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This Week in Newport News - 11/21-11/27

November 21st

Evening Lecture Series: Larry Saint and Karla Smith

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 21; 7 p.m.

Hear co-authors Larry Saint and Karla Smith discuss the important role of the James River lighthouses in our country’s history, and how technology and the decline of river commerce led to their demise in the 1930s. Larry Saint and Karla Smith are co-authors of Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses. Published as a fundraiser for Suffolk River Heritage, the book is the result of years of extensive research, interviews, and writing about the lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay, James River, and North Carolina Sounds.The James River lighthouses played an important role in our country’s history, first exhibiting their lights in 1855 in response to increasing steamship traffic. At the time, their design was unique, using a newly invented screwpile foundation that supported a cottage-style residence and cupola to house the light. The lightkeepers were dedicated men and women, living in often harsh conditions as they maintained their light. On duty around the clock, they seldom had the opportunity to be home. Hear fascinating stories of the people and places that made the James River lighthouses so important during the golden age of steamship travel, and how changing technology and declining river commerce forced their demise starting in the 1930s.Tickets are required for all evening lectures. General admission tickets are $5 each. Mariners’ Museum Member Tickets are FREE. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

November 23rd

Special Build Saturdays

Virginia Living Museum

November 23; 10 a.m.

Cardboard Overload: Ever wanted to make a giant fort? How about make a castle with secret doors and tall towers? How high can you build until it falls over? Come explore big building projects at the VLM! Guests will have unlimited access to all our building materials, including a huge (and we mean HUGE) collection of recyclable cardboard and hard plastics to bring your craziest construction designs to life. This program will be presented beginning at 10 am. (Cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.) Each Special Build Saturday program is recommended for ages 7+, and all children must be accompanied by an adult (at no extra charge). Purchase Tickets.We challenge you to build habitats for both animals and humans. There is no limit to where your imagination can take you as you build and imagine with nature! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

November 25th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 25; 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, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information

November 26th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum

November 26; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.! 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 a.m. 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.

November 27th

Turkey Pardoning

Virginia Living Museum

November 27; 10 a.m.

Celebrate the long and healthy lives of our wild turkeys during the VLM's tenth annual Turkey Pardoning. Enjoy indoor exhibits about wild turkeys and indoor activities that begin at 10 a.m. Attend the ceremony beginning indoors at 11 am and then out on the outdoor trail. Join Newport News Mayor McKinley Price as he pardons the turkeys during a brief ceremony on the outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat. Bring a non-perishable food item to "FILL THE CANOE" in the Museum lobby for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. All individuals who bring a can will receive a coupon for a bottomless fountain drink or coffee for the Wild Side Café. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Art Start – Colors

Peninsula Fine Arts Center

November 27; 10:30 a.m.

Bring your preschooler to our free ArtStart class. Hear a story and create story-related art afterwards. Children will practice printmaking, painting, drawing, color mixing, collage, and more! This is a great opportunity to exercise fine and gross motor skills and to practice listening skills. Free with membership (new members can purchase memberships through groupon for 50% off) or with the price of admission (children 5 and under are free). 101 Museum Drive,

757-596-8175. 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.

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood Opening Day

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 16 and Continuing through to 2020

Toys Ahoy! is a new and fun exhibit that connects the young and the young at heart. With 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games and toys, this exhibit will excite everyone of all ages! The collection includes wood and paper battleships, board games, card games, puzzles, motorized miniature engines and other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. Take a look at the Lego room in the Model gallery, where a continuation of the Lego ship building competition is on display. There will also be a STEM activity to design your own toy boat, and the opportunity to hear stories and learn amazing facts from toy collectors and designers. For the holiday season, the Museum is sponsoring a maritime toy drive in conjunction with “Toys for Tots.” Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibit as we take you down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! at “America’s National Maritime Museum!”

100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

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