Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 23, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
10th Anniversary Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 21st 
Mark your calendar now for LRNow's 10th Anniversary Oyster Roast on Saturday afternoon, April 21st.  Enjoy blue grass music by More Perfect Jones, Chesapeake Ray, Lynnhaven oysters, barbeque and all the fixings, and the company
of other River supporters in a beautiful setting on the Lynnhaven River.              
Tickets are $50 per person ($60 at the door) and are on sale now in our office (757-962-5398) or on our website,

Spring is here on the Lynnhaven. 

The shad bush blooms around the end of March.  Tradition says the bush was so named because it blooms when the shad fish begin to run upriver to spawn. 


 Photo by Mary Reid Barrow

Community Events


The Ethical and Social Aspects of Climate Change

March 29, 7:30 PM

ODU, Chandler Recital Hall

Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Building


Justin Biddle, Dept of Philosophy, Georgia Institute of Technology

Joyce Hoffman, Dept of English, ODU

Burton St. John, Dept of Communications, ODU


Joseph F. Bouchard, Board of Directors, VA Conservation Network.


Hampton Roads Green Building Expo

April 18, 9AM-5PM

Virginia Beach Convention Center

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Donna Wilgus at





Virginia Aqarium, Sensible Seafood Fest,

May 24, 6-9 PM

Enjoy a fun and flavorful adults-only feast with friends and foodies at the Virginia Aquarium.  Sample foods from Sensible Seafood Restaurant partners and learn about regional efforts focused on restoration, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.

Buy tickets online at or call 757-385-0300







The Art of Saving a Riveroyster necklace

Art Auction at the Oyster Roast 

We are looking for river-themed art work -- especially jewelry, crafts or sculpture -- for the silent auction at our Oyster Roast in April. 

If you are an artist, consider donating a piece for the auction.  It will be tax deductible and a wonderful way for you to support the work of Lynnhaven River NOW.  All proceeds from the Art Auction will support the education and outreach programs of LRNow.  For more information or to discuss your donation, contact Kris at or 757-962-5398.   
Rain Barrel Workshop
May 10th, 6-8 P.M. 
Rain BarrelMalibu Elementary School Cafeteria, 3632 Edinburgh
Cost - $60  (includes all supplies and equipment)
A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.  In this workshop, you will be constructing a rain barrel that you can take home with you. 
Offered in conjunction with Mike's Rain Barrels.
To register, contact or 757-962-5398.
For more information on rain barrels see

New LRNow Bike Tour

Saturday, May 19th, 9 AM-2PM

Dust off your bicycle and pump up your tires and get ready for our next LRNow bicycle tour on Saturday, May 19th.  We will leave from the new First Landing Visitors Center, use the great new bike lane on Shore Drive and return to the

History Day Bike Tour

 Visitor's Center on the bike trail through First Landing State Park from the 64th Street entrance.  There will be many opportunities to enjoy the flora and fauna of our watershed and views of the river.  A box lunch and drinks will be provided and we will have a short talk on oyster restoration in the Lynnhaven during our lunch break.  The total length of the trip will be approximately 14 miles and our pace will be casual for all levels of riders, including families.  Cost of the tour is $15 and covers your lunch and drinks.  To register for the bike tour, please contact our office, or 757-962-5398.


River Cleanups
A big thank you to everyone who came out to the cleanup on March 17th.  We had close to 40 people out for a great St. Patrick's Day Cleanup!

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Mark your calendars now for the next river cleanup on Saturday, April 28th.  We will be part of the Great American Cleanup that day at locations throughout Virginia Beach!

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Pearl Homes

Get Your Flag Today 

The number of Pearl homes keeps growing.  Since we launched the program in November, we have enrolled 390 Pearl Homes.

Pearl Home FlagDo you "scoop the poop" and use reusable grocery bags?  Have you reduced your lawn and planted natives?  Are you an oyster gardener?  Or have you installed a rain barrel?  You may already qualify to be a Pearl Home.  
Be the first person on your block to fly a Pearl Home flag.  You can pick up an application at our office or check it out on our website,  Thank you to everyone who is already proudly flying the Pearl Home flag!
We will be putting out information soon about a special workshop in June for our Pearl Homes.

Pearl School Application Countdown

 43 Days Left 

Teachers, there are 43 days until your Pearl School applications are due.  Applications are due May 9th by 5 P.M. Visit our website to get a copy of this year's application and project scoring.   Contact Helen Kuhns at or 757-962-5398 if you have questions.


Look for LRNow at the Earth Day Celebration at Mt. Trashmore Park on Sunday, April 22nd