Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas June 2009 Events

  • June 10, 2009 – No Doubt with Paramore and The Sounds at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater, located at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach.  For more information call 757.368.3000 or visit the event website.
  • June 11, 2009 – Kayaking at First Landing State Park, located at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.  For more details on this fun family event call 757.480.1999 or visit the Kayak Nature Tours official website.
  • June 12, 2009 – 6th Annual ABNB Fishing Fest to Benefit CHKD, located at the Virginia beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet in Virginia beach, call 757.523.5300 or visit the 6th Annual Fishing Festival website for more details.
  • June 13, 2009 – Great Dismal Swamp Narrated Bus Tour, the tour departs from Suffolk Visitor Center in Suffolk.  Witness the aftermath of the 2008 wildfire and learn about the swamp’s ecosystem.  This is a great event for the family.  For more information call 757.514.4130.
  • June 14, 2009 – 10th Annual Phelps Brothers Music Festival Free Event, located at Lakeside Park in Chesapeake for more information on this music filled event call 757.467.2149 or visit the Phelps Brothers website.
  • June 18, 2009 – Annual June Jazz Garden Party, located at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk. Come out and enjoy jazz, food, and dancing under the stars.  For more information call 757.889.9421 or visit the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads website.
  • June 20, 2009 – Gold’s Gym ForKids 5K Run for Homeless Children Free Event, come out and help homeless families and children in Hampton Roads.  The race will start at Norfolk Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, for more information call 757.622.6400.
  • June 20, 2009 – Virginia Beach SPCA’s Summer Solstice Celebration, come out with the entire family for this fun filled event to benefit all the animals.  Located at The “View” – southeast of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, call 757.427.0070 ext. 14 or visit the Virginia Beach SPCA website for details.
  • June 25, 2009 – Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum, located at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater for more information and details call 877.598.8698.
  • June 26 – 28, 2009 – 19th Annual Afrikan American Festival Returns to Downtown Hampton come out for this fun event and donate $3.00 (admission) for Peninsula Association for Sickle Cell Anemia.  This event will be held at Mill Point Park in Hampton, for more details call Alton Blackley at 757.817.6513

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Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas May 2009 Events

May 13, 2009 – National Tourism Week “Champions of Hospitality” Rally located at the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center join the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau to celebrate the importance of tourism in Norfolk.  For more information call 757.664.6620 ext 670 or visit the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau

May 14, 2009 – Fine Dining in Greenbrier… For a Cause, come and enjoy a good time and great food with family and friends with 20% of the foods sales benefiting the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation.  Located at Sterling Restaurant in Greenbrier in Chesapeake, for more information call 757.549.2626 or visit the Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways History Foundation website. 

May 16, 2009 – Westmoreland Relay For Life, American Cancer Society’s signature activity.  Celebrate the life of those who have battled cancer.  For further information on this great even Rebecca at 493.7940 or visit the Relay for Life American Cancer Society website. 

May 17, 2009 – Paws for Cause Dog Walk and Festival, come and join us as the Peninsula SPCA announces its third annual Paws for a Cause dog walk and festival to raise funds for area homeless animals. This event is located at the Riverview Farm Park in Newport News.  Call Vicki Rowland at 757.599.1399 or visit the Peninsula SPCA website.  

May 23, 2009 – Canoe in the Great Dismal Swamp, come out and have fun with guided canoe tours on Lake Drummond in the Great Dismal Swamp.  Tours depart from Suffolk Visitor Center. For more information on this fun family event call Valencia Moore at 757.514.4130. 

May 29, 2009 – Great Bridge Battlefield Historic Park Groundbreaking, in partnership with the City of Chesapeake, we will be breaking ground for the Park portion of our project and would like everyone to come out and have a great time.  For more information on this historic event contact Victoria Wallace at 757.482.4480 or visit The Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways History Foundation website. 

May 30, 2009 – Wine Country Safari, come out and spend the day with the Virginia Living Museum and explore wine country.  Wine tasting, complimentary lunch and finish the day with a tasting of dessert wines.  Must be 21 ore older, for more information on this event call 757.595.9135 or visit The Virginia Living Museum website. 

May 31, 2009 – The Ultimate Show for Women will have something for every woman. Find out about education, entertainment, pampering, health, beauty, travel, finance, and lots of shopping.  The event will be held at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, contact Barbie Bartlett at 757.222.3931 or visit The Ultimate Show for Women website. 

May 31, 2009 – Chow Hampton Roads – if you love food come out and sample various restaurants and different dishes.  Chow is a Virginia Green certified event and promotes the movement of local foods. This year featured ingredients are Smithfield Ham.  All proceeds of the event benefit the Samaritan House which is a local shelter for battered and homeless women.  Call Melissa Estrada at 757.631.0710 or visit the Samaritan House website for more details. 

May 31, 2009 – Steve Gambill Cancer Classic is a memorial fishing tournament to raise money fro the American Cancer Society.  Located at the West Landing Marina in Virginia Beach, come out and enjoy a fun family filled day for a great cause.  Call Chris Vitovich at 512.6831 or visit the Deparak website for more details.

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Virginia in top 20 Safest States for 2009

I was just surfing the web when I noticed that Virginia has ranked 14th in the CQ Press’s 2009 Crime State Rankings.  The last time that Virginia placed this highly on this ranking was back in 2001.  Last year, Virginia came in at number 15. 

The CQ Press’s annual Crime State Rankings consider a variety of factors when determining how well states fare.  These factors include arrests, corrections, courts, crime clearances, drug and alcohol treatment, juvenile justice, Law enforcement expenditures and Offenses. 

With 1 being the worst possible score and 50 being the best score, Virginia ranked as follows:

  • Assault:  42
  • Burglary:  45
  • Murder:  23
  • Motor vehicle theft:  41
  • Rape:  443
  • Robbery:  26 

This is good news for Virginia and reflects our state’s level of commitment to law enforcement and corrections.  Placing highly in terms of crime rates when compared to the rest of the nation should also help to keep auto and home theft insurance rates from increasing.  It should also help maintain higher median home values. 

When you consider the things that go into making a great community, there are several important factors, crime rate is definitely one of the more important factors, after all, no one wants to live in a crime ridden area.  I am glad to see that Virginia is placing higher every year in this important ranking. 

Please click to see how Virginia and all 50 states fared at WalletPop.com

If you are interested in purchasing the complete rankings for all 50 states from CQ Press, please click here.

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Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas April 2009 Events

  • Tastefully Yours…Peninsula’s Best – April 16, 2009 from 6 to 9:30 pm at The Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton Virginia.  Over 30 Peninsula’s Best Restaurants in Hampton. For more information call 757.596.7188 ext 12 or visit www.nnfoodbank.org 
  • Relay for Life Fundraiser at Keagan’s – April 16, 2009 from 4 to 9 pm at Keagan’s Tower Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  For more information contact Lisa Pesquera at 757.424.3232.  Support the American Cancer Society! 15% of your total bill goes directly to ACS!  Please come out and show your support! 
  • Chesapeake Ducks Unlimited Annual Banquet – Aril 16, 2009 at the Hickory Ruritan Club in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Call Steve at 757.619.3232 for more information on this event.  
  • International Children’s Festival – April 18, 2009 at Mill Point Park in Hampton Virginia, bring the entire family to the International Children’s Festival, taking place from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Call Cyndi Masterstaff at 757.727.8314 or visit International Children’s Festival website.  
  • 2009 Oceanfront Spring Crawl – April 18, 2009 from 4 to 9 pm, a tour of ten different bars on the Virginia Beach oceanfront to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyLocated at the Virginia Beach Resort Area in Virginia Beach, contact Ghent Bar Tours at 757.353.4660 or visit the Oceanfront Spring Crawl website.  
  • Experience the Virginia Culinary Expo featuring Emeril – April 19, 2009 doors open at 11 am at Ted Constant Convention Center in Norfolk, Virginia.  For more information on this fun event featuring Emeril Lagasse call 888.3.COXTIX .  
  • Norfolk Garden Week at East Beach – April 23, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm at East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia.  Norfolk Garden Week will showcase the gardens at East Beach, a traditional neighborhood development along the Chesapeake Bay.  For more information on this event contact Melanie Wills at 757.489.1963 or visit the East Beach Website.  
  • Spring Craft Show at the Farmers Market – April 25, 2009 from 9 to 3 pm at the City of Virginia Beach Farmers Market in Virginia  Beach, Virginia. Call Karen Alvarez at 757.385.4395 for more information on this event for the entire family.

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Alien Invaders?

Not likely, but I am sure that folks from Maryland to Hampton Roads probably imagined they saw some UFOs last night after seeing bright shooting lights and cacophonous explosions in the sky.  I personally was not one of the witnesses to this strange phenomenon, I just found out about this when reading and article in HamptonRoads.com entitled, “Streaming lights, explosions reported all along the coast“.  According to this article, the National Weather Service has not yet released an explanation as to what those light and sounds were.  So far the National Weather Service’s Wakefield office has said that there could be a number of possible explanations for this event and that there are people looking into what was the source of the bright streaking light and the subsequent explosion.

Witnesses to this phenomena claimed it was like an orange fireball that streaked across the night sky followed by a loud explosion.   The American Meteor Society is asking any witnesses to this event to go to fill out their Fireball Reporting Form in hopes of being able to identify what this phenomenon actually was.  If you were a witness to this event, please go to the Fireball Reporting Form and give the details of what you saw.  The form may seem a little intimidating at first to those who are not very familiar with the terminology used in astronomy, but it offers explanations to any terms that may be difficult to understand.  This information provided by witnesses can help scientist find a general location where they can search for any evidence of the occurrence.

Please click the following link if you would like to read this article in its entirety at HamptonRoads.com.

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Va Tech remembrance walk/run

While reading an article in HamptonRoads.com just now, I was reminded that the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings is coming up.  According to this article entitled, “Run, walk at VaTech to remember slaying victims”,  Virginia tech will hold a 3.2 mile run/walk on the second anniversary of the VaTech slayings in remembrance of the 32 students who were killed on April 16, 2007.

This “Run for Remembrance”, which will take place on April 16 is free and open to all who wish to participate.  The course will start at the Alumni Mall and stretch 3.2 miles to the Drillfield near the schools memorial for the victims of the April 16 shootings.  This event will begin at 8 a.m. With a balloon release.  There will be a banner for all the participants to sign that will bear the slogan, “I ran 3.2 for the 32”.  At the conclusion of the walk/run organizers will take a group photo of all the runners and walkers.

This is a great opportunity for students, staff and local-area residents to show support for the families of the victims who were murdered in that tragic campus shooting spree.  Pre-registration is recommended.  If you would like to register in advance, you can do so by visiting this registration page.   By pre-registering on that page, you can also request a t-shirt in your size. For more information, please visit the Va Tech Department of Recreational Sports website.

Virginia Tech has suspended all classes on the 16th of April in remembrance of the event that claimed the lives of 32 of its students.


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Change in Real Estate Market in Tidewater Virginia

Today shall we talk about the weather in this area, blowing rain, cold, grey day. Miserable? Not so much! Culpepper Landing one of the neighborhoods I sell in, was very busy with traffic today. People came out in the rain to see the site of Homearama 2009. I also had the privilege of writing a contract for a couple to build a home. They are so excited about the neighborhood they are trying to talk some friends into moving here. Please check out www.culpepperlanding.com. Also, if you aren’t familiar with the neighborhood concept of Traditional Neighborhood Development, google the phrase. This is the way we use to live, before we became clositered in our back yard with a six foot privacy fence and never met the neighbors. You’ll love the concept. The neighborhood will take your breath away.  Since the media continues to print the negative, I’ve decided to take a stand for letting my readers know, what’s happening in my neck of the woods. Please feel free to write your comments, ask questions or just share a thought. My passion has been real estate in some form or fashion most of my life.  I’ve decided to share the passion in a positive and real world way. Enjoy!

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