February Events in Portsmouth, Virginia

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Chinese New Year Celebration at the Children's Museum
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Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination®

Open through May 12 - A special welcome gallery and nine unique activity stations invite children and families to use Tinkertoys to explore topics like renewable energy, to experiment with ideas and create their own inventions. Included with museum admission. Portsmouth Museum Members FREE.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth | 757-393-5258

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Tradition/Innovation Exhibit - Opening Reception

5 - 8 PM - Join the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission
for a reception celebrating the opening of an exhibit that features traditional arts and contemporary crafts from Virginia and the southeastern United States.

A Concert in the Courtyard offers live music by MSG, an acoustic blues trio who perform Piedmont style blues. Light refreshments are offered.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

FirstEvents - Olde Towne Portsmouth

Held the first Friday through Sunday of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community opens its doors along High Street between Effingham Street and the riverfront. Events and activities include Arts to Antiques Flea Market, free museum admission, exhibit openings and art afternoons, and a lot more. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | 757-397-7173

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Noon - 6 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Concert in the Courtyard

5 - 8 PM - live music by MSG, an acoustic blues trio who perform Piedmont style blues. Light refreshments are offered.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

2Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

10 AM - 2 PM - The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is conveniently located in the Middle Street Garage at the corner of Middle & London Streets and is held year round, rain or shine on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Always Free Admission & Free Parking! Call 757-339-1876 for additional information.

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Paths to Freedom

10AM - 5 PM - Learn our local ties and stories of the Underground Railroad.  Also, enjoy a special presentation on quilts and how they were used to find the “path to freedom.” Free admission.

Presented by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum | 757-393-8591 www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

10 AM - 4 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Football Fanatics Family Fun Day at the
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

11 AM - 3 PM - Football themed arts and crafts as well as contests for the whole family. 

For more information, please call 757-393-8031 or www.vshfm.com

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Artist Demonstrations in the Courtyard

11 AM - 3 PM - Southern Craft & Traditional artists Monée Bengtson & Miriam Riggs will demonstrate embroidery and painting floor cloths.
2 PM - Guided gallery tour of Tradition/Innovation

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Echoes of Joy

Noon - 3pm - A day for caring for the homeless and disadvantaged. Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center, 900 Elm Avenue

For more information, please call 757-393-8595

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Tradition/Innovation Exhibit

Open through April - This celebration of master craftspeople and traditional artists from the south offers quotes, floor clothes, glass, baskets, woodworking and Mardi Gras Indian costumes.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Portsmouth Book Group

6:30 - 7:45 pm - Are you a voracious reader who loves to talk about books? Come join the Portsmouth Book Group! Our book selections are eclectic, so we hope to attract a wide variety of readers. Try us out and share the titles you would like to discuss.

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-393-8759

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Why do THEY Do That? A series of understanding

2 p.m. - Odd Outfits/Attitudes about Attire: Religious Clothing. An ongoing series to discuss the differences and similarities of religious cultures and rituals.  $5 donation at the door.  Space is limited, please call ahead 757-391-9266

Presented by the Jewish Museum & Cultural Center
(Chevra T’helim Synagogue)
607 Effingham St.
www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session

6 PM - City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639

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Annual Buffalo Riders Parade of Horses

10 AM - This annual eight-mile parade is regarded as one of the longest parade routes in the nation!

The parade will start at I.C. Norcom High School, located at 1800 High Street, and continue as follows: down High Street; left onto Frederick Boulevard; left onto Portsmouth Boulevard; left onto Elm Avenue; left onto High Street; and ending at I.C.Norcom High School.

After the parade, the Buffalo Riders will honor Buffalo Soldier Gidwood Sutton who served in the United States Army as a Buffalo Soldier from 1940 until 1945.

The Buffalo Riders, founded in 1997, is an African-American equestrian team that honors the contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers and the Black Cowboys of the Old West. Annually, the Buffalo Riders Parade of Horses is held in their memory.

For more information about the parade, contact:
Trooper Ken Wright at (757) 286-1493 or kenwrightart@cox.net
Rick Blunt, Vice President, at (757) 556-9044 or rblunt56@yahoo.com

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session - 5 PM

Regular City Council Meeting - 7 PM

City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639

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Second Tuesday Forum: “Unknown No Longer” by Dr. Lauranett Lee, Curator of African American History.

Noon (Doors open at 11 am) Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 757- 393-8759

Commodore Theater

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Family Movie Night

6:00 pm - Enjoy a night out and bring your family to watch a movie on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Freedom Train - Willett Hall

9:45am & 11:45am - Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period.

For more information, please call 800-272-8874 or visit www.classicproductions.org
Willett Hall website

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The Year of the Snake - a Chinese New Year Celebration

9:00 am- 5:00 pm Happy New Year- Chinese New Year, that is! Help us celebrate the biggest festival of the year as we ring in the Year of the Snake. Enjoy dancing, music, art and home decorations.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St. | 757-393-5258.

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session

6 PM - City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639

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Teen Book Club

2:45 – 4pm - Middle and high school teens ages 13 - 18 interested in the monthly teen book club. Participants get their books at the meeting.

Manor Library - For more information, please call 757-465-2916

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Portsmouth City Council Meeting

Public Work Session - 5 PM

Regular City Council Meeting - 7 PM

City Hall Building, 801 Crawford Street

City of Portsmouth | 757-393-8639


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