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Final weekend to contribute to 'Toys for the Troops'

SACRAMENTO -- This weekend is the final opportunity to contribute to the "Toys for the Troops' Kids" program at Denio's Roseville Farmers Market & Swap Meet.

For the third consecutive year, Denio's is lending support to the "Toys for the Troops' Kids" program, which provides toys for children of U.S. military personnel who are deployed overseas and the families of soldiers killed in action since September 2001. The booth will be open all day Saturday and Sunday.

Radio personality Big Jim Hall of K-Hits will be conducting a live remote on Saturday, encouraging people to join in donating new, unwrapped gifts for the children of military personnel. Santa Claus along with Sacramento's famed "Top Balloon Twisters Barry and Bob," will also be special guests. Children can receive a fun balloon and have a picture taken with Santa.

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.