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Arts & Entertainment: A more beautiful Tacoma, a more beautiful you

You know the exercise you resolved to get, the community work you vowed to do, the circle of friends you said you’d broaden, and all in this New Year? Just in time to resuscitate your resolutions, Green Tacoma Partnership has a few suggestions. If the gulches and wetlands and formerly unloved parks are looking healthier than ever, it’s likely thanks to Green Tacoma Partnership volunteers. They choose their battles against Himalayan blackberry and English ivy in locations they hold dear. They dress to get dirty and appreciate good gloves, boots and clippers, and their water bottles are all banged up. They get a good workout every time they meet on common ground to put the “party” in work party. And they’ve got plans for the weekend. If you’re ready to kick your resolutions into gear, here’s the calendar of work parties, all of which run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12:

• Friends of Franklin Park Forest Cleanup and Restoration – They’ll meet at the forested edge of the park along South 12th Street to prune low branches, clean out the understory and rip up invaders to improve visibility and make the area more inviting. You bring the gloves, and they’ll bring the tools, water and snacks.

• Julia’s Gulch – They’ll park at View Point Park on Norpoint Way in Northeast Tacoma then deploy to destroy Himalayan blackberries. You bring gloves, tools and a water bottle, and they’ll provide tea, treats and extra tools and gloves.

• Puget Creek Restoration Society – Bring what you need to clear land, and e-mail Scott Hansen at to find out where to meet.

• Wapato Hills Clean-up Party – Wapato Hills Urban Wildlife Habitat still has traces of the old wild life and invasive species that once overtook it, and volunteers will meet at the access road at South Wapato and 62nd Streets to tackle them. Bring tools, gloves, water and snacks.

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