February 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

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March 2

Multiple Abstractions

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Through their abstract creations, Sally Bowring (Richmond, VA) and Eloise Shelton-Mayo (Virginia Beach, VA) explore process driven compositions and personal meaning.  Bowring’s large-scale paintings are inspired, in part, by the gardens in Manhattans Cloisters.  Shelton-Mayo focuses on themes of transition, memory, and home in her oil and cold wax pieces.  Complementary glass vessels by Julie Larkin (Virginia Beach, VA) will be on view in the exhibit cases.  All three women create work that is both geometric and organic.  For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

Starting

February 4

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.

Wednesdays
February 3
through March 9
10:30 – 11:30 am

Write Where You Are: A Creative Writing Workshop

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Have fun releasing your inner writer. In this weekly writing group, you’ll write to clues provided – photos, objects, ideas. Then whenever you are ready, and only when you are ready, you will share your work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Lisa Hartz holds an MA in English Writing from Hollins University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She is the former Director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA and current Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project. Lisa has been reaching writing classes for over ten years.

The cost is $115 ($100 for members). Please call 757-393-8543 to register by 4pm on Friday, January 22.

Tuesday

February 2

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Budget Community Engagement Meeting

Location: I.C. Norcom High School

Objective: To provide the citizens of Portsmouth with a more transparent budget process to ensure an efficient and highly effective government.

Thursday

February 4

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.

Thursday

February 4

11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Talking Drums & Dancing Feet

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Dance, sing and drum along with Atumpan’s Creative Thunder Dance Theater.  Meet singing turtles, talking snakes, and a host of other imaginative animals as A.C.T. Dance Theater brings folktales to life with their story and adventure ballet.  For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Thursday

February 4

Noon – 4 pm

Ruth Brown: Portsmouth’s Own Queen of R & B

Location: Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum and Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center

Celebrate the achievements of one of Portsmouth’s own in a tribute to actress and the Queen of R & B Ruth Brown.  This tribute will include a video and photography display of this legendary lady from noon  – 4pm  with a 60-minute concert from 1 – 2pm at the Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center.  For more information, please call 757-393-8983 or visit www.portsvaafricanamericanheritage.com.

Saturday

February 6

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Budget Community Engagement Meeting

Location: Churchland High School

Objective: To provide the citizens of Portsmouth with a more transparent budget process to ensure an efficient and highly effective government.

Friday

February 10

2 – 4 pm

Forestry Stewardship Corps

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Help target invasive plants and rejuvenate the forest of Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Invasive plants impact the health of the forest by killing off natives, changing the habitat and affecting the food chain.  Learn how to identify and remove these plants and what you can do at home to keep them away and restore habitat to your own backyard.  All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18.  Free – Registration is required.  For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit http://www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com/

Saturday

February 11

8 – 10:30 am

Winter Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for the first bird walk of winter to see which waterfowl are making Lake Ballard their winter resting area.  Stroll around the preserve with local birding experts to identify bird in the area by sight and sound.  Bring binoculars or spotting scopes for best viewing.  Enjoy this quite time at Hoffler Creek before the gates open to daily guests.  Gates will open at 7:30am and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek’s Headquarters before the walk.  Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.  Gates close at 8:10am.  This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help continue to provide similar programming.  For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org.

Saturday

February 11

10 am – 1 pm

Volunteer Work Day

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes along way when you join Hoffler Creek for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event.   For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org.

Saturday

February 11

12 – 1 pm

Road to Health: Healthy Lifestyle Class

Location: Main Library

Come to the Main Library and learn about ways was to eat healthier (healthier alternatives that are quick and inexpensive). Learn simple tips on how to read nutrition labels and enjoy our food demonstration with taste test (strawberries dipped in dark chocolate). This class is free and is taught by a health educator from the Portsmouth Health Department. F For more information please call 757-393-8501.

Saturday

February 11

1:30 pm

All I Want for Valentine’s Day is a Chocolate Factory: Chocolate Dipping and Tasting with MaryAnn Boho of The Williamsburg Chocolatier

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Take a dip – into chocolate!! Special guest Maryann Boho of the Williamsburg Chocolatier returns to share her expertise and samples with museum visitors who are interested in eating chocolate. And, well….who isn’t interested in chocolate? Boho will offer hands-on, easy chocolate dipping techniques that guests can try and then test the results. No cooking experience is necessary. She will also answer questions about chocolate and her own family business. There is a minimal cost of $2.00 for participants that who want to try making their own confections out of delicious treats. F or more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit http://www.portsmouthartcenter.com/

Saturday

February 11

3 pm

Jump into Jonkannu

Location: Brighton Elementary School

Sing and dance along with the New Bern Jonkannu Band from North Carolina as they use African inspired regalia and percussion to the pageantry of a Colonial era African-American parade style celebration.  For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Saturday

February 11

7 – 9 pm

Sweetheart Full Moon Walk at Hoffler Creek

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Grab your sweetheart for this one-of-a-kind winter full moon walk. After a brisk winter walk under the February full moon, warm up by the fire with warm cider, wine, cheese and goodies. Advanced registration is required. $35 per couple nonmembers; $25 per couple members. This is an adults only event. Space is limited. Rian date is February 12. Register online at www.hofflercreekorg.

Tuesday

February 14

Noon

Second Tuesday Forum: “So you have a Concussion, Now What?”

Location: Main Library

Event starts at Noon, Doors open at 11 am.

Join Dr. Douglas Gregory, F.A.A.P for an informative discussion on concussions.  In addition to general pediatrics, Dr. Gregory specializes in pediatric primary care sports medicine and developmental pediatrics. He lectures nationally on pediatric primary care sports medicine issues. He has been the team physician for Western Branch High School in Chesapeake since 1984.  The Second Tuesday Forum series is sponsored by the Portsmouth Public Library and funded by grants from the Portsmouth Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, Portsmouth General Hospital Foundation, The City of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Art Commission.  All forums are free and open to the public.  Reservations are not needed.  Complimentary beverages are provided.  For more information please call 757-393-8759.

Tuesday

February 14

6:30 – 7:30 pm

From the Ground up – How to Start a New Garden

Location: Churchland Branch Library

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture on how to start a new garden from the ground up. 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

February 15

4:30 – 7:30 pm

African American History Expo

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Join us for workshops, musical performances and have some fun learning about African American History. For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Thursday

February 16

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.

Thursday

February 16

4 pm

Teen Career Exploration: Cracking your Career Code

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Are you curious about your options after high school? Want to explore your interests or find out what interests you? Come join us for a series of workshops that will help you discover what you want to do after you graduate and what technical training or college degree you need to pursue your goals, as well as how to be financially savvy.  This program is hosted by Portsmouth Public Library and Career Access Network.  For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Friday

February 17

2 – 4 pm

Forestry Stewardship Corps

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Help target invasive plants and rejuvenate the forest of Paradise Creek Nature Park.  Invasive plants impact the health of the forest by killing off natives, changing the habitat and affecting the food chain.  Learn how to identify and remove these plants and what you can do at home to keep them away and restore habitat to your own backyard.  All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18.  Free – Registration is required.  For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit http://www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com/

Saturday

February 18

10 am, 1 pm, & 4 pm

STEMulating Minds with Little Bits Workshop

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Who knows what spark of creative inspired great black inventors like George Alcorn, inventor of the imaging X-ray spectrometer or Dr. Philip Emeagwali, inventor of the world’s fastest computer? Let Little Bits be a spark of imagination for your young inventor while they learn about influential black scientists and inventors.  Bits are electronic building blocks that allow inventors to make amazing things, both big and small.  For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Saturday

February 18

1 – 4 pm

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Day

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Come out for this special volunteer event to help Hoffler Creek remove non-native invasive plant species before the spring growing season.  The events will focus on the removal of English Ivy, privet and other winter-prevalent species.  For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org.

Saturday

February 18

2 – 4 pm

Portsmouth Public School Chorus and Music Student Performance

Location: Portsmouth Main Library

Take a break from your busy schedule and listen to some musical performances by local school children. For more information, please call 757-393-8501 or visit www.portsmouth-va-public-library.com.

Tuesday

February 21

6 pm

Family Movie Night

Location: Churchland Branch 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.

Friday

February 24

3:30 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.

Saturday

February 25

1 pm & 3 pm

Bright Star Theater Presents: Black History Hall of Fame

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Join us in this fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame.  In just 45-minutes your young audience will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers who have largely contributed to shaping our nations, past, present, and future.  You will see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison and that’s just to name a few.  Young audiences volunteers and incredibly talented performers bring this show to life in every way. For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit www.childrensmuseumvirginia.com.

Saturday

February 25

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.

Sunday

February 26

2 pm

7th Annual Chevra Cinema: Biloxi Blues

Location: Jewish Museum & Cultural Center

Biloxi Blues 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.

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