Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
December 8, 2010

2011 Calendars

Calendars are Here!
    Our beautiful 2011 Lynnhaven River Calendars are here and it is our best calendar yet!  You can get yours today by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or emailing us at  
   At $15 each or $12 each when you order 10 or more, they make great gifts for friends, co-workers, neighbors, teachers and friends or family members who have moved from our area.  This year's calendar features beautiful photos of the Lynnhaven River and quotes by local authors from our soon to be released book, The Lynnhaven

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Teacher Training for Early Childhood Educators
February 17, 2011, 4-8 pm 

This exciting new workshop will provide Early Childhood educators training with Project Learning Tree's new curriculum guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.  Participants will receive the curriculum guide and a CD, along with hands on experiences and sensory learning opportunities to take back into the classroom.  This curriculum guide has been developed for children ages 3 to 6. 


The workshop will be held at Virginia Beach's Agriculture Building.  Building 14 in the Municipal Center.  There is no fee, but spaces are limited.  Dinner will be provided.


To register, contact Kathleen Hickman, 757-385-8589 or

Community Events


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will offer a VOICES Course (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards) on Wednesday evenings, Jan 19-Mar 9, at Virginia Wesleyan College.  The course fee is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.  For more information or to register, contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or

Renew or Become a New Member Today

    The end of the year is a great time to renew your membership, make a donation or become a new members. 

   All donations and memberships are tax deductible and go to work for you right here in Virginia Beach restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River. 
   To make an online donation go to our website,, click on the button "Donate Now" or "Become a Member" or contact our office for a membership packet, 757-962-5398 or      Thank you for being a member of the Lynnhaven River NOW Team!

Pleasure House Point Fundraiser
Volunteers Needed 
    Marina Shores is hosting a Millioin Dollar Rockfish Tournament and will donate all fo the proceeds from the beer sales to the Pleasure House Point Fundraising effort.  All we have to do is provide some volunteers to help serve beer.  cookoffAll volunteers will be able to participate in the excitement of the tournament and both the Amateur and the Professional Rockfish Cookoffs!
   Volunteers are needed for the following days and times:
Sunday, Dec. 26, 2-7 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 28, 3-7 pm;
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 11am-5 pm; and Thursday, Dec. 30, 10 am -3 pm and 5:30-11:00.
   Can you spare a few hours to help raise money for Pleasure House Point?  Please call, 757-962-5398, or email and let us know when you can help.
   Thank you for your generous support!

Holiday Shopping
Remember LRNow

      ThinkLRNow HAT about Lynnhaven River NOW when you are doing your holiday shopping.  We have many items that will simplify your shopping, make your family and friends happy and support Lynnhaven River NOW. 

     Our rain barrels and composters were very popular at the Fall Plant Sale and make nice gifts for your conservation minded friends and family members.  Rain Barrels ($75) and composters ($125).  One week is needed from the time your order is placed for delivery to our office.

    In addition, LRNow has stainless steel water bottles, hats, oyster knives, fleece vests and long and short sleeved tees that will make great gifts.  We have our classic long sleeved blue tee in all sizes for men and ladies as well as the popular "Oyster Hugger" and "There's a Shucker Born Every Minute" short sleeved tees in men's and ladies' sizes.  A few yellow and navy rain jackets are available in the office and additional sizes can be ordered for Christmas delivery.

    Every stocking should have one of our new LRNow rain guages available for $3 from our office.

    And don't forget our beautiful 2011 calendars.  They make wonderful gifts for your friends, neighbors, teachers and friends and family members who have moved from the area.

Winter Wildlife Festival
January 28-30 
    Would you like to know more about the Snow Geese who visit us in the
winter plants
winter? Maybe you are more interested in Whale Watching or owls in First Landing State Park.  There is something for everyone at the Winter Wildlife Festival.  It will be an action packed weekend with something to interest all wildfile lovers.
    For more information on the wide variety of programs and how to register, visit the City's website at or call 757-385-4461.

Rain Barrel Workshop
January 29th 
Rain Barrel   Make your own rain barrel and help reduce stormwater run off.  Excess nutrient run off is a serious water quality problem.  It leads to algae which clouds the water and eventually leads to decreased levels of oxygen and possible toxins from algal blooms.  A rain barrel is one way to reduce the amount of run off entering the river though our storm water system.  Rain barrels also provide homeowners with free non-chlorinated water to provide healthy irrigation to house plants and gardens. 
  You will leave this workshop with a completed rain barrel and simple installation instructions.
     Cost is $65
     Saturday, January 29, 10 am-12 pm
     To register go to  This workshop is being offered as part
          of the Winter Wildlife Festival.
      If you have questions, please call our office, 757-962-5398 or email Helen at

Oyster Shell Collection
New Public Drop Off Location
    Saving our oyster and clam shells to be used for reef restoration is a great way that you can help to rebuild the oyster population in the Lynnhaven River.  SOS Poster
    Two locations are available for you to drop off your shells:
     The east parking lot of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center on General Booth Boulevard and now, in the Bayside area, the public drop off will be in front of the Lynnhaven River NOW office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.
    In addition, I hope you will thank the following restaurants for their participation in our shell collection program:
     CP Shuckers on Pacific Avenue
     CP Shuckers on Shore Drive
     Dockside Restaurant
     Harpoon Larry's
     Lucky Oyster
     Seaside Raw Bar
     Steinhilber's Restaurant
  We will also make arrangements to collect the shells from private events and fundraisers.  Please call us in advance and we can provide baskets for the shells and pick them up after your event.