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El Portal residents will clean up first, then celebrate

El Portal residents will join together to clean up the village at the fourth annual Little River Celebration.

The event will be begin at 435 NE 82nd St. near the flood control dam on the Little River starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The celebration will serve to clean up the village, said former councilperson and organizer Adam Old.

“This is a great opportunity to help the fish, birds and manatees that call the river home, and explore the less-traveled side of our neighborhoods,” Old said. “You might be surprised what you learn.”

At the event, residents will also get to hear the sounds of La Fortuna Serenaders and see a live painting and art installation of J.L. Vasile’s Peace Flags in the Wind. There will also be a discussion of the history and hydrology of the area given by Florida International University professor Hugh Gladwin. Sandwiches will be served after the cleanup. There will also be canoes provided by the Blue Moon Outdoor Center.

Mayor Claudia V. Cubillos says the event is a form of camaraderie.

“I am passionate about events that bring our community together,” she said. “Especially events that depict the very essence of who we are that makes El Portal the gem that it is.”

The celebration will also serve as away to catch up with old friends and neighbors.

“This will allow neighbors to meet each other and get to know some history about the Little River,” Old said.

If you go

What: Little River Celebration

Where: 435 NE 82nd Street

When: Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Info: Call 305-815-5100