I just read an article in HamptonRoads.com entitled, “Fraim to unveil initiative to beautify city today”. According to this article, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim unveiled the “Celebrate trees” initiative at the city’s first Living Legacy Grove on Tuesday. The unveiling took place at 11 a.m. on May 25 at Lakewood Park on Willow Wood Drive. Members of the Environmental Club at Willard Elementary School were on hand to help celebrate this event.
The Celebrate Trees initiative aims to help beautify the City of Norfolk and improve the local environment by motivating residents and businesses to commemorate important events in their lives by planting trees. Local residents and businesses can also make donations to the Living Legacy Groves directly. The goal of Celebrate trees is to help grow the city’s tree canopy from 33 to 40 which would help to improve local water quality, lower the city’s temperature and reduce air pollution.
I personally think that this is a great idea. What better way to commemorate something as important as a new birth in the family or the engagement of a family member or good friend, than by planting a tree? For years to come, every time you or someone you know sees that tree, they will be reminded of the special occasion that it represents. By planting a tree to commemorate a special occasion, you will not only have a living reminder of that occasion, you will also be helping to make our city lusher as well as improve the local environment.
- 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
- 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 Society. Located 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.
It is all over now, but the three tornadoes that passed through Suffolk, Norfolk, Brunswick County and Colonial Heights have left these areas in a state of emergency. I could not believe the damage that some homes here received, it was really an incredible sight. Thankfully I live about 30 minutes away from where the tornadoes touched down in Suffolk so I was not personally affected, though my thoughts go out to all those who were injured or lost their homes, businesses other personal property during yesterdays freak event. Thankfully, there are no missing persons and at the present time there are no fatalities. This is very good news and hard to believe for those who saw the extent of the damage caused by these twisters.
I had never seen anything like it in my entire life. Homes lifted completely from their foundations, some dropped on top of other ones, cars launched into the sides of buildings and roads closed except for emergency and medical personnel. It really is humbling to see what Mother Nature can do when she exercises her muscle. We are fortunate to have such excellent emergency personnel who were ready at a moments notice to help evacuate the injured. My thoughts go out to them as well, especially my son who is a police officer in Portsmouth and will be assisting Suffolk police for the next few days.
Unlike hurricanes, which are relatively slow moving and very predictable in comparison, yesterday’s tornadoes gave absolutely no warning before striking. This led me to think about contingency planning. Could we help to reduce the number of those who are injured during natural disasters by planning? By having a contingency plan for when tornadoes touch down, can we as a community help to reduce the number of those who are injured? Tornadoes are highly rare in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and this may be the reason there is no official plan of action for residents of these areas when a tornado strikes.
For more information, you can call the following numbers:
American Red Cross: 539-6645
Suffolk Emergency Management Hotline: 514-7587
Navy families who need assistance in the Hampton Roads area can call 1-800-FSC-LINE or 757-444-2102.