Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
September 14, 2011
Menhaden Need Your Help
The Most Important Fish in the Sea 
Speak up to save an important fishery.  Attend one of these two public meetings to advocate for the most important fish in the sea. 
October 17, 6 PM
ASMFC Public Hearing on Atlantic Menhaden, VA Marine Resources Commission, Northumberland High School Auditorium, Heathsville, VA
October 18, 6:30 PM
Potomac River Fisheries Commission, John T. Parran Hearing Room, Colonial Beach, VA
Write a letter to the ASMFC to restrict menhaden catch so the fishery can recover. 
Toni Kerns
Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission
1050 N. Highland Street
Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201 (subject line: Menhaden Draft Amendment V)
Fax: 703-842-0741

Mendhaden play a critical role in the ecosystem of the Atlantic Coastal Waters.  They are a key link in the food chain, feeding on plankton by filtering it from the water. Many valued fish, marine mammals and birds feed on the menhaden.  The menhaden population is at the lowest level on record and must be protected.

For more information or to be a menhaden advocate, contact the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, or

Thank you for your help! 

The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend 

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 Copies Available At:

LRNow Office, 1608 Pleasure House Road

Wild River Outfitters

Old Coast Guard Station Gift Shop

Runnymede Corporation

Lynnhaven Marine

Contemporary Art Center Gift Shop

Books in the Park, Town Point Park in Norfolk, Sept. 17

State Legislators' Forum, October 5

Art Show Opening, October 6

Fall Festival, November 5


Scoop the Poop Stickers for your Black Trash Can 

Available in our Office


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Community Events

Future Management of River Herring, Shad and Menhaden

Thursday, Sept. 15  

Join us for an evening of food, drinks, film and a lively discussion about future management of river herring, shad, menhaden and overfishing in Virginia.  Thursday, September 15th, 6-9 PM, Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Boulevard.  RSVP is required, .


E-Cyling at Cape Henry Collegiate School

September 17, 8 - Noon

1320 Mill Dam Road, VB


Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels

September 24, 11:00 AM

Join the bike ride, Rollying Rally for Clean Energy.  Meet at the north end of the Ocenfront Boardwalk, 40th Street, at 11:00 and ride to the Fishing Pier, 17th Street.  Sponsored by 

For more information:


E-Cycling at the VA Aquarium

Saturday, October 1, 9 - 2

Volunteers are needed to help with this event for 2 or 3 hour shifts from 8 AM to 3 PM.  Contact Karen Burns at if you are interested.   And plan to bring your electronic recycling to the Aquarium on October 1.



Exciting Fall LRNow Events

Mark Your Calendars Today 

River Cleanup this Saturday
West Neck Creek at the Dozier Bridge

September 17, 9 AM to Noon

kayakersGet muddy and have a good time Saturday morning helping clean up West Neck Creek.  Meet at the Dozier Bridge on Princess Anne Road a little before 9 AM.  Dress comfortably, wear shoes that can get wet and muddy, and bring insect repellent and water.  We will be joining with our sister organization to the south, Back Bay Restoration Foundation, on this cleanup.  There will be extra room in a boat if you do not have your own canoe or kayak.  Please RSVP with Whit Peace at or 757-613-2828 


Last Chance to Start Oyster Gardening This Year 

 New Gardener Seminar, September 20, 6:00-7:30 

 Tuesday, September 20th, 6:00-7:30, at the Great Neck Rescue Squad Building

Pre-registration is required and a donation to CBF of $30 is suggested to offset the program costs.  For more informaiton or to register contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or .  To preorder a Taylor Float for your new oysters, call the LRNow office at 962-5398 or email Kris, .
The Oyster Gardening program is co-sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Lynnhaven River NOW.
Taylor Float

State Legislators Forum

Wednesday, October 5, 7-9 PM

On Wednesday, October 5th, we will be hosting our 3rd annual Candidates' Forum. This year, our co-sponsors are the Virginia Beach Council of Garden Clubs, the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club and Cape Henry Collegiate School. The Forum will help us be prepared for the election of our State Delegates and Senators in November. Plan to come and find out where our representatives stand on the important environmental questions that will be coming in this year's legislative session.

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Lynnhaven River Art Show
Opening Reception, Thursday, October 6

Towne Bank Pavilion II, 600 22nd Street

Do you love the beautiful paintings and photographs in The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend? If you do, you will not want to miss our Lynnhaven River Art Show. In addition to the beautiful artwork from the book, there will be many new paintings, photographs and sculpture. It is being hosted by Runnymede Corporation in the Towne Pavilion Center II, 600 22nd Street. The opening reception for the Art Show is Thursday, October 6th, 5-7 PM. Copies of the book will be for sale and many of the artists and authors will be available to autograph your book. Get a jump on holiday shopping with this wonderful gift. The Art Show will be available for viewing October 6 through the end of December, 20ll.


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Sunset Six Benefit Race
Saturday, October 22, 6 PM 
 RunnerAny runners out there?   Enjoy a 6K race and benefit Lynnhaven River NOW. The 2nd Annual Sunset 6 Race in Kings Grant is being planned for October 22nd.  The "Sunset Six" is Hampton Roads only 6K night run.  Beginning and ending at the Little Neck Swim & Racquet Club, this competitive race, managed by the Tidewater Striders, is being held to raise money for LRNow.  The 6K course takes runners through the Middle Plantation neighborhood.  The registration fee of $25 includes entry to the race, an event tee shirt, the chance to win door prizes, two free beers at the Race Social after and the satisfaction that you are benefitting LRNow. 

To register online:  or contact our office for a paper entry form, 757-962-5398, or

LRNow Fall Festival

Saturday, November 5, 11 AM - 5 PM

Rounding out the fall is the biggest event of all, our first Fall Festival on November 5th, 11 AM - 5 PM. This family friendly event is free and open to the public and promises to be a fun filled day. There will be a Native Plant Sale and much, much more. Enjoy good local food, lots of activities for children and families and information on LRNow's programs and how you can get involved. We will be building rain barrels, learning about rain gardens and oyster gardening, auctioning beautifully painted rain barrels, autographing copies of our book and learning to shuck an oyster and Scoop the Poop. It will be an activity-packed day that you do not want to miss. That's November 5th at Virginia Beach Middle School, 600 25th Street.   
Long Creek in the Fall
Photo by Pam Ponce

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