Community gears up for annual clean up effort April 22

Volunteers at last year’s Creek to Bay Cleanup.

Escondido Shines is partnering with I Love a Clean San Diego (ILACSD) for the 15th annual Creek to Bay Clean-up on Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m.–noon.

Of course, the clean-up effort takes place from Escondido to the coast, but Escondido Shines and local volunteers will be concentrating their efforts at Harmony Grove, Grape Day and Mountain View Parks, Dixon Lake, Lake Hodges, Elfin Forest and Reidy Creek.

The clean-up day occurs on Earth Day and typically volunteers include your neighbors, people from your schools, local businesses and churches. Shine bags (to put the trash in, or otherwise employ usefully) will be available at the fire stations in the neighborhoods where the clean-ups occur.

Escondido Shines was started by Rotary in 2015 with Vaughn North as the point man, spokesman and cheerleader for the program, which seeks to instill a sense of pride in Escondido residents. “Escondido Shines is an invitation to all the community to enhance community spirit,” said North. Shines’s motto is “Serve, Salute, Celebrate.” Last year Escondido Shines earned the Community Service Award during the State of the City observance.

Reidy Creek was only recently added to the list due to it being in a “protected environment,” which meant that the approval to clean it was a lengthy one. That clean-up effort will commence on the day of the event will be from 8 am to 9 am at the front entrance of the Police and Fire Department at 1163 N Centre City Pkwy.

Register to participate at JustServe.org or ILLCSD.  You can also register at http://www.creektobay.org/index.php

Other upcoming Escondido Shines events will be the memorial Weekend Band Concert on May 27, Rotary Summer Family Movies at Grape Day Park and Patio Playhouse musicals at Kit Carson Amphitheater in July and August.

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