Neighborhood Clean-Up Day set for May 7

The Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club, Natural Land Institute, Rockford College, and area residents will be conducting a Neighborhood Clean-Up Day May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blackhawk Housing Development off 15th Avenue.

The Boys & Girls Club Association of Rockford was awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Neighborhood Grant Fund in the amount of $2,500 to implement a program called “Planting Pride.” Through this program, several goals have been identified: create an identity, educate youth, promote family unity and promote beauty in the community.

“Projects like ‘Planting Pride’ help to embrace our community’s entry in the America in Bloom competition,” said Ruth Miller, program director of City of Gardens.

America in Bloom is a national competition that promotes strengthening communities through beautification.

The schedule of events includes a cleanup and planting session from 10 a.m. to noon. Immediately following will be a Neighborhood Celebration from noon to 2 p.m., including hotdogs, basketball, games and prizes.

More info: contact Chad Bryden, director of Resource Development, at 815-972-5973 or via e-mail at

From the May 4-10, 2005, issue

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