Many great cities are built around a body of water, and Los Angeles is no exception. Ours is a 48-mile river by the same name, which flows past mountain ranges and through most of Tinseltown before emptying into the Pacific, our other great body of water. Let's just be real: For decades, the river was a streaming trash heap of neglect. In 1986, Friends of Los Angeles River (FOLAR), a nonprofit organization cleaning up its shores and currents, was born. And every weekend in April Angelenos gather along its banks to remove debris and litter, turning it into a wet 'n' wild park for all. Join the effort this Saturday, April 29. You can even call yourself Young Man River if you like.


The Los Angeles river cleanup is America's biggest.
Every day is Earth Day.
Multiple locations
Apr. 29, 9 a.m.-noon
Register and sign the waiver online.


By Brian Garrido

Recently transplanted from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Brian is a marketer and freelance writer with a cooking blog. Having traveled to more than 200 international and domestic cities, he's in the process of writing his memoir about his deep female friendships and women that he's has loved as a gay man. He can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.