Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  March 7, 2013 
Coming LRNow Events
March 11 -- Last day to submit artwork for the newest Art of Saving a River tee shirt
March 14 & 15
D-Day Invasive Cleanup at Adam Thoroughgood House

 March 16 -- River Cleanup

Francis Land House


March 21 -- WATERSHEDS FORUM, 9-2:30


 March 26 -- Second Book Discussion, Omnivore's Dilemma





Check out our First LRNow Story Corps Video


To me, the Lynnhaven River is...

Mark Your Calendar Now for the 11th Annual LRNow Oyster Roast on April 20th. Tickets will be available soon.

Community Events


Trash Bash

March 9 & 10

March 9th & 10th | 11AM-2PM | Free with Admission

Learn about Aquarium programs that help reduce litter and keep our environment green! View recycled art made completely of trash. Local and national organizations will provide displays and hands-on activities for guest including stations for recycled craft ideas and environmental games. Guests can even test their knowledge about effects of trash in the environment at the Marine Debris Curiosity Cart. Throughout the day, Aquarium educators will have "critter close-ups" and you can learn why a healthy environment is crucial to their survival.


Great American Cleanup

March 23

The City of Virginia Beach will be participating in the Great American Cleanup on Sat. March 23rd from 9 AM until 12 PM.  Arrival time and sign-ins will begin at 8 AM and end at 8:30 AM when all participants will be briefed. 

The area designated for this cleanup is the wooded lot that stretches between 17th and 19th Streets on the east side of Birdneck Road.  Many helpers are needed.  Please wear gloves and all other supplies and equipment will be provided.


BFBL Volunteer Training Sessions

March 12, 6 PM

AREC on Diamond Springs Road

April 30, 6 PM

City Agriculture Building at the VB Municipal Center

These training sessions are for anyone interest in working with BFBL in Virginia Beach.  For more informaiton or to register, contact Rachel at


"Sea Turtles: A Story of Survival"

March 10, 2 PM

Virginia Aquarium

Sea turtles are among the most endearing and endangered marine animals in the sea.  Hear Dr Patrick M. Burchfiled tell the story of bringing the Kemps Ridley sea turtle back from the brink of extinction.  This program is free an open to the public.



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Call To Artists!
Last Day for Contest -- Monday, March 11

Oyster Roast Art Auction Tee Shirt Contest


Do you make jewelry using local shells? Pottery or glass with a nautical theme? Paint scenery of the Lynnhaven River?  Please consider donating your artwork to LRNow'sOyster Roast Art Auction!  


Donate a river-themed piece of artwork to our Art Auction by March 11th and it could be featured on a new LRNow t-shirt.


The artwork will be judged by our Auction Committee, and the winner will receive 2 free Oyster Roast tickets, the t-shirt featuring your piece, and a table at the Oyster Roast to display your art.

For contest details, visit  If you have quesitons, please contact or 757-962-5398. 
C Guthrie, Flying Heron   

Register Today

2013 Watersheds Forum
March 21, 9:00-2:30, Virginia Beach Convention Center 


Oyster Roast 3 The first Virginia Beach Watersheds Forum will be held on March 21, 2013 at the Vriginia Beach Convention Center.  Registration will begin at 8:15 AM and presentations begin at 9 AM.  The Forum is 9 AM-1 PM and includes a box lunch.
The Forum is being held jointly by Lynnhaven River NOW and the Back Bay Restoration Foundation and is sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. 
The 2013 Forum will have two panel presentations from regional experts on adapting to Sea Level Rise and how our natural resorces fit into Virginia Beach's long range planning.  Additionally, break-out sessions for the northern and southern watersheds will feature speakers from VIMS, LRNow, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 
Registration is $15 and includes light morning refreshments, a box lunch and all presentations.  Add-on workshops will be held at the close of the informational presentations from 1:00-2:30.  For an additional fee, participants can build their own rain barrel, learn about gardening with native plants and receive their own native plant, or build their own worm composting bin. 
Please register here using PayPal.  If you prefer to pay with a check, please contact Mary Tilton at or 757-619-6429. 
For more information, visit our website or contact Karen at or 757-962-5398.
We hope to see you all on March 21st for an interesting day!

 D-Day -- De-vining the Adam Thoroughgood House

Come out and Help -- Thursday & Friday, March 14 & 15, 9-11 AM


Adam Thoroughgood House Help us remove invasive vines that are taking over the native trees and shrubs behind the historic Adam Thoroughgood House.  Dress appropriately for the weather and bring gloves.  If you have pruming tools, bring those along too.
For more information, contact Joe Scalf at
Next River Cleanup -- March 16, 9-Noon
Come out and help --- families welcome!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lynnhaven Parkway/Potters Raod cleanup on Feb 16.  And thank you to Breeden Corp for the use of your parking lot as a staging area.    
Potters Road Cleanup


Francis Land House Cleanup -- The Cleaning of the Green
March 16, 9-Noon

Meet at the Francis Land House/Rose Hall, 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Join LRNow as we go back to this section of our waterfront behind the Francis Land House.  This is a land-based cleanup.  The cleanup crew will meet in the Francis Land House parking lot.  Wear boots for soggy areas and clothing appropriate for the weather including gloves.  LRNow will provide bags and all other cleanup equipment. 
Eco Trends and Eco Maniac Company would like to extend an invitation to the LRNow cleanup crew to come by for Rogue Elephant coffee, tea and treats at Eco Trends after the cleanup. Eco Trends is in the shopping center behind Worth The Wait Consignment, just west of Francis Land House.
For more information or to register, 757-962-5398 or


Omnivore's Dilemma Book Discussion 
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8:00 PM, Westminister-Canterbury


LRNow is offering new quarterly book discussions and our second book is Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma.  With the numerous food options surrounding us today, Pollan addresses the question, what should we really be eating for  dinner?

 Omnivores Dilemma

There is also a Young Readers Edition of Omnivore's Dilemma.  Read it together and bring your son or daughter to the discussion with you.


Join us for refreshments and lively discussion on March 26th at the Westminister Canterbury Penthouse Lounge, from 6:30-8:00.
Please pre-register by e-mailing or calling 757-962-5398.

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