Thanks to the planting efforts of the Belle Haven School kindergarten class, a red maple tree grown from a cutting has a new home in front of the school. The lesson in horticulture was part of the city of Menlo Park’s Arbor Day festivities, one of the earliest celebrations in the country thanks undoubtedly to our temperate climate. (National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.) On hand to take part in the planting were Belle Haven principal Maria Ibarra (picture, top left) and Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline who told the kindergartners that kids have been climbing some Menlo trees for 100 years in the city and their tree would welcome future tree climbers. The annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony is organized by the city’s Environmental Quality Commission.