Summer is finally here! We hope you are enjoying the season of sunscreen, barbecues and blankets of wildflowers. Check out what's happening here in July, including upcoming events, interesting reads, and a couple exciting announcements.

Upcoming Events:

Durham Tire Recycling Drive
Saturday, July 9 | 8am-2pm
City of Durham Waste Disposal & Recycling Center (2115 E. Club Blvd.)

Tired of the buzz? Do your part to drive off mosquitoes on your proprety by properly disposing of old tires. Free Tire Disposal for Non-Commercial Durham City and County Residents
For more information, visit the event website here.

Geer Cemetery Cleanup
Friday, July 15 | 9-11 AM
Geer Cemetery (800 Colonial Street)

Geer Cemetery is a four-acre wooded Cemetery in East Durham and the resting place of many of the earliest generations of African Americans in Durham. No group claims ownership of the historic Durham cemetery which remains largely unmaintained and will greatly benefit from your volunteer efforts! Join us as we collect litter and tree debris, remove invasive species and landscape around the entrance marker.
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Crest Street Park Playground Build
Monday. August 22 - Wednesday. August 24

We are building a playground at Crest Street Park and need YOUR help!

Durham Parks and Recreation, Keep Durham Beautiful, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina are partnering with KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most.

We need more than 200 volunteers to build a playground in ONE DAY. Volunteers do not have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools; they just have to be enthusiastic, energetic, team players, and willing to work and have FUN!
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Volunteer Event Spotlight:

Alex and Vanessa, Duke Live for Life Interns, showcase the 11,515 cigarette butts picked up by volunteers this morning at the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program on Duke's campus.
What do you consider to be litter? Many of us think of litter as throwing out food wrappers or beverage containers out the car window. While we may know that we should not throw a soda bottle out the window after we drink it, we might not think twice about flicking a cigarette butt. Cigarette butts happen to be the most commonly littered item. While cigarette smoking in the United States has decreased in the past decade, cigarettes are still by far the most littered item across the globe. According to Keep America Beautiful, the littering rate for cigarettes is 65%, with tobacco products constituting 38% of all highway road litter.

Continue reading our latest blog post by Keep Durham Beautiful's Journalism Intern, Josh Perry.

All the Buzz

Learning how to design, install and maintain pollinator gardens at the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden participant training on June 25th. 
This spring, eight (8) Durham community garden groups attended the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden training workdays with Keep Durham Beautiful. The goal of the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program is to establish educational pollinator gardens in proximity to pre-existing community gardens to ensure the sustainability of nectar and pollen sources for our honey bees, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators throughout the year, and to increase the yield of the food crops grown within the community gardens. 

We are excited to announce that Edison Johnson Communal Garden, Angier Avenue Neighborhood FarmBriggs Avenue Community GardenNCCU Campus and Community GardenImmaculate Conception Community GardenOak Church Community GardenSEEDS, and Morehead Hill Community Garden are currently working to install garden beds across Durham which will be open to visitors during the Pollinator Garden tour taking place Saturday,October 15, 2016. Stay tuned for more information! 

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me is brought to you by Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with Durham County Cooperative Extension and made possible in part with grants from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation and Triangle Community Foundation’s Support for Places: Environmental Conservation Public Benefit Program.
Our team is growing to meet Durham's environmental stewardship needs. We have exciting staff changes to announce beginning in July 2016!

Monica Ospina (left), our newest AmeriCorps Service Member, will be with KDB for five months. She has recently relocated from Miami, FL, and holds a B.S. in both Environmental Studies and Biology from Florida International University. She plans to seek a certificate in GIS from NCSU and pursue her M.S. of Natural Resources. We are delighted to welcome her.

Erin Victor (right), having served as an AmeriCorps Member for 15 months, has joined Keep Durham Beautiful in a permanent full-time role as Sustainability Specialist. A Michigan native, Erin completed her M.S. in Conservation Ecology at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and has a B.A. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Sciences from Kalamazoo College. She began this monthly KDB newsletter as one of her AmeriCorps projects!
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