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KIB Celebrates 30th Annual Trash Bash

350 Volunteers Participate at T.W. Richardson Grove

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— T.W. Richardson Grove Park was the site of the Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) 30th Annual Trash Bash, the organization’s signature cleanup event. A total of 350 volunteers gathered at the park Sept. 25, with a focus of stopping litter from reaching the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The volunteers gave 1,400 hours of service in collecting 340 pounds of trash and 320 pounds of recyclables.

 

Mayor Rick Stopfer had officially proclaimed Sept. 25 as “Trash Bash Day in Irving.”  The event was also part of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), with thousands of volunteers engaged in similar projects across the country.

 

KIB partnered with Crisis Ministries of Irving to incorporate a canned food drive into the Trash Bash. Volunteers who brought a food donation received a special event T-shirt. After all the cans and boxes were collected and weighed, it amounted to 1,174.5 pounds of food, which will benefit those served by the food pantry in Irving.

 

Following the cleanup, volunteers from Blueprint Church prepared and served a hot dog lunch, with chips donated by Frito-Lay, while Chuck E. Cheese employee volunteers served pizza. As part of the NPLD program, the Kind Healthy Snack Company made a generous donation of Kind bars for KIB volunteers, which were distributed by Irving Fire Department trainees.

 

Attendees had the opportunity to visit a variety of informational tables. Barry Allen brought a collection of reptiles, a perennial crowd favorite. The City of Irving Water Utilities team invited attendees to “test their water IQ” by answering questions for prizes. Randy Mecca of DiscGames, whose focus is the therapeutic and recreational value of disc golf for wounded warriors and others with physical challenges, set up an area where volunteers could test their disc golf skills. And, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas offered STEM activities and information on scouting at their table.

 

A new addition to the Trash Bash this year was the planting of a tree to commemorate Mental Health Awareness. The 95-gallon bur oak was funded by a donation from Northrop Grumman and symbolizes the connection between nature and improved mental health. Members of the Urban Forestry Team instructed volunteers in the proper planting and care of trees.

    

Several city departments helped make Trash Bash a success, including Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste Services, Water Utilities and Communications. The Singley Academy Police Explorers directed traffic and kept the parking procedure safe and efficient. The Young Men’s Service League – Irving Hawks Chapter distributed supplies at the registration tables.

 

KIB Board President Scott Wilson provided safety instructions to the volunteers prior to the cleanup. “Since 1992, the Trash Bash has been an Irving tradition,” said Wilson. “While we offer the opportunity to make the community cleaner and greener by picking up litter, the Trash Bash is so much more than that. It’s people who share a common goal gathering together, exploring a variety of environmental subjects, and having fun in the process. On behalf of the KIB Board and staff, I want to thank everyone who came out to help make this event a success.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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KIB Partners with Lively Adult Day Therapeutic Program

Group Paints Birdhouses at Irving Museum’s Spark Lab

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— On Sept. 16, 10 members of the Lively Pointe Adult Day Therapeutic Program partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) at the Irving Archives and Museum (IAM) “Spark Lab” to  paint birdhouses.  Prior to the event, volunteers from CHRIST Church assembled the birdhouses from kits donated by the Parks Department. After completing their projects, the group toured the museum, and enjoyed the many displays that depict the history of Irving. 

 

“An activity like this one really epitomizes what our organization is all about - partnerships,” said KIB Board Treasurer Jim Scrivner.  “As a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, KIB reaches out to and works with groups from all areas of the city.  Partnerships like these are vital to our mission, and we are very grateful to have so many people in Irving who want to help build a stronger community. We would like to thank Claire Hulfish for being so welcoming and providing the paint supplies, and the Lively Pointe staff members Carleshia and Emory for working with us to make this project a success.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

 


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KIB to Celebrate 30th Annual Trash Bash

Volunteers Invited to Register Online or Participate Remotely

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)—  Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) will celebrate the 30th annual Trash Bash on Saturday, Sept 25 at T.W. Richardson Grove Park, 333 E. Interstate Highway 635, from 9 a.m. to noon.   Volunteers will focus their efforts on the Northern Campion Trails and surrounding area, with the goal of keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. As in previous years, the cleanup will be held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event, and will also be part of Keep Texas Beautiful’s “Fall Sweep.”

 

KIB will provide litter pickers, gloves, trash and recycle bags.  In addition to the cleanup, volunteers will have the opportunity to visit a variety of educational and entertaining exhibits to learn about reptiles and water conservation or participate in STEM activities.  Lunch will be provided, with a vegetarian option, after the cleanup.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring canned or other non-perishable food items to benefit Crisis Ministries of Irving Food Pantry in downtown Irving. Those who donate will receive a special 30th Anniversary event T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

KIB is also offering a “virtual” option for volunteers, similar to last year’s event.  Volunteers will conduct their own cleanups at a safe Irving location of their choice.  They will report to KIB by posting pictures and data to their social media pages using the hashtag #IrvingTrashBash30.

 

“We encourage residents of Irving to help celebrate our 30th annual Trash Bash, either with the group at T.W. Richardson Grove, or at their own smaller cleanups” said KIB President Scott Wilson. “This event is so much more than a cleanup, and to hold it on National Public Lands Day and in conjunction with the statewide Fall Sweep makes our volunteers feel like part of a much bigger picture.  We hope to see you there, or if you are participating virtually, we look forward to seeing your photos on social media.”

 

Please register online by Sept. 17. For more information, visit cityofirving.org/KIB or call KIB at (972) 721-2175.

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Keep Irving Beautiful Partners with Girl Scout Troops at Spark!Lab

Scouts Build Birdhouses and Explore Museum

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) enjoys partnerships with a variety of organizations and city departments. KIB’s most recent collaboration was with the City of Irving’s Archives and Museum and Irving Girl Scout Troops 1810 and 6458. Eight scouts and four adult family members gathered at the museum’s Smithsonian “Spark!Lab” Aug. 6, where they assembled birdhouses, then personalized them with painted designs of their own imaginations. [CG1] 

 

“Activities like this are part of our youth outreach program,” said KIB Board member Karen Harmon. “Not only does it stimulate their creativity and building skills, but it also encourages the girls to experience and enjoy nature as they watch the birds use the beautiful houses they made.”

 

While the paint was drying on their creations, the girls enjoyed visiting the different tables in the Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention and innovation activity center where children learn to create “innovate, collaborate and problem-solve.” They wrapped up their morning by touring the museum to learn about Irving’s history.

 

“We loved having the Girl Scouts visit the Irving Archives and Museum along with the team from Keep Irving Beautiful,” said Spark!Lab’s Education and Programs Manager Clare Hulfish. “The determination and creativity they displayed building and painting birdhouses is impressive and we can’t wait for them to come back soon!”

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

 


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(IRVING, TEXAS)— The annual Mayor and Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) Awards ceremony was held on August 2 in the First Baptist Church of Irving Fellowship Hall.  Guests were treated to the beautiful sound of harp music as they entered the room, provided by the talented Becky Scherschell.  Volunteers Elouise McMillian, Chandler Ude, Nancy Medina and Lisa Ross greeted and signed in the attendees.  Spirit Grille catered the meal, which guests enjoyed while seated at tables with centerpieces designed and created by Nancy Ard, using all recyclable materials.  T.J. Friedel provided photography for the event.

Boy Scout Troop 508 began the ceremony by presenting the flag and leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Youth Pastor Brian Bunch of CHRIST Church delivered the invocation, after which KIB Treasurer Jim Scrivner provided a brief overview of activities throughout the year and recognized the City of Irving’s Urban Forestry Team for their first place Keep Texas Beautiful State Award in the Government category. KIB was acknowledged for achieving the President’s Circle Award from Keep America Beautiful, and the Gold Star and Sustained Excellence Awards from Keep Texas Beautiful.

Cathy Whiteman, returning as emcee for the tenth consecutive year, was joined on stage by Honorary Chair Mayor Rick Stopfer for the presentation of the following awards:

Youth Leadership Award:  MacArthur High School Student Council

Educator Award:  Victor Galanis, Jack Singley Academy

Educator Award:  James Duran, Dallas College – North Lake Campus

Faith Group Award:  Hackberry Creek Church

Business and Industry Award:  La Cima Club

Civic Organization:  Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit Organization:  Brighter Tomorrows

Government Award: City of Irving Department of Arts and Culture

Civil Servant Award: Assistant Police Chief Brian Redburn

KIB Hometown Award: Pat Davenport

KIB Hometown Award:  Phil Riddle 

“After holding last year’s event virtually, it was great to be able to gather in person this year,” said KIB Board President Scott Wilson. “We are so grateful for our volunteers and friends of KIB. This is always one of our favorite events because we have the opportunity to thank them for all they do.”

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, KIB reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/284/Keep-Irving-Beautiful or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Irving-based CEC Entertainment, the nationally recognized leader in family entertainment and dining with its Chuck E. Cheese, Peter Piper Pizza, and delivery-only Pasqually's Pizza & Wings brands, recently reached out to Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) to help facilitate a day of service for their Irving-based corporate employees in a park popular with African American families for celebration and play, in honor of the Juneteenth holiday observance. On Friday, June 18, 39 Chuck E. Cheese corporate employees and a few family members, met KIB staff at Running Bear Park to start their day.

 

Part of the group took on the task of painting the metal safety fencing near the playground, while the rest conducted a cleanup throughout the park.  When the day was done, not only had they completed painting the entire fence, giving it a bright and shiny glow, but they also collected 55 pounds of trash and 18 pounds of recyclables.  The group volunteered a total of 82 hours.

 

“It’s great to be able to have events like this again, and to see our corporate community active in giving back,” said KIB Board member Rachel Moon. “The Chuck E. Cheese employees were a pleasure to work with, and KIB is honored to have been part of their Juneteenth celebration.”

 

“Chuck E. Cheese has always been a place where a Kid Can be a Kid – and that means every kid, every family, every community,” said Rudy Rodríguez, Jr., Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer, CEC Entertainment. “We have a long history of giving back to the neighborhoods we serve, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with Keep Irving Beautiful here in our own backyard.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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(IRVING, TEXAS)— Keep Irving Beautiful partnered with Nexstar Media Group, Inc., America’s largest local television company, and the company’s Dallas television station, KDAF-TV (CW33) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the company with an event called “Founder’s Day of Caring.” On Thursday, June 17th, the Irving-based company held a day of service, with 92 volunteers gathering at T.W. Richardson Grove Park along the northern Campion Trails to conduct a cleanup.

 

CW33 interviewed participants and featured them on their show “Morning After.”  Nexstar Chairman and CEO Perry Sook was there to thank the employee volunteers for their service.  Mr. Sook established Founder’s Day of Caring in 2016, to enable the company’s employees to “make a personal commitment to make the community a better place for everyone.”  Held during the third week of June, employees in each of Nexstar’s 116 markets across the country are given paid time off on Founder’s Day to work with a local nonprofit or public service agency.

 

Results of the June 17th cleanup were a combined 230 volunteer hours, 200 pounds of trash, and 35 pounds of recyclables collected.  A canned food drive was also part of the event, with volunteers donating 107 pounds of food to a local Irving food pantry.

 

“Irving is fortunate to have a vibrant, caring corporate community that places a high value on giving back,” said KIB Board member Karen Harmon. “We had a great day here with Nexstar and CW33, and it was a pleasure to be a part of their Founder’s Day event.  Not only did they make a positive impact on the environment by keeping litter from reaching the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, they also helped support a local food pantry with their donations.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

 

 

 


 

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KIB Teams with Singley Academy Theatre Department

Group Performs Environmental Skit at Cimarron Recreation Center

 

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Cimarron Park Recreation Center was a flurry of activity on June 11, as Singley Academy theatre students and their director joined Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a lively presentation of an environmental mascot skit.  The thespians took on the roles of KIB mascot Kirby the Toucan, Buddy the Blue Recycling Bag, and the “Litterbug,” while the fourth student served as guide and coordinator. From the beginning, Singley Theatre Director Jennifer Brockette captured the camper’s attention as the narrator. The excitement grew as each character was introduced.

 

Through the course of the skit, campers learned that Kirby stands for “Keep Irving Recycling and Beautiful Year-Round” and that many products can be made from recycled items instead of thrown away.  The skit ended with a highly competitive dance-off to the “R-E-C-Y-C-L-E” song, with the newly renamed “Recyclebug” (formerly the Litterbug) emerging as the surprise winner.

 

This presentation was the first of six that are scheduled for each of the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer camp programs during June and July. The events are held as part of KIB’s youth outreach.

 

“KIB feels that it is important to bring its message to Irving residents of all ages,” said KIB staff member Julie Schmitt. “The skit is an especially fun way to reach children. It is not only entertaining but also educational. KIB wants to thank the Singley Academy students for their outstanding effort in bringing these characters to life.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Drug Enforcement Administration Dallas Office Employees Volunteer with Keep Irving Beautiful

Group Conducts Cleanup at Bird’s Fort Trail Park

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— The Dallas office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a service project at Bird’s Fort Trail Park, 5756 Riverside Dr. Ten employee volunteers gathered at the park, which is part of Irving’s Campion Trail, on April 20.  After receiving their cleanup supplies and a safety briefing, pairs were sent out to collect litter, working mainly along the tree line bordering the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

 

After the cleanup and volunteers placed the bags at a central location to weigh and record their results.  During their combined 27.5 hours of service, they collected a total of 62 pounds of litter and 21 pounds of recyclables.

 

“We had a great day at the park,” said KIB board member Jim Scrivner.  “We are happy to welcome groups that have a shared interest and common goal of keeping litter from reaching this important waterway. This event with the DEA was a long time in the making, as the group originally scheduled a cleanup in 2019 that was canceled due to flooding, then the COVID-19 pandemic. The enthusiasm and great volunteer spirit that the Dallas DEA employees showed made it worth the wait, and we hope to partner with them again.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.

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Star Park Las Colinas Teams with KIB for Beautification Project

Group Paints at Fritz Park Petting Farm

 

(IRVING, TEXAS)— Star Park Las Colinas, a new Lincoln Property Company apartment community, recently partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) for a beautification project. On May 6, four employees met KIB staff at Fritz Park in Irving to paint at the Petting Farm. The enthusiastic group added a fresh coat of bright red paint and white trim to the entrance façade, which is designed to look like a barn. The volunteers combined efforts resulted in 14 hours of volunteer service, and an entrance that now shines.

 

Star Park Las Colinas employees also participated in the virtual ‘Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off’ on April 6. The management team posted pictures and videos from their day at T.W. Richardson Grove Park. During the event, the volunteers collected 10 bags of litter from the tree line areas along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The volunteers donated seven hours of service.

 

“KIB is excited to welcome Star Park Las Colinas to Irving,” said KIB board member Kelly Horn.  “The petting farm has been such a popular attraction for Irving children for many years, and the efforts of the Star Park Las Colinas volunteers have made the entrance more inviting.”

 

Keep Irving Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of the city. As an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful reaches out to all sectors of the community, including government, businesses, churches, as well as cultural, educational, neighborhood and civic organizations. For more information on volunteering with KIB or making an activity a “green event,” visit CityofIrving.org/KIB or call (972) 721-2175.