Make plans to clean up at Earth Round-up

Earth Roundup needs volunteers.Volunteers are being solicited to participate in the Blount County Earth Round-up. The event will be held Saturday, April 25. Participants are asked to meet from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the check in located at the Bicentennial Park pavilion behind the Blount County Courthouse.

The evening celebration event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Maryville College. For more information call Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-4809.

Earth Round-up 2008 was a tremendous success as Little River Round-up and Airfest joined forces to create a brand new event, Earth Round-up. The event is organized by the Little River Watershed Association, Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce Air Quality Team. The Earth Round-up consists of a morning clean-up event and afternoon celebration.

Morning clean up: From 8 to 10 a.m. there will be a check-in at the Bicentennial Pavilion behind the courthouse. Volunteers will receive materials such as bags and gloves and be assigned a designated location that is in need of personal tender loving care. Volunteers can also choose their own sites near their homes, if they wish, that can be cleaned up.

Volunteers will either be assigned a designated place to drop trash or ask that you bring the trash back to the dumpsters and recycling bins located in the parking lot next to Bicentennial Pavilion, as planners would like to get a weighed total of all waste collected in Blount County.

Volunteers need to sign in, get some gloves and trash bags and receive an assigned location to pick up trash. Boaters are welcomed and encouraged to participate in cleaning up of the banks of the Little River from the park boundary to the Little River embayment near Rockford. Large groups can pre-register by calling Keep Blount Beautiful at 865-681-4809.

Volunteers will receive a free dinner ticket for the evening event and reusable shopping bags.

Evening FunFest:

From 5 to 8 p.m. there will be more fun, music, food, and environmental education at the evening portion of EarthFest on the Maryville College campus. There are more than 20 educational booths, vendors and activities for the kids and live entertainment. If you volunteered in the morning clean up, you will receive a ticket to eat dinner free and a free reusable shopping bag.

The evening festivities will include the music of Pistol Creek Catch of the Day. For additional information, go to www.blounttoday.com. of the EarthFest “Myspace page.”

Silent Auction: Outdoor adventures is the theme for the silent auction, with donations from Little River Trading Company and Little River Outfitters, to name a few.

Eco-Sculpture juried show at Greenbelt Park. The Eco-Sculpture event begins on April 18 on the Greenbelt and continues through EarthFest. The community is invited to come see the wide variety of talented sculptors and their works of art.

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