Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  November 20, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
In This Issue
Office Furniture Needed
Community Events
Beautiful Swimmers
Winter Wildlife Festival
Free Trees
What to look for this month
Office Furniture
Donations Sought     
LRNow has recently expanded our office and needs a few additional pieces of office furniture.  If you are moving your office or redecorating, think about donating the following items to LRNow:

Office desk

File cabinet (2 or 4 drawer)

Conference table

Book Cases


Thank you!

Community Events


11th Annual Fair Trade Festival

Saturday, December 1

The 11th Annual Fair Trade Festival is going to be held on Dec. 1st at Seatack Elementary School (912 S. Birdneck Rd) from 10 AM - 6 PM.  The Seatack Elementary Go Green Club will be sponsoring this event.  The Fair Trade Festival offers guilt free shopping as every product must be made under fair wage and fair labor standards.  Even local crafters and artists must use fair trade or recycled/upcycled pieces and parts when making their products.  Fair Trade coffice, chocolate, crafts, jewelry, accessories, textiles and more will be available at this event.  For more information or to apply to be a vendor or sponsor, see

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Happy Thanksgiving  
to our LRNow  
Members and Supporters

We are pleased to announce that the river closure following Hurricane Sandy was lifted on Monday, November 19th, so you should be able to get Lynnhaven oysters for your Thanksgiving dinner---another thing to be thankful for.
Beautiful Swimmers
Discussion to be held on January 29th
Beautiful Swimmers There are numerous books about our region and our marine environment that have inspired us for many years and continue to inspire us today.  The Chesapeake Bay classic, Beautiful Swimmers, is one of those books.
LRNow is offering a new program, quarterly book discussions and our first book is William Warner's 1976 classic, Beautiful Swimmers.  Warner demonstrates his skills as a naturalist, a writer and an observer of both the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and the culture that developed around their harvest.  
Join us for refreshments and lively discussion on January 29th at the Westminster Canterbury Penthouse Lounge, 6:30-8:00.  This is the first in our book discussion series.  Future discussions will be held in March, June and September and those book selections will be announced soon. 

Winter Wildlife Festival
Saturday, January 26
Green Water This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it's following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  Presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation in partnership with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the 2013 Winter Wildlife Festival will teach you what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.  

Here is a sample of some of the offerings:  Owl Prowl, Mackay Island Excursion, Urban Birding Tour, Intermediate Nature Photography and much, much more.

Registration runs from November 15 through January 18.  Space is limited for the excursions and workshops, so register early to secure your spot!  There is no cost to attend the festival, but some sessions and excursions do have a fee.  You can register online, in person at any recreation center, or by using the mail in registration form.  Download a registration form at
Free Virginia Pine Trees
Contact us if you are interested
Virginia Pine We have Virginia Pine trees free to good homes.  These two foot tall trees were grown by Bob Carroll's Plaza Middle School students and are ready to find their forever homes.  Virginia Pines have been used as Christmas trees so you can share your holidays with your new tree before planting it. Contact Helen at or call 757-962-5398 to reserve your tree today.  The trees will be ready for pick up at the LRNow office by mid-December.
In November, water fowl are arriving for the winter.