photo by Andrew Kearns

Memorial Day Parade 2019

Clean Mill Valley marches on!

Once again, Clean Mill Valley will represent in the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th. Come cheer us on as we lift our pickers and wave our signs. Sporting our signature vests and carrying our banner we hope to inspire those who attend to put litter in it's place! See you there!

If you are one of the many citizens who have already Adopted a Spot: Please join us and be celebrated for your efforts to keep Mill Valley Clean!

(photo by Howard Bunce)

2019 Petaluma Butter & Eggs Day Parade

Having fun while spreading the anti-litter message!

Clean Mill Valley and Clean Marin marched together on April 27th in historic downtown Petaluma. The group carried striking banners and signs, designed by Mary Osborn, that featured anti-litter messages. The popular event, drawing around 20,000 enthusiastic spectators, is in its 38th year. One little girl was seen mouthing the words as she read our sign: “Please pick it up; every little bit helps”, at which time she bent over and picked up a candy wrapper she had just dropped! Now that is progress!

Clean Mill Valley Recognized!

Clean Mill Valley volunteers and adopters were acknowledged by the Mill Valley City Council with a proclamation on Monday, October 1st. In part it read:

Proclamation of the Mill Valley City Council
Celebrating and Recognizing the Dedication of
the Members of Clean Mill Valley for
Creating Public Awareness about Litter and
Their Many Hours of Volunteer Work
to Keep Mill Valley Clean and Litter-Free.

In addition, Maureen Parton, Aide to Supervisor Kate Sears, also acknowledged our work with Clean Marin and our leadership in ridding our communities of litter. Thank you, Maureen, one of our hardest working and consistent supporters. She also noted the work of Mary Osborn, the artist who has created Spot the Dog as well as Clean Mill Valley’s other litter graphics. Look for the banners in the Plaza downtown (see picture).

Spot the Dog (all six feet of him) did attend the city council meeting to bring attention to our Adopt a Spot program. We will bring Spot to events, particularly schools. He was the brainstorm of Maureen Parton and we thank her for that.  

Clean Mill Valley continues to clean the Park and Ride Lot off Seminary Drive (West) and we are waiting for CalTrans to erect a sign that displays that we are the adopters. Be on the lookout. 

Jill Young and Joan Murray tidied up downtown by removing litter to welcome the Mill Valley Film Festival. So many of you are working in your communities and removing litter close to home. Peggy Katcher has continued her passion by continuing to clean the entrance to Mill Valley at Tower and East Blithedale. She is the poppy lady who introduced and tends those brilliant orange flowers.

Karen Croy, a third grade teacher at Tamalpais Valley School, encourages her students to bring a piece of litter to class each morning. She is concerned about the environment and is teaching them to care about it too. A primary resolution to litter is to get to the source. Teaching children the impact of trash will have a significant impact. Thank you to everyone who continue to keep a little patch of our world litter-free!

Welcome to
Adopt A Spot!

Some of our members have already adopted spots where they regularly pick up litter. We are seeing good results, but we need more hands! We are encouraging people to pitch in and adopt a section of a street in their neighborhood, an area of a favorite Step, Lane or Path, or an unsightly corner at a bus stop. We hope our combined efforts will help keep our town, its creeks, marshes and Bay clean.

Lately, we have been conducting spontaneous cleanups when we notice a spot covered with trash. During a recent break in the rainy weather Clean Mill Valley members cleaned up the ditch adjacent to Tam High’s sports fields.

You might have a friend or neighbor who wants to join you for an hour or so to remove litter in a problem spot. Feel free to organize that on your own and be safe.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch in and officially adopt a spot to clean up, please contact Jill at This will help us to coordinate our efforts and spread the word about Adopt A Spot!

Adopt A Spot logo design by Mary Osborn

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