March 2017 - Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

Ending

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/.

Now Through

June 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.

Starting

March 25

46th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

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/.

 Friday

March 3

5 – 8 pm 

First Friday Concert Series: Matt Thomas

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Join us for a live performance by acoustical harp guitarist Matt Thomas.  Thomas began playing finger style guitar at age 27 and was soon winning international awards, being inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall of Fame within the last few years.  The concert series is sponsored by PortsEvents, Towne Bank, Portsmouth Economic Development, 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

March 4

10 am – 1 pm

First Saturday – Reflection in Glass: Hot Glasswork Demonstrations & Gallery Talk

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

For the new exhibition of regional glass artists, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will host free admission to a “glass act” of programs, starting with a team of artists who will demonstrate and share with visitors their methods of working in hot glass.  In addition to the demonstrations, there will be a make-n-take glass art activity.  Following the morning event, Diane Wright, who helped jury the exhibition, will give a gallery talk starting at 1:30pm.  On First Saturdays, parking and the vent are free and open to the public.  For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com 

Saturday

March 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.

Sunday, March 5

Through

Saturday, March 11

Teen Tech Week

Location: Portsmouth Public Libraries

Teen Tech Week is an opportunity for libraries to shine the spotlight on the great digital resources available for teens! Many local libraries are highlighting their programs during this weeklong event. For more information please call 757-393-8501.

Saturday

March 11

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

March 11

11 am – 4 pm

Celebration of the Arts

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Young Audience of Virginia celebrates arts-in-education!  Celebration of the Arts is a family fun day filled with dances, musicians, storytellers, magicians and more through the day.  Teachers and PTA presidents will be admitted free with proper credentials to encourage exploration of how to integrate the arts into their curriculum.  For more information please call (757) 393-5258 or visit http://childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Tuesday

March 14

Noon

Second Tuesday Forum: “The Good Things Happening in Portsmouth Public Schools.”

Location: Main Library

Event Starts at Noon, Doors open at 11 am.

Join Dr. Elie Bracey, Superintendent of the Portsmouth Public Schools and Claude Parent, School Board Chairman as they discuss the great things happing in the Portsmouth Public School System.  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

March 14

6:30 – 7:30pm

Seed Starting and Seed Swap

Location: Churchland Branch Library

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture seed starting and seed swapping. 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.

Thursday

March 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.

Saturday

March 18

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

March 18

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 http://childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Saturday

March 18

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

March 19

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 http://childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Tuesday

March 21

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.

Friday

March 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

March 25

7 am

The Bunny Hop 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

If you were at either of the first two Bunny Hops you know that they were a lot of fun, and we hope that you will join us again this year. Proceeds benefit the Portsmouth Museums Foundation in support of the Children’s Museum of Virginia. So not only will you get some good exercise and an awesome post-race party, you are supporting the kids. All registered participants will recieve3 a race t-shirt, a race bib, and admission to our post-race party including a Chick-fil-A sandwich and refreshments from Smartmouth Brewing. Follow us on Facebook at BunnyHop5KVA for updates and information.

Sunday

March 26

9 – 11 am

Special Day for Special Needs

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Join us for another Special Day for Special Needs, an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy museum exploration with a reduced number of visitors.  We’ll open our doors early for you, adapt some of the exhibits and have quiet space available.  One caretaker per special needs child will be admitted for free but admission applies to other family members.  The museum will open to the general public at 11 am  and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum as long as they wish.  Sponsored by the Portsmouth Service League.  For more information, please call 757-393-5258 or visit   http://childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

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