See the Stars at the Mount Trashmore Star Party!
Friday, March 22 | Dark - 11 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
Take your stargazing to Mount Trashmore Park on Friday, March 22 for our annual Star Party
! Come and observe night sky wonders through a variety of telescopes. Learn to identify constellations in the sky as they are pointed out by planetarium coordinator Chuck Dibbs and the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers. Offered in collaboration with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Planetarium and local astronomy clubs, the event begins when the sky gets dark and goes until 11 pm.
A tent to experience ViewSpace will also be set up. ViewSpace is an exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about ViewSpace.
Anyone wishing to set up a telescope can also do so. The goal is to share the beauty of the night sky with anyone wishing to learn about it. Event is dependent on clear skies. Also, meet the Tidewater Alliance Star Wars Club - from a galaxy, far, far away, this fanforce will be at the event in full costume!
Celebrate Japanese Culture at Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 6 | 12:30 - 4:40 pm | Red Wing Park
Help us celebrate Virginia Beach's international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 9th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 6 at Red Wing Park.
Enjoy the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities by A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, an origami display and fold-along with Rich Gray, and various demonstrations. This is a family event that allows everyone to come together and embrace the nature that surrounds us. Featured performances include a drum routine by SOKA Taiko Group.
Food and beverage are available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. Parking and admission is free. Rain date: Sunday, April 7.
Three Benefits of Installing a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is exactly what it sounds like: a barrel that collects the rain water that drains off of your roof. It usually holds 50-80 gallons of water and has a connection for a hose or spigot. The water that is collected can be used to water your lawn and garden, wash your windows, or wash your car. It only takes about ½ an inch of rain to fill a 50-gallon rain barrel.
So, what are the benefits of collecting rain water instead of using tap water from the hose?
1. Saves money | A rain barrel saves you money on your water bill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that "garden and lawn irrigation accounts for 40 percent of residential water use during the summer." By using a rain barrel, you could cut down on your water usage by up to 40 percent! During the growing season alone, you can save about 1,300 gallons of water.
2. Helps the environment | Storing rain water reduces the amount of water that runs into sewer treatment facilities. It also reduces the amount of contaminated rain water that flows into our lakes, rivers, and ocean. When rain water flows into our water sources, it picks up fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants that can create more algae and bacteria for everything living in the water.
3. Keeps plants and soil healthy | Rain water does not have the chlorine, lime, or calcium that tap water has. This keeps your plants healthy. Tap water can cause a buildup that will eventually harm the roots of your plants. But, the rain water cleans soil of salt build up and promotes healthy roots and growth.
Thinking of purchasing a rain barrel?
As part of our Earth Day Celebration
, 50-gallon rain barrels are available for purchase online
with free pick-up at the event on Saturday, April 20 at Mount Trashmore Park. Limited quantities will also be available for sale on-site.
Expanded Recycling Zone at Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 20 | Recycling Zone: 9 am - 4 pm; Event: 11 am - 4 pm | Mount Trashmore Park
This year's AAA Recycling Zone at our Earth Day Celebration is bigger and better than ever! Clear out the closets and the garage and dispose of those unwanted items properly. All recycling will take place in Parking Lot 1 at Mount Trashmore Park, located near the YMCA. **Please enter from South Boulevard.**
Electronics Recycling by Synergy Recycling
Car Battery Round UpGet a $5 gift card (while supplies last) for every vehicle battery you bring in *limit 5*
Car, motorcycle, lawnmower and tractor batteries are eligible.
Child Safety Seat RecyclingHave a used child safety seat that no longer meets industry safety standards? Bring it to the AAA Recycling Zone, and we'll see to it that all the plastic parts are properly broken down and recycled.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Don't put that leftover paint or household cleaner in the trash! We'll properly dispose of these items for you. View a list of accepted items
Did you know we can recycle the metal from your old power tools or unwanted vacuum cleaner? View a list of accepted items
Rain barrel and composter sales and pick-up will also take place in the AAA Recycling Zone. The Recycling Zone will be available from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 20. The remainder of the Earth Day Celebration
takes place at Mount Trashmore Park from 11 am to 4 pm. Save the date and help us spread the word! Rain date: Sunday, April 21.