The Blackstone Heritage Corridor will be getting a major spring cleaning beginning this month in observance of Earth Day on April 22.

Starting this weekend, there will be family-friendly clean-ups and green themed celebrations from Woonsocket to Pawtucket where residents can work together to build community spirit and cleaner cities and towns.

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. The holiday is now a global celebration that’s sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the protests of the 1960s, Earth Day began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

Woonsocket’s annual clean up will be held Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m to noon. The chosen site for this year’s clean-up is Oak Hill Cemetery on Rathbun Street. Volunteers are asked to show up at the site where they will be provided with trash bags and litter pickers. Water and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the City of Woonsocket, Woonsocket Department of Public Works, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and Waters Church.

Blackstone will hold a volunteer community cleanup on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Senior Center, 15 St. Paul St. Complimentary lunch (hot dogs, chips and soda) will follow the cleanup at the Polish American Club, 6 Mill St. To pre-register, visit www.KeepBlackstoneBeautiful.eventbrite.com.

The Bellingham Board of Health in cooperation with the Bellingham Department of Public Works, Senior Center and Police Department are looking for volunteers to participate in an Earth Day clean-up on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at the Town Hall at 9 a.m. Gloves and volunteer apparel will be available and transportation will be provided to and from clean-up sites (teams of six). Water will be available and there will be refreshments after the cleanup.

For more information or to volunteer call the Board of Health at (508) 657-2852 or email Laura at lrenaud@bellinghamma.org by April 19. Volunteers must be 12 years or older.

North Smithfield’s 17th annual Clean & Green Day will be held Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration at the Halliwell School Cafeteria, 358 Victory Highway, Slatersville, begins at 8 a.m. T-shirt, supplies and location assignments will be provided at registration. Clean up sites are appropriate for all age volunteers and community service hours can be counted towards many organization’s requirements.

For more information, visit www.nscleanandgreen.wixsite.com

The Cumberland Land Trust is holding an Earth Day event on Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nate Whipple Trailhead, 215 Nate Whipple Highway. The event includes guided tours, pizza and beverages, outdoor lawn games and crafts, and historical information about the land. The rain date is April 15 from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Kent Street Highway Garage in Cumberland is now resuming the collection of rigid plastic and scrap metal recyclables. Rigid plastic and scrap metal may be dropped off at the Kent St. facility between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents are asked to see an attendant at the Kent Street facility for assistance.

Burrillville’s Annual Earth Day Clean Up will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Burrillville Town Garage, 65 Union Avenue, Harrisville. There will be free coffee and donuts and raffles and giveaways. The event is sponsored by the Burrillville Lions Club, Burrillville Public Works Department, Burrillville Conservation Commission, Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful, Waste Management, Blackstone Valley Tourism Counkcl and Dan’s Mgmt./Dunkin Donuts.

Anyone who can’t attend the event but would still like to clean up their neighborhood or favorite spot in town can call Andrea Hall at 568-9470.

The town is also holding its annual Earth Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Burrillville Parks and Recreation Commission, Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library and Pascoag Utility District. Contest guidelines and other information can be found on the town’s website at www.burrillville.org or by calling Andrea Hall at 568-9470. Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 27. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 6.

Glocester’s second annual Earth Day Cleanup will be held Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. rain or shine. There are four meeting locations to be assigned an area to clean, including the Glocester Pavilion on Putnam Pike; the parking lot next to the Transfer Station on Chestnut Hill Road; Fogarty Memorial School on Snake Hill Road; and West Glocester Elementary School on Reynolds Road. Bags and gloves will be provided and there will be free T-shirts for the first 50 participants. The event is sponsored by the Town of Glocester, Glocester Conservation Commission, Glocester Recreation Commission, Glocester Business Association, Sand Dam Reservoir Association, Dino’s Park ‘n Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Smithfield Plumbing & Heating Supply.

For Massachusetts communities of the watershed, volunteers will work with the Blackstone River Watershed Association. Volunteers are asked to meet at Blackstone Heritage Corridor offices at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, for supplies and volunteer check-in. Volunteers can also register at CleanupBRWA.Eventbrite.com. For more information, on the Massachusetts portion of the cleanup, contact Bonnie Combs at bcombs@BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.

For Rhode Island communities of the watershed, volunteers will work with the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone. Volunteers will meet at either the Blackstone River Watershed Council Education Center at 100 New River Road, Manville, or at Scott Pond, 19 Lower Road, Lincoln. Volunteers can register at CleanupBRWC.Eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Keith Hainley at dkhainley@gmail.com.

Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful will host a series of Tree Hugger Tuesday events this month and next, designed as a cleanup meet-up. These will be short after-work litter cleanups, followed by a meet-up at the hosting business or restaurant for a complimentary beverage or light snack.

This program is geared toward adult volunteers. KBVB will supply safety vests, gloves, trash bags and litter pickers for all volunteers. These cleanups will also be limited to 10 to 15 participants and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, April 16: Cleanup: Breakneck Hill Road, Lincoln. Meetup: The Lodge Pub & Eatery, 40 Breakneck Hill Road, Lincoln, for a beverage for all volunteers.

• Tuesday, April 30: Cleanup: Mendon Road/Martin Street, Cumberland. Meet-up: Davenport’s Restaurant, 1070 Mendon Road, Cumberland, coffee, dessert for volunteers.

• Tuesday, May 7: Cleanup: Downtown Pawtucket. Meet-up: The Guild, 461 Main St., Pawtucket, for a pint of beer or beverage.

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