Spring Cleanup Day Set for May 21

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The Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful team preparing to head out for a recent fall cleanup.

Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful is looking for volunteers for its annual pre-Summerfest, spring clean-up of the neighborhood. The event is set for Saturday, May 21, 8:00 am – 12 pm.

Volunteers will meet at American Roadhouse on N. Highland Ave. and enjoy bagels and coffee before heading out to do litter, debris, and weed removal, as well as sticker and graffiti abatement along N. Highland Ave., St. Charles Ave., around the triangle island at N. Highland and Virginia Ave and on other streets.

No RSVP needed. Just show up ready to help spruce things up around the ‘hood!

Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful is a joint effort of VaHi residents and businesses. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/KeepVirginiaHighlandBeautiful.

Volunteers Needed for VaHi Cleanup Event

DSC05672Passing along the following from our friends at Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful…

Join your neighbors – residents and business owners – on Saturday May 17 as we spruce up the neighborhood in anticipation of Summerfest. Meet at 8 AM at American Roadhouse for coffee and a biscuit to fortify you for your labors. Bring work gloves, scrapers (for sign and sticker removal), and if you have one, a gas powered weed whacker or leaf blower. Bags and water provided.

Special thanks to Emile (American Roadhouse) and Kristi (The Warren) for providing refreshments.

Volunteers Spruce Up VaHi Triangle Island

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Our awesome volunteers.

A group of volunteers met Saturday morning to clean out the triangle island, plant some new greenery, put down fertilizer and pre-emergent weed control and spread pine straw throughout the area. Thanks to the volunteers who showed up and to Nonie Daniels for spearheading the effort!

If you’re in the area of the triangle island, please do all you can to keep folks out of the planted area (including the kids who congregate there after school on Fridays). We want this area looking as good as possible for Summerfest next month – let’s work together to make that happen!

Click here to view an album of photos from the cleanup.

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Residents Clean Up VaHi Alleyway

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Volunteers gather for a group photo before the clean up.

About a dozen Virginia-Highland residents braved chilly temperatures yesterday – but fortunately no snow – when they met to clean up the section of alleyway between St. Charles and Ponce de Leon avenues that runs from Barnett St. to Frederica St.

Residents Alicia Cardillo and Chris Juckins organized the clean up. Volunteers collected enough bags of trash to completely fill the back of a pickup truck. In addition to trash, several bags of recyclables were collected, and some overgrown brush was cleared.

A future event is planned to clear more brush and make the alleyway safely navigable for vehicles. It is hoped the increased traffic in the alley will discourage the homeless encampments and other undesirable activities that take place along the alleyway.

The group thanks Emile Blau of American Roadhouse who generously supplied biscuits and coffee for the volunteers. Supplies were donated by Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Keep Virginia-Highland Beautiful and residents.

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Scroll down to view more photos from the clean up (thanks to Chris Juckins and Kay Stephenson for these). Click here to see more photos of what the area looked like before the clean up.

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Orme Park Cleanup and Potluck Scheduled for Saturday, June 8

Friends of Orme Park coordinator CC Davis posted the following on their Facebook page:

Cleanup and Potluck at Orme Park

Break out your shovels and work gloves! We’re having a cleanup day to spruce up our neighborhood gem.

Donuts, coffee and water provided for volunteers.

Saturday June 8th, 9:00 – 11:30 am.

Once the Saturday work is done, the Sunday fun can begin. Join us for a potluck dinner! Please bring a dish to share with your neighbors.

Sunday June 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Like us on Facebook for updates and info – www.facebook.com/friendsoformepark

VaHi Triangle Island Gets Some Much-Needed TLC

A small group of volunteers spent a few hours of their Mother’s Day showing a little pre-Summerfest love to Virginia-Highland’s iconic landmark at the corner of Virginia and N. Highland Avenues.

Organized by Nonie Daniels, the group removed winter annuals, amended soil, planted new annuals, put down pine straw and generally cleaned up around the island.

Scroll down for before/after pictures and some shots of the group in action.