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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | April 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
Celebrate Earth Day 2010
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970. On that day, millions of Americans across the country demonstrated for a healthy, sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.
Locally, we have two great ways for you to celebrate Earth Day and help carry on the mission that began 40 years ago:
Dumpster Dive Demonstration
Tonight, April 22 from 4 - 7 pm at Lynnhaven Middle School
PGT LogoProject Green Teens and Lynnhaven Middle School's environmental club invite you to observe a dumpster dive demonstration. The teens will don protective equipment and retrieve all items out of the dumpsters. Bag by bag, students will sort and weigh items to determine the success of Lynnhaven Middle School's recycling efforts.  

Swing by and show your support for the teens while you learn how to maximize your own recycling efforts.

2010 Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, May 2 from 11 am - 5 pm at Mount Trashmore Park

Earth Day LogoBecome part of The Green Generation™at Earth Day 2010. This family-friendly event invites you to celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment.
Some highlights for this year's event:
  • eCycling Event (sponsored by Synergy Recycling from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm) Recycle those old computers, electronics and other related peripherals (like ink cartridges) that are hazardous to our landfills.
  • Bicycling Activities - Mayor Will Sessoms will be in attendance for the Mayor's Bike Ride around Lake Trashmore at 1:30 pm, and we'll also be including a free Bike Safety Check and free Bike Valet Service. We are encouraging citizens to travel green, and so the first 200 citizens to arrive by bicycle to our Bike Valet will receive a free gift!
  • Other Attractions - Live musical entertainment, children's activities, environmental exhibitors and demonstrations are featured, and festival foods available for purchase.

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Upcoming Programs & Events!
Apr 23 | Star Party | Mount Trashmore Park | Free
May 1 | American Indian Pow Wow | Mount Trashmore Park | Free
May 2 | Earth Day | Mount Trashmore Park | Free
May 10 | Kayak Tour | Lake Smith | $12*
May 15 | Owl Prowl | Stumpy Lake Natural Area | Free*
May 20 | Kayak Fishing | Lake Smith | $16*
May 21 | Campfire Cooking | Bayville Farms Park | $17*
May 24 | Kayak Tour | Carolanne Farms Park | $12*
Jun 5 | Clean the Bay Day | City-Wide | Free*
* advance registration required
Volunteers Needed for Clean the Bay Day
Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 9 am - 12 pm
Clean the Bay DayJoin the fun and volunteer for the 22nd Annual Clean the Bay Day. Show the world that an unhealthy Bay & waterways are unacceptable. Through citizen volunteers, Clean the Bay Day provides localities with a cost effective way to remove litter from the waterways and shorelines and increase environmental stewardship.
Get involved! By foot or by boat, gather your groups, friends, neighbors, or coworkers and volunteer for a fun day and worthwhile way of helping us Save the Bay. Go to CBF.org/clean to complete a volunteer application. A picnic for those volunteering in Virginia Beach will be held at Great Neck Park following the clean up.
May is Bike Month - Will You Hang Up Your Keys?
BicyclistsSince 1956, May has been recognized as Bike Month by the League of American Bicyclists. Each year, many people participate in this event by hanging up their keys and riding to places such as work, school, the grocery store, and the park. There are several benefits to using a bicycle during your daily commute: your health, your wallet, and the environment all benefit as a result of your decision to keep the car in the garage and your feet on the pedals. Learn more about the benefits of cycling. 
Virginia Beach is fortunate to have many bike lanes and trails that help link people to places of work, schools, and parks. Follow the links below to find out how you can hang up the keys and jump on a bike to commute!
Go Fish! Get the Whole Family Involved in Fishing
from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Fishing ClinicWith the increasing demands in the work place and busy schedules, people are learning that fishing is a great way to spend time with family and friends. However, with rising fuel costs and difficult economic times, many people are looking to stay closer to home. Fortunately for Virginians, there's a lake, river or stream within an hour's drive from any location in the state, making it easy and economical to get away from it all for a day on the water, fishing, and relaxing.
"When you purchase a fishing license, you not only buy quality time, but you also are investing in conservation. For less than the cost of a full tank of gas, a family of four can fish for a year - making memories that will last a lifetime."
Check out VB Parks & Recreation's upcoming fishing events!
Family Fishing Clinic
Age 5 - 14 with parent Help your child tackle the basics of angling Virginia's waters. You and your child will team up with experienced fishermen for guided instruction in beginning fishing skills. Advanced registration required. Limited to the first 150 participants, so register early! Cost: $5 per child, includes hot dog lunch.
#94151 | Saturday, June 5 8:30 am - 1:00 pm | Munden Point Park
Fish On
Age 5 - 14 with parent We're having real fun as we try to reel in the BIG one, so meet us at the
pier to see if you can pull in the catch of the day. Equipment provided if needed. Cost: $7, includes admission to Little Island Pier
#94146 | Wednesday, May 5 6 - 8 pm | Little Island Park
#94147 | Wednesday, May 12  6 - 8 pm | Little Island Park
#94148 | Wednesday, May 19 6 - 8 pm | Little Island Park
energySMART Program Helps Save Energy and Cash 

energySMART LogoConserving energy is a great way to go green. To help customers conserve energy, Virginia Natural Gas has launched the energySMART conservation program to teach homeowners how to make their homes more energy efficient and save money. Through this program, energySMART offers include free programmable thermostats for customers with a natural gas furnace as their primary heating system and rebates for the purchase of high efficiency natural gas equipment, including a $150 rebate for a tank-style water heater.
Please visit VirginiaNaturalGas.com/energySMART for more information on these and other energySMART offers, program terms and conditions and resources to help make your home more energy efficient, including conservation tips and the new energySMART online energy audit tool. energySMART by Virginia Natural Gas is a proud sponsor of Earth Day 2010.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child requires additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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