Winter (we think) is finally over and it’s time to gear up for warmer months and that means spring cleaning. Now, contrary to popular belief, spring cleaning does not have to happen solely inside your home; you can spring clean just about anything, including your community.

Community improvement days are alive and well — happening all around the Basin on Saturday, June 4, specifically in Truckee and the communities of North Lake Tahoe. So, really, you have no excuse as to why you can’t help out for a few hours on a Saturday morning.

North Lake’s Community Clean Up Day is run out of Kings Beach and registration is open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are given gloves and garbage bags and assigned a block to pick up. As garbage bags fill up they can simply be left on the side of the road for pickup from one of the various volunteers who are driving around, picking up trash bags, and making the process as simple as possible.

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The Tahoe City Downtown Association’s clean up day, also June 4, meets for registration between 8:30 and 9 a.m. During registration light food and coffee will be provided by Tahoe House Bakery and Sugar Pine Cakery. Participants are assigned suggested locations, given trash bags donated by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and asked to throw all full bags in the dumpster near the Commons Beach picnic tables.

The day concludes with free pies from Front Street Station Pizza and an evening of music at Moe’s Original Bar B Que — a true Tahoe City experience.

The festivities continue in Truckee with the 13th annual Truckee Day — a town-wide street clean up and civic pride day that, over the past 12 years, has removed 29 tons of trash from the streets of Truckee. Check in begins at 8 a.m. and volunteers will be assigned a stretch of road to clean in their neighborhood.

Trash is not the only thing we need to rid our neighborhoods of. In addition to community street cleans, the town has also organized educational stations at five of the 20 check-in zones to educate residents on invasive species and how to properly remove them. Additionally, the Truckee Fire regional dive team will be cleaning Donner Lake.

The day concludes with a town-wide block party, starting at noon, at the Truckee River Regional Park.

No matter your neighborhood, June 4 is the day to clean the community, so get involved.

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