Happening now: Highland Park Improvement Club Spring Clean

In 1988, the Talking Heads sang, in “(Nothing But) Flowers,” about blacktop turned back into flowers and fields. A little bit of that is going on outside Highland Park Improvement Club right now, as its Spring Clean event continues till 5 pm. Becca Fong (above) and other volunteers are pulling away asphalt put over parking strips long ago, so they can plant trees (a few of which you can see at the left of this next picture):

Inside, Monica Cavagnaro and others are cleaning and sprucing up the historic HPIC building itself (just celebrated its 90th anniversary last November).

And a variety of other tasks are under way – including litter pickup in nearby greenbelt areas. Need incentive to drop by and help? Somebody mentioned “banana bread” while we were shooting pictures. Just show up any time before 5 pm, when this is scheduled to wrap up, at 1116 SW Holden (map). (And note that HPIC has some other cool events coming up too – like Wine For Our Times on April 24; the building’s also the scene of Highland Park Action Committee meetings, next one this Wednesday, March 24, 7 pm, including a candidates’ forum with those running for 34th District State House Position 2.)

5 Replies to "Happening now: Highland Park Improvement Club Spring Clean"

  • MJ March 21, 2010 (5:36 pm)

    This was a great event to support the neighborhood and build new relationships with others! The Spring Clean was inspiring and uplifting. CONGRATULATIONS to the coordinators and participants. My family and I look forward to participating in future activities….and watching the newly planted trees fluorish with the neighborhood, over time. WELL DONE!

  • Susie March 21, 2010 (6:50 pm)

    I have 10 live trees that were sent to me from my donation to the Arbor Day foundation. I live in an apartment and can’t use any of them. Could you use them to plant in the neighborhood? They are free – just send someone to pick them up, as I have no car. This is a great idea!

  • Nicole Mazza March 23, 2010 (4:09 pm)

    I really enjoyed working so close with my amazing neighbors on Sunday to help do our part in our community. I feel fortunate to be apart of such a surging community vibe! What I am enjoying even more is driving past those beautiful trees with rock gardens EVERY DAY. It makes me smile =)
    Thank you to everyone who put in so much hard work to plant those 4 trees.

  • Kay Kirkpatrick March 23, 2010 (6:23 pm)

    Thanks so much for covering our cleanup event!!Just thought I would let you know the gal on the ladder is Monica Cavagnaro-I was strictly behind the scenes in the kitchen!!
    Keep up the great work Highland Parkers….

    • WSB March 23, 2010 (7:59 pm)

      Thanks, Kay – I’m fixing :)

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