Calendar

Our regular meetings are on the THIRD Thursday of each month 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 4Clean The Bay Day
  • Location: Indian River Park at Southern Volkswagen off Paramont Avenue.
  • This year we are partnering with Southern Volkswagen to clean up the west side of Indian River Park for Clean the Bay Day.  The focus will be floodplain and forest edge along the Volkswagen dealership and down to Military Highway.    This area has been neglected for a long time and needs a lot of love; this will actually be the second half of a cleanup started earlier this spring.  
  • Sign up at https://forms.gle/kWifnY2nbaE4vJ4F6 and we'll update with parking directions as the date gets nearer.  
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. 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.
Saturday, June 11Second Saturday Hike - Evening Hike @ Indian River Park
  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Location: Indian River Park entrance
    at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 Rokeby Ave.) which is located just south of Military Highway, i.e. across Military Highway from the Fire Station.
  • With summer solstice approaching, we'll change things up for our Second Saturday hike in June and do an evening hike starting at 6 pm.
  • 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/Dyh87bsjRruECvpe8
Thursday, June 16Spring Evening Potluck Picnic
  • Date: Thursday, June 16, 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.   This will also be the 10-year anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Indian River so we'll celebrate that also!
  • 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, however, in this case ONLY restaurant purchased or pre-packaged food from a store is permitted to be consumed inside.  
  • To help coordinate who is bringing what, we set up a Sign Up Genius form at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094dada92fa2fa7-friends
Saturday, June 18: Adopt-A-Road Cleanup along Indian River Road 
  • From 9 AM to 11:30 am  
  • Meet at Post Office back parking lot
  • 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.
  • To save time and allow for better social distancing, please pre-register at https://forms.gle/yPUHeCfRRTS9menK6
Saturday, July 9Second Saturday Hike @ Indian River Park
  • Date: Saturday, July 8, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Location: Indian River Park entrance
    at Rokeby Ave. and Main St. (2001 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/wFGwWqL7Py19qTn39