EARTH DAY: Cleanups Hither and Yon

    Montauk will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with a cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon starting at the Montauk Movie, where bags and gloves will be dispensed. Hosted by the Concerned Citizens of Montauk and the Group for the East End, the festivities will continue at 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center with a program on everything you ever wanted to know about birds. There will be crafts for kids and materials for making bling-laden birdie gift bags.
    For adults, a free program on how to prevent deer from wreaking havoc on your garden will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Fort Pond Native Plants in Montauk, where Matt Stedman will lecture and provide a survival guide.
    Two hikes will take place, weather permitting, led by student interns who have been trained in Concerned Citizens of Montauk programs. The first will meet at the trailhead at Big Reed Pond at noon on Saturday. If you have the stamina, the second will start at the trailhead of the Walking Dunes on Napeague at 2 p.m. Directions and other information can be found at
    Also in Montauk, the East End chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will have a cleanup at Ditch Plain Beach on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Participants will meet in the parking lot near the East Deck Motel.
    “We need lots of help to pick up trash, debris, and other stuff that is littering our beaches,” a release said, going on to point out that doing so offers a fine opportunity to spend time with friends and family. “At the end of an hour or two, you will feel good about cleaning a special part of our coastline.”
    As part of its Earth Day celebration, the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton is seeking volunteers to help clear beach debris that may be dangerous to birds and marine life on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 on Long Beach in Noyac.
    Southampton Town will hold its annual Great East End Cleanup on Saturday and Sunday, with residents asked to select a property such as a public park, beach, roadside, or trail to help clean up.
    In Sagaponack, bags will be available at Sagg Main Beach at 9 a.m. Saturday, or volunteers can bring their own. A pointed stick would be a good idea, too, according to Sagaponack Mayor Donald Louchheim, who will participate with other village board members.