California has been asked to provide Washington, D.C.’s 2011 Christmas tree, which will be displayed in front of the U.S. Capitol building throughout the Christmas season. The tree, a gift to the nation from California’s Stanislaus National Forest, will symbolize the theme: “California Shines.” Californians are being asked to provide all 7,000 handmade ornaments that will adorn the main tree and approximately 100 smaller trees. The ornaments should showcase the theme “California Shines” by showing all that is special about California’s history, culture and natural beauty. All state residents are invited to make ornaments for the trees, and GSHCC would love for local Girl Scouts to make their mark on this special project. Two types of ornaments are needed: 1. Five thousand ornaments for the large, outdoor tree 2. Two thousand ornaments for the smaller, indoor “companion” trees Please visit http://www.capitolchristmastree2011.org for ornament criteria and other information. Ornaments will be collected by the Stanislaus National Forest and need to be sent in no later than June 30, 2011. They should be shipped to: Mi-Wuk Ranger District Stanislaus National Forest Attn: Capitol Christmas Tree Ornaments P.O. Box 100 24695 Highway 108 Mi-Wuk Village, CA 95346 If you have any questions about this opportunity to let California shine in front of the rest of the nation, please leave a message for the Capitol Christmas Tree Committee at 209-586-3234, ext. 602.