Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
April 18, 2014   
LRNow Events:

April 19 -- Party for the Planet at the Norfolk Zoo

April 22 -- Happy Earth Day

April 26 -- 12th Annual Oyster Roast

May 3 -- Earth Day Celebration at Mt. Trashmore

May 4 -- Pearl Home Backyard Tour

May 15 --6-7 PM -- Spat Catcher Workshop

Free Rain Barrels for Faith Communities

Free Redbud Trees for good homes.   
Community Events:

Garden Tour -- 
Visual Landscapes on the Waterfront, Linkhorn Oaks and Alanton 
April 30, 10:00-5:30
The Virginia Beach Tour showcases some of Virginia Beach's most beautiful Lynnhaven River waterfront residences.   
Tickets are $35 per person.  For more information, go to

The Painted Garden -- 
a Biennial Art Show
April 30th, 4- PM
The Beach Gallery, 313 Laskin Road, is hosting a Lynnhaven River Art Show, April 12- May 19.  More than 30 artists will display their works in the show including the featured artist, Bobbi Gunn.  Join us for wine and cheese and beautiful river artwork 4-6 PM on April 30th.  
Energy Training for businesses, property managers, churches and others.  The City of Virginia Beach is launching a new energy training program.  Monthly sessions will be held at the Oberndorf Central Library. 
Attendees will be taught how to measure energy performance, water use, utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions.  Information will be available on how to improve performance and reduce energy consumption. To register, call 757-385-5663 or go to
Training Dates:
April 21, May 19, June 16.  All sessions are 3-5 PM
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet -- Prescription Drug Drop Off
You can help the Virginia Beach Police Department in their mission to reduce contaminants in the environment and reduce children's opportunity to gain access to unused or old prescriptions. "When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet?" Chances are you have some old prescription drugs lying around that you probably need to get rid of, but how? The Virginia Beach Police Department will be conducting a prescription drug drop off event on:
Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the following locations:
-First Precinct, 2509 Princess Anne Road (Headquarters) 757-385-4377
-Second Precinct, 820 Virginia Beach Blvd., (Oceanfront) 757-385-2700
-Third Precinct, 926 Independence Blvd., (Haygood) 757-385-2703
-Fourth Precinct, 840 Kempsville Road 757-385-2800
This event is open to any local Hampton Roads residents.

Spat Catcher
spat catchers
Save the date for our next Spat Catcher Workshop on May 15th.  More details will be available soon.
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12th Annual Oyster Roast 
Saturday, April 26th
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Buy your tickets today by calling our office at 757-962-5398 or on our website,

Thank you to our generous Oyster Roast Sponsors: 
Gold Sponsors: 
71st Street Anglers 
Runnymede Corporation 
Harry & Calvert Lester 
Bob & Eleanor Stanton 
Lynnhaven Oyster Company 
Silver Sponsors: 
Waterfront Marine Construction 
Langley and McDonald 
Monarch Bank 
Ramon W. Breeden Foundation
Bronze Sponsors:
WPL Site Design
Kerr Environmental

If your company is interested in being a sponsor, please contact 
Pearl Home Backyard Tour
Sunday, May 4,  1:00-4:00 P.M.
LRNow presents our first very special garden tour.  
We will be visiting waterfront properties on the Lynnhaven River to see model living shoreline projects, oyster castles, buffer gardens, rain gardens and more.  It will be a beautifull and informative afternoon.  And you may go home inspired.
Join us on our Pearl Home bus for a day of touring 
some of the watershed's greenest waterfront homes! 
Get the inside scoop on actions your neighboring 
Pearl Homes have taken to restore the river.  Cost is $10 for the first guest, but you can bring another person for just $1 extra!
Sign up by calling (757)962-5398 or email
Pearl School Applications
Due Friday, May 9th

We have listened to you, the teachers, and have made major modifications to the Pearl School application process.  Not only have we put the application

GWICon-line, but we have simplified the application and added more opportunities to get points by encouraging projects across grade levels and across disciplines.    
To access the application, go to:



Fifty-one schools received the Pearl School Award last year.  Our goal is at least 60 Pearl Schools this year.  And don't forget that you can start to collect points for next year's application on May 10th!

Free Rain Barrels for Faith Communities
Nine Available

LRNow has nine rain barrels like the one pictured that are available free to any faith community in Virginia Beach.  If your church, synagogue, temple, or other faith group can use one of these rain barrels, please contact Pam Northam at 

Rain Barrels are an easy way to reduce the run off from your property and make the water available for your gardens or other outdoor uses.  You will be contributed to less stormwater and a cleaner river!
River Cleanup
Saturday, May 10  

Come out to our next river cleanup Saturday, May 10, join in the fun and feel good about contributing to a cleaner river.  We will be cleaning in London Bridge Creek in the Lynnhaven Mall area.  We will put in our kayaks and canoes at the Hutton Circle canoe and kayak launch site at Hutton Circle and Virginia Beach Boulevard. Call 757-962-5398 or email for more information or to sign up. 

Access to a canoe or kayak is required.  There may be extra seats, or openings for a couple of people to do a land-based cleanup.

Cleanups are held the second Saturday of each month throughout the year.  Mark your calendar now to help out.  If you are aware of an area of the river that needs a cleanup, please let us know.  Also, if your business would like to be a sponsor of one of our cleanups, please contact us. 

Free Redbud Trees

  Our Native Plant of the Month for April is the beautiful Redbud Tree.  We have fifteen 3-4 foot tall trees available to good homes.  Please contact us, or 757-962-5398,  if you are interested in adding this beautiful native to your landscape.