Join us for Creek Week 2017: March 18-25

Keep Durham Beautiful Volunteer Newsletter
March 2017 

Check out some of our favorite memories and accomplishments from 2016 in this Keep Durham Beautiful video collage!
The birds will start chirping and the bees will start buzzing soon! It's time for us to get outdoors and start working on our gardens. If you are new to gardening and are planning to start your own veggie garden, we have some tips for you:
  • Your garden should receive a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day, 8-10 hours is ideal
  • Your garden should be located near your house (this will make you use it!)
  • Your soil should be fertile and easy to till; loose, well-drained loam is preferable; sandy and clay soils are fine as long as you add organic matter 
  • Avoid soggy soils that remain wet after it rains
  • Your garden needs 1" of water/week; please water in addition to rain
  • Your garden should have good air drainage - should be on high ground
  • and the FUN part-plan what type of veggies you want to grow
  • Start planting after the LAST frost date- April 13th 
  • Be prepared to dedicate half an hour of work per day to your garden
Interested in learning more about gardening? Check out the this article written by our CTNC AmeriCorps member, Monica Ospina, here!

March Events & Volunteer Opportunities 

Creek Week - March 18-25

Creek Week, set for March 18-25, 2017, offers indoor and outdoor activities to help people of all ages learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes and how to keep them healthy. Residents have a chance to join litter cleanups, go on a canoe adventure, tour a water reclamation facility, learn from master naturalists on hikes, and more. Creek Week is a community effort by 19 partners working together to provide opportunities for Durham residents to discover and explore local streams, and to do their part to protect water resources. To learn more, visit the Creek Week website and follow on Facebook and Twitter with #CreekWeek17. 

Paint Recycling Drive

Saturday, March 11, 2017
1PM- 3PM
Bahama Ruritan Club (8202 Stagville Rd)

Food Truck Rodeo - Waste Warrior
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Durham Central Park (501 Foster)


Tire Recycling Drive
Saturday, April 8
9AM - 12 PM
Bahama Ruritan Club (8202 Stagville Rd)

Durham Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 23
Noon - 5 p.m.
Durham Central Park (501 Foster Street)

Litter Index
Thursday, April 27
8AM- 2PM
Forest Hills Clubhouse (1639 University)

Spring Golf Classic
Friday, May 19
8AM - 4PM
Hillandale Golf Course (1600 Hillandale)

Durham ReUse Rodeo

Saturday, April 22
Lakewood Shopping Center
2050 Chapel Hill Road

We are excited to announce that Durham's first ReUse Rodeo will take place just in time for Earth Day this year! This a chance to clean out the attic or go through that box that you've been meaning to giveaway. Several nonprofits will be on site to receive gently used donated items to benefit their respective causes and repurpose them back into the community. Keep Durham Beautiful has partnered with the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department, and Durham County Division of Solid Waste Management to bring residents a day filled with e-waste recycling, paper shredding, reuse, and waste reduction. For more information, including  a complete list of accepted items and volunteer opportunities, visit: 2017 Durham Reuse Rodeo.

The Latest KDB News:

Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden Recipients Meet to Network and Socialize

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, eleven of our Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Pollinator Garden recipients had the opportunity to meet & mingle. Participants learned about the importance of providing nectar and pollen sources for our birds, bees, and butterflies and about local resources available for community gardens from Durham County Master Gardener, Cheralyn Berry. Garden representatives enjoyed homemade crepes and frittata, played pollinator bingo and were challenged in a pollinator-themed word search (with prizes of course!). This was a great way to bring together some of Durham's community gardens to swap ideas, best methods, and share a love for pollinators! 

Engaging the Latino Community to Create Environmental Ambassadors

We've been working with 11 8th grade Latino students enrolled in the Enlaces program of the Duke Office of Durham and Regional Affairs at Rogers-Herr Middle School since October 2016.The students have been learning about recycling and litter prevention to create an educational recycling video with Spanish subtitles and a presentation. They will also participate in I Love Durham Limpio, an initiative to recruit Latinos and non-Latinos in a widespread litter cleanup on April 29, 2017. 
Keep Durham Beautiful Earns President’s Circle Award Recognition
Keep America Beautiful presented Keep Durham Beautiful with its President’s Circle Award recognition at the National Conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful consists of a national network of more than 620 community-based affiliates whose programs, initiatives and efforts, supported by millions of volunteers, help transform public spaces into beautiful places. “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” said Keep America Beautiful COO Becky Lyons.


Katia is a CTNC AmeriCorps member hailing from the Midwest with a background in documentary media and environmental education. She has previously served with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP), and was drawn to Keep Durham Beautiful because of its focus on community engagement, partnership building, and environmental impact. She’s excited to get to work telling the story of Keep Durham Beautiful and supporting its many volunteers and initiatives. If you have an idea for an important story to tell, let her know!

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