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This Week in Newport News - 10/31-11/6

October 31st

Boos & Brews

Virginia Living Museum, October 31; 5:30 p.m.

TREAT don’t trick yo’ self with a night filled with drinks, food and fun! Sip on brews from local breweries, grab a bite and BONE appetite on tasty treats from Wild Side Cafe and delight in activities. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

November 1st

Civil War Round Talk, "Beginnings of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron"

The Mariner’s Museum and Park, November 1; 12:30 p.m.

Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners’ Park Café and stimulating Civil War discussion with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the café! President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the blockade of 3,500 miles of Southern coastline after the surrender of Fort Sumter in April 1861. Initially, the Confederacy had 12 major ports to defend which prompted the establishment of several Union blockading squadrons. The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron attempted to stop Confederate blockade runners from the South Carolina border to Key West, Florida. The squadron was commanded by Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont and Rear Admiral John A. B. Dahlgren, with its major base at Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. The squadron was most effective blockading the major ports of Savannah and Charleston. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

November 2nd

Animal Mini-Camp

Peninsula SPCA, November 2; 9 a.m.

Join us for three hours of fun time with the Humane Ed & Barnyard animals & visit with the shelter pets. Enjoy fun crafts & hands-on activities! Only $25 per student, Grades 2nd - 5th. Registration is required. Space is limited and registration is first come basis. 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, 757-933-8900. Click  here for more information. 

Special Build Saturdays – Rube Goldberg Machine

Virginia Living Museum, November 2; 10 a.m.

Mouse trap. That crazy contraption, where this falls into that thing, and it makes the ball move, which knocks that thing over, you have seen the videos! Whatever you call it, come do it with us! Using found objects and special building materials, come build a Rube Goldberg machine at the VLM! Our educators will be on hand to help test your creations and videos demonstrating some of the world’s best Rube Goldbergs will be playing throughout the morning. presented (Cost is $13 for members and $15 for non-members) 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Nature Workshop – Out of My Gourd!

The Mariner’s Museum and Park, November 2; 10 a.m.

Come march to the beat of your own drum (literally!) at The Mariners’ Museum and Park as Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach, shows how to make a musical instrument using… gasp!… gourds. Gourds are not only used for cooking delicious meals, but some varieties such as pumpkins, summer squashes, and some winter squashes can also be transformed into beautiful and unique musical instruments. Join Wisteria as she demonstrates how to create one-of-a-kind drums from gourds. The Nature Workshop Series are family-friendly workshops to introduce every one of all ages how to make beautiful creations using natural resources inspired by The Mariners’ Museum Park. The workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month, and meets in the Monitor Classroom B. Pre-registration is suggested. $10 Member, $20 General Admission. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Going to Pieces over  Conservation – Treatment of USS Monitor’s Gun Carriages

The Mariners’ Museum and Park, November 2; 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Join Elsa Sangouard, a senior conservator in the USS Monitor Center, for a behind-the-scenes view into what it takes to conserve the US Navy’s first ironclad warship! Conserving large composite artifacts (made of different materials) is a multiyear process that requires a wide range of expertise from welders to analytical chemists. The port gun carriage is the largest of USS Monitor’s composite artifacts to be fully conserved to date. This lecture presents an overview of the conservation treatment process for the port gun carriage and describes disassembly challenges, innovation developed, and lessons learned. In the near future, the results of this work will be applied during the conservation of the starboard gun carriage. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information. 

Dia de los Muertos

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, November 2; 11 a.m.

Join us for our annual Día de los Muertos celebration from 11 AM - 2 PM! Families can build an ofrenda, make a Catrina print, sample Pan de Muerto, sharpen observation skills with a scavenger hunt, see Go Figure, and more! We'll have gallery educators in the galleries to share fun facts about the art and answer any questions you may have. Free to everyone! You may purchase fantastic empanadas from the El Coqui food truck or purchase a face painting from Milesofsmiles--they are KNOWN for their Calaveras (sugar skulls)! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.


Where We Landed Digital Exhibition

Newsome House, November 2; 12 p.m.

Join us and learn about the journey of our local heroes through a digital experience. This event is open to the public. 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Click here for more information.


Sensory-Friendly Concert

Ferguson Center for the Arts, November 2; 3 p.m.

Join the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a special sensory-friendly concert for music lovers of all ages. This full-orchestra performance will be in partnership with the Ferguson Center for the Arts, a KultureCity Certified Sensory Inclusive venue. Families and friends are invited to take part in the pre-concert hands-on activities and resource fair. Quiet spaces will be available before and during the concert and seating will be flexible within the hall.1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Click here for more information.

November 3rd

Sunday Funday

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, November 3; 1 p.m.

Join us for Sunday Funday at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Admission is free for everyone and we'll have additional activities for younger visitors. Additional art activities are located in the galleries and visitors can take part in one of our fun scavenger hunts. Funding for this event is paid for through the Art Access Program. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click  here for more information.

November 4th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park, November 4; 10:30 a.m.
Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with Museum admission. Fun for children! Join us Monday mornings for engaging learning activities for children that include story time and a craft! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information

November 5th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum, November 5; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9am – 12pm! Sip on coffee while you watch your little scientist explore in the natural world and build in our toddler friendly indoor build zone. Don’t forget to take in a Preschool Pals Planetarium show starting at 9:45 am. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

Go Figure

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, September 28 and Continuing through January 5

Go Figure explores the human figure and will include photography, sculpture, and works on paper. Each artist in this exhibition observes our relationship with ‘the figure’, interpreting its form as well as the spaces where is it absent, asking the viewer to contemplate the unknown, triggering our curiosity and desire to explore.. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

Building Wild with Nature

Virginia Living Museum, September 28 and Continuing through December 6

Join us for Building Wild with Nature! Kids and adults alike love to build. Explore different building stations from September 28 – December 6. Your imagination will soar as you use blocks, branches, bricks, stumps, twigs and logs to build habitats for both animals and your friends at locations throughout the campus. We challenge you to build habitats for both animals and humans. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.