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This Week in Newport News - 11/7-11/13

November 7th

The Music of Neil Diamond

Ferguson Center for the Arts

November 7; 7:30 p.m.

One of the best-selling singer/songwriters of all time, Neil Diamond, gave us unforgettable Top Ten hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America” and “Desiree.” The VSO has invited Jay White, who has performed more than 2,000 Neil Diamond Las Vegas casino shows, to perform with us in a tribute show for true lovers of the Neil Diamond mystique. Jay captures Diamond's essence and charismatic stage presence, along with an uncanny vocal and physical likeness, and backed up by the full Virginia Symphony this is an unparalleled tribute to the man himself! The quality and depth of this show will thrill current Diamond fans and is sure to make new ones. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Click here  for more information.

November 8th

Civil War Round Talk –

Building of the USS Monitor

The Mariner’s Museum and Park

November 8; 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! Even before the contract was signed on October 4, 1861, to build the ironclad Monitor, construction was underway. Numerous contractors were involved in the ship’s rapid construction with the primary builders being Continental Iron Works, Novelty Iron Works, and Delamater Iron Works. These builders used a host of subcontractors; yet, they missed their 100-day deadline. Nevertheless, USS Monitor was launched on January 30, 1862, and was able to leave New York on March 6, 1862. Destination? Hampton Roads, Virginia. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information. (Should be

757-596-2222.)

November 9th

Fall Colors Walk

Newport News Park

November 13; 2 p.m.

Meet a park naturalist at the Newport News Park Discovery Center for a stroll through the woods to see the changing colors. The program is free and no registration is required. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information. 

Indigenous People’s Day

The Mariner’s Museum and Park

November 9; 10 a.m.

Join us for a special recognition of Indigenous People’s Day during Native American Heritage Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park. What is the difference between Native Americans, First Peoples, Native Peoples, Indigenous Peoples, and Virginia Indians? How many different tribes and peoples inhabited the area we call home? Discover answers to these questions as we explore the diverse cultures, traditions, and stories of indigenous people in the Continental US and Canada. Hear compelling and insightful stories, and enjoy activities suitable for the entire family. Come explore the vibrant and resilient Native American culture with the entire family as we highlight the rich maritime heritage of many tribes! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information. 

Civil War Lecture: Robert Smalls and CSS Planter

The Mariner’s Museum and Park

November 9; 2:30 p.m.

On the evening of May 13, 1862, enslaved wheelman Robert Smalls disguised himself as CSS Planter’s  captain and slipped past five Confederate forts to surrender to the Union blockade ship USS Onward off Charleston, S.C. He took his family and several other crew members’ families behind Union lines to help attain their freedom. Smalls then served the Union as a pilot on Planter as well as on other ships such as the ironclad USS Keokuk. After the war he served three terms in Congress and was one of South Carolina’s leading African American citizens until his death in 1915. Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center.

100 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information. (Should be 757-596-2222)

Oyster Roast 2019

Virginia Living Museum

November 9; 3 p.m.

Enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh local Virginia oysters, fried seafood, chowder, dessert buffet, craft beers, wine, full bar, DJ/live music, commemorative glass, raffles & more at the Virginia Living Museum’s eighth annual Oyster Roast! The VLM Oyster Roast is an official Virginia Green Festival. As guests enjoy fresh Chesapeake Bay oysters, over 38 bushels of shells will be collected during the event. These shells will be shipped to the VCU Rice Rivers Center in Richmond, VA and will age in storage for nearly a year before being placed in seeding tanks. After seeding, baby oysters will attach to the shells. Each shell may contain 10-15 spat, which would result in approximately 300,000 oysters being returned to the Chesapeake Bay. Food will be provided by Mathews Lions Club, Waypoint Seafood & Grill, and Sam Rust Seafood. Desserts by Culinary Institute of Virginia Students. Sip on a glass or two of wine from Breakthru Beverage, beer from M. Price Distributing Company, or try St. George's Brewing Co. Oyster Beer. Tickets: $55, Age 21 and up. Tickets include commemorative glass and two beverage tickets for beer or wine. *Ticket price will increase to $65 the week of the event. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s award winning educational programs and animal care needs.
The Oyster Roast will be held rain or shine. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click  here for more information.

Stargazing/Laser Evening

Virginia Living Museum

November 9; 7 p.m.

Every second Saturday of the month enjoy free stargazing beginning at sunset. This Saturday munch on FREE food and participate in out-of-this world activities! Free observing begins at approximately 7pm. Activities and food are free. Stargazing is weather dependent. Several telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky. The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears. The museum has an incredible state-of-the-art laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.Laser Show Cost: Members $3 per show, non-members $6 per show. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

November 10th

Friendly Hours

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 10; 9 a.m.

Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Free with $1 Museum admission!
Friendly Hours will be from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, before the Museum opens to the public. Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming. 100 Museum Drive,

757-596-8175. Click here for more information. (Should be 757-596-2222)

2020 Calendar Launch      

Peninsula SPCA 

November 10; 2 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the launch of the Peninsula SPCA 2020 Calendar!
Bring your pup to win prizes for pet tricks, meet and greet for contest winners then get your calendar "paw-tographed" by our Grand Prize winner and cover model, NEPTUNE.
Tasty treats from West Village Barkery and kickoff your holiday shopping with Thirty-One Gifts, raffle Prizes and more! Event being held at Tradations Brewing. 523 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-933-8900. Click here for more information. 

November 11th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

November 11; 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 (Should be

757-596-2222)

November 12th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum

November 12; 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 (not linked) for more information.

25 Mics – Monthly Free Open Mic

Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center (need a hyphen between Downing-Gross)

November 12; 7 p.m.

Every Second Tuesday, free and open to the public. All ages are welcome! Join us in this positive space to let your creativity shine! Hosted by the incredible Nina Brewton, 25 Mics is a warm and welcoming experience for everyone! RSVP is appreciated but not required. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information. 

Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Ferguson Center for the Arts

November 12; 7:30 p.m.

Thirty-five years of outstanding, multidisciplinary collaborations for the stage place Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the forefront of artistic innovation in ballet. With each collaboration, LINES Ballet investigates deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world and the human spirit. At LINES Ballet, the artistic investigation is infinite and essential, for it leads to what unites us as human beings: empathy, joy and the ability to transcend. King’s new work, “Figures of Speech,” will be presented.

1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752. Click here for more information.

November 13th

Story and a Walk

Newport News Park

November 13; 10 a.m.

Bring the kids out for mid-week storytime at the Newport News Park Discovery Center! A park naturalist reads a nature-themed children's book, then leads the group outside to see nature in "real life," so be sure to dress for the weather! The program is free of charge and great activity for preschoolers or homeschoolers. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-926-1400. Click here for more information. 

Art Start

Peninsula Fine Arts Center

November 13; 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.

 

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