Calendar

Our regular meetings are on held alternating months (Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov) on the THIRD Thursday from 7-8:30 pm at Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive, Chesapeake, Va. 23325.    Most months we also plan a hands-on activity to help improve our neighborhood.  We'd love to have you join us!

Future Meetings and Events

Saturday, June 1Clean the Bay Day
  • 9AM to Noon
  • Location: Indian River Park trailhead
    at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2003 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
  • The Friends of Indian River's will be hosting Clean the Bay Day at the Indian River Park
  • The city will provide garbage bags. We'll have water and snacks available. 
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes.  If you can help collect trash in the wetlands area, wear shoes that you don't mind getting muddy - rubber boots are best.  Long pants are recommended.  Bring a hat and work gloves and other items that may be useful.   We'll have some gloves to borrow if needed.   We also always encourage folks to bring their own water in reusable bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision. 
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/ua3ytZdx2FuHukig9 (suggested but not required)
Saturday, June 8, 2024: Second Saturday Hike @ Indian River Park
  • 6 pm to 8 pm, Evening Hike
  • Location: Indian River Park trailhead
    at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2003 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
  • Learn about the history of the park, the native trees and plants in this century old forest on the Indian River flood plain, and its value to maintaining the health of local butterfly, bird, and wildlife populations. Note: the forest trail has uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes.
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/wVUje9X3xE1jzLjg8 (suggested but not required)
Thursday, June 20: Summer Evening Potluck Picnic
  • 6 pm to 8 pm (come out anytime during the event)
  • Location: Picnic Pavilion behind Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Drive; park in side lot along St. Lawrence Dr.
  • Rather than our usual monthly meeting, in June we'll have a potluck picnic out behind the church.  Bring a dish to share and join us for some camaraderie as we roll into summer.  The Friends will set out tables and chairs, provide a main protein dish (likely chicken).  We suggest bringing a comfy lawn chair.
  • In the event of rain, we will move the event inside the church's fellowship hall.
  • To help coordinate who is bringing what, we set up a Sign Up Genius form at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DADA92FA2FA7-49923076-friends
Saturday, June 22: Adopt-A-Road Cleanup along Indian River Road 
  • From 9 AM to 11:30 am  
  • Meet at Lilac Avenue and Indian River Road. Park along Lilac Avenue by the Norfolk Highlands Primary School.
  • We need your help for our quarterly cleanup.   Join us for a few hours to clean up the mile of Indian River Road from the city limits at Wingfield Avenue all the way to MacDonald Road. We are also asking all business owners along Indian River Road - and everywhere really - to make sure they sweep up in front of their storefronts as part of the effort.   And if you can't make it out for our organized cleanup please take 15 minutes and cleanup the street and ditches in front of your home; pass the word to your neighbors!
  • For our main cleanup on Indian River Road, the city will provide garbage bags and orange safety vests.  Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful.  Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/WEEsgH6JVp9rwBeHA (suggested but not required)
Saturday, July 13, 2024: Second Saturday Hike @ Indian River Park
  • 9 am to 11 am
  • Location: Indian River Park trailhead
    at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2003 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
  • Learn about the history of the park, the native trees and plants in this century old forest on the Indian River flood plain, and its value to maintaining the health of local butterfly, bird, and wildlife populations. Note: the forest trail has uneven surfaces and minor elevation changes.
  • Please pre-register at https://forms.gle/omDQAB6oNSM6YzRs9 (suggested but not required)