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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | April 2011 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Join Us for Our Earth Day Celebration!

Sunday, May 1 from 11 am to 4 pm at Mount Trashmore Park

 

Earth Day LogoVirginia Beach Parks and Recreation & Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission invite you to Earth Day 2011 on Sunday, May 1 at Mount Trashmore Park, one of the nation's first recycled landfills.

 

This family-friendly event invites you to celebrate your commitment to bettering the environment. Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to discover and explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle.

 

Some highlights for this year's event feature:

 

eCycling by Synergy & Document Shredding by CINTAS (9 am - 3 pm) | Take this opportunity to safely dispose of confidential waste paper (up to 5 boxes), unwanted home electronics and computer equipment - FREE! Need to know what items will be accepted for electronic recycling? View a list here! 

 

Dumpster Dive Demonstration | Project Green Teens will sift through trash and debris in a park dumpster to find items that could have been recycled. 

 

Bicycling Activities | Travel green on your bike to the event and receive a free gift (first 100 only) at the free Bike Valet; also free Bike Safety Check.

 

Mayor's Bike Ride (1:30 pm) | Mayor Will Sessoms invites you to bike around Lake Trashmore with him and Parks & Recreation Director Cindy Curtis. More info below.

 

Buy Earth Day Gear! | From shirts to water bottles, we've got something for you! Be one of the first 100 people to show up at our information booth with any item purchased at this store and receive a free gift! Start shopping!  

 

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Gear Up for the Mayor's Bike Ride on Earth Day 

Sunday, May 1 at 1:30 pm at Mount Trashmore Park

 

Mayor's Bike Ride

Mayor Will Sessoms at 2010 Earth Day Celebration | Photo Credit: Bruce Drees

Would you like to enjoy a bike ride through Mount Trashmore and promote a more sustainable way to travel? How about if someone important from your city was going to be attending? Well here's your opportunity to have fun, promote sustainability and ride with the Mayor. Join us for the Mayor's Bike Ride, part of the Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, May 1 at Mount Trashmore Park at 1:30 pm.


Mayor Will Sessoms invites everyone to participate in a leisure bike ride around Lake Trashmore with him and the Director of Parks & Recreation, Cindy Curtis. Get out with your family, or just join other members of your community for some outdoor recreation.
 
Also, take advantage of our free bike valet when you ride your bike to the Earth Day event! The first hundred people to do so will be given a prize for their sustainable travel. Participants of the Mayor's Bike Ride will also be entered into a raffle to win a prize for their participation. 
 

Go Green in the Garden!

 

GardeningSpring has finally sprung and nature is in full bloom! Many of us are getting outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and give our yards some much needed TLC. While landscaping your yard this year, why not consider some environmentally green practices such as planting native plants, installing a rain barrel, or using compost in your garden and flower beds. You can even purchase rain barrels ($47) and composters ($57) on-site at Earth Day from the Clean Community Commission Booth,

 

And for those who jump start their day with fresh-brewed coffee, did you know that those leftover coffee grounds can do the same for your garden? Coffee grounds are rich in nutrients and very acidic, which is great for acid loving plants like tomatoes, roses and azaleas. So, when starting your garden for the season, be sure to mix some used coffee grounds in the soil to ensure the best results.

Teachers: Win a Composting Kit at Earth Day! 

 

Biome in a Box LogoCalling all teachers! Looking for a hands-on approach to teaching your students about composting in the classroom? Then make sure to visit the Worm Watcher booth at Earth Day. Let Gina Ridgeway, Owner and Co-Inventor of Biome in a Box, show how easy it is with all the resources available for your classrooms and ecology clubs.

 

Also, while there be sure to enter the drawing to win a FREE classroom kit for the level of your choice: preschool, elementary or middle/high school!

Experience Native American Culture at Pow Wow 

Saturday, April 23 from 11 am to 6 pm at Mount Trashmore Park

 

Pow WowCome out to Mount Trashmore Park this Saturday, April 23 for the 11th Annual American Indian Pow Wow: A Celebration of Life for all People. Experience Native American culture as it is showcased through spirited music, intertribal dancing and drumming, and American Indian cuisine at this interactive and educational event.

 

Learn about various dances and regalia worn while taking the opportunity to participate in intertribal dancing. (Due to the nature of the American Indian Pow Wow, no pets are allowed in the event area.) There will be displays and sales of authentic and Indian-inspired arts and crafts, and educational displays of American Indian artifacts. New this year is an exhibit of live, local animals with ties to the Native American culture. American Indian foods as well as other festival foods will be available for purchase. 

 

The event opens to the public at 11 am for educational and craft displays/sales. The grand entry will take place at noon followed by American Indian drumming, dancing and activities, until the closing ceremony at 5:45 pm. This event is free with ample on-site parking.

 

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Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 

 

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Sunday, April 24 for Easter.

 

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through Spring 2011 for renovations.

 

Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center. Use this locator to help you find one!

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 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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