May 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

Now Through

May 21

AN ABSTRACT LOOK: Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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.

 Now Through

October 8

2017 Outdoor Sculpture

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Since 2005, The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center has annually sought proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within the enclosed garden courtyard. Crawford A. Mann, III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art served as a juror for the 2017 exhibit. His selections include work by eight sculptures from across the United States that will go on display this spring. Featured is work by Abigail Cochran, VA; Jan Kirsh, MD; Jon Mason, VA; Pokey Park, AZ; Philip Smith, MD; Timothy Spurchise, VA; Kevin Vanek, MS, and Carl Wright, WV. The competition offers cash awards totaling more than $4,000 in Jurors Choice, Seawall art, Brancusi, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice. Pick up a ballot at the front desk and cast your ballot to help determine which artwork and artists receive the People’s Choice Award. Voting closes on August 1st. For more information, please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

 

Saturdays through November

9 am – 1 pm

Olde Towne Farmers Market

Location: Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard

Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market held every Saturday, May through November with special markets in April and December (see website for details). Historic district market with locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisanal breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. On Court and High Streets outside the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard. Visit www.portsmoutholdetownefarmersmarket.com for more info.

Starting

May 6

Breaking Barriers: Glass Work by TCC Grads and Chrysler Assistants

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

Artists Brunch: Sunday, June 4 at 11am

This exhibition takes place during the Glass Art Society’s (GAS) annual conference hosted by the Chrysler Museum and thematically titled, Reflections from the Edge: Glass and Art Performance.  In this collaboration with regional venues, the VAC presents works by TCC graduates and Chrysler Museum glass studio assistants that are highly varied and depict current trends in this popular medium.  Joint festivities will take place on June 4 with the adjacent Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For more information, please call 757- 822-1888 or visit www.tcc.edu/vac/.

Ending

May 14

AN ABSTRACT LOOK: Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi 

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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

Now through

June 3

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.

Now through

June 4

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

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

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

Monday

May 1

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.

Thursday

May 4

 8 pm

Travis Scott

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

GRAMMY Award nominee Travis Scott will perform at the Portsmouth Pavilion.  Scott’s hip-hop debut record, “Owl Pharaoh” in 2013 launched his career and resulted in at BET Award nomination.  His follow-up in 2015 called “Days Before Rodeo” achieved similar acclaim, and in 2016 he won the BET Award for “Antidote.”  As a featured artist on “Purpose,” Scott was nominated for Album of the Year by the GRAMMYs.  His most recent album “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” was released last September and entered at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The show starts at 8:00 PM and doors open at 7:00 PM.  For more information, please visit www.pavilionconcerts.com or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Thursday

May 4

 7:30 am & 2 pm

The Annual National Day of Prayer

Location: City Operations Center & Portsmouth City Hall

7:30 AM – City Operations Center (Frederick Blvd)
2:00 PM – Portsmouth City Hall (Council Chambers)

Our theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us …Forgive Us …Heal Us! which is inspired by Daniel 9:19. As the 2017 National Day of Prayer approaches, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities will be working to rally millions of Christian’s to once again heed this national call to prayer.

Friday

May 5

5 – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series: Lewis McGehee

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Lewis McGehee always brings his “A” game to the Courtyard, and what a big game it is. He writes, sings and plays it all. A courtyard favorite. Exhibits and music are free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com,

Saturday

May 6

8 am – 2 pm

Loxley Place Civic League Yard Sale

Location: 3014 Victory Blvd.

Join Loxley Place Civic League for their inaugural yard sale. For more information please call 757-673-2185.

 

Saturday

May 6

9 – 10 am

Yoga in the Courtyard

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Join yoga instructor Neve in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga styles which focus on safety and relaxation. Her humor and grace will have you smiling during and after class. Come stretch, build strength, practice balance and enjoy being outside. Please bring your own yoga mat to the courtyard and any other props you would like. We practice on the bricks so if you want to double up your mat for more protection or a blanket feel free to do so. Updates about the class will be posted on Facebook. If it is raining, class will not take place. This class is a suggested donation of $5+. No registration is required, just come, stretch and strength and have fun. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

 

Saturday

May 6

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: Moana

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Join us for Family Movies on the Lawn sponsored by Dominion Energy Share. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Rated PG. Gates open at 7 PM; movie starts at 8 PM. For more information, please call 757-333-0921 or visit www.pavilionconcerts.com

 

Saturday

May 6

 9 am – 3 pm 

Cradock Annual Spring Fest

Location: Afton Square

The 2017 Cradock Spring Annual Festival is all about celebrating community, family, agriculture and art! Families are invited to attend and enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment including: The Boy Scouts [Troop 233] Famous BBQ; Carnival Games;  Pony Rides; Barrel Train Ride; Live Music; Kids Zone with arts and crafts, story time and face painting; Community Yard Sale & Vendors; Farmer’s Market; Raffles; Hot Dog Eating Contest.  Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-515-7790.

Saturday

May 6

10 am – 4 pm

2017 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Location: Virginia Beach – 17th Street Park

Gather your family and kites and join us for the 13th annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival beginning at 17th Street Park in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 6th and continuing on Sunday, May 7th at City Park, 140 City Park Ave. in Portsmouth. From giant kites that fill the sky, to flyers who will perform kite ballet to music and share their skills in flight, the event holds activities for all skill levels to enjoy. Kite flying champion Archie Stewart returns to teach workshops on kite building. Materials for the workshop are available for a nominal fee. Vendors will also be at each site for those interested in purchasing a kite. Organized flight training sessions will be offered to teach folks how to fly single-line and dual-line kites. Learn about kite safety, how to launch, fly and land your kite. Bolo races, face-painting and other children’s activities will round out the day. The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is a collaborative event sponsored by Jackite, Inc., BeachEvents, and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For more information, call 393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

 

 

Saturday

May 6

10:30 – 11:30 am

Turtle Time

Location: Hoffler creek Wildlife Preserve

Come join us at Hoffler Creek for a presentation by Churchland’s own “Turtle Man,” Garland Butler, and his box turtles. Get up close and learn all about these half-shelled creatures. This program will take place at our pavilion on the day of the event. The program is free for all but donations to support ongoing nature programming at Hoffler Creek are encouraged. Visit us at www.hofflercreek.org for more information.

Saturday

May 6

9 am – 2 pm

Open Garden Event

Location: Portsmouth Extension Office (105 Utah Street)

Horticultural activities include a plant sale, free gardening lectures, garden tours, Plant Doctor Information booth, and gardening activities for youth. A bee keeping demonstration will be featured and the Portsmouth Hen Keepers will be on site with their live chickens. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Saturday

May 6

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.

Saturday

May 6

11 am – 2 pm

Creek Critters with Dr Jessica S. Thompson

Location: Hoffler creek Wildlife Preserve

CNU Biology Professor, Jessica Thompson, joins us at our Oyster Pier to help us explore the little critters that support the diverse ecosystem of our salt marsh! Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the most elusive critters in Hoffler Creek! Participants can expect to see blue crabs, sea squirts, snails, fish, shrimp, worms, and other aquatic creatures usually out of sight. Admission is FREE. Donations to help support Hoffler Creek’s educational programs are always welcome. All visitors should wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Visit us at www.hofflercreek.org for more information.

Saturday

May 6

 10 am

FIRST SATURDAY: Ekphrasis & Music The Rhythm Project Rising Stars Ekphrasis Readings with Remica Bingham-Risher

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Mark your calendar for a music and literary event.  Beginning at 10 a.m., the steel pan drum group The Rhythm Project Rising Stars will perform in the courtyard.  Then at 1:30 p.m., join us as local writers gather to share new works using visual art as a stimulus for the written word.  New writings are in the form of essays, short stories, and poems and are based on artwork featured in the Embracing Narrative exhibit.  Featured writer, Remica Bingham-Risher will read from her books of poetry, one of which, Starlight & Error is a new release. For more information call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Saturday

May 6

10:30 am; 11:30 am;
1:30 pm; 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm

Art on a String: Kite Making Activities

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

It’s that time of year again when the air is warmer and the breeze is just right for kite flying. Join us in April for Kite Month when the museum will host kite-making activities each Saturday where all ages can build an have a kite to fly at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival at Portsmouth City Park on May 7th. (See Atlantic Coast Kite Festival for more information.) During times when kite making activities are offered, visitors may purchase kite-kits for $3-$5 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun. There is nothing like launching your artwork into the sky for all to see. Admission is free on First Saturdays. For more information please call, 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Saturday

May 6

11 am – 4 pm

Portsmouth Spring Tuner Fest

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Portsmouth Tuner Fest is a car show presented by Integrated Management Group and 757 Auto Events:

10-11 AM Preregistered vehicle load in

11 AM General event registration

12 PM Judging begins

1 PM Registration closes

3 PM Judging ends

3:30 PM Awards presentation

For more information please visit www.portsmouthpavilion or call 757-463-1940.

Saturday

May 6

 6:15 – 8:15 pm

Sunset Paddle

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Halfway through spring, our second Sunset Paddle of  2017 is sure to be a treat.  Take a guided kayak tour of Hoffler Creek as the day winds down. Wrap up by catching the sun set over the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel from the James River.  $35 non-members/$20 HCWPF members. Limited space and advanced registration required. For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org/

Saturday

May 6

 8:30 – 10:30 pm

Moonlight Paddle

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Tag along with Hoffler Creek’s experienced paddle guides for this unique moonlit paddle on Lake Ballard in the center of the preserve. Stay close to the group to learn about our unique history and wildlife or paddle off on your own for a more intimate experience. After spending some time on the water we’ll head back to headquarters to roast s’mores fireside. $40 per non-member/$25 per HCWPF members. Limited space is available and advanced registration is required.  For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org/

 

Sunday

May 7

10 am – 4 pm

2017 Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Location: City Park, 140 City Park Ave, Portsmouth

Gather your family and kites and join us for the 13th annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival beginning at 17th Street Park in Virginia Beach on Saturday, May 6th and continuing on Sunday, May 7th at City Park, 140 City Park Ave. in Portsmouth. From giant kites that fill the sky, to flyers who will perform kite ballet to music and share their skills in flight, the event holds activities for all skill levels to enjoy. Kite flying champion Archie Stewart returns to teach workshops on kite building. Materials for the workshop are available for a nominal fee. Vendors will also be at each site for those interested in purchasing a kite. Organized flight training sessions will be offered to teach folks how to fly single-line and dual-line kites. Learn about kite safety, how to launch, fly and land your kite. Bolo races, face-painting and other children’s activities will round out the day. The Atlantic Coast Kite Festival is a collaborative event sponsored by Jackite, Inc., BeachEvents, and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. For more information, call 393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

 

 

Tuesday

May 9

 2 pm

Portsmouth Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Location: St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

Join us for this annual event that memorializes the men and women who have died in the line of duty while serving the Citizens of Portsmouth.  The event is sponsored by the Portsmouth Police Department and Portsmouth Sheriff’s office.  There will be a reception following the ceremony.  For more information please call 757-33-8752.

Tuesday

May 9

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Master Gardeners: Gardening in Small Spaces: All types of Containers

Location: Churchland Branch Library

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner free gardening lecture Gardening in Small Spaces: All Types of Containers. 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.

Tuesday

May 9

7:30 pm

Virginia Arts Festival presents: American String Quartet

Location: St. Johns Episcopal Church

Individually, the players of this renowned quartet are each stars in their own right, their resumes studded with orchestral and ensemble performances, competition victories, and accolades; together, they create a sound that has entranced some of the world’s most demanding critics. “They play together with a sense of ease that lets each piece of music unfold like a living organism,” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The American Quartet is the Virginia Arts Festival chamber ensemble in residence in 2017, and will perform in multiple concerts as well as leading masterclasses in area schools. For more information please visit  https://www.vafest.org/

Thursday

May 11

5 – 8:30 pm

Opiate Awareness Community Day

Location: I.C. Norcom High School

Join us for a conversation about opiate abuse. This evening hopes to help educate the community about the consequent of opiate addiction, overdose prevention, how we can divert our youth from becoming victims. This will have an interactive forum appropriate for Middle and High School students along with panel discussions. Light refreshments will be available. For more information please call 757-393-8474.

Saturday

May 13

8 – 10 am

Early Bird Walk

 

Location:Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Take a stroll around Lake Ballard and beyond with local birding experts to identify birds in the area by sight and sound before the preserve opens to the public. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for best viewing.  Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek’s Headquarters before the walk. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated and gates will close promptly at 8:10 a.m.  This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help us continue providing similar programming. For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit http://www.hofflercreek.org/

Saturday

May 13

9 – 10 am

Yoga in the Courtyard

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Join yoga instructor Neve in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga styles which focus on safety and relaxation. Her humor and grace will have you smiling during and after class. Come stretch, build strength, practice balance and enjoy being outside. Please bring your own yoga mat to the courtyard and any other props you would like. We practice on the bricks so if you want to double up your mat for more protection or a blanket feel free to do so. Updates about the class will be posted on Facebook. If it is raining, class will not take place. This class is a suggested donation of $5+. No registration is required, just come, stretch and strength and have fun. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

 

Saturday

May 13

9 am – 3 pm

Steeple to Steeple

Location: St. Pauls Roman Catholic Church

The Steeple to Steeple event is a multi-block walking tour of the seven historic churches and one synagogue in Olde Towne Portsmouth. It will be held on Saturday, May 13 (Mother’s Day weekend) from 9am to 3pm. The tour is led by costumed guides and each place of worship has a docent to point out its specific treasures. Proceeds from the tour this year will benefit EDMARC, the children’s hospice. Join us for history, stunning stained glass, architecture and sculpture. Lunch will be served at St. John’s Church and is included in the price.

Tickets are $21 per person and may be purchased online: squareup.com/store/st-johns-church-portsmouth

This tour is limited to 100 participants; please purchase your tickets early so you’re not disappointed.

Saturday

May 13

9 am – 3 pm

Steeple to Steeple Walking Tour

Location: St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church/Corner of Washington Street and High Street

It begins at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on the corner of Washington and High Streets and includes 8 houses of worship in Olde Towne Portsmouth with lunch at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Tickets are $21 at steepletosteeple.com or if available, $25 at the door. Only 100 tickets are sold. If you want more information, please let me know what you need. The profits this year will benefit Edmarc, this region’s Hospice for Children.

 

Saturday

May 13

10 am – 12 pm

Kayak Tours of Paradise Creek!

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join us for a guided tour of Paradise Creek Nature Park’s 11-acre wetland and Paradise Creek during a guided tour led by local outfitter Adventure Kayak Tours. Learn about the history of the park and river, wildlife supported by this vulnerable habitat, and more. First paddler to sign up earns a spot in our unique clear bottom kayaks. All ages welcome with parent permission and assistance. $40 per person/ $30 for members. Limited spots available, please call 757-399-7484 for details and reservations. Registration for these events closes 3 days prior to each event date.

 

Saturday

May 13

 10 am – 6 pm

4 Arts Festival

Location: High Street from Middle to Green and Court Street to King to Queen

Join us as we celebrate visual arts, literary arts and performing arts and music. This event is sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association. For more information please call 757-405-3500 or visit http://oldetowneportsmouth.com/project/4-arts-festival-2/#.WQDnvk-GOM8

Saturday

May 13

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: Finding Dory

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Join us for Family Movies on the Lawn sponsored by Dominion Energy Share. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Gates open at 7 PM; movie starts at 8 PM. Rated PG. For more information, please call 757-333-0921 or visit www.pavilionconcerts.com

Sunday

May 14

2 pm

Mother’s Day Tea in the Gardens

Location: Hill House Museum

Enjoy a hot or cold cup/glass of tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts, with tours of the gardens and the historic Hill House. $25 for PHA members and $30 for non-members, all proceeds go toward the continued restoration. For more information or to RSVP please call 757-714-3223 or email frog609@cox.net.

Sunday

May 14

7:30 pm

The Temptations and The Four Tops

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

The Temptations and The Four Tops come to Portsmouth Pavilion on Sunday, May 14. The show starts at 7:30 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm. This show takes place on Mother’s Day so treat her to a special show. For more information please call 1-800-745-3000 or visit http://pavilionconcerts.com.

Tuesday

May 16

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.

Wednesday

May 17

11 am – 1 pm

National Salvation Army Week – Canteen Feeding and Praise Music

Location: Festival Park

Come take your lunch break with us! National Salvation Army Week was established as a way to say thank you to those volunteers who live in our communities for what they do to help The Salvation Army throughout the year. The Salvation Army first opened in Portsmouth, VA in March 1910. Since opening its doors, The Salvation Army Portsmouth has had thousands of individuals pass through: where it was to help them financially or food, or if it were volunteers ready to lend a hand.

Thursday

May 18

10:30 am

Virginia Arts Festival Coffee Concert III – André-Michel Schub, piano; Debra Wendells Cross, flute; Sherie Lake Aguirre, oboe

Location: St John’s Episcopal Church

This is chamber music as it was meant to be heard: the communion of gifted artists in an intimate, beautiful setting, among music lovers and friends. At the Festival’s Coffee Concerts, the performance is so close you hear every note, and witness the interactions of the artists with each other and with the music. After the performance, patrons can mingle with the performers, a lovely postscript to a perfect performance experience. For more information please visit https://www.vafest.org/

Thursday

May 18

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

True Teens 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

May 18

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rain Barrel Workshop

Location: Portsmouth Extension Office (105 Utah Street)

The Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner presents water conservation and rain barrel workshop. Participants will make and take home their own rain barrel. For adults 18 and over. Fee for materials $60.00 For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Saturday

May 20

9 – 10 am

Yoga in the Courtyard

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Join yoga instructor Neve in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga styles which focus on safety and relaxation. Her humor and grace will have you smiling during and after class. Come stretch, build strength, practice balance and enjoy being outside. Please bring your own yoga mat to the courtyard and any other props you would like. We practice on the bricks so if you want to double up your mat for more protection or a blanket feel free to do so. Updates about the class will be posted on Facebook. If it is raining, class will not take place. This class is a suggested donation of $5+. No registration is required, just come, stretch and strength and have fun. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

 

Saturday

May 20

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

May 20

8 pm

Family Movies on the Lawn: Zootopia

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Join us for Family Movies on the Lawn sponsored by Dominion Energy Share. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Gates open at 7 PM; movie starts at 8 PM. Rated PG. For more information, please call 757-333-0921 or visit www.pavilionconcerts.com

Saturday

May 20

9 – 11 am

Portsmouth City Council “Coffee Talk” …A Community Conversation

Location: Bid-A-Wee Golf Course Pavilion

Citizen engagement and openness are essential to achieving an inclusive community.  Please join your City Council to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about your City.  For more information please call 757-393-8639.

Saturday

May 20

 9 am – 1 pm

3rd Annual Hampton Roads Lupus Walk for a Cure

Location: I.C. Norcom High School

It’s that time of the year again. As we raise awareness and come together to support our local Warriors/Fighters. We are so thankful for all of the people in Hampton Roads community that walked with us last year. We hope to have each of you again this year for the 3rd Annual Hampton Roads Lupus walk for a Cure.  For more information vendors, Lupus Warrior Honorees, sponsors, and volunteers please contact us via email: info@hamptonroadslupuswalk.com

Saturday

May 20

 11 am – 3 pm

Bide-A-Wee Range Party

Location: Bide-A-Wee Golf Course

Fun contests and challenges, DJ, prizes and food and beverages available. Titleist will be on site doing free club fittings. Unlimited range balls for $5 that day. For more information pleae call 757-393-8600.

Saturday

May 20

4 – 10 pm 

Beer, Band & BBQ

Location: Portside

Beer, Band & BBQ will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2016 RAIN OR SHINE. The hours are 4 – 10 pm (dinner 5 – 8 pm). Beer, wine and one large plate of food are included in the ticket price. Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Moscato and Chardonnay will be served as well. For more information please visit http://www.portsmouthserviceleague.org/

Saturday

May 20

1 pm & 2:30 pm

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’s 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 childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Sunday

May 21

1 pm & 2:30 pm

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’s 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 childrensmuseumvirginia.com/

Tuesday

May 23

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Edibles for Education

Location: Women’s Club of Portsmouth

Enjoy tastings from twenty or more restaurants and caterers, included in the ticket price of $35. Entertainment, cash bar, and raffle prizes. For particiatpion or sponsorship information, please contact Sabrina Evans at Sabrina.evans@pps.k12.va.us or call 757-393-5356.

Wednesday

May 24

6:00 pm

US Military and Public Service Night

Location: 611 6th Street (Portsmouth, VA)

Discover the endless career possibilities available within the United States Uniformed Services and local public services. Representatives from the U.S. Military and the City of Portsmouth will be on site to answer all of your career questions. To reserve your seat, please contact Elexcia Washington, Youth Services Coordinator at 757-391-2965 or 757-297-0906.

 

May 26 – 28

 

27th Annual Umoja Festival

Location: Harbor Center Pavilion

Umoja means unity and this three-day festival presents the rich heritage of African cultural and the manner in which it weaves into our national tapestry. Visitors are introduced to the continent through art, music and entertainment, demonstrations and food. From the Opening Ceremonies and The Permission of the Elders Ceremony, to the closing Umoja stage performance, this celebration is a family event that will appeal to all ages. For more information please call 757-393-5111 or visit www.UmojaFestPortsmouth.com.

Friday, May 26, 2017

5:15 pm: I Am Me Project (African Dance)

5:30 pm: Opening Ceremony

6:15 pm: Stan Howard

7:30 pm: Tidewater Drive Band

9:30 – 11 pm: Plunky & Oneness

Saturday, May 27, 2017

12:00 pm: Shawn Morrissett (Steel Drums)

Children’s Area Opens

  • African Drum Making Workshop
  • African Mask Making Workshop
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Games/Crafts

12:00-12:30 pm: The Steel Drum Performer

12:30 pm: Tunnel Vision Band

1:00 pm: African American Heritage Bus Tours (Emanuel A.M.E. Church)

1:45 pm: The Fuzz Band

3:00 pm: Forte

  • African American Heritage Bus Tours (Emanuel A.M.E. Church)

4:15-5:15 pm: Rajazz

5:30 pm: Strictly Bizzness

7:30PM (Doors open at 6:30PM): The Stylistics, The Delfonics, & The Manhattans

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Hope Askew Hope Askew

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: African American Heritage Bus Tours (Frederick Douglas @ Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum)

Nathan-Richardson as Frederick Douglass

3:00 pm – 4 pm: Anthony Turner & Evidence of Praise

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Tamyya J

4:30 pm – 5 pm: Jo’sef Haynes & United

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm: African American Heritage Bus Tours (Frederick Douglas @ Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum)

Nathan-Richardson as Frederick Douglass

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Titus Jackson TitusCover-sm

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: National Recording Artist The Rance Allen GroupRance Allen Group

Friday

May 26

7:30 pm

Portsmouth Community Concerts Presents: The United States Air Force Heritage Band

Location: Churchland High School

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. It was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by the order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley – Eustis, Virginia, its current home.   This concert is free and open to the public and is not part of this season’s subscription. General seating: first-come, first seated. For more information please visit https://www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com/

Saturday

May 27

7:30 am

36th Annual Elizabeth River Run

Location: Harbor Center Pavilion

Join the Tidewater Striders Club and the Portsmouth Museums Foundation for a 10K race, a one mile race and a fun run on the course that traverses Historic Olde Towne and the Elizabeth River waterfront. Enjoy post-race festivities at nTelos Wireless Pavilion at Harbor Center. For more information visit www.err.TidewaterStriders.com.

Saturday

May 27

9 – 10 am

Yoga in the Courtyard

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Join yoga instructor Neve in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga styles which focus on safety and relaxation. Her humor and grace will have you smiling during and after class. Come stretch, build strength, practice balance and enjoy being outside. Please bring your own yoga mat to the courtyard and any other props you would like. We practice on the bricks so if you want to double up your mat for more protection or a blanket feel free to do so. Updates about the class will be posted on Facebook. If it is raining, class will not take place. This class is a suggested donation of $5+. No registration is required, just come, stretch and strength and have fun. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

 

Saturday

May 27

11 am – 1 pm

Kayak Tours of Paradise Creek!

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Join us for a guided tour of Paradise Creek Nature Park’s 11-acre wetland and Paradise Creek during a guided tour led by local outfitter Adventure Kayak Tours. Learn about the history of the park and river, wildlife supported by this vulnerable habitat, and more. First paddler to sign up earns a spot in our unique clear bottom kayaks. All ages welcome with parent permission and assistance. $40 per person/ $30 for members. Limited spots available, please call 757-399-7484 for details and reservations. Registration for these events closes 3 days prior to each event date.

 

Saturday

May 27

7:30 pm

Stylistics, Delfonics, Manhattans Headline Umoja Festival

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

Three major bands will share headline duties at the annual UMOJA Festival. The Stylistics had 12 straight Top 10 hits, and their debut album was the first to ever produce six hit songs. From Philadelphia, the band’s hits include “You Are Everything,” “Betcha By Golly, Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Of all their peers, the Stylistics were the smoothest and sweetest soul group of their era.

The Delfonics’ unique style of singing and their patented dance steps capture the fancy of popular music followers both black and white, making them a stellar attraction at rock concerts, theaters and on the night club circuit. “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” won a Grammy for the top Soul hit of 1970. The Manhattans are recognized for their timeless romantic ballads. They had eight songs in the R&B Top 10 between 1973 and 1978, with the composition “Kiss And Say Good Bye” going to #1 on both the R&B and Pop Charts in 1976 and placing in the top five in England and Australia. For more information please visit www.pavilionconcerts.com.

Sunday

May 28

2 pm

Blue and Gray Tea Party

Location: Hill House Museum

In honor and celebration of Memorial Day, the Hill House Museum will partner with the Hunter House Museum by having a thematic tea in the gardens. The Blue and Gray theme will allow patrons the opportunity to sit at a Union or Confederate table while enjoying a hot or cold cup/glass of tea, scone, tea-sandwiches, desserts, view of the gardens, listen to re-enactors, participate in an interactive activities and tour the museum. $40 per person – proceeds go to the continued restoration of both museums. When making a reservation please specify if you wish to sit at a Union or Confederate table.   For more information or to register please call 757-393-0241.

Monday

May 29

10 am

133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade and Vietnam War Memorial Service

Location: High Street

A Portsmouth tradition since 1884. Annually, the Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage. This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, armed forces units, lots of excitement and much more. Immediately following the parade will be the Vietnam War Memorial Service – a solemn commemorative service recognizing Portsmouth Serviceman that were killed in action during the Vietnam War – held at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center Courtyard. For more information call the Department of Marketing, Entertainment and Tourism at 757-393-5143.

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