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The countdown is on! That’s right, the 10th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup is slated for Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Streets Department held an outdoor kickoff celebration at Hunting Park Recreation Center on Wednesday. Residents from South Philly to North Philly, as well as the surrounding areas, will come together for a common cause — a cleaner and more beautiful Philadelphia. The goal for a cleaner, healthier Philadelphia starts with one vision: Zero Waste and Litter. Kenney launched the Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet in 2016, an initiative to increase the waste and diversion rate toward a long-term goal of zero waste entering landfills and incinerators.

Inspired? If the answer is yes, residents can register to volunteer for a Philly Spring Cleanup project. Organizations can continue to submit projects until Friday, March 24. For project and volunteer registration, visit phillyspringcleanup.com. …

Sticking with the coming soon theme, our sources have confirmed that there is a new gastropub/pizza shop in the works for Washington Avenue. Philip and Gina Narducci are the husband-and-wife team behind the project. Chick’s is setting up shop at 1807 Washington Ave. Menu and opening date info will be announced soon …

What would you do with a tree? With spring supposedly right around the corner, here’s your opportunity to get a free tree to plant in your backyard. The TreePhilly Program is a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and TD Bank. Residents can receive up to two free trees to plant in their yards (front, back and side yards). For more information or to sign up, visit giveaway.treephilly.org/giveaways/30. The giveaway is taking place noon-2 p.m. April 2 at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.

Well, another East Passyunk Restaurant Week wraps up another year tomorrow night (March 10), but it’s one of many exciting 2017 events on tap for the avenue crowd. Another biggie is penciled in for April 30, noon-5 p.m.. We are of course talking about the annual spring bash known as Flavors on the Avenue Street Festival. More details, including ticket info, will be shared in a future column. The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is seeking crafters and artists. Vendor applications can be found on the East Passyunk Avenue Facebook page. …

Yo, ’70s fans, this one is for you. Pencil in March 25 as a night out. No time machine required here, as Galdo’s, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave., is hosting A night of ’70s Soul and Disco Music starring the duke and duchess of disco. This evening affair will feature a Donna Summer and Barry White Tribute, with music by DJ Benny Marsella. The event starts at 7 p.m. For ticket info, call Galdo’s Entertainment, 215–271–9083, or Benny Marsella, 267–593–7546.

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Email Bill Gelman, gelman@bsmphilly.com

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