Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
September 21, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Events
Fall Festival
Rain Barrel Workshop
VB Sustainable Living Expo
Candidates Forum
Bike Tour
Part-Time Employment

Volunteer Opportunities



We are going to need 100     volunteers for the Fall Festival on October 13th.  Watch for a special request going out the beginning of next week or contact Kris,  Thank you in advance for your help!



We are looking for a few special individuals to assist in our office in the mornings, 9-Noon.  We need people with office and telephone experience and comfort handling standard office tasks on the computer.  If you can commit to do one morning per week, that will be excellent and much appreciated.  For more information or to apply, contact Karen, or 757-962-5398.



We need a talented individual interested in helping us make a good 30-second video promoting Lynnhaven River NOW's work.

If you can help with this project, contact Karen, or 757-962-5398




Spartina and Periwinkle, Robert Brown
Photo by Robert Brown


Community Events


6th Annual Shellfish Company Fall Fest, Sat, Oct. 20, 1-4 PM

Live entertainment, door prizes, roasted oysters, Carolina BBQ, steamed shrimp, beer and more.

Tickets are $25 in advance.  Tickets are available at Bubba's, Shellfish Company and The Back Deck

Proceeds donated to Lynnhaven River NOW.


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. 


Say Yes to Light Rail yard signs are available in our office.  Stop by and get yours.  We also have

Light Rail clings for your office or car window.


Light Rail Rally  Saturday, Sept 22, Noon to 2 PM at Salty C's, 3657 Shore Drive.


2nd Annual Central Business District Oyster Roast

November 3, Noon - 4 PM

Cityview on Bonney Road

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 757-490-7810  $35/person, children under 12 are free.


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Grand Opening Celebration

 of Pleasure House Point

and LRNow Fall Festival


Saturday, October 13, 11 AM-4 PM


Celebrate the beautiful Pleasure House Point

Kayak Tours of Pleasure House Creek

Guided Nature Walks

Fun and educational booths

Native Plant Sale

Eco-friendly Craft Vendors

Farmers' Market and Seafood Market

Delicious Food

Live Music

Passport Activity and much more for Children


We hope to see you all there!


City of Virginia Beach Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, October 12 at 11 AM


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!

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. 
Sunset at PHP      
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd.