Neighbors share a lot. They share whatever is good that is going on outside their doors, and whatever is not so good.

Neighbors share a lot.

They share whatever is good that is going on outside their doors, and whatever is not so good.

In Sharon Woods, the members of the civic association are trying to make things as good as possible, starting with how the neighborhood looks.

On Saturday, April 17, neighbors will be helping neighbors in the neighborhood, in an effort being billed, appropriately enough, as "Neighbor Helping Neighbor."

Volunteers from the Sharon Woods Civic Association, as well as from the Beechcroft Lions Club, will be assisting residents, particularly the elderly, in sprucing up their yards.

Beechcroft Lions Club secretary Roger D. Heckel says the service club is seeking to better focus community service efforts within a specific part of the Northland area by working with the Sharon Woods Civic Association.

Cal McCall, a 30-year resident of Sharon Woods, which has about 1,700 homes and is bounded by Shrock Road, state Route 161, Maple Canyon Avenue and Karl Road, is a trustee for the association and the beautification chairwoman.

"Neighbor Helping Neighbor" was her idea.

In years past, McCall said last week, the association held beautification contests for the homes in the subdivision. More recently, monthly awards have been given to people who do an exceptional job of maintaining their properties.

"This is a little different," McCall said. "This is supposed to be something that's personal. Whether we have lots of people in Sharon Woods who need help, I don't know, but we won't know if we don't try."

"This is kind of a first-time thing for us, to try this," said John Kirkpatrick, president of the Sharon Woods Civic Association. "It's one of those shooting craps kinds of things.

"We're just looking to see if there are any seniors in their homes who are still there but can't get out and rake their yards."

Volunteers will be doing light pruning of plants as well as raking leaves and trimming back dead flowers and bushes damaged by winter, according to Kirkpatrick.

"Nothing major," he added. "No tree trimming or anything like that."

Between now and the scheduled "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" day, the association president asked people who would like to have the volunteers work on their yards to call him at 890-5417.

Callers are asked to leave their name, telephone number, address and information on what their property needs.

That way, Kirkpatrick said, people armed only with rakes won't show up at a job that requires pruning shears.

"We'd like to do it annually, every spring if we could," he said. "It's right around Earth Week and we thought we'd try it and see what happens."

The event also nearly coincides with the return of curbside pickup of yard waste, Kirkpatrick noted.

"It is a nice neighborhood ... and we feel we have a nice nucleus of people who are interested in the association," McCall said. "We feel that we want to offer our hands to try to keep our neighborhood as nice as it is.

"We've got some pretty good volunteers."

kparks@thisweeknews.com