Monday, December 3, 2018

December Newsletter and Events

Our Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 20th and we very cordially invite all our members, volunteers, and their guests to come join us at our year end celebration.   We'll recognize our wonderful volunteers and all their great accomplishments, share holiday treats and appetizers, socialize ... and do some shopping!  The party features our big silent auction, always brimming with some quality items donated by our members.  Even if you have not been to a meeting in a while or if this would be your very first meeting, we encourage you to come out and partake in the merriment.   The party is from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Oaklette United Methodist Church.    Please bring a desert or appetizer to share and join the festivities.   Also, the Oaklette United Methodist Church food pantry will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items.

Rogard Ross
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Work Day (Invasives/English Ivy Removal)
Date: Rescheduled to January 19th
9 am to Noon

** New location: Meet at the Indian River Park entrance at Paramont Avenue by the Power Lines (by the Ipswich Sign) ~2151 Paramont Ave

We'll be working on invasive plant removal, particularly English Ivy.   Come help us control this scourge. The more volunteers that come out the more that we can accomplish! 

Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves. Bring pruning clippers, loppers, screwdrivers (which are amazingly useful in prying ivy off tree trunks) and/or pruning saws if you have them.  We will have water and lots of snacks. (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

Annual Holiday Party and Volunteer Appreciation
Date: Thursday,  December 20,
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.

This will be our end of year celebration to recognize our many accomplishments, recognize our volunteers, and socialize. Please bring a desert or appetizer to share and join the festivities. 

We'll have a silent auction, so you can finish some Christmas shopping too. 

Please also consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food items for the Oaklette United Methodist Church food pantry to the meeting this evening. 

Even if you have not been to a meeting in a while or if this would be your very first meeting, we encourage you to come out and partake in the merriment.

First Day Hike

Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Starting Location: Indian River Park, 2001 Rokeby Ave.

Join us for new New Year's Day tradition to explore Indian River Park and it's century old forest on the Indian River flood plain.  Learn about the history of the park, its native trees, 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. 

Other News

Chesapeake Public Schools have released the Superintendent’s Proposed 2019-2029 Capital Improvement Plan.  For our area, the Plan foresees modest enrollment growth over the next decade, but cites the need to modernize the 54-year old Indian River Middle School.  Chesapeake Public Schools commissioned an architectural firm to conduct a facility condition inspection for Indian River Middle School, along with other older schools, and concluded that the facility is in need of major modernization.  The project is slated early in the proposed modernization queue, with design work scheduled to begin in 2019-20. This project will include a modernization of the main building and provide additional permanent classroom space to house all Indian River Middle School students in the main building. Estimated completion would be in 2023-24.   Projected cost, $48 million.  Another Public Hearing is scheduled for December 10 at the Chesapeake School Administration Building, 312 Cedar Road.  This would be a good opportunity to speak in support of our local schools and the modernization of the Indian River Middle School.

Thank you to the volunteers who came out last month to help with the Native Plant Garden at Indian River Park and the Adopt-A-Road cleanup along Indian River Road.   The gardening work help us lay down mulch and re-do the irises that were getting way too crowded.  And during the cleanup the following week, volunteers picked up about 8 bags of litter including lots of small stuff - cigarette butts, cigarette filter tips, cigarello wrappers, (see a trend?), ketchup wrappers, bottle caps, straws, food wrappers, etc. 

Please consider the Friends of Indian River in your year-end giving.  You can become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at

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