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Do you have pride? Santa Clarita does!

'Pride Week' runs through April 18

Posted: April 13, 2009 3:18 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2009 12:30 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita is gearing up to celebrate Pride Week, an annual city-wide event where community sponsors and hundreds of residents come together to clean up the city.

Nearly 400 community members and groups are currently signed up to beautify city streets, parks, schools and other areas around town from April 12-18, 2009.

Pride Week, which has been held in Santa Clarita for the past 19 years, is aimed at ridding the city of litter, debris, and graffiti and gives residents the opportunity to take an active part in keeping the city beautiful.

"Pride Week represents an annual opportunity where residents can come together with the city to keep the community looking great," said Mayor Frank Ferry. "The program is designed to instill community pride while maintaining the beautiful neighborhood aesthetic for which Santa Clarita is known."

Nearly 400 community volunteer groups and individuals are signed up to clean up and beautify city streets, parks, schools and other areas around town. Santa Clarita citizens of all ages can volunteer to help clean up and beautify the community by picking up litter in their community throughout the week.

With Pride Week, resident participants are responsible for enacting change by offering up their own personal time for the benefit of the community.

Pride Week events scheduled for this week include city park clean-ups, a Towsley Canyon clean-up, trash removal at the Historical Society, litter and graffiti removal at elementary schools across the valley, graffiti removal in city washes and more.

Teens Against Graffiti (TAG) will paint over graffiti from Santa Clarita washes on April 18 from 8 a.m.-12 noon.

Nearly 400 community members, families and groups are signed up to take an active part in Pride Week.

Individuals and family members from Community churches, cultural associations, Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops, home school associations, sports teams, community action groups and more have already signed up to participate in various beautification events across the city.

Volunteers can take part in neighborhood clean-ups, plant flowers, remove graffiti and landscape throughout Pride Week. The city will provide free T-Shirts and trash bags to those who volunteer for the trash removal duties.

The 2009 Pride Week ends with the Earth Day Festival and 22nd Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Central Park on Sunday, April 18.

Those interested in volunteering for Pride Week can contact Barbara Myler, Pride Week Volunteer Coordinator, at (661) 290-291.

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