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School Bands Recycling Trees

That Christmas trees is soon going to seem superfluous, messy and in the way.

Who are you going to call?

Your local high school band and color guards are recycling Christmas trees again this year. East Valley, West Valley, University and Central Valley high school band groups will operate drop-off sites and pickup services this weekend and next.

The cost is $3 at any drop off site, or $5 for pickup service.

The proceeds will help the bands and color guards with equipment and travel expenses.

The trees are chipped and used as compost by a local farmer.

Times and dates for dropping off trees are: Noon to 3 p.m., Dec. 28; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 3 and 4; and 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 10.

East Valley drop-off sites are the East Valley High School, East Valley administrative building and Otis Orchards Elementary School. Call 921-8683 to have your tree picked up.

West Valley drop-off sites are West Valley High School, West Valley administrative building, Pasadena Park Elementary School and the Circle K at 9119 E. Broadway. Call 928-2333 for tree pick-up service.

University High drop-off sites are University High School, University, Broadway and Chester elementary schools, and 44th and Sands. Call 922-6848 for tree pickup.

Central Valley drop-off sites are Central Valley High School, McDonald, Progress, Sunrise and Liberty Lake elementary schools. For pick-up, call 922-6819. , DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE MOVE All four high school bands have travel plans during the rest of the school year. East Valley’s band will travel to Edmonton in May for the Red Deer Music Festival and to perform in the Edmonton Mall. The trip will cost about $15,000. “We appreciate all the community support for this project,” said Cal Anderson, East Valley band director. “Although these trips are quite costly, the experience for our kids is priceless.” West Valley’s band is working to raise $80,000 to travel to Florida and compete in the Festival of States. The band has grown from 20 members to about 100 in five years, under the direction of Jim Loucks. University’s musicians will travel to Alberta and possibly Montana this spring. Central Valley’s band, which had a highly successful fall season, will send its Winter Guard to San Jose in March. - Marny Lombard

This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE MOVE All four high school bands have travel plans during the rest of the school year. East Valley’s band will travel to Edmonton in May for the Red Deer Music Festival and to perform in the Edmonton Mall. The trip will cost about $15,000. “We appreciate all the community support for this project,” said Cal Anderson, East Valley band director. “Although these trips are quite costly, the experience for our kids is priceless.” West Valley’s band is working to raise $80,000 to travel to Florida and compete in the Festival of States. The band has grown from 20 members to about 100 in five years, under the direction of Jim Loucks. University’s musicians will travel to Alberta and possibly Montana this spring. Central Valley’s band, which had a highly successful fall season, will send its Winter Guard to San Jose in March. - Marny Lombard

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