By Sonya Campbell

Harker Heights Herald

SALADO - Keep Salado Beautiful will present an Earth Day event Saturday, with a variety of environmental activities planned at various locations.

Susan Terry, chairwoman for Keep Salado Beautiful, said the morning's activities will focus on a village-wide cleanup effort while the afternoon will feature "fun stuff."

Community cleanup

The Great American Cleanup, sponsored by the Mill Creek Community Association, is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the civic center, where they will receive their assignments and be dispersed throughout the village. Participants are asked to bring gloves, hats, push brooms and shovels, and are urged to use sunscreen.

Lunch will be provided free to the workers at noon at the Visitors Center.

Recycling, afternoon events

From 9 a.m. to noon, the public can drop off recyclable items at the Sustainable Center at 113 Salado Plaza Drive.

Large metal items, computers (without hard drives), cellphones, small batteries, CFL bulbs, electronics and 32-inch or smaller televisions will be accepted.

Items that will not be accepted include CDs, DVDs and software.

A Keep Salado Beautiful membership drive will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pace Park by Salado Creek.

Tents are expected to be set up at the site. For the past couple of years, the organization has consisted primarily of an operating board. However, board members are hoping to grow membership.

At 1 p.m., visitors can learn how to build a rain barrel, and make a birdhouse and homemade kites. Composting and a stone-stacking contest follow at 2 p.m.

Artists will be on hand to show people how to stack or balance stones to form unique sculptures, and then challenge them to follow suit, Terry said.

At 3 p.m., a water-monitoring demonstration will be given.

Terry explained that the demonstration will show how volunteers, using kits provided by the state, assist the Brazos River Authority in monitoring water quality.

Other activities include a hummingbird, butterfly and bee plant sale, and "bug-picking" for kids.

Terry said the "bug-picking" effort will showcase water organisms from the creek - identifying them and proving insight into their lifecycles.

"Kids and adults just love it," she said.

The community-wide cleanup was last held in 2009; however, the weather wasn't cooperative, Terry said. She is feeling more positive about weather conditions this year.

Contact Sonya Campbell at or (254) 501-7557.

If you go

What: Community cleanup in Salado

When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Volunteers will meet at the civic center.

More information: Call the Salado Chamber of Commerce at (254) 947-5040 or the Village of Salado Tourism Office at 947-8634.

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