Lowell Give Back Day (May 12)

LOWELL — Do you like kickball and yoga? How about free coffee and doughnuts? A free lunch for cleaning up University Avenue?

Then clear your schedule for Saturday, May 12 — Lowell’s first Give Back Day.

The daylong event is part of a project for a leadership class Kimberly Jackson is taking at the University of Arkansas, where she is studying English and creative writing. Jackson has been living in Lowell for two and a half years while her husband, Lance, studies at UMass Lowell.

“They asked us to take leadership out into the community and this was the best way I could do it,” she said. “I have fallen in love with Lowell; we will be staying here and this is a great way for me to get to know more people and organizations in the community.”

Jackson met with Mayor Patrick Murphy and contacted “all of the people I know in Lowell. When you ask them, people have great ideas for what the city needs.”

She was able to secure partnerships for the event with the city of Lowell, UMass Lowell, Mill City Grows, Lowell Sprouts, Catie’s Closet and Lowell Parents Network, among others.

The day will kick off at 8 a.m. with a rally at City Hall (with free coffee and doughnuts) where Murphy will address the crowd on the subject of community involvement.

Free activities at Give Back Day May 12 in Lowell include:

All day —

Free bike tune-ups at the UMass Lowell Recreation Center.

Community Gardens Greenhouse plant sale, 9-10 a.m.

Free yoga by Diana Davis at UMass Lowell Recreation Center Lawn, followed by free massages.

9 a.m. to noon — Canalwaters Cleaners canal cleanup.

10:30 a.m. to noon — Lowell Sprouts Community Garden Workday — planting, mulching and cleanup at Butler Middle School.

Noon — Kickball tournament at UMass Lowell fields;

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Community street cleanup on University Avenue. Suppa’s will provide lunch to volunteers.

2-3:30 p.m. — Sheehy Park cleanup (UMass Lowell South Campus). Supplies and food will be provided.

3:30-5 p.m. — Community Garden at Rotary (Back Central) with Mill City Grows.

Drop-off new or lightly used clothes for children and teens for Catie’s Closet during the Butler School, University Avenue, Riverside Park and Rotary Park events.

Registration is required for most events so the organizers have a good headcount to provide supplies and food. Sign up at http://lowellgivebackday.wordpress.com.

For information, contact Kimberly Jackson at 479-713-0798 or at lowellgivebackday@gmail.com.

Credit: Jennifer Myers, The Sun twitter.com/juicegirl01854

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