Once again, we greet the long-awaited Alaska Spring with light hearts and visions of fun activities in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, we are often greeted in return with streets and neighborhoods that have unsightly amounts of trash, collected in ruts and corners, after a long winter. Please join us and many others like us in helping clean up a corner in your community. May 1-8, 2010 is the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Citywide Clean Up event. Pick up some bright orange bags at a Burger King or Red Robin in Anchorage, and plan on a fun pick up event with your friends and neighbors. It's a fun way to get kids outside as well, and you can have fun explaining the emerging flora and fauna around you.
If you're interested in learning more, just go to anchoragechamber.org You can register there online to let them know where you'll be cleaning up, and you can even upload fun photos to adn.com to let others know of your exploits. One fun idea is to get your orange bags, and put one on the back of your office chair to highlight your participation in this year's event; thanks to Ginger in Providence Alaska Medical Center's Communication and Marketing Department for this!
If you'd like to join a fun crew that is planning to venture out in the vicinity of Providence Hospital and Goose Lake/UAA, we'd love to have you. This will be our fourth annual effort since we began in 2007. Our plan is to meet outside Providence Imaging Center's Anchorage location, at 3340 Providence Drive, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Simply give Nathan a call at 212-6032 if you'd like to find out more. We'll supply the bags and snacks if you supply the muscles; all ages are welcome. Additionally, there will be a group heading out at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at Annex Building 7 (just follow the signs near Providence Hospital), organized by Kathleen Barrows. Call her at 212-4944 to sign up there.
Good to know per Kathleen (and I agree!): May 1,2 and 8 are Free Dump Days at the Anchorage Regional Landfill, Anchorage Central Transfer Station and Girdwood Transfer Station; fees are waived for trash disposal for all residents. If you participate in a clean up event, remember to wear jeans and sturdy shoes or boots. Local hardware stores also sell some "grabbers", as I call them, which make you feel like a pro, and save your back.
Have fun, and maybe we'll see you out there somewhere!