More Cowbell Concert in the Courtyard
2nd Annual Star Wars Reads Day
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Museum Madness & safe Trick-or-treat

October 2016 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

Starting October  7

The Reality of J. Robert Burnell: His Life and His Art

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
October 7 – 16, 2016
Opening Reception and Book Signing: October 7, 2016, 5–8 pm

A Portsmouth native and descendant of generations of watermen, he captures the warmth and charm and history of his hometown as well as that of the greater Chesapeake Bay area.  He draws on his heritage and his architectural training.  Add to that a penchant for historic accuracy and an awesome artistic talent and you understand his enduring popularity over the last 50 years.   Visitors to his upcoming exhibit at the Portsmouth Art  & Cultural Center will be able to see several new Burnell paintings among the ones on display and featured in the new book, to be released October 7, The Reality of J. Robert Burnell, His Life and His Art.

On display through October 9

Exhibit: Transitions – States of War, David Keefe & Combat Papers

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 2016 5 – 8PM

Transitions feature large scale paintings, drawings, and prints by New Jersey artist and Marine Corps veteran David Keefe and artwork from the Combat Paper Project NJ.  From 2002 – 2009, Keefe served in the United States Marine Corps and competed a tour of combat as an infantry scout from 200 6 – 2007.  In addition, to creating his own art, Keefe teaches university art classes and directs Combat Paper, NJ a project that works directly in communities that are affected by warfare.  The project uses papermaking to transform the soldier’s military experience.  In these workshops, veterans use their service uniforms to create paper on which they can draw, paint, print or write about their wartime experience.

On Display through October 9

Exhibit: “2016 Outdoor Sculpture”

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

This annual juried sculpture exhibit, now in its 11th year, features a range of outdoor sculptures in our garden courtyard created by artists from the region and beyond.

Starting October 28
through November 6

Carib 1500

Location: Ocean Yacht Marina

The longest-running ocean crossing rally in North America, the ‘1500’ is a must-do for many cruisers. The ARC Caribbean 1500 fleet sails from Portsmouth, VA at the mouth the Chesapeake Bay to Nanny Cay on Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The start port and dates make the most of the available weather to maximize your Caribbean sailing, and our week-long pre-departure program will get you relaxed and ready for cruising. For more information please call visit www.worldcruising.com/Carib1500/event.aspx

On display through November 3

John Lee: Stopping and Starting

Location: Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center
Opening Reception: September 8, 2016 at 7 PM
Finding inspiration from the world around him, second generation painter John Lee (Williamsburg, VA) is able to find something interesting in the drabbest of places. In this solo exhibition, Lee recreates his perceptions into luminous, colorful and expressive interiors, still lifes, and portraits that possess rhythmic compositions, interesting color relationships, and various light sources.

Now Through

November 11 

Youth Basketball League Registration

Location: Portsmouth Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services
Register your kid for our Youth Basketball League by November 11 (No Exceptions). Boys and Girls Ages 5 – 15 (Must be Age 5 by November 2016) are welcomed to come out and play with the League, No Registration Fee required! League play will Start December 10th, 2016 and run through February 11th, 2017. Registration will take place at Cavalier Manor, Neighborhood, & J.E. Parker Recreation Centers. For more information contact Chad Gray at 757-393-8481 Ext 4127 or grayc@portsmouthva.gov

Now Through

December 28

Adult League Basketball Registration

Location: Portsmouth Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services
Register by December 28 to play in our Adult Basketball League. The Registration Fee is $400 and the League will play Mondays and Thursdays from January 9 – March 23. For more information contact Kelsey Holmes 757-393-8481 Ext: 4121 or holmesk@portsmouthva.gov

Saturday

October 1

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

October 1

1:30 pm

TRANSITIONS: STATES OF WAR & COMBAT PAPERS, NJ

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Presentation and Exhibit Tour by Artist and U.S. Marine Coup Veteran, David Keefe
David Keefe and participants in his Combat Papers Workshop for U.S. Veterans will present a gallery tour of the exhibit and share their artwork created during a 5-day workshop leading up to this event. The program is free with paid admission to the museum and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Saturday

October 1

7 pm

Fright Flight: Original Horror Fiction read by today’s top authors of suspense and gore

Location:Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex
Five authors will father to share ghastly thrills on this October night, reading to the delight those who crave fear. Each will bring a new level of angst to this series of short horror experts. A Q&A panel will follow with a meet-n-greet book sale, signing and raffle. It will not be for the young or light of heart. Use discretion and be forewarned. For more information about all the gory details, call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com

Saturday

October 1

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Saturday

October 2

9 – 11 am

Special Day for Special Needs

Location: The Children’s Museum of Virginia
Join us for our second 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 a.m. and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum as long as they wish. This program has been made possible by a generous donation from The Elizabeth River Tunnels.

Thursday

October 6

10 am – 2 pm

Homeschool Day

Location: The Children’s Museum of Virginia
The Children’s Museum of Virginia and 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. For more information please call 757-393-5258 or visit http://childrensmuseumva.com

First Friday

October 7

5 – 8 pm

First Friday Concert Series featuring More Cowbell

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

The First Friday Concert Series closes with the blues and rock of More Cowbell  Two guitars, Allman, Stevie Ray, Steely Dan, James Brown….need we say more? Celebrate the arts with exhibit opening receptions and live music performances, with styles ranging from jazz to blues, rock-n-roll, to independent singer-songwriters.  Exhibits and music are free and open to the public.

Friday

October 7

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Saturday

October 8

8 am

Fall Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve
Fall is here an d as the days grow shorter, birds from the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond take the cue to get ready for winter.  While some local birds call this place home year round, others will be heading south for warmer weather soon.  Other migratory birds will just be stopping by on their trips elsewhere.  Gates open at 7:30 am and walks begin at 8:00 am.  Gates will close again promptly 8:10 am.  Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.  This program is free and open to the public but a small donation is suggested.  For more information please visit www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

October 8

8 – 10 am

Coffee with a Cop

Location: Dunkin Donuts – Midtown Marketplace
Join your neighbors and police officers for free coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your community/neighborhood. For more information call the Public Information Office at (757) 393-8257.

Saturday

October 8

9 am – 5 pm

Military Appreciation Day

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia

Join us for Military Appreciation Day! All Military and their families all receive admission for $5 per person to the Childrens Museum, as well as 20% off in the Gift shop! During the day, there will also be special events and demos, including a Make and Take room to help make Christmas Cards for Deployed Soldiers, a FFSC Puppet Show, a NRMA Military Working Dog demo, and much more!

Saturday

October 8

11 am – 12 pm

Breast Cancer Education Workshop

Location: Churchland Branch Library
Join Amy Peterson, Community Health Educator for Sentara, for a breast cancer education workshop Learn about early detection, breast cancer awareness, prevention, diagnostics screenings and more. This event is free and open to the public For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

October 8

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Days

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park
Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you are 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 or to register please call 757-393-7487.

Saturday

October 8

12 pm – 4 pm

2nd Annual Star Wars Reads Day

Location: Portsmouth Main Library

Portsmouth Public Library’s 2nd annual Star Wars reads day at the Main Library.  Star Wars Reads Day is an international event celebrating reading and all things Star Wars.  For more information please call 757-393-8501.

Saturday

October 8

1 pm

Beginner Kayaking Class

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Bring your kayak or rent one and learn the basic paddle strokes, simple rescues, wet exits and kayak reentry from ACA certified instructor, Mike Reiss.  Be ready to get wet during this class since Lake Ballard will be the classroom.  Admission is $40/nonmember; $25/HCWPF members.   An additional cost of $5 will be added to rent a kayak. Advance registration is required for all kayaking events.   For more information visit www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

October 8

2 – 3 pm

Genealogy Workshop

Location: Churchland Branch Library
Discover your roots! Have you seen the DNA, Ancestry, and My Heritage commercials on T.V.? Have you wondered how to get started tracking down your roots? This family history workshop will cover the online tools and tricks to help you find your ancestors and uncover you past. Free and open to all. For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

October 8

10 am – 5 pm

First Weekend Saturday Series

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

A day of events from artist demonstrations to presentations that highlight current exhibits.  Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Saturday

October 8

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Sunday

October 9

2 – 3:30 pm

Walk for Walk for H.O.P.E.

Location: Portside

The goal is to prevent Portsmouth families from becoming homeless and to recover from homelessness. 5K Walk through Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth Giving a hand up to our neighbors in their time of need. Guiding families toward self-sufficiency. Hosted by the Portsmouth Area Resource Coalition. Call 393-7848 for more information.

Tuesday

October 11

12 pm

Second Tuesday Forum: “American Politics at the Crossroads: Parties, Politics and Change”

Location: Main Library
Join Dr. Jesse Richman, Professor ODU to discuss American Politics at Crossroads: Parties, Politics and Change. 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 and doors open at 11am. Complimentary beverages are provided by the by the library. For more information please call 757-393-8501.

Friday – Sunday

October 14 – 16

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Location: Portside

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race promotes awareness of the Chesapeake Bay, maritime heritage and encourages preservation and improvement of the bay’s ecosystem. The public is invited to watch the Schooners as they arrive on Friday between noon and 4pm; however, all schooners will be available for external viewing the entire weekend. Schooners may be viewed dockside in Portsmouth on Saturday. Some may be open for tours. Education Program at 9:00 am where selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience in Portsmouth. Saturday enjoy the Sailors’ Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along at 7:00 pm. This is a public gathering at North Landing Park for captains, crew, sponsors, volunteers and enthusiasts who want to enjoy some rousing – and sometimes bawdy – sea chanteys. For more information, please visit www.gcbsr.org

Friday

October 14

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Saturday

October 15

10 am – 5 pm

Back to Basics: Celebrating the Simple Things

Location:Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Federated Clubs of Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs, this standard flower show offers garden club members the opportunity to create and present fresh horticultural displays and designs in a range of categories, including table top designs, miniature plants, fall foliage, flowering annual & perennial plants, fruits and vegetables, native trees, plants and more. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about all the gory details, call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Saturday

October 15

10 am – 1 pm

Portsmouth Fire Department 1st Annual Open House

Location(s): Station 3 (311 Rivershore Road); Station 4 (645 Broad St); Station 10 (3230 Victory Blvd.); and Station 11 (32 Prospect Pkwy)
Join the Portsmouth Fire Department as they celebrate Fire Prevention week. Enjoy tours of the fire station, smoke house simulators, demonstrations, fire safety info, jaws of life demonstrations, pictures with Sparky the Fire Dog and more. For more information call 757-393-8689

Saturday

October 15

10:30 am

Bats of the Wild

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve is proud to host Denise Tomlinson of Bat World Hampton Roads to experience “Bats of the World”, an educational and entertaining program featuring live bats.  Join us to learn more about their important role in many of the Earth’s ecosystem and how you can help protect these threatened creatures.  The cost of participation is $12/adult, $6/child (HCWF members get 50% off).  Advance registration is recommend and seating is limited.  For more information visit  www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

October 15

1 – 4 pm

The Write  Stuff

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Join published author E. Ayers to learn tricks of the writing trade.  For more information, please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

October 15

2 – 4 pm

What’s Next? Get a Clue: Careers in Forensic Science

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Are you curious about your options after high school?  Want to explore your interests or find out what interests you?  Come join us for this workshop on Forensic Science to help you discover what you might want to do after you gradation and what technical training or college degree you will need to purse your goals, as well as w to be finally savvy.  For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

October 15

4:45 pm

Sunset Paddle

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

During this 2-hour guided tour, you will paddle along Hoffler Creek as the sun goes down. Enjoy scenic views, active evening wildlife activity and a great time on the water led by experienced Hoffler Creek volunteers.  Wrap things up by catching the sunset past the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel from the James River.  Admission is $35/nonmember; $20/HCWPF members.   An additional cost of $5 will be added to rent a kayak. Advance registration is required for all kayaking events.   For more information visit www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

October 15

7 pm

Full Moon Paddle

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

During this 2-hour guided tour, you will paddle along Hoffler Creek as the sun goes down. Enjoy scenic views, active evening wildlife activity and a great time on the water led by experienced Hoffler Creek volunteers.  Wrap things up by catching the sunset past the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel from the James River.  Admission is $35/nonmember; $20/HCWPF members.   An additional cost of $5 will be added to rent a kayak. Advance registration is required for all kayaking events.   For more information visit www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Saturday

October 15

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Saturday

October 16

1 – 4 pm

Back to Basics: Celebrating the Simple Things

Location:Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Federated Clubs of Portsmouth Area Council of Garden Clubs, this standard flower show offers garden club members the opportunity to create and present fresh horticultural displays and designs in a range of categories, including table top designs, miniature plants, fall foliage, flowering annual & perennial plants, fruits and vegetables, native trees, plants and more. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about all the gory details, call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Monday

October 17

5:30 pm

You Can Afford College: A Financial Fitness Initiative

Location: Lucas Professional Center, 1214 County Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
THE ABILITY TO AFFORD A COLLEGE EDUCATION CAN BE WITHIN YOUR REACH! Join Senator Louise Lucas, the Virginia Society of CPAs and our expert presenters as we show you that with the right tools and preparation, affording a college or secondary education could be within reach! This workshop is for students of all ages, educators and parents!

Visit VSCPA.COM/COLLEGE to learn more about these free, public events. This workshop will include a 30-minute workshop, Q&A and one-on-one counseling with CPAs.

Thursday

October 20

9 am – 1:30 pm

Portsmouth Homeless Assist Day

Location: Neighborhood Facility 900 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA
Help with ID’s, Healthcare Registration, Shots, Housing & Employment Services, Food/Supplies and much more will be provided to those in need! Rides will be available at Afton Square & Victory Crossing Shopping Center at 9 am & 10:30 am. Questions? Call the HER Shelter at 757-485-1445 or 757-485-1073.
We are expected to aid 200 homeless individuals who are seeking employment, housing, medical care, and other assistance as they seek to leave the streets of Portsmouth. Each year, we see individuals who have lost everything. They have only the clothes on their backs and need more than just services to get back on their feet. Can you assist us in providing the following items? If so, let us know the items/quantity by October 14, 2016.Shoes (New Only)Men’s (150 pairs, sizes 9-12), Women’s (50 pairs, sizes 6-9), Socks (Tube socks), 500 pair Men/Women, Undergarments (Men’s Boxers/Briefs), Undergarments (Women’s M-XL), Back packs, Duffle, Bags, Rain Ponchos, Blankets, Hand Lotion, Non-Perishable Food, Inexpensive Gloves, Pocket Tissue Combs, brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Hand Wipes/Baby Wipes, Water, Soda/Juice, Deodorant, Shampoo, Disposable, Razors, Chapstick, Reading Glasses, and Hand Sanitizers.

Monetary donations can be made payable to Portsmouth Homeless Action Consortium (P.H.A.C.); Memo Line: RE: Homeless Assist Day or Send payment to Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, Inc. (PARC, Inc.)
P.O. BOX 1183, Portsmouth, VA 23705.

Friday

October 21

7 – 9 pm

Owl Adventures

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for an evening about owls.  Meet a live owl, dissect an owl pellet to see what our feathered friends have been eating, call owls after dark.  This program is recommended for ages 7 and up.  Admission is $10 for nonmembers, $6 for members.  Space is very limited.  Advanced registration is required for this after hours event.  Please visit www.hofflercreek.or or call 757-686-8684.

Friday

October 21

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Saturday

October 22

7 am – 9 am

The Great Migration Bird Walk

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park
Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at Paradise Creek Nature Park. Join local experts on a tour of the park. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. All skill levels welcome. Free, but registration is required. Please call 757 -399-7487 for more information.

Saturday

October 22

Noon – 5 pm

Virginia Bacon Festival

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

The event will feature a plethora of different bacon themed dishes from the areas chefs,

served up with a side of LIVE music from The No BS Brass Band, The Framers and SnackBar Jones ! There will be Bacon inspired Beverage & Spirit Sampling, food trucks, bacon art, a kids area, & even a BACON EATING CONTEST!!! A wide selection of craft beers and wine also available.  Bacon eating contest starts at 3pm. For more information please visit http://www.virginiabaconfestival.com/untitled-c1ztv or call 757.550.0755

Saturday

October 22

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 fall. Learn insider facts, get a tour of the Brand New Wetland Learning Lab and Kayak launch and get up close with our wetland wildlife. For more information please call 757-393-7487.

Saturday

October 22

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Sunday

October 23

11 am – 4 pm

2016 Fall Portsmouth Tuner Fest

(this event was rescheduled from October 8 due to Hurricane Matthew)

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion Plaza

EXTENDED: Pre-register by October 19th to get a FREE T-shirt

The pavilion plaza will be transformed once again into a state-of-the-art Tuner Car show.  Individuals from throughout the region will be displaying their autos for all to enjoy.  Honda, Subaru, Ford, Toyota, Acura, BMW, Scion and more, will all be displayed along the plaza on Sunday, October 23.  Sixty-five different Awards will be given to the top forty cars as well as twenty-five special awards.  The festival atmosphere will be enhanced with vendors and concessions as well as live music and a visit from the Blue Horseshoe Tattoo bus, which will be tattooing on site.  This event is FREE and open to the public with FREE parking in the Portsmouth City lots.  Judging begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and the awards presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m.  For more information please visit www.pavilionconcerts.com

Sunday

October 23

1 pm

Afternoon Paddle

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

During this 2-hour guided tour, tag along with one of our experienced paddle guides for scenic views during this afternoon paddle.   Admission is $35/nonmember; $20/HCWPF members.   An additional cost of $5 will be added to rent a kayak. Advance registration is required for all kayaking events.   For more information visit www.hofflercreek.org or call 757-686-8684.

Sunday

October 23

2 pm

7th Annual Chevra Cinema: Exodus

Location: The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
Introduced by Professor Andrew Quicke, Exodus is a 1960 epic film on the reclamation of Israel. It was made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus by Leon Uris. The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo. The film features an ensemble cast, and its celebrated soundtrack music was written by Ernest Gold. Open to everyone a suggested $5 donation at the door. For more information please visit www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org.

Tuesday

October 25

5:30 – 7 pm

Dinner with Friends

Location: Mario’s Restaurant

Each year Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court hosts events to raise awareness and funds, so we can continue to create brighter futures for Portsmouth youth and families.  What could be better than relaxing with friends over great food. Tickets are only $25 per person. Call 397-2799 x 1 today to get your tickets or reach out to any board member.

Wednesday

October 26

Noon – 7 pm

Spend the Afternoon with Queen Victoria

Location: The Hill House Museum
The Hill House Museum will be decorated with the collection of mourning textiles left by the Hill Family. Also, Queen Victoria, portrayed by a re-enactor, will be present in period costume with many artifacts to share with those interested in her life. Stop by any time between noon and 7pm and spend some time with Queen Victoria and explore the many mourning artifacts and textiles on display. Free to all Portsmouth Historical Association members and $5 for non-members. For more information please visit http://www.thehillhousemuseum.org/ or call 757-714-3223.

Saturday

October 26

6 pm

Chief’s Forum

Location: TBD
Portsmouth Police Chief Tonya Chapman will host a Chief’s Forum meeting this month. The goal of this forum is to engage our citizens by providing department updates, and by receiving concerns from those in attendance. The Chief’s Forum meetings will be held at different locations throughout the city each month to encourage more citizens to attend and become involved. Remember, together we will help build the “New Portsmouth”. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Public Information Office at (757) 393-8257.

Friday

October 28

5 – 7 pm

Portsmouth’s Safe Trick or Trick

Location: Safety Town

Sport your best costume and get your fill of candy the safe way!  For ages 12 and under. Free and open to everyone. Safety Town is located at 4404 Deep Creek Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23702.  For more information please call 757-393-8092.

Friday

October 28

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Friday

October 28

7 pm, 8pm, 9pm

Olde Towne Ghost Walk

Location: Tours begin in the graveyard of Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Court and High Streets in Olde Towne (500 Court Street)
Based on the Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, participants in the 35th annual Olde Towne Ghost Walk will be treated to some of the most haunting stories of Portsmouth’s past.

*RAIN OR SHINE* Guides take spectators on a walk past haunted houses and mansions of Olde Towne, a 20-square block, 500 building area on the National Register of Historic Places. At each house on the tour, actors in appropriate costume will retell the legends of ghostly visitations and things that go bump in the night. Cameras are welcome. Houses are private properties and not open to the public. Tickets are $10 and sold for 3 time slots: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm. Groups will leave at five minute intervals from Trinity Church graveyard. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, ending at Middle Street Park, where hot cider will be served, there will be entertainment, and tables with information, t-shirts and more. Free parking in municipal parking garages located on County and High Street and on Middle Street. Limited on-street parking in Olde Towne business district. Visitors should wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

For other information about Ghost Walk, call (757) 805-1526 or visit portsmouthghostwalk.com. (Please note that we can’t take orders for tickets by phone!)

Saturday

October 29

9 – 11 am

Clear Bottom Kayaking

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park
Join us for a guided tour of Paradise Creek Nature Parks 11-acre wetland and Paradise Creek in the regions first clear bottom kayaks and see the river life up close. Learn about the history of the park and river, the wildlife supported by this valuable habitat and more. Must be 12 years or older to participate, must be 18 or older without an adult. $40 per person/ $30 for members. Must register two days prior to the program date to patriciate. Limited spots available, please call (757) 399-7487 to register or for more information.

Saturday

October 29

10 am – 5 pm

Portsmouth Museum Madness

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center; and Lightship PORTSMOUTH

Wear your costume to the Portsmouth Museums for a day of tricks, treats, and spooky activities. The  Museum Madness Pass good for one visit to each of the 3 sites on Oct 29, 2016 is a special rate of $12 per person. Those in full costume will receive a $1 discount!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

LightShip Portsmouth

Is the ship haunted?  Join us for a family-friendly scavenger hunt to search for clues. 10:00-5:00

Children’s Museum of Virginia

Game room featuring themed games from Barrels of Fun 10:00-5:00

Spooky Crafts in Make N Take 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00

Kingry Magic and Illusion 12:00- 1:00pm

Scott Wagoner Magic 2:00-2:45

Shutterbooth 2:00-5:00

Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Ghost Pictures: 10:00-5:00

Face painting and balloon animals: 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Krendl Magic: shows at 3:30 and 4:30

For more information please call 757-393-5258.

Saturday

October 29

10 am – 2 pm (10 – 11 am, no horns or sirens)

8th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event

Location: 2444 Chesapeake Square Ring Road

Kids of all ages will love to touch, climb on, and honk horns of their favorite types of trucks and vehicles at the Portsmouth Service League’s Touch a Truck Event.  The first hour of the event will be noise free to accommodate the needs of all children.  This annual event will feature neighborhood police and fire vehicle’s and the hometown heroes who drive them.  Plus, there will be strolling characters and all attendees are invited to come dressed in Halloween costumes.  Tickets are $5 per person or 4 for $15 and ca ben purchased at the door with cash or cred.  For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068454983230571

Saturday

October 29

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Next Level Up

Location: Churchland Branch Library
A support group for parents, teenagers, and young adults who are living with Asperger’s and high-functioning autism. For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Saturday

October 29

5 – 7 pm

Tots, Cops, Engines & Deputies TRICK OR TREAT

Location: Olde Towne Portsmouth (Along High Street: from Water to Court Streets)

The City of Portsmouth will close High Street (from Water to Court Streets) for one special spooky night. The City of Portsmouth invites goblins and monsters, young and old, to its free Tots, Cops, Engines, & Deputies Trick or Treat.  On this evening of chills and thrills here will be candy, live entertainment, and fun for the entire family. Come dressed up and be prepared for the whole family to have hauntingly good time.  For more information on this event, please call 757-393-8481 or visit www.PortsVaEvents.com

 

Saturday

October 29

10 pm – 1 am

Nighthawk Basketball

Location: Cavalier Manor Recreation Center, 404 Viking Street, Portsmouth, Va 23701

Come on out every Friday and Saturday through November 19th to Cavalier Manor recreation center for pick-up basketball games.  Ages 18 – 27, no registration, IDs or fees are required.  Vendor stations will be provided for career advancement discussion.  For more information call 757-558-2805.

Sunday

October 30

1 – 4 pm

Hoffler Creek Fall Festival

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Festival

The afternoon before Halloween, ghosts, goblins and superheroes will take over Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.  Come enjoy a day of family fun at the annual fall festival.  Through crafts and games, learn about creepy crawlies and spooky animals that live at Hoffler Creek.  Take a walk through the spooky Kid’s Trail and explore a maze.  Festival participants are encouraged to wear animal or Halloween costumes (no masks, please).  Take a hayride around Lake Ballard, enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn and seasonal treats for a donation.  For more information visit www.hofflercreek.org or call  757-686-8684

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