PENINSULA - Get your stars and stripes ready. Carry that belief in your country and community one step further this year by joining the community beach cleanup on Wednesday morning, July 5. There will be plenty of spent fireworks for every volunteer to gather.

Many people are unaware of the amount of plastics used in fireworks that land on our beach each year, some of it extremely small but harmful to wildlife. Clearing the beach of this debris makes a dramatic difference for everyone's enjoyment of the beach for the rest of the summer.

Formal cleanup start time is 9:30 a.m. but the dumpster/trucks will be parked ready for the collection bags earlier that morning. Just hike to the nearest major beach approach (Seaview, Sid Snyder, Bolstad, Cranberry Road, Klipsan, Bay Ave, and Oysterville Road) to meet coordinators who will provide bags. Or, just hike out to the beach. While adopt-a-beach groups commit to cleaning designated sections of the beach, they always need your helping hands. It's typically a little harder to get volunteers on a Wednesday, so collect family, friends and neighbors and contribute to that clean beach that you will then enjoy! Everyone is welcome to clean when it fits into their schedule, before work or afterwards, it is important that we all pitch in.

After the cleanup, be sure you indulge in a great soup feed at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center. Soup is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food and supplies are provided by community businesses (Jack's Country Store, Okie's Sentry Market, Sid's Market and Berry Patch Restaurant), as well as some grateful individual volunteers, to thank those who labor for the love of our beach.

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