Grand Forks-area leaders are gearing up for some major spring cleaning this month, and a local mosque is pitching in.

On April 6, the Al-huda Islamic Center in East Grand Forks is hosting a neighborhood cleaning initiative. The event is scheduled to begin at noon and last for about an hour, said Abdirisak Duale, the mosque's imam.

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"The purpose is to encourage volunteerism and civic service among the community," Duale said. "Anyone can join. It's open to the public."

The main goal is to pick up trash that's accumulated in the area, he added. As temperatures increase, residents are likely to encounter litter that was once buried under piles of snow.

The cleaning event also will provide an opportunity for local residents to get to know each other better, Duale said.

This will mark the mosque's first neighborhood cleaning initiative, Duale noted, adding that he hopes to make it a yearly occurrence.

The Islamic center's event is one of several community initiatives to help clean up the area. On April 27, UND will host "The Big Event," a one-day community service project that will likely include some cleaning efforts.