On Saturday, volunteers will be cleaning up Lake Overholser and the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge. About 200 people are expected to show for the event in celebration of Earth Day, said Karen Miles, clean-up coordinator.
Volunteers are meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Overholser Pavilion near NW 14 and East Overholser Drive in Oklahoma City. They will then be divided into teams and assigned to 10 different areas including a team who will be picking up trash on the water via kayaks.
Water is provided as well as lunch at 12:30 p.m. back at the Overholser Pavilion courtesy of Earl’s Rib Palace, Jersey Mike’s and Cimarron Steak House.
And if you need more incentive than that to help, during lunch there will be a raffle for numerous prizes: A birdhouse from the Audubon Society, free tickets to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, certificates for free oil changes (Hibdon Tires Plus/John’s Goodyear Auto Service Center in Bethany/Rockwell Lube & Auto Repair);
A gift card from Schlegel Bicycles, two tickets to the Lyric Theatre’s production of “Call Me Madam” at the Civic Center, coffee klatch from Java Dave’s on 9th street (coffee and free pastry for the bearer and eight friends), gift card from Buy-4-Less;
A gift card for a complimentary small chocolate fondue for two at the Melting Pot, a pair of tickets to the Jewel Box Theatre’s production of “Around the World in Eighty Days”, pair of tickets to B&B Windsor 10 Theatre, a free one-hour massage in your home by Kat;
Two Amphibian/Reptile books and a Landscaping for Wildlife book from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, a pedicure, gift certificate for four to attend any Barons home game, an electric tool and knife sharpener from Westlake Ace Hardware in Bethany, bags of coffee from Starbucks, and a certificate for a group of four to participate in Oklahoma City Riversport’s Adventure Saturday (includes kayak, bike, stand-up paddle boat, rowing).
There are also food gift cards or certificates from Taco Cabana, Rib Crib (on Meridian and in Yukon), Panera Bread, Focus FCU (for Braum’s), Kamp’s 1910 Café, Western Sizzlin/Mackie’s Steakhouse, Kaiser’s American Bistro, Bad Brad’s, Red Cup, Ludivine, Paseo Grill, the Beatnix Café, the Wedge Pizzeria, Chilis, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Gopuram, Hensley’s Top shelf Grill, Interurban, Johnny Carino’s Italian, Logan’s Roadhouse (free appetizer), and $3 off coupons from Louie’s Grill & Bar in Yukon.
This clean-up is part of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s (KOB) Great American Clean-Up, OKC Beautiful’s Litter Blitz, OK Dept. of Transportation’s Trash-Off, and American Rivers’ National River Clean-Up.
It has been made possible with financial support from Chesapeake Energy, KOB/OG&E Growth Grant, Oklahoma Clean Lakes & Watersheds Association (OCLWA), and the DEQ Green Team.
The clean-up also receives in-kind donations from OKC Kayaks who will once again be donating use of their kayaks for the flotilla to clean the waterways in Overholser & Stinchcomb, the City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and Pepsi Bottling Group.
Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, hat, sturdy gloves, insect repellant, and sunscreen. The clean-up will be held whether rain or shine.
For more information, call Miles at 702-8192 or email her at Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.