Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
January 22, 2010
Virginia Aquarium

Turn your old TV's into aquariums?  Not really, but the VirginiaAquarium & MarineScienceCenter will host an e-cycling event from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, January 23.  The event, conducted in partnership with TFC Recycling will be held in the aquarium's east parking lot.  Items that can be recycled at the event include personal computers and laptops; telephones, cell phones and PDAs; printer; circuit boards and components; monitors and flat screens; fax machines; televisions smaller than 32 inches; and stereo equipment and game systems.


See the Movie "Fresh"

Benefits Buy Fresh  Buy Local Hampton Roads


"Fresh", a movie that celebrates local food and the people who produce it, will be shown in Norfolk and Virginia Beach to benefit the Hampton Roads chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local.


"Fresh" will be screened at 6:45 PM, Tuesday, February 2, at the Virginia Beach Central Library Auditorium, 4200 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.


Guest speakers and a question and answer session will follow the movie.


Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  For more information, go to
or email

How Can You Help?
2010 Resolutions

Take Responsibility for What Goes in Your Storm Drain-Reduce runoff from your property; most pollutants enter the river through our storm water.


Scoop the Poop and Don't Feed Wildlife


Practice Water-Friendly Lawn Care---Information is available on our website, in our office or at the Home & Flower Show.


Practice Clean Boating---Use marine approved cleaning products, fill your fuel tank to only, always pump out.


Raise Oysters for Reef Restoration---Watch for information on our workshops this summer.


Create a Buffer or a Rain Garden on Your Property-----Information is available on our website, in our office or at the Home & Flower Show.


Talk to your Neighbors and Your Legislators---Let people know that you care about clean water.


Come to a Meeting, Join a LRNow Committee and Get Involved---Information on all of our Committees is available on our website.


Become a Member and Support this Work with a Contribution---visit our website at or call our office at 757-962-5398.

2010 Calendar
A Few Are Still Available
2010 Calendar Cover 
In our office and at London Bridge Nursery on S. Great Neck Road
Mid-Atlantic Home & Flower Show
February 5th - 7th, Virginia Beach Convention Center
Home and Flower Show

The Home and Flower Show is coming soon and LRNow will be there with information about Rain Gardens for your landscape.   Lots of volunteers are needed to cover all the hours of the Show.  All volunteers will receive training and an LRNow staff person will on every shift.  Please look at your calendar and see when you may be able to help out.  As an added benefit, all volunteers receive free admission to the entire Home and Flower Show at the VB Convention Center.


The Home and Flower Show volunteer times are:

Thursday, February 4th, Set-up - 1:00-7:00 pm


Friday or Saturday, February 5th and 6th:

10 am - 12 pm

12 pm - 2 pm

2 pm - 4 pm

4 pm - 6 pm

6 pm - 9 pm


Sunday, February 7th

10 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 pm - 3 pm

3 pm - 5 pm


5 pm -- ? for Break-down


To volunteer, contact Helen Kuhns at or 757-962-5398.  Thank you in advance for helping out with this important outreach for LynnhavenRiverNOW.

Have You Changed Your Landscaping?
Please Tell Us About It
Landscaping Photo
 Have you installed a buffer garden, reduced your turf area by increasing the area of planted beds, installed a rain garden, reduced or eliminated fertilizer, installed rain barrels, added native plants to your landscape?  All of these landscape improvements reduce the run off from your property and reduce the pollutants entering the river from your yard.  In our spring newsletter, we would like to highlight examples of landscaping changes that our members have made.  If you have made any of these improvements on your property, please contact us so we can include you in our newsletter.  Please contact Karen Forget at or 757-962-5398.  Thank you for all you have done to help restore the LynnhavenRiver.

Handsome FoursomeWinter Wildlife Festival

Saturday, January 30th

Registration for the Excursions & Workshops closes January 23rd


Excursions & Workshops - 7:30 AM -7:30 PM

Exhibit Hall - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


800 Monmouth Lane, Virginia Beach


Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether its following fascinating bird activity, spectacular whale sightings or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife, while embracing the eco-friendly concept of "leave no trace".  Register for interactive educational sessions as well as engaging excursions!


Opportunities available include a rain barrel workshop led by LRNow and Mike's Rain Barrels. 


Free and open to the public; some excursions require a fee.  Registration required to attend workshops and excursions.


For more information: or 757-385-4461


Full list of sessions and registration form at

Have Dinner and Make a Donation
Thursday, Feb 11, 5:00-8:00 pm
Get a taste of your own generosity.  Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser party.  Thursday, February 11th, 5:00-8:00 pm, at the new Chipotle at 2701 N. Mall Drive by Lynnhaven Mall.  100% of your $5.00 donation will benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation as well as getting you a burrito, chips & salsa, and soda.


Blue Planet Forum
Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM, Nauticus

The next Blue Planet Forum will address "What Will it Take to Save the Bay?" on Tuesday, February 9th, at 7:00 pm at Nauticus.  Panel members include J. Charles Fox, Senior Advisor to the Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and William C. Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Dennis Treacy, Vice President, Environmental and Corporate Affairs of Smithfield Foods.  The Forum will be moderated by Cathy Lewis, Public Broadcasting Host of "Hear Say with Cathy Lewis" and "What Matters".  Nauticus is at One Waterside Drive in Norfolk.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP online at or via email at or by calling the CBF office at 757-622-1964.  The Blue Planet Forum is co-sponsored by NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, ODU, and Nauticus.