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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Most new Tidewater Community College students are required to take the Virginia Placement Test in English and mathematics prior to enrolling in classes.

If you’re thinking about enrolling in TCC, or any college, brush up on your English and math skills at a free Placement Test Refresher Workshop.

The free workshops are open to the public. You need not be a TCC student or planning to attend TCC.

The two-hour sessions – one hour of English and one hour of math prep – offer guidance on taking the computer-based placement test. In addition, the Chesapeake Campus offers two 1-hour sessions that focus only on advanced math skills. Registration is not required, and you may attend multiple workshops. Arrive 10 minutes early to register.

TCC’s fall classes begin Aug. 21.

Workshops are held in the Learning Assistance Centers on TCC’s Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach campuses at the following times:

Chesapeake Campus, 1428 Cedar Road, Academic Building, Room 4103:
May 25: 1-3 p.m.
June 21: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
June 27: 1-3 p.m.
July 6: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
July 19: 1-3 p.m.
July 20: 1-2 p.m. (advanced math only)
July 29: 10 a.m.-noon
Aug. 1: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: 10 a.m.-noon
For information, call 757-822-5157.

Norfolk Campus, 300 Granby St., Martin Building, Room 2610:
June 21: noon-2 p.m.
July 12: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
July 20: noon-2 p.m.
July 25: noon-2 p.m.
July 27: 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 9: 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 11: noon-2 p.m.
For information, call 757-822-1310 or 757-822-1235.

Portsmouth Campus, 120 Campus Drive, Building A, Room A 214:
June 7: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 21: 4-6 p.m.
July 12: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 26: 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 9: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Aug. 16: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 6: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
For information, call 757-822-2124.


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Tidewater Community College will oer a new associate degree that focuses on small business and entrepreneurship beginning in the fall of 2017.

The 67-credit Associate of Applied Science in Management with a Specialization in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship is directed at students interested in starting, running and growing a small business.

“We created this degree program because we had so many students asking for practical classes to help them build their businesses,” said Kelly Gillerlain, dean of business, information technology and public services at the college’s Chesapeake Campus.

“Our goal is for students to come through this program and then apply it to their individual situations right away,” she said. “e program pairs well with other TCC programs ranging from horticulture to automotive to interior design, as students gain those professional skills and then go to work for themselves.”

Areas of study include:

Accounting, Communications, Marketing, Small business management, and Financial management.

Many classes will be offered in eight-week sessions. In addition, flexible online, day and evening classes are available for busy would-be entrepreneurs.

All credits from TCC’s two-semester, 28-credit Career Studies Certicate in Small Business Management apply toward the new associate degree.

Fall classes start Aug. 21.

For more information and to develop an academic plan, contact Gillerlain at 757- 822-5150 or email

New Kayak Adventures Coming to Downtown Norfolk

Nauticus offerskayak tours and rentals this summer -- An enhanced urban kayaking program gives visitors and locals another great reason to join the waterfront fun in downtown Norfolk this summer. Nauticus is teaming up with Virginia Beach-based Chesapean Outdoors to offer a new kayak rental program and guided tours of the waterfront.

“We tested the waters last summer,” said Stephen E. Kirkland, Nauticus Executive Director. “Based on the input we received, this year we’re offering more late afternoon, sunset rentals as well as a completely new guided tour concept.”

The kayaks will be docked in the Half Moone marina adjacent to Nauticus. Rentals will be available Thursday and Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The cost is $20 per hour. Tandem (double) kayaks are $30 per hour. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Guided tours, which cost $50 per person, will be oered daily at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Both rentals and tours will be offered through Labor Day. For reservations, please call (757) 961- 0447 or visit www.chesapean.com.


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.

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.

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.

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.”

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