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Peninsula Fine Arts Center to Add Summer Preschool Programming

Peninsula Fine Arts Center to Add Summer Preschool Programming

Newpot News, Va. – Starting July 2, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center will supplement its Hands on for Kids Gallery with additional summer preschool programming.

The program will provide guided instruction designed to develop visual learning skills and creative expression in preschool-aged children. For example, the July 2 class will create a star-inspired art project for Independence Day.

New lessons will be offered each week from 10:30 to 11:30am Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Parents are asked to register for each week’s classes by the preceding Friday.

Hands on for Kids Paint Days are offered from 10am to 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays for the price of admission, and free for members. The Hands on for Kids Gallery is open to families from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4pm on Sunday.

Peninsula Fine Arts Center admission is, regularly, $7.50 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

A Tale of Peter Rabbit playing at The Elizabethan Gardens

A Tale of Peter Rabbit playing at The Elizabethan Gardens

The classic 1902  tale of Peter Rabbit has begun, as it opened to a full house Wednesday, June 26.

Nobody can forget the adorable human clothed wearing bunny rabbit, Peter. This production written by John Buford and Carl Curnutte stays true to the classic Beatrix Potter’s classic tale.

Peter Rabbit finds himself in the forbidden place of Mister McGregor’s prized garden. The captivating relationship between these two is played out in a half hour performance.

Peter Rabbit is performed by Alissa Sumerano, who is currently attdening Niagra University as she works on her BFA in Theatre Performance. “She really has a captivating stage presence,” said Curnutte.

Longwood University graduate, Justin Heavner, portrays the dedicated gardener Mister McGregor. “Justin stepped right into doing the kind of grumbling, mumbling sounds I imagined when I wrote the part,” said Buford.

Desiree Williams crowned Miss Va.

Desiree Williams of Newport News was crowned the new Miss Virginia Saturday night.


The Hampton University graduated earns a $17,500 scholarship and a spot in the Miss America Pageant in Sept. in Atlantic City, Md.


Williams competed as Miss Arlington in the pageant that was held in Roanoke this past week.   


Cassie Donegan was crowned Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen and Ana Graham was crowned Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Pre-Teen.


Donegan will go on to compete in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fl. in August. 

‘Tweet’ will now be in Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary will officially recognize the word ‘tweet’ in its June 2013 update. The chief editor, John Simpson, says that including ‘tweet’ breaks the rule that a new word has to be current for 10 years before considering its’ inclusion in the dictionary.




Showcasing Preserved Bodies

Showcasing Preserved Bodies

The Virginia Living Museum is showcasing an exhibition of dead bodies. Located in Newport News, “Bodies Revealed” allows patrons to see real human bodies that have been dissected and preserved. The exhibition will run until September 2, 2013.






Study Abroad Program at CNU Impacts Students Lives

Study Abroad Program at CNU Impacts Students Lives

Have you ever wanted to take a risk and travel out of the small college town of Newport News and experience a whole new culture, learn a new language, make new friends, and visit some of the most beautiful place in the world while still getting an education? Well students at Christopher Newport University in the study abroad program get the chance to do just that!

This summer several CNU students traveled abroad to various places such as Australia, Spain, Itally and more! Not only did these students get to experience a different culture and lifestyle but they came away with unforgettable memories and friendships that will last them a lifetime. Studying abroad has truly changed these students’ lives and their views on the world that we live in.

York River Symphony Orchestra presents "Postcards from France"

York River Symphony Orchestra presents "Postcards from France"

The York River Symphony Orchestra will present “Postcards from France” at Thomas Nelson Community College on Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Hampton campus. 

Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance, $8 for students, seniors, and military, and $12 at the door, $10 for student, seniors, and military.  Please call Pro Music and Sound for more information about tickets at (757) 867-7115.   

The performance will be conducted by Dr.