Discover Big Rock Garden Sculptures and Learn About a Statue in Glacier

In celebration of International Sculpture Day 2018, George F. Drake who, with his wife, founded Big Rock Garden Nursery, now Big Rock Garden Park , will lead free guided tours of the garden at 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. Drake is the founder of the sculpture garden in the park which now contains 39 sculptures by artists from seven nations. Big Rock Garden Park is located at 2900 Sylvan St. The tours are sponsored by Sculpture Northwest. Details: 360-734-9757, http://sculpturenorthwest.org/.

Whatcom County historians Janet Oakley and Mike Impero have worked hard to celebrate the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 to 1940 by securing a worker statue from the national CCC Legacy organization for the Glacier Ranger Station. They will talk about CCCs and the importance of the statue at the Glacier Ranger Station that the CCC built in a free talk at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.  The dedication of the statue will be June 16 in Glacier, in a free community event.

Oakley grew up on stories of the CCCs and her novel, “Tree Soldier,” is set in the Glacier area. For two years, she was a Washington Humanities speaker, going around the state talking about the CCC’s impact on the state’s treasured parks and soil conservation. Mike Impero has written books about the Glacier area, including “Boys of Glacier.” He has a personal reason for the statue: his father was one of the first CCC boys to serve at Camp Glacier. Earlier this year, CCC Legacy signed with the Mount Baker National Forest to allow such a statue. The statue will be the second in Washington State and 72nd in the nation.  Details: Janet Oakley, timelinelady@gmail.com.

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