Spring has sprung and the snow is FINALLY melting! When the area around us is blanketed in a freshly fallen layer of white, everything looks crisp and clean and pristine. But, as the sun works its magic and melts away any signs of winter, all sorts of things start to show up as the ground reappears — flower shoots, pinecones, cars that were abandoned by snowbound drivers, and, unfortunately, litter.

The good news is that in the coming weeks you have the perfect opportunity to do your part, with clean-up days scheduled throughout the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area on June 1. All you have to do is show up and be ready to spend the day outside, helping to beautify this place we call home.

Truckee Day is a town-wide street clean-up and civic pride day. Check-in stations are open from 8 to 10 a.m.; no preregistration required. Upon check-in, participants will be assigned a stretch of road to clean. All necessary materials will be provided, as well as a volunteer T-shirt and a ticket for free lunch at the town-wide block party at Truckee River Regional Park, starting at noon. Kids are welcome to help out as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

The North Tahoe Business Association sponsors the annual Community Clean Up Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, in Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay, and Crystal Bay. Register at 9 a.m. at The Community House, 265 Bear St. in Kings Beach. Bags, gloves and volunteer goodies will be provided. Volunteers who find “golden items” while out and about will win prizes donated by local businesses.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay Community Clean-Up Day volunteers will help by collecting litter and debris from along local streets, beaches, trails, and streams. Meet at the Aspen Grove Community Center, 960 Lakeshore Blvd. in Incline Village, to form teams, borrow collection tools, and receive a site assignment. Check-in starts at 8:45 a.m. Participants of all ages are welcome, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress ready to work, with sturdy shoes, work clothes, long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and work gloves. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle and sunscreen.

In Tahoe City, volunteers check in at the Commons Beach picnic tables at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy breakfast snacks, pick up materials, and obtain their volunteer T-shirts. Lunch is served after the clean-up; children are welcome. Preregistration is recommended. Bike, walk, or carpool for chances to win fun raffle prizes. This volunteer opportunity may be used as a service-learning project/high school community service credit project, internship, or other college/high school credit project upon agreement of the school. Must be at least high school age and able to easily walk 1 to 2 miles. Responsible individuals showing community spirit and having outgoing, positive personalities are encouraged.

Info: truckeeday.org, northtahoebusiness.org, visittahoecity.com, yourtahoeplace.com