Nevada City’s second annual spring cleanup is April 18-19

Editor’s note: I received this email from Reinette Senum.

NCDIG, Nevada City Determined Improvement Group, will be undertaking its second 2-day spring-cleaning called Spring Madness Returns, Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

The City of Nevada City, the Nevada City Police, Fire Department, Public Works, and organizations Hour Nevada County, Sierra Roots, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Schools, students, service clubs, neighbors and downtown businesses will be pulling out their tools for two days to undertake painting, light carpentry, and graffiti and weed removal throughout downtown Nevada City and Pioneer Park.

The first Spring Madness was launched last March with about 175 volunteers stepping up for three days removing graffiti repainting numerous storefronts, gas lamps, fire hydrants, and street curbs as well as weed eating, trash removal, and clearing hedges along sidewalks. The city of Nevada City will be providing tools and equipment.

Businesses are encouraged on the first day, Monday, April 18, that have Waste Management garbage and recycle bins that have been tagged with graffiti to leave the bins out on the streets. Volunteers will be making their way through town and removing any graffiti on buildings and bins.

Though tools and equipment will be provided it is first come first serve and event organizers highly recommended that volunteers wear the appropriate clothing and bring the tools for the type of jobs they would like to undertake, i.e. paint or scrub brushes, pruning shears, rakes, brooms, buckets, paint trays and rollers, etc.

Local Nevada City business, SOAP, is providing a special biodegradable orange-coconut cleaner to reduce its impacts of the run off into Deer Creek.

The check-in and staging area for volunteers will be located in the Chinese Parking Lot next to HAALo, 412 Commercial Street beginning at 7:30 a.m. All volunteers are asked to check in at this location to sign release forms and for directions. The Food Bank of Nevada County is providing breakfast snacks as well as coffee and tea.

Volunteers can receive a free membership with Hour Nevada County, a local TimeBank exchange, as well as receive service-credits! To find out more about Nevada County’s first TimeBank visit and the spring cleaning, visit here.

Please join us in this extraordinary event! All ages welcome!

For more information or questions, contact, Reinette Senum at

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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