Friends of the Valdese Rec
October Newsletter
Children's Park Grand Reopening

On Saturday, Sept 29, over 100 people stopped by for 
Hot Dogs, Crafts and a Creek Exploration Program

Sponsored by: Bimbo Bakeries, FVR, Valdese Rec Dept, NC Wildlife Federation

Thanks to our FVR member volunteers: Roy Sweezy, Phyllis Sweezy, Don Brittain. Joyce Brittain, Rachel Watts, Karen Knight, Jeanette Norman, Ingrid Farrar, Beth Heile
Member Spot Light - Rachel Watts 
During the last several months, Rachel Watts has been a constant when FVR needs a volunteer. She worked 2 Valdese Lakeside Park Cleanups, the Trails Day event, Festival Booth and the Children's Park event. She is hard working and dependable, but the best thing about Rachel is she doesn't have to be told step-by-step what to do and finds ways to improve what she is doing. For her girl scout silver project, she worked with another scout to create a Bird Sanctuary and planting area at McGalliard Falls Park. Her family has held an FVR Membership for several years and are Valdese Lakeside Park donors. We are grateful to have Rachel as a part of FVR. She is a Junior at DHS and you can see her Tuesday night marching with the Wildcat Band in the Homecoming Parade.

Spruce Up at the Splash Park -
On Friday morning, September 28, four FVR members spent their time pulling weeds and picking up trash. Thanks to Spence & Jayne Borden, Kate Carter and Beth Heile for helping keep our parks looking good.
Details on a Local Chapter of NCWF Coming Soon
Tom Kenney, Evan Crawley, Roy Sweezy and Beth Heile met with with NCWF Conservation Organizer Tara Moore about a chapter from Burke and Caldwell Counties to focus on the Lake Rhodhiss area. A group name and tentative schedule for the year have been planned. The first meeting will be in November - details will be provided when confirmed.
New Year's Resolution Runs

January 1, 2019 – 9:00 am

Tackle the Trails at Valdese Lakeside Park (5K & 10K)

Hosted by
Friends of the Valdese Rec
Valdese Parks and Rec Dept
Draughn High School

Proceeds go to Amenities at Valdese Lakeside Park

$25 Fee - Register: UltraSignup or Mail in Paper Form
Group Practice Runs
Join us for weekly group training sessions on the Trails
to prepare for the Valdese Lakeside Park New Year's Resolution Runs (5K & 10K) 
8 Dates · Oct 18 - Dec 13 (Skipping Thanksgiving Week)

5:30 pm - start for 10K at a leisurely pace led by Mark Rostan. You will practice the course each time.
6:00 pm - start for 5K - with run/walk system led by Beth Heile. You will explore different trails getting 3.1 miles in each time.
Anytime - come and do your own thing knowing there will be other runners/walkers on the trails
Meet at the grassy field on the left at the end of Lake Rhodhiss Dr. 
Times may be adjusted if it is getting dark

Photo by Zakk Heile -
Long View Standing in Meadow by the Water at Valdese Lakeside Park
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