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Bayview Civic League Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month September through June 7:00 pm at 1601 E. Bayview Boulevard, Norfolk (Christ United Methodist Church)

May Guest Speaker Zoo Executive Director Greg Bockheim Our Mission: Neighbors helping neighbors for the good of our community. Together we make things better.

May 8th Meeting Agenda:

There’s so much to do at the Virginia Zoo. Zoo Executive Director Greg Bockheim is our guest speaker for our May meeting. Have you visited Asia - Trail of the Tiger? Tapirs and tigers and bear cats - oh my! Greg will tell us about the Zoo and some of its wonderful programs. Attendance is up - way up! It increased 23% in 2011, with 505,641 visitors. When will you visit the Zoo next? MORE: Ar our meeting we will also partner with Norfolk Police to learn ways in which we can make ourselves and our neighbors less vulnerable to crime. The slate of officers will be set for our June elections. What will we do for Clean the Bay Day? Come to the meeting to find out these things and more. See you May 8th!

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 8th, at 7:00 pm. Bring a dish for the social if you want and don’t forget to bring a friend!

• Police Officers visit

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Whaleboat Tours and more at Nauticus Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Need Real Estate Tax Relief? Opsail 2012 Begins Celebrate Kids! in Portsmouth May In the Garden

• Director Greg Bockheim • Upcoming events • Networking social

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The purpose of the Bayview Bulletin is to communicate information to Bayview Civic League members, supporters, and neighbors. Front page artwork contributed by Jeannie Wilson. Bulletin contents are considered property of Bayview Civic League. Articles within the bulletin reflect personal viewpoints of the authors and are not necessarily the views of advertisers or the Bayview Civic League. The Bayview Civic League is apolitical and does not endorse any candidates for political office.

Civic League Board* President Linda Lundquist 1st VP Aaron Ellis 2nd VP Janet Hayden Corres Sec’y Susan Jones Rec Sec’y Sylvia Ross Treasurer Gena Goodnough Editor & Web Manager Jeannie Wilson Area Preservation Jim Ripley Ways and Means - Advertising for Bulletin Susan Jones (temp)

588-3960 587-0004 241-0045 587-9586 553-7817 333-3913 588-3960 587-9149 587-9586

Communications - Bulletin Distribution Anita Unger Membership John Huffman Refreshments Pat Davidson Darlene Hodges Safety and Security John and Sara Gaul Zoning Laura Brown Education & Legislation Cindy Huffman Sunshine Janet Hayden Environment & Beautification Vacant

587-3405 480-4507 587-3219 531-0335 531-0323 351-6981 480-4507 241-0045 N/A!

*Email addresses are available on our website

Local Contacts

Clean and Safe Neighborhood Norfolk CARES Assistance Center


website: email: Report these issues: Health: Pet area/yard not cleaned regularly, rodents, tall grass/weeds, biting or abused/neglected animals; Zoning: Parking on grass in front yard area, commercial vehicles/ equipment parked in residential areas, boat or camper in front of house, inoperable vehicles; Waste Management: Dead animals, improper curbside disposal; Other Issues: Streets, lights, sidewalks, curbing, traffic signals or street signs, wetlands, dunes...

Non-emergency number 441-5610 for Police, Jail, Animal Control, and suspected criminal activity.

PUBLIC WORKS PHONE NUMBERS Curb, Sidewalk, or Pothole Repairs 823-4050 Damaged & Faded Signs 823-1223 Ditch Maintenance 823-4000 Recycling 441-1347 Bulk Waste Collection 441-5813 Street Flooding 823-4000 Traffic Signal Service 664-7300 Keep Norfolk Beautiful 441-1347 Polluting hotline for illegal dumping 441-2536

All Emergencies - call 911 Animal Protection Health Department Rabies Control Pretlow Library Voter Registrar Bayview Elementary School Oceanair Elementary School

664-7387 683-2700 683-2712 441-1750 664-4353 531-3030 531-3095

Bayview Civic League Goes Green Bayview Civic League believes that reducing any environmental impact is a worthy goal. To further this goal, we actively encourage use of recycled material. Volume 13 Issue 8

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✬ From the President ✬ ✬ ✬

The dogwood and azaleas fairly sparkled this year. Our magnolia looks sure to bloom 2 or 3 weeks early. Bayview is beautiful any time of the year, but spring can be especially pretty around our neighborhood. My garden is ready. I’ve set out 22 tomato plants - thinking about sliced tomatoes, BLTs and gazpacho already! It’s invigorating to enjoy the weather, the blooming, the birds -- the coming of summer. Parent, be sure you kids are well-rested and ready for the SOLs. Whether or not I personally agree with the emphasis on testing, the SOLs are an important measure of success for our schools. Kids can show their school spirit by doing their best on these tests, helping their schools show well. We recently had a break-in and burglary of a member’s home. While grateful that no one was hurt, I’m sorry to hear that it happened. We all need to take extra care to secure our homes, and we need to call Police with anything that looks out of place or wrong. Please be extra vigilant. Last, but not least, is a call to action with Bayview Civic League. It is time to set our officer slate for next year’s leadership. We can do even more if we have more members actively involved, helping in whichever special area “speaks to you.” Together, we can accomplish great things. Remember, many hands make light work. How can you help? Linda Lundquist

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Bayview United Church of Christ

(Congregational Christian) 1051 E. Bayview Blvd. Norfolk,VA 23503 PH; 588-2479

Welcome! Worship Service: 11:00am Sunday School: 9:45am

(Nursery Provided) Communion celebrated the first Sunday of each month.



Neighborhood Watch by John & Sara Gaul (10/18 – CRIME STATS 11/22) Burglary – Residence: 7 Larceny – from auto/of auto parts: 8 Larceny – Other: 8 Narcotics Violations: 6 Robbery – Individual: 2 Simple Assault: 3 Aggravated Assault 3 Stolen Vehicle: 2 Prostitution 2 Rape Vandalism: 4

(11/22 1/22) 8 6 2 1 4 1 1 7

For more detailed information on Crime Stats please visit t h e N o r f o l k C r i m e Vi e w w e b s i t e : h t t p : / /

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From the stats it appears that property crime and robberies in our area has reduced slightly; however, burglaries and have increased. If we continue to remove valuables out of sight and lock all windows and entrances we could see these numbers all of these numbers decrease. Vandalism has increased to 7 over this past month. Stolen vehicles have decreased, with 1 occurring over the past month. Please remember to lock all vehicles and remove valuables from plain sight. With the warmer months approaching we can expect more people to be walking around our neighborhood and possibly looking into our vehicles. Violent crimes (assault, rape, murder) have decreased. Over the past month there were 5 violent crimes as opposed to 6 in the previous month. If you have any interest in the Neighborhood Watch or would like to contact the Neighborhood Watch with concerns please contact us at b c l . a d v i s o r y. n o t i c e @ g m a i l . c o m o r b y p h o n e (757-531-0323).

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The 6th Annual AT&T

Spring Town Point

Virginia Wine Festival Saturday May 12, 2012 11 am - 6 pm Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia Price: $15 to $275 for a reserved table for 8 and more Celebrate Mother's Day weekend with premier wine vintages and live musical performances by Mike Proffitt and Jackson Lebeau. Reserve tables, private chalets or a Mother's Day Spa-Chalet experience. Purchase individual sampling tickets, general admission tickets or Park-side boater packages. Gourmet foods and specialty wares are for sale. Buy presented wines by bottle or case until 5 pm. Samplings end at 4:30 pm. For more information or to buy tickets please visit or phone 757.441.2345. Tasting tickets and general admission tickets may also be purchased at participating AT&T and Total Wine and More Stores. ** CASH ONLY AT THE GATE **

Whaleboat Tours Enjoy a 30 minute narrated tour of the Battleship Wisconsin from a seat inside a restored Navy whale boat that served with the ship during the Persian Gulf War. You'll see and learn fun and interesting facts about the battleship and her home port of Norfolk as the tour boat travels the length of the ship—just inches away from her massive guns and battle-tested iron hull! Tours for up to 12 at a time will depart from the Nauticus marina. Times will vary and are weather-dependent. Call 757-664-1000 for more information. Mom's Get in Free On Mother's Day, May 13 Noon – 5 p.m. Pay for a child and Mom’s ticket is free. Swingtime Salute, An On-Deck Revue Opens May 24 Through July 8 Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 - Thu, $40 - Fri to Sun, and $20 for children. Enjoy an extra special evening of star-lit entertainment. Produced in partnership with the Virginia Stage Company (VSC), On the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin, the whole family will enjoy a show re-creating a 40s-era touring variety show. This retro celebration is sure to "entertain the troops" with dashing sailors and dishy dames, accompanied by a live, on-stage band. On Sale Now! Discounts are available for military, AAA, Nauticus/VSC members and groups. Call 1-800-982-2787, order at or go to the VSC Box Office.

11th Annual Virginia Beer Festival Saturday, May 19, 2012 2-6 pm Town Point Park, Downtown Waterfront, Norfolk Price: $15 to $75 for VIP’s "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," wrote Benjamin Franklin. And why question Benjamin Franklin? The Virginia Beer Festival celebrates the beauty of beer with a bounty of brews from across the state, the country, and around the world. Grab a friend, a frosty mug, and toast fellow fans of the frothy favorite, while enjoying live music and the spring sun! Ticket price benefits Va Arts Festival Endowment. ** CASH ONLY AT THE GATE **

TIDEWATER  DRIVE  STORAGE  CENTER Call  Now  (757)333-­‐7800  CIVIC  LEAGUE  SPECIAL  Save  $50,  $40,  or  $30  on  1st  Month  Rental    FREE  MOVE  IN  TRUCK!    FREE  $12  DISC  LOCK!      6555  Tidewater  Drive,  Norfolk      Email **offer  expires  May  31,  2012

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TCC Planetarium presents:

“Navigating with the Stars: Explorers of Polynesia, Celestial Navigation"

1700 College Crescent, Bldg. “J” VA Beach Two shows nightly: 7pm & 8pm Thurs. May 10, 18 & 24; Tues. May 22; Fri. June 1 Naval navigation during the late 18th and early 19th centuries relied completely on celestial observations, coupled with the use of maps and charts. These FREE programs will show attendees how sailors at the time of the War of 1812 had to rely on the stars to navigate the open waters. For directions and more information, please visit planetarium.htm. Reservations recommended.

TIPS TO MAINTAINING SAFETY AND SECURITY Please keep an eye out for yourself and others, and call 911 if anything seems suspicious. Please consider the following tips to help maintain safety and security: • Always Lock Exterior Doors, Especially Storm Doors • Lock Windows when Away from Home • Keep All Entrances and Garages Well Lit • When Going Out, Keep a Television or Radio On • Utilize an Alarm System • Keep Valuables Out of Sight • Never Leave an Automobile While it is Running • When Entering and Exiting Always Lock Your Car

Bayview Civic League Minutes Summary for April 10, 2012 by Sylvia Ross, Recording Secretary The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by league president Linda Lundquist. Sam Maddox led the Pledge of Allegiance. Featured speaker Hank Moseley, Virginia Operations Manager of OpSail 2012, provided an overview of the national OpSail events this year. June 1 – 12 are the dates for key events. Check or call 757 441-2345 ext. 3020 for scheduling, adopt-a-ship, and volunteering opportunities. Ofc. Cogswell provided an overview of the past month’s reported crime incidents. Reports included an update on the local water/sewer projects, the league’s participation in the April 28 Keep Norfolk Beautiful clean-up ( ) and information about the latest meeting of the Ward 5 Advisory Consortium. Business items involved a health department matter, the selection of this year’s nominating committee, and short speeches by Super Ward 6 city council candidates Marcus Calabrese and John Amiral. The election is May 1. The meeting adjourned at 8:21 p.m. after announcements about attendance, refreshments, and the raffle.

Mike Strader Owner 866-824-5173

Ask about our “Fall Cleanup Specials!” The greatest compliment I could receive is a referral from a satisfied customer: friend or family! Volume 13 Issue 8

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EAGLE FESTIVAL Saturday, May 5, 2012 | 10am - 4pm Included with Garden Admission The Eagle Festival includes demonstrations, live animals, booths showcasing arts and crafts, local organizations and events, birding supplies and equipment, great information on eagles, birds and their habitats. Enjoy music, food, contests, activities for children and adults, door prizes and a visit from “Buddy,” a rehabilitated eagle hatched at the Garden that serves as an educational ambassador. MORE Eagles: Attend the Eagle Symposium, May 4-6

SPRING PLANT SALE Friday, May 11 - Sunday, May 13 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Early Bird Special: NBG Members only 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Our annual Spring Plant Sale has long been known throughout the region as one of the best places to pick up unusual plants at bargain prices. You’ll find a wide variety of plants from the rare and unusual to proven winners for the Hampton Roads region. Find the perfect plant to create a special look for your yard. 2012 SIGNATURE PLANT - ANTIQUE ROSES NBG will offer several cultivars of antique roses, the types our great-grandparents probably grew, as wonderful additions to a sunny shrub border. We offer large plants, cutting-grown from our collections in the Garden. All but the Lady Banks Rose are repeat blooming for months of old fashioned, fragrant flower form and color with disease resistant foliage. Their loose, almost casual shrub form easily integrates into existing shrub and perennial beds and borders.


May 2 until October 15 4 - 7 p.m. Repeats weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Norfolk Botanical Garden opens up 12 miles of paved pedestrian pathways to include bikers! Bring your bikes, helmets and family or friends out to Norfolk Botanical Garden and pedal through the petals. Reminder: bike nights are for bikes only. No scooters, skates, skateboards or other vehicles. Free with Garden admission Volume 13 Issue 8

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Equipment.

May 25-31, 2012 Under Virginia law, most purchases of tangible personal property are subject to both state and local sales and use taxes. The tax rate is generally 5% of the cost price. The rate on sales of food for home consumption is 2.5%. A sales tax holiday is a temporary period during which purchases of certain items are exempt from the sales and use taxes. Following legislation enacted by the 2007 Session of the Virginia General Assembly, Vi r g i n i a now has t h r e e annual sales tax holidays. In addition to the specific items exempted for each holiday period, dealers may also elect to absorb the tax on any item they wish during that period. During this seven-day period, purchases of items designated by the Department of Taxation as hurricane preparedness equipment, including portable generators, will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax. Portable generators must be priced at $1,000 or less, and other eligible items must be priced at $60 or less for each item. For details, visit Hurricane Preparedness Equipment Holiday page. Page 7

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Be Healthy and Safe in the Garden a CDC Feature for Healthy Living Whether you are a beginner or expert, health and safety are important as you head out to your garden, vegetable plot, or lawn. Gardening can be a great way to get physical activity, beautify the community, and go green. However, it is important to protect yourself and take precautions as you work and play in the sun and around insects, chemicals, and lawn and garden equipment. Below are some health and safety tips for gardeners to follow while enjoying the benefits gardening can bring: Dress to protect. • Prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, insects, and the sun by wearing proper clothing and safety equipment. • Use an insect repellant and sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. • Remember that the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States. • Always check your clothes and body for ticks. • Wear a hat with a wide rim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck. Know your limits in the heat. • Even being out for short periods of time in high temperatures can cause serious health problems. • Monitor your activities and time in the sun to lower your risk for heat-related illness. • Schedule outdoor activities carefully, and pace yourself. Use common sense. Stay hydrated. • If you're outside in hot weather for most of the day you'll need to make an effort to drink more fluids. • Avoid beverages with alcohol and drinks high in sugar, and stay away from caffeinated and carbonated beverages. • Whatever your outdoor activity, have water on hand to decrease the chance of dehydration. Put safety first. • Be aware of possible hazards to prevent injury. • Read all instructions and labels before using chemicals and operating equipment. • Check equipment before each use. • Limit distractions while using equipment. Enjoy the benefits of physical activity. • Active people are less likely than inactive people to be obese or have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death. • Adults should get 2½ hours per week of moderate physical activity. Volume 13 Issue 8


Persons with disabilities and physical activity. • Engage in regular physical activity based on abilities and avoid inactivity. • Adults with disabilities should consult their health care provider about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for their abilities. • Physical activity reduces pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. Get vaccinated. • Vaccinations can prevent many diseases and save lives. • Remember that tetanus lives in soil and all adults should get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years. Go green. • Conserve water, reuse containers, recycle, and share your bounty. • Eye-catching gardens and landscapes that save water, prevent pollution, and protect the environment can be achieved. Keep your yard clear. • Remove any items that may collect standing water, such as buckets, old tires, and toys. Mosquitoes can breed in them within days. • Clearing trees and brush in your yard can reduce the likelihood that deer, rodents, and ticks will live there. S o u r c e : h t t p : / / w w w. c d c . g o v / F e a t u re s / HealthyLiving.html

Deadline Approaching!! Need Real Estate Tax Relief? Real Estate Tax Relief for disabled or senior citizens offers to reduce or eliminate real estate taxes for low income disabled and/or senior citizen homeowners. The exemption is granted on an annual basis. A new application or affidavit must be filed each year. To qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief: •You must be 65 years of age or totally and permanently disabled; •You must live in the property to be exempted; •Your combined income of owners and all relatives living in home cannot exceed $67,000 per year; and •Your net worth, exclusive of the home, cannot exceed $350,000. Armed forces veterans who are 100% serviceconnected disabled are eligible to apply for a real estate tax exemption on their primary residence, regardless of income. If the veteran dies on or after January 1, 2011, his or her surviving spouse may become eligible for real estate tax relief as long as he or she remains in the home and does not remarry. Information, including application forms, is available at the Commissioner of the Revenue website http:// or call 757-823-1130. The deadline to submit applications is June 1st. Page 8


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And now Summer begins with: AT&T Finale Fridays 5pm-9pm Last Friday of Every Month All Summer Long Beginning May 25 - August 31 TownBank Fountain Park, Downtown Norfolk Price: FREE & Open to the Public Join in with Norfolk's largest outdoor waterfront party in TowneBank Fountain Park at Town Point Park with food, fun & LIVE music on the last Friday of the month!

Big Bands On the Bay 7pm - 9pm Every Sunday Night All Summer Long Beginning May 27 - September 2 Ocean View Beach Park, OV Norfolk Price: FREE & Open to the Public We know it’s Summer because Big Bands on the Bay ends the weekend with a sunset celebration on the Chesapeake Bay. Guests are invited down to the Gazebo at our own Ocean View Beach Park for live Big Band music and lots of dancing. Bring your chairs and blankets to welcome the stars. I bet you see some friends!

Coming Next month...

More OpSail 2012 Virginia TGOV- Thanks Goodness It's Ocean View Cinema Under the Stars Harborfest Bayou Boogaloo ...and more!!! Read all about it next month in the Summer Edition of the Bayview Bulletin. PS: If you can’t wait for more info, download a copy of this month’s newsletter and use the above titles as links to their respective web pages.

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6048 E.  Virginia  Beach  Blvd. Norfolk,  VA  23502 (757)  466-­‐9151

*For boarding  info,  call  us  or  visit  our  website. Volume 13 Issue 8

This time It’s HUGE JUNE 1-12, 2012 From the harbors of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Yorktown, to Chesapeake’s Intracoastal Waterway, to the sky above the Virginia Beach oceanfront, to the shores of Tangier Island and the Eastern Shore of Virginia, international tall ships, military vessels, and air craft will converge on the Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay regions. More than 4,000 international officers, cadets, crew and dignitaries from more than 15 nations will be our guests for 12 exciting days. Parades of Sail. Ship Tours. Air Shows. Festivals. Fireworks. Food, fun and 1812 historic celebrations will abound! Events are free and open to the public. Mark your calendars now! The Party starts all over Hampton Roads! Friday to Sunday, June 1-3 Patriotic Festival Presents Virginia Beach Oceanfront Air Show Air Show Center @18th Street & Oceanfront 1:30-4:00pm Featuring U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, Parachute teams, amphibious demonstrations, Geico Skytypers, Miss Geico Extreme Boat Race, with support performers include military & civilian aircraft demos and flybys. For more information, visit VIP Tickets available. 13th Annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival Downtown Hampton, 7-11pm Immerse yourself in the early 1700s in Hampton with live entertainment, pirate encampment, children’s activities, sea battles, fireworks, and more. Downtown Hampton waterfront. For more information, visit or call 757-727-1102 . Tall ship SULTANA at Onancock Historic Town Wharf, Onancock, 9am-9pm An Affiliate Port on the Eastern Shore, Onancock will host the Tall Ship SULTANA for a fun-filled weekend! Events include free escorted tours, Live Music, Plein Air Art Contest, Decoy Carving Contest, Historical Lectures, Kids Art Contest, Face Painting, Kayak Race in Onancock Harbor, and more! For more detailed info, click here. Yorktown Maritime Weekend Riverwalk Landing, 10am-9:30pm Yorktown is proud to be an affiliate port with OpSail 2012 Virginia™ with events featuring Flag Raising and Lowering Ceremonies with the Fifes & Drums of Yorktown, free public tours of character ships, Navy Gun Boat "Riverien", Navy Patrol Boat, USCG Patrol Boat, a US Army, Navy, and USCG Static Display, Special Concerts, and more! Click here for more details. Page 9


May 2012 Your Friendly Neighborhood Market Great Variety • Great Low Prices


DIRECTOR: Jim Royer PHONE: 757 583 4848 E-mail: 347@FRESHPRIDE.COM

Checkout for recipes, coupons and more!


Be sure to visit our web page! HANDYMIKE Carpentry Painting Plumbing Electrical

General Fix-it Yard Work Hauling Roof & Gutter

Mike Supan 757-729-0512

Cap’n Ron’s Bar & Grill

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May Calendar of Events 5 Cinco de Mayo 8 Bayview Civic League meets 13 Mother’s Day 25-31 Virginia Tax Holiday 28 Memorial Day Holiday 9,23 Recycling pickup, Week 2* 2,16,30 Recycling pickup, Week 1* 11 Street Sweeping (Area N-2)** 17 Street Sweeping (Area N-5)** *Week one or week two? All of Bayview is in week two, except Evelyn Street and Pythian Avenue (south of Sunset Dr.) are in week one. **Help keep our streets clean! Please avoid parking on the street on the day your street is to be swept. Area N-5, swept monthly on the 3rd Thursday, is all streets east of Capeview Avenue. Area N-2, swept monthly on the on the 2nd Friday, is all streets from Capeview Avenue west. Street Sweeping MAP: stormwater/CityWideSweepingZones.pdf

April Refreshment Thanks by Pat Davidson Okay!!!! I GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Where is everyone? IF WE PROMISED YOU STEAK AND BAKED POTATOES, would you come to our May Meeting? I only said IF!!!! Get off of the sofa, get out of the recliner and join us on the 8th of May. Be looking forward to seeing you.–Pat. We would like to thank the following Bunnies for contributing to our Social after our April meeting: Darlene Hodges Shirley New Aaron Ellis Betty Leet Susan & Harvie Jones Glenda Mullins Bob & Gena Goodnough Linda & Jeannie Janet Hayden Pat Davidson Hope to see everyone at our May8th meeting. Any ideas or suggestions, please call Darleen at 531-0335 or Pat at 587-3219. Thank you!!! REMEMBER !!!!!Bayview Is The Place To Be !!!!!! Welcome To Our New Members!!! Raffle Thanks go to Janet Hayden and Linda & Jeannie. THANKS TO ONE AND ALL! WE,'LL BE LOOKING FOR YA'LL.



Free Fri & Sat June 1&2 American Indian Festival (Greenbrier Middle School, 1016 Greenbrier Parkway, Chesapeake VA 23320, 10am-6pm) American Indian storytelling, traditional dancing, drumming, demonstrations, and more. For more information, call (757) 382-6411. Volume 13 Issue 8

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Celebrate Kids! Saturday MAY 5 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Cost: Adults 18 & up: $11 Age 2 - 17: $10 221 High Street, Portsmouth Phone: 757-393-5258 The event takes place at all four Portsmouth Museums, which includes: The Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH. The best part is, pay for admission at the Children's Museum and the rest is free! Also, kids who visit all four museums can enter for a chance to win a special prize! During the event, have fun at a luau at the Children's Museum. Play games, have your face-painted, take part in a hula-hoop contest, make crafts, and more. The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center is going wild for the day! See all kinds of animals first hand in a petting zoo, meet different snakes and other creatures in a special reptile display, and even create your own origami animals. At both the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth, Pirates have taken over! Meet the Moody Crewe Pirates, and see if you have what it takes to become a pirate in the "School of the Pirate". Learn Pirate tales and songs, and create an eye-patch, a pirate ship, and a pirate flag.

245 West Olney Road, Norfolk

Glass Studio: Hot Lunch Special Free Daily Glass Demonstrations We call our FREE noontime demonstrations "The Hot Lunch Special," so pack yourself a sandwich and come visit. The demos take place every Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. If lunchtime doesn't fit your schedule, we also hold FREE demonstrations every Saturday and Sunday from 4-5 p.m. For a taste of what to expect, click here to read all about it, or click here for our Glass Studio YouTube videos. For information on classes and workshops, click here.

VSO Concert and Fireworks On The Hague Jun 1, 2012 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM The Chrysler Museum and the Virginia Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Ben Rous, join forces to offer a free outdoor concert on the lawn outside the Museum. Highlights will include favorites by Beethoven, Rossini, Strauss, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The grand finale will be a thrilling performance of the Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture—complete with fireworks shot from the roof of the Museum. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic supper, and friends & family for a great night under the stars. Volume 13 Issue 8

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2nd Annual Sky Art Project Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. Help to create a unique piece of art – but leave the paints and crayons at home! Sky Art uses people on the ground wearing designated colors to form a "living image," which is photographed from above by a photographer on a crane. The result will be a unique poster. Support plant conversation, get an early-bird look at the Zoo and help to make a unique 2012 Sky Art picture! Registration is required. Click here for for the registration form.

Carnival of the Animals at Virginia Arts Festival's Day at the Zoo! Sunday, May 20 Meet & Greet: 11am Show: 2pm Tickets $15 Ages 2 and older, Zoo members $5 Journey to a place of adolescent wonder and discovery as Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” transforms the grand majesty of the animal kingdom from wild habitat to center stage. Join the Virginia Arts Festival for a day filled with imagination and intrigue, as music guides you across 53 pristine acres and through 400 enchanting exhibits at the Virginia Zoo. Internationally acclaimed piano duo Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn combine with winds, strings, percussion, and narration to construct a musical kaleidoscope of alluring sounds from the wild. The flute chirps like a bird; pianos roar like lions; and the cello plays the sweet song of the swan. Your family will experience true magic as a parade of memories marches on with you from the zoo! Ticket includes concert and zoo admission. Come early to meet and greet the Animals, get a face painting, go on a scavenger hunt, try the bounce house and more. Dress up as a zoo animal!


Voyage of Discovery Norfolk Botanical Garden announces their 2012 summer exhibit – Voyage of Discovery. The new exhibit, sponsored by Capital Group Companies, celebrates OpSail 2012. Guests will embark on a voyage that will take them on a journey throughout the Garden. A replica of the USS Constitution will keep guests entertained as they enter a life-size section of the ship and dream of adventures on the high seas. It’s fun for the entire family and the fun doesn’t stop there. Cross the make-believe ocean to Treasure Island where you will have a blast on a gigantic island of sand. Treasure Island will have a platform, slide, rope, games, activities and tunnels for more exploration. Set sail and steer your own remote control boat, solve word puzzles with nautical flags and much more! Make your own voyage of discovery starting June 16. Until then, guests can come aboard one of the Garden's USS BOATanical pontoon boats for a special tour around the shores of Lake Whitehurst. Voyage of Discovery cruises are from June 2 and included with Garden admission. Both activities run through September 3.

American Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Established in 2009, Cagney’s is a new dining experience like nothing you ever encountered. You get home style cooking in a movie style setting of the past. Marilyn Monroe, James Cagney and many other stars adorn the walls on this classic but hip restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

1108 East Little Creek Norfolk, Virginia 23518. 757-275-9579 “Proud Sponsor of Bayview Civic League” Volume 13 Issue 8

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GARDEN May 2012 by Susan Jones May is full spring, and therefore one of the busiest gardening months of the year. And it doesn't last long enough! Before you know it, it's Memorial Day. So use this month to prepare flowerbeds, plant seeds - indoors and outdoors - and put in new nursery plants. Time-wise, spend the first part of May in preparing flowerbeds and caring for the lawn. If you started these tasks in April and March, so much the better! Remember the Mother's Day Rule on planting outdoors. It's usually safest to wait until after Mother's Day, or until the second half of the month, to plant. It's usually too late by then for a damaging cold snap. Another piece of advice, crepe myrtle trees usually put out leaves after danger has passed. May Gardening With Perennials If you have not already done so, clean up perennial flowerbeds. Remove last year’s dead growth along with winter debris so that new shoots can get sunlight and air. •Fertilize all perennials, such as peony, hosta, yarrow, painted daisies and coneflower. Ground covers such as periwinkle and pachysandra could also use a feeding. Use time-release granular fertilizer worked into the soil, or apply a liquid fertilizer using a hose-end sprayer. Many of the granular, slow release fertilizers also contain weed retardants. •Feed clematis and make sure it is staked firmly and its roots are protected by mulch or other plant growth. It cannot tolerate heat on its roots. •If you rooted the suckers of hardy chrysanthemums in March or April, now is the time to set them out. •Cut back mature chrysanthemums to 2 inches tall. You will continue pinching them — that means nipping off the growing tips - throughout the summer. This helps promote fall bloom. To keep down weeds around perennials, sprinkle Preen or any other pre-emergent weed control around them. Mulch also helps control weeds and retain soil moisture. Mulch should be a 2 to 4 inch deep layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic material. This is the time to rake away old mulch and replace it with new. Pruning Be selective about pruning this time of year. Many plants, especially flowering trees, shrubs and vines, should not be pruned until after they have flowered. Other types may be pruned now. If you are in doubt about pruning any type of tree or bush, consult a garden manual or ask an expert. Volume 13 Issue 8

•These flowering trees can be pruned after they have bloomed: dogwood, redbud, magnolia, flowering almond, weeping cherry. •These flowering vines can be pruned after blooming: bougainvillea, clematis, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, wisteria. •These flowering shrubs can be pruned after they bloom: azalea, forsythia, lilac, mock orange, privet hedge, pussy willow, weigela. All pruning is better done with sharp cutting implements. Also, look at the plant before you begin chopping away. Decide which limbs to trim. Many gardening books give descriptions of what to cut and what to leave. May Tips for Trees and Shrubs Feed flowering shrubs such as lilac, forsythia, mock orange and rose-of-Sharon along with deciduous trees and evergreens. Use any of these feeding methods: Attach a root feeder to your hose and stick it the ground. It has a container for concentrated food which is diluted by the water to force feed roots. Or use liquid plant food poured at the roots. Or dig granulated plant food into the soil. Spread new mulch under trees and shrubs. You have seen the way nurseries apply mulch around new trees with 4-6 inch area closest to the tree trunk very lightly mulched and then a deeper ring of mulch. Apply a 2 to 4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic material to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperature and to discourage weed growth. Avoid piling mulch too close to the tree trunk because it prevents water and oxygen from reaching the roots and trees will suffer. Be sure to "water in" new transplants of all kinds by soaking the soil around each planting, taking care not to wash it out of the freshly cultivated soil. This deep watering helps compact the soil around the roots, which gives support to the plant. Avoiding water problems Consider installing rain barrels to collect water that flows from your roof through your drains. To your barrels, connect nylon drip hoses and place them in your beds to provide water for your plants. After the initial cost of barrels, hoses, and installation, you will save money on

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GARDEN. Continued from page 14 your water bill, reduce runoff into the storm drains and the bay, and contribute to a cleaner environment. Plant native, drought resistant plants. These plants are adapted to the area and will not require a lot of watering. Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered. Deep watering twice a week encourages root development. Adding mulch to cover the soil will help stop evaporation. Do not allow flowerbeds or planters to dry out. This includes hanging baskets. Check them every other day, especially right after transplanting. In really hot weather, you will need to water them daily. Flowerbeds need at least an inch of water per week, whether from rain or a sprinkler or hose. If there is no rain for 5 to 7 days or , give the entire garden about an hour's worth of watering by sprinkler. If it stays sunny and dry and especially if it is windy, be aware that plants dry out faster and watering will need to be increased. Growing Fruits and Vegetables Carrots, lettuce, potatoes, corn, beans, peas and most popular vegetables, with the exception of the warmer weather crops, can be seeded or planted into the vegetable garden at any time now. Wait until mid to late May before planting the warmer weather crops like tomatoes, squash, cucumber, pumpkins and peppers. With a little luck, you may begin to see the first fruit on your strawberries by late this month. Provide some protective netting over them or the birds will really enjoy them. Newly planted strawberries should have the blossoms picked off until they become well established. Gourds can be planted late in the month, if your growing season is long enough. Herbs Add some herbs to your garden. Fresh herbs enhance the flavor of most dishes. They are easy to grow. Start with some of those you use most often in your cooking. Take basil for instance, a staple herb in any garden. It is popular in pesto pasta, as the main garnish. It is also added to soups and salads, and has a sharp, distinct taste that just goes well with any tomato dish. This herb is a tender annual, and is very susceptible to cold, so choose a warm, sunny spot. It is great for containers on your patio or deck. Another sun-loving herb which loves rich soil is chive. Chive is a hardy perennial that can be planted in the fall or spring. When planting, keep each herb 9-12 inches apart. Add in mulch to ward off weeds. Chive has dark green leaves with a weak onion taste, which makes it a fine addition to baked potatoes and dips. Parsley is yet another classic that has been used for generations. It is a popular seasoning in fancy dishes and also in home-made soups. It is also added to salads and omelets. This plant can thrive in partial shade to full sun, and prefers a richly fertilized soil. Parsley can be planted in mid spring or mid summer. You can sow seeds, or better yet, buy a young plant and transfer in your garden. Volume 13 Issue 8


If you decide to grow them in the ground, be aware of the spreading habits of many herbs and plan a way to contain them. Mint, in particular, runs everywhere and will take over a space if not contained. I prefer to use pots which makes it easier to control the soil and sun and conditions for each one. Keeping them near the door makes it handy to pick and use them. Container gardens can be designed to fit any space and add texture and color to your outdoor spaces. They are a great solution for areas where the soil is too difficult to dig due to roots from bigger shrubs and trees. It also makes it easier to move flowers around to different spots in the garden providing changes in color and texture without a lot of digging. Remember these plants will need to be watered more ofter than plants that are in the ground. Choosing the Best Soil To create a successful container garden, the most important ingredient is good potting soil. Choose a mixture that provides excellent drainage and good aeration. Miracle Grow makes a potting soil that holds water and controls its release to the plants. I particularly like that. "Look for 'professional' on the label," suggests Dr. Susan Hamilton, who oversees the University of Tennessee Gardens. "That word puts the potting soil in a whole different category. You'll be paying a little bit more, but it will be high quality." Is it really worth it to mix your own if you're a typical backyard gardener? "No," Hamilton says. "When you look at price and volume versus what you really need, you usually have a lot of material left over. Besides, bagged soils are pretty cost-effective because all the guesswork has been taken out of it. Professional blends have already been charged with starter nutrients and pH adjusted." Selecting Plants Select plants that are compatible in terms of light, water, growth and the conditions of the chosen site. Don't mix a shade-and-water-lover like impatiens with a dry-andsunny plant like thyme. Some plants, like mint, are such aggressive growers they need a pot of their own. Watering Your Container Garden Pay close attention to watering. For containers in sunny, hot or windy areas, watering twice a day may be necessary. A plant that has outgrown its pot will also need more frequent watering. It would be a good idea to repot it in a larger pot if it has become root bound. Consider using a water-absorbing polymer; it will improve the moisture retention of the potting soil. Some mixture already have this polymer added. Just like the grocery store, when you are buying garden products, read the labels. Top-dress your plants with mulch and a slow-release fertilizer. You'll reduce the evaporation rate and eliminate regular feedings. Sources: may_gardening_guide.html Page 15


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