Terezin Tree Planting for Arbor Day 2017 - Thursday, April 27

Skokie has been designated as a Tree City since 1985, and each year the Village and the Skokie Park District co-sponsor an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony.  This year, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is donating three maple Terezin trees to the Village for the Arbor Day plantings. The Terezin trees are named as such because they originate from a tree planted by children held in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II. To date, saplings from the original tree have been planted in some 600 locations throughout the world in memory of the children from Terezin. This year's Arbor Day Ceremony is Thursday, April 27, 10 a.m. at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton Street. Visitors must check in at the front desk before proceeding to the ceremony. For more information on Arbor Day and the history of Terezin Trees, click here.

Stand Against Racism - Friday, April 28

The Skokie Human Relations Commission invites the entire community to join the third annual Stand Against Racism on Friday, April 28 between 10:25 and 10:50 a.m. You can stand with others at the following locations: Oakton Street from Lincoln Avenue west to Niles West High School, Gross Point Road near Oakton Street or along Gross Point Road near Church Street.  Residents and business owners also can gather others to stand together at any other visible location at that time. All participants are asked to recite a Stand Against Racism pledge at 10:50 a.m., and talk about questions raised in the program materials. There is no cost to participate. For registration and access to program materials, visit www.standagainstracism.org. The Village of Skokie is proud to partner with the YWCA Evanston/North Shore in standing together for racial equity. This national YWCA initiative, part of their mission to eliminate racism, gives the community to opportunity to highlight and continue the work of the Skokie Human Relations Commissions.

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