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Relay schedule

The schedule for the Relay for Life of Suffolk next weekend is jam-packed with music, activities and different themed walks throughout the day in support of beloved friends and family affected by cancer.

Relay for Life of Suffolk will be held Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. at Nansemond River High School, 3301 Nansemond Parkway, and the day will begin with an opening ceremony from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Following the ceremony will be the kick-starting of festivities provided by PUSH Comedy Theater from 1 to 1:45 p.m. There will be “Retro rocks” from 2 to 2:45 p.m. along with the wild “Mascot Race” on the Nansemond River High School track from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

More musical acts will perform after the mascots are done racing. Calvin Simmons will perform from 3 to 3:45 p.m., then Tre’ Smith from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Cancer survivors will take to the track after the acts for survivor laps starting at 5 p.m.

Children will have an opportunity in the early evening to pet animals with Kay’s Acres Petting Zoo from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and there will be karaoke from 6 to 7 p.m. and DJ music from 7 to 8 p.m. The final musical act will be Paul Jarman from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

The lighting of the luminarias will be at 9 p.m. and will be followed by the evening’s closing ceremony at 9:45 p.m. Bags are available for purchase online for $10 and on the day of the event as well. These will be personalized to honor loved ones and placed around the track.

Those participating will do a silent lap around the track to the light of the luminarias, then there will be a reading to remember those lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors. The theme for this year’s Relay is “Passport for a Cure — Relay around the World.”

As of Friday evening, about $61,737 has been raised towards this year’s $150,000 goal, with eight days to go. Visit relayforlife.org/suffolkva for upcoming deadlines and updates to the event’s schedule. Registration for the event is free.

Those interested in registering as a vendor, or who have other questions, can contact Tara Asare, community development manager for Relay for Life of Suffolk, by email at tara.asare@cancer.org or by calling 493-7972.