Join the GrassRoots Garbage Gang for April beach cleanup

<p>Shelly Pollock, organizer of the Grass Roots Garbage Gang, picks up trash near the Sid Snyder Beach Approach while walking her poodle-golden retriever mix Bella. GRGG is organizing a beach cleanup on the peninsula Saturday, April 20.</p>

LONG?BEACH?PENINSULA, Wash. — In the midst of all the beauty of the coast, does the litter on the beach ever bother you? Ever wonder what you could do about it? The GrassRoots Garbage Gang invites you to join in the community effort this weekend at a beach cleanup. Your time, talent and energy would be appreciated, however big or small they might be.

Distribution of cleanup supplies starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Peninsula Baptist Church, 3802 Pacific Way, (Washington Highway 103), Ocean Park, Wash. A potluck will follow at 5 p.m., and GrassRoots Garbage Gang’s guest speaker Alan Rammer will speak from about 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Rammer has been a longtime supporter of beach cleanup efforts and frequently participates in cleanups on the Long Beach Peninsula. Not only does he clean, he often rewards the “most interesting” finds at the soup feed afterward, where volunteers gather to warm their bones with a hot cup of clam chowder and share stories with other volunteers of their finds – the pretty and not-so pretty. On Friday, Rammer will share “Beachcombing A to Z.” All are welcome to come at any time and pitch in to help, share food with wonderful people, or come listen to Rammer share his passion for beachcombing.

The beach cleanup will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Come to any major beach approach on the Peninsula, or join an adopt-a-beach group at their assigned section (GrassRoots Garbage Gang can help connect you).

A post-cleanup feed will take place at the Peninsula Senior Center, 21063 O Lane, Ocean Park, Wash. Finish off the day of work with a hot bowl of chowder, split pea soup or chili.

The GrassRoots Garbage Gang is an all-volunteer, Washington State nonprofit group that cleans up the peninsula beaches in southwest Washington. Each January, April and July hundreds of volunteers clean the peninsula's 25-mile beach. For more information, visit or email

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