Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
September 12, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
In This Issue
Pearl Homes
New Pearl Home Challenge
Community Events
Citizens' Wetlands Workshop
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Rain Barrel Workshop
VB Sustainable Living Expo
PHP Open House
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Pearl Homes Count 
The number of Pearl Homes keeps growing.  We are currently at 664 and hope you will help us get to 1000. 
Do 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!
 Pearl Home Flag
New Pearl Home Challenge
Be the First
Be the First Garden Club in Virginia Beach to get all of your members enrolled in the Pearl Homes program.  Our education staff would be happy to come to one of your meetings and explain the program and sign people up. 
The Garden Clubs have been such good Pearl Home partners.  We would love to see a club have 100% participation. 


Fall on the River      


Community Events


Fall Gardening Festival, 'Turn Over a New Leaf', Saturday, 9/15, 10 AM-3 PM

A lot to do, a lot to see and just a lot of fun.  Learn new things and get your questions answered. 

Hampton Roads Agricultural and Research Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Road.d


BFBL Farm to Fork, Sunday, 9/16, A Local Celebration of Family, Food and Farms

Limited tickets available, $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  For tickets and information: .  At the HR Agricultural and Research Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Road


CBF Clean Water Breakfast

Friday, September 14, 7:15-8:45 AM, Towne Hall at Towne Bank,

137 Mt. Pleasant Road, Chesapeake

RSVP by emailing or calling 757-622-1964


Annual Float Building Workshop

Sept 22, 10 AM - 2 PM

TOGA will be holding its annual Oyster Float Building Workshop at the Aquaculture Center, VIMS, at Gloucester Point.  No experience necessary!  Get hands-on experience building different types of oyster floats with Master Oyster Gardener supervision.  Register by September 14th at  Questions may be directed to Charles Yarbrough at or 757-814-3186 or Barbara Shelton at or 804-385-6830.


Light Rail Now

We will be voting on a referrendum this fall that will allow our City Council to continue to explore extension of the light rail line across Virginia Beach.  Speakers from Light Rail Now are available to talk to your ciivic organization, church or other group.  To schedule a speaker, call 757-377-1850. 


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Citizens' Wetlands Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 9 AM - 3 PM

Location: Westminister Canterbury on the Chesapeake

Penthouse Lounge (Top Floor), 3100 Shore Drive

Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch and all supplies


Do you want to know more about your Lynnhaven River shoreline and better understand shoreline best management practices?  Pleasure House Point

Come to this workshop and learn more about the functions and value of wetlands as well as the regulations that protect our wetlands from development.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in our Lynnhaven River shorelines.  The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.


Afternnon field activities will be at the new Pleasure House Point Natural Area.  Some walking will be involved.


Pre-registration is required.  To register, contact LRNow at or call 757-962-5398,  Space is limited.


Mark your calendars now for the 
Grand Opening of Pleasure House Point Natural Area and LRNow's Fall Festival 
Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13
Ribbon Cutting on Friday
Fall Festival and Community Celebration on Saturday

Rain Barrel Workshop
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-7:30

Pembroke Meadows Elementary Cafeteria 

Rain Barrel820 Cathedral Drive

A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater run-off 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.
Cost: $60
To register, contact Kris at or call 757-962-5398.  Registration and payment required by September 26th.  Limited to 15 participants.
Offered in partnership with Mike's Rain Barrels, 
Virginia Beach's First Sustainable
Living  Expo
Volunteers Needed
Virginia Beach will be hosting the first Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on September 28th and 29th.  Come and learn more about sustainable practices throughout Hampton Roads and things that you can make apart of your business or home.  A partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools is planning and hosting the Expo.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.sustainable living expo    


There is still booth space available for both non-profits and commercial businesses that support sustainable practices. 

To register for Friday's luncheon or for a booth, go to


Volunteers are needed in a  variety of capacities to help make the event run smoothly.  You may be able to help out on Friday, September 28th, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. or Saturday, September 29th, 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Expo, please click here and register on the City's website. 

See you there!

CBF Pleasure House Point Environmental Education Center Open House
Tuesday, September 18, 6 - 7:30 PM

Bayside Recreation Center, 4500 First Court Road, Rooms 1 & 2 


Pleasure House PointThrough the work of the City of Virginia Beach, The Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and many Virginia Beach citizens the Pleasure House Point property has been acquired by the city.  The majority of the property will be the Pleasure House Point Natural Area. 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation plans to acquire ten acres on the northeast end of the property and construct an Environmental Education Center.  Come to the Open House next Tuesday evening to learn more about CBF's plans. 
For more information, please contact Christy Everett, CBF's Hampton Roads Director at or 757-622-1964. 

Candidates' Forum
Mayoral and City Council Elections

Be an informed voter this fall.  In November, we will be electing a Mayor, four City Council Members and voting on a referendum to continue to explore the idea of extending light rail into Virginia Beach. 

Find out where the candidates stand on issues related to the environment and light rail. 


Wednesday, October 17th, 7-9 PM

Cape Henry Collegiate School, Dreyfus Auditorium

Doors open at 6:30


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Co-Sponsored by:

Lynnhaven River NOW

Virginia Beach Council of Garden Clubs

Princess Anne Garden Club

Virginia Beach Garden Club

Back Bay Restoration Foundation

Shore Drive Community Coalition


Pre-registration is not required.  For more information go to or contact or call 757-962-5398


Fall on the Lynnhaven Bike Tour

Saturday, October 27th, 9:45 AM -1:00 PM

Come enjoy the cool breeze off of the Lynnhaven River as we explore by bicycle Chicks Beach, Church Point and Pleasure House Point.  The total length of the ride will be approximately 9 miles and our pace will be casual for all levels of riders, including families.

History Day Bike Tour

Our beginning and ending point is Bayville Park at the corner of Shore Drive and First Court Roads.  Deni Norred and Karen Forget will be highlighting

historical aspects and conservation efforts along the ride.

We will enjoy a box lunch and drinks at Lockhaven Park and will have an opportunity for a short walk at the Pleasure House Point Natural Area.   


Cost of the tour is $15 and includes your lunch and drinks.  To register or for more information, please contact or call us at 757-962-5398.   


This event is offered in partnership with the Tidewater Bicycle Association. 

Part-Time Employment
Save Oyster Shell Assistant
We are looking for a part-time employee to assist with the Save Oyster SOyster Basketshell program during the fall and winter months.  Shells are collected from restaurants and special events and are reused for oyster reef construction in the Lynnhaven River. 
 We need someone who can lift 40 pounds, is a safe driver with trailer experience and has a vehicle with a trailer hitch.
Hours will be occasional.
For more information, please email or call 757-962-5398. 
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