can be found at the Central Administration Building or by visiting www.cityofgreen.org/arborday.

All the posters will be on display in the Central Park Community Hall following the tree planting.