Weekend events: Trash sweep, Inner Harbor walk

With the weekend upon us, there are events happening in the city aimed at enlisting residents in improving their neighborhoods while also cleaning up Baltimore harbor. Oh, and participants will be getting a little fresh-air exercise in the process.

There's a block-by-block trash cleanup Saturday in East Baltimore from 1-3 p.m., starting at the corner of Patterson Park and Eastern Ave., ending at the square in Fells Point. Held in conjunction with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 25th annual "Clean the Bay Day," it's organized by a Patterson Park activist.  For more, check out "Baltimore Trash Talk" on Facebook.

Saturday is National Trails Day, and for urbanites there's a guided walking tour along the Inner Harbor Waterfront Promenade beginning at 10 AM at Canton Waterfront Park.  From there to where the Jones Falls empties into the Inner Harbor, walkers can take in the sights and maybe also learn a bit about how the city's once industrial waterfront has changed, but is still wrestling with problems such as trash and pollution. For more info, email  RDB60@aol.com  For other trail walks in the area, check here.

On Sunday there's a bike tour of the "Harris Creek Watershed," a big wedge of East Baltimore that's all connected by an underground network of storm drains that all empty into the harbor at Canton. The ride's from 2 to 5:30 p.m. starting at Real Food Farm, a hoop-house urban agricultural project in Clifton Park and winding up at St. Casimir's Park in Canton. They'll be painting some "don't dump" slogans on storm drains on the way. For more info go here.

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