The community is invited to participate in a massive park cleanup project on Saturday in Lodi and Galt.
More than 300 local men, women and children from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will participate in the effort, called Mormon Helping Hands, in which volunteers will clean up parks and other public places.
In Lodi, volunteers will help clean the Grape Bowl, Kofu Park, Tony Zupo Field, Lodi High School, the Lodi softball complex, and the Lodi Public Library, and landscape the corner of Lodi Avenue and Cherokee Lane.
Church members in Galt will paint the Galt High School football stadium, buildings in four city parks and the Valley Oaks Grange Hall on C Street.
"It was a great opportunity to work together and see the results," said Linda Weeks, who, along with her husband, Dave, is coordinating the Lodi effort.
Galt coordinator Beverly Cooper said, "It is a wonderful time to serve our community. It makes us feel good."
The Mormon Helping Hands program was established in 1998, and in the last decade, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have donated millions of hours of service all over the world.
Anyone is welcome to join the project on Saturday. Watch for the people dressed in yellow "Helping Hands" vests.
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