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Prescott Creeks cleanup turns trash into treasure

Photos courtesy of Prescott Creeks<br>“Bird” by Rick Hartner, “Heart” (below) by Brad DeVries were created using trash retrieved during 2011’s Granite Creek cleanup.

Photos courtesy of Prescott Creeks<br>“Bird” by Rick Hartner, “Heart” (below) by Brad DeVries were created using trash retrieved during 2011’s Granite Creek cleanup.

PRESCOTT - The annual Granite Creek Cleanup will take place this year on Saturday, April 21. The event, which removes tons of trash from along nine creeks and two lakes of the Upper Granite Creek watershed, will begin at 9 a.m. at Granite Creek Park in downtown Prescott.

The Prescott Creeks organization, which coordinates the event, is seeking volunteers willing to spend two hours picking up trash in the watershed.

Prescott Creeks is asking this year's participants to separate the real trash from objects that can be made into art. Organizers will provide volunteers with bags of two different colors - black bags for trash, and white bags for potential treasures.

After the cleanup, participants may either return to the park with their treasures to participate in an art project and celebration, or leave them in a pile to be retrieved by other volunteers. The saved items will then be available for people to choose from.

Once art participants find their materials amidst the rubbish, they will have the next couple of months to create a work of art. Prescott Creeks will host an art show and auction in the coming months to display the art made from the cleanup trash. The event is intended to educate the public about the wide array of trash in the creeks.

"Help us promote awareness and dialogue about the issues facing our creeks through the creative expression of making art out of the things discarded and left in our watershed," stated a news release from Prescott Creeks.

A number of area organizations and businesses are supporting this year's event, including primary sponsor Dan Frank of Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fann Contracting, Fann Environmental, Arizona Public Service, Prescott Audubon, Yavapai Group of the Sierra Club, Manzanita Outdoors, the Starbucks on Montezuma Street, and the Prescott College Student Union Board.

Sponsorships are still available, according to the Prescott Creeks news release.

More information and pre-registration forms are available online at www.PrescottCreeks.org.

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