Friends of the Valdese Rec
October Newsletter
Community Covered Dish Picnic
Monday, October 7 ~ Noon at Valdese Lakeside Park

Bring a food item to share (casserole, dessert, side, etc.) and join us for lunch.
The picnic area is only 0.2 mile into the park and we can help you carry items if needed. FVR will provide paper products, utensils, drinks and serving tables. There is picnic table seating for 32 - you may want to bring a folding chair for better socializing. After lunch, we will go for a group walk for those who are interested.
Celebration Among Friends
Friday, November 1 ~ 5:30 pm at the Old Rock School

It has been 2 years since our celebration for getting grants and donations for the land. 
Let's celebrate again, this time for getting grants and community donations for amenities! We will also recognize our faithful volunteers. Social at 5:30 pm, Program at 6:00 pm.
Kellex Award Presented
Pictured (l-r): Chris Rice, Bryan Beam, Beth Heile, Quex Little
Kellex Seating was presented the Business Conservationist of the Year Award in Cary, NC on Saturday, September 7. Friends of the Valdese Rec nominated Kellex for their dedication to Valdese Lakeside Park and sustainable practices used in their local factory and their industry.
Fun at the Falls - Free Family Fun

With free crafts, free educational programs and a free hot dog lunch, approximately 200 attendees enjoyed their day at McGalliard Falls Park.

Kids made pine cone bird feeders, created art out of recycled plastic bottle tops and painted rocks to hide around the county. For education, there was a finding critters in the creek program, a fossil hunt and a fly tying demo.

Friends of the Valdese Rec, Bimbo Bakeries, Catawba River Wildlife Coalition and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation – Great Outdoors University worked together to provide the free day. After the activities, Burke Sunrise Rotary held their Duck Derby Fundraiser.

Even with the grants that have been awarded, we still need money for the bridge across McGalliard Creek to complete the 2-mile greenway trail.

Help us Bridge the Gap!!

Donate Today
FVR Volunteers are AMAZING

Look at all these FVR volunteers who showed up independently at The Levee Brewery and Pub for a Highlands Family Farm dinner. These volunteers support our parks and our local businesses!! What an amazing group - always giving and having fun at the same time.

Thanks to September Volunteers:
Fun at the Falls: Rick Pons, Kimberley Waldroff-Simpkins, Rachel Watts, Cadence Davis, Beth Heile, Joyce Brittain, Don Brittain, Joyce Brittain
Tuesday VLP Cleanup: Val Scott, Clinton Scott, Beth Heile, Eric Heile, Mark Rostan, Sam Fitzwater
Catawba River Cleanup: Tom Troy, Eric Heile, Beth Heile, Tom Kenney, Susan Bottafuoco, Bob Richards
Working Together

14 members of FVR and/or Catawba River Wildlife Coalition teamed up to gather 16 bags of trash, 5 tires and other random stuff along a 3 mile paddle.
Still not sure how to get to Valdese Lakeside Park?

From Valdese -
Take Laurel St North
Turn right on Lovelady Road
Turn left on Lake Rhodhiss Drive
Go 1 mile to the end of the road
Park in grassy field to left (before Waste Water Treatment Plant gate)

Look for the new large sign in the parking area.
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PO Box 994
Valdese, NC 28690

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