Global Shapers Norfolk is looking for local residents between the ages of 18 and 34 to contribute to a local social experiment of sorts: They’re trying to find out what it means to be a “millennial” in Hampton Roads in an effort to buck the oft-unfair associations that word carries. Participants will take over the organisation’s Instagram account to show what they value in the community, an Alt Daily post by the group explains. Check out this website for more details.
Eve Pollard Lawrence, a York county special-ed teacher, is not only a published author but a warrior fighting disability discrimination everywhere. You can support her endeavors through the comfort of online shopping, according to the DP. Her children’s book “My Friend Eddie,” explains autism symptoms to kids and is available on Amazon for $20.
As part of a national campaign, the Williamsburg Which Wich is running Flag Your Bag. The Gazette says customers are handed a paper bag they must decorate with patriotic Sharpies. The bag is later filled with goodies and distributed to military bases. The campaign runs until the Fourth of July, so hurry!
If you would like to help the victims of the Orlando shooting, there are ways you can assist from #HRVA. The OneBlood center is asking for blood donors and for people to host blood drives of their own, WAVY says. You can also donate money to the Equality Florida donation page. The money will go straight to the victims and their families.
The new Kroger in Greenbrier is looking for artist submissions for a large indoor mural. Artists don’t have to be from the area, but submissions should reflect life in the area. The deadline is Sunday. For more details and contact information, check out the article in Alt Daily.
If you’re headed to the oceanfront this weekend, why not take home some local art, too? The Java Surf Cafe and Espresso Bar is holding an art auction to benefit Virginia Beach surfer Duane Duval, who is fighting brain cancer. You can also donate to his Gofundme page.
Run for the Bacon doesn’t quite involve dangling meat strips in front of the marathoners. Instead, reports the Gazette, the run fundraises for Bacon Street Youth and Family Services. There will be a bacon-themed after party, with bacon food and bacon costumes. Registration for the run begins at 6:30 a.m. June 11.
Most of your jewelry didn’t bring water to an impoverished country, despite the fact that it probably came from one. If you buy a $32 WATERring, your proceeds to go irrigating Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The reversible rings are made of silver, amber and larimar (unique to the Dominican Republic).
The state government has begun preparing for mosquito season including distributing 10,000 Zika virus prevention kits to pregnant mothers. Health officials are also encouraging residents to go on #skeeterpatrols. The larvae survive in small pools of water, so if you see any, pour them out (and then flick them off!).
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center needs $5,000 to provide creative art therapy to area veterans. The Summer Healing Arts Program works to help veterans suffering from PTSD and other issues by giving them a means to express themselves creatively, Alt Daily explains. Donations will be accepted until May 31. Learn more on its Crowdrise page.
Come out to either Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Square Mall, Patrick Henry Mall or Pembroke Mall between May 27-30 to donate some blood. The American Red Cross and FOX43 are working together for the annual FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drive and encourage everyone to make an appointment.
Thanks to a local charity and a big-name benefactor, 48 of the area’s 61 police dogs now have ballistic vests. The Virginian-Pilot reports that two more dogs on the Virginia Beach force were just fitted for them. The Spike K9 Fund outfits the dogs. Learn more and donate at SpikesK9fund.org
#HRVA is in the midst of a major fundraising drive. Give Local 757 is raising money for 167 nonprofits in the area, and area business are rewarding those that raise the most. Due to server issues, the organizers have extended the deadline to midnight Wednesday. To give or for more information, check out the website.
PETA is celebrating Shelter Pet adoption Day Saturday with an event at the Bea Arthur Dog Park featuring area shelters and organizations. If you can’t adopt but need an excuse to pet some adorable animals, they’ll have food trucks, too. Also, check out the Mutt Struck Dog Walk and Festival in Suffolk on Sunday.
This is the perfect excuse to eat out Thursday night. A whole slew of area restaurants are donating a portion of their sales to AIDS service organizations, according to the Daily Press. 219 American Bistro and MJ’s Tavern are both donating 50 percent or more during dinner. Check out the full list of participating businesses here.
Jackie Manuel, who happens to be the mom of Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel, is accepting prom dress donations for her dress giveaway at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. She wants all young girls to feel beautiful at their prom and is asking for all of #HRVA to help out. If you would like to donate, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her giveaway will be on the 30th from 12-4 p.m.
This might be the only time the saying “vote for the candidate you’d rather get a beer with” carries any weight at all. Alt Daily reports that Vote Local Norfolk is holding a candidate speed-dating event at O’Connor Brewing Co. on April 27. Candidates will give stump speeches and then meet with residents to talk improvement plans over IPAs. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
Researchers have found links between reading fiction and being more empathetic. Developing literacy skills at a young age can help students becomes successful later in life as well. Starr Armstrong’s charity, Clever Communities in Action, helps get a more diverse assortment of books into the hands of local students. Read more here.
If you’re tired of swerving through the streets of the 757, then you should follow Phil Itkwik’s lead. He’s the Virginia Department of Transportation’s new rep, and he’s leading the charge on potholes. He recommends you call 800-FOR-ROAD or go here if you would like to report a pothole that needs fixing.
It’s easy to get turned off by platitudes and cookie-cutter rhetoric, but the reality is politics is an important game. Alt Daily announced it is partnering with the Unitarian Church of Norfolk for a forum that aims to get into where the Norfolk mayoral candidates are really coming from, on a philosophical level.
If the voter participation rate is in the single digits, is it still a democracy? They’ve been that low in some areas of Norfolk. To help get out the vote, Alt Daily created this VoteNFK profile-picture editor. Don’t forget, the deadline to register is April 11, and election day is May 3.
#HRVA is defined by the water that surrounds and divides it, and it’s important to keep it clean. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is recruiting volunteers to help pick up trash both along the shore and in the water. Check out its post on Alt Daily to see how you, your friends and family can help.
What’s lurking in your backyard? The Nansemond River Preservation Alliance is determined to find out. The group is holding a “Bioblitz” on April 16 to determine what species of plants and animals call Suffolk home. Check out this article in The Virginian-Pilot for dates, times and additional information.
If you have any unused children’s books, Chesapeake Libraries is holding a book drive that ends Thursday, so be speedy about it. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the drive was held to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. The article has a full list of drop-off locations. And speaking of reading, Alt Daily made a pretty case for encouraging kids to read.
The Internet has opened up unimaginable amounts of information to anyone that wants to find it. Open data is a form of publicly available statistical information that can reveal valuable insights. The Hampton Roads Open Data Initiative is holding its first meeting next month, so check out its Alt Daily post for more info.