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					                                                                               April 9, 2007




CIVIC
CONNECTION
A Monthly News Service from the Division of Communications for Norfolk Civic Organizations


BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS AND PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

       The City Manager’s proposed FY2008 Budget will be presented to City Council
at a public meeting on Wednesday, April 18, from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. at Norview High
School. Members of the public are invited to attend the presentation, which will be taped
for showing on Norfolk’s Neighborhood Network (TV 48) and streaming on
www.norfolk.gov. Council will not take comments at this meeting.
       A Community Question and Answer session on the City Manager’s proposed
budget will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m. The location has not been determined,
but will be advertised in the media, website and TV 48. The session will also be taped for
airing on NNN TV 48. This session will allow residents to question City staff on elements
of the budget.
       City Council’s Public Hearing on the Real Estate Tax Rate (CDBG) budget will
be held on Wednesday evening, May 2 at Granby High School, beginning at 6 p.m. The
hearing will be taped for viewing on TV48 and www.norfolk.gov
       City Council’s Public Hearing on City’s Operating and Capital budget,
General Taxes and Community Development Block Grant will be held Tuesday
evening, May 8 at Granby High School, beginning at 6 p.m. The hearing will be taped for
viewing on TV48 and www.norfolk.gov
       City Council adopts FY2008 Budget Tuesday, May 15 at 2:30 PM, Council
Chambers, 11th Floor, City Hall, 810 Union Street.

The City Council has scheduled the following budget work sessions.
   • Thursday, April 19 at 3 PM, 10th Floor Conference Room City Hall
   • Wednesday, May 9 at 2 PM, 10th Floor Conference Room, City Hall
   • If needed – Tuesday, May 15, 10th Floor Conference Room, City Hall



                          City of Norfolk, Division of Communications
                     810 Union Street, Room 302, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
                    [757] 664.4266 / fax: [757] 664.4006 / www.Norfolk.gov
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 2

APRIL IS “POTHOLE REPAIR” MONTH

       The Division of Streets & Bridges within the Department of Public Works each year
declares April, “Pothole Repair” Month. It is important to fix potholes promptly to
eliminate driving hazards and reduce the need for more repair work on the roads.
Historically, most potholes often occur after winter concludes. The primary reason is
during a typical winter, moisture plus the freeze/thaw cycle causes a defect in the surface
of a street to enlarge. Water can then penetrate the surface and cause a softening of the
base material under the asphalt surface or deterioration of concrete on a concrete road.
Repeated traffic on an asphalt surface causes the pavement to over flex; break apart and
then a pothole forms. Besides the weather, the length of time since the road was last
resurfaced, the traffic conditions on the road, and underground disturbances may also
contribute to the frequency of potholes in the road.
       While Street and Bridges’ crews repair potholes throughout the year, various PR
tactics are used after the winter months to encourage citizens to report potholes to Streets
& Bridges at 823-4050. Citizens calling that number at any time of the year will be able to
talk to a person 24 hours a day. Citizens can also report potholes using the internet at
www.norfolk.gov/publicworks
       In a typical pothole repair month, 1500-3000 potholes are repaired.

BRAMBLETON AVENUE UNDERPASS IMPROVEMENTS TO BEGIN
SOON
       On or about April 16, work to rehabilitate the Brambleton Avenue Underpass is
scheduled to begin. Shifts in traffic patterns such as lane reductions and traffic detours
will be necessary to facilitate the timely completion of the project.
       First, the inside lanes in each direction will be closed, and traffic will be reduced to
one lane in each direction while crews demolish the median. During the initial phase of
construction, an alternate route directing westbound traffic to make a right turn onto Park
Avenue heading north, followed by a left turn onto Virginia Beach Boulevard heading
west, and finally a left turn onto Tidewater Drive heading south and ending at Brambleton
Avenue will be posted. Westbound traffic will not have a complete detour until after the
spring semester at Norfolk State University.
       Eastbound traffic on Brambleton Avenue will not detour. Two lanes will remain
open at all times for eastbound traffic towards I-264 and beyond, however, the lanes will
shift as work progresses. The westbound detour and new traffic pattern for eastbound
lanes will remain in effect for approximately 3 to 4 months.
       The rehabilitation project consists of pavement rehabilitation, median replacement,
replacement of lighting systems, and painting of concrete surfaces.
       Residents can log onto http://www.norfolk.gov/publicworks/cip_projects for more
details about the project.
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The $1.5 million Brambleton Avenue underpass project is the second in a series of
underpass rehabilitations funded through the Capital Improvement Project Budget. The
project is scheduled to be completed by December.

NORFOLKS NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK LAUNCHES NORFOLK’S
MOST WANTED

      Norfolk Police Department, Fire-Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office have collaborated
with Communications to produce a new program to inform and encourage participation of
the community in public safety. This program will air beginning Sunday, April 8 at 4:00
PM and repeated at Midnight. The program will be repeated daily with a new episode
produced each month.

EXPLORE THE 1907 JAMESTOWN EXPOSITION
Courtesy of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus

       Norfolk is the homeport of America’s Navy. At the turn of the 20th century, Norfolk
hosted a world event with major historical, maritime, military and technological
significance. It was called the Jamestown Exposition of 1907, named in honor of the 300th
anniversary of the English settlement. A decade after its closing, this world’s fair led to the
Navy's purchase of the property for Norfolk Naval Station, today the world’s largest
presence of naval power.
       Please join the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Nauticus on Thursday, April 26,
as they celebrate the 400th anniversary of our nation's founding at Jamestown with the
opening of a 5,000-square-foot permanent exhibit entitled 1907: The Jamestown
Exposition and The Launching of The Steel Navy. Visitors will be certain to find great
interest in the exhibit with its emphasis on history, technology and hands-on activities. The
centerpiece of the Steel Navy exhibit is a spectacular naval artifact: the bow ornament
from the armored cruiser USS New York. More than nine feet tall, this piece features an
American eagle flanked by the figures of Justice and Liberty. Other artifacts in the exhibit
include a bell from USS Kearsarge (BB 5); a period flag from USS Oregon and the U.S.
Navy’s builder’s model of USS Virginia. The Jamestown Exposition is also well
represented by a series of souvenir items from the fair.
       Besides these great artifacts the exhibit features plenty of fun for the whole family.
One section of the exhibit recreates the mood of the “Warpath,” the amusement section of
the Jamestown Exposition. Visitors young and old will have a chance to “cross the line”
with sailors of the Great White Fleet; to view the three-dimensional effects of stereocards;
and to pilot an early aircraft on the Naval Station.
       The year 1907 was dramatic as it laid the groundwork for the development of the
Norfolk Naval Station, the largest and most powerful naval base in the world. The Steel
Navy affected the world one hundred years ago with impacts that are still felt today.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 4


MAJOR DEMOLITION ACTIVITY ONGOING

       The Department of Neighborhood Preservation is actively involved with the
demolition of several buildings throughout the City. These include: the Breakers Motel in
East Ocean View; four-(4) adjacent structures on Dungee Street in Huntersville; and the
former “Let Us Produce” building located on 620 Olney Road. Information related to
these demolitions is as follows:

   • The demolition of the Breakers Motel, which is a priority for East Ocean View
     residents, is being conducted by Nansemond River Contractors Inc. Nansemond
     River was hired by the property’s owner.
   • The City has awarded contracts to demolish four adjacent properties in the
     Huntersville Neighborhood, which spans an entire city block. The properties
     scheduled for demolition are located on the 1500 block of Dungee Avenue. The
     demolitions will begin within two-(2) weeks pending final disconnection of utilities.
   • The former “Let Us Produce” building has safety fencing installed around the
     building’s perimeter to secure debris from demolition. It is estimated that this
     demolition project will be completed within the next 45 days.

   Another major project is the demolition of 555 Fenchurch Street. Demolition bids are
due back for 555 Fenchurch Street no later than April 6, 2007. Additionally, the
Department of Neighborhood Preservation is partnering with Recreation, Parks and Open
Space to demolish facilities and antiquated playground equipment to make way for Shoop
Park improvements


VELUX 5 OCEANS – NORFOLK READY FOR SEND-OFF ON
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 AT WATERSIDE MARINA 9:30 A.M.

HMS OCEAN to Lead Grand Farewell for the Heroes of The Ultimate
Solo Challenge

NORFOLK, Va (April 5, 2007) - The brave skippers of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, the solo
round the world yacht race, are making final preparations to their yachts down at the
Waterside Marina in Norfolk ahead of the frantic final sprint back across the Atlantic to
Bilbao (Basque Country). Having left Bilbao in October 2006, the solo sailors from around
the world are now so close to completing The Ultimate Solo Challenge. After sailing
single-handed through the most desolate oceans on the planet and surviving the most
extreme conditions in any sport, the skippers have been enjoying the warm hospitality of
the City of Norfolk and the people of Hampton Roads.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 5

       The Formula 1 yachts of the seas will leave Norfolk at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15,
and the City of Norfolk is preparing a farewell that none of the skippers will soon forget.
The program kicks off with the official race exhibition, which opens on Thursday, April 12
at 10:00 a.m. – 7 p.m. Entry is free and there will be shops selling race clothing and
official merchandise. A race showcase will feature the highlights and low points of the
race thus far, including the dramatic abandonment of HUGO BOSS (Alex Thomson) in the
Southern Ocean and the rescue by his fellow competitor, British skipper Mike Golding,
who was then forced to retire with a broken mast on ECOVER.
       On Friday, April 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Norfolk’s Town Point Park, there will be
the VELUX 5 OCEANS “Party in the Park”, sponsored by Sinclair Communications, to
officially celebrate the Norfolk stopover. The public is welcome and encouraged to come
on down and enjoy the festivities.
       The actual race restart will be from a point just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Tunnel. At precisely 1 p.m., the starting gun will release these adventurous sailors on their
final journey. But not without an enormous Norfolk send-off that involves a British aircraft
carrier, a helicopter journey out to the start line for the skippers from downtown Norfolk,
as well as music and festivities for the crowds of Norfolk well-wishers waving goodbye to
the sailors from the Waterside Marina at 9:30 a.m.
       HMS OCEAN, the largest ship in the Royal Navy’s fleet and a helicopter carrier,
has agreed to offer its world class services to the VELUX 5 OCEANS. She will provide
amazing facilities for media and the skippers alike, as helicopters from HMS OCEAN will
take the skippers straight from downtown Norfolk out to the start area, before delivering
them to their yachts via military power boat. HMS OCEAN will then host journalists,
guests and VIPs, providing one of the best views of the start at the mouth of the
Chesapeake and stunning images.

STREET LIGHTS SWEEPS BY CITY/CITIZENS ALERT CITIZENS TO
POWER OUTAGES
       For the past 30 days, the Department of Public Works has conducted sweeps of all
the major arterials and collectors throughout the City. This initiative is part of an effort to
ensure street lights are functioning properly and is the second year the City has provided
this inventory.
       Two-person crews spent two nights a week for an average of two to three hours in
the field conducting the sweeps. As a result, 460 non-operational street lights were
reported to Dominion Virginia Power (DVP). During that same period, 146 non-
operational lights were reported to DVP by citizens.
       To date, DVP has repaired about 65 of the street lights. Most of the repairs were
bulb changes and addressed within 48 hours. Many of the remaining repairs are more
complex such as conduit problems and may take longer to fix. The City will continue to
keep track of the work to ensure all repairs are completed.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 6

       The sweep is in addition to reports submitted throughout the year by police officers
and citizens throughout the year.

To report a malfunctioning street light online, copy down the nine-digit pole number
(about eye level) and the exact location, and fill out the form at
http://www.norfolk.gov/PublicWorks/streetlights.asp

NORFOLK COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS FOR REAL ESTATE TAX RELIEF FOR DISABLED
OR SENIOR CITIZENS

       Norfolk’s Commissioner of the Revenue, Sharon M. McDonald, is now accepting
applications for Real Estate Tax Relief for Senior and/or Disabled Norfolk Citizens.
       The Real Estate Tax Relief for Disabled or Senior Citizens offers to help reduce or
eliminate the real estate taxes for qualifying disabled or senior citizen homeowners. The
exemption is granted on an annual basis. Over 4,200 households were offered real estate
tax relief in 2006. To qualify for Real Estate Tax Relief:

• You must be 65 years of age or totally and permanently
  disabled;

• You must live in the property to be exempted;

• Your combined income of owners and all relatives living in
  home cannot exceed $52,000 per year; and

• Your net worth, exclusive of the home, cannot exceed $350,000.

       Representatives will be at various satellite sites throughout the City of Norfolk to
provide assistance in filling out the applications. Please call 441-1502 for dates and times.
The deadline to submit applications is June 1st.
       To receive an application or for more information, contact program coordinator
Carolyn Lawrence at (757) 441-1502, or Sharon M. McDonald, Commissioner of the
Revenue, at (757) 664-7888. Citizens may also visit the Real Estate Tax Relief office in
the Tidewater Tech Building, 922 W. 21st St. Information, including application forms, is
also available at the Commissioner of the Revenue website
http://www.norfolk.gov/Revenue.

NORFOLK STEPS IN TO SAVE SEASON--WILL PRESENT THREE
PRODUCTIONS OF THE 2006/2007 BROADWAY AT CHRYSLER
HALL SERIES
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 7


REFUND PARKING FOR CANCELLED SHOWS

The City of Norfolk has announced plans to produce three of the five remaining Broadway
Shows scheduled as part of Baci, Inc.’s Broadway at Chrysler Hall series. The City will
contract directly with show producers. This decision comes in light of the recent
postponement of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and cancellation of both CABARET
March 12-18 and I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU May 7-13 at Chrysler Hall.
       The City, in cooperation with the Virginia Arts Festival, The Virginia Stage
Company, The Virginia Symphony, and The Virginia Opera, will also provide a voucher
for a future performing arts event.
       Additionally, subscribers who purchased special parking passes will receive refunds
for cancelled event dates.
       It is estimated that 4,500 subscription tickets were sold by presenter Baci, Inc. to the
five-show 2006/2007 series. While the City of Norfolk bears no responsibility for the
cancelled events, this plan is an attempt by the City to demonstrate its good will and
support for the patrons by stepping in and contracting directly with individual Broadway
producers to ensure that the following originally scheduled shows will go on:
       TONY N’ TINA’S WEDDING
       Tony n' Tina’s Wedding, the long-running interactive musical, will begin
       performances at the Scope Exhibition Hall on April 24 through May 20, 2007. In the
       show, which began in New York in 1987, audience members play the guests at the
       ceremony and then the reception for the Italian-American wedding between
       Anthony Nunzio and Tina Vitale.
       CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE
       Written by four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally, directed by Tony
       nominee Graciela Daniele and featuring a cast of Broadway's most talented dancers
       and singers, CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER'S LIFE charts Chita's amazing journey
       from a 17-year old aspiring ballerina to the Broadway legend she is today.
       Performances will run at Chrysler Hall, June 4 – 10, 2007.

       DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
       Who will be the first to swindle a young woman out of $50,000? Rival con men
       compete for rights to a particularly lucrative territory on the French Riviera. Based
       on the film of the same name. Rescheduled performances will be held in November,
       2007.
             Technical assistance for these productions will be provided by Chrysler Hall
       tenants, the Virginia Stage Company and the Virginia Arts Festival. In addition, the
       Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Virginia Symphony, and the
       Virginia Opera have agreed to accept City-issued vouchers from season subscribers
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 8

       to attend their performances. The number of vouchers the City will be able to make
       available, the available performances for vouchers, and the issuing of vouchers is
       being coordinated with those arts groups and will be announced soon.

       NICK LITRENTA, manager of Baci Management, Inc., has produced the Broadway at
Chrysler Hall series since December 1992, when he presented Fiddler on the Roof at the
venue. The 2005 Broadway at Chrysler Hall season was the most successful in the series’
history and most notably included Disney’s The Lion King with over 96,613 attendees. The
City of Norfolk’s attempts to communicate with Mr. Litrenta have been unsuccessful. City
Officials expressed concern and disappointment at the turn of events, as the Mayor and
Council indicated their approval to provide amends to the ticket holders. The City
acknowledged that they will be pursuing legal action against Baci Management, Inc.
Baci, Inc’s Broadway series in Richmond and Baltimore are also in similar straits, according to
media reports by the Baltimore Sun and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

2006/07 Season subscribers and single ticket holders should retain their tickets, as they
will be honored for the future performance dates of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, The
Dancer’s Life, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
BACI, Inc failed to provide a current list of season subscribers, but the City is trying to contact
subscribers using every means possible. Current season subscribers are asked to call (757)
664-6464 or e-mail gay.jones@norfolk.gov to provide the City with their name and
address.
Season subscribers who purchased preferred parking passes will be refunded for unused
passes. These refunds will be remitted by the City of Norfolk’s Department of Parking via mail
and subscribers need not take any action to receive their parking refunds.
For more information, subscribers may contact Norfolk’s Department of Cultural
Facilities, Arts & Entertainment at (757) 664-6464.



NORFOLK’S MOST FOOLISH TRADITION,
THE DOWNTOWN DOO DAH PARADE ON
APRIL 27 TO SERVE AS FINALE OF WACKY
EVENTS

      Norfolk’s most foolish tradition, the Occasional
Downtown Doo Dah Parade will commemorate its tenth
occasion this year when it steps off from downtown Norfolk’s
Main Street at 12:30(ish) on Friday, April 27th. Due to the
popularity of this traditionally April Fool’s event, this one day
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 9

celebration has been extended to include a month of zany programming with the parade
serving as a wild and wacky exclamation point.
      The Divas in Norfolk’s Office Cultural Affairs and Special Events are doo-dah-
delighted to announce that foolishness will abound throughout the month of April at
Selden Arcade as the Brown Bag Art Series loosens its collar and lets down its hair with
noontime nonsense commencing each Wednesday beginning at 12:15. Join us for a bit of
music mayhem as we feature the area’s most melodic madmen. Scheduled to appear are:
      April 04 - Steve Ambrose
      April 11 - Sid Sward
      April 18 - The Bayview Boys
      April 25 - The Doo-Dah Wildcats

        Are you a Royal Fool? Then we’re looking for you! Residents, business
professionals and organization members are encouraged to rally their friends and co-
workers and form silly, wacky, hilarious parade units, brigades and drill teams to take part
in Norfolk’s craziest hour. Parade unit applications are available at the visitor’s
information center at Selden Arcade (208 E. Main Street), the Festevents office at 120 W.
Main Street, City Hall, and Norfolk Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s downtown office
located on Main Street. Completed forms should be returned to Norfolk’s Office of
Cultural Affairs with a $15 non-refundable entry fee (don’t even think about coming back
for it) no later than 5 pm on Monday, April 9th. All entries will be reviewed and are
subject to approval by the Fools Committee.

BATTLESHIP WISCONSIN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Family Fun and Free Admission
Please join the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on Saturday, April 14 as we commemorate
the April 16, 1944 commissioning of our dear battleship with re-enactors, activities for the
kids and a special performance by the Hampton Roads Metro Band.
The battleship Wisconsin (BB-64), one of the famous Iowa-class ships, is a veteran of
World War II, the Korean War and the war in the Persian Gulf. Wisconsin remains part of
the U.S. Navy’s inactive fleet, out of commission but in reserve.
For more information please contact Susanne Greene, Public Relations for the Hampton
Roads Naval Museum by calling 757-322-2986 or via email at
susanne.greene.ctr@navy.mil.
The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin are both owned and
operated by the United States Navy. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is located on
level two of Nauticus. For more information, please visit our website at
www.hrnm.navy.mil.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 10



CITY SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR USS WISCONSIN

The formal application to the Navy to deactivate the Wisconsin and turn it over for
museum operations to the City was submitted today. Upon review of the application, if
accepted, the Navy would then enter into formal negotiations with the City to construct a
contract related to the transfer. The City has asked several things from the Navy as a
condition of transfer. They include: dehumidification requirements, cathodic protection
rectifiers, and decking corrosion repairs. The application makes the battleship the property
of the City of Norfolk. It is the eventual goal to spin off the daily operation of the
Wisconsin and Nauticus to the new Board of Directors as a private museum similar to the
arrangement the City has with the Chrysler Museum and Botanical Gardens.
With the official transfer of the Wisconsin to the City, the plan is to increase the overall
entrance fee to Nauticus as a way to provide funding to cover operating expenses.
However, Nauticus and the Wisconsin will still require both an annual City operating
subsidy and capital improvement funds to be operational. City projections indicate that the
Wisconsin will require approximately $1.9 million in operating costs for the first year
alone. The estimate for capital refurbishment of the ship is $6.2 million over three years.
These proposed costs will be incorporated into the proposed FY2008 budget subject to
future discussion with City Council.

LARCHMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNOUNCES 2007 SPRING
CARNIVAL

Norfolk, VA – The Larchmont Elementary School Parent Teacher Association is pleased
to announce the Larchmont Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 28, 10am-3pm. The
carnival will take place on the school grounds at the corner of Bolling Avenue and
Hampton Boulevard in the Larchmont section of Norfolk, near Old Dominion University.

The carnival is open to the public with no general admission fee. Come and enjoy
refreshments such as pizza, hot dogs, sodas, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. You
can also enjoy special attractions such as a Norfolk Fire Department’s Ladder Truck, E. T.
Gresham’s Giant Crane, the Norfolk Sheriff’s “Safety Print” booth, karaoke, and a clown.

The kids will enjoy the pony rides, moonwalk, bungee run, obstacle coarse, dunking tank,
hair and face painting, temporary tattoos, sandy candy, confetti eggs, spin art, cake walk,
and arcade games. The children will also enjoy shopping for second hand books and toys,
and one lucky raffle winner will take home a brand new bike.
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The adults are sure to come home with some special treats from our annual spring plant
sale, our famous gift basket silent auction, and our raffle, which features some great items
and gift certificates donated by local businesses.

Funds raised at the carnival will be used to enhance the academic opportunities for the
entire Larchmont Elementary student body by helping to pay for computers and software,
various education programs, books and other materials and field trips.

Digital photos from previous carnivals are easily available upon request.

CITY CONTINUING EFFORTS TO ACQUIRE BLIGHTED
PROPERTIES

The administration, based on City Council direction, is continuing efforts to acquire
certain blighted properties. Earlier this year, Council approved the purchase of two small
apartment complexes located at 525 and 529 W. 29th Street in Park Place for inclusion into
the City’s park system. Council also recently voted to acquire property on Hampton
Boulevard operating as a tire store. Other properties have been discussed by Council and
City staff is currently under negotiations with the owners.

ILLEGAL SIGN REMOVAL TRAINING CLASSES RESUME

       In an effort to keep Norfolk’s right-of-way clean, the Department of Public Works
will resume training citizens to remove illegal signs in the city. The next training will be
held Tuesday, April 10, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Ernie Morgan Environmental
Action Center, which is located at 3500-A Granby Street in Norfolk.
       The training is open to all Norfolk residents and will serve as a means to educate
citizens on what is the right-of-way, what signs should be removed, how to remove the
signs, and where to take signs after removal. At the end of the training program, residents
will receive a wallet size “illegal sign removal certification” card.
       Residents may reserve their space by contacting the Department of Public Works at
664-4600 or by sending an email to pworks@norfolk.gov. The following are the dates and
times of the other classes that are scheduled:

May 23               9:30 a.m. – 10:30a.m.
June 19              2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center, adjacent to
Lafayette Park.

ADMIRALS ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR AFFILIATION WITH TAMPA BAY
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 12

        Norfolk Admirals President Ken Young announced that the Admirals have entered
into a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National
Hockey League. The Admirals will serve as the Lightning's primary minor league affiliate
starting with the 2007-08 season. Young, Admirals Vice President Mark Bernard,
Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster and Lightning
Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle made the announcement at a 2 p.m. news
conference today at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
        The Lightning organization will provide the Admirals with the full roster of players,
and current Springfield Falcons head coach Steve Stirling and assistant coach Darren
Rumble remain under contract to the Lightning organization and will take over the
coaching duties in Norfolk next season.
        "I could not be happier to have the Admirals affiliated with the Tampa Bay
Lightning," said Young. "We are thrilled to be able to partner with such a successful and
first-class organization for the next several years. Personally, I have watched the Lightning
from their inception and through winning the Stanley Cup. I am confident that our fans in
Hampton Roads will continue to see winning hockey at the highest level."
        "We are very excited by the opportunity to partner

NORFOLK MAYOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR
HOMELESS INITIATIVE

       Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim received the “A Home for Every American” award for
his city-sponsored campaign to end homelessness within 10 years.
 Fraim is the only Mayor in the country to be recognized by the U.S. Interagency Council
on Homelessness. The prestigious award was presented during the Annual National
Summit on Innovation for Jurisdictional Leaders: The Pursuit of Solutions held in
Washington, D.C. March 7 – 8.
       Fraim was one of the first Mayors in the country to accept a national challenge to
end homelessness by the end of the decade.
A survey last week concluded that Norfolk’s homeless population has decreased by 110
people compared to February, 2006. City officials say the 17 percent decline in the number
of homeless men and women is a clear indication that the Mayor’s plan is working.
       Phillip Mangano, the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council, said Fraim
has extended his political will on behalf of homeless people not only in Norfolk, but
throughout the Hampton Roads region.
       “Under Mayor Fraim’s leadership, Norfolk has become a model for other cities
across the country”, Mangano said.

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT A SUCCESS
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On behalf of Mayor Paul Fraim, the Norfolk City Council, and the United Way of South
Hampton Roads, thanks for making Project Homeless Connect February 2007 a
tremendous success!
Here are the basics on how we did:
   - 560 clients served
   - 600+ volunteers
   - 50+ organizations
   - 290 people received medical care and screenings
   - 120 people registered with employment services
   - 42 IDs distributed
   - 37 people approved for permanent housing
   - 143 people were screened for benefits, 50 approved for Food Stamps, and 5
      approved for Medicaid, pending verifications.
   - 93 people received haircuts.

The clients responded very favorably to our exit survey once again with 74% indicating
they received what they wanted from the event.

ATHLETES FOR KIDS: A PARTNERSHIP, NATIONAL FOOTBALL
PLAYERS FATHERS ASSOCIATION AND VIRGINIA BALLET
THEATRE

       In March, the Virginia Ballet Theatre joined with the National Football Players
Fathers Association in a partnership called Athletes for Kids. The combined mission of
Athletes for Kids is to positively enhance the Mind, Body, and Spirit of children through
the Arts and Discipline of Dance and Athletics. Samuel McNabb, father of Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and President of NFPFA, is pleased to lend the
assistance of the organization and coordinate appearances of National Football League
players at week long events organized by Virginia Ballet Theatre that will target education
and hands on participation of inner city and at risk children.
       Campostella Elementary School in Norfolk, VA will be the host school for this
program. Sarah Perry is the principal at Campostella Elementary. The residency will
include class instruction and choreography for presentation when the players arrive.
Athletes for Kids staff teachers will be Duncan Cooper (Dance Theater of Harlem) and
Lydia Coco (Alvin Ailey Dance Company). Special invited guest will be Washington
Redskins’ Wide Receiver, Antwaan Randle El. In addition, Hampton Roads area pro
football players will be in attendance.

CURBSIDE RECYCLING PARTICIPATION HITS NEW HIGH
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 14

       The Southeastern Public Service Authority and Keep Norfolk Beautiful reported a
record set out rate for the City’s curbside recycling program. The recycling rate for the
month of January was 57%, which is the highest citywide set out rate since the “Big Easy”
program began in April of 2004.
       The curbside program is diverting at least 1,000 tons of waste every month and
reduces our expenditures on tipping fees to $57,000 per month or $684,000 per year.
Continuing efforts to educate residents on their opportunities to recycle remain a high
priority for Public Works and SPSA staff. It is estimated that residents’ participation rates
will increase further through if they are given more information and reminders.
       As part of the incentive to maintain our partnership with civic leagues, cash awards
will be presented to those civic leagues that have increased their neighborhoods level of
participation or maintained an above average set out rate over the past year.

GOVERNOR’S PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE

        The City has been very involved in enhancing early childhood programs. As part of
these efforts, the City has participated in the regional “Smart Beginnings” effort. The
Governor has early childhood as a state-wide priority.
        Earlier last year, Governor Kaine established a working group on this issue. The
goal of the working group was to coordinate executive branch efforts on early childhood
programs and strengthen public and private programs. Chaired by the Secretary of
Education, the working group brought together high-level staff from cabinet offices and
state agencies in the areas of Education, Health and Human Resources, Economic
Development, Finance and Policy. In keeping with the work on the Early Childhood
Initiatives, the Governor introduced several amendments to the biennial budget to establish
a new preschool program. The General Assembly rejected this proposal, but instead
approved an alternative approach.
        The approved amended budget shifts $2.6 million from the Governor’s proposed at-
risk add-on program in FY 08 and redirects the funding to school divisions electing to
participate in a pilot evaluation initiative for early childhood education. The $2.6 million is
to be allocated to eligible school divisions that have existing partnerships with private or
non-profit providers and that elect to participate in a pilot program for at-risk preschool
students not presently served. The appropriation committees believe that a commitment to
funding at-risk programs should be fulfilled first before providing funding to all four-year
olds and that they should further study and measure successful partnerships between the
public and private sector.
        In a related but separate amendment, the State budget adds a one-time allocation of
$300,000 in FY 08 for Norfolk Public Schools’ “Winning Options in Responding to
Discipline” (WORD). Project WORD is an alternative education program that focuses on
improvements in student learning for older students. Additionally, the State budget adds
$4.1 million for expansion of the Early Reading Intervention program to include 100
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 15

percent of the eligible children in grades 1 and 2. Currently, the state provides 50 percent
of the funding for students participating in these programs.

CITY SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAM TO REDUCE
INFANT MORTALITY

       Norfolk is one of ten communities selected in Virginia to participate in an initiative
with one time awards up to $100,000 to reduce infant mortality. Each community in an
effort to reduce infant mortality state-wide is preparing a Request for Results proposal
which will outline the strategies that it believes will most effectively reduce the number of
deaths within the first year of life based on the contributing causes.
       The state reported in calendar year 2005 that there were 77 infant deaths. Norfolk
reported 46 of those deaths occurring in the first year of life.
       This will be a very active initiative which will include the development of
collaborative partners from throughout the community. Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and
Portsmouth are also participating communities, and some strategies, such as public
awareness and information, may be regional in scope. The Norfolk Department of Public
Health has the lead on this effort.

CITY FOCUSING ON FIRE PREVENTION OF OLDER
APARTMENTS

       Fire-Rescue, Neighborhood Preservation along with the Building Division of the
Department of Planning and Community Development are reviewing major fires that have
occurred in the past year involving older apartment buildings. Although the cause of each
of these fires was different, fire behavior and fire/smoke travel was common through open
void spaces, stairwells, etc.
       The review of these fires has lead staff to focus on apartment buildings in older
areas of the City such as Ghent and Park Place. Although some of these buildings are
being renovated and updated, many will continue to be operated just as they were
constructed in the early 1900’s. Our review is designed to proactively identify methods to
prevent future fires such as these, which can cause
significant loss of property and lives.
       Staff is reviewing the real estate assessment
data base on apartments and is working to determine
if we can narrow the list of several thousand
properties down to those that were built prior to the
1940’s. These buildings do not fall into a use group
classification or hazard type that prompt regular
inspections by the Fire Marshal’s Office. The goal is
to identify properties at risk by developing a comprehensive program that implements
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 16

potential code changes, provides physical inspections of properties and/or provides
enhanced public education on fire and life safety, or perhaps some code changes that could
be worked in over the next few years.

WALK OF FAME TO WELCOME CHESAPEAKE’S SINGING
COWBOYS

       The Phelps Brothers, Norman, Willie and Earl, began their legendary singing career
as teenagers in their South Norfolk neighborhood. Norman, the oldest, played bass and
guitar and sang bass. Willie, two years younger, played guitar, drums, washboard and sang
baritone. Earl, the youngest, played the fiddle, mandolin and sang tenor.
       Blessed with beautiful voices and a natural “blood harmony”, the brothers traveled
to New York in 1936. The boys, strumming and singing “The Texas Washboard Rag”,
won first place on Fred Allen’s popular radio talent program and a $12.00 check for their
winning performance. While in New York, the brothers signed a recording contract with
Decca Records and they appeared on the radio program “Barn Dance”.
       The next stop for the Phelps Brothers was Hollywood where they appeared as
singing cowboys in a series of films for Paramount Pictures and RKO.
       By 1940, the brothers had become homesick and they returned home to South
Norfolk and their families. Following service during World War II, the boys purchased an
old country club in Norfolk and dubbed it Fernwood Farms. For 25 years, the brothers
performed two nights a week at which boasted the largest dance floor on the East Coast.
       The Phelps Brothers were also prolific song writers as well as entertainers. Norman
wrote “Back in the Saddle Again” but failed to claim ownership of the song. “Back in the
Saddle Again” became one of Gene Autrey’s biggest hits.
       The Phelps Brothers will be inducted into the City of Norfolk’s “Legends of Music
Walk of Fame” posthumously on April 18, at 3 p.m. A bronze medallion with their names
inscribed on it will be installed on Granby Street in front of the Roper Theater for the
Performing Arts. They will be represented by Willie’s daughter, Bonnie, and her husband,
Ed.
       The other inductees include: Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street
Band; General Norman of the legendary Showmen and Chairman of the Board; Pat Curtis,
Norfolk’s own “Piano Man” and JoAnn Falletta, the Music Director of the Virginia
Symphony Orchestra. The inductees, including Bonnie and Ed Beard, will perform at a
free concert at the Roper Theater on Granby Street on April 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are available at the Virginia Arts Festival box office at MacArthur Center on a first-
come, first-served basis.
       The “Legends of Music Walk of Fame” was established by City Council in 2002 to
honor the rich musical heritage of Hampton Roads and Virginia. Previous inductees
include Bruce Hornsby, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey and Gary “US” Bonds.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 17

NORFOLK’S WEST POINT CEMETERY DESIGNATED AS
NATIONAL HISTORIC PLACE

       The State Review Board and the Virginia Historic Resources Board approved the
inclusion of West Point Cemetery in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National
Register of Historic Places during their joint meeting in Richmond on March 7. West
Point Cemetery is a 133 year old cemetery with African American grave sites in downtown
Norfolk next to Elmwood Cemetery. The cemetery includes Potters Field, Civil War
graves, Civil War Union Soldier monument, and O’Rourke Mausoleum.
       Norfolk’s first African-American city councilman, James Fuller, arranged for a
portion of West Point to be reserved for the burial of Black Union soldiers. Fuller played
an integral part in raising funds to erect the monument and statue at West Point that pays
tribute to the fallen Black Union soldiers. Another Norfolk native, James Carney, is the
figure that sits atop the statue. He was one of the first eighteen African-Americans to be
awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The City of Norfolk’s Bureau of Cemeteries
maintains this historical African-American burial site for future generations

RESIDENT LOADING/UNLOADING ZONE PASSES ARE NOW
AVAILABLE TO DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THE
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
Residents may obtain these passes at the Customer Service Center, 222 E. Main Street.
The placards, which are numbered, include the license plate number and expiration date of
the user. These passes will be especially useful for residents who need to unload groceries,
luggage, etc. closer to their residence. Restrictions, that are included on the back of the
placard, include:
          For use in Loading Zones Only
          Residents may use placard when actively loading/unloading
          Placard does not entitle resident to park in a Loading Zone
          Resident must adhere to the time limit governing the Loading Zone, i.e. 15 min.,
          30 minutes
          Vehicle flashers must be activated while loading/unloading
          Violators are subject to being ticketed and/or towed
          $5 replacement fee for lost or stolen placards
New customers will have to bring proof of residency (lease or deed) & vehicle registration
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 18

FIRST RABID RACCOON FOUND IN NORFOLK THIS YEAR

      The first raccoon to test positive for rabies in Norfolk this year was recovered in the
3400 block of Budd Court, the Azalea Acres neighborhood of the city. Two domestic dogs
have been exposed to the raccoon and the dogs are now under quarantine. There have been
two potential human exposures to the raccoon and recommendations for intervention have
been made.
      Because rabies is present in wildlife, stray or domestic animals may come in contact
with rabid animals even in an urban environment. All animal bites and scratches need to be
reported by calling the Environmental Health Division of the Norfolk Department of
Public Health at 683-2712 or Animal Control at 664-7387.

The following precautions are recommended to reduce opportunities for rabies
exposure:
      Be sure dogs and cats are up-to-date on vaccinations.
      Keep pets confined to home and yard.
      Keep yards free of food that could attract wild animals.
      Do not handle or touch stray or wild animals.
      Warn adults and children to report any animal bites or scratches.
      Report stray or unvaccinated animals to Animal Control at 664-7387.
      Report all animal or human exposures to the Norfolk Department of Public Health at
      683-2712.

LOOK OUT BLACKBEARD! A NEW CREW OF PIRATES IS TAKING OVER

Norfolk Botanical Garden provides two pirate weeks this summer to keep up with demand.

       The children of Hampton Roads have spoken; when they grow up, many of them
want to be pirates. The international craze sparked by popular pirate movies has not missed
this region, which itself has a fascinating pirate history. Pirate programs that Norfolk
Botanical Garden has had in the past have been so popular, that this year the staff added a
second pirate week program to their NatureKids summer camp lineup, just to give more
local children the opportunity to participate.
       “Pirate week has always been our most popular week of camp” says Jennifer
Buskirk, Scout/Summer Camp Coordinator at the Garden. “The children really like
donning their pirate costumes and using their treasure maps to find hidden treasure.”
       While children have enjoyed the pirate program in the past, this year promises to be
even more exciting because it, as well as all of the Garden’s
other summer camp programs, is going to be held at the
Garden’s new World of Wonders (WOW) children’s garden,
which opened last Labor Day.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 19

      Registration for pirate week and the other programs has already began, but for
parents who want to know more, the Garden is hosting a Summer Camp Open House on
Saturday March 24 from 12 pm to 3 pm at the WOW garden. Families are invited to meet
with Camp Staff and preview activities that fill each week of camp in the new location.
      For more information or to register for the Open House, parents can call 441-5838

VDOT TO POST NO MOORING SIGNS ON TUNNEL BRIDGES

        The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will post new signs on area
bridges as an added security measure in coming weeks. Beginning April 2, VDOT will
post "No Trespassing, Mooring to Bridge is Prohibited." signs on the Berkley Bridge
Tunnel and the Coleman Bridge to inform boaters of a state law which prohibits touching
bridge support structures.
        The new signs will assist marine law enforcement agencies in educating the public
and enforcing state code prohibiting boaters from coming into contact with these important
bridge supports. Boaters will still be able to traverse beneath these structures and may
anchor nearby, but physically touching bridge piers is prohibited. This includes tethering
watercraft to piers with ropes or allowing the current to hold boats against piers. If
nationwide security levels increase, the United States Coast Guard may enact further
restrictions to limit boater
access near these
facilities.
        This project is the
second in Hampton Roads
to install signs of this
nature. The first project,
completed in 2004,
included the Hampton
Roads Bridge Tunnel and
the Monitor Merrimac
Memorial Bridge Tunnel.
Other bridges in the area
may receive signs if there
is a demonstrated need.
        "We feel the safety
and security of this facility
is enhanced by this work," says Jessie Neal, Coleman Bridge and Hampton Roads Bridge
Tunnel Facility Manager.
Approximately 16 signs will be posted on these structures, but this law applies to any
bridge structure in Virginia. Work should be complete by April 16, depending on
weather. This work should not impede vehicular or maritime traffic as all work will be off
traveled ways.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 20

       Violation of the statute is a Class 1 misdemeanor, which could include up to one
year in jail and/or a $500.00 fine.
       For more information about this work or other VDOT projects, motorists can tune
into 610AM, dial 511 or visit www.VDOT.Virginia.gov. Motorists are also encouraged to
call VDOT's new Hampton Roads TrafficLine at 757-361-3016 for the Highway Advisory
Radio transmission from 610 AM and to access bridge and tunnel information.




CITY UPDATES
CITY COUNCIL

Meeting Schedule
First Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. Business meeting, formal docket. Public can address Council on
new business provided they have followed the sign-up policy. *

Second Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. Business meeting, formal docket. Public can address Council
on new business provided they have followed the sign-up policy.

Third Tuesday: 2:30 p.m. Business meeting, formal docket. Public can address Council
on new business provided they have followed the sign-up policy.

Fourth Tuesday: 7:00 p.m. Business meeting, formal docket. To the extent possible,
public hearings and planning-related items will be scheduled during these sessions. *
* Tape-delayed airing on TV48 and www.norfolk.gov

RECENT ACTIONS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING. (FOR A FULL COPY OF
MINUTES CHECK IN WWW.NORFOLK.GOV CITY COUNCIL, OR WITH THE
CLERK’S OFFICE)

       Authorized purchase of property located at 2601 Hampton Boulevard. The agreed
       upon purchase price is $200,000. The property was formerly a White Tower diner
       which has since been converted to several different uses. The property is currently
       occupied by a Tire Store. City ownership of this property will provide flexibility to
       the City in the future design of improvements along the Hampton Boulevard
       corridor.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 21


       Entered into a service agreement for the provision of police, fire and rescue services
       for property located in the City of Norfolk owned by the United States Navy that is
       managed by Homeport Hampton Roads, LLC. Homeport Hampton Roads, LLC,
       under the proposed agreement, will pay the City for services (police, fire, rescue
       services) at an annual rate of $1.27 per $100 of the Property’s (to be built adjacent to
       the Navy base) assessed value. The estimated total fee for services in the first year
       (estimated to be 2009) will be $1,117,743.
              A review is being conducted with the departments of Police and Fire-Rescue
              to assess the service impact and any need for additional resources. In the
              event it is determined additional staff or equipment is required, it will be
              incorporated into the FY 2008, with this as a general source of funding.

       Authorized acquisition by negotiation or condemnation of 5209 Bluestone Avenue
       for use as a Public Park. The City has identified this property for incorporation into
       the City’s park system. Incorporation of this property into the park system for the
       public good makes this acquisition necessary and unfortunately condemnation may
       be unavoidable. The full appraised value of property is $883,000.

       Approved the terms of the Cooperation Agreement between the City and the
       Economic Development Authority (EDA) to induce a high-rise, mixed-use
       development on the property located at 515 Granby Street. The proposed
       development on the site, Granby Tower, is a $181 million high rise, mixed-use,
       primarily residential condominium development consisting of 302 residential units,
       approximately 14,400 SF of retail space, approximately 15,000 SF of office space,
       and a 524-space garage.
          o The terms of the Cooperation Agreement provide that the City, at its sole
             discretion, will either provide $22 million to the EDA, or will make grants
             from time to time sufficient to allow the EDA to pay the debt service and all
             related financing costs on limited obligation revenue bonds it will issue to
             provide the developer the $22 million grant.
          o The grant will only be paid to the developer at the completion of the project.
             In this instance, “completion” is defined as both 1) issuance of temporary
             occupancy permits for not less than 10 percent of the units and 2) the building
             has been topped off and enclosed on all sides.
          o The developer may only use the grant funds to reduce the project’s bank
             and/or mezzanine construction financing. The Cooperation Agreement also
             provides that at the City’s direction, the EDA shall use any rebate proceeds,
             which it may receive from the developer pursuant to the Grant Agreement
             between the EDA and 515 Granby L.L.C. to:
                 1) redeem or defease any bonds which it may have issued;
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 22

                  2) fund the cost of the design and construction of Flatiron Park (a public
                     park); and/or
                  3) transfer the rebate proceeds to the City if the bonds are defeased.

              All funds to be disbursed to the developer through the EDA are subject to
              annual appropriation of the City.

       Approved a request by Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation to rezone
       property along the western side of Powhatan Avenue between 43rd street and 39th
       Street. The site is a vacant parcel that extends along the western side of Powhatan
       Avenue between 43rd street and 39th Street. A portion of the property is owned by
       the City of Norfolk and a portion is owned by Norfolk Southern. Old Dominion
       University intends to develop athletic facilities on the site including practice fields
       for the football team and a playing field for field hockey. The Norfolk Southern
       Coal Terminal is located to the southwest of the site. To the west of the site is a high
       school football stadium, a golf course and the sailing facilities for Old Dominion
       University.

       Approved a request to change the land use designation to create the Ocean View
       Residential (OVR) District and to rezone property located at 3401 East Ocean View
       Avenue from R-12 (Medium Density Multiple-Family) and FRPO (Bay Front
       Residential Parking Overlay District) to Conditional OVR (Ocean View Residential
       District). The change was requested by developers planning to build a five-story
       development containing 45 condominiums, nine townhouses and a parking garage
       with 98 spaces.

       Accepted a Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (GOSAP) Grant Award
       of $10,000 from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Criminal Justice
       Services and authorizing the acceptance and expenditure of $1,667 as matching funds
       from the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority for the Governor’s Youth
       Community Service & Civic Engagement Program-Prepare Until Success Happens
       Program,”

       Accepted the donation of LUF 60™ Fire Suppression Equipment from the Virginia
       Department of Transportation to the City of Norfolk for the Department of Fire and
       Rescue and approving the terms and conditions of an Agreement between the Virginia
       Department of Transportation and the City of Norfolk in regard to the donation and
       authorizing the execution and implementation of the Agreement. The LUF 60 is used
       in fighting fires in tunnels.

       Accepted $58,230 from the Virginia Department of Social Services for the Juvenile
       Accountability Block Grant Program, appropriating and authorizing the expenditure of
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 23

       $6,470 in local cash matching funds for the program for total program funding in the
       amount of $64,700.

       Approved a second amendment to the agreement for the development of a Hilton Hotel
       authorizing the expenditure of $46,280,000 heretofore appropriated and authorizing the
       sale of an additional $24,920,000 in bonds, appropriating and authorizing the
       expenditure of this additional $24,920,000 for the City’s Obligation under the
       development Agreement, further authorizing the City Manager to enter into a
       Cooperation Agreement with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
       relating to the development of this hotel, conference center and parking project and
       authorizing the City Manager to enter into such other Agreements and take such other
       actions as are necessary to implement the Agreement for the development of the Hilton
       Hotel Conference Center.

       Approved an application for rezoning to permit the reuse of an existing building for
       retail goods and services, art gallery and office activities. The property is located on
       the southeast corner of Omohundro Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. The site,
       which was previously used as a Laundromat, has been inactive for more than two
       years. As a result of the inactivity, the site could only be used under current zoning
       as a single-family residence.

       Approved a change of zoning to permit the subdivision of property located at 5921
       Benton Avenue and 462 Honacker Avenue for three single family homes. There are
       two older single family homes on the site. Those structures would be demolished.

CITY COUNCIL CEREMONIAL MATTERS

       President Fraim read and presented plaques to the following persons:

       1.     Jack Frost for outstanding service to the city as a member of the Community
              Service Board.

       2.     Dr. Arthur Kaplan for outstanding service to the city as a member and
              chairman of the Community Service Board.

COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD

EMERGENCY SERVICES—24 Hours a Day—7 Days a Week—664-7690
YOUTH SERVICES—Clinical Treatment Services for Youth—441-1180

FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTER-6419 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509,
www.norfolkcsb.org; (757) 441-1180
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 24


      Norfolk Community Services Board offers a “one-stop shop” for all youth and
families fortunate enough to live in Norfolk. More effective treatment and brighter futures
for Norfolk’s families result from easy access to the seamless continuum of care at FDC.
      Prevention and clinical youth services staff are located at this site and expanded
hours are offered to meet the needs of participants.

Participation in Program: Children and adolescents in need of an assessment in the areas
of substance abuse and mental health may be referred for assessment, along with their
parents or caregivers.

Types of Services Provided: Services include, but are not limited to, the following:

•      Individual and family assessments
•      Intakes for ongoing services
•      Adolescent psychiatric services to provide evaluations and medication management
•      Crisis counseling
•      Individual, family and group counseling
•      Case management to assist with the stabilization of families and to identify and link
       families to community resources and specialized services
•      Drug screens
•      Collaboration and consultation with other agencies as necessary

On-Site Staff

•      Licensed Clinicians
•      Family Therapist
•      Assessment Counselors
•      SED Case Managers
•      Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Workshops and Training: Additional workshops and educational training will be offered
in areas such as:

•      Parenting Skills
•      Conflict Management
•      Stress Management
•      Violence Prevention and Anger Management
•      Substance Abuse Education
•      Suicide Prevention
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 25

Call 441-1180 for a family Development Assessment.

NORFOLK ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

The “Big Easy” Even Easier in Norfolk
New Online Query Simplifies Recycling Questions for Residents

When is my recycling collected? What should go in the cart? What is not accepted for
recycling in Norfolk?

       These questions and more can be answered via a new online process utilizing the
City of Norfolk’s website, www.norfolk.gov.
       Residents who need up-to-date recycling information (including schedules about
collections) can simply visit the City’s website and click on the blue recycling cart. The
following information will appear: collection days, collection calendars, collection
regulations, and lists of acceptable/unacceptable items.
       Additionally, residents can enter their street address, and a list of exact dates for
collection specific to their household will appear. The simplified process has received
positive feedback from the city’s online users.

NORFOLK ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY – APRIL 21
Turn in your techno-trash! Back by popular demand! Keep Norfolk Beautiful (KNB) is
once again coordinating an Electronics Recycling Day - Saturday, April 21st. Norfolk
residents (only) can drop off their used electronics equipment between 8am and 4pm at the
WHRO parking lot (Hampton Blvd. & 49th Street) free of charge.
      A special thank-you item will be handed out (one per vehicle) while supplies last.
The event is for Norfolk residents only.
      In addition to the electronics drop-off, a section of the parking lot will be dedicated
to a Media Swap. Norfolk residents can bring media items (VHS/Beta tapes, DVDs, CDs,
video games, etc) to drop off or scour what’s been donated to take home. All remaining
items will either be donated or recycled.

A list of acceptable items is below:
Computers
Mice
Monitors
Cables
TV’s
Personal Digital
Assistants
Printers
Stereos
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 26

VCR’s
DVD players
Video equipment
Scanners
Radios
Flat panel displays
Video game players
Copy machines
Fax machines
Phones
Cell phones
Answering machines
Tape recorders
Reel to reel tape
players
Medical electronics
Surveillance
equipment
Toasters
Microwaves

Norfolk
Environmental Action Awards
Application for Nominees
Keep Norfolk Beautiful annually recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses, whose ongoing
efforts prevent litter, conserve or protect natural resources, improve community waste handling practices
and preserve or improve the beauty of natural and urban spaces in Norfolk during the past year.

Award Categories
Nonprofit organizations, schools/youth groups, businesses, and government entities are all eligible to
                      compete in the Awards Program providing that they completed at least one of the
                      following initiatives during the last year:
Clean Business Award –
   • Attractive storefront and landscape, utilizing native vegetation and xeriscape techniques
   • “Reduce, reuse and recycle” practices in waste management
   • Utilizes sustainability practices in managing delivery of service or manufacture/sales of product

Clean City Hero – An individual who steadfastly demonstrates consistent, persistent, efforts towards a
                      cleaner neighborhood, public space or business district. Types of efforts include,
                      but are not limited to, litter collection, leading cleanups, promoting a cleaner
                      community.
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 27

Norfolk Environmental Stewardship Awards–
   A. Excellence in Communication
          a. Conveys message of stewardship practices and principles
   B. Green Building Pioneer
   C. Rivers & Waterways Protection Award
          a. Litter prevention
          b. Wetlands enhancement/restoration
          c. Water conservation
          d. Storm water pollution prevention

The Ernie Morgan Award of Service – To be presented to an individual or organization that has made an
extraordinary contribution to promoting environmental improvement for Norfolk Citizens.

Know of an individual or group deserving recognition? To receive a nomination form,
call 441-1347 or email nec@norfolkbeautiful.org.
Application Format and Guidelines
1)     Please type or print clearly. Use font size 12. Application should not exceed 1500 words. Nomination may
       be written or typed directly on the attached form or on separate sheets of paper.

2)                      Individuals or groups may nominate themselves. One nominator may
                        submit as many nominations as desired.
3)     Entries must be based on activities conducted between June 30th, 2006 and June 1st, 2007.

4)     Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 25th, 2007. Please mail to:
       Keep Norfolk Beautiful / 3500-A Granby Street / Norfolk, VA 23504 or deliver it to the Ernie Morgan
       Center in Lafayette Park (same address).

5)     Photographs (limit 5); news clips and other documentation may be submitted and are encouraged. No
       videotapes permitted. Submitted materials will not be returned.

6)     Please submit 1 copy of the nomination. To conserve paper, double sided pages are preferred. No binders
       please. Send applications through the US postal service; do not fax.

Winning entries will be recognized at the Clean City Awards Picnic on Friday, June 22nd, 4pm
at the Ernie Morgan Center in Lafayette Park.
Questions? Call 441-1347
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 28




PLANNING AND CODES

Building Permit Trends



         Total New
         Residential
         Construction           Demolition   Net New
         Units                  Units        Units
2000     301                    836          -535
2001     403                    357          46
2002     561                    303          258
2003     584                    201          383
2004     770                    1006         -236
2005     1,273                  241          1032
2006     710                    310          400

Total 4,602                     3,254        1,348


PACE

Sector Reports:

1st Blue - Highlights

Officers Bullard and James reported on the Youth Police Citizen’s Academy that they
created and presented in partnership with the Southside Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Aimed at
youth aged 10 – 17, the course was divided into 30-minute segments, with two per day
once a week for 8 weeks. 25 – 30 youth attended each session, which served not only as
an educational tool, but a recruiting opportunity as well. They plan to repeat the course
either during spring break or the summer.

There was a great deal of interest in this effort. Captain Hanna hopes to offer the course in
public housing neighborhoods, and the Sheriff’s Dept. offered their support. Corp.
Rockefeller mentioned the CPAAAN jail tours that are offered monthly. Perhaps that
could be an interesting addition to the course. Officer Parker is interested in whether
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graduates of the appropriate age (16 – 21) could feed into the Explorer Post run by Crime
Prevention.

Other items of interest:
   • Focus on Trespassing Enforcement, with all businesses visited to encourage sending
      in the trespass letter and putting up signs.
   • Work with residential landlords in Berkley and Campostella. Are looking at getting
      all to join the Police and Property Owners group or starting a similar effort for
      Southside.
   • As a result of robberies at the Berkley Shopping Center, the police did a site survey
      and training for business owners.

1st Red – Highlights.
Target areas the last 6 months include:

   • Broad Creek – There has been an issue with juvenile tampering with mailboxes and
      vandalizing property. The Gang squad is assisting with some investigations.
   • Military Highway Corridor – Patrols have been increased to try to reduce the
      incidence of commercial burglaries.
   • Hollywood – Police have been working with other appropriate departments to
      reduce blighting conditions. PACE Officers have noted abandoned vehicles, trash
      and debris, blighted properties, vicious dogs, and drug houses.
   A target area for the next 6 months is Stoney Point.

1st Gold – Highlights

   • 24 buildings in Huntersville are slated for demolition, which will have a major
     impact on crime in that neighborhood.
   • There are now 5500 residents in downtown! The Downtown Civic League is
     growing rapidly and making its presence known.
   • The Freemason Street area also has a large residential population.
   • New buildings being constructed downtown will rapidly increase both the daytime
     and residential population in the next several months.

PROJECT UPDATES

Resurfacing Program Resumes in April. The Department of Public Works will resume
operations of its pavement management program beginning April 1. The City will
commence operations in the North Camellia section first, and that area will take about
three weeks to complete. Afterwards, resurfacing projects along Shore Drive, Azalea
Garden Road, Hampton Boulevard from the Lafayette River Bridge to Terminal
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Boulevard, 7th Bay Street, 9th Bay Street and 13th Bay Street will be completed. Finally,
several streets in Ghent will be resurfaced completing our FY-07 resurfacing program. For
a listing of specific streets that are scheduled to be resurfaced, please visit
www.norfolk.gov/publicworks and click on Street Resurfacing Plan.
        Once completed, the department will have resurfaced a total of 69.8 lane miles this
fiscal year.

PUBLIC WORKS

Spring Median Improvement Program Begins. Public Works’ Division of Streets and
Bridges, Environmental Storm Water Management, and the Department of Recreation and
Parks’ Division of Parks and Urban Forestry will begin the spring median maintenance
program on March 12th. Last spring, improvements were made to the un-curbed median
along Princess Anne Road from Ballentine Boulevard to Military Highway.
      This year’s program will provide median improvements along Chesapeake
Boulevard from Five Points to Lafayette Boulevard. The uncurbed median area between
Five Points to Wayne Circle will be edge clipped, regraded to improve drainage, fine
graded and re-seeded.
      The sections with high curbing will be graded to assist Recreation, Parks, and Open
Space maintain the median area by lowering the area inside the curb for easier mowing
operations. The maintenance work will take place Monday through Friday for
approximately three weeks.

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Teddy Bears Make Things More “Bearable.” That’s why the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office
started a Teddy Bear Patrol. In partnership with Clear Channel Radio and the Norfolk
Department of Human Services, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office collects brand new teddy
bears in all colors and sizes. Then, uniformed NSO deputies deliver the cuddly critters to
children in need. The children may have suffered from domestic problems, financial
hardships, serious health issues or other traumatic situations. The teddy bear comforts the
child immediately, showing care and understanding. It’s a little gesture that means a lot!
So, if you are in Norfolk, drop off a teddy bear and make a child’s day! Your help will
bring much needed smiles to deserving children in Norfolk.


IN THE COMMUNITY
EAT MORE OYSTERS, BUT SAVE THE SHELL!

      During this century, oysters have been the most harvested animal in the Chesapeake
Bay. Between heavy harvest, loss of reef habitat, pollution, and disease, they may be
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fading away. The Chesapeake’s oyster population today is thought to be one percent of
what it was just over a century ago. Many things need to happen: cleaner water, continued
restoration, and habitat replenishment.
       How can you help? Next time you eat oysters, save that shell to put oyster habitat
back into our local waters! So far this winter, CBF has worked with local partners to
collect over 337,000 oyster shells for Hampton Roads
restoration projects!

In Norfolk:

Restaurants where they will recycle your oyster shell (remind your server!): Tanner's
Creek Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar, 5103 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA.
(757) 423-2430
O'Sullivan's Wharf, 4300 Colley Ave. Norfolk, VA. (757) 423-3746
www.osullivanswharf.com

More restaurants wanted!

Citizen Drop-off Location: Individuals, as well as those hosting community events, may
drop off their shells at a CBF designated drop-off location. The Norfolk citizen drop-off
location is located at Old Dominion University, on the dining loading dock behind the
Webb Center (near the intersection of 49th Street and Elkhorn Avenue). Or contact CBF at
(757) 622-1964 and a volunteer may be able to pick them up! If you know of an oyster
roast or community event serving oysters or clams in the above two regions, CBF will try
to arrange pick up of the discarded shell.

Contact CBF's Hampton Roads office at (757) 622-1964,
email at hamptonroads@cbf.org, or visit
www.cbf.org/shellrecycling.


THINGS TO SEE AND DO
ARTS COMMISSION

  Arts Within Reach April 2007 Performances
Norfolk, VA—The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces April 2007 performances in its
free, open to the public, Arts Within Reach series. From Berkley to Ocean View, from Park Place to Five Points, the
Norfolk Arts Commission presents and supports free programs that bring great art to Norfolk communities. Now in
its eleventh season, Arts Within Reach features free performances, workshops, and demonstrations in
neighborhoods throughout the City. Get to know local artists while you enjoy their talent and creativity in a relaxed
atmosphere. For more information, visit www.norfolkarts.net.
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April

26 (Thurs.) 11:30 am – Opera Discovery with Virginia Opera Education and Outreach director Glenn
Winters. Glenn Winters relates, through song and anecdote, what goes on in front of and behind the curtain at the
opera. He shares his love for opera in this high-energy presentation, which also includes explorations into Virginia
Opera’s season productions and basic opera appreciation. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 900 Middlesex Street. 664-
4321

27 (Fri.) 6 pm – The Kate Brown and Larry B Group. Jazz guitarist Larry Berwald and drummer Steve Meadows
create a sophisticated and subtle musical backdrop for chanteuse Kate Brown, who delivers beautiful jazz classics
and popular music from the 30’s and beyond in powerful, dramatic style. Her voice and presence captivate
audiences large and small; Larry B’s jazz stylings are tasteful, smooth and beguiling. This performance is free and
open to the public, and is in conjunction with the d’ART Center’s Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition Awards Reception.
d’ART Center at The Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main Street. 664-4321.

28 (Sat.) 1 to 4 pm –The Park Place Child Life Center Arts Festival celebrates spring with a visual and
performing arts festival that includes the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, Caribbean Vibe Trio and performances by
Park Place Child Life Center youth, working with Academy of Music teachers. Visual arts and crafts include hands-
on projects, and a youth art exhibit, presented with support and instruction by d’ART Center artists,. On the
grounds of James Monroe Elementary School and Park Place Baptist Church, 430 W. 31st Street. 664-4321

Arts Within Reach, produced by the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is a series of free
performances showcasing Norfolk performing arts organizations and artists. The series introduces audiences to the
arts in an informal atmosphere that encourages interaction between performer and audience. All Arts Within Reach
performances are free and open to the public.
More information can be found at www.norfolkarts.net; inquiries can be made at 664-4321.

Additional free performances and programs in Norfolk for the month of April include:

1 – 3 pm Saturdays. d’ART Demos. d’ART Center presents local artists in weekly interactive arts demonstrations
and workshops. Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main Street. 625-4211 or visit www.d-artcenter.org

12:30 – 2 pm Wednesdays. Brown Bag Concert Series at the Selden Arcade. April 04 - Steve Ambrose; April
11 - Sid Sward ; April 18 - The Bayview Boys; April 25 - The Doo-Dah Wildcats. Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main
Street. 664-6880 or visit www.theselden.com.

BOTANICAL GARDEN PROGRAM SCHEDULE
APRIL 2007

WOW SUPER SATURDAY
10AM-2PM
On the first Saturday of every month, NBG is holding special events geared towards good,
clean family fun. These events are not only a great way to get out of the house and spend
some quality together, but they’re also absolutely FREE, after Garden admission. So come
on out and join in the fun.

FREE LECTURE AND HUNTER SAVAGE COLONIAL HERB GARDEN DEDICATION
Saturday • April 14 •10:30AM
DESIGNING COLONIAL ERA GARDENS
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Gertrude Jekyll, the English garden designer, wrote that “good design is essential to a
garden; without it, you have a collection of plants but not a garden.” In this slide illustrated
presentation, Gordon Chappell will discuss the basics of good design, accessories for the
garden, and cottage and herb gardens with the focus of ‘What makes a garden beautiful.”
A dedication ceremony of the Hunter Savage Colonial Herb Garden will follow the lecture.

WOODLAND WONDERS WALK
Tuesday • April 17 • 9:30-11AM
Leave your left brain at home… and join Ed Bradley NBG Gardener on a quiet walk and
followed by a reflective group discussion in the Enchanted Forest. Copies of the book With
Beauty Before Me: An Inspirational Guide for Nature Walks by Joseph Bharat Cornell are
included in the class price.
Cost: $16 per program ($10 per program for NBG Members)
Class min: 10 / max: 20

SCIENCE IN A ROOM WITHOUT WALLS
Attention all homeschoolers! Norfolk Botanical Garden would like to invite you to come
explore our 155 acre outdoor classroom. These exciting educational fieldtrips offer
homeschoolers a chance to get together with other kids and take part in hands-on
programming led by our experienced Garden Teachers. Science journals will be provided
for all participating children and are included in the cost of the program.
Cost: $10 per child (no additional fee for parents)
         $6 per child for NBG Members
 (Please note: Pre-registration is required)

CURATORS CORNER
Learn more about plants and gardening from our experts. Join our professional
horticultural staff as they share their knowledge and experience to inspire new ideas for
your own garden.

BILLIONS OF BLOOMS
Wednesday • April 25 • 9:30-11AM
Marcus Jones, Curator of Woody Plants
Come have a personal tour of the Garden at its spring floral peak. Explore the vast display
of azaleas and other spring flowering shrubs. Learn proper pruning and care tips for
flowering shrubs to bring out your best blooms.

World of Wonder Events

May 5 Red, White and Blue
Make mom an early Mother’s Day present and celebrate the year of America’s 400th
birthday at the same time. Join us in WOW and bring an old 2-liter bottle that we’ll help
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your family recycle into a replica of one of the three famous Jamestown ships. Once
complete, we’ll plant our new ships with red, white and blue flowers to show our patriotic
colors.

“In the Garden”
Beginning in April
Attention all stroller-moms (and dads). Looking for something fun and interactive to do
with your kids during the week? Look no further than World of Wonders: A Children’s
Adventure Garden. Bring your little ones out and help nurture their interest in a variety of
subjects.

MONDAY: ART IN THE GARDEN*
Norfolk Botanical Garden has teamed up with Abrakadoodle®, the nation's leader in
creative art education, to combine the finest, most comprehensive art program with
Hampton Roads’ most beautiful outdoor setting. Parents are
encouraged to enjoy some quiet time in the Garden while
their little ones create their masterpieces.
(* pre-registration required)
Class min: 4 / max: 8
Time: Mini Doodlers (ages 3-5 yrs): 10:15-11AM
       Twoosy Doodlers (ages: 20-36 months): 11:15- 11:45AM
Cost: $15 per class ($12 per class for NBG Members)
Class fee includes all materials and supplies, plus Framadoodles® for most works of art.

TUESDAY: MUSIC IN THE GARDEN
10:15AM-11AM
Free with Garden Admission
TUNES FOR TOTS
Can you shake? Can you swing? Can you sing or ring-a-ling? All tots can do just that! So
bring your little shakers, rockers and rollers and join us in WOW for a fun-filled time
featuring rhythms from around the world. It’s the perfect way for the budding musician in
your household to express themselves.

WEDNESDAY: ACTING IN THE GARDEN
10:15AM – 11AM
Free with Garden Admission
WOW WEDNESDAYS Back by popular demand!
Join Ms. Lucie Goose (great, great, great…grand-daughter of the original Mother Goose),
for story time in WOW every Wednesday morning. After a quick drama lesson, sit back
and listen to the nursery tale classic of the week. Then help your little actors get into
character, and enjoy as they act out their parts on stage.
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THURSDAY: MORE ART IN THE GARDEN*
In case Monday mornings don’t fit into your schedule, we’re offering this second round of
Abrakadoodle® classes in the afternoon on Thursdays. In an effort to make it even more
convenient for you - Thursday classes will be held in the Education wing of Baker Hall
Visitor Center.
(* pre-registration required)
Class min: 4/ max: 8
Time: Mini Doodlers (ages 3-5 yrs): 3:30-4:15PM
Cost: $15 per class ($12 per class for NBG Members)
Time: Doodlers (ages 6-12 yrs): 4:30-5:30PM
Cost: $18 per class ($15 per class for NBG Members)
Class fee includes all materials and supplies, plus Framadoodles® for most works of art.

Family Overnights: Bring the entire family for our popular Family Campouts! We’ll
provide all of the food, just bring your tents and be ready for adventure! From campfire
songs to exploring the Enchanted Forest at night everyone will enjoy this entirely different
way to experience the Garden.

Garden Stars
Saturdays, 7 - 9 pm
April 28 - How Big? The Scale of the Universe
May 26 - Space Exploration
Come out for an evening under the stars and join the Back Bay Amateur Astronomers as
they take us along a tour of the solar system. Learn about the history of astronomy and the
discoveries being made by amateur astronomers that are helping to shape our
understanding of the universe today. After a short lecture, step outside and peer through
various high-powered telescopes to get up close and personal with a few of our celestial
neighbors.
Cost: $10 per parent and one child, additional children $2 each.
(please note: this program may not be appropriate for children under 5)

Family Specialties
NEW for 2007

JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER TRAINING PROGRAM
Thursdays • 3:30-5PM (6-week session)
April 19 – May 24
The JMG program is a new and innovative 4-H youth gardening project. It is modeled
after the highly successful Master Gardener program and offers horticultural and
environmental science education, leadership and life skills development through fun and
creative activities. The program is committed to helping young people become good
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gardeners and good citizens so they can make a positive contribution to their community,
school and family.
This spring Norfolk Botanical Garden will be holding a 6-week after-school JMG program
for 3rd through 5th graders. Each week, students will work together and individually with
the help of trained instructors to complete the necessary requirements to become certified
Junior Master Gardeners. Fee includes JMG youth handbook and materials. This is the first
time this program has been offered in Hampton Roads.
Cost: $35 per child ($25 per child for NBG members)
Class min: 10/ max: 20

CURATOR’S CORNER
Learn more about plants and gardening from our experts. Join our professional
horticultural staff as they share their knowledge and experience to inspire new ideas for
your own garden.

Have A Plant Problem Or Identification Inquiry?
THE DOCTOR IS IN!
Norfolk Master Gardeners are available the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11AM-3PM
in the Fred Heutte Horticultural Library.
Library hours:
Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Let us come to you…
TRAVELING GARDENER PROGRAM
Our program therapist will come to your facility and provide a delightful hour of nature
activities designed to calm the mind and relax the spirit. Seasonal programs include
Backyard Bouquets, Nature Print Note Cards, Orange Pomanders, Bird Feeders,
Windowsill Herb Gardens, Paint-a-Pot and More!
Cost: $100 / One-hour activity and all supplies for up to 12 residents.
Schedule today by calling 441-5830 ext. 374

Come to the Garden…
THE BOTANICAL EXPERIENCE
The Norfolk Botanical Garden offers the most beautiful seasonal displays of plants in
Hampton Roads. We would love to host your group on a special tram tour and gardening
program.
Cost: $9.00 per person / includes the tram and the take home nature craft.
Take your residents out for a fun filled day at the Garden!
To schedule call 441-5830 ext. 318 and ask for THE BOTANICAL EXPERIENCE
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WOW SUPER SATURDAYS
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, NBG is holding special events geared toward good,
clean family fun. These events are not only a great way to get out of the house and spend
some quality together, but they’re also absolutely FREE, after Garden admission. So come
on out and join in the fun.

To view the program guide electronically, please visit our Web site at
www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART

SENIORS ART FORUM

The Seniors Art Forum is a senior citizens group that meets at 2 p.m. on the first Saturday
of every month for a tour, discussion, and light refreshments. No reservations are
necessary for individuals, but please call (757) 333-6268 for group reservations. Cost:
included with Museum admission.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

Old Master Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Saunders, III
Kaufaman Furniture Gallery
Ongoing

From Goya to Sorolla: Masterpieces from the Hispanic Society of America
Now-June 11, 2007

From Goya to Sorolla features nearly 70 works of art by 19th- and 20th- century Spanish
masters borrowed from the acclaimed collection of the Hispanic Society of America in
Manhattan. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Society’s founding, it includes an
array of remarkable Spanish works of art, beginning with two portraits by Francisco Goya,
working its way through all the great figurative and landscape painters of the 19th century
and culminating in a spectacular group of early 20th-century masterpieces by the great
Joaquin Sorolla.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ

What to do on a wintry Wednesday evening? Come in from the cold and enjoy the
Chrysler’s popular jazz series, The Art of Jazz. Featuring a stellar line-up of regional jazz
performers every Wednesday night from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Museum’s Huber Court,
this is the place to relax and mingle. Wine and refreshments are available for purchase, the
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entire Museum stays open until 9 p.m. and admission is pay-as-you-wish all day every
Wednesday.

Sponsored by Farm Fresh, The Fine Art of Wine—an informal tasting—takes place the
first Wednesday of each month during The Art of Jazz. Members receive a $1 discount on
each glass of wine and half off wine tasting.


The Chrysler Museum of Art Introduces a Calorie-Free Way to Indulge
--Feast Promises to Whet Appetites of Visitors Young and Old--

     Bring out the good china, set the table, and get ready to overindulge in a visual
smorgasbord that is certain to satisfy the most aesthetic appetite, minus the guilt.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, the Chrysler Museum of Art will reveal Feast, an
exhibition from the immeasurable collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in
Richmond that celebrates food as artistic inspiration and offers a fascinating cross-cultural
survey of comestible-inspired art through the centuries. The Chrysler has brought together
these delectable masterpieces for the first time, offering a veritable banquet that whets the
appetite and tantalizes the senses!

The exhibition will be available for public viewing through June 17, 2007.

Feast, which is one of a four-part series of exhibitions called “Look Here,” is sponsored by
Sun Trust and the Commonwealth of Virginia. This succession of exhibitions is also
supported by other sponsors including the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation, the Lettie Pate
Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment, the Fabergé Ball Endowment, the Fabergé
Society, and The Council of VMFA.

The Chrysler Museum of Art Remembers Jamestown
-- The Chrysler Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown and Kicks Off Norfolk’s Azalea Festival --

        There are many reasons to celebrate at the Chrysler Museum of Art this spring. This
year marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, and the Museum is
launching a special commemorative succession of exciting events and unique exhibitions
to highlight the significance of this historic milestone. In conjunction with Jamestown, the
Chrysler is kicking off Norfolk’s 2007 Azalea Festival when this year’s new Azalea Queen
is introduced to the public for the first time. To add even more excitement to this
celebration, the Chrysler Museum is also reopening its ever-popular Prints and Drawings
Gallery on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10 a.m.
        Each exhibition in the six-part series, including the Paul Storr Silver Gilt Breakfast
Service, The Norfolk Mace, Joseph Mallord William Turner’s The Junction of the Thames
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and Medway, Black Atlantic Project, Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the
New World, and British Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, beautifully unites age-
old traditions with new ideas from different cultures and generations, building upon
America’s solid foundation. This extraordinary Jamestown celebration also emphasizes the
country’s strong alliance with Great Britain, featuring newly-discovered art and classic
masterpieces from both sides of the Atlantic.
       Serving as a symbolic centerpiece for the event is the Rococo-style Norfolk Mace,
representing England’s influence on generations of American history. With its intricate
floral designs and polished emblems, all topped with England’s St. Edward’s Crown, the
Norfolk Mace is clearly a representation of power and tradition. Also currently on view is
the incomparable Silver Gilt Breakfast Service of Paul Storr, one of the leading
silversmiths in Regency London. Storr’s elegant breakfast service exudes modern style
while also maintaining the traditional touch, heavily influenced by ancient Greek and
Roman artists of his era. The Norfolk Mace and Silver Gilt Breakfast Service are currently
available for public viewing during the Museum’s normal hours of operation.

On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 the Chrysler is unveiling the highly anticipated Black
Atlantic Project, a transatlantic cultural exchange created by a group of underground hip-
hop artists from the U.S. and Great Britain. This exhibition, curated by renowned UK
producer Charlie Dark, initiates a chain of remixes and musical conversations that are
passed between artists across the Atlantic. These talented musicians use their voices and
beats to build the ultimate, entrancing melody which symbolizes the deeply rooted history
that is shared among black populations domestically and abroad. This exhibition will be on
view for a limited time.

On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, the celebration continues as the Chrysler Museum pays
tribute to English artists of the 18th- and 19th- centuries by exhibiting some of the most
sophisticated art work ever created with the opening of British Paintings from the National
Gallery of Art.

Jamestown 2007 Celebration at the Chrysler Museum of Art
Exhibition Schedule

Black Atlantic Project, Opens April 17−May 8, 2007
Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the New World, Opens April 18−August
12, 2007
British Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, Opens April 18−July 29, 2007

Exhibits:

Rosa Gema Doughty
Eco-Parapsychology: Investigating Paranormal Environmentalism on the Chesapeake Bay
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April 6-27

Artist and parapsychologist Rosa Gema Doughty presents Eco-Parapsychology: Investigating
Paranormal Environmentalism on the Chesapeake Bay at The Selden Gallery April 6th though
the 27th. This one-person show opens with an Artist’s Reception on April 6th from 5 PM until
7 PM and addresses regional eco-social issues. The artist will perform “Jamestown
Unsettlement” during the opening reception at 6:30 PM.

More info about the artist is available at http://www.rainfulart.20m.com.

Opening Reception: April 6, 5 PM-7 PM
(“Jamestown Unsettlement” performed at 6:30 PM)
Artist Talk: April 13, 4 PM


Sister Cities Showcase of Young Artists
April 8-28

Norfolk Sister City Association hosts Norfolk’s own Global Art Contest! ‘Top 10’ 2006
winners from the Sister Cities International Annual Young Artist Showcase will have their
winning artwork exhibited while entries from Norfolk’s public and private schools will
compete for the honor of representing Norfolk at the 2007 Showcase. The Sister Cities
International Showcase of Young Artists exhibits original works of art by youth ages 13-18.


Special Events:

Norfolk Sister City presents:
Youth Concert featuring The King’s Lynn (UK) Cantabile with the Virginia Children’s
Chorus and Norfolk Collegiate Chorus.

Artists & Models: An Evening of Underground and Avant Garde Entertainment
Saturday, April 14
6 PM – 8 PM
Be prepared to wonder what hit you!
You won’t see any poofy hair or ball gowns at this event!

An event to include:
Delectable hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, entertaining visual arts, a fabulous fashion show and a
not so “girly” group drag performance.

Tickets are limited and a portion of the proceeds go to ACCESS – Dining Out for Life.
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$25 per person, $40 per couple and $150 for VIP table of 8. Tickets will be available
beginning Tuesday, March 20th at the Selden Gift shop, the Scope Box Office, and all
Ticketmaster outlets. Charge online at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 671-8100.

Presented by PortFolio Weekly.


Planet Earth Film Series:
Join us as we examine the state of Planet Earth and learn what you can do to help stop the
detrimental effects of global warming and other ecological problems. Panel discussions led by
the Elizabeth River Project and Dr. Laura K. Landolt, Asst. Professor, Department of
Political Science Coordinator at Virginia Wesleyan College will follow each movie.
Movies begin at 6:30 with a panel discussion immediately following.

       April 12th
       An Inconvenient Truth:
       From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit,
       AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at Al
       Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing
       the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

       April 19th
       Sacred Planet:
       Narrated by Robert Redford this large screen format film takes the viewer into
       regions of the earth that have been untouched and unchanged by human hands.
       Journeys to places such as New Zealand, Namibia, United States, Borneo and
       Thailand treat you to the magical sights and sounds of nature.

Doo Dah Parade and Awards Ceremony:
Friday, April 27th
1:30 PM
Norfolk’s most foolish tradition, the Occasional Downtown Doo Dah Parade will
commemorate its tenth occasion this year when it steps off from downtown Norfolk’s
Main Street at 12:30(ish) on Friday, April 27th. The coveted Fool’s Cup will be presented
by Joe Flanagan, the parade’s Vice Mayor of Madness, to the zaniest unit at the Awards
Ceremony immediately following.


Ongoing Programming:

Lunchtime Brown Bag Art Performances:
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Bring your lunch with you and take a break from the ordinary and join us for an extra-
ordinary lunchtime concert!

Wednesdays, 12:15 until 1:30
Celebrating a month of zaniness, this month’s Brown Bag Art performances give a sneak
preview of lunacy on tap for the arrival of the 10th Occasional Doo Dah Parade. Join us for a
bit of music mayhem as we feature the area’s most melodic madmen. Scheduled to appear
are:

       April 11 - Sid Sward
       April 18 - The Bayview Boys
       April 25 - The Doo-Dah Wildcats
Come enjoy the live music, visit the artists and galleries of The d’ART Center and see how art
is made as artists from d’ART present d’ART demos in the Arcade.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES!

        Having a birthday party, and need a
cool activity for your guests? Call d’ART
Center to arrange a private class for you
and your friends for your big day and
make your celebration an art occasion to
member! We will suggest both artist and
artistic activity that you can remember and enjoy all year. For children and adults. Call
625.4211 for scheduling and arrangements.

FREE Admission, OPEN Tuesday - Saturday 10-6:00PM & Sunday 1-5PM, Art
Demo's Saturday's 1-3:00PM. Contact 625-4211 or visit website www.d-artcenter.org.

Lots of great Art happenings in the d'ART Center this Spring!
Please include the d'ART Center in your calendars, editorial and personal plans.

d'ART EXHIBITIONS:

Now - April 15th ~ Pitch, Yaw and Roll - Not Necessarily Nautical Sculpture, Art
Exhibition. Come explore the cross-currents of contemporary sculpture in the region today.
Featuring artwork from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and beyond.FREE
exhibition in Decker Gallery, Gallery B and Gallery C.
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April 7 - April 14 ~ AIA Architecture Week Display. Enjoy a cross section of handsome
photography and drawings of the best work from Virginia based architects. FREE
exhibition in Gallery A.

April 17 - April 22 ~ Christina Carlson's "The Precious Crucible". A synthesis of
ancient and natural motifs featuring one of a kind jewelry and wearable art. FREE
exhibition in Gallery A.

April 27 - June 24 ~ 17th Annual Mid Atlantic Art Exhibition, a juried artshow
featuring 2-D and 3-D artwork from Artists across the country. FREE exhibition in
Decker Gallery, Gallery B and Gallery C.

April 27 ~ Mid Atlantic Awards Reception, 6-8 PM FREE to the public.


d'ART DEMO's


April 28, Saturday 1-3 PM ~ Artist Lynne Sward demonstrates her whimsical style
working in Fiber and Beading. FREE

d'ART Summer Camp
Sign up now for Summer Camp!
Enjoy 5 creative and fun filled days in an atmosphere where fine arts is made!
Drawing, painting, clay, mixed media and more. The week ends with an Art Show on
Friday.

Art's COOL!
June 18-22 ~ ages 6-8
July 9-13 ~ ages 8-10
July 30 - Aug. 3 ~ ages 6-10
August 20-24 ~ ages 6-10

Art's HOT!
June 25-29 ~ ages 9-14
July 23-27 ~ ages 9-14
August 13-17 ~ ages 9-14

Tuition $140.00 - Material Fees $35 ( includes Camp T-shirt)

d'ART Center
YOUR CONNECTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS!
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208 East Main Street, Selden Arcade, Norfolk
757-625-4211
www.d-artcenter.org
This unique visual arts facility features 50 resident artists creating, displaying and selling
original fine art. Come meet the Artists and see how Art is made. d'ART offers adult and
children's art classes and workshops. Enjoy changing art exhibits in five sky lit galleries.
FREE ADMISSION Tues- Sat 10am-6pm, Sunday 1-5pm

FESTEVENTS

Inaugural Town Point Virginia Spring Wine Festival
Saturday May 12, 2007

      Thomas Jefferson once said “good wine is a necessity of life for me.” Norfolk
Festevents is pleased to share Jefferson’s passion by providing Hampton Roads with a
brand new wine tasting event in Town Point Park. Introducing the Cingular Wireless
Inaugural Town Point Virginia Spring Wine Festival, one of the signature events
celebrating Festevents’ 25th Silver Anniversary Season, Saturday, May 12, 2007, 11 am –
5 pm. Join Festevents in welcoming spring’s newest annual tradition featuring the musical
sounds of Julie Clark, gourmet foods, specialty wares, and samplings of newly released
vintages and past favorites from Virginia’s premier wine-makers.
Reserved Tables and Reserved 4-Star Seating must be purchased in advance on or before
Friday, May 4, 2007, by visiting www.festeventsva.org or calling 757.441.2345.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.festeventsva.org, or call
757.441.2345 or at participating Cingular Wireless Stores (cash or check only when
making in-store purchases).

Special Note: Due to high capacity attendance and space constraints in the park,
Festevents cannot accommodate personal tables of any kind on the festival grounds.
Picnic spreads and lawn chairs are welcome, however, only in designated areas. Festevents
reserves the right to limit space for individual picnic areas in order to accommodate all
patrons and to provide safe access through the festival grounds.
Reserved table areas will be limited to the tables settings provided by Festevents; no
additional personal chairs and/or tables will be permitted in this area for the safety and
enjoyment of our patrons.

Future Events:
   o Sail Virginia 2007 the international tall ship gathering in Norfolk, Virginia
      commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown Landing, June 7-12, 2007.

   o Town Point Park visual arts festival.
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More information about events, including hours, ticket information, park regulations,
parking and surrounding attractions, can be found by visiting the www.festeventsva.org or
by calling 757.441.2345

Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts,
festival, ship visits and special events and city celebrations for residents and guests of Hampton Roads.
Celebrating it 24th season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding
quality of programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the
City of Norfolk.

Fridays are Back at Town Point Park!
Returning every Friday evening in May 2007, Norfolk Festevents with 94.9 The Point will
present the AT&T TGIF After-work Office Party & Music Series. Featuring performances
by The Connells, Friday May 4, 2007, the subdudes, Friday, May 11, 2007, The Dave
Matthews Tribute Band, Friday May 18, 2007, and closing the series,
John Brown’s Body, Friday May 25, 2007.

Free admission, live music, beverage and al fresco dining menu and the best outdoor gathering
place in town will make “TGIF” the official after-work place-to-be Friday evenings from 5 pm
until 7:30 pm in Town Point Park, on the Downtown Norfolk waterfront; attendance is a must!

Additional Event Information:
AT&T TGIF After-work Office Party & Music Series
Town Point Park – Downtown Norfolk Waterfront
Every Friday in May 2007, (May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2007)

New Hours: 5 pm – 7:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Free boat docking – On first available basis along the park wall

NORFOLK FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER
Wellness Wednesdays

April 11:
6-7 p.m.
Tai Chi:
Information and Demonstration
Addie Onsanit

April 18:
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11-12
Balancing Women’s Hormones Naturally
Dr. Mindal Donner, DC

April 25:
6-7 p.m.
Eat Right: Gain More Energy, Lose Weight, Reduce Disease and Live Longer
Dr. Robinson, DC of Wards Corner Chiropractic
*Classes are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required*

7300 Newport Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23505
For more information, or to register call: 823.4315

HURRAH PLAYERS
23rd Season …Come Fly With Us

Fame - The Musical
July 27 – 29
Set during the last years of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing
Arts on 46th Street. A bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of
students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor,
humor and insight, follow the students as they "learn how to fly!"

All Performances at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center 340 Granby St Norfolk. Friday
performances @ 7pm; Saturday & Sunday performances @ 3pm. Tickets: $10
children/$17 adults/$24 premium/group rates available

Call Hurrah Players 627 –5437 for Tickets & Info or visit www.hurrahplayers.com
All Performances at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center; 340 Granby St * Norfolk
Friday performances @ 7pm; Saturday & Sunday performances @ 3pm
Tickets: $10 Children/$17 Adults/$24 Premium
Group Rates Available
Call Hurrah Players 627 –5437 for Tickets & Info or visit www.hurrahplayers.com

JAMESTOWN 2007 EVENTS

Until April 21; September 1-4, 2007
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The National Maritime Center will host a visit by the reproduction of John Smith’s 1608
shallop, which serves as the centerpiece of an extensive education exhibit about Smith’s
voyage and the 17th century Chesapeake.

Opening April 2007
The Steel Navy/Jamestown Exposition Exhibit (working title)
This exhibit, developed and produced by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in
conjunction with Nauticus, will examine the period from 1880, when the Navy began to
recover from a post-civil war decline, to 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt sent
the Great White Fleet around the world as an affirmation of American naval strength. The
exhibit will be located on the third floor of Nauticus.

Premiering April 2007 at Nauticus
An Enduring Legacy: The U.S. Navy and the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Developed by
the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, this 26-minute film traces the importance of the
Jamestown Exposition to the region and its influence on the development of the naval
station at Sewells Point. The film will be shown primarily in the Jamestown Exposition
exhibit area after its debut in the Nauticus theater.

April 2007
President Teddy Roosevelt will engage visitors and explain his reasoning for sending the
Great White Fleet on its historic voyage from Hampton Roads.

LIBRARIES

Early Literacy Partners: The Norfolk Public Library Youth Services Department would
like to extend to you an invitation to our upcoming Early Literacy Program. For
information about this and other early literacy programs and initiatives, please contact the
Youth Services Team at (757) 664-7323 ext. 43748.

Upcoming Events:

Ongoing

School-Age Fun.
Blyden Branch Library
Every Monday – Thursday at 3:30 PM (except during the week of April 9)
Students participate in enrichment programs focusing on homework. Age Groups: School
Age.

Babygarten-Rosebuds.
Larchmont Branch Library
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Second & fourth Monday at 10:30 AM
Help your baby develop pre-reading skills by sharing simple rhymes, music and a book.
Parents & caregivers can make a craft while baby has playtime. Age Groups: Babies.

TAG: Teen Advisory Group.
Little Creek Branch Library
Second & fourth Mondays at 4:00 PM
Make a difference in your library! Recommend books, help plan events and talk about
great books. Meet other local teens at the next Teen Advisory Meeting every second and
fourth Monday Age Groups: Teens.

Twilight Babygarten.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Every Monday at 6:00 PM
Action rhymes. Movement activities. Shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come join
this evening Babygarten series and see this successful program in action. Due to the high
demand of Babygarten, registration is required. Read to them, sing to them, love them.
Age Groups: Babies, Toddlers.

Motheread.
Little Creek Branch Library
Every Monday at 6:30 PM
A family reading program based on a simple idea: when families read together and talk
about what they read, remarkable things happen. This is a five week program for children
ages 4-8 and their parents. Dinner will be provided for participants. Registration required.
Please call Teiko Biernot at 441-1751 to register.

Sharing Compassion and Understanding.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM
This series shows us how individuals and groups have toppled barriers in education,
transportation, voting, employment, housing and other areas to become compassionate and
dedicated participants in our democracy. The programs help to give us the understanding
needed to express our values and resources to promote harmony and diversity. We can
make a difference; one person at a time. Age Groups: Teens, Family.

KUTE KIDS PRESCHOOL STORYTIME.
Jordan-Newby Branch Library
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.
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Preschool Storytime.
Blyden Branch Library
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime.
Park Place Branch Library
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM
Join us for stories, songs, activities, and fun for your little one! Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime.
Lafayette Branch Library
Every Wednesday at 11:15 AM
Come and enjoy this exciting and enchanting storytime filled with books, stories, and
activities for all to enjoy. Age Groups: Preschool.

Join us for Teen Meet.
Pretlow Branch Library
Second & fourth Wednesdays at 4:30 PM
Join us every other Wednesday afternoon for pizza and discussions or crafts activities with
other teens. We also have board games and cards for those days when you just want to
relax at Pretlow Branch with friends. Age Groups: Teens.

Alpha Seeds: Raising Your Child To Be A Reader.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Alpha Seeds is a parent education program for caring adults of preschoolers. Stop by the
Alpha Seeds kiosk and learn about the six skills young children need for school readiness:
narrative skills, print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, and
phonological awareness. Plant the seeds for early learning with a nationally recognized,
research-based curriculum. Age Groups: Adults.

Preschool Storytime.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.
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Preschool Storytime.
Janaf Branch Library
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime.
Little Creek Branch Library
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Join us for Toddler Storytime!
Pretlow Branch Library
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Enjoy our favorite stories, games, fingerplays, and songs. Ages 15 months to 3 years.
Please bring your parent or care-giver to participate in the program also. Age Groups:
Toddlers.

Babygarten.
Van Wyck Branch Library
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book reading. Sound like fun? Join this
Babygarten Series (designed for infants 6 mo to 24 months old and a caregiver)
Experience the joy of reading, singing and bonding with your child. Due to high demand
registration is required. Call 441-2844 for information. Age Groups: Babies.

Preschool Storytime.
Pretlow Branch Library
Every Thursday at 11:00 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime.
Van Wyck Branch Library
Every Thursday at 11:00 AM
Age Groups: Preschool.

Pre-school Story Hour.
Larchmont Branch Library
Every Thursday at 1:00 PM (except April 5)
Come to the Larchmont Branch Library for songs, finger plays, stories and more. Age
Groups: Preschool.

Babygarten.
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Park Place Branch Library
Every Friday at 10:30 AM
Action rhymes. Movement activities. Shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come join
Babygarten, an early literacy initiative designed for infants (ages 1 - 24 months) and their
caregivers. Age Groups: Babies.

Babygarten.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Every Saturday at 11:00 AM
Action rhymes. Movement activities. Shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come join
Babygarten, an early literacy initiative designed for infants (ages 1-24 months) and their
caregivers. Read to Them, Sing to Them, Love Them. Age Groups: Babies, Toddlers.

April 8-14

Spring Break Fun: Bead Jewelry.
Larchmont Branch Library
Monday, April 9, 1:00 PM
Do you need something to do during Spring Break? Make a bracelet or necklace out of fun
colorful beads. Bring a friend and make matching friendship bracelets. Age Groups: All
Ages.

Real Estate Tax Relief for Seniors & Disabled.
Jordan-Newby Branch Library
Tuesday, April 10, 10:00 AM
Carolyn Lawrence of the Norfolk Commissioner of the Revenue's Office will answer
questions and provide assistance filling out the application form. Please bring either your
social security statement (SSA 1099), a recent bank statement, or a completed 2005
Federal Tax Return (if you are required to file) Call 441-1502. Age Groups: Adults.

Spring Break Magic!
Larchmont Branch Library
Tuesday, April 10, 2:00 PM
Join magician John Kingry for an afternoon of unexpected surprises. Age Groups: Family,
All Ages.

Celebrating National Library Week with Pancake Pig.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 AM
What will happen if you give a pig a pancake? Age Groups: Preschool.

Spring Break Teen Social.
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Larchmont Branch Library
Wednesday, April 11, 4:00 PM
It's time for a Spring Fling. Teens are welcome to come eat, drink, socialize and have fun.
Age Groups: Teens.


Celebrating National Library Week with Pancake Pig.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Thursday, April 12, 10:30 AM
What will happen if you give a pig a pancake? Age Groups: Preschool.

Preschool Storytime: If you give a Pig a Pancake.
Janaf Branch Library
Thursday, April 12, 10:30 AM
If you give a Pig a Pancake, what will happen? Join us and find out! Stories, Songs and
Crafts. Age Groups: Preschool.

School Age Fun: Bad Hair Day.
Janaf Branch Library
Thursday, April 12, 2:00 PM
Have you ever had a really bad hair day? Bed head got you down? Join us for crazy hair
stories and crafts. Don't forget to show off your silliest hairdo. Age Groups: School Age.

National Poetry Month.
Barron F. Black Homework Center
Thursday, April 12, 4:00 PM
You are guaranteed to hear and enjoy James Scott, The Loud Guy. Fun for all ages. Age
Groups: Family.

A Special Visit from Pancake Pig.
Janaf Branch Library
Friday, April 13, 10:30 AM
If you give a Pig a Pancake, what will happen? Join us and find out! Pig will be here to
share Stories, Songs and Fun. Age Groups: Preschool.

Van Wyck Teen Advisory Group.
Van Wyck Branch Library
Friday, April 13, 3:30 PM
Join us each month for sharing, fun, and a learning experience. Give your time and talent
to planning and helping with programs. Age Groups: Teens.

Alpha Seeds: Raising Your Child To Be A Reader.
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Kirn Library Youth Services
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM
Alpha Seeds is a parent education program for caring adults of preschoolers. Stop by the
Alpha Seeds Kiosk and learn about the six skills young children need for school
readiness....Narrative Skills, Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Print Awareness, Letter
Knowledge, and Phonological Awareness. Plant the seeds for early learning with a
nationally recognized, research-based curriculum. Age Groups: Adults.

Daddy, Me, Pancake and a Book.
Lafayette Branch Library
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 AM
Time to come to the library and fill up your tummy on some yummy pancakes and meet
the Pancake Pig! Come and hear some stories and have your picture taken with the
Pancake Pig! Age Groups: Family.

Hablamos Espanol.
Kirn Library Youth Services,
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 AM
Children are invited to join a special reader on second Saturdays for a gentle introduction
to Spanish through stories, songs, and simple conversation. Age Groups: Preschool,
Family.

PIGS PREFER PANCAKES: A NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM.
Jordan-Newby Branch Library
Saturday, April 14, 2:00 PM
Celebrate NLW (April 15-21) with a story and a visit from Pig, a character from one of
Laura Numeroff's many fun-filled books. Bring the camera for pictures. Come together @
your library! Free and open to the public. Age Groups: Preschool, School Age.

April 15-21

The pig is here!!
Park Place Branch Library
Monday, April 16, 10:00 AM
“If you give a Pig a Pancake, what will happen? Join us and find out! Pig will be here to
share stories, songs and fun.” Age Groups: Preschool, School Age.

Larchmont Branch Book Club.
Larchmont Branch Library
Monday, April 16, 3:00 PM
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The Larchmont Branch Book Club will meet and discuss a current work of literature.
Refreshments will be served. Please contact Gloria Walker at the Branch for more
information. Age Groups: Adults.

If you give a pig a pancake, what will he want next?
Pretlow Branch Library
Monday, April 16, 6:30 PM
Join us in celebrating National Library Week! Our special guest this evening is the pig
from Laura Numeroff's book, If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Bring your camera for a picture
of you shaking hands with our pig or giving him a big hug. Age Groups: Family.

Pancake Pig visits storytime.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Tuesday, April 17, 10:30 AM
Come enjoy stories and a visit from pancake pig. It’s going to be a blast. Age Groups:
Preschool.

Pancake the Pig.
Blyden Branch Library
Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 PM
Who says you can't have pancakes in the evening. Well, we invite you to a lovely evening
with Pancake. Pancake the pig, that is. Age Groups: Preschool, School Age.

Pancake Pig to Visit.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Wednesday, April 18, 10:30 AM
Meet Pancake Pig, the lovable character from “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”. Hear some
stories, and have your picture taken with our special guest. But, do be careful what you
feed him. Look for more surprises. Age Groups: Family.

Enjoy our adult book club.
Pretlow Branch Library
Wednesday, April 18, 11:00 AM
Join us on the third Wednesday of each month for lively discussions of the latest titles or
some of our old favorites. Refreshments are provided. Age Groups: Adults.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK - APRIL 15-21, 2007.
Van Wyck Branch Library
Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 PM.
Celebrate National Library Week at Van Wyck Library with the book character from IF
YOU GIVE A PIG A PAN CAKE. Join the fun and bring your camera for a picture with
The Pig. Stay for refreshments. Age Groups: Family.
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Babygarten-Morning Glories.
Larchmont Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 10:30 AM
Help your baby develop pre-reading skills by sharing simple rhymes, music and a book.
Parents can make a craft while baby has play time. Age Groups: Babies.

Special Storytime: Pig Pancake visit.
Little Creek Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 10:30 AM
Celebrate National Library week! Bring your children to a special storytime with the
lovable pig from Laura Numeroff's book: If You Give a Pig a Pancake Don't forget your
camera. Age Groups: Preschool, School Age.

Enjoy a pancake pig story with us.
Pretlow Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 11:00 AM
Observe National Library Week with us as we listen to stories about the pig who would
like a pancake, as well as many other things to go with it. Age Groups: Preschool.

If You Give A Pig A Pancake, what will happen?
Barron F. Black Homework Center
Thursday, April 19, 4:00 PM
Come find out from the Pig herself as she pays us a visit. Age Groups: Family.

Write And Snack.
Horace C. Downing Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 4:00 PM
Teens use your creative minds, write a poem from scratch while snacking on goodies. Age
Groups: Teens.

Enjoy an hour of handcrafts or games this afternoon.
Pretlow Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 4:00 PM
Today is our third Thursday, which is the time we have reserved for you, at your request,
to use your imagination and our available crafts supplies to make items to display at
Pretlow or take home with you. Age Groups: School Age.

PJ Story Hour.
Lafayette Branch Library
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 PM
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Bienvenidos a Mexico! Learn how to speak Spanish, make cool crafts, and learn about the
traditions and customs of Mexico from Senora Francisca Green. Snacks provided! Age
Groups: Family.

National Library Week.
Larchmont Branch Library
Friday, April 20, 3:30 PM
Celebrate National Library Week with a visit from the pancake pig, from the Laura Joffe
Numeroff book IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE. Age Groups: Family, All Ages.
Super Saturday Family Storytime.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 AM
Join us for songs, stories, and more. Let's have a tea party. Bring a friend to share a cookie
or two. Age Groups: Preschool, Family.

School Age Fun: Wacky Science Experiments.
Janaf Branch Library
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 PM
Join us for an afternoon of cool science experiments and tons of fun! Age Groups: School
Age.

April 22-28

After School Storytime - Spring Stories.
Lafayette Branch Library
Thursday, April 26, 3:30 PM
Shirley Sellers from the Norfolk Story League will delight us with her spellbinding tales
that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Craft and refreshments provided! Age
Groups: School Age.

Celebrate Dia de los Ninos with Abrakadoodle.
Kirn Library Youth Services
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 PM
Art is SmART! Join us for an exciting art program for students in grades 1-6. You'll learn
to make a "nearika" - a Huichol yarn painting. Because class size is limited, registration is
required. Please call 664-7323 ext 43748 to register beginning Monday, April 2nd. Age
Groups: School Age.

April 29-May 5

Poetry T-shirt.
Little Creek Branch Library
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Monday, April 30, 4:00 PM
Celebrate Poetry Month! Express yourself with your favorite poems on a t-shirt designed
by you. Age Groups: Teens.

MACARTHUR MEMORIAL

New Special Exhibit Features Selections From The Macarthur Memorial’s Extensive
Collection Of World War I And World War II Posters

        One of the most powerful and popular communication tools used during World War
I and World War II was the poster. By combining advertising and art, private
organizations, government agencies and businesses were able to create posters that
embraced the American spirit. Images and slogans were designed to evoke a deep sense of
family devotion, loyalty to country, traditional values and fear. They called upon every
American to wholeheartedly support the war.
         America Calls: Poster Art of World War I and World War II features original
World War I and World War II posters from the United States, Great Britain, Canada and
France that depict the different facets of propaganda used during the era. John
Montgomery Flagg, Norman Rockwell and Howard Chandler Christy are among the many
well-known artists whose works are exhibited.
        In the time before television and radio were found in every home, posters were the
most commonly used form of advertising. During times of war, posters were found on
nearly every storefront, window and fence. The messages they carried varied from military
recruiting efforts to promoting the sale of war bonds to urging conservation of food and
other supplies needed for the war effort. The number of posters produced during the World
Wars in the United States alone is estimated to be in the millions and in thousands of
different designs. While some of the most well-known posters were produced by the U.S.
government, businesses such as General Motors also produced patriotic posters for use in
its factories to boost employee morale.
         Because of the sheer numbers of posters produced during the World Wars, they
were popular souvenirs for soldiers and civilians alike, and they remain popular items with
militaria collectors as well as art collectors today. Some posters, such as Norman
Rockwell’s popular Four Freedoms series and John Montgomery Flagg’s Uncle Sam
images, are quite valuable on the collector’s market. However, because posters were
mostly mass produced, in some cases on inferior paper, they are quite fragile and difficult
to find in excellent condition.
         The MacArthur Memorial has approximately 450 war posters in its collection,
many of which were purchased by the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation in 1974
from noted poster collector Paul Keith. Other posters in the museum’s holdings come from
a variety of sources, including MacArthur admirers, soldiers who fought under his
command, and an interesting collection given to the Memorial by the Larchmont Branch of
the Norfolk Public Library.
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      America Calls is a colorful and patriotic exhibit that reflects a nation’s struggle for
freedom.

Generations. New Exhibit at Macarthur Memorial

       History knows Douglas MacArthur. It also knows his father Arthur MacArthur.
Both men earned the Medal of Honor during their long and distinguished military careers.
But for most, knowledge of the Macarthur’s stops with those two men. There are of course
those who remember first-hand Gen. MacArthur’s roles in World War II, the occupation of
Japan, and the Korean War; they may remember the General’s wife Jean Faircloth and
their son, Arthur. But history – popular history – records little about the forbears of
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.
       Generations: The MacArthur Family will examine the roots of the family of
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, beginning with the MacArthur clan in 14th
Century Scotland and continuing the family line to the present. General MacArthur’s
Scottish heritage was so important to him that his memoirs, Reminiscences, opens with a
passage about the MacArthur Clan.
       This exhibit will examine not only those ancestors bearing the MacArthur name, but
all aspects of the genealogical tree which form the MacArthur family, including the Hardy
family of Norfolk, Virginia; the Belchers, a wealthy Massachusetts family who are
common ancestors of Douglas MacArthur, Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill; and
the Dromgooles, one of the founding families of the Methodist Church in America and
source of a popular legend at the University of North Carolina.
       Many of the artifacts featured in this exhibit have never before been on display at
the MacArthur Memorial, and include a recently-acquired silver cigarette case which
belonged to General MacArthur’s brother. Other pieces to be exhibited are: a MacArthur
clan tartan given to the General by a member of the English Parliament; a hand-painted
cloth map of Scotland presented to General MacArthur by the artist in 1946; the door
knocker from the Faircloth family homestead in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and rare family
photographs and correspondence.

MacArthur Memorial: The MacArthur Memorial is open Monday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed New
Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is free. Call 757-441-2965
or log onto www.macarthurmemorial.org for more information.

NAUTICUS

Become a Partner-In-Learning. If you run a business, consider investing in the
community by becoming a Corporate Member of TNMC. Our Partners-In-Learning
program offers your company and employees many valuable benefits, including free
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admissions, discounts on facilities rentals for events, invitation to special events, and
media recognition through our print and television advertising campaigns.
      Your participation allows to reach thousands more school children with out
programs, and gives your company tangible benefits with promotions, free admission and
discounts.
      For more information, please call Brian Fair, Director of Development, at (757) 664-
1011.

Educator’s Online Forum. The National Maritime Center’s Educator’s Forum is a new
way for teachers to network with other teachers, share lesson plans and great websites, and
share thoughts on current educational news & topics. We invite you to visit the forum and
take part in making this your forum, filled with the type of information you are interested
in. To use the Forum, create a free account and logon at TNMC’s Educator’s Forum.

Enjoy The Experience At Camp Nauticus!!! Nauticus has the true camp experience for
your child! Discover different fields of science through hands-on experiments, craft make-
n-takes, guest speakers, behind-the-scene tours, and more! Camp is offered during spring,
summer, and winter breaks. Teacher in-service days are also included. Camp lengths range
from one-day to week-long events including overnights. Extended hours are available as
well.
       Summer will be here before you can say "Let's Go to the Beach!" Beyond the Ocean
Blue Camps (ages 4-12) are for young explorers wanting to learn about pirates, outer
space, deep sea, natural disasters, and robotics. Our NOAA @Nauticus Discovering Our
Chesapeake Bay Camp (ages 9-12) takes your child on a 400 year adventure of exploring
this wonderful watershed from following in the footsteps of John Smith at the Jamestown
Settlement to identifying the Bay's flora and fauna by kayak. OceanQuest Camp (ages 11-
14) is for campers showing interest in the field of Oceanography. They will be
investigating the Elizabeth and Lynnhaven Rivers by boat and kayak, conducting water
quality analyses, dissecting a blue crab, building an ROV, and even spending a night at
False Cape State Park.
       Also, as a part of Camp Nauticus, you can bring your Scout troop to an overnight to
earn a Try-It, Badge, or Silver Arrow Point! The night is filled with fun activities
including interactive workshops, science demonstrations, crafts, a large screen format
movie, and a yummy breakfast! Overnights are held on selected dates during the spring.
To receive more information or to register, please call us at 757-664-1010 or check out our
website at http://www.nauticus.org/campnauticus.html.

Preschool Science Adventures. Spend a fun, educational and interactive hour with your
child during this exciting program offered from 1:30-2:30 pm or 3-4 pm on select
Saturdays throughout the year. The programs are geared towards children ages two to five.
Each program is designed to help develop gross and fine motor skills and includes story
time, a craft activity, game and special guided tour of a Nauticus exhibit. Admission is $6
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for Nauticus Members, $8 for Non-members per child per session. Adults are FREE and
required to accompany children. Reservations are required. Call Jennifer at 664-1044. The
following dates and topics are for spring 2007:

April 28th: Recycling
May 26th: Underwater Plants
June 30th: Rivers


April 12; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
8th Annual USS Wisconsin Golf Tournament. Enjoy a fun and relaxing day at Sewells
Point Golf Course in Norfolk while supporting the USS Wisconsin and the education
programs of the area’s only maritime science museum. Included in an individual ticket
price is lunch, dinner, and open bar. Call 664-1014 for more information or email
susan.drewery@norfolk.gov.

April 14, 2 – 3 p.m.
Finding Your Way Family Workshop. Bring the family to Nauticus for a fun-filled hour
of navigating around downtown Norfolk using GPS and a compass to find the hidden
treasure! FREE with Nauticus admission. Maximum participants: 25. For more
information or to register, call 664-1041.


Nauticus April 2007 Calendar of Exhibits, Events, & Programs - add one

April 21
MATE ROV Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. Watch as teams from middle and high
schools compete in a series of missions using their specifically designed underwater ROV
(remotely operated vehicle). This competition will qualify one team to represent our region
at the international competition to be held on Nova Scotia in June.

New Permanent Exhibits
Now Open.
Secrets of the Deep. Visitors can learn about NOAA’s underwater parks called National
Marine Sanctuaries and explore the highly publicized USS Monitor site. Step inside a
submersible called The Clelia and take on the roles of a pilot or a NOAA scientist. You
and your family can control an actual 9-foot long robotic arm to collect samples and
artifacts from the seabed, or operate a remote-controlled camera to explore the wreck site.
 In addition, the exhibit will showcase real artifacts recovered from the wreck of the
famous Civil War ironclad.

Opening April 26; 10 a.m.
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1907: The Jamestown Exposition and the Launching of the Steel Navy. This exhibit,
developed and produced by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in conjunction with
Nauticus, will examine the period from 1880, when the Navy began to recover from a
post-civil war decline, to 1907, when President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Great White
Fleet around the world as an affirmation of American naval strength. Debuting with this
new exhibition will be An Enduring Legacy: The U.S. Navy and the 1907 Jamestown
Exposition. Developed by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, this 26-minute film traces
the importance of the Jamestown Exposition to the region and its influence on the
development of the naval station at Sewells Point.

Ongoing Exhibits
Through May 13
Navigation: Finding Your Way. This exhibit explores the diversity and ingenuity of
people on the move. It captures the richness and variety of human navigation through 16
interactive exhibits, a walk-through maze, cultural and historical maps, and video footage
of three non-western cultures’ wayfinding traditions.

Through December 31
Mudlarking. This exhibit features the works of Marc Castelli, a Maryland watercolor artist
of national renown, whose mesmerizing and breathtaking paintings focus on working,
sailing, and traveling on the Chesapeake Bay

Through April 15
Launching & Outfitting of the John Smith Shallop. In conjunction with the Jamestown
400t h Anniversary Celebration, Nauticus will host a visit by the reproduction of John
Smith's 1608 Shallop, which serves as the centerpiece of an extensive education exhibit
about Smith's voyage and the 17th century Chesapeake.


Ongoing Programs
Shark Feeding.
Watch Nauticus’ live Nurse and Spotted Bamboo sharks eat as you learn about shark
behavior and ecology!

Shark Touch. (Height restrictions apply.)
What does a shark’s skin feel like? Find out at Nauticus’ Shark Petting Lagoon, where
you can touch the back of a warm-water Nurse Shark. Sharks in the Lagoon vary in length
from two to three feet.

Grando Electro Show.
Experience the science of static electricity, sparks, and electrical charges in a safe and
controlled manner. You’ll get a “charge” out of it!
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Eco Exploration.
Explore the Elizabeth River during this 30-minute, hands-on discovery walk! Discover
plants and animals that dwell in our own waterways as well as the Chesapeake Bay.
Collect water and aquatic specimen samples while learning about river ecology and
biological conditions.

Kiddie Tide pool & Story time.
Geared toward early learners, this program explores the ecology of the Elizabeth River.
Plus, enjoy a special reading of a maritime-related story.

NOAA Science On a Sphere Presentation. Enjoy this exciting and interactive
presentation on our newest exhibit, Science On a Sphere. Explore the Earth’s surface and
learn about weather patterns, how hurricanes are formed, climate conditions around the
world, and much more!

Aegis.
Aegis is an ancient word for shield. It’s also the name of the Navy’s hi-tech protection
system used by destroyers to form a 250-mile-radius shield around a naval battle group.
This specially designed command center theater simulates a battle situation, allowing you
to feel the weight of command, as you make hair-raising, snap decisions.

Design Chamber: Battleship X.
Inside this multi-media interactive theater, match wits with America’s best ship designers
on the eve of World War II in a race against time to create the greatest battleship ever. If
you are a tactical genius, this is the place to show it.

Digital High-Definition Films ($3 with ticket purchase & for Nauticus members; $5
general admission)
The Ring of Fire. (40 min.) Daily. 11 a.m., 1 p.m.
This exciting digital high-definition film about erupting volcanoes and earthquakes, takes
you heart stoppingly close to the great circle of volcanoes and seismic activity that rings
the Pacific Ocean.

The Living Sea. (45 min.) Daily. 12 p.m., 3 p.m.
This film celebrates the world ocean - its beauty, diversity and importance to all life on
Earth. Swim with thousands of golden jellyfish and witness the bizarre spawning behavior
of giant clams. Surf in Hawaii, deep-sea dive in Palau and test your courage with the Coast
Guard in some of the world's roughest seas!

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
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Nauticus, The National Maritime Center has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities
available for adults and teenagers (over age 14). Whether you’re showing a child how to
touch a sea star, helping guests find the perfect souvenir, or providing support to our office
staff, you will be an invaluable part of our crew! Volunteer positions are currently
available in Administration, Cruise Support, Education, the Banana Pier Gift Shop, and
Visitor Services. Benefits include free parking, discounts, special programs, and more.
Join our crew! For further information and an application, please contact Melissa
Swanson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (757) 664-1043 or melissa.swanson@norfolk.gov.

Nauticus at The National Maritime Center, a fun and exciting interactive science and technology center exploring
the power of the sea, features hands-on exhibits including computer and video interactives, digital high-definition
films on a giant screen, exotic aquaria, touch pools, shark touch, and national-caliber traveling exhibits. Adjacent
to Nauticus is the Battleship Wisconsin, which remains an asset of the U.S. Navy. Its daily operations are managed
by The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located within Nauticus.

NEIGHBORHOOD AND LEISURE SERVICES

Oceanview Senior Center Activities

Regular Events:

Wednesdays
60+ Club Business Meeting 11:00a.m.
     Featuring Card games, BINGO, Ballroom Dancing, Hot Meal

Thursdays
Line Dancing Class 11:00a.m.

Tuesdays
Square Dancing 6:30p.m.

Fridays
Square Dancing 10:30a.m.

Mon-Fri
Nutrition Program 10:00a.m

Staff Assistance is provided each month to permit groups such as civic groups, Tidewater
Appalachian Trail Club and Mayors Task Force.

NORFOLK ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED
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The Norfolk Alliance for the Mentally Retarded will meet on the third Thursday of the
month at 7:00 p.m. at 1161 Ingleside Road. A social period precedes the meeting at 6:30
p.m. For more information call Pam Wright at 627-9996.

NORFOLK ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION

EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Saturday, April 21st, 9am-Noon

Join KNB as we help Keep Norfolk Beautiful!

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DAY
Saturday, April 21st , 8-4 WHRO parking lot

Bring your .technotrash. - cell phones, computer and stereo parts and more to be
disposed in a manner friendly to our earth!

CLEAN THE BAY DAY
Saturday, June 2nd, 9am-Noon

Join the largest litter cleanup of our shorelines and waterways. Volunteers are
needed to be Zone Captains and help with group cleanups in targeted locations.
For more details or to register, contact Keep Norfolk Beautiful; 441-1347
www.norfolkbeautiful.org

CLEAN CITY COOKOUT & AWARDS CEREMONY
Friday, June 22nd, 4-6pm
Individuals and organizations will be treated to an afternoon of fun in the sun and
recognized for their outstanding achievements on behalf of Norfolk.s environment.

NORFOLK RECREATION, PARKS & OPEN SPACE AND POLICE

Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space and Norfolk Police
Department present Bicycle & Scooter Safety Clinic

Safety City/Lafayette Park (next to Zoo Administration Building)
Saturday, May 5
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free Program
Free bicycle helmets (while supply lasts)
Have your bike inspected
Register your bike with the Norfolk Police Department
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Test your riding skills in our safety course
Win prizes, including new bikes
Fun for the whole family
Ident-A-Kid from the Norfolk Sheriff Department

Individuals with a disability are entitled to participate in programs offered by the Norfolk
Department of Recreation, Parks & Open Space. If you require any special
accommodations call 441-1035 at least seven days prior to the event.

POLICE MUSEUM

Grant Family Treasures Boost Museum Collection; Farewell, Best Wishes to Chief
C.D. Grant. For nearly a century, the Grant family has been dedicated to Norfolk public
safety. Charles A. Grant became a Norfolk police officer in 1912 and served close to 35
years. His son, Charles D. Grant, was sworn as an officer in 1946 and worked his way up
through the ranks to become chief. He retired after 39 years. Chief Grant’s wife, Dorothy,
was a NPD crossing guard. The Chief’s son, Drew, also served as a Norfolk police officer,
and his other son, Don, is presently a Norfolk Fire-Rescue battalion chief. C.A. Grant,
C.D. Grant, and Drew Grant all wore the same badge set, #151.
       Many museums have what is known as a core collection, a basic collection around
which a museum grows. When I became NPD Curator in 2000, there were fewer than 300
NPD and Norfolk historical items in the Museum collection. Chief Grant, Dorothy, Don
and Drew generously donated the Norfolk Police Museum. This major gift coupled with
the existing Museum holdings formed our families, successfully seeking important
additions to our collection. Through his efforts and the efforts of numerous others, our
collection has grown to more than 5,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs.
       After 85 years, Chief Grant left Norfolk on November 30, 2005 to live with Drew
and his family in Colorado and Don and his family in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He
will be sorely missed. God bless, and God speed.
       There are numerous Grant family items currently on display in the Museum,
including the badge set. Located in the Police Administration Building, the Norfolk Police
Museum exists for you. If you are not able to visit the museum during the normal hours of
0800-1700, Monday through Friday, just e-mail jim@melchor.us or call 423-6592. Special
arrangements will be made to open the museum for NPD family members at night, on
weekend, or on holidays.

VIRGINIA OPERA

Family Day at the Opera
April 28, 2007 (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Featuring a special family version of "The Pirates of Penzance"
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Performance Times: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

$8 per person
Harrison Opera House
160 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Family Day at the Opera returns to the Harrison Opera House on April 28. Two
performances of a special family version of Gilbert & Sullivan's smash-hit comedy "The
Pirates of Penzance" will be featured at Family Day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. In addition to the
performances, the event includes many more indoor and outdoor activities - including a
moonwalk, giant slide, games, prizes and activities, Clifford the Big Red Dog, music by
Radio Disney (1650 AM), the Norfolk Sheriff Department's SAFETY PRINT program, the
Norfolk Public Library's "Treasure Truck", craft-making with the Hampton Roads Naval
Museum, pirate photos, pirate stories by Pieces of Eight, magic shows, and more. Food
and beverage vendors will also be on location. Admission includes a performance ticket
and complimentary access to all games and activities - food/beverage vendors and extra
tickets to prize raffle are not included in cost. Parking is free. Purchase tickets online at
www.vaopera.org/familyday - seating is reserved, so early purchases guarantee better
seating. Event is already more than halfway sold out.

VIRGINIA STAGE COMPANY

Family, Aging Issues Proven Timeless in New Adaptation of a Shakespearean
Masterpiece
King Lear – The Storm at Home, by VSC Artistic Director Christopher Hanna, premieres
April 3 -22, 2007

       Virginia Stage Company (VSC) finishes its 28th Season with King Lear – The
Storm at Home, a new play by the Company’s Artistic Director Chris Hanna that fuses
Shakespeare’s tragedy with authentic stories on aging and caring for the aged in today’s
society. Hanna will also serve as the production’s director, employing the theatricality of
the historic Wells stage to create the two contrasting worlds of the play.
       Drawn from interviews with Hampton Roads’ elders, families and eldercare
professionals, King Lear – The Storm at Home is a powerful examination of how we care
for our aging parents and loved ones. The production’s format suggests the questions and
issues facing families were no different 400 years ago than they are today. Mr. Hanna has
woven stories pulled from one-on-one interviews with local families into Lear’s struggle
with his own daughters. The result is a dramatic look at how families are facing the
emotional, legal and ethical challenges of dealing with life, love, and death.
       King Lear – The Storm at Home is on stage at the Wells Theatre from April 3 – 22,
2007. Tickets range in price from $8.00 to $42.50, with Sunday, April 1, 2007 serving as a
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Pay-What-You-Can performance. Virginia Stage Company will continue its popular Best
Ticket in Town Program during the 2006-07 Season. Best Ticket in Town performances
will be April 3, 4, and 5 and all tickets will be sold for $8.00. All tickets may be purchased
thru Ticketmaster by calling (757) 671-8100 or at any Ticketmaster outlet, at the VSC Box
Office, or online at www.vastage.com.
       King Lear – The Storm at Home was developed over a three year period that began
with editing Shakespeare’s play to highlight its concern with dementia and elder care. In
the Fall of 2006, VSC company members and area volunteers traveled to households,
nursing homes, and professional offices across Hampton Roads to gather and record
interviews with a large cross section of citizens. Family members were interviewed
separately and confidentially, often allowing for dramatically contrasting accounts within
and across generations. The play received a public workshop production in April 2006 that
led to further follow up interviews. The dementia and death of Hanna’s own father
motivated a final draft of the play over that summer which received a public reading at
VSC in December.

Doubt to Replace The Cherry Orchard in Season 29 Lineup
Regional premiere of Broadway hit will open 2007-08 season.

        Virginia Stage Company has received the rights to produce Doubt by John Patrick
Shanley and will open the 2007-08 season with the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award
winner. Doubt will replace the previously announced play, The Cherry Orchard by Anton
Chekhov. However, the calendar for the existing lineup will be adjusted to allow Doubt to
open the new season.
        One of the most important plays of the past decade, Doubt is a gripping examination
of paranoia in the Catholic Church. When accusations of a priest’s wrongdoing come to
light, a Bronx parochial school must wrestle with concepts of faith and justice. Sister
Aloysius, a traditionalist nun and the school’s principal, has to decide whether to openly
accuse Father Flynn of alleged indiscretions or bury her suspicions and forever live with
her doubts. The final showdown is a riveting power struggle that calls into question our
most basic beliefs and makes Doubt an electrifying night of theater.
        “Normally, I am loathe to change shows once they have been announced and sales
have started, but I am excited to become one of the first regional theaters across the
country to produce Doubt,” said VSC Artistic Director, Chris Hanna. “The play holds no
easy answers but its journey is thrilling and will leave our patrons deep in discussion long
after the curtain has fallen.”

The revised 2007-08 VSC season schedule will be as follows:

Doubt                                      September 18 – October 7, 2007
Man of La Mancha                           October 23 – November 11, 2007
The Piano Lesson                           January 15 – February 3, 2008
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The Poetry of Pizza                        February 26 – March 16, 2008
Hank Williams: Lost Highway                 April 1 – 20, 2008

      For existing subscribers, any questions about the inclusion of Doubt in next season’s
lineup should contact the VSC box office at (757) 627-1234.
      New subscriptions for Season 29 range in price from $45 to $160. Anytime passes,
blocks of tickets redeemable for performances in any combination, are available in blocks
of four, five, or six passes from $112 to $198. Subscriptions may be ordered by calling the
VSC box office at (757) 627-1234.
      Media inquiries about Doubt and the Season 29 slate of shows should be directed to
Ryan Pointer, Director of Communications at (757) 627-6988 ext. 343.

VICTORY ROVER

Rover Cruises is pleased to announce that sight seeing cruises aboard the Victory Rover
have begun again. The Victory Rover offers daily 2 Hour Narrated Cruises of the Norfolk
Naval Base and Hampton Roads Harbor. Cruises depart from Nauticus, home of the
Battleship Wisconsin in Downtown Norfolk. Guests are entertained with a fascinating
commentary about the ships of the World’s Largest Navy Base. Weather is never a
problem as guests can enjoy the sights from the climate controlled main cabin. Combo
tickets which offer discounted admission for the cruise and Nauticus are available.
Reservations can be made by calling 757-627-7406.
Rover Cruises operates both the Victory Rover and the American Rover Tall Ship cruises
from the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront.

Ticket Prices
Adults $16
Children $10

WARNING: Pirates spotted at "Family Day at the Opera"

       The world's most infamous gentlemen of fortune will swing into lively action and
music at Virginia Opera's third annual "Family Day at the Opera" for two hilarious
performances of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," a special family version
with a running time of less than one hour at Norfolk's Harrison Opera House on April 28.
       Admission is just $8 per person with free parking. In addition to a reserved seat at
either the 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. performance of "The Pirates of Penzance," admission includes
access to the following indoor/outdoor events and activities from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.:
   •   Souvenir pirate photos for families and kids
   •   Music and storytelling with Radio Disney (1650 AM)
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   •   Prize raffle (one free ticket at the door, additional tickets are $1)
   •   Pirate eye patch decoration, mask making and face painting
   •   "Neptune's Quest" moonwalk, "Survivor, Jr." obstacle course, and "Tsunami Slide"
   •   Magic shows and games
   •   Norfolk Public Library's "Treasure Truck"
   •   Norfolk Sheriff Department's "Safety Print" program
   •   Craft-making with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
       "Our goal here is to provide an affordable opportunity for people to experience the
cultural arts in the most significant and meaningful way possible - together, as a family,"
says Jeff Corriveau, the company's director of education and audience development.
Mr. Corriveau says he expects more than 3,000 people to attend the event, which is
sponsored in part by the City of Norfolk, with production sponsorship from an anonymous
donor. "Our first two 'Family Days' exceeded our expectations with sold-out performances
and much higher attendance than we anticipated. With the reserved seating for this year's
performances, I recommend families purchase tickets early to get the best seats," he says.
        "Words alone can't describe what it's like to be a part of what - for some parents - is
their child's first experience with opera, or the cultural arts. It can be like witnessing that
first step all over again, except now they're stepping into the rich world of a live
performance, where a child's imagination can make the whole thing nothing short of
magical," says Mr. Corriveau.
      Tickets, seat selection and information are available online at
www.vaopera.org/familyday or by calling 757-623-1223 (Southside) or 757-877-2550
(Peninsula).
      For photos or more information, contact Public Relations Manager Stephen J. Baker
at 757-627-9545 ext. 3323, or via e-mail at press@vaopera.org.

ZOO

ROCK ‘N ROAR!
ONE COOL PARTY AT ONE WILD PLACE
Tickets On Sale For Zoo’s Fundraiser

       Come celebrate spring with the biggest party of the season! Tickets are now on sale
for Rock ‘n Roar 20076, a new event replacing ZooToDo.
       Hampton Roads’ wildest annual fundraiser takes place on Saturday, April 28, 2007
from 7:00 to 11:30 p.m. under the stars at the Virginia Zoo. More than 1,000 partygoers
will sample dishes from a variety of the area's best restaurants. Entertainment by Pulp
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Fiction will heat up the night and have guests grooving on the dance floor. The Rock ‘n
Roar silent auction will feature elephant trunk paintings and other zoo-rific art.
       Rock ‘n Roar tickets include entrance to the event, two complimentary beverage
tickets and food provided by a variety of Hampton Roads’ finest restaurants. General
admission tickets are just $40 for Zoo members, Military and City of Norfolk Employees
and $50 for the general public.
       Tickets are available by calling (757) 441-2374 ext. 234 or by visiting the Zoo’s
website at www.virginiazoo.org. Sponsors of Rock ‘n Roar include Applied Management
Engineering, Inc., Davis and Company and the Yellow Book. You must be 21 or over to
enjoy this party.

SENIORS RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION
TO VIRGINIA ZOO ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS IN APRIL

One senior citizen age 62 and older can receive free admission to the Virginia Zoo on
Mondays and Tuesdays during the month of April when one regular priced admission is
purchased. The buy-one/get-one offer is available by showing a valid ID at the ticket
window.

Seniors can enjoy the antics of many zoo animals on brisk spring mornings as they are
more active in cooler temperatures. The Siberian tigers, giraffes, ostrich, lions and bison
are not to be miss.

On warmer spring days in April, visitors may catch a glimpse of the prairie dogs that have
been hibernating during the winter months. The Zoo’s garden areas are also getting
greener and make for a beautiful stroll through the Rose, Butterfly and African gardens.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA ZOO
As an accredited American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) facility, the Virginia
Zoo exhibits over 350 animals, beautifully manicured grounds and offers a fun-filled day
for all. For more than a century, the Zoo has demonstrated a commitment to wildlife,
conservation and education. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and located at 3500 Granby
Street in Norfolk. Daily admission prices are $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (age 62
and over), and $5.00 for children ages 2-11. Visit www.virginiazoo.org or call (757) 441-
2374 for more information.

Summer Safari T-Shirt
Design Contest

Hey Kids! Your drawing could be made into a T-Shirt! The winner will receive FREE
ADMISSION to one week of Summer Safari Camp, one FREE t-shirt bearing their
original design and an award certificate!
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Contest is open to children ages 4-14. Click here to download contest rules and entry form
(PDF) or pick one up at the Membership Desk at the Zoo!

Discovery Days

Join the Virginia Zoo for exciting animal adventures! We have programs available to
excite every age level! Simply choose any of the following programs, fill out and mail or
fax us the registration form! *Pre-registration is required.

2-5 year olds

Cub Club
(2 year olds)
You and your child will explore the fascinating world of animals with a new adventure
every month! Activities include creating crafts, meeting animals and reading stories!
10:30a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
APR 7, 26; MAY 8, 23

Kritter Kids
(3-5 year olds)
Take a step up from Cub Club to a more in-depth look at animals. You and your child will
delve into the mysterious world of animals through activities and animals encounters!
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
APR 7; MAY 26; JUN 23
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
APR 25; MAY 17; JUN 13

Dr. Suess Day
(3-5 year olds)
Ever wanted to meet Yertle the Turtle or a Fox in Sox? Once a month you and your child
will hear a different Dr. Suess story and meet one of his lovable characters!
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
APR 21; MAY 5; JUN 2
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
APR 29; MAY 27; JUN 10

Bedtime at the Barn
(3-5 year olds)
You and your child will enjoy an evening story while we help make sure our barnyard
animals get a good night's rest! Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
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APR 18; MAY 16; JUN 27

Bedtime at the Pond
(3-5 year olds)
Gather at the water to feed the ducks and read them a bedtime story! Come dressed in your
pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
APR 4 MAY 2 JUN 6

Jr. Zoo Sleuths
(4-5 year olds)
Who goes there? Learn to be a detective as we use all five senses to uncover the mystery.
Solve the clues to discover the secret animal!
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
APR 22; MAY 13

6-14 year olds

Wildlife Explorers
(6-8 year olds)
Learn about and meet some of our very own creatures face-to-face! You will also get the
chance to enjoy an exciting behind-the-scenes experience with a special animal!
10:30 a.m. – 11;30 a.m.
APR 1; MAY 26; JUN 23

Zoo Sleuths
(6-8 year olds)
Follow the clues around the Zoo to help you uncover a mystery animal! When you solve
the clues you will get the chance to meet that animal!
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
APR 22; MAY 13; JUN 24

NatureNauts
(11-14 year olds)
Ever wanted to be a field biologist? Want to learn about the people who live in other parts
of the world? Join the Zoo for a day to get an in-depth look at the world around us! (Please
bring a lunch!)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MAY 19; JUN 2

Parents Night Out
(Ages 5-12)
April 9, 2007 Civic Connection...page 73

Drop off your children for an educational experience while you spend the evening out!
They will get a chance to view the Zoo after hours and meet some of our special animals.
A pizza party is included!
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
APR 27; MAY 11; JUN 1

For more information or to register please contact:
Janice Martin at 757-441-2374 ext 229

Do you want to volunteer? The Virginia Zoo Can Help! The Virginia Zoo is offering a
Docent Training Program for those volunteers interested in educating the public about our
mission.
       Because of their high visibility, Zoo docents have a special opportunity to share
their enthusiasm about animals and the Zoo. The Docent Training Program provides a
basic preparation for this work through an educational program followed by an animal
handling course and mentorship with experienced docents.
       Docent training began in January. For more information about this hands on
experience or to reserve your spot in the Virginia Zoo’s docent training class, please call
Pat Clark at 441-2374 ext. 225 or send her an email to Patricia.Clark@norfolk.gov.
       As an accredited American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) facility, your
Virginia Zoo exhibits over 350 animals, beautifully manicured grounds and offers a fun-
filled day for all. For more than a century, the Virginia Zoo has demonstrated a
commitment to wildlife, conservation and education. Your Virginia Zoo is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. daily and located at 3500 Granby Street in Norfolk. Daily admission prices are
$6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (age 62 and over), and $4.00 for children ages 2-11.
Visit www.virginiazoo.org or call (757) 441-2374 for more information.

				
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