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This Saturday, we?ll be having our best beach morning all year. It?s certainly the most important: We?ll be volunteering alongside tens of thousands of others in the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.

This event, organized by government and private organizations, is our state?s largest volunteer event. Every year since 1984, citizens have shown up at their local coastal or inland waterways and simply picked up trash. On September 15, the event begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon.

There are more than 800 sites with cleanups planned; to find the one nearest you, click here. Then register online or contact the local organizer listed to let them know you?re coming. We?re especially energized by the diverse types of activity offered by Heal the Bay, from dive sites for the scuba certified to Malibu bike trails for the environmental cyclist to take on.

Because this free event is all about pitching in, we?re planning to bring our own supplies, including work gloves and a reusable bucket. (Here?s a handy how-to for up-cycling a milk jug into a scooper.) We?ll also be sure to take a pencil in order to record all the manmade debris we collect; the stats will be used in the Ocean Conservancy?s international database. 

Heal the Bay, 1444 Ninth St., Santa Monica; 310-451-1500 or

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