Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
September 24, 2015  
Upcoming Events

October 3 -- Bird Walk, Pleasure House Point, 7:30 AM

October 7 -- Living Waters: Wading In, Interfaith Summit

October 10 -- River Cleanup, 9-Noon

October 14 -- Candidates Forum, Virginia Beach Oberndorf Central Library, 6:30-9:00 PM
Save the Date
New Shell Drop-Off Location
Welton's Seafood, 940 Laskin Road

In addition to the 25
restaur- ants that participate in our Save Oyster Shell Program, LRNow has five locations where you can drop-off your shells from the oysters and clams that you enjoy at home.  All five locations are listed on our website.

Our newest location is Welton's Seafood at 940 Laskin Road.  We are happy to have Welton's participating in this important program.

All the shells are cured and then used to build sanctuary oyster reefs in our Virginia Beach waterways. Oysters are critical to the health of our waterways.  Not only does each oyster filter 50 gallons of water per day, but they also provide habitat for many of the marine species that live in our rivers.  

Thank you for recycling your shells and contributing to the health of our waterways and  we welcome Welton's to the program.

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Kroger Community Rewards 
Do you shop at Kroger?  Please take a minute to add Lynnhaven River NOW as your Community Rewards recipient and help support our Pearl Homes Program.

Just twelve families enrolled in the Kroger program contributed $175 last quarter.  

Please consider registering your Kroger card online.  Go to and enter NPO number 84664 or our name on the right side of your information page. 
Or call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to register your card to support LRNow's Pearl Homes program  
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Thanks to everyone who helped to make our 5th Annual Fall Festival a big success!
Living Waters: Wading In
An Interfaith Summit
Wednesday, October 7th, Brock Environmental Center

Join us for an interfaith day of inspiring speakers, music, prayers, and lively collaborative workshops.

Learn how your faith community can "take the plunge" to protect the health of our waters.

Check out the agenda and register at or call the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Richmond office at 804-780-1392.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact or call 757-962-5398.

Candidates Forum
October 14th, 6:30-8:30, VB Oberndorf Central Library
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On November 3rd, we will be electing the Delegates and senators who will represent us in Richmond.  Come to our forum and find out where they stand on the issues that are important to you.  

This event is Wednesday, October 14th, in the auditorium of the Virginia Beach Oberndorf Central Library.  We will begin at 6:30 PM.

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

No pre-registration is required.  For more information, 757-962-5398 or
River Cleanup
Everyone Invited, Saturday, October 10th
Beach Garden Park, Laskin Road

All are welcome to join us as we pick up trash and debris from shorelines, wetlands and other areas at Beach Garden Park.  Much help is needed.

We will meet across from Farm Fresh at 9:00 AM and finish by noon.  For more information or to register, contact
Don't Drill Virginia
Yard Signs Available
LRNow has taken a position in opposition to drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Virginia.  We have made too much progress restoring our oysters and other marine species, restoring water quality and our wetlands to put it all at risk.  More information about our position is available on our website.
If you share our position, yard signs like the one pictured are available in our office at the Brock Environmental Center. 
Guided Bird Walks at Pleasure House Point
Saturday, October 3, 7:30 AM  
All walks will be led by LRNow and the Audubon Society.  We will meet at 7:30 AM on Marlin Bay Drive and walk a loop in Pleasure House Point including a stop at the Brock Environmental Center.  There is no fee, but a $5 donation will be appreciated and help offset our costs.
For more information or to register, contact or call 757-962-5398.

What Qualities Do You Want in the Next Manager?
The Search for a New VB City Manager 
City Council to Ask Citizens at Town Hall Meetings and Online

For the first time in 24 years, the City Council must choose a new city manager.  James K. Spore will retire on January 1.  He began his tenure in Virginia Beach in 1991.

The City Council is conducting a nationwide search for a new city manager.  To aid in that search, City Council members want to hear from you.  What qualities make a good city manager?  What do you want to see in our next leader?

City Council members will hold four town hall meetings and sponsor an online virtual town hall to gather input.

Town Hall Meetings:

- September 16 -- 6:30 PM at the Oberndorf Central Library.

- September 17 - 6:30 PM at the Great Neck Recreation Center

- September 23 - 6:30 PM at the Kempsville High School Cafeteria

- September 24 -- 6:00 PM at the Municipal Center, Building 19


Virtual Town Hall:

Visit on September 10-30 


Native Plant of the Month:  
Sambucus canadensis
Height:  5-12 feet 
Spread:  5-12 feet 
Full Sun to part shade 
Flowers are white
Edible purple-black berries with crimson juice
Deciduous Shrub
Fruit may be used in preserves, jellies, pies and wine 
  $15 for one gallon size
To Order: Contact
 or 757-962-5398