LAH Youth Commission organizes Earth Day Cleanup

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Krystel Malimban, front, recreation specialist for the town of Los Altos Hills, leads a senior walk on the pathways April 4. Malimban is also taking a lead role in Saturday’s Earth Day Cleanup.

An opportunity awaits local residents seeking a way to help the environment.

The Los Altos Hills Youth Commission has scheduled its 10th annual Earth Day Cleanup 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Purissima Park, 27500 Purissima Road.

“Earth Day is just a yearly reminder to look at ourselves and ask what we are doing to help, but you should help the Earth with your everyday choices,” said Krystel Malimban, recreation specialist for the town of Los Altos Hills and member of the team organizing Saturday’s cleanup.

Participants will pick up litter on nearby pathways and along creeks.

Youth Commissioner Anna Garverick, who helped organize the event, hopes the cleanup will draw attention to the amount of litter left on pathways and in creeks in the city.

“Most of the trash that accumulates in the creek is carried downwind from Purissima fields, so everyone could be a little more conscientious about what they are leaving behind,” she said.

Along with the Earth Day Cleanup, the Youth Commission plans to adopt a section of Deer Creek to raise awareness of the high amounts of litter and take on a larger role in the community.

“As the commission grows, we want to be a bigger presence in the community, and taking responsibility for a creek is a great way to start,” she said. “A cleanup event also was a great way to kick off adopting the creek, so the two things worked well together.”

Earth Day is a widely celebrated way to give back to the planet, and Malimban noted that there is much more people can do.

“There is still going to be pollution the other 364 days of the year,” she said. “Earth Day is a great time to make a conscientious effort to work together to help the Earth, but doing a little each day such as recycling, picking up litter or trying to walk or bike instead of drive will prevent harmful build-ups and make a lasting impact.”

Malimban added that she is most looking forward to “gathering a bunch of people who are happy to make an impact in their local community. I love to see people come together for a good cause.”

For more information on the event, call 947-2506 or visit

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