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CITY OF SUFFOLK IN THIS ISSUE

FROM THE INTERIM CITY MANAGER

MUNICIPAL INFORMATION FROM THE INTERIM CITY MANAGER DIRECTORY PARKS & RECREATION FACILITIES LIBRARY FACILITIES TOURISM FACILITIES CALENDAR OF EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS

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PARKS & RECREATION RENTAL FACILITIES RECREATION CENTERS & EVENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE SUMMER CAMP THERAPEUTIC RECREATION OUTDOOR RECREATION ATHLETICS FITNESS PROGRAMS YOUTH PROGRAMS ART & CULTURE

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LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES CHILDREN’S EVENTS TEEN EVENTS ADULT EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS

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TOURISM SPECIAL EVENTS TOURS

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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 Winter and Spring courtesy of our Library, Parks & Recreation, and Tourism. As we face the uncertainties and challenges presented during our battle against COVID-19, finding health and happiness in an ever changing world is even more important throughout these unsettled times. It is critically important that we take care of ourselves, for not only our bodies, but also our minds. Self-care isn’t selfish, in fact, it’s the opposite. Within these pages you’ll find ways to be kind to yourself, including enjoyable things to do with the entire family. Together, you can achieve fitness goals at one of our state-of-the-art recreation centers, or take advantage of one of the many guided tours or excursions that are offered so you can become a tourist in your own backyard. Our Libraries also keep us informed, enlightened, and entertained – not much can beat curling up with a good book on a cold winter day. As we enter 2021, I invite you to discover what makes Suffolk a wonderful place to work, live, play and visit. Leave the ordinary behind, and set out on exciting explorations, endless fun, and unique experiences. You’ll never get bored if you’re trying something new! New is the year, new are the hopes, new is the resolution, new are the spirits, and new are our warm wishes that we all have a promising and fulfilling New Year! 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

SUFFOLK CITY COUNCIL Front Row: Curtis R. Milteer, Sr. Whaleyville Borough; Linda T. Johnson, Mayor; Leroy Bennett, Vice Mayor Cypress Borough; Michael D. Duman, Chuckatuck Borough. Back Row: Timothy J. Johnson, Holy Neck Borough; Lue R. Ward, Nansemond Borough; Roger W. Fawcett, Sleepy Hole Borough; Donald Z. Goldberg, Suffolk Borough.

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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. 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 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 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)

Library2Go

5881 Godwin Boulevard 757- 514-7310 Mon: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM Tues - Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat - Sun: Closed

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CITY OF SUFFOLK - TOURISM FACILITIES

Suffolk Visitor Center & Pavilion

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

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

Seaboard Station Railroad Museum

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

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. PARKS & RECREATION

LIBRARY

TOURISM

JANUARY

MARCH

14 - From Stage to Screen: Hairspray

03 - Emoji – Egg-citement

22 - Kids Only PJ Party and Movie Night

06 - Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival 11 - From Stage to Screen: The Phantom of the Opera

FEBRUARY

15 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

02 - 26 - The Exhibit of Excellence: Suffolk Student Art 2021 09 - Black and Super: Real Heroes of Science 10 - Black and Super: How to Make Comics & History of Black Creators

17 - Sip & Paint 20 - April 24 - “Walk on the Wild Side” Exhibition 20 - Spring Fling 20 - Disney’s Moana Jr. by The Hurrah Players

12 - Black and Super Live Talks: Artists and Creators

20 - Buttons and BowTies

11 - From Stage to Screen: Dreamgirls

20 - 27 - Suffolk Restaurant Week 2021

13 - Great Backyard Bird Count

25 - An Evening with Earl Swift

18 - Pub Trivia at Home

27 - Eggstravaganza Revamped

19- March 09 - Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad

APRIL

19 - Lift Every Voice: Black Musicality 25 - Black History: African American Genealogy Before 1870 26 - Black Business Ownership

17 - Suffolk - Nansemond Historical Society’s Annual Sale 12 - Garden Week in Suffolk 24 - CommUnity Day 25 - Chowan University Choir

Event information is subject to change.

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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 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.

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 Hours Resident $50.00 per hour Non-Resident $70.00 per hour

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 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: • • • • • • • • 7

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 Fitness Membership

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

Teens 16-17: Adults 18+: Seniors 55+:

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

$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

Eggstravaganza Date: Saturday, March 27 Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Bennett’s Creek Park Cost: Free Annual Spring Eggstravaganza is here! This event is geared towards ages 2-10, and will have your kids hopping for joy. For more information, call 757-514-7267.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Registration Dates: March 15 - April 23 Program Date: May 1 Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 4 - 11 Location: Booker T Washington Recreation Center Come out for brunch and fun with your girls! Enjoy crafts, guest speakers, and other activities. For more information, call 757-514-7247 Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - 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

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: King’s Fork Recreation Center Cost: $35 One-Time Registration Fee $40 Monthly After Only Time: After Only School End Time - 6:00 PM

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

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 Spring Break Dates: April 5 - 9 Times: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM Ages: 5-12 Cost: $65 Grades: PreK4 - Rising 5th Location: Creekside, Mack Benn, Jr. Recreation Center

Outdoor Adventure Camp 2021

Discover Your Future Summer Camp Time: 7:00-3:00PM, Recreation Center membership required to stay beyond 3:00 PM and participate in activities Date: June 28-August 20 Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Age: 7-10 Graders Cost: $85/ two week session + $35 One Time Registration Fee 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 2327 Ages: 6-9 Session 2: August 30-September 3 Ages: 10-14 Times: 7:00 AM -6:00 PM Cost: $90 Registration: Begins April 1 - August 16 or until Full Are you adventurous? Interested in learning more about the great outdoors? Then OAK is the program for you! Campers will need insect-repellent, sunscreen, water, snack and lunch. Tennis shoes are highly recommended. For more information about our Outdoor Adventure Camp, contact our Outdoor Specialist Nakiesha Bridgers at 757-514-4518.

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: PreK4 - Rising 5th Location: Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Mack Benn, Jr., Northern Shores, Whaleyville Recreation Center and Oakland Recreation Centers.

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 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 speaker, video lessons, and workshops.

Art Camp 2021 Session 1: August 23-27 Ages: 10-14 Session 2: August 30-September 3 Ages: 6-9 Times: 7:00 AM -6:00 PM Cost: $90 Registration: Begins April 1 - August 16 or until Full Each day will have a different theme with multiple art activities, mediums, programs, & events. We will go on multiple field trips and hear from speakers in different disciplines. All campers must bring their own bag lunch. For more information about our Art Camp, contact Angela Reavis at 757 514-7284.

Event information is subject to change.

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

TR Spring Break Adventures Camp Date: April 5 - 9 Time: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 Location: Booker T. Washington Recreation Center Experience a variety of outdoor recreational and stewardship activities during this week long camp. Through the challenges of each activity, participants will increase self-esteem and confidence, gain social skills, and learn coping strategies for various facets of life.

Karaoke Nights Date: February 10 and 24 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: All Location: The Planter’s Club Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to showcase all of your musical talents. Come sing your heart out to all of 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.

Thera-Paws Date TBD Time: TBD Ages: All Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come out to the park and spend time with our wonderful furry, four-legged friends. Complete various obstacle courses, read, and play approved games with them.

DIY’ers Date March 11 and 18 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Come out and explore your artistic talents! During this program, participants will have the opportunity to independently create various decorative art pieces.

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 jholloman@suffolkva.us

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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.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - OUTDOOR RECREATION National Walking the Dog Day Date: February 22 Time: 9:00 – 11:00AM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: Free Grab your leash and furry companion and venture to Lone Star Lakes in celebration of National Walking the Dog Day. Lone Star Lakes Park consists of 1000+ acres of land and includes 6 miles of hiking trails. Your dog will love exploring the sights, scents, and sounds found on the trails within this park.

Full Moon Hike Date: January 29, February 26, March 26 Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM Location: Lone Star Lakes Park Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: $5 Enjoy this hike illuminated by the light of the full moon. We’ll also highlight the nocturnal wildlife we encounter along the way on our nighttime adventure. Dress warmly; flashlights will be provided.

Archery Clinic Dates: April 5, 7, 9 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM; 1:00 – 3:00PM Location: Sleepy Hole Park Cost: $65 Ages: 7 – 11 (9am – 11am); 12 – 17 (1pm – 3pm) Would you like to learn archery? Now’s your chance! Take your mind off school and zone in on a different type of target. Bows, arrows, and arm guards will be provided. Participants should wear trail and weather appropriate clothing (including long pants and closedtoes shoes). Bring a water bottle.

Outdoor Recess

Great Backyard Bird Count Date: February 13 Time: 7:00 – 9:00AM Location: Driver Age: 18+ (Children welcome with accompanying adult) Cost: Free Join birdwatchers all around the world to count and report details of birds in the area in which they live. Suffolk parks and recreation will be participating in this event and counting birds found at the site of the former Driver Naval Radio Transmitting Facility. Bring your own binoculars and spotting scopes if you own a pair.

Dates: January 5, 12, 19, 26 Ages: 4 – 6; January 7, 14, 21, 28 Ages: 7 - 11 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM Location: Sleepy Hole Park Cost: $5 per class In this outdoor club, (geared towards homeschoolers), we will explore different wildlife topics and build your confidence in outdoor spaces. Participants should wear trail and weather appropriate clothing (including long pants and closed-toe shoes) for exploring the trails. Bring a water bottle. Classes will be held rain or shine! For more information about Outdoor Recreation, contact Nakiesha Bridgers at 757-514-4518.

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. Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - ATHLETICS Adult Basketball Dates: January 11 – March 5. Cost: $320 Per Team Ages: 18+ Location: Booker T. Washington Recreation Center This is an 8 – week League with 1 game each week. League play begins March 22. A tournament will be held after the regular season. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Administration office located at 134 S. 6th St.

PickleBall Start: December 1 End: February 25 Days: Tuesday/Thursday Ages: 18 + Times: 6:30-8:30PM Location: Oakland Recreation Center Cost: Included with Annual Membership Come out and have some fun with us as you play this game where ping-pong meets tennis.

Adult COED Softball Dates: Registration February 17 - March 26 Cost: $350 Per Team Ages: 18 + Location: John F. Kennedy Athletic Field and Peanut Park This is an 8 – week League with 2 games per week. League play begins Friday, April 2. Registration must be completed at the Suffolk Parks and Recreation Administration office located at 134 S. 6th St.

Outdoor Youth Soccer Registration opens January 18 and ends March 5 Program Dates: January 18 - March 5 Cost: Residents $60, Non Residents $70 Ages: 4-13 years Location: Sleepy Hole Park Practice starts the week of March 22 and games begin April 10 at Sleepy Hole Park. This is an 8 - week League.

For more information regarding Athletics, contact our Athletics Supervisor, Dominique Cox at 757-5147270 or ddcox@suffolkva.us

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T-Ball Dates: Registration January 19 – March 5 Ages: 4-7 Cost: $30 Location: Peanut Park T-Ball is an excellent opportunity for baseball beginners. Practice starts the week of March 22 and games begin April 10. This is an 8 - week league.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - FITNESS PROGRAMS 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.

Strength and Tone Date: April 13 - May 6 Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Days: Mondays and Thursdays Times: 5:15 - 6:00 PM Cost: $12 Ages: 16+

Kidz in Motion Date: January 19 - February 11; March 29 - April 21 Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays; Mondays & Wednesdays Times: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Cost: Free with annual membership Ages: 7-15

Tabata

Core Blast Date: Jan 4-Feb 10, Feb 22- Mar 31, Apr 12-Apr 19 Time: 9:00AM - 9:30 AM Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Age: 16+ Cost: Included with fitness center membership or a $4 drop-in fee Unwind & Stretch Date: Jan 4-Feb 10, Feb 22-Mar 31, Apr 12-Apr 19 Time: 9:30AM - 10:00 AM Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Age: 16+ Cost: Included with fitness center membership or a $4 drop-in fee

Dates: March 29-April 21 Time: 6:00-6:30 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 16+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center

Senior Aerobics - Virtual Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 10:00-11:00am Location: Facebook Live Age: 55+ Cost: Free

“Stay Strong” Senior Aerobics - Virtual Date: January 4 - 27 Days: Mondays & Wednesdays Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Times: 10:00 11:00 AM Cost: Free Ages: 55+

Core Pump Date: January 19 - February 11 Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Times: 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM Cost: $12 Ages: 16+

H.I.I.T Class Date: February 15 - March 10 Days: Mondays & Wednesdays Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Times: 5:00 - 5:30 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 16+

Fit Factory Date: March 2 - March 25 Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Times: 5:15 - 6:00 PM Cost: $12 Ages: 16+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center

Fitness Equipment Orientation Cost: Free with Fitness Membership Ages: 16+ Location: East Suffolk or Whaleyville Recreation Centers

For more information regarding Whaleyville Recreation Center fitness programs, please contact Mart De Vera at 757.514.7112 or mdvera@suffolkva.us For more information regarding East Suffolk Recreation Center fitness programs, please contact Jason Jones at 757.514.4507 or jkjones@suffolkva.us

Event information is subject to change.

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PARKS & RECREATION - YOUTH AND TEEN/SENIOR EVENTS YOUTH/TEEN

SENIOR PROGRAMS

Emoji Egg-citement Date: March 3 Time: 6:00-7:00PM Cost: $5 w/ membership Age: 5+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Join us for activities to open your imagination with egg artwork and emojis. Pre-registration is required and begins on February 1.

Senior Games Date: April 12-16 Times: 10:00- 2:00 PM Cost: $25 Ages: 55+ Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center Love to be active? Show us your skills! There will be various field and indoors games. Please join us for our Senior Games. Registration will begin March 22.

Books R Us Dates: April 21-May 21 Days: Monday/Wednesday/Friday Time: 4:00-5:15PM Cost: Free Grade: 6th-8th 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.

Sip & Paint Dates: March 17 Times: 11:00AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 55+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Enjoy a fun and trendy 2-hour paint class with a talented and friendly instructor. Paint, easels, and canvas are included with mocktails and light bites.

Buttons and BowTies Date: March 20 Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center OR Virtual - TBD Kids & parents come together dressed in their finest attire to enjoy a prom themed event filled with music, fun, and food. A parent or guardian is required. For more information, please call (757) 514-4500. For more information on Whaleyville Recreation Center Youth/Teen programs, contact Kanesha Jones 757.514.7105 or kjones@suffolkva.us. For more information on East Suffolk Recreation Center Youth/Teen programs, call 757.514.4500.

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Senior Prom Dates: April 16 Time: 10:00 AM -2:00 PM Cost: $10 Ages: 55+ Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center Get dressed up in your gorgeous gown/handsome suit and dance the afternoon away.

For more information on Whaleyville Recreation Center Youth/Teen programs, contact Kanesha Jones 757.514.7100. For more information on East Suffolk Recreation Senior programs, call 757.514.4500.

Event information is subject to change.


PARKS & RECREATION - ART & CULTURE Line V. Field Date: December 12 - January 22 Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Ages: All Join us at the Suffolk Art Gallery in December for our Winter Exhibit, Line vs. Field from local artists Christopher Revels, Julie Stanton, and Walt Taylor. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

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

Annual Photography Exhibit Call for Entries Date: November 6– January 22 Cost: $30 Registration Deadline: January 22 Ages: 18+ Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Open to all 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 areavis@suffolkva.us if you have not received a form. Entry fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit. Applicants will be notified of jurors’ decision by February 5th.

Virtual Art-Day Wednesdays Join us for a virtual workshop where we explore different art techniques & mediums. All virtual workshops will be published at 10:00 am on social media and will include a materials list as well as an instructional video.

Monthly Programming and Themes

-December 16th: Watercolor 101 -January 20th: Paper Snowflake Garland -February 17th: Collage with message: Artist focus Jean-Michel Basquiat -March 17th: Abstract Expressionist Creations: Artist focus Judith Godwin -April 21st: Bug Styrofoam Prints

Virtual Art History Saturdays Join us for a virtual workshop where we delve into the historical and technical sides of art. All virtual workshops will be published at 10:00am on our social media.

Monthly Programming and Themes - January 30th: Wintertime with Grandma Moses -February 27: Installations Artist focus: Martin Puryear - March 27: Women & Fiber Arts -April 24: Let’s Talk About Rococo

Poetry, Prose, & Pizza 37th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition Exhibit Dates: March 6 - April 16 Opening Reception: TBD based on COVID-19 Location: Suffolk Art Gallery Now in its 37th year, the Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at the Suffolk Art Gallery is the largest and longest running juried exhibition for photographic works in Hampton Roads.

Date: February 18 & April 15 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 Open Mic event. Poets, writers, musicians, spoken word, and more are welcome. Due to safety guidelines, pre-registration will be required to attend this event.

Event information is subject to change.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - DIGITAL RESOURCES Access to WiFi & Technology

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. Tech2Go: Check out a laptop for use on library property or a Kindle Fire to take anywhere. Laptops and Tablets are completely free to borrow with your Suffolk Public Library card. Visit our website to learn more and place a hold: suffolkpubliclibrary.com/Tech2Go.

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 resources 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.

Socially-Distanced Library Services

Suffolk Public Library offers many free services for all ages and many of them are able to be accessed from the comfort of your home or using our contactless Curbside Pickup Service. Enjoy these and more! Learn more about each at suffolkpubliclibrary.com/COVID and suffolkpubliclibrary.com/AtHome. • Hoopla • Tech2Go & WiFi2Go • Ancestry Library Edition • Ready Reads • TumbleBooks • Audible • Rocket Languages • Universal Class • Early Learning

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


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - CHILDREN’S EVENTS Early Childhood Classes

Saturday Storytime [VIRTUAL + KIT]

Family Storytime [VIRTUAL]

Homeschool Hub [VIRTUAL + LIVE + KIT + IN-PERSON]

Date: Wednesdays, January 6 - April 28 Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 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. Videos will remain up for future viewing.

Baby & Me [LIVE + Kit] Date: Tuesdays, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13 Time: 10:00 - 10:30 AM Ages: 0 - 24 mo Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Baby & Me is a Live program provided through Facebook in our Baby & Me group page for babies ages 0 months to 24 months and their caregiver. The program 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. Please join our Facebook group: Baby & Me - South Hampton Roads. 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**

VIRTUAL EVENTS KEY VIRTUAL: Premieres on Facebook & YouTube LIVE: Uses an online interactive platform IN-PERSON: Program will be held in person in an outdoor space KIT: Virtual2Go Pack containing supplies

Date: Saturdays, January 9 & 23, February 13 & 27, March 13 & 27, April 24 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Age: 3-8 Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook Tune in to watch a virtual storytime and learn some fun activities related to the story that you can do at home! Each week will feature a book and tie-in activities that will be included in the Virtual2Go pack. Registration is required for the pack. Some activities can get messy so dress accordingly. Supplies will be available for pickup at the chosen location prior to the program air date.

Date: Tuesdays, January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 20 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Grades: PK - 12 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Whether your learning experience is homeschool or something else, Homeschool Hub is a place to connect with others and enrich your curriculum. Registration is required for LIVE events. Registered participants will provide their email address to receive a link to a Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the program begins. Please refer to the calendar to view specific information for each session.

BARKS Reading Program [LIVE] Date: Mondays, January 25, February 22, March 15, April 19 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Grades: K - 5 Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Increase your confidence and reading skills through our BARKS program. Therapy dogs will listen well to your interests or follow along with the current book you are reading! Registration is required—participants will provide their email address to receive a link to a Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the program begins. Audio capabilities are needed and video capabilities are encouraged. Depending on the number of participants and the number of therapy dogs available, you may be asked to read to dogs in shifts using Zoom’s breakout rooms. It is encouraged to have an adult present during the program.

Help Me Understand [Virtual] Date: Thursdays, January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1 Time: 6:30 - 7:00 PM Ages: 0+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Sometimes, we don’t know what to say when talking about illness, death, incarceration, and other topics. This series of storytimes tackles tough topics for kids through books and songs. There will be a Q&A after. Registration is not required. Please refer to the calendar to view the specific topic for each session.

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

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup [LIVE]

Anime Paint Night [LIVE + KIT] Date: Mondays, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM Ages: 12+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Join us each month LIVE via Zoom as we create cool anime inspired paintings. Each month a new design featuring different anime characters. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link. Program supplies will be available for registrants to pickup at their chosen location prior to the program air date.

Teen Take & Make [VIRTUAL + KIT] Date: Tuesdays, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 13 - 17 Cost: Free Location: SPL Facebook & YouTube Registration required. Let’s get crafty! Register for our Take & Make Kit and watch the related video for instructions on how to make each project. Program supplies will be available for registrants to pick up at their chosen location prior to the program air date.

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Date: Tuesdays, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 20 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.

Teen Chill Night [LIVE] Date: Wednesdays, September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 12+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Tired and stressed? Come take a break with the library. This is a live online meetup for teens to hang out and learn some mindfulness techniques that can help you handle stress with a new theme each session. Visit the Library website to learn about the topics for each session. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link.

Teen Hangout [LIVE] Date: Thursdays, January 7 April 29 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.

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


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - ADULT EVENTS

Suffolk Writes [LIVE]

Get Creative! [VIRTUAL/LIVE + KIT] Date: Mondays, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 16+ Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook Registration required. Get Creative this winter with our fun and varied art tutorials! Grab your Virtual2Go Packs and join us each month to explore different types of arts and crafts. Check the calendar to see which art or craft we will be doing each session. Program supplies will be available for pickup at the chosen location prior to the program air date.

English as a Second Language Morning Mixers [LIVE] Date: Thursdays, January 6 - 28 Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online 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 a Zoom link in order to receive an emailed link to join the class meeting. ¡Mejora tu inglés en el parque​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 recivir un correo electronico con enlace a la clase por medio de Zoom.

Date: Tuesdays, January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 2 & 16, April 6 & 20 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Suffolk Writes is an open writers group for adults. All genres welcomed, publishing and aspiring. Bring a piece of original work to share for group critiques. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link.

Pub Trivia at Home [LIVE] Date: Thursday February 18 Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Test your knowledge at our themed trivia nights! We open the Zoom room at 6:30pm for socializing; game starts at 7pm. Winner receives a $10 Amazon gift certificate; runner up gets $5! Content may not be appropriate for children. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link.

An Evening with Earl Swift [IN-PERSON] Date: Thursday, March 25 Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts at 110 W. Finney Avenue Author and former journalist for the Virginian-Pilot, Earl Swift, will speak on his award-winning book Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and book signing. The talk is free to attend and no ticket is required. This event is part of the 125th Anniversary of the Suffolk Literary Club celebration raising awareness of environmental impacts on coastal communities and encouraging appreciation for the natural environment of the Chesapeake Bay.

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 - SPECIAL EVENTS Black History Month Throughout the month of February, the Library will be hosting unique events to celebrate Black History Month. Our regular monthly programming, such as storytime, will focus on Black voices and Black history.

Black and Super: Real Heroes of Science [VIRTUAL + KIT]

Winter Reading Challenge [VIRTUAL] Date: January 1 - 31 Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Location: SPL Website Registration on Beanstack required to complete reading log and be entered for prizes. Join the Library in reading during the month of January! Grab a new book, favorite book, or new to you book and spend some time reading. Be sure to check on your progress in the campaign on Beanstack to gain badges and be entered into a drawing for a prize!

Date: Tuesday, February 9 Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM Ages: Family Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook Registration required. Not every hero wears a cape; some wear lab coats! Learn about some African American scientists and their amazing contributions that changed the world! We will be celebrating Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African American woman to get a Ph.D. in physics, by performing a psychics experiment with paint. Registrants will be able to pick up their materials at their chosen location prior to the air date.

Black and Super: How to Make Comics & History of Black Creators [VIRTUAL + KIT] Date: Wednesday, February 10 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: Family Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook Registration required. Interested in the history of African American comics? Join us to learn about comic creators and their impact on the comic industry. Also, grab a kit with additional information on comic creators and materials to start making your own comic! Registrants will be able to pick up their materials at their chosen location prior to the airing.

Black and Super Live Talks: Artists and Creators [LIVE] Date: Friday, February 12 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 12+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. Bring your questions and join us for a live talk with local African American artists and creators. Registrants will receive an e-mail prior to start time with the live meetup link.

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


SUFFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY - SPECIAL EVENTS Black History Month (cont.)

IconiCon

Lift Every Voice: Black Musicality [LIVE] Date: Friday, February 19 Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Facebook Join us for Open Your Eyes Part II, an evening of Poetic Reflections with Nathan Richardson, Sylvia Bond, and Kween Yakini. This will be a night to talk about Black language, music, and how that has been reflected in poetry and beyond. We will discuss Ma Rainey by Sterling A. Brown and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron. This program is part of the Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters, a national public humanities initiative of Library of America, presented in partnership with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Emerson Collective. Open Your Eyes will premiere live on the Suffolk Public Library Facebook page. Registration is not required.

Black History: African American Genealogy Before 1870 [VIRTUAL]

IconiCon will be held throughout the week with a mixture of in-person, virtual, and live online events! This year will be all about Fantasy! Grab your wands, throw on your elf ears, and don your favorite fantasy cosplay while we enjoy some food, crafts, and adventure! Be sure to look at the calendar for details of each event and to register for any live events or Virtual2Go kits! Join us for cosplay contests, Mario Kart tournaments, crafting, trivia, cooking, and riddling!

Date: Thursday, February 25 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 13+ Cost: Free Location: SPL YouTube & Facebook The Library of Virginia reference archivist, Cara Griggs, discusses researching African American genealogy before 1870.

Black Business Ownership Q&A [LIVE] Date: Friday, February 26 Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM Ages: 18+ Cost: Free Location: SPL Online Registration required. There are 30.2 million small business owners in the United States. According to the 2018 Annual Business Survey, Black Americans owned 124,004 businesses nationwide. Are you looking to start your own? You are invited to a discussion about how to navigate the challenges of starting your own business from the perspective of local Black business owners. 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

Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad

Date: Saturday, March 6 Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $12 per person Location: SMAF Website Join us online for this unique, one-day event that showcases 40 best-selling mystery, suspense, paranormal, horror, romance, and women’s fiction authors. Attendees will enjoy multiple live panels and prerecorded interviews, plus an attendee swag bag with t-shirt and festival goodies. The Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival is a partnership between Suffolk Tourism and the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. More information can be found at SuffolkMysteryAuthorsFestival.com.

Suffolk Tourism Debuts New Dining Website

Suffolk Restaurant Week 2021

Suffolk Tourism is pleased to announce the launch of a new website that highlights eateries throughout Suffolk, Virginia. This new site, DiningInSuffolkVa.com, features a modern and functional design, offering quick and easy access to essential information about all the dining opportunities in the rapidly growing city. The colorful site showcases elements that work to inform and inspire a dining decision, including vibrant and engaging photography, creative content for all of the eateries in the Suffolk area, a personalized blog, and information about the popular Suffolk Restaurant Week promotion.

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Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (VIRTUAL)

Date: February 19 - March 9 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Seaboard Station Railroad Museum at 326 N. Main Street A traveling exhibit from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, “Hidden Histories” explores the seldom listened-to stories of railroad industry workers on the way to Promontory Point in Utah and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The exhibit challenges everyone to examine the hidden histories in their own lives.

Date: March 20 - 27 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 Lunch/$20 Dinner; $15 Lunch/$30 Dinner; $20 Lunch/$40 Dinner Locations: Various Suffolk Eateries 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! For more information, visit DiningInSuffolkVa.com.

Event information is subject to change.


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.

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

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SUFFOLK TOURISM “Walk On The Wild Side” Exhibition

From Stage to Screen The Suffolk Division of Tourism, in partnership with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, proudly presents three former Broadway masterpieces that found huge success on the big screen. Shows begin at 7:00 PM and admission is $3 per person. Limited seating available; social distancing rules apply (please wear masks). For more information, please contact the Suffolk Center’s box office at 757-923-2900, or visit SuffolkCenter.org.

Hairspray Date: January 14 A 1962-era teenager with all the right moves is selected for a popular television dance show. Upset that black kids can only dance on the show once a month, Tracy decides she’s going to integrate the show...all without denting her ‘do. The all-star cast includes John Travolta, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Effron, and Michelle Pfeiffer. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 117 minutes.

Dreamgirls Date: February 11 Personal struggles reign when a 1960s Detroit R&B trio go from backup singers to headliners. How long can Deena and the Dreams stay at the top, and will plus-sized, big-voiced Effie ever get her due? An all-star cast includes Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Anika Noni Rose, and Eddie Murphy. This film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 130 minutes.

The Phantom of the Opera Date: March 11 Young ingénue and soprano Christine finds herself tutored by a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House. Who will be able to help when the Phantom’s obsession grows and he kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride? An all-star cast includes Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, and Minnie Driver. This film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 143 minutes.

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Date: March 18 - April 24 Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Tues - Sat) Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts This exhibit features work in a variety of mediums that depict the beauty of wildlife throughout the region and the world. Artists including Guy Crittenden, Captain John A. Leonard, Mark McNair, and Ian McNair work in woodcarving in traditional and modern forms, painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

Disney’s Moana Jr. by The Hurrah Players Date: Saturday, March 20 Time: 2:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $25 Adult; $20 Youth (18 & Under) Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts The Hurrah Players are once again thrilled to be one of the first companies to perform a new Disney Jr. show onstage with the support of Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s Moana Jr. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana to life onstage. This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strongwilled Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana Jr. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Chowan University Choir Date: Sunday, April 25 Time: 3:30 PM Ages: All Cost: $10 Location: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts The Chowan University Singers and Men’s Chorus combined with the Chowan Community Chorus will present a special concert at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts that will feature choral masterwork Requiem of Gabriel Fauré. Additionally, the Chowan Singers and Men’s Chorus will sing works ranging in style from classical acappella music to contemporary gospel, including choral standards by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, and Alice Parker.

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SUFFOLK TOURISM

Exhibit of Excellence: Suffolk Student Art 2021 Date: February 2 - 26 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 The Suffolk Art League presents a juried exhibition featuring artwork by Suffolk’s 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; the exhibit is open to students who either live in Suffolk or attend school in Suffolk (private, public, or home school). Presented in cooperation with the Suffolk Fine Arts Commission. Free and open to the public. For a complete prospectus, visit SuffolkArtLeague.com or call the Suffolk Art League at 757-925-0448.

Garden Week in Suffolk Date: April 17 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $30 Advance; $35 Day of Tour Location: Governor’s Pointe (various locations) This easily-accessible walking tour at Governor’s Pointe spotlights private homes with expansive gardens in a lovely neighborhood located on the banks of the Nansemond River. For more information, visit VAGardenWeek.org.

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.

Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society’s Annual Sale Date: Saturday, April 17 Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Ages: All Cost: Free Location: Phillips-Dawson House at 137 Bank Street One day only! There will be many items available, including Victorian furniture, heirloom items, lamps, trinkets, outdoor furniture, art, glassware, silver, and much more! All proceeds go towards the SuffolkNansemond Historical Society operating budget. Visit SuffolkHistory.org for donation information.

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

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SUFFOLK TOURISM - TOURS 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.

Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Bus boards at 1:45 PM; tour runs 2:00 - 3:30 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 on website).

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.

Dates: Check Tourism 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 Cedar Hill Cemetery Hometown Heroes Walking Tour Dates: Check Tourism Website Time: 11:00 AM Ages: 12+ Cost: $7 adults; $5 seniors (60+), military, and children. 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. Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour Dates: Check Tourism Website Time: 2:00 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 include Cedar Hill Cemetery, College Court, Constant’s Wharf, and the historic Lakeside neighborhood.

Kayak Excursions Various Locations Dates: Check Tourism Website Time: 10:00 AM Ages: 8+ Cost: $40 per person; equipment included. Participants must be 10 years of age or older.

Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk Dates: Check Tourism Website Time: varies Ages: 9+ Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 9-12). 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: Check Tourism 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 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.

Great Dismal “Swamp Safari” Dates: Check Tourism Website Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM Ages: 8+ Cost: $10 adults; $8 seniors (60+), military, and children (ages 8-12). 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 repellent, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

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

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Profile for City of Suffolk, Virginia

Program Guide January - April 2021