Program Guide January - April 2024

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CITY OF SUFFOLK FROM THE CITY MANAGER

IN THIS ISSUE MUNICIPAL INFORMATION FROM THE CITY MANAGER DIRECTORY PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES LIBRARY FACILITIES TOURISM FACILITIES SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR VOLUNTEERING GREAT SUFFOLK CLEANUP RECAP

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PARKS & RECREATION RECREATION CENTERS RENTAL FACILITIES BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE SUMMER CAMPS PROGRAMS OFFICE ON YOUTH THERAPEUTIC RECREATION FITNESS ATHLETICS SENIORS OUTDOOR PROGRAMS ART & SPECIAL EVENTS ART & CULTURE

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LIBRARY SPECIAL EVENTS VIRTUAL & KITS CHILDREN EVENTS TEEN EVENTS ADULT EVENTS FAMILY EVENTS TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS TOURS

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As the crisp winter breeze descends upon our beloved city, we are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you as we unveil our eagerly anticipated Winter Program Guide. Packed with an array of exciting indoor and outdoor activities, this booklet serves as your passport to a season filled with joy, connection, and unforgettable experiences.

In the spirit of community, we have curated an exceptional lineup of events and programs designed to cater to every interest and age group. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast, a family seeking festive celebrations, or someone who simply enjoys the cozy warmth of indoor gatherings, our diverse offerings are sure to captivate your heart. This season is not just about the chill in the air; it’s about the warmth we share with one another. As we embark on this winter journey together, let us build lasting memories, foster new friendships, and celebrate the unique charm that winter brings to our community. Thank you for being an integral part of our city, and we look forward to seeing you at the many exciting events and programs lined up in the coming months. May this winter season be filled with laughter, joy, and cherished moments for you and your loved ones. Albert S. Moor II, P.E. City Manager

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SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL Top Row: Michael D. Duman, Mayor; Lue R. Ward, Vice Mayor, Nansemond Borough; Leroy Bennett, Cypress Borough; Shelley Butler Barlow, Chuckatuck Borough. Bottom Row: Roger W. Fawcett, Sleepy Hole Borough; Timothy J. Johnson, Holy Neck Borough; John T. Rector, Suffolk Borough; Leroy Bennett, Cypress Borough; LeOtis L. Williams, Whaleyville Borough.

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - MUNICIPAL INFORMATION

DIRECTORY

Animal Control

24 Forest Glen Drive 757-514-7855

MAIN OFFICE ADDRESS AND NUMBER

Fire & Rescue

300 Kings Fork Road 757-514-4550

Magistrate’s Office

2402 Godwin Boulevard 757-514-4300

Suffolk City Hall 442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4000

Capital Programs & Buildings

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Office

Media & Community Relations

Suffolk Public Schools

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4030

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4100

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4000

Circuit Court Clerk

Health Department

Public Utilities

150 N. Main Street 757-514-7800

135 Hall Avenue 757-514-4700

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-7000

Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority

City Assessor

Human Resources

Public Works Administration

Suffolk Transit

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4355

139 E Washington Street 757-214-6442

Public Works Mosquito Control

Suffolk Visitor Center & Pavilion

800 Carolina Road 757-514-7609

524 N Main Street 757-514-4130

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150

Public Works - Refuse

Treasurer

277 Pine Street 757-514-7630

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4275

Chuckatuck Library

Public Works Roadway Maintenance

Voter Registrar

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-7475

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4120

City Attorney

Morgan Memorial Library

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-7130

443 W. Washington Street 757-514-7323

City Clerk

North Suffolk Library

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4018

City Manager

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4012

Commissioner of the Revenue

5881 Godwin Boulevard 757-514-7310

Parks & Recreation

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4260

134 S. 6th Street 757-514-7250

Commonwealth’s Attorney

Planning & Community Development

150 N. Main Street 757-514-4365

Economic Development

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4040

800 Carolina Road 757-514-7600

530 E. Pinner Street 757-539-2100

442 W Washington Street 757-514-7750

Sheriff’s Office

150 N. Main Street 757-514-7840

Social Services

442 W. Washington Street 757-514-4150

135 Hall Avenue 757-514-7450

Police Department

Suffolk Art Gallery

111 Henley Place 757-923-2350

100 N. Main Street 757-925-6750

118 Bosley Avenue 757-514-7284

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES Sleepy Hole Park 4616 Sleepy Hole Road This park offers 12 picnic shelters, volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, playground, trails, children’s learning garden, and fishing pier with a kayak launch. Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina 110 E. Constance Road This park features an 18 slip marina. Reservations for marina slips must be made 24 hours in advance. Call 757-514-7250 to reserve. Bennett’s Creek Park 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road This park offers boat ramps, picnic shelters, tennis courts, stage, disc golf course, trails, horseshoe pit, fishing pier, inclusive playground, and skate park.

Lake Meade Park 201 Holly Lawn Parkway This park offers a dog park, skate park, lake view walking trail, inclusive playground, and the Howard Mast Tennis Complex which has 10 tennis courts for use.

Lone Star Lakes Park 401 Kings Highway This park offers picnic shelters, playground, fishing pier, 4-mile trail, and shoreline fishing areas surrounding 11 lakes. Boats must be registered and can only use an electric motor of 15 horsepower or less. Boats can have any size gas outboard motor, but cannot be used while in the lakes.

Lake Meade Dog Park Registration Information

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All dogs must be registered prior to visiting the dog park. Dog owners purchasing membership must be at least 18 years of age. All dogs must be at least four months old. Male dogs over one must be neutered. Owner must show proof of animal registration with dog tag number from city/county of residency. A current “Certification of Vaccination” with immunizations with expiration dates for rabies, bordetella, distemper, and parvovirus vaccinations. Membership is $10 per year. Register at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - LIBRARY FACILITIES SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY At Suffolk Public Library, discover valuable resources for your business, career, academic and personal needs. In-Library services include complimentary Wi-Fi, public computers, lendable tech, printing services, community information, print materials including over 160,000 books, and friendly Library staff to assist you. eLibrary services allow for 24/7 access to eBooks, eResources, online classes and more. Take one of over 500 online classes with Universal Class, take practice tests, customize legal forms and so much more through the Library’s online portal of resources. In addition to books, SPL offers an entire Library of items available to check out such as mobile hot spots and litter cleanup kits. All SPL classes and events are free and open to the public and you do not need a library card to attend.

Morgan Memorial Library (MML) 443 West Washington Street 757-514-7323 Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sun: Closed 24/7 Library Lockers

Chuckatuck Library (CHK) 5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM 24/7 Library Lockers

North Suffolk Library (NSL)

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150 Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Fri - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sun: Closed

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Visit suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events for schedule

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - TOURISM FACILITIES

Suffolk Visitor Center & Pavilion

524 N Main Street 757-514-4130 visitsuffolkva.com Sun - Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Overlooking the Nansemond River, the provincial Roman Revival style structure with its very tall Tuscan columns was an impressive site for early travelers arriving on the river. The former Nansemond County Courthouse (1840) is the third such structure on this site at the busy intersection of Main Street and Constance Road. Two previous courthouse buildings were destroyed by fires. During the Civil War, the courthouse was reportedly used as barracks for Union soldiers as the neighboring Mills Riddick home on its south side served as Union Army headquarters. The building remained in service as a courthouse until the completion of the Mills Godwin Courts Complex in 1998. Today, the building retains its commanding presence and historical significance as the Suffolk Visitor Center. The first floor provides an exhibit gallery highlighting the history of Suffolk and the Great Dismal Swamp, a greeting and information area, and a gift shop. The second floor houses municipal offices for the Department of Economic Development and Division of Tourism.

Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

326 N Main Street 757-514-4135 suffolktrainstation.com Sun - Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Currently closed for renovations

This restored Main Street Station, originally built in 1885, has remained basically unchanged over the years and displays a 2-room HO-scale model of Suffolk in 1907 that was built by the Tidewater Division of the National Model Railroad Association. The Queen Anne style building is reminiscent of the Victorian age and has an interesting tower with a beautiful, walnut, spiral staircase. Many original features were saved and restored such as the doors, windows, coffered ceiling, fireplace and porch. The museum contains a collection of items including bells from steam locomotives, a light from a steam locomotive tender, cast iron and concrete signs, railroad lanterns, railroad tools, as well as a unique collection of smaller items, including silver items used in dining cars, office items used in the agent’s offices, and advertising items. The museum features railroad memorabilia and changing exhibits. The Museum is currently closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in late 2024.

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR Listed below are just a sampling of the events that Suffolk Public Libraries, Tourism, and Parks & Recreation put on for our community. You’ll find something for everyone! Join us for outdoor events, holiday celebrations, and youth activities. Discover more information by navigating to each Department’s section in the Program Guide. PARKS & RECREATION

LIBRARY

TOURISM

JANUARY

MARCH

04 - Magic: The Library Gathering 11 - Genealogy Meetup 11 - Poetry, Prose & Pizza 14 - Winter Family Movie Series: The Super Mario Bros Movie 17 - Portrait of Aretha 18 - Suffolk Discovers: Naval Football and the 90-Day Wonders 24 - Nourish Your Crown: Caring for Your Natural Hair 27 - American Girl: Gabriela McBride

01 - Summer Camp Sign-ups begin 06 - Coffee & Crosswords 07 - Genealogy Meetup 07 - Magic: The Library Gathering 09 - 40th Annual Juried Exhibit 09 - Superhero Date Night 10 - Winter Family Movie Series: Puss In Boots - The Last Wish 14 - Suffolk Discovers: Black Women’s History of the United States 16 - Mother Son Dance 16 - 10th Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival 16 - The Hurrah Players Present Matilda Jr. The Musical 20 - Nourish Your Crown: Caring for Your Natural Hair 22 - Murder Mystery Dinner Theater ‘Death of a Gangster’ 23 - Eggstravaganza 30 - American Girl: Julie Albright

FEBRUARY 01 - Genealogy Meetup 01 - Magic: The Library Gathering 02 - R&B Paint Night 07 - Sweetheart Dance 08 - Black History Month Live Talks 09 - Afrobeats Dance Class 10 - Harlem Nights: A Jazz Social 11 - Winter Family Movie Series: The Little Mermaid 12 - Suffolk Discovers: Geographies of Resistance on the Underground Railroad 12 - 16 - Trail of Legends 15 - Black History Month Live Talks 17 - Rhythm of Art 21 - Nourish Your Crown: Caring for Your Natural Hair 22 - Black History Month Live Talks 23 - “The Evolution of Time and Culture” Trivia Night 28 - Proud of Who We Are: A Family Conversation

APRIL 01 - 13 - Explore Suffolk: Golden Ticket Sweets Tour 01 - 13 - Spring Break Kit 13 - My God, Your God 13 - VMFA Trip 18 - Suffolk Discovers: Afrofuturism Panel 20 - Historic Garden Week 2024 in Suffolk 23 - Arts and Snacks 24 - Nourish Your Crown: Caring for Your Natural Hair 27 - Artrageous 27 - IconiCon 27 - Suffolk Art Gallery Spring Exhibit 27 - Arbor Day event

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - VOLUNTEERING ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR COMPLETING AN INTERNSHIP WITH THE CITY OF SUFFOLK?

There are many opportunities to become civically engaged with the City of Suffolk! We work to match volunteers and interns with opportunities that fit their interests, talents, knowledge and skillsets. Volunteers and interns are a valuable asset to the community and assist us in creating quality programs, activities and events and help our community shine. From athletic coaching to community clean-ups - there is something for everyone! School clubs, civic groups, scouts, individuals and interns are welcome. Volunteers and interns receive valuable training and job experience, socialization, a great volunteer environment, career enhancement, recognition, and the opportunity to meet and assist others. With a variety of volunteer options to choose from, you can find something for your group, your family or just yourself. Have another idea for a volunteer project? Send us an email at parksemail@suffolkva.us and we’ll help structure a project that fits you or your group perfectly.

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MAKING A GREEN IMPACT TOGETHER!

Approximately 70 dedicated volunteers from ASEZ WAO teamed up with Suffolk Parks & Recreation for a tree-planting project at Sleepy Hole Park on Sunday, October 29, 2023. Securing a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry, this project was made possible through collaborative efforts. The team planted 41 trees, including swamp white oak, black gum, eastern red cedar, and bald cypress—native species that promise to enhance the environment by providing shade, improving water quality, and fostering wildlife habitats. ASEZ WAO volunteers went above and beyond, contributing over $4,500 worth of volunteer time to this remarkable initiative. With an impressive average of 100 trees planted annually, Suffolk continues to blossom as a city dedicated to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The City of Suffolk’s commitment to a green future is evident as it proudly holds its designation as part of Tree City USA.

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OF SUFFOLK SUFFOLK CLEANUP CITY OFCITY SUFFOLK - GREAT- GREAT SUFFOLK CLEANUP RECAP More than one thousand individuals from various groups representing all seven boroughs in Suffolk came together to clean up the city by participating in The Great Suffolk Cleanup on November 17-18, 2023. Organized by Keep Suffolk Beautiful, this two-day initiative aimed to motivate individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to choose a location in Suffolk and engage in litter cleanup. All participating volunteers were equipped with litter grabbers, safety vests, bags, and gloves. Suffolk City Manager Albert “Al” Moor, inspired by the success of the first Great Suffolk Cleanup in March 2023, once again permitted Suffolk City employees to participate. Over 450 City staff members from various departments responded to the call. Additionally, local businesses such as Dart Warehouse, Target Distribution Center, the COVE Veterinarian and Animal Hospital, Bon Secours, and Nansemond Brewing Station, along with local schools, sororities, and civic leagues, actively supported the initiative. Collaboratively, the participants filled 994 bags with trash and removed 388 tires. Mr. Moor was encouraged, stating, “The participation rate was truly impressive, with over 100 cleanup locations spread across the entire City. I am proud of the City employees who took part and grateful to all the other organizations and people who helped. Keeping our City clean is important to the community, and we look forward to continuing these efforts moving forward.” Participants reported their cleanup results to Public Works staff, who coordinated the collection of bags, tires, and debris through the Refuse division. Some unique items, including a satellite dish, passport, lawn mower, and kiddie pool were discovered during the cleanup. Thank you to all who participated in making this event a success!

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PARKS & RECREATION - RECREATION CENTERS

Mission: To create memorable experiences through a culture of fun and customer service excellence. Vision: To be the national leader in connecting people through play. Annual Membership Ages: Resident:

Non-Resident:

Youth 7-17 Adults 18+ Seniors 55+

$6.25 per year $25 per year $6.75 per year

$5 per year $20 per year $5 per year

Suffolk Parks & Recreation has developed a partnership with six Suffolk Public Schools facilities for Before and After Care, Summer Programs, Leagues and other special events. Booker T. Washington Recreation Center (BTWRC) 204 Walnut St. - (757) 514-7247 Creekside Recreation Center (CRC) 1000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd. - (757) 514-7245

Fitness Membership (active annual membership required) Ages: Resident: Non-Resident: Youth 8 - 17 $7 per month $8.75 per month Adults 18+ $10 per month $12.50 per month Seniors 55+ $5 per month $6.75 per month •  Minimum age to use fitness equipment is 8 years old with a parent. •  Minimum age to use fitness equipment is 14 years old without a parent. •  Each youth will have to complete an Orientation before using the Fitness Room.

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Joint-Use Facilities

King’s Fork Recreation Center (KFRC) 350 Kings Fork Rd. - (757) 514-7244 Mack Benn Jr. Recreation Center (MBRC) 1253 Nansemond Pkwy. - (757) 514-7248 Northern Shores Recreation Center (NSRC) 6701 Respass Beach Rd. - (757) 514-7249 Oakland Recreation Center (ORC) 5505 Godwin Blvd. - (757) 514-7246

Bennett’s Creek Recreation Center (BCRC)

Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Recreation Center (CMRC)

East Suffolk Recreation Center (ESRC)

1500 Bennetts Creek Park Road (757) 514-4910

132 Robertson Street (757) 514-7100

138 S. 6th Street (757) 514-4500

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, closed Sunday


PARKS & RECREATION - RENTAL FACILITIES Facility Rentals Suffolk Parks & Recreation offers rental spaces at all of our Recreation Facilities and the beautiful Planter’s Club. For details on spaces available and the reservation process, contact us at our Administrative Office at (757) 514-7250. A $150 refundable deposit is required for all rentals. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for processing each application. Application, application fee and deposit must be received a minimum of 30 business days prior to date requested.

Planter’s Club - 4600 Planters Club Road This facility is perfect for wedding receptions and formal family gatherings. It includes a 2,500 square-foot banquet room with a raised stage, bar, and fully equipped kitchen. There is also a 450 square-foot deck that overlooks the beautiful Nansemond River. The facility can accommodate 144 people. All rentals must be a minimum of four hours and require a refundable $150 deposit. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee for processing each application. Renter is responsible for their own setup.*

Recreation Center Rental Fees: Gymnasium - Non-Commercial Events Resident $65.00 per hour Non-Resident $81.25 per hour Gymnasium - Event with Admission Fee Resident $75.00 per hour Non-Resident $93.75 per hour Multipurpose or Conference Room Two-hour minimum Resident $25.00 per hour Non-Resident $35.00 per hour CMRC & BCRC Community Rooms Two-hour minimum Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour

Planter’s Club Rental Fees: Shelter Rentals Shelter rentals are available at Bennett’s Creek Park, Lake Kennedy Park, Lake Meade Park and Sleepy Hole Park. They are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Shelters can be reserved online at suffolkparksandrec.com or by visiting the Administrative Office at 134 S. 6th Street.

Hourly Rate - Monday-Thursday Resident $125 per hour Non-Resident $200 per hour Hourly Rate - Friday-Sunday Resident $225 per hour Non-Resident $300 per hour *$50 setup fee: two-hour minimum, four-hour maximum

Shelter Rental Fees: All shelter rentals are $75 per shelter, per day, except Shelter 8 at Sleepy Hole Park, which is $125 per day. Operating hours for parks are dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Cancellation of shelter rental constitutes a loss of the reservation fee with the exception of severe weather (ie. hurricane, northeastern storm), in which case the date of use can be rescheduled. Special events may be held in parks only upon obtaining a Special Event Permit. A Special Event Permit is needed when one or more of the following criteria applies to your event or activity: • • • • • • • •

100 or more people expected at park and/or shelters, public or private facilities at a public facility. 50 or more people expected, other than at a park shelter. Musical entertainment or electricity is needed. Fee collection on City property (donations, admissions, concession, or merchandise sales). Use of temporary structures such as tents, shade structures, stages, booths, or amusement devices. The general public is invited or notified by the media. Animals on display for show or for rides. Use of the shelter or park is in a manner other than their specified recreational use.

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PARKS & RECREATION - BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE Kid Zone Before and After School Program is available at our Joint Use Facilities. Our staff is ready to provide a caring, enriching, and safe environment for your child. Limited spaces are available.

Youth Spring Break Camp

Kid Zone Dates: Mondays - Fridays, September 5, 2023 - June 14, 2024 Grade Levels: PreK4 - 5th Grade, (PreK4 participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public Schools) Location: BTWRC, CRC, MBRC, NSRC and ORC Cost: $35 one-time registration fee + monthly fees below. Program type Before Care After Care Before + After Care Times: Before only After only

Monthly fee $95 $120 $195

(Dec. & June) $60 $85 $160

6:30 AM - School start time After School time - 6 PM

Dates: Monday - Friday, April 1 - 5, 2023 Grade Levels: PreK4 - 5th Grade, (PreK4 participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public Schools) Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Location: CRC & MBRC Cost: $65 Kids will enjoy a fun-filled week of activities to include arts & crafts, games and field trips along with tons of fun.

Camp Flourish Dates: Monday - Friday, April 1 - April 5 Time: 8:00 AM 3:00 PM Ages: 5 - 18 Cost: $45 Location: BTWRC Join us for some fun during spring break at Camp Flourish. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities, field trips, and more! This program is designed for children and adolescents with disabilities. In order to participate in this camp, participant information packet and registration must be complete in advance. Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their parent/guardian.

Brainiacs Dates: Monday - Friday, April 1 - 5 Time: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: 8 - 14 Cost: $45 per participant Location: ESRC Join us for an unforgettable experience at our STEM camp this spring! Dive into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through exciting hands-on activities, experiments and challenges.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS • Course Enrollment - Each class has a minimum and maximum enrollment. Classes will be canceled a week prior to the start date if minimum enrollment is not met. • Age Requirements - Age requirements have been established to safely facilitate age appropriate classes. Participants must be of the appropriate age by the first day of class in order to register. Sorry, no exceptions. • Corrections & Updates - There are times when errors or revisions in dates, times, fees, or instructors do occur. We recommend that you check the City’s website for up-to-date information. We appreciate your patience and understanding when these situations occur. • Photo Policy - Please be advised that all participants involved in any Department programs or special events are subject to being photographed. Such photographs may be used by the City of Suffolk without an obligation to provide compensation to those photographed.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SUMMER CAMPS REGISTRATION FOR ALL SUMMER CAMPS BEGIN MARCH 1, 2024 Hoops For Life

Hook-A-Kid on Golf

Session 1 & 2: Ages 12 - 15 years old June 24 - July 5 July 8 - 19 Session 3 & 4: Ages 8 - 11 years old July 22 - August 2 August 5 - August 16 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $70 per two-week session + $25 one-time registration fee Location: KFRC This “Basketball 101” program will improve basketball skill levels while addressing important life lessons and values. Youth will learn the value of discipline, teamwork, and the importance of setting goals. In addition to basketball training, there will be incredible guest speakers, video lessons, and workshops.

Dates: July 15 - 19 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 7 - 15 Cost: $150 per participant Location: Sleepy Hole Golf Course Hook a Kid on Golf is an introductory clinic, which covers all aspects of the sport of golf from rules and etiquette to course management.

Kulinary Kids Dates: August 19 - 23 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Ages: 8 - 12 Cost: $90 per participant Location: Planter’s Club Participants will build confidence, learn about kitchen safety, gain an understanding of nutrition and make new friends while having fun in the kitchen.

Art Camp Planet Recreation Dates: June 24 - August 16 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Grades: PreK4- Rising 6th grade Cost: $85 per two week session + $35 one-time registration fee Location: BTWRC, MBRC, NSRC, CMRC., CRC, and ORC This program is filled with fun activities, arts and crafts, clubs and exciting field trips. Your child will have an awesome adventure participating in this program. (Four and five year olds must have proof of attending a 4-yearold program or kindergarten through Suffolk Public Schools.)

Discover Your Future Dates: June 24 - August 16 Time: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Membership required to stay beyond 3:00 PM Grades: Rising 6th – 10th Grade Cost: $85 per two-week session + $35 one-time registration fee Location: ESRC & BCRC Participants will enjoy clubs, games, sports, crafts, field trips, and receive a t-shirt!

Camp Limitless Dates: June 24 - August 2 Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Ages: Rising 6th – 10th Grade Cost: $50 per participant, per week Location: Planter’s Club A therapeutic summer camp for children and adolescents with special needs and abilities! This allows campers to flourish in a structured environment while feeling comfortable and secure. For more information on Therapeutic Recreation, contact (757) 515-7264.

Session 1: Ages 10 - 14 years old August 19 – 23 Session 2: Ages 6 - 9 years old August 26 – 30 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 per participant, per week Location: Suffolk Art Gallery If you have a child that enjoys art or needs to have their creativity sparked with new ideas, then sign up for Summer Art Camp. Each day will have a different theme that includes multiple art activities, media, programs, and events. We will go on multiple field trips that relate to our daily themes. Art Camp is for artistic abilities of all levels and is a fun, safe space to learn new things, and relate your own interests to art. All campers must bring their own bag lunch and water.

Outdoor Adventurers Camp Session 1: Ages 6 - 9 years old August 19 – 23 Session 2: Ages 10 - 14 years old August 26 – 30 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 per participant Location: Sleepy Hole Park A week full of outdoor adventure! This camp will give its participants the opportunity to learn about nature, take field trips to outdoor rope courses and trails, go kayaking & canoeing, and so much more! This is an informative camp about nature made fun with all sorts of creative ideas and trips!

For more information visit suffolkparksandrec.com

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PARKS & RECREATION - PROGRAMS NextGen Mentors

Parent’s Night Out Pajama Party

Dates: Thursdays, January 4 - May 1 Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: 10 - 17 Cost: Free with Youth and Teens membership Location: ESRC This program is designed to help children realize their potential, build their futures, and strengthen communities. The goal of this program is to create and support one-toone mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Dates: Friday, January 26 Time: 5:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: K - 5th Grade Cost: $10 per participant Location: BCRC Children come out in your favorite pajamas for an evening of fun: Enjoy pizza, arts and crafts, & activities.

Pathfinders Dates: Every other Friday, January 5 - June 21 Time: 2:00 3:00 PM Ages: 7 - 17 Cost: Free Location: ESRC The Pathfinders program is geared towards our homeschool participants that are seeking fun and interactive activities to encourage socialization and wellness. Participants will have the opportunity to learn games, exercise, do arts and crafts projects and more! Your child will flourish in an exciting and safe environment offering unforgettable fun.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament Dates: Saturday, January 27 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 7 - 17 Cost: Free with Membership Location: CMRC Racers start your engines! Prove you’re the fastest in Suffolk. All participants will get an opportunity to race and do arts and crafts from the iconic Super Mario game series!

Kid Zone Play Day Dates: Monday and Tuesday, January 29 & 30 Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Grades: PreK4 - 5th Grade, (PreK4 participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public Schools) Cost: $20 per participant, per day Location: BTWRC & CRC A fun and safe place for school age children. Participants will enjoy a full day of group games, team building activities, and arts & crafts. Field trip included.

Health Screening with Bon Secours Date: Frist Wednesday of every month Time: 8:30 AM 1:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: ESRC The Bon Secours Care-A-Van will offer FREE medical services that provides general medical care to uninsured adults and children. Free educational materials, resources, screenings and evaluations for common health concerns will also be available.

Preschool Kid ‘N Play Dates: Every other Tuesday, January 9 - March 19 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 2 - 6 Cost: Free Location: ESRC This program is designed for children to explore our recreation facility with a staffer and other children. Each program will be filled with meaningful experiences such as circle time, parachute games, arts/crafts, music, and exercise!

Table Top Tuesdays Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, January 9 - April 9 Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Ages: 5+ Cost: Free Location: CMRC Learn how to play card games, board games and other games that are fun for the whole family!

Prime Time Basketball Dates: Every Thursday, starting January 19 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 30+ Cost: Free w/ Membership Location: CMRC Calling all seasoned ballers! This 3v3 league gives you the opportunity to slow the game down and play at your own pace.

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R&B Paint Night Date: Friday, February 2 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Cost: Free Location: ESRC Express yourself creatively and learn new art skills while socializing and listening to relaxing R&B music.

Preschool Pajama Jam Dates: Wednesday, February 7 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 2 - 5 Cost: Free Location: CMRC Bring your toddlers in their PJs for some much needed fun out of the house. We’ll have crafts & play games!

Afrobeats Dance Class Date: Friday, February 9 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Location: ESRC Learn a new style of dance while listening to Afrobeats; a trending style of music that was developed from the African diaspora.

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PARKS & RECREATION - PROGRAMS Trail of Legends Date: Monday - Friday, February 12-16 Time: Dawn till Dusk Ages: All Cost: Free Location: ESRC Explore the adventurous history and development of Suffolk through our self-guided trail walk. Each storyboard will depict an era of Suffolk’s rich history and where it is heading for the future.

Emoji Egg-Citement Date: Saturday, March 16 Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM Ages: 5 - 17 Cost: Free Location: CMRC Hop into the Spring season with an Egg-Citing Egg hunt and let your imagination fly with our arts and crafts.

Power of Influence

Knight for a Princess Date: Saturday, February 17 Time: 3:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: 3 - 10 Cost: $20 per family Location: BCRC Knights, bring your little princesses out for a magical evening filled with dancing, refreshments & photos! This semi-formal dance will allow girls and the significant men in their lives a chance to create lasting memories. A parent or guardian must be present during the event.

Date: Saturday, March 16 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: ESRC Calling all social media leaders! It’s time to innovate, inform, and inspire! The Power of Influence is an interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to learn creative ways of developing their brand through social media. This event will cover the dynamics surrounding becoming a positive leader or influencer on social media platforms. We will cover networking, navigating algorithms, editing skills, reaching an audience, and learning how to embrace authenticity.

Teen Gamer Club

“The Evolution of Time and Culture” Trivia Night Date: Friday, February 23 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Cost: Free Location: ESRC Trivia will cover the plethora of dynamics in African American History including the entertainment industry, culinary cuisines, literature and more!

Superhero Date Night Date: Saturday, March 9 Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: 3 - 5 Cost: $20 per family Location: BCRC Join us for a superhero-filled night as you connect with your son(s) and make lasting memories. Pull out your favorite superhero costume for a night of eating, dancing, crafts, and pose for a photo as a keepsake. A parent or guardian must be present during the event.

Trail Tots Date: Saturday, March 16 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Location: Sleepy Hole Park Join us for a little adventure and a lot of fun as we explore and learn out in nature! Experience an exciting nature scavenger hunt, rock painting, and a hike on one of our many trails! Parent participation is required.

Date: Wednesdays beginning March 20 Time: 5:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 10 - 17 Cost: Free with Youth and Teens membership Location: ESRC Game on! Our gamer club is a place for youth and teens to play interactive games while learning fellowship and good-sportsmanship.

Teen Lock-In Dates: Friday, March 22 Time: 5:00 - 9:00 PM Ages: 12 - 17 Cost: $10 per participant Location: ESRC Are you ready to be locked in after hours? We will host a Teen Lock in that will feature laser tag, motivational guest speakers, endless activities, entertainment and dinner! We have created an array of activities to keep participants engaged and entertained in ways that are constructive, yet fun!

Super Smash Bros. Tournament Date: Friday, March 29 Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 7-10 & 11-17 Cost: Free with Active Annual membership Location: BCRC Join us for a friendly, recreational competition of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. We’ll play on the big screen and the winners will receive a prize basket fit for a gamer. Light refreshments will be provided.

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PARKS & RECREATION - PROGRAMS Operation Green Thumb Dates: Saturday, April 20 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 5 - 17 Cost: $5 per participant Location: CMRC Learn how to grow your own plants and the power of positive affirmations.

Adult Ping Pong Tournament Dates: Saturday, March 30 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free with Adult or Senior membership Location: ESRC East Suffolk Recreation Center will be hosting its annual Ping Pong Tournament. The first prize and runner up winners will receive a trophy!

Teen Excursion: Go Ape Zipline Dates: Friday, April 5 Time: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: 13 - 17 Cost: $35 per participant Location: Departs from ESRC & BCRC Join us for an exciting day trip to GoApe Zipline and Adventure Park in Williamsburg! Teens will have the opportunity to enjoy aerial obstacles and glide on ziplines. Participants must bring their own lunch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Sneaker Ball ”Kick Bullying Out!” Dates: Saturday, April 13 Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 7+ Cost: $5 for Youth, $10 for Adults Location: ESRC Come and “kick it” with us for an exciting evening at our inaugural Sneakerball where our goal is to stomp out bullying!This event will feature a live DJ, giveaways, a 360 photo booth, shoe contest and much more! We will also feature guest speakers to amplify the theme of this event.

College Knowledge Dates: Saturday, April 13 Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM Grades: 9th - 11th Grade Cost: Free Location: KFRC College can be an option for everyone. Join us for food, music, and information to help ensure all of your options are available.

Power Wheels Derby Dates: Saturday, April 20 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 3 - 5 & 6 - 8 Cost: Free Location: TBD Get ready for a high-octane, action-packed event where kids take the driver’s seat in their very own Power Wheels. The Power Wheels Derby is all about fun, speed, and friendly competition, making it the perfect day for youngsters who want to rev up their excitement levels. Check in begins at 9:00 a.m. with races beginning at approximately 10:00 a.m. Bring your personal Power Wheel to compete. Registered power wheels must be original stock vehicles with no modified batteries.

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Public Speaking Workshop Dates: Saturday, April 27 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: ESRC Are you anxious about public speaking? The workshop aims to assist participants in overcoming common fears associated with public speaking, providing valuable strategies for enhancing communication skills.

Say Yes to the Prom Dress Collection Dates: All month March - April Distribution Date: Friday, May 3 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Grades: 10th - 12th Cost: Free Location: BTWRC Do you or someone you may know have gently used gowns, tuxedos, or accessories? Well, you no longer have to look for somewhere to store it or someone to give it too. We want to make sure that every child has a chance to dress like a prince or princess and attend their high school prom.

Middle School Readiness Dates: Saturday, May 18 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM Grades: 5th Grade Cost: $35 per person Location: MBRC Heading to the 6th grade? This program is here to help you excel in your new academic adventure. Participants will learn tools such as organization, study habits, time management, and social skills to help them rock their transition into middle school.

Little Gardeners Dates: Friday, May 24 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM Ages: 5 - 17 Cost: $5 per person Location: CRC Dig, Pull, and Plant! Come out and learn how to grow your own flowers, fruits, and veggies.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OFFICE ON YOUTH The Suffolk Office on Youth was started in 2006 to oversee several prevention and outreach programs to assist youth and families in improving their overall quality of life. Through programs, resources, and partnerships, we look to add a positive, nurturing, and healthy community for every child in Suffolk. For more information on the Office on Youth, contact Rickeda Fofana at rfofana@suffolkva.us or (757) 514-4503.

757 Protege The Suffolk Office on Youth is currently accepting applications for new mentors for its 757 Protégé-Suffolk Mentoring Program. If you have been searching for a way to give back to the community, then this is the program for you! The goal is to decrease the mentoring gap in Virginia while making positive changes in the life of a child through lasting relationships with our mentors. To register as a mentor, contact us at rfofana@suffolkva.us or (757) 514-4503.

Pretty Bows and Painted Toes Dates: Thursday & Friday, January 11 - 12, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Saturday, January 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 8 - 13 Cost: $5 per participant Location: ESRC One, two step on over and join us for this hip-hop dance class. Participants will learn a short dance routine that will later be performed for a small audience.

Fresh Prince Dates: Saturday, January 13 Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Ages: 11 - 17 Cost: Free Location: ESRC This mentorship program is a supportive initiative designed to provide guidance, encouragement, and valuable life skills to adolescent boys.

Youth Achievement Awards Dates: Wednesday, April 17 Time: 6:00 PM Ages: middle and high school youth Location: Planter’s Club Applications will be accepted for the 2023 Youth Achievement Awards starting February 2023. Application deadline is March 22, 2023. The awards are open to middle and high school students that reside in Suffolk. These awards honor youth who have significantly impacted the lives of local residents and, in the process, have inspired others to make a difference. Residents are encouraged to take the time to nominate a person or group you feel is deserving of this recognition. The categories are as follows: • Outstanding Community Service Award • Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award—HIGH SCHOOL ONLY • Outstanding Athletic Participation Award –MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY • Outstanding Youth Leadership Award • Rising Star Award • Outstanding Group Citizenship Award • Outstanding Performing Arts Award

Silent Party Dates: Friday, February 23 Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM Ages: 13 - 17 Cost: $5 per participant Location: KFRC Immerse yourself in the ultimate silent party experience! Join us for a night of pulsating beats, dancing, and light refreshments. Grab your headphones, choose your DJ channel, and enjoy the various sounds of the night.

Mother-Son Dance Dates: Saturday, March 16 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Ages: Sons 17 & under Cost: $30 per family Location: Planter’s Club Join us for an evening of dancing, food, fun and more! This night will feature mothers, grandmothers, and anyone who is like a mother, escorted by their most handsome gentlemen. You don’t want to miss out on this chance to spend some quality time with your guy(s), while showing them you still have it on the dance floor! For more information visit suffolkparksandrec.com

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PARKS & RECREATION - THERAPEUTIC RECREATION Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a treatment service designed to meet the needs of individuals with various disabilities and facilitate the development of leisure and recreation skills, socialization, independence, and overall quality of life. The goal of TR is to promote health and wellness through recreation, while reducing restrictions of participation in life situations caused by illness or disabling conditions.

Colorful Creations Dates: Wednesday, January 10 Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 5 - 18 Cost: Free Location: ESRC Do you enjoy being creative and painting? If so, join us for an afternoon of painting with hands on paint experience. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Foodies Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, February 6, 8, 13 & 15 Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Ages: 6 - 21 Cost: $30 per participant Location: Planter’s Club This two-week inclusive course will provide individuals with special needs the opportunity to test out recipes while having fun in a welcoming environment. “Foodies” will give up-and-coming chefs the chance to build self confidence and make friends. All classes are a handson experience and everyone is involved in the process! Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their parent/guardian or own personal aide at no additional cost.

Therapeutic Excursion: Sunny Days Farm Dates: Saturday, March 2 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ages: 5 - 21 Cost: $5 per participant Location: Sunny Days Farm, Suffolk Join us for a fun-filled day at Sunny Days Farm. Participants will take a tour of the farm and have a petting zoo experience followed by lunch!

Social Hour: St. Patrick’s Day Dates: Tuesday, March 12 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: 5 - 18 Cost: Free Location: ESRC St. Patrick’s day is around the corner. Come out and enjoy a St. Patrick’s day themed arts and craft with us!

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS FITNESS MEMBERSHIPS Ages:

Resident:

Non-Resident:

Youth 8 - 17 $7 per month $8.75 per month Adults 18+ $10 per month $12.50 per month $6.75 per month Seniors 55+ $5 per month •  Minimum age to use fitness equipment is 8 years old with a parent. •  Minimum age to use fitness equipment is 14 years old without a parent. •  Youth members must complete an orientation before using the Fitness Room.

R&B Line Dance Class Dates: Mondays & Thursdays, year-round Time: Mondays 6:00 - 7:00 PM; Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks; $4 drop-in rate Location: ESRC Learn exciting line dances with us to the latest R & B hits as well as some old classics. You will pick up the moves with the great coaching from the instructors as they break down each dance.

COMMIT Dance Fitness Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, year-round Time: 6:30 7:30 PM Ages: 17+ Cost: $20 for 6 weeks; $4 drop-in rate Location: ESRC COMMIT dance fitness class creates a sense of community through music, dance and fitness. While listening to a variety of hits from different genres you will dance to choreographed routines you can learn and enjoy on your own in no time. Come experience what all the hype is about and COMMIT to your goals today!

Women on Weights Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 2 - April 25 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with active annual & fitness memberships Location: ESRC Ladies, do you walk into a gym and not know where to start? Women on Weights is just the class for you. You will learn how to use the various pieces of equipment in our fitness center and be confident from now on what to do and how to do everything properly.

Core Fusion Dates: Mondays & Fridays, year-round Time: 10:00 11:00 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with active annual & fitness memberships Location: ESRC Who does not love a great workout dedicated to strengthening all of your core muscles? We will focus on all of the muscles from your shoulders, torso and hips. We will be fusing calisthenics, plyometrics and isometrics into the core workout so the full body will be engaged.

Senior Aerobics Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, year-round Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 55+ Cost: $12 for 6 weeks; $2 drop-in rate Location: ESRC Join us for a great class for seniors that can be done from the chair. A variety of exercises are incorporated for seniors of all ages. We use the body for the movements it is intended to do.

Senior Chair Exercise Class Dates: Wednesdays, year-round Time: 11:00 - 11:30 AM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with senior membership Location: CMRC This is a 30-minute seated aerobic and light strength workout class for senior. This class will increase aerobic health as well as strength and endurance while fostering a sense of community with local seniors.

Step Up & Go Walking Club Dates: Wednesdays, year-round Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with active annual & fitness membership Location: Various parks and walking paths throughout the City There is nothing like a great walk on a beautiful day! You will be burning calories while enjoying the company of others.

Personal Training Dates: Year-round Ages: 17+ Cost: $10 an hour/ $90 for 10 sessions (10 hours) Location: ESRC, CMRC & BCRC Do you have health and wellness goals and aren’t sure how to reach them? Lose weight, gain strength, or simply get motivated; whatever your goals our Certified Personal Trainer can help you reach them! Get a FREE fitness assessment, then sign up for training sessions based on a personal program designed around your goals and assessment results for only $10 per hour. Receive a discount when you select our personal training package of 10 one-hour training sessions for only $90. Personal training sessions are by appointment only. For more information visit suffolkparksandrec.com

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS Dance Cardio Date: Tuesdays, January 2 - February 8 Time: 6:00 - 6:45 AM Ages: 14+ Cost: $10 per participant Location: CMRC A 45-minute class that allows you to burn calories, get your heart rate pumping, improve your mood, bone density, flexibilty, and balance while taking it easy on your joints.

Stay Strong Senior Aerobics Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, January 3 - February 7 Time: 10:00 - 10:45 AM Ages: 55+ Cost: $10 per participant Location: CMRC “Stay Strong” Senior Aerobics Class, is a 45-minute class for mature, active adults that targets not only muscular strength and endurance, but also aids in improving cardiopulmonary and mental health.

Boot Camp Date: Tuesdays, January 9 - May 7 Time: 5:15 - 5:50 PM Ages: 14+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: BCRC Join us for a challenging workout that will help you reach your daily cardio and strength goals in just 35 minutes! This class will offer you a cardio and strength workout and will end with a stretching session for those tight muscles. Class is designed for anyone ready to challenge themselves with moderate to intense workout.

Been There, Walked That Walking Club Date: Wednesdays, January 17 - May 15 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: BCRC Let’s go for a walk! Join our Fitness Specialist and walk at your own pace while enjoying the company of others. This program is based out of Bennett’s Creek Recreation Center but will travel to other locations and walking trails.

CPR AED First Aid Class Dates: Saturdays, January 19 & March 15 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: $45 per participant; per day Location: ESRC This American Red Cross training includes First Aid/ CPR/AED for the Adult/Child and Infants. Become certified & help save a life today!

Saturday Boot Camp Date: Saturdays, January 20, February 17, March 16, April 13 Time: 8:30 - 9:30 AM Ages: 17+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: ESRC This program is designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of exercises using different equipment and your full body. Come prepared to work!

Valentine’s Day Partner Boot Camp 20/20 Tuesdays & 20/20 Thursdays Date: Tuesdays, January 9 - May 7; Thursdays, January 11 - May 9 Time: 10:15 - 10:55 AM Ages: 14+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: BCRC Join us for a workout that will help you reach your strength and stretching goals in just 40 minutes! This class will offer 20 minutes or strength training followed by 20 minutes of core work and stretching and is perfect for all levels of fitness.

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Date: Wednesday, February 14 Time: 9:30 - 10:15 AM and 4:30 - 5:15 PM Ages: 14+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: BCRC Bring a friend/partner/family member and workout with them in a boot camp class designed with partners in mind! All fitness levels welcome. Modifications provided.

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS

Strength and Cycle

Stretch and Balance

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 20 - March 21 Time: 6:00 - 6:45 PM Ages: 8+ Cost:$10 per participant Location: CMRC This resistance focused training class is designed to build foundational muscular strength and endurance for the arms and upper torso.

Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, April 1 - May 1 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 8+Cost: $12 per participant Location: CMRC This is a 60-minute workout of stretching your muscles and joints leading to greater range of motion, improving balance, increasing flexibility, coordination and strength in your everyday activities. Bring your water and towel and join us in obtaining greater movement in your body.

ARMour CARE Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, February 21 - March 20 Time: 12:00 - 12:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $8 per participant Location: CMRC This resistance focused training class is designed to build foundational muscular strength and endurance for the arms and upper torso.

International Women’s Day Strength Workout Dates: Friday, March 8 Time: 9:30 - 10:00 AM, 1:00 1:30 PM, and 4:30 - 5:00 PM Ages: 14+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: BCRC Celebrate your strength with a 30-minute guided workout in our free weight area! Similar to a women on weights program, you’ll learn how to use various pieces of equipment in our plate-loaded/free weight area to allow you to build confidence in implementing these pieces into your strength program.

Fit Factory Boot Camp Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 2 - May 2 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $12 per participant Location: CMRC This class is FUN all-in-one! This four-week program gives your body a challenging and rewarding workout. All fitness levels are welcome.

Earth Day, Get Outside Workout! Date: Monday, April 22 Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM and 4:15 - 4:45 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: Free with annual & fitness memberships Location: Outdoor Fitness Park Let’s get outside! Join our Fitness Specialist and get a great workout outdoors utilizing our new outdoor Fitness Park! Transportation from BCRC will be provided or you can meet us there but parking is limited.

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PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS SPRING LEAGUE SPORTS Online and in-person registration will be held at the Parks & Recreation Administration Building, 134 S. 6th St., January 22 - March 1, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM -5:00 PM. Volunteer coaches are needed for all sports - Contact volunteercoaching@suffolkva.us or the Athletics department at (757) 514-7270 to apply.

T-Ball Dates: TBD Ages: 4 - 7 Cost: $30 per participant Location: Wellons Field T-Ball is an excellent opportunity for baseball beginners. Practice starts the week of March 18 and games begin March 30. This is an eight-week league.

Adult Coed Softball

Outdoor Youth Soccer Dates: TBD Ages: 4 - 5 Cost: $40 for resident, $50 non-residents Ages: 6+ Cost: $60 for resident, $70 non-residents Location: Sleepy Hole Park Youth Outdoor Soccer is an excellent opportunity for soccer beginners. Practice starts the week of March 18 and games begin March 30. This is an eight-week league.

Registration Dates: February 12 - March 18 Season Begins: Friday, April 5 Ages: 18+ Cost: $350 per team Location: Monogram Ball Field and Peanut Park This is an eight – week League with two games per week. Games will be played on Friday nights and will begin April 5. Make up games are scheduled to be played on Tuesday Nights. A tournament will be held after the regular season. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street.

SPRING TENNIS In partnership with Western Tidewater Tennis Association (WTTA), Suffolk Parks & Recreation offers youth and adults tennis lessons, clinics, and advanced drill and play. To participate, an account must be created with USTA.com. Once an account is created, visit playtennis.usta.com/westerntidewatertennisassociation to register and secure a required WTTA membership ($25/year). All tennis programming is held at Lake Meade Park at 201 Holly Lawn Parkway. For more information, please contact the WTTA President at (757) 653-1359.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SENIORS Active Adult Senior Program Dates: Mondays - Fridays, year-round for ESRC; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, year-round for CMRC Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with annual membership This program offers an assortment of activities, including: social, cultural, physical, instructional, health & wellness and crafts. Limited transportation is provided based on availability. Lunch is served daily to qualified participants for a $2 donation.

Coffee & Doughnuts Meet & Greet Dates: Monday, January 8 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free Location: BCRC Join us for coffee and doughnuts to meet other active adults within the community as well as share your ideas for what programs and events you would like to see offered.

Design Your Own Lighted Glass Bottle Dates: Wednesday, January 17 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Come show us your creative side as you design your own beautiful, lighted glass bottle! This interactive class will be held at the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach. Space is limited. All supplies will be provided.

Informational Presentation - How to Avoid Scams Dates: Wednesday, January 24 Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: ESRC There are hundreds of scams that target the senior adult population! Join us for this educational presentation in partnership with the Suffolk Sheriff’s Department. This presentation will teach seniors how to spot and avoid scams allowing them to protect themselves and their families.

Tech Time Dates: Thursdays, February 15 - March 21 Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: ESRC Would you like to learn how to setup an email account, access social media or figure out how to watch a video on YouTube? Come join us with your own electronic device or use one of our computers in our computer lab to learn some computer/technology basics!

Senior Chocolate Factory Dates: Wednesday, February 21 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: $5 per participant Location: CMRC Make your own chocolate treats to satisfy your sweet tooth or gift some to your sweetheart. For more information visit suffolkparksandrec.com

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PARKS & RECREATION - SENIORS PARKS &- OUTDOOR RECREATION - SENIORS PARKS & RECREATION RECREATION Watercolor & Rubber Stamp Greeting Card

Brunch Bunch

Dates: Wednesday, February 14 Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Come spend your Valentine’s Day with us! You will have the opportunity to desgin your own handmade greeting card for that special one using rubber stamps and watercolor. This interactive workshop is in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach. Space is limited. All supplies will be provided.

Dates: Tuesday, April 9 Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: Liam’s Deaner Brunch Bistro Join us for an egg-cellent time with good food and good friends at brunch. Transportation will be provided but the cost of brunch will be covered by the participant.

Date: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with Membership Location: BCRC Join us for bingo, friends, fun, and prizes! Light refreshments will be provided.

Dates: Wednesday, April 17 Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Come help spring come alive as you create your own 3D Spring Flower masterpiece! This class is in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach. All supplies will be provided.

Abstract Dancing Silhouette on Canvas

Day Trip - Outer Banks

Bingo

Dates: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: Suffolk Cultural Arts Center Tap into your inner artist as you design a masterpiece! Participants will be given the opportunity to use a spring color palatte to create a beautiful abstract dancing silhouette on canvas. This interactive class is in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach and all supplies will be provided.

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3D Spring Flowers on Canvas

Dates: Thursday, April 25 Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Free with active annual membership Location: ESRC Grab a friend and join us for this day trip excursion to the Outer Banks, NC! Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, walk along Jennette’s Pier and do a little shopping at Nags Head Outlets.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR PROGRAMS COMMUNITY GARDEN Get growing for FREE in our Community Garden! In partnership with Healthy Suffolk, we have built a beautiful community garden at the East Suffolk Recreation Center. The garden and community continues to grow. Beds are FREE to use! If you are interested in having a bed to grow vegetables or flowers please request an application form by calling (757) 514-7250. If a bed is not available we will add you to the waiting list.

Astronomy Full Moon Watch Dates: Saturday, February 17 Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park The Back Bay Astronomers Club joins us to host an astronomy event when the full moon lights up the Suffolk sky. All equipment will be provided!

Bike Along the Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail Dates: Saturdays, March 9 and 23 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail Join us as we bike along a portion of the Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail and get active in our city! All bikes and helmets will be provided. You’re welcome to bring your own bike and (required) helmet.

Kayak Fishing Dates: Saturdays, April 6 and 14 Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $25 per participant Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Kick off Spring by kayak fishing at Lone Star Lakes Park! This trip will be guided by our ACA-Certified Kayak professional and outdoor recreation specialist. All equipment will be provided but registrants are welcome to bring their own.

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PARKS & RECREATION - ART & SPECIAL EVENTS GALLERY EXHIBITS

SPECIAL EVENTS

40th Annual Photography Exhibit Dates: Saturday, March 9 - Friday, April 19 Time: Open during gallery operating hours Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery The Annual Juried Photography Exhibit returns for its 40th year, and is the largest and longest running juried exhibition for photographic works in Hampton Roads. Join us at the Awards Opening Reception on Saturday, March 9, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM to celebrate the winning artists and the work of all the wonderful photographers on display.

Color, Form, and Soul Dates: Saturday, April 27 - Friday, June 7 Time: Open during gallery operating hours Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery This spring, we are excited to present a group exhibition celebrating the work of several Black contemporary artists local to the Hampton Roads area. This exhibition features a diverse range of artists who explore a wide range of themes including identity, race, culture, and community. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 27, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

Eggstravagnza Date: Saturday, March 23 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Join us for our Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. This event will have your kids hopping for joy. Food and vendor items will be available for purchase. Enjoy a petting zoo, crafts, music, & more. Peter Cottontail will arrive at 11:15 a.m. so bring your own camera to capture a photo!

Suffolk’s 6th Annual Arbor Day Dates: Saturday, April 27 Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Holland Park Our 6th Annual Arbor Day Celebration! Join us as we explore trails in our parks to identify native trees, foliage, mushrooms, and more followed by a tree planting. There will also be a litter cleanup starting directly after we finish, to celebrate Earth Day! Come out to enjoy and Keep Suffolk Beautiful!

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PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE Rhythm of Art Dates: Saturday, February 17 Time: 4:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $5 per participant Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Celebrate Black History Month with a day of African art appreciation! Join us for our “Rhythm of Art” event to journey through the rich traditions of African art and culture with hands-on activities. Make your own African mask and get your face painted during this immersive experience designed for all ages. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fabulous Flower Making

Hours of Operation Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5 :00PM Sunday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mondays - Closed 118 Bosley Ave, Suffolk, VA 23434 Access to the Suffolk Art Gallery is free during all hours of operation. All exhibits and receptions at the Suffolk Art Gallery are free and open to the public. For more information, or to register, call (757) 514-7284.

Poetry, Prose and Pizza Dates: Thursday, January 11 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery, the Suffolk Art League, and host Nathan Richardson for this Open Mic event. Poets, writers, musicians, spoken word, and more are welcome! Present your own original works or favorites by others. Not a writer or musician? Come listen to others, enjoy a slice of pizza, and visit the gallery in a relaxed and open environment. Registration to perform begins at 5:30 PM, the day of the event.

Dates: Thursday, March 21 Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM Ages: 12+ Cost: $25 per participant Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Celebrate National Flower Day with this fun and creative paper flower making class! Learn how to make a variety of beautiful paper flowers, including roses, lilies, and more. No prior experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. This class is perfect for anyone who loves flowers or simply wants to learn a new skill. You’ll leave with a bouquet of stunning paper flowers that you can display in your home or give as gifts!

Trip to the VMFA Dates: Saturday, April 13 Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $20 per participant Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery and the Suffolk Art League on a tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond! The trip will include a tour of the exhibit from Richmondbased photographer and painter Willie Anne Wright, as well as time to explore the museum on your own. We will depart from the Suffolk Art Gallery at 8:30 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. Participants will have time to get lunch on their own while at the museum.

Teen and Tween Art Day Dates: Wednesdays, February 15 and March 14 Time: 4:30 - 5:00 PM Ages: 10 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join Suffolk Public Libraries at the Suffolk Art Gallery for a special tour of the current exhibit on display, as well as an interactive craft or activity connected to the exhibit. Each month will have a new theme and a new special topic. Take-home craft bags will be available! For more information visit suffolkparksandrec.com

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - SPECIAL EVENTS CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY Harlem Nights: A Jazz Social Date: Saturday, February 10 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Put on your best 20s attire and chassé down to the Harlem Nights Jazz Social! Highlighting important figures from the Harlem Renaissance, there will be live jazz music, dancing, appetizers, and more. Whether a date night or a fun night with friends, it’s going to be a roaring good time! Beer and wine available for purchase.

Black History Month Live Talk Date: Thursday, February 8 Time: 6:00 - 7:15 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library and Online Join Suffolk Public Library as we highlight Black authors, actors, and other creatives and talk about topics pertaining to African Americans in celebration of Black History Month. No registration required to attend in person. Registration is required to attend virtually.

Proud of Who We Are: A Family Conversation Date: Wednesday, February 28 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Join us as we read and discuss children’s stories together that allow us to reflect on the Black experience and Black community as a whole. Through song, conversation and discussion, let’s reflect on what makes us special and why we should be proud of who we are!

Newspaper African Dolls: Home Decor Crafting

Gather Round: A Community Open Mic Session Date: Friday, February 2 Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Gather together for an artistic open mic session. Whether it be spoken word, poetry, a dance, a piece of visual art, or even a story or song you’d like to share; come together as we express ourselves and celebrate the Black community. The floor is yours for you to share openly, or for you to listen and support others.

Date: Saturday, February 3 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM Ages: Middle school - Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Unleash your creativity in home decor crafting! To celebrate Black History Month, patrons can come and learn to make their own African paper doll decor using recycled newspapers. Registration required.

Jazz Jam: Intro to Jazz Dance Class Date: Tuesday, February 20 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Middle school - Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Take a Jazz dance class and learn about the history of Jazz dance as we know it today. Registration required. Light, comfortable clothes, dance shoes or sneakers, and bottled water recommended

ICONICON Date: April 27 Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Join us for the biggest, free gathering of sci-fi, fantasy, comic, and anime fans in the area at Suffolk Public Library’s 8th annual IconiCon! The multi-fandom event features a gaming tournament, cosplay contest, fan art contest, local vendors, food trucks, and more! The schedule of events and vendor application will be posted closer to the event date. Follow Suffolk Public Library’s Facebook page for the latest information.

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You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - VIRTUAL & KITS Get Creative @ Home Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, February 14, & April 10 Ages: Adult Cost: Free Get creative at home! Register for a kit and follow along with the instructional video. The pre-recorded Get Creative @ Home videos premiere at 6:00PM on Suffolk Public Library’s YouTube channel. All materials provided. Please register to reserve your kit.

Spice of the Month Explore Suffolk: Golden Ticket Sweet Tour Dates: April 1-13 Ages: All Cost: Free You’ve heard that there’s a secret factory hidden somewhere at the Suffolk Public Library! Now it’s your mission to find as many golden tickets at local candy shops, bakeries, and places that sell sweets as you can to gain entry! Explore around some of the confectioners in Suffolk to find golden tickets, then bring them to North Suffolk and Morgan Memorial libraries to find and explore the cloying flavors hidden in the stacks and all the saccharine wonders between the book pages! The Explore Suffolk: Golden Ticket Sweet Tour virtual kit will be available online from April 1-13. Kits can also be picked up during the Library’s open hours at our Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk locations. Physical kits available on a first come, first served basis. No registration required.

Saturday Storytime & Craft Dates: Saturdays, January 6 & April 6 Ages: Early Childhood - Elementary Cost: Free It’s Saturday and time to get crafty! Join Mr. Kelvin as he reads a fun book and do a fun, related craft or activity. The pre-recorded Saturday Storytime videos premiere at 11:00AM on Suffolk Public Library’s YouTube channel. All materials for the craft are provided. Please register to reserve your kit.

IconiCrafts Dates: Mondays, April 8 & 15 Ages: Middle School Adult Cost: Free It’s the countdown to IconiCon! Get pumped for SPL’s Con with crafty, fan-favorite activity kits and bring a little bit of IconiCon home! All materials provided. Please register to reserve your kit. You will receive an email notification once your kit is available for pickup. Kits on hold are available for 7 business days.

Dates: First week of each month Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Looking to cook something new? Give our Spice of the Month Club a try with a free sample of the spice, recipes for a main course and smaller dish or dessert to fit your needs or diet, and learn a little about the spice. Kits can be picked up the first week of the month at Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library locations and are available on a first come first served basis. New! Bring back your previous month’s kit box and we will refill it with the new one!

Spring Break Kit Dates: April 1-13 Ages: Families Cost: Free Enjoy a variety of fun activities with Suffolk Public Library’s Spring Break Kit! Kits include activities geared toward ages 5 and older and with caregiver involvement for those younger. Kits can be picked up April 1-13 at Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library locations and are available on a first come first served basis.

Anime Paint Night Dates: Mondays, January 15, February 19, March 11, & April 15 Ages: Middle School - Adult Cost: Free Like anime? Like painting? Sign up for Anime Paint Night, get a painting kit, and create a masterpiece based on a popular anime! Registration is required. The pre-recorded Anime Paint Night videos premiere at 6:00 PM on Suffolk Public Library’s YouTube channel. All materials are provided. Please register to reserve your kit.

View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN EVENTS STORYTIMES Family Storytime Dates: Mondays, January 8 - April 29 Time: 10:30 - 11:00 AM Ages: 0-5 Cost: Free Locations: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for littles (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and their caregivers.

Family Storytime Dates: Wednesdays, January 10 - April 24 Time: 10:45 - 11:15 AM Ages: 0-5 Cost: Free Locations: Morgan Memorial Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for littles (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and their caregivers.

Babies & Tiny Tots Storytime Dates: Thursdays, January 11 - April 25 Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM Ages: 0-2 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for littles and their caregivers.

Babies & Tiny Tots Storytime Dates: Wednesdays, January 10 - April 24 Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM Ages: 0-2 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for littles and their caregivers.

Arts and Snacks Dates: Tuesdays, January 23 (MML), February 27 (NSL), March 26 (MML) and April 23 (NSL) Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: 2-5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library Create art with your little Picasso! All supplies provided. Registration required.

Dinner and a Story Dates: Thursdays, January 25, February 29, March 21 and April 25 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library What’s better than reading a book? Eating it, of course! Enjoy a food-themed storytime where you get to have a delicious dinner based on what you read about! Registration required.

Little Detectives: Discover Your World! Dates: Tuesdays, January 9 (NSL), February 13 (MML) March 12 (NSL) and April 16 (MML) Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: 2-5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library It’s a whole new world out there for our little detectives— come explore it with Suffolk Public Library! Each month we learn something new about our world through play, stories and activities. All supplies provided. Registration required.

Toddlers & Preschool Storytime Dates: Thursdays, January 11 - April 25 Time: 10:45 - 11:15 AM Ages: 2-5 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library An early literacy-based storytime with stories, rhymes, songs, and more for toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. **There will be no in-person storytimes during the weeks of April 1 - 11.

STEM Explorers Dates: Tuesdays, January 16 (MML), February 20 (NSL), March 19 (MML) and April 16 (NSL) Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: Elementary Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library Get ready to explore and learn! Each month we focus on a different theme with a variety of fun STEM-related activities.

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BARKS Reading Program Dates: Mondays, January 22, February 12, March 18 and April 22 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: Elementary Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Increase your confidence and reading skills through our BARKS program. Read to a therapy dog who will listen well to your interests or follow along with the current book you are reading. Registration required.

You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - TEEN EVENTS

Hallyu Hangout!: A Korean Culture Club

Dungeons & Dragons: Beginners Dates: Tuesdays, January 16 & 30, February 13 & 27, March 12 & 26 and April 23 Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM Ages: Middle School Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Ready to take on the demogorgon and fight the mouthbreathers? Meet new people and forge your own collective stories with them. Our beginners Dungeons & Dragons group is perfect for middle schoolers who are looking to try a campaign for the first time with a library Dungeon Master (DM). You can attend one session or come repeatedly! We will have characters ready for you or you can make your own in advance. Registration required.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Middle school - Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Hallyu Hangout is a fun, inclusive space dedicated to Korean culture. Discover a new K-pop group, preview some Korean dramas, enjoy snacks, do some photocard trading, and more.

Teen Gallery Tours at Suffolk Art Gallery Dates: Wednesdays, February 14 & March 13 Time: 4:30 5:00 PM Ages: Middle and High School Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join Suffolk Public Library and experience new art exhibitions each month at Suffolk Art Gallery! Tour the gallery, get inspired and create work based on what you’ve seen. Registration required.

Dungeons & Dragons: Intermediate Dates: Tuesdays, January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 5 & 19 and April 16 & 30 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: High School Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Ready to take on the demogorgon and fight the mouthbreathers? Meet new people and forge your own collective stories with them. Our intermediate Dungeons & Dragons group is a longer campaign where your character will continue on missions between weeks as you, your party, and the Dungeon Master (DM) collaborate to create the story in real time. All skill levels welcome. Registration required.

Magic: The Library Gathering Dates: Thursdays, January 4, February 1 & March 7 Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: High School - Adult Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library It’s time for Thursday night Magic! Come out and play the collectible card game in a casual environment. Free starter decks provided for new players. All experience levels welcome.

SPL Arcade Dates: Mondays, January 22, February 12 & March 18 Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: Middle and High School Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Come chill and play video games on newer and retro consoles at the library. Whether you just want to relax or bring your A game, SPL Arcade is the place for you! Some video game titles played may be rated “T” for Teen.

View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS What’s in a Cup? Coffee Tasting at Cafe Davina Date: Saturday, January 27 Time: 10:30-11:30 AM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Cafe Davina Cappuccino, macchiato, cortado, oh my! Join the baristas at Cafe Davina in downtown Suffolk and learn about the different brew types and origins, what the difference is between a light and dark roast, all while sampling your lessons! Registration required.

Serve It: Personalized Wooden Cutting Boards Come Hit Some Buttons: Adult Gaming After Hours Dates: Fridays, January 26, February 23 and March 29 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Whether you’re a casual gamer looking to play with others, or you’re a competitor seeking your next opponent, this is the place for you. Come meet up and chill with other adults playing different types of newer and retro video games. Setups and controllers will be provided. Players are welcome to bring their own setup.

Date: Tuesday, February 6 Time: 6:30-7:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Create a unique piece that will be the center of your next party! Shape your board, smooth it out, try your hand at wood burning your initials or a small design and seal it for safe use! Registration required.

Caregiver Recharge: Chair Yoga and Mindful Breathing Date: Thursday, March 21 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Caregiver Recharge is open to anyone caring for adult family members. Come have fun with us on your own or with your loved one. Registration preferred. Relax and stretch out that stress with our adaptive chair yoga! Chair yoga is adapted for all ranges of movement and skill levels. Anyone can participate!

Genealogy Meetup Dates: Thursdays, January 11, February 1 and March 7 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Interested in exploring your family’s history and other genealogical projects? Stop by to learn and share helpful tips to aid in your discoveries.

Coffee & Crosswords Dates: Mondays, January 8 (CHK), February 12 (MML) and March 6 (NSL) Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Chuckatuck, Morgan Memorial and North Suffolk Library Start your morning off strong and get your brain buzzing! One of the best ways to keep your mind sharp is with brainteasers and puzzles. Try your hand at several types including crosswords, Sudoku, physical puzzles and more! Coffee and pastries will be provided. For adults of all ages and capacities.

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Build Your Crown!: Hair Braiding Basics Dates: Mondays, January 29, February 26, March 25, and April 29 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: High School ages to Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Wear your crown with pride! Start your braiding journey with a basics class. Supplies will be provided. Registration required.

Nourish Your Crown: Caring for Your Natural Hair

Dates: Wednesdays, January 24, February 21, March 20 and April 24 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Adult Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Let’s make sure our crowns stay healthy and beautiful. Learn more about natural hair care tips to keep those curls looking luscious. From products to routines, from wash-and-go days to full wash days, begin or perfect your natural hair journey with this class. Registration required.

You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - FAMILY EVENTS Camp Demigod: A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Experience Date: Saturday, January 27 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library It’s time to return to Camp Half-Blood. Join Suffolk Public Library at Camp Demigod, where you’ll be sorted by your Godly parent and compete in a tournament to find out which of you is the most powerful demigod of this generation. Compete with or against your family in a series of challenges to test your skills.

LIBRARY 2 GO SCHEDULE

Happy Lunar New Year! Date: Saturday, February 3 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s almost time for Lunar New Year! Together with your family, come and enjoy the reading of a Lunar New Year children’s story and a fun craft to take home with you in celebration. Afterward, get ready to ring in the new year with a traditional Lion Dance performance. Let’s get ready to celebrate this Lunar New Year together with a bang!

Come and find Library2Go, a full-service library on the road just for you! You can sign up for a library card, connect to our WiFi or check out a Kindle, borrow a book, take advantage of mobile printing, do fun activities and games, and more!

Monday (4th)

Dates: February 26- April 29 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free Locations: College Square (February and April) & Bennett’s Creek Park (March)

Wednesdays (1st and 3rd)

Dates: February 7- April 17 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free Location: Wilson Pines Apartments

Wednesdays (2nd and 4th)

Dates: February 14-April 24 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free Location: Heritage Acres

Thursdays (1st and 3rd)

Dates: February 1-April 18 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free Location: Colander Bishop

Basant: Kite Festival Date: Saturday, February 10 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: TBD Welcome spring with an early kite-flying festival! Basant, also known as Jashn-e-Baharan, is a festival when people in western India and Pakistan welcome springtime by flying thousands of kites. Paint the sky with colorful kites and celebrate spring! Supplies will be provided to create kites. Participants are also welcome to bring their own kites.

Thursdays (2nd and 4th) Dates: February 8-April 25 Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free Location: White Marsh at Eagle Pointe

Art of the Night Sky at Suffolk Art Gallery Date: Friday, March 22 Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM Ages: Families Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Art inspired by astronomy! Peek through a telescope and get a new view of our universe! Collaborate on a group-created installation piece and make individual art to take home, all under the stars! View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - SPECIAL EVENTS

10th Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Historic Garden Week 2024 in Suffolk

Date: Saturday, March 16 Time: 1:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free ($30 for pre-festival VIP Reception; tickets on sale 1/15/24) Location: Suffolk Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront

Date: Saturday, April 20 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 Location: Riverview Neighborhood

Best-selling author Donna Andrews will headline the 10th Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. This unique festival appeals to avid readers and aspiring writers alike, with events such as book signings, author meet and greets, and moderated panel discussions. This popular annual event will feature an additional 50 best-selling authors of mystery, suspense/thriller, paranormal, horror, historical, romance, and women’s fiction. In addition to kicking off the Opening Session, Andrews will be signing her latest title during the afternoon signing sessions, along with all Featured Authors. Donna Andrews is the best-selling author of 38 mysteries and has won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and the Lefty Awards. Andrews’ 2024 release of Between a Flock and a Hard Place will be the 35th book in the Meg Lanslow series, featuring an ornamental blacksmith heroine. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrews was born and raised in Yorktown, Virginia, and is a longtime member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, where she currently serves as Executive Vice President.

A Hidden Oasis: Homes & Secret Gardens of Riverview A botanical delight, Riverview is situated on a peninsula flanked by two waterways, Lake Meade and the Nansemond River. Featuring custom homes built in a variety of architectural styles during the early to mid1900s, this picturesque neighborhood is conveniently located close to historic downtown Suffolk. Winding brick walkways lead to charming porches and established gardens filled with blooming camelias, hydrangeas and colorful perennials. Affectionately referred to by locals as The Promised Land, Riverview invites visitors to soak in the ambiance of a bygone era by experiencing six beautifully preserved homes with manicured landscapes and well-loved gardens, including: • 501 N. Broad Street • 515 W. Riverview Drive • 724 W. Riverview Drive • 805 W. Riverview Drive • 726 Jones Street • 813 Dumville Avenue Headquarters for this event will be at the Elk’s Lodge, located at 329 W. Constance Road. Tickets are available online at VaGardenWeek.org.

For more information about the festival, visit SuffolkMysteryAuthorsFestival.com or follow us on Facebook!

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Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK TOURISM - SPECIAL EVENTS Winter Family Movie Series at the Center Join Suffolk Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, for three blockbuster family movies that enchanted worldwide audiences. Shows begin at 2:00 PM, and admission is $2 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie Date: Thursday, January 14 A Brooklyn plumber named Mario travels through the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess named Peach and an anthropomorphic mushroom named Toad to find Mario’s brother, Luigi, and to save the world from a ruthless firebreathing Koopa named Bowser. The vocal cast includes Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Jack Black. This 2023 animated comedy is rated PG and has a running time of 92 minutes.

The Little Mermaid Date: Thursday, February 11 Longing to find out more about the world above, beautiful and spirited young mermaid Ariel visits the surface and falls for the dashing Prince Eric. Following her heart, she makes a deal with Ursula the evil sea witch so she can discover the world above the water and impress the prince. The cast Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, and Melissa McCarthy. This 2023 musical fantasy is rated PG and has a running time of 135 minutes.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish Date: Thursday, March 10 Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives. To restore all his lives and escape an terrible fate, Puss must pluck up his courage and embark on an epic journey into the Dark Forest. The vocal cast includes Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Florence Pugh. This 2022 animated comedy is rated PG and has a running time of 102 minutes.

Portrait of Aretha Date: Saturday, January 17 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $30-$45 Location: Suffolk Center CeCe Teneal honors the legacy of the Queen of Soul with personalized interpretations of both popular and lesser-known songs from this 18-Grammy-Award-winning icon’s 50-year career.

The Hurrah Players Present Matilda The Musical Date: Saturday, March 16 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $18-$30 Location: Suffolk Center The story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Death of a Gangster” Date: Saturday, March 22 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: Adults Cost: $65 Location: Suffolk Center In this “Married to the Mob” event, you’ll never know who to trust. With the two families merging together, someone is bound to lose power, which means someone else will lose their life! Get on the trolley and solve this case with your fellow detectives.

My God, Your God Date: Saturday, April 13 Time: 2:00 PM; 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $30-$40 Location: Suffolk Center This is a hilarious gospel stage play that follows one woman’s journey for peace and her discovery that peace cannot be found in a building.

Artrageous Date: Saturday, April 27 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $18-30 Location: Suffolk Center With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography, and exciting audience interaction, Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun!

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - SPECIAL EVENTS American Girl Program at Riddick’s Folly House Museum

Riddick’s Folly House Museum Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Wed, Thurs, & Fri); 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Saturday); and 1:00 - 5:00 PM (Sun). Closed on major holidays. Cost: $7 Adults; $6 military and seniors 55+; $3 students 18 and under; free for children 5 and under; $4 for partial tours Location: 510 N. Main Street, Downtown For more information, please contact 757-934-0822 or visit RiddicksFolly.org. While Mills Riddick’s contemporaries may have mocked his Greek Revival home when it was built in 1837, the house now stands as a beautiful reminder of the past and is one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions. The impressive structure features striking architectural details. The five frieze band windows across the front of the house are rarely seen in eastern Virginia. The front of the mansion is bricked in Flemish bond, and double chimneys rise from both ends of the stately historic landmark. Slender columns of the Greek Revival period frame the main entrance. The interior showcases intricately carved moldings and elaborate ceiling medallions throughout the house. Riddick’s Folly has four floors, 21 rooms, and 16 fireplaces. All four floors are open to the public. The building features elegantly furnished double parlors, a gentleman’s library, and adult and children’s bed chambers. Also open are the laundry, dining rooms, and kitchen. Registered with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, Riddick’s Folly served as headquarters for the Union Army.

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Riddick’s Folly hosts an American Girl event every two months, showcasing eight- to fourteen-year-old female characters of various ethnicities, faiths, nationalities, and social classes throughout different time periods in history. There will be two sittings for each event: 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM. Space is limited (20 girls per sitting) and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5 and up; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call for reservations at 757-934-0822 or email riddicksfolly@verizon.net, beginning 14 days before each event. If you are unable to attend the program (once you have a reservation), please call the museum. There is always a waiting list no child should miss this opportunity!

Featuring Gabriela McBride Date: Saturday, January 27 Gabby loves expressing herself through dance. She struggles with stuttering, and soon finds that spoken word poetry helps her speech flow. When the city threatens to close the community arts center, can she harness the power of her words and rally her community to save Liberty Arts? Wear your dance clothes or costumes for this event!

Featuring Julie Albright* Date: Saturday, March 30 When Julie Albright finds out that her new school has a basketball team, life starts looking up—until the coach tells her girls aren’t allowed to play. Julie decides to fight for a place on the team, and almost loses her best friend in the process. Meanwhile, a school project forces her to face some hard truths about her family...and herself. Growing up in San Francisco in the 1970s, Julie begins to realize that sometimes the best way to cope with change is to make a few changes of her own. *Doll giveaway!

Event information is subject to change.


SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Suffolk Tour Program Suffolk Tourism offers a variety of guided tours, with something for history buffs, nature lovers, adventurers, and even for those folks who are seeking the “supernatural’ side of Suffolk. Tours depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center (unless otherwise noted). Reservations are required. Custom group tours are available and may require a partial deposit. To reserve your space, please contact the Suffolk Visitor Center.

Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Departs at 4:00 PM; please arrive by 3:45 PM.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Departs from Seaboard Station Railroad Museum at 11:00 AM; please arrive by 10:45 AM.

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery Please check the website for departure time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Departs from Cedar Hill Cemetery gate adjacent to Seaboard Station Railroad Museum parking lot.

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Bus boards at 1:45 PM and departs at 2:00 PM.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Please check the website for departure time. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

Kayak Excursions Bus boards at 9:15 AM (transportation for the Bennett’s Creek Excursion is not available. Participants must meet on site.)

Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Dates: Check website Time: 4:00 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. Not recommended for children under 12. Enjoy a 60-minute stroll of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s 32 acres of hilly terrain and ancient cedar trees. Home to one of Suffolk’s official Virginia Civil War Trail sites. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire recommended.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Dates: Check website Time: 11:00 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. Not recommended for children under 12. This 60-minute walking tour highlights and honors the graves and memorials of soldiers from Suffolk and old Nansemond County who died in combat during the two World Wars, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire recommended.

Victorian Suffolk: Dying To Be There, A Guided Discovery of Cedar Hill Cemetery Dates: Check website Time: Check website Ages: All Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children This 75-minute walking tour explores the hidden meanings buried in Suffolk’s Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery. The tour features Victorian-era symbolism, burial practices, funerary industries, and mourning rituals. Highlights include how the residents of Suffolk both lived and died in the 19th century. Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate attire recommended.

Underground Railroad Pavilion Tour Bus boards at 9:15 AM and departs at 9:30 AM.

Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Bus boards at 9:15 AM and departs at 9:30 AM.

Great Dismal Guided Nature Walk Meet at Washington Ditch (3100 Desert Road).

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Dates: Check website Time: 2:00 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors (60+) and military; $5 children (ages 8-12). Trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches, and Virginia Civil War Trails. This windshield tour’s highlights include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Constant’s Wharf, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, and the historic Lakeside neighborhood.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Dates: Check website Time: Check website Ages: All Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children. Not recommended for children under 9. Follow a costumed guide through the shadows of historic Main Street, discovering stories, legends, and “unexplained occurrences” by lantern light.

Kayak Excursions Dates: Check website Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 10+ Cost: $40 per person; equipment included. Guided kayak excursions are facilitated by a water adventures outfitter with years of experience. All equipment is included with registration fee. Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable attire, and snack and/or bottled water recommended. 250 lb. weight limit. Participants must be 10 years of age or older; ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Great Dismal Swamp Underground Railroad Pavilion Tour Dates: Check website Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. The Great Dismal Swamp has long been known for its impenetrability, as a place where travelers could easily lose their way. Yet in the early centuries of American history, many of the people who vanished into the swamp were lost by their own choice. The swamp was a sanctuary for thousands of fugitive African American slaves.

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Hours: Daily, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; headquarters closed on weekends and federal holidays; the hiking and biking trails remain open. Location: 3100 Desert Road For more info: fws.gov/refuge/great_dismal_swamp

Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” (Narrated Bus Tour) Dates: Check website Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). Not recommended for children under 8. This three-hour tour, which fills up quickly, is led by a biologist specializing in the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. A small snack and beverage provided; sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable shoes, and weather-appropriate attire recommended.

The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. Despite its foreboding moniker, the Great Dismal Swamp is one of few remaining American wildernesses and the largest intact remnant of a vast habitat that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. This nature preserve encompasses over 112,000 acres where visitors enjoy wildlife observation, history, mystery, and lore. Visitors may participate in biking, fishing and boating, hiking, hunting, and nature photography. Because of its geographic location and climate, the Great Dismal is known for its unique blending of northern and southern species, and is a haven for black bear, bobcats, rare plants, rattlesnakes, and river otters. Less fearsome creatures include 200 species of birds, frogs, lizards, salamanders, toads, and yellow-bellied and spotted turtles.

Great Dismal Swamp Guided Nature Walk Dates: Check website Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 3-12). Meet the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in a new way—up close and personal! Enjoy a 90-minute biologist-led nature walk as you learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife and history that abound in the 112,000-acre wilderness. This boardwalk tour meanders almost a mile through a representative portion of swamp habitats. Comfortable shoes and weatherappropriate attire recommended.

View Suffolk Tourism’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: VisitSuffolkVa.com

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