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October 17, 2014   
Mark Your Calendar for these  
Great Events

October 19 -- Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

October 19 -- SPCA Walk for the Animals, 31st Street Park, 9 AM-1 PM

October 20 -- City Council Candidates Forum-- VB Oberndorf Central Library, 6-8:30 PM

October 21 -- VCC Sea Level Rise Breakfast

October 23 -- Movie Switch,
ATC, 6:30 PM

October 24 -- Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

October 25 -- Shellfish Company Fall Festival Benefit

October 26 -- Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

We can still use two volunteers this Sunday, 19th, for the SPCA Walk for the Animals.  Please contact if you are interested.

Smooth Sumac
October Native Plant
of the Month
Beautiful fall color

October is Energy Awareness Month
Movie Switch

October 23, 6:30 PM
Advanced Technology Center Theater

"To meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must work to ensure a clean, safe, and sustainable energy future
President Obama

The City of Virginia Beach Energy Management Office is commemorating Energy Awareness Month with a free showing of the fascinating movie Switch

Opening remarks by Mayor Sessoms at 6:30 PM.

To register. for the movie.

Bag It Movie
October 28, 6 PM

The Green Teens Project is sponsoring a showing of the movie
Bag It, Is your life too plastic?
at the Joint Use Library, Room L102, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 PM.  The public is welcome and pre-registration is not required. 
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City Council Candidates Forum
Monday, October 20, 6-8:30 PM
VB Oberndorf Central Library

Vote Button On Tuesday, November 4, we will be electing seven new members to our City Council.  Come to our Forum at the Central library on Monday, October 20th to hear all the candidates' positions of issues of interest to you. 

Co-sponsored by the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club, the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, and the Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations. 

No pre-registration is required.  For more information, 757-962-5398 or
Bird Walks at Pleasure House Point
Sunday, October 19
Friday, October 24 and
Sunday, October 26,
All are 7:30 AM

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with or 757-962-5398. 
C Guthrie, Flying Heron

Sea Level Rise & Your Business
Join VCC for Breakfast on October 21, 7:30 - 9:30 AM
Town Point Club, Norfolk

You are invited to join the Virginia Coastal Coalition for the inaugural event of the Virginia Coastal Coalition's Sea Level Rise and Your Business breakfast series focusing on how local businesses can prepare, mitigate losses, and adapt to recurrent flooding and sea level rise in Hampton Roads.  You will hear why Hampton Roads busin
esses should engage in flood-control adaptation efforts and hear what they can do to prepare themselves in the event that flooding impairs their ability to do business. 

Coffee and networking begin at 7:30 AM, with the panel beginning at 8:00 AM.  The panel includes Susan Leidy with the Chrysler Museum, James Fuqua with Towne Insurance, and Christine Morris and Robert Tajan with the City of Norfolk. 
Generously sponsored by Kaufman & Canoles. 

Advanced registration is required by October 17 at   For more information, contact or (757) 692-4412.  

VB Comp Plan Open Houses 
Every five years, Virginia Beach takes a new look at its long-term plan for development.  It's called the Comprehensive Plan, It's Our Future, and the City would like your input.  The City Council, in conjunction with the Planning Commission, will host open houses across the city to discuss issues like land use, transportation, preserving neighborhoods, the environment, economic development, and parks and open space.
You are invited to the following public open houses, held from 7-9 PM.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Pembroke Elementary School,
4622 Jericho Road

Monday, Oct. 27
Floyd E. Kellam High School
2665 West Neck Road

Thursday, Oct. 30
Virginia Beach Convention Center, Room 2A-B
1000 19th Street

Thursday, Nov. 13
John B. Dey Elementary School
1900 N. Great Neck Road

You can view the current Comp Plan online at
For more information contact the Dept of Planning at 385-4621 or email

 Native Plant of the Month: October  
Rhus glabra
Smooth Sumac

Smooth Sumac grows well in full sun or part shade to a height of 9-15 feet and a spread of 9-15 feet.
The flower color is yellow-green and the fruit color that appears in autumn is red to maroon.

Can be massed for stabilizing embankments with poor soil.

To order a  Smooth Sumac plant, call, 962-5398, or email
Cost is $8.