April 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

Ending

April 23

46th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Awards Presentation/Opening Reception, Saturday April 1 at 11am

A year’s work culminates with a student show chosen from completed VAC course projects.  Featuring over 200 pieces by more than 100 students, works represent program courses in Studio Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Ceramics and Glassblowing.  Awards recognizing artistic excellence will be distributed at the awards presentation. For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

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May 14

AN ABSTRACT LOOK: Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi 

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.

The exhibit An Abstract Look pivots on two meanings.  On its face, the phrase suggests the appearance of abstraction as genuine and authentic, and references practices widely used by artists in the 1980s and 1990s.  Additionally, it references contributions by William DeKooning who in 1951 refers to abstract as a moveable style that destabilized the prevailing modes.

These four artists take a position between the two readings of the phrase, “an abstract look.”  Through installations of paintings on canvas, paper and mixed media, their work knowingly references previous styles and ambitions, while raising awareness to abstraction’s historical call for awareness and continuation to remain relevant.  For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

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June 3

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Crossing the threshold of this exhibit means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaur in Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice!  As visitors move through the exhibit, they encounter unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes and opportunities to investigate clues about what the dinosaurs left behind.  The exhibit features three distinct sections:  Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat) and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig component).  When playing in this engaging environment, children experience countless opportunities for showcasing critical thinking skills such as: questioning, reasoning, theorizing, observing, contemplating, planning, executing and synthesizing.  For more information, visit www.childrensmuseumva or call 757-393-5258.

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June 4

EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Artwork of the Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Contemporary glass artists explore new directions in glass media following the mastery of the glass art movement spawned during the 1970s.  From neon to hot-worked and cold-formed glass, Embracing Narrative features the work by members of the Washington Glass School, located in Washington DC and Virginia Glass Guild, originally founded as the Peninsula Glass Guild.  Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Saturday

April 1

10 am – 1 pm

Olde Towne Portsmouth Mini Farmers Market

Location: Corner of High Street and Court Street

Ready to shop for some fresh veggies and pastured poultry, eggs, and beef? Head to Court Street for a mini-market of the best food you can buy. For more information 757-397-6395

Saturday

April 1

10 am – 2 pm

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Location: Middle Street Garage

Great finds of all kinds.  With more than 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will enjoy hunting through this eclectic collection of unique and antique wares.  Discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, handmade crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one of a kind items priced to sell.  For more information please call 757-405-3500.

Saturday

April 1

11 am

Awards Presentation/ Opening Reception: 46th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition

Location: Commodore Theater

Awards recognizing artistic excellence. A year’s work culminates with a student show chosen from completed VAC course projects.  Featuring over 200 pieces by more than 100 students, works represent program courses in Studio Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Ceramics and Glassblowing.  For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

Monday

April 3

6 – 9 pm

2017 Portsmouth Police Citizen’s Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Academy | 309 Columbia Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Have you ever wondered what a patrol officer, K9 officer, dispatcher, or detective does on a daily basis? Or are you just curious how the police department works behind the scenes?
You’re not alone! Getting the answers to these and other exciting questions about your police department is as easy 1-2-3!

Enroll in our next Citizen’s Academy class by calling (757) 393-8088 or sending an email to jacobsb@portsmouthva.gov

The goal of our Citizen’s Academy is to inform, educate, and help reduce crime in our community by forging lasting and strong partnerships with our citizens.

Tuesday

April 4

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Visiting Artist: Illustrated Lecture

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

Tuesday

April 4

7 pm

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

Location: Willett Hall

Through world-class musical presentations and ceremonies, The U.S. Air Force Band helps create bonds between the United States and the worldwide community. Using music to bridge language, cultural, societal and socio-economic differences, the Band’s performances advance international relationships and inspire positive and long-lasting impressions of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America. Free and open to the public.  For more information please call 757-393-5460 or visit http://www.willett-hall-portsmouth.com/

Friday

April 7

5 – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series: Jimmy Masters Quartet

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Jimmy Masters once again brings his extraordinary talents to the Courtyard, accompanied by some of the finest jazz soloists around. The concert series is sponsored by PortsEvents, Towne Bank, The Portsmouth Partnership and the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Exhibits and music are free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com,

Saturday

April 8

Noon – 4 pm

Nano Day

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Immerse yourself in SMALL-SCALE science with experiments and demonstrations led by students from Norfolk State University. Test your Nano IQ and meet the scientist who bring this cutting edge technology to your everyday life. Your eyes will be HUGE after seeing these activities. Co-hosted by Norfolk State University. For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Sunday

April 9

2 pm

7th Annual Chevra Cinema: Broadway Danny Rose

Location: Jewish Museum & Cultural Center

Broadway Danny Rose will be introduced by Professor Andrew Quicke – Former Bureau Chief CBN Jerusalem, Israel. $5 at the door. For more information visit www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org or call 757-391-9266.

Monday

April 10

6 – 9 pm

2017 Portsmouth Police Citizen’s Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Academy | 309 Columbia Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Have you ever wondered what a patrol officer, K9 officer, dispatcher, or detective does on a daily basis? Or are you just curious how the police department works behind the scenes?
You’re not alone! Getting the answers to these and other exciting questions about your police department is as easy 1-2-3!

Enroll in our next Citizen’s Academy class by calling (757) 393-8088 or sending an email to jacobsb@portsmouthva.gov

The goal of our Citizen’s Academy is to inform, educate, and help reduce crime in our community by forging lasting and strong partnerships with our citizens.

Tuesday

April 11

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Time to Plant your Garden, Vegetable or Flower

Location: Churchland Branch Library

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture on time to plant your garden, vegetable or flower. Their mission is to educate Portsmouth residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices. They are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to the community. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Wednesday

April 12

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Visiting Graphic Designer: Illustrated Lecture

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

 

April 12 – 15

12:30 – 1:30 pm

65th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT)

Location: Churchland High School

Each year the basketball world focuses on Portsmouth as 64 of the nation’s best college seniors participate in a four-day, twelve-game tournament. Scouts from every NBA Team are on-site to evaluate their talent. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl ‘The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom. www.PortsmouthInvitational.com.

 Saturday

April 15

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Monday

April 17

6 – 9 pm

2017 Portsmouth Police Citizen’s Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Academy | 309 Columbia Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Have you ever wondered what a patrol officer, K9 officer, dispatcher, or detective does on a daily basis? Or are you just curious how the police department works behind the scenes?
You’re not alone! Getting the answers to these and other exciting questions about your police department is as easy 1-2-3!

Enroll in our next Citizen’s Academy class by calling (757) 393-8088 or sending an email to jacobsb@portsmouthva.gov

The goal of our Citizen’s Academy is to inform, educate, and help reduce crime in our community by forging lasting and strong partnerships with our citizens.

Tuesday

April 18

6 pm

Family Movie Night

Location: Churchland Library

Enjoy the latest series of programming at Churchland with our monthly movie night. Movie will be shown on the big screen. Bring a friend and munch on some popcorn! For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Thursday

April 20

3:30 – 4:45 pm

True Colors Teen Coloring Club

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Why let the kids have all the fun? Teens like to color too! Join our “True Colors” Teen Coloring Group Churchland Branch in the Teen Scene Room. Come and invite a friend! For more information call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

April 22

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

April 22

10 am – 5 pm

3rd Annual Mini-Con

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Portsmouth Public Library’s 3rd Annual Comic-Con will host local artists, vendors and the best local geek culture. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, please call 757-686-32538 or visit www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com.

Saturday

April 22

2 – 3 pm

Ranger Walk with Free Native Seeds

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join our Education Ranger for a behind the scenes tour of the park in spring. Learn insider facts, bring your binoculars to spy on winter wildlife and have your nature questions answered by our ranger. Suitable for adults and children. Free but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 ext. 202 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Monday

April 24

6 – 9 pm

2017 Portsmouth Police Citizen’s Academy

Location: Portsmouth Police Training Academy | 309 Columbia Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Have you ever wondered what a patrol officer, K9 officer, dispatcher, or detective does on a daily basis? Or are you just curious how the police department works behind the scenes?
You’re not alone! Getting the answers to these and other exciting questions about your police department is as easy 1-2-3!

Enroll in our next Citizen’s Academy class by calling (757) 393-8088 or sending an email to jacobsb@portsmouthva.gov

The goal of our Citizen’s Academy is to inform, educate, and help reduce crime in our community by forging lasting and strong partnerships with our citizens.

Wednesday

April 26

2 – 3 pm

Anime Meet Up

Location: Main Library

Meet us at the Main Library for an afternoon of conversations and refreshments as we talk about Anime. For more information, please call 757-393-8501.

Thursday

April 27

 9 – 11 am

Healthy Hampton Roads: Healthy Community Summit Series – Advancing the Regional Agenda, Meeting 1

Location: TBD

Join City and community leaders as they collaborate on a regional agenda for health and to discuss healthy city campaign priorities across Hampton Roads.  Free and open to the Public.  For more information visit www.cinchcoaliton.org.

Saturday

April 29

7:30 – 9:30 am

The Great Migration Bird Walk

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Join local experts on a tour of the park. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from Paradise Creek . All skill levels are welcome. Free but registration is required. Please call 757-399-7487 ext. 202 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

April 29

9 am – 5K
10 am – 1 Mile Dog Walk

Portsmouth Humane Society: 9th Annual Cause for Paws 5K

Location: North Landing Park

Whether you are a runner, walker, or you just enjoy a great family day filled with wonderful dogs, we hope you will join us for the 9th Annual Cause for Paws fundraiser. The festival begins at 10 AM and features rescue groups, live music, activities for the young and old – 2 and 4 legged, and raffle prizes. For more information on how to register please visit www.portsmouthhumanesociety.org or call (757) 397-6004.

Saturday

April 29

1 pm & – 2:30 pm

The Really Big Dinosaur Show

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The Rainbow Puppet Productions presents an all new production of their most popular show and it’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing…there’s a long necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16-feet from nose to tail, there a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. And this time, the dinosaurs and their friends will actually be brought out into the audience so that you experience them face-to-face. Included with paid admission into the Children’s Museum of Virginia. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Saturday

April 29

2 – 4 pm

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Sunday

April 30

1 pm & – 2:30 pm

The Really Big Dinosaur Show

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

The Rainbow Puppet Productions presents an all new production of their most popular show and it’s not called “The Really Big Dinosaur Show” for nothing…there’s a long necked dinosaur that stretches out over 16-feet from nose to tail, there a nine foot tall T-Rex, and there’s a mountain that comes to life and begins singing a song. And this time, the dinosaurs and their friends will actually be brought out into the audience so that you experience them face-to-face. Included with paid admission into the Children’s Museum of Virginia. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

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