Merced set to show the city more love

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 29, 2012 

Merced city residents are scheduled to participate today in the second Love Merced event.

The focus of the citywide effort is to do something positive for the community by cleaning up parks, streets and other public areas, according to organizers.

The event, which was started in 2007 in Modesto, has spread to more than 40 cities through the region, including Atwater, Delhi, Gustine, Hilmar, Livingston, Los Banos and Winton.

The first Love Merced event was conducted in April, when more than 600 members from the community gathered in several locations around town to volunteer.

The popularity of the event prompted lead organizer Aubrey Nelson and others to put on a fall event.

"As a community I think it's vital that we stop being so negative and start thinking of creative ways to help each other," Nelson said.

There will be about 22 events at sites around the city starting at 9 a.m. and going until 12:30 p.m. This year, the mass cleanup effort will be followed by a barbecue at the Applegate Park amphitheater.

Organizers are expecting a strong turnout with more than 400 people signed up to volunteer.

To register or find out more about the projects, visit lovemerced.com.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or jsmith@mercedsunstar.com.

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