The 14th annual Community Trash-off, formerly the Adams Bayou Trash-off, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7. 

Volunteers, either in teams or individually, should meet at Orange Lions City Park to be assigned a designated area. To register a team, call 670-9799.

Sponsored by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, the renamed event recognizes the impact of Hurricane Ike, and will include areas in Pinehurst and West Orange that aren’t necessarily near the bayou. In this way, the trash-off recognizes the need to clean all of the community after the hurricane.

“One of the highlights is that at about 11:30, we’re going to have pizza and water or soda,” said Noel Jordan, education coordinator for Shangri La. “We’re going to have door prizes including the grand prize, a $300 provided by Mathews Jewelers.” Other sponsors this year include Beall’s. 

As litter is collected, prize envelopes may be found by participants.
Gloves and trash-grabbers will be available provided by sponsors and donations. 

About 300 to 350 volunteers took part in last year’s event, Jordan said.

Teams can consist of friends, people who work together or are members of an organization such as a church group. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants.

Late last year Shangri La provided boat rides during the Thanksgiving season, but otherwise has remained closed to the public since Ike. Jordan said the gardens will likely re-open soon.

“We haven’t set an official date yet, but we expect to be open again sometime this spring,” she said.

For more information, call Shangri La at 670-9113.