Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

C Calendar of Events


Ongoing Events


Chesapeake Social and Newcomers Club
First Wednesday of the month
Traditions Grill, 1201 Club House Drive, Chesapeake at 11 a.m.

Join us for lunch and a program.  Call 757-956-5788 for reservation.  For more information, call 757-547-3542.


Writers Group at the Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, except holidays
Churchland Branch Library, 4934 High Street West, Portsmouth from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This group is for writers of all types. Everyone from people dreaming about writing to those who have published books.


Smithfield Lions Cruz-In Car Show
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, April thru October
Sentara/St. Luke's Urgent Care Facility, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Sponsored by Knox Automotive and Eure, Inc., this popular car show is open to all makes and models and each event includes a featured car club. The cost is a $2 donation per show car and spectators are FREE. Food is provided by Bubba & Frank’s Bar-B-Que, and 50’s & 60’s music is provided by the club’s DJ, Lion Tom Norris. For further information call 757-371-6061.


Jordan Bridge "Rundays" presented by Gordon Biersch
Sunday afternoons beginning November 3rd and continuing thru late March/early April 2020
South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, 1400 Elizabeth River Way, Chesapeake at 3:30 p.m.

Come find your pace as our group meets weekly to run the region’s tallest bridge! Whether you’re just getting off the couch or training for a timed race, the gentle 5% grade of this paved path will take your workout to a whole new level. Our group meets weekly year-round and is open to all fitness levels and paces. Strollers and leashed pets also are welcomed. Attendees are encouraged to meet at Elizabeth River Park and find the group to get started.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/jordanbridgerundays/


Before attending an event listed on our Calendar of Events, please double-check with the venue/host due to cancellations and postponements as a result of the Coronavirus. We will do our best to keep our calendar updated.



March 2020


March 14th through 21st – Suffolk Restaurant Week: A Culinary Event

From Suffolk's best-kept culinary secrets to national award-winning restaurants, Suffolk Restaurant Week promises a savory blend of the city's signature flavors. During this culinary showcase, scheduled for March 14-21, 2020, participating eateries offer chef-created delicacies and simple three-course, price-fixed menus at the deluxe ($10 breakfast/$10 lunch/$20 dinner), premier ($15 lunch/$30 dinner) or ultimate ($20 lunch/$40 dinner) levels for lunch and/or dinner. No coupons, vouchers or tickets are needed-simply order from the Suffolk Restaurant Week menu. It's the perfect time to sample new restaurants or delight in old favorites! For more information, visit


POSTPONED  March 19th – Chesapeake Sports Club 9th Annual Jamboree
Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake at 6:00 p.m.

The Chesapeake Sports Club's 9th Annual Jamboree, featuring keynote speaker Alonzo Mourning of the NBA Hall of Fame. More information about the event as well as tickets are available at www.chesapeakesportsclub.com


March 21st – American Girl Program: Featuring Felicity Merriman
Riddick's Folly House Museum, 510 North Main Street, Suffolk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's the popular American Girl Program, featuring Felicity Merriman! Felicity is a spunky, spritely girl growing up in Virginia in 1774 just as America is about to declare its independence from Great Britain. As talk of revolution rumbles around her, Felicity finds it harder to tell right from wrong. Ben, her father's young apprentice, wants war, while her best friend Elizabeth's family remains loyal to the king. Felicity finds out what independence really means as the American colonies begin their fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War.

We will be giving away a Felicity doll to one of the girls that attends.There will be 3 sittings: 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. Space is limited (20 girls per sitting) and reservations are required. Donations welcome. Ages 5 and up are welcome; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call for reservations at 757.934.0822 or email riddicksfolly@verizon.net, beginning 14 days before the event. If you are unable to attend the program (once you have a reservation), please call us. We always have a waiting list and we hate for a child to miss this opportunity! For more information, visit


March 21st – Hickory High School Sports Gala
Hickory High School, 1996 Hawk Boulevard, Chesapeake from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a lively evening of fun, friends, food - and an amazing Silent Auction. Tickets on sale for $20! Proceeds benefit the Hickory High School Athletic Department. Visit http://www.hickorysports.com for information and tickets.


March 25th – True Crime from Virginia's Past with Podcaster Jenny Poore
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

True crime podcaster, Jenny Poore, will send chills up your spine with haunting stories from Virginia's past. Her true crime and history storytelling podcast, Vile Virginia, "pokes at the dark underbelly of the Commonwealth of Virginia." There is no cost to attend. Register here www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com/169/Classes-Events


March 28th – The Woman's Club of Smithfield, Inc. presents Giant Flea Market
The Smithfield Center, 2220 N. Church Street, Smithfield from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1000s of items for sale! Donations of gently used items in good condition only will be received March 27th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Smithfield Center. For more information text/call Ann Edwards at (713) 823-4826.


March 28th – Deep Creek High School Spring Craft Show
Deep Creek High School, 2900 Margaret Booker Dr, Chesapeake from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Deep Creek PTSA is holding their annual spring craft show featuring unique crafts and products from local vendors.


March 28th – Southside Artists Association Art Show and Reception
TowneBank Great Bridge, 137 Mt. Pleasant Road, Chesapeake from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Southside Artists Association is a group of individual artists who seek fellowship with other artists to pursue the goal of the organization- to promote the creation and appreciation of art, to encourage local artistic talent and to support civic endeavors that will enhance the beauty and cultural development of the area. Our group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:00 p.m., in the Conference Room at Towne Bank, Great Bridge. We have a business meeting as well as lectures or demos by area artists, a light lunch and fellowship. Our members reside in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and NE North Carolina. We have at least four art shows each year. Our membership is a mix of experience, ranging from beginners to accomplished artists. We invite you to join us! For more information about the Southside Artists Association and our shows, visit saava.us.


RESCHEDULED TO MAY 23RD  March 28th – Chesapeake Shrine Club Annual Oyster Roast
Khedive Shrine Center, 645 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

43rd annual Chesapeake Shrine Club of Khedive shrine Oyster Roast. All you can eat raw oysters, roasted oysters, fried oysters, fish, clam strips, cole slaw, baked beans, hush puppies. Music by The Janitors. Tickets available at: the Khedive Shrine by calling 420-4510, Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m; Joe Ramsey 420-5805; Old Point National Bank, Chesapeake Locations. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the gate. Cutoff date discount March 27. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshrineclub.org/events/annual-oyster-roast/


CANCELED  March 28th – Trio Entertainment Presents: Wine and Jazz on the Beach
The Bunker Brewpub, 211 21st Street, Virginia Beach at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

Enjoy the music of national jazz keyboard artist Marcus Johnson and sample Flo Wines at the Virginia Beach Ocean Front. Marcus Johnson is an American jazz musician, producer, and entrepreneur. He is the director of For the Love Of Brands, a company that houses both a music and a wine label. He is the CEO/President of Marimelj Entertainment Group, Three Keys Music, and Three Keys Publishing. He is also the CEO/Founder of both FLO Brands, LLC, and FLO Wines, LLC. 


When studying at Georgetown University, Johnson independently released his first jazz album, Lessons in Love, which sold more than 40,000 units. In 1997, he released his second jazz album, Inter Alia. These two independent CDs topped the best-seller charts at Tower Records stores in the Washington, D.C. area. Johnson earned a bachelor of arts degree in music at Howard University where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Afterwards, at Georgetown University he earned both an MBA and Law Degree.


Tickets are $35 for the concert or $45 for the concert and wine tasting. For tickets, call 757-956-6422 or log onto trioentertainment.org




April 2020


April 4th – Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake at 8 a.m.

Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon Chesapeake invites you on a spectacular 13.1 mile journey through lush, mysterious landscape and rich history. Alongside and parallel to the trail is the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, part of the famed Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which offers runners forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness.

Join the foot stompin’ crowd for the race; enjoy the legendary scenery and entertainment that will be anything but dismal. Each registered participant receives a finisher’s medal when they cross the finish line. The Dismal Swamp Stomp Running Festival brings outdoor sports to a new level. For more information call 757-382-6411 or go online www.dismalswampstomp.com


CANCELED  April 4th – Community Easter Festival
New Creation United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road, Chesapeake from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Due to concern for your safety and well-being during this time of the Coronavirus, New Creation United Methodist Church has cancelled the 2020 Community Easter Festival
New Creation United Methodist Church is having its annual Community Easter Festival on Saturday, April 4 from 10 am to 12 noon.  The free family-friendly event includes face painting, petting zoo, games, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and an Easter Egg Hunt, weather permitting, for children age 12 and younger. For more information, call 757-484-8217.


CANCELED  April 4th – Eggstravaganza
Bennett's Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, Suffolk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Suffolk Parks & Recreation for our Annual Spring Eggstravaganza! This event will have your kids hopping for joy at Bennett's Creek Park. Our event, filled with games, pony rides, crafts, music and more, is geared towards families with children 10 years old and under. Kids can decorate bags to stash the eggs they collect throughout the scavenger hunt. Peter Cottontail will arrive to this egg-citing event at 11:15 a.m. and will be available all morning to meet with the children. Bring your camera to capture a day full of memories! Food and vendor items will be available for purchase in the park. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


April 9th – Rolling on the River
Elizabeth River Park, 1400 Elizabeth River Way, Chesapeake from 5 p.m. to sunset

Join Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism for a variety of food trucks and free children's activities, lawn games and live entertainment! Free popcorn at the Snack Shack at each event! Each month's Rolling on the River will feature a special theme and activities. April 9th will feature river related arts & crafts. Lawn chairs, picnic blankets and small tents (10x10) are welcome. Free parking. Info: 757-382-6411


April 11th – Chesapeake Eggstravaganza
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Children 8 and under can join us for fun and egg-citement. Children should bring a basket for the egg hunt. Children may join Peter Cottontail for a picture. Parents, don't forget your camera! This event is FREE. INFO: 757-382-6411.


April 11th – Nansemond Firebird Festival
Nansemond Indian Nation, 1001 Pembroke Lane, Suffolk from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! SAVE THE DATE! This is a unique, curated experience for family, friends, and community members to learn about the history and living culture of Nansemond Indian Nation. In contrast to our pow wow (coming up in August), this event features several focused, interactive spaces for children and adults to learn lessons through hands-on participation. For more information, visit


April 12th – Easter Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront for an assortment of your favorite breakfast items, unforgettable lunch choices, and irresistible desserts. Sure to please everyone. Adults $34 Seniors $27 (55+) Children $13 (5-12). Reservations strongly suggested. 757.774.9073 


April 18th - 30th – Christopher Academy 18th Annual Auction

The 18th Annual Christopher Academy "Hear Us Roar" Auction will be online from April 18th through the 30th using biddingforgood.com. Please contact the school at 757-484-6776 with any questions.


CANCELED  April 18th – River Walk Plant Sale
River Walk Club House, 701 River Walk Parkway, Chesapeake from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The River Walk Garden Club is hosting the 24th Annual River Walk Plant Sale, featuring locally grown annuals, perennials, potted plants, hanging baskets, herbs and more! Proceeds from the sale will benefit the local community. For more information, email lklucas@cox.net


April 18th – Virginia Native Plants at Sleepy Hole Park
Sleepy Hole Park, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join us to explore flora on the trails of Suffolk parks. We will meet in two parks to walk the trails and observe the plants native to our area. Registration closes the Thursday prior to each program. Free; all ages welcome (17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, visit


April 18th – Touch a Truck - Driver Village
Driver Village, Kings Highway, Suffolk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come out to Driver Village (Kings Highway) on Saturday, April 18, 2020, from 10am to 4pm and TOUCH A TRUCK! Get up close to a variety of trucks and other vehicles: fire trucks, dump trucks, monster trucks...all kinds of trucks! Food, vendors, bounce houses...free fun for the whole family! Presented by Driver Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, visit


April 24th and 25th – Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteers' Annual Plant Sale
Chesapeake Municipal Center, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake - Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon

Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteers' 2020 Annual Plant Sale, featuring: perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, tropicals, pond plants and more. Expert advice available at the event. Cash or personal checks only. For more information contact the Chesapeake Extension Office at 757-382-6348

April 25th – Virginia Native Plants at Sleepy Hole Park
Former Driver Transmitter Site, 3901 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Join us for a leisurely bird walk through some of the most productive bird habitats in Suffolk parks. There is a limited supply of loaner binoculars available for those who may not have their own. Come dressed appropriately for weather and wear your hiking shoes! Free; all ages welcome (17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, visit




May 2020


May 2nd – Paddle for the Border
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Paddle on the Dismal Swamp Canal, adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp—“a unique and mysterious place”—charted by George Washington's survey company in 1763. Paddlers push off into the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (DSCT) and navigate their own canoes or kayaks, from South Mills, NC, to Chesapeake along the DSCT, joining other paddlers for a picnic lunch. Registration is required. For more information contact Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 757-382-6411


May 2nd – Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge
Deep Creek Park, 437 George Washington Highway S, Chesapeake at 9 a.m.

Join us for the 5th Annual Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge 2020 as the City of Chesapeake participates in the Participatory Events of Football Throw, Plank Challenge, Hula Hoop Competition, Tug of War, Cornhole and the 5K run. The Hampton Roads Corporate Challenge is a great networking event that promotes health and wellness while boosting employee morale.For more information visit www.hamptonroadscorporatechallenge.com or call 757-382-6411.


May 2nd – Chesapeake Humane Society 5k and One Mile Doggy Dash
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Join your friends and family to raise money for Chesapeake Humane Society’s life-saving mission while enjoying an event with your furry co-pilot.

We’ll have live music, great food, cold beer, and a squadron of adorable dogs. Chesapeake Animal Services will be on hand with adoptable pets. Event details: 8 a.m. – 15 minutes prior to the start of each race: Registration; 9 a.m.: 1-Mile Run/Walk; 9:30 a.m.: 5k Run/Walk. Registration includes: Race t-shirt , finisher medal, 1 beer ticket. For more information and to register online, visit doggydash.enmotive.com/


May 9th – "Movies and More" Outdoor Series: The Lion King
Elizabeth River Park, 1400 Elizabeth River Way, Chesapeake from 5 p.m. to sunset

Come out and join us for a movie on the lawn! Before the movie starts, dance the afternoon away with our DJ playing family friendly music. Or visit our information tent and sign up to win prizes while the kids bounce in our large inflatables and the younger ones play in our new and improved “Chessie’s waddler and toddler” zone. Other activities include face painting, lawn games, and food vendors. ALL activities are FREE! Concessions are on-site for purchase. Please bring your blankets or lawn chairs (allowed in selected seating areas only). No tents permitted. Free parking. Event opens at 6 p.m. For more information call Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism 757-382-6411.


May 10th – Mom, You Rock!
Elizabeth River Park, 1400 Elizabeth River Way, Chesapeake from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30

Enjoy Mother Day at the Park! Bring the family out to paint rocks with Mom at Elizabeth River Park. Rock to the Rhythms of “One Love” Caribbean Steel Drums while painting on the Riverfront. Please call 757-382-6411 for more information. This is a free event.


May 14th – Chesapeake Kiwanis Shrimp Fest
Chesapeake City Park, 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

All you can eat steamed shrimp and BBQ as well as hush puppies, baked beans and cole slaw. Soda, beer and wine are also included! Live entertainment!  For tickets, visit chesapeakekiwanis.org.


May 14th – Rolling on the River
Elizabeth River Park, 1400 Elizabeth River Way, Chesapeake from 5 p.m. to sunset

Join Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism for a variety of food trucks and free children's activities, lawn games and live entertainment! Free popcorn at the Snack Shack at each event! Each month's Rolling on the River


May 14th – Chesapeake Forum Presents Ronan Tynan
Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake. Musical performance by local youth musicians at 7:00 p.m. , Keynote speaker program at 7:30.

Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination.  He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens.  Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mother’s advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams.

Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations and organizations.

The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now.  “America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on,” Tynan marvels.  “If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want. The thing I love about America is that there are so many people who want you to do well. They will you to do well. They encourage you, and they rejoice in your success. That’s a great virtue. I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing,” he says. And while Tynan claims that America has given him so much more than he’ll ever be able to give back, those who have attended his concerts, basking in the stirring beauty of his music and rolling with laughter at his self-effacing humor, may well just have to disagree. For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://thechesapeakeforum.org/speakers/


May 23rd – Chesapeake Shrine Club Annual Oyster Roast
Khedive Shrine Center, 645 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

43rd annual Chesapeake Shrine Club of Khedive shrine Oyster Roast. All you can eat raw oysters, roasted oysters, fried oysters, fish, clam strips, cole slaw, baked beans, hush puppies. Music by The Janitors. Tickets available at: the Khedive Shrine by calling 420-4510, Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m; Joe Ramsey 420-5805; Old Point National Bank, Chesapeake Locations. Tickets are $45 at the gate. For more information, visit www.chesapeakeshrineclub.org/events/annual-oyster-roast/