Thursday, February 18, 2010

San Bernardino Goes Green Planting Roots for its Future

Just as people now enjoy trees that were planted in San Bernardino years ago, the Bicentennial Celebration Committee hopes to provide that legacy for generations to come by planting 200 new trees in the next few months. It’s part of the year-long Bicentennial Celebration, commemorating San Bernardino’s founding in 1810.


As part of the Bicentennial Celebration volunteers will plant 200 trees throughout the city of San Bernardino, each representing a year of San Bernardino’s existence. The trees will be planted during March.

“Because the nature of this project relies heavily on community participation, we ask the people of San Bernardino to come join us in planting the roots for our future,” said Nick Calero, chair of the Bicentennial Celebration’s Tree Planting Committee. “The 200 hundred trees planted will be a lasting tribute to San Bernardino’s Bicentennial and its residents’ philanthropic spirit.”

“When we first began formulating plans for the celebration of our Bicentennial we knew that we wanted to leave a legacy to the future generations. Trees will not only beautify our city now, but they will continue to provide beauty for generations to come. Just as we enjoy the trees that our forbearers planted, so we will plant trees for those who come after us,” said Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Bicentennial Committee Chairperson.

To volunteer, or for more information on the Bicentennial Committee’s planting of 200 trees throughout the city please contact Nick Calero at (909) 240-5691 or email

More Bicentennial Celebrations
The city of San Bernardino continues its year-long celebration with multiple events including Beautification Days during April where San Bernardino residents will be asked to help beautify their businesses and residents; and in May look for  “Celebrate America” performed by the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra; San Bernardino Railroad Days; the Bicentennial Gala, the Mayor’s Run for the 200th; a Festival of Faiths, Dedication of the Bicentennial Monument; Bicentennial Parade and so much more.  For additional information and events go to

Bicentennial Committee Members
Rabbi Hillel Cohn is the chairof the Bicentennial Celebration Committee, and Erin Brinker is the chair of its Public Relations & Marketing and Independence Day Extravaganza committees. Other Bicentennial Celebration Committee members are Jim Smith (chair of the Community Engagement committee), Cheryl Brown (chair of the Youth Council, Intergovernmental and Arts committees), Beverly Bird (chair of the Legend of the Arrowhead committee), Steven Shaw (chair of the History committee), David Smith (chair of the Finance committee), Jane Sneddon (chair of the Parade committee) and Martha Pinckney (chair of the gala committee). Dameron Communications is aiding the public relations committee.

The mayor and members of the San Bernardino Common Council appointed these members. Additional community volunteers who have taken on leadership of other committees are: Trudy Freidel (Festival of Faiths), Dr. William Coleman and Edward Martinez  (Leadership Cabinet), Peggi Hazlett (Mayor’s Run), Dr. Charles “Skip” Herbert (Coloring Books for Schools), Karen Blanco (Media and Merchandising) and The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire (Design).

For additional details, contact Erin Brinker at (951) 323-9337 or go to