CITY OF SUFFOLK IN THIS ISSUE MUNICIPAL INFORMATION FROM THE CITY MANAGER 1 DIRECTORY 2 PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES 3 LIBRARY FACILITIES 4 TOURISM FACILITIES 5 CALENDAR OF EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS 6 PARKS & RECREATION SUMMER CAMP 7 RENTAL FACILITIES 8 RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS 9 YOUTH PROGRAMS 10 BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 10 OFFICE ON YOUTH PROGRAMS 11 - 12 THERAPEUTIC RECREATION 12 FITNESS PROGRAMS 13 OUTDOOR PROGRAMS 14 ACTIVE ADULTS 55 + 15 ATHLETICS 16 ART & CULTURE 17 - 18 LIBRARY SPECIAL EVENTS 19 CHILDREN’S EVENTS 20 - 22 TEEN EVENTS 23 ADULT EVENTS 24 TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS 25 - 30
FROM THE CITY MANAGER Greetings! As 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 Winter and Spring courtesy of our Library, Parks & Recreation, and Tourism. A New Year is a time not only for Renewed Hope, but also for New Opportunities and New Adventures! You’ll find those, and much more, within the pages of this Guide and throughout our City. Whether your resolution is to become more physically fit in 2020, to learn a new skill or craft, or your objective is to become more involved in your community, this can be your starting point! Achieve your fitness goals at one of our state-of-the-art recreation centers. Become a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy one of the many guided tours or excursions that are offered. Be informed, enlightened, and entertained at the Library, and take advantage of the diverse in-house or on-line offerings including Universal Class with access to over 500 courses. The choices are yours! No matter the season, you can leave the commonplace behind and set out on exciting explorations, endless fun, and unique experiences. 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”! Patrick Roberts City Manager
SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL Linda T. Johnson, Mayor Leroy Bennett, Vice Mayor Cypress Borough
Michael D. Duman Chuckatuck Borough Timothy J. Johnson Holy Neck Borough
Roger W. Fawcett Sleepy Hole Borough
Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Whaleyville Borough
Donald Z. Goldberg Suffolk Borough
Lue R. Ward Nansemond Borough
CITY OF SUFFOLK - MUNICIPAL INFORMATION
MAIN OFFICE ADDRESS AND NUMBER Animal Control
24 Forest Glen Drive 757-514-7855
Fire & Rescue
300 Kings Fork Road 757-514-4550
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
150 North Main Street 757-514-7800
135 Hall Avenue 757-514-4700
442 W Washington Street 757-514-4000
Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Public Works Administration
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
277 Pine Street 757-514-7630
442 W Washington Street 757-514-4275
Public Works Roadway Maintenance
442 W Washington Street 757-514-7475
442 W Washington Street 757-514-4120
Morgan Memorial Library
442 W Washington Street 757-514-7130
443 W Washington Street 757-514-7323
North Suffolk Library
442 W Washington Street 757-514-4018
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
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
150 N Main Street 757-514-7840
Social Services 135 Hall Avenue 757-514-7450
Suffolk Art Gallery 118 Bosley Avenue 757-514-7284
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 King's Fork Athletic Complex Lake Kennedy Park Lakeside Park Tot Lot Magnolia Park Mary Estes Playground Monogram Ball Field Peanut Park Planters Park Pughsville Park Turlington Park Tynes Street Playground Wellons Park
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 620 Bentley Drive 151 Tynes Street 132 Pender Street
Barbeque Baseball Concession Football Horseshoe Outdoor Picnic Area Playground Restroom Softball Swimming Tennis Track Volleyball Walking
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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For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office at 757-514-7250.
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. Learn a new language with Rocket Languages, take one of over 500 online classes with Universal Class, take practice tests, customize legal forms and so much more through the Libraryâ€™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 Mon - Thurs: 10:00am-8:00pm Fri - Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm Sun: Closed
2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road 757-514-7150 Mon - Thurs: 10:00am-8:00pm Fri - Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm Sun: Closed
Chuckatuck Library (CHK)
5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Tues - Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat - Sun: Closed
To find out where Library2Go will be, check the online Outreach Calendar. suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events
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 agentâ€™s offices, and advertising items. The museum features railroad memorabilia and changing exhibits.
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
11 - Reentering Together: A Resource Fair for Families Impacted by Incarceration
03 - Family Movies at the Center: Coco
11 - Mark Schultz & Daniel Heffington
08 - Family Movies at the Center: Coco
12 - Family Movies at the Center: Brave 24 - Galaxies Night Hike
13 - Downstairs at the Center: Jim Newsome & The Cloudless Sky
24 - Winter Teen Lock-In
14 - 21 - Suffolk Restaurant Week 2020
25 - American Girl Program Featuring Isabelle Palmer
21 - American Girl Program Featuring Felicity Merriman
25 - CPR/AED Class
21 - Virginia Native Plants
05 - April 26 - “Walk On The Wild Side” Wildlife Art Exhibition
21 - The Hurrah Players Present A Disney Musical 21 - Buttons & Bowties 28 - Increase the Peace Fashion Show 28 - IconiCon
APRIL 02 - Canine Adventures
04 - Eggstravaganza 04 - Boater Safety Class
01 - Black History Month Expo
04 - Della Mae & Dempsey
01 - Masters of Soul 06 - 14 - Suffolk Sister Cities International Exhibit
25 - CPR/AED Class
08 - Mother Son Dance
26 - Chowan University Choir
09 - Family Movies at the Center: The Princess and the Frog
30 - An Evening with Earl Swift
25 - Family Fun & Community Day
12 - Active Adult Sweetheart Ball 14 - Nansemond River Pilot Club’s Valentine’s Ball 15 - Black & Super: African American History in Comics 22 - Mardi Gras – Arts in the Big Easy (The Suffolk Center’s Annual Fundraiser) 22 - National Walking the Dog Day 29 - Harlem Night in Suffolk: A Celebration of the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance 29 - History Talk: The Buffalo Soldiers & The Buffalo Riders of the Hampton Roads
PARKS & RECREATION - SUMMER CAMP Hook a Kid on Golf Dates: Registration March 2 until Full Program Dates: July 20 - 24 Times: 7:15 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: $150 OneTime Registration Fee Ages: 7 - 15 Location: Sleepy Hole Golf Course
Planet Recreation Dates: Registration March 2 until Full Program Dates: June 22 - August 14 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $85 Per Two Week Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Grades: PreK4 - Rising 5th Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Jr., Northern Shores, and Oakland Recreation Centers.
Discover Your Future Dates: Registration March 2 until Full Program Dates: June 22 - August 14 Times: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 6:00 PM Extended Stay with Current Annual Membership Cost: $85 Per Two Week Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Grades: Rising 7 - 10 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center
Outdoor Adventure Kamp (OAK) Dates: Registration April 1 until Full Program Dates: August 17 - 21, Ages 6-9; August 24 - 28, Ages 10-14 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 Per Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Ages: 6-14 Location: Sleepy Hole Park
Camp Limitless Dates: Registration March 2 until Full Program Dates: June 29 – July 31 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $50 Per Session Registration Fee Ages: 6-21 Location: Planter's Club
Art Camp Dates: Registration April 1 until Full Program Dates: August 17 - 21, Ages 6-9; August 24 - 28, Ages 10-14 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $90 Per Session + $35 One-Time Registration Fee Ages: 6-14 Location: Suffolk Art Gallery
Hoops 4 Life Dates: Registration March 2 until Full Program Dates: June 22 - July 17, Ages 12 - 15 & July 20 - August 14, Ages 8 - 11 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $35 Per Two Week Session + $25 One-Time Registration Fee Ages: 8-15 Location: King’s Fork Recreation Center
PARKS & RECREATION - RENTAL FACILITIES Facility Rentals
Planter’s Club - 4600 Planters Club Road
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 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.
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.*
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 hour rental Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour
Planter’s Club Fee Schedule Suffolk Resident Hourly Rate $125 Resident Monday-Thursday $200 Non-Resident Suffolk Resident Hourly Rate $225 Resident Friday- Sunday $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. To schedule a rental, come by the Administrative Office between 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, MondayFriday. For more information, call 757-514-7250.
* Setup fees for the Planter’s Club are now at a rate of $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: • 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. 8
PARKS & RECREATION - RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS Whaleyville Recreation Center (WRC)
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 Fitness Membership
Non-Resident Membership Youth 7-17 Adults 18+: Seniors 55+:
$12.50 per year $25 per year $6.75 per year
Teens 16-17: Adults 18+: Seniors 55+:
$8.75 per month $12.50 per month $6.75 per month
Membership Fees Annual Memberships are available for Whaleyville Recreation Center, East Suffolk Recreation Center, and all joint-use facilities. This gives full access to gyms, computer labs, and game rooms. Daily Visitor Passes are available for Youth & Teen ($2), Adults ($5), and Seniors ($1).
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 Rd. 350 Kings Fork Rd. 1253 Nansemond Pkwy. 6701 Respass Beach Rd. 5505 Godwin Blvd.
Teen Game Night Date: February 8 Ages: 13-17 Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Bring your skills and compete against some of the best teens on PlayStation 4’s NBA 2K20! This will be a tournament style game day. Registration is required. For more information, call 757-514-4500.
Family Bingo Night Date: March 27 Ages: 6+ Times: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Cost: $5 Per Person Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Enjoy an evening of food, bingo games, prizes and fun! Registration is required and space is limited.
Family Fun & Community Day Date: April 25 Ages: All Times: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Cost: Free Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Looking for a family outing? Then bring the family out for a day of fun and social time. Families will have the opportunity to enjoy games, crafts, family activities and lots of fun. For more information, call 757-514-4502.
757-514-7247 757-514-7245 757-514-7244 757-514-7248 757-514-7249 757-514-7246
Registration is required for Spring Break & Summer Camp - it can be completed online at SuffolkVA.us/Parks
Spring Break Camp Dates: April 13 - 17 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Cost: $65 Grades: PreK4 - 5 Location: Creekside Recreation Center & Mack Benn, Jr. Recreation Center
Therapeutic Spring Break Adventure Camp Dates: April 13 - 17 Times: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $35 Ages: 8-21 Location: Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Explore the outdoors in a fun and safe environment. Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their parent, guardian, or personal aide. For more information, call Jasmine Holloman, CTRS, at 757-514-7264. GED Program Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center For more information, or to register, call The College and Career Academy at Pruden, 757-923-5254, ext. 4
PARKS & RECREATION - YOUTH PROGRAMS Pre-School Kid N Play Dates: January 6, 13, 27, February 3, 10, 24 Ages: 2 - 6 Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Our staff will guide your child through a adventure each and every class time using creative setups and themes designed to stimulate learning. Our program supports the development of a social network for care givers and parents. Parents with Fitness Memberships are able to use our fitness center or access the computer lab during the program.
Pre-School Gym Time Dates: February 12 Ages: 2 - 5 Times: 9:30 -11:30 AM Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This event will allow toddlers the opportunity to learn socialization and creative skills through play. Registration is required. The event is sponsored by Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department and the Early Childhood Development Commission.
Girls Rock Seminar Date: February 22 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Grades: 6-12 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center
This workshop program will inspire girls to be confident leaders featuring guest speakers, team building activities and peer-to-peer mentoring. Participants will learn valuable skills in a safe environment with female leaders who specialize in mentorship. Registration is required.
Youth Night Out - Norfolk Date: April 3 Ages: 7-17 Times: 5:00 - 11:00 PM Cost: $20 Location: Departure from Whaleyville Recreation Center at 5:00 PM to the Scope Arena, Norfolk. Transportation is available from WRC. A night filled with fun and excitement! Norfolk Admirals is hosting a DC Comics and Autism Awareness night at the Scope Arena in Norfolk. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, call Whaleyville Recreation Center at 757514-7100.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Dates: May 2 Ages: 4-11 Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Location: Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Registration is open March 16 - April 24. Come out for Brunch and fun with your girls! Enjoy crafts, guest speakers, nail painting, and other activities. For more information, call 757-514-7247.
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE Kid Zone Grade Levels: PreK-4 - 5th Grade, PreK-4 Participants must be enrolled in Suffolk Public Schools Program Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Northern Shores and Oakland Recreation Centers Cost: Times:
$35 One-Time Registration Fee $95 Monthly Before Only $120 Monthly After Only $195 Monthly Both Before 6:30 AM - School Start Time After School End Time - 6:00 PM
Rec’ N Crew Grade Levels: 6th Grade-10th Grade Location: King’s Fork Recreation Center
Buttons & Bowties Date: March 21 Ages: 5-12 Times: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Cost: $5 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Kids and parents can come together dressed in their finest attire to enjoy a prom-themed event filled with food and fun. A parent or guardian must be present during this event. Registration is required, for more information, call 757-514-4500.
Cost: $35 One-Time Registration Fee $40 Monthly After Only Time: After Only School End Time - 6:00 PM 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.
PARKS & RECREATION - OFFICE ON YOUTH PROGRAMS 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 about the Office on Youth, contact Rickeda Fofana at 757-514-4503.
Mentoring Program - 757 Protégé-Suffolk Ages: 11 - 17 Cost: Free Do you know a child that could benefit from group or one-on-one relationship with a mentor? If so, refer them to our Mentoring Program. Our goal is to decrease the mentoring gap of Virginia. This program recruits, screens, and trains adult volunteers who are asked to commit to do group mentoring and/or a 1-year one-onone relationship with a child and spend 8 hours a month minimum with their mentee. For more information, contact Brittany White at 757-514-4506.
Increase the Peace Fashion Show Show Date: March 28 Time: 6:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00) Cost: $5 for ages 5+ Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts The Suffolk Office on Youth will be presenting the 9th Annual Increase the Peace Fashion Show. Auditions, open to ages 4-18, will be held March 7 from 9:00 AM12:00 PM at East Suffolk Recreation Center. The event will feature local youth modeling various types of attire. The event allows for a diverse group of young people to come together to collectively show unity within the community. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a non-profit organization.
Thank Your Mentor Day Date: January 30 Time: 6:00 PM Location: TBD A day to thank individuals who have had a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our youth.
Prom Closet We are accepting gently used gowns, tuxedos, and accessories! We want to make sure that every child has a chance to dress like a prince or princess and attend their High School Prom. We will collect prom attire and discreetly distribute it to those in need of attire for the upcoming Prom seasons. Items will be collected from February through April and distributed in April and May. Items can be dropped off at 134 S. 6th Street.
Mother & Daughter Tea Date: April 4 Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 18 and Younger with their Parent Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come out to our first annual Tea. Get ready to experience a time of bonding with your mini-me, complete with tea and refreshments and all the “fancy” you and your little lady can handle! Registration is required. For more information, contact Brittany White at 757-514-4506.
Youth Achievement Awards Applications will be accepted for the 2020 Youth Achievement Awards starting January 2020. The application deadline is March 17, 2020. 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 ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:00pm. 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
For more information about Office on Youth, contact Rickeda Fofana at 757-514-4503, or email@example.com
PARKS & RECREATION - OFFICE ON YOUTH PROGRAMS Mother Son Dance
Vision Board Event
Date: February 8 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Cost: $25 Per Family Ages: Children 18 and Younger with a Parent Location: Planter’s Club You don’t want to miss an evening of dancing, food, and fun. This night will feature mother’s being escorted by their most handsome guy, their son. Casual attire is welcomed. There will be photos available for purchase. Spend some quality time with your son, while showing you still got it on the dance floor. Registration is required and can be done at 134 S. 6th Street.
Date: January 11 Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: Free Grades: 6-12 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Join and learn to map goals for the New Year by creating your very own vision board! Vision boards are tools used to help clarify, concentrate, and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Poster boards and supplies will be provided. Participants are welcomed to bring their own magazines and supplies as well. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Brittany White at 757-514-4506.
FAME Showcase - Future Artists, Musicians, & Entertainers Auditions: April 9, 5:30 - 7:30 PM Showcase: May 2, 6:00 PM, Doors Open at 5:00 PM Location: TBD Ages: 4-18. Bring your talents over to our FAME talent showcase! Calling all dancers, singers, rappers, poets and future superstars to come and tryout! Some of the proceeds will go to a scholarship for a deserving youth in the community. For more information, contact Brittany White at 757-514-4506.
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
Eager to Move Fitness Class Dates: January 8, 15, 22 & 29 Time: 5:30 - 6:00 PM Ages: 6 - 21 Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come and bring a friend so that you can get a kick-start towards living a healthier life. Space is limited, so register early!
Karaoke Nights Dates: February 5 & 19 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 6 21 Cost: Free Location: Planter’s Club Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your musical talents. Come sing your heart out to your favorite tunes with family and friends. We provide an encouraging and welcoming environment, where all individuals regardless of their skill level can feel comfortable in the spotlight.
Therapeutic Social Hour Date: Third Thursday of each month January - March Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: 6 - 21 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Join us for our monthly therapeutic social activity. These monthly programs will give participants with special needs an opportunity to learn and play through various social activities. The activities include but are not limited to arts & crafts, group activities and games. We will work on social and vocational skills while having fun and meeting new friends.
Therapeutic Prom Dates: May 8 Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM Grades: Middle & High School Cost: $30 Per Participant Location: Planter’s Club Guests will have the opportunity to show off their dance moves and be treated like a star as they walk the red carpet and pose for our friendly paparazzi. This is an event full of excitement, fun, and absolutely no judgement. Get ready for a night to remember. Participants who require 1:1 assistance are always welcomed with their parent, guardian or personal aide. Registration is required for all programs and events. For more information, contact Jasmine Holloman, CTRS, at 757-514-7264, or firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS Unwind & Stretch
Bootcamp Blast Winter
Dates: January 6 - February 12, February 24 - April 1 Days: Tuesday Times: 6:15 - 6:45 AM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come and learn how to properly stretch your body. Unwind & Stretch will teach you how to safely stretch your upper and lower body, learn the difference between dynamic and static stretching, foam rollers, stretching bands, and more!
Dates: January 7 - February 11, February 25 - March 31 Days: Tuesday Times: 6:15 - 6:45 AM Cost: Included with Monthly Fitness Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Blast off those holiday pounds with this medium intensity workout. Bootcamp stresses flexibility, strenght, and aerobic fitness. Please bring an exercise mat and water bottle.
Core Blast Dates: January 6 - February 12, February 24 - April 1 Days: Monday & Wednesday Times: 9:00 - 9:30 AM Cost: Included with Monthly Fitness Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This 30 minute core conditioning class is for you! Core Blast is designed to increase flexibility, improve your cardio endurance, and strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. This class accommodates all levels of fitness and is free with a Fitness Membership or $4 drop-in fee.
Shimmy Fusion Dates: January 7 - February 13, February 25 - April 2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday Times: 7:00 - 7:30 PM Cost: $20 per 6-week session Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Shimmy Fusion is an exotic, fun, fusion dance class combining Belly-Dance, Afro-Brazilian, and Caribbean moves with world beats and urban rhythms. This exhilarating dance class will make you smile while you sweat and work muscles you never knew you had!
PiYo - Pilates | Yoga Dates: January 7 - February 13, February 25 - April 2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday Times: 6:15 - 6:45 PM Cost: $20 per 6-week session Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This new fitness fusion class provides the flexibility of Yoga combined with the sculpting of Pilates using upbeat music and traditional Zen music during the workout.
Youth & Teen Strength and Conditioning Dates: February 15 - 21 Days: Saturdays Ages: 10-17 Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Cost: $15 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This program is designed to condition youth and teens involved in after-school athletic and recreational activities to physically prepare for the upcoming season. This will help develop coordination, strength, proper body mechanics, mobility, and stability.
Kids In Motion Dates: February 25 - April 2 Ages: 7 - 15 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center We will have a fun environment to help create a lifelong appreciation and respect for fitness. We will include fundamentals of exercise as well as an introduction to weights.
CPR | AED Certification Dates: January 25, April 25 Day: Saturday Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: $45 Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of sudden illness as a result of breathing and cardiac emergencies. Components from the Red Cross include CPR/AED for the Adult and Child. For more information, or to register, call 757-514-4500.
Pump It Up Fitness! Dates: March 3 - April 9, April 21- May 28 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 5:30 - 6:00 PM Cost: Included with Monthly Fitness Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This class is designed to improve body mechanics and lifting technique while toning, building, and strengthening muscles.
PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR PROGRAMS National Walking the Dog Day Date: February 22 Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Times: 9:00 - 11:00 AM Cost: Free Join us for National Walking the Dog Day! Meet us at the park with your furry friend to explore some dog friendly trails. Registration closes February 20. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult.
Canine Adventures Date: March 5 at Lake Meade Park, March 19 at Suffolk Seaboard Trail, April 2 at Lone Star Lakes Park Times: 8:30 - 9:30 AM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Grab your leash and furry companion to venture out with us along the trails of different Suffolk Parks. Your dog will love exploring the sights, scents, and sounds found on the trails of our different parks. Trails will range from 1 - 3 miles. Those that attend all 3 sessions will be entered in a raffle to win a free 1 hour paddling excursion. Registration closes March 4.
Boater Safety Course Date: April 4 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: 14+ This beginner boating class taught by the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or a safety certification. Topics include Introduction to Boating, Boating Law, Boat Safety Equipment, Safe Boating, Navigation, and Boating Problems. Register by March 30.
Archery Clinic Date: April 13, 15 & 17 Cost: $65 Location: Sleepy Hole Park Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM for ages 7 – 11 and 1:00 – 3:00 PM for ages 12 – 17. All equipment is provided.
Bird Watchers Date: April 25 Times: 7:00 - 9:00 AM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Former Driver Transmitter Site 3901 Sleepy Hole Road Join us and Hampton Roads Bird Club for a leisurely Bird Walk through some of the most productive bird habitats in Suffolk parks. There is a limited supply of loaner binoculars available for those who may not have their own. Ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come dressed appropriately for weather and wear your hiking shoes.
Galaxies Night Hike Date: January 24 Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Times: 6:00 - 8:30 PM Cost: $5 Ages: All, 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Join BackBay Amateur Astronomers to learn about the night sky. This will be a moonless night which will allow for viewing stars, planets, and galaxies. Telescopes for night viewing will be available. This program will also include a night time adventure - a 1-mile hike through the park. Registration closes January 20.
Trail Blazers Date: March 3 at Lake Meade Park, March 17 at Sleepy Hole Park, March 31 at Lone Star Lakes Park Times: 8:30 - 9:30 AM Cost: Free Ages: 16+ Each meet up will explore a different trail within Suffolk’s parks. Trails will range from 1 - 3 miles. Youth are welcome with accompanying adult. Closed toe shoes and water bottles encouraged. Those that attend all 3 sessions will be entered in a raffle to win a free 1 hour paddling excursion. Registration closes the day prior to each session.
Virginia Native Plants Date: March 21 at Lake Meade, April 18 at Sleepy Hole Park Times: 9:00 - 11:00 AM Cost: Free Ages: All, 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Join us and Suffolk Master Gardeners to explore flora on the trails of Suffolk parks. We will meet at different parks to walk the trails and observe the plants native to our area. Registration closes the Thursday prior to each program.
Bass Fishing Tournament Date: May 9 Time: 6:30 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $30 Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Fishing tournament; fish at any of the 11 lakes at Lone Star Lakes Park. Half of the proceeds go to the March of Dimes Hampton Roads.
Outdoor Adventure Field Trips Looking for a specific program? Inquire to see if we can create the perfect program for your group. Field trips can take place in various Suffolk Parks; call for details or to schedule. Our handson educational programs can include activities such as hiking, canoeing, archery, and wildlife viewing. For more information about Outdoor Programs, contact Nakiesha Bridgers at 757-514-7281, or email@example.com.
PARKS & RECREATION - ACTIVE ADULTS 55 + Senior Program
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Included in Annual Membership Ages: 55+
East Suffolk Recreation Center
Whaleyville Recreation Center
Days: Monday - Friday
Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
We offer a variety of programs and special events for our Active Adults 55 and over. Our members enjoy outings, wellness activities and health screenings, as well as special events and classes. We have been partners with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia for many years offering nutritious meals, transportation, health screenings and resource information for this growing population.
Senior Winter Excursion - National Museum Dates: February 22 - 26 Cost: $45 Ages: 55+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center to the National Museum of African American History and Culture Registration is required by February 1, 2019. Dinner will be on your own. Spaces are limited, so register now! The tour bus will depart at 6:00 AM. If you have any questions, contact Janice Myrick, at 757-514-4500, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pickleball Dates: January 7 - February 13 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 55+ Cost: Included with Annual Membership Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Come out and have some fun with us as you play this game where ping-pong meets tennis. If you don't know how to play, we can help you learn. For more information, please contact Whaleyville Recreation Center at 757-514-7100.
Senior Aerobics Dates: January 7 - February 13, February 25 - April 2 Days: Tuesday & Thursday Times: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Ages: 50+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Join us and get healthy and fit! This class focuses on floor aerobics which may help to increase your mobility, balance, strength, and flexibility! Instruction includes stretching, general conditioning, step aerobics, and toning to help keep yourself in shape. You can enjoy exercising at your own pace.
Bridge Program Young at Heart Fitness Dates: January 6 - February 14, February 24 - April 3 Days: Mondays & Fridays Times: 11:00 - 11:30 AM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Ages: 50+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center This is a total-body workout that focuses on improving coordination and balance for everyday tasks,increasing flexibility, joint stabilization, and muscular strength. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels and registration is free for Senior Recreation Members or $2 drop-in cost for Non-Members. Space is limited, so register early!
Days: Thursdays Time: 4:30 -6:00 PM Cost: Included with Annual Membership Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center
PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS Tennis Open Play
Dates: Monthly Sessions January - April Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 6:30 - 8:30 PM Cost: $15 Per Monthly Session Ages: 10+ Location: Howard Mast Tennis Complex
Dates: Registration January 20 - March 6 Times: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Cost: $30 Ages: 4-7 Location: Peanut Park T-Ball is an excellent opportunity for baseball beginners. Practice starts the week of March 23 and games begin April 11. This is an 8-week League.
Youth Beginner Tennis Indoor Dates: Monthly Sessions January - April Days: Mondays Times: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Cost: $20 Per Monthly Session Ages: 5-17 Location: Howard Mast Tennis Complex
Youth Intermediate Tennis Indoor Dates: Monthly Sessions January - April Days: Wednesday Times: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Cost: $20 Per Monthly Session Ages: 5-17 Location: Howard Mast Tennis Complex
Adult Beginner Tennis Indoor Dates: Monthly Sessions January - April Days: Mondays Times: 7:30 - 8:30 PM Cost: $23 Per Monthly Session Ages: 18+ Location: Howard Mast Tennis Complex
Adult Intermediate Tennis Indoor Dates: Monthly Sessions January - April Days: Wednesday Times: 7:30 - 8:30 PM Cost: $23 Per Monthly Session Ages: 18+ Location: Howard Mast Tennis Complex All registrants must have proof of age and residency. Online registration for Youth Sports is available at suffolkva.us/parks by following the online registration link. For information regarding Athletics or Volunteer Coaching, contact the Athletics Division at (757) 514-7250, or contact Meredith Mockler at email@example.com, or Will Berryman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration can be completed Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street.
Adult Basketball Dates: Registration January 13 - March 6 Cost: $320 Per Team Ages: 18+ Location: TBD This is an 8-week League with 1 game each week. A tournament will be held after the regular season. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street.
Adult Coed Softball Dates: Registration February 17 - March 27 Cost: $350 Per Team Ages: 18+ Location: John F. Kennedy Athletic Field & Peanut Park This is an 8-week League with 2 games per week. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Administration building located at 134 S. 6th Street.
Outdoor Youth Soccer Dates: Registration opens January 20 Cost: Residents $60, Non-Residents $70 Ages: 4-13 Location: Sleepy Hole Park Practice starts the week of March 23 and games begin April 11 at Sleepy Hole Park. This League is 8 weeks.
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.
PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE Hours of Operation Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 PM 118 Bosley Avenue Fresh Pressed Printmaking Exhibit Date: Open until January 24 Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery This invitational exhibit will showcase different styles of printmaking and printmaking artists from the area and beyond. Works on display range from woodcuts to screen prints, and more in-between. Artists include Mona Wu, Eddie Fitzgerald, Alan Skees, John Runner, and Clay McGlamory.
Annual Photography Exhibit Call for Entries Date: Open until January 27 Cost: $30 Ages: 18+ Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Open to all professional and amateur photographers. All styles of photography in which traditional and digital processes were integral to the creation of the work will be accepted. Photography must be originals executed and altered by the photographer only. Registrations must include a completed entry form, payment, and submission of digital works. Email email@example.com if you have not received a form. Entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance into the Exhibit. The Exhibit will run from March 9 through April 17. Applicants will be notified of Jurors’ decision by February 7. Trip to the VMFA Date: January 23 Cost: $15 Times: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join the Suffolk Art Gallery on a tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The trip will include a guided tour of the Museum, as well as time to explore the Museum on your own or visit the special exhibit of Edward Hopper that will be on display. We will depart from the Suffolk Art Gallery at 8:30 AM, and return around 5:00 PM. If participants wish to visit the Edward Hopper exhibit, they will be able to purchase tickets at the Museum. Participants will have time to get lunch on their own while at the Museum. We will leave the Museum around 2:30 PM to return to Suffolk.
Paint Night, Paint Party with Stephanie Gwaltney Date: Februray 7 Cost: $40 Registration Deadline: January 31 Ages: 13+ Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Start your Valentines celebrations at the Suffolk Art Gallery! Paint Night Paint Party is for novice to professional painters. Local artist, Stephanie Gwaltney, provides demonstrative instructions throughout the painting process to ensure your satisfaction and success! Participants will create their own painting following along with Stephanie’s demonstration. Participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks and alcohol-free beverages. Registration can be completed in person at the Suffolk Art Gallery, or online through the Suffolk Parks & Recreation website. Registration is required and covers the cost of all materials. Poetry, Prose & Pizza Dates: February 27 & April 2 Cost: Free Times: 6:00 PM 8:30 PM Ages: All 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, open, and comfortable environment. Register online is available in advance and at the Gallery before the event.
Suffolk Public Schools International Baccalaureate Art Exhibit Date: April 20-24, Opening Reception: April 22, 4:00 6:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Celebrate King’s Fork High School’s International Baccalaureate Senior Visual Arts Exhibition. The Visual Arts IB program encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. Not only do the students develop and create the works on display, they also design and install the exhibit.
PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE 36th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition
Date: March 7 - April 17, Opening Awards Reception: March 7, 4:00 - 6:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Now in its 36th year, the Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at the Suffolk Art Gallery is the largest and longest running Juried exhibition for photographic works in �ampton Roads. Join us at the Opening Awards Reception to celebrate the winning artists, and all photography artists on display.
Active Adult Sweetheart Ball
Pictured above: Wrapped in Leaves of Common Color by Steve Armstrong, Best in Show at the 35th Annual Photography Exhibition, 2019
Date: February 12 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 55+ Location: Hilton Garden Inn North Suffolk Dress up in your favorite gown or suit and bring a friend to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day! We will dance and enjoy a wonderful meal together at this event. Registration is required. For more information, call 757-514-7267.
Sally Mann Photography Lecture Presentation by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Date: March 12 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM Cost: Free Ages: All Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Join us at the Suffolk Art Gallery during our 36th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition to experience a lecture from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sally Mann’s Photographs. This lecture is presented by Amanda Dalla Villa Adam. It will provide an overview of Mann’s career by focusing on her photographic processes, influences, and transitions while highlighting her major works. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. Registration is available, but not required to attend the event.
Registration for Programs at the Art Gallery can be completed in person at the Suffolk Art Gallery at 118 Bosley Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434, and online. Call the Gallery at 757-514-7284 for more information!
Eggstravaganza Date: April 4 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: Free Ages: Geared toward children 10 and younger, open to all Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Join us for our Annual Spring Eggstravaganza! This event will have your kids hopping for joy. There will be games, pony rides, crafts, music and more! Peter Cottontail will arrive to this egg-citing event at 11:15 AM. Food and Vendor items will be available for purchase in the park. For more information, call 757-514-7267.
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - SPECIAL EVENTS
Reentering Together: A Resource Fair for Families Impacted by Incarceration Date: Saturday, January 11 Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: For Kids (119 W Constance Rd) An opportunity for children, parents, caregivers, and returning citizensÂ impacted by incarceration to share resources, experiences, stories, and to have fun. There will be family activities, adult workshops, entertainment, and community organizations to help you navigate life during and after incarceration.
Harlem Night in Suffolk: A Celebration of the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance Date: Saturday, February 29 Time: 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Ages: 13 - 18+ Cost: Free Location: Renneeâ€™s Celebration Center Suffolk Public Library travels back a century to the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age with an evening of music, dance and art from the historical era.
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Black History Month Expo Date: Saturday, February 1 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library A Supercharged Saturdays event. Black History Month kicks off with presenters, local Black business owners, and more! Join Suffolk Public Library in celebrating Black History, achievements, and excellence at the Black History Month Expo.
IconiCon Date: Saturday, March 28 Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library IconiCon is the biggest gathering of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic, and Anime fans in Suffolk, Virginia. This multifandom event includes a Gaming Tournament, Cosplay Contest, Fan Art Contest, Exhibitors, and more! Learn all about IconiCon at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/iconicon.
Join our annual Winter Reading Challenge in January for a chance to win prizes! Register at suffolkpubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS Morning Storytimes Winter/Spring Sessions: Session 1: January 7 - February 12 Session 2: March 3 - April 1 Session 3: April 21 - April 29
North Suffolk Library Itsy Bitsy Babies: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:45 11:15 AM Tiny Tots: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Morgan Memorial Library Toddler Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:45 11:15 AM Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 11:30 AM 12:00 PM
About the Classes Itsy Bitsy Babies (Ages 0 - 12 months) Songs, rhymes, bounces, and more for babies and their caregivers. Tiny Tots (Ages 12 - 24 months) Songs, rhymes, bounces, a story, and more. Toddler Time (Ages 18 months - 3 years) Songs, rhymes, and more for babies and their caregivers. Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 - 5 years) An early literacy-based preschool storytime.
Preschool Fridays Date: Fridays, January 10 - April 24 (no class on January 17) Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library and North Suffolk Library Parent/Caregiver and preschooler work together on a variety of exploratory activities with a different focus each Friday: Pint-Sized Picassos, Tech Tots, Little Scientists, Mini Makers, and Preschool Playdate. See online calendar for details.
Penguin Appreciation Storytime Date: Saturday, January 25 Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 0 - 12 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library A Supercharged Saturday event. Enjoy a penguin storytime, crafts, and a special visit from our Winter Reading Penguin mascot. Families can drop in at any time during this storytime event. Learn more about our Winter Reading Challenge and register at suffolkpubliclibrary.beanstack.org.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover Date: Monday, February 3 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 3 - 7 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Monday, February 24 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 3 -7 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Put on your comfy PJs and bring your favorite stuffed friend for an evening storytime event. Leave your friend with Mrs. April and Ms. Natalie, so they can enjoy a fun Library sleepover! Stuffed animals and a sleepover memory page can be picked up the day after the event. This event is best suited for kids ages 3 - 7 years. Please use your best judgement when selecting a stuffed friend to leave for the evening.
LEGO Meetup Date: Thursdays, January 9, February 20, Mondays, March 23, April 20 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 5-12* Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Thursday, January 16, Mondays, February 3, March 16, April 27 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 5 - 12* Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Make new friends while you let your imagination soar by building LEGO creations with our blocks. *Geared for ages 5-12. Children 4 and under may participate with adult supervision. View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS Investigation Station Date: January 15, February 18, March 19, April 9 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Grades: K - 5 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: January 22, February 4, March 12, April 23 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Grades: K - 5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Explore activities with themes such as S’mores Camping, and Black Inventors. View online calendar for details about each session’s theme.
So Let’s Sew: Hand Sewing Crafts Date: Mondays, January 6, February 10, March 2, April 6 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 6 - 11 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library
Date: Saturdays, January 11, February 8, March 7, April 4 Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM Ages: 6 - 11 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Register online to learn and perfect hand sewing skills to create a craft to take home. Session details are online. Date: Wednesdays, January 8 & 22, February 5 & 19 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Grades: Pre-K - 12 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Tuesdays, January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Grades: Pre-K - 12 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Participate in hands-on events, connect with others, and enrich your curriculum. This season we will be focusing on Visual Art. Registration for regular sessions is recommended, not required. Registration is required for field trips. See the Library’s online calendar for details and to register.
Suffolk Codes Date: Wednesdays, January 8 & 22, February 5 & 19 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Wednesdays, January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Grades: 3 - 5 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Registration required. Get hands-on with coding! Basic computer skills required.
Homeschool Chess Club Meetup Date: Fridays, January 24 - April 3 & April 24 Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Grades: Pre-K - 12 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Registration required. Join other homeschoolers for a casual gathering around the exciting, strategic game of chess. Polish your intermediate skills and make new friends. Additional requirements are listed on the Library’s online calendar.
You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS
BARKS Reading Program
Date: Saturdays, January 4, February 15, March 7 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library
Date: Saturdays, January 4, February 8, March 7, April 4 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Grades: K - 5 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library
Date: Saturdays, January 25, February 29, March 21 Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library
Date: January 28, February 10, March 10, April 7 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 6 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library
Families will have access to the Library’s tech tools in an open workshop format. Learn what technology tools are available at the Library and how to use these devices through hands-on exploration.
Registration required. BARKS is a reading to therapy dogs program designed to help increase a child’s confidence and reading skills.
Family-Friendly Dungeons & Dragons Meetup
Black & Super: African American History in Comics
Date: Thursdays, January 9, February 13, March 12, April 9 Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 6 - 18+ Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Registration required. Join us on the second Thursday of every month for a mix rules, new player-friendly, D&D campaign. Learn more online.
Date: Saturday, February 15 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Join us for an afternoon of superheroics and learn some history of some of the popular African American superheroes. We will have games, activities, prizes, vendors, and more.
View the Library’s online calendar for the most up to date information and more events: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/events
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - TEEN EVENTS
Drawesome! Classes Date: Tuesdays, January 7, March 24 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 6 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Date: Tuesdays, January 14, February 25, March 10, April 14 & 28 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 6 - 18 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library
Winter Teen Lock-In Date: Friday, January 24 Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM Ages: 14 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Teens are invited to the Library after-hours for a fun time with other teens. Enjoy games, music and more!
True Dedication Mentoring
Drawesome is a monthly art workshop for kids and teens. Improve your artistic skills, try something new, and meet up with other creative folks. Each month a cool different focus! All supplies provided.
Teen Mixer Date: Tuesday, March 3 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 12 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Date: Thursday, March 5 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 12 18 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Spring is almost here! Join us for another Teen Mixer with music, games, refreshments, and more! Supplies will be available on a first come, first served basis. Learn about exciting upcoming events for teens.
Gamerâ€™s Lounge Date: Wednesdays, January 8, February 12, March 18, April 15 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 12 - 18 Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Wednesdays, January 22, February 19, March 25, April 22 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 12 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Hang out with and challenge other gamers!
Date: Tuesdays, January 14 & 28, February 11 & 25, March 10 & 24, April 14 & 28 Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 12 - 18 Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library TDM connects young adults with positive adult role models to help participants develop into their full potential. At each TDM program we will have different themes such as Organizational Skills, Vision Boards, Cosmetology Trends, and Fashion. Visit the Library online calendar for details about each program date. If interested in volunteering as a mentor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to be a Library member to attend. Event information is subject to change.
SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS Cooking the Books Book Club Date: Mondays, January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library
Road to IconiCon
Date: Wednesdays, January 8, February 12, March 11 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Registration required. Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? At Cooking the Books, you’ll cook and share new recipes with other cooking enthusiasts. Each month has a different theme which can be found online.
Cosplay Workshop Art Class with Suffolk Art League Date: Thursdays, January 23, February 13, March 26, April 16 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 14+ Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Registration required. Enjoy an art class brought to you by our friends at the Suffolk Art League. All supplies will be provided. Class details can be found online closer to each date. To register call 757-925-0448, or email email@example.com.
Date: Thursday, January 16 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Date: Thursday, January 30 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Learn some tips and tricks from seasoned cosplayers. Cosplaying experts will share advice you can use as you prep your outfit for Iconicon on March 28. Sewing machines will be available.
Genealogy Hour Date: Tuesdays, January 7 & 28, February 4 & 25, March 3 & 24, April 7 & 28 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: North Suffolk Library Local History and Genealogy Librarian, LaSandra Adams, will be available to assist you with genealogy questions.
History Talk: The Buffalo Soldiers & The Buffalo Riders of the Hampton Roads Date: Saturday, February 29 Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Ken Wright, president of The Buffalo Riders of Hampton Roads Virginia, will speak about the history and importance of the Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army.
An Evening with Earl Swift Date: Thursday, April 30 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Author and journalist, Earl Swift, will speak on his book, Chesapeake Requiem, with a book signing afterwards. The event is free but ticketed and tickets will be available online. This event is in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Suffolk Literary Club. An author bio and book description can be found at earlswift.com.
Black & Super: African American History in Comics Date: Saturday, February 15 Time: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Morgan Memorial Library Join us for an afternoon of superheroics and learn some history of some of the popular African American superheroes. We will have games, activities, prizes, vendors, and more.
Pub Trivia Night: Girl Power Edition Date: Friday, March 20 Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: Nansemond Brewing Station In celebration of Women’s History month we’ve gathered facts about some of coolest super girls and wonder women in books, comics, movies, and video games. If you know about Hermione , Khaleesi, Lara Croft and more you could win a super prize! IconiCon will be held on March 28 at 10:00 AM 3:00 PM at North Suffolk Library.
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Nansemond River Pilot Club’s Valentine’s Ball Date: Friday, February 14 Time: 7:00 - 11:00 PM Ages: 21+ Cost: $50 per person Location: The First Lady at 447 W. Washington Street The Nansemond River Pilot Club’s newest event will have you dancing the night away with your sweetie! Live DJ, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar guarantee maximum fun for everyone. Limited tickets available at Suffolk Insurance at 202 Market Street or 3575 Bridge Road, and the Suffolk Visitor Center at 524 N. Main Street.
Mardi Gras: Arts in the Big Easy The Suffolk Center’s Annual Fundraiser Date: Saturday, February 22 Time: 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM Ages: 21+ Cost: $100 per person before January 24 or $125 after January 25 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts at 110 W. Finney Avenue This annual fundraiser will benefit the Suffolk Center’s arts education programs in the community. Celebrity DJ WooWoo (from 94.9 The Point Radio), will be emcee; live music by Connected and Spare Change will keep the evening lively, and guests will enjoy delicious cuisine and libations. Silent and live auctions will add to the fun.
Suffolk Restaurant Week 2020
The Hurrah Players Present A Disney Musical
Date: Saturday, March 14 - Saturday, March 21 Time: 7:00 AM - 12:00 AM Ages: All Cost: $10 Breakfast/$10 Lunch/$20 Dinner; $15 Lunch/ $30 Dinner; $20 Lunch/$40 Dinner; Location: Various Suffolk Eateries - visit SuffolkRestaurantWeekVa.com. From Suffolk’s best-kept culinary secrets to national award winning restaurants, Suffolk Restaurant Week promises a savory blend of the City’s signature flavors. During this culinary showcase, participating eateries offer chef-created delicacies and simple three-course, price fixed menus. No coupons, vouchers, or tickets!
Date: March 21 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $20 Youth (18 & under) / $25 Adult Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Hurrah is honored once again to work with Disney Theatricals to briing a new musical of volcanic proportions to Suffolk in the spring of 2020. The show title will be released by special announcement in January.
SUFFOLK TOURISM American Girl Program at Riddick’s Folly House Museum There will be three sittings at each event noted below: 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM. Space is limited (20 girls per sitting) and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5-12 are welcome; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call for reservations at 757-934-0822, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, and Riddick’s hates for a child to miss this opportunity!
Featuring Isabelle Palmer Date: Saturday, January 25 Isabelle Palmer is a nine-year-old girl who lives in Washington, DC. She loves to dance and performs ballet and modern dance. She is able to enroll in her dream school, Anna Hart School of the Arts, but Isabelle can’t help but compare herself to other dancers and often gets performance anxiety. Her big sister Jade also attends, which is one of the reasons why Isabelle feels overshadowed, as Jade is one of the star performers, and she is constantly compared to her. While Isabelle loves to dance, she isn’t too confident in her abilities, and is very surprised to find out that she’s a natural leader and great at calming down others, advising them in how to perform better, and cheering up other anxious performers. Isabelle loves to sew and design her own dance costumes, as the teachers often like her to help design costumes.
Featuring Felicity Merriman* Date: Saturday, March 21 Felicity Merriman is a spunky, spritely girl growing up in Virginia in 1774 just as America is about to declare its independence from Great Britain. As talk of revolution rumbles around her, Felicity finds it harder to tell right from wrong. Ben, her father’s young apprentice, wants war, while her best friend Elizabeth’s family remains loyal to the King. Felicity finds out what independence really means as the American colonies begin their fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War. *A Felicity doll will be given away to one attendee.
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: riddicksfolly.org / 757-934-0822 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 Mark Schultz & Daniel Heffington Date: Saturday, January 11 Time: 7:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $25-$35 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Mark Schultz is a contemporary Christian music artist. He has been nominated for numerous Dove Awards, winning his first at the 2006 Dove Awards when the CD/DVD Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs was named Long Form Music Video of the Year. Daniel Heffington is a folk/pop artist who pairs unforgettable melodies with driving rhythms. The Virginia-based singer/songwriter is known for the energy and passion of his live performances that feature soulful vocals and poignant lyrics.
Downstairs at the Center: Jim Newsome & The Cloudless Sky Date: Friday, March 13 Time: 6:30 PM Ages: All Cost: $17 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Jim Newsom is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is well known and highly regarded throughout southeastern Virginia. His new band is called Jim Newsom and the Cloudless Sky, featuring Gail Keller Smith on keyboards and harmony vocals, and Rick Jebavy on drums. The band’s concert repertoire draws primarily from Jim’s catalog of original songs, in particular, material from his three CDs released over the last four years.
Della Mae & Dempsey Date: Saturday, April 4 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $27-$40 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Della Mae, a Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. The Dempsey Sisters, from Smithfield, VA, bring a youthful twist to music both old and new. Their three-part sibling harmony along with their passion for the artistry of music delivers a unique blend.
Masters of Soul Date: Saturday, February 1 Time: 8:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $25-$40 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and feel the magic when Masters of Soul (formerly Masters of Motown) returns to Suffolk Center. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.
Chowan University Choir Date: Sunday, April 26 Time: 3:30 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts The Chowan University Singers and Men’s Chorus, the premier touring choral ensembles of Chowan University, combined with the Chowan Community Chorus, will present a special concert featuring the classical choral masterwork, Requiem of Gabriel Fauré. Additionally, the Chowan Singers and Men’s Chorus will sing works ranging in style from classical a cappella music to contemporary gospel, including choral standards by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, and Alice Parker.
SUFFOLK TOURISM Family Movies at the Center The Suffolk Division of Tourism is pleased to present fun family films at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Shows begin at 2:00 PM and admission is free and open to the public. All 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.
Suffolk Sister Cities International Exhibit: “One World: Out of Many, We Are One” Date: Thursday, February 6 - Friday, February 14 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tues - Sat) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Suffolk Sister Cities International sponsors an annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase that help foster a sense of global citizenship and goodwill for young students. Winners from this juried exhibit of both artwork and writers will go on to compete with students throughout the country. Suffolk has two Sister Cities: Suffolk County, England, and Oderzo, Italy. For more information, visit suffolkvasistercities.com.
Brave Date: January 12 Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, Brave features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action. Princess Merida herself will stop by after the film for photos. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 93 minutes.
The Princess and the Frog
“Walk On The Wild Side” Wildlife Art Exhibition Date: Thursday, March 5 - Sunday, April 26 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tues - Sat) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts Artists in this exhibit work in a variety of media and focus their work on wildlife. The featured artists Ryan Dockiewicz and Spencer Tinkham are young wood carvers that create non-traditional birds and marine wildlife. Exhibit sponsored by Davenport & Company.
For more information about these and other Suffolk Center programs, please contact 757-923-0003, or visit suffolkcenter.org.
Date: February 9 This hilarious tale finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break a spell and fulfill their dreams. Tiana herself will stop by after the film for photos. This film is rated G and has a running time of 97 minutes.
Coco Date: March 8 Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 105 minutes.
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SUFFOLK TOURISM 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 located at 524 N. Main Street (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 at 757-514-4130. Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Departs at 4:00 PM; please arrive by 3:45 PM.
Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Bus boards at 1:45 PM; tour runs 2:00 - 3:30 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 Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Bus boards at 9:15 AM and departs at 9:30 AM. Tour runs 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM. 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 dusk (see individual times).
Cedar Hill Cemetery Guided Stroll Dates: Check our website 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 Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Dates: Check our website Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $8 adults; $6 seniors (60+), military, and 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 includes Cedar Hill Cemetery, College Court, Constant’s Wharf, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, and the historic Lakeside neighborhood. *Please note that tours marked with a *indicate a stop and brief tour of the Philips-Dawson House.
Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Dates: Check our website Time: varies; see website 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.
Kayak Excursions - Various Locations Dates: Check our website Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $40 per person; equipment included. Participants must be 10 years of age or older.
SUFFOLK TOURISM 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. It is 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: Check our website 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 biologist-led 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. But 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.
Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Dates: Check our 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 four-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 repellant, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.
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