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 4

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

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Opening Reception: March 3, 5-8 pm

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

Starting

March 17

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

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

6 – 8 pm 

Acoustic Jam Night

Location: Olde Towne Arts & Music

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, TowneBank, 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 – 1:30 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.

Thursday

March 9

4 pm

Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum’s Lecture Series: One Woman’s Navy Career

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Join Captain Beth Silsdorf, Norfolk Naval Shipyard Operations Officer tells about her career in the Navy. Presented by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum. For more information please call (757) 393-8591.

Thursday

March 9

7 – 8:30 pm

Volunteer Orientation

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join us for an introduction to the Preserve and its history and how you can help accomplish our mission. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

March 11

8 – 10:30 am

Winter Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for our last Early Bird Walk of the winter to catch our lingering winter fowl and early migrators alike around Lake Ballard. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

Saturday

March 11

2 – 3 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.

Saturday

March 11

8 – 10:30 am

Paddle Guide and Kayak Helper Basic Training

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us to learn the basics that each kayak helper or paddle guide needs to know for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

Saturday

March 11

5 – 6 pm

Paddle Guide and Kayak Helper Basic Training

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us to learn the basics that each kayak helper or paddle guide needs to know for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

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/

Monday

March 13

 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

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

9:00 – 11:00 am

Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium Meeting | The Naked Truth: Why we Must Support the Arts

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Emily Reaves, Chair, Consortium Overview
HOSTED BY THE CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF GREATER HAMPTON ROADS

SPEAKERS
Linda Dyer, Development Director
The Hurrah Players of Norfolk

Ed Harvey, President
Virginians for the Arts

Robert Loomis, Owner
BORJO Coffeehouse Norfolk, VA

DEIDRE LOVE, Executive Director
Tidewater Youth Poets

Deborah Wyld
Formerly Director, Norfolk Southern Foundation

The Alliance wishes to thank the Portsmouth Museums and Fine Arts Commission for their support of this program.

FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION CONTACT:
Emily Reaves, Executive Director
Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium
EReaves@vbgov.com
757-385-8762
OR
Joan Rhodes-Copeland, Executive Director
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads
Joan@culturalli.org
757-961-4002
FAX 757-961-4166

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/

Sunday

March 19

6 – 8 pm

Sunset Walk for the Vernal Equinox

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us as we welcome Sprint’s approach with a guided sunset tour of the preserve’s trails. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

Monday

March 20

 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

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.

Tuesday

March 21

2 – 3 pm

Paddle Guide and Kayak Helper Basic Training

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us to learn the basics that each kayak helper or paddle guide needs to know for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

Tuesday

March 21

5 – 6 pm

Paddle Guide and Kayak Helper Basic Training

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us to learn the basics that each kayak helper or paddle guide needs to know for the 2017 summer season. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

Wednesday

March 22

2:30 pm

“THE FIRST AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – FREEDOM OF SPEECH”

Location: 601 Court Street • Portsmouth, Va 23704

The Support Portsmouth Public Art members announce the unveiling of a new sculpture in honor of “THE FIRST AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – FREEDOM OF SPEECH” to be installed at the Main Portsmouth Public Library Front steps. Honored Guest: Ida Kay Jordan, Currents Virginian Pilot

Commissioned by:
Support Portsmouth Public Art
Friends of Portsmouth Public Library
Portsmouth Museum of Fine Arts

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.

Saturday

March 25

6 – 10 pm

Paddle Guide and Advanced Training and new Moon Paddle for Volunteers

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

All of the prospective paddle guides for the 2017 are invited for a fun and informative evening on Lake Ballard. For more information, please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call (757) 686-8684.

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/

Monday

March 27

 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.

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