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Virginia Beach is family friendly

I just read an article I just read in Business Week online, Virginia Beach has ranked 47th among the top Best Places to Raise Your Kids. Business Week worked with Onboard Informatics in order to determine which cities in America were the best to raise children.  Two other cities in the Hampton Roads area were runners up in this ranking, Newport News and Chesapeake.

When you are going to move your family from one area to another, what do you look for? Well there are many factors that folks have to consider when deciding whether a certain area is family friendly; good schools, safe neighborhoods, friendly neighbors and parks are all important things to think about when deciding where to move. Of course, you have to also think about how affordable homes are.

Virginia Beach really is a great place to raise kids, I know because I raised mine here and if I had it to over again, I can’t think of anywhere else I would have liked to raise them. Add to that that we have some of the best schools in Virginia, our crime rates are low and we have plenty of parks and miles of beautiful beaches. And, compared to similar areas, home values are very competitive in Virginia Beach.

From personal experience, I agree that Virginia Beach should have been considered in this ranking.


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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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Homearama 2009

I just read in HamptonRoads.com that due to low builder interest, this years Homarama will be moving.  According to an article entitled, “With low builder interest, Homearama ’09 on the move again“, The Tidewater Builders Association will be relocating its annual homes showcacse from a condo community in northern Suffolk to a suburban subdivision in Chesapeake.  After changing the show’s location twice in just three months, the Tidewater builder’s Associationhave decided to hold this year’s installation of Homearama in Culpepper Landing, which is a Robinson Development Group Development.  Originally organizers had planned to hold this year’s Homearama in a high-end community in Virginia Beach.  However, since very few builders signed up for the Virginia Beach site, organizeres decided to move it to northern Suffolk.  Since the move, organizers say they have gotten twice as many builders to sign on.  

So far only six builders have signed on to build at Culpepper Landing in Suffolk, the Association needs at least eight builders to hold the Homearama show.  Unlike last year’s show where home prices started at $1,2 million, homes in Culppeper Landing will start in the $400,000s.  Of course these homes will be smaller (1,6000 to 3,000 square feet) than last year’s offerings. 

The decision to move the show’s location and construct less expensive homes is a sign that there are not as many high-end buyers in our local real estate markets as last year.  It also shows that the $400,000 price range is more along the lines of what buyers are willing to pay for the time being. 

Click the following link if you would like to read this article in its entirety and see a map to Homearama 2009.


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