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CITY OF SUFFOLK IN THIS ISSUE

FROM THE INTERIM CITY MANAGER

MUNICIPAL INFORMATION FROM THE CITY MANAGER 1 DIRECTORY 2 PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES 3 LIBRARY FACILITIES 4 TOURISM FACILITIES 5 CALENDAR OF EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS 6 CITY OF SUFFOLK SPOTLIGHTS 7-8 PARKS & RECREATION RENTAL FACILITIES RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE SUMMER CAMP OUTDOOR RECREATION ATHLETICS YOUTH AND TEEN / SPECIAL EVENTS SENIOR FITNESS PROGRAMS ART & CULTURE LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES CHILDREN’S EVENTS TEEN EVENTS ADULT EVENTS

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TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS TOURS

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SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL

Greetings! As Interim City Manager, it is a pleasure to present to you our Program Guide featuring a multitude of family friendly events and activities taking place across our City this Summer courtesy of our Library, Parks & Recreation, and Tourism. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the actions of our City employees and first responders, medical professionals, citizens, and small businesses over this past challenging year, and to thank you for your unwavering support and understanding during our continuing battle against COVID-19. While uncertainties and challenges remain, and our fight is still ongoing, we can find comfort and reassurance in knowing that the worst is hopefully behind us. We’re all familiar with the saying, “if you look hard enough, you can always find a silver lining”. That is certainly true, even in the most difficult and trying of times. I’m sure over the past many months all of us have had at least one, if not several, moments of a greater sense of appreciation for people, places, or things that we may have taken for granted previously. Signs of hope are seemingly everywhere in our City; all we have to do is look for them. Although we’ve had to distance ourselves from one another socially, we’ve still been able to make connections and stay engaged thanks to the many creative virtual offerings and innovative classes and programs our talented and innovative staff have been able to institute over the past year. With indoor and outdoor attendance limitations being increased, now is the time to start planning enjoyable and exciting new opportunities and adventures! Suffolk is home to some of the region’s most beautiful parks and glistening waterways that all lend themselves to unique yet great outdoor fun and activities. A wide variety of Summer Camps, archery, biking, canoeing, disc golf, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, skateboarding, volleyball, and more await those seeking some fun in the sun this summer! Maybe you’d like to schedule a long overdue family get-together or celebration at one of several of our rental facilities or picnic shelters? The opportunities are limitless! You can also enjoy bountiful Farmers’ Markets, guided tours, workshops, gallery visits, performing and visual arts, as well as excursions and exhibitions. Escape the summer heat and enjoy all that the Suffolk Public Library offers for everyone from pre-school to adults. Indoor and outdoor offerings include the return of the Amazing Peanut Chase Citywide Scavenger Hunt, summer reading challenges, virtual classes and events, online educational resources, and much more!

SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL

Front Row: Michael D. Duman, Mayor; Leroy Bennett, Vice Mayor Cypress Borough; Shelley Butler Barlow, Chuckatuck Borough; Roger W. Fawcett, Sleepy Hole Borough Back Row: Donald Z. Goldberg, Suffolk Borough; Timothy J. Johnson, Holy Neck Borough; Lue R. Ward, Nansemond Borough; Leotis L. Williams, Whaleyville Borough.

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I invite you to discover what makes Suffolk a wonderful place to work, live, play, and visit. As you browse through this publication and take note of the events you want to add to your calendars, you’ll see why we like to say, “It’s A Good Time to Be In Suffolk!” Albert S. Moor II Interim City Manager


CITY OF SUFFOLK - MUNICIPAL INFORMATION

DIRECTORY

MAIN OFFICE ADDRESS AND NUMBER Animal Control

24 Forest Glen Drive 757-514-7855

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 North Main Street 757-514-7800

135 Hall Avenue 757-514-4700

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

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

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4150

Police Department 111 Henley Place 757-923-2350

800 Carolina Road 757-514-7600

100 N. Main Street 757-925-6750

530 East Pinner Street 757-539-2100

442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000

Sheriff’s Office

150 N Main Street 757-514-7840

Social Services 135 Hall Avenue 757-514-7450

Suffolk Art Gallery 118 Bosley Avenue 757-514-7284

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES Sleepy Hole Park 4616 Sleepy Hole Road Here you will find 12 picnic shelters, volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, a playground, trails, a children’s learning garden, and a fishing pier with a kayak launch. Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina 110 East 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 Here you will find boat ramps, picnic shelters, tennis courts, a stage, disc golf course, trails, horseshoe pit, fishing pier, and a skate park.

Lake Meade Park 201 Holly Lawn Parkway This park features a dog park, skate park, a walking trail that looks over the lake, an inclusive playground, and the Howard Mast Tennis Complex which has 10 Tennis Courts for use. Lone Star Lakes Park 401 Kings Highway At this park, find shelters, a playground, a fishing pier, a 4-mile trail, and shoreline fishing areas surrounding 11 lakes. Boats must be registered and can use only an electric motor of 15 Horsepower or less. Boats can have any size gas outboard motor on it, but cannot be used while in the lakes.

Lake Meade Dog Park Registration Information

Community Parks and Amenities Boston Park Coulbourn Park Cypress Park and Pool Holland Park and Athletic Field Ida Easter Park John F. Kennedy Complex Kings Fork Athletic Complex Lake Kennedy Park Lakeside Park Tot Lot Magnol ia Park Mary Estes Pl ayground Monogram Bal l Fiel d Peanut Park Planters Park Pughsville Park Suffol k Seaboard Coastl ine Trail Turlington Park Tynes Street Pl ayground Wellons Park

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Address 825 Lincoln Avenue 321 East Constance Road 2001 Arizona Avenue 6720 Ruritan Boulevard 724 Brook Avenue 2325 E. Washington Street 1235 Kings Fork Road 1300 Blythewood Lane 922 Maryland Avenue 4600 Magnolia Drive 220 Hunter Street 3731 Sleepy Hole Road 308 South Saratoga Street 515 York Street 5041 Townpoint Road 3160 Kings Highway 620 Bentley Drive 151 Tynes Street 132 Pender Street

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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 4 months old. Male dogs over 1 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 following locations: Lake Meade Park Ranger Station Monday & Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 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 things 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)

North Suffolk Library (NSL)

443 West Washington Street 757-514-7323

2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150

Chuckatuck Library (CHK)

Library2Go

Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: Closed

5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Curbside Service Thurs: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Mon - Thurs: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Sun: Closed

To find out where Library2Go will be, check the online Outreach Calendar. suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events 4


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

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.

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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.

MAY

PARKS & RECREATION

01-03 - Fine Art Filch

LIBRARY

TOURISM

JULY

02 - American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

01 - Virginia Native Plants

02 - Family Fridays at the Park

01 - Grand Opening of the Suffolk Farmers’ Market

02 - TGIF at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina - Island Boy

03-24 - Mystery Box - The Great Dismal Swamp

09 - TGIF at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina - WOAH

03-24 - Free WiFi in City

09 - Family Fridays at the Park

05 - Mother’s Day Drive Thru Special

10 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

08 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

10 - August 20 - Artwork by Heather Nygaard

13 - June 25 - Blackwater Artist League Exhibit “On The Cusp of Change”

11 - Summer Family Movie Series - The Secret Life of Pets 2

21 - July 02 - Suffolk Art League’s Annual Open Members’ Show 22 - 23 - Holiday Chalk-A-Lot! 22 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

JUNE

16 - Family Fridays at the Park 16 - Nansemond River Canoe Trip 16 - TGIF at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina – Celeste Kellogg 23 - Family Fridays at the Park 24 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market 25 - Parent’s Day Paddle

01 - Being an Ally and LGBTQUI+ 101 [VIRTUAL]

26 - August 14 - Co(s)mic Summer

05 - Pride Pop Up Library and HIV Testing [LIVE]

30 - Family Fridays at the Park

11 - Galaxies Night Hike

30 - TGIF at Bennett’s Creek Park – Buckshot

12 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market 12 - Amazing Peanut Chase 13 - Summer Family Movie Series - Addams Family 16 - Father’s Day Drive Thru Special 18 - TGIF at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina - The Fuzz Band 19 - Juneteenth Celebration 19 - Cedar Creek Kayak Tour 21 - August 14 - Suffolk Selfie Search 21 - 25 - Suffolk Center’s ART Camp 22 - August 10 - Teens Think OUTside the Library 25 - TGIF at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina - The Original Rhondels

AUGUST

02 - 06 - Suffolk Center’s THEATER Camp 03 - National Night Out 06 - TGIF at Bennett’s Creek Park – Affirmative Groove 06 - Family Fridays at the Park 08 - Summer Family Movie Series – Trolls World Tour 09 - 13 - Suffolk Center’s STEAM Camp 13 - TGIF at Bennett’s Creek Park – Slapnation 14 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

26 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

20 - TGIF at Bennett’s Creek Park – Deloreans

26 - Parking Lot Pride Fest

21 - 22 - 32nd Annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow

28 - 30 - Camp Limitless

28 - Movie in the Park

28 - July 2 - Suffolk Center’s MUSIC Camp Band

28 - Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market

28 - August 9 - Camp Monday Funday

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - NNO AND SPOTLIGHTS National Night Out 2021 Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, August 3rd, as we’ll once again gather across our entire City for National Night Out. This event allows all of us to continue to enhance the relationships between neighbors and law enforcement while strengthening our true sense of community. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions that were in place regarding large community gatherings in 2020, we unfortunately weren’t able to celebrate National Night Out in our usual, nationally recognized, award-winning way! 2021 is a new year and a new opportunity to continue this unique Suffolk tradition. Join us and let criminals know that Suffolk truly is united and dedicated to building a safer and stronger city! Residents in neighborhoods across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and police on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Why not schedule a neighborhood cookout, softball game, “flashlight parade”, ice cream social, watermelon-eating contest, or block party to celebrate? You’re only limited by your imagination! Visit our website, www.suffolknno.com, for more information, dates of local events, or to download your own NNO block Party Guide. Your event must be pre-registered with the City of Suffolk to be included on the official motorcade tour. National Night Out participants include all members of Public Safety, as well as local Civic Leagues, Homeowner’s Associations, Neighborhood Groups, Fraternal Organizations, Community-Oriented Businesses, Property Management groups for Apartments and Condominium Groups, Healthcare Providers, and more! For more information about National Night Out and Suffolk’s national award winning traditions, visit www. suffolknno.com, or contact Diana Klink, Director of Media & Community Relations, City of Suffolk, and Chairman, NNO 2021 Committee, at 757.514.4104, or via email at dklink@suffolkva.us. Without a doubt, WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

Suffolk Public Library Staff Preps for IconiCon 2021 7

Archery Clinic


CITY OF SUFFOLK - SPOTLIGHTS

Recreation Specialist Deja Patterson

Suffolk Tourism’s Spring Market - March 20, 2021

Suffolk Public Libraries re-open to the public

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival - Virtual Publishing Panel

Inclusive Playground - Ribbon Cutting

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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 5147250. 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.

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 Minimum 2 hour rental Resident $25.00 per hour Non-Resident $35.00 per hour WRC Community Room - Minimum 2 Hours Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour

Planter’s Club - 4600 Planters Club Road This facility is great 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 lovely Nansemond River. The facility can hold 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.*

Planter’s Club Fee Schedule Hourly Rate Monday-Thursday

$125 Resident $200 Non-Resident

Hourly Rate Friday- Sunday

$225 Resident $300 Non-Resident

Shelter Rentals Shelter rentals are available at Bennett’s Creek Park, Lake Meade Park, and Sleepy Hole Park. They are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelters are $75 per day. To schedule a rental, come by the Administrative Office between 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. For more information, call 757-514-7250.

* Setup fees for the Planter’s Club are $50 per hour with a two-hour minimum, and a four-hour maximum.

Shelter Rental Fees All shelter rentals are $75 per shelter per day except Shelter 9 at Sleepy Hole Park, which is $125 per day. Operating Hours for parks are sunrise to sunset, 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 decision to grant a refund or reschedule will be determined by the Director of Parks & Recreation. 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: • • • • • • • • 9

100 or more expected at park and/or park shelters. 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 like tents, shade structures, stages, booths, 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.


PARKS & RECREATION - RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS COVID-19 Guidelines/Expectations:

Due to COVID-19, Parks & Recreation is taking extra precautions to make certain our Fitness Centers and Recreation Facilities are safe and clean for our citizens. You must wear a mask to enter the center and complete the screening process. No one with a fever (100.4 or greater) or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure in prior 14 days, is permitted in the Fitness Center. Maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others unless during activity where you must maintain a distance of 10 feet. Water fountains and showers are temporarily unavailable. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Administration Office at (757) 514-7250. Thank you for your cooperation. Whaleyville Recreation Center (WRC)

Annual Membership

Fitness Membership

132 Robertson Street 757-514-7100

Youth 7-17 Adults 18+ Seniors 55+

Must have active Annual Membership Teens 16-17: $7 per month Adults 18+: $10 per month Seniors 55+: $5 per month

East Suffolk Recreation Center (ESRC) 138 South 6th Street 757-514-4500 Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Closed Sunday

$10 per year $20 per year $5 per year

Non-Resident Membership Youth 7-17 Adults 18+ Seniors 55+

$12.50 per year $25 per year $6.75 per year

Non-Resident Fitness Membership Teens 16-17: Adults 18+: Seniors 55+:

$8.75 per month $12.50 per month $6.75 per month

Joint-Use Facilities Suffolk Parks & Recreation has developed a partnership with Suffolk Public Schools with six facilities for Before and After Care, Summer Programs, Leagues, and other special events. Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Creekside Recreation Center King’s Fork Recreation Center Mack Benn, Jr Recreation Center Northern Shores Recreation Center Oakland Recreation Center

204 Walnut St. 1000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd. 350 Kings Fork Rd. 1253 Nansemond Pkwy. 6701 Respass Beach Rd. 5505 Godwin Blvd.

757-514-7247 757-514-7245 757-514-7244 757-514-7248 757-514-7249 757-514-7246

Holiday Chalk-A-Lot! Date: May 22 - 23 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Cost: Free Age: All Celebrate the holiday with us by turning our East Suffolk Recreation Center sidewalk into an open-air gallery filled with colorful summer season works of chalk art! Kids, teens, and families will have all weekend to create temporary chalk art masterpieces on our sidewalk spaces. Pre-registered participants will have alternating sidewalk spaces for social distancing. Once completed, photos will be uploaded to social media for voting! Winner receives bragging rights & fun swag bag. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE In coordination with Suffolk Public School’s return to school hybrid learning plan, participants will register for 2 days a week that corresponds with their in school face to face days only.

Kid Zone Grade Levels: PreK-4 - 5th Grade, PreK-4 Participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public School’s Program Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Northern Shores and Oakland Recreation Centers. Cost: $35 one-time registration fee Program type Before Care- 2days/week After Care- 2days/week $48 Before + After Care- 2days/week Time: Before Only After Only

Monthly fee $38 $48 $78

6:30AM - School Start Time School End Time - 6:00 PM

Program type Monthly fee December/June Before Care- 2days/week $25 After Care- 2days/week $48 $35 Before + After Care- 2days/week $70 Register at any Parks & Recreation facility with the following items: Proof of child’s grade, completed registration form, proof of residency, and 2 emergency contacts.

Rec’ N Crew Grade Levels: 6th Grade- 10th Grade Location: Kings Fork Recreation Center Cost: $35 One-Time Registration Fee Program type After Care- 2days/week Time: After Only

Monthly fee $20

School End Time - 6:00 PM

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PARKS & RECREATION PROGRAMS • Course Minimums - Each class has a minimum and maximum enrollment. Classes will be canceled a week prior to start 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. • Are you a resident? Residents are citizens who live in or own property within the City of Suffolk.

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Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - SUMMER CAMP Discover Your Future

Outdoor Explorers

Dates: June 28 - August 20 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Time: 7:00AM - 3:00PM, Recreation Center membership required to stay beyond 3:00 PM and participate in activities Cost: $85/ two week session + $35 One Time Registration Grade: Rising 7th -10th Teens will enjoy clubs, games, sports, crafts, and field trips. Camp includes breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. For more information, please call (757)514-4500.

Session 1: August 23 - 27 Ages: 6-9 Session 2: August 30 - September 3 Ages: 10-14 Times: 7:00AM - 6:00PM Cost: $90 Location: Sleep Hole Park This camp is for kids who enjoy exploring The Great Outdoors. Activities include hiking, canoeing, swimming, zip lining, and archery! Campers will learn outdoor skills such as natural shelter building; plant and animal identification; and how to start and tend to a fire. Campers should come dressed in active wear, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen applied! Pack a lunch with an extra snack and water.

Planet Recreation Registration Dates: Registration March 1 until Full Program Dates: June 28- August 20 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $85 Per Two Week Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Grades: Rising Kindergarten - Rising 6th Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Jr., Northern Shores, Whaleyville Recreation Center and Oakland Recreation Centers.

Hook a Kid on Golf Dates: July 19 - 23 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Ages: 7-15 Cost: $150 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.

Hoops 4 Life Dates: Session 1: June 28 – July 9, Session 2: July 12 – 23, Session 3: July 26 – August 6, Session 4: August 9 - 20 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $35 One- Time Registration Fee, $70 Per two Week Session Location: Kings Fork Recreation Center This program will improve basketball skills 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.

Art Camp 2021 Session 1: August 23-27 for ages 10-14 Session 2: August 30-September 3 for ages 6-9 Times: 7:00AM - 6:00PM Cost: $90 Fee Registration: March 1 - August 22 (or until session is full)

Camp Limitless Dates: Monday - Friday; June 28 - July 30 Time: 9:00AM 2:00PM Cost: $50 per week Age: 6-21 Camp Limitless is 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, call Jasmine at 757.514.7264.

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION

Outdoor Recess - Canoeing

Cedar Creek Kayak Tour Dates: June 19 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Cost: $25 single kayak, $35 tandem kayak, $15 bring your own kayak Come join Suffolk Parks & Recreation as we take you on a kayak tour down Cedar Creek. This trip will be a relaxing paddle up and down the creek. Bring a water bottle and a small snack.

Dates: May 26 for ages 7-11, May 27 for ages 12-16 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM; 1:00 – 3:00PM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Cost: $20 per class This program is designed to give your child a break from electronic screens and access to some fresh air and fun, explorative time outdoors. During this particular session of our outdoor club, we will learn and exercise paddling skills on the lake and build young people’s confidence in outdoor spaces. Participants should wear water and weather appropriate clothing. Bring a water bottle and a small snack.

Outdoor Recess

Parent’s Day Paddle Date: July 25 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Time: 9:00 - 11:00AM Location: Crumps Mill Pond Cost: $20 per boat In celebration of Parents’ Day, treat Mom or Dad to a relaxing paddle within the beautiful Crumps Mill Pond. Boat, life jacket, and paddle included.

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Dates: June 8 for ages 4 – 6, June 10 for ages 7 – 11 Time: 9:00 - 11:00AM Location: Sleepy Hole Park Cost: $5 per class This program is designed to give your child a break from electronic screens and access to some fresh air and fun, explorative time outdoors. In this outdoor club, we will explore different wildlife topics and build young people’s confidence in outdoor spaces. Participants should wear woods and weather appropriate clothing (including closed-toe shoes) for exploring the trails. Bring a water bottle. Classes will be held rain or shine!

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION Outdoor Yoga Dates: Saturdays, May - August Time: 9:30 – 10:15AM Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Ages: 16+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $15 per class OR $54 for 4 classes Join us for Outdoor Yoga classes at the beautiful Bennett’s Creek Park. A 45- minute all levels Hatha class, created to meet all fitness levels and practices while enjoying the great outdoors. You may bring personal yoga equipment and mat to use. Be sure to bring a water bottle. To register, visit: nuleeu.com/Suffolk.

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga

Canoe Clinic Dates: July 19, 21, 23 Time: 9:00 - 11:00AM (ages 7-11), 1:00 - 3:00PM (ages 12-17) Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Cost: $50 Boat, life jacket, and paddle will be provided. Participants should come dressed in active wear, closed toe shoes, and sunscreen applied! Pack a water bottle and a small snack.

Class Times: Saturdays: 9:30AM – 10:45AM 1:00PM – 2:15PM Sundays: 11:00AM – 12:15PM Dates: May - August Ages: 18+ Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Cost: $35 per class OR $120 for 4 classes This Standup Paddleboard (SUP) yoga class is designed to teach you all the basics of SUP, safety, getting on the water, general SUP practice, and SUP Yoga! All equipment included. Be sure to bring a water bottle and towel. To register, visit: nuleeu.com/Suffolk.

Outdoor Fitness Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, May - August Time: 9:30 – 10:15AM Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Ages: 16+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $15 per class OR $54 for 4 classes Join us for Outdoor Fitness classes at the beautiful Bennett’s Creek Park. Classes are a 45-minute, efficient and fun blend of cardio and strength! All ability levels welcome! Be sure to bring a water bottle. To register for classes, visit: nuleeu.com/Suffolk.

Nansemond River Canoe Trip Dates: July 16 Ages: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Time: 6:00 – 7:30PM Location: Constant’s Wharf Cost: $20 per canoe Come join Suffolk Parks & Recreation as we take you on a relaxing canoe paddle up and down the Nansemond River. This trip will begin and end at Constant’s Wharf, right behind the Downtown Hilton Hotel. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION Bird Watchers Date: May 15 Time: 8:00AM – 10:00AM Location: 3901 Sleepy Hole Road Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: Free Join us as we observe the number and details of birds found at the site of the former Driver Naval Radio Transmitting Facility. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes if you own a pair. Limited supply available for use.

Archery Clinic Dates: August 2, 4, and 6 Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM (for ages 7-11), 1:00 - 3:00PM (for ages 12-17) Location: Sleepy Hole Park Cost: $65 Would you like to learn archery? Now’s your chance! Bows, arrows, and arm guards will be provided. Participants should wear woods and weather appropriate clothing (including closed-toe shoes).

Virginia Native Plants Date: May 1 Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: Free Join us and Suffolk Master Gardeners as we explore flora on the trails of Lone Star Lakes Park. We will observe and discuss the types of plants found native to our area.

Galaxies Night Hike

For more information about Outdoor Recreation, contact Nakiesha Bridgers at 757-514-4518.

Date: June 11 Time: 9:00PM – 11:00PM Location: Sleepy Hole Park Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $5 Enjoy this 2-mile hike illuminated by starlight. We’ll also highlight the nocturnal wildlife we encounter along the way on our nighttime adventure. Dress appropriately for the weather. Flashlights will be provided. Intended for ages 8 and up.

Outdoor Adventures Field Trips You can discover an abundance of adventure in the Great Outdoors here in Suffolk! Our hands-on educational/ recreational programs can include activities such as hiking, canoeing, archery, and wildlife viewing at venues such as Sleepy Hole, Bennet’s Creek, Lone Star Lakes, and Lake Meade Parks. Our Park programs will provide unforgettable outdoor experiences and activities that are sure to captivate participants of all ages. Looking for a specific program? Inquire to see if we can create the perfect program for you or your group! For more information on our outdoor programs, contact Nakiesha Bridgers at 757.514.4518, or via email at nbridgers@suffolkva.us.

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PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS / UPCOMING ATHLETICS AQUATICS: All participants will be required to register and receive a pool pass to present at the pool office. Passes may be obtained at any of our Recreation Centers or Administration building. Children must be registered by the head of the household.

Public Open Swim Dates: May 31 – September 5 Days: Tuesday - Saturday Time: 2:00PM - 6:00PM Ages: All (Children must be accompanied by adult) Cost: Free Location: Cypress Park Pool The pool is open weekends only June 5 – 18, then Tuesday – Sunday June 20 – September 5.

Swim Beginners Dates: June 28 – August 6 Cost: $30 Ages: 5-12, 13-17, 18+ Location: Cypress Park Pool Times: Vary To register for swim lessons, visit our Administration Office. Bring a swimsuit, towel and goggles.

Winter League Sports - Lil Dribblers, Lil Pom Pom & Tiny Kickz Ages: 4-5 Cost: $40 resident, $50 non-resident - Youth Basketball, Cheering, & Indoor Soccer Ages: 6-15 Cost: $60 resident, $70 non-resident Online registration is open September 1 – October 20. Registration will be held at all Joint Use and Recreation Centers September 7 – October 28, Mondays & Thursdays, 5:30-7:30PM. Registration will be held at Creekside and Mack Benn Jr Joint Use Recreation Centers ONLY Saturdays in October 10:30AM-1:30PM. Volunteer coaches needed for all sports.

Softball: Adult Fall COED League Registration: July 30 - August 27 Cost: $350 team registration Ages: 18+ Practice begins the first week of September; games begin the following week, and the season last 8 weeks. For more information regarding Athletics, contact our Athletics Supervisor, Dominique Cox at 757-514-7270, or ddcox@suffolkva.us.

Party Rentals Days/Times: Fridays, 5:00-7:00PM, Saturdays, 11:00AM -1:00PM Ages: All Cost: Varies depending on party size Location: Cypress Park Pool Reservations are required to secure group swim slots and party rentals. Prepaid Group Swim is available Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm-2:00pm June 29September 2.

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - YOUTH AND TEEN/SPECIAL PARKS & RECREATION - SPECIALEVENTS EVENTS Books R Us

Zumbathon

Dates: April 21 - May 21 Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Time: 4:00PM - 5:15PM Cost: Free Grade: 6-8 This program is designed to reinforce an appreciation of literature by discovering new authors they may enjoy. Discussion of current events within their books can also help improve critical thinking skills. We will publish a reading list prior to the start of the program.

Date: May 4, 11, 18 Days: Tuesdays Cost: $10 per participant Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm Ages: 13+ Ages: 12-18 Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Participants will have the opportunity to have fun as a group. Family, friends, and anyone looking to make new friends through a fondness of active lifestyle can do so through this program. It will be a fun, inclusive and exhilarating way to address the wellness and social needs of the participants. Pre-registration is required.

TGIF Summer Concert Series Time: 6:00PM - 9:30PM Cost: Free Ages: All Maskes and social distancing are required. Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina June 18: The Fuzz Band June 25: The Original Rhondels July 9: WOAH July 16: Celeste Kellog

Movie in the Park Dates: August 28 Movie Time: 8:15PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Holland Ball Park Join us at the Holland Ball Field for a free movie in the Park! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Food vendors will be on site for a late dinner/movie treats!

American Red Cross Community Blood Drive Date: July 2 Time: 1:00PM - 6:00PM Cost: Free Ages: 18+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center The East Suffolk Recreation Center is hosting a community blood drive with the American Red Cross. Everyone who donates in July will receive a $5 Amazon gift card as a thank you, and all donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies. For more information, or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or sign up online with sponsor code ESRC.

Bennett’s Creek Park July 30: Buckshot August 6: Affirmative Groove August 13: Slapnation August 20: Deloreans Summer is here, and Suffolk Parks & Recreation is ready to kick it off with the TGIF Summer Concert Series 2021. The Parks will open on Fridays at 6:00PM, and the bands will take the stage at 6:30PM. The music will have you jamming in your seat till 9:30PM. The night will be full of family fun with food vendors, bounce houses, adult beverages, and merchant vendors to shop with. All Fridays are free and open to the public.

Adult Pool Tournament Dates: May 15 Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM Cost: Free Ages: 18+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Participants will compete in a socially distanced double elimination style tournament with a 1st place and runner up being crowned. Games played will be recorded and posted online for spectator viewing.

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PARKS & RECREATION - SENIOR PROGRAMS PARKS & RECREATION - SENIOR PROGRAMS Mother’s Day Drive-Thru Special Date: May 5 at East Suffolk Recreation Center, and May 6 at Whaleyville Recreation Center Time: 11:0012:30PM Cost: Free Age: 55+ We will be honoring all mothers and women in the community with a small gift to show our appreciation. This event is a drive-thru event designed to keep everyone safe! Pre-registration is required.

Father’s Day Drive-Thru Special Dates: June 16 at East Suffolk Recreation Center, June 17 at Whaleyville Recreation Center Time: 11:00-12:30PM Cost: Free Age: 55+ We will be honoring all fathers and men in the community with a small gift to show our appreciation. This event is a drive-thru event designed to keep everyone safe! Pre-registration is required.

SENIOR PROGRAMS Fun in the Sun - Drive-Thru Date: July 15 Time: 10:00AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: 55+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Cruise through our parking lot while wearing your favorite summer attire. Our staff will welcome you with a summer time fun surprise. Pre-registration is required.

Healthy Eating and Staying Active as we Age - Virtual Dates: July 17 Times: 10:00AM Cost: Free Ages: 55+ We will be sharing delicious, low-cost recipes that fit into your budget, provide tips on meal planning and food shopping to save time and money. Pre-registration is required.

Senior Aerobics - Virtual

Active Adult Senior’s Walking Club Date: Wednesday, May 12 - June 23 Time: 10:00-11:30am Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Age: 50+ Cost: Free The Walking Club will meet twice a week for a scheduled walk at various locations throughout the community. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 10:00 -11:00AM Location: Facebook Live Age: 55+ Cost: Free

Eat Smart on a Budget with Limited Food Options Date: August 15 Time: 10:00 AM Cost: Free Ages: 55+ Location: Virtual We will be sharing how to stock up on food, ways to stretch your food dollar, planning quick and healthy meals, and ways to be active at home.

Senior Cookout Drive-Thru Date: June 25 Time: 11:00AM - 12:30 PM Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Cost: Free Ages: 55+ Celebrating summer with great food as participants are able to drive up and receive a delicious packed lunch. Pre-registration is required. For more information on Senior Programs, call 757.514.4500 (East Suffolk), or 757.514.7105 (WRC)

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS Group Spin Date: June 21 - July 14 Days: Mondays & Wednesdays Time: 6:15 - 7:00 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: $12 Push yourself and others in a fun and challenging environment and burn calories while you’re at it.

Strength and Tone Date: August 17 - September 9 Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Time: 5:15PM - 6:00 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: $12 This program incorporates light weights and high reps to help your body get a nice, toned figure.

Core Pump Dates: May 25 - June 17 Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays Time: 6:15-7:00PM Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Cost: $12 Ages: 16+ This class offers ab training with some low to moderate intensity cardio training to keep that heart going strong.

Fitness Equipment Orientation

Personal Training Cost: $10 Per 1-Hour Session or 10 Sessions for $90 Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk or Whaleyville Recreation Centers Get a free fitness assessment, then sign up for training sessions based on a personal program designed around your goals and assessment results. By appointment only.

Cost: Free w/ Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk or Whaleyville Recreation Centers

Fit Factory Dates: July 6 - July 29 Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays Time: 5:15-6:00PM Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Cost: $12 Ages: 16+ This interval training class will do just that while keeping you encouraged, engaged, and moving!

“Stay Strong” Senior Aerobics Date: May 10 - June 2 Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM Cost: Free w/ fitness membership Ages: 55+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center This class targets muscular strength, endurance, improves cardiopulmonary and mental health.

Kidz in Motion For more information regarding East Suffolk Recreation Fitness Programs, please contact Jason Jones at 757.514.4507, or jkjones@suffolkva.us For more information on Whaleyville Recreation Center Fitness Programs, contact Mart De Vera at 757.514.7112, or mdevera@suffolkva.us

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Date: May 25 - June 17 (Tuesdays/Thursdays); August 2 - 25 (Mondays/Wednesdays) Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Time: 4:30PM 5:30PM Ages: 7-15 Cost: Free This will include fundamentals of exercise as well as an introduction to exercise equipment.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE Closed to the Public The Suffolk Art Gallery will be closed to the public from April 19th – May 10th, 2021 for scheduled renovations. Staff are available via email or phone by calling the Gallery at 757.514.7284.

Teen & Tween Virtual Art Meet Up Date: May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19 Cost: Free Ages: 12-18 Registration is required to receive Zoom link Location: Virtual One Thursday a month, join Suffolk Public Libraries at the Suffolk Art Gallery for a virtual tour of the current exhibit and an interactive craft or activity. Each month will have a new theme and a new special topic. These meetups will be held live on Zoom at 4:00PM. The Library is the ultimate Teen and Tween after-school destination for books, movies, games, crafts, special events, and much more! Participants can register online at suffolkpubliclibrary.com, or call 757.514.7323.

Hours of Operation Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Virtual Art-Day Wednesdays One Wednesday a month, join the Suffolk Art Gallery for a virtual workshop where we explore different art techniques and mediums. Each month will introduce a new project and activity that participants can follow along with at home! All virtual workshops will be published at 10:00 am on our social media, and will include a material list as well as an instructional video.

Monthly Programming and Themes - April 21: Bug Styrofoam Printmaking - May 19: Chalk Pastel Creations - June 16: Recycled Still-Life - July 14: Bubble Art 101 - August 11: Geometric Stained “glass” Suncatcher

Poetry, Prose, & Pizza: Date: July 8 Times: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery, the Suffolk Art League, and host Nathan Richardson for this spoken word 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 from Al Forno Pizzeria, and visit the Gallery in a relaxed, open, and comfortable environment. Space restrictions and registration requirements will be determined based on COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the event.

Event information is subject to change.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - DIGITAL RESOURCES Access to WiFi

WiFi2Go: Check out the Internet with Suffolk Public Library’s Mobile Hotspot Lending Program! Mobile hotspots are completely free to borrow with your Suffolk Public Library card. Visit our website to learn more and place a hold on a hotspot: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi2Go Pop-Up WiFi: Our WiFi is going on the road! Visit our website to discover where we are bringing WiFi and what you need to do to join our network: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi. Free WiFi in Suffolk: In addition to Suffolk Public Library locations and parking lots, there are many areas in Suffolk that offer free WiFi. Get connected at many City government buildings, major grocery stores, and fast food restaurants. We’ve compiled a map of locations offering free WiFi for your convenience, which can be found at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/WiFi.

Online Educational Resources

Beyond High School Video Series: Suffolk Public Library walks you through how to access valuable resources for teens. DK Findout: DK’s aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and they have built a safe place online for your child to see, learn, and explore almost everything. EBSCO eBooks: Covers a range of topics and includes full text of classic novels and reference books to aid students as they research literature and write analytical essays. Find It Virginia Resources: Offers a multitude of eBooks and resources including Early World of Learning, a K-5 Collection, Middle School Collection, High School Collection, Media Collection, and History Collection. Gale Career Transitions: Take an interest and skills assessment to identify potential career fields; create a professional resumé for downloading and emailing; view webinars on interview skills, search for available jobs near you. Gale In Context Elementary: Provides authoritative, curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate digital content that covers a broad range of educational topics. Testing & Education Reference Center: Provides helpful information on college admissions, college prep, financial aid, military prep, and practice tests like SAT, ACT, GRE, and ASVAB. Access these resources through the Kids and Teens sections of our website. Many of the above resoures require a Library card number. Don’t have a Library card? Sign up online for free at: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/digitalcard.

Print From Anywhere Service

You can send print jobs directly to Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library to pick up the same day. Instructions on how to print from your laptop, computer, or mobile device can be found online at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/Print. Call 757-514-7323 for details, or if you need assistance.

Virtual Classes

Suffolk Public Library offers many types of virtual classes to engage students and supplement curriculum. Explore previous classes on the Library’s YouTube channel, and find all upcoming classes and meetups on the Library’s online calendar. All LIVE virtual classes require registration to receive the invite link. Visit suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events.

Additional Library Services At Home

Suffolk Public Library offers many free services for all ages available in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy these and more! Learn more about each at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/AtHome. • Audible • Early Learning

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• Hoopla • Ready Reads

• Universal Class

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


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS Growing Up Kindergarten [LIVE + KIT]

Early Childhood Classes

Date: Tuesdays, June 22 & 29, July 6 - 27, August 3 & 10, Thursdays, June 24, July 1 - 29, August 5 & 12 Time: 2:00 PM Age: Early Childhood Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Prepare your rising kindergartner with this virtual kindergarten readiness program through Zoom. Prior registration is required for this event. Participants will be emailed with instructions for logging into the meeting. Session 1 will take place on every Tuesday of the month. Session 2 will take place on every Thursday of the month.

Help Me Understand

Family Storytime [VIRTUAL] Date: Wednesdays, May 8, June 5 - 26, July 7 - 28, August 4 & 11 Time: 10:30 AM Ages: 0+ Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook An early literacy-based storytime for the whole family, including stories, rhymes, songs and more from the comfort of your own home. Storytimes will premiere at the designated time on Suffolk Public Library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Baby & Me [LIVE] Date: Tuesdays, May 11, July 13, August 10 Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM Ages: 0 - 24 mo Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Join FB group to view. This class will include a brief storytime, an extension activity for home and an opportunity for babies and caregivers to socialize virtually with other babies and caregivers. Supplies will be available for pickup at the chosen location prior to the program air date. Please reserve your Virtual2Go pack by registering online. Participants will be emailed with instructions for logging into the class. Please only register the child as a participant. *Remember to log any titles read in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Learn more and sign up at: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/1000Books

Date: First Thursdays, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5 Time: 6:30 - 7:00 PM Grades: K - 12 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Help Me Understand is a series of storytimes that tackle tough topics for kids. Sometimes, we don’t know what to say when talking about illness, death, incarceration, and other topics. We will explore these topics through books and songs. Storytimes will premiere the first Thursday of the month on the Suffolk Public Library Facebook and Youtube pages.

Family Fridays @ The Park Date: Fridays, May 7 & 21, June 25, July 2 - 30, August 6 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 PM Ages: Early Childhood, Family Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek & Lake Meade Park Join us outside for some socially-distanced fun with activities and stories! Please bring your own blanket or chairs. There will be an early literacy-based storytime portion including stories, rhymes, songs, and more. Fun for the whole family, with activities geared toward ages 3 to 10 years old. Camp Monday Funday: [VIRTUAL + KIT] Date: Mondays, June 21-August, August 9 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: Early Childhood, Elementary, Family Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Camp Monday Funday directions and program will premier Mondays at 10:30am on the Suffolk Public Library Facebook and YouTube pages.

VIRTUAL EVENTS KEY VIRTUAL: Premieres on Facebook & YouTube LIVE: Uses an online interactive platform KIT: Virtual2Go Pack containing supplies

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 - TEEN EVENTS Explore Suffolk Events Suffolk Selfie Search

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup [LIVE] Date: Tuesdays, May 11-25, June 8 & 22, July 6 Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Join us for an engaging session of role playing and problem solving, as we play Dungeons and Dragons over an online platform! Suitable for young adult players of any experience. Please come with a level 1 character ready to play. Brand new players can use D&D Beyond online for basic rules and ideas for characters. Players without dice can use D&D Dice Roller online. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link.

Date: June 21-August 14 Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: City of Suffolk Grab family and friends and find fantastic photo spots around Suffolk all summer long. A list of our favorite spots and selfie tips will be available in June, or be a trail blazer and show us your favorite selfie spot in Suffolk! Selfie kits are also available for check out. Share your pictures with us to be entered into a raffle. This is in partnership with The Suffolk Art Gallery and Suffolk Tourism. Bring your best selfie game to Suffolk!

Amazing Peanut Chase Date: June 12 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: Outside MML Registration required. Think you know every nook and cranny in Suffolk? Come prove it at the Library’s sixth annual Amazing Peanut Chase! This year’s citywide scavenger hunt will have you road tripping all over town solving clues. Form your team and prepare for a day full of fun and adventure. All ages welcome. You must provide your own transportation. Registration required.

Co(s)mic Summer: Mystery in a Box [Kit] Date: July 26-August 14 Time: All Day Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. We’re celebrating comics all week leading up to Free Comic Book Day! We’ll have different events each day of the week.

Teens Think OUTside the Library Teen Hangout [LIVE] Date: Thursdays, May 6-27, June 3-24, July 1-29, August 5-26 Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: 13 - 17 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Come chill with other teens at a laid back virtual hangout every Thursday with SPL! This is a safe place where teens can talk about their week and connect with other teens. There will be games! We will be using Discord, so you need a device that can connect to the internet and has a mic, but you do not need a webcam.  If using a computer or smart phone, you can download the Discord app, or you can access Discord through a browser.

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Date: Tuesdays, June 22 & June 29, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 10 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM Ages: 12-17 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Join us for some outdoor fun @SPL! We will be hosting a fun program outside just for teens once a month at each Library location. These programs will be socially distanced with masks required. Each teen will have their own supplies to participate with. Registrations are required, and spots are first-come, first-served, so make sure to register in advance!

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


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS

Camp SPL Summer Reading Challenge

English as a Second Language Morning Mixers [LIVE] Date: Wednesdays, May 5 - August 25 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: Adults Cost: Free Location: Zoom Improve your language skills with the Library! Join us for virtual English as a Second Language lessons and games in a fun and welcoming environment. Interested participants must register through the Zoom link below in order to receive an emailed link to join the class meeting.

Date: June 7-August 15 Time: All Day Age: All Ages Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Our summer is themed “Camp SPL”, and features a lot of programming and also a Reading Challenge! There will be several events happening throughout the summer, and participants will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes! Be sure to log your books using Beanstack, and take part in the Reading Challenge for a chance to get shouted out on our social media! Ready, Set, READ!

¡Mejora tu inglés en línea​con la Suffolk Public Library! Únase a nosotros a clases y juegos en inglés en un ambiente divertido y acogedor. Los participantes interesados deben ​​ registrarse para recibir un correo electronico con enlace a la clase por medio de Zoom.

Mystery Box [The Great Dismal Swamp] Date: May 3-24 Time: All Day Ages: Adult, Family Cost: Free Location: Kit Registration required. Do you fancy yourself a mystery-solving detective? Do you have a sleuthing group with a talking dog? Join Suffolk Public Library on this Mystery in a Box adventure to determine what you think happened in the Great Dismal Swamp.

Being an Ally and LGBTQIA+ 101 [VIRTUAL] Date: June 1 Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. At the start of Pride Month, we wanted to provide some information about the LGBTQIA+ community and being an ally. This video will give a very brief overview of the different sexual orientation and gender identities that fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, history, and statistics for this community.

Juneteenth Celebration [VIRTUAL] Date: June 19 Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Celebrate Juneteenth with Suffolk Public Library! Learn about the history of Juneteenth and what makes it so special. Our guest speaker will educate and entertain with poetry and dramatizations. (Guest speaker to be announced). This program will premier on The Suffolk Public Library Facebook and YouTube pages.

Parking Lot Pride Fest Outside MML & NSL Date: June 26 Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Location: MML & NSL Join SPL for Parking Lot Pride! There will be informational tables, local resources, grab and go activity kits, and food! Join us to celebrate Pride month and learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community. Masks required.

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

Suffolk Farmers’ Market Date: May 1 - November 20 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion at 524 N. Main Street The 2021 Market kicks off the new season in the open air special event pavilion (behind the Suffolk Visitor Center). Free and open to the public, the Suffolk Farmers’ Market has long been a popular outlet for locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, organically raised poultry, fresh eggs and milk, honey, and a variety of artisan-crafted goods. For more information, visit SuffolkVaFarmersMarket.com.

Suffolk Tourism Debuts YouTube Channel Suffolk Tourism is pleased to announce the launch of its YouTube channel! You can find it on the YouTube platform by searching for VisitSuffolkVa. The Tourism staff has been brainstorming ideas for new additions to the channel and gaining the skills necessary to create the videos, all of which will offer a new way for the public to experience Suffolk—up close and personal. Stay tuned as Suffolk only continues to grow!

Interactive Guides Available from Suffolk Tourism Interested in learning more about Suffolk but don’t want to leave the comfort of your home? Discover all of Suffolk Tourism’s interactive publications, including Cedar Hill Cemetery, walking tour of Historic Downtown Suffolk, activity books for the kids, and the Suffolk Good Time Guide! View and download online at VisitSuffolkVa.com/602/Flip-Books.

Meeting in Suffolk: Tourism Can Help! The ideal meeting site must be conveniently located, offer the infrastructure necessary to facilitate your meeting, provide well-appointed overnight accommodations, and deliver a charming atmosphere that welcomes meeting attendees and creates memories that are not soon forgotten. The Suffolk Tourism team can help! We work closely with local event and venue staff to ensure that your meeting/ event is everything you hope for, and more. Reunions, weddings, corporate retreats—contact us today at 757.514.4130 or email VisitSuffolk@suffolkva.us!

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SUFFOLK TOURISM 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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SUFFOLK TOURISM Summer Family Movie Series The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, proudly presents three popular family films. Shows begin at 2:00 PM and admission is $1 per person. Limited seating available; social distancing rules apply (please wear masks). Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

Blackwater Artist League Exhibit “On The Cusp of Change” Date: May 13 - June 25 Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tues - Sat) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Established in 1984, the Blackwater Artist League is an organization of artists of all media—including watercolor, oil, cold wax, acrylic, mixed media, and pastel—who get together each week to paint and sketch. Members come from throughout the area (Windsor, Suffolk, Franklin and North Carolina).

Addams Family Date: June 13 The eccentrically macabre family lives in a derelict asylum in New Jersey, hidden by fog at the top of the mountain. When hostile reality show host Margaux Needler wants to build a planned community nearby, the Addams home is revealed...leading to all-out war. The all-star cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, and Nick Kroll. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 86 minutes.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Date: July 11 The adventure continues! Max faces some major changes after his owner gets married and has a child. Meanwhile, Gidget tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy, and Snowball sets out on a mission to free a white tiger from a circus. An all-star cast includes Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, and Eric Stonestreet. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 86 minutes.

Trolls World Tour Date: August 8 With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy, Branch, and all their friends set out to unify all the Troll tribes in harmony against Queen Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all. An allstar cast includes Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, and Rachel Bloom. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 90 minutes.

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Suffolk Center Summer Camps Date: June-August (see below) Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: Grades 1-6 Cost: $250/week Location: SCCA The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts offers four unique Summer Camps in 2021 that explore, inspire, and engage campers grades 1 through 6. Suffolk Center partners with ‘Arts for Learning’ to provide professional artists that mentor campers on the fundamentals of drawing, painting, sculpture, music, costume design, improvisation, scene writing, and so much more! ART Camp: June 21 - 25 MUSIC Camp: June 28 - July 2 THEATER Camp: August 2 - 6 STEAM Camp: August 9 - 13

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SUFFOLK TOURISM

Driver Village Artisan & Farmers Market Date: May 8 & 22; June 12 & 26; July 10 & 24; and August 14 & 28 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Simply Vintage at 3117B Kings Highway in historic Driver Village Come on out to support unique local small businesses in the quaint community of Historic Driver Village on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month! There will be a variety of vendors for the community’s shopping pleasure. Vendor spaces are $15 each. Contact Simply Vintage to inquire about becoming a vendor.

Suffolk Art League’s Annual Open Members’ Show Date: May 21 - July 2 Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery at 118 Bosley Avenue This open show features artwork by current members of the Suffolk Art League. These Hampton Roads artists work in a wide variety of art mediums and styles. Most of the artwork is for sale.

Artwork by Heather Nygaard, Winner of the Suffolk Art League’s 2020 Juried Exhibition Date: July 10 - August 20 Time: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Exhibit of Artwork by Heather Nygaard, winner of the Suffolk Art League’s 2020 Juried Exhibition.

32nd Annual Nansemond Indian Pow Wow Date: Saturday, August 21 - Sunday, August 22 Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Sat); 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Sun) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Pembroke Lane (across from Oakland Elementary) Two-day cultural celebration including music, dance, authentic crafts, and food. Admission and parking are free, although donations are gladly accepted.

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll

Suffolk Tour Program The Suffolk Division of 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. All Suffolk Tourism tours depart from the Suffolk Visitor Center (with a few exceptions noted). Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours prior to scheduled tour. 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 at 11:00 AM; please arrive by 10:45 AM.

Kayak Excursions Bus boards at 9:15 AM (transportation for the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf and Bennett’s Creek Excursions are not available. Participants must meet on site for these particular tours.) Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Departs at 8:00 PM; please arrive by 7:45 PM.

Great Dismal Swamp Guided Nature Walk Meet at Washington Ditch, located off of White Marsh Road: 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. Tour departs at 10:00 AM

Dates: May 10 & 22; June 7 & 26; July 12 & 31; August 9 & 28 Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). 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.

Historic Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Dates: May 10 & 22; June 7 & 26; July 12 & 31; August 9 & 28 Time: 11:00 AM Ages: 12+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). 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 dress are recommended.

Kayak Excursions Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 8+ 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, and comfortable clothing recommended. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Bennett’s Creek: May 15 Lone Star Lakes: June 26 Lake Drummond: July 17 Constant’s Wharf/Nansemond River: August 21

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Dates: May 22, June 26, July 31, and August 21 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: 9+ Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 9-12). 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.

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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 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 111,000 acres where visitors enjoy wildlife observation, history, mystery and lore. 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: May 8, 12 & 23 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). Meet the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in a new way—up close and personal! Enjoy a biologistled nature walk as you learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife and history that abound in the 111,000-acre wilderness.

Lake Drummond, a 3,108-acre lake located near the center of the swamp, is the largest of only two naturally occurring lakes in Virginia. It stands only 18 feet above sea level, and though it is three miles wide, it is only five to six feet deep, allowing great cypresses to rise from its still, shallow waters. Tannic acid from forest vegetation stains the water. Despite its impressive size and age, the Great Dismal Swamp remains a mystery to most people; its foreboding forests protect its wildlife and ward off intruders. For those who venture in, the Dismal Swamp shelters a wealth of history and lore, flora and fauna. Visitors may participate in biking, fishing and boating, hiking, hunting, nature photography, and wildlife observation.

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