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Outdoors & Environmental Newsletter | March 2012 | VBgov.com/Parks 
Home Remedies for Allergy Sufferers


The change in seasons is upon us and with that comes the dreaded allergies. Here are a few quick tips and home remedies to help you enjoy the warm weather.


1. Eat local honey. If you are allergic to pollen, try eating local honey. Local honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts may make the body accustomed to their presence, gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Learn more on this theory.

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Allergies2. Use saline solution. For nasal congestion, try irrigating the nose with a saline solution (salt water). This may help by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. 


3. Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.


4. Eat Wasabi. If you suffer from hay fever, Wasabi or any member of the horseradish family will help promote mucus flow. Bring on the sushi!


Get more quick tips here.

Celebrate Japanese Culture at Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, April 1 | 12:30 - 3:30 pm | Red Wing Park


Cherry BlossomHelp us celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday, April 1 at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities by A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, an origami display and fold-along with Rich Gray, and various demonstrations. This is a family event that allows everyone to come together and embrace the nature that surrounds us. 


Featured performances include a drum routine by SOKA Taiko Group, as well as a celebration of Sister City Moss, Norway that includes songs from Sons of Norway.



Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. Parking and admission is free.

It's Out of this World! Don't Miss Our Star Party
Friday, April 6 | Dark until 11 pm | Mount Trashmore Park

Star PartyTake your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park for the 4th Annual Mount Trashmore Star Party! Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes. Learn to identify constellations in the sky as they are pointed out by planetarium coordinator Chuck Dibbs and the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers.

Experience ViewSpace! A tent will be set up for an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about ViewSpace.


Anyone wishing to set up a telescope can also do so. The goal is to share the beauty of the night sky with anyone wishing to learn about it. Children's activities will be provided by NASA. Event is dependent on clear skies.

Volunteer for the Great American Cleanup!

Saturday, April 28 | 9 am - 12 pm | Multiple Locations in Virginia Beach 


VolunteerJoin together with volunteers from across the region to help clean up selected locations in Virginia Beach as part of the Great American Cleanup! 


Through the partnership of askHRgreen.org and Keep Virginia Beautiful, Hampton Roads has been selected as one of 10 national locations for Keep America Beautiful's 2012 Great American Cleanup National Action Days. The launch of the Hampton Roads cleanup events will involve hundreds of volunteers transforming local parks and recreational areas into cleaner, greener environments. 
On Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to noon, registered individuals and groups will be volunteering to conduct litter and debris cleanup in Virginia Beach at the Plaza-Northgate Park, Princess Anne Commons/Landstown High School, and the Norfolk Southern Right-of-Way areas. Sign up by March 30 to be a part of the action.


Last year, Keep America Beautiful's national Great American Cleanup events drew more than 3.8 million volunteers that participated in 3,600 clean up events in 16,500 communities throughout the United States. Get involved and help make a difference right here in Virginia Beach!

Construction Begins at Princess Anne Gateway Park


Light GardenConstruction has started at the Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park, which is a major renovation of the former Princess Anne Park site located at the corner of Princess Anne Road and Dam Neck Road. The project is being coordinated with Princess Anne Road improvements and will be completed in two phases.


Phase I of the renovated park project will include a new trail system, shelters, restrooms, new gateway signage, extensive tree planting and expanded parking.  


Also included is a light garden sculpture (pictured) which was originally located at the former Virginia Beach Pavilion. Consisting of 31 glass sun-refraction panels affixed to white poles and arranged in a clustered fashion to resemble a grove of trees, the light garden will have blue LED lighting for night illumination. The work was acquired in 1983 and was one of the first pieces of art funded by the Percent for Art program.


An essential change to this park site will be the removal of some mature and infirm trees that will be replaced with new tree plantings to promote a healthy, extensive urban tree canopy. Twelve new species of trees will be planted, including large canopy trees like Oak, Beech, Sycamore and Southern Magnolia; others will be smaller understory/flowering trees. This tree species diversification will help protect against disease/pest damage and will enhance the natural beauty of the park site.


The second phase of the Princess Anne Commons Gateway Park project will include new picnic shelters, playground equipment, and other park amenities such as benches and tables. Project completion date for both phases is scheduled for late 2012. The park will be closed during construction.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be closed on April 8 for Easter. Parks remain open.


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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