Free trees are again the centerpiece of Arbor Daze in Euless

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Arbor Daze in Euless

9 a.m.-8 p.m. today and 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Euless City Hall complex, 201 N. Ector Drive

Free admission and parking

Art in the Square in Southlake

10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at Town Square, Southlake Boulevard at North Carroll Avenue

Free admission and parking

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Tim and Faye Stinneford have four beautiful trees at their Euless home, and they didn't cost the councilman and his wife a dime.

"We moved into the house in 2001, and the only things that were there other than grass were a couple of crape myrtles," he said. "We started volunteering at Arbor Daze and thought it was neat that they gave away trees."

The annual event is one of two festivals this weekend in Northeast Tarrant County. Southlake's 14th annual Art in the Square continues today through Sunday at Town Square and features 150 artists and live entertainment.

"A lot of our art is fine art," festival spokeswoman Amy Schroeder said. "It's not a craft sale."

But in Euless, which also offers live entertainment, arts and crafts and a kids zone, the centerpiece is clearly the trees.

Everyone who comes to the festival gets a free red oak.

"There's a 25-foot-tall red oak in our back yard and a maple that's almost as tall," Tim Stinneford said. "Ironically, the second-oldest tree, that we got in 2002, is only 5 feet tall."

The stunted red oak had the misfortune of being repeatedly chewed by the couple's miniature dachshund.

"That it survived at all is a testament to how healthy these trees are," Stinneford said.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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