20th annual Dia del Rio event
Laredo Community College
Fort McIntosh Campus
For the last 20 years, friends of the Rio Grande have been working hard to safeguard its natural beauty during Laredo Community College’s annual Dia del Rio Paso Del Indio Nature Trail Work Day.
This year, nature lovers and friends of the river are once again invited to come together and help preserve the Rio Grande by lending a hand during the workday, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fort McIntosh Campus.
LCC’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center is once again hosting the community-wide workday, which benefits the city’s oldest nature trail, as part of the annual Dia del Rio Celebrations.
The center also is celebrating its 15th anniversary of educating Laredoans of all ages about the flora and fauna that make the Rio Grande watershed their home.
According to LBVESC Director Tom Miller, the recent rains and beautiful weather have provided plenty of work for their numerous volunteers.
“We have a lot to do to during the event thanks to all the growth from the rain. We appreciate all the help we get from the community, and while we’ve been preparing for this event for a while now, there’s still a lot of work left to be done,” said Miller.
Participants are invited to bring their garden tools, gloves and sun block as they pitch in to help beautify the river. Among the many activities trail day volunteers can help out with are mulching, trimming and garbage pickup activities.
Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m., and community service hours are available.
In addition to the workday, the center will host a mini celebration in honor of their 15th anniversary, and the community is invited to enjoy some anniversary cake.
The workday is sponsored in part by the Rio Grande International Study Center, the City of Laredo and Keep Laredo Beautiful. It is one of many Dia del Rio events held throughout the month of October.
The first 400 volunteers will receive T-shirts, and thanks to the generosity of Councilmember Cindy Liendo and the City of Laredo, lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
At 12:30 p.m., after the cleanup, the 20th annual Dia del Rio Proclamation will be read at the center, followed by a blessing from Native American group Promesa al Sol.
Both the workday and the proclamation ceremony are free and open to the public. The center will not be open during the trail workday.
For more information about the Dia del Rio workday, call the LBVESC at 764-5701.
For information on other activities happening in celebration of Dia del Rio, call RGISC at 718-1063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fasken Elementary and TAMIU Leadership Tree Planting Ceremony
Fasken Elementary School
11111 Atlanta Dr.
Fasken Elementary School students, faculty and staff
L.E.A.D. (Leaders Empowering Active Deeds) - a Texas A&M International University - Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative
Youth Leadership Laredo Representatives
Tree Planting Ceremony
Fasken Elementary School located at 11111 Atlanta Drive.
April 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
This is the fourth planting ceremony that has been initiated by the L.E.A.D. students at TAMIU, in conjunction with Youth Leadership Laredo students. This is done to conjunction with elementary schools in town to help raise awareness of our earth.