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Community Happenings: Vol. 122, No. 17, April 28 – May 4, 2022

Norfolk Launches Lifelong Learning Week, May 7 -14

The City of Norfolk will launch its inaugural Lifelong Learning Week, May 7-14 as part of the city’s B
elieve in Learning Norfolk initiative which comprises more than 100 community, business and public service partners.

The initiative celebrates all aspects of learning for personal development, community building, innovation, resilience, economic opportunity and more.

Lifelong Learning Week will kickoff on May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek Library, 1425 Norchester Avenue, with a proclamation from Mayor Alexander, remarks from city leadership and interactive programming for youth and families. Below are a few of the Lifelong Learning Week programs.

• Passport Kickoff Event at Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek Library (May 7, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

• Post Your Positivity, Post-It Note Activity stations at Norfolk Public Library, PrimePlus and Norfolk Parks & Recreation facilities (May 7 -14)

• Using Social Media for your Job Search presented by Hampton Roads Workforce Council (May 10, 1:30 p.m.)

• Youth Open Mic Night presented by The Muse Writers Center (May 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

View the entire list and register at LLWeek2022.eventbrite.com.



ODU Adds New Leadership Position

Old Dominion University has hired its first ever Vice President for University Communications and Chief Marketing Officer.

Nicola Ziady comes to ODU following eight years as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the University of Cincinnati, a Research 1 urban university with more than 45,000 students.

 This inaugural leadership position was established following the recommendations of a Branding, Marketing and Communication Task Force that was convened by ODU President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., and the University Communications Working Group.

Bethlehem Baptist Plans Month-Long Events For Pastor’s 13th Anniversary

Bethlehem Baptist Church will observe the 13th Pastoral Anniversary of Pastor R.Q Moore with weekly celebrations throughout the month of May.

The celebration begins on Friday, May 8, with a Ministers’ Song Fest at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Local Bishops, Pastors, and Ministers have been invited to minister to Pastor Moore with uplifting gospel music.

The following Saturday, on May 14, the church will host its Annual Community Day and Cookout beginning at 12 noon.

Special services are planned for May 15, May 18, May 22, and May 25.

For more information, visit WWW.BBCNorfolk.Org.

Deltas Schedule Zoom Financial Workshop, May 3

You may or may not become a millionaire like Madame C.J. Walker. But, if you attend Delta Sigma Theta’s upcoming financial fortitude workshop via Zoom on May 3 at 7 p.m., you will increase your odds. 

The workshop features keynote speaker Clenise Platt, a financial planner who lives in Virginia Beach.


To learn more about the Deltas’ upcoming financial fortitude workshop, or to register, please go to:https://norfolkdst.org/

TAM Launches Julius E. McCullough Music Scholarship

Julius McCullough

Julius McCullough

Tidewater Area Musicians, Inc., the local branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., has established a scholarship program designed to provide financial assistance and support to graduating high school seniors from Hampton Roads, VA as they pursue their musical goals and aspirations.

“We are pleased to offer the first Julius E. McCullough and  Music Education and Performance Scholarship Award in the amount of $1000.00 to a student who enrolls in an accredited undergraduate college or university degree program with a major in Music,” TAM officials noted in their press release.

Scholarship Applications may be obtained from the office of the Guidance Counselor at the applicant’s high school or downloaded from the TAM website at www.tamnorfolk.org.  

Electronic or paper copies of the application form and all required documents must be submitted (postmarked or emailed) on or before May 20, 2022.

Julius E. McCullough is a highly regarded Music Educator, Performer and Music Clinician. He has directed choirs, bands and orchestras in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hampton Mother Will Hold Mother & Son Ball

Surena Glover will host a “Mommy and Son Sneaker Ball” on May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 1300 Thomas St., in Hampton, at the YH Thomas Community Center.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite and at the door. There will be an award for “Best Dressed.”.

“This is my very first time doing something other than a family birthday party on my own of this magnitude,” said Glover, a married mother of four, in a recent interview with The New Journal and Guide.

“I decided to do this event because there are always Daddy-Daughter events happening, but not enough Mommy-Son events that I’ve heard of,” she said.

Glover said she expects 80 mothers and sons to attend the ball. “The tickets are being sold on Eventbrite for $25 a couple and $5 for each additional son. We want as many couples as possible to attend so we donated a few tickets as well. I am so very grateful for this opportunity to give back to our community.”


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