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Expect dirty hands at Earth Day events - April 14, 2014

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OLYMPIA – Washington Service Corps members will get their hands dirty at a variety of Earth Day cleanup, planting and habitat restoration projects in King County. Look for people wearing vests with the AmeriCorps logo.

The Washington Service Corps is administered by the state Employment Security Department and funded by the federal AmeriCorps program.

Duwamish Alive!
What: Volunteers will remove trash from the Duwamish River via kayak, restore shoreline habitat and plant rain gardens.
Who: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (one of several organizations participating)
Contact: Jimmy Pasch, 206-297-7002, Washington Service Corps member serving with the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 19
Where: Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. South, Seattle. Directions.

Annual Earth Day Stewardship Fair
What: Washington Service Corps members will staff a marine-life touch tank, guide beach walks and teach kids about environmental stewardship and careers.
Who: King County Housing Authority (KCHA)
Contact: Pat Porter, KCHA, 206-574-1354
When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., April 25
Where: Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Place South, Des Moines. Directions.

Redondo Beach cleanup
What: Scuba divers will collect trash under the water, while above-ground volunteers will clean up the beach and roads around Redondo Beach.
Who: Kaddee Lawrence, the Marine Science & technology Center at Highline Community College, 206-618-4588
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., April 26
Where: Redondo Beach, 28203 Redondo Beach Drive, Des Moines

Westcrest Park beatification
What: Volunteers will help remove invasive species, plant native species and clean up this urban forest.
Who: Neighborhood House, Earth Corps and the Green Seattle Partnership
Contact: Diana Lian, 206-225-0328, and Susan Hunt, 816-591-3742, Washington Service Corps members serving at Neighborhood House.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 26
Where: Westcrest Park in the Highland Park neighborhood of Seattle, 9000 8th Ave. S.W. Map.

Garden Builds
What: Volunteers will build raised-bed gardens for families in need in Shoreline and in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle.
Who: Josh Cargill, Seattle Tilth, 206-633-0451, ext. 116
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 26
Where: Volunteers will meet at the George Center for Community, 2212 N.E. 125th Street. Call Josh Cargill, 206-941-6042, or Stephanie Seliga, 206-708-9913, during the event for the builders’ locations.
 

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