Big Sweep 2019
Sep
16
to Nov 6

Big Sweep 2019

Every September and October, groups from across Durham volunteer to pick up litter in their local neighborhoods, parks, and streams.

This is Durham's largest litter cleanup event of the year, coordinated by Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation, and the City of Durham Stormwater & GIS Services Division, with additional support provided by the Durham County General Services Department and the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department. 

Over 5100 Big Sweep volunteers have picked up 160,000 pounds of litter since 2005. In 2018, 539 Big Sweep volunteers removed 17,000 pounds of waste from 33 cleanup sites throughout Durham. Each year, the City’s Public Works Department coordinates Big Sweep with Keep Durham Beautiful and the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District.

ARE YOU IN?
Volunteers can create a cleanup team with their own selected group, or can volunteer as individuals and be assigned to a team. If you don't have a particular site in mind, our staff can assist you in locating a cleanup site. While the official Big Sweep date is October 6, any date in September or October is eligible. 

JOIN A GROUP DIRECTLY
If you are registering as an individual volunteer, please view the group cleanups open to the public by following this link: https://keepdurhambeautiful.org/big-sweep.

Fill out the registration form at the bottom of the page and select a group to join from the list of clean-up opportunities. Thank you!


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Ellerbe Creek Clean-Up
Oct
27
8:30 AM08:30

Ellerbe Creek Clean-Up

  • Redmill Road to Falls Lake Durham, NC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join ECWA and Frog Hollow Outdoors as we clean up Ellerbe Creek from where it crossed Red Mill Road all the way down to where it enters Falls Lake. The first 20 volunteers to sign up will get a seat in a Frog Hollow Canoe. Volunteers can also bring their own canoes or kayaks, or walk in to the railroad trestle to pick up trash along the banks.

Boaters meet at 8:30am, pedestrians will meet at 9:00am. RSVP for more detailed information.

https://ellerbecreek.secure.force.com/

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Bull Moon Rising: Art Installation and Fundraiser
Oct
31
to Nov 3

Bull Moon Rising: Art Installation and Fundraiser

Giant Art Installation of the Moon to Mesmerize Crowds in Downtown Durham Oct. 31 to Nov. 3

Once-In-A-Lifetime Four-Day Bull Moon Rising Experience Celebrates Space Exploration and Cultural Similarities and Differences Around the World with Free Family-Friendly Events

Bull Moon Rising Website

Bull Moon Rising Facebook

Volunteer for Bull Moon Rising

For the first time in North Carolina, a giant breathtaking spherical replica of the moon – with a diameter of nearly 23 feet – will hang above Bull City as part of a free community experience Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. Presented by the City of Durham’s Cultural & Public Art Program, the Museum of Life and Science, Keep Durham Beautiful and Austin Lawrence Partners, the world-renowned touring installation, the Museum of the Moon, will be open to the public for four days during “Bull Moon Rising.”

The mesmerizing, internally lit sculpture will be suspended over CCB Plaza in downtown and supported by free events and fundraising components giving back to the community. The campaign aligns with celebrations for Durham’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and will explore themes of history, innovation and entrepreneurship with the tens of thousands expected to attend.

The touring installation by U.K. artist Luke Jerram – which has been presented in more than 30 countries and experienced by over 4 million people worldwide to date – will make its only planned North Carolina stop when it comes to Durham during Halloween weekend. The larger-than-life artwork features 120 dots per inch of detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, with each centimeter of the spherical structure representing five kilometers of the moon’s surface.

Events around CCB Plaza during the four-day event include:

·         Thursday, Oct. 31:

  • 6 p.m. – Illumination of the Moon, hosted by local drag stars Vivica C. Coxx, Stormie Daie and Naomi Dix

  • 6 p.m. – Reading of the highly acclaimed children’s book, “Goodnight Moon,” by Mayor Steve Schewel

  • 6 p.m. – Paperhand Puppets Halloween-themed performance featuring family-friendly puppetry

  • 6:30 p.m. – Durham Medical Orchestra’s Brass group performance

·         Friday, Nov. 1:

  • 8 p.m. – Bull Moon Ball black tie ticketed fundraising gala at Unscripted Hotel, benefitting Durham’s Museum of Life and Science and Keep Durham Beautiful

  • 9:19 p.m. – Blackspace Music Cypher rhythmic performance showcasing local emerging artists

·         Saturday, Nov. 2:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Community dinner featuring local food and beverage vendors, with family-style tables and food trucks stretching down Orange Street

  • 8 p.m. – Batalá Drum samba reggae performance with traditional drums

·         Sunday, Nov. 3:

  • 9 a.m. – Moon Movement class with Community Power Yoga

 “We’re beyond thrilled to put on this spectacular event that is accessible to everyone, bringing our community together to celebrate all things Bull City,” said Stacey Poston, manager of the City of Durham’s General Services Department Arts, Culture and Sustainable Communities Division. “Bull Moon Rising combines so much of what makes Durham unique. We’re incredibly proud to present this emotionally stirring fusion of art, science and true wonder in the center of our city, and we can’t wait to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with locals and visitors alike.”

The Museum of the Moon will be available to view 24 hours a day from Thursday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 3. Advanced tickets for the Bull Moon Ball fundraiser will be available for purchase soon and all other events are free to the public. For information, including events, details on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, parking, road closures, inclement weather, and more, visit www.bullmoonrising.com and follow the event on Facebook.

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Bull Moon Rising Community Dinner: Volunteers Needed
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Bull Moon Rising Community Dinner: Volunteers Needed

  • Orange Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of the Bull Moon Rising Community Event presenting Museum of the Moon, Durhamites and visitors alike are invited to a unique outdoor, family-friendly dinner event with tables stretching down Orange Street, featuring food vendors including Bull City Ciderworks and more

Volunteers are needed to help with the following activities:

  • Information/ID Checking

  • Compost & Recycling Station Monitoring

  • Table and Chair Setup

  • General Crowd Management

There will be two volunteer shifts:

  1. 5:00 - 8:00 PM

  2. 8:00 - 11:00 PM

Register to Volunteer Here!

To find out more information about Bull Moon Rising and the Museum of the Moon go to https://www.bullmoonrising.com/.

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Tree Planting at Pearsontown Elementary
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Planting at Pearsontown Elementary

Please join Keep Durham Beautiful and TreesDurham on October 19, 2019 from 2-4PM and help plant trees at Durham Public School’s Year-round Pearsontown Elementary in South Durham.

Planting trees on the school grounds and playgrounds of Pearsontown is particularly important because the school year there starts in mid-July and kindergartners through 5th  graders, teachers, staff, and after-school kids are out on the playground during the hottest parts of the summer.  The shade from the trees will help provide relief from the heat, protection from harmful sun exposure, cleaner air, and much beauty! In addition, the trees will provide students with an opportunity for learning about the environment and serve as gathering spots at outdoor school events such as kindergarten graduation and International Night.

Training in tree planting, shovels, and gloves will be provided. However, if you have an extra shovel to bring along, that would be great! Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water! People of all ages are welcome.

REGISTER HERE FOR TREE PLANTING!!

This planting will directly follow our Tree Keeper Planting Workshop. If you are interested in learning how to be a tree planting leader, please consider joining us one hour early to attend this free workshop. You can register for the workshop here!

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Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop
Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL: Please still consider coming to the Tree Planting the same date from 2-4PM!

Thank you for choosing to join us! This workshop is FREE and open to the public. This workshop will focus on the basics of planting. Trees are essentially a lifetime investment. How well your tree, and investment, grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted, and follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

WHAT IS A TREE KEEPER?

A Tree Keeper means you have accumulated the knowledge and skills to be able to help assist in other volunteer events and help others learn how to plant trees and experience the joy they bring!

If you are intending to be a Tree Keeper, you need to attend a workshop and we ask that you be prepared to attend at least one tree planting this season and utilize their newfound skill to teach others the basics of tree planting and care. Not only will you be a steward of the land but you can share joy and knowledge with people in your community! 

Thank you for being dedicated to Durham's canopy and the trees that make our city beautiful and healthy!

ATTEND THE TRAINING:

There are 3 Tree Keeper training dates being offered. Please attend at least one but you are welcome to come to more than one. Fill out the form at the link below to register.

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Immediately following this event we will be having a Tree Planting Event at Pearsontown and we welcome all of our Tree Keepers attending the training to stick around and help us plant some more trees at the school!

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Pick-Up with Pups!
Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Pick-Up with Pups!

Keep Durham Beautiful is partnering with the Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) during Big Sweep! Come out to the Duke University East Campus Wall on Friday morning to help pick up litter alongside some friendly canines. We’ll meet at the intersection of W. Main St. and N. Buchanan Blvd.

Come out and have some fun- the APS dogs will love to see you!

Sign up at keepdurhambeautiful.org/big-sweep

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Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop
Oct
11
12:00 PM12:00

Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop

Thank you for choosing to join us! This workshop is FREE and open to the public. This workshop will focus on the basics of planting. Trees are essentially a lifetime investment. How well your tree, and investment, grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted, and follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

WHAT IS A TREE KEEPER?

A Tree Keeper means you have accumulated the knowledge and skills to be able to help assist in other volunteer events and help others learn how to plant trees and experience the joy they bring!

If you are intending to be a Tree Keeper, you need to attend a workshop and we ask that you be prepared to attend at least one tree planting this season and utilize their newfound skill to teach others the basics of tree planting and care. Not only will you be a steward of the land but you can share joy and knowledge with people in your community! 

Thank you for being dedicated to Durham's canopy and the trees that make our city beautiful and healthy!

ATTEND THE TRAINING:

There are 3 Tree Keeper training dates being offered. Please attend at least one but you are welcome to come to more than one. Fill out the form at the link below to register.

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Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop
Oct
10
5:30 PM17:30

Tree Keeper Training: Planting Workshop

Thank you for choosing to join us! This workshop is FREE and open to the public. This workshop will focus on the basics of planting. Trees are essentially a lifetime investment. How well your tree, and investment, grows depends on the type of tree and location you select for planting, the care you provide when the tree is planted, and follow-up care the tree receives after planting.

WHAT IS A TREE KEEPER?

A Tree Keeper means you have accumulated the knowledge and skills to be able to help assist in other volunteer events and help others learn how to plant trees and experience the joy they bring!

If you are intending to be a Tree Keeper, you need to attend a workshop and we ask that you be prepared to attend at least one tree planting this season and utilize their newfound skill to teach others the basics of tree planting and care. Not only will you be a steward of the land but you can share joy and knowledge with people in your community! 

Thank you for being dedicated to Durham's canopy and the trees that make our city beautiful and healthy!

ATTEND THE TRAINING:

There are 3 Tree Keeper training dates being offered. Please attend at least one but you are welcome to come to more than one. Fill out the form at the link below to register.

Register →

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City/County Employee Big Sweep Clean-Up
Oct
10
2:00 PM14:00

City/County Employee Big Sweep Clean-Up

  • Ellerbe Creek & Camden Avenue Durham, NC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on Thursday, October 10th for a City/County Employee Big Sweep Clean-up Event! 

Employees from both the City and County will be combining forces to help clean up litter polluting our environment! Come out to enjoy some time in the outdoors while helping the environment! Also, volunteer hours can go towards this event.


REGISTRATION

County Employees: contact the Durham County Soil & Water Conservation Department at 919-560-0558 or email Lmarochak@dconc.gov to register. 

City Employees: contact the Department of Water Management at 919-560-4381 Ext. 35261 or email erin.harrison@durhamnc.gov 

City & County Employees: Meet at the Durham Fire Dept. parking lot (2008 E Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27704)

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Cleanup with Councilwoman Vernetta Alston
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Cleanup with Councilwoman Vernetta Alston

Join Councilwoman Vernetta Alston of Ward 3 on October 5th, 2019, from 9am to 11am for a morning litter pick at the Shoppes of Lakewood near Jersey Avenue and Lafayette Street. Volunteers can park towards the back of the shopping center then walk up to Jersey and Lafayette. The corner of Jersey and Lafayette will be the meeting point.

It is recommended to wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Keep Durham Beautiful will provide gloves, litter grabbers and bags. Please help us reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle if you have one!

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TreesDurham Forum
Oct
4
2:30 PM14:30

TreesDurham Forum

Join us for a free conference to learn and talk about trees in the Bull City! Speakers, community conversations, dinner and a tabling fair! Come for all or just part of the event! Register Here!

About this Event

Welcome to the TreesDurham Forum!

During this event we will learn and talk about trees, community engagement and environmental justice. You can ask questions of expert panelists, join small group conversations, have dinner, and take action at the tabling fair! The focus is on giving you plenty of room to learn, talk, ask questions, and give your thoughts on the future of Durham's Trees!

Sign up by September 20 for free dinner and child care!

Why the Trees?

Durham suffers from a patchy tree canopy due to tree die off, development, and the lack of investment in minority areas during the Redlining of the 1930s. Living in a neighborhood full of trees decreases your exposure to air pollution, increases your health, reduces your electric costs, and increases your community's cohesion. Because of all these benefits and more , we believe everyone should live, work and play around trees!

What Happens at The TreesDurham Forum?

First we learn and ask questions!

Speakers include Donald Addu of Clean Air Carolina, Joe Jackson of the Arbor Day Foundation, Tania Dautlick of Keep Durham Beautiful, and Scott Whitman of Durham's Planning Department

Next we discuss the future of Durham's Trees!

We break out into small groups to discuss what we see for the future of Durham's trees. Facilitated by the board of Durham Area Designers, this is your chance to create a vision for the future of Durham's trees!

Finally we eat & meet community groups to take action!

We eat dinner and visit with different community groups working on trees, the environment and social justice. Learn about what actions we can take to further Durham's tree canopy and more! This is free dinner and tabling event open to all, even if you can't make it to the rest of the conference!

The whole conference is free, and includes dinner and childcare.You can stay for as long (or short) of time as you can. Sign up now and we'll see you there!

Register here!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treesdurham-forum-all-about-trees-in-the-bull-city-tickets-71774590733

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Geer Cemetery Workday
Sep
27
1:00 PM13:00

Geer Cemetery Workday

  • 800 Colonial Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Members of the community are invited to join Durham Tech, Friends of Geer Cemetry and Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers in picking up limbs, cutting vines, and removing litter in this historic cemetery.

This cemetery holds a rich history as the only African American cemetery for Durham from 1876 to 1942 and is the final resting place for more than 1,500 people. You can learn more about its history at Friends of Geer Cemetery.

We will provide all tools and safety equipment. All ages are welcome, those under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

Register here to volunteer!

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Antiques Extravaganza
Sep
7
1:00 PM13:00

Antiques Extravaganza

  • Carillon Assisted Living of Durham (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join KDB and Carillon Assisted Living of Durham for a nostalgic afternoon! Find out if that prized possession is worth a small fortune to others, or is simply priceless to you. Have your item(s) evaluated by Lisa Hudspeth, a professional antique appraiser/dealer.

Tickets are $10 per item to be evaluated in advance and $25 at the door. Limit two tickets per person. All proceeds to benefit Keep Durham Beautiful. Please contact Carillon Assisted Living of Durham at 919-701-6829 to purchase tickets.

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Pearsontown Trail Clean-Up and Beautification
Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

Pearsontown Trail Clean-Up and Beautification

Join fellow volunteers in cleaning up and beautifying the Pearsontown Trail on 7/18/2019 from 10am-2pm.

The event will focus on the portion of Pearsontown Trail running from Martha St. to Burlington Ave and will include: weed removal, trash removal throughout trail, mulching of trail heads, and incorporating plants.

Registration: Fill out this FORM if you are interested in participating!
Contact: Please direct questions to Michelle Sellers, Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services.
Bring: Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes

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Jul
16
6:00 PM18:00

Gardener's Advice Fair

We're excited to be participating in this year's Gardeners' Advice Fair, sponsored by the Durham Garden Forum in partnership with the Durham County Extension Master Gardeners! On Tuesday, July 16th from 6PM to 8PM at Duke Gardens, meet local gardening organizations, learn how to identify common weeds and propagate plants, attend a tree climbing demonstration by Leaf & Limbth, and find out about container and straw bale gardening from the incredible Craig Lehoulier, aka the NC Tomato Man! This event is free to attend, we hope to see you there!

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Tree Keeper Workshop: Inventory, Pruning, and Young Tree Care
Jun
26
4:00 PM16:00

Tree Keeper Workshop: Inventory, Pruning, and Young Tree Care

  • City of Durham General Services Departmemt (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us and the City of Durham’s Urban Forestry provision on Wednesday, May 26tht from 4-5:30 PM for a Tree Keeper Training! Open to new and experienced Tree Keepers or to any tree stewards.

You will learn how to use Open Tree Maps, how to properly prune trees, and receive authorization to work on city trees throughout Durham! One portion will be spent inside training and the other portion will be spent getting hands on experience working on trees outside. Tools and light snacks will be provided.

Training attendees do not need to commit to fulfilling all of the volunteer tasks covered. There is no minimum time required to volunteer, however prizes will be awarded to those who commit roughly 5-10 hours per month between June-August!

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If applicable
Check here if you are interested in receiving this training but cannot make this date/time
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Durham Pollinator Garden Bike Tour
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Durham Pollinator Garden Bike Tour

*This event is being rescheduled. Stay tuned for information on a future tour. Please visit our website for other events celebrating National Pollinator Week! https://keepdurhambeautiful.org/pollinator-week

This year National Pollinator Week is June 17th - 23rd, and in celebration we're hosting our second Pollinator Garden Tour - by bike! All proceeds go to support pollinator advocacy projects in Durham.

Join us for a casual 6-8 mile cruise through city streets and trails, where you'll get to experience some of the hidden gems that are keeping our pollinators happy in Durham! Selected sites include gardens, hives, bee hotels, and more.

This is a no-drop ride and suitable for all ages and abilities. Participants are expected to obey the rules of the road and wear a helmet. If you are transporting your bike to the event by car, feel free to park at either the beginning or end destination - we WILL offer a supported ride back to the beginning for those that need it.

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Keep Durham Beautiful Pollinator Garden Grand Opening!
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Keep Durham Beautiful Pollinator Garden Grand Opening!

The past few months we have been installing a brand new pollinator garden and it is finally ready for everyone to enjoy! Please join us, Reinvestment Partners, BeeDowntown, and the North Street Community Garden in celebrating the completion of our pollinator garden and kicking off pollinator week!

Brief remarks will be made and coffee, soda, pastries, and fruit will be served.

RSVP is not required, but helpful for planning purposes:

Name *
Name
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KDB + Bull City Cool Pollinator Garden Installation
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

KDB + Bull City Cool Pollinator Garden Installation

We're teaming up with Reinvestment Partners, Bull City Cool, BeeDowntown, and the North Street Community Garden to install brand new pollinator beds near the Bull City Cool campus beehives! We need YOUR help to make our vision come to life!

The garden will feature:

  • 3 raised gardens

  • Butterfly garden

  • Sunflower/vine garden

Tools and instruction will be provided. Please dress for the weather and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes that can handle mud. Bring a reusable water bottle!

Workday activities will include:

6/8/19 10 AM: Mulching & finishing touches


Part of this Pollinator Garden will be dedicated in loving memory of Ronnie Gillian thanks to a generous donation by the Corey family.

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East Meets West Community Garden Workday
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

East Meets West Community Garden Workday

We have a full work day at the East Meets West Community garden and we need YOUR help! Join us to install a rain garden, create wood chip paths, plant a perennial garden, and prepare a berm for blueberry bushes! Please join us in our workday from 3:00-5:00.

All tools will be provided. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
If applicable
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Earth Day Festival-Volunteer Opportunity
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day Festival-Volunteer Opportunity

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more at the Earth Day Festival, put on by Durham Parks and Recreation!
Want to help Keep Durham Beautiful by being one of our Waste Wise Station Operators, or Staffing our Information Table?
Sign up HERE under the Keep Durham Beautiful tab!
There are two shifts: 11:30am-2:30pm and 2:30-5:30pm for each position. Hope to see you there!

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Geer Cemetery Workday April 2019
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Geer Cemetery Workday April 2019

  • 800 Colonial Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Members of the community are invited to join Durham Tech, Friends of Geer Cemetry and Keep Durham Beautiful volunteers in picking up limbs, cutting vines, and removing litter in this historic cemetery.

This cemetery holds a rich history as the only African American cemetery for Durham from 1876 to 1942 and is the final resting place for more than 1,500 people. You can learn more about its history at Friends of Geer Cemetery.

We will provide all tools and safety equipment! All ages are welcome, those under 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

Name *
Name
If you are affiliated with a group or organization
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BULL City Ciderworks Anniversary & KDB Fundraiser!
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

BULL City Ciderworks Anniversary & KDB Fundraiser!

Bull City Ciderworks is throwing a block party for their Birthday on Saturday, MARCH 23rd and everyone is invited!!

$1 for every pint sold will be donated to Keep Durham Beautiful!

Come out and enjoy a full day of LIVE MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, and a very special SUPER LIMITED CIDER only available on this day :)

Join the event for updates & invite your friends...

FOOD TRUCKS:
MexiArepa Grill
Baguettaboutit
Qspresso Food Truck
Morfa Empanadas
Mr. Cheesesteak
Bulkogi Truck

LIVE MUSIC:
Maker Of The Bear
Liam & The Nerdy Blues
Niecy Blues
Young Bull

Preorder your drink tickets here!

Join the Facebook Page to stay up to date!

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Volunteer Workday at Erwin Mills Cemetery
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Volunteer Workday at Erwin Mills Cemetery

  • 2815 West Pettigrew Street Durham, NC, 27705 Durham United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us and the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association as we work to revitalize this historic Durham Cemetery! Erwin Mills Cemetery, aka Cedar Mills Cemetery, was established in 1893, the same year as the mill and Trinity College (now Duke East Campus), and is known as one of the first integrated cemeteries in Durham. It began as a cemetery for employees who could not afford burial elsewhere. Later, other people were also buried there. The last major efforts to clean up the cemetery took place in the Spring of 2000.

We will be performing light to medium tasks such as clearing branches, cutting vines, raking leaves and cleaning up around plots/headstones. Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Please bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather. There is very little parking near the cemetery, so carpooling is strongly advised!

Register to attend here!

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Litter Cleanup with Southside Neighborhood Association
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Litter Cleanup with Southside Neighborhood Association

The Southside Neighborhood Association would like to invite you to roll into Spring 2019 with some neighborhood litter pickup! We will be providing supplies and our friends at the YMCA will also be lending a helping hand. Let's show how the Durham community comes together to remove unsightly litter and debris from our neighborhoods!

Tools, gloves, and water will be provided. Please bring your own water bottles and dress for the weather.

Register Here

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Creek Week
Mar
16
to Mar 23

Creek Week

Creek Week is a time to discover and clean up our local streams. It has been celebrated in Durham since 2009, with 2,783 volunteers collecting 152,798 pounds of litter to date.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING? 

Go to our Creek Week Events page HERE

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City of Durham Arbor Day 2019
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

City of Durham Arbor Day 2019

Join Keep Durham Beautiful, City of Durham, and Durham Housing Authority in celebrating Arbor Day in Durham! Come out to learn about trees and tree care and to beautify the community. Ten large ball and burlap trees will be planted on Sima Avenue. There will also be a reading of the Arbor Day proclamation at 10:30 by Council Member Javiera Caballero and brief comments from NC Forest Service.

In addition to helping plant trees and learning about trees and their care, volunteers will also help pick up litter and cut back invasive plants and vines in Burton Park to improve usability of the park and make it safer and more accessible! Gloves, vests, tools and supplies will be provided.

Spectators welcome. Those coming to volunteer should dress in long pants, wear layers for the weather, wear sturdy closed toe shoes, and bring a water bottle. We will be set up at Burton Park adjacent to McDougald Terrace. You can park in any legal space along nearby streets.

This event is free and open to the public. City employees are encouraged to participate. Volunteer hours may be used with supervisor approval.

Register Here!

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Litter Cleanup with Bull City Burger and Brewery
Mar
11
4:30 PM16:30

Litter Cleanup with Bull City Burger and Brewery

Please join the Sustaina-bull leg of Bull City Burger and Brewery’s Golden Bull scavenger hunt by picking up litter with Keep Durham Beautiful!

Removing litter from streets helps protect natural life, ensures that trash won’t get into our waters, and reduces the likeliness of litter-caused car accidents! The whole community benefits each each piece of litter that is removed!

We will be picking up litter along Ramseur Street. Meetup and parking directions will be sent out after registration. Safety vets, gloves, trash bags, and litter grabbers will be provided. Remember to dress for the weather and bring water!

Register here

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Tree Planting at Pearsontown Elementary School
Mar
9
11:30 AM11:30

Tree Planting at Pearsontown Elementary School

Please join Keep Durham Beautiful, TreesDurham, Leaf & Limb, and Duke Energy on March 9, 2019 from 11:30am – 2pm and help plant 50 trees at Durham Public School’s Year-round Pearsontown Elementary in South Durham.

Pearsontown is a racially and ethnically diverse school with 33% of students from low income families. Planting trees on the school grounds and playgrounds of Pearsontown is particularly important because the school year there starts in mid-July and kindergartners through 5th  graders, teachers, staff, and after-school kids are out on the playground during the hottest parts of the summer.  The shade from the trees will help provide relief from the heat, protection from harmful sun exposure, cleaner air, and much beauty! In addition, the trees will provide students with an opportunity for learning about the environment and serve as gathering spots at outdoor school events such as kindergarten graduation and International Night.

Training in tree planting, shovels, and gloves will be provided. However, if you have an extra shovel to bring along, that would be great! Coffee and snacks will be provided as well!

Register here!

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Durham Bulb Blitz 2019 - Apply by Feb 3
Feb
6
to Feb 7

Durham Bulb Blitz 2019 - Apply by Feb 3

Welcome to the Keep Durham Beautiful 2019 Bulb Blitz! Thanks to a generous donation of overstock from Gardens Alive! and Van Engelen nurseries, and arranged through Keep Winston Salem Beautiful, we have thousands of FLOWER BULBS TO GIVEAWAY to Durham community gardens, garden clubs, neighborhood associations and schools! Please fill out the form below to apply for bulbs.

NOTE: Deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb 3, 2019. We apologize for the short notice but we need to get these bulbs in the ground! Pickup will be February 6 & 7 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

Fill out my online form.
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Tree Planting in Forest Hills Park
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Tree Planting in Forest Hills Park

Forest Hills Park Residents,

Want to see more trees in your neighborhood? Join Keep Durham Beautiful, Forest Hills Neighborhood Association, and Forest Hills Junior Garden Club in planting 15 trees at Forest Hills Park!

Supplies will be provided. We encourage you to dress for the weather and bring your own water! If you have warm gloves we suggest you bring those as well.

We’ll meet at the new parking lot on East Forest Hills Blvd near the tennis courts, across from 100 E Forest Hills Blvd, at 2 pm.

Children should be accompanied by a guardian who will be responsible for them during the entire service event.

Register to plant with us!

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