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FOOD ALLERGIES Leave Parents Boiling Mad.

September 4th, 2014 at 10:51 am by under Community, Health, News, Personalities, Uncategorized

“CINDY”- was SO excited about her first day of school, she got up early, dressed quickly and was practically ready to JUMP on the bus before it stopped rolling.  Little did CINDY know she would be riding into a nightmare. When  it was time for lunch, a teacher placed CINDY at a small table, alone, and facing a wall. Her back was to her new classmates and all the other children in the cafeteria. And that’s how CINDY’S mother and grandmother told me they found her when they arrived to join CINDY for lunch.  CINDY was near tears and, needless to say, the two adults were practically breathing fire.
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CINDY has food allergies. For most of her five years, she’s reacted badly when exposed to dairy, nuts, and wheat. She’ll break out in hives, swell severely and experience potentially life threatening conditions- if not treated quickly. Usually, a shot from an E p i  P e n will do the trick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children jumped 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. A Richmond TV Station, W T V R, aired a report on child allergies- quoting a fascinating blog called “Butter Nutrition.” It’s writer raised the question, “Why your grandparents didn’t have food allergies, but you do.” The blog spelled out several theories on what could be the trigger behind the spike in children’s allergies.

Dr. Bob Call with Richmond Allergy & Asthma Specialists, called the theories non-scientific, but hard to ignore. He said his practice has seen allergy cases double over the last 10 years. Sixty percent of (his) practice are children, the youngest patient is just three weeks old.

“There are many more additives,thickeners, all of these different proteins that are added to food- even chemicals can become an allergen,” Dr. Call said about the theory that the food we eat these days contains more preservatives, thus causes more allergies.”

A spokeswoman for Newport News public schools say the elementary school staff wanted to err on the side of caution.  Michelle Price told me the first day of school is always a bit awkward and there’s some confusion. But, the staff also didn’t know the severity of CINDY’S allergy. Price said the staff had not yet determined what the other children  had brought to school,(PB&J, nuts, yogurt) in addition to how they would act.  Still, sitting a child at a table- facing a wall- seems drastic and insensitive, to say the least. I questioned why the school wasn’t better prepared to deal with a student/allergy case- after having met with the parent and child several times prior to the first day. Certainly, one has to consider the larger picture. Here’s Price’s whole statement for the record:

“Newport News Public Schools’ child nutrition and nursing staff works directly with families to meet the special dietary needs of our students. Families are asked to complete a special dietary needs form (see attached) with their child’s physician and return it with any other medical forms to the school office. If a student has severe food allergies, the school nurse and the cafeteria manager will meet with the family to develop a plan to address the students’ health and safety needs in conjunction with peer interaction.

“The school principal, the nurse and the cafeteria manager met with the student’s parents yesterday and developed accommodations that met with everyone’s approval. The student in question has a severe food allergy that her mother has stated could lead to anaphylactic shock. To ensure the student’s well being, her teacher temporarily sat her at another table during lunch while the teacher sought to make seating adjustments to make sure that the student could be seated with classmates whose lunches did not contain the allergen.”

Day -2 for CINDY was much better. CINDY’s mom told me an assistant principal called her to apologize and to inform her of seating adjustments, and other arrangements made for CINDY’s safety, in addition to helping her feel welcomed. CINDY told me, herself, that  she had a great (second) day,  she’s made new friends. And- she’s sitting at a table with other children!


This weekend in Hampton Roads

July 11th, 2014 at 4:42 pm by under Community

Are you wondering what’s going on this weekend? There’s a lot to enjoy in Hampton Roads, from the Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion and Rolling with the Bulls to the Hampton Arts Walk. Here’s your weekend event inspiration:

Saturday, July 12:

-HAMPTON: Have you ever been tempted to conquer Spain’s Running of the Bulls? If you’re looking for an adrenaline fix, head to Hampton this weekend for the Rolling of the Bulls. The event is part of the Downtown Hampton Block Party, and features Roller Derby girls rather than bulls. The event starts at 3 p.m. near the Marker 20 Restaurant.

-HAMPTON: If you need a dose of creativity, head to Downtown Hampton for the Arts Walk. The free, self-guided tour goes through the downtown area, featuring a variety of artists. There will also be other events along the way. Click here for more information.

-HAMPTON: Sandy Bottom Nature Park is the perfect place to give your family a hands-on encounter with native turtles. The park is hosting a turtle painting event from 11 a.m. to noon, where you’ll be able to help the turtles along with their projects. It costs $2. Call 825-4657 to register.

-NORFOLK: Did you catch The Fuzz Band on The Hampton Roads Show Friday? If you missed them, they’ll be at The NorVa Saturday as part of A Night of Rock’N’Soul. Tickets are available at the door for $12.50. The show starts at 8 p.m., and celebrates Revery’s new album, “Adora de Phonic.”

-NORFOLK: The first Bastille Days Celebration is underway Saturday at 2 p.m. in Ghent. Come by Colley Avenue (in front of Blair and Le Marche) and celebrate French culture. Saturday’s festivities include Can Can dancers and a wine and cheese tasting.

Comedian Kevin Nealon with The Hampton Roads Show hosts.

Comedian Kevin Nealon with The Hampton Roads Show hosts.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Fans of Kevin Nealon will want to head to the Virginia Beach Funny Bone to see him this weekend! The legendary comedian was on The Hampton Roads Show Friday to talk about all things Kevin Nealon! His show wraps up with one final performance Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Click here to see his THRS segment and for more information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s Family Fun day at the Old Coast Guard Station at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Stop by to meat the museum’s new mascot, and take part in activities for the whole family. It’s free and open to the public.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: If you’re looking for more fun at the Oceanfront, stop by the Boardwalk area to see the Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion. Artists and beginners come out to Virginia Beach to turn the walkway into a colorful scene. Check it out between 15th and 17th streets. This year’s theme is “Superhero Superstars.”

 

Last year's Chalk the walk event

Last year’s Chalk the walk event

Sunday, July 13:

-HAMPTON: Get your heart moving this Sunday with the Young and Young at Heart Zumba-Thon in Hampton. The event benefits Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, and runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church.

-HAMPTON: Peninsula Town Center hosts a Kidzone Pirates and Princess Party. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Town Square, there will be plenty of games and activities for your children.

-HAMPTON: The Southeastern Guns & Knives Show is in Hampton this weekend, with hundreds of tables of merchandise. Admission is $10 for adults, and the show’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

-NORFOLK: Enjoy live music while your weekend wraps up at Ocean View Beach Park in Norfolk with Big Bands on the Bay. There will be music and dancing beginning at 7 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Has the World Cup given you a case of soccer fever? Thousands of soccer players from around the world are in town for the annual United State Soccer Association’s Veterans Cup. Round robin and playoff matches are happening through Saturday, with the championship matches on Sunday at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Local food trucks will be in Virginia Beach Sunday for the Bonfire Magazine Food Truck Rodeo. It’s being held at the Whole Foods Market on Laskin Road. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get a taste of what Hampton Roads food trucks have to offer.

 

 What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.


This Weekend in Hampton Roads

June 27th, 2014 at 2:41 pm by under Community

Head to the Oceanfront this weekend to dance and enjoy the day at the Latin Fest, or Groove by the Bay in Hampton as your weekend winds down. Take a look at what’s going on this weekend in Hampton Roads…

And if you’re getting ready for Fourth of July fun, check out our July 4th Guide on WAVY.com. You’ll find a list of fireworks displays, events, safety tips, recipe ideas and much more.

Saturday, June 28:

Afrikan American Festival in Hampton. (WAVY/Kenny Becker)

Afrikan American Festival in Hampton. (WAVY/Kenny Becker)

-HAMPTON: The 24th Annual Afrikan American Festival is at Mill Point Park in Hampton through Sunday. The festival is free and family-oriented, with no alcohol served. There’s a wide variety of vendors with food and crafts for sale, plus live music. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

-HAMPTON: The Hampton Jazz Festival continues at 7 p.m. with The O’Jays and Chaka Khan, as well as Spyro Gyra. Tickets are $60 per seat.

-HAMPTON: It’s another Cool Science STEM Saturday at the Virginia Air & Space Center! From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., your children will have the chance to check out experiments and demonstrations. This Saturday, they’ll be treated to a light show, electrical demonstration, and a super-cold space experience.

-NEWPORT NEWS: Bring your family on a hayride this weekend at Newport NewsPark. The 40 minute ride is free, and space is limited so you should try to get there early.

-SMITHFIELD: Make the drive to Smithfield for the Olden Days Festival. Check it out Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday’s highlights at the festival include the Toys for Tots Car Show, the Pagan River Raft Race, a parade, and more. Click here to see the full festival lineup.

-SUFFOLK: October is a few months away, but you can still enjoy a spooky experience along Suffolk’s historic Main Street! A guided tour takes you through the area, sharing hair-raising stories. The tour is best for children 9 years old and up. Tickets are $10 for adults, and reservations are required. Call the SuffolkVisitorCenter at 757-514-4130 to reserve your spot.

-SUFFOLK: Are your kids in the mood for a little arts and crafting? Bring them by the Morgan Memorial Library or the North Suffolk Library Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 757-514-7323 or 757-514-7150 for more information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Find a furry family member this weekend with Fabulous Foster Saturday in Virginia Beach. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you’ll be able to meet cats and dogs who have been living with foster families. Stop by the PetSmart Adoption Partner located on Virginia Beach Boulevard and S. Plaza Trail to meet the animals.

Comedian Mitch Fatel on The Hampton Roads Show, along with host Aubrey Aquino, Woo Woo and Mike Powers.

Comedian Mitch Fatel on The Hampton Roads Show, along with host Aubrey Aquino, Woo Woo and Mike Powers.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Did you catch comedian Mitch Fatel on The Hampton Roads Show this week? If not, you can still see the funny guy all weekend at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone. See Fatel Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Enjoy a camping experience without pitching a tent at First Landing State Park. The Great American Backyard Campout includes hiking, tracking and a variety of other programs, all of which are free. Call 800-933-7275 for more information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Hardee’s Latin Fest is at the Oceanfront the weekend, bringing all the sights and sounds of the Latin experience to the Boardwalk. Head to the 24th Street Park area for live music and performers. Bright and early Saturday at 8 a.m., there’s a Zumba fitness marathon to get your weekend off to a healthy start!

Sunday, June 29:

-CHESAPEAKE: The Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble performs at Major Hillard Library at 2 p.m. The group will perform a variety of songs, from modern to traditional. It’s free and open to the public.

-CHESAPEAKE: Shakespeare fans will want to head to Tidewater Community College’s Wooded Grove campus for “Shakespeare in the Grove.” Catch a performance of “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. for free. Call 757-822-5219 for more information. Sunday night is the final performance.

-HAMPTON: Hampton Jazz Festival continues Sunday with Toni Braxton and Babyface, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 per seat.

-HAMPTON: Buckroe Beach is where you’ll want to be if you’re interested in Groovin’ by the Bay! Come out from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to see The Janitors play while you enjoy the summer weather. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

-HAMPTON: Head to Hampton this weekend for the 24th Annual Afrikan American Festival. You’ll find arts, crafts, food and live entertainment throughout the weekend at Mill Point Park in Hampton. The festival is free, and wraps up Sunday at 6 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Comedian Mitch Fatel wraps up his weekend of laughs at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone Sunday. You can see him there at 7 p.m. If you want to get a taste of what you’re in for before you buy your tickets, check out his visit to The Hampton Roads Show Friday.

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.


This Weekend in Hampton Roads

June 20th, 2014 at 4:52 pm by under Community

Got a craving for Cajun food? Or maybe you’re in the mood for some free live music this weekend. We’ve got you covered! Take a look at what’s going on this weekend right here in Hampton Roads:

Saturday, June 21:

-CHESAPEAKE: Check out the REEL Paddling Film Festival Saturday at the Hyatt Place in Greenbrier. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for you to enjoy the world’s best paddling films. The film festival is part of the KayaXpedition going on all weekend in Chesapeake. It’ll cost $5 a person, and you can register online by clicking here.

admin-ajax-HAMPTON: Did you catch Otis Brooks performing Friday on The Hampton Roads Show stage? If you missed it, you can still see them this weekend at the Downtown Hampton Block Party. They’ll be playing at 6:30 p.m.

-NEWPORT NEWS: The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is hosting its 5th Annual BBQ & Art Auction at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Click here to learn more about the event.

-NORFOLK: Town Point Park is the place to be this weekend, as the 25th annual Bayoo Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival kicks off. Join in the festivities from noon to 10 p.m., including live music, art, vendors and food. Click here for more information about the festival, and to buy tickets.

-SUFFOLK: It’s a “Dog Day of Summer” at Lake Meade Dog Park in Suffolk Saturday. Stop by from 10 a.m. to noon to celebrate the facility’s opening. Dogs are welcome, and can try out the play area. Call 757-514-7262 for more information.

-SUFFOLK: Find a new furry family member this weekend with an Adopt-A-Thon hosted by Suffolk Animal Care and the Suffolk Humane Society. It’s going on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Suffolk PetSmart, located at 6243 College Drive. Call 757-514-7855 for more information.

-SUFFOLK: Is your child feeling crafty this weekend? Stop by the Morgan Memorial Library or the North Suffolk Library Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to make some arts and crafts. Call 757-514-7323 for more information.

-SUFFOLK: Create your own robot this weekend at the Morgan Memorial Library. Children are invited to put their imaginations to the test and work on their creations. The program is at 2 p.m.

-SUFFOLK: Bring out the reader in your child with the BARKS program in Suffolk. BARKS stands for ‘Books and Reading for Kids in Suffolk.’ The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the North Suffolk Library. Call in advance to register: 757-514-7150.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: The William E. Wood Charitable Foundation is holding its first-ever World of Wheels benefit for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. World of Wheels allows children of all ages to learn about different vehicles and modes of transportation. The benefit includes other activities, such as a petting farm, games and vendors. Check it out at Hunt Club Farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Journey and the Steve Miller Band are at Farm Bureau Live Saturday night, making for an evening packed full of classic rock. The show starts at 7 p.m. Click here for details and to buy tickets.

 

Sunday, June 22:

-CHESAPEAKE: It’s a good weekend for outdoor enthusiasts, with the KayaXpedition underway in Chesapeake. There’s something for everyone, from kayaking to stand-up paddle-boarding. The annual event is going on at Northwest River Park, Oak Grove Park and Great Bridge Lock Park. Click here for a schedule of events.

Bayou Boogaloo-NORFOLK: Savor the New Orleans spirit right in Downtown Norfolk this weekend with the 25th annual Bayou Boogaloo and Cajun Food Festival. It’s all happening at Town Point Park from noon to 6 p.m. Visitors will enjoy plenty of live music, entertainment and all the Cajun food you can imagine – from fresh crawfish to etouffee.

-NORFOLK: Wrap up your weekend with some live music on the Chesapeake Bay. You’re invited to the gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This weekend, The Top Hats Orchestra will be playing.

-NORFOLK: The NorVa hosts Big Smo Sunday at 8 p.m., along with The Cody Austin Band. Tickets are $15 at the door, which opens at 7 p.m.

-SUFFOLK: Musical fans will want to check out “42nd Street” at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts this weekend. The show is presented by RPM Dance, and incorporates Broadway tap sequences, as well as original choreography and a live orchestra. Click here to watch The Hampton Roads Show segment, and to find out how to purchase tickets.

Aubrey & hypnotist-VIRGINIA BEACH: Do you believe that hypnotism can work? Our own Aubrey Aquino put Comedian Rich Guzzi to the test Friday on The Hampton Roads Show, and he ‘helped’ her sneak in a quick nap. Click here to watch the full segment, and head to the Virginia Beach Funny Bone (both Saturday and Sunday) to see Rich Guzzi.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s a tribute to rock and roll this weekend at the Oceanfront. Sandstock features national and regional cover bands that will keep the crowds rocking right on the beach. The concert is located in the 24th Street area. All performances are free to the public, ending with a final concert Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Click here to see the full lineup.

 

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.


This weekend in Hampton Roads

June 14th, 2014 at 12:48 am by under Community

*It’s a weekend of art, music, food and fun at the Boardwalk Art Festival at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The Hampton Roads Show and WAVY News 10 are proud media sponsors of the event. The festival runs through Sunday at the Oceanfront, from 1st Street all the way to 31st Street. Click here for a break down of this weekend’s events.

Boardwalk art show

Saturday, June 14:

-HAMPTON: Sankofa Projects is hosting its 3rd annual International Day of Remembrance Ceremony in Hampton Saturday. It’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckroe Beach. Click here to learn more about the event.

-NORFOLK: WAVY News 10 Anchor Stephanie Harris and Sports Director Bruce Rader will emcee the CHKD RunWalk for the Kids, where everyone can be a superhero! Bring the whole family to run or walk. Race registration begins about 6:15 a.m. and racing events begin around 7 a.m. Head to TownPointPark in Norfolk to participate.

-NORFOLK: The Rotary Club of Norfolk hosts their Antique & Flea Market and Classic Car Show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s being held at Foreman Field at OldDominionUniversity.

-NORFOLK: Head to the Attucks Theater in Norfolk this weekend for the CrispusAttucksCulturalCenter’s inaugural Mid-Atlantic Film Festival. There will be some special guests – actors Orlando Jones and Lance Gross. Click here to learn more about the festival.

-NORFOLK: Celebrate the 20th birthday of Nauticus Saturday with free admission and more in Norfolk! Plus, stop by for a fun photo opportunity with the LOVEworks artwork.

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-SUFFOLK: Create your own robot at the North Suffolk Library this weekend – it’s a fun activity for children ages 12 and older. The program starts at 2 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: MOCA’s Family Fest Boardwalk Style is a great chance to meet our new host of The Hampton Roads Show, Aubrey Aquino. Stop by the 24th Street Park for entertainment and fun with both Aubrey and Chris Reckling.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Saturday is also a chance to meet the Face of FOX43 Andria Lea, who is emceeing at MOCA’s Wine and BeerGarden at Neptune’s Park. “Strickly Bizzness” begins performing at 7 p.m.

 

Sunday, June 15:

*It’s Father’s Day! Don’t forget to celebrate your dad on this day. Take a look at this segment from The Hampton Roads Show for a great reminder of why dads matter.

-Chef Michael Kellum from Riverwalk Restaurant in Yorktown stopped by The Hampton Roads Show this week to cook up a Father’s Day feast – see what he made!

-CHESAPEAKE: Does your family need a pet? The Chesapeake animal shelter located at 2100 S. Military Hwy. now has Sunday hours for pet adoption. You can stop by between noon and 4 p.m. on Sundays, from now on.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: The Virginia Beach Funny Bone is hosting comedian Donnell Rawlings this weekend. Did you catch him on The Hampton Roads Show? Call 213-5555 for tickets and information at the Funny Bone.

 

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.   


Hey Daddy, Read This

June 12th, 2014 at 2:09 pm by under 10 On Your Side, Community, Health, News, Personalities, Uncategorized

   “Many thoughts come to mind this  FATHER’S DAY 1993!  Father's Day 599693_10100713632756286_1292965230_n

How thankful I am to have a dad.. and all that you’ve done for me.

    You know my three children well.. their ages are 17, 10, and 7.

Kristen’s the oldest, and the there’s Dawn, and last, but not, least, is Kevin.

    My wife and my children are my greatest blessings, but let me brag about you,  dad.

 You’ve always been there for me, my brothers, sisters, mom, and I’m glad.

    While we grew up, you worked several jobs, ’cause you felt you had to do it.

We had what we needed and sometimes more- we just asked and you saw to it.

   I remember days you worked late, we knew you were home by the squeal of car brakes without fail.

Your arrival was usually good news, unless you had too spank my tail!

   Dad, you seemed to never miss church on Sunday…no matter what you did on Saturday night.

You said making time for parties and fun…and denying God was not right.

   Dad, you could fix anything… plumbing, electrical, the car, if we’d holler…

I knew you were smart, and you taught yourself, while trying to save a dollar.

   You liked to sit out on our steps… and watch the changing neighborhood.

You made your point of speaking to children and encouraging them to do good.

    If we were walking and you saw a weed in the sidewalk… you’d go back…

You always told me to pull it out… because, after winter, it would leave a crack.

   You graduated high school but once you told me you wished you had gone on to college.

Instead, you earned a Ph.D in common sense... the best kind of knowledge.

   I’ll admit, I took you for granted while growing up… you were always there.

And I was surprised when my friends would tell me they had no dad who cares..

   It was hard to believe that a man would make a baby… and simply leave…

but it’s happening every day… as more and more unmarried couples conceive.

   I’m just glad my dad stayed around… your example showed me the way.

I love you dad… and I want to say- thank you on this Father’s Day.

   I guess the best way to show my thanks to a very special man…

is by using your example, and working hard,

to be the best DAD I can.”

(C) 2004 Don Roberts, from the book, HEY DADDY READ THIS, IUniverse Publishing.


Norfolk Harborfest and more weekend events

June 5th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by under Community

ship-at-2013-harborfestThe 38th Annual Norfolk Harborfest tops the list of events this weekend. Friday through Sunday, you’ll enjoy tall ships, entertainment and festivities at Town Point Park in Norfolk.

  •             The Parade of Sail is on Friday, starting at noon. A fleet of tall ships, sleek power cruisers, sailing crafts and more will enter the Downtown Norfolk Harbor. Arrive early if you want to watch the ships – the event draws thousands of people!
  •             WAVY is a proud sponsor of the Harborfest Fireworks show, which is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. along the ElizabethRiver. It’s one of the biggest fireworks shows on the East Coast!

There’s also plenty of music and entertainment to enjoy during the Harborfest weekend. Check out our Norfolk Harborfest guide on WAVY.com for schedules and information.

 

There’s much more going on in Hampton Roads this week – check it out!

Saturday, June 7:

-CHESAPEAKE: It’s an evening of family-friendly fun at Chesapeake City Park. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy a free outdoor movie with the whole family. This weekend, it’s “The Goonies.” Parking is free, with the event opening at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m., and there are also games and concessions to enjoy. Call 757-382-6411 for more information.

-CHESAPEAKE: Support veterans with Medi Home Health & Hospice’s Stars & Cars Benefit Car Show. The event benefits Honor Flight & Horton Wreath Society. The benefit is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1112 Eden Way, Suite 200 in Chesapeake.

-HAMPTON ROADS: Are you looking for a volunteer project that makes an impact throughout the Chesapeake Bay? The 26th annual Clean the Bay Day is set for Saturday. Clean The Bay Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at locations throughout Hampton Roads. Click here for more information, and to watch the segment on The Hampton Roads Show.

-NEWPORT NEWS: Boost your child’s reading skills with the PAWS to Read program at Grissom Library. The program is for children ages 6-11, and allows participants to practice reading to trained therapy dogs. Come out from 3 to 4 p.m. to participate.

-NORFOLK: Fireworks light up the sky over Norfolk during Harborfest. The show, sponsored by WAVY, is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to Town Point Park, we’ll be streaming the fireworks show live on WAVY.com.

-NORFOLK: Are your kids ready for Father’s Day? Give them a head start at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children will be able to make some fun dad-inspired crafts in the WOW Children’s Garden.

-NORFOLK: Poetry and writing takes over the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk Saturday. There are three poetry sessions between 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you’d like to participate, you can come out and write a poem.

-PORTSMOUTH: The Seawall Music Festival at Portside is a summer celebration in Portsmouth, free and fun for families. Check out live musical performances all day, from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

-PORTSMOUTH: The Loose Strings Band, an all girls band, performs at the PortsmouthArt & CulturalCenter at 10:30 a.m. and noon. The group ranges in age from 16 to 20 years old. The performance is free and open to the public.

-PORTSMOUTH: The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is back in the Middle Street Garage in Portsmouth. It’s held on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m., and admission is free. Check it out until 2 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: World War II era aircraft pair up with beautifully-composed music this weekend for the Flying Proms Symphony Air Show. It’s all happening at the MilitaryAviationMuseum, with the gates opening at 3 p.m. Call 757-721-7767 for tickets to the unique presentation.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Christopher Titus comes to Virginia Beach, taking the stage at the Funny Bone through the weekend. Click here for show times, tickets and more information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Have you ever wanted to take a hike at night? This weekend, you have a chance to do just that at First Landing State Park! Go on a guided walk to discover nocturnal animals and explore the forest – it’s family friendly! The night hike kicks off at 8:30 p.m., starting at the Trail Center. There is no extra fee for the hike.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Z104 ShaggFest 2014 is at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, starting at 3 p.m. There’s a great lineup planned, including Pharrell Williams, Rico Love and Sean Paul. There are a limited number of tickets still available, though you may have to do some searching. Click here for ticket information.

Sunday, June 8:

-NEWPORT NEWS: Have you seen the Dinos Live! exhibit at the Virginia Living Museum yet? If not, bring your family to see the attraction, which features a variety of exhibits that will bring you back more than 65 million years! The Face of FOX43 Andria Lea got a sneak peek at the exhibit – check it out on WAVY.com.

harborfest-ship-2013-NORFOLK: The 28th Annual Norfolk Harborfest wraps up Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Head out to Town Point Park for one last chance to see the tall ships in action, and enjoy live musical performances while you’re there. There’s also plenty of entertainment planned – check out the Norfolk Harborfest guide on WAVY.com for more information.

-NORFOLK: Wrap up your weekend with Big Bands on The Bay. The Gazebo at Ocean View Beach Park is open to the public for music and dancing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This weekend, enjoy Glen Boswick and the Sounds of Swing.

-PORTSMOUTH: nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth comes alive Sunday evening with the folk-rock sounds of The Avett Brothers. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Need a laugh this weekend? The Virginia Beach Funny Bone has you covered! Comedian Christopher Titus takes the stage through Sunday evening. Click here for show times, tickets and more information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: If you’re looking for some carnival-style fun, head to Mount Trashmore for the Summer Carnival! Through June 24, there will be rides, games food and more for all ages to enjoy. Admission is free, and so is parking. Rides do require tickets, which can be purchased on site. The Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival runs from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s World Oceans Day at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach. If you’re visiting, you’ll also be able to enjoy stories and activities, including a scavenger hunt, at the aquarium. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.  


‘Round The Block

June 4th, 2014 at 10:28 am by under Community, Health, News, Personalities, Uncategorized

I did something very unusual Monday afternoon. I took a walk around the block, -with my neighbor. I’ll call him MIKE. He’s a public servant who happens to wear blue -and silver. MIKE arrived home at about the same time I was heading out. MIKE works crazy hours- so, we’ve got that in common. Another thing, he and his wife are raising a toddler, an infant, and a dog. I’ve been there, done that- flea & tick spray still in the cab. girl-on-bicycleMy kids are now grown and gone. But, they come back! And with their children! 5 of the 7 grands were with me on this day. We were headed out, the kids on bikes, for a ride ’round the block. And that’s when I saw MIKE roll up. He’s cool. But, sometimes I just don’t know. Maybe, it’s his job. Maybe it’s mine. We’ve had our moments- as neighbors will- “Breaking News again, huh, Don? Don’t you ever have any ‘good news?’” OUCH! (Here’s some good news: It’s called a “Good Fence!” ZING! ) Ha ha… yeah. I don’t believe our meeting this time was a coincidence. Considering the Breaking News of the day, I found myself looking for his piece of silver… to see if he had added another color to it – black. Not yet. Back to the task at hand, our children! They were ready to roll and set some new land speed records on this urban course! MIKE planned the same thing with his 3 year old, an adorable little girl, on a custom bike with no pedals- how cute! So, the 8 of us stormed the neighborhood! And while the kids did their thing, we, kinda did ours… two neighbors, two dads, two friends, just watching, and walking and talking. About what? What else? The weather, and our children.


This weekend in Hampton Roads

May 23rd, 2014 at 2:55 pm by under Community

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and there are a variety of events and observances planned in Hampton Roads. We’ve also compiled a list of freebies and offers:

Saturday, May 24:

*Give the gift of life this weekend with the FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drive at Chesapeake Square Mall, Greenbrier Mall, Patrick Henry Mall and Pembroke Mall. WAVY News’ Chris Horne will be at Greenbrier Mall Saturday at 10 a.m., and you can catch WAVY News’ Lex Gray at noon at Pembroke Mall. Saturday’s blood drive runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-NEWPORT NEWS: Join the Face of FOX43 Andria Lea for the opening of the new exhibit Dino’s Live at the Virginia Living Museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A new gang of dinosaurs is in town this summer – head to the Virginia Living Museum to check out the robotic prehistoric creatures through September 1.

Ocean View Waterslide (WAVY/Jake Ellis)

Ocean View Waterslide (WAVY/Jake Ellis)

-NORFOLK: Looking for some fun in the sun this weekend? Head to Ocean View to check out their giant beach waterslide! It’s nearly four stories high and more than 170 feet long. One trip down the slide will cost you $3, and unlimited sliding is $25. Tickets can be purchased on-site.

-PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth’s 24th annual Umoja African-American Culture and Heritage Festival is free to enjoy this weekend at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. Stop by to meet WAVY News’ Anita Blanton at the Heritage Corner, and listen to live music all day. Organizers recommend bringing a lawn chair or blanket for the event.

-SUFFOLK: Get your Saturday night thrills with a ghost walk through Suffolk. Starting at 7 p.m., the ghost walk travels down historic Main Street, peppered with stories and legends. The tour leaves from the Suffolk Visitor Center, and costs $10 for adults. The tour is not recommended for children.

Jimmy Buffett performs on NBC's "Today" show on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Jimmy Buffett performs on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Farm Bureau Live lights up Saturday night when Jimmy Buffett’s “This One’s For You” tour comes to town. The show starts at 8 p.m., and you can bet on crowds and traffic around the venue. Stay ahead of any traffic jams with WAVY.com’s traffic cameras.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Kick off your weekend with a Salute to Summer at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Check out free concerts at three outdoor stages (the 17th Street Park, 24th Street Park, and 31st Street Park) every evening through Sunday. Saturday’s performances include Rare Mixx and The Fuzz Band.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Looking for something family-friendly and interactive? Head to the Oceanfront for the Family Great Adventure Series. The interactive exhibit leads you along the Oceanfront to games and contests. End the night with a movie (they’re showing “Frozen” this weekend) on the beach. It’s free and open to the public. The adventure starts at 6 p.m. at 27th Street, with the movie set for 8:30 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s strawberry season, and that means its time for the annual Pungo Strawberry Festival. The festival is family-friendly and includes activities like a pie-eating contest, pig races, entertainment and more. Not to mention, all the strawberries you can eat! Saturday’s parade is schedule for 10 a.m. Admission is free, but parking on-site will cost you $10 per vehicle.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Fans of comedian Rodney Perry will want to check him out this weekend at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone. Perry was on The Hampton Roads Show Friday – click here to watch the segment if you missed it!

-VIRGINIA BEACH: The 11th annual Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo is in Virginia Beach this weekend. Visitors to the Oceanfront will see surfing competitions throughout the day, with an autograph signing at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 25:

*Give the gift of life this weekend with the FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drive at Chesapeake Square Mall, Greenbrier Mall, Patrick Henry Mall and Pembroke Mall. Sunday’s blood drive runs from noon to 5 p.m. You can also give blood Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the same locations.

-HAMPTON: The Virginia Reggae Festival is at Mill Point Park in Hampton this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, and there is free parking available. Stop by to see a variety of national and international performers.

Rubber Duck in the Hague (WAVY/Ferlon Webster

Rubber Duck in the Hague (WAVY/Ferlon Webster

NORFOLK: Have you seen the giant rubber duck floating in the Hague? If you haven’t been out to see it yet, you may want to go this weekend! Monday is the last day for “Rubber Duck” in Norfolk.

PHOTOS: Giant duck in the Hague

-PORTSMOUTH: Portsmouth’s 24th annual Umoja African-American Culture and Heritage Festival wraps up Sunday at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. The event is free for the public, and includes live music and children’s activities throughout the day. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket!

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Looking for a little music to kick off your weekend? Give a Salute to Summer at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront by checking out free concerts at three outdoor stages (the 17th Street Park, 24th Street Park, and 31st Street Park). Sunday’s performances include The River Boyz and The Deloreans.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Get your fill of strawberries this weekend at the Pungo Strawberry Festival. Feast on a wide variety of strawberry treats, or challenge your tummy with the pie eating contest. Admission is free, but parking is $10 per vehicle.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: The 11th annual Steel Pier Classic and Surf Art Expo is in Virginia Beach this weekend. Stop by to catch the all-day surfing competitions, plus art displays and a Hawaiian dancing performance at 1 p.m. Events continue on Monday with the competition finals.

Rodney Perry on The Hampton Roads Show

Rodney Perry on The Hampton Roads Show

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Fans of comedian Rodney Perry will want to check him out this weekend at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone. Perry was on The Hampton Roads Show Friday – click here to watch the segment if you missed it!

 

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link.  


This weekend in Hampton Roads

May 16th, 2014 at 5:15 pm by under Community

It’s a fun-filled weekend in Hampton Roads! Head to the Hague in Norfolk to see what’s ‘quacking,’ or catch some Reggae on the beach! There’s plenty to do this weekend – check it out:

Saturday, May 17:

-CHESAPEAKE: The Chesapeake Jubilee is in full swing this weekend at Chesapeake City Park. This year, visitors will enjoy plenty of music, fireworks, and of course, food! The Jubilee is hosting the annual Chesapeake Kiwanis Club Shrimp Feast, as well as a BBQ competition. Check out all the rides, fun and food from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.

-HAMPTON: Reggae fans will want to head to Buckroe Beach in Hampton Saturday for the Reggae Festival! From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., you’ll enjoy an afternoon and evening of live music – for FREE!

The "Rubber Duck" making its stop in Pittsburgh.

The “Rubber Duck” making its stop in Pittsburgh.

-NORFOLK: Bring your family to the Hague in Norfolk this weekend for a unique sight. A 40-foot rubber duck is in town as part of the Chrysler Museum of Art’s grand reopening. “Rubber Duck” by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has made stops around the world, from Sydney to Hong Kong, and now Norfolk. For more information, click here.

-NORFOLK: It’s the 2014 Greek Festival in Norfolk! The annual event is held on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral through Sunday. Visitors will enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Cathedral’s Ministries, in addition to local charities. Admission and parking are both free. Click here for a sneak peek on The Hampton Roads Show.

-NORFOLK: A circus spectacle is at Scope Plaza this weekend with Cirque Mechanics: Gantry Show. Stop by to see everything from contortionists and trapeze acts. It’s free! Shows are at 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

-NORFOLK: Find fresh produce at the St. Paul’s Downtown Farm Market in Norfolk Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The market is located in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parking lot. The farm market is held every Saturday morning from May to November.

-NORFOLK: Town Point Park plays host to the Virginia Beer Festival this weekend. The two-day festival is back this year with a great selection of beers, food and music. Tickets are $35 for Saturday, and the festival runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-NORFOLK: The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival runs this weekend in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood. Come by for entertainment, art, jewelry, photography and more. The festival is free and open to the public.

-NORFOLK: The Dance Theater of Harlem is back this weekend at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. The Face of FOX43 Andria Lea will be on hand before the event, starting at 7 p.m. See the Dance Theater of Harlem Saturday at 8 p.m.

-SUFFOLK: The Relay for Life of Suffolk continues Saturday at Bennett’s Creek Park. Join the fight against cancer. Call 757-514-7268 for more information.

-SUFFOLK: Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite local goods at the Suffolk Farmers’ Market Saturday. Head to North Main Street to check out a variety of locally-grown produce, jams, honey, pickles and more.

-SUFFOLK: Worried about auto theft? The Suffolk Police Department is helping community members prevent such incidents. Join them Saturday at Morgan Memorial Library at 2 p.m. For more information about the program, call 757-514-7323.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: It’s the Fundango Festival at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex Saturday! Come out to see WAVY News’ Bruce Rader and The Face of FOX43 Andria Lea, who are the event’s emcees. The festival is fun for all ages with plenty of sports activities. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Looking for a good laugh this weekend? Head out to the Virginia Beach Funny Bone to see comedian Bret Ernst. You may have seen him on The Hampton Roads Show Friday! For tickets and information, call 213-5555.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: The Pirate Party on the Beach is back at the 17th Street Park at the Oceanfront! The event brings music and family-friendly pirate fun to Virginia Beach, with activities, costumes, and plenty of interaction. Saturday’s festivities include a treasure hunt at 6:30 p.m.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Help raise awareness of kidney disease Saturday with the Hampton Roads Kidney Walk at the Oceanfront. The event is at 9 a.m. at the 24th Street Park. Click here to watch The Hampton Roads Show segment and to learn more about the walk.

Sunday, May 18:

-CHESAPEAKE: Bring your family out to Chesapeake City Park Sunday for the annual Chesapeake Jubilee! It’s a fun-packed event, with live music, food, carnival rides and more. The Jubilee wraps up on Sunday at 7 p.m.

-NORFOLK: Feeling hungry this Sunday? Join the 10th Annual Tour de Cuisine in Ghent, also featuring beautiful homes which are opening their kitchens to entertain participants. The tour is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $65 at the door. Click here for more details.

-NORFOLK: Bring your four-legged friend to HarborPark Sunday for Bark in the Park! It’s one of the most popular events for the Norfolk Tides. Bark in the Park starts at 1:05 p.m.

-NORFOLK: TownPointPark plays host to the Virginia Beer Festival this weekend. The two-day festival is back this year with a great selection of beers, food and music. Tickets are $30 for Sunday, and the festival runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

-NORFOLK: A circus spectacle is at ScopePlaza this weekend with Cirque Mechanics: Gantry Show. Stop by this weekend to see everything from contortionists and trapeze acts. It’s free and open to the public! Shows are at 12:45 pm., 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

-NORFOLK: It’s the 2014 Greek Festival in Norfolk! The annual event is held on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral through Sunday. Visitors will enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, and much more. All proceeds benefit the Cathedral’s Ministries, in addition to local charities. Admission and parking are both free.

-NORFOLK: The Dance Theater of Harlem is back this weekend at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. See their Sunday performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m. with a pre-concert conversation.

Comedian Bret Ernst on The Hampton Roads Show.

Comedian Bret Ernst on The Hampton Roads Show.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Wind up your weekend with big laughs at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone. Comedian Bret Ernst is in town, after making an appearance on The Hampton Roads Show. Sunday is your last day to see him! Call 213-5555 for tickets and information.

-VIRGINIA BEACH: Put on your best pirate gear and head to the Oceanfront Sunday for the Pirate Party on the Beach! Enjoy music, arts, displays and other family-friendly activities. It’s free and open to the public!

 

What else is happening this weekend in Hampton Roads? Add your event in the comments section below, or submit it at this link