Help keep Great Lakes’ beaches "Barefoot Friendly"

Editor's note: The following letter came to me recently. If anyone has the time, this is a great volunteer opportunity.

In an effort to help keep Great Lakes’ beaches "Barefoot Friendly," we'd like to invite you and your readers to attend public beach cleanups and celebrations throughout Michigan as part of the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly beach cleanup tour.

For more information on events in your area, visit

Barefoot Wine is teaming up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and other local organizations to host public Adopt-a-Beach™ cleanups on Michigan’s beaches and shorelines. Following each cleanup, volunteers age 21 and older are invited to attend a celebration featuring Barefoot Wine and surf-inspired fare.

During last year’s efforts, more than 12,000 Adopt-a-Beach volunteers removed 42,351 pounds of trash at 327 locations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Stearns Park Beach Cleanup with A Few Friends for the Environment of the World:
• Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
• Cleanup - Stearns Outer Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
• Celebration - 125 South James Street, Ludington, MI 49431

Traverse City Beach Cleanup with The Watershed Center and Traverse City Young Professionals:
• Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
• Cleanup - Meet in the Holiday Inn parking lot at the Barefoot Wine Tent at 615 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
• Celebration - 615 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

Bell Isle Beach Cleanup with the Belle Isle Conservancy:
• Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
• Cleanup - 1 Riverbank Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
• Celebration - 1 Riverbank Drive, Detroit, MI 48207

Pere Marquette Park Cleanup with Muskegon Save Our Shoreline:
• Saturday, August 17, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Cleanup - 3510 Channel Drive, Muskegon, MI 49441
• Celebration - 3505 Marina View Point, Muskegon, MI 49441

Grand Haven State Park Cleanup:
• Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
• Cleanup - 1001 South Harbor Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
• Celebration - 2 Washington, Grand Haven, MI 49417