Serenity Salon and Spa, of Storm Lake, will be hosting its first 5K Walk/Run for Water Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 p.m., with 50 percent of proceeds donated to the Lake Preservation Association and 50 percent to the Audubon Mississippi Water Quality Project.
"We want to get people out on a nice day, walk on the bike trail and keep things simple," said Kim Sievers, co-owner of Serenity Salon and Spa, during a formal request for the event during last week's Storm Lake City Council meeting.
The Lake Preservation Association is committed to Storm Lake's ongoing dredging project, Little Storm Lake enhancements and area watershed protection. Since dredging began in 2002, 5.677 million cubic yards have been dredged.
The $4.5 million Mississippi project aims to preserve wildlife and enhance river habitats in Arkansas, the Chicago region, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio.
Aveda salons have been supporting the Mississippi project since 2007. According to statistics from the Audubon Society, nearly half of bird species in the U.S. spend half of their lives within the Mississippi Flyway, which begins north in the Canadian Arctic and ends south in the Gulf Coast.
As a result of locks, dams, levees and river confinement to a small percentage of its historic floodplain, an estimated 19 square miles of wetland disappear yearly.
The 5K will begin at Sunrise Pointe and end at King's Pointe Great Lawn. Strollers and participants under the age of 12 are welcome.
Cost of the event is $20, and includes a participant bag and T-shirt for those who register by April 17 at 5:00 p.m. Raising pledges is encouraged, and the top three fundraisers will receive a complimentary salon service.
Registration forms can be downloaded at serenitystormlake.com.