With Earth Day being only a few days away, this is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and get a little dirty.

Even if you are not all that into spring cleaning and beautification, there are plenty of incentives to join fellow Oaklanders in improving and making a change in your community.

By volunteering your time, supplies and services, a simple act of giving is shared and thus, creates an environment that enriches entire neighborhoods and districts in Oakland.

If you happen to be intrigued even a little bit in 2013 Oakland Earth Day, but don’t know where to make donations or which events to participate in, well don’t worry.

Oakland Local has compiled a list of organizations, clean-ups, and places that are in need of your efforts and assistance.


East Oakland Boxing Association

The East Oakland Boxing Association is partnering with the city of Oakland Public Works Agency in a city wide clean-up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. This Earth Day community clean-up is a part of the 100 beautification sites throughout the city of Oakland.

The EOBA and the city of Oakland invite all community residents to bring their family and friends. For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/pwa/documents/image/oak039753.pdf.


PLACE for Sustainable Living

Looking to beautify and improve their intersection at 64th and Marshall in Oakland, PLACE for Sustainable Living held a potluck get together earlier this month to discuss and engage their immediate neighboring blocks with a specific location based beautification project. Since opening its’ doors approximately three years ago, this organization serves as a community education center focused on sustainable solutions to urban living.

This Saturday, April 20, PLACE for Sustainable Living will have a bio-filtration sidewalk garden project planned for Earth Day. Volunteers are welcomed. PLACE for Sustainable Living is located at 1121 64th St.


DeFremery Park

Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney invites you to celebrate Earth Day supporting West Oakland’s DeFremery Park.

DeFremery is Oakland’s oldest park and one of the most utilized recreation spaces, according to the city of Oakland. Home to a pool, a skate park, tennis courts, a recreation space, basketball courts, a baseball field and large picnic and grass areas, the park is in dire need of some restoration.

McElhaney, in partnership with Oakland Parks and Rec and the Public Works Agency, are asking you for your help. Volunteers are needed to
help with weeding, landscaping, litter removal and small repairs to benches
and facilities.

For more information and to RSVP, click

If you go

What: Earth Day clean-up

Where: DeFremery Park, located at 18th and Adeline in West Oakland

When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20


FROG park Earth Day clean-up

The first Saturday of each month, FROG park holds family-friendly monthly
clean-ups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is associated with the
Rockridge-Temescal Greenbelt blocks that are located near Temescal creek.

The Oakland Tech BuildOn and Key service clubs have partnered with FROG to
invite you, your friends and kids, to perform child-sized tasks like – raking,
planting, just to name a few.

On Earth Day, FROG park will hold a community work day from 9 a.m. to noon.
Everyone that attends this work day will work together to remove debris and
trim the plants around the park.

Any time that you can give, even an hour, is welcomed. Although families are
encouraged to participate, childcare will not be provided.

The DMV Neighbors Association is coordinating and
cleaning up the playgrounds near Greenbelt between Clifton and Redondo, in order to get
ready for the creek to flow again. The pond also will be cleaned out in
preparation for the creek flow.

Those interested in being a part of this work day – make sure to bring gloves
and hand pruners – if you have them marked with your name. Other tools will be
provided to you on-site.

If you have any questions and or want to sign-up, email info@frogpark.org.


Paws & Claws clean-up

Paws & Claws is proud to bring to you their “Earth Day” Dimond business district clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 20. After the clean-up, participants and their pets will be treated to some Romano’s pizza and other goodies and treats.

While some tools will be provided, bringing your own gloves is recommended. For more information, including how you can win a pet gift basket, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/100349430161233/.

If you go

What: Paws & Claws “Earth Day” clean-up

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20

Where: Paws and Claws, located at 3436 Dimond Ave., off Mac Arthur Blvd.


Pinole Creek Incubator Farm Project

The Pinole Creek Incubator Farm Project will be having their land based Earth Day celebration and farm grand opening from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

Located 20 minutes outside of Oakland and just 12 minutes from the Orinda BART station, the Pinole Creek Incubator Farm aims to improve food sovereignty for vulnerable urban communities. Farmers are carefully selected from internally and internationally displaced communities living in Oakland and the greater East Bay.

The farm project not only supplies local community produce stands and community kitchens in Oakland, but it also directs to market foods through the Phat Beets Produce Incubator Kitchen and food producers co-op in partnership with CrossRoads Collective Cafe. This event is a partnership between lu-Mien Village Farms, International Rescue Committee, Phat Beets Produce, PUEBLO, and EBMUD.

For more information and to sign-up for this event, click here.


Middle Harbor Shoreline Park Earth Day Beach clean-up

Oakland’s only beach, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, will be celebrating Earth Day in style and giving back to the habitants of this area. People are encouraged to drop by and help in picking up plastic, trash and other harmful objects from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20.

Located at 2777 Middle Harbor Road in Oakland, the park and beach is home to countless birds and marine mammals. This event is provided by Stepping Out Stepping In and funded by the Port of Oakland.

There will be prizes, refreshments, gloves and coffee for those that show up and help out.

For more information, call (510) 272-4802 or email steppingoutsteppingin@gmail.com.

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