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HAMPTON ROADS, Va — The exhibition “Breaking Barriers: Glass Work by TCC Grads and Chrysler Assistants” has opened at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center (VAC).

Joint festivities, including an artists’ brunch, will take place on June 4 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the VAC and the adjacent Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center.

Events are free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through June 21.

“Breaking Barriers” features a diverse and cutting-edge collection of art glass created by 24 TCC graduates and assistants in the Chrysler’s Perry Glass Studio.

“Uniting this generation of artists is not only timely and exciting, but it also depicts signicant discoveries within this popular medium,” said Shelley Brooks, coordinator of exhibitions and arts programming at the VAC.

A complete range of work from small to large, colorful to monochromatic, and geometric to organic are represented. Methods and styles are equally abundant. Examples include life-sized vegetables by C. Douglas Aurand, mixed media weaponry by Laura McFie and William Sprueill, and a pink weight room by Jennifer Detlefsen. Thevariety and execution of the work will provide the viewer with a true survey of contemporary art glass.

The VAC is one of several venues participating in regional glass celebrations during the Glass Art Society’s 46th annual international glass conference, being hosted June 1-3 by the Chrysler Museum and the Perry Glass Studio.

For information, call Brooks at 757-822-1878.

Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

NORFOLK, VA - Little eatre of Norfolk closes its historic 90th season with CHICAGO- Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap... until he nds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie.

Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. (Directed by Jillian Sweetland)

Chicago opens May 19th and runs thru June 11, 2017

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. Sundays at 2:30

Ticket Prices
Adults: $18
Senior, Student, Active Duty and Retired Military: $15 Youth (17 and Under): $9
For further information please see the website at:

1 degree in STEM, $0 in tuition --

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Tidewater Community College announced today that it has established a program designed to boost the number of women and minorities graduating with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Program will start with the 2017-18 academic year. Initially, 10 scholarships covering 100 percent of tuition and fees will be awarded to high-performing students. When it is fully implemented, up to 30 students a year will enroll at TCC under the innovative program.

Gov. Terry McAulie attended the announcement on TCC’s Norfolk Campus. Other dignitaries in attendance included Virginia Secretary of Commerce Todd Haymore; Nathalie Molliet-Ribet, Virginia’s deputy secretary of education for higher ed; and Vice Chancellor Sharon Morrisey of the Virginia Community College System.

“This is a really big deal for TCC and for the Commonwealth of Virginia,” the governor said. “We are sending a very strong message to employers around the globe that we are open for business but most importantly, we are making sure more women get into these STEM elds.”

He called TCC “the greatest community college in the United States of America.”

Gov. McAulie said that last year the commonwealth had 149,000 open tech jobs. “Let’s be crystal clear, we have to ll them here, so they don’t go to another state,” he said. “TCC is connecting education with jobs that exist.”

TCC President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani said earlier, “We have come to associate the word ‘promise’ with free college education because of such programs as the Tennessee Promise.

“TCC is not just making a promise,” she said. “We’re making a commitment.”

Baehre- Kolovani noted that TCC listens to employers’ needs and responds with the academic programs and training they need to build their workforce.

Scholarship applications for 2017-18 close June 15. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu/STEMpromise, or contact the TCC Enrollment Team at 757-822-1111 or enroll@tcc.edu.

Those interested in donating to support the program should contact James Toscano, executive director of the TCC Educational Foundation, at 757-822-1015 or jtoscano@tcc.edu.

Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University

Virginia Stage Company and Norfolk State University Theatre Company’s production of The Wiz concluded April 30 after rave reviews, smashing attendance records and selling out five performances – something not seen at the Wells eatre is many years. By pooling the resources, talents, and stas of the two organizations, the production was elevated to a height otherwise unachievable.

Both organizations launch their 2017-18 seasons in September. Memberships are available for Virginia Stage now at vastage.org/season39.

This month at the Wells Theatre, Virginia Stage and the Virginia Arts Festival are co-presenting one of the most sought-after pianists performing today, Olga Kern, on May 24, followed by the witty, goofy, fun for all ages no-holds-Bard show, Reduced Shakespeare Company’s William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (Abridged), from May 26 to 28. Tickets available for both productions at vafest.org.

Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2017 Fundraising Festival at Virginia Beach SPCA

VETERANS DAY, the Adam Thoroughgood Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and Virginia Beach SPCA will co-host VETS.RESCUED PETS, a fundraising festival to thank and support our Hampton Roads military Veterans through adoption of companion pets.

Date: Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM Location: Virginia Beach SPCA

According to the National Center for PTSD, "recovering from PTSD is a process. Evidence-based treatments for PTSD help people do things they have been avoiding because of their PTSD . . . and provide the best chance of recovery from PTSD."

Owning a companion pet may "lift your mood or help you feel less stressed" if you have PTSD or just want a good companion. Companion pets are fun and give you "a good reason to get out of the house, spend time outdoors, and meet new people." (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/dogs_and_ptsd.asp).

Companion pets need owners who can provide daily attention, a safe and caring home, and training. VBSPCA is a private, nonprot animal shelter, an adoption- focused organization that finds homes for over 3,500 homeless pets each year.

Join the fun and you and your family can experience a truly unique and entertaining performance - for only $5 a ticket!

Production: "The Journey of King Arthur” by the Children’s eatre of Hampton Roads
Description: Come along with the magical Merlin the Magnicent, Arthur's best friend (and the most powerful wizard in the kingdom), as he tells the legendary tales of King Arthur, from the sword in the stone to the Knights of the Round Table!

Best enjoyed by ages four and up.

Where: The Barry Robinson eater, at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School 4552 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach VA 23462
When: Sunday May 21. First show: 12pm; Second show: 3pm
Tix: $5 per person, available at the door before the show. No reservations.
Web: www.childrenstheatreofhamptonroads.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrenstheatreofhamptonroads

Happy May! & Save Saturday May 20th 7 p.m. for a Wonderful Concert Featuring 3X National Guitar Champ Steve

With Special Guests, Amy Ferebee, Jim Hockett & Robin Gustin opening the show!
Location: The Lovely Theater at Saint Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Ave Norfolk 23508

If you like great acoustical guitar performances, don’t miss this three-time national guiter champion with great local players Amy Ferebee, Robin Gustin opening.

Summer Creative Writing Classes At Muse Writers Center In Norfolk

NORFOLK - Registration is now open for more than 85 creative writing classes and seminars at The Muse Writers Center this summer 2017.

Offerings include beginning to advanced creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, food writing, songwriting, journaling, comic book writing, children’s book writing and screenwriting. Other creative offerings include classes designed to jumpstart one’s creativity as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development, art for writers, and blogging for writers.

The Muse’s teachers are some of Hampton Roads’ most accomplished writers and teachers. Courses and seminars are offered every day of the week. While most of the classes are intended for adults, The Muse has an extensive program for kids (ages 7-11) and teens (ages 12-17).

The summer session begins June 1. Pre-registration is required for all courses, and course registrations will not be accepted after the second meeting of a class.

Tuition ranges from $40-$230, depending on the length of the class. And, as it is their policy to never turn a student away who cannot afford a class, they have created a robust tuition assistance program and offer it freely to those who need it. Classes are held at the Muse Writers Center located at 2200 Colonial Ave.. Suite 3 in Norfolk’s Ghent section in the Ghent Market Shops.

For informaton contact:
www.the-muse.org or email muse@the-muse.org. You can also call (757) 818-9880.

Some Special Events Oered At Norfolk Public Library Branches

Father's Day Crafts and Stories
Saturday, June 17 @ 10:30 AM
Lafayette Branch, 1610 Cromwell Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509,
757-441-2842 (Preschool & School Age)

Father's Day Card Making Day
Saturday, June 17 @ 11 AM
Blyden Branch, 879 E. Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, VA 23504,
757-441-2852 (School Age)

Father’s Day Crafts
Saturday, June 17 @ 2 PM
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23503, 757-441-1750
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 (Family)

Pancakes with Papa
Sunday, June 18 @ 1:30 PM
Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-664-7323 Room 295
Dine on afternoon pancakes with dad and try your luck with bingo! Registration required. (Toddlers–School Age)

Father's Day Game ON!
Sunday, June 18 @ 1:30–3 PM
Slover Library, 235 E. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510, 757-664-7323 5th Floor
Celebrate with a day of father/child game tournaments. (Family)

Norfolk Public Library Summer
Reading Program 2017: Reading by Design
Saturday, June 24–Saturday, August 5.
All Norfolk Public Library Locations. Read books, enjoy free events, and win prizes! Sign up online at norfolkpubliclibrary.org, or at any Norfolk Public Library location, starting Saturday, June 24. Go to norfolkpubliclibrary. org for more information and a full listing of programs. (All Ages, Babies through Adults)

Music by Martha Giles
Summer Reading Program Kick-off
Tuesday, June 20 @ 10 AM
Southside Boys and Girls Club, 701 Berkley Avenue Ext., Norfolk, VA 23523 (Host for the Horace C. Downing Branch Summer Reading Program)
Explore the world of music. Ms. Giles will share her colorful collection of musical instruments! For more information, contact Jessica Harvey at 757-441-2844. (Family)

Bucket of Monkeys Children's Theatre presents “Robin Hood”
Summer Reading Program Kick-off Saturday, June 24 @ 11 AM
Blyden Branch, 879 E. Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, VA 23504.

Greek Festival 2017 Coming May 18-21

NORFOLK, VA — The Greek Festival, an annual event held under one of Hampton Roads’ biggest tentson the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Norfolk, begins Thursday, May 18 and will run through Sunday, May 21 (as usual, the weekend after Mother’s Day). The 2017 Greek Festival, Tidewater’s oldest and largest ethic festival, will include the traditional Greek cuisine, exciting entertainment, arts and crafts, a cooking school, and a Drive-Thru!

Food and music highlight the festival. Outdoor stands will sell everything from lamb to baklava. The food will be available for take-out or may be eaten at tables in the outdoor tents at the festival.

The variety of Greek specialties will include Greek salad; fried calamari; charcoal-broiled souvlaki (pork or chicken); moussaka (sliced eggplant combined with ground beef, spices and tomato sauce topped with a sauce of eggs, butter, cheese and milk); chicken lathoregano (charcoal-broiled chicken marinated in a sauce of olive oil, lemon juice and oregano); spanakopita (a blend of spinach and feta cheese baked in filo pastry leaves); pastitsio (a macaroni casserole with ground sirloin of beef topped with a creamy cheese sauce), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and Greek-style French fries.

A variety of delectable Greek pastries and breads will also be available, including galatoboureko (a filo custard pastry) and loukoumades (the mouth-watering, hot honey-sweet fritter pastries).

The Drive-Thru will be located along the circular drive in front of the Cathedral and adjoining Chapel. Those on- the-go in their vehicles will enter from Granby Street, select their choices of complete dinners and pastries from a special menu, and be on their way.

Cooking classes, “Cooking with the Greeks,” will be held where participants can make,and taste a full-course Greek meal. More information on this can be found on the website: www.norfolkgreekfestival.com.

The Annunciation Dancers will entertain festival-goers every day and evening with performances of traditional Greek dances. A live Greek band will perform a variety of live Greek music throughout the festival.

A wide variety of artwork, gold, and fine jewelry will be displayed this year in the Hellenic Center in the Agora (Marketplace).

Church tours will be conducted throughout the festival.

The Greek Festival will run from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and Noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located at 7220 Granby Street (one-half mile south of Wards Corner) in Norfolk. Admission and parking is free and open to the public.

Follow us on Facebook “Norfolk Greek Festival,” or go to http://www.norfolkgreekfestival.com or call
757-640- 0500 for general information.You may contact the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s business office at 440-0500.

Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo Performing live on the Main Stage Friday, June 9, 2017, at the 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest

Norfolk Festevents is proud to announce that National recording artists Rusted Root and Donna the Buffalo will each perform live on Friday, June 9, 2017,at the 41stAnnual Norfolk Harborfest® at Town Point Park, along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Virginia.

The 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® will mark the celebration of the Norfolk Navy 100 homecoming event during the 3-day festival. Guests will be amazed by events such as a special fleet of Navy ships in the Friday Parade of Sail, a mighty Destroyer, state of the art US Navy Coastal Riverine demonstrations, a Navy aircraft flyover, Navy ships open for free public tours, landside Navy exhibits and demonstrations, ceremonial events at the Armed Forces and Homecoming Memorials, Saturday night's fireworks show choreographed to a musical score honoring the Norfolk Naval base Centennial, video messages taped from the public to be sent to our deployed commands and special Navy 100 themed entertainment and family activities throughout the weekend. Along with international majestic tall ships in the Parade of Sail, local, regional and national live entertainment, family activities, unique and unusual performances, water activities and much more.

The 41stAnnual Norfolk Harborfest® in conjunction with Sail Norfolk, will astound the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront with radiant summer excitement as it brings the community together to enjoy the largest, longest- running, and free maritime festival in the Nation. This exhilarating, FREE, family-friendly, fun, outdoor extravaganza is stocked full with activities on land, sea, and in the sky!

Rusted Root will perform live on Friday, June 9, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the main stage. Having collaborated for two decades, Rusted Root has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape their music into it's own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age, cultures and musical styles.

Donna the Buffalo will perform live on Friday, June 9, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm on the main stage.

One of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo has created a community environment at their shows through their distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable music. Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people that is accessible, positive, and memorable. With roots in old time fiddle music that evolved into a soulful electric American mix infused with elements of cajun/zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country, Donna’s music often contains social and moral responsibility as core beliefs, and they are just simply fun to get out and celebrate life with.

Additional local, regional and national performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

Festival hours:

Friday, June 9th from Noon – 11pm
Saturday June 10th from Noon – 11pm
Sunday, June 11th from 10am – 6pm.

Surprise! Brand New Peppa Pig Live Show Coming To Norfolk Thursday, Oct. 12

Norfolk, VA – Surprise, Peppa Pig fans! A brand new, live stage show announced today ensures Peppa Pig will be touring North America through 2017 and beyond. Peppa Pig’s Surprise will visit more than 60 cities, stopping by Chrysler Hall on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Peppa Pig stage show, based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated TV series, airing daily on Nick Jr., is one of the most successful family theater tours in U.S. history. One hundred twenty-five venues have completely sold out with 300,000 tickets sold in the U.S. to date.

Peppa Pig’s Surprise tickets are now on sale at the Scope Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or purchase online at ticketmaster.com. Orchestra AA-G reserved seats are $54.50, Orchestra Rear reserved seats are $39.50, Dress Circle reserved seats are $39.50, Balcony A-H reserved seats are $39.50, and Balcony J-K reserved seats are $29.50.

VIP packages that include a meet and greet are available.

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise, it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, many surprises. The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand- new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, interactive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage, giving families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live theater experience.

“Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theater show for all preschoolers,” said Director Richard Lewis, who returns to adapt episodes from the hit TV show for stage as he did with the touring smash hit Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. “It’s been an incredible experience seeing the children’s reactions to the live stage show. It just confirms that Peppa Pig really is a worldwide phenomenon.”

2017 Sail Norfolk Welcomes Fleet of Tall Ships to The 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest®

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is proud to announce that Sail Norfolk, the tall ship and maritime division of Norfolk Festevents, welcomes an impressive fleet of tall ships to the 41st Annual Norfolk Harborfest® Friday, June 9, 2017 – Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Town Point Park along the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

The long-standing tradition of Norfolk Harborfest® activates the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront with radiant summer excitement as it brings the community together to enjoy the largest, longest-running, and free maritime festival in the Nation.

The 2017 Sail Norfolk/Norfolk Harborfest ® sets sail Friday, June 9, 2017, with the Parade of Sail and continues with fantastic photo opportunities, international educational experiences, with all the tall ships open for free public tours throughout the entire weekend.

This free, family-friendly weekend event is filled with three days of both land and sea activities to capture the hearts of all ages! Festival hours:

Friday, June 9th from Noon – 11 pm,
Saturday, June 10th from Noon – 11 pm, and
Sunday, June 11th from Noon – 6 pm.

The 2017 Sail Norfolk/Norfolk Harborfest ® tall ship fleet includes:

LA UNIÓN- Peru, the newest tall ship of South American and making its first appearance to the Norfolk
EL GALEÓN –Spain, making its first appearance in Norfolk.
SUSAN CONSTANT- Jamestown Settlement, VA


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