Neighborhood Cleanup – 10/15/2011

When: Saturday, October 15th, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where: California @ Julia (or @ Oregon)
Why: Because our neighborhood is wonderful, but could use some cleaning. Plus, it’s fun to do things together!
How: Just show up – or – Register at www.berkeleyproject.org
Inidcate preferred location / organization: 

CalJulia – cleanup & bulb planting along Julia & California Streets

Traffic Circle at Oregon & California – cleanup & planting at traffic circle & YMCA

(Registered volunteers will get a t-shirt & lunch!)
Post-Cleanup Potluck: South Berkeley Neighbors is hosting a post-cleanup potluck at the Strong Roots Community Garden on Sacramento. It’s another great way to connect with our larger community and see what they’re up to on the other side of Ashby. More info here (PDF). 
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About the Cleanup: 
Great News! Tania was able to coordinate with the City & Cal for the neighborhood cleanup on October 15th. It’s an annual event called “Berkeley Project” aiming to connect students and the community. This means we get 10-20 college students to help our efforts!
You can register (and get a t-shirt and lunch) or just show up.
Here’s what’s planned so far – contact Tania with your ideas, organizing help, or tools to lend!
  1. Cleaning up trash and leaf litter on the sidewalks and in the gutters on Julia between Sacramento and King and California between Ashby and Russell;
  2. Cleaning up the sidewalk strips on Julia Street between Sacramento and King (pruning where necessary, weed-wacking and weeding)—I’ll get tools from the tool lending library;
  3. Planting bulbs and possibly some drought tolerant natives in select sidewalk planter strips.
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About the Berkeley Project
“Berkeley Project is a non-profit organization that is run by Cal students in hopes of achieving partnership between the Berkeley community and the Cal student body. Each fall we have one large service day when 2000 Cal students go into the community to about 80 sites throughout the city to help the community with various projects. This typically includes landscaping, painting, clean- up, urban reno and small-scale building among other things. This fall, as you know, our service day is on Saturday, October 15th. We are working from 10am to 3pm (volunteers typically arrive by 9:30) and groups of students are led by a site leader that is the liason between the community organizer (you) and the student volunteers.
“Neighbors are also [encouraged] to volunteer. There is a link to registration and more info on our website (berkeleyproject.org). Lunch and a free t-shirt is provided to all volunteers.”
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