OK, folks, forget about following the links on this post and get out a good old-fashioned pen and paper. Arbour Week in Mississippi Mills (April 18-26) has some amazing events on the roster, but you’ll need to take our word for it and just show up to them (or call organizer extraordinaire Fern Martin at 613-624-5104 if you really want more details).
First up, there are three separate Tree Walks and Talks taking place in various locations around Mississippi Mills. Three tree enthusiasts will lead you around, giving you the highlights and history of some of the Town’s tallest (and leafiest) denizens. On Sunday, April 19 at 2pm you can join naturalist Cliff Bennett for one, starting at the Clayton Community Centre (in the middle of beautiful downtown Clayton, of course!). On Monday, April 20 at 10am, meet Joel Byrne and the Monday Morning Trailwalkers for a tour of the High Lonesome Nature Reserve near Pakenham. That one’s a bit tricky to get to, so I’m giving you directions here, but you can also meet at the Almonte Civilian Hall at 9:30am or the Pakenham Arena (Stewart Community Centre) at 9:45 to catch a ride! Finally, you can set off on Thursday, April 23 at 10am with Brian Anderson at the Mill of Kintail to explore that beautiful conservation area.
If biking is your preferred ML (modus locomoti, don’t Google it because I made it up), you’ll want to come along for the Tree Bike Ride & Talk, scheduled for Sunday, April 26 and starting at 9:30am at Naismith Public School (260 King Street in Almonte). This one is a heritage tree tour of Almonte, and you’ll be in the good company of the new Mississippi Mills Family Bicycle Club, along with Bike Month‘s own Jeff Mills, arborist Ron Ayling, and writer/artist Neil Carleton.
Special Guest Speaker, and Someone who Speaks for the Trees!
The community is very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear guest speaker Dihari Fernando, Director of the Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste Marie. She will share her expertise on Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm, at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Invasive species include plants, insects, aquatic organisms and animals that have been introduced into the ecosystem either from other countries or through movement due to climate change. There will be Tree Art on display at this talk, and tree treats to enjoy. Tree artists for 2015 are the talented Neil Carleton and Nancy Young. Nancy & Neil’s art will be on display during Ms. Fernando’s talk.
This year, Arbour Week also features a special Family Film Night screening of The Lorax! It takes place at the Almonte Old Town Hall on Friday, April 24 with doors opening at 6:30 and the film starting at 7pm. The cost is $2.50 per person or $10 for a family, and while supplies last each child will leave with a little tree to plant. Refreshments will be available for sale at a reasonable cost of $1 or less.
And don’t be shy — if you want more information about any of these activities, do call Fern at 613-624-5104. She’s both knowledgeable AND friendly!