A Cholla Bay Clean-up Day will be conducted on Earth Day, April 22, by the Keep Cholla Beautiful Committee, and volunteers are invited to help.

The trash trek will begin at noon at the Homeowners Association Community Center, also known as the Old Boys Social Club, and last for one hour. Just show up at the clubhouse, across from Firecracker Park a little before noon. It will be followed by refreshments, and each participant will receive a thank-you gift from the Association.

Volunteers can choose to clean the busiest streets or the area by their own homes in La Cholla, or they can do a shoreline clean-up. Attention is particularly need in the estuary area at the south end of Cholla Bay where no trash service is provided.

The committee conducted a similar clean-up day last year on Oct. 22 in conjunction with the Puerto Peñasco Beach Clean-up Day. That day, three dozen workers collected more than 90 bags of trash and a pickup bed full of large discarded items such as furniture, tires and car parts.

Bags will be provided and prizes will be awarded for the most trash collected by a team, by an individual, and for the most unusual find.

The winning team for the October event included Monica Gorman, Jeff Eckblad and Barbara Baird. The individual collecting the most trash was Kathy Van Holton and the trophy for the most unusual find – a thoroughly sea-encrusted rod and reel with a trigger fish attached – went to the team of Oliver Maud.

Following the Saturday event, workers from Oomislim brought out a trailer and transported the trash to the city dump. The April 22 event is also an opportunity for Cholla homeowners to have large items hauled away. Just bring them to the clubhouse parking lot before 1 p.m.

For more information, e-mail the committee chair at charlotte@keller.net or call 638-382-5512.

The October Cholla BayClean-up Day volunteers pose with more than 90 bags and a pickup load of trash collected in the community.

Committee chair Charlotte Keller (L) applauds the Trash-Trek winners with their trophies (L-R) Barb Baird, Monica Gorman and Jeff Eckblad, group winners, Oliver Maud with the most unusual find and Kathy Van Holton, most trash collected by an individual. Above are fellow volunteers Ed Brockmeyer, Steve Van Holton and LaLani Vehling.