Our next regular meeting is this Thursday, Feb 13 at 7 PM at the Oaklette United Methodist Church. We'll have updates on what's going on and an opportunity to sign-up for our various projects - or perhaps propose some new ones. Then Kathy Russell from TFC Recycling will answer all your questions about recycling and what happens to all that stuff you put in your blue bins.
This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count and its your opportunity to help in some citizen science and see what birds visit your yard. You can also join us for a guided bird watching walk in Indian River park on Saturday, Feb
You may participate in either or both activities on Saturday.
Tree Planting Along Indian River Road
Mark your calendars .... on Saturday, March 29th, the Friends of Indian River volunteers will be working with the City to do a major tree planting along Indian River Road just east of the bridge. The City will have dug the holes and delivered the trees but we'll need lots of volunteers to help plant the trees and shrubs, spread mulch, and get the job done. We hope that many of you can come out and help.
Recycling Perks Donation to the Friends of Indian River
TFC Recycling Perks' Give Back Campaign is featuring the Friends of Indian River during the month of February. You can donate 20 of your Recycling Points to the Friends of Indian River. See http://www.recyclingperks.com/shop/rewards/5-donation-to-friends-of-indian-river/969/ for more information.
Indian River Shopping Center
In other news, representatives from the Friends of Indian and Norfolk Highland Civic League met with the City Manager last week for an update on the Shopping Center. There is still no closure on getting the new market; the Economic Development department is cooperating with the center's owner in his continuing negotiation with the "major national retailer" and Family Dollar. In the meantime, Economic Development is also trying to expand the options for the site by contacting other national grocers who are looking to move into the region. The other major issue is the water supply for the area, and on that front the City is very actively investigating the steps necessary to replace the water from the Aqua Virginia well system with City supplied water. We expect the next update in about a month, or sooner if there is a breakthrough.