Plenty to do on Saturday

Published 8:54 pm Thursday, April 21, 2016

If you’re in Suffolk on Saturday, there will be no excuse not to be able to find something to do — either with yourself, with some adult friends or with the family.

Spring weekends are always big in Suffolk. With so many worthy organizations raising money and others just putting on events for a grand ol’ time, you’re bound to run into a cool event if you go outside Saturday, no matter which direction you turn.

So make your plans now and start praying the rainy weather remains at bay until the outdoor events, at least, are over for the day. To help you with your planning, here are some of Saturday’s best events. We’ve helpfully ordered them by their starting time so you can see just how many you can get to in the same day!

  • The March of Dimes March for Babies will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at Constant’s Wharf, 100 E. Constance Road. This fun fundraising event supports research and education to help every woman have a healthy, full-term baby and support babies who are born prematurely.
  • Sentara Obici Hospital will have a Heart Walk and Health Fair at 10 a.m. in classrooms A-D. Free health screenings, nutritional information, senior services, bone density, strength and training exercises, healthy snacks and more.
  • A butterfly garden will be opened at 11 a.m. at Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. The event will last until 1 p.m. Suffolk Public Libraries and Suffolk Art Gallery will be on site to celebrate the garden and Earth Day with storytime, crafts and a face painter. Free ticket giveaways to local attractions will take place.
  • The “With Love” Relay for Life team will hold a Zumbathon and vendor event at the Salvation Army, 400 Bank St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10. There will be raffle tickets and cupcakes for sale as well as various vendors.
  • The Suffolk Wine Festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7000 College Drive. Tickets are $40 at the gate. Entertainment will include 10 Spot, Brian Sewell, Win Winslow and Don Hamlett. Tickets include commemorative wine or beer tasting glass, tastings from on-site wineries and breweries, food options and more. This event supports the Suffolk Business Women’s efforts to, in turn, support several local organizations.
  • A Local Authors’ Reception will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennetts Creek Park Road. Books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be served. Attendees can enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win a basket of selected works by the authors.
  • The grand opening of the Sleepy Hole Park pier and kayak launch will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road. Earth Day-related events will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Kids can jump in the bounce house and tour the new Library2Go vehicle.
  • The “Handle with Care” exhibition will be on display at the Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave., from April 23 through June 3. An opening reception will take place this Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit is environmentally themed.
  • A sock hop sponsored by The Survivors Relay for Life team will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Shriners Club, 500 Elizabeth St. Dance demonstrations and lessons sponsored by Alan Hedgebath. Compete to win best costume. The cost is $10 per person or $18 per couple.

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