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Oxford plans Earth Day celebration, cleanup events

OXFORD - The next couple of weeks will be filled with beautification projects in Oxford.

Centered around Earth Day, which is April 22, and the Great American Cleanup, which runs from March 1 to May 31, Oxford College and the city of Oxford are holding some special events to get residents to be more "green."

From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oxford College is opening its doors for an Earth Day Celebration.

Guests are invited to the Tarbutton Performing Arts Center, which is located on the campus near the intersection of Pierce and Whatcoat streets in Oxford.

According to the college, organic chemistry students will present demonstrations on environmentally focused topics, and the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education will unveil a new butterfly garden.

The event also features kids activities, such as tote bag decorating, planting seeds to take home, making homemade play dough and silly putty, face painting and cookie decorating.

Additionally, live entertainment is provided at the free event. Nearby Allen Memorial United Methodist Church also will be selling barbecue chicken and other foods during its annual barbecue.

Throughout the month, green projects around the town will continue for the Great American Cleanup.

During the next couple of weeks, certain groups at the college, the Lions Club and other special groups will clean areas of town, and at 9 a.m. April 25, residents are invited to meet at the community center on Whatcoat Street in Oxford to get bags and safety vests for the town clean up.

This is in conjunction with Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful's countywide cleanup at 8 a.m. April 25, when participants are asked to meet at Kroger in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 or on Salem Road to kick off the event and clean up the town.

Oxford City Councilman Hoyt Oliver said Oxford annually holds an event such as this to clean up side streets and other areas of town that need attention.

"The main areas of town where there is litter is on the through streets like off Oxford Road ... and off Cook Road," he said. "Oxford residents in general don't throw stuff on the streets - it's the people passing through. It seems we are the perfect distance from the fast food restaurants, so when people get done eating, they throw their trash out."

He's hoping for a good turnout this year.

"If 10 people show up, it's a good crowd," Oliver said. "We just want to get the place clean."

He also encourages residents to get out in their own neighborhoods to clean over the next couple of weeks.

Citizen Staff Reporter Crystal Tatum contributed to this article.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.