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September, 2003

Celebrate Healthy Neighborhood

For the second year in a row, "Canal Healthy Neighborhood" will be inviting its San Rafael community to a September event planned around the theme of a "safer, healthier and friendlier community." This celebration will be held at Pickleweed Park. The event will also involve a neighborhood cleanup. The festivities are scheduled for Sept. 20th, with the cleanup running from 8 a.m. to noon, and the festival itself from 3 to 7 p.m.

The day's activities will be sponsored by Canal Ministry, The Environmental Education Council of Marin, and MCCSTOP (Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention.) Those Canal community members who attended the May 2nd Annual Meeting of The Environmental Educational Council heard a great deal of concern expressed there. "Why is the Canal Area underserved with regard to environmental outreach programs?" was one question repeatedly asked by attendees. In response, this event will be used as a positive answer to that question and to help promote health and safety principles as well.

Many community groups are being invited to offer their input at the event. Among these, Safe Routes To Kids will demonstrate bike safety, using a game that promotes proper and safe methods of riding bikes. MCCSTOP is donating natural fiber tee shirts to those who participate in the cleanup. Marin Beyond Pesticides will attend, offering materials about bug education and healthy ways of keeping your yard and house looking great. Good Earth, of Fairfax, Straus Dairy of West Marin, Donna's Tamales and Whole Foods are expected to provide free food and other goodies. There will be a barbecue as well.

 

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