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Olde Towne Farmer's Market - Every Saturday

9 AM – 1 PM - 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. Just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High Streets. Visit the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website for more details

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Encounters: Photographic Portraits by Glen McClure.

The exhibit features 40 large-scale color and black and white images from Ireland, France, Italy and Virginia.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Outdoor Sculpture

Visit the garden setting to relax and enjoy the seventh year of this outdoor exhibit.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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The Beat Goes On: Self-taught Artists and their Visionary Art

Offering two and three-dimensional work in all shapes, colors and sizes made by the individuals whose work springs from their own inner voices. Works by self-taught artists from the region and beyond will be featured.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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National Night Out

A citywide event with the Portsmouth Police Department and citizens working together to build a safer community.

Portsmouth Virginia Police Department

FirstEvents - Olde Towne Portsmouth

Held the first Friday through Sunday of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community opens its doors along High Street between Effingham Street and the riverfront. Events and activities include Arts to Antiques Flea Market, free museum admission, exhibit openings and art afternoons, and a lot more. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | 757-397-7173

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Noon - 6 PM- basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Olde Towne Farmer's Market

9 AM – 1 PM - 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. Just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High Streets. Visit the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website for more details

6Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

10 AM - 2 PM - The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is conveniently located in the Middle Street Garage at the corner of Middle & London Streets and is held year round, rain or shine on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Always Free Admission & Free Parking! Call 757-339-1876 for additional information.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

10 AM - 4 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Free First Saturday at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

10 AM – 5 PM - Art Exhibits, Activities, and Demonstrations
Enjoy free admission to exhibits at PACC, along with art activities and tours.  This will be the last first weekend before the exhibits close for the season – don’t miss out.   

Art instructor Lee Gerry Wertheimer will be offering make-n-take art activities that compliment the exhibits. 

The Saturday Farmer’s Market 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. continues with vendors selling fresh regional produce, scratch-made pastries, bread, confections, and much more. 

The Gallery Shop carries locally crafted art and merchandise for an array of unique and one-of-a-kind gift choices.  Featured artists in PACC exhibits also have work for sale in the Gallery Shop.  

The 2012 Outdoor Sculpture and The Beat Goes On: Self-taught Artists and their Visionary Artexhibits continue through October 14th.  In the entry level galleries, ENCOUNTERS: Photographic Portraits by Glen McClure continues though October 7.

Parking is free on weekends. Make a day of it, starting with the market and ending with the art.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) and PortsEvents | Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

7First Sunday Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch

Call your favorite restaurant for details.
Click here for a list of downtown area retaurants

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Baseball Family Fun Day
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

11 AM - 3 PM - Games, skills test, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts and prizes. Fun for the entire family.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
| 757-393-8031 | 206 High St. - Portsmouth, VA 23704

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65th Annual Fish Bowl Classic

9 AM - 65th annual Fish Bowl Parade in downtown Portsmouth
Noon - 5PM - Fish Bowl Classic Festival at North Landing
4 PM - 65th annual Fish Bowl Classic Footbal Game, Norfolk State University

More information at the Arabia Temple Number 12 website

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Second Tuesday Forum -
The Role Of Public Media in Our Community

Noon (doors open at 11 AM) - Bert Schmidt, President & CEO of WHRO

Commodore Theatre, 421 High Street
Free and open to the public

Portsmouth Public Library - Second Tuesday Schedule

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Safety in the Streets

During the Safety in the Streets program, kids are instructed in the classroom on bicycle safety and will practice these measures on the streets at Safety Town. Volunteers will also be recognized for their service and efforts in brining traffic safety messages to school-aged children.

Portsmouth Virginia Police Department | 4404 Deep Creek Boulevard

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Chesapeake Bay Police Rodeo & Skills Competition

Police Motorcycle Officers from the Mid-Atlantic States will compete in precision riding events.

Practice Days: October 11 & 12, 2012
Competition Day: October 13th at 8:00 AM

WALMART Parking Lot at 1094 Frederick Boulevard
Posted Signs will lead you to the CBPR Training Site

For more info contact (757) 393-8013 | website

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Great Chesapeake Schooner Race

Thursday October 11:
Cast-off for the Start · 0830 Hours
- The distance from the Baltimore docking area to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis and the starting line area to its south is about 21 NM.

Friday October 12:
Friday Night Rendezvous · 1830 Hours
· An informal get-together at Roger Brown's in Olde Towne Portsmouth (316 High Street) for early arrivals. The public is welcome to come and mingle with the crews of the schooners that completed the race.

Saturday, October 13:
Schooners may be viewed dockside in Portsmouth on Saturday. Some may be open for tours.

Education Program · 0900 Hours · Selected schooners host area students for a hands-on learning experience.

Deadline for Calling in Finish Time · 1000 Hours · See Racing Rules and Sailing Instructions.

Sailors' Evening and Sea Chantey Sing-along · 2100 Hours · North Landing Park. This gathering at North Landing Park is open to all who want to enjoy some rousing - and, sometimes, bawdy - sea chanteys.

Sunday, October 14:
Captains' Meeting · 0800 Hours · Schooner captains meet at Roger Brown's to discuss the race results.

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Hoffler Creek Volunteer Work Day

10 AM - 1 PM - Put on your work gloves and join in to maintain the preserve's trails and facilities.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Hoffler Creek Early Bird Tour

8 - 10 AM - Join Clark White to see the birds of fall. FREE admission, but as always donations are appreciated.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Visionary Vehicles

1 PM - Artists and Their Art-mobiles
Special Presentation by Charles M. Laster

Mr. Laster has studied artist made vehicles for years, organizing his own "art car exhibits" for fairs and special events, and showcasing this "drivable" art from all over the country. He has seen everything from rolling hot-dogs and red telephone cars, to trucks adorned with Star-Wars action figures. They are quirky combinations of art, poetry, and old time religion -on wheels! C.M. Laster will present pictures and interesting facts about this unique genre of American art, answering questions and sharing stories.

Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (formerly the Courthouse Galleries) Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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"Aurora Over the Silk Road" presented by Yasmanth

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Experience life along the ancient trade route of the Silk Road in Xinjiang, China.  Discover the culture and traditions of the people who lived in this western region of China. The presentation features a puppet show with characters from the Silk Road, folkloric dances and Middle Eastern percussion performances. Included with admission.

Children's Museum of Virginia
For more information please call 757-393-5258

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens
Historic Hill House Museum

Noon OR 3 PM - Pick a time. 221 North Street

Enjoy hot or cold cup/glass of tea, scones, and homemade jam while listening to mandolin music. (If raining, tea will be held inside)

$15 per person (Proceeds go toward the continued restoration)
Please R.S.V.P. by October 13th

To reserve your seat or questions: 757-714-3223 or frog609@cox.net

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Tidewater Concert Bands Performance

12:45 - 1:45 PM - Cradock Homecoming. Afton Square, Cradock. The Tidewater Concert Band will play marches, light music by request, and the Cradock HS fight song.

For more information please contact Allan Crandall at (757) 405-9550 or visit the Tidewater Concert Band website.

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Olde Towne Ghost Walk

7PM – 10:30PM - Based on the Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, participants in the 32nd annual Olde Towne GhostWalk will be treated to some of the most haunting stories of Portsmouth's past. 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 sold for 3 time slots: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm. Groups will leave at five minute intervals from Trinity Church graveyard.

Call 757-234-1416 for general tour and ticket information.
Olde Towne Ghost Walk website

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Family Fall Festival

11 AM - 3 PM
Rain date Sunday, October 28

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Portsmouth Museum Madness

Noon - 6 PM Enjoy a haunting day of Halloween fun at the Portsmouth Museums, including frightfully fun Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, and Wizardry! See more details below.

The Children's Museum of Virginia will have face painting, crafts, magic and more.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will have face painting, pumpkin decorating, and music with Skye Zentz. Scarecrows, made by local students, will also be on display in the Courtyard.

Ships, Spooks & Seas!
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, will have "ghost tales" and crafts, including: making a pirate flag, and creating "porthole monsters"

The Frightship Portsmouth!
Lightship Portsmouth Museum will be transformed into a haunted vessel, the "Frightship." Inside, meet ghosts of sailors and pirates past. Note: The ship will be completely transformed by creative lighting and lots of spooky decorations, both inside and outside the ship!

 

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11th Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne Portsmouth

6 - 8 PM - For children up to age 12. Located on the seven historic blocks of High Street corridor between Effingham Street and Water Street. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | (757)405-3500

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BOO-yah! 5K and Little Monsters Fun Run

Rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy to November 10
For more information visit the BOO-yah! 5K website.

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Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra
Halloween Concert

New Colony Theater, 430 High Street
757-625-1212 | Susan@newcolonytheater.org

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Safe Trick-or-Treat at Safety Town

5:30-7:30 PM - Contact CCPS S. LaTisha Branch 757-393-8092 or branchs@portsmouthva.gov for more details.

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