Monday, April 17

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 17, 2006

The West End Civic League will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Oxford United Methodist Church (use the South Broad Street entrance).

Speakers will be Charles Parr, candidate for city council, and Mary Copeland and Mike Debranski, candidates for school board. A representative from the Suffolk Police Department has also been invited to attend and speak. The meeting is open to the public. Call 934-1648.

The Junto Woman’s Club, will hold its luncheon meeting in St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 828 King’s Highway at noon. Cost is $8. The Executive Board will meet at 11 a.m.

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The Nansemond Co. Training/ Southwestern High School Alumni Association will meet April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Southwestern Elementary School.

Tuesday, April 18

The Salvation Army Advisory Board will meet at the SA headquarters, 400 Bank Street, at noon.

The Suffolk Health Department will have a free blood pressure screening at Chorey Park Apartments in the main lobby, 804 W. Constance Rd. Walk- ins accepted from 2-3 p.m.

The Suffolk Chapter of the AARP will meet in the Open Door Church, 816 Kings Fork Rd., at 11 a.m. (Social time at 10:30 a.m.) Joe Flanagan of WVEC-TV will speak on Successful Aging.

The Saratoga and Philadelphia Civic League will meet at 6 p.m. in Lakeview Baptist Church, 635 Brook Ave. Rev. Wayne Mitchell, pres. Call 739-0905

The Rosemont-Lloyd Place Civic League will meet at a new time, 6 p.m. in Tabernacle Christian Church’s Fellowship Hall, E. Washington and Sixth Streets.

Wednesday, April 19

The 58th annual Shad Planking, sponsored by the Wakefield Ruritan Club, will be held at the Wakefield Sportsman’s Club on Brittle Rd, 4 miles west of Wakefield, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The keynote speaker will be Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, who will speak at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 before April 1, and $20 thereafter. They are available from The Wakefield Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 148, Wakefield, VA 23888, or at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield. Call 899-5263.

There will be an annual fish fry dinner by Providence United Methodist Men at Providence United Methodist Church, 3109 Providence Rd., from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $7.

for a complete meal, eat-in or take-out. Desserts are available for an extra charge. Call Bob Thurman at 536-0803.

The Isle of Wight Relay For Life Committee will meet at Benns United Methodist Church, 14571 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield at 6:30 p.m. Call 357-7588, 483-1748, or

There will be a free blood pressure screening at the Suffolk Senior Center, 350 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Another B/P screening will take place at the Suffolk Towers Apartments main lobby, 181 N. Main St., from 2-3 p.m. Visits are provided by the Suffolk Health Department.

The OES, Nansemond Chapter No. 31 will meet at 7 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge at 168 Tynes St.

The Baltimore Civic League will meet in the Constantia House, 509 W. Washingtion St., at 7 p.m. Call 539-6259.

The Old Town Civic League will hold a meeting at 7:00 pm at O’Neal’s Studio at 231 Pinner Street.

Thursday, April 20

The Lake Kennedy Civic League will meet at 7 p.m. in the Tabernacle Christian Life Center, 1401 E. Washington St., across from Tabernacle Christian Church.

The Nansemond Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Dennis’ Restaurant, 3356 Western Branch Blvd., Chesapeake. The program will be “Early Indians of the Dismal Swamp.” (Open to the public)

Saturday, April 22

The Salvation Army Soup kitchen is open to all at the SA headquarters, 400 Bank Street from noon to 1p.m., assisted by St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on Thursday, and Main Street United Methodist Church on Saturday.

H-E-A-R-T (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma), Inc., which provides hope and assistance for rape victims, both physically, emotionally and financially, is sponsoring a fund raising, Gospel Event at King’s Fork Middle School, 350 King’s Fork Rd. An eat-in dinner will be served from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and craft exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A program will be distributed to all visitors including information about H-E-A-R-T, the performing groups and individuals, and a description of the craft show participants. Call 539-3348.

The 3rd annual Literary Arts Festival will run from 4/21 to 5/26, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. in the Suffolk Museum, on Bosley Avenue. Music will be provided by “Moon Struck” and entertainment by the “Art of T” and the “River City Burners.” Call 923-2371.

Historic Garden Week in Virginia begins with tours of local homes and gardens. Call 804-644-7776.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to a boot camp designed to address their needs through a series of three hour seminars on Saturday April 22 and April 29. Subjects covered are: How to Write A Grant Application, Marketing a Nonprofit, and Program Development. Cost of each course is $75 and includes breakfast and lunch. Sessions will be held at the Children’s Museum of Virginia, 221 High Street. Call 673-8686, or

The Oh Kitties! Relay for Life Team will host a “Rock the House” Benefit featuring live music by the Glenn Warren Band from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Crittenden, Eclipse and Hobson Ruritan Club, 8881 Eclipse Dr. Donation of $10 includes entertainment- classic, country rock and oldies and door prizes. Call 255-4478

The school reunion committee for the Isle of Wight Training School and Westside High School will meet at 5 p.m. in Main Street Baptist Church in Smithfield.  The 2006 reunion will be held July 7-9.  Those who attended either school are invited to the reunion.  Choir members are needed for Sunday service.  Call 838-5045 or 838-5666

Sunday. April 23

Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, 333 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, will present its Candlelight Concert Series with Debra Cross, flute, and Barbara Chapman, harp, at 7 p.m. Artists with the Virginia Symphony, both are renown for their performances.

Admission is free. Call 547-4706.

Tuesday, April 25

There will be a Mass meeting of the Suffolk Republican Party at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Business Technologies, Inc., 1256 Progress Rd., Wilroy Industrial Park, to elect officers and delegates.

Call Gene Sankey at 925-4764.

Wednesday, April 26

The Children’s Center is having an Administrative Professional’s Day, Fashion Show and Luncheon, at noon in the National Guard Armory. Tickets are $20, available at Suffolk Children’s Center, 300 Executive Court, Texie Camp Marks Children’s Center, 700 Campbell Ave., Franklin, and Denison’s, 1413 N. Main St. Fashions are by Denison’s, Karen’s for Kids, and Richardson and Nash.

Saturday, April 29

Oxford United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon to clear out the overflow and winter items from the clothes closet to make way for summer garments. The items will sell for 25 cents to $2.

The 2nd annual Craft Show/ White Elephant Sale for the Isle of Wight Relay for Life will be held at Benn’s United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Vendor spaces are $20, and the Relay for Life Board will sell breakfast and lunch foods. The event will go on rain or shine. Call Sharon 591-8330.

The Kings Fork Women’s Club will sponsor a Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon in the Kings Fork Community House. Fashions are by Denison’s, and tickets are $10. Call Marie Bowman at 934-0901.

Sunday, April 30

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chuckatuck will hold its final 250th anniversary celebration and with a special service at 10:30 a.m. during which the church will be re-dedicated, followed by a luncheon and dedication of the memorial brick walkway. Various notables from the area and state have been invited.

Monday, May 1

The STOP Center for Employment Training is accepting applications until Ma1, for a Nurse’s Aide Training Program. Fee is $250. Apply at STOP CET Center, 125 Tynes St. Call 539-8081

The Suffolk Police Department is sponsoring the Pink and Blue Prince and Princess contest through May 1. Three babies whose parents are connected to the Police Department are looking for support in the form of donations to the March of Dimes. Prizes will be awarded to the child who has the most money raised in her/ his name. Call Rosalind Britt at the Suffolk Police Department: 923-2350.

Thursday, May 4

The 22nd Annual Suffolk Leadership Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. at the National Guard Armory. Tickets go on sale April 3 at Chorey & Associates Realty, 330 W. Constance Road. Individual tickets are $15 and tables of eight are $120.

Friday, May 5

The United Way of South Hampton Roads Project Inclusion Leadership Development Program is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with a dynamic Leadership and Diversity Conference from

8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Norfolk Hilton Airport Hotel and Conference Center.

The West End Civic League, Williamstown and Boston, will meet at 6 p.m. in the Bethlehem Christian Church, 312 Bute St. Visitors are invited to learn about the civic league. Call 539-4729.

Saturday, May 6

Smithfield Gardens, Inc., 1869 Bridge Road, is offering a class “Basic Perennial Gardening for Beginners” from 2-3:30 a.m. Call 238-2511 or 399-4331.

Paddle for the Border takes place on the Dismal Swamp Canal with a 7.5 mile float to the N.C. border. Registration limit is 200 boats. Event sponsor is the City of Chesapeake Parks and Recreation. Call 382-6411.

The Wakefield Foundation, Inc., 100 Wilson Ave., Wakefield, is presenting their 18th annual Flower and Art Show, May 6-19. The opening Gala Reception will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. An admission fee is charged for the reception. Call 899-2365 or visit

The Whaleyville Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m. at the Whaleyville Fire Department. Eat in or Take out.

The menu includes filet of trout, coleslaw, boiled potatoes, hush puppies. Tickets are available from any W.V.F.D. member or can be purchased at the door.

Donation $7 per plate. Call 757-620-9072 or 757-986-3739. Bake Sale sponsored by the women of Great Fork Baptist Church.

Sunday, May 7

Smithfield Gardens, Inc., 1869 Bridge Road, is offering a class “Shade Gardening Basics” from 10-11:30 a.m. Call 238-2511 or 399-4331.

Monday, May 8

Tutor training workshop

Become a tutor and experience the absolute joy of seeing someone learn to read. The Suffolk Literacy Council is sponsoring a basic literacy tutor training workshop May 8, 10, 15, and 17 (6:30 n 9:00 p.m.) at Suffolk Christian Church.  In this 10-hour workshop, tutors will learn how to use the Laubach Way to Reading program and how to work with adult students. There is a $10 fee for materials. For additional information or to register, call the Suffolk Literacy Office at 539-1524.

Saturday, May 13

Smithfield Gardens, Inc., 1869 Bridge Road, is offering a group of classes for kids “Making a Flowering Gift for Mom” from 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., and 4-5 p.m. Call 238-2511 or 399-4331.

Smithfield Gardens, Inc., 1869 Bridge Road, is offering a class “Orchids, Growing Outdoors for Summer” from 2-3:30 a.m. Call 238-2511 or 399-4331.

The “Love of the KINGDOM” at Peanut Park, an all day event that will feature free food and drinks, games for the children, free hair-cuts for the youth and senior citizens, and painted finger nails for the youth and senior citizens.

There will also be resource booths addressing Domestic Violence, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Drug and Alcohol. Clothes, shoes, and a dozen free air conditioners will be given away.

The evening will culminate in a gospel concert and the spoken Word.

Wednesday, May 17

The Rockin’ Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m.-through Saturday, May 20. Mayor Bobby Ralph will be the honorary chair for the event.

A Merry Mixer Brunch will be held at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Guest speaker: Karin Williams. Cost: $13.95. A complimentary nursery will be provided. For reservations call 539-4675 or 539-3898. Sponsored by the Suffolk Christian Women’s Connection.


Sunday, August 6

The East Suffolk High School Alumni Association Reunion will run from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday August 6.


First aid/CPR/AED instructor training at the Suffolk Chapter of the American Red Cross. Call Lisa Harrell 539-6645.

The Lakeland High School Class of 1996 is planning its 10-year class reunion.

Contact Dion Scott, 819-3518; e-mail; or Darius Bailey 435-4617;

Sentara Home Care Hospice Program is currently seeking volunteers to share their time and talents with patients and families in the Suffolk area.

Giving just a few hours to be a companion, run an errand, or send a card can make a difference in the lives of others.

To learn more, contact Sharon Royster MSW, volunteer coordinator, at 224-4835 or

Suffolk High School Class of ’75 is looking for classmates for a reunion. Call Ann Ruffin 582-0155, Paquita Lawrence 535-4021, or Jackie Williams 376-2275

The John F. Kennedy High School Class of 1973 is planning a gala for its 35th class reunion celebration.

Call Dr. Freddie J. Wiggins, 923-1006 or fax, 923-0566.

The Holland United Church of Christ, 6733 South Quay Road has a senior citizens center in the fellowship hall on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. There are games, bridge, dominoes, checkers, chess, day trips, and more. Transportation available. Call 657-6681.

Crewmembers from the USS Rio Grande (AOG-3) are planning a reunion in Norfolk in the fall of 2006. Call Richard Hughes (480) 895-5611 or email at

Granby High School, Norfolk, classmates of 1956 are planning a reunion in the fall.  Contact Kay Neese Smith at 757-874-5897 or e-mail at or George Steinmetz 757-686-4750, or e-mail at

Hall Place Civic League, Inc. meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at the John Constance House, located behind Baker Funeral Home on the corner of W. Washington Street and Linden Avenue. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. All Hall Place Suffolk residents are encouraged to attend; potential new members and guests are always welcome. For membership information or if you have questions please contact Civic League President Tara Stainback at (757) 435-7565.