I was cleaning out my closet the other day and I found a few old coats that I no longer wear and I was wondering where I could go to donate them to someone in need. So I got online and searched for places in the Hampton Roads area where I could drop-off these coats. Among the top searches, I found One Warm Coat. One Warm Coat is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a warm coat to anyone who needs one. They have drop-off locations all over Virginia, including the Hampton Roads area: Most drop-off locations are at Burlington Coat Factories.
Temperatures are starting to drop and I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to endure a harsh Virginia winter without so much as a warm coat. And, with the current economic difficulties we are experiencing across the nation, some folks are forced to choose between spending their limited funds on buying a coat as opposed to paying rent or buying food. I can’t imagine having to prioritizing between, what I consider to be, and necessities. Thanks to folks who donate to organizations like One Warm Coat, it’s a choice that many folks won’t have to make.
Do you have an old coat in good condition that you no longer wear? Well, that coat could be very much appreciated by someone who does not have one. If you would like to help someone else by donating an old coat or maybe even organizing your own coat drive, please visit onewarmcoat.org for more information and to find the drop-off location nearest you.
- 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.
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.
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