November 18, 2008 CIVIC CONNECTION A Monthly News Service from the Division of Communications for Norfolk Civic Organizations HOLIDAYS IN THE CITY Holidays in the City, one of Southeast Tourism Society‘s Top 20 Events for November, celebrates 24 years with six weeks of magical festivities, saluting the holidays of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve. The festivities begin on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 pm with the Grand Illumination of the downtown skyline. The lighting of the skyline signals the start of Hampton Roads‘ most cherished event, the 24th Annual Grand Illumination Parade. The theme for this year‘s Grand Illumination Parade is ―Celebrate the SEAson.‖ Festive floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers and Santa himself will delight spectators with a nautical theme as they parade through downtown Norfolk. Another signature event of Holidays in the City is the award winning 10th Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival which will be held on Saturday, December 13. Created and launched in 1998, the Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival is now Portsmouth‘s signature holiday event, featuring hundreds of musical performances and carolers throughout the day. Concerts, which range from barbershop harmony and jazz to steel drums and brass ensembles, are staged in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations and in several historic churches. Continued on page…2 NORFOLK TO OFFER ―EARLY BIRD‖ PARKING RATES FOR GRAND ILLUMINATION PARADE ATTENDEES Beat the crowds and park for $1 by taking advantage of the City of Norfolk‘s "Early Bird Parking Special" on Saturday, November 22 for the 24 th Annual ―Celebrate the SEAson‖ Grand Illumination Parade, which begins at 7 p.m. Patrons can come early to enjoy dinner, shopping, or visit their favorite attraction before Downtown kicks off Grand Illumination with this spectacular parade. From 3 to 5 p.m., patrons can park for $1 upon entry at city-owned, attendant- operated parking facilities in Downtown. At 5 p.m. special event rates ($5 or $4 depending on location) will be in effect. Early Bird Parking rates do not apply at the following facilities: Scope Garage, St. Paul‘s and Brambleton Lots. Also, all Harbor Park Lots and the Harrison Opera House Lot will be closed to the public for the entire day to accommodate parade participants. City of Norfolk, Division of Communications 810 Union Street, Room 302, Norfolk, Virginia 23510  664.4266 / fax:  664.4006 / www.Norfolk.gov November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 2 Regular weekend rates ($1 before 6 p.m. and $2 after 6 p.m.) will be collected upon entry at both of the MacArthur Center Garages. Due to the large crowds expected for the parade, Waterside Drive could be closed as early as 6 p.m. Granby Street and Plume Street between Boush and Granby will be closed to accommodate the parade. All other streets will be left open to enhance access to parking facilities. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the ―Early Bird Parking Special" and enjoy the holiday atmosphere of Downtown Norfolk. For additional parking information, please call 664-6222 or visit www.norfolk.gov/parking. For additional parade information contact Downtown Norfolk Council at 623-1757 or visit www.downtownnorfolk.org. Holidays in the City Continued from page 1… Throughout the holidays, downtown Norfolk serves up seasonal delights. Traditional favorites include: A Christmas Carol, presented by the Virginia Stage Company and Holidays in Virginia, presented by the Hurrah Players. And do not forget those ongoing treats such as Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, and MacArthur on Ice, the area‘s largest outdoor ice skating rink at MacArthur Center. Look for the Holidays in the City mascot ―Cool Jack‖ throughout the six weeks of events and festivities. ―Cool Jack‖ is downtown‘s prince of cool – an oversized snowman who knows how to enjoy the city. ―Cool Jack‖ will make appearances at a variety of venues downtown including McArthur on Ice and the Grand Illumination Parade. No holiday celebration would be complete without welcoming the New Year. Downtown – on both sides of the water - will definitely be ―the place to be‖ on New Year‘s Eve as hotels, restaurants and attractions team up to package a variety of celebrations worth remembering. Holidays in the City is sponsored by Dillard‘s and serves up a season full of amazing experiences in the most vital and vibrant holiday destination in the region. A complete calendar of holiday happenings in downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth is available by visiting www.DowntownNorfolk.org and clicking on ―Holidays in the City‖. Holidays in the City is presented by Dillard‘s in association with the Cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth and media partners The Virginian-Pilot and WVEC TV-13 and is produced & managed by the Downtown Norfolk Council. The Downtown Norfolk Council is a private, not-for-profit membership organization comprised of businesses and individuals working toward a dynamic, attractive and prosperous downtown. GARDEN OF LIGHTS Norfolk Botanical Garden‘s annual Garden of Lights will begin November 27 – December 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. This two-mile driving tour through a November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 3 million twinkling lights will quickly become a part of your family‘s holiday traditions. Tickets are priced per car, $10 general admission, $8 for NBG members. For more information about the Garden of Lights, log on to www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org or call 441-5830. NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION COMES TO THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN NORFOLK The windows at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott will be unveiled with special holiday decorations. Courtesy of Macy‘s, Lowe‘s and the Winter Wonderland Coleman Collection, the windows will be adorned with holiday scenes and festive items. The windows will remain decorated through the first week in January. The unveiling of these windows kicked off the holiday season and are specifically aimed at the holiday events that benefit Children‘s Hospital of The King‘s Daughters (CHKD): Friday, Nov. 21 – Saturday, Nov. 22-The Holly Festival of Trees; The Marriott will host the 26th Annual Holly Festival of Trees that has been a highlight of the holiday season in Hampton Roads. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Holly Festival of Trees and since its inception it remains a much-anticipated event. More than 1,000 patrons will participate in the weekend events beginning at a luncheon on Friday, November 21, through the Gala and Auctions on Friday evening and culminating with Breakfast with Santa for the whole family on Saturday morning. The Marriott ballroom will be transformed and feature more than 45 beautifully decorated trees, enchanting gingerbread creations, elaborate gift items, and spectacular wreaths designed and donated by local artists, chefs, businesses and community groups. These unique designs are auctioned off to the highest bidder and all proceeds benefit CHKD‘s Virginia Beach Center. In the past, the proceeds from these events have purchased the following items for CHKD: Neonatal Air Ventilators, an Aquatic Therapy Pool, a Pediatric Transport Unit (Ambulance), State-of-the-art Pediatric Cribs and Endowment Funds for the Child Abuse and Nursing Scholarship Programs. The Holly Festival of Trees allows the Hampton Roads community to ―deck their homes‖ with unique holiday decorations and ensure the vitality of our future, the health of our children through CHKD. Saturday, Nov. 22-Norfolk‘s Grand Illumination; Participants may stay at the Marriott for a discounted rate and enjoy Norfolk‘s grand illumination of the downtown buildings and holiday parade on Saturday November 22. There is no November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 4 charge for this event and it is hosted by the City of Norfolk. It does not benefit CHKD, however it is one more fun holiday event happening in downtown Norfolk. Sunday, Nov. 23 at 6:00p.m.- 10th Annual Fantasy Shopping Night; For the tenth year, MacArthur Center will open its doors to ticket holders for an evening of pre- holiday shopping to benefit CHKD. Merchants at the mall offer various discounts, special items and enticing events to participants. It is a wonderful way to get a jump on holiday shopping. Saturday, Dec. 6 in the evening-46th Annual Holly Ball; The King‘s Daughter‘s Holly Ball has been a holiday fixture for more than 45 years. This year it will be held at the elegant Westin Hotel in Town Center. The evening will celebrate the season in the tallest building in Virginia Beach. Guests will have a chance to take in the breath-taking views from the designer models and owner‘s lounge on the 37th floor of The Westin Residences. They will also enjoy music by Phoenix in the ballroom and Skylark featuring Anna Gunn in the lounge. Discounted room rates will be available to Holly Ball patrons as well. All these Holiday events are projects of The King‘s Daughters, founders of Children‘s Hospital of The King‘s Daughters, the largest and longest contributor to CHKD. All proceeds from the Holly Events benefit CHKD – specifically the new CHKD Virginia Beach Center. There are more than 1000 King‘s Daughters members in approximately 40 Circles - small groups of volunteers - located in communities throughout Hampton Roads. Members of the Circles are working professionals, stay-at-home moms, and community leaders who have joined together to help ensure the future of CHKD. Each Circle has its own unique projects, fundraisers and events. Membership is open to anyone who has a desire to support CHKD and uphold the mission of The King's Daughters. For more information about buying tickets for these exciting events and to learn more, please visit The King‘s Daughters website at www.kingsdaughters.org or call the office at 757-668-7098. NORFOLK FORMS COMMISSION TO IMPROVE AND EXPAND QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY OF CHILD CARE/ NORFOLK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR EARLY CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS Mayor Paul Fraim announced October 22 that the city will establish a Commission on Children and Families to improve and expand the quality and availability of child care in Norfolk‖. In setting up the Commission on Children and Families in Norfolk, Fraim said ―With the majority of our pre-school age children in out-of home care during the work day, the need to positively influence their child care environment is essential,‖ Fraim said. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 5 Mayor Fraim said that the city is home to nearly 20,000 children under the age of 4 - or 8 percent of the city‘s population. These 20,000 people hold the key to the city‘s future, Fraim said. However, the Mayor pointed out that only 4 accredited early childhood education programs are available in the city and the waiting lists grow longer each day. ―We can do better than this and we will do better than this,‖ Fraim said. ―I am committed to doubling the number of programs in the city that can qualify to provide early childhood education and I hope the other cities in the region will do the same.‖ Gov. Tim Kaine also announced $4.7 million in grants from The Norfolk Foundation that will help implement early care and education for children in Norfolk and other South Hampton Roads cities. The grants to Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads will help implement early care and education for children in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Kaine spoke via teleconference before a meeting of the Early Childhood Business Advisory Council in Norfolk. The Smart Beginnings programs funded by the grants are: School readiness action plans in the five southside cities A Quality Rating and Improvement Program Initiative System at 28 area childcare centers and 10 family childcare homes Scholarships for childcare workers at centers involved in the Quality Rating and Improvement Program Initiative System A screening and referral program for area families with newborns An expanded public awareness campaign focused on the importance of children‘s early care and education The Batten Educational Achievement Fund of The Norfolk Foundation provided $4.1 million in grants to help implement the programs. Virginia Beach philanthropists Frank and Jane Batten started the donor advised fund at the Foundation in 2003 to improve educational opportunities for area youth. Smart Beginnings also received an additional $585,000 grant from The Norfolk Foundation‘s unrestricted funds. Since 2001 The Norfolk Foundation has focused on improving early care and education in the region. It has awarded nearly $10 million to nonprofit organizations working in this area. Governor Kaine called the Foundation‘s grants to Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads ―an incredible commitment to the young children in this community.‖ November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 6 UPDATE FROM THE NEWSLETTER OF THE VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE Slumping Economy Continues to Hammer at State Revenues; 1 st Quarter Data Confirm Trouble. State Secretary of Finance Ric Brown told House and Senate money committees recently that state revenue collections continue to slide. September, which completed the first quarter of FY09, is a significant month for revenue collections with estimated payments from individuals, corporations and insurance premiums all due, along with the regular monthly collections in withholding, sales and other sources. According to Brown, monthly total general fund revenue collections fell 7.4 percent in September, despite two more deposit days than in September 2007. Although the extra deposit days boosted withholding, sales tax collections fell 3.9 percent, and corporate collections dropped 10.9 percent. On a year-to-date basis, total revenues have declined 4.2 percent in the first quarter, below the annual forecast adopted in May 2008 calling for 2 percent growth. If the trend continues, the state will collect fewer dollars in FY09 than in the previous fiscal year. In fact, the dollar amount of projected revenue collections submitted this month by Gov. Tim Kaine for FY10 is also below actual revenue collections for FY08. Because half of state general fund dollars are funneled to local governments to carry out state mandates and other high priority programs of interest to the state and localities, local governments will face significant challenges to balance next year‘s budget. Possible K-12 Budget Cuts Outlined. Given the sharp, sustained drop in state revenue collections, reduction in direct aid to education appropriations are likely to be considered for FY10, according to a staff report presented at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. The report outlined potential options, including reducing minimum staffing levels, scaling back programs, improving (for the state) the methodology used to calculate the cost of education programs, reducing the state‘s share of the Standards of Quality funding from the current 55 percent to 50 percent, and looking for efficiencies in the delivery of educational services. Several of these options would result in increased funding responsibilities for local governments, which already pay a larger share of the costs of public education than does the state. The state would save between $60 million and $90 million a year by changing the process of funding the state‘s share of the prevailing health insurance premium. Local governments fund the additional positions in order to improve the ability of students and schools to meet state and national accountability standards, such as those set November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 7 forth in the Standards of Learning, Standards of Accreditation and federal No Child Left Behind Act. URBAN LEAGUE COMMUNITY LEADERS‘ AWARD NOMINATIONS The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is currently accepting nominations for th the 25 Annual Community Leaders‘ Award commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominations are accepted from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs, organizations, and other entities. Volunteer committees coordinate the awards process and select the recipients each year from a pool of outstanding community leaders and organizations. Categories for the award nominations: Community Service/Volunteerism; Education; Employment; Health; and Housing. These awards are presented to individuals or groups who promote a positive image, exemplify community service and demonstrate values that model those of Dr. King. Additionally, the nominees must also demonstrate support of the Urban League‘s mission to assist African Americans and others in achieving social justice and economic equality. Nominations must be submitted by December 2, 2008. Awards will be presented at the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. For more information contact the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. at 627-0864. FOUR FREEDOMS ESSAY CONTEST On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his famous ―Four Freedoms‖ speech to Congress on the eve of WWII in response to the rise of fascism in Europe. In that speech, FDR singled out four core values which he hoped would define all nations in the future: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Norma Rockwell brought these four principles to life in four historic covers for The Saturday Evening Post. Middle school students in Hampton Road studying civics will not only have a change to view the four freedoms in the new exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, but they also have the opportunity to express their views on the subject in an essay contest. A panel of judges, selected by the Chrysler, will review all entries and choose the 15 finalists who best answer the question: ―What do President Franklin Roosevelt‘s Four Freedoms mean to Americans today?‖ These 15 finalists will be asked to read and record their essays as a video to be posted on the Museum‘s website. Then, it‘s up to you to help us determine a winner. Simply log on to www.chrysler.org from December 22, 2008-January 11, 2009 and vote November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 8 for your favorite essay. The grand prize winner of an iPod Touch will be announced on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. All essays must be the original, unpublished work of the student. Submissions will be accepted from November 12, 2008-December 2, 2008. All middle school students studying civics are welcome to enter. For official rules and entry form, please visit www.chrysler.org. Please contact Channon Dillard at 757-333-6239 or email@example.com for additional information. NORFOLK RECEIVES NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS Norfolk News Now and Norfolk’s Citizen Guide Receive Honors at National Communications Conference The City of Norfolk received national recognition for two projects designed to provide information to citizens. Norfolk received a Savvy award for Norfolk News Now and the Award of Excellence for the ―Community Connection: A Guide to Citizen Services‖ at the annual 3CMA Conference. Norfolk News Now received top honors in the TV and Video: News Programming category, while the Citizen‘s Guide won in the Printed Publication: Resident Guide category. Norfolk‘s winning entries were chosen from among 881 submitted from agencies nationwide. Norfolk News Now has developed from a copy only news production into a mostly video full-length newscast. Produced monthly, the show is designed to inform and entertain citizens of Norfolk and covers a wide variety of topics. Norfolk News Now is broadcast on cable TV 48 and streamed on the City's website, www.norfolk.gov. A number of segments are also available on the video-sharing site YouTube, where they have been viewed by thousands. Community Connection, A Guide to Citizen Services 2008, was published to provide a one-stop shop where Norfolk residents could arm themselves with information, using the power of knowledge to help make Norfolk a safer, more vibrant community. The guide is available at the information desk in City Hall or by calling 664-4266. The Savvy Awards competition is sponsored by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), and is held in cooperation with the National League of Cities. The awards recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public sector marketing, and citizen- government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city/county/agency professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations. JOANN FALLETTA APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COUNCIL ON THE ARTS Acclaimed Virginia Symphony conductor JoAnn Falletta has been appointed to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. The United States Senate confirmed President George W. Bush‘s November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 9 nomination of JoAnn Falletta to serve on the NCA on October 3, 2008 for a term extending through September 3, 2012. Ms. Falletta joins a list of distinguished artists and arts advocates who have served on the National Council on the Arts since its establishment in 1964, including Leonard Bernstein and Isaac Stern. The National Council on the Arts advises the NEA Chairman on programs and policies. Council members review and make recommendations to the Chairman on grant applications, funding program guidelines, and national initiatives. Members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts, their expertise or profound interest in the arts, and their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts. ―I am very excited to have been appointed to serve on the NCA, and look forward to having the opportunity to promote the importance of the arts in America,‖ says JoAnn Falletta. Hailing her as a ―leading force for the music of our time,‖ the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored her this past spring with her 10th ASCAP award. Falletta, who studied with Leonard Bernstein while she was a student at the Juilliard School, is the host of the nationally broadcast PBS television special, The Berlin Celebration Concert, which celebrates Bernstein's historic performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, on Christmas Day 1989. The program was seen in Hampton Roads on WHRO TV 15 Public Broadcasting in September. JoAnn currently serves as Music Director of the Virginia Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic, and guest conducts many of the world's great symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony. For more information on the National Council on the Arts appointment, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/20080926-20.html NORFOLK TO BUILD NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY $20 MILLION GIFT PLACES LIBRARY ON FAST TRACK Mayor Paul Fraim announced recently that Frank Batten, Sr., the long-time chairman of Landmark Communications, has committed a $20 million contribution to the construction of a new central library in downtown Norfolk. Fraim described the gift as ―the largest in the city‘s history‖ and expressed gratitude on behalf of the city‘s citizens for the Batten family‘s generosity. During a press conference called to announce the gift, Fraim said that construction of the new central library may begin as soon as the fall of 2010. Mayor Fraim also announced that the new library will be named in honor of Samuel L. Slover, who founded Landmark when he acquired the Ledger Star and then merged that newspaper with the Virginian Pilot, which he purchased in the early 1930s. For more than November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 10 50 years, ―Colonel Slover‖ was a dominant figure in Virginia newspaper publishing circles. Slover was Batten‘s uncle. In 1954 at the age of 27, Batten assumed the leadership of the Virginian Pilot and the Ledger Star. With strategic acquisitions and key investments, Batten developed Landmark Communications into one of the nation‘s largest and most influential media companies. In a prepared statement, Frank Batten, Sr., who was not available for the news conference, made the following comments: ―I take great pleasure and satisfaction in being able to provide this gift to the City of Norfolk. I am pleased the new central library will be named in honor of my uncle, Samuel Slover, who raised me after my father died when I was less than a year old. Col. Slover was the founder of Landmark Communications and a former Mayor of Norfolk. Col. Slover loved this city, and he believed that an informed citizenry is one of the most important keys to its success. Throughout my life and career, I have tried to honor my uncle and his devotion to the betterment of the communities that we serve, and his commitment to integrity, honesty and a sense of fair play. He would be glad to know that this state-of-the art library will be named in his honor.‖ Fraim said a new central library will be composed of the historic Seaboard Building on Plume Street and a new structure that will be constructed between the Seaboard Building and Selden Arcade. It is anticipated that they will be connected by a glass – enclosed courtyard and atrium. The combination of the restoration of the Seaboard Building and the construction of the two new structures will create a national model for blending an historic building with the most up-to-date library technology. It will contain creative spaces for the future, but will also be a place where the memories of Norfolk will be preserved. The city acquired the Seaboard Building in 2007 for $7.2 million. The city is spending an additional $2.8 million to restore the building. Ray Gindroz, an internationally known and respected architect, planner and designer, described the Seaboard Building as one of the most outstanding works of architecture in America. ―It is a superb example of the 19 th century Renaissance Revival Style, exquisitely crafted, with meticulous detailing,‖ Gindroz said. The original plan called for the Seaboard Building to serve as a temporary location for the city‘s aging Kirn Memorial Library, which is scheduled to be demolished in March, 2009 to pave the way for the construction of a light rail passenger station. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 11 The new building will be designed to reflect the architectural integrity of the Seaboard Building. ―Mr. Batten has always championed causes that improve the lives of people,‖ Fraim said. ―The unwavering commitment to invest in the lives of all of our citizens has been the cornerstone of Mr. Batten‘s extraordinary life.‖ To honor Batten‘s wishes, Fraim vowed that the new Slover Library will be the most technologically advanced in the United States. ―Mr. Batten believes that technology has the potential to change lives,‖ Fraim said. ―We are determined that the new library will permit our citizens to access the latest 21 st century technology with the goal of providing a more informed society‖. The cost of the new construction will total nearly $40 million. Combined with the cost of the purchase and renovation of the Seaboard Building the price of the Slover Library will total nearly $50 million. Fraim will also lead an effort to raise additional funds for the construction cost of the new facility. ―I believe that a gift from a man of Mr. Batten‘s stature and reputation will influence other people to support this project,‖ Fraim said. The estimated programmable space for the new main library will increase to approximately 92,000 square feet, 34,000 square feet more than currently available in Kirn Memorial Library. TOWN POINT PARK CLOSED OCTOBER 20 FOR 8 MONTH RENOVATION PROJECT The curtain dropped on Town Point Park Monday, October 20 following the conclusion of the 26th season of events and will be closed to the public for the next 8 months as major renovations begin to this 7 ½ acre waterfront icon. A newly renovated park will reopen in grand style on the July 4th weekend with Norfolk‘s annual Harborfest celebration; Friday- Sunday, July 3-5, 2008. The 2009 schedule of events is released today with a combination of favorite festival traditions as well as several new featured events. The $11.5 million renovation is a first in the park‘s 25 years as a Norfolk institution. ―The project will ensure that this valued public open space continues to operate year-round as a first class waterfront venue for community celebrations and as a safe and enjoyable urban oasis when the park is not active with events and programs,‖ explains Norfolk Festevents Executive Director Karen Scherberger. During the eight-month renovation, the waterfront‘s bulkhead, electrical, water, sewer and storm water systems will all receive needed upgrades. The park will feature an improved layout and pathway systems for pedestrian access to the waterfront and along Waterside Drive, new stage locations that will provide better lawn seating, sound, lighting November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 12 and support facilities. New light fixtures, signage, interactive water fountains and landscaping will make the park greener and more user-friendly. Norfolk Festevents is leading the community‘s efforts to raise $1 million in private funds to support the project by launching a grass roots commemorative Brick and Marker program called the ―Turning Point Park Project‖. Throughout the renovated waterfront park, bricked foot paths, park benches, trees, fountains and plazas will bear the names of thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations who wish to participate in this special ―legacy‖ program. For tax-deductible contributions starting at $100, one can sponsor any number of engraved commemorative bricks, markers and plaques, as well as sponsor a limited number of park benches and trees. Visit www.festevents.org for more details or call 757-441-2345. Due to the July opening of the park, the Spring Virginia Beer and Town Point Spring Wine Festivals will be held on the Nauticus and Half Moone Cruise Terminal grounds. Other traditional June events will be scheduled later in the summer. 2009 Schedule of Events All events are in Town Point Park unless noted April 8th Annual Virginia Beer Festival Saturday, April 25, 2009 Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Ticketed & open to public May 3rd Annual AT&T Spring Saturday, May 9, 2009 Town Point Virginia Wine Festival Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center July GRAND OPENING of Town Point Park, Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5, 2009 33rd Annual Norfolk Harborfest & Free & Everyone is Welcome 27th Annual AT&T 4th of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks The 27th Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26 Presented by AT&T Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome 4th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Thursday, July 30, 2009 Hurricane Relief Benefit Silent Auction Free & Everyone is Welcome & Artist Welcome Reception The 20th Annual AT&T Bayou Boogaloo Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2& Cajun Food Festival Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 13 Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain Courtyard August New! Town Point Family Movie Series Wednesdays, August, 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2009 Free & Everyone is Welcome New! Major Concert Announcement Saturday, August 15, 2009 with special guests to be announced details to come… 9th Annual AT&T Norfolk Latino Saturday, August 29, 2009 Music Festival Free & Everyone is Welcome Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain Courtyard September New! Antique Car & Boat Show Sat., Sept. 12 – Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 Free & Everyone is Welcome 5th Annual In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 In partnership with National Marine Manufacture Assoc. Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome 4th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Saturday, September 26, 2009 In conjunction with the Friends of Pagoda, Oriental Garden Foundation & local Chinese Organizations Free & Everyone is Welcome 4th Annual AT&T Sunday, September 27, 2009 Acoustic Music Festival In partnership with 93.7 BOB FM and in partnership with Barnes and Noble at Tidewater Community College Free & Everyone is Welcome November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 14 Weekly and daily family entertainment and activities at the Waterside Landing Fountain Courtyard October 21st Annual AT&T Virginia Saturday, October 10, 2009 Children‘s Festival Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome 22nd Annual AT&T Town Point Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 Virginia Wine Festival Ticketed & Everyone is Welcome DRESS FOR SUCCESS EXPANDS IN HAMPTON ROADS Dress for Success® Norfolk expands to serve the needs of Greater Hampton Roads and formally announces its name change to Dress for Success ® Hampton Roads. Dress for Success was originally chartered as Dress for Success Norfolk . Now, in its third year, Dress for Success Norfolk has been authorized by the international organization to embrace the seven cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth , Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Hampton , Newport News , and Suffolk . The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since opening our doors in January 2006, Dress for Success has been dedicated to serving the women in our community as they find employment and transition to self-sufficiency. Our clients are a diverse group of women who have faced a variety of life challenges. By helping a woman succeed, we are also helping her children to succeed. To date, this organization has served over 400 women. Dress for Success Hampton Roads welcomes the opportunity to assist women from all of the seven cities to enter the workforce and become independent. Volunteers are invited to get involved in implementing the process. Organizations in the seven cities of Greater Hampton Roads who would like to know more about how Dress for Success can support their city should contact Debra Dandridge, or visit Dress for Success online at www.dressforsuccess.org/hamptonroads. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 15 IN THIS ISSUE CITY UPDATES ............................................................................................. 16 City Council Actions ......................................................................................... 16 Community Mental Health Services ................................................................. 23 Finance .............................................................................................................. 23 Fire Rescue ........................................................................................................ 23 Grant Management ........................................................................................... 24 Human Resources ............................................................................................. 24 Human Services ................................................................................................. 25 Keep Norfolk Beautiful ..................................................................................... 28 Legislative ......................................................................................................... 28 Libraries ............................................................................................................ 33 Nauticus............................................................................................................. 33 Neighborhood Preservation .............................................................................. 35 Police ................................................................................................................. 37 Project Updates ................................................................................................. 37 Public Health .................................................................................................... 38 Public Works ..................................................................................................... 39 Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces ................................................................. 40 Zoo ..................................................................................................................... 41 FYI .................................................................................................................... 43 THINGS TO DO AND SEE ........................................................................... 49 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 16 CITY UPDATES CITY COUNCIL ACTION Summary of some recent action – for further details on these and other City Council actions, check www.norfolk.gov or the City Clerk’s Office. Revoked the Fort Norfolk Plaza, LLC Empowerment Zone Bonds allocation because since the adoption of the Resolution in 2007, Dr. Keith Newby has acquired a new partner, Lauth Property Group. The new partnership has decided to use conventional financing for their project. Permitted Eastern Virginia Medical School to encroach into the right of way of Brambleton Avenue, on the Brambleton Avenue crossover, at 745 Fairfax Avenue with six security cameras and two panic buttons for monitored security. Approved request to add a Check Cashing Establishment inside the Farm Fresh Grocery Store located at 1200 North Military Highway. The proposed Check Cashing Establishment will be conducted entirely within an existing building. The site provides sufficient parking. The proposed hours of operation for the Check Cashing Establishment are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Approved a request to allow the operation of a Tattoo Parlor in a single-story building located on the northeast corner of Monticello Avenue and East 21st Street. The proposed hours of operation for the Tattoo Parlor are from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Accepted a donation of a 2008 Ford 650 Crew Cab Truck from the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has purchased the 2008 Ford 650 Crew Cab Truck and previously donated medical and transportation items for the City of Norfolk to support the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System (HRMMRS). These items will be used by Norfolk Fire-Rescue to help provide medical response during a mass casualty, disaster or terrorism event that would create a large medical emergency. Approved a request for hazardous duty benefits for employees in eligible positions in Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority. Effective July 1, 2008, all Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority participating cities‘ employees who contribute to VRS are eligible to receive the Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty. Currently, the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority is the only correctional facility in the region that does not provide its eligible hazardous duty employees (full-time salaried jail superintendents and jail officers whose tenure is not restricted to temporary or provisional) the VRS Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty or equivalent retirement benefits. There is a significant cost associated with granting November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 17 of Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous duty benefit to Hampton Roads Regional Jail employees. Superintendent Roy Cherry has reported to the Board that the first year‘s cost is estimated to be $787,400. The Board has endorsed the Superintendent‘s plan to cover those increased costs by increasing the number of federal inmates. Since there is sufficient capacity and the federal government pays a higher per diem rate for inmates than is charged to member localities, the Enhanced Benefits for Hazardous Duty Positions can be paid by federal revenues. Took action to allow development of single-family detached structures on lots at least 35 feet in width on the east side of Church Street and Goff Street and Johnson Avenue. The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority property acquired in 2007 was later developed with townhouses. Recently NRHA acquired the corner parcel and demolished the structures and is proposing to develop the parcel with a single-family detached dwelling. In order to permit residential development consistent with the rest of the block, the applicant is requesting that The General Plan be amended, the Church Street Townhouse Overlay district be changed to allow single-family detached structures on lots with a minimum width of 35 feet, and the subject property‘s zoning designation be changed to R-10 (Townhouse) and CSTO (Church Street Townhouse Overlay) district. This area is located in the Huntersville neighborhood which is zoned R-8 (One-Family) and developed primarily with single-family homes. There is a small retail establishment immediately across Johnson Avenue and to the southeast is a church. Took action to permit The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority in proposing to develop the property at 512 and 518 Campostella Road between Arlington Avenue and Montclair Avenue with three single-family homes. Two of the homes would front onto Montclair Avenue and one would front onto Arlington Avenue. All three lots would meet or exceed the minimum lot width and area for the R-8 (One-Family) district. Campostella Road is developed with a mix of commercial and residential uses. To the north of the site is a retail lumber establishment and a vacant lot previously developed with a shopping center, to the south is a church, and to the west immediately across Campostella Road is a gas station and a church. To the east, northeast and southeast is the Campostella Heights neighborhood which is generally developed with single-family homes. Permitted the sale of the former Utilities Site to Luna Development Services, LLC for the development of flex/office space, multifamily residential, and single family residential. This is a negotiated sale based on Luna‘s response to RFP 3072. Luna will develop not less than 20 office/flex units (~2,500 SF each) for sale, not less than 24 apartment units ( of which 60% will initially be Affordable Housing) and 2 single family homes on the parcels that comprise the approximately 5 acres for sale. The Land Disposition and Development Contract requires Luna to pay $35,000/acre (or approximately $175,000 for the total site). Over 10 years, the project is expected to provide over $1.4 million in additional City revenue. This project will bring November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 18 needed commercial development to the Church Street portion of the site, providing commercial ownership opportunities not currently available in the Mid-town area. The multi-family and single family in-fill will help to continue to promote diverse housing opportunities along the Church Street Corridor. Adopted an amendment to zoning laws to provide greater definition for the evaluation of a certificate of appropriateness. The existing provisions governing issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness contain vague language that has been identified as a concern by residents of the Ghent and West Freemason historic districts. The proposed changes provide greater clarity regarding the factors that must be considered in the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness. Currently reviewing applications for Certificate of Appropriateness for the erection, construction, reconstruction, remodeling, exterior alteration or restoration of a building or structure, including accessory structures, involves the consideration of several factors in determining the appropriateness of architectural compatibility. One of the criteria requires that the proposed project be reviewed within the context of the ―immediate vicinity‖ of the proposed project, but the ―immediate vicinity‖ is left unidentified. Similarly, the ordinance requires that projects be architecturally harmonious and not incompatible, but no guidance is offered as to what factors should be considered in this determination. These proposed amendments seek to define the context area that must be considered for the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness and to clarify factors that must be considered in determining that a proposed building is harmonious and compatible with the District. Adopted an ordinance to review a proposal by the owner of 4005 Granby Street, to convert and expand the former gas station located on the property at 4005 Granby Street to accommodate an Eating Establishment. The existing one-story, three-bay brick building, which is approximately 408 square feet by enclosing the canopied area. The existing repair bays will provide additional interior dining space. Approved a Downtown Development Certificate for 767 Granby Street. The applicant, Erick Smith is proposing to construct a single-story retail structure on a 16.5 foot wide vacant lot located at 767 Granby Street. The site is located on the southwest corner of Wilson Street and Granby Street. Accepted conveyance to the City of Norfolk land located at 401 E. Freemason St. The City constructed the Reception Center at 401 E. Freemason Street, on land located north of MacArthur Mall Garage. At that time, the title to the land was not conveyed to the City. NRHA is now dedicating the land to the City of Norfolk which will give clear title to the site. The Chrysler Museum of Art manages the site on behalf of the City. There are no funds connected with the transfer of this property. The Chrysler Museum receives an annual appropriation from the City for the operating costs, personnel, and routine maintenance of the facility. Accepts a 2007 State Homeland Security Grant via the City of Portsmouth. The City of Portsmouth, Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, is the November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 19 lead agency for the Hazardous Materials Southside Tidewater Team. The team is comprised of the Cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has allocated a total of $170,973 from the 2007 Homeland Security Program Grant for hazardous materials team equipment and training. Of this amount, $36,095 was allocated to the City of Norfolk for equipment purchase. As mandated, these funds are to be used to purchase Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear/Explosive (CBRNE) response equipment. Revoked permission for a canvas canopy encroachment granted to Commonwealth Enterprises, LLC (the Tazewell Hotel) for the Granby Street right-of-way. The original encroachment was granted to the Tazewell Hotel on March 9, 1999. Since that time, the canvas canopy has been repeatedly damaged. Although representatives of the Tazewell Hotel have repaired the canopy in the past, they have not repaired the most recent damage. They have been contacted and told on several occasions to repair the canopy. However, they have failed to comply. Accepted not less than $38,715 in federal carryover grant funds for the Federal Fiscal Year 2008, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for HIV/AIDS Health and Support Services in Norfolk Transitional Grant Area (TGA) as prioritized and allocated by the Greater Hampton Roads HIV/AIDS Health Services Planning Council. Accepted and appropriated the sum of $14,948 from the Department of Criminal Justice Services Recruiting and Retention of Criminal Justice Professionals Grant Program to be used for recruiting minorities as criminal justice professionals. This award is for the third year of the grant program. The $14,948 grant is designated to fund workshops, career fairs, and advertisements for the recruitment of minorities as criminal justice professionals. The $14,948 grant, which does include a local cash match of up to $4,983 will allow the Norfolk Police Department to enhance the recruiting and retention program. Approved an ordinance permitting River House Apts., LLC to encroach into the rights-of-way of Llewellyn Avenue and Granby Street with a fence, fire water line, landscaping, and irrigation system. Approved an ordinance permitting First Baptist Church to encroach into the right-of- way of the 7400 Block of Fargo Avenue for a distance of 1.9‘ ± with a residence, porch and fence and 4.7‘ ± with steps. Approved an ordinance to change the name of TWA Drive to Academy Drive. Approved a Lease Agreement between the City of Norfolk and the Generic Theater and authorizing the execution of the Lease Agreement on behalf of the City. Accepted a Selective Enforcement Grant award of up to $23,086 from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to pay police officers overtime to assist with traffic safety enforcement and to purchase equipment, appropriating and authorizing the November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 20 expenditure of the grant funds and authorizing a local match of $4,618 as in-kind services by the Norfolk Police Department. Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance authorizing the City as administrative and fiscal agent for the Norfolk Transitional Grant Area (TGA) under Title I of the Ryan White Comprehensive Aids Resources Emergency (CARE) Act to accept carryover grant funds in the amount of $38,715.00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for HIV/AIDS Health and Support Services and appropriating and authorizing expenditure of the grant funds,‖ will be introduced in writing and read by its title. Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance approving an Institutional Development Plan on property located on the west side of Riverview Avenue,‖ will be introduced in writing and read by its title. Letter from the City Manager and an Ordinance entitled, ―An Ordinance approving the acceptance of a Veterans‘ Employment and Training Services grant award of $7,000.00 from the U. S. Department of Labor for Project Homeless Connect Event,‖ will be introduced in writing and read by its title. Adopted a resolution to endorse an application to the Virginia Department of Transportation for a federal Transportation Enhancement Program grant in the amount of $435,000 to fund construction of Phase IV of the Elizabeth River Trail project. o General: The Enhancement Grant funding has enabled the City of Norfolk to complete several on-going phases of the Elizabeth River Trail. The proposed Phase IV project would be an extension of the current cycling and walking trail which begins in Downtown Norfolk and ends at the foot of the rail overpass of Hampton Boulevard. This Phase of the trail would continue the path from Jeff Robertson Park to the north including the construction of two scenic off-road connections to portions of the trail at key points. The Lamberts Point segment will connect Parker Avenue with W. 25 th Street removing a large section of shared roadway and replacing it with an exclusive off-road trail along an establishment community garden. The Larchmont Library section will be located adjacent to the Elizabeth River through a greenway before reconnecting to shared roadway along the west side of Hampton Boulevard. Planned phases of the Elizabeth River Trail will eventually extend the route all the way north to the Norfolk Naval Base. This proposed Phase IV project is consistent with the plan that was previously reviewed and approved by City Council. Accepted a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for Project Homeless Connect. o General: The Project Homeless Connect event held on August 21, 2008 served 981 homeless persons and brought together over 950 community volunteers. The main goal of this one-day event was to provide outreach and service initiative for single homeless adults in Norfolk. The U.S. Department November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 21 of Labor (DOL) made a grant award of a $7,000 to help defray one-third of the cost of putting the event together. The rest was provided by private contributions. Approved a request by Willie Clark of Clark Nexsen Architects on behalf of Fort Norfolk Plaza LLC for an institutional development plan for 301 Riverview Avenue. The applicant is proposing a development that will include medical offices with retail space on the ground level. A parking garage and a surface parking lot are part of the project. The property boundaries are Brambleton Avenue on the north and east, Riverview Avenue on the east and the Elizabeth River Trail on the south and west. In September 2007, City Council approved an institutional development plan for an office tower, hotel, parking garage and surface parking lot. The applicant has since modified the project to eliminate the hotel, thereby requiring a new institutional development plan. o Analysis: The project site is located in the Institutional Campus (IN-2) zoning district, which allows medical offices and multi-functional institutional buildings and uses. Generally, the IN-2 is intended to provide special standards and procedures to accommodate the unique needs of multi- functional institutional uses such as a medical center. The grouping of institutional uses may be public or private, nonprofit or for-profit uses that are interrelated in purpose and function. Due to the independent ownership of the subject parcel to be utilized for this development project, this is being processed as a single-parcel Institutional Development Plan. o General: The applicant is proposing to construct a nine-story tower with 198,000 square feet of medical office space and 16,000 square feet of retail space, a nine-story parking garage with 903 spaces, and a surface parking lot with 74 spaces. Approved an ordinance amendment to create a regular funding source for Public Art. The ordinance provides that 1% for all eligible construction projects will be added to the capital improvement budget for the purpose of public art. Eligible construction projects are those over $500,000 that are facility or amenity renovations, expansions or new developments that are not maintenance or infrastructure projects. o General: In March 2004, the Council established an eleven-member Public Art Commission. This ordinance establishes routine funding of public art by adding 1% of all eligible construction projects to the capital improvement budget for the purpose of public art. These funds will be pooled in an annual public art account. An annual work plan of expenditures will be developed. The work plan will outline specific art projects, dollar amounts, maintenance and conservation recommendations for the public art funds. o Fiscal: Public Art funds have been added in the last four fiscal budgets—‘06, ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09. This amendment will formalize and clearly establish the November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 22 guidelines and intentions of the City to establish a Public Art Program. As funding is tied to the capital building program, the yearly addition of funds will fluctuate in conjunction with 1% of new building and renovation, expansion or new development. o Community Outreach/Notification: Community and civic league members as well as other stakeholders will serve on public art selection committees that will define the parameters of the artist request for proposal and assist with the selection of artists. The Public Arts Commission will work closely with staff to research and oversee the program policies, procedures and guidelines as well as the yearly work plan of projects. They will review public art proposals and make recommendations concerning commissioning, purchasing, or adopting works of art for the public art collection, including artist and/or artwork selection, site selection, maintenance, and deaccessioning of works of art for the public art collection. Ghent and Freemason Height Restrictions. As a result of a recent legal dispute, the use of the terms ―maximum‖ and ―minimum‖ has been found to be confusing. In actuality there is no absolute maximum or minimum in these two historic districts, since the special provision of subsection (c) may be available for properties located in such a manner that the special conditions could apply. Furthermore, property owners may be confused by the use of the term ―variation‖ in subsection (c), which may sound like a ―variance‖ is needed. In order to continue to have a viable height rule for the Ghent and Freemason historic districts, it is recommended that any inconsistent, potentially confusing language be removed and more simplified language be substituted. The proposed changes are as follows: Section 1: - That Section 9-1.8 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk, 1002 (as amended), entitled ―Height requirements,‖ is hereby amended and reordained so as to require a special exception, in addition to a certificate of appropriateness, for occupied buildings less than or greater than certain specified heights. Section 2: - That Section 9-2.8 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Norfolk, 1992 (as amended), entitled ―Height requirements,‖ is hereby amended and reordained so as to require a special exception, in addition to a certificate of appropriateness, for occupied buildings less than or greater than certain specified heights. COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 23 Need a Speaker? Norfolk Community Mental Health Services will provide a speaker free of charge to any group that would like to know more about mental illness. For further information, contact John Creekmore at 441-1170. FINANCE Moody‘s and Fitch Postpone Global Scale Ratings for U.S. Municipal Bonds. You may recall that during Council‘s recent presentation by JoAnne Carter, Managing Director at Public Financial Management, Inc. that she stated both Moody‘s and Fitch are in the process of ―recalibrating‖ their ratings of U.S. municipal bond issues and issuers to its global rating scale. This recalibration is structured to facilitate comparability of credit quality for municipal and corporate bonds. Moody‘s, which is further ahead in the recalibration process than Fitch, announced in September that it planned to begin transitioning to state governments in October and municipalities in January 2009. However, earlier this week both Moody‘s and Fitch announced that they are delaying the recalibration of municipal ratings until the current turmoil in the market improves. While both Moody's and Fitch have stated that they remain committed to a global rating scale, they have not provided a new timeframe for when the recalibration is expected. FIRE-RESCUE Chief Senter Retries after 26 Years of Service. It is with regret, but support for Loy Senter, that we announce his resignation as Fire Chief, effective November 14, 2008. With over 26 years of service with Norfolk, Loy is retiring from the City to become the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Loy has been a proud member of Norfolk Fire-Rescue for over 26 years starting as a firefighter assigned to Engine 2 on Church Street and working his way up to Chief. Loy has built many relationships and has served on many City committees and regional groups. Loy will be missed, but this is a great opportunity to further his professional career. Commissioning of Norfolk Fire-Rescue Vulcan II. Mayor Fraim joined other invited guest speakers at Mercury Landing in Town Point Park on Thursday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. to commission the City‘s brand new fireboat. At the end of the program, the boat will execute some maneuvers in the Elizabeth River. Vulcan II was built by Northwind Marine. It is forty-one feet long, a little over ten and half feet wide and runs at about 35 miles per hour. Before 1922, the City‘s vast waterfront property was protected by privately owned fireboats. However, in 1922, the City purchased a vessel which was once used by the U.S. Navy called the Harvey Brown. With an investment of about $40,000 then, the City converted the vessel into a fireboat November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 24 and the water-based engine company was named the Vulcan. Vulcan served the City for almost two decades before it was sold to O.L. Powell and W.D Moore of Mathews City. In late 1942, with financial support from the U.S. Navy, fire protection on the waterfront resumed. About eight fireboats were strategically located along the harbor and staffed by the U.S. Coast Guard firefighters. For the Coast Guard to respond to fire emergencies in the City, the City‘s fire alarm signal was tied into the Coast Guard‘s alarm system which when activated sent the nearest fireboat to the scene of the fire. GRANT MANAGEMENT HUD Entitlement Grant Programs. The Office of Grants Management is currently preparing for the FY2010 Annual Plan process for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Program Funding. Through this process, the City anticipates distributing federal resources under three (3) HUD programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG). Two application workshops will be held in the 10 th Floor Conference Room of City Hall. The first session was held Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. The second session will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the application forms and information packets describing the Annual Plan Process, the three HUD programs, and the Application Workshop may be obtained by calling the Office of Grants Management at (757) 664-4080, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays or by downloading the applications by going to www.norfolk.gov/grant. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, December 12, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. HUMAN RESOURCES NFWC Membership Office Temporary Relocated to Building’s Atrium. The Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center‘s membership office has been temporary relocated to the front atrium – which is located in the lobby of the building. NFWC officials decided on the move when medium sized pieces of concrete (i.e., patch-work) fell thru the ceiling of the membership office. No one was injured in the October 17th incident. After assessing the damage, the Facility and Enterprise Management Division concluded that the patch work fell due to years of water damage which occurred prior to the City owning the building. They indicated that the structure is sound. Gilcom Contracting Company has been contracted to perform repairs on the damaged ceiling. The work is expected to last between 2 -3 weeks. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 25 HUMAN SERVICES Town Hall Meeting Draws Crowd. On September 18, 2008, the Norfolk Prisoner Reentry Council held a Town Hall meeting at the Workforce Development Center to a standing room-only crowd. Two-hundred and twenty-five ex-offenders, their families, and potential employers were on hand to hear from the Council about the progress being made to address the challenges of housing, financial obligations, healthcare, employment, and education. Each year, 10,000-12,000 men and women are released from state prisons and returned to communities throughout Virginia. Within three years, approximately 29% of those released have returned to prison. The Norfolk Prisoner Reentry Program began as a pilot 18 months ago to increase public safety and reduce the rate of recidivism. It has succeeded with Norfolk‘s current recidivism rate at 4%. To date, the Reentry Program has served 202 men and women who have come back home to Norfolk. This has been accomplished without funding and with voluntary participation by the community, inmates, prisons and jails, and agencies. The Norfolk Reentry Council, under the direction of the Norfolk Department of Human Services, administers the Reentry Program with the close assistance of Norfolk Second Chances, STEP UP, and the Virginia Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole, Norfolk Office. A Win for Virginia. Virginia is one of the five most successful states in the nation for reducing poverty, according to the Heartland Institute‘s comprehensive study Welfare Reform After Ten Years. Virginia received high marks for its anti-poverty success and welfare reform policies. The new study examined how states implement the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). One of the most crucial variables for determining a state‘s success was the decline in the number of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. Virginia‘s caseload has declined 58% during the first ten years of Welfare Reform. The good news comes on the heels of another recent report that Virginia ranked highest in the nation for job entry rates for TANF recipients in federal fiscal years 2005 and 2006. Fuel Assistance Program The Fuel Assistance Program is designed to assist low-income households with their heating needs. The Fuel Assistance Program can help: Pay your electric bill to operate your heating equipment Pay your electric security deposit Pay your gas security deposit Purchase oil or kerosene November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 26 Pay late charges Pay connection or re-connection fees Pay installation fees Pay delivery fees Call 664-7550 or 664-7552 for more information about the Fuel Assistance Program and the application process. Help Brighten the Holidays for our Children in Foster Care More than 200 children in Norfolk will be spending the holidays in foster or residential care. The Department of Human Services invites individuals, businesses and organizations to brighten the season with a contribution to the Annual Holiday Project Foster Children. All donations will go towards the purchase of toys or gift certificates for each child. Because public funds are not available, the project relies upon the generosity of individuals, businesses and community organizations to make this vision a reality. Contributions may be made in the form of a check or gift card. If you would like to get involved in a more personal way, you may choose to sponsor a specific child or children or purchase specific gift items on a child‘s wish list. Contact Kim Williams at (757) 664-7781 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your donation and additional information. Foster and Adoptive Parent Orientation January 12, 2009. The Norfolk Department of Human Services is seeking foster and adoptive families to provide children in crisis with a warm, stable, and loving home. Our curriculum for pre-service foster parent training incorporates both foster and adoptive instruction, so that all parents receive dual certification. The state-approved P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information, Development, & Education) training program is a model of practices, geared toward five competencies: Protecting and nurturing children Meeting children‘s developmental needs and addressing development delays Supporting relationships between children and their families Helping children to develop safe and nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime Working as a member of a professional team The next Foster/Adoptive Parent Orientations will be held 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm, January 12, 2009. If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent or adopting a child, please contact our Nancy Brock with the Resource Development Team at 757- 664-6079 or email@example.com. For additional information about foster and adoptive parenting visit us online at www.norfolk.gov/humanservices/foster_care.asp. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 27 Volunteers Needed for Free Income Tax Assistance Program. The South Hampton Roads Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (SHREITC) is seeking volunteers to help low- income working families during the 2009 Tax Filing Season as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Tax Preparers, Greeters, and Quality Reviewers will be needed at several of the 14 VITA sites in Norfolk (4), Virginia Beach (4), Portsmouth (1), Chesapeake (2), Suffolk (2), and Franklin (1), through April 15 th to assist taxpayers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is a special federal tax credit for low-income workers that can result in a refund of as much as $4800. For more information about becoming a VITA volunteer, visit www.shreitc.com/volunteer-opportunities or call 1-866-664-6116. Child Care Assistance – NO WAITING LIST! The Norfolk Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program aids eligible families in the arrangement and/or purchase of childcare for their children. This program helps promote: parental choice and consumer education by giving parents information to make informed choices about childcare, activities to enhance health and safety standards established by the state, and activities that increase and enhance childcare and early childhood development. 2008-2009 Eligibility Requirements 18 years of age or older A Norfolk resident Employed, attending school, or both Income eligible Gross Monthly Income Requirements Family Size 2 3 4 5 6 Income at or below $1,867 $2,347 $2,827 $3,307 $3,787 Call (757) 664-6175 for additional information about the Child Care Assistance Program and the application process. Water Bill Woes? Norfolk‘s LIFELINE Can Help. The Lifeline Program was initiated by the City of Norfolk in 1999 to help Norfolk citizens avoid disruption in water services. Lifeline offers financial assistance to low-income senior citizens, families and individuals to provide relief from the combined services utility bill. Norfolk‘ Departments of Human Services and Utilities work together to provide Lifeline information and assistance. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 28 Eligible residents may receive: Bill Assistance - Maximum annual assistance of $270 in the form of a non-refundable payment to Hampton Roads Utility Billing Service (HRUBS) in your behalf. Plumbing Repairs Assistance - Maximum annual assistance of $500 for plumbing repairs to licensed plumbers on behalf of owner occupants. Lifeline applications are available at the Department of Human Services, HRSD, and at the Department of Utilities, or you may request an application by mail. Completed applications may be returned by mail or in person to the Department of Utilities or any Department of Human Services location. For eligibility guidelines or to request an application, call 664-6035 or 664-6311. KEEP NORFOLK BEAUTIFUL Green Contractor Training Series. A new training series for residential & small commercial building contractors & sub-contractors. How can you save money & protect the environment through site management? By getting certified through the Green Contractor Training Series! Keep Norfolk Beautiful has organized a ten-class series of sessions that will give contractors and sub-contractors the knowledge to satisfy the growing demand from customers for more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly construction. Led by experienced instructors with national certification, topics include (but not limited to) alternative energy systems, HVAC systems, home audits, insulation & building envelopes, site management for cost savings and introductory information on LEED, Earthcraft & Energy Star programs. Sessions take place monthly beginning November 12 th with ―Greening Your HVAC Installations.‖ Participants may register for any or all sessions, with a discount when registering for three or more. For more details on sessions and times, contact Keep Norfolk Beautiful at 441-1347 or visit www.norfolkbeautiful.org. LEGISLATIVE (Norfolk’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office monitors State and Federal legislation) Appointment of the New Director of Intergovernmental Relations. I am pleased to announce that Bryan Pennington has been appointed as the new Director of Intergovernmental Relations. Bryan is no stranger to most of us as he has served as the November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 29 Executive Assistant to Mayor Fraim since August 2006. In that capacity, he was the Mayor‘s ambassador to the public and liaison to the City‘s Administration and to various regional, state, and federal agencies. Prior to Norfolk, he spent six-years working in many municipalities and state agencies across the country as an Urban Management / Public Affairs Consultant. Before working in the private sector, Bryan worked in the Mayor‘s Office in the City of Indianapolis and as a Research Analyst for the Institute for Social Justice. Bryan has a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan College and Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Before attending college, he spent three years in the U.S. Army as Recon Scout for the 82nd Airborne Division. Governor Kaine Announces Judicial Appointments. Fills Circuit Court vacancies in Norfolk. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine recently announced the appointments of the Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, the Honorable Louis A. Sherman and the Honorable John R. ―Jack‖ Doyle III to fill vacancies in the Norfolk Circuit Court. ―I am pleased to fill these vacancies with three highly qualified people whose dedication to justice in Norfolk makes them ideal for the job,‖ Governor Kaine said. ―I am confident the people of Norfolk will be well served by Judge Jones, Judge Sherman and Commonwealth‘s Attorney Doyle in their new roles.‖ The Honorable Jerrauld C. Jones, a native of Norfolk, has served the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since 2005. Judge Jones represented the 89th District in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1988-2002 where he served on the Finance and Judiciary Committees, and as the Chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Judge Jones has a long and respected history of contribution to the youth of Virginia. He is on the State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and the Governor‘s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, and previously served as Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice under Governor Mark R. Warner. He has extensive experience in private practice, served for two years as an Assistant Commonwealth‘s Attorney for the City of Norfolk, and was the first African-American to serve as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia. Judge Jones attended the Washington and Lee School of Law and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1981. The Honorable Louis A. Sherman has served the Norfolk General District Court since 1995. He was in private practice from 1983-1995 and served as Executive Director of Tidewater Legal Aid Society for five years. Judge Sherman is involved with numerous professional organizations including the Association of District Court Judges in Virginia, the Tidewater Area General District Court Judges Association, the American Judges Association and the American Bar Association. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 30 He attended the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1971. The Honorable Jack Doyle has served as the Norfolk Commonwealth‘s Attorney since 2000. He was an Assistant Commonwealth‘s Attorney, Deputy Commonwealth‘s Attorney, and Chief Deputy Commonwealth‘s Attorney in Norfolk from 1983-1992 and was in private practice from 1992-2000. Judge Doyle attended the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and was admitted to Virginia State Bar in 1982. New State Revenue Forecasts Call For $2.5 Billion Shortfall, Gov. Kaine Announces Reductions, Bonds, Stabilization Fund To Meet FY 2009 Shortfall . Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today announced the official revenue reforecast, and immediately announced an executive spending reduction plan to meet the fiscal year 2009 shortfall. The Governor‘s plan reduces government spending by making operations more efficient and reducing the scope of some government programs, while protecting K-12 education and other critical government functions, like public safety. The cuts include reductions in the Governor‘s office and residence budgets, previously announced. ―Since October of last year, the continuing uncertainty and downturn in the national economy has required us to adjust the revenue forecast downward twice, and thus far, we‘ve reduced the state budget by over $1.7 billion, not including the reductions we‘re making today,‖ Governor Kaine said. ―Just like families and businesses, state government is feeling the effects of the national economic crisis. And just like Virginia families and businesses, we‘re going to have to reduce our spending to make ends meet.‖ The official revenue reforecast projects a shortfall of $973.6 million for fiscal year 2009 and $1.54 billion for fiscal year 2010, or just over $2.5 billion for the biennium. Governor Kaine will balance the FY 2009 budget through state agency savings and spending reductions of over $348 million and additional steps, including a withdrawal of about $400 million from the Revenue Stabilization Fund. The revised revenue estimate is based on a series of meetings the Governor and his Secretary of Finance held with economists, critical industry leaders, and legislative leaders of both parties. The new forecast predicts a decline in the general fund budget for fiscal year 2009 of 4.0%, and very slow growth – of 3.6% – as the recovery begins in fiscal year 2010. In anticipation of this shortfall, on September 2, the Governor directed his Cabinet secretaries to work with their respective agencies to develop a range of possible spending reductions. This action enabled the Governor to order immediate reductions in spending upon completion of the revenue reforecasting process. The Governor‘s savings actions include: · recovering over $40 million in balances from fiscal year 2008; November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 31 · capturing savings of over $24 million resulting from Governor‘s directives to agencies in August to immediately implement a hiring freeze and cuts in discretionary spending; and · reducing agency spending by over $323 million, based primarily on the recommendations made by state agencies in their 5, 10, and 15 percent reduction strategies, including the delay of the planned 2% state employee salary increase. The Governor‘s reduction strategies include: · $100 million in improved business practices and efficiencies · nearly $32 million in the reduction or elimination of current services · over $27 million in reduced personnel costs · over $13 million in reduced discretionary expenses For example, the Department of Forestry will save $50,000 by sharing the cost of a hydrologist with Virginia Tech; the Science Museum will save $100,000 by closing for an additional day each week; the Department of Taxation will save over $1.7 million by reducing technology costs; and the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse services will save over $2 million by consolidating certain targeted administrative services regionally for their mental health treatment centers. Governor Kaine will propose addressing the remaining portion of the $973.6 million shortfall through bonding nearly $250 million in capital outlay that had been planned for cash payments and through a withdrawal of around $400 million from the Revenue Stabilization Fund, which currently holds over $1 billion. These actions must be approved by the General Assembly. Use of the Revenue Stabilization Fund in fiscal year 2009 enables state leaders to protect certain critical services from 2009 cuts, most prominently, K-12 education. ―While no agency can expect complete exemption from cuts, it is important to protect crucial state services as much as possible,‖ said Governor Kaine. ―By employing the Revenue Stabilization Fund, we can avoid fiscal year 2009 cuts in K-12 education. This action avoids a devastating impact on classrooms with the school year already underway.‖ Major actions in the Governor‘s announced fiscal year 2009 reduction plan include: About 570 layoffs, the elimination of more than 800 additional positions that are currently unfilled, holding about one-third of all at-will positions vacant, and the imposition of a continued freeze on new hiring The delay of a previously planned 2% salary increase for state employees, to July 2009 from November 2008 Reductions of 5 or 7 percent to institutions of higher education Administrative efficiencies in Medicaid, the Department of Aging, and Community Service Boards that will prevent deeper cuts in direct service delivery Restructuring Department of Corrections facilities, closing several older facilities. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 32 Previously announced reductions in the Governor‘s office and mansion budget, including a continued reduction in the Governor‘s own salary ―I know that the layoffs associated with these cuts come at a challenging time for state employees, and I regret that they are necessary,‖ Gov. Kaine said. ―I have instructed the Virginia Employment Commission and our Human Resources Department to help those state employees who are laid off through this difficult transition.‖ The Governor noted that some strategies, like delaying the 2% state employee raises, would be reconsidered as further reductions for 2010 are considered. Reductions to address the $1.54 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2010 will be announced in the coming months and are expected to include further layoffs and structural changes. ―The shortfall for 2010 is projected to be even greater, and while I will work to protect items like employee raises, we must keep open the possibility that they may have to be eliminated altogether as we make additional reductions,‖ said Gov. Kaine. ―We will continue to examine every government expenditure for performance and efficiency, but we will have to look at new ways of doing things and ask ourselves hard questions about all of our programs.‖ ―No one would wish for a crisis like this, and as we move forward, there will be more difficult choices to make,‖ the Governor continued. ―But we should embrace the opportunity to critically evaluate how we‘re spending taxpayer money, and whether every program is delivering the results people deserve.‖ State Budget Outlook. The State‘s revenue growth in FY09 has slowed well below the level necessary to meet current ongoing obligations. In response, Gov. Kaine recently released a proposal to balance the State‘s forecasted $1 billion budget shortfall for FY 09. The Governor‘s proposal includes a one-time $400 million withdrawal from the State‘s Rainy Day Fund as well as a $279 million reduction in State Agency spending, which includes a $16.3 million dollar reduction in local aid. The Governor also plans to make reductions in the following areas: $45 million reduction in state and state-supported local employee salary increases; $20.7 million reduction in K-12 sales tax aid; and $7.7 million reduction in HB 599 police funding. Of the proposed State budget cuts for FY 09, the following are the anticipated fiscal impacts specific to our City: $500,000 reduction in HB 599 police funding, $200,000 reduction in state-supported local employee salary increases, and $12,000 reduction in pass-through funding for the Norfolk Senior Center. The remaining FY 09 fiscal impacts to Norfolk are still being determined. During last the recent Virginia Municipal League Conference, Jim Regimbal, Fiscal Analytics, Ltd, gave a presentation titled ―Outlook for Local Aid Reductions in the State Budget.‖ I have attached his presentation for your review. According to Mr. Regimbal, local governments should expect a further decline in state support in FY2010 and anticipate significant reductions in K-12 and Medicaid funding. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 33 LIBRARIES Norfolk‘s Main Library is Moving this November. Kirn Main Library, located at 301 E. City Hall Avenue, will be moving during the month of November 2008 to its new home, the Norfolk Main Library at 235 E. Plume Street, in downtown Norfolk. During November, Kirn‘s collections will be moved and service at Kirn Main Library will be limited to a staffed book return. This service will be available until the Norfolk Main Library opens in early December 2008. The first library services that will open at Norfolk Main Library will be the computer technology center on the lower level featuring 60 computers, and a staffed book return. Additional library services at Norfolk Main Library will resume as the other three floors of the library become available. During this time of transition, please continue to utilize the Norfolk Public Library by visiting our 11 branch libraries and bookmobile located throughout Norfolk (see below for branch locations and hours of operation) For more information, please call 664-7328 or visit www.npl.lib.va.us. Veterans Information @ Your Library. A Program to Help Veterans & Families Understand New GI Benefits. In coordination with the American Library Association (ALA), Norfolk Public Library is reaching out to local veterans and their families to help them understand new educational benefits available under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill. NPL is one of many libraries across the country to help explain the confusing array of veteran‘s benefits that become available next year. Outreach efforts are expected to grow in the weeks and the months to come. ―Libraries are valuable community resources,‖ said ALA President Jim Retting, ―and a fitting place to help veterans and their families make the most of the new benefits and eligibility requirements that take effect Aug. 1, 2009.‖ Joining the ALA in the outreach are the American Legion, the National Military Family Association, the American Council on Education and the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. For more information about Larchmont Branch Library‘s program, please call 441- 5335. More information about the new educational benefits is also available from Norfolk Public Library‘s website at www.npl.lib.va.us. NAUTICUS Horseshoe Crab Cove Opens at Nauticus. One of Nauticus‘ most popular ―living‖ exhibits - the Tidal Pool Touch Tank - opened in its new and expanded form as Horseshoe November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 34 Crab Cove on November 7. The redesigned exhibit features a 2,000-gallon pool containing adult horseshoe crabs, spider crabs, sea stars, whelks and small fish species that make their home in the near-shore aquatic environments of our region. Horseshoe crabs are natives of coastal intertidal zones and are incredibly adaptable, with an ancestry that goes back hundreds of millions of years. Recently, these invertebrates have offered new insights not only into evolution but also human health as they have become a focus of biomedical research. While at Nauticus, visitors can also experience exciting hands-on exhibits, touch a shark, build a buoy or create a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) in the Seabots Design Lab. For more information, please call Nauticus at (757) 664-1000. Nauticus SNOWA Camp Offers Alternative for Working Parents. School‘s Not Open—We Are—was created to address the needs of working parents. The camp provides safe, interactive, education-based care when public school systems close with short notice due to snow storms, hurricanes or other unpredictable situations, provided that conditions are safe enough at Nauticus to offer such care. Implemented on an as-needed basis, the camp is geared to students ages six to twelve, who will be taught in a group setting, similar to a one-room schoolhouse. SNOWA may also be offered on teacher in-service days or school holidays to accommodate the needs of our community. Extended hours from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. are available for an additional fee. SNOWA Camp will be held on the following 2008-2009 dates: Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) Friday, January 26 (local teacher workday) Monday, February 16 (President‘s Day) Inclement weather days (as safety permits) Here’s how the SNOWA Camp works: 1. Pre-registration will be open in the fall or with the first notice of inclement weather. Forty registrations can be confirmed in advance. To register your child, call Nauticus at 664-1041 and ask for the SNOWA Camp coordinator. 2. SNOWA Camp will be activated on an as-needed basis and registrants will be notified of the camp‘s opening (or closure) via telephone or email by 7 a.m. on the possible day of the camp. 3. SNOWA Camp will be offered from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; extended hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for an additional $10 per day. Cost is $35 daily for non-members; $30 for Nauticus members. If multiple days of operation are November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 35 needed, a $5 per day discount will be offered. Prepayment will be accepted for scheduled dates; payment will be accepted the day of camp for inclement weather days. During SNOWA Camp, children will participate in educational activities, science demonstrations, make-and-takes, games, and tours of Nauticus exhibits. Camp activities are led by a trained Nauticus educator. Each camper should bring a bag lunch and beverage and wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. For more information or to register your child, please call (757) 664-1041 or visit www.nauticus.org. NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION 5th Annual Teen Culture Fest Gearing Up. The City of Norfolk‘s Department of Neighborhood Preservation, Office of Youth Development is seeking performers, exhibitors and sponsors for its 5 th Annual Teen Culture Fest scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall located at 201 E. Brambleton Avenue. The Norfolk Teen Culture Fest brings teens together in a positive environment to learn about the different cultures in Norfolk and the surrounding cities through activities, entertainment, and conversation. The event is free, and all teens between the ages of thirteen through nineteen are invited. Teens will enjoy cultural music, food, dance and performances. Sponsors and exhibitors will share in the excitement with over 1000 area teens, as well as receive recognition in advertising for the event. There are also opportunities available for teens who‘d like to see what it‘s like to work behind the scenes in planning an event. Volunteers will get the chance to develop their leadership skills as well as work with other teens from around the city and earn volunteer hours. For more information about the 5th Annual Norfolk Teen Culture Fest or how to get involved, call Felicia Howard at 441-6042 (ext. 228) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Home Rehabilitation and Resource Initiative Workshop. Making Your House Safety Proof for the Elderly and Disabled workshop will be held November 18 from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center, 830 Goff Street, Norfolk. What steps can you take to make your home safer for those who are elderly or disabled? This workshop will give you a practical, low-cost suggestions that will improve your home‘s livability and safety. Presented by Shirley Confino-Rehder, designer and chair of the Mayor‘s Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Call 757-823-4363 for more information or e-mail email@example.com. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 36 Northside Park Skate Plaza Design Input Day. Skaters are encouraged to attend this event to provide input for the design of the Northside Park Skate Plaza. The meeting will be held on November 22 at Northside Middle School, 8720 Granby Street, from 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. To reserve a spot so we know how many people plan to attend, please contact Bo Danos at 441-2400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Northside Park Skate Plaza Design Options Day. There will be a meeting on January 24, 2009 regarding the design options for the Northside Park Skate Plaza. The meeting will be held at Northside Middle School from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. To reserve a spot so we know how many people plan to attend, please contact Bo Danos at 441-2400 or e-mail email@example.com. Tag-Out Graffiti Abatement Pilot Program. Become a Graffiti Spotter and Report! Why Should I Report Graffiti? Removing graffiti promptly significantly reduces the change of reoccurrence. A speedy report followed by cleanup makes repeat offenses less likely, and gets our community looking better right away. Vandals will know that the community is watching. How Do I Report Graffiti? If you spot graffiti, call the Graffiti Hotline at 757-664-6510. Be prepared to provide a street address of the ―tagged‖ property. What Happens Once I Report Graffiti? The property owner will be contacted and advised of the problem, and the steps they can take to have the graffiti removed. Photos and reports will be taken, and consent forms completed. If there is no response and no cleanup is made by the property owner or consent given to the City to remove the ―tag‖, the owner will be contacted again. The second contact is a courtesy call, however it could lead to legal enforcement. If the owner gives the City consent to remove the graffiti, the City will move forward with clean up arrangements. To become a Graffiti Spotter, Track and Report Graffiti! Graffiti Hotline 757-664-6510. 2008 Norfolk Afterschool Initiative Provider Forum. On October 8, 2008, Councilwoman Daun Hester together with David Freeman, the Director of Neighborhood Preservation, welcomed over 80 Afterschool Service Providers in the area to the Norfolk Afterschool Initiative (NAI) Fall 2008 Provider Forum at the Attucks Theater. The theme of this Forum, which was hosted by the Office of Youth Development, was to Rekindle, Refocus and Reconnect. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 37 The NAI is an Action Plan created by the Norfolk Afterschool Committee as part of the ―Municipal Leadership for Expanding Learning Opportunities,‖ a technical assistance project awarded to the City of Norfolk by the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The Forum provided opportunities for Afterschool Service Providers to discuss issues such as priorities and program needs for child & youth development from pre-school through high school aged youth. Participants also had an opportunity to network, discuss ―best practices,‖ and share information on upcoming events at their respective agencies. The next NAI Forum is a training session on ―Staff Moral designed for Supervisors and Directors‖ on January 28, 2009. POLICE Norfolk Police Hosts Community Forums. The Norfolk Police Department will host its fifth in a series of community forums at the Bayview Recreation Center, 1434 Bayview Blvd., on Wednesday, December 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis and Mr. David Freeman of the Department of Neighborhood Preservation will welcome citizens, who will participate in breakout sessions on the following topics: Gang Activity Crime Prevention Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Office of Professional Standards Codes Enforcement The last community forum is scheduled for: Thursday, February 29, 2009 Huntersville Neighborhood Svc. Ctr. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 664-6921 or 664-6901. PROJECT UPDATES The City Of Norfolk‘s Department Of Utilities Has Recently Completed A Water And Sewer Upgrade Project In The Kensington/Park Place Neighborhood. This project included the replacement of water and sewer mains, associated service lines, and associated appurtenances along the 800 block and 1000 block of 35th Street, 36th Street, and Killam Avenue. The water and sewer mains in this area were more than 80 years old and in generally poor condition, causing poor water pressure and an increasing number of sewer backups. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 38 During construction, 35th and 36th Street were closed to through traffic, and traffic lanes were restricted along Killam Avenue in immediate construction areas, causing only minor construction-related inconveniences. The upgraded water and sewer structures meet current design standards and will enhance the water and sewer service to the Kensington and Park Place areas for many years to come. City Closes Portion of Llewellyn Street. The City has closed Llewellyn Street between 33rd and 34th Streets due to the unsafe condition of the Tabernacle of Deliverance Church located at 303 W. 34th Street. The church‘s bell tower facing out onto Llewellyn Street and a chimney on the west side of the building are identified as potential hazards. These conditions, in the interest of public safety, prompted City staff to order the closure of this section of Llewellyn Street. The Church representatives have been very cooperative and have been accessible to City staff throughout this process. They have responded immediately by hiring a structural engineer, to evaluate the structure and then develop a plan to address the identified unsafe conditions. Also, they have contracted with East Coast Demo to implement the plan for emergency repairs, which the structural engineer is in the process of preparing. Due to the magnitude of this issue, the Administration cannot provide a timetable for the reopening of Llewellyn Street; however, Council will receive ongoing updates on the status of ongoing repairs. No Turn On Red Signs Installed. The Division of Transportation recently installed illuminated LED ―No Turn on Red‖ signs at three intersections in the downtown area. The signs are located at Waterside Drive and St. Pauls Boulevard, City Hall Avenue and St. Pauls Boulevard and Market Street and St. Pauls Boulevard. The signs are installed on the mast arm portion of the traffic signal at each location, and display a ―No Turn on Red‖ message to motorists in the right-turn lane during the weekday hours of 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The illuminated LED signs are more visible to motorists than the existing static signs and should be helpful in deterring motorists from violating the ―No Right Turn on Red‖ law at these heavily congested traffic areas. PUBLIC HEALTH Norfolk Department of Public Health Welcomes New Director. Dr. Kim McDonald has been selected as the new Director of Public Health in Norfolk. McDonald replaces Dr. Val Stallings who was with the City for 35 years. Although this is a State position, top City officials were involved in the interviews for the director. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 39 McDonald is a board-certified specialist in general preventive medicine and public health. Since 2005, she has been the regional physician, medical epidemiologist and team leader for North Carolina Public Health Regional Surveillance Team One based in Greenville. She received a B.S. degree in biology from the University of California at Irvine in 1991 and a M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in 1995. After completing an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, she was a Navy general medical officer in New Orleans. Subsequently, Kim attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she earned a M.P.H. degree with a focus in health services administration and completed a residency in general preventive medicine and public health. McDonald then served as a preventive medicine officer at Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit No. 2, Norfolk, where she was program manager and instructor in medical management of chemical, biological, and radiological weapons casualties. Kim will assume her new duties January 10, 2009. Dr. David Trump, Public Health Director for Newport News, has been performing double duty having been assigned the duty of Acting Director in Norfolk, in addition to his Newport News responsibilities. PUBLIC WORKS Illegal Sign Removal Training Class. Help rid Norfolk of those unsightly signs that clutter our sidewalks, roadways and other public property. Attend an Illegal Signs Removal Training Class and learn how you can make a difference in your community. All it takes is just one 30-minute class to become certified to remove illegal signs. Illegal Sign Removal Training classes are offered monthly at the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center, 3500-A Granby Street, near Lafayette Park and the Virginia Zoo. All classes are free and open to the public. Class Schedule November 20 1:00-1:30 p.m. December 12 2:30-3:00 p.m. January 20, 2009 1:00-1:30 p.m. February 25, 2009 9:00-9:30 a.m. To register or for more information, contact the Department of Public Works at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 664-4600. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 40 RECREATION, PARKS AND OPEN SPACE ―Reading for Living‖ Literacy Program. The Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center (HNSC) received the RADM Ben Hacker 2008-Program Leadership Literacy Award on September 11, 2008 at the Courtyard Marriot. The Huntersville Center Literacy Program, whose mission is to improve the lives of adults through literacy, was formed in September 2006 for adults who cannot read at the 4th grade level and thus are not able to participate in Norfolk Public Schools‘ (NPS) Adult Basic Education Program. Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center (HNSC) volunteers conduct one-on-one tutoring sessions to help adult learners achieve their personal reading goals. Furthermore, they provide life-skills training such as, how to pay bills, complete forms and applications. They also help students with their homework. Program participants also learn about current trends, events, and community issues, including but not limited to, how to better understand the functions of city government. Northside Park Premieres New Cross Country Trail. High school athletes, avid joggers and marathon runners now have a new place to run amid the woodlands, creek and open space of one of the City‘s most popular parks. A new cross country trail has been developed at Northside Park. The scenic course, designed as either a 5K or 3.1 mile run, is currently being used for both school competition and recreational cross country running. Because the trail was also created for public use, walkers, joggers and bicyclists are welcome to use it. The course is basically the perimeter of the park. For cross country school competitions in Hampton Roads, athletes must run the course twice to complete the distance. The trail – consisting mostly of natural turf with wood mulch in some areas – begins and ends at the parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts). The course was developed by RPOS Staff with assistance from, David McDonald an NPS Cross Country Coach and the Cross Country Coaching Staff from Maury High School. The course clearing and prep work was completed by RPOS‘, Bureau of Parks & Urban Forestry. Energy. The new heating and cooling system at the Larchmont Branch Library is our latest energy efficiency initiative. This geothermal system uses groundwater as a heating and cooling source. The net result is a 100% increase in the efficiency of the system, and 50% decrease in the utility bill. We completed a similar system at the Little Creek Branch Library with the same results. We have completed over 100 energy saving projects in recent years. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 41 Green Pools. Pool covers have been installed on our three outdoor pools. These covers reduce our use of water and chemicals. They also save much labor in cleaning debris from these pools. The nearby trees result in huge amount of leaves in the pool. Cleaning them out is a significant expense. We are pleased that these covers reduce the amount of water, electricity, and chemicals we use. Families. Norfolk‘s families use our 136 playgrounds daily. We keep them in great condition with frequent preventative maintenance visits. This playground on Redgate Avenue is a good example. In partnership with Recreation, Parks, and Open Space, we constructed new playgrounds at Berkley, Barraud, Lakewood, Captain‘s Quarters, North Shore Road, Ingleside, and Tanner‘s Creek. In the near future new playgrounds will be constructed at Lafayette Park, Colonial Greenway, Larchmont Elementary, Bayview Elementary, Mona Ave. and Craig Street. Tennis Courts. Facility Maintenance provides 142 free, public tennis courts for our residents‘ enjoyment. This past summer we renewed the color coating and nets on many of these courts. We also put special emphasis on Fergus Reid courts. We repaved the three asphalt courts and replaced the fencing, nets, and windscreens on all courts. The five clay courts are getting daily manicuring by Al Whaff, a temporary employee. Tennis players praise this renewed condition of the courts and the daily attention to their condition. New Park. Construction is almost complete on a new park along Ballentine Boulevard at Broad Creek Subdivision. Residents will enjoy the landscaping, benches, lights and water features. We hope to receive funding for this new mission of maintaining the park to keep it in excellent condition Kid‘s Day. This month the City held a special celebration for our kids at the new Shoop Park. The park features an exciting new playground, a spectacular fountain, basketball courts and extensive open spaces. ZOO It‘s a Zoo Baby Boom! And the Stork is exhausted after bringing eight babies to the Virginia Zoo. Bouncing baby bongo, armadillos, snakes and turtles have kept the proverbial stork busy visiting the Virginia Zoo. Highly endangered in the wild, Eva, a baby bongo, was born on September 23. The beautiful antelope, native to Africa, features large ears and a bright chestnut coat with vivid white stripes and spiraled horns. The Virginia Zoo is the only zoo in the U. S. to successfully rear armadillo offspring. Two male six-banded armadillo pups, named Beauregard and Ed, were born July 24. Armadillo mothers are highly nervous and sensitive, and breeding pups that November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 42 survive past the fourth week is quite rare. The pups have grown quickly and will be mature at 9 months old. The Zoo acquired an adult copperhead snake and it was discovered she had given birth to four baby copperheads; (copperheads are not hatched from eggs). A baby bog turtle hatched on September 26. Bog turtles are listed as an endangered species in Virginia and federally listed as threatened throughout the country. The births of diverse animals and reptiles illustrate that the Virginia Zoo‘s breeding and conservation programs are successful, and that they also contribute significantly to the captive genetic population of each species. The births and all of the animals on exhibit teach visitors to better appreciate the value of the world in which we live. The Virginia Zoo Train is Pulling into the Station! Choo-Choo! The Zoo train celebrated its grand opening for riders October 18. The opening featured a short ribbon cutting ceremony. The train‘s daily operating hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and tickets will be $2.00 per rider. Zoo Train Facts The Zoo train is a 1/3 scale model of a C.P. Huntington steam engine Three cars can accommodate up to 66 passengers – adults and children The permanent track is 3/4 of a mile long Riders will board the train at the Beazley Foundation Station located near the entry plaza, as well as at the Goode Family Station at the Africa exhibit The journey will include live narration from the train engineer about the Zoo and its collection of plants and animals The train is ADA compliant – and can accommodate wheelchairs The train will not operate in rain or inclement weather The tracks will pass the red panda exhibit under the watchful eye of Yin and will include a peak at the Asia-Trail of the Tiger construction site Funds raised from the sales of train tickets will support the operation of the Zoo train and will also support activities including conservation programs and animal exhibit expansion November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 43 Virginia Zoo Mourning Loss of Rufus the Rhino. The entire Virginia Zoo staff, volunteers and board of directors are grieving the loss of Rufus the oldest resident of the Virginia Zoo. Rufus, a white rhinoceros at the Virginia Zoo, died today October 27, 2008. He was 36 years old. Cause of death was determined to be injuries sustained when the two adult male rhinos forcibly charged each other while inside their night house sometime during the night or early morning. There is indication that proper husbandry policy and procedures by the staff, the night before, were not followed. Corrective action will be taken at the end of an internal investigation. A final histology and pathology report may provide more information when completed. Rufus came to the Virginia Zoo in 1974, making him the longest resident of the Zoo. The Virginia Zoo is home to another white rhinoceros, Alfred. He is currently on exhibit. Facts about White Rhinoceros and Virginia Zoo Rhinos: Average life span between 25 to 45 years Rhinos have poor vision, but a keen sense of smell Rhinos are the second largest land mammal Rhinos are solitary in nature Rufus was about 36 years old (It is estimated that he was about 2 years old when he arrived at the Zoo) He was the Zoo‘s longest resident, having lived here 34 years He weighed over 4,300 pounds The Virginia Zoo has another rhino, Alfred Alfred is the one of the oldest animals at the Virginia Zoo (he is 40) FYI ―MOST WANTED‖ CHILD SUPPORT EVADER LIST RELEASED Virginia‘s nine most egregious child support evaders are profiled in the Virginia Department of Social Services‘ (VDSS) recently released ―Most Wanted‖ list, now available on the agency‘s Web site. The latest online poster features eight men and one woman, all non-custodial parents, who owe a combined total of $523,605 in past-due support to their children. The poster contains each person‘s photograph, physical description, last known address, occupation and the amount of child support owed. ―We want parents to be financially responsible for their children,‖ said VDSS Commissioner Anthony Conyers Jr. ―One in four children in Virginia depends on child November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 44 support to live. Placing these individuals on our Web site is a visual reminder that providing children with consistent financial resources is critical to their success and our stability as a Commonwealth.‖ The individuals profiled work in a variety of occupations and include a painter, car salesman and quality assurance inspector. Some of the parents featured owe debts ranging from $23,304 for two children to $177,401 for one child. Many child support evaders try to elude authorities by moving out of state or overseas; however, when a non-custodial parent relocates, the child support order continues, and Virginia has reciprocal agreements with all states, U.S. territories and more than 25 countries. Virginia‘s most recent list features parents whose last known addresses include Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Carolinas. Issuing the state‘s ―Most Wanted‖ list online is one of many tools Virginia uses to collect child support. Other methods include income withholding, freezing assets held by financial institutions, suspending driver‘s licenses, booting vehicles, subpoenaing cell phone records, placing liens on assets and intercepting federal and state tax refunds. ―In the past, issuing ‗Most Wanted‘ posters has proven effective in obtaining information from the public regarding the whereabouts, employment and financial situations of egregiously delinquent parents,‖ said VDSS Deputy Commissioner and Director of Child Support Enforcement Nick Young. ―Virginia‘s child support enforcement professionals – with the assistance of the public, the courts and law enforcement – have a unified commitment to tracking and apprehending individuals who fail to honor their financial obligations to their children.‖ This most recent ―Most Wanted‖ poster is the 21st list of child support evaders to be issued since the agency‘s program began in 1989. Last year, DCSE collected a record $629 million in child support benefiting one-quarter of the children in Virginia. The ―Most Wanted‖ list can be viewed at http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/dcse/2008_most_wanted/index.html. If you have any information regarding the location or employment of these parents, or any person evading their child support obligations, please call toll free 1-800-257-9986. More information about Virginia‘s ―Most Wanted‖ and the Child Support Enforcement Program can be found at http://childsupport.virginia.gov. CRIME PREVENTION TIPS Crime prevention is most successful when citizens get involved. Crime Prevention Month is a great time to enhance your awareness of basic crime prevention and safety tips, and recruit year-round support from the citizens in your communities in keeping your neighborhoods safe. Crime Prevention Month is a time for communities to November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 45 unite; stand up for what's right, and stress that crime will not be tolerated in your neighborhoods. This month, get involved in your community. Help the Norfolk Police Department identify and eliminate crime problems in your communities and participate in your Neighborhood Watch program. Take ownership of your neighborhood, and help create a safer community for you and your family. Below are some basic crime prevention tips to reduce your chances in becoming a victim of crime. AT HOME Doors: Your doors should be equipped with a door viewer and deadbolt lock, with a one- inch throw. Windows: All windows should be secure. Draw window shades or drapes after dark. Trees and Shrubbery: Keep trimmed. Criminals look for hiding places. Shrubbery in front of windows enables anyone to pry unseen at a window or hide while looking inside. Exterior Lighting: All entrances and garages should be well-lit. Keys and Locks: Change your locks when moving into a new residence/apartment. Remove house keys when a mechanic has your car. Remember that whoever borrows a key from you can have it duplicated. Do not leave a key under a doormat, flower pot, etc. Answering the Door: Remember that you do not have to answer your door. Should a stranger request to use your phone, do not allow the person to enter, and offer to make the call yourself. Answering the Phone: If a stranger calls, DO NOT give the person any information, especially your phone number and whether you are home alone. Going on Vacation: Stop deliveries if they will collect outside. Remove valuables from view. Your residence should still look "lived in." Tell a trusted neighbor who can also have a key, if needed. Use timers for lights and a radio. Address Numbers: All too often police officers, firefighters, etc. cannot find an address because of hidden or hard to see (blending into background color) letters or numbers. Addresses should be easily visible day or night. Do not depend on painted curb numbers as cars often block them. If You Are Burglarized: Do not go inside your home if you return to find that your home has been entered illegally. Call the Police immediately. Do not touch anything. You may destroy evidence. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 46 ON THE STREET Destinations: Plan your route and avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots, or unlit areas. Walk near the curb and away from alleys and doorways. Be ready: Do not overburden yourself with packages or a bulky purse. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. In Your Car: Lock your doors. Never leave valuables in your vehicle or in plain view. Have your key in you hand so you do not have to linger before entering your vehicle. Be alert to anyone near your vehicle. Don‘t be a victim: Do not carry large sums of money in your purse or wallet. If possible carry a small purse, tucked from view. Be wary approaching strangers. If someone grabs your purse, do not resist. If attacked: Run to the nearest residence or business. Cries for help can discourage criminals and may result in their arrest. Be a good witness. Try and remember accurate descriptions of clothing, hair and height to give to the police. Suspicious or Illegal activities: Report these immediately to the Police. Give accurate descriptions of suspects and/or vehicles, and remember to write down license numbers. Concerned about security: The Crime Prevention Unit of the Norfolk Police Department offers a FREE SERVICE designed to help homeowners and business owners protect their property. While no plan is foolproof, a security survey can identify areas to improve security that may make it more difficult for a crime to occur. To schedule a Security Survey please contact: Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Unit; 2500 N. Military Highway; Norfolk, Virginia 23502; 757-664-6901. TIPS FOR HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAYS By Bonita Billingsley Harris, Public Information Officer, Norfolk Sheriff‘s Office ‗Tis the season to be jolly and SAFE! Sheriff Bob McCabe wants to remind you not to give criminal a chance, as we head into the holiday season. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, because they have more opportunities to commit crimes. Houses are jam-packed with tantalizing toys and glittering gifts. Families go out of town to visit relatives. Stores, malls and downtown streets are filled with unsuspecting shoppers. People are rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts. It‘s enough to make a crook spring into action. This time of the year calls for special safety measures. You must be extra careful to protect yourself and your family. Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 47 If you‘re going out of town: Get an automatic timer for your lights, radio, or TV Ask a neighbor to watch your home and to park in your driveway from time to time. Have someone get your mail and newspaper daily. If it piles up, it's a sign you're gone Leave information on where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on the house If you're out for the evening: Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone's home Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave Don't display gifts where they can be seen from outside If you're shopping: Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you Park in a well-lit space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don't overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated If a stranger comes to the door, beware. Con artists sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts or volunteers collecting for charity. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a charitable organization you know and trust instead. Sheriff McCabe encourages you to invite one of our deputies to speak at your civic league or other community organization. For more information, contact the Norfolk Sheriff‘s Office, Community Affairs Division at 664-4979. Let‘s make the holidays a SAFE and happy time for everybody - except criminals! KEEP NORFOLK BEAUTIFUL GREEN TIPS Brighten Your Holidays! Want to share in the season of lights, but not crazy about the energy costs involved? Make the switch to LEDs! LEDs use 80% less energy, can last up to 10 years and don‘t generate much heat (keeping that drying tree a little safer for your November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 48 family). HolidayLEDs.com will help get you started. Simply ship your old lights to Recycling Program, 120 W. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1403, Jackson, MI 49201, and you‘ll receive a coupon for 10% off their holiday lights! Your old lights will get recycled, and you‘ll be on your way to a brighter, safer, and greener holiday season! Reduce Your ―Waste‖-line! Reducing waste is especially important during the holiday season. Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year‗s Day than during any other time of the year. The added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons add up to an additional 1 million tons of waste each week. That‘s a lot of garbage! This year, consider doing something a little different -- give the gift of experience. Treat someone you know to a dinner out or a live theater performance. If you still want a gift to hand to someone, make it yourself. Coupons for babysitting, yard work, or other services show you care enough to give of your time, not just your money. Bake a tasty treat. Consider wrapping gifts inside re-useable containers such as cookie tins, book bags, flower pots or baskets. Do something special in the office this year – volunteer! Forgo the secret Santa, and give the gift of time and energy. Join in with staff and take a couple of hours to volunteer at the Foodbank, a local shelter, or one of the many other non-profit options in our area. It‘s a warm & fuzzy way to share the holidays with co-workers. For ideas, contact Volunteer Hampton Roads (624-2400, www.volunteerhr.org). For more ideas on having a low-waste or even waste-free holiday season, visit Keep Norfolk Beautiful at www.norfolkbeautiful.org HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? PREVENT POLLUTION TO THE NATURAL WATERWAYS AND REDUCE FLOODING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. It takes a Community to Drain a Street…. During the fall and winter seasons, there are a tremendous amount of leaves, yard debris and litter that may cause pollution or contribute to flooding. As a resident of Norfolk, there are steps you can take to make a difference in your community and the environment. 1. Dispose of leaves and yard waste through Waste Management. - Leaves and yard waste may be recycled by placing the debris in clear, plastic bags for disposal during your regularly scheduled trash day. For details, visit the city website at www.norfolk.gov/PublicWorks - Piles of leaves in the curb and gutter stop the flow of rain water down the street and may clog the storm water system, ultimately causing flooding of streets and yards. - City Street Sweepers are not able to clean large piles of leaves from the curb line. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 49 2. Place litter, trash and debris in closed trash bags and receptacles. -Trash that is not placed inside a closed bag and trash receptacle may blow around your community. 3. Keep your roadside ditch mowed and your curb line clean. - According to the Norfolk city code, the responsibility for your property doesn‘t end at the edge of your lawn. It includes cleaning your roadside ditches and curb and gutters - When the curb and gutter are kept clean, storm water can run smoothly down the street and into the storm water catch basin, reducing flooding problems - If your roadside ditch is clean but your neighbor‘s is clogged with debris, guess whose yard floods? Encourage neighbors to do their part, and lend a hand to elderly residents who can‘t manage yard work 4. Dispose of household hazardous waste at the SPSA collection site. - Any chemicals placed in the storm water system go directly into the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay. Contents from the storm water system are not treated prior to discharging to our natural water ways. - Disposal of household hazardous waste at SPSA is FREE to Norfolk residents - See the SPSA website at www.spsa.com for further details 5. Participation in local community events such as the Great American Clean-Up or Earth Day. - Volunteers may contact Keep Norfolk Beautiful at 441-1347 to arrange community clean up events For more information on how you can help, please contact the Division of environmental Storm Water Management at 823-4000 or visit our website at www.norfolk.gov/PublicWorks THINGS TO SEE AND DO ARTS WITHIN REACH The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the December performances in its 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 13th 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 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 50 a relaxed atmosphere. You never need a reservation; simply arrive at the venue five to ten minutes before scheduled start time. Schedules are subject to change; call 664-4321 for updates. December Dec. 10 (Weds.) 7 pm – Arts Within Reach. Bay Youth Orchestras in concert. Hear symphonic holiday music presented by 100 talented and dedicated young musicians. Under the direction and guidance of many supportive music educators over the past 33 years, Bay Youth Orchestras has developed into one of the largest and best youth orchestra programs in the country. Offering four levels of ensemble training, Bay Youth gives student musicians the opportunity to learn and perform the world's greatest orchestral literature. Over 250 student musicians from all over Hampton Roads create four performing ensembles to present concerts throughout the Tidewater area. The Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue, 23505. www.norfolkarts.net 664-4321. Dec. 11 (Thurs.) 11:30 am – Arts Within Reach. Virginia Symphony Ensemble in concert. Virginia Symphony musicians ring in the season with time-honored, classical holiday compositions and carols. Mount Zion Baptist Church, 900 E. Middlesex Street, Norfolk 23523. www.norfolkarts.net 664-4321. Additional free performances and programs in Norfolk for the month of December 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, Norfolk, 23510. 625-4211. Dec. 7 (Sun.) 6 pm - Norfolk State University Choirs Winter Concert. Virginia Children‘s Chorus with Norfolk State University Choirs. Wilder Auditorium at Norfolk State University Fine Arts Center, 700 Park Ave., Norfolk, 23504. www.nsuchoirs.com. 6:15 - 8:45 pm Wednesdays. The popular Art of Jazz features an all-star lineup of regional performers every Wednesday night in the Museum‘s Huber Court. Wine and refreshments are available for purchase, and the Museum‘s galleries stay open for guests‘ enjoyment. The Chrysler Museum, 245 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, 23510. www.chrysler.org. BOTANICAL GARDEN TUNES FOR TOTS Tuesdays November • 10:15-11AM Shake, rattle and roll with the return of Tunes for Tots - Tuesday mornings this fall! Join us in WOW for programming to be shared by toddlers and their grown-ups. Be ready to bang drums and shake maracas while our Garden Teacher leads songs that will have everyone up and moving! Free with Garden Admission GARDEN STORYTIME Wednesdays • November • 10:15-11AM Wednesday mornings join us in WOW as a Garden Teacher reads a story and then leads a Garden exploration. From jungle adventures to those three little pigs, each week will feature a different tale with plenty of pictures and props to delight the senses. Free with Garden Admission November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 51 WHAT MAKES A GREAT PHOTO Fridays • November 14 & 21 • 7-9PM (2 days) Join Golden Star Award Photographer Ty Brown as he explains what it actually takes to create a great photograph. He will discuss all elements of photography while showing what works and what doesn‘t work. The second night participants will bring in their photos for a class and professional critique - learning ways improve what is captured on ―film.‖ (.4 CEU credit hours) Cost: $50 ($40 for NBG Members) Class min: 8 / max: 20 HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Wednesday, November 19 • 7-9PM All classes taught by Gina McVeigh, Professional Sommelier (wine expert) and Chef in partnership with Farm Fresh Impress your guests with the tastiest and easiest treats. Learn to make an array of light hors d‘oeuvres paired with wines for fun and fancy entertaining. Cost: $30 per class ($20 per class for NBG Members) Class min: 10 / max: 30 FABULOUS FALL FOLIAGE Saturday, November 22• 9:30-11:00AM Marcus Jones, Curator of Woody Plants Let Marcus be your guide to the Garden as fall colors provide a majestic vibrant display. Learn to ID trees and shrubs during this season. Dress for the weather and enjoy some fresh air! Cost: $16 per program ($10 per program for NBG Members) Class min: 8 / max: 30 THANKSGIVING TABLE ARRANGEMENT Tuesday, November 25 • 9:30-11:30AM This Thanksgiving bring a bountiful fresh arrangement to your holiday feast! Learn step-by-step how to make these festive floral arrangements with Lifelong Learning Program Manager & Floral Designer Betty Ann Galway. Participants will create their own arrangements to take home and enjoy. Bring garden gloves and clippers. Cost: $55 ($45 for NBG Members) Class min: 8 / max: 18 FOURTEENTH ANNUAL GARDEN OF LIGHTS Thanksgiving Day through New Year‘s Eve (Nov. 27 – Dec. 31) 5:30 - 10PM nightly Norfolk Botanical Garden will be aglow with the sights and spirit of the holidays during the 14th Annual Garden of Lights. This 2 ½ mile drive through winding paths lets you experience the magic of the four seasons coming alive with close to a million twinkling lights. Tickets go on sale October 1st. Charge per vehicle: $10 ($8 for NBG Members) November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 52 For more information about Garden of Lights, please call 441-5830 (ext. 324) or visit www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org BROADWAY AT CHRYSLER HALL The City of Norfolk‘s Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts & Entertainment and Broadway Across America are proud to announce the 2008-2009 Broadway season lineup to include: Monty Python‘s Spamalot November 11-16, 2008 Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy December 10-14, 2008 Avenue Q January 27-February 1, 2009 Wicked May 13-31, 2009 The Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts & Entertainment and Broadway Across American will also be presenting CATS (March 20-22, 2009) as an optional show add-on; this presentation is not part of the subscription package. For Broadway Across America subscription questions, please call the Norfolk Service Center toll-free at 1-866-927-7469. Representatives are available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time. When renewing, season ticket holders need to have their account number, renewal invoice, and credit card. Ticket buyers can also visit www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com for the most up-to date information about touring Broadway, as well as the ability to renew and purchase new season tickets online. CHRYSLER HALL Classics at Chrysler, the Planets November 22 8 PM Family Classics, Music of Walt Disney November 29 3 PM Norfolk Southern Pops, Music of Walt Disney November 29 8 PM Virginia Ballet Theatre Presents Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Children‘s Chorus and Todd Rosenlieb Dance at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, December 5-7, 2008 A beloved holiday tradition returns to Norfolk in an extraordinary new collaboration this December, when Virginia Ballet Theatre presents Richmond Ballet‘s spectacular The Nutcracker in Norfolk‘s Chrysler Hall. The collaboration was announced by Virginia Ballet Theatre‘s Artistic Director Juri Safonovs and Executive Director Thom Prevette. "I am thrilled,‖ said Safonovs. ―The Virginia Ballet Theatre is committed to bringing the very best in professional ballet productions to the region, and we could not have chosen a better production, or a better partner to showcase that commitment than Richmond Ballet." Richmond Ballet‘s production of The Nutcracker is a visual feast, resplendent with original choreography and characters, and lavish sets and costumes. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett, the production brings new imagination to the classic ballet. Among the charms awaiting Norfolk audiences in the performances are a 59-foot dragon from China, a dancing butterfly, a Russian bear and mischievous lambs. Artisans from across the United States and throughout the world were enlisted to fabricate the magnificent costumes, under the direction of designer David Heuvel. The exquisite mouse and bear heads, which bring the characters to life, were created by craftsmen Robert Allsopp, from November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 53 London, England, and Marvin Schlichting, from Toronto, Canada. The elaborate sets and props were created by Charles Caldwell, and the inspired lighting design by Richard Moore. ―There is no production in the ballet repertory that comes close to The Nutcracker in scope,‖ declared Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. ―It is a ballet, a theater piece, a magic show, a parade of national dances, and a symphony and choral concert combined. The Nutcracker has become a beloved part of holiday tradition in our community. As the State Ballet of Virginia, we have always had a strong commitment to tour and build a statewide audience for dance. We are excited to bring our annual holiday gift to the community of Norfolk.‖ Richmond Ballet will dance The Nutcracker in four performances throughout the weekend in Norfolk‘s Chrysler Hall, December 5-7. Joining the company will be a cadre of young dancers selected by audition especially for the Norfolk engagement. The Virginia Symphony will perform the Tchaikovsky score, one of the most popular in all of ballet, as full of treasures and delights as the holiday it celebrates. With 208 performers, two-thirds of whom will be from the Norfolk area, The Nutcracker will be a treat for artists and audiences alike. Extending a tradition long enjoyed in Richmond, the Norfolk engagement will include a Sugarplum Tea following the Saturday, December 6 matinee performance. Patrons at this ticketed event can enjoy delicious treats and opportunities to meet and photograph characters from The Nutcracker. Auditions for approximately 72 children‘s roles will be held Sunday, September 21, at Old Dominion University‘s Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building. The joint effort by Virginia Ballet Theatre and Richmond Ballet marks a new era in the relationship between the arts communities of southeastern Virginia. ―This is an unprecedented collaboration,‖ noted Keith Martin, Managing Director of Richmond Ballet. ―Norfolk has a rich dance heritage and Richmond Ballet is honored to join that proud tradition of excellence. We have performed throughout the region for decades, but never with this level of partnership and cooperation. It is a testament to the entire cultural sector that Norfolk‘s arts community is so open and welcoming.‖ Synopsis of Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker Set in Nuremberg, Germany in the early 1800‘s, the story begins with a Christmas Eve gathering in the home of the Silberhaus family. A young girl, Clara, receives a toy nutcracker from her godfather, the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer. As the story transitions from the party to Clara‘s dreamland, amazing things begin to happen as the audience travels with her underneath the Christmas tree and then into the Land of Snow. After mice and toy soldiers engage in battle, Clara‘s nutcracker magically comes to life. With Clara‘s help, the soldiers defeat the mice and the nutcracker is transformed into a handsome young prince who leads Clara to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. In the second act, Clara arrives in Confitenburg and marvels at its frosted, candy-like appearance and many whimsical characters. The Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier welcome Clara and host a celebration of dance for her and the Prince. CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART NEW STARS EMERGE FROM AMONG THE CHRYSLER MUSEUM‘S WORLD-RENOWNED GLASS COLLECTION —The Chrysler Offers Hands-On Glassblowing, Spotlights Examples of 19th-Century Cameo Glass Masterpieces— Much more than just a ―pretty vase.‖ Each carefully carved cameo masterpiece possesses a style all its own—a beautiful floral design, a mythological scene, images of animals, or a combination of several November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 54 themes. Their rich history, beginning at the height of the Roman Empire, coupled with the intricacy of each design, intrigues adoring fans and has inspired artists for centuries. This exhibition consists of 38 unique objects, each reflecting a different influence—neo- classicism, classic Roman and Greek, Victorian, Asian, and contemporary themes. Although they differ in design, the tedious process through which each cameo glass was created took significant skill and patience to complete. Cameo, broadly defined, is any glass in which the surface is cut away to leave a design in relief. Carvers used hand cutting tools, similar to those used by sculptors, to slowly and carefully cut away the unwanted portion of the glass—creating a spectacular one-of-a-kind design. Wheel cutting and hydrofluoric acid were also used to perfect the art. Since the late 1800s, artists have preferred the use of hydrofluoric acid, reserving wheel cutting and hand sculpturing to finish and detail each masterpiece. NSA LECTURE SEASON —The Norfolk Society of Arts Introduces New Schedule of Upcoming Events— As the summer sun settles and the autumn leaves fall, the Norfolk Society of Arts will gear up for the first installment of their 2008-09 season. The Norfolk Society of Arts, a non-profit organization originally founded in 1917, introduces an exciting line-up of lectures each year featuring some of the biggest names in the art world. This year, the series will include notables such as founder and chair of the Pulitzer Foundation Emily Rauh Pulitzer, antiques dealer and appraiser on the ―Antiques Roadshow‖ Nicholas Dawes, author and critic Jed Pearl and many more. Each lecture is held at the Chrysler Museum of Art on selected Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, through April 2009 and begins at 11 a.m. A special coffee reception is held at 10:30 a.m. The Norfolk Society of Arts has released the following schedule: Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder & Chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis The Pulitzer Foundation for Arts: A Unique Institution Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Jed Perl, Author, Art Critic Antoine's Alphabet: Watteau & His World Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Don Williams, Senior Furniture Conservator, Smithsonian Institution How to Read a Piece of Antique Furniture Wednesday, January 28, 2009 John Leighton, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland Tartan Art: Collecting for the National Galleries of Scotland Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Lindsay Pollock, Author; Journalist with Bloomberg's Dealer, Taste Maker, and Champion of American Art: Edity Gregor Halpert Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Nicholas Dawes, Antiques Dealer, Author, Parsons School of Design faculty, frequent appraiser on ―Antiques Roadshow‖ November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 55 The Art of Rene Lalique Tuesday, April 21, 2009 For more information about the lecture series or becoming a member of the Norfolk Society of Arts, please contact Pam Pruden at 757-623-0875 or email email@example.com. 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: Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Ben Fernandez. In the years before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated award-winning photographer Ben Fernandez documented his life. Now-March 1, 2009 American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Drawn from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, this exhibition surveys the career of America‘s premier 20th-century commercial illustrator and arguably its most beloved artist. The exhibition includes 41 of Rockwell‘s oil paintings, a group of drawings and posters including the Four Freedoms, and all 323 covers that the artist created between 1916 and 1963 for The Saturday Evening Post. November 9, 2008–February 1, 2009 50 Years Later: The Lessons of Massive Resistance. As part of a city-wide commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the end of ―massive resistance,‖ the exhibition highlights this period in national history by chronologically displaying photographs, documents, and clippings of the people and places that forever changed Norfolk‘s Public Schools. 50 Years Later: The Lessons of Massive Resistance tells the story of the reopening of schools in Norfolk after Governor Lindsay Almond closed them rather than agree to court ordered desegregation. January 14, 2009–March 1, 2009 The Art of Glass II (in addition to Chrysler Museum this will be in various locations region wide) This is the first exhibition to thoroughly examine the career and art of Lino Tagliapietra, widely revered as the maestro of glassblowing and elder statesman linking the glass centers of Venice, Italy and the United States. He is widely credited with changing the course of contemporary studio glass through his teaching, disciplined work ethic, and passion for the material. The exhibition will present 155 works from the artist‘s own collection and collections around the world as well as designs made for industry and objects that have never before been exhibited. April 19, 2009–July 19, 2009 Contemporary Glass Among the Classics. This exhibition will feature awe-inspiring glass installations from four contemporary artists: Katherine Gray, Stephen Knapp, Karen LaMonte, and Beth Lipman. Focusing on each artist‘s approach to the versatile material of glass, this exhibition will present new works inspired by the Chrysler‘s collection. Gray, LaMonte, and Lipman‘s works will be featured throughout various galleries alongside objects from the Museum‘s collection. In addition, there will be a dazzling light installation on the exterior of the building created by Knapp. April 26-July 19, 2009 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 56 NOVEMBER EVENTS: 11/16 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk 11/19 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Gallery Talk; 6:15-8:45 p.m. The Art of Jazz 11/22 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. American Essays: Writing in Response to Norman Rockwell; 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk 11/23 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk 11/26 – 6:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m. The Art of Jazz 11/29 – 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk 11/30 - 2-3 p.m. Gallery Talk WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAZZ What to do on a wintry Wednesday evening? Come in 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 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. Friday, December 12, 7:30PM A Tribute to Sam Cooke The Kaufman Theatre Chrysler Museum 245 W. Olney Road Norfolk, VA $35.00 Call 757-729-3357 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets Saturday, December 13, 1:30PM Morrow-Miles-Rembert Christmas Special The Kaufman Theatre Chrysler Museum 245 W. Olney Road Norfolk, VA $35.00 Call 757-729-3357 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets d‘ART CENTER YOUR CONNECTION TO THE VISUAL ARTS! 208 East Main Street, Selden Arcade, Norfolk 757-625-4211 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 57 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 The d'ART CENTER is a regional, private, non-profit, visual art facility featuring 40 resident visual artists creating, displaying and selling original fine art. Our special events support the center's mission of connecting the public with the visual arts process. The d'ART Center is teeming with wonderful, amazing, unbridled creative energy. Why wait for an art show, connect with the creative process year round as 41 resident artists create one-of a kind artwork in lampwork glass, painting, photography, pottery, mixed media and more. Inspiring creativity, d'ART offers a variety of adult and children's art classes and camps for all skill levels. World class local, regional and national art exhibitions continually transform the d'ART Centers 5 sky-lit galleries. PARKING TIPS Waterside Garage (entrance on Atlantic between Waterside & Main) or Main St. Garage (entrance on Atlantic between Main & Plume); & meters on the street. *Please present parking receipt at each class. d’ART Center is supported in part by funds from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Business Consortium for Arts Support and the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Fall in to your favorite Art Center and rev up your creative spirit this October! d'ART offers two Art Exhibitions, One Great Roof Top Party and a wonderful PMC Jewelry workshop ~ something for everyone! Nov. 22 - Dec 31 - The d'ART Center Holiday Gift Shop opens with a spectacular array of artwork for Hampton Roads local artists. Pottery, jewelry, scarfs, ornaments and more - make unique holiday gift items. Dec 15 ~ Kids Gingerbread Workshop Betsy Rivers Kennedy, Instructor Create your own family tradition and adorn your home with a kid created, edible gingerbread house. A great opportunity for parents to get some alone-time for holiday shopping. For ages 5-15 (siblings can share) December 15, Saturday, 1-3:00PM Tuition: $25 per gingerbread house CALL 625-4211 and Sign Up TODAY! ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION Understanding Norfolk's Wetlands Workshop – Wear Your Boots. With encouragement from the Norfolk Wetlands Board, Norfolk's Bureau of Environmental Services has developed a one-day wetlands educational seminar. Morning sessions will provide information on the functions and values of wetlands, the importance of wetlands in marine ecosystems and their value to society, restoration projects in the City, the regulatory process, enforcement issues and City staff contact information. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 58 In the afternoon, we'll go into the field to explore a local marsh. Staff will drag nets for fish, filter marine sediments for critters, and we'll look at vegetated wetlands to relate classroom concepts to Norfolk's wetland resources. Participants will have the opportunity to be actively involved in the field activities so dress accordingly. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Ocean View Recreation Center, 9520, 20th Bay Street. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided to registered participants. Contact Kevin DuBois (Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Annette Newkirk (664-4746) to register. FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center, 7300 Newport Avenue. Nov. 11-12 Are Good For You Lynn Earle, RD, MPH Nov. 12th Healthy Spines 6:30-7:30 Dr. Milot Nov. 19th Holidays & 11-12 Relationships Virginia Mollner, MS Dec. 3 11-12 Holiday Blues 10 6:30-7:30 Managing Stress 17 11-12 Meditation, Wellness & Equanimity HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM Hampton Roads Naval Museum Opens Beautiful Currier and Ives Navy Exhibit. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum has opened a beautiful exhibit of Currier and Ives prints reflecting the history of the Navy in the 19th century. The 23 prints are all from the museum's collection. The exhibit is located adjacent to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on the second floor of Nauticus in the Forecastle Gallery. It will remain on exhibit through October 31 and admission is free. Currier and Ives traced the growth of the Navy in the 19th century, which went from an infant fleet to one of the worlds most powerful during that time. Currier and Ives popularized the sea service and helped the American public visualize the conflicts the Navy and its role. Between 1835 and 1907, Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives‘ New York City print shop published over a million prints on over 7,500 different subjects. Their motto was ―Publishers of Cheap and Popular Pictures.‖ Through the use of modern marketing and manufacturing techniques, their prints found their way into millions of homes across the country. Their prints have become timeless symbols of the American values of a bygone era. Nathaniel Currier learned new art of lithography as a young teenager in Boston and Philadelphia before going into business for himself. He partnered with Andrew Stoddart in 1834 on Wall Street in New York City. Stoddart quickly grew frustrated over the lack of profits and left just a year later. Currier continued the business as a solo venture and signed his prints ―N. Currier.‖ Several of the prints in the exhibit are from this time period. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 59 James Merritt Ives was a self-taught accountant, industrialist, and salesman, but not an artist. Currier hired him in 1850 and his abilities led to the rapid growth of the company. By 1857, Currier made Ives an equal partner and giving birth to ―Currier & Ives.‖ Ives was a relaxed, easy going person in contrast to Currier‘s more rigid and exacting personality. The partners complemented each other, which led to the success of the company. Even after these two founders died in the 1880s, the Currier and Ives name survived as their families continued to operate the business. It was the new medium of photography that forced ―Currier & Ives‖ to close in 1907. Some of the more notable prints in the Hampton Roads Naval Museum exhibit include: ―Terrific Engagement Between the ‗Monitor‘ 2 Guns, and ‗Merrimac‘ 10 Guns, in Hampton Roads, March 9th 1862 ―Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Va. Oct. 1781‖ The Sinking of the ―Cumberland‖ by the Iron Clad ‗Merrimac,‘ off Newport News Va March 8, 1862 The Victorious Attack on Fort Fisher, NC Jan. 15th 1865 The True Yankee Sailor. A Good Ship & A Stiff Breeze Hampton Roads Naval Museum and USS Wisconsin Fall Operating Hours The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and its principle artifact, USS Wisconsin, will resume limited visitation hours beginning Tuesday, September 2. Hours of operation will be as follows: Mondays: Closed Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sundays: Noon – 5:00 p.m. Owned and operated by the United States Navy, admission to both the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and Battleship Wisconsin is free. For additional information, please visit our website at www.hrnm.navy.mil. HERMITAGE MUSEUM Second Floor Galleries Now Open Free on Tuesdays. The Hermitage Museum & Gardens is pleased to announce that the second floor galleries of the museum are now open free to the general public on Tuesdays. The second floor galleries consist of the permanent exhibition space for a portion of the museum's permanent Asian collection as well as two galleries of changing exhibit space displaying student artwork, solo exhibits, group shows, historical and cultural exhibits, and Hermitage in-house exhibits throughout the year. For more information on the Hermitage second floor galleries, contact Caitlin Smith, Public Programs Manager, at 757-423-2052 ext. 207, or email@example.com. Hermitage Hosts Second Annual Studio Artist Exhibition. The Hermitage Museum & Gardens will hold the second annual Hermitage Studio Artist exhibition, Artistic Differences, Now – November 23. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 60 The Hermitage opened the doors of the Gardener's Cottage, located adjacent to the Hermitage Visual Arts School, in July of 2007 to the first group of participants of the program. Each year, six artists are juried into the program based on portfolio submissions, professional commitment, and interest in participating in the exchange of artistic ideas. The program invites juried artists to experience the Hermitage as the Sloane family did: inspired by the surrounding natural beauty of the grounds and the richness of the arts community. The six artists included in this year's exhibit Artistic Differences are Jane Cleary, Anne Iott, Patricia Isenhour, Helena Navarro, Amanda Page Stephens and Virginia Van Horn. These artists work in a broad range of media and their exhibited works will demonstrate that same range of artistic expression through a variety of techniques, materials, and styles. From vibrant watercolors to coffee-stained canvases, dyed fabrics to textured oil paints, Artistic Differences will endeavor to discuss the choices behind self expression. To view featured artists' biographies, artist statements, and sample works visit www.thfm.org. For more information on the Hermitage Studio Artist Program or the exhibit Artistic Differences, contact Caitlin Smith, Public Programs Manager, at 757-423-2052 ext. 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hermitage offers 45-minute guided tours, on the hour, of fifteen galleries filled with the Sloane family world-wide art collection, furniture, and history. The Visual Arts School houses classrooms, a complete ceramics studio, and darkroom photography facilities. Open daily 10-5, Sundays 1-5-closed Wednesdays. Free for Museum Members, children under 6, and Active Duty military. Admission: $5 for Adults, $2 for ages 6-18, and $3 for students. For more information on the museum and membership offerings call 757-423-2052 or visit www.thfm.org. HOCKEY Norfolk Admirals Hockey Prepares for 20th Season. The Norfolk Admirals hockey team will hit the ice for their 20th season at Scope starting this October. The Admirals are members of the American Hockey League and are the top farm team of the NHL‘s Tampa Bay Lightning. With new players, new coaches and upgrades to Scope – including a new, state-of-the-art video board – the 2008-09 season is sure to be one of the most exciting to date. The Admirals provide a one-of-a-kind venue for your organization to spend a fun night out or to raise much-needed funds. Group tickets to Admirals games start at just $10 each. There are also exciting new incentives available to group leaders. The Admirals can also help with your fundraising efforts with the successful Bucks and Pucks program where your organization earns 20% of the total raised and enjoys a night of hockey together. Are you looking for a cool place to celebrate a birthday? Don‘t forget the Admirals for great birthday packages that will make your child‘s birthday one to remember. To find out more, contact the Admirals at 640-1212 or visit them online at norfolkadmirals.com. Admirals hockey is Five Star Fun! HOLIDAYS IN THE CITY: DOWNTOWN NORFOLK AND OLDE TOWNE PORTSMOUTH November 22-December 31, 2008 24th Annual Grand Illumination Parade: Celebrate the Season with our nautical themed parade. It all kicks off with the spectacular illumination of the Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth skylines. Saturday, November 22 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 61 7 p.m. Downtown Norfolk 623-1757 26th Annual Holly Festival of Trees Proceeds benefit CHKD Norfolk Waterside Marriott November 21-22 668-7098 MacArthur On Ice Outdoor Skating Rink at MacArthur Center November 22 – January 19 627-6000 The Planets Presented by the Virginia Symphony Chrysler Hall November 22, 8 p.m. 892-6366 The Elixir of Love Presented by the Virginia Opera Harrison Opera House November 23, 2:30 p.m. 623-1223 ‗Tis the Season: A Holiday Planetarium Show Children‘s Museum of Virginia November 25-December 31 393-5258 ext. 14 Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection: Preview Weekend: November 21-23 Open November 28-December 31 Courthouse Galleries Olde Towne Portsmouth 393-8543 The Magical Music of Walt Disney Presented by the Virginia Symphony Chrysler Hall November 29, 8 p.m. 892-6366 A Christmas Carol Presented by the Virginia Stage Company Wells Theatre December 3-23 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 62 627-1234 Handel‘s Messiah Presented by the Virginia Symphony Chrysler Hall December 4, 8 p.m. 892-6366 ArtSeen Downtown Norfolk Art Galleries December 5, 5-8 p.m. 664-6873 First Friday in Olde Towne Portsmouth Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association Historic High Street, Portsmouth December 5, 5-8 p.m. 405-3500 Richmond Ballet‘s The Nutcracker Presented by the Virginia Ballet Theatre, With the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Children‘s Chorus and Todd Rosenlieb Dance Chrysler Hall December 5-7 671-8100 Lunch and a Story with Santa at the Children‘s Museum Children‘s Museum of Virginia December 6, Noon 393-5258 ext. 10 Historic Port Norfolk Holiday Tour of Homes Port Norfolk Historic District December 7, 3-7 p.m. 399-4122 Olde Town Candlelight Home Tour December 12, 5-9 p.m. December 13, 1-5 p.m. 397-8088 11th Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival Saturday, December 13 Noon-6 p.m. High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth 393-5111 Holiday Home Tour November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 63 Freemason Historic Area December 7, 1-6 p.m. 623-2803 Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Presented by Broadway Across America Chrysler Hall December 10-14 671-8100 Holidays in Virginia Presented by the Hurrah Players TCC Roper Performing Arts Center December 12-14 627-5437 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Presented by the Hurrah Players TCC Roper Performing Arts Center December 13, 7 p.m. 627-5437 Handel‘s Messiah Performed by the Cantana Chorus Trinity Episcopal Church December 13, 8 p.m. 397-8390 Lancaster Memorial Concert Monumental Methodist Church December 14, 3 p.m. 397-1297 Holiday Classics Presented by the Virginia Symphony Chrysler Hall December 18, 8 p.m. 892-6366 The Nutcracker Presented by Ballet Virginia International Harrison Opera House December 19-21 636-7076 11th Annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk Olde Towne Historic District December 31, 4 p.m. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 64 650-1297 For more details about these festivities or to view a complete calendar of holiday events in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth, visit DowntownNorfolk.org and click on Holidays in the City, or call the Downtown Norfolk Council at 623-1757. LIBRARIES November & December 2008 Programs Tacky the Penguin Visits Norfolk Public Library Join us for a special story time with Tacky the Penguin, the quirky book character created by children‘s author, Helen Lester. Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drum, but his friends love him! Don‘t forget your camera! Check your local library or visit online at www.npl.lib.va.us for dates and times! Native American Indian Heritage Month @ NPL (November 2008) Celebrate the American Indian Culture with special programs about Native American artifacts and stories. Check with your local library for program information! Barron F. Black Branch Library 6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 School Age Storytimes Thursdays @ 4:00 PM (School Age) Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Join us for fun stories, games and activities! Nov. 13: American Indian Heritage Nov. 20: Fractured Fairy Tales Dec. 4: Hats Dec. 11: Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Arrows in the Wind Monday, November 17 @ 5:00 PM (All Ages) Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Chief Bright Sun, Swamp Rat, and Sparrow Hawk will captivate the audience with legends and stories of nature‘s wisdom, and share their history through American Indian artifacts. Chess Club Every Tuesday @ 3:30 PM (Sept. 2 – Dec. 30) except Nov. 11 (All Ages) Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Chess takes a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. All skill levels are welcome, and each session will begin with a lesson on an aspect of the game. Teen Advisory Board 2nd Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM (Nov. 12 & Dec. 10) (Teens) November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 65 Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Come make a difference @ BFB! Meet with other teenagers, suggest programming, recommend books, share your concerns, and have fun doing it. Refreshments will be served. Teen Movie Nights @ BFB! 3rd Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM (Nov. 19 & Dec. 17) (Teens) Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Join us to view a movie once a month recommended by the Teen Advisory Board. Internet Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, December 3 @ 4:00 PM Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Can you find every item in 30 minutes? Christmas Ornament Workshop (All Ages) Thursday, December 18 @ 3:00 PM Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Join us to make beautiful ornaments for your tree! Blyden Branch Library 879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Color Is In! Tuesday, November 18 @ 6:00 PM (Teens) Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 The fall fashion colors are in! Learn tips for accentuating your wardrobe with colorful jewelry you make yourself. Try making a bracelet, earrings, or both. Feel free to bring your favorite munchies and drink. Register early! Tom Turkey Tuesday, November 25 @ 5:00 PM (School Age) Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Boy turkeys are called toms, girl turkeys are hens, and baby turkeys are called poults. What a lot of names! Which one will you make; a poult with a bonnet or cap, a Tom with a big black hat, or a hen with a fancy feathered hat? Preschool Storytime Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool) Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Our language rich story time has something for everyone. There are songs to sing and music to move little bodies. Come and join the fun! Story time themes vary each month. Homework Fun Monday to Thursday @ 3:30 - 5:00 PM (September through December) Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Students participate in enrichment programs focusing on homework. (School Age) Teen Advisory Committee November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 66 Tuesdays @ 5:00 PM beginning Sept. 23 (Teens) Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Teens get together for group discussions about issues affecting today‘s youth, book talks and teen-related projects. You‘d Better Watch Out! (Preschool & School Age) Tuesday, December 23 @ 6:00 PM Blyden Branch Library~879 East Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Come visit with Santa Claus live from the North Pole! He will arrive in his Red Escalade this year because Rudolph‘s nose isn‘t working properly. Don‘t forget your Christmas list and camera! Horace C. Downing Branch Library 555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Preschool Storytime Thursdays @ 10:30 AM Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Join us for fun stories, songs and games! Nov. 6: Uncle Chuck's Truck Nov. 13: Mama, Do You Love Me? Nov. 20: This is the Turkey Dec. 4: The Gumdrop Tree Dec. 11: Raggedy Anne and Andy Dec. 18: Clifford the Big Red Dog Tacky the Penguin Visits HCD! Saturday, November 8 @ 3:00 PM (Family) Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Join Horace C. Downing for a special storytime with Tacky the Penguin, the quirky book character created by children's author, Nancy Lester. Tacky is an odd bird who marches to the beat of his own drum, but his friends love him! Don't forget your camera. Turkey Too: Foods Native to America Wednesday, November 19 @ 3:30 PM (School Age) Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Join us for an American Indian Month Celebration. Learn about foods native to America, make crafts and more. Babygarten Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26; Dec. 3 & 17) (Babies & Toddlers) Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441- 1968. Santa Visits Horace C. Downing! (School Age) November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 67 Saturday, December 13 @ 3:00 PM Horace C. Downing Branch Library~555 East Liberty Street~441-1968 Bring your camera to take pictures of your child with Santa. Create simple holiday crafts while waiting for a turn. Janaf Branch Library 124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660 Preschool Storytime Thursdays @ 10:30 AM Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660 Join us for fun stories, songs and games! Nov. 6: Tacky the Penguin Visits Janaf Nov. 13: Music – I've got music in me Nov. 20: Thanksgiving – Gobble Gobble Dec. 4: Fancy Nancy – Wear a fancy outfit Dec. 11: Music-toe tapping books Dec. 18: Christmas: stories, songs, crafts and visit from Santa! 1-2-3 Grow with Me Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Nov. 19 & 26; Dec. 3, 10 & 17) (Babies & Toddlers) Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660 Each 90 minute program features free play, art activities, circle time, and great resources for parents about childhood development. Registration is required. Tales to Tails Every 3rd Saturday @ 2:00 PM (Nov. 15; Dec. 20) (School Age) Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660 Practice your reading skills by sharing tales with book loving therapy dogs. Registration and parental consent are required. Please call 441-5660 for more information. Crazy Christmas Crafts (School Age) Thursday, December 11 @ 2:00 PM Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-5660 We‘ll make ornaments and crazy Christmas crafts! Jordan-Newby Branch Library 961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Beaded Jewelry Saturday, November 22 @ 1:00 PM (Teens) Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Learn about the importance of bead and jewelry in the Native American culture. Create your own necklace or bracelet. Registration is required. Digital Television Transition Program Saturday, November 29 @ 1:00 PM (Adults) November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 68 Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Will you be ready when the TV stations switch from analog to digital? Will your old TV work with this new technology? Join us for this informative program and learn what the digital TV conversion is all about. Kute Kids Story Time Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Join us Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM (Preschool) Teen Advisory Club Library Thursdays @ 3:00 PM (Nov. 6 & 20; Dec. 11) (Teens) Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Teens, make your opinions count and your voices heard. Play games, listen to music and meet new friends! Babygarten Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Nov. 8 & 22) (Babies & Toddlers) Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages birth-24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441- 2843. Safety First with Safety Print (Family) Saturday, December 6 @ 1:00 PM Jordan-Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 This Children‘s Identification Program, sponsored by the Norfolk Sherriff‘s Department, will fingerprint and provide a photo ID for kids, aged newborn to 16. Cookie Time! (School Age) Saturday, December 13 @ 11:00 AM Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Decorate Holiday cookies and enjoy them with a big glass of milk, while reading some of our favorite Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah stories. Holiday Card Making (Teens) Saturday, December 13 @ 1:00 PM Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 We‘ll create cards to share with our loved ones this holiday season! All materials are provided. Family Movie Matinee – Holiday Movies! (Family) Saturday, December 20 @ 1:00 PM Jordan-Newby Branch~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Join us for holiday classics, tasty cider and cookies! Lafayette Branch Library 1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 69 Share Your Thanksgiving Day Story with us! (November, 2008) Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 We‘re anxious to hear your special Thanksgiving Day story! Submit your story by November 24th and we‘ll display it for other patrons to enjoy! (All Ages) Thanksgiving Holiday Storytime Monday, November 24 @ 2:30 PM (All Ages) Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 We‘ll step back in time and share special Thanksgiving stories. It‘s the last day to submit your own story. Preschool Storytime Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 4 – Dec. 18) Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 Join us for stories, songs, puppets and fun for your lovable, little one! (Preschool) Lafayette Library Adult Book Club Every 3rd Tuesday @ 10:30 AM (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) (Adult) Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 Join us for this lively book discussion. A different book will be discussed at each meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Babygarten Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (September 24 - December 17) (Babies & Toddlers) Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants ( birth-24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, please call 441-2842. The Elf Workshop (All Ages) Monday, December 22 @ 2:30 PM Lafayette Branch Library ~ 441-2842 Join us at the Elf Workshop, a program of children‘s stories and holiday cheer. Larchmont Branch Library 6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335 Larchmont Branch Book Club Every Third Monday @ 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Nov. 17 & Dec. 15) (Adults) Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335 Join us September to discuss Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love. Refreshments will be served. BabyGarten Thursdays @ 10:30 AM Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 70 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join BabyGarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (ages 1-24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For information, call 441-5335. (Babies & Toddlers) Rosebuds: Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Nov. 6 & 20; Dec. 11) Morning Glories: Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Nov. 13; Dec. 4 & 18) Digital Photography Club by Linda Howie Tuesdays @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Nov. 4, Dec. 2 & 16) (School Age) Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335 Join us for this eight-part series photography workshop to create wonderful, lasting memories! Tales to Tails Every 4th Saturday @ 11:00 AM (Nov. 22) (School Age) Larchmont Branch Library~6525 Hampton Boulevard~441-5335 Practice your reading skills by sharing tales with book loving therapy dogs. Registration and parental consent are required. Please call 441-5335 for more information. Holiday Themed Make-and-take Crafts (All Ages) Join us @ 10:30 AM & 3:00 PM Larchmont Branch Library ~ 441-5335 Wed. Dec. 3: Holiday cards Wed. Dec. 10: Ornaments Wed. Dec. 21: Gift bags Little Creek Branch Library 7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Tracing Family Roots- Genealogy Workshop Tuesday, November 18 @ 6:30 PM (Adults) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Sergeant Memorial Room staff will share tips and resources for researching your family history. Little Creek Reads Book Club 2nd Thursdays @ 12:00 PM (Nov. 13 & Dec. 11) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Join us this fall for a lively book talk! (Adult) Little Creek Urban Fiction Book Club Join us monthly @ 6:30 PM (Nov. 25 & Dec. 16) (Adult) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Join our NEW Book Club to discuss popular urban fiction titles on the Essence best seller lists. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 71 Babygarten Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 17-Dec. 17; no program Nov. 26) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. For more information, call 441-1751. (Babies & Toddlers) Toy Collection Drive (Family) (Toys collected through December 18, 2008) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Bring holiday joy to our local children by donating new, unopened toys for Toys for Tots and the Norfolk Foster Care Holiday Project. We‘ll collect toys until December 18th, 2008. Cooking with Carlton (Adults) Tuesday, December 2 @ 6:30 PM Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Carlton is back for more culinary tips and demonstrations! Learn new holiday recipes! Merry Christmas: Crafting with Miss Carol (Family) Saturday, December 6 @ 2:00 PM Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 We‘ll make ornaments and holiday cards! Park Place Branch Library 620 West 29th Street~664-7330 Club Kitabu Second Saturdays @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Nov. 8; Dec. 13) (Adults) Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330 If you love to read and talk about books, then Club Kitabu is for you! Join us for spirited book discussions, author visits and signings, light refreshments and fun. Babygarten Join us Wednesdays @ 1:30 PM (Nov. 5, 12 & 19; Dec. 3, 10 & 17) (Babies) Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! Registration is required. Preschool Storytime Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (September 10-December 17) Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 72 Join us for fun stories, games and activities. Kwanzaa Celebration (Family) Thursday, December 18 @ 5:30 PM Park Place Branch Library~620 West 29th Street~664-7330 Storyteller Eunice Jones will share stories and traditional themes of Kwanzaa. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Movies @ Pretlow: Celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month Mondays @ 6:30 PM (Teens, Adults) Join us for movies in celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month. Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Nov. 3: Windtalkers (R) Nov. 10: Pow Wow Highway (R) Nov. 17: Hidalgo (PG) Nov. 24: The New World (PG-13) Thanksgiving Craft and Storytime Tuesday, November 18 @ 4:00 PM (Family) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 We‘ll learn how our forefathers celebrated Thanksgiving and make a craft. Author Mike D'Orso Visits Pretlow Thursday, November 20 @ 7:00 PM (Family) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Local, award-winning author Mike D'Orso will join us to discuss his latest book; Eagle Blue: A Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska. What is the Virginia Employment Commission? Thursday, November 20 @ 6:00 PM (Adults) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 The VEC will visit to provide information about workforce services, job opportunities, and the labor market. Learn how the VEC can assist the unemployed. Down by the Bay Saturday, November 22 @ 11:00 AM (Teens, Adults) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Dr. Harold Cones, consultant for the Mariner's Museum and former biology professor will talk about the history of the Chesapeake Bay. Let‘s Talk Turkey! Tuesday, November 25 @ 4:00 PM (Family) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 We‘ll present the Children's Theater of Hampton Roads' own Bucket of Monkeys in a fun, educational and interactive experience. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 73 Babygarten Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 17 - Dec. 17) (Babies &Toddlers) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Come join Babygarten, an early literacy initiative designed for infants and their caregivers. Registration is required. For more information, please call 441-1750. Family Drive-In Matinee Saturdays @ 2:00 PM (All Ages) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Park the family in the library for an afternoon movie and pirate game. Bring something soft to sit on and something to drink. We'll provide the popcorn! (Parents, please use discretion regarding the appropriateness of the movie for your child.) Nov. 15: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (PG) Dec. 15: The Spiderwick Chronicles Just Me and My Dad Saturday, November 22 @ 10:30 AM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 This interactive storytime is designed for dads and children under 6 yrs. For more information, please call 441-1750. (Preschool) Deck the Halls (Family) Wednesday, December 10 @ 5:00 PM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Make a beautiful ornament and share some holiday stories and songs! Peacemaking for Kids (School Age) Friday, December 12 @ 4:00 PM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Resolve conflicts with others, deal with angry feelings, and learn how to keep your cool. Hanukkah's Here! (Family) Wednesday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 We'll learn about this Jewish tradition. All Wrapped Up (All Ages) Saturday, December 20 @ 2:00 PM Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch~111 W. Ocean View Avenue~441-1750 Create a festive holiday gift bag. Van Wyck Branch Library 1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 Arrows in the Wind Tuesday, November 18 @ 5:00 PM (All Ages) Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 74 Chief Bright Sun, Swamp Rat, and Sparrow Hawk will captivate the audience with legends and stories of nature‘s wisdom, and share their history through American Indian artifacts. Preschool Storytime Thursdays @ 11:00 AM Join us for fun stories, songs and games! Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 Nov. 6: Bears and More Bears: Let‘s go on a bear hunt! Nov. 13: Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month: Tales of Coyote and his antics. Nov. 20: Happy Thanksgiving! Join us for turkey tales. Gobble! Gobble! Dec. 4: Holiday Stories: Tis‘ the season to be jolly! Dec. 11: Christmas Stories: We‘ll celebrate the holiday season with stories Dec. 18: Happy Hanukkah: Pa Pa‘s Latkes and the Magic Dreidel. Babygarten Every Thursday @ 10:30 AM (Sept. 11 - Dec. 18) Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 Action rhymes, movement activities and shared book readings. Sound like fun? Come and join Babygarten, an early literacy program designed for infants (birth - 24 months) and their caregivers. Read to them, sing to them, love them! For more information, please call 441-2844. (Babies & Toddlers) Teen Advisory Group Thursdays @ 3:30 PM Meets each month (Sept. 11 – Dec. 18) (Teens) Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 Join us and give us your input. Make new friends while having fun, plan future events and help with programs. For more information, call Doris Modlin Johnson @ 441-2844 Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas! (Family) Wednesday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM Van Wyck Branch ~ 441-2844 We'll enjoy stories and a special visit from Santa. Bring your camera! Autumn Story Times @ NPL Blyden Branch Library~879 E. Princess Anne Road~441-2852 Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Preschool) Barron F. Black Branch Library~6700 E. Tanners Creek Drive~441-5806 Thursdays @ 4:00 PM (School Age) Horace C. Downing Branch~555 E. Liberty Street~441-1968 Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool) Janaf Branch Library~124 Janaf Shopping Center~441-2843 Thursdays @ 10:30AM (Preschool) November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 75 Van Wyck Branch Library~1368 DeBree Avenue~441-2844 Thursdays @ 11:00 AM (Preschool) Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library~111 W. Ocean View Ave~441-1750 Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool) Park Place Branch Library~620 W. 29th Street~664-7330 Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool) Little Creek Branch Library~7853 Tarpon Place~441-1751 Preschool Thursdays @ 10:30 AM Family Last Wednesday of the Month @ 6:30 PM Lafayette Branch Library~1610 Cromwell Drive~441-2842 Thursdays @ 10:30 AM (Preschool) Jordan Newby Branch Library~961 Park Avenue~441-2843 Preschool Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM Toddler Thursdays @ 11:30 AM Order Your 2009 Norfolk Historical Calendar Today! The 2009 Norfolk Historical Calendar is now available for purchase! This second annual calendar features photographs from the Norfolk Public Library‘s Sargeant Memorial Room collection and intriguing tidbits from Norfolk‘s past. The cost of the calendar is $10.00 and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Public Library Foundation‘s Sargeant Memorial Room Endowment. The calendar is available for purchase at any Norfolk Public Library location and select local retailers. For more information on how to order, please call City of Norfolk Historian Peggy McPhillips at (757) 664-7310, or go to www.npl.lib.va.us. MACARTHUR MEMORIAL Only the Finest: General MacArthur’s Honor Guard . Comprised of men hand-picked for the assignment, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur‘s Honor Guard was one of the most important and visible parts of the General‘s official family during the closing months of World War II and throughout the Occupation of Japan. The members of this elite unit were selected based on their military bearing, intelligence and physical stature. Every combat Division of the U.S. Army in the Pacific was represented in its ranks. They were the best of the best. They had to be – General MacArthur would accept no less than the best for the men entrusted to provide security not only for himself and his Headquarters but for his family as well. Only the Finest: General MacArthur’s Honor Guard examines a heretofore little-known unit that was such a large part of General MacArthur‘s military family. Through December 2008. Far East Air Force exhibit to open at MacArthur Memorial Now – December 2009 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 76 The air war in the Pacific Theater during World War II is often overlooked and over-shadowed by the battles which took place in the skies above Europe. The U.S. Army Air Forces in Europe had the luxury of better planes, better support and more personnel than their counterparts in the Pacific. The saga of the Army Air Force in the Pacific was to do the most with what they had – which at times was very little. Far East Air Force operated out of more than 50 different islands, flew over an area larger than the United States, and carried the war from Australia to Japan itself, all while turning men and aircraft around for the next mission as quickly as possible. MacArthur’s Airmen: Far East Air Force tells the story of Far East Air Force, the airmen who served under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and the Korean War, using many artifacts and photographs which will be displayed for the first time. Highlights include a leather flight jacket belonging to FEAF commander, General George C. Kenney; a 50-caliber machine gun from a P-40 Warhawk; American and Japanese flight suits; and a runway light from the large airfield on the island of Tinian. 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. MISS NORFOLK SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT The 2009 Miss Norfolk Pageant will be January 3, 2009. Place to be announced. The divisions are: Junior Miss Norfolk – ages 7-9 Miss PreTeen Norfolk 10-12 Miss Teen Norfolk 13-17 (junior in High School) Miss Norfolk 17 to 24 years old. The 2008 lineup: Jordan Frankos, 2008 Junior Miss Norfolk, Brittany Walters, 2008 Miss Preteen Norfolk, Samantha Hardee, 2008 Miss Teen Norfolk and Ashley Smith, 2008 Miss Norfolk. Check out our website at MissNorfolkpageant.com and become a contestant, sponsor or volunteer. The Miss Norfolk Scholarship Pageant is the official preliminary to the Miss Virginia and Miss America Organization. For more information, please contact Traci Marquis, executive director at 757-402-0861 NAUTICUS Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Temporary Exhibits Through December 31. Seabots: Pilots of the Deep. Nauticus‘ exciting new exhibit takes visitors behind the scenes of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) – underwater robots which scour the oceans exploring the mysteries of the sea! Seabots combines elements of Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss with an innovative ―living laboratory‖ that lets you see invention in action – or take part in it yourself! Ongoing Programs Shark Feeding. 10:30 a.m. (Saturday only) Watch Nauticus‘ live Nurse and Spotted Bamboo sharks eat as you learn about shark behavior and ecology! November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 77 Shark Touch. Saturdays 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Sundays 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Weekdays 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. (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. Kiddie Tidepool & Storytime. Saturdays 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Sundays at 4 p.m. Learn about the animals that live in the Elizabeth River in this story-time presentation. (Ideal for children 5 & under) NOAA Science On a Sphere Presentation. Daily. 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. Daily. 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. Daily. 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. Battleblast. Weekends. 1 p.m. How do explosions work? Awesome experiments investigate the science of energy, force, pressure and combustion, as well as the technology of speed, armor and firepower associated with battleship design. Digital High-Definition Films Gateway to the World. (35 min.) Daily. This digital, high-definition film celebrates the beauty and grandeur of our Seaport. Within the largest natural harbor on earth, the Seaport of Virginia serves as a gateway to the world through maritime operations. The film tracks the course of a single day, with choreographed motions of trains, cranes and container ships revealing the beauty of transportation, where workers harness the power of the gargantuan machinery towering over them. This film was produced by Nauticus in conjunction with Xenon, a film and interactive production company. The Living Sea. (45 min.) Daily. 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 Opportunities--Exciting times on the Nauticus campus! What a delightfully busy summer it has been at Nauticus and we could not have survived without our fantastic volunteers. The school year has November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 78 begun and with our younger volunteers departing to continue their education, we are now seeking adult volunteers to assist us using their subject matter expertise. There are many opportunities for volunteers to choose from. This year at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, we will welcome the largest number of cruise passengers ever to the city of Norfolk. If you have interesting facts to share about Norfolk and like to interact with people, you could provide a valuable service by greeting cruise visitors. Nauticus also welcomes many schools groups throughout the year for special tours, educational programs and fun activities. If you have the ability to interact positively with young people, we‘re always looking for people who love to watch children learn and grow. Special events are another area where Nauticus needs volunteers; as individuals and groups, either on a regular basis or for one time special events. There are many ways for you to become involved and we are always pleased to have you. For more information on how to become a part of this fun and exciting time at Nauticus, please call Juli Manchester or Melissa Swanson at 757-664-1043 or visit our website www.nauticus.org/join.html. NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN AND RESOURCE CENTER NEIGHBORHOOD UNIVERSITY Norfolk Neighborhood University Fall 2008 Schedule The City of Norfolk‘s Department of Neighborhood Preservation, Bureau of Community Outreach announces Neighborhood University‘s (NU) Fall 2008 Courses. NU offers community leadership and capacity building training. The curriculum provides a continuum of training that is designed to enhance the community‘s leadership capacity through knowledge and skill building, networking and community stewardship showcase, in a quality learning environment. All Neighborhood University Courses are FREE and open to the public. Residents of Norfolk and civic league members receive registration priority. Fall courses will include: Getting the Grant—Advanced November 22, 2008 9 am – 12 pm Norfolk Workforce Development Center, 201 East Little Creek Road Know Your Norfolk: Services, Programs, and Functions of City Government Common Code Violations December 6, 2008 9 am – 11 am Campostella Heights Resource Center, November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 79 Help create and maintain safe and healthy communities by increasing environmental code awareness and enforcement in your neighborhood! In this course, Code Inspectors from the City of Norfolk provide practical tools for recognizing and resolving community issues related to environmental codes. Registration is required and can be done online at: www.norfolk.gov/neighborhoods/services/university_registration.asp or by calling 757-823-4210. In addition to NU courses, the Bureau of Community Outreach will host a Fix-it Trade Show on September 13, hold a TAG-OUT volunteer training on October 1, and is making plans to host 3 home rehabilitation workshops. The Bureau of Community Outreach provides support to Norfolk‘s community through an extensive and diverse network of outreach programs and services and strives to enhance its service delivery to better match it with the needs and assets of our growing community. NORFOLK HISTORY MUSEUM Programs for Families and Children Sukkot: The Feast of Ingathering Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. at the Moses Myers House Learn more about Norfolk‘s Jewish heritage as the Moses Myers House, home of Norfolk‘s first Jewish residents, highlights the festival of Sukkot, which commemorates the protection given the Israelites during their exodus in the wilderness and celebrates the gathering of the harvest. Help build and decorate a traditional sukkah! Exhibits Crossroads: Transportation in Norfolk at the Norfolk History Museum This exhibit at the Norfolk History Museum traces the transformation of transportation in Norfolk, from the horse drawn carriage to light rail. Explore how Norfolk‘s citizens have gotten around town by land, sea, and air, from early settlement to the present day. Moses Myers Maritime Merchant at the Moses Myers House (opens October 10, 2008) During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, shipping merchants stood at the center of a network of international trade. One of the most respected and widely known international shipping merchants of his day, Moses Myers is an outstanding example of how private and public interest frequently overlapped in the world of maritime commerce. During his career as private businessman, foreign consul, and collector of customs he was involved in virtually every aspect of international trade. Our new installation will explore the business of maritime commerce through Moses Myers and link history with modern day commerce and the growth of Norfolk as an important shipping port. NEW Weekend Programs at the Historic Houses The Weekend Programs at the Historic Houses explore many of the themes in the Moses Myers House in more detail. Weekend programs are scheduled weekly at 1:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. November: 22 & 23 - The Myers – A Jewish-American Family: Enter into the religious life of the Myers family and understand the challenges faced by early American Jews. Find out how the Myers family practiced their religion and how their beliefs found expression in their public lives. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 80 November: 29 & 30 - Ladies of Norfolk – The Myers Women: Spend an hour in company with the women of the Myers household and learn about the vital roles they played at home and in society. Meet the Myers‘ daughters - Adeline, Augusta, and Mary Georgiana and contrast their lives with that of Chary, a 14 year old slave girl. POLICE NPD Community Forum: Your opportunity to ask the question you always wanted answered! Chief Bruce P. Marquis and the Norfolk Police Department invite you to attend the first NPD Community Forum. Learn about: Codes Enforcement; Crime Prevention; Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault; Office of Professional Standards; Gang Activity. Citizens will hear from experts and participate in Q&A sessions. Saturday, October 25, 2008 – Norview High School Wednesday, December 17, 2008 – Bayview Recreation Center Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Huntersville Neighborhood Service Center Questions? Call the Community Outreach Coordinator at 664-6937. RECREATION, PARKS & OPEN SPACE 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. Dance Magic Saturday, December 6, 2008 6pm Harrison Opera House General Admission - $10.00. All tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and one hour before the show at the Harrison Opera House Box office. Call 757 441-5833 for more information Ocean View Senior Center Activities 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 November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 81 Staff Assistance is provided each month to permit groups such as civic groups, Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club and Mayors Task Force. All events are located inside the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center at 7300 Newport Avenue. Norfolk Senior Center is a not-for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults age 50+. More information is available at 625-5857. SCHOONER VIRGINIA SELDEN ARCADE The Selden Gallery 208 East Plume Street, Norfolk VA 23510 Norfolk‘s Bureau of Cultural Affairs presents ―Of Nature and Necessity‖ an exhibition of artwork by Anna Velkoff Freeman and Brett LaGue. There is an Opening Reception Friday evening Nov. 14, 2008 from 5 PM –7PM and a Gallery Talk Friday November 21, 2008 at 6:30 PM. The exhibition runs from Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 2008. The Exhibition is a thoughtful juxtaposition of LaGue‘s two dimensional work with Freeman‘s three dimensional work and installation. Both artists navigate the troubled waters of the delicate balance between man and nature. Brett LaGue, an honors graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, has been exhibited in national and regional juried exhibitions Since 1985, including the 2008 20” x 20” x 20”: A National Compact Competition at Louisiana State University. ―Whether by observing the power of a flooded stream as it rolls across its banks into surrounding fields, or noting that fewer toads make their home in his neighborhood with each passing year, Brett‘s work is based on the environment‘s influence over man, man‘s impact on the environment, and the energy created by this never ending tug- of- war. His drawings interpret this energy, as he experiences it, into thought provoking works on paper and canvas.‖ Anna Velkoff Freeman received her MFA from the Old Dominion/Norfolk State joint Visual Studies program in 2006 and is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at both Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College. Her work has been seen nationally including Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Gloria Kennedy Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Indiana State University Art Gallery. The content of Anna‘s work ―deals with our current industrialized system of food production and agriculture, and our general disconnectedness with what we eat.‖ The imagery of her work ―explores food-borne pathogens, monoculture, use of corn for fuel production and colony collapse disorder in honeybees, which are vital pollinators for our food crops.‖ Anna states, ―Ceramic vessels, such as plates, bowls and cups, are an apt vehicle for my food-related imagery. I hope to evoke humor and irony by placing the enlarged bacterial imagery on vessel forms, which are finished with a food-safe glaze.‖ SENIOR CENTER FAM TOURS (Norfolk Senior Center Familiarity Tours) Visit one of the greatest facilities Norfolk has to offer during Senior Center Month. Senior Groups are invited to tour our facility to find out about the many programs and services we offer. Call 625-5857 to schedule your group a visit to: *Tour the facility * Sign up for Membership November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 82 *Enjoy our lunch program *Participate & hear about our exciting programs Holiday Faire Friday, November 21, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Find unique gifts for the holidays! Bring your family and friends and enjoy hassle free shopping in a safe and comfortable environment where you can find a variety of handmade crafts. Norfolk Senior Center t/a Primeplus is a not-for profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for adults age 50+. More information is available at 625-5857. All events are located within the Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center at 7300 Newport Avenue. VIRGINIA OPERA 2008-2009 Season of Italian Opera Season subscriptions are available* by calling our toll-free subscriber hotline at 1-866-OPERA-VA (1- 866-673-7282). Subscriptions to all four operas range from $99-$351 in Norfolk. Trovatore by Verdi - Lift up your hammers! The wealthy Count de Luna brings his forces to bear against those of the troubadour Manrico; both men fiercely determined to capture the love of beautiful Leonora. However, amidst the ringing clash of steel lies a shattering hidden truth: they are brothers, separated at birth by an old gypsy obsessed with vengeance. Verdi's sweeping tale is an action-packed romantic tragedy reeling with valiant patriotism, passion and drama. October 3, 5, 8, 10 & 12, 2008 Tosca, by Puccini – You Will Cause My Death! This supremely melodic masterpiece is a tautly suspenseful thriller set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars. Floria Tosca, a headstrong and celebrated operatic soprano, loves the handsome painter Mario Cavaradossi, whose political activism places him in the crosshairs of the evil Baron Scarpia. As the Chief of Police, Scarpia uses his power to set in motion a plan that will force Tosca to satisfy his carnal desires, and rid him of Cavaradossi once and for all. Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, 4, 6 & 8, 2009 The Elixir of Love - All it took was one sip! Toast the holidays with this hilarious concoction and delightful romp through the Italian countryside! Donizetti's intoxicating romantic comedy follows the efforts of the hapless farmer boy Nemorino to win the object of his desires, Adina, the prettiest belle in town. His heart aching with love unrequited, and desperate for an advantage over her current debonair suitor, Sergeant Belcore, the young farmer buys a powerful love potion from the traveling cure-all ―Doctor‖ Dulcamara. Nov. 14, 16, 19, 21 & 23, 2008 The Barber of Seville – Rossini Figaro! Figaro! FIGARO! If you enjoyed our recent operatic comedies: The Marriage of Figaro and Pirates of Penzance, you will fall in love with The Barber of Seville. Rossini‘s spicy masterpiece is a nonstop comedy express. Its spirited November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 83 music bounces us happily along with the outrageous mayhem dispensed by a singing barber, whose meddling ways may yet help the handsome young Count Almaviva to marry the beautiful Rosina. Her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, has other plans, however! To what extremes will these men take their cat and mouse games for one woman‘s love? March 13, 15, 18, 20 & 22, 2009 VIRGINIA ARTS FESTIVAL SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR Direct form South Africa, the Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, performing in eight different languages, in an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African and Western gospel. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a cappella and charismatic performances combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes of the future. Fri. Nov 21, 8:00 PM Attucks Theatre,Norfolk $25.00, Students $12.00 Call 757-671-8100 or visit www.vafest.org for tickets. VIRGINIA SYMPHONY 2008-2009 Season at Chrysler Hall November 29; 8 p.m.; The Magical Music of Walt Disney-Hear the music that has enchanted generations—including ―Beauty and the Beast,‖ ―The Lion King,‖ and ―The Little Mermaid,‖—live in concert—complete with multi-media presentation! January 24, 2009; 8 p.m.; A Tribute to Motown- Celebrate the magic of Motown as Spectrum blends the harmonies of The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations for hit after chart-busting hit! February 7, 2009; 8 p.m.; Lerner and Loewe‘s Camelot- The Broadway smash musical—in concert! Be charmed again by the legend of King Arthur, Guenevere and Lancelot as they were brought to life in music and song by Lerner and Loewe ―in that one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.‖ March 13, 2009; 8 p.m.; Cherish the Ladies- Irish eyes will be smilin‘ as Cherish the Ladies celebrate the wearin‘ o‘ the green, performing all of your Irish favorites! A spectacular display of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, and stunning step-dancing—combining all the facets of Irish Traditional Culture! VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 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 email@example.com. November 18, 2008 Civic Connection...page 84 ZOO Family Friendly Fun (fun for the whole family) Sunday, November 2 10am - 2pm Creepy candy stations (Don‘t forget your trick-or-treat bags!) $1 Haunted Hayride* $3 ZooBoo Choo Choo Animal pumpkin smashing Costume Contest & More Adults $7, Children (2-11) $5 Seniors (62 and over) $6 Virginia Zoo Members: Free For more information, call 441-2374 ext. 242/223 virginiazoo.org Would you like to host a private party? Looking for a unique setting to host your next function? Visit Available Facilities or call 757-441-2374 ext. 223 for more information 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.