Earth Day celebration Trashpalooza is set for April 20 in Old Town Sherwood with vendors, displays and a grand prize for finding the strangest piece of trash

by: COURTESY OF STOCK.XCHNG - Eco-friendly displays and a variety of activities (including a prize for finding the strangest piece of trash) are planned as part of 'Trashpooloza' set April 20 as part of Earth Day celebrations in Old Town Sherwood.“Helping the city of Sherwood by picking up one piece of litter at a time” is the theme of the first-ever Sherwood “Trashpalooza,” an educational and community service event set for Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in Cannery Square Plaza in Old Town.

The Earth Day event is the brainchild of Sherwood residents Nadia Belov and Monet Borla.

Belov got the idea after completing a small-scale litter clean up in Stella Olsen Park as part of the president’s National Day of Service and was joined by Monet, a college student, who suggested the pair speak to Mayor Bill Middleton with the mayor signing off on the project.

The SOLVE-sanctioned event will include environmental organizations presenting interactive displays with prizes given for the “strangest piece of trash.” Integrated into the hunt will be a Golden Nugget scavenger hunt.

Eco-friendly prizes will be provided for the team with the best “trash picking-up outfits.”

Among the groups participating and their featured fare are the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge (interactive display with a hands-on game), Blue Plume Art Studio (a free art project that uses upcycled materials), Raindrops to Refuge (an interactive display) and Pride Disposal (displays of mosaics created from recycled plastics by artist and Pride employee Julia Smiley).

Individuals (hopes are to attract as many as 100 volunteers) as well as teams are welcome to participate in the trash hunt event and trash pick-up routes will be announced on the day of the event.

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