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Dandelions are already blooming in Interior Alaska. File photo

Several events are on tap this weekend to help clean up Interior. The 15th annual Stream Clean Up Day is Saturday.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at the Lions Club Park off Danby Road. A safety briefing will be held and volunteers can then pick up supplies. Those supplies include bags, boat kits, snacks and T-shirts.

Cleanup will focus on Noyes Slough and the portion of the Chena River that runs through downtown. Volunteers will be assigned to a specific section of the streams. Canoes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for two-person teams. Volunteers are also welcome to bring their own canoes. Transportation will be provided to and from various put-in and take-out points.

Several sections of Noyes Slough have beaver dams, log piles and other obstructions. Be sure to wear proper footwear, including rubber boots or chest waders. All ages are welcome to participate, but children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Stream Clean Up Day is hosted by the Fairbanks Storm Water Advisory Committee, a multi-agency group whose mission is to clean up area waterways and raise awareness of impacts to waterways.

50 years of service

Friends, family and co-workers of longtime Fairbanksan Louisa Hisamoto are invited to “An Afternoon of Appreciation and Gratitude to Louisa Hisamoto” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in the Noel Wien Library Auditorium.

This is an opportunity for well-wishers to express appreciation for her more than 50 years of service to the Fairbanks community, with her last 24 years as a social work nurse for the Fairbanks Native Association’s Women and Children’s Center for Inner Healing. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is hosted by Louisa’s Baha’i community. For more information, call Sally Caldwell at 907-957-1844.

Dandelion Demolition

Fairbanksans usually show up for this yearly event, the fourth annual Dandelion Demolition from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Denali National Park, .

Volunteers will learn the difference between native dandelions and invasive dandelions in the park. The mission is to demolish the invasive dandelions. Volunteers will learn how these invasive species harm the park’s ecosystem and why it is so important to help native species thrive on fragile tundra, according to a park spokeswoman.

The National Park Service will provide tools, safety equipment and instruction. Come prepared for a moderate work day with water, lunch, snacks, layered clothing and rain gear.

Sign-ups and safety briefing begin at 9 a.m. in the upper parking lot of the Denali Visitor Center. Volunteers will complete their service by 1 p.m.

All Dandelion Demolition participants will receive thank you gifts from the park’s volunteer office and each adult will receive a voucher for a future bus ride into the park, or a night in a campground.

Limited overnight accommodations are available Friday and Saturday, but arrangements must be made in advance. Call the Denali National Park Volunteer Office at 907-683-9504. Availability is limited.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter @FDNMKris.