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January volunteer beach cleanup scheduled for Saturday at Venice Beach

January 11, 2010 | 11:31 am

A skateboard-riding saxophone player serenades the sky and sand along Venice Beach on a late afternoon.

The January Nothin' But Sand beach cleanup is set to take place Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at Venice Beach.

Hosted by Heal the Bay, the cleanups are held on the third Saturday of each month at different locales and are an opportunity to lend a hand helping keep our shores tidy.

Parking is $1 per vehicle for volunteers stating that they are there for the beach cleanup. Participants should plan to meet at lifeguard tower Ave. 21, 2100 Ocean Front Walk, which is north of Venice Pier at North Venice Boulevard.

If it is raining steadily at the start time, the cleanup will be canceled. However, if the rain has stopped or it is just raining lightly, the cleanup will continue as scheduled.

All cleaning supplies will be provided, so volunteers are welcome to just show up (those younger than 12 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Attendees should plan on bringing their own drinking water as well as a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. More information on what to wear and bring is available on the Heal the Bay website.

Liability waiver forms will be available on-site and must be signed before pitching in. Participants 17 and younger must have a parent or guardian sign their form.

Groups of 10 or more are asked to call (800) 432-5229, Ext. 148 to let organizers know they plan to join in.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A skateboard-riding saxophone player serenades the sky and sand along Venice Beach on a late afternoon. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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