I was fired up a few weeks ago by a website titled "15-minute makeover for every room in the house" until it dawned on my dilly-dally self it takes me that long just to find the vacuum cleaner. Oh well, there goes another golden chance to have a good intention.

But wait! On Tuesday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m. there will be a "Fifteen-Minute Makeover" in Flagstaff that even the busiest of our residents can undertake. The goal of this proposed city wide transformation is simple. At the appointed time (10:15 a.m.) on the 15th day of the 10th month (October 15), stop whatever you're doing and dash out the door for a 15-minute retrieval of every piece of litter you find. And trust me, friends, picking up carelessly discarded trash in our neighborhoods is a very necessary activity.

So join me and other fellow citizens at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15 in participation of this, the most hands-on of scavenger hunts. Just bend over, seize the offending litter and dispose of it properly. Think how well-groomed our city will become if everybody living in Flagstaff participates in this excellent community program.

And join the above with our "Make A Difference Day" on Saturday, Oct. 19 and we have a winning pair of city enhancements. This year we'll be in the Southside cleaning up the Rio de Flag waterway and installing stormwater drain signs. Meet at the Murdoch Center located at 203 E. Brannen Ave. (facing Butler Avenue) at 8 a.m. For additional information, contact Maggie Twomey at MTwomey@flagstaffaz.gov or call 928-213-2144. This is a family-friendly event and lunch will be provided for all who participate.

And please hold the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 13 open for the Citizens Cemetery Tour-Part 2, which will be held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. This is a fundraising activity to benefit historical preservation and education at Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum. The $15 donation will include the tour and also a souvenir booklet. This is a fascinating journey though the history of Flagstaff.

The Citizens Cemetery is located at 1300 S. San Francisco St. next to the NAU campus. The tour is self-guided and will feature headstone hosts who will answer questions and share stories about past city residents.

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For those of us wondering, the folks organizing the tour told me there is free parking on the streets inside the cemetery. You can purchase tickets at Riordan Mansion, the Pioneer Museum or at the cemetery gate (by cash only) on the day of the event.

This unique activity is presented by the Northern Arizona Pioneers Historical Society. For more information, call 928-853-7792. Don't miss this excellent once-a-year activity.

And to finish there will be a Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) listening and learning meeting at the Cedar House Coffee Shop located at 2009 E. Cedar Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 starting at 8:30 a.m. If you're interested in getting questions answered about the FWPP or the future impacts of the Museum Fire, this is a meeting you'll want to attend.

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