Hoffler Creek Early Bird Walk

January 2016 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

January

1 – 3

46th Annual TCC Art Faculty Exhibition

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Visual Arts Center full-time and adjunct faculty members present a diversity of art media including glass, pottery, painting, photography, drawing, computer generated work and mixed media.

Saturday

Jan. 2

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 s 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

Jan. 9

8 – 10 am

Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join local birding enthusiasts to spot local and migratory birds at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Free and open to all.  For more information please call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

Jan. 9

10 am – Noon

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.

Saturday

Jan. 9

10 am – 1 pm

Volunteer Work Day

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you help maintain the trails at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.

For more information please call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

Jan. 9

2 – 3 pm

Ranger Walk with Organic Hot Chocolate

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join our Education Ranger for a behind the scenes tour of the park in winter with hot chocolate in your hand.  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 or to register please call 757-399-7487.

Tuesday

Jan. 12

Noon (doors open 11am)

Second Tuesday Forum: “NASA and the Journey to Mars”

Location: Commodore Theater

Join Dr. Phillip A. Williams, Research Physicist from NASA Langley Research Center, discuss NASA and the Journey to Mars.  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 by the Commodore Theater and lunch may be ordered from their regular menu.  For more information please call 757-393-8759.

Tuesday

Jan. 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Master Gardener’s Series: New Plants

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Free gardening lecture on starting from seeds.  Virginia Cooperative Extension/Portsmouth Master Gardner.  For more information please call (757) 393-5197.

January 16
through
March 3

Hand Papermaking Exhibit – “Pulped Under Pressure”

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Opening Reception:  January 21 at 7 p.m.
Artist Reni Gower will give an informal gallery talk preceding the reception at 6:30 p.m.

Co-curated by Gower and Melissa Potter, “Pulped Under Pressure” features work by seven female artists from California, Illinois and Virginia including Gower, Potter, Jillian Bruschera, Julia Goodman, Trisha Martin, Marilyn Propp and Maggie Puckett.

Through their traditional hand papermaking, these artists uniquely explore some of the most timely and pressing issues facing civilization today. Topics such as conservation, identity, collaboration and community engagement, encourage contemplation and are steeped in history and craft.

The featured artists ignore the most common function of paper as a writing surface and instead challenge themselves in the manipulation and transformation of this material with compelling content that contradicts our digital age.

Saturday

Jan. 16

10:30 am – Noon

Naked Tree Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join local forester, Mike Aherron with the Virginia Department of Forestry for a walk to learn about how local flora spends the winter.

Free and open to all.  For more information please call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

Jan. 16

10 am

Linwood Pettaway: Community Hero Portrait Drawing Workshop

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

A guided drawing workshop taught by local artist Linwood Pettaway. Students will sketch a portrait of an African American hero. Art supplies will be provided.
Workshop Fee: $7 Museum members $8 non-members (Fee includes museum admission)
Registration deadline: January 13th – Pre-registration required
Call 757-393-5258, ext. 44

Saturday

Jan. 16

11:30 am, 12:30 & 1:30 pm

Orisirisi African Folklore

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Orisirisi African Folklore is a performing arts company that uses folk tales, legends, myths, music, dance, children’s games, and other African rooted folklore to teach, entertain and illuminate the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture.  For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

Jan. 16

2:30 pm

Ekphrasis Workshop & Brighton Elementary School Choir

Location: Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum

Featuring poetry reading inspired by the artwork of Linwood Pittway. Mr. Pettaway’s art will also be on display at the museum. A performance by the Brighton Elementary School Choir will begin the program that aims to inspire local poets to make history through their writings. FREE and open to the public.

Saturday

Jan. 16

3 pm

Orisirisi African Folklore

Location: Portsmouth Main Library

Orisirisi African Folklore is a performing arts company that uses folk tales, legends, myths, music, dance, children’s games, and other African rooted folklore to teach, entertain and illuminate the beauty and poignancy of African life and culture.  For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Monday

Jan. 18

7:30 am

Martin Luther King Jr. I have a Dream Annual Breakfast

Location: Edmonds Center – 2714 Frederick Blvd.

Sponsored by Church and Community In Action
Speaker: Reverend Kelvin Turner, Zion Baptist Church
Honorees: Dr. Lydia P. Patton, Dr. Mark Whitaker, Ms. Marolyn Wiggins, and Mr. George Minor
Tickets $35. For more information call 757-399-7374, ext. 12

January 21
through
February 27

Walk-A-Weigh (WAW) Adult Healthy Lifestyle Program

Location: Kickoff: Virginia Cooperative Extensions Office – Portsmouth (6:30 – 8:30 pm)
Sessions start on Saturdays at various library locations – TBA (10:30 – 11:30 am)

WAW is a six-week, award winning, healthy lifestyle program that provides sessions on nutrition, physical activity and some healthy recipe sampling.  The program includes 3 weigh-ins for healthy weight management.

Registration fee: $10 per person.

For more information please call Crystal Barber at 757-393-5125 or email at cvbarber@vt.edu

Saturday

Jan. 23

10 am – Noon

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.

Saturday

Jan. 23

2 pm

Sheila Arnold and Sarah Brady, A Performance of Civil Rights Voices
POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 20

Location: Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum

Sheila Arnold and Sarah Brady, performing artists with Young Audiences, introduce the voices of civil rights activists as a way to challenge and inspire a younger generation to explore the topic of civil rights and become today’s history makers.

For more information please call (757) 393-8983, Ext. 20

Tuesday

Jan. 26

10 am – 2 pm

Homeschool Day

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia & Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum

The doors are opened to homeschool families for a day of amusement, learning and fun. The Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will have grade-specific educational programs throughout the event. The event is free for members of each museum and guests ages 2 years and above will receive admissions to both museums for only $9. (Rain/Snow date: March 22) For more information please call 757-393-5258

Saturday

Jan. 30

10 am – Noon

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.

Saturday

Jan. 30

11 am – 3 pm

Echoes of Joy

Location: Neighborhood Facility Recreation Center

A day of caring hosted by the City of Portsmouth Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services, offering direct services to the city’s homeless. For more information please call 757-393-8481.

Saturday

Jan. 30

9-11 am

Budget Community Engagement Meeting

Location: Wilson High School

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

Sunday

Jan. 31

2 pm

From Here to Eternity: The Evolution of Burial practices in American-Jewish Culture

Location: Jewish Museum & Cultural Center

Dr. Michael Panitz speaks on the Evolution of Burial Practices Like all other Jewish rituals, those surrounding death represent an accumulation of authoritative biblical and rabbinic precedents.  The phenomenon of death is mysteries.  Jewish practices have always provided an avenue for community support from sickness to death, from funeral to burial, from grieving to comforting.  We trace our Jewish practices of burial to Abraham. For more information please call 757-391-9266.

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